Thursday, October 20, 2011

We're outta here...

Workout for Thursday:

6.2 miles

 Pretty much all of Utah is out of school for a couple of days.
It's called something- but I can't remember.
I just call it Fall Break. 

Who cares what it's called- it means no school!

We are heading out of here for a couple of days.
Somewhere up north near this place:
and other fabulous forms of Fall scenery.

Excited for some good family fun and relaxing!
I've also got my running gear all packed...
ready for some beautiful fall morning mountain running.

Happy Weekend! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Before I kick the bucket...

Today's workout:
6.2 miles in the early morning dark!
8:25 pace. 
It felt hard for some reason- but it got done. 

Moving on to THIS: 
This is my entry in the Just Ask Bucket List Getaway Giveaway. Just Ask offers a breast and ovarian cancer screening and is encouraging people to share 15 things that I want to enjoy in my lifetime as a reminder to be aware of my health. Want to enter? Head over to to get the details.

So here is my bucket list! 
Well, it actually turns out that I didn't have a bucket list before...
so here is what I came up with this morning!

1.  To not owe any money to anyone or anything.
2.  Finish school.
3.  Learn to speak Spanish.
4.  Qualify for the Boston Marathon.
5.  Run the Boston Marathon. 
6.  Run the Hood to Coast Relay (with Lisa).
7.  Go on a good, long getaway with just the husband.
8.  Take my kids to as many historic sites across the U.S. as possible (just like my parents did!  Thanks, parents!).
9.  Run the NYC Marathon.
10.  Run a half or full marathon with the husband (he's gonna LOVE this one).  
11.  Go to China.
12.  Learn to play the piano.
13.  Learn photography.
14.  Read all the books on THIS LIST.
15.  Move back to Oregon (not until my kids are grown, probably).

One more: 
16.  All of my children finishing college. 

Yes, a lot of these are running related.
That's okay, right?
I actually have a Races I Want To Do bucket list...
it just keeps on getting longer.
I will share it sometime.
This was fun!
Don't do it, though ;).
I want to win! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Think it through, buddy...

Since I didn't get my long run done on Saturday,
I made plans in my head to do it Monday (that's today).

Less than 2 weeks until the Halloween Half
and the furthest I have ran since September is 7.5 miles.
The furthest I have ran since JULY is 10 MILES.
So I wanted to get in a good 10-13 miles before the race.
Yes, I gave myself a large range- it's better for me :).

The plan sounded great until the time arrived.
That time being 4:05 am.

I ran 4 miles alone, all alone.
Then 6 miles with the running girls.
Then 3.2 miles on my own again.

13.2 miles total 
I even tried to run it slowly.
Go me!
Those neighborhood ladies are too fast, though :).

Turns out that I'm a big wimp.
I can still remember back in June when 13 miles seemed short.
Oh, how the times have changed.
It really wasn't too bad.
It didn't feel too hard, but I was glad when it was over!
NOW, however- a different story.
I feel like a very tired death... but in a good "I just ran 13 miles" sort of way
It doesn't help that a monthly friend came to visit at 2am.
Not cool. 
Yes, sometimes I share too much. 

Now I think I will lay in my bed all day doing nothing.

It's not Saturday? 
It's Monday?
It's not just me here?
My kids need to go to school?
There's a bunch of stuff that I have to do?

This is why we do long runs on weekends, dang it.
The best laid plans...

I do have a power nap scheduled from 2-2:30.
It should be great.
Yes, I know lots of people get up and run lots of miles...
and then go to work all day.
What can I say?
I'm a complainer :). 

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Derailed and manly musk...

Let's just not even talk about how all my running plans got derailed.
Yesterday and today.
It involved lots of volleyball and a husband who has to be gone all Saturday long.

So, not much to report.

Except that I bought some new deodorant.
I tend to sweat a lot, so I use the clinical strength Secret or Dove.

I thought, hey that sounds good!
(Does it really, though?  I know I've never FELT marathon fresh.) 
Hopefully it smells ok, because they had it well sealed. 

It smells like a man.

Now I keep looking behind me to see if some dude is following me.
But it's just me.
Me and my manly musk scent.

Darn you Secret.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

It was bound to happen eventually...

I'm getting back into a groove, I think.

Woke up at 4:45 am to run for the 3rd time this week.

It sucks less the more you do it.
So, after a few more weeks maybe it will start to feel good ;).
Kidding, kidding.
It will NEVER feel good at 4:45 am.
But it feels good once I get going and have my run done before 7am!

 Today's workout:

5 miles
1 hour BodyPump

Plus, I have super great plans to clean out my car today. 
Then there is some fun volleyball tonight.
Lots of good calorie burning going on today.   

In "My Life as a Mom" stories...
Today my 3 year old did something that we had managed to
 avoid happening with any of the previous 4 children.

He stuck this bead up his nose:

Oh yes, he did.
Right up there...
We both panicked for a minute because, as I said,
we have never had any object in the nose incidents up until today.
I called the husband all freaked out...
and of course he doesn't answer.

I tried to get him to blow it out, where I quickly learned that he doesn't
know how to blow air out of his nose- he just SNIFFS.
That's not helpful when trying to get something OUT of the nostril.

Finally I chilled out.
Then I got one of those plastic covered paper clips (in above picture),
straightened it and pulled that little sucker out of there.

Good times. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Really, 3 whole minutes?

Some good, fun early morning running again.

6.5 miles got did.

Another little pit stop halfway through, but happy that I went back and finished.
I need to start getting up 5 minutes earlier to avoid such pit stops ;).
(to, ya know... work things out.. hmm- TMI?) 

Now I would like to discuss something else.

Yesterday I was reading an article in Runner's World.

It said THIS:
 Well, I am not questioning the slower long runs.
That seems to be widely accepted.

But 3 MINUTES per mile slower than race pace?
That's the most I have ever heard of and seems excessively slow to me.
(I DO try to run my long runs at a slower pace- work in progress.) 

How much slower do y'all do your long runs?
 Should I be doing mine 3 minutes slower?
Can you tell that I am still new to running? 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Running and it feels so good...

So I totally got up at 4:50 in the morning to run!
Oh yes, I did.

I haven't ran in over a week in an attempt to rid myself of the sickness.
It was time. 

I was able to run 3.4 miles with the girls before I had to make a pit stop at home.
I found them 'after' and did another mile.
Then I felt so good that I did another 3 miles!

7.2 miles done!

It just felt right.
 I did have to suck on cough drops the whole time, but still worth it.

I'm thinking this means that I can get back on track with the training.

Of course, last time I ran it was 60 degrees outside at 5:10am.

This morning it was not even 40 degrees.
No gradual temperature changes here in Utah.
So much fun.

Now for a random picture from my phone!
My kids have progressed in their photography skills.
They are now using the photo effects:

I have high hopes for them.