Thursday, June 24, 2010
I've been thinking about starting a blog for some time now and all I've done is think about it. Well, it's time to do more than think, so here I am, typing away. Let's see how this goes.
I thought I'd start with a bit about my last 24 hours and how it impacts what I have eaten and my exercise routines.
Yesterday, my oldest daughter graduated from high school. It was wonderful and actually the 1-1/2 hour ceremony wasn't that bad. Well - expect for the heat. We sat on bleachers from 2:30 - 4:30 in 95+ heat. (Yeah I know that's more than 1-1/2 hours, but we needed to get a good seat.
I tried to drink as much as I could but it was all leaving me in the form of sweat. Notice I said sweat, not perspiration. Perspiration is dainty. This was anything but. Every so often a breeze came through and that saved us all. It's important to note there were at least 6 ambulances standing by in case of emergencies.
For years, our high school has sponsored a "project graduation" for the graduates. Graduation begins at 3 so families can celebrate over dinner. At 9:30 PM the kids are back at school, boarding busses for a chaperoned all nighter. The cost is minimal; they fund-raise all year for this and the kids get to have a great evening/night with their friends. They are bussed and must take the bus back.
They arrived back at school at 4:30 AM and 10 minutes later I had 10 17- and 18-year olds tiptoeing up my stairs to my daughter's room. Yes, she cleared this with me in advance and I actually said yes.
Today is my run day and since the weather forcast was worse than yesterday, I decided to get up and run. By 5 AM I was dressed and out the door. Wow what a shock. I really didn't expect it to be that humid. I have a full front porch and the air was incredibly think under that overhang. Fortunately things eased up a bit once I got down the steps.
This morning I ran W3D2 of the Couch to 5K program. I tried this 3 years ago and got through the entire 8 weeks, but didn't do much afterwards. So I've started once again. Last time, I would estimate the time, using my watch. This time I've downloaded Robert Ellery's podcast as well as the Chubby Jones podcast.
I completed weeks 1 and 2 using the Ellery podcast. The benefit is I don't have to worry about the time. I'm not crazy about the music though. This week I switched to Chubby Jones. The music is a bit better and I like the fact that she talks to you during the various intervals. It's much better than counting. I found that by the time she stops talking you're about halfway through the interval.
Still working on the best time for me to run. I think now that school's finally out, I have more options. I can actually run in the morning since I don't have to prod my younger daughter 5 times to get out of bed. Wow, that wastes a lot of my time in the morning.
OK. This is long enough. Hope to keep this up daily. Sending skinny vibes to all who read this.