Day 3. Ooof

Still the ‘hangover,’ still tired. Not as bad as yesterday, but I had no energy on the bike this morning.

Food:
Meal 1: chicken soup, 3 pieces bacon
Meal 2: chicken soup, 1 small sweet potato with cinnamon
Meal 3: I forgot…that’s what happens when I don’t write it the same day. UGH.

Exercise: 
AM: 30min Peloton ride. This was at a very easy pace, but just a nice spin. BUT, I got a high five from the instructor! Whooo hooo! This has never happened to me before.

Whole30 At Home: day 2

The Whole30® Timeline, Version 2.0 - The Whole30® Program
I was tired and had a headache this afternoon. Felt lethargic, but it’s normal for the program.

Food: 
Spicy Tuna Cakes with arugula x 2 meals.
Dinner: Spicy tuna cakes, arugula, a couple tiny potatoes (trying to see if that helped the headache. It did not.)

Exercise: walked 30min on the treadmill. I injured my foot this weekend so this was very uncomfortable.

Very uneventful day and I’m definitely feeling the ‘hangover’ part of this.

March Motivation?

Half the time I feel like I should let this blog die. I mean, was it really alive? Maybe in 2013. Then I vacillate back to that it provides me with motivation & self-accountability. Plus, It can be nice to use it as a journal. So, today there is a post.

My friend Alex has been CRUSHING his runs and is super motivated. See, we joke that we “suck at this” when we run marathons together. He’s a great middle/back-of-the-pack, party buddy. He’s got an ambitious race schedule this year and I can’t be the only one sucking in the back anymore! I love that his motivation is getting me motivated! Not to the point of wanting to do 8mi weekday training runs, BUT, some stuff. And that stuff is usually a little ass-kicking in other ways.

The excitement of seeing my goal of 50 states getting close  (hopefully next year!) is another motivator. Of course I don’t like “easy”, big road races. Some of the ones I’ve picked are difficult…*ahem* AZ and NV. Hard! (race reports coming soon)

Finally, Pikes Peak marathon registration is this weekend. The race that was the hardest race I’ve done besides the 100. Harder than 50mi, even the one in the blizzard. Far harder. I said last year that I wouldn’t do it again. No way. Too hard. Took me over a week to feel functional and recovered. (It would help if I had trained) Naturally, this means I’m planning on registering for the Double. Because once up the mountain isn’t enough. Lets do it twice. Half Saturday (all the way to the top), full Sunday (up and down). It’s going to kill me.

The only way it won’t kill me? The only way I can have a CHANCE finishing the full? Training. Hopefully this motivation sticks around. Hopefully it rubs off and I’ll want to keep logging my workouts here.

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Crowded for a weekday afternoon!

Tuesday 3/8: Up the Incline, up a little ways past the Incline to where it connects to Barr trail, then down the trail. I usually just go straight down after I finish, but I want to keep doing more miles up (hitting Barr Camp at mile 6) as time permits.

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First of many Barr Trail runs. Barr, you will be my friend!

 

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See that dark figure? That was a guy in a wool coat, work slacks, and brand new trail shoes. I suspect that he is in town for work, picked up some shoes are REI, then went to the Incline–to say he did. Typical tourists. Oh, and no water. They never carry water.

3/9: Crossfit. Hour of snatches. Form work, then 20 min of set building, then 3 reps every 30 seconds of power snatch (60lbs). It felt like Tabata snatches and it got hard. I felt very uncoordinated and my form was very off. Oh well, I lifted weight and put it down for most of an hour.

3/10: I wanted to do the Incline again, but I was too busy.
AM: dog park walk, 40min.
mid-day: Tabata run: got my pace down to 7 and some upper 6’s at the end of the sets. And I didn’t feel like I was going to die. Progress!
Tabata Kettlebells: 36lbs. 12 swings per set.

Friday won’t be much of anything. We’re busy all day. This weekend though…I’ll need to find some other dirt to hit since I don’t go anywhere near the Pikes Peak/Incline trails on the weekend. Ciao!

2015-2016.

Well. I don’t know where to start, it’s been so long.

2015: moved to CO. Bought a house less than a month later (originally unplanned). Did Pikes Peak marathon. Started school a couple weeks later. Fall semester KICKED MY ASS. Didn’t work out. Got fat (ok, how do I strike through here? Oh! Found it.) unhealthy.

