Monday, April 02, 2012
We had a great weekend. Beautiful weather and the start of Spring Break. Friday was an off day and I just hung out at the house after getting fish from the church. Saturday was the usual laundry/house cleaning. No softball since it's SB. I ended up taking a nap on the couch about 4:00 and was feeling sluggish. Still hadn't done my 30 min. run. I finally got motivated and went out about 6:30. I picked the perfect time because the weather had cooled and the park wasn't crowded. I had a pretty good run, but I didn't get at far as I got on Thursday. My eating wasn't great on Saturday, but I didn't go overboard.
Sunday I had to take DD#3 to a friend's house @ 11:00 a.m., so I decided to run after that. The temperature was already hot and the trail was crowded. I got in my 40 min. run. It wasn't too bad, and I was trying to do some math. I think I probably ran about 3.2 - 3.3 miles. In 40 mins. that's not great - about a 38 +/- 5K. I got home all sweaty and decided to cut grass. DH was at work and I bribed DD#1 to help me. She used the push mower (she was getting paid after all) and I used the riding mower. We have about 2 acres of grass to cut (not counting the pasture), so it took us over an hour. I was good & sweaty then, so I took my shower and picked up DD#2 at a friend's house. Coming home I noticed my sisters & niece were visiting my mom & dad (they live next to us), so I stopped to visit. My 2 sisters ended up eating with us. DH was home from work my then and we had a great cook-out. Everything healthy, just had to watch my portions! My oldest sister just lost 23 lbs. with Weight Watchers (after I motivated her), so I had to be good in front of her! We played frisbee after that until it was dark. It was a great weekend! I don't want to jinx it, since it's not official, but I think I lost a lb.!
I'm back at work today and tomorrow, but will take the rest of the week off. We're probably going zip lining on Wednesday and then I'll have to take DD#1 to the mall and DD#2 & #3 want to play miniature golf also, so we'll be busy. I'll also need to get the yard/house ready for Easter Sunday. I host the family lunch & egg hunt and there's usually about 40 people. Everyone brings food, so it's just a matter of setting everything up. This is the 11th year, so it's kind of routine. It also motivates me to get my yard "spring" ready!
Friday, March 30, 2012
I had joined the "At Goal and Maintaining" team mainly to check out how everyone else is "doing it". Maintenance is hard and I don't get any kind of "competitive rush" from maintaining. I've added a training program for my running that keeps me competitive and frankly I think it's the main reason I've managed to somewhat maintain.
I've been getting some "congratulations" on my page and realized that one year ago I met my Weight Watchers goal (actually 2 lbs. below). I've managed to "mostly" keep it off, but find myself about 4 lbs. over that goal. I've been disappointed in that and kind of beating myself up over it. I even feel a little "bogus" accepting the congratulations. I guess I tend to focus a little on the negative and even blogged about it a couple of days ago. The positives are, I'm still running, I'm still loosing inches, my new clothes all still fit (and look great!), I'm an active 51 year old that can get out and "play" with my girls and I'm not gaining any more weight! So thanks to everyone for the congratulations - I deserve it!
On the training front, I had my 30 min. run last night. I made DD#2 go with me. She just finished up her 8th Grade basketball season and is playing rec. softball right now. She really wants to make both the Freshman softball & basketball teams next year. Her Dad and I have been telling her that to "take it to the next level" as an athlete, she has to put in some extra work. She needs to build up endurance (which she won't get from playing softball 2-3 days a week) and work on speed. So she reluctantly headed to the trail with me. The first thing we saw on the path was a snake! The man coming the other way said it looked like a Copperhead (poisonous). Now it was minding it's own business, but both my daughter and I hate snakes! So we skirted by the snake and then when we were stretching she sees, bees, ants & spiders and she freaks out. For an "outdoor" girl, she's a big chicken and seriously, we are on a "greenway" that's mostly wetlands. Anyway, her desire to run (if she had any) quickly diminished, but being the motivating mom, I made her go! She probably only ran about 1.5 miles during the 30 mins. and walked the rest (texting the whole way!). Granted her mile was a lot faster than me, but I told her she needs to first run 2 straight miles and then work on speed. Anyway, I did pretty good, I'm not really keeping up with miles during the timed runs, but I know I ran further than last week when I did this trail.
