Sunday, August 30, 2009
It was a busy, busy week and I had NO time for the computer this week!! School started back this week and with a 1st grader and a Kindergartener I have to go to the school 3 times a day and to make matters worse there are no buses this year due to budget cuts and the traffic is INSANE!! I swear every day is a test in defensive driving and I marvel at all the people driving vehicles that MUST have flunked their test a million times before they were finally given a pity license!! I would walk all the time except we have finally received summer. Delivery was delayed this year but, it has finally arrived!! 105 and up all week has not been fun. The evenings, thank goodness, do cool down and our workouts have still been taking place in nice cool weather (it is a HUGE blessing that where we live it does cool down at night), but the heat of the day still leaves me feeling tired and wilted like a lettuce leaf left in the sun all day!! Our runs this week have been difficult and hard to endure, but I've done it and it has been rewarding. I did adjust the C25K plan for today and think I will stay off plan for next week too. I left for our run early today and drove our route first and measured off distances of 8/10ths of a mile and 2/10ths of a mile and noted the landmarks at each spot. After our warm up walk I ran for the 8/10ths and then walked the 2/10ths (very briskly) and it worked quiet well for me to have the mini recovery sessions and overall I ended up running quite a bit more than if I had stayed on plan. Interestingly, not counting the distance of our warm up walk, our routine has been just barely over the 3.1 miles of a 5K!! I was about 3 minutes over the 45 minutes to complete the 5K in one week, but I still have 2 runs and 2 walks to adjust that. Also, from what I've seen, apparently adreneline plays a big part in a race and I am hoping it works in my favor too!! I am going to stick with my plan for the rest of the training sessions and use the fitness tracker maps to plot my race route for the same plan. I am not fast enough to run the 5K in 30 minutes like C25K plans on so I think the intervals will work best for me this time. Next 5K I bet I can run without intervals!! I plan on using the intervals on our walk days too, walking the 8/10ths as fast as possible and recovering slightly during the 2/10ths. I have to admit, there were moments this morning when I thought I must have measured falsely because it seemed sooooo far to be running, but I did it. My shoulder injury from last week is feeling much better, still gives me a twinge now and then, but nothing even close to before. I had a blast shopping for plants today!! I have a bouganvillia (hope I came even close to the right spelling) that has taken off and needs to be tied to a trellis and reigned in a little so I got a trellis and a whole bunch of fall flowers to put in planters and liven up my yard. Some small mum type flowers and some snapdragons and something I forget the name of -really spectacular cone shaped "flowers" that make the plant look like it is on fire. I live in a very warm zone so all of these will last until we get a frost, which sometimes doesn't happen until February or March. My bouganvilla is in its third bloom of the season already!! LOL! I also have a small section in the front of the house in dire need of something so I got some English Ivy to go in thereSo, anyhoo, hopefully next week will cool down so I feel like I have more energy and hopefully the school situation will settle down and I can set a time to get on the computer!! I've been missing my sparkfriends and seeing how you all are doing!! Hope everyone has a great rest of your weekend!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Last week was a good, but busy week! I kept up with my running, going for 25 minutes three times last week. Youngest turned three on Saturday and had a party and the family went to a baseball game-local minor league team-the Lake Elsinore Storm-we won! Walked a 5K yesterday and ran for 28 minutes today. Honestly, today was the first day I REALLY didn't want to be running. There has always been that level of difficulty that makes running not easy for me and not exactly fun, but always rewarding. Today didn't even feel rewarding. I think I am tired or something. The entire run, start to finish felt like slogging through mud, every step was slow and felt like it took real effort. I kept going though. I did not give in to any of the MANY voices telling me to stop running and walk. I persevered and the reward came at the end-it was not huge mind you, but enough to get me up and going again