Running. Lots of people run and everybody seems to run for different reasons. This past year I accomplished one of my “bucket list” goals. I ran my first full marathon. 26.2 miles is quite a bit, but it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I didn’t realize how much more of a time commitment training for a full marathon was versus training for a half marathon. Right now all I have time to train for is another half marathon.
In the past 4 months my cousin and my sister have started running fun runs, 5k runs, and working out. Not only are they doing this to lose weight, but to improve their lifestyle and health. Here are the things to remember about running and exercise in general:
the risk of dying decreases in those who exercise regularly
essential component to any weight management program, it burns calories and may help burn calories even while not exercising. Diets can lead to muscle loss, but exercise can help build muscle mass
helps improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes and can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes
helps decrease blood pressure
helps improve your lipid profile by decreasing triglycerides and raising HDL levels
reduction in stress after exercise
helps to prevent osteoporosis and the incidence of fracture
exercise can also help quit smoking
I am excited that my cousin and sister have decided to train to run their first half marathon in April. The Big D Marathon (http://www.texasmarathon.com/) will be such a great run with not only my mom, but my cousin and sister to cross the finish line. To begin the new year my Nike plus app says that I have run 288.9 miles in the past 4 months (I didn’t make my goal of 300 miles by 1 /1/13, but plan to by the end of the week). I look at my training program I have chose: Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half Marathon Program http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51132/Half-Marathon-Intermediate-Training-Program) and I should run 298 miles in the 12 week training program. Since the marathon is actually 16 weeks away I think I will definitely break 600 miles on my running app. I love tracking my miles, it is personally rewarding.
Bobbi and I are going to keep each other accountable for every mile. Blogging about training, clinical rotations, and life will hopefully also keep me accountable for everything.
So I am starting a new journey this week. Well maybe not a new journey a continued one that is a hard struggle sometimes. I have to remember that my well-being, health, and fitness level are directly reflective of the person that I am and of the person that I hope to be. I joined Team Beach Body as an independent coach. I am using Shakeology (http://myshakeology.com/esuite/home/jennd09) and am starting a new workout program called Insanity Asylum (http://beachbodycoach.com/jennd09). I have a great support system and hope that I can be a great support system for people looking to get healthier and more fit.
I am planning on using my blog to help keep me accountable to my workout/health & fitness partner, Lindsey Bastemeyer. Plus I can fill anybody else in on how great Insanity is or anything else I am doing to help me fit into my skinny jeans, have more energy, and be happier and healthier. I am hoping that I will have people join me along the way of this continued journey to health and wellness.
Great way to start spring semester: having dizzy spells off and on all day. That’s what my past two weeks of life have been like. This is not fun when you look up from a book really fast, trying to hold a yoga pose, or while running.
Well being the self-diagnosing medical student that I have become I decided to use the handy dandy first consult: MCC of dizziness in an adult female 25-30 years of age, yes that’s right you guessed it: dehydration! Not PG. Come to think about it my consumption of liquids has become predominately coffee and tea. Maybe I will start carrying around one of these:
Make sure I drink a couple of them a day for now on. Plus it will help get rid of this stomach bug I caught over the weekend.