Looking forward to fish tonight at church (tonight is an off day) and running on Saturday & Sunday. Sunday & Monday or supposed to be in the high 80's (yuck) and I only work 2 days next week. Happy Friday!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
I'm sitting here at my desk wondering why my elbow is sore. Who gets a sore elbow? After flexing my elbow a few times, I realize my right upper arm is a little sore too?! I forgot last night was a frisbee "fest". Yesterday was my cross-training day, so I was going to either do my ST dvd or walk at the park. DH started dinner early, so I was going to walk later. Around 6:30, DD#2 said she wanted to throw the frisbee. We bought an "official" one a couple of weeks ago at the new Academy Sports (great store!) and it really makes a difference from the cheap "promotional" plastic ones. Now I'm a frisbee pro (aw the 80's - spending hours at the park throwing a frisbee!) and my girls have gotten better, so we spent about 45 mins. last night throwing the frisbee in the pasture. Since they've gotten better, there's actually some running & jumping involved and apparently enough throwing for my elbow to be sore!
After the "fest", DD#3 and I decided to walk around the neighborhood behind us and check out some of the homes being built. We live on 12 acres and are now surrounded by homes. A new builder bought out the subdivision and is building it out. Prior to that, a home was only built if someone bought the lot. I guess for the subdivision, it's better than a bunch of empty lots, but it's kind of sad for us. Yeah the pasture and most of the woods have been gone for almost 10 years, but it's taken this long for for it all to be built out, so now we have lots of neighbors (although not very close, but we can see them and they can see us!) Anyway, I ended up getting in a 30 min. walk too, so it was a great evening.
Tonight and Saturday are 30 min. runs and Sunday is a long run (40 mins. since I started over). The girls are on Spring Break next week and I'm taking a couple of days off. Hope to get in some hiking and there was mention of going zip lining - I've been twice and I love it! Even with a slight fear of heights. Today & tomorrow are going to be great because my boss left today for vacation (he's been driving me crazy getting ready to go - dude it's only a week!) Happy Thursday!!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
This was a less than stellar weekend for my intermediate 5K training. Saturday was supposed to be a 45 min. "hill" run and by the time I got done with "spring cleaning" (DH's idea to move furniture & clean floors), softball, pinewood derby, cutting grass, taxi service, etc., I was exhausted. I decided I would do the run on Sunday instead. Sunday rolled around and after religious ed., trying to put the house back in order and get out Easter decorations (and more taxi service), I just wanted to be a slug. I even ended up eating 8 small Reeses eggs on Sunday (also TOM!). So, I blew off the run again. I did play badminton & frisbee though!
I mentioned before that I'm not ready to advance in this training program, especially after the "tempo" run on Thursday. Last night I did the 45 min. hill run (after 3 days of no running). I ended up running for 40 mins. and had to walk the last 5. I know this is not supposed to be a "cake walk", but it was really hard. DH went with me. Because of his crazy schedule (and might continue next week!), his sleeping is still messed up, so he hasn't run in almost 2 weeks. He did a walk/run thing last night and said it was really hard for him. I told him about my disappointment and he too wanted to know what I expected. He kind of put things back in perspective for me. This time last year I hadn't even started my C25K training and now I'm running 40 mins. of hills. Yeah, I'm not fast (and it ain't pretty!), but I'm doing it. My goal is really just to keep going. I would like to improve my time, but 3-4 miles is really my maximum. I have a bad left foot and a bad right knee, but I can do this!
So, I decided this morning to reset the training back to the beginning (I had just finished week 3). It just means I'll start back with 2-30 min runs this week and a "speed" run and a cross training day. I also wanted to change the "work-out" days since DD#2's softball schedule has changed. The training will be back to those longer runs and tempo runs in no time. I just extended the training to the end of May, so I'm still set to meet my under 36 mins. by June 9th!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Yesterday my training for my intermediate 5K program was a tempo run. The evening was beautiful, the rain had stopped, it was a little cooler (about 75) and some of the pollen was washed away. The scheduled training was to jog 10, run 10, jog 3, run 10, jog 10 for a 43 min. session. The run was supposed to be 80% and there was some other complicated explanation. I wasn't sure what 80% was. 80% of my pace is a walk
Anyway, I started out with the jog and then picked up my pace for the 10 min. run. After a couple of minutes I was dying. I could only sustain 5 mins. at that pace. I actually walked for 3 mins. after that and then tried to run again. Dying!! My "tempo" was this: 10/jog, 5/run, 3/walk, 5/run, 3/walk, 5/run, 3/walk, 10/jog for a total of 45 mins. I also had to walk an additional 6 mins. to get back to the parking lot, so it was a total 51 mins. work-out. There was a guy on the trail with me who also must have been doing some kind of tempo training because he would speed up & slow down too. I think I was running faster than him, but he went further!
My next training on Saturday is a 45 min. hard hill run. I'm not sure if I'm ready to move on yet and I think I might need to repeat this last week. This program might be a little too "intermediate" for me. I still like the variety and the training, but I want to be able to improve to the level of the training. I'm going to see if there's a way to change the "calendar" to extend the week. Regardless, I know I'm getting a workout!
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