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Getting my run on.

Archives for September, 2010

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.

Fail!

Fail!  I did not get a workout in this weekend.  We were busy!  OK, that could be said for Saturday.  Kris had to work in the morning and then in the afternoon he and I went on a date (our first since Levi was born) and went to the Gopher – USC football game.  It was a wonderful afternoon together, complete with hand holding!  And when we went to go pick up the kids we stuck around for a couple hours visiting with Nana and her friends.  We didn’t get home until almost 10pm and by that time I was not going to get a workout in.  And yesterday was, well, just lazy.  We had church and a visit from my dad but after that it was simply family time watching football, playing with the kids and spending time together.  I could have got a workout in yesterday but I didn’t.  That was completely my fault.  Please don’t throw stones!  I’ll get in a workout tomorrow night.  I promise!

Did you know that September 2010 is the first ever National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month?  I didn’t until today.  It’s sad we have to have a whole month dedicated to this.  Our country is so out of control as a whole that this generation of kids could be the first to have an expected life span that is shorter than their parents?  We’re literally killing our kids.  Disgraceful.  Kris and I try to eat healthy foods, have vegetables and fruit daily, exercise often and tell our kids exactly why we’re exercising (to keep us healthy – it doesn’t have anything to do with vanity – no talk of being fat or not fat, no talk of sizes, it’s all about the health aspect).

MacDaddy had a good post today about this topic which is what brought this to my attention.  I don’t know that we’ll take advantage of the 24 Hour Fitness offer he mentions at the end of his post but Kris and I will for sure keep doing the things we’re already doing while also encouraging our kids to exercise (via kids fun runs, outdoor play, etc.) and continually improving the quality of our foods (organic, grass fed beef, pasture raised pork and chicken, locally grown produce, whole wheat pastas, etc.).

Night 2

So far, this accountability thing is working.  I know it’s still new.  The novelty is bound to wear off.  But whatever.  Maybe by then it will be a habit, ya know?  Anyway, night 2 is complete.  I was on the elliptical again, this time for 35 minutes.    It’s something at least.  And I had company this time!  Kris was down there playing Wii and James was watching him as was I.  That made the time go much faster!

So, have you heard of Zumba?  I received an e-mail tonight  from Annika’s dance studio saying they’re going to start offering Zumba classes for adults two nights a week and Saturday afternoons.  I’d never heard of it so of course I had to go to YouTube!  Go take a look.  It looks fun although I have little rhythm.  Maybe I should try this out in the privacy of my own home with some of those YouTube videos as my “instructor.”  Kris said it looks like “group clubbing.”  You know, without the sweaty, gross, drunk men hitting on you and stuff.  Ha!

No Need To Yell

I did it.  Night One of Accountability is a success.  I was on the elliptical tonight for 32 minutes.  I still hate the elliptical as I don’t feel it’s a hard enough work out but my legs feel tired and my heart rate was at least a bit elevated (not sure how high as I was not wearing a HRM) so whatever – good enough.  Maybe next time I’ll wear the Garmin just for the HRM feature so I can see if I’m getting a decent work out or not.  However, I think on Thursday I’ll bike on the trainer.  I have to keep my spinning legs – can’t let go of those over the winter or I’ll have a hard time getting ready for duathlons and triathlons next summer!

Speaking of peer pressure…OK, so we weren’t.  Bear with me.  I do like it when my friends try to talk me into doing races together.  It’s fun to all be signed up together, hang out together at the race, etc.  I’m still not sure I’ll sign up for the Monster Dash though.  There’s a local race benefiting our school district the same day with a cheaper entrance fee that I might do instead.  They also have a fun run for kids that I was thinking of seeing if Annika would want to do.  I’ve lost the info on that (maybe I read it in the local paper last week?) so I need to go searching for it.  Anyway, I’ll work out so that I can decide for sure later if I’m doing a race and which it will be.

Speaking of Annika…OK, so I actually was a little bit that time.  Annika keeps asking me why my belly is still big.  This weekend she even asked me if I was pregnant again.  (BTW – I’m not.  Heh.)  Now I know I have about 15 pounds to lose yet to reach my pre-baby weight but I was really hoping I at least didn’t still look pregnant.  Granted, she’s six.  And stomach height.   So I’m not dwelling on it.  I just tell her that it takes a long time for bellies to go back down and that I’m eating healthy foods and exercising to help it shrink faster.  But, you know, it would be nice if her cute, sweet, innocent six year old self would keep her mouth shut! :)

Peer Pressure

After that last post the peer pressure was cranked up a notch!  I have a bunch of friends doing a half marathon, 10 mile run or 5K together at a local race in late October.  And they’d all like me to do the race with them.  Ah, isn’t that sweet!  No!  It’s peer pressure!  :)

There’s no way I’d be ready for a half marathon by then and I’m not even sure I could squeak out a 10 mile run.  I do think I could do a 5K but that’s of course only if I get my butt off the couch.  I have not been working out much lately.  Is it post race let down?  Is it new school year craziness?  Is it the 4 month old who doesn’t sleep through the night and routinely needs me to feed or re-pacifier him during the night?  Like every 1.5-3 hours?  I’m tired people!

Anyway, I need some accountability.  My nutrition is generally fine.  I’m not going too crazy-out-of-control on anything.  However, my weight is holding steady in the low 160′s and I’d like to push it over the edge into the 150′s.  So, I’m going to use you guys.  I’m stating here that I will work out Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday morning for a minimum of 30 minutes until it becomes routine.  It might be on the elliptical, on the bike trainer, doing a DVD work out, going for a run in the dark with my dog, whatever.  It will be 30 minutes of me not being on the couch in front of the TV or at the desk in front of the computer after the kids go to bed.

And I’ll come here every Wednesday and Friday morning and Saturday sometime to tell you if I worked out or not. And if I didn’t, I’ll tell you why.  Maybe I can use peer pressure for good!

I know three times a week isn’t much but it’s all I can commit to right now.  Three kids, a husband who works in the evenings and Saturday mornings and busy weekends just take a lot of time!  But if I don’t take this time for myself then I won’t get any workouts in – see the last two weeks.  There’s always something else I find to do, even if that is mindlessly zoning out in front of the computer because I’m so tired.  I can do 30 minutes though.  I can.

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.