Thursday, January 10, 2008

You're Goin' DOWN!

I'm officially training. For what, I'm not sure yet. Perhaps a Sprint Triathlon in May (man, those are hard to find on a Saturday) We'll see. I think I'm really training to be a mom that can actually walk to the park with her kids and not be tired. I miss really playing with them, and could use a little energy already.

SO, a quick recap on how my week in training has gone thus far:

Tuesday: Went to spinning class and had to leave early for fear of vomiting on my neighbor.

Wednesday: Actually ventured out to professional running store to buy a pair of bona fide running shoes. Was just a leetle humiliated when asked to run on treadmill for 60 seconds so they could videotape my run (it's called "footstrike analysis", if you must know). I mean, after all, I don't want shin splints, do I? Plus I figured I could stall running for just one more day if I took all day to buy just the perfect shoes that would make me run like the wind. Indeed, was recommended the perfect running shoe for a "very high arch and extremely pronating ankles". (but didn't my freshly-washed-and-blow-dried-silky-smooth-shiny hair look great flowing behind me when I was running? Nobody mentioned that in the video.) Wanted to actually use spiffy super-comfy new running shoes , so I decided to be ambitious and take a little "walk/jog" around the neighborhood. Ipod blaring.

Perhaps a little too ambitious. Right smack dab in the middle of Duran Duran's "Save a Prayer", got M.A.Y.D.A.Y phone call from McSweetie signaling me to return home without further delay. Major mutiny on the bounty at home. While he was trying to take call from home. I thought to myself: "OK, if I run home as fast as my spankin' new dreamboat shoes can take me, I can make it home in about 15 minutes."

So I "lengthened my stride" (the topic of my upcoming talk in Sacrament meeting this Sunday) and promptly flagged down an innocuous-looking car coming out of the church parking lot as I was passing by, and asked some complete strangers for a ride home. "They couldn't possibly be ax murders coming out of my church parking lot", I rationalized. Luckily it happened to be the 1st counselor in the Stake Presidency, as well as the Bishop from a neighboring ward, venturing out to do visits. Naturally McSweetie was mortified when he heard how I got home so speedily.

Thursday: Am planning to go to ASU tonight for a "swim seminar" wherein I will be fast enough to beat a floating piece of bark. If I'm lucky.

And in other news, I did the dishes and finally washed some sheets.


Becky said...

I like your plan of attack. I get my motivation from you. When you decide, you REALLY decide. I like that. I wish I would do the same. So,...Nike, um...addidas, ...Brooks, New Balance? ...what did you end up choosing???

You just asked the next person coming out of the church?!?! You and I are so different that way, huh? What would I have done, Karen? I would have ran my blubbery bootie all the way home, all red-faced, stressed out and ready to vomit before I would have "bothered" someone, right? No, clearly...your way is best...I know. I just can't.

Can you give me the same measure of motivation somehow? Emotionally, I am READY for the smaller me!!!,...but I would like some ice cream right now. Why are my brain and stomach always in conflict? Couldn't we just all agree and go forward- make a little progress here...puh-leeese?

karen said...

Beckz: They are called Pearl Izumi brand. never heard of them. But when I tried them on, I knew I had to have them. They have a seemless bootie inside, to lessen the chance of blisters, etc. They really do feel great. And for $95 bucks they jolly well should. I guess a common mistake people make (like me) is going to Ross and getting bargain shoes that don't fit their feet right and then if they are serious about walking/jogging they hurt themselves with 100 different knee, ankle, tendon, shin, hip, etc. injuries that one can get because they have improper fitting shoes. Who knew? Just for the record, my knees hurt anyways.

The Collingwood Family said...

Hey, Karen
you are so funny! I think that's funny that you got a ride - very smart, but I would have probably done the same as Becky!

Becky said...

How do you surround your photos with that nice little border? Lemme know, please?

Nic@Nite said...

You are hilarious! I want to come and move by you guys and do your plan of attack as well!

honeybee said...

Way to go Karen! Maybe I will try a sprint with you sometime but alas I have to wait until this baby decides to come before I make any plans.