Sunday, August 12, 2012
Any change up in my routine always leaves me feeling out of sorts.
Since the gym closes early on Fridays my beau and I decided to switch up jogging days.
Which ended up with me missing a jogging day this week because we decided it on Friday!
I am switching c25k days to Sunday, Wednesday, and Fridays. Gym days will be on the off days.
We got a letter in the mail from the gym....they are having the pool resurfaced and it will be out of order for pretty much all of September. Work begins on Sept 3, will take a week to drain and resurface it, a week to let it set up, fill it and balance the chemicals, and a week to get the temp stabilized....although, while the temp is coming up, anyone that wants to swim in it is welcome.
Who the heck wants to swim in cold water!? Not me, thats for sure!
During that time I will stick with the gym and beau and I might check out some of the classes they offer. We used to do the yoga class on Monday nights, but I don't think that is going to be possible for him with how bad his neck and shoulder have gotten. He makes sure to wear a sling now any time we exercise whether its walking, jogging, or even in the pool.
Even though tonight would have been a jogging night, I really needed a break from this week! We did do an hour in the pool but I concentrated on my upper body. I did try to walk some laps but my legs were not having any of that. They let me know that after about 3 laps, so I just headed back to the deep end. I am not sure if the overall soreness is coming from walking 5k yesterday or just worn out from going 90 to nothin' all week!
I am hoping that the change up will do some good and have taken it easy since I got home this afternoon and do not plan on heading out for my walk/jog until tomorrow evening.
I am hoping like crazy to be able to catch the men's marathon tomorrow, I was quite miffed that I missed the women's last week. I also hope that I can catch the closing ceremonies as well.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
The sale of the company that I work for is almost final.
We should be switching over to the new owner on the 20th. Of course they left all the paperwork and information to the last second. Still have no idea what software we will be using, no idea what day payday is on, and no idea about benefits...all that information should be coming to us on Tuesday. Right now, I will just be happy that I still have a job after the 20th. All of us employees are supposed to automatically have a position, because they aren't taking over as much as they are expanding to our area and we should still have the same customer base and all that. It would just be a tiny bit less stress if I knew what the heck my new duties will be! Argh!
Today was nonstop going through employee personnel folders digging out information I need to give to our new HR person on Tuesday...it was more like searching for information. There is so much of it that is in our main office and trying to get them to email me anything is like pulling teeth lately. I can't totally blame them for the hard feelings though, most of them will be losing their jobs shortly. Then again, I take my work seriously and I would not block someone else from their job because of sour grapes. I only got a tiny bit of my normal job done, luckily Fridays aren't usually busy for me and I had the leeway to work on the folders....I only got about halfway through them in about 6 straight hours of working on them. I even skipped going to lunch and just ate at my desk.
I came home exhausted. Its been a long week and I have been exercising my fanny off (literally I hope!) every day.
I felt like I was trying to talk myself out of even getting off the couch, I told my beau that I didn't have the energy for the gym/pool tonight, but I knew I would be mad at myself if I didn't get any exercising done, and he reminded me that they close early on Fridays.
I had totally forgotten!
After dinner, I was feeling ok and since there was a breeze out, I brought up walking a 5k. Its my off day from jogging and I was going to wait a month or so to walk it and seemed a shame to waste a good breezy evening!
I mummified my lower body with all sorts of elastic...Ace bandages on my left knee and ankle sleeves on both sides. About a half mile into it, I actually stopped and got rid of both ankle sleeves....BIG improvement! Was able to pick up my pace to about a 20 minute mile.
3/4 of a mile and like clockwork, I started with the spitting, lol, I must be the unprettiest jogger/walker EVER! I know its coming from my asthma, but there isn't much I can do about it.
I am not even a good spitter, I can't even just spit and move along, noooo, its gotta run down my chin, haha!
At least my nose doesn't start running unless I actually jog! I am going to have to start bringing a rag with me.
About a mile and a half we hit the little hills that I blogged about previously, I will take the hills in place of running in circles around my block here.
.We live in an apartment...each building has 4 apartments in it and there are probably 50 or so buildings in the neighborhood here...which makes for a lot of trash cans....and a lot of trash....in South Louisiana...in the humidity....in August. NOT exactly pleasant because most everyone leaves the cans by the road instead of pulling them back to the sides of the buildings. Some days I wish I still smoked so I couldn't smell anything!
