Race Day Recap and Photo Challenge Wrap Up

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Day 28 (My Gym) #shrinkingjeans

Day 29 (Virtual Race)

Day 29 (Virtual Race)

I couldn’t have asked for a better day, weather-wise. It was sunny and warm, with a nice cool breeze. A perfect summer day for a 10K. Except that I didn’t run 6 miles. I had been taking it easy all week in preparation for my 6.3 mile run this Sunday. And in my infinite wisdom I thought it would be a good idea to do a little kettle bell workout on Saturday. Annnnd that’s when I hurt my back. Strained muscle, nothing serious, but had me hobbled all day Saturday and definitely not in race-ready shape on Sunday. Despite this setback, I started out on my route, fully intending to do the 6, but my back had different plans. I suffered through the 3 miles then had to walk the 1.3 miles back to my car. Utterly defeated. Technically it could have been considered a Did Not Finish, but since it was a virtual 5K, 10K, or 1 mile fun run, I gave myself a 5K finish. Am I disappointed? Unfortunately yes. Is that cheating? I hope not – well cheating myself, I guess.

Ten weeks spent on that training. Ten weeks I (mostly) followed the training plan. Ten weeks of highs and lows and commitment and enjoyment and pain and fun. All thrown out the window because I did not finish the 10K.

My confidence is gone. I’m starting to think I cannot do the half marathon in October. I don’t even know if I want to anymore. Maybe I can defer my payment on the race to another race, maybe another 10K?

As Bobby, my wise and wonderful husband, would tell me, “this is a first world problem”. And he’d be right, of course. This isn’t necessary to my survival. This is a hobby, something I do for “fun”. I do this because this is how I want to spend some of my time. [Side note – other first world problems: venting on your blog, photo challenges, and kettle bell injuries]. I shouldn’t give up. I’ve had a setback, but I made a commitment and I ought to keep it.

So, no more pity party. Back in the big girl panties… I am starting a new training plan this week, and this week’s runs include two 5-milers and a 6-miler. Here’s my second chance I guess. Can I do it? Probably… Yes… I don’t know!!

OK…time to get a grip. I’ve got 15 weeks until the half. Plenty of time. Take a breath – the race isn’t this weekend. I honestly thought I was being smart, planning a 10k early in the summer to jump-start my marathon training. And it was a good idea. I’m there. I can do it, just because I didn’t yesterday doesn’t mean I couldn’t tomorrow. I can. And I will. Shake off the bad run and keep moving forward. Regroup and make a new plan.

 

Moving on to the last photo of the month! It’s supposed to be a Before/After of me, but since I never took a “before” photo, I had to come up with something else.

Day 30 (Before)

Day 30 (Before)

Day 30 (After)

Day 30 (After)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When all else fails, a snap or two of my D-Man always makes me feel better. He was the cutest puppy. Look at that beautiful puppy face. We thought he was so sweet and calm. Little did we know that he was all tuckered out when we met him. He’s 4 now and just as sweet, with a devilish side to him that I am both infuriated and amused by (most of the time).

I guess it’s time to get over my first world problems and make a new playlist, choke down a few ibuprofen, hug my puppy dog, and get my butt back out there. If anyone out there has any advice for me I’d love to hear it.

 

Playing Catch Up – Part 2

Ok, so I’ve gotten up to speed with the Photo Challenge. I’ve put my winter clothes in the attic (finally!). I’ve hiked to the twin peaks of Mt. Piles o’Mail, and Piles o’Laundry and now it is Friday and I am feeling back in control of my house. I know it’s a fleeting feeling. What with the never ending doggie detritus, dust, fur, pollen, muddy paws, toys, etc.

So no time like the present to recap my running workouts. I have neglected lots of things as I mentioned, but not my running. I have been making an effort to get out there and pound the pavement at least 3 times per week. I am on week 10 of my 10K training plan, and my 10K is on Sunday! I’m feeling as prepared as can be. And I must admit I’m just a smidge proud of myself for making it this far.

My long runs the past 3 weekends have been at least 60 minutes. Last Sunday I did 75 minutes. Not fast, mind you, but I don’t really care about that right now. I’m more concerned with my endurance. And because of all this running, my foam roller has become my new best friend. It hurts so good.

Side note – This week I started using a great new app: Road ID. I just type in the length of my workout and it sends Bobby (or whomever – up to 5 people) a text letting him know I’ve gone for a run. He can then see where I am by following eCrumbs. It makes us both feel a bit better to know that someone knows where I am in case I fall and break my ankle. Or worse.

I’m also still into my kettle bells and made up a killer workout this week:

 

kettlebell workout (#innercouchpotato)

kettlebell workout (#innercouchpotato)

It’s a pretty good one – sore muscles guaranteed.

Today’s P.O.D. is to clean out my spare bedroom and return it from its current state of laundry way station to the workout room it used to be. Go for an easy-breezy 20 minute jog. Help Bobby with some yard work. Make some sort of sweet concoction to bring to my parents’ since my sister is in town this weekend. I’m thinking strawberry-cheesecake monkey bread…

And here’s today photo:

Day 27 (shorts) #shrinkingjeans

Day 27 (shorts) #shrinkingjeans

There’s all my running clothes drying on the line, and Dio, who is never far from me. You didn’t think I’d post a photo of me in those shorts, did you??

