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How's This for Hardcore...

Sleeping in my tri shorts on to wake at 4:30 and hop on the trainer for an hour-long ride. :)

What would have been crazier was if I headed out for my tempo run right afterwards... I'll save that craziness for next week. I had both on my schedule for today, but with the pending festivities, I'll be doing my swim, plus the run I should have done today, tomorrow.  I have to be flexible and balance everything.  So long as I get it in, I'm good.

So yesterday I went to the Endo.  Evidently I'm not converting T4 to T3.  I currently take Levoxyl, wihich is just T4. As of yesterday the doc is adding T3 twice a day.  So we'll see what happens now.  I'm going to give this a chance, but if it doesn't make a difference I'm going to push going with Armour Thyroid.  Maybe my body doesn't care for the synthetic?  I don't know.  We'll just have to see how it goes.  I just want to feel better!

My ride on the trainer this morning was uneventful, but my trainer…

Trackwork - Tuesday

Just 18 days until the Half. I'm both excited and nervous. 

Nearly ditched trackwork last night and traded off speeding for something else. The weather was crummy, cold and wet and I just didn't want to get out in it. the time I got home it wasn't quite as bad out, so I decided to hit it anyway.

3 x 200's

3 x 400's


First Week Conquered!

So I made it through my first official week of training!  I think I made my Mother's head spin with my coming and going between work, training and general holiday errands last week.  By the end of the week it felt good to have stuck it out.  I logged a total of 41 miles between swimming, biking and running. Definitely more than I have done in a week, but it really felt good. 

Yesterday was the "maiden voyage" of my new tri bike!  I still need a little tweaking withe the aerobar length, but overall I felt a difference from my old road bike.  As much as I loved my old bike, it never quite felt like it fit right -- so maybe that's the majority of the difference to start.

20 days until the Houston Half Marathon.  I will be glad to have finished it.  I start tapering a little this week. 

This week's schedule:
MON: Swim drills - 1hr
TUE:  Track / Speedwork
WED:  Off
THU:  Bike 1 hr, 30 min tempo run
FRI:  Swim intervals - 1 hr.
SAT:  "Funnest Run Ever With Chris&…

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"tis The Season for Tri Training!

This week marks week 1 of my tri training, with my goal race being the olympic distance at Lonestar

I'm excited and even though this was a tough week to start I committed and got in my workouts, except for Christmas eve!  I had "off" on Xmas day and figured I'd get it in after we took Mom to the airport, but am really congested and feel yuck -- I even set up my bike and trainer in the kitchen and walked back and forth past in, in hopes I'd feel well enough to get on it.  However the thought of trying to breath heavy with my head feeling like it was going to explode got the best of me.  :(

I feel a little bad about skipping the workout, but  I have a long run tomorrow (just 20+ days until the half marathon), so hopefully I will be well enough tomorrow morning -- I will get out there, even if I have to walk it!

My swim workouts were great... so much better than me just getting in the pool and swimming laps.  I actually did drills and intervals.  By the end of each …

Soler's Texas Trail Run - Huntsville State Park

First, I didn't seek-out this race, and I'm not sure I would have on my own (if I'm keeping it real, friends). That said, I had a great (and challenging) time.

A friend from Daily Mile decided to do it because her Husband was doing the 50K distance and just she wanted to take it "easy" and kill time while he ran by doing the 12.5 mile distance. She wanted company, so agreed to do it at my slower-than-her pace. Since I was up to 10 miles on my long runs, I figured what's 2.5 more, right? So I signed up. I knew I could walk the last 2.5 if I had to, but I also knew I wouldn't have to if I just kept MY pace.

Between then and yesterday my friend got pregnant (Congrats!), but she really had a cruddy week health-wise and just wasn't well. On the Friday before, when she finally told me she was pregnant, I told her she was nuts to do the trail run, but she insisted... the persistent girl that she is, which is cool.  There's a lot to be said for being tena…

Friday Fill♥Ins

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1. Wait! Wait, don't forget your coffee!

