Sunday, March 30, 2008
I've been having some major GI issues the last couple of days. I'll spare the play by play, but suffice it to say that it was touch and go up until the end and heavy pharmaceuticals were on board. Thank you science.
Art heard I was running this and we arranged to meet up at registration. He told his group he was looking for a girl and they said, "well, maybe we can help, what does she look like?" Art said to look for red lipstick and one of them spotted me from across the parking lot. :D That's so much better than look for a girl with really wide hips. :P
I think the plan was loosely something like we'd love to run this in the 11's, but realistically we need to just keep each other going, and if someone is having a great day, don't be afraid to go with it. I secretly thought I'd be the lag behinder in the 12's.
We started out at a nice clip and did some chatting. I got a side stitch during mile 2 and Art had to one sidedly chat. After that, the gradual inclines started and kept going through mile 3, 4 and 5!! Those damn sons ain't so friendly. I was breathing heavier than normal but nothing hurt and we just kept going. I kept telling myself, this is a race, okay to push yourself and be breathing heavier. Art was really a dear, I know he could have gone a lot faster, but he claimed he really wanted to run about this pace and not over do it. He has been sick and was also concerned about breathing but he ran it seemingly effortlessly. Thanks, Art!!! You totally ROCK.
I had two pretty good lines for the sparse talking. "Jesus Christ!" (then, started thinking, is that weird to say J.C. during this race? It's probably not a very good thing.) My other one was, "I'd talk more, but all I can think of are cuss words." hee hee.
As we went on and we continued to keep it under 12, I was hoping to do it for every mile. You can see that the only water station during mile 5 kept me from that goal. Somewhere around 5.2, I set Art free and he moved out. He was yelling, "run your race." ~ "you're doing great!" ~ "I'll be at the finish, you'll be right behind me."
1 ~ 11:02
2 ~ 11:34
3 ~ 11:50
4 ~ 11:37
5 ~ 12:01
6 ~ 11:56
.27 ~ 10:26
Garmin reads 6.27 miles ~ 1:12:49 ~ 11:37 pace
(wow - race site says 1:12:52 - for once my garmin trigger finger was right on.)
Once again it was one of those really bittersweet things. Absolutely great to be running, great to be running with someone, great to be running 6 miles and nothing hurts much, great to be running this pace for 6 miles, great to be experiencing improvement, beautiful day to be running. I'm still at the back of the back of the pack. (there were officially only 6 people behind me and I was 24th of 26 in my age group. Geez.) I just don't look back. I'm extremely pleased.
Friday, March 28, 2008
This reminds me. I think someone asked me about that 6 word meme. Me in 6 words? Holy cow. I found this somewhere and decided to steal it for my own. It pretty much sums me up.
Some Hits. Some Runs. Some Errors.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
I'm back from the whirlwind tour, but I haven't caught up on blogs and I've been really blue. Running and work are great. Some personal things seem to be a mess right now. When I started this blog, I was hoping for the positivity and energizer bunni-ness of my running attitude to spill over into my personal life. I mean really, someone who runs in the 14's (okay, okay, I did do 3 miles in the 10's, but still, I'm PAINFULLY slow) HAS to remain positive or they would quit. How is it that I continue to spring back from bad runs, back of the back of the pack races, stupid mistakes, being passed by the only other runner on the course? How do I keep coming back for more with a big energizer bunny spirit and lipstick smile?
Well, it's my club (my attitude), of course. I know this. Apparently, this does not yet translate so easily to the rest of my life like I had hoped. I'm working on it. Had a great chat with a friend today and also took Anthony Robbins out for a run with me. No one speaks to me like Anthony. Tears came for awhile after mile 2 but I straightened up. This was really hard emotionally and physically.
5.3 miles ~ 1:07 ~ 12:40 pace
I think I need a bigger club...
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
(Nancy and Amy, finished - with hard earned t-shirts. Pic borrowed from Amy)
- No problem at all finishing YAY :D I was going to make out a will and leave all my earthly blogging blatherings to Scott, but turns out I didn't need to. Sorry, Scott, maybe next time.
- The bike was brutal at the end but also, I'm guessing not typical, and I made it through.
- I haven't biked or swam much so I'm sure improvement can be found.
- I am capable of improving my running pace. Whoa.
- If I had that many mirrors around all the time, I would never eat.
- Level 14 at the end of a bike ride suuuuucks
- I now tell strangers I ROCK. See Amy's post for explanation.
- I cheer and scream like a kid when I hear 10:10 and it is about me
- I.Like.Tri !
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Since I am slower than 99% of the population out there that choose to run, it also stands to reason that the only other foolish person out there was a chick who quickly passed me. I'm not in the best spirits right now, something to do with all the self-evaluation that occurred during a lone 6 hour car ride. Being so slow (and stupid for running on that stuff) just adds to it.
I'm busier than a one-armed wall paper hanger right now. Hope to get some work outs in but need to buckle down on a few things. Be back soon.
Monday, March 10, 2008
4 miles ~ 47:23 ~ 11:51 pace
Signed up for my first indoor tri ~ mostly paper bag breathing :D
Brick -- ooos and ahs...
