Thursday, June 30, 2011

Three Things Thursday!!

1.  After a long trip I made it to MN.  I was on a strict deadline because I needed to get my driver's license renewed and MN government is on the verge of a shut down. I made it with time to spare since I broke up the drive  I've seen MOST of my family.  My oldest brother and his family are coming tomorrow night and it should be a good time (and will get crazy).  Its going to be a crazy weekend

2.  Tomorrow morning will be my long run.  It will be moved up a day due to the weekend's festivities.  I'm hoping I can get myself out of bed early enough for it because there is a full day planned tomorrow as well! If I don't I guess I don't but I really don't want to miss the long run.

3. Saturday I will be participating in our towns 4th of July race.  The festivities were pushed up to the 2nd this year so that more people would be able to attend the towns 4th of July activities.  It is the schools 100th anniversary this year so they want to draw in more people (all the activities in town are a fundraiser for the Christian school in town). The nice thing about this race? its 2.5 miles and its free.  Its no cost to the runners (of course its not chip timed or anything but thats not a problem).  For each runner that finishes, $40 will be donated to the school from various businesses.  Pretty awesome if you ask me.  I'm sure my legs will be somewhat tired from the 9 miles the day before but we'll get it done.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sweat Your Thorns Off Virtual 5k

This past weekend Adam hosted the 2nd annual Sweat Your Thorns Off Virtual 5k.

As usual, I didn't feel like getting up in the morning so I waited til about 1 pm to run.  Its a good thing its not crazy hot right now.  I took off on my normal 3 mile loop planning on just adding a little bit to the end.  I took it easy.  It was technically supposed to be one of my rest days so I just took it easy.  I'm of course not very far into marathon training so I wasn't too worried.  It was a warm run, but I'm glad it wasn't hotter.  Nothing too crazy weather wise around here lately.  I finished in a little under 36 minutes.  Like I said I took it nice and easy.  I made sure to watch out for all of the construction cones and no tripping was done :) Since it was a little warm, I took a couple walk breaks since I am not used to running in the heat yet (sad I know).  Most of my training runs are run around a 12 min/mile pace so I kept this one around the same.  I finished the 3.1 in 35:42 so right at 11:30 miles.

Here is a picture with the race bib. Sorry its blurry, my camera battery was dead so I used the Ipod.

Thanks for hosting another virtual race Adam!!! Sorry it took me so long to get the report up :) 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Be proactive

I feel like I have had many reminders lately on how I need to be grateful for what I have, and give to others when I can.  Yesterday when I went to work, my pharmacy boss/pharmacist told me about his friend who overnight lost everything they had in a house fire.  They were basically left with the clothes they had on.  The family later stopped by that day with the pharmacists wife. They were going to help out and buy the family some stuff to get by for awhile.  My boss looked at us and said it'll be expensive for us..but they have nothing right now.  The good thing about the situation? The family woke up to the smoke detectors going off and everyone got out of the house safely.  Yes you are devastated by the destruction. Your house is gone.  Clothes gone. Furniture gone. Pictures gone.  But at the same time you still have each other and the rest of your friends and family.  I briefly met this family today and my heart still breaks for them.  I saw a picture of the father standing next to what was the house on the internet when I got home and the tears started flowing.  I wish there was something I could do, but being in grad school and having a very low paying job resources are limited. But I think all of us in the pharmacy were more appreciative of what we had today.

Sometimes, there isn't a lot that we can do.  Take for instance cancer.  It is a horrifying word and has taken many lives.  I know cancer has affected my life and there isn't a day that goes by where I wish cancer didn't exist.  When someone we love is diagnosed with cancer, there isn't much we can do.  We can't take that burden off of them.  We can't go through treatments for them.  We do the small things.  We can bring them meals.  We can give encouraging words.  We can take them to their treatments.  We CAN support the organizations that are trying to find a cure for this deadly disease. We do what we CAN..

