Saturday, March 05, 2011
Today was supposed to be a long run day, the run I actually did was just shy of 3 miles, just over if I count the cool down walk. My shins were not happy this morning. Many of you are familiar with my shin issues and today we were revisiting those problems.
It took me longer than normal to work out the kinks and start feeling good enough to just enjoy the run. But, once I got there it was fine and felt good to be out.
So, what made the run overall better than it actually was, is that the run did what running does so well and got my brain working on how to get back to where I want/need to be. So during the run I formulated a new running plan, pulling my amounts back and slowly rebuilding them. For the next month/six weeks or so I will focus just on building distances again and feeling good during my runs, trying to reduce the amount of warm-up I need to get in the groove.
Before anyone starts in with "you need a warm-up"...I know...I am referencing the additional time I need running to work out the kinks, stop and stretch some more, etc. before I feel good running. I know there is a warm-up "window" that everyone needs and that it varies from person to person. I'd just like to shrink my window from the extra-large portrait window to a much smaller kitchen window :). So, I am not back at square one, square one was a long time ago, but I have taken a few steps back and that is okay because from here on out it is forward movement again. I am looking forward to the many great runs I have ahead of me :).
So, I also "test drove" my Nathan pack this morning. It's the Nathan Intensity Women's Hydration Vest...here is a picture-
Let me just say...I LOVE it!! The pack itself is cute, the drinking tube (straw?) wraps around in a very convenient way. There is a clip on the chest strap that holds the straw where it is easy to access. It has a bite valve that includes a lock to prevent unintended leaks, although I tested with the valve open too and did not experience any leaks, not really a concern it all I'm carrying is water, but I would be more careful and use the lock if I was carrying something other than water. It is a simple twist to lock or unlock the bite valve, very easy to use. The pack carries two liters, which I really love because I consume ALOT of fluids during long, hot runs. Heck, I consume alot of fluids during short, cool runs-lol! I enjoy having something to sip on during my runs and having the pack will make that so much easier. The pack has a number of straps that allow you to adjust the fit in great ways. Today I put the pack on and adjusted the chest strap to comfortably snug, but as I started running the pack felt a little jiggly, so I reached to each side and adjusted the side straps a little tighter with a simple tug and problem solved. The pack settled in closer to my back and no more jiggling. Even loaded with the full two liters the pack was not heavy and felt very comfortable on my back. It has two different pocket on the front straps perfect for gels, beans or blocks and easy to access. An additional pocket on the back is ideal for keys, i.d., cash, and bars, etc. I definately give this a 5 out of 5 after my first outing :). LOVE IT!! Definately a worthwhile investment.
Oh, almost forgot, I also test drove my new sports bra-lol!! Well, that shows you what a great sports bra it is!! I got the Moving Comfort Fiona. I LOVE it too. So comfy and does the job very well. I love that it has a hook closure, just like a regular bra. No more Houdini imitations trying to get into or out of my bra. Also the straps are adjustable-from the FRONT. Yep, no more Houdini trying to adjust straps in back or having to take the bra off to adjust them. They adjust with velcro so that minimized "slippage" after adjusting too. One feature I also enjoy it that it employs both the compression and encapsulation methods helping to reduce the "sports bra uni-boob". I seem to be particularly prone to this issue so even this bra does not eliminate it, but the girls did a much better job of sharing the space than they usually do :). This bra also does a great job of holding in all the "side and back spillage". Yep, a costly bra, but again well worth the investment, my cheap-o Champion bra is being demoted to second chair. Starting a savings account now for the next Moving Comfort I am going to buy :). Here is a pic of the Fiona- . I ended up with white because they didn't have pretty colors in stock in my size, I'm watching for pretty colors to show up in my size, or I'll just reduce until I fit into a pretty color :).
So, today was a great run...got lots to do today so TTFN as I bounce off to do some housework and school work before the day ends :).
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Wow! I can't believe how busy I've been this week. And with so many different things. Monday was practically non-stop, Tuesday a little less busy, Wednesday insane again and today is Hubby's birthday. Tomorrow is Family Fun Fest, Saturday "long" run and Sunday is finally a day to relax , after church of course. Monday is son's birthday. So it isn't letting up anytime soon either-lol!
