Monday, November 26, 2012

It has been a while!

Sorry blog fans! I didn't realize how long it had been since I last posted. I don't have the internet at home, and it can be time consuming to blog from my phone.

I'll give you a quick no-frills update.

I ran the Dam 5K on 11/17. I PR'd, which was good! Knocked 2 minutes off my last time.

I finally got new shoes. They aren't the best, but they have tread and are actually made for running. And they fit. So I'm doing better there.

My POTM goal will probably not be met this month, but I have already beat last months miles.

I had Thanksgiving with my sister, her boyfriend, ORF, her fiance, and their super, super cute baby girl. Worked on Friday, had a wedding to go to on Saturday, went to the ER saturday night (more on that later, nothing serious), and church Sunday!

Whew! Weekend over!

I promise to get back and get you some pics of all that has gone on.


Stay tuned!

Oh yeah, and BOOMER SOONER!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

1224!

Nerd moment: my blog has had 1224 views.

Facts about the number 1224:

1: 1224 is the smallest number that can be written as the sum of 4 cubes in 3 ways.

2: 1224 Fantasia is a Main-belt Asteroid discovered by Belyavskij, S. and Ivanov, N. at Simeis.

3: In the year 1224 AD war between France and England broke out when Louis VIII of France attacked Poitou and northern Gascony.

Those are the fancy facts about the number 1224. Here are my facts:

1: 12 is half of 24!

2: Jesus had 12 disciples!

3: There are 12 numbers on a clock, 12 months in a year, 24 hours in a day.

... you get the picture.

Congratulations to me!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Boomer Sooner and the lame mile

Friday night I had a horrible headache so I didn't run. I thought for a second that running may beat it out of me, but I'm glad I didn't try. The people at the gym may not like me enough to clean up after me if I barf on the 'mill.

Chelsea, Aaron, me, and J

Saturday I had free tickets to the OU game, so of course I went. I overslept til 9am when there came a knockin' at my door. It was myfriends there to pick us up! I had time to get ready, but no run time. We didn't get back home until 10.30pm, so no running then either!

BOOMER SOONER!!!





(side note: bossman saw this and said it's sad if that is the best pair of jeans I have. Yes, yes it is...)




Sunday I finally got out on the road after church. Now, I've heard you are supposed to take time off from running to recover, but I had 2 days off and almost died! It seems over my start to running that time off = bad run for me. If I were a big-time runner like some of the ladies whose blogs I follow, recovery time would make sense. But only 3.1 per day, and 2 days off made that 2 miles I tried awful!

Last night I went to the gym. I made it 1.75 and quit. My hip hurt. My ankle hurt. My legs were tired. I couldn't breath. ...so upset. That's the stupidest run I've ever done.

I'll be back on the 'mill tonight. Positive thinking must start now. I have to be ready for Saturday. I've been doing 5ks each day, and I'm not going to let one this weekend kick my butt.



What shoes do you run in?

How many days do you run each week?


For those who were wondering, I did in fact make it through the entire trip Saturday w/o spending a dime. Free tickets, free ride, free food/drink passes, and I found free parking. I know, you're jealous.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Wipeout!

I'm growing tired of my iPod. I have new music on it, but it doesn't motivate me anymore. Maybe it's because I'm 'mill running and don't have to cover up my pounding feet, or maybe it's that I'm beginning to appreciate running organically. Thoughts?  Because of this, I've found something new to occupy my mind while dragging my butt through the miles: Wipeout! Hahaha! Have you ever tried to NOT laugh in a crowded gym? Tough. I'm loving watching this while working out.


Before i went tonight i made sure to stretch extra good, as I've been having some calf tightness. Meatball wanted to stretch with me, as seen here...

He is a much more interesting stretcher than me.

After I stretched, I did another 3.1, my 4th for the week. This time may have been the easiest yet. Thats promising. ORF came with me and signed up at the gym. Now we can continue to encourage each other. Having someone go to the gym with me helps. And knowing she wants to excel as much as I do really helps! Find a friend and push each other. ...but not out into traffic, that's just mean.

