Monday, March 17, 2014

Luck of the Irish 5K, etc.

3/14/14: Busy day at work and then a night out with friends to a local Lenten fish fry.  I was also super sore after raising my weights on my workout the day before (plus adding the reverse lunges and step ups).  But I took my overstuffed gut on a little 2 mile walk with the hubs.  I only grimaced and whined a little.

3/15/14: The 2014 Luck of the Irish 5K was held on Saturday morning in downtown Jefferson City.  Once again, I ran it with my daughter.  I warned her that I might be holding her back due to my sore muscles.  But I managed a decent enough jog/walk.  I was pleasantly surprised as I was mildly uncomfortable, but never miserable.  It was pretty cool at the start so I went ahead with a jacket, but (as expected) wished I didn't have it on later. 
Pre-Race Pic!
We lined up kind of far back and I think they only had the timing chip sensor
 at the end so you had clock time running while you waited to get to the front - grrr.

She has really improved each year.  In 2012, she ran it in 40:04 (almost age 8).  In 2013, she ran it in 36:47 (almost age 9).  This year, she PR'd the race in 35:38 (almost age 10).  And as usual, I came in shortly behind her in 35:51.  She was disappointed with coming in 8th in the 10 and under females.  Those are some speedy little girls!  The 40-49 women were equally swift - I managed 23rd in my age group.  But no one is ever surprised that I didn't medal.  LOL  I did pace off my friend Susan's dad who was 3rd in his age group (70+ males).  There were no women in that age group so I just have to hang on 30 more years!

A little red faced after her finish, but giving me a "strong" pose!

Me and my girl after cooling off a bit - lovely sunshiney day!
It was so nice out in the afternoon that I went ahead with my husband on his 2 mile evening walk too.

3/16/14: Decided I had better get on the bike for once.  But I had a full afternoon of running kids to practices (softall and archery).  I was less than motivated.  So I just jumped on the trainer for 40 min.  Not sure if I just wasn't pushing it enough or if the changing of the trainer flat has some resistance stuff out of whack, but I was struggling to get the 11+ mph for a lowly 7.2 miles.

3/17/14:  Headed to work in Columbia today.  Finally got a site plan for a parking lot expansion submitted to the City.  Then met a few of my women engineer friends for lunch.  St. Pat's corned beef and cabbage at Flat Branch!  Yummy!
Love these girls!
Then I was off to buy new running shoes.  YAY!  I hadn't gotten new ones since October and I was overdue.  I picked up a pair of Asics 3000s AND another pair of Brooks Adrenalines.  Since the temps were still in the 40's after I dropped daughter off at volleyball and finished my grocery shopping, I decided to test out my new Asics shoes and donned a green running shirt (didn't want to get pinched on my run) for 2 quick-(ish) miles. Oh and I played with a photo grid app. 

Swim = 2.47 mi (can't seem to get motivated to get in the pool!)
Bike = 273.1 mi
Run/Walk = 114.55 mi
Strength workouts = 19

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wrapping up Feb/Starting March

Running a little behind on logging my workouts.  For the most part the streak is alive.  Shouldn't I at least get a pass once in a while?  Glad we are getting more frequent decent weather days and more evening daylight, but still struggling to adjust to getting up in the dark again.  Ugh.  Here goes with my update:

2/22/14:  My daughter had a birthday party a local indoor sports center that happens to be next to the City Greenway.  What better excuse (along with the fact that it was relatively warm and not precipitating) to take my bike along and ride the nice wide concrete path out to Dunklin (ran into bike friend Prenavi along the way and chatted for a min) then out to County Park (or a little further) and then back to Dunklin and back to JCMG and back just as the party was wrapping up for 21.4 miles.  Not too much speed between the clunky mountain bike and handfull of hills, but a solid workout regardless.  Overdressed in my gray bike jacket for sure.
Quick selfie at County Park Lake
2/23/14: Was pretty worn out from the long bike ride so I just took my usual 2 mile walk with the hubs.

2/24/14:  Jumped on the trainer after the hubs aired up the tire, but for some reason even after pedaling my ass off for over 50 minutes, the sensor only thought I had gone 6.6 miles.  Not sure what the deal was, but I found it annoying.

