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When all else fails put on your Macgyver Hat

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My boss was kind enough to buy me the bike rack I wanted for my birthday and the Mr thought we should break it in the other day. We set out to attach it to car - the lady at the bike shop said it would fit, no problem - she was wrong. After all attempts failed we put the rack back inside the trunk and moved on to another activity. (sigh)

Today I stopped by the shop to have someone show me what we were doing wrong. After failed attempts by the shop guy it was determined we were doing nothing wrong. Humph! He checked the website for the rack - it said it would work. Not true if one followed their directions to the letter.

Friendly bike man put on - his phrase - "Macgyver hat" and started to find a solution. He did! I was able to keep the original bike rack (the alternative was money back or a cheap one), it was put into place securely and he did it all at no charge (they charge $40 to put bike racks on a car) and with a smile. He was fabulous! Now to figure out securing the bikes to the actual rack. HA! Mr bike guy talked me through it so I'm feeling good about it.

Now the Mr and I can take the bikes all over to ride. I'm looking forward to it.

My birthday gift:

  
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KITHKINCAID 9/29/2010 1:40PM

    Love it - we call my dad MacGyver because he's crafty like that too.

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ON2VICTORY 9/28/2010 10:11PM

    Macgyver - now thats a name I havent heard for a while. I loved that show!

glad it all worked out :)

Robert


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MAGIC10FINGERS 9/28/2010 8:49PM

    VERY cool. Always nice when the sales people are understanding & patient, then NOT charge U b/c they realize it wasn't your fault. U don't find that very often these days. Have fun using your new toy!
Hugs,
Ruth

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JOCELYN48 9/28/2010 8:32PM

  LOL! Love your great attitude!

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I could get used to running outside ... it's a bit addicting.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Running is hard. Keep going.
Running is hard. Keep going.

Today I was excited to go to the trail and run. It was time I completed day 2 of week 9, I was ready!

The trail was quiet today. For the most part it was me and the ground squirrels and they didn't seem to mind my company. I could tell when I first pushed off that my pace was too fast, much like yesterday's, so I pulled back a little bit. My goal today was to run further and longer.

Running is hard. Keep going.
Running is hard. Keep going.

Today, I reached both of my goals! I ran further and I ran for 32 minutes (W9D2 Complete). I could get used to running outside ... it's a bit addicting.

  
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WILD22 9/26/2010 10:46PM

    I need the distraction of a movie playing. I must find some good running music. I find that I struggle during the middle of the run. Do you have any suggestions for music?
By the way a huge high five goes out to you!! Of course you can do this. You are a very determined strong woman. I have read a few of your blogs but have never commented before. I love your reflections. You are awesome.

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KITHKINCAID 9/26/2010 9:28PM

    Great Job!!!

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MAGIC10FINGERS 9/26/2010 8:51PM

    It IS addicting, isn't it. It's like a natural high. Keep up the awesome job.
Hugs,
Ruth

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GSGKMG 9/26/2010 6:36PM

    Congratulations! Though I wouldn't call what I am doing "running" - I also find it addicting. I would mind becoming a running junkie someday. For now, I don't like jogging, but love having jogged. Keep up the good work!

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P0KERS0PH 9/26/2010 4:00PM

    I need to start taking my runs outside now the weather is a bit cooler.
I'm getting so much inspiration & motivation from blogs like yours :)

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SWELL10 9/26/2010 4:00PM

    I started running the trail outside too. I enjoyed it and ran farther than ever before. Rock on girl!

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Disappointment be gone!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Two running goals I set for myself are to run outside once a month, starting in September and to complete C25K by the end of September. All morning I had a little talk with myself about running today. It was a pep talk about running outside AND completing W9D2 of C25K. My talk lasted for about 90 minutes. See, even though I have a big personality and don't mind attention from outside sources I hate being seen. It's hard to explain but sometimes it can choke me. So running outside is really a mental challenge for me. Yeah, crazy but in my mind all I can hear is, "if you run outside people will see you!" (sigh)

After dropping Mr off at work I drove over to a lovely trail to run .... outside. The day is full sunshine and promise so I was going to go for it. Mentally I just had to shut it off and get on the trail. I noted how many cars where in the parking lot and the busy road within view of the trail ... I had to quiet the whisper (they can see you) and just get moving.

I started running and within 60 seconds my breathing was like jagged glass and my lungs were on fire. WHAT?! I needed to calm my happy butt down or I was not going to make it. I finally found a pace and just kept pushing. The whisper came and went as the run progressed. Others on the trail acknowledged me with huge smiles and hello's which I returned.

With the sun baring down on me, my breathing labored, a pain in my left side I kept running. My path circled around to where the car sat so I could see my "finish line." That last bit was brutal! BRUTAL! I was in near tears when I reached the car. I was hot, sweaty, near to vomiting, in need of water and couldn't even walk to cool off. I grabbed for my iPod to check my time. My plan was to run for 30 minutes, that would allow me to mark off D2 of W9. I missed it the mark. I ran outside but I did not run for 30 minutes which means I can't mark off D2. I was disappointed until I did the math while driving home.

