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

HBBC

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

Fog.

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

20.27

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.
:D

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

Success!

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!