Wednesday, January 05, 2011
So, yesterday, I was having a pretty crappy day. I was sick, tired, had a headache, all the reasons why a person could refuse to work out, and I was pretty set on doing just that....not working out. But, my sparkfriends kicked me in the tush and so I went out and went for a run anyways. I arranged for my husband to go get the kids from school while I ran to the school and met him there. The path to the school could be made really long or kept short depending on how I felt once I got out there. I've done this before-there are several neighborhoods where there is a street forming a circle around the neighborhood, I can do one neighborhood or two, full circles or just half a circle. Ends up I did one small half a circle-lol!! I was hoping for a full circle, but once I got out there it wasn't good. My head still hurt and in addition my shins and back decided to hurt also. The point being it was not pretty BUT I still did what I could!! I was supposed to do speed training yesterday so it actually worked out pretty well that I decided to call what I did "fartleks"-for those not in the loop on the meaning of "fartlek"-it is "speed play"...in other words, just having fun with speed training. I ran until I got winded and walked until I could run again. I tried picking cars, light posts, trash cans, etc in order to get myself running again by a certain point and that worked well. It was much like when I very first started running-lol!! It was one of the ugliest runs I've had in a long, long time, but I ran and guess what...I felt better at the end of the run. No where near being a miracle cure, but for the next two hours I enjoyed increased energy and my headache did go away for a little while. Yay!!
So, on to today...not a running day so I got to sleep in a little bit which was good because I woke up even more determined to not do anything all day long. Aww man, I hate waking up more tired than I was when I went to sleep. Fortunately for me, today was "Pastry with the Principal". A monthly, casual, meeting with the Principal of my kids' school that I go to every month. Out of bed I go, quite determined to crawl right back in after the meeting, but then...I walked past my Runner's World Calendar. On my calendar on Monday there is a green X. On Tuesday there is a green X. Those green X's represent days I work out. If I work out I get an X. I thought about what it would look like if there were no X on Wednesday. Then I read a great blog and then another great blog and I pulled out the Jillian Michaels "No More Trouble Zones" DVD and made it through several circuits before collapsing in a quivering heap on the floor. I made it NOWHERE NEAR the end of the video. Not even close. But, I worked out. I did it I got off my hiney and got in a workout and earned that X. I haven't put it on the calendar yet and today's X just might be a little bigger than the others-lol!! Okay, hold on just a sec...I'll be right back... FYI-the circles are for running days. Mission accomplished-I earned it and posted it. Also discovered that I really want to work on that darn video some more and get to where I don't fall on the floor half way through a 40 min workout-lol!! I'm sure being healthy will get me part of the way :). So while I sat on the floor I planned out a schedule for which circuits I will do on which days.
My sister's blog today (4everadonegirl-I'm too lazy to link it-go find it-it's good-chances are you may have already read it) was about her word for the year. We did this last year too. My word was "Persevere". It was a good word. It got me through a not so great Half Marathon in any case. So, I immediately started thinking about my word for this year and came up with a good one "BELIEVE". I'm looking at it as taking Persevere to the next level. Last year I did a lot of persevering but didn't do a lot of believing in my ability to not just persevere, but to succeed and do it well and have a good time doing it. So this year is Believe.
Believe in myself. Believe that I CAN lose weight. Believe that eventually I WILL kick Jillian Michaels a$$ and finish that video and have muscles even better than hers-lol...maybe not, but at least I won't feel like I have to show my hoo-ha so that everyone will know how skinny I am...sorry, but she could add a couple inches to the rise of her pants and look a lot better in my opinion. Okay, mild JM rant out of the way...Believe was the topic I think :).
Believe in my body's ability to get faster, stronger and better. Believe that the scale does know numbers in the 100 range. Believe that I will see those numbers sometime this year! Believe that I am a runner. Believe that I can do another 1/2 and do it in a more normal range this time. Believe that what I need to accomplish my goals will come to me one way or another. Believe in all my dreams and that they can and will come true.
Believe...I might have to watch Polar Express a couple of times-lol!! Maybe I will hang a bell somewhere as a reminder :).
My motto or theme is still kind of persevere..it is belief in action...here is the quote that kind of started it all. A friend posted it on FB several days ago and it has kind of inspired the thoughts up through this blog and many more to come :).
