Monday, January 10, 2011

Weekends Are Not Long Enough & Giveaway Winner!

Let's get straight to the giveaway winner. told me Comment #9 was the winner, and that was

Jenn send me your mailing address and the TaeBo dvd will be on it's way to you.*


It's bad enough that I am restricted to treadmill runs during the week due to darkness.  Now it seems, I have to endure them on the weekends as well because of... well, let me just show you what I woke up to on Saturday morning:

Looking out the back door.
It's pretty but it sure screws up my running plans!

View from my living room window.
The roads looked ok but had a thin layer of ice on them
plus the running "lane" was narrowed by the snow.

 Treadmill it is, but here is where I have to go...
Not shoveled yet.

Funny having to wear my boots to get to the treadmill!

There's my baby.  Yep, she gets a blanket in the winter too.
(Please disregard the messy garage.)

I decide I will try to run 10K (6.2 miles).  Had the weather cooperated I would have run longer but honestly folks, treadmill running is pretty boring, even if you have a TV show to watch or music to listen to.  I haven't been pushing myself too much because of the hip issue so I started off slow... walked for 3 full minutes at 4 mph (15 min/mile), then started jogging and increasing speed a little at a time. When the display clicked to 6.2, I cracked up laughing because I had done it in 66 minutes EXACTLY, including the walking.  Usually there's some seconds involved but not this time:

I was using a 90 minute program so the reason the display shows 24 minutes is because it counts down from 90, meaning I ran for 66 minutes.  The 660 is calories burned (according to TM); the 1.5 is the elevation I ended on (I vary it between 1.0-2.5) and the 6.2 is the mileage.  But what made me happiest of all?  I figured out that because I walked for 3 full minutes at a 15:00 minute mile, I covered .2 miles in that time.  Which means I actually ran 6 miles in 63 minutes which is a pace of 10:30/mile.  WOOT!  So happy that I seem to be getting some of my speed back.

That run was a great way to start the day.  Besides, Mr. Helen got the whole driveway shoveled by the time I was done which meant, no shoveling for me.

I spent the rest of the day cleaning and grocery shopping so that I could have a more leisurely Sunday.  If plans were dollars I'd been a millionare...

Woke up Sunday and looked out the window and we had gotten another 4 inches of snow.  Blech!  But, I did get a laugh when I looked out the kitchen window and saw this:

That is one of the patio fence posts.  It's so funny how the snow is just perched on top of it.  But that same snow put me back on the TM for my Sunday 5K.  I took part in a 5K a day challenge which went from Friday to today.  Great timing, eh?

I also managed another go at one of the strength training routines.  There is no way I will be doing those routines three times through.  I did the routine two times through and it still took me 50 minutes and a lot of positive self talk to get through it.  But I'm proud that I stuck with it and did it! I did discover that all the functional fitness from Muay Thai has been more beneficial than I'd realized.  I was able to start many of the exercises with 10 or 12 pound weights.  In the past I would have used 5 or 8 pounds. So hurray for ninja pushups and sprawls!

Spent the rest of Sunday doing some cooking and finishing up chores.  I tried a new recipe for a polenta lasagne... if it's good, I'll share it with you one of these days.  When I finally sat down at 5:30 I realized that the whole day was practically gone and I never had gotten to the stack of magazines I've been trying to get through.  Why do the weekends go by so fast?

*If the winner does not respond by Friday, January 14, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EST, an alternate winner will be chosen.


  1. I know you are probably tired of seeing it, but I think those winter shots are just beautiful.

    The weekends are short, Helen, because you cram them full of activities! My goodness woman, you make me tired just reading about all you do.

    I guess I hope you get some R and R this week ;-)

  2. Yeah for snow! It's just so pretty. And yeah for your speed, too!

  3. I have a hard time running on a treadmill, and even if I do intervals, I still seem to get board with it. I do a lot better when I run outside, b/c I can see the "end" a lot better!

  4. Hooray for my sister Jenn winning! :D Maybe she'll let me borrow them sometime!

    I agree, weekends go by way too fast - why can't we all have three day weekends? Two to get chores done and one to do whatever we wanted!

    Great job on that run - 10:30 is smoking fast in my book!

  5. Great job braving the snow to get your workout in! *claps!*

    Great job!

  6. We got a big dump of snow on the weekend along with gale force winds - lots of drifting on the roads. A good workout is trying to shovel a foot of packed snow from your sidewalk :)
    But I still love the pictures - so clean and crisp.
    I agree with you on the weekends going by too fast. I think it is because we are so busy. I'm on my feet both days doing something - cooking, cleaning, exercising - and therefore time just flys by.
    Have a great day Helen

  7. Those little snow caps on the fence are so cute!

    I would love to have a treadmill to I could get my walks in when it is dark out!

    The weekends do go by too fast.

  8. I love love love the snow pictures.
    Just love it!

  9. 10:30 for six miles??? Damn woman, I'm skeered to run with you!!! I liked seeing your set up in the garage, complete with TV. Didn't realize you had to trek outside to get to the garage, though - brrr! The footprints in the snow amaze me. Looks like you were walking on air.

    Hope you get some rest at work, since it doesn't look like you got much over the weekend.

  10. Hi Helen! I am so impressed that you will go outside in the snow to get to a supercold treadmill and run for 66 minutes. SO IMPRESSED.

    And yes, time flies when you are having fun, doesn't it?

  11. If plans were dollars I'd been a millionare...
    Yeah, me too!!

    GREAT run!!! Wow, very impressive. Running on a treadmill is tough. Not only is it boring but I tend to lose my balance if I don't concentrate. Can be funny at times though.

    The snow is very pretty. I'm sure it's not that much fun for you right now.

    The picture of the snow perched on the post: look at the posts in the background. The two on the far right. Looks like a cat hissing at a dog!! Fun!! It's like making picture out of clouds but using snow instead. :)

  12. Your outside looks like my outside LOL!

    Bravo for strength training, even if you didn't want to.

    The most I have ever run on a treadmill was 6 miles and it does get really boring, even with the best of music on.

  13. If you have the answer why weekens fly by so soon, let me know :)

    I agree that the treadmill can be pretty boring and I find it great that you did 10K on it. Longest I have run on the damn thing is 6K but it seemed like a half :lol:

    Beautiful photos but I'm so glad we don't have it anymore. Wanna come over and play ... I mean run?

  14. Love the fence post photo too. Though I'm concerned about your magazine hoarding. Will we be watching on Hoarders any time soon?

    This weather is too cold. (no snow here though).
    I'm in the mood to whine. ;-)

  15. You are a Garage Warrior!!!!
    I do hope for you to have some "fun" in your weekend other than chores and exercise.

  16. ok SERIOUSLY you are HARD OF CORE Lady.