Busy Weeks…

Where is the summer going??? It literally feels like my birthday was just a week ago and I posted on here… It’s been almost a month- I need to find a better system to keep up with posting, tell me what has worked for you when it comes to keeping up with something or staying focused/organized!

Almost two weeks ago now, Eric my hubby and I were part of the MuckRuckus MS in Troy, OH. Having never done any type of an organized run, let alone a 5K with mud and obstacles, we were more than a little nervous… His sister had talked us in to signing up months ago, we had all these great intentions of training and preparing… That went well for about 2 weeks ūüôā
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The day of the run came, we were up early making the 45 minute drive to Fulton Farms where the run was being held- go figure, we missed the exit… Then we got stuck by a train that was stopped on the tracks… Not a good start to a morning where everyone in the car was already on edge! It was a hot and muggy morning and we were [thankfully] signed up for the first start time at 9:00am.

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We had no idea what we were in for… I had looked at pictures of mud runs and wasn’t overly nervous about the obstacles, mainly the running. It wasn’t that bad- granted I walked most of it with my sis-in-law… I still managed to hurt my toe to the point where I’m in the process of losing the nail ūüė¶ Note to self: Do not wear tight shoes to run in, especially when you will be jumping off obstacles and slamming your toes into the shoe… It leads to your Doc wanting to drill through the top of your toenail a week later to relieve the pressure from the blood type blister that has developed under there from the aforementioned slamming… Ultimately relieving the painful pressure, which is a plus…
Anyway- The good part of the story is that we all finished the run (Eric came in 4th of the 5k runners!), we got a t-shirt, food, and 2 tall beers once we were done ūüôā Great experience for our first 5k!

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There is another local 5k this Saturday morning that I just found out about the other day, I think we may try to do that also- I may not, we will see what my toe thinks about the treadmill before I make any decisions.

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Working On Working Out…

Anyone who knows me will understand this- I love to get exercise and have adventures, but the act of getting to that point, that is a whole other story!
You know how it is- ¬†getting over the fact that it’s too hot or cold outside, deciding that being active is better than relaxing on the big comfy couch,¬†finding the other shoe that the dogs deliberately hid from me… Before I got pregnant last year I was well on my way to being at the fitness level I had my eye on, then I got to the point where I couldn’t even eat crackers or drink water without getting ‘morning’ sickness all the¬†time¬†and I stopped working out like I had been. Now that I’ve been not pregnant for 4 months I’m ready to lose the rest of this baby weight and get back into some of those skinnier jeans in my closet!
Everyone keeps telling me to join a gym, or take some classes… Well, I don’t want to hear that anymore because I am not allowed to get any type of gym membership for a while. ‘But Caitlin, you’re an adult, you work, why are you not ¬†allowed¬†to join a gym?’ I’ll tell you why… Several years ago I managed to sign up for a 3 year gym membership for approximately $20 a month… I went 3 times… 2 of those times was to go tanning… Needless to say, Hubby isn’t so happy about that. I agree also, that until I am more¬†committed¬†to working out and can truly have the dedication to do it, I don’t need a gym membership- because I am the type of person to find excuses to not go ( right now for example, I would say, ‘but I have nothing to wear to the gym’ … Like it actually matters)
I am feeling healthier because of my eating, but I really feel that by not working out I am not maximizing my opportunity to feel amazing… This has to be remedied… I need a plan…
I just have to decide what to do.
I’ve always like the idea of running, but I can’t seem to get beyond 3/4 of a mile before I feel like my lungs are on fire and I’m going to die… Even when I have been in shape in the past I could never run, I could swim a 400 meter individual medley though, and muck 50 horse stalls in about 3-4 hours… I miss ¬†swimming and riding horses – both are such a great total body workout – to bad one requires breathing in irritating chlorine during the winter, and the other is such a financial commitment.

I think I will start with my¬†yoga DVDs, nice and low impact, and¬†obviously carrying the 18 pound baby around will help with my strength training ūüôā¬†I guess I’ll set a goal for myself, I am going to try to do yoga 3-4 times a week for the next 3 weeks… When the three weeks are up, I’ll let everyone know how I did, I better be in some of those skinnier jeans by then!