Monthly Archives: March 2012

Magical shoes

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Back to the park again this evening dressed in my new, blue slippers.  I could feel the excitement coursing through my veins.  This excitement cause me to push caution to the side and start out with intervals of 1 minute runs with 2 minute walks.  I was able to maintain this for the first mile and was able to do it my fastest with a time of 14:07.  Unfortunately going into the second mile I knew I would not be able to maintain this due to the delicious lunch I had with the princess.   So I switch to walking to complete the second mile.  But I will be back tomorrow while the princess is at a birthday party to see what I can accomplish.

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Shoes

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NEW SHOES!!!!!!!!! I was so excited to open my email and find a groupon for the store Hit the Trails.  Several of my friends let me know when I started running that I need to make sure i had a good pair of shoes.  I had $12 Target shoes with $1000 orthotics in them.  Well today was the day…thank you to last year’s students for performing well on testing and helping me to earn A-plus money!!!!!!!

The salesman was so knowledgeable.  By looking at my wear pattern on the shoes, my feet and my walk.  He was able to pull not only this shoe but also correctly guess my size.

I felt like Cinderella as I slipped on these blue “slippers.”  I have always preferred to be barefoot but these shoes didn’t bother me.  Convinced they were my magical running shoes, I was disappointed knowing that I would have to wait till tomorrow evening to test them out.

I also left the store with a booklet of upcoming races.  Can’t wait to find a 5k to conquer!

Fear

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Fear is an emotion that can be a two-edged sword.  Sometimes we make or don’t make a decision out of fear which means we maybe better off or we may have missed an opportunity.  I am a rather independent person and my fears are few…but running has brought a new fear-that although I know it’s irrational it is a fear I am working through.  My new fear…not  getting in my daily jog/walk.  If i miss a day, will I have to motivation to go the next day or will I miss again?  This fear is why even though friends have prompted me to take a day off to rest and recuperate,  I insist on going.

So today back to the park…had to come home early to take care of the princess, only got in one mile, 14:38.  Speed walked the first 5 minutes and then ran 1 minute and walked 2 minutes.

Not Setting the World on Fire

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Realizing that I need to stay active but also need to let me body heal, I headed back to the park for 2 miles.  I didn’t push as hard as my head was pounding and my knee a little sore but completed it in 34 mins.  The first mile I warmed up with 5 minutes of speed walking and intervals of 1 minute jog with 2 minute walk.  The second mile I just speed walked.

Emotions

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Sadness,desire, hurt, anger, feeling of loss, finding a new reality, so many crazy emotions running a muck.  Whatever good could come of them?  They did help me tonight break a goal…1st mile 14:20 and 2nd mile 14:30.  2 miles in under 30 minutes! Although feeling accomplished, I long to be driven to break goals with different emotions.

Day 8

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No sinus infection is going to stop this runner mom.  After not jogging yesterday, I was eager to feel the sun burning my skin and the sweat ( yes, I said sweat not perspire) drip off my body.  So back to the park I went.  1st mile 14:50 and 2nd mile 15:05.  Today’s progress was that 7 out of those 30 minutes was spent running.

Friendship

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Today there was no walk or jog. Instead the princess and I spent the day swimming and making memories.  Although I missed the thrill of lacing up my shoes, I immensely enjoyed our time together.  Later in the day as I sat on the shore looking at her playing with some new-found friends she had made at the springs.

I reflected over the past week and realized how important the friendships I have had been in this new chapter of my life’s story.  Maybe you have been the friend that has read my blog and left a positive comment.  Or the friend who has watched the Princess so I could go walk/jog.  Maybe you are the friend who has decided to go with me because it is safer.  Or maybe you are the friend who sends the encouraging text at the beginning and end of my jogs.

Whichever friend you are please know it means so much to me and I would never be able to continue this trip without you.

And for my friends I add this song to my playlist:

Thank You for Being a Friend

By Andrew Gold

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
your heart is true you’re a pal and a confidant

I’m not ashamed to say
I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow

And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you knew
You would see, the biggest gift would be from me
and the card attached would say,
Thank you for being a friend

Thank you for being a friend
Thank you for being a friend
Thank you for being a friend

If it’s a car you lack
I’d surely buy you a Cadillac
Whatever you need, anytime of the day or night

I’m not ashamed to say
I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow

And when we both get older
With walking canes and hair of gray
Have no fear, even though it’s hard to hear
I will stand real close and say,
Thank you for being a friend

(I want to thank you)
Thank you for being a friend
(I want to thank you)
Thank you for being a friend
(I want to thank you)
Thank you for being a friend
(I want to thank you)
Let me tell you bout a friend
(I want to thank you)
Thank you for being a friend
(I want to thank you)
Thank you for being a friend
(I want to thank you)
Thank you for being a friend

And when we die and float away
Into the night, the Milky Way
You’ll hear me call, as we ascend
I’ll see you there, then once again
Thank you for being a friend

Thank you for being a friend
(I want to thank you)
Thank you for being a friend
(I want to thank you)
Thank you for being a friend
(I want to thank you)
Thank you for being a friend
Whoa, tell you about a friend
(Thank you right now, for being a friend)
Thank you for being a friend
(I wanna tell you right now, and tell you again)
Thank you for being a friend
(I wanna thank you, thank you, for being a friend)
Thank you for being a friend

7 days

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What a crazy day!!!!!!!!!  Today we celebrated the Princess’ 6th birthday.  After all the guest had left and I had cleaned up my first though was to pour myself an adult drink and sit down.  Instead, I laced up my shoes and decided to hit the park trail.  It was late and I didn’t know how much time I had but wanted to go.  Although I set no time records today, I did feel as sense of accomplishment knowing that every day this week I walked and/or jogged.

Today: 1 and a half miles at the park in 25 minutes.

Sunset

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I think I may have found my favorite time to jog/walk-7:00PM.  Although I love feeling the heat of the sun beat down on my body, tonight I loved watching the sunset and reflecting about the day and the choices I had made.  The cooler breeze that blew helped me push myself harder.  So today’s stats:  2 miles at the park – 1st mile 14:40 and 2nd mile 15:00.

Tomorrow we celebrate the princess birthday….but I hold out hope that I can go back at sunset and sneak in a walk/jog.

ChChChChanges

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Today was a busy day between work, after school tutoring, and conference for my daughter and her dad.  I didn’t know how I was going to fit in a walk/jog.  At first, I thought to myself it is okay to take a day off.  Yet as i drove home from the Princess’ conference and saw the sun setting in the rear-view mirror, I began to burn with a desire to at least get a mile walk/jog in.  As soon as the van pulled into the driveway, I rushed into the house changed my clothes and threw the princess into the stroller.  Tonight I did 1 mile around my neighborhood in 15 minutes while pushing the princess.

Just last week I would have been content to come home and turn into a couch potato, but today I actually had a desire to exercise.  I like this new chapter in my life!!!!!!!