Saturday, December 22, 2012

Treadmill has a New Home

The past few months have been interesting and slightly chaotic at times. My wonderful exercise room is no more because we sold our home and now live in a townhouse style apartment.

Moving has its own challenges and it was bittersweet moving out of our house. We brought our kids home from the hospital to that home. It was the first home we owned. It had a fitness room just for me (ADP could use it but he preferred the gym). One of the last things I packed up was all the exercise equipment.

Most of the exercise 'stuff' is packed away in the storage unit. My treadmill, however, has a new home. We could have turned the extra room at the apartment into a playroom or a storage room but we didn't. It houses my treadmill, the dog, and a few extra storage things. It is good to have my 'mill in my current home so I can run whenever I have time!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

New Shoes

I am looking forward to hitting the trails next spring in these awesome shoes!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Goal Achieved

I decided not too long ago that I needed another goal to strive for.  Well, I picked one that was too easy because a mere two days later I am where I want to be.  Of course, I can improve, but for now I am happy I can say I have accomplished a yoga headstand.

My kids were kind enough to get a picture:

And a video (without sound):

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fixing a Treadmill

My treadmill has gone SQUEAK - SQUEAK - SQUEAK for way too long.  I called the manufacturer and we went back and forth.  Apparently both the deck and the belt were due for replacement.  I finally ordered them and had time to replace them (with ADP's help).

The parts arrived and sat in my exercise room for a week before I did anything:
6# little box and 42# large box
I did not know how long it would take to replace both the belt and the deck, so I picked a day with little going on.  The directions were pretty clear, thank goodness!  First up, take all the extra protective covers off...
bare bones
Then remove the rollers:
the back belt roller
Then remove the deck and belt (they come off together).  The TM looked really funny without the extras on it.  And it wanted to be closed up.  Apparently it is the weight of the deck that holds it down.
from the back

the front
Then the hard part started...putting it all back together with the new parts.  It wasn't hard to assemble, but the back tension screws would not go where they were supposed to.  When we measured the deck, the new was slightly smaller than the old which was the problem.  With some teamwork we got it fixed and looking like new.

I ran on it and OH MY, is it ever quiet.  I will not miss the squeaking!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cleared to Run!

Just a week after my car accident my doctor cleared me to run!  My car was totaled and I have a new-to-me car.  Last week was a whirlwind and it all ended up much better than I could have ever hoped considering how it started.

I was cleared to run just in time for my July race, Silks & Satins 5K which benefits the Special Olympics.  I didn't run during the week and my neck was still tight so I did not race the 5K.  I want to make it back to 100% before I try anything silly like that.

Early Saturday morning I headed to Saratoga Springs, where track season started the day before.  I got there early enough to watch some of the horses warming up:
I picked my bib up and then watched the horses some more.  My plan was to hit 10 min miles and to keep my heart rate down and my breathing even.  It was a good plan and I almost stuck to it.  I went more by my breathing and was doing fine at 9:45 to 9:50/mi so I stuck with it.

Right after the first water break I came across one of my favorite people to run into at Fleet Feet, Patty.  She is a sweetheart and this was her first race in a long time (due to injury).  When I mentored new runners through No Boundaries she was always there as the Fleet Feet rep.  I ran with her and she was doing great!  I was happy to be going slower so that I could talk when she needed some encouragement and to listen when she wanted to talk.  She pushed it at the end and was happy to have the race done.  It was fun to run with someone new!  When we finished I found out that she used to be a sub 25 min 5ker!  Wow!
The race was just what I needed after the week I'd had.  I wasn't going for time and was happy with how I felt throughout the race.  My neck and back never hurt, and for that I was happiest.
Garmin (started watch at start line): 3.13 mi / 30:17 / 9:41 ave
Official (no starting mat): 5k / 30:38 / 9:52
Place: 612 of 847

horse crossing
When I left I had to wait for about 10 horses to cross the road. They were either headed to warm up or done and needed to be taken back to cool down and be tended to.  Horse racing is big in Saratoga and the horses definitely had the right of way!

the interesting mix!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Not Quite Running

I have not been cleared to run, but I will be! This weekend there was a car accident that was not pretty in any way. Two cars were totaled in the accident. Thankfully, all three people involved walked away from the accident with no major injuries.

