Tuesday, December 30

ah, I remember swimming.

So, my running buddy and I have been researching training plans and, a lot of them include cross training. I decided to hit the pool this morning and brave the bikini again. Bikini, still fit for starters, so that was good. I huffed and puffed my way two laps at a time to 8 laps. I took a break every 100yrds to stand and catch my breath. Then I dove in and went at a much slower pace, I think I must have been trying to go really fast for the first 8 because I made it from 8 to 21 without another break. And, I was even sad to see my hubby standing out there waiting for me cause it felt so good. It really surprised me, I was shocked to see how far I got since I haven't set foot in a pool since October 3rd. I was hoping to make it just one length. But 13 laps in a row with probably more to spare is much more than I could have asked for. I was definitely tired and I feel like my whole body got a workout now. But I feel pretty good! Happy Tuesday!

HBBC points:
30min swimming: +2

Monday, December 29

Post #102

I missed my hundreth post!

Quick post.

Went to the gym after two and a half hours of lounging on the couch. Running buddy enjoyed the morning with her kids so I dragged myself out of the house at around 10:30. My legs were sore this morning, probably because my body wasn't used to moving for the last week. I did three miles. First two at 10min then the last one at 9:13! Go me! Three sets of 10 pushups afterwards although I'm pretty sure the last two pushups of the last set of ten weren't quite full pushups. But I'm pretty sure I'm going to have fabulous arms by the summer.

Off to go get the oil changed and then shopping with a girlfriend who's in town. Haven't seen her for years so that'll be fun.

HBBC points:
3miles run: +3
Stretching and pushups (30minutes): +1

Points for the day: 4!

Sunday, December 28

Happy Holidays.

So I've come to realization on why I don't gain weight during the holidays. The crappy eating habits everyone seems to obtain during this time of year which leads to weight gain...well, that's how I eat all the time. Seriously, I could and sometimes do dessert at every meal. Or I just wake up and eat chocolate, skipping real breakfast entirely. Case in point, today I had a turtle chex mex bar for breakfast. Two donuts after my run and that's what I've eaten so far today. Meh. If I really worry about my weight I'll curb the sweets. But I'm really not that motivated.

After my big 2 MILE WEEK! Yes, that's right. My two miles were my only run of the whole week. And, frankly, I enjoyed it! I drove my new car around, Christmas shopped, spent time with family and didn't mind not running. But today I decided to cheat on my running buddy. Sorry running buddy! I went to do 4miles at the gym. Did the third as intervals NOT walking during my breaks, go me. After walking two minutes after finishing 4miles I decided to pick up the pace and run another mile for a total of 5.2miles in 55minutes or so. My base was 5.7 on the treadmill which is about 10:36 average pace for the total run? Maybe? I forget. Tomorrow is a 4mile run with the buddy which I am SO looking forward to. After my run I did pushups ten in a row! I did a total of 20, I think I'm getting a little better, didn't wuss out after 5.

I think my running buddy and I need shirts for our 1/2 or full marathon debut. How about the back that says "My running buddy has the best running buddy" with our names on the front so people can cheer for us in particular during the race. What do you think?

Tuesday, December 23

Speedy two miles.

Yesterday I did two miles. Under 19minutes! It helped knowing that I was only going for two miles. I would like to run today but I think the hubby threw out his back or pulled a muscle bad so I may need to stay home and take care of him. We'll see. No running over the weekend because I was in KC and it was oh, 2 degrees! So...I have an excuse. And I didn't know the area so I didn't want to get lost. But I ran yesterday and that was without my ipod. Two miles without that was all I could muster. I'm looking forward to remembering to take it because I just put Eat Pray Love onto it. I also have many pod casts to catch up with. It helps that I only allow myself to listen to pod casts while running cause then I have an excuse to hit the treadmill (well, I want to hear the latest Savage Love or I wonder what Jodi from COAR is up to these days?). Fun times. Will let you know if I run tonight! Have a good day blog buddies.

Thursday, December 18

100 things

Stole this from MJC. I haven't done too much I guess. Kinda fun though. What I've done is bolded.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon --- WANT TO DO THIS IN 2009!
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance - not that I can recall?
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53.Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (blankie)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car (yesterday!)
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

Wednesday, December 17

New addition.

No, not a baby... my Christmas present from (/with) my hubby! A 2009 VW Tiguan! Yay! And, it's saphire blue...ah. I can't wait to see it! We've seen the color on other models, this one has to be driven in from about 45miles away, but it'll be ours. Probably Monday afternoon. Here's a picture I found online...
can't wait! It's so beautiful...Thank you Hubby! Mwah!

More HBBC points.

I'm up to 20 (I think). It's amazing what 4miles at the gym will do for your points total. My running buddy and I did 4miles, about 40minutes of running. I didn't keep track of it on the treadmill, just ran at whatever was comfortable. Which for the third mile was 9:31 pace, yeah, I did check a little to see how I was running. But didn't let it freak me out. We stretched and I did 20 (5 at a time) girlie push ups on my pathetically still sore arms from Monday's push ups. Clearly I need to be doing more of these. Feel kinda icky today. Maybe it was the two cookies I called breakfast this morning before my run?

Tuesday, December 16


I'm a failure. I look at everyone else's blogs and updates on their points for HBBC. I think I have a grand total of 15.5. I'm so not winning, but seeing everyone else's points total has gotten me motivated! I'm SO going running tomorrow.

whimpy whimpy whimpy.

So, blog. It's been a while. I've been busy trying to get my house together for a party last night, so I forbid myself from posting/spending all day looking at the computer most of the weekend. Well, that's sort of not true, I did work all weekend. 12 on Saturday and 8evening on Sunday. Let me tell you about a few runs I need to catch you up on, and why on Friday I was the most awful running buddy.

Friday's morning run, outside. We wanted to do 5miles Friday morning at about 9ish, out and back from running buddy's house. No biggie, right? Well let me preface this by telling you how Thursday night was. Brian and I split a Palermo's thin crust Hawaiian pizza. So I had oh, about 4-5pieces solid. Two bottles of raw iced green tea, that's like candy and really easy to drink. So Friday I didn't feel bad until about oh, 0.5miles into my run. I felt like my back side was going to give out, and I'm not talking my muscles. The rest of the walk/sometimes jog was MISERABLE! I was hunched over, trying to breathe or walking like a cowboy trying really hard not to mess my pants. I know that's graphic, but I felt SO bad! My poor running buddy was nothing but nice. She kept talking right through my audible moaning and complaining. I was contemplating pulling off to the side of the bushes or seeing if the school we were walking past had a back entrance with bathrooms really close by. I some how made it to my car and raced home. Miserable. After a long hot shower I felt a bit better. So foolish, I'm sure it had something to do with my diet Thursday and the fact that we hadn't eaten until about 10pm. Eh. So that whole experience was about 3miles in about 45minutes, maybe an hour, it felt like a lifetime and it was awful. Bleh.

Monday my running buddy cheerfully said "how about 4miles?" and I (not so cheerfully) said "how about 3?". She agreed to three and that's what we did. 15minutes of stretching and some crunches with 20 more push ups later and we were done. The run was okay. I stopped most of the way through for a potty break, I need to stop being dependent on the bathrooms at the gym, obviously if Friday was any indication I may not have those at my immediate disposal at the 1/2 or full or whatever we do. I don't know why I didn't agree to 4, it's only about 10minutes difference. I just felt like 30minutes was the perfect amount of time instead of 40. I'm such a slacker.

Today it's snowing. I test drove a Honda CRV today and tried out the 4 wheel drive in this yucky weather. Then I drove my little Toyota Corolla to the hairdresser and got stuck. Seriously, my tires were spinning, the guys in front of me on the same patch of ice were out pushing their car. I did finally get some traction, but I was wishing for the 4 wheel drive when that happened. Running buddy called me as I was on my way home from the appointment and said she'd be going to the gym later in the day. I'm too chicken to drive to the gym! It's 15minutes away but it's up hill and what not and I don't want to get stuck. Hubby's at work and wouldn't be able to rescue me. We just should have gone this morning.

So, low mileage again this week. Oh well at least I'm running, and if it weren't for the weather maybe I'd be at the gym ... maybe. It's just too easy not to go running! Off to bake some cookies. And maybe do Christmas cards.

Tuesday, December 9


Okay yesterday, running buddy and I had a great four mile run (in the gym). I made mine a tempo run with a negative split. Did the first five minutes at 10:54. Then first 15 after that at 10:00 and the next 15min at 9:31 then back down to 10:54. Ran at 8min/mile the last minute to get my four miles but it felt good!

