Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Keeping with my sunrise/sunset trend.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Team in Training week 3 team run

I cannot believe we are already starting week 3!

This week we met 30 minutes earlier than the past two weeks (6:30am rather than 7:00am). I know to some 30 minutes would not have made much of a difference, but I am not a morning person (never have been, and I am ok with that), this 30 minute time change haunted me since I got the e-mail confirming our time for this week.  I really contemplated not showing up, but I made a commitment, and for as much as I am not a morning person, I am one who follows through with her commitments.

So 5:45am came VERY early this morning, and with hubby's help (even after snapping at him for reminding me I had to be there at 6:30am ~ sorry honey) I was able to get out of the house on time.

Once again, I was NOT greeted with a beautiful sunrise like week 1, instead the moon was still out (confirming this was waaaaaaay too early).


Moon peeking out from behind apartment building
 I hoped that by the time I got to the meeting site, I would see some glimmer of the sun coming up, but it was not to be...

...I still saw the moon!

This weeks run was 30 minutes, 15 minutes out / 15 minutes back; with a goal for a negative split (something I definitely need to work on).  Because of the Palm Beach Boat Show our usual route was blocked off, so we had to start from a different point, but at 6:45 am we hit our start buttons and we were off.  In hindsight I realize I started "too fast" (too fast is relative when you are as slow as I am to begin with), but I had high hopes for the negative split.  I am feeling much better over all with the training and I am confident that with the four and a half weeks remaining I will make it up to my goal of running (no walking) the upcoming 5K.

I am really enjoying these Saturday morning group runs.  They're not going to convert me to becoming a morning person, but for now I am a Saturday Morning person (maybe I will continue that even after the event takes place, or maybe I will just go back to enjoying sleeping in).  I am especially enjoying the views, this time they came in the 2nd half of the run.


Going over the bridge into Palm Beach Island


We were on the tail end when I got to stop and take this one
(hmm, maybe this is way it takes me longer to get back, LOL)
 Well, this is how my weekend started, hope yours started well too!  Now I am off to do housework, bathe the pups and get ready for church this evening (so excited Rebecca St. James is leading worship tonight!).

Have a great Saturday!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring is here!!!

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. - Henry Van Dyke
Spring has arrived, or so the calendar tells us.  (Some were greeted with some very un-Spring like weather on the first day of Spring)

My sister's back yard in Pennsylvania, on 1st day of Spring 2011
I remember as a child I looked forward to the changes in the seasons, especially the arrival of Spring and the arrival of Fall (my favorite seasons).  Growing up in New York City the changes in the seasons were clearly visible.  Spring ushered in the budding trees, colorful flowers, the smell of freshness around us that was uniquely Spring, and best of all the ability to shed the winter wear that had bogged us down for so many months.

It was a season of anticipation. Easter was near, so it meant shopping for pretty spring dresses (something even the tomboy in me could appreciate).  The start of Spring also meant that the end of the School year was close, and images of summertime fun were not that far away.

Since living in South Florida, Spring does not seem to have the same appeal.  The changes in the weather are not as severe here.  Don't get me wrong, I love the year round pleasant weather and not dealing with snow, but the newness that comes with the change in seasons is just not the same.  I recall someone telling me when I first moved down here "South Florida has only two seasons ~ Hot Wet and Hot Dry".  I found that statement to be a very amusing (yet simplistic) view of the South Florida weather.  However, over the years I have found that this statement is true only part of the time; I have gotten to witness cold (for Florida) winter weather and summers that traditionally fall under "Hot Wet" but have been dangerously too dry.

It takes more of a conscious effort to really see the differences each Season brings in South Florida, but I don't want to be one of those who just misses it completely.  Spring is still a season of anticipation, even if the weather here isn't much different than it was last week.  I can still look around and see the differences in the trees, the flowers, and the people; there is something about Spring that makes everything seem happier.  There is so much to appreciate of the seasons around us wherever we are, I don't want to forget to stop and take it in, regardless of how suttle it is.  Hope you won't either!
I barely noticed the beautiful transformation of life going on. Not that I noticed it much differently in year's previous — I took it for granted every time. - Chris Dunmire

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Team in Training week 2 team run

Another beautiful day for a group run, even if it was a bit chilly this morning.