Monday was fun, PTA in the a.m., a quick (very quick) trip to Temecula (next town over the hill) to a book store, then back again so I could go back to the school and paint a sign for the school's book fair next week. That was actually really nice, the principal set up the sign in the empty library and except for the occasional staff member short-cutting to the staff lounge, it was really quiet and peaceful-I will gladly paint more signs under those conditions :). Monday was also more gardening. We have such mild winters it is actually time for us to start planting things here. If you are starting from seed anyways. So we bought and started alot of our garden for the year.
Tuesday was fairly busy too, but just with all the little life things. Grocery store, cleaning, etc. Tuesday my main package from Running Warehouse arrived-whheee!! Nathan Hydration Pack, Brooks running hat, therapy roller (not the bigger, thicker foam roller, but the smaller, hand-held, roller that gets deeper into the muscles) and Shot Blocks :). Everything was blue, even the shot blocks-lol!! So far I LOVE my hydration pack. I tried it on and checked it out. It has multiple straps for adjusting the fit so I think after some monkeying around I've got it in a good spot. I am going to "test drive" it on Saturday's run. The run won't be anywhere long enough to justify a hydration pack, but I figure that is actually best because if there are any issues I can resolve them during a short run instead of finding a problem during mile 6 of a 10 mile run :). So, can't wait until Saturday to give that a try :).
Wednesday, I volunteered for spring picture day at school. That took all morning and was tons of fun :). That was said just a teensy bit facetiously. All I did was stand with the photographer and remind kids to take of sweaters/jackets before getting their pic taken, comb the occasional wayward hair, and kept the kids moving through the line. If my line ran out of kids I would borrow a few from the line across from me until my next class arrived. So, nothing too exciting. I did get to send my son's class through the line and my daughter's class came in across from me so I borrowed her from that line and had her take her picture with me. My kids thought it was very exciting to have Mom at picture day. I was glad I did it when they gave me vouchers for free pics when my kids' pics come in-Yay!!! Those school pics get expensive...if I'd known about this perk before I'd have been there at every picture day-lol!!!
Today was a nice, little, short run :). Today is also Hubby's birthday so we'll have a little family celebration tonight. :)
Also, I've signed up for two classes to work on the next little bit. My program gives me a full year to finish each class, but I want to finish them faster than that so I will stay on track to get my Bachelor's degree by 2014. The classes are College Algebra (required for the Statistics class which is required for graduation) and The Italian Renaissance. Guess which one is my "fun" class. :) The textbook for the Algebra class arrived yesterday and I immediately freaked out...eeeek!! It has been maybe a bit too long since I've done math. It starts with graphs and I'm looking at some examples and thinking "I remember x-axis and y-axis, but how did that parabola get there?" Yeah, not feeling too confident about that class right at the moment. So I did something to help out and ordered "Algebra 1 for Dummies" and "Algebra 2 for Dummies". For real, no joke-lol!! If those books don't refresh my memory nothing will and I will be taking Introduction to Math at the local college while trying to pass College Algebra through my University program. I might be looking for a good tutor-lol!! Fortunately, the class comes with an online program. I am doing the Review section and it is helping alot. It is refreshing my memory on somethings and on others is giving really good examples of how to solve the problem. So far, so good. But I've only done 10 of the 80 review questions-lol!!
I'm really excited about the Renaissance class :). History is my niche so this will be a good thing :). Still waiting for those books to arrive.
So, with PTA, college classes to study for, 3 kids and summer break looming just around the corner. I really need to get good at this goal setting and schedule making thing.
Any suggestions? Anybody have one of those Staples "Easy Button" thingies? Time machine? That time turner necklace Hermione uses in the Harry Potter books?
How do YOU accomplish everything you need to do in a day?
I'm still trying to catch up on all my spark reading I let myself fall behind on-lol!!
Hubs just took youngest to the park, that is going to be a big help...I better get busy while she's gone :). Hope everyone is having a great week :).
Also...tips on the Hydration pack...what do you put in yours? Freeze or no-freeze? Straight H2O or additives? Questioning minds want to know :).
