Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Back to Journaling...

Back to journaling... I'm blowing my Sodium (Na) intake out of the water, without even realizing it.  For me, this makes a difference with water retention.  This is an ongoing problem if you're one who is hormonally challenged like me.  When I see I've blown my Na intake for the day it's surprising, because I think I eat well.  I rarely add table salt to the foods I eat in general (like what you see here).  When I cook from scratch (and I mean more than making a salad) of course I use it... I don't think I go overboard... unless it's an accident.  LOL

I was surprised to learn how much sodium is in cheeses!  I knew deli meat was bad, but even low sodium deli meat has a ton.  Since we can't avoid everything, we just have to make daily choices.

I would be curious to know where my food stacks up on the new Weight Watchers plan.  I've heard a ton about it.  Personally I had a lot of success on Weight Watchers years ago.  I think it's a great way to change your lifestyle and how you think about the quality of food you eat.

I didn't get my run in last night.  When I got home I learned my Mom had dislocated her hip and that kind of took all the wind out of my sail.  I wanted to stay home and wait for more info. The troubled hip was the same she had replaced a few years ago!  Poor thing was in soooooo much pain overnight, despite the Morphine, because couldn't get it relocated in the ER, so she had to wait until this morning.  Thankfully they got it in place without surgery.  She's going to feel a lot better, but will definitely need some rehab, for sure. 

Rearranged my weekly schedule; I won't miss anything. Plan to run tonight though and get that darned fartlek done! 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Happy Monday!

Wow!   4 days off gave me and my family lots of time to be productive.  It was all good and we were super-duper productive!

I did my 10K on Turkey Day and it was a good race for me, in spite of it being a little warmer than I would have liked.  I stuck to my plan and raced my race.  I wasn't lightening fast, but I finished in 1:24

After, a bunch of my "BAMily" (my husband's term for my tri club friends) came over for breakfast.  I made an egg casserole, among other things, and we shared a meal together.  It was fun and I got my cooking-for-Thanksgiving fix in :)  Later we headed to the brother of our best friend's house for the official Thanksgiving meal.

We opted to stay away from Black Friday shopping and instead visited Dewberry Farm and picked out our Christmas Tree.  She is very pretty, and probably very over priced, but Cassie really enjoys visiting and picking our own tree (Okay, so do Mom and Dad).

We pretty much spent Saturday and Sunday putting up the tree and decorating the house with lights...

On Sunday I did my long run on the actual Run Girl course.  This race is  just 2 weeks away.  My run wasn't that great.  I was supposed to meet others there and they were running late, so I started without them.  I really wasn't sure of the course and that kind a bothered me -- I hate not knowing for sure where I am.  Even though I had a map only a few of the names of the roads on the map actually matched what I saw.  I was very pre-occupied with navigating and slowing down and stopping to assess my location.  I got in 8 miles, but it should have been closer to 9.  I really have no idea how RunGirl will go for me.  I know it's not my "A" race, but we want it to be better than a regular training run. I plan to do my long run out there again next week.  

We chatted a little after our run.  I tried to explain I don't have to be super-fast.  I just want to be able to run a reasonable speed, comfortably.  Comfortably, meaning with enough fitness behind me to enjoy it and be able to run with others.  I'd love to run with a group and be able to chit-chat to pass the time.  Right now that's not possible. Right now I have to work so hard at it, people think I'm not having a good time.  If I'm making progress, I'm having a great time!  

Looking ahead:
2 Weeks until Run Girl 13.1
7 Weeks until USAFit Half Marathon
18 weeks until Lonestar 70.3

I've done a lousy job getting weight training back into my routine.  I know it is exactly what I need, too!  Why is it sooooo difficult to schedule.  Grrrr!  I have to figure out something -- I might have to use the yucky workout room here at work, but at least it's something and that's better than nothing.

