I wanna be like Maggie.

This is going to be my running mantra I think for this whole next year- I want to be like Maggie.  Because its true, I do.  Alright, for those of you who don’t know me in real life I probably have some ‘splainin to do. 
This is Maggie:  me and maggie

She’s gorgeous isn’t she? Yup she’s the blonde short thing who gets me and herself into all sorts of trouble.  Funny Story; I met her the day I moved back in for pre-season.  I was picking my keys up from our University Police and she was too.  She was with her parents (she’s a freshman, but I try not to hold it against her) and her mom overheard that I was moving in early for xc and she proceed to tell me how Maggie was here for xc and Maggie introduce yourself and oh Maggie’s just so nervous.. and on and on.

Yeah, we became besties.  Haha I immediately texted a bunch of my friends on the team and was like I just met this new girl I love her! Haaha anyways, we’ve become fast friends.  And she’s never really thought of herself as a big runner, from what she’s told me anyways, but man does the girl kick some ass.  maggie and I finishing a race

Yeah that’s her, out kicking me to the finish of one of our xc races.  This girl works her butt off running and doesn’t even think she’s that good! Woman is nuts.

I both love and admire and resent Maggie.  Don’t get me wrong it’s not like I hate her or anything.  But you’ve got to understand, I’ve worked hard the past few years to become a better runner, I’ve dropped by 5k time from high school down 4 minutes, which is pretty damn good if you ask me.  I’ve run 2 half-marathons and a marathon.  But its difficult seeing a girl come into the season behind you in times, and suddenly kick you back to nowheresville by the end.  But don’t get me wrong it’s not exactly like she’s done it by coasting through or anything, she runs like 50+ mile weeks at school. 

It’s been a struggle for me to realize that she is better than me not because I don’t care or am not trying, but because she puts in more time to it than I do.  Which, I’m starting to realize all the places where I could’ve made the time this past semester and simply didn’t.  It’s hard for me to admit that I haven’t worked as hard as her because I love running and its easy to use being busy as an excuse, but I can’t use it as one anymore.  There’s a quote I like it goes something like this “All top runners wake up tired and go to be extremely tired.”  I’ve realized that if my training is something that I really want to commit to then I need to  Be like Maggie.

She’s a personal trainer and she’s being fantastic and creating a training plan for me, like the one she follows.  And then I’m going to tweak it to fit into my schedule (just when I can workout, etc.).  So that’s why I want to Be like Maggie.  I don’t want to use busyness as an excuse anymore, I want to commit and get even better in this next year. 

I have big plans for myself and I have some ideas I’ve been working on, which I will reveal later once I get things all ironed out in my head/on paper.  So my mantra for the year? Be. Like. Maggie.

If its importantThis is the new mindset I’m getting into, running is important to me.  No. More. Excuses.

Oh and in case I need a little extra motivation: no excuses

Haha I thought it was a funny picture anyways.

So that’s all I’ve really got to update you on/talk about right now.

So until later, TTFN.

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CHRISTMASSSSSSSSSSSSS

The only way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear. – Elf-

Now that I got that out of my system I shall move onto Christmas Eve.   My family always starts out the holiday on Christmas Eve with a dinner at my Granny’s house with a meal of; pirogues, sauerkraut (kapusta), mushroom soup, mashed potatoes, peas, and bread.  Personally, I don’t like the peas or break (its raisin), but I eat everything else.  Eating and then singing Christmas songs right after we are finished eating usually takes like 2 hours.  Due to the food being served in courses and due to the excessive amount of singing we do (my little cousins just get antsy).  After we finish singing we open presents.  This year I got; a few iTunes gift cards, a fleet feet gift card, Little House on the Prairie season 3, and some recycled (eco-friendly!) gloves.

Just giving you an example gift card (in case you cared).   itunes gift card

I had like $35 in iTunes giftcards…. yea… I spent it all in 10 minutes.   But I’m ok with it because I had been waiting to buy all the songs I just did.

Ok moving onto Christmas, I apologize ahead of time for the lack of pictures- my camera pooped out on me the day of Christmas, luckily my little brother very kindly gave me his super old camera.  I’m just trying to figure out how to use it so once I do I will post all the pictures of what I got.