Felt great, even though I had little sleep. I was out playing poker for candy (which I won! whoot whoot) with some friends until, oh 1:15am. Then went to my morning run at 8am. So I was tired, then worked the evening shift last night from 3p-12a. Got up at 8am, lounged around and went to my run at 9am. Well by lounging around I meant that I found PS I Love You on HBO on demand and thought, "hey, that's not depressing at all, I'll pull that up and start watching that. Way better than the news". I was bawling. That scene where she calls his phone just to hear his voice..sigh...I still call my mom's cell phone about once every 6months to see if they've given away the number yet. Phone companies must have a "do not give to anyone else, this person died" list. Cause it's been over three years and her number is still not connected.

I digress. So, that movie gets to me. Went to my run slipping a few tears on the drive. We decided to do 5miles and we would do my new fave, AI intervals at the third mile. So we decided to run 20minutes, run AI, run another 20. No biggie. Um, yes biggie. First issue, I hopped off the treadmill to pee at oh, 9:30 into my run. I must have the smallest bladder or have really been looking for an excuse to get off the treadmill. At 20minutes or so, whenever running buddy, who had been good and not taken a break, started her AI I did mine too. Went from 9:31 up to a 7:03min/mile. Pretty speedy, but I walked in between. Some how I know it would be better for me endurance-wise to just slow down my run in between intervals but that just doesn't feel like enough of a break. Running buddy just slowed down, never walked, show off! :) I did about 6 of those and went back to my slow running. Got off the treadmill at 30minutes and went and did some mat stuff. By mat stuff, I mean alternating crunches and push ups. I did 20 (knee) push ups total! 5 at a time. Did crunches a few different ways and then held 15lb weights and did side bends...I'm not sure what to call them but I'll feel them tomorrow. It wasn't till I got back into my car that I realized, "huh, I didn't do 5miles...I think that was only 4". No idea where my head was, probably stuck on PS I Love You or stuck wanting to be still sleeping. I thought my running buddy was crazy for staying on the treadmill for 45minutes instead of 40, now I realize she was trying to get our 5miles in. Sorry Tiffany, I was a bit of an airhead this morning.

Working 12 tomorrow, maybe I'll pack my gym bag and hit the gym while I wait for Brian to get off of work at 9pm. We'll see. I should probably make up the mile I missed today.

Friday, December 5


I know it's not a gigantic leap from last week, but it is over 20miles! So, I didn't have to work the 12 I thought, apparently I wasn't on the schedule from 3-7. So tonight I did a hill workout with my running buddy. I really should do those more often because I honestly thought I might die. I started thinking I was lightheaded, tried to take my pulse and swore it was really erratic and irregular. I had to walk once (or twice) just cause I thought "maybe I shouldn't be running this fast at such an incline, I may kill myself". I have this irrational fear of slipping on the treadmill and knocking out my teeth...that was a real possibility tonight. We got up to a 7.0 incline, and at one point I was attempting to do that at a 10min/mile pace. When Tiffany said she started her hill workouts at 4.0 for speed I thought "psh maybe you do, but I could totally start out at 5.5 and be cool, I'm kind of a pro at this". Yeah, not so much.

I will try to listen more to my running buddy these next couple of weeks! And maybe I won't die trying to run a marathon.

Thursday, December 4

Workout, finally.

Didn't run yesterday because, surprise, my husband and I had the day off together and that apparently means no gym. We did clean the house and use our new carpet shampoo-er thingy, which I LOVE. It's like I have a new carpet!

Running buddy called and wanted to run today and honestly if she didn't call I may not have been that motivated. We did four miles and I think I did a mini tempo workout. Did miles 1 and 4 at a 10:54 pace and the 2 and 3rd mile at 9:31 pace. It was hard to stay that slow the fourth mile but I made myself do it. I had some twinges of pain throughout my legs, I think it was the treadmill and the fact that I'd spent the last 6 hours shopping on my feet. Maybe I'll do a run tomorrow night after my 12, maybe not. Looks like 20 may have to wait for another week.

Tuesday, December 2


Ran this evening on the treadmill, by my lonesome. And it went awesome. 4miles in 38:06!!! That's a 9:36 AP!!!! One more ! for good measure! Yay! I did walk, walked at 1.5miles to potty (grrr). Walked again for 0.10 at 3miles and then at 0.5 till the end. I ran the fourth mile at 6.5 and then the last 0.5miles at 6.7. It was a little grueling considering the miles I have on my legs for the week, but I'm glad I waited until this evening to do it despite the fact that all I could feel the last mile was the blimpies sub I had for lunch. Ugh. On the way home I became famished and stopped at the grocery store for chocolate milk and turtle chex mix bars. MMM....I love my horrible eating habits. That will probably be my dinner tonight, it's a good thing I take a multiple vitamin.

Okay two questions running/athletic buddies (I must make note that I now have double digit "followers" I feel pretty special, thanks)... First, can I eat regular jelly beans vs "sports" beans during a run with the same effect? Cause I found cold stone ice cream jelly bellys and really think that the chocolate devotion flavor would motivate me more than the fruit punch flavor sports beans. Second, how come I follow umpteenth blogs, manually add them to my "blogs I follow list" and yet most updates to their blogs don't show up on my page? I have to go to the dashboard to see that I've missed like 17 updates and have to catch up. What's the deal?

Thanks all! Happy Tuesday! I think tomorrow I might try a short hill workout.

9.71...in two days.

Okay so the last couple of days I've been running with my new running buddy. Who also created a blog: http://twigs714.blogspot.com/ So check her out. We ran our long run on Sunday, 6.5ish. With our walk warm up it was more like 7 but I didn't really count that. We ran outside in the snow but it really wasn't that cold and the snow had melted by the middle of the day. We chatted throughout the run which has been really nice cause it makes the miles fly by. We ate a jelly bean a piece 1/2 way through the run. We decided to go a little further on our route and saw a hill and thought "we can do that it doesn't look too tough". We were walking up the hill half way through it. Whoops. Who knows three weeks from now we'll be storming up the hill just for fun. Our goal for this week is to shave a few minutes (or 12!) off of the run. We completed our 6.5ish in 1:12. Which wasn't too shabby. We joked during the run that we would train for the 1/2 and then see how we felt if we'd be able to run the full or not.

Last night, thanks to my hubby and his carpet shampooing obsession, we were late to the gym. I showed up 7minutes into my running buddy's run after she thought I stood her up. We ran the next 30minutes or so and then did some abs. Not feeling that yet but I know I will. I ran about 3.25 with 1/4mile repeats ranging from 6.5-7.5. It's hard to maintain that pace for more than a minute but I'm sure it'll get easier. Well she let me know that she had already reserved our room at a hotel for the night before the marathon and that we should just go ahead and do the full! I thought we were just joking about that! But it does have me kind of excited. I've been running for about a year and now with my new running buddy for motivation, maybe I could do it? We'll see how training goes.

My running buddy today ran without me thinking that since I hadn't called that I was still asleep (at 11am...which, well I wouldn't put past me) but I wasn't. So now I have to get up the motivation to run by myself. So I'm bummed out. Wish me luck!

Friday, November 28


That's my weekly total. Almost 20miles! Tiffany cancelled our long run after the festivities. And, I honestly wasn't disappointed. Well I kinda was but any excuse to get out of a long run... I'll take it. But then I got all competitive like sitting on the couch this afternoon. The conversation in my head was this:

"Self, didn't Tiffany run without you one time this week and you took the day off?"
"Why yes, yes she did. I think it was about 2.5miles without me."
"Well, get up and go to the gym, we're not going to let her win this week!"

I'm not that crazy, but it did occur to me that she had run without me and I didn't want to slack in my "training" and throw off my progress. So I dragged my butt off the couch and went to the gym for 2.6miles total in about 29minutes or so. Slow but fun. I did full quarter mile repeats at the end. 6.6-7.5 (or an 8min/mile).

Now I feel better, and my weekly total ROCKS!

Thursday, November 27

Grr. 4.82miles in about 45minutes. 9:20AP. 5K my a%&. Oh well it was a fun run out and back from the gym. Good thing I had my newer running buddy with me I would have never made it on my own. We started planning for our first 1/2 on this run. I can't believe I may actually sign up for one! AND run it!

ps check out my wicked awesome weekly total, I'm on my way to crushing my week's total from last week. I guess that's what you get when your short runs are 3 instead of 2miles and you have a buddy that encourages you to run 4-5 on an easier day.

Wednesday, November 26

Third post of the day.

