Friday, February 22, 2013

New Boots!

It’s sad how excited I am about new boots.  Let me just lay it all out there.  I am in no way a fashionista.  If you were to look into my closet, you wouldn’t see any of the “fall fashion trends” or “spring must-haves”, unless you meant the ones from three years ago.  Yes, I like to look nice, but I also like to be comfortable.  That means when I find something I like, I tend to stick with it.  For years.  Anyways, this is true of my footwear as well.  Even though I grew up in one of the snowiest places in the U.S., I never owned a good pair of winter boots.  Sometime in college, I purchased Uggs, thinking they would work just fine.  And I must admit, they’ve lasted at least 5 years, so I can’t complain too much.  However, a few days after Nemo wrecked havoc on my city and my boots, this happened…


Just in case you couldn’t see clearly, here’s a closer look…


That’s a hole in my boot!  Luckily, it was the kick in the pants I needed to finally purchase real snow boots.  I searched and googled, and read review after review.  Finally, I found these babies...


Sorel Women's Caribou

I found an amazing deal, and with Zappos VIP program, those beauts were on my doorstep less than 24 hours later.  I actually ordered 2 sizes because I wanted to make sure they fit, since there is apparently another storm looming this weekend.  I can send the other pair back free of charge too!  (If you are not a Zappos VIP member,you are seriously missing out!  Plus it’s completely free!)  Whether this coming winter storm is as big as the weathermen say it will be or not, I am ready (for once)!

*Edited to add: The storm wasn’t much of a storm, but the boots sure kept my feet toasty warm and dry!


Today I ran for the first time in far too long!  I’ve been on winter break for the week and kept telling myself I had to do it while I actually had the time.  Wednesday I spent the morning at appointments, and by the time I got home, had lost my motivation.  Yesterday, I slept in and then made the excuse that I wouldn’t have time before I had to get ready for a lunch date (such a lie).  Finally today, I got all the motivation I needed at the OB/GYN.  My doctor was doing the typical exam and kept making comments about how healthy I was (taking into account things like my height and weight, muscle tone, etc). All I could think was how much of a lie that was considering not only my recent eating habits, but my activity level.  I used to run daily and now the most running I do each week is at our Saturday football game.  I knew that if I didn’t want to feel like a fraud the next time I saw her, I had to make a change.  So I did…


I knew I needed to start out easy since this was my first run in so long, but I also wanted to push myself.  I remembered seeing an interval workout on months ago.  After a few minutes searching her site, I found it.  I decided it’d be a nice challenge because it included five, 5-minute cycles of “fast running, steady jogging, and slow jogging” followed by 2 minutes of walking.  Let me tell you, Sarah wasn’t lying when she said you’d be praying for the fifth interval to end.  The first one or two intervals of each five minute interval were challenging, but by the last interval before the break, I was always counting down the seconds until I could walk!  It was intense! It probably didn’t help that many of the short 10-second sprint portions just happened to be UP inclines! 


In 45 minutes, including a 5 minute warm-up and 5 minute cool-down, I covered exactly 4.5 miles.  The “run” portion included 4 minutes, 10 seconds of sprinting, 8 minutes, 20 seconds of steady jogging, and 12 minutes, 30 seconds of slow jogging.   It also included 10 minutes of walk breaks.  Not a bad distance to cover when you look at the breakdown, and definitely a good workout to break back into the sport.  I am looking forward to doing it again soon.  Just going to make sure I plan the route better so I don’t spend the 10 second sprints on inclines again!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

It’s been a while…

It’s been over a year since my last blog post!  So much for weekly updates on my goals, keeping a journal of my year, and whatever else my intentions were.  Looking back on my goals for 2012, I only (if you’re not a stickler) reached one.  While I could beat myself up over it, I’m choosing not to.

My goals for 2012 were:

Goal #1: Run one race a month. I actually started out really strong with this goal.  I ran a race every month until August.  I recruited a good friend of mine, Corey, to run most races with me. 

Race Collage

Corey and I ran a 5k in January, February, and June together.  We ran in the Urban Iditarod with some friends in March.  I conned a new running friend into his first 5k in April, and in May I ran the Zombie 5k on a Saturday, and Tough Mudder on Sunday.  In July, after burning myself to a crisp at the beach, I ran my first solo race of the year.  Things were looking strong, and then August rolled around.  Between moving, a week spent traveling across the West Coast, a dodgeball tournament in Vegas, my best friend’s wedding, and heading back to school, an August race just didn’t happen.  Before I knew it, school took over my life (and still is) and I didn’t run another race for the rest of 2012.  While I am disappointed I stuck to this goal for 7 months, I know that I did what I could at the time. 

Goal #2: Break 24 minutes in the 5k. So as I said earlier, I technically broke the 24 minute mark, but it wasn’t a full 5k.  So I feel like I did something in 2012, I’m counting this one as reached (although I will definitely be attempting this again at some point)!

Frozen 5k

Goal #3: Break 2 hours in the half-marathon. I didn’t even run a half-marathon in 2012!  Most of the races I completed were 5ks.  The longest race I ran was the Tough Mudder, and in all honesty, I am okay with that.  The first half of the year was incredibly busy with things outside of school, and the second half was completely engrossed with the new school year.  Training for a half marathon, without half-assing it like I’ve done so many times before, wasn’t happening. 


Goal #4: Complete a marathon. Hahaha.  Does registering for the lottery for NYC count?  Considering my longest run of the year was the 10ish miles run at Tough Mudder, this obviously didn’t happen.  I am hoping this will happen in 2013 at the NYC Marathon.  This past year was my third time entering the lottery and being denied.  Under the guaranteed entry option, I was supposed to have reserved my spot in the 2013 race.  However, after Hurricane Sandy and the cancellation of the marathon in October, that may not be an option anymore.  I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever run NYC if it isn’t through the guaranteed entry option.  The recent addition of time qualifications are much speedier than I ever plan to be.  People might take this as me saying I don’t want to work hard to become fast enough to qualify for NYC based on my times, but I don’t see myself ever being that fast without making running into something that is no longer fun for me.  Only time will tell if this goal will come to fruition in 2013!

Goal #5: Be active at least 4 days a week. I stopped keeping tack of how many days I was “active” week 2 of 52.  I am going to go ahead and assume I was active at least 4 times a week most weeks.  I play(ed) dodgeball 2 nights a week most months, typically play football every Saturday morning, and was helping to coach my school’s cross-country team for a few months.  I am sure there were weeks here or there where I didn’t get in 4 days of activity, and I am okay with that.  Sure, I am softer that I was at this time in 2012, but a lot has changed in the past six months or so that has completely changed my outlook on the beginning of 2013. 



Goal #6: Put myself out there more. I would like to think I put myself out there more in 2012, but this is a goal I will constantly be working on.  I still catch myself constantly turning down opportunities for fear of being uncomfortable, and need to do a better job of challenging myself to step outside my comfort zone!



Goals for 2013?  To make it until June!  I am giving myself a pass on writing any concrete goals to achieve by the end of 2013 until at least July.  This school year has been a huge change and is taking my full attention and focus to make it through the end of the school year.  Once it has come to an end and I know what the rest of 2013 will have in store, I’ll re-evaluate what I’d like to focus on for the rest of the year!

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