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I Will Not Give Up!

I know I’ve already said it, but I really have not been running much at all lately and I can’t stop thinking about it. I really don’t want to stop running, but my motivation has fell by the wayside. I think I go through these periods every few months or so and I won’t give up, I will always fight through them. I will come out of it and be a confident runner again. I’ve not only been slacking on running, but all forms of exercise. This week I’ve started to come out of the slump and turn it all around. I’m starting slowly and I will hopefully be back to the top real soon. I need to make a schedule and stick to it. Today I woke up a little earlier than usual and was planning on going on a run, but decided I would put it off until a little later. I was thinking about meeting up with the Hellgate Road Runners, which is the Astoria running group. They have 3-4 weekly runs and one of them is tonight. I would love to be a part of them, but I just can’t seem to kick my ass into gear to go. Anyway, I randomly fell upon some running quotes earlier and they totally motivated me to just get out there and run. I felt pretty full of breakfast and coffee, but I decided to go anyway because my mind was mentally pumped to get out there.

These were my favorite quotes.

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.”
-Oprah Winfrey

“If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.”
-Priscilla Welch

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”
-Edward Stanley

I went out and ran until I couldn’t run anymore. I didn’t plan any route I kind of just went with it. I felt really slow in the beginning, but came out strong.

  • Distance: 4.2 Miles
  • Time: 39:40
  • Pace: 9:26

I really want to become a hardcore runner over this winter. Well, more than I was last year anyway. Last year I wouldn’t run outside under 45°F and I am hoping to push that to 30°F this year. I just have to wear the proper clothing and get my breathing under control. I would like to run outside 1-2 times a week over the winter if at all possible.

I came home from my run and was looking over all of my runs from the past year and they made me feel good and motivated. I was feeling slightly disappointed with myself because I haven’t been as strong lately. My original goal was to run 750 miles this year, but I’m pretty sure I won’t reach that goal, but I know I will come close. I should be happy because I am almost at the 600 mile mark and yeah maybe it isn’t as much as I had anticipated, but it’s a hell of a lot more than I ever would’ve imagined myself running just 2 years ago! I am happy with how far I have come. I have run 6 races this year and I kicked ass at every single one of them, even my triathlon!

 

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Highlights from Race Season and Total Mileage Throughout the Year

April: My first 10K Race and Total Mileage: 60.49

May: My first 12K Race and Total Mileage: 71.24

June: 5K PR: 24:42 and Total Mileage: 68.86

July: My first Triathlon! and Total Mileage: 66.95

August: 5K Race and Total Mileage: 75.2

September: Personal Distance Record: 10.8 Miles! and Total Mileage: 52.75

October: 10K Nike Human Race and Total Mileage: TBD

 

There you have it! I shouldn’t feel so bad for slacking a little right now because I know it won’t last. I’ve had a lot of firsts this year and I ran a lot of races. I was really hoping to run at least one race per month until it got real cold, but I did end up missing September. I’m not too bummed though because another goal I had was to run 10 miles before I had moved to New York and I busted out almost 11 miles and shattered that goal. I am happy with that being my accomplishment of the month. Although there won’t be a Half Marathon this year like I was REALLY hoping, I know there will be more than one next year and I absolutely can not wait!!!

Sorry for the boring post, it was more for me anyway to get it all out and realize that I really shouldn’t feel too bad.

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My First Triathlon

Okay so I will start from the beginning. I came home from work on Friday night and started packing all of the stuff that I would need for the next day. Turns out there was a hell of a stuff that was necessary. Two bags worth. My plan was to wake up around 5:30 and head out around 6:20. I went to bed at 11:30, well tried to anyway. I absolutely could NOT sleep. I figured I would eventually fall asleep after laying there awhile, but it just got worse. Derek came to bed around 12:45 and I was still awake. I think I kind of zone out around 1:30 and then woke up again at 2:30. I tried everything to go back to sleep. I got up and drank a little milk, I went to the bathroom and settled back into bed, but nope that didn’t work. I was going crazy and just couldn’t sleep. Nothing like that has ever happened to me. I eventually moved out into the living room to try and sleep in my chair, but that didn’t work either. I got up and went on the internet for a few minutes thinking that the bright screen would tire my eyes, but nope. I was seriously going crazy, my mind was retarded by 4 am. I layed on the couch and I think I finally got some actual sleep around 4:30 and then Derek came out in the living room and asked what happened to me at around 5:15. That was it, that was my night, I literally slept for like and hour and a half. It was insane and I have no idea how I survived the day.

We left around 6:30 and arrived at Surry Mountain Rec. Area around 8am. It was beautiful there. I can’t believe I didn’t know that place existed when I actually lived in Keene. It was only about 10-15 minutes outside of Keene. There weren’t a lot of people there yet when we arrived, so I did not have a hard time finding a spot for my bike. I registered, got my bib, which was #63 and my swim cap which was bright yellow. They also wrote on my arm and my leg my number.

