Monday, February 28, 2011

Jack Kelly and the Coolest Track Ever

    All I can manage on this rainy Monday morning with both my boys back to school and work after a week off is randomness :) On a good note for this Monday, I get to read in my son's Kindergarten class later :D


First some weekend training:
Saturday: 4 mile run @ 8:10 pace 
Sunday: 30 minutes stair running, lots of pull-up work (flexed hang and negatives), planks, push-ups, dips (I'm on an arm toning mission which will be posted about soon!)


2nd
The only thing I have to say about the Oscar's is Yayyy Jack Kelly :)))

18 yr old Christian Bale was by far my biggest childhood crush


 I could still watch this movie everyday, so so amazing :) and I think I need to put the soundtrack on my running playlist :D

He was looking a bit older than his 36 yrs last night though
The sexy accent makes up for it ;)

 3rd
I saw this on Matty, Run, Run's blog and had to share because I'm obsessed with it:

        COOLEST. TRACK. EVER.
         located in Elda, Spain

4th 
My Playlist for yesterday's stairs, these 4 songs on repeat:
Cameras~ Matt and Kim - I think this one got like 3-4 plays
Club Can't Handle Me~ Flo Rida/ D Guetta
Born This Way~ Lady Gags
Love Like Woe~ The Ready Set- Was gonna stop running at 22 min, but this song x 2 got me to 30 :D

5th
    I have over 250 followers. Why are you all here?  ;)  Anyway thanks for putting up with my awful writing, I'm truly flattered :)

Blog things to come this week (hopefully):
Feb. recap/ March goals
Project Arms!
BBM #7
Cool Things that Need a Shout Out
Random things that take up space in my head and need to get out :)

Last: Today was/ is (maybe) gonna be long run (8-10) but it is pouring and thunder/lightning-ing.  So I haven't decided yet if I will go long on the tread or push it till tomorrow. I may BodyRock and short tread today.

   Have you seen the Newsies?  Were you as obsessed with it as I was?
   I think it is impossible to have seen it and NOT be obsessed with it.  I used to march around the playground (in 6th grade) singing all the songs and pretending I was a Newsie.  I got one other girl and one boy to do it with me, but I think the boy only did it because he had a crush on the other girl.

   Who were your childhood celeb crushes?
  
  Besides Christian "Jack Kelly" Bale: Taylor Hanson and Erik Von Detten (From Disney's TV Skater Movie, Brink!)  

Saturday, February 26, 2011

First Swim and Official Time

   Sooo I was pleasantly surprised with my official time: 12:19 (6:36 pace).  

   Surprised because I saw the clock ticking to 11 flat with 2 laps left (400 m) and as it was all a blur after that I figured around 12:30 (although I vaguely remember seeing the teens as I kicked it in, but I was in a fog and wasn't sure).  That means my last 400 was around 79! 

   This also means I BLEW UP (not in a good way!)  in the whole middle of the race :( .   I recall my first mile split around 6:11,  so my few laps after that must have been slow (comparative to the rest of my run).

    Also I am definitely faster in the shorter stuff than I was in HS, as I killed myself (in HS) to run a 79 400 (yeaa Chelle  NO 59 here :D) and my 800 PR was 2:39.  I think I could crush that one now.   In order to do better in the longer stuff,  continued endurance training and longer intervals are in the plan.

     Ohhh and I should of mentioned it sooner, THANK YOU for your awesome comments!!! I built this race up so much on here and in my head that it was really hard to report back with less than what I hoped.

   AND according to the site the meet went till 1 AM!!, We left halfway through the men's 3000, a little after 8 I think?

The line well after I had registered, they had to call women's 3k runners to the front bc they needed to get start.

       Last bit about the races, the top 10k relay went 22:25!! It was a 10 person relay where each team member ran 5 200 meter legs, but still that is SMOKIN!!  I would have loved to do that but  I didn't have a team :(  That and the last relay (they had 3 heats) went off on Early Friday Morning.

