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.

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Plattsburgh Half Marathon- Oh what a Racing Weekend!

Okey dokey people.  This weekend….er well… Sunday, I ran the Plattsburgh Half-Marathon in Plattsburgh (obviously).  So prepare for a photobomb type post because I took a lot of pictures! Let’s start at the beginning shall we? Me in the car, all excited for the upcoming car ride and race.   I like to take pictures of everyone and everything, but Justin was driven so I just took a creepy eye shot that he didn’t even know about.

We stopped for coffee and snacks (I’m a firm believer in snacks) at a gas station.  Mind you the car ride is only 2 hours, but hey us runners have to refuel!

So here is my snack:

Not the healthiest thing in the world I agree, but I do love me my slim jims soooooooo……….. I don’t care.  Then I have Johnny sitting next to me looking at me like; ‘What are you doing?”

We decided to eat dinner, then go to the mall in Plattsburgh (we don’t have one in Potsdam) then go check into our hotel so that we could just crash.  We ended up going to UNO! Next to Panera, this is like my other favorite restaurant.  Sorry about the pictures, but I forgot to take pictures of my food before I already starting eating it…………

Anywho, I started off with a walnut and goat cheese salad…. DELICIOUS!  I mean it was seriously delicious, it had like a spicy dressing and then the walnuts were glazed and the goat cheese was creamy, it was just amazing.  Then for dinner I had steak, broccoli, and steamed vegetables.  I’m explaining this now because by the time I had remembered to take a picture I had eaten most of it.

  As you can see, it’s almost completely gone.  That’s because it was also quite delicious, but I’ll eat almost anything so I’m not sure if you should take my word.  But it really was awesome!  After we went to the mall, got a little shopping done.  (I don’t have any pictures here).  Then we went to the hotel.  Where I continued to take obnoxious photos of everyone.  As seen here:

Because I photobomb like that.  🙂 Onto the day of the race.  Because nothing really happened at the hotel except for a lovely night of sleep.  Which was glorious, I do believe I slept for like 7 hours.  Lovely.

I ran in my vibrams………. obviously.  And I only found 1! other person who ran it in vibrams also.  It was this guy and we sorta bonded because we sat next to each other after the race in the food area.  Plus, I creepily took a picture of his vibrams.  So here they are:

So yeah, basically I don’t have any pictures during the actual race.  But I have a ton from after.  I’ll start at the finish.  By mile 11 I started to hurt, which in comparison to last year when I started to die at mile 6 I was pretty happy.  And I had written the splits I wanted to get on my arm:

Which helped a lot because once the miles start getting up there I’m not good at doing splits on the run <— I made a joke haaha.

Anywho, I managed to keep on my goal for the first 6  miles, fell behind by a minute and then fell behind by 2 minutes. 

Sidenote: Last year I ran the half in 2:14:.. (I forgot the seconds), this year I ran it in 1:59:26.  I went sub 2 and broke my last time, which are both goals I had for myself.  Let me tell you I practically cried when I finished because I was so happy. 

Getting back to the rest of the story.  Last year I didn’t do as well or feel that great during the run, but this year I felt amazing.  I had been training differently, I didn’t have one training run over 5 miles, which surprised 1 guy.  But I feel like I know my body well enough at this point to make those kinds of decisions.  But I digress..

As I said before I was hurting.  So once I got done I got myself some food and then signed up for a massage in the massage corner.  It was brought to us by:

And can I tell you? It felt AMAZING!  And I also got mad swag from this race.  Not the same things as last year, but I’m cool with it.  This year I got, a shirt:

On the back it says Finisher with a list of sponsors.

 I also got a glass, a nice one too, but I forgot to take a picture of it so…. sorry but you are just going to have to deal.

And I got a medal and a nice drawstring bag:

And me being all super happy with my medal:

I got a medal last year too, but this one was nicer/bigger.  Everyone of my non runner friends who’ve seen it have been impressed. It makes me feel cool. 

I want to take a second and make a shout out to my girl Hollie, who is pretty much a champion in every way because she came in 1st female overall with a time of 1:27…. She even got a trophy!

I asked for her autograph, but unfortunately she was super busy being a champion.  I’m sure she has more on how she thought about the race on her blog here

Moving along, it was our friend Johnny’s first half and he did amazing! Coming in around 1:47.  I was super happy for him, and in my happiness I made him take pictures:

Well that’s kinda a lie.  I made everyone take pictures with me………..

It’s not my fault though because they all knew it was going up on the good ‘ol blog.  So here is a picture of Justin and I.  I was sitting down hence why he had to bend over awkwardly. 

And then of course I took a picture with the super champ!
Well, actually we took a lot of pictures, but I won’t put all of them up because I do believe I’m already blowing your mind with all these amazing photos of me and my friends all sexy like in our sweaty/tiredness after our race.

Yes, that’s right.  We make super cool peace signs in pictures…. no big deal.

Anywho, that was pretty much it. After Hollie got her trophy we got in the car and headed back to school.  I can honestly say sitting down at that point was the most blessed thing that could ever happen.  It was a fairly unexciting car ride, but I had a great time with these 3 wonderful people and I’m hoping we will be able to do it again next year. 

Especially since the year before I swore I would never do this again, but now I’ve done it again and I’m doing a marathon in June! Oh boy, what messes I get myself into.  So 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.