Rumble By The River 2014- ReCap

Ooooh, my first competition. I don’t know what to expect. I was too afraid to compete as an individual so I encouraged my friend, Alicia, to be my teammate so that we could endure this new adventure together. I woke … Continue reading

I’m A Fighter

After spending two days depressed due to my inability to walk/run/crosstrain for my marathon training, I realized I can still get up off my ass and be active. I can always do some upper body and core work. So I … Continue reading

CrossFit and Chick Flicks

Little bit of time travel back to Wednesday, because like we all know… I am a terrible blogger…

It was my off day for running with a long run in the cross hairs Thursday, it was the perfect opportunity to drag myself down to CrossFit and see what I could do, right? We looked for a one rep max of hang cleans. For some reason hang cleans are awkward for me… anywho! I FINALLY GOT TRIPLE DIGITS! On the nose. 100. I psyched myself out when trying to accomplish 105… and I did 95# 3x which was my previous record so while I felt defeated, I felt like a champ. Odd feeling. ha. Next up was “Grace” 30 clean & jerks for time. I did 75#…. I was in heat two and was just going to start on an even minute on the clock. I got 6 reps in when I was stopped.  Apparently, they were going to restart the clock. Hurray for a “warmup” It took me almost five and a half minutes, but I don’t care. I was the last one done and think my coach was just as excited if not more so than I was. It was neat to have the people in my gym cheering for me the way that they were. It was an awesome little CrossFit moment for me. The odd thing was when I finished, my feet cramped… where the “arches” are. I say it with quotations because I don’t have arches. I feel like that part of my foot is so flat it’s actually convex. It was terrible…

So, I took my husband onto base bright and early Sunday morning… so that he could leave for two weeks to try and obtain the Expert Field Medic Badge (a pretty big deal for a soldier in the medical field)…

Now I’m obsessed with chick flicks. I had this HUGE to get done list of tasks around the house. I’ve managed to run and not kill the dog. ha. I think I’m watching “chick flick” number 5 or 6 or so right now. NOT IN A ROW! Come on folks, I have standards!

I’m currently watching Love Actually (reeeeally enjoy this one). I have pwatched The Other Woman, Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, The Rebound, One For the Money, Lovestruck: The Musical, and Intolerable Cruelty. I also have watched the Prince of Egypt, the Nightmare Before Christmas, and the Lorax! I still have more on the to view list… like Safe Haven, Treasure Island, Atlantis, Mirror Mirror, and Upside Down (because I adore Jim Sturgess)… Chick Flick and children’s films kick. Don’t judge. I’m gonna chalk it up to the fact that these are the films Paul, the hubby, would rather not see them. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

I shall share the story of my long run from yesterday later. Now it is time to get cleaned up and turn in a job application to Big Dog Running (for a part time position at a running store… YES PLEEEEEEASE) and then take the pooch for a walk. My legs are locked up and pissed off so I’m hoping to make them feel better by going for a stroll followed by some yoga and a nap when I return home. I am contemplating CrossFit this evening but the WOD includes walking weighted lunges and 400m runs, I am not sure how much of a “run” I am capable of, but it’s the new hero WOD “White”…… and I work 12hr overnight tonight… busy busy busy!

What’s your favorite “chick flick” or Disney movie? or favorite movie for that matter?
What do you do the day after a long run?

10K Race Review! :)

ImageAlarm goes off and I hear “Animal I Have Become” and I opened my eyes and Imagegrumbled cause it was time to roll out of bed… I drag myself into the shower (showering to go get sweaty, go figure). I begin to feel more and more chipper as I piece together a run outfit. Then it was coffee and snack time while I blogged (what? I live a simple life).

We (Paul, the husband, and I) left just after 7am to pick up the bib and I found thisImage pill. Who doesn’t take a picture with some person in a costume the morning of their race? haha. See a trend with the green socks?! (if you have seen more than one post you have) Clearly I need to invest in more socks… ANYWAY.

We hung out in the car before the race because it was kinda chilly and drizzly. I looked up and out the window at 745 and saw a beautiful full rainbow. Good omen, right?!

ImageThe start line was ambiguous… So ambiguous that I had no damn idea where it was.  We walked past it and finally Paul brought it to my attention that it was probably near where the cops were hiding from the rain.  Ugh.  I looked on the bright side though and claimed the extra steps as warmup. haha.Image

The small group of racers gathered up on the road.  I don’t know how many did the 5k (at least double the 10k), but I know 23 people ran the 10k.

Paul snagged a real photo… drawing a blank on what those are called… but anyway. I have my serious face on. Then I found him!

HOOOOOOOOOOOOOONK. (that’s the sound of a blow horn thingy)

Imageaaaaaaaaaaaand we’re off!

First thought “THANK GOD IT’S DRIZZLY”….

A quarter of a mile into the stinkin’ run someone had to go and jinx it that by saying to the guy running next to them “This is perfect running weather with the drizzle!” I swear it stopped instantaneously!

I found a girl from the start that I was gonna pace behind for the first 3mi or so… she split where the 5k people went just before mi 2 and I was like Oh CRAP! I hit the 2mi point at 17:20 or so… for some reason they told us splits there?  I just focused on not falling because running on wet bricks is terribly slick and kinda scary… I pushed the pace just a hair beyond comfy but kept controlled breathing. Just keep chugging along… Until I FINALLY saw that “5 Miles” sign… then it was time to turn it up a little bit… Then came the bricks again and I had to slow down due to no traction.

ImageI rounded the corner and hit the .2mi run that quickens to sprint to the finish….
Paul easily found me because of my socks.Image

<– Here I come!

—> There I go.

FINISH!!!!!!!!!

52:30. PR.

BOOM!

2nd Female overall…

I’M CHOOSING SMALL RACES FOR LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFE.

And they definitely win the “Greatest Race Shirt” award in my experience thus far.

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