Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
- I got super sick and spent Thanksgiving alone in bed :(
- At least I was too sick to care
- Getting sick really set me back for those deadlines
- I had to take a whole week off from working out and I ran for 30 minutes yesterday
- I got my trainer, but I can't put it together
- It's harder to not have a man around the house in the winter than it is in the summer
- Dear neighbors: sorry about the leaves and ugly winter storm yard. I'll get to it when I can.
Obviously I have nothing noteworthy to blog about anyways. My last final - Dec. 17th. Then I'm a free woman and can resume blogging.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Orbea Aqua Dama TDI (with Campagnolo components)
Those hudz are soooo fugly! I had them change them out to black.
Much better!!! I'll probably change out the water bottle cages eventually too. I decided to keep the saddle though. I figured it would be easy to spot in transition.
New goal: Half Ironman. 2010
Monday, November 2, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
after I cleaned her off a little. Lots of big puddles :) Good times.
She took care of me even though I haven't been taking care of her.
Also swam this morning. YAY. I heart swimming. I haven't been in the pool in ages and the last time I swam was.... August? This will be my regular thing.One more thing before I go. Remember that post I did about jogger vs. runner when somebody called me a jogger and I cringed, yet didn't say anything because I didn't want to sound like a douche-bag. Well I was taking to a girl the other day about massages and I called the person who administers massages a masseuse and she actually corrected me by saying, "it's massage therapist." It was funny, she sounded like a pretentious bitch.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I seriously didn't know if I wanted to poop or vomit for a good 45 minutes. As we were walking to the start (~1 mile) my stomach started FREAKING out. I've never been so nervous about anything in my life!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Mt. Rainier peeking out of the clouds on my drive this morning.Run: 22 miles planned. Nice country roads for the most part. Perfect starting temp - 48*. Started out very slow. Goal pace for the first 20 miles was 11:00 pace. (:40 slower than MP), then with a couple of miles left, push it a little. It was pretty good. I was going through a few spells where I was feeling great, and then a couple miles later, "let's just get this damn thang over with so I can relax for the next couple of week." Hitting my gels and salt tablets like a good little girl. Around mile 15 I started getting that stomach gargling action. You know the one. Wtf? Again. I'm thinking I might dehydrate or lose 10 pounds in less than 24 hours at this point. Frantically start scanning the woods that are covered in bushes (meaning 10% friendly fire bushes, 90% sticker bushes). Finally find something that works. Ahhhhh, relief. Minimal scratches. A mile later I am starting to slow down and I end up running into (literally) a couple of guys that usually turn out for our group long runs. They were stretching out on the side of the road. I said, "let's go boys" and kept going. It was a good pick me up at that point, and I sped up a bit. Around mile 18 I started getting 'fuzzy' almost tripped and fell on my face (still to this day I have no idea how I managed to stop myself without using my hands which had a gel in one and a water bottle in the other). I really wanted to get this thing over with. I just put my head down so to speak and gutted it out. I didn't quite make it to 22 miles when I got back to the cars and I didn't feel going 3/4 of a mile was going to make the difference on marathon day. Post-run: I regret that decision at this moment because I feel like I took the easy way out. But really, is 21.27 miles ever easy? Legs very tired and very sore after this one. Btw - NEVER, NEVER use a pumice stone on your feet the morning of a long run. Holy blisterage! There's a reason why runner's feet are so nasty. It's called protection. 16.03 miles/11:11 av pace/151 bpm 5.25 miles/10:13 av pace/171 bpm
Start and stop of the long run. Deschutes River. Old Olympia Brewery in background. The salmon are fiercely trying to make their way up the river right now. I'm going back on Wednesday to try and snap some sweet shots of the flying salmon with my good camera. Will post pictures if it's a success.Now I get to sit back and relax a little for the next two weeks. It's a great feeling to know all the groundwork has been laid. Here's to tapering.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
- No (or very minimal ) processed foods
- High quality cuts of meats and cheeses
- Fresh ingredients
- Less is more when it comes to ingredients
Monday, September 14, 2009
Anyways, back to the run. We did a warmup with lots of plyometrics then we were off. I wanted to take it super easy the first set, then push it the last two.
1st set - 29:32/9:47 av. pace/163 bpm
2nd set - 26:52/8:56 av. pace/178 bpm
3rs set - 25:46/8:30 av. pace/180 bpm
Major confidence booster. My It band is tight and I know it was the effects of that last set. I was thinking about some things that Running and Living has been talking about such as mental training and having the confidence to take risks. I wanted to take a risk and see what I was capable of. I was surprised at how 'easy' 8:30 felt. I could have kept going at that pace a little farther. That was a major confidence booster. Conversely, I learned that I'm not a major risk taker when it comes to training and I'm ok with that. I feel as though I am a bit of an injury prone runner and after being forced to take the first quarter of the year off due to injury, I'm just not willing to sacrifice myself that that again. Fortunately my coach takes a "Run Less, Run Smarter" approach to training and I think it suits me well. I never would have been capable of running a 8:30 3 mile tempo four months ago:)!!
