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I'm starting this post at a Starbucks, awaiting a grande gingerbread latte and a double chocolate brownie.

I'm rewarding myself.

Over 2013, I rediscovered the challenges and the opportunities of living a more active life. As in my post about running in June, after running quite a bit in high school (even spent a term in grade 12 with the cross country team), I started running again in the past two years. I started in 2012 and became more consistent in 2013. Indeed, from Nov 28th to Dec 31st, I joined the holiday running streak and ran at least a mile a day, every day. I was more than fully clothed on all runs so this was a streak in only one sense of the word!

While there have been challenges, there have been many many more good times. I am a happy member of the Kamloops Run Club, one of the most supportive, friendly and gentle groups I've ever experienced. They start you very easy, encourage you to go at your own pace, and never leave anyone behind on a run. Led ably by the amazing Jo Berry, I've met incredible people at run club. I started training for 5k events, did 10k from July 2013 onwards, and am hoping for my first half marathon in 2013.

I also have employed some cool technology to help me in tracking my running and motivating weight loss. A Garmin forerunner 610 gps sports watch has been a near constant on all my runs since March 2013. I can keep track of pace, speed, mileage, distance, and heart rate. It even tells time! I also have a Withings wireless scale, which I stand on nearly every Saturday. The scale gives me my weight and body mass index. Both the watch and scale send information to my computer, which then uploads to password protected websites. It really makes me motivated to see the graph trend lines go in healthy directions.


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