2. Tequila followed at once by salt and lemon!

3. The trouble is people not being accountable to themselves and others.

4.I miss my family during the holidays; so many miles away.

5. With a faint pop the christmas light blew out.

6. Speedwork at the track, late evening, is shadowy and ominous.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to traveling to Huntsville, tomorrow my plans include a 12.5 mile trail run and a vist to Galveston,Dickens on the Strand and Sunday, I want NEED to get everything done I need to get done!

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Thursday Thirteen

Just a few of my favorite "motivational" quotes authored by others... not me.
1) We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are.

2) We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

3) If you don't make mistakes, you're not working on hard enough problems. And that's a big mistake.

4) The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you.

5) The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.

6) I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace - a connection to what matters.

7) Of all afflictions, the worst is self-contempt.

8) Pain doesn't tell you when you ought to stop. Pain is the little voice in your head that tries to hold you back because it knows if you continue, you will change…

Let The Training Begin!

Track work was canceled last night so I got in my 40 easy run and ran the whole thing without intervals. I had left my hear rate monitor home, but my average was HR was 149 according to the treadmill, it included a couple minute cool down. Something weird did happen and it was a total mental thing. For some reason when I got to 32 minutes and realized I was still running, I all of a sudden thought I needed to walk, and did for about 30 seconds. I took a second to make sure nothing was hurting, I wasn't out of breath... all those things that might keep you from running. Nothing was wrong... it was a total mental thing. With that, I just started again. I had never run without intervals before!

Part of what contributed to that small victory was one of the tri coaches showed/explained to me McMillans Running Calculator

Not knowing any better, I assumed that if I wanted to run a < 13 minute pace for the Half Marathon, I would have to train at a  <13 minute pace.  Apparently t…

For Sale: 2003 51 cm Specialized Allez Vita Road Bike

For sale is a previously loved 2003 51 cm Specialized Allez Vita women's specific road bike. While it has normal signs of wear and tear for a bike that has been previously loved for 6 years, it has been cared for and tuned up as needed. It has 3 small nics on the main tube (pictured below), they are the size of nail heads, but the bento box covers it. which I'll include, if you want. This bike has been great to me and has tons of mileage left in it. It has seen me through countless rides, 2 MS150s and a dozen triathlons, without fail. :)

The bike is a dark burgundy with lighter burgundy zebra strips across the main tube. Very nice design... almost always received at least one, "that's a sexy bike!" at a ride. :) I am between 5'5" and 5'6" in height.

I will also throw in a (worn twice) pearl-white Bell Helmet and a Profile Design dual-bottle holder.  I have The bike does has a Body Geometry "Dolce" WSD seat and Time style mountain bik…

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My Baby :)

So... a little more on the bike. 

The deal on Craigs*ist fell through, as the did the *bay auction for the '06 models. But all was good with that because neither were the right size for me.  After I went to the shop to try a few on, I knew I needed a 51 in the Trek even a 50 in some of the others!  The only thing small about me is my bike size.  LOL

The excitement of the potential 'deal' got to both "Santa" and I and we started looking... really looking.  That's where the trouble starts.  LOL

I complied a spreadsheet of all the componenents of each of the bikes I was considering.  I was looking for a decent, step-up from entry level, tri bike without going to carbon.  Then I came across this closeout 2008 Trek Equinox 7 - WSD and as soon as I sat on it I knew it was right compared to the others I "tried on".  The PBM (personal bike mechanic aka "Husband") reviewed the features, and true to his engineering-self, highlighted the matrix'…

I'm a new mama...

to a bouncing, baby bike!  :) 
Trek Equinox 7 - WSD

Hi-ho, Silver... Away! 

Running Milestone

10.13 miles in approximately 2:20.  :)  first 2/3rds of the run was good.  Last third I started feeling a little tired and stiffness in my knees.  Overall though, I felt better than expected!

Who'd of thunk it!  Something about doing 10 seems significant.

9 weeks until the half marathon!  Just have to keep the focus.