I wasn't greeted by a beautiful sunrise first thing, like last week. Instead the end of daylight savings time has ushered in a later sunrise, which meant having to find the motivation to go in the morning's darkness. I did it, I got up (despite my bodies desire to keep sleeping). I did look for the sunrise, but it was to come later.

Today's training was 26 minutes, so we were to go 13 minutes out and 13 minutes back (or less if we pushed it).  At 10 minutes, I was happy to find I was passed where we turned last week (last week we only did 20 minutes), so I could see that I was improving; but again the return took me longer, by about 30 seconds.

All in all I did go farther by about a 1/2 mile, with only 6 additional minutes, I'll take that! "Slow and steady wins the race".  I know it will get better from here.  And the coaches, mentors and teammates are a great help for motivation.

And...

...I got my sunrise!

1st picture is around 11 minutes in (going up hill), the 2nd about 20 minutes.



Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Loving the end of daylight savings time.  Views like this are worth the lost hour of sleep.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

LLS Team in Training!

So after a wonderful Race for Faith 5K last month I realized that before I take on another 5k I really need to get my butt in gear and start to train better.  I have completed 5Ks before, but my recent lack of training was evident during that event.  Long walks with the pups and an occasional "slog" will not cut it when trying to finish a 5K as a runner, not a walker.

I had been considering joining the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training for their training program, but I wasn't really ready to commit to running in a half-marathon, much less a full marathon.  I also wasn't sure of the fundraising commitment, and if I could reach my goal. Instead of TNT, I started researching "couch to 5K" programs, figuring I needed to start back at the basics, so that I could have a good foundation and properly build up my endurance.  I had found a great 5K training schedule through the Race for Faith website and was ready to start following it, but then about a week ago I received an e-mail announcing TNT Lite, a way to join the team and participate in a 5K rather than a 1/2 or full marathon.  The timing could not have been more perfect; I signed up right away.


Saturday morning I attended my first Team in Training group workout.  I was greeted by a beautiful sunrise, which made me realize that getting up that early on a Saturday morning (my usual sleep in day) was worth it for such a great cause!  I felt a real difference working out with a group, the camaraderie is very helpful; and not at all intimidating as I thought it would have been since I am such a slow runner.  Everyone is at different levels, but we are all working towards a similar goal.

The training goals are very similar to those in the schedule I had found.  I am hoping that knowing that I have a group run every Saturday morning until the event keeps me motivated to train during the week.  It has only been 4 days, but so far, so good.  Amazing what being accountable to someone else can do for motivation.

As for the cause... The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.  My brother-in-law, who has done many a breast cancer event with my sisters and I, is a survivor, so I have an extra special reason to support this cause.



I am looking forward to reaching both my training goal and my fundraising goal.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday blog hops!

If you are a blogger, you should join in the fun!

Obviously MARvelous

Pregnancy and Baby 411 Fab Friends Thursday Blog Hop

Thank you and welcome to all the new followers!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday (God's Canvas)

South Florida Sunset - 3/8/2011

So I know this is "wordless" Wednesday, but I just had to say I love sunsets and sunrises!  They remind me of God's awesomeness!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

YES, I am one of THOSE people...

...and I am not ashamed to admit it!

What kind of people you may ask,...

...the kind that dresses up their doggies and celebrates their birthdays.

Daphne with her pretty bows

Rusty was the birthday boy this weekend,
he looked handsome after his grooming

I just can't help it, they are just so darn cute!  They are our fur babies, and I know that in their own way they give more unconditional love than they receive.

And they even love each other
They are truly an integral part of our family!


So there it is...

...my confession! 

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