"Difficult things take a long time. Impossible things ... a little longer." --- author unknown
Really saying that nothing is impossible it just takes MORE to accomplish those things that SEEM impossible.
When I woke up this morning it seemed that a workout today would be impossible, but I did it. Much like yesterday's run, it wasn't pretty. I know I am capable of more, but I enjoyed it and it inspired me to make a goal. Yeah, about those goals...I am amending them...the cross-training and strength training are being combined into one workout...ideally I will do the video AND walk to pick up the kids from school on those days, but since it is January and technically the time of year when we are most likely to be rained out if I can't go outside to walk the video will suffice as the workout for the day. So, running 4x/week, JM 3x/week (with a walk) and yoga 2x/week are the fit goals for January now. Okay, got cruise, I've been lazy too many days and if I don't get to doing some serious housework the kids will completely take over-lol!
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Happy New Year all!! I've been procrastinating this blog for several reasons, but today seems like a good day for a blog. There is so much I HAVEN'T done the last couple weeks I am feeling a bit guilty about posting a blog before catching up on some other stuff. I haven't thanked anyone for the wonderful comments left on a couple blogs back or the one about all my fruit and vegis...so here is a group thank you.
Thank you to ALL my wonderful spark friends who have supported and stood by me the past year and previous to that too. I added so many wonderful new friends this year it has been a great year in a lot of ways.
Everyone (well that might be an exaggeration, but an awful lot of sparkers anyways) is doing a end of year review and they are so inspirational and thought provoking and special and....well I think you understand....I try to think of my year in review and it just seems so pale. Which is silly because I know I did a lot (my first 10K and first HM), there is just this kind of end of year let-down that I could have/should have done even more.
It does not help that any New Year's optimism I've felt the last week is now buried under piles of congestion. I have caught my children's illnesses. The week before Christmas was spent helping my older daughter get over a flu. Real flu folks, not the stomach illness we most often associate with flu, but the respiratory, she can't breath and is absolutely miserable flu. She actually came home from school the Friday before Christmas and almost immediately developed a fever she didn't have when she left for school in the a.m. A quick check with a thermometer showed 103.something. Egad! Well we were supposed to go to our church Christmas dinner, but she and I stayed home. It took about the week that they say it will take, with her getting a little better each day, but we got her better before Christmas!! A few before New Year youngest starts coughing, but nothing like her older sister and she got over it pretty quickly, we thought. Yesterday, out of the blue she starts complaining her ear hurts. So yesterday, the first day the other two went back to school and was supposed to be my "whip this house into shape" day was spent holding a miserable little girl. A heating pad and aspirin later and she was content to lay on the sofa watching netflix on my laptop. By bedtime last night I was feeling miserable and optimistically set out my stuff for a run this a.m. Well, I didn't run...YET!! I plan on getting it in, I just needed more time to get some sleep and be REALLY lazy on the sofa this morning.
So, most of last year's high points are currently buried under my throbbing head and sore throat. Not feeling too optimistic about the future either today. But, that's why I'm here I guess. To think about what is ahead anyways and clear my head, philosophically speaking, about the coming year.
I did set goals for the start of the year and have some plans to accomplish them. I kept my goals for the year pretty simple and plan on setting more complex monthly goals.
Goals for the year-
Run at least three 5K races-0/3
Run at least one 10K race-0/1
Run at least one HM race-0/1
Break a 12-min mile-
By the end of the year routinely run 20+ miles a week (routinely meaning at least 4 consecutive weeks)-
10,000 fitness minutes for the year-0/10,000
That's right-I have to get 1,000 minutes every month for most of the year-I can do feel pretty good about this one. Especially since I have been so bad at tracking I would have hit that amount more often this year if I had tracked better.
Lose some-lol!! This one will more routinely fall under my monthly goals :). I don't want to set a year's worth of weight loss goals.
Start the year off right....weigh and measure and re-set trackers as appropriate.
Check in on monthly goals each week on Monday
Stick to schedule-Run 4x per week/strength train 3x per week/cross train at least 2x per week/yoga 2x per week (this will be more do-able by using yoga as my post run stretch 2x per week).
Track food and exercise each day during January except Sunday which is my Sparkfree day (my day to recharge each week and prepare for the coming week).
