Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Running is hazardous to my health....

Every morning when I set out on my run down country roads and past farms I run on the wrong side of the road. My thinking is that I am in control. I can move when I see a car. There are lots of bends and blind spots and I don't want someone coming around some blind curve and WHAMO, hitting me from behind. Sometimes it's tight. The grass is very long and I don't want to jump in it (but I do) and then lately I've been seeing lots of snakes. Nothing dangerous. For instance, yesterday I am running along and I see this big old black snake one second before I am about to slam my foot on him. I am at one of those blind curves so I am already in the grass. I jumped onto the road and missed him BUT what if a car had been coming. Dilema.
Anyway, as a driver where do you want me?

I have gotten this pedometer. I find it very motivating in a obsessive compulsive kind of way. You plug it into your computer at the end of the day and if you've reached your goal (which they say is 10,000 steps) it says PERFECT! You get a little graph that shows how fast (or in my case, how slow) you went, how far. I always try to go over the goal. See how that works for me? Now because I have problems with my feet and my old knees can't take it, and every other day some problem w/my back starts I try to take a day off. What I have learned is when I run I easily make or exceed the goal (well, it isn't easy...it's always a chore) but when I don't there aren't near enough steps. I highly recommend walking 30 minutes a day. I don't think we are getting enough movement if we don't. And that is my fitness bit for you...


Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

"Every morning when I set out on my run down country roads and past farms..."

You write such beautiful dreams. I'm a hick from the sticks way back when, and I wish I still was. This big city stuff sucks!..(: But we'll soon be moving to greener and smaller chunks of concrete. Yippee!! I don't run, but I do try to walk on a regular basis at a "pace that will get my heart rate up" per my Doc. She's a gem and a half.:) My first appointment, she says: "Do you feel fat?" "No," I answered. "Well, you are!" came the terse reply. So began my walking regime. As a driver...... I guess I'd mostly prefer you with your head up, alert, and no obstructions to sound in your ears. I realize I'm peeing right on the Holy Ipod here as I type, but many modern cars are so quiet, other than the hiss of the tires and whoosh of air as they go, you hear litle else.

As for "old" back, "old" legs, "old"......sooner or later we all slow down to a walk. Sorry. We ain't "old", we're just....leaving young in our dust!:)

5/09/2006 08:18:00 PM  
Blogger Annette said...

Hey Mary,
So, I have to ask, what type of pedometer is this thing you have? Maybe if I buy this type of pedometer I can get my hubby (the above TUA) out walking.

5/09/2006 10:34:00 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

be careful - it would be terrible if a snake bit you and hurt you and you weren't able to complete the piece of art for my deck

5/09/2006 11:35:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

TUA- I knew I could expect someone to say that. I can promise to keep my head up but I will have to dry off the ipod and keep on grooving.

Annette-It's a Sportbrain istep x1. I got mine on ebay brand new for around $10. On their website they are more expensive ($34). I bought one for my husband but he hasn't used it yet. My son put it on and triples my numbers w/o even trying.

Mark- I've been thinking of you too. Your piece is already in production. Thank you for your concern.

5/10/2006 07:40:00 AM  
Blogger american soldier ... said...

Thank you for looking into that for me ... as for the sleep ... good news is I had three nights of good sleep in a row ... bad news is that two of those nights involved codine ... and the third involved a six pack of bud light ... not really how I want it to work out but hey ... I got some good sleep ... with all this working out the last two days, I really dont think I am going to need any help getting to sleep tonight ... funny thing with the army though ... you tell them you need to go back to the doctor to get something checked out and magically they give you all kinds of stuff to do instead ... so im working on getting back to the doctors ... have you tried biking instead of walking/running? my uncle had to start biking because the doctors told him that his knees wouldnt hold up ... hes up to 40 miles on the weekends and says his knees feel great ...

ps - do u live by the water? i was wondering how the crabs where doing this year ...

5/10/2006 09:17:00 AM  
Blogger handfulofearth said...

I'll have to look for a pedometer - does bike riding count as steps?

You're so motivated & busy all the time - you're taking care of the kids, driving everyone all over, being supportive of their activitites, running, keeping in shape, keeping your hair perfect & your clothes trendy, making art, taking class...you're amazing. I'm pretty lazy in comparison. :)

Hope you have a good week & things get mellower for you -

5/10/2006 09:53:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I used the pedometer during taebo and it doesn't seem to get you many steps so I think its probably best for walking/running.

Motivated I am not but I do what I have to do. Once the kids are out of school I'm gonna sit my butt on the beach and read and swim. You make me sound way better than I am. Your the one with a little kid, teaching and going to school.

5/10/2006 11:16:00 AM  
Blogger spadoman said...

Interesting. With a history of heart problems I have experienced in the past, taking care of my health has always been a concern. I did the walking and excercise routine over the years. Seems I give out after a short time of extreme motivation.

I believe the movement must become habit and a regular part of your life, not a chore or task or something I must accomplish if I'm not to be labeled a failure for the day.

Now, if I could get rid of the aches and pains and have someone aropund who would like to take a walk on a daily basis........

As far as the driving. I'm retired now, but I have logged over 1,000,000 miles as a professional driver and uncountable as a "civilian" on travel trips as it is my passion, (damn gas prices).

I would rather have the runner looking at me, running on the left, and seeing me coming. Get into the wet dewy snake ridden grass only when you have to.

Incidently, in a small town about 10 miles from where I live, there is a sign on the highway, US Rte 2, that reccomends pedestrains walk facing traffic.

Glad I found your blog.

5/10/2006 05:37:00 PM  
Blogger american soldier ... said...

yeah my mom says that I dont always make it clear how things work or whatnot ... but if you have any questions feel free to ask ...

yeah I am born and raised in calvert county ... my family is still down there ... I miss it alot ... but hopefully in july I get to take leave to go home before iraq ... but I ask about the crabs because my friend said they had a crab feast and it wasnt all that expensive ... as for the lobster 4 times a week ... I'm jealous!

5/10/2006 09:04:00 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Spadoman- So I am doing it right! Well there's one thing off my mind.

I agree with you that exercise must be a habit. I go up and down w/my motivation but over the years I have kept it up.
Thanks for stopping by.

A.S.- Calvert Co.! Well then you're on this side of the Chesapeake Bay too. My sister used to live in North Beach. John and I are from Montgomery Co. right outside of D.C. but have been living here for 20 years.

5/11/2006 08:09:00 AM  
Blogger cream said...

What a cool pedometer, Mary! Mine would show how many times I've stopped!

5/11/2006 11:55:00 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Oh it shows that Cream but the beauty is no one has to know but you.

5/11/2006 12:02:00 PM  

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