Cross training Monday / Green feet

This week’s weather forecast is not good for my corgis. Rain showers or thunderstorms all week. That means I will not go to the bike trail and they will stay at home. Poor corgis 😦

It was gray and humid this morning. Rain was on and off all day. I went to the gym after I took my husband to the train station. The gym was crowded. I blocked all kinds of annoying noise with my iPod and started to run on a treadmill. Today is cross training day so my short run for 2 miles was the warm up run before jumping rope. After the run, I did 450 jump ropes. It made me sweat a lot. One woman who was stretching near me asked me if she can try it. So I let her use my rope but she couldn’t do more than 3 without stoping. She looked at me and said “it is difficult!!” πŸ™‚ I told her after several times of practice it gets easier. She was so interested in jumping rope after I told her it burns so many calories. Yes, it depends on your weight and level of intensity, jumping rope burns about 11 calories per minutes on average. You can burn more when you do it with higher intensity. It is a very good cardio exercise AND good strength training for your whole body. Just like every exercise, you need to do it correctly. If it is done right, it actually gives less stress on your joint. I want to lose more weight to run better that’s why I started jumping rope. And I think I made that woman to start it too πŸ™‚

I did 7 miles on a stationary bike and some stretching. Then I went to the weight training section. But there were two brothers who I wanted to avoid. They are creepy and very stinky. And they always make weird sounds when they are lifting weights. I didn’t want to deal with that so I just called it a day and went home. I did enough of a workout for today anyway.

It was raining on and off but the landscape company still cut the grass. That made the fur on my corgis’ feet green. I wiped their feet after we came back home from their walk and their feet are white again but it was funny to see them with green feet. I took some pictures of them with my phone. Both didn’t look that happy with green feet πŸ™‚

Green feet of Jeter πŸ™‚

"I don't like green feet 😦 "

"Mine are green too! "

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4.44 + 400

Last night we stayed up late and watched Eureka. We need to catch up on all of season 4 episodes then we can watch the season 5 episodes which are airing now. After watching episode after episode, there are only 2 more episodes left. We went to bed after 3 am πŸ™‚ I thought about going to the trail early in the morning but when you go to bed that late, that was pretty hard to do, especially on a cloudy and windy morning. So we had a lazy Sunday. I enjoyed the good brunch my husband cooked and watched baseball. It was almost 4 pm after we came back from the afternoon dog walk. I knew I would feel better if I go out to run rather than taking a nap. I just couldn’t decide whether I should go to the bike trail or gym, but the weather made it easier. It started to rain. So I went to the gym.

On a Sunday late afternoon, the gym was quite crowded. I hopped on a treadmill and ran 4.44 miles. I didn’t make it 5, but it was okay. I just wasn’t feeling it today and I still ran 4+ miles! I felt much more energized when I was jumping rope. I did 400 jump ropes. Many 4s for today πŸ™‚

That’s it for today. Hope you had a great weekend!!

Day at the ball game / back to running

Yesterday was my rest day from running. We took our corgis to the Doggy Dojo in the morning and got ready to go to the Cubs game. It’s been more than a year since we went to Wrigley Field. The weather was tricky. There was a thunderstorm forecast and it was raining in the morning. When we headed to the bus stop, it wasn’t raining but the sky was gray. We got on the long accordion bus and sat down on seats around the connection part. Boy, those seats were so high! I’m not that short (5′ 7″) but my feet couldn’t touch the floor. Sitting like that for 30 something minutes was hard on my quads.

When we arrived at Wrigley Field it was raining lightly. We went in and tried to find our favorite hot dogs but that hot dog stand wasn’t where it was the last time we visited. We were disappointed because that hot dog was the one thing we really wanted. We walked around some more and found that! But the hot dogs we got didn’t taste the same. Why good things don’t last the same way 😦 Anyway, if you want to eat healthy foods, I wouldn’t recommend you to go to the ball game. The foods you can buy at the ball park are far from healthy. We are trying to eat healthier, better foods and usually don’t eat hot dog. But we were at the baseball game!! It was time to bend the rules πŸ™‚ So we got two foot-long hot dogs and beer. It cost $31.50! Talk about overpriced!! But again, we were at the ball game. That’s where you buy overpriced food waiting in line πŸ˜‰ Good we didn’t pay for the tickets!!

