Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Couch to 5K: Week 1, Day 1

5 min brisk walking warm-up. 60 sec run/jog, 90 sec walk for 20 min (8 rounds), 5 min cool down & stretch. 1.88 mi.

Friday, June 24, 2011

"Ice" bath

After my long, hot "run" yesterday I did the closest I've ever come to an ice bath--I filled up & sat in the kids' wading pool. That's as close to an ice bath as I ever plan to get. I borrowed my husband's hat b/c I was tired of the sun in my face.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Yesterday I went running, or at least tried to. I did a long warm-up (13min) from work to a trail, then started alternating running and walking. I think the first minute running was the longest I ran. I think each running period after that was around 30sec each. I wasn't looking at my watch, just went with how I felt. I went 15 min out then turned around. It was hot and sunny and took longer getting back than going out. It was a little over 3mi total and took me just over an hour. Almost as soon as I started running it felt harder to breathe. At one point my HR was ~200bpm. I was tired before going out as the kids have been staying up late. In fact, the night before I was the first one to go to bed! By the time I got back to the car I had a headache at the base of my skull. I'd forgotten to pack my visor, good thing I had sunglasses at least.

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

Finally a big workout day

Today I did a long ride in addition to my bike commute. (Remember, "long" is a relative term.) My commute is 3.58 mi, and I did an additional 4.23 mi for a total of 7.81 miles. After I got home I finally did the full kettlebell workout from kettlebell-dk's blog plus 15 snatches each side, plus some push-ups, and sit-ups. Feels good!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Racking up the miles

Well, relative to what I usually do. I've been riding my bike to and from work and throwing in a long ride once a week so far. I walked ~2mi Thursday, and we've been taking occasional family walks.  Theirry Sanchez posted this quick kettlebell workout and I've done 1 round twice. My back got sore from it! Talk about out of shape.

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.