My big gift was a Garmin GPS watch which is fancy smanshy and I’m pretty sure I need a degree in engineering to figure out how to use it, but I digress…

I got a butt-ton of giftcards, more dvds, some cds, and a new running shirt.  SCORE!  Anywhoser, I spent the better part of my day today before work running around to all the stores (and some stores I didn’t have) giftcards to in order to get everything I wanted.  So I bought myself the Hunger Games and Pitch Perfect dvds.  pitchperfect- ate my twin

I can honestly say that I love the movie Pitch Perfect and that now I can watch it 24/7.  I can’t even tell you how funny I think it is, but I do go around telling people that I think it’s the new Mean Girls.. except more musically inclined…

So yeah, I got myself a lot of nice running stuff, which once again I will be posting the pictures on here as soon as I figure out the camera. 
Oh, on to running…. I ran Christmas Eve (early before work), I somehow managed to run on Christmas- mostly because I was home with just my mom and brothers so I didn’t have my dad to tell me how much better he’d feel if I didn’t run when it was snowy out so I managed to sneak a run in.

And I managed to get a run in today in between shopping and going to work.  It actually turned into a really nice run.  I have this theory; that I run faster unintentionally when it is cold out because my body doesn’t want to be outside.  That’s just my theory anyways because I ran like 3.15 miles today in around 18 minutes (this is a rough, but close guess of my time), I based this off of my start/end times when I looked at my watch.  Which means that I ran like 7:56-8 minute miles.  I’m pretty happy with that- now it just needs to be cold all year round so my racing times are really good. Joking… sorta.

Maybe I should just make sure that all my races are in the winter time and wear something like this ColdRunningto really motivate me to run fast.

What do y’all think?

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

How I do

I got the blog post title today from a song called ‘How we do” by Rita Ora.  Anywho, I’m sitting at my computer after 4 different workouts yesterday.  That’s right you read it right- 4 workouts.  I have to learn to space them out a bit better.  I did a 1,000 yard swim before swim lessons started yesterday morning.  Then, I went home and ran for a little over 4 miles.  I took a quick 20 minute break to drink some water and stretch and then I did a 40 minute Insanity workout.  And then I did a 30 minute bike ride with my brother and we rode up 2 massive hills…. just saying.  You want to know why I do it all? Well, probably because I’m insane. 

Anywho, yes I realize I workout a lot.  I’m pretty sure at least 2 hours of everyday is committed to working out.  But I’m ok with it.  And no I’m not addicted to working out.  I just took a test on-line that said I was normal. 🙂  Haha so really nothing exciting is going on right now.

I got to work Monday thru Friday teaching swimming lessons all day, and then on Mondays I have the added joy of a 5 hour shift at TJ Maxx.  So if you can’t tell Mondays are my super busy day.  But honestly that’s all I’ve been doing.  Working, working out, and sleeping. 

I’ve turned into quite the grandma since swim lessons started.  Since I’m running around working and working out I’m exhausted by like 9 every night and I end up going to bed.  Which I feel a tad bad about because my best friend Chelsea is in California so at like 9 my time she usually wants to skype/talk but I’m too exhausted.  However, that is what the weekends are for and luckily she is quite understanding. Plus, she’s coming in August! 🙂
Oh, one exciting thing did just happen- I just order a new pair of vibrams. This is a picture I grabbed off of the website but it is the color of the new ones that I ordered.

The first pair I ever bought were a purple/pink color.  The last pair was gray and blue and the new ones are black.  The black and gray/blue were the only 2 color options available for the version I wanted, which is ok because I’ve never had all black.  So once I get them I can say I’ve had a variety of colors.

Anywho, I’ve got nothing exciting planned really.  Just to get payed and hopefully go to the farmer’s market.  And if I go you can bet there will be pictures. 

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

The non-existant Taper.

Sooooooooooooooooo, you know how in marathon training schedules you’re supposed to taper……yeah……well I haven’t really done that.  I ended up running a total of 12 miles yesterday, not that impressive, but considering I’m supposed to be tapering right now, probably not the best.  But I’ve decided that I’m ok with it, I have more confidence going into this race having a few extra miles under my belt this week rather than not.  Besides, it’s not like I’ve learned my lesson because I ran with my friend Eric last night. 

