Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Growth

I have finally completed the Couch to 5K program. It was a little weird because I ran a 4 mile race on Sunday but I wanted to actually complete the program. So last night I ran 35 miles straight on a 3 mile course with the help of the street lights.
I was not able to run that whole race but I was very happy with my time. I like to keep track of races on the bottom of this blog. As I was adding this race I noted in June I walked (ran like 1/2 mile maybe) a 4 mile race with a time of 1:04. Hello, you have come a long way baby.
So now what exactly do you do with yourself? You keep trucking alone. You try to maintain what you have been doing. I want to keep running like 3 times a week for as long as I can with Winter approaching. Most importantly I do not want to lose what I just worked so hard to gain.
I have 18 pounds until I reach my goal in February. Totally doable at this speed I think.
Know what I like? Talking with these crazy girls at work about doing future stuff. They are real and realistic and supportive. We know that we rock.
So we have some crazy ideas for next year. Races we want to run. Keep watching because I think it is going to be a shit ton of work but fun.
YPD 5K
Falmouth Road Race
Pell Bridge Race
Falmouth in the Fall

What else?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Citizens Bank Pell Bridge Race

 Here it is. I drove down to Newport Saturday to pick up my number and decided to check this bridge out. This is the view from the exit ramp which I found out is right around the corner from the start line.
 I woke at 4:30 and headed to the bus pick which was also the
 finish line. Dark and beautiful night/morning. This was the last view I had from the point about 20 minutes before we started.
Tons of people stopped for selfies and race photos and I decided to do a quick one just to remember the size of this event.
I will say it was tough. I was not feeling too well on the way down the hill. I just kept seeing the water next to me and feeling "car sick". Knowing I was slow I was trying to stay to the right but I decided to move to the middle of the lane. At this point I was walking and running as much as I could but was starting to beat myself up a little. I refused to look at my watch but as I approached the exit I reminded myself I have only run 2.5 miles and the exit was 3 miles.
Bitch, cut it out! This is big for you.
I ran as fast as I could across that finish line.
Total time 48:41 with a 12:29 pace per mile.
Hell woman be happy with that.
I wish I was more ready but maybe next year.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Wampanoag Play


This was some funny shit. When the girls get their butts off their phones and go to their room to play it always amuses me to hear they potting. Last night Chelsea and I were summoned up t our seats, with name tags even. 
They put on a pretty informative Wampanoag play with lots of details. This past week Ava had a field trip to Plimoth Plantation and Olivia went in third grade as well. I noticed the details right away. They had animals hanging on the outside of their teepee and clothes that they made laid out in front.
They talked about gathering wood and mud too build a bigger teepee for their growing family. Father hunted and gathered salt. The kids made clothes and built a fire to cook. 
The picture below was them sleeping. Obviously a larger teepee is needed if you are hanging out the bottom. LOL!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Pell Bridge Run

I need to take my rant somewhere so hold on.
16 weeks ago I decided to cut all sugar and flour products out of my diet. I did it because I was tired of the roller coaster of emotions, health and weight. I was carb angry and the guilt after I yelled in a rage at the kids was more than I could handle. I was addicted and put myself on a roller coaster of drag ass versus caffeine that this body did not deserve.
Once I got a decent handle on the food I thought you should exercise, so I walked. Then I took the leap of starting the Couch to 5K after running the Falmouth Road Race in August without 1 training day. Not smart but it was the catapult I needed. This week I should be doing the 8th and final week of the Couch to 5K program. I ran 2 days ago for 25 minutes straight.
I like challenge and goals that no one else has done. I can't get caught up in comparing myself to you if I am the only one doing it. So this race was my goal, my end result but really just the beginning. I want to keep the food choices going as my lifestyle. I would love to add weights as I have always strength. I force myself to run hills and I hiked like a wild woman with the thought in my head I was making myself strong.
I am sure a lot of people don't want to hear it for their own reasons but I am so excited I could burst. I have succeeded and I haven't even run it yet. I met my weight loss goal and I am all signed up. I can't fail at this point.
What an amazing feeling.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Happy Birthday to me!

