It's time I did this...

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.
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    Congratulations!!! and way to go about the running!!! emoticon
    2857 days ago
  • MILNE81
    Good for you for getting up and out early to run. I was supposed to get up this morning to run week 7 day 1 and decided to be lazy and sleep. I'll try again in the morning and when I do... I'll remember there are other people out there running early with me!

    Congrats on the graduation! And the stuff they plan for the students is amazing. It shows they really care about the students.
    2859 days ago
  • MAGIC764
    Way to go! I've started Couch to 5k at least twice. The first time, I made it through week 7 and stopped. This time, I made it through week 4 before the oppressive heat took over. "It's a dry heat" for me, which is easier than humidity, but over 100 is over 100, I don't care what anyone says! I run with Carli's's podcasts.

    Congrats to your daughter (and you!) on graduating.

    2859 days ago
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