Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I really need to get a schedule down that lets me get on spark daily!! Thanks to all my friends who keep checking on me even though I have been absent lately. The good news is that I am still working out and making progress. Last Wednesday I slayed another dragon!! The three mile dragon!!! We went for our usual "long run" on Wednesday last week and I started out thinking "is today the day I run the entire 5K?" and I set out with the mindset that I would at least do the 2 miles that I had accomplished on Saturday and again on Monday. Well, long story short, when I hit the 2 mile mark I told myself "hey it's all gravy from here and I am riding the gravy train all the way home"!! I kept running and I kept running and I didn't short myself on the cul-de-sac where it is so easy to cut the corner and make it easier. On the last stretch my sister returned after completing her run to finish the route with me and I just kept going. I told her that I had to tell my behind that if it would just quit complaining and keep running it would turn into a rock hard runner's a** (sorry sometimes I use words with myself I would normally not use in public). My tush told me it didn't care about being rock hard it just wanted to stop running. I showed it who was boss and ran all the way to the drive way!! WOOO HOOOO I ran the whole thing!!! I am a runner!! The really funny thing was when I read an article in Runner's World magazine describing almost the same experience. I was tired of calling myself a runner and having my best accomplishment being 2 miles. Well, no more!!
This weekend was also the much anticipated Summit Hike in Idyllwild. We left right after the kiddies got out of school to go camping at one of our favorite spots, Idyllwild State Park. The campground is about 45 minutes from home but feels a world apart. We set up camp and had to break the sad news to our son that we would not have a campfire for roasting marshmallows for s'mores due to the high fire danger all campfires were banned. We ended up roasting the mallows over our propane campstove though so it all worked out. On Saturday we waited for my sis to arrive (she didn't camp due to a daughter recovering from flu symptoms) and then it was off on our hike. We started out with Mom, sis, myself, husband, all three of our children and Baxter, our beagle all in tow. At a junction point husband and daughters (5 and 3) broke off to take the very easy hike to the Nature Center where the girlies would have a blast and Mom, sis, my son (age 6) myself and the dog all took off for our hike. We were lulled into a brief sense of security when we were joined on the trail by another family with children. I figured that maybe we had over estimated the hike if others with kids were also braving it. Then my sister mentioned that there was probably another branch off where we would seperate to go on the more difficult hike. Sure enough, it wasn't long before we were all alone on the trail. Nailed to a tree at the head of our trail there was a simple wooden sign that said "Steep Trail". We should have taken the sign more seriously!! At first it seemed like the trail was nothing that we had not tackled before. But then we started going up and up and up. The trail was STEEP in places!! And the rocks!!! Oh my goodness, I read that there were areas where you had to scramble over rocks, but oh my!! But after many breaks for water and fuel we started to see the mountain flatten out and lo and behold we were on top of the world!!! Literally we were on top of the mountain. I will have to post pictures later, but we looked in front and behind and there was no more mountain to climb. It was spectacular and the view was worth the climb. Going down was quite possibly even steeper than going up and there were even more rocks to climb over. Just as I didn't feel like I was really a runner until I broke that 3 mile barrier, I now know that until Saturday I was not a hiker. NOW I am a hiker!! So is my 6 year old!! He was amazing!!! I do not know how many 6 year olds could have taken the same hike and done as well. He was our little trail guide, leading the way and telling us where there were difficult spots to watch out for. I was also proud of my little beagle. He has never gone on a long distance hike before and he did a great job. There were only a couple of times when he insisted we take a little break. The sad thing was, I was not expecting to bring him on the big hike, I thought he was just going on a short hike, but when the young ones decided to go to the nature center the dog had to come with us out of necessity. I didn't have any water or dog treats for him. The water bottles I toted had big, wide lids and he was able to drink water from the lid of one of the bottles and I shared my MOJO bar with him. Which he now seems to be addicted to!!! Everytime I opened my pack he got excited expecting more MOJO. For those who have not yet enjoyed this marvelous treat it is a trail mix bar by Clif Bars. The one I shared with Baxter was Peanut Butter and Pretzel-mmm peanut butter...that's what got Bax so excited-the peanut butter. Unlike most of the Clif Bars the Mojo is crunchy and salty sweet-very delish!! I think Clif Bars is missing a market and should cross market their Mojo for people and dogs!!! I got two bites and Bax finished it off over the course of the hike and then stole the wrapper from my pack when I sent it on the ground and licked the wrapper clean!! (Yes, I got the wrapper back and disposed of it properly.) Before we made it off the mountain our quads, hams and glutes were fried and felt like jello. My son said his legs felt like jello that had been eaten!! We made it back to camp safe and sound and thoroughly spent and ready to plan the next time we would take that same hike (early spring next year when the creeks will be running and add a whole new dimension to the hike).
