Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Knew it was coming today. Knew that today Robert Ullrey of Podcasts for Running was going to tell me that it was time for day 2 to run for 8 minutes. Knew that he would tell me to do this twice. Annnnnddddd? I DID IT!! Slow but steady and I did it!! I ran for 8 minutes without stopping, without falling over and without straight up dying!! The first 8 was actually pretty easy. Well, don't know if easy is exactly the right word, but it is still only 5 in the a.m. and my brain is having trouble coming up with a different word for "not hard". I had to push and I had to use my mental techniques, but it was over before I actually anticipated it would be. The second 8 minutes was a tiny bit harder and I was quite a bit slower for most of it. When Robert said that there was one minute left though, I put on the afterburners-hehehe-not really. I did get a little faster, I did push a little harder and I was a little more winded by the end of the last minute. I did not go as far as I did when we ran the same amount of time broken into 5 minute intervals, but I am okay with that because right now (I've said this a million times I think) it is about endurance. It is about being able to run for time not distance. Once I get the endurance part down the speed will come. It was another good run and the real lesson from today is that I can push myself a little harder. Even though I am pushing my personal boundaries by running at all I am not really pushing as hard as I could. Friday is a twenty minute run without stopping. I am going for it I am going all out and see what I can do. I depend on my ipod to tell me what to do so I don't run with a watch or stopwatch. On this week's podcast Robert has three different days he is giving instructions for and I find myself mentally calculating how much longer I have to run by the directions he is giving. I am not sure if this will help or hurt on Friday when I just have to keep running. If I count on him to tell me what is going on will I have the attitude of "half way through, keep going" or "10 minutes in slow down and conserve energy so you can make it another 10 minutes". During the 20 minute run would I be better off just listening to my "Move it" Playlist and focusing on what my body is saying and just keep pushing until I really cannot run any longer? I don't know..something to think about until Friday. Tomorrow is our longer distance walk and we will be taking Pepper with us. She is a young-ish German Shepherd (3 years old?? I forget-niece's dog not mine) and in the past she has not done terribly well on walks, but if we can get her trained she will be a great walking partner. Built for endurance, smart, competitive and big. Tomorrow is going to be fun, I have a feeling the faster we go the happier Pepper will be!! Today I still have strength to do today. It was scheduled for yesterday but I was in the pool all day and just too exhausted to fit it in when I got home. Hehehe-I just had a mental picture of trying to do strength in the pool with traditional dumbbells!! Not a very good idea-LOL- I have used my kids' floaties for resistance training though. Get those inflatable arm bands under water and they provide great resistance. Biceps curls, Triceps press, Shoulder shrugs, etc., all work pretty well using floaties in the pool. Okay, Daughter is already up and wants breakfast. She is stacking various bins in order to see what goodies might be hiding on top of the refrigerator!! She found the crackers-LOL!! Okay, not a bad little snack. She is such a monkey. Hope everyone has a great day!
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Yesterday I felt like I had to switch to goldfish mode due to the humidity. Today I feel like a goldfish after all the swimming I did. Took my niece and my kids out to see their grandma and cousins (who live on the same piece of property, but in different houses). We swam and swam and swam and even when I tried to get out and dry out someone wanted me back in the water. I am water logged!! Totally wore out the kids. They are sitting and eating dinner in a stupor. Silly me created a new game that involved old and young alike and everyone found totally entertaining so of course I got stuck doing the game over and over and over. I just kept reminding myself of the calories I was burning. My niece is 15 and a very good swimmer, another niece is 6 and part fish (her pool we were swimming in), my son is just now becoming a good swimmer and today was his first day of the diving board and pool slide without some sort of flotation device. That leaves niece #2's sister who "swims" with floats and supervision and my two daughters who are not swimmers yet. So anyways, my older daughter pulls the small two person, inflatable raft into the pool and is having fun. Eventually younger daughter wants a turn too so I take them for a "tour" of the pool. I take the raft and tug it all around the perimeter of the pool. Pretty soon youngest niece wants a turn too so now I've got all three non-swimmers taking rides in the boat, sometimes separate sometimes all at the same time. Oldest niece and son take turns jumping over the boat as we pass under the diving board, we were literally under the diving board so, totally safe. 6 year old, part fish, niece becomes a mermaid who likes to visit our boat. A crocodile shaped float attacks the boat each time we pass and sometimes my son pretends he is a shark attacking the boat. Think Disneyland's Jungle Cruise combined with the old Submarine ride, all done on a very amateur level and you've got my "tours". The kids LOVED it and I ended up tugging that raft around the pool for who knows how long. We all had a blast and now I am exhausted. I feel like I turned into a fish today-a very tired fish. Good day anyway and a great way to stay cool. Hope everyone else had a good day too.