This right here is why I am running for the American Cancer Society and Team Determination.  This is why I am fundraising.  I may not have much money to give to ACS or to help out the family that lost their home in the fire or even those that lost their homes in the floods or tornadoes, but I can help RAISE that money.  So I am going to raise money while doing something I love, running.

Running for a team like DetermiNation is the least I can do.  I can help raise money for a great cause and honor and remember loved ones I have lost and others have lost to this TERRIBLE disease.  When I signed up to run for the American Cancer Society, I especially wanted to run in honor/in memory of my Aunt Sue, Aunt Kathy, and my Grandma Breems who I all lost to different forms of cancer.  But I also had other people on my mind.  My good friend lost his mom to breast cancer so I will be running in memory of Barb and also in memory of Ben who went to my school and church died at the age of 15, the summer before my senior year in high school.  What better way to honor them, then to raise money in their honor.

The purpose of this post isn't to badger you about giving me money.  I know a lot of other bloggers raise money for charity and as much as I would love to give to each one, I can't afford it. You can check out my fundraising page here but I understand if you can't give (but I would love it if you did). The purpose of this post is to remind you that so many people are less fortunate than us whether it be because they lost everything in a fire or they are fighting for their life because of a disease called cancer.

I want to encourage you to be proactive.  Do something.  Help someone.  Encourage someone.  Someday you may be the one needing help and encouragement.  If you can give money to a cause thats special to you...GIVE.  If you can't, find another way to help.  Bring a meal to someone.  Send a card to someone who's having a hard time.  Mow the lawn for a neighbor.  Even the small things mean a lot.  So do something!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Marathon Training Week 4

As I said slowly but surely motivation is getting better.  So here is the recap of week 3 and the plan for week 4.

Monday:Rest day

Tuesday: 3 miles.  I procrastinated with the run so I ended up running when it was about 85 degrees and humid.  I'm not used to that yet.  So it was slow. I didn't wear my garmin because it was dead and the charger was lost (FINALLY found it again).

Wednesday: postponed run
Thursday: postponed run
Friday: 3 miles leisurely run around the neighborhood

Saturday:Step back week. long run was 5 miles.  The shortest long run of the whole training cycle.  Run went alright.  Still am enjoying the group I am running with.  Stayed right at a 12 min/mile pace the whole time.  Its been fun running with the  group.  I can definitely see friendships developing with members of the group. Big Congrats to our group leader who had travel plans arranged to go to China to adopt a child! She is meeting her 3 year old daughter! So exciting!

Sunday:3 miles.  Ran Adam's virtual race.  Race report is coming :)
As I said, the motivation is slowly coming back.  Since mileage is getting longer I'm going to try to stop rearranging workouts so much but this week its important. Friday is when my brothers both come (I just found out the oldest brother and his family are coming!!) so I'm going to try to get my long run done early in the morning so I can spend time with them Saturday/Sunday.  Then I have the race on Saturday, which will of course be just for fun since my legs will probably be tired (its been a long time since I've done 9). Its a free race.  How can I pass that up?

WEEK 4
This is not the original schedule, but this is how I am arranging it to fit around travel/time with family.
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 3 miles
Wednesday: 4 miles
Thursday: travel day
Friday: 9 miles
Saturday: 2.5 mile race

Can't wait to hear all about everyone's weekends/races!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Fresh Start

As you all probably know and are probably sick of hearing about lately, but I have been struggling.  I have been struggling for motivation.  But its the truth.  The motivation is slowly coming back.  As I have been thinking about this, I think I  just needed a break...not necessarily from running but from everything.  During the school year almost every minute of every day is planned out.  When I need to be at this class, this night I need to study for this class but I need to take breaks to study for a different class, and at this time I need to work out.  It was just a crazy schedule and I was burnt out.  I was following class schedules, exam schedules, work schedules, and running/working out schedules/training plans.  Honestly, I think I may have complained along the way, but I don't think it REALLY got to me until the last month or so.  It was then that working out took a BIG backseat and I was eating junk ALL the time.  Plus I eat at really weird (and really late) times of day since I usually work til either 7 or 11 at night. It seems like whenever I get home at 11, all I want to do is eat! I got myself out of shape and I gained somewhere between 5-10 lbs (not really sure cuz I didn't have a scale in the house until recently). I had high hopes of going into marathon training in awesome shape and it didn't happen obviously, but I know that I'm still early in training and it will all work out.  But I also know that running will start becoming "easier" again if I lose a little weight and do more cross training (which I never do).