I was so awesome, I think I scared my shirt:




After our run we parted ways and I headed home for dinner. Since I am being cabinet cleaner this week, dinner has been fun to come up with. Tonight, baked potatoes and steamed broccoli. Winner!

How was your workout?



Wednesday, November 07, 2012

That Dam 5k

I found out yesterday that there is a 5k coming up in my area. The 'That Dam Lake Texoma 5k" is on 11/17. I feel like physically I am prepared for it, but gear-ly I am not. I still haven't bit it and bought new shoes. I won't need special shorts, shirts, socks, belts, sleeves, hats, etc. as a 5k doesn't require much fanciness. I need shoes, but first, I need the funds. Le sigh. This isn't a cry out for money, it's more like a cry out for someone to convince me to spend my money. I haven't spent that much on a pair of shoes in years. I became a frugal fanatic and push all belongings to the limit. Help!

Last night I was back on the 'mill. Not defeated quite as early, but about 1.7 miles in I hit my wall. How silly! I pushed pushed pushed, and made it to 3.1 in just under 39 mins. S       L        O      W.
I need to stop being so hard on myself, but if I'm not, how will I get better?!

When I got home I started dinner. In a pinch I always make stir-fry. Sometimes it's with ham, sometimes with shrimp, and many times just veggies.

My pre-dinner, post-run snack. Celery and crunchy honey roast pb. Not as healthy as almond butter, or some other options, but it's what I had. (not pictured: large glass of Chocolate Silk) I ended up adding some pb to the stir-fry and it was awesome.

Almost done!!

Dinner was yum-o-licious.  Afterwards I relaxed and watched ....something on t.v. I don't remember what now. Must've been super stimulating. I checked in on the election results occasionally, but quickly grew too tired and went to bed.

Happy Wed-a-ness-day all!



Monday, November 05, 2012

How long is a tenth of a mile?!


Tonight I put in another 3.1. Workout description: hard.  As soon as that treadmill reached 4.7 speed I was in trouble. Only 30 seconds in and my knees felt stiff, my shins burned, and my calves felt heavy. I was already defeated. But then i remembered runner friends like HRG that hasn't run because of injury. Or the people on the east coast that can't think of anything but survival; for them giving up because of physical exhaustion is not an option. My weakness is nothing, and i can overcome it. I finished, just shy of 38 minutes. Slow but complete.




Then it was on to dinner. I was in the mood for something simple. Eggs always win. Tonight, eggs with mushrooms, red onions, garlic, fresh basil, a little cheddar cheese, and yummy avocado.

Time for a shower and off to bed.


What did you do tonight?


Racking up the miles

Yesterday I decided to push myself a little and get in some extra running time. As you know, I did 3.1 on the dreadmill treadmill Friday. Yesterday I tried 2.5 outside, including 2 hills.  I.Need.New.Shoes. That's for sure. I pushed as hard as I could. Walked about 1/10th total, and finished in about 30 mins. That comes out to a 12 min mile. Blag! Afterwards I crawled to my car, went home to have a pickle, changed my socks, and met a friend for a 2 mile walk/jog. By the end I was beat.

Since time rolled back yesterday there will be no outdoor running during the week. It will now be dark by the time I leave my office, and I have a 30 min commute. Off to the gym!!!

In personal business, I had burgers and played Apples to Apples on Friday with running buddy. I won. Woot Woot. On Saturday my wonderful mom came to visit. We had a fabulous time, but she had to go back home. I cried when she left. Stupid loving relationships. Hmph. While she was here we got to check out the Dia De Los Muertos Art Festival in Denison. That was pretty cool. We haven't spent much time appreciating 'art' so we popped in a few galleries.

Saturday night I napped until 10.30pm. I meant to get up at 8 to go get a bottle of wine but decided I like sleeping more. Sunday was full of church activities, running, eating, and football. My 'Boys lost ...again. It's tough being a Dallas fan. I forgot to make adjustments on my fantasy team and lost. Boo. OU won, Bama put LSU away. And OK State got their mouths shut by KState too. What up?!