My running schedule for January is:
Monday-1 mile "time trial" run. One mile as fast as I can and that is it. Did it for the first time yesterday and have 17:something as a starting point (it's in my phone I just don't feel like looking it up). Yep, I'm that slow, running one mile takes me slightly more than 17 minutes. Looking to make that go faster though :)!
Tuesday-Speed work (might switch this to Thursdays, but for now it just seems like Tuesday is the better day). I don't have any fancy gadgets so this will take some planning and tracking so that I know what I am doing...especially since my silly town has no track open to the public. For January we will go with time not distance and each run will be 30 minutes...I might decide to keep it there until I am hitting a 30 minute 5K (in other words forever-lol).
Thursday-Easy distance run-this month at least 2 miles each week (starting out really easy)
Saturday-Long run or hill repeats-on New Year's Eve while my sis, my mom and I were all in my sis' kitchen putting together the snacks for the evening we also put together our Saturday running schedule through the beginning of July. We have in there a nice mix of runs ranging from 4 to 7 miles, hill repeats (vital to our 10K and overall cardio training) and 5K "races"-where our little Hemet/San Jacinto running club (Sparked runners or something like that---@Kristen-I've really gotta learn the name of our group so I stop mangling it in blogs-lol!) gets together at a location we all love and run our own personal 5K. We will run the same route each time so that we will all know how much we are improving each time. In that schedule is the training we need for our 10K in June. We are planning on re-running our first 10K and PRing-of course!
So, I've got a pretty good year planned out so far and am looking for the first of those 3 5Ks I plan on running this year. I'm hoping it works out to be a lot more than that...I really want to see my bib collection explode this year :)-a total of 5 new bibs just doesn't seem like enough. I think I've got an addiction to racing bibs-lol!
Okay, feeling a bit better now, still stuffy and headachy, but ready to at least get dressed (yep, still lounging in my "housedress") and go try that 30 min run. I think I can run for 30 minutes. That isn't so much...talking myself into it...okay here I go..."see" you all again soon :).
P.S.-there are a couple of blogs I'm still working my way around to as well as goodies I haven't given thanks for yet...if I haven't visited you lately give me a kick in the tush and I'll be by soon-I think I had a couple of you "fall off" my notices while I was too busy taking care of sick kids, doing the Christmas thing and then getting sick myself....my apologies-working on fixing that over the next couple of days now that the two older kids are back in school and my day time hours are a little quieter :).
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Sorry, I've been VERY absent lately and I'm afraid even my exercise has been taking a back seat, I had good intentions, but got so busy I allowed lots of stuff to slide.
I've been making lots and lots of felt food for my girls for Christmas...they got their food this morning and have been having fun with it. Youngest already made soup and had a birthday party for one of her new dolls and older daughter has been going shopping and feeding her dolls lunch, etc.
Here are the pics, Pumpkin
Orange, orange slice, banana, strawberry and apple...
Whole wheat bow tie pasta ...
Fried eggs and a whole egg...
Carton of eggs...
And because it isn't about deprivation, but about balance...
Cake and cupcakes...
There are some other pics that wouldn't load :(...bread and jelly and peanut butter, cookies, and potato chips. I also made two kids size aprons and two doll size aprons so that the dolls could cook too. I'll take pics of those later.
Christmas has been a huge success...the kids got a good selection of things they wanted. Son is ecstatic over the several Lego things he recieved and the girls have been staying busy with their food and dolls. I got a small food processor (yeah!!!) and gave myself the Runner's World calendar. Can't wait to slice and dice some yummy vegis with my new food processor :). It's been a great Christmas and I am still full from breakfast and it is almost time to head off to my mom's for dinner :).
Hope everyone had a great holiday :)!!!
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
This morning was one of those mornings you don't want to end and never ever want to forget.
I got to bed late last night (again). I've been staying up too late trying to get sewing done. I'm making my girls a grocery of felt food, but I can only sew when they are in bed so I keep feeling like I've got to get "just a little more" done, so I stay up late and get up in the morning still tired. This morning was one of those mornings. When the alarm went of at a little after 5 a.m. telling me I had to get up and go running I hit that bugger and closed my eyes again.
What I did right though was to hit the snooze instead of the off button. 10 minutes later I was dragging myself out of bed determined to go do something running related. By the time I was dressed I had nearly convinced myself this was going to be a good idea. I took myself into the living room to get my shoes on and both my girls are already up and watching something on Netflix through the Wii. My six year old is a true morning person and wakes up chipper every morning, usually at around 4:30.
