Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I hate being bored all day. I started training for a new position at work and I thought that would keep me busy. Not so much. There are a lot of gaps in between training sessions and we are supposed to read reference material in our down time. Umm Yeah that is really boring!
I hate my whole wardrobe. Half of it fits weird, slightly too big and just looks messy. I haven’t been shopping since before Christmas and I don’t NEED to go and don’t want to spend money unnecessarily since we are trying to save for a house etc. But just have been so annoyed every morning when trying to get dressed. I just am over all my clothes and the way that they fit and look on me. I am ready for spring / summer weather so I can wear some of my dresses. However those will probably look just as sloppy as everything else! Definitely a down side to downsizing my size is none of my cute clothes I have collected through the years fit and look nice anymore. Definitely time to hit the mall soon and get some staples that fit! Maybe someday….Like when NOTHING fits and it is a NEED!
I am still hating my knee but hopefully after today’s physical therapy appointment I will be hating it less. I think I am setting myself up for disappointment because I have my heart set on the fact that they are going to give me the go ahead to get back to running and that I can run the Unplugged ½ marathon on 4.9. Yes, I realize that this is setting me up for disappointment but I am trying to send positive energy into the world and see if it will come back to me. Clearly that has worked so well in the past (think HGTV dream house that we didn’t win…)
I am not enjoying the fact that I have been writing down all my food, and have analyzed every thing that I eat / drink and the calories in each morsel in an effort to make up for last weeks weigh in debacle and I am not seeing the numbers on the scale. I even did over an hour of swimming and an hour of spinning and worked really hard and I gained .5 lb over night. Really? I am just hoping its water weight or something and will go away by Sunday’s weigh in. If not, then oh well. I am not going to do anything drastic but just frustrating!
I hate how much getting certified to do anything costs. I went through a few years ago and got certified to be a personal trainer. I never really did much with that certification and basically let it expire. It makes me sad to think about the money I wasted on the certification, however, I got certified while I was unemployed and it gave me a purpose to get up in the morning. I had to study, I had to go to the gym, and I had to study some more. I want to get certified to be a spin instructor, but it costs over 300 dollars. I know the cost will pay for itself with getting a free membership at the gym and I am not looking to make money doing it. It just sucks that it costs so much. I guess since it is for two years it isn’t THAT expensive, but thinking of spending 300 dollars right not makes me nervous! I think I might contact my gym and see what their needs are for a spin instructor.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
To be full, let yourself be empty.
To be new, let yourself wear out.
To have everything, give everything up.
Knowing others is a kind of knowledge;
knowing yourself is wisdom.
Conquering others requires strength;
conquering yourself is true power.
To realize that you have enough is true wealth.
Pushing ahead may succeed,
but staying put brings endurance.
Die without perishing, and find the eternal.
To know that you do not know is strength.
Not knowing that you do not know is a sickness.
The cure begins with the recognition of the sickness.
Knowing what is permanent: enlightenment.
Not knowing what is permanent: disaster.
Knowing what is permanent opens the mind.
Open mind, open heart.
Open heart, magnanimity.
Friday, March 25, 2011
I read Janae's Blog and she too is nursing an injury. Hers is her thigh I believe. I feel bad for her because she is a REALLY good runner. Like wanting to run a sub 3hours time at BOSTON! I am definitely a recreational runner. I love it, it's my hobby, but I am not GREAT at it. I am better than some but there are a ton that are faster than me as well.
Reading Janae's blog helps me realize that I am not alone. That there are other runners that aren't running. She said in her latest post that she is learning to love swimming. Ummm I am definitely not there yet. I definitely have a love hate relationship with it but I do not love it. I love that I can do it, but I hate that I have to do it instead of running. I used to not love running though. I guess once you do something for a while you learn to love it. Here is to hoping that I learn to love biking and swimming and get better at it so I don't get laughed at by middle schoolers.
