Monday, September 28, 2009
This month, I will:
Eat within my calorie range every day.
Follow my running program.
Strength Train 3 times a week.
Eat only healthy foods.
Plan my food.
Clean up my home.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Well, I am back from my one week family vacation, and I got in plenty of exercise, and didn't even bother trying to count calories. I managed to drop 4 pounds while away, but I am not sure they have stayed off after some bad food choices this weekend. I made a deal with my journey buddy that we are going to weigh in tomorrow morning, and then not step on the scale again for two weeks. We are going to buckle down with our nutrition, the hard part, and get firm on our cardio and strength training plans. I feel renewed commitment to my goals and my head is in a much better place than the last time I blogged. The reason my family took a trip was to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We returned to our honeymoon spot and spent the same dates in the same cabin as we did for our honeymoon. It was so relaxing and peaceful. No extended family drama, no catering to the needs of others (just the four of us). I am in a great place now mentally, really prepared to finish this, and finish it now!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Okay, so it feels like a huge storm is going on in my life right now. I was anticipating September with the expectation that it would mean some regularity for me with my workouts instead of having to depend on childcare. So far, that is just not holding true. There is so much going on, my youngest is off school for Day 3 in a row, and will not be returning to school again tomorrow, so I have only run on Monday of this week. I feel very selfish and guilty that while he is sick, all I can think about is the fact that I can not go for a run. I am taking good care of him, obviously, but I am still wanting my exercise, and I know I shouldn't feel guilty for that.
Also, I had my Mom here over the weekend (Friday to Tuesday), and she ended up sick too, and I had to take care of her also. My relationship with her is strange, and I actually get very emotional when she visits. All inner turmoil. It takes me a couple days to move past it once she goes home. In the meantime, as I used to do much worse, I have been eating my way through the stress.
I need to with that, and take care of myself. The stress isn't going away, I have to handle it better, so here goes! Wish me luck!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Way back in January I started running. I asked my new found walking buddy if she would join me in one of Fitness goals, an action in one of the stages here at Sparkpeople. She agreed that she would attempt to run 1/4 mile with me. That would equal two laps around our indoor walking track. We did it together, and it just about killed us both! But, we did it together. Since then, we started some outdoor training in early February because the weather was nice. We were about to step it up when my friend fell on a school skating trip, bruised her tail bone and was out of commision for weeks. It was a long time before she was able to walk at an exercise pace again, but she never gave up once, and before we knew it, she was running again! School ended June 25 for our kids, and we had a plan in place to make sure we were able to continue training over the summer. We did okay for one week, and had plans to step up the training for the following week. Schedules didn't mesh, so we kept putting it off. Don't you know it, I ended up coming down with pneumonia! I was out of commision for a good 2 weeks. Between baseball and spending time with our kids and families, and me getting sick, our entire plans for summer running training together were derailed. I had pretty much given up on the Terry Fox Run being a run for us on the 23rd of August. We had 3 weeks until run day. I called my Mom in tears telling her how sick I still was, that I had thought I was getting better only to find myself gasping for air when I tried to play baseball. She told me not to give up, just to do my best and believe in myself. Well, I took it easy for one more week, and just started with some small runs(8 mins the first time) while using my puffer as recommended by my doctor before exercising. I slowly built up my times by doubling my previous run each time. So I got in a 20 minute run, then a 40 minute run, then an hour. I ran a 10K route I mapped out here on Sparkpeople on August 30, constantly running took me 68 minutes. I was feeling better about doing the 10K Terry Fox Run. Knowing that my friend had been unable to train, I told her that we were going to do it together still, and that she would set the pace. We would walk as much as she needed to.
