Training, Walking & A Creep

I started training this week for the GAR. Sunday was rest, Monday I ran 2.5 miles, Tuesday I ran 2 miles, today (Wednesday) I had a 45 minute speedwalk in which I walked 2.35 miles, Thursday will be 3 miles, Friday is rest and Saturday is my long run day which will be 3.5 miles.

So far, I feel great and I'm doing really well! I haven't had to stop during any of my runs, my pace changes but I am doing great with my schedule so far. I do feel pretty tired so as soon as I finish this it is shower and early to bed.

Maliya is walking! It has been very exciting!! She isn't 100% walking, but when you stand her up she will walk. It's about time, she has been taking steps here or there for a month now, since she was 9.5 months old. She's growing so fast!

There has been some pretty scary things going on around the housing community where I live. A man is trying to abduct children, he's driving a blue van with a tarp on it. Thankfully the children ignored him and fled and he just left, but I am worried he may quit being "nice" about it and just snatch a child up as he drives by. I hope they find him soon, I've had my eyes out incase I see the van. No one has grabbed a plate number yet, so even a partial plate number would help.

The world has become such a scary place. What is wrong with people?


My First Race

Last night I decided to register for my first, ever, race.

I'll be doing the Great Aloha Run, on February 20th.

With the help of a run savvy friend, I've got a pretty intense training schedule figured out starting today up until the race. There is a short 6 weeks between now and then to get myself running up to 6 miles at a time, hopefully without having to stop or walk.

The run starts at Aloha Tower in downtown Honolulu and ends in Aloha Stadium in Aiea. It's an 8.15 mile run with stations set up along the route for water, physical aid or bathroom. I am hoping to not have to pee at all and aiming to finish in 3 hours. Lee said to finish in 3.5 hours I'd have to average about a 22 minute mile, which I would hope I could average less than that.

I'm not going to be running for time or to place, but running for myself as a personal goal. 8.15 miles is longer than a 10k, that's pretty amazing considering this is my first race. I just want to run as much of it as I can, aim for a 3 hour finish and get my finishers t-shirt after I cross the finish line. Lee, the kids, Paige and whoever else will hopefully all be in the stadium stands, cheering me on and watching as I finish!

I am so excited :)


first steps of sorts

Maliya has been standing up, by herself, a lot more often lately. She'll pull herself up to her feet, stoop down, then stands up for upwards of 30-40 seconds before she'll plop down onto her butt or grab onto something that may be in front of her. Tonight she took a half-step, but Lee says it doesn't count. She was standing in front of the couch and Lee had his hands out in front of her to try to get her to take a step. She lifted her right foot and took a 2 inch step, then she went to lift her right foot to step with that one and she fell into Lee's hands. She did the same thing later, but fell onto her hands and knees since I didn't know she was going to try to step to me. I'm undecided if I feel it counts as first steps because technically she took a step both times.

Dillon is approaching his last week of school before winter break. It's going to be along 2.5 weeks having him at home, plus Lee on leave a good amount of that time too. It exhausts me just thinking about it! I am really excited for Christmas though, I can't wait for the kids to open their presents!!

I weighed myself yesterday and was 203. I am not weighing myself again until I wake up on January 1, 2012. I am really really really hoping to be 199 or less. That means I will be in One-derland for the first time since I got pregnant with Dillon in very early 2007. That's a really long time. Also, that means I will be less than 10 lbs from my goal weight for surgery. It's just so hard trying to lose weight and not really being able to work out without pain :/ The Flexeril I was prescribed for back pain did nothing at all, besides make me really tired. So I quit taking it, there was no reason to continue. I have an appointment with my pcm on Tuesday so I will see if they can give me something else to try. I just need something to get me through until I can have my surgery. Then once I heal from that I will have great relief. 

Alrighty, it's 10 pm. I am drained, I want to wrap this up, put Maliya in her crib and go to bed myself. My cousin, Chris, is flying into Honolulu Int'l Airport tomorrow from a week long work trip to Japan. He has an eight hour layover and so we're going to meet up and maybe get some lunch or something. I haven't seen him in probably 15 or more years! It's been a while. And how weird it feels to say I haven't seen someone in 15 years! That makes me feel really old even though I'm only 25. 


Pay Day Plans

I have several things I want to do with my money come pay day and I wanted to put them down somewhere that I won't lose, so I can remember what I plan to do with it.

$50 to Best Buy

$25 to Kays

$25 to PayPal bill me later

$15 to Mandy for Hello Kitty crochet hat

(up to) $20 to JoAnn.com for fabric

$12 for eyebrow wax

total: $147

Plus odds and ends here or there. Money is goes just as quickly as it comes.


Better Late Than Never

Finally, I have time and feel up to writing a new post. I've been really slacking here, but I am ready to change that and get back into blogging again.

Where to start....?

Maliya had her 9 month check up on the same day she turned 9 months. She weighed 16 pounds 4 ounces and measured 26 3/4 inches long. She's crawling very fast now and has started cruising just as quickly across the furniture. It's so much fun watching her grow and learn new things!

Dillon is doing great! His speech has come so far and he's trying very hard to be independent. Sometimes I wish he wouldn't because he really shouldn't be playing with his dvds and the player or other things of that nature. He recently had been sick on and off, throwing up, and I finally got him to the doctor. He said it was from constipation so Dillon had some MiraLax that was prescribed and he finally went yesterday, twice! He's been eating and drinking like his old self again, thankfully. Poor thing was so backed up.

Lee isn't being kicked out from the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) and that has been a sigh of relief, but it's not over just yet. He has to get his PTS approved in order to re-enlist, hopefully in another month or two he will get news that it was approved and we can put away the stress and worry for another 5 years until it is time for him to re-enlist again.

I am doing alright. Stressed out often, in pain all of the time. Nothing new, really. I am glad to get back into blogging again though. It's nice to be able to put it down, get it out and reflect on your words. I think writing is the best kind of therapy there is. Plus, you always have pen and paper or a computer and keyboard. Where as friends can be hard to come by sometimes.

I look forward to getting back into this. You can leave a comment, I do accept anonymous commentors. I just ask you put your name at the end of what you type so that I know who said what. It only takes a few seconds extra to leave a few words of support or encouragement after you're done reading.