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Being tested

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I'm pretty sure the Universe was testing my new resolve to start running again, as my Day 1 of Couch to 5k went something like this:

Fly home from work, throw on my running clothes and immediately burst into tears at how they fit b/c I've gained all 30lbs back that I'd previously lost.

Fight with my interval watch b/c I can't remember how it worked, then more tears at the realization that it has been so long since I ran last that I actually FORGOT how to use it!

Moan to the boyfriend, "Putting on these running clothes makes me feel sooooo sad at how much ground I've lost after I worked so hard," then feel VERY uplifted when he cheerily says, "Well let's get out there and get it back then!!"

Head out with our dogs for our warm-up walk and get attacked by a snarling, growling, barking, giant, fricking BEAST of a dog that looked more like a bear....

(this is not the actual dog, but this is EXACTLY what the one who attacked us looked like!)

...with his teeth bared and snarling at us; get tangled in our leashes trying to reel our dogs in and get pulled to the ground in some poor lady's driveway, screaming and shrieking at the top of my lungs like a woman in a horror show being attacked by a crazed maniac with a knife. Then try to stand up after neighbor gets ahold of his dog again but find that I can't b/c I'm sobbing and still tangled in the leashes and my adrenalin is pumping so hard I can't stand so I fall back down and hit my head on same poor lady's car.

Get up and limp off, still crying while Christer tries to comfort me and our dogs prance on like nothing happened. Drop the pups off at the house, put ointment on the leash burns on my bare legs and the road rash on my hand and say, "I don't give a crap about all that just happened, I am going to run, dammit!" And I did. And boy, am I ever out of shape! LOL But nothing was going to stop me today.

The End.

Epilogue: Let me reassure you that I am laughing about all of this now, though none of it was funny at the time! LOL And other than my leash burns, nobody was hurt by the mean dog and after our run I stopped and rang the guy's doorbell to shake his hand and tell him no hard feelings. He promises to keep his dog inside or on a leash from now on. Thank you, sir!

(not even a giant, snarling, "bear-dog!!" :)

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    WTG wish I could run! never quit!

    spark hug
    2002 days ago
    I am so glad you and your dogs survived that attack! WTG for getting back out there.
    2405 days ago
    Good job, girl! You can do this!
    2406 days ago
    What a day!
    2407 days ago
    I was thinking of you while I was on the treadmill yesterday and today. Thanks for your kind words on my SparkPage, btw.

    I've been slowly, very very slowly getting myself back into shape after having not one, but two babies in the last two years. Crazy times! Wonderful times! But very hard on my body and fitness and free time. It's so discouraging not being anywhere near as fit as I was pre-baby. I've gained back almost all the weight I had lost before having my two wonderful boys. And it seems so much harder this time to lose it.

    So I've started slow on our treadmill. Just two months ago I could only go 1.2 kms in 20 mins, mostly walking. I've been taking a pic at the end of each session and went scrolling back through them today. And wow, what a difference just a few outings makes! Some weeks I haven't made it to the treadmill at all. And some weeks I get on it two or even three times. But in two short months I have gone from 1.2 kms and being exhausted after 20 mins to 2.8 kms in 27 mins mostly jogging with energy still to burn! I know 2.8 kms is nothing to write home about, but it's pretty awesome to me and that's all I need.

    So seriously, get out there. Do something. Whatever you can manage that day. Some days will be better than others. But over time you'll have more good days than frustrating days. And two months down the road you'll be surprised how far you've come in such a short time.

    You've inspired me, so to keep my treadmill adventures interesting I've looked up a Couch-to-5k plan to do on the treadmill. Just for something different/new to do the next few weeks. Should be fun!
    2409 days ago
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    2410 days ago
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    Just think this will be the very worst day....it's all going to be gaining momentum from here. Well done lady!
    2410 days ago
    2410 days ago
    Wow! Good job at getting past the bad part and on to the better part. So glad you didn't go home and not do the run!
    2410 days ago
    Woohoo! You rock girl. I would have gone home and cried. But you went for your run despite all the drama. FANTASTIC. emoticon

    Looking forward to hearing your updates on how the 5k running program is going. Keep us posted!
    2410 days ago
  • SPEEDY143
    emoticon emoticon emoticon AND you made some memories emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2411 days ago
    Whew! I am a huge fan of keeping it simple...no fancy gadgets for me...just a wristwatch to keep a ball park idea and my mp3 player...a teensy Sansa clip...my iPhone is too much to haul along on a run...at least for me!

    The main point is just getting out there, right? You NAILED IT!

    Go YOU! :-)

    2411 days ago
    Quite the determination. Keep that attitude and you'll have no problem getting back in shape.
    2411 days ago
    what an amazing attitude you have!!! nothing was going to stop you today! emoticon
    2411 days ago
    You are strong and can make it through even tougher times. Keep those feet running and you'll get those extra pounds off like you did before. It's a new day and set your sight on those wonderful goals.
    2411 days ago
    What a wonderful way to keep a positive attitude emoticon
    2411 days ago
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