I was one of the drivers and surprisingly enough I have only one black and blue mark on me. However, my neck, back, and through the back of my shoulders are sore. I was checked out by the EMT's on the site and then went to the ER later in the day. They all said I'd be in pain and said I shouldn't run. This Friday I go to my GP and I hope to be cleared to run.

This weekend I have a 5K planned. If I am cleared to run I am not going to race this one. It would not be a good idea! The car is a goner, as is my front license plate (pictures below). So, if you are running, know I am jealous of you. I know better than to dive right back in after a car accident.

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Run out West

Last week we were visiting ADP's family in Montana.  We kept busy which left time for only one run when I was out there.  One was fine because we did a lot of other things, like hiking and driving up the side of a mountain on what I felt was a way too narrow road!

The day I ran we had a full day planned, so I was up and relatively early.
the sun was up!
It was fun running along the lake for a while.  The sun was up enough to light the sky and the lake was calm as glass!
Flathead Lake
The first mile was downhill, which meant the last mile was uphill because I did an out and back.  It was a simple four mile run for fun and pictures.
the running path
I did run slower than I usually do.  Most said I would not notice the altitude.  While it wasn't as bad as I thought, I could tell I was at 2800' as opposed to 300' above sea level.
a flower that caught my eye
I ran out two miles and saw this trail sign.  I wanted to go farther, but only went down the path a little before turning around.  It would be neat to have time to run more on it.
I made it back in time to get ready and head to Glacier National Park for the day.  It was a good and easy run.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

ADP's Father's Day 5K

the starting line
It was a great morning for a 5K.  It wasn't too warm, there was a nice breeze, the sun was behind clouds and my job was taking pictures of the family.  No wonder I liked this 5K so much.

and they are off
ADP was the one running.  ADP has run this race four years in a row now and he really likes it.  This year the course was different, but in a better way (no 180 turn-around, just a few sharp 90 degree turns).
looking good!
see ya when you come back
ADP had a great race up to mile 2.5 and then he got a side-ache.  Those suck!!    
ADP and his cheering crowd
ADP slowed down for the last mile because of the side ache and still finished strong.
final stretch
Here he is at the finish line with 5 guys chasing him down:
and DONE!
Father's Day 5K 2012:  18:40
Overall:  11th place
AG:  3rd place (a nice mug for an award)
Happy Father's Day ADP!

Mud Mania 2 RR

For the second year (of two), Amanda and I went to the Mud Mania race.  They added obstacles and had a lot more people.  Some of it was good (better food and more people), some wasn't (standing in line to go through obstacles).
Parking at the park was full so we parked at the school and caught one of the shuttle busses.  Once there it was easy finding our way around since we had been there the year before.
Amanda had picked up our bigs the previous day, which was really helpful.  We were in the second wave which had the benefit of watching the "elite" runners come in while we were waiting to start.

The beginning of the race was different this year which made the first ~mile more interesting, but there were three times we were at a standstill because of an obstacle.  This means I cannot compare this year's results to last year's results (good thing...because we were slower).

When I finished the race it was a good thing.  Last week, at the Lake Placid Half, I was wondering why I put myself through the running and training (it was a rhetorical question).  Yesterday, when I finished I wanted to do it again!  Talk about a fun race.

distance of 2.9 miles
overall place 612 of 811
gender place 344 of 
division place of 33 of 52 (35-39F)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Lake Placid Half RR

This is going to be a good/bad race report.  There is no other way to do it without it being a downer, IMHO.
on my way there.  left the house at 4:30 a.m.
fog headed into the mountains

The bad:  It was my longest half ever!  
The good:  I finished the race!

The bad:  I knew no one going into the race.
The good:  I did it on purpose so I couldn't call or complain to people during the race.  I wanted to do this one by myself for the knowledge that I can rely on myself to for 13.1 miles.

The bad:  There were hills!  Who knew that the Adirondack Mountains had "hills"?!?!  
The good:  I can finally walk down the stairs without holding my breath because of the pain in my quads.

