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May Your Way – Checkin #2

May Your Way Challenge
Wow. Why do these weeks just seem to be flying by? It amazes me and scares me the older I get.  But I had a decent week.  So let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

1.  My runs? They are happening.  Just like they should.  I ran Thursday on the treadmill.  I had planned 5 miles for Saturday but my middle girl was making her first communion mixed with spontaneous company for the weekend, so I decided to take ChristieO up on her “Try (tri) it Thursday” and did my 5 miles on Friday morning before the normal date with the pool during my oldest girl’s swim lesson.  I swam 400 meters.  And it was hard after that 5 miles.  That 5 miles in the sun and warmth.  That 5 miles where I got 3 phone calls from my family (who knew I was running) which made me stop because they never call when I’m on a run.  They weren’t important calls, but I stopped and took them.  I ran Monday doing an awesome speed work drill of 3×800 m and averaged a 7:30 mm pace!!  So proud of that one.  I also ran 4 miles yesterday.  I’m sorta being a stickler on my runs right now.  I will be on the road for almost 5 weeks starting on June 5th and I know I won’t be running regularly (which makes me sad), so I’m trying to really push myself now so I won’t regress too far when I start running consistently in July.

2.  Pushups and NTC abs and arm burners.  Check and check.  And my arms? They are lookin’ good! When I was dropping my gymnast off on Monday, I decided I’d try a pullup.  I don’t remember trying a pullup since elementary school.  I did 3.  Yesterday I did 4.  Woot!  Tough Mudder here I come!!

3.  Road trip training.  I think I have found a couple good cross training type workouts on NTC that would be good for the road.  Lots of cardio and strength.  I picked two.  One is called “Get Strong-Beginner-Full Action” and the other “Get Strong-Intermediate-Drill Sergeant”.  I’m putting them down here so hopfully I remember which ones I thought would be good.  I’m still going to be doing pushups, but while on the road I’m going to aim for 30 pushups a day.

4.  I haven’t signed up for the Bizz Johnson half marathon that I talked about last week.  There’s been a lot going on lately and I just haven’t had a chance to discuss it with T.  Maybe this week.

I did not achieve or come close to the 64 ounces of water a day, but I did get to hop on the twitter “Happy Hour” last Thursday night during Big Bang Theory.  And I did the same thing with the Sister Chat on the hood Monday night.  I did participate in the Tworkout last night, but the only one who “saw” me was April.  Twitter was being a b**** on my phone and I wasn’t home, so I texted with April and did the exercises anyway.

Also? I haven’t checked in at the hood on the “30 minutes every day in May” but I’ve been keeping up with it.  Between my runs and the 30 minutes of NTC on the off days, I’m there.  I’m tired, but I’m there.

I hope everyone had a good week.  I’m sorry I haven’t been blog hopping.  I apologize.  Family life has been pretty crazy lately and I’ve barely had time to get my posts done.  But I love you all and keep on keeping on!!  You can do this! You are worth the effort to be a healthier you!


Posted by on May 11, 2011 in running


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Checking In – Down & Dirty

Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans
So I have pretty much failed on all of my goals for this challenge.  I started out fairly well, but have ended in a heap on the floor.  Spending the 30 minutes of quality time with the kids? Does watching a movie count? Does working with them on their school work count? Because then I might have success rate of 50%.  I had 1 date night (home watching a movie w/drink in hand) with the hubs.  And the reading? Well, I might have read 30 minutes once a week instead of the 3-4 times a week I wanted to.

My running has been good in the last week and over this challenge.  I’ve been broken (and seem to be having some IT band issues since yesterday) and better.  I’ve been running the majority of my training runs.  I’m missing my speed work this week because I wasn’t going to do it the day after my first 14-mile run (see the picture in the previous post) and now that my knee is wonky from the IT band, I’m not pushing myself this week.

With that said, I ran 74 miles this month.  Not too shabby.  The next couple of weeks will be a little crazier.  I have company in town this weekend and the following weekend I’ll be traveling to see Tiffany in Idaho and will be running my first 16-miler there.  I’m *really* hoping that the elevation difference will help me.  It’s only half as high there as it is here.

