Thursday, September 23, 2010

Sick on my days off

Day before yesterday I came down with a cold. I did an hour of WiiFit b/c all that moving around kept my nosed from getting all stuffed up. Now my calves are stiff and sore but only the top parts; I really feel it when I do a straight leg calf stretch.

Yesterday I got back from taking my daughter to school only to see my DH putting his and the neighbor's bikes on the bike rack of the Jeep. (We were going to ride yesterday, but I wasn't the only one hit with that cold.) So I complained ;) and he added my bike and the trailer (for the tot). The guys were planning on doing some geocaching along the way.

We got the the rail trail and unloaded the car, hooked up the trailer to DH's bike, and headed out--oh yeah, 1st cache right there at the trail station. The first cache we got to turned out to be a puzzle cache and would've taken too long. DH was beat pulling the trailer, so I switched it to my bike. This was somewhere between miles 3 and 5. 2nd cache also a puzzle, skip it.

As we reached our turn-around point, there was a 3rd cache. DH was going to stop at the bottom of a hill and then go to it, but I didn't want to start the way home by having to pull 50lbs of kid and trailer UP HILL. So I waited at the top and let Monkey Boy out to walk around while the guys went and found their cache. Also around this time my Sudaphed started wearing off, and my nose started running. nice.

Not long after we started heading back, DH noticed an odd sound coming from his bike, kind of a pfft, fft sound. He had to change his inner tube out. Riding again, DH started getting dizzy (again), and he was out of water. :( Our neighbor went back to ride with him (did he share a snack? I don't know); DH walked a while. I rode on (I did have the car keys after all. If worse came to worst, I could meet the guys at an intersection).

We came to the spot of the first cache and refilled our water bottles/hydration packs. DH was still having trouble though. I went ahead to a new station and got a sport drink (and blew my really runny nose). I was about to head back toward the guys when they got there. We rested and DH drank the sport drink and ate some gummys. We talked about whether to leave him there and pick him up in the car or if he could ride the last 2 miles back. There was a nice downhill "on ramp" to the trail from the station, but then he STOPPED up ahead! WT? Something about a white squirrel. OK, so he had to walk some more. I rode ahead to try to get the car ready by the time he got there.

The neighbor and I got the car opened up, sleeping Monkey Boy into his carseat (which of course woke him up), found some pistachios, got the trailer broken down & on top of the car. DH arrived to make sure the bikes were racked properly, and I drove us home.

The guys clocked 12.8 miles including their last cache detour, so I claim 12. I pullled the trailer for more than 1/2 of that. Thank goodness for Sudaphed (so that my nose was runny for only half of the ride). I was shaky by the time we got back. If I'd had any idea before jumping in the car that we'd go so long, I'd've something to eat along the way. At least Monkey Boy had a baggie of cereal.

Shortly after we got home I had to walk over and pick up my daughter from school. Walking was fine at least. (another 0.8mi).

DH is very stiff and sore. He can't take ibuprofen (tears up his stomach) and doesn't have anything equivalent. :( My calves are sore, my quads are too, though mostly from yesterday's lunges and squats. My nose is stuffed up. My fitness test is in 4 weeks. I need to be able to do a mile and a half in <= 16min. Lately, that's how long it's been taking me to do 1 mile. :(

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


A couple of weeks ago my husband bought a Wii. A few days later he bought WiiFit. A few days ago I set up my profile & today I actually tried out some exercises besides just 2 or 3 yoga poses. Not bad!

When I set up my profile, I chose a target calorie burn of a piece of toast (still not quite sure what I was doing there), and today I burned (according to WiiFit's calorie counter) 169 calories, a couple dozen or so shy of my goal. But I plan to do some kettlebell stuff later today.

My sinues have been bothering me more lately, and I seem to have developed a full-blown cold. Either that or there's *really* something in the air.

I'd hoped to do more running on my trip last week. My fitness test is in about 3 weeks, and I am SO not ready. :( I'm actually getting scared about it now.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

New Mexico run

After 4 1/2 days in NM, I finally got to go for a run. Another one of those run-walk combos (as usual). Sadly it was dark by the time I got out, and I'd heard coyotes, so I was hoping not to run into any. We lived in that part of NM a few years ago & I had the oppportunity to run in my old neighborhood. There are these path sidewalks that are well-lit, but the main along-the-road sidewalks aren't as well lit. Seeing as it was around 9pm on a school night, the streets were deserted. It was an interesting run, a little creepy in the darker spots; would've been nice to have had someone to run with. I haven't mapped it out yet, so I'm not sure how far I went. But it took me around 1/2 an hour. At my latest paces, that's about 2 miles.

Well, I was going to add a photo, but I'm not seeing that option right now.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Yay, the quarter's over!

I finished and submitted my last report Friday at 9pm. Done.
Next quarter is strictly thesis work, then 1 more quarter with defense and 2 classes.

Wednesday I worked out. Yes, finally, a real workout. First I went running. It was a W2R sort of thing with 2+ min of running at a time with 1+ min of walking in between. That was around 25 min. Then I did push-ups, sit-ups, and pulled out my kettlebell for swings and jerks. My legs were quite sore 2 days later! Felt like I'd been horseback riding.

Today, while I was waiting for a turn on the Wii (my husband bought one yesterday), I fell asleep and slept for about 3 hours.

Next week I'll be running in NM.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

It has come to my attention recently that, every day, I consume about a large meal's worth of calories more than I burn. That explains it.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Found a fitness tracking app for my phone

I was looking through apps for a gym boss-type timer for my phone and ran across the myfitnesspal app. I hadn't yet found anything easy for tracking food/calories, so I decided to try it out. So far so good; nice and easy.

This morning I logged on to the website to see what else they have and learned...

Will beat 101,167 times, pump 1,484 gallons of blood, and push that blood nearly 9,173 miles throughout my body!
Created by

Pretty cool, huh?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Apparently I have to keep my phone posts short.

What I was trying to say below was that I've been so tired lately, that when I have run, it felt like I was back at square 1 in the walk-to-run program.

Still alive

I haven't posted lately because there's not been much to post, & I've been really busy with school. When I did run lately, I was so tired