Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Trying something new

Sorta sad, but I’ve made peace with it.

For those who are new to the blog, I love boxing. Have been boxing on and off for the past 20 months. In fact, boxing is what got me off of my (then) fat ass! I lost some weight without really trying (other than not be a lazy bum) and fell in love with the results. I started eating right, then about 6 months after that started running and training for my first race (Austin 2009 Half Marathon).

Anyways…getting to the point. At this stage of my life, I cannot really afford (money or time) to devote to boxing. My boxing gym* is the same amount whether I train 30 days a month or 1 day a month. So at this point, I'm officially putting boxing on hold...don't worry, I'll be back!

*It’s a boxing gym. No treadmill. No weights really. Nothing else, so it’s not like I can do all my training there.

Believe me, this is sort of sad, but it’s ok, this means I will probably be more diligent to cross training like I need to be. I have a free regular gym membership where I live, so I can do elliptical, stationary bike, weights, even pool there for free on my cross training days.

I’m hoping this will help get my booty in gear to lose those last 30 lbs that seem to love my body so much…don’t they get it? I don’t like them…I want them GONE!

So starting next week, I’m adding elliptical or stationary bike, weights, and core to my training twice a week.

Below is my training until my next half marathon.



Hope you all have a wonderful New Year!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Pasadena bound...

Imagine...

You're a complete sports nut.

Freak.

Eat, sleep, drink sports.

You decline on social events with your girlfriends to watch a game. You prefer to drink beer and cheer obnoxiously than go shopping or get a pedicure. You literally bleed the colors of your team. Your Christmas tree is decorated in your teams' colors. You ask for tickets or sports gear for birthday presents. Your first date was a sporting event and your (now bf) was impressed with your passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the game. You know more about sports/teams/players/specific moments in sporting history than most men you know.

Ok...so now you have a GLIMPSE of how I am about sports...

I have a few teams (but I watch all sports): Phoenix Suns, Texas Longhorns, Arizona State Sun Devils, Arizona Football Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, the list goes on...

Any of you recognize a name in that bunch? Living in ATX I've become obsessed with the Longhorns...season ticket holder right here!

Well, for those living under a rock or who don't care about College Football (it's ok, we can still be friends...) the Longhorns are going to the National Championship game this year. And guess who has tickets?

That's right friends, I'm going!

This lucky chickadee scored tickets to the National Championship Game, at the Rose Bowl...



You only live once.

We may never get another opportunity to see our team in the National Championship game. So...we're going!

I can hardly stand it!!!


Burnt Orange Roses...


HOOK 'EM!!!!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The running code...

The running code…

We all abide by it, whether you know it or not.

It’s when you’re out on the road. It’s below 40 degrees, you're running uphill with the wind blowing against you. You want to stop…so badly, but then you see another runner...running the opposite direction, looking just as cold, just as tired, just as worn out, and you give each other that half wave and smile as if you were saying “Yeah, this kinda sucks, but you’re doing awesome, keep going!

I love being a runner, and following the running code!

And runner girl in the pink long sleeve shirt that had that very same exchange with me yesterday, thanks! I didn’t feel quite as alone out there in the bitter cold!

So…

Hills!

Oh you wonderful, wonderful, AWFUL hills…

I ran 2.5 miles of 100% hills yesterday. Not all up hill (of course) but seriously, not a flat part on the course I ran yesterday. I took a little 2.5 mile loop from my upcoming half marathon. It’s the same 2.5 mile stretch of course that made me want to die when I ran it last year.

With a very hilly half marathon coming up in February… (first 3 miles all up hill, second 3 miles all down hill, last 7 miles of rolling hills) I need to be ready! No more flat runs for this chicka-dee!

Ok – I need your advice, thoughts, input…

I was planning (seriously planning) on doing the San Francisco Full Marathon (my first full!) in July 2010. I’m now having second thoughts. It’s not because I’m afraid of 26.2 or I’m afraid I won’t be prepared, it’s because the love of my life won’t be able to be there. He will be on day 2 of the Bar and the test won’t be in California. Now if it were my second, third, fourth full marathon I would say “eh, not the end of the world, you’ll catch the next one.” But it’s my first. Seeing his face at the finish line is so awesome, and I really want to share my first full marathon finish with him.

So – do you have any suggestions of great full marathons between June and August? What are your favorites?

I leave you with this…another reason to bring the iPhone on a run…


The photo does not come close to give the colors the justice they deserve.


Friday, December 11, 2009

The Sauceome Duo Debut

So, here it is. I hope you all are sitting down, because your minds will be blown at the pure epic awesomeness that you’re about to witness!

So, it started a few months back when BFF and I decided to do a race together. Living in 2 different states, we thought “What race will be do and where?” Seeing how we both have ties in Arizona, we decided to travel to AZ to do the Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon on December 6, 2009!

