Wednesday, December 29, 2010
So, my TEAM coach sent out our training schedules for the Lincoln race. I have modified it to account for the bike and swim training I will need since the triathlon comes after the half marathon. I teach a spin class once a week at our local YMCA so that part was covered. I just have to force myself to swim in the mornings during the freezing Nebraska winters. Very hard to force yourself into a cold pool when it's a 50 below wind chill outside. BUT....it's good cross training for a marathon, so I have accountability. Today I found out I have double accountability.
The YMCA that I work at is having a contest between the Omaha branches and the internal departments. They are calling it the "Practice What You Preach" contest. YMCA employees write their name on a big board displayed in the Y and then fill in each work out that is completed at the Y. Each branch is competing to see who's employees "practice what they preach" by working out 3-4 times a week at the Y. Within our own Branch of the Y, the winning team or department will be the determined based on the average number of workouts per person. So for example if Aquatics has 4 people and one person has 20 workouts, one has 9 workouts and one has 6 workouts their average is 11 workouts. The department with the highest average wins lunch from the losing department.
I love it!! Motivation, accountability, and meeting goals. What a great way to start 2011!!
Monday, December 27, 2010
He is a good baby, but busy!! Due to his past, he is very concerned about food. I have never seen a 14 month old eat like this. I am hoping as he adjusts to our home and feels more settled, things will calm down for him. We are being very patient and not making any major modifications until he has been around a while. Wes has been so great!! He has taken on a big brother role pretty well and suddenly seems so much older to me. I don't know if it is just seeing him and seeing a baby or if he has actually had a personality change since having "Izzy" in the house. Probably both. Dave and I are consciously making time for just him though and making sure he knows that we think he is doing a good job.
Dave got me some thermo running pants, a tri suit, and a new hydration pack for Christmas! I need to step it up. I do not want to be one of those girls who got the gear and not the game. So it is time to get my game face on and step up the diet and the training! I have slacked these last few weeks, and I can honestly say....I can totally tell! No more Christmas cookies. No more Holiday feasts. I have 4 big events planned for 2011...I am ready to go!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
We knew we could possible get "Izzy" on Sunday. I have to admit I have spent the last 2 days worrying myself sick...literally. I played the "what if" game over and over in my head. What if he has special needs....What if it is too hard on me to have a baby around after losing Eric....What if he hates it at our house....What if Wes has a hard time having a baby around. WHAT IF????
I feel so much better after having such a great first night. It is very soothing to hear those baby sounds around the house. Wes seems to really like him too. Wes asked about "Baby Izzy" the first thing when he woke up this morning and wanted "Izzy" to come to school with him. "Izzy" will got to the same daycare/pre-school as Wes, just not until after Christmas. I think this is going to work out just fine!!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
We made a game plan last night to go pick up Izzy today. We are all excited to have a baby in the house! I think I got him covered as far a Christmas goes and I found our baby gate! Wes stated he was going to help Izzy learn to walk. I think Wes is going to make a good big foster brother!
Monday, December 20, 2010
We spent the afternoon and Dave's cousin's graduation party. He graduated from college!! Seems weird to think he's that old.
Exciting news....Sunday night we got to meet our first foster care placement. Due to the little man being a ward of the state and the very strict confidentiality laws I can't show pics of him or mention him by name. BUT for the sake of the blog I will call him Izzy. Dave and I went through foster parenting courses this past spring and our license was approved about a month ago. We are excited to foster Izzy! He should be placed in our home this week, possibly even tonight if all the forms get approved. Wes is getting a foster brother for Christmas....I am crossing my fingers that this all goes smoothly!!
Friday, December 17, 2010
My nephew Brewer on the other hand.....was excited to go up to Santa but ultimately didn't want to be touched or spoken to by some creepy people in weird costumes.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The results of my PET scan came back negative which is relieving and frustrating all at the same time. I am super glad I don't have cancer but annoyed they don't have answers for me. We went through a lot of this with Eric...we knew exactly what he didn't have but never found out what he did have. So..I have to go back to the Doctor's next week.
My training season has officially kicked off. I started out with weights on Monday and hit up the elliptical today. I picked up my new inserts from the podiatrist last night and they say it will take 2-4 weeks to get them properly broken in. I am still intending on doing barefoot exercises and hopefully incorporate barefoot running into my world. Ultimately, it may be totally unnecessary to have both vibrams and custom made orthopedic inserts. But the truth is....I am high maintenance and have no patience. Hence owning both vibrams and custom made orthopedic inserts. I justify myself by saying the inserts are making it possible to run without further injury and the vibrams and bare feet and fixing the problem that caused the injury in the first place.
