Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hot Chocolate 15K - 2/14/15

The husband and I ran this race on Valentine's Day.

As always, I enjoyed the Hot Chocolate race.  It was just cold enough that hot chocolate was exactly what I wanted at the finish line.

My official finish time was 1:49:59, or 11:48 per mile.  Temps were in the 40's, so perfect running weather even if I was whining about being cold before the race started.  Ha!

I've waited too long to post, so I don't remember a ton about the details of the day, but I'd run this one again...

Last week was an icy mess in the Nashville area, so we couldn't run outside without being in fear for our lives (from slipping and falling, or from a car sliding into us).  I took the opportunity to sign up for a free week at Anytime Fitness and logged some treadmill miles.  Yuck!  I'm glad I got the miles, but I despise running on a treadmill.
Luckily, this week, it's all been melted away and we're back on the road.  It snowed a little bit last night, but the sun melted it away like cotton candy this morning.  :)

I'm ready for Spring, Can I say that again?

I'm ready for Spring.

The next race on the calendar:  Kegs and Eggs 10K on March 14.
Start and Finish at a bar - should be my kind of race.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Zoo Run Run - 1/24/15 + Frostbite Half Marathon (or not)

The weather here has been so perfect compared to the weather I'm used to in the winter.

January 24, the husband and I had signed up to run the Zoo Run Run in Nashville.

January 23, my 21 year old daughter was giving her roommate's cat a bath and got bit.  The cat was not up to date on his immunizations, and she didn't really know the cat.  She was bathing the cat because her roommate and the roommate's father was convinced that the cats had fleas (they did not).  Trust me, this is a part of the Zoo Run Run story, or my excuse for a poor finishing time.  Ha!
I convinced my daughter to go to the immediate care clinic on Saturday to get the bite checked out and the rash that started all of the problems that was all over her arms and legs.

The Zoo Run Run 5K had a starting time of 3pm, but the weather was just too gorgeous to skip running on Saturday morning.  The husband and I went to the park and ran 8 miles on the trail late Saturday morning at a 12 min/mile pace.  This was a pretty good pace for me right now, working my way to a faster pace.  We actually ran the last mile at around an 8 min/mile pace just to give G an idea of how fast he needs to run the 5K in order to get his goal finish time of under 25 minutes.

After we finished the 8 miles, we scarfed down some snacks and headed over to the zoo.  The starting line was way too many people and not enough space.  Strollers were welcome and did not start at the back of the pack, nor did the walkers.  So, getting started was a nuisance, weaving in and out of the walkers.  I was not too bothered by it, since I didn't really have a goal except to run hard.

About 0.25 mile into the race, RING RING goes my phone.  It was my daughter, so I answered.  I knew she had been at the urgent care clinic and wanted to hear what the doctor said.  When I answered, she was in tears and could hardly talk.  Ugh.  So, I talked to her for about 10-15 minutes and walked.  Rabies shot required since she didn't want to turn the cat in for observation.  The rash was eczema.  The roommate did not believe the doctor because apparently she knows better than the doctor.  Nobody here is on my side.  I'm miserable here.  Blah blah blah.  So, my daughter has some choices to make, long story short.  Anyhow, talking her down took some time, but it needed to be done.  She has not been in a very good place, and she's in Indiana alone right now.  My finish time was affected, but I think it was still a respectable time...  That's OK, there will be other races.

Finish time:  37:08
Pace:  11:56/mile

On to the Frostbite Half Marathon, February 7.
I didn't run it.  :(
I've been feeling a sense of general malaise the past 2 weeks.  Last week, it culminated in some stomach ickiness.  I thought it was the way I was eating, finishing up the Super Bowl snacks last week. Now that it's gone, I think it was a bug of some kind.  I slept half the day Saturday (the best weather of the year) and feel like a different person ever since.

However, if you were to look up my results online, you would see that I ran the HM in 1:59:18.
The husband decided that since I did all of the training with him, I should get a finish time too.  He carried my bib in his pocket while he ran.  Hopefully, I'll come close to that pace at the Music City Half next month.

Next Race:  Hot Chocolate 15K, February 14

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mid-January Update

I'm getting better at this blogging.  At least it hasn't been months (years?).
My intent is to post something at least once or twice per week...

Last year ended with a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday (3 months later), straight to my parents house for Christmas and home to bake cookies and eat junk food on NYE.  Our plans were to go downtown Nashville for NYE, but the 20* temps kept us inside where it was warm.

