Friday, January 14, 2011
I have been working at the YMCA for a little for a month now. Overall, I enjoy it. Except when I am bored out of my mind because a new member didn't show up orientation.
Or like today. When the guy that works ONLY Fridays calls in [which I saw last night so I am not sure if I am buying into he's really sick] and my boss asks me if I can. Well, um... I don't want to work.. but I guess I can. I really need the money.
So much for my day off.
So much for resting.
So much for my first run with the Bridge to 10K.
So much saying good-bye to Nick before he leaves for the weekend.
On a more positive note, I do enjoy working there. I like showing people how to use the machines. It really makes me feel smart and like reconfirms how far I have come. I know, weird, right?!
In the last few years, I have volunteered/worked at a variety of places. I learned real quick that the work environment is important to me. I remember I volunteered at a place with a negative energy. I hated it and dreaded going.
Well, that is definitely not the YMCA. It has such a positive energy. When I am there it actually helps to motivate me. In fact, I see everyone running on treadmills while I am there.. that it energizes me to want to run which is awesome for my Half Marathon training.
One of my members apparently adores me. She told me I was awesome than bragged to my boss that I am awesome! Woot! She was telling me this yesterday and my boss told her that I interview great! Double Woot! I always thought so. I know I just need to get my foot in the door and I usually can get the job... but man, it sure is nice to have that reconfirmed especially when I will be looking for a career in the next year or so!
Anyhow, I think I will be a bit tired after working today so time to change plans. The run is SO on for tomorrow before I work at 1 pm or Sunday at the VERY least!
Have a wonderful Friday!!!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
24 hours really can make the difference!
Yesterday, I was hesitating on training for the HM.
Today, I decided to go for it.
This morning I was pretty excited about my decision.
I knew with my decision I was going to need some major support. So, I gathered the troops.
I think I have all my bases covered.
Online... um, can you say Sparkpeople? Hehe. I found some people and I think I am going to join a team specifically for it!
In person... I have a friend I am going to train on twice a week.
During the race.. Running it with my aunt.
I feel like with all that support, it is definitely doable! I totally have this. This is totally what I needed. A new focus.
Now, all I need to do is set up some weekly personal training to teach me how to use free weights or kettle bells. Honestly, I am leaning towards kettle bells. All I know is my core needs to get to be stronger... pronto! I have noticed after I run, my sides and back hurt a bit. I think it's because my core needs to be stronger.
Besides the personal training, all I gotta do is send in my registration. That will probably happen the week classes start. That is really just a housekeeping item.
By the way, if you are interested in knowing, I did my first official training run today.. well, kinda. I didn't have enough time.. but I did run 2 miles in 30 minutes. It's a start. Friday, I have off so no excuses.. I WILL be running 10 minutes with 1 minute walk breaks four times.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
I have made up my mind. I am going to do it! That's right, I am going to train for the Half Marathon. *gulp* Since my aunt is three hours away, I will be basically training by myself. But, I CAN DO IT! On the day, my aunt and I will be the first NINE miles together so that will be great! So, as soon as I get more money through my school refund and bigger checks from my new job, I am going to register so I cannot back out!
I am going to complete the Bridge to 10K which is ideally 6 weeks long. After that, I may take a week off. Maybe ignite my love with the arc trainer again. After that, I am going to complete Hal Higdon's HM Program for Novices which is 12 weeks. According to my calculations, I will have approximately one to two weeks left to work on what I want to until the HM on June 5th! Perfect!
So.. if anyone is training for their first HM, or have advice for me about training or know of a great team on here while I train... I'd LOVE to hear about it!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Long time ago, I read a blog that ANEPANALIPTI in where she talked about how she was achieving all her goals than soon found herself with little to none goals. I can definitely relate to this. I have so busy achieving my goals that I didn't have time to form new goals.
In fact, I realized my 2011 were basically the old goals but in a new year. Summed up, they were basically to make goal weight and do x-amount of races. Come on, I can be a bit more creative than that, don'tcha think?
So, I think I am going to switch my focus from weight loss to fitness. I have already given my scale to my BF for the month... and boy, that is hard.. but I think it will be worth it. The thing is, I think if I focus on fitness goals like running, the weight will naturally come off. It will be forced to.
With this all said, my new focus is going to be this:
2011 is the year of the races.
I AM going to do 11 races including at least ONE 10K! I don't have them all pinned down yet but most of them are posted on page.
This brings me to the next decision.
My aunt keeps asking if I want to run a Half Marathon with her while she runs the Marathon.
Here are some of my thoughts...
1. I really want to.
2. I am not sure if my body is ready by June 5th!
3. There is always another race, another marathon.
4. Would I be stretching it?
5. Why not? You were looking for something new and wanted to change it up.
6. Only YOU is holding YOU back.
7. I can only run 3 miles now and it is in 6 month... is there enough time to train?
8. Do I have enough dedication and commitment to train?
Any thought on any of this would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, one more thing... I am eligible for an upgrade for my phone and have been thinking about the Droid. But, now Verizon is getting the iphone. For those that have either the Droid or the iphone, what do YOU think the pros and cons are of each?
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