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R&R (Rain and Relaxation) and KISS and Finally a working computer!!!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Finally, finally, finally, we have a working computer in our home again!!! Finally I can blog from home and I can check on my friends and everything else I've been missing for a month or so. YIPPPPEEEE!!!!!! Finally.

Now to catch you all up on the last week or so. As I've mentioned many times, but will mention again just in case someone missed it, I live in Southern California. A very dry section of Southern California. Even when other parts of the state get rain we usually manage to miss it. So, last week was a very interesting week when it rained to some degree every single day Monday through Friday. Fortunately we still got in some of our workouts. Wednesdays was especially great!! After typing my Persevere blog I went off for our run. And it was AWESOME!!! I am following a new plan along the lines of Jeff Galloway's method. I don't own a functional watch and I am not really the type who is into holding a stop watch and our running route is through a neighborhood, not on a track, so running a set distance is a problem, so I settled on using my ipod and running two songs and walking one song. So I set off on Wednesday and after the first run interval I could feel a little tightness in my shins so I slowed down my walking pace and did a little more stretching before the next running interval. At the end of the second running interval there was still a little tighness, but much less than before and by my third interval the tightness was gone!! I was LOVING my run and that's when I started getting stupid again-hehehe!! My inner runner starts going WOOHOO!!! and saying "Yeeesss, next run we will add back in that long loop we have been cutting out for forever. Yesss, we are back in the game!!" Lucky for me I also have an inner coach!!! A few blogs ago I called him my inner Spock, but this time he said "Whoa, Nellie!!" and Spock would never be caught dead saying "Whoa, Nellie" so I had to call him my inner coach this time. We are really racking up the personalities here. Anyway, "Whoa, Nellie-what are you thinking-this is how you always get into trouble-as soon as you start feeling good you push too hard and end up back at the beginning again. Back off, keep it here for awhile and we will look at adding an additional SHORT loop later, the long loop can wait awhile." Being the intelligent being that I am I had to recognize the wisdom in this advice and even left off the last interval I was thinking I could fit in before we got to the end of the route!! Very proud of myself!!

Well, later that day the rain settled in for good and Thursday's walk and Friday's run were called due to rain, and lots of it. Every street surrounding me had turned into a mini lake and even getting the kids to school was a trial so there was no way I was going to run in it! So the original plan is to do a video and still get some exercise in and it is a very good plan, but, unfortunately, rainy days turn me into a sloth. I've always known this, but failed to take it into account when it comes to my workout plan. So, naturally Thursday and Friday I did not exercise. AND, I decided to NOT FEEL GUILTY ABOUT IT!!! As previously mentioned we get VERY few rainy days. In fact last week was the rainiest period in several years soooo, I decided to enjoy my rainy days and just not be stupid when it came to everything else. I took advantage of the cold, wet weather to make so Wild Rice and Carrot Soup-VERY Yummy. In fact even better slightly cool when it gets a little thicker and the carrot flavor is a little stronger when it cools down a little. One serving provided more than 200% of my daily vitamin A!! Even though the weather cleared up for Saturday and Sunday I still didn't fit in any additional exercise so I went into yesterday's run nice and relaxed and refreshed.

Yesterday's run surpassed Wednesday's!!! No tightness, no pain, no soreness!! AND I listened to my inner coach and kept with the plan. I didn't do anything extra, I ran only as far as planned and had a GREAT time doing it!!! I still went home and iced my shins for 20 min. before taking the kids to school. That was a little uncomfortable. Due to the continuing chill in the air (which I'm not used to) the addition of the ice made me quite chilly and I got to pull a blanket around me which made me sleepy!! LOL!! The point is I'm being very good and (knock on wood) maybe the end is in sight.