Playing Catch Up

So many things left undone. My last day of school was June 19th and I am just now starting to feel like I am on vacation (sort of). I have neglected many things in the mad dash to the finish line of the school year: my house cleaning, laundry, the photo challenge, and generally organizing/getting my sh*t together.

So, while I was certainly taking lots of photos, they didn’t make it to the page. Without further ado here are the photos from where I left off:

Day 10 (#shrinkingjeans)

Day 10 (Water bottle) #shrinkingjeans

Day 11 - Tracker (#shrinkingjeans)

Day 11 – Tracker (#shrinkingjeans)

Day 12 - In My Bag (#shrinkingjeans)

Days 12 and 15 (In My Bag and Workout Gear) #shrinkingjeans

 

Day 13 (How I Feel) #shrinkingjeans

Day 13 (Smoothie) #shrinkingjeans

Day 14 (Meal Plan) #shrinkingjeans

Day 14 (Meal Plan) #shrinkingjeans

Day 16 (How I Feel) #shrinkingjeans

Day 16 (How I Feel) #shrinkingjeans

Day 17 – Biceps. Please. We will not go there.

Day 18 (Playlist) #shrinkingjeans

Day 18 (Playlist) #shrinkingjeans

Day 19 (Throwback) #shrinkingjeans

Day 19 (Throwback) #shrinkingjeans

Day 20 (Guilty Pleasure) #shrinkingjeans

Day 20 (Guilty Pleasure) #shrinkingjeans

Day 21 (On My Feet) #shrinkingjeans

Day 21 (On My Feet) #shrinkingjeans

Day 22 (Sunshine) #shrinkingjeans

Day 22 (Sunshine) #shrinkingjeans

Day 23 – Triceps. Fugeddaboutit

 

Day 24 (Steps) #shrinkingjeans

Day 24 (Steps) #shrinkingjeans

Day 25 (Sweaty Hair) #shrinkingjeans

Day 25 (Sweaty Hair) #shrinkingjeans

Day 26 (Every Day) #shrinkingjeans

Day 26 (Every Day) #shrinkingjeans

 

 

Photo Challenge and Running Update

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Hello Hello!

Hope all of y’all had a lovely weekend. It was picture-perfect here where I am, and I did take a photo or 2 for my June Photo Challenge. I realize I haven’t posted a pic since last Thursday, so I have some catching up to do…couch potato strikes again.

But first! I must recount my workouts for the week (#7 of the 10K training plan). It was a week full of errands and obligations that totally messed up my training schedule, but somehow I did manage to squeeze in a treadmill run on Tuesday (2 miles). Then this past Saturday I ran 3 miles and Sunday I dominated a 60 minute run! Oh yes I did! Ok, dominated may be too strong a word. How about – I didn’t pass out or hobble my way to the end? I totally forgot to bring my phone, so I wasn’t able to track my mileage, but I guesstimate it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 5.5 miles. Sh*t yeah! I’m proud. Pat on the back. Can I run for an hour? Why yes. Yes I can. That’s a pretty decent accomplishment and I’d like to bask in that for a moment…Ok thanks. Moving on…

Photo challenge catch up! Last week I left off on Friday June 6th. That just so happened to also be high school graduation night, so I was a bit busy with all kinds of celebration and merry-making. I snapped this photo at the beginning of the day. I should have snapped another at the end because all that craptastickness was crossed off! Booyah!!

Day 6 (List) #shrinkingjeans

Day 6 (List) #shrinkingjeans

These are my new favorite weights. I just started learning how to use a kettle bell and it is a serious cardio and strength workout. I love that I can get a good, sweaty workout done in just a few minutes with these babies.

Day 7 (Weights) #shrinkingjeans

Day 7 (Weights) #shrinkingjeans

Here’s a great quote that I have totally been living by recently. Since running 4  miles and now 60 minutes (holla!), I have a new appreciation and respect for my legs. They’ve always been something I’ve been self-conscious of, but now I’m beginning to love them. My legs are strong and healthy and will carry me through that 10K in a couple of weeks. I just know it. (Of course they are also covered in itchy mosquito bites, but that’s just ‘cuz I’m so sweet. Or something.)

Day 8 (Fitspiration) #shrinkingjeans

Day 8 (Fitspiration) #shrinkingjeans

And today’s photo is of my peanut. My baby girl. My monkey. This is Lotus acting like the maniac that she is. She is a girl who cannot resist the lure of the hose. I just love this picture of her.

Day 9 (Movement) #shrinkingjeans

Day 9 (Movement) #shrinkingjeans

That’s it for now. I’m off to play connect the mosquito bites…

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June Photo Challenge – Day 5

Today’s theme is “My View”, and I could have taken this photo any number of places: my counseling office where I meet with students, the waiting room at the dentist’s office – where I wiled away 2 and a half hours of my life that I will never get back – but my student did follow through on something he was deathly afraid of, so…there’s that. But honestly I wanted to take a photo of my happy place. The place I look forward to coming to at the end of every exhausting school day.

