Friday, March 16, 2012
Way too soon! Yesterday morning I blogged that I wasn't sore from hitting infield practice for 45 mins. at DD#2's softball practice. Boy was I wrong! Around noon I started feeling stiff and a little sore and by the time I left work @ 4:00 p.m. I felt like I couldn't move! Even my legs were hurting, which I found a little odd, but I guess I was moving different muscles. 13 year old DD#2 said she was sore too, I guess we worked them pretty hard, so I didn't feel too bad that ole 51 year old mom was sore!
However, yesterday was my 45 min. run and when I got home, afternoon thunderstorms were popping up (can you say July?). It looked like I had a window of opportunity, so I drug myself to the trail. The parking lot was pretty empty, but it was still early. I stretched (owie - it hurt!) and headed off. Dark clouds were gathering over the greenway, but I thought I would be o.k. I told myself if I saw lightening, I would head back. I went out for 23 mins. and then turned around. By about 30 mins. by legs felt like lead and it was thundering, but I didn't see lightening and no rain. It was also very humid. I made it for the 45 mins., but it was really hard. Everything hurt, I was out of breath, sweating, pretty miserable, but I made it! By the time I finished (about 53 total minutes with walking) and got back to the car, it was really lightening and thundering. The parking lot was still pretty empty (and by this time it would normally be full), so I guess a lot of people listened to the weather and didn't come out! I didn't think it would be a good idea to stretch out by the picnic table or the car with all the lightening, so I headed home. By the time I got home (5 mins. away), it was pouring, so I made it just in time! I stretched out a little in the house and sat on the front screened porch and watched the storm (house was hot!). Took my shower, ate dinner and felt a little better. I still had to go to Walmart with DD#1 & 2, so that was miserable. I guess it's better to keep moving, but I was really sore.
Oh and by the way, I signed up for the 5K tomorrow, so I have that to look forward to! Turns out my boss and his wife will be running with their children (8 & 10), so they'll be taking it slow!
Today is a rest day, so hopefully by tomorrow morning I'll be able to move. I'm hoping less than 38 mins., but not too optimistic about it at this point. At least I'll get my run in for the weekend!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Yesterday was DD#2's softball practice. The coach still doesn't have a clue (bless his heart!), but the girls looked pretty good. I ended up hitting to the infield for over 45 mins. It's not quite the same thing as hitting a pitch and you don't usually do a full swing, but it was constant upper body movement. I'm happy to report that the only thing sore this morning is my right hand from gripping the bat (hard to hold a mouse) for so long and the blister on my finger! I thought my arms and back would hurt, but so far so good. It was a pretty good workout for my "off" day.
Yesterday was "pi - pie" day and wouldn't you know it, DH bought 2 pies at the grocery store. I just had to have a piece of the apple after softball practice!
Tonight is my 45 min. run and it's going to be about 82+ degrees! I had to bring down some totes last night and look for some summer clothes so I have the shorts & tank top ready for the run after work. DD#1 & 2 both need to do some shopping today, so I'll try to squeeze that in after the run & dinner.
I'm still deciding on the 5K on Saturday. I think the early registration closes today, so I guess I need to decide. I really should just do it because it will get me up and going Saturday morning! I think part of my hesitation is I don't want to run in front of my boss & his wife. She started back running last fall (after my inspiration) and from what I understand is doing 5+ miles. Oh well, she's younger than me and doesn't work full time! (catty much?!)
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I had my 30 min. easy run yesterday. I had to go straight from work, which I don't usually like to do because I like to leave my purse @ home (purse stolen from park while running back in October). I had a Girl Scout meeting @ 6:30, so I needed to get the run in quickly. The day started out drizzly & overcast, but by 4:15, it was 75 degrees+, sunny & humid. I had on capri running pants and a light weight shirt, but I was sweating! It was a really nice run though because we've gotten plenty of rain and the wetlands are filled with male & female ducks, so I guess we'll have a bunch of ducklings soon to look at! I did feel kind of sluggish, so it was somewhat of a slow run. I'm still not checking distance, so I'm not sure of my timing, but I know I didn't go as far in 30 mins. as I did on Sunday. I'm trying not to be disappointed, but I don't seem to be getting faster. I'm not sure what I expect, but I really like this training program because it gives me something different to do, so I'll keep slogging along. To keep things in perspective, I am getting at least 30 mins. of exercise 5 days a week!
