Saturday, December 31, 2011

we gonna party like. party like, like it's the end of the world. we gonna party like, like it's 2012

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope that 2012 is the best year yet for everyone. I would like to give a big CONGRATULATIONS and shout out to my good friend Angie and her new fiance Bryce. They have been dating for over 3 years now and just got engaged this month. I am so happy for them. Angie is a food blogger from Pittsburgh so if you are interesting in reading about her amazing adventures cooking and eating food, you can follow her blog here.

I finally got my brothers Christmas gift yesterday and he sent me tons of compression socks (even a pink pair) and this amazing transition bag. I seriously want to sign up for a full Ironman just so I can use this bag.

My brother is no fool. He's coming to the Honu half Ironman in June to support me and he knows that he's going to be carrying the bag so it might as well be comfortable!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

u got, u got it bad If you miss a day without your friend your whole life's off track

...I almost forgot that Usher song existed until I watched the ridiculous movie The Sweetest Thing tonight.

The last thing I wanted to do today was P90x. I've been in kind of a rut lately. Not working for 3 weeks and not being able to run for awhile has made turned me into a daytime tv watching, pajama all day wearing, lazy person. Having said that, I have only missed 1 day of P90x and that was because I didn't want to hurt my foot before I knew what was wrong with it.

I went to the doctor yesterday and he concluded that it is not broken or fractured. He does, however, want me to go to physical therapy. I really don't want to waste my time, but my good friend Annie yelled at me in a series of text messages until I said I would go (I do love my friends). I was cleared to run as long as I can handle the pain, but I decided to wait 2 more days just to be safe. So tomorrow I get to try to run again!

I have been swimming regularly but haven't touched my bike this entire break. I am not too worried about that because come next week I will be eating and sleeping cycling clinic. I sorta can't wait!

P90x is going OK so far. Like I said I missed one day, but I am actually glad because I didn't consider rest days and moving it up one day works much better with my schedule of activity anyway. I don't feel much different yet, but I think the core work is making me a little stronger. I finally have a real pullup bar installed and I am super sore from yesterdays arms and shoulders workout.

Anyway, even though the last thing I wanted to do tonight was P90x, I finally hit play on the Plyometrics DVD around 9:30pm. I'm so glad that is done for the day! I need to do an entire blog entry on my love for Tony Horton though. I really thought I was going to hate him, but I am obsessed with him and his quotes. My favorite one so far...

"Like a pterodactyl backing out of trouble...caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!"

Friday, December 23, 2011

before i forget.....

1. Registration for the 2012 Honolulu Marathon is up! $26.20, what a steal $1 per mile. I'm pretty sure I am actually not going to do this race next year, but I couldn't not sign up just in case. I would really like to travel somewhere to do a different race. I'd really like to swing making the journey this time to visit Annie and do a race with her on the mainland. I have only done the Honolulu Marathon and I think it's time to expand my horizons.

2. P90x is tough. I have been sore ever since plyometrics day. I was determined not to miss ANY days of P90x but I decided to skip today. I should be on day 5, but my foot is really really bothering me. It hurt after the marathon and then stopping hurting until I ran yesterday 5 miles. Since then I have barely been able to walk. I know it's bad because I actually made a doctors appointment to get some xrays. I decided one day of rest on my foot is better than hurting it more. I will see how I feel tomorrow and get back on it. I really do feel like it is a good program so far.

3. While I skipped todays P90x it's not like I just sat on my ass and did nothing. Today was a major accomplishment for me. I swam 2000 meters! Before today 1200 was my longest swim. I was freaking exhausted and realized that in June I have to do that swim following by 50+ miles on the bike and a half marathon. What the hell am I thinking? At least I am starting to train now! Swimming is by far my weakest sport so I am really using the off season to try to get better.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone. I look forward to updating you on my P90x progress and on cycling clinic in a few weeks.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

i work out

First, I would also like to commend any of you that have done this program and have a full time job. I am luckily off for the next 16 days, but just the prep work took me about 4 hours today.

Today I...
1. Watched the "How to Bring It" video (lame)
2. Took my before pictures (tragic)
3. Figured out how to use my heart rate monitor (easy)
4. Figured out how to use my new dumbells that you can change the weights of (rocketscience)
5. Did the fit test (exhausting)

I know I am not overweight, but I am not happy with how flabby my stomach is for the amount that I work out!!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

my splits, per mile.


Summary 4:05:58.9 26.42 Avg 9:19
Mile # Pace
1 9:30.6
2 9:10.0
3 9:03.3
4 9:07.0
5 9:04.7
6 9:07.3
7 9:07.2
8 9:27.1
9 9:20.3
10 9:11.2
11 9:20.3
12 9:03.4
13 9:27.5
14 9:18.9
15 9:33.2
16 9:30.2
17 9:30.8
18 9:45.4
19 9:39.0
20 8:52.7
21 9:00.5
22 9:13.6
23 9:29.5
24 9:48.6
25 9:42.8
26 8:36.9
27 3:57.0

Friday, December 16, 2011

give me everything tonight

It's no secret that I dislike downtime. As soon as I hit that finish line I was thinking "what's next." I am taking 10 full days off of running per my coach and I am going to try to enjoy it. Today is my last official binge day, however. I have a Christmas party to go to and then I'm pretty much over it. I feel if I keep eating the way I am I might get the gift of Diabetes for Christmas.

