Ambushed

Ambushed by the common cold.
Ambushed by 900 pounds of stupid.
Ambushed by a bum knee.
Ambushed by my own ambition.
And finally, ambushed by my husband.

It’s no secret that I am sorely lacking in the consistency department. It doesn’t take much to derail me. I will spend a ridiculously long time planning, and not as much time doing. Right about the time I finally got it together, my world imploded.

First I was struck down by “the funk.” It had been going around, I’d been ducking and weaving trying desperately to avoid it, but it would not be denied.  On and off sore throat (which I am a total baby about), lots of restless nights, a decent handicap in the breathing department, and a stunted reaction time.  I blame that last one for my next unfortunate event.

Anyone that doesn’t know what “900 pounds of stupid” meant probably doesn’t deal with horses much.  A spooky horse with a tendency to dance around if not happy, and my depleted faculties = nearly broken foot.  And a lot of colorful cursing.  Even though this blog tends to stay on the G/PG side of the scale, I am a great lover of the F-bomb.   Nothing is quite as expressive as a well timed F-er.  And on this night it was used frequently and with great vigor.  Fortunately my foot was only “nearly” broken, and not “broken” broken.  That would have been all sorts of bad.  Although that knowledge didn’t make it hurt any less, or any easier to run on.

Not my first choice of tattoo. Just too plain.

It took a good 2 weeks before my toe stopped hurting enough to workout for any length of time, and even then the workouts weren’t much (read: not nearly enough to keep on track).  It’s also gotten colder.  Not as cold as normal for Ohio, but still below freezing more days than not (or at least really close to freezing).  Which has not made my knee very happy.  I was concerned about this being a problem, tendonitis in my knee is usual a problem in the cold weather.  So just as I got my toe back on the program, my knee bailed. This time, not quite enough to totally derail me, but enough to make it very discouraging to see that even though I was doing something, it was  not as much as I wanted/needed to be doing.

And that is my own fault for taking too big a bite. To go from running 2-3 times a week to suddenly trying to do 2 workouts a day, 6 days a week is beyond excessive.  Sometimes my ambition is too big even for me. It just wasn’t realistic. I needed to be easing into more, not jumping in head first.

And finally, about a week ago now, as the Hubby and I were getting ready for bed, I mentioned that I needed to try to get a workout in the next day. And the Hubby looked over and says “I’m glad that you mentioned that….What time are you getting up tomorrow?”

Busted.

In my weeks of apathy and laziness thinly blamed on illness and injury, I had not been getting up when I needed to.  So since then, we have slowly been working the alarm clock back to a time suitable for working out in the morning.  I’ve been getting some workouts in during lunchtime at work, but sometimes it’s just not enough time to get done the time/distance that I’m trying for.

So this week is back to the (newly edited) plan.  I’ve taken too much time off to just jump right back in to where I should be.  I’ve mostly kept up with the running portion, but for the tri training, I’m going to have to mostly start over.  And that, boys and girls, is why you start early. So you have time to learn and adjust.

Game back on.

Conversations I have with Myself

Today I went to the gym during my lunch. This is the conversation that ensued in my head…

Aggressive personality: Sweet! The pool is empty! No sharing lanes!
Wimpy personality: Yay! No one to see what a sucky swimmer I am!

After changing and heading into the pool area…

One other person in the pool… still no sharing lanes! Damn it goggles! Stop getting twisted around!
Bet that swimmer doesn’t fight with their goggles…
Bet they do… shut up and start swimming already!
This is really hard. Why is this still really hard? Isn’t it supposed to get easier? Eventually, yes, but you just started swimming again this week, and this is only your SECOND swim. Quit your bitching and keep swimming.
I don’t think I can do this…
Really? Try not thinking then, and just SWIM.
Are you sure this is a good idea? I mean, you can barely get down and back in the pool without feeling like you can’t breathe, and you want to try to swim half a mile in a lake? Really? And you thought this was a good idea, why?
Because it is a good idea. And it will get easier, you just have to QUIT BITCHING AND KEEP SWIMMING!!!

