Friday, December 30, 2011
Max HR 200bpm. Workout 60min, ~3.5mi. My walking speeds, esp toward the end, dragged my overall speed down. I'm still having trouble with a 15min/mi pace here at this altitude.
Shoes: Asics Gel-Blur33. Temp ~50deg, beautiful, sunny day. I took a picture under a tree to try to capture the brilliance of the sky contrasted against the bare branches, but the sky looks darker in the photo than it looked to me.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
P.S. I also ran last Wednesday, through my old neighborhood: 10min walking warm-up (0.6mi mostly uphill), 33:33 running with walk breaks (2.3mi fairly flat), 11:15 cool down (0.5).
Friday, November 18, 2011
I finally went running again today. I didn't realize until just now that it's been 6 days since my last run/workout. The run was 2.2mi, 30:48 min. 14 min/mi. I need to get that down to 11 min/mi & add in push-ups, sit-ups, etc.
I've recorded a yoga & a tai chi workout on tv, but I haven't fine either of them yet. I've been really tired, esp in the mornings. Plus as soon as I got back from TN, my sinuses went haywire, mostly stuffy & quite annoying.
I need to create or find a comprehensive workout plan. I also need to get a new tube for my bike; the front tire's flat now. I've been driving to & from work these last 2 weeks partly due to the cold mornings & no gear for biking in it, partly due to not getting up early enough to walk to work, but DH found all our gloves & some hats.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Yesterday we got to work out at a customer's gym (I'm on a business trip with 2 coworkers). It was
Today I walked 3 miles on the hotel treadmill while doing laundry. It took 55:57 min. I was going to work on my 15 min/mi walking pace but wasn't quite "feeling it." Can't wait for tomorrow! :P (you know, all that 2nd day after soreness)
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Wednesday morning when I rode to work it was quite chilly. My fingers hurt from the cold, & my ears felt it too. Thursday was more humid and warmer (or at least felt warmer). Friday was like Wed again, but I was more prepared: I pulled my jacket sleeves as far down as I could before I got on my bike, which helped my fingers not freeze.
Also on Thursday I went running. I dressed a bit on the warm side, changing clothes in my chilly closet, only to discover that it was warmer outside than in my closet! After warming up I ran 1.65mi, increasing my distance by .55mi. I did a little of the run/walk until I slowed down enough to just run. On that last (3rd) lap my arches and ankles were feeling a bit strained. I was wearing my new shoes, and my feet weren't used to going that far on so little arch support. The new shoes do feel more comfortable to my feet than my old ones now though. When I put on the old ones they feel weird around the ankles, particularly on the outsides.
I've been feeling a bit out of sorts the last couple of weeks. I think it's related to the decrease in exercise, especially since I wasn't riding my bike most days. I had a class to run last week, so I didn't get my usual exercise in, plus the flat tire. My husband and I often take a walk in the evening, but it's usually just 1 0.55mi lap. And he's not been feeling well, so he's had to ask me to slow down. (!) Used to be I had trouble keeping up with him.
My dad and brother came to visit last week. They arrived later Wed after I was asleep and left Friday morning after I'd gone to work. If I'd known when I went running on Thurs that they were leaving so soon, I'd have postponed the run, or at least run less. Dad did agree to stop back by on their way home from visiting the rest of the sibs, if only for a night.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Speaking of running, I ran again on Thursday (new shoes) 1.1mi, 12:46min plus a .55mi warm-up walk. Total time 21:57. I had to cut it a little short due to equipment issues, things weren't staying in place. I started out too fast with the first lap & ended up with a headache on Friday. There was a little bit of shin muscle soreness the next day, the kind that feels good. I also did 100 KB cleans (50L, 50R); my forearms were a little sore too on Friday.
Man, my sinuses! How long is the grass going to be polinating??? Trees around my neighborhood just started turning yellow. There are sticker plants in my backyard that still need uprooting, or rather the grass needs them to be uprooted. I'd like to have just one solid patch of grass that the kids can walk in barefooted.
This week I'm in charge of a class at work. I don't know when I'll run. I can do KB while watching kids. Plus my dad and brother are coming out at the end of the week for a couple of days.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Plan: 10min WU, 15min run, 5min CD
|Execution: It went pretty well. 1 lap (0.55mi) warm-up ~8min; Run portion: 2 laps in 13:04. Had to walk a couple of times. Cool down walk another lap, 10:01|
Cool, sunny day. Gorgeous blue sky.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
My back tire has been low, and I finally tried to pump it up on Saturday. I think I broke the valve. It won't stay inflated now. Walking to work tomorrow (I drove yesterday and today, in the interest of time).
