The Amazing Race

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This is not a great picture but it is the only one I have from today’s race.  Today I ran a 1/4 marathon with my daughter, I love when my daughter races with me and it has been a while since we have done one together.

A little about the race course – The finish line was at home plate at our local minor league baseball stadium so the last bit of the race we got to lap the outfield and finish at home plate, that was a lot of fun.  Oh and another great thing about this race because it started and ended at the stadium there were actual bathrooms and not PoP…woot!  The course was almost completely flat, one small hill, and most of it was through our downtown area, lots to look at and talk about.  Not much of a crowd presence on the course, and entertainment and such was limited, which I found I really did not mind.  At one point on the course we were running through a neighborhood and one man was outside with about five kids, they had bubbles and were cheering us on as we went by, that was really cute.

Today was an amazing race!  Not because I PR’d or I won a place for my age, but because my daughter and I ran together and had a lot of fun doing it!  We kept our pace for the first five miles of the race, the last mile and a half of our 1/4 course was also the end of the 1/2 so we slowed down a bit and enjoyed watching some of the fast 1/2 runners whiz by us, we do not often (and by often I mean never) get to run with the fast folks.  We kept a good pace this last stretch just a little slower than the rest of the race.

Because our quarter course was the same as the half course for 6 or so miles we did not have to maintain a fast pace, which made it nice.  Do not get me wrong I like to compete and always strive to push myself each race, but daughter time is important too.

So, today was an amazing race, I felt so great afterwards, all that worry about my back, and thankfully no issues. If I had endless funds I think all of my training runs would be local races of different lengths, I love the inspiration of the elite runners, and the crowds, and the fun of having the other runners around.

Next week we have a 15K in Lexington, that one will have a LOT more hills, but looking forward to running with my daughter again.

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Until Tomorrow…

Bedtime Story

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There was an ambitious lady who thought it would be a great idea to work hard for 21-days straight so that she could be more fit and more consistent in her workouts and blogging.

She washed her best running tights, laced up her best running shoes, and loaded up her spell check, and off she went on a grand adventure.  Along the way she discovered that she was stronger than she thought she ever could be, and that with hard work and commitment one could do most anything.

While on her adventure she made new friends at boot camp, learned it was easier to run in cool weather than hot weather, that people will be positive and encourage you along the way, and that a lot of things are mind over matter.  You have to train your brain while you are training your body.

The end of her story has not been written yet, she still has a little ways to go, but like in all fairy tales I am sure there will be a happy ending.

To be continued…

So, I am getting this entry up late in the day and I am ready to go to bed, so I thought a little bedtime story would be nice :).   Sleep tight everyone.

Until tomorrow…

Disappointment

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I have felt this way before and I am sure I will again, the feeling that getting out there, even if it does not go well, is better than not going at all.

I went out for my run this morning, I was about a mile in and had to call it quits and go home.  My lower back was screaming at me, and then on my way home, I well, got a little sick, to put it lightly.  I have had runs that were not great, this is the first time I really let pain and nausea stop me in my tracks.  Considering that I have been tired, nauseated, and stuffy the rest of the day, it was probably for the best.

I will be going to boot camp tomorrow, not going to let one bad day stop me.  Today though I rested most of the day and did some stretches for my back.

I do not have much else today, doing a little wallowing in my decision to stop this morning.  Just going to remind myself that tomorrow morning after boot camp I will once again feel like a bad ass!

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Until tomorrow…

So many races, so little money

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I had so many friends racing this weekend, several of them running their first marathon.  It was awesome to watch the results come in and see their pictures!  It was so exciting I have signed up for three races that will take place over the next two months, this does not include the two I am already registered in 2014.

My husband and I were invited to a wedding this past weekend that was several hours away, because we are planning and paying for our own daughters wedding, and because of my husbands recent health issues we decided to forgo the cost of attending the wedding and just send a gift.  Three race fees later, I am thinking it would have been cheaper to go to the wedding.

It is no wonder so much of our country struggles with weight and health issues, the cost of healthy is expensive.  I pay for boot camp, I pay for race fees, I have running “gear” including shoes, and I like to buy fresh and organic.  I told myself when I quite smoking I would save money, not so much, not only is this lifestyle just as expensive, but now I am going to live longer and need to have more money :).

OK, those are all of my random thoughts for the day.  I am better than halfway through my workout and blogging challenge and still going strong.  Today was a short run, boot camp tomorrow, and so on for the rest of the week.  Next weekend I am doing a 1/4 Marathon, the following weekend a 15K, all leading up to another half in December.  Hope no one wants any fancy Christmas presents this year.

Until tomorrow…

 

 

T.G.I.F.

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That is right, it has been 11-days straight I am not beyond using an old school acronym and a cute kitten to fill my blog.  But, I still held up my end of this deal; I am here to share my words with you and I got down with the Beginners’ Yoga video today.

Beginners’ yoga by the way, is not necessarily easy, but it did feel good and it met my exercise requirement for the day.  I may even do it on days with other exercises, I know, crazy right!?

Tomorrow morning boot camp.  For tonight a continuation of Scary movie every weekend in October with Cujo!

Stay with me, I may not have anything exciting today, but you never know what life will bring.

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

Until Tomorrow…

Thanks! I needed that.

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Boot camp was awesome this morning!  Our instructor had some tough workouts planned and he definitely kept the class going, and kept us challenged.

What was so awesome about it is that I could feel the difference in myself and what I was able to do and what I was able to push myself to do, it is honestly my first experience with that in boot camp.  The way it generally works is that the class is given a series of moves/segments to do, it could be upper body, cardio, power cardio, lower body, etc.  The class is 60-minutes and it is an hour of working hard.  My first few classes I would do all of the required moves but maybe not for the whole count, or I would modify something I thought I could not do, push ups for example or even jumping jacks, or God forbid Burpees!

Today I made myself do several of these moves longer and harder than before.  I did not stop myself when I felt like I was too challenged or it would be too hard.  At the end it was an amazing feeling!  I still have a long way to go, but knowing that I am actually progressing was a great feeling, makes me want more :).

Tomorrow is an easy day, some beginner yoga at home (secretly hoping beginner yoga means lying on the floor and stretching).

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Until tomorrow…

One week down, two to go

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– This man, Melamed Maickel, finished the Chicago Marathon yesterday.  What makes that so remarkable?   He is battling Muscular Dystrophy; it took him about 16-hours, but he finished.  I would like to state that any excuse I have or thought I might have, is now invalid.

I am on Day-7, or a third of the way to my goal!  This morning when my alarm went off at 5am, I did not hesitate to get out of bed, I won’t say I jumped out singing a tune, but I did get right up and start getting ready for 5:30 boot camp.

The next two days will be a bit of a challenge; I have to travel for work and I have been trying to work out in my head how I get my blog and my workout in over the next couple of days.  Tomorrow I have two options – 1.  Get up extra early, hit the gym at 5am for a quick 30-minute run, come home shower, and hit the road (have to leave by 6:15).  This option allows me to have a cocktail with dinner :). or 2.  Sleep in a little later, hit the road at 6:15, work all day when I get to my destination, have dinner without a cocktail, and do a 30-minute run at the hotel fitness center…decision, decisions.  I will likely go with the former.

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Have a great evening everyone!

Until tomorrow…