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Days 285, 286 & 287

Monday, September 10, 2012

Saturday was a beautiful day! My daughter, Mary (12), tried to jog with me. I welcome the company, but I know we go at different paces. I told her to jog ahead if she needed too. I repeat my 1.5 mile route to add more miles, so we never would be too far off from each other. Mary may be faster than me, but she lacks the endurance I have. She would jog, then walk, and do that for a while. The last quarter mile of her mile was walking. I walked a quarter mile to warm up, then jogged three miles, then walked a quarter mile to cool down. My total time was 48:30 and each individual mile was pretty good: 12:43, 13:03, 13:30. That's a pretty fast three miles for me.

After that our little town had a Family Fun Day in the park. The chamber sponsors it, so it's free. There were two bouncy houses, one bouncy obstacle course, one big blow up slide, a blow up basketball game, free pony rides, train ride (the kind pulled by a tractor), mini golf, and kareoke. Hot dogs were $1 and came with a pop. The weather was beautiful! All the kids had fun, even my 16 year old. He loves kareoke. He's got a great voice. In the evening, hubby and I went on a date and had some Thai food at Mai Thai Bar. I splurged and also had a Mai Thai. Yum!

Sunday was a resting day. I haven't been sleeping well lately. I took it easy for my workout and only did a 10 minute, half mile walk with my daughters. It was another good day, though. We went to mass in the morning and the kids had religious ed afterward. Then we ran a few errands in Omaha before coming home. Bridget (7) had a birthday party to go to, third week in a row for her to get an invite to something. In the evening we decided to have some pizza in Omaha at Sortino's with the kids' cousins. That was fun!

Today I really enjoyed my jog. The weather is fantastic! It's a little windy, but that kept me from sweating too much. I went slower today than Saturday, but I went longer, 4.5 miles total, 4 of it jogging. I walked a quarter mile, then jogged four, then walked another quarter. My mile times were: 13:19, 13:43, 13:56, 13:53. These are good times for going the longer distance.

So my week has gotten off to a great start!
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MUSICMOMOF2 9/10/2012 1:52PM

    Sounds like a busy weekend! Have a great week!

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TELFERS01 9/10/2012 1:46PM

  You go!

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Day 283-Jogging in the Rain

Friday, September 07, 2012

I feel like I'm a die-hard jogger now. I actually jogged in the rain today. I got started before the rain hit, but I could tell I wouldn't be able to get a long distance in without getting wet. At first it was just a drizzle. The last mile was a light rain. My glasses were pretty speckled by the time I came home. I ended up doing four miles in 55 minutes. I really wanted to get 60 minutes done, but I had had enough of the rain by then. Afterward, I did some free weights (bicep curls, delt presses, tricep "curls"), dumbbell crunches, reverse crunches and stretching.

This ten minute a day challenge has really improved my endurance. I seem to be able to pick up and start longer routines, even if I hadn't done one in a week or longer. I felt really good out there today, after the first five minutes. I hate the first five minutes! Once I get going, I feel like I can just keep going. I might have tried five miles had the weather been better today.

Have a great weekend everyone!
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HSMOM2FOUR 9/8/2012 6:49AM

    That's fantastic!!! YOU ROCK!

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MJ7DM33 9/7/2012 8:56PM

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    You are a true athlete to exercise in spite of the rain! Woohoo! Four miles is fantastic! Have a great weekend.

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/7/2012 2:35PM

    Way to go Chris! Have a great weekend!

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    Thats awesome. This last year in London was nothing by rain runs. I loved it. I was never too hot and sometimes when it was real cold it pushed me to get done faster.

Great job die hard jogger. Do you want to run a 5 or 10k race together?

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Day 282-The day slipped away from me

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Wow! I was tired from working seven out of nine days, the last shift until 11:30pm. Keep in mind I still get up at 6:30 am to get everyone out the door to school and work. Today one of my kids stayed home sick, so we lounged around together all morning. We took a nap after everyone else left, and watched some TV after that. I finally started getting some mom things done in the afternoon, including my workout. I did 20 minutes on the elliptical. Hopefully, everyone will be healthy tomorrow, so I can get a good jogging workout in.

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    It's always hard when something throws your schedule off-kilter. Great job still getting your workout done. Hopefully tomorrow you can get out and enjoy some sunshine!

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KAYLA0041 9/6/2012 9:51PM

    I am exhausted just reading this - great job getting your workout in.

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/6/2012 7:48PM

    Sounds like you need some rest!

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KPETSCHE 9/6/2012 7:27PM

    Good job, Chris. Hope all the kids are well tomorrow and you can get your jogging in.

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Day 281-Beautiful day-wish I had more time

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

It's a beautiful day today! It was 81 degrees and sunny when I got outside to jog. I only had time for 1.5 miles today. That took me 20 minutes.

So much to do and so little time. Got to go for now.

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/5/2012 7:47PM

    It was a nice day. I'm ready for the beautiful weather this weekend!

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    I'm glad you were able to get out and enjoy the beautiful day for a few minutes. Have a great evening!

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Day 279+ 280

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Monday almost got away from me. We were doing jobs around the house, and before I knew it, it was 7:30 in the evening. I walked one mile with my son Stevie (10). My time was 17:40. I figured since it was later, I didn't want to get my heart rate up too fast.

Today I was able to get 20 minutes done on the elliptical. It got too hot out again before I could get outside to work out. I also stretched for five minutes afterward. I really am glad that I have this streak going. Both yesterday and today I would have skipped a workout all together if it weren't for this streak.

Thank you Spark People!

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KPETSCHE 9/5/2012 12:56AM


Nearly at the 300 day mark. Way to GO!!

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    Hooray for getting your workouts done despite being super busy. You inspire me not to miss a workout and I REALLY appreciate it! Thank you!

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NIKKICOLE83 9/4/2012 4:26PM

    I applaud you for stretching because I always skip that step! I tell myself how important it is and 9 times out of 10 won't do it. Keep up the streak!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/4/2012 4:01PM

    Hopefully this is the last day of this heat. I'm ready for the boys to have a full day of school.

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HSMOM2FOUR 9/4/2012 3:23PM

    Way to go!!! I'm so impressed w/ your streak! Keep streakin', girlie!!!!

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