Today after work I am going to hit the pool. I am also going to go again tomorrow morning with my mom. I tried to sign up for a spin class on Sunday but it was already full. I made a schedule of the activities and the days I will do them. It gives me hope that I will continue to lose weight, stay in shape and maybe get some great cross training in that will help me be a stronger runner in the long run. No pun intended.
Sunday - Spin
Monday - Body Pump (will nix the squats and lunges and only do upper body and abs)
Tuesday - Swim and then Spin at 5:30
Wednesday - Pump
Thursday - Swim and then Spin at 5:30
Friday - Swim
Saturday - Pump and Swim
at least that is what I am hoping to do. I am sure I will skip out on a few classes and take a rest day at least once a week. I really want to keep up my endurance and maybe even getting better. Swimming four laps tired me out completely so clearly spending more time in the pool will help build up my cardio and that will obviously help me with running!
I am trying to stay positive. I will have some dark days where I am depressed and be angry. Hopefully those will be fewer and far in between. Hopefully I will be back up to running sooner than expected as well. I don't want to push too hard too fast and ruin everything for the whole year, however, I don't think it is unreasonable to think that I can run the KBCM at the end of May. I do not want to let down my partner who has been working so hard!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I will update and let you all know what the doctors say about my effed up knee. I am sure it is runners knee and nothing is torn or anything but just going to get a peace of mind and hope that they tell me I can run through the pain and wont cause any further damage. Yeah not holding my breath that they tell me that, but who knows, they might!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
ANYWAYS, back to the goods...or the not so goods I guess.
1. I am TRULY hating my knee right now. I know I shouldn't say that, and I would really hate it if it had to get removed from my body and left me all alone, but I am just not wanting to hang out and chat it up with my knee. I am pretty upset that it isn't listening to me and getting better already.
2. I am hating how awkward my first pool experience was yesterday. However, my friends at work are really enjoying it so I guess that is good. If I can't bring joy and laughter in my own life at least my social awkwardness and humiliating experiences light the lives of others. I'm a giver, what can I say?
3. I am hating numbers. Especially these numbers....
7.1 - miles that i ran last
6 - days since my last run
13.1- miles I need to run
8 - days I have left until my first 1/2 of the season
42059840928509 hours it will probably take me to finish said first 1/2 as I haven't run recently and have no idea when I can run again.
4. I am hating that every season A-pod and I get into and watch on Netflix ends;
cannot believe I am admitting this and am only admitting it because i know it will give so much joy and laughter from Alan - BATTLESTAR GALATICA
However we will never run out of episodes to watch of dun dun aka Law and Order. We call it dun dun because that is what the theme sound or whatever sounds like. Yeah, you wish you were as cool as us
Those are just a few. Basically if there is a show and it got canceled for being too cool for tv, we will watch it, love it and then be pissed that they canceled it for being too cool for tv!
5. I am hating how it is "spring" but clearly Vermont didn't get the memo. We got snow on Monday and we are back in the 30's. Be jealous! Although, I looked at the 10 day forecast and it is supposed to be in the high 40's next week. Hopefully I will be back to running just in time for the nice weather
6. I am hating that to have a day off from work I actually have to use vacation time. I wish you only had to come in if you have stuff to fill the 8 hour day. I think it would make people more efficient if you only worked the hours you needed to get stuff done. I am sure everyone could get everything done a lot quicker that way! Just saying.
That is all that I could come up with in the past few minutes. I am sure if I had more time this could be a lot longer however, I have chewed up enough negative time for the day. On to being positive. Or trying to be at least.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Alan suggested to NOT run today (again) and to maybe try swimming. We live basically next to the gym and they have open swimming all day long. I realized that wasn't such a bad idea and figured I would give it a go. He then added, "that is what a lot of people do after they have knee surgery!" - insert more tears. In my mind I went to a really crazy place. Is he saying that he thinks I need knee surgery? I told you that I went to a crazy place.
