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Tahquitz Peak (almost)...pics, pics and more pics

Monday, October 03, 2011

Saturday was our big hike that we'd scheduled. It was quite the hike, let me tell you...

Saturday, the first day of October started out bright and early as we met up at my sister's (4everadonegirl) house at 6:00 to leave for our hike. There was a bit of a delay as all the members of our group arrived and finished last minute preparations for what was promising to be our biggest hike to date. The attendees were myself, my mom, my sister and her son and his wife and their dog. The plan was to tackle Tahquitz Peak. A local granite fixture that is reported to be the tallest peak in Southern California. There are two ways up this monster, rock climb up the front, or hike around the back. None of us rock climb so we were taking the back route along two separate trails, first was Devil's Slide, then Tahquitz Peak. Eventually we were all ready for the adventure and on our way...we decided to take one car because an Adventure Pass was required and since we all could fit in one car we saved some money on parking. It took a bit to get us situated, especially Cocoa, the dog coming along on the adventure, but we got it worked out and were soon on our way up the hill (up the hill=local colloquialism for going up into our local mountains).

Got to the Idyllwild Ranger station without any problems and filled out our day use pass to go on the trails, it was really easy to accomplish and off we were to Humber Park. Humber Park is the location of a couple of trail heads and the parking spot. Humber Park is usually where we turn around and head back on our regular hike, Ernie Maxwell Trail. Pit stops accomplished and we stepped foot on the trail after being properly warned...

Yep, rattled my nerves just a bit. "Hazardous Conditions"? Off we went anyways.

The trail started to climb almost immediately and there were lots and lots of breaks for air :). Straight across from our trail (Devil's Slide) was another of the huge chunks of granite that litter our mountainside...Suicide Rock. We started out below Suicide Rock and it wasn't long before this was our view.

There was LOTS of beautiful scenery along the way, even a pretty cool cave (can't see it in the pic unfortunately).

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That's Suicide Rock again, just to show you how far up we've climbed in under 2.5 miles. A gain of about 1600 feet. Finally we started running out of mountain to climb....every direction we looked we were at the top....except we knew there was more coming...we just didn't know how much more.

After a bit more of a climb we reached Saddle Junction. A very appropriate name for this beautiful little spot.

Nestled in a grove of trees at the top of this particular piece of mountain is the jumping off point for multiple other trails. So this point "saddles" the mountain and is the junction point for many trails. This point also sits right on the PCT-The Pacific Crest Trail. I have to confess that ever since I got involved with hiking as a sport, not just something to do while camping, I've become a tad obsessed with the PCT. SOMEDAY, maybe when the kids are teens or on their own, you'll find me and hopefully other family members hiking large sections of the PCT. Stretching from Mexico to Canada this is a lifetime goal. I haven't set a goal for how much, but maybe...nah, won't go there now...we'll see. Anyways, I was so excited that this junction included the PCT I couldn't help but take a pic of me standing on the PCT.

And this PCT post...

After lunch we were back on the trail, only now, instead of Devil's Slide, we were on the Tahquitz Peak Trail. Which, I was overjoyed to find out is a small little piece of the PCT :). More beautiful scenery, except the trail did NOT get any easier, as we had read on multiple reports-lol! Nope, it was just as strenuous as the first section, but maybe not quite so twisty-turny, it was laid out straighter and therefore might seem a bit easier, psychologically speaking, maybe...I wasn't buying though-lol. It wasn't too long though (actually it was absolutely forever) before we reached another junction, we turned to the right and kept following a trail that was now literally sitting on the top of rock, not much dirt or even sand to speak of. Hard granite and bits of crumbled stone. Suddenly we were standing on a cliff. That took me by surprise...and caused quite the wave of dizziness (the sheer surprise of it and the height and the thinness of the air all combined against me).

After a few moments of leaning on a very solid rock I felt like I could hazard another look...not so much, but I did manage a few pics by pointing my camera in the right direction.


