RunCHAT

If we were running together now, I’d let you know…

…..I am doing better this week with my food intake.  It’s a DAILY struggle, but it’s worth it!

I am still trying to figure out HOW to fit in a triathlon this season.  My first was cancelled and I feel like I’ve lost my mojo! I’m thinking about doing one in 3 weeks…

 I did this series last year in Clermont (FL).  This race is the last in the series, so why not!?!?  I need the boost.

I am considering doing a Disney race! But not until next year.  Registration for the Star Wars Half Marathon-The Dark Side opens September 22.  I have always heard these races are FUN and who doesn’t love SW???  I tried to sign up one time, but my waffling decision making skills caused the delay in registering and therefore MISSING a slot because is SOLD OUT!  I would like to do the 10k because a half just doesn’t seem possible to do…for me!

I am planning a 5k race for my kids school for next year. 😁. I’ve run MANY but have never been on the operations side of the business. Any advice?

….I have survived the first 2 weeks of my kids being back at school! I crave the routine but NOT the homework routine! Ugh…..

That’s it for today’s RunChat!  I’ll see you for our next run to chat some more. Next Wednesday??

Yet again…..

I fell asleep PURPOSELY in my running shorts to make myself get my ass up and run! I think I have this new inspiration (you’ve heard THAT before, I know!!)…   

 See, when they canceled the triathlon last week, I was bummed.  But when I REALLY thought about it, I wasn’t ready.  I was all “willy nilly” about it, like “Hey…I’m not prepared but I’m gonna do it any way!”.  That’s  not really how I want to feel about this race…ANY race for that matter!  I’ve been the type of “athlete”, in adulthood, that needed to have something to keep me in check.  Meaning….if I slacked, or got off track, a race that I had coming up would always keep my “training” in check.  Double meaning….”you haven’t done enough, Angie!  Get your act in gear!!”  

I took this cancellation as a sign that I need to be honest with myself and my training.  This year has been very different for me, because I have a teenage son that plays sports, both in and out of school.  HIS needs come before mine, but there is ALWAYS time to squeeze my stuff in. Time, as in-

  • You don’t NEED to mindlessly scroll through your FB feed or IG.
  • You don’t NEED to check your email AGAIN!
  • You don’t NEED to see if Loft is having a sale AGAIN! (Ok…yes I do!!πŸ˜‰)

Don’t get me wrong…the mindless stuff is what I need…what we ALL need, but it can also be a time suck!  And then when I don’t get my training in, I have no one to blame but myself because I didn’t give my best.  Granted, there are times when I can’t get it in, but those days are few.  

Once again, as I stare down the barrel of another school year, I plan on getting it together. What does that mean?

  • Continue to plan ahead! I have always been successful when I plan my week ahead of time.  Like folks do meal prep, I do EXERCISE prep!!  Get better at time management. 
  • Don’t beat yourself up! EVERY STINKIN’ time I “fall” or feel like I’ve “failed”, I beat myself up! Relax…and I have to remember that I am a human (GASP!!!😱) and can only do so much with the time I’m allowed! If I’ve missed a day because of “mom commitments”, pick myself up the next day and get going.  Don’t dwell on yesterday, because it’s GONE! 
  • Get some races on the book, so I will always have something to work towards!  I need to have that constant reminder.  I want to race, I want to do well, and I want to be a healthy, FIT 43 year mother of 2! (Is that too much?? πŸ˜‰)

Thanks for taking this ride with me, yet again!  I hope you all know that get inspiration from each of you….

…so THANK YOU!! And thanks for reading! ❀️#cupRUNETHover


How do you get over getting off track?

 Me……? ……I pull inspiration from things like these!!!
 

#133

What’s that number?? Oh….that’s my number from today’s triathlon….that got CANCELLED! Here in the Tampa Bay, we were expecting some rain.  When Sam and I arrived a little after 6:00am at Ft. DeSoto, it was a little windy but everything was a GO! 

 Selfie in the Transition Area!! 

