Tag: Running

Crazy, Long, Torturous Week

September 16, 2017

Hey Everyone,

I cannot believe it is the middle of September, I swear it was January yesterday. But alas, that is not the case, much to my chagrin. Today we are celebrating my oldest boys birthday, so we’ve had a turbulent week and it just got totally thrown sideways. As a relatively OCD person that likes to plan in advance, if I hadn’t had an idea of what was going to possibly ensue, I would have probably had a nervous breakdown. Let’s see what this week brought to the Dopey Challenge Adventure.

09/10- Sunday- Learned from a friend how to do an oil change, after buying the wrong size filter for my car. Who knew there were three different sizes? And then randomly having a game night at their house, where the kids made the biggest popcorn mess in the living room. A vacuum got clogged and then getting stuck with sweeping the entire mess. Kids are since banned from eating popcorn- ever.

09-11- Monday- Worrying constantly about the MRI/MRA for my oldest child the next day and getting him to eat lots of food because he wouldn’t be able to eat until Tuesday afternoon. Also, getting a message from my oldest child’s teacher that I didn’t put enough money in the field trip envelope for both of us to go, so I need to figure out how I’m going to 1)get the money, 2)get it to her on time to still be a chaperone.

09/12- Tuesday- Oldest child having the MRI/MRA and then ending up urinating on himself, and also waking up during the middle of the scans.

09/13-Wednesday- Coordinating with all the guests for the party on Sunday if they are coming and what they are bringing food wise. I never knew how many people don’t answer their phones or don’t look far enough in their schedule to know a week in advance if they can go to an event they were notified about a month ago. It’s done and over with, my son will have a nice birthday party no matter what.

Husband and MIL organizing a pizza dinner and movie for everyone at her house.

My oldest son losing his 2nd tooth right before needing to go to bed, and then figuring out how to come up with money to pay him as the tooth fairy. Last time we got a $5 movie that had been on his wish list. Husband and I only gave him a $1 this time.

09/14- Thursday- It’s my oldest boys 6th birthday!! Oh, how time flies, I remember when he was born. *Cue tears* Super excitement, and craziness ensued that morning with both boys. That afternoon I ordered a cupcake-cake from Wal-Mart. It is where the cupcakes are placed close together and the frosting is smoothed out over all of them as if they were a cake. I would have made it myself, but I’m not the good. The person who was taking the order seemed to have a hearing problem and couldn’t figure out the difference between G, V, and B, and even asked me if I was placing a serious order. Um. . . .yeah, I just totally wasted 45 minutes of my time waiting for you to get on the phone, get your book in front of you, and told you my order for it to be a total fake order because my child’s name isn’t traditional and I called 3 days in advance instead of the night before? Totes fake.

After trying to order a 6ft sandwich for the party from Wal-Mart and being told it would be $150, I’m like, “See ya” and just ordered from Port of Subs ended up being $45, and I got three different types of sandwiches out of the 6ft platter.

09/15- Friday- A pipe burst at the apartment complex so the water got shut off for about 6 hours. So instead of doing dishes on my lunch break, I had to smell nasty dishes for the whole hot day. ***Warning***If you are not mature enough to read about a normal biological activity such as pooping, please skip the ** content. Thank you for your maturity. **And my youngest child wasn’t feeling well after coming home from the daycare and ended up pooping himself, it was an accident because we are allergic to cranberries (in any format) and when we (myself and my boys) consume them we get major diarrhea and vomit. I got a text from the daycare letting me know they had served them on accident and wanted to let me know so we could be prepared but the text came after he had already pooped his underwear.  My youngest knows he shouldn’t be having accidents in his underwear and when it happened he tried to clean it up with toilet paper, but ended up making a mess everywhere in the bathroom. With no running water, it was a horrible experience for everyone.**

My oldest came home from school crying and confused because his substitute teacher wouldn’t allow him to eat the packed lunch for him, telling him that he had to eat the school’s lunch. The school we are designated for 98% of the students qualify for free/reduced lunch, not us because we make $50 too much, so we pack lunches for him. Another text to the teacher to find out what the hell is going on, and I feel bad for her because she had been at a funeral.

