For the last month, I have been making some good progress with my running. My knee is probably about 90% and I don’t worry about it too much. My cardio is pretty good in that I don’t get winded unless I run uphill, my legs feel pretty strong, and I am pushing the distance of my runs up little by little. I feel like I am kind of at my limit though, but not because of physical barriers. I could (and would like to) keep adding distance to my runs but the limiting factor is time. I am now comfortable running over an hour at a time but I don’t know how I am gonna fit an hour of running into my daily routine when the family returns from vacation and we resume our normal schedule. But I’ll figure it out when the time comes. It’s all good!
It’s funny how my body is changing now that I am running regularly. I suppose it’s not surprising, but it is interesting the way different parts of my body are getting slimmer at different rates. It seems natural to want and expect the belly area to lose inches and flab immediately, but since fat is reduced throughout the whole body at a similar rate, it’s a more gradual process. But it is kind of cool to realize that the fat that is deeper inside the body (as opposed to near the surface) is being reduced too. I’ve noticed that my hands have lost fat and are much firmer, for instance the fleshy part between the knuckles is definitely slimmer and more toned.
It’s really encouraging to see these changes but I am actually enjoying the process more than experiencing the results. Running is really fun and I look forward to going out and seeing what there is to see. Sometimes I see some cool stuff, like deer, beautiful sunsets, and unexpected rainbows. I always try to see something new.