- Monday May 26, 2008
I didn't get anything accomplished this weekend, other than trying unsuccessfully to get rid of my cold. I did leave work early on Friday morning, and slept for most of the day and into the night. Saturday I was still quite sick and while my boyfriend helped out with a fundraiser for his fastball team, I lay at home on the couch feeling sorry for myself. Finally, in talking to a friend of mine on the phone who asked me why I was beating myself up by not taking any sort of medication besides Advil, I caved and took some major meds. Saturday night was a friend's birthday party and while I was a little irritable, I made it through the night and woke up feeling WAY better on Sunday morning. The head cold had cleared and moved down into my chest. So today i'm coughing a lot, but my brain is clear and fog-less so i'm incredibly grateful for that.
I'm not sure what I can do in regards to exercise today. I want to get back into my running routine but I don't wanna go overboard and hence continue to pick up colds and such because I haven't given myself enough time to fully heal. Perhaps I will try a walk and see how it goes from there.
- Friday May 23, 2008
This cold doesn't seem to want to break any time soon!!!
Thursday: 6:00am walk; walk around building for afternoon coffee break... that's it. My head was too full to contemplate doing anything else. I'm such a suck when i'm sick, but I would've ended up vomiting if I had made myself run.
Friday: No morning walk; I am incredibly stuffy today and won't be walking around the building either. It's like i'm on strike, except my picket-line sign says "feel sorry for me because i'm sick" instead of "feel sorry for me because I don't think I get paid enough" and i'm losing energy each day instead of money. I hope the strike doesn't last too much longer, I can't *afford* to lose anymore energy.
Actually, I think I might go home sick at some point today.
- Thursday May 22, 2008
Wednesday: walked around building at coffee breaks; slo-pitch game; walked dogs then decided I was totally exhausted, we turned around and walked back home then put the dogs into the jeep and drove them out to a field for exercise. Heehee, and we picked up coffees and hot chocolates and sat on top of the jeep while the dogs played around. Now THAT's a proper dog-walk!!!
Thursday: I've been in meetings all morning, so haven't done any exercise besides walking from one building to the next. I did wake up and do my 45 minute walk at 6:00am though, so good for me. And i'll probably walk around the building for coffee break this afternoon. Will I be running? If I can breathe without mucus blocking my airways and without having to sneeze every ten minutes, i'll be out there running. As of right now though, my odds are NOT good.
I'm ready for the weekend. Ready to lay in bed and not get up for 12 hours straight. Ready for a movie-fest type of day where all I have to do is get up to go to the bathroom. I might just do that on Saturday. Time will tell!
- Wednesday May 21, 2008
Tuesday: walked 45 minutes @ 6:30am; walked around the building at work during morning and afternoon coffee breaks; did an hour of gardening after work; ran 4k in 35:10 (that's a pace of 9:15, better than last time but still not great - not when it should be under 6:00!!)
Wednesday: did not wake up to go for a walk this morning because today is slo-pitch and I am thinking about walking to the diamonds and back home. Maybe walk the dogs after that. Will be walking around the building again today during coffee breaks.
I have a cold. We went for dinner yesterday and my throat was so sore I could barely swallow my food. It just came upon me all of a sudden, as things normally do I guess... anyhow, it sucks. I can't breathe. I am irritated at everything and everyone. I know, I know, i'll get better and it will pass. I am so sick of being sick!!! And, right now, I need a shot of Vitamin B12. Wake up, legcramps, you've got your whole life ahead of you...
- Tuesday May 20, 2008
Thursday: walked 45 minutes @ 6am; napped after work because I was totally exhausted; walked dogs; ran 400 meters in 2:33; ran 400 meters in 2:00. My boyfriend can now run 1k in 3:50...
Friday: run/walk 35 minutes; painted bathroom; walked dogs.
Saturday: painted bathroom; household chores - yuck :( hate them; no exercise besides that.
Sunday: I napped again this afternoon - can anyone say 'burnout'?!! no exercise; went to church then lunch at the farm; dogs got a lot of exercise.
Monday: ran the most pathetic distance of 3.5k in the most pathetic of times - 37:00 minutes. That's a pace of 10:57 per kilometer. Wow. Nasty. Oh well; bad day I guess...
Tuesday: Morning walk 45 minutes @ 6am. That's it so far :) back at work and trying to be pleasant about it... hehehe.
- Thursday May 15, 2008
Slo-pitch was slow yesterday. They had me playing first base, and I didn't get to run hardly at all except for when I was batting. We were so low scoring though that I only went up to bat three times! Crazy. A good game, but we lost by enough runs to make some of us a little ornery...
So, thank goodness I went for that morning walk, because otherwise I would've guilted myself into running and then probably hurt myself or worse - got sick of running so much. We took the dogs for a walk later last night too, so when you add it all together it doesn't look all that bad!
Was up again this morning at 5:30am to do 45 minutes of walking.
My boyfriend wants to go back out to the track tonight to test his 1k time again, so as long as he is still gung-ho about it, I will also be doing my running.
Can you believe this weight increase? Let me vent for a moment here... the scale is an absolutely ridiculous thing that should be outlawed. I'd like to take a hammer to mine, to be more precise, or chuck it out of a 80 story building. However, in the time i've had since weighing myself, i've been able to come to grips with the extra gain. I realize that what i'm looking for is not primarily weight loss, it's more about finding balance in life and being able to use running as a coping mechanism on those days I just can't seem to handle right now. And I am not weighing myself again until, like, July or something. So be prepared to see 153 for a long time.
- 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.