Archive for June, 2007
Hello Everyone! Just wanted to share with you some exciting news. After speaking with David we’ve decided to register for our first 5k. So I registered us last night and we’re good to go. I’m so very excited. It’s the OROC (OutRun Ovarian Cancer) 5k that’s held in Cleveland on August 25th. So, we’re on our way. This is a first for me. Now David on the other hand, has raced in the Crescent City Classic 10k that was an annual race in New Orleans. The cool thing about this 5k is that it starts and ends at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and you run through downtown Cleveland. And according to the website there’s music pre-race, post-race, and even along the route. We’ll see. This should be fun. I may not be thinking that when I’m running but that’s okay.
In looking for a race I saw that the Honolulu Marathon is being held the day after we leave Hawaii. Darn, we’ll miss it. Yah, right. Like we would’ve been able to run that. Someday. But anyway, the week before they’re going to have an Expo and stuff, so that’s something we’ll be able to check out while we’re there. At this time I’d like to hope to run while on vacation. What would be better than running while enjoying the ocean at the same time? At least we’ll be in good company while there, with all the other runners. Better get going. It’s Thursday….surgery day at work for me.
Ah, Monday morning. Don’t you just love it? I can hear the moans and groans right now. I feel ya. Last night was probably one of the most horrible sleeping nights ever. I just couldn’t sleep. It could’ve been a multitude of things. Viking tossing and turning from having his paw wrapped (I ended up taking it off only to have him continuously lick it…he got kicked out of the room at midnight), having run too late, thinking about David leaving on his business trip today, thinking about school, thinking about whether I was to run or bike today, and the anxiety of knowing I was to wake up at 4:30am and it was going to be Monday. So out of all of those I’m sure my body had a reason why it wanted to stay up. But I still got up at 4:30am with David to see him off and then I immediately went out for a run. I feel good but I know by 7pm this evening I will be done. To add onto that I was planning on staying after work to do some videotaping for school. That may just have to wait until tomorrow. Not only will I be tired but the kids will have been home all day by themselves and I’m sure they’ll be hungry.
I have to share some good news with you. I ran 2 miles this morning…my furthest thus far. Woot! Thanks to David pushing me last night, I made some significant steps within the past 24 hours. He didn’t let me stop when I wanted to and kept encouraging me when I felt I couldn’t go any further. But this morning I did the same thing as last night then some and felt better. Basically my entire route is the same but I’m running more of it with less, if any, breaks. I am thrilled about it.
Hope everyone has a Marvelous Monday!
I had something bum me out today. For the past few days my right hamstring has been aching. I just figured it was because of normal discomfort from running. Not thinking much of it I went to bed last night thinking that I was going to go biking this morning. In doing a little reading I’ve found that I need to add some cross training to my workouts. Who would’ve knew. I thought that with my discomfort and needing to add cross training, today would be the perfect day to do so.
Well, I woke up this morning with a little too much discomfort and decided that even though I took a rest day on Wednesday, maybe I needed one more day of rest. What a bummer. I think I need to change some of my running days out for cross training at this time. Just a guess but I don’t think I’m allowing my body to recuperate in between days, which may have lead to this problem. It could also be that it’s my “bad leg” meaning the one I broke years ago. I still have aching pain in it from time to time. With the weather changing for the past few days it could be the problem. Dunno. As with everything, there’s something to be learned. But at this point I’ve seen such a positive result from running that it’s hard for me to consider changing my schedule. Actually, I don’t have a set schedule. And I feel that I have done a very good job at listening to my body.
So this leaves me with, “What am I going to do tomorrow?” I don’t know. But I can tell you that I’m just going to go with the flow and see what happens. I’d love to be able to do something tomorrow but I’m also going to have a realistic outlook. We’ll just have to see…
Rise and shine! Only 2 more work days this week. As of yesterday Sue has decided to run in the evenings due to her schedule. That leaves me in the morning with Ironman David. It’s all good though because he pushes me harder and doesn’t even know it. He always starts with me and keeps a good pace then when I have to stop for a moment he’s gone. That just pushes me to catch up…which will never happen. I must say it’s harder for me to run alone due to the sound factor. I like to hear a little more than just myself breathing and feet hitting the ground. So I busted out the mental MP3 player today. Yes, you read right. I just sing to myself in my mind. People may think I’m crazy for doing this but no one knows what I’m thinking or doing in my mind. And trust me, it kept me going. A little Scissor Sisters (I don’t feel like dancing….), Kanye West (God show me the way because the Devil trying to break me down…..The only thing that I pray is that me feet don’t fail me now), Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (Somewhere over the rainbow…), then back to Scissor Sisters (She’s my man…) Hmmm…wonder what my mind will have in store for tomorrow. We’ll have to see.
