DECEMBER!

Well if you can’t tell by my lack of posts, its been a very busy month for me.  Time has just flown by! Since the competition I’ve basically just been bugging my coach to tell me what to do to work on my skills.  We ended up having a lovely hour pow wow about what I need to do if I want to get serious about getting better at the basics.  So currently I am on a push up and pull up regimen to do every day after the wod.  So I’ve started that….

I’m also trying to remember to be better at not killing myself every single day.  And I even took 3 whole days off from anything! On Thanksgiving I ran my annual 5k Turkey Trot race with my mom and my brother.  Now, I’m a klutz, I’ve fallen in this race basically every year.  Last year was the 1st year in about 5 that I haven’t fallen.  So my goals this year were to; not fall and to have someone give me a beer.  See the course goes past this bar 2x- once on the way out and once on the way back in.  I’m happy to say… I accomplished both of my goals- so it was basically a Thanksgiving Day win.  10556398_10204311622003597_14159057478327252_n

So after Thursday, I didn’t do any working out for 3 whole days because I figured after many months of 2 a days and not taking more than 1 day off a week, my body deserved it.  Although I don’t know if my body really appreciated it because we did Fran this morning.  This was the first time I’ve ever done Fran… I’ve done variations of Fran with thrusters and burpees or Double unders, but never actual Fran.
So Fran consists of thrusters and pull-ups at 21-15-9 and my time was 14:09, not exactly the 2 minutes that Camille does, but I’m just happy I finished it and didn’t stop because I really wanted to.  My goal is going to be that the next time we do it (in spring/summer) I take like a few minutes off and I do it fully Rx.  I can do the thrusters Rx, but the pull-ups not so much…

So anyways, my body felt really sluggish during it and I don’t know if it is because my body has so much rest or if (realistically) it’s because of all the crap I ate over Thanksgiving.   Now, I’m paleo so I don’t eat milk products, grains, corn, etc.  And all I ate over Thanksgiving (Thursday-Saturday) was cheese, bread (cornbread), soda, wine, chips, dip, stuffing, clam chowder, etc.  I went absolutely nuts.  And it was fun while I was doing it but my body quickly reminded me how much it did not appreciate such crap.  I kept getting headaches and stomachaches from all the food I don’t normally eat.  So while it was fun, I’m happy to be back on my normal eating schedule of meat, veggies, nuts, and fruit.

This week is my last week of classes and then I have 2 weeks of finals.  And then I will be done with my first semester of law school! Seems absolutely crazy, but there it is!   So that’s it for now, I’ll probably be MIA for the next month again with studying and all.

So until later, TTFN. 

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I want to be a walking encyclopedia

No, but I’m being serious.  If there’s anything I dislike most in the world its not knowing things. I hate having other people know things that I don’t. And I don’t mean in the menial gossip knowing things more than me, I mean knowing more than me in various areas of study or areas of study that I’m interested in. I hate feeling stupid.  It always drives me to research whatever I didn’t know so that I won’t feel dumb, but sometimes I can’t and it drives me up a wall.  If I could have a super power it would be; To learn a bunch of information and remember it forever. Smarty_Pants-900x900

Well until I can manifest that superpower, I will continue to read and do the New York Times crossword puzzle- even though some days that thing is wicked hard!  I sometimes call a friend for help on some of them.

Also I’ve taken to watching the news while I run on the treadmill in the morning, then reading the New York Times, then going on-line for BBC and CNN.  I like to compare my news 😛

Anywhoser, I was sick last week with a chest congestion so I didn’t really run, in fact I took 4 days off.  Then I ran my school’s annual Shamrock 5k and I ran it in 26:41, which considering I had been sick the week before and hadn’t really run I’m pretty  happy with that time.
Oh, and I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned but I’ve incorporated biking and weights into my daily workout routine. Sometimes, the bike doesn’t make it in my daily routine, but the weights definitely do.  I’m happy to say that I definitely am feeling stronger.  Oh! And I’ve been doing abs too! I’m really trying to become a more well rounded athlete in terms of working out, not just running.  So that maybe I will have less injuries and will just be more fit overall.

So that’s it for now, until later TTFN.

Freihofer’s Run for Women 5k Recap.

Well I could tell this was going to be a good damn race when I went to put my shoes on.  You see it had rained poured the night before, I know I woke up at 4 in the morning and could hear it.  So when I was getting ready my thought process when I went to find my shoes was; “oh crap, they’re gonna be soaked.”  But when I went to find them where I left them, they weren’t there.  So I looked in our garage and there they were safe, sound, and dry.  My dad must’ve moved them for me sometime last night after I came back from my run.  Starting off with dry shoes when I thought they were going to be wet was definitely a good sign.  I then made my mom pose for a before the run photo, she kept complaining because we were going to be late, but I need my photos! 