Today I have a fartlek run.  I'm hoping it will be a good one. :)

I know I promised the review of Junonia swimsuit.  I've tried it out and it's comfy so far -- I just want a couple more swims in it before I comment.  :)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Last Ironman finisher is the real winner

Last Ironman finisher is the real winner

When people ask my why I love triathlon, a big part of my answer is, the people.  I love how the age groupers, like me, can race in the same event with professionals.  I mean, where else could I chit-chat with Dave Scott before a race?  Just another example here...


Last Ironman finisher is the real winner

Rather than watch the Cardinals lose - again - on Sunday, we decided it might be fun to watch a winner in town at Ford Ironman Arizona.

Chrissie Wellington is dominating long-course triathlon like Roger Federer, Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong dominated their sport at the top of their game.

Wellington covered the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 8 hours, 36 minutes, 13 seconds, the fastest time ever by a woman in an Ironman branded race.

She's never lost at the distance, won three consecutive world championships before illness kept her from starting this year, crushed the world record and routinely "chicks" the male professionals.

That's what they call it if you're a man and a woman goes by so fast she blows your chili-huggers off.
Anyway, the last person to finish is every bit the Ironman as the first-place finisher, maybe more so considering they're on the course about twice as long.

So we hung around to watch Chandler's Michele Maassen cross under the Ironman clock as the final official finisher - 17 seconds before the midnight deadline.

For Maassen, a business manager for Revlon, it was a 16-hour, 59-minute, 43-second day that ended with Wellington jumping out of the crowd to join the 35-year-old single mom for the final yards.

"That was so great," Maassen said. "I didn't really know what was going on. There was this woman next to me and everything was so crazy I didn't even realize who it was."

Maassen's 6 ½-year-old son, Aaron, was there, too, although he bonked and was in a deep sleep, the glow of green and pink fluorescent loops around his neck fading right along with him.

Maassen went to watch the event last year, heard the crowd when she was a half-mile away and decided right then to sign up.

It meant fitting training around Aaron and a career, often riding her bike on an indoor stationary trainer late at night while watching episodes of "The Biggest Loser."

She squeezed in runs at lunchtime or when traveling and got help from friends and family with Aaron on weekends to do long training efforts.

She hoped it would be enough to get her past all the cut-off times.

An Ironman race day begins at 7 a.m. and athletes must exit the water by 9:15 a.m. Maassen made it by less than 11 minutes. They must be off the bike by 5:30 p.m. She had about 16 minutes to spare. And they have till midnight to complete the run.

After a "25 minute pit stop" at a toilet during the run, she began her final lap around Tempe Town Lake thinking she might not make it in time.

"I saw my family and I was in tears at that point," she said. "I asked if I was OK (on time) and, of course, they said yes.

"When I got to the bottom of the Scottsdale Road bridge with 1.2 miles to go they told me I really had to pick it up. There was a guy from Ironman and this nice girl running in jeans and boots with a cowbell."

"Cowbell" was Karen Hardy, marketing manager of Active Network's team sports division.

"I walked down from the hotel to watch the finish, saw her and started running with her," Hardy said. "The others had stopped running with her, so I kept going. I really wanted to see her make it."

And she did.

"I dug deeper on that last mile than I ever have before," Maassen said. "I definitely pushed myself beyond what I thought I could, mentally and physically. For me, that was a success.

"And when I came around the last curve and saw the end, I felt no pain whatsoever."

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Champion

On mental side of running....

It's from the Complete Book of Running edited by Amby Burfoot "The make up of a Champion"

Champions share many characteristics, none of which are determined by their running speeds.

A champion...

...has the courage to risk failure, knowing that setbacks are lessons to learn from.
...uses a race to gain greater self-knowledge as well as feedback on physical improvement.
...trains thought processes as well as the body to produce a total approach to performance.
...understands his\her athletic weaknesses and trains to strengthen them.
...actively creates a life of balance, moderation, and simplicity-values that help improve running and life.
...views competitors as partners who provide challenge and the chance to improve.
...understands that running performances are like a roller coaster, with many ups and downs, and that you have to accept both the good and the bad.
...enjoys running for the simple pleasures it provides.
...has vision. A champion dreams of things that haven't been and believes they are possible. A champion says,
" I can." The most successful runners think like champions."

