Archive for the ‘Exercise’ Category

So, I’m finally getting back into training for the Walk of Hope 5k (Anson and I are “running” it in October).  Phew!  I’ve been pretty worried about it recently since I’ve been giving up after about 20 minutes on the treadmill for the past week or so.  I wasn’t feeling great—or, at least, that’s been my excuse.  Anson recommended I give running outside a shot again.

This afternoon, I decided the weather was nice enough that it might actually be fun.  I put on some jogging clothes and headed over to Bridle Trails. For those of you on the east coast, Bridle Trails is a park that’s a couple of blocks from our house.  There are a lot of horse owners in the area so it’s mostly used by people on horseback, but a few people (like me) use it for jogging. I like it because it’s pretty deserted most of the time–  nobody is there to witness my huffing and puffing.  Also, there are a TON of trails, so you can easily change up your routine if you’d like.

I usually do a 1.8 mile loop, walking parts and jogging others. Today I jogged over 2 miles WITHOUT WALKING! Wahoo! New Record!  Take THAT allergies!  I was so proud I even took a picture.


It was an almost perfect workout.  Almost.  Something odd happened towards the end.  I was about 0.1 miles from the end of my jog and I saw a woman picking blackberries.  I was trying to avoid eye contact and just zone-out because I really wanted to go the whole way without stopping.  But, she stopped me:


Lady:  Did you see a tall man on the trail with you?

Me: No, nobody was out there. <jogging in place>

Lady:  Because he watched you as you were entering the trail and then followed you in.

Me: (gulp!)  Really?

Lady:  Yeah, I saw him follow you and decided to wait at the entrance to the trail to make sure you got out okay.  I was praying the whole time. He was REALLY creepy.  He just had that look, ya know?

Me:  Wow.  That’s kind of scary.  Lucky I didn’t run into him.  Thanks so much for keeping an eye on me!

Lady: No problem!


Needless to say, I made it home safe and sound.  But, we’ll have to see if Anson is still excited to have me jog outside after this incident 🙂

And, of course, we’re still fundraising for the event.  Anson and I want to thank the Perez and Dallavalle families for their support!  You guys are AWESOME!  And I would like to thank Fiona for making a donation yesterday. Not only did she make a donation towards a great charity, she gave me all the fundraising credit—which means I’m beating Anson! 🙂

Also, Jane recently tagged me in her blog to write about my 7 favorite posts that I have done.  I’m taking votes/suggestions for favorite entries.  Anson has said he likes the ones with pictures. Or, at least, that was the trend from the ones he listed off yesterday (“I like the one where Kira is doing tae-bo.”).  I’ll have to look through some of my old posts (considering has been around since 2002, this might take a while), but expect that post to come out later this week. 🙂

Well, it took some time but I think I’m finally getting back into my routine.  I don’t seem to adjust well to time changes any more.  I’m taking it as a sign that I’m getting old. I never thought I would be the kind of person who would dread turning the big 3-0, but I am.  My birthday isn’t until January. I know this. Really, I do.  Doesn’t mean I have to like it.  It’s the little things that really bug me. For example, every day when I’m doing my hair, I keep doing a double take because I think I see a gray hair.  I asked Anson if he could see any grays and, without looking, he responded “Yes.”  No worries.  When he comes home from work on January 6, 2012 and finds me crying over a giant chocolate cake and singing Alphaville’s “Forever Young” between sobs, he’ll pay for that comment 🙂

I suppose part of the problem is that we already live like the cartoonish-ly old married couple we are ever-so-quickly on our way to becoming. I realized this today when I was playing on the internet.  I decided to research dogs. I wanted to look at characteristics of different breeds and try to determine which breeds would fit in with our lifestyle (note—we’re not actually getting a dog. I just wanted to know what kinds of breeds we could  look at if we ever decided to get one).  So, naturally I searched for some pre-made quizzes that would help me narrow my choices.  One quiz asked me about my lifestyle. My choices were a) single and loving it—going out and meeting new people all the time.  Not us.  b) A house full of kids with people over visiting all the time.  Still not us. or c) Your kids are all off at college and you and your spouse like just spending time at home alone.  Sound like anyone you know? 😛

On a happy note, I found a couple of great dog breeds!  Of course, golden retrievers are always on my list. Even though they never came up on any of the quizzes for me (I must have tried 8 or 9 quizzes), I would be willing to change my lifestyle for a golden.  More likely, we would like a Bernese Mountain Dog or Great Swiss Mountain Dog.  The only real change we’d need to make for those dogs is brushing—I think either of those dogs would need more grooming than both of us combined. 

Anson doesn’t actually like big dogs though.  So, I looked at some smaller dogs and I discovered a breed I had never heard of before.  It’s called a Puggle (part Pug, part Beagle). It’s the cutest darn dog I’ve seen in a long time! I’d be willing to get a small dog if it was a Puggle.  Plus, they match our old-person lifestyle!

I’ve also been on a baking kick recently.  I was asked to make a treat for our final bell choir rehearsal of the year.  One of our members is leaving to go to college in Cleveland, so we wanted to celebrate.  I decided to try making cake pops in her school colors.

