Thursday, February 26, 2009
OK, I'm almost halfway through my training. Halfway. The race is coming up. Fast. But I can do it.
I played an energetic game of volleyball tonight...worked up a sweat and everything. It kept my heart rate up, but not as good as a run or a mall walk. I need to get out Friday morning and get in at least one more work out for this week. I refuse to kill myself on Sunday at the race and not be able to do some fun things on Monday and Tuesday in New York! (can't come up with a theme song for today's posting....how about I go with "New York, New York a hell of a town. The Bronx is up and the Battery's down, the people ride in a hole in the ground....")
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Oh my....it's been a while. I didn't run for a week! Maybe it's time for that blog on motivation that I didn't write a few weeks ago. I did run on Thursday for my traditional 5K. It wasn't any record, but I proved to myself again all that I already knew: getting started is hard, and getting started again is harder. However, the important thing (so they say) is that I did re-start. It's funny...while I was on the treadmill, I forced myself to consider why I kept running, and decided it's because I have this blog for accountability. In fact, I went to a neighborhood gathering on Friday evening and was gently chastised for not posting (and thus not exercising) for a week.
Please continue to encourage me, and I'll continue to exercise. I'm still committed to my goal.
Oh,...and I finally was able to donate blood today. Yeah!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
So...the lesson for today is that "shuffle" doesn't refer to that button on your 5 disc cd changer (or if you're younger, an iPod)...it's the way to keep moving even when you feel you can't/don't want to so that you can finish your training.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
(singing) "they say you don't tug on Superman's cape, you don't spit into the wind, you don't pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger..." OK, that was the song going in my head today (even though I had Dixie Chicks on the iPod) because it was so windy as I was running. And let's face it, you have to spit when you run outside....you just get the mouth full of gunk and since you're breathing so hard (I was) it's just easier to spit. (sorry Mom! I know it's not ladylike!)
I thought I was going to chat a moment about motivation, but I'm not motivated enough to do it. Maybe next post.
The "running" training for this week is a 3 mile run today (did it), a 2 mile run on Thursday and another 3 mile run on the weekend. Maybe I need to get a watch with a timer, but right now, I can only estimate that the 3 mile run took maybe 40 minutes. The first 2 miles were 12 minute miles, I'm pretty sure.
Let's hear it for beautiful blue skies and temperature in the high 50's...in February in Wisconsin!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
For the record, running on a treadmill (which is what I have done for the previous 5 weeks) and running outside is TOTALLY different. For those of you reading my blog and saying, "duh!" just realize that it's something I needed to experience, you couldn't really tell me, even though some of you tried. On the plus side, my brain clicked in and I remembered how my body felt when I ran in high school. (it's always good to listen to your brain...refer to Thursday's post) On the negative side, I may be a little behind in my training since I have only been on the treadmill up until now. At least I have eleven more weeks to make it up.
So....chalk this up to another learning experience, and a good friend hauling my butt outside to run. (next time, I'll bet I even remember the Tylenol.)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Here's my stretch goal for this week: I called my friend (C.T.) and asked her if she would run outside with me this weekend. (she said sure! crazy chick...) It's supposed to be close to 40 degrees! Whoohoo! (We're havin' a heatwave (sing with me now...) a tropical heatwave (come on, you know the tune....) the temperature risin' there'll be no denyin'..... (what do you mean you don't know the words?!) Sorry, sometimes I just break into song. So, we're going to give it a try. I'm not sure what to wear, but I think I'll just grab my husband's outdoor running clothes. (don't tell him--what he doesn't know won't hurt him)
- a few pounds lighter (but not as much as I imagined, or hoped I would be)
- more toned legs and back side (more than I expected)
- closer to my goal of the half marathon, and still excited about it
- still excited enough to talk another woman into joining me (Hi Wendy!)
- surprised at the number of women supporting me (thank you!)
- enjoying authoring a blog
Can't think of anything else right now. If you think of anything else, add it in the comments. Having a goal with a set date and measurable time really makes a difference in my motivation. I suppose that the SMART Goal Theory is true (must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound)