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How I Did

On January 5th, I told you about my latest challenge.  It’s now February 4th and it’s time to report how I did!  On January 5th, my weight was 164.8.  This morning my weight was 159.4.  That’s a difference of 5.4 pounds.  I’ll take it!

Even more important than the weight though is my commitment.  I’ve missed 1, maybe 2, workouts this entire month.  Something has clicked recently.  Yes, my eating is better…most of the time.  Last weekend, not so much.  Oh My God, the salt.  I could barely get my rings off my fingers, they were so bloated.  However, for the most part my eating has been better.  And my exercising has been great.  I’m doing a combination of circuit training and cardio on the elliptical and it’s working I think.  Those new pants I bought at the end of December are starting to become loose.  Woo-hoo!

There’s still a long way to go to get my body where I want it to be but I feel like I’m on the right rack to get there.

I signed up for my first race of the season – the Oakdale Duathlon on May 14th.  Amanda is signed up with me.  Who else is going to join us?  Come on!  You can do it!

One last thing – why is it somehow clicking for me now?  Honestly I think it has to do with me being done creating my family.  Weird?  I don’t think so.  The past seven years I’ve been pregnant, breastfeeding or thinking about getting pregnant again.  My body has not been my own for a lot of that time.  It’s mine now though.  Or, it will be when Levi weans.  I want my health and body to be the best it can be so I can do lots and lots of fun things with my children as they grow.  I want to show them a healthy lifestyle so hopefully they have one too.  I want to live a long life where I can go and be active with my husband, children and eventual grandchildren.  I’m taking charge of my body and health now so I can reap all those rewards in the future.

And I admit that wearing a single digit size would be pretty awesome too!

When I was last here to spill my guts I admitted that I skipped my Tuesday night work out.  And I promised to work out on Wednesday and Thursday to make up for it.  I am now here to admit to you that I only did half of what I promised (3/4 maybe?)/.  I did work out on Wednesday evening.  I did 45 minutes on the elliptical.  The awesome thing?  Kris spent 30 minutes on the bike trainer next to me.  It was actually pretty cool to work out together.  We usually do it separately because our paces are so different.  Maybe we can do more of that in the future.

Then last night though instead of working out I went out with my friends.  Eight of us sitting around a table talking.  It doesn’t really get much better, ya know?  I’m lucky to have such a big group of friends.  But it was either wine night with the girls or a basement workout.  I chose my girls.  How about if I strive for a workout on Saturday and Sunday to make up for my slacking off this week?  Then I can get back to Tuesday/Thursday next week.

Here is my official invitation.  I haven’t talked to Kris about this yet but we both want to do some triathlons next year.  One triathlon I’d like to do is the Waconia Triathlon.  Kris has done this one before (in 2004 when I was pregnant with Annika).  It’s a good race in a great town (heh – my hometown) put on by a good group.  Want to do the race with me (us)?  Here is my peer pressure in return.  I got my friends to try duathlon this summer.  Can I talk any of you into trying a sprint triathlon with me next summer?  The race is June 26, 2011 and registration opens in December.  Come on…it will be fun!

Speaking of fun.  Have you been following the happenings at Interbike this week?  I’ve been following it via articles at Slowtwitch and DC Rainmaker.  It looks so fun!  I’d love to try some cyclocross or mountain biking in the desert.  Weird, huh, since I don’t really like riding my road bike very much?  Anyway, there’s been lots of bike p0rn this week which I’m sure has been great for Kris!

I Almost Did

I almost worked out last night.  That’s not quite the same as actually working out though is it?  You guys.  I was so tired yesterday.  And even though I went to bed at a reasonable time, I’m equally as tired today.  Levi is almost five months old and on a good night he still gets up twice to eat.   On a bad night (like all of last week when he had a cold and couldn’t breathe through his nose), he’s up 4-6 times (not to eat, just to get replugged with his pacifier).  I haven’t had a decent night’s sleep in almost five months.  It’s catching up to me.  When I was on maternity leave I could sleep in late or take a nap and be human again.  Back at work = no more naps and now that I’m two months back at work it is definitely catching up to me.  I AM SO TIRED.  Even worse is the last two nights I’ve taken it out on the kids and snapped and yelled at them at bed time.  I just want them in bed, sleeping, so I can finally have some down time.  Of course then I just feel awful when they are in bed because of how I treated them.

