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And I Ran March 30, 2008

Posted by M in Lazy, M's Perspective, Running.
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But not so far away.  I went home for Easter and as promised, ran at least once while I was there.  On Saturday morning I made my way into the football field to run around the track and I ran into high school best friend, Vanessa.  I hadn’t seen or spoken to her in almost seven years so we spent a mile and a half catching up with each other.  After she left the field, I went and ran another mile and then attempted to do stairs.  That’s right, attempted.  Then my legs decided they hated me and protested my attempt to get them nice and toned for summer and locked up on me and told me they would not bend unless I allowed them to walk in the direction of my mother’s house and into the comfort of a bed.  I relented and made my way home.  Those legs are so bossy.

I didn’t have time to do much running this past week because I left my old job and pretty much spent about five days hanging out with friends I hadn’t seen in a while because I’ve been so caught up in myself.  Bad M, for so many other reasons than I’m not training properly.  I did, however, talk to a friend of a friend last night and told her about my decision to run the marathon next February.  She told me that she’s going to run a half marathon in Houston next January so we made a pact to run the half marathon together in the great last hurrah before my marathon.  So I might not have trained but I did give myself another goal, which I’m hoping will finally get me in the proper mind set to get myself right.

Then my legs looked at me and said “Are you crazy?  You only told us we’d be running one marathon and now you’re adding an additional thirteen miles?!” and they said they wouldn’t move again unless it was in the direction of the wine and cheese plate.  Seriously, those legs have the worst attitude.

Getting Going March 27, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, Swimming.
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Well I actually went swimming yesterday and have plans to go biking today. At least I’m doing something, however lame it is:

Warm-Up

300 Free

100 Back (50 kick, 50 swim)

100 Breast (50 kick, 50 swim)

Main set

5 x 200 (alternate Free, IM, Free, IM, Free – did the last one on a pace. Currently holding about a 1:40 pace in a meter pool. I am SO out of shape and SO slow 😦

Warm-Down

200 (50 back kick, 50 dolphin kick, 50 back, 50 free)

I’m planning on going for a ride today after work but there’s a possibility that it’s going to rain. Definitely going to ride this weekend. Hopefully swim too.

Impending Disaster March 25, 2008

Posted by K in Lazy, Why Am I Doing This?.
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I haven’t been doing much of anything lately due to work traveling and just general laziness. The Cinderella ride is in two weekends and I’m still at 20/25 miles. I’m starting to feel very nervous and unhappy about my stupid decision to do this ride when I’m clearly not ready. The only plus is that I did get some swimming in last week. Not much, but some. Hopefully I won’t die….

One Month Mark March 18, 2008

Posted by M in Lazy, M's Perspective.
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And Melissa has been slacking. I haven’t ran or done anything other than sit on my behind and play Sims for the past two weeks. That’s not true. Last week I went to a bunch of shows and drank a lot of alcohol. Does the movement of picking up the beer and bringing it to my lips count as a curl? If so, I did TONS of upper body last week.

I will be visiting the parentals this weekend for Easter so I plan on getting a few miles in while down there. I typically wake up really early in the morning and head over to the football field and run a few laps when I visit them. I also like running in my parent’s neighborhood because 1. it gets me out of the house and 2. I know it like the back of my hand. I never run by myself here in Austin. We don’t live in a bad neighborhood, quite the contrary, we live in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Austin, but our neighbors don’t know me and probably wouldn’t notice me being forced into a big white van. Yes, someone watched A LOT of Unsolved Mysteries as a child. Running down the street in Uvalde, I’ll see Mr. Velasquez and remember him taking his daughter, Julissa, and I to CCD. I’ll see Mrs. Perez and ask her about her son Jonathan, who put glue in my hair in the fifth grade. Mrs. Avila, whose son Aldo bought me a Happy Birthday balloon when I was thirteen. Mr. Buttman (yeah, Buttman) who once fixed the a/c in my bedroom one excruciatingly hot summer. So yeah, you can say I know the people back home.

So yeah, definitely running this weekend and will be back in gear by next week. Promise.

K’s Most Important Gear – Swimming March 11, 2008

Posted by K in Equipment/Clothing, K's Perspective, Swimming.
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With all my attempts at being sporty, I’ve accumulated some must-have items for my various sports. I’ve begun compiling a list of things that I love complete with pictures and everything. Beginning with swimming:

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These are the Aqua Racer goggles from Speedo. They are by far my current favorite goggles. I have them in a metallic black color but I want to get a lighter pair for swimming indoors. They don’t fog up, they protect my eyes when swimming outdoors and they really fit to my face so I don’t get any leaks. I used to wear the Socket Rocket goggles from TYR but they hurt my face too much now that I’m old and not as hardcore as I used to be.

