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