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I went out a couple of weeks ago for a 12 mi run, and accidentally did this:

Don’t ask. The point is that when I hit the stop button and saw how far I had gone, the fact that I was in a crazy amount of pain, and had walked most of the last 20 min made a lot more sense. Such a dumb ass. I would have cried, but I was too tired, and needed more fluids. I was beating myself up during that last bit, pissed off and disappointed that I couldn’t even finish 12 stupid miles. How was I going to get through my half mary in April? How was I going to get through a full mary in November? Oops.

So I’ve spent the last couple of weeks trying to get over that. Well, my legs, anyway. They got pretty angry with me for not being able to do simple math (there’s a reason I rub nekkid people, y’all), and have refused to let me run far or fast ever since. I’ve tried the road and the treadmill. I have to say, as far as being injured goes, I do much better on the road than the treadmill. My problems are shortened and dysfunctional muscles in my right glutes and leg. On a treadmill, you can’t really work on certain things. You know, because the ground is moving. Heh. So the road is better for that.

Until yesterday, I had topped out at an 18 min, 1.62 mi run. Every time I tried to run and failed, I would get pissed. It was my own fault, and if I didn’t learn from this, there was no hope I’d ever meet all of my running goes (they extend well past a full marathon, I tell you).

Friday night, I went to my fitness center’s Last Chance Workout. Wow. I’m glad I went, and I honestly wish they did it every week. It was great, and so much fun. Mainly because I totally got picked on and singled out, which makes me work extra hard. While I was on the treadmill for the first round of cardio, I noticed it was a little easier, and my knee wasn’t tightening up. This was good. Gave me some optimism for my run the next day. I stayed away from leg machines for that workout, tho the super awesome and lovely Trainer Adam had me do stairs while everyone else got to do cardio machines. Ugh.

Yesterday, I headed out for a run of yet undetermined length. I knew I had to take it easy, start out slow, and pay attention to what I was doing. I usually listen to podcasts when I run, but opted for music since it meant I didn’t have to pay attention to what I was hearing. After 20 min, I wanted to quit. It was starting to hurt. I remembered what Ian Adamson of Newton Running said during a run clinic I went to last year. If you’re hurt or tired, it’s the perfect time to work on your form. That’s what I started doing. It still hurt, just not as much. I worked on relaxing, lowering my arms, and keeping my chin up. Then I noticed my strides were too long, so I shortened them which helped a lot. I ended up running 5.84 mi yesterday. They were slow, but I got them done. I was very happy with that when I finished.

So, I guess I’m learning from my mistakes. Good thing, too. I want this year to be a good one with some pretty big goals met. I can’t be screwing myself up!

Oh, and it’s always nice to know you’re not the only one out there who does stupid running things.


Can you even believe how long it’s been since I put anything here?! Holy smokes. A lot has happened/changed since last April. But we won’t get into all that. I still like running. I still wear Newtons to run, and VFFs for every day. Oh, but now I have a pair of Toms. Nice. I like them. I still have a half-fro that I occasionally let loose while I’m running. I have more tattoos, and more metal in my face. My kids are still growing (what the hell is that about? they’re like huge!), and I’m still all married, and stuff. Did I miss anything? Okay, moving on…

I didn’t make any resolutions this year. Mainly because last year’s goals were woefully unmet. So instead, I came up with “things I want to do”. I think that will work out much better for me. Come on. You know me. Throw a shiny thing at me, and I’m veering off course before you can say, “Hey, Amy. Look at this shiny thing.” I am trying to minimize the disappointment at the end of the year (heh, or within the first few months) when I have to face the things left unaccomplished.

Don’t fret, though. I’m not going to let you surf away completely empty-handed. I can tell you what’s already on the calendar this year:

The 4th Annual Frisco Railroad Run Half Marathon:  I did the 10-miler last year, and fell in love with that trail, so decided it was time to do a half mary successfully. This is the one. Can’t wait. I like the medals. They are big, and have a train on them. Whoot whoooooot!

Warrior Dash:  I absolutely love this race. So fun. Who doesn’t want to conquer 3.1 miles worth of obstacles, jump over fire, and low-crawl under barbed-wire in a pit of mud?!?! I’m doing this race with my friend Kate this year, and we’ll also be cheering on another friend (who couldn’t make it into our wave… balls). Can’t wait! I will definitely make sure I wear pants I can cinch up tight. My shorts almost slid all the way down my hiney last year when I got out of the mud! Sheesh.

