Saturday, May 16, 2009
I should have run yesterday, but I had roadblocks (2 sick kids, 1 kid started school on time, and another started 2 hrs late). I usually run while all 4 kiddos are in school...but that did not happen. So on to today. I eyeballed the elliptical, and it was not attractive in the least. Give me asphalt! I decided to do a tempo run (sans Nike chip) with 3 kids and a dog in tow. At least they could get some fitness in with me. The dog surely needed it! I did not take as many walk breaks as I normally would...but did just fine. Running helped me pass the itching leg moment rather well. I'm recouping from an unknown skin irritation. So I ran today just to get my 3 days in. Tomorrow I will run again...sans kids and dog.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I'm a little psyched this morning. I joined a local running club and I have been reading the forum boards. There was a poll about running and music. I participated, and some folks were going on about safety if you are plugged in and such. I piped up at stated that I run alone due to schedule, so music helps me pass the time. Well wouldn't you know...a known member says that they (the club, collectively) should help resolve that so I am enjoying the company of another and getting my fitness in. This will make a difference on my long run days. I know I need someone to help me keep the focus. To be continued!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
I seem to have a quandry. I extended my run slightly. I am not one to focus on fast...just finishing. Overall I kept a good pace...running for 2 and walking for 2 and so on. My entire route (with added distance) was 55 minutes total. The quandry is that I do not know the distance. I'll forgive myself on this first run, but I have to have some idea for future long run days. So I have a week to be absolutely certain. This is important because I don't want to extend too far and overdo it. Nothing could be worse than going to far and risk injury.
I used fitness maps on SP and thought I went a specific distance...but I mapped it again on fitness maps...and double checked on mapmyrun...and it is 2 miles shorter than I first calculated. I did not worry about it prior, but I have to now. I am wondering if I should shorten my walk break time. Run for 4 and walk for 1. I think that, over time, this would make a difference when it comes to events.
I talked to another runner this morning and they told me about a Nike chip. Apparently, you don't have to buy the Nike shoes to make use of it, and it is not costly. Just get a pouch. I need to look into this. I know I could just break down and get a GPS based device...but I want to know my options.
I have a day of doing other activity (strength or cardio) and then run again. My run days will be Sun, Tues, Fri. Long runs on Sunday.
Saturday, May 09, 2009
This time of year is actually more emotional for me than any other time. Some folks get this way around Thanksgiving or Christmas. I tend to get this way because of all the sentimental hand-made things from my kids....telling me what they love about me or what makes Mom special. I want to frame every one and never let it go. All the white hairs and angst make it worth it. I just melt when I get those things.
It is also a bit tough because I reflect on the generations of mothers that won't be here physically to celebrate. I know they sure are having a wonderful time with the Lord, but I get selfish. I'd love to have them here to tell them how much I appreciate them.
The best thing that I can do is bring a little something of what they did and I loved so much into my children's lives. Whether it is a PB sandwich cut into triangles with a side of Kool-Aid, or homemade macaroni and cheese, or Easter Egg Hunts, telling stories of these past generations of women to my children.
Treasure your mother...even if you have disagreements...even if she is critical of your life...even if she makes choices you cannot support (or she yours). We only get one...and sometimes we are lucky because we have more than one...and sometimes we have someone who loves us just as much as a mother would because every child needs that in life. Tell them every day that you love them (and everyone else in your family too because life is too short).
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