2/25/14: I'd like to say that my workout streak remained intact, but I think this was one of those days where I might be stretching it a bit.  The good news was that it was a more active day than normal.  Very little sitting on my ass.  I had hoped to squeeze in a trip to the pool, but I got hung up doing a bunch of field work (surveying - on my feet walking around a proposed job site picking up topo info - not major heart rate work, but generally active).  Then I took a plant tour with my Society of Women Engineers ladies walking all over this factory for a couple hours (again - not really heart rate raising, but on my feet).  Everyone was in bed when I got home and I didn't want to jack with the trainer tire issue and it was super slick as I came home (almost wrecking as I pulled onto my street) so no outside walk. 

2/26/14: 2 mile walk with the hubs

2/27/14:  Weather was kinda crappy so Susan hit her treadmill at home and I went to the healthplex with the hubs after he got off work taking kids to archery practice just a tad late.  Usual weights and 2 miles on the treadmill.

2/28/14: 2 mile walk with the hubs

3/1/14: Hubs was busy with the boy in the morning putting out Scouting for Food hangtags.  But he got home just in time for us to head to the healthplex.  He didn't realize they closed so early, but still managed to squeak out my weights workout and my 2 miles (literally the last one out after finishing the final 0.05 mile).

3/2/14: 2 mile walk with the hubs

3/3/14: Even though the snow/ice wasn't as bad as had been predicted, school was cancelled and I slacked off at home with the kiddos all day.  But when the hubs got home from work, we all headed out for some time at the healthplex.  Weights plus 3 miles of treadmill intervals.

3/4/14: 2 mile walk with the hubs

3/5/14: Hit the healthplex with the hubs for another weights workout and a couple treadmill miles.

3/6/14: Susan wasn't worried about the snow/ice melt from earlier in the week.  She was ready for a break from the concrete.  So we hit the Katy Trail.  It took a while for my legs to warm up, but then I kind of found my groove.  We got to the Hwy 63 overpass and I figured it was time to turn around, but she was bound and determined to do our "long route" - out to the Lewis and Clark overlook.  I wasn't feeling it, but I hung in there.  8.4 miles round trip.  Ugh!
Katy Trail bridge over Cedar Creek (notice ice on the creek still)
We never get tired of photographic proof we made it to the Missouri River overlook

3/7/14:  Pretty nice evening.  Hubs got off work early so we had time for a little snuggle before the kids got home from school and then time for a walk (2 miles) with the boy before heading out to the first Lenten fish fry of the season.

3/8/14:  While the boy headed off to collect for "Scouting for Food", the hubs and I went to the healthplex both agreeing that we weren't all that crazy about being there, but hoping we'd get into it as we went along.  Warmed up with 1/2 mile on "track" and then did weights followed by another 1.5 miles on the treadmill.

3/9/14:  Daylight savings and a warm front made for good day to get out  on my bike after the kids shot at the archery tournament.  I had kind of preferred the idea of taking a nap, but I knew I'd regret not taking advantage of the sunshine.  I got on the old mountain bike because the road bike was on the trainer and the road have so much gravel and grit on them.  Never mind I also have a flat on the road bike - ugh.  It was a slow going ride (as usual on that bike).  Just 11.3 miles in an hour with only climbing three hills.  But I got it done!
Moreau River just before it meets Missouri River - lots of sunshine!
3/10/14: 3.3 miles on a late evening run (70 degrees!) with Stacy!

3/11/14: Reassessment at the healthplex - I've lost an inch and a few pounds since the day after Christmas (when let's face it, I was probably the heaviest I'd be).  I'm really just holding my own weight wise, but I have gotten stronger so I guess that is good.  I had been doing some exercises with too low of a weight so I up'd those the next workout.  But since I only did 3 machines for the assessment and my daughter whined to leave afterwards, I'm not calling this a strength workout.  I did 0.6 mi at the healthplex and then came home and ran in the warm rain (dodging some lightening) near the house for another 1.4 so I could call it "2 miles".

3/12/14: Body has been feeling a little beat up so I just walked my 2 miles with the hubs after he helped me change the tube on my trainer tire that kept going flat.  Never did find the damn hole.

3/13/14: Busy day, but due to needing to coordinate a cross-state Girl Scout cookie delivery, I headed to the healthplex to drop off said cookies with Team Virtus star Luke to take them to TOG team star David.  While there I knocked out my heavier weight workout and a couple easy treadmill miles.

