Tuesday, September 13, 2011
What an interesting morning!! It all started at about 3:15 this morning...yep, that's what time my alarm goes off to get me up and ready for my run. Shortly after I got up my phone went off, my sister texted that she wasn't running so I immediately texted my mom asking her to meet an hour later and at my house, then went back to bed.
Got up again in an hour and hadn't heard back from my mom so I got ready and got the dog, shot off one more text and headed out the door. We stuck close to home for a few minutes thinking we would get an answer and when we didn't get one the dog and I headed off for our run. One of the first things we noticed was a flash of lightening behind us. Hmmmm...what's that about? Should we head back? No thunder...okay this thing is MILES away no worries. Stopped to stretch and watched a couple more flashes of lightening and decided to cut the route short. Started running and about a 1/3 of a mile in my shin started acting up...great. We were no headed east and facing the storm. Lots and lots of flashes of lightening. Glad I decided on the shorter route.
Get to a point where I have to decide between two routes home. One will add a bit of distance, but is down a tree lined street (a VERY tree lined street), the other is a tiny bit shorter but on a wide open street. I choose the open route. I'm hearing thunder now, but it is still obvious the storm is far, far away, but one never knows when that will change. The shin has me walking now, at a good pace, but walking feels better, so walk it is. Dog isn't fazed at all by the light show and is having a blast, but time to head on home. Just as we get back to our neighborhood, my phone tells me I have a text. Ah...there's mom...finally.
She left her phone at work and hadn't gotten any of the messages. She'd been to sister's and even to my house, but we were all asleep so she went shopping at Wal-Mart-lol! Went to work and got her phone (luckily she works at the hospital so there is always someone around-lol) and got all her messages. Dog and I waited at a little park where I stretched some until she got to my house. We kept watching the light show and even got a tiny bit sprinkled. When she pulled up dog recognized her car and started yelping at her so we ran the opposite way down the street away from the houses until he calmed down and we waited for her to catch up. It is still REALLY early...almost 5:30 by now, I didn't want dog to wake up the entire neighborhood. He's a beagle and has a beagle's voice. A bark and a yelp designed to travel for MILES so when he gets going you can hear him a block away-lol! The diversion worked and he settled down. We went ahead and took another short walk down one longish street and back and still saw lots of awesome lightning strikes...still miles away, but we were hearing more thunder by now and were glad to be going back.
By the time I added up all the little starts and stops I'd gone 2.5 miles. Lol-that's what I almost always do (run with warm-up and cool-down included). So there was nothing short about it...it did turn into a walk instead, but I kept a great pace for the walk and it was a great morning.
I had every excuse to not do anything this morning. A couple excuses even. "If she's not going I won't either." "There is lightning". "My shin hurts." "I'm too tired (true)."
But, I shushed all those excuses and got out there anyways and it was nice. I got fireworks, I got a cool, fresh morning, I got to spend time with my little beagle and make him happy. A beautiful morning :)!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Today was a great run. The schedule called for 9 miles and I have to say I was a tad apprehensive. It's been awhile since I've done 9 or more and I can't say I was looking forward to it. The weather has been scorching hot this week and I thought we'd be out there dying in the sun and I'd have a horrible run.
I was wrong. Mother Nature decided to grace us with a suddenly cool day. Yesterday was a bit cooler than it had been all week, but today is considerably cooler than that. We were graced with weather PERFECT for running in. Started out cloudless and blue, but enough cloud cover blew in with a bit of a breeze to keep things cool and happy. Got to see an awesome cloud and since it was in our line of sight for a mile we got to watch it morph and change as we went along. In my humble opinion it started out a trophy cup...complete with handles coming off the sides, rounded on the bottom and flat on top. Then the handles disappeared and it became a tulip. Finally, the sides pulled out again and made it look like a giant water fowl getting ready to fly.
