Sunday, October 28, 2012
I've been trying to get some of the people in my running group to join my bike group. Today two runners showed up to ride, but the rest of the group I usually ride with decided that Hurricane Sandy was causing too much wind. They went to a bike trail in the woods too far to ride from my house. So I did the usual 20 mile ride with my two running friends, Aster and Amy. Although we had to dodge fallen Spanish moss and limbs -- there had been gusts earlier -- we didn't have any problem with the wind on our ride.
They both have expensive carbon lightweight bicycles, but made me feel very fit. They said I ride my comfort bike faster than it was meant to go!! I can ride around 14 mph. Aster said that I've outgrown my bike and need a faster one. Honestly, I like my bike. It suits me. In fact I suspect I get a better workout than they do, because their bikes do so much of the work. So at this point I'm not interested in a new $$$$ bike. However, I reserve the right to one day change my mind.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Do you see the white haired guy in the background? His name is Fritz. He is 75 years old and hardly ever enters a race without coming in first in his age group. And he often runs 2 or 3 races a month. Twice I ran in races where he was also competing, a 5K and a 10K. I beat him in the 5K and he beat me in the 10K, so we have a friendly competition. This picture was taken last year at the 5K, but I want to write about what Fritz did today.
Fritz belongs to the same Galloway running group I run with. However, he has been assigned to a faster pace group than I. He tells me that it is a bit too fast for him, just as I tell him my pace group is a bit too slow for me. So today when he was passing my group, he challenged me to straight run (no walk breaks) back. So the two of us ran the three miles back. We beat our groups, mine by about 20 minutes!!
We ran at a comfortable pace where we could converse. His wife, Margo, is following the Eat to Live book and has lost 44 pounds. He is really proud of her. He would love for her to run, too, but I'm not sure her knees are going to let her even when she's at goal weight. Fritz has two grandkids in town who he has encouraged to run. He's bought their shoes, paid their entrance fees, and done some coaching. The 12 year old beat him for the first time by 10 seconds in a 5K two weeks ago; the 14 year old was right behind him. I shared that my 5 year old granddaughter has run a half mile with me, but she lost interest, so I haven't pushed it recently. Will try again later. He agreed with that approach.
Fritz is one of those people in my 3D life who is a real support. He has an understanding of what it takes to lose weight and maintain. And while we "compete" no one applauds louder if I take a medal.
PS The picture is so small in this blog I don't think you can find Fritz. If you want to see him, go to my photo gallery. It is the 8th picture. Fritz is right behind me, just to the left.
Friday, October 26, 2012
A lot of things were not going too well. Two year old Gwen is sick. Naturally, she's fussy and that takes a lot out of me. Hubby has probably the worst cold he's had in over 30 years. It seems like he was a little sick for a couple weeks and now suddenly it is much worse. So I'm having to do some things for him and some things he usually does. I would not describe him as fussy, but I can't think of a more accurate word. On Monday Hubby got stopped by police (I was in the car) and received a $153 ticket for forgetting to renew his registration; and it is 3 points on license which may raise insurance rates. Seems like there are a million home maintenance issues and we are only getting to 900,000. OK, I am exaggerating, but some days I look around and want to run away from home!! Talk about running, I've even got a conflict with my running group about my last long run before my half marathon. When I was focused on the negative, I kept finding it.
I was just feeling less than enthusiastic about anything this morning. Then getting on the scale made me feel worse. I wanted to do something to turn around my focus on the negative and I did.
Do you know what made me feel better almost immediately? I put on some clothes I really like. I chose something I usually save for going out, but just decided to wear it on this day even though I wasn't going to do anything special. Honestly, I don't know why it made me feel so much better. Seems kind of shallow, but it worked all day. And I'm thankful.
Gwen seemed a little better by this afternoon, I've got chicken soup for hubby, and hand sanitizer for me. Looks like our Galloway program director will run my last long run with me. Everything else will wait. I'm thankful that I'm feeling positive and feeling healthy!!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Think I can outrun a cough?? I just may try. I ran 3 miles today with no walk breaks at just about 6 mph or 10 minutes per mile. Did 10 minute warm up before and 10 minute cool down after as well. I'm feeling strong and healthy. I'm trying to think as positive as I can and I'm washing my hands repeatedly.
Bet you guessed. Gwen has a decided cough and I think Natalie may be getting it, too. Hubby has had a persistent, but not very severe cough, for quite a while. After training for my half marathon for months, I am trying really hard to stay injury-free and healthy for the event (I didn't call it a race) on November 18th.
Feel free to send me some good thoughts and healthy vibes!! I can use all the help I can get.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The laptop computer I bought six months ago went out. No power was getting to the computer. Tech came to my house and his visit was covered by warranty. Replaced my battery, charger, motherboard, and more parts. When he left my laptop had power. But then I could not connect to the Internet. So today I spent more than 2 hours on the phone with tech support and spent money to get services and software to help my computer run better. I certainly hope this is the end of my computer problems!! Fingers are crossed.
Hope all of you are having a happy, healthy day without any significant problems, computer or otherwise!
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