Wednesday, June 27, 2012

2 Weeks Later

Exercise: Death by CrossFit (more on that later)

There are 4 draft posts from the last few weeks that I just can's seem to finish. As soon as I start writing there's a diaper that needs attending to, a nap has ended, an airplane is taking off, etc. So here are some points of interest from the last couple of weeks, in no particular order.

  • I bought a bike!!! A GT GTR 3 Series. I love her.

  • Mom's night out ended up with drinks at a karaoke bar. Here's a blurry photo that I took. I heard that someone may have be deleted ;)

  • Music Man took me out on my first 20+ mile ride. I fell twice. Apparently it's not just like riding a bike
  • My garden is finally growing and now it is way out of control. We're having a hard time getting through the ginormous zucchinis

  • We took a family vacation to Virginia Beach and it was so so so so much fun! I am going to beg to go back again in the next few years. Little Man was  amazing and a total trooper on the flights and adjusted well to east coast time. The adjustment back has not gone as smooth but it was so worth it.

My only beach photos. Somehow my camera got stuck in negative so all my photos are unintentionally artsy. Hopefully Music Man has some decent ones.

  • Now we're back in SoCal and all we have to eat is zucchini.
zucchini boats stuffed with lentils and brown rice

cheddar zucchini scones

Hope June has been excellent for you! Have a great week!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Valley Crest Half Marathon Race Recap

Exercise: Week in Workouts

Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 2.5 mile walk, 1 mile swim
Wednesday: 12 mile bike ride
Today: 22 mile bike ride w/2000 feet of climbing

Better late than never, right?

Sunday morning I woke up at 6am as usual. Actually, lately, that's sleeping in which may be a first for race day. I had laid out my gear the evening prior so I dressed and ate a casual breakfast of half a bagel and a little granola and yogurt. Then it was a quick drive to the start; like less than 10 minutes.

Music Man dropped me as close to the start as possible at around 7:20. The line for the porta potties was pretty long so I waited for that until 7:45 then got my race shirt and checked it in the gear check area. Super fast and easy. And I was off to the start line by 7:50. The race was supposed to begin at 8 and I think it started about 10 minutes late but I'm not sure because my phone crashed and the battery died! Love my Evo but may be time for something new. I did have my Motoactv but had it set to go so didn't check the start time.

The race begins at the base of a very steep hill. I made sure I was at the very back because I knew from experience that it was best for me to walk the hill as a warm up and focus on running when I got to the top. Everyone at the back was very friendly and talkative but almost none of them had run the course before and found themselves daunted by the hill ahead of them and the hilly elevation to come.

Something that surprised me was a few people asked me if the run is hard. These are the only trails I run so my response is that the course is average. But there are a few killer hills so maybe it's on the harder end of average? But really, it's a trail half marathon. 13.1 hilly, gravely, sandy and hot miles. Even without the trail aspects it's still a half marathon.  And I don't know about you but that distance, no matter the circumstances, is never easy. So asking if a race is hard is totally lost on me. I wonder what the front runners' responses would be ;)

As I said the course is hilly, sandy, gravelly but absolutely beautiful. The temps were a little warm but about 65 at the start and a bit below 75 at the finish. There were 3 aid stations on the course offering Gatorade and water.  Since I was wearing my Camelbak I had plenty of water but I had a hard time getting to my sports beans in the back pocket so I was so grateful that the Gatorade was plentiful. I walked through every aid station in order to drink 2 cupfuls.

Before I began running I kept telling myself I needed to focus on running smart, not fast, because of the pain I've been dealing with lately. As I said before I walked up the first hill, walked through the aid stations and kept a reasonably slow pace. I also decided to slow down anytime I felt soreness, no reason to push through pain. The Motoactv shows my time as 2:30:34 for 13.35 miles and my official finish time was 2:29:59 (no timing chips at this race) Woo! Just under my 2:30:00 goal. Looking at my average pace of 11:16 my actual 13.1 finish would be around 2:27:30. No matter what, I'm totally happy with my time.

And I'm totally happy with this race. It was a beautiful course with friendly runners and volunteers, super organized and it was close to home. I probably wont be running it next year but I have already decided to be a volunteer.

How is it already almost the weekend again???!!! Have a great rest of your week.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Stories From Last Week

Exercise: 1 mile swim, 1.5 mile run (9:58 pace), 5 mile bike ride

We live pretty close to Los Angeles so it's nearly impossible not to see celebrities at least once a month. But everytime it happens it always feels so random. Ex.1 Sunday, Music Man and I were on the way home from visiting friends with a new baby (more on that later.) When we were about a mile from home we noticed someone driving a golfcart on the community bike path. It's a pedestrian path so you normally only see cyclists, joggers, walkers, rollerbladers and the occassional horse. But never a motorized vehicle. As we got closer I giggled to Music Man "Ha, that looks so much like David Hasselhoff!" And his response "That IS David Hasselhoff." We contemplated turning around to get a picture but decided against it because Little Man was asleep in the back seat. We should have totally tried for a pic because Little Man ended up waking up anyway. Oh well. Still a fun story though.

Ex.2 Last Wednesday I had both boys boys with me and had to run some errands. Fairly easy ones like PETCO for poo bags, which is like the zoo to toddlers. I also had to run to Whole Foods for Little Man's favorite crackers. I normally wouldn't take both boys grocery shopping but Little Man loves the Whole Foods grissini with a passion and we were out.