At lunch today I went back to Dick's and purchased a pair of goggles for my swim today. I figure even when my knee does get better -because I know it will get better- swimming will still be a great cross training workout. The only problem with swimming is how hungry I get. Like cannot get enough food in my mouth, chew fast enough to get said food in my stomach, hungry. So this should be interesting seeing as how I am trying to watch what I eat and lose the two pounds that has somehow found me since Sunday despite trying to LOSE weight to be on this weight loss challenge.
Depression hurts....and yes, I am slightly - ok if we are being honest I am really Depressed!
Yesterday I got the KT tape and last night I had Alan apply it to my knee. I didn't notice a difference as it doesn't hurt just walking around really. I am hoping though with the added support it will help it get better.
I am also going to try to run today on it. We'll see how that goes. I tried to just jog a little on it this morning when I took the dog out and figured it was less than 10 feet to go back inside. Yeah. Pain. So we'll see. I am just super bummed and really having cabin fever. I really need to get a good PAIN free run in to regain my sanity!
Also to add more insult to injury, I am semi partaking in Paula's excellence challenge for weight loss. I have to be the only person to gain 2lbs in 2 days while on a WEIGHT LOSS challenge! I tracked everything that I ate yesterday and I do see improvements. Basically I am eating way too many carbs than one really needs even when running miles and miles. Especially when I am not running I do not need that many carbs. So will be re-vamping my eating, and maybe adding more protein will aid in my healing faster as well. On the menu today, Chobani lemon yogurt (my fave!) Here is hoping to a better day today than the past few days and here is hoping to get a little teeny tiny run in today!
Monday, March 21, 2011
I went to Dicks Sporting Goods on my lunch break and bought a pack of black KT Tape. I am HOPING that I can put this on my knee and it will help me get back up running!
According to the packaging it reduces muscle pain, increase mobility and enchance recovery.
**From their website****
"KT Tape is a revolutionary sports medicine solution for treating and preventing common sports injuries such as ITBS, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, knee pain and more. Ultra-light, elastic, and strong, KT Tape is highly effective at providing pain relief, stability & support, & faster recovery for injured or sore muscles and joints-without sacrificing comfort or freedom of movement"
I am not positive that what I have is "runners knee" or if I twisted weirdly while dodging slush and mud on my Thursday run but I am willing to spend $13+ on this tape and will apply it as if I do have runners knee and HOPE that it will work wonders.
I wanted to get a fun color but Dicks had a crappy selection (5 rolls of black and 1 roll of beige) so I opted for the black. Beige is just so grandma panties of a color.
I will let you all know how it goes!!!!
***FYI I will be buying this online from now on from their website as there are a LOT more colors online and cheaper than it was at Dicks! Hopefully though, I wont need that much more...although, It might be a good idea to have some on hand at the house for just in case as it can be used for all sorts of ailments and apparently stays on for a long time!
Yesterday I tried to do a run on it but it was just painful and more discomfort then I think I should push through. So I spent the day with it elevated with ice on it. I also was popping some advil just incase anything is inflamed. I am hoping that after today I will be able to get back into running. I have 13.1 miles calling my name in a few weeks and I do not want this injury to side line me or to cause me not to finish. I have been working way too hard to not run these races to the best of my ability.
I guess only time will tell. I will put my time in and rest and hopefully I will get better faster and will have some great runs to boost my spirits and will be back to my old self just in time to get some PRs in the next races.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Also, I went home on my lunch break to get my bike so I can drop it off for a tune up. Well you can only imagine what 3 years of not riding and being hung up in a garage will do for a bike. I have never seen so many cob webs and the layer of dirt that has encased the bike is substantial. I can't even wait to see the grimace on the bike shop person's face when I roll that beauty in. Wondering if its even worth the cost of the tune up and the cost of all the fixes I am sure that I will have to pay for in order to get it up and running. Wondering if it will be better to bring it to the bike swap sale and to buy a new (last years) model. Something to think about when I get the quote back I suppose.
