Monday, July 13, 2009
Last night hubby and I were getting ready to retire for the evening and hubby is checking the alarms (one set for 3:20 for me and one set for 5:20 for him) since we had them turned off over the weekend, he noticed that the clock was not on the right settings and we fixed that and turned on the alarms and went nighty night. I woke up a little after midnight thinking it was time for me to go workout, but since it wasn't I tucked myself back in and went right back out. The next time I woke hubby was getting out of bed to visit the potty, I opened my eyes briefly and turned over, ready to go back to sleep for at least a few minutes, when my sleep fogged brain kicked into gear and processed that the room was somewhat brighter than it should be. EEK what time was it? 4:30!! I missed my workout with my sister!! I stood her up!! I couldn't find my phone!! (Later found out that hubby had inadvertently shoved it down the sofa cushions). Evidently, a munchkin snuck in and changed a) our radio station to blank station and b) turned the volume all the way down. Did I do what I would normally do and say "Oh well" and snuggle back in for another hour of sleep? NO!! I did not!! I am so proud of myself. I said "dang, now I have to go alone" and did! I don't have a course plotted in our neighborhood so I made it up as I went along. I had a route from two years ago, but part of it goes along a very busy street, one of the main roads out of town so there would be commuter traffic at 4:30-5:00 and the world is not ready for the sight of me running, no, no, no. I went in and out of cul-de-sacs and just kept going. Week 2 is definitely harder than week 1, but then again I remember thinking, last week, that Week 1 was going to kill me too! I went further than I usually do since I didn't have a planned route, but I did it!!! I ran even more today than I did last week!!
Youngest DD and I are home alone today, the older two spent the night a Grandma's house. Hubby tried to take my car keys to work with him. Big goof ball. I tried to take Baxter the Beagle with me on my workout this morning, but could not find his leash! My DD just spontaneously showed me how she can be a tree (yoga's Tree Pose). Maybe DD and I will go walk the mall today and enjoy the air conditioning paid by someone else. No money to spend, but that just means hubby won't get mad tonight that I went to the mall. Last week after my running sessions I was wiped out and felt that way for most of the day. Today I feel energized and sleepy at the same time. I think I will take advantage of the energized part and save the sleepy part for tonight!! It is going to be an interesting day!!
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Went to a birthday party for two nieces today. Had a blast. Swam in the pool. Went down the water slide!! My goofy brother took pictures of me going down the first time, when graceful as I am, I kind of lost my form and went in the water cock-eyed and tushie first!! Great, just what I need more embarassing pictures of me! Kids had a blast with their cousins. Only ate one piece of pizza and one small cupcake, did munch on yummy vegis! Not a bad day food wise and an enjoyable day all around.
Friday, July 10, 2009
I did it, I did it, I did it!! I finished week 1 training of Couch to 5K!! And I shaved 2 minutes off my worst time!! Yesterday I missed my walk due to a bum knee I wanted to rest and I was feeling a little overwhelmed with the task at hand. Feeling like "why bother any more, just save myself the agony, I won't be able to do it, I can't do a 5K in less than 45 minutes, what am I thinking?" But today, I got up, my knee was feeling much better, I wrapped my knee, and went. The wrap really helped, even more than I thought it would and I pushed!! I started each jog slowly, but then tried to lengthen my stride and make each movement longer and smoother and faster. And, by golly gee, it seems to have worked. Even at the end, when my sister is usually outpacing me by a longshot, and jogging in place at each corner to let me catch up, I was still hot on her tail. During the jogging she outpaced me quite a bit-she is way ahead of me on this fitness thing, but when we reverted to just walking-I ALMOST kept up-she only had to jog in place for a little bit. Last Monday by the end I was dying-dragging my feet-anxious for us to get back to the start so I could stop. By today I was not dying-tired, out of breath, still ready to stop, but NOT dying!! I think I might be getting fitter. I still have a long way to go until I will be doing 5K in 45 minutes or better, but today I saw that, if I keep working hard, I just might make it!! Today I am digging through my storage chest, somewhere in there is a medal I won YEARS ago-before I ever had children. The only reason I won it at all is because there were only enough entrants in our city's Turkey Trot in my division that we all won a medal-LOL! But, I won it. I think that race took me between 50-55 minutes and I didn' t jog a step that I can remember. I am posting that sucker on my wall to remind me what I once accomplished because when September 5th is over I will have a second medal to add to my poor, lonely Turkey Trot medal (or was it the Bunny Hop-oops it had been way too long-better get it out just to remind myself of which race it actually was!!). So, I have two days off from running and on Monday we amp it up again. I weighed this morning and I am still a few ounces above the weight I was before my birthday week meltdown, but the scale is finally moving in the right direction again. The running has got me moving again in more than one way!! Hurray!!
