Pony Express 5k

Pony Express 5k
My first race ever!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Tag I'm it!

I have been a terrible blogger for the last couple months.  So thanks to Catey at Random Thoughts from the Zoo, I'm back today!

1.  What are you most fond of accomplishing in 2010?
Well one of my many goals this year was to crush, smash, blow out of the water and obliterate my 1/2 marathon pr.  Attempt number one was pathetic.  I ended up going 8 minutes longer.  I took for granted that I could do what I had done before without proper training.  Yeah, right, I know you are all laughing right now.  Hopefully that means you've done the same and feel my pain.  So, while attempt number two wasn't originally on my race schedule, I had to do something to redeem myself.

I didn't really train well for it either, but I did focus on doing more distance and it paid off.  I didn't crush my time, but I did get a PR by 23 seconds. 

I also got a new 5k PR by 20 seconds.  And I WON a triathlon for the first time ever!  A super fun (and small) tri a friend puts on twice a year.  It wasn't my best tri time, but I loved it!

2.  What are your running goals for the year? 
Last year I wanted to hit 1000 miles, but really didn't focus on it.  So this year the goals are going to be clearly outlined, and check on so I can have more success.
1.  Run my first marathon. (hoping for 4:15 or less, ok really 4 hours, but that's the fantasy time)
2.  Break 25 min in a 5k.
3.  PR in a 1/2 marathon.
4. Do my first olympic distance tri. (aiming for 3 hours)
5. Break 1:25 in a sprint tri (800 swim, 12.4 bike, 5k run)  
6.  Break 1000 miles.
7. Century bike ride (112 miles) under 6 1/2 hours.

Yes, I know it's a lot for me, but if I'm going to do Kona
 in 2015, I have to get moving faster and more.  I want to be ready for my first IronMan distance in 2014.  I know I can do the bike, so now it's about speed and energy conservation.  I haven't swam 2.4 ever, but I'm a good swimmer and will build that distance.  So this year is the year I learn to do the marathon.  

3.  What is your favorite race?
I really loved the Top of Utah half 2009.  I think it's entirely emotional.  It was my first half.  It was the first race my hubby saw me run.  I did better than I dreamed I could.  I felt like I could conquer the world after that race.  

4.  What is your favorite Holiday guilty pleasure?
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!  I love hot chocolate with chocolate candy melted in it to make it more chocolatey.  I love mint chocolate truffles, Godiva clam shells with the hazelnut truffle pearl,  chocolate oranges, cherry cordial kisses and caramel kisses too.  I love chocolate dipped raspberries, chocolate covered macadamia nuts and raisins, flipz, chocolate dipped toffee.... are you getting the picture yet?  CHOCOLATE IS MY ADDICTION!!!

3.  What is your most embarrassing running moment?
Well, as a tribute to Beth over at Shut Up and Run!here it is.  It is the untalked about fact that we all have body functions.  And those functions like to be extra, extra active on me when I run.  There are many examples of this when I have been alone, but I had a funny one with some friends this summer.  I usually run alone, but Kim invited me to do a hill run with her, Mandi and a guy that I'd never met and unfortunately can't remember his name.  We drove a few miles over to the Ranches, which is at the foot of  a small mountain and is very hilly.  As we got going, I kind of knew that something was coming.  I should have suggested we run past the Chevron so I could run in fast..... but since it wasn't my group, I felt embarrassed interrupting their planned route.  Lesson #1, listen to your body!!!  We got going through the neighborhoods, up and down hills, on an unpaved road and about 3 miles in I knew something was going to happen whether I found a potty or not.  As we headed through one neighborhood, Mandi called out "anyone need a drink or bathroom?  So and so lives over there"  I don't think she actually expected a response.  I hollered "YES"  So we ran over to the door, but they either weren't home or not up yet.  Crap!  Literally.  Ok, well, we're in the foothills, there are small trees.  But I forgot my special little baggie with wet wipes in it.  Crap, again.  As I'm climbing up to the trees, Kim yells "WAIT!  There's a port a potty!"  YAY for new construction!  I made it there, it had TP and hand sanitizer!  Whew, happy day, the next 3 miles were much, much better.  

Oh yeah, there was also the time I was running out of our neighborhood and saw my friend in her van.  We stopped and chatted for a minute, when it hit.  Without a word, I jumped in and said "how much do you love me?"  She laughed and drove me home to my potty.  

So I'm tagging Kim at the Brown Bulletin,  Courtney at I Can Do This! and Tracy at Our Life with 3 guys and a Doll.

Have fun!  Can't wait to read your stories!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

HBBC update

This week I earned 35 points.  7 because I get my fruits and veggies every single day!  6 for teaching spin, 18 for my weekly mileage, and 4 for hitting the weights.  I think I can hit 40 next week.  I'm upping my mileage a little, not going to be sick so I'll get all my weights in this week.  And now that I have my own spin bike at home, I'm going to get another hour in at home and keep the biking fitness up over the winter.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Return to Blogging with the Holiday Bootie Buster

Well, it's been a while.  Can't really even explain why.  Busy.  In a Funk.  Lazy.  Whatever.....

The Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge is getting me out of my blogging absence!  I signed up for it a couple weeks ago, but haven't posted my points yet, so here are two weeks worth of results.  

First, the requirements:

HBBC Rules
1 Point per mile (run/walk/snowshoe)
1 Point per 3 miles biked
1 Point per 20 minutes of weight lifting, Pilates, yoga, stretching or abs
1 Point per 15 minutes of low impact cardio (i.e. aerobics, easy biking)
1 Point per 10 minutes of high impact cardio (spin, kickbox, etc)
1 Per day where you reach a minimum of 7 servings of fruits and veggies
Challenge will run from Nov 20 to Jan 7…this helps to cover you for the major holidays!

Additional points: Because I am all about taking care of your entire mind, body, soul connection there will be additional posts/questions where you can earn points throughout the challenge.

So week one, Nov 20-26, 2010 results:  31 pts

Week two, Nov 27-Dec 3, 2010 results:  29 pts

Personally, I'd like to hit at least 30 pts per week.  So, here we go!  Really my holiday goal is to not gain any net weight over the holidays.  

I pigged out royally over Thanksgiving (did I ever tell you how much I love to make and then eat pie?)  This years selections included:  Oreo Pie, Turtle Pie, Banana Cream Pie, Chocolate Mousse, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Streusel Pie, and the experiment of the day, Peanut Butter and Fudge Pie.  (it was awesome)  Ate about 10 pieces as well as the leftover filling from making them.  That would be roughly 6000-7000 calories in pie alone, not to mention my addiction to candied yams, stuffing and gravy! 

Thank heavens the post turkey day weight is gone, now to survive the rest of the parties.  First one down, church party last night.  Did great, ate what I wanted but had saved some of the calorie budget for the dinner.  
So here we go for next week!