We still have a little time left in the year, but I have no plans - so I feel like its safe to review my year. I started the year strong with two new PRs for me in a 5K and the St. Patricks Day Dash. After that my goal was to get a half PR, but it never happened and I ended up just having fun during my halfs.
When I changed my attitude and took away the time pressure, I started to enjoy running again and having a blast. In August, I started running 5Ks with Julie's daughter and we were able to shave 3 minutes off her 5K time by December.
This year I experienced a Foam (semi mud run) and the Color Run for the first time. I would do a Color Run again in a heartbeat, the foam run - I am iffy on. With the right team of friends and maybe a flask along the way I could be talked into it. My big goal for 2012 was the 3-day cancer walk, while I didn't accomplish all of the miles it was a once in a lifetime experience I would recommend it to anyone interested.
Sometimes life just gets in the way and blogging is the last thing you want to do.
I have not been feeling to well for the past week. I feel like I am fighting a bug, but not fully sick. Which sucks as I feel like I still have to go to work and do everything instead of just laying around. One thing that have been skipping is my workouts. By the time 8PM comes along, I am exhausted. Finally last night I made myself go to the garage and workout before bed.
I got on the Spin bike and did a short ride and then added in some arm work. My goal is get more then one workout a week in, but I need to kick this lingering bug first.
Christmas is just a week away! Are you ready? I have just a few more things to pick up, but plan to knock it all out on Friday. Then one last trip to Costco on Sunday, yes I know I am crazy - but then I am ready.
1. I am looking for a 5K in January. I don't want jump in a cold lake and I don't want to run on New Years day, if you are local and have any suggestions let me know
2. In February I plan to run the Love 'em or Leave 'em Valentines Day 5K, but yesterday I was looking on Zozi.com and I found this event Cupids Undie run that is a 1.5 mile run in your undies. I shared it with my husband and we are considering it - it is only $15 if you follow the link and buy through zozi.
3. For March I plan to run the St. Patricks Day Dash, the course sucks on this event, but I still really enjoy it. I also want to do the Hot Chocolate 5K because the swag looks awesome.
Friday night I was texting Julie saying "if it is raining in the morning I am not running". Turns out it was cold and beautiful instead. I got up and cursed when it wasn't raining. I really wanted to stay home. Instead I ate a bowl of fruity Cheerios and headed out the door. I wasn't expecting much of the Christmas Rush 5K as I only paid $10, but was surprised at there set up, it was very well organized. I ran into Nicole within a few minutes, she was actually screaming at her friend in the parking lot behind me. We walked together to get our bibs, after that I lost them. But ran into Kerrie while waiting for the race to start with Julie and her kids.
The outfit was simple - my trusty Nike DriFit coat...I love this thing, SparkleSkirt, Zensah base layer leggings, and my Asics 2160. I had originally planned to wear a red Team-Sparkle skirt but while I was looking for it I saw my blue skirt that arrived last month and I have not had a chance to wear.
(I love alpahbetical races my third time being #7, I have also sported #5, #9 x2 and #1)
The race started on time and according to out chip time vs gun time it took us almost 3 minutes to cross the starting line. There was a lot of people at this event, many with kids of all ages. Alli and I started on our way, while Julie walked with her youngest and her other son ran in front of us. Alli's goal was 46 minutes, I didn't have my watch so my goal was to just encourage her to run more then we walk. She awesome. At first I let her pick our first walk breaks. After the first mile, I started picking them and challenging her to run just a little farther then she thought she could. The course was flat and a little crowded in places, but a great place for a PR. We crossed the finish line to it saying 59 something. We knew that time was for the 10K start, so we subtracted 10 minutes and knew that we were close to her PR. I had to leave soon after Julie arrived with her youngest so I didn't get to find out our final time until later int he evening. When I looked it up I was beyond excited to see my time was 46:02 and Alli's was 46:01! She hit her goal almost right on the nose!!!
This was my last race of 2012 - making it 16 events for the year (not including any virtual races). A great way to close out 2012!
Monday I got a short run in following the C25K program, and then I jumped on my Spin bike for 15 minutes. I forgot how much I missed spin, until I got back on the bike on Tuesday. Ouchie! I know I will get used to it. After my ride on Tuesday I decided to do some leg work and I started getting a pain on my inner thigh. The same pain I had last week after yoga. I took yesterday off to give my leg a rest, I don't want to injury myself.
Some days I am lucky enough to work from home. Yesterday, I worked from home which was perfect because a bunch of packages arrived. When I was done working I quickly wrapped them and put all the boxes in the recycle before anyone came home.
