Saturday, October 27, 2007

Marathon training days two and three

Day two: I got my walking in while wandering around the library and Lee's Marketplace. Yup, I walked for ten minutes.

Day three: I walked with Liz for about 15 minutes. She slept while I walked.

Up for tomorrow: Another day of rest. (Sundays are my rest days of course.)

Here's my advice for anyone just starting to run.

Don't start out running. Start out walking. The first week get up to 30 min. walking, the second, run for five minutes and walk for 25. The third week, run 10 minutes and walk 20, and so on until you can run for 30 minutes. This is usually around a 5 k time for a beginning runner. (It's ok if you take longer.) If you get sore or feel any pain, stop running and walk. Always have a day of rest, but don't take more than two days off, or you will lose what you've gained.
Always warm up a bit before you stretch and stretch afterwards. You can look up good stretches online if you don't know very many.
Do some research. There are a myriad of websites out there dedicated to running. Here is one of them If you sift through all of the advice out there you can find something useful.
Don't forget the right equipment. If you go running, you have to wear the right shoes or you'll be in for some hurting. Try to go to a running store and they will fit the shoe for your foot type. There's a good store in Sandy that I want to go to around Thanksgiving. (Running shoes usually aren't very cheap, but they do help you run.) Oh, and ladies, your bras need to fit right too. I found a good nursing sports bra at a maternity store. It's very comfy and easier to use than the normal ones.
Nutrition. I could go off on this, but the most important thing is water. Drink it instead of soda. There are dozens of reasons, but one of them is to avoid any stomach discomfort. Also, keep away from sports beverages unless you are planning on running for an hour or more.
Running takes time. When I was running before I had my baby it would take just over an hour a day to warm up, stretch, run, cool down, stretch, and shower. That doesn't include travel time if I wanted to go somewhere else to run.
You may get bored... There is also a large mental component to running. You aren't constantly competing with someone else, it is just you and the same stride. It can get tedious. Some fend off boredom with ipods or a running partner. The hours it takes for a marathon can be the biggest obstacle for a runner and not the distance.
How far have you gone? uses satellite imagery that you can draw your route on. You can plan runs or just run them and come here to see how far you've gone. It beats using a pedometer everytime.

There are lots of other things I could talk about, cross training, weight training, speed workouts, form, working up to a race, etc, but I probably should quit now.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


Call me crazy, but I'm going to run a marathon. It's been on my mind lately, and I can't get the notion out of the little folds of grey matter.

So, as of today, I am in training. I'll use this blog to record my progress.

Today's Training: Rest
Tomorrow's Training: Walk 10 min.

(You have to start out slow with these sorts of things.)

Thanks for all the fish

I have been called a closet nerd before. During the time I worked at a National Guard Training facility, we had a self proclaimed nerd who would always say "roger roger". You know... like those droids on Star Wars I... Well anyway, I was the only one who got it and would laugh at him when he used it with military guys.

But I digress. In between watching videos of Michael Buble sing Spiderman and Lyra kick it with an armored polar bear, I watch clips from the television show Stargate. Since I don't have cable or satellite, I don't have the Sci-Fi channel, which really is a good thing in my case, so, I've been catching up on what has been happening in the last three years. Well, I've discovered that the writers are on a killing-off-the-main-characters spree. I just watched part of an episode where they killed off one of my favorite main characters. Don't you hate it when that happens? Anyway, now I kind of don't want to watch it for a while so I have to find something else to get my nerdy kick. Any ideas?

(By the way, the title of this post also deals with something nerdy, so if you don't get it you're cleared from the nerd list.)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Appropriate quotes

Rowlf: You can't live with 'em, you can't live without 'em.There's somethin' irresistabullish about 'em.We grin and bear it 'cause the nights are long.I hope that somethin' better comes along.

Kermit: (spoken): Yeah, I know what you mean...

Kermit: It's no good complainin' and pointless to holler.

Rowlf: If she's a beauty she'll get under your collar.

Kermit: She made a monkey out of old King Kong,

Both: I hope that somethin' better comes along.

The Great Gonzo: It just feels so weird.

Rizzo the Rat: You mean that Mr. Aeral's dead?

The Great Gonzo: Yeah, that and my pants are filled with starfish.

Rizzo the Rat: You and your hobbies.

Pete: Is peoples, is dancing, is music, is potatoes. So peoples is peoples. Okay?

Elizabeth Marie (Oct. 9, 2007)

Friday, October 05, 2007

The Fifth

You may be confused by the title of my blog, and I don't blame you... but I'm not going to explain because there isn't anything to explain.

Happy Fifth of October!

P.S. (To Lesley's comment on Modesty) Lesley, that is too funny. My shirt pops up everytime I get out of my car. Waiting for the baby to come is like the first uphill climb on a roller coaster. It's one of the hardest times because the thrill hasn't begun, yet it's the calmest part of the ride.

Thursday, October 04, 2007


I had a talk with the baby about modesty the other day. She responded by kicking me even more so my belly popped out from under my shirt.

In other words, my clothes don't fit anymore. Even my maternity ones. Pants fall down and shirts come up. Dresses can't go over the wiggly lump.

On a happier note, I went to a visiting teaching workshop last night and we played Visiting Teaching Jeopardy. One easy question was put to the other team, "Who do you represent when you go visiting teaching?" (Jesus is the answer.) I turned to my friend who was sitting next to me and said, "Well, it's not the IRS". Unfortunately, I was the only one talking at the time and everyone heard me. Har har har. I was red in the face. Big mouth.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Happy Vegetarian's Day!

Today is the day where we celebrate all things vegetarian. I'm not one myself, but I try to keep my food in the shape of a pyramid rather than a tower. I think I'll celebrate by making something with tofu.

For those who hate vegetarians, there was a bumpersticker I saw the other day that said, "Save a cow, eat a vegetarian."

Little known facts about Vegetarian Day and Vegetarians.

1. It is Captain Vegetable's favorite day.

2. It is today.

3. 45% of vegetarians eat vegetables. (So does the other 55%.)

4. Many vegans are fooled when first introduced to eggplant.

5. Today Only. You too can become a vegetarian for a low price of $19.99.

6. Vegetarian Day was started by the cattle industry as a joke.

7. Vegetarian Day was started by vegetarians as a joke.

8. MSG, a popular ingredient in recipes was thought to cause vegetarianism in Asian people.

9. Vegetables, are really fruit with all of the sugar taken out.

10. Hummus and humus are really the same thing. You can spread both on a cracker and a garden with the same results.