John 8:32 "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." NIV

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wed. Night Track Workout and Beautiful Blogger(s)

If you follow me on Facebook, you would know that I was getting really scared of my Track Workout with Bob last night. I have no idea how to do interval training and the thought of sprinting around the track did not seem like fun. I trust Bob's knowledge (even though I have only known him (not very well) for like 3 weeks).

He arrived at my driveway just after 8pm (it is hot here in MD - 84 degrees at 8pm) and we set off for the track. Montgomery College is 1.5 miles from our neighborhood and we took it easy about 10:30 mile. Once we got to the intimidating track, he went over the basics with me. You know, posture, leaning and arm position. We set out to jog 100s, and sprint 100s.

We ran the first 3 laps together and after being waved on, I did 3 more laps by myself. It was harder to push myself fast for the 100s without someone to run against. I did my best, I learned a lot about myself and best of all, I want to do it again. Yes, that is right. I enjoyed the speed workout. I know I can get better in this area. We talked more on our jog 1.5 miles home about strategies and other tips for running that I know nothing about.

And in my mailbox this morning, a loaner gift from Bob - Chi Running and a note to start on Chapter 4. I cannot wait to get started. I am sure I am behind the times and EVERYONE has read this book already, but I am going to give it a whirl this week.

I was honored by Tori at A Journey to a New Me as a Beautiful Blogger. I have followed Tori for some time and as a fellow pug owner, we are kindred spirits. Her transformation has been awesome and I am so thrilled to be a part of her life that she shares in bloggyland.

With this award, I am to pass it on to 7 people and tell you 7 things you do not know about me. The first part is easy, but the second part - well, since my life is an open book, I am not sure I will be able to come up with 7 things you do not know about me. But I will give it my best shot:

  1. My dream job is to be the United Nations Ambassador to the UN Security Council. I did Model UN in high school and loved it. I always liked politics but I am afraid I am just too honest in this world of dishonest politicians. Not sure I would survive.
  2. I am currently pursing my Masters of Divinity in Youth Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. By pursing I mean, I have only taken 1 class because it is super expensive and as a stay-at-home-mother for the last 7 years... we just do not have the money to use. I have been working 3 part time jobs this year and saved almost 80% of my earnings to pay for classes (and books) for the Fall.
  3. I REALLY like Middle School children. If I could specialize in Youth Ministry, it would totally be with MH youth. I think this is such an impressionable age that I want to help them love themselves, be kind to others and KNOW God! I was 2 classes short to teach MH (certified to teach High School History in NC) and if I did not live in a county where parents are teachers worst nightmare, I would consider going back and getting those 2 classes and getting certified in Maryland. There is always private school too.
  4. I love babies which is essentially why I agreed to watch Baby A this year (who would have thought that pushing the jogging stroller with a baby would have been the best training ever!!!). I would have 5 more kids if my husband would agree. I have two healthy beautiful blessings from God, but I would love to have more. I am so jealous that my twin sister is delivering a baby boy (her third) in a matter of weeks. I have EASY pregnancies and even EASIER deliveries... I was born to reproduce!
  5. My husband is 20 years older than me. I was the first girl that he introduced to his parents. I met Lyle fixing his computer when I worked in computers for the Federal Government. I thought he was younger, he thought I was older... the rest is history. He is 9 years younger than my dad and 10 years younger than my mom. I have always been attracted to intelligent older men - think Richard Gere, so I got both in Lyle. Perhaps that is why he cut me off from having more children.
  6. I worked for the US Secret Service before becoming a stay-at-home-mother. I cannot tell you what I did or I would have to kill you - just kidding, but it was an amazing job. I loved everything about it including the travel. I could go back, but to go from being a SAHM to travelling would be hard.
  7. I would love to get a sub 4 hour marathon time at my marathon in October. I do not think I will or even can as it is my first one, but to do that... wow. If I did, it would be my last one ever (and it still may be).
And who would I like to pass this blogger award to:
  1. Janet at The Schilling Family. My twin sister, ultimate friend...
  2. Melissa at Melissa's Paperie. My friend (went to West Palm Beach with me) and an amazing artist - check out her cards.
  3. Kirsten at Kirsten-a runner, a triathlete.... My sister (in-law) who is a true inspiration.
  4. Carly at Chubby Chics Run Too. Carly was my first blog world friend and I love the way she writes.
  5. Tricia at Endurance Isn't Only Physical. Tricia also was one of my first blog world friends and has amazing giveaways not to mention strength!
  6. Dorothy at Mile Posts. A runner close to me and I want to find out more about her.
  7. Momof3 at Neurosis of the Stay at Home Mom of 3 who is funny and rocks at running.

Happy Thursday!


Tricia said...

sounds like a great workout!

and thanks for sharing the award :)

Angie Bishop said...

Secret Service huh! You are one interesting lady!

Teamarcia said...

glad you enjoyed the track! You will benefit exponentially from speed workouts.

Marlene said...

Way to go on the track workout! Glad you enjoyed it enough to go back for more. This WILL make you a faster, stronger runner. Hope you like Chi Running!

misszippy said...

I have yet to read Chi running, so you are not the last! You have such an interesting, varied past and present--it will be fun to see where you are in 10 years!

Don't rule out that sub-4 marathon first time out. You never know.

Laurie said...

I have also not read Chi running, can't wait to find out what you think about it. I'd have to echo Angie B, you are a very interesting lady! Great job with the track workout... they can be fun, sadistic fun, but fun nonetheless!

Julie said...

Hi Jen,
This was a great list! Good for you for getting your masters...I know how hard it is going back to school with kids:)

Nice job on your track workout too! I hope that you enjoy your weekend!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Wow 20 years!! And the Secret Service.. this is an awesome list I learned so much..

Are you DONE having kiddos?

Steel Springs said...

Congratulations on the track workout! It sounds like it went well!

That's a great list. The job with the Secret Service is intriguing.

Michelle said...

Congrats on the track workout!

Great list!

momof3 said...

awe- Thanks!

And, as for going back to school... I suggest applying for scholarship money through your school. Seriously, maybe they'll have $100 to spare, and maybe that will be the $100 that gets you over the edge of taking another class. That's how I started, and since then I've had 5 classes paid in full. Yea, sure, it's only 5 classes, but the money was such a gift that it made it possible for me to pay for 2 more classes on my own!

S Club Mama said...

Thank you for your prayers :) And I love the new picture - cute boots!

Kirsten said...

Great picture of you running at the top of the blog!! I've been reading your posts but no time to comment (or post on my own blog...) but soon will have more time. So cool that you found a running partner, nice track workout too! Thanks for including me in the blogger award list! Fun to read your list even if I knew most of it already. Love ya!