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Where Is Everyone? January 7, 2009

Posted 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!

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Putting the FUN in Fundraising! May 5, 2008

Posted by K in Goals, K's Perspective, Team in Training.
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Well as I mentioned earlier in this blog, I’ve decided to sign up for Team in Training and complete the Pacific Grove Triathlon! I’m so excited and proud to be a part of an organization that does so much for people with Leukemia, Lymphoma and other blood cancers. Our Team Honoree actually is alive today because of a drug that the LLS helped fund through their research grants.

The one thing I REALLY like about LLS is that they’re an organization that actually uses the funds for research, patient advocacy, patient care and other patient related services. Unlike many other organizations that raise money for some cause or another, 75% of the money we raise goes directly to LLS for research and patient services. The other 25% is the administrative fees for us to be registered for the event, to make our contribution to the coaches and etc. Plus, we participants join a “team” of sorts and we get support, coaching, motivation, and the chance to just have fun and do something that many of us have never done before.

I’m really looking forward to being a part of the team but I need help from my friends, family, and even from blogland. LLS/TnT sets a minimum amount of money to raise in order to participate in the event. This year, I’ve decided to set my own fundraising goal above what i have to raise – I’d like to raise $3,500 for Team in Training and the Leukemia and Lymphoma society!

Donating is easy and fun! Please go to my Team In Training Fundraising page and click on Donate. Any little bit helps me get started towards my goal of $3,500!!

Thank You!

K

More Events April 10, 2008

Posted by K in Goals, K's Perspective.
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Well, I’ve decided that I’m not content to just do one 65-mile bike ride and one mini-triathlon. I’ve decided to add two more triathlons, a swim, and keep my sights on that real century at the end of the summer. That means this summer I will be doing the following:

– The Lake Berryessa Open Water Swim. I’m only doing the mile because it’s all I care to do (and because the water is cold). Lake Berryessa was my very first open water swim. They opened it to us USA Swimming kiddies one year when I was probably around 13 or 14. We did the mile swim and it only took me like 20 minutes because I used to be a fast swimmer. Now it takes me 35 as I am considerably slower (and older and fatter). However, I’m having more fun now so when I swim it this summer, it’s going to be awesome.

– The Pacific Grove Triathlon with Team In Training. The Pacific Grove Tri is an Olympic Distance meaning that it’s a mile swim, 24 mile bike and a 6.2 mile run. I can do the bike and the swim separately right now but can’t do the run. Thankfully I’ve got a good solid 6 months or so to train for it.

– The all-women Tri Girl Tri Triathlon. It’s a 1/2 mile swim, a 15 mile bike, and a 4 mile run. I did Tri Girl Tri two years ago with two of my gal pals and even though I had some issues with my digestive system while running, it was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to do it again.

When I’ve got my TnT page up, I’ll be soliciting for monies for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS, the org that gets all the $$ from TnT) so make sure you start saving now so you can sponsor me 😀

Edited: M!!! Add all the updated running events you’re doing too! Let’s keep inspiring and motivating our reader (s). 😉

Edited: T’s events:

Today I signed up for the Valley Forge Revolutionary 5 Mile run It’s this weekend, it’s a hilly course and I’m completely unprepared. I ran it last year where I edged out a 6 month pregnant newscaster. I’d like to say I could do that again this year, but only if there’s a local newscaster running it with a broken leg.

Then 2 weeks after that I have The Broad Street Run. The 2nd biggest 10 miler in America. I ran 8 miles this past weekend, I’ll be running 9 miles this Wednesday and 10 miles the weekend before the race. It’s flat and “easy”. My biggest motivator right now is the tailgaiting I’m doing with friends afterwards. If beer’s not a good motivator to run, I don’t know what is.

One Event Down April 7, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, Goals, K's Perspective, Pain.
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Two more to go.

