I Quit My Trainer

I started working out when my youngest child turned three.  I was 42 years old, in bad shape, not sleeping well, and in bad spirits because of these factors.

A guy from school is a trainer.  He loves all things athletic, especially biking.  He invitied me to come on a run.  I did.  I made it about 50 ft. before I thought I would die.  In order to impress him, I kept going.  We did 4:1, which is when you run 4 min., then walk 1 min. repeat over and over until you cover your desired mileage.  That first day we did about 2 miles.  It was the longest 2 miles of my life.  No Joke!  I was proud of myself for keeping going as best as I could.  I kept at it and eventually I was doing regular workouts.

I kept training.  A few moms joined us on our journey.  We would do a longer run on the weekend and workout on our own during the week.  Then some moms would hook up for an occasional  workout during the week.  We now have about 12 in our group.  We can usually hook up for a workout with someone who wants to work out at the same time and do the same activity.

Our trainer gives us the workouts for us to do.  We were doing them religiously in the beginning, then slowly over time we did some of his workouts, some of our own etc. based on how tired we were, what our next race was etc.  We also met with them once a week for speed workouts.  The problem is that I don’t really care about speed.  I am happy to be working out regularly.  I know I am slow and I am ok with that.  We were meeting really early in the morning once a week.  I couldn’t sleep the night before because I was afraid I would over sleep.  I was dragging all day and couldn’t wait to get to bed.  It took a couple of days to recover.  After 2 years of this, I realized that I can do the job myself.

I am working out regularly.  I am able to work out when my kids are in school.  I have no real reason to get up that early.  It was giving me more stress than I needed.  It was hard to come to this decision, but I think at some time, I have to be responsible for my own journey.  My time is now.

The ball is in my court.  I will  have to be responsible for my fitness.  I think I can do this and I will!!

Do you have a trainier?  Do you think a trainer is necessary?  I would love to hear about what you do to stay in shape!

Long Run Today

I am in a running group with a bunch of moms at our school.  We all have kids at our school, but the kids and our ages vary.  The moms are between 32 and 52.  We always do long runs together.  We also meet our trainer on Tuesday mornings at 5 am for an hour workout with her.  It is always a killer workout.  We wouldn’t push ourselves like our trainer does.  I think it helps us with our mental toughness.  Some of us need help in that area.  Ahem.

We did our long run this morning for the week.  I am currently training for a half-marathon.  We ran 6 miles this morning.  It was windy!  All of the wind from the storms yesterday is still lingering.  Some weeks are easier than others.  Today my legs were tired.  That makes a long run harder to do.  Each mile feels longer.  My pace was a 12:45 per mile with at total time of 1:17 minutes for a little over 6 miles.

My first half-marathon was a time of 2:30 was on a flat course (my pace was 11:30 average mile), my 2nd half-marathon was on much more hilly course and I finished in 2:32 (average pace was 11:45 per mile).  I was happy with both of those races.

This spring I am doing the same race as the second half-marathon, so of course I would like to beat my time. I was about 1 min. off of my race pace today.  I think that is pretty good.  I always get revved up for a race.  I love seeing all of the runners, the entertainment, and the feeling of excitement in the air.  I think I am on track for a good race.  We shall see.  Did you run today?  Are you entering any races?  I’d love to hear about your goals this year!

So Busy

I’ve been kind of sporadic in my posts this week.  I have had a lot going on here recently.

I have been taking my MIL to Pulmonary Rehab on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  She is 82 and we don’t want her driving on the interstate.  We have been going for 6 weeks now.  Three more weeks and then she will be on to phase 3 which is partially on her own. I wanted to take her for the entire lenghth of the rehab as she is really weak, hates exercise, and will manipulate to get off easy on the exercises.

We are looking into elderly services to get her there and back for the Phase 3 part.  I think it would be $1 per trip each way.  So for $2 on Tuesday and Thursday or $4 per week, I would save gas money (I have a 12 passenger van), 6 hours of my time, and she will gain independence, and hopefully the realization that exercise has to be a part of her life from now on.  The same people who are with her doing the therapy will be overseeing her exercise.

I will keep tabs on her, but not be running around so much.  I run around quite a bit with 6 kids.  Doctors, dentists, orthodontists, etc, it is exhausting.

I am also trying to prepare for a half-marathon in the beginning of May.  I must exercise 5-6 days a week if I want to do well.  I am trying to beat my time last year which was at 2:32:00.

My daughter is in Pre-K so I am getting her M,W, and F in the middle of the school day.  She is in ballet on Thursday morning.

Add in laundry, cooking, cleaning, food shopping etc.  I am a little overwhelmed.  I hope it eases up soon!

My oldest had his last orthodontist meeting on Thursday.

Last picture with braces!

They asked if we could come in on Friday to get his braces off…he was so excited…me not so much.  Another appt. this week!  Well, at least we don’t have to go again for another month to get his permanent retainer.  Our Orthodontist is great.  He had several baskets of “stuff” that they weren’t allowed to have while in braces like gummy bears, fruit snacks, gobstoppers, gum etc. and they each got a bag to take with them.  Of course they also had toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.

Our Orthodontist and my son J getting a last picture together

My daughter has a Pediatrician appointment on Monday.  Then rehab with MIL Tuesday and Thursday…next week insn’t looking any better.

I’m running a Half-Marathon

I started running about 2 years ago, when my youngest child was 3 years old.  I was tired all of the time, I wasn’t sleeping well, I was fat, and out of shape.  I did sports in high school and I was a pretty good athlete back then.  Fast forward 25 years and 6 kids, I was no longer an athlete.

I knew a guy from school who is a trainer and he invited me to come and run with him.  We started running and I made it about 50 feet before I was wondering why I was doing this.  We did 4:1.  Which is running for 4 minutes and then walking for 1 minute for about 2.5 miles.  I walked large portions of this, but my effort made the trainer happy, which made me happy.

I’ve come a long way since that first run.  I have run 2 half-marathons.  I have been training pretty consistently for the past 2 years.  I am feeling great, sleeping well, and my confidence is much higher.  I don’t really love running, but I love the way I feel when I am done.

I signed up another half-marathon and paid the fee so now I am committed.  This makes me motivated to get out there for my runs.  I don’t want to waste my money.  I want to get a good time (for me).  I am not fast, but I’m out there getting fit and reducing my stress!