Friday, January 17, 2014
So Steve and I have signed up for the Fight for Air Climb benefiting the American Lung Association. On February 23, we will climb 56 flights of stairs!
Why do we climb? We climb for those who are fighting for air, those who struggle for air, those who can't breathe on their own. From asthma to COPD to lung cancer, millions of people each day fight for air. Please join us in supporting the American Lung Association and their mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy, and research.
Part of our commitment to the climb is to raise a minimum of $100 each. So if you could support us, we would GREATLY appreciate it!
To donate to me: action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASW_
To donate to Steve: action.lung.org/site/TR/Climb/ALASW_
Thank you in advance for any donations and, as always, for the encouragement and support!
If you're in the Denver area and want to join our team, please feel free!
Thursday, January 09, 2014
So I'm trying to set my sights on a few races this year. Having at least one per month last year really helped keep me on track with my activity goals.
Races I enjoyed last year and why:
Zombie Run - I'm a HUGE fan of zombie movies, and I really love the Zombies, Run! app for my phone. Having "zombies" placed throughout the race was lots of fun and gave me incentive to really put on the speed to evade them. And I was really proud of having "survived" last year.
Biggest Loser Off-Road Challenge/Spartan Sprint - Halfway through this race, I burst in to tears and vowed I would never, EVER attempt anything like it again. But once I finished, I reflected on what an amazing experience it was... the community of strangers that was formed, the support from everyone, the pride in my accomplishments... and suddenly I realized that I REALLY wanted to do it again! Except maybe this time with better training! LOL
Firefly Run/Rave Run - I liked the concept of these night runs and enjoyed Firefly Run far more than Rave Run, for a couple of reasons. (1) Rave Run was hideously organized - poor course management led to dangerous areas of the course and a terrible bottleneck at the end. (2) Rave Run was still early enough in the year (April) that it was absolutely FREEZING by the time it got started. (3) Rave Run wasn't actually a 5K as advertised. The course was only a little over 2 miles. Rave Run did have awesome shirts though... I'd participate in a night run again as long as it was sometime in the summer and seemed to have better management.
The only races that I DID NOT enjoy last year were Color Me Rad & The Color Run. I am not a fan of the powder used for the color. I was washing color out of my hair for AT LEAST a week and had stains on my skin from the color as well. I also just didn't enjoy the vibe from the crowd at these races either. I dunno, I just don't think it was my scene.
There are a few things that I'd still like to try:
Fight for Air Climb - This is a climb up the stairs of a downtown skyscraper. I'm not sure how many stories or steps it is, but it seems like an awesome challenge. The only thing that has been off-putting about signing up for this is the requirement that all participants raise $100 in donations IN ADDITION to your $35 registration fee. So I'm still debating...
Foam Race - Last year, I saw an ad for a "foam" run, but it ended up coinciding with the memorial hike for a friend, so I wasn't able to sign up for it. It looked like fun - mud and water and foam and such.
Trail Run - While the Off-Road Challenge was definitely not a road race, I'd probably classify it as a mud run/obstacle course. I'd be interested in trying just a trail run... no mud pits, no obstacles, nothing crazy, just a run off-road.
Long distance? - I'm still not sure whether I would want to attempt anything like a 10K or half-marathon. My sister, who is an avid runner, trained for a half-marathon and really felt like she was in over her head the whole time. I'm pretty comfortable with 5Ks, so I'm just not sure whether I want to branch out into longer things.
So now I just have to figure out what events I will be doing this year. I'm about 95% sure that I'm going to sign up for the Biggest Loser Off-Road Challenge/Spartan Sprint again. I'm wondering if I should combine my enjoyment of obstacles with my love for all things zombie and do one of the zombie mud runs. My work will likely also provide opportunities as it did last year with the Runnin' of the Green and the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.
If anyone hears of any neat runs going on in the Denver area, let me know!
Sunday, December 29, 2013
So after being gone for so long from the site, I thought it would be good to write a blog to catch folks up on what I've been doing since September.
Overall, not a whole lot, as far as my healthy lifestyle goes. I still take my lunch to work most days, but I haven't been really overly concerned with avoiding eating out or getting in my fitness minutes or anything. I think I just was in a bit of a funk. And I'm not even going to berate myself for the weight gain because of it. It's life, and it's okay... I was getting far too fixated on the scale and results anyway. I'd lost my focus on just being a stronger, fitter, healthier me. So hopefully I can keep that as my focus now.
