Monday, December 24, 2007
I couldn't believe that a whole month went by between my blog posts, when I got in here yesterday to post my picture. I used to blog daily, so I'm going to try to do it more often again.
I posted another picture up of much later in the day yesterday. It did warm up, and the sun was out, so the boys took the ski-doos for a ride with a bunch of their friends.
This morning I went out again for a run. This is the third day in a row for me. I've never gone three days in a row, and only once had I ever done back to back runs. That was in Canmore, and I just wanted to run twice there to enjoy the beauty of the scenery. The temp was a more respectable -12. Even with the wind blowing, it was much nicer than yesterday's run.
My weight has been going up, even with the extra runs. Two explanations: one is that I'm eating more Christmas goodies and probably not gaining on the calorie deficit; two is that I've been pretty good about the strength training, and even adding higher weights, so there is muscle being gained! I like the second one better.
Christmas Eve is here, and I am ready. Did you here that? READY! I can't remember a year when I wasn't frantic still on this day. I woke up ever so more peaceful and calm. I'll have to remember this feeling next year when I tend to procrastinate.
HAVE A BLESSED MERRY CHRISTMAS if you are reading this, and may all your goals in the New Year be met or exceeded!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
-34C and a bit of a wind this morning.
Yikes! Dang, it was cold out there. I reached the point this morning where I shouldn't have been doing that, but I only went two miles and called it quits. A nice warm shower really hit the spot afterwards, as did the coffee that DH had ready for me when I got in the door.
The picture doesn't show all the frost that was on my face when I first came in. By the time I got the camera ready, it was dripping off!
Gotta love those Crazy Canucks!
Friday, November 23, 2007
Well today's run was so peaceful. The temp was better at -12C, and there were big huge fluffy flakes falling the whole time I was running. It wasn't warm enough to have me getting wet from the snow, it was just very pretty.
I decided to make the best of the temps, and went for a longer run today. Stopped at 50 minutes, but was pleasantly surprised when I read my Garmin at 4.62 miles. That was an average speed of 5.5 mph over 50 minutes! Woohoo me!! I love this fall/winter running. It really seems to agree with me. And since about six weeks ago, my pace has quickened to a point I never imagined it could be.
I am really impressing myself. Hopefully, pride doesn't come before a fall, but I'm feeling so good about where I am in my running today.
At one point in my run, I was smiling to myself about how if I were back to November of 2005 (see my picture in my gallery), I would think it would be impossible to be running 50 minutes straight only two years later.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Wow - that is the coldest I have ever run in by far! Thank goodness there was not a breath of wind.
It was -31.3 C when I started my run. The sky was crystal clear and every star was shining brightly. One of the first things I noticed was the *crunchiness* of the sound of my foot hitting the snow covered roads.
I noticed on my first loop heading south that there were two shooting stars in rapid succession. I wondered if we were passing through a comet tail, but as hard as I continued to crane my neck in that direction, I didn't see anymore comets for the rest of my run. I thought of Wood sitting in his hot tub, and wondered if he saw the same shooting stars I did.
Soon after I started out, I noticed my eyelashes were frosting up. It seemed to me like it was like white mascara (I don't wear mascara, but I thought this would maybe be comparable). As the run went on, they got thicker and thicker, and near the end, my eyes were trying to stay shut when I blinked.
I tend to send out little tears when I'm running (even on warmer days). Today, the tears didn't roll very far before they froze onto my face.
I had a toque on this morning instead of the regular headband, but after the first loop around, I ran into the house and grabbed the headband too, to place from the back of my head around to cover my chin and upper neck area.
My tongue was cold as I was breathing hard and drawing all that cold air into my mouth. I tried to alternate breathing between my nose and my mouth, so that I could keep my mouth closed and warm up my tongue once in awhile.
My black mittens were covered in frost, turning them white.
When I got back into the house, I have a mirror near the door. I took a look and laughed at the white frosty person looking back! Quickly I ran into the main part of the house to get my camera, but I was dripping all the way. By the time I got it out of the case and turned on, the frost was pretty much all melted. But next time it's this cold, I'm leaving the camera near the door. I just *have* to get a picture of this!
Instead of the 40 planned minutes, I only went 30, as my body was starting to really cool down (especially my legs). I wear long underwear and lined wind pants, but I'm going to have to figure out something else. My legs were pretty red in the shower after the run. They almost looked like a burn.
I had a great run. It was one of those 10% ones where you can imagine you are flying. It felt so good.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
So I showed no improvement this week at physio. The range of motion that I had last week is exactly the same this week. The therapist really tried hard to get my shoulder farther, and at one point it really felt like my arm was going to break. It was quite painful, but a process that I fully realize I will have to go through to get to the other "Healthy" side. I want to complete the sprint triathlon next summer. That was one of my goals for this year before all this "Frozen Shoulder" started happening.
Next week, the physiotherapist told me to take some of my painkillers before I go. Oh Yah! That's going to be fun.
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