Sunday, October 12, 2014

Change of Pace (and Title)

I need a new start.  In fact, I was in the process of creating a brand new blog but I quickly realized that birthing a new blog is very time consuming.  I have been blogging for almost eight years and I want to keep everything in one spot so I simply changed the title.  As of today this blog will be titled:


This title can be interpreted many different ways not to mention it being quite literal with our cold Minnesota winters.  This blog with be my thoughts my crazy life  juggling a new job, a family with an overly chaotic schedule, and my own goals (So the same random stuff as before).  The title sums up my life pretty well right now, living life and trying to not to slip and fall!

Stay tuned for more changes!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Runner's Depression

Last October, I was sure I would be writing a lot of blog posts about crushing PRs, being a solid middle of the pack racer (yes, I am shooting for average), and flaunting a body without a muffin top.  I was sure I would be writing fun race reports and showing off photos of new, exotic running routes.  After all, there is nothing like having the motivation to succeed than getting a PR in the marathon.

The reality is I am not writing about anything at all right now, nor am I running like I had hoped.  Oh and that muffin top?  Yep, it is a little bigger than it was in October.  It took me a long time to admit it and I a lot longer to blog about it, but I have been suffering from Runner's Depression.  The Urban Dictionary definition of Runner's Depression is paraphrased below:
Failure to complete a run workout for an extended period of time and do not give a damn. 
Yep.  That fits me! I do not know where my motivation went.  I became indifferent about running.  It has been hard for me because I am back at square one and  my head is not in it.  It is not fun, therefore I don't want to do it.  I viewed it as another obligation.  I pouted and whined.  I took an extended break and now I am ready to take the baby steps to get my running legs back.  I am done crying in my gluten free beer and I have a plan for my 1456th comeback. 

Well obviously if I want to be a runner, I need to run.  I am going to continue to lace up my shoes and plug away at the Hal Higdon Novice Marathon Training Program.  Despite my struggles, I still do not want to skip Twin Cities Marathon.  Only goal is to finish.  Currently I am doing a walk/run interval for the runs and I am still walking more than running.  My short term goal is to build my running to be able to string a few miles together.

More Hot Yoga
My goal is to do my Hot Yoga class at least one time per week.  It helps with strength and flexibility.  But most importantly it helps me stay sane!

Boot Camp
My BFF has been trying to get me to her Boot Camp class for MONTHS.  I have politely declined with a HELL no every time she asks me to try it.  I am a grown up and I don't want to be screamed at nor do I want to crawl around on a dirty floor.  She promised me it was not like the awful class we took at our local club (Still traumatized).  She told me I would know other people in class and it would be fun.  She also promised me that there would be heart rate data displayed to feed my OCD side!   Wish me luck...I am trying it on Wednesday.

There were a couple of items that sold this class to me.  The first being the people I know taking the class...that in itself will make it fun.  The second reason is that the instructor is also a runner and has made the claim that this class will help my running.  According to Bobbi, strength training made a HUGE difference in her running.

This 40 year old broad is going to give hockey a shot!  It might be more of a mid-life crisis type thing than something to help me get in shape for running.  Nevertheless, it is something new and something I am very much looking forward to trying.   Exercise should be fun, right?

My new plan is to incorporate more fun exercise options into my routine to help me get strong and like what I am doing.  Now that I have aired my poor me story, I can get back at and write about it more.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Catching Up-Photo Style

 I have been trying to figure out how to make my big blog comeback.  More times than I can count I sat and stared at a blank Blogger page.  So rather than doing on of my famous ADHD bullet point posts, I am doing it in photos to recap the last few months.

 Last Day of School

Last day of school.  They passed and I now have a 6th, 4th, and 1st grader!
5th Grade Graduate.  Lord help me....I have a middle schooler!!

5th grade graduation party.  I have been with these awesome parents since preschool.  Don't ask what is in the cups.  haha

Kid Sports....BTS (Big Time Sucker)

Me rocking the hockey mom role by telling Diva to skate hard or she won't see a meal for a week.
The middle child is giving Lacrosse a try.  It is fun and the games remind me of the Hunger Games.  My boy is in the net.
My oldest is also doing hockey during the summer.
Our new vehicle.  With this crazy sports schedule, I live in it and this is what the cargo area usually looks like.  

Grandmas Marathon

I didn't end up running the 26.2 because I wasn't ready and I wasn't going to push it.  I was sad to drop out but I know that it won't be my last race.  Sh#t happens.  BUT.....

