So where do I start with sooo much that has happened in the news and with myself.
Lets start with Monday and the bombings at the Boston Marathon.... lots ran thru my mind anger, sad, shocked and among other emotions this had really hit home for me. I thought why would anyone want to do this sort of thing and then when I found out that an eight year old boy died waiting for his parent to finish I felt extreme sadness. Running is now my joy and it's sacred to me because I have been fighting so freaking hard to become a runner and it made me realize it could have been my son waiting for me to finish a race. My heart goes out those effected by the tragedy... as runners we will join together and run again! Now I have decided not to run a marathon and not because of what happened but because I don't have the time right now to put in to training as well as they are huge races to go to but it would be an honor to run one. I'm not saying never just not in the next few years.
I've also been dealing with frustration in life all over and when I feel frustrated I tend to hold it in and then one day I explode... not angry yelling explosions but crying ones. I am very emotional so once I start to talk about one thing that is frustrating me I will cry while doing it. I hate it and that's once thing I would change if I could as it makes me feel weak when I do but after I cry I feel better, I just wish I could cry when I needed to and not when I am trying to get my feelings out. Tuesday afternoon I released some frustration and boy did I feel better but at the same time the stress and everything else made my body exhausted and drained. That night I went to bed early. Wednesday was feeling better but still tired and drained and ended up going to workout with my gal Lisa and Gwen. I am always glad afterwards I do it because talking and working my butt off and increasing weights always makes me feel good about accomplishing something. That night I decided to just keep doing what I am doing in all aspects of my life and things will just work themselves out as I go along. Things I can change I can make little steps to doing that and other things that I have no control over to just go with it as I can't do anything about it anyways.
Thursday after work I decided enough was enough and to get serious about my half marathon training... it's not going to happen until I get out there and go do it. So I did and took the pup with me.... well as we were going I thought I would do a short 4k or 5k but as I was going I was dealing with the frustrations in my head and as certain songs came on and I listened to the words life started making sense again and I found my mental toughness and strength. All of a sudden I heard on my gps app Endomondo that I was just passed the 4k mark and I still had to turn around and go home. Wow it felt great. Got home and I ended up going just a little over 8km... wow I did it and on gravel too and my time was slow but still better then normal. OK I can do all these races I want and I know I can finish... best feeling in the world.
Friday morning I got up and met up with my gals Lisa and Sandra at a running track for some indoor running work. It was great to run on a hard surface again and my body was handling it awesome. We did lunges and ran the stairs and I loved running faster then I could before and feeling that adrenaline was fantastic. I still have it and I am going to do what I can to not loose it. Came home and enjoyed the warm sunny day with my son raking leaves, jumping on the tramp and playing a few games of soccer.... guess what my asthma never showed up at all.
Now this weekend I took it easy and played momma's taxi which I love doing but I also decided I am adding one more race to my three I am already completing and that's a Super Sprint Triathlon. It's not until Sept 7th and will be my last race of the season. Why not go out and try something new and I can swim and ride a bike and I am a runner so why not do all in one day! I just gotta convince a friend to come do it with me now! lol Wish me luck! I also came to other conclusions about where I want to go in life and decided to write more goals so I can achieve them. It's the right move for me and something I can do on top of what I am already doing... your never to old to dream a new dream!
Much love until Next time......
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Well this week was slow again in the running department.. not happy about it but it happened and next week need to try harder. That half marathon is coming quicker then I was realizing. Reason (but not an excuse) was I started a new weight lifting program and it's all arms and some new leg stuff. Lets just say after Monday's workout I could hardly walk Tuesday, Wednesdays workout was great and all arms and Thursday I made it out for a 3km cross country run (felt fantastic) and then Friday was arms and squats so was hurting yesterday in the arm department. Today moving much better and looking forward to starting it all over again tomorrow after work. This should go better now that I know what the workouts are and will try to get in a short run Tuesday for active recovery.
I tried an elliptical this week for the first time and wow I really like it... so much better then running on the treadmill. Even my lack of coordination was OK being on it and I didn't hurt myself once. This week wasn't completely injury free... doing power cleans I whacked myself on the collar bone and my hip, my skull crushers I always hit my forehead at least once ( you know to make sure it's still there) and 2 bruises on my knees thanks to my puppy making me slip on our wood sidewalk.
This week the plan is to run Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and a long run on Sunday. now I hope the weather cooperates as I am getting tired of running in the wind and today it snowed. I thought spring was to show up but she must be running behind so winter thought about filling in for her for a little while longer yet. But frankly I am tired of these up and down days... gorgeous and warm one day and then snow the next very frustrating for those that need to be outside training.
So wish me luck... I'm gonna need it!
Until next time....
I know 2 posts on the same week... how did I manage that. OK it helps we are on Easter Break right now and decided to stay home to get a few things done instead of traveling. Has helped as well as I can't miss much running and working out time right now. I finally know what it's like to be an athlete with training everyday... sometimes it's tiring but I do take a day off here and there to refresh myself and get my head back into the game.
I finally got to the gym yesterday after a week off and boy did it feel great... this month is all upper body strength building for me. My legs are strong and doing well it's time my upper body caught up... I need to climb those walls in mud hero somehow and I refuse to go around an obstacle... I will complete them and the race! I know I am stubborn and yes been accused of it but it's what makes me "me"... I am getting better with dropping it and going with the flow more even with laughing at myself on a daily basis... I am really not coordinated so some moves at the gym are hilarious and I am a klutz so have banged my head/face/leg OK you get the point I come out with gym bruises! I like them! Someone has to right?? I am amazed yesterday when pushing 125lbs I didn't do a face plant... so maybe there is hope for me!
So get out there seize the day and make it worth it... accomplish something you have been saying you want to and then once you do set another goal! Stop worrying about what others think or even say... do it for you, do it for your health, do it for your family whatever it is just do it! (Sorry Nike commercial popped in there lol) Your only here once why not make it the best!
Oh and before I forget my Mud Hero group "The Pushers" are raising money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation so if you would love to help out with a donation any amount would help us. We figure what we are doing is nothing as to what our friends and family are going thru with the disease and anyway we can help!
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So what can I say... I started with great expectations and well as you know life always gets in the way. I've been working out consistently and every day/week I increase my weights. My son was sick for what seemed like eternity and then there are always the vacations, school functions and home life that needed to be dealt with. But I am back on track and have been able to get outside and run the last month or so even in the snow... hasn't been super cold so my lungs are OK with things... you know you gotta keep them happy. lol
As I was saying I've been increasing my weights... quarter squats are now up to 215lbs... yes I am lifting that much which seems crazy but I am loving it. I love seeing my body change with the working out. Running wise I am officially registered for my first Half Marathon on July 1st... yes I am a little freaked out as that is 13.1 miles (21.1km). I am running the Color me Rad 5k race with my son end of June and then I have a group of 15 that is going to join me in August for a 6km Mud Hero Obstacle Race. Two of my races I am raising money for Cancer Research... have close family members battling the disease right now and friends that have gone thru it so I figure I am able to run I will run for them and help raise money along the way. I also had cancer when I was younger.
So with these races I am high into my training 5 days a week for now... Running up to 5k 2 days and working out 3 days... taking weekends off until I need to increase my running distances.
So wish me luck.... I am needing all that I can get right now!!
I am a single mom with one son that has been living with asthma since I was 2yrs old. I also almost died three times due to severe asthma attacks! I don't let my asthma stop me from accomplishing new goals and living life to the fullest.
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