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Days 200-203 Again, busy beyond belief!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Day 200-Not the workout I was hoping for. I did a quick 10 minute walk in between road trips and in the drizzle. We went to Omaha/Bellevue twice in search of possible SUVs to purchase. None ended up working out. Then hubby and I high tailed it to Des Moines for the Republican Convention. We didn't spend the night, so we drove home as well.

Day 201-After getting to bed after 2am, we got up bright and early around 7am to run the kids to Omaha. My place of employment sponsored them in the Corporate Swim, a charity event at the Centurylink center in the pool where the Olympic trials will be held in a week. They swam a freestyle medley, each of them swam 50 M. This pool is twice the size of the pools they swim in for swim meets. They did great and had a blast. They got free sweatshirts and swim caps from my place of employment, and T-shirts from the event. There was even an announcer and cameras that put them up on the Jumbotron TV thing in the center of the ceiling. It was awesome! Unfortunately, in their heat they had a lot of adult athletes they were swimming against. They almost caught up to the seventh place team in their heat, a team that had one or two kids on it. My kids kept up and swam a steady fast pace across the whole length of the pool. They were the only all-kid team. They just can't keep up with 20 or 30 somethings who participate in triathlons. I wish they put my kids up against the fat old men who were there instead. Maybe the challenge was good for them, though.

Day 202-Sunday-We finally had enough money to buy a swim pass for the family so we went to the local pool. I did some backstroke laps and climbed the stairs many times to go down the slide. I love the slide! We were at the pool about two hours, so I think I got at least 10 minutes of actual swimming and stair climbing done.

Day 203-Monday-I finally got a good run in. Nothing hurt, at least not more than the normal "oh gosh I'm 44 and I'm jogging to try to keep in shape" pain. Shins and calves were fine. I really think it was a potassium problem bothering me last week. I jogged two miles straight at about a 14 minute/mile pace. I walked 0.25 mile before and 0.25 mile after the jog. I could have gone longer if I had time. More running around today, believe it or not.

  
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MUSICMOMOF2 6/19/2012 9:15AM

    Hope that you find a little bit of time to relax! Have a great Tuesday!

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MUSOLF6 6/19/2012 7:40AM

    sounds like you are one busy lady....

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JAMARIEHICKEY 6/18/2012 9:26PM

    WOW!! You have been super busy! I think the Corporate swim looked so cool...how awesome that your kids got to compete.

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Days 198 & 199

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Yesterday I ended up getting in a quick one mile walk. Work sent out an email that one of the evening pharmacists called in sick. I volunteered to fill the shift, so I hurried and got ready.

Today's workout was 30 minutes on the elliptical. Last night's shift went until 12 midnight, so I got to bed late with the commute and all. After sleeping in and swim team practice, it was too hot to exercise outside. I also wanted to give my shins and calves a break, since they don't like me anymore. I did get a good stretching session in afterward, and I did some shin exercises. We'll see if that helps.

  
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KPETSCHE 6/14/2012 10:20PM

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Great job, Chris. I'm sure it was hot sitting at swim team practices - the elliptical works well. Any big plans for day 200? Doesn't it seem like you just started the streak?

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/14/2012 8:54PM

    Way to keep the streak going! You are doing awesome!!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/14/2012 6:52PM

    Great Job keeping your streak alive even with your extremely busy schedule! Tomorrow is day 200! :)

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Days 196 & 197-Swim Team Update

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.
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JAMARIEHICKEY 6/13/2012 9:50PM

    Congrats to all your swimmers!! That's awesome! :)

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BLUE42DOWN 6/13/2012 2:21PM

    I've learned to really love stretching and making it the end-off to my workouts every time. The difference in the kind of sore and the success not being seriously injured makes it worth it, but just the feeling of being all limber and relaxed and "done" for the day is awesome.

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MUSOLF6 6/13/2012 1:20PM

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/13/2012 12:20PM

    Go for the strength training! Woo hoo! Sounds like your kids are in a lot of events and that they did great! Have a great Wednesday!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/13/2012 11:19AM

    Great job figuring out your problem AND how to fix it. I hope your legs feel a lot better over the next several days. :)

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THEEXERCISER 6/13/2012 10:40AM

    Keep up the great work!

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Day 195-Music or No Music for your workouts?

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?

  
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MRFUZZ 6/11/2012 10:50PM

    When I exercise indoors, I have to have my music...outside, I don't...I just enjoy being outside and aware of natures beauty, even if it's in my own neighborhood.

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BRANDTSGIRL 6/11/2012 9:56AM

    I'd agree with you it's quite warn in the state of IA.

Hope you have a great Monday too:)

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LNSYLVSDOGS 6/10/2012 8:42PM

    I don't own an iPod, but have thought about getting one. Not sure I would actually want one, tho. I walk with the dog and have been training her to walk nicely with me. I think the music would be distracting for me.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/10/2012 6:28PM

    I do not listen to music while I exercise. I find that it helps me focus more on my body and form and muscle movement when I am not distracted with the song lyrics. I am much more aware of my surroundings when I am not listening to music as well.

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/10/2012 12:26PM

    I have to have music! Of course, I always have music playing in the house. Have a great Sunday!

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MUSOLF6 6/10/2012 11:53AM

    I didn't want to walk this morning, but my dog had other ideas, so I walked my mile. It gave me the energy to do cardio on my Wii fit, too. emoticon emoticon

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HAZYSKIES 6/10/2012 10:45AM

    I never listen to music when I exercise. I like to be be mindful of my body and the movements I am making. Music is too distracting. I enjoy exercising much more without the noise.

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SLIMFORSOPH 6/10/2012 9:53AM

  Sometimes I find that if I don't have music, time goes by much slower and I get bored. For me, having the right playlist serves as a distraction, so I (almost) forget that I'm working out.

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Day 194-Hiking with the family

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!

  
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KPETSCHE 6/10/2012 3:21PM

    Sounds like a blast, Chris. I'm sure you had a great time.

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ELISADENK 6/9/2012 10:56PM

    How fun!

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/9/2012 7:40PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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HSMOM2FOUR 6/9/2012 7:28PM

    woo hoo!!! awesome job on being active and healthy as a family!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 6/9/2012 4:00PM

    I'm glad you had a good celebration today. I love how active your family is. That is great!

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BLUE42DOWN 6/9/2012 2:25PM

    Wow, that sounds like a lot of fun.

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