We started going to the next block over, which is actually a very nice neighborhood with some gorgeous little houses and lots of magnolia and other flowering trees...smells WAY better, haha! Down side is that there are a few little hills over there. Thats alright though, they will be good for me!
2 miles in and I am getting excited....I am getting close! I noticed that singing a bit out loud with my playlist helps with my breathing, it helps slow it down....so sorry to all the people who may have overheard me!
I also learned that at about each mile mark, my lower back was tight, quick fix was to stop for about 3 seconds and touch my toes, letting my back relax, and it would pop all the way from the bottom up to about my shoulder blades.
We hit 3 miles just around the corner from home and my beau pointed the other way with a questioning look...he was asking if we needed a trip around the block to make the distance. I just smiled and told him nope, that just finishing the walk home would get it...and it did!
We ended up with 3.13 miles, with a total time of 1 hour and 3 minutes. Average pace of 20'24 per mile!
Only way to go from here is up!
Thursday, August 09, 2012
Cause when push comes to shove
You taste what you're made of
You might bend till you break
Cause its all you can take
On your knees, you look up
Decide you've had enough
You get mad, you get strong
Wipe your hands, shake it off
Then you Stand.
I was listening to music on the pc today, deciding what else to put on my phone....
Stand ~ by Rascal Flatts
This makes me think about all of us here, taking a stand.
I couldn't do this without you all.
Thank you for helping me to stand.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
I got my xray results from the doctor today for my knees and hips.
My left knee, the source of my irritation and concern. There is nothing wrong with the joint, with my right knee either incidentally, the only thing physically wrong with my knee is arthritis.
He said the pain is either from that, or from my sciatic, or a combination of both.
The occasional pains in my hips are not from my hips either, lol! My hip joints are perfect on the xrays, but he said there is "an anomalous joint formation" in my L5-S1 joint, where the pelvis joins it... which means pretty much nothing for the joint itself (right now), but definitely explains my hip pains....again, either that, my sciatic or a combination....
He also poked me in the IT bands and declared them fine, lol!
We also talked about the fact that I am asking SO much from my lower joints, and the expected pains that come with that. He also pointed out that its a bit of a catch 22, I have to exercise to lose weight to help my joints....which is going to hurt for awhile.
I am continuing on with my pain meds for now as needed.
Now for the great news...
I am still allowed to run/walk/anything I want and anything that my knees and hips agree with. If they start paining too much, back off again.
He gave me a script for a knee brace because I cannot find an ace bandage that is comfortable enough. The medical supply store pharmacy place was closed by the time we got there though. Will have to make a run during lunch tomorrow.
My blood pressure which was always pretty good and consistent usually around 120/80-ish was only 100/70 today.
I asked about pre-workout eating, he advised protein heavy instead of carb heavy (dangit!)
We also talked about the amount of carbs I get during the day and I told him that most of my carbs are coming from fruit instead of the bread and rice and pasta that I wanted to stuff my face with!
He said since my carbs weren't so much from processed foods, that my balance of carb/protein/fats was doing good.
Tonight was a night off from jogging so the beau and I went for a walk. Our furthest yet. 1.74 miles with a pace of 20'32.
In a few weeks (when it starts to cool off here a little bit in the evenings), I am going to walk 5k to get a base time for myself and work from there.
I told my beau that I AM GOING TO do a 5k by the end of the year even if I had to crawl it. This is my first major goal and I WILL DO IT!
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
I DID IT!!!!
90/60/60 on my jog intervals tonight!!!!!!!! HELL YES!!!!!!
The first 90 jog was easier than I thought. My beau is my timekeeper and when he signaled 55 seconds, I waved him off and just said 'No, 90 this time.'
2 minute walk time and the second jog interval ended up on an uphill...I managed a full 60 seconds going UPHILL!
By the 3rd jog we had turned around and hit the same damn hill from the other side! I made it 60 on that side too!!!!!
I am so excited! If my legs weren't worn out I would be jumping around for joy!!!!! Not ONLY did I lengthen my first jog interval, AND complete a full minute on the second two...but I also added on almost another half mile to our distance! We ended up with a distance of 1.43 miles....OH! AND.......I dropped my pace to under 20 minutes again!!!!
I am just beside myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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