Thursday, September 30, 2010
Off to a weird start today! My "day" started off at 2 a.m. when oldest daughter comes in and yells at us until we wake up "can I watch t.v. now?" Yeah.....no. She had also woken up her sister so both of them climbed into our bed and it was rough going from there. Got up at 4:15 (just when I really felt like I was going back to sleep the alarm went off) to go running. I don't wake up quickly, especially if I haven't really been asleep. So as I'm driving to my sisters I see flashes of light off to the side. It took my brain a full minute to comprehend that it was lightening I was seeing. Well, that makes things a bit more interesting....was it close, was it frequent, was it going to rain?
Didn't see any further flashes so figured we would probably be okay...Got to my sis's, my mom was there too, so we set off. It wasn't long before there were additional flashes of lightening, but no thunder. I haven't often seen lightening that was far enough away to not have the thunder come with it. We were also seeing cloud flashes, not ground strikes, so we figured let's keep going for now.
The running part of this adventure was only okay today. I am still having ongoing mild shin issues. If I stop and stretch when the start feeling tight the feeling usually goes away and I can finish my run without much issue. It is taking me about a mile to find my stride and resolve the shin issues these days so my long runs generally end up being better than short ones. It was kind of slow going today though and because of the lightening I decided we would take a couple short cuts that would keep me and my mom ahead of Kristen most of the time so that we would be able to finish closer to the same time. I didn't want us to be out there a lot longer than Kristen. Still ended the run on a good note and probably somewhere around 2 miles. Short for the schedule, but still felt good.
So, we get back to Kristen's and we are seeing more frequent, but still far away flashes of lightening so I am feeling pretty good about the decision to head back. We stop to stretch and I check my phone's GPS tracker. My sister must live in the Bermuda triangle of Hemet because back before she got her Garmin she used a phone GPS tracker and got really amazing results a 2 mile-ish run turned into 8!! I figured it was just the program she was using since I've used my program twice and haven't had any issues with odd results. Today, that changed!! Maybe it was the lightening in the atomosphere messing with the satellites? I don't know, but when I checked my GPS said I ran 30.49 miles in 40 minutes!! Dang, I am A-MAZE-ING!!!!!! I am SuperWoman!! I can run nearly a one minute mile!! I can finish a marathon faster than the fastest of the elites!!! I have found my new calling!!! We had a good chuckle over that!
Got my stuff, got in my car and started home. I hadn't been in the car even three minutes, I hadn't even driven a mile, when the first splat hit my window...huh? What was that? There's another one, and another. Did I drive through a sprinkler? That happens on this route from time to time. No I'm in the wrong lane. Hey, wait a minute...could it be, is it? RAIN!!! All those lightening flashes finally broke open the clouds and it was raining, ahhhh. Yay, because I really do enjoy a good rainstorm, particularly if it is short and leaves everything smelling nice and clean. The rain stopped for a minute, but then by the time I was home it was really coming down. When my son found out it was raining and there was lightening he went around the house turning off all the lights so he could see the lightening outside (it was still dark outside at this point so we were all sitting in the dark just waiting for a flash). Love things like that...sitting in the dark waiting for lightening...it's kind of fun.
Last, funny thing of the morning. I am just starting to get on the computer and check e-mail etc. and I can see that my youngest is busy doing something, but I'm not really paying attention to her until I look up...I start laughing and tell her not to move while I get my camera...this is what I saw...she is sitting in our rocking chair, one of her favorite spots (she's fallen asleep in the rocking chair)...
It's like "Where's Waldo" can you find the child in this picture? LOL!! She somehow managed this all by herself, nobody helped her. These are all her "friends" she's dressed the big bears up in her own clothes and she changed the outfits around on the others. They are all playing dress up. I was cracking up....looks like today is going to be one of those days full of fun stuff...yay!!!!
Okay, on to business....Done Girls Winter is Near challenge. The challenge this week is to beautify your page for the fall challenge...Done. Then for extra points the challenge is to do the fitness test from Runner's World Magazine's web site. Find the test here...
I fared "fair" on most of the tests. I did great on the squats test and wall stance test. I was not even close to being even fair on the lap test (a 400 run) or the tempo test (how far in 30 min). So, now that I've taken the tests I know where I am at and I can work on improving those scores over the course of the challenge. It was kind of fun doing the test. Just for the fun of it, since I was already in test mode, I threw in a flexibility test I tore out of a magazine. Find it here... www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/tips
There were no real surprises here, except maybe that my obliques are far more limber than I thought and my calves are tighter than I thought. I scored fair on most areas and poor in my thighs, hamstrings and calves. What I like about both tests is that they give you things to do that target those specific problems, so I can work on it and get better. I'll be retaking both tests at the end of the challenge and I hope I see some improvement. I'd love to move my calves and thighs from poor to at least fair. I think if I can get stronger and more flexible in my legs I'll be a much better runner. That is not to say exactly faster, but at least maybe get over that one-mile glitch I have EVERY run .
