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Capitol 10K March 31, 2009

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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.

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Shake Your Bun Bun February 19, 2009

Posted 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!

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!

Update! November 14, 2008

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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. 

New things:

-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.

Serious Face, Now September 20, 2008

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The marathon is in six months so I started my serious training a few weeks ago.  I had hoped to start September 1st but that date happened to fall while we were in Scotland and I was NOT going to run on vacation.  Luckily we did a lot of walking, I mean A LOT, so although I didn’t run for a week, I was walking an average of five miles a day and that made up for it.  Okay, it might not have been five miles a day but it felt like it.  Word to the wise: if you ever go to Scotland and visit the William Wallace monument, don’t trust your tour guide who tells you it’s a short ten minute walk from the bottom of the hill to the monument.  It’s a twenty minute HIKE at a 50 DEGREE angle.  Yes, I’m still bitter.

My current routine consists of thirty minute runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  I was doing weight training on Tuesdays and Thursdays but our softball season just started so it’s only Tuesdays since  Thursday night is game night.  I save for my loooong runs for Saturday.  Well, sort of long runs.  I’m increasing my distance a mile a week so right now I’m at three miles so Saturday is the day I test my distance.  I haven’t been timing myself on my Saturdays runs but I’m going to assume it’s an hour.  Just kidding…it’s two (at least it feels like it). 

I’m having issues finding a good running route in my neighborhood so I’ve been doing all of my running on a treadmill.  I’m not really fond of that but until I find something, it’ll have to do.  I’m thinking of finding a running partner but it’s hard to find a reliable person in my group of lazy friends.  I don’t mean you or you but I definitely mean you.  Maybe I’ll post something on Craigslist…

In addition to the work-out, I’ve changed my diet as well.  I’ve pretty much avoided meat since the detox and am trying to cut back on my gluten intake.  During the detox, I noticed my body just seemed to function better without gluten so I’m slowly trying to get to a gluten-free diet.  Since I take Thursday off from working out, I also take Thursday off from my diet.  Hey, you can’t play softball without beer!  I mean, I’m sure you can but what fun is that?  But really, I do feel lighter and more alert on this diet so even when the training and marathon are over, I’ll stick with it. 

Hmmm, what else is new?  My old knee injury has decided to come back, which makes running difficult somedays but I’ve been pushing through it.  Who needs a knee anyway?  I’ve been increasing my lower body weight training and am hoping it’ll help but let’s face it, I’m just getting old.  The body is starting to fall apart.  At 27, yay.

My Version of Training in Texas June 14, 2008

Posted by M in Feelin' Good, Gross, M's Perspective, Pain.
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Yesterday I joined three friends for tubing fun in New Braunfels.  For those not familiar with tubing, you basically lay on an innertube and float down a river.  “This is what Texans do for fun?”  Well, you take a cooler of beer and get to lay out in the wonderful Texan sun all day with your friends and try not to die; I think that’s pretty awesome.  The plan was to take the four hour Guadalupe float, which I’ve never been on, but an hour into it, I was over it.  I got caught in the wrong current, busted my left toe on a tree while trying to avoid slamming into it, and got stuck in the rapids.  I decided to get out for a bit and told the rest of the gang I would walk down stream and meet them in a less hectic area.  Biggest mistake ever.

The thing with the Guadalupe is that there isn’t a trail following the river, it’s all private property that you’re not supposed to walk through.  I didn’t know this.  I got out of the river and tried to find the trail but soon realized I was on someone’s property and tried to make a quick exit before I was found trespassing and got shot.  In Texas we shoot first and then ask questions, which was a mentality I used to support until I became a possible target.  So I hiked through some undeveloped area for about a half hour, in a bikini, flip flops and carrying my huge innertube, before I came up to a fence.  It was a four foot tall fence made out of oak that I was able to crawl through without getting splinters.  Yay me!  I walked down a country road, still carrying my tube, still exposed in my bikini, for about a half mile before I went ahead and admitted I was completely lost.  At this point I decided to screw joining them on the river and my main objective was to go back to the launch site, pick up the car, and drive down to the pick up point.

