Saturday, September 10, 2011
Woke up feeling kind of blah.
Had a run scheduled, and actually thought of not going, but decided to do it anyway, cause my son had to work at 6:00 AM and I had already told him I would take the puppy out for a walk.
So I got my gear on and headed out the door. I was packed with excuses not to run. My stomach kind of hurt. My legs were still sore and tired (tried a new strength training DVD last night). I will be digging potatoes later this morning, so do I really want to use up my energy on running. And on, and on, and on!
But after the warm-up walk was done, I started out with my run. Immediately I felt almost "lifted up" and light. It felt so good as my feet hit the pavement, and easy too. I did my three minute run intervals with energy to spare. By the end of the run, I felt so good, and wanted to keep going, but I'm trying really hard to stick to a plan and not overdue it (plantar fasciitis is still very fresh in my mind).
So when the scheduled part was done, I felt like I could have kept going, but instead, I went and picked up the puppy for her walk.
When I got back, I did the Coach Nicole "flexibility stretching for runners" routine, as I have done all week after running. This hits most of the areas that I stretch, and I felt pretty darned good afterwards.
Then, I did get to lead a Spark eMeeting this week. They had left my schedule off the week, but managed to sneak one in there as of Thursday. It was a great session, with lots of participation - both in the chat and on webcam. I love these meetings, and what we all can learn by sharing. Today's meeting was on "Smart Substitutions", and how to lower calories just by making small changes.
One of my participants suggested using ground flax in place of eggs, and since I will be baking later, I'm going to try this out.
But first, it's out to dig those potatoes.
Beautiful day here. What are you up to today?
Thursday, September 08, 2011
Today, in my mind, I entered fall.
On Tuesday, during my early morning bike ride, I was passed by three semi trucks in a row, and the third one was dangerously close to me (over the white line of the shoulder of the highway). I gave him the benefit of the doubt, and told myself that since he was the third one, I was blocked from his view by the previous two semis . . . even though they both pulled over to the other side of the highway.
I decided then and there, that because of the darkness creeping into my mornings now, and having to leave the house that much later so I'm not on the road in the dark, that there was too much traffic to contend with. I did my bike ride this morning on the stationary bike in the basement. I absolutely love riding my bike outdoors, so always dread this part of the season, but it has arrived for me.
But also today (co-incidently), it is day one of the Blue Team Fit and Focused in Fall BL Challenge. So we are starting a new season, and after taking the summer one off, I'm ready to re-connect with my Blue teammates and get this challenge going.
And if that wasn't enough co-incendences for one morning, I ran out of my Organic Flax Plus cereal, and had to make a hot cereal instead (another sign of fall, eating hot cereal).
So, bike ride is done, healthy breakfast is had, and I'm ready to tackle another day. I'm struggling with a work opportunity, and need to decide by tomorrow. All signs are pointing to "GO", with some longer days initially, and no winter holiday this year, but a jump up into a management position.
Should I stay or should I go now (song in my head)....
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Big run day yesterday, so I thought I would just go for a short bike ride this morning to loosen things up a little. Maybe out to the cemetary and back. Return trip, it's five miles, with a decent hill in there at the beginning. Just a nice easy pace, no rush, no time limit - just get out there and get the blood flowing a bit.
As I was biking, I started to think of all the things going on in my life right now. I was mad at what happened to a good friend of mine yesterday - she tries so hard every day, and I was so sad to hear of another injury. We are hosting my in-laws 50th anniversary tonight, so we've been getting ready for that all week. Harvest is in full roar, so the days are long (early and late). My garden is producing lots right now too, and I am trying to keep on top of the canning and processing of that. So lots to do, and little sleep to do it all on.
Before I knew it, I was well past the cemetary, and even past the three mile mark. Thinking of all these things made me feel in a rush, and pedalling hard.
Well, okay, I'm this far, I'll stop at four miles out. My legs actually didn't feel that bad, so I kept going. I kept thinking of people who had ran the Hood to Coast relay yesterday, and especially for Trish.