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Turkey Day Thursday Thirteen

1)  Even though I can be completely short-sighted, I have so much to be thankful for.  I'm grateful for my family; Husband, Daughter, Mom, Dad, Stepmom, Brother, Sister, Brother-in-law, nieces... Darren's family too. Oh!  and my "tri" family too, who support and encourage me endlessly!

2)  I'm grateful I have a job and work for the most amazing people.  I truly am lucky to work for two folks who are chock-full of integrity, compassion and honesty.  Plus the job hleps to have the means to keep doing a past-time I enjoy.  Triathlon can be "spendy!"

3)  I'm grateful I have the sense to know when I'm not right and the courage to admit it. 

4)  I'm thankful for all the virtual folks I've met via my blog.  Some I've had the opportunity to meet in "real-life."  What a treat!  Know that we were all meant to cross paths for some reason. 

5)  I'm not exactly happy with the family situation this year, but I have to keep in mind not to project my feelings too much (I know already, so don't tell me!).  Disappointed Mom isn't coming for Thanksgiving and that she won't be here for all the Christmas Hooplah, either.  She's dealing with her own struggles and I realize that.  I just wish she'd be honest and forthright about the real reasons she's not coming.  It's the 2 times a year I see her, so it makes me sad. Could have used my vacation time differently if I knew....

6)  It's no secret I love to cook for folks on the holidays.  Love it!!!  I just enjoy sharing a home-cooked  meal and "breaking bread" with friends and family.  Our best friends are having us over this year for Dinner and I'm happy to go, but was a little bummed for myself.  So, instead, I'm doing a post-trukey-trot breakfast.  You can bet it will be beter than post race food!  Everyone is happy!!

7)  I am grateful for the capacity to love and care about other.  It makes my life richer.  Everyday I'm closer to making peace with myself,... and that's all I can ask for :)

8)  Boss and her Daughter just came in wearing some awesome biker boots

9)  I got the majority of Cassie's and Darren's Xmas shopping done yesterday.  I'd say what I got Darren, but I know he peaks at my blog.  ♥ you, sweetie. 

10) I'm thankful Darren is partaking of the kool-aid now.  He said to me last night, "I actually feel bad I'm not racing tomorrow.", talking about the 10k.  LOL

11)  With the holidays come lights, and trees, and shopping.... and MAD SPIN.  Up to 4 hour spin classes followed by running and swimming.  Now that's festive!

12)  I'm thankful my best-friend got approved for her WLS.  I want the best for her and want her to have the ability to live a full and amazing life, because she's an amazing person!  There is not another woman who knows me inside and out like Beth.  There is not anyone more deserving of this opportunity and I'm praying for a safe and speedy recovery. 

13) Mmmmmm Coffee.  :)

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Thankful Healthy Blogger (Virtual) 5K

Via Twitter I stumbled across a blog, A Journey to Thin.  I loved the idea she had to motivate folks to get up and move on Thanksgiving. Not everyone is up to walking, or even running a official 5K or 10K, but that doesn't mean folks can't get up and move at their own pace -- so I really appreciate the premise.

Blogger 5K

All you have to do is run or walk a 5K on Thanksgiving.  That's just 3.1 miles, or an hour of easy-paced walking.  Heck!  You'll do more than that shopping on Black Friday!  Check the details out in her blog (click the badge), because there's also a giveaway associated with this virtual race. :)

I'm actually running a 10K for Thanksgiving and my Kiddo will get in on the action with the Kid K.

