Starting Over

WEEK 1 Day 1: Determined to complete it before moving on.

WEEK 1 Day 1: Determined to complete it before moving on.

Couch 2 5k:  (C25k) I finally made it through Week 1 Day 1 without walking through half of the running prompts. If you haven’t tried it, and are looking to get in shape to run long distances, I recommend it. For me, I don’t move forward until I can complete the Week and Day that I’m currently working. It’s a little embarrassing that it took me almost a month to get through the first day, even though I’ve already completed two 5k races…you can imagine how long it took.

A new school year starts in just one week. Our students return in two. I’m ready to get things rolling. I’m sure it will pass as quickly as my summer seems to have passed.

A new challenge begins when I have to figure out a way to write part-time while working full-time.  I’ve been toying with this for 8 years, but I always seem to put the writing on the back burner until the next break in the school year. This morning, I found an old journal with many breaks in the posting. It’s like I stop thinking about queries as soon as I start writing lesson plans.

This year will be different. I am determined to earn income from writing while I am teaching others to write. Stay tuned for updates.

Oh, speaking of updates: I’ve started another blog: A Beach, A Book, and a Breeze where I am reviewing books and movies. I’ll be posting there about every other week; I read slowly. You never know what kind of books I’ll be reviewing, so sign up to be notified of new posts.

Thankful Thursday

Thankfulness is more than appreciating the things you have. It’s knowing that your life would not be as fulfilling without those things. Not that you couldn’t live without certain comforts, but you certainly don’t realize how much you have if you are always wishing for more.

“It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.” Soak Up The Sun, Cheryl Crow.

I am thankful for my 7AM walk this morning. That’s about an hour earlier than I usually get out. There were a few others out today as well. I’m also thankful that my legs are no longer hurting – those leg exercises really work!

New blender; great tasting smoothie made with Vi-Shape protein mix, frozen banana, strawberries, and blue berries; topped with a heaping helping of honey. UM UM UM!

New blender; great tasting smoothie made with Vi-Shape protein mix, frozen banana, strawberries, and blue berries; topped with a heaping helping of honey. UM UM UM!

I’m thankful for my new blender. I killed my last one when I tried to mix too many frozen fruits and ice for my daily Vi-Shape nutrition shake. Have I mentioned I am a promoter for the Body-by-Vi Challenge? You can get more information at http://dianabusby.myvi.net/

I’m thankful for my lesson in photography with Bonnie Gehling. We spent about two hours going over the ins and outs of my new camera. She helped to refresh my knowledge about basic skills, and gave me some great tips to work on until my next lesson. The classes are affordable and personal. I encourage anyone in the Middle Georgia area who is interested in improving your photography skills, check out Bonnie’s site.

Madison Martin Prayer Warriors

Madison Martin Prayer Warriors

And as always, I am thankful for all those who are following the progress of our sweet Maddie Martin. She experienced bleeding from a brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation) on Monday, June 3rd. The bleeding has stopped, and she is alert and responsive to questions and commands. However, there continues to be issues. They were unsuccessful at removing the ventilator tube yesterday, so that will have to be done in stages. Then, later in the day it was revealed that she has 5 blood clots throughout her body, which can’t be treated due to the clot to stop the bleeding from the AVM. So, we continue to pray for healing, understanding, and strength for Maddie and her family.

What are you thankful for this Thursday? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Guest Post: Success ~ Sometimes it Comes From Setting Really Big Goals

Guest blogger, Nancy Thompson, from  JustaBackpackandaRollietakes over as we continue our look at active senior citizens and what motivates us to keep going.

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As anyone who knows me will tell you, I have traveled all over the fitness map.  Sometimes there’s a plan.  Other days, not so much.  But, I have learned from experience that setting a long term goal that is a real stretch (pun intended) is often the motivation I need to keep up my exercise or walking practice.  It works for me.  Every time.

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That’s me #12168 with the white visor coming into the finish lanes.

