Sunday, November 22, 2009

My, Oh, My!

So, here's the story...

Thursday I was actually able to run.


Me, I got to run! I was able to run without dying! AWESOME!

I ran 2 very slow, very ugly, very difficult miles, but it was nothing short of perfect bliss!

Saturday, I was able to crank out another 5 miles. Still a little rough, but it felt oh so good!

I'm hoping for 3 or 4 on Monday and 6 on Tuesday. I think I may take a break on Wednesday and Turkey Day since my family is coming to visit. Then crank out another few on Friday and maybe 8 or 9 on Saturday...maybe, just a thought. All I know is that I am a happy camper! :)

So...Turkey Day...

This is the first time I've cooked a Thanksgiving Dinner in my own home! My mom and little brother are coming to visit. It's going to be a nice, chill Thanksgiving just the 5 of, brother, bf, myself, and of course the pupster!

the pupster (Winston)

My menu will consist of...
  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Salad
  • Corn
  • Zucchini & Yellow squash
  • Carrots
  • Homemade Cranberry Sauce (courtesy of my mom)
  • Biscuits
  • Pumpkin Pie or Cheesecake

if you haven't already...take your turkey out of the freezer and put it in the fridge!

I'm very excited...should be awesome!

So...since I got the swine, haven't been able to run, and ate a lot of comfort foods while sick (aka - high carb and processed foods) my weight loss situation has been MIA. order to jump start myself back into training shape to lose more weight, I've come up with a new plan...

While looking for Once a Runner, the book I talked about last post, I found Boxing Shadows by W. K. Stratton with Anissa "The Assassin" Zammarron. I saw the photo on the cover, saw it was written by "The Assassin"...light bulb went on...starting jumping up and down (yes in the middle of Barnes and Nobles)...with a huge hasp blurted out "OMG! Do you know who this is? Do you KNOW who this IS?" To which the bf replied... "No, but I'm guessing you do?" "OMG this is the 2 time woman's world champion that fights at my gym...this is about THE Assassin, from my gym, the girl that fights at my gym, the GYM I BOX AT! OMG OMG, this is so freaking cool...MUST BUY!"

I was so super excited if you couldn't tell. I didn't even know she was working on a book, but I flipped out, then calmed down to stop the stares, and marched my happy butt up to the checkout line!

I've started reading it and LOVE it!!!!!

In the first chapter (which is why I got on this tangent) she writes about her diet. She explained that different from her male counter parts, she hates playing the "weight game" for fights. Most male boxers struggle to get down to their fighting weight and end up starving themselves or going through crazy regimes to lose that extra few pounds before a prizefight. Instead, she keeps herself at her fighting weight as much as possible. Her diet (which I am adopting) consists of: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean meats. She stayed away from fried food, sweets, and soda. She also allowed herself 1 beer a day, which she feels helped her sleep (boxers need more sleep to recover) and helped her body recover.

Since my 3rd half marathon is 2 weeks from today, my 4th is about 11 weeks away, and my 1st full marathon is shortly after that, I need to get seriously serious about my diet along WITH my exercise.

I can't wait to start boxing again. It's on my schedule for Tuesday, December 8 (the Tuesday after my next half marathon).

So, there it is folks...I hope you all are doing well!

PS - I will probably be sharing the epic awesomeness my bff and I have conjured up after the race...still waiting on a few things to be finalized! :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

the plan of attack

Forgive me if the title offends you...both my parents are former Marines. I was raised on cadences, Marine alphabet (Alpha, Beta, Charlie, etc), military time, and have these little sayings like "plan of attack" and "zero dark thirty" in my vocab like it's second nature...

So, since I'm in a funk and can't really run, I've decided to do something I can about running! I bought Runner's World Complete Book of Women's Running months ago, and have used it as a "guide" or "reference" but haven't actually read it from start to finish, so I'm go it! I am also going to head to the book store tomorrow and purchase Once a Runner by John L. Parker. I've heard it's a great book for competitive runners of all levels.

Also - to help me have fun and relax for my next half marathon, my bff and I are conjuring up some epic awesomeness that I will fill you all in on soon! We are quite the saucesome duo, so you can expect something fierce from us! Details to follow once everything is finalized! Hint - my favorite Redheaded Runner gave me an idea and I went with it...