See that roundish lump of rock, slightly to the left of center in the next pic? That would be Suicide Rock...oh my it got so tiny...eeek.

This pic...that would be straight down folks...nothing but rock and some really stubborn brush down there. Yeah, right here I'm kind of terrified and my nephew had quite the good time teasing me, but hey...I won't deny...I had no idea my fear of heights, which usually ignores the heights found in mountains since I still have ground under my feet, would kick in so forcefully when presented with a 1000 foot granite cliff. Need I mention that this pic was taken by pointing my camera and not actually looking at what I was shooting?

I pressed on for another 50 feet, maybe more, then the trail took a steep turn and a steep climb that scared the bejeezus out of me. Nope, I did not make it all the way to the top, probably within a 1/4 mile or less of the top, but not the top. And while I regret it a little bit, at the same time I'm totally okay with it. I know my limits and I don't know what would have happened to my already dizzy self if I had encountered that steep climb on the side of the cliff. I was able to reason with myself while it was flat, but the climb, I couldn't and I didn't and that is okay. I pushed further and harder than I'd ever pushed before. This was the BIGGEST, most STRENUOUS, most REWARDING hike I've ever taken. I proved to myself that I could do ALMOST anything. If I could do absolutely anything, I'd be perfect and how dull would that be? lol :) My mother was kind enough to turn around with me and head back to a more solid location. I actually stayed on the side of that cliff for a few moments kind of forcing myself to look around and the view was SPECTACULAR. I found a spot where I was literally sandwiched between two rocks so I could look around. When I got tired of standing on the cliff we headed back to more solid ground where the view was still spectacular. Mom and I got a chance to just sit and rest for a bit while the others made it to the peak.

When the others got back we took a quick pick of my mom, my sister, and myself....

The hike back was much easier than the hike up, but still exhausting and by the end all I wanted was to get off that mountain. I did my good nature deed for the day when I picked up a discarded water jug someone had left on the trail. I carried it all the way down that mountain and tossed it in the garbage where it belonged. Pack it in-pack it out...shame on whoever dropped it to litter the beautiful forest we'd been enjoying all day long.

Finally, very near the bottom I looked up and saw this... That's where I'd been earlier that day. Way up on top of that ridge. The giant rock face is in front of where we emerged on the trail...I believe it is right in front of where the trail turned and took the steep upward climb at the end. The ridge immediately behind the rock face is the cliff we were standing on. I think, if I am remembering and seeing things correctly, I made it to right about somewhere in between the far right edge of the cloud touching the ridge and that little "v" shaped notch. The trail itself does not follow the entire ridge, but comes in somewhere right around the middle of the cloud from behind the ridge. The Devil's slide trail took up up the side of the mountain. The Tahquitz Peak trail behind it and back to the ridge. Quite the amazing accomplishment.

The adventure wasn't quite over though....Last 1/4 mile of the trail and we have separated from the rest of the group. My sis, nephew and niece-in-law are far ahead with my mom and I trailing behind. I met up first with a dad and his two little girls. They warn me that ahead, by a rock after the switch back there is a rattle snake so watch out and stay in the middle of the trail. I stop and wait for my mom to catch up, inform her as we hit the switch back and we take it VERY slow, with wide open eyes, watching for any sign of this snake. There are A LOT of rocks at the switch back so I am watching very carefully. No sign of the snake at all...maybe it slithered away after encountering the family? So, now very anxious to be done, I forge ahead and pick up my speed pretty certain I'm past the danger, but still watching every rock that comes up and still staying in the middle of the trail. When suddenly, hidden in the shadow of a rock ahead and to the left I see the snake. He is not terribly big and black and looked to be coiled up. I jumped a mile to the right. I think I literally jumped. That darn snake scared the poo out of me (almost). I warned my mom and pointed to the spot...she stopped to look...not for me thanks...and couldn't see a rattle, but said it looked like the snake had lost the end of it's tail so it was hard to tell. I wasn't about to get to know it better and kept going-lol! Nothing like a mild cardiac event at the end of a grueling hike to get your adrenaline pumping and give you that extra push to the end-lol!! From there is was really just a few more yards and I saw the trailhead along with the car and everyone else waiting for us....it felt so good to get in the car :). Home, a shower and I was asleep by eight o'clock :).

