Saturday, June 28, 2008

Ouch!

I am in pain!!! This foot issue has gotten a lot worse in the past week and is now really causing some problems with my shin. I set out for a run this morning with my friend Erin and instead of running we did a 4 mile walk. I couldn't even try to run through the pain. My goal is to work through this injury and get back on track as fast as possible.

Per Erin's suggestion, I froze a water bottle and I have been rolling and icing my foot. It seems to help. I also have been stretching it. This week I will set out to find a new chiropractor to see if they can work some magic. My chiropractor that I LOVE is no longer covered by my insurance *crying*. He kept me in tip top shape a few years ago. I hope to find someone that is just as great to get snap me back in line.

On the topic of stretching.....man I need to do more of it. I am stiff and sore. I am not shocked that I am having issues now because I never stretch. I am thinking of doing some Yoga. I have done it in the past but it was not a great class. I want to find a real instructor that really knows what they are doing. I think it will make all the difference.

I am also exploring some things to do for cross training. Spinning is one of them. I am scared to death to try it, but everyone swears that it is fun and truly addictive. Here are my fears:
1. The bikes are too close
2. I won't be able to keep up
3. I am afraid I will fall off the stationary bike.....Yes I am that klutzy
4. What if I puke because of the intensity of the workout

I guess there is a first time for everything, but this workout scares the bejeesus out of me.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

So Now What?

My big race is over and I have nothing on deck. At first I was kind of freaking out because there are no races on the schedule but now I am ok with it. Next week the lottery opens up for the Twin Cities 10 miler and I am going to try to get in. If I do not get picked, no biggie. Right now I am going to run because I WANT to not because I HAVE to. I need to focus on shedding some weight....I had Fritos and beer for dinner. Enough said.

I finally have my new and improved Garmin and it is working beautiful! I had the chance to get to the track and calibrate it. I sooooooo love this thing, I think it a new favorite toy. I need to give props to their customer service department. They were awesome! They exchanged my Garmin 50 with no hassle and they helped me with some of questions for set up. I do get excited with good service because these days it doesn't happen often.

I set out to do my run tonight and it ended up being a lame run/walk. I have been ignoring some foot pain for quite some time and now it is getting hard to walk. I fear it is the dreaded plantar fasciitis. At least that is today's diagnosis from WebMD. Also my shin splits have reared their ugly head. I need to incorporate some cross training and stretching. *sigh* Damn injuries, they are like kids....they get worse if you ignore them.

Congratulations to my Brother-in Law and Sister-in-Law, they welcomed baby number 4 and this time it is a girl!!!!! Our tribe of wild things keeps getting bigger! I am so happy that Baby Diva will have a girl cousin to grow up with (not that I have much hope of either one of them being very ladylike). I am so excited to meet her and shower her with girly stuff. Now that she is born, I pray that my Sister-in-Law can keep her legs closed so I don't have to be drunk at family events alone. Ha! Only kidding....sorta.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

More Stuff About Last Weekend...


I flopped on the IDWLC this week. I am up almost 2lbs this week. I suppose I can claim water retention from the race I ran, but in reality I think I have this to blame



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Auntie Mary made her famous lasagna for a post race dinner on Sunday. It was AWESOME and worth every pound put on. It is so good that I have to blog about it. This picture does not do it justice. Everything is made from scratch and it takes her a few days for everything to be put together. I suggest she do a little Throw Down with Mr. Bobby Flay.

My little guys also did their first race last Friday. They had a blast and now they want to run with me all the time. Too bad my hubby doesn't feel the same way!


Hey Look...Mom packed the wrong shoes...I am wearing my brother's shoes that are 3x too big for me.

Yes, he ran with the horns. A little pre-race rest.