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Posted by on September 1, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Weekly Checkin

So let’s see.  The last you heard from me (unless you following me on Daily Mile and/or Twitter), I was broken.  Broken was no fun.   But last Wednesday I got on the treadmill to give the foot a chance.  I was slated for 4 miles and it felt pretty good.  I did start to feel twinges towards the end so I stopped at 3.5.  And then iced and rested some more.  I went into my long run on Saturday knowing I wanted to at least do 8 miles and hopefully 10.  I was nervous, but Saturday morning I got up, had some breakfast and headed out.  The first 5 miles were pretty good, but it was warmer than it had been 2 weeks prior and I felt it in my lungs which ultimately affected my muscles.  I had no pain in my foot at all and I did complete 10 miles, much slower than I wanted to, but I completed it nonetheless.

My goals? Well, let’s see. I’m not accomplishing the kid one.  I’m trying, but there’s been a lot of stress going on in the family with sickness and death, so I’ve been trying to hold it all together in addition to the extra burdens.  (Which I gladly carry, but they are still burdens to carry.)  The reading? Well, I’m reading.  Maybe not hitting the goals of 3-4 times a week, but definitely reading.  And the Saturday before last, T and I had a nice little date night of movie watching and wine drinking which was very lovely.  It was nice to just hang out and relax.

So, I am succeeding.  This weekend’s run will be tough for me – 14 miles, but it will get done!

Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans


Posted by on August 25, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Week 11

I’m still not at my fundraising goal yet; although, I am very close – only a couple hundred dollars away.  Please help me get there.  Here’s the link.

I can hardly believe that I am 11 weeks into this whole actual training business.  It’s very weird because no matter how long I’ve been a runner (or runner at heart), I’ve never truly *trained* for a race.  San Diego is only 7 weeks away.  Wow.  This week as not a great week for me.  I’ve had allergies.  Well, I’m calling it allergies.  I started with a dry cough that would.not.stop.  It was yuck.  I knew I was having allergy issues because my ears clog up, and they were clogging up early last week.  No sinus issues, no itchy eyes, no sneezing.  Just a really annoying, hard, headache-inducing cough.  But, believe it or not, I didn’t cough during my runs.  Only before, after, and pretty much any other time in the day.  Monday I had 4 miles on the schedule.  Easy, peasy…at least for me.  Wednesday was a tempo run set up for the track.  Since I didn’t have access to a track or to a babysitter/chauffeur for the kids I had to muddle through the on treadmill.  It was a little difficult because in between the hard runs, I was supposed to have a 2-minute “rest” period.  You can’t just *stop* on the treadmill.  And I didn’t want to mess with my recorded times, so I attempted to pause my iPod during the rest periods.  I was feeling a little run down from lack of sleep the night before from all the coughing, so instead of doing a total of 5 miles (according to my schedule), I only did 4.   Thursday was a 6-miler at race pace.  Well, according to my iPod I’ve been running all my miles about 25-60 seconds faster than what I need to accomplish my goal of completing the 13.1 in less than 2 hours.  So I just ran those 6 miles at my normal pace on the treadmill.

Saturday is long-run day.  Saturday was also included a baby shower and a sick kid.  I dropped the 9yo off at gymnastics and ran 4 miles out and 4 miles back.  I tried to get on to and see how far 4 miles was from the gym and their map site was down.  I tried Daily Mile’s and it wasn’t working for me either.  So even though I know my iPod is off a bit, I went with it.  This run stunk.  Like a freshly squished skunk.  I half-filled my water bottles on my hydration belt, threw in my phone and keys into the pouch, turned on the music and off I went.  Even before I hit mile 1 I was wishing it was already over.  But I kept going.  The miles creeped by ever so slowly.  I was originally thinking of going a little further than whenever the iPod told me I was at the halfway mark.  But the second that voice notified me that I was at 4 miles, I prompted turned around and started back.  I should have gone to the end of the block because I ended up being about 0.4 miles short.  Which I’m not happy about, but I was done and tired.  By the time I got back to the gym I was a coughing fool.  I swear the other parents there either thought I was contagious with some horrible flu or they thought I was dying.  I sounded like it.  I’m over this cough.  Although, my upper abs? They should be rock solid by the time the cough is completely gone.  They have hurt – like burning, hot, muscle-pulling pain.  Yeah, lots of fun.

