Sunday, January 22, 2012

10K in 10 weeks - week 1

I recently signed up for Santa Cruz Half Marathon & 10K 2012, scheduled for April 1st, first 10K :)

Last year, after my first 5K run, I was struggling to go back to my regular exercising routine and with overall a very busy schedule was trying hard to take out time to exercise. As time passed by I realized that having a goal will help me maintain a routine but the question was whether to sign up for next 5K or double it up and go for a 10K.

My husband, who himself is a marathon runner and very disciplined towards his exercising routine, motivated me to think about a 10K. He created a complete plan for me to do a 10K in 10 weeks which includes running along with strength training. Couple of weeks back, I started following the plan for strength training and resumed my runs. Initially I had no idea about these exercises like fire hydrants, jumping jacks etc and my body was so sore in the first few days but as I am doing them more regularly I am not only enjoying them but also feeling the difference it makes.

As per the race day, week 1 of 10 weeks ended yesterday and here is how it looks like.
W01 Day1 - 2 miles run and strength training
W01 Day2 - rest
W01 Day3 - 2.06 miles walk
W01 Day4 - rest
W01 Day5 - rest
W01 Day6 - 2.5 miles run and strength training
W01 Day7 - 1.55 miles walk

As we talked to our family and friends about this plan, many of them showed interest and decided to try it out. I guess they also needed the discipline, motivation and little push like me to get into a regular & healthy exercising routine! We attend weekly boot camps led by my husband and it feels great to see every body's enthusiasm, high spirits and determination to make a change for themselves.

I am using Runkeeper, to track my runs and exercising routine. It helps me connect with my runner/walker friends and we motivate each other to keep the good work going.

Come back to know how week 2 goes :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My partner for 5th bead soup blog party

I am very excited to be one of the participants for the 5th Bead Soup Blog party organized by Lori Anderson. This time, Lori choose the participants through a lottery and 200 lucky winners i.e, 100 pairs, were announced over the weekend. I am paired with extremely talented Lisa Chapman from Beach Cat Beads.

Lisa has been beading for few years and her work includes vast variety of semi-precious gemstones, unique lamp work glass, ceramic, and metal beads. She also loves to play with copper and sterling wire and chains.

Looking forward to the bead soup from Lisa.

Picture courtesy

Monday, January 9, 2012

5th Bead Soup Blog Party sign ups are on

Glad that I didn't miss it like last time and signed up for the 5th Bead Soup Blog Party organized by Lori Anderson in time.

I participated in the 3rd party in February 2011 and it was such a pleasant experience to connect with over 200 talented beaders from all over the world.

The rules for participating in the party are pretty simple and all you need is a blog and your creativity. Check the official rules at Lori's Blog.
This time only 200 beaders can participate at the party and will be selected through a lottery. So I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping for the best :)

If you are interested in joining the party, don't wait and sign up today as its the last day for the sign ups.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

Here's wishing all my readers a very happy new year 2012! May the new year brings new beginning, new excitement, new energy and new opportunities for all and you have lots of joy, happiness, health and wealth in the new year.

Did you make any new year resolution?
Well...I did make some :) Not really resolutions but more like promises to myself to do what I couldn't do in the year 2011, like stick to my exercise routine, do more beading, reading and writing, meet friends & family more frequently etc !

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