Saturday, August 29, 2009

Thursday, Friday, Saturday

I have been walking 3 miles a day for the last 3 days. I slowly increase the incline on the treadmill as I go. My left leg was giving me trouble when I ran, so I backed off a little and went back to walking.

I will be on vacation for the next 5 days. I will report what exercise I can squeeze in when I get back.

See you soon Pooh! You better do some walking with me!

Friday, August 28, 2009


I ran 6 miles. Average speed 6.7 mph.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Thursday Running/Walking 50 minutes (BIG HILLS)

Running Report- I ran 2 miles with BIG hills in 30 mintues (pretty slow, 15 minute miles). I also walked 3/4 mile in 20 minutes. I was glad I was able to run two days in a row with the crazy busy week the kids and I have had with relatives in town from Idaho.


I did speed work with the crazy early group. We ran 1.8 miles to and 1.8 miles from the track, where we did 3 - 1/2 mile burst, and 1 - 1/4 mile bursts. Good work out!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wednesday Running/Walking 50 minutes

Running Report- I ran 1 mile with the new "running stroller" or converted bike trailer (it's meant to be converted). Renae gave me the idea, thanks Renae! Anyway, the first run out in it was really great, so much better than running with two kids in the other stroller I was using. I will definitely use this stroller for running with kids from now on. I also walked 2 miles after I dropped of Danger Boy at school.

I still have a cold and or sinus infection, so I'm not sure if I will get up to "full speed" on exercise the rest of the week or not.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


I got up early and ran 6 2/3 miles with the Challenge of the Bluffs hills. As usual, the groups pace was a bit slower than my usual pace, but still a good workout.

I also biked 19 miles with Team Godzilla. My speed was 18.7 mph average. It's going to suck to have to give Terry's bike back!

Monday, August 24, 2009


Ran 2 miles and walked 1 mile. Went a little slower today because my left thigh is feeling tight. Going to take it easy tomorrow.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Getting Better

I ran 2 miles in about 24 min and walked 1 mile. It was a lot easier this time and I did not feel like I wanted to cry when I woke up this morning.

I have been doing some simple ab and lower back exercises too. I will have back problems if I don't.

Still a little stiff but all in all much better.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Saturday Running (faster than normal) walking 30 minutes (2 miles)

Running Report- I ran for 1/2 mile at faster than average speed (5 minutes) and then I walked a mile (20 minutes), then I ran another 1/2 mile at faster than average speed (5 minutes). Woot! It felt good to be able to run "faster" for that long, TWICE!


I ran 6 miles.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Walking 20 minutes, Hula Dance Workout 30 minutes

I wanted today to be a "light" day, but I was not sure what I would do. I ended being invited to a short walk this morning (20 minutes, 1 mile) and then worked out with the Island Girl Dance Fitness Workout for Beginners: Hula Abs & Buns that I did (and reviewed) last week. That workout was just as fun the third time! I'm glad I checked it out again from the library. That light workout really woke me up this morning, and then I felt good for doing a good ab workout with the hula dvd tonight.

Hmmm, mayhap I should try this two light workouts on Friday as an experiment?

Early Morning Speed

I got up to run with the group (which seems to be dwindling since half of the fast group are currently out with injuries). Today was speed day for them, so we ran 1.8 miles to the track, then we did 3 - 1/2 mile sprints, and 1 - 1/4 mile sprint, then we ran back another 1.8 miles.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I'm glad someone is not sore

I ran 2 miles in 24 minutes and walked another mile last night. I woke up this morning feeling like I had been hit by a train. I took a very easy swim today to loosen up. Feeling better now.

I love being in shape; it is the getting in shape part I hate.

Thursday (1 Hour total) Sprinting/Walking 35 minutes, Strength workout 30 minutes (with 10 minuites of yoga after)

Running Report- I ran 5 sprints with lots of walking in between. I was not able to run 1/4 mile, I don't think, I was feeling sore from running Mon. & Tues.

Strength workout- Normal workout, but with 10 minutes of yoga after wards to try to pull out some of the tension.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Wednesday Swimming 1 Hour

I got all 20 minutes of freestyle this time! Woot! I also got two laps of "sprinting" freestyle and it felt so good to end the workout that way.Then I cooled down from my sprint with 5 minutes of kick board and 5 minutes of stretching.