Last January I blogged my 2015 “goals”. I didn’t even come close to 365 days of working out. I don’t even know when I quit that, but it was pretty early. Then:
Other goals:
knit at least 5 projects (making my way through my neglected project box)
read 10 books
3-5 new marathon states (Booked: South Dakota, the rest…up in the air)

Reality:
Knitting: 2 projects. I call that pretty decent considering I hadn’t knitted anything since Dec. 14.
Books: more than 17! I have 17 saved on my Goodreads acct, and I know I forgot to put in several. Between driving across the country (Texas) several times to/from CO, I listened to some great audio books as well.
Marathons: 3 (all new states). Whew, just under the wire here. I had planned on 2 more, but new house/K’s work travel cancelled those. I couldn’t leave in the middle of the move (that I mostly did on my own). That’s ok, life things that are more important than races and I’m totally fine with it.

Food/weight/fitness. I fit all the food in my mouth. Gained a bunch of weight. (UGH. Mad at myself but really trying hard to not beat myself up) I know how to fix it. The fall semester was horrible for these things as well. Workouts were very sporadic, until Dec break, I hadn’t been to a CF class since Oct/early Nov. NOT GOOD for my physical and mental being. I was not a happy person. That’s ok….again, other things were more important, but I really suffered.

I did get a 4.0. Whoo! Whew. That will really help later.

So, what else? 2016? This is a HUGE question mark. I’ve feel like I’ve been treading water/flailing for 2 years now. Since the end of 2013 (end of my first 365), I had “finished” losing weight, and finished the 100miler. I don’t do well without goals, purpose, or vision. Being unstable in where we were going to move, not having fitness goals…just doesn’t work for me. So, I guess the good news is I have something to work towards: getting healthy. Again. (Ugh. Why is this a pattern?)

Health/weight: 365 days of doing something active! 2 Whole30’s. ‘Easy’ to tackle with my routine. Just takes time.  I hope I can do this no matter what. I’d love to do 4 again this year, but I don’t know if that is feasible, (more on that below) so, 2 is a reasonable expectation.

Running: not too sure. Depends on the year. If things don’t change, I’ll get a couple more states this year. Not sure which ones. If they do, I suspect I’ll actually get more running in.

Challenges: There are several big unknowns/events on the horizon that may or may not happen. If they do, it’ll be big changes. If they don’t, then things continue on mostly the same, which is good too. Routine is good for me and I know I can focus on getting my ass into shape, no matter what happens. This possible change would be huge, and amazing, but I’d really be denying myself if I didn’t enjoy the full experience. We’ll see.
Others:
House projects. We have a 3 page running list and have stalled on some things as they snowball. For example: “lets redo the floors!” Great. No problem. Well, now I hate the fireplace (with a PASSION) and it’s not staying. (Fireplace Dr. appt next week! One step.) So, can’t redo the floor before we do the fireplace. Need a new storage cabinet/island in the kitchen, but should get a new stove first…And on. And on. This will also be easier when I’m working again. So, maybe 1 big project and a couple smaller ones are a reasonable goal.
Reading: I exceeded my goal and don’t anticipate this falling to the wayside. Our library is EXCELLENT and it’s much easier now that it used to be. (LA libraries & education system are awful) So, no set reading goal.
Knitting: 2-3 projects. I feel this is more reasonable.

BLOGGING. I need to keep this blog up. 1 post per week, minimum. Should be reasonable as well. I do well holding myself accountable when I write it down, and it’s “out there” for the world. If my life changes happen, I suspect this will be far more frequent to keep it documented.

Side note: so many people are against resolutions. Sure, it sucks when you fail, but making a conscious effort to change, or work on something, usually leads to good things. “Losing weight” “eat healthy”, those things don’t usually get people anywhere. Specific goals, usually do.
What am I doing to keep up my goals?
1. this blog
2. getting strict with my food again. I know I”m not a moderation person, I shouldn’t try to be.
3. Fitness/goal journal. This is new, but I hope that seeing it on my table every day will keep me accountable. I can ignore the computer and this blog. Harder to ignore the physical book.

Update (post day): I wrote this 5 days ago and never hit ‘publish.’ Oops.

