Sunday, November 30, 2014

TAGGED! A little known (or at least used to be) Facts about me

One of my favorite running/triathlon blogs is Shut Up + Run.  This week she tagged anyone and everyone that wanted to participate, so I consider myself tagged.  Here ya go:

Four names that people call me other than my real name:
1)  Kate (my Dad and boss call me this)
2) Love (Ken, of course)
3) Mommy 
4) Limb (my students call me this.  Sometimes with the Mrs. attached)

Four jobs I’ve had:
1) grocery store cashier
2) phone surveys (this job totally sucked)
3) restaurant hostess
4) social worker

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:
1) Steel Magnolias (my all time favorite movie)
2) Forrest Gump
3)  Finding Nemo (my son was obsessed as a pre-schooler)
4) Beetlejuice

Four books I’d recommend:
1) To Kill a Mockingbird (should be required reading everywhere)
2)  A Life without Limits 
3)  Divergent 
4)  Where the Red Fern Grows

Four places I’ve lived:
1) Denver, Colorado ( I was born there)
2) Stavanger, Norway
3) Edmund, Oklahoma
4) Missouri City, Texas

Four places I’ve visited:
1) Germany
2) Austria
3) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4) California a bunch of times

Four things I prefer not to eat:
1) Brussel sprouts
2) lettuce
3) mustard
4) tofu

Four of my favorite foods:
1) Jamba Juice smoothies
2) Eggs and veggie scrambles
3) really good BBQ ribs
4) Snickers bars

Four TV shows I watch
1) Nashville
2) The Biggest Loser
3)  Gatorboys
4)  Duck Dynasty

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:
1) IMTX!!
2) Christmas with my parents in Denver
3)  my son going to Space Camp (he's so excited!!)
4)  lots of snow (one can hope, right?)

Four things I’m always saying:
1) On a scale of 1 to stupid, where does that rank?
2) This isn't rocket science...
3)  My legs are shot!
4)  There are _____ days until IMTX :)

There you have it.  Consider yourself tagged :)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thankful Thursday!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I started my day with my own Turkey Trot.  I ran 7 miles on one of my favorite out the door loops.  It was right as the sun was coming up over the mountains and I had one of those running "all is right with the world" moments.

Then we headed to the inlaws for the usual Turkey Day dinner.  I am thankful my mother in law was out of the hospital to join us!  She is currently battling cancer, had surgery just over a week ago, and has had a tough time.  But she was there!

Here's some of the things running wise I am thankful for:

1) My body is amazing.  I am constantly amazed and thankful that I can do what I do.  I constantly keep pushing my body and it bounces back.  I am grateful for the health I have to train, race, and have the experiences that I have in all those endeavors. I don't take it for granted that many people are not so fortunate.

2) I am thankful for Ken, the IronSherpa, who supports me as much as he does.  He is constantly bombarded to me going on and on about races, pacing, heart rate training, sore muscles,sodium intake, all things Ironman, etc.  He never once has complained and has missed very few of my races.

3) I am thankful for my my kids who support me as well!  They are pretty fun!  Joshua is getting into sports and swimming in particular.  It is fun to share this hobby with him.

4)  I am thankful to live and train in a gorgeous place.  I have mountains, Antelope Island,and great open water swimming very close.  I never take these for granted.

5)  I am thankful for great gear too, it may not seem like a big deal, but things like my Garmin 310XT, Smart wool running socks, Blue tooth earphones, and gym memberships.

6) I am thankful for the fact that I am currently (knock on wood) injury free.

7)  I am thankful for the websurfing I did today and landed a great deal on airfare to Houston for IMTX!  Paid a ton less than I had budgeted for!!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Happy racing and training all!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Streaking with Friends

My amazing friend, Toby, has organized a streaking group.  Yep, a run streaking group, I should clarify :)  The goal is to run every day through the new year for a total of a 40 day running streak.  I figured, why the heck not?  I am trying to work on my run anyhow, and it is always easier to do so when you have friends that you are accountable to.  It started on Sunday, but since I don't race/train on Sundays, my first day was Monday.  I'm not going to lie, I skipped it.  It was just one of those days where I didn't fit it in.  However, I ran the last two.  Yesterday was a scheduled trainer day.  I did my hour long brutal Sufferfest video in the comfort of my own warm basement and then realized I hadn't run yet.  Dangit, I was already pooped!  I then look outside and it is cold, windy, dark, and had started to rain. Well isn't that lovely?!?  I decided I could do at least a mile.  Just a couple times around  my block.  I decided to take Milo with me.  He never goes running with me.  He's a 7 pound shitzu Maltese mix.  More of a purse dog (if I ever put him in a purse, shoot me, please) than a running dog.  However, he does like to run and I figured my little Swiffer on legs could handle it.  He was beyond excited and kept up well.  He didn't even mind the weather!  So, I was able to say I got it done.

Today was a scheduled run day so that was no biggie.  Got 5 awesome miles in.  Loved it.  It was cold and clear out, but beautiful.  I really don't mind cold weather running, even with all the extra gear/layers it requires.  Then I got home and went to the gym for some strength training.  Wowzers it was busy!!  Not going there tomorrow for sure!

So, here's to accountability. I have decided that I will run at least 2 miles a day, unless it is a run day anyhow, and I will do whatever is on the docket.  Tomorrow my pre-turkey dinner work out is 7 miles on one of my favorite loops.

