Monday, October 21, 2013
I spent this weekend in Cincinnati with family and friends to watch them do the Half Marathon and run the 5K. I have had trouble breathing (I actually stop and hold my breath) when I exercise because it hurts too much. I finally went and got an inhaler and was diagnosed with exercise induced asthma.
I used it to train a couple times and felt better. The day before the race, I took my brothers dog for a 2 mile walk/run and PR'd (personal record) on my second mile. On race day, I knew I had it in me, so I went for it. I still am very slow, but my best time was 49 minutes. I decided to try for 47.5. My brother asked me what I was planning to do and I told him. He said "so, under 47, that's great!). I went out feeling good and couldn't believe when each mile was way under 15 minutes!
I ended the race with a 43:14 and couldn't believe it! I was shocked.
I then spent the next 90 minutes in a downpour waiting on everyone. I saw them at their 4.5 mile point and told them my news and helped them pick up their feet for awhile with my good news.
I still can't believe it! I'm excited to see what my training brings me for the next few races I have coming up, and then they convinced me to join them for St. Patty's Day in Virginia Beach and to move up to the 8K, so I'm in and I can't wait!!
Friday, September 06, 2013
UGGH! I made it through the Chest and Back video, somewhat keeping up, but had to modify like crazy! By the end, I tried to do a pushup on my toes and fell flat on my face! Went to my knees and then to the wall, but I at least did some of everything.
I then spent the next 20 minutes laying on the floor trying to get the strength to sit up and not feel like I was spinning!
Hydration, shower and sleep and I'm ready for my run tonight!
Probably not the smartest one to pick to do after spending 3 hours the night before raking my yard! My arms are not all that happy with me today, but they will appreciate it one of these days!!
Thursday, September 05, 2013
I borrowed the videos from a friend and watched the preview on Tuesday. I had full intentions of starting last night, but when I got home, I noticed we must have had a huge wind because my cherry blossom tree which had been dropping leaves was bare. The leaves were blown all over the neighbors yard as well as ours.
I went outside at 7pm and didn't come back in until 3 hours and 10 bags later!
I would say I got a great workout, but not exactly what I had planned!
Tonight is a run with a friend, but I will see if I can at least check out the first video and see what I have to do!
Monday, September 02, 2013
We at Fleet Feet just did a challenge in Rochester to Lose a Ton of Weight in 12 weeks. At the end of it, we celebrated with a party in the park where we offered a 2-mile hike, or yoga. We put out healthy snacks and water afterwards and honored the people with the highest percentage. All in all, we lost over 3600 pounds!
We asked everyone to come to the party with food for the local food bank to equal the pounds they lost. That was a huge hit! We had a few people who carried in 30 pounds of canned goods and passed it around to people saying "isn't it insane that I used to carry this on me and not in these bags!"
It was a great celebration, and when the food bank showed up to pick it up, it was a great moment to watch everyone see their old pounds finally put to good use!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
I had the most unique experience today. I have been reading a fantastic book by the same auther as The Historian, one of my favorite books ever. It's called The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova.
Her writing style pulls you in so deeply that all I could think about as I read it is how much I loved Art History. The book talks about a modern day painter and goes back to Impressionists and other era's of art. The last few days I've really felt like the best way to really enjoy this book would be to go to the Art Museum and sit and read there.
This morning I got up and decided that's what I had to do. I can't begin to describe what it felt like to read the words about Monet's use of light and glance over at one and see it for myself. It was absolutely amazing. I really felt like I was a part of the book. I've never had that experience before.
I just had to write it down, even though I am not doing the moment justice!
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