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Sunday, June 26, 2011

I'm a Commando

Saturday was my second time racing the Go Commando 5K Adventure Challenge (obstacle course) by Team Ortho and I would have to say that I did much better!  I trained this time, I ran most of it, and I only went around like 3 obstacles, after trying them at first.  I started at 10:15, and had a yellow rubber wristband -- much better idea than last time!  My goal was to complete in under an hour.

I thought the hardest part was getting through the first mile. I'm not a hill runner (yet) and running on farmland is very challenging. The first obstacle was about a 1/4 mile in (I'm guessing) and it was HUGE hay bales stacked on top of each other. I was already tired! But I crawled my short legs up as best I could. Then it was running into a "lake" and up a hill. On the hill was my quote I won the contest with:
Don't limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.  
All I could think was, "SHIT! Now I have to work harder!" The cool water did feel good. The next obstacle was at the 1 mile marker, and it was giant wooden spools.  (I should mention that at this point, I was like 4th from last in my wave, and the next wave at 1030 was about to start.)  I stopped in front of the spool and the other folks back with me crawled under.  Looked like a good idea to me! ( I have to mention that one of the women tried to go around, and ended up walking right into a cow pie, that was planted there on purpose! hahahah!) I didn't feel I had the strength to jump up or pull myself up and then jump, skip over.   It was down another hill on some flat land, up a hill heading to the next obstacle... where I had to pass my quote a second time!  Focus, focus...

More obstacles, more hills, more mud, more jumping... I won't go into details about all the obstacles on the 2nd mile.  Once I conquered the Monster Hill from Hell, I have to admit that I may have found a 2nd wind.  I was able to run a lot more than I thought I could. When I got to go down the water slide, into the mud, I knew I was almost at the end and really found myself excited to finish.

Last obstacle right before the finish was the swamp. I tried jumping in and immediately fell down, but kept my head above! There were things to go under and then climbing out, more slipping in mud, and the finish line. After I crossed, I could hear them announce yellow group. I made it under an hour! Barely, but I made my goal!  YAY ME!!!! :)

Now it's onto the Warrior Dash at Afton Alps on July 23rd. Right now I'm in the 11:00 wave. I'm debating switching to the 6:30 wave to be with a friend, but not sure if I'll get more race jitters or what. I'm used to the morning races, and with kids, I could be worn out by then! But my husband could come watch, which would be a huge plus!  I have to make a decision by Friday.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Who blogs on their birthday?! OH, me!

I have been reflecting on life in the last year. I've definitely had, what I would consider, more than my fair share of stress.  And that has surely been reflected in my health, physically and mentally.

Despite the stress, I really wanted to get back to running for "fun", like I did in college as a stress relief.  I would love to have my college body back too, but 2 kids later, I'm not sure that will ever happen!  I did notice that when I would read up on running and talk about it with friends, I would be more motivated to try.  And I'm determined to keep up the motivation to finish a race in October, a 10K and then see where this journey takes me.  I'm not getting any younger, and I definitely want to be a good example for my kids.

So what do I wish for this next year? Well, I think you're not supposed to tell your wishes because they won't come true.  But I think writing them out is more confirmation than anything.

1) I wish to lose the 60 - 70 pounds that I'm "supposed to".  What this really means for me is not the number on the scale, but the fit of clothes and what I am able to do physically. I do realize this may take more than a year.  I've been doing Weight Watchers and have a WW scale at home too.

2) Get my kids involved in an activity, whether a sport or something else. My youngest will be 4 soon and is a smart cookie! I strive to make sure that they will be successful and healthy.

3) Take more ME time.  I'm the mommy martyr. I will ALWAYS put my children first. I know mothers who are so selfish and never do anything with their kids, never make them a priority, need a man to make them happy and take care of them, use their kids as an extra paycheck with child support payments... I could go on and on.  But I know that when I take care of me, I'm taking care of my kids. I have a hard time putting words into action, when it comes to me.  Blogging seems to help.


Saturday is the Go Commando 5K obstacle course and I am as ready as I'll be!  I'm excited to beat my last time and just have a fun time too!  And drink beer and get mud hosed off by hot fire fighters!  And challenge my body proving it can handle the challenge.

