I should be fired…as a blogger

firedPlease don’t fire me from my daytime job, I really do like it.  But you can fire me as a blogger.  Recently I really, really suck.  Sorry!  If you follow me on instagram, you can tell I’m pretty good at that but really I am connected to the computer all day at work and really the last thing I have been wanting to do when I get home is type more.  Tonight however I felt like I should check in.

What have you been up to recently?

I have been training for my fifth marathon, Chicago 2015.  I’m pretty excited and scared but very excited that this weekend will be my last 20 miler and then the tapering will begin, well there won’t be anymore 20 milers!

This past weekend I ran a half marathon in Vermont and it was one of the best race experiences I have ever had.  I love how relaxed I have become before races.  I only had one moment where I got anxious and wasn’t very nice to my other half but I apologized immediately.  Hey that is progress.  Races are stressful.  I use to be so stressed out before a race I began to wonder if it was really worth it.  Now the races that stress me out are marathons and really it’s about whether I can hit my goals (which recently have not happened but that is a learning experience too, right).

Anyway, back to the half marathon race from this weekend.  I found this one by mistake or really I should say by procrastination.  I wanted to sign up for a half and it had to be on the weekend of 9/12 because it fit into my training plan.  However by the time I went to register for the race I had chosen, it was sold out!  I was devastated.  I had my mind set on this specific race, it was going to be my race.  The medal was cool and this was the right time and the right place but it didn’t happen.  So I went exploring… internet exploring and found the Charlotte Covered Bridge Half Marathon in Shelburn Vermont which happens to be really close to our oldest daughter.  So I signed up.  We could spend the morning at the race and then the weekend with our daughter.

The race was fabulous.  They limit the amount of people to 300 and I had not been in a half marathon this small ever so I was unsure what to expect.  But it was wonderful.  The views were incredible and the support from the race organizers was great.  The best moment came at the end of the race when there was one person left on the course and the race organizer gathered everyone who was there at the finish line and we cheered her on to the finish.  What a great moment!  I just kept thinking what a great way to finish a race and she is a half marathoner just like the rest of us who finished before her.  I have only watched the end of one other race and it was for a friend of mine.  There was no one around and the organizers had started taking down the finish line.  This did not happen here!  Here they cared about each person on the course.  Wonderful.  I would highly recommend this race company (RaceVermont) if you live in the New England area.

Here are some pics from this weekend, enjoy!  I will try not to be a stranger and hang out here a little more often.

A beautiful view along the course.

A beautiful view along the course.

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The shore of Lake Champlain

The shore of Lake Champlain

I always struggle with getting my bib on straight!

I always struggle with getting my bib on straight!

Going out from the beach and the gentleman next to me was the oldest runner on the course.  Still competing at 75.  Awesome.

Going out from the beach and the gentleman next to me was the oldest runner on the course. Still competing at 75. Awesome.

Medal time.

Medal time.

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Beautiful Lake Champlain in the background.

Met this wonderful runner.  It was her first half and she won her age group.  I came in 3rd which was a huge surprise too.

Met this wonderful runner named Michele. It was her first half and she won her age group (45-49). I came in 3rd (40-44) which was a huge surprise too.  Also think we make 40’s look good!!!

 

 

Last Day, Last Day 30/30

This is it. I’m all done!  Completed Juneathon 2015.

Many miles, gym workouts, as well as just making up workouts.  But today was real.  Today was track work out.  Glad to finish the month with this craziness:

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Turns out I am as bad at pacing on the track as I am on my long runs.  The good news is that I beat my time I was supposed to run.

4 X 800 sprints – supposed to be 3:47 pace

actual 3:24, 3:22, 3:27, and 3:30

1 mile cool down, 1 mile warm up and walking a lap in between.

Glad to be done and thankful for the cloud cover that came in as I was starting the sprints.

Thankful for another good training day.  On to Chicago Marathon 2015!

Cold, rainy Juneathon day!

 

When it is cold and rainy outside I become a big wimp.  Today it was that way so I headed to the gym but at least I got some exercising done.

12.2 mile bike ride – interval cycling at a level 5 (can you say torture in the legs, I should have run outside!)

Lots of core and arm work at home and more helping put the house back together.  So glad everything is starting to get back to normal at home since this project started in April.

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Happy 28th day of Juneathon!

 

 

It’s that time again (Juneathon 22/30)

Not sure how it got here but today is the day!

I’ve checked and rechecked and even had reminders go off on my phone only to prove that it is that time again.

It felt like it was just yesterday when I was setting the reminders and thinking, “do I really want to do this?”

Now that I have grabbed your attention, I beat you are wondering what is this crazy person talking about?

Should I tell you…..

Do you really care….

Well now I have built it up and really it’s not that big so I guess I will tell you so you can stop reading if you want to but keep reading if you want to.

Today is the day that my training starts “hardcore” as I like to call it for the Chicago Marathon.  I hope you just got as excited as I am.  No really I’m excited!  This will be marathon number 5 and I have high hopes.  Most of those hopes are because OKC marathon was hard and I still finished despite the dreaded allergies that tried to make me stop.  I am also happy because it is in the fall and I seem to have better races in the fall.  And one more hope is because it is a flatter course, close to home.  Well anyway, today it started which meant cross train day.  Now as I can barely move my arms to type and my legs to walk, I know it will be worth it in the end.

So happy 22nd day of Juneathon.  I hope you had a great day!

Exercise completed:

7.7 mile bike ride, 1000+ meters rowing, arm exercises and core exercises and lots of stretching

Back home and to the gym for Juneathon 8/30

After a wonderful weekend of running on the lovely trails and beautiful view of the lake, I’m back and to the gym for today’s workout.  Today was a cross train day so that meant butt on the bike, some weights, crunches and lots of stretching.  The benefit of being at the gym today was the 10 minute free chair massage which I took full advantage of.  I also finished the day with my last one hour tap class before recital in a week.  Here is hoping that goes well.

How was your 8th day?  Sticking with it.  I’m trying!

One of the most incredible sunsets I've seen in a while on the last night before we had to come home.

One of the most incredible sunsets I’ve seen in a while on the last night before we had to come home.

Smartphone Juneathon day 2 -6/30

Day 2 of Juneathon via smartphone. Hope you enjoy the pics!

The run into wolfeboro. This is where the trail ends/begins.

The run into wolfeboro. This is where the trail ends/begins.

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It’s a rail trail for an old train that use to go around the lakes. Most of the time the trail runs right next to the old rails.

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Love the rocks that were cut out for the rail line

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One lake running into another. If your boat can’t fit under the bridge in the distance it can’t fit on our lake. I’m okay with that!

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Lake wentworth! This trail runs alongside two lakes ending at “the big lake”. This is our lake.

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All those land bodies in the middle and right are islands. Our island is the one just to the right of the the point.

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Love this area, it takes you to the beach.

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Allen A Beach. Use to serve a resort like you see on Dirty Dancing the movie. Makes me want to watch it again. Love that movie.

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Allen A beach

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More beach

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The halfway point of the trail.

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Waiting on my ride to the island.  8.06 miles done at my new slow down pace of 9:05 per mile.

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My chariot awaits with my handsome wind blown prince.

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Now time to relax on the hammock and enjoy. I hope you enjoyed it too!