Monday, June 10, 2013
The weekend. I need one more day!
Friday.... challenging afternoon, some issues brought back bad memories. I forced myself to let it go, went for a five-mile run after work, walked the dog then did some upper body ST videos.
Saturday... went to my nephew's little league game, did a little shopping then impulsively got a pedicure. It's a great mood lifter! A couple brisk walks and then ab videos. Flipped channels in the evening between the Blackhawks and Fire games, saw my son on TV at the Fire game five or six times. Exciting!
Sunday... enjoyed a quiet morning in the yard, short motorcycle ride with DH, big waffle breakfast, three hours planting flowers.
Had a bit of a scare Sunday afternoon, my cell phone called the house phone. I was the only one at home, the cell phone was sitting on the kitchen table, nothing laying on it, so I was quite unnerved.
That old movie line popped in my head... "The call is coming from inside the house!" I popped in the SP 28 Day Bootcamp DVD and did the 12 min cardio and 30 min total body workouts.
And here we are at Monday. Everything hurts. Three hours of gardening and the 30 minute total body workout.... not a great combination. But I am woman hear me roar!
Okay I feel more like...
I need a rest day today. Five days until the Warrior Dash. Need to rest the muscles this week.
Onward with the Monday.
Sunday, June 09, 2013
This is a great way to start a Sunday... enjoying the sunshine with my Labrador, a beautiful breeze, coffee, sparking and looking at the results of yesterday's pedicure.
I was never into what I considered "high-maintenance" activities such as manicures, pedicures and massages. I always thought that was for women with nothing better to do.
DH started buying me gift certificates a couple years ago for salon services and I came around. I don't go often but it's a nice mood lifter once in a while.
The plan for today is to take the dog for a walk, plant some flowers and maybe hit the elliptical later.... of course after I enjoy the quiet of an early Sunday morning!
Edit... I've tried this twice, not sure why the picture looks correct when I upload it but goes upside once I post it. Oh well. The world can be an upside down place.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Hey there! TGIF!
I always tell people about a quote I read once (forgot where, by who and the exact wording), "you're not having a bad day, you had a few bad moments that you held onto all day".
Today is one of those days where I feel like telling anyone who looks in my direction what a bad day I'm having. I have resisted that urge so far. There's nothing I can do about it. I can't change people, only my reaction to them. So I keep repeating that thought in my head, that I'm not having a bad day, just a couple bad moments. Gotta let it go!
So some movie lines I found online to lighten up a Friday afternoon............
"You havenít seen enough movies. All of lifeís riddles are answered in the movies." Steve Martin - Grand Canyon
"Iím on this new diet. I donít eat anything and when I feel like Iím about to pass out I eat a cube of cheese." The Devil Wears Prada
"You see, the most fantastic, magical things can happen and it all starts with a wish!" Jiminy Cricket - Pinocchio
"You know, it's moments like these when I realize how much of a superhero I am." Robert Downey Jr. - Iron Man 3
So everyone, go forth and be a superhero today!
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
!Happy Hump Day!
Earlier this morning I posted a message on one of my SP teams that I committed to a group motorcycle ride tonight before I knew it was National Running Day. I said I'd rather run tonight but I need more motorcycle time to get ready for an 8-day trip next month.
Wait, stop, back that up, what did I just say???! "I'd rather run". That came out of me??
Some people who know me are still in shock (after four years) that I ride a motorcycle but I think the most shocking thing in my life now is "I'd rather run". Those are words I would have never imagined would exist in my vocabulary.
How bout that?!
Two years ago, I downloaded the Get Running App and started this running journey. I remember one night, it said I was supposed to run for five minutes and walk for two I think. I grimaced the whole five minutes.
Fast forward, I am currently pushing myself and finishing five miles. FIVE MILES! Not five minutes, FIVE FLIPPIN MILES! Whodathunkit?
So Happy National Running Day. I may not have time to run later but today has brought me a running revelation!
Someone run a mile or two for me today.
This just in..... plans changed, DH is sick so no motorcycle ride. I quickly changed my clothes after work and ran 3 miles, then walked the dog. HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!
Thanks to those of you that maybe thought of me when you ran and thanks for all of the encouragement!
Monday, June 03, 2013
The weekend that was....
Friday night was dinner out with co-workers at a Mexican restaurant. I was proud of myself; only ate half of the taco salad, had a skinny rita and lots of water. I headed home early to get to bed in preparation for Saturday's 5K.
It was a great day in the cool, rainy Chicago area weekend. People that lived along the race route were outside their houses with their coffee cheering everyone on. Little kids outside in their pajamas high-fiving runners. It was a feel-good morning for sure.
Later I looked at the race results and noticed they posted chip time and gun time. Gun time showed I was about 20 seconds slower than my last 5K. I thought I had done better, only slowed down to a walk for two sips of water and one incline toward the end. Chip time showed my best time ever!
So I googled it and found that gun time is the time between when the race officially started until the time I crossed the finish line. Chip time is the time between when I crossed the start line until I crossed the finish line. I usually run between a 10 and 11 minute mile so lining up behind the faster runners, it takes some time to get across the start line.
It made me wonder about the other 5Ks I have run. They were all chip timed but I never saw gun times posted. But hey, I was off the couch and being active so it's all good! I came in 18th out of 66 women in my age group. I'll take that!
Later I ran some errands then picked up my daughter at the train to go visit my mom and dad. Then she took me out for a belated mother's day dinner while watching the Blackhawks game (YAY !! Go Blackhawks!). We had a great time.
Sunday was cold and dreary here but we had planned a group motorcycle ride. Eight hours. OOF!!! We had a great time despite the weather. Bless whoever invented the heated jacket liner!!!!
After the ride, DH and I got in comfy, warm clothes and sat down to watch the Blackhawks game. We were both asleep shortly after the first goal was scored. I am SO beyond tired today! As I drove to work, a local DJ said something like "It's Monday! Come on, what's the matter with you, you're alive aren't ya, let's go!"
So I'm going to try to channel the energy I felt just before the 5K started on Saturday and dig into the day. So everybody else that is dragging out there today, "You're alive aren't ya, let's go!"
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