Thursday, July 26, 2012
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
My mom's aunt Evie
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
A week ago? My TOM
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
I do. It's messy, and only I can read it :)
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Don't usually eat it, but ham, I guess.
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
One girl & one boy! They're the best.
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Definitely. Though not me from 4 years ago.
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
quite a bit, though not as often as I used to
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Part of me has always wanted to - but the rest of me is scared of heights and practical (I do have 2 young kids afterall) - maybe when I'm 80
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Oatmeal w/ peanut butter
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Yes. Physically and mentally. First time I've thought that in a long, long time.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Ben & Jerry's raspberry frozen greek yogurt or Mint chocolate chip
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
15. RED OR PINK?
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
Assuming that people are thinking bad things about me (though this happens a lot less often than it used to)
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
No idea who that is and too lazy to Google it.
19. ANY TATTOOS?
3 and I want at least one more (possibly 2) love them
19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
toast w/ peanut butter
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Macaroni & Cheese (it's an actual color)
23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
lilac, freshly mowed grass, the air before a thunderstorm
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
Since I live in the mountains, I'll go with beach house - it's hard to choose between my 2 favorite places
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
27. HAIR COLOR?
brown w/ a streak of white
28. EYE COLOR?
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
30. FAVORITE FOOD?
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
A documentary on hydro fracking
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
love both for different reasons
35. HUGS OR KISSES?
36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Re-reading Ender's Game
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
nothing it's all black
42. FAVORITE SOUND?
my kids laughing
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
West Coast (Oregon, California)
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I write plays for middle school students
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
Monday, July 23, 2012
I had almost forgotten what a really good run felt like. The last few runs I've done have been okay. Mostly enjoyable, but nothing spectacular. I haven't been able to run as often as I would like due to schedule issues and 4 nights in a row of boot camp, so I've been trying to do 10 miles on the weekends. I still have time before the HM, but I want to make sure my legs stay conditioned for that distance (or at least close to it).
On Saturday I decided to go a little shorter. I had a bunch of other stuff planned for the weekend and didn't have the time to commit to a longer run. I chose a shorter, 6-mile route that ended at my husband's school. It's one I've done a lot, and I like it because it incorporates trail & road running as well as some challenging hills.
I'm so glad I went short!
I felt great as soon as I started running. It's been 2 weeks since I ran at all (distance - I've been sprinting for an hour 2x/week). I felt strong, and I felt faster. It was great. The first half is on a trail and fairly flat. Then I got to the hills. I have to admit, I love running hills. It changes my form, and I feel like I have a lot more power. I flew up those hills, and before I knew it, I was in town. I had a mile left (and felt like I could have easily done another 6), so I decided to pick up the pace. I had plenty of energy left to finish my run, and I even added an extra 1/2 mile at the end.
Oh, and I knocked 10 minutes off my old 6-mile run time!!! I knew those sprints would pay off.
It was one of those runs that reminded me why I love it and why I keep doing it. I needed that. It motivated me to get in a couple short runs this week before I go on vacation. I might even try to fit in a long one on Friday. This past week was long and fairly stressful, but that run was the perfect way to end it.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Last night I spent an hour sprinting with the other boot camp ladies. Again I found myself thinking about the differences between my first boot camp and this one.
Then: I was shy, insecure, and afraid of making mistakes. I hid in the back row and didn't say much. I dreaded diagonal sprints because we had to go one at a time, and I was afraid of people judging me. I got passed by a lot of people, and I felt bad about going slow.
Now: Last night I purposely stood beside the youngest girl there. She's 19 and plays basketball for her school. She's a lot taller than me, and I knew she'd be faster. I stood next to her because I knew it would make me push that much harder. Every sprint I was behind her and focused on reducing the space between us.
We did diagonals, and I felt strong. My form felt really good, and another boot camper even commented on it. I didn't think about anyone else when it was my turn. I just gave it all I had. I passed a couple people, and I made sure to congratulate the women as I passed. Everyone worked really hard last night. Some of those women are amazing.
I feel like I rediscovered my ability to push hard last night. I had just finished my Zumba class, which is a good workout, and my legs were tired. I had already done a lot of exercise this week, and I was worried about being able to give it my all. I don't like to go half-effort when I work out. If I'm going to exercise (especially something like boot camp) then I am going to leave it all on the field (or in the gym).
I was worried, but I knew I couldn't think that way. I stopped thinking about the hour of hard exercise before me, and I took it sprint by sprint, moment by moment. Each sprint I would stare down the field, take a breath, and tell myself - it's just this quick sprint. 30 seconds and it's over. It totally worked. I kept up with my younger sprinting buddy (and also Keely). I felt my speed increasing, and my form was solid. I left the field knowing that I couldn't have given any more. I was exhausted, but in a pleasantly satisfied way.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Yesterday was day one of Keely's 6-week boot camp. It started right after my Zumba class, so my legs were already a bit tired. Still, it was a great class. We started with plyometrics, which I always find challenging. It was awesome to realize how much easier they are now.
I met Keely at a boot camp two years ago, and the rest is exercise history. I had been exercising consistently for a year and had dropped about 60lbs. It was incredibly challenging, but I loved pushing myself. I also discovered that I could sprint and loved it. Last night, I kept remembering that boot camp and how good it made me feel about myself.
Boot camp was in no way easy. I worked hard, but I kept up with the exercises and felt strong throughout the workout. Plus, there wasn't a modified pushup in sight. When I first tried boot camp, I "couldn't" do a pushup on my toes. Now they're one of my favorite exercises, and we did a ton of them last night.
It's always good to try something new. Don't wait for the perfect moment. There isn't one. I joined the first boot camp on a whim, signing up for it before I had a chance to talk myself out of it. I was scared and insecure. I debated not going, but once I got there I was hooked. It's changed the direction of my life.
Today, I am the fittest I've ever been. I'm healthy. I'm confident. I have chosen a new path for my life that makes me happy. I love trying new things and facing fears. I have my bad days - everyone does - but the frequency of my bad days is a lot less than it used to be. I am enjoying my life, not just existing.
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Here's a blog about how Zumba changed my life. I'd copy it on here, but I'm too exhausted from my Zumba class
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