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sit-ups/crunches (they're actually somewhere in-between, like when you cross a mule with a horse and get a donkey, hmm): goal 40-45, actual: 42
1.5mi run: goal when I got up this morning was 16:30 (yes I'm slow), then I saw that there was a 3.7pt difference from 16:22min to 16:23min, so my new goal was 16:20 (just to be on the safe side :p ).
Actual time 16:12 which is in the same point spread as 16:22.
I haven't done the math yet, but the score will be around the same as my last fitness test.
Oh, and I actually wasn't the last runner to finish! I passed a girl on the first lap. When I finished my run I went back and ran her in. She'd picked up the pace by then and finished strong--if I hadn't walked back to meet her I don't know if I could've run that fast. ;)
I took a swing of xtra strength 5 hr Energy this morning, on an empty stomach. I had some toast & milk as soon as I could after, but man! was I anxious this morning. I haven't had any 5 hr energy since early spring. OK, gotta shower and get to work.
My last fitness test: sit-ups--42, push-ups--21, run 16:11
And I decided to wear my old shoes; I realized Friday I'm still used to that stride, so there was less stressing about that as I was running.
Friday, September 23, 2011
(1 lap = 0.55mi)
Last night I did 5 min long cycle with the kettlebell, 1 switch, somewhere between 25 & 30ish per hand, so 50-60 reps total. Then I did push-ups (2x10) and sit-ups (30). Still have work to do for Monday.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
|1/2mi warm-up walk. Jog 3/4mi, walk 1/4mi, jog 3/4 mi. HARD!!! The 3/4mi repeats took more than 10min each! Felt almost like puking at the end. NO cheese before running. (Usu it\'s ok given a little more time to digest it and lower effort.) I was surprised this run was so hard, Friday's went pretty well. I've been getting about 5:30min on the 1/2 miles. Biggest difference--today I ran first thing in the morning (hence the cheese) instead of in the afternoon. My fitness test will be in the morning, plus it's been harder running in the evenings b/c of cross-country and football practices. I had a headache by the end of today's run, but it didn't get worse over the course of the day. I kept hydrated and ate decently. I plan on getting to be much earlier tonight!|
Sunday, September 18, 2011
I've been working on push-ups and sit-ups too. I just wish I could progress faster with the running. I just can't seem to reach the endurance--half a mile? Tomorrow I'll do W5D2 which has 3/4 mi stints. I'd better get to bed for that. Oh and I got new running shoes a couple of weeks ago: Asics Blur33s. They have a lower heel so I'm able to get more of a midfoot strike than I could with the 1140s. And my 10yo's doing much better in football practice, plus the weather got a lot cooler for a week. He has a scrimmage this Saturday then the games start. I stayed for a little over an hour of yesterday's practice, & they had 2 water breaks in that time. It still kills me to see the 5yos crying as they run though. It's very physically demanding.
Walk 1/2 mi then WOD: run .5 mi, walk .25 mi, run .5 mi, walk .25 mi, run .5 mi. Total time 36:46. Nearly had a stitch in my side by the end. Didn't do any push-ups or sit-ups today. After workout ate a banana & had a glass of Ovaltine. Later around 10:30-11 had Greek yogurt w/raspberries & honey. By noon it occurred to me that I hadn't had anything to drink since the chocolate milk; I was getting a headache. It got worse during the afternoon, esp when ever I stood up. Motrin, Tylenol, food & drink mostly took care of it by bedtime, which is now, or rather a hour ago.
Monday, September 5, 2011
I took the opportunity to do laps myself. I ran outside the field on two sides where there was a sidewalk, then along the edge or just off it the other two sides: 1 lap = .22mi. I did something akin to my latest C25K workout, but I forgot to stop my watch right after the 8th lap. I caught it after a couple more minutes.
In the second half of practice, the kids were broken out into groups according to their positions, and my son's group was down at the other end of the field. My son was still having a hard time at practice, complaining about a headache too. His coaches checked his helmet, but it was fitting the way it should. In an effort to show solidarity with him, I did another couple of laps. On the second one, as I moved from the sidewalk to the field, he came over to me, crying, so I walked back over to the group, apologizing. His coach and the neighbor pulled him back into practice. I finished my lap but felt like crying too. I already felt they weren't giving enough water breaks.