No idea what's happening in this picture - Las Vegas 2014

January 2, I started out the year in a "Biggest Loser" competition.  I'm running 3-4 days/week, doing an exercise video (Piyo) 2-3 days per week and tracking every single bite.  Yeah, I've been consistently working out 6 days / week for 2 weeks in a row. This has to be some kind of record.  I'm eating 1,700-1,800 calories per day, so trust me I'm not starving myself.  I had a lot of quick, water weight to lose the first week, but as of this morning, I'm down 14.4 lbs for the month.  I'm in first place.  :)
Now, to keep the momentum going (although not quite that fast).

Since I've been concentrating on this silly weight loss contest, there hasn't been a ton of news around here.  We got new bedroom furniture (yay!) and a sofa for the bonus room (yay!).  And, we've stayed home a lot.  We went for brunch exactly one time to meet a friend from out of town.

I have one race scheduled for January, a 5K next Saturday.  This will be the first 5K since last summer. I have to somehow learn how to push a little harder and see what my current 5K time really is.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy 2015

To make "New Year's Resolutions" or not?

While I hate the idea that I can make a big change in my life because of the magic of January 1, I do get it.  I've recently had a lot of time off work and gotten out of the habits that were going to get me to my goals.  The beginning of the year is a good time to get back into consistency because there are no holidays for a while and who wants to waste 2015's vacation days so early in the year?

So, my Resolution this year is "Consistency"

Consistency in working out.
Time to stop being hit-and-miss.  I have got to make myself do it.  I have a bad habit of creating a plan and then letting myself get away with ignoring the plan on days when I just don't feel like it.  Of course, there are situations where you have to give yourself a break, but this is rarely my problem.

Consistency in my eating.
This is pretty self-explanatory.  I am hit-and-miss here, too.

Consistency in spending.
A good salary will hide a lot of bad habits.  I don't have debt.  I do save, but I could be saving so much more if I planned ahead.  One of the biggest habits I have to break is going out to eat several times a week.

Consistency in sleeping time
I've been coming to work later and later, and I need to stop.  Early to bed/early to rise and I can leave work early, too.  Since the husband goes to work earlier than I do, my sleep in the morning isn't all that restful anyhow.  My intent is to force myself to get up and work out when he gets up for work.  This is a 2 hour change.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


On Friday, we headed down to Huntsville to run the Rocket City Marathon.

I got out of work later than planned, so we didn't wind up leaving the house until after 4pm.  Straight to the Expo around 6:30pm (all the vendors were packing it up).  G did wind up finding a pair of shoes for $45, and I got a couple of $10 tops.  Not too shabby.

After we left, straight to the hotel to check in before eating.  I was exhausted and every place was PACKED, so we decided to try and find a place to eat away from the hotel.  Yeah, we wound up at the Olive Garden. Not just any Olive Garden, this place was gross.  When my food came, it was unrecognizable and had clearly been microwaved (dried food stuck to the plate.  At this point, it was around 9pm and I was starving, so I ate it anyway and we went back to the hotel.

Start time for the race was 7am, so we quickly went to bed.

Wake up time 5am.  Embassy Suites was awesome and started their breakfast service at 5am for the marathoners, so G went down and grabbed breakfast for us from there.  My stomach was still NOT happy (shock) from dinner.  Add to that the fact that I had eggs with breakfast, and I never eat eggs (should have eaten my go-to bagel with peanut butter and banana which I brought with me).

G was having a lot of pain in his back, he did something to it on Friday and was hoping it would feel better.  So, whining the entire time, we got dressed and ready to go.  Our hotel was less than 2 minutes walk to the starting line.  At 6:45am, I decided I had better settle on what I was wearing and pin on my number.  Apparently, we wasted too much time because we started to head down to the start at 6:59am.  As we were walking to the start line, we heard them start the race.  Running for the starting line after the rest of the runners have started?  Not my idea of a pleasant way to start a race.  Add to that the fact that I was wearing short sleeves and it was a breezy 30ish.  UGH.
So, G takes off his shirt and gives it to me.  He then picks up a discarded shirt from the side of the road to wear.  That guy.

As we're running the first 5 miles, I'm OK but not feeling great.  Stomach is iffy.  G is hurting with every step.  We are both burned out from training too much this year.  So, when he suggests that we bag it, I was quick to hop on board.  We stopped at mile 5.7.  I don't regret it one single bit.