Fast forward to September 12. 1 am, and no sleep for me! I just couldn't settle down. I finally got to sleep, and had my alarm set for 6:30. It came and went, I was still in bed! Thank goodness my Mom was sleeping over, because at 7:35 she got up and realized I had slept in! She got me up, and I got ready to go. I made plans with my hubby. I left at 8:15 to go get my best friend and head over to the park to get registered and ready to go. He would get the kids all dressed and fed and meet me there for 9ish to watch the opening ceremonies and cheer us on as we got started. Also, we wanted to find out the route so they could be there at the finish line. My friend and I arrived at the park, got registered and I started to do a few stretches. One of the volunteers agreed to take some pictures of us in front of the big sign, I will post some soon. I just couldn't help feeling excited, felt like bursting out of my skin. My friend was pretty nervous though and kept asking me to stop reminding her that this was anything other than us out for a jog in the park together. So, I did, and we got set up with the group on the start line, just a little bit back.
Just before the opening ceremonies began, an older man who had been doing laps around the park rollerblading, cut right through the group of us to continue his exercise. Whatever! You would have thought he could see that there is an event going on, and have the courtesy to pause while we talk about supporting cancer research and all of the efforts of our community to make this run a success. Nope, he kept right on going. Even while two little girls from a local school sang O'Canada, he cut through our little group again! Talk about lack of community support or something like that, it was just plain rude. People in our little group started heckling him a little bit, and then dropped it. I figured ignoring his ignorance was the best solution.
The organizer talked about Terry Fox, a couple of special guests gave some very nice speaches, and we were ready to begin. On your marks, get set, GO! We had agreed that we would start off walking, so we set off for a 5 minute warm up walk, and then started running. I set my timer for 10 minutes for our first running interval. Not only did we finish that entire time, but we did another minute on top of that, for my friends longest continuous run in our entire time running together, to complete one full 2K lap. We did a 1 minute walk recovery interval and then ran for another 11 minute interval. As we approached the starting line again to finish our first lap, a photographer from the local paper took our photo, and as we approached him on our second lap, he stopped us to take down our names! We will probably be in the paper! And, yes, we looked marvellous with my friends hair pulled back and me in my camo running hat!
Every lap we passed the park my kids and husband and Mom were hanging out at, and my kids and Mom would come out onto the path and take pictures and wave to us. At one point my youngest called out "You're doing great Mom!". My friend said" What about me?" My Mom called out "You are doing great too!" It was so incredible to have the support of family there, and as we neared the finish line on our final lap, we could see the family of my friend standing at a picnic table waving to us as we finished up our last bit of running to cross the finish line. We didn't think they were coming, and it absolutely made her day that they ended up coming to surprise her. We crossed the finish line together, and I was so proud of her that I picked her up and spun her around, and we were laughing and crying and cheering and just feeling so totally overwhelmed with joy and pride. My Father-in-law was at the finish line taking pictures of us and cheering us on. There were quite a few times during the actual run that I got teared up with pride and joy, a little bit of sadness for the people we have lost to cancer and much gratitude for the people who are fighting cancer and winning.
All in all, this was one of the best days of my life. My friend and I dealt with injury, illness and some scheduling issues, and we still managed to finish the run with 23 minutes walking and 47 minutes running time altogether, which is a personal best of running in one session for my friend. I have never had such a friend in my life. She didn't give up once, she worked through a cramp, sore hip flexors (walking funny really helped loosen those up) and a burning chest so we could accomplish this together because she wanted to stand behind what she told me she would do. She wanted to stop at the 5K point, and I admire her so much for really pushing through to get it done. Her husband asked her when the excitement had died down if she would do it again next year? She said yes, she wants to do it again every year, and with a full year to get ready, she is determined that we will run the entire course together next year. We have our certificates to fill up, and ribbons to show that we participated in 2009. Thanks FEBRUARYROSE for your support, and your dedication! I LOVE YOU!
Sunday, September 13, 2009
I am just going to make a quick entry that the Terrry Fox Run was a phenomenal experience, and that I am extremely grateful for my best friend and my family. I will go on about it when I feel more like blogging and having more details.
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