Am I Skinny Yet? (Lazy Girl Runs a Half Marathon, Week 2 of 22)
In which I manage to run a zillion miles, not lose weight, and fall behind on posting.
-April Daniels Hussar
I signed up with Team in Training to train for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco on October 16, 2011. That means I need to be able to both run 13.1 miles in a row (ack!!) AND raise at least $3,200 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Read my initial training post here.
Wow. Training for a half marathon is no freaking joke. I posted that first update three weeks ago and I feel like it was simultaneously yesterday and a hundred years ago. (Clarification: this post is titled Week 2, but really it’s week 3 because I cheated and started training a week early. And also I’m posting this two weeks late. WTF, April?)
So. How’s it been going? Hmmm… on one hand I’m proud of myself. I’ve been consistently getting out there and running, even though mostly it’s on the treadmill which is way easier than running on the actual ground and no matter where I run I’m still averaging about a 15-minute mile (GO FLASH GORDON!)
On the other hand, I’m confused … I’ve been been consistently getting out there and running… for over three weeks now (see clarification, above)… and I still look and weigh exactly the same! Shouldn’t I be shrinking by now? For reals? I think I know the answer to my problem … on the days that I run I am ABSOLUTELY RAVENOUS. I mean, like, all I want to do is eat everything, especially if it’s a cookie. And I pretty much do, because I figure hey I ran, I can eat!
Not — honestly — that I’m in this as some big weight-loss project, because for reals, I’m not. But still. I’m amazed that I’ve been burning all those calories and somehow managing to replenish them! That’s a lot of eating, people.
But enough about my bathing suit anxiety body, how’s the running going?
Here’s a little video story for you — this is from my first run out in the great outdoors …. away from the safety and comfort of my beloved treadmill. How far, you ask? A WHOLE TWO MILES! That’s like 80 thousand miles in lazy girl years! Or something like that.
Part 1: In which I get tired walking to the park (0.2 miles) and feel jealous of kids on scooters:
Part 2: In which I attempt to speak coherently after running once around the park (1.3 miles), and fail.
Part 3: In which I am triumphant! TWO WHOLE MILES, PEOPLE! (As real marathoners laugh heartily)
Haha. I don’t know why I’m sharing these videos. Clearly running has addled my brain and stripped me of my vanity.
I promise to get on track with posting once / week here on BettyConfidential.com. Because I know how much you want to see more embarrassing videos of me! But I’ll post “week 3” this week so I can be on time with week 4. Because somehow, somewhere, in my brain, that matters.
April Daniels Hussar is BettyConfidential’s executive editor, and is way more together than this post would indicate. If you’d like to see her gasping and wheezing some more, visit her at aprilhussar.tumblr.com — and, of course you can make a tax deductible donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society via her runner’s page here: http://pages.teamintraining.org/nj/nikesf11/ahussar.