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Running and a hike? Who do I think I am anyways?

Friday, July 17, 2009

I just might be crazy, stupid, or both! Got up at 4:30 this morning (that is an extra hour of sleep right there) to go and complete Week 2 Day 3 of the Couch to 5K program!! Yes, I did it! I finished week 2 and it was easier than Wednesday's run. Not easy, just easier! Then it was a quick trip home, a short rest and up the mountain for a hike. We picked a great hike. If anyone ever finds themselves in the Idyllwild area in So.Cal. take the Ernie Maxwell scenic route trail. This hike was AWESOME!! The mountain air stayed cooler longer, the trail was almost entirely in shade and beautiful. Here in the So.Cal. I sometimes feel we are a little lacking in the beauty department, especially this time of year when everything starts turning brown from lack of water. The area of this hike is green, green, green. I haven't seen so much green in a long time. The hike goes up to Humber Park, the trail head for a different and more difficult hike and then the hiker has to turn around and go back the other direction. Our reward for taking this hike comes shortly before reaching Humber park and comes in the form of lush little spot complete with trickling stream and stones to step across to get to the other side and the rest of the hike which is quite short from that point. It was truly beautiful. We also got so gorgeous valley views and a close up of Tahquitz peak (Idyllwild's prominent rock peak and a popular site for rock climbing), it is a magnificent hunk of rock. Now I am home and showered and exhausted. Who plans a run and a hike on the same day?? I must be crazy, but I have nearly 19000 steps and I am not done for the day yet. It's been a good day!

  
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MARYDSAN 7/18/2009 1:09AM

    Sounds like fun, and like you are (or are getting) fit!

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JOANNAMARIE 7/17/2009 9:15PM

    Sounds tiring but fun! I hope you have a good rest tonight because you're going to need it to continue with all your hikes and runs. Have a great weekend, Heather!

Joanna

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TEACHEROF4TH 7/17/2009 6:45PM

    Way to go! I'm familiar with Idylwild, having lived in the So. Cal. area for the first 40 years of my life, but unfortunately (or maybe it's fortunately!) I've taken up hiking later in life after we moved to Sacramento. I will keep this hike in mind for when we visit family in that area, for sure. And good for you for doing both hiking and running! You go girl! Not only are you in better shape for it, but think of all those calories burned... woohoo!

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Debbie

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 7/17/2009 5:17PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You finished week too AND a hike.
Quite the human dynamo now Heather, good for you.
Enjoy the rest of your Friday
Luv
Caz
xxx

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CONSTANCELG 7/17/2009 5:07PM

    Look at you go! Sounds like a great hike. I love when trails are beautiful and shady!

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Less Sleep, More Energy and another pound gone.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I am getting much less sleep than I used to. Bedtime was pretty much 10:00-10:30 and rise and shine 6:30-7:00. Now I am in bed before 10:00 and wishing that I could find a way to go to bed at 8:00 and the alarm goes off at 3:20 in the morning. I need to get more sleep, that is for sure, but even with the MUCH less sleep I am getting I have more energy. I get home from my morning walk, do strength if it is on the agenda. Do some laudry, get the kids breakfast and generally straighten things up a little before I feel like it is time to rest. I feel like doing more things during the day, even though it is too hot right now and I do fit in a little nap here or there if the kids are agreeable. Ususally it is only 10 minutes or so but it keeps me going. Tomorrow I get an extra hour (woohoo!) which is good because tomorrow might as well be a marathon. We have running in the early a.m. (90 seconds at a time-last day before increasing it some more on Monday) and then up the hill (local coloquialism for mountain) for a hike, 5 miles round trip. I think I am going to sleep my way up the hill-lol. So, a new to me benefit of decreased weight is increased energy! Lovin' it. This morning, after stretching out after our walk I felt like I could do another two miles. I just needed a moment to refresh! It is nice having more energy, maybe someday I will be able to chase down the kids. As an added bonus, for a weigh in today there was another pound missing. I can deal with that kind of loss. We won't mourn it, it had overstayed its welcome in any case. Almost time to go to the nice cool library. Sis suggested some good reads this morning-anyone else have any good suggestions? Keep cool everyone.