Well disaster struck!

Our perfect running worlds were shattered…

Just a few short weeks before our first racing debut…we got sick. Both of us…sick enough to miss out on significant training.

Stressing out about our worlds crashing to an end (naturally!) we decided, who cares, we’ve both done them enough, that we’ll be fine. We were still going to do that race. Well, we were sicker than we thought and missed a lot of training, like weeks of training. Blogging about it earlier, a dear running/blogging buddy known as my favorite red-headed runner, suggested I not take it so damn seriously and dress-up in tutus.

BEST IDEA EVAR!

Quickly, I text BFF…she was SO in! But, it didn’t stop there…



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The Saucesome Duo!

Seriously, some epic awesomeness was about to ensue…

We showed up race day morning, looking like this…



The comments were unbelievable. People loved us. Cops were stopping us to take pictures of us on the course! Seriously, we were a hit!

The course itself was nice. Very flat (something I’ve never experienced in a race). It is somewhat unfortunate that I couldn’t take advantage of this “fast course” because I was so out of half marathon shape.*

* Disclaimer - I do not recommend running a half marathon un-prepared. Both BFF and I have quite a few miles under our belts and went on the course knowing to take it easy. “Treat it as a long run not a race” we kept saying. I had a half marathon about 7 weeks before this race. The longest I ran between the two was 6 miles…not healthy if you’re looking to PR. So honestly, we took it easy and walked when needed. Injury was the last thing on our list of things to do. I cannot stress it enough, do NOT push yourself into injury if you are not fully prepared.

Moving on…

I really enjoyed the course because it went through my old neck of the woods, a neat little stroll down memory lane.

The best part about the race though, hands down, starting it and finishing it with BFF!!! Seriously, I love this girl, and we had a blast! Running and jamming out to our tunes, then walking and talking until we felt well enough to run again!


We took a photo on the course…



Her bf was there to take photos at the finish… High-fiving I think?



I swore the finish line was being pushed back…



Then, all the high school volunteers that were volunteering at the start of the course, and were done when we finished asked to take a photo with us…


If you’re interested in purchasing your own custom tutu, I HIGHLY recommend Abby’s Tutu Factory. She made these custom for us with very short notice! Not only that, they are very reasonably priced and well made. Heck, they survived us running in them for 13.1 miles, and still in perfect condition!

I’d lie if I said it was easy. It was actually the hardest 13.1 miles I’ve ever run. I am definitely looking forward to a more prepared half marathon in February!

The great part about all of this? BFF and I have decided to make this a tradition. Every year, we’re going to get together for a race. I can’t wait to see what 2010 will hold for this saucesome duo!


Seriously, ask yourself: why would you run a half marathon with your BFF when you could run a half marathon with your BFF while wearing matching green and pink tutus?



Up next...

My next adventure will be the Austin Half Marathon again! It's on Valentine's Day (my favorite holiday!). I'm very excited about this because my first race ever was the Austin Half Marathon in 2009! It will be my 4th half marathon in a year, my 6th race total in a year, and the last half marathon I do before my full marathon debut in July! I'm so looking forward to this race!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Just a quickie...

I'm alive.

I finished the Fiesta Bowl Half Marathon on Sunday.

I'll try to catch up on my google reader this week.

I'm slammed at work and home (just that time of year).

Stay tuned for some epic awesomeness to ensue when I deliver my full race report!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

GOALS

I don't call them New Year Resolutions... They aren't things I want to accomplish in the new year just to quickly fail and ignore; I hope to accomplish and build on as time goes by. Whether it's a month, 6 months, a year, or 5 years, they are things I will use to keep me accountable. Things I will use to track my progress, benchmark amazing accomplishments.

I don't call them New Year Resolutions, I call them goals.

In my opinion, everyone needs them...

I wrote down my goals for 2009 on January 3, 2009. They read (exactly as I wrote them):
  • Complete my first half marathon in February (been training since Oct)
  • Complete another half marathon (don't know which one yet)
  • Lose 20 pounds(which should happen if I keep training)
  • Start boxing again (I've stopped the past month with training for the HM and traveling)
Ya know what's totally cool? I accomplished all 4 of them!

The fourth, I've blogged about a few times and is obviously something I have some difficulties with, but boxing is a love of mine, and I'm convinced to make it work!

So, since these are not New Year Resolutions, they are goals, here they are...on December 1 instead of January 1.

My goals for Dec 1, 2009 through Dec 1, 2010

  • Finish half marathons 3 and 4 (already planned)
  • Complete my first full marathon in July 2010 (already planned)
  • Lose those last 30 lbs
  • Do a 5th half marathon and/or 2nd full marathon
  • Continue to box becuase I do love it so!
So, as the new year approaches, what goals have you reached? What goals are you setting out for yourself? I'd love to hear about them!