Monday and Tuesday workout

On Monday I ran 1.25 miles and walked .75 miles. The whole thing was pretty slow. I am going to try to work up to three miles and then work on my run time. For now, I am just happy to run as far as I can at any pace.

Tuesday we took the kids to the beach. This was suppose to be my down day but swimming in the ocean and walking the board walk felt like a big workout to me. I am sore today but I am still going to try to run. We will see how far I get.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tuesday Running/Walking 45 minutes (BIG HILLS) Abs 10 minutes

So I decided to see what it would be like to run two days in a row. I'm pretty sore, and tired, but no major injuries. 4 days a week of running might be possible for me after all!

Running Report- I ran 2 miles of BIG hills in 25 minutes, and then I walked 3/4 mile for 20 minutes. My left foot seemed a little tender, but I also had to wear my other pair of running shoes since my good running shoes were still wet from running in the rain yesterday. I'm starting to think I am crazy hill lady like Renae says!


I ran 4.6 miles pushing Justice & Clayton in the buggy. It took me 45 minutes.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Vacation Running

I ran with Bruce's dad in Santa Claus Indiana. Terry managed to find every single hill in the town, and lump them into a mean run of 6.5-7 miles. That is one tough old bird!

Monday Running/Walking 50 minutes (Flats) Abs 10 minutes

I could not go swimming tonight because the pool does not open when there is lightning going on, and it was raining, and I love running in the rain! So, I ran.

Running Report- I ran 2 1/4 miles in 35 minutes, all flats. I started our running an 11 minute mile for the 1st mile, but then I really slowed down towards the end. It averaged out to about a 15 minute mile. Then I walked 3/4 mile in 15 minutes.

I came home and did the ab work right away. I think I was slow on the running because I need to get used to running flats again. I was also sore from Pilates and doing 6 days of exercise last week instead of 5 days. I think exercising 6 days a week will be worth it once my body adjusts though.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Exercise is war

I swam laps for about 45 minutes today. I couldn't keep track of the number because I was engaged in naval warfare with the enemy the whole time. The evil pilat brother empire was ruthless in its attack, however the mother ship was unsinkable. Grrrrr!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Saturday Hula Workout 1 Hour

Review for Island Girl Dance Fitness Workout for Beginners: Hula Abs & Buns;
This is another DVD I got at the library. It is about a 30 minute workout, but I enjoyed it so much I did it twice. It was more fun than any other dance workout I've done! After 25 minutes of learning seven basic hula dance steps, I felt really able to do this basic dance routine with fun island music to go with it. The steps were fun and easy to learn, and the full dance routine at the end made me really feel like I learned something new. It also engaged my whole stomach, hip, thigh area almost the whole video. No reason to do a separate ab workout today!

Only problem- It really is for beginners, another reason I did it twice was because it was a pretty easy workout and I wanted to get good exercise.

Ran my first mile in a long time

It took me a little over 12 minutes but I made it. I walked another mile after that. Feeling really good. It doesn't take much running for me to get that runners high.

I was worried because I cut my foot on some glass at the pool yesterday, but it did not bother me today. It took me about 20 minutes to dig out this tiny sliver. It was small but it hurt!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Friday Pilates Workout 1 Hour (Strength Workout)

So, I keep forgetting to use the DVDs that I pick up from the library, and review them like I said I would. But, I finally did today! I might do another tomorrow actually.

Review of "Caribbean Workout" Pilates DVD: This DVD was taken from a popular workout TV show called Caribbean Workout, and it looks she does pretty much every workout under the sun on her show at some time.

I liked it better than the other Pilates DVD I did that I got from the library. I felt like I used my abs more, and it also had a whole 20 minute section on stretching (with some very nice leg exercises thrown in there). There were actually FOUR 20 minute sections to choose from, I did 3 of them. I did the "focus on abdominals" "posture and stability" and "focus on stretching" sections. I skipped the "importance of breathing" section because I felt like I got the breathing thing down pretty well from 12 weeks of yoga classes. Great workout and I like the people on the DVD!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Thursday Running/Walking (Fast Running/Sprinting)

Running Report- So, I decided that 100 yard sprints were not going to help improve my running time, so I ran a faster than usual pace for 4 runs of 1/4 mile each in length. I also worked in two actual sprints just for fun though ;)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wednesday Strength Workout 35 minutes

E is out of town, and the kids wore me out, and I'm so sore from weeding for three hours yesterday! So, I totally did not want to do my strength workout today, but I muscled through anyway. Grrrrrah!

