I may have a few brief posts over the next few days, but (hopefully) I’ll be in Atlanta!
Here’s an idea of my schedule: (I’ve deleted names and locations for security and privacy’s sake)
Right now, it’s still snowing, the wind is blowing, and I’m unsure how much snow we’ve truly got, because of blowing snow there is limited visibility and LOTS of drifting!!!! It’s supposed to taper off tonight and remain ridiculously cold and windy tomorrow. Please pray, send vibes, or whatever it takes so that I can get on a plane to Atlanta tomorrow! I’m so ready for this kick off and I’m so excited for this opportunity!
I’m cold and still need to shower….so I’m signing off. See you guys soon!
I’m ready for my next race. I’m itching for it, in fact. I’m kind of addicted. I guess this is better (and cheaper) than crack. There’s a 4 miler on Feb. 13th, but I don’t want to spend the $ right now and I’m not sure how it’ll fit into my training schedule. I’m going to talk to my coach and see about planning another race around March or April. Rock the parkway is in April and I think I might start working towards the 10k. That’d be fun! And I must say, I think my husband got a bit of the race bug just observing. He’s been talking about the Warrior Dash more and more. We’ve talked about racing this together in October. I think it’d be a fun weekend.
My week is full of chaos. Sunday was my race. After that, we went home and showered and then went to see 127 Hours. What a fantastic movie. People amaze me everyday with what they can do if they have to. I never thought I’d run 3 miles, but I did. I’m sure Aron Ralston never thought he’d have to hack his own arm off, but he did. My accomplishment is a drop in the bucket compared to being trapped for 5 days, drinking your own urine, breaking your own arm and hacking at it with your multi-tool. AMAZING. After that, we came home and did laundry, dishes, cleaned, made crappy dinner. I had some pasta (creamy garlic something or other, it was mediocre at best)
Tonight, I’ll be cleaning some more so that I can come home to a clean house when I get back from Atlanta. Assuming I make it to Atlanta. Which brings me to my next bitch session:
THE WEATHER CAN GO FUCK ITSELF! We’re getting freezing rain as I type. I guess roads are getting slick in spots. (go figure) Tonight, it’s supposed to turn over to snow and we’re supposed to get 10-13 inches. Good GOD!!! I work at a bank, we won’t cancel work. My husband and I are back to carpooling. Poor Scion just doesn’t like winter. Wednesday is when my flight leaves (6:00) and I’m hoping it’ll be clear enough by then. We’re supposed to continue to get snow Tuesday into Wednesday morning and then 20-40 MPH winds all day Wednesday causing blizzard conditions and drifting. I’m really hoping I’ll be able to make it out of KC. I’m FREAKING out!
On a happier note, I made this Creamy Avocado pasta from OhSheGlows.com. The recipe is a vegan recipe, but I grilled up 2 chicken breast halves to go along side. (just threw some lemon pepper seasoning and crushed red pepper on it) I had a salad with cranberries, mixed nuts and balsamic vinegar on it. It was king of awesome.
THIS PASTA IS AMAZING!!! If you try any recipes from bloggers, I IMPLORE you to try this one!
Well, ladies and gents, it’s complete.
A few things I’ve learned and/or observations:
*Mexican food probably isn’t a good idea the night before a race. (noted) Good thing I was okay.
*I hate fast runners who start at the back of the pack and proceed to pass everyone. I assume you’re back there so you can feel better about yourself for passing a bunch of people, but really you’re just pathetic. This is the 12 min mile pace or more and you’re going MUCH faster than that
*I really like tuna sandwiches
*Running in caves is warm. Tank top and shorts rock in January
*Running in caves is BORING. No scenery. No crowd to cheer. just same crap
*Racing is a lot of fun and a big adrenaline rush
*I don’t think I’ll run that particular race again
All in all, it was a fun experience. Here is my time:
Groundhog Run 5k! 1/30/11
My splits based on my garmin were:
Here is what I wore because I enjoy looking like a douche in public. Although, I ended up switching to my Batman headband. I’ll post race photos when they update that jazz.
I like the socks 🙂
I can’t remember what else to write….my coach said I should take a detailed account of each race and what I did good and what I’d do differently…maybe later. My brain is tired.
*I paid money to run…??? I get it, i get it…it’s a race, $ benefits a charity, blah blah blah….but really….i paid to run?
*I hate S. KC and KS drivers….dear god, will it kill you to use a signal?!?!!!?
*I’m totally nauseated at the thought of having to be on tv….perhaps I should have thought of that BEFORE entering a contest thru CNN. Lame sauce.
*I had one more of these I wanted to write but I can’t remember it now.