What was your weekend like?

Did you eat anything super wonderful?

How many miles did you get in?

Friday, November 02, 2012

Here comes the BOOM

Who is that girl? That's me. What did i do? I just ran a 5k as my evening run. What?!?!?!?! You know that's right.

Monday, October 29, 2012

A cold start



Last week was the week after my first race. Getting back out on the running path was harder than I could have imagined. I only made it out one day!

Thursday the temperature dropped and we are starting our days with temps in the 30s. The sun sets around 6:30 and after next Sunday it will set around 5:30; I get home from work at 5:30. Uber-boo.

Today i'm optimistic that I can get moving again. I may have to head to the gym and run on the deadmill treadmill. Regardless, I must get back back to it.

I started this a.m. off right with my version of black forrest oatmeal. Quick oats, a little brown sugar, chocolate chips and dried cranberries. I'm on a no-caffeine kick right now, and a little jerked that chocolate has caffeine in it, buuuut I'll just have to deal with the little amount.

Yummy Black Forrest-ish oatmeal


I need to run to get out all this anger from a really bad football weekend. My Sooners lost, my 'Boys lost, I forgot to switch out a QB on my fanatasy team and that cost me 110 pts.   Grrr...

How was your weekend?

How are you starting this last week of October?

Any goals to reach before Thanksgiving?


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sorry

I'm sure I had 1500-1600 fans check in for my daily news. But, I don't have any!
Today was the first cold day here in my neck of the woods. I strongly dislike cold weather. I was unprepared. So, in my regular fashion I sulked, I whined, I complained. I decided to not run. I also decided to make homemade pizza, which I burned due to long-term whine-baggin' on the couch.
Hurumph.
Maybe tomorrow...
Night!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

1st run.

Yeowza!
I trained daily for 3 months doing only 1.6 miles per day, TOPS, then ran a 5k in 37:53. But today! Today, I tried 2 whole miles as training. Just 2! And....D.I.E.D. I am d-e-a-d, dead. Geez running is tough. That next 5k better buy me a present when i'm done, cuz this is gonna be hard.
What was your first "wall"? Did you get up to 5-6 miles before it was tough? Or like me, have you been struggling to earn every tenth?

Challenge!

Since I'm not a super blogger (yet), I'm having trouble adding a widget...or a gadget..? A thing. So head on over to www.runeatrepeat.com and join the Pile on the Miles challenge that she is offering up. As runners we need to encourage each other, and RER is top notch at this! Sign in, add your info, and run the challenge with me!

...and if you figure out how to get that darn gidget code to work for you, comment and let me know.


Tonight, I'm headed back out on the road to get back into my training.

How many miles are you running tonight?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Day of rest

Today was a no-run day. After doing my first race on Saturday,  I was extremely tired yesterday and napped. I never nap. So, that just shows me that a 5k is a real physical event, and i'm not as tough as I thought.
Tomorrow it's back to the pavement. I need to look into some new shoes, and maybe some fun extra gear. I'm thinking about Mizunos. And for fun, maybe some compression socks and maybe a SPIbelt.
What do you think?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Go! Run! Finish!

5k #1 down!

ORF and I completed our main street 5k a few hours ago. We were not the fastest, but, we finished strong, together, and running. 100% of the course run. 100% of the effort put in. 100% of the glory to God. He gives me strength when I have none.

Many of the blogs I follow mention the volunteers in their race recaps. Now I see why. They make a difference! Ours were ready with the water/gatorade. Ready with the signs, applause, cheers, encouragement, directions. Ready with the juice and fruit, burritos, muffins...everything! Thank you volunteers!!

Nothing compares to that final corner and seeing the finish line.

Now, on to 5k #2, #3, and then a 10k, a half, and maybe a full.

