07/27/11

Went Out For Two and….

Was having so much fun I went 5.  🙂 The ankle’s still pretty sore, so I actually walked the first 1/2 mile to warm it up, then gently increased my pace until it felt fine again.  Ran along the canal path near my home, taking in the rows of  arching weeping willow trees that bend towards the water and softly touch the surface, through the golf course where a remote control air plane vrrrrrrrrrrrred over my head as I ran, through a gaggle of at least 30 geese who went honking and squawking away as I came near, up Nemesis and down again and then  past the cornfields, pastures of horses and back home again.

The splits look progressive, though I had no idea what they were like as I was running with just the heart rate details showing.

Mile 1: 13:35

Mile 2: 11:03

Mile 3: 10:29

Mile 4: 9:58

Mile 5: 8:52

Final Kick best pace: 4:21  🙂 Yeahh babbyyy!!!

Finished with Billy Blanks 35 min DVD for Ab Bootcamp – felt the burn!

07/26/11

Sometimes It’s Not About the Miles

Rode the bike in the countryside. Enjoyed the chill in the air. Glided past the sea of six foot tall fields of corn swaying in the breeze. I gazed longingly at the mysterious, dark, shadowy figures of the mountains in the distance against the baby blue sky and wished I was there, running through the forest, losing myself in the rhythm of thump, thump, thump of my shoes.  Really needed to clear my head today. Sometimes a little sweat can uncomplicate things.  Ankle is still pretty sore. 🙁 Would have rather been running.

9.02 miles. 9.5 mph  57:13 total time. Felt: Uncertain

Did Denise Austin’s Pilates DVD as well for core work. She kept saying, “You’re lengthening the spine!”, but I’m still 5’3″.  Darn it! I feel I was cheated. haha

07/21/11

All Hot and Bothered

Good news! All this hard work is starting to pay off! I saw 129 on the scale today! Just 4 more lbs to go in the next 11 weeks and I’ll be at my racing weight again!

I took a rest day yesterday and caught up on the yard work and scanned a zillion photos from my school days for my 20 year class reunion this weekend. It was a day well spent.

I’m back on the horse today and decided to do my Billy Blanks AB Bootcamp DVD. I’m starting to see definition in the mirror especially along the obliques. It’s crazy! Even at my thinnest in college, I never had any definition there. I certainly wouldn’t have thought I could find it after having five kids- but slowly and surely the hard work is paying off! Sweet!

I sweated hard, felt the burn and took to heart when Billy said, “You have to lose yourself to find what you’re looking for” or something similar to that.  So, when it hurts, I let it and try not to back off.  Working on my mind this way really reminds me of going through natural childbirth five times.  The first time I was scared to death and even though I’d read all the books and practiced the breathing techniques, the pain was frightening, overwhelming and I struggled to keep my calm through the storm.  That was the only birth I cried at from the pain. 16 hours later, I saw the beautiful fruit of my labor and realized that each and every contraction had brought me to that point – the happy ending.

With each subsequent birth, my confidence in my body and my mind grew.  The labors got easier since I no longer fought the pain, but learned to allow it to wash over me like a waterfall. I knew the agony was my ally. It was helping me to reach my goal – a beautiful new baby.  By the time I had my fifth baby, I didn’t even need my husband to hold my hand or rub my back.  I just walked quietly or laid still relaxing into the waves of pain, melting like butter in a hot frying pan and letting the tension just go, despite the gripping pains.  That labor was barely 2 hours long and when I held my 9 lb 10 oz baby girl in my arms I felt that I’d achieved a new level of inner peace and calm no matter what is going on around me.

When I run long distances or really fast short distances, I think back to those labors. They hurt more than any other pain I’d ever experienced in my life, but I got through it and remembering that helps me to tap into the same mindset for running.

We can do so much more than we give ourselves credit for. Learn to “lose yourself” to find what you seek in your workouts.  The payoff really is worth it!

07/13/11

Jane Fonda on Steroids!

Holy Guacamole! I tried the Billy Blanks Bootcamp DVD today and it kicked my booty bigtime! My arms are wobbly noodles, my abs are crying out for mercy and my legs are shaking in their shoes. That was a KILLER workout!  My five kids took turns joining me for various parts of the workout, which was fun.  They especially liked the boxing sections and the parts where we used the rubber bands.  OUCH!

One thing I have to say, though is though ole Billy is ripped like a prize fighter, the man is as flexible as a prima ballerina! I wish I could do the splits like that!!!! Sheesh!!!

Stats: 55 min. Full body workout. Felt: Like a WEENIE! Hopefully That will change as I get stronger!

07/5/11

Billy Blanks Ab Bootcamp DVD

Wow am I out of shape!!!! My husband bought some Billy Blanks workout DVDs but hadn’t used them yet. I decided to try the Ab Bootcamp today and I can just say – it didn’t disappoint! I wore my heart rate monitor this time Ave HR was 118, which isn’t high, but man was I feeling it. I was surprised how much I felt it in my quads, too!

The kid are begging me to jump into the pool with them. I feel I earned it now. 🙂