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Monday, December 12, 2011

Running Inside, Running Outside, Infertility

So I don't know exactly how long it has been since Ingrid started making me run, but I would guess three to four weeks. I'm still having this lame hip issue which is holding me back a bit, but I'm beginning to enjoy running more and more each time.

Each time we've ran it has been doing intervals. Before we started this, I had the misconception that running was basically just going as far as you could, as long as you could, one time. Which is part of why I thought it was so stupid. The first day that I actually worked hard we did one minute of running and one minute of walking outside on the trails. It was so exhausting. My breathing was awful, I felt like I was being stabbed all over, I was sweating something ferocious, and yes, it was awesome.

I much prefer running outside, but it is a challenge when it gets dark around 5pm, and thats when we get to the gym. We have been doing a lot of running inside on the track at our Y. This is less than enjoyable, because of the following reasons:
  1. Our annoying boss (not you, the other one) is always up there, and for some reason he has to run faster than we do. (I swear I'm not talking about you, I'm talking about a different boss). 
  2. Running in a circle is not enjoyable.
  3. The girls who walk in the run lane. Really? 
  4. That creeper boss who has to run faster than us.
  5. It is hot up there.
  6. It is booooooring. 
Yesterday we were able to run outside since we went early afternoon. Reasons why I love running outside:

  1. TIGHTS! I got to wear my tights and my legs look AMAZING in them. F'real.
  2. Less sweat. 
  3. I find it easier to breathe.
  4. It is much less tedious.
  5. Much less crowded.
  6. Scenery.
Anyway, (I love lists and bullet points), yesterday we were almost done with our run and I suggested we bump it up to 3min run/1min walk, which is by far the longest run I've done so far. The best thing is, it didn't hurt that bad. I enjoyed it. It is so weird, and unlike me. (And we went 1.7miles past where we were going to stop.)

We tried to figure how far we went, but our best guess is between 4.5 and 5 miles. It took us about an hour and 20 minutes. (That is why I was asking about distance apps on Twitter yesterday.)

I felt like such a beast when we were done. It was such an amazing feeling.

My goal is to run one mile without stopping by the end of this year. Yeah, I know, like two weeks away. I can do it though. It is going to be the first time in my life I'll be able to do it. I'm looking forward to it.

In a short infertility update, I am finally finished with my Provera medication. This means there will be no more fights about tortilla chips in our house, for a while at least. (Sorry, Joshua. I love you.). In the next few days I will be starting Clomid and the testing that goes along with that. I am hoping that this running will help me trim down some body fat and will help all those reproductive things to work better with the Clomid. Optimally I'd love for them to just work on their own, but as of this moment, it isn't happening, and I don't want to wait.

What are your fitness goals? Please, do tell.


  1. So, see....? I also thought that running just meant...running. I might be able to do this interval thing. Especially if there are snacks. Are there snacks? My fitness goal is to get over my separation anxiety with my couch.

  2. The interval thing makes it really easy to ease into it and not get burnt out. I'm really happy we're doing it this way. You can too! Your couch will totes be waiting for you when you return.

  3. Great goals you got there! I started running a few months ago and I can now run 30min straight! I average 3-4 miles. When I started I did about a 15minute mile. Needless to say I'm hitting about a 9-10 minute mile. Goal? I plan to run the Disney Princess half Marathon in 2013. :) Another goal? Get pregnant and continue to run!

  4. I had to stop exercise when I started IVF meds, but in September I met a goal of running a 5k without stopping. I am horrible at sticking with any sort of exercise so this was a huge accomplishment for me. My fitness goal is to do light workouts when I am cleared to exercise by my fertility doc. I would love to run another 5k next year after we have the baby/babies!



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