On to yesterdays workout, I was actually really sad that my legs were not sore at all when I woke up, but I still have this nagging sore throat ( that started immediately after my race) and stomach-not-rightness.  

My sister is home on LI this week (winter teaching break) and she asked me if I wanted to go swimming, YES!

She joined New York Sports Club in her area and can use any of the NYSCs, so we went to the closest one and I used her guess pass.

  Workout:
         3 mile easy run at 8-8:30 pace
        FIRST SWIM SINCE SUMMER~ 600 m, nothing special, felt good but i DID feel it in my arms.  And this morning I'm feeling it in my arms even more :D
    
Finished with some time in the sauna.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Lessons (3k Race Report)

      Blogging is great and all, but  reporting back that you did not meet your goal is a little sad :(

  I really wasn't even  close, I didn't see my exact time because I was too busy sprinting it in and then dying, but it was well over 12 minutes.  Around 12:30 I think which is 1:15 ish over my goal. Official time isn't posted yet.

   I went out too fast, with an 80 sec 400 (5:20 pace), but it felt really easy at the time so I just went with it.  And then all moisture was sucked from my mouth and throat.  No joke that place is DRY.  I pretty much could not swallow.  I guess 9 years caused me to forget this little detail, along with what it takes to run a low-11 3k.

    I severely underestimated what it took to run 6 min pace for 2 miles and overestimated what kind of shape I was in.  Going in to this race I really had no idea what I could accomplish, so I shot for the moon and landed among the stars :)  My pace ended up being (I'm not sure exactly yet) around 6:30-6:40 and I'm not gonna cry about that.

  I'm considering it very productive training for my sub 20 5k :)

 And I gave possibly above 110%, given I could not keep anything down for the rest of the night.  I got sick immediately after and possibly not the greatest idea we stopped at a restaurant on the way to the train and well . . .


  I've also been hacking up a lung since I crossed the finish line and feel like I have Strepp throat. (from the dryness) 


Really, I thought that this was a good idea??


  :D I am happy I did it though, the whole atmosphere was fun and it is good to know where I am physically, how much work I have to do and how much harder I am going to have to work for it.  I think I wanted it to come easy.  


 As they say, 
"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare."


On a happy note, I found 15$ on the floor in Penn Station which covered my race entry :)

Some Pics:
Start


All the running pics are blurry, I'm too fast for the camera ;)

I'm leading here, but I didn't win.  Also I seeded myself in the 3rd heat.  The winner in the first heat ran LOW 10 minutes and made it look straight up EASY.  Most of the competitors were local college runners.

It was really cool just being here again.

Wall of Sneakers

   Some Lessons:
~Matt took a video, I am still swinging my arms across my body way too much (I did this in HS too).
~ I put too much pressure on my self;  goals are good, giving yourself anxiety for a week is not.
~ I do however want to achieve my goals so better training is needed, I think the warmer weather should help me get on my "A" game on :)

Some Music:
   I only remember one song from my race and then a few other songs during the night that I though were good songs to run to.

During my race: "Don't You Want Me"- Human League
Other Songs: "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"- Cyndi Lauper
                      "Summer of '69"- Bryan Adams
                      "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"- Wham -I would have loved to run to this one :D
                       "Always Something There to Remind Me"- Naked Eyes

    There were a bunch more and I can't even think of them right now, plus we didn't stay for the whole thing. 

  And there you have it, not quite the race report I wanted, but still a great night. 

   Now if I could get rid of this killer sore throat, hacking and stomach ache (still 12 + hours later) I'd be even happier.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Peace Be The Journey


I'm off to the city with my new tiny Adidas Backpack (I got it from Marshall's on Tues :)

If this we're like most races I'd have been done 4 hours ago and not freaking out anymore.