Newcomer of the Year!

I neglected to mention that my tri club had our end of year party.  It was lots of fun and strange to see so many of them in regular clothes -- not a stich of lycra in the house!

Good food and fun.  Darren even came and met my "other family".  I think he had a good time too!  I also think he might very well try to do the sprint distance for Lonestar in April, which by the way is now a "certified" IM 70.3 course! 

So at the party my club recognized many athletes -- the folks that make me want to get better and better.  Anyway, I was presented with the Female Newcomer of the Year award .  Basically what it means is that I suck a whole lot less than when I started last April.  I'm not the fastest by any stretch, but I try super hard and have come a long way from my first "brick" with the club when I couldn't even run a quarter mile (and now I'm doing 10 miles on Sunday!).

Some of the club folks are trying to convince me to go 70.3.  Why do they …

Friday Fill♥ins

1. We need to remember that today is our tomorrow and the past is history.
2. I saw the Oreo icing on Cass-a-frass' head I laughedand it made me smile.
3. If you want to do something bad enough, you will.
4. Do it now because I said so.  <---- classic "Momism"
5. Massachusetts has a proposed 5% sales tax on elective cosmetic surgery; I think it's only the beginning of what we'll start to see; healthcare will find a way to make money, regardless of what the Government sets forth to do.  It's sad.
6. Family, friends, love, hope and peace makes for a happy holiday.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to girls night with just me and Cass-a-frass.  tomorrow my plans include a b'day party for a Friend of Cass' and Sunday, I want to run my 10 miles and get'r'dun.

Thursday Thirteen

And here we go!

59 Days until the half-marathon.  And while I've not fully embraced running, it is quite possible I am in some sort of denial, or why then would Iregister for a 12.5 mi. trail run?  Seriously.  That said, it should be fun -- I will take my time and not risk injury, but I do understand that it will be a very different experience from regular running.Well, thanks for the vibes, but plan "A" for the Trek Equinox fell through.  Evidently some women bought the bike about 90 minutes after I called.  She doesn't realize it, but what she wants is a road bike and the guy tried to tell her tri bikes are different.  He really wanted a triathlete (me) to have it.  When he heard she was going to take it to a local bike store and replace parts to make it road bike friendly, he offered her my name and number, in case they talked sense into her at the bike store.Even though plan "A" fell through completely an the lady never comes to her senses... I'm ho…

Need Some Good Vibrations

I'm putting this out to the universe.  I want this bike.  There's a guy here locally selling it, and as we speak a woman is coming to look at it -- but what she really needs is a road bike, not a tri bike. He wants to sell it to me since I'm a "triathlete" -- I want him to sell it to me since, well, I want it.  It would cost me as much to outfit my road bike for a tri... so send me some vibrations, please. :)

3 Years Out

Not going to be much hoopla, but today I'm 3 years post-op.  It's my "surgiversary."

Still thankful I am no longer Diabetic and can sleep without a CPAP -- those things did not mix well with the quality of life I was trying to obtain. "Life" being the operative word.

Make no mistake... Gastric Bypass ain't no magic bullet.  I figured I'd have this licked by now, but you just never know how things will turn out on each individual's journey.  When I hear people say, "she took the easy way out" it still makes my skin crawl and I have to keep respectful, because really, what's so easy about he re-arranging your innards, counting grams of sugars/carbs so you don't throw-up, taking a handful of vitamins, TWICE a day and generally minding after yourself to ensure you reamain in good health and suffer no repercussions from your choice? 

And yeah, it still eats at me inside to see people who totally disregard rules, eat shitty, don'…

Friday Fill♥Ins

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1. The last band I saw live was Bon Jovi on his "Have a Nice Day Tour" in 2006

2. What I look forward to most on Thanksgiving is Having Nanna visit Houston to spend time with us for more than a couple days AND have Turkey Day at home! (if you don't celebrate thanksgiving, insert your favorite holiday)

3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is almost always done completely online.

