Monday, December 31, 2012
I did go ice skating for a few hours tonight, but that doesn't really count as real exercise.
Seriously, though, I can't wait to get back and start training for the Iron Girl Atlanta, which I get to sign up for on the 31st! I did get to make my own burger at Slater's 50/50: a pretzel bun with cucumbers, bean sprouts, lettuce, avocado smash, and a side of sriracha mayo. Delish.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
My Christmas present to me this year was a pair of new shoes! I got the Asics GT-1000, breast cancer awareness edition. I kind of love how they came with ribbons instead of laces:
|My new shoes!|
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
|DC, here I come!|
Sunday, December 16, 2012
|Worst email ever|
The weather here in Georgia has been pretty crazy lately, which do I not appreciate! Monday was gorgeous, around 60 in the morning, but by Thursday, it cooled down a lot. Unfortunately for me, I had to take my Army Physical Fitness Test Thursday morning. Of course. One of the coldest mornings we've had all season. Despite not being able to feel my feet for the ENTIRE 2 miles, I managed to do 55 pushups, 75 situps, and a 17:00 2 mile run, which was definitely a passing score. Perhaps the cold plus me wearing shorts helped my knee from swelling too much.
Other than that, I took another Barre class on Friday afternoon. Every time I go, I remember that I am not nearly as flexible as I used to be. Also, doing one legged squats in carousel pony makes my legs shake like none other. And I thought the physical therapists were mean.
I know my running is going to decrease a lot in the next few weeks. This weekend I am going home to Ohio for Christmas, followed by a week in San Diego for New Year's. The weekend after that I will be in Las Vegas for the NMX Conference, and working the booth for Army Strong Stories. And, the weekend after that I will be back in Ohio for my big brother's wedding. That leaves me the next five days to get in as much running/swimming/barre-ing as I can. Huzzah. Maybe this will turn into more of a travel blog, and I will rename it, how to do laundry in your sink.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Since I've decided to scratch the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon from my list, I'll probably be registering for the Virginia Beach Half today, and possibly Savannah. I have also considered Cleveland, since it is the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and clse to my hometown. I guess I have a few more hours to decide!
Meanwhile, notifications from the Nike Women's Marathon Half in DC should be mailed out sometime this week. The waiting is killing me, when I remember!
Sunday, December 9, 2012
I skipped Barre class this week in favor of spending some time with friends, and work was crazy enough to break into my lunches. So, my week went something like this:
Sunday: 8 mile bike ride with some friends (followed by brunch)
Monday: easy 3 miles on Barton Field
Tuesday: Circuit training for 50 minutes; 900m swim at lunch
Wednesday: 1.5 mile run with stops for ab/arm exercises
Thursday: CLIMBING DRILLS for 50 MINUTES! Rope climbs, pullups, dips, toes to the bar...ugh
Friday: 3.5 mile trail run
Saturday: 14 mile bike on Range Rd
This week we should get the results for the NWM 1/2 in April, so I can start planning for that. Next week should be the results of the lottery for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run as well. I'm hoping to get airfare for less than $200 for both of those races, so timing and planning is key!
I've been evaluating my race schedule for next summer, and might be making some adjustments. Based on our planning for the summer, I might have to drop my plan for the San Diego Rock N' Roll :( Too many trips from Georgia to SD can get expensive. However, I'd like to add the Rev3 Olympic triathlon in Williamsburg, on June 23rd. My focus this year is the Augusta Ironman 70.3, so it makes sense to add more training for that!
Hopefully this week I can get back to some indoor classes, and get ready for Christmas!
Saturday, December 1, 2012
- M: 3 mile run; 800m swim
- T: muscle failure for 60 minutes, abs and arms
- W: 3.7 mile run with hill repeats; 900m swim with flippers
- R: circuit training with kettlebells and medicine balls; Barre class
- F: 3.5 mile trail run with 2 repeats of the sand hill built for the Fort Gordon USMC Mud Run
My new event for this week was Barre class. I had heard about a fitness studio here in Augusta that did it, so I tried it out. For one, I am not used to watching myself work out, but in the studio, there are mirrors everywhere. That definitely made me aware of my alignment and how I performed each exercise, as well as reminded me to tuck in my core the whole time. Flexibility is definitely not one of my strong suits, so that is something I plan on working on during the winter. Friday morning I could definitely feel the soreness in my glutes and abs, even more than the ab workout from Tuesday. Who says ballerinas are weaker than soldiers?
Sunday, November 25, 2012
For the next few weeks, my siblings obsessively ask furtive questions while trying to hide who they have to buy a present for. Sometimes it's obvious: I'll get a text from Pete saying, what size shirt is Kevin? Sometimes people try to be sneaky, and ask multiple people for details about two or three people, trying to throw off anyone who might be trying to collect info and make a master chart to see who has who.
And one can never know who is a good gift giver and who is a dud gift giver. Pete has no job, but he will save up his allowance for weeks to buy someone an awesome present. Andrew is still a grad student, and he will probably buy you a pack of gum on Christmas Eve with a card. Everyone knows my present has to fit in a carry on, so it's probably not a bottle of wine.
