Coffee Talk

Good Friday morning!  It gonna be a gorgeous holiday weekend here in Philly!  And the best part is that we have ABSOLUTELY. NO. PLANS.

Typically that would be a sure recipe for boredom (I like to be busy).  But after being away from my family for five days and then playing catch-up all week, I can’t wait to relax, take it easy, do some housework and yardwork, and maybe have a picnic lunch or something equally laid-back and festive on Monday.

In other news, I’m back to my morning walking regimen after a few days off.  I did walk the first two mornings while on vaca, I’m proud to report.  But then I slacked off toward the end of the trip, and it took me a few days of being home before I found the ambition to start back in.

I’m back into the swing of things now, and it feels great.  We’re still only walking 2 miles, and it’s still taking us 35-40 minutes.  I really wish we could get it up to 3 miles in 45 minutes, but I think that might be a while in coming.  I feel like we’re booking it.  I just don’t know that we can go any faster.  Of course, if I didn’t have to stop every 15 minutes and recover from the stitch in my side, that might shave off a few minutes.

I noticed that I had more energy walking on vaca, and I think it’s because I was walking at 10 or 11 AM, after having a cup of coffee (no, I haven’t given it up yet, so get off my back. I am down to one cup a day, though) and some breakfast.  Rolling out of bed at 5:55 AM and walking at 6 is killing me.  So I think I might try getting up at 5:30 and eating a little something-something before I head out on my walk.

Of course, that means going to bed even earlier at night so I can haul my arse out of bed at that unearthly hour, which I hate to do because those evening hours after the kids go to bed are My Time.  And I need My Time.

And the kids are only staying up later and later, now that it’s light out and school is coming to an end.   So My Time is slowly dwindling.  But.  I think it will be worth it to have more energy for walking.  And I might even be able to fit in my prayer time while I’m nibbling on an English Muffin so that it’s not so rushed nonexistent when I get back from walking.

So, yeah.  That’s the new and improved plan.  5:30.  We’ll see how long it lasts.

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8 thoughts on “Coffee Talk

  1. I’m very impressed that you set these goals and seem to fullfill them! I would set my alarm for 5:30 everyday for a week, then just turn it off and go back to sleep!! haha

  2. Ha! It’s ONLY b/c I have a friend waiting out front for me that I’m able to do this.

  3. Good for you for getting back into it. I have taken this entire week off from running, and I know it will be hard to get going again next week. But, I’m entering another 5K in just three weeks, so I have no choice but to get my rear in gear. Enjoy your calm weekend!

  4. I’m coming to the sad realization that in order to get some of these things done on a consistent basis, I’m going to have to get up “in the 5’s”. I pretty much prefer the 7’s (as in 7:00 or later…) and I can manage something in the later 6’s occasionally…but if I’m going to exercise, pray and shower all in the same 24-hour period, it’s looking like the 5’s are where its at.


  5. Seriously, dcrmom, having someone to meet for these walks really does work, cause you feel too awful letting someone down. And be sure to breathe when you walk — tha’s what’s causing the side stitching, the shallow breathing. When you DO get the stitch, press on what hurts and bend over.

    I am a regular Jack LaLane, over here.

  6. Whoo- hoo!!! I am SO. PROUD. OF. YOU!
    You go girl! Glad to hear others have to get up at the crack of dawn to “get ready” also. I’ve instructed the child she must stay in bed until her clock says 7. Buys me a little more time!

  7. Good for you for setting goals and going for them. Me? I just basically think about them and that’s as far as it gets.

    You are so like me in the evening quiet time. I’ve found it harder and harder especially now that my kids are teens. They want to stay up forever, even on a school night. And with my first dayhome child arriving at 7:30 a.m. and getting my kids up for school before that it seems any time whatsoever to myself is harder and harder to come by. Maybe I’ll force my “arse” out of bed too, and get a walk in. I’ll think about it, anyway! :v)

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