Monday, November 23, 2009

Runs started out well and New Moon!

Well, last week started off great at the gym. Monday, I ran 1.5 miles and did 1/2 hour on the Arc Trainer elliptical. Tuesday, 1/2 hour on the Elliptical, ran for 1.5 miles. Had all intentions of doing 3 miles and then circuit but after 6 phone calls, I gave up. My 12 hours of OT was cancelled at 5 of 6pm while I was walking out the door - can you say pissed? I didn't have my contractor (having the basement finished) come over this day because I had to work night shift (this is 2 Tuesdays in a row I've been cancelled now!!:( Wednesday, I did the Elliptical for 1/2 an hour and then resurrected my "runner's" circuit training plan. I had one of the trainers - Linda - at the gym designed a plan to increase my endurance and strengthen my legs for the Bridge run. I started this 3 weeks before the run, but only got to do about 3 times because of all the sickies in my house (me included). I worked Wednesday night and then went to visit my parents on Thursday morning. My dad had back surgery on Monday. I showed him how to get up and down the steps and in and out of a chair and bed (you know - the whole nurse thing I had going LOL). So I was up for about 30 hours about now. I passed out when I got home and woke up in time to get ready to see the midnight showing of NEW MOON!

I went with hubby's cousin Grace and several of her friends. Hubs was guilted into seeing Twilight with me and was glad to get out of this one. I have the vampire addiction - he wants no part of! It was great!!!! The second book was the slowest in the series for me but they did an excellent job with the movie and Jacob was so buff! June 3 for the next one!! I was soaked by the time I got home - running for the car in the parking lot. It monsooned all the way home, I actually had to slow down to the speed limit LOL!

I worked Friday and Saturday night with all intentions of getting to the gym - didn't happen. My new front loader washing machine has been stuck in lock position for 6 days now. Wet sheets have been in there - can't wait to smell that hot mess. The guys are coming today to fix it (hopefully). The contractors are here bright and early, permit inspections and Ginger gets a pedicure at the vets today. She is so not one of the dogs on tv that just happily holds up her paw to clip her nails. So she goes to the vet. Hubs is at the gym now and my turn is next. Mondays are the only days we get to spend off of work together. Usually we go to the gym and then out to breakfast. Now we go in shifts :(


  1. Sounds like you had quite the craziness going on. Oh well, sometimes life gets in the way but there's always tomorrow.

    I haven't heard such great things about those front loading washing machines. Think I'll stay old school lol.

  2. I haven't seen the twilight movies yet. I've read the series and thought the first two were kinda lousy, the third was just ok, but wow! The fourth made it all worth it. I'll be interested in checking out the films.


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!)
P.S. Read posts bottom up :)

Ben Franklin Bridge

Ben Franklin Bridge

Kids on the Bridge

Kids on the Bridge