Saturday I turned 42 years old. I spent the entire weekend on my own and it was incredible. I was driving home today thinking how good I felt.
There was no party, cake or broo-haha and it was just perfect.
Friday my friend and I went out for BBQ at a great little place in Braintree. BBQ always works for this girl.
Saturday I got up early and got my run in. 20 minutes of straight running now. After a shower and a quick dog walk for Musgy I headed to Braintree once again and took the T to Boston. No real plan just enjoying a day where you didn't need anything besides a T-shirt.
There was some construction along the line so half way to Boston I had to get off and board a bus for 2 stops then back on the redline. Yay adventure, until you have to do it all over again on the way home.
I walked and walked for hours. About 6-7 hours total I think. I went to the Common because I love it but there was some big event and it was packed so headed to Faneuil Hall to look for that farmers market I had seen before. Nope, couldn't find it but that got me to the new Parkway and the awesome carousel with some of most beautiful animals I have seen.
After this I crossed over and walked along the Harborwalk an headed to Summer Street as I found an event that was an open house of sorts to over 100 artist studios. I walked from street to street following arrows and signs and saw some of the coolest places and buildings. It felt weird to walk into their spaces and see them work but everyone was so welcoming. Man I love old factory building. I was just as excited by that. There was metal work, painting, drawings, flower art, furniture building and cooking art. Too cool.
Lunch at the Barking Crab because Hell it's my birthday. I gave some advice about Pumkinhead to a visiting couple from Virginia and she thanked me by buying me a beer. Can't hate that.
Now to find my way back. After a hike and a half because I forgot Govt Center was closed I made it back to my car and back to Dave's by about 6pm.
Hey, he says. How about a Midnight comedy show in the North end??
Um, how about a shower and a rest.
Back on the T by 8:45pm.
Great dinner at the Boston Beer Works. Oktoberfest Knockwurst with braised onion. Yes please feed this starving German girl!  
Now off to the comedy show. "Raunch" was an improve show that was some of the funniest shit I have seen in a long time. The audience threw out words and they took it to raunchy in a second. My sex is like Jenga....
Now back on the T and in bed by 2:30am.
Slept like a rock and my body is sore but the only way to loosen up is to keep moving. SO the need for coffee got us headed to Starbuck's then a 2 mile hike thru this beautiful conservation area in Norwell.
While walking we talked about more adventures. I love that. Adventures keep me young.













Treated myself to a birthday flower.
 
                                                 Norris Reservation Norwell, MA

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What could possibly happen?

Once again I find myself needing to vent, not knowing where to take it and then being too distracted at work to sit and write properly. This has allowed me to think about what I want to write therefore thinking it though.
The end result is pretty much this.
Stop being angry and go back to doing what ever the fuck you want.
You are going to share your opinion about how this is not a good decision for me. I listen and then still do what ever the fuck I want.
No one ever said I had to follow someone else's rules. I don't know why I think that. Rooted in the please don't be mad at me way of thinking I learned as a child I guess.
I seriously feel  like slowly but surely I am unraveling this big knot of fucked up that is inside me. Recently a big part has loosened and that is good but there is still work to be done and every once in a while I pull and it tightens back up.
I am looking at life like this-I don't want to be afraid of being hurt. I may miss some awesome shit being too safe. I might actually learn some stuff from being hurt. Don't you have to actually tear a muscle for it to heal and be stronger?
I remember the day my ex walked out the door. I wasn't afraid of losing him, I was afraid I couldn't do it without him. Little did I know I was already doing most of it without him and I survived.
I walked into the bankruptcy office and that lawyer said "How are you going to walk away from it all? You have a family in that house."  My answer to him was you take care of the business part and I have a therapist for the rest. I walked away from it and I survived.
I now have a pretty rad life. I have some incredible people in it. I may have some unconventional friendships but they work for me so why the Hell not.
What I also clearly have to work on not talking about stuff with people that don't support me.
Pirate Status!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pumpkin Picking


We definitely needed some pumpkins and I thought this would be as good a place as any. These pumpkins seemed to go for miles and when we walked around they some of the coolest shaped ones I have ever seen. You can't see my little on well in this picture but it is covered in nubs like a gourd so I called it my warty pumpkin.
Although Olivia chose a pumpkin twice as big as this one I love pumpkins with interesting stems and this one had the thickest stem I have ever seen.
This place was a fundraiser for a local Church and the girls even left with a sheet of face stickers to decorate the baby pumpkins.
Again, squishing in family stuff around the overtime.

Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44

05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05

6/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26

6/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05

7/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52

08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31

08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30

10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10

05/02/09 Cape Abilities 5K 34:59 11:17

05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50

08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37

10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00

09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31

10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20

8/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24

5/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25

6/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04

8/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04

9/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41