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Happy Hour Ramblings

It’s Friday Night Happy Hour!  Cheers!  And as it’s Happy Hour, I feel like rambling on and on as if we were having a drink together, because to be quite honest, I’m on my 3rd…

It’s been a hard week.  I’ve been sick since Monday.  I think that’s why I’m partaking in Happy Hour regardless.  I’ve heard alcohol kills bacteria, so hey, why not.  Sounds good to me anyway. Ah well, ’tis the season.  My child was sick first, so I think I’ll blame him for all my misery.  Of course, it sets me back a bit in my training for my upcoming half-marathon as I’ve not been able to do anything… and that includes breathing.  It’s horrifying to walk up 1/2-flight of stairs and become short of breath, especially when you have a 10-mile run on the schedule. This just hasn’t been a good training cycle at all with the horrid weather, being sick, and holiday-time of year.  The January racing schedule will have to be re-evaluated for next year, I think.  While we don’t have a race planned yet for January 2017, this is probably something that needs to be considered.  Running consistent long distances in November and December is proving to be quite difficult… well, at least this year it is.

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The above pictures are of Daryl.  This is the bunny I babysit at work for the clinic manager.  He’s just cute, and you really can’t go wrong with cute animal pictures.  And he has those Shaka ears (his dad is the one who noticed this).  Really and truly!  When he’s relaxed and comfortable, it’s always one ear up and one down, just like the Hawaiian Shaka sign!  Anyway, I was trying to get him to take a silly selfie with me.  He wasn’t having any of it until I picked him up and held him. Then he didn’t really have a choice. Notice how his ears are back in the 3rd picture.  He’s a loving and tolerant bunny, but I’m not sure he was too impressed with all the selfie attempts. #cheapentertainment

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My pretty girl Sheba’s not looking too impressed with getting her picture taken either.  She’s gotten into the habit of jumping into my car the minute I get home and open the door.  I kid you not!  Check it out!

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Sometimes I don’t even know that she’s there!  I’ll be gathering up my stuff to take inside, and then all of a sudden I’ve got these big gold eyes staring at me.  Freaky.

The big news of the week… Jamesy managed to score us tickets to the Adele concert coming to Seattle in July!  I have no idea how he managed that, but he did!  While he was at work even! And then surprised me! Woo hoo!  I’m going to see Adele!  Probably a once in a lifetime event! We are over the moon!!

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Some more good news!  While I haven’t lost the 10 pounds I was planning to lose for this training cycle, I have lost 3.4 pounds so far!!  Total freaking success!  And you know why it’s a success? Because it’s the holidays and I have thoroughly enjoyed myself from Halloween until now and on through the New Year!  So, therefore, I’m having cookies and decadent desserts and celebratory drinks in moderation and I haven’t gained weight!!  I have, at the end of the day, actually lost weight! While having fun!  Yes!  It can be done!  Slowly but surely!  And I am absolutely thrilled!  (Thanks to my beautiful friend Tasha at Hit Below The Belt Hard for the above meme and her Friday Funnies.  What distance runner hasn’t felt this way?!!)

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We now have about 2 weeks left of the 2015 holiday season.  Be sure to make it count and make it a happy one and enjoy it to the fullest.  It seems this year went quicker than past years, and they’re only going to go quicker.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!  I’ll be attempting a run on Sunday… and while it won’t be a 10-miler, it’s gonna be something because I only have about 29 days until the Maui Oceanfront Half!  The up side to being sick… my legs are totally rested!

Happy Running!!

Weekly Wrap

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap. You don’t have to be runnin’ to share your funnin’, so go visit them, link up, and join the party.

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It’s been a weird couple of weeks training-wise.  Washington has had one storm system after another and it has not been runner-friendly at all.  I guess this is the first real winter that I’ve had to train for a January race, and I’m thinking I’m not too impressed.  One thing’s for sure… we’re getting our money’s worth out of that treadmill.

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This is supposed to be a pond, not a lake.