  
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JOANNAMARIE 7/17/2009 9:18PM

    It's funny how it all works out. I'm doing way more cardio, and I have more energy, too. Who would have thunk it? However, I don't have the rough schedule that you do, either. I don/'t know how you keep it up. Take care.

Joanna

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 7/17/2009 4:35AM

    Hi Heather
Yep it's great having more energy and feeling like you can do more. I'm always up b4 DH and getting things done.
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Enjoy the peace and coolness of the library.
Luv
Caz
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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/16/2009 4:36PM

    I know the feeling! I don't always feel like I am "well rested" but I definitely feel like I have way more energy! Isn't being up in the morning and going before everyone else really nice though? I'm addicted to being up before the house because I get so much more done like that and feel like I have more hours in the day!

Looking forward to W2D3 and hike tomorrow! Woohooo - it's going to be FUN!

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Not easy.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

That was today's run, not easy. I did it though. I kept going even when I really wanted to stop. There was one moment in particular where my legs did say "we give up" and started walking. They only made it two steps though before I forced them to run again. We only have to go for 90 second intervals with a recovery in between, but today was not easy. I won't quit though. I really want to be a runner. I want to do this 5K and have something to build on. I need a best time to beat. Plus, next year we are planning on doing a 10K in the mountains so there is no quitting. Hey, quit is a four letter word-I'm going to treat it like one. Can't say it, naughty, naughty. Today was a good workout day. I am ready for school to start again though. My son being home all day is driving my daughters batty. Think we will go walk the mall today for some cool exercise, get them out of here for awhile. I am going to go batty soon too. Glad I have my morning exercise time kid free. I luv the little buggers, but sometimes I really do want to just pull my hair out. Yesterday is was Mommy, Mommy, Mommy all day and today older daughter just can't seem to pull it together. She is having a rough one. If she weren't 5 I would blame it on PMS. Oh well, everyone have a great day and try to keep cool. Hey, almost forgot!! I am wearing another pair of pants that haven't seen the light of day for more than two years!! Tried a blouse on yesterday that was too tight 3 months ago and yesterday was already almost too loose!! Almost missed the chance to wear that one a few times before shrinking out of it all together!! Yes, this is nice. A good reason to ban the "q" word forever!

  
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JOANNAMARIE 7/17/2009 9:23PM

    Way to go with perserverance! Mind over body, always!

My kids are 12 and 15 and they still say, "Mommy, Mommy!" And yes, my daughter suffered from pms-like symptoms from the day she was born!

That's great that you are shrinking out of your clothes. It's so eciting, isn't it? I'm so mad at myself because last year I gave away all my "skinny" clothes. I have to go and buy clothes as mine get too big. I bought some yesterday, and I had that poor sales lady going back and back and back for smaller sizes. I could hardly contain my excitement!

Joanna

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 7/16/2009 2:00PM

    Way to go. It sounds like you are doing great. Even if the kids are being kids.

I love mine but agree sometimes it gets to be a pain and sometimes they are great.
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THE_NEW_MELISSA 7/15/2009 2:17PM

    Way to go.... are you on week 2 of Robert Ullery's podcast or some other program? I'm just finishing week one and am soooo nervous about bumping up my running time!!! You are awesome, should be so proud of yourself for doing it!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 7/15/2009 1:55PM

    emoticon Heather for doing the run and getting into those old pants and blouse with ease.
You are making real progress my friend!
And I think it's great you're setting goals going into 2010! Ye Gods woman stop for a breather somewhere along the line LOL.
I don't recognise that word quit, not in my volabulary either hun emoticon
Enjoy your cool walk
Luv
Caz
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Lean, mean walking machine (not yet, but getting there).