Speaking of.... a great giveaway over at Running and Living. A new gel made with a natural sweetener, Agave. Go check it out.
This week will be an easy week for me. I guess you can call it a recovery week. I have my last long run of the season scheduled Sunday, a 22 miler. Bring IT!
Also, I've purchased a couple of cool products over the last couple of months that I need to share with you guys. This week will be a good time for that so stay tuned for a couple of product reviews. (not including the new compressions shorts - which I did wear for my tempo run and I think I kicked ass so there you go....)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
- Life is good
- Remodeling on the house is back in full on mode with the hubby home.
- The day after he arrived we drove to Portland to pick up our flooring that was waiting for us.
- We saved $700 in sales tax by buying in OR. Washington sales tax can SUCK IT!!
- We're doing this with our kitchen appliances too
- School starts for me on Tuesday
- Ugh. not excited about it, but it will be my last semester which has taken for freaking evah
- Not looking forward to being surrounded by a bunch of young liberal commies
- The good news is that I get to antagonize them constantly
- Which I enjoy very much because they like to talk incessantly about the church of Obama
- Interviewed for a position at a CPA firm - keep fingers crossed
- My hair girl left the salon
- Got my hair done by the owner of the salon and she wasn't as good
- Training is going awesome
- 20 miler scheduled Sunday
- I'm finally trying to catch up on your posts
- The office is a mess (see bullet #2)
- Forgot to mention lots of things here, but wanted to post something before you wrote me off
Thursday, August 27, 2009
First I want to give a shout out to my girl Amy. She's doing Louisville Ironman this weekend and has been training her ass off with blood, sweat, and tears all year. I wish her all the best!!
This is what I've been up to this week -Tuesday: 2 mile tempo, 2 x 1mile
Total: 10.6 milesI did this tempo run solo sans running group. I wasn't sure how it would play out since I wouldn't have the faster runners ahead of me, but it was all good! Saturday I have a 12 miler scheduled. Peace out.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Come to momma.
The guy on the left is pretty hot too, although not a movie star he's still a celebrity of sorts. I'd take either one.2) Apart from your house and car, what is the most expensive item you have ever bought? Does tuition count?
3) What is your most treasured memory?
I think it's actually a collective of memories. I loved all the summer camping trips I took with my family during my childhood.
4) What was the best gift you ever received as a child?
I remember getting this awesome record player for Christmas one year and my first album was the soundtrack to the move, "The Neverending Story." I listened to that record over and over. I still remember what the record player looks like. My sister told me she came across it a while back when she was going through some things at our grandmothers house. I loved that thing.
Anybody remember this movie?
5) What is the biggest mistake you ever made? This is a hard question. I've made lots of mistake. Lots. But it's hard for me to look back at my life like that because I am so happy and I'm not sure I would really take back anything I did for fear that my life would not be what it is today. I guess I could say that I wish I would have gone to college right out of high school, but then I wouldn't have gotten to travel the world and meet my husband.
6) 4 words to describe yourself:resolute, libertarian, pragmatic, family
7) What was your highlight or lowlight of 2008?Finishing the Seattle marathon on November 28. I could actually describe this as both. It was my highlight because finishing a marathon should never be downplayed for what it is despite your time. It's a grueling battle. It was also a lowlight because the outcome was somewhat of a disappointment. But as everyone who has ever been disappointed with a race and has come back with a vengeance can attest to
8) Tell me one thing I don't know about you:I own two guns - A Glock 9mm and a S&W revolver. I sleep with one in my nightstand locked and loaded every night when my husband is away. I love going to the shooting range and if someone ever broke into my house I would no doubt about it -shoot first, as questions later. I also have a concealed weapons permit and always trust my instincts to tell me if I should bring one of my firearms with me if I'm driving somewhere relatively far, or going somewhere I'm unfamiliar with.
10) If you were a comic book/strip cartoon character, who would you be?
Invisible Woman! Hello, invisible force field.
Now I get to tag 4 other awesome bloggers and I choose: Miles of Kate Colorado Runner I'll Keep Tri-ing and Tri-ing She did Whatttt?
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I've been doing these after a long warm up so my legs do this tempo run on semi-tired legs. Plus the tempo course is a little hilly so it's a little bit of a hill workout at the same time.
Total miles: 9.22
Saturday is my first 18 miler of this training cycle. I am excited about it!.