Cades Cove

Cades Cove

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Still going

I'm still running. Slow and steady wins the race. Weeeee. Anyway, motivation is a -1. I'm running at the gym. I am probably running a mile per 30 mintues, I'm sure that will win some sort of prize....right? I really need to sign up for a 5k to stay motivated. It's hard to be the internal cheerleader when I've never been the cheerleader.
If you people have not yet met your weekly good deed requirements for the week, feel free to use it for me! If anyone has any extra internal cheerleaders they can spare, I can send you my address.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Week 3 Day 1

Yesterday I completed week 3 day 1. I had back to back training. That's not my preference. I like to give myself(my irrational hip) at least a day rest in between. I survive only because I ran at the gym both days. I actually went 10 minutes over the regular training requirements. My only issue is that my ear bud wires keep getting tangled in my fingers as I run. So completely obnoxious. I need an arm band for sure. However, with my indecisiveness of music selection that may become a pain reaching for my arm so often.
 School is out for the summer for my boys. My oldest is at his buddies house and it is just me and my youngest tonight. What to do? Eric said go to an Alabama football game...not the season bud...what about a SEC game...not time...a baseball game? Ummm, no games tonight? IJump....closed on Thursday's. Eww. This is turning into a very uneventful sad evening for him. He's outside watering the yard as we speak. Poor fellow. Maybe I will take him to Mcdonalds, what better way to ruin a kids insides than by taking him to a fast food joint. Mom of the year? Does the grease cancel out with playing on the playground. As active as he is he could probably use the extra calories. I wish I could bottle that energy up and inject it into me! Let me rephrase, he watered the yard and attempted to wash the car. When he walked by with the duster buster I found that out.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I took a longer repose than normal from WK 2 day 2 to WK 2 day 3. Hip issues, busy, tired, homemade water slide. I think it worked to my advantage. I went to my climate controlled heaven, aka the gym. I ran the last eight and a half minutes. Though the program calls for 90 seconds run, 2 mins walking for week 2. I felt like I could run longer so I diverted from the norm. It was super awesome. I honestly don't remember the last time I ran that long. I know for most of the population 8.5 minutes is laughable and amusing to most runners. I like to think myself humble (which by even suggesting I am humble makes me haughty). This is after all is a diary to a degree of couch to 5k. 
Random, my oldest ran in a one day/no prior practice, track and field event sponsored by The Trak Shak. He finished third in his heat. In the above pic he is in the blue shorts. There were kids that I believe ran faster than I ever could. It was impressive. Next training starts with week three, Day 1. Which if I recall is basically the same as week 2. 
My tee-shirt read today "failure is not an option". Thrift store find, for a 1$. Score!
Stole this from Chas :)
yo momma runs, foam earbuds

Friday, May 18, 2012

Week 2 day 2

Today was national pull out in front of someone day on 280. My car was the target. It was amazing. I wish it would happen every day. O_o
I get to the park and it is BLAZING hot. I kick myself (again) for going to the park to run instead of the gym.  The entire thing was pretty much unbearable start to finish. I've got to run early in the morning or at the gym. I am too old to torture myself this way. I think if I had any amount of shade It would have been a bit better. 
I made it through day 2 of the second week. That is all I can say today. My hip pain is there, but it's controllable. I can run and walk and the pain is not unbearable. When I lay on that side it aches, stairs, sitting for a period of time, you know just the normal actions of living. No big deal. Jon brought me home a cobb salad from his work and lava cake that was the highlight of my day! WIN