I doubt anyone read all of this, but if you did, I leave you with this.
Apparently, one can’t leave boxes, and boxes, of LaCroix and Pelligrino in the garage when living in Colorado. I pretty much blame my Yankee husband for this as he pointed out we have tons of shelving storage in there AND he should have known that they would have turned into frozen projectiles, as he is from the frozen tundra of Ohio and I am from the south (and have never lived somewhere this cold). Thankfully only the garage lights were broken, and not the windows in my car. Whooops. That was a terrible mess to clean up!

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Nothing like trying to clean frozen, exploded, water.

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Super sad face.

This week: 6/23-26/15

I still have a TON of life things to do (and I’m writing this instead of weed-eating or mowing or cleaning the chicken coop), but I made myself a priority this week. Unpacking and cleaning can wait a couple hours a day. Whew. So. Exhausted.

6/23: back to CrossFit! I hadn’t been in about a month. And what a month it was. I still did things. A lot of things. But they weren’t at the CF gym.
WOD:
(Can’t get the bold off. Stupid formatting. Whatever.)

Four sets of:
Seated Overhead Press with Dumbbells x 10-12 reps
Rest 45-60 seconds
Strict Supinated-Grip Pull-Ups x 8-10 reps
Rest 45-60 seconds
Bent-Over Barbell Rows x 6-8 reps
Rest 45-60 seconds
Band Pull-Aparts x 20 reps
Rest 45-60 seconds


B.
Complete as many reps as possible in 6 minutes of:
Dumbbell Man-Makers
(Push-Up, Power Clean, Push Press)

THEN:

RUN: midday. Ran an errand. Literally. Ran 2mi to the shop, then walk/jog back. Lots of stop signs & several lights. Fun, but hot. I love functional runs.
4mi 40:14
Of course my Garmin died .2mi from my front door, thankfully I had started the stopwatch on my phone.

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Out: 18:13
Back: 22:01

6/24: CrossFit
This one was tough. Don’t feel like writing too much about it
Every 6min, for 30min (5rds)
400m Run
12 OHS (45lbs)
12 Chest to bar pullups
12 box overs.
Pretty much scaled it all except the run and box jumps.

6/25: Attack Pack trail run!
4.85mi: 1:02, 6,xxxft-8,000ish ft. (asked a guy at the turnaround and he said “8”. Don’t know the start exactly)
I found this group on FB. They run 2 days a week, sometimes 3. I’m SO glad one of the members replied to a totally different post about hiking and 50k’s…and I saw it. So, it was my first run with this group and it was TOUGH. I’m definitely the slowest by far (and the biggest, but whatever). I can’t hang with their posted paces, but I emailed with the organizer and since I’m ok being last, he’s ok with me joining. My mentality is that I won’t get better if I don’t go and push myself. And they are officially a no-drop, friendly group, so we’re going to make it work. They’ve had members be the slowest and over time, they become strong enough that they run pack pace.

This run was an “up and down” up a mountain fire road. It used to be a dirt road people could drive on, but the floods last month washed a lot of it out. So now, it’s pedestrian only.
The run was officially 1-on-1-off, up up up the mountain. After a couple minutes I was down to 30-30, then, 30 and walk a lot of minutes. But, I kept going up. The Pack came back a couple times on their “1 off” to check on me, but I told them to keep going up. I wasn’t going to get lost on this road, doing an out-and-back. IT. KICKED. MY. BUTT. Fabulous.

After 40min it was time to go back down, and we bombed down the hill at a pace of 7:30’s-9min/mi. I was able to keep up then! At least I can run safely downhill. Small victories.

So, I am going back on Tuesday. I haven’t been so excited to be the worst at something in a long time. When they run trails (not this kind of out-and-back hill training), they wait at intersections for the stragglers (will be me), and the ones who don’t want to wait run back and run the last people in, adding mileage for themselves. I will feel really bad about that, but I need to get over it. That’s part of running in a group. Hopefully I’ll make some new friends too. Seems promising.

6/26: CrossFit
Backsquat sets, to 1RM!
85,115, 135×3, 145×2, 155, 160, 165, 170!

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Terrible pic and not great form. BUT, it was a max on tired legs. I’ll take it.

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Not sure if this is a max or tie my max (since my last gym didn’t save my data in Wodify…effers), but it’s the top so. Either way…I’m happy with this. Last high weight was 145 in May!

