Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
I hope everyone has had a happy holiday season, and that the wonderful times continue throughout the upcoming year. I definitely enjoyed my days off, I spent my time at my folks place. I slept in my nephew Aidan's bed for two nights. The cutiepie let me use his brand new Star Wars blanket, that he got for Christmas, so I wouldn't be cold while I slept. Yeah, he loves me :)
If you are wondering, I no longer have a bedroom at my folks house, but my nephews (their grandsons) have a bedroom.
On boxing day, one of my cousins hosted a skating party at their house. Lucky for all Calgarians, the weather held out, and it was sunny and warm. Warm for Calgary in December, when a Chinook has not blown into town. I don't own any skates, and have not strapped up laces for 20 years. So, I watched the festivities from the snow bank, and throughly enjoyed every moment. My dad, was feeling well enough that he showed up for a few hours. That was incredible, as his energy has been so low that he has slept 20 hours a day for the last few weeks. While he is awake, he has been a veritable bear, and it has been stressful, heartbreaking, and worrisome.
I bailed on the gathering and went for a 8.42km run with Pammie, as I am committed to getting in shape for our Death Run and The Ride to Conquer Cancer. The run was amazing. I struggled for the first 5km, but while I struggled I knew that the benefits would outweigh the torture. Our team after all is called No Guts No Glory For The Cure. Very appropriate, as I am a terrible runner, I don't love running, and only started running on a whim. I haven't cycled in almost 27 years, and obviously didn't miss it, or else I would have started up sooner. But, what I do love is how it makes me feel, and knowing that I can help people struggling for their lives.
I digress, as the point of this post was to discuss how I beat another 20 year absence. The absence involves skating. The last time I went skating was 20 years ago, after I polished off a couple of beers, and then we walked to the Olympic Oval. Which, lucky enough for me, is attached to the University of Calgary, where The Den was located. It was our hangout after class or labs, depending on the day. So today, I went skate shopping at Play It Again Sports in Westhills Towne Centre. I purchased a pair of Softec ice skates for ladies. I took my nephews to the local rink and strapped on my brand new skates.
For the next hour I skated, laughed, and played a little hockey. Of course I was terrified of falling and breaking my head, so I was wearing my helmet. I have another skating date, with Aidan and Connor, organized for Jan 03, 2010. I wonder what the next "I haven't done that for at least 20 years," will be. What do you think it will involve?
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Before I continue, I must preface this post with the obvious: my latest mild freakout is totally unfounded and ridiculous. However this increased metabolism... holy flaming bananas!
I have never felt like this in my entire life, and it is kind of weirding me out. I'm hungry a few hours after I eat! I recognize I am expending more energy so I start eating bigger meals... and still, I am hungry several hours later. I go to bed... only to wake up a few hours later - HONGRAY!! Yeesh. I suspect it might be somewhat like being a teenage boy, except without the indignities of random erections and zits. Well, ok, with a few zits but at this age it's just plain annoying.
Anyways, I find the whole thing odd. I'm not a dieter per say, however I try to eat healthily. I have never denied myself anything, however I am guilty of portion control on things that have little nutritional value but maximum pleasure value, like cake. Cookies are a separate category. :) Those I indulge in waaay too often. In any case, that crap goes straight to my thighs. I've wrapped my head around the need to eat, but old habits die hard. It just feels wrong.
At the end of it all, I am not complaining. Let's face it, some foods are just enjoyable and getting to eat more of them is not a tragedy of epic proportions. But I hope one of these days I find a way to mitigate being HONGRAY all the time!!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
After proof reading this post all I could think about was the kids book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day which made me laugh, I think I'm going to go out and buy that book today....
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
I came across this great forum on Dailymile.com, it's called I run because...It made me think, hmm do I even know why I run, so I read down the reasons and I came up with all my why I run...
I run because I can...
I run because I love the feeling.
I run because I got my friends into it.
I run because it gets me out of the house.
