|This is a photo taken by Alvin. B, courtesy of Yelp, of the lake where we plan to run Sunday. Pretty!!|
Thursday, June 20, 2013
|Please note: These are NOT my running shoes, but happen to be the shoes I keep at work for walks at breaks and lunch time.|
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Yesterday was an even stormier day and I had to work a bit late. So we decided G would do his run at home on the treadmill since he would make it home first. Then I would do mine when I got home. It would have been fine if I had paid better attention to my training plan. I mistakenly told G the training plan for NEXT Wednesday. So basically, we both did twice the duration of running than we were supposed to. Good news... we survived. Bad news... for me, I just barely survived and in fact had to jump up on the rails a couple times. Ugh!
Today is another off day. Tomorrow I will make sure we do the right training plan. Saturdays are always walk days and Sundays are our ramp up days.
My prep for the next treadmill run will be to have a CD player nearby to play upbeat music that I know the words to so I can sing along. If we do it at the gym, I'll dig out my iPod and have it charged up to do the same. Oh, and I need to get that Thrift Shop song, too... makes me smile every time (I know it has a lot of bad words in it, but still... )! Macklemore was totally singing about my flannel zebra jammies (not from a thrift shop, mind you! And yes, the feet have zebra faces!)!
Monday, May 6, 2013
I really want to like it. But running is HARD. LOL. The hardest part (other than breathing) is admitting that I am in such poor shape. 3 minutes. That’s how long I had to run; followed by 2 minutes of walking and then repeating that sequence four times. The entire workout was a total of 20 minutes. Seriously! Just 20 minutes. And yet today, I am sore. It is an “Off” day, so fortunately I only have to go to belly dance class tonight. And it’s a good thing, because I am tight everywhere! Any flexibility I once had is long gone. I really need to work on that, too. Sheesh.
"No matter how slow I run, I'm still faster than my couch."
Friday, May 3, 2013
I have not been to Bikram Yoga since October and the 100 pushup challenge ended shortly after that last post due to an untimely sneeze during pushup #7 that injured my shoulder. Bikram, while a fantastic form of exercise, is just not a great fit for my life due to the time requirement (basically 4:30 PM - 8 PM on yoga days, which they want to be every day).
So... on to the new thing. Running. My baby sister and my mother both decided to start running this year. I figure, if they can do it; I can do it. Well, I jumped the gun a little and George and I tried to run a 5K at the National Harbor. Without training. Without even doing basic exercise for months leading up to it. Okay, so truth be told, we really didn't PLAN to run... but we got there late due to CRAZY traffic and wanted to try to catch up with friends.
|At the Glo Run at the National Harbor in DC|
To do this right, I am being guided by a pro. My trainer is Carrie Grote of Oliverunning.com, and she just happens to be a dear friend from college. We had lost touch, but reconnected a smidge via FaceBook (meaning I read her posts, and look in awe at her beautiful family photos). Carrie looks amazing. And she is a remarkable woman. And I really hope we get to truly reconnect soon. But back to running, because Olive it. hee hee. Carrie has developed a training plan for me so that I can run an entire 5K before my 40th birthday in August. Race Day is July 28. Training starts tomorrow.
The thought is that I will post a little here and there about how it is going. Wish me luck!
Friday, October 12, 2012
The reason last night's class was so good, I believe, is that James really kept us focused on our breath. He was patient, encouraging, and focused. And no, I don't think he ever opened the door, but I didn't notice the heat as much as usual and I didn't drink as much water throughout the class as usual, nor did I douse my towel with water to cool myself (both are habits we are encouraged to let go of). So there it is, I learned one of the lessons of yoga. Let go of your expectations -- even expectations of yourself... the only goal you should have when you practice yoga is to be present and do your best. Not a bad goal for every minute of each day, whether practicing yoga or not, wouldn't you say?
And yes, I completed my 100 push-ups yesterday. Two days down, 98 to go.
Since I have no yoga-related images, I'll show you a pic of the kitty we adopted about a year and a half ago to torment Hans and Tinka (ok, not the goal, but he's awfully good at it!). Here he is... our little Gatsby when we first brought him home in May of 2011!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Unfortunately, while doing my second set of 25 push-ups, I sneezed and tweaked something in my neck. Between yoga tonight and the massage I have scheduled for tomorrow night, I figure it’ll be feeling much better soon, and it didn't keep me from finishing my 100 push-ups. Tonight’s 6 PM yoga class is with the guy I was talking about yesterday, so maybe I’ll go to the 8PM class since I can sleep in tomorrow if I want.
Hmmmm… What to do? What to do?