Monday, December 31, 2012

Absolutely nothing

I'm on holiday, and I'm doing absolutely nothing except eating cupcakes, macaroni n' cheese, and San Diego craft beer! How's that for a new year resolution!

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

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I'm in between travel right now, and boy, has life been crazy! I just spent a few days in Ohio with my family, and got out just before the big storm! So, while my mom is in Ohio with 10 inches of snow, tonight, I will be flying to Southern California. Due to overpacking for Ohio, despite STILL not having a real winter coat, I am going to try the 8 items or less challenge for this upcoming week in San Diego.

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!
And, just to mess up my perfectly planned year of races, I found out last week that the Army is sending me to law school!! I was absolutely floored when I found out, since I did not expect to get picked up this year, and haven't even applied to law schools yet. I have a few weeks to get my list together, write all those personal statements, and start planning from there! 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

DC, here I come!

I may have missed out on the NWM Half in DC, but I did get selected for the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington, DC, on April 7th! 
DC, here I come!
My friend Christian and I entered as a group, so we're both going!! Woohoo! I love ten milers, because they're short enough to be fun, but long enough that people still say, "Oh, you said ten MILES, not ten K!" My goal for the Army Ten Miler was an 8:30 mile average, so that's now my goal for this one. I have  approximately 108 days until race day, so time for some sprints! 

I can not express how much I love cherry blossoms. They're so pink, and delicate, and smell pretty, and they just sing spring. The cherry trees in DC are especially beautiful, or so I've heard. Despite going to school for 3 years in Virginia, I always seemed to miss peak blossom time by just a few weeks. Hopefully I make it this year. 

When I was in high school, I started volunteering at the National First Ladies' Library in my hometown of Canton, Ohio. All of the volunteers are encouraged to choose a first lady they want to portray during tours, and I chose Helen Herron Taft, one of the first ladies from Ohio. Her official portrait hangs on the first floor of the Library, and I had become obsessed with it from the first time I saw it, which I want to say was when I was about 7 or 8. Here it is: 

From whitehousehistory.org
Helen Taft really dominated as a wife and mother and first lady, and also loved to travel. With her husband, she spent a lot of time in Asia, while her husband was governor of the Philippines, and traveled to Japan. While in the White House, she is credited with aiding Japanese-American relations that resulted in the cherry trees being given to the US, and planted around the Tidal Basin. While in DC, I want to find the plaque that marks the first tree planted. 

Hopefully we will also have time for afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental. I bet the view of the Tidal Basin will be beautiful, plus, they have the best scones I have ever had.

What did I say, 108 more days?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

"Bad News First"

Well, the results for the lottery for the Nike Women's Marathon Half DC came out this week.......and my entry was not selected. Whomp whomp.

Worst email ever

Getting the news was a rollercoaster! Of course everyone was stalking the NWM 26.2 Facebook Page to see if anyone else had heard. Then someone posted that, for the full NWM, the charge on the credit card usually hits before emails are sent out. And, low and behold, my credit card got charged on Tuesday morning! I was excited, but didn't want to believe it until I got the email. Two more days went by and I still hadn't heard anything, until I checked my spam folder Thursday morning. I had gotten the above email over night. Boooo. What a let down. I messaged the mysterious person on the other side of the facebook page to ask why my card was charged if I did not get in, but never got a response. My card was credited back the $166.60, though, so at least they aren't charging me for not being selected. Seriously, though, they should have a better system by now. 

The lottery results for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run should be released this coming week, however, so hopefully the news will be better. 

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

Discount for Rock N Roll Marathons!

To celebrate 12 December, 2012 (you know, 12/12/12), Competitor Group is offering $20 off any Rock N' Roll race!


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

Now we're really in December

December is often one of the busiest months of the year. I agree, and I'm also going to add that this week was quite possibly the best December week, weather-wise, I've ever experienced. Every morning was about 60, with high of about 75 in the afternoon, which definitely made up for the early evenings.

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

Trying New Things

First week back for a full week in almost a month! I love the holidays, we get so much time off!

This week I got my military driver's license, after almost 4 years in. Traditionally officers don't have to drive themselves around, but now I know that, should the occasion arise, I can drive a triple axle  high mobility tactical vehicle. Very slowly. 
I'm also officially a Captain in the US Army Signal Corps! Woohoo! Of course, I got a new charm for my charm bracelet to celebrate: 

Training this week has been pretty easy, since I'm still adjusting to the colder weather in the morning, though the afternoons are still around 70. This week went something like this:
  • 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?