Saturday, October 4, 2008

I think it is Saturday

well, no new running to report, it's been another waste of a week. It is so hard to find time in my busy life as mom of three! I'm sticking with it though, I am determined to run in the marathon in June. Today I got some great new running shoes, so hopefully now the balls of my feet won't feel like they are broken when I get done. And I still have 8 months to properly break them in. Let me just say, Thank God for my treadmill, without which I'd have to be out in the rain. Yes, I live in Seattle and it is raining. All the time. And I love it!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Starting Over

Since I missed an entire week of running, due to lack of sleep and illness, I am essentially starting over. Let's hope no more sickness comes my way any time soon, though that's pretty impossible with a kid in preschool bringing home germs.

I got back to it today. I intended to start last night, first putting the kids to bed and then jogging while I watched TV. I got the kids to bed at 930, it was amazing. But by 10 two of them were up again, and I fought to get them to bed for the next THREE HOURS! Finally at 1am it seemed everyone would stay in their beds. Unfortunately it was also time for me to be in mine. So I got up this morning, and after submitting my hours for work ('cuz I need to get paid!) I hopped on the treadmill. 2 of my kids sat there staring at me the whole time, while the third slept. I managed to shave another minute off my time, but upping my speed. I went from walking at 3 mph and running at 3.5 mph to walking at 3.5 mph and running at 4 mph. It had been a week since I ran at all, so I was wiped out after just one mile.

Time - 0:17:50
Distance - 1.002 miles
Weight - 171.0 lbs

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Stop Kicking Me in the Head!

ugh, I woke up this morning feeling like someone had kicked me repeatedly in the head all night. I sadly stayed up until 2am again, even though I knew I was getting sick and I knew I'd have to get up with kids several times. Such is my dilemma every night. It's hard to go to bed with Warhammer and anime as my soundtrack, though I am getting better at falling asleep with all that noise and the lights on. After getting up with the kiddoes this morning and making sure all diapers were changed and tummies were full, I went back to bed. My husband kindly took care of whatever else needed doing, put the baby down for a nap and took the other two out to run errands. I got some much needed sleep until almost 2pm! I intended to at least walk a mile on the treadmill today, but my energy is seriously depleted. Maybe I can force myself to do it before bed tonight, but really, why push is when I am sick? I have to be in decent health tomorrow, I'm taking Minnie on a Princess themed ice cream cruise around the sound! She'll be dressed as Snow White. I hope my camera's battery lasts, its been iffy lately. Stupid thing won't hold a charge. Anyway, we are too broke to go anywhere this week, so I will be home a lot and will hopefully have time to get back to a regular running schedule. Fingers crossed!

Friday, September 26, 2008

The Gifts Kids Give

no running for me today, maybe tomorrow. I have had a serious lack of sleep in the past 3 days and am barely awake enough to get thru the day. On top of that, my lovely children all had a cold simultaneously this week, and I woke up with it this morning. Thanks kids! Now my head is full of cotton and I can't taste anything. Oh boy!

Time: is of the essence
Distance: from here to eternity
Weight: wait, don't tell me!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tuesday 9/24

I was up, and the kids were not, so I did my routine at 12am. I tried intervals this time, so 3 minutes jogging at 3.5 mph, then 3 minutes walking at 3 mph. It went pretty well. By my last jog I was feeling it in my thighs. I got done and prepared to go to bed...

...that did not happen. Instead I stayed up until 2am with my husband, watching a great Taiwanese drama (soap?) called Meteor Garden. We have only one episode left, so it was hard to even force myself to bed at 2. At 3am I woke up to my youngest, 5 month old Melody, singing in the crib. She wanted her bottle. She had her bottle, then another, then 1/2 of another! can you say growth spurt? I finally got her back to bed around 445am. At 530 I woke up to my middle child, 1 1/2 year old Minuet, sobbing. She has a cold and generally doesn't sleep well anyway. So I put her in my bed to try and get a bit more sleep. At 6am I woke up to Melody again, hungry for yet another bottle! She absolutely would not go back to bed, so I took her to ours at 645. I fell asleep at about 705, and the alarm went off at 715. So, if we do the math, I got approximately 2 hours and 10 minutes of sleep. Thank God for coffee!

Time - 0:18:43
Distance - 1.0 miles
Weight - 170.8 lbs

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

This is not the way to start

Okay, so since my last post I haven't run at all! I still want to, but I have so little time. I have 2 out of 3 sick kids to take care of all day, and by the time they get to bed and actually stay asleep, it's well after midnight. I've also had an unwelcome visitor (grrr, aunt flo) that I haven't seen in a very long time. Back to back pregnancies are good for something!

Anyway, I have to go get back on track. Literally. Today my goal is to get back on the treadmill regardless of how late it is! I'll do it holding a baby if I have to. I can't start slacking now, only a week into my 9 month program!

Time: none
Distance: none
Weight: Lord only knows

Thursday, September 18, 2008

And so it begins...

This is my very first blog post ever! I feel a bit like Doogie Howser, sitting here typing out my thoughts....

Anyway, the goal of all this is for me to keep track of my journey to running my first 1/2 marathon. In June 2009 I'll be participating in the Rock and Roll Seattle (1/2) Marathon. I am in such crap shape now though, it won't be an easy goal to attain. I had my third baby only 5 months ago and have not had a regular exercise routine in several years. Like, since before I had kids at all! I honestly don't know what prompted me to make the decision to run. My friends and family all think I'm crazy, but are also very supportive. Just two days after I mentioned it, my husband (Jake) went out and bought me a brand new treadmill! That solves my problem of figuring out how to keep running thru the winter. Winter in Seattle = not outdoor friendly!

So, week 1 of my training started this past Sunday. On Sunday I went 0.7 miles in 20 minutes. On Tuesday I went 1.0 miles in 23 minutes. Today I went 1.0 miles in 18 minutes, 45 seconds! Already I'm doing better! This gives me hope.

Anyway, I don't expect anyone other than me to read this blog, it is totally for my own benefit. I just needed a place to write down my thoughts and goals, and keep track of my times, etc. Maybe I should keep track of my weight too?

Time - 0:18:45
Distance - 1.002 miles
Weight - 173.2 lbs.