Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I Got The Coolest Backpack

I need to take pictures of the other stuff, but I was able to snag this one of the backpack from the internet quickly. Anyways, on Mother's Day Briar gave me a beautiful little flowering plant that was in a planter he had painted at school, and a pretty homemade card that said "Happy Mother's Day! I love you!". How sweet! And Bo gave me a precious little book of all kinds of pictures of him and pictures that he had made at PreSchool. They are sooo cute. And J.T. took me shopping at REI! That's where I found this backpack and had to have it, inspite of already picking out several running/biking outfits. So I decided to put the outfits back and get this. It's called a DayPack...not real sure what that means...but it's kind of small, made for a woman, has a place to put a hydration resevoir, water proof zippers, and has lots of neat little compartments that actually hold alot of stuff. It's made for hiking I think...and I've never hiked a day in my life, although I would love to. It has really comfortable cool straps, and also buckles across the chest and waste if you need it to. I'm not sure why I wanted it so bad, other than the fact that I thought it would work great for carrying my stuff if I ever ride my bike to work and back. And I thought it would also work great for amusement parks and such with the boys...we always have to take a change of clothes and stuff. But I love it. I emptied out my old gym bag and decided I'd use this instead for awhile. So anyways, it was a Happy Mother's Day. Before shopping, we cooked out with my Mom, Dad, and sister. I got my mom a Nike Imara HRM watch for Mother's Day. She is starting to really workout alot harder than she has been, so I thought the HR monitor might help.

I still haven't decided on a plan for my triathlon training. I can't seem to find one that really fits my schedule and has enough running. I know that I don't have the time to do all swimming and biking that I want also...so I am just trying to make a plan of my own. Swimming is my worst event, so I probably should put the focus on that, but I don't want to lose any of my running fitness. The Mach Tenn Tri was supposed to an A race, but since it's only 4 weeks from the marathon I just did, I sorta bumped it down to a B, figuring there's no way I'm gonna be in peak biking and swimming condition by then. There are a couple sprints that I'd like to do well in, too, but I guess the only other A race I have would be the Fall Creek Falls Triathlon, which is Olympic Distance. It will be my first Olympic Distance tri. I only did sprints last year.

So, my workouts this week have gone like this:
Sunday - I rested
Monday - 5:30 a.m. Briar and I want to the rec center. I ran 3 miles on the treadmill in 26:49 and then swam 1200 meters in like 31:05 I think(counting rest periods...I did 2x500 and 1x 200). This is the first time I have timed my swim in over a year. But since I got a new Timex Ironman watch, I decided to give it a try. The brand new watch just reminded me that I am SLLLLOWWWW in the water.
Tuesday - 5:30 a.m. Ran 6.09 miles through town with Holly in 54:53. Pace: 9:01. Yay!!!! Finally, I was able to get the pace down around 9:00/mile. That will be all for today, as I am spending my lunch break at Bo's preschool, and Briar has a ballgame at 5:00.


mouse said...

"It's called a DayPack...not real sure what that means..."

smaller packs like this are called daypacks because backcountry backpackers will use them when they go on day trips so that they don't have to take their (very heavy) full pack with all their gear in it. that's why you have all the straps, pockets, etc... some of the functionality of a full pack, but smaller, for shorter trips. make sense? :)

great job on the workouts!

DaisyDuc said...

Great job on the workouts!

Cool backpack! I have this one backpack I have been carrying daily for 3 years or so now and I would be just lost without it!

Michele said...

Great job on the run this AM. Now I am going to keep up with both you and Holly at Bell Buckle!!!
You going to Cindy's class tomorrow? I think I am.

The Running Diva said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful mother's day. Cool backpack. I am looking for something new to carry all of my running gear in. Maybe I will try to find something similar.
I told Michele this also-it is so cool that you are so active because it sets a great example for your children. My mom is a runner too and I probably wouldn't be running today if it wasn't for her influence!

Lana said...

Thanks Mouse!! That makes perfect sense.

RunningDiva - FYI, if you decide to get the same backpack it is $20 cheaper at campmor.com than at REI (where i got it). Ofcourse that really gets under my skin since I had already used mine when I found this out. :(

jkrunning--Just Keep Running said...

cool backpack. I need to get one. All of my big bags are of the tote variety and my shoulders always end up super sore by the end of the day.

Rae said...

Super cute bag!!! I wish we had a lot more hiking places around here, too!

Great job with the workouts! I don't see how you fit it all in!!