Saturday, March 13, 2010
WHAT AN AWESOME RUN I HAD THIS MORNING!!! Yep, I'm yelling it from the rooftops!! I had the most awesome run this morning. Regular readers will know that I've been battling shin splints for several months now and the Jeff Galloway method has finally, finally, finally apparently provided an answer. I've actually been using week 4 of C25K for two weeks to provide my interval coaching. I think I will l go closer to Mr. Galloway's 2:1 ratio in future runs though. It will mean carrying a stopwatch but I'll live. I don't own a working watch so for now the stopwatch will have to do. The run/walk intervals and an additional stretching session have really done the job on clearing up the shin problems (at least for now, knock on wood). Anyhow, this morning's run....Last night I sat down here on Spark and used the route tool to plan today's route. Last week I mentioned that we got to run a little bit on the dirt trails weaving in and out around my sis's neighborhood and how fun that was so I planned a route that took us on many more of those trails!! I fit in as many trails as I possibly could and repeated them.
My runs lately have been at MOST 2.5 miles and that includes the warm-up and cool-down distances. Before the problems with my shins every run was exactly 3.1 AFTER warm-up and before cool-down. So, needless to say I was cutting myself short and was feeling the lack of satisfaction, but for the sake of my legs it was totally necessary. I've gone two weeks now without a problem and decided that today was a good day to put my shins to the test. Especially since a good amount of my running would be on dirt instead of concrete. The route I created was 3.2 from start to finish including warm-up and cool-down, so still shy of the distance I was completing before, but not by much. Besides, next week our 10K training plan has us running 3 miles so I will get there soon enough!! Yes, I was a little worried about the distance but it was an AWESOME run!!!.
Started off with the warm-up walk and then into the warm-up run (slower than regular pace) and felt a little tight by the time I reached my stretching bench. I attributed some of that tightness to the aerobics class I went to yesterday and made sure I thoroughly stretched my hammies and calves. For me, it seems that tightness in the backs of my legs brings on the shin splints, I think this is due to altering my stride due to the tightness? Maybe someone out there knows if this theory makes sense or is bunk?? Anyhow, started the run again feeling quite a bit looser and hit all my trails, tried to stay on the street (asphalt) instead of the sidewalks (concrete) whenever possible (safe) and had sooooooo much fun this morning. Got to run past lots of swimming duckies and mud hens, got to see a few egrets (???, sorry not really possitive-smallish long skinny birds who love being near water-some were white and some other ones brownish with different beaks??) Had to watch for a couple muddy spots to make sure I didn't "sit down" during my run. Kept to my intervals (3 min run/90 sec recovery, 5 min run, 2.5 min recovery and repeat) until my ipod gave out (forgot to charge) and then just kind of made it up as I went. For a 5 min. run I ran until I was really tired and then walked a bit (not 2.5 min, but oh well) then ran a shorter distance then a short recovery and then one final short trail ALL OUT before cooling down. I was sweaty, tired and ready to stop and it was WONDERFUL!! For the first time in MONTHS I feel like I gave a run everything I had and I still won!!! It was still a slow run -55 min to go the entire 3.2, but that is almost the time I had from my very first 5K so I'm no longer back at the very beginning, I'm back to a point where I had made enough progress to run a "race". I put that in quotes because I am only "racing" myself-there is no compition between me and any other runner on the road, but I am okay with that-for now ...
So, it was a beautiful morning, the sun is shining nice and bright, the water fowl were happy and I met a rottweiler (behind his fence thank goodness) who appreciated my flattery and stopped barking while we walked past!! I went the distance and it was a good distance and it felt GOOD!! Oh how long I've waited and the victory was SWEET !! Sweeter than candy, cake and pie! Now, on with the rest of my day! Got some major housekeeping to do and the kids are at a Primary activity day (Primary is our church's children's organization) and the husband is at baseball field clean up day!! WHAT????? I HAVE AN EMPTY HOUSE???? How on earth did that happen?
Friday, March 12, 2010
The lie from yesterday's blog was #2. I've been to Germany. My favorite city was Regensburg near the Czech boarder on the Danube river. I love baking my own bread and I don't have a bread machine and my SIL set up my husband and I on our first date. She knew me from church and our mothers were already friends. She kept telling her shy and single brother that he should ask me out, that she thought he would really get along well with me. Finally she made the initial phone call and when she had me on the line handed the phone over to her brother. I agreed to go, more out of pity than anything else, and the first date was soooooo aweful I thought I would never go out with him again, but when HE called back a MONTH later I figured "what the heck, what is one more date going to hurt". He finally came out of his shell and we ended up married!! I've been good for him-he is no longer so shy and enjoys things like coaching our son's sports teams!!
