Thursday, February 26, 2009

Training: Day 73, 74

Wednesday I wanted to go walking with Celina when Jeff got home from work. That didn't happen because Jeff didn't get home till after midnight.

Thursday I went walking with Celina and her sister in the morning. We used the double jogging stroller to push the kids. It has a rain cover so that was nice. It wasn't actually raining, but it helps block the wind. I ran for a short little bit. I really wish I could've run more. I ran in a cul-de-sac and then ran back around to catch up with them. It was a nice walk, at least.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Training: Day 69, 70, 71, 72

Saturday night I got off work after 8:30, so I didn't go running. I did, however, go to my friend Celina's house and we walked. She's not really up to running yet, but maybe eventually!
Sunday was a rest day.
Monday I was planning to start my official 10 weeks of training! Unfortunately, I was watching a friend's children and then we had someone over right after they left. I never got to go.
I was going to make up for it by running Tues, Wed, and then Fri, Sat instead of Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat. Unfortunately Jeff had to work late. He got home a little before 9 pm. He is supposed to work late Wednesday and Thursday as well. Wednesdays I volunteer in my daughter's class at school, so I can't go in the morning. I am hoping to go running/walking with Celina on Wednesday night after Jeff gets home. I think I will run in the morning on Thursday. That will be really hard. Although the new bed helps me sleep better, so maybe it'll be easier for me to get up early!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Training: Day 66, 67, 68

Wednesday evening I had an event to go to with a friend. I got back late and didn't get to run.
Thursday evening I had to take Ashley to church for an activity. I got back late and didn't get to run.
I just don't feel safe running in the dark after 8pm by myself on the virtually unlit path.
Friday was a rest day. I was going to try to make up for the previous two days. But Ashley had a birthday part to go to at 4pm. It was at an indoor pool. I dropped her off and then headed to Celina's house. We were just going to take the kids to the park until the party ended, but then we decided to order Chinese for dinner. Then we put the kids down in her girl's room and played Rock Band. Never got to run. Now I have to work late on Saturday at the Day Spa and I'm not sure I'll be able to run again! Yikes!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

10 Week Training Schedule

Here is the training program Jeff and I will be doing for the Half Marathon in May. We start next week. Yay! I can't wait to run 12 miles! I guess by the time that one comes up, I will be up to it.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Training: Day 65

Tuesday is a rest day. I found myself being extremely thirsty. Don't know what that is all about. I drink water. That's all, unless there is a special occasion. Then I might have some sparkling apple marionberry cider. I guess I need to drink even more water. I think I'll work on that this week.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Training: Day 64

I just ran 40 minutes. It was supposed to be a 25 minute run today, but because I missed the 40 minutes on Saturday, I decided to go 40. I was avoiding it and trying to make excuses so I could run for a shorter amount of time. But when I got out and started, I decided to just go for it. Of course, on the way out for the first 20, I was thinking that I should just quit now because I'll never be able to run 5 miles at the end of next week, let alone 13.1 in 10 weeks. I was feeling pretty down. But on the way back for the last 20, I was feeling better. Slower, maybe. But definitely more optimistic. Jeff thought I was just going for the 25, so I surprised him when I was gone for longer. I'm gonna keep trying, I guess. No, not guess. I know. And not try. I'm gonna. I'm going to do this. And then I will be happy and healthier. And I'll keep running.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Training: Day 60, 61, 62, 63

Don't know what happened to Thursday.
Friday was a rest day. I was feeling it from the runs the two previous day. I am quite proud of myself for running 30 minutes. I didn't think I could do it. And I couldn't a few weeks ago.
Saturday was supposed to be a 40 minute run. We were actually busy all day and then went on a date for Valentine's Day. So we never went running. I think I will run 40 minutes on Monday to make up for it.
Sunday is a rest day again. We did go on a walk. It is a gorgeous day- the sun is shining and it was 53 degrees when went out. Ashley and Alona rode their bikes (which are way too small for them now) and Natalie walked/rode in the stroller/was carried by her daddy. As the girls were on bikes, we had to walk at a good pace to keep up with them. I am thinking of starting a tradition of outdoor activities that will keep us active on Saturdays. I would really like to teach my kids to stay active and healthy, rather than have them struggle to stay fit when they are adults. If I start them on the right path now, maybe it will stick and they won't have the struggles that I have. Not that I am too worried. Ashley is in ballet twice a week and Alona is in Intro to Jazz/Hip Hop, so they do have some activities that are exercise.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Training: Day 58, 59

Tuesday was a rest day. I was extremely tired. This darn cold sure is getting old. I seem to cough a lot. I wonder if it will ever go away.