Whoo hoo. I had a great run this evening. I did 3miles in 29:40. Which was under a 10min average pace. I did the first mile at 5.7. Second at 6.0 and third at 6.2 up to 6.5 and 7.0 for the last two mintues to get my three miles in under thirty minutes. Yay! Looking forward to my turkey trot tomorrow. And yes, OCN has to do with oncology. I am oncology certified now. I stole this from the oncology nursing certification website:

How does certification differ from an RN license? An RN license signifies a nurse has entry-level knowledge to provide care for patients, and is the minimum requirement for professional nurses. Although some states require continuing education for license renewal, others require only payment of a renewal fee. An RN license doesn't indicate whether a nurse has acquired knowledge beyond the required minimum, but certification does.
Certification is a voluntary process. It signifies a nurse has developed specialty knowledge beyond the entry level. Oncology certified nurses have met or exceeded requirements for practice in cancer care, have completed education in oncology nursing, and have a tested knowledge of the specialty. Certification in oncology nursing is based on current professional practice, so it validates a nurse's knowledge is up-to-date.
As cancer treatments become more complex, patients will require increasingly specialized care. Oncology certified nurses have both the knowledge and experience to deliver that care effectively.

That's about it for the evening, I swear. Off to make spaghetti to celebrate when the hubby gets home tonight.

I am so sorry.

Walks on Broken Glass. I am very sorry. I had no idea you had a blog or would read the comment I made on Blyfinn's blog. I do hope that you did not get pneumonia or any ill effects from your race. I was just thinking of how cold it must have been. And, while entertaining, you must have been freezing! I just didn't get it, that would be my own personal hell, I hate to be cold. It would never dawn on me to wear such a daring costume for a race. I hope you are well and I did not mean any harm or to hurt your feelings or make you feel bad.

I am very sorry.

Good news!

It's a suppository! (anyone watch futurama?)

Well, good news, I'm officially Kelly H., RN, BSN, OCN! Yay! Everyone can do a little happy dance. I've been studying since July and took my test this morning. I'm currently baking a cake for my clinical nurse specialist at work who has been tutoring me since July. I joked back in September that I'd bake her a cake, so I am. It's devil's food with pistachio pudding and chocolate chunks. I also dusted the inside of the bunt cake pan with Ghirardelli's hot chocolate mix and sprinkled chocolate chunks there as well, so hopefully it's tasty and good looking.

Made my Aunt Toni's brownies yesterday in preparation for Thanksgiving, they turned out fabulous if I do say so myself. I've had to sample a few of the outside brownies, cause really, who wants a crusty edge piece anyways, right?

In other running news, you may have noticed from my side board that my total this week is already 9miles. I know be amazed. Sunday I ran outside with my newer running buddy and her 110pound st Bernard! I think we did about 5miles in about 48minutes. I didn't start my watch until a few minutes into the run and her Nike ipod quit wanting to time us. So I gave us the benefit of the doubt. It was chilly but the miles just flew by. It did not feel like five miles when we were chatting the whole way.

Yesterday I ran we newer running buddy again, at the gym. Ran for 42minutes, did about 4miles. So that's 10:30min/mile. I did the first two at 11minutes and the third mile at 10minutes. The last mile just to get through it I did pick ups of 1min. At the end my faster pace was 8min/mile and I did two minutes, one minute recovery, then 1:30minutes and cool down walk. Felt good! I needed to do the pickups just to get me through the boredom of the final ten minutes.

Happy holidays everyone!

Saturday, November 22

15mile week!

As I predicted, 15miles this week. Didn't do a horribly long run today. Ended up talking to my dad for 1/2 parked outside the gym this morning. That kind of cut into my time so I did 4.77. Only on my way home did I realize that if I'd stayed on the treadmill another 3-4mintues I would have had an even 5miles. Bummer. Oh well. I ended up doing ai intervals the last twelve mintues (run hard, walk, repeat) just to mix it up a bit. I was really struggling after 40minutes. Just was bored today. And sadly enough, anxious to see Twilight. It was a good movie, not as great as the books, but I'm glad I saw it.

Thursday, November 20

So I think when I have my day's off with my hubby I should resign (I know that is spelled wrong but my handy spellchecker sees nothing wrong with that, huh) myself to the fact that they will inevitably go like this: Stay up too late cause, well, we don't have to work in the morning. Wake up late, don't go to the gym as planned. Eat donuts for brunch, eat lunch, and don't get a real start to the day until about 2pm when it's obviously way too late to try to get a workout in. Oh well, at least we spent the day together, right? I shouldn't be upset, and I'm not. We don't have kids (yet) and we enjoy our time together.

I think that I should wear a watch and time the amount of time I actually run. I started the treadmill and warmed up with a few minute walk. Ran my two miles (after my 13hr shift...had to stay late) in 21:00. It was officially 2.06 in 21:00 flat. But I ran at 6.5 for the whole time! That's super speedy for me! That's about 9:30/mile. The last two minutes I ran at about 6.8. That's about 9:13? It's late, I really can't do math. Anyways I think I ran faster than my treadmill and subsequently my buckeye account AP'd me at. So maybe I should wear the watch. I wonder if I could hit a magic button every mile and look back on the watch to see my "splits". Could I pause it too? I need to read my instructional handout which sadly, I kept.

Tuesday, November 18

Two workouts. Go me.

Just kidding. Well not about the workouts but the "go me!" business. I did a run in the morning cause my husband wanted to go to the gym before work, and well, I couldn't let him show me up. Did three miles in about 33minutes. I did the second mile in that interval style of running hard one minute and walking the next. That makes the run go by so quick. I think my running all out ranged from 6.5-8.0 and my normal mile went from 5.5 to 6.0 I think.

Then I run with a new running buddy, I'm such a ho. If you'll run with me, I'll run with you. Eh. Also a gal from work who I didn't know was a runner but we did the beer and bagel run together. And by together I mean we chatted at the start and she finished a full three minutes ahead of me and I saw nothing but her backside the rest of the race. So we decided to run for 30minutes and I did 2.9miles in 30minutes holding a 5.5 pace for the first mile. With 6.0 for the next 15min. escalating up to 6.5 and 7.0 towards the final few minutes of the run. Just to kick that run's a%$. Yay. My new running buddy looked at me and said "I have just a little bit more to go before I hit three miles". She had run at 4.5-5.5 and the last few minutes at 6.0 and up to 6.5 or so. So I started to wonder why her treadmill said "2.5" miles and she said she had run 3. She had her nike ipod+ in. She said "well you were running faster than me the whole time, I bet you're running more than you think. I bet you ran 4miles". Does that sound like something that could happen? That's why I ditched my ipod plus. Apparently her's estimates over and mine estimated under in distance. She suggested I calibrate on a track fo' reals. (she didn't say it like that I'm channeling my inner so you think you can dance star...back me up on this, some one had to watch that show)...anyways. When I emailed nike asking what was up with my ipod+ they said to calibrate on my actual running surface which is more often than not a treadmill so I calibrated there. But Tiffany swore by calibrating with an actual track. Any thoughts fellow or former nike+ users?

I think I'm going to run tomorrow and maybe Thursday after work. I think my long run this week will be Saturday. I have tentative plans to run with Tiffany Sunday Monday and Tuesday of next week. And then we're going to do a free 5K put on through our gym on Thursday. Then I can eat all day long! I love food.

Sunday, November 16

Lamar's rules.

Donuts after a run. MMM I love Sundays. Well, maybe not just Sundays but any day I decide I need to treat myself after a run. I have the house to myself this morning before I go to work for the evening shift. So I got myself some donuts.
Made it out for another run, at the gym. I think I'm falling into the "if it's not fast it's not good" or the "You're way too slow to call yourself a runner" mantra. :/ Walked for a few minutes then did the next 0.75 at 7.0. What was I thinking?! That's way faster than my normal fast pace of 6.0. Had to walk at the mile mark then went right back up to 7.0, bopped around from 7.0 to 6.5 to walking for the next 1.75 miles. I walked a lot during this almost three mile run. And I know I could have done the whole three if I didn't freak out and think that I had to start out fast or keep going fast to make it a good workout. I should just accept my slowness, but it's so hard to do that. I can't seem to let myself remember that this time last year I nearly cried because I ran two miles in a row without stopping, even if it was at 5.0 speed or something along those lines. Does anyone else get frustrated with their seemingly to them, lack of progress? Grr. If it's not the fact that I totally chickened out on a long run it's the fact that I didn't do my shorter runs fast enough. Why can't I just be happy that I got my butt off the couch and went to the gym?

Oh well, I did get a run in. Maybe I'll be on my way to another 14 or dare I say it 15mile week? :D

Friday, November 14

I do not have a brain tumor!

It was in fact, an Ocular Migraine! Thank you Joy for your awesome diagnosing skills, but I do not think it was day shift, I have never worked overnight in my life :) Usually harmless, but if it interferes with my daily tasks (like driving) I should stop what I'm doing and rest. (I got that from the internet) My Dr. said it could happen again two weeks from now, two months, two years, and/or never again! Yay. I did have a full workup from my ophthalmologist who was very nice and helpful and talked to me for quite a while about it. Also talked to me about how there must be a God out there somewhere....it was a long appointment. The Dr said "well I know you're here for an exam but you know...."... 1/2hr later (it felt like) he was still talking. But he was very very nice and I will continue to see him, but a little, not what I expected to hear about you know? Weird. I did get a new pair of glasses, thank you vision insurance through my hubby's work!