I am sticking with my plan to run my next race as a 5K instead of a 10K, which was my original plan. I made this decision because my next race is timed and the last time I trained for a timed race I was too tense about making the time and I didn't run as well as I could have or should have and I don't want the stress of trying to make a time limit added to the shin problems. I've spent a lot of time thinking about this and I feel good about it. There is a 10K in June that does not have a time limit and I will still start training for that race in February. I am going to keep doing intervals and see where it leads. I feel good about recent developments and am so glad to have all the pieces falling back into place. Now, hopefully they will all stay there for awhile!!!

  
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RAIN_SIS 1/31/2010 12:26PM

    "Whoa Nellie" is definitely your inner Doctor McCoy.

The time of the inner Scottie seems to be past - "I just can't do it captain."
If he was ever there you seem to have jettisoned him.

Good that the crew got some R&R.

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LAURANAV1 1/27/2010 10:11AM

    Good for you just going with the weather and controlling what you can while not stressing over the rest.

So glad you are doing well with your shins.

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KARVY09 1/27/2010 9:28AM

    Glad to see you back, friend! Your runs sound awesome! I'm also going to do another 5K this spring before I try a 10K because I haven't run on the road since November. Unfortunately I don't enjoy your awesome hot, dry climate up here in New England!

Sounds like you're doing terrific though, and hey, just keep running, that's what counts, right?
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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 1/27/2010 8:21AM

    Nice to have you back with us Heather- missed you blogging.
I love that you have an inner coach spurring you on and advising you- I listen to an inner voice too- great company huh? emoticon emoticon

SO pleased your shins are holding up bettter.
Good luck working for your next 5K
xxx

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FINZFANATIC 1/27/2010 6:55AM

    Nice progress! I'm glad you shins are feeling better too. Are you running on concrete (like sidewalks)? That always hurts my shins to I try to run on a different surface, such as the road, treadmill, dirt (not easy to find for me), etc. Good thing you listened to your inner coach!

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Persevere

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Persevere:to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counter influences, opposition, or discouragement.

My sister and some work friends have been choosing a word for the year. Just one word to sum up their focus, hopes, desires, whatever for the year 2010. During our morning outings we have discussed what my word could be and we have come up with quite a few!! I have settled on persevere. It has been kind of a rough end of the year and start of a new one. My power cord to my lap top died and there simply is not any money in the budget at the moment for a new one so my Spark time has been seriously compromised. My shins have persisted in giving me difficulty and there is simply a lot going on right now that keeps me on the verge of frustration. But, this happens!! This is life, this is what humans go through. I have decided that 2010 is the year of perseverance!! This moment in time will change, I will find a solution to all of these things frustrating me. Icing my shins and taking some extra days of is helping my shin problem and I am confident that eventually the problem will be resolved. I looked into and will be trying the Jeff Galloway training schedule for a 5K. I have been looking forward to my first 10K and was hoping to make it the IronGirl in May, BUT, I have realized that sometime perseverance also means compromise. For now I am a short distance runner. That 10K will still be in my future, just a little further off. Maybe I will still do the 10K I was planning for June. It is in our local mountains, but does not have a strict time time limit like IronGirl posts. The stress of trying to train for a time limit would probably push me to go too fast and I have seen what that can do!! Two weeks ago I missed my regular run and made up for it by going on an evening run in my neighborhood instead of my sis's and overdid it and sure enough the shins fought back. So slow and easy for now will do the job!!

Perseverance will pay off and even though I know these problems will resolve I know that due to LIFE being what it is there will be more coming so perseverance will get me through those too!!

2010 the year of perseverance!!!!

  
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FINZFANATIC 1/22/2010 6:36PM

    Great blog!!! It really hits home for me. I am really over weight and am trying the Couch to 5K running program. Through some sort of miracle (and hard work), I ran 1.7 miles (25 min) today without stopping. It's a 9 week program and I'm only on Week 6. Believe me, I couldn't run for 60 seconds when I started. When I tried to do it on my own, I got shin splints BAD and I haven't had them at all in this program because it builds you up. Congrats on your success and best of luck. I'll be subscribing to your blogs - they are great!
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KARVY09 1/22/2010 4:22PM

    YES! Loved this blog! We will perservere!
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SEEBEES3 1/20/2010 9:23PM

    Love it! Thanks for the blog!