I continued to watched how practice was going, but without going down near the end of the field again. I saw my son and other boy get pulled aside for some high knees/drop action. My son was actually doing the drill faster than the other boy. (!) Back in the group, they were paired off to do some defensive stuff. I saw my son get pushed way back by another kid. I didn't know, though, if that's how he was supposed to respond or if he should have been pushing back harder. The smallest kids had another water break (2nd) after ~40 min, then the next smallest boys. At the 2 hour mark the other two groups got a break too. My son came over and got a drink; happily, he was feeling much better and finally enjoying himself. Then this "short" practice continued for another 45 min, but the last part was relay races, and my son one at least one of them, so he was back to his old "I'm so good aren't I" self. :P
I talked to my husband later about my concerns about the kids' hydration, esp since they're in their pads and helmets the whole time except for water breaks. (The sweat can't evaporate and cool them.) He talked to the neighbor who was surprised to find out that the breaks were that far apart. My husband said when he played football as a kid, the had short breaks every 15-20 minutes. I hope our neighbor remembers to be more aware of the time between breaks next time. He's not one of the coaches, but he helps out.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I walked 1 lap (.55mi) for warm-up and again afterward, but I'm logging those separately from this on mapmyrun b/c I wanted to see my min/mile on the workout: 12.73 min/mile! Better than I expected. I still need to get faster. I also want to start running in the mornings instead of evenings. I'm just afraid that I'll end up getting caught up with the kids as they get ready for school and that I'll over-sleep even more than I already do. But I'm going to be fit testing in the morning, and it's cooler (it was still 88deg by 9pm tonight!) then too, so it would be nice to get used to running early(er).
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Thank you SUAR. That's just how I feel. I usually err on the side of caution (& wimpiness). I'm paranoid of redeveloping stress fractures or developing new ones. So I end up not training hard enough.
Monday, August 22, 2011
This evening: walk 10min/1/2 mile; run 90, walk 90; x2; run 3:00 walk 3:00 x2, run 60, walk 60, run 30, walk. 32:21 total; HRmax ~190, 2.2mi total
The two shorter runs at the end were at faster pace, the pace I hope to be able to end up running. I really need to up my endurance so I can do my fitness test next month. I still haven't run more than 3 min continually. The logged workouts include warm-up and sometimes cool-down--whatever's left to complete the last lap.
I've been forgetting to do push-ups and sit-ups, gotta do those too.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Thursday after my meeting (which went quite well, thank you), I had time to go for a run before heading back toward the airport. The weather was misty, cloudy and less than 70deg. I ran a lush 1.5mi trail. (C25K W2D3, 90sec run, 90sec walk). I saw lots of vegetation I'd never seen before. On the way back to the airport I stopped at a lookout point to check out the ocean. I was somewhat disappointed that it was still cloudy. It didn't clear up at all till between 3 and 4:30, kind of a bummer, but otherwise the weather was nice. I got back home around 10pm
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Today I rode my bike to the store & back, pulling my preschooler on the bike trailer. We went to buy some school supplies for the older kids. I haven't mapped the distance; I think it was about a mile. Later I weeded the part of the back yard inside the patio fence. I pulled up a whole paper grocery bag of goathead sticker plants. They were huge! I had thought the grass was growing well; turns out at least half the green was from those stupid weeds. And we don't have a hoe & couldn't find the shovel, so I was using a hatchet to soften the ground to be able to pull out the roots. I think that actually worked out better than the shovel would have b/c I could aim better & avoid pulling up what grass there was.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
This morning I had the chance to run, so I did W2D2 of the C25K program. (W2D1 was Monday). After that and the "cool down" I did some sprints. Total workout >41min, and I was beat! I slogged home, grabbed some bread & honey and some yogurt, showered and headed to work (on my bike--glad it's a short ride). At least the morning traffic was done by then. I didn't have time to finish my yogurt; in fact, it's still in the kitchen. I had a sausage biscuit after getting to work (Jimmy Dean, mini) and an orange soda--I just really wanted some sugar by then. Lunch was Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake; love me some platano!
I didn't eat quite enough today though apparently. That plus the business of work today, and I was shaky by the time I got home. Now I could fall asleep no problem, very sleepy. It's a lovely evening. The clouds are high enough for the more distant parts of the sky to still look blue. The clouds above are turning pink from the setting sun, and a bit ago I saw some of the moon too.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
I got back Thusday around noon and crashed for a couple of hours--or tried to. Everytime I dozed off the kids would yell, scream at each other, or make some other loud noise. Finally I got ready to take them to the pool, but then it started thundering. Lightening too close, no swimming. Later I went running, did more C25K W1. At least the weather was nice and cool!
