I've been going to bed earlier and earlier each day, and it's getting a little ridiculous! Last night, I went to bed at 8:15 to read my book, but I was so tired that I only read a few pages before I just went to sleep. I've been waking up earlier and earlier, too, so it's not like I'm sleeping more. If the treadmill wouldn't wake the boys, I'd get my run done at 5:00 in the morning, but my kids sleep as lightly as I do.
While I was getting the kids ready for school this morning, I was surprised to hear a knock on the door. My dad, who usually comes over in the mornings to walk with the kids to the bus stop, told me that he wouldn't be here this morning. When I answered the door, I was excited to see that it was my brother Brian! He flew in from Minnesota late last night, and he was leaving at 10 this morning, so he wanted to walk the kids to the bus stop. They thought that was pretty cool ;)
Brian read my dilemma about my race shirt quilt on my blog (the dilemma being that I'm too scared to do the quilting), and it turns out that his girlfriend Becky's mom does quilting. She has a long-arm quilting machine, and she said she'd do the quilting part for me!
Brian said if I wanted, I could even fly out there to do it myself, but I am so broke right now that even with a buddy pass, I really can't afford to. Anyway, I have to buy the fabric to back the quilt and the batting for inside. Brian will be back in town in a couple of weeks, so he can bring it home with him then.
I chatted with Brian a little after the kids left, and then I ate breakfast and got dressed to run on the treadmill. I wasn't even tempted to run outside this morning, because the wind was SO COLD. Besides, I wanted to watch another Sons of Anarchy episode ;)
I was feeling a little cocky about my pace because of my awesome race on Sunday, and I set the treadmill at 7.5 mph (an 8:00/mi pace). Yeah, um, that only lasted about a half-mile, before I slowed it down to 7.2 (8:20/mi). I bumped it up again at the last half-mile, just to get it done. Then I stopped my Garmin and just walked for a half-mile or so.
When I uploaded my run, I saw a cool trend in my pace since October...
My average pace was 10:30/mi in October, and each month it got faster--for March, the average is 8:24! It's amazing how quickly I improved with some hard work on my part.
When I plugged in my ActiveLink this morning, it told me that I've been averaging 143% of my activity goal. It suggested that I change my goal to earning 7 PointsPlus per day (as opposed to 6). That seemed like a lot! I have a really hard time getting in enough activity on the days that I don't run, and I usually fall short. This is what the week looked like as far as PP earned, and how close I was to my goal of 6 PP per day:
The shaded gray area at the bottom is my baseline, which is the activity that I have to do everyday, and I don't earn any PP for it. Once I meet the required amount of activity to reach my baseline, I start earning PP for all of my movement. The gray line marks my goal, which was 6 PP per day.
Wednesday and Saturday were my rest days, and the only way I got as much activity as I did was from walking. On Mondays, I do intervals, and that only works out to be two miles--so that day was rather low as well.
I went ahead and changed the goal. I'm hoping the weather is going to actually feel like spring soon, and I'll be much more motivated to go for walks outside. The past few days have been unbearably cold! It's actually snowing right now--totally disheartening for being the second day of spring.
Anyway, by changing my goal, it's going to increase up to my earning 9 PP per day in about 9 more weeks. That will be perfect to get me motivated to move a lot in the summer. Also, I'll be marathon training, so with the long runs each week, I'm sure I'll hit that target. I think I might pick a week in the summer to try and earn 100 PointsPlus in a week--that's a very lofty goal!
I was recently interviewed by Jenn from Girl Heroes--while I have to disagree that I qualify as a "hero", here is the link to check out my interview :)