I was apparently really stressed and worried and you could totally tell by my face. I couldn’t even believe what I was going to be doing in less than an hour. It was really nice to have almost my whole family there for support. I love them and really appreciate them for coming to support me.



I did some major stretching before, which I forgot to do after so I was extremely sore the next day. I headed over to the beach area, which was going to be the start of the race. They held a 5 minute meeting to go over all of the rules.



There were three waves of people, the men went first, then the women, then the relay groups and the kids. The water was pretty darn cold, in my opinion anyway. I was off and surrounded by so many people. I needed to swim with my head up at the start because I didn’t want to get kicked in the head. The swim was HARD, I totally underestimated it. I knew I needed to start off slow, but I got so tired fast. I think I panicked a little bit in the beginning and I knew I had to calm myself down if I was going get through it. I started off doing the crawl, then I did some side stroke and then it just turned into a mess. I was so exhausted half way through I couldn’t believe how tough the swimming was. I even did the backstroke, by the last quarter of it, I was just doing whatever I could to make it to the end. I kept talking to myself and pushing myself further and I knew the end was near. I was SO close to hanging onto a canoe for support so I could take a break. If I ever do another triathlon again, I will make sure I swim so much while training. I was definitely under trained for that leg of the race.

OFFICIAL SWIM TIME (1/4 mi.): 9:46



I felt wiped after leaving the water, I could not believe I had to go for an 8 mile bike ride now. I kind of took my time in the transition area in order to catch my breath some. I dried off, put my helmet and socks and shoes on and then was off. It started off on a pretty steep hill and my gears on my bike were not in low enough gear for the hill. I shifted way to fast and early and my chain got all messed up and fell off. Luckily the photographer and my dad rushed over to help me out. I was really upset and frustrated especially since my swim took me longer than I had anticipated. I kept looking back to make sure that I was not the last one leaving on the bikes. They fixed it and then it messed up again right away. I started to get concerned that I wasn’t going to be able to move on and complete the race. After another go, I was good and my dad gave me a good shove on the bike and I was off, FINALLY. I knew I needed to make up for lost time, so I tried real hard to push myself on the bike, but made sure not to over do it because I still had 3.1 miles to run after that was over. It was a good ride, I was mostly by myself and passed a good amount of people. The road wasn’t closed off or anything so there were some cars and motorcycles literally speeding by. I enjoyed the bike ride overall and there weren’t any major hills, which surprised me. I did a lot of training on some mean hills in order to prepare, guess it wasn’t needed. (Except that stupid one in the beginning). My family was so glad to see me ride in on my bike because of the fiasco in the beginning.

OFFICIAL BIKE TIME (8 mi.): 34:50


I racked my back super fast and took off for the run. This was what I had been waiting for, my strongest leg of the race. I knew I could make up for lost time here. I was pretty weak in the beginning, but I kept pushing myself and knew that after a few minutes I would start to feel better. I passed a ton of people running, which felt awesome! I heard many people saying how this was the hardest part for them. By the last mile, I felt great and knew I had some good speed going on. I crossed the finish line and my family was there waiting for me, it was such a relief and a great feeling of accomplishment!

OFFICIAL RUN TIME (5K): 24:11
I was soo happy just to finish the whole race. I never knew I would be capable of something like that. I only trained for 8 weeks and that flew by fast, if there is a next time I will make sure I tack on at least another 4 weeks of training time. I still can’t believe I did a triathlon! I thank Joe Heck who inspired me and simply told me not to wait to do one. I’m glad I did and I’m even happier it was a success.

OVERALL TIME: 68:46

THE FINISH LINE!

The Give Peace a Tri Triathlon was held at the Surry Mountain Recreation Area in Surry, NH.


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Good Eats

Man, I had such a bad stressful day at work today. I absolutely can not wait to leave there and move to New York. My triathlon is this Saturday and I don’t want this whole week to be stressful. I want to relax and get a lot of rest so I can be as prepared as possible for it. I still have a few days to chill out and get everything under control. I’m hoping the end of the week will be better than the start. ::Sigh::

I went for a short 2 mile run today right after I left work. 2.02 miles in 17:34. That was the first time I ran that route and encountered one mean hill halfway through. I got through it without having to walk, but it sure was tough. Working 12-8 the rest of the week. Can’t wait to be back to my normal schedule.

Last night’s dinner:

Stuffed Peppers
(Derek absolutely LOVED these!)


This morning I made a Green Monster with Almond Milk, PB, half a banana, and a handful of spinach. It was gooood!



I ate a bagel for dinner tonight because I wasn’t very hungry, but I definitely had room for this delicious cookie that my awesome friend Kelly made.

Pistachio White Chocolate Chip


Kelly, these are seriously some of the best cookies I’ve ever had!