This is my friend Eric, in the dark blue.  Well….er… this is more my friend Eric.

He’s kind of what people would call…..a champ.

His 5k is in the 15 minute zone, and mine is in the 25 minute zone.  So when we run together after a long time a part we have a tendency to… shall we say… forget?  How fast/slow the other is.  We ran 3.5 miles together yesterday and his “jog” is my race pace. 

Haha when I apologized for being so slow he said; “That’s ok I wanted to run slow today.” He’s nothing if not adorably honest.

Anywho, it was lovely catching up with him because we are  both busy.  He always gives me a good workout if nothing else when we run together and it was officially my last run of the week before Sunday.  So I wouldn’t want to spend it any other way besides running with my friend.  So that’s kinda it for now.  Countdown: 3 more days until Placid. 

So I’ll give you a final update tomorrow before a few days of radio silence.  So until later TTFN.

The Secrets to my Success

Piggybacking off of my post the other day, I’ve decided to describe how I’ve been able to train and become faster and come to enjoy running even more <– is that possible??? Anywho if you aren’t interested…. well I don’t care it’s my blog I’ll write what I wish.  First off, I’ve gotten rid of my watch.  WHAT?!?! You’re probably saying. Get rid of my watch? But yes, I did just that.  Not caring about what my time or splits are makes me feel so much more free.  Also, I run however long my body wants to run, 2o minutes, an hour who cares? I ran the other day in a thunderstorm for 50 minutes.  It was so much fun!  As runners when become fixated on training for races, improving our PR, etc.  We forget what it was like to run for fun, like when we were kids and it was simply a way to get away from the person who was it in a game of tag.  So that’s basically it, I’ve given you the secret: I let go.   I stopped caring as much, don’t get me wrong I still want to do well, but I’m learning how to just have fun when I run again instead of worrying the whole time about distance and time.

So now that I’ve let you in on my secret I’ll give you an update on my preparations for my marathon next week.  Well my feet, they’re still in shambles from the blisters, my band-aids fell off during a run yesterday and rubbed them raw again.

Take a gander at the beauty that is my foot, lovely isn’t it? Well for the next few days I’m going to be experimenting with different bandage techniques so that my feet don’t completely bleed during my marathon.  So that it one thing I am preparing.  Another thing I’m preparing is fuel aka  food!

These beautiful little suckers are amazing to me.  I love them they give me energy and are delicious.  I’m hoping to not have to tap into them until like 10 miles.  I did my half-marathons without food and minimal amounts of water/Gatorade so I’m hoping that I can not use these for as long as possible.  Though I do know that I will need them eventually if I don’t want to cramp up and die.   This brings me to my next point. We all I’m not going for a time since this is my 1st marathon.  Well I’ve been reading this book called Mile Markers by Kristin Armstrong.  And it is about what we run for, in one of the chapters the women write for each mile something they are thankful for on their arm.  So I’ve decided that I’m going to do that.  I’ll be thankful to get through the marathon and I’m going to give thanks the whole way.  So that’s my new plan.

Moving right along, I have a race tomorrow.  It’s a 5k and if any of you are from the Albany area you will know it, it’s the Freihofer’s run for Women.  This will be the 3rd year my mom and I are running it.  So I’ve decided to put together a spectacular outfit to run it in. 

Isn’t it beautiful? I thought what better way for my family to find me during the finish but to be in neon color clothes? So I’m wearing the neon green shirt from last year’s give away, neon pink shorts I just bought, and my pink bra (no one will see this, but it’s my lucky bra).  Anywho, I’m very excited and I can’t wait tomorrow, especially since I get a free box of cookies, that’s what I’m really in this for. 😛

Anywho, that’s it for now.  I’m going to go try taking care of my feet and I’m going to finish getting some things ready for tomorrow.  So that’s it for now, Until later TTFN.

Oh, and I’ll leave y’all with a question or two:

1. How do you get fun back into your running?
2. Any suggestions for bandaging my feet?

And then sometimes things like this happen.

