Friday, March 23, 2012

Another (busy) Friday

Here we are....another Friday....after today, only one more Friday until race day!  I'm not sure how I feel about that....I've got so much going on, that it doesn't seem like it is already time.  I don't know if I am prepared for this or anything coming in the next few weeks.
Let's see...I have to finish taxes (most of the papers are sitting right here next to the computer), plan a 5th birthday day & party (I can't believe it's already been 5 years), I've got a whole list of things for today (just waiting on Liam to wake & then to get both boys dressed & in the car...with a list so I don't forget anything), plan meals for next week (gotta do it now or else the week will get away from me), start the planning for next weekend (the half marathon) & I am sure that there are more things that I just cannot remember right now.
I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed & crazy right now....however, I have to say that I'm also feeling pretty grateful this week.  One friend sent a text Tuesday night & invited the boys & I over for a playdate & lunch on Wednesday.  It was nice catching up with her & the boys played well with her girls (even though Eddie's concern before we got there was "they aren't going to have any boys toys, Mommy."  He was delightfully surprised & was crying when we had to leave.  Then, yesterday, I was boo hooing on FB that I had run out of time to get my planned Chai Latte, then a wonderful friend showed up at the door (of the classroom where I'm teaching), with a Chai Latte. What a wonderful surprise from a very thoughtful friend!  The wonderful things don't end there...last night, I was invited to the Hutto City Council meeting & given a plaque to thank me for being on the Historic Preservation Commission.  The mayor, the chair of my commission & one of the city employees had such kind words to say, I almost had tears (keep them in until I was driving home).  You know, sometimes I felt like I just didn't belong on the commission (I really wanted to do something to teach more about the history of Hutto to the kids & even adults here...which never happened), but overall, it was a great experience.  I do have to say, if ANYONE ever asks me to plan a parade again, I will probably laugh at them and walk away.  It's now on my resume, but will never be repeated!  LOL!!
I think I hear Liam.....so, I'm going to say goodbye for now....maybe I'll update later & let you know how the day has gone & how much of my to do things are actually done!!!  

Friday, March 16, 2012

Almost to the finish line

So, I posted last year that I was crazy enough to sign up for another 1/2 marathon....it's getting close.  I know that I have not trained nearly enough....I'm feeling a bit scared about it.  I was terrified last weekend when we had a preview of the course and ended up walk/running 7 miles.  It was a fun 7 miles in the drizzle & cold...but it wasn't enough to really prepare myself...I should have done a few more.

It's just difficult to arrange things around hubby's schedule & the boys.  I started training with a lot of the shorter runs with the boys...even a couple of 7/8 miles with them....but I've been weary of taking them out when it's too cold or rainy.  Also, I haven't wanted to wake them at the butt crack of dawn to run with a group.

I have to say that I really like running with a group...it made the 7 miles last weekend FUN....did I just say that 7 miles was FUN????  I have really lost it.  I thought that this morning too, when I noted that in college I would many times be coming home at 4 AM instead of going out for a run....times & priorities have changed.

I could see an improvement while I was pushing the boys & then stopped for a couple of runs.  I was even able to run more than I had before....however, that has changed the last week or so.  I don't know what has happened, but I am running slower & not running as much as walking.  Last week, I had to stop running a few times & mostly walk several miles...got the miles in, but felt lousy after.  Today, I skipped several of the run times & did not run the entire minute (I've got an app that is set up to tell me to run 1 minute, then walk 1 minute).

This weekend, I'm supposed to get 11-12 miles in...I got up early this morning, but did not get all the miles in before I needed to head home...I'm about 2 miles short....I did 9.42 in 2 hours and 14 minutes....14 & 1/2 minute miles....not bad considering that when I started last May, I was in the 16-17+ minute miles.  I think that is a great improvement.  Plus, last year, I tried to run & ended up only walking.

I've been focusing more on my eating & have been losing weight this year....I'm down about 15 pounds!!!  Had to buy some jeans in a smaller size because the old ones were falling down!  I'm so excited about that...plus, I've been able to wear some things that I had not in a while.  I'm still no where near where I would like to be....but I am working on it.

One more thing....I've had some great support recently from my mentor, Lisa, and other great ladies on this journey to the Zooma 1/2 marathon.  I am so grateful to Tricia for choosing me and pairing me with Lisa.  Both ladies and others in the HEB Zooma Girlfriend have been inspiring.  Now, I just want to cross that finish line and not pass out!!  I'm almost positive I can!  (let's see how I do today after the early run & a busy errand morning...I still have 2 miles to get in today)

On another note....I've been cleaning up around the house this week....purging a lot of paper and junk!!  You can now see the end of the table that was piled with papers (I know, quite embarrassing, but it just piled up).  Still working on the house, but it feels good...I'm getting more organized little by little.