3 Peat

January 29, 2009 at 10:26 pm | Posted in Cross Training | Leave a comment
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Soooo…I’ve been bad about posting but good about running!!!!!!!!!!! I’m going to attempt an update of the last 3 running sessions real quick.

Monday my boyfriend got his bike out of the shop and all tuned up, so he wanted to go to the park. I ran 2 miles and he biked about 4. πŸ™‚ I REALLY didn’t feel like going running and it was getting dark…but he wanted to go so I went. So HUGE thanks to him for getting me out the door!!! ❀

So anyway. Tuesday I did 45ish minutes of yoga which was really nice. Gotta love my yoga.

Wednesday the boyfriend wanted to go to the park again so he biked about 7 miles and I ran a really great 4. I was SUPER fast but I didn’t have my watch so I don’t know exactly how fast…but it felt like I was rockin it.

And then today, again with the boyfriend and the park. He’s really great for my workouts!!!!!! I rode today!!!! It was my first bike ride in a really long time. I didn’t suck as I expected so that gives me hope for my tri!!!! Then after the bike I took Shiloh and Tessa out for a quick 3. πŸ™‚

Ok, gotta go watch Big Bang Theory. The boyfriend netflixed the first season for me!!!!!! THE BOY ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And Now I’m Feelin Fine

January 25, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Posted in Training | 1 Comment
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So Friday I had a pretty good session with my trainer. It was a BEAUTIFUL day outside so we ran 4 miles. I managed a nice kick at the end. She hates it when I do that. She says she doesn’t expect it and all of a sudden I’m pulling away from her and she’s like “What’s going on?!?!” πŸ™‚ I like to sneak it in there. Hehe.

So after that we did some ab work. I told her how last time…I wasn’t sore after. I have pretty decent ab muscles…and apparently it’s taking a LOT these days to make them hurt. The workout Friday did make them a little sore…but I’m going to have to try something different. Grrr.

But on to Saturday…I felt like Sperly!!! I did a run, I roamed, AND I recycled!!!!!

I did a nice 7 miler so I’m now back on track with training after shifting last week’s LR to Monday. So…7 in the park. It was pretty nice and I felt pretty great and could have maybe done 8 so that was exciting. The downside was that only PART of me felt great. My knee and foot weren’t too happy. I had a blister from Monday’s run…and um…the 7 miles…kinda wore on it. 😦 So that wasn’t too fun.

Then my left knee was hurting some…not real sure why…but it wasn’t too happy. Actually still isn’t too happy. I’ve been trying to ice and and rest. I felt really great after my run and thankfully nothing is sore…yet. 2 day delay and all…we’ll see tomorrow how it’s going. I was more tired today than after the run yesterday.

So that was the run, and here’s a view of the park where the run happens…well part of it. πŸ™‚

Nice and flat!!! Lol, I did 2 major hills within the 7 miles so…not all flat. The half course is basically flat (it’s at the beach…so YEAH!!!

Ok…well let me just pause and say THANKS to the wordpress gods that make wordpress save my drafts automatically…because mid-blog…I got the blue screen of death. Awesomeness.

Anyway. Now that we’re back…

The recycling followed the running because the recycling bin for the city happens to be in the park!!!! Yeah…seems odd…but ya know, a LOT of runners care about the environment…and having the bin there…saves me a trip AND gas AND therefore destruction of the ozone layer!!! Or something. Whatever it does, I like it, because I can run AND recycle all at once.

Plastic, steel, and glass, OH MY!!!!

Oh, and I heard a disturbing story…someone tell me if this can remotely be possible. Someone told my mom that they were at a local dump where they offer recycling…and while this person was throwing away their garbage the trucks came to collect the refuse and take it to the big landfill or whatever. According to this person they put the recycling in right with the regular trash!!!! How can that be??? Isn’t that illegal in some way?? I’m thinking this person HAS to be mistaken…because WHY would you have the separate bins….isn’t that just a waste of taxpayers money? Really though…that’s can’t be right, can it? Anyone? Thoughts?

Ok, well tomorrow is my first day of student teaching *gulp* so…I’m going to go prepare and sleep!!!!

Ain’t No Place I’d Rather Be

January 22, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Posted in 5k, Half-Marathon | 1 Comment
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Than running, that is.

I had the choice of going to a pot luck with the girls in my class and socializing…or staying home alone and running.

And what do I do?

I run.