On a brighter note. Its firday and I am leaving work soon. And it is over 50 degrees today. Really starting to feel like spring. THANK GOD!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Most of my splits were under 8 min/mile except for mile 4 and 5. Sirius was getting a little tired at that point and just kept wanting to get into the snow and roll around. I finally was able to get him back into "working mode" and keep going for the home stretch.
On a more positive note; due to the fact that the clocks did change it is lighter longer in the day. However, it also means that I am drivng to work in the dark. FAIL. I cannot wait until it is light again in the mornings and with the warmer temperatures I can resume my runs in the morning. Hopefully that will also help my poor over heating husky!
I am going to attempt to take SWP out for a run today after work. It is going to be slightly warmer than it was on Tuesday (a high of 47 today!!!!) so we'll see how he does. Alan assures me that once he blows his winter coat he will do better. He better or else I am trading him in for a grey hound! Just kidding! I would never...Or would I?
I took yesterday off so I could run some errands. I haven't skipped a workout in a long time. Like a real planned workout. I almost always make it to the gym on Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays. Those are like the fixed days in my schedule so that I can run on the treadmill and also do an hour of my weight class. However, my knee was a little stiff, and I had so much to do. I was able to accomplish all my errands that would have otherwise been spread out the rest of the week. So thankfully, I don't have to do anything today after work except run! After my run I think I will take my bike to the shop and get the tune up it so desperately needs! HOPEFULLY once I get my bike back from the shop I will start riding into work. Its ridiculous how excited I am to start doing that! I haven't ridden a bike in SO long but don't think riding less than 5 miles to work will be too strenuous or take too long. I am hoping it will be around 20 mins? I figure if I can run 5 miles in less than 40 min I should be able to bike in less than 20. Hopefully I am not too surprised with how long the commute actually takes. That would suck!
Hope you all have a great Thursday and get in a great run. I know I am really looking forward to my run. I even warned puppy that if he didn't run well today that he was going to be dropped off at the house and be left behind. Just like they do in the Iditarod. If a dog under preforms they are left at the checkpoint and dropped from the race. I am sure I really scared him so it should be a great run for the both of us!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
For example, I say I run 7 miles on average a day. Somedays that is true and other days not so much. However, I view myself as a runner, and I run because I want to. I want to run 7 days a week 7 + miles a day. I say this because I want it to happen. Some days I do run 7 miles. Some days I run more than 7 miles. Some days, like yesterday I run less than 5 miles. I am sure it all averages out to about 7 (give or take) but I say it because once its out in the open its like I have to hold myself accountable to ensure that it is true. In a way, it keeps me honest.
On the other side, it can be a bad thing. Giving someone a nickname that isn't kind or telling someone that they are dumb also does the same thing. I once was watching a talk show and the mother kept calling her one child the "good one" and the other one "wild child". The talk show host said why do you do that? The mother responded, well the one is the good one and other is wild. They are their nicknames. The talk show host then asked, did you ever stop and think that they are living up to the expectations you have of them? The one that is wild is striving to be even more wild because that is the name and the expectation you gave them?
I saw that show maybe over ten years ago and it has always stayed with me. It is true. When someone says something enough to themselves or to someone else you want to live up to that expectation. If someone says to themself that they are fat and over weight then they accept that of themselves and assume it will always be that way and that there is nothing that they can do to change. If someone on the other hand says I am thin, sexy, beautiful and am healthy, then they will choose a lifestyle to help promote and to sustain what they see themself as.
I want to view myself as someone who is healthy, someone who runs for fitness and enjoys running. Seeing myself this way helps me choose healthier alternatives and to keep running and working out to help sustain the image I have of myself. So when asked, I will keep saying that I run, and that I love to run. That I run on average 7+ miles a day. Maybe one day I will even say I run on average 10 miles a day. Maybe I should start saying that so that I can live up to what I say about myself.
