Wednesday, July 29, 2009
How come I am not fast? Why can't I run 2 miles in 20 minutes? How come the scale will budge just to stick or go back up again? Why do my hips and shins hurt when I run? Why is getting up in the morning to bleeping hard? Why wasn't I born with Heidi Klum's genes instead of Heather Reid's? Why do I have a pile of laundry that still hasn't been taken care of? (Oh yeah, that really has nothing to do with this blog.) I have answers to all those questions. I don't really like the answers, but I do know the answers. My problem is I want the answers to change and NOW!! I want someday to be today. I want to be a fast runner, I am tired of looking like the last runner of a marathon after I have only run for one 3, then 5 minute interval. You know what I mean, shuffling gait, slow as molasses, but still plodding forward. I want to be able to run not just 2 miles, but 3 miles in 20 minutes, right now it takes me 37 minutes to go 2.1 miles. Granted I am still doing intervals, but if I tried to run the entire distance, I would die (really, I think I would just fall over on some poor homeowner's lawn and pass on). I don't know why the scale is no longer my friend but, for now, I am pretty sure that maybe I can convince my body to be fit, but it will always be fat because for some strange reason, no matter what I do, the scale is being rude to me. Why do my shins and hips hurt-well, because I weigh way too much and they are not used to this kind of activity. Getting up in the morning-well, that is because I am a night owl and getting up in the morning will probably always be hard. And of course I don't have Heidi Klum's gene because I am Heather (although the German version of my name is Heidi so if I'd been born German...nah, never mind). So, some of these things are going to change and some aren't, like the pile of laundry (I have a husband and 3 kids laundry is my life for at least the next 15 years). Will my shins and hips stop hurting? Eventually, I am sure, like I keep telling myself during every run "this is making your muscles stronger and strength is good". Will the stupid scale budge-maybe, eventually and if it doesn't then tough because I am going to keep running even if it keeps telling me I am fat. Will all this exercise ever make me look like Heidi-HAH HAH HAH are you kidding me, even I am not that clueless!!! I am 5'3 1/2 (yes, I always count the 1/2) with a stocky, athletic build. It's currently hidden, but once it is uncovered it might resemble Shawn Johnson if I am lucky. So I guess Patience has to be the key word for awhile. Someday seems so far away, but maybe, if I am patient it will arrive sooner than I expect. Patience, Patience, Patience.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I didn't walk this morning and am beating myself up over that decision. I went back to bed instead. I have lots I HAVE to do. Lots I WANT to do and no plan for any of it. Later I will be making play dough for the kiddies. I have never made my own play dough before but found a well rated and easy recipe so it should be easy enough. I guess it is time to get off my keester and start a plan for today so I can get everything done and still have some fun too. Hubby has a church obligation tonight so it will be a good evening for me to get my workout while he is out. I can put on my guilty pleasure-old episodes of the Gilmore Girls-and work my tushie off. Strength training today too. Okay, time to get busy...
Monday, July 27, 2009
Today C25K bumped us up to a 3 minute run, 90 second recovery, 5 minute run, 2 1/2 minute recovery and then repeat. I thought I would never make it through that first 3 minute run. My shins were TIGHT today and I was feeling it before being half way through. But, I did it and stretched a little during my recovery time and then here came the 5 minute run...
"REALLY? You want ME to run for 5 minutes? Pretty sure I am going to have to stop and walk a little bit and then pick up running again. Okay, so far so good. Uggh, this is HARD. Okay, I'm running to that part of the sidewalk were it does that little zig-zag thing. There already, okay, I'm running to that street light. Ooops still not far enough, okay to that car WAY up there. What? We're done-I didn't even make it to the car..." That is pretty much what it sounded like in my brain this morning. There was a repeat during the second 5 minute run. We were slower today. Strangely enough, since we did alot more running, but that is why I was slower. My sister did quite a bit of back tracking-she's fast. I keep telling myself though, she is also considerably lighter and when we weigh closer to the same amount she better watch out-hehehe-love you sis!! I think by Friday we will be back down to where we were last Friday, maybe even faster. It takes a little getting used to-running 5 minutes that is. I like it though and am looking forward to September, and then another 5K in October and a Turkey Trot in December and a Jingle Bell thing in December and then maybe I'll start training for a 10K in June!! It'll be time to start upping the ante right about the new year. Plus, it'll actually be cool in January, February and March-can't wait for this heat to end.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Just having a restful Saturday today!! Down loaded a new workout mix from itunes today-remixes of some really fun songs like Xanadu, and Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny, Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, all done at a rate guaranteed to keep you moving. Finishing up some of the odds and ends of shopping that needs to be done. Went out and found a good pair of running shoes for me-ON SALE!! While in the shop we were also looking for church shoes for son and youngest daughter. Couldn't find anything I would accept as church shoes for son, so gave up the search for now, did find an addorable pair for daughter though for $5!! Woohoo!! Love the bargains. She loves them and wants to wear them today instead of waiting for church tomorrow. Went to the produce market and got some beautiful blueberries for muffins tomorrow along with the other basics I also needed. Sent husband in search of fresh corn on the cob-unbelievably the produce market didn't even have one single ear of corn!! Hubby is following up a lead from a friend that the Mexican market has corn and at a good price. This is Southern California, so we really do have Mexican markets, not much different from the American Supermarket, but all the signs are in Spanish. You can find really good deals there and they have the best carne asada and pollo asado. MMMM! Hope he comes back successful from the hunt. I need to cook and wrap in foil 30 half-ears of corn for a church function this evening. Pioneer day!! A Mormon tradition celebrating the day the pioneers entered the Utah valley. Since my ancestor was the leader of the second wagon train that entered shortly after the first I suppose 30 half-ears of corn is really the least I could do. Well, time to get back to work. Still have an entire house to get clean!! I am ready to toss out every toy my children own in order to have a more orderly home. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Now I get it, I never did before, but now I get why people try to copy the effect of endorphins with various chemical, drugs and foods. Endorphins rock. I've heard that chocolate releases a chemical in the body that has a similar effect...I don't get it. Chocolate might make give some feeling of comfort or well being. Endorphins do so much more! I have finally discovered, to some degree, what is meant by a "runner's high" and I barely run-LOL. Today's run was magnificent. I felt, at first, that I was going too slow, not doing enough, and increased my pace a bit. After our first 3 minute run I could see that I was a little farther along than last time. During the second, and final, 3 minute run Robert whispered in my ear that I had 1 minute left right when I reached the spot that was the end of my last run on Wednesday! I was a full minute ahead at that point! Finished the run and walked the rest of the way back trying to keep a decent pace. Got back and the final time was 2 minutes better than last time!!! WooHoo! Its working!! I am already looking for the next 5K I am going to do. There is an organization in the U.S., I am pretty sure they are everywhere, called NAMI-the National Alliance for Mental Illness. Every year, all over the country, they sponsor 5K awareness walks. I used to work as a Secretary in a Mental Health Hospital Unit so as a department we would participate in these walks. I was always among the last to get back. I am thinking about doing the walk in our area this year and not being one of the last ones back! It is going to be a great Friday! Still have aerobics in about an hour. It will be easier today! Today's instructor is very laid back and just does the basics, no boot camp today, thinking about it though I think I am a little sad about that. One sparkfriend noted once that I enjoy challenges and its true, nothing gets me going faster than a challenge. Never would have started running if Disneyland hadn't put that 45 minute limit on getting a medal. Now I've taken a peek into a whole new world FULL of challenges just waiting to be met and yesterday's class was a full blown challenge. Today won't be as challenging and I might just get a little bored, oh well, I already met the challenge this morning and triumphed!! Getting faster...
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