I think…I can say for certain that I am a runner at this point. I choose running over most activities. I gravitate towards other runners. I drag my family and friends in to running with me. I get overly excited when I get socks as gifts. I get even more excited when race entry forms come in the mail. And if I get a new running book or my RW magazine comes…oh…don’t even try to get it away from me.

I’m a runner, aren’t I?

Hehe.

I’m a runner.

I’M A RUNNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah. I am.

And it’s only taken me a 14 5K’s and a half marathon to get me to realize it.

Actually…it was the realization I’d rather run than eat and talk.

And speaking of how running related things trumps eating…I put dinner in the microwave and sat down to wait the 5 minutes on it to heat…and got wrapped up in RW.com and the awesomly new VT Tri forum….and forgot about dinner…and left it so long it got cold.

I was so excited I forgot to eat. That’s bad.

So anyway.

Tomorrow is trainer day and I’m excited. I haven’t gotten to do a whole lot of running and working out this week because of school. Tuesday was a rest day because of the 6 miler on Monday. Then Wednesday I did yoga and ab work with my friend who’s training for the half with me!!!!

Then today I did 2 miles with Shiloh. It was getting dark so I did a shorter run, but it felt wonderful. πŸ™‚Β Someone asked who Shiloh was so I’ll explain. Lol. Shiloh is a dog, and he lives with another dog, Tessa. I take both of them running a few times a week for their owner who is older and not able to take them out much since they are dobermans and she’s…well…older. Haha. So I get paid to run with Shiloh and Tessa. So. That’s Shiloh, I run with him and get paid for it. πŸ™‚ Fun times.

I’m so excited. Tomorrow I’m supposed to do 4 miles and will probably do that with my trainer.

Well, I’ve got to go work on lesson plans now. You guys behave!!!!

It’s A Great Day To Be Alive

January 19, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Cross Training, Music, running, Training | 1 Comment
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Super awesome wonderful day!!!!!!!!!!!!

For starters, this is what I woke up to…

Awesomeness. SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!

However I was also uber sad because my precious Ipod had been missing for 2 whole days!!!!!!!!! The last time I distinctly remember seeing it was Wednesday when I ran…so after tearing my car apart 3 times, my basket it normally goes in…I even looked under the couch in case the cat had seen it and decided it was a fun toy….I pulled all the cushions out of the couch to see if somehow it had slipped out of my purse….I looked under my desk…in pockets of pants and jackets…….

EVERYWHERE. I looked EVERYWHERE. I was depressed for the entire day yesterday because A) It was icy and I couldn’t run…and B) I only slept 4 hours and there was no way I could getΒ 6 miles in on 4 hours of sleep….

So today…with the snow…I decided I was going running regardless…but I had to look one more time. And I did. Nothing. So I laid down for a second and watched the boyfriend play wii while I tried to remember where I last saw my ipod.

And where did I last have it? When I was buying yarn for a certain penguin hat…

And WHERE did I find my ipod?!?!?! In my knitting basket in the bag with the penguin hat yarn!!!!!!!!!!! YAY IPOD!!!!!!!!!!

Snow AND the ipod…perfect.

There was just enough snow to coat everything in white, but not so much that I couldn’t get out and drive to the park.

There’s the start of the trail where I started my 6 miles.

Here’s one of my favorite parts of the trail, right as it enters the woods. It always makes me smile.

The trail winds a mile through the woods, then up and hill and over and down in to the other park. There’s a 2 mile loop around that park so I did that twice, then back up and over the hill for a total of 6 miles. I had fun doing the loop twice. Normally it’s boring but with the snow I could try to run in my own footprints or someone else’s. I really enjoyed it.

I took Uri with me. He LOVED the snow. He ran and ran and ran. Normally he sniffs everything but he just had a blast running today.

Here’s what my view looked like for the majority of the run.

Hehe. Fun times.

So we did our 6 miles…and I wore my trail shoes because I figured…snow…little ice as well from yesterday…might need extra traction. It worked and I didn’t slide once, BUT…I did discover that the trail shoes, although new…kind of pull apart on the side…near the ball of my foot…and there’s a little crack created between the side of the shoe and the sole…and the edge of my foot gets shoved down in there when I run…and after 4 or 5 miles….NOT fun.

And after 6? Big blisters and a red/purple blood blister…niiiiice.

So. Gonna wear comfy shoes the rest of the day and ice my calves because they are on FIRE.

