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First, I just finished an eight-week running program that is, theoretically, a Couch to 5K program. However, it's all done by time, and I am slow, so I just ran a little over 2 miles in 35 minutes.

The important part here is that I. Ran. For. Thirty-Five. Minutes. Straight.

Me.

I felt so good I ALMOST thought that it might be fun to keep running. :-)

I hesitate to put this out there, but I feel like it might be useful or encouraging knowledge for someone: I haven't lost a pound since I started running--and no, I wasn't trying to lose any weight. I haven't changed my eating habits and I haven't gone up or down a size, either. It's certainly possible that I am eating more calories, but I haven't felt like I'm eating a ton more than I was before. I DO feel much stronger and way more fit--it's constantly surprising to me how much MORE I can do without feeling out of breath. Anyway, there's some anecdotal evidence for you to use as you see fit.

... and now for the Sharks!

I wasn't able to actually watch Sharknado, but I almost don't care. People's tweets last night made me happy, and I have a few links to keep here for maximum joy:

(All of these have spoilers.)

Cleolinda compiles everything she knows about Sharknado
The writer of Sharknado answers some very serious questions
A beautiful review of a beautiful movie
The fact that this happened means that there will always be hope for humanity

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syxp
Jul. 12th, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
That's awesome.

A lot of people actually gain weight when they start running. So.


holdouttrout
Jul. 12th, 2013 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Makes sense, considering the muscles you're forcing yourself to use. :-)

Edited at 2013-07-12 08:15 pm (UTC)
ayiana
Jul. 12th, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! I've been working in a very slow, convoluted way, on the Couch to 5k program too, though I'm nowhere close to your progress. Thought you'd like to know, though, that I've not lost so much as an ounce, either. Bummer, that. It's nice to have more energy and just generally feel better, but wouldn't it be lovely if we could lose a pound or two, as well?
holdouttrout
Jul. 12th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
I've tried to do the C25K several times, and every time BUT this time I've repeated days and whole weeks. I started from a much higher baseline this time 'round!

Honestly, I think the energy and cardiovascular awesomeness is totally worth the pain on its own. Even just resting or sitting at my desk I feel so much better. (Now I just need to work on my posture.)
gabolange
Jul. 12th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the running! That's awesome!

As my own weight-related aside, I stopped exercising (by virtue of broken ankle) for going on 20 weeks. (We're working back. Slowly.) For a while I was eating a whole lot, now I'm probably eating a little less than I used to as my body figures out what it needs for healing and progress. BUT! I haven't gained any weight. My body clearly knows how much it wants to weigh, it's just shifted in where it's putting that weight and how it's managing it.

Which is a really long way to say: if you feel fitter and stronger, YAY! And that I am jealous of your progress, because after this much time off, getting back into exercise is going to be a bear. And that bodies are weird, man. :)
holdouttrout
Jul. 12th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
Bodies are SO WEIRD. I'm sure you'll be back to your normal active self pretty quickly--20 weeks seems like a SUPER long time. *hugs*
pepper_field
Jul. 12th, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
Yaaay! Well done you. :) You could get to the Gate before the time limit is up!

I lost almost no weight from running, too. *shrug* But I can run up the stairs at work, so I figure what the hell.
holdouttrout
Jul. 12th, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
You could get to the Gate before the time limit is up!

OMG! Best app idea ever!

I'll take running up the stairs any day!
morwen_peredhil
Jul. 12th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
Sharknado was EPIC.

I only wish I had the words to express my intense pride in being part of the society that produced such a thing.
holdouttrout
Jul. 13th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
Hee! I really wish I could have seen it and joined the twitter storm. :-)
mrspollifax
Jul. 13th, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
I tried C25K once and pulled a muscle in my foot. Win! So I think you are totally fab!!
holdouttrout
Jul. 13th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
Or... you could say that you win because your body told you in unequivocal terms that you were excused from C25K. :-)
nandamai
Jul. 13th, 2013 11:32 am (UTC)
35 minutes! That is so awesome. :) :) :)
holdouttrout
Jul. 13th, 2013 04:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm feeling good today, too. :-)
nandamai
Jul. 13th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC)
Always a good sign if you can still walk the next day!
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