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September 17th, 2004


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09:54 am - A Brief Moment to Brag


Okay, I have to brag. I went back through my fitness journal, and on July 12, I was able to do one mile in about 27 minutes. On Sept 12, I did TWO miles in a little under 27 minutes. That's two months of just increasing little by little, only by as much as was comfortable, and backing down on the speed or length of time if I needed to.

Okay, granted I was pushing a little bit for that two miles in 26:47, but not in a painful way or anything.

I am really, really, really stoked. It's not that two miles in 27 minutes is like Olympic time, or even close -- it's the fact that there's been this much improvement in what I can do in only two months, and WITHOUT hurting myself, or even making myself very uncomfortable.

I wonder if I can squeeze in another mile by November 12? :-)

I never understood people who worked out because they wanted to, but I'm actually liking it. It definitely helps to have the journal, though, so I can look back and see the difference. Otherwise, I'd probably get discouraged.

Yay, me!

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From:zootnarf
Date:September 17th, 2004 10:56 am (UTC)
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Awesome, Mrs. V! I'm glad you found a way to stick to it with the journal. I'm a "need gratification" kind of person, too, and I love to see a little dot drop lower for my weight or a number of calories I burned for a particular workout. It's sort of like getting a grade on a paper - a tangible form of what you are achieving. Way to go!!
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From:mrsveteran
Date:September 17th, 2004 11:24 am (UTC)
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Thanks. :-)

Now I wish I'd kept track in more detail what I was doing: like now, I put in how many minutes I walked vs. ran and at what speeds, and what treadmill elevation, and how many reps of what exercise at what weight, etc. Before, I'd just put the time and (sometimes) the mileage for walk/run and just the time for weight lifting.

Exercise can be addicting when you can feel yourself getting stronger.

Maybe next year, I can do the Race for the Cure 5K!

And someday, I may even be as awesome as Astrobabe and do a triathlon. :-)
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From:cookiegirlie
Date:September 17th, 2004 11:59 am (UTC)
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I'm so proud of you, sweetie.


* smooooochies *
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From:kungfubarbie
Date:September 17th, 2004 11:59 am (UTC)
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YAY YOU ROCK MRS V!! WOOOT!!!!
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From:nephratari
Date:September 17th, 2004 12:10 pm (UTC)
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Yay thats awesome.. keep it up! ;)
From:ipuhlot
Date:September 17th, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC)
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Awesomness!

2 miles in under 30 is good...it puts you on track for a 4.5 mile hour, which my running friends tell me is really good (either that or they're just trying to make me feel good...)

Hey, maybe next year I'll do a 5K, too...once I find out exactly how far that is...
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From:mrsveteran
Date:September 17th, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
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5K is around 3.125 miles. Usually, they just call it 3.2, I think. The Race for the Cure 5K stops timing at 34 - 36 minutes, though, so I definitely have to get the time down to do that.

Hm. A 4.5 mile hour is good? Nice to know. That seems achievable, actually. :-)

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