Deja vu all over again

I was driving to work this morning and I had this great idea to start a blog all about my running and transformation from a chubby desk jockey to a lithe runner. I thought, “I’ll make the web address cassiatherunner. It’ll be great!” I thought maybe I’d make it private until I was sure I could keep up with it.

I just logged into WordPress, clicked on “My blogs” and saw this and thought, “Well no wonder I thought it was such a good idea.”

You know what else I think is a good idea? Taking WP up on their suggestion to help me meet my blogging goals. I’m going to set that for weekly and if I manage to blog more often, that’ll be neat, too.

Aside from feeling a bit stupid for not remembering that I’d had this idea before, I also feel like this is some sort of message from the universe (or God, whichever you prefer – I believe in both). The question is, should I be hearing, “Give up blogging, you’ll never stick with it,” or, “This is an idea you should stick with – I’ve sent it to you TWICE.” I’m choosing door number 2.

Let’s have an update, shall we?

I went up to 199 lbs. (EEK!) and then on February 10, 2014 started a Biggest Loser contest at work, where I weighed in at 194. I gained a pound the first week (thanks, hormones) and lost FOUR the second, so a three pound loss overall. To help with this, I’ve joined the campus rec center at work and I’ve been bringing my gym bag every day (minus one day last week) and exercising before I head home. Now, if I haven’t mentioned it before, I live reeeeeaaaalllly far from work. Like it usually takes me two hours each way. I still work here because I have a tendency to resist change and I like my coworkers a LOT and the work’s not bad. I have applied for jobs close to home, but I’m not exactly devoting myself to the effort. Moving is not an option at this point. Adding in the workout after work does mean that I get home even later, but I feel so much better about myself, leaving later means traffic is lighter (it can shave half an hour off the trip home) and I feel less cranky on the road.

I’ve started the Couch to 5K training again. I’m on week 2 and so far running M, W & F. It’s been bitterly cold, so all but one of my runs have been on the treadmill. I did run outside on my birthday because I’d taken the day off and it was about 50 degrees outside and sunny – glorious running weather. Our neighborhood is wretched with hills, so I stayed on our street, which is probably one of the most mild.

Other exercise:
On T & Th I do weight training. Love it. I was hesitant to incorporate it only because I didn’t feel like taking the time to put a routine together. Guess what! Hal Higdon has a ton of free training programs AND a strength training program for runners! (I found that via a Google search, but oddly, I don’t see it listed on his Training menu. Huh.) Anyway, what, or rather who prompted me to search for something like this was a friend at work who is the Exercise Science Site Coordinator. She can be very persuasive and encouraged me to work strength in on the days I’m not running. I’m glad she did.


  • To actually complete the C25K training and then PR in the Liberty 5K in Winchester, VA on July 4th this year. I last ran it in 2010 with a time of 38:47 and an average pace of 12:28.
  • To lose an additional 60-65 lbs. and a whole mess of inches (I need to update my measurements for a more accurate inch goal).

I’ve registered for some races already to keep myself on track and motivated with my training and I have a list of other races I want to register for as soon as registration opens. The next race upcoming that I registered for is the Leprechaun Leap 5K in Boyce, VA. I may not be able to run the whole thing yet, but I’m interested to see how I do.  I’ll have just completed my third week of training at that point. In addition to lining up races (and to facilitate race registration – yay discount) I renewed my membership with the Shenandoah Valley Runners.

Currently I’m a little obsessed preoccupied ok, fine, obsessed with running and all I want to do is talk about it, listen to podcasts about it, plan for it when I can’t be doing it and do it when I can. Because I’m all caught up on my favorite running podcast (love the Runner Girls), I guess the blog is yet another outlet for this obsession. I do have a few friends who run, but I’m not up to running with them yet as they are more experienced and because they are nurses (weird schedules) and most of them live far away. Some new runners might find all of this discouraging. I, however, find it motivating. The more committed I am, the sooner I will be up to running with someone. The more races I take part in, the more potential running partners I will meet.

Ok, at this point it’s turning into babbling, so I’ll bid you all adios.

Run on, y’all!