Overall…I’m having one of the best days of my break ever. Even though school starts tomorrow….I’m having an AWESOME week so far. πŸ™‚

YAY 6!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hate Me

January 17, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Posted in Blogroll, Cross Training | 2 Comments
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Yesterday was “I Hate Trainer” day. πŸ™‚ Ha, not really. But during some ab exercises I was NOT loving her so much. πŸ™‚ But I’m hoping to be sore later today…the good sore. I love that sore SO much.

I also did 30 minutes on the eliptical and WOW that hurt. It was an older machine and it was more like a stair climber than an eliptical. My glutes and quads were screaming by the end…but it’s for the best. πŸ™‚

In other fun news….I went shopping πŸ™‚ Wanna see what I got?!!?!? SURE YA DO!!!!!!!

MMMM KNITTING!!!!!!!!! I got an awesome eco yarn (the pink) and some Aplaca (grey) as well as some red and white to re-do my friend’s scarf. Here’s a taste.

I’ve gotten a lot of it done. It’s red, grey, and white. OSU colors. πŸ™‚

AND…I got some other nifty yarn from an awesome local knitting store, Mosaic….

What’s that for, you ask???

Why an awesome hat compliments of Brian!!!

No, that’s not Brian. It’s a random kid’s picture that is on the pattern, which Brian provided me a link to. Because Brian is awesome. And yes, Brian. I knit. πŸ™‚ And you ROCK for that pattern.

And also, I got a fun new scratchy thing for the cats!!!

Paco is clearly enjoying it.

So tomorrow is LONG RUN DAY!!!!!!!! 6 miles…and hopefully some warmer weather. It’s so cold outside it HURTS. I’m not pleased with this whole artic blast we’re having. It’s really not that fun. πŸ™‚ So…let’s hope it warms up so I can get a nice run in!!!!

Cloud Nine

January 14, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Posted in running, Training | 3 Comments
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Not so much the feeling of being on cloud nine, but more the time. More like 9:30 but still, I’m elated. 4 miles at a 9:30 pace!!!! WHOOOO!!!!! And I fully realize that’s not really fast at all but for me, it’s an improvement.

Granted a year and a half ago I was doing a 9 min pace even but still. Gosh darnit it’s an improvement over the last few months. AND the fact that I can hold 9:30 for 4 miles gives me hope. I’m hoping to do around a 10 min pace for the half. It would be faster than my last half so….that’d be great. πŸ™‚ So for today, 9:30 pace for 4 miles…makes me uber excited. πŸ™‚

Also, yesterday I did about 2 miles with Shiloh around his neighborhood. I felt really sluggish and tired. I was going to do 3 miles but just ended it at 2. It just wasn’t a good day. But that’s ok because I feel like I totally made up for it today!!!

Tomorrow looks to be a trainer day since she’s back in town!!! WHOOO!!!!!! And in other exciting news the boyfriend might be getting a bike so he can bike beside me while I run!! AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

πŸ™‚

Nowhere Fast

January 12, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Posted in Cross Training | 2 Comments
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Will I ever get to, to where it is that I am going
Will I ever follow through with what I… with what I have planned
I guess its possible, that I have been a bit distracted
And the directions for me are a lot less in demand.

I feel like I’ve been going nowhere fast this week. Only got 3 good runs in…but that’s better than this time last year. I did 3 miles on Thursday….or maybe Friday. Hmm, I don’t remember!! Friday. Pretty sure.

So I did that 3 then yesterday I did 5 miles for my long run. It was decent but I was pretty sore after. It was also absurdly cold. πŸ™‚ I’m proud of not missing a long run so far…next week we go up to 6 miles. Eeeek!! That’s the longest I’ve done in several months…since the half really…wow.

I go back to school next week…so I’m trying to figure out how to work training in with my student teaching. I’m thinking that as long as I can leave school right as soon as the last bell rings I can make it back home in time to run before it gets dark. Basically I’m going to keep my fingers crossed and wait and see. πŸ™‚

Today I hiked about 3 miles with the boyfriend and the dog. It was a pretty nice hike even though it was SUPER cold out. I didn’t have the camera though. 😦 Tragic.

Ok, gonna go watch some TV and get some planning done!! Later!!!

Rain Drops Keep Fallin On My Head

January 7, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Posted in Cross Training | 2 Comments
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Uri and I went to the park this morning for a run.

That picture was just for Erika. πŸ™‚ So anyway. It was overcast and pretty cool out when we got to the park. Not a single other person in sight, just one lone car besides ours.