So, today I took a leap and returned to the exercise class I'd been attending last year. It is a free class at our church and I know most of the ladies who go. Now that I'm not walking every morning I figured I would go back to the class for some of my cardio. The class was so much fun, well the crunches at the end not so much, but I HATE crunches so it is good I have someone who MAKES me do some crunches. Most of us ladies have children we bring with us and they have a blast all playing together while their mommies work out. Although, today there were two ladies who were definately on the upper side of 70 there working out!! WooHoo old ladies!!! They kept everything low and slow and left when the cardio section was over, before we started floor work. Gotta admire a couple of ladies who know that if they want to see 80 (and seriously one might have already been there) healthy and happy (and alive) they have to get up and do something!! I'd forgotten that, even though I stand in the back so nobody has to watch my flab flap around, there is something about a group class that is just so much fun and inspiring!! The class is Monday, Wednesday and Friday so I'll be going back next week!! Overall a great Friday...kids were good in school (they always are), everyone is having fun goofing off with Daddy now that he is home from work and dinner is Tuna Sandwiches-lucky me an easy dinner for Friday night. Tomorrow is a running day and I still get to sleep in!! Life is definately good right now!!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Borrowed this from other sparkers. Kind of a cute way to share a little more information about ourselves. Two of the following statements are the truth and one is a lie. See if you can pick out the lie.
1. My husband's sister forced him to ask me out on our first date and we double dated because he was too shy.
2. I have never been out of the U.S.
3. I love baking my own bread.
Probably too easy, anyways that was fun...
What else was fun was my run this morning!! I forgot the ipod and had to just guess on my times for intervals but it was still a really fun run. It was COLD this morning, one of the coldest in awhile, by the end of the run my poor little legs were ice cubes, but that only added to the fun!! Shins are still holding up and I am looking forward to Saturday's run when I can do somemore trail running!! So looking forward to that!! Well, it's been a great Thursday and time to get on with the evening. Hope everyone had a great Thursday!!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The great breakfast experiment is going pretty well. I have never been a breakfast person, just never really got that whole "most important meal of the day" thing. I am trying to change that for myself and my kids though and have been trying to add some new items to the breakfast menu, which previously included cold cereal, oatmeal or scrambled eggs. My husband sometimes makes pancakes or waffles (I'm not very talented with the griddle).
Yesterday was oatmeal day, not very creative I know, but it didn't work out anyways. We experienced the great breakfast revolt of 2010. I enjoyed the oatmeal and oldest daughter ate one bite (hurray for her!!) the 7 year old and the 3 year old opted for cold cereal instead. I decided too that oatmeal days will be the only days that option will be available, all other days it is "eat or don't eat". I've had to tell my kids many times that I am not a short order cook. I don't offer a menu and I don't have time to make 5 different things for breakfast :).
This morning I put my foot down, breakfast was what I was making and there were no options. This morning was something totally new, but I was surprised at how well it was received.
Whole Wheat English Muffin Breakfast Pizzas. The recipe comes from the Better Homes Whole Grain cookbook (has a lot of yummy recipes). Basically this is the recipe...saute some chopped red pepper, onion and chopped, lean ham in a skillet. Add some eggs beaten with a little milk. Cook until eggs are done put one serving on top of half a toasted whole wheat english muffin and sprinkle a tiny bit of cheese on top.
It was OHHH SOOOO DELICIOUS!!! Hubby gobbled the whole thing (good), son ate just the eggs off the top of his "pizza", oldest daughter picked the red peppers out and then ate about half of the "pizza" (good for her, found a way to make it work) and youngest finagled a bowl of cereal before the new "no cereal" rule went into effect. This recipe will be making a return appearance for sure.