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

WooHoo. The alarm clock went off this morning just like it was supposed to. I got a little side tracked getting ready, I had to clean out one of the drawers in the bathroom. It was so crammed full of DH's stuff I couldn't close it after a futile search for matching hair doodads-oh, ponytail holders. But, I made it for the walk and boy did I move. Last Tuesday it took us 40 minutes to go, according to Track your Route, 2.1 miles. Today, same route, different me, it only took 36 minutes. And the last 20 feet I did my best impression of a sprint. Daisy dog took on the challenge and would have beat me if she hadn't been leashed and held by my sister, who is not insane, and was not "sprinting"-really I'm sure most people would have called it a slow jog, but I was trying to put my all into it-LOL. Last week 36 minutes was our best time during a "running" session (really, it is me who is slow, but I'm getting there. Tomorrow it is back to running. We are up to 90 second intervals of running. I am truly beginning to see where I will actually earn my Disneyland 5K finishers medal. This Friday is hike day again. We are doing something a little different. It is getting a little hot down here in the valley-we have been topping 100 easily the last few days so we are heading for the mountains. We know of a simple hike in Idyllwild. Wide path, well traveled, well established and easy to follow-no way to get lost on this one. It has been awhile, but I remember it being steady uphill all the way up and steady downhill all the way back so no ups and downs like our regular hike and nothing really steep, the difference is altitude- a mile above sea level makes a difference so it will be interesting to see how our steadily improving respiratory systems handle the change. It will make a huge difference when we do our Summit hike later this year. Which, I just realized will have to be postponed a little bit. We were planning the summit hike for Labor Day weekend, but that is the 5K and I really don't think I want to do a difficult two mile hike in the same weekend as a 5K! So now that I can see that I will most likely be able to earn my medal the goal has now morphed from "get the medal" to "how fast can I get the medal".

  
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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 7/14/2009 12:58PM

    emoticon emoticon Heather.
I know how much you want that medal and I can see you accepting it. You're visulizing it too I know you are.
What an inspirational blog.
Luv
Caz
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JOANNAMARIE 7/14/2009 12:47PM

    Look at you go! It's so nice that you and your sister can do this together. Friends are a great motivator! My sister lives 5 and a half hours away. Keep up the great work! You are motivating me!

Joanna

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/14/2009 10:59AM

    I love the last line! It's no longer about IF, but how quickly you can get to the finish line!!! What a great motivator!! I'm so looking forward to run day tomorrow and Friday, and walk in between...and hike! We sure are active!! Who would've thunk it a year ago!!!! Woohoo!!!

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Week 2 Day 1, it is going to be an interesting day!

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!!

  
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JOANNAMARIE 7/14/2009 12:50PM

    Woohoo! Way to go! I can't believe you get up in the middle of the night to workout! That is dedication. I would be needing a nap in the afternoon for sure!

Keep on keepin' on!
Joanna

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GABY1948 7/13/2009 5:05PM

    I'm so proud of you...you DID it...went for your workout anyway. You will feel better all day for having done that! Keep up the good work. emoticon

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 7/13/2009 12:39PM

    emoticon for getting going.
Shame you missed worling out with your sister but look at the progress you've made emoticon
And I'm glad your workout has left you energised, have a great day keeping cool
Luv
Caz
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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/13/2009 12:33PM

    I'm proud of you too! I got up and there was no car...I thought hmmm - it's a MONDAY! LOL I figured it was something like what happened...so I went it alone as well and actually made it all the way to the main entrance before finishing the program for the morning. So after walking for 5 minutes to cool down I was practically home again! It was definitely tougher today and I felt it in my shins during the first two intervals...but by the end I was feeling pretty darn good. The first one I actually thought to myself "Oh my gosh...are we almost done yet - 90 seconds and I'm dying!" But that was just the first one...after that I was ready! You know who was dragging though - my little Daisy pup! I think we are whipping her into shape too! :-) I'll see you tomorrow!

Enjoy your almost kid free day! I'm sure M&M, Matthew, Kaylie and Molly are having an absolute BLAST!

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