Fun workout

We took the kids to Six Flags in D.C. today. We walked for about ten hours straight. I'm hurting, but it was the most fun I 've had "working out" in a while. I took Pooh's advise and ate as much lean protein as I could today. It really helped control my appetite. Thanks sis.

How I Hate Intervals

I did my speed workout today. 4 - 1/2 mile + 2 - 1/4 mile as fast as I could maintain for those distances. My first 1/2 mile was 3:30, my 2nd was 3:35 and by the last 1/2 mile I was at 3:45. My first 1/4 mile (after having done 4 -1/2 mile bursts) was 1:28 although I think my 1/4 mile route is closer to 1/5 mile. I don't remember what my last burst was. I'm just not made for speed. It feels all kinds of awkward! I'm thinking of having Bruce tape me trying to run fast so we can look at it an try to work on my technique. That is if I don't die of embarrassment watching myself try to run fast.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

First day running

I have been walking for over a month now so I think I am strong enough to start running. I made it 1/2 a mile and then I walked for 2 miles. The run in the beginning kept my heart rate above 130 for the whole walk. The only bad thing is that I have been starving ever sense. I will have to be careful not to pig out and send all of my hard work down the drain.

Tuesday Running/ Walking 45 minutes

Sorry again Renae for forgetting my turn to babysit!!! :(

Plus, weeding for 3 hours and yard work for 1 hour.

Running Report--I ran 2 miles in 25 minutes with BIG hills and then walked for 3/4 mile (20 mintues). My legs were sore from that strength workout on Saturday (as my arms were for swimming yesterday). I need to get back into that strength workout routine so I'm not sore for days after!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday Swimming 1 Hour

I had a monster headache and I was feeling queasy on the way to the Y tonight, so I almost turned around and went home, but the minute I got in the pool and started swimming, I felt better. Woot! I didn't push and I only did 15 minutes on the freestyle (instead of 20 again), but I felt great! Unfortunately, the minute I got back in the car I started feeling yucky again. Drat!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Walk, Walk, Walk

My friend Jen came over today and we walked all over town. I would guess and say it was around 2 miles. We went swimming after that but it was mostly just playing around with the kids. Still, I feel like I got a pretty good workout. My youngest didn't ask to be carried at all today. I think he is getting in shape faster than me! Now if I could just get him to eat a veggie my life would be complete :)

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Saturday Strength Workout 35 minutes Running in Place 25 minutes (1 Hour Total)

Yep, too hot to run outside, so I went indoors for my inside workout. I'm still not back up to 5 hours of exercise a week, but maybe next week. I also need to get back into TWO strength workouts a week. Rah!

The Big Race 2009

The world is upside down! I beat Bruce, Todd and John at the triathlon. My time was 1:21:30, Bruce's time was 1:21:32, and Todd's time was 1:21:43. I don't know what John did. I beat my own best time by over 2 minutes, and though I've placed at that race before, my time was only fast enough for 5th in my division. DARN! There were a LOT of people there today! It's all about who turns up to race. Oh well! I do have to admit that neither Bruce, John nor Todd had their best year. Still, a win is a win. Yay me!

Trent put in an awesome race! He finished in 1:13:33 which took 2nd in his division. He also beat Terry (my MEGA-SVELT FIL) who won his division with a 1:15:02. Both of them set new personal records. They stagger the start times in this race, starting a new person in the pool every 30 seconds. Trent started around 5 minutes before me, so when we were on the bikes, it worked out that he was precisely one lap ahead of me. We were neck and neck the whole time that we were both biking. He's a MUCH faster runner than I am though. I stood no chance after he dropped off the bike.