This Saturday I participated in the Annual Cinderella Classic. It’s a 65-mile bike ride for women only. Proceeds from the bike ride go to various women’s charities around the Bay Area. I didn’t train as much as I thought that I would going into the bike ride so as previously mentioned, I had two goals: 1) don’t fall over and 2) make it at least 40 miles. Well I’m proud to say that I accomplished both goals as I did not fall over and I rode all 65 miles!

Saturday dawned somewhat windy and chilly but my mom and I loaded up our bikes and drove across the bay to get started. The ride had a rolling start so basically you just show up sometime between 7:00am and 9:00am and get started. We arrived around 8:00, checked in and got underway.

Since part of the ride is about dressing up like a princess (cos it is the Cinderella Classic), I wore a tiara on my helmet and a sequined mini-skirt over my bike pants. I also had biking socks with little pink crowns on them, a pink and black jersey, and my pink arm warmers. I felt pretty stylish and well matched for the ride.

There were three rest-stops along the ride. The first one was almost 20 miles in and when we got to the stop, we had some snacks, took a potty break, refilled our water and then got on our way. I was feeling pretty good. The second stop was about 33 miles in and as we neared the second stop, I knew that I was feeling pretty tired but in good spirits. Thankfully the second stop was the lunch stop so we got off our bikes, had a sandwich and some fruit, rested and stretched out a bit, took another potty break and then got underway again.

It was between the 33 mile mark and up to the 50 mile mark where I had serious doubts about my ability to finish. We had some climbing to do which wasn’t a problem, I’m pretty good at climbing for the most part, it was just that I was so sore from sitting on my bike seat at that point. My butt, my neck, my arms, everything just started to ache. My knees really hurt and I don’t have a history of knee pain at all so I was really worried about my ability to finish the ride.

At about mark 50, we got to the third and final rest stop. I took some more advil, filled up my water bottle, had some energy stuff and a bit of food and just stretched and rubbed out any soreness. When we finally got underway again, I got some weird sort of second wind and so I pulled away from my mom and her group that we were riding with. I pushed hard for the next 10 miles because I knew that I was almost done and when I hit about 60 miles, I really thought I was going to die. I persevered because I knew that I only had five miles to go and sure enough, I made the turn into finishing area and looked down at my odometer and saw 65 miles. Woo hoo, I had completed the course!

We loaded up the bikes, checked in and got our ride water bottle and commemorative patch, had some soup (and I had some of those delicious pink and white animal cookies), and then I drove back to my parent’s house across the bay where I promptly jumped into the hot tub in hopes of pain abatement.

I have never been so proud of myself for an athletic event because I am not joking/lying/trying to be dramatic when I say that I have never ever ridden more than 25-30 miles in a single ride (okay, that a wee bit of a lie because I was really proud of myself when I swam a 500 free in under 6 minutes for the first time). I hadn’t really trained the way that I wanted to for the ride and hadn’t ridden in three weeks so I was really scared on Saturday. I finished the ride though and though it took me a long time to finish, I still did and so I am really proud of myself. If I train and continue to ride, I’ll be able to do that full century at the end of the summer.

Go me!

New Goal April 7, 2008

Posted by M in Goals, M's Perspective, Running.
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I volunteer with the SIMS Foundation here in Austin.  Essentially, we provide low cost to free counseling and other mental health treatment to local Austin musicians and their families.  It’s a really great foundation and if you have time or are curious, I encourage you to visit the website and maybe even make a donation.  Okay, no more plugs.  Anyway, today I went to a function and was telling our volunteer coordinator about how I’ve decided to run the marathon next year.  I actually got into the marathon through SIMS because I was working our table at the run.  So I’m telling Catarina about how I’m training (sort of) and she told me that SIMS is one of the sponsors for the ASH Dash 5k that is being held next month.  Since I’m taking Tim’s advice in making some shorter term goals, I told her I’d run for SIMS.  So I’m running a 5k in about four weeks.  I’m at two miles right now so I’m sure adding an extra mile within the next month won’t be too hard.  So, yep, running commences manana.

My legs just looked at me and said “You’re evil.”