Monday, December 13, 2010
This is the first year Wes has actually asked for specific items from Santa. To my dismay...he has asked for Zhu Zhu pets, play do, legos, and a singing dump truck. I'm cool with the legos and play do...but Zhu Zhu pets...really....has he already fallen victim to the onslaught of holiday marketing? The sad part is...I am going to complain about them and still buy them. I will give in just to see the wonderful excitement on my son's face. After all...it is a really cute face!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
The images from my CT scan did not make my doctor as happy as she would like, they found more puffy lymph nodes and an enlarged thymus. "At my age" no body should have a thymus. Your thymus gives you your immune system when your young and then shrivels up and goes away. However, not in my case. Which means one of two things....1. It completely explains what is going on in my lymph nodes and based on my online research isn't a good thing. Or 2. It is just a fluke and I am a freak of nature. At any rate, they set me up for a PET Scan.
Here is a link to look at a PET scan. They have actual images from a scan and describe in much better detail the whole process. I am not sure what kind of uber-geek created this machine, but it's impressive! I bet his or her mom is proud!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Last night I taught Spin class. I talked my sister into coming and she talked her husband into coming too. It was fun. I was really glad my sister came. When I got to the gym and went to change out of my work clothes, I realized I had grabbed two shirts instead of a shirt and pants. I quickly called my sister and asked her to bring my workout pants when she came up. Thankfully she had done laundry yesterday and had pants for me! That would have been a very awkward class otherwise!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Today was a barefoot day at the gym, well sock day anyways. I wasn't brave enough to do a full workout in the vibrams but I did get in some bare foot time. I spent 30minutes on the elliptical and then took off my shoes and hit the floor. I did some calves raises,
Monday, December 6, 2010
After the game, we headed down to Backwoods where I tried on some vibrams. Since the ones I ordered online were too small, I wanted to make sure I only sent them back once. Well...while I was there I got talked into going with the Sprints instead of the Classics. The young hippie salesman thought it would be a better match. I LOVE THEM! I wore them all weekend. I think I am just going to exchange the pair I previously ordered I love them so much! I am really excited to try them in the gym. I am really forcing myself to go slow, but man...am I pumped! My foot looks really good in them don't ya think?
Friday, December 3, 2010
Rant over....back to the story...
During a CT scan they give you a contrast dye via IV, the nurse warned me that alot of people say that when the dye goes in it feels like you pee your pants and not to worry because I won't really pee. Comforting. Well....it's true. As soon as they started the dye, my ears got hot and I felt like I started to pee. One more punch to the ego....feeling like you lose control of your bladder...suppose to happen at 60 not 31.
So I leave the hospital, with a bruised ego, a band aid on my arm, and a hospital wrist band; and head straight to Starbucks for a special little treat to make myself feel better. I get up to the drive thru and my gut instincts are to order a skinny vanilla latte and oatmeal. Low fat, fiber, lower calories. Yes....the old person's combo meal. I opt for the latte but decide to order the coffee cake instead and I must say....whoever said you could not eat your way to happiness lied. Granted...this is a once in a blue moon event for me, I boycott Starbucks for political and social reasons, but that cake is awesome! I will be back to my organic cereal, organic skim milk, and free trade coffee tomorrow. Today....bring on the cake!!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
I got my training schedule for my half marathon from my TEAM In Training coach yesterday. I got super pumped. What's crazy....after doing a full marathon I looked at the whole 20 week schedule for the half training and thought..."this will be a breeze." Then I stopped and realized what had actually passed through my head and took another look at the schedule. When did a 13 mile run become an easy day?? I ran sprints in high school and doing an 800 meter run was brutal....now here I am at 31 thinking a 13 mile run sounds fun. Even better....I am excited about doing a triathlon in May. One year ago...this was all such a foreign concept, long distance running, and now it's a daily focus. To quote the famous, talented, and wonderful Dave Mathews..."funny the way it is, when you think about it." (I'm a fan, can you tell?)
I have to modify the training schedule giving by the coaches, my triathlon comes after the half marathon. The schedule he sent out had 3 rest days and 4 run days. Not an option when you have to bike, swim, and run. So..beginning December 18th I will be doing a schedule that has 2 run days, one swim day, one bike day (I teach spin 1x per week), 1 strength day, and one yoga day.
Today was a swim day.
I swam 550 yards straight...no stopping. Whew!!! Tough stuff! The triathlon in May is a 750 meter swim, so I am on my way. After swimming laps I strapped on the water belt and did some water running for about 15 minutes followed by some water jumps and calf raises. Trying to get a bare foot workout when ever possible!!