Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Got in another fantastic workout yesterday at PT. I cycled 5 miles in 20 minutes, and then ran 3 miles in 33 minutes. I did a shorter cycling session since I had cycled 12 the day before. Plus I knew I was scheduled to run per my half marathon training plan. Cycling first definitely helped loosen up my legs a bit. My shins are sore today though. Really only on my left leg so I biofreezed this morning and that seems to help a bit. Dont need any real shin splints or anything - I honestly think its just my muscules being sore from increased intensity workouts. I am definitely feeling good though. I havent taken measurements in a while so perhaps this weekend I will do that. I have a quarter of the way through the biking and running portion of the lazyman triathlon, but still straggling with swimming. Plannin to get in some more biking miles tonight and a swim.
When I joined my gym last month, they gave me $200 to spend on services in the gym during my first month - its like a promotion they do basically. Anyway, my money expires on Saturday so I need to do SOMETHING with it. I dont want personal training services because I just dont think its really worth the time. I've had personal trainers before, I know how to use the equipment, and anyway it would only give me like 4 sessions anyway. If I am going to have a trainer, I want more sessions than that. So I am thinking about using some of the money on private swim lessons. I mean, I wouldnt pay for that normally so that might be a nice change, and I could definitely use some swimming tips! But that wont cover all of the money I have to spend. So I am considering signing up for the 12 week bootcamp class if they let me wait to start until March (with the bar exam studying still happening, I cant really commit to anything until after that is over, especially with the lazyman triathlon this month too). I have never done a bootcamp class - I think it is 3x a week. I guess I can always just call today and get some more information. I dont want to lose the $200 they gave me, so I better make a decision in the next few days!
I called a dog training service - Sit Means Sit - and we have a free demonstration and consultation next Wednesday. I know if we decide to go with them it will be expensive, but I need something to get my dog under control. She isnt TERRIBLE by any means - she just craves attention (she is a puppy!) and is extremely stubborn. I just want her to listen to me, and stop pottying in the house, when she KNOWS to go outside! Nothing I have tried as worked thus far. And let's face it, by high pitched feminine voice isnt exactly helping out when it comes to trying to discipline her. I am sure when I am mad it still sounds like I am playing!
My mother is starting to drive me crazy again. She had a job interview last week and she said it went really well, but she hasnt heard anything back and its been over a week. She finally called yesterday to inquire whether the position was still available and to say that she is still interested in the job, but she got a voice mail and didnt receive a call back. So shes being super depressed again. I understand it is really hard for her and she is bored and they are having financial problems with her not working. But I really cant stand when she just dumps it all on me. I am a good listener, but I can only listen to the same thing everyday for so long. After a while, it is just annoying, and honestly it brings me down too. I am pretty stressed out about the bar exam at the end of the month, and my own financial struggles because of having to pay for a hotel and round trip airfare, but I am trying to stay positive. My birthday is next week and she is acting like its the end of the world. I didnt even ask her for anything!!!
Speaking of my birthday, I am kind of looking forward to it. I've never been a big fan of my birthday because it falls on Valentine's Day and every other female in the world, it seems like, is also getting presents on my birthday, but I think this year could be good. It has been a long time since I've had a boyfriend on my birthday, and when I did those were terrible days (he was a pretty awful guy - one year he told me he wouldnt even get me a present until I got him a valentine's day present!). I dont know what we are doing next week, but I am looking forward to it. I am going to get him a V-day gift. Well, I am going to make J a card and put together a scrapbook page with a picture of us from the AF Ball, and then frame it. Simple but cute. We are going to a wine tasting this Friday so that should be interesting by itself.
My friend Dakota confirmed that both her and Julie are in for a girls weekend on Cinco de Mayo in Prescott AZ for the Prescott Half Marathon. I am so looking forward to a girls weekend with them! We were close when I was stationed in AZ so I miss them a lot! I am just waiting on my boss to approve my informal leave request so that I can register for the race!
My knee felt a bit of a twinge last night while running, but it was only for a second and then nothing, I made sure to get in a good stretch afterwards. This morning it is feeling a bit sore - not painful by any means. Just trying to be careful with it. I have been meaning to get in some yoga but havent done so yet so I need to make that a priority as well.