I had a realization the other day. Maybe not a realization but more an observation. When we lived on base I would try to go swim laps in the morning. And for some reason it just didn’t go all that well. I just figured it was because I was out of shape. Which was probably true to a certain extent. However, I was taking a shower the other day and put my face under the water and found that I had to move my face immediately out of the water. It’s almost as though I was claustrophobic or scared of being under water, like when I was real young. Oh, maybe this is why swimming didn’t go so well. I guess this has been going on for awhile, but I never thought about it before. The thing is that this is totally weird to me because I was basically a fish when I was a kid. If there was a pool, I was in it. And then I was even on the swim team. What happened? I didn’t have anything traumatic happen. Actually, I did, but that was way long ago, even before I was an avid swimmer. Someone tried to hold me under water and I couldn’t get out. Maybe it does just come down to being out of shape with my lungs no longer up to par. But I don’t know about attempting to make them back up to par…I don’t really like that suffocation feeling, if you know what I mean. I guess I’m not really making a point here but like I said, it’s just an observation I had…my how things change as you age.
Most of us can afford to take a lesson from an oyster.
The most extraordinary thing about the oyster is this. Irritations get unto his shell. He does not like them; he tries to get rid of them. But when he cannot get rid of them he settles down to make one of the most beautiful things in the world. He uses the irritation to do the loveliest thing that an oyster has a chance to do. If there are irritations in our lives today, there is only one prescription-make a pearl.
It may have to be a pearl of patience, but, anyhow, make a pearl. And it takes faith and love to do it.
So if you’ve read any of my posts in the past month you know that I’ve attempted to run and surprisingly have succeeded in my attempt. And more than likely people are probably sick of hearing about it. But as expected I have found my life changed wanting or mostly even needing to have that run in my day, so my life has become very “involved” with this new hobby. As time goes on I’ve also been trying to educate myself. I’ve picked up a magazine and have looked at books here and there. I figure if I’m going to do this, I better do it right.
So I was reading the magazine yesterday and it’s talking about how whatever you eat the night before truly affects how your body reacts to the run the next morning. Shoot! Did I feel that this morning. It was kind of a free for all weekend when it came to food mostly because our schedules were out of whack. Yesterday when we went to the shower I waited to eat lunch because I knew salads were to be served. We didn’t eat until approximately 3pm and then there was Aunt Tonya cake. I CAN’T pass up Aunt Tonya cake. So by the time I got home I was still full while David was hungry. In the end I didn’t have dinner last night.
I also slept horribly last night. I’m not sure if it was because of my weekend diet, the anxiety of knowing I was to get up early, knowing I had to work today, tight muscles, or what. The actual run today was fine but then I got home and I about died. I haven’t felt that bad since the first day I ran. The kind where you just want to lay on your back and pass out. Where the sweat keeps coming, you feel dizzy and all. Once again I figure it’s because my diet was out of whack this weekend and I was having a bit of dehydration/hypoglycemia. Not sure. I got a small glass of Gatorade and some crackers into me and now I’m doing great and ready to take on the world. Isn’t it amazing how the body works?
Today I had my first experience with running in the rain. Boy, was it fun. And I’m not being sarcastic. To begin, it was a misty rain and by the end decent sized big drops that were coming steady. The temperature was in the low 60′s. It’s been progressively getting warmer and warmer everyday, so it was a nice break in the weather that I’ve been having every morning. Of course every once in awhile I had a hard time seeing as I was trying to keep from the rain going into my eyes or the drops of water coming down my forehead into my eyes, but whatever. I felt like a kid playing out in the rain. What a release of stress.
Something else I noticed is that I’m not focusing so much on breathing anymore. When I first started running I didn’t know how to breath properly and after a week or so I started to get into a rhythm and thought about it as I ran. As time goes on I find myself thinking about it less and less. Then today it was as though I was on the flip side. I hadn’t thought about it at all and then finally realized, I don’t need to anymore. My body compensates when needed as though it’s second nature.