Anyway, I’ve kept it going, I’m just not putting in the mileage I want.  I have been nailing my interval training though, pretty much every single time I get on the treadmill.  Hehe, it’s the only thing that entertains me while I’m on it.  I have noticed that my breathing is getting better at a faster pace, so that’s relatively encouraging, but I won’t know how it holds up until I can get back out on the trail to test it out.

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Another fallen tree. He had it mostly cleared by the time I snapped the picture.

Today was long-run Sunday and it was rainy and windy, of course.  Shortly after I woke up, I heard a chainsaw buzzing in the neighborhood.  I couldn’t believe that someone would be using a bloody chainsaw on a Sunday morning at 7!  I looked out to investigate… yet another downed tree blocking the road.  <sigh>  I’ll be happy when we get back to normal.  While The Motivator was very… brave… to face the unnatural weather elements no matter what, I chose to stick to my beloved treadmill.  I aimed for two hours… ha.  After one hour, I called it quits.

2015-12-13-18.33.13.png.pngOne neat thing I’ve been testing is the Charity Miles app. I’m super pleased with it (my tweets say I walked, but it should say I ran…, I just never thought to change the wording).  This app works inside or outside, so that’s bonus.  At 25 cents a mile, it’s win-win.  While 5 miles may only be $1.25, over time it will add up, and I think one of my next goals will be to try streaking.  You know, take the Runner’s World Run Streak challenge.  At least 1 mile every day for 365 days.  I think that’s totally doable. Even on rest days, it shouldn’t be difficult to tackle at least 1 mile.  The treadmill and I are the best of friends now (or bitter enemies), so I think it can be done.  There are actually some people who have been streaking since the 1980s!  That impresses the hell out of me!  When AJ graduates from high school in 2023 (anyone feel old besides me?), he can tell all his friends that his mom has been “streaking” since 2016.  Yeah, that might be kinda cool.

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And speaking of the boy, he just recently had his very last elementary school Christmas concert. He’s in the above picture, 4th from left, back row.  Yes, definitely one of the tallest in the school, but I think a couple of girls may possibly be taller.  He’s on to middle school next year, but I’d be okay if he stayed this age forever.  🙂

Your turn!  If you have an upcoming race, how is your training going? Ever run into wicked winter weather that slowed you down?  How do you deal with it?

 

 

Thinking Out Loud Thursday

I’m kind of in the mood to babble about nothing in particular, so I’m linking up with Amanda from Running With Spoons for TOLT.  Thanks Amanda for the creative outlet!!

thinking-out-loud.jpg1.  Winter Munchies.  Ella at Instinctive Fails talks about how animals fatten themselves up for the winter, so maybe humans do too?  I’ve decided I’m going to adopt that theory to explain my winter weight gain.  Think about it… our ancestors probably did have to bulk up to stay warm in the winter just as animals do.  So it would make perfect sense that our bodies instinctively store fat for the winter.  Well, it sounds good anyway. It has absolutely nothing to do with the extra cookies or fudge or egg nog that I treat myself to during the holidays… it’s really just pure instinct.  Necessary for survival.  During the holidays.

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2.  Pinterest.  Yes, I’m older and not so social media savvy, but I just don’t get it!  I want to understand it, I really do, but right now I just can’t wrap my head around it.  What is the purpose?  What does one do on Pinterest?  It sounds like something Microsoft came up with before it released Windows 8 so everyone could get used to the idea of “pinning” things.  Or did Microsoft copy Pinterest?  Ooooo, conspiracy theory perhaps?  I should probably consult my 11-year-old and figure out how to use Pinterest.  No, actually, I think I need to watch a YouTube video on the ins and outs of Pinterest.  Is there a book out there called Pinterest for Dummies?

3.  I’ve noticed quite a few people have created the illusion of snow falling on their blogs.  May I just say this is a super cool feature!  I would love to have snow falling all over my blog during the holidays and winter months.  But why didn’t I get the memo on how to make the snow fall?  Can anyone tell me how this is done?