7 miles ~ 25:14
2 miles ~ 23:25 ~ 11:42 pace
Off - major Rock Band party, mostly overeating and belting out songs I have no business singing.
5 miles on the Treadmill with Oprah
1:00:20 ~ 12:04 pace
Friday, March 7, 2008
Do you remember just a few short days ago when I was answering questions about whether or not a tri was in my future, and I said I thought I needed some more time? Well apparently I need about 10 days. :P
I'm scared, nervous and excited, but then I figured, it's not like life or death here, right? This will be fun, especially with Amy. It's about a mile or two from my house, in the pool I was doing some laps at!! You can schedule it to your own convenience during the week. And it's $25 for St. Jude's Hospital, for heaven's sake. How can I not do this, right? (it's like Marcy with free shipping and a coupon code, how can you not?) Let's just see if I can do all the legs and have some fun. (.25m swim, 10m bike, 3m run) I seriously don't even know if I CAN run 3 miles after 10 on the bike...omg.omg.omg.
My hub first said, "COOL!" and then said, "well, maybe this one is more of a 'TRY' " :D You got that right.
I signed up and the gal said there were quite a few "competitors." **GULP*** omg.omg. I told her I was more of a "participant" :P
So, tri-stars, what should I be doing for the next 10 days?? HELP!!!! omg.omg.omg.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
So, I decided a streak is really not worth it. I only did some toning yesterday. My legs were still talking to me. I haven't done anything today and they seem slightly better. I think I am going to take today off and start a 1 day streak tomorrow!! :D
Monday, March 3, 2008
Saturday - 35 minutes on the bike - 12.6 miles and 20 minutes of weights. Oh yeah.
Sunday - Would you believe it made 60 degrees? I had the boys out doing hill sprints -- you can imagine the quality of these with a 3 and 5 year old. That kind of quality I like. :D Also got in a tough run as it cooled off and the rain started.
12:30 (this mile included lots of giant puddle and ice aversion which meant highstepping through snow banks. I thought I was going to die and never recover, especially since mile 3 contained a huge hill)
12:12 for .31
3.31 miles ~ 39:37 ~ 11:58 pace
By today, a major new blanket of snow. All right already. enough. That brings me to the Quotes and Questions - some highlights from the last few posts... Thank you all for your interest, support, encouragement, and all the laughs we share!!
Regarding some of the winter weather running and pictures
Marcy - Could this weather be done already?? apparently not.
Nitmos - Where are you running? It looks like you are running through every post card I have ever gotten! Mostly in Des Moines or West Des Moines, but also try to squeeze runs in whenever I travel. The picture of the bridge is at Gray's Lake in downtown Des Moines. This tells me a couple things, that I am working to enjoy my surroundings and apparently I am, and have been relaying that to you. Also, that I either take or look for pics of the area. I found a nice set of Gray's Lake pics on Flickr by turtlemoon. I try to give credit when the pics are not mine although most people will still comment as if they are?!
Megan Hall - Did it look like that when you ran? Well, yes to the snow cover and the bridge, but it was actually sunny when we ran.
akshaye - that's hardcore. tough as nails. I'd be the guy with the defrosters and heater on full blast. hee hee, thanks! I love being called hardcore!
Taryn - Good.Freaking.Goodness. You and Amy are hardcore. I would have met you and convinced you to grab coffee instead. One of my favorite lines lately!!
Shelley - We have daffodils popping up and down our street. okay, I'm not really bitter about winter, I've actually kind of enjoyed all the snow and this wasn't really mean. If that's the meanest thing I get, I'm pretty lucky!
Lily - when is your race? Dam to Dam is a 20k on May 31. This will be my first attempt!
Michelle - what is your usual daily mileage? HA HA HA HA - sorry, that just cracked me up.
Java, L*I*S*A, Lori, David, Mendy, Deene, Viv, Amy - Is there a tri in the future? well, I'm certainly starting to dream about them (and have been inspired by all of you!) but I've only been in the pool and on the bike 4 times. I might have a ways to go....
Four slow miles in Vegas
Jess - Just as long as you're spending your time in Vegas running and not high on crystal meth or whoring yourself out, I imagine that's a good thing, no matter that time. LMAO
On winning a couple trips and running with Wendy and Jess
Bill - I am so jealous that they get to run with you. Ahhhhhh, how nice is that? I consider myself the lucky one.
Nat - Did they have Ottawa as punishment? LMAO. Well, they don't actually "punish", but that might be good incentive to work really hard!!
Nitmos - My company gave us a coffee mug embossed with the company logo on it once. It was cool until the emblem washed away in the dishwasher. But still, the thought, right? Scotland sounds fine too. Another favorite line!
On husband and family
Thanks to everyone for the nice comments about the pics. I figured the cheeseburger would be the favorite. It's mine too!
Lily - I really did met my hub on a blind date on Valentine's Day. :D
Taryn - You are right, smiley eyes, kind heart. The hub is a really great guy with a very kind heart and this isn't the first time I've heard that you can see it in his eyes.
Bill - I am a little biased but I don't think there is any greater blessing in life than family. They make the best of times that much more enjoyable and the worst of times that much more bearable. Amen, brother.
Greg Johnson - God has blessed you, Nancy. Yes, yes, He has.