Baby Proofin’

I finally got the basement somewhat clean and by clean I mean dusted and vacuumed. It is no where near clean as in clutter free. I got a little area set aside for the little ones to play. It isn’t ideal, but it works . . . for now.

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I have put on baby proof knob covers since this photo. I also bought a Turtles Heroes Play Tower. It was on clearance at Target so I got it pretty cheap. I hope they like it enough to stay down there longer than 22 minutes. That is how long my workout was the other day. The first day I tried this puppy out I got 30 minutes. I think the newness was exciting for them. I thought that was still good because I can at least do my workout with them and then take a shower when they are asleep and still have a little time during their nap to do other household chores.

I might still seek the help of a gym. I haven’t gone back to the one I mentioned in my earlier post. I plan on going back and at least checking out the rock wall. Sickness, the holidays, etc. etc excuse has kept me from going. I also have a few community centers I want to check out before I decide. Of course there is also the fact that Spring is just around the corner. I love taking the babies out for a run. It will be interesting to see if they are as well behaved in the jogging stroller as toddlers as there were itty bitty babies.

I need to get on the ball and just start doing something. If I start training seriously next week I can do a half at the end of February or the beginning of March and then my Marathon could be at the end of May. I haven’t found any in the Kansas City area. I don’t really want to have to travel far. I do not think my husband would be on board for that (again my husband’s support warrants a whole post of its own). Of course I only really started to look. We will see what I find.

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I Am An Amatuer – Please Do Not Try This At Home

Well I got my second run in the next day. I didn’t cry like I thought I would. I think it just let out a lot of stress. That and I really hoped my father’s surgery to put the pacemaker in would go well. I even got to run on Saturday. I went for mileage instead of time since my husband was here to watch the babies. I got four miles in that day, but had some issues with trying to shower after the run. The babies started to wake up just as I was done with my run and my husband had just started a project since he thought they would be asleep longer. Actually that whole issue brings to mind another post I need to make.

My Dad’s surgery did go well. He is already back home. My stress about that is a little less. It is so funny how my parents talk about worrying about their children. Now that I have two little ones of my own, I get it. I just wonder if they know how much I worry about them.

Earlier this week was not without its surprises though. I bent over to pick up my son and BAM! I have this pain go up my back. I thought that it was weird that it happened since I used my knees. I was pretty much go, go, go and didn’t get a chance to sit down until the babies were napping. My back hurt and I was being careful. I thought to myself earlier in the day that I would probably need to see a chiropractor sometime soon. After sitting down to eat my lunch I could barely walk! I tried to bend over to do some laundry and about cried. I finally figured out a way to bend with my knees out and my arm resting on one knee while I picked up laundry with the other hand.

I had one back issue while I was in college. It was weird. I went to bed and woke up the next morning and could barely walk. Granted I was living on campus and sleeping on one of those cheap, crappy twin beds. I saw a chiropractor from the phone book. He helped, but I remember thinking he was a bit of a quack. I did not see another¬†chiropractor again until many years later after I messed up my back doing yoga in my living-room. I had recorded a TV show instructing it. I had done yoga before but it was in a studio. Anyway I was coming up from some variation of a warrior pose and screamed. One of our friends was a chiropractor. So I saw him and he did miracles! We moved and I continued my treatments with a friend of a friend. He has been great. I guess I only have myself to blame for my problems. I run around doing all this stuff without properly taking care of myself. Last time I hurt my back was a few months ago. I was picking up a toy. I didn’t use my knees, but it was a little, nothing, small toy. As I came up it felt like a poker was jammed up my spine. I saw a different chiropractor that is a friend of ours because it was an emergency. I am not sure how that one happened though. I kind of have it in my head that I just need to see someone every few months. Some chiropractors suggest that anyway.

This time I think my issue was not stretching after running and holding one of the babies with my hip out to one side so much. I try to alternate, but I am such a righty that it is hard to put one on the left hip. My runs are usually so rushed. The babies go down for a nap, I grab the monitor, I run, I might do some quick stretches, and then I jump in the shower before they wake. I think I need to stop and do some more stretching.