So this is going to be a fresh start for me.  But I'm going to start eating better, which I'm better at in the summer but am going to try to focus on.  I'm going to try to work in some cross training.  I am going to run my training miles but also make sure I am still enjoying running at the same time.  Whats the point if you don't enjoy it right?! So slowly but surely, its time to get back in shape, lose some weight (not concentrating on that one yet but for sure would like to) and enjoy running the rest of the summer.  This week might be difficult to implement a fresh start with traveling but I'm definitely going to try!

Here's to a fresh start and getting back in shape! :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1.  The week I have been looking forward to since summer started is almost here!!!!! In 1 week, next week Thursday I will be leaving at the buttcrack of dawn I will be taking a 9 hour car trip home to MN.  It is going to be a VERY short trip, but I'm so excited.  I have never been one to get homesick, but I haven't been home since Christmas (I have seen most of my family since then though).  The one brother I know is coming, I have not seen since Christmas.  The other (the one with all the kids) probably won't make it though, I haven't heard the latest update.  Today I also booked another trip home.  Southwest airlines has some great deals going on and I was able to book a trip for less than what gas would cost.  On that trip home (which will be another short one) we have tickets for a Twins game! YAY!

2. I need to be extra careful when out running these days.  I may fall into a hole, literally. Our street is being re-done and they started work on it.  There are random holes on the side of the street and on the sidewalks.  They do have cones up (with the orange blinking lights) but I would probably get deep in thought and miss it and trip.  Hopefully not haha.  I'm sure more work will be done on it soon.  It might just be a mess here this summer.  This is just between my house and 2 houses down on each side of the street and thats how it looks down the rest of the street.



3.   Also a big CONGRATS to JessMel, TriciaHarmonyTonia and all the FABULOUS bloggers who made the Nuun Hood to Coast team!!!  I am so jealous.  I can't wait to hear about it in August.  After seeing the Hood To Coast movie, someday I would like to do a relay.  Who knows when, but someday :)


I just wanted to say GOOD LUCK to all those racing this weekend! I know there are a ton of bloggers doing Rock N Roll Seattle this weekend.  It seems like there are SO MANY awesome bloggers out that direction.  I've never been to the west coast, I better work on that one :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Responses

Slowly at work more and more people are learning that I am a runner and training for a marathon.  It is always kind of fun hearing the reactions.  There are a couple girls on the salesfloor who want to know all about it.  When I first said I was training, the response from both of them was that they want to do the Chicago marathon someday. One of them bombarded me with questions later (she was a cross country runner in high school).

Another response from a guy was, "Why would you do that, running so boring" Apparently even 5 miles is more than his attention span can handle.

My mom was even telling me that a couple weeks back she saw my friends dad (who has done multiple ironmans and marathons) out walking so she drove past him and stopped him.  She told him she had something to tell him and then said I was signed up for a marathon and that I already done a couple half marathons.  She said he was so excited and almost giddy.  She thought his reaction was awesome.  I'm sure I will get the chance to talk to him next week when I'm back in MN.  It will be fun.

Last week, I was working my 2nd shift back in the pharmacy (YAY!! so happy that I can split time between the sales floor and pharmacy this summer).  The pharmacist made some mention about being sore.  He had gone for a 2 mile run the other night.  So I made some comment about it and the tech asked me if I was a runner. I said I was and that I was actually running Chicago this fall.  They both kind of stopped what they were doing and were like "REALLY??" Then came the usual question.."Why would you ever want to run that far?"  The best I could come up with was, "To say I did it." Which is basically the reason. I want to challenge myself and push myself and even though it won't be easy I know I can do it..so why not go for it, right?!