We're going in a little, but not to early were I end up walking around for hours.
 I would love for Nollie to be there, but we prob won't be home till 11 or after
that's a little late for him so he's hanging out with Nanny, Pop Pop and the Cuz-ers

Katie in Motion

I'm gonna go with the though that as long as I know that I gave it 110% and I have nothing left when I cross that finish line, it's a success  :)


In response to some I thought I would lose followers because taking 1000 pics of myself seems really self-absorbed (I guess it is; I prefer to think of myself as crazy), but I gained a follower :D  
Thanks for all your comments
I can't think straight, I'll thank you better tomorrow :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Self-Indulgent Pre Race Pics

   I may lose a few followers with this post, but Race Outfit photo shoots have kind of become a ritual for me.   It helps me relax a little and feel confident, especially when I see my buff leg muscles :D

What I'm wearing for my indoor track race tomorrow night:
Not quite EMZ Abs

Just call me the Speeding Zebra
Happy,  Chris K. Manly?

   All kidding aside, tomorrow's outfit is kinda boring:

It's weird running a track race without having a team singlet to wear.

I meant to look like I was running, Not like I'm in a marching band :)

Racing Muskles


Garmin came yesterday!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Nerves

            I'm pretty much thinking out loud here, along with over thinking things entirely.

   I had one of those dreams nightmares last night were you're in a race and no matter how hard you try you legs don't want to move.   I used to have these a lot while racing every weekend in HS/ College.  I hadn't had one in a while because I'd stopped racing and only started entering races again a few months ago.  I forgot how awful those nightmares are.  Have any of you had these kind of nightmares where you're racing, but your legs refuse to move?

      It is safe to say this race has been occupying a large part of my mind the past few days and I am straight up scared about it.   I am definitely questioning why I thought it was such a brilliant idea to put myself through 10 minutes of leg burning, lung bursting pain (the first minute is all adrenaline and fresh legs and optimism).  If I want any sort of decent time, I'm going to have to make it hurt like hell.  and it is freaking me out.


    Physically I think it is in me, I have the speed to run a sub 6 mile and the endurance to run 13+, so I should be able to put together 2- 6 minute miles (and actually 200m less than 2 miles), but if I can't mentally gut it out I have no shot.

    Bottom line: It is going to hurt. A lot.  Why did I think this was a good idea??
 and at the same time I am very excited about it and thinking it was a GREAT idea :)


    I'm, at least, feeling ready-ish. Most of the weekend weight is gone and no alcohol since Saturday night.  I ran three miles with some speed work mixed in yesterday.  Today I will do a little shake out run and some strides after.  And I know that despite training not being as planned out as HS, I am very much fitter than I was back then.

   Yesterday I took out my old "Once a Runner" book.  If you have not read it yet: Drop everything you're doing and go get it!!  :D  It is more of a track book I guess, the main character is a miler, but most runners can relate to the overall mindset.


  My favorite quote from the book:
"... Or we can blaze! Become legends in our own time, strike fear in the heart of mediocre talent everywhere! We can scald dogs, put records out of reach! Make the stands gasp as we blow into an unearthly kick from three hundred yards out! We can become God's own messengers delivering the dreaded scrolls! We can race dark Satan himself till he wheezes fiery cinders down the back straightaway....They'll speak our names in hushed tones, 'those guys are animals' they'll say! We can lay it on the line, bust a gut, show them a clean pair of heels. We can sprint the turn on a spring breeze and feel the winter leave our feet! We can, by God, let our demons loose and just wail on!" 


     Race Outfit post to come tomorrow :)

    And I bought a Garmin 405.  It was totally impulsive and semi alcohol influenced.  I ordered it online, from my phone, while at the Isles game. (It was on sale!).  It should be here this week :D

Monday, February 21, 2011

Links I'm Loving Today

   There is a lot of awesome stuff going down in the blog world today, so I figured I should share some of what I am loving :)

~Melissa and Amanda both rocked the burpees videos yesterday (and they both kick my bootay with their burpees) Awesome girls :D   Tri-James also kicked trash. . . 43!!!

~ Austin (or Matt? Scott?)@ Enjoy the Ride is giving away some cool tri bike gear for newbies (first come, first serve!)