This afternoon I ran .... drum role please... 7.2 miles!!!! Yes! I am smiling right now. Took me 1:25ish I guess, I stopped the treadmill three times so I may have lost count. I took many walk breaks but generally ran about 5.5. I think one mile was 5.0 three or so miles were at 5.7....the last 0.5 was at 6.2 just cause I could. So there, long run out of the way.

Weekly total up to 14 miles. Oh la dee da.

Thursday, November 13

Quick workouts.

I don't know if they can be called workouts, but I've gone to the gym the last two days. Last night after the 12 I did 2.15miles. That broke down like this: 1st mile 10:40 2nd mile 9:15. I started out that run with a headache. Okay, I think I have a brain tumor. Yesterday morning right in the middle of my 9am med pass, I get this blurry vision. Only it wasn't blurry, it was a visual disturbance and only in my right eye. For the first 1/2hr or so it was like I had just seen a camera flash in the middle of my visual field. The remaining 45min or so it alternated between that and like this squiggly lightning bolt looking static. It went away after that but I was left with this residual left eye headache thing because of the strain of trying to see out of only my left eye, I think. So, I stepped on the treadmill 12hrs after this episode with the same headache. I refuse to take medicine apparently even though I'm a nurse and I know they work. I already had a standing appointment with my eye doctor Friday (tomorrow) so I'm keeping that. So tried to do three but chickened out because of my brain tumor. My husband thinks it might have been a blood clot or a ruptured blood vessel, we'll see. I forgot to tell my cardiologist about this today, sure he probably wouldn't care anyway. So before going to see said cardiologist I went to the gym again. After a late wake up, we got 15minutes in to workout! I did 1.55 miles in 15:23 which was a 9:55 pace. I tried feebly to do 1/2mile repeats (I think that's what they would be called). I did the first 0.5mi at 6.7, second walked a minute then did 5.5, then back up to 7.0 for the remaining 0.5 and walked 0.05 to cool down.

That's what I've been up to. I'm gearing up for a long run tomorrow, 6-8miles, hopefully. I'm planning on taking these jelly beans for energy and use them as a goal for running long (at 5miles maybe). Candy usually motivates me. I also will bring water, so I'll have plenty of distractions to use for "rest breaks". I think I might also try to walk for one minute every 10-12minutes of this run and see if my stamina is better. I get so frustrated when I think I've failed because I walked, but if I plan them in maybe it won't be so bad. I've read some marathon reports recently and about everyone of them included some walking, especially for the first timers. So I think I'll give it a try.

Cardiologist said every thing sounded verbatim from last year, so another appointment in a year if I don't get pregnant first, we'll see which happens first!

Tuesday, November 11

It's so easy to skip a run.

That's about all I have to say. Had intentions of running tonight. Made chicken and wild rice soup and hung out at home after the hubby came home from work. Eh. There's always tomorrow? I don't know though, I work a 12. Looks like a low mileage week this week. Although I do see my cardiologist Thursday. Maybe I'd better get out there tomorrow, make him proud.

Monday, November 10

Pictures! Let's see if this works.

Some pictures from the race:
Me and my hubby standing in line (I'm in the blue hat and blue jacket, he's in the jacket with the maroon hood, so supportive!):

Here's me during the race (trying to smile for the camera): I know the outfit is hideous but it was 25 out there, I have three long sleeve tops on, two pairs of running pants and a pair of shorts.

One last one, me crossing the finish line:

SO happy. No running today, woke up late and am a little sore from yesterday. My behind is killing me. Quite the workout even if it wasn't fast.

Sunday, November 9

So, I'm alive.

The next time I see "ski resort" and "4ish miles" and "off road", I'm going to think about it. It was fun, but didn't feel like I was running a race. I knew I was in trouble when to get to the start I was walking up a "hill" that was right next to the lift, we were walking up the lift. I said to a gal from work who I was walking with "At least we don't have to run up this!". And sure enough, half way-ish through the race we had made it back to this same spot and were "running" (I ran and walked half the way) up the same "hill". *Lots of " " in this sorry.* So. I completed the run, in maybe 49ish? I seriously walked most of it. Most of the downhills were pretty steep so hard to run those, and a lot of the up hill was single file and (while I didn't really think I could have run most of them) I had to walk because everyone else directly in front of me was walking. Everyone was really nice. There were a few points on the course where they had people planted to say "this down hill is really steep. If you're going to fall, fall on your butt so you slide down". My husband was a trooper and waited in the 26degree weather for me to finish. He was laughing cause he heard a lot of people's complaining as they crossed the finish line. One lady said "that was a fucking bitch!" really loud. Ha. (no that lady was not me). I came out of the chute (is that how you spell that?) and some guy said "you're a spotted runner, I've got something for you" and put a mizuno necklace thing around my neck. Now I had sprinted to the finish and was a little light headed with all the climbing and seriously altitude changes up there and thought "wow I get a medal!". I'm glad I didn't say that out loud because it was one of those key chain lanyard things. But I got to take that down to the mizuno booth and redeem it for a prize. I got the last prize available, men's medium windlite pants in navy with silver grey. Sadly, they fit sort of. So I either won my husband a super sweet pair of pants with warming technology or I've gotten myself a super sweet pair of fat pants or what I like to call "at least they'll fit me when I'm pregnant" pants! Yay. They're pretty awesome and totally worth the run. Wasn't a pr but it was fun-ish. I kept wussing out and thinking "I'm going to break an ankle! I'd better walk!". Ran about the last 1/2 mile besides having to walk half way down a hill to get to the finish line.

Fun times.

PER MILE PACE: 15:53 49:18

sadness, but it was really hard!

Saturday, November 8


no running. Should have run yesterday while the hubby was at work, didn't. Cause I called him around 10am and said "do you want to go to the gym with me this afternoon?". Knowing that he would say yes, and knowing that we wouldn't go. Woke up late this morning (915) after staying over at a friend's house til 130am. Now I'm not motivated to do anything but clean my house. Brian's weekend off, I'm working evening tonight. Then off to the beer and bagel run tomorrow. It's going to be early, I think I see a nap in my future tomorrow.

Reading every one's blogs, Joy and Jen for their awesome 12 and 10miles... I'm ashamed I didn't drag my butt out of bed for a run this morning. :(


Wednesday, November 5

Another run!

I wasn't expecting to run today. I had a 12hr shift at work today, but at 5:22 central staffing called to tell me that I was on call and to call at 10am to the floor to see if they needed me at 11am. Called at 10 and the charge said "stay on call girl, stay on call". So I went to the gym. I ran on the treadmill. 1st mile 5.5, 2nd 6.0, third (last 8minutes) 6.5 with two minutes of walking. Tired. I'm not sore from yesterday, maybe I'm just fatigued.

Could I be faster outside? I looked at my 3.1miles outside which was a whole minute/mile faster than my run was today. I think that when I'm on the treadmill too, that I look at the clock or how far I have left to go. When I'm outside I just know I need to run till I get back to my car or something. Hmm... I called up my running buddy since I heard she just started two months of night shifts and said "whenever you want to run just call me". She replied with "I think I have a stress fracture". :/ I hope she feels better soon! I like running outside especially with somebody.

Tuesday, November 4

Last few workouts.

I did a mini (very mini) tempo run yesterday. 5.5 for the first and last miles and 5.7 for the middle two. Boring but it was four miles which is a distance I've been struggling to want to complete on the treadmill. Having the up tempo for a few miles made it relatively interesting. Had some lateral right foot pain. Stretched my feet and ankles out today before my morning run. Felt so good to get up early and get out to the gym before I normally am even awake. Ran two miles cause I'm leaving myself time to go vote this morning before my meeting. I ran a hill workout on the treadmill. Ick. I know I'll be feeling that later. I did the workout at 5.5 which was about 23:40 for 2.05miles. Slow but done.
So, my meeting later this morning is another study session with the clinical nurse specialist on my floor. I've been meeting every week since later July to study for my oncology nurse certification. I'll be certified in oncology which makes me more marketable. And, if my hospital ever decides to implement the ladder system, maybe I'll get paid more. I'll get to put OCN behind my name along with my already achieved RN, BSN. Looking forward to it! I test the week of Thanksgiving so hopefully I'll pass. It's a really hard test from what I hear but studying with my cns has really kept me studying. I don't think I'd even crack a book once if it wasn't for her.

Here's to a relatively busy day off.

