- Wednesday May 14, 2008
It rained yesterday afternoon so much so that I thought for sure I wouldn't be able to run, but it stopped soon after it started and had dried up decently enough to be able to get out there and run - so I did! Yay! Two days in a row! And I don't feel all that sore! Knock on wood...
I grabbed a protein bar when I went to the grocery store on Monday, so yesterday afternoon I tried it out. I usually get very drowsy and can't concentrate later on in the afternoons at work, so I wanted to find something that would maybe help me through that junction. The bar was huge, for one thing, and expensive. Thankfully I could only eat half of it at a time. It was amazing how much energy it actually gave me. Other than my normal feelings of distraction and dry-eye, I felt pretty darn good! I was still feeling half decent when I got home from work and didn't need to sit on the couch and zone out at all. I made dinner then finished off the rest of the protein bar, then we all went out for our 'walk'. I was able to step up my intervals a bit and hung on till the end, but it was hard work. I started out too fast and was sure paying for it at minute 15. Stupid me was trying to run like my boyfriend and I knew I was going too fast but it was too much fun to stop!!!
Woke up at 5:45am this morning, had breakfast of oatmeal and strawberries, and headed out for a 45 minute walk before work. Today is slo-pitch day!
- Tuesday May 13, 2008
I ran yesterday, all in all it was pretty good but I need to start stepping it up a bit if I want to be able to run the 5k. It won't happen if I stay at the pace i'm at now. We're going out again tonight to run, so I will start to step it up tonight. Might as well give it a shot at least. Not a whole LOT of stepping it up, just knocking off a few more minutes of walking in favor of jogging. But it'll probably be enough to leave me exhausted and wobbly.
I start out about five minutes ahead of my boyfriend, and do my routine while he walks the dogs behind me, following my route. At some point I turn around and start heading back towards them. Once I reach them, we move into the park and over to the track so that he can time his 1k pace. It's a good process and I can tell that my boyfriend is starting to get back into running. That is wonderful news, if you ask me!! Anyways, his pace for 1k yesterday was 4:25, which means if he was able to keep that pace for 5k he could run it in 21:55. I think that's about a 7 minute mile, but my math isn't great so don't quote me on that. His goal is to run it under 20 minutes! Yikes! It's a good goal, don't get me wrong --- it just hurts even for me to think about running that fast!!
I can't wait until I can jog long intervals and be able to breathe and not have my legs feel like rubber underneath me. My boyfriend looks like a freakin' gazelle when he runs... while i'm a chicken just trying desperately to get back to the food barrel, grabbing and scratching at the ground, dragging my legs behind me.
- Monday May 12, 2008
I feel much better today, although i've gotten nothing accomplished this weekend! Oh well, this too shall pass....
I'm not in a very talkative mood today (which means i'll probably end up writing a novel in here) because I don't really have a lot to say. I mean, I didn't run. I didn't walk. I didn't eat very well. I didn't do anything right!
Friday night - oooh, Friday night I was very, very sick. It was hard enough to sit up on the couch, nevermind trying to take the dogs for a walk. I went to bed very early tonight, praying that Saturday morning would come quickly. But I forgot to take Ibuprofen!!!! and woke up at 1:30am, shivering and moaning and groaning like I was dying. Ran to the bathroom every 15 minutes from then on until about 4:00am. In conclusion, Saturday morning did not come quickly enough.
Saturday - I was still sick on and off all day while preparing for the day. We were going to see the Phantom of the Opera in theatre! It would have been ten times more exciting if I would've been feeling better... :) but it was an awesome show and well worth the effort to be there! I fell fast asleep by 8:00pm and slept right through the night.
Sunday - Everyone was so grumpy today!! Amidst all the chaos, we finally found our way home, picked up the dogs, then went for Mother's Day dinner at my grandma's. Once we got back home from all that, my boyfriend chilled on the bed upstairs and I on the couch downstairs, watching Survivor and eating cheese strings.