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WBOYACK 1/20/2010 1:58PM

  great thoughts! Thanks!

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FITN2014-TSP 1/20/2010 11:54AM

    emoticon emoticonYes this will be the year; we will PERSEVERE. Thanks for sharing that with us. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURANAV1 1/20/2010 11:53AM

    I like that word and your attitude. You are a success and every day is a new start, building on the good you did before and letting go of the rest.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 1/20/2010 11:05AM

    GIVE ME A P....GIVE ME AN E....GIVE ME AN R....GIVE ME AN S....oh never mind you get the picture :) Persevere...oh yes we will! 2010 is our year, we will overcome and we will rock it :)

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 1/20/2010 10:40AM

    Heather that word so suits you hun......you necer give up.
I hope your shins heal soon hun
xxx

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AXISLADY 1/20/2010 9:44AM

    Very good blog. Thanks for posting. We all need to persevere.

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RITEEBEE 1/20/2010 8:59AM

    great word, it really fits you good!!

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VERGE_OF_ME 1/20/2010 8:57AM

    Great blog! You have to listen to your body to prevent an injury that would sideline you completely....taking stock, reviewing, adjusting, and PERSEVERING....those are the things that will guarantee you success...and I know you will accomplish anything you set your mind to! Just keep taking it one day at a time....with every step you are that much closer to making all your dreams come true. Keep up the awesome job!!

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Frustration!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I am going to keep this short. I've jumped onto my sis' computer while we wait to go running (she needs to complete a few things and then we are off). My power cord to my lap top died and so now I have no internet access from my home computer. Frustrating!! I am having a hard time with running, diet, the whole shebang. Frustrating!! I can't check on any of my Sparkfriends to see how they are doing. Frustrating!! My shin problems have resurfaced. Frustrating!! For a week my weight went up a pound EVERY freaking day. Frustrating!!! I am on a new challenge and haven't been able to check in and probably have to drop the team. Frustrating!!! The list gets longer when I start adding in some things going on at home. Frustrating!!

Well, there you have it. Ever since my power cord died (and a little before that) life has been one big ball of frustration!! HOWEVER, there is a bright side (there always is isn't there, you just have to look for it-sometimes really hard). I am learning some things about compromise and perseverance. My sis and I have been discussing some of these things while we walk/run in the mornings. My running has dwindled down to very short runs over a significantly shorter distance than before and she knows how frustrating it has been and great friend/sister that she is has been giving me some good advice and even calling me on the phone when she comes across something she thinks will help.

COMPROMISE-this is a great concept. It is a core concept to any successful relationship. Think about it...wives/girlfriends how much do you compromise what you want for what your guy wants/needs? Moms you KNOW the world revolves around your kids and it is all about compromise for what they need/want. How many of you have passed on buying something for yourself in order to buy something for your kidlet instead? I bet every single one of you at some time has done that. So for now my program is about passing on what I want for what my body needs. It is frustrating and depressing even, but when we get over this problem I will be healthier and stronger!!

Perseverance-How many times in the last couple of months have I said to myself "Just give up-this is getting ridiculous-just give up-go back to sitting on the sofa and watching shows-being a slug isn't painful"-let me tell you it has been a few. But I am not giving up I am going to keep going. I am still searching for the perfect run length to let me keep going with out the pain. I am still looking forward to upcoming runs. Under that compromise thing I may have to do the 5K version of my upcoming runs instead of the 10K and that is disappointing but I'd rather get to the point of being able to do a 5K again before worrying about a 10K.

Anyways, time to go for a run (for me that will be mostly a walk, but hey, I'm still going!!)-I will get that computer fixed a.s.a.p. and I WILL BE BACK!! Just call me the McArthur of SparkPeople (hope most of you understand the reference-if not I can explain it in another blog) :) This will get better!!!!!

