It’s Just Ten Percent Luck

July 26, 2008 at 10:28 pm | Posted in running, Training | 2 Comments
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Twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure
Fifty percent pain

Actually right now we’re at about 80% pain. Oooooooh my gosh I hurt. It hurts to laugh, it hurts to bend over, it hurts to sit, it hurts to lift things….

Pretty much the only muscles that don’t totally hate me are in my legs!! HA!

I did about 2 miles with Shiloh this morning. It was getting SUPER humid out but he did pretty good. I’m really excited to have him to run with…and the fact that I am getting PAID to take him for a run….even better.

So tomorrow is a rest day…looking forward to that. Especially with just about every muscle screaming at me, rest sounds awesome.

Now if only I could sleep through the night… 🙂

Tell Me Baby…

July 25, 2008 at 10:10 pm | Posted in Cross Training, running, Training | 1 Comment
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…What’s your story 🙂

Hope everyone’s running is going well!! I did a short walk/run yesterday with my new running partner, Shiloh. In case you missed it he’s the dog I’m now running with. I’m thinking I’m going to do Tuesday Thursday Saturday with him and Monday Wednesday Friday with Trainer.

That leaves Sunday as a rest day.

So anyway.

TRAINER DAY TODAY!!! WHOO!!!!!!!

We did 20 minutes on the eliptical, 20 on the bike, and then some weight training. We did mostly legs and back because my abs were still killing me from Wednesday. Seriously, they hurt so bad I can’t laugh. But I really am starting to see results from working out with her. I’ve lost like 5lbs and I almost have leg muscles and abs!!! So exciting.

Then she said the words “bleacher workout” and I thought about hitting her. Nah, totally kidding. I actually would like to do a bleacher workout…but don’t think I’m capable. One of my goals is to BE capable of that. Pretty much anything she throws at me I’m up for…and if I suck at it I want to do it even more because I have this large desire to kick ass at these things.

Other good news is I’ve hopefully convinced some of the people in my class to go running with me!! I’m trying to get more people my speed in the Wednesday Night Run Club. I REALLY want one of my friends to start working out with me like he keeps SAYING he will…his birthday is next week and he promises to start after that. We shall see…

Well…that’s about all the exciting news right now. Tomorrow I’m going to try and get up early enough to take Shiloh for a run. I’m also going to try and take some pictures of him so you guys can see. He’s very handsome. 🙂

Later guys!!!

Something In The Way She Moves

July 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm | Posted in Cross Training, running, Training | 3 Comments
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I feel fine anytime she’s around me now,
And she’s around me now,
Almost all the time

                  ~James Taylor

Loving that song right now…a lot….so I had to share. 🙂

But I’m working on the way I move, and also working on spending more time with Trainer so she can make me feel fine. Three sessions this week!!!

I felt like crap today but I pulled it together and went anyway. We took it easy for the most part. 3 miles on the eliptical and 1 mile running/walking. Then ab work. Oooooh the ab work. We did this thing where I lay flat on the floor…she stands near my head and I lift my legs straight up….and then she PUSHES them back down….kinda like a see-saw with my torso. I have to try and not let my heels hit the floor…and lift my legs BACK up….so she can push my feet back down

 

 

Now just add my trainer standing at my head, shoving my feet back down so I’m laying flat again. BUT NO HEELS TOUCHING THE FLOOR. You get the picture.

Anyway. We also did medicine ball drills. I’m already feeling it. I told her I wasn’t going to like her tomorrow…

But I love her. I want to BE her. She’s so fit and amazing, I sooo want to be like that. I also really want to be a personal trainer one day so that probably has something to do with it. Plus, I can’t hate her because she does what I pay her to do!! Can’t get mad at someone for doing their job…seriously. I’m always so happy after I’ve worked out with her because I really feel like I’ve accomplished something.

I guess technically the half-marathon training is on target. Yesterday was a rest day…4ish miles today….eveen though on the schedule it should be like 2. We’ll see what happens. I’m hoping to pull it together for the half.