Sorry for the randomness today! Just something I was have been thinking about and has been on my mind for a while. I guess I am tired of hearing people say something over and over and over again but not doing anything about it. However, instead of feeling negative about that I shoudl see the positive. Maybe they are saying that thing over and over and over again more to themself because they want to do the thing that they are saying, or they want to feel the way that they say they feel. OR maybe I am just reading more into something that is nothing and getting irritated over nothing! It has happened before!!!!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I am thinking 7 miles might be good for todays run. I have a great loop that doesn't involve going on the bike path at all - which is STILL not plowed!!!!! I am sure the side walks will be flooded but a little water never hurt anyones feet!
Speaking of wet feet. I bought a pair of North Face "winter running shoes" that are water proof. I LOVE them. They have lasted all winter and had great tread and prevented a lot of slipping around. However, they are getting too many miles on them, and the seam on the top right shoe is coming undone. The past two times I have run in them my right foot has gotten wet. I am slightly irritated and am even more anxious now for warmer DRYER weather. I will definitely be purchasing another pair of these next winter OR maybe a pair of the winter Vibrams!!!!! Either way, I might have to purchase two pairs of winter running shoes for next winter as I am sure to add more miles than this year. At least that is the hope!!!!
As much as I knock winter, and snow, I will really miss it. It has been great just SWP and I running together. Because it's cold not very many people are out so the paths and side walks are pretty deserted. Its just us, our breaths and our feet making any sort of noises. It has really evolved my love for running. It makes me appreciate that I can run. If you haven't run outside in the cold yet, I recommend it. There is nothing more beautiful than watching the sun rise, or set, and you can see your breath in the air. It's amazing and I will miss it. However, the spring, summer and fall also are amazing in their own way. I am excited to revisit each season with my shoes and my dog!
Monday, March 14, 2011
HGTV is having a dream home give away. I entered in twice daily for the two months and have been planning on how to rearrange the furniture so that Alan and I feel more at home when we win it and move in.
How great I will look in a bikini this year. I imagine having a toned six pack and well defined arms.
How great I will feel when I cross the finish line at 1:45 mark for my 13.1 I am running in a few weeks.
The whole idea is envisioning yourself doing something, or achieving something and sending those positive waves out into the environment and because you are surrounding yourself with those thoughts they will come true.
Sometimes I feel like this works. Other times I think its just coincidental. I guess I haven't really bought into the whole idea yet. Well, this weekend I definitely had a moment where it might be true.
I have been talkign to Alan about getting my bike tuned up and how I would like to start riding my bike to work. I mapped out the route and it would be along the bike paths for the most part and it would be under 5 miles to ride it. Not bad at all. Not only would it be some great cross training, but it would also save on gas and miles on my car. However, I need to get my bike tuned up. I basically haven't ridden my bike in 3 years. I suck I know. Well, I went and bought the Sundays paper yesterday and guess waht was on the front. A coupon sticker for a local bike/ski shop and its $20 dollars off a tune up! WOO HOO. I am booking an appointment today and taking it as a sign to stop saying and thinking about riding my bike and to actually ride it!
If the secret worked on my bike idea, hopefully it will work with that HGTV dream home in Stowe!!!! I promise you all can come and visit!!!!!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Wednesday usually are my speed workout because I am pressed for time. However, becaues of the not getting too much distance in this week so far and the fact that SWP isn't going to day care for a few weeks I am not pressed for time and I feel the need - not for speed - but for distance! Who knows, I enjoy my own personal 1/2 marathon so much on Sunday we might have a repeat!
So here is my first ever, What I am HATING Wednesdays!
1. I am hating that after my stellar run on Sunday night I have not had any mileage at all. Oh wait, I did run yesterday (less than a mile - thank you snow banks and unplowed sidewalks!)
2. I am hating that all of a sudden I have twelve year old boy acne! I have amazingly clear skin and never ever break out. I started to use Jergens gradual tanning lotion or whatever and loved it. I used it on my arms and legs and really noticed a difference and looked a lot tanner. Well they also make a face moisturizer so I recently bought that. Ummm yeah. Hello gross nastiness! It is actually quite embarassing and the only way I make it through the day is to laugh about it. But really, I am crying inside! Ok maybe not that dramatic....or maybe ....
