Monday, September 18, 2017

Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me


You prepare as much as you possibly can.

You train, train, train.

You spend hours on a treadmill or running loops in your neighborhood.

You do all that and still, come race day, you have to leave certain things up to the Universe.

Mainly, the weather.

The weather on Sunday was hot and sunny. A lovely day to spend at the pool or at the beach with the family. A horrid day to spend running loops on an island with ZERO breeze, humidity, and limited shade.

You know it's bad when the course marshals send medics out on bikes with gallon jugs of water. After I finished, there was an ambulance heading out on the course. Sending good vibes out into the universe for that person. When I got in my car after the race, the outside temp was 84 degrees.

The photo is not blurry. That is, in fact, the haze.
Was it a tough race? Absolutely.

Did I have fun? I sure did.

Was it my fastest half? Nope.

Does that matter? Not. At. All.

I got to see my boys and cross the finish line with them. I got to listen to Hamilton and run along Belle Isle which was lovely. It was hot and sunny and miserable, but I did it and I am just happy about the training cycle and the run.

Note to self: Only run races in March and November from here on out.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Getting It Done

No idea where August went, but it's gone and now we move on to September.

I run my half marathon next Sunday. I'm excited for it. I feel properly trained. I haven't missed that many runs. In fact, I seemed to struggle the most this PAST week. I think it was a combo of school starting, work struggling, and life.

I got my last long run of my training cycle in. Funny story, I was supposed to do twelve miles. But, life (IE TWIN BOYS) intervened. I got 10.37 miles in and that will just have to be enough. This week I do 4 miles on Tuesday, a thirty minute tempo run on Wednesday, and 2 miles Thursday and that's it until race day.
When your treadmill only goes in 60 minute cycles you do what you have to to get it done
Did I lose all the weight I wanted to before this race? Nope. Did I still buy my Wonder Woman outfit? You can bet your sweet ass I did. I'll post pics on race day.

I joined a Back to School Biggest Loser challenge. Here's hoping I can stick to it this time. NO, not hoping. I'm going to stick to it. End stop. Whew.

Hope your end of summer was great and you are ready to kick butt this fall!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

We Hope You Understand Your Wish is Our Command

For some reason I can't motivate myself to get up in the morning to do my runs. I need to get back to that. Our pool closes on Labor Day and I REALLY want to get some swimming in before it does. Come on, Meg, move your butt.


This week was fun. Something big happened on Monday. Was there something going on? Having to do with the sun? Who knows. We didn't get totality in MI, but it was cool to see it get a little grey out. The boys came up to see me at work since there are welding shields where I work.
"I see the moon!"

Then Monday evening I auditioned for Annie at one of our community theatres. I don't know how much I post about the failed auditions, but I have had a few of those. Singing makes me nervous, much more so than acting. When you don't get cast in a part you really want, it can be pretty heartbreaking. It also makes me feel like maybe I'm not that good. Yet, I keep auditioning. Why do I do that to myself?!?

Well, Tuesday, they posted the cast list and I got the part of Grace. If you're not familiar with the show, Grace is Daddy Warbucks' secretary. She gets some songs and I bet I get some dancing, too. Which is great. At the audition we spent about 20 minutes working on and doing a dance for the director/choreographer and it was awesome! Very Fosse, and yet also doable for a woman (me) who has zero dance skill.

I had every intention of doing my Tuesday run on Tuesday. Then I had a kid who didn't want to go to bed. By the time he was asleep I was starving. I can run on an empty stomach, but I knew if I tried to run when I was that hangry hungry it would be miserable. Which is how I ended up doing my Tuesday run on Wednesday. It counts as long as you do it!

Four more long runs until the half marathon! I ordered the outfit I'm going to wear for it so I can get at least one or two runs in with it to make sure it's comfortable. I'll share pics and links when I have it.

Hope your week has been great so far!

Monday, August 21, 2017

All This Whinin' and Cryin' and Pitchin' a Fit Get Over It

You know your weekend is going be a good one when you start out like this:
Double margaritas!
This should come as a surprise to NO ONE but I didn't do my scheduled Saturday run. Because see above picture showing how I spent my Friday evening.

Funny enough, it wasn't even the booze that did it. On Friday I did the weight workout I was supposed to do on Thursday. And somehow I strained my shoulder muscle. It hurt like the dickens when I walked and I wasn't about to torture myself for a run. Thankfully, by Sunday it had mellowed out enough for me to run.