Tomorrow I’m doing an early run with a dog that I might start exercising for a lady who called me. I’m hoping it works out and the dog can keep up with me. (It’s 8…so I don’t want to push it too hard) I mean I’d get PAID to run and hang out with a super-cool dog?!!? Heck yeah!!!!

Alright, time to go be a good grad student!

Happy trails!

Do A Little Dance…

July 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm | Posted in Cross Training, running, Training | 3 Comments
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Ok well that was Friday.

I did quite a lot of dancing at The Embers concert. AMAZING time with the best friend. My parents were there, his parents, lots of high school people’s parents *yes, I hang out with old people*, my former boss…so it was fun.

Danced all night.

So Saturday…there was some PAIN in the left hip flexor/IT band…not sure which it was but it hurt. Not terrible but I thought (especially after the 4-Mile Friday) a rest day was in order.

Plus it’s better to fool around with my “schedule” now than mid-way through.

Yes, that’s right. We are now embarking on the Half-Marathon Training!!!

Not sure which half though. Something in November. My friend decided not to do the Richmond Half so I may still do it…or may not….there’s a local half too around then…so….we shall see.

But so anyway, we moved the “start” of the half training from Saturday to Sunday.

So Sunday I ran 2 miles!!!!

At 6pm when it was 92 degrees out. Insanity.

I almost died. I won’t lie, there was walking. And 10 minute miles. And some anger. But I DID IT!!!!

Then….today was cross training day with Trainer. And per my (idiotic) request we did a pool workout.

Just…wow. I used to be on the swim team but….that was many years ago…..and I have basically forgotten how to breathe while swimming. Thankfully no lifeguard was necessary but I was SLOOOOOOW. But it was still awesome. I liked doing the kickboard work best. (Gee, no face in the water…wonder why I liked it) My legs are pretty strong so those was also my fastest laps.

We did some different drills and I ended up swimming about a half mile…which is kinda sad but…for my first serious swim since…2001ish….hey, not bad.

And I feel AWESOME today, by the way.

No, I’m still totally not sleeping through the night. But I feel good. (And I just got your note, Erika. Great timing. I’ll work on that. *says to self I AM a BAMF….I AM*) I actually feel great today. Better than I have in MONTHS. I don’t know what is causing this but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it keeps up. 🙂

So, to recap…4 miles and 3 hours of dancing Friday, 2 miler to begin the half training Sunday, and a rockin pool workout today! Good week so far!!!

…Get Down Tonight

Don’t Stop Believing

July 18, 2008 at 11:31 am | Posted in running, Training | 6 Comments
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…Hold on to that feeeeeeeeelin

Well, I managed a pathetic 1/2 mile run last night. I mean paaaaaaaaathetic. I don’t even know for sure that it was a half mile. Grated, it was in a field and completly hilly…but it was sad. I felt like crap, it was absurdly hot, and when I finished I could feel my heartbeat in my temples. Not good.

So I felt like death the rest of the night. Still having sleeping issues. No new news there.

So. I met my trainer this morning at 8am. Reeeeeeally wasn’t sure about this. I was hoping to make it 2 miles.

YEAH.

TWO MILES.

HA!!!!!!!!!!!

Try 4. We did 4. Possibly 5 but I like to underestimate. 4 FREAKING MILES!!!!!!!! I haven’t ran…like really ran…in almost 3 weeks. And I did 4 miles. I feel like such a BAMF. I’m so proud.

And I’m going to feel like crashing SO hard later.

I also am going dancing with a friend tonight because our favorite *small* band is in town.

The Embers.

Yeah, they do oldies and…here. Watch. Actually listen…the video is and kinda…eh. Just listen.

So yeah. That’s the kind of music I love. Actually there’s not much I don’t love, but I love to go dancing to beach music so I’m excited.

Also there’s a 5K tomorrow in town I just found out about while driving by a sign today….and I KNOW I shouldn’t…but I’m SOOOO tempted. We’ll see.

