Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Posted a selfie across from Stacy's house with a bit of a quiz to my Facebook friends:
"Quick quiz: This is the spot on my run this morning where I:
A. Figured out what I forgot last night.
B. Thought "running is stupid"
C. Turned around
D. Almost called Bill to come get me
E. Missed the old days of running with Stacy
F. All of the above"
For those who couldn't guess: the answer is "F". I was supposed to drop off some reports I wrote for the County (her husband is the County Engineer) last night which I remembered this morning as I approached her house. I really should have said "running in very humid weather is stupid". I did turn around. I did consider not running back. I really do miss running late at night with Stacy though she start a new job last spring that has her running around all day long - without me.
The training plan (if I choose to stick with it - still debating the "craziness") - calls for running 4x/week and one cross-training workout a week. I might also do some strength and/or stretching stuff on the rest days. So in 12 weeks, that is 48 runs plus probably 12 bike rides. This was run #2. We'll see if I can keep this up. Tomorrow is my usual day to run longer with Susan. Maybe we can tick off the 4 miles I'm supposed to do Saturday and then I can do another 3 miler then. We'll see!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
So on a bit of a lark last night, I looked up a novice half marathon training plan from Hal Higdon online. It looked relatively doable. The biggest issue will be running more consistently. That once or twice a week just won't cut it. I need to focus on the fact that not all runs need to be fast (which is good since nothing I ever run could be considered "fast") and that not all runs need to be long (which lately I seem to do ok in getting in one long run, but very few shorter ones - sometimes it is easier to set aside one long chunk of time).
Since the forecast was for "just a hair off the surface of the sun" hot today, I woke up early and did a sunrise run of 3.1 miles at a ridiculously slow 39 minutes (though in my defense, I did the big Wavco hill in the 2nd mile). Getting out of bed before 6 AM is not my idea of a good time, but it fit in my day better and avoided the worst of the heat (though the humidity was already out in full force). Now let's see if I can do it again tomorrow and Thursday and maybe run 4 miles on Saturday before I pull the trigger on paying the big bucks to run a race with 2999 other half crazy folks.
|About one mile in standing on Moreau River bridge - the oranges and pinks that were so |
pretty were not sufficiently captured by the cell phone selfie camera
Sunday, July 20, 2014
I didn't even bother to sign up ahead of time still half hoping I could beg off. But with some more than gentle nudging from husband, I threw my stuff together last night and got to bed at a reasonable hour. Slept in until 6, rolled out of bed and dressed, grabbed my gear and a peanut butter sandwich (plus a banana that never did get eaten) and loaded the family in the truck for the easy 30 min ride to Columbia. God bless local races!
Registration went pretty smooth. I lucked out and the lady didn't even charge me the extra $5 late fee so I did the race for a mere $30 (which helped offset the fact that they raised the entry fee $5 this year - whoopee). The line was pretty short and I still had plenty of time to set up transition, take a few pictures, visit with Tara (gal I met wearing an awesome SUAR tee), and hang out before strolling over to the water.
|Setting up my transition area|
|My tallest fan - and the reason I got moving today! Bless him!|
|All ready to go on the boat ramp carpet|
|Thanks to my daughter for this picture of the first buoy |
(tiny orange dot in the distance that men are heading towards - never mind the big butt in the foreground!)
It was kind of hard to hear the dude say "Go!" so we were all just standing around kind of wondering when we'd start, but finally we all started listening for it. I suggest they use an airhorn next year. I was in the middle as we headed out which was dumb, but I didn't want to be up on the ramp knowing I'd have to tiptoe through the rocks at the end of the ramp (plus the lake weeds). After a few bumps and one good knock to the side of my face, I was solidly at the back and only about 1/2 way to the first buoy (which was more to the left this year). I made the turn to Buoy #2 and was going into the sun. Most of the swim I felt like I just couldn't catch my breath. I would flip to backstroke every so often to breathe it out, but then more than once I would splash water up my nose or in my mouth and cough/choke while the poor folks in canoes would wonder if they should jump in and save me (I told them I was OK - how embarrassing).
