Here's the skinny: I've been near 300 lbs. for years and need to lose weight. I'm married to a wonderful lady, and we have a family. One of our boys often asks if I'll run with him. I've always had to tell him, "No." In August of '09, my wife learned about a couch-to-5k running program, and I agreed to try it with her. This blog chronicles our progress on that training program. I hope I'll soon be able to surprise my son by telling him, "Yes, I'll go running with you!"

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Logging the miles

I havent been able to get out and run much these last two weeks. It was a combination of factors including a wet basement, weather, extra babysitting and the list goes on. So I purposed to start slowly easing back into a running routine. I long for the long runs that I used to be able to do. I know better than than to jump right back into that leval.

Meanwhile Ive been logging miles on my bike. Ive been able to increase my distance on the bike and keep a pretty good pace. Today I logged 11.25 miles at a 4:35 average pace. That averages out to 13.1 miles per hour -- woot~!

This time of year in Minnesota -- we are soo longing for spring. Sometimes we are lucky enough to have the snow gone by now and warm temps on the way. This year not so much. Last weeks deluge of snow really made winter feel long. So whenever the temp appears anywhere near 40 and the sun is out -- I feel obligated to take advantage of it. Biking in 40 degree weather isnt as easy as it sounds -- I learned what layers I need and what i can do wihtout. I went once this season without a scarf and I wont make that mistake again. I dont always need it for face coverage but i wrap it multiple times around my neck and it keeps that from getting windburned. I still need a fleece headband. I have a thin fleece hat that fits under my helmet but its not quite long enough to protect the ears. So i need a headband to help that.

None of my friends are big bikers but I like to compete against myself lol. I always want to go longer, faster and harder. Some of the hills were tough today. I reminded myself that the reward of getting up a hill is going down the other side!!

Last summer, Mr. F taught me how to actually use the gears on my bike (Thanks honey). Prior to that, I would shift a little but have no idea what i was doing. I really really enjoy biking now that I have an idea of what im doing. My butt is still adjusting to biking longer distances :) And today after an 8 mile ride on sunday and an 11 mile ride today -- my quads are feeling it!

One of my goals for this summer is to bike to a town 17 miles away on the luce line trail and enjoy a nice meal and bike back home. Last summer, I did that with a different town that was 11 miles away. That was one hard ride ... I wasnt accustomed to biking that far yet and I could feel it!

Thats all for now folks
Mrs. F

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