Saturday, June 04, 2011
I give you permission to laugh at anything that you find humorous during this blog. Some of the events might not seem that funny, but to me they were and I'd rather you laugh along than feel bad :). Yes, it was one of those kinds of races, but it all worked out in the end, if you keep reading you'll understand :).
Soooooooo, this weekend was the Idyllwild 5K race. Originally I was supposed to do the 10K this weekend, but opted at registration to do the 5K instead and I'm very glad I did. I've struggled with training and more than a week off earlier in the spring with an injured foot did me no favors, along with some illness and just life in general I knew I just wasn't prepared for the 10k. I could have finished it and would have, but I wouldn't have felt prepared and it just probably would not have been what I would have wanted it to be. I am happy with my 5K choice and it went well (overall).
My sister (4EVERADONEGIRL), my mother and I would all be running this race, which is in our mountains-only about a half an hour drive up the hill-45 if you have to drive through town first-lol! We decided that we would do what we did last year and go camping the night before so we would be there and ready to go on race morning. We had to overcome a few obstacles to even get to the camping point, but it all worked out in the end and we ended up with a HUGE group of family and dogs and camping was a blast!! My sister's kids are considerably older than mine and have, mostly, started their own families and lives, so there were spouses and a baby and a baby bump and three furry kids on their side and my dog and three kids on our side and it was a blast!! So much fun. But, not without it's interesting moments...here's where it gets interesting.
Packet pick-up was Friday evening so the three of us who would be running went to do that and took one of my nieces along just for fun. I also was signing my girls up for the kids race at the same time. Picking up my packet was fast and easy since I'd already registered. My sis needed to run to the store just down the street for something so she and her daughter did that while I registered the girls. I finished and they weren't back so my mom and I walked down to the store, just to find out that my sister and niece weren't there. They were back up at the registration tables. How on earth did we manage to miss them?! We backtrack and notice, for the first time, despite having been in that store's parking lot many times, that there is an alley leading back to the town center. We suspected we knew what happened and it was confirmed as soon as we met back up with my sister. They had taken the alley while we took the main road and managed to totally bypass each other-lol!! My sister said it was like being in a sit-com-lol! Just one of those funny, comical things.
We got back to camp only to find out my girls were already asleep...at a little after 7 and there was still daylight. Turns out that K had gotten sick and R was just tired. Son was still up and having a blast throwing the football with his first cousins once removed :). I was kind of disappointed that daughter was ill. I had just registered her to run and was wondering if she'd be up to it in the morning. One thing to note...my kids do NOT get car sick, never have, so it was not the first thing to think of that she was just not feeling well from the drive, but I did come around to considering it after a bit and hoped that was the case.
We had dinner, played some UNO and roasted marshmallows and made S'mores and then discovered it was getting late and really cold so it was off to bed with most of us. Son opted to go to sleep in his clothes and slid right into his sleeping bag and was very pleased with how warm it was. He inherited my old sleeping bag and it is a very warm one. My husband had set up our bed (our major camping luxury is an air bed, otherwise we keep it pretty basic) with our sleeping bags opened up and mine on like a sheet and his on top like a blanket. A quick side note, we both came from camping families and married later than some (30 years old). We both came into the marriage with some of our own camping equipment and my mom gave us a camp stove as an anniversary present-lol. What this means, is that the sleeping bags we brought with us to marriage are not as compatible as we are so we can't zip them together to create one huge sleeping bag. I've always wanted compatible sleeping bags, but with three kids whenever we are buying a sleeping bag it is to outfit the latest one who needs his/her own. We've done this sleeping bag bed thing in the past, but when I was using the sleeping bag my son was using. That sleeping bag is fleece and pretty much stayed put. My new one is more slick and kept sliding around under me, not fun, but kind of funny. Then with the other one on top, every time one of us moved we let cold air in. Plus, the air bed was losing air and I was FREEZING!! Weather said it was supposed to be the HIGH 40's which is very tolerable for me, I like cold. I'll tell you though, it was at LEAST 10 degrees below that.