09/16- Saturday- Had planned to do my Long run of 12.5 miles on this day because I knew that today was going to be busy with the birthday party before, during and after, Husband decided that he was going to get up early and go to the college and start working on a long and complex paper, so I didn’t get it done.

This is what life brings. Chaos. Love. Fudged up plans. If I hadn’t looked ahead and seen that this last week was going to be jumbled, I would have been super upset, stressed, and probably would have just said, “F this” and just given up. Instead of stressing, too much, I kept going and knew that this is just another hill in the adventure. Albeit, there was a night where I just texted a friend about how life sucks and then got over it the next morning.

As a part of this journey, this is the kind of kink that life will throw at you. Don’t give up. Not on yourself, or your plan, or this adventure. Just keep going. We cannot go anywhere successfully if we give up at every little bump in the road. Instead of just throwing your whole training plan out the window because a week didn’t go as planned, just pick up as if the hick-up had never occurred. Be strong and resilient. I believe in you! This is only 1 week out of 52 in a year, there are 51 other fantastic weeks that will make up for it.

See you on the other side!

 

 

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Angwin to Angwish 2017

Angwin to Angwish 2017

September 5, 2017

Hey, Everyone!

I’ve signed up for my first race towards the Dopey Challenge Adventure. I am super excited!! The race itself is in Angwin, CA, a little town in the middle of Napa Valley that happens to hold my College Alma Mater, Pacific Union Collge (PUC). I graduated in 2015. So I did get a slight discount being an alumnus. Included is a link to register for Angwin to Angwish 2017 race, it is not affiliated so I do not make any money on any of the tickets purchased.

The event itself is a half marathon trail run. It is minutes from St. Helena and Calistoga, CA. You get to see beautiful scenes and meet some amazing people along the way. For some reason though, this race is not as commonly known as the others, the only way I knew about it is because I went to PUC. And it’s not on a common enough running site that makes it easy to find.

Angwin to Angwish

I have been a lucky enough person to race in 2015 the Angwin to Angwish race that was a 10K. It was one of those races that I wish I had passed out after. I trained for maybe 3 weeks before the race, and then went straight for it, and then I couldn’t walk straight for a whole week because I was not prepared. I still finished in 1 hour 45 minutes.

I really want to make this race an annual event because then I can go visit my old college campus, visit with professors that I really miss, and just enjoy the experience. Maybe even experience some of the sights that my family couldn’t experience the whole 4 years we were there because we were poor college students living on student loans, and less than minimum wage jobs. Maybe even eat at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), but not likely (in 5 years, maybe). Even though we didn’t see too many of the sights while we were there, the best part of being at the college was the atmosphere; the people are genuinely happy and interested in your well being.

This year is going to be completely different because I am training towards the event so I shouldn’t feel like dying after. Will post an update after the race. Would love to see you all there, I believe there are quite a few different races for the different levels, and there is plenty of time to train for a race so sign up and just go for it!!

See you on the other side!

 

 

2017 Labor Day Run

2017 Labor Day Run

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Hey Everyone,

Let me just say that the last two weeks have not been easy. There was lots of stress and frustration for both Husband and me. But we made it!!! September is here and we are going to make the most of it no matter what it takes.

It’s Labor Day Weekend, and lots of people get a three day weekend. Yay!! That’s exciting!! Please, everyone, be safe and don’t drink and drive, or set off illegal fireworks.

This morning I was almost going to skip my long run because I stayed up way too late after having friends over for games (never ever play trivia games with my husband, you will lose badly), ate way too much pizza (6 slices) and soda (3- 8 oz cans of 7-Up), and then staying up even longer because I started a mini- weekend project because of the 3 day weekend.

I still did it!! 11 Miles today. And because people seemed to like my pictures, here’s the proof.

09-03-2017 11 Mile run

09-03-2017 11 Mile Pace

As you can see, I started at 7:33 A.M. PST and I rocked it. I’m still slow and steady at a 10:13 min/mile pace. Looking at this picture, you’re probably wondering what that dip is for. No, I did not suddenly die and come back to life. As amazing as that would be to happen. For the love of my husband when I hit the halfway point/I’m coming back home I send him a quick text of the address and that I’m coming back home so that if anything were to ever happen to me, or he was to worry there would be some information to reassure him. By taking the time to do that, it causes my heart rate to drop. I wonder if my heart rate dropping that fast after being elevated for such a long time is a good thing or a bad thing?

