My Running Thing: Cycle 2 Week 3

Pic (c) http://www.chocoh.comThis is a vanity post so stop reading now if you are not in the mood for some.

I was about 10 minutes late to my 8.30am breakfast meeting. I left home figuring I was making good time but the rain earlier in the morning made taxis scarce.

She called out to me as she saw me scurrying across the hotel lobby while I fiddling with my phone,  trying to find her number to call and tell her that I’ve arrived.

We hugged and I sat down to order a chocolate croissant and a latte.

What? I asked her when I realized she was staring.

There’s something different about you, she said.

I haven’t seen my breakfast companion for about 8 months. The last time was July last year; we had brunch and then both had planes to catch and bills to pay. At that time, I was at my skinniest –  the height of my initial weight loss period. She had another plane to catch later in the day, which was why I was flustered with my lateness.

Did you get a new rich and handsome boyfriend?


Are you wearing new shoes?


New make up?


New diet?


So what’s new? she asked. You’re, for lack of a better word and I am only going to say this once every decade, glowing.

I’ll tell you, but you won’t like the answer, I told her.

Tell me anyway.

I’ve started exercising.

Complete silence.

B*tch, she replied when she finally got over the shock.

Week 3 has been going nicely according to plan. I had a small incident on Tuesday when I almost vomitted while cross-training but that was because I haven’t been drinking enough water. The moment I felt it coming, I stopped, rehydrated and continued with brisk walking to bring down my heart rate. Other than that, all was good and I am raring to go into Week 4.

Five months into this running thing, the physical results, though slight and imperceptible except to those who haven’t seen me for a while, is  beginning to make me feel it’s all worth it, sans toenails and all. It makes me want to continue this and pushes me out of the door on those days when all I want to do is curl up in bed with a bowl of popcorn dripping with butter watching SATC reruns.

How are you doing with your running thing?


“People who take exercise are biologically younger – by up to nine years – than those who don’t.

This striking finding may explain why exercise reduces the risk of heart attacks, diabetes, cancer, and other degenerative diseases. It actually suggests that active adults have cells that are measurably “younger” than those of inactive ones.”

Read the rest of this article here.

Source: The Times Online UK


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