Wow someone that looks just like Kelli and I were running Grandma's Half Marathon.  They are a couple of spot on doppelgangers!

My doppelganger finished in 2:55. 

And she even ran into BOBBI!  By the way....she ROCKED the 26.2 mile course  

  Other Stuff

I tried my hand at painting.....ummmmm yeah....nothing like the master work.  I will keep my day job

Represented #Teamemergen-C at Richfield's Family Night
It was a hit with the hockey crowd!
Still dealing with my horrific allergies.  Those drugs are all mine.

Red White and Boom Half Marathon

Michele and I pre-race

Finished!  3:12 Personal Worst....but still fun.

A few points about that race:
  • It was hot and buggy
  • At mile 2 I asked Michele if there was anyone behind us.  She said "Just the parade" aka the SAG wagon
  • We walked it because neither one of us was run ready
  • At mile 8 one of the volunteers said we looked "pretty good"....hahahahaha even she knew we were dying
  • I had no idea there are such brutal hills in Minneapolis.
  • Awesome course.  Tough Course.  Thankful I finished.
  • She was a bit ticked off after learning we parked 1.5 miles away from the start/finish line.  If you are doing the math.....that is 3 extra miles of walking just to save $5.00.  That was all my fault.
  • This race was put on by Twin Cities Marathon and they know how to throw a great event!
Alright....I am promising myself that I am going to be back to regular scheduled blog programming.  I miss it and I have a lot of stuff to blog about now that I am caught up.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

#RUNcelebration -- Skirt Sports Virtual Half Marathon June 1st

I am coming out of my writer's block coma because I have something I am excited to promote.   Can I talk about Skirt Sports for a moment?  I love this company because not only do they have some highly fashionable running duds but they have AWESOME customer service.  I purchased a tank and after only a couple of wears, it had a hole in it.  I called the company and found that the specific tank I purchased had material defects.  Two days later I had a new tank to replace the defective one.  I love a company that stands behind their products and make their customers happy.  I also love a company that supports women runners.

You may already know that Skirt Sports is putting on a Half Marathon in Louisville, Colorado on June 1, 2014.  I was a little bummed that I would not be able to swing a trip to Colorado in June.  However, I was very excited to learn that Skirt Sports is hosting a Virtual Half Marathon on June 1, 2014.

Virtual Half Marathon, you ask?

You commit to run the distance but you can do it in the comfort of your own favorite running route or treadmill.  You can run alone or with all of your buddies!

Why should you do a Virtual Half Marathon?

Because you have to get out and run anyway.
Because you will help support other women find their running legs
Because there is some serious nice swag...Skirts Sports Gift Card and a Running Skirt or Tank!!
Skirt Sports is offering my readers 25% off with the code RUNNER25

What does my race fee include?

Your fee will help fund a Women's Beginning Running Program.  Virtual racers will receive a goody bag of deals and samples, a Finisher Roll Down Skirt OR a Finisher Go Getter Tank  PLUS racer will receive a gift card! 

How do I register or get more information?
(Don't forget to use the code Runner25)

More about their cause in their own words:

Our Cause: Skirt Sports Kick Start Program

Kick Start is a women's beginner running program founded by Skirt Sports. We pair Beginners - women who want to start running but can't due to their barriers to fitness - with Personal Motivators - women who have found strength, confidence, freedom and more through running. The Beginners' barriers include health problems, family crises, weight issues, financial difficulties and more. Skirt Sports pairs these women with empathetic Personal Motivators who act as mentors while they guide and support the beginners through an 8-week training program that culminates in their first 5k - and transforms them along the way.
Skirt Sports provides the runners with a training program, running apparel, nutrition advice, free entries to their first 5k, and most importantly, support of other women who have been there before. Many of our graduates go on to become Personal Motivators - the power to give back is so strong! We are proud to have helped so many women change their lives and move down a more positive path - with the strength and courage they found through running.
The current Kick Start chapter is training for the Skirt Sports 5k on June 1. Currently, each chapter of Kick Start costs approximately $1,500. Our goal is to contribute to the next chapter through our Virtual Racers - it's your way of giving back!


 Please join me on June 1st!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Challenge Accepted

Can I revisit October 6, 2013 for  a brief moment?  I had a runner's high because I just obtained a marathon PR.  That high lasted a few weeks.  I was so love drunk with my PR and everything running that I signed up for not one but TWO more marathons in 2014!  In my mind 2014 was going to be the year that I cut my time to cover 26.2 miles to 4:30.  I had a solid base and my motivation was high.