Monday, August 03, 2009
So...week 5 is off to a great start!! Can't believe I am already to week 5. Kind of a humid day today so until I switched to goldfish mode it was a little difficult!! Remember that super hero-Aquaman?? Kind of felt like him today, that is to say, I felt a little bit amphibious!! The first run gets going and I am huffing and puffing like I haven't been training for the last 4 weeks. I am thinking "wow, I am never going to make it if I can't breathe at all". But, I shook off those negative thoughts and persevered and before the first run was over I had switched to goldfish mode and could breathe both air and water!!! LOL! The second and third runs were just fine. Today's time was the same as Friday's but that is okay. I've got 4 more weeks to keep improving and getting faster. The point is that today I ran for 5 minutes 3 times!! That is HUGE compared with where I was 4 weeks ago. 4 weeks ago all I had to do was run for 30 seconds and that felt as hard then, as 5 minutes feels now. No, that is not true, it was HARDER!! If anyone out there is seriously considering doing C25K and doubting your ability to do it, shake off those negative thoughts. If I can do it so can you!!
I am still a little frustrated by the scales refusal to move beyond a certain point (it is ping ponging all over the same 4 to 5 pounds), but I had to do mid-challenge measurements and I have lost, on average, an inch or more all over and that is ONLY during this challenge, that is not including some inches I had shed previous to the start of the Swimming Through Summer Into Fal-Done Girls Challenge. Only my calves haven't changed but they are not included on the challenge and I only started tracking them at the beginning of July. What I am seeing on my calves is a little bit more definition. WooHoo. So, this week is off to a good start. Wednesday will see us doing 8 minute runs, can't wait to see how that goes and Friday is a little bit scary I must admit, 20 minutes non-stop!! I'll do my best that is for sure. Hope everyone has a great Monday!
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Yesterday was my tenth wedding anniversary!! It is hard to believe my hubby and I have been together for 10 years!! It all started 11 years ago when my, now sister-in-law, insisted that her brother take me out on a date. Thanks goodness I believe in second and third chances because those first couple of dates were disasters. My husband is a shy guy and doesn't speak much until he is comfortable around you. Yeah, being shoved into a first date, not the best idea for my hubby, but look...it worked!!! 10 years later we have 3 beautiful children, a dog, a cat and a fish, a mini-van and a long term plan for the future and I get to be a stay at home mom (which means things are often really tight and we make do without alot of STUFF, but who needs stuff)!! Livin' the American dream!! I started my anniversary with my best run yet!! WooHoo. I made it to a point that I have NEVER made it to by running before. I have to guess, but my guess is I went at LEAST 150 yards past my previous best. My sister and I made the goal to really push and shave off some time. Well, honestly, my sister made the goal and I went along!!LOL. We did shave a little time, I think, about 2 minutes. It is hard to say because just before our warm up ended we stopped to stretch and the pedometer stopped counting our time at that point (darn). But, it was still a really good run!! I got to go home shower and clean up the daughters' bedroom. Then the anniversary really got started. My husband took the day off from work, my mom baby sat and we just spent the day together goofing off and doing nothing. We went to the library (no kids), this was purely a treat for me. My husband is not a big reader, but I am and getting to go to the library without any kids and just look around and browse for whatever I wanted was a huge treat! We followed up with lunch at a favorite Mexican place. I ate a little too much, but didn't go too far overboard. This restaurant offers a lunch portion of fajitas, a half portion of the dinner order. Yummy, yummy, grilled steak and vegis. Peppers must be a little expensive right now because the vegis were a little onion heavy and light on the peppers, but I like onions, and so does hubby, so oh well. My one failure at luch was the refried beans. I could not eat just one bite, I thought I could, but I forgot how good this restaurant's beans are. Once I started I couldn't stop, oops. Oh well, I have been pretty good lately so it was a small