My husband said he saw a couple of guys in the first group swim to shore before the first buoy and quit. and I saw another guy that got way off course and actually came out of the water after me even though he looked strong and fit. But overall, I was towards the back of the swimmers - not the last out of the water, but damn close. I finally made it to the 2nd buoy and turned towards the boat ramp. That damn boat ramp never seemed to get closer. I would try to swim a strong front crawl for a bit and then side or back stroke a bit to catch my breath and re-sight only to look and think that ramp was just as far away. I was pretty much hating the swim. But I looked at my watch as I got out and was pleasantly surprised to see that I hadn't done that bad. Garmin says I swam 0.55 mi in 28:07. Map showed I didn't swim very straight on the last leg of the triangle.
|Coming out of the water - not many behind me|
I forgot to hit the button as I came into transition so my bike time includes T2 and my watch screwed up somehow and didn't record my distance though it was the same as last year so about 15 or so miles for about 14.6 mph for 1:01:44. As I headed out on the run, I took my powerade with me from the bike. I had been burned by too little fluids in the past. It was kinda lukewarm, but still tasted ok. The cold water at the aid station was a lot better. I tried to run, but my legs were having none of that. I did way more walking that I should have and not even the fast walking I normally do with my husband. It was a trudge. I tried to run for little bits, but my legs were cramping up (mostly my calves). My knees hurt and it was starting to warm up. I realized about here that I didn't put on sunscreen this morning. Ooops! Such is life. At least I would be done soon.
After the turn around (this year first run lap of lake was done counter clockwise and the 2nd lap was clockwise), I met Mark as I came back and he said he was going to try to pick up his pace and catch me. He looked hot and out of breath so I wasn't sure he could do it, but then again - I was walking an awful lot. He caught me just before mile 2 and we pushed each other to run a little more, but walked and talked some making me think about how much my legs hurt a little less. We got chicked by an older lady (59) and then passed a dude (60) that was walking. I think there might have been one or two others behind us, but it was hard to tell as some folks went out for extra laps after they finished so that they could get in more training.
It was an ugly run, but once again - I finished. Run pace is a bit of a guess because the watch must have lost satellites and never got them back (shows no distance) and I forgot to hit the damn button again. Best I can tell, 13:33 min/mi for about 42 min. When I glanced at the official result sheet, they had 2:14 and some change for the whole event. This adds up about the same as my Garmin data. So looks like I finished about 4 min slower than last year and about 2 min slower than the year before.
|My daughter totally captured how I felt through most of this run - LOL!|
|Bronze Medalist - Even if close to last!|
Also need to get the Luebbert Lunatics signed up for another year at the Epic Mud Run (though I think this year my son is going to bow out and man the cooler and lawn chair at the finish). That is Labor Day weekend. Hard to believe school starts in just another few weeks. Still a little vacation time to be had though. Next weekend we are heading to Bennett Springs State Park to do some fishing, hiking, floating, etc. Should be fun.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
|Stephens Lake swim area|
|View of the Osage River from the end of my bike ride|
|Katy Trail bridge|
|MKT Trail Run Smiles|
|After run drinks at Flat Branch|
|Big smile before the moonlight ride|
|Just before 2 A.M. roll out|
|Does the ride count without at least one pic like this?|
Monday, June 23, 2014
Well if having to report my MMNW as 173.4 isn't enough motivation for me to reign in my diet then I don't know what is. Geez - I'm up over 10 pounds from this time last year. WTF! Late last year and earlier this year I was the most active (and the most consistently so) that I've ever been and the weight slowly crept on. I know some of it is less than stellar diet habits that definitely rear their ugly head when I am under stress (life, work, etc). But my only other guess is that I think I give myself a little extra slack in that department when I burn a lot of calories in workouts (or at least think I do). So I suspect it was a little combination of those factors and some general laziness that contributed to it. I'm still way healthier than I have been in the past, but I could stand at least a 10-20 pound weight loss without most people around me even noticing and 30 isn't really out of the realm of what the total loss should be. Ugh! Such a daunting task!
For me dieting (both the weight loss kind and the general healthy eating lifestyle kind) has always taken a certain amount of mental energy. And in the last few months, I've just simply been a little short of that. I know what to and what not to eat. I know that if I plan out my meals on paper ahead of time I eat better more consistently. I know that logging what I eat helps me control the urge to reach up in the cabinet for things that aren't so good for me. I know that for solid weight loss like I am looking at that I am going to have to create a real calorie deficit (not just the imaginary one I have in my head). I know that I drink too many calories (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). I know that I don't control portions as good as I should. But for some reason, even though I've done so in the past (and been relatively successful at it), I can't seem to get myself motivated to put all this wonderful knowledge into action.
So what to do? Some days it is simply "do the best I can". But I've relied on that too much lately and the scale shows that isn't really working. Just needed to carve out the time and make a plan and then execute the plan.
In the meantime, Monday was not a "win". I sat in the car listening to a book on cd during my daughter's softball practice. Should have gone for a run like last week. Last night was slightly better. Went to healthplex and lifted weights and walked a little. Decided I would rather walk outside so we did our usual 2 miles at home. Then today I stopped by Stephens Lake on the way home and put in about a half mile. Annoyed that my garmin seemed to be shorting my distance in open water swim mode. Must leave my left arm underwater too long.
