Enjoying spring Wednesday

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Enjoying spring Wednesday
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Wed, 04-23-2014 - 7:05am

I'm so thankful I don't have big allergies to this weather! It's absolutely beautiful out and everyone I know is sniffling and sneezing.  I'm going to parkour today and then have a client. Pretty busy week this week, after barely working the past couple of weeks.  My sleep is so messed up!  When I get up early w/ the dog at 4:30am, I'm wiped out so I take a nap in the afternoon w/ her.  But, she sleeps a long time and I don't want to wake her (I've talked about this before) so I just lay there and read or watch TV which fits the lazy part of me. But then I tend to sleep longer than I should which messes me up the next night.  Yeah, first world problems.






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Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 7:27am

DH told me that dogs are awake about four hours per day?  So they are up whenever you want them to be?  I am back to waking up between 4-5...I shoulld probably take more HRT, but I am so drug averse.  I should just get over it.

So, I just learned that a huge company is trying to buy out the new company I work for.  Huh?!  So, I may work for three employers in the span of a year, although I never changed jobs.  "The only constant is change."  So, as I learn all new computer systems for my new employer, I may have to repeat all of this AGAIN in about a year.  Ugh.  More first world problems that pile on tons of stress.

So I did yoga yesterday and dogtraining in the evening.  I may go to dogtraining again tomorrow, and hightail my butt into therapy dog work.  I've been procrastinating, always finding an excuse (new product launch, new employer, mom's health issues, legal/court matters, etc.), but if I really want to do this, I should, "JUST DO IT."  I also start a watercolor painting class next week...and I should work some more dance into this.  :P 

Today, I have work during the day, and a work dinner program tonight, so we should call this a "rest day."  I probably will not get home until 11 tonight.

Three things I am thankful for -- 1. my ability to meet new people and be comfortable with strangers (dogtraining, art, dance, etc.), 2.  my independence and (it's taken a lot of time/age) to do what I want and not what others want me to do (with family being the exception), and 3.  my husband's abiilty to know what I need (I thought he was crazy when hhe insisted on getting this dog that has become a lifeline to my daily sanity.)

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 9:53am

I was wondering about the sleep because it seems she sleeps a lot. I did read that puppies especially sleep more than dogs.  LOL, someone saw her playing/running around like crazy in our yard and she commented about how much our puppy is like me.  Yeah, play hard, rest hard. I do like my rest time like she does! Does your husband do dog training with you? I want to do more training but it's hard to find a time that we can all make.  I do not want to be the only one it falls on.






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 11:02am

That would drive me crazy having to get up to let a dog out. Thankfully my cats don't have to be let out. They do, however,  crawl all over my head if their food bowls are empty. 

SJ, you have had some amazing opportunities in your life. My life is so plain and mundane compared to what you have done. 

Fresh, one of my friends just found out the company she works for has just been sold. She is now waiting it out to find out if she gets to keep any of her benefits. You'd think they would tell people right away because they have to know that the waiting is horribly stressful. 

Gym-how are you feeling?

Jean, I went to sleep with a smile on my face last night after reading your comment about me being a fast runner. lol I've been so tired lately (with the allergy problems and too much babysitting) that I have felt everything but fast. As far as running, I don't really have reference points for women my age and I do wonder what real life norms are for various events just for my own curiousity. For instance,  right now I am very close to breaking an 8 minute mile on the road. I was feeling phenomenal during a run last week and I had an 8:10 split on a 4 mile run. (So I think I am close to going just under 8.) How does an 8 minute mile compare to other women my age in general-Is it fast, slow or average? (Mind you my average pace is between 9-10 minutes for long runs so 8 something is not something I can sustain for long at this point.) I'm not really focused on pace but how I feel during my runs but I am still very curious. I can tell by the way I feel druing my runs I am getting stronger and that to me is the best feeling of all. 

And speaking of running, I plan to do an easy 5-6 miles today. I am going to lift weights later with my sister so I'll be getting a double shot of exercise today. 

If the rain holds off I am going to grill chicken and try some quinoa. I didn't like it last time I made it but I am willing to give it another try. 

Karla
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WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

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Registered: 03-15-2004
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 11:10am

I too would not like having to get up for a puppy.  I'm thankful that I don't have to do that, although like Karla, I regularly get woken up by kitties who are hungry and/or want to hang out.  

Karla, I think you are a super fast runner too!  And for what it's worth, the thought of feeling "phenomenal" during running is completely bizarre to me.  

I am feeling a little better but not significantly.  The doc instructed me to get a chest x-ray if I don't feel a lot better within a couple of days.  I'm thinking I will probably go get that x-ray.  I'm working today and that's about it.  

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 11:35am

Gym, You should probably get that chest x-ray if you aren't doing much better. When I had it, it hit me so darn hard all at once. I actually got worse after I started treatment. I have never been so sick in my life. I should have gone to the doctor much sooner than I did. 

You girls make me feel so good. And I don't think I would run if I didn't get that "phenomenal" feeling from time to time during my runs. Its like a super high spark of energy and now that I have experienced it again, I crave it. That's what keeps me motivated and makes me push myself harder and harder. Now if only I could get it while doing housework...

Karla
Community Leader
WALKING
EXERCISE and HEALTHY LIVING

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 6:54pm

Keep in mind that your pace is your comfortable training pace and you'll be much faster in a race situation.  Also keep in mind that you've got that pace going and you're not doing speed work or working hard on getting faster. So, I do believe that if you trained for speed, you could easily win in your age group for at least 5ks or 5 miles (which would be my age group).  My fastest race, being the slow runner that I am, is a 9:30 pace for 10 miles and I was thrilled by that.  But, for my training runs, I was doing about 11 min miles.  I think you're built to go fast for longer distances. I'll bet you'll beat a 2 hour half marathon easily.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 6:56pm

Any news on the penumonia?






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 7:12pm

Nope.  Got the x-ray today so hopefully my doc will call me tomorrow.  

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Registered: 05-08-2006
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 9:05pm
Karla, the 'average' person your age is sitting on the couch watching 'The Biggest Loser' and thinking they could never 'do that'. I run slightly less than a 14 minute mile, but I content myself that I am lapping everyone sitting on the couch...8 seems fast to me..my brother who ran the marathon ran 8 something last year...he was 54...that is the only times I know for anyone...but I think you run fast...and your life sounds far from boring to me..very family centered, but lots of fun...none of us match Gymrat for adventure. Jean, I will never run more than a 5k, so I can always be happy volunteering! I am not a 'get up for pets' person...I can't even keep house plants alive....in my next life, I would like to be a cat and sleep in the sun all day until someone comes home to feed me...GR, good for you for getting the xray. Better to know what is going on. FSN, that is crazy about your company..the good thing is that they mus have a viable product to sell if they are a takeover target. I had another lazy day although I did walk my 10,000 steps. I've only missed one day on this - Easter Sunday - and I went to the gym for foam rolling, lifting for legs, and swam 60 laps.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 04-23-2014 - 9:37pm

The irony is I'm not a get up for pets person either! I used to say I wouldn't get a dog because who wants to get up early in the middle of winter and have to walk a dog in the cold snow??? Yeah, and that's me now!

LOL, it's funny that a lazy day for you is walking 10,000 steps!  That's 4-5 miles.  For most people, it would be a crazy active day!






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