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Bike to Work Day

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Today I decided that my month isn't busy enough and decided to sign up for bike to work day. It's the 25th of this month. I think I might be over doing it with stuff this month. Hubby and I are both in a wedding on July 4th and we are filled up with things to do for the next month. Between the parties and the helping with last minute things, we have a few birthday parties. We're both dealing with parents who are having some health issues.
But it's something I want to do for me. As long as the weather holds out, I think I can do it. They was I would have to go so I'd feel safe will probably be a couple extra miles but it could also be really fun. If I don't get out today to start really getting some more training in then it will be tomorrow.
Oh and I get to help two people start training for a 5k in August. One is a newbie completely and the other isn't so much but he's not done it for a while so he wants help. I still think it's really funny that anyone wants my help since the last few months have been a real struggle for me, but maybe that just means I'm being harder on myself then I need to be. They must think pretty well of me if they want my help right?
I'm excited despite the next month being crazy busy, I think it will be good. I need it, and heck I managed to run a half marathon last month, I think I can handle biking to work even if it is a distance.

  
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1CRAZYDOG 6/3/2014 8:56PM

    Good luck juggling everything. Some months are like that!

Enjoy the Bike to Work Day!

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MOJO0607 6/3/2014 2:26PM

    That sounds like a cool idea...I may have to look at trying to make that bike to work day thing a planned activity here at the office, and encourage others to do so as well. Thanks for bringing it up and for sharing!

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AJR2013AJR 6/3/2014 1:38PM

    It's a starter drug! Welcome to the world of car free commutes! I stopped driving to work in November, and I am never looking back! I do not care how long it takes to get there or how many people tell me I am insane. I walk no matter what the weather, and I am a better person for it! Cool that you are helping people to run 5K's! Good luck with your bike ride!

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Half Marathon

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

So I haven't been completely lazy butt these last few months. I decided last year that I was going to finish a half marathon this year and I was going to do it in under 4 hours. My training sucked over the winter, my last blog sort of explains why. But I had signed up for it and refused to back out of it.
I did the Colfax Half Marathon with my Aunt this year. It was by far one of the hardest things I've ever done, physically and emotionally. It's not the first time I've experienced some strong emotions during a run, I swear running helps me solve a lot of problems. The weather was perfect and we were off. Somewhere around mile 3 ish we went running through the zoo. I have to be honest at this point I considered just quitting. I was tired, it was hot and I felt like I just failing at it.



But I kept going or at least I was trying.


But I kept going. I just kept thinking I can do this. My legs aren't tired, they will keep going, I just need to get my brain on board. At mile 6 I was making pretty good time for me just about an hour and half at that point. I knew I wasn't the fastest, I knew I was behind most the pack. I was in a little group though, and we were pushing each other.
The best moment came though when I saw my hubby there at the 6.5 mile marker. He had to walk a long ways to get there, he has trouble in the sun, and it was hot. Plus he finds the races extremely boring. But he was there and he was waiting for me. I don't think I've ever found such a boost of energy as I did there. I ran over to him and gave him a big kiss. He told me how proud he was of me. I barely made it away before I was fighting back tears. It sounds stupid but it amazing knowing that someone was there just cheering for me.
That buzz only last to about mile eight. We got to run through a fire station which was really cool. Those men and women cheered us on like we were the first runners through.


Mile 9 and ten were so hard, they were up hill and it was just a killer. Again I thought about sitting down and just giving up. It would have been so easy, they had police and medics who would have taken me back and helped me feel better. But I kept going. But I was wearing out and fast.


I made it to the finish line though. I didn't give up, I kept going.





I wasn't fast, my official time was 03:46:38. I made my goal though, maybe not by a lot, but I did it. I finished my half marathon. It was hard and horrible and wonderful all at the same time. I have some blisters still healing on my feet but it was incredible. Hubby met me at the finish line and took care of me. I did something I thought I couldn't. It was pretty awesome.

  
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1CRAZYDOG 5/28/2014 7:00PM

    My dear, you have my respect and admiration. You did awesome. You keep up the work.

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ALEXSGIRL1 5/28/2014 2:50PM

    not everyone can say they ran a half marathon and beat there time also . you did fantastic

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JAMIRBLAZE 5/28/2014 1:23PM

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KASTRA 5/28/2014 1:20PM

    I just cried reading our blog when you got to mile 6.5. You should be so proud of yourself! I keep saying "I want to run a marathon" but have not put too great a game plan together to make it happen...but you've got me thinking. Thank you for sharing your half marathon experience!

Aaaand...you beat your goal! You did not just MEET your goal, you beat it by 13 minutes! Girl, you're a champion!

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PINKBEANBOO 5/28/2014 1:12PM

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I remember reading a couple of your blogs awhile back when you were running with your cousin (or nephew). Those blogs really touched me. So how great was it that I went to the list of all the new Spark blogs that are up & I see this? Really great!!!
I know what you mean about tearing up - I've gotten emotional during more than one race.
And beating your goal by over 13 minutes IS a lot. You did great!

