Saturday, June 28, 2008
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
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
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
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
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......
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.)
Post race goodness
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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!
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!
Monday, June 16, 2008
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.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
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.
Friday, June 13, 2008
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
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.
3 Mile run-no clue about the time
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
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
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?
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:
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
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
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
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
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.