Wednesday, August 24, 2016

#22KILL

"Honor Courage Commitment, Inc. started the #22KILL movement in 2013 after learning about the staggering statistic that an average of 22 veterans are killed by suicide every day."

I was challenged to a 22 day run streak (actually, I think it was 22 days of push-ups, which if you know me, you know I do not cannot do) for the number of veterans that commit suicide every day. 

I started my streak on July 29th. Tonight will be Run Streak Day (RSD) #27. 

I'm pretty stoked. I chose not to post about it here until I completed my 22 days. And here I share the mileage:

Friday, August 5, 2016

I Have a Confession to Make

I have only seen the first two seasons of Breaking Bad. And it's been a minute.

So this is all I'm doing today.  Starting Breaking Bad from the beginning.


Friday, July 29, 2016

The Race that Ruined it All

On August 2nd, 2014, I ran a Race That Never Happened. This race got into my head so badly, that I blame it for every bad race, or race I've walked in, ever since it happened.

You may have heard that runners are superstitious. Typically, that means clothes, shoes, a good luck charm. I have all those, too. But my stubbornness, my willpower, and my Mojo all took a hit that day that I honestly don't feel I've fully recovered from.

This race is coming up again in about a week. I'm signed up. I'm dreading it. I'm honestly freaked out I can't run the entire thing and will damn myself to another year of poor performance and damaged Mojo.

It sounds melodramatic. I know.

So much depends on this race.

Here's Where I'm At & Heat and Mosquitoes

We've talked before about my hatred of mosquitoes. The other day, I was minding my own business at my computer, perhaps even typing a post here, and I received 4 mosquito bites. Four. In my own home. I never even saw the little fucker. What's their purpose for existing, anyway? They're ugly, they're evil, I don't think they pollinate anything. I just can't take this. My legs are (again) covered with mosquito bites in various healing stages, just as in the aforementioned posts, and even when I go outside to run in spite of the vile, un-cute, evil, nasties it's too hot to run very far.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hibernating Until Winter

I hate summer. I hate 90+ degree temperatures and I despise trying to run in them.

June 21st - June 27th
June 28th - July 6th

July 6th through the 9th just didn't happen.

It's been hit-and-miss lately, although I'm still loosely hanging on to the 3 (2) miles or 30 minutes plan. My mileage is suffering, as you see, and I blame the heat and being sick.

July 10th : 11.25 mile bike ride
July 11th : Nada
July 12th : Nada
July 13th : Nada
July 14th : 4.05 mile run
July 15th : 3.12 mile run
July 16th : 1.35 mile run
July 17th : 2.19 mile run
July 18th : 2.10 mile run
July 19th : Nope
July 20th : Nope
July 21st : 2.35 mile run

Our temps here in KS have been reaching the low 100s, high humidity. I don't like hot weather, I never have and I certainly don't since I became a runner. This shit is inhumane!

My unhinged running partner Non-Stop Mom is way ahead of me in miles - to the tune of like 14+ miles. This isn't acceptable. We also have frequent plans to get up at ridiculous hours of the morning to run before the sun scorches the planet, but that's a rarity as we (ok, ok, usually me) never drag our asses out of bed.

I hate mornings, too.

Mornings and summer.

And speaking of NSM, she needs to start posting more on her blog as well, doesn't she? She's being lazy.

So how do you  handle the heat? Do you have any secrets for getting in mileage without melting?




Thursday, July 14, 2016

Derailment Continued

Since July 5th I haven't done a damned thing except an 11.25 mile bike ride last Sunday the 9th. I'm coming off of the sickness I had, only a bit of a cough left.

I guess it's time to get my shit back together.

Just Because.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Derailed

As I mentioned previously, I'm doing a "3 (or 2 thanks to the heat) miles or 30 minutes" plan.

June 21st through June 27th is documented here.