She asked me what I was doing this morning and I mumbled something about running around our neighborhood and she starts chattering and it takes my sleep deprived mind a moment to realize what she is saying. My six year old has speech difficulties and it can be difficult to understand her in any circumstance, but when she gets excited and starts chattering fast it can be downright impossible to understand what she is saying so I was quite amazed when my brain understood, but at the same time I was kind of disappointed because of what she was saying.
Huh? Really? You want to go running with me? I darn near said no. I had pulled myself from my wonderful slumber and had managed to get dressed and now I was kind of looking forward to a 2.5 to 3 mile cobweb buster. I was going to go out and clear my head and now my daughter, my six year old daughter, was asking to come along. I had one of those selfish moments that moms sometimes have and feel really guilty about. The thought in my head, that OBVIOUSLY went unspoken was..."but, I don't want you to come with me today-I need this time alone". And because of that thought the words that came out of my mouth were "go get dressed, hurry." Guess I was going to have company this morning.
This daughter is the "chipper one". My youngest has recently been giving herself and her siblings labels. I'm trying to discourage it but it is the phase she is in and she usually labels her sister the grumpy one, because once she gets home from school she is sometimes grumpy. But, really she is the chipper one. Think of the stereotypical cheerleader...always with that bounce in her step, always with the chipper attitude, always the optimist...that is my six year old, without a snobby attitude though...she's the one that is also the good friend and totally humble and sweet. She is a sweet girl, but stubborn, but naturally so, it is a strong family trait!! I couldn't say no.
So, the whole time she is chatting away and my brain is missing most of it, but soon we are ready and she even tied her own shoes!! Soon we are out the door and on our way. Walking down the driveway she sees the newspaper and points to it and squeels..."look a newspaper"! I guess dad always gets it and she never sees it in the drive...it just somehow magically appears everyday! As an adult it is so easy to forget how magical life is when you DON'T know how everything happens.
It doesn't take long before one shoe needs to be re-tied. But, as we walk along we chat and she tells me about school and how in January she won't have Mrs. Brooks, the principal, as her group leader anymore and she tells me about the Christmas things they are doing and about how after Friday they don't have any more school for awhile. I start to see that plus side of having my daughter with me. She is the middle child and I know that the times she does things she isn't supposed to it is because she needs some attention. So it was nice getting to hear her talk and not have anybody interupting and getting to focus my attention and really hear her talk. Sometimes, and this makes me feel really bad, but sometimes I know I don't really HEAR her because of the things going on and because of the speech problems, sometimes I don't even realize she's said anything until she is standing there waiting for a response. This morning I realized how much I want to hear her and how much we need to find that private time for just the two of us now, while she is still just six and before she is sixteen and tired of me not hearing her. Wow, a slap in the face before six a.m. but it was a good slap in the face.
Soon we are at the stop and stretch spot and my little girl copied every stretch, every move. Watching me and doing exactly as I did. Another slap in the face...really? Did I really need so many reality checks in one morning? I guess I did. Then the fun started-time to run. I picked a street that is nice and long with plenty of lights since it was still dark. I asked my daughter..."So, how far do you want to go today?" and got a little questioning head shake in return saying "I don't know". So, I said we'll go to the end of this street and then turn around and come back. Ready, set, go." We were off and running, one of us WAAAAAAAY faster than the other!! Bet you can guess who the faster one was-lol!!
My little girl took off like a shot and I start thinking "how far is she going to go and how fast am I going to have to run to catch up!" But, great kid that she is she stops, dead center, in the middle of the light cast by the very next street light. This is the pattern that would be set for the rest of the run. She runs an all out sprint and then stops in the middl e of the light of the next street light and she stops and waits for me to catch up and then she is off again. I am perfectly happy with this arrangement. She is having fun, I am having fun and safety is not as big an issue as it could be (this is the child we lost at Disneyland because she wandered off, but that was last year, I guess my little girl is growing up...darn...).