Sunday, November 2

Outside, alone

Wore one ear bud to feel safer. Ran by myself today, late in the day a little after noon. Even with waking up early cause of the time change I had a hard time peeling myself off the couch of doom. Ran the 5K route, approx. out and back around lake Z. Ran it in 29:43 baby. Took a walk for one minute halfway through. One more minute walk six minutes later cause I felt like I was getting asthma. Must have been the out doors. Darn you nature! Beautiful day though, I think my car said 67 on my drive over, I ran in a tank top and shorts outside on Nov. 2! yay. Looking forward to the beer and bagel run next Sunday. Off to do some house work/grocery shopping. I'm doing breakfast for dinner tonight. I'm going to try my granpa's biscuit recipe with bacon and eggs. Maybe grands cinnamon rolls too? mmmm I'm hungry.

Saturday, November 1

Sort of speedy.

Well, not entirely, just the middle.

I got this workout from the runner's world half marathon plan, and I like it. 2miles warm up, 1:00 5-7 aerobic intervals, walking in between for me, 2miles cool down. Can I just say that the cool down is SO hard. I just wanted to be done, but I did it! Yay. My AI's were from 7.0-8.5 which was a 7:03 min/mile for the last two intervals. I did a full mile in between my warm up and cool down and I think it was about 10:30 total with the walking and what not.

As for other workouts, didn't go as planned. Wednesday I did a 5K in about 33min with my new running buddy. Molly had eaten a big lunch so we walked for maybe a km in the middle? It seemed like a long walk but it was fun. And no vomiting, which is always a good goal to have during a run. Thursday was my husband's day off and we ended up getting a late start to the day (I have to confess we played Little Big Planet for 2.5 hours! And it was my idea!). Wanted to wake up a 7am on Friday to get a workout in ... but we split a bottle of wine Thursday night and went to bed late after playing more video games. We were lazy! But I think I did about 10miles this week, maybe 12-13 next week. Maybe it'll be easier to do 15miles if I work up to making the time in my week? Does that make sense?

I really enjoyed MJC's race report and can't wait to hear the others. Good luck NCrunner!

Monday, October 27

Two miles.

Ran after work today (which was 12hours yay nursing). First mile in 10:01 including a short walk to warm up. Second mile in 9:19. Pretty speedy. Just to get it over with though. Just didn't have much more in me cause I'm back tomorrow for another 12. Running date with Molly on Wed. Probably not going to run tomorrow, will probably do dinner with the hubby. So, if I do 3miles on Wed, 2-3 on Thursday, 5 on Friday... and 3 on Saturday... that'll be 15miles. I can do that. We'll see how this goes. So far so good.

Sunday, October 26

Holy no running, Batman!

Yeah. No running since... Monday of last week? Wow. How do I expect to get better if I don't do it?! I did have my husband's birthday Friday and Pilate's and a wedding to go to Saturday. But I really should have gone out Wed. or Thursday, really. Maybe tomorrow after work? See it's 12 and I'm back the next day for another 12. So it's hard to get over to the gym right after work when I may not be out of work until 8 or 8:30 and have to come back and do it all over again the next day at 7am. I know, just making excuses! Maybe just a quick two miles tomorrow, I'd like to try to average 15miles a week for the next month. Last week was... 7.6 but that was in two days. I think I could do 15 spread out over four or five days. Maybe Molly'll want to run again with me.

sigh. I hate nights before I have to work, they bum me out so much and it's stupid cause I like my job. I think it's just the fact that I should probably be in bed right now, and I just don't want to go to bed....I sound like a whiny little kid! grrr. I've had enough of this post.

good night folks.

Pilates, revisited.

Went to Pilate's yesterday "Pilate's for better backs" 1 1/2 hrs mat class. Again, my stomach hurts so bad it's pathetic. There was a chiropractor there with a "gait analysis" machine which I hopped on after the class for a quick analysis. Apparently I have the worst flat feet she'd seen that day. She said my achilles are even swayed. She asked if I had a lot of sports injuries in high school, to which I laughed out loud and said that I wasn't in the least sportsy until about a year ago. But that come to think of it I had had some ankle and feet pain during/after I run. She said she was surprised I didn't have more knee pain and suggested that if and when I do become pregnant I live in shoes or my feet will just fall completely and I'll really be in trouble. Now she did suggest orthotics (sp?), even just over the counter ones. Does anyone run in those? That seems uncomfortable but I've never worn them before. Hopefully I'll get out for a run today. We'll see.

Wednesday, October 22

No run with Molly yesterday, rainy cold, we both whimped out. Did get a few laps in swimming though, which went okay. I hadn't swam for two weeks? I think. I felt disorganized and off balance swimming. I felt like each stroke tilted my whole body like I wasn't really straight. Does that make any sense? I don't know if it was because I was tired from working till midnight and then working at 7am the next day or because I hadn't swam in two weeks. If I'm just that out of practice? Oh well. Better luck next time. 750yrds in about 18min.

Monday, October 20

New running buddy!

So Molly and I from work met up at 12 to run our long run. I don't have much experience running outside so this was going to be fun. We made in about 4.5miles around a lake here in town in about 45minutes. We stopped twice just to walk for a bit. That was much needed. We're getting together tomorrow for another run, maybe shorter like just a 5K? Maybe a quick two miles? We'll see. I'm working tomorrow 8hrs so it'll be after I get off work. Probably no run on Wed. cause I'll be working a 12 for sure. And Thursday I'll be working 8 but then I'm off to Lincoln for a bachelorette party, so no run. Friday will be my next run after Tuesday. Saturday morning I have the Pilate's for Better Backs class for 1 1/2 hrs. If I can get my butt out of bed maybe I'll do a run before that. So, that's my plan.

Happy week of running everybody. Oh! I think I'm signing up for the Beer and Bagel Run in Iowa. It's listed as a 5K off road but the sign up form says "4 mile-ish off road run". Yikes!

5K, no pr.

Governor`s Cup yesterday. Made it out to Lincoln and back on time and without getting lost. That was a start. Here are my results:

Name: Kelly H.
Distance: 5K Time: 31:15
Pace: 10:04
Overall Place: 160 of 272
Place in Gender: 81 of 171
Division F2529 Place: 17 of 28

It started out pretty good. I had gotten there a little under an hour before the race. I picked up my shirt (very cute) and was so glad that I had worn a tank top under my long sleeve. It was 80degrees by 3pm! Now the race started out a little congested, but I found a little groove and started passing a few people. The halfway point I thought "okay, we're taking this alley way around, I'll just walk through and grab some water". NO WATER! 80 degrees, I hadn't drank anything before the race to avoid nausea and now I was regretting it. Walked through the turn around alley parched. Getting passed by all those people I had passed getting to that point. That was disappointing. But I couldn't even swallow saliva, you know what I mean? I almost grabbed the latte out of the guy's hand at the end of the alley who was telling us to turn. Made it the rest of the way back walking and running as I could. Very disappointing. And I think it was all because of my lack of hydration. My calves felt a little sore about 3/4 of the way to the finish but I don't normally run outside so that was no surprise. I didn't even have enough in me to do my normal sprint to the finish. I rounded the last corner and saw 30 something on the time clock and knew I didn't have my PR. But I knew sooner or later I would have to stop getting PR's in every 5K I enter. :) I was passed in the last stretch by people sprinting to the finish and I cheered them on as I trudged along.

So good race, well organized, cute shirts....needed a water stop!

I'll probably try and do the race again next year if I have this same weekend off.

Today I'm looking forward to a long run with my new running buddy (we'll see how it goes). It's a gal from work who wants to train for the Lincoln half in the spring and maybe a full in the fall of 09. We'll take it one run at a time I think.

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Congrats on the marathon mom on the run! I have yet to read the report and am so looking forward to it!

Friday, October 17

Three miles today.

So, I did three miles on the treadmill. Had to stop at 12:30 or so minutes to take a potty break (I hate my body) then tried to do some calculations in my head as to how much longer/faster I would need to run to do 3miles in under 30minutes. Why? Because all of the sudden to me, I'm a big fat loser for running any slower. Which is stupid because this time last year I know I wasn't even running two miles at a time. I know I should worry about distance instead of time but ... I'm too impatient.

I registered for a race in Lincoln on Sunday. I'm pretty nervous but it'll be in the middle of the day which gives me plenty of time to get out there (it's about 45minutes away). If the race started at 8am there's no way. Plus I think that I get a long sleeve tee which I heart way more than short sleeved. :D Fashion. That's why I run races. So anyways it's a 5K could have been 15 but I'm a whimp. Couldn't find anyone to go with me so I hope I find the place all right. The directions on the website are a little vague to someone who's not familiar with Lincoln, NE. It says "All races start and finish near the Governor's Mansion, 14th and "H" Streets."....hmmm, that's kinda hard to map on yahoo. So I'll have to factor in driving around in circles time. Plus, what about parking? Ah, I'm glad again that it's in the middle of the day. Maybe it'll be warmer?

I don't really like going to races by myself because I have this irrational fear that my car will get broken into and my stuff'll get stolen. I like my hubby there to hold onto my stuff (and cheer me on). Oh well. Here's to adventures.

