Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Don't Exercise Because You Hate Your Body

I ran across this quote today, and I love it! The world has propagated the myth that we should start an exercise program because we hate our bodies and how they look. This is such a destructive attitude and will only make exercising feel like torture. I love the idea that we should want to exercise because we care about our bodies and want to become as strong and healthy as possible.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Trying Again

So, I have been sick. I think this nausea is planning to stick with me until we've completed the 9 months. Two of my three other pregnancies were the same way. I have also been struggling with fatigue. I would really like to start exercising again, but I think it'll be slow going.

Today I went for a hike with my friend Betsey. It was so nice to get outside, and I loved spending time in nature with my friend. The weather was beautiful, and it felt good to breathe the fresh air. We went about 2.5 miles before I needed to pick up Twirly Girl from school.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Some Good Running Books

These are the running books I've been reading lately. 

I checked them all out from the library. My favorite is definitely Eat and Run by Scott Jurek. I've read through it twice already and keep going back to look things up. It's a very motivational book. (Unfortunately, I like it so much that I've reached my renewal limit for that book and have to return it soon. I may just have to buy that one.) 

I really like the others, too. Both coaching books give detailed diagrams and descriptions of training programs that will help increase strength and speed.

The Rough Guide to Running is a good intro for new runners, with lost of tips on injury prevention.

The Runner's World Complete Guide to Minimalism and Barefoot Running gives a fair description of the benefits and downfalls to barefoot running. It admits that it's not for everyone, but could be a good fit for some.

Running and Pregnancy. Is this an announcement?! Yep. We're expecting a baby at the end of the summer.  I set a goal a few weeks back to lose 10 more pounds, but discovered soon after that I was pregnant. So, I have adjusted my goals.

The most important one is to stay healthy so that our new baby will be healthy.
I also hope to continue to run through this pregnancy for as long as it is healthy for me and the baby. 
I am also planning to gain some weight. :o)

We are all so excited - The Doc, The Historian, Miss Sunshine, Twirly Girl, and me!

New Running Shoes

I mentioned before that I got some new running shoes for Christmas. The Doc is really good at thinking of the nicest gifts for everyone. This is what I opened up on Christmas morning.

The next day, The Doc and I headed out on a search for the perfect pair of shoes. We checked out a couple of stores, but really liked the service at Fleet Feet. The man who helped us was very knowledgeable and also an avid runner. 

My new shoes are on the left and my old ones are on the right. The orange Newtons served me well, and lasted for over 500 miles, but over the last few months they were just worn out. My feet hurt when I ran in them, and I started getting huge blisters.

I am excited about my Adidas Energy shoes. The shoes feel really soft on the inside and my feet feel cushioned when I run. My favorite part, though, is how snug the fit is around the forefoot. I hate the feeling of my feet sliding in my shoes. I feel like I can just run in these and don't have to think at all about wearing shoes. The salesman told me that he has a pair of these that have at least 700 miles in them, and they're still going strong. Here's hoping that I'll get to log many, many miles with my new running buddies. :o)

Saturday, December 28, 2013


Christmas Eve Day, the Doc and I decided to take the kids to the YMCA. The Historian, Miss Sunshine, and Twirly Girl got to hang out in the play area while we lifted weights together. Then The Doc went for a run outside and I got in 4 miles on a stationary bike. I still am not a big fan of biking for exercise. Those seats are just so uncomfortable. Seriously! LOL! :o)

At 5:00 pm, we went to the Galt House to watch the dancing bellhops. A friend from church told me about it because her brother is one of the dancers. We loved it, and Miss Sunshine said she can't wait to go back and watch them again next year.

That night, Grandpa wanted to take the kids to see the Lights Under Louisville. It was fun driving through the long tunnels of the cave, pointing out all of the lights to each other with the kids, The Doc, and Grandma and Grandpa.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Accidental 5.8 Mile Run

This morning, I planned to run down a few different streets near our neighborhood until I reached 3 or 4 miles. I thought I had a good idea of how long each street was, but when I got home and calculated the route, I found I had gone 5.8 miles! LOL! It doesn't feel as bad when you don't know you're running that far I guess. :o) Tiny snowflakes fell while I ran, but it wasn't too cold or windy. It was a nice, pretty run.

This is the site I usually use to calculate how far I run:


Dodging Earthworms and Hurdling Puddles!

On Saturday I went for a 3 mile run in the rain. It wasn't too cold, but I got soaked! I actually really like running in the rain. It's fun! There were lots of earthworms out on the sidewalks and large puddles to keep me on my toes. I really enjoyed trying to keep up my pace while jumping over the puddles and dodging the poor worms trying to escape a drowning fate. :o)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A New Goal

I cannot really work on increasing my speed while I wait for my pulled muscle to heal, so I've gotten a little discouraged. However, I still can jog/run (just not too fast right now).

I have been able to maintain my weight of 140 pounds since I reached my goal a few months ago. I am happy to be in the healthy weight range, but I am at the very top of that range, so I think it would be good to lose a few more pounds. I also think it would help me run better if I had less weight to carry around. So, I will start keeping track of my calories again. My goal is to get down to 130 pounds by June 1, 2014. That would put me right in the middle of the healthy weight range for my height.

Monday STATS:

Calories: 1685

Weight lifting with The Doc in the morning.

Abductor - 90 lbs. (2 sets of 20 reps)
Adductor - 90 lbs. (2 sets of 20 reps)
Tricep extension - 36 lbs. (1 set of 20 reps, 1 set of 10 reps)
Biangular chest - 36 lbs. (20 reps)
Chest press - 36 lbs. (20 reps)
Lat pull-down - 45 lbs. (10 reps)
Lat pull-down - 60 lbs. (10 reps)
Back - 108 lbs. (10 reps)
Back - 132 lbs. (10 reps)
Leg extension - 48 lbs. (20 reps)

Ran 3 miles in 31:24 on the treadmill at home in the evening. It's weird that the time is so much slower than I could do just a few months ago, but my lungs and legs were definitely working as hard as they could while I ran. I'm not sure why that is.

I made sure to stretch really well at the end of my run.