So it was 17 Degrees with a windchill of 7. BRRR!!! My first mile was cold and stupid. I kept negative splits. I finished my 3 miles in under 40 min. which was a goal of mine. I walked my last .40 mi to cool down. My heart rate was higher than I’d like it to be but I attribute that to me pushing myself because it’s F-ing COLD!!!! I’m confident that I can finish the 5k no problem, I’m worried I’m going to epic fail at my time goal. I know I can do it, but I’m afraid I’ll choke. I know you’re not supposed to have time goals for your first race, but f that jazz! I’m not going to lie to myself or you. I’ve got a time goal.
New Road shoes!!
and I *think* I have a new coach. As far as I’m concerned, I have met the lady I’d like to train with. The athletic director will have the final say, i think, so this isn’t finalized, but I’m super excited for this whole business.
I have nothing else to write about, so g’day.
This stuff is amazing! Had it w a honeycrisp apple at lunch.
Today was full of all sorts of new things.
New Music: Eric Clapton/BB King collaboration This album is kind of amazing!
New People: I met with Kathi from Tri-Namics She’s an amazing athlete and person and I truly enjoyed talking to her. I hope I’m able to work with her more during my tri experience.
More swimming today also. I did 500y. It may have been 450 or 550, I suck at keeping track of how many laps I do.
New Clothes: I desperately needed new clothes. Nothing fits (which is nice) I have pants that fit, I scored 6-7 pairs at a local thrift shop for under $25. WHAT?! I’m not above gently used clothing. Banana Republic, NY & CO, Express, Etc and cheap??!! I’m not going to be in these sizes forever (hopefully) so why pay full price? I bought 5 shirts for me and 1 ‘leather’ jacket for my sister for $58 at JC Penney. I’m pretty happy with my purchases… Take a look!
gray jacket I got for my sister $5
Green is my fave $12
flowers aren't my thing, but it's for work $12
purple shirt $12
$5 on clearance
that’s all. I can’t remember what else I was going to say
That’s how much I still need to lose to get to a “healthy” BMI. My weight loss goal is a bit higher than that, but it will be nice to get to that level. You know what also helps….I thought I was only 5′ 3″ until I went to my physical earlier this month. Turns out, I’m 5′ 4″….WOOHOO! I’d like to be in this healthy BMI level by the time of my triathlon. That’s more than realistic. I’d like to be lower than that, but we’ll play it by ear. 😉
More snow fell last night. More shoveling today. LAME! Maybe a run if I feel like it.
Swim and sled tomorrow!!!
Sorry for the lack of updates on my part. I’m lazy. It was a long, short week. We got hit with snow 2 weeks ago Monday and ended up with another 8-9 inches on Wednesday. I can’t get out of my driveway in my car, so Husband and I have been carpooling. I’m sure he’s thought about shoving me out of the car many times 🙂 I’m going out in a few minutes to finally shovel my driveway because we’re supposed to get another 3-5 inches tonight and tomorrow. I’m kind of over snow. I think it’s pretty, I like sledding (which i’ll be doing monday), I don’t mind cold (although I prefer warmer temps), but I’m sick of being reliant on others. I want to leave my road. PLOW MY STREET, DAMNIT!!!! Oh well.
I’m going to shovel the drive way and then go for a run…2-3 miles. I feel like I could run longer, but I don’t feel like trying on snow packed roads. shoot me.
Tri News: I’ve been going back and forth via email all week trying to find a coach for me. Allegedly, there is someone in the works….We’ll see how that goes. I’m kind of loud, outspoken, crude, rude, and generally hard to get along with. I hope I don’t push this person over the edge. 🙂 I can’t wait for more information though. I’ll be going within the next week or so to get cycling shoes and pedals/cleats for my bike. I’ll also be fitted for my bike at that time. CNN will then order me a bike and ship it to me. I’m pretty stoked about the whole thing. This will be bike #5 in our garage plus 2 more that are in the works of being built. The road bike will be my 2nd complete bike and then I’m building up a new MTN bike. The rest are my H’s. My husband is a bike junkie. BMX, MTN, urban/park…you name it, he’ll ride it! I fly out for the kickoff in Atlanta Feb. 2nd. CNN Headquarters…that should be fun! I’ll keep you posted on my coach and any other info I get.
Monday is a day off for me and if my street is cleared (not likely, but hopefully) I’ll be going for another swim. (god, I suck) If not, I’ll probably go for a run. Sledding is also in the works for Monday.
I’ll share this picture before I leave, because it’s one of my fave pics of my dog right now. I’m a sucker for animals, I’d secretly like to steal Brit’s Dog and all of Lisa’s dogs! She was battling my friend Jeramie. (I think she won!) PS. She needs her claws trimmed, but refuses to get them trimmed. We tried with 3 adults to trim them and didn’t work. We tried to take her to Petsmart to have them do it, but she ended up getting banned from Petsmart for life after that incident. Oh DAISY!
The Epic battle of Daisy Vs. Jeramie