Back In The Saddle

Another Christmas has come and gone, but happily the holiday celebration continues!  We still have New Year’s Eve coming up!

We had a wonderful Christmas weekend, and Santa was super generous this year.  AJ got his very first desktop computer, but to be fair, he had saved his money and paid for half of it while James paid for the rest and bought him the monitor.  He’s one happy gamer.

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And I actually got the Go Pro I asked for with a helmet mount.  I tested it out on my run today and snapped a few pictures.  I wore it on my head over my visor and it did get a little heavy on my forehead after the first hour of running, but it was tons of fun to play with.

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I’m not too keen on the fish bowl effect, but I guess all you have to do is change the aspect ratio, although I need to figure out which is which.  I’m not a photographer in any shape or form, so it’s something to be researched.  On my next run, I’ll try out the video part of it.

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Speaking of running, I’m completely healthy now and have recovered from whatever winter bug was going around.  Hence, back to my long runs on Sunday.  And as there are only 21 days until my Maui Half, that’s a really good thing.  I was almost concerned.  I managed 118 minutes of activity today with most of it running.  The wonderful thing is that my legs were strong, whereas last week when I first went out, they felt like floppy noodles.  I’m beginning to think I wasn’t fully recovered at that point as that just didn’t make sense when they were completely rested.  Anyhoo, I didn’t go full out, but I’m so excited that the little graph thingy shows me running more than walking.  When I first began this journey back in July, I was nowhere near that ratio, and I love to see improvement in black and white and on charts and graphs, not only from how I feel.  Again, today I am thankful for that stoopid treadmill and my forced interval training.

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Go Pro Pics

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Anyone ever play frisbee golf?  The above is a frisbee golf park.  I passed it on my run.  Right down the street from it is a game store that sells specialized frisbees specifically for this sport. They’re hard little disks, not the usual frisbees you’d toss for your dog to catch.  I’ve not tried it yet, but maybe one day.

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Above is a charming little house out in the middle of nowhere across from the trail.  Lots of room for a little animal farm, goats, chickens, a couple of cows…

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Okay, I didn’t take this one with the Go Pro… it’s just Jamesy all decked out for watching the ‘Hawks.  But we won’t talk about that…

Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  Stay healthy out there… I’m seeing lots of little germy bugs going on everywhere!

What are your plans for New Year’s?  Will you be running January 1st?

29 thoughts on “Back In The Saddle

  1. honestme363

    Looks like a great gift!! Can’t wait to see what pics you will get with it in Maui! Never too sure what the weather will be like here for New Year’s. ..always storming, lots of snow and cold temps 😣 Any plans for you guys?

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  2. mawil1

    We also bought our son a PC with the emphasis on gaming. He was so happy! Love the go pro – how do you control it? Is it voice activated? I’m glad to hear that you are making good progress with your running, Maui is coming up really quickly isn’t it? I hope that the weather stays good for you and you can get out to train!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thanks Julie! I hope I can get out for the training too! Isn’t it fun to give the little light in our lives such an awesome gift, even if it is just used for gaming, hehe! I don’t really know the ins and outs of how to work the GoPro yet, but I did put an app on my phone that I can control it from there, although that will be kind of awkward in the middle of a race. I think I have a lot of research to do in the next couple of weeks, 😀

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      1. mawil1

        Have fun with your new toy! Hubs got me a wi fi controlled kettle which is actually fab! I can switch it on from bed and have hot water for tea instantly when I get up😄

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Aww, thank you! I think in the bright sunshine they might turn out not so gray, but the camera does quite well in a nicely lit room. Yeah, yesterday’s run was a bit of a confidence booster which I needed as I don’t have that much longer to train. I was getting quite nervous. 🙂

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  3. aidyl93

    Whoo-hoo, way to go, Paula!! 😀 It sounds like you’ve been doing fantastically! I’m so glad it was a good Christmas and Santa was generous this year! Those pictures look awesome, I look forward to seeing more! Especially for Maui, how exciting! I’m glad you’re over your bug too, that’s never fun. I hope you have a great New Year’s and a great week! 🙂

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  4. Rebecca Royy

    GoPro! Lucky girl! Glad you’re feeling better. I do that too…go out to soon after being sick, then have weak legs. Good luck on the rest of your Maui training! Can’t wait to hear/see pics about the trip!

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  5. Tasha

    So glad you’re feeling better Paula! Love the running pics. So does the camera actually take pics while you’re running? It would seem like the pics would come out blurry…or do you have to stop to take the pics? AJ seems to be enjoying that new computer…good for him for saving up for such a purchase. I’m sure he will enjoy it even that much more!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Hi Tasha!! Thank you!! Yeah, some do come out blurry, but when you take video, you’re supposed to be able to make a still photo from any picture frame. It’s kind of baffling, but I think if I take it one step at a time I might be able to figure it out… I hope, lol!

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    1. neveradullbling Post author

      Thank you so much for the well wishes Lynn! It feels good to feel good, hehe! And I’m really hoping I’ll catch some whales on the new camera during my upcoming race as it’s famous for whale sightings, but if that happens I have to be careful, I’ll get too caught up in the whales and forget about running, lol!! Yes, a great weekend! 🙂

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