Thursday, January 24, 2013

3TT- Sleepless Nights, Moms & Bday

*Ever so often I go through spells that I just can't sleep! It is so frustrating!! Last night was one of those nights and one of the worst ones I've had~ ugghh!! I fell asleep ok but after I woke up around 12:45, 1:15, 1:50, 2:15, 2:45, 3:10, 3:35 and 4:00 am when the alarm went off for morning run! Well yea that run didn't happen :( I tossed and turned in between waking up all night and felt like I had already ran (all night long!!!). And it was 18* with a wind chill making it feel like 5* so yea I didn't go run. I am REALLY hoping (with fingers crossed) that I am NOT getting sick, I now have a stuffy nose, headache and starting body aches. PLEASE GO AWAY!!!!!

*Every one's mom is special BUT of course I think mine is the best! She does so much for me that she doesn't have to and I am SO THANKFUL! I have her to thank for all the wonderful pictures of my races and such. She has a blog as well, if you have a moment check it out I'm a runners Mom.

Husband, me & Mom :)

*Today is my oldest daughters Birthday
I stole this from her facebook page, ha!

She is 19!! Wow time flies!!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Today I was a Wimp.......What is Your Cutoff Temp?

I have been trying to do the early morning running thing again. Once you get out of the habit of getting up before dawn it is so HARD to get back into it, if you do get up extra early for exercise take my advice

Anyway.....I am trying to make my workout schedule to fall like this:

Monday- Possibly Run/ More than likely a Rest Day
Tuesday- Morning Run / Evening Aerobics
Wednesday- Evening Run
Thursday- Morning Run / Evening Aerobics
Friday- REST DAY
Saturday- Run / or Rest
Sunday- Long Run

I have been trying since January 1 and still do not have it mastered yet, it just seems like things keep coming up or I just wimp out! This morning I passed because it was 11* and with the wind chill it felt like 4*........ummm Yep I sent a text SORRY TO COLD and my throat was already scratchy. But I still have aerobics this evening so the day isn't a total bust!

So let's hear it, What is Your Cut Off Temperature? What is too COLD for you to go outside to run?

Monday, January 21, 2013

Running with Your Spouse...Are Men Just Naturally Fast???

**Thanks for the help on the photo deal! Google Chrome fixed the problem!!**

I am one of the lucky (well maybe lucky, LOL) ones that has a husband that runs! He has always ran with me kinda here and there nothing regular and NEVER to train for something! Well ever since November that changed....
Spring/Summer 2012 the hubs said he was hanging up his running shoes for a while and was going to focus more on "the gym" aka weights. He works on Saturdays so he isn't able to run as many 5k's as I do but there are several that we usually do together. After the 3k in March he did none! We ran together maybe a total of 5 times in the evenings but nothing much.
And then November rolled around and he's ready to run again??!! I had just finished the Monumental Marathon so I was (and am) slow and on a cut back schedule, there was several 5k's left for the year and several that he was able to do!

The first one we did together was the Southern Lights Stroll at the Kentucky Horse Park November 15, 2012. This was on a Thursday evening, evening races can be such a challenge after working and eating all day. I must say I was a little nervous about not being able to do well and I really wanted to place the last 3 years I've come in 4th or 5th and I wanted at least 3rd! But then I came to my senses and told myself to just "run"! After making through the crowded start surprisingly I slowly was taking a farther and farther lead away from the hubs.  I finished about a minute ahead of him and I took that 3rd place I was chasing!!!

The next week we ran the annual Thanksgiving Day Thoroughbred Classic. This is a big race for our area, they capped it off at 2400 people this year. For me this is just one of those races to say I did it and a great way to start off Thanksgiving Day! Again not that I am fast but I told the hubs I was going to stay with him side by side the entire time. Except that he took off a little faster, I caught up to him I thought we was together until I made the turn around and saw he was a little behind!
I only finished about 30 seconds before him but I beat him again! That is a rare thing he almost always beats me in races.

The next week we ran the Jingle Bell Jog 5k, this is one of the hardest 5k courses around with a few good size hills. This is a fun 5k  because you pick up a present along the course carry it to the finish and its yours! Who would have guessed on December 2 it would be 70*!! I think that made LOTS of people come out and the fact that this race is for a great cause Alzheimer's. A race of normally 200+ people turned into 400+!! That is awesome! My friends host this race as her dad was affected by the disease so I was happy for them! They asked for us not to pick up presents since there was a much larger turn out than expected which was no problem! The hubs and I stayed together this time well until the end. In the last half mile I just really lost it winded and worn out (I ran a 6k the day before also). I told him to just go on with out me I would try to catch up.
And off he went.......
He was only about 30 seconds ahead of me!