I run because it's a challenge.
But most of all I run because I have meet some of the most inspiring and postive people that run, and I want to be just like them.
and one last one, I run because it makes me feel like I can do so much more.
The link is http://www.dailymile.com/forums/general-running/topics/2337-i-run-because
Why do you run, or do whatever it is you do???
I'm amazed at how many people out there are supporting me in this adventure. I was at the gym yesterday walking on the treadmill and working on not being so hippy when I walk, and therefore run, so that I can run without pain. Man is it hard to keep your gut tight well you focus on your form. The trainer with the girl next to me starting chatting with me about my goals. As soon as I told him about the Death Race and the ride, he told me he was going to monitor how much I hit the gym and call me if I dropped off. It was great! The more people I have keeping an eye on me the hard it will be for me to fall off and disappear, not that I could because I'm pretty sure my teammates would come to hunt me down and whip me till I ran. Even at work, they offer to buy me a donut pillow for my office chair. Awwww how sweet!
This morning I was back at the gym again, and on the spinning bike. Surprisingly this morning it didn't take me 5 snooze buttons and 45min to get out of bed. It was a new record at 4 mins! I did 60 mins on the bike. Woot Woot. I must that I love my Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS Receiver With Heart Rate Monitor Pay the extra $20 to upgrade from the 205, to the one with the Heart Rate Monitor was so worth it!! It was a great to know what my heart rate was at and challenge myself to work harder. I only got up to 150, and averaged 146 with a low of 137 after my warm up, which wasn't pushing too hard cardio wise , but my legs were sore and like jello when I got off.
Tonight is the Running clinic and then I'm going out to dance!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Good Day Sabrina Here...
Yesterday I was playing around with a new widget to add to our blog that counts down the days till “The Ride” and well it’s only 192 DAYS!!!! When I think about it being in June it seems so far away, but when it broken down into day( AHHHHHHHHHHHH) Let just say I start to panic a little (ok so not a little a whole lot, I'm now nervous and my heart is beating fast, can I do this???) So I guess the idea of taking a week or 2 to get used to the idea of waking up early to go to the gym was quickly changed!!! So this morning I woke up early and off to the gym I went. It really didn't go quite that quickly it only took me 20mins to get out of bed, and another 10min of wondering if I was crazy, and maybe I should just go back to bed. After stumbling into a couple walls in my tired eyes half open state I was awake for good. Off to the gym I went...50 mins on the bike, wasn't too bad, but boy do I feel out of shape. I may be able to run, but biking is a whole different story.
And if the time frame till we do the Ride wasn't enough of a scare. I got my firt week training for my Marathon, I thought we started at 10km which I can do, but no it's 13km, so now I go from running 4km 4 times a week, to a my first week, is 6k 8k and 13k. Yikes I have 20 days to up my training, because the clinic starts Jan 5th. Last night I did my first 6k straight through no walking, it was nice even though the snow made it a little tough. You get a new perpective of shoveling snow when you have to run on sidewalks that haven't been shovel. Good side of that is that it builds stability muscles.
Got to stay positive and stay running. Tonight is another 4k and I may add another 4 in after.
Got to stay positive and stay running. Tonight is another 4k and I may add another 4 in after.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Yesterday was a great day filled with great friends and a lot of fun, but it was the type of fun that you can turn your brain off for. I went to Edmonton to shop and play in the Waterpark. For me it was a beginning to an end, I figured that this month I would still run, but I would eat crappy food, and get it out of my system so that come January my training get serious and my eating gets healthy. So I ate CRAP oh my, there was a burger and well lets just say that was the healthier side of what I consumed, my stomach HATES me today, and on my run it showed. I really don't understand why what my mouth and nose say is great, my stomach says it's not, somehow the wiring in my head needs to be changed so that Broccoli tastes like chocolate, mmm what a great idea!!!!