I was trying my best to go to sleep and wrapped myself in a thin blanket we had a to try to add some warmth. I have no idea what time it was, but at some point youngest wakes up. "Mommy, I can't find my pillow." "Just feel around to find it." "I can't." There was NO way I was getting out of bed to help her find her pillow and had discovered awhile ago that my phone makes a decent flashlight. It was in the handy net pocket right next to my pillow so I clicked the screen to turn it on and shown it in her direction. It was only a moment before I heard "Thank you Mommy." Yeah, that kind of cracked me up.
Next, older daughter wakes up. "Daddy, I am cold." "Are you under the blanket?" "I don't know." Out husband goes to brave the cold and tucks daughter back in. Unfortunately, the bed had lost a bit of air by this point and husband was good ballast. When he got up the imbalance nearly threw me out of bed. I managed to stay in though.
Now, hubs starts feeling the same symptoms daughter had earlier and has to quickly leave the tent. He comes back a bit later and gets back in bed, then leaves again sometime later, but comes back again. When he leaves I decide I am fed up with the sleeping bag situation and reclaim mine, zip it up, wrap up in my blanket and slide inside. Then promptly slide off the bed because of the lack of ballast-lol!! I finally manage to get everything positioned correctly and then kind of hop/flop/fall onto the bed in an effort to surprise it and get the upper hand. It worked!! Husband comes back and fixes his sleeping bag and gets settled in a similar, but slightly less dramatic, manner.
Soon both girls are awake and crying "I can't sleep". Well no wonder, they went to bed waaaay early. Hubs gets back out of bed, AGAIN, and shifts his location to over by the girls to help them go back to sleep. Now that I have the bed to myself I shift more to the middle and find a fairly comfy spot and fall asleep, for awhile. It is sooooo dang cold I keep waking up. I am regretting the new sleeping bag and want the old one back, but the new one is so cute! Pink with grey lining, but not nearly as warm as the old fleece one. Normally, camping in this location, in June, it would have been a perfectly adequate sleeping bag. Just not this time-lol!
Sometime later I hear again, "Mommy, I can't find my pillow again." Yep, youngest has somehow managed to lose her pillow, again. I pull out my phone again and once again get the answer, "Thank you, Mommy." At this point I start shaking, shaking with cold and laughter. I am overcome by the hilarity of all this. I could not think of anything more comical than everything that occurred in this one short period of time when I was supposed to be asleep!! I laughed for several minutes and finally fell back asleep.
Son, somehow, managed to sleep throughout ALL of this, not a murmur, not a stir, NOTHING from his corner of the tent. Maybe it was because he had the fleece sleeping bag-lol!!
It was one of the MOST interesting nights I've ever had while camping-lol!! Oh, and in the morning, after the bed had lost all its air, I couldn't get back out of the thing. The air bed rests in a metal frame so that it is roughly the same height as an actual bed. Anyways, the metal framework had me trapped. My sleeping bag and I could not get out of the darned thing-lol!! I finally managed to wrangle my feet onto the ground (still in the sleeping bag) and my hands out of the bag to give me enough leverage to get out. I found it highly entertaining that first I had to fight to get in and then I had to fight to get out. I called it the people eating bed and cracked son up, who, finally was awake to experience a bit of the night's adventure. Before we go camping again I want a cot-lol!! I am done with that darned contraption!!
I woke up thinking that I had already gotten a great workout before the starting gun had even gone off-lol!! I'll come back soon and tell you about the real event. This is already REALLY long and I haven't yet gotten to the real report :). Hope everyone is having a great and active weekend and that nobody's bed will try to eat them this weekend :).
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Okay, so heck isn't the word I was thinking this morning, but it gets the point across . If you are here about my question just skip to the end :).
So, we probably all know that there are times when you need to "listen to your body". We know that when we don't listen we run the risk of "burning out", "over doing it", fatigue or at worst injury. Our body is an amazing mechanism with safeguards in place to help us protect ourselves. Some of those safeguards are pain or fatigue. So, when we are tired or sore, our body is telling us to take it easy, right?
Well, yes and no. When you are as overweight as I am sometimes it also is just protesting the fact that you are making it do things it is not accustomed to. My body thinks that sitting on the sofa is just fine-lol! So, when I get up at 5:15 and start getting ready to go for a run and my body complains about that is it a warning or laziness?