~ Through Austin's blog I found amazing triathlete Tawnee's blog.  I love her philosophy on combining strength training and endurance training

~ On the topic of strength/resistance training, RunnerDude has a GREAT core workout video on his blog today!

~  The famous Fitnessista posted a link about nominating health/fitness blogs for Women's Health Blogs We Love.  So if you have the time and want to give me a little blog love (and you think I'm deserving), I'd be very grateful if you'd nominated me.  Let me know if you want a nom as well :)

   That's all I can recall right now (wanted to get this up quick so my readers could have a chance at Austin's giveaway) if I remember something else in a bit I'll add it :)

   Okay one more thing: I found this amazing red pepper & eggplant bruschetta spread at the grocery store yesterday.  It is made by Marco Polo (I always get their jarred roasted red peppers).  I made a wrap with using it and some roasted red pepper slices, mozzerella and basil, it was so good I might have a repeat tonight!   


*Mr. Whiney Manly has posted a very informative interview with Ultra runner Tim Twietmeyer.  Despite the fact that he begged me to link it ;), it really is pretty awesome.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

23


That's my final count.


I wanted 30, but 2 minutes of straight burpees is challenging enough, I will take 23.  For Now.


    I've been slacking on my push-ups the past few weeks, so today's burpees were actually harder than my first few attempts.  Plus I mysteriously gained 5 lbs in between Friday and Saturday (I'm sure it had nothing to do with two night eating out and hockey game food/drinks).

   My first attempt tonight I only got to 20 and I was kinda bummed because I didn't get a video of my previous 23.  So I took a little rest and tried again.  23.  Except I think the first set looks better.

Grammy's music themed burpee videos:






You've still got a few hours left to join the fun.


. . .and thus far I am true to my word, I DID get more than Kovas, Patrick and Mr. Manly combined (since none of them did it :P)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Last Chance

. . . to getchurrr BURPEE on for Running Man Wannabe's (and partially mine too) contest!!!!

GET IT DONE :D Seriously, there are prizes (Amazon gift cards!! Chances are really good right now :D)  Even if you can only do 1 burpee in 2 minutes, you're in!

   I'm at 23 and getting in my last effort tomorrow (w/ video).  I'm sure some of you can crush that (no video needed just report your results).  My first two efforts can be seen here.

   Besides the prizes, I 'm pretty sure adding burpees has made me a hell of a lot faster, WORK those legs muskles!


In other news, this kid:


is a good luck charm

    I'm pretty positive The Islanders have only one won like 2 games all season.  And he was at both.

AND

got a puck from Di P at his first ever game

I think his favorite part tonight may have been the Gourmet Cupcakes:


regardless. . . a good  GREAT time was had by all :)

Now really I need to cut out the booze for the next few days. Help.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Prep Work in Numbers

    3-  workouts this week that ended in upchucking (apparently my stomach doesn't handle 6 or under pace very well)


  6:00-  yesterday's mile time


  5:54- today's mile time


   20- times I wanted to quit on the timed miles (and that includes a few times before I was even out the door)


  55°- the temp, I thought 55 was supposed to feel warmer


   2-  yup Nelly I'm absolutely wearing my lightest spikiest spikes. 


Either these:

Super speedy sister's college spikes
or

My HS Beauties :)

OR

Maybe I'll wear one of each
Dork

Either way they will have these:


   6- days till the big race(s*)  They actually have a countdown on the meet site.  I have to take a chill pill though, this week both my boys have off from school/work; the race is near the end of our little vacay and I want to enjoy my time with them and not just be eager/anxious for Thurs.  I wish it was tomorrow.

  70%- confidence level  If I can hold my pace from today I will be thrilled, except both today AND yesterday I wanted to DIE at the end of one mile.  Can I hold that pace for 1400 more meters?? We will see. 
 Hopefully track+spikes+race atmosphere= success :D

80's- music theme for Thursday night


* There is also a 1500 meter race after the 3k, entry is $15 unlimited events.  I'm leaning towards doing it cause. . . why not?  But then again I might be (and should be) completely shot after the 3k.  I do recover well usually. . . I guess you'll just have to wait till Friday morning  to find out what I do ;)


Good Luck to all those with races this weekend, I'm envious!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Three Things Thursday

     1)  You may recall that a few weeks ago I had The 5th Grade Class from (they are kids so I'll put it nicely) The Black Lagoon.  After two days in that class I pretty much threw in the towel on subbing.

