Monday, January 31, 2011

Day 1 Training complete - Check

Day 1 simply said 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise - CHECK.

I put on the Couch to 5 k running program and started week 1.  Walk 5 to warm up and then alternate between 90 second run and 120 second walk. Wash, Rinse, Repeat for about 20 minutes, then 5-10 minute cool down. 

So I have a funny confession.  I don't think I have turned on the treadmill since we adopted our dog Roxi.  (for inquiring minds that want to know we adopted Roxi about a year ago, lol)   I am famous for not planning so I realize during the warm up that I cannot hear the podcast.  So I asked my husband to connect the iPhone into the speaker dock so I can hear the evil voice tell me when to run and walk.  I like the speaker dock because I hate wearing ear buds, they make my ears sweat and itch.  That was probably an over sharing penalty, but get used to it this is one of many to come.  Meanwhile, I am trying to remain focused so I don't miss the evil voice relieving me to the 120 second walk portion but I am laughing and shaking my head because Roxi is running to and fro and in circles, freaking out over the treadmill. 

The other dog is just looking at me like I am crazy and the cat is taking advantage of the camera being out and posing with his mouth open.  I think he was secretly mocking me, so not cool.  The cat gets no treats tonight.

Well, day 1 is complete.  Time to shower and snuggle up with my book before bedtime.  Have a good night/day.

I am Grateful,

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Team In Training Kick Off Meeting

Today was awesome and thought provoking at the same time.  I often wonder how I, party of one, can make a difference in this world. The older I am the more I ask this, by the way.  So for 2011, Team in Training is one way I will help make a difference.  Tonight I write because I am grateful.  I am grateful for my health.

Please consider supporting me as I commit to raise money for this cause supporting the Lieukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by training and running a half marathon.  I am not an athlete, today, but tomorrow I hope to be.

If you cannot contribute you may still help by forwarding the link to my fundraising page to your friends, family and co-workers.

Below is a digital scrapbook layout I created for my TNT memory book. 

I am grateful,

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Looking for Purpose

2011 was approaching and I kept feeling the need for something more in my personal life.  I am infamous for never finishing what I start.  Ask my scrapbook group about the last paper page I completed. In my defense, I may create a beautiful page but photo's never make it on.  :) 

This thought kept rolling around in my head, "I need to start and finish one thing in 2011".  The question is what do I want to do?

Then I had a phone conversation with a friend and colleague in December and we were talking about his desire to train for a triathlon.  He mentioned his participation with Team In Training a few years ago and he thought I should look into it. 

So here I am, signed up for a half marathon and very excited to participate and contribute to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

PS.  I have never run and I am no spring chicken.  I hope my female parts do not fall out!  Many thanks to a dear friend for planting that in my head.