Tuesday, June 27, 2006

I'm Brave, really.

Guess, I'd better rephrase item 18 on my list of 100 things about myself. But I went with pink rather than purple.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Okay, That Was Hard

Perhaps my from couch to 5K program will take a little longer than the prescribed 8 weeks. That's okay since I gave myself 10, from week one of training to race day.

Today was the start of week 2. 90 seconds jogging, 2 minutes walking, repeat for 20 minutes. I barely made it. But I made it! Go me! Not that I could have improved very much just from week 1 (remember each week is only 3 runs) but today I didn't check my time at each jogging interval until it would have been over last week. That's cool since last week I was checking it 30 seconds into my 60 jog. Sad.

I've got to get some good shoes though. My ancient, broken down cross trainer Nike's aren't doing my shins & knees any favors. I plan on going to Snail's Pace for shoes. I know a couple people who buy their running shoes they & they're always very pleased. They have you run up & down in front of the store while they're watching you. How you carry your body, do you pronate your feet, etc. Then they give you a shoes that's right for you. WAY less chance of injury.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Day 3

My couch to 5k training program said to train 3 times a week. Check. Did it! Kaisara & I went out tonight after our friends wedding. Day 1 was definately the worst. We won't be able to "train" tomorrow but on Sunday...week 2 here we come.

BTW: no one's joined my team yet. Where are you people?!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Sucked Again

Did my second day of training last light. It was gross. I got through it though. I told Kaisara that after we've kicked week three's butt we'll need to go back and do an evening of week one again just for the ego boost. It will be a boost won't it?

He hasn't officially committed but Kaisara's toying with the idea of joining my team. Yeah!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

That's Not Fun

I decided I want to try to run as much of the Race for a Cure as I can. I found a training program online called "Couch to 5K Running Plan". Yeah, that's me. It's takes 2 months. Kaisara & I started the first week tonight. After a 5 minute warm-up walk, for 20 minutes you alternate 60 seconds of jogging with 90 seaconds of walking. It sucked. Running's not fun. It's horrible! What's gonna be awesome is when I'm at the end of the Race for the Cure, I'll look back at my sad little week one & realize how much progress I've made! Yeah!

By the way, go here to join my team or here to donate to help me reach my goal.

Monday, June 12, 2006

I'm Inspired

I have some amazing friends that do some amazing things. The latest amazing friend is Geoff. He amazing feat: completing a marathon (that's 26.2 miles people!). My super-long commute to school was only 25. He RAN further than my dreaded commute! His goal was to finish. He hoped to finish in 4 hours. As Kaisara commented, "4 hours! I don't do anything for 4 hours!"

While talking with Geoff about his experience, Kaisara & I became more & more impressed with our friend. He accomplished his goal. 26.2 miles. All at one time. He even came close to his time goal. He finished in 4 hours & 44 minutes. According to a professional runner I know, that's a great time for a first race.

So in discussing our impressive friend & his 26.2 mile accomplishment I brought up a half marathon is 13.1. Heck! I walked 12 for March of Dimes years ago. What's another 1.1 mile! I'm afraid after 12 miles, another 1.1 is much farther that it sounds, right Geoff? Of course my 12 mile walk was "years ago" & I am now "years ago" older & "years ago" outta shape. But so what, I think I'd like to complete a half marathon.

In preparation for my eventual half-marathon, I'm going to try to organize a team for The Komen Race for the CureƂ®. It's on Sunday, September 24th. It's 5K so it's very do-able for even the most pathetic fitness level known as mine :-) If anyone would like to be invited to join the team I'm trying to organize let me know. If you don't want to run or walk 5K but would like to throw money at my team to support this worthy cause (fighting breast cancer, not me), let me know & I'll let you know how to do that when the time comes.

Hmmm, maybe I should buy some running shoes...

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

My Table Is Better Than Yours!

My Dad's been building a patio table for Kaisara & I for over a year now. It's actually been finished for a couple months but we had to borrow a truck to get from Dad's garage to our patio. Beautiful isn't it? The base is polished stainless steel, the table top & seats are red wood. He didn't put a seat on one of the ends so that my sis can pull up to it in her wheelchair. He thinks of everything!

He turned the removable lamp that plugs directly into the top on his lathe. It's crazy heavy. It's made from brass, copper &, of course, stainless steal.

He had his good friend & carpenter, Jay Shanor, make a gorgeous storage box for the lamp when it's not in the table. Daddy even put adjustable Teflon feel on the bottom of the legs so it sits level on our slanted patio slab. GENIUS!

My Dad is so talented. I envy the patience he has when working on a project. He is very meticulous & detailed. If I'm not finished with a project within a few weeks, MAYBE months, it's never gettin' done, friends!

Though you'll never even see this blog: thank you Daddy from the bottom of my heart! I will cherish this beautiful table always!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Doing Better

After much needed time with great friends and family, a nice little drive with my man, a great church service & now a quiet afternoon. My spirit is feeling refreshed.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

They can't touch my soul but they've broken my spirit.