Staying relatively fit and active.  Still kind of on the fence on which races I'm going to do this year.  My husband says I "have" to do the duathlon again since it has kind of become a "traditional season opener".  That is the first weekend of April.  After that, I might do Trizou, but am toying with doing the Cedar Sapling (36 miles of gravel during Cedar Cross).  I pretty much suck at gravel riding, but I would get to hang out with super cool people.  I could also just volunteer and then do Trizou the next morning like I did last year.  Haven't decided, but I can get a deal on the Trizou registration if I combine it with the duathlon so I need to choose soon.  Will probably also do Show Me State Games sprint tri again (again kind of a "tradition").  Sis was trying to get me to come to WI again for Pewaukee, but I don't think it is going to work out.  I haven't really set any BHAGs for this year.  Still toying with trying an Oly, but if I can't get my ass in gear on swim training, there is no point to that.  Husband doesn't think it is a good idea after I struggled so much finishing the half mile swim at SMSG last year.  We'll see.  Maybe this just isn't my year for a BHAG.

Swim = 2.47 mi (can't seem to get motivated to get in the pool!)
Bike =265.9 mi
Run/Walk = 105.45 mi
Strength workouts = 19

Saturday, February 22, 2014

2 Miler Week

You'd almost think I couldn't seem to go further than 2 miles when you see how many 2 mile workouts I got in this week.  Between my brisk walks with my husband or 2 treadmill miles with my weights workouts - seems to be a common distance for me.  But it all adds up. 

2/14/14:  Had wanted to go out for a romantic evening, but at the end of the day we decided to go to the healthplex and bring the kids along for a family night out.  Weights + 2 treadmill miles + Culvers Oreo Concrete - how romantic!

2/15/14: 2 mile cold walk with husband

2/16/14: Off to the healthplex with my husband - god bless him for getting my butt out the door to do weights and 2 treadmill miles.

2/17/14: Had planned to go to the pool, but worked my way through time to go home and didn't get it done.  Feeling like I should give up on triathlon.  Ugh!  2 mile walk to keep the streak alive.

2/18/14:  Back to the healthplex for weights and 2 treadmill miles.  Such a shame when the weather finally turned warmer, but always nice to spend some time with my husband. 

2/19/14:  I think my bike was feeling neglected so I jumped on the trainer for 13.5 miles.

2/20/14: Almost muggy morning run (4 miles) with Susan as a warm front moved through and we had a windy time out on the greenway.  After work, my husband and I went to the healthplex and I got in my time with the weight machines, did abs on the exercise ball and even squeezed in another 1.5 miles on the track/treadmill.  Go me!

2/21/14: Warm weather prevailed and after a busy day of work and a quick dinner out with my family I went on a nice breezy walk with my husband for an easy 2 miles.

Swim = 2.47 mi
Bike =240.1 mi
Run/Walk =84.25 mi
Strength workouts = 17

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Keeping the Streak Alive!

I told my sister the other day that maybe my big goal this year is to keep my workout streak alive for a whole year - until Thanksgiving 2014!  I'm not sure about that though in general I've been feeling a little wishy washy about developing my BHAG and race schedule.  But I enjoy tracking all of it and feel pretty good about some of the mileage I've racked up.

Wednesday 2/5/14: Weights and 2 miles on dreadmill at Healthplex after two long snow days at home with kids

Thursday 2/6/14: 2 mile hike through the snow with my husband

Friday 2/7/14: fun family Friday night at the Healthplex = 2 miles plus weights
Me and my girl strengthening our core
Saturday 2/8/14: Walked 2 cold brisk miles in between basketball tournament games so we could go out afterwards to celebrate sis-in-law's 40th birthday

My girl playing her heart out

Hubs and sister celebrating at Paddy's
Sunday 2/9/14: Up early for basketball tournament game; off to scout mass at 11:30; catch breath in time to go to archery tournament (where both kids shot PRs - daughter got 2nd in 4th grade girls!); slip slide to McDs for celebratory cokes before cranking out 21 miles on the bike trainer.  BAM! Felt pretty good to rack up so many miles in just 8 days (62+10+21=93!)
Sparx Basketball girls
Daughter in the midst of shooting 240/300 - her best score ever!
Son also shooting a strong score
Monday 2/10/14: 2 miles on treadmill plus weights at the Healthplex

Tuesday 2/11/14: 2 mile cold walk with my husband; still a fair bit of snow on the sidewalks and streets, but we managed to get it done.

