Category Archives: The battle of the bulge

Chairs and running (of course)

I found the chairs to go with my new table!
The Princess, O’Baby and I actually went to PB and put different chairs next to the table I want to get. Turns out we really liked the ladderback chairs, which were the same stain as the table. We wished that the chairs were available in black, and when we checked the internet, our wish was granted – black was only available online. So the plan is to take Hubby to visit the table this weekend, open a PB card, and get 10% off our order. It takes two to three weeks to be delivered. Sweeeet.

I ran again today. I did 2.75 miles all at once! It took me 31 minutes and 45 seconds to do, but I did it. The first five minutes were brutal, and I thought I wouldn’t make it at all. Once I got past that, though, it seemed to just get easier and easier. I probably could have gone farther, but I thought better of it. This is a new personal best for me!

Where do I go from here? I think I’ll start upping my speed a little at a time. I realize that running will be much harder when I do it on the bike trails, so I better get in shape. I can’t wait until spring, when I can get out in nature again. The warm sun on my skin, the breeze in my face, the creek by my side. I even look forward to powering up the hills, though they may kill me.

Spring just can’t come soon enough.

Running

I ran 2.25 miles this morning. It took me 25 minutes and I did it nonstop. Then I walked for a quarter mile, then ran again for the last quarter mile. I don’t hurt yet.

I have to run again tomorrow morning, since I work all weekend. We’ll see how it goes. I’m not going to kill myself, that’s for sure.

Also running – my nose. Since I got out of the shower this morning, I’ve been sneezing almost constantly. I tried benadryl and sudafed, but the only thing that really helped was using the neti-pot. Not fun, rinsing out my sinuses with saline, but effective. Then the drugs kicked in and I actually had a quasi-nap on the couch this afternoon. That’s when you know I really don’t feel well.

Today, bed early. Tomorrow, begin again.

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Reminder: Tomorrow starts the Great Backyard Bird Count! It goes all weekend, and we have a lot of fun with it every year! Try it out!

Performance review

Commentary on two performances:

1. Roger Daltrey’s during the Super Bowl halftime show. He was actually singing the whole long medley, and he did a great job. But I did notice that they did not show him doing the iconic scream in Baba O’Riley. I took this to mean that it was either taped, or he lipsynced it. Which is entirely understandable for a guy in his mid- to late-sixties. Overall I thought The Who did very well, but nobody beats Prince’s performance a few years ago.

2. I ran two miles nonstop today at 5.2 mph. That was about 22.30 minutes worth of straight running, and my goal is 25 minutes. So I feel pretty good about it. I don’t hurt, although I might tomorrow. Eventually, I want to run a 5k (3.1 miles) at about 5.5 or more mph. By then, it should be warm enough to take my exercise outside on the bike trails. This will be much harder than the treadmill, but much more enjoyable. Something to look forward to.

Also, I’m loving the use of Cheap Trick’s “Dream Police” as a new anthem: “Green Police” in the new Audi commercial. Cheap Trick could use some royalties. They seem like a bunch of good guys. And, what’s with all the first quarter commercials about guys not wearing pants?

Looking up

I thought I’d go out to the Walgreen’s this afternoon and buy some chocolate. You know, make myself feel better.

I went to the Gap store instead. I don’t know why. It was not premeditated. But that’s where I ended up. I haven’t been to that store in well over a year. I haven’t felt that I could buy anything better than old navy stuff.

But I wanted a new pair of jeans. My old favorite gap jeans are huge on me now. So I tried on a size 14 and a 12. I swam in them.

I was flummoxed, flabbergasted and perplexed. I asked the salesperson to get me a size ten. And it fit! My belly is still kinda big and flabby, so I’m actually a lumpy 10, but I am a size ten!

I then bought another pair of pants and a couple of tops and a sweater on sale. Then I went over to Gap body and got a nice bra in a smaller size and some cute underpants. Everything fits! I could pass out!

I tell ya, that sure made me feel better than chocolate.

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On a related side note: I think part of my emotional roller-coaster could possibly be blamed on perimenopause. I’m getting hot flashes again, and my cycle is becoming more irregular, so the mood swings kinda make sense.

Not that that makes it any better, but at least I have a scapegoat now.

Feelin’ it

Well, I was so inspired by Bubba’s running performance yesterday that I decided to try it for myself today.

It’s been a while, obviously. A few years ago, I was in a running group and after one month I was able to run two-and-a-half miles nonstop. Then, of course, I got plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinitis and had to stop.

Recently, I ran a quarter-mile straight, while doing a killer walk on the treadmill. Today I thought I’d see if I could do a half mile.

I put in my insoles, laced up my new running shoes, turned on my ipod and turned the TV morning show on mute, then got to work. I set my speed to 5 mph, which is pretty slow, a 12 minute mile. I breezed past a quarter mile, then a half mile. I kept going, got into a nice rhythm, and found myself enjoying the exercise. Another lap went by, indicating that I had gone three-quarters of a mile.

I was pumped. Let’s do a whole mile, I thought. Wouldn’t that be cool?

The mile went by easily. My breathing was a little rough, but not enough to slow me down. I kept going.

I eventually did one-and-a-half miles, nonstop. I probably could have gone a bit longer, but knowing my tendency to overdo, I held back. I walked quickly for the next quarter mile, then ran again the last quarter mile.

I was pink-faced and very sweaty. I think I scared O’Baby when he saw me after the workout. And now he knows how to say “Whew!” just like Grandma.

My thighs started aching shortly after my run. And so did my abs, which pleased me because that meant I was keeping my core muscles tight while running.

I’ll be paying for this workout for the next few days, I know. But now I know I can do it, and I’ll keep trying until it’s a habit. And I’ll do the wii fit plus for yoga, etc.

That’s the plan.