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Hard Work.

In Uncategorized on May 25, 2012 at 7:07 am

Two years ago this month, I started Shaun T’s Insanity fitness program. It was 60 days of pure misery but it changed my life forever. (I know that sounds cliche) I never imagined I would become a runner. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would run a marathon, which will happen in about a week! I was terrified of hopping on a road bike and soon I will start training for the half-ironman distance SuperFrog later this year.
There are handful of people that were and still are a huge motivation and encouragement to me. You will never know what the kind words, encouragement, and advice has meant to me.
I want to make my daughter proud and I want to establish a strong work-ethic in her. I want her to know that faith, prayer, and hard work will get her everywhere she wants to go.
Next weekend, I will be thinking of all my motivators and supporters as I run 26.2 – because I truly couldn’t have done it without you!!
From the bottom of my heart, thank you and I love you all!

Run. Bike. Run

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I raced my first duathlon yesterday. I placed 3rd in my age division, I was extremely shocked and very happy! I finished in 1:14:32, my transitions were slow, but I have a lot to learn still about them. To say transition area is controlled chaos is an understatement. I’m not usually one to have anxiety or panic attacks, but the minute I arrived on scene, I wanted to turn around and drive home. I was so far out of my comfort zone and I was alone. I just couldn’t make Taylor wake Sophie up at 6am to come watch me, so I told them to stay in bed.
Thankfully, I wasn’t the only beginner there and this helped me feel a little better. I had originally signed up for the triathlon, but found it extremely hard to open water swim because of my husband’s unpredictable schedule and not really having someone to watch Sophie. So a few weeks ago I switched to the duathlon part. I was so grateful after arriving that I had made that decision. My transition times were slow, I can’t imagine throwing in swim gear to the mix.
My wave started at 6:45 with a one mile run. I ran it in 7:55, my goal was under 8:00 minutes, so I made it. Next was a 10 mile bike, I did it in 34, the wind was rough and my poor legs felt that 10 mile run the day before. I have to say the hardest part of the whole race was dismounting my bike and having to run in to transition area in bike cleats, with jello legs. I’m sure I looked like a complete idiot. I managed to get my bike racked and change back in to running shoes, grab my iPod and head out in about 2:00 minutes, see slow? The run was supposed to be a 5K…but it was really 3.45, I did it in 27 minutes. I was shooting for under 9 minute pace, so I also made that. It was a repeat loop, which I wasn’t thrilled about, but it wasn’t as boring as I had thought it would be. The music definitely helped. I was a little surprised it took 27 minutes because it did feel faster, which I was happy for at the end! Overall, I told myself I wanted to finish in 1:15 and I made it, so I’m very happy with the race.
I found out last night about placing in my age division, which topped off the whole experience.
After experiencing transitions, I’m even more terrified of racing in a triathlon. I’m looking at an all-female Tri in August that looks like a lot of fun. I know I just have to make myself face my fear and do it.
So after my marathon in a few short weeks. I hope to keep training for this Tri in August and end my year doing the SuperFrog, which is a half-Ironman distance Tri that was started for Navy Seals. I know it’s a lot to work towards, but it keeps me motivated and I reallllly want it.
Can’t wait to race again!!

Sophie is 2

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2012 at 6:02 am
My dear friend Danielle took some ‘2 year’ pictures of Sophie for us. She did an awesome job and captured a lot of cute moments!

In Uncategorized on May 3, 2012 at 5:44 am
I haven’t blogged in a while, mainly because nothing has been going on! Training has been slow because I felt myself running on empty and decided to scale back for a few weeks. This past Monday was a disaster of a training day. Taylor and I set out for a 30 mile ride together, only to turn around early for a grand total of…5 miles. There was a wreck involved, but no one was injured, just mad. So we decided to try a couple mile run, again, another injury occurred when Taylor twisted his ankle. So we turned around early again. Tuesday we hiked all over the desert and mountains, and yes I considered all that cross-training. So today I decided to run from our church to the end of Point Loma, which was 6 miles of rolling hills. And let me just tell you, the first hill was brutal. But I made finished with a good time but sore toes and shins. I’m not used to running hills, so my poor shins were feeling it every time I started to descend. But it was an awesome (hot) run and I was so happy I made myself do it. I’m going to ride the next two days and run tomorrow and Saturday. Then I have my first duathlon on Sunday. I’m already nervous about the bike portion, not that I won’t be able to comfortably complete the distance, but just the unknown. It’s only a sprint distance, so that part shouldn’t be bad. I haven’t really trained for transitions and that makes me a little nervous. I keep telling myself it’s just for fun and experience. I still don’t consider myself a cyclist and have a lot to learn!
Taylor’s parents have been here this past week and we’ve been non-stop GO! Sharing a few pictures from our Anza Borrego Desert visit. We hiked up to see the Palm Springs Oasis, which is just that in the middle of the desert. So amazing!

This little hiker hiked a good portion of our 5 miles. She was a trooper!

More to come!