Since I didn't get home till 1am running at 8:30 this morning was not fun, based on lack of sleep either!!! Then there was the Weather side of things...if running in -41 with the wind chill doesn't make me crazy I don't know what will. I had everything against me, and still Claudia, me and 7 other crazies went out for a run. I couldn't run the full 10km because my stomach was sore, but I had 2 great people stay beside me to help me in. I love the running store I run out of for that reason. The people that I have found there are the reason I stay running, and they have helped me in so many ways.
Then if that wasn't enough, I got the sit down with 2 ladies that are amazing and inspiring in so many ways after for a coffee. They did the Ride to Conquer Cancer last year, and are driving one of the sweep vehicles this years. Wow did they have stories for me. At the end of the day, I want to do the ride, but I don't have the list of family and friends I was close to that died of, or suffer through cancer, I just see what my friends go through when they have someone that they are close to, deal with cancer. But now I have my list of reason to get through that ride, for the all the people that have encouraged me to do this, and will help me to get through. I know some really great people and I don't want to let them down. Thanks Claudia for getting me into this mess, :) thank you to Pam for jumping on the Death race bandwagon and thank you to everyone else that has or will help the 3 of us get through this. We will need all the encouragement that we can get.
Friday, December 11, 2009
You would think that in a show-down with a two-button piece of plastic that I would win. Well, I think I should win but no, no... that's not the case. AGAIN!
I had heard about the death race years ago when I was sane and wouldn't even have come close to trying it, but deep down inside I always wanted too. I've have quickly learned that when you come up with a crazy idea it's best to recuit another egually crazy person...So off I went to call the craziest person I know....Pam! It was pretty easy to sell her on the idea, I little bit of jumping up and down and this will be so amazing will normally do :) Plus I know Pam and Claudia are a package deal, so get one and I get both, the more the merrier . Much to our surprise Claudia didn't take much convincing, and was actually was up for the idea!!! This was almost eerie, because she is the sanest out of the three of us, and no that's not saying much. Yikes what type of Monster had we created??? If she did lose her mind then that's probably a good thing, because you can't be sane to decide to do even part of a 125km run through the mountains with 17,000ft of elevation change in it. There will be 2 others on our team for that. Check out the website site for that part of our adventure. http://www.canadiandeathrace.com/schedule2010.html
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Hi everyone, you have already met Pam (the first of the three crazies), and I am sure you will meet Sabrina (crazy part deux) in no time, so that leaves me…..My name is Claudia, and I am terzina in this group of ladies.
What makes me a little nutty? As of April 30, 2008 I had not run since Junior High School (which was finished in the ‘80s), and I have not been on a bicycle since elementary (which ended in the early ‘80s).
Whilst sitting by the pool in Orlando, I decided to go to my hotel room, change, and head for the gym. It was May 1st, and Pammie was starting her running program, so on the spur of the moment I decided to run. Luckily I had a pair of shorts and running shoes, but no other gear designed for runners.
I had noooooo intention of ever running more than 5 km, because really what for? So when Pam mentioned that I should join her and Sabrina in training for a 10k, I replied “Ah, no.”
But Sabrina is a crafty one, and suckered me into being a rogue group leader in her "learn to run class." I agreed, and that is when she dropped the bomb on poor unsuspecting Pammie and I.
Sabrina decided it would be a great idea if we signed up for the death race, she twisted Pammie’s rubber arm, and Pammie in turn twisted my rubber arm. Let me reiterate, at this point I was still running a maximum of 5k. So I headed to M.E.C and purchased some running gear J
Little did they know I would get my revenge. I signed up to cycle 200k in 2 days, Ride to Conquer Cancer, and just like dominos Pam and Sabrina joined the team. I need to point out that I don’t own anything remotely resembling a bike, or biking gear. I figured I would start safe, on a stationary bike, where I really can’t hurt myself to bad. What are the chances I will fall off, and hit my noodle on the curb? Fairly slim.
So I ask, who is the nuttiest of the nuts?