Tuesday Newsday, another quick update to keep you entertained/interested in me ;)

Hello again,

Here’s another quicky updatey thingy:

I still haven’t had time to work on my running posts. I have been writing paper after paper after paper for school.

BUT the countdown has begun: 6 more days left of classes! 3 more this week (including today) and three next week.

What am I doing to celebrate being done with classes next week? Running a Half Marathon on the Fourth of July, of course!

In between today and last time I addressed you all, I spent a lot of time working and working on school stuff, but I did get a chance to see my most anticipated movie: World War Z!!!!!! And…it was fantastic. I highly recommend it, although, I may be biased based on my zombie addiction. It actually is pretty good, I think. I’d wager to say it maybe be one of my favorite movies.

I think it was very realistic, if a zombie out break were to happen (virus form!) and I thought the cinematics and acting were well done. I also think these zombies are probably some of the scariest ones I have seen!!

Anyway go see it…. it’ll make you want to do what I did the following day after watching it….

In the spirit of seeing World War Z, I, Whitney, faced one of my greatest fears and learned how to shoot! Shoot, as in guns. Actually, I have always wanted to learn, but have been pretty scared and no one has wanted to take me.

So, my special friend took me to shoot!!! And I had a blast. We shot a hand gun and a rifle. I liked the rifle better because I felt like I had more control over it. Anyway, it was a big fear of mine, and I was terrified and almost chickened out, but I over came it and learned, safely of course.

Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs

Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs

The signs leading up to the shooting range.

The signs leading up to the shooting range.

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kinda creepy, kinda morbid...

kinda creepy, kinda morbid…

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the boy, my teacher, identity concealed ;)

the boy, my teacher, identity concealed 😉

Serious Business here!

Serious Business here!

 

 

Tuesday Newsday – 4/2 – The Last Two Weeks

So, I was on spring break this last week, and I decided to take a spring break from well, everything, except for extra-curricular activities! SO this update is the last two weeks together.

Training has been going well.  Now that the midweek runs are getting longer, I’m having to split them up almost daily. Except over spring break, I got to wait ’til after work and run my runs altogether. It was lovely.

vermont city marathon logoWeek 9:

Monday: Rest Day. I didn’t even do my kick boxing class at work because I was studying for my final.

Tuesday: 4 miles. 1 accomplish at the gym. I did not feel well AND I had forgotten my I-pod. The dreadmill is torture enough; without an I-pod, it’s brutal. I did, however, get to do a 45 min kettlebell workout in school. One of our instructors led it, and I do have to say, the women did way better than the men! 😉

Wednesday: Pushed my 4 miles to today. I did 1 mile at the gym, which was not going well again. I’m thinking I’m just getting god awfully tired of running on the treadmill. When I got home, I finished the 3 remaining miles around my house, nice and easy. I did discover that my slow pace is my old fast pace, and that, my friends, is a wonderful feeling.

Thursday: 7 miles. I did 6 total. 3 at work and 3 at home. After school… I was officially on SPRING BREAK!!!!!!!!!!! I started off my break by enjoying wine and cheese with my wonderful friends.

Friday: Usually a rest day, but I did the 4 miles I needed to do at home, after work. It’s nice not having to go to a second job!

Saturday: SNOWBOARDING!

Bitter cold day! But it's snowboarding, so, the bitter cold is negligible.

Bitter cold day! But it’s snowboarding, so, the bitter cold is negligible.

Sunday: Half. I’m not sure if most of you realize how crazy the weather is in CO, but that previous Friday, we got a random, horrible snow storm, which was why snowboarding was bitter cold. However, I still needed to get in a half marathon distance run. I decided to brave the cold. I chose to run the lake loop around my house, just in case I did get too cold and needed to escape. I brought my water bottle and tucked it in a snow bank along the lake. Every time I passed, I was able to get some water (the sidewalk path loop is about 2.5 miles). This was the first time I was doing a run on ice/below freezing conditions. And actually, it wasn’t that bad…at least when the sun was out. I was dressed warmly, and I was doing great.  The only issue was that snow and ice kept building up and sticking in the groves in my shoes. Then the evil clouds rolled it. THEN it got bitter cold. I only made it 3 loops and I decided I needed to run home. With the to and from, my total run was a little over 9 miles. Not too much below the intended run, but not 13. Oh well.