They got their own race "bling"

Nothing else going on as I am still without a vehicle. When I get bummed out about being limited to walking, I think of all that gas I am saving. Woo Hoo!!! I am dusting off my bike to see if I can ride it to work tomorrow. HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Now that is something to laugh about....me on a bike.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Buzz Kill

Nothing like a shot out back window to try to kill a good runner's high. I woke up this morning to find that the back window of my van was smashed. The police came and said most likely that it was a pellet gun as they have had a bunch of calls for this same issue. He said it was probably kids "having fun". WTF??!! Kids having fun is TPing a house not going around vandalizing vehicles. I know the douche bag(s) that did this will not be caught and/or punished. I just hope Karma is a bitch.

It is going to take a lot more than a broken window to break my runner's high. In fact, I kind of got a chuckle when the cop came to write up the police report. I walked outside looking like trailer trash. Just so you can get a visual...unshowered and smelly, effed up hair, no make up, and lounge short paired with a nasty old t-shirt. I can actually hear the theme song to COPS playing. Of course the nice cop was a looker......




Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon Race Report

I woke up Saturday morning and asked myself "How the HELL I am going to run 13.1 miles today?". My training was very spotty and I didn't get out to do many scheduled long runs. On top of not being properly trained, I was EXHAUSTED! Baby Diva is cutting teeth and was up most of Thursday and Friday night. I did not get the rest I needed. As I dragged myself out of bed at 4AM, I told myself "Just cross the finish line!".

I was not nervous. I did not have my normal race OCD or the weird pit in my stomach. I had everything I needed laid out and ready to go. I tip-toed around the house to get dressed and ate my pre-race PB&J. I grabbed my bleary eyed hubby and a cup of coffee and we were off.

My husband was kind enough to drop me off at the starting line. He really didn't have a choice in the matter. Unfortunately he had to leave right away because there was no place to park. I was by myself and I felt like dead girl walking. Still I was not nervous, but I was kind of sad. Sad because I thought I was going to be lonely. I had nobody to run with. I saw all these groups of friends and families in their pre-race huddles laughing and having a great time. I was a bit envious that I didn't have a buddy. I thought I was going to die not having anyone to talk to and not having music to keep me motivated. I really wanted someone there with me to share the experience.

The gun went off but I didn't hear it. I just followed the crowd as we inched forward and eventually we hit the starting line. The first mile was wall to wall people and it was a slow jog at best. Some of the gridlock was cause by people not lined up in the proper chutes. I had to dodge groups of walkers that had their groups lined up across the course. That is kind of a pet peeve of mine. Finally, I got into my groove and before I knew it I had just passed mile marker 3.

I don't have a mile by mile report. The course overlooked Lake Superior and was beautiful. The weather was great, warm yet not hot and there was a nice breeze. The spectators were awesome and they lined the course. Their spirit and enthusiasm kept me motivated to run the whole time. We had guest appearances from Elvis and Schrek and there were some great musicians that help pick up the pace. Since Ipods were forbidden, I got my kicks out of the conversations around me. I heard a lot of political banter as many runners chose to make a statement on their clothes and others would comment on it. The group of guys behind me had me cracking up as they were jabbing each other and quoting movie lines. There were people meeting for the first time and there were multi-generational groups. It was all enough to keep me entertained the whole time.

By mile 6 I developed a strategy. There was going to be aid stations at every mile marker from six on. I allowed myself to walk through the water station and then pick up the pace to run to the next one. I ran the first half of the mile at a comfortable pace and then I would speed up. Seemed to work because I never really hit the wall. By mile 12, I knew I was going to finish. I rounded the corner after the last aid station and started passing people. I held strong and gave it all I had for the finish. I could not have been happier to finish. As an added bonus, I came in under my goal time. (Yes, secretly I had a goal time of 2:30.)
Gun time was 2:29:00
Chip time was 2:24:03
(Not too shabby for an out of shape chubby chick)

Woo Hoo! I finished!!!!!

Race Bling

Post race goodness

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wednesday ADD

I am all over the board today. I can't seem to focus long enough to get anything done. Here is a bit of randomness from my day.

