Friday, March 30, 2012

Let Normalcy Resume

We've arrived in the Valley of the Sun. I can't tell you how happy I am that the past two weeks are over. Not that it is normal yet, but I'm ready for normalcy to resume. We've packed. We've cleaned. We've said goodbyes. We've flown. We've driven. We've eaten more fast food in the past 2 weeks that in the past two years. We've met new friends. We've gone to new daycare, church and grocery stores. We've been to Target every day. We've got tired feet. We've tried to run in the sun. We've realized what the priorities are in life.

The house is great, thanks to the help of my sister and her family. Not only did they put me and girls up for over a week while the household was in transit, but upon arrival, they attacked my boxes with fervor and made my house a home. I'm still entirely distracted and needing some time to get my bearings, but I'm finally coming around to seeing the sun on a daily basis. Not a bad front yard, eh?

As for running. I'm finding it challenging and a bit overwhelming right now. It is so freakin DRY here. A mile and a half in and I feel like my mouth and sinuses are coated in dust. Bleh! Now that my handheld is here, I'm anxious to tackle more. I'm certainly feeling totally apart from the mileage I was logging this time last month. My 2.8 miles this morning felt like a good 8 at least. I'm thinking I'm going to have to revamp my goals down here for the next few months, and see where I am come fall. I don't know... ask me again in a week.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

3 Things Thursday- Final Days, Doubt, What to Wear?

1. Final Days

Today is the final day that Eddy is home alone. Hubs will arrive tonight at midnight and over the weekend we will organize, pack and load this household into a truck to be shipped to the Valley of the Sun. Considering how every day felt like a year, it really has flown by. We've had our moments (leaving The Lorax early, and busting out of Olive Garden last night - come to mind), and we've been whiny, clingy, crabby, loud and silly, but we've survived. Whew. This Momma is tired. 


My thought this week was taper. Instead I've run 3 miles every day just to burn off the anxiety and stress of the move. Wisconsin has shed its winter coat and the weather is outrageous for March. My body is in shock. Last week I ran my practice 13.1 in 20 degrees. If I run it tomorrow (and I am putting that big IF out there cause frankly it might not happen), it will be close to 50 degrees warmer.My struggles with this warming trend is troubling considering what I will be faced with in the near term. I'm feeling rather overwhelmed but just trying to take it all one day at a time. Right now, I am running with Doubt. Argh.

3. What to Wear?

Not only has the weather screwed with my internal temperature controls but now I have no idea what to WEAR to run. Having gained back a couple of pounds, in these new summer like running clothes everything is jiggling and I am feeling TOTALLY exposed. Not pretty. I've forgotten what it feels like to just put it out there. I like the comfort of head to toe compression coverings dressed up with cute little jackets, hats with pony tail holes, etc. I've had at least two weeks this week where I've had to stop, retie the draw string, yank on the shirt... why are all these shirts soo short? What do you wear to run in the sun?

I have found new love for my new Aspaeris shorts. these are nice. No muffin top and they are keeping the jiggles at bay. Bonus, they make my quads feel like they are getting a massage. Sweet! Thanks Aspaeris!!

See how nice I look in them? Yeah, no.... I wish.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Panic (Week 16 Training Recap)

Finis. Finished. Done. This is it folks. The last week of training. The 16 week plan. Now, I've got to move across the country. Cue The Smiths - PANIC!

oh this picture is not flattering!
I ran a practice 13.1 on Friday to cap off the training, and I'm "tapering" this week to run Eddy's Half on Friday. It all went a bit pear-shaped (fav British saying) at the end, but I am seeing the end, so I'm proud. I've proved to myself that I am more than just a casual runner. I'm more than a girl that can lose weight.  I can train like an athlete and run distances I wouldn't have even considered even walking two years ago.

Week 16 in Review:

 Count: 5 Activities
 Distance: 31.40 mi
 Time: 5:29:10 h:m:s
 Elevation Gain: 1,036 ft
 Avg Speed: 5.7 mph
 Avg HR: 150 bpm
 Calories: 3,906 C

Things are going to go a bit differently here for the new few weeks. My life is going thru total upheaval with our cross country move. I've hit the panic mode today and I have literally started tearing my house apart. It is all going to get a little bit crazy before it gets back to normal again. And that's ok, crazy is fun... but crazy might not lend itself to the OCD blog entries I have maintained in the last few years.

So, I might go silent, I might go off topic, but I'll be back. I've signed up the the Jelly Bean in April so I'll be running again in just a few weeks. In a few weeks, I'll never believe that I was capable of running 30 miles a week. Gotta write this stuff down to even believe its true!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Join me for the Jelly Bean!

Run With Jess is hosting a fun virtual race. Seeing as I am feeling a bit lost at the moment about where I currently live - I figured a virtual race is about my speed! Looks like a lot of fun!

Here's the scoop from the official entry site:

Celebrate Spring by racing with me in the 
2nd annual Jelly Bean virtual race!

What's a virtual race?  A virtual race is running a specified distance (timed) without being present in the actual race location.

DATE:  Anytime during Easter week, April 1-8, 2012 (Sunday-to-Sunday)

LOCATION:  Pick your favorite local route or just hop on a treadmill.

EVENTS:  Choose the event that works best for your current fitness level.
- Run 5K (3.1 miles)
- Run 10K  (6.2 miles)
- Run Half-Marathon (13.1 miles)
- Bike 21K (13 miles)
You may participate in more than one event. Earn 1 point for each event completed.

Local Peoria participants, please RSVP here.

