Sunday, March 9, 2014

I'm back from vacation, Computer Troubles and More

You might not believe this, but I had the first of a series of recaps from vacation all ready to be posted. What happened? I downloaded and wrote it on Windows Live Writer, and it keeps freezing on me! Urgh! Seriously, is there anything more frustrating for a blogger than computer issues? Suffice it to say, Live Writer is getting booted, and I'll just keep writing in Blogger.

That post is coming, but for now, I want to talk about running.

I've been trying to "become" a runner for almost two years now. I don't know why I haven't succeeded in doing it consistently, but I like it well enough, and I can see myself being successful with it. I'm just a lazy slug. I hope it helps that my sister is training for the 2014 Omaha Color Me Rad with me (7 weeks away!). We'll be doing it with some of my coworkers, plus my awesome best friend will be in town that day, so it's looking to be a good one. Even though I had a decent first experience with this race last year, I didn't train, and it could've been a better experience if I'd just gotten myself to the gym or track. I keep making excuses, and I feel like I've been like this my entire life.

I bought new shoes this past week from Payless, as well as used a $30 off coupon for another pair of running shoes from Skora that should ship by April 1. I'm excited to see how they feel, but already I can feel a difference in how I run while wearing my Champion Gusto's compared to the Asics that I've been struggling in (The sole of my Asics felt too hard and heavy, and they had too much support. They were painful!). Usually, Asics are my shoe, but I think I just got a pair that just didn't suit me. Live and Learn, I suppose.
Light, comfy, and yes, I got them because of the color.
Today, we got the nicest day that we've had in awhile (60 degrees!), so I texted my good friend, Emily, and we went to our old high school to run the track. She actually completed C25k sometime last summer, so she's used to running. Me, not so much, and running outside, having to propel myself forward, was something completely different. It took more effort, but at the same time, I think I ran faster sice I could pick my own speed (if that makes ANY sense at all).

The reason I'm working so hard to become a runner is because I have plans to do the Disney Princess Half Marathon with my Stephens Girls next February, as well as my sister. My sis and I want to dress up like Anna (Me) and Elsa (Her) from Frozen. We're just a little obsessed with movie right now. Side note: Did you know that if you start the soundtrack of Frozen with your C25k app, the first song, "Frozen Heart" until Demi Lovato's version of "Let It Go" is just about 30 minutes, which is about how long the first few days of C25k are. And no, I'm not getting tired of it.

That being said, I have to share this meme that I thought was hilarious.

I was pretty psyched last week when Frozen won both Oscars that it was nominated for. :-)

I was actually doing pretty well with C25k and my lifting before I left for vacation, but now it seems to have fallen by the wayside in just a week. Ridiculous, but I'll get back to it. No questions asked. If I can ever figure out how to make different tabs on here, I'll have a running tab so you can watch my progress (Oh, lordy...). I have big plans for the blog that involve baking, photography, and losing weight. Hopefully I can add some Creative Writing education in there, too. We'll see how that goes. Anyway, I'll be back tomorrow with my first vacation recap!

Happy Lord's Day!

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