  
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THE_NEW_MELISSA 1/15/2010 10:12AM

    Hang in there sunshine, it will get better! Sorry to hear about all the frustrations. I was just thinking the other day, how easy it would be just to give up. To just walk away. Flush all the progress down the drain. I even look at my latest pic and worry that in a few months I'll be looking back at it wishing i hadn't given up...It's scary...we're in it together, and we will plug through. Power cords be damned!!

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CDKEIL 1/13/2010 11:20PM

    Hang in there and keep the faith. After the storm comes the calm. It not so much the things that happen to us, it how we react to them that's important.

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MEOWALITTLE 1/13/2010 2:33PM

    Hang in there! This too will pass. Things always have a way of working their way out. Just think, soon you'll be able to look back on this time and be proud of yourself because even though it was hard, you never gave up and persevered. We all have our moments of weakness, but in the end, what do you want to look back and see that you decided to do about it? I know you'll be fine, you've always been inspirational :)

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 1/13/2010 2:26PM

    I have recurring shin splints, and there is no cure that includes running for me. Get on your bike, and get your cardio. If your shoes have run or walked more than 300 miles, get new ones. Every time I have tried to continue running with shin splints, it just takes longer to get rid of it. The other thing that helps is to trace the alphabet with your toes everytime you sit down. It really helps to heal all the tears in the connective tissue. Sorry, if you are done hearing shin splint advice, I know those of us who suffer are very passionate about getting rid of it.
Good luck, sounds like you have it all worked out.

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IZZYBUBBLES 1/13/2010 2:16PM

    Warehouse 13??

Awww...things get frustrating sometimes, don't they! Hang in there, you know the only positive of things being bad is that they have to get better. And the fight to make things better makes you appreciate it that much more in the end.

I don't know exactly what sort of running program you use, but have you ever looked into the Galloway method? He does run/walk intervals that I know have helped a lot of people who can't run steadily for long periods of time for one reason or another. His programs are supposed to help you run further but with less injury and less stress on your body. You might google him if you haven't already!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 1/13/2010 11:48AM

    Heather hun I feel for you. I was without my computer over Christmas as I was away and got servere withdrawal symptoms from not posting/checking on SP friends so I really rympathize.
But it is tempory! You'll soon be back and posting etc,
Love your thinking through things
Take care hun
xx

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LAURANAV1 1/13/2010 11:29AM

    Yep - something is better than nothing so don't quit. Do what you can, forget about the rest. I love how you can list what is wrong, but then also see what is right.

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RAIN_SIS 1/13/2010 11:13AM

    I Am reading you. I have sympathy for your frustrations. I have great admiration for your tenacious commitment to keep moving towards your goals. Mostly I have jealousy because you have your sister right there. That must be sweet.
Because I married a man whose job took us away I have been separated from my sister for 30 years. We keep in touch by telephone, email, and now sparkmail. We even wrote letters to each other on paper back when that was the hottest new technology (can you imagine?)
So, while I comprehend all that you are expressing, what really shines out for me in all your blogs is that great treasure you possess - a sister who is a best friend and right there. You need a power cord to reach strangers but she is right there! Give her a big hug! (or whatever won't weird her out)
Good luck on solving your technological issues and that shin thing. You really do inspire me with your strong will.

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WBOYACK 1/13/2010 10:19AM

  Hang in there. Sounds like you are learning some good lesson though.

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PINKCOCONUT 1/13/2010 10:00AM

    Hope you had a fabulous run and good for you for trying to stay on the bright side of things. Keep your chin up, we can't be Superheroes every day!

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ESBELL 1/13/2010 9:55AM

    If it was easy everybody would be doing it! I admire your tenacity. Everytime I read one of your blogs it reminds me not to quit. Thank you for sharing your struggles, and let me know if there is anything I can do (even from this distance!) to help!

