Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
- Vincent Van Gogh
This week was a fantastic feast of fun feats for West Broadway Youth Outreach, full of small but significant, simple but spectacular successes! From the kids’ athletic achievements and radiant representation of WBYO in Kenora, to the highly commendable collective contributions of our community at large, the past 7 days have been a terrific triumph for the West Broadway Neighborhood.
As a proud West Broadway-er (...West Broadwaiin..?), I can spiritedly say that in West Broadway, when one child, family or organization succeeds, we all succeed! I think that explains why I have this feverish feeling - I can feel the momentum mounting. The cumulative effect of each of our individual efforts is building – and it’s contagious.
So, without further ado, I am particularly pleased to present to you my celebratory tribute to the wonderful week that was in West Broadway!
- I lost 6 more pounds!! (…and could hardly believe it!) Today’s weight: 206.5. Goal: still 195.
- The West Broadway contingent of the Sherbrook Sharks swimming team was stupendous at their first out-of-province swim meet in Kenora. Congratuations to everyone who participated!
- The kickoff of the amazing Kicks for Kids program!! Donate your child’s used running shoes, and give another child the chance to run! Call WBYO to donate.
- Ken – for actually lasting longer than a week in his yearly “I’m going to get in shape” routine.
- Kate Fenske!! (too many reasons to list)
- Wendy B (See Wendy’s post)
- Councillor Jenny Gerbasi (also see Wendy’s post). Thank you, thank you!!
- Me (again) - for cutting my run time down to 34 minutes! Not that impressive, I know… but pretty good for me! Also…
- J-Lo and Pitbull – for getting me through the hardest stretch of my run (Telfer to Raglan just does nothing for me… doesn’t even really sound nice…) Also…
- I passed my Gynecology exam! Not really 5ish related… but if you survived Gyne you would post it too.
- On Thursday, the Dominators and the Crazy Frogs won the 19th annual WBYO Floor Hockey/Basketball tournament! Congratulations to them and to all 7 teams that competed hard (…and to the Super Lazies… who had great hair).
- Also this week, the organization of the WBYO run club! They will be meeting 5:45 – 6:30 pm every Thursday (beginning next Thursday) at Mulvey School. Spread the word!
- To anyone who has registered or donated generously this week – you are the real success story of this run.
- This. (...random...but still awesome!)
- And last but not least, my daughter, for actually smiling in a picture instead of just trying to eat the camera.
Don’t forget to register soon for the 5ish! And for all my fellow 5ers training hard, give yourself a virtual pat on the back (or high five if you can’t reach) and post your successes in the comments below!
Monday, April 11, 2011
Its sunny today and I've got some time this morning to start to practice running. First thing I'm doing is going to research on the internet a bit. For those who have run for years this may seem strange that I don't know the basics, but you have to start somewhere.
So I'm taking this from the classic site "About" http://running.about.com/od/getstartedwithrunning/ht/getstarted.htm%20
Try to ignore the annoying flashing signs, I think they have some good basic info.
So first we are supposed to get medical clearance and make sure we have good running shoes so we don't hurt our feet and knees.
After that, (this is copied from their site)
- Before you start your workouts, make sure you warm up properly by walking for 5-10 minutes. You should always end your workout with a cooldown.
- Week one: Walk for 6 minutes, then jog at an easy pace for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times. Aim for three sessions with that same sequence for week one.
I think this is pretty manageable and will remember to wear a watch.
I did part of the 5ish route and though Omands Creek has a bit of a problem with water at the moment, there is an easy path around it.
Norm, if you are reading this, how is your program going so far?
Kate just emailed some news around, Councillor Jenny Gerbasi has just donated $500. to help support the run, thank you!
More news coming soon.