Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Gwen will be fine, but she's a bit under the weather this morning. So, she can't go to the YMCA this morning. I went to her house this morn (her dad or mom usually drops her off) so she could wake up naturally. She'd been up in the middle of the night and needed to sleep in.
The good thing was as I pulled into my driveway on my return I met a woman, Bridget, who I had talked to before running in the neighborhood. She did a Disney half marathon last Saturday when I did my 10K. We had talked about running together sometime. I told her about the 20 mile bike ride on Saturday and she is interested in going, too. I'm excited about having a fitness buddy right in my neighborhood. Maybe I can introduce her to SparkPeople, too!
I'm planning to get a workout in this eve, but don't hold me to it. I am cooking for extended family tonight and my back is not 100%. So I might take a day of rest and figure out how to get the workout in tomorrow. Want to do some speed work in preparation for the 5K on Feb 3rd, but don't want to overdo it. We'll see.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
This morning I rode a half hour on my bicycle and went about 6 miles. My SparkFriend EILEENV3 invited me to a 20 mile bike ride this Saturday and I plan to go. Thought I might want to practice a couple times this week. Also, want to make sure I find out what the weather will be and be properly prepared.
I'm not sore today after my 10K yesterday and not tired after a good night's sleep either. I realize, though, that I was prepared to run 6.2 miles. My training primarily on the treadmill was quite adequate for the distance. It was not, however, adequate for the weather. I run on the treadmill primarily because my granddaughter can go to the nursery at the YMCA. When I did run outside I avoided cool mornings. I'd wait for it to get pleasant. I live in central Florida. Yesterday was the second coldest morning of this year. If I'm going to race in cold weather, I need to get proper clothing and quit avoiding chilly weather training runs.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I finished my first 10K! I ran fairly easily and said my goal was to complete the race. My time was 1:04:07, which was out of the medals, but okay with me.
There will be pictures later, I'm pretty certain. I'll try to post at least one. I'll warn you, though. It was cold. I heard it was 35 degrees at the start. The wind was blowing, especially off the lakes we ran by. Scenery was gorgeous! At the last minute I got brave enough to take off my sweat pants. I left them where anyone could have picked them up because I didn't have enough time to get to my car. Luckily, they were there upon my return. I had not planned to run with my jacket, but I was just too cold. About mile 5, I was plenty warm and tied it around my waist. Then the wind blew and I put it back on. It wasn't until the race was over that I realized I had it on inside out. So the pictures may be very strange. We'll see.
Anyway, I'm declaring it a success. Right at the moment I'm not dying to do another one, but give me a day to rest up and I very well may change my mind. There is an evening 5K on Friday, February 3rd, that I just might have to enter!
Monday, January 09, 2012
I'm tapering toward my first 10K race on Saturday! Today I did a 45 minute pilates class, an easy 25 minutes on the stationary bike, and two 10 minute walks with the grandkids. I plan to run 3 miles tomorrow, stretch and abs class on Wednesday, run 2 miles Thursday, and pick up my race packet on Friday. I probably will walk a little Friday, too. Planning to eat really smart, especially Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning. Hoping my first 10K in public goes well.
My second 10K may very well be even more exciting. We have a lot of 5Ks in and around our town, but not many longer races. The next one I know of is the Lake to Lake 10K in November -- and this is the exciting part -- ONEKIDSMOM is considering coming to Florida to run it with me!! Wouldn't that be great?!!
Tuesday edit: 3 mile run done as scheduled! good stretch and foam roller afterwards
Wed: didn't make it to gym; walked 30 min brisk with stroller
Thurs: ran 2 miles as scheduled; walked over .5 mile for warm up and cool down; then stretch and foam roller
Friday morn: feel good this morn; back isn't hurting. both kids are a little sick, but I think I'm avoiding it-(fingers crossed- so far so good). weather report says cold air coming in. low tomorrow may be high 30's or low 40's. how to dress for tomorrow?? race number has to be on top layer and showing. I'll try to warm up and see if I can run without a jacket.
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
The lightbulb over my head went off! I've got to think this through. Gwen is going from taking two naps a day to one nap a day and that means my schedule, my routine is changing.
For me one of the keys to maintenance is planning. When things change - even little things - I've got to give some thought to how that affects my eating and my exercise.
I know that when I can, it is better for me to get up early and have a leisurely breakfast before the kids come. But sometimes the bed is just too comfy or I had trouble getting to sleep and I need the sleep more than I need eating time to myself.Today I ate breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack with the kids. I did okay, but I must be extra mindful when I am eating while feeding two kids. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I eat supper with the kids, too.
Today since I didn't have to worry about Gwen's 11 o'clock nap I had a little longer at the YMCA. I got in a one hour run, strength training, and a shower before I needed to pick up Natalie at noon. My current plan is to take Gwen to the Y two mornings a week when we are both well. On Saturdays when I don't have kids I'll do my long runs outside or at the Y if weather dictates or I'm in the mood for the mill. I'll do cardio at home or in the neighborhood on the other days. Mostly I'll use the gym for strength training and pilates. That should work.
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