Okay, really long blog...hope today has more fun stuff in store and hope everyone has a happy Thursday!! Wow, the week is already almost over...happy almost Friday!!
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Yep, I made it to day 2!! I did 20 min of cardio off a video and I will do my strength training tonight while I watch t.v.-after it has cooled down a little.
This week I am working hard on staying hydrated and getting enough water to see if that helps the headache issue. I went for a 2 mile run yesterday and....no headache!! Yay! I'm thinking, at this point, that my headaches are hydration/allergy induced. So hopefully the seasons will actually change and I will stay hydrated and that problem will end.
I'm in Southern California and I know that our weather has been making the national news, so you may have heard it's been hot here. Anyways, where we are, closer to the desert, we haven't been getting any temps we aren't already used to, but it has been plenty hot still. Well into the hundreds. Yesterday we were expected to top 100 by a bit, but it was cooler than it was over the weekend...So, anyways, I am in the house, husband is outside when there is a loud bang and a sound kind of like a generator operating. I had no idea what was going on but figured it was a neighbor or something running some equipment. About 5 minutes later Hubs comes in the house and announces the air conditioning broke! The bang I heard was a connection breaking and blasting a bolt through the casing of the air conditioning unit (ours is mounted on the ground not the roof-making it very easy for Hubs to figure out what was going on), the sound like a generator was all our refrigerant leaking out.
AWESOME!! How much better can it get????!!! I actually found it quite funny...I mean really, about a month ago an awning simply fell off our house (that was fun), then my husband loses his job and then a bolt decides to pretend it is a bullet and blast its way out of the a/c unit!! I am just glad Hubs was actually a distance away when it happened, I can just picture a trip to the ER to have a bolt removed from his shin!! Thanks goodness that DIDN'T happen! So, we are still expected to hit the 90's and up for the rest of the week and we are making do with fans. It doesn't work well, but at least we are saving electricity from not running the a/c!! lol! Knock on wood about a million times...at least everyone is healthy.
Other than that life is still good...I got my cardio in for the day...it will be cooler by 8:00 and I can do strength in front of a fan while we watch t.v. Tomorrow is a running day, looking forward to that. And hopefully it will cool down sooner that they say it will :)! Hope everyone is having a good Wednesday!!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
First, thanks everyone who commented on my blog yesterday! Lots of great tips! I tried to keep a focus on water yesterday and noticed that I did feel thirsty through dinner when I had probably finally gotten enough water into my system. So, my focus for the next week is going to be water, water, water. It has been horribly hot here and it takes A LOT of water to keep up with triple digit heat (even though I make sure I exercise while it is still cool-ish). Hopefully that will help. Allergies do seem to be playing a role so I will have to try some Claritin or something like it and see if it helps. I kind of gave up on allergy meds a LONG time ago because they all made me fall asleep. I know they have come a long ways in solving that problem so I'll have to revisit the issue. If it means fewer headaches it'll be worth it :)!
So, on to "Day 1"...I've been a Sparker for awhile and mostly active for over a year so what about Day 1?
Yesterday kind of didn't go as planned. I fully intended to run-it didn't happen. I fully intended to do strength-it didn't happen. I fully intended to do a lot of things that didn't happen. I did manage a short (very short) nap and that was nice-lol! Evidently a little sleep was what was needed and "I just didn't have any motivation" one might say I "fell of the wagon", but actually I was too lazy even to fall off (haha-those statements there are a little funny if you read this blog from NOTABOUTTHEFACE-it's an awesome blog-go read it when your done with mine, of course (unless you've already read it then feel free to go do something else (: ) www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Actually, I'm putting the blame on husband again...I was just about to stand up and do what I'd been planning all day, when hubs comes over, sits next to me and starts rubbing my back...yeah, I didn't exercise...so I guess I really didn't have any motivation...what was a priority changed. Shame on me!! And I did feel guilty because I'd had all day to get the exercise in and had procrastinated it into oblivion.
Last night I told myself I was going running, no putting it off, no procrastination. And i did!! But, I almost didn't. I turned on the computer first and ALMOST let myself get caught up Sparkpeople. I got the run in though and it was nice...It was hot and I was slow, but it was still a nice run and it always feels good when it is over . So, I got back, read the blog by NOTABOUTTHEFACE while the kids finished getting ready for school, and made a determination. I will NOT let things get in the way of my exercise ANYMORE. Short of an illness like the one earlier this year I will not break my streak!! So, a small clarification of MY rules regarding a streak...I will work out everyday EXCEPT Sunday. Sunday is my off day. It is my food day off, where I don't count, weigh or measure (yes I still pay attention, just not as closely) and I don't exercise, not in a formal sense at least. I may take a walk with the family or on certain occasions I might go for a swim, but it is leisurely and not "exercise". I have planned on Sundays to do some yoga and meditation, but if I happen to miss it I am not going to count it as breaking my streak. Sunday is my day to make sure I am getting some balance in my life (He only asks for one day so I can't really argue with that-I consider Sunday my day of Spiritual exercise )
Today is day 1...wonder how long it will go? The answer to that would be "as long as I want it to". Happy Tuesday All!!