It was an amazing adventure and one I'll never, ever forget. I also learned I need better hiking boots any recommendations as to brand? I'm seriously considering investing in Keens or Merrells any suggestions?

  
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ZIGGY7611 10/5/2011 7:18PM

    Wow! Sounds fabulous! Glad you enjoyed it!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 10/4/2011 11:14PM

    What an amazing hike! Wow, you did great!
I also have PCT dreams=)


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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 10/4/2011 3:12PM

    WOW!! That is awesome!!! I am very impressed!!

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SLEEPYDEAN 10/4/2011 3:01PM

    Wow that certainly sounds like great adventure and a huge accomplishment.

I didn't know you all were planning that big hike so soon. Sounded like the kind of undertaking that would involve a lot of preparation.

I had to snicker a bit when you mentioned the warning of the snake ahead. My bf and I encountered the same thing once on a hike but we never did see that snake. But every single time we go by there now I remember that warning and watch closely just in case.

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KKINNEA 10/4/2011 10:37AM

    Great hike and great sights! I'm with you, some of that mountainous stuff needs to be seen through a camera rather than looking straight down...The PCT goal sounds awesome!

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BLACKROSE_222 10/4/2011 9:23AM

    Wow! Awesome job! That is such a GREAT accomplishment, and Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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FUNFROG79 10/4/2011 8:17AM

    Wow! What an experience!! Beautiful pictures!

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NEW-CAZ 10/4/2011 2:50AM

    What a beautiful hike Heather, emoticon on another feat accomplished emoticon

love the pics!

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BUTEAFULL 10/3/2011 11:50PM

    what a beautiful day for a hike, lucky you, I hate that we need wilderness passes now to enjoy our local areas

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DARINGR8LY 10/3/2011 8:00PM

    The day turned out perfect, snakes and all. Glad you got to check off yet another great accomplishment.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 10/3/2011 7:47PM

    What an amazing adventure, rattle snack included, that you had! The photo's are wonderful and really show the reality of your climb.

EDIT: Shame on the dirty bird who left garbage on the mountain side!

Comment edited on: 10/3/2011 7:52:57 PM

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BOMBSHELLBEAN 10/3/2011 7:35PM

    Congrats!!!! it looks absolutely beautiful.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 10/3/2011 7:19PM

    You did a great job capturing the awesomeness of the hike! It was so much fun, and definitely not an adventure any of us are likely to forget anytime soon...as a matter of fact, my calves and rear are STILL talking about it! LOL :-D

So glad we did it!!!!!! Just think - this was something that we have only talked about for YEARS and now we can say we did it! That's quite an accomplishment! So...when are we gonna do it again?!? ;-)

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I volunteered at a race :)!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Quite awhile ago now I saw that there was going to be a mud run in a nearby city and that they were seeking volunteers. One of my goals this year was to volunteer at a race. So I took the opportunity along with my sister (4everadonegirl), my mom and Angela (aweise).

Yesterday was the volunteer meeting where we got our bright yellow volunteer shirts and signed up for our duties. We all decided to hand out water at the one and only mid-race water stop.

Today we headed out nice and early, got there in good time and met our co-workers for the water stop...Chip and Julia (I think that was her name..I know I got his right). After waiting a bit we were transported to our location via Gator. Not an alligator, but a Gator...if you don't know a Gator you are missing out (not really-lol). A Gator is a particular brand of multipurpose cart. It is like the utility version of a golf cart. Driver's cabin is pretty much exactly a golf cart, the back instead of being additional passenger space is a miniture trunk bed, complete with tailgate :). Let's see if I can find a picture for you...