Tuesday, October 14


At least I think that's what this workout should be called. That or speed work. Three miles total for about 30:30. Did one mile at 6.0. Second I did walk/run fast. Walk 3.5 and then run from 7.2-8.0 or a 7min/mile pace! Last two minutes at 8.0! Third mile at 6.2. Woo hoo. Feels good. Looking forward to tomorrow.
went to private pilates session yesterday...



Sunday, October 12


Ran the 10K today. SO glad they added this distance. 5k seemed kinda whimpy for me this year but a 13.1 was a little out of my league. Ran in in about 1:10 with 11:16 ap. Felt pretty good, a little tired. Didn't seem to go as well as Friday's run. I wonder if that's because Friday I had in mind that I was going to do a longer distance than 6miles and today I knew I was going to 6.2? I allowed myself to feel tired earlier on in the run? I don't know.

Tomorrow I'm doing a semi private Pilate's reformer class just to see if I like it. For free, the rest of the classes wouldn't be free though, so I'm kinda hoping I hate it. We'll see. After that I may go for a swim. The hubby's working tomorrow night so it's that or go home and clean. Working out always wins over that.

Hope everyone had fun at their wwfor races. Go team!

Friday, October 10

10miles? What was I thinking!

Will I ever reach double digits?!

So here's the break down. I ran for 30minutes, allowed myself a 3minute walk break thinking I'd need one to get to the potty. Actually, I was planning on stopping at 20min, but felt pretty good. I was going at a slow 11min pace. During the first mile I thought I felt some pain in my right lower leg, but that soon went away. Probably getting all the kinks out from not running for nearly a week. No need to use the restroom so I powered on, slow and steady until about 60min. I think it was 55:40 but I had gone five miles and thought that was a good stopping point. Went to the restroom drank from my 1.5liter water bottle and got back on the treadmill. It was all ALL downhill from there. I planned to get back on and run another 5, but it was late in the day (after 12), I felt more fatigued than I'm used to getting back on treadmill. I think it was because I usually take a break at 2miles and this break was at 5. I only lasted a mile. Tried to make the most of it by running fast, the last 1/2mile was at 6.5miles/hr. Oh well. I'm doing the Zen 10K on Sunday before work so I guess it would have been bad to do 10 today anyways right?

I wonder if taking a shot block or some other form of energy would have helped? Those things make me nervous cause my mom's family has heart disease (more specifically irregular heartbeats which can be triggered by caffeine). I avoid anything with the word "energy" in the name. I have never had a red bull and I think caffeinated products are dangerous. Mostly because of my family history. Do shot blocks or other similar products which claim to give you energy do so by caffeine or just extra carbs or something during your workouts? What have you all used that you have found helpful?

Maybe next week I'll pull off 10miles...I feel like I've been at this almost a year and I'm not really getting any where. I'm neither fast nor can run very long. My longest run ever was 8miles and that was a one time wonder. Maybe if I was more consistent like I was training really training for a race? But, I've tried to follow training plans to keep up my mileage and that doesn't work either, too easy to cheat. I swear I've heard of people running their first halfs within their first year of running. Are all those people naturally athletic? Were they runners in high school who gave it up for a few years and now have it back?

I'm pretty happy over all with my run. Can't wait for Sunday to do it again! :D

Thursday, October 9


So, thanks MJC for tagging me!

I guess I have to tag a few people and tell a few things about myself.

First, tagging:

1)Running Stories, Jenn

2)Mom on the Run

3)Just keep Running, SJ

4) POM

5)My so called Running, Kate

Okay six facts:

1) I was born in Texas I was raised in Chicago

2) There is not a day that I can recall, ever, except when I was was relatively NPO-clear liquids diet that I have not consumed chocolate.

3) I've never been athletic, I didn't walk until I was four. Was also on oxygen until the age of four.

4) I am a former Shriner's Hospital for Children's patient from 1999.

5) I find everyone... EVERYONE... intimidating.

6) I really am a naturally shy person despite having a blog and talking to you folks.

Okay wanted to run after work tonight. But didn't get out of work until 9pm. 7-9, that's a pretty long day, so I called it quits and will try for a long run tomorrow. Maybe 10miles?! I know craziness.

Tuesday, October 7

One mile, swim.

1750yards. If I did my math right, that's ONE MILE SWIMMING!!!! In under an hour which was my goal. Officially the watch said "48:55". I did take several... many breaks stand up and fix my goggles etc. Does anyone else have trouble with goggles fogging up? I mostly used that as an excuse to stand up and get my barrings. Here's how it broke down:

Laps 1-5 slow, easy.
Laps 5-10 getting into the groove, feeling a little slow still.
Laps 10-20ish fighting nausea from a way to dressing-y pasta salad I made and ate for dinner.
Laps 20-25... maybe I can do 35 laps...yeah I can.
Laps 25-30 so slow, tired felt like I was crawling from end to end.
Laps 30-35, just five more to go.
Laps 34-35 .... just finish the swim already, and at the same time, this feels great.

I had this big goofy grin on my face when I finished lap 35. I felt like I had when I had run 2miles for the first time ever. I know I'll feel even better when I can swim the distance without stopping.

When I swim I find it easy to keep track of my laps if I repeat to myself "0.5 laps" or "5.5laps"...etc. You get the idea, but I say the 1/2 lap I'm on and going to in my head over and over so I don't lose my place. I find it easier (mind games) to start over my counting every ten laps so that my brain thinks "you've only done 2.5laps, you can do more", like when I start over my treadmill when I run...I don't forget I've started over but it's easier to count 1.5 than 21.5 over and over in my head...I don't remember where I was going with this.

Getting out of the water and walking back to my car, I wasn't dizzy. But I was slightly disoriented. I felt like I didn't have my sea legs or something. Does this ever happen to anyone else?

And, weird question for you girl swimmers out there...I bought this one piece Speedo last year about this time before I'd even started swimming so I could go without going skinny dipping. Anyways it's been a year and I'm running and swimming more much more than I was last year. While I haven't lost a lot of weight, I wonder if maybe I dropped a swimsuit size? I get bubbles or air caught in the back of my swimsuit by my lower back when I swim. It's kind of distracting and I thought maybe it was because it was too loose there or something? Maybe this always happens with one pieces and I've just been wearing my two piece too often?

Monday, October 6

New 5K pr.

I participated in the race for the cure yesterday morning. Woke up at 5am, after planning to wake up at 6:00, cut fabric for the quilt feeling icky. I had eaten a pound of strawberries on a whim Saturday night after a glass and a half of wine... pretty sure that's why I woke up with a sour stomach. Pre race medicated myself with Imodium and peptobismol tablets, this was going to be a great race. On the ride there, I honestly thought I might throw up. Yay. I love feeling this way! Got to the event, got my number. At about 8:15 my hubby got there and grabbed my stuff and I got back across the start line before they turned the timing mat on. Race started at 8:30 right on time and since I was being timed, I was able to be at the front of the huge pack. I didn't bring my ipod for the nike + or the music so it was me and all the other thousands of runners. I liked having run this course before, I knew there would be a water stop just after the turn around and I looked forward to it. Not having my ipod there, it was hard to judge distance. I felt like I did nothing but get passed the whole race. There were some good runners out there. I was even passed by two ladies pushing strollers. I kept telling myself that they had probably been running a lot longer than me, this is only my second year running...blah blah blah. I walked through the water stop drank about 1/2 a cup and tossed it in the trash and started running again. Last year by that point I had started walking after about 1km. I walked probably close to half the race last year, it was so hot. I think I finished somewhere around 38:14 last year. This year, they changed up the finish line so you had an incline right before the line. Evil. I finished in about 30:30 I think which will be a pr once I have the official time results. Yay. Didn't puke, didn't feel too bad afterwards. That was about it. Good run, outside for once. I love all the support and positive attitudes around that race. I'm sure I'll do it again next year.

Oh yes, and for those who remember a few posts ago, I'd been talking myself up for about 6months to some of the doctors on the floor. One of them, Dr. T. did pass me. I never saw Dr. I. so he'll be a mystery until I see him at work or see his name of the results list. I'm too impatient. I want to know how I did!

Saturday, October 4


Ran two miles last night. Wanted to see if I could do 4 in under 40min. Hey if I can do three in under 30, why not try for four. But I had this huge Italian sandwich for lunch and it came back to haunt me. I had to stop at to before I vomited. Yay for gross descriptions! I think I might take a break today. I'm still sore from the gardening and 6miles on Wednesday and I have that race tomorrow. I don't want to push it and injure myself or something. Not that I'm real high mileage or anything. I probably could. I have plans to day to wash my fabric for my quilt and get reacquainted with my sewing machine. Hopefully I remember how to thread the bobbin. Thank goodness for you tube instructional videos.

Happy Weekend.