Monday, February 28, 2011
Some people might be able to guess where I am going with this because of the Labor Day weekend shout out. Figured it out yet Kristen?
I get to go to Disney!! The one down side is that I am only doing the 5K not the Half, which remains my dream race to be completed another year. Still can't quite afford that one this year.
But, the major upside is my kids, all three of them, get to run the kids' races. Matthew and Kaylie, my two oldest will run the 400 meter dash. Rebekah, the youngest will run the 200. So, I am gladly passing on the half in order to spend that morning running and then watching my kids run and get their medals.
I really cannot wait for September to come :). It's okay though, because I ordered my shirt a size too small so hopefully by September it will be too big
So, even though it isn't the half, I'm counting it towards my racing wish list for the year :). So that is two down and two to go. Leaving me to find a half, or repeating the torturous route of last year's half and signing up for my 10K in June. Then I might throw a couple 5K's in here and there, maybe a Turkey Trot or Jingle Bell run and a couple others like that.
The race plan for this year is finally coming together. :)
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Hello all, well, I can't believe it's been more than a month since I've been here.
Life is an interesting thing.
I kind of got run over by life for a bit there. For the past month I've been fatigued. Not just tired, but actually fatigued (don't worry this is not going anyplace tragic), I just haven't felt "right". So, of course, since I wasn't feeling "right" I stopped doing all the things that helped me feel better-lol!! I can be really dense sometimes, but in reflection, it was probably what I needed. Way back in December the sickness started in my house. There has been this horrible illness making its way around our area, probably your area too, it starts as a flu and morphs into a cold that refuses to go away. I had this last year, it was awful. It started in December with oldest daughter and took its sweet time working through the family. I thought I wasn't getting sick because I had it last year and I was sure it was the same thing. I still think it was the same, but I think that I was only partially immune. I think my fatigue was my body fighting off the renewed attack. I did a pretty good job, but finally came down with an extremely mild version last week. Now that I am over it I am actually feeling much better. I woke up at 6 this morning and didn't want to go straight back to bed until 8!!
So, I did what I said I wouldn't do, and totally let everything slide while I was feeling down. I still kept with a few things but I didn't keep with most of my routine. So now it is time to start again, tomorrow-lol! Yes, I am doing the "I'll start tomorrow". Only because today is Sunday and I don't want to start a Sunday exercise habit I know I won't keep. We observe the Sabbath and Jillian Michaels just doesn't fit the "day of rest" theme :).
On a much happier front, it is amazing how motivating a few new toys can be-lol!! The IRS decided to grant our request to return some of the money we loaned them last year and I've been happily shopping away at my favorite on-line running site-www.runningwarehouse.com. Free shipping, lots of fun stuff, I've been enjoying myself-lol!! I can't go too crazy, but I've gotten some good stuff. Some arm warmers (for those of you asking "what the heck is an arm warmer" it is a knit sleeve that slide over your arm....yeah, think leg warmers from the 80's, only much sleeker and for your arms-lol-they come in handy as the seasons change for running. Not sure whether you should wear your short sleeve or long sleeve running shirt? Problem solved-short sleeves with arm warmers, then if you get too warm they just slide off and tuck into your pockets or waist band.), oh, fun toe socks for running-Injinji socks-I've been wanting a pair for awhile-wish finally granted-can't wait to see if they are as fun as they seem :)...another short description-socks with toes so that each toe is in its own little sock-supposed to reduce friction (ie: blisters) and help your feet maintain a more correct form-yeah, we'll see if reality lives up to hype, but they look pretty fun anyways :). A new pair of shoes and a hydration pack are on the way too :). Trying a move from Motion Control to Stability...way back when I got my last pair of shoes (August I think) Karvy09 sent me an article detailing injury rates, etc. and it indicated that Motion Control shoes might not always be the best choice and while I've done well with my Motion Control and have definately had a decrease in injuries, they are really heavy and I'm hoping a lighter, cushier pair of shoes with some stability built in will still work for me and maybe even be better-here's the link: peakperformance.runnersworld.com/201
