Running in Florida

Posted on September 24, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , |

So I am on week 2 of my training plan.

This week it is

Monday- Strength Training

Tuesday- Run 35 min

Wed- Cross Training 30-45

Thursday- a speed/interval workout

Saturday- run 3 miles

I am in Florida for the Tuesday run and OMG…running flat is so different. I got outside and started running and it felt like I could run forever…not really but I definitely was feeling a lot stronger than I do at home. The hills I met were like ant hills so nothing that really slowed me down…it shaved about 45 seconds of my pace and just felt so good. Now the humidity was a different story- I don’t believe I have every sweat that much. Cleaned the pores out for sure.

It was funny running through campus. I was not a runner in college. It just wasn’t even something I thought of. As I ran and enjoyed how beautiful the campus was I thought what a waste. I had so much more time in college and was 10 years younger than I am today…why didn’t I ever get out and run.

Well there are probably a million reasons, (like sleeping in versus getting up at 6am for a run) but one I realized was back then I used to workout inside a lot. In fact for so long it was always working out inside. That was till the stress of life got to be so much and I felt like I spent all of my life indoors- sitting behind a desk or in a meeting room for most of the day. I craved the fresh air and openness to release that stress. I didn’t have that feeling in college. I am lucky that I live somewhere now where I can run outside as I realize that part of what makes me love the sport is that I am outside doing it.

I would never have taken on the half-marathon challenge if I was doing it on a treadmill. Never. Never.

Looking forward to my speed workout on Thursday. Not just because I will get to do it sans hills…but because I am looking forward to getting one last glance around campus via the eyes of a runner.

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Family fun and humidity

Posted on July 22, 2010. Filed under: Capture the moment, Circle of Friends, The places we have been | Tags: , , , , , , , |

A long weekend with family in Indy. 4 little ones ages 5 and under. Lots of giggles, a little whining, and tons of fun. Splash in HIGH humidity and bugs, which in the words of MB: “I know why people move to AZ, so they don’t have bug bites” reminded us that 110 degrees isn’t that bad if the humidity is low.

We spent majority of the weekend poolside at TB’s parents house. Unlike our pool they have a slide and a diving board. MB with her running splits & long jumps and TB doing flips. The favorite was the slide. For the first day it was just normal sliding. The 2nd day brought all different kind of combos. Forwards, backwards, on your stomach, on your back. Then the “big trick” was coming off the slide onto the boogie board and staying up. After lots of lots of practice and being told that I didn’t hold the board right (TB needed to hold the board) she had it mastered and could come down the slide, right to the boogie board and glide across the pool. What fun memories. I  know we are going to hear begging for a slide at our house soon. (wish I could post the video!)

We also had some of TB’s old friends join us with their kids at the pool for a BBQ and more pool time. Water guns were the toy of choice, for the big kids and the little kids!

Outside of the pool the kids played non-stop. I caught the girls practicing cheers in the gym. MB teaching lil Sis “up-up, down-down” with the pom-pom’s. The boys took MB for a ride around the yard in their Caddy. Enjoying summer nights…seeing fireflies. Setting off some pretty impressive fireworks.

We had a family dinner which was full of really good eats. TB’s sister-in-law makes some really good coney sauce. I say this as someone who doesn’t like coney’s but loved her sauce!!! I am waiting for the artichoke dip recipe too- another WOW. Bellies stuffed and the kids are quiet. I go upstairs to check on them and MB says “Mommy, we have been playing a really long time with no arguing, isn’t that great?”. Yes it is and I am running back downstairs quickly so as not to ruin the quiet :).

The visit was short…but one of those that fills your heart and soul with happiness and recharges you for life ahead! Even if I still feel sticky thinking about the humidity!

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