Wednesday 2/12/14: 10 bike trainer miles just before bed after crazy long, busy day - boy was this a day I really didn't want to get a workout in. But the workout streak lives and I had the 30 minutes before I went to bed.  Really no excuse not to get it done.
Some good speed on a night that I didn't even feel like getting on for more than half hour
Thursday 2/13/14: 5 mile run with Susan after sorting boxes of Girl Scout cookies for delivery;

Lots of cookies to deliver!
We got interrupted with a minor kid emergency, but she came back and we got it done - and with enough time to run out to Walmart for some easy valentines for my 7th grade boy who thinks the holiday is just short of stupid.

Swim = 2.47 mi
Bike =226.6 mi
Run/Walk = 66.75 mi
Strength workouts = 13

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Keeping On + SuperCentury 2014

Sunday 1/26/14: My friend Samantha texted me Saturday and asked if I would be interested in a training run with her.  She is training for an April half (while her husband is trying to BQ at the same race with the full).  She said 11-11.5 min/mi for 4 miles.  I thought I could probably do that, but it would be at the edge of my abilities.  I suggested an out and back in my neighborhood (where there is sidewalk for about half of it and only one big hill).  We went out kinda fast for my taste with the first mile in the 10's, the next in the 11's, but then we turned around - INTO the wind.  Ouch.  Tough to keep the pace so we walked as necessary and dropped to the more par for my course 12's with the final mile dropping even further with the big ass hill mixed with the wind.  Ouch.  I really felt this one.  And I didn't really enjoy it.

Monday 1/27/14: Took a cold walk around the neighborhood while the boys were at Scouts. = 2 miles.  My nose came back numb.  Not cool!

Tuesday 1/28/14: Went to the gym while daughter was at basketball practice down the street.  I knocked out a strength workout and appreciated the warmth of 2.5 miles on the treadmill. 

Wednesday 1/29/14:  My brother-in-law was only in town for a  few days before heading back to Virginia to be deployed for the rest of the year (and maybe into 2015) on the George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier.  After a full day of work, we cleaned house and then went to dinner with him.  After a nice evening of visiting, he finally left to go back to his dad's at 10:20.  I talked my husband into a quick 2 mi COLD walk to keep my streak alive.  God bless him!
Bro-in-law with his goddaughter/niece (my daughter) and his Christmas/bday gift to her
And yes, he totally looks like my husband (except younger)
Thursday 1/30/14:  Susan had a rough night at the hospital (on call pediatrician) and begged off of a morning run, but we saw each other at the Parent Lunch (for Catholic Schools Week) and agreed to try to hook up after she did her grocery shopping and before pickup.  I sat listening to the wind howl as I indulged in a bit of a novel before she texted me to confirm.  I thought about bailing, but the temps had inched up to about 40 degrees so I decided to suck it up.  We met at SaveALot and parked the cars heading out 2 miles down McCarty Street and then back. I actually felt pretty good on the run and was pleased to knock out 4 miles with time to spare and read my Runners World magazine while waiting to pick up the kids.  Funny how a run the same distance and even with a couple big hills could be so much better.

Friday 1/31/14: Long day of work (driving to/from KC area to meet with two clients and weather turning to crap throughout the day).  Got home in time to go for a brisk COLD walk with husband for 2 more miles.  But undid most of it with the crappy Burger King lunch and pizza night with the family.  Really need to figure out how to control my eating!

Saturday 2/1/14:  Not sure if I can really "count" this as a workout - but I am going to so I can say my streak continues.  I went out with my husband to see a local band that we like and I danced the night away.  Never mind the handful of margaritas that I also consumed.  I know I was sweaty so I'm counting it as a workout!

Sunday 2/2/14:  Ok, I'll just admit it.  I am a total wannabe when it comes to being a fan of Team Virtus.  I love that a couple of their team members are local to me and are just so stinking nice as well as super badass.  So when they suggest crazy things like knocking out a metric century on Super Bowl Sunday and calling it a "SuperCentury", I'm crazy enough to take that challenge and give it my best shot.  It's kinda "fun" to tweet and FB back and forth when we are all sharing in the sufferfest. 