I am still debating what to do about my car. My parents are urging me to get rid of my challenger and get something mor practical for snowy weather, since it snows SO MUCH in Colorado. I love my car - you all know I was so excited when I bought it. And lets be real, it was an impulse buy. There really was no practical thinking involved in that purchase whatsoever. And really, I am terrified when it snows to drive my car. Like to the point where I sometimes cry. A real wheel drive vehicle is not good in snow and ice. I dont care if you put chains on the tires or even put snow tires on - you cant fix rear wheel drive problems. THe problem is that I have already gotten into one accident that required replacing the front bumper and other parts behind the bumper. I have since cracked the bumper twice so there is a tiny hole in it that I have not bothered to have replaced because I dont particularly care about it and it doesnt affect the driving of the vehicle. Plus my car is so dark you cant even notice it unless you go looking for it. BUT because of these issues, and because the challenger really does not hold its value (I hear this is a problem for dodge vehicles in general) I am certain I will not get a very good trade-in offer. Kelley Blue Book wont even price 2011 challengers (I cant figure this out) but I dont expect to get a reasonable amount to put towards a down payment. I paid about $29,000 with tax on my car, and financed about $18,000. I still owe $16,000 (I havent even had the car a year yet) and I might get lucky if I break even. But I still dont have enough for a good down payment on a more snow appropriate vehicle. I have only been looking at new, so I suppose I could look at certified pre-owned too and pay for an extra warranty. Ugh decisions, decisions. I dont want my car payments to be any more than what I am already paying. I am just trying to decide whether taking the hit on my current car to get a more appropriate snow driving vehicle that I am not terrified to drive is worth it. Plus, dont forget, I do LOVE my challenger, but mostly only when there is not snowy / icy weather.
Ok that was long. I should get back to work. Having lunch with the boyfriend so that should be a nice break for the day.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Yesterday after work I stuck to my plan and went to the gym. It was freezing, and I really just wanted to go home and be warm, but I knew that once I got to the gym I'd be good to workout. Of course, the parking situation was horrendous. Going there right after work is just bad, but for now that is what I'll have to do. After bar exam studying is over, I can go later at night. But anyway, I cycled 12 miles on the stationary bike, in 48 minutes. I was proud of myself for that. I knew I would feel sore this morning though. I also swam 10 laps in the pool for a whole 500 meters. Man, when you havent swam in FOREVER, it is hard!! I used to be so good, now my breathing is all wonky again - that means I need to do it more often! I also forgot that swimming really is a fully body workout! But I felt very relaxed afterwards, got chipotle burrito bowl for dinner (figured it was healthier than an actual burrito, high in protein, and it was like 7:30pm so I was definitely not cooking!). And I went to sleep before 9pm because I had to be up early today.
This morning, my alarm went off at 4:30am :( and my whole body was sore!!! A good sore, but WOW. It actually felt pretty amazing! Had to go to fake deployment exercise training this morning, and it was in the teens maybe (possibly colder?) We were out there for 5 hours, and though we had tents with heat, they ran out of gas so all of the heat went out! I had on two pairs of socks and my toes are still cold!!! I am so glad I went to military clothing over the weekend and bought the heavy outdoor jacket, gloves, and hat because I definitely needed it! Have a few hours in the office to get through, well, 2.5, and then off to PT where I intend to run 3 miles and get in some ST. Then home to wash the dishes, cook dinner, and study. And hopefully at some point I will warm up again!
Monday, February 06, 2012
I really had a great, relaxing weekend. So Monday was a rough one this morning, especially considering I forgot that I had set my alarm to an hour and a half later than my normal wake up time, and definitely overslept (not by an hour and a half, but by about a half hour - luckily I woke up on my own).
I am determined to make this a good week. Despite the cold weather, I got out there and did my 5 mile run outside yesterday! Felt awesome after I did it. Laurie is right - the hardest part is just getting all geared up. Once I got outside, I was ready to go! And despite how hard the hills were, I didnt want to give up. And I was so proud of myself afterwards! My calves / shins / ankles were a bit sore this morning, probably from running on the grass with snow - uneven surface - not used to that. J made boneless chicken wings and homemade sweet potato fries to eat during the super bowl last night and gave me a container to bring for lunch today. So I am starting out the week with home-cooked lunch! I have my gym bag packed and I am ready to go get in a cycle and swim after work. I need to force myself to get in the pool already! And I am planning to make a homecooked meal tonight! I will eat better this week. I will get my workouts in! I will get my studying in too!
I am feeling really positive right now. Hopefully work doesnt bring me down today!
