Wind Beneath My…Feet?

December 31, 2008 at 10:49 am | Posted in Cross Training | 4 Comments
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Because really, I think if I went out to run today…I’d be blow away.

That’s the view off my deck…and my windsock smacking me as I took the video.

Seriously. And what’s even better…is THIS is the motivational quote I got from Runners World today.

“There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better to train under bad conditions, for the difference is then a tremendous relief in a race.”

EMIL ZATOPEK

Seriously?

Yeah um…I’m not going out for a run and risking getting whacked in the head by a falling branch or something.

SO. Gameplan for today…workout inside. Yoga, weights, something. Just…that’s plain nasty out. 60mph winds!!!

For a better update please see yesterday’s entry. Pictures!!! Whoo!!!

Just A Small Town Girl…

December 31, 2008 at 1:23 am | Posted in Cross Training, Half-Marathon | 5 Comments
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Livin’ in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere
Just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit
He took the midnight train goin’ anywhere

Went to see Bedtime Stories tonight. Heavy on the Journey music so I thought it was fitting.

I did a nice 3 miler today. My friend and I were going to goΒ geocaching (10 points to anyone who actually knows what that is) so I got my run in before we went. I have a tendancy to put the run off…and then not do it…so in an effort to stay on track with my training I got my run in BEFORE going out with my friends. πŸ™‚ GO me.

And let me tell you it was a darn good thing, because her car…died on us. We ended up sitting in a field for about 2 hours.

Here’s a picture of where we sat.

So. That was fun. And speaking of pictures, I need to post my Christmas goodies!!! So without further ado….DUM DA DUM……………………..

The clothes!!!

The DVD’s!!!!

The running goodies from the family. A BPA free bottle, some gloves, an under armor sports bra, a scarf, and a headlamp!!!

And the piΓ¨ce de rΓ©sistance….

The awesome, awesome, awesome, AWESOME presents from the boyfriend!!!

Yeah. 2 running books I’ve been DYING for…a ultra-light headlamp (the one the fam gave me…kinda tends to fall down in to my face when I run, it’s better for working on the jeep or something) some ASICS socks (woot for my fave brand) and not to mention the fuel belt I got earlier!!!

THEN he got me a Carhartt jacket (OMG YAY!!!!!!!!!!) and a new fishing pole!!!! AWESOMENESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I may keep this one around for awhile.

So. Shamrock prices go up tomorrow. I’m going to try and sign up tomorrow. I will. I CAN. I must.

I AM GOING TO RUN THE SHAMROCK HALF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, so I keep a yearly running log…the RW one. This one.

So last year was the first year I did it…and I think I started it…um..wait. Maybe I started in August of 07…yeah…then I got sick…and I didn’t do it much this year…but anyway. 2009. I’m starting the log and writing down EVERY run. And I am EXCITED!!!!!!!!!! Does anyone else get excited about new logs or stuff? Yes? Maybe?

Well I am.

So. Tomorrow is the last day of the old log. I’m READY for 2009 and my new log. AND my new RW calendar!!!!!!!

SHAMROCK HALF HERE I COME!!!!!!!!!!!

Out Ta Get Me

December 29, 2008 at 1:44 pm | Posted in 5k, Books, Half-Marathon, running | 1 Comment

They’re out ta get me
They won’t catch me
I’m innocent
They won’t break me

So I ran with mom today. She wanted to do 3.5 miles but I tricked her in to 4. πŸ™‚ However she was pretty sure that all the men in the park were scary. I understand a healthy dose of suspicion is necessary when you’re a young female alone…but…I mean she was paranoid. πŸ™‚ I love her to peices but she really was convinced every guy we passed was sketchy.

Most of them were wearing black…and mom found that alarming. And one old guy was standing around and stretching but not running. Yeah he was a little sketch but…I’m 99% sure I could out run him and if I couldn’t I could most likely kick his butt…because he was OLD.

Plus, I run in a park, beside a high school, near my friends houses, in a small, small town. It’s not that sketchy. Especially at 10am.

BUT ANYWAY. Moving on.

I ran a mile or so on Christmas Day…did some other cardio and lifting a few days before that…I’ve just been too busy to blog about it!!! However I DO need to upload pictures of all my awesome presents!!!

