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running imposter

such an imposter!

‘Did you quit blogging?’ and ‘Where have you been?” have been the most common questions I’ve gotten lately. As I approach my 7th anniversary blogging (!) – you know I just can’t quit you. To keep up with what I’ve been shooting, please make sure you come hang with me on Facebook – I post all the teasers, deals I find, quips, and recent shoots there. I have been blogging a lot – over on the His & Hers blog. I’d love to have you come see what we’ve been shooting. It’s full-swing baby season, and senior portrait season is starting. It’s been our busiest season, yet. So many beautiful babies, families, and seniors.

Aaaaaand… I’ve been running. I know, I know. Hell hath frozen over. I’m still a wee baby runner, practically an imposter at the slooooooow pace that I call running. I’m training for two road races on my calendar so far, and if I don’t die doing those, possibly more. If you’re a runner, too, or if you’re like me and you’re just wanting to get started, I’d love to have you on my street team on RunKeeper. We can cheer each other on in our baby steps.

c25k iphone appI’m following the Couch to 5k program via the ZenLabs app on my iPhone. I’ve been at it for 7 weeks now. I’m actually only on week 6 though because I had to repeat week 3 when I was too much of a weenie to move on to week 4. Current averages: I run a 16 minute mile (yes, you can laugh. I can hack it.) I usually do about 2 miles about 4 times a week. Since a 5k is 3.1 miles, at this time I would finish in about 48 minutes. It’s a sad start, but I’m not on the couch anymore, so I’m calling it progress. My goal is to finish my first 5k in 40 minutes. I have until August 25th to train toward that goal.

And because I can never resist… here is a pic of my guys I took yesterday for Father’s Day. They are so handsome and growing so, so impossibly fast.

my 3 boybarians with their dad on  father's day

What have you been up to this summer? What are you shooting these days?


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  1. Erin Young says:

    i just had to leave a comment….I think it is great that you are getting out there. I always try to think of that saying, “You are lapping everyone on the couch!” i started out just as slow and when people would comment on me running I would always follow up with some comment about how I am barely a runner and blah blah blah. But you are out there and doing it – who cares how fast or how long you run. Go You!!

  2. Look at the biceps! You go, girl.

    • Great job! Running is hard, and you’re doing great! I started running 2 miles three days a week, about a 16 minute mile, depending on the humidity, and do strength training on alternate days. I’m blogging and taking photos throughout my fitness journey. It’s hard work, but somehow it’s fun too.

  3. I can’t believe how much the boys have grown – but the hubby still looks the same! ;)

  4. Yay for you running! I remember well the day I ran for 8 minutes without stopping. I felt like Rocky at the top of the Independence Hall steps! I am currently going backwards drastically in my running career. It took me a little over a year to work my way up to a half marathon, which I did in May, complete with achilles tendonitis. Now I’m rehabbing so my runs are short, slow, and few. I’m running about 25 minutes, twice a week. I’m done with long distances. I’ve decided they don’t agree with this 50-year-old body. But I’d like to keep doing 5Ks and maybe a few 10Ks. Keep at it. If I can do it, anybody can do it.

    • Half marathon! that’s impressive! Feel better soon… I’ve been icing an old gymnastics injury after every run. It’s hard knowing when to push through and when to stop with the pain.

      Thanks for the encouragement!

  5. YAY! Good for you!!!! You will absolutely love it!!! (and hate it, sometimes, too ;)

    I’d hit a total wall with my running, but I’ve got Randy running with me now, and I’m feeling back on track again. I’m on DailyMile. I’ll go peek at MileKeeper :)

  6. Congratulations on becoming a runner! I am a late bloomer and only started running at 56. My daughter had been running for awhile and she encouraged me to run too. It took me a long time to think of myself as a “runner”. There are days when my body is up for the challenge and days when I have to do a lot of talking to myself to keep going. I have only done 5k’s and last summer I was on a Ragnar team. That was challenging but fun! This summer I am doing the Winona Ragnar again with my daughter, two sisters and three nieces. More and more people in my family have taken up running.
    Don’t be discouraged by your time. The more you run, the faster you will become. I found that working on strenghening my core has really helped.
    We’ll be waiting to hear how your run in August goes.

  7. all your boys are cute cute cute…but oh my goodness…the littlest little dude is so stinkin’ cute…so cheek pinchable!

  8. I’m a new Wogger too! (Cause I walk/jog still…not quite running). I did the C25K app as well and did my first 5K in March. I finished in 42 minutes, then did another a month later and finished in 38 minutes! You will get there! I am now taking a 5K class through my local Fleet Feet store and it is killing me in this heat! Congrats on challenging yourself! I got hooked cause I like buying gear! lol

    • I would be so thrilled with either 42 or 38 minutes… It took me 54 minutes to run a 5k this weekend, but I’m still doing intervals! It’s nice to have a goal, and I love hearing others’ improvements at races.

      And buying gear… I know, right? I had no idea running could be such an expensive hobby!

  9. I’m in awe of anyone you can run a block let alone a half marathon. You go! I’m not even very good at walking. Last year I feel and was in a walking boot for almost 3 months and then found out I broke a bone in my foot probably during physical therapy. Go figure.
    Too hot now for me to try again but maybe by Thanksgiving there will be some relief from the heat!

  10. Congratulations! “You are lapping all of those still on the couch!”
    I too am new at running and have atttempted a couple of times the Couch to 5K program. I was doing it on the treadmill cuz i was too embarrassed to run outside and then when i got bored on the treadmill i would quit.
    i found SparkPeople’s 5K Your Way and trained all of it on the treadmill UNTIL it came to race day, and shortly before my 52nd birthday i completed the 5K outside!!
    I too, consider my running, jogging. But, hey, that’s ok. I concentrate on finishing it, not timing it. Although i did keep track of my time to compare to future times.
    So, yeah, YOU can do it too. And i’m sure you are finding small changes in your body, mind and spirit. GO GIRL.

    • I’ve heard really great things about Spark People. Another person mentioned it for weight loss, too.

      I worry about winter… if I can keep it up when I can’t be outside. We don’t own a treadmill, so I’m not sure yet how I’ll keep it up once the weather changes. It would be nice to complete those first few embarrassing runs indoors, for sure!

      Your story is fantastic. Thanks for sharing it!

  11. laura lok says:

    you are doing great. keep up the good work

  12. sounds like a great start to me! i just started running again back in march (after baby no.2 arrived in december), it’s by far the most challenging and rewarding form of exercise i’ve ever done. keep up the great work and good luck with your training!

    btw – fantastic pic of the guys :)

  13. Good luck with your training! That is a great ap and running program. I am using their 26.2 for pink ap training for the Rocket City Marathon.

    I love your blog and keep it bookmarked to improve my picture taking abilities. I have been working through your 31 days photography post. Thanks :)