And in one last piece of possibly awesome news….I may have found a running partner!!!! An elderly lady called me because I do pet sitting, and she is looking for someone to exercise her dog!!! It’s a red doberman and I can’t wait to meet it and see if it can keep up!!!!!!!!!!!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!!!!!

Ready To Run

July 16, 2008 at 3:20 pm | Posted in running, Training | 4 Comments
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I’m ready, ready, ready. Ready to run.

At least mentally that is. Reading everyone’s blogs and haunting the RW forums…is driving me insane. Plus my Higdon book I’d ordered



appeared this week so that’s really making me want to get out the door.

Unfortuneatly I end up still being too sick or tired. So since I haven’t really ran yet and have only managed some yoga and walking….you get to hear about the rest of my life.

*grumble*

So I thought this whole Ambien thing was going to make my life better…but no. Here’s a summary of my drug use and subsequent events thusfar.

Also, let me just say normally I HATE medication…and refuse to be on it….but at this point I’m so despeartly exhausted…I caved.

Friday: 1 Ambien – Sleep, glorious sleep. For a little while. Woke up, but was thankfully groggy and went back to sleep relativly fast. Total amount of sleep was around 9 hours.

Saturday: 2 Ambien – Oh. Good. Lord. I was out of my MIND. I remember being groggy…and then….apparently I started drugged-dialing. Awesome. I called about 5 different people, and texted about 3 more leaving a wake of confusion and slurred mutterings in my wake. And I don’t remember a thing….but plenty of my friends do…so I’ve gotten a lot of fun messages regarding my verbal escapades this week.

Sunday: Started Zoloft….accidentally took a whole instead of a half. Then took 1 Ambien so as to not repeat the previous night. Cue panic and insomina. Up for hours. Not cool. Not at all.

Monday: After taking a Xanax that morning because of the stress from not sleeping…I took HALF a Zoloft and 2 Ambien. Slighty better. Still woke up at Four-goshdern-Thirty. 8 total hours, to the letter…kinda irritating when you were aiming for 10.

Tuesday: Half Zoloft. 2 Ambien. Up at 3:30. 8ish hours, slighty unrestful.

So we’re running low on the Ambien. Kinda worrying me. I KNOW the Zoloft is going to take a long time to get in my system…but it really seems like it’s waking me up instead of relaxing me. I’m going to try it again tonight and tomorrow I’ll call the doctor if it isn’t better.

So that’s really all the excitement in my life. I want to run, my body refuses, and this depresses me. I also want to attend a meeting of the running club that’s tomorrow…but school has to come first. Right? RIGHT?? I haven’t been to a single meeting…but there’s a picnic next weekend. Would it be terrible of me to show up to the fun and not the….well I think the meetings would be fun…

CRAP there’s a 5K this weekend. Crap crap crap crap.

Ugh.

Dear Stomach,

Please stop sucking at life and ruining all my fun. It is rather rude to control someone’s life against their will so therefore I am ordering you to cease and desist at once.

Love and Drugs,
-Courtney

Anyway. I’m going to have to go now and save without spell checking. Please forgive me.

Doctor Doctor…

July 11, 2008 at 12:32 pm | Posted in Training | 7 Comments
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…give me the news

Well the news is that after 5, yes FIVE doctors appointments this week….I’m still here. And alive. And not victim to the stomach flu yet, as most of my class mates are.

And the even better news is AMBIEN!!! I now have a prescription for AMBIEN. Praise Jesus I get to sleep. I also get Zoloft to work on the stress/anxiety caused by the not sleeping. The doctor’s eventual hope is that I’m fine without any drugs. That’s my dream too, buddy.

So…tonight I get Ambien…so freaking excited about sleeping through the night. I feel ok taking it because my mom and aunt are both on it without the weird side effects of walking or driving with “no memory for the event” and neither of them have ever sleep-eaten their entire fridge contents so I’m hoping I’ll have the same results.

Omg if I sleep through the night I will freak out. It would be AWESOME.