The boyfriend? AMAMZING!!!!!!!! He got me a BUNCH of marathon goodies!!! Two marathon books I really wanted, some socks (Asics socks!) and a headlamp!!! WOOT for seeing in the dark!!!! Seriously, he’s amazing. He’s so good to me. πŸ™‚ I’m theΒ luckiest girl in the world. πŸ™‚

And right now I have to go clean, get some work done, stretch more, and head out to the shooting range!Β  Pictures will be uploaded later!!!

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas

December 21, 2008 at 9:26 pm | Posted in Cross Training, Half-Marathon | 2 Comments
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Because it’s totally been 60 degrees here for the past few days. Seriously.

Sorry for the delay in posting, I was wrapping up my semester. Phew. SO glad that’s done. Although…I still have work to do…but no real deadlines. Thank God.

But anyway, here’s a quick recap from the last week…

Wednesday – TRAINER DAY!!! Whoo!!! We did 20ish minutes on the bike then a badass cardio circuit. MAN did my abs hurt the next day!!! However that makes me very pleased so YAY PAIN!!!!!

And has anyone ever used one of these?

It’s the Reebok Studio Cycle. I love those things. It’s an awesome workout and the bike is SO small…if they weren’t megabucks I’d so get one for my apartment!!!

Anyway, so then I was a slacker for a few days…school is to blame, totally. But then Saturday I STARTED MY HALF MARATHON TRAINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m training for the Shamrock Half Marathon

So. I really need to register. πŸ™‚ I think my friend is going to do it with me so that will be awesome.

So Saturday I did a 4 mile run. It was a really comfortable temperature and I was quite pleased with my performance…so let’s hope I can keep it up till March!!! πŸ™‚

In other news…the boyfriend ROCKS again. We exchanged one early Christmas present each…I got him a hiking guide and he…is a non-runner so the fact that he picked the following item out with out a CLUE about running….is AMAZING. PLUS I’d never, ever, ever, ever mentioned I wanted one….so without further ado…meet MY NEW FUEL BELT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FUEL BELT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I GOT A FUEL BELT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Seriously I nearly flipped. I am beyond excited…so now I really have to buckle down and get this training underway!!!!

FUEL BELT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

πŸ™‚

Now if only it would get cold and snow, my life would be perfect.

Frosty The 5K

December 14, 2008 at 6:27 pm | Posted in 5k, Cross Training, running | 7 Comments
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Haha.

Today was the Frosty 5K hosted by my favorite local running store. πŸ™‚

I basically felt like crap. Royal crap. But…I got my butt out there anyway.

And I kinda rocked it.

πŸ™‚

Granted it wasn’t a PR, but for the hills on this course…MAN I rocked it. 29:56. Sub 30 so that’s decent for me. But what was awesome is the fact I got SECOND in my age group!!!!! SECOND!!!!!!!! And I felt like CRAP!!!!!!! SECOND!!!!!!!!

And second do another member of the tri-team. Second to a triathlete. Mhmm. Pretty awesome. I’m pretty excited.

So second place prize was a pair of socks (hence the running store sponsoring the race) and a mug. πŸ™‚

My cat was very interested in the mug. πŸ™‚

Here’s the shirt from the race.

I love a shirt that isn’t white. πŸ™‚ I also love long sleeved shirts. πŸ™‚ And since there were way less participants than expected they sold the extra shirts for 5 bucks so I bought a medium one for me to sleep in, and one for mom and Beth. πŸ™‚

I’m really, really glad I ran today. I exceeded my goal for 2008, AND did 2 races in 1 weekend, another goal of mine. AND I feel none the worse for the wear. πŸ™‚ Pretty good. πŸ™‚ Pretty darn good. πŸ™‚

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

December 13, 2008 at 2:47 pm | Posted in 5k | 4 Comments
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We jingled all the way through our 5K!!!!

MOM RAN HER FIRST RACE!!!! YAY MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was a CHILLY CHILLY start. Really chilly. So lots of layers were needed. Here’s me and mom at the start…

Here’s another with our jingle bells on.

