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Insight into what the new runner on the treadmill beside you might be thinking:

  • It’s only 90 seconds, you can do anything for 90 seconds…well, almost anything, surely running for 90 seconds isn’t so bad.
  • Focus on the gal to your left, she’s just walking.  Don’t look at the crazy person on your right that is running faster than you knew possible and is still smiling.  Focus left, know that you were once there, walking and happy to be doing so and now you are starting to run and while you may not know you are happy about it, you ARE happy about it!
  • Running is good for you.  It’s good for your heart, your lungs, your brain, your muscles, and all sorts of other things that you aren’t thinking of right now because you want to make sure you are breathing.  So keep breathing and remember it is good for you.
  • What was that crazy saying they had at one time “no pain, no gain”, that is you.  No pain, no gain….but what am I gaining, I just want to lose a couple inches and some pounds.  Why am I doing this to myself?
  • 90 seconds, keep running, keep going, straight ahead….why did they paint the walls this odd mix of neon orange and pumpkin…keep running
  • You are running down a quiet neighborhood road, the sun filters through the trees, there is a light breeze, your legs are naturally wanting to go one in front of the other……
  • I wonder if all this running will make up for the piece of cake I had last night?  If not, how many crunches will I need to do afterwards to make up for it?  If so, maybe I’ll burn extra and be able to have a cheeseburger tonight for a snack.  Probably not, quit bargaining with yourself, you are doing this because you want to run and you want to lose weight.  Thankfully you finally picked two goals that seem to work together a bit.
  • I need some new music, something with a driving beat to it.  I blame it on marching band.   I can’t run faster or slower than the music in my ears, how do I figure 8 steps to 5 yards times the speed I want to figure what beat per minute I need in good running music?  I’m over thinking this, math is fun…but not while running.
  • It’s only 90 seconds, you can do anything for 90 seconds.  You birthed two children, you can run for 90 seconds, you have already ran 3 times for 90 seconds, you can run one more time for 90 seconds.

It’s been seven months since I started “running.”  I stopped for a couple months in there when I could not get over plantar fasciitis.  I started back up and so far so good.  This week I started back up on couch to 5K , week 2.  It was hard, but it felt good in a painful sort of way.  That along with some training for the weight loss challenge I am involved in and the girls’ swim, school, combined with the house has me tired with no free time (hence this rambling, hasty post to my blog.)  I want to run, though.  I want to do it all, really.  Well, some days I really do not want to cook another meal, but I want to feed my family healthy meals within our budget so it’s my only option. 

All that to say, anyone else out there running or starting to run?  What keeps you motivated, what keeps you on track towards your goals?  What are your goals?  Any gear you can’t live without?

My current goal (aside from weight loss) is to be able to run for 3 minutes (no walking/stopping) 4 times within a half hour walking briskly in between.  It’s a short goal I know I can attain.  After that, I want to be able to run an entire mile without walking or stopping.  Beyond that, no clue.


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Injury 😦  However, I am not giving up.

I am pretty sure it happened at work.  At least, it didn’t hurt until the morning after my last shift and has hurt since.  I slipped that night at the dishwashing station in some standing water, but I won’t get into that as I will get grumpy.  Regardless, I am at a bit of a standstill trying to decide what to do with the whole Couch to 5K.  I am pretty sure it is plantar fasciitis and I am trying to treat it at home with stretches.

I did start C25K week four a few weeks back and it was harder than I thought it would be.  I did two runs.  The first one I couldn’t complete one of the 5 minute intervals.  The second one I completed the entire thing and was quite proud.  Then this foot thing started happening.  Since then I have taken a couple easy runs.  Two week one runs with my older two girls, they are so funny to run with.  A couple week two on my own purely to work on form and keep in the habit, then another run with my sister (can’t remember which week it was.)  That one was my favorite though.  I forgot my music, but she had hers.  During the run we would concentrate, then during the walk we could talk.  She is out in Vegas now on an internship with Cirque du Soleil so it was really nice to have a bit of one on one time before she went.  Plus, it was in my parent’s neighborhood.  No traffic, quiet, nobody staring at you like your crazy, and part of it was even a bit like being in the country with fields on both sides.  I might run there more often, suppose the parents would mind watching the kids for 30 or 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, I read up on what to do about my foot.  We have a health savings plan (which I love.)  It really makes you think before heading out to the doctor because even though it is all paid for (100% of what the insurance bargains for you) it does come out of your account.  We are a bit more frugal about when we go to the doctor and what for because when that account is empty (which we have never ran it down to worry) there is a bridge that we pay 100% before going to a stardard 80-20 plan.  All that to say, if I can treat this at home I am going to.