Today, Monday, it was time to go back to the regular routine and run for 2 miles (our current short run). We warmed up and got running and almost immediately my legs started to complain. Every muscle in both legs started screaming at me to stop. They were more sore than I realized and strongly protested my putting them through that type of torture. I really wanted to stop and walk, my muscles really wanted me to stop and go back to bed. I kept going though and I pushed and pushed and my muscles settled into a more muted form of protest and I was able to make it to about 1.5 miles before my tush joined the chorus and I still ignored them all. Saying that every step today was agony would be a slight exaggeration. Even I know that agony is not okay and you really should stop, but it was indeed very difficult to complete today's run. I did it though and now I know that I can do 2 miles under very extreme circumstances! Tomorrow is a simple walk and then Wednesday it is 3.1 miles again-can't wait!! If I could run 2 today then I know that I can run 3 on Wednesday when most of the Lactic Acid I accumulated has left my poor little leg muscles-which are becoming quite defined by the way. I was shaving the gams the other day and was shocked when my calf muscle refused to give way under the pressure of the razor!! I rewarded myself for all my hard work with a new running top!! Very cute pink with grey accents, long sleeves for the cooler weather that is gradually arriving and a little reflective paint on the back to make me a little more visable. Well, this has been one heck of a missive and it is time for beddy bye so good night and if all goes well I will see you all tomorrow!!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
EEEK!!! I can't believe how I am letting my sparks slide!!! I can't believe I've become a person that checks in only once a week and only briefly at that and today I don't have time to spend checking in on all my friends who I have been neglecting terribly!!! I have got to work out a schedule that gives me some sparktime during the week....
Anyways on to my triumph for the day!!! I killed the mile 2 dragon!!! Since week 7 or 8 of the C25K program I have had this mile 2 dragon that I could not get past. No matter how hard I tried or how much I ran I could not make it to mile 2 without taking a walking break. Uggh...it was so frustrating!!! I would get so tired, my muscles so sore, and so breathless that I just could not do it. Of course, last week, I had a cold so that did make breathing a little more difficult. Anyway, today I slayed the dragon!! We changed our running location for today from my sister's neighborhood to a park located about a mile closer to my house. This park has a beautiful cement path around the outside of the park and as we discovered today, even has 10th of mile markers painted on the sidewalk!! It is a popular exercise location and one can usually see runners and walkers on the path at all times of the day. We started at 6 am and had some company on the path, kind of a nice change! Running in circles around the park got a little boring, but I think it was what I needed. I had none of the regular landmarks to tell me when to give up. I didn't have the mailboxes that tell me when I've run one mile or the lake telling me I've gone 1.3 miles (usually my limit is 1.3 to 1.5 miles). I did have the little green squares showing me when I reached another tenth of a mile and I started mentally calculating those and decided I could quite when I had run the usual 1.3 to 1.5 but then, before I reached that marker I decided I could go a little bit farther..."I could run that little bit up that tiny hill and push myself that far". "Well, it is all down hill from this point, and now I am right on the street, do I really want to let everybody see me quit right here at the edge of the street?" "Well, now it is not that far until I reach 2 miles, just keep going". And I did!! I kept going, my hiney really wanted me to stop, boy did it want me to stop, my tush has not complained this much during a run ever!! I decided to ignore my annoying tush and keep going until I hit the .3 mile marker, which probably put me just a tiny bit over my 2 miles!!! Woo Hooo!! My sister called me a warrior when we were talking about slaying that dragon and I immediately struck a yoga Warrior Pose!! I felt strong like a warrior too!! I broke a barrier and I know that I can break more!! Patience and practice will get me there!!
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Yesterday was my first running 5K and it was a blast and it was at Disneyland!! I knew going into it I would not be able to run the entire distance. My training stalled at 28 minutes and about a mile and a half and I just couldn't break past that time before our race today. During our two runs this week before today's race I experimented with running and super brisk walking intervals and found some good success with that method and I went into today's race planning on doing exactly what I'd been doing this week. Last night I was soooo excited I barely slept, even though I tried really hard. Got up at 4:00 this morning and got ready to go. Put my Mickey Mouse earrings on, put my Minnie Mouse hair scrunchie in. Dressed in my favorite running shirt, my New Balance running shoes with my cushie bamboo fiber socks and I was ready to go!! We get to Disneyland get parked and exiting the parking structure all you can see are people, people, people!! I could not believe how many people there were!! We lined up far, far from the start line and started stretching. The thing that hit me first was excitement!! Yea, finally this is the moment we have been training for!! Then the level of humidity hit me-dang nab it!! I am definately coming down with my daughter's cold and I was already feeling wheezy and the humidity did not help me at all!! But I was not going to let a little congestion and alot of dampness kill my excitement!! The race started and we were off and running??? Not exactly!! There were so many people and so many people who planned on walking the entire race that really we started off with a walk. It took a couple of minutes to reach the Start line because we were so far back and then just as I was really getting into my stride and ready to go, we bottlenecked again and it was back to a fairly slow walking pace. This happened a couple more times but then we were running and I was passing other runners!!!! I ran my first mile and went to very brisk walk and was still passing people. The thing that threw me off at mile 1 was the time clock!! 