Monday, May 30, 2011

My Space

Hello stranger! That's probably what you're saying to me, as it has been a while since my last post. Needless to say, I made the most of my time off from running. Busy, busy, busy. It reminds me of when people ask how on earth I find time to go running and I say "Well, I make it a priority. And when I am not running, life is just as busy and goes by just as quickly." So true!

I have a 5k this Friday night. I am not excited about it, because it means I had to end my running sabbatical earlier than I had wanted to. But, I took 25 straight days off from running, and there's something to be said for that. It was long enough for being a "lazy glutton," which is how I describe my non-running self. I have accomplished two short runs (like, 2 miles...) and a short walk, all with Isaac. I'll do one more prior to the 5k, which I am only doing because I promised a friend from church. Then, back to the sabbatical!

How will I keep myself from being a lazy glutton, you ask? I have decided to give P90X another dance! I am extremely excited about it. The last time I attempted it, I made it only about 5 weeks because I was trying to do it in combination with marathon training. That was waaaaay too much to put on myself. I feel that I will succeed this time because I am devoting myself to it. Solely. Yay!

As much as I would like to do it in my nice, air-conditioned home, generally two workout dvd's per week require me to attempt to do some pull-ups (pray for me!) and I have to do those in "the dungeon," which is the extra room in our garage. It has always housed my dear Teddy Tready (who has collected much dust since the winter came and went) and a whole bunch of other "junk." It has also been home to dust, dirt, bugs, etc. Ick!

Today, "the dungeon" got a makeover. Chasen and I took most of the stuff out (except for heavy Teddy Tready and the pull-up apparatus) and swept/blew it out. Then we laid down an old rug (which was headed for the dumpster, so we gave it a "new life") to put under my cushioned mats. After that, we just arranged it all in a much more efficient manner. Take a look:

Looking west: "P90X corner" complete with rug and cushioned mats. And pull-up apparatus.

Bird's eye view of the "P90X corner." Our handmade tricep dip apparatus is at the end.

Looking east: TV/dvd that swivels, neglected bicycle, camping gear.

Pull-up apparatus with ice chest beneath so I can "cheat" for now.

I am quite proud of the makeover. And I feel quite fortunate to have this space, in general. Since our garage is extra long, Chasen can actually fit his truck in it (a first for us!) which frees up this little room for workout equipment/storage. If only it was air conditioned! Hey - a girl can dream. If I turn into the next Jillian Michaels, maybe we'll invest in a little window unit. Until then, I'll do as much as I can inside my home.

For a bit more of an explanation as to why I am taking a sabbatical from running, it goes like this. It's not that I want to, exactly, but here are the facts. I started training for the Chicago Marathon last May, ran it in October, took three weeks off, started training for Cowtown, ran it in February, took three weeks off, started training for Frisco, and ran it on April 30th. That means that I trained for marathons for a year solid, minus six weeks off. I feel fine, but I just want to give my "running muscles" a bit of a break. I am truly thankful to have done all I did without injury. Now it's time to challenge myself in a new way, in a new, clean space while giving the local roads a rest. 'Nuff said!


Susan K. said...

Wow! Very nice indeed, SS! I wish I was your neighbor, I'd come & work up a sweat with ya! :)

Heather said...

That is so awesome!!!!! I wish they made a beginner version of P90X like P30X. lol. I decided that no matter what the diagnosis I am going to sign up for Zumba this summer. If I can't run I can at least dance my butt off I hope! =) Good luck! Can't wait to hear about P90X updates!!!

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The gods tempt people for which they are most weak. Artificial Intelligence will create desire in people's minds for the following sins:::
1. Alcohol
2. Drugs
3. Preditory "earning"
4. Homosexuality
5. Gambling
6. Something for nothing/irresponsibility (xtianity)
7. Polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny (Islam)
Much like the other prophets Mohhamed (polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny) and Jesus (forgiveness/savior), the gods use me for temptation as well. In today's modern society they feel people are most weak for popular culture/sensationalism, and the clues date back to WorldWarII and Unit731:TSUSHOGO::The Chinese Holocaust.
It has been discussed that, similar to the Matrix concept, the gods will offer a REAL "Second Coming of Christ", while the "fake" Second Coming will come at the end and follow New Testiment scripture and their xtian positioning. I may be that real Second Coming.
What I teach is the god's true way. It is what is expected of people, and only those who follow this truth will be eligible to ascend into heaven as children in a future life. They offered this event because the masses have just enough time to work on and fix their relationship with the gods and ascend, to move and grow past Planet Earth, before the obligatory xtian "consolation prize" of "1000 years with Jesus on Earth" begins.

Your job as a future mother is to learn the god's ways and to help your child understand despite the negative reinforcement and conditioning of today's society. Without consciousous parents the child will have no hope, and may even exaserbate their disfavor by becoming corrupted in today's environment.
Your ultimate goal is to fix your relationship wiith the gods and move on. You don't want to be comfortable here, and the changes in Western society in the last 100 years has achieved just that.
1000 years with Jesus is the consolation prize. Don't be deceived into thinking that is the goal.

The Prince of Darkness, battling the gods over the souls of the Damned.
It is the gods who have created this environment and led people into Damnation with temptation. The god's positioning proves they work to prevent people's understanding.
How often is xtian dogma wrong? Expect it is about the Lucifer issue as well.
The fallen god, fighting for justice for the disfavored, banished to Earth as the fallen angel?
I believe much as the Noah's Flood event, the end of the world will be initiated by revelry among the people. Revelry will be positioned to be sanctioned by the gods and led for "1000 years with Jesus on Earth".
In light of modern developments this can entail many pleasures:::Medicine "cures" aging, the "manufacture" of incredible beauty via cloning as sex slaves, free (synthetic) cocaine, etc.
Somewhere during the 1000 years the party will start to "die off", literally. Only those who maintain chaste, pure lifestyles will survive the 1000 years. They will be the candidates used to (re)colonize (the next) Planet Earth, condemned to relive the misery experienced by the peasantry during Planet Earth's history.
If this concept of Lucifer is true another role of this individual may be to initiate disfavor and temptation among this new population, the proverbial "apple" of this Garden of Eden. A crucial element in the history of any planet, he begins the process of deterioration and decay that leads civilizations to where Planet Earth remains today.

Only children go to heaven. By the time you hit puberty it is too late. This is charecteristic of the gods:::Once you realize what you have lost it is too late.
Now you are faced with a lifetime to work to prepare for your next chance. Too many will waste this time, getting stoned, "Hiking!", working, etc.

shannon said...

Oh, I've heard about P90X and I don't think I would last 5 minutes.

Good idea to give your running muscles a rest now and again. I have overtrained and as a result ended up with a stress reaction on the second metatarsal of my left foot. It's so hard to pull back when you feel good though! :)

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