tomorrow. Today we took our 5K route (it is actually a bit longer, but that is okay) that we worked out so that we could get used to how long a 5K is. We ran just our 28 minutes and finished it walking and got back about 3 minutes faster than walking alone. And while that is not something that made me jump for joy I was still happy that my slogging through mud routine was still faster than just walking. Still not fast enough, but Thursday I will not be slogging through mud!! I am bound and determined to make it so!! I WILL get faster!! I WILL be a runner!! I WILL make it!!!! I told myself all along the route today-I'm not giving up!! Even if I don't finish in 45 minutes (and I really, really, really want to finish in 45 minutes) I am not giving up! I am going to be a runner and that is all there is to it-SO THERE!! Take that stupid, stupid run!! Okay, got that out!! School started yesterday, I've got two kids in this year and yesterday was strangely quiet!! Well, gotta go, there is nobody here to play a game with the little one and she is begging!! Have a great day all!!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Yesterday (Sunday) I woke up, did the getting ready for church thing, went to church and by the time I came home my shoulder hurt. Then it kept hurting and hurting somemore and now moving my arm more than a few degrees front or back is absolute agony!! My hair is in a weird place right now so I always wear pigtails (2 ponies, like a school girl) to keep my hair back and off my face while I run, putting them in this morning only happened because once I got my arm up it was less painful to keep it up there than to put it back down again!! The sad thing is I have no clue what I did to make it hurt so badly. I can't blame any particular exercise, I have to back to Thursday (I think) to find an upper body workout that would have done it. I will blame my church bag!! Scriptures, Sunday School manual, a folder containing information for the bulletins (my job), a clip board with a calendar for feeding our missionaries (all you non-LDS people know who I'm talking about they are those young men on the bikes with the white shirts, ties and name tags-members of the church take turns feeding them dinner so they don't starve to death-they are 19-21 and they probably would starve if we didn't feed them) and all the kids' stuff-it adds up to an aweful lot of stuff anyways, I pinched, pulled or tugged something the wrong way. It doesn't hurt when it isn't doing anything and I can lift it far enough to type with no problems. Needless to say, most upper body exercises involving my arms are out today and probably tomorrow, if not longer!! DANG!! Resting it this morning. Have to do quite a bit of house work today to prepare for youngest b-day party this weekend-lots of window scrubbing and some wall washing, along with dishes and laundry today, but I'll use the non-injured arm for the lifting parts!! Then tonight when it is rest time I'll put some heat on and see if it helps relax whatever is pinched, pulled or tugged!! But, thank goodness the injury is not in my legs!!! I can deal with an arm injury-it doesn't keep me from running!!! Another 25 minute run this morning! I was a little slower this morning than on Friday, was about 50 yards shy of my Friday distance, but I am okay with that. I've had two days off and was tired this morning. The good part is that today we changed our route and I wouldn't have known if I had gone the same or farther than Friday once I turned a corner and today I made it exactly to the corner where we now turn and add some distance on to the run. So, from now on I will know exactly how much farther I go!! Because, I KNOW I am not going to be slower on Wednesday than I was today!! I am going to try a different podcast on Wednesday or take a stopwatch because this week's music is AWEFUL. None of it has been something I would listen to just for the heck of it, but it has a good beat and keeps me moving. This week's podcast has very little talking to cover up the music so I have to listen to it and it was distracting and just not as fun as it could have been. Sorry Robert Ullrey, I'll be back next week. Still, it was a beautiful morning, perfectly clear and once again quite cool, actually bordering on COLD!! I actually turned the little dial in my car to give me slightly warmer air than normal and my husband will tell you that is almost unheard of!! Well, almost time for aerobics so off I go. Today is the "easy" class and I'll just have to move up to medium impact instead of low to make up for not swinging my arms vigorously like a monkey!! Happy Monday all!!
