training week 2 in review

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday - Stretch and strength with Hope
Tuesday - 3 mile run the the girls outside
Wednesday - 5 X 400s on the treadmill at the Y, again I enjoyed this one!
Thursday - 3 mile run outside with Cara and Susan
Friday - Strength and 3 miles of laps at the Y with Hope.
Saturday - rest day
Sunday - I.just.couldn'

The worst this week
This week was great until Friday.  Leaving the hardest workout until the end of the week was really hard.  By the time I got home Friday nite, I was physically exhausted.  The only saving grace was that Saturday was a planned rest day.

The best this week
We had planned our group run for Sunday afternoon due to basketball schedules, but none of us could face going out into the cold in the afternoon, me included.  At least I wasn't the only one who ditched the run!  Some days you just need a day off!

training week in review

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I am again training for the OKC 1/2 Marathon.  It is May 1 this year.  I'm going to recap my training weeks here as a way to review my progress and to force myself to find the best thing in my training each week...

Monday:  1/2 hour strength and stretch with trainer, Hope
Tuesday:  3-mile treadmill run (10 minute miles)
Wednesday:  1 hour full body strength and 3-miles of laps with Hope
Thursday:  5x400 on the treadmill
Friday: 3-mile run.  outdoors...finally.  We've had snow cover and frigid temps all week.
Saturday: 3-mile run with the girls, outdoors.
Sunday:  rest!

The best this week: 
By far the 5x400s.  I loved doing these, and really look forward to them each week.
The worst this week: 
Strength and laps on Wednesday.  By the middle of the week, my body was already exhausted!

the bright child

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I'm struggling.  I'm struggling with a bright child.  I'm struggling with an extremely bright child who does not know how to challenge himself.  In no way do I intend to compare my child to his friends, or any other child for that matter, but I am struggling,  I think to put my thoughts down, and "think out loud" a little will help me map out the road ahead of me.

My child has it easy.  He has it easy in school.  He gets straight As without much effort.  He participates in all of the "advanced" programming (granted, that amounts to 1/2 hour per week in our school), and he is well liked by his teachers and friends.  He doesn't like to disappoint, so he performs well on all that he is asked.  He knows no other way.  It has been this way all of his life; easy for him.

My child is talented.  He has raw athletic talent.  His coaches wonder why he didn't play football this year.  Others see his speed on the soccer field and wonder why he doesn't do that all the time.  Recently, his basketball coaches have commented on his "lack of effort" on the court.  He seems to do what is expected and no more.  He seems to not have the confidence in himself that comes with tackling a challenge and overcoming it.  I wonder if this is because he has always had success in his life without much effort?

What's a mother to do?  How do I teach this child of mine to challenge himself?  How do I show him to live his life to the fullest, with the most effort?  How to I get him to work hard at EVERYTHING he does so he doesn't later regret his choices?  How do I show him the tremendous reward that comes with pushing yourself, and succeeding?  This life is too short to do nothing but...

I'm going to spend time googling, searching, seeking, and asking.  I am going to find someone to talk to about this.  I am going to work with his teachers and coaches to push him.  I will make this commitment to him.  He has so, so much to offer this world.  He will be an amazing contributor to his family and community.  But I will do what I can during the 8 years he has left in our home to help him understand the value of hard work and how much he can learn from tackling a challenge head on.

lists for the new year #3

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

things I hope to acomplish in 2011

start teaching again
set a new half-marathon PR: 2:30
run 3 races (and maybe a triathalon again)
reconnect with old friends, this being my fourtieth year
save more, spend less.  learn to live a simpler life
travel overseas
learn how to sew confidently
craft more...with molly
run more...with carson

the thing I love about this list is that many of these things are already in motion.  they are things I have been thinking on and planning for for a while now, and committing to getting them done has pushed me to start.

lists for the new year #2

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

accomplishments in 2010

ran lincoln 1/2 marathon. set a new PR: 2:34.
ran KC marathon relay.  i was lucky and had the best 6 mile route.
worked thru the merge of the business I work for.  the second in 5 years.
got my jeans out of the basement in the fall and they still fit!
hosted several parties in our home.
surprised my husband with a trip to chicago.  it was the best weekend we have had together in years.
opened our home to hector.  we are thankful every day for his presence in our lives.
deepened my friendships with my running group and my colorado girls.
made a commitment to myself teach again.

it was a great year!

lists for the new year #1

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Places I was in lucky am I?