I used to be a runner. I was never really competitive, but I did run in several races through the years, everything from 5Ks to a marathon. My favorite distance was the half marathon, because it didn’t require the insane commitment to training that a full marathon requires but it’s still a challenge. In my de-cluttering efforts I recently ran across a stack of old race bibs and finisher’s medals… including a ribbon for 2nd place in my age group for one 10K.
Between work and life and countless excuses (at the heart of which is pure, unadulterated laziness), I stopped being a runner in 2005. And I gained weight. Then at the end of 2006 I started running again and by early 2007 I was a runner. I make a distinction because to me a runner is someone who needs to run like we all need to breathe. I had lost most of the weight I gained in 2005, I fit into cute clothes, and I was healthy.
And then later in 2007, the same obstacles and excuses took over again. I gained weight, but this time it was close to 25 pounds instead of 10-15 (some might look at my blog and say that it’s no wonder given all of the cookies and cakes, but really I had already gained most of the weight before I started baking for the blog… the biggest contributing factor to the weight gain was stress in my opinion). And I stopped running. While I’ve tried to get back into shape a few times in the last 2 years, somehow no exercise routine has stuck. But now I am fed up. I tried on a pair of capris today that mostly fit but created a jiggly muffin top. Where did that come from?? I love butter, but I hate butter-belly.
I’ve started walking daily. Granted, it’s only day 2 of the new year. But it’s more than I was doing at the end of 2009. I’ve also done some yoga. As for my overall plan, I want
to start running to be a runner again. But I need to ease into it (I’ve tried a few times and over-did it too soon and wound up injured for weeks…. hips and shins. Why do we have to get older?). The specific running goal for the 10in10 challenge is to train for a 10K, which means I need to pick a 10K to run in the March-April time frame (Maybe this one in Napa? I can think of few rewards better than wine tasting and dinner in Napa).
I believe everything else will follow if I can get over the hump with my running… The last couple of years, running has been a chore. But when I was a runner, I craved it… I needed to get onto the trails and I loved to run up the hills (the thought of running up hills right now makes me want to take a nap). I also ate healthier foods and my weight managed itself. So I just need to find my runner’s high again. The problem is that getting to that point is an uphill battle — I am going to have to force myself to run when I don’t want to (and I am very stubborn). Does knowing this make the battle easier? No, not really.
Anyway, I’m headed back into the kitchen tomorrow to make something tasty and healthy.
What do you do to battle butter-belly?