The one being used was most like the one on the far left, but not as new or nice :). So...anyways...all four of us pile into one Gator. My mom in the passenger seat, my sister, myself and Angela in the back. I climb in and immediately see a sticker about passengers not riding in the bed-lol. Just as he starts I wasn't quite ready and jolted a bit when we went. My sister warned me about the dangers of falling out and we immediately started giggling and laughing over the fact that I, would indeed, be the one who fell over board. Lots of giggles about me falling out the back, landing on my tush and yelling "I'm alright" and "wait for me." Lol-it was so hillarious because it didn't happen and I am cracking up again just typing this. I did get a serious case of the giggles. The giggles were just starting to subside when our tour guide took us over hill and over dale and through a small grove of very large bushes, maybe they were small trees.

Okay, this part isn't quite as hillarious, but the "tour guide" (which is what I'm going to call our driver) is driving us through this grove and branches keep reaching into the Gator. Unfortunately they kept getting Angela. Okay, so I got the giggles AGAIN and was TOTALLY cracking up....not because they were hitting Angela but because the tour guide kept saying "Trees. More trees. Trees. More trees." This sent me into HYSTERICS for some strange reason. For quite some time after that if I or my sister said "More trees" I would still laugh. "More trees" might make me laugh for quite some time-lol!

We got set up and started waiting for the first runners....oh wait....unfortunately we were also waiting for the water jugs...lol. Oh dear, but the water did arrive just in time for us to fill a bunch of cups and be ready for the runners.

It wasn't long before people were coming by wanting water. Things got a little hectic sometimes and we got a little nervous about our water supply other times, but overall it was a fun, fun, fun experience. Hot though. It was an unseasonably hot day today.

They brought us lunch....uggh...nasty burrito...I managed to choke down about half just so that I would have the energy I needed.

I accepted one very muddy hug, my sister got more and almost looked like a race member-lol!

My sister and Angela had to leave early and we got some reinforcements to help out. Young high school students who did an awesome job chipping in and getting water on the tables.

We were done before three o'clock, cleaned up our area and got a ride back in the same Gator...which now had a flat tire...but he shrugged his shoulders and off we went. Unfortunately because the back is NOT designed for passengers it seems to sit right on top of some important moving part that puts off A LOT of heat. My tush was toasty...more than toasty by the time we got back and so was that flat tire. But, we got back without having to walk the entire way-lol.

Volunteers also got medals so we picked up our medals and came home :). It was a great day. Hot and exhausting and I feel like I ran the race (only not as dirty-lol). I would LOVE to volunteer at a race again.

One of the best parts of volunteering was how excited people were to see us out there with water. I know how they feel, I've been there. I know how exciting a water stop can be. Everyone was so awesome. We were told over and over how awesome we were. The runners are the awesome ones. It felt really great to do for other runners what volunteers have done for me. It was a great experience.

Not a runner? I still recommend volunteering at a local race. It is an AWESOME way to give back to your community and you get to say hi to wonderful people and you get to cheer for them and help make their experience a great one. Doing for others is a great way to spend the day :).

  
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RITEEBEE 9/27/2011 1:26PM

    That's awesome!! I'll have to think about doing that sometime soon!! :)

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/27/2011 12:46PM

    What a great idea! Good to hear you had so much fun and got all muddy too. :)

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KKINNEA 9/26/2011 12:18PM

    The muddy hugs are the best - glad you got some. Your blog reinforced my desire to volunteer - maybe I'll see what's happening next weekend since I'll still be recovering from the marathon!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/26/2011 10:58AM

    You captured it really nicely! It was so much fun and I'm so glad we did it! Way to go for getting the rest of us on board and out there!!!!!!

OMG - just saw ESBELL's comment. Bwahahahahahahahahahaa!!!!!!!! More Trees!

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DARINGR8LY 9/25/2011 9:56PM

    Heather it definitely was an interesting day with a lot to appreciate. I look forward to the next time we can do this or another event.