s-most-likely-to-cause-an-injury.html . The hydration pack is a 2 liter capacity Nathan backpack. And, yes, I'm ordering without trying it on, but running warehouse has a good return policy so I'm okay with that :). It is really cute (important, I know) and apparently my color for spring is going to be deep aqua (kind of like the stone on my background pic), because that is the color of the trim on the backpack and I just picked up a new running shirt and jacket in the same color-lol!! Does anybody else find themselves doing that? As the new colors for each season come out you find yourself gravitating to the same color over and over? Last spring/summer it was raspberry for me, this spring it seems to be aqua :). And, I finally got my Road ID-yay!! So now, if I do happen to run into a car driven by a blind 90 year old, someone will be able to call my husband. I know, that sounds horrible, but the whole reason Road ID got started is for that exact reason and truth is that as careful as I am when running there are alot of idiots out there so I will actually feel more comfortable going out on those runs with my bracelet on. Even if I am with someone else and something happens the bracelet give the responders and doctors important information to help me, things like my blood type, which even my mom and sister probably don't know, and probably wouldn't remember in an emergency even if I told them what it was ( O positive by the way). So, very, very happy about that purchase. The one I'm maybe MOST excited about though...prescription sports glasses. Yes, now I will be able to run, see and keep the sun out of my eyes all at the same time!! I am very jazzed!! The "dispensing optician" kept trying to steer me towards the pretty, fashionable, sunglasses, but I bucked the trend and picked out extremely sporty, silver framed, cycling style glasses that wrap almost all the way around so they will stay put..they look like something a real runner might wear and nothing at all like something I've ever worn-lol!! I will probably look like a total dork wearing them, but I wanted something that wouldn't slide down my nose like my regular glasses and would be comfortable while running. So that's what I got :). I have to confess that I felt really awkward even looking in the "sporty" section of sunglasses and almost went for the really cute brown tortiseshell, square frame glasses the lady steered me towards at first. I felt like a poser looking at the "sporty" glasses. I almost talked myself out of them saying "they are too "boyish", just because they look kind of like my husband's off the rack sunglasses. But, I knew what I wanted and needed and decided to heck with convension, so what if they don't have little diamond accents on the side, who cares if they are "boyish", they are for the purpose of protecting my eyesight during daylight runs (cateracts run in the family) so I got them. When they are ready I'll put on my new shirt, my arm sleeves and my new glasses and take a pic :).
I also signed up for........my very first MUD RUN!!! It is local (yay), a little on the high side ($45) for a 5K distance, but for a good cause here in town. It is in May, so now the training has to begin in earnest again. Not so much for the distance, I've had the 5K distance down for awhile (just want to get ALOT faster), but I need to work on strength for obstacles and flexibility for injury prevention. This is going to be FUN. I think it will be the last outing for my really old running shoes that are still in the bottom of my closet, the first pair I bought as running shoes. It'll be a good send off for them :). And I will be doing it "blind" because there is no way I'm taking my new glasses in the mud-lol! So, now that I have some new gear and a purpose I am ready to meet tomorrow head on again, but maybe with a little less vigor than before so I don't crash and burn :).
Time for me to get ready for church, but I'll be stopping back in soon to catch up on a million blogs I've missed. Sorry everyone, I'm gonna try harder (plus, I'm almost done with a really huge project that I've been working on and has been taking up most of my "extra" time). Happy Sunday everyone, or whatever day it happens to be when you read this rambling mess of whatever it is :).
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Today was everything a day should be.
It started out nice and early with a 3 mile run. Our little running group was supposed to go running in my sister's neighborhood this morning, but she had to cancel due to a sinus headache..so, yeah, that part wasn't great. But, we readjusted our plans and ran my neighborhood instead. I really like this run we did today, it isn't my favorite, but it is a very nice run. It goes though nice surburan neighborhoods, but then has a short trek past a horse pasture lined with trees. It is a beautiful little postcard that makes a very mundane run a little bit special. It was a good, slow, nice run today.
After the run it was home to read the paper, eat some raisin bran and just sit for a bit. Then on with more spring cleaning. Today was operation girls' room. Today was the day to cleaqn and declutter their room. If they have less stuff maybe they will be a little better at cleaning up after themselves....I don't know but I made excellent progress on getting their room to an acceptable place. A bunch of Barbies, several babies and a bunch of Littlest Pet Shop went in the "to go" bin. I didn't quite finish, but made excellent progress and will pick back up on Monday to finish the job.