19 minutes, almost 20!!! What the heck!!! It hasn't taken me that long to complete a mile in several weeks!!! Then I remembered all the bottle necks and how long it took us to get to the Start line and I deducted right off the bat 4 minutes from my time!! I have consistently finished my first mile in 15 minutes for the last several weeks and I am sure I actually ran a faster pace than that when I was actually able to run!! Mile 2 was primarily "race walking", still passing quite a few of the other walker and still feeling good. I reached the water stop and decided that it was so humid that I would probably benefit from putting half my water in my mouth and pouring the other half down my shirt ot help cool me down!!! I forgot that the humidity would keep my shirt from drying for a LONG TIME and most of my pictures show me with a wet shirt!! LOL-OOPS!! I was cooler for awhile though!! The mile 2 time clock showed a time of 33 minutes-a 13 minute pace!! Awesome!! Mile 3 was hard, I didn't do as well there, but I made it in at 50 minutes!! So 17 minutes on mile 3 which is about right for me!! With the 4 minute deduction for unavoidable delays, I put my time at 46 minutes!! I matched my personal best on a day I was not feeling my personal best and I got my medal!!! Everybody got a medal so it was kind of cool!!! We had a super blast and on Monday I start working on breaking that distance barrier I am up against so that my next 5K will be all running and MUCH, much faster!!! To celebrate my success I went to Build a Bear and built a cat in a robe and slippers-she is celebrating her success and giving herself the special treatment she deserves. I still have to update my ticker but I am now at 42 pounds lost and have a 5K and a medal to show that I am now a runner!! Next stop the Oceanside, CA Turkey Trot and then a few more 5Ks. Next June a 10K and if all goes as planned, next September the Disneyland 1/2 marathon-13.1 miles!!! I am what I never thought I would be...a runner!!
Friday, September 04, 2009
This will be a quickie!! Today my husband is home to watch the kids while my mother, sister and I attend the Disneyland Health Expo!! I am so excited!! Today we pick up our race bibs and t-shirts and have fun at the Expo and Downtown Disney. For the uninitiated Downtown Disney is an outdoor mall with shops and restaurants...Sephora here I come (unfortunately I don't really have any spending money so I guess my husband would actually see that as being a fortunate thing!!). Tomorrow, before most of you even crawl out of bed we will be on our way to Disneyland to run our 5K. Yesterday's run was a good one and I came in just 1 minute over the 45 so hopefully, tomorrow, with adreneline in place, I will do just fine. The bad part, I think I'm coming down with my daughter's cold!! ACKKKK!! NOOOOOOOO!! Vitamin C is my best friend as well as the decongestants I've been taking for the allergies that have been bad due to all the smoke in our air right now. The worst fires in So. Cal are Northwest and West of us. The fires in our area are either out or under controll at this point, Bee Canyon, Lake Elsinore, Oak Glenn and Yucaipa, but the smoke from all the others still makes it inland quite aways. Hopefully the cool front we are expecting will hit and bring some fresh air with it to settle some of the irritants before the race tomorrow. I think I will be able to get through no matter just on the excitement I feel!!! Will fill you in on everything tomorrow!!!!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Good day today. Went for our walk this morning. It was a good walk. We could see a hill on fire so that was not so good. For those not in the loop, much of So Cal is on fire right now. We always have a bad fire season, but this year has been very, very dry. We've had a fire burning to the east of us for a few days and now this one to the north. It makes the air kind of smoky and I spent a bit of the weekend with a splitting sinus headache. After our walk this morning I went home, collected the kids, and went on another walk!! A friend of mine has organized a walking group and I told her WEEKS ago that I would walk with her when it started and so here I am going on two walks every day!! The walk with my friend is a bit more relaxed than the walk with my sister though!! My friend's youngest and my youngest are the same age-her two older ones are quite a bit older than mine though (her youngest was a surprise blessing after many years of thinking that another child would be nice, but never having it come to be), so we both have strollers to push and we carrying on conversations and such. My son got bored after a bit but otherwise the kids pretty much enjoyed the time. They took turns walking and being in the stroller and we ended at a perfect time to drive the two blocks to school. Hopefully the weather will cool down soon and we will leave the car at home and just walk everywhere. We are on countdown to Saturday. It is coming so fast!! I had a moment of fright this morning. I had to climb into the back of the van and collect some things my daughter had left back there and I am not very graceful at getting out of my mommy mobile and somehow pulled my achilles tendon getting out!! For about 30 seconds it hurt like the dickens but then went away and has been fine the rest of the day-for a brief moment I was thinking "Oh this cannot be happening!! Not 5 days before the race!! NO WAY!!" I was running through my mind all the things I could do to make sure I was still running on Saturday-ice, ibuprofen, wrapping it, etc. because I was going to run even if I had to be stupid and take the pain meds left over from my last c-section!!! Thank goodness it is feeling fine now and I will not be getting into the back of the van again until after Saturday. Even if my daughter leaves a cup of milk back there I will be tossing the cup and contents on Saturday night rather than risk another clutzy move that might pull, tweak or sprain an important leg muscle or tendon!! So, hope everyone had a good Monday too and see you tomorrow!!
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