Thursday, March 26, 2009

Follow me!

I've been a bit down latley but after reading this

Happiness is Contagious!

A recent study published in the British Medical
Journal shows that happiness is contagious among social networks. This is true whether the network is in person or online! It's a chain reaction of
happiness that has a positive impact on the people around us. In short, if
your friend is happy, you are more likely to be happy, at least 15% more likely. If a friend of a friend is happy, then you are 10% more likely to be
happy. If a friend of a friend of a friend is happy, then you are 6% more
likely to catch that happiness. Similar studies have found that social ties
also affect your habits. When someone quits smoking cigarettes, for example, a friend of theirs has a 36% more likely chance of quitting as well. It is interesting to note how much of an influence we have on other people, even if we don't directly see it. We can literally radiate happiness, and like sunshine share that warmth with the world.

I've decided enough is enough! It's time to move on down the road to happiness!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ah-ha Moments

Today was good...really really good. I really think some things clicked with my breathing and also with my stroke. I'm very excited about it. It seems I go from anxious about it to feeling pretty positive all in the same week. Today was good...really, really good. :) After swimming we did run drills. That's pretty interesting too. We kind of divide up into two groups walking and running. Well I'm at the bottom of the runners..pretty darn slow, I may drop down as the walkers do more running and we work more on endurance. Of course with any luck my endurance will begin to build back up too.

1/2 marathon training...what was thinking???? I'm so not sure about this. Would have been so much better had I continued to run during January and February. But it's going ok. I did a 7 mile long run friday morning. Somewhat hilly and very, very slow, like a 15 min mile pace. But I got them done. This week is any easy week.

I actually got out on my bike this weekend. ( We have not yet started any bike training with the Tri group. that will come in April I believe.) Can you say out of shape? My legs were not working as good as they did last season...hmm are we seeing a trend need to keep the workouts up and not just quite for the winter months...would help with the extra pounds I'm carrying around also. It was a beautiful weather wise this weekend. I should have gotten out on my bike today too, but to tell you the truth I was pretty wiped out from the swim and run drills.

Speaking of extra pounds...I need to get serious about losing them. Things would be so much easier if I could just lose the 15 extra pounds from last year and that is still not as much as I need to get ride of.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Weekend stuff

Pretty good weekend here. Had a really good swim on Friday night. Learn something every time and with any luck some day I will be able to put it all together and be able to do it with out thinking about things so much. I am seeing some improvement, but oh so far to go yet!

Sunday went to a talk at Fleet Feet and learned some great things about running shoes and fit. Very impressed with the time and effort they put into fitting everyone for shoes as opposed to the other running store I had been to. And got fitted for and purchased a new pair of shoes.
Nike Air Zoom Vomero 2+

Went for a 4 mile run/walk after I got them. My youngest son (12) has expressed some interest in running so he went with me. A little more walking then running, but on the whole I think I'm really going to like these shoes. I also got the Superfeet orthotic inserts. Considering the little amount I've run recently I felt pretty darn good after the 4 miles. My knees felt pretty good and I had been having some problems with my patellar tendon and that felt really good too. No pain at all the next day. So very good. There was a little pain on the bottom of my left foot. Maybe some different socks. So I will try them a few more times and make the determination on if they are the ones.

Plans for the week include a 2 mile, 3 mile, and 5 mile run. Swimming on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and our first run clinic after our swim on Sunday. Pretty excited about that. Can't wait to start getting some pointers on running. I've met some really nice people so far at CWW. I'm really enjoying it. It's going to be an amazing year! I need to decide for sure what races I want to do. I plan to do several of the rehearsals but not to many actual races, just because of money mostly. My plan right now is for one Sprint (Tri for the Cure) and one Olympic distance. Only problem is they are both within a couple of weeks. But the Tri for the Cure will mostly be for fun.