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!!
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!!
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