30 January 2007
whew. found my groove. today was a good workout. sigh of relief. i ran the week 4 of couch to 5k program today. the workout is as follows: 5 minute warm up brisk walk, 3 minute run, 90 sec. brisk walk, 5 minute run, 2.5 minute brisk walk, 3 minute run, 90 sec brisk walk, 5 minute run, 5 minute cool down walk.
i found it challenging but do-able. miz nina and i decided to stay on the asphalt today while out on the fields, as the dirt trails are not completely free of ice. there were a few mild hills involved, but they were attainable. i'm very pleased. i got through the entire workout without reaching that complete state of oxygen deprivation. yay!!
this is the day i knew would come. next run day is thursday this week. can't wait.
29 January 2007
28 January 2007
23 January 2007
my daughter's empty bedroom
so, what have i learned?
(1) don't drink coffee before a workout
(2) i'm not a morning runner (tendons and ligaments are
naturally longer later in the day!)
(3) with my issues, i need more than a 5 minute warm up. i need a 15 minute warm up.
(4) if something hurts, stop.
(5) it's best to run a loop and end up where i started. :)
21 January 2007
20 January 2007
we got through the wind storm without any issues at our place. it blew like crazy, and didn't stop until friday evening.
i'm up early on saturday morning... waiting for daylight. i know i'm supposed to get my run done today because i didn't do it yesterday - way too windy to be out. Kicky McKickerson (the hubby) made it impossible to sleep past 0600 so...grrrr....i'm up! i'm up! there's a pretty pink tinge to the sky now..... i always find motivating myself so hard! but after i do my workout i always feel so great! is it because the torture is over? ha! or is it because i'm exhilerated? probably both.
today Kicky and i are taking our daugher (home from college still for break) and her pal to france for lunch. we love to visit the little town of colmar in alsace lorraine - about 1.5 hours away. previously we lived in paris. for us, france is all about the wine! it's all about the food!
18 January 2007
so far this winter i've been super lucky! we haven't had any snow. the temperatures have stayed above freezing, and some days have been so spring-like that our tulips are starting to put up shoots, the rose bushes have started growing leaves again, and there are little crocuses blooming in the yard. our grass has stayed green. and the best part is, i've been able to be outside just about every day!
the following photos are examples of a past winter and this winter:
the wind is absolutely howling outside now. i'm going to curl up with a good book today and count my blessings that i have a roof over my head.
later same day: i just figured out we are under an alert for severe weather across europe.
here is the METEOSWISS site.
we are in for gusts of 60-90 km/h (37 -55 mph) during the day, then 80-100 km/h, (49-62 mph) in the evening, with possible gusts friday of 120-140 km/h. (74 -86 mph) wow.
tomorrow is "ski day" with my son's school. i'm kinda hoping they cancel, you know?
17 January 2007
16 January 2007
Hi! Welcome to my First Entry.
i'm writing you from a small town, north of bern, switzerland. i've lived here a little over two years and will be here probably through next summer ('07) i'm originally from florida, USA.
i am in the 3rd week of the Couch to 5K Program. this week's workout is: 5 minute brisk walk warm-up, 90 seconds jog, 90 seconds brisk
walk, 3 minutes jog, 3 minutes brisk walk, 90 seconds jog, 90 seconds brisk walk, 3 minutes jog, then 5 minute brisk walk cool down.
i'm making slow, steady progress. i began power walking on the trails around our town in november. i almost alway take along Miz Nina (my fox terrorist). wonderful weather has perservered and i've been meterologically inspired. i've been outside walking, walking, walking and now almost running all winter.
around my small town are an abundance of hiking/running/biking trails. i love them all, but they are very hilly. hills for me at this stage of my beginning running program are really hard! this week i opted to run a flatter trail down in bern, along the aare river. wow! what a difference flatness makes. flatness is awesome. so, i've done the first two workouts at week 3 on the couch to 5K program. today is my resting day. so tomorrow that means, yes, i'm taking it to the hills.
i have a goal. it is to run in the 5K race in the Bern Grand Prix on saturday, may 12, 2007. this will be my first race ever, ever, ever. it starts high on a hill, drops about 100 feet into the Old Town of Bern, goes around several blocks of the cobble stone streets in Old Town, then back up the same hill. whew. that hill! it really intimidates me. i'm going to go visit it next week and walk up it for the first time ever. i looked it over with Google Earth. it is approximately .35 miles long, and has an approximately 76 verticle foot difference from top to bottom. this hill and i are going to have to come to some kind of serious agreement.