Then they made jokes about how they hope I live through it, which is honestly what my family does.  I just find it funny to hear the wide variety of responses.  They vary so much! Its great!I'm still not even sure what my response is to it, but

What is the best/most interesting response you have gotten about running?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Rock n Roll chicago tuneup 5k Race Recap

On Sunday I raced the Rock n Roll Chicago tuneup 5k.  I wasn't sure if I really wanted to do this race when I signed up, but it sounded good.  The price wasn't bad especially since I had a coupon for it.  I think I maybe paid $30 for it, which for some of you is a lot, but in this area it seems you are always paying about $25-$30 for races.  Plus, I still needed a June race so this one was chosen.

I got to the race site, Montrose Harbor, at about 7:05 for an 8 start.  It was probably low 70s and overcast but VERY humid. I stood in line to pay for parking which seemed to take forever.  Then walked around, stretched, pre-race bathroom trip, etc.  Then lined up to start.  The announcer was talking, but I couldn't hear anything that was being said from where I was standing.  All of a sudden the gun went off and off we went.  The first little bit I was actually trying to dodge a bunch of walkers.  Its not that there were that many people, I guess people just didn't know where to start.  My garmin beeped for mile 1 at 10:22, but there was no mile marker in site.  When I reached the mile marker I believe it said 11:10.  I kept going and I thought about trying to push it a little harder, but I reminded myself I had 4 more miles to run after the race and to just take it easy.  Mile 2 according to my garmin was 10:58.  Not too bad if we were going by Garmin times.  I wasn't totally exhausted and was staying sub 11s, until the last mile.  Then I walked quite a bit more.  There was no point in completely wearing myself out.  I think the last mile was about 12:05 or something close to that.  After that point I started my finishing kick, and it was pretty obvious that I had a lot left in my legs because I was passing a lot of people at the end.  As I came in I saw I looked at my garmin and it said an hour and something...I was confused at first but realized I never reset it from my last run.  However, I was able to get my splits.  My garmin said that the course was long, and I did hear other people talking about it.  I'm not sure of my overall garmin time, but according to my finish time (and the extra distance) I think it was about 11 min miles instead of the 11:25 miles that my official time (35:27) said, but like I said my time wasn't important for this race.  After the finish, I grabbed water, food and my medal.  Yes, they gave out medals at this 5k and we got finisher flip flops.  When the race description said we got medals, I wasn't expecting much, but they are actually legit medals haha.  I ate a little food, drank some water and then went to my car to drop some stuff off.  Then I took off down the Lake Shore Path to finish out a total of 7 miles.    I did a 2 mile out and back.  It was nice to have a change of scenery.  I enjoyed running in the city.  It was a nice change.

Overall, it seemed like a good race.  It seemed like there were a lot of kids running, which I thought was pretty awesome.  The weather held out.  I thought it was going to rain, but it only sprinkled and not til I was on about mile 6.  Of course it was humid, which probably affected my time as well since I haven't been running as much as I wanted and haven't adjusted to summer running at all.  I know I'll get it back though! It was a great way to get half my long run in since I missed the group run on Saturday.  The medal, flip flops, and extra t-shirt was an extra bonus :)
The medal and flip flops
In the car after the race
Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Marathon Training Week 3

I don't have much info on this weeks runs.
I once again missed on of the mid week runs.  I've been having problems getting into a schedule and it doesn't help that my work schedule changes every week, but I'll figure it out soon. I'll MAKE myself figure it out soon :)

I got in the 3 miles on Wednesday and Thursday (missing Tuesdays for absolutely no reason)

Then I didn't run again til Sunday when I did the 5k and followed it up with 4 miles to get in the full 7 miles. The 5k went alright.  I actually ran it a little slower than I thought (recap will follow in the next couple days).  It was a good race and lots of swag for a 5k.  After the race I ate a little food, sat down for a little bit and drank some water and then headed to my car to drop some stuff off. Then I turned onto the Lake Shore Path to get in 4 more miles for my long run of the week.  I took it nice and easy with some walk breaks since of course the first 3 miles were faster than what my long runs normally should be.

