Archive for May, 2010

Week 6a – Much Better

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Week 6a went much better than week 6.  I got all three runs in, and did well with each of them.  It’s finally started getting warm and Saturday’s run really dehydrated me.  I need to get out a little earlier in the morning, and I’m going to start carrying water/Gatorade with me.  Next week begins running – no more running/walking.  The length of time goes down, but next Monday I’m supposed to run 20 minutes non-stop, which I haven’t done in about 15 or 16 years.  Wish me luck!  I feel pretty good about it.  This week I ran 10 minute intervals with 1 minute walks so I think it should go well.

Week 6 – do over!

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Week 6 just didn’t happen.  I ran on Monday and actually did well – ran one mile, walked for two minutes, ran for another mile.  I haven’t ran that far in *years*.  It was slow – about 10 minutes per mile, but it was a milestone.

Sadly, it rained the rest of the week (a LOT) and I didn’t do any more running.  This week is supposed to be drier, so I’m going to call it week “6a”.

Family happenings and other doings

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

I’ve been writing about marathon training a lot lately, with only occasional tidbits about other things going on in life.

I think the biggest thing happening lately is that our oldest son is learning to drive.  He’s actually doing a pretty good job of it.  Last Saturday I took him driving in my little old truck, which has a 4-speed manual transmission.  The only other time he’s ever driven a stick was in his grandparent’s truck out in a hay field.  I gotta say I’m proud of him.  Not only was this the first time he drove a stick on the road, but I actually took him out on the highway for the first time too.  He does very well on the road – parking lots are a little scary.  He particularly needs to practice driving in reverse more.  I think I only yelled a couple of times :) and I sure laughed more than I yelled.  Anyone who drives a stick knows that starting off in first when pointing up-hill is tricky.  At one point he stalled 4 or 5 times trying to get out of a parking lot.  It got to be pretty silly.

William is getting to be more and more consistent with using the potty.  Only peeing so far, but going through two or three pull-ups a day is lots cheaper than a bunch of diapers.

Vincent is getting bigger and bigger – we think he’s got a tooth coming in, and he’s trying to roll.

Elizabeth will be taking first communion on the first Sunday of next month (if all goes as planned!).  Both Elizabeth and Teresa have cute new *short* hair cuts as well – nice for summer, but also nicer to brush as there are fewer tangles.

Julianna is really starting to talk more and more.  She asks for things and is starting to use multiple words together.  She also likes to sing “Old McDonald” and will sing out “E-I-E-I-O….COW!” :)

Allena has been running with me (and on her own) too, and is beginning to see the results with some slimming down.  We’ve both been trying to eat a little healthier too, and I think that’s helped.

On the farm, we have one doe left to kid, and one ewe (maybe) left to lamb – we’re not sure about the ewe.  I also managed to pretty much destroy the chicken coop trying to move it.  It’ll have to be re-built.  Meanwhile the chickens are all pretty pissed off.

So, that’s the update – anything going on in your lives, oh loyal readers? :)

Week 5 Done

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Well, finally!  I have lost some weight – I’m down to 276 this morning, which is the first time I’ve been in the 270’s since about September of last year.

My running is improving – this week I went for 35 minutes at a time, and ran for 5 minutes / walked for 1.  I only ran twice last week (I’m going to try to run today, hopefully that will work out).  I’m at the point where I *think* I could run a full mile without stopping (gasp!  how amazing!  lol).  Of course, Week 7 calls for running 2 miles.  As I said, I had to step back from the training schedule so that I’m only running 3 times per week instead of 4, to keep my shins from aching.  Week 7 may have to have a week 7a, 7b, and 7c just to build up to that full two miles :)

In other news, William has started using the potty with some consistency – he still goes through several pull-ups per day, but he’s using the potty as often as not.  Woot woot!

Week 4 done

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Ok, this post is a day late and a dollar short :)

Week 4 went pretty well – I ran 3 times.  I’ve determined that I’m going to have to just run 3 days per week because if I don’t get the full day of recovery between runs, my shins start crying like little girls.  I also managed to lose one pound – which is progress at least.

In other news, we got our Suburban running again this week (THANK YOU CHUCK!), and we also had three lambs born on the ranch this weekend – all spotted.  Two rams and one ewe.