Friday I went in to work a little over half a day. Repeat Thursday's experience with trying to go to the pool. Later I went walking with my sons as the older one walked the neighbors' dogs. I can't remember if I ran on Friday. :(
Yesterday I finally took the kids to the pool for an hour or so, till we heard thunder again. I went grocery shopping, suitcase shopping, and DH & I went and saw Captain America. It wasn't as action-packed as I'd expected; I didn't feel that constant adrenaline like in, say, X-Men, but we really liked the movie a lot anyway.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
I need to find a new bike route to work. I'm a lot closer, but I'm now UP the busy road instead of across it. Yuck; I hate riding in traffic. I need to start Couch-to-5K week 2 and do a kettlebell workout. (I shouldn't really say "kettlebells" since I still only have 1. I can't decide whether to get another like the one I have or save up and get a better one.)
My shin has been hurting more lately, so I used the ultrasound on it yesterday. I should probably use it daily again. Also, it has finally started raining! YAY! In fact, today I got rained (sprinkled) on both this morning and this afternoon.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
This morning I took my watch off before looking at it so I could take my time waking up without feeling pressured b/c of the time. When I finally did look at my watch (after brushing my teeth) it was an hour later than I expected! I slept from ~11:30 last night till 9 this morning! The poor dog next door hadn't been out since 8:30 last night! Apparently he was fine though as he didn't meet me at the door by the time I got over there.
Monday I did W1D1 again and Wed was W1D2. I also took the dog for a walk yesterday and today. 1 problem with sleeping so late is that it's hot by the time I get out. I also need to improve my nutrition, but I feel rather at loose ends in that regard--trying to figure out what to eat, meal planning, etc.
Tomorrow we start moving to a new house. The only thing packed is the kids' clothes and that barely. I thought we still had at least 1 box full of packing paper, but apparently it got dumped, so we'll have to wait until we unpack some of the boxes currently still packed and in the garage. Also my shin has been hurting again.
Friday, July 1, 2011
It was cooler than average yesterday evening; it was mostly cloudy and had rained some in town (scattered showers). Then I stayed up till midnight. yay. Slept till ~8:30/9 this morning. (Yay! rested in the morning!)
This morning I took the dog out for a walk. It's hot again already, and all the clouds are gone. We walked ~1mi taking ~20min. (There were a couple of sniffing stops.) It felt like we were walking faster, but I also forgot to stop my watch once we got back to the house.) Later today I plan to do that "10 min" kettlebell workout. I haven't done it all week, maybe just Monday. Oh and the Active Warm-up from Runner's World.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Today was a complete and total rest day. I drove to work instead of biking and took a nap around dinner time. I still had the headache all day till after the nap. No pain med worked to relieve it even though part of it was tightness high in my neck just below my skull. Well, feeling better now, and it's past bedtime again. ;)
Monday, June 20, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Thurday was work's Sports/Family Day, & I played volleyball for the first time in I don't know how long. It was fun. At some point during the day I got sunburned on the backs of my calves. DH and 3/4 of the kids didn't hang out much past lunch. A bunch of kids took over the dunk tank afte lunch while the adults were still eating. Spiderboy was nearly running it. Princss tried it a couple of times, but she was only as tall as the water was deep, & she can't swim. She'd bounce up quickly and doggie paddle fast the 1 ft to the side and latch on really fast to the chain link above the tub, then 'walk' herself to the step. She didn't know when to hold her breath though, that's why she only did it twice.
Monkey boy and I stayed after everyone left. I pushed him on the swing so long that my shoulders were sore Friday! (Probably ~20 min). We got a soda, he jumped in a bouncy house, we had the run of the baseball toss. Eventually we saw our neighbors and hung out with them till they left. Then we started walking home. Thankfully the big brothers met us across the street with the bike trailer. That way Monkey Boy didn't have to walk a 1/2 mile in the heat & I could ride my bike. Later I took the two big boys to the pool. Spider Boy enjoye it; Teenager didn't. The temp had gone down, and the wind had kicked up, so it wasn't hot enough for me to get int he water. I sat on the side and dangled my feet in. That's when I realized the backs of my legs were sunburned. Good day though.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I work about 7:30 to 4. You'd think I'd be able to get some TV time in the evenings. Nope. I do get in kid and husband time, then it's dinner, baths, kids' bedtime, get my stuff ready for the next day, then it's my bedtime. I'm trying to go to bed by 10pm so I can get up easily before 6:30am. The earliest I've made it so far is 10:30.
