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It's 90% Mental

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

I am getting toward the end of the Couch to 5K training program that I have been working through. Last week was 12 minute running intervals followed by 3 minute walking intervals. I made it through those after working on it for 2 weeks. Yay for me! On Sunday, while I was in my hometown, I went to the park and ran the 5K route that is marked out on the roads that wind through the park and zoo. Counting my 5 minute warm-up walk and my two 3-minute walking intervals I did the course in 49 minutes. Better than my usual time at home but still pretty darn slow! I think it was a little faster on the 5K route because there were really no big hills. I have several decent-sized hills on my route at home and I think they slow me down - both going up and coming down.

Anyway, today was the transition to the 20 minute run interval on the podcast. I was scared to death to try and run that long without resting. Oh boy!!! I started out and even tried to run a little faster than I usually do, just to see if I could do the 20 minute and also improve my time a little. Probably not a great plan to try both on the same day but oh well... I survived the 20 minutes and didn't die!!! However, I did talk myself out of running the second 20-minute interval in favor of going home. What a wuss! The good news is that I did the 2 miles in 30 minutes which is a minute or two per mile faster than my usual pace. I have a feeling that I will be able to do the whole thing when I run again on Thursday. If I have learned anything through this running adventure it is that getting the job done is 90% mental. If I tell myself that I can do it, then I usually can. Even though my legs feel like 200 pound weights and my chest is about to burst from a lack of air, I just tell myself that I am strong over and over. That usually does the trick. Today my "self" wasn't listening so I went home early but that's OK. There's always another day!

If I can get through this week of 20 minute intervals then I will be able to progress on to run for 30 minutes straight very soon. As soon as I can do that then it will be time for me to sign up for a 5K race. There are several coming up in Tulsa that I have been looking at but haven't had the guts to sign up for yet. My goal is certainly to finish the race but ultimately I would really like to not come in last so I must improve my time. However... I KNOW I CAN DO IT! That is what counts. It's just a matter of when.

Only time will tell.

Peace to everyone and Happy Spring! It's a gorgeous day to be alive!


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RANICOLE 4/6/2010 1:50PM

    Wow you have come very far!! Keep up the good work!

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PATTYLOO 4/6/2010 1:20PM

    I am also going to do the 5K preparation. My sister challenged me to it. What a great accomplishment you must feel!

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Spring!!! Yippee!!

Friday, April 02, 2010

I got up this morning to go for my usual run and decided to go earlier than usual. So glad I did because as I hit my last quarter mile, the rain started coming down! I was a little damp by the time I got home. Felt good though!

I was actually supposed to try and get my butt out of bed at 7 AM and go but just couldn't do it. I have not been sleeping well the last couple of weeks and it felt as if I had just gotten into a good, deep sleep when the stupid alarm went off. So, I turned it off and didn't get up until after 8! I usually run around noon or so but the past few days have been so hot that I am already miserable and it is only the beginning of April. Trying to run early in the morning should cure the heat issue but only if I can make myself get up and do it! I have become very accustomed to sleeping in every day until around 0830. Why not? I have all day to get my stuff done and I don't have anyplace to be. :)

Anyway... to get to the point of the title of this little ditty: Spring is here! The trees have started to bud and things are turning more green every day. Flowers are blooming everywhere and the dogwoods are starting to flower. I love this time of year and love being able to look at all the beauty God provides us during this season. Hope others are enjoying it also.


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1THING 4/2/2010 11:42AM

    This is one of my most favorite times, we too can bloom again!

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SAPPHIRE983 4/2/2010 11:27AM

    Spring makes us all so happy! Enjoy the weather!

Have a great weekend!

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I'm Back!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Well, I am back home after being gone almost a week! We went to my daughter's house in Emporia to do some work on the place. She has been living there for the past few years but it is now time for her to move closer to home (like in with me! lol!) We bought the house for her to live in while she attended college but she is now attending on-line classes only so the house isn't necessary any more. We put in some new light fixtures and ceiling fans and did a few minor repairs in order to get it put on the market. Of course the day after we listed it, the snow started falling and there was several inches on the ground - along with ice. YUCK! We actually got "stuck" in Emporia for an extra day because of the weather and the road conditions. It was fun though 'cause all my grandbabies were there (my other daughter & her kids had come with us).

I had packed my running clothes and shoes, etc. and had every intention of running at least once or twice while we were there. Well, that didn't happen. The day before it started storming I had the WORST headache that I have had in a long, long time. I sometimes get those "barometer headaches" before it rains. Don't think I have ever had one before a snow though. It was weird and SO painful. So, that day was out for running for sure. Too bad though 'cause it was a beautiful and fairly warm day. Of course, after that, there was several inches of ice and snow on the ground so running was a no-no.

Besides not getting any exercise the entire time I was gone (except for housework stuff) I also didn't eat too well. I didn't track anything and pretty much ate whatever I wanted. I now feel horrible, fat and yucky! I did gain a couple of pounds and I feel swollen and bloated. Why do I do that to myself? I am finding more and more that I really have a hard time when I am away from home. That is why I really balk when I have to go somewhere for any period of time. Home is safe and home is where I can stay on track! Gonna have to figure out how to deal with that one of these days or I am going to end up being a complete hermit!

The good news is that I am now back home. I'm tracking my food again and know that I will now be able to eat properly and also get my exercise back on track. Can't wait to get my shoes on and run today! It is already in the 60's temperature-wise! Hurray for spring! No traces of snow left, thank goodness!!!

It's good to be home. :)

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LADYJANE30 3/27/2010 7:26PM

    Glad your back and running. Put it all behind and start fresh and you'll feel good in no time at all.

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A Good Day of Rest

Monday, March 15, 2010

Well, maybe not total rest. I didn't run today anyway. It's been a pretty good day. Very quiet around here without my little granddaughter toddling around!

I did do about 45 minutes of working out this afternoon and now my legs are a bit sore. Hope they don't stay that way. I progress to running 12 minutes on my C25K tomorrow. No problem though... I tested myself on Friday and ran as long as I could on my final interval, which turned out to be 13 minutes. Yay for me. Guess I should be able to do the 12 minute intervals tomorrow and the rest of the week.

Sure hope the sun comes out tomorrow. I am so sick of the gray days and chilly weather. I need some natural Vitamin D synthesis! I'm looking forward to running in the morning and then coming home to clean all the little fingerprints and handprints off all the glass! So cute! Hate cleaning windows and glass but I had better have a clean slate for her the next time the toddler comes to visit. LOL!

Peace to you all and remember to count your blessings.



Saturday, March 13, 2010

Today is sort of a blah kind of day. The sky is cloudy and it is sort of cold. My daughter and grandbaby, who have been here for almost 3 weeks, left this morning. My husband is being an insensitive jerk and I don't like it.

We were supposed to go to a wedding together this evening - sort of a date night. We haven't had one of those for quite some time. I got dressed, did my hair, put on make-up, packed my bag and got all ready to drive to his place to go on our date. I just had a sneaking feeling that I had better confirm before I drove 90 miles so I called him. Just as I suspected... he didn't care one way or the other whether we went or not. What an ass! He has been working on taxes all day and was headed to the accountant's office so I suppose that is what put him in a "mood." He really hurt my feelings. We hardly ever fight or have problems so this minor little thing in most marriages is feeling pretty awful in mine right now. I am sure that he has no clue that he hurt me but I will have to wait until I am over it a little more before I can tell him.

Oh well... tomorrow is a new day. There will be exercise to do and perhaps the sun will shine. Forever onward!



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