After that race I was done with 5k's and races for I thought! A couple of weeks later was the Santa Shuffle 5k in Somerset, Ky. This one the hubs wanted to do and even arranged to take off work to go. I was so hopeful it was going to be a small crowd, it was a pretty cool morning there ended up being about 150 people.
I wasn't familiar with the people from this area so I had no clue on the competition. While we was waiting for the start we heard someone talk about how hilly the course was....Oh GREAT! By the start of the race I was  only excited that I got to wear my stripped socks. Well whoever said it was hilly didn't lie HOLY COW it was crazy hilly. Within in the first .25 was a hill so steep I was bent over almost in half getting up it! Umm yea not the race for me and my music messed up so I didn't have it so I just did a run/walk thing and let the hubs just go and not even try to keep up with him! He finished way ahead of me this time but the poor guy there are lots of fast men in his age group every where we go, I ended up with second in my age group :)!!

Now we are running together at least 3 times a week and usually its with other people. I can not keep up with him! He is way faster than me and just started running regular in November?? Dang! I looked back at my "faster" times and just back in October I could run the 4 mile loop comfortable at 8:45 - 8:50 which is about where he is at. Now I am struggling to hold a 9:30 and on a good day 9:15! I just keep telling myself its only January and my new training period is only beginning, I WILL GET THERE!!

Oh yea and we are training for

 Run the Bluegrass Half Marathon something he said he never wanted to to:)

So what's your opinion, Are men just naturally faster? I think certain people are just born fast but it does seem like men are faster in general.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Any Idea's Why?? HELP!!

For some reason I am having trouble loading pictures on the blog. Does anyone know why?? It doesn't give me the option of uploading from my computer and can't figure out how to get them from my phone either?? Ugghh this stuff drives me crazy!!

PLEASE HELP ME???!!!!????!!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Goodbye 2012........Hello 2013

Ok so 2012 left 17 days ago but I am just now looking back and thinking forward!  I'm not much of a resolution maker but I do set out a few goals for myself through out the year.

2012 had LOTS of ups & downs for me. The year didn't start out the greatest and to be honest didn't end the greatest either but

 Here is the highlights from MY 2012:

I completed 50 races and received age group awards in 37 of those races

5 of those 50 races were Half Marathons and 1 was a Full Marathon

I FINALLY hit my goal of completing a Half under 2hrs in April 2012 with a time of 1:58:26

In Sept 2012 I beat that Half time for another PR of 1:55:18 (the course was the same:)

I had a 5k PR of 23:57 which was by almost 2mins! (Previous was 25:20)

I pulled my average 5k time down from around 27:15 to 25:30

I beat my goal times I set for a 10k and a 5miler

I successfully completed my second marathon cutting almost an entire HOUR from my first!

I ran 1000 miles for the year

Now what does 2013 hold?? Only time will tell!! I pretty much make my goals month by month so I don't get too far ahead of myself but

Here is a few things I HOPE for 2013:

Get rid of the extra pounds I was lucky enough to find during the Holidays and a few more

Go to Aerobics class more often and on a regular basis

Complete my Hubs first Half Marathon with him (hopefully side by side :)

Cut another minute (or more:) off my best Half time

Complete another Full Marathon

Run 1200 miles for the year


How's your 2013 going thus far?? Staying on track with your Goals/Resolutions??

Thursday, January 10, 2013

I Lost Myself.......Slowly getting Back to ME

Hello!! I'm pretty positive everyone has forgotten about me and quit looking at my blog since I haven't posted in well FOREVER!!  But just like everyone else I'm using the new year for new beginnings!

What happened to me? Not too sure but I sure fell off the fitness wagon and fast! I had (and have) a personal issue going on in my home life that has played a HUGE part but I'm (trying really hard) to look forward now and get back to me!

I was so thrilled with myself when I finished the Monumental Marathon in November until I got home....Some things going on at home made me not appreciate my huge accomplishment I had just done and left me feeling like "Why do I do this?" And just like that I slowly started slipping away from things like running, my blog, reading blogs and my friends. It took me a few weeks to finally realize and snap out of it, then the holidays hit and life got busy which kept me away from having time for my blog and things. Thankfully I was able to sneak in a few hours worth of blog readings and was participated in Christmas card exchanges and sock swap (I'll post in more detail about those later:)

So now I'm making a come back! I usually don't make New Year's resolutions and I'm not really going to call this a resolution but as of January 1 I am and WILL make an effort to get back to me! I hope everyone hasn't forgotten me and will find their way back to my blog, I have lots of 'catch up' posts, products reviews and a few giveaways to catch up on (and I will be seeking lots of advice and opinions!!)  so stay tuned !

Happy New Year!!