Week two of my training has begun! The plan was to have started this on Friday morning, but we had a bad storm, so it canceled that out for me. Gotta love Florida weather, we get a lot of storms down here.
I debated on starting week two of the training today or if I should have done another day of week one training. The change in week two’s workout is that you now run for 90 second intervals and then walk for two minutes. Having not trained since Wednesday, I was a little iffy on that goal. I am thankful that I decided to push myself and just go for it as planned.
The start of the workout was good. As I walked the five minute warm up, I felt great. I felt as though I was ready and up for the challenge. Almost as if on a humorous cue, as I turned the corner onto the main street where I walk, the windy hit me hard. This provided another challenge, as a hard wind can make it harder for a runner. Still, I didn’t allow this to discourage me. I did however, change my path slightly so that the wind wasn’t as harsh on me. This would prove to be a good move.
The first 90 second interval came and I took off running. I then reminded myself that while I of course wanted to push myself, I didn’t want to push myself too much so as to run out of steam halfway through my workout. So, I relaxed my body and took my strides to a consistent speed that wouldn’t tire me out too soon. This ended up resulting in a great training workout level that I was able to keep up on.
All in all, it was a great session. I actually kind of enjoyed it. Yes, there were moments where I was a bit out of breath and had to encouragement myself that I could do it, but I think most runners experience that at times. Running is both a physical and mental challenge I think, you need to be able to sync the two into accomplishing what you want to achieve.
As I type this, I am at work on my website. I am not experienced with css style sheets, so getting everything set like I want it to be is taking longer than it should. I’m sure a very experienced web designer would have had my site up pretty quickly. Definitely wouldn’t have been taking him/her all the hours it has and most likely will continue to take me.
None the less, I am happy with the new wordpress design and all, so I can’t wait until I get everything configured correctly and all so I will have a spiffy looking website.
One Minute Writer Prompt:
Write a brief bit of fiction using the prompt “space.”
“Why can’t you just give me my space?” He screamed at me, just inches from my face. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see his right hand forming a tight fist. I knew he wouldn’t dare hit me, but still, something inside of me feared him and I took a step backward.
“Alright Greg,” I began with a lump now forming deeply in the back of my throat, “if you need space, that’s what I’ll give you.” Taking another step backward, I eyed him all the while doing my best not to project the tinge of fear that was slowly but surely beginning to overcome my body.
“Good,” he responded, his face still crumpled up in anger and anxiety. He then turned away from me and started going back to the living room.
I just stood there frozen, as though I was paralyzed in that spot. Part of my brain was yelling at me to do something, say something to him before he turned that television back on to the game. That was all he ever did, watch the game. The man worked all day and then would come home, turn on the tube to whatever sports game was on. All I wanted was for the two of us to spend some time together. Greg, on the other hand did not.
Before I could even rethink my original request to him, I heard the sound of the television and the sports announcer’s voice booming. ‘So much for alone time Jill,’ I told myself. My body loosened and I was able to again move. Slowly, I moved into the kitchen to make dinner. There’s always tomorrow…
One Minute Writer Prompt:
What is the best way someone can comfort you when you are grieving?
This could be one of two ways, and it varies as I go through the different stages of grief. Sometimes, I want to simply be left alone to think and deal with my feelings. Other times, I need to be with close family and friends, as I need that closeness right there. For me, this floats between both needs during my grieving process. It is just a matter of which one I need at that particular time. But, it is always one or the other. I have found with death in the family, being around family is one of the best comforts.
Not only have I acquired a new domain name (shannonchenoweth.com), but I am moving web hosts. It’s a bittersweet time, as I have been with my current website host since March 2005. Almost five years. But, it is time to move on, and I am working right now on getting my site back up with my blog within it. The site itself is going to be undergoing a revamp as I update it to include a photo portfolio and information on my freelance photography work. Anyway, keep an eye out, more hopefully by the end of this week on this.
One Minute Writer Prompt:
In what area of your life are you the most disciplined?
I would love to say writing, but honestly, I would be deceiving myself on that. I write regularly, but definitely not with as much discipline as I should.
