Wednesday, June 27, 2012

shoes and shorts

There is this pair of denim shorts that are my "comfortable" shorts. I wear them all the time, they are my summer staple item. And I haven't been able to wear them since 20 weeks pregnant.

And although they are still snug in the thigh area:

They are ON!!!! These are from gap, size 4. and they are ON!!!!! (am I standing weird there?)

I'm been yo-yo-ing 2 pounds for the last 3 weeks. I'll lose 2 pounds over the week and then gain it back on the weekend. rinse and repeat.

This last weekend I was sick and tired of being SO. CLOSE. to my goal and not getting there so I was determined to maintain my weight loss over the weekend, and I did it! This morning I am down to 124.6 pounds(2.6 lbs to go!), and I'm noticing that my tummy is losing that last little bit of bulge under the belly button. yahoo!


Okay, so I have been drooling and coveting this pair of running shoes for the last 8 months or so. And they finally went on sale. So I got them. And I'm freaking in love.

Brooks Glycerin 9. love.
 (how come I look thinner in that picture than the other one?)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Ignite 5K

I didn't die!!!!

But it was close.

The Good: I was excited for this race and did specific speed work in preparation for it during the last month.

I had on okay night's sleep, got there in time, picked up my bib and chip and was ready to rock on the front line.

 Oh, can't see me??

My husband and 4 little kiddies were parked at the corner to cheer me on and when I saw them that first time I was overwhelmed by the love I feel for all of them. Watching them cheer for me and be so excited that their mommy is doing something like this brought tears to my eyes. Literally.

I tried to not let the sprinters at the beginning make me feel the need to power out of the gate, but I when I checked my watch at about .6 miles in I was running at 7:55!!! Rein it back in!!!!

Mile 1 @ 8:07 (my 1 mile PR is 7:50)

The Bad - It started 25 minutes late. (booooo) it was 80 degrees and 90% humidity. I was sweating BEFORE the gun went off. Knowing that mile 1 was that fast I just knew I would blow up at the end if I wasn't careful. My average heart rate for the entire race was 192. oh yeah, I was hurting.

(not so happy in the above picture, I was in serious pain)

I WALKED at the mile 2 water stop to get a good drink and dump water on my head/shoulders/back/front.  I was really having a hard time focusing and was starting to get dizzy. I started burping and wanted to throw up a little.

Mile 2 @ 8:47

The Unexpected - every 10 seconds during that third mile I was telling myself, "just walk a little" "NO, just run to that sign...that corner...that tree" "it doesn't hurt as bad as you think" "you are fine" "you're going to puke" "you can do this" "what were we thinking?!" "why do we keep doing this to ourselves?" etc. This was one of the biggest mind games I've ever dealt with. 

I felt my form going to crap and tried to slow down without walking, I felt like I was barely moving when mile 3 clicked at 9:18.

I really tried to kick it at the end but only mustered up an 8:45 pace for the last .13 (little long).

Total of 27:21 for 3.13 miles (8:44 pace). I MADE MY GOAL even with the heat!!!!!! Can you imagine what I can do in 20 degrees cooler weather?!

TMI - after I crossed the line and they took my chip, I tried to find somewhere to lay down since everything was spinning. Then I laid down and tried to breathe and felt my shorts get wet. That's right, I had no bodily control WHATSOEVER and peed in my shorts a little. What the...?! Is that because I've had 4 kids or because my muscles gave up? I poured a water bottle over my head and tummy so that everything was wet and no one could tell.

Oh, and the shirts aren't bad for such a little race.

Official Time -  27:21
Overall place - 32 out of 165
Age group place (30-39) - 3 out of 35 <-------AGE GROUP PLACEMENT!!!!

But only first place got the medals. :(

Thursday, June 21, 2012

a little scared

In less than 48 hours I will be racing in a local 5K. My training plan that I've done in the last 4 weeks have prepped me for a 27:25 finishing time which I was very confident that I could pull off.

Until 2 days ago.

There is a forest fire blazing away 50 miles from here and the wind is bringing all the smoke into our town creating hazardous air conditions.