Kids also discovered that they enjoyed the new Turkey and Cabbage wraps we tried this week for dinner. Lean ground turkey and chopped onions, cooked in a pan until done, add a couple cups of cabbage with carrots (aka cole slaw mix) and some corn, cook until crisp tender, stir in a little bbq sauce. Serve wrapped in a flour tortilla (although I ate leftovers with corn tortillas and was also delish). Once everything is stirred together there is a really high vegi to meat ratio (leaning more towards vegi than meat). Sounds kind of strange in print, but oh so delish in reality. Funny thing is that the cabbage in the dish is kind of a novelty to my children's digestive tracts and things have been a little "airy" around here-LOL!! Does beano work on cabbage ??? The kids are starting to adjust to mommy serving them "weird" new things and they are actually starting to accept that and taste things before passing judgement. Although youngest today showed just a tad too much enthusiasm when she discovered we were having chicken for dinner. Then before getting REALLY excited she asked "real chicken"? HAHAHAHA. Hubby and I both answered in stereo "No fake chicken" and her little face fell until we told her "of course real chicken". We understood that she meant chicken that had not been altered to be something other than plain old normal baked chicken. It had a tiny bit of bbq sauce (left over sauce from turkey wraps) and she could forgive that. I'll have to remember, in my enthusiasm for new foods, that sometimes "real chicken" is just fine too!! :) In a few days we will try oatmeal again-found a cool looking recipe that bakes the oatmeal in the oven with some chopped apple (think there might be a little cinnamon in there too). Maybe cooked just the right way oatmeal will become acceptable someday .
Saturday, March 06, 2010
I love running. I used to think people who ran were crazy. Why would anyone in their right mind get up early on any day of the week, but particularly the weekend and force themselves to do an exercise that many a coach has used as punishment for a poor performance? Last year, in July I discovered why people love running.
I am NOT a great runner. It still takes a loooonnnng time to haul my XXL tush a mile, but there is something in the act of running that I love. I've had my difficulties and my bad runs, but I also have had days, like today, where the effort is SOOOOOO worth it. Beautiful, cool morning this morning. Because it is Saturday I got to sleep in a little and that was nice too. The whole run went really well. The hamstring stretches after 5 minutes of slow running is working extremely well. I am still going really slow and some of it is intentional. I am keeping it slow to continue rebuilding my strength in my legs after having so many problems for so long. Today, because we got to go a little later, we had actual daylight to run in instead of the dawning day.
Because it was so light we got to do something we seldom get to do...we got to run one of the dirt trails running around the lakes we get to run by every day!! Usually those trails are verboten to us. It is too dark, the trails too secluded. We stick to the main roads and better lit areas of the road. But, today, that trail beckoned to us like Bali Hai, Valhalla, or your favorite candy bar!! So, off we went, off road and into the dirt.
It was sooooo much fun!!!!!!! I had no idea running in the dirt could be so much fun. Our runs are always on asphalt and concrete. Dirt really is so much softer. This particular trail also has quite a few very small hills, just little rollie pollies along the shore of the lake. Running up and down those was like running an itty bitty roller coaster!! Yes, I am being just a little bit silly, but not really too much. We live in a very flat city and those little hills were quite the change from the norm.
It was a totally awesome run and I followed it up with quite a bit of yard work. We have a rock yard and are replacing some of it with ground cover (red apple) so there was a lot of weed pulling, rock scrapping and planting to do. The work will be carrying over into next week with more rock scrapping-moving "extra" rock into our walkways to make that look better while moving it out of the area that is going to become our vegitable garden. Husband gets to relocate an strip of fencing so the dog will be fenced off from the garden. Beagles and gardens are not very compatible!
Lastly, I am giving up some of my workout days with my sis. I am keeping Thursdays and Saturdays, but the others I will be working out alone. I want to get my workout out of the way a little earlier so that I can make breakfast for my family. They have been living on cold cereal while I workout. While looking at some recipes for healthy pancakes and other breakfasts I figured out that it wasn't very healthy for my family to live on cold cereal. My husband does a great job making sure everyone is up and dressed for school, but breakfast is not a priority when he is trying to get ready for work. Along with the great dinners I try to plan I am now planning great breakfasts too!! Not everything is going to be completely healthy at first so that I don't scare them off of breakfast and they can still cold cereal it on Thursday and Saturday.
This morning son wanted fried eggs for breakfast-I wanted to do scrambled, and he finally won his battle and I cooked two kinds of eggs. He changed his mind though when he saw my breakfast. A corn tortilla wrapped around a scrambled egg, a smidge of cheese and some salsa!! MMMMMMM it was yummy. He finally convinced dad to give up some of his eggs (which were sitting and getting cold while hubby changed my car's burned out headlamp) and he loved it too. Son is already learning that a healthy breakfast can be a yummy breakfast!
Tomorrow is son's birthday and we are having Pizza, cake and ice cream and cookies per his request, I probably won't offer the "create your own dinner for your birthday" option again... I am making a broccolli salad so that there will be something in the vegitable family on the table. Hope everyone has a great weekend.
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