Update on library day. Son received his award for 2nd place in the contest...a teddy bear. Oh dear!! Yep, six year old boy was not too happy. He would have been thrilled with books-kid loves to read. He gave me his teddy bear, telling me that I "could have it because it was kind of a girl thing anyways." Today, after the walk/run I stopped at our 24-hr Wal-Mart (it was about 5 am) and picked up a Star Wars toy-they have these little characters called Galactic Heros that come in a million different Star Wars characters. He got a super battle droid and a jedi called Luminaria something or other (a girl jedi, but he is okay with that because she is a jedi after all and girls who carry lightsabers are still okay). He was much happier with that reward.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
The last couple of days I've been filling in the rest of the measurements added to the updated Weight and Measurements Tracker. LOVE the changes they made and the new things to track. I have always been disappointed in the limits set to the measurements section. I have always felt that arm, thigh, calf, etc should be measured as well as bust and chest (I think it is important for females to be able to measure both since the girls sometimes shrink pretty and the chest can be a better indication than the girls-plus if you want a bra that really fits you need to know both-hehe). Now, with the new changes I can measure all those things. I added bust and chest under the additional measurements section!! So cool-thanks for the changes Spark. Anyhow, I finally got around to using the waist-hip ratio calculator found under the Healthy Lifestyle-Fitness section to calculate my waist-hip ration. Now, I am good enough at math that I could have calculated that myself, but the Spark calculator also gives you your ESTIMATED body type as well as some information about each body type. I have always figured I was a pear. I am very hippy. Even at smaller sizes my pants are a size larger than my shirts to accomodate my hips. Come to find out I am not a pear and I am not an apple, but I am an Avacado! I have never heard of avacado before. The article says that avacados are not as common as pears and apples. Always I knew I was different from the norm!! Avacados carry a moderate health risk from their genetic body type-higher than the risk pears bear, but lower than the risk of apples. Interesting. The article says that your body type is genetically determined, but it also says your body type is an estimate. I suppose it is possible, once I get rid of some this padding, that I will actually be a pear. Have to wait to find out. The main thing is that, no matter what, I do need to get rid of the padding!! I didn't walk this morning, stupid knee is bugging me again, but tomorrow is our run-so I am resting it and stretching so that it will be loose tomorrow. I was stupid, the youngest was yelling at me about doing something for her while I was otherwise occupied, so frustrated, I jumped up to do her thing, but planted my foot at an angle instead of straight and wrenched it again. Ugg!! Good news is it is already feeling better today. Today is library day. Our library is launching their summer program today. A couple months ago the library held a contest for the children. Entrants were asked to decorate a printed letter. My kids got E, A and V. The decorated letters were used to create a sign reading "BE CREATIVE AT YOUR LIBRARY". My son, who decorated his E with dyed and broken egg shells in a mosaic rainbow, got second place!! He will receive his award today. We have no idea what his award is, but he is very excited!! (My daughters decorated their A with acorns we collected from the park and the V with violet tissue paper squares-only one other entrant followed the letter theme thing with an L that looks like a ladybug-very cute and hopefully first place because it deserves it-since we already know my son isn't first.) So, a busy, fun day today. Looking forward to my run tomorrow!!
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Whooo. Running again this morning. I really tried to focus on form today. My legs are definately feeling the work! I need to do more inner thigh and hip work. My hips are so tight I know that is one of the things slowing me down (there are an incredible number of things slowing me down and this is just one of them). This morning I focused my pre-run warm up on my hips and kept my warm up a little bit slower and I noticed a difference in my stride. Even at the end I was able to keep my stride longer. Now to just get used to running-whew!
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