Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Monday and Tuesday were painful days for my workouts. My shins and calves were acting up Monday, so I only jogged one mile and walked a half mile. Tuesday my calves were ok, but my shins were acting up, but I managed two miles jogging and half a mile walking. I believe I've isolated the problems:
1. I need to stretch more. I have to get in the habit of stretching both before and after, especially my calves.
2. I need to make sure I have the correct salt for my home made "gatorade." I like the Lite Salt. It has a lot of potassium in it and also has some calcium and magnesium. I supplement with potassium tablets also, but I get a lot more when I use the salt. (My adrenal fatigue/hypothyroidism makes my body waste sodium/potassium so my muscles will cramp up or get twitchy if I don't add these to my diet.)
Ironically, it looks rainy today, which forces my workout inside. I'm due for some weights. That's probably a good idea.
Swim team update: The kids did great at their first swim meet. Stevie (10) swam individual medley (1st place), team medley-breast (1st place), 25 M freestyle (1st place), 25 M breast stroke (1st place), team freestyle relay (1st place). Mary (12) swam team medley-butterfly, 50 M freestyle, 50 M breast stroke, team freestyle relay. Patrick (14) swam team medley-backstroke (15-18 age group), 50 M backstroke, 50 M freestyle, team freestyle relay (15-18 age group). Mikey (15) swam team medley-freestyle, 50 M freestyle, 50 M backstroke, 100 M freestyle, team freestyle relay. Mikey and Patrick were on the same relay teams since the coach had two extra 15-18 y/o boys and only two 13-14 y/o boys. She bumped Patrick and another boy up an age group, and in the freestyle relay they almost took second. I was a timer and it was fun seeing all the teenage boys cheer each other on. Much of the action was in my lane. So far, I've only gotten Stevie's ribbons. I'm proud of all my kids. They swam their hearts out!
Another swim team update: Bridget (6) has had trouble making it across the pool without touching the sides. Yesterday she was able to make it down and back with fins. She said to me after practice, "Mom, the reason I couldn't do it before was because I didn't BELIEVE in myself. I can do it now, without fins." I'm very proud of her and thankful to her siblings and her friends for coaching her while she was swimming. If she makes it across this week without fins, she can be in the next meet.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
It is a beautiful, sunny morning here in western Iowa. It does feel like it's going to get hot later. I squeezed in a quick one mile walk before getting ready for church. My time was 18 minutes. I decided not to have my iPod with me. Sometimes it's just nice to walk in the quiet morning.
Do any of you ditch your music sometimes for your workouts?
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Hubby wanted this morning to be a celebration day for my birthday too. He and the kids made breakfast again. Then the kids and I played the Wii for a while. After that we went to Hitchcock Nature Center north of Crescent for our first family hike. We've never really gone hiking since we've always needed strollers. The twins are almost seven, so everyone held their own. We did a medium trail and hiked for 35 minutes. The views were spectacular! I can't believe we've lived in this area for twelve years and have never really explored Hitchcock. I highly recommend it!
Friday, June 08, 2012
My day started nice with breakfast in bed. It's my 44th birthday. Hubby and Patrick (14) brought me eggs and coffee at 7:40 this morning. I was kind of in and out of sleep anyway, but it was a little earlier than I had planned. Then I remembered that I have to be at work at noon. Getting up early really helped. I got my workout started at 9 am. I was able to do 2.5 miles total, 0.25 mile walk, 2 mile jog, 0.25 mile walk (with a short visit with a friend down the street who happened to be at her mailbox). My total time was 35 minutes, jogging miles: 13:12, 12:10. Those are two pretty fast miles for me. I really pushed on the second one. I figure if I'm doing the shorter distance, I should try to go faster.
The rest of my day will be at work. I'm kind of bummed. I hate spending my birthday at work. Hubby assures me we will celebrate next weekend. We kind of have to wait till then anyway. Our paychecks have ended up on the same cycle. I'm every other week, he's twice a month. I really hate the months where we are on the same cycle. It doesn't help either that we've had so much car trouble too.
On a happier note: I got my swim bottoms from Lands End yesterday. Good news: they are cute. Bad news: they don't fit, I have to try again. More good news: they were too big.
Yes, the jogging helps me make progress!!!
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Today I did 4.5 miles of walking/jogging: 0.25 mile walk, 4 mile jog, 0.25 mile walk. My
jogging mile times were : 14:04, 14:29, 14:33, 14:08.
I think that's pretty consistent. I still felt good out there, slow enough to keep going and not overheat, fast enough that I feel good about my times. I also stretched afterward since I got an earlier start today.
I have a question for everyone. Does anyone else out there try to look good when other people pass by when you are working out? I find that whenever a car passes by, or another walker or jogger, that I suck in my belly, firm everything up, and tell myself, "Okay, look like you know what you are doing. Don't look like you're dying out here." I pick up my feet more, and my speed. I just think it's funny that I do that. I live in a small town, so I probably know most of the people passing by me while I jog. I would love to hear from everyone what you think.
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