Total Miles for Week 9 of Marathon Training: 24 miles

Week 10: Officially halfway done with training!

Monday: Rest. Finally, I got to do kickboxing again! Love it! My co-worker, the kick boxing instructor, is excellent! I also, FINALLY, got to go climbing with Shay from /skin/ /ˈpōətrē/I hadn’t been climbing in a long time and really enjoyed it, although I got tired pretty fast. I also came pretty close to peeing my pants when using the auto-belay device for the first time! Not sure what I’m talking about? Check it out here. The gym we went to is the Boulder Rock Club gym. That facility is very nice! I’m considering applying there when I’m a trainer. In addition to the massive amount of climbing space, there is an actual lifting/cardio gym in addition to class rooms for yoga and other group fitness. Sounds like a fantastic place to me!

Tuesday: 4 miles. I’m telling you, I’m getter super tired of running on the treadmill. I only lasted for a mile at work. I had to complete the remaining 3 at home when I got off. For this day of spring break, I enjoyed dinner and a movie with my friend Amanda.

Wednesday: 8 miles. I completed about 7.2 miles on the trail system near my house.

Thursday: 4 miles. I only completed 2 miles as I only had time for this on my lunch. BUT, I didn’t do it on the treadmill, I stepped out my gym’s doors and found a trail. Now I know how to get to it!

Friday: Rest day…but since I only did two the previous day, I took a 3 mile run between a facility gym visit and date night. : )

Saturday: Rest day….it involved beer. Lots and lots of beer. Carb loading, right? It was actually quite fun. It involved a pub crawl with bands at each bar. Music + beer + a gentlemen = good time.

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Sunday: 17 miles. Complete. Done and done. I felt fantastic on this run! I just made sure to take it easy to avoid injuries (this is about the time during last training program that I became injured). Other than a tiny bit of stiffness, I felt great afterwards, and even the following day. I’ve really been trying to be proactive when it comes to stretching/foam rolling, so I took a few minutes before my run to foam roll my hamstrings because those are my most over-active muscles. Once I returned from my run, I replenished my electrolytes with gatorade and my glucogen stores with a protein-meal bar, foamed rolled and static stretched.

Then was time for Easter dinner up in Longmont at my mom’s house. Oh AND SEASON FINALE OF WALKING DEAD!! Now, I have to wait until fall for it.

Total Miles for Week 10 of Marathon Training: 30 Miles

Thursday Musings.

I found this online, thought it was pretty awesome.

I made a new page to this blog: a Blog Roll!! I’ve actually been working on it for awhile and finally got around to posting it. It’s actually quite long; there are so many blogs that I thoroughly enjoy. Given that, there are so many that I follow that I didn’t put in my blog roll, but still love. It was hard to choose, but I came up with a selection of my special favorites. A few I’ve been following from the beginning of my blogging career, a few that I found recently, as well as a few from people that I know in “real life.” (I just realized how silly that sounds…I’m sure all of you are real people. Until we meet in person, you will be known to me as the blogging world vs real life).

Please, check it out, show my favorites some love: Blog Roll or click the tab up at the top.

Other than that, I’ve been keeping busy. I started lifting again. Like, serious lifting. I haven’t done that in MONTHS…I’m so sore that I’m walking around like a zombie!