RESULTS: Report your final race time(s) no later than Tuesday, April 10 at 12:00 noon CST. This is a fun race; no Garmin/treadmill photo required to verify your time.  No reason to cheat your time; prizes are all random.  Input your time on the spreadsheet or e-mail it to

PRIZES:  By participating, you earn points into the raffle drawing to win prizes from the Jelly Bean's great sponsors.
    1pt - Submit your final race time
    1pt - Submit a photo from your Jelly Bean race *
    1pt - Your photo contains a friend!  Encourage someone else to run!
    2pts - Wear one of the new "Heart & Sole" shirts available here

Official shirt of the 2012 Jelly Bean
Short-sleeve -OR- Sleeveless

* Prize for Best Photo/Costume... If you know me, I love fun costumes and I love photos! So there will be a special prize pack for my favorite photo!! 

Go sign up! Its free! You can't lose! I signed up for the 5K, 10K and Half (although this might be a stretch for me in the HEAT, but I'm gonna try!)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

3 Things Thursday - Mojo, finishing, Eddy's Half

1. Mojo. Life is a Marathon, so pace yourself. I'm still dealing with a lot of frustration related to the wimpy end to my half marathon training. I'm fizzling out and although I'm trying real hard to forgive myself for it (life happens), I still feel blah... just blah. Its ok. I know it is. I know that life happening is more important right now. But I've lost my mojo and I'm suffering. I've got to remember, life is a marathon. Pace yourself Eddy.

2. Finishing. "Real achievement comes from racing ahead when no one else sees the path." My husband has been a fan of Seth's Blog for a while and I can see why. Click the link and see what a short, concise, and motivational blog can be.

They say, run your own race. So I'm going to. Next Friday. My own half "mara"-thon. 13.1 miles of running with this big dino chasing me -I've got to finish this.

3. Eddy's half. I've mapped it out. I'm going to try to finish this one next Friday as a celebration of running in Wisconsin. Finishing my own race. Seeing the training thru to the end. I'll report back, promise. So, if you see some crazy girl out there with a racing bib on and no one else around here, just know she's running her own race...

Here's the route:

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Great Giveaway!

Check out Average Girl Doing Average Things! They've got some great goodies up for grabs!

Palm Tree Redux (Week 15 Training Recap)

My - I need more Palm Trees in my Life  - blog post has become mysteriously popular. It has skyrocketed to the top of my sidebar list of most popular blogs.  It is more popular than my After Pictures! There are an extraordinary amount of people reading this one particular blog post. Why?

I can only conclude that I'm not the only person out there who needs more palm trees in their life.
Sharing my childlike joy (I am an Aries) of palm trees makes me happy  - even more so now, because, there will soon be more palm trees in my life. Lots of them. Some of them will make a daily appearance. Like this one, the one I have dubbed "Mr. Palm Tree" who graces my new front yard:

But Mr. Palm Tree is only a recent affair. Ask my Bestie, I've been declaring that I've needed more palm trees in my life for years.  In college, we had a palm tree in our dorm room, "Juan".  He was our resident palm tree. Our dream of tropical life in a central Pennsylvania sorority house basement dorm room. He signified adventure, love and sun when our life was reduced to senior thesis and interview for jobs at insurance companies in Hoboken NJ (not that there are anything wrong with insurance companies or Hoboken NJ, but just sayin). Juan even had a mate, my car, Juanita. Ok, I'm special. I know.... .

"I need more palm trees in my life!" has been a frequent battle cry for Eddy. I've yearned for palm trees in February. I've lusted for them in November. I've planned for them even when others would avoid them (hurricane season!). I accept all types. Short and fat. Tall and skinny. It has everything to do with those palm fronds. And when they sway in the wind... give me an umbrella drink, I'm in heaven. And as I think about it, my mind slips off into that lovely Caribbean breeze.... ah.... but I digress.

I was 3 miles short of my training goal this week. It is a first  for me and my training. I'm pretty much cutting myself a whole lot of slack here. I've got no race. I've got no weekends. I'm moving across the country. I'm pretty freaking proud at having run 28 miles this week, and two runs were 10 milers. It is What it is, folks.

 Count: 4 Activities
 Distance: 28.77 mi
 Time: 5:03:49 h:m:s
 Elevation Gain: 856 ft
 Avg Speed: 5.7 mph
 Avg HR: 150 bpm
 Calories: 3,668 C

Thursday, March 1, 2012

3 Things Thursday- Hi-Tec, Preparation, Pistachios

1. Eddy's got some new shoes on. I couldn't help but pick up these lightweight numbers for some possible desert trail running. Thank you to The Shoebox - the largest shoe store in the mid west - for having a rocking sale as I picked these up for the low low price of $55.

These Hi-Tec V-Lite Infinity HPi are billed as lightweight trail runners for the adventure runner. I don't currently fit that description, lightweight, adventure or trail runner (Ha!) but I'm preparing for the Eddy metamorphosis from cold weather Clydesdale to tank top sporting glistening Betty.  In typical Eddy fashion, preparation begins by starting to collect the things I will need for the next challenge.

 I had a nice short 3 miler in these puppies today and so far, so good. They aren't going to be a long run shoe, but they felt nice and light and I had a spring in my stride this morning.

 2. Preparations. This is encompassing pretty much every moment of my day and every thought in my pint sized brain right now. I'm trying to get ready - from the basic, what am I going to need to the perplexing, how am I going to adapt? I'm a planner, I'm good at decisions. So, in an effort to keep those little voices at bay, you know the ones, the "why am I doing this" ones... I'm preparing. I figure in the desert, I will need a lot of this:

3. 'S Wonderful. 'S Marvelous. I love these. And you should to. Get Crackin.  Wonderful Pistachios.Or, if you are lazy for me, get these ones: