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Friday, October 29, 2010

Finally, the secret to your best finish time revealed!

Make sure your race sponsors a petting zoo WITH a camel. It truly is the camel that makes the difference.

Today I volunteered for what is perhaps the best race of the 2010 racing season. Who needs the Boston, New York, Chicago, or Marines marathon when you got the Fox Trot?

100+ Kindergartners running (and sometimes walking) their little hearts and legs out for a half hour straight to raise money for their school.

Look at that form!

Or there's always the "keep your hands in your pants" form which I've heard makes you more aerodynamic plus keeps your hands warm.

There's even a debate among 5 year olds regarding running skirts. She made a bold choice with this one.

My son showing off his racing injury.

Mad about those costumed runners always beating you? Well just surround them by 5 year olds and that will slow 'em down.

The triumph of winning.

Rogue sheep eating the race cones.

And no sissy massage chairs at the end - give me a bounce house anytime.

Good race kids - good race.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

Aaah Zumba. You've given so much in such a little time. Last night's treasure was the memory of Baby learning to dance and the accurate imitation I was doing in my attempts to Samba.

And the fact that Jai Ho will never ever leave my brain - it's on a continuous loop.

Today it's back to elliptical and track circles - not nearly as entertaining.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Must have triathlon bike for 2011

It's on my Christmas wish list! Well if I wrote my wish list in 1891.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Week in review 10/17-10/23

I had unofficially planned to get back in the game this week and I started off well, got lazy, and finished feeling a bit renewed.

Sunday - 2 mile run/walk then hour long introduction to Zumba.
Monday - 4 mile walk
Tuesday - another hour long Zumba
Wednesday-Friday - this is where I slacked
Saturday - return to the rec center; 1/2 hour on elliptical and 1/2 hour jogging on indoor track.

The weather was gorgeous today so I should have ran outside but I think I got more done (calorie burn wise) with a combo of the elliptical and jogging. I would have walked more outside. My goal next week is to get one hour of cardio for 6 of 7 days.

Sunday - Zumba (this will be my "fun" exercise)
Monday - Rest day
Tuesday - Zumba
Wednesday - Elliptical/Jog
Thursday - Spin
Friday - Elliptical/Jog
Saturday - Jog

After a couple weeks of cardio I'll add some strength and toning again but I want to get the cardio going first. Also the diet starts tomorrow. I just made some homemade granola (delish) to help us along the way. Of course my diet is doomed to fail since Halloween is also next week - but it's good to set unreasonable goals.... Isn't it?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The good, the bad, and the Zumba.

Finally, the 1/2 date has come and gone. I no longer have to wallow in the bummed out mood I'd get whenever I got a reminder email, saw a road closure sign, or watched other runners training as I drove around.

The shirt is really cool. I have no shame in wearing it since I did race it last year. *ha* Of course it means I either have to lie about the race when asked, "Oh you ran the half marathon this year?" or come up with one hell of a good story about skipping it; better than "well I have this really weird pain in my abs and spent about 2 months with a recurrent UTI." Awkward conversation starter if I ever heard one.

One thing I realized was that it was probably a good thing that I didn't push myself to run through those times when I was on antibiotics for the UTI(s). A side affect of antibiotics and hard exercise is sometimes tendinitis. I got a touch of it last year after the half marathon because I was just finishing up a antibiotic then too.

But enough about the half - let's move on shall we? I took some time away to exercise today. I really need to get back in the game. I hate the loss of my abs and muscles that were just starting to peek out from among the fluff that surrounded them. I tried running first and had a horrific two mile run/walk. Sheesh am I out of shape! A friend of mine is recently gotten really into Zumba and wants us all to join her. In spite of ALL the numerous workouts I have tried over the past few years I never had tried Zumba. I wasn't against it in principle. It sounded fun - I'm just uncoordinated and feel ridiculous trying to follow dance moves in front of a mirrored wall. But today I thought, what the hell. Let's Zumba!

I think a fair comparison of me doing Zumba is to reflect upon the time when I first got Barry White's Greatest Hits (I think it was around the time Ally McBeal was on tv and they always listened to Barry). I may or may not have had a few drinks that night and spent a good hour dancing around the house to his velvety disco delights. I'm no dancer but I had fun.

This was a lot like that - minus the alcohol. But I still had fun. Heck, I might even do it again.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

My innards are beautiful and tricksy

Update on health and training (or lack thereof).

Since I've last blogged I've gone through several more diagnostic tests (2 ultrasounds, a CT scan, a Hida scan, several blood/urine tests, a colonoscopy, and a partridge in a pear tree) only to reveal that everything within me looks "normal". Which is good news except for the fact that my entire right side is tender and I occasionally still have bad cramps. But I will throw no more money away on expensive diagnostic tests that fill me with radioactive material - seriously I should have Spidey powers by now.

But with these tests, work, family life, etc (ad naseum) I've barely run or worked out at all. I tried a long run last weekend with the plans to go 8 miles - however slow I had to go. I got 3 miles in and had to cut it short because of pain and discomfort from another UTI. I ended up walking half of the distance back to my car. This week my son will be getting his tonsils out so it's hard to plan run times around that.

And now my husband will be out of town on the morning of the half marathon so I have to decide if it's really worth it to find a babysitter that's willing to come to my house at 6 a.m. Or should I just accept the fact that I've paid $125 this summer for two tech shirts (one for the training plan that I only got 5 weeks out of and the 1/2 marathon which will still give me the shirt even if I don't run)?

I hate to sound like I'm making excuses. Goodness knows I could have "fought" my way through the pain and time constraints. People go through far worse pain and illnesses and life stressors to run all kind of events. But in the end the only person who really cares if I run this event or not is me. I'm not giving up on running - I'm just missing out on a couple of events. I'd really rather not walk/run 13.1 miles. It's not about making the distance - I've already proven that. And I'd be horribly bored with the slowness of the race and the lack of challenge. I know that I can do better than a 2:30+ half marathon. I was willing to keep trying if I had a chance of getting below 2:30 (remember my original goal was below 2:10 and last year's half was a 2:40'ish finish). But I'm a better runner than a 12 mm pace (when I'm in good training shape) so I don't want another 12 mm+ finish time.

Really the only thing that aggravates me about bowing out is the waste of money ($50). I really wish I could sell my place to someone else. There are plenty of people that weren't able to get a spot in this race and would love to race it - it sold out a couple of months ago. But those darn race rules get in the way...

Oh well - I suppose we all have to have a DNF (or even DNS) on our race records... I'll let you know if I change my mind. Otherwise the plan is to start cross training again and build back my muscle strength and get back to weight loss - still got 20 lbs for my goal weight. And to also just wait for the pain in my abs to go away or to explode one day into something that's detectable. I'm done with Dr's offices. One can only read so many outdated People magazines.