Today's plan was to hit the beast for some hills. I did NOT want to go this morning. I got up and felt stiff and tired from swimming the last two days. I told my lazy self to shut up and got dressed. I was the first one at the meet site so I closed my eyes for a quick power nap-lol!! It wasn't long though before everybody had arrived and we were warming up....still not feeling the need to do ANYTHING except go home and go back to bed. Faked it through a warm up stretch and started running. Well, that didn't work, shin got tight before half a mile was done. So, stopped and did it right this time and started again and YES...this was starting to feel better and right and well, okay, maybe it really was just lazy me speaking up instead of a "warning" to take it easy.
It didn't get a lot easier though and it was kind of a battle all the way up that darned hill. I wanted to walk the entire thing-lol! Instead I kept up the mental aspect of running and walked enough to satisfy the part of me that simply did not want to be there, but pushed enough to satisfy that part of me that needed to have a run and a good one at that.
The original plan was to do the hill once OR twice. Guess which one I went for....once. I was tempted to go twice, I really was, but I also knew that twice really might have been too much. I had pushed hard and done a great job and was really feeling the workout in my hips, hammies and glutes.
So, I guess today I reached a balance between listening and telling my body to just shut the heck up and let me work. I guess in the end that is what really matters. Am I pushing harder than what the lazy me wants? Am I being smart about my training? Am I doing enough without risking injury? Am I going to let not doing it twice bother me? Maybe, just a little, until I go swimming and make up for it with some laps :).
Some days finding that balance is REALLY hard.
On that note...I have a question for some of you who know lots more than I do regarding strength training. I know that ST is supposed to happen every other day if working all areas. Every day is okay if you are alternating....but....here's the question...What if I'm doing some exercises in the pool, could I, or should I still do the land based strength exercises? Are they different enough that I can alternate days with them (ex. pool m-w-f and weights on tu-th-sat)? Do the pool exercises daily (or almost daily) and the land based every other day? Now that summer is here I want to maximize the time I spend at the pool with the kids and in my training, but at the same time I want to find that balance between enough and too much. Any thoughts? Thanks :).
Hope everyone has a great Saturday.
Friday, May 27, 2011
I'll start by saying that I give little credit to things like horoscopes, etc. However, I am a Cancer and the sign got right is my relationship to water!
I LOVE the stuff! I love to swim, I love to just relax in the water, I love to float, I love to just tread water!! I am a water creature through and through. Other little girls love to pretend to be princesses, I always wanted to be a mermaid-lol!
We have all been anxiously awaiting the opening of the pool. It is a community pool right in the middle of our neighborhood and just a short walk from our house. There are 3 pools in all. One in front of the community clubhouse and two behind. We always swim in the ones behind. There is one standard type pool-small for a community pool, but bigger than your average back yard pool. Right next to the bigger pool is a wading pool for the kiddies. I love this set up since my youngest hasn't graduated to the big pool yet. Myself and the two older kids can swim while keeping an eye on the youngest.
So far this year we have already had several HOT days and really wished they had the pool open, but they work on some sort of schedule that apparently has nothing to do with the temperature, but more with the date on the calendar. This week has been warm-ish, temps in the eighties, but with a cooling breeze so it hasn't felt as hot as the thermometer says it is. This week they finally opened the pool!! As soon as we found out my kids HAD to go. I kept the decision up in the air until homework was done, but secretly, I couldn't wait to go either. Homework got done in record time, but after checking daughter's math we had to wait a bit longer. Instead of actually doing the work, I think she just wrote in random numbers-lol!!
Finally we were on our way...too big beach towels dragging in the street, flip flops flopping and goggles swinging from cute little fists. Son was very frustrated when the gate closest to us was locked and we had to walk around-lol! Not that it is that far of a walk, he was just that anxious to get in the water.
Once inside the gate he jumped right in. The girls took a more cautious approach, as did I. The girls got in the wadding pool first, it is usually warmer than the swimming pool :). I got in inch by inch. That water was COLD!! Made me wish I'd gone on a 7 or 8 miler first so I could call it an ice bath-lol! Once in though it was WONDERFUL!! Everything you expect of a first swim of the summer :).
