Monday, May 07, 2012
This week is getting better and better!
First, I rocked the Eau Claire Half Marathon by shattering my previous record. WIN!
Than, today I was contacted for a preliminary phone interview with Hilton Head Health Institute in South Carolina. It's tomorrow!!!
Those were amazing in themselves but than Nicole, a sparkfriend, stopped by my page and told me I made the news!!!
You should recognize someone around 1:46.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Today I ran the Eau Claire Half Marathon and I PRed!!! I didn't PR by a little bit either. I shattered my previous record by 22 minutes!!! Who does that? Apparently, I do. My previous two half marathon races were over the 3:00 mark. The chip time for today's race was 2:41:43. Does this mean I could do 2:30? I am just so ecstatic!!!
Okay, now that I have calmed down a bit.. just a bit.. I can tell you about the other keys points of the race.
I met Nicole aka MYLADY4. Before the race, we decided we would run the first couple miles together than we could go our own pace. After the two miles, my legs were ready to fly. And, boy did they!
When I left Nicole, I kept thinking I could get 2:45 today. I was just feeling it. I carb loaded (50% of carbs) all week, hydrated well for the few days before the race, and sleep 8 hours or more each night. It really is more than just fueling. I had a long time to think about it today. Much like carbs is our fuel, I decided water is oil to our body. We can have a great car running but it goes WAY better if the engine is well oiled. Today it was.
I was really having alot of fun. Around mile 8 or 9, I got bored with watching people. As I was thinking about putting my headphones on, my aunt, who was also running the race, came up behind me. For the last few miles, we flitted back and forth. In the final stretch, I finished seconds before her. Later, she said she was trying to catch up with me but couldn't catch me! Awesome! And, I say I am not competitive. Riiigghhht....
I definitely think I will do this race again. The scenery was great! Pretty much the whole race along water, trees, bridges and residence homes. That is running paradise for me. Even the condition of the roads were fantastic. No cracks. For me that means no worrying about tripping.
Some of my family was there at the finish line as well. That was nice. My Grandma was even there was I thought was awesome! Afterwards, she took the family, my great aunt (her sister), my sisters, her kids and husband and I out to Godfather's Pizza. Than, gave me money for gas money. I sure appreciated that.
But, today wasn't all fun and games. I am a bit sore. In my right hip, right knee and left tibialis. I think the tibialis (lower shin) was still sore from the 17 miler a couple weeks ago. My knee, left of my kneecap, hurts when I hurt. Than, my hip is my IT band. At least, that is one I know what the issue is. I am supposed to do 18 miles next weekend so I am wondering if I should push it. No sense getting an injury.
Anyhow, today was GREAT!!! Hope to get some pictures of the race soon. As soon as my great aunt sends them to me!
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Another blog? Yes, I think so!
In the last few weeks, I have been waiting to hear from a certain internship. Until I have a decision for my internship, I am living in limbo where I cannot make plans about anyone or any races. The internship that I am waiting to hear about would be amazing but I am starting to wonder if I want it. My place of employment has been pressuring me in completing my internship with them and provided an internship opportunity that is quite enticing. Basically, I would be in charge of the local YMCA running program from start to finish. In my opinion, this is an amazing opportunity because I get to design everything. The running program is not even scraping what their potential could be. It could be so much more!
Anyhow, this really got me thinking. What if place #1 offers me an internship? Do I even want it? More and more, I am finding pros with staying at home that extend beyond the internship opportunity at the local YMCA.
1. Since working at the Y, I have met some amazing people and feel like I am part of the town's community, something I have not had in other towns. It may be cold here but the people will warm you up!
2. I have three friends that will be getting married within the next year and do not want to miss their weddings. Some are new friends. Some are old friends. But, it is a special day for them and would like to help celebrate that day with them.
3. Right now, I am training for Grandma's Full Marathon. A couple weeks ago, I did 17.45 miles. It was awesome to reach a new milestone for mileage but I feel I pushed it too hard. I am still sore. This past Sunday I ran 4 1/2 miles and the next day, my body was screaming at me. My hips were sore. My knees were throbbing. My shins were pulsing. These things were nothing I couldn't handle. Yet it was my body saying, "Hello up there.. yeah, you.. this is too much." In fact, I have a half marathon in a few days and I am really wondering how well it is going to go.