  Our  little “Tri” group. We’re going think of a name! 3 of the 4 of us are mothers and have mommy “guts”, so I thought why not Tri Guts??? 
We headed to the swim, which because of the “inclement weather”, was in the lagoon and not the bay (as originally planned).  My wave time was 7:04am, but it was on hold.  We waited…we waited…and waited.  An hour (and change) had passed and we all finally got word that the race had been cancelled.  The race directors told us that we would hear soon if the race would be a) rescheduled or b) get a refund.  So, I wait….

We retrieved our belongings (all the while being sarcastic…you know…”I FINISHED!!”; “I won my age group!!!”…stuff like that!) and got to the car.  We were STILL waiting for the down pour… 

 Nope…not yet!  I/we were kind of pissed because we didn’t see WHY the race had to be cancelled.  We thought we have been well into the bike before it started, but I guess that wasn’t our call.  Angry or not…we were DONE! 

As we get closer to my house… 

 …guess they knew what they were talking about,huh?? #safetyFIRST 

It was POURING by the time I got home.  I figures since I was already dressed for some exercise, I might as well do something!  

   Couldn’t do anything with THIS….
DREADmill time!  I ran a little on the ‘mill and rode the stationary bike for 5 miles.  

 In case you want to know, THIS is what you do when you are ALL marked up and no RACE to go to! πŸ˜‰

Truth be told, it was probably a good thing that the race was cancelled.  I wasn’t really prepared for it.  And I was really going into this for the ass beating to help me back on track!!  Guess everything happens for a reason…..

How was YOUR Saturday???

LOOK….now we can….

 It’s ABOUT damn time!!!πŸ˜‰ #haveaCOKEandaSMILE 

How do YOU prepare?

I’m doing absolutely NOTHING this week in preparation for my race this Saturday!  I know…I know….I’m not really supposed to do a lot, but I mean I haven’t done a stitch of exercise this week!! And it’s Wednesday, already!!   

 I fear I’m going to meet my maker this race, as I really haven’t trained as much as I should have. (Damn that “no time”!!).  You see that logo?? That race is gonna shut (or SHOOT) me DOWN!!  I am one of those “athletes” (in adulthood, NOT when I was a real one) that always needs THAT race to kick my ass, which will piss me off, and make me get back on track!!  

I feel like every post since I started this blog is some how about being and STAYING on “track”!  It’s a broken record…my TimeHop and Facebook posts have all reflected the same!!! Maybe I should change the name to “Keeping on Track”….or how ’bout “Staying on the Track”…or maybe “Quit Your WHINING about the Track and Just Keep MOVING! Anyone??? Bueller?? Bueller??  πŸ˜‰

Any way…how do I prepare?? I’m going to DO this race and I’m going to bask in the glory of being ABLE to participate! I am working on perspective and how to change mine! I have NO reason to be worried and NO reason to complain.  The mental preparation for a race is just as important as the physical preparation.  And as Nike ALWAYS says…“JUST DO IT”!!!

  This image came from my friend, Elizabeth, from her FB post this morning! She always so inspiring!!! Thanks, Liz!!
How do YOU prepare yourself for an upcoming race?

Finally…..

Yesterday, I was able to get a swim in…first time in a MONTH!! And good thing,…because I have a race in 2 weeks!!  It’s been difficult since the boys got out of school (in June) to find the time to get the swim in!! It’s no excuse, but timing is EVERYTHING!!  I was able to pick them up at 6 when they were at school (less than 5-7 minutes from the pool).  When they are in summer camp (20 minutes from the pool), I have to pick them up at 5:30.  It doesn’t make time for a swim. Honestly….I’ve been frustrated! But kids come first, right parents????

I swam about 1/2 mile which is close to (if not the actual) the swim distance in two weeks.   

 I am racing the Top Gun triathlon –

  • 0.25 mile swim
  • 10 mile bike (I SUCK at this!)
  • 3.1 mile run

It’s possible….possible I might DIE because my only training has been running.  And it’s so damn hot, I wonder if I should even count my slow runs as “training”!!πŸ˜‰  

  Oh LORD!! I’m there….which means I’m doing it!! #yikes

After my swim, I was only able to get a “shorty” run… 

 Sad,really, but I stopped to talk to my friend and my run basically  got the “middle finger” because I didn’t finish!  πŸ˜‰

I’m nervous but I’m excited to get to it and get BACK to it!!! I can’t do any worse than my last one… 

 I had NO training for this one (July 2014).   I’m still waiting to see what my results would be if I TRAINED for it!! Someday…..πŸ˜‰

I have such RESPECT for all of the working parent athletes that can get the serious training in! I LONG to be that person and I hope it will be soon!! I always need a race to get me back on track and back to the reality that I need to put in more work….