I had a great first couple of miles, walked here and there, but maintained a pretty good ratio that I'm happy with. Got annoyed somewhere around mile 5 when a runner came up silently and quickly on my right. No greeting or warning involved. I nearly fell off the sidewalk since at the exact moment she was choosing to pass I was a about to turn to the side and look back and tell my mom, who was behind me, something. If I hadn't jumped back we would have face planted into each other...so rude. She continued ahead and did something else to give all runners a bad name. We were running up a slight, but curvy hill. At the top of the hill is a set of railroad tracks (haven't seen them used in years and I've never seen the guard bars at this junction go down). Anywho....I LOVE this little stretch of road for driving. I love whipping my little mini van up the hill, around the curves and back down-lol!! Probably the funnest section of road in the entire town. However, because it is so fun and a hill and the speed limit is pretty high in that section crossing ANYWHERE except the cross walk a quarter of a mile back down the hill is insane. What does rude runner do? She jogs in place at the top of the hill (I'm thinking "she's not...there is no way...") and when there is a break in traffic she darts across the road right on the tracks. There is a median there to hold the guard bars so she jumps up on it and has to wait for the next set of traffic to pass. INSANE AND DANGEROUS. Runners like her give all runners a bad rep. Did you see where Reese Witherspoon was hit while running? Happened a couple days ago and she is fine, but people were leaving comments that it was probably her fault not the driver's (who was 84 or some insane number like that) and it is because of runner's like this lady we saw today that people feel justified in making those comments. Sheesh.
Okay, rant over, the rest of the run was going great. We ran for a bit with a dog named Bullet. A HUGE Doberman....I don't know if I've ever seen a Dobi this big before. Wonder if he is mixed with Great Dane because that is how big he was...my mom spent time talking to Bullet's mom...I'll have to ask her if they discussed breed-now I'm curious-lol! Bullet was off leash, which doesn't bother me, I could tell he was friendly. When he first heard us coming up on his street he just perked his ears and looked at his mom. He was obviously asking if he could come say hi :). When we went to pass him he thought it was a new game and came bounding after me just as happy as could be. He ran back and forth between me and his mom a few times, but never got close enough to mom to get leashed-lol. Not a stupid dog :). She finally got his attention and leashed him and I was free to run again without having to worry that Bullet was going to tag me from behind and accidentaly knock me down. Continued with a good walk/run ratio through miles 5, 6, and 7.
Set several goals through miles 7 and 8 to run a certain distance and hit it everytime, which tells me I could do more!! Trying harder next week :).
I even ran across the "finish line". You know, not a physical finish line with cheering crowds and a banner, but the place where you finally know you've reached your goal. As soon as I crossed the finish and lo and behold what do I find? A gutter dollar!! :)
I got paid for running today. Right where I stopped the rain water gutter crossed a street and laying in a puddle in the gutter was a dollar bill. It was a little damp and probably kind of dirty, but I held it for a minute until it dried a bit, then stuck it in my pocket. Used it to pay for my VitaminWater Zero when I had to stop by Wal-Mart on the way home-lol!
So...the 9 miles ended with a bonus :). It was a great run over all and I stretched, stretched and stretched somemore so hopefully the soreness will not be too bad.
Next week...10 miles :). Looking forward to it (just hope the cool weather is back next week too).
Friday, September 09, 2011
Not feeling very awesome tonight and so this is kind of a bad day to post this...none of it is making me feel any more awesome...posting to the team page I noticed that the person below me was smaller than even my goal weight and that her thigh was one inch bigger than my CALF. One inch difference between her thigh and my calf is really quite disgusting and demoralizing thank you very much. I think her waist was smaller than my thigh, well, not quite but definitely smaller than one and a half of my thighs. So...on that uplifting note...(oh and be advised that the comparissons between my thighs and mystery girl's waist are not the only source...just one of many nails in the coffin today needs to be buried in)...here is my PMP starting line...
Crunches completed in 1 minute: 15 before they got sloppy
Pushups (or modified pushups) completed in 1 minute: Modified Pushups=12
How long (up to one minute) can you hold a plank or modified plank?: Modified Plank=45 sec.
Pull-Ups (if you have somewhere available to do them) completed in 1 minute: ZERO-even without the equipment to try I know it is zero.
Squats (sans weights) completed in 1 minute:oops almost forgot the squats...hold on...be right back...27.
2. What equipment will be you be using in this challenge?
My own body weight
Free weights and dumbbells at home or at the gym.
Resistance bands at home or at the gym.(actually I should take this one off because my kids are constantly stealing my bands...I'll remain hopeful that I can take a turn to use them though and leave it in place-lol)
3. What dumbbells weight/resistance level are you starting at? I can use 5 lb to 8 lb weights for most arm exercises.
4. Why do you feel the burning desire to grow stronger, to change shape, to prove yourself?
I have a couple of half marathons coming up as well as a massive hike. I'd like to haul a much fitter version of myself up a mountain and/or across a finish line. Plus, my legs have always been the sexiest part of my body and I want them to feel sexy again.