So what's next?? I have a couple of things in the works. I am off work until January 2nd so I am going to hit the YMCA and concentrate mostly on yoga and swimming. I also have cycling clinic coming up starting January 7th and then the training for the half Ironman after that.

I have also decided that since I am going to be on a little break from running to concentrate on cycling that now would be a perfect time to start a round (my first round ever) of P90x.

Why do I want to try P90x?

For about a year I was an avid Crossfitter. There are pros and cons to Crossfit, but in the end I was in fantastic shape. I do feel it's fairly expensive and don't believe in some of their philosophies (like eating paleo) but it really did give me amazing results. I gave up Crossfit about 4 months ago now to concentrate mostly on running, cycling, swimming. I really think this was the right financial decision but I am losing muscle mass. I want that cut look back so here I am considering giving P90x a shot. I've taken the past week to gather all the materials and equipment I need and now that my post marathon binge is over I am going to take the initial pictures and start it this weekend.

I know this is a huge time commitment, but I know I am able to do it. I love that I will be able to do it at home as well. If any of you have any suggestions or comments, I'd love to hear them. I plan to follow the exercise program fairly strictly but am not going to be doing their diet or supplements. When I am training I feel like I have found the optimal diet for myself so I am going to stick with that.

Here I go starting my P90x journey.... right after I finish this Twix bar.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Honolulu Marathon 2011 Race Report

Who got a PR of 1 hour and 15 minutes? This girl! The race really went well, I could not ask for a better day or race. As most of you know because I mentioned it 4,592 times, my good friend Annie came to Hawaii to run the marathon with me this year. We trained separately but planned to run the race together if possible.

The night before we went to a super fun party, but had to be the party poopers who left at 8:00pm to get to bed before the race. It's times like those that I wonder why I am doing events like this and really miss being able to stay and hang out with friends. I soon forgot that feeling when I remembered how amazing the next day was going to be.

In years past I have been a nervous wreck and not slept good because I was terrified that I was going to miss the alarm. Imagine that, all that training and you don't wake up for race day! To ease the panic, I had my dad call me at 3:00am (8:00am his time) That worked out perfectly, I was able to sleep better and his phone call woke me right up. We walked to the race start and you could feel the excitement in the air. We made our way up to start with the Kenyans. Annie has never done that before and I insisted its the only way to do it. I think she was glad we did.

The weather was amazing, it was overcast and cloudy but didn't really rain all day. I didn't see the sun until I hit mile 25. I felt really strong throughout the entire race and really don't think that there is anything I would change.

Total Place: 1655
Age Group Place: 67/1446
Gender Place: 339/9113
Finishing Time: 04:05:47
40k Split: 3:54:05
30k Split: 2:55:36
Half Split: 2:02:02
10k Split: 57:20

Here are some highlights from the race in photos. Most photographs are courtesy of our race Sherpa Ann. I am so thankful that she came all the way from Texas to be there and was able to capture this day for us. Spectating is really just as tough as racing!

Before the race and ready to go!

At mile 15 right when I saw my good friend Angie in her Steelers jersey. She had oranges and gatorade and basically saved our lives.

Finishing strong

Finally sitting after eating our malasadas and getting our tshirts.

We did it!

Can you tell I am having trouble walking?

Thank you so much Annie for such a memorable race and visit. Let's not let 8 years go by again before I see you again!

Thank you to everyone who supported me before, during, and after this race. All the FaceBook messages, blog comments, and texts really did help. Also to all the race volunteers and friends who got up to bring us racers snacks, you guys deserve a medal too!

Monday, December 5, 2011

i'm so excited, and i can't hide it

Race week! Annie arrives in less than 48 hours. I am so excited. I've cleaned the entire house and I am excited to show her around Honolulu. Signs are already going up on Kalanianaole Hwy and near the convention center preparing for the expo.

I feel like I am the right mix of nervous and excited for this race. I have really trained hard and feel like I am mentally and physically prepared. I am also being extremely careful with my diet and sleep schedule this week.

I'll post some pictures when Annie gets in. If I forget to blog before the race GOOD LUCK everyone.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

a long december and there's reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last

Man I haven't listened to A Long December in forever. What an appropriate lyric as my last December ended pretty bad. I am hopeful that this year will be better. Well, just the fact that I am in Hawaii and not at home makes me think the chances of it being better will be significantly higher.

Last night we were told this was going to be our last masters swim until February. I am so sad about this. I think I was actually learning how to swim. I still swim on my own 2 other times a week in the ocean, but there's really nothing like doing drills for an hour. I hope I can find someone to go to the pool with and keep practicing!

I missed my run on Tuesday because of work stuff, but I am going tonight so I'm not too worried about it. It's almost here, which means..... I need to start cleaning my house for company!