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LADYFOLDER 9/25/2011 10:46AM

    Congrats for volunteering! As a race director, I know how important our volunteers are to the success of a race. If we don't have enough volunteers, runners can get lost or if they need assistance they might not be able to get that assistance. And, if you know you can't afford to register for a race and volunteer early enough, you might be selected as the "caboose"-- a runner who follows the last racer, and lets the water stations know when they can start to break down, ready for being picked up, and notifies any police or other officials that all racers have passed by them. You might not be able to run the race, but you will cover all the same ground as the racers do.

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ESBELL 9/25/2011 10:09AM

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More Trees
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It's great that you gave back to the running community! I love volunteering at races & I think I will be doing it alot more the next few months (provided the doctor will let me stand that long)

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IMSMILEY88 9/25/2011 8:37AM

    That is too funny! I had to giggle out loud thinking, "I wonder when she'll hear 'more trees!' again?" emoticon

I'm thinking about volunteering for a triathlon that I was going to compete in but now won't be. Thanks for the push!

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NEW-CAZ 9/25/2011 3:10AM

    Heather I giggle over the craziest things too, a real belly laugh with tears and nearly hysterics sometimes, so I can just picture you!
So pleased you had such a fun day' thanks for taking me with you (your blog was so descriptive I was with you in the Gator!) emoticon

Wonderful of you to volunteer emoticon

Have a great Sunday emoticon

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LISAW/3 9/25/2011 2:27AM

    That is wonderful that you volunteered at a race! As a runner, you know how important volunteers are for a good race experience!

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SLEEPYDEAN 9/24/2011 10:32PM

    So cool that your first time was so great. I didn't blog about it but I volunteered for my first two weeks ago. I didn't get to be out on the course but it was still neat to be at the start and cheer people in at the finish too. I ended up stacking tons of chairs at the end (they have a pancake breakfast) so I know what you mean about feeling like you did the race.

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MICHSTATE 9/24/2011 9:19PM

    Good for you!!!!!:-)

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MISSG180 9/24/2011 9:05PM

    Sounds like so much fun! And what a scenic place!!

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A strength training question and starting a new PMP week...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Okay, so challenge for PMP week 3 came up....last week I failed to get in one of the 3 hours, but I feel good about what I did accomplish so...moving on to week 3.

A 3 part challenge this week....I'm not going to take the time to cut and paste in the whole thing...so you get me paraphrasing

1. Work on a part that does not get enough time...Legs...because I run I trick myself into thinking that is enough. Really, I know it isn't, but I like to pretend-lol! So my legs are my focus for the week. I'm going to accomplish this by FINALLY getting back to the 200 squat challenge I've NEVER finished. Back to square one and it should get me focusing back on my legs, not just for this week, but for 8 weeks...so good to go.

2. Abbreviate the time spent on a part that gets plenty of attention...well, that would be my arms, but considering that I've only started to give them attention last week, I feel really bad letting up on them...so I WILL abbreviate, but ONLY if I am running short on time or otherwise feel like I "can't do it all".

3. Remeasure or retake one minute tests from the start of the challenge. I'll be re-doing the tests at the end of the week and will post a comparisson of the results!!

Okay, so on to my question...here's the situation...I hate shoes!! Really, I hate them. At home I am ALWAYS barefoot...my sis has pointed out that in order to protect my feet I should at least wear flip-flops or slippers...I'm making an effort in that direction, but really I love my tootsies being free-lol. So the dilema is...I hate putting on shoes for no good reason...if I'm going outside, fine, I get it...I need shoes. I pronate...so if I'm going running...I get it...I need shoes (and specific ones at that). But, if I'm strength training...at home...on carpet...do I need shoes? No circuit training so I'm not jumping around. No special equipment...just me, the mat and the weights. I kind of don't see the need to bind up my feet if I'm just standing. Granted I would be in trouble if I dropped a weight on my foot, but since I don't wear steel toed sneakers that might still be a problem.

What do you all think? I'll go with majority rule-lol!