In addition, it got crazy humid and will probably 80 degrees during the race. I don't run well in the heat.

So here are my ABC's.

Goal A: hit or smash my 27:25 (8:50 pace) finishing time goal creating at least a 37 second PR for me. If this happened I would be THRILLED.

Goal B: stay under 28:39 finishing time which was my time at my last race in March. I'd be bummed but not too upset because of race conditions.

Goal C Not a goal but aware that this is possible: not walk and stay under 30 minutes total. I would be SO upset if this happened, but sometimes things just don't go your way.

Plus, it would be nice if I don't throw up.

Monday, June 18, 2012

The belt

I promised I would show you my newfangled swim contraption. Since I don't have a lap pool anymore to swim in, and the creek frequently gets jellyfish in it (yikes), I needed to be creative about how I would get my swim training in.

Enter the pool belt.

This is the exact one I have. It was only $18 and you can buy one HERE.

My 7 year old daughter is now taking pictures. Be aware.

on the smallest setting the belt fits me perfectly and there is quite a bit of extra slack that could accommodate a larger waisted person.

because I tie my belt to a diving board, the strap was not long enough so I used some retired climbing rope to make it longer.

Works like a dream!!

The strap is nice and tight and you could use this thing in a SMALL pool.

Do you think I'm wussy swimming in this pool when you see that nice and inviting creek in the background??

Well, in my defense:

oh yeah, we found that jellyfish 2 days ago.

Here's a closer look.

I'm out of the creek until the next rainstorm!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Double digits

I'm waiting for someone to say it. And maybe I'm just reading the wrong blogs or something but running 10 miles is a LONG. FREAKING. WAY.

That's right. I said it.

It's HARD to run 10 miles. You will be sore. Your feet will hurt and your muscles will feel tight you will want to eat and eat and eat and sleep and sleep and sleep.

People will think you are crazy.

You might chafe. it's not fun.

you will sweat and it will stink.

You might experiment with Gu flavors and want to throw up a little.

you will perhaps spill red gatorade on your white workout top.

you could move out of the way from cars and worry about snakes in the grass.

your heart rate might possibly soar to 190 by the end.

And you won't regret any of it because you will be so dang proud of yourself. I know I am.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Before and After - 17 pounds

You can click on the picture to make it bigger.

What I notice the most in the picture on the far left and the far right (same shirt), is how much smaller my waist is! The pic on the left I was hiding my tummy gut with that sign because I was so embarrassed.

The "now" picture on the right, I'm noticing that I have a little bit of a tan (yipee!), and the muscle tone is coming back in my legs. My thighs and hips are still a little too generous for me right now, so I'm looking at losing another 5 pounds and I should be good!

Just so we are clear, I've had FOUR kids. I have been pregnant and given birth four different times. I am not naturally thin. If I don't exercise and eat right, I gain weight very quickly. It CAN be done. It isn't easy, but it's possible.

I'm looking forward to the final "after" picture!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

creepy critters

After seeing a bajillion jellyfish in the creek (can you call this a creek?), I got scared off and started swimming in my neighbor's pool with a pool belt. (pics to come later)

THEN, a tropical storm blew in, it rained a bunch, the tide changed and pulled all the jellyfish out to sea. And so I decided to swim with the fishies again.

(can you see him jumping? right in the middle of the screen. oh, and it's 5:50am)

True story.

This here is my neighbor swimmy buddy, Megan. She is 15. She is as fast as I used to be which is sad.(?) I was once a really good swimmer. I'm still better than most triathletes out there but I'm just not where I used to be.


It's SO much less scary doing open water when there is someone swimming with you. 
I'm hoping all these OWS (open water swims) are helping me for the triathlon in 3 months!

Monday, June 11, 2012

2nd time in my life

That I've run 9 miles.


The first time was in the fall of 2010 when I was training for my FIRST half marathon. And then I got pregnant, put on bed rest, and had a baby.

Enter 2012 and marathon training.

It was an AMAZING run. Where I had in my clutches the ever elusive "runner high".