33 is going to be a good year!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Decisions, decisions

Today I decided to run on the treadmill at lunch.  It's the first time I've been able to run all week. I managed to run at a 5.0 and incline of 2, which is running for me! I wish I could have run for much longer, but given it was over the lunch hour and I didn't want to stink at my desk, I only did a total of 30 mins, walking and running.

I titled this post "Decisions, decisions" since there are so many things we don't seem to have control of, but we have to decide for ourselves what is best. I can't let decisions negatively affect my children.  But I seem to be more of the mommy martyr that will let my decisions negatively affect me.  I'm trying to change that and focus on my health.

In about 8 days now, I'll be doing the obstacle course, and my friends I was hoping could do it, will not be there now. I'm bummed, but determined to complete the course, and hopefully can do it in less than an hour! I'm not quite ready, but now I'm focused.

I know everyday we make choices and we decide our actions.  Today I'm celebrating my decision to finally run this week and feel good about it!  Tomorrow is a new day, more decisions to be made and hopefully more running.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Don't Limit Your Challenges, Challenge Your Limits

This title won me a pair of Newton running shoes today through Team Ortho!! After the craptastic week I've been having around car insurance, it was nice to finally have something good go my way!

I got on the treadmill today to do some intervals. Actually ran a lot faster than I thought I could! I also upped the incline to do some hill work.  I'm really looking forward to the challenge of Go Commando!  Got my trail shoes all ready to go!

This weekend is going to be crazy busy with a wedding and later the Navy Dining Out. More details to come!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hurdles

Finally! My car has been found, and we have it back home. I would never wish this nightmare on anyone! We've learned lessons and know to be more vigilant in many aspects of our life!

This week I realized, I have a little more than 2 weeks until the Go Commando (not naked people!) 5K obstacle course on June 25th. My wave time is 10am.  At this point, I am so not ready!  I haven't run for over a week.  I had a lousy 5K time on Memorial Day!  I haven't done any workout videos to do any cross-training!!

I had a ton of fun at the last Go Commando! You'll have to check out my pics on facebook!  And I plan on having fun again, but I really want to be able to RUN at this one!

So starting tomorrow (right?) I'll be on the dreadmill at work (aka, Marge) and I'll get in some hill intervals and maybe some sprints?  I really feel off in having not run for this brief amount of time.

And if anyone has some suggestions on how a mommy with a working husband and 3 kids at home, is able to also workout at home, please share! I have the mommy martyr syndrome where I feel compelled to devote all my time to my family, and less of a focus on me.  I am trying hard to overcome it, but have definitely retreated to my old ways. I know what I should be doing, but it's definitely so not easy!  I can dish out the advice, but at this moment, I sure have a hard time following it!

Friday, June 3, 2011

I just want to run away

My love, my husband is back home! Some may not know that he was mobilized with the Navy to Japan to help with Operation Tomadachi after their earthquake and tsunami.  You would think everything would be right in my world, but this morning, we discovered that our SUV was stolen.  From right in front of our house.

Yes, we've made all the reports, but how do you live somewhere for nearly 9 years and then some jerk has to steal your truck! We are now getting the insurance runaround.  I will run circles around them if they give us grief in the end!

So I want to run away.  I would love to wake up to a new start. I would love to just get carefree on my feet and think about nothing else, but breathing and posture and trying to make my short fat (yes fat!) legs move faster.  To sing along to my motivating song of the day, look for my finish line.  But such is life that I can't run away. I have to deal with what life throws at me. Stolen truck and all.

I am very lucky to be married to my husband who keeps me sane in these times.  I could be crying and a wreck, but what would that accomplish?

And when I can get my run in, I'm going to sing curse words to the thief that stole my truck. Hope you end up in jail!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

National Running Day 2011

Today is National Running Day!

Pictures from the race were finally posted.  I love the ones of my kids and my family! I wish the Hubby had been able to join us, but I'm so glad I made the decision to sign the kids up!

I'm glad I decided to join this event. Just seeing the smiling faces of all the participants, *that* is a big reason why I enjoy running. No one is ever crabby at these events. Everyone is there because they want to be.  This is the energy that I need for myself.

And as much as I hate to see the full body shots of myself, I really need to remind myself, that this is me now. This is my starting point. This is where I never want to go back to, when I am finally healthier and in shape.  But for now, the pictures remind me that I can finish something I started. My kids love me and are proud of me. As are my family and friends.  And that is what keeps me going.