I am having a blast watching her run. She doesn't just run, she skips, she weaves back and forth, she dances down the street. That's what she does, she dances. Every step is overflowing with her joy and spirit. She is the living definition of "joy de vivre". I turn off the GPS for a bit and switch to camera because I HAVE to have a couple pics of this. Unfortunately it is just my phone camera, no flash, in the pre-dawn darkness. Running... Waiting...
We finish our street and head back and as we walk up the street headed back to the house we got one more moment of magic. My daughter points to the gradually lightening sky and says "Mommy the sun is coming up".
"It sure is."
"The stars are going to sleep before they wake up tonight."
Beautiful girl...I'm so glad you came with me today.
So glad I didn't say no.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
First, did you guys see this?
"Until now, researchers had no evidence the elusive "runner's high," the sense of euphoria many athletes report after exercise, actually existed. But, as reported in a recent issue of the Cerebral Cortex journal, German researchers have finally proved the phenomenon isn't just running lore.
Using high-tech brain imaging scans, the neuroscientists took images of 10 runners' brains before and after a two-hour run. What they found: Endorphins flooded the brain during exercise and gathered around areas of the brain responsible for feel-good moods and emotion--hence the blissful high."
Scientific proof running makes you happy....so to all those people who think those of us who run are crazy...guess what!! WE AREN'T, WE ARE JUST VERY HAPPY :)!! I'm not sure why this little tidbit made my day, but for some reason it did.
Yesterday I went for a run, I mentioned yesterday that I didn't get up in the a.m., but I went for a late afternoon run instead. We took the kids to the park and I did my hill run again. I really needed it. I was frustrated, tired, cobwebs were growing in my brain. It has been a very frustrating holiday season and it is taking its toll, but the run was perfect and exactly what I needed. Those scientifically proved endorphins surrounded the feel good parts of my brain and I felt better after it.
Here is a picture of my hill going up....
Hill going back down....
Pic from my GPS website....
For some reason I like seeing all those ups and downs, and that isn't even all of them! After the 5th one I had to turn off the GPS function so I could take the pictures. For some reason my phone can't do both apps at the same time. My phone isn't smart, merely somewhat clever.
Round six was when I took the pics and then I did two more just for kicks and ran around an empty parking lot just for fun until I hit 3.1 miles combined distance between the two trips. It was an awesome run. Got a thumbs up from a driver cutting through the parking lot-lol!! I love running this parking lot because there is very little traffic, but because the park's parking lot and the empty medical office's parking lots are connected there is the occasional car pulling through. The lady driving this one car slowed way down as she passed me, waited until she had my attention and then gave me a big thumbs up. Very sweet, made me smile!
So, anyways, it was a great run! Another random thought, isn't it funny, how the things you notice change over time, especially when you are trying to eat a more healthy diet, exercise more, etc.?
Today, my kids are watching "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", the animated classic, not the live action Jim Carrey movie, and it is the end of the show, the Grinch's heart has grown and he is now enjoying the holiday feast in Whoville with all the Whos. Grinch is slicing the Roast Beast and lo and behold what do I notice? Every Who gets a plate COVERED in Roast Beast, not a vegi in sight, not even any carbs on the plates, I think they might be on the table, but apparently the first course is made up entirely of Beast!! Oh, that is so not healthy!!! Poor little Cindy Lou Who is going to grow up and suffer a massive heart attack. I'd never noticed before how much Roast Beast was being consumed by the Whos...
Okay, this is getting silly, first my computer self-posts my blog before I am ready and now I seem to have lost my internet connection, though my husband's computer is still connected...What the heck!! Okay, had to disconnet home router and reconnect and I'm back. At least I discovered it before I tried to post and lost everything!!
Okay....better wrap it up quick...
Project FFIT: This week we are keeping the goals from last week (exercise as scheduled, water and negative differentials) and adding the goal of WEEKEND WATER and PROTEIN
I failed at drinking enough water over the weekend...hmmm need to work on that and I have noticed a trend, now that I am back to tracking everything that often I do not get sufficient protein.
Negative Differential: Done
Protein: Failed...trying again today....bad choices (i.e. a cupcake for breakfast) led to a lack in protein...try, try again. The good thing about this is that A) It shows that I am NOT eating a platter of Roast Beast at every meal, B) this is not a one time deal. I am owning that my choices resulted in not enough protein for the day. I often have had a problem getting enough protein so this is a good time to add in that goal and work harder at it!!
Hope everyone is having a great day!!
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