  How one of the boys from that class greeted me as soon as he walked in:

                    "HI MRS. HUMAN RESOURSES LADY" X 5

   Who can name that totally inappropriate for a 5th grader movie?

Hint:

I just realized that line was from this movie while watching it over the weekend, nonetheless I knew when he walked in yelling it at me. . .

It was going to be a bad day.

Skip to. . .

    Yesterday was my first day subbing again since then (I had said I was subbing Monday, but I messed the date up, it's  March 14th).  As I said, I over-shopped this weekend (Spring! Summer! Clothes& Bikinis :D) and felt the need to counteract some of it.

  One of the first things I heard yesterday morning:
  
"You are bootiful"

 I knew it was going to be a good day. . . and it absolutely was :)


    2)  It was such a great day that I actually  did a little workout of push-ups, planks and plank-ups on the reading rug while the class was in Music.  I had Pandora playing on my phone and this Jack song came on:


The whole situation made me very happy :)

The rest of yesterday's training was an easy 3-miler on The Mill in 26 ish.

     3) One week till race time, I'm getting some serious nerves and doubts :?  Even though the 3k was  considered a "distance" race in HS, it's pretty much an 11 minute sprint from start to finish. 

      50-55° for  today and tomorrow, definitely getting an 800  repeat track workout in sometime over the next 2 days.  If I can hit some solid half-mile times I should be feeling more confident, on the flipside if I crash and burn on the 8's. . . :/

   
    Do you have any exciting races coming up now that it is starting to thaw out?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Never Say Never

    Mmmhhmm I just used a Bieber song as my title.  I was loving the Grammy's on Sunday night and when I heard this song and I thought it was kinda motivational.  I could hear myself repeating this. . .
"I will never say never 
I will fight till forever"
      . . .during the gutting it out part of my 5k or whatev race I happen to be destroying.  Cheesy, yes. . . but cheesy works if it can help me PR :D

  I was also in love with The Gag's Abs, obsessed:

  Pointy shoulders?  Hatching from an egg?  

I didn't even notice these things. I was too hypnotized by her stomach muscles.  THAT is what I want to have in 3 months :)


   Yesterday's Training:   
 10 mile run~ First 5 at Tempo  36:28/ 7:18  pace which included some snow pile hurdling and climbing.  The last 5 were slow and the end a bit painful.  


Total time: 1:25:30


   Gorgeous 40° weather, loved it :D
    
     Today I'm taking off from running as my misshaped right hip is a little sore.  I'm gonna focus on some core and arm work instead.


    I am 10 weeks out from my first half and originally I wasn't going to set any goals other than finish and give what I got.  However my tempo runs have my brain scheming about what kind of time I can achieve.  I'm all, "If I can work my way up to maintaining this pace for the full 13, I can hit 1:35 and maybe even better."

     I have no idea if this is feasible or not.  I'm still on the completely unorthodox training plan of doing what I feel like.  I'm gonna try and write out at least some kind of plan today, I think tempos are going to be a key component of my half training.


     I can't wait to start racing again, just over a week till my indoor 3k and eyeing some 5ks in March where I am hoping to SMASH my Turkey Trot 21:52 time :D

Sunday, February 13, 2011

400's are Puktastic

       To be honest I was ready to push my scheduled 400's workout to tomorrow.  With the wind chill today it was not nearly as warm as I thought it was going to be and tomorrow is supposed to be a full 10° warmer (although still windy.)  Then I started feeling guilty, not about putting them off, but about how much money I spent this weekend while my friend was here.  Shopping was involved and Spring/ Summer clothes were calling my name.  So I picked up a sub job for tomorrow to counteract my retail therapy.

