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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...

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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

And...here 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

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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…

Tardy for the Party - Wordless Wednesday

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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.

Hopef…

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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And...here we go!

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

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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...

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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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And...here we go!

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

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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

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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

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And...here 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

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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…

A Whole Lotta Nuttin'

Well, I know things have been pretty boring, at best in this blog lately. I don't feel like I have much new to share, and hate to repeat the blather because I could go on, and on, and on.

So, having said that... here's some blather, if you must know:

I'm in a uncomfortable place right now. Health-wise I'm working on my running and making progress, but still don't have the thyroid BS under control. It impacts so many different facets life that it really would be fascinating to explore, if it weren't such a frustrating mindf*ck on the scale.

I'm certain my hormone levels have me all emotionally jacked right now too. I mean, I tear up at TV shows/commercials, I am moody and sensitive. I mean, what woman would be happy getting their period twice a month? Yeah, lucky me. Maybe I should play the lottery.

Add to that, it's no secret I'm not happy with what I do for a living, and at this point it just makes me sad. I need to find and decide on something new in …

Wordless Wednesday - Changing Mindset

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Saturday Run Training

I left my run feeling good about my performance, only to be deflated when I got home and downloaded the data from my Garmin.

The good was, I did the 8.07 miles at keeping with my current average pace. I'm no rock-star, but if I can keep steady over the long distances, I'm good with that.

Here's the thing though. I thought I would challenge myself and change my intervals from 4/1 to 5/1. When I got home and downloaded the data, I was still at 4/1. The real catch is, the run felt like I was going 5/1. LOL

Last week I finished the 7.97 in 1:48 -- yesterday did the 8.07 in 1:51.

Towards the end of the run I started having trouble with my hip flexor, so I couldn't even keep with my intervals. I didn't want to be stupid about it and make a small problem bigger.

Despite my stretching, I am also, I'm having some tightness in my Achilles -- that's not good. Talked to the Doc who was at the finish and he said moist heat and if I still have the tightness, come in. …

Friday Fill♥Ins

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And...here we go!

1. I have a history of being forgetful; misplacing things.

2. How the future will pan out career-wise is something I wish I knew.

3. I'm eating (or recently ate) egg on an ezekiel english muffin.

4. I think life would be hard on the road.

5. So that's it, that's all I lost? Gees!!

6. A little taste is better than nothing!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to TR's birthday at the farm, tomorrow my plans include an 8 mile run and a hair appointment (Finally!) and Sunday, I want to chillax!

Thursday Thirteen -- The Artistic Touch

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13 Artistic Things you might not know about me (as if you really care):

1) I tap danced on and off for 13 years. Actually I was a really good dancer and according to my Mom (an accomplished dance teacher) had "natural ability, but not the body for dance."

2) I auditioned and was accepted to Westminser Choir College. I had to sing 2 contrasting pieces. One was in French (and I can't remember it!) the other was a jazz version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, arranged by this real talented kid in my High School

3) I sang with The Wormen's Chorus of Dallas & the Turtle Creek Chorale and recorded a CD called Sing for the Cure -- An amazing experience! Met Dr. Maya Angelou!! And the only reason THAT happened was because one of my former co-workers/friends believed in me enough to push me to audition for their group!

4) I was part of the Diocese's "Festival Choir" during my first marriage and had to pass up performing in Rome (St. Peter's Basilica). My first…