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4.  And speaking of snow falling, I hope no one is trying to get to Seattle via I-90.  I’m of the understanding that parts of the pass are closed.  For weeks I heard how mild our winter was going to be because we had such a hot summer and El Nino is going to last until 2016, blah, blah, blah, but noooo, we’ve had one storm system after another come in and practically drown us.  Did you hear that the governor of Washington has declared a state of emergency because of all our rain?  We haven’t got snow where I live, only rain (#thankful), but it makes for some pretty awful training runs, whether they’re on the trail or on the treadmill.  I’m so sick of running on the treadmill.  Ugh.  Ohhh wellll… suck it up, buttercup. You’ve still got a few weeks of training left.

5.  Meep.  He’s a cat.  To the Nth degree.  I don’t have much to say about him other than I really just wanted to share some silly pictures of him that I’ve taken recently.  (shameless plug, I know)

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Step awayyy from the tree…

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He probably had done something wrong which is why he’s showing me his tummy… or just stretching, he’s probably really just stretching… he sooo needs to be messed with…

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6.  And finally, the above is just a small sampling of how I’ve been preparing myself for winter survival.  And the holidays.  Yeah, I’m definitely going to say it’s total instinct.

I’ve babbled enough for today.  Do you have anything to babble about?  How does your body prepare for survival through the winter?  Got snow?  On your blog?  Got a cat that you love to mess with?

 

Weekly Wrap–Mukilteo Turkey Trot

I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap. You don’t have to be runnin’ to share your funnin’, so go visit them, link up, and join the party.

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Maui Half-Marathon Training, week 7

Monday:  Treadmill Torture.  After participating in the Redmond Turkey Trot the previous Saturday, I really wanted to try to beat my time for the upcoming Turkey Trot on Thursday.  So I forced myself to run on the treadmill at a faster pace that I knew would beat my previous time, assuming I could hold that pace for very long.  It was a good workout, and my legs got a feeling for what they needed to run to PR.  The plan was to channel that treadmill workout the whole entire race on Thursday.

Tuesday and Wednesday:  Total rest and relaxation and mentally preparing for Thursday, as well as trying to figure out Thanksgiving dinner.  As it was just the 3 of us, none of us were too fussed about what we were going to eat come Thursday, when we were going to it, etc.  I was really more concerned about what was going to be for breakfast post-race!

Thursday:  Mukilteo Turkey Trot in Mukilteo, WA.  Once again, we were up and at ’em way earlier than a normal weekday.  It was nicely below freezing (see that? feels like 22).  Oh yay.

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Luckily I was wearing 3 layers all over my entire body.  And I stayed in the heated car until it was time to go line up at the start line.

20151126_072536.jpgAlthough this race was sponsored by the same people who had put on the Redmond Turkey Trot the previous Saturday, I think more people showed up today.  They were offering prize money for the top place finishers, so that brought out some fast runners. They were still offering the yummy pies too for each age group.

James did the 10K, and I did the 5K, so James lined up with the elite group and headed out first.  Hehe, okay, he didn’t really go out with the elite as there weren’t any elite there, just some mighty fast runners of which he was one.  Anyway, off he went, and I went out with the back of the crowd per normal, but I was kind of pleased I actually passed some people along the way.  It’s usually the other way around!  We went a bit up the street, turned the corner, then BAM!  There it was! The first nasty hill of the run.  Yes, I’m sure you can guess what I was thinking… “I should’ve done more hill torture.”

20151126_085538.jpg20151126_085620.jpgIt was a rolling hill-type of a race, up and down and up and down, but it was all good.  Not too severe.  I didn’t get my PR like I wanted; however, I did run that hilly course at about the same pace I ran the other Turkey Trot which was mostly flat, so I consider it a success.  I’ll have other chances to PR my 5K, so it’s okay.  James nailed his 10K PR by 3 minutes but unfortunately came in 4th for his age group, so no pie for us on Thanksgiving Day.  The funny thing is, if he would’ve been 2 years younger, he would have won that particular age group by 4 minutes.  He gives a pretty decent race recap at 50 in 50 Marathon Quest, so go check it out.

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As for post-race breakfast, I found a fabulous slow cooker egg bake from My Fitness Pal that was ready by the time we got home.  Yes, there was bacon, 🙂

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Friday:  Trail run with Jamesy.  James felt it necessary to pace me on a 2-mile run post-Thanksgiving debauchery and 1 day post-race.  Ouchie.  He runs fast.  ‘Nuff said.  At least we waited until most of the ice had melted on the trail.