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Time for a comeback

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I've been gone and away from here for about six months. My work outs have suffered and over all I've just been unhappy. After getting sick in October it felt like things just sort of slid from there. I spent most of winter sick, it seemed like I would get better for a week or so and then I'd be sick again.
I saw my doctor a few times and was just told that they were colds. Then allergies hit in the early part of spring. It just felt like my body was in revolt. It made working out hard, it made wanting to work out hard. I found myself slipping back into some of my old habits.
Being sick meant I wasn't always reaching for healthy food options. Somewhere along the way it just seemed easier to slip back into some old habits.
Family life has sucked, fights over money, over stupid things that just adds up. While I was making some changes it never crossed my mind that in some ways my husband was feeling left behind. I was spending all this time running, going to the gym that he was feeling left out.
Part of why I started this process to begin with was that my father had a massive heart attack, it was a wake up call. We found out that his arteries in his neck are pretty bad. We've been dealing with that, my mother in law has had two surgeries in the last month. Life has been crazy and again things like being healthy and getting enough sleep just get swept under the rug.
I'm changing that though, I'm going to start over again. Get back to basics. Today I got back on here, admitted that I've fallen and now it's time to get back up. That being said I will be posting probably later today, my recent accomplishments in the last month. Not all things have been bad, but it's time to get back on track again. I was doing so great for so long, I just have to remember to make time for me but that it can't be all consuming either. From one extreme to the other isn't good.

  


Where did the mojo go?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

In the middle of October I did the Rock N Roll mini marathon. It turned out to be sort of a big mistake. I had no idea that the morning of I had caught a nasty cold. The weather was freezing, I knew I wasn't feeling a 100% but I figured that was just my nervous trying to get the best of me. It never got above 32 for the day, and yet I was walking around in a tank-top and I was a bit warm. Looking back now, I realize I was running a fever. By that evening I was curled up in bed with an even higher fever and I felt horrible. I spent the next week in bed just sick as could be. I ate whatever made my throat feel better. It wasn't healthy and I still don't think I made a wrong choice.
However, I can see how I started to slip back a bit. I got sick Oct 20th. I spent a week in bed and another week still suffering from coughs and runny noses. The gym, yeah right I could barely tie my own shoes without hacking up a lung. Again puddings, ice cream, warm 7 up all those things I was beating came in because it helped my throat feel better.
I ended up with on top of the cold a lung infection which I am still getting over. It's been a rough couple weeks. I haven't been working out at all, even though my doctor said that I could begin to get back in the swing of things but to listen to my body. I've been eating like crap, and I think soda is trying to make me drink it again.
I need to get back into the swing of things, thus why I am back here to try and get my butt back in gear. I know what I need to do I just need to do it.

  
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SUSANBEAMON 11/14/2013 12:47AM

  when you're sick, comfort foods kind of take over. you'll be well soon, and then you can get back on track. it will happen. you can do it.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/13/2013 8:17PM

    Sorry it's been so rough for you! Take care of you and you're right to listen to your body. HUGS and healing vibes.

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EERTOLA 11/13/2013 4:08PM

    emoticon baby steps! It was good to come back for support! I've suffered a similar duration of a set-back, but the first step is wanting to come back and CONTINUE fresh, the second step is doing it, and you already have! Let's tackle the third step and actually make those changes to get back on the horse! emoticon

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NANCYSINATRA 11/13/2013 2:58PM

    you're in the right place to get the support you need too. :)

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Hope you are feeling back to normal soon and you will find your mojo!

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Knowing my limits

Monday, October 14, 2013

I've been struggling for almost two weeks with sore calves. So I've been taking it easy, picking different workouts, wearing flats, stretching, foam rolling all that stuff. It's helped big time, my right calf finally feels normal again.
There use to be a time though I would have just ignored it and kept going, I didn't care about my injuries. Now I find myself caring cause I have plans and I don't want to be injured for them. I don't want to miss out because I'm injured.
I think I used to use those injuries as my excuses, my cover for not really wanting to go out and be apart of life. It was easier to sit out on the side lines. They hide the real reasons I felt I had to sit out for.
Not anymore, now I nurse an injury, try to make it better in a safe way. I don't want to miss anything so I work hard to prevent injuries as well. So maybe I have taken the last two weeks a little easier than normal but my injuries are doing better and I am looking forward to my race this week.
Yes I signed up for another race, it's four miles. After October I doubt I'll want to run much outside so I figured I'll get it in now. It will be fun, and while I've been taking it easy I still plan on giving it my all. It will so be worth it.

  
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SUSANBEAMON 10/16/2013 1:28AM

  it's more important as we get older to take better care of ourselves. we don't bounce back as easily as we used to.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/14/2013 2:08PM

    Definitely a great light bulb, aha moment!!! Good job realizing you must take care of yourself. HUGS and keep it up. Never forget that lesson!!

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KIDMIFFY1 10/14/2013 1:43PM

    One of my friends calls it the moment when you learn to 'care for yourself' :D

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