Way back when I was a young 49 year old mostly-couch-potato, I read an article about Team in Training and marathon walking.  Intrigued, I explored this opportunity to train with a team and walk or run in marathons all over the world – and raise money for a great cause.  Fortunately, I tend to jump without worrying about the details like “how far is 26.2 miles anyway”?  With the goal to walk the Honolulu Marathon for my 50th birthday, I signed up.  I walked every day starting with two miles that first week and ending my last training walk with a 22 miler from my front door in Lake Oswego to my sister’s house in Hillsboro, Oregon.  Two weeks later, I was on a plane ready to take on the full 26.2 in Honolulu.   And I did it.  And I never walked another marathon again.

But I did keep on walking.   Usually by myself.  Until recently, this was the typical evening conversation at our house.  Me:  “Honey, want to go for a walk with me?”  Hubby:  “Umm, No thanks.”

But that all changed exactly one year ago when I began hatching my plan to do something memorable for my 65th birthday this August.  I wanted to walk the last 65 miles of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (The Way of St. James) in Spain.  I discovered a walking tour company, Marly Tours, who provide support for those of use who do not want the full Pilgrim experience (carrying everything on your back, sleeping on the ground and/or sleeping in hostels with 300 others in bunk beds).  I was so excited about this idea that my enthusiasm spilled over onto my husband.  Suddenly, he wanted to join me on walks.   Starting last Fall, we began planning our weekends around walking or hiking.  We have explored most of the City of Portland Oregon on foot and we’ve recently branched out to local hikes.  I posted about one of my favorites The Ten Falls Hike recently on my blog JustaBackpackandaRollie.   These days we do 8 to 10 miles on Saturday and then another 6 or 8 on Sunday.  Always with a stop for lunch.  We call it jogging for doughnuts.

Not too bad for a couple of almost senior citizens.  On the Camino, we’ll be walking our 65 miles over 5 days.  The 6th day is only 4 km so I’m not counting it.  We don’t know the terrain, but I’m told to expect everything from country lanes to farmers fields to hill climbs to city streets.   We walk 15 miles the first day!  Then we get up and do it again the next day, whether we’re ready or not.  Whether we’re tired or not.  Whether our feet hurt or not.

I can’t wait to get started!

Setting this long term and very large goal, has changed our lives.  We walk every day.  Hubs joined the gym.  We walk for entertainment.  We enjoy our time together.  We’re active people again and I don’t see that ending anytime soon.   In fact, we’re already thinking about walking through England or Italy next.

See you on the trail!

Nancy

Nancy Thompson blogs about exploring retirement and the world with just a backpack and a rolling suitcase.  She is a blogger, travel writer and a retirement re-inventor.  One of her essays was recently published in 65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel from Seller’s Publishing.  You can follow Nancy at http://www.justabackpackandarollie.com

Lessons Learned from Experience

At the beginning of 2013, I decided that I will start to fulfill a long time goal of running 5k races. My younger daughter and I entered our first race together in January. The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, in Downtown, Atlanta.

Excited to be able to complete my first 5k, especially with my running partner.

Excited to be able to complete my first 5k, especially with my running partner.

I had great intentions of training every day, building my stamina and making a great showing in my first ever 5k. HA!

The fact is I got out and “trained” about three times the week before the race.That means I walked 90% of the time and ran the rest, sometimes.

During the race, I had to walk up the hills. Going downhill seemed easy at first, but then toward the 2 mile mark, it seemed if I started running, I would pick up too much speed and then the fear of rolling down the rest of the hill caused me to walk again.

I didn’t come in last in my age group (50-54), but I was about 300 runners away from first. It was embarrassing, but I finished. We had some great refreshments afterward: hot chocolate, fudge, chocolate covered pretzels, bananas, and a free hoodie.

Despite the goodies, my body reminded me a couple days later that I was out of shape. My calves and thighs were on fire. I tried several remedies for the soreness, but nothing helped except to rest. I swore I wouldn’t let that happen again

My next race, The Color Run, in Hampton, GA. was a race around Atlanta Motor Speedway, not on the track, but around the outside wall. This one was totally for the fun of it. Every 1/2 mile or so we runners were doused with packets of powder in a rainbow of colors. It was somewhat hazardous to your health if you suffer from respiratory issues, but other than that, crazy fun, especially the after party.

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So I’ve learned to have fun when I run, but I’ve also learned that training (even when you are only running for fun) is important to keep that youthful feeling all year.

What lessons have you learned from your adventures? I’d love to read your comments.