Sunday, July 01, 2012
June started off with me recovering from surgery (appendectomy) and got crazier from there! Work was really busy--vendor visits, boss in town, business trip to San Francisco for a few days. Home life was busy, too--College World Series, Olympic swim trials, start of the CSA (community supported agriculture) program, endless social events! I was thrilled to turn the calendar to July and see almost nothing on it!
Now that I've recovered from surgery, I am completely refocused on my fitness. My running has not been consistent for the last year or so due to knee and foot issues. I am seeing a LMT who specializes in active isolated stretching and I think I'm benefiting more from that than I did the physical therapy for plantar faciaitis. My running is better and I'm committing to more consistent strength training, too.
With the start of the CSA program (first time hubby and I have participated), we've got a lot of veggies in the house, which is GREAT. I'm finding it easier to eat better when the fridge runneth over with fresh produce!
I have maintained my no-soda streak. I haven't had any soda (diet or regular) since February--Fat Tuesday to be exact! YAY!
I feel like I'm back on track. That said, I would welcome any and all encouragement and would love to have some accountability partners! Feel free to check in and hold me accountable any time!!!!!
I hope all of you have a safe, fun, and happy 4th of July!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Yesterday morning, I was one of 1,417 people to participate in "Omaha's Premier Vertical Challenge" by climbing 40 flights of stairs in the First National Bank of Omaha building. The 5th annual Trek up the Tower is a unique event in Omaha and is a fundraiser for the Wellness Council of the Midlands.
The building is the tallest structure between the Sears Tower in Chicago and the Republic Plaza in Denver. It's 40 floors, 870 steps, 633 feet.
This event sells out every year and it's the fifth year in a row the event has been held. It's a lot of fun and the t-shirts are usually pretty funny. One year the shirt said, "Why work out when you can work up?" and last year the shirt said, "The only way out is up!" I participated the first time in 2009, but skipped it last year--I had a half-marathon in New Orleans a week later and didn't want to risk being injured or overly sore for my destination run with other Sparkers!
The first 10 floors aren't too bad, but then it's all suckin' wind from there on up! OMG, it is a challenge. My strategy (if you can call it that!) is just to keep going and don't stop! Even though I know I'm slowing down, I just keep taking one step at a time. Or two, if I can!
They have a climber start about every 5-7 seconds, so most of the time you're the only one in the stairwell unless you're passing someone or someone's passing you. It's not like there are hundreds of people jamming into the stairwell at one time.
There are two water stations along the way and there are volunteers on almost every floor cheering you on. I really wish I could have thanked them, but I needed every ounce of energy to keep my fanny moving up the stairs! So, if you're reading this and you were a volunteer for the event, THANK YOU!
In 2009, my time was 10min 48 sec. I set a goal this year for under 10 minutes. To meet that goal, that meant I had to climb 10 floors every 2 1/2 minutes. I had my GymBoss timer with me so I could see if I was keeping up with my goal pace.
My time was 10 min 9 sec. I didn't quite make my goal, but I shaved 39 seconds off my time from two years ago.
Of the 1,417 participants, my time put me in 729th place and I was 69th out of the 187 women in my age group. Overall, I was pretty happy.
The winner's time was 4 min 34 sec. Amazing! Here's the link to the Trek up the Tower website if you want to take a look!
Monday, February 21, 2011
On January 30th, I completed my 7th half-marathon in Miami Beach, FL with 20+ other Sparkers. It was a bit of a reunion with the group that met in New Orleans in February 2010, but some new SparkFriends joined us, too!
I arrived on that Friday--Deej, Tammy, and her hubby/honorary Sparker, Danny, were on the same flight from Atlanta to Miami, so we shared a cab from the airport to our hotel. After getting settled and exploring the beach a little bit, we met up with the Spark group for dinner at a Greek restaurant. The food was great and it was Sharon's birthday!
Deej and me at the Greek restaurant
Saturday morning, I took a walk along the beach with Christy and Beth. What a great way to start the day! We met up with the rest of the group and had some breakfast before heading off to the expo to pick up our race packets.