If I sleep, I’m SO going for a run tomorrow morning.

Well, we’re mid-class so I’d better run.

You Will Be A Hot Dancer

July 9, 2008 at 12:26 pm | Posted in Cross Training, running, Training | 7 Comments
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“I’m gonna be,
gonna be,
I’m gonna be a hot dancer!”
       ~Incubus

Met with Trainer this morning. We took it kind of easy. I did 20 minutes on the eliptical then did 20 minutes on the bike, then ran a mile and did abs.

Pretty good for my first day back in a week.

I’m excited to feel better and start working out again. It seems like every time I get in a good routine, I get sick. Booo.

In other news, every day this week I get to go to a doctor. How awesomely fun is that? I saw the nurse yesterday to set up an appointment and do my pre-screening. I see another doctor today. Tomorrow I get blood work done AND see my GI doctor, then friday I get to see the doctor about the sleep meds. Seriously, by the end of this week I had better be healthy as a horse. No joke.

Well, I’ve got to run. Time to head to my next 3 hours of class today…Whoo!

Tag Team Back Again…

July 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm | Posted in running | 4 Comments
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Check and direct and let’s begin
Party on party people let me hear some noise

Thanks 1984 for that trip down memory lane…that involved roller skates…

Anyway.

Ok…here goes.

Thanks to Chefsy for tagging me!!! This looks pretty fun.

Copy the rules (or your version of them) and the set of questions onto your blog post, provide your own answers and then tag at least 5 new people. If tagged, you’ll find your name at the end of this post.

To be sure everyone tagged knows they’ve been invited to play, go to their blogs and leave them a comment notifying and referring them to your blog for details.

Lastly, once the chosen have answered the questions on their own blog, they should come back to yours to tell you.

Here are my responses. ( which i’ve yet to answer )
1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?
NON-EXISTANT!!! 10 years ago I would have been 14…and the only running I’d do was the forced participation in the mile for gym class. Around this time I occasionally would run/walk the mile around our property…but…I hated running with a passion.
2. What is your best and worst run/race experience?
Best – VIRGINIA BEACH ROCK AND ROLL HALF!!!! Awesome, awesome, awesome time.
Worst – Probably back in high school being forced to run the mile and being slow/fat.
3. Why do you run?
Because it makes me HAPPY. Because it makes me healthy. Because it keeps me sane. Because I love it. And about 1000000 other reasons.
4. What is the best or worst piece of advice you’ve been given about running?
Best: Everything from John Bingham. Basically, push yourself, but don’t kill yourself, otherwise you won’t enjoy it. Enjoying it is the main thing for me.
5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.
Um…I was overweight for a long time…then joined the swim team, lost 30lbs and became a cheerleader. I also have a degree in Biology and then went on to take two years of college classes FOR FUN and THEN start my masters. (People who knew me as a cheerleader find the education surprising and people who know me academically find the cheerleader part surprising…so there’s both.)

I tag:

Big B
Run Roam Recycle
Katie
Run Like The Wind
Running To Sonoma

Now I Lay Me

July 6, 2008 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Training | 4 Comments
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Down but not to sleep.

Well incase you haven’t noticed I have’t been around. I was sick for the last week or so. I got absolutely no running or exercise accomplished.

I was so exhausted from not getting enough sleep I pretty much slept from Friday until today. I only got up for family functions and food. The good news is that I feel a lot better now. The better news is that I will be getting medication to help me sleep through the night sometime soon…this week or next.

Normally I’m 100% against taking medication of most sorts…but this runs in my family and I won’t have to take the medication unless needed. Plus after you’ve been unrested for 2 months and tried every other option…

I’m just ready to sleep so I feel like running. I MISS running. I miss my life.

But life goes on…hopefully mine will go on with some sleep…

And until running, and sleeping occur, here are some pictures from the part of the weekend I was awake for.

Henry Sink Memorial Tractor Pull:

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And my “little sis”

And here’s her pull.

Well, hopefully some running will occur this week!!!

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