3. I am hating that I ordered SEVEN yes 7 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. What the heck was I thinking!!!! I don't even allow myself to buy chips or anything at the grocery store because I know my husband and I way too well. Once we buy something like that it is GONE. Plus it is a waste of money and we are trying to be really good about saving lately. So not only do we eat junk food way too quickly that it is a waste but it is a waste because then we have extra poundage. So as a rule I just don't buy junk food. That has been going on for years now. Well I must have been caught at a moment of weakness or something becasue I put an order in for 7 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. These 7 boxes will probably be the end to me! I hope they are well hidden at our house (Alan I know you are reading this - go hide the cookies!!!!!)
4. I am hating nail polish residue. Sunday I painted my nails a dark greyish black color and was really excited. I haven't painted my nails in SO LONG and wanted a little change. Well after I got back from the gym and showered and did the dishes they were PEELING off. Like the whole entire thing of polish peeled off my nails. UMM ok. So I peeled as much as I could off from the others and then used nail polish remover. I still have black on the edges. I used q-tips to try to get in the cracks. Nope. Nothing. Fine, I am over it!
5. I am hating how much I am loving Justin's Nut Butter. I ate a whole jar last week and still am in shock over my gluttony. But don't worry. I went to the store and bought two more jars! I needed one for home and one for work so the withdrawl shakes wouldn't be so bad! I also recruited another addict. Poor A-snizzle he didnt' even stand a chance against the powers of the honey peanut butter goodness! Sorry Love. Addicts love company! Welcome to the addiction! (if you haven't bought a jar of any of Justin's nut butter, I implore you to do so immediately so you too can feel powerless against the deliciousness!)
6. I am hating that I got up early to take the dog out and started my car so that it would be nice and warm this morning when I left for work and wouldn't have to scrape the windshield. Well that was a nice thought. I did start my car. However when I went back out to leave for work the ice was still on my windshield and other windows. I forgot to put the heat on so it was still cold in my car. What a ding dong I am! That was a fail!
7. I am hating my hair. Lately I just have not known what to do with it. I am tired of seeing it so blonde and straight but don't know what else I can do with it. I have been entertaining the thought of going darker. But I don't want to look like a vampire! (my complexion is rumored to be on the verge of albinoism!) I also am scared that it will take a LONG time to go back from brown to blonde if I hate it so much. I also really like my hair long, but latley it has been really sraggly at the ends. I even just got a trim and feel like the ends are back to being unhealthy. I blame the harsh wind and snow from when I run outside. If anyone has any great ideas let me know. I don't want to go short because I have been there (several times) and not wanting to do that again. I really like Blake Lively's hair, however it is long and blonde...
but I also really like this....
I really have no idea what to do with these locks. Part of me wants to stop being blonde to get my hair healthy. Part of me wants to stay blonde because I always have been. If I continue doing what I've always done I will continually get what I already have. Or something like that.
8. I am really hating how either retarded I am, or how stupid blogger is because it took me no joke an hour to write this post because of the pictures. I love to read blogs with pictures. The more pics, the more entertained I am. So I want to have my blog be a blog that I would want to read. So that means more pictures. For some reason the pictures are never placed where I want them to be. Instead they are always placed at the top. Which means I either need to get all the pictures put in first and then write my blog, OR I need to take an hour to make a single post. I have tried to use blogger in IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, nothing makes a difference. So clearly either blogger SUCKS or I am dumb and can't figure out a simple thing. (in my defence Alan couldn't figure it out either however he hates blogger so who knows if he even really tried....) If I continue doing this blog thing, then I will definitely be switching to something else....