So, go on... earn that piece of pumpkin pie. :)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fab Find! New Balance Control Capri 2.0

I've been in the market for running tights/capris with the cooler weather approaching.  I found the New Balance Control Capri 2.0 at one of my favorite sites, Two Roads Fitness, and was excited that they offered them in an XXL.

I went for an almost 9 mile run today and they were very comfortable. I feel the sizing is just right.  The XXL will truly fit a 16/18 comfortably, and not because they are stretched paper-thin. Tights, in general, aren't that flattering, but when I put these on, even my Husband commented how they seemed, "to hold everything in."  Good thing, since I have a lot of everything.  :)

I love the waist band - not to tight, not to lose and not completely dependent upon the using the drawstring. Truly what thrills me most is that they are not low-rise!!!  I'm so tired of low-rise running bottoms. Really?  Is it comfortable?  I can't imagine running a half marathon with my shorts right above my booty crack the entire time! 

You can't tell from the picture, but the tights are structured with support panels that wrap around your quads and calves, sort of like CW-X compression tights.  While they do offer some support, I wouldn't say they are comparable to actual compression tights; still comfy though. 

I also appreciate the ventilation material behind the knees and down the back of the calves.  This made for a super comfortable long run in 75 degree weather. Other tights generally seem to bunch up behind the knee and it gets hot and uncomfortable.  The wicking properties worked well; no complaints after and almost 9 mile run. 

I did use the media pocket in the back for my Ipod Nano, and it worked well; my device was definitely secure.  I guess I might worry though if I sweat a lot down my back that I might ruin my device.  Not sure; I'd be careful with this.

There isn't much in the way of reflective elements on these tights, which is kind of a bummer.  There's the new balance logo but nothing else, really. 

I'd rate these tights 4.5 of 5 stars, only because I wish they had more visible reflective elements on them, like towards the bottom of the legs.  I believe I paid $52-$55 for them, and compared to like items on the market, the pricing is reasonable.  If this says anything, I will probably buy a 2nd pair. 

The 2.0 is also available in a full-length tight.

National UnFriend Day

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thursday 13

1)  I hit track last night.  Did okay, was shooting for 13:15, 12:45, 12:15 and 12, but wound up with 12:30, 12:29, 11:49, 11:54.  I didn't think it was a good workout, since I had got out too fast.  I was supposed to start at half marathon pace and descend.  Can't say it wasn't a good, hard workout though. :)

2)  I'm feeling a better after yesterday's release

3)  Trying to come up with some good group breakfast ideas.  Going to have a few peeps come over for breakfast after the Turkey Trot.  Since I'm not cooking a dinner this year, this is the next best thing. :)

4)  The weather has been super nice... just a little chilly, yet still warm in the sun.

5)  We really really need to treat the lawn and re-mulch. 

6)  Cassie got her Orange belt last night.  She's a proud Kinder-ninja :)

7)  I really should be working, instead of writing a Thursday 13.  I have no focus at the moment, but a ton of stuff to do. 

8)  Boss and her Daughter just came in wearing some awesome biker boots

9)  Oooh!  Need to pick-up fruit for Thanksgiving Lunch at School AND my scrips for my B12 injections and cash.

10) Darren is doing a 10K on Saturday, so I get to be race support. :)

11)  Christmas decor goes up earlier and earlier every year.  It's my favorite, but I will hold my ground!  Must not decorate until the day after Thanksgiving!

12)  Wouldda, couldda, shouldda went to the Houstonn OH Conference, but I didn't.  I just always feel out of place.

13) I have to go for a swim and try out the new Junonia Swimsuit!

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What Did I Say Yesterday?

So with all the talk of surgiversary and gastric bypass not being the magic bullet, yesterday was one of those *moments* for me.  One of those moments I completely felt like I never lost a pound and found myself so self-conscious that it kept me from taking action.

I try to be positive, but I don't always win.  It occurred to me I probably don't mention the times I crash and burn as often as the times I crash, burn and get back on the plane.  There's lots of crashing and burning around here.  