Then the kids got sick.
I still ran.

Then I got sick.
I ran when I felt better.

Then it got cold.
I ran outside bundled up.

Then the hockey season started.
I made plans with the hockey moms to do races

Then it got REALLY cold.
I thought about running......away to Florida

THEN it snowed some more.
Then I opened up a bottle of wine and said forget it.

I am not sure if I dare utter the words "Spring" but it is starting to feel like it.  I have been out "running" (using the term loosely of course) but after the frigid winter and constantly being ill it is really tough finding my legs.  It is going to take a few weeks to brush off the cobwebs* from the bod.  I can currently run one whole mile.  ONE. 

One mile might be a great starting point but not when I have marathon in 10.5 weeks.  It is April 8th and I still have yet to complete a long run.  This is where most people will tell me to drop out and try again next year.  This is where I get lectured that I am going to hurt myself.  This is where I channel my inner Barney Stinson and scream:

I do realize that my decision to continue onward towards Grandma's Marathon is slightly insane but I have several great reasons:
  • It is not my first marathon
  • I am not going to win
  • It is not the first time doing this course
  • I am doing it for fun and don't care about my time
  • I spent money on it
  • My friends are doing it
  • My friends' training has also been in sucksville
  • Doing it for cake
I am disappointed that I am not heading toward smashing my PR but I am okay where I am at today.

*Cobwebs=15lbs of winter misery weight.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Killing the Writers Block

Over the past several months I have had a massive case of Writer's Block.  I didn't mean to stop writing.  In fact, I have sat in front of a screen about 100 times trying to dump all of the things trapped in my head.  Winter kicked my ass and sent me into a major funk.  I couldn't make myself do ANYTHING.   Tonight I am forcing myself to write.  I have parked myself in front of the computer and told myself that I am not getting up until there is a blog post published.  Well, I do have to get up and do my laundry because if you think my blog has been neglected, you should see my laundry room!

The last 6 months of my life can be summed up in 3 words:

If you don't believe me, here is the run down from October to April.  It is quite pathetic.

  • Strep Throat
  • Hockey
  • Stomach Flu
  • Hockey
  • Bronchitis (8 WEEKS!!!!)
  • Hockey
  • 40th Birthday
  • The Holidays
  • Signed up for 2 Marathons
  • Hockey
  • New Project for Work
  • Polar Vortex Hell
  • Hockey
  • Cold
  • Another Cold
  • Hockey
  • Strep Throat Round 2
  • Spring Hockey

You might have noticed half way through the list that I SIGNED UP FOR TWO MARATHONS.  You may also have noticed that you don't see running/working out/ training on that list.   Mother Nature has shown no mercy and she clearly doesn't care the I have a spring marathon in less than 12 weeks. Yes…I am blaming Mother Nature for my mental and physical demise.

I had very good reasons to sign up for these races (err….perhaps a midlife crisis) and now I am starting my training with only 12 weeks to go.  Folks, do not try this at home. A couch to Marathon in 12 weeks is not recommended.   Most of you are not like me and have some common sense.  I of course will torture myself and risk injury to get across that finish line.  

Spring is in the air and we are starting to see grass.  I am completely ignoring the fact that we are supposed to get more snow.  I have gone out for a couple of 3 milers and the bod is a bit rusty.  I am hoping that it only lasts a couple of weeks before it is comfortable again.

I am looking forward to writing about this training cycle as well as some new topics.  This blog will be morphing a bit.

Mission accomplished.  A blog post is published.  I didn't promise it was going to be good!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

It has been two full months and five days since my last blog post.  As I may have mentioned my dad is a avid and probably the only reader of this blog and he always gets on me when I do not update my posts in a timely manner.  This time when my dad suggested I do a post, he suggested that I do a farewell to everyone and hang up my blog.

I was a little sad by his comment.  HANG IT UP???!!  No way!  This has been my piece of the interwebs for over 6 years (yes, over half of a decade!!). But, the man has a point.  My posts have been dwindling and I have been suffering from a massive case of writer's block (brain hemorrhoids).

I thought about long and hard about what to do.  I have made the decision to keep on blogging.  I am going to probably spin off in other directions but my primary focus will still be my life as a runner.  I have a lot coming up this year and I am going to need a place to attention whore myself. 

Stay tuned.