Has anyone ever tried these? I am having trouble finding earbuds that don't fall out of my ears or make them hurt during my long runs. It was not a problem when it was cold out and I had a hat on, the hat kept the earbuds in my ears. Now that it has gotten warm and I am sweating more it's become a real problem.
In April I completed by 1st ever half marathon. It was in support of Parkinson's Disease. My Dad had Parkinson's for more than 15 years and now my brother has been diagnosed with it as well. There was a 5k and 2 mile walk in addition to the half marathon as part of the event. My family had 4 generations participating in the event.
I was very excited to do my first half marathon in honor of my Dad, brother and a friend that have all suffered from Parkinson's. The race was 12 days before my 50th birthday. So, I was also celebrating being in the best shape of my life at 50. I finished the race about 6 minutes faster than my goal time so I was very excited. The race went well and I felt good at the end. Now it's on to the rest of my "Fit & Fabulous at 50" goals.
For the last couple of years I have been in maintenance mode. I am at my goal weight & have gotten good at living a healthy life style. I am doing good but wanted something more. It's hard to stay motivated all the time. So I came up with a challenge for myself. I will be turning 50 in May and decided that I want to be in the best shape possible by my birthday.
Then I expanded that to creating different fitness things that I wanted to accomplish in 2013 to celebrate turning 50. My motto is that 50 is the new 30 and I am out to prove it!
This challenge is not at all about losing weight. It's all about building muscle, getting stronger and increasing my cardiovascular endurance.
I have signed up for a in April and if that goes well I am planning on a full marathon in August.
I have several different strength goals throughout the year. I want to be able to do 50 consecutive push-ups (real ones), 5 un-assisted pull-ups & bicep curl 20 lb dumbbells (for 3 sets of 10 reps) I will keep adding to this list as I reach these goals.
In order to reach my goals I have hired a couple of personal trainers. I am going to work with one from Dec to March and one from April to July. I look forward to learning lots of good stuff from each of them. They each have their own individual style so I think I will be able to learn different things from each of them.
One other reason I decided to hire professionals is the fact that I want to lift heavier weights and need to know how to do it properly. I was never comfortable with getting a weight bar for my home gym because I did not know how to use it properly and did not want to injure myself. Working with the trainers will enable me to get a weight bar and lift heavier than I currently am with dumbells.
I will need all of my Sparkfriends to encourage me along the way! I wanted to put this out there so I can't decide to back out now. If I tell all of you that I am going to do this, then I better follow through! I will post updates and progress pictures along the way. Thanks for all your support!
I just love summer and pool season. There is nothing better than floating around in my pool on a sunny summer day. Yesterday we closed up the pool for the winter, a very sad day around my house. We always wait until the last minute hoping to get one more day that it's warm enough to float around. My husband decided that I needed to do one last bikini picture for the season. In June we were going to have a monthly bikini challenge but then it sort of fizzled out. So, here is my final bikini shot for the season...
Now onto a beautiful fall season. It's a long winter in WI so I'm already looking forward to the next pool season. I do love the change of seasons but Summer will always be my favorite!
Last Saturday I participated in my first ever mud run. It was a fundraiser for the Girl Scouts and it was called the Tough Cookie. There were 14 obstacles along the way of a 5K run. At the end of the race we received dog tags and a box of girl scout cookies. I did the run with 25 of my fellow Fit Fun Bootcampers.
The obstacles were:
High Heels (tires)
Hanging Tough (8 ft slanted wall with ropes)
Slippery when wet (slip n slide)
Upsy Daisy (5 ft wall)
The Brownie (5 ft wall)
Helpful Steps (steps and rope repel)
Big Blue (WI national guard inflatable obstacle course)
The Ambassador (8 ft wall with hand & foot pegs)
Tough Cookie Fishnets (cargo net)
Bridging Ceremony (hurdles increasing in size)
Kneading Dough (low crawl through mud)
Cleopatra's Pyramid (straw bales)
Dirty Dancing (muddy area)
Cookie Dunk (Mud Pit)
We had so much fun! Here are some pictures of the adventure.
This is me before the race...
going down the slip n slide...
after going through the mud pit...
running to the finish line...
If you ever have a chance to do a mud run I would highly recommend doing it. I have thought about doing the tough mudder before but that one just seems to be too painful. I have found there a quite a few (at least in this area) that are not quite that intense. This was a whole lot of fun and anyone could make it through. Well I may not be a tough mudder...I am one Tough Cookie!!
Our team won a prize for being the largest team signed up. Here is most of the group after we finished the run.