Tuesdays are always a struggle to get to track.  Cassie's dance class is Tuesday, but Tuesday is the day everyone goes to track.  It's not like we workout together, but we're all there at the same time.  Darren said he'd relieve me of waiting duties at Dance so I could get to track.  Both coaches were going to be there and sent me a text, so I felt like I should make an effort to be there.

OC says, I'll run better track if people are round... I say, you don't know ME.  It's all I can do muster up the confidence to go to the track on a regular Tuesday night.  All the *real* runners are there, then there's me, hoofing it around the track and breathing like a Budweiser Clydesdale pulling a carriage o' beer through 3 feet of snow!  I'm not swift and light on my feet, nor can I hold a discussion about what happened earlier that day at while waiting to be seated for lunch.  I'm too busy killing myself, trying to drag my sorry a$$ around the track and not to walk any part of a 1 mile repeat... or you might find me pulling my shorts down trying to minimize the chub-rub!  In short, I stick out like a sore thumb.  There is nothing inconspicuous about me running track.

I like to be inconspicuous, but it's a challenge at 215 lbs.  I love to work hard, but I can't when I am self-conscious.  That's the reason I work better alone at track.  Okay, my TB is allowed to be there (just in case he reads this... he gets all sensitive on me LOL).

So, you might imagine my surprise when I pulled up to the track and saw my coach leading everyone in warm-ups like the Pied Piper.  They were kicking, hopping, skipping and jumping up and down the straight away, back and forth.  They were doing all those high-end warm-ups you only see those super-fast Jamaican runners do.

Let's just say you'll never see me do them no matter how good they might be for me, because frankly I feel completely uncomfortable in my skin doing it. Okay, maybe not NEVER.  One day I do hope to resolve this inner conflict. 

Anyway, I got out of the car to take a closer look to confirm what I saw (Thank goodness it was dark).  After my suspicions were confirmed, I turned right around and got back into my car.  I sat there for 10 minutes trying to convince myself to go join them, but I couldn't.  Instead, I just left.

My head won.  Ugh.

All that talk about working to be right in the head from yesterday?  Apparently it went in and out of my brain faster than picking up a burger at a drive through.  Of course I got home and felt even shittier about my choice to bail.  It's not about not wanting to work hard, because I dare anyone to say I don't give 100% -- its about being self-conscious.

In spite of all I've done I still see myself as a 347 lb. woman woman from time-to-time, or worse a kid again...

The girl who has no business trying to run track to get fast.  She's the one who should be content walking a 5K.

or... The  one told, "You can't play on the soccer, basketball or field hockey team unless you lose 20 lbs."  Then has to quit, because she gained, instead of lost.

or.. The girl who heard, "you can't take that lead role in the school musical unless you lose weight."  Guess what happened?  She had to quit, because...

or... I the one who was told, "It doesn't matter how good you are at something; you're still overweight and that's what people see."

That's the shit I have to work on deprogramming. Some days I win.  Some days I lose.  But it takes being present right at that moment, to make the right choice.  Last night I was 16 years old again. 

Today is another day.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

4 Year Surgiversary

Today marks my 4 year surgiversary.  One thing I always said to myself when I started this blog was that I wanted to keep it real.  I wanted people who considered, or were considering, weight loss surgery to know what life is like after, and that on some days it might seem to be all butterflies and rainbows, but on others it's still a daily struggle.

Quite honestly I long for the days where I didn't even think about eating.  Yeah, those days com back -- so it makes for struggle.  Struggle that's worth it, for sure, but struggle nonetheless.  I remember just praying  post-surgery I wouldn't have to think about feeding my pie-hole ever again, in the manner of worrying about what my next meal will be?  Will it be too big?  Too small?  Enough calories?  Not enough calories?  Do I have adequate amounts of carbs... and good carbs, not "bad" carbs... oiy!  It's enough to make your head spin.

