Project Stimey Update #1

project stimey updatesHello! We are one week into Project Stimey, so I thought I’d let you know how it’s going, as I plan to do occasionally. I promise not to do it every week. I have even created a new page all about Project Stimey that you can get to from the navigation bar under my pontificating gerbil.

The only thing it will have that isn’t posted here on Stimeyland will be a page of my running stats. I’m posting those more to keep me accountable to myself and to keep track of how much I’m running.

See, I didn’t run much at all in November and December and I don’t want that to happen again. Especially now that I’ve publicly declared this the year of fitness and my friends want to do things like go running with me.

One of those friends suggested we “knock out a quick 5-mile run in an hour” this coming Thursday and I was all, “Ha, ha, ha, ha, you must have me confused with someone who runs a 12-minute mile.” I hope to be even faster than that by September, when I run my relay, but I’m sure not there yet. I’ll tell you how embarrassing it all ended up afterward. Maybe I can livetweet it:

“She’s three blocks ahead of me now. #projectstimey #needtotrain”

“I’m pretty sure I’ll catch up to her in a mile or so. #projectstimey #shehastoslowdownsometime”

“She’s a dot on the horizon. #projectstimey #iamallalone”

“It’s dark now and I don’t know where I am. I’ve been abandoned. #projectstimey #sendhelp”

Over the weekend, I was planning on going out with another friend, with whom I usually go out to dinner and drinks, but this time she was all, “Hey, how about we do something fitness oriented?” and she made me go on a hike with her instead. And every time there was a fork in the trail, she chose the uphill trail. And THEN, she told me, “You’re going to be racing in New Hampshire; you have to train on hills,” and then I cried a little bit.

I think I’ve made a huge mistake.

But I’m not giving up. Onward.

14 thoughts on “Project Stimey Update #1

  1. Hey, I actually got my kids on a walk today. Three blocks to the corner store to get milk. Then I had to tell them they couldn’t get candy. It was not a pretty scene.

    The good part was that Andy decided zombies lived on our street, so we had to be quiet walking home so that the zombies wouldn’t attack us. It was a nice, quiet walk.

  2. Good luck! I know you will do great! I feel bad because I didn’t get a workout in today at all. I hate it when that happens! I always feel better if I just do something even if it’s only an easy 20 or 30 minutes of something.

    • Thank you! I know what you mean. Even if I am really sad about the idea of leaving my house to run, after I do it I feel great every time. It is amazing how much better my mental health is when I am active.

  3. I’m not sure there is any more discouraging way to suggest a 5-mile run than to use words like “knock out” and “quick.” Will to do it = completely sapped. The only way she could have made it worse would have been to add a word like “easy” or “fun.”

  4. Go you! I so admire you for doing this – I feel accomplished if I *walk* a few blocks. And I don’t have a lot of cold weather to face (although right now, it’s what I consider “cold” here in LA).

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