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Slow and steady.

That’s how many miles I ran today! With no walking! I feel so happy right now. Every time I run I feel great, mentally and physically, for hours.

It may not be a lot, but only 2 months ago I could hardly run 1/4 of a mile. When I was running today I almost got discouraged for being so slow, so I had to remind myself that my goal is not to be the fastest person out there. My goal is to have a good time,  finish the 10K race in September and not injure myself trying to do too much.

Even though I’m dreadfully slow I know speed will come with time. Slow and steady may not win this race, and I may be the slowest person at the Air Force Marathon 10K, but I’ll cross the finish line running and I’ll be so proud.

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The man who ate 25,000 Big Macs

Yesterday Don Gorske, the “Big Mac Enthusiast” interviewed in the movie Super Size Me, ate his 25,000th Big Mac. Big Macs or not, I’d be proud of a feat of that magnitude.

I get obsessed with things, too, although admittedly not 25,000 Big Macs obsessed. Some things turn out better than others. One time I tried a pasty and I loved it so much that I bought 10 – literally. I got so sick of them that I never ate one again.

A good obsession has turned out to be running. When I started running in the Couch to 5K program a few weeks ago I liked it so much that I went ahead and signed up for a 10K. A 10K RACE!

When I realized that my visit back to Ohio in September coincided with the United States Air Force Marathon, I knew I wanted that to be my first big race. I’m going to run a couple 5Ks this summer, but ultimately I’ll be working toward that.

Guess what? I get a T-shirt too! I want a medal, but I don’t know if they give medals for 10K-ers or if they are even real medals. If they do and they are real I’m going to wear it around and pretend like I got it in the Olympics. I’ve gotten medals before for bowling, but they were so cheap you could see the plastic mold around the edges.

Why the Air Force Marathon? I don’t know. I feel some connection to the AF still because I grew up in it and I’m friends with the best pilot in the USAF (Hunter!). I also went through AFROTC Field Training (boot camp for officers) because I was planning to be an officer and I actually passed. I didn’t even get ranked close to last place either! Shocking. More on that later. Until then, wish me running luck!

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Operation Couch to 5K is still going strong!

It’s hard to be a serious runner when you have a small head. I had to buy a pink and white polka dot headband in the kids section at Boots (the UK’s CVS) because adult headbands slide straight off my head, leaving my bangs to fly around and poke my eyeballs while I run.

I tried the adult headbands with rubber for traction so they wouldn’t slide back, but they only thing they accomplished was making me angry that I wasted £3 on worthless headbands.

I’m so freakin’ serious about running that I now have a stop-watch as well. Check it, yo!

OK, so it’s technically week 4, but I had to miss a week due to my shifts at work. To prove to myself that I wasn’t a failure I did two runs last weekend and two runs this weekend to make up for it.

I still haven’t picked out a 5K race for this summer. I guess part of me wanted to make sure I didn’t fail and end up wasting the money. The other part is just lazy. I want to fast-forward to the time where I’m already able to run half-marathons. That’s my goal for next year.

I used to feel like this in school. We were in the military so until high school I never spent longer than  a year in each place before moving to the next. Every September I’d always want to fast-forward to November when I knew I’d already have friends and wouldn’t have to desperately search for someone to hang out with me during lunch hour. In November I’d already have friends and could relax in the hours leading up to lunch. I hated school.

Until next time.

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I’m going from desk to 5K!

Here’s a picture of me at my job, and chances are this is what you look like too.

No offence to my job, it’s a good job. But any job where you spend 8 hours a day staring at a computer screen will lend itself to physical atrophy. After my first full year of life in the real world I didn’t feel the excitement I thought I’d feel. For making it through the year I was awarded a very nice pen with my initials engraved on it, but all I could think was, “This is all I have to show for a year post-college? A pen?” Sure, the pen is nice and it’s great to be recognized. But my problem isn’t with the pen. The pen was just a reminder of the fact that I spent the whole year learning nothing on my own.

The workforce is full of people who graduate, start working, and then just let life happen to them for the rest of their career. You see people who have been working for 20 years and they are completely dead inside. I always said that was NOT going to be me, so I worked really hard and enthusiastically last year. I did the best I could do and I ended up being the top performer for the year, but I was still really disappointed and I couldn’t figure out why. Now I know it’s because I worked really hard for the company but I didn’t do one thing to better myself.

In addition to still trying my best at work I’ve been involved with several objectives for self-betterment:

1) I’ve been teaching myself HTML and CSS, and I finally learned how to change the CSS (colors, fonts, etc.) on my blog. There will be changes happening in the next few months! I have a cool new blog name and have purchased the URL, so I just need to wait until I’m confident enough in my skills to possibly self-host my blog and get a new theme which I can CSS the heck out of.

2) I bought Adobe CS5, and I believe this will go hand-in-hand with my developing Web skills because I’ll be using Photoshop, Dreamweaver and eventually learning Flash. I also recently got a new camera, so now I’ll be able to edit my photos!

3) My body was wasting away so I’ve decided to try the Couch to 5K program. I prefer to call it the Desk to 5K program, because most of my time is spent at my desk at work rather than on my comfy couch playing Fable II. Basically the Couch to 5K program slowly but surely builds you up to being able to run a 5K, which I plan to do this summer. I’m on week 2, woo hoo! I’ll let you all know how it works out, but so far I’m really happy with it.

4) I’ve worked hard at changing my diet so I’ll feel better, and it’s working!  I’m eating almost no processed foods or meat now. For example, there is a trend going around of making “green monster” smoothies, so today I decided to make a green monster salad.

I’ll sign off with pictures of the fresh organic spinach salad with avocado, sauteed asparagus and a light lemon/olive oil dressing. The warm asparagus tasted so nice on top of the cool avocado and spinach. Yum!

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