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VERGE_OF_ME 1/13/2010 9:29AM

    Hang in there...you are doing a great job coping. It is good you have someone to support you there in the "real" world! Enjoy your walk/run this morning and remember that no matter how fast or far you go....it is must faster and farther than someone on the couch! Keep moving and take care of your shins....and know you are missed...the rest will pan out : ) Hope you are able to come back soon!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/13/2010 9:28AM

    Have a great run and give yourself some positive feedback for those good things you are doing. You are not completely giving up, that is excellent. emoticon

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KARVY09 1/13/2010 9:21AM

    Have a good run. You can turn this negative into a positive. Track manually, keep moving, and take the time you'd be Sparking to do some jumping jacks or something active!
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Wait, I'm RUNNING!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas went well. We all had a nice day, ate just a tad too much, but didn't go too far overboard and the kids played with every toy (I always feel bad when a toy gets left out). I got the fleece jacket and vest I wanted from LL Bean. I even got to put them to the test during a hike on Saturday! My sister and I headed out for our usual trail and had a great hike. We stretched periodically and we even thought, for a moment, we were going to get to say hi to some other hikers when a truck pulled into the parking area at the trail head (generally speaking we are the only people on the trail), but the husband only needed to use the port-a-potty!! LOL! Darn. We even saw deer tracks on our hike!! My fleece and vest did its job just fine!! The stretching really seemed to help too as, by this morning, I was stiff, but not sore.

Last week, before the holidays, I drove our running route and mapped out .5 mile running intervals with .2 mile recovery intervals. Way back in November I started having shin problems and I am in the process of rebuilding my program and recently decided intervals would probably be the way to go since every time I tried a run of any distance my shins would start to hurt again, but intervals and stretching alleviated some of the problem. I wrote down each landmark and put the paper in my back pocket and off we went for our Monday run. BTW, I was wearing the same pants as in the last blog, but with the new and improved draw string!!! They stayed put perfectly!! After a warm up and stretch we started running and it was a great run. I did my .5, walked, stretched and started the second .5, finished it, walked and stretched again. By this time I was starting to feel nice and loose and ready to keep going. I started the third .5 and not far into it had to cross a street. Shortly after crossing the street I felt this weird kind of feeling. I really couldn't identify it at first, but then I realized I was RUNNING! For me I was going pretty fast, my form was good, I was loose and I was LOVING it!! I was FINALLY experiencing the joy that got me started on running in the first place. For WEEKS running has been frustrating, a chore, a duty, not a pleasure and not very much fun. In that moment it was FUN and a little scary. See, usually I am a r-u-n-n-e-r. Read that slow, long, and drawn out, just like my runs. I am REALLY, REALLY, slow and I think that one moment this morning was the fastest I've ever gone!! LOL!! It really was kind of funny, especially when I actually had a moment of " I'm out of control" panic. But, just a flash and for one tiny moment before my inner Spock took over and reminded me that the ground was perfectly flat and I was not racing down a hill so how could I possibly be out of control! LOL!! I let the moment last until that same inner Spock reminded me that this speed was a new experience and that there was no way I could maintain it for the rest of the .5 miles so I had better slow down :P! Another recovery and another, almost, .5 mile run and I was done. That put my total running distance at almost 2 miles-a record since the shin problems began!! Woo Hoo!! Wednesday we get to add back in a loop of the run that we dropped when my troubles began and I couldn't finish that loop even on a walk. That will be so exciting!! The missing loop will put us back at a 3.1 run and will give me almost 2.5 miles of run time. Oh and as a reward for all my hard work I shaved two minutes off my time!! Yippee Skippy!! Happy count down to the new year all!!

  
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FLGIRL1234 1/19/2010 4:31PM

    That's awesome! Congrats~

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SEEBEES3 12/31/2009 11:24PM

    Wahoo! You go! What a wonderful cap off to the year!

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LAURANAV1 12/30/2009 11:52AM

    That is wonderful! You are a runner!!!!! YAY

Sounds like your inner-Spock is taking good care of you, too.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/30/2009 11:00AM

    You were really moving this morning too! I think your inner Spock is channeling some Kirk these days!!! :-)

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RITEEBEE 12/30/2009 7:08AM

    your doing so great!!!

