Friday, February 22, 2008

Da Do Run Run Run, Da Do Run Run!!!

Remember Shawn Cassidy???? LOL When I was in 3rd grade I had a light blue satin jacket with Shawn Cassidy on the back. My best friend was so jealous. This song popped into my head this morning and I thought I'd share the chuckle with you!

Well...for the first time in 3 weeks, I really feel like I'm back on track. I kind of took it easy this week at the gym, I didn't want to stress out the achilles and I still have a little cough. I did upper body workouts, elliptical twice, yoga, and an exercise class to gently work up to a nice little run for this morning. Mike Moses is fast becoming my new running partner. He's a trainer at the gym too. He tends to push me for speed, which in the beginning was hard for me, but now I relish the competition. Someday I am going to beat that man in a 5K. Yeah, there I said it! Haha!! I'm going to beat Jim too. I'm not going to mention this again. I'm hoping they forget and while I train mercilessly, maybe they'll slack off and I'll beat 'em. I think that may be the only way I will actually beat either of them. It's a fun new goal anyway.....

This Saturday (tomorrow) my husband and I are taking the kids to a fun walk on Venice island. It's to support my local YMCA! I love those guys over there. I need to walk it because Sunday morning I'm doing a 5K on Boca. That'll be a great race, very scenic. After that I won't be running more than 2-3 miles until after the marathon. I want to keep my muscles from getting strained. I want to be in top shape and well rested for the big one!

I ran 2 miles with Mike this morning after my core exercise class. I forgot to set my stop watch (GRRRR) but the 2nd mile was about 9 minutes, which means the first one was a little faster. I did not have even one twinge of pain. My achilles is all healed. My endurance was better than I expected for not having run for 3 weeks, but the elliptical probably helped that.

I am SO looking forward to this marathon. I can't even find the words to explain it.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Getting Back On Track.....

Ok, I went back to the gym yesterday for the first time in over a week. (I had the flu) I did some upper body weights, rowing and some crunches. It felt great to get back in there. Jim basically said one word to me Monday....ELLIPTICAL. I tried that in November and just did not like it. I could only do about 20 minutes on it and then I'd need a 3 hour nap. So I used to walk past it and pretend it wasn't there.

Today I was determined to spend some time with that elliptical machine. I went in around 12:15, lunchtime, knowing the place would be pretty much abandoned. I figured that way no one would be there to see me moan and complain to myself.

This time I was prepared. I had a big gatorade, the fan blowing on me and my iPod. I even took the time to program in my age/weight and started off slowly. For some reason I had no trouble. Except that I had programmed it for 30 minutes figuring I'd be done by then, so I was shocked when I glanced down and it had stopped keeping stats. I set it for another 30 minutes, picked up my speed and it happened again! This time I set it for a WHOLE HOUR. I went a little faster too. I finished 2 hours on that elliptical. I can't believe it. I also drank the whole gatorade, keeping hydrated. I averaged 164 heart rate, which is aerobic, so I'm happy with that. I have no idea how many miles because it kept resetting, but I was going for endurance anyway.

Honestly I could have kept going but I started thinking about the laundry! Can you believe it??? Perfect excuse for skipping the housework and I get obsessive. Nice. Not that I'm doing the laundry right now anyway. Kerri and Kirstin were here when I came in so I visited with my daughters for awhile. Then I ate 4 potato skins, one cupcake, a handful of chips and some more gatorade. And I'm thinking of going back for another cupcake. WHY do I crave this stuff after a great workout????????????

I am running a 5K on Sunday. Boca Grande 5K. It's supposed to be beautiful. I think a bunch of Zoomers will be there. I missed the festival Of Lights race last weekend because I was still sick, so I'm looking forward to this one. Sherry did FABULOUS on her first race, finishing at 32 minutes!!!! YAY Sherry!!!!! Chuck did his usual superb job, finishing in 20 minutes, but he didn't realize he needed a chip!! His time wasn't recorded. I told him he should have grabbed mine. I'd LOVE a 20 minute finish time in my name....LOL. Maybe I will someday.

Tomorrow I have a yoga class in the morning, then I'm going for a 3 mile run from there. I haven't run on the street yet since the achilles pull and the flu, I'm very curious to see how that'll feel. I think tomorrow will give me a good feel for whether I'm all healed and healthy.

Cross your fingers!!!!!!