"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" ~ Seneca

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A-ha moment

An aha moment while running?
How can that be? I don't consider myself a real runner. I consider myself a wanna be runner.

When do you become a real runner?

Is it when you finish your first official race?
Is it when you finish your first race without having to walk some parts?
I'm not sure. I've done a few 5k's and a few 10k's, both official and unofficial/virtual.

But back to my aha moment on the treadmill. While jogging (per the LifeFitness treadmill, 4mph is jogging 6mph is running) I could hear my track coach's voice in my head (I threw the shotput & discus. I was not a runner by any stretch of the imagination) talking about increasing your leg turnover rate- huh? Where the heck did that come from? I haven't been on a track & field team in 24years-yes I'm that old, but what a wow moment.
This is the FIRST time since I started running to jump start my lifestyle change where I ever thought about how fast my legs were turning over.
This was the first time I also pondered about what kind of running strike I have- I have no idea but guess I am a hard heel striker.

Maybe I am becoming a runner after all?.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Birthdays are a time for reflection

I remember my mom saying  “I remember the day you were born” and thinking to myself  “no way”.
Now more than ever, I believe that statement.
I remember arriving at the hospital only 32 weeks pregnant, in the early stages of labor,  shocked when they told me that in Canada they do not try to stop labor.  
I remember being sent home after 1.5  hours with no progress and contractions had 'stopped'.  
I remember laboring at home, arriving back at the hospital 3 hours later and staring daggers at the doctor who sent us home, who was just ending his shift.  The shocked look on the nurses faces when they checked and said I was a full 10 cm dilated.  The surprise in the doctor’s voice when he broke my water and found a little foot.  Being prepped for a c-section, not having time to process what was actually happening.
I have had 11 years to process these events and I am thankful everything turned out okay.
Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ta da!

My first pair of mittens.
They are called Newfie Mittens.  They are a very similar pattern to the circle blanket I made last year.
They are a bit small for me, so they go to one of my kids.  I'll try another pair for myself soon.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Welcome 2013!

Here's to the start of another Awesome year!
I am working on goals, which will be posted later this week.

Right now, I'm off with my eldest to the Tacky Formal organized by the Calgary Hash House Harriers.

Embarrassing pictures may follow...

As promised above-embarrassing pictures can be found here