Sunday, March 25, 2012
Yesterday was a rough day. Many things are swirling in my pretty little head but one that maybe you guys could help me with is my marathon training.
Recently, I have been really worrying and stressing about it for many reasons.
The hugest for me is having enough TIME. The week before my half marathon my runs (and other workouts) got squeezed out of my life. I could do morning workouts but honestly, I have never been successful in those.
I am stressing about my long runs. Ironically, not about the distance. Okay, 20 miles is scary but 13 was too. I will cross that bridge when I get to it! But, I am worried about time. Time to do it! There are at LEAST three weekends that are packed full with obligations. Two in April and one in May.
And, it's not just those weekends. Most weekend I am stressing when to do my runs. Saturdays would be ideal to do my long runs so I have the day of rest before going back to classes on Monday. But, Saturdays are packed. I work every Saturday 1-7 pm. Basically, this means getting up and on the road at 7 am. I am NO morning runner!
I asked my boss to only schedule me two days a week and now I want to ask her to not schedule me on Saturdays. I could offer my hours to the interns who need hours. But, eventually, I might be hurting for the money. *sigh*
And, when I am not worried about that. I am worried about when to strength train. I trained with my personal trainer on Friday and a still sore today. It sure doesn't make me want to run!
Well, enough about my worries. Off to run/walk with XRSIZE18.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
My biggest problem with the Get Lucky Half Marathon was me. Afterwards, I was unhappy my performance and started to question whether my body is ready to run a full marathon. I mean, I have only ran one half marathon before. Maybe I should do more.
Than, I started talking to other people that ran either the Get Lucky 7K or Half Marathon. Everyone agreed. It was brutal with the humidity. So, I am moving on with the lesson to never underestimate the power of water!
Recently, I found one of my mom's cousin's wife (did you follow that?) has joined Sparkpeople. She has already lost 16#. Could you help me welcome her to sparkpeople? My success has been to the great support on this site so let's pass it on and support Laura!
Stop by her page, say hi, congratulate her or even give her a goodie!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
This was my 2nd half marathon and it was filled with many lessons. Basically during this race, I broke nearly some main race rules.
--- Get plenty of sleep ---
All week before the race, I felt exhausted. Friday night I drove 3 hours and than got like 4 hours of sleep!
--- Drink tons of water ---
I am not sure how many water I drank the week before but my pee indicated I was a bit dehydrated.
--- Try nothing new ---
I brought my new quinoa salad to my sister's for them to try. I forgot it does unkind this to my GI system.
With breaking these rules, I seriously had one of the roughest runs ever I have ran! The entire race I struggled. If it wasn't a race or organized run, I would have turned around right away and went home. But, since I am not made that way, I suffered through 13.1 miles.
Besides my own issues, were like TWO porty potties and water stops which equated to FOUR total. That is NOT okay! To put salt to a wound, around mile 8 I got the shivers and this got me worried that I was getting heat exhaustion. It was around 70` with humidity with no water stops in sight. Not a fun situation!
Putting that water and bathroom situation aside, my sisters did not show up. Honestly, I don't blame them. Apparently, the organizers of the race decided to put the 7K in Minneapolis and the Half Marathon in St. Paul. This makes no sense to me! Anyhow, they ended up going to the 7K and didn't make it to St. Paul in time. That is okay though. It was the thought that counts!
I am not sure if I will do a Team Ortho race again. My first half marathon I did with them was awesome. It had plenty of water stops, porty potties, and even had photographers. This one was seriously lacking!
KINNEA (Kristen) and I finally met so that was fun!
Kristen was a trooper! She ran with for the full 13.1 miles as I was dragging butt for the entire time. For the last part negative nelly came out at the time I want to just sit down on the course and say, "I quit." But, because I am a determined and stubborn girl, I put one foot in front of the other!
After the race, we - Kristen, Karen (Kristen's sister), and I - met up with my family at Noodles and Company.
Later that day, my sister introduced me to a guy that works for her. For a couple years now, she has talked about us and how she wanted to introduce us to each other. So, on St. Patrick's Day, I met DJ, a tall red headed guy.
When we walked up, my sister tried to introduce us. He introduced everyone but didn't acknowledge me. Apparently, we were both nervous. So nervous that we didn't even talk to each other, lol! He'd talk to my sister, his boss, while staring me down. Later on, my sister explained that she thought he thought I was pretty and froze up. It was very flattering.
I met four of his friends. One of them asked if I liked DJ in front of him than made sure we exchanged numbers. We even have a tea time! Next time I am down in the cities, I am to have tea with him. Another friend which was his best friend explained to me that he usually doesn't have a long beard when DJ was in the bathroom.
So, basically, we did this backwards. He met my sister (family) and I met his friends especially his best friend. It was actually sweet that his friends and my sister were trying to sell me on him. On way there, my sister explained to me that he wouldn't intentionally hurt me. Right there, it was like my sister got me and why I don't date.
I am actually really excited about this.
This got me thinking...
I need to end something I have going on. Currently, I am kinda friends with benefits with a guy. I am thinking it needs to fade in the background. It's not really a typical behavior for me. I want to give DJ a chance and see if we have something here. I feel we could. If we don't, that's fine. Either way, I need to give dating a serious chance... whether with DJ or someone else. It is like giving me a chance. Saying I am worth it!
So, ladies, enough details?!
Oh, one other detail...
Since training for my full marathon, I have gave myself the excuse... I am training, I can eat whatever I want. No, this needs to stop. I am over 160. People say it's hard to lose weight while training. Right! But, that doesn't mean I shouldn't do it. I am going to try. That is the best I have right now!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
One of the greatest fears for college graduates are the questions, "Am I in the right field?" and "Will I find a job?" I can honestly say yes to both those answers.
My job in the field is taking over my college life. It is a blessing that my classes do not take alot of attention right now. I am always running to go to work at the Y, meet a client, do personal training work or do things for Run for Life. Lately, my days have gotten longer and seems like I am tired alot.
But, you know what? I am really enjoying it!
Tonight I did a presentation on my journey and it felt fulfilling. That is how life is supposed to be. Fullfilling. Like you are inspiring, helping them to be a better person. That is what I am supposed to do. Inspire others.
And, you know what?
I will hopefully be in a career where I can help others by teaching them to do what I did for me for themselves! In other words, I get to spark others!
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