After changing again and heading for a bike…

Not very good at this either…
Well, you have to practice this too. Again, this only your second workout for the week and you’re still sick so it’s going to be a little harder.
This makes my quads hurt.
Good, that means they’re still there. Keep pedaling. It’s only 2 miles, less than 10 minutes and you can go eat lunch.
Mmmm, lunch. You know what sounds good? Chinese.
Ok, once you’re done, you can have some chinese food. Oh look, you’re done. See? That wasn’t so bad.
S’pose not. I think there’s a Panda Express down the street…

What I learned:

1. Apparently I have split personalities. I’m sure there are some people that are not the least bit surprised.

2. I have no problem bribing myself with food.  Probably need to work on that…

Although, my fortune cookie was very supportive:

They'd damn well better, otherwise I've wasted hours that could have been spent on MarioKart

Hells to the yea it will…

Sort of Organized

So the good news is that I have, in fact, put together a training plan for both my half marathon in May, and my triathlon in July.  The bad news is that I am very worried about it.  I also have a tentative race schedule mapped out, but a lot of it is going to depend on how much extra money I can scrap together. These triathlons are expensive!

Let’s start with the race schedule:

St.Patty’s Day 4 Miler on 03/10/12– this one I am already registered for. I am going to see just how many different shade of green I can cram into one outfit.
Hoover Hustle 10K on 04/15/12– a friend mentioned this one, and I hadn’t heard of it before, but it sounds like it could be a good time.
Cap City 1/2 Marathon on 05/05/12– this is the one I’ve been working towards. And with this being a bicentennial year, the celebration is going to be even more out of control!
Redlegs Run 10K on 06/02/12– it was a ton of fun last year, and maybe this year we’ll actually get to finish on the field in the stadium.
World Famous Pig Run 5K on 07/20/12– for whatever reason they didn’t do this race last year. I know because I was looking for it. Fortunately this year it’s making a comeback. There are only a few better ways to recover after a race than with ribs and beer.
Giant Eagle Sprint Triathlon on 07/29/12– a reasonable set of distances for my very first triathlon!! Can you tell how excited I am about this?
Emerald City 1/2 Marathon 09/12– it was a great course and a giant inflated shamrock at the finish. Yes please.
Deer Creek Fall Challenge Triathlon on 09/23/12– provided that the first one goes well and I totally fall in love with triathlons (as I am suspecting will be the case) I will try to sneak in one more.
Columbus Marathon on 10/21/12- This year is the city’s bicentennial so most events are going to reflect that, which usually makes for a pretty good time. The questions will be, do I run the half marathon or make a go for the full? Part of me thinks there’s no need to push it, the other part thinks that it may be better to keep pushing as long as I’ve got the momentum.  I suppose it will depend on how my other big races go.
Dead Celebrity 3 Miler 10/12– running while dressed in a costume = instant good time.
Flying Feather 4 Miler 11/12– this may become an annual tradition. I know Mom had fun too. And running Thanksgiving Day morning helps me to feel less guilty about having extra dessert.
Holiday Run 12/12– I didn’t make it to this race last year, so I am going to make a better attempt this year. Mostly because I have cute holiday socks that I didn’t get to wear.

I know, that’s pretty ambitious race schedule. I’m even a little intimidated by it. My main goal was to try to have something nearly every month so that I always have something to look forward to next. That was there is always motivation. Otherwise I get lazy. However I am still mostly poor, so some of these may go to the wayside if there aren’t enough funds. I’m pretty sure the Hubby will not approve of me spending all of our money on races.  There is also a looming possibility that I might get to squeeze in a Disney race during vacation this year. Those bitches are even more expensive than the triathlons! But it’s Disney, what do you expect?  If that plan works out, some other races will definitely get bumped.

The training plan.  Dang, yo. This triathlon training is no joke. I may not actually survive it. Take a look:

Thursday looks so lonely. I'll have to find something to cheer it up.

The running part of the schedule is being provided by MIT, which I have finally been able to join. Now I have to make the decision whether to keep running with the walk/run group, or jump up to the 13 minute pace group. I would really like to be able to run my half marathon. Maybe I’ll just bounce back and forth for a while and see what agrees with my knees the most.  I got the swim and bike portions of the schedule from BeginnerTriathlete.com. That website is packed with loads of information and training plans and articles to answer most any question.  So far I have found it very helpful in trying to get myself organized.

This past week has been all about trying to get up earlier in the mornings because, let’s be honest here, there’s no way those workouts are going to get done in the evenings. I’ll let you guess how well that’s worked out.

This is me, pretty much every day.

