Thursday, December 29, 2011

To dive or not to dive

That is the question. I have been considering doing a run on New Year's day since last New Year. That was the first time that I was slightly connected to the running world. I had already signed up for my first half and suggested to my husband that we do the Polar Bear Dive. He promptly reminded me that we are usually hung over on New Years and also jumping in freezing cold water was not his thing. Honestly its not my thing either, but I don't know why this year it sounds so cleansing, like a rebirth into 2012. Oh what to do, what to do?

No headache for day 3 of cutting sugars! I may have kicked the sugar out of my system a little faster this time. It probably also helps that I only slipped up a little over Christmas. As for finding spontaneous play yesterday, I took my daughter swimming and we did a few laps back and forth using the kick board. Its quite a workout keeping a 4 year old on a kick board and swimming laps and it was also fun.

What's in store for me on Day 4 of this 21 day challenge:
  • Diet - Honor Hunger - Eat when you are hungry and not when you are scheduled to eat.  This one is a bit different for me as I am a pretty scheduled person. Thankfully I guess I have been on a wacky schedule with the holidays. First up wait until I am hungry to eat breakfast, don't just make it  because that is what I do when I get up.
  • Exercise - Aerobic Adventure - this calls for a longer workout with the heart rate at 55-75 percent of maximum. Time to pull out the heart rate monitor and figure out what that is. It also calls to do something out of my comfort zone, while I wish I could do that - it won't be happening today as on my schedule is a 5 mile tempo run.
  • Lifestyle - Stand up Work Station - Since I am working from home, I will be able to try this. We have a bar at our kitchen that should work out perfect. I try this out and see how often I can work this into my day.
Have you ever raced on New Year's Day? Ever been involved in a Polar Bear Dive?


  1. Polar Bear Dive does NOT sound like fun to me. I don't even wanna go in the hot tub when it's cold out because I dread the walk back inside!

  2. I've had a couple runners invite me to a Polar Jump here and my response was.... what does that have to do with running? I'm a runner, not a swimmer. AH! Good luck it you do it - you're a braver woman than I!

  3. Dive on Jan 1, kind of like a baptism into the new year? I think you should do it so I can read about it, haha.

    Stand up work stations are a great idea. A bunch of the guys at my old job had back problems and set up their desks to go both ways. Very cool.

  4. The Stand Up work station sounds cool! It would be fun to be able to stand, or have a bar stool handy for times when you would want to sit for a little bit, yet still work! I like it!

  5. DO IT!! I've witnessed a lot of polar bear plunges-they have them every year in the town I grew up in where people jump into the freezing lake to raise money for charity. Every year after watching I want to do it!

  6. I I didn't have 2 5ks within 14 hours of each other over New Year's, I'd be doing the polar bear swim here in town. Actually, this will be the first time since high school that I haven't done it. It's like a mini-class reunion for my graduating class (we're the ones who started it). lol

  7. Funny you wrote about this today, because I did too. I am thinking about doing the same thing. I feel like it would be a great way to bring in 2012 even with a hangover. I have a fear of the water, so that is why I am having trouble committing. As it gets closer, I am leaning more towards a yes!

  8. Do it once! Yes, do the dive! Once -and use the experience for the exact purpose that you stated - a cleansing and rebirth into 2012. I say YES!!!!!!