Hope everyone has a great week! :)

  
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LISAW/3 9/20/2011 11:30PM

    Heather, you are so relevant! I just got an email from Runner's World with the following link about barefoot strength training!

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KKINNEA 9/20/2011 5:51PM

    I always go barefoot at home, even when I strength train! The keey is to not drop anything on your foot :)

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RUBY_TUESDAY21 9/20/2011 4:33PM

    Pretty much the whole time I was reading this, I was thinking to myself, "me too!" I have skimped on lower body workouts to avoid having to run on sore legs during the past couple of weeks. I also hate wearing shoes. My first order of business when I hit the door is to remove them. I usually will wear them when I lift just because the bench is in the garage. I do everything else in the living room with no shoes, though, so I say no shoes. :)

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ESBELL 9/20/2011 2:36PM

    Weight lifting shoes tend to be very minimalistic, and lots of weight lifters I see are in Converse One-Start shoes - you don't get much more minimal than that. So lifting barefoot? Why Not! If you don't need ankle support, and you stand grounded (no PRONATING ALLOWED!)

emoticon LIGHTBULB: Maybe do your squats/lunges in your running shoes a couple of times to know what it's supposed to feel like with your feet stable. Then you can switch to barefoot and feel for those same muscles working?

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ENDUROVET 9/20/2011 12:58PM

    A lot of folks in the primal/paleo camp do not only their regular gym workouts barefoot, but barefoot running as well! (I haven't been that brave)

I've done a couple of gym workouts in my Vibrams - no prob on the elliptical but I have not been brave enough to risk pounding my arches by running in 'em! Other than that my feet are doing well in my Nike Lunarglides...

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FUNFROG79 9/20/2011 10:50AM

    I do shoes, but not sure if there is any negative to not wearing shoes. To each her own! emoticon

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POINTAFTER 9/19/2011 6:25PM

    If you know you pronate I would recommend shoes to help maintain proper alignment while you're strength training. Posture is everything if you're lifting heavy weights.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 9/19/2011 5:36PM

    I personally wear shoes to work out with weights. Some protection for your feet.

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NEW-CAZ 9/19/2011 5:23PM

    I'd say wear them for stability but if you're happy..............................
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IMKFOX 9/19/2011 5:08PM

    I vote for shoes, mostly because they will offer some protection to your feet and also because they will help prevent slips while you're strength training. I know I do lunges/dips when I'm working my legs, and my shoes do keep me from slipping when I move my feet. That's my 2 cents - mostly have fun and enjoy what you're doing!
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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 9/19/2011 5:01PM

    Shoes don't matter, as long as your being careful. Finish that squat challenge. Those challenges are the best.

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KT-NICHOLS-13 9/19/2011 4:56PM

    I opt for no shoes when I do ST at home, so my vote is no shoes.

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LISAW/3 9/19/2011 4:39PM

    If I am only doing ST and no cardio at home, I go barefoot. I'm more likely to get it in! I vote do what works for you!

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ABETTERCHERYL 9/19/2011 4:00PM

    I'd say if you are more comfortable without them, go with that. It's not going to hurt you... unless you drop a weight on them.

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BLACKROSE_222 9/19/2011 3:55PM

    I'd say you are okay - I used to do P90X on carpet in the basement, with only socks. And that had jumping (not a good idea, I know - but it was what I did anyways). That's my feelings.

I also didn't get the 3 hours in last week - LET'S ROCK THIS!

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SKYWATCHERRS 9/19/2011 3:54PM

    If you're okay with the risk of dropping a weight on your foot, then go for it. They actually make weight-lifting shoes and they just help you keep your feet flat on the ground. The Vibram Five-Finger shoes are good for weight lifting as well, next best thing to being barefooted.

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JENN26POINT2 9/19/2011 3:50PM

    I would wear shoes, but that's just me. I feel it's more official that I'm working out if I'm dressed for the part: with tennies on.

