Monday, November 29, 2010
I've been kind of on hiatus since the marathon. In October. I just feel like my mojo isn't there. I've been going to kickboxing and running or biking here or there, but I haven't been following a plan. I get up, decide what sounds fun for the day and go with it. Some days that include laying on the couch, watching old episodes of Real Housewives (don't judge), other days I feel uber motivated to sweat. But it hasn't been consistent and it hasn't been often. I just kind of feel like I need this. I need the break from a training schedule. I need the break from the pushing, the aching, the sleepiness that comes from a good hard workout (I'm not complaining because there's no better feeling most days). I worry that when I do start back with hardcore training that I'm going to be months and months behind and I'll have to start over (especially after reading all of you overachievers who are working super hard during "off season"). I kid... kind of... Then I remember that I'm an endurance athlete and although I will have lost some of it, I haven't given up completely.
The worst part about the much needed (or desired) break is the weight gain. I'm not going to lie - I feel like a chubbo, but it's not that bad.
But again, I think the hiatus is going to pay dividends when I do start my training plan.
Tomorrow. Or Wednesday. Yep, definitely Wednesday.
***Don't forget to enter my sock giveaway contest here. I'll be picking three winners on Saturday. Super cute socks for you or a loved one!!!***
Friday, November 26, 2010
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Sunday, November 21, 2010
Anyway, I've started thinking of my list of things I'm thankful for - my list is quite long
- I'm thankful for my amazing husband. He's such a great friend, my biggest supporter, my coach, my coworker, the person who pushes me. He laughs with me (and many times at me), hugs me when I cry (which can be a lot) and loves me unconditionally (that includes my fat days!) He's really my world and I couldn't be luckier!
- I'm thankful for an amazing mom and dad. Their love and support has helped me more than I will ever be able to thank them for. They've stood by my side through a lot and still love me! :) They make me laugh, and I admire the fact that they will be happily married 40 years this coming August!
- I'm thankful for my sister who also happens to be my best friend. We might have had rough patches in the past (what sisters don't?), but I think now that we are grown up, we understand how lucky we are to have each other. She's awesome! (and I have a fabulous brother-in-law too!)
- I have a great extended family, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and a niece and nephew who all go above and beyond to support Tom and I.
- I'm thankful for friends who have been with me through everything. This year as been a trying year as I've learned some pretty tough lessons in friendship, but I've grown to learn that TRUE friends are few and far between and those that I'm blessed with in my life are truly amazing.
- I'm thankful that I have two amazing dogs. I mean really - they may be mutts to some people, but they are my kids. They remind me that no problem is too big and that a walk in the park (or a slice of cheese) is all we need to cheer us right up.
- I'm especially thankful for my health - I put in a lot of hours training because I love it, but I know that there are so many people in the world who don't have the good health that I have. And on days when I don't feel like running another mile, biking another pedal stroke, or swimming another lap, I remember that I'm truly blessed that I CAN do these things.
- I'm thankful for a job that allows me such amazing freedoms day to day and that I can live a comfortable life without many sacrifices. I must say, I have it pretty good.
- I'm thankful for all of you, my blogger friends. I've only met a few of you, but you all read my ramblings each week. You support me, you encourage me, you make me laugh, you love me no matter what nonsense I'm writing about. I just hope that someday I get to meet all of you.
What are you thankful for?
Can't beat getting 50 free photo cards either! Remember bloggers, Shutterfly is giving 50 free cards if you follow this link: http://blog.shutterfly.com/5358/holiday2010-blog-submission-form/
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I'm trying to use it since I started an account back like 2 years ago (I checked today and counting today's tweet, I'm up to 5 tweets). Seriously though - what do you tweet about? I feel like I don't like an interesting enough life to actually tweet anything. Do you want to know when I go to the gym? Or what I eat? Or what I'm looking at online? And then there's direct messaging to individual people. And retweeting. And the "@" symbol.
I have to admit, I'm a little overwhelmed by it all.
Enlighten me people (and then follow me on twitter @cbkingery because it's a lot like blogger... makes you feel special when your "follower" list grows - yeah, I have 5 followers to match my 5 tweets).