Day 5 (My View) #shrinkingjeans.net

Day 5 (My View) #shrinkingjeans.net

This is my back yard and my elder dog, Lotus. She’s probably rolling in something dead, but doesn’t she look cute?? My dogs crack me up on a daily basis. I love to sit and watch them play. Except for today when I could only sit outside for all the time it took to snap this photo because the effing mosquitoes were biting my fingers. I kid you not. My fingers. It’s absolutely ridic.

And I would also like to give a shout-out to my Gram who’s 98 today. Happy Birthday Gram! You’re the cat’s pajamas!!

And now I’m off to slather myself in calamine lotion because I’m oh-so-itchy…

Photo Challenge – Day 4

Yum. I love breakfast and never, ever skip it. Or I become crankier and more obnoxous than usual, and no one within 100 yards of me wants that to happen.

My usual weekday breakfast is oatmeal with cranberries, banana, and peanutbutter, eaten out of Tupperware on my way to school. Plus a gallon of coffee. That aint gonna make a pretty picture, though, so instead I thought I’d share what I typically enjoy before my weekend runs:

Breakfast (Day 4)

Breakfast (Day 4) #shrinkingjeans

Now that it’s starting to warm up around New England I’m trying to be more mindful of being well-hydrated prior to my run. It worked out pretty well to drink some water and coconut water before the big 4 mile run this past Sunday. And I love peanutbutter and banana on a whole wheat English muffin. It’s a no-fail combo pre-run meal.

Annnnd now I’m hungry…

June Photo Challenge – Day 3

The topic today is “New Challenge”. Hmmm… so many possibilities! Which one to choose?? My first thought naturally went to running, but I quickly ruled that out because: a) that’s not new, and b) I’m not going to take another picture of my calendar or training program, and c) I’ve got more going on than that.

Such as: kicking sugar out of my diet, cleaning my closets (yikes! The bags. The shoes! All that I can’t bear to part with is now spilling into and all over my office), getting rid of those bastard carpenter bees that are eating my house (I will get you, emmeneffers. Mark my words…), or how about not dying of EEE due to the 5 billion plus mosquitoes in my yard?

I could go on, but Couch Potato is looking for some attention, so I’m gonna make this short and sweet. If anyone out there knows how to help me with a rascally puppydog who gets into all sorts of non-edibles that he should definitely not get into, then let me know.

This is what I came home to today. Dio seems to be getting ready for Christmas a tad early. I also could have posted the photos of half-eaten mail, the stack of photos that “disappeared” but he left the bag as evidence, or the shredded dollar bill (we call him “fiftycent” now).

New Challenges (Day 3)

New Challenges (Day 3)

He’s on the naughty list for sure this year.

But the truth is, he’ll eat the coal too.

Workouts and a Photo Challenge

This week’s post is a two-parter. First let’s focus on the workouts, cuz I’m feeling pretty good about my 10k training so far. I’ve been progressing through my training program, following it pretty closely, but not perfectly. Life gets in the way, ya know how that goes… This past week I was able to get out and run 3 times – a 3 miler, a 40 minute (3.5 miler), with the longest run yesterday. I dominated 4 whole miles! Well, if by dominated I mean I ran at a snail’s pace, then yes! That’s what I did! In addition to that awesomeness, I also did this strength workout twice:

courtesy of carrotsncake.com

courtesy of carrotsncake.com

I used a 15 pound kettle bell and it kicked my ass. Holy smoking quads, Batman! I was able to do 10 rounds (that’s 100 reps, folks).

And on another completely random topic. No decent segue here I guess…

I enjoy taking photos, although you couldn’t really tell from this blog. But my Facebook and Instagram accounts are chock-full of more pictures of my pups than anyone wants to see. By some stroke of fortuitousness (huh?) good luck today I received 2 different photo challenges. If anyone wants to join in go to www.shrinkingjeans.net and/or www.carrotsncake.com. Perfect timing, I thought. I may follow one plan or I may pick and choose. Who knows?! I’m wild and crazy like that!

Since it’s June 2nd, I’ll post 2 photos and be all caught up.

Here’s the first, taken yesterday, June 1st: Morning Me

 

Morning Me (Day 1)

Morning Me (Day 1)

This was taken right after my 4 mile run. And it just goes to show what a complete dork I am. I have no idea how to take a decent selfie, obvs. You didn’t think I was going to post my morning hair did you?? Or anything prior to coffee, because that would be horrifying for all involved.

Moving on to today: June Goals

Photo Challenge June 2014

June Goals (Day 2)

Yes, my big goal for the month is the 10K on the 29th. I am determined to run it from start to finish. I am not concerned about time, because for me it’s all endurance and proving to myself that I can. do. this.

And I am doing this. I just banged out 4 miles like, well, like it was running 4 miles. It wasn’t easy is what I’m saying. But I’m feeling proud and determined. And really thankful that my body and my legs are healthy and strong.

That is all. Peace out.

K