Gonna try for a treadmill run tomorrow. If that doesn't work, I'm going to go with my 2 favorite Mels' ideas... Tall Mom and 2nd Chances suggested I try the lifecycle!

PS - since I'm just going crazy with my bloggy shoutout...thanks so much to the ladies mentioned above and to Lisa and Busy Running Mama for your encouragement! It means a lot and made me smile! :)

Monday, November 16, 2009

15 days, and unfortunately, counting...

It's been 15 days since my last run, and unfortunately, counting...

I feel like a part of me is missing.

I set out to run today after work. My cough has mellowed out a little bit, my body doesn't ache anymore, and all around, I was feeling about a 90%. I kept thinking "Finally, finally I'll be able to get back out there. I'm itching to run. I can't wait to feel that pavement under my running shoes. Can't wait to get in the rhythm of the music, and just run!"

I got out there, did a brisk walk for a warm up, then cranked the tunes, and went for it. I started a pretty slow but steady pace. I was in absolutely no rush and had no time goal whatsoever. I was just hoping to run/walk 3 miles (5 if I felt up to it). I made it across the bridge of my trail just fine (only about .2 miles, but still!).

Wow, this is awesome. I feel pretty good, I love the wind in my hair, sun on my face, dirt scuff up around me. Ahhhhh....perfect! I'm back!

Until... *cough* *cough* *cough* -- so bad I had to come to a walk. The cough got worse, and I couldn't breathe. I had to stop all together just to let my lungs gasp for the air that they were so violently forcing out! (In case you missed it, I had the swine flu and now I'm dealing with the aftermath.)

That was it, .33 miles.

It made me sad. It made me feel like a failure.

I wanted to cry. Honestly, the reason why I didn't is because I knew I'd look like the weird girl crying on the running trail...

I just wanted so badly to get out there are run. Not run fast, just run. Just complete one run.

I know if I push myself too hard, it'll take me even longer to get better.

I'm getting worried about my race. It's less than 3 weeks away. I know I'll be ok, I know I'll finish it. Originally, I was thinking this race would be my PR (it's a flat, fast course with great weather). All hopes for a PR went out the door...and that's ok, I have my whole life for a PR. I'm just worried I'll get out there and be dead by mile 8. Luckily (I've said it before) but I'll be running it with my bff who is flying in from Chicago. She too has been sick and unable to train, so I think we'll just go out there, try our best, and finish when we finish.

The truth is, I feel horrible. It's amazing how much of a "runner" I've actually become.

I miss it.

I need it.

I'm going crazy without it.

Me not being able to run is driving me crazy. It's setting me back on my weight goal. Setting me back on my training, and I'm not thrilled!

I'm also stressed that I am getting out of shape. I have another half marathon (a really tough one) in February and I'm worried I'll have a major setback...

Have any of you had to be forced to take a break before? What did you do to keep yourself from going crazy? Was it difficult to make a full and healthy comeback?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tecate = Boxing ... do the math!

First - I'm alive...still have a nasty, lingering cough, but I am alive and getting better...thank goodness!

Second - I suck!

To understand my utter adoration, love, and all around passion for boxing, you can read these prior posts I've turned my back on boxing for far too long... and Reminded today just how in love I am.... I've done it again...again! I've stopped boxing and it's killing me.

Tonight I was out with the love of my life. We went to our new favorite pub/lounge/bar. They had the Tecate promotional girls there promoting Tecate Light (it's a beer for those who live under a rock, don't pay attention to martial arts sports, or are over 35 and have a more refined taste for beer..). Anyways, Tecate ALWAYS sponsors the boxing events that my coach puts on, so naturally, I hear/see Tecate, I think boxing. Here's my math...follow along...

Tecate = Boxing
Boxing = A passion of mine
Boxing + me at the boxing gym = Very happy Jen
Boxing - me at the boxing gym = I suck!

It's very simple math...when I box I am happy, when I don't, I am sad and feel like I suck.

So why is it so damn hard?

Here's the thing. Because I'm always training for a race now, I work full time, and volunteer about 10 hours a week, I only have time to box on Tuesday and Thursday. My gym membership is the same if I go every day of the month, or 1 day of the month. If I know I am leaving town for work, going on vacation, family coming to town, race week (which are easier than other weeks), etc. I tend to "take a break" from the gym to save some money and then get something like the damn swine flu with a lingering cough and can't go back yet. GRRRR!

