It’s been awhile!
There is a lot to catch everyone up on! I have been out of the loop for the holidays and a couple pet sitting gigs, but I’m here and ready to do this!
First I need to start with the 5k. It was awesome!! The feeling of crossing that finish line was amazing. I forgot how good it felt to compete and actually finish something I never thought I could. Dr. Skyler and I ran 3 minutes walked 1 minute. I only had to walk longer twice. Our ending time was 38:22. She was completely fine but I was TIRED! Here are a few pictures!
I had a great time and I can’t wait until my next 5k! The next one I am doing is the Paramount Break A Leg 5k on February 20th. I can’t wait to see how much my time improves.
So back to tri training. It’s been really cold so I am taking it easy on the swimming aspect. To be honest I haven’t been at all for 3 weeks! Brrr:) I have however started the major training for running and biking. I am just doing gym training right now because I get out of work when it is dark out and I don’t feel safe on the roads after dark. I barely feel safe on the roads when it is light out! I have started running 2 miles a day and biking 7 miles a day. I hope to increase the biking to 12 miles by the end of the month.
I started the Biggest Loser at work. We are “competing” against each other to see who loses the most percentage wise each week. Today was the end of the first week and I did not win:( But it’s okay. It just gave me the motivation to kick some butt this week. Bring it on VetBeauties!!
Run…bike…swim and be merry:)
Tonight I spent the night amongst family and friends. Some I knew, some I did not. But we were all there for one purpose… to celebrate Bob Williams life. Bob was a dear friend and the closest thing I had to a dad down here in Texas. He looked after me and loved me as if I was his own blood. And I loved him the same way. From getting down on the ground and changing my tire to installing my new washer and dryer that he found for me, he always had my back. He was there to celebrate my milestones, and he was there to hold my hand when I fell. From sadness, to stroke, to sickness, to laughter, Bob always knew how to comfort me. He was a lover of everyone. If there was fault to be found in someone Bob didn’t care. He gave everyone a chance and welcomed everyone into his life. I remember at one point I was trying to get him to rally behind me when I was complaining about someone and he just looked at me and smile and say ‘ah, she’s not that bad.’ It drove me batty but I loved him for it just the same. If he taught me anything it was to be tolerable of everyone because there is always something good there even though you might have to go searching for it. All summer we would go to the lake every Saturday and that was one of Bob’s favorite places. A place where you could just tell he felt at home. It didn’t take much for that man to be happy…a little warm water (he hated it when it was cold), a beer, a cigarette, some good food and some good people. We would just float in the water for hours and later enjoy a beautiful sunset over Lake Travis. Since I don’t often drink I became the designated driver of the crew and thoroughly enjoyed having Bob next to me with Brady in his lap playing the ‘who sang it’ game the whole way home. I remember when I first started driving us home I warned him if I drive, I sing. He would one up me every time and blast the radio to drown me out. I think maybe he didn’t like my singing! But still in those times he seemed content after having a wonderful time at the lake and sitting back letting me drive him home with his favorite Bud Jr.(Brady) in his lap. I take comfort in familiarity and Bob always provided me with that. I knew if his door was open I could find him sitting in his chair or on the couch watching an old movie or the Bio channel. I knew that I could always walk right in and sit down and talk for minutes or sometimes hours. He always listened, he always cared. You know that saying, ‘it’s better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all’? Well that couldn’t more true for Bob. He was a part of my everyday routine. Get home from work, pop over for a quick hello, come home and make dinner, go to bed. I have lost someone that I love so dearly but I couldn’t imagine my life without him in it. There is a piece of my heart that is reserved for him and him alone. As the cold front moves into Austin Texas, a warm front has blanketed us all. The warmth of Bob’s love is here with us and I can feel it. Forever grateful to have met this wonderful man. I love you Bob, forever. Rest in peace dear friend and one day we shall meet again.
here i go
just keep running
I’m so tired but I have to tell you…………….
I ran my 1st mile WITHOUT stopping since high school!!!!!!
Wasn’t a great time, but who cares???
2 months ago I didn’t even want to walk a mile let alone run a mile!
and seriously…if i can do it, so can you! get out there and run people:)
I’m going to post a video of a guy who actually has a blog on tumblr as well. he is a huge inspiration to me. everytime i watch this video i break down in tears. enjoy
partly because I’m crazy and partly because I wanted to eat everything in sight I decided to run tonight too. Run/walk 2 miles. Each day it gets a little easier! So satisfying! I put 46 & 2 on repeat on my ipod. Never really listened to the words before, but as I was running and all I could see was my shadow beside me, and in front of me, the song hit home.
I’ve been crawling on my belly
Clearing out what could’ve been
I’ve been wallowing in my own chaotic
And insecure delusions
I wanna feel the change consume me,
Feel the outside turning in
I wanna feel the metamorphosis and
Cleansing I’ve endured within
Change is coming
Now is my time
Listen to my muscle memory
Contemplate what I’ve been clinging to
Forty six & 2
I am so confused! Am I training for a 5k or a triathlon? I must have forgotten because today when I got into the pool I felt like vomiting after only a few laps! Must not forget…I am not just running. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. Oh crap…and I have to bike too! haha. Too many sports, too little time;)
Okay so a couple of updates on sites that I have found to be quite helpful.
This site is great for training tips, training schedules and a list off races everywhere in the country. I first found the site when searching for a good training program for the 5k I am going to do. The training schedule is called ‘Couch to 5k’ Running Plan. I will break it down for you each week. Since I already started on Monday I’m almost done this week so you’ll get two for the price of one this week. If you need to see the training program just go to www.coolrunning.com and it’s pretty easy to find once there.
So Week 1 starts you off slow and easy. There are 3 workouts all the same. I am doing Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Workout: Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Easy right?!
Week 2 isn’t bad either. 3 workouts, all the same. I again am going to do Monday/Wednesday/Friday. Workout: Brisk five-minute warmup walk. Then alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes. Sweet! Keep tuned for the following weeks!!
The second site I found that is really helping me keep the inspiration is www.activetrainer.com
This site is awesome!! Not only does it have training programs and schedules but it has a free training log! What better way to keep track and stay inspired? I love this site!
Okay so time to bring this home. I swam 1,100 yards today and it sucked! I ate my oatmeal, my broccoli, my edamame, my veggie burger, my green beans and drank all my water:) I did my crunches and my push ups. Now I am sitting on my butt doing NOTHING and loving it!!
Phone has rang and I wanna answer:) Goodnight!
This is where I can breathe freely
Tempted by brownies..
Why are brownies so delicious? Why does one brownie lead to 4 or 5? I’ll tell you why…because they’re awesome!! I didn’t do all bad today, despite the brownies. I did run/walk 2 miles again. 25 crunches and 20 push ups. Tomorrow I will blog more. As for right now, I’m falling asleep while writing this..zzzz…
This is what a 5k looks like:)