4. Thoughts of what direction to go infill my head.

5. I wish I could wear a tri-suit and feel completely confident.

6. Bagpipes being "emptied" sounds like cows dying.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to date-night with Hubs, tomorrow my plans include a 10 milerunand Sunday, I want to get my closet organized!

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Thursday Thirteen - Freakin' Late Again

I guess Ijust like being "tardy for the party"

13 things you'll hear me say...

1)  "I would not be running the way I am if I had not joined my running club."
2)  "It's okay, it's a new level of normal"
3)  "Gotta have the bad to appreciate the good."
4)  "I love you."
5)  "Good morning, Punkin!'"
6)  "What are your plans for today?"
7)  "Mommy's going to exercise."
8)  "I hate Houston."
9)  "Sh*t!  I forgot [insert commonly purchase grocery product here].
10) "Gotta get the laundry done"
11) "I see blinkers/brakes are optional on your [insert luxury vehicle name]"
12)  "I will take care of [insert errand here]"
13)  "What do I want to do?"

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Catch up...

I missed Friday Fill-ins this past week. Whoops!

Saturday was my 25K relay with Mike (aka Hombre) a friend in both my tri club and running club.  Mike's headed to San Antonio this weekend for the Rock-n-roll marathon, so he needed an easy taper run, so he partnered with me.  :)  My 7.75 was good... kept a 13:10 pace for the distance, so I'm happy with that.  I learned that I need to check the night before that I have the right breakfast food, and that I have the right gel.  Tried the Accelgel,.. didn't work for me. 

Anyway, the run was good.  I was happy. 

My Ironman Florida friends did amazing.  I sat on the Internet and watched the majority of them cross the line.  I missed anyone who finished under 13, and we had a few, but saw other familiar faces cross the line... so cool.  So inspiring to see.

Speaking of inspring... only 68 days until the Houston Half Marathon... seems so close!

Speed work tonight was good.  Got in 4.2 miles. and had some good intervals.  Much easie…

Thursday Thirteen - the B'day Edition

13 things I'd wush for my b'day.... (outside of being surrounded by love, family and friends)

1) The perfect tri short and with that free race enter for every race I wanted to do.

2) Meet Oprah, Dr. Oz, Ekhardt Tolle, Jillian, Bob, Steve Gunn and okay, what the heck, the Obamas... all of them.

3) A world with no hate.  Seriously... I'm not just playing "answer the pageant question".  There's some eff'd up stuff going on right in Houston's backyard

4) To know fully that my Daughter will grow to be smart, safe and sound long after I've left this Earth.

5) That all those I love know how much a part of me was inspired by a part of them.

6) To master what it means to be "in the moment" all the time.

7) To be able to figure out what it is I need to do with my life. If I can't figure out what to do with my life, then do something to help others.

8) To really, truly forgive.

9) Of course, a million dollars... Heck!  Who am I kidding? $100k …

Speed Workout

Did my speed workout last night.  It was okay.

We do our speed workouts at the high school track.  The band was practicing last night.  It was quite the challenge to keep my own pace, while listening to their street beat.  I looked down at my watch and saw me running and 8:20 pace, but that lasted all of a minute.  LOL

I tried.  Running with the drum core in the background is like rubbing your belly and patting your head at the same time. :)

I have a 25K Relay this weekend and my only goal is to do better than I did at the last relay.  I'm okay if I don't get a sub 13 again, I just want to be well and race my race.

My tri club friends are off to Ironman Florida.  I'm really bummed I couldn't make the trip happen so I could volunteer, but life gets in the way.  I admire the dedication and courage of every one of them!

I"m going to be putting my AED certification to work this weekend.  I'm a little nervous about it, because heaven forbid we really need to take m…

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Some Good News!

Finally got my sub 13 (12:54) pace on a long run this morning.  9.02 miles.  The farthest distance I've run in my life. :)

I needed this so bad after last week's disaster at the HHM Relay.  Beautiful weather, nice and cool.

Changed my nutrition this morning too.

