Sunday, January 29, 2012

Hello 5 Miles!

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Hello 5 miles! 

Yesterday I ran  5.03 miles around Lake Miramar. 
The weather was absolutely gorgeous due to the Santa Ana winds.  It was bright, sunny, blue skies, and a perfectly clear 76 degrees.
But what motivated me even more was to make it all the way around the lake, which is five miles.  You see, I haven’t run more than 4.85 miles on a run since August 28, 2010.  (Exactly one year and five months ago.)

What took me so long to get back to running longer distances?  It’s been a mix of injuries, illnesses, and plain old laziness.  In January 2010 I started training to run the San Diego Rock N Roll Half Marathon (13.1 miles).  I ran the Seattle Rock N Roll Half Marathon in June 2009, and I wanted to run the same race but in my home city in June 2010.  Almost every Saturday morning I got up super-early to run my long-distance runs with West Coast Road Runners.  The mileage gradually built up and the long runs got to about 12 miles.  I ran the Rock N Roll San Diego successfully, but I was tired of running long distances after two years of training.  A few weeks after that, I was running in Encinitas one Saturday in September when I felt like my right knee locked up.  But it wasn’t my knee that was hurt.  My right IT band was really tight and it hurt.  So I stopped running for a couple of months and did cross training like Jillian Michaels’ “30 Day Shred” DVD.  My right IT band didn’t feel much better by November 2010, so I went to see my doctor and got referred to physical therapy.  I was in PT for two months.  In the meantime, I started swimming at my local YMCA in January 2011.  I wanted to add swimming laps to my workout repertoire, because it’s low impact and awesome exercise.  I did that for a few weeks.  Then I got hit with a nasty sinus infection that lasted for over a month.  Throughout 2011 I would get hit with two more sinus infections, one in July and one in November.   Through it all, I kept running shorter distances 1-4 miles, but never made it to five miles until yesterday.

So yesterday I started out taking it easy.  I wanted to run the 5 miles without muscle fatigue and without pain.  I paced myself.  I started out going clockwise around the dam.
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The sky was really blue and it was super-clear due to the Santa Ana winds. 
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So clear that I could see all the way out to the ocean.
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Seeing this sign means I was almost there!  (I also had my Garmin Forerunner GPS watch so I knew exactly how far I’ve run.)
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I was exhilarated to make it all the way around the lake for the five mile run for the first time in 17 months!  Today my legs feel fine, a little bit tired but not sore.  I hope to continue to build up my weekend long-run miles until maybe up to eight miles.  (I run short distances on the weekdays, mostly around two miles.)  I don’t feel like running farther distances than eight miles.  But I’m happy and thankful to be healthy enough to run up to five miles now.  :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

2012 Project Life | Week 3

I was looking at my Project Life title page and kept thinking something was missing.  Then it hit me.  Noodle wasn’t on there!  So I just had to right my enormous wrong by adding him to my title page.  :) I can't believe I forgot my little Noodle!
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I continue to print out my photos at home.  I really like the instant gratification of having them immediately available every week.  And I like the control I have regarding the photo output.  This week's pages took me a lot longer to make, because of the extra pages and amount of photos I had.

My main two-page spread for the week. 
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Left-hand page.  I continued using my kraft paper week numbers that I designed myself and cut out with my Silhouette SD machine, and drew stitching around the number with my Uni-ball Signo white pen.  On the lower left photo, I wrote directly on the photo with my Sharpie. I love that I got to see my two best friends in the same week.
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Something new this week is that I have a "week in review" journal card, using "Press Cards No. 1" by Paislee Press. 
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On the left journal card, I printed the "today" frame from Ali Edwards' "Hello Life Boxes" straight onto a Becky Higgins Project Life 3x4 grid journal card.  Then I stamped the eating utencils and "sit.eat.enjoy" stamp by Unity onto the card.  On the right journal card, I printed my computer-typed journaling straight onto a journal card from the Clementine Core Kit.  For more info on printing onto Project Life journal cards,  my video tutorial on how to print onto Project Life journal cards is here
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The right-hand page has more photos of our trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.  I just hand-wrote some additional journaling.  Made a mistake and crossed a word out and wrote over it.  Not worried about being a perfectionist here.
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I had two extra inserts this week.  The first is a 8.5x11 page protector from Staples.  I cut out the playbill from the "Cats" musical that we went to and adhered the front page and the list of songs onto white cardstock. 
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On the back of the white cardstock I adhered out tickets, two photos, and some journaling that I printed out onto cardstock.
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The second insert is all about our trip to the Safari Park.  I used a We R Memory Keepers Three 4x6 One 6x12 page protector.  On the 6x12 side, I folded the 12x18 Safari Park map and stuck it in there.
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I did this journaling on the computer in Photoshop first, then printed it out on one of the 4x6 folded journal cards from the Clementine Core Kit.  The giraffe is a Photoshop shape from "Vector African Animals" set. 
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The back of the insert with the map on the left and more photos on the right.
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This week's pages were challenging since there was so much to do. I have to keep reminding myself to keep it simple and get it done.

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