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I went an picked up my race packet for the Turkey Trot. I know it's a bit early to get my packet, but I live about 40 minutes away from the race and getting it race morning is always a pain. I was halfway to the running store today after kickboxing so I decided to stop by. Holy bright construction cone colored shirts batman. But I like them! The turkey in the center is the kind a little kid makes with their hand. It's cute... they had smalls... I'll wear it! (I think of it as doing my part for the safety of myself during night time runs!)
So a lot of you have asked me what kickboxing is all about. Here's kind of a little run down.
- We usually start with a warm up - jumping rope, running around the gym with medicine balls, stations of lunges, squats, push ups, sit ups, mountain climbers and whatever hellish things they can think of to get our heart rates going (it doesn't take much for me these days...)
- After about 10 minutes, we put on our gloves. And we then proceed to punch the crap out of a bag that hangs from the ceiling. They tell us combinations - starting with maybe three punches and work until this combos are 5,6,7 punches and kicks (which is usually when people forget). Then we move to the next combo. We do this for about 30 minutes. In between some of the combos, we'll do push ups, planks, run laps, do burpees, do mountain climbers, etc. The gym looks something like this during this 30 minutes (I totally stole this from their website and no, I'm not in that picture)
- We then have a burnout set. It's usually some insanely hard set of combos and cardio.
- Then the last 15 minutes or so, we do weight/resistance workouts and tons of abs - they really like planks... regular planks, planks on a ball, planks with punches, walking planks, etc. Today for example, we did a rotation with a partner of planks and one arm rows, then walking planks/push ups and flies and then leg curls on the ball and push ups with a row.
- By the end of 55 minutes, I'm usually soaked, dead tied and ready to call it a day.
I LOVE IT! I decided to be uber athlete today since I've been feeling totally guilty for working out 7 hours this month total. I got on my indoor trainer. OH MY GOD! I literally thought that my heart might pop out of my chest. I was dripping wet in a matter of minutes and I looked down and I was averaging like 16.4mph. Wow... lost that fitness fast! I miiiiiight have some work to do on the bike!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
In any event, I'm definitely getting our cards from Shutterfly. They are doing a super cool deal for bloggers (Bloggers get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly… sign up: http://bit.ly/sfly2010). But besides that great deal, I love shutterfly. I've ordered photo books from them which have turned out amazing. I always order my mom a calendar each year, personalized with family pictures. And this year, they have some great Christmas card designs.
I guess I just need to decide how many picture of Tom, my two dogs and myself is too much. :)
What do you do for Christmas cards and what do you think when you get a collage card from someone around the holidays?
Friday, November 12, 2010
And of course this happens when it's 70 and sunny every day this week. In Ohio. In November. Unheard of! Usually it's rainy, crappy and cold and of course the one week where I can't keep my eyes open and my head is in a bubble, it's gorgeous. I'm taking one more day off and then I'm getting back to this training thing. I'm hoping to start my plan on Monday, as long as I don't die over the weekend! :) Hopefully I'll come back amped and ready. I was supposed to be doing a half ironman tomorrow - there's no way that I could have gotten from the start line to the finish line in one piece.
Okay so I have a question for those of you that have done the 100 push up challenge. I started this last year and made it to about week 3 and then stopped. I'm thinking of starting it again (because I'm by far the weakest person ever and this would probably be one of the biggest accomplishments in my life, besides finishing the Ironman - don't judge...) But, is it really 100 push ups without stopping or just 100 push ups in a few sets. Why do I not understand this? I've read the site over and over and I'm just confused. Can someone help a girl out? :)
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I'm loving this watch. I have a problem (maybe a slight obsession) with workout watches. The problem is I always want a pink one (I'm a total girl) and they turn yellow/green/black from all the stuff that they are exposed to. This one is PERFECT! And I'm thinking that I'll benefit immensely from the heart rate monitor aspect of it.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Had a great weekend. Tom's STILL sick. I've luckily recovered I think. Mostly. I'm blaming my new fleece sheets for the massive amounts of sleep that I've been needing and not a cold! And the time change - yeah, that always does it to me.
We were supposed to head to Wilmington this week for Beach 2 Battleship. Some things have come up and Tom and I aren't able to go. I'm kind of torn about this though - part of me is relieved that we don't have to do because I don't feel like I was ready to race, but the other part is sad. I was looking forward to seeing all the TT1 tri team people and getting to race alongside them for the first time (maybe next year). I know that it's smart for us to stay home though and wish all of them the best on Saturday!!!