So then the race began, there were around 1000 people give or take there. We took it kind of slow since this was mom’s first race. I stayed with her for the entire thing because I’m racing again tomorrow so I just had a nice 3 mile jog. πŸ™‚ Mom did REALLY well. She ran the ENTIRE way which was WAY BETTER than my first 5K!!!!

There were 3 or 4 major hills but she toughed it out. I kept talking to her the whole time and encouraged her. I hope it helped, she was a little too frozen and winded to tell me if it was helping or to even tell me to shut my trap but I kept on! πŸ™‚ I told some of my favorite “run lies” to her that I tell myself…like “This is the last hill!!!” when it really isn’t. πŸ™‚ Anyone else lie to themselves?? Haha.

So anyway, she did manage to run the whole way and I hope I helped some…I tried. She did really well. We got to the finish and she picked it up some!!!! I was so proud. πŸ™‚

Can you spot us?!?!?!?

We finished together in 37:08. Both exactly the same!!! YAY US!!!!!!!

And you know what’s awesome? If mom had been 6 seconds faster, she would have gotten 3rd in her age group. THIRD!!!! So she was FOURTH in her very first ever 5K!!!!! I ws 5th in mine. πŸ™‚

MOM I’M SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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******EDIT*******

So I just went back through my logs…and my first 5k? 37:02. Six seconds faster than mom’s first…. πŸ™‚ Pretty darn cool.

******EDIT AGAIN*******

So. Just realized I was so excited about mom’s race I forgot that this race was special for me too. THIS WAS MY GOAL RACE TODAY!!!! This made my goal for the year complete, because this was my 8th race in 2008!!!!! YAY ME!!!!!!! I MET MY GOAL!!!!!!!!!!! And tomorrow…if I feel up to it…I’m going to hit 9 races in 08!!! πŸ™‚

Good times. πŸ™‚

Down The Road

December 12, 2008 at 10:28 pm | Posted in Cross Training, running | 1 Comment
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Down the road,
I made up reasons to go,
Down the road…
~Kenny Chesney

TRAINER DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was fuuuun. We did 3ish miles at a pretty decent pace. I felt like quitting at about 15 minutes but because I was with Trainer I kept going. She doesn’t so much PUSH me, as she shows me what I’m actually capable of. But man it was cold out!!! Really windy too which sucked. It was hard to keep pushing against the wind towards the last uphill part but I DID IT!!!! πŸ™‚ Twas awesome. So proud.

Then we did a killer 10 minute ab routine. We did 1 minute drills of 10 different exercises. It was awesome. πŸ™‚ I haven’t had sore abs in weeks…I’m hoping to be SORE tomorrow!!!! πŸ™‚

Well, I’d best be getting to bed. 5K in the AM with mom, then another one on Sunday!!! Watch for the race report!!!!!!!!!!

Shoes.

December 10, 2008 at 11:00 pm | Posted in 5k, Cross Training, running, Training | 3 Comments
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Mmmm shoes!!!!!!

Who else out there loves their running shoes?!?!?

And who looooves getting new shoes?!?!?!

That’s what I thought. So please, share in my excitement of my TWO, count em TWO, new pairs of running shoes!!!!!!!!!!!

But first, let us say a fond farewell to my old shoes that will now be retired to easy workouts or walking to class.

My beautiful Asics. Nimbus. I really thought I would stick with them…but I went to my favorite local running store, Runabout SportsΒ and ended up with a lovely new pair of Mizuno’s!!!!

Mmmm aren’t they lovely?!?!?!?

So what does every runner do with their new running shoes?!?!? LACE THEM UP AND HIT THE PAVEMENT!!!! I took Uri out for a nice 3 mile run from my house to Beth’s. It was wonderful.Β  πŸ™‚ Uri was a pain today but I was still super excited about my rockin new shoes!!!

And yes, I did say TWO new pairs of shoes. That’s right. I got another pair. A trail pair!!! After the 4 mile trail run…I decided to get some trail shoes because I DO love trail running. I was going to order a pair online…but 40% off…it woulda been the same to order them online. So without further ado…my new Adidas trail shoes!!!!

Mmm, aren’t they pretty?!?!?!

