Chocolate: It's Why We Run

A community of runners (or others) logging in their progress for encouragement and motivation.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Every little bit

I haven't run since last Friday. My husband was out of town all weekend, and it took all my energy just to keep up with the kids.

So here it is, Tuesday, and after spending the morning at the Children's Museum, we all took naps. Thanks to Cameron slamming some doors, Max woke from his nap earlier than I would have liked.

In order to kill time before Melvin comes home, I turned to the On Demand station to see what was on. There I found a fitness station, that has short 10 minute workouts we could choose from. Since Max and Cameron were with me, I decided to skip over the Exotic Dancing workout.

With Max discovering that my stomach makes a good chair when I'm lying on the ground, I managed to finish an abs workout. And stepping all over the legos as I did it, I also completed a buns workout.

Only 20 minutes total...but better than nothing.

Now bring on that Valentine's Chocolate!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Snow Snow and more snow

To my mom, Jaye and all others out of the East Coast,

I'm sure shoveling out of 20 inches of snow will beat any workout I do this week!!!! Just think of the calories you'll be burning.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Funky Friday

Today I had the Friday Funks. I'm not sure why I keep having this lately. Most people have the Monday Blues...but my depression comes on Fridays. I think it's probably a combination of a lack of sleep, a lack of completion of anything around my house, and knowing that nothing will change the next day. Last Friday it hit me so hard, that I took 2 naps that day and still went to bed at 9:30. And no matter how much coffee I drink, I can't seem to shake the sleepiness and snap out of it.

So today when I woke up with the funk, I decided that after I dropped off the boys, instead of sleeping, I'd try to accomplish something (laundry, sending cards, cleaning the kitchen, etc.), and maybe that would help.

But instead I thought about this fitness blog. Deciding that I couldn't just write an excuse for not running every day, and that even though Ella was asleep in her carseat and could wake up any moment, even though I was tired as could be, and even though I had no TV set up yet to watch to distract me on my treadmill, I decided to go ahead and run.

I walked .25, ran 3 miles (with a VERY brief water break halfway through) and walked a final .25. It was slow...but steady. (and Ella slept the entire time)

And I must say, running brought me out of my funk. I was happy and alert the rest of the day (and only took my usual one nap).

So what about the rest of you...did you do anything physical today???

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Sign Up Now

I discovered that I can actually run this blog as a "Team Blog" where other people who have been invited can post information, pictures, articles, etc...not just comments. If you'd like to be a part of this team, let me know your e-mail address and as the administrator of the blog, I'll send you an invitation.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Running around

I did not run today...not officially... not on a treadmill. But I did run around Club Just Jump chasing my 1 1/2 year old Max, forcing him up the inflatables despite his protests so he could experience the joy of the fall on the other slide. He did like the down part, just not the up part.

My arms and legs are a little sore from yesterday, but not as bad as I thought. I'm not sure when I'm going to be able to run again. Maybe tomorrow or Thursday, when the kids are in bed. Or maybe when I'm in bed...does dream running count?

Monday, February 06, 2006

Introduction

I am a mother...a wife....a teacher...a student...a child of God....a runner.

My very best friend in the entire world lives 1000 miles away from me. She's my motivator; the one who got me to run marathons in the first place. But with her so far away, she's not here to pull me out the door and onto the streets, running along the canal, running downtown Princeton, running from WaWa. But that's my fault, I moved away.

So to help jumpstart my fitness, I've started this blog. I'll be using it to post my fitness stories and log my running progress. And I hope you do the same.

Today is 2 months since I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl, so I thought it would be a good time to get back on a fitness routine. I went to the gym and on the treadmill I logged in a little over 3 miles...
Walked .25
Ran 1.5
Walked .25
Ran 1.25
Walked .25
It felt good. I went REALLY slow, and worked up to where my sister starts (8 minute miles), but it's a beginning. Because I had some technical difficulties when I paused to get a drink of water, I have no idea how long it took me. We'll just say: A LONG TIME!!!!

And then I came home and ate 4 creme filled cookies!!!! Hey...it's why I run!!!

I encourage others of you to join me in commenting on what you did today so we can start a running/fitness support group. We can motivate each other and who knows, maybe one day we'll find ourselves running together in a marathon...with a box of chocolates waiting for us at the end.