Monday, August 22, 2011
I blogged last week about recognition (or being recognized while running on the trail and being complimented) being a motivator for me.
Well I decided to get up Saturday morning to run (I'll spare you further whining about the heat & humidity) and my husband said he would go too. He decided to wake up DD #2 (13 year old) and make her run with us (she was not happy about it!). He also told her to bring her basketball (really nice & new courts @ the park). She'll be starting a BB camp today and trying out for the 8th Grade team in October (she was on the 7th Grade team). The 8th Grade coach is tough! She said by now the girls should "love" basketball and not just play for a jersey (kind of a "popular" thing here in MS to be on a team - even girls).
Anyway, I digress. The coach is big on conditioning and defense. So I'm jogging along and I pass her on the trail walking her dog, so I say hello and go on by. I meet up with DD and asked if she saw Coach and she says yes, and guess what, "I was running!", and then when we saw her leaving we were playing basketball. DD made a comment that she was glad she came because the coach saw her. So I guess recognition can be a motivator for her too! Hey, whatever works!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
We got Netflix back in June and since we don't have cable, I've been "catching up" on some shows that are on cable. I seem to have an obsession with weight loss shows. I watched the first season of Heavy & Ruby and last night I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. Short synopsis - this Australian guy who is (was) overweight and has a disease (can't remember the name) because of it and has to take mega medications, comes to America and makes a documentary on "juicing" or "rebooting". The film guy (Joe) lost a lot of weight and is off all his meds, as is another guy featured in the documentary (from Iowa).
It was very interesting and informative. I don't think juicing would be for me, but one thing that did stick in my mind was a lot of the statistics on American's eating and the obesity rate. One couple from Arkansas stuck in mind (btw, I live in Georgia and this film did not make Southerners look good!). This couple owned a gun shop and both the man & wife were obese. When Joe asked the husband (while he was cleaning his gun) what he thought was the biggest threat to Americans and could kill a lot of people, the guy said our "border security". Joe said, no, it was a health issue and then the guy said "smoking" and he said he and his wife quit, and Joe said no, it was obesity. The guy kind of closed off then (looked kinda mad), but he did admit that he and his wife mostly ate out, etc. I found it interesting that he was ready to defend our borders, but wasn't willing to change his eating habits and was insulted by it (that was my take).
I would recommend watching this. While none of this should be surprising, some of the statistics were pretty astonishing. I certainly don't claim to eat "clean" and I struggle daily to motivate myself to exercise, it certainly made me glad to know that I've made a conscious effort for me and my family to not be one of these statistics. We could do better, but we're aware and working on it! We're a work in progress!!
Monday, August 08, 2011
I just returned from vacation on Saturday. A week at Myrtle Beach! I mentioned in my last blog how I was looking forward to running on the beach. Well, I didn't exactly run, but I did walk a lot every day. We stayed at a resort that was really cool - our condo was oceanfront, but there was a creek in front of the condo that emptied into the ocean, so you had to cross the creek and then the dunes to get to the beach. I made that walk about 6+ times a day and add in all the walks up and down the beach looking for shells and evening walks on the beach or around the resort, I figured I got in 2-3 miles a day. I did actually run the resort walking trail twice, so all in all, I kept up the exercise. Which was a good thing because boy did I eat!
The morning of my birthday (Friday), we rode the bannana boat (this is a large inflatable boat shaped like a bannana pulled by a Waverunner through the ocean!). I was really proud of myself for holding on. My 15 year old DD fell off when the guy started going realy fast at the end of the ride - pretty good for someone who just turned 51! We went to the Pirates Voyage that night. It was a great show and a lot of food. Of course after our evening walk, I had to have birthday cake too. I also had my first french fries in almost a year (twice), so I was a little concerned that I gained. I got right back on track yesterday and weighed myself this morning and I'm happy to report, I'm still a little below my goal, so all is well. I guess all that exercise helped.
I also ran my 3rd 5K on Saturday, 7/30. I was concerned because I haven't been running as much because of the heat. The course was supposed to be "flat & fast". It was pretty flat for our area, but I had my highest time (38:15). My first race was 37:37 and my second was 36:24. I was a little disappointed, but it was really hot! The race started a little late @ 8:45 a.m. and it was probably already 85+. The whole course was in the sun - no shade to be had. I was feeling real lightheaded by the time the race was over. I was approaching the end and could see the finish line and was wondering why all the people kept on running - found out that when you get to the finish line (which I had really picked up speed at that time), you still had to circle around the middle school. That took an additional 7 min. and I had to walk most of that! I probably walked 7-8 min. of the 38 min., so I didn't run the whole thing, but I did finish. There's another race this Saturday that I thought I might run, but it's still really hot and I haven't done much running, so I think I might pass and look for something in September.
The kids start school this Thursday, so this week is filled with open houses, school shopping etc., so I hope I can get in a couple of runs! I don't want that vacation eating to catch up with me.
Friday, July 29, 2011
I'm a little concerned about my 5K tomorrow. I haven't been running this week. Only one day. I did bike a few times with my daughters, but they were short trips. As I'm sure everyone is experiencing - it's hot & humid!!! It's really hard to schedule a run around all this heat and I don't have a treadmill. The course tomorrow is said to be "flat & fast", but this is North Georgia and there isn't a whole lot of flat. At race time tomorrow, it's going to be 80+ and of course humid! Oh well, I'll just do the best I can. I know I'll finish with no problem and I should be able to beat my official PB of 36:29. My 15 year old DD hasn't ran in over a week - she might not set any records, but she'll do fine.
On a happier note - we're leaving for Myrtle Beach on Sunday!!! Finally getting a vacation. We get back next Saturday and then the girls start school the following Thursday, so all the insanity begins. Oh well, I'm really looking forward to running on the beach! In the past, that wouldn't have been what I was looking forward to in a beach vacation, but that and the frozen adult beverages on the balcony in the condo are what I'm looking forward to most!
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