Sunday, September 09, 2012
One of the unfortunate realities of teaching is the number of germ toting kids you come in contact with. Since I've been out of the game a few years, I no longer have an immune system you can bounce quarter off of....and I got some kind of ick. Very localized in my head, but it dripped into my throat, down into my lungs and created bronchitis.
I'd been feeling guilty from missed workouts (first week, new normal, etc) so Friday, I came home Bound and Determined to get a run in.
Oh, the Heat! Oh the Humidity! I was hoping that a workout (only 20 min - 2 miles) would break up the ick and move it out, but instead it made it worse. I spent a fair chunk of Saturday feeling crummy and sorry for myself. I whined about it in a few places. I dont suffer gracefully.
Low and behold, I got lovely messages from both SparkFriends and SparkStrangers - all sending good and healthy wishes. I'm not 100% yet, but I did a 5 mile run this morning. I No PR, but I wasnt gasping for air and wiped out after a very brief while. There were a few more walk breaks than when I'm at my optimal, but when all is said and done, I was pretty satisfied with my performance.
Thank you to everyone, both for being my friend, supporting me and caring. This community really is a remarkable place.
Saturday, September 08, 2012
She has her first Triathlon on Sunday. I know how hard she has worked at her fitness and conquering fears and foes. I know she is going to do great at this, but a few extra angels giving a lift... that never hurts.
Friday, August 31, 2012
(Apologies in advance. I am typing this on a tablet, and sometimes the zpelling goes wonky.)
For 2 long years I have been out of work. The first year was a haze of depression and stubbornly putting one foot in front of another just to get out of bed in the morning.
Now the clouds are parting briefly and I have a 6 week assignment. The bad news is its one hour from my house. Working is going to cut into my workout time. I have to find a new way to continue or at least maintain. I have to develop new strategies because working out for an hour 5 days a weekis going to get very hard. Especially since we are starting to loose the light for running in the evenings now. In order to get to the job ontime, I will ned to leave the house at 6am. As i dont want thechild to grow up in daycare, I want to leave at 3 to get him at 4. That leaves some play/quality time before dinner and bed.
Here's what I have come up with:
Breakfasts, those prebaked miniquiches or yogurt and dry shredded wheat, consumed in the car
Night before, shower, pick clothes, pack car, pack lunch.
On lunch hour, one of the 15 min Nicole videos or some sun salutations. As much grading, planning, photocopying as possibe.
Running after school (bring clothes!) 2x per week, tempo & hill workouts. Sundays, long, slow run to work up to 10K. The first time I do it so it will def be a PR. But I dont want to die. And I realize I wouldnt do as well as I I had more time. Stop beating myself up.
Lay in supplies for healthy snacks. Gorp and fruit are probably likely.
Thats about all I can think of,but I welcome/ encourage other ideas in the comments. I tend to get obsessed with the teaching and will backburner other things, including exercise, in order to plan/copy/grade. However I also need to do a good job as perhaps it will open other doors. And any teacher will tell you that the 1st year is always the most difficult.
I am particularly interested in hearing from the runners amongst y'all. How do you balance? What's your normal?
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
My last race of the season and basically, I did it because the location is fairly close to where I grew up. I had heard a few "friends of friends" talk about it, so I was hopeful there would be someone I knew to race with. Turns out, nobody, but that's ok. Sister once again performed Race Support because she was afraid that doing this one so close on the heels of West Point, I would fall over and need to be carted away. Not the case. Because I am BOSS.
Heck, why NOT start with a cheesecake shot? I'm still trying to decide if my arms look flabby or fabulous. Moral support welcome in the comments.
Swim 0.3 miles in 15 min. The lake was pleasantly warm, but it was full of weeds and the bottom was mucky. Every stroke, there were ghostly weeds trailing down your body. Major yuck factor.
Just as I was going into T1, the battery in my camera died and my sister took the remaining pictures on her phone. Fortunately her cell has a better camera than my camera.
Bike leg was hilly. Time 1:03. I *so* gotta work on that.
If you ever wondered what a transition area looks like in a triathlon/ duathlon.
Here I am, ripping out of transition screaming "I have swedish fish! I CAN DO ANYTHING!!"
Run was dead flat along a rail trail. Curiously, I achieved my best 5k time ever: 31 min. Seriously, who does a PR after the first 2 legs of a triathlon?? Clearly the universe is speaking to me.
As mentioned before: PR 1:55 (I was in the 4th wave so clock is off of my actual time). When I looked at the splits, the time came from the slightly shorter swim, so my performance, while awesome (modesty!) is understandable.
Places for improvement are....ta da! Bike time. I'm half a mile into the thing and the leaders are already coming BACK. They do the 13 miles in 38 MINUTES. Insanity. But I think with some focused work, I could get 13 miles from one hour down to ... oh... 50 minutes.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Just a quick one before Child comes back from Grandparent's house.
Today's Tri was a smidge shorter than West Point (.3mile swim instead of .5 - other distances the same: 13 mile bike and 3.1 mile run)
However given that I did one only last weekend I was not expecting to do as well. However, God favors the prepared .... body in this case.
Hunter Mnt: 2:32
West Point: 2:01
Monroe "Just Tri It": 1:55
Whoo-HOO! Finishing on top! What a great way to end the season!
The bike course was hillacious. What would you expect from a route that takes you both on one road with Mountain in the title and another with Hill??!
And as to the origin of the post title: They were posting the category winners, and 3rd place in my age group 1:44. For those who were not paying attention, that's only 11 measly little minutes and I could have earned a trophy.
Yes, I think that is do-able....
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