Friday, October 3

Swam today with the hubby. I think he's seen how toned I'm getting and wants to join in. Ha! Just kidding. But he's been trying. He's been working on his form and breathing just like I was at the beginning of the summer. I swam 20 laps and wanted to swim it in under 1/2hr, which was about how long it took me last week. 28:20 today. Yay. Wearing my watch is helping. And, when I was done I turned to my husband and said "I'm going to do a few cool down laps". Can you believe it?! My husband said "be careful!" cause I had said I was a tingly from swimming the last 4 laps at a faster pace than normal to finish in time. I said casually, "I'm just cooling down, I'm not going to go fast". I swam a SLOW lap of freestyle and a length of back and a length of breast in four minutes. Talk about slow.

Fun times. I think it was the best choice to swim instead of run cause my hamstrings are sore! I gardened after my 6mile run the other day and that did me in.

So on a tangent...We're thinking about starting a family in the next couple of years. Which means I'll be pregnant. Does anyone have any thoughts about running or swimming during pregnancy? I thought I'd get good enough at swimming for that to be my main form of exercise in the later months cause frankly it just seems like it would be too uncomfortable to run. But I've never been pregnant, so, what do I know. Just a thought. I'm girlie I think about these things....sorry.

Wednesday, October 1

Wednesday Long Run

So I had my long run today because I have another race this weekend. It's just a 5K but I do want to be rested. I ran my 6miles today in about 1:06. I think that I mostly averaged above an 11minute pace but the few walk breaks I allowed myself kinda brought up the total time on the treadmill. I think that stopping the treadmill at 2miles to take my now regular two mile break helped me run the total distance because I'd look at the treadmill and think "I've only gone three miles, I can do four", when in fact I'd gone 5miles. Mind games.

Am I strange for running only on the treadmill? I feel like I have this irrational fear that something bad will happen to me while I'm out running outside. I would love to find someone to run with, but I feel slower than most people and I feel like my schedule wouldn't really jive with others'. Hm.

Happy Wednesday. Off to work tomorrow and hopefully a swim in the afternoon if the hubby permits. I've only done that one swim this week (my measly 10laps) and am itching to go longer. Is swimming like running where it's best to mix up speed work and longer swims?

Tuesday, September 30

Could my Nike ipod plus have been slowing me down? I did go to the gym this morning and I ran this three miles in under 30min! What's up with that? I took a break at 2miles, ran that in 20:16. Ran the last mile in 9:40. I wasn't concerned about the little ipod voice saying "0.5miles to go...." yada yada yada. I just ran relatively comfortably knowing that I wanted to break 30minutes. I did it in 29:56 and it wasn't too bad. Hopefully this weekend will go good as well. I think I'll try running without my nike+ for a while. The treadmill keeps track of my milage and time anyways. I still have to have my podcasts, so I still run with my ipod of course. This could be a good week for running, I can feel it. Maybe I'll swim tonight if the hubby still wants to go to the gym?! I know, I'm crazy like that.

Happy running every one!

So, last night I went to the gym for a swim cause my legs were still a little sore from Saturday. And, I don't know if it was the five handfuls of french onion sun chips that I scarfed down before going to the gym. Or the fact that I had just worked two 12s Sunday and Monday. But I could only swim 10 laps and had to take a break at 5. My heartrate felt tachy and I felt really out of breath and slow. I just gave up. At least I got off the couch right? I'm trying to wake up now to go to the gym for a "quick" 5K. We'll see how that goes. This weekend I'm doing the race for the cure and two doctors and I have this bet going. Dr. T and I have been saying we're going to crush Dr. I in the race. It's a friendly little rivalry. I told Dr I about my 7:27 mile and he started stepping on my feet. I said "hey! What are you doing?". And he replied "Just taking out my competition, giving me more of a fair chance". But he's been running a lot longer than me and Dr. T. runs 5-7miles just for fun. Yikes. I don't know what I've gotten myself into.

Saturday, September 27

One mile race.

7:20... about. Don't have the official chip time. But, yay a PR! I passed the first 1/4mile split in 1:25 and thought wtf?! (that was the main downhill portion of the race). Then the second at 3:00 and wondered if I was really running a 6min mile cause it didn't feel like I was going that fast. Passed a few people from 1/2-3/4 and passed two more in the last 1/4mile. Crushed last years time of 9:00 even. I'll post the real chip time and standings when I get them. Shouldn't have had the luna bar right before leaving the house, left me slightly nauseous during the race. I think I ran fast because I wasn't feeling well... :/ Well got me to the finish line faster. Brian (husband) missed the race because my heat was scheduled to start at 8:30 and really started at 8:15. So I waited for him to stroll to the finish line at 8:31. He said "in my defense I started walking to get here about 8 minutes before I thought you were going to finish". Poor guy, drove me and held my stuff and then missed the finish... well the whole race. He felt bad, I felt bad, I should have told him go straight to the finish, you never know about times. Oh well. I'm sure the race photographer got a picture of me finishing. We weren't able to stay for awards, I wonder if they gave out age group awards? I wonder where I placed? I hate waiting, I'm too impatient!

Final results:

76 Kelly Hennen 26 F 10/14 7:27

Placed 76th/85. The girls I passed at the end were 22. Huh, that sorta makes me feel good. Although I didn't pass them by much, they finished right around 7:31. Still, yay.

Friday, September 26

Swam today. Honestly looked at the clock before I started and only stopped to stand to fix my goggles once about lap 16. So my total for today: 1000yards in 30minutes that's 3:00/100yards. Eh. At least I did it without stopping. Wanted to get a run in this afternoon, but the hubby just got home and is really tired from work and doesn't feel like going to the gym. :(

Thursday, September 25

Long run for the week.

Decided to do my long run today cause I'm doing the one mile race Saturday and didn't want to wear myself out running 6miles the day before. I used my ipod for 1/2 the run. I ran at 5.5 (faster than my normal "slow long run" pace of 5.0 or 5.3) for 32:01 for 3miles according to the treadmill. My ipod told me I'd run 2.41. I didn't really want to run more than 6 or more correctly, I didn't think I could. I would LOVE to run an "easy" 6miles tack on an additional 0.5 or 1mile at the end due to my ipod error and not even notice it. But I haven't run a good long run in a while and this was going to be a challenge. So I turned off my ipod+ and ran another 0.55miles before I needed another walk/water/potty break. Ran/walked the next 22minutes after that. Walked about 19minutes in due to a bad side cramp. Ran the last 8minutes at 6.0 and the last 1minute of that at 6.3 to finish 2.68 in about 30minutes. So that's a grand total of: 6.32 miles in about 1:10:56. Nice long run.

woo hoo.

Thanks for all the replies about my ipod+ troubles. I have calibrated recently, about 2-2 1/2months ago now I guess, and it didn't seem to do the trick. I calibrated on the treadmill because I know it is sensitive to the surface you're running on.

My question to garmin users is, if I run on the treadmill does it still log my run? I thought garmin was gps based, and I won't be moving. Does that make sense? That is probably a stupid question to ask but it came up.

Hoping tomorrow to get in a swim and a run. I'm almost up to a one mile swim. Maybe tomorrow I'll get rid of the 3min break every 10 laps? You never know, but right now it's kind of a security blanket for me.

Happy blogging every body. And, thanks again for all the comments and support.

Tuesday, September 23

Ran tonight to try out my new kicks. Got some Mizunos today with the help of a nice man at peak preformance. LOVE THEM. So far. I shouldn't jynx it. And, I'm hating my nike ipod plus thing. It's 0.25miles off, on the short side. :/ Well maybe not hating it, but frustrated. Maybe I'll treat myself this Chirstmas/birthday to a new garmin or some other contraption. Any suggestions?
Hello world. Today I swam the farthest distance that I have swam yet. 1550yds! In approx. 40-45min. I took a 3minute break at each 10laps. And, I didn't stop during my first 10 laps. Those are always the hardest for me. I usually stop at 4laps. And I've found that I stop now not because I'm really tired, but because I just want to breathe normal for a few minutes. I've found that I have a greater build up of phlegm (sorry that's gross) when I swim and I feel like it impedes my breathing. I don't know if it's that I'm in a pool with a lot of moisture or cause I get asthma and don't realize it cause I'm in a pattern of breathing... weird.

Ran a few miles Sunday. I ran that AI run on Saturday. That was fun although not as long as it should have been. I only did a one mile warm up and cool down cause I'm a wuss. The middle was fun though. I went from walking 3.5 one minute to running anywhere from 7.2-8.0 and then walking again. I did that 7 times and ended up running about another mile. So yeah.

Doing better this week. Picked out fabric for quilts made using some of my mom's favorite clothes. That was hard. It'll be even harder when I have to cut up the clothes. Oh well, they're just sitting around collecting dust otherwise.

