Sunday, September 01, 2013
Wow have a lot of things changed since I last blogged!
I have been going to school for my Masters. In fact I took three classes over the summer - I do NOT recommend that!!!
I ran my first half marathon in May. I met my goal of under 3 hours, but would have done a lot better if I hadn't gotten sick during the run. I've learned my lesson and Imodium is my friend!
I was also set up on a semi-blind date and we have now been together more than 3 months! Considering I haven't even dated in over 10 years, this is a major change! The fact that he is a dairy farmer and our schedules do not match very well has made for some interesting challenges.
After running the half marathon, I was in a boot for a couple of weeks. Too active for a boot so it didn't last as long as it was supposed to, but I haven't felt any repercussions yet. I've done two mud runs with a third coming up since then.
Between school, the new man, new roommate (not the new boyfriend), and being tired of training after the half marathon, I basically took the summer off. I started doing turbofire again a couple of weeks ago and am excited that the energy was still there and I am getting back into a fitness routine.
I ran my first 'long' run all summer this morning - although it was only a 5k - and am proud to say that my pace time is still fairly close to where I was before. Does that mean I wasn't pushing myself hard enough while training for the half?
I miss you guys! I won't be able to log in daily, but I'm going to work towards checking in at least weekly.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
I am participating in the Peak313 challenge. peak313.com/blog/ There is also a sparkteam for this challenge www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
There are three parts to the challenge: physical, spiritual, and accountability.
First - Physical
I would like to consider my week, although not consistent or focused, a VERY physical week. Sunday, I ran the Tough Mudder in Cascade WI with CBUDACK and a group of people we didn't know. I found the team online and signed up with them hoping for the rebate (which we did earn). What a great group of people! Here is the facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/TeamPastRPr
ime In addition to adventure racing, the run and bike. If you have an interest in these activities, I suggest giving their page a look!
Monday I skipped a workout (sleep was more important to my recovery).
Tuesday I did the workout for day 1 from the challenge.
Wed I walked to work.
Thursday I did Turbo Fire.
Friday I didn't workout specifically, but I did spend 8 hours helping set up for the One Tough Cookie Run, including driving stakes into the ground with a post hole setter.
Saturday I spent the morning cheering on runners for the race and at 1:00, all my sisters, my daughter, AND my mom ran. So much fun! I think we were more tired from laughing than the run itself. I will post pictures, but haven't gotten there yet.
This was my big challenge! I did try to memorize the verse and have it down, but can't repeat it word for word. Here is my memorization - One can be easily broken, Two can offer a challenge, and Three can bind together and not be torn apart. The actual verse is: Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves, a cord of three strands is not quickly broken. I have the concept, just not the actual working. I need to work on my memorization.
Here is my actual breakthrough for the week though - I am going to go back to school for my Masters! I have been thinking about this for about 18 months. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do though. For some background, I have a Bachelors in Accounting and am a Finance Director for a Non Profit Health Center. I spend tons of time volunteering in different capacities for Girls Scouts and my church. I had found the Masters of Servant Leadership program at Viterbo University last summer and it really got my interest. However, it is really outside my comfort zone as is a touchy feelly type program. There is a reason I am an accountant. I recognize my weaknesses and know this program could really help me grow. I kept trying to find other programs, but everything kept leading me back to this one. I emailed the instructor, but didn't have the time to chat on the phone with him. The Admin Asst for the program did manage to find me in my office and I talked to her for probably an hour about the program. It turns out that I can even start Oct 26 and do not need to want until the Spring semester (which we help me from second guessing myself). I told her I needed two weeks because I had too much going on to think about it (this was the beginning of that two week hiatus I have had the past two weeks). Throughout the two weeks, I talked to people who had been in the program and everything was pointing me in the right direction.
I was the one holding myself back. I was just scared to move that far out of my comfort zone. I prayed on it and thought about it during the many hours I have been in the car the last week. Today I looked at my calendar to see what conflicts I would have with the class that starts October 26. There were only two conflicts - a Girl Scout Halloween party (at which there will be multiple other leaders) and my 2nd grade CCD 1st Confession (which doesn't really require my involvement, especially since I can make sure everyone knows from day 1 I won't be there). Considering I have 4 conferences in the next two weeks, I am amazed that none of them conflicted with the class.
I finally acknowledged that I had to accept this is the direction God wants for me.
This is the program. www.viterbo.edu/graduatecatalog.aspx
?id=54264 I am very lucky as Viterbo is less than an hour from me. People come from all over the country to attend this program.
Sunday, September 02, 2012
I don't know how I am going to get through the next two weeks. It is going to be crazy!!!!
I am working on getting all my personal stuff organized today. I have ignored it the last couple of weeks and won't get back to it over the next couple of weeks.
I am working tomorrow. I thought I was going to have to work on budget and other documents for the Board meeting, but I got most of it done yesterday. I will have to print a draft version for review, but that won't take as much time as the full preparation. That gives me a leg up to start with. Instead I will be able to get some of the projects others have been waiting on while I have been doing the budget and cost reports. I am not excited about working on a holiday, but I do love working in the office when no one else is there because I always get so much done and get a sense of accomplishment.
Tuesday night I am helping my mom set up for the garage sale this weekend. Happy about that because hopefully that means I will get my garage back. It has been half set up since the garage sale attempt that didn't go well last spring.
Wed night is our CCD (religion class) instructor training.
I am sure Thursday is something, but I am not sure.
Friday night I am supposed to go to listen to a band at our community's festival, but I will probably be packing for the weekend instead.
Saturday is our Girl Scout Council's Annual Meeting and Adult Recognition ceremony. I am on the committee and are very excited about some of the awardees. We have some volunteers that did some amazing things this year that are going to be recognized. You've read about our One Tough Cookie Race onetoughcookierun.org/ . Another amazing project was Camp HERO - an opportunity for girls to learn about Police, Fire, and EMS careers. www.camphero4girls.org/Home/tabid/55
I will drive from MAdison (Central WI) for that meeting to Fond Du Lac (NE WI) for the night. I'll be up at 5AM to get ready for my Tough Mudder race. I am in the second wave at 8:20AM. This day never felt like it would get here. I can't believe it is only a week away. I am racing with CBUDACK. So excited!!!! Oh - and Rachel from Amazing Race will be there! So hope I get a picture with her!
Then it is back to work. Our annual audit is the next week, so I will be busy preparing documents for that. The county fair also kick off on Wed, so I will be helping my daughter to get her projects ready and delivered on time. This will be interesting since we won't get the tags for her entries until Monday night. Thursday night is Board meeting night.
I am off Friday to go help make final preparations for One Tough Cookie. Saturday is the day we've been planning for all year. I will be working the race in the morning and then racing in the 1:30 heat with all my sisters and my mom. My daughter might join us if she isn't working.
So much stuff!!!! I love it, but I would like a break too.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
2 weeks until Tough Mudder - Wisconsin
12 days of training left
8 mile run next Sat and 5 mile run the following Wed - then my running 'career' can be over!!!
I am still going to the playground and doing monkeybars 3 times a week - I think that is still the obstacle I am the most worried about.
CBUDACK is on my team, so I can't wait to meet her!!!!
Off the church and then I'll come home and do some HIIT and Tabata Inferno, then finish with some abs.
Have a great Sunday everyone!
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Had a great time at the reunion this weekend. There were a lot of classmates missing, but those of us that were there had a great time.
Here I am before heading out.
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