More exploring, shopping, beaching that afternoon. Dani (FINALLY!) got in from Chicago that evening and we went out to dinner with Deej, Jill, Beth, Christy, and CJ at a bistro that was close to our hotel. The service was slow, but the food was good and the company was outstanding!
We made it an early night because we had to get up at 4am the next day to catch the shuttle by 4:45 to take us to the start line. Dani and I were assigned the same corral, and that's where we met Lewis. Lewis was 80 years old and has completed 9 full marathons. Go, Lewis! What an inspiration!
The course was beautiful! Lined with palm trees and cruise ships! Wow! Dani and I ran together the whole race. That was the first time I've run a race with someone and it was great! It was nice to have someone to talk to and keep me going. Thank you, Dani!
Dani and me after the race
After the race, we met up with all of the other Sparkers. We hung out for a while and we wanted to wait for Sharon and Carolyn who were doing the full marathon. For Carolyn, it was her first! Woo hoo, ladies! You should have seen these two at the end of the race. They looked GREAT! Like they could have run it again right then and there!
Our post-race glycogen-replacing meal was pizza--on the beach! Dani, Deej, CJ, Christy, and I ordered pizza and took it to the beach. The weather was perfect and we talked and ate pizza and rested a bit. Now THAT is a post-race celebration!
The beach. We don't have one of these in Omaha.
A cruise ship leaving Miami, heading for the Caribbean.
Christy and I did a little shopping and found a place for all of us to have dinner. After dinner, it was back to the hotel for the good-byes. Those are no fun.
Early day on Monday to get to the airport. My wonderful hubby picked me up. We were having freezing drizzle and I got back home right before that massive winter storm hit most of the country that week.
Thank you, my wonderful SparkFriends--Dani, Deej, Gail, Tammy, John, JoPa, Suezette, Jill, CJ, Christy, Beth, Sharon, Carolyn, Edwina, and honorary Sparkers--Danny, Dave, and Larry--and others whose names aren't coming to me right now, I'm sorry! Thank you for a wonderful race weekend!
Monday, February 21, 2011
Well, better late than never with this blog, right?
On December 5th, I ran my 6th half-marathon in Las Vegas with a group of Sparkers! I love Vegas--there's so much to see and do!
I stayed with Coach Nancy and her friend, Mimi, at the Venetian--my favorite hotel on the strip!
The course was fantastic--flat, as you might imagine. I got a PR (personal record) there--2:45:10.
Other highlights included:
The water show at the Bellagio. "Luck Be a Lady"--Frank Sinatra--playing in the background. You can't get much more "Vegas" than that!
We visited the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop--where the film the TV show, "Pawn Stars." There was a line to get in the shop, so I called my hubby while we were waiting. I was so excited! I said, "Guess where I am?" He said, "Ummm. Drinking in a casino?" Ha ha, he's so funny! Good guess, but wrong. I said, "No! I'm waiting in line to get into the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop!' He said, "Are you shopping or pawning?" Ha ha. Again, he's so funny! No one from the show was working that day--I guess if you're the Old Man, Rick, Chumlee or Big Hoss, you get the weekends off. It was really neat to see the shop though!
Coach Nancy and me after the race
And, oh YEAH! This deliciousness needs no explanation. Bret Michaels provided the post-race concert. He sang maybe one or two of his solo songs, but the rest were Poison songs. About 45 minutes into the concert, someone threw a sports bra up on stage. Bret walks over to the bra and he's probably thinking, "Hmmmm. Not really like the bras they used to throw at me in the '80s." Anyway, he starts laughing, picks it up, and puts it on the microphone stand and it hung there the rest of the show. (Oh, and just for the record, it wasn't mine!)
A race with Sparkers, a PR, and Bret Michaels--this half-marathon could not have been any better!
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Yesterday I signed up for "Trek up the Tower", a sprint up the stairs in Omaha's tallest building--33 stories. The event will take place on February 26th next year.
The last time I did it was in 2009. My time was 10 minutes and 48 seconds. I didn't participate in 2010 because it was the weekend before my half-marathon in New Orleans and I didn't want to risk injury or be in pain for the race!
This time, my goal is to finish in under 10 minutes. I registered yesterday so I am committed!
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