AND, I am going to be much more careful around the dishwasher area at work as I am pretty sure that slip is when this happened.  I didn’t fall, just skidded a bit and every since the inside of my lower heel hurts first thing in the morning if I have been on my feet a lot.  With all the canning and preserving I have been working on I have been on my feet quite a bit.

So if anyone out there has tips for plantar fasciitis I would love to know what worked for you!

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You guessed it, I am still one busy gal.  Really, does life ever slow down?  School starts in THREE WEEKS!  Just in the next couple days I am going to my sister’s musical about 2 hours away, planning, making cakes, and having a small birthday party for the twins, and going to my other sister’s to paint (an hour and a half away.)  That will bring me to Wednesday night and I will once again be working I am sure.  I did give notice that once school starts, I am only working on an emergency basis only.  If they can’t honor that, I will have to quit as the money just doesn’t justify all it takes to make it there.

I did manage to squeeze in a run today (before work, after market/store/mom’s house.)  It was week 4, run 1 of Couch to 5K and it was not my best run.  This week they drop a good bit of the walking and it really makes it harder.  Hah!  I feel like such a dork saying it, but I’m not embarrassed as I really am pleased with my progress.    The podcast is by far not my favorite, he really slows the music down to where I can not keep stride with it.  My MP3 was acting up to, so I’ll give it another run before digging out the stopwatch for the third if need be.

Speaking of the market, I felt like I got a good haul today for around $10: beets, green beans, broccoli, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, lettuces, green peppers, and green onions.  The best part was that I rode my bike up with Liz.  I FINALLY have a basket on the front to put produce in.  We had to rig a bag of produce to Liz’s handlebars as my basket wouldn’t hold our bounty.  I like getting out with just one of the girls, it’s a rare thing to have that one on one time.   Need to  work on doing that some more with each one.

The twins turn three on Monday.  Wow, no longer babies, or even toddlers.   I’m sad in so many ways, but happy in as many more.  I miss the snuggly days, but not the sleepless nights.  Yes, in the last month or two we finally are getting sleep most nights.  It’s been a long time coming.  Potty training…meh.  they get it, but don’t want to.  We are out of diapers, though, so this week they have no choice and I’ll just have to really keep on top of them about it.  No diapers…goodness, let’s just hope they still take naps for another school year!

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Quick post just because I have a minute and can:

  • For some reason I am working four night this week.  This after being gone every evening the last two weeks for the older two girls’ rehearsals (they were in a local musical.)  My husband misses me, the twins ask everyday when I am leaving….I am not pleased with this.  Soccer starts next week, so it will be him leaving me for about 6 weeks.  What goes around comes around, right?  Oh, and school starts in three weeks and 4 days.  Enough said.
  • I have not been cooking much with the whole rehearsal and working thing, but I do have a very tasty salad I want to share with you as soon as I perfect the dressing.  I took it to a reunion this weekend where it was promptly devoured.  If you do not like cilantro, don’t hold your breath for this one.  Right now, though, I have a huge pot of chicken stock brewing.  My house smells so good it is near torture!  Stock is one of those things that is so easy you wonder why more people do not just make their own.  This batch has a whole chicken in it (minus head and most of the insides), the bones of another chicken, 4 feet (scrubbed and scored), carrots, bay leaves, sage from the herb garden, peppercorns, onions, and a bit of salt.  I’d take a picture and share, but the toenails poking up just aren’t pretty.  I hope to have 4 quarts of broth when I am done and I will have plenty of chicken to use in salads and meals.
  • Running is going well.  I finished week 3 of Couch to 5K and am looking forward to week four.  Due to all the being out of the house this last couple weeks, the running has done little to nothing for my weight, but I can cope.  On my last run, when my music told me to stop running for the last time I felt like going more and I did.  That was my best run ever.  I finished without gasping for breath, feeling like I had more to give, but knowing I worked my body hard.  I really want to be able to run all of a 5K and every week that passes I can see that being more of a reality.  On to week four which increases the running some, but also decreases the walking…that might kick me in the hind end.  The music for week three had a beat that kept me at a better pace, but I wasn’t fond of the music.  I hope this week’s pod-cast is better so far as the music. 

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I can’t believe that I didn’t update on here how I did on my race.  The whole family went to the small-town festival and race.  My parents, my Mother-in-Law,  my kids, and then husband, his brother, and Iran.  My BIL joined in last minute and it was really great to visit some pre and post race. 

I gave it everything I had and I wasn’t last! My finish time was 41:27 !!!!! 

I figured I could finish in 50 minutes, but made 45 minutes my goal.   I listened to my C25K podcast until it ran out and went to random songs.   The podcast kept me at the pace I am used to working at up to the end of mile two. 

I knew I was doing okay during the run because at the 2nd mile my time was 27:something.  The last mile was better than I thought, but the last couple blocks were rough. I am thinking I should have eaten some supper as my energy level really plummeted.  Evening races must be funny that way.  You get yourself all worked up during the day to where supper isn’t even appealing, then you go out and run. Running is so very mental.

I thought I was passing out at the finish.  Literally passing out.  As in leaning on husband to get my wind and let the black spots fade.  I only remember feeling that way once before and it is the one time in my life I did pass out.  Crazy the things we do to ourselves.  I felt hot and tired going into it, but as soon as I heard my final time and found out that I beat my goal significantly, the dizziness and exhaustion faded.  Have I mentioned how mental running can be.

Oh, and I have to share this:  To my surprise, my husband meets me just after the last curve (after he had finished) and ran along with me.  He alternated between calmly telling me I could do it,  where the finish “chute” was, etc. and yelling at the top of his lungs so the kids would see their mommy finish.  I was so surprised and pleased, what a man!  And, the entire way home CeeCee and Brie alternated telling me how great I did and that I did it.  It was late by then, perhaps they were just keeping themselves awake?  None the less, it was cute and honestly made me feel like I could run a marathon.

I can not say how good it feels to be able to say I ran a 5K, even though I did walk some (very briskly.)  I plan on doing one a month to keep me at it and to eventually be able to all out run it.  I went into it with a level head and I know that I gave every ounce of me that I had and didn’t wimp out.  Next time, I’ll be seeing my husband at the finish line, he won’t have time to come back for me as I’ll be right on his heels!

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Still going strong (for me).  I ended up doing an extra 5 minutes tonight for a grand total of 35 minutes walking/running and a total distance of 2.5 miles.  I’m pleased with my progress, am looking forward to stepping it up a notch next week, and am planning on following the program for my first 5k on Friday night.  Post race report will posted as timely as possible.

On a side note, nutrition note actually, I have that coconut water has been really tasty for me after a run.  It is refreshing and seems to energize me a bit.  Also, for a morning run  I am finding that a scrambled egg works best.  Breads and oats did not set well at all.

I am putting the final touches on a soup, it is so very tasty and easy to make.  Plus, full of veggies and other things good for you.  Bonus:  the kids couldn’t get enough of it!  Will post as soon as it is all typed up.

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If you have read my previous post, I am training myself to run a 5K (3.1 mile) race in 9 weeks with a free program called Couch to 5K.  The podcasts I mentioned in the last post are really working great for me.  They are keeping me motivated and letting me know when it is time to run or walk as well as providing music to distract my brain.  The weekend got away from me a bit, so here is where I am at with the program.

C25K week 1 run 2:

  • I did another week one run and it really was not challenging me at all.  I know the program says not to skip ahead…but I did.  I always do things how they are not supposed to be done, it’s genetic or something because I can’t seem to help myself.

C25K week 2 run 1:

  • The difference here is 30 seconds of running per interval.  I felt it.  My body wanted to stop at the old time and I had to focus through the last 30 seconds of running.  I felt challenged, but didn’t end the workout ready to fall over (always a good thing, right?)  I feel like this is where I should be at for now and hope that it will do as it says and help me achieve the next week.

I will continue to post C25K updates as I complete runs.  Anyone who is doing C25K, please comment and let me know where you are at and how you are doing!

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