I guess this is something everybody already knows, but thought I’d put it out there for those just starting out on this fitness journey who might not be as inclined to treat themselves to ‘the right equipment.’ Whew. That sentence was a little too long. But you probably get my drift.
I’m actually one of those people prone to just make do and not invest a lot of money in the right equipment. But because of the encouragement of certain bloggettes, I happen to have a nice collection of running gear. Dietgirl talked a lot about the right sports bra, and while I didn’t get the one she recommended, I did get a darn good one. And then Vickie told me about the wonders of wearing two pairs of socks. Lori and Shelley have talked quite a bit about their running clothes, and so when I was at Marshall’s one day, I shelled out a few more dollars than normal for a really nice pair of running pants. And of course, due to Shelley’s generosity, I have a Nike Plus that I can use (don’t tell Shelley, but I haven ‘t quite figured out how to use it yet…) And I have my beloved Saucony running shoes, which I do replace pretty regularly, since I walk (and run ) so much.
So almost every day…well, on my best days…I put on all the right equipment and head out for my walk with Noah. Even when there was an extended period of time there when my knees and my back were hurting too much to want to run. But I was READY if everything felt right. And eventually I just started back running, and challenging myself to go a little farther and to run a bit more UP the hills. And having all the right equipment on made a tremendous difference in how far and how hard I would try to keep going. And now, I’M RUUU-NNNING (said in a Forrest Gump voice.) This morning after practicing Noah’s obedience lessons with him, we ran for practically the whole three miles. And tonight, after listening to the Two Fit Chicks podcast (I LOOOOVVVE THESE PODCASTS SOOO MUCH!!!) I WANTED to go out and run again! So I put Noah in the car (he loves the car ride) and drove to the end of the road so we could run where it was a little flatter. That was fun. Not too far, probably a mile or so. But a cool breeze was blowing, I had taken the time to put the right equipment on again, and it just makes me feel good about myself. The bra–well you know what that does, and the pants–they just stay in place, don’t bunch up , and they kind of move with me. And the two pairs of socks–I hate it when my socks get wrinkled inside my shoes. Wearing two pairs not only gives my feet extra cushioning, they just stay in place so nicely. And to quote Forrest again, That’s all I want to say about that.
Today my food choices were SUPERB (gotta say that in a French accent.) PLEN-TY of veggies. A modicum of fruit, a little dairy, a little protein, and not too many dessert type foods. (But enough to make me satisfied.) I made two batches of yogurt and strained one so I have plenty of regular AND Greek yogurt for the week. I did some ‘grown-up chores’ (good grief how old do I have to be before I stop thinking of boring maintenance stuff as grown-up chores?) And when I came home from that, the day was about gone, but I put some beets in to roast for a salad, and then I washed ALL THREE DOGS! Don’t Sophie and Mr. Monk look fluffy LOL? (The first shot is on my ‘auto’ setting, and after that I experimented and figured out how to set the camera to night time shots–what a difference, huh?)
Okay, this last shot of Noah is a bit too much of a ‘self-portrait.’ A little too much of my clutter showing up in this pic. That rope thing is one of his beloved ‘childhood’ toys that he has recently rediscovered. He still has that funny puppy ‘halo’ of fluffy hair on top of his head.