Right on pace for a disaster April 7, 2009Posted by t in Uncategorized.
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So this weekend I cut my pace for 10 miles from a fast 7:53 to a very fast 7:37. Which means one of the following will happen to ruin my race day
- 100 degree day
- 20 degrees and rain
- I’ll break my leg playing softball 2 weeks before the race
- I’ll pull my hamstring 2 days before the race playing softball
- struck by lightening
- struck by dump truck
- struck by meteor
Back in Shape April 1, 2009Posted by t in Uncategorized.
This past weekend I had my fastest 10 mile training run ever. I did 10 miles, by myself, at a 7:53 pace, going faster and faster over the last 4 miles.
I keep a spreadsheet of all my runs, and this same weekend last year I ran only 5 miles and 20 seconds per mile slower. In 4 and a half weeks I’m doing the Broad Street Run (10 miler) so I figure by then I’ll be able to do around negative 5 minutes per mile and finish almost an hour before the race even starts.
Setting the Stage Before I Almost Die on Saturday April 1, 2009Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective, Why Am I Doing This?, Yoga.
Well Saturday is the Cinderella ride and much like last year, I didn’t train all that much before and I’m only at 30 miles in the saddle right now. While I’m in better shape than I was last year, I’m not sure I’ll be able to do 65 miles on Saturday because lately, my hip flexor muscles (i think that’s what they’re called), get too stiff/sore/tight at around 30 miles. I’ll do my best to stretch and take it easy while riding on Saturday.
In other news, I have a tiara for the ride, and I’m going to rock my sequined mini skirt again this year. I’m planning to swing by the Piedmont Boutique on Haight tomorrow or Friday to see if they have anything sparkly and fun to add to my outfit. I’m still undecided on a boa as I’m worried that it will be itchy and will just get in the way. I’ll post a picture or two from the ride on the blog here afterwards.
I’m also continuing with the cross-training by starting up swimming again, and now I’ve decided to add Yoga. Swimming will be good for cardio vascular reasons, and good for working on my tan. Yoga will be good for strength and flexibility.
I realize that this post is incredibly boring but I promise to be funny again soon. I’m thinking of posting something on how I’ve come to realize that professional cycling has a lot of really hot guys. I am single now so yes, I think about men a lot. And men in skintight clothes that lets you know what you’re getting upfront? even better.
Capitol 10K March 31, 2009Posted by M in M's Perspective, Running.
James and I ran in the Capitol 10K yesterday. The race started at nine in the morning but there were so many people there, it took us five minutes to cross the starting line. It was incredibly crowded and the first two miles were pretty tough because we were weaving in and out of people but once we got out of the crowd, it wasn’t too bad. My ankle started to tighten up around mile two but James kept me going for another mile and then, oh man, and then I saw The Hill. It had been about thirty-seven minutes and we’d just hit mile three and there was this steep hill. At this point, my ankle yelled up at me “I quit this bitch, bitch!” My ankle is so damn testy.
I decided to walk a bit and James kept going because he’s hardcore and doesn’t know what pain is. I walked about a little over a quarter mile and started running again. Running without James wasn’t that different from running with James even though I thought I’d suck without him because he pushes me to go on. Aw, I’m so co-dependent. Anyway, I kept going and met up with him around the four and a half mile mark. We ended up finishing in an hour and fifteen minutes which was my goal so that made me pretty happy.
The race was definitely tougher than I expected. I almost never run outdoors so the hills and wind slowed me down. That and I don’t run well. This was my first race, ever, so that was pretty exciting. I’m looking forward to the Bun Run 5k in May and hopefully I won’t hurt as much as I do today. Just in case I do, I’m booking my massage now.
Um, How Long Has It Been? March 25, 2009Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective.
I don’t remember how long it’s been since I last posted but I’m going to be posting with some regularity again as training is in full effect. I’ve got the Cinderella ride coming up in two weekends, the century in July, and the AquaBike challenge in August. I hope I don’t die from all my athletic endeavors.