So, for my siblings, whoever has me (including you, Kevin) HERE'S WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS:
- A Cocoon GRID-IT!: I got one of these for my husband a while ago, and now I want some of my own to throw things into my backpack.
- New Yoga Pants: Prana or Lululemon. Because they look better than sweatpants, and I can therefore wear them outside.
- Compression Calf Sleeves: Preferably in pink.
- A custom Sweatyband just for meeee! Maybe something pink, or shiny, with monogram, and velvety, or my name....so many choices.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I'm near Charlotte with my husband's family, and enjoying the beautiful weather. No turkey trot for me this year, just time to sleep in after family still on San Diego time kept us up late!
Definitely a Starbucks morning for me.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Moving has been crazy! We weren't able to move in Tuesday, like we planned, since closing got moved to Thursday. Unfortunately, Thursday is also the day I had to be cleared out of my apartment. We had one load of boxes ready to go that day, but with all the large furniture, we still had two more to go. As if it weren't enough trying to move everything we owned in one night, the living of my apartment flooded in the middle of moving! Apparently the neighbor's washer broke, and he wasn't home to turn it off, so there was a lot of damage. But, we are finally in our new home, not quite unpacked, but slowly getting there. The first night we had no water and no gas, so definitely no hot water, but things have been slowly improving. Water is on, power is on, gas should be on Monday, hopefully, and our refrigerator and new washer and dryer should be coming Monday as well.
In other news, the lottery for the Nike Women's Marathon Half Washington, DC (apparently that's what they're calling it) opened this week. Unfortunately, they don't allow transfers, which I think is dumb, so it's hard to plan for multiple people to go and meet up. But it sounds like fun, so hopefully I get in! Lottery also opens soon for the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler, also in DC.
My husband and I are also starting to plan our trip to DisneyWorld for the Princess Half Marathon in February! I LOVE DisneyWorld! I managed to convince my husband to register for it with me by saying he won't have to run fast. He's not much of a distance sort of guy.
I also promised an afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian, which is pretty much my favorite thing at Disney. This happened to be the first afternoon tea I made my husband go to with me, and he wasn't completely sold on the idea of a tea party, but after getting the Prince Charming tea, with it's mini charcuterie and a glass of port, as well as his own pot of tea with a velvety tea cozy, he was sold. Now most of our trips involve finding a new place for afternoon tea, the perfect way to rest and recharge after a long day. Some of our favorites have been the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, DC, and, of course, The Plaza, in New York City.
Back to the grind, sort of, this week at work, but Thursday is Thanksgiving! Time to give thanks for all the great things I've been able to do and see this year!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Sunday morning, though, I woke up at 7:30, and lied there, waiting for my legs to start crying at me. But it didn't happen. I moved them around. Knees were a little creaky, but everything else seemed ok. Tricksy legs. I decided to fall back asleep and see what would happen later, maybe the soreness just hadn't woken up yet.
About an hour later, I sat up again, and reached for my toes. Nothing seemed off, except for the above-mentioned knees being a little stiff and creaky. I gingerly stepped onto the floor, and did not fall over. Everything seemed normal. I stretched out a little more, walked downstairs for breakfast, and fueled up to seize the day.
Thankfully, Veteran's Day was great. Sally and I went to the Virginia War Memorial, which has the names of all Virginians who have died in war engraved around an eternal flame, with a statue titled Memory keeping watch:
Later Sunday, I threw everything into my duffel and headed back to the Richmond Airport for my flight home. I have proof that the TSA doesn't really care: I made it through security with several GUs, my medal, and a large space blanket in my bag without getting searched. A short flight later, I was back in Atlanta and ready to drive home.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
After doing some research, deciding on a reasonable time frame, and consulting with my former college roommate Sally, I registered for the Anthem Richmond Marathon, scheduled for November 10, 2012. The Richmond Marathon is "America's Friendliest Marathon," it was over a 4-day holiday weekend, I could stay with Sally, and plane tickets from Atlanta were less than $100 round trip. Excellent.
I began training in July, and, knowing that I would still have to work long days, decided on a relatively fool proof plan that focused on one day of sprints, one tempo run, and one long run a week. The other days were shorter runs, swimming, or biking. I was also planning on doing two triathlons, one in July and one in September, to help with crosstraining.
For the first few weeks, my plan worked great. I still went to regular PT with my unit every morning at 0630, swam at lunch every few days, and fit in long runs on the weekends. I ran a lot on the Greeneway in North Augusta, South Carolina, since it was shaded from the 100-degree days and had water fountains every few miles. By the time I started hitting 14 miles runs, though, is when my knee started hurting.
As I wrote before, I still am not entirely sure what's up with this bum knee of mine. I just know that running slow and long is fine, running short and fast results in pain and swelling, and the last few weeks of physical therapy, involving such fun exercises as standing one legged on a foam pad and doing lunges on a bosu ball, seem to be helping. My training topped out at about 16 miles, though, and runs of 8 miles or so replaced the sprint workouts I had planned.