     And I realized that if I was subbing tomorrow, 400's were most likely not going to get done.  I though about my post on putting in the effort needed to reach our goals.  I really needed to get this workout in if I want a chance at running my goal time in 11 days. 

    Let me add that throughout my HS/ College running career, 400 meter repeats have always been my most hated workout.  I was a good distance runner, but in the short stuff I was super slow.  It was a running joke that I was going to be placed our school's championship winning 4X2 and 4X4 relay teams :D


400's are extremely easy to put off when you don't  have a coach making you run them.

   But. . . I did 'em.  I didn't get to the track; I measured out 400 meters on a quiet road by me.

Results:
1- 86 (5:46 pace)
2- 87 (5:50)
3- 87
4- 86
5- 90 (6:00)
6- 85 (5:41)
DIE


# 1, 3, 5 were harder bc they were against the wind.  2-ish minute rest between each repeat.


  I had thought about doing 8, but at the end of 6, breakfast, lunch and last nights dinner were residing on the road.  I forgot how much they suck.


   It was definitely good to feel this pace; to go sub-11 in a 3k I have to run 5:53 pace or under, busting my 11:13 PR will take a sub 6:01 pace.  My legs felt strong during these repeats, my stomach was another story.  The plan is to get an 800 meter workout in during this week and one more shorter faster workout (maybe a reverse ladder: 1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400) before the 24th.

    Reminder: Getchurrr Burpee On!!  There is only 3 days left in the  Burpee Contest! It's extended till Feb. 20th AND there are Amazon gift cards on the line :D

Kovas, Patrick and Mr. Manly where are your videos??   Even if you have to take breaks during the 2 mins, you should still attempt it, they are so beneficial.  I'm at 23 right now, but I'm gonna give it one more go and try to get 25-30.


. . .and if your feeling adventurous try Zuzana's new 400 rep workout which involves 10 different burpee variations (side burpees, one legged burpees, frog burpees :D)

It might just get you abs like this:

Friday, February 11, 2011

Mood Busted

       Yayy it's Friday and my usual Friday workout is just what I needed today.  Can you guess. . .

STAIRS

If you are new here you can read about my stair running obsession here.

      Today I did something extra while I was up at the school for my workout (I use a local college staircase).  Something that made me smile and hopefully will make others smile.

I stumbled upon the Operation Beautiful Site a while ago and thought it was pretty darn amazing.   

So today I did a little of this:

Pre Workout

Post Workout: Checking out how it was holding up :D


   I remember how low my self esteem was my first two years of college so I figured it was the perfect place for this little message :)  I think I'm gonna continue posting these awesome notes, it made me very happy (especially to think it might make some one else feel good when they see it) :D

  After my stairs I did an easy cool down jog of 2.5 miles, outside which was very nice. A bit cold still but the sun was shining and I ran sans music.  I definitely needed some sun and some fresh air.

   And the best news of all, my best friend is coming over tomorrow and staying through Sunday!  Sunday is supposed to be in the 40's so we may head to a local track and throw down some killer 400s ;)  

HAPPY FRIDAY ALL :D

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Grumpelstiltskin

Alternatively titled: Three Things (I'm doing to make me less grumpy) Thursday


 As my fellow Tobay Lifeguard Chica (aka Tobabe) would say, Cranky Pants are ON.

   I don't really know why, everything is going good for the most part.  It's not even just today, I've been bumming for over a week now. 

  My attempts yesterday to de-grump included a BodyRock.TV 300 Rep workout, another go at the 2 minute Burpee Contest (JOIN!)  in which I improved by 1 for a total of 23 (mad I can't get 30 yet), and a much needed haircut, blowdry and brow wax :D.

No Dice.

Feeling Blue


So here's 3 things I did today to get back to my happy self:

1) Serious incline workout.  25 minutes of 12% incline intervals. Alternating between 3.0 and 7.0.  I didn't have a set time amount for the 7.0 intervals, pretty much the goal was just to gut them out as long as possible, on the "good" ones I made it just over a minute. I got in at least 10 intervals (I kinda lost track I was just going for it :D).  According to a few pace calculators, 7.0 at 12% is equivalent to 5:49 mi pace based on VO2  consumption, so I think this was a pretty good workout to prepare me for my race in 2 weeks.

