Monday, July 06, 2009
I did it!! Today I ran for 60 second intervals!! I sweated, I panted, I laughed out loud when the podcast dude said I should be feeling the effects of my workout, but not be winded or out of breath. Yea right, he obviously is overestimating my level of fitness!!! But, I did it and wasn't so beat that I never want to do that again. Tomorrow it is just a normal walk, but I am still getting up while most of the world sleeps. My sister sets a better pace than I would and will keep me moving between training sessions. Plus, in our area, during this time of year, you really do want to get as much of your exercise as possible in before the sun comes up!! We have been regularly hitting the mid to upper nineties and will easily be into the hundreds before long. I do need to hit the sporting goods store for better shoes!! I have an excuse for spending money on good shoes! I am tired enough to go back to bed. There is a lot to do today though so off I go to add more steps to my pedometer!
Saturday, July 04, 2009
We took our hike this morning. Up at 5 to be at the trail by 5:30. It was a great hike though. Leaving so early gave us cool air for most of the hike and it was only hot for the last 2miles or so. We had a freat hike-no kids this time so we really pushed. I was proud of myself-I stopped less and for less time this time. This hike has some really brutal hills and one in particular that is long and steep. I don't know how many times I had to stop the first time up that hill, but I know it was less this time. This hill is a really great way to build cardio endurance. We did the hike in just over 2.5 hours, so we shaved quite a bit of time off our best time so far. I even did some running. I took off down one hill and pushed, pushed, pushed myself up the next hill. Running in hiking boots is not easy. Those puppies are a tad heavy. The best news is...I have a pretty new, shiny, pedometer!! I didn't get to use it on the hike, but I have it now. It was a b-day present from my sis!! It is just like the ones she and my mother wear and I l-o-v-e love it. It is acurate and it has a computer program that allows you to download the info from the pedometer to your computer to track how you are doing. Awesome!! It is definately coming with me for training on Monday morning!! Now it is time to enjoy the rest of the 4th. This, next to Christmas, is one of my favorite holidays. I was a history major in college and the fight for independance was part of my specialty. It was such a complex time period with so much going on that we really don't study. I think I will go spend some time ready the Thomas Jefferson bio I picked up recently and get ready for the swimming we will be doing later. Whole family is going to the local water park. Should be a royal blast, even if it is crowded. Thankfully, there is a limit to how many are admitted so it won't be sardine conditions. Then off to MIL's house for a traditional 4th dinner. Hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. Then back home where all we have to do is go down the street a little ways for a great view of the fireworks!! By then I will be ready to collapse into bed!! Hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th!!
Thursday, July 02, 2009
I am playing today by ear. Tomorrow is my hike. Yeah hike!! I have to go to the library at some point today, have things to turn in. But, then again, maybe I'll just renew on line and be done with it. I need to do some core work and strength today because I know I'm not doing it tomorrow. I'm just so tired today. Hubby gave me an unwanted birthday present, his cold. I am not really feeling many symptoms except I am just wiped out this week. I can't get enough sleep. Swimming again today for sure. I don't think the kids will let me not take them to the pool. Our community's pool is only a few steps down the road so it is sooo easy to go swimming. Daughter decided, yesterday, that she would ride her still new bike and she looked so cute in her swim suit and bike helmet riding her bike to the pool. Despite liberaly coatings of sunscreen the kiddies are getting brown from all the sun and their hair is getting even blonder than usual. Son is starting from scratch because we shaved him the other day and he is down to the dark blond that hides underneath. He will be bright blond before long. Wish mine would still do that. I am going to have to get my sun-kissed blond from the bottle. Darn. First a new haircut, don't know what to do there either. Need a salon day in the worst way. Need to get to work killing off a gain this week-hate that!! I am not entering it on my ticker unless it is still hanging on next week. I am giving myself a grace period to fully accept the gain and hopefully by next week's weigh in it will be a mute point! Kids are slowly destroying my house today so better take care of that before every toy they own is in my living room and there is no room to exercise!! It is still relatively cool inside my house. If I clean up and then do Leslie I'll at least have that out of the way. It's a good way to get My Little Ponies of my t.v. too. Daughter has had enough of them for one day. Okay, hope everyone has a fabu Thursday.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Seriously, I can't think of anything that could be considered exercise that I enjoy more than I enjoy swimming. I love how the water supports me and cradles me in its arms. I love how even when I am working hard, I hardly notice it, it only shows in my breathing. Even if I break a sweat I don't notice it. I love how strong my arms feel as I reach through a stroke. I love the power of my kick propelling me through the water. I am not fast. I am slow and steady. I could swim all day. I love the feeling of just floating. I am a natural floater. My son and I discussed the other day how some people are floaters and some are sinkers. Even at lesser weights I have always been a floater. I remember learning to float. For a little while it was scary trusting the water to support me. Just as it can be scary learning to trust any friend. But then I discovered my friend would not let me down. As a child I could float endlessly. A friend and I would sometimes have contests to see who could float the longest. We almost always had to call it a tie. Water and I are friends, we get along well and I can't remember ever being afraid of the water. I am sure I must have been a normal child and there must have been a time I stood at the water's edge and refused to enter. One of my earliest memories of summer is our family at the city pool swimming. My mother giving us rides to the mysterious DEEP END. I remember being thrown into the pool by my instructor without warning to show parents why it is important their children learn to swim. He had me walk the edge of the pool and then just shoved me in!! I wasn't scared, the water couldn't hurt me. Even in that moment I was not afraid, startled, yes, scared, no. I think that is why he chose me when I raised my hand when he asked for a volunteer. He knew I wouldn't panic. He knew that I would be okay. The water and I are friends. Normally I give things like horoscopes and astrological signs little credit, but maybe there is something in me being a crab, a water sign. My son is a pices, a fish, and until this year you would never know it. Flat out refusing to try anything resembling swimming, get in the water-of course. Let go of the edge and swim, never!! This year he won't stop trying to learn to swim. He practices doggy paddle, he practices holding his breath under water, he practices swimming under water. He is practicing floating. Today he performed his first cannonball!! LOL! Over and over and over and over! Once he got started he couldn't stop. Remember that thrill? Jumping into the air, feeling that momentary pause before plummeting into the chilly depths (even if those depths are only 4 feet deep)? By the end of summer I bet he is swimming side to side without any problem at all. He is no longer interested at all in the kiddie pool. Mama fish is very proud of her baby fish and can't wait until he is beating her in races going the long ways. Really is there any better way to get exercise than swimming? I know there are ways that have more cardio benefit and weight bearing exercises are important for our bones, but there is nothing I can think of that is more fun, relaxing and enjoyable.
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