Saturday, March 14, 2009
So I just had a very tough week. We are doing a big project at work, and this was one of the weeks we had to hunker down and get things done in a big way. A bunch of us all got together at the head office to verify data, log failures, do clean-up, and strategize so that the failures come across cleaner next time. Long days, little sunshine, and working in one position for hours and hours. I feel like I've been run over by a truck.
A couple of good things happened cardio-wise this week though.
~ Deep Water Aerobics with Weights
Man is this a fun workout. We used little barbell looking weights throughout our hour long workout. When I picked them up from the box, I said "these aren't that heavy". They were weighted bars with 6 inch circles of styrofoam on either end. We had to do laps plus other exercises with this and the styrofoam drags through the water, creating quite the workout. When we were working abs, we were able to put the barbell weights under our arms to hold us up, and then do all kinds of ab work in the deep water. I absolutely loved it, and would do this several times a week if it was available here.
~ Track Running
I have never run on a track before, well other than the dirt ones in high school that would run around the school yard. This was a real, professional type track -- indoors and around a soccer field. I haven't run in about four weeks due to a back issue, so after a five minute walk warm-up, I did a 3 minutes of running / 1 minute of walking combo. I was able to do this for 20 minutes only, so then switched to walking and stayed for a total workout of 75 minutes. I'm surprised at how little I was able to run. I thought that I would be able to do the 3/1's for 45 minutes. Four weeks is a long time I guess, and I'll have to build back up to running more again.
Being in the city had some great opportunities for new cardio to try. We were working til between 6-7 each night, so the nights I did cardio I had to give-up supper with the work team. I didn't give up supper totally, just couldn't fit it in with the team AND do a cardio workout. Give and take - it's what this new life is all about.
This kind of a week sure gave me an appreciation for people who work long hours and try to fit in cardio. It's tough to fit it in, but it can be done.
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Hubby and I were away yesterday and today. A much needed time to ourselves kind of road trip. I have been so busy with new responsibilities at work, and it has shown with more stress at home. Not only have I had a sore back that has sidelined me from my running, my time with hubby had taken a step back. We were arguing and misunderstanding each other like crazy. Stepping back and taking off was his idea, and it was certainly a good one. We are on the same page again, and the roller coaster ride has levelled off for us again. Whew!
But, when I got back home, one of my emails from SparkPeople was there to tell me that I had received enough votes to become a SparkPeople Motivator! Secretly, I have been wanting this for soooooooo long. I went to the Motivator pages, and found mine under "Positive Attitude". I am honoured with this designation and a huge Thank you to everyone who sent in a vote.
What a great end to a fantastic weekend.
And here is a picture of me and my sisters that was taken at the wedding last weekend. We sure had fun getting together again.
Friday, February 27, 2009
I have been having some issues with my back the past couple of weeks. I went to the Chiropractor on the 18th before our trip to Winnipeg. She adjusted it, and told me that I should be dancing by the wedding on Saturday. I did dance some at the wedding, but it was still fairly sore. Then on the trip home (eight hours), it stiffened right back up again. Then, it got to feeling better, so on Wednesday I decided to go for a short run. It was less than two miles, and I made sure it was one of the slowest runs I've ever done. When it was over, I still felt good, so thought I was on the road to recovery.
Then, I moved wrong at work in the morning, and my back was bad again. So again I went in to the Chiropractor's office, and this time saw a different lady. As she was taking my history, she wrote in big letters on the right hand side of the chart "DESK JOB".
Now, for some reason, that has been bothering me. I told her at the time that I wasn't inactive, and I'm training to run a half-marathon in April (and this sore back sure isn't helping with training schedules). I strength train and ride my bike and occasionally do yoga, as well as walk back and forth to work each day. Still, she didn't cross out that "DESK JOB" comment, and still, I'm finding it offensive.
So now the question is this: Why am I finding it offensive?
It's a true statement.
Has she assumed that I am inactive?
If she did, why do I care so much?
I guess I'll stew on this for a little bit longer and try to figure out why it is bothering me. I'd love to hear if you have an idea on it. Sometimes it is clear from someone else's point of view, while hidden from the owner of the thought.
Or perhaps I just need a new job!!!
Maybe a lumberjack!
Sunday, February 08, 2009
This morning the sun was shining, and it was very close to the freezing mark (-3 C). Perfect conditions for a cross country ski. Two weeks ago, my boots broke, and I got a new pair last weekend when we were in the city. So today was the "break-in" day.
Got going across the meadow towards the trees. Once into the trees, I was out of the wind, and the peace of the trail was incredible. It's so easy to give praise to God out in those conditions.
I was out for an hour, and only came back in because of a small rub on my outer toe. I didn't want to develop a blister, so thought I'd save the longer run for another day. But it felt so good, I didn't want to quit!
Then, bonus time - entered 55 minutes into the SparkPeople fitness tracker for Cross Country Skiing, and it came back with 620 calories. JACKPOT! It burns about the same amount of calories as running.
With this weather we are having, I hope to get out more often!
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Last night I took the bull by the horns, and signed myself up for the half marathon at the end of April. Immediately my attitude changed. All of a sudden, my runs have become steps toward a goal instead of workouts.
This morning, I went out for my weekend long run. I ran for one hour and went 4.7 miles. It's a little less distance than the hour I ran in January, but it was cool and windy this morning, so I had my pants that are rated to -40 on. They are very stiff (hence the warmth) so that's why I think it was a bit slower run. When I put them on, I feel like I'm running in a piece of styrofoam.
So cheer me on as I head towards my goal of 13.1 miles. The picture is from last years race in less than ideal conditions. I'm hoping that this year the run will be uneventful, both in illness and in weather!
Here I come....
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