Not bad for 36 hours…

In the last… oh, lets say 36 hours, I’ve logged 9.6 miles in a combination of walking and running…

I went for a run on Sunday… I woke up to find it raining and very cool outside and as I had languished in bed and on the sofa in an attempt to get rid of a ripping multiple day headache to no avail, I figured that going for a run in the rain, as suggested on Twitter by Tara was the next remedy to try… I also figured that if it didn’t make me feel better, it wouldn’t make me feel worse so I wasn’t in a position to lose anything by going.

I don’t think I broke any land speed records for my time… I ended up accidentally turning off the timer halfway through… I was ticked that I turned the timer off… and then I realized that altho I like to know my time and I like to improve on it, sometimes being out there, running in a downpour with a ripping headache isn’t about the time, it’s about the effort. 

Yesterday I headed downtown and went for a long walk with a friend.  We took a cab into Stanley Park and then headed out toward the Lion’s Gate Bridge. The plan was originally to walk to the bridge and then turn around and walk back as we were hoping to stay on the shady side. By the time we got to the bridge the sun was going down and altho it was still incredibly hot, we decided to walk on the sunny side for a while… Friend isn’t crazy about being so warm so we were both very surprised that we managed to keep going… We were glad we did because we happened upon the Brahm Tam’s Stanley Park drum circle.  It was kind of cool and we stood and watched for a bit before continuing on…(the video is someone else’s but that was exactly when we were there) and then happened upon the bit of beach that the rock stacker guy does his magic… and then on past the ‘In the Park After Dark’ location where they were showing Dirty Dancing.  I LOVE that movie… we didn’t stop tho… we kept going, stopped for a bottle of water and a snack of a slice of pizza and the icing off the top of a cupcake (It worked out perfectly… I like the icing and he likes the cake…)

We strolled through the residential areas of the West End on the way back to my bus stop and ended up logging a total of 7.1 miles.  It took us about four hours all told between walking, stopping to gawk around and take a pic or two, eating and then wandering back. Next week we’re going to start further back in the park so we go around the entire thing… Should end up adding a couple miles to the total, which is fine by me! 

Besides having just a really nice time, I couldn’t help but think to myself that this was my reward.  All my hard work and sacrifice (hello, running in the rain isn’t as romantic as you think!) thus far has paid off and a 7 mile walk isn’t really all that big of a deal… I mean it’s not a ‘deal’ at all… it’s a nothing… the thoughts going through my head when the idea was proposed to me was ‘what cute top should I wear’ and ‘should I bring a hoodie’.  It wasn’t ‘can I make it’, ‘will I be sweaty or out of breath’ or anything of that nature… All my cognitive effort the entire time was on laughing and telling/listening to stories and being silly.  I acted out a whole portion of the Friends episode where Rachel and Phoebe go running (linked here for you… v funny!) 

As I continue on in my journey for health and wellbeing, both for my mind and my body, I’m enjoying taking more ownership of who I am…

I’ve found myself thinking a lot about the excuses that I’ve made for myself in the past… in a probably useless effort to try and convince people around me that I wasn’t a train wreck.  (Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think every overweight person is a train wreck… but my weight issues came from trainwreck worthy things and this is my blog and I’m talking about me.) 

Ownership of who you are means that you don’t make excuses… you’re just who you are, both good and bad.  It’s difficult to explain and I don’t think I’m having an eloquent enough day to try and explain it but it’s a very freeing feeling. 

So, to sum up.  I’ve logged almost 10 intentional exercise miles in 36 hours, walking on the seawall is fun, I like my friend and I own who I am, both good and not so good.  Not bad for 36 hours!

Here’s a pic from about halfway… just to the left out of frame would be Siwash Rock (for those in the know).

Siwash Rock

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Party Animal!

Well, my weekend plan worked out almost exactly the way I wanted it to.  

I didn’t get down to the fabric store or the button store so that’s still on my list…but it’s something that I really should do when the weather gets a little bit less nice… 

We did however get to Trader Joe’s on Friday night.  I picked up a few essentials (since Friday night is usually when this party animal goes to Costco!) and then we went to Target and I got a pair of long (incredibly difficult for tall people to find!) bootcut jeans that were on sale for $13.  They’re about ¼ size too small yet but I couldn’t pass up the sale and by the time it’s jeans weather again, they should fit perfectly.  I also bought a super cute Champion Layered Tank and then a couple plain technical tanks… Target has cheap awesome workout wear! 

On Saturday I did get my pedicure and enjoyed my time with my friend… lots of laughing as per usual and then I did some fruitless errands and went home and had a nap. 

On Sunday I got up at 6am and was out on the Seawall running by 645.  I decided the night before to go much earlier than 8am because I knew it would be too hot to only be starting at 8 and I actually wanted to go to church at 11 so the earlier start was better.  I had also decided to go all the way around the park, which is 6miles or 9.8km but then once I was out there and it was already scorching at 7am, I decided I would only run half way around and then turn around and run back because I started on the cool shaded side and the second half is where the sun lives… it would have been completely unbearable.  So I ran from the yacht club (which I know means nothing to you) all the way to the underside of the Lions Gate Bridge.  When I stopped to check my pedo, it turns out that is exactly 3 miles so I just turned around and ran back and voila!  The goal of six miles while still avoiding baking my body and brain in the sun!  I ended up running the first three miles at 32m 17s, which is pretty much right on pace with the 2.5 mile runs I’ve been taking in my neighborhood.  Then I walked (very very slowly… I was just so out of juice!) the fourth mile… and then got cranky because it was taking too long and I realized that I didn’t get up at the crack of dawn on a weekend to take a leisurely walk… so I ran the last two miles back and came in with a 2nd half time of 39m 51s… which means that I must have run the last two miles faster … anyway, however you work it out, I need better timing equipment and I finished a 6 mile run (with a mile of walking) in under 1:15, which was fine with me! 

After my run I went and got a coffee at my friend’s café, came home and made breakfast and then took a post shower nap.  When I got up I decided to go to the mall and spend a Lululemon gift card I’d found and see about getting a watch battery fixed.  As I was driving home that’s when the whole weekend sort of went to hell and I drove over some accident debris and ended up with two flat tires… flat beyond repair… the tires on my car are the original ones from when it was made seven years ago so they’re bald, dried out and have cracks in the sidewalls… the tire guy said even if they could patch the holes, it fails their standard for putting a car on the road so my only option is to now purchase four new tires for a car I’m not all that interested in keeping… That about pushed me right over the edge of the stress cliff  and I decided that the best thing to do about it was to ignore for now… so ignore I am! 

Other than that, I guess no news is good news… the weather remains beautiful and in celebration of it tonight, I will paint my fingernails a completely obnoxiously bright coral color and go to bed early!  Because that’s what party animals do!