Thursday, October 20, 2016

Three Things Thursday

1. Cubs! - I'm a life long south side Cubs fan! It's a struggle. Every. Single. Year. It's fun to see them doing well. It's not over yet... but on the same token... it's not over yet!! Go Cubs Go!!  I'm trying to not stress myself out and have a heart attack over here! Well, because I'm a Cubs fan. So I'm always thinking the bottom will fall out. But inside, I'm super excited and hoping they can do it this year!

2.  Working Out - I feel like I've gotten lazy with my workouts. I'm bare minimum running. I'm running enough to train for the Hot Chocolate 15k so I've gotten a few "long" runs in. But that's been a good majority of my working out. I need to get back to the spin classes. I also need to get myself together with some sort of strength/weights plan. THIS is a MUST! I'm super weak. I have no core strength. I have no arm strength. Granted some of my arm strength is due to my shoulder surgery but it's been almost a year since surgery so I can't use that as an excuse! It's ready to be worked out (slowly to start...).

3. Hawaii vs. Real Life - I went to Hawaii and it was AH-mazing! We had tons of fun on our honeymoon. I didn't want to sweat the small stuff and constantly had a huge smile on my face! But all good things must come to an end. So much sadness. We got back Monday afternoon but we both took Tuesday off of work. We got some sleep and did some grocery shopping/housework. But hormones and tiredness made me grumpy and emotional and lets say...the smiling from vacation also came to an end. So today is a tired day for me as I didn't sleep well last night (the time change is a struggle), and the aftermath of me being grumpy has got me down. But I plaster that smile on my face anyway because...nothing else to do. And I know the sadness/issues will be temporary. Always bumps in the road, right?  Not to get down in the dumps and really drag this post down! So sorry!

BUT... I will post some Hawaii pics/Ironman Spectating blog posts soon!  I promise!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Goals and Fun!

Happy October!! This year is flying by! It seems to go faster and faster every year!

The wedding and my busy work has thrown me off the blogging world lately but I promise to get back to it!

I do have a goal that I have very much looking forward to next year. That is if a happy (and wanted) curve ball doesn't get thrown my way before then.

I would LOVE to do a half ironman! I think I have ability in all 3 sports to be able to accomplish this goal! Now that my shoulder is fixed, I can build up the strength and won't have to worry about dislocating it anymore on the swim!

I love biking! Now, biking for 56 miles and then doing a half marathon right after would be a challenge but definitely doable. For the run, you just put one foot in front of the other and repeat.

Thinking of doing a half ironman makes me feel so excited! I never was an athlete. In fact, calling myself an athlete now still feels weird and made up. But doing marathons and ultras, distance biking and a century, a few smaller triathlons, I guess not everyone doing that.  So to think that I could possibly do a half ironman and finish! Amazing! And I know if I start it, I will finish.

So my next thing is to think about which half ironman to do. I would preferably like one later in the summer so I have more time to train (and bike outside). But I know I run the risk of it being incredibly warm (although in Chicago, you run that risk any time). So I will start considering my options and see which might be best, and which might be "newbie" friendly.

In other news, I'm going on my honeymoon very soon!!  Yippee! Where, you ask? Hawaii!!  I will definitely share more about this with you all soon. I'm just looking forward to fun in the sun!

In "technical difficulties" news: I'm lost my blog roll. Where are all of you at??  I haven't had much time to figure this out but how did it drop off my blog? Sigh... to be determined.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Upcoming Racing Schedule

Now that things are starting to return to normal, let's see what my current racing schedule is like...

I'm running but have no scheduled races. Ok, that's not necessarily true. I signed up for the Jingle Bell 5k in Kankakee in December. It's actually my current PR. As much as I don't expect to PR this race, it's a fun one that several of my friends are also doing so why not!

I might do a 5k in September and put some of the speedwork I've been doing to the test. As much as I don't expect to PR that one either, I should be able to do better than the 30 min 5k's I've been doing as of late! For the record, my PR 5k is 26:22. I'd love to be able to run my 5k in 28 minutes right now.  TBD...

I'm just generally enjoying my time "not racing" and not running any half marathons or full marathons.  I don't have to run on the weekends. I can bike or walk instead. I do run at least 2 times a week though because I don't want to completely lose it! I'm just running free and happy.

I do get a little envious over my friends that are training for marathons right now. I see their posts, their triumphs and their struggles. I do kind of miss that sometimes. But I know a break is necessary for me right now.

I am also toying with doing the Hot Chocolate 15k in October again. I only did it once in 2010. I'm just not sure yet. I know that the distance wouldn't be a problem. It's the logistics of ... getting up early and heading downtown. I'm tired of doing that! lol.

Anyone else doing the Hot Chocolate?