So this week my miles are supposed to go up.  I’m planning on getting all my runs done on schedule.  Tomorrow, Monday, is 4 miles.  Wednesday is a 3.5 mile tempo run.  Thursday is 6 miles.  Thursday is also T’s birthday and Tiffany and her husband are flying into town.  Then Friday morning Tiffany and I are off to Texas for a little retreat of mostly TNT “sisters”.  Saturday is the longest run yet.  It’s a 12 miler.  Unfortunately most of my fellow Team Shrinking Jeans girls have been hit with a myriad of training injuries, so I’m the only one going to be doing 12 miles. But these girls have heart.  I have such admiration for their determination to stick to their modified training schedules courtesy of our TNT coach in order to be successful in San Diego.

And then the craziest part of my own personal torture?  The following Saturday I will be running a half marathon in Reno.  My goal is to finish it running the whole way.  I’m curious to see what my time is at elevation.  Whatever my time in Reno, I know I will be able to beat that significantly at sea level in San Diego.

So life is crazy as usual.  I’m excited at what the next couple of months is bringing.


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Posted by on April 18, 2010 in Uncategorized


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Things that make us stronger

Literally.  As you may know I’ve been a part of The Sisterhood since its inception over a year ago.  I have participated in most of the challenges even though all of the challenges have been about weight loss and I don’t have any weight to lose.  But, so many times I have been inspired by others to keep on running.  Just to keep working towards bettering myself.  I’ve come a long way, let me tell you.  I’m at a point where I’m excited that I get to get on the treadmill and run 6 miles (which is on my training schedule for today).  Two years ago I might have known I was going to run, but I wouldn’t have run 6 miles or been looking forward to it.

The Sisterhood has a new challenge starting today.  It’s the Spring Fling.  It feels like spring here today.  What with the rain and clouds and cozy-like weather.  Spring can hang out in Northern Nevada for as long as it likes.

So about this new challenge.  We are teaming up.  I didn’t participate in the last team challenge because it was all about who was going to be the biggest loser.  I would be a hinderance to my team because I have nothing to lose.  So when the call came out for all those interested, I raised my hand high and said “ME!”, but only if there is a team with other non-losers.  (And I say that with respect.  The losers? Those who are losing weight?  They are awesome!)  So far it is me and Tobey.  We are trying to come up with a fun team name, but I’m creatively challenged, so hopefully Tobey can help us out.

Our first challenge starts next Monday.  It is completing the 30 Day Shred.  I did this last year when The Sisterhood first did it, and man did I hurt for the first 4 days.  But it was awesome.  I’ve been scared to go back to it though.  Not because it’s hard and you sweat a lot, because you do.  But because you don’t do any one thing for longer than 90 seconds.  This is a HUGE pro in many ways, but for me it was so hard to get back on the treadmill and just run for 30 minutes.  So I’m nervous.  I’m not sure I will have the time to do it every day in the month of March.  Team In Training has to be my priority and I don’t want to wear myself out by overdoing the exercise.  So, I will be participating, but I will only be doing it on days that I run and only after I run.  That way the hard mental part will be done with.  I may not be able to walk, but I’m sure that the Shred will make me stronger which will, in turn, help my running.  So wish us luck!

(Oh, I forgot to mention and I’m too lazy right now to go back and find all the info, but I did awesome in the Sisterhood Olympics!  I came away with some gold, silver, and bronze medals out of the deal!)

Sisterhood Spring Fling Challenge

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Posted by on February 24, 2010 in Uncategorized


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The end of a challenge

Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans

Today marks the end of the Globetrotting Challenge over at The Sisterhood.  I was excited to participate in this challenge.  The challenge ran from November 9th through today, December 16th.  Nike+ makes it so easy to track mileage.  I originally sent a goal of 68 miles.  That allotted to 4 miles 3 days a week.  Well, you know what?  I smoked that goal. As of this afternoon’s run (that I have yet to do) of 10 miles (because I didn’t make it on the treadmill yesterday), I will have logged a total of 87 miles.  Can you believe that?  I can’t.  The month of November was my highest total miles for a given month ever; 71 miles.  I have many to thank for my awesome numbers.  For one, ChristieO.  In the beginning she was keeping me on my toes.  Then there is Lisa and Christy.  These ladies fell in love with running last month and were giving me a run for my money.  Can you say competition?  Their mileage and times were catching me!  I can’t have that, now can I?  So thanks, ladies for giving me the motivation to keep going and pushing myself.

I’m excited to continue running and finish out this year with the best year of running I’ve had ever.  Thanks to my sisters!!  I wonder what challenge they will have for us next.


Posted by on December 15, 2009 in Uncategorized


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