   Also I rocked out to this teeny bopper song multiple times while running which made me feel 16 again (why not, I did set most of my PRs at that age :)
There was full on treadmill dancing involved.


2) Colorful Lunch with lots of veg and water (I've been slacking w the H20 intake)


Wanted more, so I baked the rest of the orange pepper w/ sliced Roma tomato inside and sprinkled w/ mozzarella and parmesan:
Healthy Pizza Bagel :)

3) Counted the days till Memorial Day Weekend That didn't help, there's still 100+ :(

Instead: Researched some races I could enter to keep me busy and endorphin full till summer.  I do have my first half-mary on May 2nd, but I need some shorter races for March/April.  I found a really cool race in March called "Conquer the Hills 5k."

Site Description:
"Take your run or walk training to new “heights” in the 1st Annual “Conquer the Hills” Fun Run/Walk in Farmingville! With street names like Adirondack and Summit Place, this 5k (3.1 mile) course certainly has its ups and downs, but in the end, you can proudly say you conquered some of the steepest inclines on Long Island"
   It is an un-timed race (Awesome, bc those hills are sure to add 2+ mins. to my time anyway, no PRs here) and  my HS coach used to take us distance runners to these hills to train.  
I'm In! 


What do you do to go from frowning to clowning?
(I'm sorry that was awful, I'll take suggestions on a better rhyme too, crying to flying?)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Going Above and Beyond

  February feels like it's flying by and I've been thinking about how much progress I've made towards my goals for the month.  Some goals I'm right on point. . . others NotSoMuch.

   I also realized, I've set some pretty lofty goals for myself.  Ones that I believe are attainable, but they will take an effort that goes above and beyond.

  For Example, 2 of my Goals for the month:

          * Beating my 3k PR of 11:13 (set in HS) on Feb. 24th
       * 30 Good Form Push-ups


To me, achieving these two goals will  mean that I am the fastest and strongest  I've ever been.


   Up until my recent rekindling with running and racing, I thought my HS times would stay the fastest I'd ever run.  I'm  finally feeling like those PRs could soon be history and I will no longer have to consider my race times as HS/ College PRs and Post HS/College PRs.

   Push-ups have ALWAYS been a weakness (along with all other arm related exercises).  I was lucky if I could do 5, then two years ago I found the 100 Push-Up program and I've been on again/ off again with it since.  In this time I've improved greatly, but I've yet to perform over 25 solid Push-ups.  So can I get to 30??

  Suffice to say that achieving both of these is going to take a little extra on my part.  Have I been giving it?


    When it comes to the push-ups: No.  I was off on my push-ups last week.  The week before I was doing mega amounts of push-ups with all the burpees and bodyrock workouts plus the 3 weekly push-up workouts.  I was feeling awesome and really beginning to feel some good arm strength.  Then I missed a push-up workout, which ended up being a week of push-up workouts and I know I'm gonna be feeling it when I go to test my max today.


    As far as a sub 11:13 3k: Maybe.   11:13 works out to a 6:01 mile pace; I'd have to go 6 flat or under to achieve this.  My running has been going good and I 100% feel that all the burpees, push-ups, planks, mountain climbers, circuit training, stairs, inclines. . . have made me stronger and faster.  So although I haven't run many all out speed workouts, I'm feeling a lot of speed in me :)


Little Related Tangent:
    Half way through typing this post (this morning) I decided to see where I was at in regards to 6 min pace.  I started out on the treadmill and quickly realized that trying for low 6 pace just wasn't going to happen on that baby.   If I really wanted to see what pace I could hold I was going to have to get my booty outside.


