Just read your thread and it's given me the motivation to kick start my weight loss again. I was doing really well until I got injured. I tore my calf muscle and then got achilles tendonitis. Put me out of action for 4 months but I'm just slowly getting into running again. 3 slow runs down and I'm remembering why I love running so much. I'm hoping that with the return of my regular runs I'll have a more positive approach to my eating. It's funny that I feel much more conscious of what I'm eating when I'm running than when I'm injured. You'd think I'd keep the diet in check even more when I'm injured. I think the healthy feeling of running makes me want to fuel my body with healthy things rather than junk.
Anyway, hope I can pop in and out of this discussion for some online moral support. I'd love to lose 7 pounds by Christmas.
I know this is the Runners World forum but there is a world outside of running. I don't think you'll find a separate message board for lost drivers with a recent post of a driver asking fellow lost drivers if they thought it was rude that a runner ran off without helping for directions. Get some perspective.
Only a small percent of people run at a significant level, many people are just out for a bit of a jog for whatever reason. How is a driver supposed to tell the difference and if he wasn't a runner how would he know what impact it would have on your training run if he potentially made you pause while giving directions.
I'm a new runner and enjoy reading these forum updates but sometimes it's as if runners live in another world and expect everyone to relate to the world of a serious runner. Remember what life was like before you ran....?
I'm sorry to hear that your sister has changed her mind, but maybe she'll reverse the decision again in the future. I hope you won't give up on her just because she's said she doesn't want to run with you. Maybe she found the idea of the 10k quite daunting once she was out there doing even the early stages of the training. It's very easy for experienced runners to set up a training plan and impose the end result onto the beginner but some people take a long time to warm up to the idea of running. I tried running several times over the past few years and on the whole hated it. Never thought I would like it. I signed up for a couple of Race for Life 5ks and was determined to use it as a fitness goal rather than an entry into running. Enjoying running came second to using the race as a fitness tool. I can still remember how much I hated going out every day to build up my mileage and my goal was only 5km. Try being in your sisters shoes with the added pressure of 10km looming, doing it with a brother who is already good at running, having depression and having weight issues.
Don't give up on your sis. It probably just got overwhelming. Perhaps you can just call her up and suggest you go out for a walk intead, go to a park and play with her daughter. Just get out the house with her. When she's in the right mood perhaps you can suggest she tries a bit of running but not for a race. Once she's done it a few times maybe you can set a mini goal like just running one mile and then improve on that the following month.
Following weekly training routines didn't do it for me, the end goal always seemed miles away (figuratevly speaking, not literally). I just did it by trial and error. Maybe that will work.
At the end of the day your sister still needs you around. Bite your tongue, take your annoyance out on the streets during your own runs and think as creatively as you can about how to get some positive exercise back into your sisters routine.
Good luck. Keep us posted. It's been heartwarming reading this thread.