Wednesday I slept in till about 10 am. And yet I was tired all day. I think my body just can't recover from late nights now that I am in my 30's as well as it could when I was in my early 20's. Especially with a cold. My late nights were with my family in town, not out partying. I don't do that. This evening I was sitting at the kitchen counter and just fell asleep. I was contemplating not running because I was so tired and still coughing like crazy. But Jeff finally got up and ran, so I decided I really needed to as well. So when Jeff got back, off I went. Today's run was supposed to be 30 minutes. I ran for about 13 1/2 minutes and then got a cramp in my side that just wouldn't go away. So I walked until my iPod beeped at me letting me know it had been 15 minutes. That is when I turn around. So I turned around and started running. The cramp came back, but I decided to just keep running. It eventually got better, although it never went away completely. I was still pretty far from the house when the 15 minute timer went off again, signaling the end of my run. I decided to make up for the walking in the middle and set it for 2 more minutes to finish off my run. I made it a few paces past my house when it went off. I am not looking forward to the 40 minute run on Saturday!

Training: Day 57

I didn't go running on Monday. I was REALLY tired, still suffering from this cold, and it was freezing out, literally. I know, excuses, excuses.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Why am I doing this?

Why am I running a half marathon? There are many reasons. It started out sounding like a great accomplishment. I mean, how awesome is it to say I ran a marathon? That was my original thought. But being realistic, I saw that I really didn't have enough time to train for a marathon. So I looked at the 5K or the half marathon. I asked Jeff if he would do one with me. At first, he said the 5K. Then he realized how short it is and said the half marathon. I can't even run a 5K at this point, but since a marathon is my ultimate goal, I wanted a real challenge. So the half marathon was chosen. I also decided it would be a good way to lose some weight. After all, how could I possibly run that much during training and not lose weight?
But now, I have been thinking about it more. I think I want this because I come from a family of runners. I quit running before I really got started thanks to my evil elementary PE teacher who made me run an extra lap on the mile once. She told me I wasn't fast enough to have finished first! My Dad holds the record for the quarter mile at his high school to this day. Don't tell me I couldn't run that fast! It really made me hate running. But now, I regret quitting. Everyone else in my family who went to public school ran track. I think one of my sisters still holds a record at the junior high. Maybe if I do this, I will prove that I do fit in with my family. And maybe if I continue to run half marathons and marathons, one day I might just be really good at it. My dad did run cross country after all.
And of course, I have to credit my old high school friend Andrea for inspiring me. If she can do it, I might as well push myself to do it, too!

Week 8: Healthy Eating Goals

So I have been doing fairly well with eating breakfast and lunch. I still need to work on the fruit/veggie intake. I try, but it is hard to get them all in. I think what I should work on next is knowing when to stop eating. This week I want to work on that.
So this week, my Healthy Eating Goal is to pay attention when I eat and learn to feel when I am satisfied. And, of course, stop eating at that point.

Training: Day 54, 55, 56

Well this weekend was just crazy. We had family in town and I was still sick. This cold was pretty bad. I had a fever for a few days. I think Friday it was slightly better. Friday was a rest day anyway, but I was hoping to make up for missing Thursdays run. It didn't happen.
Saturday I was supposed to run. I planned to run with my brother, Charles. Ashley had her baptism and then we came home and had dinner. Then we played Rock Band. Then we talked. We had to. With 2 sisters in town, how can you not? Aurelia was getting really sick and had a fever (same thing as me, but she brought it with her), so we all went out to soak in the hot tub. I still wanted to go running, but we never got to it. My throat was pretty bad, and I was coughing a lot.
Sunday was a rest day. We went to the coast. I will be posting pictures of that on my other blog. My cold seemed to be getting better, but still a lot of coughing.
Hopefully Monday will start a new and better week.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Training: Day 53

I didn't make it running. With my Dad coming in late in the evening I had to get his room ready. And make sure the bathroom was ready to be tiled. And with this darn cold I've got it just wasn't happening. I am feeling pretty awful. I am hoping I can run Saturday.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Training: Day 52

I went out and ran. Cold and all. It was a struggle. I didn't make it as far as I did on Monday in the 25 minutes. I was really dragging. But I did it. We will see how tomorrow goes.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Training: Day 51

Tuesday was a rest day. During my run on Monday it seemed that I had a lot of post nasal drip. I thought it was just the usual that I get running. (Gotta love the allergies here in Oregon) As the night when on, my throat started to feel sore. Tuesday I woke up to my throat hurting quite a bit and some major congestion. Just what I needed. It is really hard to run outside in the cold damp air with a cold. And it is supposed to start raining again this week.
I looked at a treadmill last week, but it wouldn't work when I got there. Nice, huh? I don't really want to spend a lot on one because I really prefer to run outside. But it sure would be nice to have one when I am sick. I will keep looking. We will have to see what happens for running over the next few days with this darn cold.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Training: Day 47, 48, 49, 50

47. Friday was a rest day. I ate both breakfast and lunch. I am really working on that one again. I just need to eat 3 solid meals a day.

48. Saturday was quite a busy day. And then it got really cold by the time I could get out to run. So I didn't. I really hate running if its below freezing. It hurts my throat.

49. Sunday was a rest day. Oh, how I love rest days. But I really do enjoy training. It is good for me and really makes me happier.

50. Monday. Today we started our week of 25 minutes running. I did it. It wasn't too bad. Although, about 5 1/2 minutes in I was feeling like I just wasn't going to make it. I pushed through and managed 19 1/2 more minutes. What was I thinking? Maybe I got numb and it didn't bother me anymore after the first 12 minutes.