If you have not watched the video going around on Facebook from College Humor. I suggest you check it out. I was laughing so hard yesterday over Look at this Instagram and I am not Awake.
This is why I usually don't race in December and yet I have a 5K for fun on Saturday. The forecast is looking better for Saturday the any other day though, so maybe that's a win. If you remember any of my weather posts, this is pretty much what it always looks like. :)
This weekend was a lazy weekend for us. Not to say that we didn't get a lot of things done, just I didn't do a single workout. Getting back into the swing of things is tougher then I thought. Many times I said "I am going to go workout", but continued to sit on the couch or do something else.
I did finally get a picture of our tree this weekend. We seem to be the only ones in our 4-plex that didn't put it right in front of the window. My lovely child decided to photo bomb my picture.
I also accomplished completing 90% of my Christmas shopping. I think this is a record for me. I am usually a last minute shopper. I have just 2 more people to purchase for excluding my husband and daughter. We also got all of our Christmas cards out this year. Which took some effort as I skipped our standard photo card that doesn't require me to write anything and went traditional. A basic cards that required a personalized message. All cards have been mailed except one. There always seems to be one person who's address you just can't find, not to bad since I send out just under 50 cards each year.
Do you send photo cards, a letter or regular cards? Do you have large number of people to send to?
I had a pretty great November, even if I did get a stomach bug during the 3 day walk. :) Overall I feel like I had a productive month. I am glad to have the training for the 3day walk behind me. I don't know how people train for marathons - its just so time consuming. I am sure my family is happy to have me back as well.
Closing out November I have checked all of my major Running/Walking goals off for 2012. This means I can just sit back and enjoy the rest of the year. I have one more 5K in December and then my race schedule is wide open. I have my eye on a few events in 2013, but I have not signed up for anything yet. I need to figure out my goals for 2013, before 2013 arrives.
2012 Running GoalsRecap Run 4 Half Marathons - 6 down - Race Recap's
new distance - SGK 3-Day walkin 60 miles in 3 days
(even if I only made it 45 still a new distance) - Day 1, Day 2, Day3
Run 12 Races Total -Done! Total of 15 events so far in 2012
- Race Recap's
(one more planned in December) Year of the PR - 5K, 10K and Half - PR -
St. Patricks Day Dash PR -
Needto work on that half...moving this to next
more miles then 2011 (505.29) / 2012 Miles (808.5 run/walk)
January - 10 | 40
February- 56 | 65
March - March - 61 | 61.5
April - 72- | 76
May - 34 | 65
June - 16 | 69
July - 31 | 63
August - 42 | 54
September - 48 | 117
October - 64 | 98
November - 69 | 100
December - 7 |
I am not setting any goals for December. I want to continue doing the C25K and that is about it.
How was your November? Do you have big goals for December or do you like to take it easy?
Well according to dailymile you did! :) Thanks dailymile for reminding me that my last workout was a week ago. I needed to take some time off to recovery and regroup overall after the 3 day walk.
Last night I had a hot date with my treadmill. Its been a while and I missed it. I started week 1 day 1 of the couch to 5K program. My goal is to get back to running after months of walk training and maybe get a little faster. My stats last night don't reflect speed, but they give me a start. I used the app on my phone so I would watch TV without having to calculate time in my head. I completed each run at 5mph on the treadmill. Not fast, but it felt good. It felt comfortable and I think with each week I will increase the speed slowly. If I train smart over the next couple of months I think I can have a PR with little trouble in February.
I have a rough plan worked out for the rest of the week:
Tue/Thur - Hot Yoga
Wed/Sat - Run
Fri/Sun - Spin
If you look in my right hand nav bar, I have no races listed?
So what's next?
That is a good questions. Something I have been trying to figure out since before the 3-day walk. I am not signed up for any events in 2013 and I feel like I am falling behind.
I started a 9 day cleanse on Saturday and I will share more on that once I successfully complete all 9 days. I gained more weight then I am ready to admit over the summer and this past month. Who would have thought that walking would make you want to eat everything, just like running does. Either way I am not waiting for the new year to start losing weight.
I also downloaded a Couch to 5K app on my phone last night. I know I should be able to get out and start running again, but it has been a while since I made an effort to run so I might as well ease my way back into it. Julie asked me to do a 5K with the fam in December and I am thinking about signing up for that. We shall see.
Besides that I am going to continue to do Hot Yoga 2 nights a week and maybe start up ChaLean Extreme DVDs again. Remember I bought those in June, did them for a while and stopped. I really like those workouts and need to get more cross training into my running life. I think its time I sat down with a calendar and planned out some workouts.
I planned to post a million pictures showing the course support, but blogger is just not being friendly. One thing this event had hands down is the best course support.
