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Country Music Half Marathon 3.2 01-20-11

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I'm very happy to report another successful workout! After Tuesday night's boost, I was able to jump into tonight's training run with a lot more confidence and hope that it would feel better. That's not to say that there won't be bad runs down the road - because we all know that there will be - but it definitely feels good to have a few good ones in the bank! Today's was another late evening gym workout. I have yet to venture outdoors this winter, as I'm ill-equipped for such cold/snowy/icy conditions, and don't plan to, although am becoming anxious for the day when I feel ready to get out there! Even though it's only January, I eyeball the forecasts in hope of seeing temperatures higher than 25 or so. We're definitely not there yet and probably won't be for a couple of more months, but I can still hope! I'm planning on getting in some solid outdoor runs in the last two months of the plan so I can hit the road in April feeling comfortable with pounding the pavement again. I feel fortunate that outdoor running is generally easier for me than indoors, but I still have to re-acquaint myself with the variables that come outdoors: different surfaces, hills, wind, sun, temperature, and so on. I've got this! I'll be ready!

Tonight I was on the 'mill for forty minutes and kept right on going with my conservative, almost feels too easy pace. The careful pacing got me through the whole time without feeling over tired. I actually took down my mile splits, out of curiosity, more than anything:

1 - 11:32
2-11:06
3-11:06
3.57-6:16

Average pace came out to 11:12/mile. I'm happy with that. I tacked on a quick two minute 0.12 mile walking cooldown and called it a night. Next up, Sunday's long run of five miles. Slowly but surely I'm working my way back up to that 13.1! After next week, I'll start alternating between long runs and shorter runs on Sundays. It will be interesting/odd to not have an LSD every Sunday since that's what I always did before, but this is a completely new training plan for me, something different and more gentle, something better suited to my personality and my budding running identitiy.

Today's Entertainment: I was in the mood for some mindless TV, so found an episode of Law and Order that sucked me right in! The time definitely flew!

Total CMHM training mileage: 37.28

  
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Project Pixie Dust: Day 68 01-20--11

Thursday, January 20, 2011

*** Faith, trust, and pixie dust ***

Almost Friday, almost there! Today was a crazy busy day at work, but I got through it in one piece. Whew! Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit slower, as Fridays usually are, so I can catch up on my last bits of work and wrap up loose ends for the week. At least I was able to be AT work and able to focus 100%, and I knew that Timmy was safe at home, resting with Dad. He's still a bit feverish this evening, but not quite as bad as yesterday, I don't think. He may need one more day at home, but after that will hopefully be good as new!

The house-buying stuff marches on. We got our first few scary mortgage papers today. OK, maybe not too scary, but still intimidating all the same, and there's a big packet of papers on its way in the mail, including the Good Faith Estimate which is supposed to break down all of our closing costs so we can plan accordingly. We also got the well/septic inspection report, and the verdict is that both systems need repairs, which will come out to a $500-1000 bill. Luckily, the way our offer was worded, the seller is asked to remedy any issues (and pay for fixing them), and if they refuse, we are allowed to back out of the deal. We'll see what happens. I kind of suspect that, in a buyer's market, the seller is likely to go ahead and fix the well/septic, especially since it's not a huge repair bill, relatively speaking, and since they'd probably end up having the same go-round with any other potential buyers! We'll also soon see what comes out of the house inspection, which is tomorrow morning. Today's developments reminded me that this house isn't yet ours, and that there are still possibilities that someone could back out of the deal or our financing may not go through, or something, and then we'll be back to square one. I would hate to lose this great house, but I have to believe that, if we do, the right place for us is out there. This whole process is extremely nerve-wracking! I am already anxious to put it behind us.

Today I had some brushes with emotional eating...two cookies at lunch "just because," and after dinner, I grazed a bit on cereal and Swedish fish candies...because I was feeling edgy about the house stuff and generally restless. After a handful of fish, I actually started to pick up something else to eat, but after considering it carefully, put it right back in the fridge. I was about 150 calories over my limit today. Could have been a lot worse.

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (43 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (21 days running)!

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself another C today. I had a lot of good things in my diet today, but there were many extras that put me over the edge. An herbed croissant from the coffee cart at breakfast. The aforementioned cookies at lunch. The little nibbles of this and that after dinner. I'm glad I ultimately reeled it in, though! And I channeled my nervous energy into a workout at the gym, which seemed pretty effective, being that I'm MUCH more relaxed and at ease now.

Running: Got it done, 3.57 miles on the treadmill, and it felt great! With the walking cooldown, my mileage for today was 3.69.

Cross Training: Not today

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 82.36 miles complete, 1207.64 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: I did twenty minutes of Pilates for lower body. It was a very relaxing way to end the day!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the inspection tomorrow and trying not to get too much heartburn about the whole process. Once it's complete, our agent will write up all the things that need fixing into some kind of document to deliver to the sellers. The sellers will have a couple of days to consider it, and will let us know whether they play to fix the problems (in which case, deal on) or not (in which case, we can opt out if we want to). We'll see! For now, it's time to go to bed and try not to think about it too much. And at least there's a WEEKEND coming up! Can't say no to that!

