Exercise · Life

This Cat Looks Shifty

I used to have a pretty good supply of ponytail holders… They seem to disappear frequently, though. Now I fully admit that I lose a few here and there, but I think the main reason they go missing is my cat. My husband once found a stash of them once – he found around 7 in the same place. At least they weren’t alone and scared. Since I only had a few left (less than five), I picked up a a new pack at the store. Someone looked awfully happy about that. As soon as I put them on the table, this happened:

Checking Out My Ponytail Holders

Please note the multi-color pack. 🙂 Very exciting since I’ve been using only black for about a year. Maybe the lighter colored ones will be easier to find when the ponytail holder thief comes to town! After my big, exciting purchase, I went for a run the next day and came home to this:

Kitty In The Window

I’m not sure if he’s devotedly waiting for my return or if he’s the lookout and he and the dog are up to no good! The latter seems more likely. Ah well, I hope my new ponytail holders stick around for a while. Especially now that my half marathon training had longer and longer runs on the calendar… Cute face to come home to, thief or not!


My 5-Mile Run on Sunday…

I’m following a newbie training plan for a half marathon. The half is in October and I’m starting to slowly build on miles to my early morning runs. On Saturday, I ran three miles. On Sunday, I ran five miles. While that might not be a lot yet, it felt like it was. In a good way – I felt accomplished sort of.

Some random thoughts during my three-mile run on Saturday:

  • If three miles feels difficult, what is five miles going to feel like? I’m getting nervous.
  • I don’t know if I can do five miles.
  • OMG, am I crazy? What made me think I could do this?
  • Do I smell perfume? Who wears perfume this early in the morning out on a trail?
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    Bizarro World

    This is a short, silly post, but it really did happen!

    I get up at 6am (sometimes earlier) to go running or work out. I run five days a week and have two rest days where I do other activities. Lately, I’ve been really tired and have had to mentally argue with myself to get moving. This morning, I was in bizarro world… I got up with no problems, got out the door 10 minutes early, and didn’t think about how difficult running was… WHO AM I? What’s going on here?

    Despite my overwhelming desire to sleep in (I’ll do that after the half marathon is over), here is one of the many benefits of getting up early:

    Sunrise in August
    Sunrise in August

    Do you run solo or with others?

    When I started running (ok, ok, I started out walking with small 30-second running stints until I could actually run), I went off by myself into the early morning air… Why? Because it’s convenient and I can control my schedule. There is a great path near my house for runners, walkers, bikers, and everyone in between.

    I *am* a member of a loosely organized running group, but I never run with them. Mainly because I am slow and don’t want to feel bad about not being able to keep up with the fast runners. That being said, YES, I know they recommend running with faster runners to improve your own speed. But, frankly, I’m cool with being slower.

    So, what about you? Do you run alone or with others? Friends or a running group? I’d be interested in learning other people’s preferences and why… Because I have been a soloist for a year now and don’t feel like I need to change.


    Somewhere “In-Between”

    Mmm... Cupcakes!
    Mmm… Cupcakes!

    I read a lot of articles by and about professional athletes or trainers… They are all well and good, BUT I couldn’t follow one of their workout routines to save my middle-aged life! And, I am not interested in denying myself the occasional treat. Case in point – I had two (awesome) snickerdoodle cookies last night. Totally worth it even though it blew my calorie count for the day.

    I decided to chronicle my thoughts and experiences as an “in-betweener.” You know what I mean. Those of us who aren’t athletes and aren’t couch potatoes. We are somewhere on that in-between scale where we get in some exercise and try to eat healthy as much as possible. I don’t know about you, but I find it frustrating to see so many perfect models of healthy. That’s why I call myself “a little healthy.” 😉

    Who’s with me on this? I know I am not the only in-betweener out there.

    Exercise · Food

    You don’t have to be in great shape…

    To talk about exercise, staying healthy, struggles with food, and the like. That’s why I decided to blog about trying to be a little healthy. While I’ve made a few posts, I thought it might be helpful to tell the world a little bit more about myself.

    I have mitral valve prolapse (MVP) and have been concerned for quite some time about heart health. MVP is when the valve between your heart’s upper left chamber and the lower left chamber doesn’t close properly. This sometimes results in an irregular heartbeat and not feeling so good. More information can be found here.

    I started walking, but didn’t feel like that was addressing my cardiovascular health as much as I would have preferred. So, I started running (mostly walking fast at first, though!!) and trying to eat more healthy foods.

    Hopefully, my path of half-heartedly (no pun intended) getting in shape will encourage others. I really believe that any exercise is good exercise. You have to start somewhere, right? Some topics I’d like to explore are:

    • Running alone vs. with others
    • Running – a love/hate thing
    • Exercising at the gym (so many things to discuss there)
    • Food and food struggles
    • What does healthy really mean?

    I hope a few will join me in my journey and discuss all of these things with me.


    One Year!

    Wowsers, I’ve been running for a year as of this month. Waaayyyyyy back in March, I ran in the Oakland Running Festival 5K. It was a lot of fun and great motivation. I am currently training for my first half marathon in a very long while (gulp).

    I have been running three miles five days a week and am in the process of starting the ramp up – ran four miles today! And, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.

    I’m still nervous about the half marathon, but I feel like I am up for the challenge. Be back soon with more details and hopefully some useful insights.