Sunday, February 24, 2008

I Still Got It?

So, here I am, another sleepless night.
I really hope it's not true that this insomnia gets worse as you get older because I'm already living on almost no sleep! I'm afraid to take a sleep aid, because I don't want to have that drugged, groggy feeling when I get up in the morning. Doesn't make for a pleasant run, for sure...

Anyhow, the kids and I had a big day out on the town today. We went to the grocery store AND to Blockbuster. Woo!
So, here's the scoop... I think I got hit on in the checkout line at the grocery store, and I froze up.

I was wearing an Illinois sweatshirt... Sexay, let me tell you!
The guy comments on how that is a good school, and asked me if I went there. Um, no, I went to SIU-E. He comments on THAT school and shares that he "only" went to a local community college. And, I say NOTHING!
So, pray tell, how do you get a real date these days without going to a bar?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A look back

So, we're about 6 weeks into 2008, and I was just looking back at my "Goals" for the year... Pitiful!

Let's review, shall we?

Goals for 2008:

1- Run at least 1,000 miles. This is roughly 20 miles/week.
I SUCK!! I'm averaging about 10 miles/week! And, I just ran a Half Marathon!! That gives you an idea of how often I'm running. And, yet again, here I am sabotaging myself- it's almost 10:30pm, and I'm not even thinking about sleep.

2- Lose these 25 lbs and KEEP THEM OFF.
I SUCK again!! So far, I've lost.... let's see... ZERO pounds..

3- Lift weights at least twice/week.
I'm beginning to sound like a broken record! So far, very little lifting. My BFF and I were talking about meeting up a couple of times a week during lunchtime and working out. I think I MUST do this, with or without you Ang. That seems to be the only way I'm going to actually do it.

4- Don't get involved with some losery guy.
Ahhhh, one I'm doing right!
Of course, I haven't had a single date in 08, either.

5- Keep my house clean and clutter free.
I must say, it's getting better. Still not clutter free, of course, but much better than it was at the end of 07 for sure!

So, what was the moral of this little trip down memory lane? Hmmm... putting it in writing does NOT make me feel more accountable, apparently. I must find some motivation within myself to become the "Me" that I know I can be. The "Me" that I was up until last Summer when the most recent 'losery guy' told me that he didn't like me to be so thin.

Snap out of it, Tammy!
Hopefully this works. Let's test it out. Going to bed now, so I can get up in the morning and go for a run.

Monday, February 11, 2008

PR - Slowest Half Evah...

...but, I'm happy with it. Considering the lack of training I have been doing, I was pleased with my performance on Saturday.

Barbie came and picked me up Saturday morning, later than planned. We hurried and got down there, still 45 minutes early! 45 minutes of dread.
The weather was fantastic, it was 38 degrees and sunny at the start, so I decided to wear shorts with long sleeves. This turned out to be the perfect choice.

At 9am, we were off. There were 95 runners that showed up for this one- a pretty good turnout for this race. I dreaded running 13 miles, considering the small amount of training that I have been doing for the past few months. Garmin really did his job, though. I think back about how much better I could have ran last year, if I had Mr Garmin to beep at me when my heart rate got too low!

At around the 4 mile mark, I didn't think I was going to be able to finish the thing. It was all mental- I just didn't feel like I could run 9 more miles. That was when I started letting my mind wander. I started thinking about what we were going to do for the rest of the day, how good a hot bath was going to feel later, and how excited mom was going to be when I brought her the picture that Barbie photo-shopped for her.

When I got ready to start this race, I figured I would run it in 2:25 minutes or so, my last couple of longer training runs have been around an 11 minute mile. Around mile 11, I realized that I was going to finish in under 2:15. I was extremely pleased with my official finish time of 2:14:36, or a 10:17 min/mile.
Yes, this was my slowest half marathon, by 10 minutes or so, but I was still very happy with it.

The rest of the day was nice, we went for Mexican and I had a couple of margaritas (yum!). I went home and delivered the pictures, that mom LOVED. I spent the rest of the day doing a whole lot of nothing! It was a fantastic day!

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Tale of the Procrastinator...

I admit it. I got up on Saturday morning- late. It was sooo nice to sleep in until I actually WANTED to get out of bed. I then proceeded to get back into bed and watch garbage on TV. Until Barbie called at around noon-ish. She was talking about how tough her run had been that morning, and how she was glad to have it over with...

Got me to thinking about something that was on P.O.M.'s blog the other day- I'm paraphrasing... If I accomplish nothing else in a day, but I get a good run in, I feel like I'm accomplished for that day. It's true, dammit!

So, I took Barbie's advice, put on my big girl panties and got out there. I ran 9 miles. They weren't great, but they weren't horrible. By the time I got out there, the roads were all slushy and gross, but I got in the miles. And, yes, I'm glad I did...

I can't believe I'm running a half marathon this coming Saturday. I won't be anywhere near last year's time of 2:02:06, but I'll finish. I suppose I'll put off getting under that elusive 2 hours another time.