  
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LAURIE5658 1/21/2011 2:01PM

    OK RB, just like Pam's blogs I have quit getting mail notification for your blogs. That is just how far down I am in my funk...Ihadn't even noticed. What a bad friend I have been!

If this house is truly intended to be yours, it WILL happen! Trust me. I am so excited for you, Bruce and Lil T as you have so many things happily happening to you. Enjoy this experience even if it is stressful at times. Its just part of the journey!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 1/21/2011 9:49AM

    Isn't home buying fun? It will work out the way it's meant to be...keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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FUNFROG79 1/21/2011 9:31AM

    Great job on the water and veggie streak! That's fantastic! I'll keep my fingers crossed as well for your inspection!

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Project Pixie Dust: Day 67 01-19-11

Thursday, January 20, 2011

*** Faith, trust, and pixie dust ***

Kind of an interesting day, to say the least! Today, I had a big project at work going on, and Bruce would be in school (and hence incommunicado) all day. I dropped Timmy off at daycare, as usual, drove into work, got a bit of breakfast, and chatted with a co-worker for a bit before diving into my work. And...of course, right at eleven o' clock, daycare calls in. Timmy's running a 100.7 fever, and a parent has to go pick him up. Not it! Oh wait. So off to daycare I drove, mentally trying to plan how I was going to do my work (which had to be done today) and care for Timmy. Soooo...I got set up with the computer to keep at it while he kind of buzzed around me...for about five long hours. Kind of a wild experience trying to communicate with my client and work while Timmy interrogated me with a barrage of typical preschooler questions.

Mom, what you doing?
Can I sit on your lap?
Can I push the button?
What's that say?
What are you doing?
Can I touch that?
What's that?
Can I talk on your phone?
Can I push that button?
Are you done yet?
Can I climb on your chair?

No amount of coloring, matchbox cars, or stuffed animals quite satisfied his curiosity! Thankfully, we got through the rest of the work and I could finally collapse on the couch with him while he watched Mater's Tall Tales for the umpteenth time. He seemed in very good spirits, almost his usual self, just a little hot and with a bit of a cough, and we put him to bed right on time. He fell asleep quickly, and I got a nice opportunity to just RELAX! Being a working parent isn't always the easiest thing in the world. Well, being a parent PERIOD isn't the easiest thing in the world. I have actually experienced it from both "sides," staying at home and working full time, and each has its unique challenges!

Today was an iffy day, food wise, although I technically stayed within my limits. Lunch was quite an undertaking: cheeseburger, half a basket of fries, and a Moravian spice cookie, grabbed from the cafeteria somewhere between rushing out of work and picking up Timmy. Girl's gotta eat, right? Here is the lowdown for today.

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (42 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (20 days running)!

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a C today. Breakfast was good, and it was lunch that really kind of "undid" my day, or at least almost. It was the cheeseburger that was the calorie whopper, coming in at 671. I kept dinner light to kinda make up for it. I made Cincinnati style chili, but with soy crumbles instead of beef, and skipping the traditional spaghetti, at least for tonight. Even though the veggie version of this chili is actually pretty "healthy" and low-calorie, it tasted surprisingly naughty and satisfying! I made a nice big pot of it so I can enjoy it several more times.

Running: None tonight

Cross Training: My workout was pretty quick today, and focused more on strength training than aerobics. I did a kettle bell workout for twenty minutes, and it was aerobic-ish but really more in the strength training realm.

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 78.67 miles complete, 1211.33 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: In addition to kettle bell training, I tried a ten minute SparkPeople video, a "crunchless" core workout. It was pretty no frills but had some new exercises I hadn't tried before, so a good change of pace.

Tomorrow Bruce will take over Timmy duty while I continue with my work project, and we will receive the results of the house's well/septic inspection, which was this afternoon. And we're still waiting on news about the loan. I'm anticipating that there's some scary paperwork coming our way soon...it would seem odd to apply for a six figure loan without filling out at least a little bit of that!

  


Country Music Half Marathon 3.1 01-18-11

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

So, you know how iffy Sunday's workout was. I was supposed to run four miles, had eked out one, and started to overheat and fatigue. I skulked off from the gym almost feeling ashamed of myself. Here I was, the "Super Running Chick" who had completed five half marathons in 2010, now barely able to shuffle through four miles at a 12+ minute/mile pace?! I was astounded at how much running fitness I seemed to have lost in my one month running hiatus. So yeah, I was discouraged, to say the very least!

Tonight, I was scheduled for a three mile run, but decided to up the ante to four. I really wanted to redeem Sunday's run. I felt a burning desire to prove to myself that I CAN still run the longer distances, even though my next "long run" of five miles isn't scheduled until Sunday. I figured bumping three miles up to four wasn't much of a stretch, so I decided to go for it. If I managed to have a comfortable, successful workout, I'd feel much reassured about my running ability. I wasn't even going for fast, I was honestly just aiming for getting through the distance and feeling alive enough to keep going, if I needed to.