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I live really close to one of my gyms locations and can walk there in less than 5 minutes so I didn't have to drive. I started getting mentally prepared to brave the weather and to trek the LONG trip to the gym when I got an email from the gym saying they weren't opening until 3pm. Ok. I can handle that. So I rested and relaxed for the morning. Then I got another email saying that none of the locations were opening except one. NOT the one that is near me. DARN. So, I opted for some other form of exercise. I pulled mine and A-sneezies snow shoes out and he and I went along the bike path. It was so pretty and SWP had a blast bunny hopping his way through the snow.
I felt like it was a great workout because there was so much snow and you really had to lift your legs up and push yourself through the snow. I also used poles so felt like I got some abdominal twisting action going on.
After we got back I knew I had to do the enevitable. I had to dig my car out from the snow. I had about 5 feet from the side where the plows didn't get too close to dig out from as well as the 3 feet in front and in back. I started shoveling and had to carry the snow around my car over the side walk to dump into the garden area. Digging, picking up, and carrying pounds of snow for 5 feet walks at a time is a lot of fun! I was definitely sweating up a storn and can feel it in my shoulders. Screw Body Pump. I need to weekly shovel snow apparently! I was cooking and digging up a storm UNTIL my shovel broke. The shovel was a small one that I kept in the back of my car for "just in case" purposes. It had an extendable arm and was really nice and compact. The handle broke up so I was left with only a 12 inch by 12 inch shovel area and a 1.5 foot long arm. UM ok. This is fun. Things went a lot slower then!
Note to self: get a new shovel! You live in Vermont!!!!
A pain as it was to dig out yesterday, it was a great workout and I had absolutely no issues getting out this morning! (they still haven't plowed!!!) Thanks A for helping me dig yesterday! I appreciate it!!!!
I am hoping that they do lots of plowing on the side walks and I can get out for a little run today after work. I know Sirius will enjoy it and I will love being out in the fresh air! My legs are craving a little run and I don't want to disapoint! If the side walks aren't plowed, then I will be hoofing it to the treadmills tomorrow pre pump I guess.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
hmmm. Doesn't look too good at all. It has already rained and now it sounds like it is sleeting. So unless something dramatically improves in the next few hours I don't see a run in my near future. Good thing I ended up dragging my butt out yesterday and did at least a little run!
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Living in Vermont, in the winter, is hard. There is nothing easy about the winters here. Being a runner in Vermont in the winter is even harder. There is not enough dri fit material that you can layer to keep you warm some days. Today, will be one of those days.
I haven't run with Sirius in a few days. I treadmilled it yesterday took the day before off. Treadmilled it Monday. Did an easy, 2 mile run on Sunday. I think the last time I ran with him, like really ran a good run with him was last Tuesday, the 22nd! THAT IS WAY TOO LONG. I love him, and he LOVES to run. He might be the sole reason why I now LOVE to run.
I don't have anything else to compare this to, but to run with a dog that was born to run is something almost magical. He literally was bred to run fast and far!
*side story - his mother was rescued from a Canadian sled dog musher. He used his team of dogs to do sled races and sled dog tours. He fell onto hard times. In my opinion, I believe that he wanted to try to save his dogs and to afford to keep them all, so he came up with the plan to breed them. He clearly was over his head when he realized that he had 30 pregnant dogs ontop of the 60+ that he already owned. (30 pregnant dogs would be almost 300 puppies!!!) It was the end of November when the Candian authorities stepped in. They rescued Jadzia (Sirius's mom's name that the rescue org. gave her) and she gave birth to SWP 2 days after the seize. You can read and watch more here *
Sirius grins when he runs; like a real happy, love life, this is the best thing that I could be doing right now, kind of grin. He puts his ears back, opens his mouth ever so slights and turns up his lips. He gets a sparkle in his poop brown colored eyes and he just puts his head down and goes. When we run together you can just tell that he is so in love with you because you are taking him on the best thing that could ever be done. He will turn his head and look up at you. Look right into your eyes with this stupid, happy, grin. It just makes you want to go further and faster than you planned on just to prolong that stupid happy grin of his. I live to run with him. He lives to run with me. Its a great partnership.
