Thursday, May 28, 2009
The whole ordeal has brought everyone back into our little gym...on the bowflex and stuff...so it's all good. summer is coming on. I want my kids to be in shape and to value exercise, in any degree. I had no idea when I made this goal the blessing it would be for our family. Just so long as we keep up on it. I look forward to going to the track and us all running together! won't that be fun!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
So, in 7th grade PE when we were told we were going to run the mile regularly, I thought I was going to die. Amazingly, the first mile run I ever did, right after lunch, running in the school halls around the gymnasiam. I ran in 8 minutes! I can't remember if I walked through any of it, but I was still quite impressed. I could run! I was one of the first finishers. I didn't die. I can't say that I loved it, but I was good at it and I loved that. I joined track and ran the 8hundred, the mile and the 2 mile. Eventually, my best time was 5:57. and 13:00 2 mile. I don't remember my cross country scores, but I did fairly well. There was another girl in our school who was super fast. so, I was never the fastest, but always one of.
Towards the end of my high school career, I would develop a cramp during the 2 mile that was soo severe, I had to eventually give up the sport. The cramp would last for the rest of the week. The drs couldn't figure out what it was...stress was their guess. but that didn't make sense to me at all.
Anyways, since that time I haven't run. Nowadays, I use a treadmill to keep in shape when I am not working construction much. I hate it, because I think exercising just to exercise is very boring. so I will usually incline my treadmill to 10. set the pace fairly decent. and hang on so I can read through the 20 minutes to an hour. sometimes I will watch tv. but I will always go slow enough and hang on so I can see the words or hear or whatever. My comfort always comes first. I have tried running just for old times sake, but I am so out of shape that I will only last a few minutes before I go back to walking. either I am out of breath, or bored. ;)...
Kaleb has been in track the last few years. I cannot get him to do distance, but it always gets me excited once again. I might start to attempt to go back to my teen years, and whip out a mile, but I usually give up.
Well, the other day I read a note posted by a friend of mine who took up running last year to lose a few pounds. here is a paragraph of what he wrote:
When I started running, it was one of the hardest things I’ve done. I hated it. Almost every muscle and joint in my body was sore. I had a hard time catching my breath. I could feel the pulsing of my heart pounding in my head. I felt like I would collapse at any given moment. Does any of this sound familiar?
I was determined though. I am not a quitter.
The first three or four months of running was painful. I had pain in my knees, pain in my ankles, pain in my back, shoulders, calves, thighs, arms, neck, etc. That was just the direct physical pain from running itself. Then there were the numerous blisters on my feet. I even lost two toenails – both at one time. They just fell off. My lungs and throat hurt. Sometimes I felt like my heart was tired. On warm days I just felt like I would keel over on the side of the road
I don't know why this touched me so much but I realized I was a quitter. I was always taking the easy way out. Granted I was getting on the treadmill...when it was convenient, but every time I ran, as soon as it started hurting I would go back to walking. I would not let my body be uncomfortable...and because of that I was letting it stay weak!
I decided that needed to change. I don't want to become a great runner. I don't want to run a marathon or anything like that. I just want to run a mile in a decent time. so.....I made a goal with myself, and I am determined not to quit. I decided I will run 1 mile at least 5 times a week. I am keeping track of the pace I start and stop, of my time and how many calories I burn...only 121 or so. NOT FAIR! I am not doing this to lose weight though...just to prove that I still have it in me.
I have run three times this week so far. I am running a 10 minute mile! which blows me away. I feel like I am running fast...It is sickening. I think my treadmill has to be wrong! ;). But, it feels good. I decided I can handle torturing myself in 10 minute increments!
I don't want to be a quitter anymore! or a wimp! Thanks Dean for inspiring me!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
and a hamburger. J was good and passed on his fries for a wonderful looking salad.
Even though we were stuffed, we ordered dessert. The people behind us ordered a marionberry crisp. After we saw and smelled it, we were done for! It was heavenly. We did share though!
J adjusted my clutch a bit, so I could have more of a friction zone! (thanks motorcyle class that I even know what the friction zone is!) It helped with starting out and stuff.
This was the view beyond the bridge to nowhere. Not sure exactly what it was but would like to spend more time over there. All of it is gorgeous!
I made it up a bit, but had to turn around. It quickly became very rough. I wasn't quite ready for that kind of riding. J went up a little further to turn around, came back and got me...so I could see what he found...and he took me to this! Isn't that beautiful! Once again, not sure what it is called. but worth checking out further. A lighthouse on a small island!