indulgence. I did opt for the slightly healthier corn tortillas instead of flour. After lunch we burned off a few calories walking the mall. I had a blast making my husband uncomfortable by dragging him over to the lingere and holding up different samples and asking him which ones he liked best!!! Hehehehe, remember shy guy? Yep, that was fun. We didn't buy because I want to buy a new size not the size I am now. My mall faus pax was an Orange Julius. Could not resist, it was hot and the Strawberry Lemonade flavor, soooo yummy. I had not budgeted the Orange Julius, but we didn't get dessert at the restaurant so....yeah, I'm trying to justify here, but you'll see in a minute there was no justifying, it was simply one of those "I want it, I'm going to get it" moments. Went to Target and browsed somemore. Went home let my mom off the hook. Fortunately the kids and their freinds had all been really good. Since it was my anniversary and I didn't want to cook we got KFC for dinner, but we got their new grilled version so it was a tiny bit healthier. No coleslaw, no mashed potatoes either so we did well there. We had promised the kids ice cream though so off we go, supposedly to Cold Stone, but UGGH, disaster, tough economic times have shut down our Cold Stone, nearest Cold Stone is now over 1/2 an hour away. Daughter cried, she wanted gummy bears in her ice cream. So we decided a compromise would be going to Wal-Mart and chosing one or two flavors of ice cream and then getting whatever the kids wanted to put on top. I'm thinking, maybe I'll grab a sorbet or a skinny cow. Well, our Baskin Robbins is in the same shopping center as the Wal-Mart. Son, who can read now, sees the Baskin Robbins sign and suggests that instead, so now we are going to 31 flavors. Do I choose a sorbet? No. Do I choose a sherbet? No. A smoothie? No. Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Oops. Now, I had already factored dessert into the day's equation, but I did not factor a LARGE Orange Julius AND a scoop of Peanut Butter and Chocolate Ice Cream AND eating out twice . Dang. Oh well. My anniversary is only once a year!! Just have to be careful to not start saying, but the first of August is only once a year, or our ten year, 6 month anniversary is only once a year. ; p It was a good anniversary and we had a great time. Monday will have to be a good running day to help burn off some of the residual calories from the weekend!! Yesteday, thank goodness, was no longer a typical day for me. Yesterday I was successful at being a little more like a hummingbird in the morning. Not so successful the rest of the day, but patience and practice and I will get there. Hummmmmmmmm, the sound of my lightning fast wings as I take off to take care of the rest of my day!! Have a good one everyone!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Oh wait, it's a hummingbird and it is sitting on my fence, not my shoulder. Never did get that part of the song anyways, how is a bluebird on your shoulder supposed to be lucky? Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen to me. Oh cute!! He is scratching himself with his little leg!! Sitting here watching my little friend I am contemplating why I like hummingbirds. I am thinking that I should make a hummingbird my mascot. Team Heather with a hummingbird on my shirt! I've come up with three reasons why a hummingbird should be my mascot. First, they are fast and I want to be fast!! Hummingbirds are the cheetahs of the bird kingdon. I am doing my C25K program, today was the day off so we (we, not being the royal we, but my training partner-my sister Kristen and I) walked. It was a great walk! Little bichon Daisy kept us moving. She, that is Daisy, and I have a little competition going, she absolutely must be in front and so if I ever get ahead of her the race is on. I am steadily working on getting fast. I am breaking in some new shoes and I think they are slowing me down (yep! I'm blaming the shoes). They are not at that super comfy, fitted to my foot, stage yet. They get a little more breaking in time and then it is back to the old ones to see if there is a difference. Second reason I love hummingbirds, they seldom stop moving. They are always on the go. From here to there. I am sure my little friend stopped by on my fence only for two reasons. He is the only hummingbird around and has little competition for the food source (my neighbor's bush) and he had an itch that needed to be scratched and you can't give an itch a really good scratch if you are flying. Even when they are eating