Still running…

I’m still chugging along running a couple miles at a time, 2 or 3 times a week, usually somewhere around an 11 min/mile pace. Running more often seems to result in injury, so in addition to my 2 or 3 runs a week, I also spend an hour twice a week on the elliptical machine at the rec center.

If I lost more weight, running would be easier on my body, I’m sure.  But that would involve less eating– yikes.  I keep thinking I oughta do that, but in truth I’m not quite willing to go there.  I’ve been doing decently at maintaining where I am– 20+ pounds less than I was a couple years ago and at the top end of ‘normal’ weight for my height.  It is also the first time in years that I’ve actually weighed less than what my driver’s license says.  So for the time being, I’m reasonably content with where I am.

What is most delightful about this whole running/weight loss thing is how much better I feel doing even simple things.  Running up a flight of stairs, getting up off the floor, climbing into our big van–  all those things are so much easier than they used to be.  You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but every single day I notice that increased ease. The lines on my face may show I am getting older, but weight loss and exercise has made me physically feel most decidedly younger.  It is a very good thing.  My goal is to continue to keep a good balance between running and avoiding injury, because I hope to continue running for a good long time.


  1. I appreciate you letting us have a ‘peek’ at your life through your blog! I have been on the weight loss/exercise road for some time and I get where you are coming from. 6 months ago I joined (for free!) – an online calorie counting and goal setting site. It also has a community of people who are all going through the same thing trying to be fit and active. Anyway, it has been such a help to me I tell everyone I know about it! It is a great way to portion control and can even give you meal suggestions. Pretty cool, thought I’d share ~ Thanks!

  2. Your final paragraph is very inspirational! Thank you!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Have you thought about adding some Pilates into the mix? Its very low impact and would complement your running nicely. My mom, who’s 63 this year, started working on a Reformer about 2-3 years ago (around the same time I did, at 32) and its helped her immensely. The women in our family have a hyper-extensive genetic joint disorder known as EDS and the Pilates has been a God-send for so many of us. Some of us work with a PT or doing group-sessions, but its something you can easily do at home with videos as well (though I’d recommend working with a PT to ensure proper alignment if you had a disorder like we do). Pilates has changed all of our lives – for the better – like you said, my mom may have a few more wrinkles each year (as we all do) but she’s in the best shape of her life. And out of all the women in our family, she’s probably in the best shape!

  4. I love this post. Great job on the running.

    I have to limit my running to avoid injury. People (Runners) look at me funny when I tell them I only run 1-2 days a week, but any more and I risk inflamation in my knee. I supplement with the elliptical and lots of walking. I also lost 15 pounds a few years ago and decided I was happy where I was. Losing a few more would help my running, but I like to eat.

  5. Thanks for sharing this. I’m attempting some weight loss and increased exercise. Unfortunately I find exercise boring. 🙁 But I really want my achy body to feel better!

  6. Awesome job! Running, if done properly, is a great way to lose weight and get fit!

  7. This is so encouraging, Mary! Thank you! 🙂

    (P.S. I followed the pin from the photo and it leads to a “fitness” blog that has *ahem* rather inappropriate pictures. I found the original photo here from a blog about a Christian guy and his wife getting fit. 🙂 )

    • ooh, yikes. I forgot to check that before I posted it. Sorry, folks. I will change the link to the one you found. And there’s a nice post attached to the picture-link you shared too!


  8. Elizabeth says:

    I’m glad to hear you’re keeping up with it 🙂 Have you considered adding any strength training to your routine? I find that running often leads to injury for me, but when I lift weights or do squats, etc. I still lose weight because the increased muscle mass burns fat on its own.

  9. Hi Mary,

    You and I have so much in common! I have enjoyed getting to know you through your blog. I am currently adopting a little one from Haiti, my family actually just returned from visiting her last week. Amazing little girl! I am the author of Running by THE BOOK, a running training program that parallels training to run with our Christian walk. I would LOVE to send you a copy, I think you would enjoy it and would benefit from it. Please let me know where I can send you a copy, my gift to you for being such an inspiration to others…

  10. Keep up the good work!
    About a year ago me and hubby ran our 1st 5k. Since then I’ve run in another 5k and a 10k. And hubby has done 2 full marathons! At first I hated running, I just did it for the exercise, but the more I run, the more I’m enjoying it. I find I sleep really good on nights I run and if I’m in a bad mood, a run usually helps change that. 🙂