My day started out with a (almost) 3 mile run. It wasn't bad, but wasn't great. My mind was racing. All I could think about was my upcoming race this weekend and how I leave TOMORROW! So much to do, so little time. My thoughts quickly shifted when I got passed by a gal running on her tip toes and arms flailing. What caught my eye was her cartoon character back tat. I wondered if she would regret that decision to get Mickey Mouse (or whoever it was) permanently placed on her lower back at the age of 30?

Thanks to Edward Scissor Hands, I had the ELO song "Hold on Tight" stuck in my head all day. He begged me to download it because he fell in love with it after hearing it on a commercial. I agreed and somehow it ended up on my IPod. Since it was on my IPod, I ended up belting out the song during my run today......Hold on Tight to Your Dreams....YEAH!!! SHOOT.ME!



Now it can be stuck in your head! Ha!

I dinner with Stace tonight and she is doing fantastic!!! I ate my weight in tater tots and had a great time catching up with her. I gave her work updates and she gave me the latest updates on daytime TV. Oh that Maury has some riveting topics!! She is getting the go ahead to run in about 2 weeks. Woo Hoo, very soon I will have my running partner back!



Also, here is a picture from last weekend's event I did with my photographer buddy "Tree". This is seriously one of the only pictures I have of myself where I am not in a hospital bed after birthing a child. Surprise, surprise I have my camera with me.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Runnin' Fool

I set up a running date with my friend Erin today. We were to meet at the lake at 5:30. Like most mornings, my alarm went off and I hit snooze. After a couple of buzzer rounds I got out of bed, threw my running garb on, and headed out. I got there and waited......then waited some more. After about 15 minutes, I realized Erin wasn't coming so I ran without her.

Later that morning she called me....laughing. She thought we set it up for 5:30 PM. After all, that is when normal people go running. I did think it was strange that she would get up extremely early to drive across town to run a couple of miles but I guess I didn't think to ask. Whatever. We both got a kick out of it and twelve hours later we met do our run.

Weight loss challenge update.......thumbs down. I gained 1.8!!!!! Something needs to give.
I ran twice today.
First run: Almost 3 miles
Second Run: Almost 6 miles run/walk

Sunday, June 15, 2008

"Don't Flip Out"

Those are the words my husband said to me as I walked in the door last night. It was not a great way to welcome me home after an all day unpaid photo shoot. He then faced the lap top towards me to show me the latest stuff the boys pulled. I was horrified!!!!!!! My reaction was probably 400 times worse than it should have been but I was exhausted and starving. I muttered a string of four letter words and just went to bed. The pictures below illustrate the antics.



It is a good thing that I think they are cute otherwise they would be free to a good home. I have chilled out a bit and now I think it is kind of funny. After all, they are the ones that have to live with that hair do and that is punishment enough. Like a great mother, I took pictures and blogged about it. Ha! Who said kids safety scissors could not do any damage.

Ten mile update....the run has been postponed. I set out this morning to run the lakes but I was exhausted and sore from my marathon day yesterday. I was not prepared to do 10 this morning and not properly "fueled". Plus there were a bunch of trees down after a bad storm last night. I will be doing it either tonight or tomorrow. I did do a 3 mile run/walk. At least it was something.

Happy Father's Day!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Freaky Friday

I was in line at the liquor store buying tequila for my beer margaritas when I heard a little voice ask "how do you make jell-o shots?" My ears perked up because that is one culinary act I can perform. When I realized who was asking, I just about peed my pants. The people wanting to know all about gelatinous booze were two blue haired, little old ladies. In fact, one was sportin' a sweatshirt that said "#1 Grandma". Hell Ya, she would be #1 in my book if I got jello shooters instead crappy cookies.

I could not let these adorable ladies down. I stepped up to the plate and did my civic duty and gave them my knowledge. I even told them that I use less booze but they wanted to know if they could beef up my recipe with more vodka. From the size of the bottle of Phillips they were buying, one could only imagine the type of bash they were throwing at the retirement compound. One of the ladies told me that she had them at a party and fell in love with them and she especially loved the whip cream being shot in her mouth. Hmmmmm, I am a bit disturbed thinking about what kind of party they were attending. They thanked me profusely and told me they were making them ASAP. I told them no problem....at least I learned something in college. I drove home shaking my head and crying laughing so hard. Another tale from da' hood.


