Saturday, January 31, 2009
I walk/ran 7 miles and I wanted to stop, cry and finish it! I skipped the self pity part and finished! Kids have friends over and when I take a break I gotta do something fun with the kids.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
After that I knew what had to come next. The 6 mile run!!! Dun-dun-dun-duuuuuunnn!!! I have been worried, scared and not quite sure I could actually do it! It is 2x as long as what I have been running during the week (except for the 4 miler, and I thought that was a killer). But yesterday I went and got new shoes. My feet and knees were killing me and I knew that if I did not get new shoes that I would not be able to continue to run. Let me flash back to yesterday...
I went to a local place called Runners Lane in Santa Clarita ( I hate to drive far away and the other store was in Encino). It is a quaint little runners store but I love, love, Loved it! The sales woman was awesome! She examined my walk and jog and found me the most perfectly perfect shoes (I am pronated and have high arches that flatten out when I run). I instantly felt more secure and comfortable in my new shoes. After that I wanted to switch my cell phone service to my hubbies and in the process get a new phone. I got an IPhone and I absolutely love it. It is soooo easy to use, even I can figure it out:) That leads me back to the photos and work......
I took these photos with my new IPhone! So after work I got ready to run/jog/whatever you want to call it :) The moment after my 5 minute warm-up, I was done! I did not want to go on.!!!But I kept trudging on. The sales woman at the shoe store suggested that I run for 4 minutes and walk for 2 (since walking for 1 minute was too short). I tried this and I was able to push myself to run/walk in this manner for 1 hour! That is the longest I have been able to run. I was getting nauseous, tired and my knee was acting up a bit. I said a little prayer asking HF to help me be able to continue without any aches or pains, I then told myself that I would not use the GU(an energy booster that runners use to refuel and replenish electrolytes) until mile 4. After the hour passed I didn't think I could continue at this pace so I switched to 2 minutes jog-2 minutes walk. At this pace I was able to continue (the entire time I was telling myself that I could do this..I can make it to 3 miles...now I can make it to 4 miles! This running thing is really a mental journey as well as a physical one.). Finally when I got to mile 4 I took the GU. This was a first and I feared it would make me hurl (I was already nauseous). But I took a little at a time and drank it down with water (It really isn't that bad). Within 2-3 minutes I was feeling really good. My knee was bearable, my nausea was gone and I had energy!! Wow! I could do it! 90 minutes total time (including 5 minute warm-up and 5 minute cool down, I know that is slow but heh! I'm just starting!!!), 6.22 miles and 799 calories ( I don't know how accurate that is but it sounds good to me:} ). I am just excited that I did it without stopping (except to go to the bathroom)!!! I think I can actually do this. I felt great after the run, but now I am a little soar. I am not going to quit. I really want to check this off of The 100 Things to do Before You Die List, lose weight and feel healthy!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I didn't quite finish the 3 miles I am suppose to do today (it was time to pick up the first round of kids)but at least I ran for a solid 30 minute block. That is more than I have in a long time and I actually feel good today. I am worried about my long run this weekend, 6 miles.
Anyways I need your help!!!! PLEASE!!! I need good upbeat, fast paced music or just something with a good beat kind of beat to keep my spirits high while I am running. If anyone has any suggestions please, please, PLEASE help me and let me know!!!
I love Mika, Match box 20, some mainstream punk, etc. I guess I like what mainstream America likes. I'm pretty generic. Gotta go pick up kids, homework and all that stuff, but please drop me a song or two. Thanks:)
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I've just been invited to contribute to Mormon Mommy writers at http://mormonmommywriters.blogspot.com . The sharing ideas thing is really fun. It is what I've been praying for for the past year. So come check it out :)
I changed my blog back ground. Let me know what you think! I'll most likely will change it again soon. It needs some more tweaking to get it just right but I was excited that I could do it myself, sans the aid of my computer genius hubby! My daughter does not like the header. She wants it to still say olsens7. So that must go!
My kids mean a lot to me and I love sharing about them and with them. I love involving them in this whole writing process. My children have been models in my book, my oldest son Scott (he is a 10 year old genius for naming things) has helped me title several of my books as well as projects, they have been giving me creative ideas for my projects etc. They are my little muses (along with my totally awesome rad agent, Emmanuelle). This has been a family process and we have grown closer together by listening and appreciating each others ideas.
My agent just sent out the finished proposal to publishers, so we will be hearing back sometime next week. Keep your fingers crossed :)
One last thing before I go and I am almost affraid to admit this new one, but what the heck! I have been wanting to do this ever since my aunt Judy ran one when I was a child. (Maybe it will make me have to do it now that I told the world!) I am begining to train for the L.A. marathon. My marathon group says that I have enough time to train. At 18 weeks, I'm having some doubts. I am sooooo out of shape. But at least I will get in shape if not for this one then the next soonest one for sure.
In the mean time, back to laundry, dinners, homework, my 2 jobs etc. :)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Through my journey writing this book he has been there. Coaching me and motivating me. His excitement and energy has rubbed off on to me and I am ready to succeed. I envision that finish line and ready to achieve my goal. Thanks Dad. You can check him out on Linkedin under John Henshaw Professional Coach & Organizational Development Specialist at Northrop Grumman.