I did it!

I just finished my 2 mile run, making this my first 20 mile week in MONTHS (and perhaps, to be quite honest, the 2nd one ever). AND – I only need two more Booty-busting points to make my Booty-busting goal of 100 points. I think I can manage to get two more points in the next couple of days!

AND, since I knew I only had two miles, I pushed it a little (not all the way – I still want to run tomorrow), but my splits;

Mile 1: 10:27
Mile 2: 10:21

WOO! My average pace on yesterday’s 6-mile was 12:04 (the snow made it really hard to go fast), for Tuesday’s 4.5 miler, I averaged 11:19, and on my 7.5 miler last weekend, my average pace was 11:44 – so this is a HUGE difference. I feel pretty damn good, too.

AND – the architect has not yet divorced me over my hair, although I’m pretty sure he doesn’t actually like it. And to be honest, I’m not sure if I like it, either.

Happy Saturday!

Recent Comments

  • Sarah
    January 3, 2009 - 11:34 am ·

    Don’t give up on it yet!! It’s cute. I promise 🙂 And good job getting your miles in! Whoot! Whoot!!

    • gazelle
      January 3, 2009 - 5:15 pm ·

      as it was being finished yesterday, I thought to myself – ‘hey, is this sarah’s hair?’

      It’s growing on me already (ha – pun!), but it’s still really short.

  • LY
    January 3, 2009 - 1:41 pm ·

    Oh my gosh! I’m so proud/envious of you!!! I don’t believe in resolutions (because they just stress me out), but I still silently make some “plans” for the new year, one of which is to start running. I’ve NEVER been a runner… if I go to the gym, I will do the ellipticals, but the treadmills scare the cr@p out of me. But this year, I really really want to try running. Have you always been a runner? I figure if I start with some speed-walking, I can eventually transition… right? Good grief.

    Anyway, congrats on already achieving one of your personal goals!!! That has to feel awesome!!! 🙂

    ps) I can’t believe you’re freakin’ running in SNOW!!!! BE CAREFUL!

    • gazelle
      January 3, 2009 - 5:23 pm ·

      I have not always been a runner – I started the rapid movement back in the summer of 2006 – and signed up for a 5K to keep me motivated. Obviously, the motivation stuck. I’ve been running for almost 3 years now, and have completed 5Ks, 10Ks, a 15K & a 1/2 marathon.

      I didn’t run on a treadmill for probably over a year after I started running – because they terrified me. (In fact, I still hardly ever do a treadmill unless I have to.) I think it’s easier to run outside (as long as you’re in a safe neighborhood) and it’s definitely more fun (as long as it’s not snowy).

      Good luck with giving running a try! It can be pretty addictive 🙂

      • LY
        January 4, 2009 - 1:20 pm ·

        Thanks! You are a major inspiration for my non-running self, especially now that I know you weren’t a born runner 🙂

        Down with treadmills!

        ps) There are worse addictions, right? 🙂

        • gazelle
          January 4, 2009 - 2:04 pm ·

          As far as addictions go, this one’s not too bad -and not even that expensive. I plan to buy three pairs of shoes this year (I replace every 300 miles) – so that’ll be about $300. And another $300 or so on race fees (which is totally NOT necessary), and maybe $100 or so on gear (also not strictly necessary) – so $700/year on running? I haven’t checked, but I’m pretty sure a cocaine addiction would be a bit more.

          The first couple of run I did, I was so proud of myself when I was able to run for 10 minutes in a row. And if you ever have any running questions, feel free to contact me!

  • Amanda
    January 3, 2009 - 2:23 pm ·

    wowie zowie on the hair!! How great you donated it! The running is great and so glad that it’s given you a little motivation.

    • gazelle
      January 3, 2009 - 5:24 pm ·

      HBBC has definitely been my motivation for the past 4 weeks – and I’m pretty thrilled that as long as I run at least 5 miles tomorrow (I’m planning on 8) that I’ll have run or walked 50 miles in the 4 weeks.

  • chia
    January 3, 2009 - 6:43 pm ·

    I wish my melon would sprout fur faster too ;-). I got a really short one last time around and it’s not fun. Glad it’s growing on you though!

    Wish I lived closer, you’d be a fun running partner!

    • gazelle
      January 4, 2009 - 2:05 pm ·

      I’m fortunate that my hair does grow fast (although not instantaneously yet, dammit)! I’m sure it’ll be longer in no time.

      If you’re ever in Portland again, you’ll definitely have to join us for a run. I’m sorry we didn’t get to meet when you were here for the marathon.

  • Alisa
    January 3, 2009 - 8:12 pm ·

    Great job on the 20 mile week! We will be doing many of those for San Diego come March!

    I love the hair! (And if he doesn’t or you don’t, it’s hair, it’ll grow back.)

    • gazelle
      January 4, 2009 - 2:05 pm ·

      I’m sure this wasn’t my LAST 20 mile week this year!

      I hope the rest of your run went well. Next week, we’ll run the whole distance together.

  • MizFit
    January 4, 2009 - 3:47 am ·

    ahhh the hair.

    we have had more than a few WFT MIZ WHY DID YOU DO THAT TO YOUR HEAD!? moments around here throughout our marriage.

    I never gave a…care when I liked it—but when I was uncertain it got ugly.
    (both the head and the words:))

    • gazelle
      January 4, 2009 - 2:06 pm ·

      the architect hasn’t really said anything about the hair, other than “it’s really short”, so I’m hoping it doesn’t get crazy. Fortunately, it will grow back. And it least it’s cute (or so I’m told). 🙂