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a beautiful Sunday - sunny & mild

Monday, May 13, 2013

Headed out to the park this morning for a walk/run. I have a 5k next week and it's been WAY too long since I've run.

Did my warm up moves (10 leg swings front to back & 10 side to side on each leg) then walked a lap. Started running on the next lap. I needed to complete 8 laps to be a little over a 5k distance. I was really hoping to do better than 35 minutes in my race next week. I was getting close to breaking 30, but I've been so slack with the running.

Not only was I able to run 8 laps, I did them in 34 minutes (actual distance was 3.36 miles)!!! So now my goal is to finish the 5k in less than 33 minutes.

One of my recent Spark Coach assignments was to find a motivating song for the day. I love music, so that's really not much of a challenge for me. Lately I've been stuck on “Try” by Pink. I also like “My Body” by Young The Giant. That one has a great chorus: My body tells me no, but I won't quit 'cause I want more! (It's usually my mind telling me NO way before my body does)

I've set up folders on my MP3 and tried to time my music to help me with sprints or for a motivational tune to play at those points when I usually feel like I don't want to take another step. Cake's “Frank Sinatra” got me up one of the hills. “Brass Monkey” by the Beastie Boys helped me quicken my pace.

As I was coming to the top of the last lap of my planned run, I was kind of beating myself up a little because it had taken me so long to get to a decent running pace, and I was feeling that I've lost so much ground, even though I've still been getting exercise. My cardio has been spin class, outdoor cycling, walking, and climbing bleachers. But running is different.

Then Linkin Park “What I've Done” started playing on my MP3. "I’ve drawn regret from the truth of a thousand lies. So let mercy come and wash away what I’ve done. I’ll face myself to cross out what I’ve become. Erase myself and let go of what I’ve done." Perfect timing for that one! I've listened to that song many times when I'm feeling kind of down on myself. Most of us are much less forgiving of ourselves than anybody else is with us.

My total time running & walking was 58 minutes. Total distance was 5.04 miles. Then it was home to get cleaned up for Sunday school and church.

Mom is camping this weekend, so I didn't get to see her or talk to her on Mother's Day (limited cell coverage at the campsite). Sis & I bought mom a new comforter set for Mother's Day. Mom had said she wanted something new, and sis had asked enough questions to get an idea of the color scheme. My sis had the idea of putting it on the bed so mom would see it when she gets home, but neither of us were sure we had keys. Then I remembered that I still have a key to mom's van...and her garage door opener is clipped to the visor. So after church, I went to mom's and put clean sheets and her new comforter set on the bed. Putting a bed skirt on a queen size bed by yourself is a pretty good workout!

I headed to the gym, but I didn't quite get there. It was such a gorgeous day, I went for a bike ride instead. There is a new 2.5 mile walking/running/bike path in town. It was a perfect day to be outside. I saw LOTS of folks waking, running, and riding bikes. Lots of parents with their kids. It's so nice to see families exercise together, and have FUN! My one hour bike ride was about 11 miles total.

and I have LOTS of photos. But it's a royal pain to get them to the computer. Our desk top (which I use) is getting old in computer years. It does not recognize my phone when I connect it. It does not recognize the chip from our digital camera. And I need to go back to visit my buddies at Radio Shack because although I can read my emails on my phone, I cannot send emails. DH is great about loading photos to his laptop, then to a memory stick so I can put them on the desk top. I just hate to ask him to do that every day!

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    Awesome run! Awesome biking! Awesome mom's day surprise! Awesome music! You've really got everything going in the right direction! WTG! Wishing you the best on your 5K! Enjoy! Hope you had a good Monday! I opted to soak in some sunshine during my lunchtime today. Gotta love Vitamin D! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
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    1774 days ago
    I've skipped the gym on occassion when it is just too nice outside to be inside instead. Today it is going to be in the 90s though so if I do get any exercise in it will be on the treadmill with the fan blowing on my face.

    Wishing you much success in your 5K run!
    1774 days ago
  • LEWILL1982
    Great job on your run! Sounds like your 5k will be great! I have one coming up soon as well, love setting goals and making plans for them!
    1774 days ago
    Wow!! So much exercise.... I have really been a slacker lately and today is the day to get back to it!! I bet that bike ride was gorgeous!! Hope we get to see the pics. Have a sparkling day!!
    1774 days ago
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