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Love it...

"I think there is no better way to invite a human being to view their body differently than by inviting them to be an athlete, by revering one's body as an instrument rather than just an ornament. It's a really great way to reorient how you see your body so you can see it as this incredible, awe-inspiring machine that you need to fuel well in order for it to function."

Alanis Morissette, Singer/Actress

Blog-o-versary!

On January 31st it will 4 years that I've had this blog... wow!

Thursday Thirteen

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1)  Well, our kitty didn't fare very well.  First they said cardio myopothy, then congestive heart failure.  Both are bad enough.  Then, after the 2 remaining blood tests came back, we found out Aramis (aka Bubba) had Cancer.  We had to put him down on Tuesday night. :(

2)  I am totally and utterly amazed at how resilient 5 year olds are.  Either Cassie took Bubba's passing in stride, or she really doesn't get it.  Probably the later, but she did shed a few tears.

3)  Tonight I have my first "fartlek" run.  Heh, heh... FARTlek.  (I know... I'm a goober.)

4)  My first time trial swim is tomorrow. It's actually the first of 3 I will do before Lonestar. 1,000 m at race pace. Not like I'll be lightening fast, but I think I'm faster than I was last year, so I am curious to see how I do.

5)  My running club team is having a party to celebrate our full/half marathon finishes.

6)  Oh!  From "freak my freak: category:  I called my Mom to tell her abo…

It's Officially Tri Season!

We had a good weekend.  On Saturday I volunteered for a race down in the Lake Jackson/Freeport area, the Surfside Shuffle 10K-5k and Kid-K.  One of my coaches was heading up the event along with the fellow members of their triathlon club.  It was a fun event and everyone had a great time. The run was on Surfside beach... right on the beach.  It was kind of neat seeing the runners emerge from the fog as they approached the Finish line. Anyway, it was a great success.  Lots of participation and I think exceeded their expectations.

I didn't have to train Saturday, which was strange.. very strange.  That's all I'll say about that. 

On Sunday was mad-spin; 3 hours followed by a 30 minute run.  I wasn't such a superstar this week.  I neglected to eat anything before spin and was short gels.  I did have a powerbar, but that didn't really cut it.  About 2.5 hours in I started cramping in my calve.  Ugh!  One of my other coaches gave me a gel, I walked and stretched and re…

Thursday Thirteen... late

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Just a little late...  total randomness today:

1) If Windows updates weren't annoying enough, I have to do them on my Blackberry too!  I hate updating stuff -- often it leads to something breaking.  

2) Rode on my bike trainer this morning.  I still ♥ my new bike.  Aerobars need a little more tweaking.  Got my demo ISM seat coming in today -- hope it helps with some comfort. I hate the new saddle I chose!

3) When I do my early-morning training rides I find it so hard to get-in-gear.  It's not like I'm tired... I'm ready to go.  Just not ready to get ready to go!

4) Now that the running season is over and the half is behind me, I'm looking forwrad to "just" tri training.

5) My kiddo knows her telephone number now!  Yay!!
6) Hubs is doing awesome with his running progress.  If he keeps it up, he'll be faster than me in no time. 
7) We have a really sick cat. Hubs is taking him to the vet today.  Keep fingers crossed that our "Bubba" is okay.
8) 3…

QOD

Discipline provides a constancy which is independent of what kind of day you had yesterday and what kind of day you anticipate today. 

- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Aramco Houston Half-Mar Official Race Pix

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The half-marathon Start
(If you couldn't tell)




Not exactly sure what I was thinking here... probably repeating to myself,
"Remember, one foot in front of the other."



There I am!  There I am!!  I'm the one in pink.
(Someone once told me, "Runners don't wear pink.")



So happy! (even though I missed my goal of sub 3 hours by 2 minutes!)



Me and my "Handy Manny" tool belt!



Me and Cathy -- She helped me keep my cool!

Aramco Houston Half Marathon Race Report

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Frist, the race experience was great! I loved the supporters, the volunteers, the bands! The race for me was okay, though I am proud of the accomplishment in it of itself. Last year at this time I couldn't even run a 5k -- in fact I had only started to REALLY try to run for the first time... ever.

Everything that morning went according to my race plan. All things encountered were well within my control, so that was a plus. I hooked up with Cathy and headed over to the BAF tent for warm-up and club pictures. Nothing out of the norm. I was super excited to get things going.

Cathy asked if she could run with me. She runs much faster than me... in fact, she just finished her first Ironman in Panama City. When she asked me, I was surprised, but welcomed the experience and the company. Incidentally she was also with me the first time I had to run 10 miles. :)

We were corralled (and warm) while waiting packed like sardines with everyone else. I guess it was at that time I really under…

It's 3:56 am... do you know where your half-marathon runner is?