Even through my professors feel I could do better, like I am setting my sights low, I feel like I would be able to do some personal things for myself, like sharing memories with friends and family. So often I have lived in the past or the future - never the present. For once, I want to live in the present by celebrating my friend's greatest memories or training for my first full marathon.
With these thoughts in the back of my mind, I wonder "Will I regret if I don't go?" Will I regret not going to South Carolina? Even through it could be a great start for my career, I do not think so. I love my field but I want my life to be more than a career.
As I approach graduation, people consistently ask me what are my career aspirations. I realize I want so much more than a job. I want a career where I can touch and change people lives. I want my children to be healthy - mentally and physically. I can teach them that. I want friends with similar interests that are caring, trustworthy and real.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
I wish I was better at handling stress. Lately, it seems like I am always stressed and just cannot relax. It's the job. It's the friends. It's the internships. It's the end of the semester. It's my finances. Or, maybe it's just me.
So, what's going on? Let me tell you. (I will try to make it quick!)
You already know about the job. So, let's skip on over that one. My boss is retiring in a month and a half. I can hold out. I can, gosh darn it!
In the last few years, I have made alot of changes, inside and out, and promptly outgrew many of my friends. In fact, I don't feel like I have any similar interests with them. I think that is why I am happy at work... they are like me.. they desire a healthy lifestyle and pursues one. My previous friends actually do not really get my desire to eat healthy or work out. This situation is quite lonely.
For the last few weeks, I have been waiting on a certain internship in South Carolina to hear an answer. As more time goes on, I am not sure if I even want it. Even through I am ready to move on from college, I have made a life here in this little town. Every week the Run for Life internship where I would be in charge of the program appeals to me everyday. It's not just the internship. It's also being close to my family, being able to go to weddings of my close friends, and being able to train for Whistlestop Marathon. The last one means I could start training for it in June and STILL run my first full marathon when I am 26!
End of the semester...
Everyone is stressed at school, professors and classmates alike. I pick up on stress really easy. I only have a couple more things to do than it should be finals week. So glad it's almost over.
So, what am I doing about all this? I am not doing well if it at all! In fact, today I stressed ate half a bag of almond joys. You know the funny thing about stress eating.. I know I am doing it but I don't care. I just want relief. My counselor says to journal. Why? I am stressed. I don't care about my weight. I just don't want to be stressed anymore. I have found out that lifting helps relieve some of that stress.
Talking of lifting, I only missed like TWO days during the month of April! Now that's progress. Tomorrow I attempt to do it with May.
Anyhow, if I seem a bit stressed.. well.. because I am. Just so you know. Today I got some relief with doing some running and on Sunday I will be doing Eau Claire's Half Marathon so that's more stress relief. Monday I work so it might be short lived.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Today after work, I drove up to the north shore, planning to run along Brighton Beach. As I drove, it was relaxing to watch the waves on Lake Superior. Mother nature can be a beautiful thing! Eventually, I pulled over and shot some pictures.
Like last weekend, I had a choice. Either to get out of the car and run. Or not. Today, I chose not to. As I was driving the North Shore, I was nauseous and got my headache again. This is when I decided to pull out my rule book out and listen to my body. Today my body was saying, "Hello, person up there, we need a rest." As I promised a couple weeks ago, I listened.
In fact, I followed rule #5 to the tee.
It says: "Listen to your body. If it says I am tired or this isn't fun, stop. If it says, I need more food because I am tired, eat more! If it says rest, well, rest."
I even did the second part without thinking too much. I picked up a pizza and ate nearly the whole thing. Than, a hour later, I took a nap... for four hours. You think I needed some major sleep? I do.
Tomorrow I have the day off so I think I shall run. I will run as much or as little as I feel. It might be no miles. Tomorrow I might just lift. My trainer gave me new exercises and I am excited to them. They make me feel strong!
Either way, I do have a race to prepare for this week. Last time I forgot that. This week my focus has to be my base runs and water, water, water! It is important. Last time I tried to do it last minute. Not cool. So, let the water drinking begin!
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