Changed the plan for the rest of the day and had late lunch at 2pm.  Then, we proceeded to drink all the day and night long.  This was the last place.  Feeling no pain.


The next day, we had tickets to the Ryman with my sister and her husband. Good time, and I really enjoy that venue.  I will post no pictures of that night because I look like I drank the entire day before.  LOL

Monday, we decided not to get up early to work out since we were out late on Sunday.

This morning (Tuesday).  Nope.  4am alarm was ignored and we both wound up oversleeping for work.  This is not a big change for me, but G is never late for work.

My intent is to bag the idea for tomorrow.  G is off work Friday, and our flight to Vegas is 6am Saturday morning.  Yeah, I'm throwing in the towel for this week, except for a run with the run club tonight if we both get home early enough.

The week after Christmas, I'm working and G is off (planning to have his daughter for the week).  Maybe that will be the rehearsal for early morning wake-ups.  We won't have to be up as early since I leave for work 1.5 hours after he does.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Planning for 2015

2014 has been a huge year for me.


1- Got married.

2- Trained for 4 marathons, ran 2 (so far, running #3 on Saturday)

3- Injury - Plantar Fasciitis  - thus only 3 marathons rather than 4 completed.

4- Accepted a new job

5- Moved from Indiana (where I only lived for 1 year) to Nashville, TN

6- Married for 3 months when I started working in another town.  Only saw each other on weekends for 2.5 months before he got moved.  Stressful


8- Moved my daughter into her own place (IU).

9- Bought House #6.  Owned 2 houses for a month (more stress).

I'm exhausted.
Once I get through the next couple of weeks:

Rocket City Marathon 12/13

Concert with my sister and BIL 12/14 (this is important because I will already be exhausted from "celebrating" the marathon:)

Las Vegas (DD turned 21 in September, taking her to Vegas)  12/20-12/24

Christmas with the parents  12/24-12/27

One of DH's kids for the Holiday break:  12/27-12/30

New Year's celebration (I'm hoping my daughter will stay with us through her school break)

THEN, I will be ready for a serious break.



I will run Half Marathons, though.

Lose this weight gain that I managed to maintain all through 2014.

Stop going out to eat so much.  When I do the math on how much we spend per month on groceries and going out to eat, it's massive.  Could be related to the weight maintenance.  :/

More overall fitness.  I'm starting with PiYo, which I managed to be suckered into buying a couple of weeks ago.  I'll do that on non-running days starting the first week of January.

Perhaps I'll sign up for a Fall marathon, depending on how it's going when Summer gets here.

I'll make these more specific before the New Year rolls over, just putting it out there for now.  I need a year of low stress.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

How my 20 Mile Long Run Became 10

Plantar Fasciitis.

I've been fighting it for several weeks now.  My foot will feel better for a while, then it will start hurting so bad I hardly want to walk from my car to my office.  Since I'm expected to spend part of my time at work knowing what's going on out on our production floor (concrete), this poses a problem.  I refuse to drive a golf cart at work.  I can't bring myself to do it.  We don't have trikes, so off I go walking on the hard concrete floor.  This can tend to make my foot hurt more.  Ugh.

We took off on Saturday afternoon on the "People Trail" in a nearby town.  The goal was to run as many miles as possible while G's daughter was at her school book fair (3 hours).  The original goal was 20 miles, but I didn't want to get up at 5am to run them before taking her to the book fair.  We got in maybe 2 miles before my foot started hurting.  A few more miles, and my leg started hurting from compensating too much.  In the end, we wound up cutting the run short at 10 miles with plans to make up the other 10 miles on Sunday morning.

Yeah, Sunday morning didn't happen for me, either.  G had to run those without me.

Luckily, I should still be OK for the marathon on 5/31, since I just ran one in April.  Unfortunately, I feel like I've let G down in his training.  He should have done a lot more miles than I was able.

I felt pretty good last night, so we ran 6 miles after work.  That's 26 miles in 3 days for him.
Today, ouchie foot.  Aargh!!

Any suggestions for dealing with plantar fasciitis are welcome.  Bear in mind, I'm quite stubborn and probably won't stop running.  I may take a week or two off after the marathon, hopefully that will be enough.

Next race:  Noblesville Mini Marathon - 5/24