WOD:
21-15-9 front squat + toes to bar
I did: 15-15-9. My legs were fried from the backsquats and the hill work on Thurs.

6/27: rest day. Took the dogs for a long walk.

Since this post is boring and doesn’t have interesting pics, I leave you with this:
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On running: a plan!

So, while I haven’t run more than 2ish miles since I moved here, I’ve got some long races coming up. I really should be in some sort of shape resembling “fit” and not “round and flabby”.
Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 9.35.53 PMI’ve had to rework my plan for the summer/year since we’re buying this house that needs a lot of our money time to fix up. So, gone are my Montana 50mi and my Wyoming Memorial weekend marathon since they’re too far and have serious time conflicts with K. We just can’t afford to be that far away for that amount of time right now with what needs (or will need) to be done at the house & the logistics of his work travel. (trying to ignore how overwhelming that is)

BUT! Not to worry. I’ve decided to take a whole different direction!
*drumroll*

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TRAINING RUNS!

Hold up. Wait.

WHAT?!

Who is this person?

I think I’m lacking oxygen. Not thinking straight. Clearly.
Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 9.53.20 PMSo. I’ve found a couple half marathons that I think will be excellent training runs for Pikes Peak. I’m not in any reasonable shape for Deadwood Marathon in 2 weeks, but that’s ok. I’ll finish and I’m just thinking of it as a training run.

I’m signed up for a trail half next weekend, then considering Leadville Heavy Half in June. Add that to the 10miler in June (and the marathon), the 12k in July, plus Barr Trail 12miler…I should be in some sort of presentable shape at Pikes Peak in August. Whew.

Let’s make this easier to follow:
5/30 Big Mountain half R
6/7   Deadwood Mickelson marathon R
6/14 Garden of the Gods 10miler (Pikes Triple Crown Series) R
6/20 Leadville half (?)
7/4   HuHot half
7/12 Summer Roundup 12k (Pikes TCS) R
8/15 Pikes Peak Marathon R

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 9.42.37 PMWhew. Well. That’s something of a plan. And I think K about had a heart attack when I said, “I’m considering these half marathons because I don’t think the marathons at the altitude and terrain is a smart idea right now. The half distance is more conducive to building mileage without killing myself.”

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Some workouts!

Monday, 5/18
CrossFit
“You can’t spell legendary without leg day.” -coach Loree

imageI felt rushed during the squats, so I don’t feel I did my best. I could have gone heavier. But, the 6th set of 6, definitely hurt. So, I guess I ‘saved’ the set in the end.

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WOD:imageMy hands. Ooof. I went pretty conservative during the WOD. More of a slow-and-steady pace. I want to workout with more volume this week, so I’m dialing back the intensity. We’ll see how it goes.

Tuesday 5/19
CrossFit
My plan to not go 100% yesterday didn’t really help. Sore as he**! My abs! Oh, we didn’t do abs yesterday, you say? Right. Heavy squats, pullups, pushups, some gymnastic mobility…no, none of that uses abs.
Anyway, today’s WOD:
imageThe KB bench press wasn’t too difficult, but I went a little lighter since I’m sore. I think tomorrow is going to HURT.
imageThe WOD was strict technique work and SHOCKER…was hard. I didn’t think that a minute of work, with a minute rest, for several minutes would hurt so much. But, it did. Welcome to CF. Our score was based on how many total pullups we did.
imageLast Friday I took one of K’s friends & old co-worker from Lake Placid (she was here for work) to the Incline. She lives at 3,000ft, hikes often and is training for IMLP. Oh, and she’s 23. Ooof. She did just fine. Despite taking time to chat, talk to other climbers, and take pictures, I finished 5min faster than the last 2 times! Whoo! I’m still REALLY slow, but I can see progress. I was faster this time and didn’t feel like I pushed it harder. I will feel more comfortable pushing it like a harder run once I get to the Dr. and get a new inhaler Rx. Until then, it’s a good strength day and time on the trails!
imageimageAfter the Incline we went and rode the Terror-dactyl, a super-touristy ride. It’s a slingshot type thing over a canyon. It was awesome.
imageThis isn’t us (obviously), but we didn’t want to pay for the GoPro video that’s just a face shot. Stupid. Anyway, the canyon was fun!