Thursday, May 9, 2013

One step forward, two steps back


Sometimes I feel like "training" for me is an impossible thing.  I take one step forward and two steps back.  It's not that I can't get to the gym, it's that my stupid body decides working out is a brutally painful thing.  Now, I can work out through an fair amount of "this hurts" and even more "this sucks" but there comes a point that you know continuing is just going to cause an injury and you have to stop.  So, I stopped, took a couple of days off and then my allergies kicked in.  So for the past two days I'm been coughing and sneezing and wheezing.

It sounds like I'm making excuses not to work out, doesn't it?  I'm not though!  This is frustrating the heck out of me. I need to get back to the gym and I've just been plain unwell.  This sucks.

The "Diet"...

Last week without wine was tough.  I discovered that I had been using it to squash my cravings for something sweet.  I bought some Crystal Light Peach Bellini, and have been drinking it in a wine glass to try and fool myself.  It's sorta working.  Sunday I went crazy and finished off the 1/2 bottle of Beringer White Zin I had left from my first Sunday.  My cravings haven't been as bad this week, but I must admit I'm feeling more stressed out.

In other efforts to make myself feel younger...

I've started wearing make-up again.  It's been a good 10 years since I've worn make-up on a daily basis and truth be told the concept was a little frightening.  I'm having fun though and this morning I'm considering subscribing to one of those beauty box sample services.   I registered with "Beauty Army" and filled out my profile, I clinked the button for it to generate the perfect samples for me... and .... nothing.   Really Beauty Army?  Not helpful.  I'm already on to finding a different box.

*UPDATE* I switched browsers and got Beauty Army to work!  Squeee!

Life Milestones...

Tori, my oldest child, turned 20 years old today.  She's such an amazing young woman and one of my very best friends.  I love the person that she's become, but I don't know where the time has gone.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Something To Think About

Thanks to my vivacious friend @SparklyNicole who tweeted this picture of a sign that she ran past  on the race course during the Princess Half Marathon.  I saved it for future inspiration.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Trumps Did Not Start

This can be really hard to remember, but it's so important. When you read blogs and magazines and websites about running, they're all geared towards serious athletes that are out there trying for their PR. It seems like everyone wants to be fast... everyone wants to be elite. That's all fine and good, but it shouldn't take away from us slow pokes who are just happy to be out there doing anything. You may do a 15 minute mile and think how slow you are, but I'm working hard to try and break 18.  The Disney pace goal of 16 seems impossible to me, so I'm choosing to not even think about it.   I just have to get out there and do it.

I wish I knew how to remember this, and believe it all the time.   It's okay to be slow... it's okay to be last... just get out the door and start. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Reasons Why I Can

Tori and I walked 2.17 mile last night and for the first time in 6 months I was back under a 20 minute mile.  Yay me!  We were actually also faster in the second half of the walk than in the first which made me feel strong.

It was a really rough walk though, my feet were killing me.  It was like walking in pins and needles.  Afterwards we went right to the store and bought me a new pair of shoes.  Hopefully that will make a huge different.   I can't imagine that it would make it worse.

The best part though is even after three straight days of serious walks or work outs I don't feel like I'm going to die today.  I'm a little achy but it's nothing major.  I also cleared a big mental hurdle today about the Princess 1/2.  I looked up the race results for 2012 and saw that the last person from Florida crossed the finish line at 4:32:25.  That means that they were just over a 20 minute pace and they didn't get swept!

Oh my god... I may actually be able to do this.  I was having a huge mental block about having to get down to 15 minute miles.  I have NEVER been at a 15 minute mile, but maybe I don't have to?  Maybe really the only thing that I need to worry about is my endurance.  It's a lot easier for me to just focus on one goal.