Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I seem to be bogged down lately by projects, errands, activities for myself and the kids, let alone trying to just find time to let them play. So I guess something needs to change to make sure I'm spending the time and energy on things that are important to me and my family. Reading is definitely one of those things so I'm going to try and continue with the 20 minutes/day goal- however, sometimes our days get away from us or we have to travel for work, etc- so instead of putting the cap on 20 minutes every physical day- I'm hoping to look at it over a week's time. 7 days/week x 20 minutes= 140 minutes of quality time with my kids!
So recap- I read 20 minutes a day every day this month except when I was gone/traveling for a conference for work/my career, etc. So to make up for those 5 days I missed I bulked up my reading before I traveled so I got all my minutes in for the week with them prior to travel. I thought about calling them and reading to them over the phone, but with the time change and my son really detesting a long phone conversation I figured this was the best way to fulfill my commitment to the 30 day challenge.
I read a lotto them- finished "Little House in the Big Woods", currently finishing "The Doll People" and of course various library books and our own books. It was a great month of reading, I'm just really still shocked at how I thought I read to my kids a lot, but this past month fitting in 20 minutes/day seemed like a challenge comparable to long runs/mid training schedule of a marathon.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I have a "to do" list that seems to be growing and growing and growing. There just isn't enough time in the day. I have things at work, home and family stuff it just never ends. When I'm tired my " to do" list kind of overwhelms me.
Lastly, I'm coming up on becoming president for our nurse practitioner organization and I want to do a really great job and again have all these lofty goals/ideas and again feel a tad overwhelmed. So much a leader can do in an organization- good and bad. I'm hoping I'm a lot of the "good" type leader.
So take home from random thoughts for Tuesday- take a breath, go down the "to do" list one by one (kind of like marathon training- one week at a time, instead of looking at the 18 week training plan and becoming discouraged), and lastly curl up with a good book and go to bed early :).
Side note- my youngest just said "mom you can do lower case, good job". She's my little over achiever also felt good to receive pat on back from 4 year old.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
So I ate lunch, changed clothes and went out about 12pm to run 6 miles (10 min warm up, 4 x 4 at z3-4 with 3 min rest after each 4 minute z3-4 (70% max) followed by 10 min cool down). Well first I don't know if I didn't write the right thing down for today's plan or messed up my math, but I finished the 4 x 4 with 3 minute rest period right when I got to about 3.5 miles, so I planned to just run easily the rest. Then at 4.5 miles it hit me- this hasn't happened for a long time- I had to stop and walk. I was exhausted, sweaty and thirsty- no really PARCHED!
So I walked until mile 5 and then ran the last one. It took me 1 hour 8 minutes to run 6 miles (11:20 minute mile pace). Not sure what happened other than I was reminded about how I don't do well in humidity and mid day runs are hard for me. The scary or intimidating thing for me now is because of my conference schedule the next time I can run a long run (10 miles) will be Saturday after the conference ends. So I will be basically heading back out there to run again around 12 pm.
This time I will come prepared. None of this interval training stuff- just run 10 miles. I'll bring cash to buy gatorade, etc along the way to refuel with and lastly if I walk, I walk- getting the miles in is what has always gotten me far so I'm sticking to it.
Anyways- just thought I'd share this fun humbling afternoon run adventure. Doesn't matter how many years I've been running or continue to run I know I will have afternoons like these. I'll keep running though :)!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I'm leaving today for a conference and at the airport as I was going through security there was a man being interviewed by a local news station about his experience after running Boston yesterday. There are so many stories out there. It is like I just can't read enough about what the runners experienced. Some finished, some almost finished, but were stopped at mile 25.5 due to the finish line being closed, and of course the spectators and those who lost life, limb, were injured- I just can't seem to wrap my brain around this.
All we can do is persevere, we can live life to the fullest, we can pray, and we can run!
Friday, April 5, 2013
I thought the interval/speed work would be totally intimidating, let alone the mathematical part of it. For example- this is one of my workouts: Run 5 miles as 1 mile WU, 1,2,3, 4, 3,2,1, at Z 5 with .25 mile recovery, and 1 mile CD. O.K. that looked so foreign to me and how was I going to keep track what interval I was at and what did it all mean. (I'm the kind of gal who could never keep track what lap I was on when running multiple around the high school track). So break down in layman's terms: 1 mile warm up (try to keep it at 10 min/mile-11 min/mile pace) then 1 min at 95% (that's what Z 5 means- zone 5), with .25 mile recovery, and then increase to 2 min at Z5 (95% effort) with .25 mile recovery, and 3 minutes...etc with 1 mile cool down (CD) at the end. I know for those of us that just go out and pound the pavement even writing this description seems overwhelming and confusing, but... it has worked. I feel faster- I'm getting either more miles done/week or running the miles faster/week.
This plan also fits in Fun Workouts (pretty much any other physical activity that raises your heart rate up a little- leisurely bike ride, playing b-ball with kids, Wii Just Dance, etc). My fun workout this week was "hiking" WoodPecker trail after school pick up today. This plan also has cross training days: which has allowed me or forced me into spinning, or yoga at least one day/week. Still don't understand why I have such a hard time making cross training a priority- I really enjoy both spinning and yoga when I'm doing it.
So the good: I'm getting faster and stronger. The bad: I feel like I'm become a "clock watcher". I guess you can't have it both ways- unless you are uber rich and can have someone run with you and just yell at you when you should increase and he/she could watch their watch and then tell you when to decrease speed, etc. So for now I will become a "clock watcher" and keep you posted on this more elaborate training plan.
Goals for April- follow the plan (no skipping assigned workouts or decreasing the amount of miles/workout - you know the old "Oh, I'll cut this one short and just do 4 instead of 5 today"). No excuses, no whining, just get her done! Happy April Running!
Monday, April 1, 2013
This is the sequel to "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. I liked the "Giver" more, but again was amazed by how writers can come up with some of these fantasy/apocalyptic plots, etc. As my friend HB says about writers "she writes beautifully"- this is how I feel about Lois' writing. I was a little disappointed that it didn't continue right away from the end of "The Giver" right into "Gathering Blue", but I'm a little concerned that because I'm not a real "fantasy reader/ end of the world reader" that I've missed something. So now I'm definitely reading her third one that finishes this series to make sure I haven't forgotten or missed something.