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    That's wonderful! Congrats! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 12/29/2009 11:44AM

    Awesome, there is nothing more frustrating than shin splints. You know your muscles can do it, your heart can do it, your lungs can do it, but your shins refuse. Good job letting it heal and getting back slowly...I mean quickly.

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 12/29/2009 9:38AM

    Congratulations, coming back from an injury is always tough. Sounds like you have a great plan and are doing amazing. Keep up the great work!!!!

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KARVY09 12/29/2009 7:24AM

    So glad you had this positive experience. Shin splints can be so frustrating! Now only if you could beam us some SoCal weather so I can run outside too! Happy running!

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_MAOMAO_ 12/29/2009 12:38AM

  emoticonWay to go, what a neat blog!


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VERGE_OF_ME 12/29/2009 12:31AM

    emoticon Fabulous blog! Run girl RUN!!

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WBOYACK 12/29/2009 12:17AM

  That's AWESOME!

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MNCYCLIST 12/28/2009 11:54PM

    Congrats & great job!

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The walk where EVERYTHING went wrong, EXCEPT...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Today was a walk day, which was good because I really pushed on the run yesterday and needed a slightly more relaxed workout today. A quick word on the running. After getting up to running 3.1 once a week I started having recurring shin issues (tighness that prevents me from running much). Experimentation has shown that intervals with occasional pauses to stretch really work for me so we are building back up and I had several really productive interval runs yesterday. Haven't read much of the Jeff Galloway method, but from what others have posted he might be just the running mentor for me-I will be checking into it! Okay, back to walking today.

This morning, way before time to go for a walk, I woke up and could hear the rain coming down outside. I didn't think too much of it and went back to sleep. When the alarm did go off it was still raining. I didn't know what to do...go out in the rain and hope I didn't get too wet or give up and go back to sleep? Well, long story short, going out in the rain won out. I decided to wear my warmy fleece pants and a t-shirt, I would put my warm, water-proof, jacket, with a hood, over the t-shirt to keep me dry. So off I go to my sis' house and by the time I get there it is no longer raining (woo hoo). But, who knows when it will start up again so I stick with the plan and wear the heavier, warmer jacket instead of my sweat shirt.

I get to my sis' house and her dog Daisy is so excited to see me (she knows that when I get there her walk is imminent) that she jumps up on the sofa and gives me a great big doggy kiss, right on my mouth!!! EWWWW!! Doggie germs!!! I am usually prepared for Daisy's affection, not today and she got me!! Shortly into the walk we pass some trees and the wind we are getting is blowing rain drops off the leaves (we still have trees with leaves here) and a couple of drops land right on my lips. EWWW again!!! I decide right then and there that it is a good day to keep my mouth closed!!

We were not out long when the problems started!! It started with the pants I decided to wear. I really like these pants, fleece and warm. The problem is in the styling. I was in a rush so I didn't pay a lot of attention when I bought them. No pockets is a big pet peeve. But an even bigger problem is that the pants are styled to sit a little lower on the hips and have no buttons, zippers or drawstring tie. Because they are fleece, they stretch a little each time I move, can you see where this is going? The longer I walk the more my pants FALL DOWN!! Uggh! I had totally forgotten this problem. I am handy with a pair of scissors and a needle so I had intended to do a little surgery and put a drawstring tie in, but I hadn't done it yet and forgot what a problem it is not having a way to make my pants stay up! LOL!! I guess having my pants be a little too big is actually a good thing, but still!! We hadn't even gone the first mile of a 2.85 mile walk, when I start tugging at my britches. But it doesn't stop there-oh no that would be too simple.

Next problem to present itself is my jacket turns out to be a little too warm for this walk, despite the chilly morning. There are many of you who would have welcomed a jacket as warm as mine this morning but here in So. California it was a touch to much. So I was forced to walk with the jacket unzipped. Now, most mornings this would not be too much of a problem, excepte we had quite a considerable head wind for a good portion of the walk. Not only was the resistance not welcome, but the wind kept catching the edges of the jacket and blowing it out!! This gave me WINGS-wings of resistance!!! It felt like I was being shoved backwards!! Plus, I've got my ipod in the pocket of the jacket and everytime the wind catches the jacket it tugs my ear bud out of my ear!! I finally gave up on the ipod and then finally ended up taking the jacket off, but then I was too cold so I put it back on and then took it back off-LOL!! It was bad.

