It's not pretty but I'm doing it. Half the time I look like a dancing monkey.
My first long run was 5 miles and I thought the running watch was broken. There is no way 5 miles is that far. It felt like 25.
Now I'm up to 25 miles a week of running/power walking. Caffeinated jelly beans...where have you been all my life!
I run in circles around a park- because at my age, being too far from a bathroom when you're involved in heavy exercise is not wise. Plus the park is pretty amazing this time of year.
I think marathoners are a combo of determination and stupidity. You can't run 26.2 miles without feeling pain - a message that your body is sending you saying... "Dude, knock it off, you're doing some damage here."
BUT...I have learned a VALUABLE tidbit of info. You can eat so much more when you're running that many miles. Guilt-free! Most runners check their watch for their split times, overall times, heart-rate...and whatever. Not me...I'm looking at calories burned baby! I'm thinking to myself..."hey, just 4 more laps and I can go to Cafe Rio."
I've been on Weight Watcher's for the past few months and have lost 15 lbs, two pants sizes and gained a whole wardrobe of clothes that have been tucked away in bins since we went to Paris a year and a half ago.
I get to eat 21 points a day (roughly 1050 calories) but when I do my long runs each Thursday (between 10-12 miles) I get an additional 24 points or 1200 calories to eat that day. It is SO worth the pain!
We are all headed to Las Vegas to run the Rock N' Roll marathon the first week in December. Mike is running the full and McKean and I are doing the half. Lots of bands...scores of runners dressed up like Elvis -( thank heavens that's not mandatory), it's a real party.
My only goal is to beat Mike across the finish line and barring injury, I'm pretty confident I can do that. Not so hard when he has to run twice as far as me.
It won't look pretty, but I'm doing it.