Archive for January, 2008

Lunchtime Friday run

Friday, January 11th, 2008

So we have dinner plans this evening so I decided to get a run in at lunch today. Freaking beautiful weather. Low 50’s not a cloud in the sky, only problem was a slight(10-15mph) wind out of the south. Didn’t know how far I wanted to run, but had an idea of 4 or so. Took off with the nano and went north from the office.

It was a great run. Shorts and long sleeves, but could have been in short sleeves had I packed them. Saw probably 10 other runners on my route, and everyone was grinning ear to ear. Finished in 40:46 and Nike gave me 4.32 miles, so a 9:25 pace. Mapped out to 4.73 miles, so actually clocked an 8:37 pace. Crazy thing was I didn’t feel like I was pushing it at all.

Tomorrow should be a longish morning run.

Oh yeah, did a session of yoga last night.  Still need to keep this up, my legs etal are extremely tight.

Wed. Run

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Due to the short tempo run on Monday, I decided to head out for another short, quick run Wed. night.  Started out feeling really great, but started getting side stitches around 1 mile, so had to slow down and get the breathing back in rhythm.  Did so and finished with a great feeling and a good kick.  Nike+ gave me 3.17 miles in right around 29 minutes.  Mapped it out and got 3.42 miles.  Don’t think I’ll get a run today, but will try to get some yoga in.

Monday Run, Tuesday Yoga

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

On Monday I set out to get a good tempo run in.  Weather was supposed to be blowing into OK, but was predicted for the far NW corner and the East side of the state.  Didn’t realize a band of rain was blowing through Norman until I went outside already dressed, dog in hand, and Nano ready to go.  Wait a minute, the ground is wet, and the sky looks dark.  Oh well, on with it.  It was sprinkling as I left, and got a little heavier as I progressed.  Decided to keep going, but stay near the house.  As I was just about to take a turn for another loop, it really began raining, so I turned around and headed for the house.  Nike+ gave me 2.06 miles in 16:10 or so.  Mapped out at 2.25 miles.  Not too shabby, but really felt the legs and lungs in the last .5 or so.

Last night I intended to get a little longer tempo run, but the kiddos were not cooperating, still recovering from their 4 month shots.  When 10 pm rolled around and I still hadn’t gotten out, decided to do some Yoga for Paddlers instead.  Been a long time, but the burn felt oh so good.  Definitely need to add this back into the routine on a regular basis.

Newsletter: 4 Months

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

What a fun month!  We got to celebrate your first Christmas and got to do so with both sets of Grandparents, albeit at different times.  It was a very memorable first Christmas that I hope to always remember.  While you were not quite sure what was going on, you both greatly enjoyed looking at the shiny ornaments and bright lights of the Christmas tree.  It was a fun diversion to have in the house, and something you both enjoyed.

Grammy and Grandpa came up the weekend before to spend a few days with us.  We had a great time with them and got to enjoy a good 2 inch snowfall while they were here.

Then Nana and Pop showed up to spend the week of Christmas with us.  This included your first acting performance.  On Christmas Eve, the church has a family service where the Christmas story is acted out, and we were asked to play the Holy Family for the service, which included an inside portion followed by an outside live nativity scene, complete with a miniature horse, donkey, and numerous goats and sheep.  A got to play the part of Baby Jesus inside and we traded off so that G could play the part outside.  It worked flawlessly, except for poor Nana who got to put up with a screaming A inside for the second half while we outside with a happy G.  But you both were great while “on stage”.   Some of the more memorable moments were hearing a mom tell her child that Baby Jesus had a “nook” just like he did, and a couple of days later while out at Sams having a family comment that “look Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus’s shop at Sam’s, too!”

You are both developing so fast it is hard to keep track of what all you have learned to do in the past month.  This month you both have really found your voice and just love to experiment with how to make different sounds.  You seem so wowed that if you round your mouth or move your tongue, you can change the sound you are making.  And you both seem so happy and just love to laugh.  Once you start, its hard to get you to stop.  One funny instance was when Mommy and I were shopping for a new mattress A was being held by Mommy and just started cracking up laughing.  It was the first time you had done this for Mommy and she was so pleased she just lay on the bed for minutes listening to and prompting you.

G, you definitely enjoy shopping trips and are great on them.  We can count on you hanging out in your carrier in the stroller.  Everything that comes into your line of sight is so fascinating, that you will stay awake through your normal nap times just to look around the stores. You are also becoming a great sleeper and have very little trouble falling asleep and usually stay asleep much longer than your sister.

