Monday, April 30, 2012

2012 Get in Gear 10k

Friday night, I got all my stuff together, knew what I was going to wear, yada yada yada.  The plan was to get up at 6:00 on Saturday morning, get ready, and be out the door by 7:00.  This was my first time doing an entire race thing from start to finish flying solo, so I was a bit nervous.

Saturday morning, I was up at 5:00 because I suck at sleeping.  I gave in and got out of bed at 5:20 or so, went upstairs, had some coffee and a bagel, and just sat for a while, watching my nephew play.  After a bit, I decided to get ready, so I quick showered, threw my hair up, double-checked my bag, pinned my bib on my jacket (I was waiting to see if the weather would actually WORK WITH ME...), got dressed, etc, etc.  I ended up getting out the door around 7:20 (for whatever reason it took me so long...), but knew it would still be plenty of time to get down there.

"Knowing" that was my first mistake...

Despite the freeway being down to one lane, I figured it would be pretty smooth moving on an early Saturday morning.  There were only a handful of cars, but, of course, I get behind the two cars going 55 mph the whole way.  This pushed out my travel time a little bit, but it was okay because I made up for it a bit after the freeway opened up to multiple lanes again.

Cue rain...awesome...

I get to the exit for where we were supposed to park for the race (Veterans Affairs Medical Center) and it is SUPER backed up...awesome...  I wait in line like everyone else and finally make it off of the freeway and onto the road for the VAMC.  Of course, that was super backed up, too.  So, I waited...patiently...and prepped my stuff, so I could jump out and go once I did park.

I finally get in the lot and park my car.  I realize I have about 30 minutes before the race starts.  I grab my stuff and jog over to the shuttle bus line.  It is very, very, very long.  Some other people were going to walk, so I followed them.  I knew it was a mile to the park, but I figured if I power walked/jogged there, it would be quicker than waiting in line for the bus.  I finally got to the park and was a little tired already, but had to run and check my gear bag and then hit the potties.

Despite having a bazillion port-a-potties, the lines were really long.  Of course, I picked the shortest one...but apparently the people in front of me had not yet mastered the "pre-race pee"...which should take no longer than 30 seconds.  My line was taking the longest.  I was still in line when the race started, but looked around and saw other 10k-ers around me, so I knew I was okay.  I FINALLY got up there, did my (quick) thang, and bolted out.

I noticed a bunch of people heading in one direction, so I ran .25 mile to where I thought the start was...only to realize they were 5k runners heading to their start.  I got really panicky when I couldn't figure out where the 10k start was, but then I saw some people running by on the street.  I finally found a girl without earbuds in and asked her if the 10k start was back the other way and she smiled apologetically and said, "Yeah...I think so..."  *sad face*  I took of running .25 miles back the way I had come from and then some, found where the start was and headed around the gates to the chute.  I was already pooped by this point, so I paused for a minute, got my iPod ready and shook out my limbs, and headed across that damn 10k starting line (about 15 minutes late...). 

The Get in Gear 10k Course

The race itself wasn't too bad.  I pretty much ran by myself for the first portion, but then started passing people the further I went.  Passing people that I saw walking was no biggie, but passing runners gave me a little boost.  It was wet to start with, but the further I got, the more it started to rain.  It stunk.  My shoe came untied twice, so that was no fun.  Regardless, after 6.2 miles, I had finished the 10k.  Based on the timer clock, I thought I was somewhere around 1 hour and 5 or 6 minute mark for time.  I was bummed because my absolute have to finish by time was 1:05:00, so I thought I hadn't made that.

Anyway, I grabbed a water and a cup of gatorade, slammed them, then hit the port-a-potty for my "post-race pee"...which can take as LONG as you like.  After that, I headed to get my post-race food.  Chocolate milk, a little bun thingy, butterfinger ice cream bar (true story...even though I was freezing), and a Nut Roll (there was a bunch more to choose from, but that is what I consumed).  After downing that, I headed to grab my bag (and did I mention it was raining even harder now?) and get some Peace Coffee.