All-Star Game Charity 5K & Fun Run:  In December, my step mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Stupid cancer. Luckily, they found it through a routine mammogram, and were able to take care of it quickly. She had a double mastectomy in January, and is doing great now. She’s a helluva strong lady with a giant heart. I heard about this run right around the time she was diagnosed, and decided that I just had to do this run. If you click the link, you can donate. The proceeds go to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Stand Up to Cancer, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Cool your jets. If you’re like me, you’ve had a huge problem with Komen in the last few weeks. But I was already signed up, and cancer is a bitch who doesn’t care about politics. So go donate, please. That will make us all feel so much better, don’t you think? I’m doing this run in honor of my great grandmother, grandmother in law, and my step mom. The grandmothers both lost their battle with cancer. Super glad my step mom hasn’t.

Bass Pro Conservation Marathon:  Well then. 26.2 miles. Twenty six point two. I guess it’s confirmed that I’m crazy. Why did I sign up for this? Well, you see, I decided at the end of 2011 that I would focus on running this year. I’ll still ride and swim, but I don’t actually have any tris on my radar as of yet. So why not go ahead and stare death in the eyes this year? Over-dramatic? Possibly. You don’t know. What if this year they decide to release wild, blood-thirsty animals onto the course to chase us down? Mmmm hmmm. Bet you’ll feel like a big, dumb, dummy when you find out I could not fully unleash my inner Kenyan, and was eaten by a freakin’ liger. You heartless jerk.

What were we talking about? Oh yeah. Running.

So, this year’s focus is running. I’ve heard a rumor of a new tri possibly happening locally that could get me to flex my SBR muscles, but otherwise, I’m just unsure right now about that.

Oh. Swimming. There’s a chance I could actually be half-way decent at this. Someday. Not in the near future, necessarily. But, you know, maybe by the time I’m 40? Yeah. That’s a good goal. I’ll be half-way decent at swimming by my 40th birthday. Which means maybe I’ll try my first OWS this year. Um, that’s “open water swim”, not “occupy wall street”. Heh, still get confused when I see OWS in the news. Can’t figure out why an open water swim is such a big damn deal.

Back to running: I did my first 5k race of the year yesterday. I use the term “race” sort of loose-like because I’m only racing myself. I am so competitive with me! Yesterday was a great race. I beat me. Pretty good. I finished in ((drum roll, please)) 27:39. I know. I know. Amazing, right? Yes, that is exactly how I felt when I saw that my Garmin was not playing a cruel joke on me, and I had totally blown myself out of the water. It was cold as hell out yesterday (yes, I see how that really doesn’t make sense seeing as how everyone claims hell has fire, but whatever shut up), so I don’t know how much of that was me just wanting to feel my toes again, but I’ll take it. Of course, this also means I had better start running faster regularly. That’s the downside of a PR. You see what you’re capable of, and realize you are one lazy mofo.

Well, there ya go. If you missed me, I think that’s a healthy dose of “Oh yeah, she’s just a weirdo” to hold you over. Will do my best to keep this up to date. My homework load has increased. Like, a LOT. So, I’m not promising you people a damn thing. I can only do what I can do.

July 4th was nice. I think it may have been the first time in a couple of years we didn’t wander up north to my in laws’ place. For some reason, we decided to stick around here.

My day started with a 4 mile run. For me, that’s a long run. I had to chuckle to myself while I was eating breakfast and getting ready for my “long run” because I kept seeing other people posting THEIR long runs. And theirs are long. I enjoyed my run even tho humidity was at 1000%. Okay. Not quite 1000%, but it was around 75%. Close enough. I was soaked. I was attacked by a huge black lab while its golden retriever buddy stood watch. Well, maybe not attacked. But it definitely tried to knock me down and take my lunch money. Once it realized I wasn’t going to stop or yell or otherwise freak out, it was trotting next to me wanting to be pet. Ha geez. I didn’t stop, tho.

After my run, we picked up the teenager from his friend’s house. He informed me he “fell on a rock last night” and his head “bled for like 5 hours”. Lovely. We headed out to Wormrock farm to visit our friends, James and Tera, and to bask in the glory that is their (almost) 1 year baby girl. Magical Miss Frankie Pearl. *sigh* She’s awesome. Shorty can’t get enough of her and I’m pretty sure would be happy to spend all of his spare time out there entertaining her.

