Thursday, May 21, 2009

Hot Stuff

My plan was to run 40 minutes today... so about 4 miles. I walked out the door at 11am, 83 degrees F, very little wind and humid, with a positive attitude and a new podcast in my ear (other one empty so I could listen to traffic or a dog who might want to chase me), and a smile on my face. I ran down a street I haven't ran down before that takes all the way across a cross street then up towards the foothills to the levy. I made a stop at a little park where I got a drink of water at about mile 1.3 miles then out to the levy and down to Wildwood park where there is another drinking fountain. I know that to the turn around at upper park road would put me at exactly 5 miles. I played a little trick on myself, saying I'd go 4o minutes but knowing I was 5 minutes more to a drinking fountain would give me another mile under my belt. Sneaky I know.

I was hot and sweaty and loving it at the turn around. Although my body was tired and I hadn't really eaten properly my mind was so joyful that it kept me energized. I stopped for a drink and to say hello to a fellow runner at the park then headed back home. By the time I got home I was DRENCHED in sweat, like pouring down me and leaving a puddle, but I felt so good! All over tingly, runners high that I had been missing since my little hiatus from a running program.

I wonder if Kettlebells has anything to do with it? I have been so stiff and sore since starting that a good run has been the only thing that has made me feel better, so good in fact that I really look forward to doing KOR again tomorrow, a hike or 3 mile run and then 10 mile long run on Saturday!

When was the last time you had that runners high? Do you get it often or is it rare but magical?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

KOR day 2

OMG this is an expensive class. I payed $600 up front for 6 months of kettlebell training/core strength training. KC is planning on working out a workout for me to fit into my marathon training. Isn't' that cool? BUT I am so sore. My hair follicles literally hurt. BUT KC took my body fat and weight measurement today and I don't need to loose any more fat... I'm at about 12.8% and he thinks I need to gain a little weight which will come from muscle in the next few months. Today I weighed in at 111lbs.

Yesterday we did a warm up where we held the KB near our left hip, upside down and swung them up and around our heads and back down to our right hip. Then did it again from there. 20 of those. They are called Halos. Then we would swing them around our waists 10x each way then around our ankles 10x each way. Then figure 8's through our legs rotating from one side lunge to the other keeping the KB close enough to your ankles but not hitting them. 1o sets of squats holding the KB. Then we did windmills, where you hold the KB over your head, legs spread hip width apart and with the other arm you lean down following your opposite leg to the floor... you guessed it 10x each. We did all of that 3 times. Me with an 18lb sissy KB. I did 1 pull up by my self.

We went across the street so we could do sprints but really he wanted to tell me that I ran like a distance runner not a sprinter. Other than the track meet the other day I haven't full out sprinted in a long time. AND I know I don't know how. I did 7 of the 8 sprints. We came back in did some more pull ups and 5 minutes of one handed swings. OUCH. I was so tired by then that I couldn't even hold the KB. I kept dropping it. Did some stretching and called it a day there. But I wasn't actually done with the exercise fun yet.

I went and got a coffee with the hubby, picked up Cindi then headed out for a hundred degree run. We made it about 4.5 miles with two water breaks. One of which I stripped my shoes and socks off and got in the creek with her. It was the hardest 4.5 miles I think I have ever ran.

I woke up this morning wondering how I was going to get out of bed. Took the kids to school and went back to KOR. Today we did Turkish get ups (read me... you need to be coordinated to do these. I looked like an ass), pull ups, 2 weight squats (that's little old me carrying 36lbs and doing 15 squats. Of course I couldn't do that so he let me sit out 4 and 5 and just practice proper squatting technique (read... uncoordinated AGAIN). nice hu... I stopped thinking aboutthen but I know I did a bunch of other stuff and I wondered the whole time when the hour was going to be over. I think I'm going to go back tomorrow, but after my 3 mile run and stretch session.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Track meet

Thats me in pink, I'm kicking ass. I came from behind and totally sweeped this 400m run. I can't wait to do another Track Meet.
1 mile Time trail 6 weeks ago 8:02
1 mile Time trail today 7:38
400m today 1:30
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Track Meet Tonight

Fleet Feet Chico is holding a Track meet tonight. So excited! I'm going to try to take pictures. Let you know how it goes.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Biggest Loser Season Finale

I was really hoping one of the girls would win, so I wasn't disappointed but truthfully Tara is who was at the top of my list but I am so, so, so proud of Helen. What an amazing woman! Jerry did great too. Can you believe him?