By now, I was way, way icy, so I hoped in line for the shuttle...the really, really long line for the shuttle.  I rain/slush just kept coming down and I kept shivering so hard, the older gentleman next to me was worried I had hypotermia and offered to hold my spot in line while I went and got some coffee.  I thanked him, but told him I had tried that already and it hadn't worked.  After waiting for about an hour for the shuttle, we finally got on and were headed back for the VAMC.  I was very confused when we got back (since I hadn't taken the shuttle there), so as soon as I got off the bus, I started hitting unlock on my key thingy and searching for my lights.  When I saw them, I took off running for my car like a crazy person, whipped open the door, started the car and blasted the heat, ripped off my soaking wet jacket, and jumped in the car.  As soon as I was in, I started stripping off my wet clothes and shoes.  Luckily, I had a pair of dry PJ pants in my car that I had worn as coverups on the way to the race and a dry t-shirt.  I just sat there for a few minutes, soaking up the heat, and drinking an OJ that I had also grabbed at the race.  Then, I headed home.

All in all, it wasn't the best race I've ever had, but I know it could have been SO MUCH WORSE, too.  Shortly after I got home (while I was soaking in a very hot bath, in fact), I got an email with my official timing results.


I had wanted to beat the hour mark, but I'm okay with the fact that I beat 1:05:00.  Something to shoot for, right?!?!?

Next up, LAKE MINNETONKA HALF MARATHON...yikes!  I can do it, right?


Friday, April 27, 2012

Figure Friday 4.27.12

Down 2 Pounds!  WHAT!

I was actually down even more yesterday, but there were free bagels in honor of us Administrative Assistants yesterday at work...and I couldn't say no...

Hey, willpower!  Where are you?!?

Have a beautiful day!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

For Serious?

My first 10k is on Saturday!

Saturday's weather???

Peep that BEAUTIFUL Day...

9 a.m. start time...I hope the rain/snow stops by then...ugh...

Let's do it!

Random it weird that celery makes my tongue go numb...???


Monday, April 23, 2012


Run training lately?  Not so good.

I missed two runs last week which is really, really bad.

I missed my 3 mile run on Thursday because of my sore quad.

I missed my 12 mile run on Saturday because of my stupid ankle.

That was supposed to be my last BIG run before my first BIG race.

I'm going to still try to squeeze in some longer runs (maybe drag out a couple of my 3 mile runs to 4 mile runs...since I really need the mileage.

Otherwise...I'M IN TAPER MODE!!!

My half marathon is only 13 days away.  I'm getting nervous...really nervous (Especially since I missed the 12 mile run...)!

I have the Get in Gear 10k this weekend and then the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon the next and then the Race for the Cure 5k the weekend after.  Three races three weekends in a row.  At least I get a break when I'm in Europe, right?

I've decided that to fuel myself for these upcoming races, I really need to eat better...especially these next two weeks.  Gotta prep my body to run like a cheetah!

That's is all for now.



I will be completing my first ever half marathon on Sunday, May 6, 2012!!!

Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon in Wayzata, MN

Goal Time: 2:20:00

Gonna do this!

Got nothing better to do that day?  Come cheer me on!

Yes, this is my big annoucement.  If you don't like it, you can stuff it.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Figure Friday 4.20.12

Gained again.  No is what it is.

I have, for obvious reasons, abandoned my idea of being under 140 before Baltimore.

Maybe get back to 145...???


Why Do I Love Kali and Sara?

Because I'm sitting at work having a three-way IM conversation with them and laughing.  A LOT!  Like actually LoL-ing.  And making jokes.  And I received a beautiful, delicious blueberry muffin this morning.  And a really nice magnet quote.  And I'm not thinking as much about...

The fact that I have a brace on my ankle this morning.

Or that I had to sleep with my leg propped up last night.

With ice on it.

And popped three Tylenol.

When I really don't take medicine unless I absolutely have to.

And that I dropped an F-Bomb in front of my Dad last night.

And he didn't even flinch because he knew EXACTLY where I was at during that moment.

With the tears and snot pouring down my face.

After I butt-slid down two flights of stairs in my robe.

Since it was the only way I could get down the stairs.

As I couldn't walk...

Because I rolled my fucking ankle at 10 p.m.

And I have a 12 mile run tomorrow...



My Friday Magnet

courage does not always roar.
sometimes courage is the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying,
"i will try again tomorrow."