Within the first mile of our walk there were people along the way cheering us on. The would drive a few miles up the road to cheer us on more. There were old people sitting in there chairs to young kids wear t-shirts that say 'future' wife groper'. San Diego and the neighboring towns really knew how to support their walkers.
The event had over 400 crew members who volunteered or were part of the permanent crew. Sweeper vans were always near by if you were in distress. Everyone walking from veterans to rookies were kind and always willing to help out.
If I never walk this walk again, I want to make sure to try to return the favor and cheer on a walk next year. As for if we will be signing up next year, I am still on the fence. Both of my teammates are already recruiting members for a bigger team - so who knows what will happen.
Again, I cannot thank everyone who donated, texted me, sent blog messages, emails, twitter post enough. Thank you!
You can read about Day 1
and Day 2. Day 3 started out great. I woke up and felt a million times better. I started my morning with a bottle of Gatorade while we colored my hair pink for the day. It was the last day and I was feeling great so we went all out.
We had breakfast again at camp. It felt to be able to eat and actually enjoy my food. Shortly after breakfast we were off. We took our time today. It was the last day and we knew that we didn't have to make it to the end until 4:30. Shortly after 9AM it started to rain. Everyone around started putting on there rain gear, but I didn't bother. It wasn't raining that hard and within 15-20 minutes it had stopped. My friend decided to ride the shuttle to the next pit stop as her knee was bothering her. They said they had a sports medicine doctor at the other stop so she wanted to have it checked out. My aunt and I continued one. I really enjoyed this portion of the walk.
We met up with my friend and she joined us for a few more miles. As we were coming up on mile 10, the lady next to us said her Garmin said mile 12, which was a pretty typical occurrence on this walk. The mileage they provided and the actually mileage was usually different. My friend to the shuttle again to give her knee some rest, and my aunt and I climbed the final hill of the walk. It was a long uphill through a beautiful neighborhood. The homeowners were out offering everything from chips and salsa to mini margaritas.
After the long hill we walked through what felt like a pub crawl. All these open air restaurants and teams stopping for lunch, beers and margaritas. If our team was all together at that time we would have stopped. Instead I took an Otter Pop when it was offered and my aunt drank a Tecate as we walked.
After another pit stop we finally made it to launch. Where we posed with one of our favorite shuttle vans.
At lunch my aunt decided to cut open the side of her shoe as she had a really bad blister on her pinky toe. I should say her blister had a pinky toe it was that big. Another walker mentioned that she had cut out her shoe to give her pinky toe more room.
We finished up the last few miles, walked through a crowd of people cheering us on and made our way into the holding area. In the holding area we got our shirts and had a chance to sit down and reflect that we had just finished this amazing event. My aunt completed every step of the 60 miles, my friend and I completed 45 miles, while being sick. The start of the opening ceremony was us walking through our friends and family, a drum line and a supporters. We were then lead into the stage are that was gated off just for walkers. The opening ceremonies began and many people started tearing up, and when the survivors who walked with us during the 3 day entered we raised our shoes to to them. This brought the tears.
After the closing ceremony was over we walked back to the car and celebrated with some champagne.
Today on Thanksgiving I am thankful for the course support, the medics, the random walkers we met along the way and the chance to participate in this event while raising money for breast cancer detection and prevention.
You can read about Day 1 - HERE. Let's see where did I leave off...of yea. Day 1 we completed 12 miles and then cut out early and passed out in our hotel. My friend and I were sick.
Day 2 we got up and I was feeling a little off but I thought I could push through. My friend was feeling a lot better. My aunt picked us up and we headed to the camp for breakfast. They had everything to choose from. I loaded up oatmeal, banana, croissant, bacon, hash brown and grabbed some apple juice. I didn't eat all of this but ate bits and pieces of some of it. Trying to figure out what would make my stomach feel the best.
Shortly after breakfast we were off and on our way. We saw a rainbow before we left the camp to start our walk. A sure sign that day 2 was going to be great. Boy was I tricked.
Today we started by walking towards Seaworld and out and back loop around Mission Bay. At the first Pit Stop I wasn't feeling to good. But I kept going. One of the things that helped to keep us moving was the support of walkers and people cheering along the way. These two guys wore onsies the entire second day. Their team name was Areola 51. :)
By the second pit stop I couldn't eat or drink and I felt like all the energy had gone from my body. I decided that I need ride the next van to the next pit stop. Once I got to the next pit stop I sat in the shade for a while. The thought of drinking or eating was making me ill, so I got in a van to head to the Lunch destination where I could go to medical. I arrived to the medical tent looking bad. My vitals were good, but I was dehydrated and I had not gone pee since 7AM. I had walked 5.5 miles so far on day 2 and thought I was going to pass out. They had me rest while we waited for a van to take me to camp. The nurse mentioned my skin was so cold for it being warm out, but besides that I just had a virus. After laying in the medical tent for a while they were ready to send me in a van to camp. I asked if I could stay and wait for my team, I would leave the medical tent and rest in the sun to warm up.