Bruce started swimming 30 seconds after I did. He had a phenomenal swim, and passed me within our first lap in the pool. He also out biked me, but not by a lot. During our first running lap, I spotted him ahead of me. I gradually ran him down though. I was just fast enough to make up my 30 second head start and beat him by 2 more seconds. HA HA!! I'm still a little bummed that I didn't place. Oh well. There were close to 500 racers this year. Maybe next year.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Hurts so good

The dog walked me for over an hour today. Half of that I had Tyler on my back and Ethan telling me to go faster. We finally find this great hidden park that we were looking for and the park ranger tells me there are no dogs allowed. So I got to stand there outside the fence for half an hour with my dog while the kids played. All the comfortable park benches were in the park, so I just leaned on the chain link fence and looked pathetic. (No sympathy from park ranger)

It's OK though, my children showed me their appreciation when we got home by throwing a huge fit because I would not let them watch TV. AHHHH, feel the love.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thursday Running/Walking 50 minutes Abs 10 minutes

Plus, I did a lot of standing and walking buying school supplies and getting my son registered for school (3 hours total). I also waxed my legs for an hour. Does squealing in pain and twitching lots count as activity?

Running Report- I ran 2 1/4 miles in 35 minutes (so, about a 15 minute mile, again) with mostly flats and some small hills. I also walked for 3/4 mile for 15 minutes.


I was lazy yesterday. I'm taking tomorrow off to rest up for the big race on Saturday. Today I ran an easy 5 miles. Wish me luck for Saturday!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Exercise + Community Service

Painted a room in the new church building today for about an hour. My fingers and arms hurt, but I'm down over 8 lbs in the last two weeks. However I weighed myself just about an hour ago. I could be even lower! Yay me! ;)

Tuesday Night Ride

I rode with the Godzillas 19 miles. Since I'm riding Terry, my FIL's 2nd bike in the race on Saturday, I got to train on it last night. It's a MUCH better bike than mine and it made a HUGE difference! Too bad I've got to give it back! On my bike I am out horsed by pretty much everyone on the team. We all start out in one big body and ride together in a pack for the first bit, then string out pretty quickly after we hit the road (as opposed to the bike trail). On Terry's bike I was able to hang on to the faster pack much longer than on my own (though I still did get dropped eventually). It was a great change. Alas, next week it's back to my old nag. Oh well. I averaged 19.1 mph (according to the computer on Terry's bike, which he says is slow). I don't know what precisely I average on my own bike because it doesn't have a computer on it. I've had to go off of other people's data who finished around me. I think I was finishing around 17 -18ish on my bike.

After the bike ride, I ran 1 mile just to train the transition.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tuesday Running/Walking 45 minutes, Abs 15 minutes

I think I'm going to take tomorrow off though. My abs are so sore!

Running Report- I ran for 30 minutes with BIG hills (2 miles) and then walked for 15 minutes to cool down (3/4 mile).

starting slow

Walked the dog for 25 minutes.

Walked a lot in downtown D.C. today. We took the boys on a boat tour and of course there is no parking. Not sure how many miles or minutes it took us to walk to the docks, but I will say that my legs feel like spaghetti. Not to mention I'm sunburned.

I think I will take my crispy self to bed early tonight :)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Monday Swimming 1 Hour

I was out of commission last week with a sinus infection (which I hope is gone), and I had not swam in a pool in like a month? So, I was a little worried about how I would do tonight. I did really good! I only swam freestyle for 15 mintues instead of 20, but the rest of the strokes I did the same amount of time (15 on the breast stroke, 20 on the back stroke). I need to get back into abs too, but tomorrow at the earliest I think. Too tired tonight ;)

New to blogging

Hello everyone. I am Timpani's sister Elise. Trying to get back in shape is rough, so Pooh recommended this to me. Thanks for the invite Liz.

I can't spell or type but here we go.

Took the boys hiking for about an hour today. At this point my 5 and 8 year old are in better shape than me. Walked the dog for an additional 10 minutes.

Have a good night everyone!

Saturday, August 1, 2009


I thought so.

Saturday Biking

I went biking with Bruce and Terry. I got to use Terry's older bike (which is a really good bike...WAY better than mine). It's amazing the difference good equipment makes. We rode just a hair over 20 miles with plenty of hills.