Saturday:  Total rest day.  I am so good at these rest days, I amaze myself.  We played games and James made a sinfully delightful chocolate-chip bread pudding.  It’ll probably be a good thing when this holiday weekend is over so we can get back to good.

screenshot_2015-11-29-10-01-51.pngSunday:  Long run day.  Another freezing cold day (I will never complain about the heat I again, I promise… okay, not really, I’ll still complain about the heat too). As it’s a step-down week (thanks to my Turkey Trotting), I just did an easy-peasy stretch around the block.  Today was the Seattle Marathon of which James had entertained the idea of running way back in July. I’m so glad he changed his mind. I would’ve been not too impressed having to go out in this freezing cold weather at a stupid-early time for one of the hilliest courses ever with all that ice out there. For those who did run it… kudos to you.  I’ll bet the portaloos were fun on your bum first thing.  Yikes!

Only 6 more weeks until Maui.  Holy cow, I’m looking forward to some warmth!  And I have a lot of work to do between now and then.  My pace has come down quite a bit, and I’m aiming for a 15-minute PR in Maui = 3:15.  Holiday season, ice, cold, snow or not… it’s time to get busy!

And how was your week?

Weekly Wrap

Once again, I’m linking up with Holly from HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for the Weekly Wrap!

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Maui Half-Marathon Training, week 5

It seems I can barely remember what I did 5 minutes ago, let alone last week!  Let’s see if I can give this a go…

Tuesday:  3 miles on the treadmill.  I really dislike the treadmill, but it keeps me moving at a steady pace, so I guess I should just suck it up, go with it, and quit complaining.  The Pacific Northwest is in the midst of a huge weather system that just won’t let up, so it’s either stay dry on the treadmill or get drenched on the trail.  Just for today, I chose the treadmill.

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Winter is right around the corner…

Wednesday:  I took a rest day today, hoping for better weather on Thursday.  The rain just keeps coming and coming and coming…

Thursday:  More rain, more treadmill.  Only this time, the iFit program on our treadmill decided to do an update and really screwed up my workout.  I couldn’t get the speed adjusted properly, the fan wouldn’t come on, it kept stalling.  Out of frustration, I only did just over 2 miles.  Not looking very promising for being a successful running week…

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On the bright side of things, I did receive a package in the mail today from Brooks Running!  It seems they got word of me having to retire my shoes (A Proper Send-Off), the CEO apparently read my blog post, and they sent me a little acknowledgement for being a Brooks fan!  A swag bag!!  The thought was hugely appreciated!

Friday:  More rain, no hill torture, no outside running.  Tragedy in Paris, OMH, God bless them all.  So I chose happy hour over any kind of workout.  The rain has never bothered me before, but for some reason, right now it’s affecting me.  I seem to have less energy than normal.  We had a great happy hour though!  We got to have a drink and play a couple of board games, of which I lost both games, but we also had a fabulous dinner and dessert.  I think I’ll be the one choosing the game we play next week…

Sunday:  As I’d had such a set back during the week, I cut my mileage way down for my long run.  I was supposed to go out for 12 miles, but I decided to go on the trail for a nice 10K instead.  The rain let up at about 10 a.m., so I made a mad dash for it.  I came back home and did another 2 miles on the treadmill, aiming for a steady pace.  I always inadvertently slow down the higher my mileage goes, so I’m trying to get stronger during the last part of my long runs.  I figure if I can maintain on a treadmill for about 2 miles at a steady pace when I’m fatigued, maybe it’ll help me.  It certainly can’t hurt.

Coming up:  As I look at my calendar and countdown clocks, I see that I have two Turkey Trots coming up in the next week or so… the first one this Saturday, and the next on Thanksgiving Day.  And as of today, it’s only 61 days until Maui.  Dear, oh dear… looks like I’m going to be Nuun-ing it for the next 2 months.  And for my non-running friends, that just means caffeine is about to become my best friend…

Have a wonderful week!