Cake pops are actually pretty easy to make!  I thought I had messed up the recipe for a while there.  It just seemed too gooey and messy to be good.  So, naturally, I made a 2nd batch as back-up.  Still gooey and messy, but it was a different flavor.  I don’t know why this made sense to me, but because it was technically different ingredients, I thought it might turn out differently.  I tried both the vanilla and the chocolate cake pops at lunch the next day. They were super yummy!  Anson brought the leftovers into work and they were a huge hit 🙂

I’ve already picked out the treat I will be making for Anson’s 10 year work-iversary (and Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas….the list goes on). The problem is that I keep finding new and interesting recipes that I want to try making.  I actually found a homemade baklava recipe that I’d really like to try out, but I have no good reason to make it.  None. If only someone out there could come up with a good reason to have baklava. <hint hint>

I’ve been a little slow getting back into my work out routine.  Jane is my inspiration though. She started blogging about her running schedule (she is training for a marathon). Now, if I don’t at least jog for 30 minutes I feel like such a slacker!  Good thing she’s there for me!

This weekend should be pretty fun. I have an idea for a mischievous little adventure tomorrow.  he he he 🙂

On Sunday, there is the last bell performance before the summer starts.  We’re playing Soon and Very Soon and (hopefully) Call to Celebration at both services.  I *love* Call to Celebration. It sounds like an ‘80s theme song. So much so that Dave has created some lyrics for it.  Now, whenever we play it, I sing to myself “who’s that young doctor running down the hall there? Saving lives as he ruuuuuuns.”  At some point, I think we should write lyrics for the whole thing. Bell choir is so much fun 🙂

Anson and I are going to try to go see the new X-Men movie this weekend. Both of us are pretty excited about it. 

Anybody else have fun weekend plans? Excited about any of the summer movies?

I’ve been working on creating a playlist to jog to. Correction (just in case my dad reads this). I’ve been working on creating a playlist to which I can jog.  I have a few good songs I’ve been listening to for a while, but now I need to update the list with some new songs. I’m looking for suggestions.

Just a couple of guidelines:

1. It can’t have a slow start. For example, I thought “Faith” would be a great song, but it has a really slow/long beginning section that is TERRIBLE when you’re on the treadmill.

2. It has to be a little fast. No slow songs please 🙂

3. No yell/scream music.  Which basically cuts out most of the music Anson would recommend 🙂

Other than that, I’m willing to try most anything!

I have spent the past 2 days taking benedryl, sleeping, and then taking more benedryl. I’m beginning to wonder if it is due to the construction near our house—maybe they’re stirring up lots of pollen. Oh well! I’m feeling better today, so I’ll focus on that 🙂

Angie has challenged me to do a running program with her and I did my first trial today. It’s not too bad. Of course, I think it starts out pretty easy :)  The program is set to train you to do a 5k, so maybe I’ll run one later this year. I know of a few in December, so it’s definitely a good goal to have.

I (finally) finished book 10 in ‘Wheel of Time’ and started book 11. Chris has assured me that book 11 is better, so if it’s not I am holding him personally responsible! I was really hoping to finish these books before I started to teach, but it has been slow—I’ve still got a couple weeks though 🙂

Also in my free time—I downloaded all of the free ‘Countdown to Christmas’ apps for the iphone to figure out which one was best. I have to say, some of them had really cool features. For example, one of them had a Christmas tree in the background that gets bigger as Christmas gets closer. Another one plays Christmas carols and will change the song every time you shake the phone. In the end I chose a pretty simple one. The determining factor? It put the ads (that apparently appear on ALL of the free apps) in the least annoying place. Go figure.

Alright, I’m going to try to be better about updating the page more often.  Let’s see if I can get it up to once or twice a week 🙂

This is the last week of ESY (extended school year—“summer school” to all you non-teachers out there). I’m pretty excited about it. It was a little chaotic coming into the classroom mid-summer. I’m looking forward to having my own classroom in the fall. Speaking of the fall—I’m slowly getting more information about my job placement. I will be teaching extended day preschool, which is a bit different than teaching regular preschool. It sounds like it is a program specifically for students with autism and I will spend all day writing programs and collecting/analyzing data. Nobody that I talked to today really knew the specifics of the job, so it will be exciting to get in there in the fall and make the job my own 🙂

I am slowly working up the courage to install the 2nd curtain rod. I’ve taken the rod out of the packaging, looked at it, read the directions, and then slowly placed everything back in the packaging and back on the kitchen table. I’m really not looking forward to destroying the wall more than I already have. Someday, I’m sure the amount of sunlight coming into the house will be unbearable….someday.

This summer I have been taking hot yoga classes. I must admit that my lungs are not particularly happy about the 104 degrees and 40% humidity.  If the room is anywhere close to crowded, I end up sitting out quite a bit. The one time that I did pretty well was when the class was pretty empty. I am thinking about trying to find regular (non-hot) yoga classes. It’s a tough call though—the heat is pretty unbearable, but you feel so great when you leave the class. We’ll see 🙂

Two quick notes to end the post:

Happy Birthday Grandma Horton!

143 Days ‘till Christmas 🙂