Wednesday, December 30

Greetings!

Hello all. I'm currently sitting with my grandparents around their kitchen table listening to a much quieter household.

We just had most of my dad's sisters husbands and their kids as well as my dad and my siblings. 13 people under one roof I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm the only one left now. I'm stuffed of good Mexican food and can hardly breathe. (We're in el paso, tx). I really should have brought my running clothes and shoes but didn't pack them. Oh well.

My running has been awful lately. As evidenced by my measly 1.85 miles in 20 minutes during the last race/indoor tri. I can not wait for the new year!

I've enjoyed reading about everyone's holidays and running adventures. I'm just not a very good commenter when I'm reading from my phone. Which is currently where I'm typing this from. So, I'll cut this short, my thumbs are tired.

I leave you with a few photos from the fun we've had here. (Nevermind my phone won't let me upload anything). I'll be back in Omaha and ready for a run on the 3rd. Anybody with me?

Monday, December 14

Good Morning!

Happy Monday! So, I've been reading another Beginning Runner's blog...and last week she had a contest to name her Garmin. Now she's got finalists and I'm one of them. So go on over, read her blog (she's VERY funny and nice, you should subscribe, I do) and vote for my name for her Garmin. Fatty. I know I know, but I think it's funny.

Sunday, December 13

I'm a triathlete x2!

So I know you're all anxiously awaiting results, but I didn't keep track. This was for fun and to see if I could survive it without real training. We'll have to wait till they're posted online. But, I finished! That was my big goal. And, you could tell I hadn't really trained!

Swim - swam the full 10minutes without stopping more than 5-10 seconds to breathe at 6minutes in. I didn't count my laps in the pool, though. Pretty sure it was less than last time. Still, did it.

Bike - Immediately put my towel over the distance/speed clockey thing. And about 10minutes in decided to check to see how I was doing...it wasn't on. It had recorded 36 seconds and then stopped for some reason. Last time I keep a towel over the clockey thing! After the volunteer fiddled with it a few seconds she had me jump on another bike promising she'd "just add to my total". So I'm not sure what my total will be. But I really felt strong. Once I got on a bike where I could see how fast I was going I was shocked. I was consistently in the mid twenties for mph. I think last time I was lower like, below 20mph the whole time. So I hope mid 20s is fast. For the last five minutes I pushed it and did over 30mph consistently. The guy next to me saw that I was at 35mph and said "go for 36, come on!" during the last 15seconds or so. Well, I hit 39mph and said "whoa!" and my legs just stopped. My left foot flew out of the peddle and it kept coming around to hit me in the back of the leg. I had also thought I'd heard her say stop pedaling, but everyone else kept going. I don't know if she was just warning us or what so the last few seconds I was at 6mph until we all stopped. I couldn't stop laughing. I can't believe I peddled so fast my feet left the clips. Dork! ps- LOVED not having the resistance preset!

Run - meh. I knew I'd pushed it on the bike. And, I knew how sucky my runs had been. So I knew I'd get no where near the 2.21miles I'd had the first tri. I ended up running 4.5 and 5.5 or 10:54 for the first 10minutes or so. Then 6.0, then 4.0 when I felt like I was tiring at 12:30 or so. Back up to 5.5 or 6.0 ish and then 6.5 or 9:13 pace for the last minute. I definitely could have pushed harder. But I knew I didn't want to have to walk and so I played it conservative. Plus, I'm working tonight and didn't want to fatigue myself too much.



As of 8:15am this morning I became a triathlete again! I left the gym around 9:00 and stopped for donuts (duh!) and got home just in time to see my hubby leave for work. Now I'm all showered up and will be leaving for work at about 2:30 to work till 12am. Wahoo! This week my schedule with work is kinda different cause my hubby's having Lasik eye surgery on Thursday so we'll see what kind of workouts I get in. But I love these indoor tris! Can't wait for the next one. Hopefully I'll be more in shape and ready to really push to beat my first tri's totals!

Friday, December 11

Boo.

No race pictures yet! BOOO. Oh well.

So, a few months back my newer running buddy Wende said "I think I'm going to sign up for that indoor tri in December". And I was all, "I've done that before I'll do it again fo' sho'!" Fastforward to a few weeks ago and I register thinking Wende's probably way ahead of me on this. Nope, and she doesn't feel prepared so I think I'm doing this Tri all by my lonesome. And, this is what my training looks like. Yep. Big FAT NOTHING! I've gained weight (which isn't easy for me to do so you know I'm slacking), slowed down, and am SO not prepared to do this "tri". Thank GOD it's a do-what-you-can-type deal with a set your own resistance on the bikes (which is what killed me last time)....I don't really expect to do well. But I will compete and I will not die.

Boy it's really embarrassing to post your log of your workouts when it has nothing on it. So sad right now. Almost makes me want to go to the gym...almost.


Wish me luck peeps.

ps - few hours later and Tiffany met me at the gym to workout. We gabbed, but at least we got moving!

Monday, December 7

Hello world.

I'm awaiting pictures from the 5ish K I ran yesterday...We got to the start and it was 22 degrees and they explained that it wasn't really an out and back 5K. We'd be going off the trail to do loops around a park (read big hill up and snaking back down and around x2), back onto the trail to go under a street, then up another big hill and down steps, around a couple baseball fields before getting back to the trail for the last 0.75miles or so. Fun. But it was cold and the ground was frozen which meant the off road stuff was hard. My calves are sore. Tiffany ditched me before the first mile I'm sure. So it was solo, me and the few people at the back of the pack. I was kinda hoping that I would run faster because of the cold. But I just had nothing in me. Nothing. I walked the up hills cause, well I hate hills, and ran comfortably the rest. Didn't have garmie with me cause it would have been tucked under my layers anyways. I was cold, well, my hands were cold but the rest of me was fine. It really wasn't that bad if I had been in shape at all! I finished in about 39minutes and Tiffany's nike + said it was 3.72 but I'm guessing that's an over estimate on distance. I bet it was only 3.2 or 3.3. Felt like 6, but you know, who's counting.

Yesterday I had lunch with a friend and then sewed the rest of the day. Till hubby came home and we made huevos rancheros. Mmmm. Although, hubby forgot to pick up tomatoes, so shhh we substituted salsa. But it was good cause neither one of us are tomato fans so it was just a hint. I realize though that I can't fry an egg. They're supposed to be runny and delicious but mine were cooked through. Oh well. Better luck next time.

I'll post pictures when available, happy monday.