1 c. coffee
1 pc. wheat bread
1 egg
.5 oz Cheese

2 Hammergels -- 1 in each 10 oz. bottle MIXED with water.

I felt good and strong the whole time.  Groin was noticeable, but not painful, definitely on the mend.

Where I'm At...

I've been horrible about blogging with any regularity lately; could be a reflection of my state-of-mind these days. 

My slight goin injury is doing better -- it didn't bother me at all during or after the HHM Relay.  I have a 9 mile run tomorrow, so we'll see how it goes after that.  I'm optimistic.  <---- about something anyway!

Darren is registered for his first run!  He's doing the 5K Turkey Trot and I'm doing the 10K.  I'm excited for him -- and the fact that we actually get to do something, somewhat, together. :)

Thanksgiving plans are to stay at home this year and I'm grateful.  Darren was somehow able to get his Mom to come here for a week.  I am so happy Cassie gets to spend more than just a couple days with her Nanna... she'll be thrilled. 

The scale has krept up 8 lbs in 10 days. and seriously, with no good reason.  I am so bloated, it is ridiculous!  I'm having trouble keeping focus and my hair is so dry I really just want to rip…

Friday Fill♥Ins we go!

1. It was a dark and stormy night, all I want to do is sleep.

2. There were far too many for him, so I offered to take the books myself.

3. Rushing out, I forgot my laptop!

4. That was creepy... I think I heard a howl!

5. Shhhh... listen.

6. Here's your choice:  Smell my feet or give me something good to eat!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a "family night", tomorrow my plans include a 9 mile run and Sunday, I want to volunteer at the Ironstar Tri.

Tardy for the Party - Thursday Thirteen

13 Random Things Under "You'd Think I'd Know Better By Now"

1)  That when something comes out of the oven it's hot.  Trying to quickly turn the fishsticks with my fingertips only ends up with me running my fingers under cold water.  Oven hot hurts, but I can wash dishes in super-hot water with no problem. 

2)  Nothing. New. On. Raceday.

3)  That I cannot make garlic bread without burning it -- it's a family gift, passed down, started by my Mother

4)  That the best intentions often get derailed and I shouldn't get flustered when life gets in the way.

5)  That when Mommy has a snack, ultimately it becomes Cassie's too.  Same goes for drinks.

6)  Only give Cassie the choice between "this" or "that".  Do not give the choices of"this", "that", "the other thing" or "that one over there."  It's painful to watch her make a decision!

7)  Internet maps are not always right.  Nor am I when it come…

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Race Report: 2009 Houston Half Marathon Relay

Let's just say the best intentions don't always pan out the way you hope. Today was a disappointment in some ways and a success in others.

I went into this wanting, so badly, a 12:50-something pace. 12:59 would have had me dancing in the streets! Something about crossing from 13-something to 12-something is significant to me. I've crossed from 14-something to 13-something and I am grateful for that. I see that 12-something on my shorter runs, so I know it is right around the corner on my longer runs, so I guess it's so close I can nearly touch it, but it continues to escape me.

So I received my "sinus miracle", in the form of a steroid shot and oral steroids for the congestion, but I just felt like the stay-puff marshmallow man. Heavy legs... I mean heavy. Evidently the steroids make for water retention. I think I drank nearly 200 oz. of water yesterday to keep from retaining, but I could feel it. I could see it. Ugh! In short, there was no more a spring in …

Received: One Sinus Miracle

Well I got it. I can breathe through both sides of my nose. I'm off for my first official "running" event, where I'll actually run. My goal is still to come inside my goal pace, but I'm still hoping for 12:something. even if it's 12:59 LOL.

Feeling a little tired.

Didn't have my normal breakfast... had some oatmeal with almond butter. Tried this the other day to make sure it wouldn't give me any gastrointestinal upset. I was good.

Had my 1 cup of coffee too.

Still haven't had my morning moment; I hate when I don't get it before I leave... if you know what I mean!

Got my Cytomax and my Nuun. for Hydration.

