Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Make Up!

I got yelled at for not blogging. You know who you are! Haha!

Yes, I've missed blogging a lot of activities. Let me give you a very brief recap of my happenings!

In July, I competed in an International Distance triathlon at the Sister Lakes Triathlon in Dowagiac, MI. I rocked it out minus the panic attack that lasted the first 1/3 of the swim! My first international distance! I was so excited!!

I tri'd with these awesome people!

I also participated in the Venus De Miles 62 mile bike ride in July! I was an ambassador for the race this year (and I'm sorry not to have posted a recap of it by now). It was hard! So very hard! Haha! But fun and challenging and we helped a few people out on the course (we = Derek and I. Derek was once again a "men-in-drag support crew" for the race).

Some of the ambassadors - the 62 mile group

In the beginning of July, Derek and I also participated in the Metric Century ride in Plainfield on July 4th. Unfortunately for me, there was a detour and the course was upped from 62 to 68 miles. I get very grumpy around mile 50 on a bike right now so the extra miles were definitely a challenge! And the most bike miles I've ever done!  But it's a great ride and I love doing it.

After a long 68 miles!

Also at the end of July/beginning of August, I did the St. Jude Relay raising money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Amazing Experience!

My amazing St. Jude team "Counting Stars"

A couple weekends ago, I ran the Fort2Base for the first time! They have a 10 nautical miles course (11.5 miles) and a 3 nautical miles (3.5 miles). I would love to give you a recap on this as it was so much fun and I had a great time! Finishing the race at the Great Lakes Naval Base and having all the navy men and women helping us up Hero Hill was amazing! Loved this race!


So I hope to write recaps on all of these. I will probably start with Fort2Base and work my way backwards.

Of course, I'm still marathon training for the Chicago Marathon...

Saturday morning early training runs!

I haven't only been running and biking...

I also tried my hand at painting! It was so hard! Still trying to get Derek to let me hang my painting in the living room! Ha!
Paint night with these beautiful ladies!

As of last week, I'm dealing with a bit of foot pain, which I'm thinking is the start of plantar fasciitis! Nooooo!!!! So I'm trying to nip that in the bud before it gets worse. Any suggestions? I'm rolling my foot on a frozen water bottle, stretching my foot, and was just recommended to roll it on a golf ball.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Weekend Heat And Racing

The weather around here has been a bit funny. I would say that it's been relatively cool with lots of rain. Way to go summer in Chicago. It has been great for running, of course, but terrible if you like to have some summer heat! I am one of the people that likes to have summer heat! It's so cold all the time in Chicago that when I can get 80-85 degree temps for a bit, I welcome it! Sure the runs will be a bit tougher but I know it will be a short time and come fall...hello fast race times in cooler weather.

Well, I'm biting my tongue right now. It's going to be HOT this weekend. Temps will be about 90 degrees but with the humidity, the "real feel" temp will be close to 100. At least in Dowagiac Michigan, where I will be on Friday night and Saturday.  Because, lucky me, I have a triathlon!  The Sister Lakes Triathlon.

I'm pretty bummed about it being this hot. I'm already going to struggle on the run but now add in the extreme heat and humidity. But it's ok. It's nothing new. I'm never one to shy away from running outside. So I've run in extreme heat before. I know how to use caution to make sure my body will be able to handle it. I know I will be slowing down and walking (often). I'm not going to come in first place anyway!  I'm also going to add my fuel belt on the run just to be sure I have my fluids handy.

I'm doing the Olympic/International distance. This is my first time doing more than a sprint! I've done two small indoor triathlons and 2 different sprint distances. This is how my triathlon this weekend stacks up:

1,000 meter swim (this is actually pretty short for an Olympic distance so I'm happy about that)
21.6 mile bike
10k (6.35 miles)

The event that I'm least worried about is the bike. Sure I'll be tired and my butt will hurt but I will get through it. The event that I'm most worried's a toss-up. I'm worried about the swim for a couple reasons. I've never swam that far before in open water. I'm also really hoping my shoulder stays where it belongs! No dislocations on this tri please.  Not sure yet if the swim will be wetsuit legal but I'm hoping it is. I'm worried about the run's last so I'll be tired. And it will be hot so I'll be extra tired.

I'm just going to take it one stroke, pedal, and step at a time. Get through it any way I can as best as I can given the circumstances. I'm pretty good at listening to my body but not very good at staying positive sometimes!

So we will see how this one pans out. I want to have an Olympic distance triathlon under my belt. My goal is to one day do a half ironman.

Good luck to all my friends racing this weekend. There are a lot of events going on and I know a lot of people doing them!  Stay safe and run happy!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Venus De Miles! Let's Do This!!

I'm so excited that Venus De Miles is coming up soon (just over 1 week away)!  Since it's coming up, I thought I would give you a bit more information about it and about the organization that it supports.

Venus De Miles is an all woman's bike event that begins in Lake Forest, Illinois. They have a 25 and 62 mile ride that you can participate in. In addition, this year they added a 5k run! So they have a little something for everyone! I will be participating again this year in the 62 mile ride and I can't wait! Derek will also once again be a part of the men-in-drag support crew. Read my recap of the event from last year here!

The organization that this event supports is Greenhouse Scholars. Last year I didn't know much about it until the day of the event when I had the pleasure of hearing someone that was benefiting from this organization speak. The first line of their web page sums it up pretty well:

"Greenhouse Scholars provides comprehensive personal and financial support to high-performing, under-resourced college students."

I'm completely honored to be able to help and speak about an organization that helps kids go to college! These kids are amazing and just need a bit of support to get there! So the proceeds of Venus De Miles benefits them!

Greenhouse Scholars has multiple program components to help the students: Mentorships, internships, peer support, tuition scholarships, networking, flex funding, etc.  Visit the website to learn more about the program and how you can help! 

So not only is Venus De Miles a fun event that brings together a sense of community for women (with an awesome after-party, seriously!!), but it supports an amazing cause.

So why not join me on July 25th??  Register today and come join me in helping some amazing students!  Register with my discount code "GetToGoal" and you will get $10 off the regular registration fee. That is for either distance of the bike ride and even the 5k run! All events get all the same perks!! You can also read my earlier post which details a bit more of the event details and also some of the post-race event party perks (hello food, drinks, mani's and pedi's!).

I'd love to see you there!