Today is an "off" day and I'll be at DD#2's softball practice, so I'll either be helping with that or I'll take a walk. I don't like to sit in the bleachers and socialize with the parents since I'm used to coaching. Either way, I'll get in some exercise and get to enjoy the outdoors.
Tomorrow is a 45 min. run (gulp)! It's supposed to be 80 degrees today and 83 tomorrow. I've been having to scrape up some shorts for me and the DD's to wear (haven't brought out the spring clothes yet). We jumped right into summer weather - what happened to spring!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
I just completed Day 7 of my Intermediate 5K program yesterday (30 min. cross training - I did a 35 min. upper body & ab DVD). There's a 5K on Saturday that benefits a local teenager that was injured in a car wreck last summer and he's in a wheel chair. His family is raising money for a program to help him walk again. His church is sponsoring a 5K on Saturday. The family lives in my boss's neighborhood and he and his family are running. I wasn't planning on doing any races until one on 4/28 (about 8 weeks into the 10 week training), but I'm thinking about doing this one because of the connection (and it's a motivating story). Saturday is a cross-training day, but Sunday is a 30 min. "low intensity" run incorporating some hills so I could switch up the days. My run would be longer than 30 mins. since I've been running a 37+ min. 5K, but that's o.k.
I ran a race last October sponsored by this church and it was my best time (even though is was a pretty tough course), so I'm also curious to see how I would do. I was looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday, but the race starts @ 8:30, and is close, so I guess it wouldn't kill me to get up at 7:00 ish.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Daylight savings time is messing me up. We made sure we set our clocks forward before going to bed Saturday night because we have to teach religious ed @ 8:45 a.m. We were there on time, but some of the teachers were late and everyone was dragging! I felt tired most of the day and of course DH was tired because of his overnight schedule. He was going to run with me on Sunday, but took a nap instead! It was dark taking DD #1 & #3 to the bus stop. DD#2 doesn't catch the bus until 8:20. Of course this happens every year, but it seems to come as a surprise!
I finished Day 6 of my 5K training yesterday. Friday was a day off, so we made PBJ sandwiches at church for the homeless. My 2 older daughters were there for 3 hours (the teens helped organize and assemble the bags). DD#3 and I made sandwiches for about an hour and then helped clean up. It was pretty exhausting, so it wasn't much of a "day off".
I had a GS thingy Saturday morning @ 10:00 a.m. and it was cross-training day, so I woke up and did a weight DVD. Not that thrilled about it (can't stand the lady on the DVD), but it's a good workout and I know I need to incorporate weights into my training.
Sunday was run 30 min. and do 4 x 100 meter "strides". As I mentioned before, strides are not sprints, but a "fast but relaxing pace". I tried to get to the park early right after religious ed because I knew it would be crowded with baseball & soccer tournaments. I got there about 11:30 a.m. and ran on the greenway and then walked to the track to do my strides, so I got about 40 mins. of running/walking. They were setting up for soccer, so I'm glad I got there early or there would have been a bunch of people watching me try to run "fast but relaxed". I was warmed up from my run, so it wasn't too hard. I was proud that I was able to still increase my speed at the end like that. I think the walk from the trail to the track helped.
My sister called later in the afternoon and wanted to walk with the dogs. I was pretty tired, so my girls went with her. They did bring me back frozen yogurt! We ended up playing frisbee & tossing the football around at the house for about an hour and then it was time for DD#1 to go to religious ed. (high school goes at night).
All in all it was a pretty active weekend. I'm still disappointed with the scale. I managed to gain back what I lost the previous week, so I'm still loosing/gaining that same 2 lbs. I really want to get rid of that extra 5+ lbs., but apparently not enough to keep up with the tracking. I think a part of me is thinking that since I'm doing all of this exercising, I can eat more. I know I didn't eat 7,500 extra calories last week to gain 2 lbs., but I'm definitely not in a "weight loss" mode, more like maintenance. I did notice that I'm eating too much "processed" food and lot of sodium. I also know my portions are out of whack. I know what to do, I just need to work my plan! I'm doing great with my 5k training, but I really need to just buckle down and loose this 5 lbs. so I can stop talking and obsessing about it already!!
I'm ready to spring forward and get rid of this unwelcome weight!!
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