hummingbirds are burning calories. Now, I realize that the eating on the fly thing does not exactly work for humans so I have to adapt that part but, I want to keep the high metabolism, burning calories like crazy part. I read an article once on hummingbirds and they actually have a really hard time getting the nutrition they need. Their metabolisms are so fast that they literaly need to almost eat constantly. While I would want a metabolism so fast that I have to eat all the time, I would still like one the runs the rate normal for a human. I have hypothyroidism so my metabolism does run slower than it should. I take medication for it and hopefully the fitter I get the less I will need (it happens for others, hopefully for me too). The third thing I like about hummingbirds is that they are actually quite mean, sometime homicidal. Remember how it is hard for them to get the nutrition they need? If too many hummingbirds live in an area where there is not enough food the hummingbirds will kill each other. Again, the cheetahs of the bird world. Those fencing foil like beaks, yep, that is what they can be used for. If you like hummingbirds too, install a feeder, you might save a life!! Now, I am not going to turn homicidal on anything but fat cells!!! I want to make thier nutrition so scarce that they turn on one another, killing each other off in a battle of survival of the fittest until even those die a horrible death of starvation and malnourishment! So here is my hummingbird diet plan. 1) Continue with my C25K and start planning what comes next, if I want to get fast I need a plan and I need to keep running. Make sure I do ALL my cardio and ALL my strength and bring my yoga back, since starting C25K yoga has kind of fallen by the wayside. Time to make all the pieces work together to get flying. 2) Use proper nutrition to fuel the cells in my body I do love and enjoy having around. Use proper nutrition, combined with exercise to increase my metabolism. Time to create a calorie burning machine that runs at peak efficiency. I have nearly succumbed to fancy advertising and claims of an easy 10 pound loss, but I will tell Special K and Slim Fast to stuff their stuff where it belongs. I have a pet peeve about people who think that drinking Special K water for breakfast or anyother time is an actual way to lose weight. If you like it fine, but it is NOT a diet plan. I keep reminding myself that eating right is just as effective and healthier in the long run.Fruits and vegis continue to be a stumbling point for me. Especially lately, I've done better on the fruit, yummy grapes, cherries and peaches all being in season right now, but I've nearly forgotten what a salad is. It is just time to be DONE messing around with my diet. 3) Develop a KILLER attitude. Time to be that person that shoves aside everything getting in their way. Time to say I am DONE, DONE, DONE and I'm not going to take it anymore. It is time to create a hostile environment for all fat cells. Time to tell those fat cells to hit the road, there is not enough nutrition for them here, they need to move along. 4) Make it fun!! I am so excited about the Disneyland 5K that I simply cannot stand it. Yesterday I got an e-mail telling me I MUST download my "Official Race Number Pick-up Card and Waiver". Gosh, they make it sound like a bad thing. This is Disneyland's waiver of liability so that I cannot sue them if I die or get injured due to entering their race and a release to use an photos taken of me during the race. Trust me, this year they will not be using pictures of me, maybe after next year's race :)! It is also my ticket to pick up my t-shirt and bib number the day before the race. I've never been so excited about pushing the print key in my entire life!! This race is definately keeping me going. Now to find new races and new challenges that will be just as fun to keep me going. The Oceanside Turkey Trot looks very promising!! It is down at the beach on Thanksgiving Day. Move your feet before you eat!! LOVE it!! Oceanside is probably closer to us than Disneyland, if not mileage wise, then in time it takes to get there so it will be pretty easy to go, run, come home and still enjoy a couple football games, some turkey and even a SMALL slice of pie-well earned if we run a race that morning!! Oh, and my bib number for Disneyland is 3443-I LOVE that number, there is something about patterns in numbers that I think is cool. So 3 4 4 3 is a pretty awesome number for me. Hope eveyone has a great day!!
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