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Week 2 day 1

So........thankfully this was not my entire day. Just the part where I attempt to use the internet. Google Chrome you make me VERY sad...or mad if you reference the above. I probably looked close to the first picture and wanted to do the second photo, but do have a stitch of self control. Speaking of sad/mad. Pandora is dead to me. I am sick of commercials and freezing up. Bye. I switch to I heart radio. No commercials, no silence. Thanks Jon White. Two thumbs down Pandora. SHESH! All that that to say, I went to the gym today to run. Umm, Oh my, so much better than dying out in the wilderness or being dragged off a trail by a nut. would be proud, I kept my mouth closed while running the whole time. :) I felt I could run longer with the climate controlled Big *** fans they have. I don't promote cursing but that is actually what they are called. No nausea, no bugs no heat stroke. This couch 25k is so awesome and slow. I don't stick with things. This I have stuck with. This blog keeps me motivated. Join this site, follow me, leave me messages. You just don't understand how much it helps. Who doesn't love motivation? Anywho, treadmill don't get that awesome nature/flower/tree/fresh/sky/bee sting/ feeling. Companies would be wise to along with the fan option on the treadmill to add the nature flower smell within the fan. Makes sense to me! When I got bored I had a plethora of TV's ranging from the food network(REALLY???!...insert i die for pasta don't show me pasta at the gym) to Fox news to a voluptuous women/man discussing celebrity topics. I think I am spoiled. Climate controlled running. WIN!  All I know is Week 2, Day 1 yes!!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Day 3 (late)

I look as if this is my last few yards of the run. I don't know if  I even picked my feet up or was just shuffling along. (Every day I'm shuffling.... shuffling ) Is that a song? Apparently it's a song in my head. I woke up this day completely unmotivated. I was tired and had zero energy. My weather app said 76

The above is an idea of how much wind there was that day. A big fat nothing. So, yes 76 does seem pleasant but with no wind it's torture.  On a random note which is how my brain works. Am I the only one who misspells words so terribly that auto correct has no idea what your attempting to communicate......It's a theme in my life. If I don't see "no replacements found' at least once a day I feel lost. Not really, I would LOVE to be one of these grammar Nazis'. My point here, is it Nazis, Nazis', or Nazis's. I don't know!! I just misspelled grammar. There is no hope for me. Moving on. I completed my first week of "training". I feel silly saying that. My hip pain was with me anytime I stopped to walk and all day yesterday. It is manageable. I was reading up on bursitis/tendinitis. A lot of people seek a sports chiropractor and find that their back is totally out of whack or their pelvis is misaligned causing one leg to be longer. Symptoms can be similar to bursitis, allegedly. Perhaps a SC will be in my future. I am looking forward to this three day rest. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

My oldest son picked these for me today. So sweet :) I need to wash my windows as well. Our front door has a glass door to. It is absolutely covered with hand prints. I clean the door and literally 10 seconds later it is covered again. Needless to just stays dirty. If I know I will have company I wash it and threaten the boys every other minute to NOT TO TOUCH THE GLASS. Our car windows are just as bad. I figure I still have about 3 or 4 more years of this nonsense. Tomorrow's high is 80...I'll try and run earlier in the day to avoid nausea and heat stroke. Yes I am aware 80 is not 90 but my internal temperature gauge is a bit sensitive.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Do Something: Day 2

Do Something: Day 2: Today was the absolute perfect running weather. If only everyday was this glorious! 71 degrees! SUPER!  I decided to stay around my ne...

Day 2

Today was the absolute perfect running weather. If only everyday was this glorious! 71 degrees! SUPER! 
I decided to stay around my neighborhood and explore a few places I had not been before. It definitely kicked my butt. It's funny when driving you really don't notice hills. That being said the training was easier today. I had cold cereal(raisin bran). I did have a few side stitches, but they went away. Nausea hit just once after running a hill and that was it! I had two dogs who joined me for a short time. A three legged husky and a cocker spaniel. Unfortunately these pretty dogs had escaped their home. The husky was found but not the Spaniel. After my cool down I got a familiar twinge in my hip. Back in the summer last year I began walking at the park and got this same pain. I think it's trochanteric  bursitis. After my exercise high it took a depressing plummet. This is Day 2 of a 2 month training. Why...why...why! I'm quite stubborn. My plan is ibuprofen and stretches. Unless my hip falls off I have zero plans to give up. So take that Bursitis. The plan is rest tomorrow and run again Friday.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A quick post. I am sore today. My stairs are manageable though. Tomorrow is Day 2 of training. I hope it's not as hot as Monday. The plan is little to no food before the run. I am curious to see how that helps with the nausea. I know the heat didn't help last time. The above image made me laugh a little..that is me at the moment!