And of course I had to take one of myself, I mean what else should I do, get ready?

  Plus this way, you get to see how cray cray I am in the morning before I really get any coffee in me or get moving.  As you can see I have the fantastic outfit on that I picked out the day before.  And just as an fyi, my grandma and brother said they used my straight up bright ass outfit to spot me during the start/finish so they could take pictures.  So it looks like my plan to be super seeable for optimal picture-takage was a success!

Moving right along.  For the race you have to line up according to your bib color.  My mom’s was purple and mine was light blue.  So when we got there I couldn’t find my start.  I kept looking around, until I realized….I was in the front!  And I mean in the front as in right behind the elite runners!  My first thought was along the lines of “Sara, why the **** are you in the front??!?! You aren’t this fast!” But then I started laughing because I decided they must’ve mixed me up with some other fast Sara.   And then I finally decided to just go with the flow and enjoy my front starting point, because hey at least this way I wouldn’t have to zig zag through people at the start.  Just to give an example of how close I was to the elite’s I’ll demonstrate with a picture.  Exhibit A.

<———– Ok so you have to follow the line of the arrow and along this line a smidge below it you can see a girl in a neon green shirt behind a girl in pink, next to a girl in orangey/yellow.  Yea, that’s me.  And then take a gander here  —-l        

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These women right there?  Yeah, those are the elite runners.  This was after the gun went off so they run like lightening.  But while we were at the start I could’ve literally tapped them on the shoulder and wished them luck.  That was just another way I knew it was going to be a good race; because I was at the front and was near the elites.  

The race wen pretty well, I mean my first mile felt fast, I think this mostly has to do with the fact that with all my long runs my body was a tad shocked at going so fast.  Anywho, I ran it in like 8:02ish?  The next mile I ran around that mile also, and the third mile I slowed down quite a bit, but I was ok with it.  The entire time I was like I don’t know how much more of this I can do.  But then my brain was like: “Sara, this is your shortest mile day of the past 2 weeks, shut up and stop being a wimp.” So I was like point well made brain.  And then kept running.

When I hit 2 miles in a little over 16 minutes I thought for the first time that I could possible hit a 24 minute 5k.  But alas, it was not to be at this race.  However, I was really happy with the time that I did get.  I was aiming to beat my previous 5k time of 26: 19 by maybe 30 seconds or so.  And I ended up beating it by over a minute.  My time for this race was 25:10.  So to really drive this race home I’m going to finish by photoboming the crap out of the rest of this post.

Here’s me crossing the finishing line.  Yes the time says 25:11, but that was the overall clock time from the gun, I had a chip on me that started when I crossed the first sensor.  Fyi, we are seeing all these lovely pictures because my grandma and brother Tim were watching/taking pictures of my Mom and I at the race.  Which was lovely if you ask me because I never have any during the run photos.  But I digress…

So moving along, what would race photos be without some close up race booty?  Yup that’s right, just walking off my slight hyperventilation and the fact that my legs are on fire.  NBD.

Once again moving along..  I thought what else should I put in here? Oh well, maybe some actual running photos would be nice, but I don’t know that’s just me.

Running down hills I start off kind of spazy when it comes to my arms flailing all over the place.  But eventually once I manage to control my momentum and remember to keep my form I don’t look so cray cray.

After I finished I waited for my mom at the finish. She finished in around 38 minutes, which might be one of her best times.  She was happy with it so that’s all that matters to me.  So once we found each other we were tasked with the problem of finding my Grandma and brother.  Luckily they were being super creepy with their cameras and so they spotted us before we spotted them.

This is my ‘um I have my water but where the hell are my free cookies?‘ face.  I personally really enjoy it, I think I’ll use it for every situation from here on out.

After we found everyone we headed back to the car to take an after race photo in our new swag shirts from this year’s race.

And in the process of taking this picture we almost got hit by a car trying to get out of the parking garage.  If that’s not winning I don’t know what is.  Can I get a thumbs up for winning?

Of course I can, it’s my blog. 😛

Anywho, the day was finally completed when I went home and tore into my box of free cookies.

The real reason I run this race. ->

So that was my Freihofer’s Race recap.  It’s the 3rd year I’ve run it and I seem to be improving every year.  It’s a great race for anyone who wants to try it…well… er… any woman who wants to try it.  It’s an all woman race. 

Now this week is all about Long Slow Miles and recovery for my marathon on Sunday.  I’ll keep everyone updated on the last week of training and the lovely goodies I just bought with my mommy!

That’s it for now, Until later TTFN.