Monday, April 07, 2008
Well, good question!
But I have a plan. :)
My plan is to follow a triathlon training program to really challenge myself to work on my running and really learn how to swim properly and be good at it. Swimming seems like such a great workout -- it does burn a fair amount of calories, but also the muscles it works are intriguing to me! I'd love to really get my back/arm/shoulder area looking GREAT. :D
And I've been focusing on different areas and changing things up, and it seems like a good idea to be rotating between a few different types of excercise with a set plan.
I also intend to cross train with some yoga, maybe a bit of arc trainer, and the dance classes at the rec center.
AND I HAVE A BATHING SUIT NOW.
I searched online for a picture, but couldn't find one!! Which is odd, because I got it at Old Navy, but they don't have it on their site.
It's the one I tried on before but was too short -- well, I went back and they had it in the next size up this time and I tried it... and it fit!!! :D The elastic is a teeny tiny bit loose in the back over the butt area, but considering how every other swimsuit I tried was.... I love it. :D hahahaha. It's basically a monokini kinda -- not too far cut in on the sides, but completely backless down to about the bikini bottom level in the back. The top is halter style with a ruffle on the inner neckline part, and the straps are spaghetti straps that cris cross over the shoulder blade area and attach to the side through loops then tie straight across at about BRA line.
If that makes sense.
I was feeling kinda hesitant about getting it because it's so revealing in the back, and then I was looking at my thighs and how awful they were looking. But then I was like, DANA! Your thighs will show in any swimsuit, get OVER IT. And your back looks good. So don't be scared. DO IT.
So I did.
And then I got home and I modeled it for my DH and he was not really saying much, just making me turn around a few times and I was like, oh man does it look horrible?!?!? And his comment is, it might be TOO sexy.
HAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAHAA OH MAN.
What a relief. And also what a shock. But hey! I have a swimsuit!!! :D And I'm gonna start swimming!!! I'm so excited!! I've been planning to do this triathlon training regimen for a while, but got sidetracked with other things (not to mention the absence of a swimsuit).
OH OK! So the plan!
The plan STARTS with the picture above -- this is to get my swimming and biking up to a good base level before starting the real TRAINING part of it. The link I included goes to beginnertriathlete.com which has a ton of resources -- some free, some not -- for triathlete type people. The training programs for the Sprint level triathlon (~.5 mile swim, ~3mile run, ~12 mile biking) range from 13-20 weeks, so it will be a long haul, but I think definitely worth it.
There are a couple triathlons around the time I'd finish training, but I don't know if I'll really be ready then or not. I guess we'll just have to see. There's one on August 9th that looks really great. It's $50.00 to register, though... that's in addition to doing a one day membership of the USAT for $10 or a year for $39.00. :P Looks like triathlons around here are a bit expensive. I found a couple more for the $50-$65 range, ONE for $13 (?) and one for $35. So maybe I could do one of those -- less pressure anyway. HAHAHAA.
SO!!! That's my plan.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Yeah -- I'm eating a sandwich. But I kinda like this picture, so that's what you get! :P :D hahahaha
Saturday, April 05, 2008
So I just looked up my official time for my Thanskgiving 5K last year to see, and it was 40:20 -- pace per mile 12:59.
I don't have my official time for this 5K yet, BUT I think it was right around 36:20. Which is I think about 11:42 per mile, or 11.7min mile. I took off about 4 minutes from my time! :D WOOHOO!!!!!!
I was aiming for around 36, less would have been best, but I actually had a cramp in the arch of my left foot for the second half at LEAST of the race -- so I'm pretty happy with that time. :D ALSO it was raining for part of it. Very chilly and wet outside.
But it was fun!!!!! Only 85 people participated, and I was NOT last. In fact, there were I THINK more than 5 people behind me and they weren't all ancient, big, or children either. There were a couple that appeared to be young and fairly healthy. So I achieved right around my goal time, my big goal of beating my LAST 5K time, AND not being last. :D HAHAHA!
They had a band set up playing the whole time at the start/finish area. When everyone got back the band was playing and once EVERYONE REALLY got back (all runners in), there was the barbecue!! :D BEST 5K EVER!!! Live music and food as kind of a party after the run. No it wasn't gorgeous outside, but at least I didn't get overly hot and sweaty. :)
I hope to have some more pictures later that were taken while I was running by the people running the show, but this one was taken by my hubby after -- and after I went to the car to get it and my hoodie. SO CHILLY and COLD and RAINY. :) hehe.
Also there are a couple more pictures on my flickr account of the band and the food. :P
Friday, April 04, 2008
... wish me luck!!!
Also the 90's party is actually tomorrow -- I will try to get some pictures. :)
Thursday, April 03, 2008
I never would have believed I'd ever say the above -- but it's kinda true! :D I mean, when I think back about it it seemed fun. Sometimes in the moment I go, GRR!!! But today's run was interesting.
I was running around my "neighborhood" which basically consisted of running through the neighboring HUGE apartment complex -- it's a long street that is actually a street on the map, not just an internal structure, with little 4 apartment buildings (usually) all through it. So I ran down that street, and back up it because it dead ends, and then up the monster of a hill that is the road next to my apartment complex. It also dead ends at the top, but I didn't go that far -- only as far as would take my total route to 2 miles. (Going just up and down the hill was way too short). I didn't cut out much of the hill and some other days when I'm not trying to limit my run to 2 miles because of the upcoming 5K, I would totally do the whole thing.
That was the best part!! Charging up that hill!!! But I don't really like running downhill -- it's kind of annoying. I just feel weird. Does anyone else feel this way???
Anyways. We're going to a 90's party tomorrow night, and I decided it'd be pretty easy to put together a SKATER look, so I headed to the Thrift Store and got some big baggy pants and some skater looking sneakers to wear. I spent WAYYYYYYYYYYY TOO LONG looking at like EVERYTHING. YEAH. I got home and had about 10min to get ready and leave -- including packing my lunch. So I skipped the shower (oh joy), and made it to work on time somehow. :P
And that's about it for today. Bummed that I didn't get the Strength Training in that I had planned, and I won't have time to do it tomorrow either. :P But I might get tough and do some tonight. We'll see.
Edited to Add: Ok so I found an article on running up and downhill and varying techniques, and I think I'm doing most of the downhill techniques -- keeping the same pace, staying vertical... But reading it made me feel less insane about not liking downhill running. HAHAHA
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