For my cocktailing this evening, I am mixing up beer margaritas. They are so tasty, refreshing, and the perfect end to a long whiny day with the kids.
Recipe for Beer Margaritas-
1 Cup Tequila
4 Beers
1 Can of limeade

Mix and serve cold.

Prior to my boozing, I took my spawn to the park today and we met up with others from the preschool. My self esteem was pumped up a bit when 2 of the moms said that I look like I have dropped a few lbs. It made my day as the scale has not budged...not at all. Even if they are lying, I am taking the compliment and running....literally.

Today's workout:

3 Mile run-no clue about the time

Thursday, June 12, 2008

2 Workouts Today!

I did 2 workouts today and that is really all I have to say.
(Hmmmm, I am a poet and didn't know it).
3 mile run
30 min on the elliptical (devil) machine

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

5 More Things...

Here I go again....Laura tagged me back to spill 5 more things about me. As I think about it, it sounds as if I need to get myself to the therapist ASAP!

1. Watching people brush their teeth, roadkill, and milk all make me gag.

2. I secretly have a crush on Kid Rock

3. I am a major klutz. One of my many falls was in NYC right in front of Ground Zero. I tripped over my own feet and landed on my back only to have my shirt fly up over my head exposing the gut and bra. I know I was a sight for sore eyes. My friends and husband were laughing so hard they could not help me. I was too stunned to move. Car were honking and other peeps were pointing and laughing. They don't call me grace for nothin'!

4. I worked at Hardee's in high school and they made me dress up as a clown for birthday parties and they put me in a chicken suit to promote their new fried chicken. I am still in therapy.

5. I bungee jumped in a dress. College Spring Break, need I say more? I did borrow shorts to cover the girl parts.

I tag everyone!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I Love Tater Tots

Hi, I am Carly and I am fried potato addict. I had tater tots for lunch and they were soooo good. I know, I know they are not good for the weight loss but I just cannot say no to those things. I just earned another hour of working out. Dare I say...they were worth it!

In other news, my window of opportunity to workout yesterday came and went. I chose to wait and do my workout in the evening and it never happened. I was buried with work and I looked up at the clock and it was close to midnight when I hung it up. Lesson learned....I have to workout in the morning before I get my day started because I may not have the chance later.

Also my Garmin is going back. We called yesterday and they said that it is defective and they are sending me a new one. Woo Hoo!!! I can't wait to use it.

Jade Lady tagged me for my spin on 5 running facts.

1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?
15 years ago I was a decent runner and excelled in track and field. 10 years ago, I was overweight, a smoker, and pretty much a couch potato.

2. What is your best and worst run/race experience?
My Best:
was crossing the finish line of Twin Cities Marathon in 2001. It was my first one and although I was slow, I didn't come in last. It was a fantastic feeling.


My worst...Hmmmm that might be a 3 way tie:

1. Passing out at the finish line of a half marathon, waking up in the medic tent only to find my family video taping and laughing at me. This is a long story for a slow blogging day...

2. 2006 Half Marathon when I fell on the course and severely sprained my ankle. I finished with a fantastic PR. The crutches and pain were not fun after effects.

3. Grandma's Marathon 2006 I ran on the sprained ankle mentioned above, had a sinus infection, and it was hotter than hell. I came in an hour after my projected time. I was not happy. My brother also ran the race and I passed his untrained ass at mile 2. Imagine my dismay when I found him at the finish line cooled down with a finisher medal (Another story for a slow blogging day). What had happened is he blew his knee and had to be shuttled back to the finish line. The same family members that video tapped me in the medic tent were passing out finisher medals and thought it would be HYSTERICAL to give him one and wait for my reaction. Needless to say I was not happy and about a month later my finger imprints left his neck.