LP ski jumps in the background

The bad:  It was hot (well, not hot-hot, but hot to me).
The good:  I'm really good at sweating.  And there were water stops almost every mile so I had plenty of hydration (that I readily accepted)!

they just announced my name coming into the finish line

The bad:  I sweated a LOT!
The really bad:  I stopped sweating somewhere between mile 9 and 9.5.  I noticed because I started shivering when I was in the shade and was fine in the sun.  STRANGE!  I don't shiver when I'm running and it is above 40F.  So considering it was just over 70F and I was shivering I decided self-preservation above all else.  I pretty much walked the end of the course.  I'm fine with this.  I'm here.  I finished.  I can write my story.  Now I just need to figure out WHY this happened.

smile?...right now?...crap, of course I have to smile  :)
The nitty-gritty:
155 of 240 in females 30-39
873 of 1255 overall
I did it!!!
one of the views
I thought I was going to cry or throw up by the time I made it to my car.
I did neither!

i'd never seen the olympic rings in person before

my bib and medal
the medals

Saturday, June 2, 2012

May Mileage

May was quite a month for me.  I ran well.  I read a lot.  I blogged a little.  I got a PR.

May mileage:  103.21
May days run:  19 (61%)
May races:  1

I took my vibram KSO's out for their first race in May and ended up taking 1:27 off my 5K time!

i'm not too far off my goal for the year, but i'm not close either
June will be an interesting month.  I have two races planned with the first next weekend.  It is a "get back in the saddle" race as it is my first half marathon in over a year.  It will be hilly and possibly warm but it is ok.  I'm running it to get back in the swing of things and not for time.  Then, a short 6 days later I'm running a mud run.  This all means one thing for me:  taper week.  I hope to post a little more later this week about my upcoming race.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

1 year ago

I'm not running this race this year...but here I am a year ago picking my bib up:

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Breathing Out

Last week I ran in the local Mother's Day 5K.  It was a great race (most races that end with a PR are great races) so I was curious what the photos would look like.  No fancy photos, just someone in the running club that put on the race taking pictures.

Well, I looked a them and it appears I'm breathing out in all of them.  Not only that, I am doing strange things with my form...

Coming down a slight hill after mile one...leaning back

looking around at who knows what

I think my arm is crossed almost all the way across my body here
No one is perfect.  :)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day 5K RR & a PR

It's race day and I can only say that I shocked myself.  I was planning on a nice, comfortable race/run and it turned into so much more!

I took my Vibram KSO's out for their first race:
I have been working my way up to the 5K distance in these, but always at a nice slow pace (usually with Maddie the fuzzy one); hence the reasoning for a comfortable pace.  I did get questions about the shoes before, during and after the race.  I can say only this:  I loved them!  
Mother's Day Hugs
The race course was a new one for this race, but that didn't matter to me as I'd never run this race before.  The first mile was on asphalt and some packed trail.  The trail felt great as it was not as hard of a surface and thus more comfortable on my feet.  However, I did find out that rocks, no matter how small, can really be felt when wearing these shoes!

I had to put this picture in because it really doesn't look like I pick my feet up:
I really am running!
The family positioned themselves so they saw me three times during the race.  This means plenty of photo opportunities!
I haven't raced a 5K in a long time and with these shoes I wasn't planning on it.  I just went by feel and I was so surprised to see my splits as they came up.  I was going to slow down a little on the third mile but when I saw my average pace I knew I should push.  So, I held my pace and kept going.  Most runs I try to finish strong, but I didn't have as much this time.  Don't get me wrong, I love the shoes but they are work when you aren't used to running faster in them.
I ran behind the two women over my shoulder the whole race
My kick at the end was good as ADP caught my hair flying here:
The last time I ran a 5K for time was in May 2010.  Since then I've run with friends or skipped 5K's all together.  So, imagine my surprise when my finishing time was in the 27's (2 years ago I set a PR of 29:01...which was the first time under 30!).

Official results:
27:34 (PR of 1:27)
#35 of 142
AG place #7 of 22
Garmin said it was 3.13 miles and agrees with 27:34

It's a great day!