CarBoom Gels for my run (4 - 1 15 mintues before, then one every 30 minutes)

Kind Bar and organic lowfat chocolate milk for recovery.

I' breaking a race day rule too; we had a cold-snap here, so I got some compression tights by CW-X. I figured the discomfort from being cold over-rode the rule, that and maybe help my IT band issues.


Wanted: One Sinus Miracle

So my swim at the lake in my wetsuit yesterday was good. Let me tell you, this girl is definitely buoyant! :) That said, I found that the buoyancy kinda screwed with my stroke a bit -- I felt "messy". It took a lot of concentration. I can tell I will need to practice.

After though, that's a whole 'nother deal. I guess there was lots of pollen on the lake, or something. Whatever it was it started killing my sinuses. I woke up at midnight, not being able to breathe or swallow. Of course a trip to the local medi-clinic was in order first thing this morning.

So, a shot in the ass, scrips (steroid, anti-biotic and antihistamine) I can only hope for a sinus miracle before the relay tomorrow. I'll go, no matter what, but happens happens. Got my shot around 10 -- still have felt much relief, and it's now almost noon. :(

Supposed to go to a costume Halloween party tonight, but I'm not sure I'll be able to attend :(

Friday Fill♥Ins

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1. The crickets sing, and the birds chirp -- that's jacked up!

2. Welcom to wherever you are.

3. I want to get far away from the office.

4. To have the family I have; this was a dream.

5. But as for me I'll hang in there and figure it out.

6. New Jersey! That's where I come from (born in the Bronx though)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to being away from work, tomorrow my plans include Halloween Party and Sunday, I want to PR at the Half Marathon Relay!

Thursday♥Thirteen - Random Goings-on

13 Random Things - Goings On...

1) I have a Halloween party this weekend. I'm going as Octomom. Can't decide if I should duct tape or velcro the babies to my body, or carry them in a baby bjorn, sling and car carrier.

2) The cake balls recipe came out good. I am now going to make a much healthier version of them from a pumpkin cake. They should come out YUM.

3) My first warm-up race for the Houston Half Marathon is this weekend. I will be sharing a relay with one of my tri group team mates. My goal is a 12:58 pace, but no slower than 13:28.

4) My hip injury turned out to be my groin. I slightly strained it. I think I must have did that when I face planted the pavement on my early-morning, dark as night, run a few weeks ago. It was at the end of that run that I started having pain. Not sure why it took me 3 weeks to figure it out.

5) I get annoyed with doctors who are so busy they have to rush through everything.

6) There are only 87 days until the Houston Half Marathon.

7) There are …

Randomly Recapping...

So my Boss is being honored with a pretty prestigious award. I don't want to list it here for obvious reasons, but she is a big supporter of the ADL Anyway if you look through their site for an award being given in November, no doubt you'll come across her name. :)

Long story short, I was supposed to be interviewed and share my opinion about her. I was sooo looking forward to contributing to this video, but due to some car trouble I didn't make it (that's a whole 'nother story). I was incredibly disappointed. What's really cool is, she invited me to the dinner. I am really honored that she did so. Actually, very surprised too.
Well, I have the dinner to look forward to; it will be wonderful to see such a deserving candidate honored.
On Saturday I had my long run. My hip was hurting, still, even after 4 visits to the chiro last week. My regular Chrio had been out of town and I figured she'd be busy getting caught up. Plus this Chiro I went to see is a sponsor …

Friday Fill♥In

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1. So are we going to live on the edge?

2. The unknown, the future, is what's up ahead.

3. I love to challenge myself and try new things.

4. For breakfast, I have to have protein of some sort.

5. I walk a fine line between having my sh*t together and being disorganized.

6. O.N.E Coconut water is the true elixir of life!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to family, tomorrow my plans include running and a mammogram and Sunday, I want to achieve everything I need to get done.