Anyway, how did I almost work out last night?  I got the kids in bed, put on my work out clothes, grabbed a water bottle and went to the basement.  I turned on the elliptical and the TV (no cable box downstairs so it’s either Netflix streaming on the Wii or DVDs down there).  I went to turn on the DVD player so I could continue to watch a movie I started during a workout last week.  Except the DVD player would not turn on.  I checked that it was plugged in to the outlet strip like the TV, Wii, Stereo and Elliptical is.  It was.  And that is where my resolve gave out.  Instead of figuring out what was wrong, I went upstairs, took off my shoes, laid down on the couch and watched the season premiere of Glee.  When that was over I went upstairs and went to bed.  At 9:45pm. (BTW, Kris went down there and played with it and ended up plugging it in to a different port on the outlet strip and it was working again.  It took him approximately 90 seconds to fix.  I didn’t even have the mental fortitude to do that much troubleshooting.  I was just completely shot.)

I plan to work out tonight and tomorrow night to get my two in for this week.  I also plan to sleep in a little bit tomorrow morning as I’m working from home in the morning so I don’t have to get up as early.  And this weekend, with not much planned, I will get a nap or two in.  I have to catch up on some sleep.  I’m so emotional (crying at the drop of a hat), crabby and depressed that I’m failing right now as a mother, an athlete (*snort*) and most certainly as a wife.  My poor, deeply neglected husband.  Sigh.

Next?

Now that the duathlon is over it’s time to figure out what’s next.  I went for a short run yesterday and it went pretty well.  I wasn’t wearing the Garmin at the time so I don’t know my pace or distance.  It wasn’t very far though because I brought my dog (a boxer) with me and he’s pretty out of shape!  If I can bring him with me though and get him in better shape then I think he’ll be a very good running companion for me, especially if I want to run at night when it’s getting dark out.

Neither Kris nor I have any more races on the calendar though.  Sure, I could continue to just work out for the sake of getting healthy, losing weight, be a good example for my children, etc., etc., but what fun would that be!  I like having another race on the calendar so I have a goal to work towards.  Next year Kris and I want to focus on triathlons but I’d like to maybe throw another half marathon in there too.  I like half marathons.  The distance is far enough for me to feel accomplished but not too far that it takes too much time to train.  And I do have that goal up there to complete a half marathon in sub 10 minute miles and another to complete a sprint distance triathlon.  Maybe I can work to do both next summer!

I think it’s time to go figure out which races we’d like to do next summer, find out when registration starts for those races and get everything on the calendar and some training goals made!  How exciting!  I love this stage of race preparation – it’s one of the times when excitement is highest.

Minneapolis Duathlon 2010 Race Report

It’s been a few days since the Minneapolis Duathlon.  I didn’t rush right over here to tell you all about it because, well, I’m conflicted.  I’m still not sure how I really feel.  On one hand – GO ME!  I did a big race only four months and one day after having a baby.  That right there shows that I have some level of physical fitness.  My body bounced back pretty well from nine months of limited activity to riding my bike for an hour, to running a 5K, to not being a complete couch potato.  Those are all good things.  I’m proud of myself, as I should be.

And yet.  There’s always a but, right?  I’m not 100% pleased with my performance.  I had to walk briefly during my first run.  This was a 5K, 18 mile bike, 5K course and I couldn’t even complete the first leg without taking a break.  I may be doing well on my way back to physical fitness but I’ve got a ways to go yet.  The bike actually went quite well.  I completed 12 miles in 48 minutes which equates to a 15mph bike.  That’s actually as fast or faster than I was biking last summer during my first few duathlons.  Woo-hoo!  Go me!