I still haven't been able to run more than a minute at a time. In fact, the last run/walk I did was run 1min, walk 1.5min, and I had a headache later. I need to do some high-volume KB swings to build up my cardio more. I was doing some blog reading catching up and saw Diana had posted a HVS workout. I'll have to adapt it. I also need to get back to doing those exercised from Runner's World I was doing before we moved. They made my tight hip feel better (both have been hurting lately). And Thierry Sanchez has posted a 9wk KB snatch program I may do...if I can get more chalk soon(!)
It's been pretty nice being back in Abq. The lack of humidity is appreciated even though it's been chillier than expected. We went up to Sandia Crest recently and did some geocaching on the way down, or tried to. It turned out to be too hard to find with the little kids in tow...too far off the beaten path. Actually, we did find 1, but not the 2nd one.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
I've been doing about half of the active warm-up most every day, doing the leg swings and scissors. Day before yesterday I pulled up all of them & did them w/Princess. When we got to donkey kicks, she said "I know what those are!" and jumped right in. We also did some exercises she does in P.E. It was fun. Later I did a KB ladder. I couldn't find the printout, so I made it up. Accidentally did a set of snatches one minute! Just snatched that bell right up there.
Last night DH and I tried melatonin for the first time. & for the first time in weeks I woke up without feeling weak and shaky. I actually felt rested, sleepy still, but otherwise rested. I was expecting to be in bed by now, but Monkey Boy and Princess took late naps on the couch. Princess just went up to bed finally, but Monkey Boy shows no signs of returning to sleep. :( It's so late now that I don't know if I should take melatonin again tonight. (I took it at 11:45pm last night & got to sleep sometime after 12:30am (Monkey Boy again).) I got up before 8 this morning w/o much difficulty. Sleepy now though.
Monday, January 17, 2011
I have been so tired this past week. I was chalking it up to not sleeping last Sunday night due to working on my thesis. Every morning last week, except Friday, I went back to bed for an hour or two after getting the kids off to school. Friday I fell asleep in class; I sit close to the front. Yep, got caught. Even 5 Hour Energy hasn't helped; I've fallen asleep after taking that too. I've been trying Sudaphed (the good Sudaphed, pseudoephedrine) and Tylenol for congestion and sinus pressure. It helps some.
I did work out Saturday (yay), I didn't feel like braving the 25deg weather and so did a cardio workout in the comfort of my own living room. Thanks Jade and Brooklyn on ExerciseTV. I threw in some situps and side crunches b/c I hadn't felt like I'd had much of an ab workout either of the last two times. The rib cage muscles were sore yesterday.
So my plan for today...is KB swing ladder #1 from kettlebellfitness.dk, and active warmup from RW's Fully Fit series, and...running outside ... cringe. According to Accuweather it's 22 and feels like 13. But it's SUNNY, or at least partly, and I could so use some sunshine. (Watch it be cloudy by the time I get out there.) Maybe I'll take the dog. I ran in 19deg once last winter. OK. Here I go.
Friday, January 14, 2011
I don't anticiapte a workout today. I've been so tired in the mornings that I've gone back to bed after getting the kids to school. I didn't this morning & fell asleep in class.The prof had to ask the girl next to me to wake me up. o_o I created a running program at Polar, which was supposed to start today. I think I'll give the Fully Fit and KB workouts a week or so and then re-set up the running. Next fit test by March 12 as far as I know. Aside from the fit test I'm looking for an event to do so as to have a target to work toward, some extra motivation. I looked into a local indoor tri, but it's turned into an indoor duathlon: run-bike-run or bike-run-bike, for time: 25min bike, 30min run. I'm much less interested in it now.
We're moving in the spring, so I was trying to find an event there to do this summer. Didn't find much, especially since I limit them to Saturdays. Well, time to read for class and work on my thesis.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Now I get to put away laundry. I have to. The kids aren't the only ones with clean clothes filling up a laundry basket (at least they're mostly still in baskets). And DH doesn't fold laundry either, so it's not a simple matter of putting clothes in the right rooms. It's not like I have data to analyze and a thesis to write. I wish DH would sort out his delayed sleep phase disorder, or at least put it to good use. Yeah he's pretty noisy at dishes, but what about the living room? kitchen floor? downstairs bathroom? budget? It doesn't help that, now that the kids are back in school, I'm only getting about 6 hours of sleep a night. I stay up late working on my thesis or unwinding from the day but have to get up and get the kids up. Yesterday I had some 5 hour energy and still fell back asleep.
Running? What's that?