Thursday, May 29, 2008

People Are Starting to Wonder

Yes, yes, I'm here, and I'm fine, just super busy. Sorry I've been majorly absent. I miss you guys. Thanks to everyone who is checking on me and thinking about me. I did not get tornadoed, although there was an EF5 north of here that was extremely nasty and took 7 poor souls. And p90x did not kill me yet.


The low down:

Wii Fit - several days of fun. I seriously doubt this thing would take any weight off but clearly it is better than sitting on the couch and it is fun. My kids are loving it although they are active little buggers and have been playing Wii Sports so they don't do a lot of their gaming from the couch anyway. If you were diligent with the exercises and yoga, you certainly would see some toning and improvement in balance. I really like the center of balance thingy, it helps you not only do the pose and hold it, but be positioned correctly and think about posture. This is also true in the strength exercises. Depending on the test, my fitness level or Wii age has varied from 33 (WOooo HOOooo) to 60. :P Not terribly accurate on the fitness age but it does show you where your weaknesses are. I am like 80 years in a tree pose on the left, but do it relatively well on the right.


p90x - Loving this to death although I have cut waaaay back this week in prep for the 20k on Saturday. This is a super and very detailed review that I found if you are interested. Written a while ago and she's not inviting any more comments, but I thought it was very worthwhile and accurate. I am definitely getting stronger. However, as this author mentions, if you want to SEE your progress you have to do the diet part. I think she said 80% of your work is in the kitchen. Crap. :D I have developed a fondness for Kenpo which is like kick boxing. Who knew?


20k on Saturday - as always the nerves kick in and I start doubting if I can even finish. My running hasn't been great the past couple weeks, but maybe that means I'm due for a good one. I'm wondering how I'm going to feel 12.4 miles north of town looking at the Des Moines skyline in downtown and realizing I am going to run that far!! Probably something along the lines of Marcy's poll about whether or not you have thrown up during a race. :D I'll be fine, I'm sure, just slow. I can't wait to see some friends and hopefully meet some new ones.


Someone said, "if you're a runner in Iowa, you have to do this race." (Dam to Dam is expecting about 7000!!) Well, then, IOWA AND INTERNET, I'm a runner in Iowa and I'm doing this race!! I'm excited that this is my first time ever being even close to fit enough to run this race. I have to remember and rejoice in that progress. I remember being totally in awe of a friend and her husband and wishing I had it in me. :D I also felt this way watching the amazing Hy-Vee Triathlon (a world class event that cycled within one mile of my house!!) last year. If I weren't going to Scotland I would definitely be doing a leg as part of a team or possibly attempting the whole thing. Now that's a year of progress. I've officially hit one year of fairly continuous running and for that, I am proud and humbled at the same time. In part, it is to blogging and all the great people I've met and who have supported me here. (Yeah, I get sappy and all gratitude-y when I race) I'm also going to go read Bingham's chapter on racing from Courage to Start. It always puts it all in perspective for me. Hope to be back with some racing stories....


Next week - Out of town for work

The Next week - SCOTLAND!!!!!!!!!!!


I may be absent for awhile. Just a lot going on. And not much of it has been laundry. :P I.have.to.catch.up. Anyone have a maid or a wife they could spare? I'm in desparate need.

47 comments:

Laura said...

Aww, Dam to Dam sounds fun! Wish I had known about it soon enough to make plans, though it may not be the smartest thing for me to run that far this week.

Good luck! You'll do great :)

Wes said...

Hope you have fun at your 20K. You are an old pro now :-) Bitching and griping just like all the rest of the veteran runners :-D

Nat said...

I hope you have a wonderful time. 20K is a nice distance. (Well most of the time...) Remember to have fun and we look forward to the race report.

Jamie said...

You'll do great in your 20K! Make sure to enjoy it and have fun!!!

Enjoy your trip to Scotland - that's going to be awesome.

akshaye said...

Nancy. Glad you are safe.

Have a great race! Even the race name sounds like fun!

Scotland.. wow. Have a great trip.

Anonymous said...

Nancy,

You will do fine this weekend. The skyline will motivate you to press toward the finish line!

gaj

Topher said...

I ran it by my wife, and we think we can help. Since you obviously don't have enough time to do all the housework and other chores you hinted at, we're willing to step up and help ease your burden. What time do my wife and I need to be at the airport to go to Scotland in your place?

J~Mom said...

I am so there. I do dishes and laundry but I don't cook!

Goood luck at the 20k!!!! You are going to rock it!!!!!!

Viv said...

The wii ahh, man I want one.
I am glad the PX90 is going well. I am so excited for your Dam to Dam you better take a sec to let us know how it went for you. That is awesome that you had wanted to do it and now you will! I have a race like that coming up.
You will be missed busy bee, but most importantly have a wonderful time!!

Marcy said...

I saw an infomercial for p90x the other morning and thought of you. It looks HARD! God bless you keeping up with that.

You're SOOOOOO going to rock Nanc! No doubt about it ;D ;D I agree with Wes, you're an old pro now. No worries ;-)

Kent said...

