Monday, September 01, 2014
I'm not sure how everyone feels about "life" and the circumstances that come with it, but yesterday had a great ending to a near perfect day!
My friend that I walked the 1/2 Marathon with, met me at "coffee shop church." She had been wanting to come for most of the summer, but never could get there. She made it last nice and the sermon was all about pregnancy. (It was from the book of Samuel.) I won't go into great detail, but it was soo weird.
She was elated with how it all worked out. It made me say a verbal, "Thank you, God." It was a perfect day and it was worthy of gratitude.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
It couldn't have been a better day for my friend's first 1/2. It was cloudy day and the storm that went around us took all the humidity with it. She wore appropriate clothing and looked cute with her now 4 month baby bump.
We started out slowly and jogged down a large hill. We passed two women that said they are normally the "butt end." We chatted briefly and kept going. The first turn brought the first hill that we walked up. The two ladies behind us caught up and passed us.
Fast forward. We ran maybe a total of a mile. We did lots of "deep discussing" about everything under the sun. I really think we fixed the world's problems. At least in our little world!
My friend did awesome. She really listened to her body and adjusted her pace accordingly. She apologized a couple of times and I assured her all was good. (Besides being pregnant, she has asthma and really wasn't able to "train" since she has gotten sick just about every day. She's actually lost weight since she got pregnant.)
This was so good for us both. The team mentality was awesome. I was over my normal competitiveness, with myself, even when we were a mile behind the slowest 1/2 marathoner. It was all good.
I actually found muscles that I forgot about, which really surprised me. Walking definitely uses different muscles or uses your muscles differently. I think this 1/2 may really help me in the next three.
We did great, but the last two miles were tough on my friend. She was starting to get leg cramps. I told her as long as it wasn't in her abdomen, I was fine with that pain. She had already battled shortness of breath, a side cramp, a cramp in the hip area, her hips popping, and calf tightness. To say the least she didn't let the mental get to her. She is one tough cookie!
We finished in 3:23 which was about 15:30 minute miles. Normally that would be agonizingly slow for me, but we had a great time.
The one disappointment was that they ran out of 1/2 marathon medals and will mail ours. I really wanted her to feel that sense of accomplishment when that metal is hanging around your neck. Delayed gratification, I guess.
We started for home and the rain began. A quick stop for lunch and then we parted ways. She ended up joining me at "coffee shop church" where the sermon really hit home with her. To say the least, it was a perfect day!
Saturday, August 30, 2014
After watching my oldest play soccer at her college, we drove out to pick up my packet, and my friends's, for tomorrow's 1/2 marathon. It was in the country with lots of beautiful hills. The ladies working the table were so friendly! This race is for Logan View School, which is very small. I love the thought that I am supporting a small school.
I'm not stressed about this "race" since I am walking it with a friend. This is her first and she had planned on running it, but several factors prevent her from doing so. 1) She's not in "shape" enough. 2) She has a bulging disk in her back. 3) Her doctor said that he'd rather her not run.
4) She is pregnant after being told she'll never have children.
All great reasons to just go out and help a friend accomplish a goal that she wants to obtain. It will still be a nice workout with all the hills, but it will be fun and full of good conversation. (I secretly hope she'll walk a little closer to my walking pace, but I also realize that I walk MUCH faster than most when I'm just going from A to B, let alone when I power walk.)
I am ready to set aside my competitiveness and support a friend that I call my soul sister. Here's to a great long walk!
Friday, August 29, 2014
Yesterday was my 21st anniversary. My hubby put a really cute picture and sentiment on Facebook. I know that I am really blessed with the man that I married. He's put up with me and all my "busy." Over the years I've stayed busy with horses, dogs, kids, and now running/exercising.
We have common ground when it comes to the kids, but the rest were/are all my interests. I like to stay busy and I hate to sit around. I can't help it, it's just the way that I am.
Even yesterday, he came home for his lunch and I was out running/working out. We went out for dinner tonight and I did indulge just a little. I had a plain dinner salad without dressing, but did have the dinner roll. I also ate some spinach/artichoke dip with bread. The main course was chicken primavera with marinara sauce and I only ate half of it. I'm sure I was really close on calories and maybe went over a little, but it's only once in a great while so I'm ok with that.
I hope everyone is doing well! Keep moving!
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Before I got a chance to read the responses from my lost blog, I decided to change up my workout. After talking to other healthy people, and now reading your responses, that is what I thought I should do.
So I did my normal 40 minutes walk, but did go faster as my "partner" wasn't at work today. I then ran over to the closest high school and did a cross fit routine up the stadium stairs. Part of it was one that my college daughter did with me, but the rest was all made up by me. I figured as long as I was moving, sweating, breathing hard, and my heart rate was up, I was doing well. Then, I ran home. Besides 30 minutes of stair cross fit, I also ran 30 minutes.
I do see that great minds think alike!! I'll continue to run as I have four 1/2 marathons in the next five weeks. (Oh, that just sounded crazy!) I'll throw in some elliptical workouts in there as well and maybe some cross fit, too.
Don't worry friends, I'll taper before I run the "races." Thanks! You all are !
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