Surgery doesn't take care of all those head issues either.  For me, I just neatly tucked things away in my mind -- I cope with them, but that is not dealing with them.  There's a difference.  Some family events of late (my Mother's divorce from my Stepdad after 30 years) has really opened up some feelings I put away out of respect for my Mother.  Now that I've made a choice to detatch myself from him, it's created some undue family drama and brought back some negative feelings for me I don't need. He's lucky I live 1600 miles away and I'm just glad I don't live in proximity to him; I'll leave it at that. I do realize I need to deal with these feelings sooner, rather than later, and make a promise that I will.  After all, I'm getting signs right and left that it's time to acknowledge and heal, not just cope... not just get by.

Surgery doesn't change your mindset.  YOU have to change your mindset. Your mindset can't always be about losing weight and the number on the scale either.  You have to learn to change the message in your brain from doing what needs to be done to drop pounds, to simply doing what it takes to LIVE a healthy lifestyle in order to experience the vitality you desire.

You have to decide you are worthy to live life well and full.

I don't want to spend my whole life counting points or calories... I want to spent my life continuing to do the things I love that make me feel alive and present and not just phoning it in on the game called life.

After 4 years, would I do the surgery again?  Yes.  Still no longer an Insulin dependent diabetic; that's major.  And really that was the main reason I followed-through with it; everything else was secondary.

Is it what I thought it would be?  Sorta and kinda.  I mean, I knew at some point the struggle would return and that surgery wasn't a magic bullet.  What I didn't count on were some additional medical issues (non-surgery related) with pretty big hormonal imbalances that are causing me grief.  When I'm not conscious, that number on the scale still has the power to dictate to me my disposition for the day.  Sometimes I step off just wanting to cry and wonder, "Why did I make this choice?"  Why?  Of course logic sets in and I get it right in my head, but I still have those days at 4 years out, and it can send me into a tailspin if I let it.

After 4 years I still have restriction, so I know my pouch is still small.  I eat until full and I still don't drink with my meals -- though sometimes I still need a sip to help something go down.  I still do not drink anything carbonated, and I really don't miss it.  I still have trouble with foods that have higher sugar content, but others I can now tolerate.  For instance raisins would be cause for immediate dumping and gut pain, but now I can eat a serving without them killing me.  

In the end I'm doing things I only dreamed of.  Each achievement reminds me I'm stronger than I realize at times and not to give-up.

Just hours before surgery, 4 years ago.

Me and my best friend, after Finishing my first Half Distance Triathlon 6 weeks ago.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Been Bizzy and What Happened with my 25k Effort

I've been around...reading and noting but not blogging much. Really no big excuses... just busy at both home and work... and of course training.

Running has been showing signs of improvement, especially...

Oooops, hold that thought.  I'm being attacked by a Strawberry Shortcake ghost. :)
.......................................................................................................................  Okay, back.

So my Luke's Locker Half Marathon pretty much sucked a$$ in a big way.  I was bummed because it was the first time somebody's rules dictated my final outcome -- I should rephrase:  I DNF'd because I didn't make the cutoff rule and yeah, I'm responsible. :-/

The couple weeks following I had exoereienced some of of the best running I've ever done.  Maybe it was a birthday wish answered... oh, wait, that wish was my iPad! :)  even my trackwork was improving and I was turning in PR's.  I'd also changed my run intervals to half mile walk with a 1 minute run. Then coach upped them to 3/4 mile run and a 1 minute walk!

Today was the Classical 25K  It's a warm-up race for Houston, and even though I'm not running a full marathon anymore, I had already registered for it, so I went.  So I went into it treating it like a Long Run.  I decided if I hit the 10 mile mark by 2:15, I would finish the last loop, otherwise, I would just call it a day.

I wound up calling it a day at 5.2 miles.  No finisher's shirt, and apparently no food, unless you did a minimum of 2 laps.  Seriously.... that's what I was told.