Anyways, I went for a ride yesterday with a new friend. He was cute. I’ve decided that now that I’m single, I’m going to use training as a way to meet new people and make new friends. Bike riding has been pretty good for that so far. I’ve met two different guys, one of which who has turned out to be pretty lame, and another who is brand new. I’ll probably have more to say about him later on. So basically, this blog is going to turn into exercising with commentary on dating at the same time. Yay!
I’m Still Here Too! February 22, 2009Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective.
I’m still here! and I’ve got two new events to train for again :) Actually three! So here’s what’s new with me (in case anyone is still reading):
* The Cinderella Ride – I’ve signed up for the Cinderella ride again this year and I am really excited. I’m already thinking about a costume for the ride and I’ve started training. 65 miles will be no sweat by April! (Or so I hope)
* The LiveStrong Challenge – I’ve joined Team Fat Cyclist Fighting for Susan and I’ve signed up for the LiveStrong challenge. I’m doing my first century evar – 100 miles! I’m scared but stoked. I’ll be updating the page with a link for fundraising incase any of you reader(s) want to donate.
* Vineman Aquabike – I hate running so what a better event than a 1.2 mile swim and 50 mile bike? I’ll be doing that in August. I am going to be so fitness-y this summer!
Other updates just include that me and my BF of four years broke up leaving me with lots of time to train and chase cute boys on bikes. After watching the Tour of California, I’ve decided that cyclists are on the whole, very good looking so I’ve got high hopes for meeting some hotties while out training. Two cycling dudes offered me a beer today after I finished my ride. They definitely were NOT cute so I passed. But hopefully next time the guys will be cute.
Shake Your Bun Bun February 19, 2009Posted by M in Feelin' Good, M's Perspective.
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It’s been about a month since I last posted and not much has changed. I’ve been making my dietary and fitness goals but sadly, I haven’t lost any weight. The good thing is that I haven’t gained any either but it’s still a little frustrating to do so much work and not really see any kind of progress in the area you’re wanting to change. Even more frustrating is the fact that James and I have similar work-outs and diets and he’s dropping the pounds like, um, they’re hot(?). I’m aware of the vast difference between James and me, mostly that he has more weight to lose, but still annoyed. I’ve just got to keep with my work-out and hope that eventually, I’ll see a little change in the numbers that will bring something other than a “Goddammit!” out of my mouth.
James and I have decided to run the Schlotzky’s Bun Run in May. It’s just a 5k but it’s something we can do together and hopefully I can make up for the fact that I totally overslept for last year’s race and missed it. D’oh me.
The AT&T Marathon was this past Sunday and I actually had a lot of friends run both the half and the full marathon. While talking to some friends, I found out that I actually got two of them motivated to run the half, yay me! Apparently my gung-ho-ness (is that a word? It is now) about training last year got them thinking about running and they started training soon after. I still feel a littl guilty about not following through but at least I got two other people out there and that has to count for something.
One last thing. I really don’t think people understand just how beneficial working out is not just for your body but also for your mental well-being. I’ve had a rough past few months with losing my job and then having Bubby pass away but I think that thing that has saved me is my daily work-out routine. We’re all familiar with Elle Woods’ theory of “Exercise releases endorphins, endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t kill their husbands, they just don’t.” And it’s really true. Bubby passed away a week before we took our engagement photos so to continue to get in shape for the pics and to just get out of the house, I went on a daily run and I was okay. I wasn’t great, I mean, my seven year old dog/best friend had just passed away unexpectadly but I was good. After we took the pictures, I gave myself a week off to just relax and bum around and that was a pretty bad idea. I was sad and mopey and just generally unhappy but once I started my runs again, I was back to being fine. Now I’m not just working out for the wedding or to be happy with my body but to be happy. It’s way better than any pill and it’s free!
I’m here! I’m here! January 22, 2009Posted by t in Uncategorized.
