Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Incredible X and Transparent P

My Super Giggly Girls

I'm just a slacker

Slacking. Slacker. Slacking Slacker. Eddy is embracing it. I wish I was blissfully unaware that this Saturday is the half marathon that I have registered for in Wisconsin. I'm not. They keep sending me reminders. The facebook group is active and I'm getting notification. Race Day Events is sending emails. My calendars all have the date circled. Well folks, I'm feeling like a dud. I won't be there. I won't be running.

My left hip is channeling all my disappointment and I'm hobbling around like an octogenarian. What did I do to my hip? No clue, except to note that about a half mile into my run yesterday and felt a sharp pain in the outside hip joint that got progressively worse after a day in my desk chair. Hmmm. Feeling...disappointed, fat and old. This is a cheery blog post. Makes an Eddy get all introspective.

Eddy is 3 weeks into life here in Phoenix (perhaps it is all of the above) and the infatuation with my new locale is wearing off. Holding hands with Phoenix has been fun. We've had some good first dates. Our first kiss was sweet. But a couple of weeks in and I'm re-evaluating. Is this good for the long term? Like any good introspection, you can only compare your new love to your old one. My new love is always sunny. Always perky. Always like an umbrella drink. Sure my new love has an allergy problem. He is dusty and fading. His style is drastically different than mine. He had a new culture and some new language. He is busier and has places to go.

Whereas my old love was more balanced. There were snowy days, cloudy days, rainy days, warm days and sunny days. Sometimes he was all four seasons in one day. He was more country less city. His colors were vibrant and consistent, red, green and gold. He was small but trying to be big in an endearing way. There was cuddling on the couch by the fire with hot chocolate. There were days by the pool.  He was comfortable like a favorite pair of jeans. Friendly, like going to Target and always running into someone you know. Predictable. Reliable.

Eddy is not sure where she is going with this... just to say... I miss my old love. I'm still adjusting to this new relationship and it is cool, but if you know me, you know that I tend to idealize former loves.... for me, memories crystallize... usually into something sweeter.

Week in Review:

 Count: 6 Activities
 Distance: 23.94 mi
 Time: 4:32:02 h:m:s
 Elevation Gain: 455 ft
 Avg Speed: 5.3 mph
 Avg HR: 153 bpm
 Calories: 3,030 C

Thursday, April 12, 2012

3 Things Thursday - Pita Jungle, Drivers License, Retro Looks

1. Pita Jungle. I had the chance to meet up with a fellow Tough Chik (registration reopens in May!) on Tuesday for lunch and I JUMPED at the chance. I've been feeling awfully down about my current state of fitness. No one to blame but myself and a massive sugar addiction - I headed to Scottsdale yearning for some inspiration. Boy, did I get it. Inspiration and a bit of envy as well. This Tough Chik has got it going on... confidence, independence, and travel inducing new job for a cool company. Although we were at different places in our lives and (obviously) different levels of fitness, we had a nice chat as two women out in the world trying to make it happen. I hope we are able to meet up again soon! Oh, and we had lunch at Pita Jungle... thus the Pita Jungle reference. Roar! I am woman (at Pita Jungle) hear me Roar!

2. Drivers License. Trying to get my life in order, I headed off to the Arizona Department of Transportation this week to get my license and my van sorted. I didn't think much about having my picture taken, or replacing my Wisconsin license, so when the gal said to me - "Do you want this old license or should we pitch it?" I stumbled: "Oh, I'll save it for posterity." I'm glad I did. What a documentation of my journey:

3. Its throw back to the 80's here in the Lewis house this week. Daycare is having "Color"' days this week, and we've been dressing accordingly. In an effort to be the super-cool-80's-child that I am, I've been calling on the garments that my Mom saved of mine to keep it all in the family. Here are XJ and Miss P looking all retro hipster in their orange duds. I love the total look of disgusted boredom with my effort to get them to smile/pose.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Not Training (Week 3 Recap)

I miss the rhythm of my prior training life. Seeing as it is Monday, I'm particularly missing the ease of my prior Monday blog titles. Thus, the non-title for the non-training week Monday check in. I'm lacking in creativity this Monday, so this is all I've got...