I didn't do anything specific for awhile, just paddled around and trod water (trod? I know treaded is wrong, but trod?-lol). It felt so great to be in the water again. I felt muscles working that somehow strength training always misses. I did some ab curls and twists and scissor kicks and other goofy things that can kind of be considered exercise :). We just had fun until everybody started shivering. Middle child gave up first-she has zero body fat and therefor no insulation. Youngest went next. I had to convince son that it was time to get out...he didn't believe me when I told him he was turning purple-lol!! I think he really would have stayed in to the point of hypothermia, he was having too much fun!
I woke up this morning with stiff shoulders :). Yep, stiff shoulders gets a happy face. Stiff from all the work they did yesterday.
I got on the computer a few minutes ago to look up other "exercises" that can be done in the pool so that I can count more of my pool time as fitness time :). Going back to the pool today :).
There is just something special about the first swim of the summer :).
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Has it really been almost a week since I last posted? Wow!
Anyways, just a quick check in to let you know I'm still here. I'm reading blogs when I get the chance.
It's been a busy week. Friday the hubs and son took off for a Father/Son camp out. It was girl's night here at home and I didn't eat really well...oh well, tough. Saturday hubs and son came home, then it was off to baseball. The score was tied and we were all really happy, since we are kind of the underdog. Sunday was restful. Monday was PTA, lots to do before I officially take over as Prez on July 1st. Tuesday was end of school year awards. I missed my daughter's assembly because nobody told me when it was. Her "real" teacher is off for the rest of the year on maternity leave and the subs, while really nice, are not the best at keeping parents informed. Daughter got Perfect Attendance and was recognized as having perfect attendance for two years. Son, the one who excels acedemically, got Academic Excellence (basically elementary school's version of Honor Roll), Perfect Attendance (also 2 years) and a Service Recognition for serving on the School Student Council. Today was going down to the district office to get daughter signed up for Kindergarten. She had to get some immunizations and was such a brave girl. A few tears fell, but no crying or screaming, not even an ouch. She got a Barbie for her heroism :). I think the Hello Kitty band-aids helped too :).
So, now it is rush-rush to go get the other kiddies from school and then back to house work, kitchen is in need of some attention :).
Hope everyone is having a great week :).
Thursday, May 19, 2011
1. Stay asleep until the alarm goes off...there is no point in wondering if it will, it always does and if it doesn't, at least I'll get some good sleep.
2. Trying to do plank (modified or regular) with my cat in the same room is impossible.
a. Arm placement really does make a difference and a cat in between your elbows makes plank a LOT harder.
b. Getting licked by sandpaper cat tongue is not helpful while trying to stay focused.
c. On the plus side...being afraid you are going to fall and smash your cat helps you stay in position longer.
3. Back extensions hurt when you have a giant bruise on your abdomen, even more than a couple days ago when the bruise wasn't fully developed.
4. What was easy a few days ago, might not be easy today. Somehow 8 pound bicep curls were much harder today, despite 8 pounds being standard and nothing new.
5. I REALLY like how my bicep looks under my long sleeved tech shirt.
6. That is REALLY bugs me that when you let Spark set your strength workout you can't adjust sets, reps or track the weight you use. Didn't realize how much it really bugged me until today when I am adding a 3rd set to some of the exercises because I'm not ready to jump up in weight but need a little extra. Hey, Spark, could you work on that for me, please? It would be really great if you would tell me what to do, but I could track how much I do on my own.
7. I need to add some extra triceps exercises...I've got some rocking biceps developing under there but the triceps are still pretty flabby...even taking into consideration the bat wing skin hanging off the bottom of the triceps muscles.
8. I like to scrunch my neck when I do certain strength exercises, gotta watch that and put a stop to it...it gives me a sore neck and isn't as effective in the muscles I'm supposed to be working. Plus, I don't really want to be known for my developed neck muscles-lol!!
9. Lying on the floor, trying to do Hip Adduction (that's the one where you lay on your side and the bottom leg lifts up) makes me wish I had a Thigh Master-lol! (Not my fave exercise-gotta look up something different)
10. I like to get distracted when I do Strength Training :).
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