However, when it is 0 degrees or a high of 15 it makes it hard to get the motivation to bundle up and to get out there and run. Especially when there are snow banks and snow drifts and icy sidewalks. Makes for a very hazardous run! However, I need to run today. I need to run with SWP. He is at work today with Alan and so I have to run 3 miles alone to pick him up and then I get the company of him for another 3 miles. He usually only gets settled into a rhythm around the 2 mile mark so this run might turn into a longer one than expected. He enjoys 6 milers. So his 6 might be my 9. We'll see. First I need to get motivation to run today. Good thing I have 7.5 hours to think of all the reasons why I should run, and all the reasons why I want to run! Although the only reason I need is him sometimes!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
I have been in a music funk lately and asked for some help from my brother. Here is what I like to call treadmill 3.0 playlist:
Lose yourself - Eminem
C'mon (catch em by surprise) - Tiesto
Savior - Rise Against
No Love - Eminem
Hey baby (Drop it to the floor) - Pitbull
Born this way - Lady Ga ga
Hello Good Morning - Diddy
Not Afraid - Eminem
We R who we R - Kesha
You be Killin em - Fabolous
Till I collapse - Eminem
Live your Life - T.I / Rihanna
Teenage Crime (axwell remix) - Adrian Lux
Peacock - Katy Perry
All of the lights - Kanye
How far we've come - Matchbox 20
Hot Tottie - usher
Heads will roll - Yeah yeah yeahs
On to the Next one - Jay z
I Need a Dr. - Dr. Dre
Uprising - Muse
quite an eclectic aray of music but hopefully it pumps me up and keeps me pumping my legs!
Yesterday I was looking at my running log notebook and realized that the whole entire month of February, all 28 days, I wrote January__ for my runs. So Clearly February never happened, so how do I only have five weeks left? THIS IS RIDICULOUS. I usually don't freak out (I can't tell if that is a lie or not....) but I am slightly freaking out right now.
It isn't that I don't feel prepared, it is that I feel under prepared. If that makes sense at all. I haven't run more than 10 miles yet; and most of my 10 milers were broken up into two parts with 60 minutes of weights in between. Does that even count as 10 miles then? Oh. EM. GEE. Clealry I need to put my tush into gear and really buckle down. Clearly we are in March, and clearly February will not be back until NEXT YEAR. I need to deal with what has already been done. I need to run more, and relax less.
Now that I have a plan in motion, I should be all set.....maybe.
Definitely running today at the gym! It better be a good run too OR ELSE!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I get lots of advice without asking for it, and lots of grief and worried looks for no reason. I have been pulled off to the side due to my weight loss over the past year. Ummm I have been running and eating healthy. I have been told not to run so many miles. I have been told that when I am 40 I will have wished I didn't run so much in my 20's. I have been told to eat more sugar, and more greasy food to increase my calories. I have been told to do this or to do that. Why would I want to please someone that clearly has no idea what I am going through? I do not want to increase my calories via fast food and/or fried food just to make someone else happy.
People look at me weird when I pass on brownies or re-fill my water bottle that holds 32oz for the tenth time that day. I am so tired of the looks and the comments. I wish that I worked in a fitness industry where my weird habits of eating peppers and hummus for lunch wasn't frowned upon or induced concern. I wish that I could rave about my run from last night to someone, instead of fearing that someone will hear that I ran 10 miles the day before, just for fun.
It is hard to be a runner. It is hard to move through life amongst non runners. It is hard to not feel left out and to realize that you belong to a better club. A club that cares about well being and health. That black toenails signify winning a battle. That winning a lottery slot for a marathon is equal to winning a lottery of monetary value (ok maybe not like multi million dollar jackpots but you understand...)
I guess I am having an off day. I guess I am bored at work and feeling down in the dumps. I don't know. Just some things that have been on my mind lately. Sorry for the rant!