I do know that according to my Fitbit information that my VO2 Max is 50-54 which is considered “Excellent” but I’m not a medical professional so I’ll have to trust the information given to me.

After that run, my body feels like it got hit by a cannon filled with cement, especially my hips. My stomach is screaming at me to fill it with sour cream and onion chips smothered with gravy and salt. For some reason, I have a craving for straight salt.  Totally gross. It could also be that I didn’t eat anything before I ran, so I’m at -1,065 calories for the day.

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Looking at my face after my long run, I had that look of I just ran 11 miles, I forgot how to speak, so do not ask me.

I am really starting to see some definition in my abdomen, upper arms, and upper back muscles. And every Thursday I’ve been going to Body Combat at my gym for the last couple of weeks so that’s some great cross training going on to add to my overall fitness routine.

For the entire month of September Husband and I planned out what meals we are going to have, including leftover days. It is a lot easier than doing a long run on Sunday, blog post, planning a list for food for the week, shopping for the food, meal prepping for the week and still managing to do all the laundry at the laundromat all in one day. Much easier this way because the list is made Saturday night. Plus, I’ve added a surprise that’s going to happen in a couple of weeks when it comes to food. Something about buying large quantities of food. . .

If you are just starting on this journey with me, or have been with me from the beginning, it’s never too late to join in. The Dopey Challenge isn’t going to be until January of 2020, so you have a bit of time to prepare yourself. Also, you do not have to do all four races by any means. You could set your goal to do the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, or have it be your very first Marathon. Any and all fitness levels are more than welcome to come along. We can all learn from each other. Let’s all be Dopey together!

Laundry is calling my name.

See you on the other side!

 

September 2017 Training Calendar

Hey Everyone,

I hope you can see this picture clearly. I am not savvy enough on how to figure out how to get a document to come up with one month on one page. For some reason, I end up with a PDF of my whole possible training schedule.So I do it the hard way, take a picture with my iPad mini of the month I’m going to be working on, then upload the picture to the blog. If you know how to help me, I would be much obliged by your helpfulness.

September 2017 training Calendar

September is starting to ramp up for me because it is the month before the Federal Open Enrollment that starts in October. I will touch on that a little later.

Sundays in Red (09/03 and 09/17) are my super long runs: I will go out on the streets and

Map

take a run. Included is a street route that I’m going to take. I know that the route shows that it is already only going to be about 10.4 miles (down and back) but this route has some corners. I don’t take the most direct route because unfortunately, traffic is a thing.

Sundays in Blue (09/10 and 09/24) are my recovery weekends where I hit the street and take an easy pace and just relax.

Tuesdays in Green are my speed days where I work on my pace work, I might even try some cross training class at my gym. It’s supposed to be a whole body cross training class that uses nothing but my body as weight, and I am most likely going to be exhausted.

Thursdays in Purple are my Hills. The day of the week where I push myself to my limits. And oh my goodness do my legs hurt after those hills. Who knew that the treadmill could go at a 15% incline? I found that out two weeks ago.

Fridays in Yellow are my variety day where I set the treadmill up for variety and just go at the best pace for the incline, I also try to push my race pace, to be fast than usual so there is some resistance.

This is the tentative schedule for September. Sometime during this month my oldest child is going in for a much-needed eye surgery and will need some of my Mommy’s TLC for a couple of days. When that happens, I will try to stick to my schedule, but my kids are always a priority. What might happen is that when it comes time to do my workout I will take my youngest to do his swim lessons (I will do my workout), and my husband will stay home with our oldest. It’s a strong possibility, but we shall see what happens as it comes to pass.

September is also the month before I do a race!! Dun, dun dun. . . I will also be talking later about my first official Dopey Challenge race that is in preparation for the Dopey Challenge in January 2020.

If you are just joining me for this Adventure, congratulations!!! I am so glad to have you here!! This journey is not going to be easy. It’s going to be long, strenuous, and just plain crazy, but no one ever said pushing one’s body to the limits was sane.

See you on the other side!