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Sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet and JUST DO IT

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Okay, so this is kind of a popular theme round these parts, but honestly sometimes you just gotta get up and do what you need to do.

I've had a pretty successful week. Not perfect, but overall successful.

Monday through Friday I got in my two scheduled runs, got in one hour of two hours of strength training, I actually got to the library and studied for my class, I got a lot of PTA business completed without sacrificing my family time. It was a good week overall. I could have tried harder to get that second hour of strength training done, but it is what it is.

Today, I had 10 miles on the schedule. Honestly, 10 miles scares me. I haven't done enough 10s to feel comfortable with the distance. 10 miles is a heck of a long way. Running at 10 miles gets very mental for me. 3 miles...not a problem...easy peasy...I can go three in my sleep (and I think I have-lol). 6 miles? A little more difficult, but doable and a distance I actually kind of enjoy. Far enough to be a challenge, short enough to not be intimidating. I have to wonder why there are not more 10Ks (at least in my corner of America they are kind of rare). 10 however, 10 is scary, so is everything over 10. So when I got up this morning I was already looking for a really good reason to not go or not do the entire distance. I even wore the shoes that haven't been tested at high distances, maybe they could be my excuse.

Met up with everyone and as always, felt good once I started. I had to stop and stretch a couple times throughout the run...the last time at about 8 miles. I was getting tight all over and knew I could press through and still finish, but thought that a quick stretch would keep me moving a bit faster and more comfortably. It worked. I lost about 2 minutes on the stretch, but I was better able to maintain my pace. During the last mile and a half I have to run past lots and lots of benches. I never realized before how many benches. Every bench screamed to me to sit and rest. They all looked comfy as a sofa. I felt a bit like Odysseus and the benches were the sirens. I had to plug my ears and tie myself to the mast to keep myself from crashing my ship on their shores. Even curbs started to look enticing-lol! But, I kept plugging along and I eventually got there. According to my GPS I even had to go farther than I expected, but I did it. I finished the 10...then sat on a bench. But, only for a second because the fear of cramping and accumulated lactic acid got me moving again fast :). I bit the proverbial bullet and got it done...and at a speed I was very happy with (just below 18 min average pace which is what I was aiming for...slow, I know, but fast for me).

I went and did some shopping. We are horrible in this house about eating our vegis with our main dish. Mostly my fault since I'm the chief chef. Today I stopped by our health food/produce market and stocked up on lots of delicious vegis to add to or make meals of. Cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, and grapes just because they are delicious :). My family is going to have to bite the bullet and eat more fruit and vegis. Daughter was so excited we had grapes though...that was a bonus :).

I got home and was, frankly, exhausted. I did a few things around the house and fell asleep-lol! Then it was time to hustle and go to great-nephew's first birthday party. Ate a few too many chips unfortunately. But, had a great time and enjoyed the day.

Came home and did a few more things, got dinner together and knew that I still had some strength training to do. Uggh, not feeling the groove. Then my college football game came on and immediately my team literally hands the opposition (our long standing rivals) a touch down. The frustration level kept climbing and I bit the bullet and started on my strength training. I can't watch them fumble the ball while in plank-lol. I can't make gestures at the t.v. if my hands are full of weights-lol. The strength training took a bit longer than it should have as I took breaks to yell at the QB or lament the poor plays, but I got there. The routine generally takes almost an hour and took longer tonight, I forgot to time it so I'm calling it an hour. Especially since I threw in extra planks and worked to muscle fatigue on biceps and triceps.

So, my team lost...spectacularly (50 something to 10 or some such embarrassing number), but I won. I bit the bullet this week and I feel good. My muscles are all tired and will be sore tomorrow, but in a really awesome way :).

Bite that bullet, it is very rewarding.

  
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FUNFROG79 9/19/2011 9:06AM

    Fantastic blog! You are working so hard! emoticon

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RONOSOF 9/18/2011 11:39AM

    WOW! you are holding so much of the responsibilities for your home emoticon I am in awe that you exercised that much too! emoticon
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonenergizer bunny!