Wait – 12 miles?  Didn’t I just say the race was an 18 mile race?  Yeah, that’s the part that I’m most conflicted about.  I was only allowed to complete the fun course for the bike (six miles out and back) instead of the full course due to time.  They had a 10:35am cut off time (due to closing roads and city of Minneapolis rules) and if you didn’t reach the fun course turn around point by that time then you were automatically asked to turn around and cut your bike short.  The problem is that my wave (Wave 12) didn’t even leave the starting line until after 9:35am.  Wave 12 was supposed to start at 9:30am but the race director didn’t want too many people out on the course in bunches so he was breaking up the waves into even smaller groups of no more than 35 people.  So, my half of wave 12 was not allowed to start until after 9:35am.  I then had to complete 3.1 (actually 3.2+ according to Kris’s Garmin) miles, a big T1 and 6 miles biking in less than 60 minutes.  If this had been last summer I might have had a shot – might – but this summer?  Nope, it wasn’t going to happen.  I mean, let’s look at the facts – a 10 minute mile pace would have meant 31 minutes running.  Kris estimated a fast transition would have been 2 minutes given the area was so large.  Then biking 6 miles at a 14mph pace is another 26 minutes (22 minutes at a 15mph pace).  If you add up 31 plus 2 plus 26 you get 59 minutes.  59!  An average athlete in wave 12 has BARELY enough time to make that cut off time.  An average athlete in wave 12 has a very good chance of being shorted in this current race format.  Guess what?  I’m not an average athlete right now. I’m a slow athlete right now.  My first 5k was 37 minutes long.  I was running  over 12 minute miles.  If I had been able to maintain a 2 minute transition and the 15 mph on the bike I still would have been at 61 minutes.  I would not have made it.  Instead, it was even worse for me.  The bike racked next to mine kept blowing off the rack and into my bike (I witnessed this happen twice while I was standing nearby).  When I got to T1 I realized that my rear tire would not move, probably from this problem bike hitting mine.  It took two race volunteers and 1 bike mechanic (outside of T1) to fix my bike and get me back on the course.  My T1 time was over seven minutes.  At this point I had almost no chance of making the cut off time.  And I didn’t.  I completed the 12 mile course instead.  I was heartbroken and frustrated and my bad attitude carried over to most of the rest of the day.  My poor husband bore the brunt of that.

Sunday night I contacted someone with the race to express my frustrations.  He offered that next year he would guarantee that me and my friends and relatives could all be in wave 2 together to ensure we had a great race experience.   My frustration only mounted.  I felt like that didn’t really address the root problem at all and he was just trying to placate me.  So I wrote him back and laid it out (nicely – I promise I was nice) – the average athlete can not compete in wave 12 as currently structured.  They are going to get shorted on their races.  I offered up alternatives like ask people for approximate paces during registration to put faster people in later waves, don’t have waves start so close to the cut off or even restrict registration (if worried about crowding on the course) so no wave 12 is needed.  I’m sure that last suggestion will be dismissed as they are trying to go as big as possible.  All I got back was a “thank you for your thoughtful analysis.”  Who knows if they’ll make any changes for next year.  I doubt Kris and I will sign up to find out.  Kris is pretty upset at how they screwed up my race and I’m not very happy with the race or feedback either.  I did receive a finisher’s medal on Sunday but I feel like I have to put an asterisk on this year’s race.  Sure, I completed 3.1 miles on foot, 12 miles on the bike and another 3.1 miles on foot.  But that’s not what I set out to do at the starting line.

Fear

Have I told you about my knee?  Of course I haven’t.  I hardly ever update this pitiful blog.  Well, Sunday night I did 65 minutes on the elliptical.  I’m sort of trying to get ready for this weekends duathlon you know.  Anyway, 65 minutes.  I was feeling pretty good about myself.  My legs were nice and tired but not shot.  I was a sweaty mess.  I had done something at least.  And then Monday morning my right knee started twinging.  You know, twinging.  That’s a word, right?  Anyway, it sort of maybe hurt a little?  Yesterday it was a bit worse and today it’s maybe slightly worse, veering into hurting territory rather than twingy.  It’s not my IT band on the outside of my knee.  It’s under my knee cap and kind of the whole front of my knee.  Have I iced?  Ibuprofen?  Elevated?  No, of course not.  That would make sense.  Instead I’ve not worked out.  I’m sure that will come in real handy on Sunday when I completely suck at the duathlon.  So, yeah.  I’m a little scared about what’s going on with my knee.

But really?  It’s nothing like the fear I have about this duathlon.  I should have signed up for the fun course.  I didn’t know there was a fun course when I signed up but if I had, I probably wouldn’t have signed up for it anyway.  Sigh.  I’m not ready.  Sure, I can ride my bike for over an hour – on the bike trainer.  On a road?  With hills?  Yeah, not so confident.  And sure, I can elliptical for 65 minutes.  But run on a road?  With hills?  Yeah, not so confident.  And doing a run (with will probably take me 40 pitiful minutes) and then biking (which will probably take me an hour and a half) and then running again (another pitiful 40 minutes) is so going to take everything out of me!  My back to work schedule dictates that I’ll be working out at 5am (unlikely!) or at 8:30 or 9pm at night.  Now that it’s dark out at 8:30pm I don’t really want to run outside and obviously it’s not really a great idea to bike on the road when it’s dark either.  Let’s just say the cars in this part of the cities are not too kind to cyclists.  It’s sad really.

