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.