And I found out today that people do, in fact, want you to succeed.  Even people you don’t know. Today I went to the gym to do a test run of my upcoming swim and bike workouts. To properly plan my mornings, I needed an idea of just how long these things were going to take me, drive time and all. Once I got there, I did the bike first, no big deal, and then went and changed and went to the pool. Which was occupied. By 5 other people across 3 lanes.  I hate sharing a lane because I’m not a great swimmer and I already feel very awkward and I don’t really want on display in front of a bunch of people. But damn it, I need to get my swim on! So, I head into the pool to the lane that only has 1 person, and stand a bit off to the side fussing with my swim cap and goggles. You know, desperately trying to look like I have any idea what I’m doing.  Next thing I know, the woman swimming stops and says “Do you want to share the lane?”  I look up, somewhat startled that she’d bother talking to me, and reply “Umm, yea, if you don’t mind… that would be great.” Her response, with a smile, “No problem, I’ll just stick to this side.”  Thank you Stranger. I didn’t get your name, but thank you for making me feel welcome when I was considering just leaving since I obviously didn’t belong.  Moral of the story? We all have to start somewhere, and those people that seem to be naturals have probably put in a ton of work, and at some point have started out at the beginning like that rest of us.  They know the joy that success has brought them, and they want us to feel it too.

My swim coach, however, was not particularly impressed with my efforts… (source)

So if you’re on the fence about some big goal, go for it! You know you want to. Stop looking for excuses to not do it.  No one can do it for you, but you’d be surprised how many people will help you along the way.

Return to Slackerville, New Year’s Style

Sorry for the horribly long delay. I’ve been desperately trying to get myself organized and not being terribly successful at it. Too many adjectives? I think not.

Let’s see, where did I leave off? Oh right, telling the New Year and it’s resolutions to suck it because I got a head start. Well, I didn’t quite hit the 5 pounds lost that I was hoping for, but I was still under where I started. (Note to self: do not drink an entire bottle of champagne by yourself the night before you’re going to weigh-in. It’s not going to turn out well)

Original weight -11/20- 221 pounds
Week 1-   11/27-   220.2 pounds
Week 2-   12/04-   222.8 pounds
Week 3-   12/11-   220 pounds
Week 4-   12/18-   219.2 pounds
Week 5-   12/24-   217.8 pounds
Week 6-    01/01/12- 218.6 pounds

Every little win helps. And since then, even though my workouts haven’t been what they should be, I’m down even more…

My best friend or that bitchy friend that lies to you and makes fun of you behind your back? Only time will tell...

I made the Hubby stand on it too, because I felt like it was lying to me. Although, I suppose if my scale is going to lie to me, at least it’s telling me happy lies. Hmmm, maybe it’s been talking to MapMyRun (which also frequently lies to me).

The Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge put on by Amanda at Run to the Finish finished up. My points weren’t great (finished with under 100), but the motivation to be able to add something each week (once I figured out when the weeks were. I’m such a dumb ass sometimes) kept me going. So a HUGE THANK YOU to Amanda for all of the time, money, effort, and encouragement that she put into setting this up. It was a wonderful experience and has enabled me to meet some new bloggers! Win-win. If you’re looking for continued motivation, go check out her site, she’s setting a 30-day challenge every month.

New Year’s Eve was spent by getting up early to run 14 miles with the girls. That’s right, I said 14 miles. Now there is no question in my mind that I can finish my half marathon in May.  My knees, unfortunately, weren’t quite so happy with that revelation.

Hubby takes his job as photographer very seriously. At least I got the ice bags first.

A bottle of champagne and some sleep later, I was at it again for M3S’s First on the First 5K. As always, they put on a wonderful race with a relatively gentle course that was well staffed with supportive volunteers. Extra bonus- a New Year’s Day feast-lunch! Yay for real food! Don’t get me wrong, I love me some bananas and bagels and chocolate milk, but I will never turn down pulled pork sandwiches. Yummy in my tummy. And Hubby was grateful for being fed too. It’s hard work being the photographer. Ask him, he’ll tell you.

Now, usually I go into each race with some sort of goal in mind.  For this one I had hoped to get under 40 minutes, which would be a full 2 minute improvement from my last 5K back in July.  Under normal circumstances I would consider this a perfectly reasonable goal, but I was a bit concerned with how tired my legs still felt from the 14 miles the previous day.  Apparently, I didn’t need to be concerned. Guess who picked up a new PR of 37:04! That’s right, this girl! What better way of feeling like you’re truly making progress than to set a reasonable goal, and then shatter it by a couple extra minutes! Next stop, sub-35.

Pre-Race shivers. Of the cold variety. No really, it was kinda cold that morning.

