Wednesday, February 9, 2011

What I Get Up To In The Mornings

Yeah, I know. Festering. I really need to up the glamour here.
Too much 'flood mud'.
I have a great idea for tomorrow's post. 
Glamour - I promise.

I'm a bit out of sync with my early morning blog posts at the moment. I'll tell you why.

I have taken up running. Yes. Once the boys are off to school, I am running my heart out. It's good. It gives me an opportunity to be 'fierce'. It feels good to start the day sort of 'physically spent'.

I downloaded the C25K (Couch to 5 K) app for my iphone. Started it last week. Last week, I didn't really like the bits where he said, "run" but this week, I keep running even when he says "walk". I make the most of the energetic moments...... where I feel like I could run forever.

I think the key for me is the music I run to. Upbeat, energetic tunes for the running bits (Pet Shop Boys, Crazy P, Pink) and 'soothing and comforting' (FF, 2010) crooners music (Michael Buble, Rod Stewart American Songbook - love it), and a bit of 'Mumford and Sons', for the walking up hills bits .

So I have just done my run, the endorphins are kicking in and I'm spent. It's good.

Life is good.
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33 comments:

  1. I love these posts of yours...thats the AM I know and adore...keep on running girl..and feed the soul with all the goodness it brings. x

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  2. Your post this morning couldn't have come at a better time A-M. After years of early morning exercise, a back injury stopped me in my tracks. But now, it's time to get back into it. I'll be downloading that app right now, as you've just given me the kick in the butt I needed. It was your house posts that got me hooked when I first found your blog, and now it's running. Thanks A-M, for my daily dose of inspiration! K xx

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  3. I feel exhausted just reading this ha.It gets to me to thinking, I don't know where all the bloggers find time to do all the things they do, ie. cooking, crafting exercising, doing stuff with their kids, doing stuff with their partners, working, volunteering, finding time for "me", going out with friends, holidaying, travelling, renovating, shopping, manicures...and so the list goes on. I think I need to employ more help...ha xx Katherine

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  4. I would need some serious heavy metal to get up any hill I think!

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  5. A friend of mine has been doing that program too, and she's also up to the 5K run. It sounds fabulous...hmm, I need to get my butt in to gear too I think:)

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  6. LOVE the last three words of your post!!!

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  7. Wow, you are an amazing woman. Superwoman! I wish I could run but I am just not there yet.

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  8. Maybe I should rephrase the 'running' bit. More like the 'Cliffy Young shuffle'. Wasn't he an inspiration! A-M xx

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  9. My 16 year old stepdaughter convinced me to go for a walk today around our local lake - it's about 2 1/4 miles (3 1/2 k?). When she asked me if I wanted to run it I said, without thinking, "Hell, No!" Isn't that awful? Of course, I quickly corrected myself with a "maybe next time". I used to run around that thing in 20 minutes flat. Next time, I will run at least part way.

    I'm glad to hear you found a podcast that helps you get motivated!

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  10. Thrilled to read those last three words A-M! xo

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  11. Oh I am ok at the Cliff Young shuffle. Its the running that is hard. I wonder if that app would go on an ipod. If so I am going to give it a go.
    I rode my bike to work today. My legs felt like jelly and I couldn't talk to anyone for at least 5 mins. But, I was so productive when I arrived. Cleaned and decluttered my desk. Made new files etc. I was on fire. By 3.30 I will be in desperate need of coffee and chocolate.
    Well done you for taking the running plunge!

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  12. You legend, A-M. I can just hear that it's doing you a power of good. Mind you, your shoes would have to be a lot kinder on the feet than Cliffy's old gumboots! J x

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  13. I am so not a running type person but good on you! I too like the last three words... ;-)

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  14. Good for you! Keep at it. I could barely run a mile at one point (I was skinny but not fit) and I eventually ran a marathon. Still boggles my mind. If I could do it, anyone could!

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  15. Oh good girl AM! I am addicted to this program and am now on the Bridge to 10K. But I do it very nannaish on a mini trampoline/rebounder thingy cos my knees a stuffed. I love it love it!
    I am now runing for 50 minutes and whilst I havent lost a ton of weight things have toned up nicely.
    I can throughly recomend the Minstry of Sound Running trax series on Itunes very fun and great for running and jogging.
    Off to do my run today in the cool airconditioning!
    Kate Bx

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  16. Oh hadn't realised you can get this on itunes - am off to purchase now. Thanks for the tip.

    Katie

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  17. A-M, when and I repeat when I used to jog in the mornings I jogged to Toni Braxton, wow those were the days. Good work, keep it up!Julie in HOlland ;)

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  18. That is really great - good girl! :-)

    I´m waiting for the ice and snow to go away, then I´ll try to get going as well... :-)

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  19. Did you know that running makes your face sag and wrinkle? I read that once and made a vow never to run again :) Good to see you getting back to your old self x

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  20. good music choice I love to run to petshop boys too. I ran 20 minutes without stopping today and Im building it up to 3o mins for March.

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  21. How wonderful to hear you say Life is Good!
    I wonder if that app works on an iTouch, might check it out. I need to get more active. I used to walk/run a lot when I had a fitness freak neighbour who harassed me to go with her. Now I need to motivate myself and it's difficult at times. Excuses, escuses!

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  22. I have that app too and my boyfriend loves it. I've adapted the concept and do it at my own pace on the elliptical machine at the gym. It's a great way to keep the heart rate up!

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  23. ...and life is fair. Good things come to good people.
    Thinking of you A-M

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  24. M People also fantastically good running music! Keep it up A-M - I have started with my ten yr old and it feels great - despite the aches and pains - but am not telling him!!!!!!

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  25. Hi A-M - when times are tough, heart is breaking and legs are shaking, "Not ready to make nice" by the Dixie Chicks always gets me up that last hill. Especially when I sing it very loudly and out of tune!! Strange looks its true but it just makes me feel gutsy and strong. You go girl.

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  26. Running is a great start to the day A-M - it keeps me sane, happy & healthy - valuable 'me' time, & I love the 'worked' feeling for the day. I find I am so much more productive too! Keep up the good work.

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  27. You are inspiring me to get my C25K program up and "running" again (see what I did there??). I need to exercise sooooo badly. Glad to see you enjoying life again xx

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  28. Sooo wish I had an iphone so I could give that app a try!! I seriously need to get my butt into gear and do some excercise!! YAY for you doing something that not only fuels your body but also feeds your soul! xx

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  29. Look at you go! Who are you?! Whoever you are I love it. Long live the new A-M!

    A.

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  30. That's great A-M! I downloaded this app too and am just about to implement it since bub has stopped waking me all through the night! I feel some energy returning and a need for SPEED xxx wish me luck

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  31. Life is good....love it A-M...go girl! You will motivate me to get my running boots on too...well at least start with walking! Axx

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  32. I wish you lived closer A-M. You could come mountain climbing with me! ;)Sharyne

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  33. ooh isnt it great when the endorphins kick in!! Enjoy the running wish I lived closer I would join you i need som motivation!! I have started Zumba though A M love it when i get the chance to go!! :)

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment. I love hearing from you. A-M xx