The Galloway Method

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So, a couple readers emailed me about how I began running, becuase honestly, prior to this academic school year beginning (August of 2009), I could barely run a mile (happily, which is really important) and I hated that!  It all sort of started when I wasn’t feeling very strong.  It’s hard to explain, I just felt unhealthy, like tired and not strong…I don’t know, anyway, I was reading about many bloggers who have found great experiences in running and I wanted to give it a try.  Since beginnning a “regular running regiment,” I finally feel strong.  It’s hard to explain, but I now like it, I think in part, because I see that I CAN do it.  I really did just jump into it doing 2 and 3 milers maybe 4 times a week.  That’s just how I work though, and what is ok for my body.  I already was on a regular cardio regiment, just not involving running as well.  But this definitely isn’t for everyone.  I have suggested the following programs to those reader’s who posed the question and wanted to expand on the later.

1.  Couch 2 5k (www.couch25k.com) which literally gets you to run a 5 k from any fitness level to no fitness level whatsoever.  Check it out.

2.  The Galloway Method ( http://www.jeffgalloway.com/) which is a method incovling intervals of running and walking that I initially heard about through Caitlin’s blog www.healthytippingpoint.com which I often refer to for running information.  I feel she is a trusted source!

Thus far, I have been running all of my distances (from 3-5 miles per run) pretty much at the same speed contiguously, as I have been on a treadmill lately due to the winter (and will be for at least 3 more months).  I want to start trying the Galloway method intermittently in my  “weekly workout schedule.”  I will definitely let you know how it goes.  Caitlin gives her “take” on the Galloway method here:

http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/2009/12/a-runners-take-on-the-galloway-method.html

I’ll keep you posted.  But for today, it was just a 5 miler at a regular nice pace 🙂

X-mas came early…In the form of Hanukah! heehee kidding!

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I had a wonderful time with my family last night for a Hanukah get-together that included a beautiful fire (that needed a LOT of TLC :-))

Dad, Mom, Aunt Susie, Sissy Sara, Husband and Oscar (who is not pictured becuase he was occupied the ENTIRE time with the present Grandma Carol gave him-a bully stick)…

I LOVE candid shots!  🙂

Anyway, the evening also included PRESENTS!  Wootwoot!

I got, among other AMAZING things…

sweeet mukluk socks

A Phileo t-shirt yup, you read that right people, and it is AWESOME!

A gift cert from this AMAZING store Philadelphia runner, www.philadelphiarunner.com, where you can have an expert “prescribe” you a pair of sneakers based on YOUR run.  The way is works is that the person observes you on a tradmill and i guess examines your foot (?) and then suggests certain pairs of running shoes. I am psyyyyyyyyched!  ALL f those things were from Husband!  He ROCKS!

Speaking of Husband, he was certianly thrilled excited about the wii console I got him, asd he is mocking me in this picture 😉

along with games and accessories from my family (below he is explaning them):

Mom liked her engraved iPod Nano (www.ipod.com– engraving is free and awesome)

And Sissy Sara liked her engraved Nano:

…but a jacket my mama got her, not so much…oh well, maybe she’ll re-gift to me?!?!!?

Dad LOVED and I mean LOVED his Kindle!  yay!  Great success!

ALL in all, great pictures…

Great memories!  🙂

Happy Holidays!

My review of the Snuggie

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OK, so I admit it, I’m a brat.  I could not wait for Santa to bring me a Snuggie…not even the “Hanukah Santa.”  Listen, people, don’t judge.  I wanted to try to hang out downstairs more with the Husband and the big TV where it is normally too cold for me (hence the Snuggie).  Anyway, I broke down and bought myself one at during a previous Target run, of which I did NOT mention on the blog…cause I was embarassed I caved for the Snuggie.  You don’t understand, I’m always cold!

Excuse the bad pic and the purple bruise on my lip- I had to get something lasered yesterday…hurts!  😦

Anyway, the Sunggie is just OK.  It is fine for sitting and watching TV (and possible even sipping a drink) as the commercial implies, but tha tis really ALL you can do with it.  And let’s just say I’m not very good at just sitting and watching TV sipping a drink for an extended period of time…Anyway, the result of doing…pretty much anything else is:

The thing is CONSTANTLY slipping off.  Anyway, how cute does Osc look?  He just got groomed! 

He’s smiling for you

Exhausting day, no?

I hate when his eyes come out like that in pics…is he is a devilish dog though sometimes!  😉

Back to the Snuggie, it does keep you warm, just don’t expect to be able to move function well with it.  Scale of 1-10?  Ehhhh….just get. it.  It’s less than 20 bucks at Target!  OK, toodles!