So now I’m going to have to go for a trail run soon!!! Also, still need to get some YaxTrax. But anyway, in addition to the shoes I got a hat and two of my FAVORITE pairs of socks. Asics Hera’s. I got a discount because I’m a member of a local running group and the Tri-Club sooo….that plus the sale they were having…it was awesome. OH, and when you buy shoes at Runabout you get a discount on all other clothing items as well!!! So…I made out like a bandit today.

Mmmm new gear. Nothing spells fun like new gear!!!

SO…while in the store I noticed race shirts near the register…lots and lots of race shirts and numbers. *gasp* What’s that?!!? The store is having a 5K this weekend?!?!?!? And who do you think is now registered for TWO races this weekend??? One Saturday and one Sunday?!!? THIS GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And who couldn’t be more excited??!?! THIS GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My mom is running one on Saturday with me and I’ll be doing the store’s 5K Sunday!!!! SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And in non-running news, I would like to publically announce my serious lack of attention to my surroundings. APPARENTLY the boyfriend left a rockin present in my apartment IN PLAIN VIEW in FRONT of the TV three days ago…and I didn’t notice. He had to show it to me yesterday. I’m pathetic.

So. Here’s my random awesome for no reason Christmas present. πŸ™‚

Isn’t that awesome?!?!?!? I was soooo excited. πŸ™‚ Hehe.

So. In conclusion…shoes rock, races rock, boyfriends rock. And I’m a BAMF. πŸ™‚

We Are Family

December 6, 2008 at 10:58 pm | Posted in 5k, Half-Marathon, running | 5 Comments
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MOM RAN 3 MILES TODAY!!!!!!!!! GO MOM GO!!!!!!!!!!

But first, the JC Half!!!

I “worked” at the halfway mark with a few people from the tri team. It was awesome, I got to see my trainer run, she got second female so that’s awesome!!! However I TOTALLY forgot to take pictures till almost everyone had finished. Lol. Here’s a picture from the halfway point.

And also, in fun-type news I got to play with my favorite baby on Laura’s farm. I’ve named her Lucky.

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Isn’t she adorable?!!?

But anyway. MOM RAN WITH ME TODAY!!!!! I took her and Uri to the park for a run. Here we are on the way to the park. Uri REALLY liked mom.

So we did the 2 mile loop around the park, mom thought it was longer…she was not too happy but she kept going!!! She doesn’t like the cold and it was snowing on us but she kept running anyway!!! I was SO PROUD!!!! She kept going for the full 3 miles with only a little walking!!! Of course Uri was ready to go another 3…

Mom really liked Uri after the run.

He’s such a good boy. AND I AM SO PROUD OF MOM!!!!!!!!!!! GOOD JOB MOMMY YOU RAN 3 MILES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YAY MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, back to homework. Hopefully mom and I are doing a 5K next weekend since she knows she can do a full 3 miles!!!!!

If You Wanna Go And Take A Ride With Me

December 3, 2008 at 9:37 pm | Posted in running, Training | 2 Comments
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Heeeey, must be the money….

Yeah don’t ask why. That’s what I’m listening to right now though. Hmm…is there a way to link my pandora stations to wordpress? Might have to look in to that.

Come on boo, gimme kiss.

Lol, ok let’s stop being random and get down to bidness.

Ok. I can’t stop. Deal with it.

So. Last night. Tri Team meeting. AWESOME. My trainer was there and I got to meet a lot of the team. I also got the team schedule for the spring so I can look over the events and see what I want to do. I’m so ambitious all of the time…because I’ve never done a tri…and now there are at LEAST 2 that I want to do next spring. They are sprints…so…I mean that’s not bad, right???

I have a bad habit of diving in head first….to everything.

So anyway. We’ll see what my trainer says I can do. I’m going to let her call the shots since she usually has a better sense of my physical capabilities than I do.

But on to today’s run. I did 4 miles in the park. Not too exciting. I did the 2 mile loop around the park twice with Uri of course. And once again, the dog was not the LEAST bit tired at the end of our run. Granted I felt badass and probably could have done another mile…but my calf was cramping on and off and Saturday is LR day so I’m trying to pace myself.

I am feeling so awesome. I’m such a BAMF. πŸ™‚ Right E??? Ha. I’m really getting back in to my groove and lovin every minute of it!!!

Ok, off to do work now…if I can stop daydreaming about tri’s long enough to focus!!!!

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