Monday, February 27, 2012

A little news...

Whew - what a weekend. I can't wait until weekends feel more like a little break, rather than feeling like I have to come back to work to rest! LOL

Weekend was great, eating and exercise went very well. The weekend always makes me a tad nervous, because there is so much opportunity for eating poorly. I mean, that's what weekends were ABOUT for a long time. Where should we go to eat? The activities we enjoyed were centered on what restaurants were in the area.

Of course, that was also pre- two-kids-who-don’t-wanna-sit-still-in-any-restaurant. Probably lucky for us!

SO, I have a 5K coming up on Sunday. It's my first one since LAST March, when I ran/walked a 5K with bronchitis (in my defense, I didn't KNOW it was bronchitis at the time) and got pneumonia out of it. Hmph. I feel MORE prepared to run this one, but not totally confident I can run the whole thing (as in, without walk breaks). I have been training on rolling hills, and I think that will help, since this is totally flat. It should feel a bit easier.

Yesterday, while running, I could actually feel what people mean by "establishing your pace". As a mostly non-runner, I never really understood what that felt like. However, I think I felt my "pace" and it felt comfortable! I mean, comfortable, running? WHA?? I never thought that would happen! Running = pain, right?? Well, some of it did yesterday (especially the damn hills...) but much better than I have felt before while running. So, this race makes me a tad nervous, because I want to run the WHOLE thing. Of course I will finish - no brainer - but running the whole things is the ultimate goal. I would be ELATED.

My training (as any good little C25K-er) has consisted of running and walking intermittently. So far, I have run for 5 minutes at a time, with a walk of 2 minutes in between. Another thing I have noticed while doing this: I recover MUCH faster than I used to. As soon as I stop running, my heart rate drops significantly, and seems to be almost normal only a minute or so into the walk. This is great and speaks well to my physical conditioning. Makes me happy.

I know running at 5 minutes at a time seems ridiculous to runners, but I feel good about it. I know I could push myself for longer, but I have been following my program. Even when I was sorta-kinda training myself last year, I would only run for a song length, 3-4 minutes max. I am improving.
Isn’t that the point?

The hubs is running with me, but has not been able to train quite the way I have. He is very self-conscious about walking on the raceway, and I am trying to calm his fears. I explained there are plenty of walkers in 5K's like these, and we would be in good company... one thing I am a little worried about is that he will really want me to stay with him, and I will really want to try and do my best with this race. I'm feeling very torn about this. We will see what he says.

So, as promised - I have some news. I have officially decided to stop teaching. I informed all of my private students this weekend. Some didn't seem to care all that much, and a few were upset. But, I know this is the right decision for ME. I can't worry about what other people think about me. Only what I think of myself. So, as of the beginning of May (yes, I had to give them some time to find a new teacher!) I will have only ONE job! I'm very relieved and happy. Looking forward to the Spring and Summer when I have more time to devote to my family.

Till next time, soldiers! Keep moving forward!


  1. New follower here. Good look amazing. What an inspiration!!!!

  2. One job, one family, one body - sounds good!