WANTED: A Break

No, but seriously.  I can’t wait for our fall break at the end of next week.  Last week I was extremely worn down and because of realizing that I honestly stretched myself a bit too thin this semester, I’m cutting down on some of my duties and responsibilities.  It’s the only way that I’ll be able to get everything done that I need to get done and to keep up with my schoolwork.  Which is another reason I need break, I’ve fallen behind and I need just 4 days of absolutely no responsibilities and no classes to worry about so I can just get a bunch of work done.

I know that sounds terrible, but honestly this is what happens to me every year around this time.  I just need to make it to break so I can catch up/get ahead and everything will be good. So that’s that for classes/school work type things.   On to working out/team stuff…  1375707_10201444813375173_140370924_nWe’ve had like 3/4 meets thus far, so far so good, my times aren’t where I want them to be, but they aren’t terrible so I’m content for now.   We had a race at SUNY IT this past weekend and my mom came and brought me groceries and lots of baked goods so that was fantastic! Also, they had water and apples at the finish- and I got to say I always love when I get some sort of fruit when I’m done with my race.

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Moving along again… I’ve been working out around 3x a day for the past few weeks, so I’m trying to restrict myself a little bit more these next few weeks.  Monday and Wednesday I’m going to try to workout only 2x a day and Tuesday and Thursday I can workout 3x a day.  Maybe it will help my body feel not so worn down because I was having that slight problem- overtraining- YAY! 558523_10201444815815234_1665924880_n

Oh, also I got some Paleo cookbooks, so I’m attempting to thoroughly educate myself on the whole thing way more than I am already and also having these cookbooks will give me more ideas for foods to make besides my normal chicken and eggs staples.

Which brings me to my next topic- cheat day. Seriously, I went a little too hard this past cheat day and it had a bit to do with my mom bringing me all these baked goods to eat- they were delicious! 1238350_479031898870915_1202806720_nBut its ok, because I honestly haven’t been too nuts on a cheat day yet.  Funny thing was I kept saying I was going to go out- I had like maybe 1/2 a beer and then decided I was too tired and went to bed.  Sara choosing sleep over going out- FTW! 

So that was fun/funny.  Everyone who was with me was like “come out sara!” and Kinga was just like she does this every weekend… I knew she wasn’t actually going to make it out.  And it’s totally true, I definitely get ready to go out and then go to bed like every weekend.

I’m going to attempt to write an article for my school’s newspaper because I saw an advertisement saying they needed sports/health and nutrition writers and I was like I should write an article about Paleo! So I’m going to attempt it and if it sucks…. it sucks.
But other than those things, nothing else is really going on.  I’m basically just attempting to stay afloat with my workload and everything. So I think I’m going to go to the gym quick before class so I can eat between running and crossfit tonight.  9ae33c0979858ef5a51cacd755cd8ff4

So until later, TTFN. 

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Pine Bush Triathlon Recap

Okey dokey, so a race recap was promised and a race recap y’all shall have!  As a sidenote all my pictures will be at the end, because my family computer is dumb.  I started the morning nice and early at 4:45 am.  It was glorious because only my brother and I were home.  I had already put my bike in the car the night before.  So I went through my checklist of things I had to do- yes I have a checklist.  I ate, drank me some coffee, made sure that I had everything that I was going to need for the race, got dressed, took a little relaxation time and then headed out.
I was a little nervous about getting lost, simply because the last time I was there was for the last time I did the race.  But, I managed to find the place ok (with a few, excusable goof ups in my driving) and parked my car.  Even thought it was only like 6:30 in the morning there was a decent amount of cars at the start.

I took out my bike and the things that I was going to need for the swim/bike transition and brought them to the area.  I think I was so early because I didn’t have anything for the bike/run transition because I decided to wear my vibrams for both the bike and run, thereby cutting down some time.  Anywho, I checked everything I had, laid everything out, made it all nice and anal-retentively perfect and headed back to the start.  I had everything with me already that I was going to need for the start of the race.

So basically I waited around for an hour and a half, but I’m not sorry I got there so early because I got a supreme parking spot and I was all ready when I needed to be.  Plus, since I have a tiny runner’s bladder it allowed me to use the bathroom as many times as I wanted before the race before the crowds came.  Sorry, but I have a tiny bladder.