(mary anne radmacher)

Thanks, Kali.  :)  And the muffin was a delicious snack.


Proof That I'm Flossing Still!!!

Yes, sirree, folks!  That is an empty floss container.



Thursday, April 19, 2012

7 Miles on a Wednesday Evening

I had a nice 7 mile run on the treadmill last night.  I really didn't want to do it, but I did it...especially after Lee said something along the lines of "You know you will be disappointed in yourself if you don't do it".  That made me do it.

It went great.  Felt good during the run and ran it in 1:04:50.  That's a pace of 9:15 per mile!  I've been trying to do some of my non-long/weekday runs at a higher pace, espcially on the treadmill where I can force myself to stay at the higher pace or risk falling off and getting treadmill burn!

(I'm not kidding...I seriously have nightmares that I will trip, slip off the back, and end up with treadmill burn on my entire face because the thing won't turn off and I'll be stuck!!!  Irrational???).

Anyway, after my run, I was fine, but as soon as I got upstairs, my left quad is really sore.  I don't know if it is because I didn't stretch enough after my run, or what, but it really hurts.

My Luurrrrrrrvvvveeeer for the Day (Along with my Coffee)

I'm going to try to get my scheduled 3 mile in today, but if I need to, I will err on the side of resting since I have my 12 mile (!!!) on Saturday...  Cross your fingers, so my leg will be better by the evening!  We are going to see Jess, Jerrod, Aiden and Bella tonight (Lilly is really excited!!!), so I have a little more time than usual.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Gotta Love It When...

You are running on the treadmill like a bat out of hell and grab your iPod so you can pause your Nike + when you hit the 3.25 mile marker and...

...when you hit pause you realize that you already paused it when you grabbed it and your run distance and time are now all F-ed up... bollix...

My Run...According to Nike +...

My actual stats were 3.26 miles in 28:25...that is a pace of 8:43 per mile!

It was a really good run and gives me hope that I might actually be able to be a "runner" someday.

Happy Monday!


Saturday, April 14, 2012

You Can Call Me Lightening!

Yes, I ran 11.25 miles on the treadmill and walked .25 to cool down.

Yes, it says I did all that in 14:56.

What it really should say is 114:56.

FYI...our treadmill stops itself once you hit 100 minutes running.

The mileage doesn't reset, but it does the beeping thing and stops.

I noticed it (obviously) and quick hit the start button again to keep it going.

Why do I find this so funny???


Lilly is napping, so I am off to shower, eat a morsel, and get ready for our "Adventure Afternoon" (I created it, but I haven't figured out what it is yet!!!).

Have a pleasant Saturday.  If you are in MN, it looks gorgeous out there!


Friday, April 13, 2012

Figure Friday 4.13.12

I missed two scheduled runs this week because of my rash (ugh...excuses, excuses...lazy ass).

Therefore, I gained a little and, to be honest, I'm surprised it isn't more.

Until next week...


PS 11 mile training run tomorrow morning!!!  YIKES!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It's Official!

I've got a big, secret announcement coming in two weeks!

Stay tuned!!!

(PS I am not pregnant and I still don't know about school it isn't that...)


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I'd Like To Mention...

...that I am having a rough week.

It started with a few (what I thought were) itchy bug bites on Wednesday...

...that actually turned into what now appears to be poison ivy, oak or sumac covering my legs...

And this is before it got REALLY bad...

...and part of my arms and tummy...

...which has been driving me crazy and resulted in two different prescriptions and many other things (hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion, tea tree oil, cool showers...yada yada...)...

...and I'm still dealing with it.

And then there were those few tough runs last week, which made me really doubt my running capabilities...

...but I think PART of the reason was cutting back my calories last week...*sigh*.

And then I fell down the stairs this morning.

Took three steps with my arms full and then my feet flew out from under me...

...and fell the rest of the way down...

...with my stuff flying EVERYWHERE...

...and me ending up with a sore tailbone and back.

Oh, good gravy.

Things are going to start looking up soon, right?