I was at 4.33 miles before I realized that I meant to stop and turn around. At this point, I could hear my Rookie Runner buddies telling me that this was a rest ride, and I should turn back. Nope. I promised myself that at mile five, I would stop.
And I rode on.
I thought to myself, "are you trying to run away"?
Twice this week, you have led a class called "Dealing with Stress". So why am I not dealing with it very well. Why am I so mad? And sad? Compared to some of the stress I heard others talk about this week, my troubles are so minimal. I know that it's lack of sleep that is bringing me down right now. That, and not seeing much of my hubby these days - since he is working long hours every day. Until it rains, that isn't likely to change, and we've been through that before. I grew up on a farm, so I've lived this all my life.
So now, I make myself stop before I hit mile seven, and go through the tips for dealing with stress.
1) Have a plan.
This is already in place. I do have a checklist to get me through my days, and I so appreciate it at this time of year. It really does help to see those things get crossed off.
2) Take time to breathe.
Off the bike, and do some deep yoga breathing. Keep breathing, do some other yoga poses. Yes right there on the side of the highway! Side bends, forward bends, various warrior poses. Ah, keep breathing. Yes it feels good.
3) Lean on others.
I really fall short here - superwoman and all that. My best friend is out of town at a funeral right now. My hubby is out in the field. I will be thinking of what I can do here.
4) Opportunity to learn.
What can I learn from all this? That I need to take time for me to rest (she says, still over six miles from home). Okay. I have a busy day today, and it will likely be late tonight with the anniversary party. But I will find some time in there to get my butt into my hammock today. It's been too long!
5) Find your gratitude.
This is already easy for me to do. I am so thankful so often throughout each day. But at that moment, looking across the fields, I was thankful for a wonderful harvest season so far, a terrific morning for a bike ride, and for that hawk I could see flying nearby.
And after making myself go through all those steps at the far reach of my bike ride, I did feel better. I got back on my bike, and spent two miles with tears rolling down my face. But yes, I think I am better prepared to handle the day today, and will get through it all.
Now, I am back home. The corn needs picking and processed. The onions need bundling and hung to dry. I have two more slices to make for tonight.
And I need to be ready for an anniversary party where we will celebrate the lives of two people who brought me my husband.
Life is good!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I went out to the combines after work yesterday, and took some photos. We are almost finished combining the barley, but today moved over to do the wheat. These photos are of my hubby in the combine straight-cutting wheat, and then of him plus my nephew in the grain cart when the combine was unloaded.
And on another topic, this weekend is Hood To Coast, where we have several SparkPeople members actually running in the relay from the mountain to the coast (near Portland). Plus, there are several more SparkPeople members who are supporting them from home, and running the same distance as their partners doing the real thing.
My real runner is Trish (RACING4ME). I will be running leg #33 with her, starting just after lunch here. This will be her third run in two days, while just my first. I'm hoping that my fresh energy will transport through space to her, and give her fresh legs for her final journey!
It's a great event that one year I want to be a part of. But for now, I'll ghost-run my main girl, and cheer her on from afar!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Part of my weekly challenge (from the SparkPeople Live! EMeetings) this week, is to take a couple of minutes each day to think about a few little things in my life that I can be thankful for. And I just came from my friend's blog, who did the same thing and reminded me (thanks Carrie).
I'm extremely thankful for my Spark friends who are able to get together and run Hood to Coast this weekend. It's so much fun reading about their excitement, especially as it is getting so close now.
I have a great work environment, with people I respect and can work well with.
We had a bit of rain this afternoon, so my farmer hubby got a rest from harvest. We went in to our son's house (the one that just graduated and moved away at the end of June). We enjoyed a nice dinner together.
I had a blast walking the puppy to the post office on my lunch break. She is adorable, and I'm so thankful my other son has brought her into our lives.
I am thankful for my garden, and what it provides at this time of year.
And I'm ever so grateful for SparkPeople giving me the opportunity to lead some of the eMeeting classes. I have found them to be a wonderful extension of what I can give back to others. I was looking for something to fill my empty-nest time, and this just feels right.
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