Monday, July 26, 2010
Of course, ya gotta try before you can say you failed, right? Yesterday I blogged about running an 8-minute mile with my daughter. The plan was to get up at 8:00 this morning and head out. We would jog/run until someone had to stop (I was assuming it would be her! LOL!) We would then walk until we were ready to jog again. Repeat until two miles are done.
Well, that's not quite how it worked. I woke up about 7:30 and my side hurt. Every once in awhile, it feels like I pulled a muscle or something and hurts bad enough that I can't get a full breath. It was happening last night but I thought I would be over it by this morning. I was, but not until I woke up again closer to 9:00. By then, DH had gone to the store for breakfast makings and come home and started breakfast. You can NOT turn down food someone else cooked. State Law! LOL! And by the time the food had burned off, it was way too hot to run outside. I know. Excuses. But there you go.
I did go to the gym tonight (DD is not a member, so could not join me.) I decided that since we are going to do this thing tomorrow morning, I should probably see how fast I can run, if I can run a mile, how long it takes me and if I feel like I'm going to die at the end. Walking there, I determined that I would need to set the treadmill to a 7.5 mph pace to be able to hit an 8-minute mile. In other words, no 8-minute mile for me tonight! LOL!
I warmed up for a couple of minutes and then cranked it up to a run/jog. I ran at 6.5 for awhile, but the pace was a little more than I could sustain for a full mile. Backed it down to 6.0. Finished the mile at that...except for the last bit, I cranked it back to 7.2 or 7.3. Overall, the mile took me just over 10 minutes. The good news, I can run one mile straight! The bad news, I might be really sore to run with DD tomorrow. Oops!
I'll let you know how tomorrow goes!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
DD came home today and told me that for softball she needs to be able to run a mile in under eight minutes.
For all you runners out there, you're probably thinking okay. And? Well, I'm not a runner (at least not right now) and my daughter hated soccer because of...yes, you guessed it...the running! And she needs to be able to run a mile in eight minutes??
Okay, so we'll start practicing. I'm not sure when softball tryouts are, but now is as good a time to start as any! The road we live on has an easy to measure mile. I told her we could walk the ~1/8th of a mile to the one end and then start jogging. As soon as one of us needed to stop, we would. Then we could start jogging again. Eventually we will be able to run/jog the whole mile. Once we're at that point, then we can start cutting down the time.
I told DD that we would start tomorrow...at 8:00am. She couldn't understand why we had to start sooooooo early in the morning! Early? HA! I'll try to get her up in the morning and see how her motivation is. If we wait until too late, it will be too hot and it will be much harder to run. If she doesn't want to go outside in the morning (beautiful time and beautiful place to exercise!) she can start on the treadmill upstairs. Not quite as beautiful! LOL!
I am hoping that she decides she wants to run outside. It will be a good reason for me to run as well. I'll keep you updated!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Well, solitude from the kids and responsibilities anyway. LOL!
Started the day by sleeping in almost to 8:00! Woo hoo! Left for the gym and got my workout in before doing anything else. Ate breakfast, gathered all the stuff I needed, cut the loaf of bread and wrapped the slices and then headed out for MY day.
I started by running errands (bank, post office, turning in aluminum cans) and then headed to Kohl's. Found a great pair of capris on the clearance rack for $8. Then off to Target. Yellow shirt and a 3/4 sleeve black sweater (one on clearance one on sale). Then lunch. Then ShopKo. Another sweater for only $8! I managed to make the day last for a little over 5 hours and I only got one phone call! Woo Hoo!!
After dinner, we went to pick up the boys' gear for football...helmet and pads. He got LOTS of attention because of his sling. Practices don't start for another three weeks, so he will miss at least one week of practice. He'll still be there, just not be able to do anything. After six weeks, we'll get the collarbone re-x-ray'd (is that a word?) to see if it's healed. At that time, he may get to practice. Will have to make the call on playing an actual game though. Don't want to rebreak it!
On that note, DD is staring me down. Waiting for her turn on the PC. If looks could kill....
Talk to you all later!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
There are signs.
One - he has taken a lot fewer pills today than he has in the previous two days
Two - he had a friend over all day and they were able to find things to do
Three - no nap for him today
Four - he is insisting on doing things for himself, even things he shouldn't do yet
Five - he's fighting with his sister
Yep, that last one is the one that tells me the most! They are swiping each other for stupid things. Yelling at each other over dumb stuff. You know...being siblings! Tomorrow is my day to take time for myself, no plans (other than what I plan), no responsibilities, no kids. I WILL assign a ton of chores to each of them if they call me with their bickering! LOL! And I've told them that too. We'll see how tomorrow goes!
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