Anyway, I’m scared.  My knee is bothering me and I’m going to suck on Sunday.  How’s that for a downer of a post!  Yikes.

I’ve done it. I’ve got a new goal. Well, several actually.

Goal #1 – Don’t go completely jello-like during this pregnancy. Get back to exercising regularly so cardiovascular health and stamina is kept at tolerable levels.

Goal #2 – Make time for myself after the baby is born to get exercise in. This is of course easier said than done when you have two children wanting your attention plus a third infant child who demands your attention. Luckily with Kris home during the days on my 12 week maternity leave I should be able to carve out 1/2-1 hour 3-4 times a week for myself. It’s when I go back to work after the 12 weeks that it will really be a struggle. Ugh.

Goal #3 – Get into good enough shape to race in the 2010 Minneapolis Duathlon on August 29th, 2010. I officially signed up yesterday. (Use the code Champ2 by 11/6/09 and get $4 off the registration fee plus a free bike jersey!!) Kris has a bike jersey already and they are super cool. They’re pretty and I want one too! So now I have one. Well, I’ll have one after they ship it to me. Plus I ordered a medium which is what I fit into in August when I tried one on at packet pick up for the 2009 Minneapolis Duathlon. Now, I’m not going to kill myself to lose enough baby weight to get back down in my medium jersey by the duathlon next summer. But it will be a goal of mine to eventually lose the baby weight and be back in it for the 2011 duathlon. It’s good to have goals, right?

So, those are my goals. Now go sign up for the race so we can all do this together! (A couple friends have already signed up. Kris will sign up and my brother is excited to come to Minnesota to do it as well. The more the merrier! Come on! Do it! Peer pressure!!!)

Minneapolis Duathlon Race Report

I did it. My third duathlon if the summer. The 1st Annual Minneapolis Duathlon is in the books. Did you know it was America’s Largest Duathlon this year? And that if you register for the 2010 event before September 12th (and are one of the first 750 to register) that you can get a Minneapolis Duathlon bike jersey? Even though my racing wasn’t very good yesterday (see below) I’m thinking of signing up for next year’s race now just to get the jersey! It’s a $50 jersey and the race entry fee is $65. That’s practically a steal!

Anyway, race day. It was an early morning. And I had to get the kids up early too. They came along to the race and Gimpy, I mean Kris (I shouldn’t be mean to Kris. He was so sad yesterday to not be able to race. I felt so bad for him.), watched them while Dusty and I were racing. We left the house shortly before 6:30am and arrived on site, found a nearby parking spot (score!) and I was getting my timing chip by 7:10am. Parked my bike in the transition area, used the restroom and was ready to race at 7:15am. My wave went out at 8:15am. I, uh, had some time to kill. So I danced with the kids to the music.

Around 8am Kris and the kids went to the start line to stake out their spot. Dusty found me and we chatted for a bit then Dusty’s wave started at 8:10am. There were 1200 registered participants so they started us in waves of 100. At 8:15am my wave of women took off (age 30-34). Um, they were all faster than me. All of them. I was last of the pack for the first mile or so. Maybe they just started fast because it’s race day and there’s adrenaline and whatever. I chased down a few of them. At least I wasn’t the last of the women when the wave of men that started 5 minutes after me caught up to me and passed me as if I was standing still! Ugh. I was a little slow on the first run. I blame it on all the eating I did the night before at a party. No drinking of course but enough corn and ribs and chips and dessert to slow me down!

Run 1 (5K) time: 33:59 (10:57 pace)

Kris and the kids were waiting to cheer Dusty and I on at each transition. That was so great! As I ran into T1, I had to search for my bike for a bit. There were 1200 registered racers after all! And hey, there were a lot of bikes still there waiting for their riders when I arrived! (At least that’s what I’m going with, not that those bikes were done racing for the day and their rides were off running again…)

I found my bike, grabbed my helmet, took a swig of Gatorade and speed-walked my bike the 1/4 mile to the bike mount area. It was a big transition area.