I did read somewhere that stretching before a run does not really help. If anything it can tear a muscle. I read that doing a warm-up before a run and stretching after the run is best. Of course I never followed all the rules no matter how many articles or magazines I read. Sometimes if I make things too structured it becomes such a task/bore that I don’t want to do it anymore. That is why a food diary never did me any good for weight-loss. I get so frustrated with spending the time to log everything I eat and then going back and put amounts or calories or whatever. Yeah. Whatever!

I have been getting bad about logging my runs, but then I tried so many different logs that I’ve lost track. I had an app on my computer at one time. I have a spreadsheet for training for a marathon from my running group. I had an iFit account with my treadmill. I also have Map My Run on my phone. I guess I need to pick one central location for logging all my runs. I can use some of the other stuff to enter it in either the app or spreadsheet. I kind of miss my iFit account for my treadmill, but not enough to pay that price again. I will just have to remember my mileage.

It looks like it will be a few days before my next run. I don’t have anybody to blame but myself. When I start back up again I need to be a little more structured and careful about it. Being carefree is nice, but it can lead to squatting down funny and crying over your family’s dedicates. Not good!

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Holiday Sneezes

Okay, I subscribe to Runner’s World. I recently found out I like it better on my Nook. I am having a bit of a problem since I paid my subscription and they only have a button to transfer to iPad on their website. I am trying to decided if I want to cancel my subscription and pay Barnes and Noble to put it on my Nook. Anyway, that is actually a different subject.

I have read where they say you should still do your workouts when you are sick, but just do an easier version. Like instead of running six miles, you could run three miles or five miles at an easier pace if you have the time. Well they don’t actually say you should do them. They just say you could. They give you options. Almost all of us was sick around Thanksgiving. My father-in-law didn’t catch it until a week later and we didn’t get rid of it for almost three weeks. Thankfully there were no fevers or throwing up. We just had yucky snot and a lot of coughing. I was scared we were going to get my parents sick. They are in poor health any way and I asked them to come only if they thought they could make the trip. They never got sick while they were here. A week after coming here Dad got pneumonia and was put in the hospital. My Mom kept saying it wasn’t our fault, but I can’t help but feel responsible. He was out of the hospital in time for Christmas. We made our usual Christmas trip to see them.

In the middle of all the sickness I was only able to run once a week. I didn’t run at all for over two weeks during the Christmas holiday. We traveled to another state and even though I knew our hotel would have a treadmill, I knew I would want to visit with my relatives more than running. I finally got a run in yesterday. I was happy that I hadn’t lost what I gained. When I first started this blog I could barely do two miles in 30 minutes. Now I can almost do two and a half miles.

It felt so good to run. We had my in-laws over for New Years day. My running club joined another group for a free fun run. I thought it would be better if I didn’t go far from home. It felt kind of rude to leave them all with the babies while I go running. My husband was here. I don’t know. I just went with my gut. I felt better about¬† being more accessible if I was needed. So I ran on our treadmill in the basement while they played with the babies.

That 30 minute run let out so much stress. There was the stress of having house guests. There was left over work stress. Then there is the fact that Dad is back in the hospital. My Mom said she was pretty sure they were going to put a pacemaker in him. Unstoppable was on the TV while I was running. I just saw the part where Denzel’s character calls his daughters to tell them he loves them. I started to cry. It felt good to cry and run at the same time. I didn’t let it all out. I didn’t want one of my little nephews or my niece to find me like that if they came down to the basement to play. I don’t think I’ll ever forgive myself if something else happens to my Dad. They had never made a trip to see us in years because we live so far and their health is so bad. We always go there for Christmas, but I thought it would be nice for them to see us at Thanksgiving which we usually spend with my in-laws. I made it very clear to only come if they thought they could make the trip. I under no circumstances wanted to make them worse. None of us were sick until the second day they were here. Where we got it I don’t know.

Maybe I can make two running days in a row. I think I NEED to run. I think I need to let it ALL out today. I hope I get a chance while the babies nap. My work has been crazy. I keep telling myself I am just a consultant and not full-time anymore. I shouldn’t be logged in as much. I think I really need a run.

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