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Sensational Sleeveless Sunday!

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What a day! Between setting the clock ahead and staying up late last night to see The Watchmen I was EXHAUSTED. It took every fiber of my being to get out the door and go for my long run this morning. I’m into uncharted miles and quite frankly, I’m scared. I just don’t know if I have the chops to be such a long distance runner. BUT I have to admit this 7 miles was, in a strange way, fun.

March 8 7 mile r un

I ran on a bike path of a busy road that I drive all the time. It was weird, different, HILLY and hard. What was going through my head? Well…

  • I kept reminding myself of what my friend David told me about keeping my head up. I’d focus on something in front of me, like a stop sign, run to it and then pick a new focal point. I swear since I started doing that, I shaved about 20 seconds off my mile.
  • I thought of @andreajm‘s advice. She told me to just put one foot in front of the other and take in the scenery when I told her I was nevous.
  • I kept reminding myself how great I’d feel when I was done. I thought of my little Nike+ chart and how awesome it would be to post it with my longest distance yet and share the run with you.
  • It may sound bad, but I kept thinking of all the candy I ate at the movies last night. I went a weee bit overboard and I knew the run would make me feel better about it.
  • Finally, I thought of the toddler, of course. He’s always so cute.. "Mommy… are you going running?" "Why yes, I am." "Have fun!" :) I love the example I’m setting for him.

When I got home from the run the family was all about Wii bowling. The Toddler lasted about 3 frames. I don’t know if it’s his age or personality but, boy, he gets easily frustrated! So we put him down to nap and commenced the battle. The husband and I had a blast! I’ll tell you what, the Wii is by far my favorite game system. The games we have are so simple yet SO fun!

After our Wii fun the husband decided to take advantage of the nice weather and hit the driving range. I decided to take advantage of the quiet house and nap. :) That’s 2 naps in 2 days for me! I just figure it’s not worth trying to accomplish everything under the sun while the toddler is down. Especially with all the working out I’ve been doing. I’m just trying to make an effort and be more conscious of my body’s needs.

Once we woke up, we took the toddler to a local park, went for a nice walk and had dinner at Subway. Afterward we went grocery shopping as a family. It was such a great day!

Oh! I forgot to tell you where "Sleeveless" came in on the "Sensational Sleeveless Sunday!" It was SO warm today I went running in a tank top. The weather really could not have been more perfect! It was so nice not bundling up to brave the cold for a run. YAY Spring! It can’t come soon enough!

Here’s my menu. Hope you had a great weekend!

Food Units
1 banana oatmeal cup with chocolate chips 2
banana after my run 2
poor man’s egg “salad” sandwich 4
yogurt 2
6 inch turkey sub, baked chip and too many bites of the toddlers pizza at subway – total estimate 15
kettle corn 5
Total: 30

Table provided by Roni’s Food Tweet, Eat, Post Generator.

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    March 8, 2009

    Great job on the run! I’m at the 7 mile point too…I never thought a year ago that I would ever be running these distances…but I must admit that I do like it now :-) Next week I move up to 8 :-O !! Sounds like you had a great day with the family!


    March 9, 2009

    visualization is a great tool. I visualize myself as Laura Croft…strapped to the gills and kicking bad guy ass!! I also visualize my oldest at the finish line, encouraging me and cheering for me…sometimes it’s so real that I get a little choked up!! Great job Roni!

    I am so impressed with the running you are doing! :)

    >> I love the example I’m setting for him. <<

    Now this is very true indeed – it’s one reason why I take karate with my kids and also do DDR with them at home. Walking the walk is a very good thing to do!

    Data points, Barbara


    March 9, 2009

    I’m SO proud of you. I remember when you were anxious about 5 miles and now you’re doing 7. Crazy! I am starting training for a half marathon and 7 miles is my goal for this coming weekend. Knowing that you can do it really helps motivate me.


    March 9, 2009

    That is so great that you hit 7 miles, Roni! Before Friday, the longest distance I had run was 6.3miles and it was killer back in November. Since then, I’ve been training and 5 miles has become an “easy” distance for me now. On Friday, my running buddies and I did 11.35 MILES!!! I NEVER in my life thought I would say that I could run/walk 11.35 miles!! It just showed me you can do WHATEVER you put your mind to!! So, Congratulations!! I look forward to watching you go the distance! ;o)


    March 9, 2009

    Roni, How are lives kind of parallel themselves is just too weird sometimes. I was up later than I would have liked as well and did not get a good sleep. I too did a run but just a 5k (on the treadmill though) and after that took my son bowling, for real. LOL. My path is to train for a 10k and by the end of the year a 10 mile run. I am just not as… “ambitious” as you are… well, not yet at least. ;-)


    March 9, 2009

    Hey Roni,

    I admire you so much and you have helped me so much over the past two years. I had lost 40lbs up to last fall and with things the way they get, my husband job’s in jeopardy, irs issue, marriage in trouble, I have gained back twenty. I woke up this morning, so depressed, having trouble finding anything to wear to make me feel good about myself. I need to get out and start walking again, but I feel like I don’t even remember how I lost the weight in the first place. I belong to WW but I’ve missed a few weeks it’s hard to go when the scale keeps going up. When I was “on” it was all so easy, just a matter of doing small, right things every day. Now it feels so difficult, but you are an inspiration. Any advice for getting back on the horse and not feeling so bad about my loss of focus? Thank you for everything you do and tell us, even the little things mean alot. I was thinking of getting that Nike thing for walking, what do you think? THanks,



    March 9, 2009

    As a few others have mentioned, I never thought I’d be able to say “I ran X miles”. I had such a hard time moving past 3 miles. But…I have my first half-marathon in 3 weeks. While I normally run my runs, this past weekend I did a run/walk combo (long story…), and in the end, went 15 miles! 15 freakin miles. I still can’t believe that I’m doing this. Nor can I believe that I went that far. But after this weekend, I know (and I believe that) I will be able to finish this race – regardless of how I get to the end! Just keep on going – I find myself saying “You can do anything for 10 more minutes”, and that keeps me going. That, and not worrying about racing up hills – I take them slow, so I can just keep on going…
    You can do this – just keep going and believe in yourself, and you will get there!


    March 9, 2009

    great job!


    March 10, 2009

    I am so happy for you with this new milestone! You ask your body to work harder, and it does. That’s pretty great synergy, it seems.

    I can’t imagine ever being able to say I ran 7 miles (or 2 for that matter). I was a smoker for years and despite exercising regularly and being pretty fit, running just wasn’t something I could do or enjoyed very much if I tried. Now that it’s been six months since I’ve quit and I’m getting back in shape, you’re inspiring me to consider finally trying to tackle this thing that’s been so intimidating to me for so long!


    March 10, 2009

    I ran last night in a tank and it was FABulous! Although I let the coke take hold of me this past weekend and was dehydrated, I limped through the last mile of my run because I knew I’d feel awesome if I didn’t quit! And guess what, I didn’t quit and I DID feel awesome when I got home :)

    And so I made a vow that if I’m craving a Vanilla DP or Coke, I’ll go grab a small from Sonic, not a 12 pack from the grocery store.


    March 10, 2009

    Roni, you are such an inspiration! 7 miles at a sub-10 minute pace, with hills?!? you rock!

    Charlie Hills

    March 11, 2009

    No comments on Watchmen? C’mon folks! Was there anything else more important than that in Roni’s post?

    Still haven’t seen it… :(


    September 4, 2009

    I am glad that it helped you!