Congrats to everyone who raced IMFL on Saturday. I love that race. I love PCB. (Maybe I love the beach more than the race, but they really go hand in hand unless you are in college!) I talked to my mom yesterday and she asked if I was able to sign up us. She caught me off-guard a little. HA! Even me telling her that I promise I wasn't doing an Ironman in 2011 and she didn't believe me. No, I didn't sign up. More reasons than one, but I'm looking forward to the break from the long training!
Speaking of racing next year and being on the verge of something good, this is tentatively what I'm looking at for 2011:
April ?? - Xenia Half Marathon
May 7 - Capital City Half Marathon
May 15 - REV3 Knoxville Oly
June 4 - REV3 Quassy Oly
June 11 - Wendy's Women's Only Tri
June 12 - Wendy's International Tri
July 4 - JCC Independence Tri
August 26-28 - Chicago Triple Tri
September 11 - REV3 Cedar Point Half
I might add a full marathon, although I'll have to see which one. Possibly Columbus, possibly Chicago. But we might do the Rev3 in South Carolina too which could interfere with Chicago. We'll see. I'm excited to do some different races and especially excited to add the REV3 series to the calendar. Tom's team has decided to do the series which makes choosing races fun for me too! I have some definitive goals that I want to reach and I think that they are all attainable with the shorter, faster races on my schedule! Yay to no more looooong Ironman hours (for this year at least!!)
Last, but definitely not least, Katherine at Forward Foot Strides named my blog as the featured blog of the week. Yay! Thanks Katherine. Stop by her blog and give her some US love (she's in Canada...)
Friday, November 5, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Second - so does anyone else think that October should have been names National I Didn't Train Much month? I mean wow... I looked at my training log. Now granted, I did a marathon and then enjoyed some down time and then got sick, but it's kind of pathetic. Okay, really pathetic. Here are the totals:
Swim - 0 meters. Yep you read that right.
Bike - 84.5 miles. Again, wow
Run - 63.8 miles (of which 26.2 was run in one day...)
Cross training - 4 hours (this is usually the elliptical at the gym movie theater)
Kickboxing - 3 hours
Oh well. I feel better and I'm back on course. I swam today for the first time since September and did actually remember how to swim so that was good. It was slow. And my lungs were burning, but I blame that on the kickboxing I did for an hour prior to the pool, and the cold I'm still getting over. Excuses, excuses.
Kickboxing is awesome! I'm trying to go 3 times a week. It's generally been only twice though. I literally get my butt handed to me on a silver platter every time I put those gloves on (and walk out wondering if I should be ashamed of my ability to work out at that level). Tons of bag hitting, but also squats, lunges, push ups, sit ups, weights, resistant bands, etc. Every class is different. Today we ended with 3 minutes of planks - 3 straight minutes. Yeah, I didn't make it through that. :)
Beach 2 Battleship half is in a week and a half. I'm super excited, but looking at my October numbers scares the poop out of me in terms of readiness. Maybe I'll be well rested and just have a kick ass race. Or I'll die. We'll see...
I received my two giveaway winnings in the mail this week. I'll post pictures soon. LOVE THEM! :)
Monday, November 1, 2010
I really want a running skirt. I've bought probably 5 different ones and they are great on the elliptical, but when I run, the little shorts underneath ride up and I end up having some, um, well rubbing of the thigh (again, shut up). Body glide isn't cutting it.
I'm the kind of girl that usually runs with a little longer compression short or tri short (5" inseam) because well, let's face it, I was a soccer player for years and have some legs on me.
(That's the nice way of saying that I have big thighs people... stick with me)
What are your suggestions for a running skirt with a short underneath that doesn't ride up? I have looked at the Runningskirts.com website and think that the athletic skirt line would be the way to go (because I'm definitely not getting the running skirt with that little brief that looks like a bikini bottom - hello chafe...). But I don't know if I can handle the $59-$69 price tag to "try" a skirt and see if it works. Or do I get the little basic skirt and just put it over the shorts I already love to run in?
Any advice for a girl who just wants to look like a girl when she runs???