Personally, we've had ups and downs over the last few months. One major "up" is my new job! For over two years now, I've been wanting to get into the trust department with my bank. My patience and perseverance have finally paid off, and as of December 9, I'm working downtown and supporting one of the trust officers. So far, I'm really enjoying the position, and I look forward to the new opportunities and professional growth available in it.
One of the major "downs" was the death of Steve's grandmother. She was 97 years old, so she'd lived a full life, but it was still a sad loss. Luckily, we were able to make it out to see her shortly before her death, and Steve was able to say good-bye. He also was able to make it to the funeral and see some of the family he hasn't seen in years. So some good came of it.
A few other things that happened while I was on my hiatus:
Steve and I attempted to climb our first 14er - Mt. Elbert. We made it to about 13,200 feet before the weather made us turn back. We also learned that climbing up was within our capabilities, but going down was just too rough on Steve's knees. So it's unlikely that we'll be doing much more mountain climbing in that manner.
Steve had surgery to fix an old surgical wound that was continually reopening. The doctor did a great job and all is well in that area.
We got the red Nova running, although it still needs a good bit of work before it's really drive-able.
We had a lovely Thanksgiving with our friends. We definitely ate way too much, but it was all so wonderful!
Our friend Mikey, who'd been crashing on our couch since mid-July, finally found a place where he could have a room of his own. While we love him, it was great to get our living room back!
Our Christmas was wonderful, and Steve REALLY outdid himself on my gifts. He purchased a red Keurig (one cup coffee maker) and got his friend to make him some black spot stickers to turn it into a LADYBUG Keurig! It's the best gift EVER! He's such a wonderful guy!
I'm really looking forward to the new year and all that it will bring. I'm planning on running in several races again this year - definitely want to run in the Running o' the Green Lucky 7K in March again; also can't wait to do the Spartan Sprint at Fort Carson again in May. I'll be looking for other fun runs to participate in as well. I probably won't do any more color runs, because I really didn't enjoy those last year, but I might do a few more night time runs, like the Rave Run or Firefly Run. We'll see what other fun things I can find to keep me going.
I'm going to start back at my boot camp this coming week (if my back will allow it). Since I work downtown now, I plan to walk/run to boot camp and then probably take the light rail home (or be picked up by my sweetie). As the weather allows, I will also start running more in my neighborhood. I also hope to keep up with my yoga practice as it really helps to center me.
One of the biggest challenges that I will have to overcome in this new job is the presence of lots of temptations! In my previous position, I worked mostly alone in a basement. Now that I work with lots of other people, there will be lots of temptations to snack on the various foods that colleagues put in the kitchen to share. I've already been struggling with that in my first couple of weeks. I'm pretty sure between that stuff and all the holiday foods that I've gained like 10 pounds! So I'll have to get back in the mindset to avoid those yummy tempting things!
Anyway, I hope that everyone has enjoyed the holidays and is looking forward to a new year!
Thursday, December 19, 2013
After a longer-than-anticipated hiatus from the site, I am finally back.
Lots of things going on in my life, as usual! I'll do a full blog soon. But for now, I just wanted to say... I'm baaaack!
Monday, September 09, 2013
I am now in the fifth month of what seems like a never-ending plateau. And I am frustrated beyond the point of anger and tears. And I am SICK to death of the well-intentioned advice/truisms from friends and acquaintances, and I'm lashing out at people who don't deserve it. And I am even MORE sick of the conflicting advice from supposed experts, some of whom don't seem to have a clue what they're talking about!
Beyond that, I have lost the joy I once had for logging in here and keeping up with friends, teammates, and the community in general. Tracking food has become a hated chore. And I feel like I'm logging on more out of a sense of obligation than any real desire to be here.
I'm still really enjoying all of the fitness activities that I'm engaging in. I'm loving the runs that I do, looking forward to climbing our first 14er later this month, and hoping for nice weather throughout the fall so we can keep getting out and enjoying the mountains. But the continued focus on weight loss (or lack thereof) is really bringing down my enjoyment of these activities.
And so, I think it is time for me to take a short hiatus. I won't be abandoning all my healthy habits. I just need to stop worrying about the weight loss and tracking and all the pressure that goes with it. It's causing a lot of stress that is seeping into other areas of my life as well. I won't be gone forever. I'm most certainly not abandoning my teams. I just need some time to recharge, so that I can return with joy and enthusiasm.
I wish all of my friends and teammates luck in the coming weeks! I look forward to seeing you all again when I return!
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