As I said before, it’s all private property and the road I was walking on was a good three miles from the launch site, which wouldn’t have been a problem if I weren’t wearing a bikini and it weren’t 100 degrees outside.  I needed cover, fast.  I walked the half mile back to the houses I had walked through, rang some random person’s doorbell and asked for directions to the launch site.  Yes, in Texas a sweaty girl in a bikini and flip flops can just go and ring a doorbell asking for directions, and the owners will not blink an eye and be very polite.  This is why I love living here.  Anyway, I was told to walk down the road where I would come up to a fence that I could jump over and it would take me to the launch site.  I walked to the fence and saw that they had forgotten to mention it was EIGHT FEET TALL.   I threw my innertube over and began the five minute process of climbing over the fence.   A scraped shin and lots of curse words later, I was over the fence.

I finally got to the launch site, got the car, and hauled ass to the pick up site because at that point all I wanted to do was lay on the hot grass and die.  My whole adventure took about an hour and even though it was extremely frustrating and I got a killer sunburn, I found solace in the fact that I could say I did my training for the day.  And that’s how we do it in Texas!

Ta Caloroso! June 3, 2008

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It.is.hot!

Ninety-eight degrees to be exact.  Not even the semi-hot boy band from the late nineties, just the sweltering Texan summer.

*quick sidenote: Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries just came on the player.  If that doesn’t motivate you to do something, then I don’t know what will*

I just got back from a two mile run with Niko, ze dog.  Poor thing was about to kill me but he was too hot to do any major damage but the looks, oh man, the looks he gave me made me think I should probably sleep with one eye open tonight.

I had a pretty crappy day at work so when I got home, I figured I should go take my frustration out on my legs.  Niko has been inside all day and he always has more energy than Bubby so I thought he might enjoy some sun as well.  Note to Melissa: next time you have a crappy day, drink a beer.  And Niko would much rather sleep in his cool kennel than run outside in the sun.

I really shouldn’t complain though because it felt good.  I mean, it was hot and I’m already a little sunburned from the hike yesterday (more on that in a sec) but it felt good to get out there and run.  Luckily there’s a pretty decent breeze out so it only felt like ninety-seven and a half degrees instead of the full ninety-eight.  Oh, let me also point out we ran at seven at night.  Love, love, love Texas!

Yesterday James and I went on a six mile hike at Twin Falls.  I hadn’t been out there in years and it was just as gorgeous as I remembered it.  The creek is dry and the “falls” are non-existent right now but there is still a fairly decent swimming hole in the middle.  We were out there for an hour and a half but it felt like a half hour.  That’s good, right?  As with most things that I do here in town, it made me realize just how much I love this city.  Everyone we encountered on the trail said hello, smiled, or asked “How’s it going?”  I can’t imagine you get that kind of camaraderie in many cities the size of Austin.  Granted, we aren’t a huge city but still, we all get along and it makes living here so much more enjoyable and, I don’t know, wanted.

Tomorrow Patty and I are going to go play Mojo Kickball.  My softball teammate, Nick, has been trying to get me out there to play for almost two months and I’m finally going to do it.  I’m pretty excited and a little scared but Nick has assured me that I won’t die.  Here’s hoping.

Que Pena May 3, 2008

Posted by M in Lazy, M's Perspective, Running.
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So I had my 5k this morning at eight a.m.  I woke up at 9:30.  D’oh!  I’ve had three late nights in a row and I guess my body and my mind were just not into waking up early and running three miles.  I feel like a bum, HOWEVER, I’ll get to make it up next weekend because there’s another 5k on Saturday.  That one I WILL MAKE, unless I stay out late on Friday and I’m like “Eff this, I’m sleepin!”  Which is not what happened this morning, no, not at all.

I’m so unworthy of this blog.

Has anyone noticed that a majority of my posts are tagged as ‘lazy?’  Eeenteresting…

Melissa’s Update April 25, 2008

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I ran!!  Okay, so it was three days ago but I did it.  Four miles up and down hill, yeah, talk about killer.

I also played kickball yesterday (yes, the sport they created for the un-athletic kids in grade school) but I don’t know how productive that was seeing as how 1. it’s kickball (!) and 2. I had a beer in my hand the entire time.  I’m talented.

And, yeah, that’s it.

New Goal April 7, 2008

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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.”