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I woke up at 8:30 this morning, which NEVER happens, but I looked out the window and saw the sun! I was so excited to get up and run. I mapped out a new route and this was going to be my first long run outside in a while due to it raining every day for the past century. I don’t remember ever being this excited for a run before. I knew it was going to be a good one. I ate some clif shot bloks, chugged some water and headed out. It was almost 70 degrees outside, which is pretty hot for ideal running weather, but it was still sooo nice! I was just so happy to be outside in the sun and in the warmth. I NEED it to be summer, I can’t stand this rain anymore. My new route was awesome and I can’t wait to run it again. There were a lot of people out running/walking today and I said hello to most of them. I completed my 6 mile run in 54:52. I was extremely happy with my time. A 9 min. mile is now becoming my norm, when it used to be my speedwork. I’ve definitely been improving a lot with my running, I think all of this cross training for the triathlon has been helping a lot! 


Speaking of my triathlon, it is in 2 weeks! Ahhhhh! I’m so nervous about it. I feel ready, but at the same time I don’t and need more time. I had a stressful dream about it the other night and ever since then I have become extremely nervous about it all. I have all of my stuff for it now. I bought a new bike tire, I have my specific triathlon apparel that I am going to wear (which was really pricey!) and I have my swim cap, which looks really silly and I’m only ever going to wear it in triathlons. I’m set and ready to go, now the countdown begins. 

After my run I went to see the new Transformers movie, which was just what I expected: a fun, entertaining flick packed with corny jokes and lots of explosions. I enjoyed it overall. Later on we headed to Milly’s Tavern in Manchester for some good beer and decent food. The highlight of my day was definitely Trader Joe’s and an awesome beer store that is right next to it. I bought so many good things, including almond butter, mass amounts of cookies, and ice cream balls. I also bought some more lambic beer from the beer store, but this time I went with green apple, mmmm! 

It was a busy day and I am so tired. I would’ve like to have included many pictures in this entry, but like I said I am tired and therefore way too lazy. Please use your imagination to picture all of my yummy food and beer that was purchased today. Night!

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I completed my first 8 mile run today! Most of my long runs are on Saturdays, but I have a 5K race to run this Saturday. Today is National Running Day, I figured it was a good day to go out and attempt my first 8 miler. It went well I think. I ate some Clif Shot Bloks to help me along the way. I really need to invest in some apparel with pockets, I don’t really enjoy storing my ‘energy’ inside my bra, ha! I had to stop and walk at two points, which kind of sucks, but one was on a killer hill that I completely forgot about and the other was on a hill toward the end of my run. It went better than expected and I call it a victory! I’m excited to perfect this 8 miler and move onto 9, although I’m sure that won’t happen until after my triathlon.

I’ve been scheduling my training out the week before and I just can’t seem to get enough in! There is so much to be done and so little time. Next week I am focusing on biking and then running right after.  I am also going to attempt a bike ride on the actual road!  Enough about next week, I still need to focus on finishing this week. 

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I went for my first official bike ride today. It wasn’t much of an adventure, it was more of getting used to the bike. I only rode around my neighborhood, I need to make sure I am comfortable on the bike. I practiced changing gears, went up some hills, down some hills and practiced getting my feet in and out of the pedal clips. 

I have been looking for some good bike trails, but I’m having somewhat of a hard time. I know of two places that I can possibly go, but I’m really nervous. They are all on roads, mostly low traffic, which is good, but it’s intimidating to just go out there and ride a new bike that is completely different than any other bike I’ve rode. I know I just have to do it, once I get out there and do it, I will realize how easy it was in the first place. I just have to keep that quote in mind. 

I am using an old road bike that my Uncle gave my Dad several years ago. I’m so happy to have it because mountain bikes make everything more difficult because they are so heavy. I also have to carry my bike up and down three flights of stairs every time I use it because there is no other place to store it. I am thankful that it is so light. I bought an awesome new helmet yesterday at Sports Authority, it makes me feel more professional, ha! I also bought some goggles to wear swimming and a water bottle for my bike. Slowly things are all coming together. I have a few more things that I will need to buy in the coming weeks, like a triathlon top and bottom and also a swim cap. I have exactly 6 weeks to get my butt into shape. Wish me luck!



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Training

So, I did my first swim today as part of my training. It took more out of me than I thought it would. I was completely out of breath after 5 laps. I figured out that 9 complete laps will equal the .25 mile distance for my triathlon. I think I can do it! I absolutely loved swimming today, it felt really good and I’m excited to do it more often. I’m going to aim to get at least 3 swims in every week. I swam for 20 minutes today and I’m going for another 20 tomorrow. I am going to look up some proper swim techniques tonight when I get home from work. I want to make sure I swim as efficiently as possible. I’m so excited to be training, I feel really focused and ready to take on the next 6 weeks. All I need to do now is get a bike helmet so I can go for my first real bike ride on Sunday morning. After this week I am going to cut back on my running slightly in order to fit all of this other training in.

Okay, gotta get back to work…

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