Friday, April 6, 2012

Figure Friday 4.6.12

Weigh-Ins are BACK!  After much consideration and debate and going back and forth, I have decided that Weigh-In Wednesdays are no more.  I was doing it in the middle of the week to keep myself honest over the weekend.  It didn't work...ever...  I'm content with the fact that I will splurge a bit on the weekends, but can be pretty darn good over the week.  Weigh-In has now been moved to Friday morning and will be know from here on out as...

Drum roll, please!

*drum roll*

Figure Friday!

Today, starts it off!

Only a 0.8 pound gain since my last weigh in on March 7th (and I'm still down over 50 pounds), so I think I'm doing okay!  Let's keep it up!

How are you doing?  Losing?  Gaining?  Maintaining?


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Sometimes, You Just Have A Bad Run...

I had one yesterday...big time...

I had a 7 mile run to complete.

Mapped out a nice out-and-back course and was headed out for my lunch hour.

It was windy and sunny and I heated up quickly.

I ditched my jacket around the first half mile, knowing I'd be there to pick it up on my way back.

It was another run where the wind was pushing against me every way I went.

By 2 miles, I was exhausted and thought about quitting.

I pushed myself (and felt AWFUL the entire time), but had to cut it short at 6.5 miles.

I hit the treadmill (where I could regulate my pace) as soon as I got home for the last half mile.

At least I completed the awful 7 miles.

And then I had to drive quick to pick up my jacket because I didn't pass it on the way home.



Monday, April 2, 2012

What Will April Bring?

I lost no weight these past two weeks.  To be fair, I wasn't actually trying.  I stopped counting calories, kept eating (fairly) well, and just let my body reset.

You see, my last few pounds seemed to be impossible to lose, despite me cutting my calories way back and amping up my runs.  My body seemed to be telling me, "HEY!  STOP TAKING MY FAT AWAY!  I'm done giving it to you!"  Some would say that I "plateaued", but I don't really believe that plateaus are real.  I think they are an easy excuse as to why people aren't losing the weight they want to.  It is easier to say that you have hit a plateau than to amp up your workouts and adjust calories (I me...I know).

Anyway, the past few weeks, I decided to eat a normal amount of calories each day and let my body settle back into a normal calorie intake mode and not, "QUIT TAKING MY FOOD!" mode.

I'm ready to get back into it.  I probably won't be as crazy about it as before, but I'd still like to see if I can get under 140 by the time Kali and I head to Baltimore Columbia for our business trip.  It will have to be a good balance of training for my half and eating the right kind of calories.  Did I mention that training makes me want to constantly eat?  Could it be that a long run torches SO many calories it makes me crazy (10 miles yesterday = about 1,000 calories burned)?

Can I do it?  We shall see.

Did the reset help me?  I'm not sure.  Time will tell.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Are You Having A Productive Sunday?

10 Miles...DONE!

I survived...barely...but I did it!

That wind was killer...pushing against me every which way I ran...

Now, to dig in the garden, eat some lunch, get Lilly's sandbox ready, shower, do some laundry...yada...yada...

Hope your day is great!


Monthly Recap: March

March got me a few more miles...but little else...haha...3 months down with 9 to go!

  1. Run 500 Miles in 2012
    • March had me running a total of 71.75 miles, therefore bringing my 2012 mileage total to 162.75/500.  Only 337.25 miles to go!
  2. Run a 10k
    • I'm registered for one in April!
  3. Run a Half Marathon
    • I'm registered for one in June!
  4. Complete a Duathlon
    • I'm registered for one in August!
  5. Complete (at least) 12 Races
    • I did 1 race this month (Get Lucky 7k) my 2012 race total moves to 2/12!
  6. Hit my Goal Weight of 130
    • I didn't lose any weight in March, but I think April will help me drop some numbers!
  7. Be a Better Mom
    • Working on it :)
  8. Be a Better Wife
    • Working on it...could be doing better
  9. Be a Better Friend
    • Working on it...could be doing better
  10. Be a Great Bridesmaid
    • I did some crafts...could be doing more
  11. Get Into Nursing School
    • I should be finding out in April...*nerves*
  12.  Get a House
    • No movement on this one in March...
  13. Pay Off a Student Loan
    • Working on it...
  14. Dress Better to Feel Better
    • Still doing well
  15. Floss More
    • Still haven't missed a day!