Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Last Place

In every race, there's gotta be someone who finishes last. Tonight, that person was me.
We went to a 1-mile run/race this evening @ Saint Francis . It was an 'all levels of walkers/runners welcome' for a 1-mile test run/race. Well, let's just say that everyone that showed up was there for an 'all-out-run,' also known as 'tryin' for a sub 5:00 mile' run. Whereas, my pace is more like, 'this isn't going to be pretty or fast.' I originally planned on running the mile with my boys, but ended up running in the actual 'race.'
The best part was meeting up with some of my friends, who are all runners and better @ running than me. We ran a little to warm up and when we got to the start line, I tried to take the pressure off of them and me by stating, "I'm gonna take one for the team and finish last, so no worries!"
And I did!
But I'm not bummed because my 1-mile time was 7:47 - I'm THRILLED with that time. It felt so good to accomplish that, even if I was last across the line. The best thing about finishing last is that all the other runners are there cheering you on.

Me (in blue) warming up with my friends. We called ourselves the geriatric runners because the other female runners were all college-age runners (part of the track team). Of course, one of the geri-runners won our heat - Kate came in 1st in just a little over 5:00 - wow!

The kiddos waiting around for their 'heat.' They got to run a stretch of the track and their prize was a chocolate-chip cookie (lucky ducks).

 Go boys! Jackson's always checking to see who's chasing him :)

 H2O time (the chocolate milk refuel came a little later :)

Time on my watch. So think about it - I finished last with a 7:47 mile. Yeah, there were some pretty fast runners out there tonight!

Chasing his cookie with some Gatorade!

In every race, there's a winner and 'laster' (I refuse to say loser because I finished and in my mind, that's not losing) - tonight it was me. Ironically, finishing last turned out to be one of my best times!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Reminders!

I had a really nice conversation with a friend of mine today. I don't see her often, but when I do, we usually chat about our fitness goals and challenges and how we work exercise/fitness into our daily (or not so daily:) routines. We went back and forth about how it's so important to find your own happy medium and not compare yourself to others and their levels of fitness.
That conversation was important to me because it totally reminded me of WHY my health is important to me:

1. This man. He is amazing and loves us like crazy. Here's a recent picture of him coaching Jude's soccer team (with no prior background in soccer - that's love)!

2. This little guy who is getting really good at sneaking the camera and doing some self-portraits!

3. This big boy who I admire because of his kind heart and love of nature.

Thank you boys for being my everything.
It really doesn't matter the # of miles I run per week.
It really doesn't matter the # of times I run per week.
It really doesn't matter how many seconds I can shave (or add) @ the races.
What matters is YOU guys!
Love you!


Monday, August 15, 2011

It's Time to REFUEL (and vote)!

I'm so excited to announce that I'm a finalist in Refuel with Chocolate Milk!
I applied to be part of Team Refuel and my application was chosen as a finalist!
But now I need help to win the contest - your votes.
You can vote daily between today and September 15, 2011.
How you ask?
Just click HERE and you'll see this picture on the 1st page:


Just click on my picture and then click "Vote for this athlete" (they called me an athlete - yay!)

In the meantime, here are some photos of me with milk+chocolate :)





Thanks! and don't forget to VOTE daily :)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tri-ing Some New Things

I'm getting all spunky and creative, with my workouts, as we head into summer's end!

Yesterday I did a double run:
2.27 miles in the morning + 2.24 miles after work.
I've never done double runs before; I think I like it for 2 reasons:
1. It allows me to better manage my time while still squeezing in those miles!
2. My pace was much faster in the afternoon run. I'm not sure, but I think the morning run layed some groundwork for the afternoon run (I'm no exercise physiologist so this is totally just my opinion:)

It's weird, but there's a theme running through all the blogs I follow.
Everyone seems to be 'tri'ing triathlons. It's very inspiring.......
That led me to 'tri' my 1st-ever brick workout this morning:
4.42 miles on the bike (it was an Expresso stationary bike) followed immediately by a
2.27 mile run.
Thoughts:
*If you ever wanted to experience what rubbery legs feel like, bike then run.
*At first, I was a little apprehensive, thinking I might fall over (I didn't).
* It seemed that I was running slower than usual, but alas, I finished my run about 40 seconds faster than yesterday morning!

Do I think I'll do buddy runs again (that's my cutsie word for double runs)?
YES
Do I think that I could continue to build on this brick workout idea?
YES
Do I think that I could add some swimming in the mix of all of this?
YES
Do I think that I could do a triathlon?
Maybe.....to be continued........

Tomorrow is a rest day, kinda, as we go have some fun at Kennywood .

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Gotta Get on the Right Track

I really need some structure in the fitness area of my life. My runs have been somewhat haphazard - kind of. Vacation really got me off track; yes, I was exercising daily, but nothing major. I definitely noticed it when I got home. I need to get on the right track:
Structure = race goals
Race goals = Picking a race to train for
Race to train for = Pittsburgh's Great Race
Pittsburgh's Great Race = September 25, 2011

This gives me exactly 8 weeks to train so I signed up for the 10k!
Training started yesterday with some cross training and weights.
Today was a running day. I was scheduled for 3 miles and I did about 3.75!

I'm pretty pumped to get back onto a training plan. It's Day 2 of training and I can already tell I'm going to appreciate the increase in structure in this part of my life.


In other news, soccer practices started tonight! That means that Tuesdays and Thursdays get a little extra workout included since I'm coaching again this year! Here's me with Jackson last year:

All is good with the world!