So we go to Whole Foods and get the crackers but because I'm already there it only makes sense to get a few other necessities like milk, kombucha and cookies :). I remember I want yogurt as well so I go down the nearest aisle to get back to dairy and it happens to be the kiddie aisle with all the cool toys. I quickly try to distract the boys by giving them cars from my purse and telling them to divert their eyes. One of the boys exclaims "TRUCK!!!" I laugh and keep telling them to divert their eyes and not look in that direction and then I hear a woman's voice say "What's the deal?" "Do you have a problem?" kind of angrily. I turn to the voice and it's none other than Maya Rudolph. I gather she thought I was directing the kids to divert their eyes from her!!! I was mortified.  I quickly explained that, no, I was just trying to distract them from the trucks. She eased up and apologized. I blurted out "No problem, I love you!" And then I got the hell out of there as quickly as possible.

What really struck me about the situation was how easily she jumped to the conclusion that I was intending to offend her. So sad! I think she's a comedic genius but I'm sure people have been intentionally rude in the past. Glad we got it straightened out though!

Last Thursday we met some friends for a birthday dinner. They have a boy the same age as Little Man so we figured they could entertain each other. We both brought some cars and things for the boys to play with in the booth. Only problem was the Booth backed up to a window so there was a tiny space between the booth and window. In the course of the evening the bulk of the cars disappeared through the crack.
We all took turns trying to reach the cars with no luck. I remembered that I had something in my car that might work and sent Music Man to retrieve it. I have to point out here that Music Man always makes fun of the state of my car, it's always full of Cheerios and crushed snacks, sippy cups and toys. But this time it worked to our benefit. Music Man returned moments later with our "claw" and used it to extract every single toy from behind the Booth. Three cheers for dirty cars!

And finally, thanks for sticking through my rambling stories, I just wanted to touch on visiting our friends with the new baby. Just a tip. If you're thinking about babies and not sure you want one, do not visit a 2 month old. 2 months is the perfect storm of cuteness. They are just getting to be super cute and chubby and starting to smile yet they sleep quite a bit (during the day) and they aren't moving or driving you nuts yet ;) Poor Music Man had no idea what he was getting himself into.

 Ok, that's enough for now. Have a great Wednesday!

And because this post is super long and random here are some random photos:

Music Man has no tattoos and is thinking about getting one. Fun idea, no?

Thanks for building me a new computer hubby! Without you the blog wouldn't be.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Might As Well Give it a Tri

Exercise: 45 mins elliptical, 15 minutes strength, 10 mile easy bike ride

Music Man is home this week which makes life feel like vacation; it's pretty darn great. That said, he went on a bike ride a few days ago that ended up taking close to 4 hours. Which was fine, but unexpected, so he gave me the green light to take as long as I wanted to exercise while he's home and he'd watch the grommet. Sweet.

Swimming has been a huge source of my exercise lately due to the sore leg so it's nice to have the extra time to spend in the pool. My daily swim has been about a mile and then I'm also doing little something else like a short run or walk and I am LOVING it. I've also been biking a lot too. This weekend Music Man urged me to get some clip shoes to try his road bike (I'm only a little shorter than he is) to see if I'd like it. My plan is to experiment with cages first but I already know I like biking just not sure if I want to add real road biking into my regimen. But maybe it is time to give it a tri ;)

For quite some time I have been considering a triathlon. I've always enjoyed swimming and running so it seems natural to give it a tri ( :)see what I did there?) I do bike quite often with Little Man but never for exercise or with any kind of goal. I also didn't have access to a pool until recently and now that I do I can work on time, form, etc. I also found a tri up the road from my parents, like 2 miles, so it's almost too convenient. It's like destiny. Dude.

On my summer calendar I have a few races so far:

Valley Crest Half Marathon - June 10
Watermelon Run- Aug 19
Bulldog 25k- Aug 25
Pacific tri- September 9

August is looking pretty crowded but not so bad. The watermelon run is just a 5k and will be my taper before the Bulldog. After that I have 2 weeks before the Pacific tri and at this point I don't see a problem riding 10 miles, swimming 1/2, and running a 5k. I just need to practice.

I'm super excited about this new goal!

Have a great Week!!!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Nothing Hotter

Exercise: Run 5.5 miles, walk 1.5

I knew I was being stupid this morning on my run. I felt so good my first mile and figured I could push a little harder. I pushed too hard and at 5.25 miles I got a shooting pain in my calf and and knew I had to stop. I called music man to pick me up but decided to walk it out a little. 

I'm thinking the hamstring and the calf issues are coming from the trail running. Just going out too hard on the hills? Soooo R.I.C.E it is. I'm going to ease off running, I've been icing all day, I broke down and bought compression socks and now I'm kicking back with my feet up.

I think the challenge is probably not in my best interest this month. I want to be able to run my half next week and I'm hoping that by resting this week I will be in better shape to do so. I feel as though my training is sufficient for completing it. Then I plan to take a few weeks off of running all together.

Swimming this week has been wonderful and I plan to continue adding it into my weekly workout indefinitely. Music man has been urging me to try his road bike so I hope to incorporate more road biking into my life. The rest of the time I will spend on my home elliptical because it's effective and easy because it's only a few steps away. When my legs are back to normal I will definitely add running back but cross training is great for now.

Now I must get back to my R.I.C.Eing. There really is nothing hotter than mini skirts and compression socks :)

Have a great weekend!

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