Keep me in your thoughts….

How was your day?

  

 I LOVE this!!! #spartans
 

BRICK….

….HOW-sah!  She’s mighty, mighty…🎢 (You KNOW you sang it!!πŸ˜‰).   I was all to excited to leave work and get my run on (and in) before picking up the boys.  Then, another Florida rain storm detailed my outside run….

This is what it looked like when I left work about 4:20pm.

  I had planned on running before picking up the kiddos, which is about 15 minutes away from work. But….apparently Mother Nature had other plans for me! DREADmill, sweetheart!  I was not happy, but then hubby reminded me (through my psychotic rant) that “at least you have another option!”  YEAH…Angie! Gimme a break, Angie!  #firstworldproblems

Got home, and got my butt on the ‘mill.   

 Like the background view?? 

Where does the “brick” come in?  WHAT is a brick, you ask??? 

A brick in the triathlon world usually refers to a bike-run workout but would also include a swim-bike workout. Brick workouts are important in triathlon since the sport is made of up of three consecutively run legs β€” swim, bike, run, in that order for the most part.” (Source – USAT).  

I decided after this little run, I’d ride my bike.  See….I was starting to get bored on the treadmill.  I still felt like I could DO more, but didn’t want to run.  So, after stopping the ‘mill, I hopped on my bike.  I only biked 3.5 miles, but I was EXCITED to do it.  It made me feel like the little triathlete that is screaming to get out!  She’s in there…and she’s on the COME BACK!  So…..there’s my “little” brick! 

What did you do today?

Here’s a thought I have…..A LOT! 

Source- Pinterest

 

#thestruggleisREAL #idroppedtheMIKE

Cinco de Drinko (and some unfinished business)

….or more properly known as-            πŸ‡²πŸ‡½Cinco de MayoπŸ‡²πŸ‡½.  I just like to call it that because it’s another excuse to have a cocktail during the week! πŸ˜‰  Sadly, I am here at basketball practice and NO liquid libation is coming my way! 🍻😒 #storyofmyLIFE                                     

I was able to get a run in before getting the boys.  My running buddy (RB) Leslie had to work today.  

I FINALLY got a new Gator hat!!

                   Truth be told, I almost talked myself out of it.  We all know how easily we can do that to ourselves!  But there is something about having GOALS and a little WILLPOWER that holds you accountable and make makes you change your mindset!!  #runGIRL

Yesterday I finally got my BUTT in the pool! Triathlon season is in full swing and if I have ANY aspirations of doing well, I’ve got to get swimming.  I can’t seem to get to open swim in Valrico (where I live) because of….well….EVERYTHING.  What does a working mom DO that works 50 minutes from home? Swim close to work, of course!!!!πŸ˜‰. There is a pool about 15-20 minutes from work and literally down the street from Julian and Aidan’s school. PERFECT!!!  

Chain of Lakes Pool (Winter Haven,FL)

 The open swim was on $2 and it was well spent!! I only had 25 minutes because I got there a little later than I expected and needed to get going!       My workout:

  • 200 m warm up Freestyle
  • 100 m easy 
  • 5 x 50m at :60 

That was all I had time for and I was pretty happy. Better than NOTHING, right?  I used to be a competitive swimmer, from 7th grade to 11th.  I think my triathlon love comes from the fact that I have “unfinished business” from my swimming days.  I stopped because I was burned out.  2 hour practices after-school and weekend (while friends get to hang out,etc), meets Saturday’s (while everyone sleeps in), smelling like chlorine ALL THE TIME….you get the picture.  But it was something that I LOVED and had some decent skills.  I got tired of working hard and hitting a plateau….so I stopped, much to the chagrin of my partners and coaches.  As adulthood set in and I started to feel like I had some “business” to finish.  Enter….TRIATHLONS…..I haven’t looked back. 