We had a lovely visit and some yummy lunch (thanks again, Tera!) and headed home. Where the fire crackers and bottle rockets soon made their appearance. So most of the rest of the evening was spent outside listening to things go boom. I couldn’t wait for it to get dark because our neighborhood turns crazy. People have all these huge fireworks and they start setting them off like crazy. Next thing you know, there’s a cloud of smoke covering the whole subdivision and it sounds like live fire training. Love it!! Our neighbors got home around 10 or 10:30 so then there were even MORE things to shoot off! I really think next year we need to have a party. I’m going to start my fireworks fund for next year today.

And YES, I KNOW that giggling every time I see “Shoots flaming balls” on the fireworks is immature. Sheesh. I can’t help it!!! It’s funny!!!

Let’s see… I’ve been in a pool ONCE since my last post. I (obviously) did not drown.  I’ve been running and riding as I get the chance. Those also have not killed me. I have a buckeye account which rocks so I can SEE how awesome I am (or badly I suck).

Having trouble running lately and not sure why. Sunday before last I ran 4 miles and felt awesome. That was the farthest I’ve ever run. I was super proud of myself. For various reasons, the rest of that week I sucked on my (attempted) runs. Not getting more than about a mile and a half in before complete failure. What the hell? I don’t know. This past Sunday, I managed to eke out three miles. But only because I had to make it home. I was in so much pain when I finally struggled up the few steps from the garage into the house. I started bawling and managed to make it into the living room before making it to the floor and crying some more. WHY did my damn legs hurt so bad? What had happened? What changed? Why was I able to kick so much ass just a week before this? I took my very first no-ice ice bath that day. I ran enough cold water to cover my legs and got in, fully dressed. HOLY SHIITAKE!!! Well, it made me stop crying… Because I couldn’t freaking breathe! I seriously began to think I would never take a full breath ever again. How do you people DO that??! Jeebus.

Yesterday was better. I biked 12.29 miles in 26+mph winds with gusts up to 40 mph. Yes, I will mention that every time because it made it really damn hard. REALLY hard. If you have any idea where I live (near Wilson’s Creek Battlefield) you know that there are some pretty decent hills nearby. I’m new at this. Those hills hurt like a mo’fo’. But I did it. In just over an hour. A couple of hours after that, I headed out for a run. I ran 2 miles and it took an eternity. Okay, really it only took about 29 min. I had to walk a lot more than I wanted to because my left leg started up again.

So here’s what I need to do:
* sign up for swimming lessons (I swam 300 yds in 17:20…REALLY need to improve THAT)
* find the $$ to pay my dude co-worker to perform 2 hrs of magic on my legs/hips/glutes at least once a week
* stop whining… I swear, I’ll work on it. But sweet baby jeebus, it gets windy here in the middle!
* take my baby, John Holmes, in for a spring tune up. They’re free for crying out loud.

I promise to work on the whining thing. I will try to remember that with training conditions like this, I could very well be a machine by August. 😉 And that would rock faces.

On a funny note, I got a haircut yesterday and the girl cut it too short. It’s so hard to tell when you have curly hair how short it is until it’s completely dry. I will be rockin’ it Mammy style (or finding time to straighten it) for a while ;). So here’s a pic of the result….

Thursday and Friday in SWMO were splendiferously beautiful. Sunny skies, mild to warm temps. Wonderful weather!! Friday was the last day of classes before spring break and the first official day of spring was Saturday, so what could possibly screw this week up? Um, I believe we call it Mother Nature.

I signed up for this 5K to get back in the swing. I’ve been pretty lazy over the last few months and was ready to start working on myself again. PLUS, it’s for a good cause, duh. I was excited to race again! The Husband was signed up too for pretty much the same reasons.

But wouldn’t you know it, the weather turned craptastic and by the time we got up to go, the windchill was 25 and it was raining. Sheesh! So bundled up and headed out.

A couple of minutes after we left, The Husband’s phone ding-dinged. It was the teenager. The power was out. Turns out, kids aren’t too keen on staying home by themselves if there’s no power. Imagine that. So we turned the truck around and went to rescue them. Not knowing what was up or why the power went out, The Husband sacrificed his racing dreams to stay home with the boys and I left by myself.

I got there, got my packet, put on my number and chip and went looking for a bathroom. The start was at Ridge Runner Sports and there was a bathroom inside. The line wasn’t awful, but it did cut into warming up and getting used to the cold. It wasn’t until I was only 2nd from the front that they came and told us there were 2 porta-johns out back. Oh swells.