So, what's the plan you say? (You had to know that I, miss-plan-my-entire-life, had to have a plan...right?) The plan of attack (as my Marine Corps parents would say) is that no matter what on the __ of each month I pay my boxing gym membership, no matter what!

Once I'm done hacking up my lungs I will take my happy ass down to the gym, apologize to my coach AGAIN, and start boxing again! I say once I'm DONE hacking up my lungs, because people tend to look at you strange when you sound like you have a highly contagious and deadly disease...yeah, don't know what THAT'S all about!

So friends, I leave you with totally freaking badass, I know!

It's a Tecate speed bag key chain and I love it!

Alright kids, it's late here, and I need my rest. Going to attempt my first run back tomorrow since I got the swine...

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The swine got me!

Ok seriously, who would have thought that after I posted this on Tuesday: I was supposed to go running today but since my body feels like someone took a sledge hammer to it then ran me over with a truck, and my lungs feel like a cat scratching-post, I'm thinking an evening off would be best. So, with that said, you guys can expect some comments from me tonight (unless I fall asleep at 5pm!). that I would have missed a week of running and 3 days or work?!

I am not pleased. I don't get sick. Seriously, I don't. But I ended up with the swine flu...are you kidding me??? Damn pigs! I think today, finally I'm feeling a little better, I think. I'm hoping I'm back by Monday.

I thank her for starting the swine flu...

My next half marathon is only 28 days away, and I haven't run in 6 days. Not only have I not run in 6 days, but my longest run since my half marathon last month was only 4 miles...OMG! I'm stressin, seriously, stressin!

I want to get back out there and start running, but I know I can't. I need to make sure I'm healthy before I run again otherwise I'll never get better.

I'll focus on getting better and create a plan to come back strong for my next half marathon. Here are a few things I'm looking forward to for my Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon:
  • Not only will my dad be cheering me on, but while I was back home last weekend, I mentioned it to the lil' bro and he too said he wanted to be there cheering me on!
  • While I was back home I had the fastest, most fun runs in the dry crisp weather, and flat roads...will make for a fun race for sure!
  • It's another excuse to head back home of course
  • My bff, Jenn, is flying in from Chicago to run it with me. We promised to run it together no matter what. Whether it takes us 2 hours or 3.5 hours, we are running it together!
Soooo - I owe you guys a little vacay-recap...

  • Flew home (to Phoenix, AZ) last Thursday.
  • Friday, lil' bro (who just turned 21) came over to the house, we drank, played wii golf and bowling, and the 3 of us (bf, bro, and I) went to the Phoenix Suns Home Opener! Suns won!
  • Saturday, bf and I went to our Alma Mater Homecoming Game. (We both went to Arizona State University for undergrad, that's where we met...awwww - haha). ASU lost, but it was still fun to be there a support the Sun Devils.

  • Saturday night (Halloween) one of my top 5 favorite athletes ever came to the front door with his son, trick or treating. Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals...we both got to meet him. Very nice, and much bigger in person than on TV! Go Cards! (no- I did not get a picture or autograph, he's their neighbor and I wanted to play it cool...until I've met him a few more times at least!)
  • Sunday we went shooting up in the mountains (we only shot targets, I would never ever shoot an animal!) it was a lot of fun!

proof that I hit my targets...
  • Took a lot of fun pics...Arizona really is so beautiful!

So, that's that in a nutshell I guess. I'm trying to keep up with your blogs, I've just been sleeping...A LOT!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Am I alive...I think yes!

Hi guys and hello new followers...sweet!

So - it's been a while, I know. I've been out of town (on vacation instead of work for once!) and now I'm sick...see what I get for taking a break? Haha, only kidding.

Anyways, I haven't even looked at my google reader in about a week and am a little afraid to.

I was supposed to go running today but since my body feels like someone took a sledge hammer to it then ran me over with a truck, and my lungs feel like a cat scratching-post, I'm thinking an evening off would be best. So, with that said, you guys can expect some comments from me tonight (unless I fall asleep at 5pm!).

I hope you all are doing well, at least doing better than I at the moment!

Catch up with you all soon; I'll tell you all about my trip. Teaser: I took lots o' pics, it involved my alma mater homecoming game, a NBA home opener, and I met a famous person...