I had been sick since Friday night and was vomiting last night.  I hadn't slept much in two nights and it took it's toll on me.  My heart rate just went down from where I started.... I couldn't get it up by the 4 mile mark I decided I will live to run another day.  I'd rather have productive training this week, than struggle through 2 loops of a race I really don't need to do.  So I let it go, and didn't feel badly about it.

I went to see Doc W. this week, follow-up on my blood work, and he is prescribing B-12 injection therapy  My numbers are trending up,but not fast enough. He thinks that boosting my B12 will help me store the nutrients I'm lacking better (I think... that's how I heard it).  

As for Doc B. (my Endo) I told him I've had several more episodes of feeling like I am letting down and he says that my thyroid might have slowed a little with all the training.  I;m so incredibly frustrated at this point.  I don't even want to go into it.   Basically I need to be patient.

Ugh... I ran this morning, now I'm tired...I think I'm going to abruptly close this post and go rest. :(

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Best Wishes to Me!

So today is my birthday.  I turn 43.  That makes my race age 44, so in 2012 I'll be "aging up" when it comes to racing.

You know, "age is just a number." Otherwise, I feel younger than ever. I feel better than I ever did at 29 and really attribute that to my triathlon/fitness efforts.

No matter how bad a training session might be, the one goal I maintain is always achieved. To move... and move I do.I'm still holding my weight +/- a just a  few pounds on any given day (quite literally) thanks to my body's inability to balance hormones, but I'll get there... that's what Dr. B keeps telling me, "Don't give-up Kiddo!" No, really, he calls me, "Kiddo."  :)

Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to go back in time and make the past decisions I've made in the completely opposite fashion I did, but then it would have never brought me to this point.  So while it might be a great fantasy to go back knowing what I know now, it's just that.  A fantasy.  The hardships, trials and tribulations, the celebrations and achievements all contributed to who I am today.  Not to mention I would not have met my Husband or had my Daughter! 

I find myself often pondering spiritual strength, and I don't mean the "I-need-to-get-to-Church-on-Sunday" kid of strength.  I mean the being a peace with who I am kind of strength.  I guess I most often draw on it when I'm contemplating "issues" I need to work through -- and isn't everyone a constant source of work for themselves?  I know strength and clarity come more each day, as long as I keep in the moment and stay conscious to what's happening in life... not just in my life, but in the lives of those around me. 

So, for my birthday, I remind myself that while I am not perfect, I am pretty good.  While events in my life have occurred that quite possibly changed the person I could have been, I'm happy with how I've rolled with the punches, made decisions and moved forward.  

I love and am loved in return.  I celebrate today with my family; my Husband and Daughter (and I guess virtually with the many folks who wished me well on FB)  I can't ask for much more. 

Friday, November 05, 2010

Track Work

I had trackwork on my schedule for Tuesday night.  Let's just say that after my warm-up mile and 2 laps, I had to get home rather quickly to tend to some GI issues.  Blah!  It's a fact; it happens.  If you run, I dare you to say you've never been victim to a crap-attack.  :)

Anyway, I was determined to get this track workout in, as it is supposed to help us figure out a strategy and pace for my half-marathon, so I was a bit bummed things didn't workout on Tuesday.

I finally made it back to the track last night and suprised myself with a PR... or two. 

1 mile warm up
3 X 400 @ 1 min rest – 10K effort (2:55, 2:48, 2:44)
400 jog easy
2 X 1 mile fast (11:53, 12:00) <---fastest miles ever and no walking.  A PR1
400 jog easy
3 X 400 @ 1 min rest – 10K effort (2:56, 2:53:2:49)
1 mile cooldown

First, I've never run a mile non-stop at track, and rarely do I do it.  I take pre-determined walk breaks all the time.  Last night I did it twice.

Second, I've never run two miles at this pace before.  Ever. 

It's nice to see some positive.  I still hate track work, but I know it's good for me.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Happy Halloweenie!

