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Quite the Walk!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Even though I hurt DD#1's feelings the other day about "putting on a few pounds", apparently she agreed that she needs to exercise. She told DH she wanted to run on Thursday (mainly because it was such a beautiful day). As I mentioned before, she has a sedentary lifestyle with school, work & hanging out.

DH and I ran on Wednesday. Since he's been working nights, he didn't want to do a long run, so we ran on the "hilly" trail. It's been a while since I've done this trail and it was hard. With walking & running, we probably got in a little over 2 miles.

Last night DH, DD#1 and DD#3 and I went to the greenway trail that's behind the subdivision behind our property. We drive and park at the trailhead because it's a pretty long walk from our house and DD#3 was taking her bike.

DD#3 took off on her bike and DH, DD#1 and I stretched and walked for a few minutes and started to run. DD#1 did pretty good considering she hasn't done any running in a while. She and DH ran at a pretty brisk pace for about a mile. I trudged on past them when they started to walk, but they caught back up with me. We had gone over a mile and were getting ready to turn around, but we still hadn't come across DD#3 on her bike. DD#1 turned around and was going to walk through the neighborhood home and DH needed to go because he was going to run by Publix and pick up DD#2 and he was "done".

I kept on walking to find DD#3. This "leg" of the greenway is about 3 miles and then you have to cross a pretty busy road to continue on (which then goes through the park where we also run). I hoped DD#3 wouldn't cross the busy road, but you never know with her! I finally spotted her riding back. At that point I had probably walked/run over 2 miles. I told her we were going to have to get back home on our own because DH had taken the van and that she could ride on ahead, but had to stop at the entrance to one of the subdivisions and we would cut through there. I walked a little more and then probably ran for another 10 mins. after that. By the time we got home, I had walked/jogged for 1 1/2 hours! I'm not sure the distance, but the walk also included cutting through a very hilly subdivision!

Good thing I got in all that exercise because DH got a pie for PI day and I had a small slice of blueberry pie!

I'm feeling kind of sore and stiff today, so I think I'll take a "rest" day. DD#1 has to work tonight and DD#3 has something at church. I have to get up early tomorrow to take DD#2 to the "24 hour homeless experience". DD#1 decided she would just volunteer a shift and not do the entire 24 hours since she has to work late tonight (and wanted to hang out with boyfriend tomorrow). I'll have a lot of driving around tomorrow, but it's supposed to be 70+ this weekend, so I know I'll get plenty of exercise!

I really enjoy just walking & running and not really keeping up with my distance. For some reason, it doesn't seem like such an "obligation" when I do it that way. I want to work on building back up my distance so I can have a good time on my 5/4 5K, but I think I'll just "enjoy the ride" for a while. I might start working on distance in a couple of weeks.

Speaking of 5K's, a mother of DD#2's friend (who runs 1/2 marathons) came by yesterday to pick up DD#2 to plan out their Spring Break trip (she's going with them to Florida - lucky!) Anyway, she mentioned that one of their friends heard DD#2's name announced at the 5K we did as a "winner"! Apparently she got some kind of award for her age group. She came in 3rd, so they must have given her something. We didn't stay for the "awards ceremony" so I'll have to check it out! She's like her Mom and likes awards & recognition!

Happy St. Patty's Day to all tomorrow! emoticon
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