Sunday, March 30, 2008
The kids race was ridiculously short, maybe 100 feet or so. There were only 4 kids entered, a girls older than Hot Wheels and then one younger than Superman. They finished in chronological order as well. All the kids got a green ribbon and a lollipop. Unfortunately our camera batteries quit just as I tried to get a picture of the start, oh well. Cutie was back at my parents' house, so we went to pick her up and the boys had a donut that grandpa bought. Okay, I had a jelly donut, too. It tasted worth the calories.
The rest of the weekend has been spent finishing some painting, doing some cleaning projects and getting ready for Hot Wheels' fifth birthday parties next weekend with our family. Really, I'm about to be the parent of a five year old. How did that happen, didn't he just come home from the hospital?
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This may be one of the most dramatic home improvements we'll ever make. The difference with that wall open is incredible. I used to hate sitting in one chair in the family room because it felt claustrophobic, but now it's great. In case I haven't mentioned it recently, my husband is completely awesome and has busted his butt for the past seven months to get us moved and into this house. We've lived there five months today and he's already done the bathroom and this project.
By the way, the picture of the boys was from when they were helping dad install the recessed lighting. Hot Wheels has the shop vac hose for reducing the dust flying around when he cut the ceiling and Superman was in charge of lighting.
A rather uninspired strength training workout this morning. I'm bench pressing 65 lbs, but the third set's a challenge. I'm also down from 120 lbs to 90 lbs of assistance on the pull-up machine. I'm making progress and even a less-than-stellar effort is better than nothing.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The rest of the day has followed suit as just being annoying. I'm going to blame it on being tired and move on. I was really hoping to hit 4.5 miles today, I felt good for the 2 I ran before tripping, but I was just done after that. Oh well.
Until I have the final home renovation project pictures to post, here are the boys "helping".
Monday, March 24, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
In other news I'm feeling particularly effective and motivated lately. Two nights this week I've been painting, because once we painted the ceiling I realized how awful the hallway looked so I'm painting that. The problem is that the hallway wall meets up with the kitchen wall and now I can see how awful the paint in the kitchen looks so I'll likely be investing more time and money into kitchen painting now. Superman has been "helping" me paint. He's actually done quite a good job in open wall areas with the roller and when he can't paint he sits and supervises me. He also likes to keep me company and tell me stories. He's so adorable sometimes. I'm kicking some butt at work and just feeling good in general. Home transformation project #2 should be finished this weekend and it is awesome. I'll share pictures of that as well.
I'm toying with the idea of a June sprint triathlon. A little crazy since I haven't swam or biked in a year or so. Could I really get ready on just two months notice? Or do I want to focus a little more on the running and then add the training for the August triathlon? I'm just not sure. Oh well, these are great "problems" to have in life.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Last night was a better night sleep, but I'm still recovering from Sunday night so when Cutie got up at 4:15 I was expecting a bad day. She went back to sleep with only about 5 minutes of back patting and I was once again at the gym for 5:30am. I decided to go 10 minute miles for 3.5 miles, ended up doing FOUR miles. That was my goal for the whole month and here we are with 13 days to go. Woohoo. The only thing I was disappointed with is that I could not have run even one additional minute because of intestinal distress that hit just as I reached four miles. Not sure how, or if, I'm ever going to get past this obstacle, wish I could figure that one out.
All in all the week is blowing away my expectations, I even got some painting done at home last night. After husband and I painted the first floor ceiling this weekend I realized how much I disliked the yellow wall, so yesterday I bought some grey paint and started in. Amazing the difference with a nice coat of paint. Home transformation project number 2 has been a relatively large one and we hope it will be finished this weekend. I'll post pictures when it's done.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I am completely enthralled with the idea of Misty's injinji toe socks, but since I don't blister with these, I'll stick with them. If I ever become the ultra-runner that she is, I might splurge on those.
