Thursday, February 26, 2009

Then And Now

I had a great telephone conversation with my dad a few days ago. He was feeling chipper (wonderful since he's in the second year of recovering life-threatening surgery), nothing good was on television, my mom was at a church meeting and he was in a talkative mood!

Although my family is close and very supportive of each other, we never said those three little important words when we all lived together -- "I love you."

We did love each other, of course, but like many families, none of us seemed to be comfortable saying it.

But a few years ago, my mom started saying it as part of saying goodbye to me. The first time it was shocking, but wonderful! And it took me a time or two of hearing it before I could start saying it, and now it's almost easy to say.

Eventually my dad started saying it occasionally -- not as much as mom -- but enough that it also has become not strange to hear from him.

So we had a great, fun conversation -- the auto bailout, the new Ford Fusion, my cats, my niece who just got her braces off, Nascar, the beach house with the pool we rented for our annual family vacation this summer, his daily walks, a recent trip to visit his sister with extended family -- and of course, the weather! (Dads seem to love to talk about the weather.) And he ended with a "love you" and so did I.

Gotta love warm and fuzzy moments when they come around!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What I Will Celebrate

I think I've mentioned that I plan to spend my birthday (November) at WDW this year -- just me and my sister for a week! Woo hoo!

Now I've been a little wishy-washy as to where I wanted to be on my birthday day, and where I wanted to eat, and what I wanted to do.

Plans may change, but I think I've decided that I want to do the "Lunch with an Imagineer" at the Brown Derby. Which means that I will start my day at the Studios -- and that's okay, because it's ALMOST my favorite park.

So we'll start the day by being at rope drop and hot-footing it to TSM for a stand-by ride and a FP ride. Then on to Little Mermaid, Playhouse Disney (haven't seen the new version), Idol at some point, the Animation tour (haven't done it in a long time), Muppets -- and LOTS of Streetmosphere during the day -- my most favorite way to spend time in the Studios!

No, there will not be a TOT or RNR ride that day -- no need to get sick on my birthday!

Then hopefully we'll get a little time at the Magic Kingdom in the afternoon, and then Epcot in the evening.

Sounds like a good day to me!

Friday, February 20, 2009

At The Beginning

Today was my first serious week of training for the new year. So later today, I plan to run my second training run for the year -- one half mile!

I know, I know. Why such a wimpy distance? I'm still babying my knee and will build up miles slowly here at the beginning of the year -- then in early summer, I'll ramp it up faster to get back up into the 6-8 mile range.

It's funny how such a small challenge can be invigorating!

Hope all of you have some good workouts in the next week too!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Friday!

Just a few more hours til the weekend! Aren't Fridays wonderful?!

I had a good workout yesterday, and am now officially back on with serious training. I still won't run for awhile, but will definitely dig into strength training and cardio.

In a few minutes, I'm going over to the AATM Team Voice forum to post my numbers for the February challenge so far, and to see how everyone else is doing.

Every day when I finish at the gym, I put on my Disney Half Marathon shirt -- a warm layer before heading out into the cold Michigan air. It's also a lovely way to remember the experience and think about Team Voice!

Where's your shirt? Get it -- or your yellow Team Voice shirt -- out this weekend and wear it!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Life's Ups and Downs

Isn't it funny how most weeks are full of lots of ups and downs?

It's wonderful weather here in Michigan -- 40 degrees! The snow is melting. We can see half of our deck, some of the edges of our driveway, and we're down to about four inches of snow in the front yard.

After being slack about what I've been eating lately, I've re-focused this week and am doing much better. And it feels good to be getting back on track.

But I've caught a cold. So that means not hitting the gym every day this week. And that's a bummer, because I am ready to get serious and get going with training.

And, hey, I've got some Team Voice goals to reach in February!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Training My Trainer

A funny thing happened the day after the Half Marathon ... my brother David, husband Dwain and trainer Rob all sort of mumbled that maybe they'd do the race in 2010!

With big unbelieving eyes, I mumbled "that would be great."

To myself, I thought ... unfortunately my brother David has a bad back and hip problems and hobbled around the parks that weekend ... my husband Dwain who works out like a fiend, has zero percent body fat, an iffy back and a lot of joints that are bone against bone ... and my trainer Rob is in fabulous shape but HATES running!

Luckily, my brother came to his senses when he got back home. Dwain, however, has mentioned a few times that he had a "great run" during his daily workout, and Rob immediately starting running when he got back into the gym.

The first two weeks I didn't pressure Rob about the race. On the one hand, it's a WONDERFUL experience. But, it's also a lot of hard work. And I think to get the most out of the experience, you really have to want to do this deep in your heart.

But this week, I couldn't resist bugging him. His running day was Monday, until this week, when he kept putting it off. So by Thursday I was enlisting a gym buddy to run with him on Friday, and I was talking trash to him to get him motivated!

Payback is a ______, well, you know! I have to admit it's kind of fun reminding him that running, especially on the treadmill, is mental. And reminding him that I got up to six miles on the treadmill before spring came and I could get outside. And I suggested lunges might help!

But I won't keep up the harassing. Because, as I said before, you've really got to WANT this in order to stick with the training.

Will you see Rob or Dwain in 2010?

Although they'd leave me in the dust, deep in my heart I'd love to see the big smiles on their faces at the finish line!