After a couple of hours of sorting and discarding, putting away laundry and other basic household tasks it was finally time for our long awaited picnic!! The day was a beautiful as had been promised. Mid-seventies for the temperature and nothing but sun. We headed up to the park we had chosen for our picnic. The park is located on the top of a hill on the outskirts of town and is quite the little drive. But we finally arrive and everyone is very happy with the park we chose. The kids couldn't believe how big the park was and my son kept saying how quiet and peaceful it was. There were a few other families and groups, but not the crowds we had seen at the city play parks. We had plenty of choices for where to set up our picnic so we picked a spot a good distance away from the bathroom and with some shade.
So, two things before I start posting pics...first, I'm having trouble loading some of the pics...files are too large or some such nonsense. Maybe my husband's camera is a little too good? Second, I apologize in advance if any pics are sideways...lately even if I stand them upright before loading they turn themselves back on their sides while loading. Weird. Hopefully it will work right, if not...sorry, just turn your head sideways and it'll be fine :).
Some of the scenery...
We ate our sandwiches...my daughter wrote our names on our sandwich bags...here is my sandwich...peanut butter and raspberry jam on homemade honey wheat bread...
We had a blast playing a little baseball...a small rock was first base, a slightly larger rock was second, a tree was third and a pine cone was home and none of those pics are loading so just try to imagine it .
The girls rode their bikes and youngest took a tumble, but since she is riding a tricycle and is barely six inches off the ground she took it all in stride and was right back up and trying again in two shakes.
So, this pic, I'm not thrilled about...
My son took the camera and caught me standing on this big rock. But, I am keeping it, it didn't get deleted because I need more pictures like this, pics to remind me where I was. I don't end up in the picture very often, I'm usually taking them so I'm keeping this one even though it clearly shows how much work I have to do.
This is, like, the most perfect rock ever-lol!! It stands about 4 feet or more tall, but has this great slope that lets you climb it without any problems at all. About eight feet in front of this rock there is a much smaller rock. I put the camera on the small rock and we took a family photo...we are going back in different clothes and taking an official version of this photo we love it so much. We will move the little one forward so she isn't in shadow so much. The kids had a BLAST on this rock. For a long time we just sat on the rock and the kids took turns throwing a ball (playground type ball-slightly smaller than a basketball-the kind kids play with all the time) off the rock and seeing where it would roll and how far it would go. There was a small gully a few yards away and we would try to see if we could get it to roll past the gully and up the hill on the other side. This was the funnest game ever and I couldn't believe how long we played it :).
Just me and the husband.
Before long it was time to go home and we all left with the intention of coming back again SOON!
A view of our valley-
A field that was so green and lush I thought we had been transported to Germany or England...this is not typical of our region but an absolutely gorgeous reminder of the rains we had a couple weeks ago-
As we were leaving the park my son mentioned that we didn't even go hiking today and asked if we could come back another day to go hiking. Why, of course!!! It was very gratifying to hear my son ask if we could come back and have more family fun/fitness time together. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, this tiny little voice chimes in from directly behind me. "Mommy, can we go hiking here someday?" The youngest wanted to go hiking too? I was on cloud nine...the kids wanted to do something fun AND healthy!!
As we hit the bottom of the hill and moved back into town and the noises and traffic that go with it my son, who happens to be the wise age of seven, says "It was so peaceful and quiet there that it made me forget all my problems".
I almost laughed, almost. What kinds of problems does a seven year old have? Well, seven year old problems, of course. That doesn't mean they aren't problems. My brain processed this quite quickly and my answer was..."It does make you forget your problems". And, I meant it.
It was one of those magical, golden days that come all to rarely. I had to question why they come so rarely and the answer was that we spend way too much time at home. My kids LOVED getting outside and we did so many different things that were good for our bodies and even better for our souls. I made a resolve to create more of those moments. We all need days that are so peaceful and wonderful that we forget all our problems. Next up, a family hike, I can't wait :).
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