I don't know if how they lose the weight is always healthy. I don't know if you are learning life long skills by working out for 4 months straight at a gym with a personal trainer then go home and have to figure out how to balance everyday life with losing weight and eating right, BUT what they did was amazing and they are definitely more healthy than when they showed up on the ranch.

You know what ticked me off? TARA LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER THAN ME! I am so hitting the kettle bells and miles.

Friday, May 8, 2009

All in All

No running today. Too much charity fundraising bunco stuff to do and actually finding someone to watch my kids too! Luckily I have wonderful friends that I don't even have to pay to take them out to dinner. Of course they might not be my friends anymore after taking my kids to dinner.

Tomorrow is the Healthy Kids 1 mile run in the park then baseball. I think Hollywood is going to go for a plane ride with his Uncle B tomorrow while Jackson and I finish up last minute bunco stuff.

Sunday is Mothers day and since My mamma, Aunts and Gma will be in Carson City and I'll be here I will be attending brunch at our favorite morning breakfast establishment The "IC", with my in-laws then going on a hike with my boys afterwards (when they are no longer hungry). So no run but a great hike will be good exercise.

Photo Friday. Blondy's class did a "Mommy Makeover" today. They gave us a massage, oatmeal facial, rubbed our hands with lotion, put cucumbers on our eyes.

during the "mommy makeover"

After the Mommy 1st Grade Mommy Make Over

Thursday, May 7, 2009


Two runs and a modified kettlebell class in 24 hours. I'm feeling like me again. Darn cold that showed up today won't keep me down. Going back out there tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

On Track

Okie dokie. My speed and endurance suck. I had to stop several times during the hill workout last night to catch my breath but I was out there. I only did 3 out of the 4 repeats... but I was out there. I was dead last... but I was out there. I've done two trail runs 3-4 miles each this week too. I'm planning on hitting the track tonight with FF. Can't find my watch BUT I'LL BE OUT THERE! 10K program will be starting in 3 weeks and I need to be in shape! Already thinking of marathon training so I'm starting to do Kettlebell class with KOR. So if I'm not home... look for me out running because


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Out of Sight

I haven't been keeping up with my blog responsibilities. The hubby has been home a lot and I've been so busy with the kids class stuff that not only is there little room to blog, there is little room to run either. I'm looking forward to getting back on that horse. Ran 7 today, 3 with Cindi and 4 with Shelly and Turbo. Turbo is not the yellow lab he appears to be, he's more like a moose with a tutu. It's amazing how that dog can get air and spin around like a top!

Sad news that I'm afraid will further disrupt my running regimen when I really really really need it to curb the stress is that my Uncle Larry was sent home on Hospice yesterday. The cancer has grown too much and his liver is bleeding. The hospice nurses for my Uncle James, for Chris's Gpa Derril and for BFF's Gpa were all amazing. I had the pleasure of teaching the renewal CPR for our local Hospice nursing group and got to know some of them pretty well. I am so thankful there are wonderful people out there who help the patients and families with the hardest and sometimes most painful times of their lives.

Running has been sporadic at best. two or three days of consistency then 4 or 5 off the wagon. It's not working for me. I desperately need a training program to get me back on track. I guess I'm waiting another month but in the mean time I hope to re-start kettlebells through KOR. 6 months would put me at the middle of November which will be two weeks or so before CIM. Hopefully my body will respond positively and with my core built up and the training program with Dave I take some time off of my Marathon!

Eating... that's the hard part. I've been trying to do one whole foods meal a day. Mostly salad, with a variety of fruits and veggies. It only works about 4 days a week but heading in the right direction. I'm also trying to eat more for breakfast and lunch and less for dinner and that seems to be working for me.

This weekend is our first BIG fundraiser. Bunco for Boobs here in Chico. Good Neighbor and I will be in full force but that includes lots of chocolate. I'll have to keep myself busy. MIL is also putting together a yard sale for me at her friend Jewels house. That is always a big stash towards my walk. What great friends and family I have!