More photos on that ride.
We notice I ride a little crooked! Not sure why. I don't feel like I am until I shift around a bit. I try to straighten up and end up just the same. Interesting.
Here we are. Home at last. I think we made it home around 7 pm. Long day. I was beat. the last hour or so was HARD. I had to drive faster than I am really comfortable. I was VERY fatigued from being alert all the time, and probably fighting the wind and all. BUT I was also VERY HAPPY! I am doing something I NEVER would have imagined for myself. Stepping outside of the box for me! enjoying it, and doing relatively well at it! never never imagined!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
with cake, candles, plates and utensils.....
The candles represent J and I and our three kids. Isn't that cute! She made the cake all by herself! She's 10!Layered it and frosted it! I was impressed. She's made a few before with my help....but never by herself. I am so proud of her, her ablilities, her cleverness, her thoughtfulness.
I took the first cut, and realized how good a job she did and wanted to get a closer shot.
The other amazing thing...when I went into the kitchen later, I was expecting a big mess from her baking, but the only evidence she'd been in there was a few dirty dishes already stacked up by the sink! what a girl!
I have sweet kids, I feel very loved and blessed. I am grateful to be married to Jeremy. We have had the best of times and the worst of times in these 15 years. We've learned to appreciate each other and not take what we have for granted. Neither one of us is perfect but we seem to make a great team. I am blessed! I will stop on the mush now! ;)
Sunday, May 3, 2009
that is what I did this whole weekend, while, Elijah hung out with his best friend's family (Knolen), and J took Kaleb to his first ever Youth Conference....(Kas went along too, since I was unavailable). They camped, and did a service project. I think there are photos....I will have to check.
Anyways, it was quite an eye opener for me...the class. I realized I did something quite out of the ordinary for me. I really never have imagined myself as a biker chick. I have not been in a classroom setting like that in years....where I had to take a test, and receive a grade for my abilities. I didn't really know what to expect, and surprised myself.
I had fun. parts of it were hard, but I didn't make a fool of myself. One thing about me, is I hate trying something new. I hate others seeing me flub up and looking a fool. I get a little scatterbrained when I have an audience. So, knowing that I would have to practice skills while others are around watching, or waiting for their turn is not appealing to me. J on the other hand relishes learning new things. He doesn't care how silly he looks, or how many times he has to try before he gets it right...and he has a tendency to be way better than average at everything he does. I tried to take some of that attitude with me when I went to the class.
Fortunately we had a small class...there were 5 students total. I think 12 is an average size. Also one of my friends took the class with me, so I wasn't going in to a room of total strangers. I'd practiced a bit with J coaching me, so that I wouldn't be totally starting from scratch, and I was amazed that even though J never took the class, and hasn't been riding for all that long, most of the techniques he taught me were right on! ...another example of him being better than average at all he does.....
So, when I was in school, I was the quiet one in the back. I rarely will speak out. I don't like being put on the spot, and unless I KNOW I have something pertinent to add, that is important, I won't share. My friend arrived before me, and I found out she's a front and center person. She was sitting in the very front, with a seat saved for me...so that is where I ended up. And, then I know I did most of the talking while we were discussing. A few times, I figured the guys in the back were probably wishing I would shut up so we could get on with things, but I just seemed to not be able to! So out of character for me...and I still don't know why or how.
When we went out on the riding range, it was pouring. We all got soaked. I figured that was probably good, cause if we ride here we will ride in the rain....even if we never intend on it. We learned how to stop safely, turn corners, U turns, turn on and off the bike, weave, swerve, etc. For the most part our instructors were nice, and very helpful. The bikes were small, and easy to manouver. When I took the skills test, I passed, but I don't know how well I did. I felt like I flubbed on everything...but did it all. I do know I got a 100% on the written test, which was awesome.
Anyways, it was a great experience, and one I would highly recommend. Now I wish we had a smaller bike, so I could get out there and keep practicing. I am still not sure if I want to get my own beemer and become a biker woman....but I am definitely interested in pursuing it.
I am especially grateful for opportunities to stretch myself and do something totally out of character. I hope I can take this experience and step out of my comfort zone even more. It is liberating!
Oh, also, I have the best family. When I came home from my final day, they all had a card and a cake for me! very sweet!