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This is a Proback suit from Speedo. I’m not as particular about suit brands as much as I’m particular about the back. The back on this suit just really fits me. I also have a Speedo flyback training two piece for swimming during the summer so my tummy gets tan. I really like suit backs that are more open and less restrictive. For example, the TYR Maxback is good for those seeking more coverage in a suit but I find them restrictive. If a suit has a comfortable back and is more open, then I like it a lot more. I’m debating whether or not I want to check out some of Speedo’s strappier back suits like the Axel back or the Corset back. If I do, I’ll let you know. There are some good TYR suits out there, just be wary of the Maxback. If you’re looking to get started in swimming but don’t want to blow $70 on a suit, then check out your local sports store and places like Sports Basement. Sports Basement has great deals on suits and other swim stuff and if you’re in the Bay Area, it’s a great place to go to get all the stuff you need to get started in swimming.

Another thing that’s not really for swimming but for after that I can’t live without is Swim-EAR. It helps get the water out of my ears after I swim because there’s only so much jumping up and down and shaking my head that I can do.

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All you do is put a few drops of Swim-EAR into the watery ear, then tilt your head over and all the water magically comes out. Woo!

Other swimming necessities include a cap, sunscreen, a towel, a pull buoy, paddles, and a kickboard. If you want more info on how to use a pull buoy, paddles, and a kickboard, leave a comment and I can go into detail. All I’ll say here is that they will help you target specific things and help with strength/endurance training and that most pools will have ones for you to use during lap swim.

I get caps from events or from the $1 cap bin at swim meets (They’re usually misprints). You can get a silicone cap or a regular cap at most sports stores. I say go for a latex cap over a silicone cap. Never go for lycra caps, they suck. If a latex cap pulls your hair putting it on, put a little bit of baby powder in it.

The only other thing that I can not go swimming without are flip flops.  Yes, flip flops.

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Do not walk on a locker room floor barefoot. Especially at a public pool. Gross. Hence the flip flops. They are very necessary. Flip flops keep you from stepping in other people’s hair, contracting nasty things like warts and athletes foot and can look very cute! It’s okay to forget a towel (use a t-shirt), a cap (a pool will have some in the lost and found), goggles even (again, lost and found or just do kick), but a suit and flip flops are always necessary.

Back in the Game March 11, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective, Swimming, Workout.
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Well I’m glad to report that even though I was a sloth at the end of last week, I’m back in the game. I went for a 17.5 mile ride on Saturday morning and then walked all around the mall searching for new shoes and undies. And dude, shopping totally burns calories! How else do you explain the general sense of fatigue and dislike of people that one gets from trying to shop at San Francisco’s most popular mall on a bright, sunny Saturday? It’s definitely not the fact that people are generally stupid and get in your way and annoy you and make you tired and angry. It’s definitely all that calorie burning.

Anyhoo, I spent yesterday walking around at the dog park being mosquito fodder. Then I rode my bike down to get dinner and go see a show and then rode home. I swam 2000 meters today and did the following set:

300 Free warm up

100 back

100 breast

5 x 200 Alternating between 200 free, 200 IM

200 back swim

100 breast swim

100 kick (I mixed it up)

100 warm down

Woo hoo! I think I even got a bit of a tan. Next up here on We Be Training, I’m going to take a picture of my bike and talk about gear. I don’t know very much about biking gear but I’m all knowledgable and stuff about swim gear. I’ll tell you what I like so you can buy me motivational presents if you so choose.

Bikey McGee March 5, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, Gross, K's Perspective.
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I went for a ride yesterday after work. We did 16 miles and it took us just over an hour. I felt pretty good overall and probably could have ridden longer but once again we started too late and had to end the ride early because it got dark too fast. I really can’t wait for the longer hours of daylight so I have time to do a longer ride after work.

In other semi-disgusting news, I had plans to go for a swim today during lunch but got pulled into a meeting at the last minute. Per my usual MO on swim days, I didn’t shower in the am because I don’t want my hair to get dried out. Well now I’m in the realm of the exact opposite. Since I didn’t get to swim, it means that I didn’t get to shower and now I feel like a gigantic greaseball in my cube. I am totally gross and I can’t wait till I get home and can actually take a shower. Yuck!

Two Week Update March 5, 2008

Posted by M in M's Perspective, Pain, Running.
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Okay, actually yesterday was my two week training anniversary but I forgot to post about it and then there was this tornado and the primaries and my dog got sick after he ate my homework and my great-aunt died and then I got sick…Yeah, I think that’s pretty much every single excuse I used in college all in one sentence. In retrospect, I was a pretty crappy liar.