Couldn't have done it without ORT and the support of friends and family. Or without the encouragement from other runner blogs. And God!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Feeling successful

Preparing for my first 'real' 5K has brought a lot of emotion and mental fighting. I know that I know that I know I can run 3.1 miles. But I also know that my body hasn't been able to get me there all on its own. Usually it is worn out by 1.5 - 2 miles. Even today, 24 hrs from the race, I haven't gone over 2 miles. I have been back and forth with frustration and joy. I have felt successful at 1.5, and I've felt like a failure at 1.5.

Last night other running girl and I went for our last pre-race, regular route jog. We did 1.6, like normal. But when we got done, we felt like we could have run a million more! That gave me hope for tomorrow. Hope that I can do the entire 3.1. I'll have my running buddy with me to push me, I'll have 600+ other runners inspiring me, and God will be carrying me mile by mile...by mile. There are only 3, so it should work out. :)

Press on runners. Press on!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Running

I guess I should actually talk about running, since I have decided to make this my running blog.

Running has always been a goal of mine, but i was unable to commit. Over the last year I have started, stopped, started, stopped, started, ...you get the idea.

Enter August 2012. I commited to run every day that I could stand up and put my shorts on. Or, like some days, my tennis skort that never got any use...because I quit playing tennis. Go figure.

Oklahoma is suuuuuuuuper hot in August, but, that's just too bad. Shoes on. Hair up. D.O. for my B.O. And GO!

I started by just walking what I thought was a 2 mile loop through a neighborhood, with a big downhill/uphill dip right in the middle of it. After a week or so I made small goals to start running here, stop running there, etc. After 2.5 months, I can run the entire loop, without stopping or dying. ....and then I found out it is only 1.6 miles. *blank stare* Great. Well, at least I can do that, and I have to run uphill, both ways! (maybe our grandparents weren't lying)
  
I feel I should be able to do more than that by now. Everyone says learning to run is hard. I believe that, but I'm impatient. I'm going to keep trying though!

I plan to start running bleachers for more leg strength/tone also. And I need new shoes. I began my running journey with the intention to run trails, so I have trail running shoes. And only 1 pair. That I run in every day. That I bought from Academy Sports. On sale...on clearance. Shamey shamey.

I have gotten one person to be as crazy as me at least. She runs with me most days, usually pushing her 2 yr old in a jogging stroller. I'm so intimidated by that. I just know that when we do our first 5K this weekend, and she isn't behind a 3 wheeled kid cart, she's going to blow my curls straight with her impressive speed. A little competition should be good for me!

So here's Good Luck to us for Saturday. We will totally crush it. God gives us power to do what we cannot do on our own; and He can run 3.1 miles. So, I'm not worried.

...run run run run run run run pray run run run run pickle run run run run run tie shoe run run run run run run run run




Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Life altered

I don't have a twin...but I have a connection with some people as if they were once a real, literal part of me. When things happen that cause me to feel, or see, or know what they do I get a little weird. I sometimes make 'predictions' as to what will happen with a new t.v. show, or the plot of a long-running series. Often I imagine what I think will happen in a store or traffic situation. Other times, I think about someone and their life comes into my view, as if I'm there, and I see what is happening. But it isn't what I know to be their life, so what am I seeing?

When my ideas come true I ask myself: "Did I know that?",  "Did I really think that?" "Was that an outcome that most people would have assumed?" "Did I cause that to happen?"

Recently, I dreamt that my husband was married to a very close friend of mine, but in love with me. When I woke up, I wasn't upset about it. I actually had a very heavy heart for my friend. She needed me. She was hurting. Her love loved another. But this friend had been a bit distant in recent months. She is a very busy girl, with marriage, step-children, school, work, church, community....as if being an amazing person wasn't exhausting enough! ....but I sent her a message anyway. Maybe this time she was respond. Just this once, I'd catch her in a free moment.

        I did.


Her love loves another.


My heart breaks. And I ask myself : "Did I know that?"

Friend=Sister=Love I can't deny my love for my friend. I can't deny that I feel as if I knew before I knew. And I can't deny that God wanted me to know. For her.

I don't have a twin...but I have a connection with some people as if they were once a real, literal part of me.