3. Why do you run?
To escape my family and to have an equally time consuming hobby as Golf.

4. What is the best or worst piece of advice you've been given about running?
Like Nike says...."Just Do It".

5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know.
I am really a man. J/K. There is not much that people do not know. Here are a couple of facts, I finally passed a couple of songs on Guitar Hero without getting booed off stage, I can swear in Serbian, and am allergic to most healthy food.

There you have it. Those are my random facts. Now I tag:
Suba
Stace
Laura
Kelly
Nan

1. Copy the rules (or your version of them), and the set of questions onto your blog post, provide your own answers, and then tag 5 new people.
2. Be sure that everyone tagged knows they have been invited to play, go to their blogs and leave them a special comment letting them know, and refer them to your blog for details.
3. Once they've answered the questions on their own blog, they should come back to yours to tell you.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Week One Weight Loss Challenge

I stayed EXACTLY the same!!!!! I am chalking it up to water retention as I have worked my ass off this week working out and I did well on watching what I stuffed in my pie hole. I am not discouraged, just annoyed because I want instant results. I can just keep up what I have been doing and hope to see a ginormous loss next week.

I am still fighting with my new Garmin. I think I may have to exchange it. It is supposed to automatically pick up the HRM and the foot pod. I have to fiddle with it in order for it find the sensors. It also will not sync with my laptop. I am frustrated with it because I want to start using it. I even broke down and read the manual cover to cover. Still I can't get this sucker to work properly. It got great reviews so I think I got a bum one.

I seems like we might see the sun here today. If it warms up I am taking the kiddos to the pool today. I am dreading the swimsuit and I pray I have one that fits. That is good motivation right there to stay on track.

I will be adding a workout later this afternoon. I think I may dust off the bike and take it for a spin around the hood. I will follow it up with a 3 mile run.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Guess What I Did?

I ran 9 miles this morning!!!! This is the longest run that I have done in 2 years. It was a long SLOW one which I guess is the way long runs are supposed to be done. At least I am telling myself that. If I can run my 10 miler next weekend, I should be good to go for my half marathon on June 21st. By good to go, I mean I should be able to finish the race.

I looked down at my Garmin at I was over 30 minutes for 3 miles and I started telling myself "I su.....". I stopped it right there. I set out to do mileage not go out to set a new PR. I am behind in my training and I have to focus on endurance at this point. Once I told myself I could be slow, my run was very enjoyable. I felt like I got a great workout and I completed my goal of 9 miles.

While I was running at the lake today, there was a race is progress. The people running are total nut jobs (in a good way). They are extreme runners. The race is the Fans 24 hour race. These people run around the same lake for 12-24 hours. I have a hard time just doing one lap, I can't imagine doing the same thing for 24 hours!! This is one race I don't care to ever do.

I had heard about this race from an ultra-marathoner who spoke to us in running class. This woman did this race whilst in LABOR!!!!!!! She made it 62 laps before she went in to birth her child. Ummmm, I thought I was going to die walking from my house to my car when labor started. I can't imagine running 9 months pregnant, let alone having contractions. Sure enough, as I was doing my lap around the lake today, I saw this lady and I believe she lapped me. Ha!

During my 1:44 minutes of running, I had a lot of time to think and reflect on my week. I have been having a hard time lately and I have been filled with self-doubt. It started with 2 really bad photo shoots where not one of the photos turned out and it spiraled into me telling myself that I am failure, I can't do anything right, and I just simply suck.

On Thursday, I was telling my hair stylist about my failed shoots and he said "it happens". He (being the God of hair in my opinion) had to redo 4 haircuts in one week. I gasped in horror because I can't believe he would do anything other than perfect work. He just said, "chalk it up to being off on your game and take it as a learning experience". He was totally right. Somedays/weeks are just like that. Take the kick in the pants and move on. Fretting about it is useless. This is some of the best advice I have been given in a long time.