I didn't feel as though I was going fast but the miles were clicking by faster and faster and I knew I could keep going. swoon. It's days like those that make running worth it!

I also got to try out my new fuel belt for the first time.

I was worried that it was going to bounce around and the sloshy water would bug me but I didn't notice it at ALL. I highly recommend this belt. It's this one.

However, I found mine at Ross(??) for $6!!!! I know! I wear the small and my waist is 27.5 inches at the narrowest if that helps with sizing. Plus, I can fit some Gu and my iphone in the pouch and not notice it at all. I was also nervous that the velcro would loosen up and fall off but I am pleasantly surprised at how strong the hold is. 

Really encouraged about running in general and that I might actually be able to not keel over and die during a marathon!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


So I had an interesting conversation yesterday with a group of ladies while we were at a small birthday party.

Allow me to set the scene.

There is ice cream and a cookie cake thingy and as I was eating my pieces I said something to the effect of, "well, I already had brownies earlier so I might as well eat more garbage since today is shot."

And then several people commented that they would love to look like me, wear my clothes, etc. (I was the smallest person there, but that doesn't always happen)  I did had 2 friends tell the other ladies that if they ran 6 miles a day, they could eat cookies and look like me too.

And that's when it happened.

The other ladies started saying things like they wanted to look like me but don't want to work out.
So I suggested that they didn't have to work out and they could lose weight by eating less than 1300 calories a day.
Instantly I heard, "I don't want to do that." "I hate counting" "that doesn't sound fun", etc.
So I said, okay, well then you can replace every beverage you drink with water.
And then it was all, "I can't live without my mountain dew!" "not my monster drinks!" "but I drink diet!"


I told Dave about it later and he said that people don't really want to know the truth about how to change because they don't want to change. And also that they DO know what to do. They just don't want to do it.

This was an incredibly frustrating situation for me.

Don't complain about it to me if you don't care enough to change. The end.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Are you lucky?

Goals check-in.
  • Run a 5K under 27:30 (8:50 pace) 5K in March - 28:39, Ignite 5K June 23 - 3 weeks to go!
  • Have a baby. (hahaha) He's almost 5 months old and adorable.
  • Get down to my "happy weight"at 122 pounds.Weighed in at 126.2 this morning, I'm thinking I could hit 120 and be at a great racing weight.
  • Biking speed averaging 18 mph. 16.9 so far. doing well!
  • Do an olympic distance triathlon. no time goal although I would LIKE to break 3 hours. registered and nervous!
  • Complete my marathon in under 4:30. This one may need to change a little since I'm doing this marathon with my dad. He's averaging 11 - 11:30 minute miles right now and I wanted to do it with him. That would have us finishing around 4:45-ish. We'll see how his fitness improves over the next few months.
  • Find another 10K and break 58 minutes.
  • Run 800 700 miles for the year.  Ran 78.92 miles in May! 251.4 miles total for 2012. 

::enter soapbox::

As I was slogging through my 8 mile run this morning, I kept hearing in my head all the people who tell me how "lucky" I am that the baby weight falls off. How "lucky" I am that I can have 4 kids(?!) and still be thin. How they would kill to be as "lucky" as me. (seriously, I hear it all the time)

At the risk of offending someone, I'm going to be brutally honest.

All those comments really piss me off.

-Being lucky doesn't have anything to do with me waking up at 4:30 in the morning to nurse my not quite 5 month old baby BEFORE going out to run 8 miles so he won't be cranky while I'm gone. 
-Luck doesn't enter my mind when I'm passing on the cookies/candy/ice cream and eating broccoli instead. 
-As I work my way through my speed work days when my heart rate hits 193 and sweat is pouring into my eyes and I'm icing my knees and making sure my recovery food is high in protein and low in calories, luck is the last word on my mind. 
-Counting calories? That's not luck. It's straight up math.

In short, I work REALLY hard to get back in shape every time I have a child. And when all my efforts are discredited by others when they casually brush aside my work with the "L" word, it irritates me. I say we don't use the word anymore, since we rarely see the whole picture.

::off soapbox now::

You tell me, what really gets on YOUR nerves?