This morning's 5K was the best yet: 29:59 for 3.1 miles. I even bumped up the speed to 6.4mph (9:22 pace) for the last minute or so of the 5K and then kept running until I hit 3.25 miles. Tuesday I'm planning on 3.5 miles. The gym scale still read 156 this morning, so I didn't ruin anything with my poor food choices the past few days, which makes sense.
Now that I've shared my hope that my thighs will soon no longer rub, I've got another body goal that I hope I will achieve. I'd like to get rid of the "underbutt". It's clearly not the top of my leg, but it's not really my butt cheek, it's in between and I call it the underbutt. It's gotten smaller and I hope it's soon to disappear. Although truly my butt is one of my less self-conscious things anyway, I've been told I lack one. I clearly don't, but it's not the same as my bat wings- those are the big trouble spot. I'm not even sure I'll ever be able to lose enough weight to get rid of the bat wings, but I've mostly adapted to them. Just don't stand too close to my upper arm if I wave, I've got triceps, but they're covered by the bat wings, which could probably knock you over.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I'm just going to call it "one of those days" and move on. I'll do my best to resist at BJs.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Got to the gym and realized I forgot my iPod, grrr.
Stepped on the scale and was pleasantly surprised with a 157.4- after a couple sketchy diet days and poor (to none) workouts Monday through Wednesday. Yeay.
Started my warm up and realized I also forgot to put up my hair, grrr. Went back to the locker room and found my hair band, reminded me I want to get a hair cut soon. Headed back to treadmill.
Ran 3.0 miles at 6.2 mph. Yeay.
Missed a treadmill 5K PR because I saw 3.0 miles and started walking, realized after about 40 seconds I didn't finish the full 5K and ramped up the speed again- final time 30:05- grrr.
But, it felt better than the last 5K, so that's a good sign. In all honesty I have no idea how these treadmill runs will translate into a real, outside race time. With daylight savings starting this weekend, it will still be a while before I'm running outside, so I'm going with what I can for now and hoping that's good enough. I didn't think I'd get to the point where three miles was no big deal- and here I am able to run it with some effort but it's not killing me too much. Some day I'd love to say I'm going to run an "easy five". We'll see.
Unfortunately, the only negative effect of the 5K runs has been that I get quite nauseated and a bit of intestinal distress for the rest of the morning after the run is over. I hope it will subside as I get more consistent with them.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
I have to commit to two races sponsored by work and they pay the entry fee. There are option hill and track workouts that I've heard are guaranteed to improve your running. The track workouts would be difficult to attend, but the hill workouts are at lunch off campus. Maybe. I think my second "A" race of the year, after my August triathlon will be a 10K in October. Six point two miles. I'm sure that sounds like nothing to many people, to me it's pretty huge. It's also the Olympic triathlon run distance, obviously, so maybe I'll be up for a June '09 Olympic? We'll see.
As I'm unloading groceries from the car, he comes to hold the door open for me (because he's sweet like that and it was raining) and says "Mom, why are they called groceries? I don't think they're gross."
A big interest in our house is space. We love our night time star projector and we look at the constellations almost every night before bed. The boys have both been asking me about zodiac signs- we just call them people's star signs. I never remembered to look up Cutie's star sign and yesterday I was looking at a horoscope page and noticed she's a Leo. I told Hot Wheels and Superman that she's a Leo and Hot Wheels said "Well, since she's still a baby, doesn't that mean she's Leo Minor?" (In case you didn't know, there's a constellation called Leo Minor, right above Leo in the night sky.
Blew off the gym Monday, had an uninspired elliptical trainer day yesterday and missed it again this morning. I might try to get there later in the day today depending upon how my work day progresses. Either way, I'm planning on another "5K Thursday" tomorrow. I hope to make that a habit. Short funk, I hope. Better kick out of it tomorrow.
24 days until the backwards mile and 7 1/2 weeks until the 5K and the "A" race triathlon is set for August 7th. Time to get serious.