He also gave me a bit of brutal honesty. I guess my shoes are not the only thing that needs a make over. My hair was horrible and he told me it was time to lose the mom-do. This was like getting punched in the gut because my hair is the only thing lately that has style. But he was right,I did let it go and it did look frumpy. Now, I am back to being the blonde I was born with and I have a cute short do again. Thank you Matthew for bringing me back to reality!!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Banana Eye

I have food allergies and a lot of them. One of the many things I am allergic to are bananas. I know I should not keep them in the house, but the rest of the family does not have a problem with them so I still buy them. Today I cut one up for Baby Diva and I was careful about not touching it. I thought I was in the clear, but I was wrong. As I was cleaning her up, she touched my eye. It didn't take long for my eyes to swell and get really itchy. My left eye swelled so bad that it looked like I got punched. I got some funny stares when I went into work today. I just responded "bar fight". Only in my world.....

I had to swap times to run today because of my off day work day. I ran in the afternoon rather than the morning. I can say running after popping Benedryl is not a good recipe for a decent run. I had the cement leg syndrome along with banana eye. I must have looked great running today. I didn't blow it off because I am determined to shed a few lbs while doing the Independence Day Weight Loss Challenge. It is a great motivation tool.

I am patting myself on the back because I had a HUGE NSV today. My friend and I went to see the Sex and the City movie and I did not have popcorn, pop, or booze! I am not afraid to toot my own horn.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Fugly Shoes

It dawned on me today that I am on slippery slope to frumpy mom territory. I know my wardrobe is not great at the moment but I am not *completely* out of date. I just don't want to buy tons of clothes in my current size. I have enough just to get by. What is out of date are my shoes!

My running shoes are my most fashionable ones that I own. Sad, but very true. If Stacy and Clinton from "What Not to Wear" saw my current collection, I would be publicly flogged. I confess.....I have been wearing my "maternity" shoes. These these are the type of shoes you don't buy for being cute. They serve a purpose of being comfortable and fitting over things once called feet. Yes, I am still wearing these ugly black slip-ons. If that isn't bad enough, I own two pairs....mules and a sandal version. They don't go with anything and have I mentioned they are ugly?

Now that I have snapped back into reality for fear of beginning to look like one of my in laws (kidding), I am going to reward myself with a new pair of shoes. When I hit my 10lb mark, I am going to the store to make an update to my sorry collection. When my give-a-damn goes away, I just need to look in my closet to get my mojo back. Hell, I should be embarrassed to be seen in public wearing these things and I don't want to be stuck wearing them forever.

A picture of my really fugly shoes

I tried something new today. I worked out over my lunch hour. I feel great and it was nice to get out of the office for a bit. A bunch of my co-workers go as well so I wasn't lonely. Rather than running, I did the Elliptical machine for about 35 minutes. Man, that is a bitch! My ass feels like it got a good workout. I am going to try do this again on Thursday. If I keep doing this machine, I will have my shoes next week! :)

Monday, June 2, 2008

A Great Day

I had a great day today! A 4.5 mile run is how I started my day. It was slow but it was a GREAT run. I felt awesome when I was done. Then, I ran errands with all 3 kiddos and no one got screamed at, pinched, or left for a stranger to pick up. To add to my bliss, my diet could not have been better today... no junk, no sugar, no booze. Also, my photo shoot tonight went very well. I got some great shots. I am getting organized for tomorrow which includes packing my lunch and laying out my clothes. The planets must have aligned because today could not have been better.

I had the come to Jesus talk with myself this past weekend. Frankly, I am sick of being fat and not doing anything about it.

Hail Storm

On Saturday we got hit with mother of a hail storm. It was beautiful all day long and when evening rolled in so did the clouds. I was watching the clouds as I was driving home from the wedding thinking.."that bride got lucky (weather wise anyway)". Just then my husband called and said "watch out for the hail". click. It immediately started hailing. Traffic that was moving at 70mph was now coming to screeching halt. I was almost in a panic because the stretch of freeway that I was on is notorious for flooding when we get heavy rain. I did not want to be stuck so I trudged on and made it home. Below are the photos after the hail stopped. Thankfully there wasn't any damage just a lot of mess from the trees.