Monday, September 27, 2010
So, in the grand sceme of things this is kind of a minor problem I suppose, but lately I've been getting headaches after every workout. It doesn't matter what kind of workout it is, cardio, strength, whatever. The headache is never severe, it feels mostly like a sinus headache and maybe it is.
This is the thing...maybe it is a sinus headache brought on by exercising (usually outside and thus exposing me to pollen, smog, etc)?
Is there something I can do to prevent it? Is hydration a factor? Anyone else experience this?
It has been a hottish summer and we are currently in the middle of a high pressure system that could be a part of the problem with my head.
Not overly concerned about it, it's just kind of obnoxious is all. I feel like I'm keeping Motrin in business :P!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
So the last little bit has been rough and I have just not felt like doing anything exercise related....Which I KNOW is counter-intuitive. I really needed to get out and workout. Saturday my sister picked me up and we met up with the rest of the Sparked Running Club (or something like that...I can't remember our name-OOOPS) which consists of 3 of us so far. Two of us ended up walk/running 6 miles. At least I'm calling it 6, I lost my GPS signal on my phone, which was tracking the run, at 5.77 and we did a couple small parking lot laps before we called it quits so I am calling it 6. Kristen, running warrior that she is did almost 8 miles-AWESOME!! It was a great run and I was glad to get it in and done because by 8 o'clock it was already warming up. We had a really mild summer this year so apparently summer feels the need to stick around a little longer and we are expecting triple digit temps through Tuesday or Wednesday or something like that. I am ready to break out the sweaters and instead we need to get the swimsuits back out. Crazy!!
When I got home I was sorely tempted to shower and change right away, but I resisted the temptation and got in the first REAL strength session in a long time. I just had a lot of fun with it, mixing things up and enjoying the feeling of my muscles working. My husband came in very handy at one point. What I had done is pull a bunch of strength exercises from various articles and magazines and put together a variety of exercises that covered all the bases. I did stuff with the ball, I did basic dumbbell work and a variety of core exercises. One exercise I did was a one-armed triceps press with a band. I was supposed to anchor the band to something sturdy behind me. I am standing in the middle of the living room looking around holding the band in my hand and my husband looks at me like I'm crazy and asks what I am doing. Must have looked like some weird form of exercise-LOL!! I told him I was looking for a place to anchor the band, but I didn't see any where that would be really great. He gets nice and comfy in his chair and says "come here". I walk over and he grabs onto the end of the band and says "okay, it's anchored". So I did my arm presses standing in front of him while he anchored the band-LOL!! I think, just maybe, he had ulterior motives ! Finally, I think I am done with everything and then remember that on Monday I want to start the 200 squats challenge along with the 100 push-ups challenge. Both challenges ask you to do a pre-test to find out where you already are and then gives you a plan to follow based on your current acheivement level. I don't need to do the push-up pre-test because I've done it, but I still needed to do the squats pre-test. Basically, as many good form squats as possible.
I didn't have high hopes for the test. I'd already done strength and running and I could feel my muscles already feeling a bit fatigued, but decided I really needed to get it done instead of waiting and putting it off because then I wouldn't start on Monday because I still needed to do the pre-test...make sense? So, I started the test. Again husband is lingering and hanging around while I work out. So of course I have to explain what I am doing and then he still sits there and watches as I do squats. And I mean actually watches, like I am a t.v. show or something. Obviously I do feel flattered that he actually WANTS to watch me work out, but at the same time it's like "um hun, I love you I really do, but please don't watch me, I'm all sweaty and disgusting and slightly stinky, not really my best foot forward, ya know?"
So, anyhoo, I am doing squats and I am doing quite well. I've always had a powerful lower body. In junior high I actually held the girls' leg press record for both highest weight pressed and most repetitions of a set weight (this was before it was determined that lifting any weight over and over until the muscle is past fatigue can actually be dangerous). So I am counting and I am thinking that 35 is a good place to stop and I do stop and before I can really call it quits hubs says "why not go for 40?" Okay...so I do 5 more and call it 40 which puts me in the high column for squats. It is at that point that I turn to hubs, legs quivering, totally sweaty and say..."look what you did, now I have to do the hard level!!' Lesson learned...never do squats in front of husband....
I went and showered and then we immediately left the house to take the kids to the Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival. There is usually lots of fun stuff for the kids to do and we wanted to get there before it got too hot. When I got in the car my legs protested the action and I knew then that 40 was too many!! I did it, but I didn't even get to sit and relax before the soreness started to set in-LOL!! I am taking myself down to the medium level! I will still eventually do the 200, just in a more reasonable way :)!
It was a good workout and has me looking forward to tomorrow's workout! Hope everyone had a great weekend!
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