I had been planning on finding a treadmill-with-TV, but when I arrived at the gym, it was hopping, and the main cardio room was just swamped. Way too many people for my liking. So instead, I hopped into the Lady Gold's room, which is a lot smaller and quieter. There were only two other women in there when I arrived. Yes, much more peaceful! No treadmill TV, so I tuned my iPod to the radio for some motivating musical entertainment. I started the treadmill and launched into 4/1 intervals.

I tried not to agonize over pacing. In fact, I forced myself to run slower than I thought I really needed to, with the hope of achieving the longevity I would need to get to 4+ miles. Whenever I caught a glimpse of my speed and heard my perfectionist side whispering, "Look, you are running soooo slowly, you will never get a PR at that pace. You could speed up just a little. Your friends can run so much faster than that," I reminded myself to chill out and relax, that it was more important to complete the distance and enjoy it, rather than run it at any particular pace. (As long as it's faster than 16 minute/mile, nothing to worry about, and even on my worst workouts, I've managed to keep ahead of that pace.)

I won't act like treadmill running was fun or exciting, and I would be lying if I said I didn't keep peeking at the mileage counter to see how far I had to go. But it went smoothly, and exhaustion didn't bite at my heels like it did last time. I got to the four mile marker at around 45 minutes and felt vindicated. And, to finish up the 50 minute program, I tacked on 0.45 miles more of jogging, to reach an average pace of 11:14/mile. Not a blisteringly fast pace by any means, but considering that it was me versus the treadmill, I'll take it! My quick cooldown added two minutes and 0.13 more miles to the total. Having made it through this workout so comfortably, I feel relieved and reassured that, once I progress through this round of training, I CAN and WILL complete my next 13.1 in three months.

Today's Entertainment: My favorite Christian music station, Life 102.5, really kept me upbeat and motivated throughout my workout! I'm so thankful that I reconnected with it during yesterday's commute, as their awesome music and positive messages are lifting my spirits like I couldn't have imagined.

Total CMHM training mileage: 33.59

  
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 1/19/2011 8:43AM

    You are sticking with it - even if you aren't the happiest with your pace - you and I both know with more miles your body will remember what pace you were at.

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 1/19/2011 8:32AM

    WOW!Fabulous job on kicking that treadmill's hiney! Way to stick with it and succeed!

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Project Pixie Dust: Day 66 01-18-11

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

*** Faith, trust, and pixie dust ***

Almost halfway through the work week, and it's been a good day. We're definitely still experiencing a lot of the winter blah weather, we haven't heard anything new about the house (hellooooooooo, loan officer?), and work is still driving me crazy. But somehow, I've managed to find a peaceful place in the midst of the storm. Maybe it's just my "God moment" during yesterday's commute that put things in their proper perspective, but today I just felt more upbeat and thankful for all of the things that are going right even though life right now feels like some kind of crazy fast rollercoaster ride. I spent the work day listening to the Christian radio station on my iPod and thoroughly enjoying the music. I'm really digging some of the material on Chris Tomlin's latest effort And if our God is for us, especially the song "I Will Follow." It just makes me smile. Maybe I'll have to build myself another CCM playlist, like I did for last year's Madison Half Marathon. That was a very uplifting project! Anyway, I feel like I kept the pixie dust going again today. I am feeling so encouraged to see that this project is WORKING! I'm feeling a surge in motivation, my body is looking better, and physically I am generally feeling healthier and stronger. Two months into it, and it's a definite success...and I'm just three pounds away from my goal weight, to boot!

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (41 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (19 days running)!

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a B+ today. Again, I managed to get my protein up, like I had been hoping to do. A serving of steak at lunch seemed to help me out a LOT. The 3 ounce sliver of flank steak had 140 calories and 18 big grams of protein. NOT bad! And a nice serving of chicken at dinner added 24 more grams to the total. I rounded it out with some cheese and other goodies, and I had it made. Today's splurge was a piece of chocolate cake from the cafeteria. At 420 calories, it was definitely a bit more of a sinful choice, but COULD have been worse. I've seen desserts on their menu weighing in at 900+ calories! The cake was definitely one of my more impulsive decisions, although I enjoyed it thoroughly...

Running: Decided to redeem myself by cranking out four miles at the gym tonight. It went a LOT better than Sunday, and I ended up with 4.45 running + 0.13 cooldown for a total of 4.58. Wahoo!

Cross Training: None today

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 78.67 miles complete, 1211.33 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: Today I was slated for upper body training, and did a ten minute sculpting video with three-pound weights. Relaxing and just the right amount of challenging. Core training tomorrow. Bleh.

That's about it for today...tomorrow promises to be a busy day at work, so hopefully I'll keep my head on straight. And here's to hoping for (GOOD) news about the house! Tomorrow is the first part of our inspection: an inspector is coming to check out our well and septic system. (Yes, well and septic...not something we would ever have expected to have...but no big deal.) Hopefully they'll pass muster and we'll move on to the house inspection on Friday!

  
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JANEYINMADTOWN 1/18/2011 11:37PM

    It will all fall in place....just think how great it will be when you get your new home!

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