1/24/11 Exercise Check-in

It’s been about a month since I last jog/walked for exercise. I’m surprised I did as well as I did on this jog. I went for it at a 1% incline on my treadmill and basically broke my walks up with jogging at regular intervals. After a 5 minute warmup walk, I jogged for 5, walked for 3, jogged for 2, walked for 2, jogged for 3, walked for 3, jogged for 2, etc., until I hit 30 minutes. Then I cooled down for 2 minutes by going progressively slower on the treadmill.  In all, I went 2.15 miles in 32 minutes.  According to DailyMile that’s a 14.53 minute pace

At one point I felt liquid running down my leg. I knew I hadn’t peed myself, so I know it was sweat. Still a gross feeling. Somewhere in there the whole left side of my lower ribcage hurt, which really sucked. It went away after awhile. Then my knee. Then my ankle.

I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to walk during that last 3 minute jog. It was so hard to breathe. The saliva was thick in my mouth. I could tell my posture was off but I didn’t have the energy to fix it. I was relieved to see the timer turn to 30 minutes so I could walk and bring my breathing back to normal.

I’m glad I jogged today. I need to do it a lot more regularly if I’m ever going to complete a 5k in a decent amount of time.

Basic Car Care: Coolant

So, the red “coolant low” light came on yesterday when we were on our way home from Monterey.  Ugh.  On DH’s advice I kept driving since the temperature gauge remained normal and the light would turn on and off at different times.

I checked this morning by following the directions in the video below, and my coolant is a bit low.  So I drove to Napa Auto Parts to buy some coolant.  I’d tried getting my coolant reservoir lid off earlier (before I did all this driving) but it’s on way too tight.  Gotta wait for DH’s manly strength to do the job.  Either way, here’s the video I found:

The Day After a Vacation

Awhile back I discovered the  joys of taking an extra day off whenever I go on vacation.  Too many times I’d get home from a trip one day and go back to work the next without that feeling of relaxation that should have lingered as a result of my time off.  I’d spend my time at work trying to figure out how I was going to “catch up” on chores, how I was going to fit grocery shopping in and just feeling like I should never have gone away in the first place because there was far too much to do when I came back.  Something had to change.

When we were planning a trip a few years ago we ended up planning to come home in the early morning hours because it was less expensive than flying home mid-afternoon.  It was awesome!  I had time to relax, come back to normal life and get the things done I needed to get done to be in my right mind all week.  The biggest downside to flying home so early was that I had to get up even earlier in the day… and man, do I hate getting up early.

That’s when I came up with the awesome idea to take an extra day off work.  That’s what today is, you know.  My extra day off work.  It’s my chance to relax in the quiet, shop for groceries, run errands, handle general household cleaning stuff, and generally prepare myself for another busy week at work.

The only problem is that I don’t really want to do any of that stuff today.  OK, maybe the laundry will get done.  I might even do some ironing.  I’ll definitely relax.  But the rest usually involves driving and there’s a light on my dashboard that I don’t want to deal with.  *insert wining tone here*

Oh well.  Time to put on my big girl panties and deal with it, right?  I have to deal with it if I want to drive to work tomorrow.  *sigh*  Well, let me put my feet up for 15 more minutes and then I’ll get started.  Dealing with it sooner is better than dealing with it later.

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