Ten miles on the treadmill on Sunday. Here's how I accomplished that. My treadmill has a max time of 60 minutes. Here was my first sixty:
Then I started again. Stopped after two miles to wrangle a kid in the middle of a meltdown. Got back on it. By then I had paused it so long it reset itself, but I rounded DOWN to two miles, even though I know I was past the two mile mark. Got back on the treadmill. Made it over a mile before I needed to help get the kids breakfast. Paused it again. Stayed away so long it reset itself. Again, rounded up just because I couldn't remember how far over a mile I was. Got BACK on the treadmill and finished out with a 2.5 miles. All of this done at a 13 minute/mile pace.

I figure I deserve all the extra credit in the world for getting back on the damn treadmill every time I was forced to stop. My 2 hours and 10 minutes of running took me almost three hours with all the stops.

But, it's done. And I felt pretty good.

The downside to a treadmill run? My phone thinks I was sitting on my ass the whole time.
Gee, thanks, phone.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I Come Running Home to You

Week Ten
Weekly weigh-in: -0.4 pounds
Pounds to go: 49

My swimming has officially ended. I'm sad. I really did enjoy the classes, even if I did bitch and moan occasionally complain about the early wake up.

The swim coach very kindly stopped me as I was leaving. I have to leave about fifteen minutes before the rest of the class. So, he stopped me and told me what an improvement I had made since the start of the class and how impressed he was with me and my whole lane (aka the Turtle Lane). It was very nice of him to say that and I left looking forward to next summer.

I've been researching Masters Swims in various swim clubs in the area. I could join the Y and I honestly may end up doing just that. But, it would be nice to get an organized workout in a few days a week. I sent an email to one. The term Masters doesn't mean a master of the sport, but the age. Even with that, I just finished a Masters Swim and I was clearly one of the slowest swimmers there. I don't want to sign up for one, pay a bunch of money, and feel like garbage and that I'm holding people back. That's not a good feeling AT ALL. We'll see what the swim club has to say about that.

As for my weight loss. Meh. I didn't lose any in July, but I found some momentum once August hit. I'm seeing the scale slide slowly down. I have to remind myself over and over: it's not a sprint, it's a rest of your life marathon.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Now I Know I Can Be Happy as a Clam

Proof that I really do get up that early to swim. Hello, Moon!
It's getting darker and darker in the mornings. I've decided--at least for the rest of the month--I will just swap my swimming and running. Since class will be over, I'll run in the mornings and swim laps at night.
And it's that light by the time I'm done swimming.
I haven't been in the pool around 5 (when I get home from work) so I don't know how busy the lanes are. I guess I'll find out.

Today's workout (for my own records):
250 warm-up
16 x 25 kick sprints
12 x 25 freestyle sprints (1st and 2nd focus on stroke, 3rd sprint)
3 x 50 freestyle sprints on the 1:20

I leave about ten minutes before cool down so I miss out on finishing up the last set. I did three, most of the people there probably end up doing ten.

I'm really packing on the running mileage now. I cannot stress how much I hate speedwork. But, speedwork makes the dream work, right? I've got a time goal and I am going to hit that goal!

I've already done strength training once this week. Gotta buckle down and make sure I get to it tomorrow night as well.

Monday, August 7, 2017

So Let's Dance the Last Dance

So starts my last week of early morning swimming outdoors.

Not going to lie, I'm going to miss it.

It's interesting to compare my fitness level from when I first started to now. I can barely do the sprint workouts the coach throws out at us while staying on the interval. When I first started I was taking ten seconds rest because I couldn't even make the intervals. I am also able to keep ahead of or pass the people in the next lane over, at least when start at the same time. Yes, I know it isn't a race. But, since we are set up by skill level, with the fastest swimmers at Lane One and getting slower until you get to me in Lane Eight, it is nice to know I can at least beat Lane Seven.

Today's workout:
150 free warm up
16 x 25 sprints kick of choice
16 x 25 sprints stroke of choice
2 x 100 stroke of choice, sprinting one 25 out of each 100

The last part of the workout I was able to get two in before I had to leave. Thank goodness I'm not working early this week. It's nice to be able to do most of the workout!

Running slipped a little this weekend. I was supposed to do six on Sunday, but had family time instead.
How can I turn down a chance to hang with these two?
 I'm OK with that. I'll just adjust and do my six tonight on the treadmill with Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood to keep me company.