A, you are still into everything and full of energy.  You do not like to sit still and love to stand up on people’s lap.  You also are not very fond of sitting in your car seat for long periods of time, and usually end up squaking until you get held.  But you also figured out how to roll over from your back to your stomach!  And now we can’t put you down on your back without you immediately rolling over.  Its like you decided that lying on the back is for babies and you are not a baby anymore!

I look forward to all this month might bring.



Weekend Run

Monday, January 7th, 2008

This was the 1st week for the 16 week OKC training program.  Haven’t officially planned out the training schedule.  Need to get to that this week to begin this weekend.  But I did get out and get a long run Saturday.  I slept in and went around 9:30am.  It was unseasonably warm, temps approaching 70F and a strong southerly wind.  The first 3 miles were horrible and I was completely overdressed for the temps.  The middle of the run went pretty smooth, and I could have easily gotten in another 5-6 if I wanted to (and had a chance to change into short sleeves and shorts).  Overall not to shabby, finished with 10 miles in a little less than 1:30 running time.  Nike + gave me 9.6miles.

Having problems uploading my runs to the Nike site.  Still working on getting the first runs uploaded.

Yesterday, we took a family walk.  Again, it was very warm, but not nearly so windy.  We didn’t even have to use the plastic shield to cover the kiddos.

And bonus Weighed in this am at 209.6, down 1.14lbs.  Woohoo!

First Nike+ run

Friday, January 4th, 2008

And I need to calibrate it. Not too far off, but every little bit helps.

Went to the local running store to pick up the + kit between Christmas and N.Y. for the new Nano. The first unit wouldn’t recognize the sensor. Tried all of the suggested troubleshooting to no avail. Unfortunately, the store had some great (for their employees) hours over the holidays so yesterday was the first day I was back in Norman early enough to stop by and exchange. No hassle-walked in with the non-working unit and out with a new one.

Got it home, plugged it in, and voila it was cooking. Couldn’t wait to put it to use, but had to wait until after dinner. (Ummmm, $0.30 fajitas tacos dinner, Happy 30th B-day T.C.!)

Let the food settle and set out into the chilly evening. Strong south wind. Should have headed south, but went north instead. Finished in 28.58min and + registered 3.12 miles. Mapped it out this morning and got 3.32 miles. So I’ll try calibrating this weekend.

Tomorrow-long run.

New Years commitments

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

So we were at Target yesterday picking up some bedding for our new king sized mattress, and they were having a sale on scales.  I’ve been hating ours for years, an old timey, spring-loaded piece that would vary in multiple pounds if moved an inch or so on the ground.  Not accurate at all.  So being a new year and new (or re-loaded) goals, we bought a new one.  Got it home and put it down.  Tested it with clothes on the make sure it worked.  Waited till this am to get the official starting weight for 2008.

211.4lbs.  Actually a little less than what I was expecting, so that’s good news.  And not too far off from what I’ve been hovering around on the old scale (which could tell me 208 and 213 at the same time, just stepping off and back on).

So the commitment is to drop into the 190’s.  No set date, but I’m thinking down to 200 by the Austin 1/2 marathon in late February, and 195 or so by OKC in late April.  Definitely doable.

Here’s how: 1)  I’m done with desert.  It is my nemesis and always has been.  No more.  We are through.  Its not you its me.  We just can’t keep going around like this.  If I need sweets animal crackers or lo/no-fat yogurt it is.  If you see me with those tasty Elvis PB cups, slap me.  (Okay, don’t slap me, but slap them out of my hand an/or laugh at me like Nelson).

2)  Watching out for fatty foods and avoiding them.  Simple enough.

3)  Run, run, run, walk, yoga, bike, paddle, swim.  Goal of some sort of physical activity at least 6 days a week.

4) Stay on top of blogging about the progress.

There you go.  Bring on the year.

Happy New Year

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Happy 2008!  To new beginnings and a clean slate.

We had a fantastic New Years Eve with R&R.  Made us forget it was a work day and made it a very enjoyable night.

Actually ended up the last week of ’07 with 3 runs.  One was a very hard temp run of just over 4 miles.  The legs were screaming, but it felt so good.

Spent most of the 1st day of 2008 out looking for bedding for our new bed.  Stepped up to a king size to make room for kiddos jumping in with us.   But found time once they went down this evening to make it out.  It was a chilly evening.  Clear skies, 27F, but no wind.  Also no one out.  Had the streets to myself.  Loved every step of the 4.17miles.  Can’t wait for many more miles in ’08.