For this question, I would have to go with health and fitness. More so, with my eating. I now keep track of everything I eat from the moment I wake up to the time my head hits the pillow on my bed at night. I don’t always keep a list of every food and drink, but I do know how many calories I have consumed throughout the day. This helps me keep on track with maintaining my weight.
One-Minute Writer Prompts
January 18th – Parent
If you are a parent, how did you feel when you first found out you’d become one?
If you’re not a parent, how do you think you’d feel if you got that news?
Well, considering that I am not a parent, the second portion of this prompt applies to me. How do I think I’d feel if I discovered I was a new parent? If I was married and trying to get pregnant, I’d feel great. This would be amazing news for me and my husband. I do want to someday have children, so this day will come for me. I do hope however, that it comes when I am ready and have been actually trying to have kids. Of course, things will work out when the Great One above wants them to.
January 17th – Rest
Do you have a weekly day of rest? Write a bit about this concept.
Ah, a day of rest, that’s the life, eh? When I hear this phrase, thoughts of palm trees and sunny afternoons by the pool cross my mind. Alas, that is just a stereotypical scene. Just like a vacation, it is a vision of what we hope said day or days would be like.
Realistically, a day of rest for me does occur. I tend to utilize most of my weekends for rest. I try to mentally and physically allow my body to relax during that time as much as possible. Even a few hours of rest feels great. For me, an afternoon where I can be out with my camera taking pictures or writing in a quiet place is relaxing and enjoyable.
Today’s training was easier than day one. I woke up this morning at 7am so that I could eat breakfast and then get the C25k training in before I had to get ready for work.
Again, I’m using the C25k podcast from Robert Ullrey which is great for helping not only keep you motivated, but for knowing when it is time to run. You can easily use your own timing/watch to do this, but having someone else do it for you helps keep the concentration on the actual workout.
The first four intervals of running came fairly easy which felt good. I did notice that my right thigh is getting the brunt of any soreness from the workouts. Not sure if it’s because I am pushing more on that leg or what. So, I worked to even my balance out as much as I could as I ran. Also, I tried to keep as lose as possible when I was running. This seemed to help a lot.
Before I knew it, I was down to the last two running intervals. The running itself is not easier per say, just how I am feeling during the workout compared to day one. I feel like my body is gradually realizing that it has the endurance and strength to do this. I know I am definitely ready for the challenge and won’t be giving up. I found myself mentally encouraging myself during the workouts as well. I kept repeating, “you can do it!” Mental encouragement helps a lot during a physical challenge, you need to believe you can do it and you will do it.
I am a Christian and a firm believer in God. While I have not been going to church as I should be lately, I have always believed that God provides us with signs for life’s journey. Whether it be something small or large, they are there right in front of us. It is just up to you to see them.
This has been the case for me recently. I have been going through some down times and feeling lost. Even wondering at times if I was aspiring for the right thing in wanting to move back to Western North Carolina. The Great One above has been giving me signs, especially the last few days that I am on the right track in wanting to be back in Asheville. Just in the last couple of days, I have seen license plates or something related to North Carolina during moments of sadness/frustration. Such a great and amazing thing. I have to smile and my spirits lift a bit when these signs come along. God’s greatness surrounds us, even during times we feel lost and without support. We all need to remember that.
“I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station,
through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”
–George Washington Carver
Just completed the first day of the couch 2 5k training plan and I was surprised at how difficult it was for me to run those 60 second intervals. A few months ago, they would have been a piece of cake. During the workout, I thought about why it was tiring me out so much. Then, it came to me, I have been slacking with my general workouts the last couple of months due to my work schedule and the cold. My body has gotten a bit lax and not used to pushing itself quite so much as of late.
So, I am going to do the C25k training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and then do other workouts on Sundays and Thursdays (might change Thursdays up with Tuesdays or Fridays). I am hoping this will help build my endurance back up. I feel like my body is getting lazy again and I definitely don’t want that to happen. So, back to working out 5 days a week it is.
Going to make sure to blog about the highs and lows of my training, as I feel like it is important for me to not only make a note of it, but writing always helps keep me encouraged and motivated. Also, it might help someone else get a pinch of motivation or encouragement if they happen to stumble on my blog. You just never know. 🙂