I hope you were able to enjoy your Cinco de Mayo… 

 #mayofunny

The LONELIEST

I don’t care what Three Dog Night sang, because “one ISN’T the loneliest number that you’ll ever do”!! (Still not sure what that means, but I’m going with it!). NINE is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do…in a WOD!  (seriously….I can find a song for anything!  #uselessinfo #inTHIShead).   

There’s that whole new respect for the number 9…9 minutes and 9 of each movement!  Doesn’t EVER seem like it’s “that bad” until you are all into it!  #whiteboardLIES. No matter HOW bad you hate it while you are doing other, you’ll NEVER regret getting your ass to the gym!!  I did 6 rounds and 1/3 of the way through the 7th round.  Funny thing…… during this WOD, I went to a lower weight because I’m just starting back.  I figured 12kg kettlebell was sufficient.  I  got caught!! I wasn’t purposely trying to be sneaky (yes I wasπŸ˜‰) and the trainer switched the weight while I was doing my push up. #BUSTED. 

Happy CrossFit gal!!

The workout ended with an abdominal Tabata ( 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest. Repeat for a total of 8).  I’m tired…..

In working on getting in the pool next week, as I STILL haven’t gotten off the “pot” and registered for the the May Tri.  I fear I won’t be ready, but I still have a month!! 

How was your day?

Back on it…

Back from MY laziness of Spring Break! I was afraid I was going to forget everything….how to get to work, how to get the kids to school….EVERYTHING!  I haven’t taken this much time off (6 working days) in a LONG time!! It was nice, but I think I’ll be paying for it while exercising! 😝

I was able to run yesterday but it was short lived…. 

 ….because Mother Nature had other plans! As you see, 1.25 mi was all that was allotted because if the rain. #boo. I constantly have to remind myself that SOMETHING is better than NOTHING. But……it still ain’t great! 

I need to get off my A** and do a few things:

  • Take my bike to the repair shop. I need a new tire and I’m FINALLY interested in investing in some aero bars! (like THIS is going to make me a better cyclist…..hell to the NAH!!!) 
  • Need to get in a pool!! This basketball has SERIOUSLY put a crimp in my training. I think the race I want to do is in like 6 weeks! 😁 
  • How ’bout in need to REGISTER for the race!! I mean, seriously Angie, get off your a**!!! (Refer to the previous bullet point, Angie)

I feel better now…..

Back at it…Back on it….#noEXCUSES

How was your Monday?

How sluggish are you after vacation?

No..no…I WANT you to be my friend!!

It just hit me…as I was on my way to work…I have figured out the QUICKEST way to get rid of friends! No…no…NO! Don’t get me wrong…I don’t WANT to get rid of my friends!!! But, apparently I can do it without even trying! #theyHATEme

See…I love working out- CrossFit, triathlons, and running! I’m ALWAYS trying to get a friend, MANY friends to do these things with me.

Typical conversation:

Me: “Hey, there’s a race I want to do! Are you interested?”

You: “What is it?”

Me: “It’s a (insert ANY race)”

You: crickets….crickets….crickets…

Me: “Hello?? Hel-LOOOOO??”

Why IS it this? I have a ton of friends that workout (and a ton that don’t) and they all different types of activities. I don’t think that my ideas are THAT bad to join in…..
I just want to have a partner in crime exercise.

I have a few friends that I look up to and want to be running beasts like them! (Terri and Wendy….I’m looking at YOU!!). I have few friends I’ve done races with. (Sam and Megan….looking your way too!). And I’m always trying to recruit some other wannabe/weekend athletes like myself!
Crickets….crickets…:crickets….

So, if you were wondering….you don’t have to UNFRIEND on Facebook, UNFOLLOW on Instagram or Twitter, or UNPIN from your board on Pinterest….just ask them to race! All of a sudden…POOF…your friend just slips away!😒

By the way…you all know this post is in PURE jest, right??πŸ˜‰. I sincerely love ALL of my friends….whether they want to run/race/Tri/CF with me or not! But…it SURE would be nice if they did…HINT HINT….!

How do you get your friends to race with you???