Weekly Wrap

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Half-Marathon Training, Week 4

Monday:  The day after the time change, ugh.  I was supposed to cross train, but I’m having a hard time coming around to this part of my training.  The Motivator guarantees it’ll make me stronger and a better runner, but, the day after the time change and a long run?!  I opted out and took a rest day.  🙂

Tuesday:  This was my slow, easy, 3.1-mile run coming off of the 8 miles from Sunday.  I lost GPS signal, and it was bitterly cold.  I know I’ve said it’s not supposed to snow here this year, but boy it felt like it was gearing up to do just that!  My time was okay, not great, and my Nike+ App had an “I felt so-so” face on it, so I’m thinking I was still feeling the effects of the time change.

Wednesday:  I did another 3 miles, aiming for race pace (should’ve been 4).  I was a little bit slower than race pace, BUT, still I was tired.  I’m beginning to think I’m not a fan of this daylight savings thing.  It’s daft.

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Thursday:  Yay!  Another cross train day!!  I took a nap!!

Friday:  I was finally starting to feel my normal self again, and I had my hill training planned for today.  I was praying for rain!  <sigh> I didn’t get the rain I wanted, so I sucked it up and went to meet my nemesis.  I warmed up for just over a mile first thing, reached the base of MoFo Hill, looked up, and had a panic attack.  Okay, not really… I gave it my all.  I really did. I was feeling my normal energy, but MoFo got me after 1-1/2 times.  I consider it a success because Jamesy usually only does it 4 or 5 times, so 1-1/2 times is not too shabby… well, at least for me. Anyway, I’ll enjoy watching myself improve.  Hopefully, hehe.

Saturday:  An official rest day!!  Oh hallelujah!!  Jamesy and I had a new board game we played… Kingdom Builder.  Loved it!  The child downloaded the new Call of Duty on his X-box on Thursday night, so he was nowhere to be seen all weekend long.  No worries though… I threw him scraps of food here and there when he requested it.

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Fall! My favorite time of year!

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Sunday:  Long run day.  I had 11 miles scheduled.  I was good and ready, despite the rain.  I started with the hilly 3-mile loop around my house so I could stop back home for a quick “aid station,” then hit the trail for an 8-mile out and back.  One of the things I’m working on this training cycle is getting stronger when I hit the big mileage (in case you’re wondering why I’m only in week 4 and at 11 miles already).  I knew I was going to get fatigued near mile 6, so that wasn’t any surprise. But I did cut the run short a mile because it was raining, so I only accomplished 10, and the last 4 miles were tough going.  As well, my ankle joint seized up, a new one for me, and that made the last 2 miles kind of painful.  Gotta tell you though, there is no better feeling than getting in a hot shower after being so cold and wet for so long.  The ankle is fine… I just needed to “pop” it to get it feeling normal again which I wasn’t able to do out on the trail. Finished the night off with a fabulous shrimp and rice dinner, courtesy of my wonderful husband because, after all, he only ran 15 miles.  😉

Did anyone else experience any lethargy while running the previous week courtesy of the evil time change?

Hill Torture

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According to my training plan, today I’m supposed to tackle this hill… running up and down it multiple times.  I’m praying for rain so all I have to do is intervals on the flat treadmill… 😉

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A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

DSC00044Getting back into the swing of things is a little harder to do after a long vacation weekend than I originally anticipated, I’ve come to find.  After all that fabulous Chicago food and pasta, I was looking forward to eating some simple and healthy roast chicken and veggies, but I find myself having to combat those ugly bad carb cravings mid-day that I had control over beforehand (you know… chips, soda, sweets).  It amazes me that 5 days of debauchery can completely undermine months of good behavior!  And then when I give into those cravings, they’re not even satisfying, so go figure.

wpid-20151016_202401.jpgOkay, well, it doesn’t help when you come home from holiday and actually are in the mood to try to cook or to try to bake!  I say “try” because I am not a baker and I am not a chef and I can’t stand to be in the kitchen for any length of time doing anything remotely “kitchen-ish.”  However, when James and I got back from Chicago, that Friday we had a celebratory happy hour in which I decided to bake these wicked Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings.  Talk about a sugar overload, holy cow.  But oh, they were good.