Kind of a bad hair morning. Definitely regretted a couple margaritas the night before.
We talk about what we are watching and the breaks we have to take to regain bloodflow to our taints.  It feels pretty "epic" and I mean that in the way that "epic" usually involves not really having "fun" during, but having a great story to tell after.  In the past, I've tried to push myself a little when they've done these crazy stunts.  But I usually can't quite keep up.  I dug deep and almost 4.5 hours later (and with as few breaks as I could allow), I got 62 miles in.  My knees were sore, my legs were sore, my butt was sore.  But I felt pretty badass just knowing I'd stuck it out and accepted the challenge and done.  Still, I FB'd a bit of a "Screw You" to my Team Virtus friends (thanking them at the same time). 
Nothing special about my cadence, but pretty pleased with my speed (which actually increased as I went)
Monday 2/3/14: Another basketball practice, another strength workout at the Healthplex and a couple miles on their treadmills before picking her up.
Luke tweeted "Pics or didn't happen", but I was too late to include his teammate Adam
Here is me on the leg curl machine with the cardio area in the background
Tuesday 2/4/14: Snow day - home with the kids watching the world turn white.  No going to the healthplex.  No going outside.  Spent the better part of the day snuggled in bed reading.  Jumped on the trainer and felt pretty awesome when I knocked out a pretty fast 20 miles.  Still need to work on up'ing my cadence while still keeping my speed. 
Pain Cave = Garage (bonus that cool garage means no need for a fan)

Better speed than Sunday, but still struggling with my cadence.

Swim = 2.47 mi
Bike =195.6 mi
Run = 49.75 mi
Strength workouts = 10
Danced butt off to fun band = 1



Saturday, January 25, 2014

I could be an IM!

If they gave me 25 days to do the distance, I could totally be an Ironman!  LOL  With even a little to spare.  Thanks to Jamie and Michele for leading the way with the January 140.6 challenge.  Even with school carnival/chili supper, archery tournament, and the unending pile of laundry that I faced today, I knocked out the final 10.6 miles of my iron journey for this month.  Here are my current totals:

Swim = 2.47 mi
Bike =113.6 mi
Run = 31.25 mi
Strength workouts = 8

A friend texted me this morning and was looking for a run partner for tomorrow so the plan is for about 4 miles.  She was discussing a pace that is on the edge of my abilities so I told her I would do my best to keep up with her.  I suggested my neighborhood (relatively flat) to have some hope of hanging in.

Now off to shower and curl up with my new Runner's World magazines!  Yay!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Iron January - Continuing the STREAK

My workout streak is staying alive.  And I continue to press towards finishing the 140.6 January Challenge.  If all goes well, I should wrap up the bike mileage this weekend between the kids' archery tournament, school chili supper and school carnival.  I think may have also agreed to have another teenage boy in my home Saturday night.  Oh well - probably won't see much of him and my son once they turn on the PS3.

1/20/14 - MMNW was still up 167.2.  I can't seem to be back into the lower 160's range that I was so solidly in this time last year.  Turning 40?  Or just lazy eating?  Brisk 2 mile walk with husband to wrap up the required "run" mileage. 

1/21/14 - Went to the healthplex with the whole family.  Technically my daughter can't use the facility for 2 more months (when she turns 10), but they allow her to walk the track with us.  So she and I knocked out two quick miles (practicing her state capitol information for the Midwest states - talk about multitasking!).  Then she walked some more with her dad and brother while I did my weights.  It is great to be role models to our kids about living a healthy lifestyle.  Wish I did a better job modeling healthy eating!

1/22/14 - Spent the morning dealing with mother-in-law stuff.  Went to lunch with my husband and it seemed like no time went by before it was time to pick kids up from school.  Not sure where the day went.  Took daughter to scouts and then came home to jump on the trainer.  Thanks to a sweet husband that went to pick her up, I got in 15 miles!  Yay!

1/23/14 - Super cold wind chills so Susan and I had to hit our respective treadmills.  I went to the healthplex as soon as I dropped the kids off at school.  I warmed up with a super easy 1.25 mile walk and then did my weights/abs before heading back over for another 1.75.  But I only did a little running since my body has been feeling a little beat up.  Got just enough sweat on to feel like I had really done something. 

Swim = 2.47 mi
Bike = 92.5 mi
Run = 31.25 mi
Strength workouts = 8

Almost there!