The park loop is 2 miles so we ran the loop twice for a nice 4 miler. Right towards the 4th mile in our journey is started raining. Not terribly bad but enough to get Uri nice and muddy and me slightly damp. Thankfully I was sporting the under armour under my running gear so I didn’t really mind. However I did kind of mind the muddy wet dog in my car on the ride home. πŸ™‚ So he got a nice bath as soon as we hit the front door.

After Uri’s bath I went over to a lady from church’s house to pick up some stuff that grandma had. Grandma was at the lady’s house working on the quilt. She’s also grandma’s best friend. Ann.

There’s grandma in the purple and Ann in the white working on the quilt πŸ™‚

And guess who else quilted!!!!

THIS GIRL!!!!!

Yep. Quilting in my running gear. πŸ™‚ Hehe. However I did realize that I was committing a cardnial running sin and wearing my running shoes for things that aren’t running. BAD ME. BAD!!!!!!!!

Oh, and in superexciting news…ya ready? Are ya?!?!? ARE YAY!?!?!?

DUM DA DUMMMMMM…………………

I’m now a USAT member!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND!!!!!!!!!!!

AND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Signed up for my first triathlon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Angel’s Triathlon in April!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

Rocky Top You’ll Always Be…

January 5, 2009 at 6:54 pm | Posted in Cross Training, Half-Marathon, running | 2 Comments
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*sigh*

❀ Rocky Top. πŸ™‚

The boyfriend and I went down to Tennessee this past Saturday for a bit of hiking on the Appalachian Trail. We hiked Laurel Falls, about 2 or 3 miles. πŸ™‚ It was a really fun hike and I really want to go back and do it again!

Here are some pictures from the hike.

Me, by the river at the start of the trail.

Trace on the trail!

Me on the bridge that I was not too excited about. It’s not as high as it looks.

That’s the view from the bridge.

Me and Trace at the falls.

More of us. πŸ™‚

So anyway, that was a wonderful day. We also got to meet up with my cousin and her boyfriend for dinner at one of my favorite places that night. I wish we had had more time. I love Tennessee. πŸ™‚ Never want to leave.

Yesterday when we got home it was SOO wonderfully warm out (65 degrees!!!) so I HAD to go for a run!!! I originally planned on doing 3 miles but I felt so good and the weather was SO nice I ended up doing a full 5 miles!!! Not only that, I did it in well under 50 minutes with negative splits on the last mile for SURE!! I made the mistake of wearing shorts to run in…and um…needed some body glide. Lol. Sorry about the overshare but I’m sure all my running friends understand!

I didn’t feel to bad after the run…I was actually beyond excited because I’d gone 5 miles for the first time in a while…and I felt awesome.

So…what did I do?

I SIGNED UP FOR THE SHAMROCK HALF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sooooo excited. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!! A girl from my class is doing it as well and a bunch of people from the tri team are doing the full. YAY!!!!!!!!

And on a final note, I did yoga today!!!! 40 minutes to stretch after that run yesterday. πŸ™‚

BYEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

They Paved Paradise

January 2, 2009 at 1:11 am | Posted in Cross Training, Half-Marathon | 3 Comments
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They took all the trees
And put them in a tree museum
Then they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The boyfriend and I did a short little hike near the Appalachian Trail. It was about 2 or 2.5 miles. We did the start to the trail of Dragon’s Tooth. It was pretty fun. We didn’t have time or daylight to go all the way up because we had to meet my family for dinner.

Here are some pictures from the hike!

Uri found something fun!!

Dad and the pup. πŸ™‚

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign.

Uri standing on the AT!!!

Me and my hunnie!!

And Sperl, you know you want that puppy!!!!! πŸ™‚

So after our hike I came home and took Uri out for a quick 1 mile run around the block. I mean…I hiked and stuff but it’s not running. So I had to get a super-fast run in before getting ready for dinner and such with the fam.

Oh, and in case I haven’t mentioned this…Uri is pronounced “Or-ee” and is short for Uiron de Boyd de Vichelles or…however it’s spelled. He’s from France. But bottom line, the dog’s name is said “Or-ee” Like Oreo but without the last O.

Anyway. I did my first run of 09, put up my Runners World calendar, and am going to go log it in my RW log!!!!! WOOT!!!!! That’s starting 2009 off right!!! πŸ™‚

Later guys!!!!!!!

Oh, almost forgot!!! As soon as I get my Christmas checks to the bank I’m signing up for the Shamrock Half Marathon!!!!!!! WHOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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