Friday, August 14, 2009
6 weeks ago I started running and could not imagine running for 25 minutes. I deliberately tried not to look ahead so I wouldn't freak out about trying to run 25 minutes. Part of me thought it just wouldn't ever happen and part of me hoped it would. During week 1 we were asked to run for 60 seconds at a time, one minute and that is all, just one minute at a time, and I was sure at certain points I would die!! Today I ran for 25 minutes and didn't stop!! I slowed down, but I didn't stop!! I ran just under 1.7 miles in 25 minutes!! It's not fast but I actually ran for 25 minutes without stopping!! I really can't believe how mental running is. As long as I keep my mind occupied and just keep running I can do it. There were two different moments where I felt like I really just needed to stop and walk but told myself "this is just a wall, keep going and you'll get past it". And, sure enough I did. I even made it past my initial goal by about 50 yards or so (just guessing)!! We even have to change our route a little to add on some distance. Way back when we started 6 weeks ago we walked for quite a ways to get home, today we nearly made it back home just by running and had to walk past the house and come back to get our cool down in!! I can't believe how far we've come in 6 weeks. Next week is all 25 minute runs with the goal of getting better each day, I love that plan! I still have some exercise to get in today. One challenge has us aiming for 300 cardio this week so I still have aerobics class today and strength. Strength is more lower body today though. I just about feel lower bodied out!! My tush and legs are getting tired and sore!! We'll see what happens with that. Happy Friday everyone!!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Last night I went to bed tired and looking forward to my walk in the morning. I had chedder cubes for Pepper if she did a good job and I was ready to shave more time of the walk. Well, you know the saying about the best laid plans of mice and men...a little girl threw a wrench in the works. Sometime during the night both daughters crept into our room and into our bed (they are really good at doing it without waking us up). At about 2:00 in the a.m. youngest daughter starts a coughing fit, she has had a really mild cold all week and this was the worst effect we'd seen. I was patting her back and asking if she was okay when the fit triggers her gag reflex and I knew what was coming, I had only enough time to sit up so that none of the result went in my hair, it did however, end up all over my bed. Daddy took the little one to get cleaned up while I pulled all the sheets off and checked to see if either one of my pillows was salvagable (nope). Unfortunally, little one was very upset and Daddy left her for a moment to go get new jammies and since she is not quite 3, but potty trained, she sometimes loses bladder control when she is really upset. In Daddy's few moments of inattention I gained a bathroom floor that needed to be cleaned too. Many minutes later the mattress is flipped, new sheets are on the bed, I've dug up a replacement pillow, the bathroom floor is mopped up, me and the little one have new jammies and we are all back in bed ready to sleep. Little one then begins having nightmares that cause her to wake and scream every ten minutes or so for the next hour or so. I finally get her awake enough that she tells me there is a spider in the bed, she saw it and she is cold. So we go to her room, get one of her special blankies, her Doggie and her Panda (both are very special friends who help her sleep) go back to my room where she won't get in the bed because she sees the spider. I turn on the light, show her there is no spider and get her snuggled in. It is now about 10 minutes before I have to get up and go for the walk so I text my sister and tell her I am out for the day. I feel bad about not walking so when we all get up and daughter is just fine and running around like nothing ever happened I decide we can go to aerobics class. Today is Boot Camp day and the instructor kicked my behind. There were a couple of times that my already tired muscles screamed for relief and I gave in but never for long. It was a great workout so I made up for missing the walk. Only, now if I want to hit 300 cardio minutes this week I still have to do a little more, hmmm, yoga counts as cardio in the fitness tracker so maybe I'll throw in some of that, it's been awhile. All my muscles are tired today. They have really been working hard during the last week. Sad to say but my strength has been getting neglected since I started C25K 6 weeks ago!! I've learned my lesson though!! Since I've put the strength back in that stuborn pound has been banished and a couple of friends with him!! I've seen quite a few people who are trying to lose weight without doing any strength training and I have to say, it just doesn't work!! And even if you do somehow manage it, you are still left looking flabby and weak. Even for those of us who have a long way to go before we hit goal strength training is one of the quickest ways of effecting a visable change in our bodies. The toned muscles will still look better under our padding than flabby ones and toning muscle helps the inches move!! There are a lot of muscle myths out there but one thing that is not a myth is that strong, toned muscles burn calories faster than weak, flabby ones. So, if your muscles are toned then even your cardio gets more effective bringing on faster change than if your muscles are not toned!! I still have quite a bit of padding to get rid of, but what I can see is some definition in my calves, they are looking longer and leaner, especially when flexed. My achilles tendon is starting to develop the "dimples" that are supposed to be present on each side of that tendon. My hips don't complain as much as they used to when I ask them to work and lifting my daughter into the cart is getting easier even though she is trying to grow again! Another non-scale victory I discovered recently involves my seat belt in the car. Know how the belt is supposed to sit across your lap and not hit your abdomen at all (well it is)? Mine didn't used to do that. My belt didn't know how to find my lap with out a little help. The other day I got in the car, fastened my belt and thought "something feels weird". I looked down to see what adjustments needed to be made and surprisingly NONE needed to be made, my belt sat nice and flat right across my thighs, just like it is supposed to!! Enough flab has been banished that my seat belt can find my lap!! My lap has grown!! LOL!! The one part of me I want to actually get bigger-my lap!! I feel kind of bad that I am excited about my seat belt fitting right-it should never have fit wrong to start with, but it is one of those things I hadn't really even given a thought to until it happened!! WooHoo! So, here's to victories big and small, on the scale and off! Hope everyone has a great day!
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