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ESBELL 9/18/2011 11:08AM

    That's why this house is "U" territory! emoticon

I understand the mental challenge of double digit mileage. I saw another SP Friend with "EASY 10 TODAY" as her status & I thought I would throw up! I'm glad you muscled through it, and I love your analogy of Odysseus I will have to borrow that one in the future.

Isn't it amazing at what our minds pull up in the free flow that comes with running?

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SHIRLEYDILLARD 9/18/2011 6:15AM

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My team lost too last night. Bummer.

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KMCCRIGHT 9/18/2011 3:50AM

    You're absolutely right; sometimes you do just have to "bite the bullet" and "just do it" (as a certain sneaker company is fond of saying).

I was very inspired by your story about how you pushed yourself to run the 10 miles. It cracked me up how you were describing yourself as Odysseus and the benches as Sirens...very nice literary reference!!

And then on top of your run you did your strength training, too; you rock!! Keep up the great work!

Sparkle on!

Kim M. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/18/2011 2:29AM

    emoticon on getting it ALL done Heather, not just the 10 miles but everything else you crammed into one day.
I'm exhausted reading it emoticon emoticon

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Quik post...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Well, failure to plan has bit me on the hiney once again...this week started the Pimp my (P)Ride challenge and in 4 days we are to rack up 2 hours of strength training. I could have chosen to do a half an hour each day and rotate muscle groups, but no...I failed to do anything on Monday to yesterday I had to get the entire hour in order to stay on track. I did it...no problem, but dang am I sore today. Shoulders, butt and hip flexors are the worst with minor soreness everywhere else. Although, thinking about it today, I think I prefer the "hit it all at one time" method. I think I'd rather be sore all over for one day at a time than sore in bits and pieces all week-lol.

I did have a personal victory yesterday though...while doing the strength training the video I was doing had this move...from plank you dip your hip to the right down to the floor, pull back into plank and then dip left. Just watching I'm thinking "no way, I'll fall, there is no way I can do that." But, as Yoda would say...there is no try, only do or do not (or something like that...need to freshen up my Star Wars). Since nobody was home to laugh at me when I fell to the floor, unable to haul my sizable hip back into plank, I went ahead and did it. Once on each side before crumpling to the floor in a heap-lol! But, once on each side was more than I expected and now I know I can do one on each side...next time I'll do that and probably a bit more :).

The other interesting bit is that I have this favorite pair of jeans (who doesn't, right?) and generally speaking when they've just been washed they are a tad snug...over the course of the day they get looser and are fine. Today I took those jeans out of the closet, put them on and they felt loose, like I'd already worn them. Woot....not sure that is showing on the scale yet, but it was nice to put my jeans and have them start out loose.

Okay, off to do my thing for the day. Have a great one everyone!!

  
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ROXELLS_WARRIOR 9/16/2011 10:28AM

    I love when that happens with my jeans! Recently I bought some 12's and two weeks later realized I should have bought 10's. It's an awesome discovery.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 9/15/2011 12:39AM

    Good job on the jeans. Soon enough they will be too big all the time.

That plank exercise sounds killer. I will have to try it.


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FUNFROG79 9/14/2011 3:34PM

    Nice job, can't wait to feel looser jeans!

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 9/14/2011 12:55PM

    Well done! Love that feeling when you notice clothes fit differently.

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NEW-CAZ 9/14/2011 12:39PM

    Another tip for planks Heather.
Go into full plank position on hands not elbows and side step to the right, bring your foot back to centre then left step centre.

Loving your NSV with the jeans emoticon

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DARINGR8LY 9/14/2011 12:25PM

    Good for you. Doing any exercise in a plank position is awful. Not to mention doing strength training for an hour sounds like a lot. emoticon

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KKINNEA 9/14/2011 12:12PM

    I'm with you - I have to cram two 15 minute sessions in here somewhere along with Jamie Eason so I can pimp my pride with pride instead of slinking out of the challenge :)

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