George Costanza (Jason Alexander) threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was wearing the cubs jersey but I think he should’ve wore a Yankees jersey. I mean the cotton one! πŸ™‚

We were underdressed. We forgot the temperature near the lake is always much cooler. We were surrounded by rude and loud Cardinals fans. The Cubs played like…the Cubs and lost. But I still had some fun. Our corgis had lots of fun at the Doggy Dojo. They came back tired and fell asleep soundly. I love my tired corgis.

Today I went to the Forest Preserve Bike Trail by myself. My corgis were still resting from yesterday’s hard playing with their furry friends. It was a bit cold but I was okay with my shorts on. I ran 6.25 miles and felt great. My quads were a little bit stiff in the beginning but they got loose after a half mile. I missed running with the corgis though. After the bike trail run, I went to the gym and ran 2.42 miles before I did 230 jump ropes. I came back tired. Just like my corgis yesterday. I had two good days in a row πŸ™‚

Let’s play two :-)

Just like Ernie Banks’ famous quote, it was a beautiful day for a ball game run, so I ran twice πŸ™‚ It was a windy but bright day. There were no clouds in the sky and the trail was rather empty. I took Jeter with me today. We ran 4 miles. He started slowly but after 1 mile, he was into the run and his short legs were moving so smoothly πŸ™‚ We enjoyed the run a lot today. There were not that many runners or bike riders but some dogs were walking with their humans. One of the dogs was a very big and tall Great Dane. It was a quite funny contrast when that dog was passing by Jeter. I remember one time when I took Jeter to the Montrose dog beach in Chicago, Jeter met a Great Dane and walked through that dog’s legs πŸ™‚

After 2.5 miles, Jeter started to slow down. Even though the temperature was only around 50F, the strong sunshine felt hot. I gave him water and some treats and thought about going back to the car after 3 miles. Then I saw a cream Lab and its owner running toward us. I let them pass us and followed them. Jeter started to run faster again because he wanted to catch up to that dog. We ended up passing by that dog and Jeter looked satisfied πŸ™‚

After running 4 miles, I took Jeter back home. I let him rest and went to the gym for my run #2. I ran 3.22 miles on a treadmill. That made today’s total mileage 7.22 miles. Then I moved to the other corner of the gym and did 160 jump ropes. It still felt awkward but better than yesterday. Looking at myself in the mirror helped a lot. It wasn’t easy, but I kind of like doing jump rope. It makes me feel like being a small kid again.

So I played two today. I will take Cappy out to the trail tomorrow and maybe it will be another “play two” day.

Shopping and jump rope

My husband lost so much weight and his pants are all too baggy. He needed to buy a new pair of jeans. So we went to the premium outlet mall in Aurora today. We prefer the one in Indiana but it takes more time to go there and we didn’t want our corgis to stay in their crates too long. I bought two running shorts – “two-in-one tempo running shorts $19.97 ( regular price $50 ) – 4 pair of light weight running socks – $12.99 for 2 pair ( regular price $15 for 2 pair ) – and a pair of thermal gloves – $4.78 ( regular price $20 )- at the Nike outlet store. My husband also bought the same gloves ( larger size ) and some socks. My husband bought a nice pair of jeans later. I think we had a successful shopping trip πŸ™‚

When we came back home, it was almost 5 pm. It was too late to go to the bike trail so I went to the gym. I ran 4.64 miles. It was a short run but a good one. I felt great. And today, I started a new cross training – jump rope! I did 50 jump ropes at the one corner of the gym which has the soft surface. It was the first time I did it since elementary school and it felt quite awkward πŸ™‚ But I will keep doing until I can do it like a boxer!

This morning, I heard about a corgi named Mocha. His owner is mycorgi.com CEO Sam Tsang. I never met Sam or Mocha but as a member of mycorgi.com, what I read this morning was heartbreaking. Sam’s post about Mocha.Β They are in my thoughts. Β Hope there will be better news about Mocha.