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Kicking ass

Okay, back to running for a paragraph or two.

I was out of town last weekend and didn't get to run Saturday or Sunday, so I'm making it up by running every day this week. Still planning for Friday to be a rest day, although it won't be, really (more about that later).

Monday's run was on the treadmill because it was ... can you guess? ... raining! Again! My grass is so beautifully green and lush and, um, long. It wasn't a very good run, if good equals fast. It was more of a walk – three miles in 42 minutes – but at least it was miles.

Yesterday was a perfect May day and I did four miles outside. Pace was faster than last Thursday's, but still slow – 13:03/mile. I only stopped to walk about six times, which is a tremendous improvement. Progress!

Now, about Friday. I'm putting my money where my mouth is, so to speak, and joining a group of WV citizens who are meeting with Senators Rockefeller and Byrd, and Congressman Rahall. We have appointments at 9 and 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. – a full day of lobbying for healthcare reform! I can't just sit back and not get involved. My participation so far has been peripheral – I've attended PNHP meetings, made phone calls, written letters – but I feel that the tide is turning and I will do whatever I possibly can to make it happen.


Laura N said…
Good on you! So happy for you getting in some miles. Golly, I still take tons of walk breaks. It's because I like to run faster than my body will really let me, so I just walk when I need to. I figure at this point any mile is a good mile.

It's gonna be treadmill weather here for a while too. It's been so nice the past few days. Now it's going to be back to rain. Blech.

Happy hump day!
Dr.Rutledge said…
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Dr.Rutledge said…
Hi Debbi,

Sounds like you are making much progress.

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