Let’s get our speed on

Posted on October 11, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ok here comes the cheesy running girl. I am getting pumped about the idea of running this half-marathon and love to keep challenging myself with increasing my distances and paces.

Today was a speed workout. Half-mile fast, half-mile easy for about 3.5 miles. It’s funny…I realized after my warm up that was half the distance of a normal daily run that I was just getting started and I wasn’t even feeling anything. Then I got my speed on. My first half mile was a 9min/mile pace my 3rd half mile was a 9min 18 second mile pace. Wow! To date I have been doing anywhere from 11 to 11:30 min/miles. Today’s 3.5 miles were collectively at a 10:30min pace. I guess those trainers know what they are doing with the speed workouts.

I have one of these type of workouts each week as I increase the distance and I can see how over time this is going to overall speed up my base running pace. The funny thing as I finish I was smiling looking forward to my weekend long and easy run. Did I just say easy run????

Yes I did. Actually my next goal is to get to a distance that TB can’t manage 🙂

He has been super busy lately and hasn’t been able to keep up with the training. Last weekend he just got up and ran 4miles on Sunday with none of the other training. (I think he first run in 2 weeks) Oh I might of already complained about that. Anyway I can’t wait till he tries to go out and run the current distance and can’t.

Just a little competitive I know….but it is just so frustrating! to work so hard and then have him go do it without a bit of training. So come on 8 miles…that will stump him….I hope!

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An inspiration

Posted on October 9, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Today I went over to the pool to do my cross-training work out for the week.

I always miss the pool when I get in…I just love swimming. It was our first real day of fall too. Temps in the 80s and just wonderful.

The swimming workout was good….felt good to tire out my arms.

However that was not my inspiration.

About halfway through my workout, I saw a mentally handicapped twenty something man in a wheelchair coming to the pool

Using the contraption I had always seen but wasn’t sure what it was for he was lowered into the pool.

He then proceeded to move his legs slightly and swim (doggie paddle) at least 4 laps before my workout was over.

It was amazing to watch. I can only imagine how it must feel. Confined to a wheel chair but in the water moving completely by himself.

Not only was he swimming by himself but with real determination he was swimming 25 yard laps. I was so touched watching him swim.

It also reminded me that I am so blessed that I am healthy and so is the rest of my family. We all have the ability to walk, run, swim, bike.  I take it for granted. I am sure we all do.

It will be my inspiration the next time I feel like I can’t run another step. I can, I have the ability. It is just mind over matter. If this 20 something year old can battle everything going against him and get in the pool and swim over 100 yards then I can too can run that extra step, that extra mile….

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Lists are for Losers….just kidding

Posted on September 6, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , |

Do you ever feel that way?

Everyday I tackle 20 things on my list and feel like I add 30 more. Not to mention the few that I have pushed the date out a little bit further on the calendar. Those dreaded tasks or those that require someone else that I just don’t have the energy for.

The never-ending list.

I am not evening counting my “real work” task list. I am talking about my mom, girlfriend, life list. The one that google has made so easy for me to manage next to our 5 daily calendars. Yes- there are 5. Mine. MB. TB. The school. The tasks. I don’t count the sporting event schedules 🙂

So back to my list.

Sometimes what makes it so hard is the variety of things

1. Find a new church

2. Find orange and pink fabric

3. Register for a new race

4. Passport updates

That is today’s task list. No small tasks.

#2 excites me so that will get done.

#3 requires internet research but then discussion with TB on when we are going to be ready for the next distance challenge

#4 requires interaction with my least favorite person…yeah that will get started, but who knows when it will get done.

#1 where to begin???

So as I look at today’s list I am already defeated. I know I won’t complete all 4 and with the day ahead probably won’t get even one fully complete. Yet in the midst of life there will be 5 other things that get added…then tonight as I review my tasks and the schedule for tomorrow I will move the due date of those tasks forward. Defeat. Pure defeat. But someday I will get to cross it off my list. And that will feel good.

So now I know why I will come home from grocery shopping and cross things off my list. It’s the satisfaction of knowing I got something done today. Even if it just was one stop and all the things were from one store. I will scratch off each item on the list and smile as I do so. Cause there is nothing better than feeling your check something off your list.

To be positive though I am training MB to be a list maker. After hearing enough “oh mommy forgot that, it wasn’t on the list”. MB has taken an interest to knowing where this list is and when she realizes she “needs” or “wants” something she goes to the list and tells me to write it down.

The power of lists. You put fruit sticks on the list. They appear in the pantry.

Now the real question is how long will it take to train TB about the list. 9 months and still hasn’t mastered it. Any bets?

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