Thursday Thirteen ♥ the "Only Slightly Later Than Normal" edition

Going themeless on Thursday Thirteen, is like going commando. No, wait... it's more like a box of chocolates... never sure just what you're gonna get. 1) Had a unexpected, but good run last night. Well, not the run so much as the after-run party in the parking log. Several of my tri training group friends are headed to IMFL, and I think I'm almost as excited for them, as they are for themselves.2) Hip is not doing great, but I guess better in some ways. The last mile of my run last night was bugging it. Back to the chiro today.3) Started doing some of the food combos for my meals out of Jillian Michaels' Master Your Metabolism Bood. Who knew 2 eggs and an apple would satisfy for so long... seriously.4) Having a hard time focusing at work. Go figure. Nothing new here.5) Found another diagnostic imaging program that's only 6 months in duration. Hmmmm. Still so unsure what I want to do and have no idea how to do it. At least even thinking about it is m…

Du the Bear aka Du the Muddy-buddy

It's no secret I suck at running... I mean I try not to suck, and I have improved, and therefore suck less, but I still suck.
Du the Bear was my first Duathlon. I figured it had lots of running and that's what I needed to focus on. Instead of running my scheduled 7 miles for my Saturday Long run, I ran 5, figuring I'd get 4 more on Sunday, plus the bike.
I was happy when I woke up, expecting to have great weather for racing. We lined up and it had been misting already. The Guys started, "and they're off." The Women started and the skies opened and the rain came. LOL What are you gonna do?

But even after the rain, running 5 miles Saturday morning, a gait analysis, Maggie at Kola working on my hip AND being on my feet for 4 hours volunteering at the 10 Miler packet pickup I had 2 of my best race runs, ever! Both runs were sub 13 minute paces.... like 12:30 and 12:40 -- pretty close splits, so that was kind of cool. Typically the second run is a couple minutes …

So, I'm in the store...

And an issue of "O" Magazine screams at me... not whispers, but screams.

The cover stories reads: "Who Are You Meant to Be? A step-by-step guide to finding (and fulfilling) your life's purpose"

Given my current state-of-mind, how could I NOT bring that home with me?

I guess part of what parlyzes me too is making the wrong choice. I'm not sure why it bothers me so because I totally know and appreciate the fact that after enough failures you find the right way to go or do something; it's a natural progression. If we all did it right the first time around, what a boring world this would be? Imagine how many discoveries would have been overlooked?

I just feel like I don't have time. I'm going to be 42 in less than a month. I know it's not old, but I feel like not knowing what the hell I need to do drops my maturity level to that of a 20-something year old finding their way.

There is value in failure and I get that. Totally.

So I started a report here …

Friday Fill♥Ins

Image we go!

1. Sweet dreams, Punkin'.

2. Julie brought Oragami paper in especially for me.

3. Silliness always has a place at some point during the day.

4. I'm dressing up as "Octomom", Cassie is a kitty-cat and I have no clue what Darren will be this Halloween.

5. Outstanding or not this is your life, make the choices to make the most of it.

6. Figuring out which direction to go and how to proceed is what I want right now!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a family dinner. Tomorrow my plans include a 7 mile run, free gait analysis, volunteering and date-night with Hubs to celebrate (late) our anniversary and Sunday, I want to make it through the Du!

Thursday Thirteen ♥ The Completely Tardy Edition

13 Random things on an all-around annoying day.

1) Not getting my quiet-time in the morning when I get to work. This time is priceless for getting my day laid-out and organized... oh, and for getting caught up on Google Reader. LOL2) I haven't trained enough bricks for the du, and yesterday was no exception. You would have thought I would have made do (haha), but I didn't -- life gets in the way. The best I an hope for on the du is 2 runs under 30 minutes -- the bike won't be stellar, but okay.3) You know that wesuit I was thrilled about winning for $188? Sure it was a good deal on a 1x used suite that retails for $430. But someow I felt deflated when I learned today that Xterra is selling the same suit, on sale, for $159! BRAND NEW 4) Picked up my race packet today -- received yet another water bottle. What do people do with these? I have recycled a bunch already.5) I hate when my helpdesk person gets lazy and doesn't lift a finger more than is necessary…