Monday, May 7, 2012

A few words to describe the first half of my day.  Exciting, hot, humid, cloudless. I woke this morning with a hop in my step. I forgot that was possible! In my head I think Day 1, lets do this! Whoohooo! I was debating on my "pre-training" snack. No food/food. I think back to my hideous attitude without food (that goes for lack of sleep as well). I settle on two wheat waffles with honey and a handful of grapes...and water. I eat and go to the park. It has a good running route (says me, who doesn't run). Though I have it in good authority (per my hunny bun), it is a good place to die, I mean stroke, darn computer keys! He says run.   A five minute warm up as my app tells me to do. Brisk walking I go. Can I just say I love my iphone. I open Pandora, open my training app and go. At least I plan on justgetgoing ;) I run 60 seconds walk 90 seconds. Back and forth until 20 mins is up. That would be a short blog wouldn't it? I wish I had the stamina of my sister. Though younger she had/has the drive and lungs to just go. Envious..pretty much. Back on track, Sarah. The first four or five of my 60 second runs went well. Whenever the nice lady in my ear said "now walk" for 90 seconds, I was singing the Hallelujah chorus. For all of the 90 seconds. I was sucking wind like a, well, like a chic who never runs. I was racking my brain to remember if you are supposed to breathe in your nose out your mouth or in nose out nose...I was too weak to google it on my phone because at that point I. DID. NOT. CARE. Obviously, I did not go right along with the designed day 1 program, but I never stopped walking. To give myself some credit I did run 3/4 of the required running. The nice lady in my ear says "time for your cool down". I without hesitation plant my sad out of shape self at the God's sent bench right in front of me. Head between my legs angry with myself for eating before this endeavor. After a minute I walk lopsided along the trail. In my head I am hoping no one is watching me in this weak state and is going to rip me off the trail. Mental note, mace. It really felt close to 100 degrees. Internally....4700 degrees. I may exaggerate at times but in my head it totally seems legit. My tank is 100% cotton. Not a thread wicks to my advantage. Side note, retailers would be geniuses to buy wicking fabrics to cater to any women who is close to heat stroke at any point during the day. I know I have an amen corner with pre-menapuse. I believe all clothes should have this. To sum up my day. Acceptable, in light of not being a perfectionist. Trial and error and hotness and I wish I meant I was HOTT and not the true meaning of sweating and heaving. 
an out of focus pretty flower on my run/walk/die/session
My first blog....I meet an engaging mom at my sons soccer game. She inspired me to step out and do some things I have not done before. 1.Blog 2.Run. Not to give her complete credit, I had been thinking about the running thing for a few days. I see random people on FB delight in this torture (my opinion not theirs). I weigh the benefits in my head. Fix that jiggle,yes! Lower cholesterol,sure! Relieve stress, I'm in! Then my cynical side kicks into gear. I have an immediate flashback to High school track. I won't say I was the least talented but I will say I was not determined. I have zip, zilch, zero will power.I usually give up mainly because it is easier to do (duh). We all have our faults. That's mine. So, don't hold it against me. Anyway, I hear of these superhuman people running miles and miles and well you see the pattern. In the heat at that! Another flashback to band camps in the dead of summer. I thought I was dying then and I was just standing there in the heat..dying. Running in the heat sounds like a sure fire recipe for unseemly bodily convulsions. Not only unattractive but demoralizing. Not to mention having moves things around inside. I'm not a DR. but I know there is a difference. I will leave it at that. I researched running(what any good procrastinator does), what to eat before running, what to wear and even a system to go from couch to 5k. It sounds awesome. I can totally run 60 seconds and then walk 90 seconds and so on. Tomorrow is the day. I've checked the weather, muggy and 80ish. Perfect weather for puking I mean training..whatever. I don't look forward to it but I know it is something with many benefits. My husband runs so he is stoked about the possible running buddy. I should have more positive thoughts but I think I can feel my lungs aching already. Stay tuned!