Entertainment at lunch, people line dancing
They agreed that would be fine. After a while of sipping on Nuun and resting I started to feel great. It was like this icky virus just left my body. I decided to try to eat. I ate my enter lunch and drank another bottle of water and before long I had to go pee. :) My team arrived and I waited for them to eat. I told them I was feeling a lot better and I was going to try to walk the remaining 8 miles with them. If need to take a van I would, but all of a sudden I felt so much better. I didn't understand it, but the pressure I was feeling in my stomach an chest was gone. The feeling of motion sickness was almost completely gone. The more I walk on day 2 the better I felt.
The views were amazing! We walked almost the full 8 miles on the coast!
The finally mile, my aunt was ready to be done for the day. She was always a few steps a head of us blazing to get done.
I was so excited to cross the finish line on day 2. I might have only completed 13.5 miles, but I was feeling great. I knew that Sunday was going to be my day. We decided to skip the camp party on Saturday night and just head back to the hotel. We didn't want to risk it. My friend walked all of Day 2, my aunt rocked it out and completed all of day 2 as well.
We got to the hotel and my friend and I ordered room service and the guy asked me how many people were in my room. When I said two and asked if I ordered to much food? We were hungry, we each got a dinner and dessert that night. We called it a night shortly before 8PM. The night did not end perfectly for me, while I felt better I woke up many times during the night to run to the bathroom. I was thankful I was not vomiting, but my system was trying to rid itself of something bad.
Come back to hear about the final day tomorrow and Friday a post on how great this event is.....from an event Logistic/Support prospective.
After months of planning and preperation Day 1 of the 3 day walk had arrived. We woke up early at some ungodly hour. Got dressed, loaded our luggage in the car and headed for the nearest Starbucks. See it was still dark out....told you we were up early.
Once we all had our coffee we were headed on our way to the starting line. My friend was already starting to feel sick, at the time we thought it was just nerves. We arrived at the hotel we would be staying in and walked about half a mile to the opening ceramony area and then waited. Took some photos, chated and wondered when we were going to start.
The opening ceramony was nice but I was to excited to get started. I had to not look at other people crying to keep the tears away. Before long we were on our way.
Within the first two miles we quickly learned why everyone loves the San Diego 3-day walk. The support along the course is AMAZING. People outside offering coffee, stickers, suckers holding signs just cheering you on. The San Diego PD were awesome as well. I think I am going to have to do just one post on the course support as hands down the best support I have had at an event.
We cruised our way along the course and before the first big hill we had a Pit Stop and this is where my friend and I really started to not feel well.
We started up the hill. I told my team to just keep moving as I knew I would be slow an steady up the hill. Soon I was keeping up with my teammate who I flew down with, she said she really wasn't feeling well. Just after mile 6 she said she was going to be sick so we found a place for her to vomit. I thought I was going to be sick at this point with the queasiness all up in my throat. I figured it was just my gag reflex kicking in. After some water we continued on.
After a few pit stops and 6 more miles we reached our lunch destination on the beach. I went to get our lunches and my friend got sick again. We both laid down in the grass to relax. I actually felt 100% better if I was laying down. After about 20 minutes I got up and went to the medical tent to see if they had any anti nausea medicine. They said they didn't but wanted to check out my friend since she was vomiting. After about 30 minutes they said they were sending her back to the Hotel. I was feeling worse so I went along with her. My Aunt continued the 1st day on her own and powered through all of the miles like a Rockstar!
We arrived at our hotel, got checked and went up the room. We both crashed on the beds and after a little while decided to order some soup from room service. Once we ordered it we both feel asleep almost instantly. We woke up an hour and half later to realize our room service never came. I called down and it turns out the forgot to write our room number down - they would bring it right up on the house. We received our food and I was able to eat half a bowl of soup, part of an English muffin and drink some Sprite before falling back asleep.
My Aunt called when she finished to check in on us an get her stuff. She didn't want to sleep in our room with two sick people and ended up driving home each night. We slept the rest of the night.
Day 2 tomorrow. I already feel like I am forgetting things, so I need to get out.
I am sure that everyone is so over hearing me talk about this event, so you are lucky it is walk week!