 

Not to mention the 18th was our son’s 11th birthday, so on Saturday night, I decided to make this:

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This is so out of character for me.  I’m not exactly sure that I’ve made one single cake in the 11 years AJ has been on this earth, but something possessed me to attempt this that night (Jamesy is the one who made sure there were plenty of sprinkles on it, not me; he did a great job).  I think the baking inspiration has come from some of my blogging friends who have actually made me want to step outside my comfort zone.  The cake may not be professional grade, but I sure had fun doing it.

However, all calorie-laden creativity aside, I do have my next training plan for Maui in place and have already started it:

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I don’t start the killer hill training until next week, but I’m happy to say I’ve nailed my runs so far.  In the middle of the one chart, you’ll see a big 3.1 highlighted… that’s a Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot we’ve signed up for (James will do the 10K).  As well, we’re doing another Turkey Trot race the Saturday before that (after which the next day it looks like I have a 13-miler scheduled in there… oh dear).  Anyway, I already have an 8-miler coming up this weekend, so… here we go again, off and running.

And now it’s time for me to put all the sugar and processed foods to rest and make up our quickie oatmeal breakfasts for the next week:

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I start with 1 cup quick cooking oats, then add flax seed, dehydrated fruit (blueberries, craisins, bananas), nuts, cinnamon, salt, brown sugar, store in mason jars, add boiling water (I add a tablespoon of peanut butter for protein when I add my water)… this is a rib-sticking breakfast that won’t allow any type of craving to rear its ugly head and you’ll even question whether or not you’ll want to eat lunch!  But don’t eat it then go running!!  All your energy is being used for digestion for a couple of hours, so you’ll never get through a run without GI issues if you eat this beforehand.

Lastly, I leave you with this thought:

Running is not about being better than someone else, it’s about being better than you used to be.

Cheers!

Back to Basics

wpid-20150313_164456.jpgAnd so it begins… the next training cycle.  There are only 91 days until the Maui Oceanfront Marathon (half-marathon for me), with a lot of work to be done.  I plan on knocking 15 minutes off my time from FitOne Boise and, as always, not finishing DFL.  🙂

wpid-download_20151012_121707.jpegWe returned from The Motivator’s big win in Chicago (both of us fat full and happy, I might add), and training for me began the next day.  No time to lose.  As I said, my primary goal for this cycle is to knock 15 minutes off my time.  The Motivator has devised a plan for me to follow in which I can make this a reality.  I will incorporate intervals and hill training and strength training into this next cycle.  We have a killer hill across the way from us that defeats even the fittest athlete, with a grade percentage from 10 to 35.  It (and I quote) “sucks the living life force out of you.”  Yes, that’s the hill I’m going to train on…. besides, pain is only temporary… (may the Good Lord have mercy on my soul).

wpid-20151009_123430.jpgAs well, another goal of mine is to lose yet another 10 pounds.  Losing another 10 pounds is bound to make me 15 minutes faster, don’t you think?  Well, regardless, that’s my goal, but I have a feeling the first 4 to 5 pounds are going to be as hard to tackle as that MoFo Hill I’m going to attempt.  I have come to yet another plateau where I’ve been at the same weight for the past, ummmm, 3 or 4 weeks?  I’m not worried.  Again… I look at this as a way for my body to reset itself and begin anew.  I don’t starve, I don’t deprive myself, and (other than some Chicago splurges) I don’t eat crap.  Bring it!  I’m ready!

That being said, I started off my first week by nailing my runs, bringing my pace down, and feeling really good about everything.  There is something about attending a MAJOR running event that kicks the motivation into high gear!!  One day, some day…

wpid-20151016_135948.jpgHowever, all running talk aside, the highlight of my week came from my (almost) 11-year-old son.  I came home from work one day this week and informed him I had been kissed by a turkey vulture.  Without missing a beat and not looking up from his game pad, he nonchalantly said, “And was that pleasureable?”

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And on that note, I bid you adieu!  Happy running!!

Visit 50 in 50 Marathon Quest to see the full race report from Chicago!