Monday, April 29, 2013

...10K !!!!


...so now that I have texted all my girlfriends- 
its time to put it on my blog- I am back into Size 12 jeans!!!!!!



Woo Hoo I did not die!!!


This is HUGE!!!
Now that I have experienced the distance- next weeks 5K is not nearly so daunting!

 I am super proud of me- wanna know the secret?  I invited a friends teenager to join me and she did not let me quit, nor was I going to quit with her there to push me.... not to mention when she did not hear the time to walk prompt and kept running.... I would have to catch back up to her- 
to the point where I think she was "not hearing" it on purpose!!

We decided early on to just go for a far as we could- and then call my hubby to pick us up-
this made it easier because I did not have to calculate a turn back distance!   


with Station II now complete- I think I could do Station III for the LOST in running challenge!!!




Friday, April 26, 2013

...when there's a smile in your heart

          ...there's no better time to start




 We are now going into month five of "operation- get off your butt and get into shape".   I know that I have to be loosing weight as my pants are getting too big- the size 14's are able to fall off without being unsnapped and in September they were tight and uncomfortable... so at least I know there has been progress!  

My ultimate goal is to run a half marathon sub 2hours and to get into a size 8 jeans!

I can not tell you the why exactly, but for some reason I have this intense desire to be a runner.  I am sure part of it has to do with the recent trend of runDisney enthusiasts popping up among the people I follow on Facebook   I am sure part of it is that its one of the less expensive ways to get healthy. What I do know that I am really loving the freedom of lacing out a pair of tennis shoes popping in my ear buds and hitting the pavement.

In 2010 as a milestone of my 30th Birthday I chose to participate in the Avenue Of the Giants Half Marathon in Humboldt California, my finishing time for this race was 3:49:39 which broke down to a 17:31min/mile.
This was by far one of the most challenging and also rewarding experiences of that year!  Of course let us not discount that my son was born six months before my race.   At the time I was quite happy with both the race as well as my time as my only goal was to finish without being swept*. 

Fast forward and now here we are in 2013 and I want to fly!  More specifically I want to participate and complete the runDisney Tinkerbell Half Marathon at Disneyland in January.   Now to take it one step further I want to complete the Tinkerbell Half is sub 3hours and to finish strong enough that if I had to I could keep running.  

I have decided to start blogging again as a way of sharing the journey over the next nine months, here I will share with you what works and what does not... 

ready to fly with me?

xxo,
QQ

*race speak for being picked up by the pacers and transported to the finish line for being too slow


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013

I am RAD!



The registration is paid- and I am committed, on May 18th I am going to run my first 5K the Color Me Rad in Santa Rosa, CA, and I am crazy nervous but also super excited!  

This is the longest that I have ever stuck with any sort of fitness plan- I have been doing the Couch to 5K training app for two weeks.... ok more like one week and two days of week two... but it still more then the last couple times I started.  Why is it sticking this time- what is different from the fifteen plus years of "I want to loose weight and get fit" mantras from before- that is easy, its the support that I am receiving from those around me.  From my co-workers clapping when I showed up for the group "jillian shred" session, and  my running partner being at my house on Saturday morning with bribes of coffee after our long run to the pep talks from my personal trainer aka (my high school BFF) no really I have a personal trainer on speed dial- so what is  my excuse right???

The goals are different this time, of course I still want to be a "hot sexy mama", but this time I want to be fit so that I can keep up with my little man with a soccer ball, I want to join my husband on his annual twenty mile hikes and I want to live my life in a different way!

There is something so special with my little person wanting to run my intervals with me... when it says to walk and he keeps on running- oh to have the energy to keep up with him.

...today my husband told me he was proud- my flippant response was "yeah I did two weeks... lets see if it sticks"... his response "it's the best you have done yet and you are doing great"...this was after he and friends lugged a treadmill upstairs for me so I can run in the rain.

... Disney has a song When you wish upon a star all your dreams come true- so along with wanting to run the Tinkerbell in 2014, I am making a wish that this becomes more then just one race- I am wishing this becomes a healthier lifestyle!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

...it seems so simple


I am Desperate- with a capital D- and its getting worse-
I don’t want much, just these couple of things-
1.    Family Prayer time
2.    I don’t want to be such a screamer
3.    I want time to shower EVERYNIGHT!!!
4.    I need time to KNIT!!!!!!!
5.    Balance Budget-organized grocery shopping!
6.    Home-made meals (family dinner)
7.    Tidy Bathrooms
8.    Less than two loads of laundry pending
9.    Time to exercise
10.  A bedroom conducive to “loving”
Ok so I have all these aspirations of a clean/neat/tidy/organized house.
Did I mention I want to be calm, serene, and loving at all times?
Then there is this thing called reality-
There are 45613247654 loads of laundry in front of the washer.
Another sixtybillion piles in our bedroom, and even more on the floor/bathroom and hallway.
So- I get a brilliant idea- I am going to clean our house top to bottom.
I buy the bottle of bleach, and container of Comet, I get all my stuff ready-
… and then my son decides he wants to help- by organizing the DVD’s
and by Organizing I mean
Pull them off the shelf and lay them on the floor.
The garage looks like a monster built of cardboard- that is going to take over-
I guarantee no committee in their right mind would want me on their planning staff-
-but wait it gets worse- dinner- but to do make dinner we have to wash dishes-
oh and that means we need cupboard space.
No wonder we eat out three millions days per week!!!
Toys everywhere- and I really do mean everywhere…
ever tried to find “the mood” and land on a duplo?