Onward to week 3
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 3 miles
Wednesday:4 miles
Thursday: 3 miles + strength
Friday: rest
Saturday: 5 miles
Sunday: cross

I am going to stop making excuses during the week this week and get all my runs in :)
Can't wait to hear about everyone's weekends!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

My best friends wedding

As I mentioned before I road-tripped to Wisconsin (Fond du lac area) for a wedding this weekend.  It was the wedding of my best friends in the whole world.  We met in college.  She hung out with one of my friends from high school.  We weren't SUPER close at first, but that definitely changed.  By the time she decided to leave my college at the beginning of JR year, we would look at each other and know what each other was thinking.  It was kind of scary.  But then she left and it was sad.  Now we see each other once or twice a year.  Its not enough, but we do what we can.
This pic is from last summer

It was an absolutely beautiful day for the wedding.  I had met up with another old roommate Katie earlier in the day and we arrived at the wedding together.  Thank goodness she was there because she was the only person I really knew.  We had to laugh because at one point during the ceremony, the pastor asked the families of the couple to stand and I think all but 15 people stood up (amber is the youngest of 9). It was a quick beautiful ceremony.  I was SO glad to hear the bride and groom were feeling better.  Amber had the flu the Monday before the wedding and Justin (the groom) had it the day before (but not as bad as amber).

The wedding and reception were spaced out quite a bit so me and Katie went back to my hotel room and relaxed.  The reception was held at the hotel I was staying at which was handy. 

We went down to the reception (Katie's husband joined us) and saw there was an envelope on the table.  Whenever people clinked the glasses.  The bride and groom called out a table number and we had to whatever the envelope said to make them kiss.  Of course our table was the first to be called and  we had to the YMCA.  For the record, we gave a much better performance than every other table.  The DJ actually played the song, made us go up front and dance.  It was pretty embarrassing funny.  We only had the 3 of us at our table which made it much worse even funnier.  We thought it was a conspiracy and Amber cheated and knew we were table 10 (even her mom thought so).  Overall it was a fun night.  I miss my girls.  They made my college (undergrad) experience unforgettable.  
My friends are so beautiful!!! 
One more of me and Katie!
So another one of my friends off and married.  Most of my friends are actually already married.  Of my  undergrad group there are only 3 non married girls left (and 2 have boyfriends).  Apparently I'm way behind :) haha.  The words spoken as we were saying our good-byes was "and the next one is Kayla" I almost started laughing, but I AM the only one not married of the 3 of us.  I better start working on that.  

So that is how my weekend has gone so far.  I stopped at the outlet mall on the way home and spent some money...on running gear of course.  How could I not when there was a Nike outlet and Under Armour outlet. :) Tomorrow I have the 5k and then I'll add on some miles for my long run.  Still struggling to get a good schedule down, but I'll get it soon I know it :)

Hope you are having a good weekend! :) 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Three Things Thursday!

I have been struggling with what to blog about lately, but oh well.  I'm sure ideas will start flowing soon. :)

1. I am still not on a good schedule this summer and its kind of driving me nuts.  once I get used to a schedule, it changes (in a good way...usually).  This is the first week that I have not been closing at work.  Its nice.  I'm getting more mid day shifts because I am back in the pharmacy part time (its about time).  I need to start getting into the habit of running in the morning to get my workout DONE, but I am not a morning person so it hasn't been happening.  Hopefully I can develop a new habit of getting up early (-ier) 

2.  I got the draft of my fall school schedule today.  I don't want to think about much, but I did want to know the test situation for around the marathon.  According to the draft, I have one the friday before the marathon and none the week after! YAY!  Oh and it doesn't look like there will be anything mandatory the day after.  So I'm just hoping this schedule stays pretty much the same!