I’ve been back on a workout regime for about a month now. I’m up to running 4 days a week and lifting two days a week. I’m starting to get in shape for the Broad Street 10 miler in May and more importantly getting in beach shape for my Punta Cana trip on Feb 19th. I don’t have a weight loss goal but I didn’t like the 189 my scale read a few weeks ago. I’m working out, and eating better and just trying to look better and feel better.
I’m trying something new. The 100 pushup challange. With all my years of swimming my shoulders are pretty horrible and I haven’t been able to do much pushup type work in years. My shoulder have gotten better over the years of not swimming so I’m going for this. I’m too lazy to read the website, but I think the goal is to be able to do 100 pushups without stopping. In my latest workout I did 16,17,14,14, then the last set is to do as many as you can and I did 30 for a total of 91. My the end of the 6 week program you’re doing a total of at least 220 and 60 without stopping. I guess you then take a day or two off then try 100 non-stop? I don’t know, I don’t care much about the goal, just the results. Which is me looking even more like Mr. America.
Where Is Everyone? January 7, 2009Posted by M in Goals, M's Perspective.
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Tim? Kira? God?
Well it’s a new year and with that comes new fitness goals! We’re taking our engagement pictures on January 31st so my goal for the month is to lose a few pounds and get these arms a little leaner. At 28, the body is starting to sag and it’s really gross.
So, 2009 Fitness and Dietary Goals:
- 30 minutes to an hour’s worth of cardio on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.
- 18-24 reps of various upper body strength training on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
- 15 to 30 minute run on Saturdays
- One soda a week
- Five beers a week
- One bottle of wine a week
- Eight glasses of water a day
- One dairy product a day
- One red meat meal a week
I’ve been keeping a food diary for the past four days and it’s really helped in making conscience food decisions. I tend to not eat junk food in general but it has made me question if I really do need that cup of corn chips with queso or not. Having to write down the things you eat and then having to judge them makes you not want to stuff your face full of crap. I encourage anyone who is trying to lose weight to keep a food diary.
As of today I’m 125.5 lbs (hey, I’m pretty proud that I’ve lost a half pound in two days!) and the goal is 120 or a little under by January 31st. Wish me luck!
Update! November 14, 2008Posted by M in M's Perspective, Why Am I Doing This?.
Yowza, it’s been a while since I posted on here. No, don’t look at the date of my last entry, just take my word for it, it’s been a while.
-Have decided to not run the marathon in February. About a month ago, I realized that at that point in time, I was generally unhappy with my life. There wasn’t a specific reason or person that was causing this unhappiness, I just wasn’t where I wanted to be personally and emotionally. It was then that I decided that I was going to stop focusing on anything else but my own personal wellbeing. Although the training was good for me and I was staying on track, it was time consuming. Time I thought could best be used in focusing on myself and figuring out what I needed to do to get back to happy. Or at least content.
-Got engaged. Yep, took me by surprise as well. James and I had been broken up for about six and a half months and one night I went over to make dinner and left a few hours later with a ring on my finger and a future husband. The way things happen…This, of course, has helped me immensely in reaching my ultimate goal of pure happiness. I’m not saying that just because James and I are planning our lives together that I am suddenly okay with life, because I don’t believe you should base your life’s happiness on the presence of another, but knowing that I have him there and that we are together has made life more bearable.
So I might not be training for a marathon anymore but now I have a new fitness goal: looking hot for our wedding. We’ve set a date, September 26th, 2009, so this gives me plenty of time to just focus on myself and work out regularly and to go nuts every once in a while with the wedding planning. James also gave me a Wii Fit for my birthday (kinda weird how I get the Wii Fit a few minutes after I got the ring…) and for the first few days, I really did like working out on it. You can do yoga, strength training, cardio, and balancing workouts on it but it’ll take me a while before I’m totally convinced that doing the hula on a plastic square will really work that waist down.