Barreling towards the finish line in triumph! Complete with Rock Hands! Aw, yea!

My goal for 2012? Coming up with as many goofy-ass picture poses as possible.

Strength training has been going alright, I’m still only getting in about twice a week. I’d really like that to be three times a week, and running 3-4 times a week. But now I also need to start working in some triathlon training and things are just getting complicated. These are things that I really want to do, but I don’t want to have to sacrifice having a life for all this training. I’m working out a training plan and a race schedule, and will hopefully get it posted here soon.

Anyone else out there training for more than one thing? Any tips on getting all of it in and not losing your mind?

2011- Year in Pictures

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My goodness, what a partial year of running it has been…. The Capital City Quarter Marathon with Mom. Where it all began. Redlegs Run 10K in Cincinnati, Ohio Cinco de Juilo Cuatro Miler- Not exactly my most favoritist… Birthday 10K (otherwise known as the Columbus Half Marathon 10K)- because what better way to celebrate your […]

Even when you’re on the Naughty List…

… Santa still dishes out some pretty cool stuff!  It’s also really nice feeling knowing that when you’re talking about running and gear and training, your family is actually listening.

The Hubby gets top marks this year with coming through with the one thing that I really wanted(but didn’t want to ask anyone for since it is more expensive) (and had been scoping out since Black Friday):

Hello beautiful... I'm pretty sure this is the fanciest thing I have ever owned...

I'm not sure what that says about me...

Although now that I think of it, since he is the Official Race Photographer, this may not really be for me…. hmmmm

Mom gets the ‘Best Present’ award for this beauty:

Hand-made customization. Complete with stolen facebook picture...

She personally made this (and my brother wants you to know that he drilled the holes). My answer for how to hang my medals was not going to be this cool.

I also got some excellent cold weather running gear, including a new head lamp!

New running shirts? Check. In green? Double check. We won't be too mean to the purple one.

I’m also really excited about the Nathan fuel belt! As my runs have been getting longer I’ve been in need of more water and some snacks-on-the-go. This will be perfect!

Yea, sure you're just checking out the fuel belt... likely story...

Exercise-wise, last week it just didn’t happen. I was getting sick, I was constantly tired, and there were just a ton of things that had to get done before the holiday. I only racked up a measly 2 points for the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge, but my weight was still down for the week, so I’ll count it as a win. Sometimes you just need a break.

Original weight -11/20- 221 pounds
Week 1-   11/27-   220.2 pounds
Week 2-   12/04-   222.8 pounds
Week 3-   12/11-   220 pounds
Week 4-   12/18-   219.2 pounds
Week 5-   12/24-   217.8 pounds

If I can keep it together for one more week, I may be able to pull out a full 5 pound weight loss in 6 weeks. Not record setting to be sure, but still notable progress and I’ll take it.

I hope you all had an equally Merry Christmas, and have an even better Happy New Year! I’ll be starting my New Year off right by running the First on the First 5K, put on by my favorite race organizers M3S.

What will you be doing on New Year’s Day?

Moving Forward

11/20-221lbs-original weight
11/27- 220.2lbs
12/4- 222.8lbs
12/18- 219.2lbs

This week was much better. Much more consistent and organized. I took the battered remains of my best-laid plans and got it together. Mostly.

Tuesday night- Personal Training. That kicked my ass. Badly. Not only could I not hold a plank position for 30 seconds, by the third rep I couldn’t actually get up into it. And I nearly died. Really. The trainer was very concerned. First he was all like “Get Up! We haven’t even started the timer yet- C’mon, get up!!!”   And then when I turned pale white and started seeing bright lights, he was all like “Are you ok? Good job, that was some very intense stuff we did. Do you need some gatorade? You sure you’re ok? No, no, I  think we’re done for today.”  Only Jillian truly wants to make people puke.

You don't want to make her angry. You wouldn't like her angry...

Wednesday- Had my annual eye appointment, and guess what? There’s my gym right around the corner. How convenient! So, with eyes fully dilated, I went in and went around the track for a while. The only way I could keep track of my time was to watch the large clock on the wall that I could only get to come into focus when I was on the other side of the room.

Kinda like that. But less fuzzy.

 Thursday- More Running! 4 night miles. Because night miles count for more than regular miles. It’s true.

I finally got some decent HBBC points, 21 for the week. I have also met my goal of having more points than the week before, and I’m on track for another good week.

Just Christmas and New Years to get through…