A little late, but for my Halloween festivities I had two costumes.  One I paired with my husband (he was a Gladiator and I was Athena).  The Other was my "Kona Lunch Special" or the "Last Triathlete Swimming".  And yep, I made the killer whale.  It was supposed to be a shark, but no luck finding gray felt!  LOL

I actually won "Most Creative"  LOL

Monday, November 01, 2010

Training Update

My blogging routine has been out-of-sorts lately.  I thought after Redman was done I'd have all this time, but it seems I've managed to fill it up with other stuff.

- At work it's year-end; lots of stuff to do.
- At home there's home, family and who knew there'd be so much kindergarten stuff!
- Halloween kicks off the holiday season around here. Weekends are filling fast.
- Training for the Half Marathon (yes, I'm completely relaxed after my decision).
- Closing up the membership year for the club and opening the new.
- Club's End of Year Party.

On Friday we had a 10K swim challenge.  Of course I didn't do 10K because that would have been more than tripling the max volume I've ever swam.  So I settled on 2 miles for my goal, and actually did about 2.3 miles in about 1:40. That included a quick break to drink a bottle of G2 at just past the halfway point.

I cam out of the water and I can't remember ever being so hungry after a workout!  Thank goodness we were hitting Freebirds after!

On Saturday I was still pretty tired from the OWS, but got in my 1:30 run.  It was a good, solid run for me -- and a run that would have met the cut off in last weekend's race.

On Friday, after the swim, one of my coaches wanted to talk to me about my decision.  Much to my relief he completely agreed with me.  We all get so carried away with going longer and harder that we're always looking at the next bigger goal, in spite of there being plenty to improve on right in front of our noses.  So needless to say, I'm still completely happy with my decision to back down to the 13.1.  I just have too much respect for 26.2, to not go into knowing my best effort would adequately evolve by January.  I have so many things that need improving before I jump to it.  I will do it one day -- and maybe even next year... we'll see.

Asics Core RunTop

So remember the other day when I found that I could buy my favorite UA shirts?  Well, that same day on the rack I found an "Asics Core RunTop"  It was on a good sale, so I bought it.  First, the good.  The top fits nicely.  It's semi-fitted, not too snug; fits much like the UA shirt. It's also a lovely color! 

Generally fit is my problem!   But not today.  :(

I wore the shirt during the Houston Half Marathon and Relay last weekend.  I broke my rule, "Nothing new on race day."  Sure enough I was penalized for my decision.  By the end of the race I had a nice chafe burn under my arm.  Nothing like what the wetsuit zipper caused me at Redman, but a burn still.  I have never had any regular apparel do that to me before.

Now, keep in mind I have a bit of loose skin under my arm... more than your average person for sure, so that could be a contributing factor, However I what I didn't notice before purchasing was the seam on the armpit.

YMMV if you have thin arms, but if they're at all chunky, make sure you try the shirt on first!

If you're like me, I have a hard time finding technical swimwear that really is functional and supportive of my girls.  I'm really happy that a couple others, like TYR, are, but non of them offer SUPPPORT.  It's like they made the overall suit bigger, but didn't take into account that some of us... have, ummm, "girls."

For a while I've been wanting to try one of Junonia's swimsuit, however I just couldn't bring myself to pay for it when I have no precedence to go by, so I'm going into this unknown.  Finally I had reason to cave... I'm tired of my boobs being nearly to my waist and the chlorine, after a year, has pretty much eaten-'til-thin, my Speedo.  I'm also tired of technical swimsuits that show cleavage... I mean, really?!?  Cleavage during swim practice?  This swimsuit has a higher neckline than any others I've tried/seen. 

I tried to encourage Junonia to let me "test" one... but for some reason they didn't wanna.  Could be that they really are a business. :)  It's okay Junonia... no hard feelings, but you can't knock a girl for trying!

So if you are a size 14 or up, forthcoming is a review to come on Junonia's AquaSport Crossback Tank Swimsuit.