3. As I mentioned before, I am headed to Wisconsin today until Saturday for my best friends wedding!!! SO EXCITED for her! Don't know how exactly I will fit in the running this weekend, but I do  know I will get it in.  I also have a 5k this weekend that I had almost forgot about haha. I'm planning on picking up my packet today so I don't need to worry about it later.  I'm not planning on trying to PR this race.  I'm just going to enjoy it! :) 

Hope you all  have a great weekend!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Marathon Training Week 2

Hello to new readers! Thanks for stopping by! If you are a new reader, please leave a comment! I would love to know who you are and I love finding new blogs!


Week 1 is in the books.  I did miss one run, but that's okay.  The good news is that I'm getting back into it.  Am I still somewhat out of shape? YES.  Is it as bad as I thought? probably not.
Monday 
rest

Tuesday:
3 miles Avg pace: 11:34
I didn't wake up when planned so I ended up doing this run on the treadmill because of the major heat wave.  It went all right, but I did struggle between not being in shape and not wanting to be on the treadmill.

Wednesday
3miles: this was the run I missed.  Still in the middle of the heat wave

Thursday:
3 miles
I went out without music and my garmin.  I probably could've used the music, but overall it was alright.  The weather was nice and cool.  Still a little bit of a struggle, but that's why I didn't take the Garmin.  I didn't want any pressure on myself.  I ended up taking more walk breaks that I needed but I am going to work on that.

Friday
rest

Saturday
6 miles: avg pace 13:21
As mentioned before in my post here, it was my first ever group run.  I hung with the 12 min/mile training group.  It was full of conversation and despite rain at the beginning (which led to a large blister on my toe) it was good weather.  Thanks to the slow pace and the company I didn't walk at all.  This just reaffirms that I take walk breaks when I don't need them on shorter runs.   Hopefully I get better with that.  The forest preserve we are running at is somewhat hilly.  So its an added challenge, but it will help make us stronger! :)

The 1st week is done!

This weeks schedule (week 2)
Monday: rest
Tuesday: 3miles
Wednesday: 3 miles
Thursday:3 miles
Friday: rest
Sat: 7 miles

Still trying to decide what the best way of fitting it in will be since I have an out of state wedding.  I will be leaving Thursday and coming back Saturday.  I just don't know if time will be on my side on Saturday...so I might do the long run Thursday.  Normally I wouldn't shuffle things around but since we're still in smaller mileage I might.  We'll see how it works out.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

First group run

Yesterday was not only my first long run of marathon training, but my first ever group run. I was kind of nervous  about it (did I choose the right pace group? will I get along with the group?).  I knew it would be fine but just those "first day of school" nerves.  I was originally signed up for the 11:30 pace group and most of the night and morning I was trying to decide if that was the smart thing to do. I know I could have hung with the 11:30s but I decided that since I was kind of out of shape it might be better to play it safe and go with the 12s. Our overall pace ended up being about 13:40 which makes sense (train slower than race).  It was a good way to start off.

I rolled out of bed around 6.  I had a bit of breakfast and went off to the forest preserve where we were meeting.  It started raining right as I was ready to get out of the car.  It was raining while they went over all the info we needed to know.  I was glad I had grabbed my hat on my way out the door.  It stopped soon after we started.  It was enough to drench us while we were standing there. Soon enough we were off.  We had 5 of us in the group this week.  The leader who has done 6(?) marathons, 3 newbies (including me) and a 4 time iron(wo)man who had also had ran a couple of marathons.   We talked pretty much the entire time. It was fun.  I wasn't surprised that I had no problem running/jogging the entire time.  I know that if I had been myself I would have taken a bunch of walk breaks.  The power of running in a group is great :) Besides the little bit of rain at the beginning, the weather was perfect.  Nice and cool.  Weather was cloudy and in the 50s.  The only bad thing was the mosquitoes.  They were awful...I will definitely be bring mosquito spray next time.  Here is a post run picture after I got back to the house.  Long run 1= 6 miles. Done.


