Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Posted by Michelle at 9:48 PM
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Know what else is frustrating??? This blogger-picture uploader tool!! no matter how many times I rotate my pictures and
save them, some are upside down :(
Posted by Michelle at 10:25 PM
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
See Jane Run half-marathon that was taking place Sunday in Seattle. She was looking for someone to take her entry, since she couldn't use it. Nobody took it -- so Friday I sent her a message and said that I would love to use it. I had 9-10 miles that I wanted to do, and no running partner again, and to be honest... I wasn't feeling extremely positive about being able to put in the mileage on my own. I figured that surrounding myself with a few thousand strong female runners would be just the motivation that I needed! My mental game has needed some work lately -- that is almost as important as putting in the physical training/mileage!!
So... I woke up bright and early Sunday morning and headed to the starting line. The weather had changed a bit -- and it was a chilly morning. There was also a light misty rain -- and quite a bit of wind coming in off the lake. Needless to say, I was trying to find any excuse to back out of the race. I was thinking about just running the 6 miles around the lake and skipping the race... I was thinking about just going back home and going to bed...
But -- I ended up being able to give myself a pep talk that sunk in... and I headed to the starting line. I had on shorts and a tank -- and was pretty cold at the start -- but warmed up before I even hit the one mile marker. The first almost 10 miles were good -- I was maintaining a 10 min mile pace -- and I was happy with that. I wasn't pushing my limits, because after all, this was supposed to be a training run :) The last three miles were tough -- my feet were hurting and feeling a little numb -- and my legs felt like lead -- so I took turns running and walking to the finish line. And -- as usual -- the feeling of crossing the finish line is worth every ounce of pain experienced during the race :)
Here I am after the race:
Posted by Michelle at 9:06 PM
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I WILL do better this Saturday. My goal is 9 (or maybe I can squeeze in 10). My main running partner (Sarah) is traveling still, so I will most likely be on my own again. I think the key might be running somewhere other than a run that starts at my front door... I seem to do better on a path or planned route of some sort. For some reason I treat those runs as more important -- and I don't allow myself to take as many breaks. I will also remember to get a sweaty pic - cuz I am sure you all like those ;)
Posted by Michelle at 1:27 PM
Friday, June 22, 2012
In other big news.... I am back!! I took a short hiatus from running for a while. I had gotten to the point where it was no longer easy or fun. No matter what distance I was running, I wasn't getting comfortable or achieving the runner's high that I had grown accustomed to. So -- I took a lot of BodyPump and Spinning classes at the gym, did other forms of cardio, and flat-out took a running break.
It worked!!! I had to break up from running for a while to realize what we really meant to each other :) Absence really does make the heart grow fonder!! I have had a great week or so of running recently... and all training plans are back on :)
Here is a picture of Sarah and I after our run this past Saturday. Even though I was battling a lingering cold/sinus infection, it was a fun run around Lake Union (a favorite route of ours). The best news... I have my therapist back again!!
My plans are to blog every week about my running progress, this will keep me on task with my training and I need any and all followers of this blog to hold me accountable. So.... here I go again... training has OFFICIALLY started!!
Posted by Michelle at 10:00 PM
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
My annual girls destination race weekend took place two weekends ago. The group has changed slightly through the past few years, but Dee and Bri have done it with me every year. This year's trip was to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We all flew in on Friday morning (I took the red-eye thursday night from Seattle - yuck!) - and arrived at our hotel to a beautiful two bedroom suite. Thanks to Jenelle and Dee's hotel points from work travel, we had a great deal on our accomodations :)
Friday night we went out on the town -- duh :) Here is a pic of Bri and I from dinner at a brewery/steakhouse - Bri was my "little sister" in the sorority at Michigan Tech. We are all Delta Zetas. We found a bar with live music, and danced the night away.
Here I am with Dee on Monday afternoon:
Posted by Michelle at 9:48 PM
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Time for a kiddo update... Noah was invited to a birthday party this past weekend. The weather was beautiful, so the kids played some outdoor games before moving into a party room for lunch, cake, and presents. Here is Noah trying to catch a small water balloon... he was unsuccessful.
Posted by Michelle at 1:43 PM