I didn't run this week!

Really I didn’t. I didn’t run at all this week. Why? Because my knees are killing me. I suspect it’s because I’ve been lugging this 9 month old baby around on my back and I don’t use the best form when he’s in the backpack. I usually use my wrap, but didn’t have it with me. So I decided not to run.

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t exercise. Remember…I was carrying around a 20lb 9 month old on my back for extended periods of time. According to my little calorie counter app, I burn 70 calories for every 20 minutes I carry around a 15lb load. So…I figured I burned 630 calories 2 days in a row last week. (We walked around a street fair for 3 hours 2 days in a row). Yes!

I also spent a fair amount of time cleaning, and I mean really scrubbing, someone’s house (unfortunately it wasn’t mine). All with Mr. T man on my back, so I figure I burned a fair amount of calories there. I have lost 3 pounds since I last posted. Victory! But I need to keep working on my cardiovascular health and not just dropping weight. And I don’t want to huff and puff my way through a 5K in a few months. So back to running I go. It’s getting hotter outside so I’m gonna either have to start getting up earlier or running later. I enjoy running outside so much more, but I’m kind of a wuss when it comes to heat.

Oh yeah! And I’ve done push ups and sit ups each day. Woot woot! I also have a new motivation to get my behind moving…my class decided to have another reunion this year and if I’m back for it I don’t want to be so fluffly looking!

Keep going…We can do it!

PS. I’m working on my leave and cleave post for tomorrow. I took a day off yesterday!

Cool Running

It’s been a week since I laid it out there and committed to running a 5K on my birthday this year. I promised a check in so here it is…
It didn’t start off well this week. Right after I posted about starting the couch to 5K, things got busy and I didn’t make running a priority. I had a week full of meetings and sitting on my bum…which should have been even more motivation to run. But I never made it a priority and I made excuses…I was too tired, I didn’t have the right shoes, I didn’t have the right shorts, I’d just eaten, I was hungry. You name it I made the excuse not to get off my behind and do it.
I didn’t start running until Saturday night this week. But I’ve done my couch to 5K workout every night since then. I have new running shoes and have found a time during the day that works the best for me to workout. I feel much better than I thought I would. I full expected to die, but I survived. I’m nowhere close to the point where I can say I enjoy it yet, but I’m hopeful that I will.
I’ve burned over 500 calories and ran 7 miles. It certainly makes me view food differently. I know just how hard I have to work to burn off that candy bar, soda, handful of crackers or late evening snack. I have to tell you that most of the time I decide it’s just not worth it to eat.
In searching for some tips and tools to help me get started and keep me going,  I came across this video. It’s great motivation…
There’s something to that NIKE slogan…Just do it…no excuses.