Sunday, February 05, 2012
Yep...thats right. I decided to brave the cold weather and run outside. I hit up mapmyrun.com to figure out a 5 mile route since I am still unfamiliar with all of the non-main roads around here. I found a decent out and back leaving from my house so I decided to gear up and get out there.
I out on my black compression pants with a pair of running shorts over them, a long sleeve nike running shirt, a long sleeve white road runner sports running shirt, and my black road runner sports running jacket, some pink nike ear warmers, my pink ipod, and my garmin. Put my cell phone and house key in my pocket, and off I went.
Starting temp: 25*
Ending temp: 30*
2 - 13:25
3 - 12:13
4 - 11:18
5 - 11:17
Total time: 59:57
Avg Pace: 11:57
The first mile was completely uphill...ugh. I hate hills, but you cant avoid them in Colorado, and they are helpful anyway so I guess I'll deal. The second mile I walked A LOT. All of the sidewalks were covered in snow so I was dodging cars trying to run in the street, or trying not to break my ankle running over the snow on the grass. Blech. By the time I hit 2.5 I settled in comfortably and ran almost the rest of the way. Overall, it was a good run. I am glad I finally got out there and did it. I braved the cold. I braved the hills. And I am ready to do it again next week.
Most importantly, I was geared up properly, so I wasn't even cold!
Sunday, February 05, 2012
About to head out to the gym but I thought I would check in real quick, at least for my own accountability's sake!
Had a pretty decent weekend. Thursday we had snow into Friday. We had a delayed reporting in to work on Friday, and then we got released around 1pm. The roads were absolutely horrible, and not good for my car. I love my car - it was my dream car, and a serious impulse buy, but I am seriously contemplating giving it up for something more snow practical. Unfortunately if I trade my car in, I will end up losing money on it because I am certain I will not even get back what I owe on it. Dodges dont hold their value very well, and considering I already got into an accident that resulted in having the bumper replaced, and I have since cracked the bumper again, it would be a miracle to break even on what I owe, but not get anything for a down payment. So I dont know what to do, but I am definitely concerned. I was TERRIFIED to drive on Friday, both ways!
I ended up cooking spaghetti for dinner and J and I had a nice night in after a pretty awful week. Yesterday I spent about 5-6 hours studying. My wrist / hand / arm is hurting from carpal tunnel. I had it really bad in law school from all of the typing (used laptops to take notes in class, and I would frequently type 10 pages of notes per class each day) but since I dont send all day typing anymore, it doesnt bother me....until now. Blech. Only one more month right... Went out for sushi last night and in the middle of dinner came down with a terrible migraine-like headache. I was happy to take my 800mg of motrin and go to sleep. Luckily I woke up with no headache today. That was bad.
Dakota and I chatted yesterday. I told her I want to run the Half Marathon in Prescott, AZ on Cinco de Mayo and she said she would go with me! She is even going to run the 10k! I am so excited! J's parents are from there, but he already made plans to do a Spartan race with his squadron that weekend so I was a bit bummed. But I am so excited Dakota wants to do this with me! Plus it will be great to have a girls weekend! Even though I have female coworkers that I like, we are not close and rarely spend time outside of work together, so a girls weekend on cinco de may will be fantastic!! It definitely made my day, even though it is literally billed as one of the toughest races because of the elevation changes, and because only the first and last 3.5 miles are on paved road - the rest is trails! Should be an exciting time!
Today I am heading out to the gym to get in my long, slow 5 mile run, on the treadmill. I contemplated running outside - despite how cold it is, there is no wind right now. But I also want to try to get in a swim, so its just easy to go to the gym and get both accomplished. One day, I will have to overcome my fear of outdoor cold weather running. I dont think today will be the day though. Then I need to head to military clothing sales and pick up some cold weather gear. I've been putting this off for a while, but I have an outdoor training to go to on Tuesday and its going to be like 20 degrees, so I guess now is the time to procure the cold weather stuff. I am not happy about how expensive it will be, though. Going to try to cook some healthy meals for the week when I get done, before heading over to J's to watch the superbowl. I am not a football fan, so I will be bringing some study materials. Should be a good end to the weekend though.
I need to contact some local dog training people to find out about getting Buffy some training. She pretty much runs my house, and though she is adorable, she is not taking to house training at all. She KNOWS to go outside to potty - but she prefers not to. She also doesnt listen to me. When I tell her "no" or "stop" she just sits there and barks at me. She's like a teenager, talking back!
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