I woke around 2am and took my thyroid meds... of course I knew I wasn't going back to sleep.  I laid in bed and drifted in and out of a light sleep until 3.  I stopped fighting it and woke-up.  I went to bed at 7:30 last night... so almost 7 hours is good enough.

So now I'm pretty much ready.  Packed my needs up last night and here I sit on the computer looking for that last little piece of motivation that will keep me positive through the race.

While today won't define who I am, it will define my mental toughness and ability to either push-through and believe in my abilities, or whether I dial it in and say, "It's too late now... forget it."

I'll be blogging later, for sure!  In the meantime... from my Daughter...


"Go Mommy, go!"

What's In a Number...

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Yesterday was the Expo and packet pickup.  So here's my lucky number!

I know... I'm a dork.  But this is my first half-marathon and there will only be one first.  So bear with me while I get excited over anything possible to keep me positive and focused on my goals.  :)

I also got a leg massage and had a stretch session.  My legs felt/feel great.  Since yesterday I've been making sure to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

I'm having a little bout with sinuses crud right now and am doing whatever I can to stave it of.  The massage therapist suggested a mist that a local naturals store sells... it's Oregano and Silver.  I know, sounds weird, but I could tell I was only a day or so from a sinus infection, so I had to do something.  I started using it last night, and I'm not sure, but I think it made a difference.  I'll know for sure in a few ours after the decongestant and expectorant completely wear off.  Evidently it is a anti-fungural thing.  More on it later.

Toda…

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Positive Thoughts or Actions for my first Half-Marathon!

1)  Count on the fact that I've trained regularly and worked hard.  Trust!
2)  Believe that I will not just "Finish", but that I will reach one of my goals.
3)  My realistic goal of sub 3 hours is definitely doable on a Race Day, but dig-in and gi for my stretch of 2:50!
4)  Trust my race strategy and stick to it. 
5)  I am strong... and not just for a person like me.  I AM STRONG.
6)  Think about crossing the Finish and what it means for me to achieve this
7)  Don't minimize whatever the outcome is... even if it's not the desired outcome the journey was a lesson
8)  Have fun!  Have fun!  Have fun!!
9) There really is no such thing as "I can't." 
10) In reference to number 9 -- "Try not. Do or do not, there is no try."  Worked for Yoda!
11) Remember and appreciate how supportive my friends and family have been.
12) Don't blow it all in the first few miles; keep MY pace…

The Ol' Noggin'

I think a lot of my problems are with the programming in my head.

I do believe that as an athlete you have to show yourself a little self-love to succeed. All this setting of goals and making time for training is teaches you to be self-centered (different from selfish) if that makes sense.

The need to constantly tell myself "I can", and follow-it up with the "do", and then succeed is the only way I think I will be able to change what it is I hear in my head.

I think that's where I fell last week; when it clicked for me that there's so much more wrapped up in my head than just "finishing" the half -- or any of the races I attempt for that matter. Anyone can "finish", pretty much. if they don't care about their time. 

But I've worked hard and feel llike I chose reasonable goal. I was out there on my long runs when others were MIA or the club canceled a run. I was at the track, actually adhereing to my track workouts when others…

Update to FREwC

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Well, I did it.  It ws freakin' cold too!  As the sweat dripped from my face and hit my jacket it froze!  I looked like sparkles.  I got a tiny bit hot, but was so glad I had my fleece when I hit downtown and the wind was whipping between the buildings.

At one point I knew my legs were touching, but I coudln't feel them!  Did my 6.22 miles in about 1:24... not light speed, but this was meant to be a slow run -- and I'm REALLY good at those. :)

I'm as ready as I'll ever be for next weekend.  This week I'll be sure to rest and not do any more than is necessary.  I really believe I reach a sub 3hr time, I just have to make sure everything goes right.  I also know I can't control things that are out of my control.  I will just focus on keeping positive.

Here's the motely crew!  I'm on the far right.



and no... I didn't run in my Uggs, but they are the first thing to hit my feet when I'm done!

FREwC

So this morning is the FREwC.  That's the "Funnest Run Ever with Chris."  Chris is one of my coaches.  Here I thought it was going to be 19 degrees, but it's a balmy 22 degrees and with the windchill it makes it feel like 13!  The biggest challenge is figuring out what to wear -- not too much.  Not too little.