There’s really not a lot to tell about this race. I liked it, there weren’t many people, and it was pretty stinkin’ cold. And wet. The course was an out and back with some slight inclines (I won’t call them hills). I had trouble on the way back when the wind was in my face because it was coooooold and that seems to kick in my dormant asthma. Boo. Otherwise it was fine.

Time: 00:38:32  Not my fastest, not my slowest. Definitely better than my 3 miles on the treadmill 3 days earlier! 😉
Now we have baselines for my run and bike… Just gotta get my ass to the pool….

What are your favorite running shoes?

In case you haven’t heard, I got new shoes. Yes, “real” shoes, not VFF’s. (FYI, I have every intention of buying a pair of the new ones when they come out!!!!)

Today was the first day I’ve been excited to run in a long time. I haven’t been running much at all since December. Which is stupid, I know. I fell hard off that fitness wagon. For various reasons, I had a really hard time getting back on. The weather, crazy family stuff, school, work. But the weather is looking nice again (in the 50’s this morning), I’m figuring out the time crunch (school is time consuming!) and (duh) I have new shoes to run in!!!

I’m sure you’re asking, “Why real running shoes, Amy?”. Well. Because. I love, Love, LOVE VFF’s, but when it comes to traction on slickery surfaces, they’re dangerous. At least for my (non) graceful ass. And I knew I didn’t want to get another pair that I wouldn’t love (Nike Free, you broke my heart). So I went to The Starting Block and had them do a (free!) gait analysis. I learned that I don’t walk quite right, which just makes sense… most things about me are not quite right. 😉 But I didn’t need anything special like stability or whatever. So, since I already run in VFF’s and have been running forefoot for a while, the guy said i could try Newton’s. I agreed to start at the bottom with the Lady Isaac Guidance Trainer (as seen above). Put one on and laced it up and it was *gasp* comfortable!! So I put on the other one, laced it up… would you believe THAT one was comfortable, too???! I KNOW!! So he told me I could run up and down the sidewalk. I did. And I fell in love. I’ve never EVER been this comfortable in a running shoe. E.V.E.R. I am a very happy girl.

So today was the first run in them. 2 mile push/walk/run in the wind (gusts up to 24mph). I won’t bore you with the deets. But it was pretty good. Especially considering I had a mysterious dry cough in the middle of the night that caused some very uncomfortable burning in my chest this morning. Didn’t matter. I was having fun. The shoes are great and I’m super pissed at myself for waiting so long to get my ass moving. But you can’t go backward, right? Move Forward.

Now I just have to sort out what races I want to do this year. I think I’ve got most of them figured out. I live in the land of 5K races, apparently. I’ll have to keep an eye out for some longer ones later.

Anyway, thanks for reading!!! I need to do some homework, go to the store and find time the watch The Big Lebowski so a certain someone will speak to me again… 😉

Um, let’s see.  I ate too much (of course) and ate too much again.  We went to the in-laws’ for Thanksgiving.  You may or may not be aware that my in laws live “at the end of the world”.  That’s what we call it.  They live a little over a mile off the highway (which itself is “country”).  We don’t get cell phone service out there, and until recently the internet was *GASP!* dial up.  🙂  I had to come up with a plan while we were there to be active.  The treadmill was inaccessible and driving into town to go to the school track not knowing if it was open or not did not appeal to me.  So I decided to run the road in front of the house.

The road to the house dead ends… at their drive way.  This road is full of hills.  So Thursday I decided I’d try to run up the two hills right by the house and run whatever I could in between.  Did I mention this is a dirt and gravel road?  Yea.  It is.  So that first day I kept at it for about 45 minutes.  Runkeeper glitched out on me, so I don’t know distance.  It was probably about 2 miles just go up and down those 2 hills.  I had a partner that day.  A cool dog from a couple of houses up.

On Friday, I ran/walked to the highway and back and did a loop around the big back yard.  That was 2.5 miles in 45 min.  Yea, slow.  But these hills are no joke, yo.  When I told my sis what I was doing she thought I was nuts.  She knows those hills and said she never would have made it out the driveway.  She exaggerates… She’s pretty badass herself.  🙂  Oh, and I kept forgetting my push ups but finally got them finished around 11 that night.  Vacation sure can mess you up!!!  I didn’t have Tom to keep me on track.  😉

Saturday, out to the highway and back again.  But this time in 38 min.  Uh huh.  That’s right.  Boom!  I was beat after that, tho.

I added a couple of new recipes to the Recipes page earlier.  You should check them out.

Here are some pictures from my runs: