Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Game Plan

Well, I've done it.  I've finished 2 weeks of my 5K training plan.  It's a 9 week program, which still leaves me quite a while after I'm done with the training program before our Disney 5K in January.

Stephanie and I were talking this week about "racing season."  It's a totally new concept to me, but apparently once the weather cools off, you can run a race just about every weekend if you want to.  We made plans for our upcoming races. 

T, Caroline and I will be participating in our first 5K on Saturday, October 9th.  Yep... that's in 2 weeks.  We are doing the Race for the Cure (I'll have donation information up soon if you're interested) in Downtown OKC.  Caroline will be riding, even though she does motor around the house now.

I obviously know that I can't run the whole 5K right now.  However, I can continue with my training and do the best I can.  Most importantly, it will give us a base time to measure against for future races, including Disney.

The next race with be the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.  T won't be able to go with us because he's working, but it will be a great way to start a holiday focused on eating.  Our final race before Disney will be the Santa Run on Dec. 4th (Leslie's 30th birthday, by the way).

I think it's a good plan.  I'm excited to see our progress as we get better.

Friday, September 17, 2010

No turning back now!

I finished Week 1 of the Couch Potato to 5K training program.  And I didn't die.  I managed to get highly motivated along the way.  Well, motivated by things other than fear.  That fear being the giant gloved Mickey hand that will sweep me off the race path if I don't maintain a 16 minute mile pace for the Disney 5K.

This big race idea started as support for Nick and Stephanie as they run the half marathon.  Yes, I said that right... 13.1 miles!  They need familiar faces to cheer them on and congratulate them when they finish.  So I said we'd take one for the team and travel to Disney World to support them.

Somehow that show of support morphed into us participating in the 5K.  We signed up in June.  We had 7 months to train...... hell, after that long, we'd have no problems with the required pace.  But we didn't really start training.  It was hot, you know.

But now.... we've started.  And oh holy crap, I now know that I can actually do this!  It blows my mind every time I think about it.  My first mile tonight was my best mile time yet AND it included my 5 minutes of walking warm-up. 

I felt good.  I trusted myself and my ability.  I envisioned myself running through Epcot (in no way similar to the College Program, Claudia).  I was well over half-way through before I even LOOKED at my time.  I was ok just running. 

Week 1 is in the books.  I'll probably start Week 2 on Sunday instead of Monday... just because I'm excited to test myself with longer run periods.  Did I just say that?  Apparently, I did.  I'm now excited about exercise.

It's all over but the crying.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

All you have to do is do it.

This video found me tonight.  If this can't inspire you, I'm not sure what will.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Just Do It

I am the queen of excuses.  I can come up with 10,000 reasons for or against something.... especially if it's something I do or don't want to do.

In theory, I'm a runner.  But to make theory match reality, I needed a few things first.  I needed the iPod Nano and Nike+ sensor so that I could track my workouts.  I had an iPod but it was a first generation and didn't work with the Nike+.  So I got those... in January 2008.  But it was winter... so no running then... right?

Then I got pregnant... so no running program starting then... right?

Then I'd just had a baby by emergency c-section.... so definitely no running then.... right?

Then once I was healed and ready to start again, I needed new shoes.  I needed the Nike+ shoes that held the sensor that I'd bought back in 2008.  So I got those in January 2010.  And they sat in the box, in my living room.  It was winter... there's no running then... right?

So I broke them out of the box in April for the Redbud Classic, where we walked for 2 miles.  And I was motivated.  I was going to start walking before I started running.  Because there was no way that I was in shape enough to start the Couch to 5K program.  Yes, I was so out of shape, I couldn't start a program for COUCH POTATOES!

And then it got hot.... so there's no running then... right?

And then my Nike + sensor went out, so I needed another one....

And then I realized I needed a new sports bra.... so I had to order one of those.  And no, I couldn't find one in a store.

And then after putting off starting this program for 2 years, during July, I signed up for a 5K race in January that requires me to maintain a 16 minute mile pace.  That will motivate me, right?  But it's too hot to be outside, let alone start running.... right?

So now it's the middle of September.  I've got a little over 100 days till my race.  So what's a girl to do?

She runs.  And I did. 

I ran the entire program for Week 1, Day 1 of my training.  I never thought I could actually do it.  I thought I was too out of shape for the couch potato program.  I'm not a couch potato... I'm a couch... right? 

I did not run fast.  I did not run far.  But I did run the entire training run with no cheating.  I was half-way through before the thoughts of quitting even entered my head.  And then I thought, "HOLY CRAP, I'M HALF-WAY THROUGH!  I'm not stopping now!"  I also thought about my dear friend asking me about it tomorrow.  I knew she'd be supportive no matter what.... but I wanted to be able to tell her I did it. 

And I did.

**This is no attempt to be an advertisement for Nike. Nike has no idea who I am and does not care anything about me.**

Thursday, September 9, 2010

15 Months

Caroline is 15 months old today.... can you believe it? She's walking and talking and trying to rule the roost. Some days she's more successful than others at all three.

She's just finished cutting a new tooth and that combined with allergies made for a tough Labor Day weekend. We didn't get much sleep or many things accomplished. She did, however, start swimming lessons. That went wonderfully!

She gripped me pretty tight at first, but after a few minutes, she relaxed. I was even able to get her to float on her back for a while. She kept putting her face in the water and drinking big gulps. And she kept burping... loudly... that echoed throughout the indoor pool.

But she had fun... and so did we. Which is good, since it's every Saturday through October! T took a ton of pictures, I just haven't sorted through them yet. That's on the agenda for next week.

Silly should be Caroline's middle name. Right now it's very funny to put things on top of her head. Just sitting there, hanging out with a toy on her head... and then she giggles to get your attention. You laugh and her audience is amused and she's happy.

She's throwing far fewer tantrums now that she can walk and communicate better with us. But she still gets upset if she doesn't get her outside time with the dogs in the evening. That's her afternoon activity with Daddy because Momma isn't interested.

With the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine moving through the state yesterday, there was no outside time. And this resulted in a whining, crying, demon goat for about an hour. I had enough and announced it bedtime.

Her hair is down to her shoulders (when it's combed straight). Most days it's flipped up in every direction. After being so dark and so straight for so long, all of her new growth is MUCH lighter (I'd even say blonde) and has a definite curly flip to it. The top stuff is still dark and straight and hangs directly into her mouth if I don't pull it back. I even managed to get pigtails up one day. They have much better luck with hairdos at school. My goal is out of her face.
I don't have height or weight measurements, but I'd guess she's grown at least an inch since June (her last doctor visit). All of her current wardrobe is showing that growth too. We've got new fall clothes, but we're just waiting on the weather to catch up.

Now it's time to think about a Halloween costume. How do we top the chicken?

Friday, September 3, 2010

We're all undefeated

Tomorrow kicks off the college football season for most teams (aside from the handful that has played the last 2 days).  Right now, everyone is undefeated and the season is full of possibilities.

This time of year has a mix of emotions for me.  On one hand, I'm extremely excited to have college football back on televsion.  I really miss Saturday nights in Tiger Stadium, but can still follow along with most of the coverage.  But on the other hand, I'm nervous about what kind of team we will be fielding this year.

It's not like you're going hear local reporters trash talking the football team before they've ever even played a down.  My point is that it's not really objective.  We all HOPE that what we are seeing will translate well to the field.  But no one really knows for sure.

So in 21 hours, we'll have a better idea but definitely won't know for sure.  How can we judge our team against a team stripped of so much of their talent?

I vow now to be optimistic and hold my tongue while watching the game.  Caroline is starting to repeat things we say!

Geaux Tigers!!