Here is the final week of training - seems easy enough! The only issue I have to get all my stuff washed and packed, so I need to move my last walk to Monday. I am flying out Wednesday morning and can't wait to get to warmer weather. It has been freezing here.
I posted on my Facebook that I was having troubles picking out my outfits. Part of the reason for that is I have 4 awesome SparkleSkirts and I only need outfits for 3 days. I am leaning towards wearing the Peacock style all 3 days.
While picking out my outfits is hard, packing is more difficult then I imagined. I want to make sure everything is easy to find in the morning. I have read many bloggers list for packing for relays, so I am taking a page out of that book.
Here is one outfit before stuffing it in a plastic bag. L-R - Socks from target that I am going to use as arm sleeves in the morning. Pink top, SpakleSkirt, Zenash Calf Sleeves, Enell Bra and two pairs of Injinji socks. Two pairs of socks are recommended for each day. This allows you to change your socks mid day. All packed up in a zip lock bag. As soon as I finish washing a few things I will have day 2 and 3 packed and ready.
Up next was to put a bag of recovery items from ibuprofen, Zensah compression socks, muscle creams, rubby scrubby for my feet and lotions. I hope I have everything I need to recover and be prepared for the next day.
I still have to pack my other clothing and figure out if I am going get this into a carry on bag or have to check luggage. I am leaning towards checking my bag since I have to pack two pairs or shoes and want to take my Stick. I am afraid they won't let me take it as a carry on.
One week from today I will be starting my journey towards to complete 60 miles over 3 days. I journey that I mentioned earlier this week has me freaked out. The fear of not being able to complete the distance is the same fear I had the first time I ran a 5K, a 10K and a half marathon. I questions my training, I question if my body will hold up and every worry in between. At the end of the day I just keep telling myself I can do it.
Of course I may be the one who is physically doing the walking, but I couldn't do it without the love and support from friends and family members. Also the support from bloggers and a few random strangers.
As of Nov 8th I raised $2,555.50 dollars, exceeding the minimum requirement. I would have reached my $3,000 goal but I diverted $400 to my teammates to help them reach their goals. Either way - I THANK YOU for the kind words, the encouragement and any monetary donation you may have made.
Donations can still be made by visiting my page - HERE.
This weekend is a taper weekend my long walks are 10 and 8 miles respectively - seems like an easy task these days.
While I loved the extra hour of sleep on Sunday,I hate coming home from work and it already being dark outside. Our weather is going downhill on top of it. To say that the weather is impacting my mood lately is an understatement.
Does the weather have an impact on your mood? Do you like or dislike the time change?
Truth be told I voted by absentee ballet a few days ago, but in the grand scheme of things I voted today. I am not going to tell you who to vote for or spew my politics out on my blog but I will remind everyone to get out and vote. I plan to head to yoga tonight, so hopefully I will be in a peaceful state when the President of the United States is decided.
Here is the plan that was sent to me by the Susan G. Komen walk for training this week! Do you read that.....2 Weeks! Ahh! I don't feel like I am ready, but I know I can do this.
I am changing up this plan a bit.
Mon - Rest
Tue/Thur -Hot Yoga
Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun - Walk
I know I have begged and pleaded over the past few months, but if you are interested in making a donation to my walk just click on the badge on the right hand side.
It wasn't 60 miles in 3 days but it was a start. I took to many days off last week after the Snohomish River Half. Took a few to many reset days, which left me making up some miles Friday - Sunday.
Sunday I met with my local teammate for the 3-day walk with a goal to get in 15 miles. We met up at 10AM and started on our way. There is a new trail in the town I grew up in and it was beautiful and flat most of the way.
The first half went well, we hit 7.5 miles and I talked my teammate into walking .5 more to make it 8 and turn around. As we walked back we stopped a few more times to stretch and for the most part the aches and pains were minor.
One thing I liked about this trail was there were two bathrooms along the way and several benches to stop and stretch. I didn't take enough pictures either as the trail was beautiful this time of year. The last part of our walk as a bit much as most of it was uphill back to our meeting spot. 5+ hours later we had completed 16 miles and my teammate realized that this 3 day walk was going to be tough. I think it might have helped me to talk her into staying in a hotel instead of tenting it.
The goal for this week is to get my walks in through out the week.
I know I live in WA. I know the stats. It rains to many days out of the year. I will say most of the time the rain is light mist, but with that, it has rained at some point during a half marathon more times then not.
Let me tally that up out of 8 half marathons - it has rained on me 6 times. I guess the moral of the story is if you run an event with me, there is a 75% chance it will rain. Probably better odds then a local weather person can give you.
Have you ran in the rain more times then not? What is your favorite weather to run in?