So I didn't accomplish much in the way of daily household chores but you know what?????? ..... Life isn't about making sure the laundry is done and the dishes are clean. It's about making sure you're living the best life possible. And this weekend, I was.
I'd like to run today. So maybe I will.
- Friday May 09, 2008
Well, bad luck has crashed down my door, but I am still better off than most, so i'm not going to complain about it too much today!
I'm sick - AGAIN. At least this time I KNOW what it's from (TOM) and can more easily *handle* the pain. I'm still at work, which is also a good thing, and I even went for a walk last night with my boyfriend and the dogs. We made it about halfway along our usual path when I started to get cramps and everytime I leaned forward to ease them, my back would start to hurt! Honestly, I looked like a cripple trying to pass myself off as a dog-walker! Anyways, I feel pretty awful and i'm hoping it goes away soon.
Wednesday - walked to work, walks at morning and afternoon coffee break, walked home, slo-pitch game, walked dogs
Thursday - walks at morning and afternoon coffee break, walked dogs
I need to get back out there and run, but it's going to be tough going because of all the committments this weekend and Mother's Day being on Sunday. Oh well, somehow it'll get done.
- Wednesday May 07, 2008
I think i'm doing quite well, considering all the many little things that have proved to be obstacles in my way.
Tuesday night - jogged intervals for 15 minutes and walked the dogs.
Wednesday morning - I woke up, started eating breakfast then proceeded to throw everything up, plus what i'd eaten the night before, PLUS what i'd eaten at lunch the day before! Yikes! It was quite scary and I ended up in the hospital for the morning with an IV stuck to my wrist. Needless to say, no walk or jog THAT night! I'm hoping that when I go for my ultrasound at the end of June they will be able to diagnose something. I hate feeling sick all the time and not knowing what it is or if it's just in my head! I've definitely met my sick quota for the year and we're not even halfway through it...
Thursday - sick.
Friday - I had taken as a vacation day and was able to do my jogging intervals for 15 minutes, then we went to a friend's for dinner that night. Around 8:30pm, we took the dogs for a walk.
Saturday - We drove to the city in the morning to buy ourselves new runners (my boyfriend is thinking about running in the 5k as well), we walked the dogs and I worked on the garden beds most of the afternoon.
Sunday - We took the dogs for a walk before lunch, then had slo-pitch practice in the afternoon for two hours. Later that night I was feeling very sore and restless and decided to walk uptown to take back some movies. The walking helped, but my hip had started to give me some trouble during ball practice and I worried that it was getting worse.
Monday - Was a vacation day as well, and I did a lot of walking, probably close to 10km in total. Spent the evening at the farm so the dogs could work off some energy. I didn't jog today to give my hip more rest, although it was feeling much better.
Tuesday - My first day back at work. It was a long day! but I got through it without too much hassle. We went out for dinner (BLT sandwich, salad with ranch on the side), then I jogged intervals for 20 minutes while the dogs and my boyfriend played about behind me. My boyfriend also started running a bit during that walk. He is a runner, though, and can't keep my slow pace. It's either really fast or not at all! We've resigned ourselves to the fact that we probably will not be able to run together at any point in time, unless I can speed up, which I doubt will happen anytime soon!! :) The extra 5 minutes hurt believe it or not, but I felt so good afterwards. A runner's high...
I walked to work this morning, and my mother and I walked around our building at work during coffee break. I'm staying for lunch, then walking home after work. Tonight we have our first slo-pitch game and we're also hoping to walk the dogs after that as well. Dream Big!!!
- Friday May 02, 2008
I got sick on Wednesday morning and have been off work since then. My ribcage is very sore right now and i'm sort of... well, blah I guess. I was supposed to run today (Day 4 of program), but will have to wait until tomorrow or Saturday, depending on my strength. I did run on Tuesday night, did pretty well but I can tell i'm in terrible shape compared to last August and that's not saying a whole lot, lemme tell 'ya...