So onward I push towards not completely sucking at the show me games in July.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
My workout streak continued until March 28th (from Thanksgiving day). I had to get a lot of work done that day and then leave early to take my kids to the Missouri State Archery Tournament as both our elementary and middle school teams qualified based on previous tournament scores (proud mom!) It was down at the Lake of the Ozarks and by the time we got home, I just didn't have it in me to squeak out a workout. I'm ok with that. But I'm not OK with the fact that I really did struggle after breaking the streak to maintain my consistency in the months since.
I did treat myself a bit by purchasing a brand new cross bike - a Specialized Tricross. I got it at the LBS (Red Wheel). It has a little bit of an odd gearing - a triple that kinda makes noise in the lower and upper gears. I even took it back to the store to see if something was broken! And while I was hoping to do some gravel grinding with it (maybe try to keep up with Kate, Luke, Bob, etc), my first several rides were on the road. But I got grumbles from my husband when I failed to take it out very often in the first months of ownership. So my first try off-pavement was a relatively easy Katy Trail ride to Hartsburg and back to JC and then on home (and past it a little for a solid 30 miles). This last weekend I met part of a goal from last year to ride a chunk of the Katy Trail - from JC to Hermann (and then back to Rhineland for 50 miles). My friend Pranavi kept me company and made the miles as enjoyable as could be.
I still occasionally get out for what Susan and I call our "therapy runs" - where there may be more talking and walking than speedwork, but we come away with having offloaded the worries of our day or week. And we go with the idea that miles are miles and sometimes the nurturing of our souls and our friendship is more important than the pace. God bless her!
Spring pretty much came and went without me so much as signing up for a race (since St. Pats). I was fighting a little bit of a hip issue and bailed on the Maxtrax Duathlon. Skipped the Cedar Cross (Sapling) because I went to watch my daughter at Little Olympics track meet (she ran the 400 and a relay). I bagged the Trizou sprint because I hadn't been the pool in ages. I'm sure there were some other 5Ks and the like that came and went without an entry from me. Motivation waned as I struggled to juggle it all. Lately I feel like there is a pinhole of light at the end of the tunnel with work, etc. Daughter is down to just one sport (softball), Scouts is on summer hiatus (except summer camp in a couple weeks) and a couple big trips are behind me.
Oh, what trips you say? Yeah, I spent Mother's Day weekend taking my son to the National Archery Tournament in Louisville, KY. We took off after school on Thursday and drove to a dinner stop in IL (just east of St. Louis) and then on to a hotel in Indiana stopping a bit short of the final destination, but not driving too long in the dark. The next morning we drove the rest of the way, went to Megacavern and did Megaquest ropes course/mini zipline (geez, what a workout!), ate at Wendys and headed over to the tournament. My son didn't shoot his best round, but it was amazing to see all these young archers in one place. The next morning we toured the Louisville Slugger museum and headed back home.
The other trip was a big birthday treat for my daughter's 10th birthday. She had never been on a plane so I booked us 2 tickets to Chicago (for after school was out as she wanted to get perfect attendance). It was a bit of a "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"-type trip, but overall my daughter was a total trooper and a fantastic travel buddy. We saw great art, went out on the ledge at the Willis (Sears) Tower, looked at all the cool things at the Field Museum, enjoyed a day with my sister at the Museum of Science and Industry (and some shopping on the Magnificent Mile), petted the sting rays and looked at all the fun aquatic animals at the Shedd Aquarium, did a 4.5 mile kayak of the Chicago River on an architectural tour (in a tandem kayak with my daughter doing every bit of her share of the paddling like a freaking rock star!), ate tons of amazing food and walked all over. Of course, daughter got to swim in the hotel pools and such (always funny how big of a deal that can be to kids!).
So much going in life - building amazing memories, making a little coin and staying somewhat active. I've gone to the Healthplex here and there and done a little strength training, but not nearly as much as the weather got nicer. I walk somewhat regularly with my tall drink of water husband when time doesn't allow for much else. But he has been bugging me to do the Show Me State Games triathlon (in 4 weeks!) - and for the first time in a couple years I'm a little nervous about finishing. The swim really kicked my ass last year. A recent run in the heat of the evening during daughter's softball practice reminded me how bad you can feel when not heat acclimated. So I'm probably going to do it (I mean it is 30 min away and $25!), but I had better get in the freaking pool or lake!
I've put on a handful of pounds and I need to spend some time soon focusing on diet in the coming months and try to peel it back off. All in good time. Maybe some accountability here on the blog will be just the motivation needed to get back with healthier habits and more consistency on the exercise front. If you want, stay on this journey with me. If not, I still appreciate the opportunity to share my journey with others who might someday look back at this post and realize it is ok to stumble and get back to it.
Will post this for whoever might be out there with an interest. Be back soon with some great pictures and more adventures. Take care and God Bless!
Monday, March 17, 2014
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.
|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!|
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!|
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