Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Back from Vegas! I had fun and it was definitely an experience!
Travel - there and back was flawless, and oddly stress free (I used to travel for work for a living - for a while there the word "Airport" gave me panic attacks lol), but we had no real lineups, no problems at either US or Canadian customs and all our bags made it where there were supposed to be.
Hotel - Luxor - Decent, was impressed at first, but then as I saw other hotels/casinos I was kinda meh on it, found ourselves spending most of our time at the Excalibur or beyond. No real complaints, but would probably try something else next time. Really close to race start, so that was a serious PLUS.
Food - Had a really great (and reasonably priced) post race steak and beer that the Steakhouse of Camelot at the Excalibur, otherwise none of the places we ate really stood out. We had a big Lunch at the Luxor with some Sparkers, 20 or so of them from all over the country, and then a dinner with some fellow Running Room buddies from Calgary.
Race - Finished in 2:35:01, not bad considering I haven't ran more than 10k since October. I actually felt pretty good most of the race, just wish I was better prepared :) Nice big shiny Medal, great shirt, and a beer at the finish :D, oh I guess there was a concert too, but Penny can tell ya all about that.
Shows/Entertainment - We hit up The Tournament of Kings, which I really enjoyed. I got an ENTIRE chicken to myself (ok, ok, it was a cornish game hen and the size of my fist... but it was MINE, all MINE) hehe... We also hit up Bodies, which was interesting, Shark Reef, which was kinda cool, and CSI: The Experience, which is kinda fun.
All in all a great trip, glad I went, but it sure is nice to be home :)
Monday, September 27, 2010
So just a quick blog to tell everyone how my first 22k run went.
Previous to this past Saturday I have only ever ran 18k, twice. My goal race for my current 1/2 Marathon Training Clinic is technically Victoria, on October 10th. Way back in February, or whenever the registration for Melissa's was, I had intended to sign up for the 10k run, as I had heard it was lots of fun, (read: free beer at the finish). Now its is a very very popular race and it sells out in minutes, or an hour or so, something like that. Was having no luck trying to get online on the computer so I tried to register with my blackberry, lots of timeout and fat fingers later, I find I am registered for the 10k AND the 22k. Remember at this point, I don't think I had ever even ran 10km.
The nice part of Melissa's is that they are really good at letting people buy and sell and exchange bibs, so I wasn't worried about getting rid of the 22km bib. I pretty much just forgot about it as the race wasn't until September 25th.
Fast forward to September and I find myself in a 1/2 Marathon clinic AND I find that the weekend that the 22k race is, is also a 20km LSD training run.
So my logic goes something like this: If I run the 10k on Saturday, I have to run a 20km LSD on Sunday, for a total of 30km over 2 days. Now if I run the 22km race on Saturday, I can call it my LSD and save myself 8km. So out of pure and simple laziness I ran 22km on Saturday.
I finished the race with a chip time of 2:40:35, and since my target for this race, as I wasn't going to push too much (hah!) was 2:45, I am super happy with my time. I had a really strong first 10km (tying my record 10km time ~ 1:07:00) and even felt really good til about the 18km mark. At this point it was all new territory, and the course was 1km uphill, 1 km downhill, 1 km up, 1 km down for the remainder, which I had to dig really deep for. I ran my 10:1's (run/walk) for the entire race, no more, or less. BUT the last 3km I did walk through the water stations as I was out and wanted the little 15second walk breaks, oh and some water, LOL.
Anyway, DONE, DONE, DONE! Next up Victoria :)
Oh and did I mention the free beer? I got my 2, one from Penny and I think a 4th... I don't remember, kinda sad huh? Well worth it, I can't wait to kill my time next year ;)
Monday, May 31, 2010
Just a quick recap of May. Things have been going fairly well, not sure of my weight at this moment, but I was down to 232 last week, which is inching closer and closer to where I want to be.
Pacing this 10k Clinic has been wonderful and painful at the same time. I really love to help and inspire people, but I also want to meet my goals. I haven't been putting up the mileage I would have liked, as I pace the faster of the more gradual group They split the clinic into an advanced group and gradual/1st timers group. The first timers only run 50% of the distances during the week and barely make it up to 10k by race day, its meant for people who simply want to complete it. I have been pushing the speed a little, so that has been nice, but can only push these guys so much ;)
This clinic ends June 8th, which is the same day my new 1/2 Marathon Clinic Starts :) Little nervous about it, but that has nothing to do with the running aspect LOL, anyway... moving on. I have accidentally signed up for Melissa's 22k AND 10k, so I'm going to give the 22k a shot, but we will see how that all plays out closer to September. Otherwise I have also signed up for the Victoria 1/2 Marathon in October!
This past weekend I ran the Calgary Marathon 10k and scored a Personal Best time of 1:08:11, I'll take it :) (Previous was 1:10:30 ish(official time))Next 10k race is loops for troops on June 20th, where I hope for 1:06:00 or better.
P.S. Life is wonderful :)))
Monday, April 19, 2010
Weighed in this morning, 241.6.
That's UP 3 lbs from a month ago. Kinda feel like I failed, I honestly didn't realize a month had passed since I blogged last and said the same thing as always, "need to get serious". I still want to lose 20 lbs by June 20th, now I just have less time to do it in. That now means 20 lbs in 8 weeks, Still doable, but what is it going to take to get serious about doing it??
Friday, March 19, 2010
Going to mix things up a little over the next little while to see if I can push my weight down a bit. What I have been doing isn't working anymore, so time for a new plan.
Step 1, start using my food scale rather than guessing.
Step 2, no more soup Fridays :) (Usually have Wor Wonton or Vietnamese Soup for lunch as kind of a "cheat" meal)
Step 3, weigh/measure myself on Monday.
Step 4, add in a day of stairs
Step 5, add in 1 day of swimming
Step 6, keep up with running
Step 7-99 - TDB
More of a "work in progress" but I wanted my 3 points :)
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