I haven’t been writing the last couple (few?) days, and it’s not from lack of desire. Life has just been busy! There’s been lots of running around and playing with offspring and dinners at the in-laws’ and Frank and I actually went on a date on Friday. It’s been months.
And, to my amazement, I went on a run Saturday morning and didn’t die. Now, please keep in mind that for me, running is not “running”. Running is intermittent jogging and walking. But I like doing it and it makes me dodge that feeling of inertia you get when you don’t exercise for awhile. I prefer to do it outside, but I’m sort of wussy when it comes to weather, so if it’s too cold, or too wet, or too windy, I won’t be out there. I totally enjoy running on a treadmill but since right now I don’t have a gym membership, and don’t have a treadmill, that hasn’t happened since October when I did have a gym membership. We have a gym picked out, and/or once we’re in a house we’ll probably buy a treadmill. But I ran, honestly for the first time since October. Egads. I’ve started the last couple springs with the idea that I want to be able to run a 5K. Three springs ago, I started out decently enough, and then got three different really bad colds right in a row and that sort of took the wind out of my sails. Two springs ago, I ran for a couple weeks and couldn’t figure out why I was sucking wind so badly… and then I took a pregnancy test. Jacob’s pregnancy had me sucking wind if I just looked at a flight of stairs, so any sort of serious working out made me feel lightheaded and ill so that didn’t happen. Last spring I did pretty well. I didn’t get to 5K levels, but I was able to increase the jogging intervals from 30 seconds apiece at the start of the spring to 5 minutes at a stretch by the time October and the total life upheaval came about. Hopefully, I’ll find a way to stick with it again, and maybe push myself even more. Again, I’d love to run in an honest-to-goodness 5K race, and actually run the whole thing. Someday!!!
The running got started with me when I stumbled across this training plan, called the Couch-to-5K plan. It is sooo for me. I did find that I needed more than a week at each level, so I spent 2-3 weeks at each “week” until I was doing 5 minutes at a time. Hopefully with a gym membership here, and/or a treadmill, plus the resolve to get outside to run whenever I can, I can get to a point where the idea of running in an actual race won’t seem so daunting.
In other news, Jake’s language has started happening. Up until now, his communication has pretty much centered around our dog. He would say “Duh” for dog, and if he saw a dog, or heard a dog, or played with a stuffed dog, he would go “woo woo” which was him barking like a dog. In the last couple of days he’s gotten the hang of signing “milk” when he wants to nurse, and has also started saying “mum mum” for me, and “ba” for ball. He may have also said “car” too but it only happened once and I couldn’t get him to repeat it.