June 28th: One hour Wellness Class
June 29th: 2.05 mile run
June 30th: 1.02 mile run to gym; 30 minutes at the gym; 1.06 mile run home
July 1st: 2.10 mile run
July 2nd: 1.0 treadmill mile; 20 minutes elliptical
July 3rd: 3.5 mile run
July 4th: 3.14 mile run (5k race); 8.03 mile bike ride
July 5th: One hour Wellness Class (Zumba)

July 6th, derailment.

During the bike ride on July 5th I was attacked in the eyeball by a kamikaze bug. That didn't derail me, of course (although my eye is STILL sore), but it began the train of events that did. So melodramatic, huh? The next day I wound up with a sore throat. This progressed to bad sore throat, earaches, headache, sneezing, chest pain. I barely got out of bed yesterday at all.

Today, my throat is a little better, but the headache and sinus shit is worse. If a tylenol helps, I'm hoping to get something accomplished this evening.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

So Let's Do This Shit

My next half marathon is on August 27th. That gives me about 6 weeks. As I've said before, I've never actually trained for a half marathon, so this time I'm going to use this time to do so.

So, starting on July 4th with a 5k race, I'll be using a modified (for time) version of this plan (I will also be continuing the 3 miles or 30 minutes plan):



I'm open to any suggestions or advice. Please? Pretty please?

I'll keep you posted on how it goes!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Today Marks One Week

I recently posted about starting "3 miles or 30" (modified to 2 miles because of the heat) and this evening after doing tonight's hour class, will be a complete week of this plan.

It looked like this:

Day 1: Tuesday, June 21st. One hour Wellness Class
Day 2: Wednesday, June 22nd. 2.10 miles
Day 3: Thursday, June 23rd. 3.13 miles
Day 4: Friday, June 24th. 45 minutes at the gym
Day 5: Saturday, June 25th. Two 5k races
Day 6: Sunday, June 26th. 10 mile bike ride
Day 7: Monday, June 27th. 1.25 mile run to the gym, 30 minutes at gym, 1.25 mile run home

I'm pretty stoked about this. They illustrious "they" say it takes about 21 days to form a habit. I've started using a Believe I Am Training Journal that I bought a couple years ago, and I hate the idea that if I skip a day, the day will be left blank.

If anyone's struggling with motivation, I suggest giving this idea a shot.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

3 Miles or 30 Minutes & Concrete Legs

I've started counting calories again. Yesterday. I'm sick of the scale creeping up. My sweet tooth is on vacay, which is awesome, but lately I've been craving chips and guacamole. Like guacamole, allllll the time. Like it's crack. I buy a container at the store and by the end of the night it's gone. G-O-N-E. Buh-bye. And what goes with guacamole? Chips.

No good.

So I'm doing this 3 miles or 30 minutes thing that I read about where every day you either run/walk/hike 3 miles or 30 minutes of other exercise. The concept being the middle road of exercise, nothing extreme, is more sustainable long term. I have adjusted it to 2 miles or 30 minutes for now just because of the heat. For example: I ran yesterday evening shortly before dark and it was still 97° when I started - 93° two miles later. That's a lotta nope. 

So 2 miles or 30 minutes it is. 

On Tuesday (6/21) I did an hour group evening workout class with lots of stadium stairs and squats (outside) and with the help of a bottle of water I froze before taking, it went pretty well. 
On Wednesday (6/22) I ran 2 miles. 
Today I ran 3.1 miles in the wee hours of the morning with Non-Stop Mom

After the class on Tuesday, I wasn't at all sore. Yesterday I didn't feel too bad either until evening shortly before I went running. My legs never did loosen up. This morning it hurt to walk, but running wasn't terrible.  As soon as I stopped running though, it was like my thigh and calf muscles seized up. Instantaneously. Stretching, soaking, elevation, nothing is helping yet. My foam roller is MIA.

And on Saturday I have two 5ks. 

And in the morning I'm going running again.



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