So yes, yesterday was my two week anniversary and to celebrate, I decided to kill myself a little by going on a two mile uphill run. Fantabulous! Okay, it wasn’t that bad and I was actually pretty proud of myself that I made it without too many complaints. My biggest complaint came out when James asked me to sprint a quarter of a mile. He was able to do it in about a minute while it took me an extra minute or so. My legs aren’t long enough! It was nice and cool outside so that helped a lot. I’m not looking forward to training in the insane Texas heat, which is only a matter of weeks away, so I made sure to enjoy the crisp air while I can.

All in all, it was a good run. My quads were putty after a while but I still had enough energy in my legs to faux kick an Obama sign at the polling place near our house. Bitch is the new black! Hillary 2008!

I Like to Move It, Move It March 4, 2008

Posted by M in M's Perspective, Running.
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I find it extremely difficult to run without music. I also find it difficult to run but that’s another post, another complaint. I find it’s a lot easier to keep a good pace when I have a drum beat or a really strong bass line vibrating in my ear. It’s like my body tries to keep up with the song by having my little feet pound the pavement; muy fun. I doubt that my running sounds anywhere near as rhythmic as I imagine but whatever, I’m an only child with a huge imagination so in my mind, my running is borderline melodic. I bet if he were alive, Wagner would compose an opera based on my work-out runs. It would bring tears to your eyes.

I currently have a 30 gig iPod video and it’s a little tough to run with that monolithic rectangle so I’m in the process of buying a smaller iPod, possibly a Shuffle but more than likely a Nano. I like having control over what song I listen to and am borderline obsessive about the order. If we learned anything from Rob Gordon (John Cusack) in High Fidelity, it’s that the order of a playlist (or in his case, a mix tape) has to be planned out as methodically as a murder. Wow, macabre anyone?  I could go into the whole ethos of creating the perfect playlist but I don’t have the time and there’s no way I could ever explain it as perfectly or succinctly as Rob Gordon so you can either A) read the book or B) watch the movie.

So, I have a playlist that I listen to when running or when trying to get motivated to run; it’s titled Training.  Man, the creativity that comes out of me is astounding!  I pretty much set it up to where I slow down every fifth song and I had originally wanted it to end on a really slow note but then I decided to say the hell with it and am pumping it at the end.

1. The Happy Mondays- 24 Hour Party People

2. The Bravery- An Honest Mistake

3. The Rapture- Whoo! Alright, Yeah…Uh Huh

4. Bloc Party- Banquet

5. Jamiroquai- Canned Heat

6. Young Love- Discotech

7. Finley Quaye- Sun Is Shining

8. Fey- Muevelo

9. 2 Unlimited- Let the Beat (Control Your Body)

10. LCD Soundsystem- Tribulations

11. Outkast- B.O.B

12. The Sounds- Dance With Me

13. Republica- Ready to Go

14. M.I.A.- URAQT

15. Kanye West- Stronger

16. Red Hot Chili Peppers- Higher Ground

You might already have most of these songs and even if you don’t want this specific playlist, the songs are great individually.  And, yes K, I will be making you a cd of this soon and will send it to you as soon as I can 🙂

Anyone have a working out playlist they’d like to share?

Training Update March 4, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, K's Perspective, Running, Swimming.
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Well this Saturday I went for a bike ride. We did 15 miles which isn’t very much but half of the ride was against the wind. When you have to pedal to reach 15 MPH going down a hill, you know it’s pretty windy out! Overall, the ride went well. I didn’t fall over and am steadily improving on clipping in.

After, I rode my bike through the park to meet the boyfriend at the Slow Beer and Food fest for a bit. My legs were killing me by that point but it felt nice to ride my bike through the park on a nice sunny day.

Sunday was a rest day but I went running this morning. I took the dog but she was being a beastie so I didn’t really get the workout that I had hoped for. I did just about two miles but ended up having to walk a bunch because of aforementioned doggie. I felt good though and we kept a strong  pace when we were actually running. The wee beastie doesn’t like the new harness I bought her for running which of course, was only just a bit annoying 😉

Lastly, I got my registration confirmation for the Cinderella ride in the mail today! Woo hoo! It’s official! I’m biking tomorrow, going to shoot for 20 Miles. Then I’ve got plans to swim on Wednesday, spin or bike on Thursday, run on Friday, then ride on Saturday and rest on Sunday. I need to get more swimming in but not sure how to work it in at this point. Oh well, I’ll figure it out.