It was a good experience.  I really enjoyed running with this group of ladies and I will probably stay with the 12 min/mile group a couple more weeks and then re-evaluate.  I know that this will be a good experience.  It might just be hard getting up some of those mornings since I close at work a lot on Friday and/or Saturday nights. I will unfortunately be missing out on the next long run since I have a wedding in Wisconsin Friday night, but I will be joining them again soon enough!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Three Things Thursday!

Lets see: today is June 9 which means 4 months til Chicago, 1 month til my birthday, and less than a month til I finally get to make a MN trip and see my family again :)

1.  Is it weird that sometimes when I am up at the checkout lanes ringing people up, I have an urge (based on why they are buying) to ask if they are a runner and what races they have planned? I never do but sometimes based on the amount of pasta, Gatorade, or other random stuff I feel like they are runners.

2.  I picked up my packet for marathon training on Monday.  Training with either CARA (Chicago Area Runners Association) or CES (Chicago Endurance Sports) was one of the benefits of running with the Determination team for American Cancer Society.  I chose CARA because they had more locations in the suburbs so it was more convenient for me.  I'm kind of nervous for the first group run on Saturday.  I know I shouldn't be, but I am.  
I also got some free reading material
3.  The weather is crazy around here.  The past few days it has been HOT and humid. It even reached triple digits which isn't very common here (especially in June).  Meanwhile, today it is supposed to be a high in the 60s.  Gotta love the changing weather. I've been attempting to get up early in the morning to get in my runs before it gets too hot but with closing the night before it doesn't always happen.  Hopefully I'll get into a better routine soon. :) Of course my schedule is always changing so who knows what will happen! 

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Last weekend

So if you haven't noticed, which I'm sure you didn't but thats okay.  I wasn't around much the last week...didn't really blog or anything.  I was on a stretch of closing at work for 7 straight nights.  It was only 40 hours in those 7 nights but to have to go in to the store everyday got old.  But I survived it and I obviously need the money so I'll take it.  The stretch of work ended last Wednesday night and I had plans with Alyssa on Thursday.  We would go into the city to the Museum of science and industry (I wanted to go to the Body World Exhibit) and to Navy Pier.  It was a fun day.  Maybe spent a little too much money, but I probably won't have another day to do something like that all summer. Things are busy with work (okay okay not that busy...I just haven't blogged much lately).
Museum of science and Industry
they had a model of chicago
Too funny to leave out: we were in a booth that blew winds up to 80mph
View of the city from Navy Pier Ferris Wheel
The end of navy pier
Later that night I was really in the mood for s'mores.  We have wood we could use for a fire, but no fire pit and it just seemed like too much work building a fire. So we did the next best thing.  we made them on the stove. 



Ooey Gooey Yumminess
The next couple days we spent at a retreat for a school organization.  We were planning out the events for the school year. It was a fun, yet tiring couple days and then it was back to work.  It definitely kept me busy from Thursday- Saturday night.  So thats what I was up to. :) 

I promise a running related post later on either today or tomorrow :) 






Sunday, June 5, 2011

Commence Training!

Well this week marks the beginning of training for marathon #1. I'm still a little confused and still trying to figure out if they have me officially registered for group marathon training, but I know what plan they follow so it works to start on my own.  I just need to start on my own like I would anyways, and try to get it figured out in time for the first group long run.

So heres the plan for the first week

Monday: rest
Tuesday:3
Wednesday: 3
Thursday: 3
Friday: rest
Sat: 6
Sun: cross train

I can not believe the time has come to start training!! Wahoo!  Time to get back in shape.  I wish I hadn't gotten out of shape at the end of the school year, BUT life happens! I'll get back into it! It's also time to cut back on all the crap I have been eating.  I definitely have gained some weight :( I'm looking forward to starting this long training cycle :) It should be fun!

Marathon training week 1: here I come!!! :)