I'd been living off soda crackers and gingerale for the past couple of days, but tonight I managed to swallow a regular meal, although it wasn't the healthiest - a burger and fries. I'll take it over soda crackers though! I hope tomorrow i'll be in better spirits. I hate feeling so blah all the time and was trying pretty desperately hard to get out of it. I guess life hits you whether you're ready or not, huh?!
- Tuesday Apr 29, 2008
Well, i'm an idiot and just erased everything I had written here, so chances are this isn't going to be a very exciting entry because I used up all my energy writing the other one!
I'm pretending that I have the motivation and incentive that I need in order to start running again. I faithfully receive Runner's World monthly and have been reading it in an effort to get back into the mood. It may have finally worked. Yesterday I printed out hundreds of pages of paper, dated them until close to the end of August when my 5k race is scheduled, and wrote out a running program. I also left enough room for walking the dogs, playing ball (which starts next week), and of course working. This is the master schedule to end all schedules, dude. It's COM...PLETE. Okay, not quite; I still need to pencil in study time. I am pumped.
My muscles are sore from ball practice on Sunday afternoon, then two consecutive walks on Sunday and Monday night. I think i'm on a roll, but i'm not going to push my luck.
1 grapple (grape/apple cross-breed), 1/4 cup blueberries, 1 Oatmeal to Go bar.
1 flavored coffee
1 cup chicken breast, 1/2 cup green beans
1 flavored coffee
1 grilled pork chop, 1 cup brown rice, 1 cup green beans
1 slice apple crisp with 1/2 cup ice cream
walk dogs, running program (Day 2), and I need to buy some bottled water today.
- Friday Apr 25, 2008
I slept in this morning and although it felt good to be able to sleep that much, all I feel like doing now is sleeping. I managed to go for dinner with my boyfriend and some of his crew, picked up the mail and i've been going through it and paying whatever bills I can. The first coat of mud went on the walls of the bathroom last night, so two more and then I can paint. Hopefully one of those will be done tonight and the other in the morning tomorrow, but I guess time will tell if I will be able to paint this weekend or not. I hope so! I can't wait to see the sink in it's place and the finishing touches done! Right now, a friend drew a mirror on the wall where our medicine cabinet is supposed to go, and a picture of my boyfriend inside it, looking out at us and giggling. It's hilarious, but I can't wait to cover it up!
I would like to visit with friends this afternoon, but i'm not sure if anyone is at home. Maybe i'll just go back to sleep!
- Thursday Apr 24, 2008
What a crazy day it's been. But, thankfully, it's over and i'm at home now and I have tomorrow and the rest of the weekend OFF!!! Well, I mean I don't have to be at work. Officially. The boys are working on the bathroom walls, so I might even be able to paint this weekend! Painting puts me in a good mood, maybe because i'm concentrating i'm able to relax a little bit. It's not terribly thought-provoking stuff, so I can make my mind go blank and just... paint. It's great.
I was in a meeting for most of the day today, which is usually alright (i'm out of the office, etc, etc) except that the meeting I was in was in the same building I work out of, so everytime I had a break or could leave the meeting I went directly to my desk to check messages and e-mails and such. And there were a ton of them today! I can't believe how many there were. Once I got out of the meeting with two hours left in the workday, I spent the whole two hours just catching up on messages! That's GOT to be the worst part about an office job - the communication is terrible and yet we communicate with each other almost constantly! So I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off for the last part of the day. I'm glad it's all over...
Coffee, coffee, coffee today. I know, it's not healthy.
- Wednesday Apr 23, 2008
It's been a much better week so far, being out of the office so much in meetings I haven't really had to deal with the 'office politics' much. I'm grateful for any opportunity to be out of the office these days. I have taken Friday off, and next week am hoping for both Friday and the following Monday for an extra long weekend. I'm going to start using my holiday time (in the past i've felt too guilty about taking that much time off) because I really feel stressed and I need to find a way to calm down and be able to relax in my time off, instead of stressing about going back to work. Someday...
The tub and toilet are installed and in working condition in our bathroom!! It has been wonderful to be able to use the 'facilities' for the past couple of days!
1 whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter spread
2 cups flavored coffee