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Friday, February 07, 2014

at least for a week! DD#3 said the other day that she wanted to try out for track. She's in 7th Grade and you can only try out for sports in the 7th & 8th grade here, not 6th.

She mentioned last Spring that she wanted to do track in the 7th grade and we tried "training". Needless to say, that didn't go well! She's a lot like DD#1 - not competitive and doesn't like anyone telling her what to do. We actually "trained" for a couple of weeks for the 5K at our church. I believe I referred to her as the "goof" in some e-mails from last year! She got a pretty bad cold a week before the race and didn't feel good the day of the race. She did not do well. In fact, I remember finishing and then going back to encourage her to finish. It was a small race and she came in close to last (there was a group of walkers behind her).

Anyway, that pretty much ended her desire to run! I know I was probably part of the problem. I can be pushy and a tad insensitive, it's the way I was "coached" (playing competitive softball growing up). It works pretty well with DD#2, but then she's used to it since she's been playing sports for 10 years.

Anyway, she came home last night and said she went to the track meeting and signed up for tryouts (beginning 2/19). She said she wants to do the high jump, but the track coach recommended that the 7th graders try out for a few things (or "everything"), so they can see what they like. DD#2 and I were going to run, so she said she wanted to go with us. It was pretty cold last night, but we went to the outside track so she could get a good "gauge" of distances.

We stretched out and decided that she would "run" a mile and we could get a beginning time. We all 3 started off at the same time. DD#2 is in good shape, so she started out at a pretty fast pace. I'm slooow, so I started off with my plod. DD#3's pace was "in between". She started to slow down and I plodded past her. I looked behind me and she had stopped and was holding her side. I walked back to her and she said she had a terrible pain in her side and was crying.

She's kind of a "wimp", so I figured she would want to just quit. DD#2 ran back by us and shouted out some "encouraging words" to the effect of "suck it up"! We continued to walk around the track and I discussed with her some of the reasons she might be having the cramp - - started out too fast, out of shape, cold, hunger (she eats a small lunch at school at 12 and it was already 6 pm), didn't drink enough water, etc.

The walking and talking calmed her down, so I suggested we jog the straights and walk the curve. I'm not sure how many times we walk/jogged around the track, but we were out there for about 45 mins. I was really proud that she didn't quit!

I don't have any idea what will be "expected" at the tryouts, but I told her we would come up with a good "training plan". DH and I both told her that she would need to do something every day and we felt like the most important thing is to condition by running and getting her legs stronger and doing some "core" workouts.

We're going to go to the track again tonight, but start out slower and just do the jog/run thing again. She's also going to jump on the trampoline this weekend. I'm going to look up some additional "drills" and see what else might help.

The most important thing is to keep up her enthusiasm. So, I know have a "project" and I'll get some additional exercise in the next 12 days!

On that note, I decided to change my February goals a little. I said yesterday that I wanted to loose 2 lbs. between now and my 3/5 weigh-in @ WW. I'm going to change that to 4 lbs. (I lost 3 lbs. this past 4 week period). I know that's a little aggressive for me, but I want to challenge myself and I'm determined to up the exercise.

Weekends are usually my downfall, but at least this weekend I won't have the "excuse" of the Super Bowl to over indulge. I'll be pretty busy this weekend.

Tonight I have the "training" and I'll also have my great-nephew(GN) for a couple of hours (I'll push him in his stroller at the track). My niece is taking DD#2 and 5 of her friends to a concert in Atlanta (bless her heart)! She's dropping them off at the venue and meeting up with friends for dinner (we live about 35 miles north of Atlanta). She will then bring them all home and they'll all spend the night! I'll meet up with my sister to drop off GN because he and my niece are spending the night with my sister.

Saturday afternoon DD#2, niece, GN, my sister & brother-in-law will all be going to get the puppy. My brother-in-law's niece lives about 2 hours away, so they'll be gone most of the afternoon/evening. I'm planning to do housework and "train" with DD#3 and then "play" with the puppy that evening.

So now I actually have 2 "projects" DD#3's training and the new puppy!
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