Saturday, April 21, 2012

A 10k Surprise with Twice a Week Training Runs

#1 PLEASE don't take this too seriously!
#2 Because I was seriously surprised myself!

{My trophy...I like that it says "First Place" not "First Place in the Women's 30-34 Division" :)}


Preparation:
  • Train for a 5k
  • Then a 10k
  • Then a half-marathon
[I took six weeks to train for each.  I ran two days every week - once on my treadmill during the kids' naps (intervals and hills) and once on Saturday when the hubby was home (distance). 

I did strength training three days a week (usually a fast paced circuit) and Zumba one night a week to supplement.  The reason this works for me is because I make every minute of every workout count - I don't have time to waste! 

I never raced.  I wanted to, but it never worked out so I did my own personal time trial for all three distances.  None of the results were all that great.)]
  • Now, pick a 5k race. (I picked the Cheerios Challenge 5k, and that's what I trained for.) 



Change:
  • Sign up for the 10k a week before the race. (Why?  There was a reason, but not a great one.)
  • Decide to just have fun and finish the race.  At least you'll get a t-shirt and a workout.
  • Run a slow three mile warm-up two days before the race to shift your mind from 5k race to 10k survival run. Pray!
Race:
  • Ignore all the people passing you at the start.  Go your own pace.  Besides, you're not really there to race.
  • Get faster every mile.  Realize you don't feel so bad afterall.
  • Finish as strong as possible.
Assess:
  • Surprisingly, you won't regret it.  In fact it may be your best run yet! (At least the surprise effect of how well it went will make it feel that way.)
  • Collect your trophy and cheer on your kid in the one mile race.  Share his victory of a personal best!
  • Never back down from a challenge! 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

How to Make the Most of Being Stranded on a Country Road with Kids (and Thrive!)


#1 Take this very seriously
#2 Because this seriously happened to us


Maybe it will happen to you!

By God's grace alone.
Preparation:
  • Pack your recently revived suburban with beach gear, children, and half your house.
  • Leave.
When you're at least 30 minutes from anything that resembles a town and at least two hours from anyone you know:
  • Try not to be too surprised when something falls out from under your truck and the power steering goes out.
  • Pull over.
  • Pray.
  • Laugh.
  • Then go find that thing that fell out.
When you find out the problem can't be fixed immediately and the truck isn't going to make it to the beach as is:
  • Pray again.
When an angel and his equally angelic wife appear dressed as a farmer and a farmer's wife in a pickup truck:

  • Accept all help offered.
  • Slowly cover the mile to their house.
  • Unload kids and cookies.
  • Wave to husband as he drives off with farmer angel to find parts.
  • Let kids eat cookies, drink soda offered by angel wife, and play with random abandoned toys.
  • Mention Easter eggs and then sit back as angel wife pulls out Easter eggs and kids are entertained for another hour with egg hunt after egg hunt.
  • Wave to husband as he and farmer angel pull in with some parts and then as they leave again for one more.


When farmer angel's son comes back with part:
  • Praise God. 
  • Pack it up.
  • Say thank you in every manner possible and wave good bye to farmer angel and angel wife.
Assess:
  • Not a bad way to spend a sunny afternoon in South Carolina. 
  • Lesson learned: Get a new truck??? Nah! (Well,maybe.:) ) But really, it's what the farmer angel said, "Just treat people the way you'd want to be treated." Hmm....Sounds familiar.
  • God ALWAYS provides.