Swim section;  I was kinda nervous, but I was pumped.  I actually didn’t have that many people in my heat and I ended up giving a girl next to me tips because it was her first Tri.  I felt like a seasoned veteran giving her advice! Anywho, the swimming went as the swimming always goes, semi-fast, and with absolutely no breath.  I sucked wind hardcore, which I’m partially blaming on my lack of ability to swim the week before the  race, but I digress…

Biking section;  I hoped out of the water and raced to my bike.  My transition was much faster than last year and I got going very quickly.  This year, my friend let me use her road bike which was so much lighter and easier to use than my mountain bike.   So during the race I felt like I was flying, I legit had fun on the bike leg, compared to last year when I just wanted to die.  This year, the end came up sooner than I thought it would- I mean I was going that fast in comparison to  last year!

Running section;  So my bike to run transition was also much quicker because I made the executive decision to wear my vibrams for both legs so I wouldn’t have to change.  I hopped off my bike, and kinda threw it on the side (shh don’t tell my friend that I borrowed the bike from), and then started running towards the run.  Once on the run, it took a good mile maybe mile and a half for my legs to not feel like jello.  I really need to start doing more Brick workouts. Anywho, I felt pretty good and I saw a few people I knew.  I ended up passing people, which is always nice.   The end is uphill, which really sucks and I have to keep remembering to tell the race directors I hate them for that.  But overall, my time was; 1:32:44.

I’m very happy with my time because it’s almost a full 11 minutes off of my time from last year, which was; 1:43:03. I don’t think I’m going to do this race again next year, not because I don’t like it, but I believe I’m going to do it as a relay with my two brothers (they actually want to do it! I don’t have to convince them or anything!)  And I’m going to try doing an Olympic distance next year (this was a Sprint), but first I’m going to save up and get me a road bike- no more mountain bike for me! So that’s it for now.  All my pictures are below, they include; the bike I used, an awesome sign at the lake, and more!

Sorry for the recap taking so long to go up, its been a hectic few days, hopefully I’ll be able to tell you more later. 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.

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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.

I’m a mystery even to myself

So I had a race last Saturday and after about the first mile I had this bad pain in my heel.  It hurt so bad that every time I took a step I thought I was going to cry.  I finished the race and it didn’t bother me.  I ran all this past week and I didn’t think anything of it because it didn’t bother me.  Yesterday though I was running on the treadmill with my friend and it started to bother me so I went to the trainer downstairs.  I was given a heel wedge to put in my shoe  (I have vibrams btw) and he told me to run on it for like half a mile.  It didn’t bother it with the heel wedge on but it totally altered my gait and it made my foot slip around while I ran.  I went back down and I was like; “Um,yeah I can’t run with this.”  I was pretty much told that I was a mystery to him.  And I was just like:

Fyi, that’s my ‘I don’t know face’, except I’m not like 10.  Anywho,  the trainer and I were pretty much shooting the breeze and commiserating on how we were completely unsure as to what was going on.  I told him I usually fix my own injury problems and he jsut laughed and said most runners do.

Then we started talking about my shoes which are vibrams:

My vibrams are gray with with blue between the toes.  They’re my second pair.  The first pair I got was last November the day before Thanksgiving.

Walk down Memory Lane:

I had been running barefoot a good amount of the time up until that point and my mom wanted me to get something to wear on my feet so that I wouldn’t cut my feet on anything.  I was told to gradually work my way into wearing them.  So the next day I ran a 6 mile race with them on :).

I’ve been wearing them ever since and I now only have one pair of sneakers for the random times when I need them to do house work or something.  Well, I ran in my last pair so much tha t I totally wore them out and hence my new pair.  Which I didn’t get to start using until after my stress fracture, but that is a story for a different day.

Oh I had a race today, well it was more of a scrimage.  And compared to last year when I sucked greatly with my running I did really well.  However, with my times thus far I don’t think it was that amazing.  Once again, a story for a different day, maybe tomorrow.  That is all for now. TTFN.