So, most of my friends know that I have been running for almost 20 years. It's something that I started with my oldest best friend for no reason at all. There wasn't a whole lot going on in Santa Fe at the time and we were always guaranteed to place because there weren't that many 13 and 14 year old entrants. Fast forward to today. I still love to run. It's mostly because of the endorphins and the stress relief. Most recently it's because I just enjoy the companionship of my MRTT running buddies. Also, you can do it anywhere and any time with minimal equipment and preparation.
But wait a second! Why the hell do I look exactly the same? Three miles, or 5 or ten and no change. WTF?!?! I've been forced to accept the fact that despite the many benefits of running, muscle sculpting and weight loss are not part of it (for me anyway). What's the point in hitting that 13.1 if you can't bounce a quarter off your booty? (I haven't actually tried this...yet)
In light of this discovery, I recently joined a weight lifting/figure shaping competition. It runs for 90 days and to my surprise includes minimal cardio. I'm back to body weight exercises and good old fashioned heavy lifting. I didn't expect to enjoy it, but it's not too bad. Frankly, it's preferable to trying to get in miles with humidity in the 80 and up percentage range. So farewell to our old friend cardio. I am on to short runs and HIIT.
P.S. This post is dedicated to my daughter Olivia who maintains that I look like Beyonce no matter what even thought she has no idea who that is.
P.P.S. If you are looking for a running group try www.momsrunthistown.com.