T1 time: 2:38

And off I went on the bike. Now, I haven’t been on my bike, on the streets, since the last Duathlon in June. Since then I had been training for the half marathon. I’ve been running all summer! After the half marathon I did two or three training sessions on the bike trainer indoors but never rode outdoors. Let’s just say it took me a bit to get the hang of it again. I couldn’t figure out how to place my hands so my wrists wouldn’t hurt. My butt hurt after 5 or so miles. I had 13 more to go! It was exciting watching all the fast people sail by me though on the out and back route. Even more exciting? My slow ass passing other really slow people! I did indeed catch a few! I liked the route – West River Parkway from Broadway to almost Fort Snelling and back. There were a couple hills but I made it up them easy. Shocking really! I even passed one woman on the biggest hill of the course! Score! By mile 10 though I was ready for this bike ride to be done. My butt was sore. I was standing on my pedals whenever I’d hit a small downhill to ease my poor butt. I just wasn’t really enjoying this anymore. But what was I going to do, give up? Unlikely. So I kept pedaling, trying to keep my pace up, my cadence up, hearing Kris in my ear coaching me. I was really glad to see the orange flags up ahead though marking the end of the bike course. I waved hello to the kids and then dismounted and walked my bike back to the rack.

Bike (18 miles): 1:14:47 (14.4mph)

I took my time in the second transition. I walked my bike back. Racked it. Took off my helmet. Took another swig of Gatorade and then walked back out to the start of the run.

T2: 3:25

I could tell this run was not going to go well. My legs were shot after that bike ride. I was not prepared for this race. But as soon as I hit the start line I started jogging. I had to at least try. I jogged for the first mile, hoping my legs would recover from the bike and figure out hey, we’re running again! And I did feel a bit better after that first mile. The first mile is always the hardest. But I was still shot. My right ankle was hurting. My left knee was hurting. My legs were jelly-like. I just didn’t have anything left. So I just jogged. Just keep jogging. Don’t worry about time. I was so happy to see the orange flags marking the finish line. I was so happy to see Kris and the kids and Dusty and even Jon there cheering me on. And I was so glad I was done.

Run 2 (5K) time: 35:23 (11:24 pace)

Overall time: 2:30:09

After the race was over I sat down to stretch my butt (ouch!) and then we grabbed my bike, loaded up the truck and got out of there. I was done and seriously needed a nap!

Hopefully next year I can do a little better. There’s plenty of room to PR this race!

(And Kris did take pictures but I don’t have them off the camera yet and I can’t be bothered tonight to do it. I’d much rather sit on the couch next to Kris and watch the Vikings. Sue me.)

Emergency

Guess what? Kris had his appendix out tonight. Guess who’s not racing in the duathlon on Sunday? Kris!

Guess who will be? Me (probably), Dusty, and Kris’s surgeon! Funny coincidence, no?

Ha!

I say probably for me because I haven’t trained at all this week and am feeling very unprepared. Kris still wants me to do it though and, well, I did pay the $65 entrance fee (so did he) so I might as well. I’m just not feeling it right now.

Reasons! Excuses!

I’ve slacked off lately. I admit it. I haven’t exercised since last Thursday. Wrong! Bad! Lazy! OK, but there’s also reasons! Last Friday was spent new vehicle shopping. And Saturday morning was spent new vehicle purchasing! And then Saturday afternoon was spent driving to Iowa in said new vehicle. And then Saturday night was spent spending quality time with family in Iowa. And then Sunday morning was spent getting the kids ready for church (and nephew’s baptism – our reason for being in Iowa) while Kris went out running and then going to said baptism. Sunday afternoon was spent celebrating said baptism with said family. Sunday evening was spent driving home where we arrived at 9pm and finally got kids in bed by 10pm. There was no time for exercising then!

I could have exercised last night. I didn’t though with no real good excuse. Is being tired an excuse? Well, it is although probably not a good one. What can I say? It was a late night Sunday and an early morning Monday with disrupted sleep due to the two year old. By Monday night I was tired.

I got decent sleep last night though so tonight I will get a bike or run in. Probably a bike on the trainer after the kids are in bed. That’s the plan anyway. I think I’ll go for a run tomorrow and probably another bike on Thursday and then rest Friday and Saturday in preparation for race day on Sunday! Third duathlon of the season coming up!