I started my run at 11:05 and ended it at 11:29 which means I ran for 24 minutes.
I ran 2.3 miles in 24 minutes - a personal best! Disappointment be gone!! YEAH!

Tomorrow I try again. Yeah, that's right I'm running it again tomorrow. I want to see what I can do!

  
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KITHKINCAID 9/26/2010 1:24AM

    YES YOU DID!!! Way to go. And you totally mentioned what I love BEST about running outside - so what if people see me? - most all of them give me a huge smile and nod as I run by them. And I love that. See - cause they're acknowledging me as a runner too. So that makes me feel special - and it should make you feel special too. Look at you go!

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Accepting the Challenge!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thanks to my fabulous SP friend KITHKINCAID I found my strength today!
Thanks to ALL my wonderful SP friends today I continued to fight the good fight. Your support lifts me when I feel down and makes me smile.

Leaving the office tonight I was a bit tired but I was determined. I walked to the gym with a new plan, I didn't know if it would work but I was sure going to try.

I found my treadmill and set the time at 60 minutes. My goal, 3.1 miles and if not that, 30 minute minimum run. Deep breath! Water! iPod! Treadmill set at 4.1! RUN! Today the time only mattered if my body started to shut down. Today I watched the distance ticker.

About 21 minutes into my run a step class friend came over and motioned to me that class was starting. I couldn't talk so I nodded. I kept running! I was a sweaty mess, exhaling with gusto, refusing to slow my pace, refusing to quit, I kept running. I pictured all the women I ran with at my first 5K with early this year surrounding me, I pictured my SP peeps cheering me on and running by my side - I kept running. I kept running!

And then it happened! W9D1 - COMPLETE
2.10 miles in 30:50 at a pace of 4.1 - a personal best!


After my run I walked over to step class and attended the last 35 minutes. I was a little wobbly but I kept moving. After step, 15 minute ST. Tomorrow my legs and feet will be tender ... I'll work a different plan then.

I AM A RUNNER!

Thank you KITHKINCAID, because of you I found my strength today! You will forever run with me here in my little corner of the world.

I AM A RUNNER!

  
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FICTIONRUNNER 9/23/2010 4:21PM

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KITHKINCAID 9/22/2010 2:34PM

    WAHOO! You were just afraid I was gonna come over there and smack you in the a$$ :)

Good for you!!!

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MAGIC10FINGERS 9/22/2010 2:23PM

    VERY COOL! it's almost like a high the 1st time U do it, isn't it? Don't think I could have attended the step class afterwards, NOR do the ST, so HOLY COW! Hope U aren't too sore the next few days.
Hugs,
Ruth

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My running goals

Monday, September 20, 2010

Today I start week 9 of the C25K program. emoticon

I am a timed runner, not a "by distance" runner on the program and it seems to work well for me. After I finish W9 I'm going to keep increasing my time until I run 3.1 miles. After that the skies the limit!

My running goals:

1) Complete W9 of C25K - by end of September
2) Continue, by adding time, and run 3.1 on the treadmill - End of October is my quest
3) Run outside @ least once a month - starting in September
4) Run at least once on the outdoor track while on the cruise

It's numbers 3 & 4 that really put me outside my comfort zone. They are mental challenges, not physical.

EDIT AFTER POST AND GYM VISIT. I tried and tried to complete day 1 of week 9 but had to settle for a mile run and a brisk walk to complete my 30 minutes. It felt like no matter what speed the treadmill was on I was always falling behind. It was weird and I didn't want to hurt myself. I'll try again on Wednesday.

  
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DELPHYNE 9/21/2010 1:48PM

    It sounds like you have a great plan!

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KITHKINCAID 9/21/2010 12:57PM

    Alright girl. You got this. You've been so supportive of me - don't you dare let me overtake you in this challenge!!! I'm running right behind you (take that as a mental picture - haha!) and I'm gonna slap your behind if I get too close!! Tee hee!

BUST IT OUT! You can do this!!!

(I'm doing 25 minutes on Friday - I want to see your post that says you got through 30!)

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BBGYRL4 9/21/2010 12:23PM

    Congratulations on making it to Week 9!!! That's awesome! Not every run is going to be perfect you do what you can and redo it if need be. Keep up the great work!!

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BTRUE2YOU 9/21/2010 11:52AM

    KT...WAY TO GO! The important thing is that you completed your workout goal of 30mins. You could have just ran the mile and then quit...but you didn't! I'm very proud of you. Keep up the good work. You will be running a 5K in no time :-) emoticon

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FICTIONRUNNER 9/21/2010 8:36AM

    You did good, listening to your body. C25k is a great program, but it's not perfect for everyone. You have good goals and you'll do great.

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