Not training sucks. Seriously... I know. What gives Eddy? Why can't you get your groove back? It is week 3 of not routinely running. Not checking my Runners World training App to tell me how many miles to log and at what pace. Without thinking about diet and hydration and play lists.

If you haven't noticed. I've just been living.

It is a weird development. This living thing. I've been afraid to just do my own thing for fear of what exactly would happen if left to my own devices. Well, let me tell you. When left to my own devices I tend to eat too much chocolate and drink too much wine. I've run. I've completed 3 events of the Jelly Bean virtual race last week, but I've lost the predictability of my training.

I miss it.... sorta. I miss that innate sense of accomplishment that comes along with completing your training plan but I am enjoying living a little bit of life too. To be reacquainted with Hubs, to have the girls so loving their new jungle-like backyard. Sitting out on our patio in awe of new flora and fauna and new critters. Warm sunshine days slipping into cooler desert evenings. I like that. I'm getting used to it. If I earn back a tad bit of tummy in the process, ya'll will forgive me, right?

This week in review:

 Count: 3 Runs / 1 Bike (13 miles)
 Distance: 23.88 mi
 Time: 3:21:08 h:m:s
 Elevation Gain: 361 ft
 Avg Speed: 7.1 mph
 Avg HR: 137 bpm
 Calories: 1,873 C

Thursday, April 5, 2012

3 Things Thursday - Grapefruit, Biking, Age

1. Grapefruit. We've got a lot of it and I'm learning to love it. The fruit in our new yard is still a real novelty, and the whole family is enjoying the harvest. Here are our little worker bees singing the praises of grapefruit! Ps. Grapefruit is cool cause it is pink!

2.  I flirted with biking last year. I even took a spin class (yes, just one, but whatever). The most I really ever did was hitch the tot carrier to the back to get all of us down to the Glacier Crossing Pool. Well, faced with my Jelly Bean option of 13.1 half marathon or 21K (13 mile) bike ride in North Phoenix, I chose the later. So I popped on my helmet and took to the streets this morning. I probably should have mapped a route (I didn't). I probably should have brought more accessible water (note to self, buy water bottle attachment thingie). I rode this way and that and watched the miles tick off on the Garmin. It was nice to be without the constant pumping bass of my Pandora station. Just me and the various vehicles that were trying to avoid me. Ah, peace...

3. So, I usually keep it under wraps, but I can't help but mention a little (or big, depending on your view) birthday coming up. Eddy turns 35 on Saturday. That's right folks. 35 years old. Geez, when the heck did that happen? I certainly don't FEEL 35 years old. Especially now, with all the transformation in the past 2 years, I should get a do-over and be able to relive the whole 25-30 era sans 100lbs. Oh the damage that could be done! . . oh wait, that's how I GAINED 100 lbs. I remember now.  So, yeah. No big plans, just a casual acknowledgment of another year of Eddy having come and gone. And just cause I was so darn cute as a kiddo, here's me and my Muffin puppy from 1984. (Wow I look like XJ right here!)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Jelly Bean 10K and March Recap

Ok. I did it. I can still run. I can't believe how much it feels like starting over. I've put on a couple of pounds and a whole lot of doubt in the last 2 weeks. I've committed to doing the Jelly Bean, and this morning, I did. Accomplishment feels good. This is no great time to write home about. And yes, there were moments of walking (acclimation to dry is hard to come by), but 6.2 has been logged at 1:04.13. Funny.. that's a PR. I've never actually run a 10K race before. Small victories but I'll take 'em.

Jelly Bean 10K by agirlcallededdy at Garmin Connect - Details

And my post run mug shot! Very windy today. I tried to capture some of our roses. And well, it looks like the rose likes my nose. 

Looking ahead, I'm very happy to have this month behind me. For the sake of full disclosure, here is my March recap:

March 2012
No.of Runs: 14
Total Miles: 60
Total Time: 4 hours
Total Calories Burn: 8,653

I slipped from my 100 mile a month average but you might have noticed we've had some things going on this month. I'm going to give myself a buy on the whole moving across the country thing. How many months can I use THAT excuse?! ; )