Have a good week. I should post before hand but maybe not. This weekend I'm doing the Omaha Mile. And I get super sweet technical tee-shirt. That'll be the first race that I've been in that gives away technical tees. This will also mark the anniversary of my first race ever. I remember when I was nervous that I wouldn't be able to run the full one mile distance. Ha. Maybe I have come farther than I think I have.

Wednesday, September 17

maybe I just shouldn't set goals.

So about a week ago, I investigated and decided I wanted to do the ultimate 1/2marathon plan from Runner's World. I overlapped it onto my buckeye outdoors log and started following it. Rearranging some of the days to coincide with my work schedule. Today was supposed to be 6-7miles (rather, yesterday was). But today I headed out to the gym and attempted. And now instead of being happy that I got my butt off the couch and ran 4.5miles. I'm sitting around beating myself up for not running the 6miles. Does this ever happen to anyone else? I feel like such a quitter when I really did try. My ipod died at 5.01km and I had to start over after walking for a few minutes reprogramming the ipod and then I couldn't stop walking. I only completed another 2.3km before throwing in the towel. AH. So frustrating. I know I need to keep with it and I will start seeing improvements. But I really think that 2week break was NOT helpful. I don't have much fitness to begin with and that was just killer.

So the next day I run I'm supposed to do this: 2 miles. 5-7x1:00 AI, 2 miles Now I know that the AI is an aerobic interval meaning I'll run 5-7 times at a faster than normal pace for oooh.... now that I read that, I thought maybe it was 100yards and I was going to ask how far that is on a treadmill cause I'm not good with simple math. But that means one minute. I can do that. I suppose I'm supposed to take a break in between AIs. And I bet I warm up and cool down with 2miles at maybe...5.3? We'll see how I feel.

I'm taking my gym bag and I'm hoping to get to the pool this afternoon for a swim. Did 1150 yards on Monday. That went well. I felt all fishy. The last four laps I experimented with how I hold my head when I breathe and I angled down a little and had my cap in the water. I felt like I was slicing the water and felt faster. Too bad I'm not prepared enough to actually time myself. I wonder if my watch is water resistant? Hmm.... eh.
Yesterday no workout, took a mental health day from the gym. Spent most of the morning and afternoon crying, haven't done that for a while. I guess for those of you that don't know, part of the reason I'm attempting this whole running/swimming thing is because my mom loved it. And it's been close to three years since she passed. And I'll bet it had been a good 8 months since I really cried about it. Sure I can talk and describe how I felt on the day I got the news, or how exactly she died and what of. But I never really think about it. I live in my constant state of denial. I can't believe it's been three years. I just was sad yesterday about all that she's missing out on. Brian and I are thinking of starting a family soon and she'll never hold her grandchildren... I'd better stop. I'm not really up to starting all this again. I'm going to have a better day today.

Getting my haircut, that's always fun.

Hope all is well out there.

Friday, September 12


So, my 12hr day yesterday turned into a 14hr one. Ick. So I wasn't up to running last night. Not that I had really planned on it, but it's easy to look back and say "Well I couldn't have anyways".

Today I got my a#$ out of the house at 11:30 and went to the gym. I wanted to do three miles but decided 30minutes and I'd try to do 6.0 the whole way. I did 6.0 for the first 2 miles which I guess in and of itself is a good thing cause the last couple of runs I struggled to keep a 5.5 pace for very long. Then I started to get a side cramp and started feeling slightly nauseous cause of my awesome doughnut breakfast I'd had this morning. So I backed off to 5.0 for the next 7minutes which seemed to drag on. Then the last two minutes of the run I bumped it up to 6.7 just to get it over with. I ended up doing 2.8 in 30:52 with was an 11:01 pace. Not too bad, I'm pretty pleased. Would have been happier to maintain the 6.0, but I think that was more of a consequence of the doughnuts.

Happy Friday. I'm working this weekend (bummed cause my weekends got switched and Brian has this weekend off) 12 hrs with an 8hr day on Monday...so hopefully I'll run or swim again then or maybe Sunday night if the weekend hasn't been too bad.

Wednesday, September 10


This week so far.

Did a really fun workout on Monday. Did 30minutes on the treadmill, 2.62 miles with 11:33ap. Then I had a quick rinse in the shower before heading out and swimming. My legs felt like jello walking into the water. But it felt so good to swim. I swam about 25minutes slowly with a total of about 14 laps of 700 yards. Nice little mini brick work out if I do say so myself.

My husband dragged me to the gym today and I ran 4miles. That's right 4. All in a row, not counting the potty break at 2miles in. 47:56 with 11:48ap. So proud of myself for not stopping (for the most part). Well more like stopping and giving up and throwing in the towel. Yay. I've decided to follow the ultimate half marathon plan from Runners World and probably will need to stretch it out over more than 9 weeks as my base has gone SO far down hill. And I probably won't be able to finish the 13.1 in October for the festival of races. Hmmm.... we'll see. I guess I'll follow the plan and still keep it on my calender. Maybe I can switch to the 5K. Eh.

Yesterday was our anniversary. Brian got me an anniversary ring ( I kind of talked him into it ). We'd seen a ring we liked at Tiffany's at Harrods in London. But at 1450 pounds it was out of our price range. So we came back to the states and found a simple but similar ring at a store here in town. I'll see if I can post a picture... give me a minute.... Well that's the ring we got here. And it's front and center, sorry. But I love it and it looks marvelous with my other rings. It's sandwiched between my wedding band and my engagement ring. I think Brian's getting a little sick of me admiring my hand but it's his fault! :)
Hope everyone is having a good week. Here's to excitement about new training plans. Here's hoping I stick with it this time!.

Wednesday, September 3

I'm alive.

Okay. So no posting, no running/working out. Last Thursday Brian and I returned from a 2 week trip to England and Scotland. And despite my best intentions, and packing my running shoes, clothes, and bathing suit. Our schedule was so packed that we did no working out. We did a lot of walking while not on the coach. But that doesn't really count.

So the trip was amazing, but I still have a hard time believing that it really happened, you know? It seemed to go by so fast.

This week I tried to run the human race on Sunday, a 10K after not running for over 2 weeks. That didn't go well, and I threw in the towel. I tried to run it on the treadmill and it just didn't go well. Didn't feel horrible, but felt really tired, heavy legged, and kinda queasy. I think I did about 4miles, I'm not sure cause I dropped my ipod and it started over after about 2.5km. Then I stopped for good after another 2.6km. So, we'll see. You live, you learn.

Today I went for a swim and was pleasently surprised. I was able to do 25laps, not all at once like I had three weeks ago, but still 25laps. I thought was pretty good. I thought after 6 I was done for. But nope, just went slow, and did the swim in about 35-40min. I took a good break after 20 before deciding to do 5more though. I did one lap of breast to start with just to get used to the water again. The rest was freestyle, with breathing from both sides. I know, be impressed.

So, hopefully I'm back for good. Going to attempt a 1/2 plan to maybe get ready for the KC marathon in October. We'll see how training goes.

Sunday, August 3

lake wehrspan 2mile

lake wehrspan 2mil
Originally uploaded by yllek82
Tada. Proof. Me finishing the 2miles in 19:20. Forefront is some kid, Amy, me (barely in picture) and Molly in the back. Go us!

2 mile pr.

Yay. I really thought the girls from work were going to leave me in the dust. But we stuck together. I finished in between them at 19:20. But, I'm really frustrated at my nike ipod +!!! While we were running I informed the girls that the ipod said we were running at 11:10 pace and we all agreed we felt faster than that. Amy even said "I've never ran this fast before in my life". It was a quick out and back around a lake here in Omaha. A big thanks to Amy and Molly from work who ran it with me. I didn't have my ipod on cause I didn't want to be rude and my breathing freaked out about 3/4 of the way into the run. I think when I can hear myself breathe I start to hyperventilate or something. Or throw myself into an asthma attack. But I started to walk and Molly turned around and said "Come on Kelly, let's go". That was all I needed, I wasn't going to let them run ahead while I wussed out and walked it. At the end of the race we had run "1.76 in 20:03" according to my ipod. That is WAY off. Does anyone else have this problem? I just calibrated a couple of weeks ago. Do I need a new receiver? I've been using this one since January and I can't imagine running without it now.

I'm pretty happy with my performance. During the race I thought it was awful cause the pace felt so off. I felt like we were going fast and it was hot out and miserable. But then my ipod was saying 11:10, I just felt like we should have been going faster than that. Which we were I just didn't know it then. When we turned the last corner to the finish and I saw the time of "19:00" roll by on the clock I was shocked. I thought for sure we'd be out on that course till 22 at the rate we were going.

Other than the freaked out breathing (I also forgot to take my inhaler before hand) the race went well. Treated myself to a cookie and water afterwards. The bananas offered would have been way too healthy. Look for some up coming pictures from the race when they're posted online.

PER MILE PACE: 9:40 19:20