Reading Blogs

If you couldn’t tell by now, I love everything about blogging. I swear, I could spend all day just reading blogs – I learn so much from the ones that I read.

While I’ve never met or had any type of interaction with more than half of the bloggers that I follow, I come to feel like I know these people. And often times I feel like they are writing specifically to me.

As for my own blog, I often forget that anyone can read it. Most of the time the only people who I think read my posts is relatives and the friends who ask what’s going on with me, to which I respond, “Read this week’s posts.”

So imagine my surprise when I received a message from someone who actually reads what I write!

I really love your blog, you inspire me. I live in Vancouver, so I was very excited to see that you are coming up for the BMO. I’m not running this year, so I will be riding my bike to different points to cheer on all my friends and take pictures. We’ll have to hook up before the race so I can cheer you on too!

Wow, I am flabbergasted, flattered and honored that someone would say that about my ramblings.

Today’s Workouts

Yes, today was another two-a-day. I started off the day with a training session with Dave. The past few weeks he has really upped the intensity of my workouts. In other words…they’re really hard. Ohmigosh, I forgot how hard they can get. And today was no exception. We did:

• 3 one-minute planks {these are getting easier}

• 3 one-minute side planks on each side {these are also getting easier, but please don’t tell Dave…he’ll only think of some crazy way to make them harder.}

• 5 sets of this circuit:
1. 15 squats with shoulder presses holding 10# weights in each hand {manageable}
2. 15 push-ups {this made for a total of 195 push-ups in a 12-hour period. And I hate push-ups…just thought I’d remind you of that…}
3. 15 fitness ball squats with lateral raises holding 5# weights in each hand {this is where I thought I was going to die. I would reach a 7 count and then cry thinking, “I’m not even half way there.” Seriously shaky legs afterwards.}
4. 15 jack knife’s aka folding crunches {after the ball squats, anything is manageable}

I watch the Biggest Loser during these workouts for extra motivation. But honestly, the whole time all I’m thinking of is, “I hate this!” But you know what? I’m down 5 lbs from January 1st, so really, I can’t hate it that much!

This evenings workout was an uneventful 45-minutes on the stair mill (the one where the stairs move). It almost became eventful when I zoned out too much, lost my footing and almost fell off the darn thing. But luckily, I was able to recover without anyone noticing (I think).

Between the strength training, running and other cardio workouts that I’ve been doing, I finally feel like it’s paying off. Not just because I lost 5 lbs, but because I feel stronger and leaner. Now I need to work on stretching and rolling more consistently…

PS In a post I wrote earlier this week, I wondered why I get so hungry after swimming. If you were wondering too, here’s an interesting article that a friend sent me about it. Who knew?!?

10 Responses to Reading Blogs

  1. Anonymous says:

    thank you! i’m really getting excited for the race!

  2. Lisa says:

    WOW!! I just got read this…….I’m touched!

    PS….getting the tun down on the BMO for you!!

  3. Rene says:

    Congrats on losing 5 lbs, that is really motivating!

  4. Naomi says:

    Woohoo! I am too! Now how about Oakland? :)

  5. Average A says:

    Never underestimate the amount of lurkers out there. You’ve got fans everywhere!!

  6. Jess says:

    The first half – definitely! :)

  7. Naomi says:

    You will run SFM?!? Yesssss! Which half?!

  8. Jess says:

    I always read your blog! Sometimes I even get shoutouts :) Your blog has convinced me that I need to run in the SF Half Marathon!

  9. Jess says:

    Well of COURSE we love what you write and what you say, you are super duper inspiring friend, don’t ever forget it!

  10. jobo says:

    I seriously could read and write blogs all day too. And I can’t believe how far behind I am on yours. Fail. My Google Reader wasn’t updating :( But I LOVE when I get comments from lurkers or emails with heartfelt words like that. Feels amazing, right?

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