Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Running Thoughts

Twenty minutes, only twenty.  Keep your expectations low.  You’ll be done before you know it.  iPod, check. Water, check.  "Should I give up or should I just keep chasing pavements"….Ok good, five minutes gone….Prepare….The chorus is when you speed up and run….run…run…...Watch your breathing….In and out….in and out…..How’s your left knee?...Thank God for that knee brace!...."The scars of your love remind me of us"….Go Adele, fire me up!....Keep running, you can push it….one more solid minute, keep going…………..(scream!)…..Whew!......Now slow down, walk, walk, walk, but keep that incline…up, up, up…..There, that’s good…..Let this chorus go but prepare for the next one….another run and make it faster…..
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Think of that decadent dessert you promised you’d make after losing 15 more pounds…..Brilliant!….just brilliant!….Who tries to lose weight so they can eat and gain it all back?...only you….you unabashedly food obsessed YOU…..What the hell?!..….If it works, it works……"You had my heart inside your hand but you played it"……Ouch!...Yeah, that’s it, think of all the pain you’ve felt, your heart smashed into smithereens….all your hopes blown up in your face…..take that energy….Have to lose weight, have to lose weight…..Remember how your ex dumped you ‘cos you’re too chubby?.....Oh wait….Right!….That’s NOT why you broke up….Wait….Why did we break up?......."We could’ve had it aaaaaallllll....rolling in the deeeeeep……You had my heart inside your hand"…..Yes he did and I did too but…oh well….long story…..ANYWAY!.....This girl’s awesome!....talented and utterly confident in her own skin, her size.....Wish I were like that…..Oh Adele, how do you do it? ….Sh*t!.....This is so freakin’ hard!.......Keep running….push it, push your self, dammit!  …..You can add one more minute this time….think of him, and her, and him….dedicate this run, this segment to them, their health, their success…..GOoooo!!!!......(scream!)…...(exhale!)…..WHEW!.......AWESOME!  28 minutes done?!??!!.....Cool…..two more minutes to complete your 30….slow down now, cool down……You can lose the incline….....leisurely walk….breathe….What’s for dinner tonight?....hmmmm…..Dang!...Forget dinner!....I still have to write my blog post!............................................

29 comments:

  1. Awesome post, Joy, very creative. Exercising and dieting are very emotional, and you capture that brilliantly. I'm very much in favor of the blog post diet implied at the end! :-)

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  2. Great, I am feeling really bad now. I badly need to exercise...

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  3. Lol! You can do 30 minutes...I am jealous! I haven't gone jogging for 2 days now.... and I have to do that now! Loved it! :)

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  4. Cleansing breath ...

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  5. sweepyjean (http://sweepyjean.wordpress.com/) has left a new comment on your post "Running Thoughts":

    Awesome post, Joy, very creative. Exercising and dieting are very emotional, and you capture that brilliantly. I'm very much in favor of the blog post diet implied at the end! :-)

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  6. That's why I prefer a class- less having to push myself, more of someone else pushing me. Hate running, just gives me shin splints, hate it! Josie x

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  7. Hehe... how on earth did you manage to get inside my head? I don't think my inner monologue is quite as organized, and it's often peppered with thoughts like "Oh, Angeline Jolie looks like a floozy..." because of the televisions above our workout area that are constantly showing junk TV! And for the record, I don't really think Angelina looks like a floozy, but I tend to think crazy thoughts when I'm in the throes of a workout! LOL

    Stopping by from the voiceBoks members to remember! Enjoy the rest of your week!

    Smiles, Jenn
    www.misadventuresinmotherhood.com

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  8. Hahaha, too funny Jenn! Thanks for stopping by and for your thoughts! I can't think of Angelina Jolie while working out. Remember, I keep my expectations low, LOL!

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  9. I hate the exhaustion but I must admit I like the feeling of 'freedom' and that it allows me to clear my mind too :-)

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  10. I wish I could run. Too many injuries so I'm limited and it stinks because running can be really amazing for the mind too. Kuddos for keeping up with it!

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  11. Girl! I am not a runner, but I SO appreciate those of you who are. I have a saying, "I only run when chased, and then, not always." But don't worry about being food obsessed when exercising, you are burning a lot of calories and it is natural for your body to day, "FUEL ME UP!"

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  12. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving me such a great comment! I am definitely scared to be starting a new job but my excitement outweighs the fear.

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  13. How awesome is this post. I really felt as if I was the one running on the treadmill. Well, I guess my workout is done for the day =)

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  14. Hi Joy -

    If it makes you feel any better, the past 45 hours I've done 3,300 calorie burn that spans about 21 miles and about 3 hours of running uphill @ 15% incline. And I'm so exhausted now reading your post, lol. Keep it going Joy. You can do it ;) :) ^5!

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  15. I walk when it's not over 90 degrees outside and yes, I have running thoughts like that too, but I also have to try really hard not to start singing out loud to what's playing on my MP3 player! =)

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  16. Um...okay...now I feel guilty about playing hooky from the gym today. Hehe :D

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  17. Music definitely helps to keep the energy flowing.

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  18. Good on you Joy for the endurance running (30 mins would kill me), the commitment, the music and the humour - ps I'm up to 4mins I think :)

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  19. Hahaha, funny Lalia! But who cares right? Go sing your heart out! I would if I could. But I'm so out of breath and it becomes so unglamorous, hehehehe!

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  20. 15% incline???!!!!!.....My treadmill only goes as high as 10! And I could never do more than a 6. You're insane Brian! But....I'm jealous :-(

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  21. Yeah, TV...I'm trying to be careful too as my left knee is weak and could get a bit painful...hence the knee brace. I also try not to over-do it so I can keep doing this.

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  22. Excellent post. Humorous. Great rhythm. Have you thought of publishing this as flash fiction? A lot of people would identify with it.

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  23. Absolutely brilliant Joy. I can identify with this so much. At the moment I'm not beating the pavement because of a dodgy knee. Have dodgy knee probably because of extra weight. How do I lose it if I can't go walking.....couldn't even consider running. Instead I'm swimming up and down a small pool twice a day for 40 mins a go. Worse no music to listen to so the thoughts run wild. Natives think I'm nuts, the pool is only for cooling off. Keep up the good work, even if it is just to enjoy eating a treat without guilt.

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  24. Exhilarating. Frenetic. Fast- paced. Alive. Captivating. Wonderfully descriptive writing. Go Adele! I got exhausted just reading it. Bravo.

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  25. Glad you liked it and that I gave you a workout, Mike B!

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  26. My recently diagnosed "lateral collateral ligament strain" (yes, it's a real thing!) has caused me to shut down my exercise program. Thank goodness I got some exercise from reading your post. I followed doctor's orders and am healing quickly, so I should be ready to resume my real exercise program in about one more week. In the meantime, I can just re-read this post when I need to get my heart rate up!

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  27. MikeB: Hahhaha! I wish it were that simple. Can I just read this too everyday and lose 2lbs a week at least? That would be amazing! lol! Hope your healing comes sooner than later.

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  28. Joy,
    I did a lot of slow walking with my wife this past Tuesday. From where we parked our car to the stores we went to, and then around the stores. I estimate we walked one mile, which is not a lot, but it seems to have made my knee worse (although the ligament still feels fine). I guess I will have to read your treadmill post off and on for a while to get that exercise I need.

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  29. Yes, you can read your article and lose 2 pounds per week. But you will have to read it 100 times each week.

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