Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I thought about giving up the streak today. I didn't know if I had become obsessed with this streak, but I decided early in the day that if it didn't work, I was okay with giving up the streak.
My day started bright and early again since I had a doctor's appointment to get to, just a followup for my thyroid. I go to Omaha for that, appointment at 9:30. We had a swim meet last night, an hour and 15 minutes out of town. With laundry and dishes, I was up past eleven just trying to catch up. My stupid brain woke me up at 6:30 am. I finally got out of bed a little after seven and had planned to fit in a ten minute walk. That didn't happen. To be on time I had to get in the shower, get dressed and go.
After my appointment, I was scheduled to work. In between the doctor and work, I had planned to go to the mall. That all worked out, and I decided to keep my streak intact with a mall walk. I went at a pretty good pace. My work shoes are good ones. I only walked for ten minutes at that fast pace so I wouldn't get sweaty before work, but my streak is still alive!!
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.
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.
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?
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