I'll be running the last 6 miles of the half-mar course and "vizzing":  visualizing race day.  It might be a cold run, but I think it will be really good for me.  I'll be on my own, but that's okay.  :)

I had a good swim last night.... longer than I anticipated.  It was supposed to be an hour, but I wound up doing 90 minutes.  I got a little distracted when the gym's pool was full of other swimmers from my club, including 2 of my coaches.  When I was done I just watched them plow through the water... it's so wild to watch them move with such speed through the water.  When I do my intervals I feel like I look like I'm drowing..…

Friday

Had a good bike and run yesterday and each day I am feeling more positive.  Guess I was just letting nerves get the best of me the other day.  Tonight I swim for an hour. :)

Tomorrow we're doing our LSD run on the last 6.2 miles of the half marathon course.  Should be fun and a good op to run through my raceday prep. 

Oh, and it's supposed to be 19 degrees tomorrow morning.  Joy.

Thursday...

Got up at 4:15 this morning and hit the bike/trainer for an hour and had a good ride.  30 minute tempo run tonight and then home for nice, warm chili!  It is supposed to get stupid-cold tonight... everyone is wrapping up their trees, etc. 

I'm feeling much better today about everything.  Right now I'm not letting any negative thoughts enter my head.  I am just working on being positive about everything!  It's going to be great.  It's going to be fun and I will achieve my goals!

Creamy White Chicken Chili

Nutritional Info
Fat: 5.0g
Carbohydrates: 24.7g
Calories: 231.2
Protein: 22.1g
Servings:  8

Ingredients
1 lb. Chicken breast, diced, no skin/bones
1 Onion, medium, chopped
1 T. Olive Oil
2 Cans (15 oz.) Northern Beans
1 Can (14 oz.) Chicken broth
2 Cans Chopped green Chilis
1 t. Garlic powder
1 t. salt
1 t. cumin
1 t. oregano
1 t. black pepper
1 C. Lowfat Sour Cream

Directions
Saute onion and chicken in olive oil. Add remaining ingredients (except sour cream) and sim…

Houston Half-Mar Race Plan

On of my Coaches wanted us to think about our race plans.  The best way to organize my thoughts is to write them down.  This is my first attempt at a real plan...  I kind of felt like I was writing my birth plan for the hospital when I had Cassie!!!
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Two weeks before make doubly sure to be hydrated properly and eat clean 100% -- journal every bite. Limit green leafy veggies day before!

Avoid any comments like "If my legs feel good". It should be "When my legs feel good"! Think positive! Negative thoughts or concerns often become reality.

I've trained as hard as I can. Believe I can achieve my goal and repeat it over and over again, so that the POSITIVE becomes my reality.

See BM for 2 or 3 stretching sessions before the Marathon

Monday 1/11
Massage

Wednesday 1/13
Check weather for race; pick appropriate apparel and ensure I have everything.

Friday 1/15
Leave work and drive course.
Pickup packet on Friday (chip is in packet)
Swim 6pm …

30440 - My Lucky Number!

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Okay so yesterday bib numbers were released for the half marathon.  I am 30440. 

One of my coaches sent out an email about a sim run we are doing on Saturday morning; I am running the last 6.2 miles of the half marathon course.  Ever since that email I've been a wreck, tearing up and worried about everything.  I wrote my first real race plan which event included reminders to potty!  Talk about details!

Don't get me wrong.  It's not that I don't think I'll finish.  I know I will and that should be the only thing that matters, so long as I give my best effort.  But the the thought that I may not achieve my realistic goal of sub 3 hours, makes it hard for me to even think about my stretch goal of sub 2:50. 

It seems like if I can do 6.2 miles in 1:19, I should be able to 13.1 in under 3 hours... even if I slow down!

I just don't want to disappoint myself... others. I know I've trained hard -- and learned a lot over the last several weeks with regard to pacin…

Timely...

So right after I blogged my thoughts in my last post, I see this. 

"Everyone is trying to accomplish something big,
not realizing that life is made up of little things."

Countdown!

The Countdown
So my first half marathon is 13 days away.  I'm both excited and nervous.  I have no doubts I will finish; the only doubts I have are with actually achieving my stretch goal of sub 2:50 or realistic goal of finishing sub 3:00.  It's only a matter of approximately 30 to 45 seconds a mile.  Mental over the physical. 

I ran 10.5 miles on Saturday and it took me 2:30 to do so.  I don't quite understand how it all works yet, but with that time it's hard for me to see that either goal is achievable. I did take it "easy" and kept an LSD (long, slow distance) run an LSD run, which I don't have a tendancy to do.  I tend to get out there and try to run a race every weekend.  I'm getting better about it, now that I am beginning to understand pacing -- I have a way to go yet.  All that said, I was running on lack of sleep and not the best nutrition from New Year's Eve.

They say that with tapering, proper nutrition and the general raceday adrena…