Last week I was very energized on the first day, and then my energy continued to diminish as the week continued. Today I feel just as energized if not more than I was yesterday. Of course I could be real tired tomorrow but the way I look at is I’m one more day energized than I was last week. Moving in the right direct. In addition, the past 2 days I’ve woken up by myself at 5:00am before my alarm goes off (5:15am). Of course I still set my alarm to be on the safe side but I can tell my internal clock is starting to reset itself.
I’ve been running for over a month now and I am amazed at the progress I’ve made. I feel confident in saying that I’m actually running. As with everything there’s room for improvement, but I’m actually doing it and I didn’t let it defeat me. How sweet is that? Pretty darn awesome. Since I’ve met my goal of being able to actually run I feel it’s time for a new goal. My goal is to do a 5K by the end of summer or early fall. Hey, don’t know if it’s possible, but you always gotta have a goal, right?
Time to update you on what happened this weekend. On Friday the guys, which included David, his dad, my dad, and Joey, went to the Indians vs Tigers game up in Cleveland. I guess it was an awesome game and the best David’s ever seen in person. So that was cool for them. My mom, Sita, and I went out to eat and Chili’s, went to the mall to bum around, and then went to Kalahari for some caramel apples (yum!). I then went home and crashed. David was to call me when they were heading home. I never received a call because he was worried he’d wake me and I didn’t budge when he arrived home. I didn’t even hear Viking woof when he heard David walk upstairs. It wasn’t until I rolled over at 3am that I saw he was home. Yep, I was exhausted.
Saturday we were planning on sleeping in, but do you think we could? Nah. We awoke to find that David’s blister had swollen even more and that he was feeling quite numb/tingly in his arm. So off to the emergency room we went. I hate going to the emergency room for non-emergency stuff but considering it’s a workman’s comp thing and our urgent care center isn’t up fully running as it should we just headed to the hospital. Of course they said the best thing would be to keep the bubble there but they can understand his reasoning due to the numbness. And considering the circumstances said the next best thing would be to release the pressure and debride the skin back. So that’s what they did. Hehehe, I had fun watching that thing release the pus. Why do I like to watch stuff like that? Dunno. Anyway, it was kind of painful after they debrided the tissue back and allowed air to get to it. After bandaging him back up and saying the rest of the burn looked better, we headed home for David to get some vicodin into him. Oh boy, he was out for the rest of the day.
That afternoon mom, dad, and I did some painting on the garage and then all the sudden it was a race against time as the wind shifted and the weather started to get threatening. We got another side done of painting but were forced to stop due to downpour. It was perfect timing though. The wind picked up, we got everything in the garage, and then it started pouring. Mom and I headed to Kohl’s for awhile to check out running shoes and the 4th of July stuff. Then we came home and had both sets of ‘rents over to watch the Indians and Cavs games.
Sunday morning we had to get up early due to me having kennel duty for work. After that we did some bumming around, then I did school work, took a nap, then more school work, and just had a lazy day due to the rain. Hopefully we’ll get to Cedar Point sometime this week, but we’ll have to see due to the rain forecast.
After 3 days rest I ran this morning. I expected it to be raining so I wore my old running shoes, not my new ones. Even after several days rest my ankles are killing me with every step. And then after I get done they just ache even while sitting. Not sure what’s going on. It’s the outside of both ankles right behind the bone that protrudes out. I even got up 20 minutes early this morning to make sure I stretched enough. I can only hope that it’s the shoes and with the new ones it will get better. I think that’s wishful thinking though. Then I worry that it’s maybe my crocs. And that I’m not getting enough support the rest of the time due to wearing those. Maybe it’s just how I run. Maybe it’s the strain I’m putting on my ankles. Dunno. Any help would be appreciated for people that know about this stuff. Is there a stretch that I can do that can loosen the tension or something? As stated in a previous post I feel like such a novice when it comes to this stuff. Even when I was looking at shoes I was thinking, “what exactly do I need?” Okay, that one says they’re for running. Let’s start there….” But then they have all these different designs or options. I’m figuring that’s more of a marketing type tool but I don’t know. How do you decide what’s best for you? I guess that’s why they have those stores where they specifically fit you for your shoes. But where would I find that around here? Whatever, I got some new shoes, let’s start there and we’ll just have to see.
Hope everyone has a Happy Monday!