Wednesday, January 16, 2013
"For love to be genuine it doesn't have to be extraordinary." That's from my poster tonight for tonight's installment of wisdom...
But my brain instead has gone to a song by the same name from the musical "Pippin"... it's an hiliarious song ( www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/pippin/extra
ordinary.htm )... with lyrics like this:
"Patching the roof and pitching the hay
Is not my idea of a perfect day
When you're extraordinary
You gotta do extraordinary things..."
In the musical, Pippin is always trying to find the thing that is "his destiny" or what he's supposed to be doing in his life. When he finally finds it, he still isn't content because he can't believe that he really is happy. It's sort of the perpetual search for Peter Pan... and refusing to grow up. I know I suffer from that... all too much.
The closest thing to a fountain of youth that I have ever found is eating healthy and working out. One of my mantras, "I can't help aging, but I can control HOW I age."
Tonight was 4.2 miles on treadmill, and I ran 3.7 miles of that straight, including 0.6 at 7 mph, a slight increase over my last run. I think I will repeat this one or two more times and then up it again.
Oh well, off to bed with me!
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
"Love and magic have a great deal in common. The enrich the soul and delight the heart. They both take practice."
Tonight's workout was in two parts, the first was EA Active for about 30 minutes, then I did about the same in easy intervals on the treadmill for 2.25 miles.
Just working to keep up the calorie burn and the stress down.
Trying to stay open and not let resentment build.
Breathing and getting through each day.
Monday, January 14, 2013
"Stop worrying about every pothole and celebrate the journey."
Tonight's blog entry is brought to you by the letter C and the number 3.5.
Tonight I really need that quote from my poster. Some stuff went down here at home last night that was really hurtful and I am trying very hard to not to hold resentment. They have a lot of issues that are theirs and that they are projecting onto me. It's a long story, but suffice it to say that my daughter, her husband and baby need to launch... SOON.
So, tonight I got on my "physical" therapy treadmill. I picked a 4 mile route through the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. Sadly Google Maps doesn't have pix along the boardwalk... but I still love the stability of this treadmill. The new parts left Salina KS today, so they should be here on Wednesday, maybe it will finally get fixed this time!
Anyway, I walked .25 miles then ran 3.5 miles straight and walked the last .25. It was a good run. I am getting very comfortable with running at 7 mph and managed a full half mile at that pace, which is about a tenth more than the last time. I have run 3.5 miles twice now, so it's time to bump it up a bit.
Keep pushing and getting better and continuing to run run run.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
"Belief in oneself is often the best and wisest course."
That is the quote from my calendar today and it brought to mind one of the most profound speeches I have ever heard, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton. This is a small part that I think applies to weight loss, "Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility. Nothing adds such dignity to character as the recognition of one's self -sovereignty..." (you can see the full text here: www.sscnet.ucla.edu/history/dubois/c
This weekend is drill weekend. We were supposed to have PT outside today, but it got cold and we had other stuff going on.
It was funny but when I was on the treadmill the other night, running in my regular Asics traditional tennis shoes, I noticed I was kicking myself in the ankles. Mind you, these are really GREAT shoes... but I really didn't relish the idea of kicking myself while running... and noted that I did not do this in my toe tennies, not a single pair. But I can't wear toe tennies when in PT uniform, so yesterday I went in search of a pair of slightly more traditional tennies that were also considered to be minimalist to barefoot.
After 3 stores, I ended up finding a pair of Merrell Pace Gloves on sale on a clearance rack. I like these as much as I like any of my toe tennies. I can wear them interchangeably with my toe shoes. I tested them on the treadmill this evening... and they are excellent. I can't wait until it warms up enough so I can take them out for a spin, so to speak.
Tonight wasn't a full out run. I only managed 2.25 miles running, 3.1 miles total. Even though I was going for 4... I literally just ran out of gas today. I don't even know why since I ate a good dinner. But oh, well...
I have achieved my ongoing goal, to increase my endurance and distance. I managed 3.5 miles straight running on Thursday evening. I am happy with that. Once I have run another one of those, I will up it to 3.6 miles, I think.
Blood That Moves The Body (A-Ha)
Rumour Has It (Adele)
Glamorous Life (Sheila E)
Original Sin (INXS)
I'm Alright (Kenny Loggins) (great 6 mph song)
Ridin' With The Radio (Crystal Bowersox) (so is this one!)
Indian Fever (David Starfire)
Set Fire to the Rain (Adele)
Sajanji Vaari Vaari (Sunidhi Chauhan)
Oh well, need to be thinking about bed or something like it, gotta be up way freaking early in the morning again.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
"What constitutes your abundance is not what you have, but what you enjoy."
I have this great A to Z poster with inspirational quotes for each of the letter of the alphabet and I am going to share them with a blog a day.
The quote above for tonight about abundance is wonderful... I am grateful to have the abundance that allowed me to get a treadmill that allows me to run and run and run all over the world. I am also grateful that my body can move, which I also enjoy.
Tonight I ran 3.5 miles total, with .49 miles brisk walking to warm up and cool down. It was great. I just increased my speed gradually over the distance, finishing up with my longest 7 mph stretch yet. I love the 7 mph, it's quite fast and I really feel like I can S-T-R-E-T-C-H my legs and O-P-E-N I-T U-P!!
I wish I could share how it feels... but just find your bliss, that thing that you enjoy, that keeps you Sparking, and celebrate your abundance!
My random soundtrack tonight included:
I Eat Cannibals (Total Coelo)
Suddenly I See (KT Tunstall)
Rock of Ages (Def Leppard)
Cruel Summer (Bananarama)
The Rhythm is Gonna Get You (Gloria Estefan)
Are You Gonna Move it For Me? (Donnas)
Electric Ladyland (Kila)
How Far (Apocalyptica)
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