Thursday, September 18, 2014

I Was In a Magazine!

I didn't tell very many people about this, because I was kind of embarrassed about it.  A little.  I had no idea what my "little blurb" was going to look like.  I thought it was going to be a teeny little picture and my quote.  Boy was I surprised when the magazine came out and it was half a page!  I'm sure I blushed for the entire month.   
But, yay!  Score one for the gray haired ladies!

This was the August issue of All You magazine.  

If you get those emails from All You asking your opinion, answer them!
You might be in the magazine too!

Do you read All You?  I love that it's so reader oriented.

We're Training to Walk a Half Marathon!

One day when it was still warm and we were sitting on the beach enjoying the summer, we decided we'd like to walk a half marathon.  

Well, I decided I'd like a 13.1 sticker on the back of my van.  And my one friend who is totally awesome and up for anything said she'd do it with me.

So, after an exhaustive search of walker friendly half marathons that fell on a weekend that she's off work we found one we'd like to walk.  We will hopefully be doing the Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon in Nashville in April.

We've been training for about six weeks now.  And it has been interesting.

We're using a schedule that I found online.  I believe it's a fourteen week training schedule.  We do our long walks on Fridays.  Last week we walked eight miles.  By the end of the day I couldn't even walk around my house because my hip flexors were hurting me so bad.  But, it was still a marked improvement over the first week we began our long walks together.  Our first long walk was a five mile walk.  I was sore after that five miles for five days.  FIVE DAYS!!  

I decided that a lot of it was caused by my shoes.  I was wearing general athletic shoes.  So that day I got online to find a good pair of affordable walking shoes.  I really like the ones I got.  I think they were around $43 on Amazon.  They are Ryka Dash walking shoes. 

 When I wear these out I'll definitely be buying the same shoes again.  They are super comfortable and they are flexible on the bottom, so I don't feel like my feet are clunking on the pavement.

Back to the Hip Flexors!  I got online to research why my hip flexors might be hurting and find out what I could do about it.  Apparently, one of the things that can cause strain is weak lower ab muscles.  

Here's my issue:  My daughter was ten pounds when she was born.  She stretched my abs so much she caused my abs to be permanently separated.  It's called abdominal diastasis.  Mine isn't bad enough that I would go through the surgery to have it fixed.  Plus, it's just not practical for me to have to go through that right now.  But, it also means that I can't do traditional ab workouts without making the situation worse.  And the videos that are supposed to help and be okay for diastasis just don't feel like they're doing anything and that frustrates me.

I have been trying to pull my lower abs in during the day when I think about it to strengthen them.  I just need to keep that up.  I am going to try some Pilates too, even though it's not always the best thing for me.  We'll see.

Thankfully, this week's "long" walk is only six miles.   Next Friday goes up to NINE!!

We're hoping to do a half marathon at the end of November to get our initial PR.  

Wish us luck!  I can't wait to put that 13.1 sticker on the back of my van!

Have you trained for a half marathon before?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

How I Keep Track of How Much Water I Drink

I recently read that for "your best skin" you should drink 1 ounce of water per pound that you weigh.   For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, you should drink 120 ounces of water per day.  I divided my ounces by 8 ounces and figured that I need around 15 glasses of water per day.  

And that much water is hard to keep track of! 

So today I decided to put a rubber band around my wrist for every glass of water that I drank.  But, that was uncomfortable.  

So, I decided instead to put the rubber bands around the glass.  Now, I can easily see how many I've drunk so far.  
I still have 8 glasses to go today.
To be fair, I probably drink a lot more than 8 ounces at a time.

Do you get the amount of water that you need?