So, it keeps going. We are quite a bit into the walk now and we have stepped through a few puddles, ususally not a problem, they are small puddles and my feet are staying dry. Remember the pants problem? Well, in between tugs the pants start to drag on the ground and the cuffs are getting wet, so now every time I tug my pants back into place my ankles get slapped with my wet pant cuffs. UGGH!! LOL! This walk just keeps getting better!! Seriously, I am certain that if all this were re-created as a scene in a comedy movie you all would be rolling on the floor. I am certain it would be HILARIOUS to watch!!

Except, by the end of the walk I could not care less about all of that. It did not rain on us during the walk. We only got a few sprinkles right at the end, just enough to encourage a jog for the last 100 yards. It was a beautiful morning. Cloud cover, with the wind scattering it just enough for a few stars to peek out at us (We run at 5 in the a.m. so it is still dark when we are out). By the end of the walk I felt limber and ready for the day. I had that nice post workout "glow" going on and it felt good to have worked my bod this morning, filling my lungs with fresh, clean air!! Despite everything that went wrong it was a great walk and a great start to my day (which was needed because the kids are on winter holiday and I've got all three all day and they are already getting on each other's nerves). I sure am glad I went on my walk this morning. 3 days to Christmas, we are mostly ready here. Just have to buy the supplies for my part of Christmas dinner (I am in charge of pies, rolls and cranberry sauce (I'm the only one crazy enough to make it all from scratch (except the pie crusts-I cheat a little and use the Pillsbury refrigerated-way better than my crusts anyways). Can't wait to enjoy my sister's turkey (she always gets that job because she roasts the best turkeys in the family). Hope you all are enjoying this week!!

  
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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/25/2009 12:02AM

    I couldn't help giggling just remembering the walk of comedy that morning! It was quite the morning...but hey - we DID it and that is all that really matters in the end. Right?

And awwwww...thank you!!! I'm honored to receive the title of best turkey roaster in the family!!!! Boy...that's a lot to live up to, I better be on my A-game tomorrow when I pop that bird and the prime rib roast into the oven! Mmmmmm...yummy!!

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LITTLEWIND53 12/24/2009 12:15AM

    Who has the movie rights to this walk?

Seriously, Congrats on your determination and grit. Way to go.

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8THTIMEUP 12/22/2009 10:08PM

    emoticon Thanks for the laugh and great job sticking with your walk!

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ESBELL 12/22/2009 5:19PM

    Sounds like quite the adventure this morning, but at least you managed to get in the whole walk.

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LAURANAV1 12/22/2009 2:37PM

    I could see it and feel it - the doggy kiss, the rain drops, the wet on the ankles, hitching the pants up. What a day!
But what a wonderful walk! WooHoo!
I'm glad the running is going well, too.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 12/22/2009 11:42AM

    Oh Lordie Heather poor you- but at least you stuck it out- I can just see you now and have to giggle.
Hope you had a warm breackfast to carry you though the day LOL

xx

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ANMRUNNER 12/22/2009 11:05AM

    At least you got up and walked! The rain probably would have deterred me but you got up anyways..good for you!

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PARKERB2 12/22/2009 10:53AM

    What a morning for you. We needed a video!!

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RONNIEHUEY 12/22/2009 10:49AM

    emoticonI loved your walk!

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KPDRMNG 12/22/2009 10:46AM

    emoticon I admire your determination and to continue after everything that kept giving you issues. lol - Hope you put your drawstring in those pants for your next outing! Having fun baking for Christmas emoticon

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ZZYYGGY 12/22/2009 10:45AM

    I've had walks like those, but great job in keeping on going.

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