5. Create your tracking space.
My calendar and stickers and pens are all already in place on the wall in my bedroom so that I see them every morning when I get up and every night when I lay down.
6. The dreaded before pictures will be posted to my blog later tonight..gotta get this posted quickly so the kids can get off to beddy-bye...I'll come back soon.
7. Starting Line Measurements NO CHEATIN!
Forearms-right below elbow-12
Waist-46 (at my natural waist (not some weird spot based on my belly button which sags well below where it should be-sad but true))
Hips-59 (based on widest part of my body)
Back-measured around chest immediately under armpits-44
There you have it folks. See you 'round spark.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
My cousin "shared" this blog via FB. I want to share it with you...if you are sensitive to language there is some mild (very mild) language-just a heads up so you can't come back and say "hey there's cussing in that blog".
None of the words on this blog are mine...but I love them...they rock...there is power in them. blog.pigtailpals.com/2011/08/waking-
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
So....we found LOTS of awesome stuff at the Disney expo and one of the things I actually bought was a sweaty band. I've seen others say that they love their sweaty band so I decided to go for it.
One of the things that convinced me to buy one is the AWESOME selection they had. I couldn't believe the hundreds of bands on display. Very literaly there was something for everyone in their selection. It was a tough choice, but I finally decided on a band that is orange with pink flowers. Here is my daughter modeling the band for me (she thinks it is "so pretty")...
The claim to fame of the Sweaty Band is that it stays put. It doesn't slip. I have to say that this is absolutely true!!! I have thick hair, I sweat (a lot), and my hair likes to grab moisture out of the air making it very easy for headband to slip and slide all over my head. This band absolutely stays exactly where you put it. I love my sweaty band and love the choices they offer. In addition, they can be pretty enough to just keep wearing. If you are one of those girls that goes for a lunch time run or dashes by the gym on the way to somewhere else. The SweatyBand COULD be pretty enough to just keep in all day. Really, they offer choices that are that cute!
What I didn't love was that it doesn't do much to keep sweat off my face. It keeps my hair off my face and that helps, but it doesn't stop the drips from going down my face.
So, now let's take a look at the RokBAND. This is a new-ish product offered at www.goneforarun.com. I got Pinkwaves...
The SweatyBand is designed to be worn as a traditional head band...the RokBand is designed to be very versatile. This band is made of moisture wicking material and is actually quite wide (maybe 3 or 4 inches wide). The webpage says "Wear it as a headband, thick or thin hairband, scrunchie, beanie, mask, scarf, or wristband." And you really could use it for all those things...although where they say beanie...I'd say it's a bit more like a bandana than a beanie as it doesn't cover your entire head like a beanie, but is wide enough to work like a bandana.
This product was not at Disney (a major mistake in my opinion) and I had to order it from the website. When it arrived and I saw it for the first time I thought "it's a baby buff". In case the word buff throws you off that's what they call the multipurpose scraps of fabric that the contestants on Survivor are given. My sister said the same thing when I showed her.
I've used it as a headband, but can see where I might use it as a scarf or mask if the weather was cold and I wanted to protect my face or provide a bit of a barrier between my lungs and cold air. It is NOT thick enough to be used in really cold weather but would definitely be sufficient for my Southern California weather.
The band performs much as advertised. It does a good job of staying put and a good job of wicking away sweat and keeping it off my face. The times I've used it I've been on quite warm or very long runs. Over time it does have a tendency to slip but not frequently and it is so light weight that it doesn't take much to put it back in place.
So comparing the two bands I'd have to call it apples and oranges. For me the two bands serve different purposes. The Sweatyband is decorative and useful for keeping my hair off my face. Something I value in a band for short races (5K) or on cool weather runs when my primary goal is keeping my hair contained (my curly, thick hair can get kind of wild and containment is often an unmet goal-lol). The RokBand is also pretty but serves the purpose of diverting and containing sweat on warm runs and possibly for a bit of added warmth on cold weather runs (for my purposes cold is in the mid to upper 40's).
So, I love both products and have room for both of them in my repitoire. I'm sure I'll be adding additional colors and style of both to my collection and highly recommend both products, just be aware that they do serve different purposes. If you want huge selection and a means to keep your hair contained then definitely the SweatyBand is a good choice. If you are looking to keep sweat of your brow go for the RokBand.
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