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....
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Okay, so it was very windy today, but the temp was not too bad. So we bundled up and went for a little rip on the snowmobiles after lunch. The picture above is of my nephew cresting a hill. He's a bit of a daredevil.
On another wintry note, my cross country ski boots broke last time I tried going out. We were in the city yesterday and bought new boots, and then had to buy new bindings for the skiis. Seems like they don't make the same boots they did 30 years ago. The last time I had to buy new boots, they still had the old models, but no more. Fortunately, the bindings were actually not too bad for price, and hubby installed them when we got home last night. So I'm set to go the next time we have a nice day.
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