Part of my latest healthy things... I've decided to run a 5k race at the end of August. This gives me plenty of time to figure out how to run 1k first, followed by 2k etc.
The last time I ran (on purpose) I think was in 1994. I was trying to stay in shape by doing some kind of physical activity.
I did soccer for a while... but while on the intramural team (which was required to have 2 women on the field at all times... which meant that as one of two women on the team I was ALWAYS on the field) I managed to dislocate my jaw.
Okay, it was really some guy on the other team who managed to dislocate my jaw by taking a powerful and wildly inaccurate shot "on goal." Ha! They had to call in an oral surgeon from the neighboring town to put my jaw back in its socket.
Then on the varsity women's team (which I thought would be safer) I discovered that I had asthma when my mean coach made us run windsprints up and down a steep hill as a punishment for someone on the team being late to practice and I pushed myself too hard and rolled down the hill in the grips of my first full-blown asthma attack. And her reaction was to yell at me: "KNOW YOUR LIMITS!"
So I tried swimming. But I managed to cut my head open pretty good while doing a flip turn.
And then I tried running. And I threw my back out.
And then one of my friends commented that whoever was supposed to be taking care of me wasn't doing a very good job.
Now my goal is to get into decent physical condition WITHOUT catastrophic injury. I'm setting the bar kinda low. On purpose.
I am ridiculously competitive sometimes. So having a couch-to-5k app on my phone is a major plus in the anti-catastrophic-injury plan.
Instead of focusing on a certain distance or a certain speed, I am forced to focus on walking or jogging the proscribed amount. And on the treadmill I take periodic heart-rate checks to make sure I am not pushing myself too hard. Which is typically my route.
It is May now, which means that I get to pretend that all of the downs are done. I get to pretend that April is the Month Of Evil and that now everything will be just fine.
On the just fine front, I will be displaying my beadwork at The Swede Hollow Art in the Park festival on June 4th... and I was also accepted as an artist for Highlandfest, which is a much larger venue.
Which means I need to get off the computer now and get to beading! I don't want my booth to be empty at the start of the show.
Grateful Crap: May
on week 2 of C25K
Oh, I presented "My Spiritual Journey" at the Friends meeting this last week. It didn't go perfectly. As it should be.
Quaker, teacher, parent,