The week before my race was pretty much the week from hell. I was working over time every day planning a number of events for my unit, including the annual Dining In, a formal dinner on Thursday, the night before I was supposed to leave. As if that weren't enough, I have also been busy packing and preparing to move into a new house my husband and I just bought here in Augusta. I was so busy, in fact, that on Thursday I almost forgot to check in for my flight until Sally texted me asking when I would arrive the next day. Thank you, phone.
Thursday night I didn't get home until after Midnight, after spending a good 8 hours in sensible heels and panty hose that left a nice little blister on my foot. I laid out most of what I planned on wearing for the race, threw it and a few sweaters in my handy dandy super large Vera Bradley duffel bag, set my alarm for 6:00am, and fell asleep. Thankfully I remembered to charge my ipod AND throw it in my bag the next morning as I was leaving.
Apparently I didn't learn anything from my Army Ten Miler packing, though, because, as I settled into the plane, I remembered things I had forgotten to pack. Such as my watch. And race belt. And an extra pair of socks. And my travel pillow. Good thing I had 8 pairs of underwear, though! And my bodyglide, which I had forgotten for the DC trip.
Thankfully, though, I was upgraded again (see?! Airtran!) and fell asleep all the way from Atlanta to Richmond. When Sally picked me up at noon, we headed straight to Can-Can in Carytown, for appropriate "carb-loading." You know, lobster macaroni and cheese:
This race has been on my list because, well, I'm in the Army. I'm a Signal Officer, stationed here in Augusta, GA. The Army Ten Miler is a big opportunity for servicemembers from all over the world to come together and run. A lot of posts sponsor running teams, who run in the team division, and they are good. The Army's World Class Athlete Program also sends athletes, who are also very good.
I'm not a very good runner, so I went it with minimal expectations as far as PRing. In addition, I worked 12 hour shifts, switching between night shift and day shifts, for the four weeks prior to this weekend, so, needless to say, my training was minimal for the last few weeks leading into this. And by minimal, I mean, I did half of a P90X video maybe every other day before falling asleep on my couch. Not much running.
I actually hurt my knee in late September anyway, and was in a debate with my doctor over which was more painful: long slow runs, or short fast runs. I contended that the long slow runs were less painful and resulted in less swelling, but my doctor was convinced that short runs would be better, even though a short, fast, one mile run was enough to break me off for two days after. Needless to say, I decided that ten miles pretty slow should be fine.
The trip to Washington, DC, was going to be fast, quick, and to the point. Because my unit has been in the middle of exercises, I wanted to stick to just the weekend, rather than asking for a four-day weekend. I got plane tickets from Charlotte, NC, to Baltimore-Washington International with a departure Saturday morning and return Sunday night. Charlotte is a little over 2 hours from Augusta, but to me, flying on Airtran consistently is worth the drive. Flights out of the Augusta regional airport require a stop in Charlotte or Atlanta anyway, so I was just skipping an extra flight and saving a few dollars.
The night before I left, I made the decision to pack just my backpack for this trip. I laid out my race outfit, an emergency pair of extra running shorts/pajamas, my running shoes, and a few extra t-shirts, threw some toiletries in a plastic bag and grabbed the emergency makeup kit from my gym bag, and decided that should be good enough.
I got up very early (ahem, 5:30am) Saturday, and started the drive to Charlotte. Quite possibly the only memorable parts of the drive were a) listening to the Newsies Broadway soundtrack and b) seeing a deer Ranger-roll across four lanes of highway. I got to the airport with plenty of time before my flight, sped through the TSA PreCheck Lane (best thing TSA has ever done!! No taking shoes off for active military, cause we probably are't going to blow up the plane!) and grabbed some coffee. As I was settling in to wait for boarding, my investment in loyalty to Airtran paid off and I got upgraded to Business Class for my flight to BWI. And, surprise surprise, the in-flight magazine had a picture of my college town on the front!!
I want to run all those fun races that I have always wanted to do, but haven't done. No more excuses.
Racing to 25 is about me setting goals, making plans, traveling, discovering, running, swimming, biking, and sharing it all with my best friends.
Here's my list so far, but I'm sure I'll have to adjust it:
- Army Ten Miler in Washington, DC
- Richmond Marathon
- Disney Princess Half Marathon
- Iron Girl Triathlon in Atlanta
- Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in Washington, DC
- Augusta Half Ironman
- at least one Olympic-distance triathlon
- Virginia Beach Rock N' Roll Half Marathon
- San Diego Rock N' Roll Half/Full Marathon
- Nike Women's Half Marathon in Washington, DC
As you can see, I like DC. It's my favorite place on earth. I also love the beach, so any race on the beach, I am definitely game. Every one of these races has some sort of meaning for me personally, and I'll try my best to share that closer to race day.
Meanwhile, here we go!