Tuesday, March 18, 2008


I had very low expectations for this week based on how it started. Sunday night Cutie slept from 7:30pm-10:30pm and then was up quite a bit for the rest of the night. Finally at 4:30am I got up and left her in the crib, I had resolved that I was going to get back to the gym this week and husband was going to be on duty. I warned him that he should go to bed early on Sunday night, I think he regretted not taking that advice. I left just before 5am (as he tried to settle her back down, but she was up for the day) and got to the gym for 5:30am. It was a lifting day so I was going to do a short cardio session and then the weights. I hit the treadmill and thought for grins I'd set it to 7.5 mph (8 min mile) and see if I could make half a mile. Well, I ended up running one mile in SEVEN MINUTES AND FIFTY NINE SECONDS. I got to 7:30 and I had to crank the speed a little to get there under eight minutes. I was really psyched about that effort. The only downside was that it reminded me I do really have asthma and the rest of the day was spent in a low-intensity asthma state. Not really an attack, just a tightness in my chest and some discomfort. Some day I should go back to a doctor and have a new inhaler prescribed, I'm sure.

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.


Kathy said...

Good work with the running, and after such a horrific nights sleep too - IMPRESSIVE!!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

You ran an 8 minute mile?!?!?!? Holy smokes! That's fast, lady!!!

You don't always have to run all out like that, but it should give you confidence that you can maintain a decent pace for a 5K or 10K or whatever distance you choose.

Good job!!!