    It is windy  today and running a fast mile with a strong wind, not my idea of fun. . . but I did it, well close to it.  My block is .9 (.88 for pacing purposes) around, I stopped and started at my driveway.  Final time 5:24, which works out to around 6:10 pace.  At .2 miles in I flat out wanted to quit and blame the wind, but that would get me no closer to where I want to be.


    So. . . Sub 6 paced 3k in just over two weeks?  I'm right there, I'm gonna need to get in a few good speed workouts in the next 14 days, but it's definitely doable.  I have the speed in my legs for sure.


A point I was considering while thinking about my goals
    Sometimes when we are at that point of setting goals that we're not  positive we can achieve, it can be easy to not put a full 110% effort in.  This way when we fall short we can blame it on a lack of effort and not on a lack of ability.   
      
It can be scary to think "What if I put in all this effort, give it my all and I still can't do it?" ( I have let this thought hold me back too many times in my life. )  If we have lack of effort to fall back on we can still tell ourselves, "if I tried harder I could have done it."  

     Just remember (and this is as much for me as for anyone else reading): TRUE success is not always in reaching your goal, but in becoming better, faster, stronger, smarter. . . in the process of getting there.
       
     You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential."
Steve Garvey

What goals have you set that seem scary at times ?
  
Have you reached any goals that you once thought of as unattainable?

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Day in Outfits

Another shorty post
('cause I have like 5-6 real posts I want to write, but not the mental capacity to actually write them [now].)


  Slow easy 8-miler outside, 40° again!, no watch.  Can't forgo my music though :)  Downloaded the Glee "Heads Will Roll/ Thriller" Mash-up before I headed put the door.  GET IT. Greatness.

Idk what kinda face this is.  
The hungover/ not feeling as great as I did yesterday one I suppose.


After run I was feeling better-ish (but still not great), I decided to get a bit dolled up because it helps me feel somewhat confident in myself (I'm working on it ).

I need to cut my bangs, badly (they're in my face :/ )


Burnout Tank: Buffalo
Skirt & Leggings: Forev 21
Cardigan: Old Navy
Boots: They're 3 yrs old and still my fave, I believe they were from Bakers
Necklace: American Eagle (It has says LOVE and I love it :)

That's all I got. . . hopefully I can put together something worthwhile tomorrow :D

Sunday, February 6, 2011

GREAT Day!

A short and sweet post just to list some of the greatness today:


~ Kari's Bake Sale for Kisses from Katie raised $900!  


~ I ran a 4 mile tempo run outside in 27:40.  6:55 pace :D  I beat my current 5k time.    
   I think all the treadmill running has helped, even though I don't run as fast on the treadmill, it still feels harder.  When I get outside I'm ready to fly.  


~  It is 40°.   Lot's of people running and walking outside, I even passed my dad and two of his friends running :D  After my tempo I ran 2.5 nice, slow cool down miles and enjoyed the sun.


~ Chris K BQed!!!!!  Ahhh so excited :D It's been so much fun on BQ or Die (which now has to be renamed!) the past few weeks.  And his comments always make me smile :)


~ I'm leaving in 15 to go get my bike!  The shop ordered it last week and today I'm going to pick it up and get everything properly adjusted.  It's so nice out I might be able to take it on it's maiden voyage later.


Hope everyone else is having a GREAT Sunday!


Saturday, February 5, 2011

RACE ME :)

LOTSO CAKE POP-ERS



I Like the Pink ones :D



The inside is made from:

Highest Bidder will be shipped 20 Conversation Heart Cake Pops :D (and maybe some surprises ;)

A full list of Bake Sale items and details on how to bid can be found over at Jogging With Fiction.

Some other rocking bloggers who have donated baked goods are Janae from Hungry Runner Girl, Jess from Blonde Ponytail,  Pahla from Adventures of an Average Athlete and Marcia from Running Off at the Mouth!

All proceeds go towards Kisses From Katie an organization that offers comfort to children and families in pediatric intensive care units. 

Go check it out and try not to lick the screen ;)


* To all those running Surf City, you'll are gonna ROCK IT!!  I am definitely finding a way to get there next year :D