Sorry can't have my wife... She too is getting caught up with wash (busted dryer will put a cramp in that fun) and post-school being let out activities. Are you going to bring P90x with you to Scotland?

Good luck on Saturday!!!!

My Life said...

Have a great time at your 20K!! And I can't wait to see your pics from Scotland! (the husband wants to go there just to tour the whisky regions... - let me know how it all is! ;) )

Mendy said...

Have an awesome time at the 20K! You're going to do great.

Man, I want the P90X now. I gots to get it from my bro again.

As far as Wii fit, I got mine this week and set me up on it at lunch. I'm old in wii fit age, but that was before I started doing anything. I like it so far. It will be fun, but like you - I don't think you can get an extremely weightloss workout out of it. just my opinion. So far so good though.

P.O.M. said...

How proud you must be to be able to do Dam to Dam now. You've come a long way baby!

L*I*S*A said...

You'll do great in the 20K, I just know it!!

Nitmos said...

Good luck! Stay positive. Doubting yourself is self defeating.

Enjoy Scotland. Is that just outside of Idaho?

Dan Seifring aka "OBRATS" said...

Have a great 20K. Look forward to the report.

Anonymous said...

laughed at the maid or wife remark.

My husband did NOT LAUGH when I announced to him after fixing various & sundry things around the house:

LOOK! IM MY OWN HUSBAND!

M.

Razz said...

glad to hear you guys didn't get blown away. I can't imagine those that did.

Get some laundry done and have fun in Scotland!

Sunshine said...

Glad you are tornado-free!!
We are about 12-14 miles from the Hugo MN tornado last week.
Have a great trip!!

audgepodge said...

Good luck on your 20K!

I'm so fascinated by this Wii fit that you and Marci have mentioned - maybe I should look into this!

Unknown said...

Good Luck on the upcoming race Nancy. Have a safe trip as well.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that all is well. I totally understand about needing to attend to other aspects of life. It sounds like we are in about the same place on the Wii Fit. Thanks for the link to the P90X review. I found the fitness test a little intimidating. How was it for you? I'm assuming it was Ok since you are making good progress. I thought I might be a candidate for having to work up to it. Maybe I'll just stick with the Wii Fit for now. It let's me ski in my running shorts ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy,

I'm not sure my email reached you or got lost in a spam filter, as yours did in mine! So I just wanted to let you know your portrait is up and running!

Thanks, it was great fun reading it!

Nicole

chia said...

Good luck at the 20K hottie! Can't wait to hear about all your travels - especially Scotland!!!

Amy said...

Nancy, good luck on your 20K this weekend and man, I am impressed with that 90X program, that looks really tough!

Amy said...

PS have fun in Scotland but stay away from the haggis!!!

Jess said...

You'll do fine on the 20K; in fact, you're gonna rock that 20K!

And the Dam to Dam? Damn, it sounds damtastic!

Can I hitch a ride to Scotland with you? I fit in a suitcase.

Bev said...

You go girl! Have a great and exciting next few weeks.

renae said...

We just got the Wii Fit and love it! Even though it insists I'm old and weak.
On the P90x, do you need a lot of equipment...like a pull up bar?? Or will hand weights do?

Bob - BlogMYruns.com said...
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Bob - BlogMYruns.com said...

busyyyyyyyyyyyyyy bee :-)

Hey Nanc Have a great 20K on Saturday.

Your going to do fine and make sure you stay ahead on ur fuel, ENJOY the moments out on the course!

You are Ready!!

Thanks for the p90x review, bookmarked to check out later

Kevin said...

That dam race sounds great. Good luck this weekend and have a great time in Scotland

Shelley said...

I am so jealous you are going to Scotland. My dad went when I was a teenager and the pictures are phenominal. You will love it, i'm sure.

You are making me want to pick up P90X again, I think I know where all the dvd's are...hmmm.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to hear more about the 20k--hope the weather is good for it and HAVE FUN!

Stuart said...

Good stuff about the P9Ox, I have seen it advertised before but wondered about it efficacy.

Wii, I wonder if I could convince my wife, probably good for a rainy day, we get about 10 of those a year so maybe not such good maoney well spent.

Have a great 20k, funny distance 1000 meters shy of a HM, oh well.

Can we form a partnership to develop cook/cleaner clones!?!

Marathoner in Training said...

Glad you are safe and I am also back to blogging. You will do just fine on the 20K and do you need someone to carry your bags on the trip to Scottland? I have a couple of vacation days I could take.

Andrew is getting fit said...

That Dam to Dam race sounds great. Good luck for the 20K!

Jess said...

Dam to Dam sounds like a blast! Have fun with your 20K

Lily on the Road said...

Have fun Nancy, don't forget to smile for the camera at the finish line!!

You'll do just fine!

Bill Carter said...

Hi Nancy

Just checked back to see how Dam to Dam went for you... I'll keep checking. I here you on the whole busy thing as there are just not enough hours in the day.

Tri+Umph said...

Don't worry, I'm still a bigger slacker!

Hope your 20K went well!

Scott McMurtrey said...

scotland...

(sigh)

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