I have a second interview with 24 hour fitness today and I also start my new job at Dick’s Sporting Goods today! I’m pretty stoked…even if it’s starting at the bottom. Ya know, I not making much money, and I literally feel like I have to completely start from scratch, but I’m sooooo much less stressed than I was. My finances are scary right now, and I still have less stress than I did in the veterinary world. It was two to three years of crappy (sometimes literally) job after crappy job. The politics of the vet world are unbearable; everyone was only out for themselves when it should have been about the animals above all. Once I have good, steady hours, I’ll probably get back into the animal world and volunteer at a shelter or something.

Hope everyone is having a good week!

Tuesday Newsday 10/30

So, I don’t know how to explain this….I feel like a complete idiot. And frankly, I don’t even want to put this in my blog, but I have to.

Here it goes: I’ve been behind in marathon training by about 3 weeks. I have no idea how it happened, it just did. I must’ve counted wrong way back in the beginning when I picked my starting day and never checked it. I just assumed I counted right, and went on my merry way. I think I must’ve been counting only 16 weeks back instead of for the 18 week training program I selected.

Don’t make fun of me TOO much.

SO, here, I thought I was on week 10, but as I was looking at the calendar I noticed that November starts this week, which at first I was like, WOW only a month away from my marathon…..

…But then I started realizing…if I was only a month away, I should be doing my 20 miler soon….and that’s not right, I just did a 15 miler a couple weeks ago…..

Sure enough, I counted, re-counted, and triple counted about 500 times and I started out horribly wrong.

In actualality, I am SUPPOSED to be on week 13 of my training. UGH.

Am I allowed to blame this oversight on my level of stress from work, the GRE and life???

So, needless to say, I was feeling pretty down…and I was contemplating giving up. Here’s where I need all of YOUR help! Has anyone else done this, or am I the only silly one? What would you guys do? Give up? Aim for another marathon?? I really want to do this one…but I’m scared I physically wont be able to.

This is where I’m at running wise last week, based on where I thought I was:

Monday: Rest day. I did rest; this day was leftover-feeling-sick day anyway.

Tuesday: 4 miles. Complete.

Wednesday: 7 miles – not compete..12 hour shift at work

Thursday: 4 miles – not complete…12 hour shift at work..AGAIN. And I don’t run at night, by myself. My neighbor isn’t the best for alone running at night…. Hint, hint: I need a running buddy.

Friday: Rest day, but I did 4 miles. Yes,  I ran actually.

Saturday: rest day.

Sunday: Was SUPPOSED to be a 17-miler…but when I got home, and put on all my running stuff, I was checking my calendar and that’s when the realization hit me that I was completely behind. So, It crossed my mind that maybe I should just do the 19 miler that I was due for if I had counted right. But by the time I figured out what was going on, I ran out of daylight, and frankly, I don’t want to right in the dark, by myself. I’m scared to. So, I ran 4 miles instead.

Feeling pretty defeated and down about it all, I ended up getting Monday off from work as well (mostly to study) but I decided to challenge myself and see how far I could run.

That brings us to yesterday: Monday, I ran 16.5 miles (I walked the remaining half mile back home, so technically I did 17 miles, if you want to count that) but I hurt my foot pretty bad. AHHH! I literally was crying part of the way home. The top of my right foot was killing me! I’m so worried that it might be a stress fracture….so I took some anti-inflammatories, and iced it, hoping for the best. So, now, on top of being behind on my training schedule, my foot was hurting.

I woke up today, not as sore as I thought I would be from the actual run, and my foot doesn’t hurt to walk on at all…but then again, yesterday it didn’t either…only when I was physically running.

Here’s my idea about training, assuming my foot is un-injured: Pick up from where I’m supposed to be..if I started correctly. That means this weekend I would attempt a 19 miler, then the 20 miler the following week, and then taper….

So…HELP! Give me some motivation…or advise…what would you guys do??? Should I just continue training from where I’m supposed to be??

Lastly, the GRE is tomorrow…and I’m extremely nervous for it…but afterwards….I’ll be dressing up like this again:

Sexy Zombie??

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!! Stay safe, and eat lots of candy….Oh, come on, you’re all runners! You can afford to eat a piece or two…or 10!