Friday, December 28, 2007

The Best Toy

Christmas Eve 2007


Okay, a quick post-Christmas update. We had a great holiday, relaxed and fun. Schedules have been off kilter all week, but I've got my runs in, and best of all have used my new toy. It's an Indo Board balance trainer. A lady in my Pilates class brought one in to show me a couple months ago - I loved it and figured it would be the perfect thing to help prepare for trails.



Here is a picture in all my Christmas morning glory - my new robe, the tiara that Santa left in my stocking, on the board for the first time. It came with both roller and ball. The roller is very difficult - I still need to brace when I use it (and I learned that I need to use something much heavier than a chair, like the wall or the couch).

We inflated the ball to the max and I have been using it daily. The ball offers instability in all directions. My hope is to strengthen my ankles and feet, as well as developing better balance.






It can also be used for other types of training...


The Last Chance Marathon is on Monday. I'm hoping for nice weather - so far the forecast is for clear and sunny (and cold). Last year the course was modified due to trail damage, but it looks as though we're back on the regular route this year. It is a double out and back on a wide gravel trail. Rob, Steve, Eric and Margaret are all running it as well - it should be a fun day!

Enjoy another long weekend and Happy New Year!

20 comments:

Wes said...

Those are cool. I saw them when researching info on how to strengthen the ankles. You do look like a princess :-)

Anne said...

Oh my, a cool toy and a tiara...someone must really love you!

Irene said...

My chiropractor wants me to get an indo board. Looks great!

Do you think the tiara will work for running?

E-Speed said...

ooh now try doing squats on the board! What a fun toy!

Darrell said...

Your Santa brings fun stuff.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for the weather at Last Chance.

Journey to a Centum said...

You will have horse ankles like me in no time with that new Indo Board!

Trail Scat
Tacs Liart

Jenny, Maniac #401 said...

Hey- I looked online at these last night. Where did Santa find yours? Anywhere local or online? Looks cool and easy to do while watching tv and fun for the kids too I see!
Jenny

Sarah said...

I'm jealous of your tiara!! Have fun at your last marathon of the year. : )

Meghan said...

I laughed audibly at the Christmas morning photo of you. You are so cute standing on your Indo board with your robe and your tiara!

By the sound of it, you and your family had a lovely Christmas! And, I have to agree, Santa took very good care of you this year!

Meghan

Donald said...

Dude, you look like a surfer!! What a fun toy. Those trails won't know what hit them.

shawn said...

I love your ball and sk8-board combo - that is awesome! Merry Christmas to you and your family. I love the family picture. It's rare to get everyone together in a picture looking ha-ha-happy!

So, I hear you're dipping in Lake Padden. You are crazy. I love Lake Padden (in the summer), but have never dipped in the winter.

Here's to a great '07 and more to come in '08!

King Arthur said...

It looks like you are going to take up surfing? Hang Ten girl Hang Ten.

robtherunner said...

Please take off the tiara and step away from the indo board:)You must stop drinking so early in the morning.

Annette said...

Looks like a fun new toy! And quite the challenge, too.

Good luck with your marathon on Monday!

By the way, I posted the link to my new jacket - thanks for the idea. :)

Happy New Year!

Joe said...

Dang, that thing looks dangerous...don't trip on your tiara!!

Good luck on Monday, enjoy the no-rain day!!

Sunshine said...

Wish you a great finale for 2007.
Love the Christmas morning picture!

Dori said...

Good luck with your marathon today! Looks like Santa was good to you--you must have been a very good girl this year! Happy New Year!

Addy said...

ooh your new toy looks like so much fun! What a great idea

Hope the marathon went awesomely!

runliarun said...

Instability in all directions - it's a fabulous motto.

"Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security."

John Allen Paulos

Happy New Year!

Makita said...

What a fun toy!

.... i want one ....