Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
This is a post about me. I am putting off sharing lovely pictures of the ever-so-cute kiddos to talk about something different today.
At the end of last summer, after graduating from school, I decided I wanted to set a new goal for myself. Running. It is something that has been on my mind for quite a while but for some reason (maybe work, three kids and school) I couldn't find the time to really attempt to start working on this.
After one of those time-suckers was over, I thought now would be a great time to get to work on something that has been on my to-do list for years...learning to run.
I challenged myself to be able to run an entire 5K by today - My Birthday, which is now known as "Goal Day 2010".
Yes I had done aerobics in the past and even started the C25K program but never finished it. So this time I set my own program. With the help of a new iPod, Nike+ and some new, shoes I set off.
I started off really really slow. Alternating walking and running both indoors and outside before it got too dark in the evenings. My personal trainer (i.e. mystery voice on the iPod) was very encouraging.
In the fall I had a set back and had to stop training for a little while. My dentist found a bad tooth and I had to have it removed. That was really un-fun. It took longer than I expected to feel 100% better and by that time...well the Holidays were upon us and I had no will power. BUT...
I picked up my routine in January by setting a 5 day a week workout schedule and combined that with tracking all of my calories using Livestrong's My Plate - which is a free site and so easy to use.
Most of my runs were indoors on my trusty 10 year old (Valentine's Day Present) treadmill. Its a very bare basic model but it does the trick. On the rare occasion that it would be nice out, I would run outside on my street.
Running outside is both beautiful and difficult. My road is VERY hilly. It makes training much harder. There are a few smaller hills and one crazy large one that I have named "Crazy Large Churchill" since at the fork there is a Church and cross street. My expert hubby thinks that the grade of this hill is only 5% but I beg to differ - I say its more like 20%. :) Well, at least it feels that way when I run up it. But luckily I get to turn back around and run down "Churchill".
At first I was only able to walk up and run down the hills but as time went on I started to be able to run both. My Nike+ run looked like a Heart Rate Monitor with large valleys and peaks.
One other problem with running outside is the yappy neighbor dog who loves to run after me when I pass by his house. He comes all the way into the road to show me just how many teeth he has. Now granted he isn't much bigger than Benji, but he sure looks mean. That's one way to get me to pick up the pace.
One important lesson I learned is the need to recalibrate my Nike+ application often. I was getting awesome readings around March thinking I was really rocking my runs but in reality, it was my Nike+ giving me more credit that I deserved. Once I re-calibrated, I realized that I still had work to do.
After the reality set in and the depression wore off, I continued my runs in an effort to get faster and run longer. I mapped out a better road course and started trusting in my readings on my treadmill a little more until finally I was able to run the entire course.
As with anything some days are better and faster than others but in general I can now run the entire 5K and sometimes even further.
As a little treat to myself I decided to visit the UA outlet store and get me some new gear. My so-called running attire was quite old hand me downs and I needed a little styling.
Here is me on Sunday sporting my new goods. Yeah I look like a goober with swollen hands and red face. Now that it is summer-like I need to condition myself to run in the heat.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Another cub scouts event to blog about, the annual fishing derby. What that actually means, I still haven't figured out, but I do know that the boys had a lot of fun fishing at the local farm lake which was stocked with lots to catch.
My hubby calls this "fishing in a barrel". Luckily for my son the fish were hungry and he caught a total of 8 fish in 2 hours.
Girlie getting a lesson from her daddy.
Fish caught by the hubby.
Who got quite anxious when released back into the lake.
Proper girlie fishing attire, bright flower dress.
The big catch of the day. 14.5"
I don't wanna fish, just sit here and look pretty.
Mom: "Hey look at me for a sec, I wanna see your shades"
Z: "Who me??"
Fish # (?)
A rest on a blanket in the shade.
Proud Pop-pop using the kiddie rod. :)
Our family total was 21 fish. I even caught one when I got handed a rod to hold while the men were busy untangling a line. I have no idea who 'won' the derby but we at least had a beautiful day to hang out by the lake.