So the best thing happened yesterday.  I had planned on a long run for my Sunday morning, but when I woke up I was kinda like; “I don’t really feel like it, I’ll just do an easy 2.” Well, I got outside and it was so warm and nice that I ended up running a little over 5 miles.  I felt great-I took it really easy, and I actually managed to pay attention to when I started and stopped and I averaged around 9 minute miles without trying. That’s pretty much the slowest time I can average during the Plattsburgh Half Marathon this weekend and still break 2 hours, which is my goal.  So I have a positive feeling about this weekend’s upcoming race.

I’m really excited to do it again because of the new time goal I have for myself.  Last year it was my first half marathon and the first time I’d ever run this particular race so I didn’t really know what time to get.  This year I have a better idea, I’m doing it with 3 of my friends, and I get lots of free stuff! (Hopefully the same stuff as last year because it was awesome!)

Anywho, that’s it about that.  And I went for a run this morning.   Once again it was beautiful outside! It was sunny and super warm.  I planned on doing around  2 miles and ended up doing an extra .8 (almost mile).  I just didn’t want to have to come back inside because of how nice it is.  So that’s it for now.  I must go get ready, eat, and all that jazz then it will be off to the office time.  So I hope everyone has a lovely day and that it’s nice wherever you are.  So until later, TTFN.

It’s my way or that guy over there’s way.

As each day passes, I realize I need to make some decisions and not just do things because I think there isn’t a better option.  It’s my way or that other guy’s way.  I mean seriously I need to stop being persuaded by other people.  This is the conclusion that I came to today, and it was simply reinforced while I was thinking about it on my run.  Like functions, ok yeah they’re mandatory, but that doesn’t mean that I have to drink.  I can have a good time not drinking, I’ve done it before and I want to do it again.  I just think it’s pointless to go out and get so drunk that you can’t remember what happened. 
And another thing- I don’t even really like going out that much anyways! I prefer to stay in, go to bed, and then wake up early and be productive.  That’s just me.  So that’s what I did last night, I didn’t go out.  Instead I went to bed early (also because I was straight up- fall flat on my face exhausted from Relay), and then I got up earlyish this morning (I kinda slept in).  And you know what? I ended up running like 5 miles.  It was a pretty good run if I do say so myself.  The last mile- mile and a half I was fantasizing about pancakes to get through it, but it was totally worth it.

So I made larger pancakes than I normally do.  Usually I only make like 1/4 of the batter.  Today I made 1/2 a batch, ate it all, and I can honestly say that I’m actually still a little hungry.  So here are my big pancakes that I made today:

They were super delicious, and I actually managed to be inside the 30 minute window of eating after a workout, usually I end up missing refueling during that window for one thing or another.

Speaking of exciting things…..we weren’t, but my mind has a mind of it’s own.  Anywho, I saw the Hunger Games last night with my friend Bethany aka My Big Spoon.  She hasn’t read the books yet, but I’m going to give them to her and force her to read them.  Honestly, I don’t think there will be too much real forcing hahah.

Here’s a picture of the first book:

Fyi, they are amazing books.  And the movie was amazing!  They picked the perfect people to play each character. Plus, Katniss’s 2 main men are very attractive, I had a fun time watching them.  Anywho, I had to explain some things to Bethany during the movie because unless you read the book, it wouldn’t make complete sense.  And I thought they did it really well.  The movie was 2 hours like 20 minutes? long and it honestly didn’t feel that long.  It pulled you in and moved it along quick enough to not feel as long as it was.  I definitely can’t wait for the next movie to come out.  Oh and my favorite character is Peeta <—– I’m kinda in love with him.  But it’s ok because I have his poster on my wall 🙂

  But that is enough of my girlish ramblings.  So overall, I’ve had a very good start to my day.   I’m hoping that I can get a swim in before a meeting later in the afternoon.  Then I’m cooking dinner for 2 of my friends.  I’m very excited.

Once all that excitement is done I have homework and campaign stuff to do.  So the end of my day won’t be that terribly exciting.  So that’s it for now.  Until later, TTFN.