Monday, April 30, 2012

Tackling the Gym for the first time

Tonight starts Week 4 of the my conditioning program. As I mentioned, when I started this whole thing I decided to use the Jeff Galloway training and started with Conditioning. Since I started on Week 3 this means I am on Week 6 of the 8 Week program. This week calls for Monday and Wednesday--Run/Walk for 30 minutes, Tuesday/Thursday--Walk for 30 minutes and then a 2.25 mile run on Saturday for time.

Well up until tonight I have been able to do every run outside. The weather has been on the windy and chilly side but no real issues. The first Saturday there was a light sprinkle but really it has been perfect training weather. I knew that could not last forever. I mean come on, we live in Michigan. By the time I got home with the kids it was pouring rain with no end in sight. Now, I started trying to talk myself out of doing anything tonight. I even mentioned to Jeff shifting the whole week one day. He was the one who really pushed me to go and do this.

Now, here is the issue--The gym scares me. I feel like a kid going into a new school. I don't really get what goes on there and I don't really know how things work. You know, the unwritten rules of a place. Where to stretch, what to do, who can use what. I had belonged to Lifetime Fitness when I was pregnant with Danny and I loved it there. The towels, the lockers, the little membership cards, the nice locker room area, the HUGE pool, the classes. The problem was, it was EXPENSIVE. So when I was told I was on modified restrictions for the end of my pregnancy, I cancelled my membership. In an effort to find something closer to home and cheaper, I joined Planet Fitness. Instead of towels and membership cards with your name, I joined a place in a former golf shop. My membership card is a keychain thing with my member number on a piece of paper scotch taped to the back. I am not trying to be stuck up, everyone there has been super nice and it is closer to home and SO MUCH CHEAPER but I am not used to it.

So tonight I sucked it up and went. I actually survived and I won't mind going back. Now, I was unsure of the whole using the treadmill the best way but I muddled through tonight and did not do as well as I would have done outside but I did OK. I came home and after about 20 seconds of YouTube searching I found a perfect video and now know how to set my intervals to work next time I go. Better than the up and down I was trying tonight!

So I tried the gym and I made it! I have a feeling this was the first of many nights I will be there. Maybe in a couple months I will finally feel comfortable going but so far I at least don't feel uncomfortable.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Road is a LONG one

I am not exactly sure how it happened but my Disney obsession finally took over I think. Sometime between February and now we have been pretty intense in Disney planning.

On Abby's 4th Birthday we surprised her telling her we were going to be heading back to Disney this summer (I guess Jeff had more fun than I thought he did). So with some intense planning and pricing we decided to go the week school gets out this year, so we are going to try June instead of August this time. We figured that it would be more fun to have a trip early in the summer instead of spending all summer waiting for it to happen and then heading back to school right when we get back.

Then about a month later we made the big decision to buy into the Disney Vacation Club. After a long 2 months we are finally owners at Old Key West!

So how does this fit into my plan to run the Princess Half Marathon? Well, I am not completely sure how this happened. I first got excited about the chance to run it when I saw the race medals you get for completing it (yes, it is a tiara). When I told Jeff I wanted to do it his first question was "WHY?". Once I mentioned the medal his logical side came out and he offered the helpful suggestion that I could just order one from Ebay and save the training time. I don't think he thought I was serious. Well, the more I looked into it, the more fun this race looked like. I had been wanting to do something to get into shape and lose these last few baby pounds. Danny is getting older and is no longer a baby so I had no more excuses. What I did need was a motivator. What is a better motivator than a trip to Disney, getting to wear a skirt (Princess costume) to run in and earning a tiara medal?

So my plan to run the Princess Half was born. When I started training I had 10 months and 3 weeks until the race. I figure that since some Half Marathon plans say you can training in 16 weeks that I have plenty of time. I mentioned this idea to my wonderful Sister-In-Law, Leslie who said she wants to do it with me! I am hoping she does since it will be fun to have someone to run with at the race!

I did some research and I ended up deciding the Jeff Galloway's training program was a good fit for me, at least for now. He has several different programs but since it has been a LONG time since I did anything really physical, I started with his conditioning program which is 8 weeks long. I did move right into the 3rd week since I was already able to do everything in weeks 1 and 2 without too much trouble.

Today was the end of Week 5 of training and it has been going really good. Jeff has been super supportive now that he sees I want to do this. Abby even gets into stretching with me and helping me get everything ready to run.

As of now I plan to run the Race for the Cure 5k on May 26th. I want to do a race since I like the idea of a little push and I know this is a fun race from working it.