Sunday, November 29, 2009

Great Sunday

I was actually off on a Saturday night from work (doesn't happen that often since I work the Weekend Program :) Went to the gym with hubby today. Did 20 minutes on the arc trainer and then did a 5K on the treadmill in under 39 minutes which is my fastest. :) I'm slowly working to 30 minutes. I've shaved over 9 minues off my time in the 4 months that I have been running :)

We got home and I had all intentions of riding the bike that my oldest son won for me throwing rings on bottles down the shore. It's an 18 speed Huffy. He was a little upset that they didn't have a "boy" color so he got it for me in purple. I have never ridden the thing but my 11 year old has. The peddles are shot, one is hanging off, the kick stand won't stand and there is a rip in the seat. Well, bag that idea until I get replacements for everything.

I am trying to decide if I want to leave the weekend plus program at work for the critical care float pool. Money is a wash but I would only have to work 1 weekend a month. The downside is I would be getting pulled all over the hospital (well the critical care areas anyway). I have to let the manager know this week. Decisions, decisions.....


  1. Hmmm. One weekend a month just to float to critical care areas...tempting. I like my floor though, I don't like change. But all that sweet sweet time off...tough one.

  2. I know, I've been in the ICU for 11 years (I do the schedule too). I work 3-5 12 hour nite shifts. I would work the same hours - just not every weekend. I don't like change either, that's why this is soo hard :( On the other hand, every run I want to do is on the weekend.

  3. So exciting about the Garmin purchase. You will love it and wonder how you ever survived without it. You can customize the display to show you whatever you want. I have mine set to show me the timer, time of day, distance and pace. Love Love Love it. Have fun with it!

  4. OMG, a hairline fracture? What the heck? I'm so bummed about all the injuries. Take care. Will you be in a cast or what?


Getting ready for my very first run!

After I renigged on my promise to run the Broad Street 10 miler with my friend Chrissy D - I decided to make it up to her by running the Ben Franklin Bridge 10k. Did you read below where I NEVER ran before? She told me that if I cancelled on her again, she would drag me across the bridge by my hair. Okaay then.

I was in shape until a work injury side-lined me (a patient decided to herniate two discs in my neck and tear my shoulder in two places - thanks!) So kiss that bikini goodbye. Pain and inactivity followed. I found myself unable to sleep and in front of the pantry at 3am - everything screaming "eat me!" My day consisted of Percocet, Valium, Red Bull. Percocet for the pain, Valium for the muscle spasms, Red Bull so I could pretend to play mommy for my children. So, physical therapy, epidurals, steroid injections and 40 pounds later, I decided that getting ready for this run was going to help me get back into shape. (I decided against 3 surgeries at this time.)

I had already conquered the ellipticals at the gym. I could do them for an hour on level 6 and barely break a sweat. Surely I could run a measely 6.2 miles. I moved on to the treadmill. I couldn't even run .25 miles continuously. This was a lot harder than it looked.

The Ben Franklin Bridge is almost 3 miles back and forth and it went up, up, up!! and then down. The first time I crossed it (walking, mind you) on the pedestrian cross-walk, my calves were cursing me in three languages. What did I sign up for - who was I kidding?

I downloaded inspiring, fast beat music to keep me pumped up and ready (Britney, Buck Cherry's Crazy Bitch (yep that's me), Pink, PCD, etc.) I decided that I would go for distance and not speed. I discovered that I had exercise-induced asthma when I pushed a little too far (anything at that time was too far). Soon I was able to run a mile, then 2 - at once. I continued to "do" the bridge and even took my kids a couple of times. I had to find a better way to keep my iphone close. They didn't make an arm band that I liked so I found a "runner's belt" online and soon had it. I tried it out one day in the park. My 11 year old was with me and started laughing when I put my iphone in it. "Seriously mom, a fanny pack?" It is not a fanny pack, it is a belt. It stays still, doesn't ride up and I can put my keys in it too. So there!

The weight was slowly coming off. I decided to take a drastic measure - no alcohol at all for the month before the race (oh no, what was I thinking.) My goal was 20 pounds by race day. I continued to plod along on the treadmill. I was up to 5k with almost no problems. However, when I tried to run outside, my body rebelled. The park trail was 1.3 miles - however, it was not flat (but hey - either was the bridge). I was a wheezing, sweaty mess .4 miles into the "run." I was running faster than I was used to on the treadmill. (GPS is a wonderful thing - an app I downloaded on my iphone let me know my distance, speed, and even mapped my route - love the gadgets!)

Strep throat struck my son (11) and he generously shared it with me two weeks before the race. I bought new sneakers (Asics Nimbus Gel 11) and my shins and calves let me know it was not a good idea to change things two weeks before the run. So I went back to my Nike Lunar Glides and made everybody happy. My 16 year old decided he would like to try on the Swine Flu one week before the run. My throat was still bothering me from last week and my chest was tight. I was having some serious doubts if I would be able to finish this race. Not to mention Lysol toxicity from degerming the whole house.

I completed 5.5 miles on the treadmill on my birthday, 6 days before the Sunday race, and for the first time I thought I might be able to do it. It rained for the next two days, so I didn't run the bridge (think shuffle up and run down). I worked Friday night and had off on Halloween. Was I ready? I made my goal of losing 20 pounds two days before the run - yeah me! (20 more to go!)
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Ben Franklin Bridge

Ben Franklin Bridge

Kids on the Bridge

Kids on the Bridge