I have been thinking lately at how at the end of the summer I was hating running.  And it was hating me.  However, I think that we are over that.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my runs lately, and they are loving me back. Hell, I don't even mind the treadmill that much anymore!  I even did a Sufferfest running video on the treadmill that almost killed me (I literally had to stop it twice because I was going to spew.) I am not hitting fabulous times or anything, but I am enjoying them and not feeling like death as was the case at the end of the summer.  I am really pleased to have gotten over my pavement pounding pet peeve and and am excited for IM training to start with a good consistent base.
So in the meantime, happy training and racing all!  Get out and run!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Random Training Epiphones 6 months out....

Random Training Thoughts and Epiphones I have had lately.  Some related, others just random:

1)  I need to stretch and foam roll more.  I have had terrible tightness and soreness lately.  One instance was so bad that I skipped a day of training.  I seriously thought I had pulled a quad muscle, but in all reality, it was just really tight.  I have a love/hate relationship with foam rollers.  They are a necessary evil of endurance training.

2)  It got cold here quick!!  I swear we went from 75 to 35 with no in between or  warning.  I went on a cold long run a week ago and the amount of gear/clothing/layering required was NUTS!  Base layer, coat, hydration belt, Gu's, Head phones, iphone, gloves, beanie cap, reflective vest, etc.  Seriously a pain in the butt!  Once I was out there I loved it though!!

3) I am exactly 6 months from IMTX.  Six months from this exact second, I would be thrilled to be in the last loop of the run course.  I have a couple of friends doing IMAZ today and as I have followed their progress I get giddy with excitement.  Though I did want to puke a little from fear watching the mass start :)

4)  I am going to change up my nutrition for IMTX.  I have decided to train with what they offer on the course, so that I can just live off of the course  as much as possible.  The logistics of trying to carry and plan for all of that nutrition got to be too much (and yes, I have already been thinking about this and the details of it) and I decided to KISS and try to go with what they provide.  I have a feeling it will be fine.  My stomach isn't overly sensitive, so I am not foreseeing any problems.  I have already ordered my first canister of IM Perform since I couldn't find any place around here that carried. it.  I'll keep you posted!

5)  Sufferfest just got more awesome.  I just discovered that they have an app.  You can pay a $10/month subscription and have unlimited access to all of their videos. Are you kidding me?!?  I am so excited about this!  I don't have to buy and mess with downloading and formatting them for my iPad, or worry about the space that they take up on it.  I can just have them streaming through it instead!  I already have grand plans of taking my Ipad with me and doing the run videos on the treadmills at the gym.  I also really want to try the triathlon one with a run/bike brick.  Sweet!

6)  I love my gym membership.  I used to swear I didn't need one.  I have always thought a few videos in my basement, plus my bike trainer and the good old asphalt outside my door would be all I would ever need, and it is all I need.  However, the gym is so nice.  I love all the machines.  I love the convenience to work.  I love the option of an indoor treadmill run if I don't feel like braving the elements.  Yeah, maybe I am getting soft, but it is a nice option to have.

7)  Strength training rocks.  It seriously makes me feel like such a bad a$$.  I am seeing the most progress in my arms, shoulders, abs, and legs.  I still have to find that fine line between doing enough to challenge me and keep progressing and not overdoing it so much that it impacts my tri training.  However, I am determined to find it because I like it so much!

8)  My legs have been hammered lately.  I have always been a fan of my compression socks, but wished they went to my waist.  Hence, I ordered my first  pair of real compression tights.  I will keep you posted on that.  I mainly want them for recovery.

In the meantime, Happy racing and training all!  Enjoying my last few weeks of my off season before my official training plan starts December 15!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Countdown continues

I know I haven't crossed the finish line yet, hell, I haven't even bought my airline ticket or started my training plan yet, but this race is unlike anything I have even encountered.  For the record, I am 6 weeks from the start of my official training plan and 194 days from race day.

The reason I am saying this is unlike anything I have ever done, is, because other than the obvious, how I am reacting to it.  I think about it ALL the time.  It is a great motivator to be registered for a race that scares the crap out of you!  It has really become pretty consuming in that I think about it, worry about it, etc, plan for it, All.  The.  Time.

What am I most excited about?  Being able to say I am a freakin Ironman!  Being able to push myself and learn and grow through out the experience and see what I find along the way.  I am excited for the training, even though it will be brutal.  I am excited to go to Texas!  As I have said before, this is a home town kind of race for me.  Can't think of a better place to do it!

What am I the most scared of?  Well, other than the fact it is 140.6 miles, probably the swim.  That may sound weird as swimming is my strength, but it does scare me to start a massive swim like that with 2500 of my new close friends.  I am really hoping they decide to implement the Safe Swim Start to this.  I know, I know, there are people that say if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen, but everyone has different preferences in racing and training, and this would ease some of my fears and make for a better day.  It is like saying if you have to walk on the marathon you shouldn't do an Ironman.  BS.

I am also scared of being enough.  Will my training be enough?  I am scared of outside factors affecting the race, like the swim being cancelled, or the race as a whole cancelled.  I know this is HIGHLY unlikely with this race, but I pray it isn't the case.  IMFL had the swim cancelled yesterday, IMLT was cancelled all together.  Things like that terrify me.  I am okay with hot and humid, but PLEASE don't let anything freakish cancel the race!

I hear that this kind of worrying and obsessing over the race is completely normal.  And, I must admit, it does keep me motivated and I am missing very little workouts.  I feel strong right now. I am injury free (knock on wood).  I feel like I am ready to tackle the training and then the race at the end of it all if it all continues to go well.  This is already one heck of a journey!