I have been feeling endorphins.
That's right, people, real genuine endorphins have been released into my brain. How you ask? Because I have been running. Real genuine running! It's true!
A while back I told y'all how I had started the Couch to 5K program, which is this amazing program that slowly works the follower into running longer and longer distances. It also has this groovy iPhone app that not only talks you through the workout, but also tracks you on a GPS, lets you play any audio you have in your iTunes (I listen to NPR Podcasts) and yells at you if you aren't going fast enough!
Well as hard as it is to believe, I'm still at it! True, I got bogged down and veered off course a bit while we were in New York, but I'm back to it now, running at least 3 times a week. As of this week, my run consists of a 5 minute warm up walk, 28 minutes of jogging, followed by another 5 minute cool down walk. I'm covering 2.85 miles, which I think is damned impressive.
I also discovered another app called WalkJogRun, which helps you plot our routes using your GPS. I've been driving Jude to school in the morning, parking the car at the school, and running from there because the neighborhood is much more fabulous and lush and...well...flat. Which is easier.
The only bad thing is that people I know keep driving by me and shouting things like "You GO girl!" which I think they are doing in an attempt to encourage me, but sort of makes me self-conscious and feel like they're thinking "Oh, look at her, poor old thing, running like that. Good for her!" But I might just be paranoid.
And the best thing about my runs? I'm not worn out when I'm done. Tired, yeah. Sweaty for sure. But not whooped. I just shower and feel pretty damned good about myself.
"So Gretchen" you say "This program you're on is the 'Couch to 5K Program'. I know you started on the couch, but where's that 5K?"
Well, glad you asked. On October 28th, I will be participating in the Walk to End Epilepsy 5K Walk/Run!
Many of you already know Elizabeth, the brilliant woman behind the blog a moon, worn as if it had been a shell. Elizabeth's lovely daughter, Sophie, suffers from epilepsy, and I will be running to raising money and awareness for Team Sophie. Sophie's disabilities are profound. Her specific diagnosis is "refractory seizures of unknown origin", which basically means that no one knows why she is the way she is, and no one knows what to do to help her. The bottom line is that for the last 16 years, Sophie has suffered daily from multiple seizures. She must be fed and bathed and dressed and kept clean. She is unable to walk without assistance, and has never uttered a word.
Please join me in supporting Sophie, Elizabeth, their family and thousands of other families like theirs by sponsoring my run!
The more support I get from all of y'all, the less likely I'll be to poop out and collapse.
I thank you now for your support!
Lots of excellent and inspiring Exercise posts this week! Please check them out!
Aimee at AimeeWrites - NEW on FRIDAY!
Nain at View From Down Here - NEW on FRIDAY!
Ginny Marie at Lemon Drop Pie - NEW on FRIDAY!
Jan at Jan's Sushi Bar - NEW on FRIDAY!
Kendra at Life in the slow lane - NEW on FRIDAY!
Next week on The Spin Cycle...
I'm missing my hometown, Austin, Texas, so much I can't stand it. Sometimes I get so homesick and just crave the place in such a deep, visceral way that I get weak.
Where did you grow up? Did you love it? Do you miss it? Or did you get the hell out of there as soon as you possibly could?!
Do you get back often? Never? Do you still live there? Or did you move away and eventually make your way back?
This could be a story about the place, a tour of the place, or just memories of the place. Though I'm thinking pictures are a must.
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