Friday, August 29, 2008

And We Have Babies

My friend Jackie had her Twin Baby Girls Keira & Kaelyn this morning at 6:01 and 6:25am!! What a champ she is. She went in yesterday to get induced at 10:00 am so it's been a very, very long day. Everyone is doing well...and I'm so happy for their family. I'll post some pics as soon as I have some. I'm not going to bug them for a while until they get a little rested and recovered and are at home.

I'll post an update on my death race at Crim. Needless to day it was just terrible...but interesting to say the least. Good Times were had though :)

Monday, August 18, 2008

On the Fly

I usually have my whole "season" of running planned out, especially the races I'm going to run. Back in January, I had this lovely schedule all planned out and posted on my fridge. That ended up in the garbage as soon as my body was revolting on me most of the spring. I figured, "What the Heck!" I'll just go with the flow this year. It's been working well, but I'm so scattered on the races I'm going to run. I have to kick myself sometimes. I'm never sure if I'm going to run a particular race until about 3 days before. That's crazy to me. Look at me go....crazy me! Needless to say, I'm a typical type A, planner, high strung, "if you change the plans on me I freak" type of person. I just have to laugh when I think of my racing plans. My training is week by week as well. I keep telling myself, next week will be the down week....and it doesn't really ever happen. It's all just too much fun at the moment.

So anyway, I decided (after much flip flop between this, Crim, & the Perfect 10) to run the Canalway Classic 5K in Navarre on Sat. It was a great morning and a great course. Man, it's a small town though. It was a point to point course. I decided to run to the start line as a warm up. Jason brought his bike along and kept me company. Yippie!! I think he's trying to be nice on the running front for various reasons.
So, the registration went quickly, and I was off. I had a paper map so I wouldn't get lost. All of a sudden my sense of direction went funky on me. I think I got nervous knowing I would get to the start line about 5 minutes before the race (running 8 minute miles). This wasn't the best planning on my part...but o well.

I started asking Jason to look at the map and which way to go. Now, my husband has the WORST sense of direction EVER (God love him). You tell him "turn right" he'll go left. If you send him out and back....it's just out and around. I don't know what I was thinking. Well, the heavens opened up and one of the guys leading the race on the bike was there and I asked him which way to go. He lead me along and looked so surprised I was running the course for the warm up. I got a lot odd looks from the water crews like I was crazy. I mean...it wasn't THAT long!

So we got to the start and not 4 minutes later the race started. Ummm....I better allow more time next time if I plan on doing a longer warm up. I can't say I wasn't warmed up and ready to go through.

Race went off and it was a fast start. There was a lot of down hill and a small up hill leading onto the towpath. First mile was 5:43...yikes! I haven't ran a mile that fast in a long time. I felt great though and kept it rolling. I settled in with a group of guys and went through 2 miles in 11:52. I didn't look at my watch at the 2nd mile because I didn't want go mental. I think I got mental anyway because I kept thinking I was going to die or something. I told myself to chill a little and pick it up when I got off the towpath. I did just that. There was a small but steep hill right before mile 3....then I started to kick it in. I finished in 18:46....1st place. I was happy, but at the same time I think I setteled in too much and had more to give in this race. That is something I need to work on. Perhaps as I start incorporating tempo runs those will give me the mental strength and stamina I need.

So the definite plan for next weekend is the Crim 10 Miles in Flint, MI. I just registered a couple days ago and made hotel reservations. I'm excited about it. I'm up for a big race. It will be my first long race in a long time, but it's a real fitness test at the longer distance. Hopefully, it will go well. I tweeked my left foot tendon on my long run yesterday and don't walk well right now, but I ran without too much trouble this morning...so I'm not terribly worried. I've kind of been lazy about doing my foot strength stuff so...that's what you get when you run on the uneven trails. Gotta get the wobble board back out. It's always something isn't it? :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Just moving along

This post find me in much better spirits then the last post.
First off, we passed out ISO audit last Thursday which is a HUGE relief! As I said before, we were getting a new auditor as our scheduled auditor was sick. This ended up being a very, very good thing. This guys was local, which means less $ for us....and he was MUCH more laid back and practical about the whole thing then our previous auditor. Plus, he didn't make me sit with him all day long answering goofy questions.....nor did he write me up on anything. In a nutshell, it was a very good day that I'm glad is over.
The next good thing is I'm feeling much better. Man o man I felt like poo last week. It wasn't like a "lazy I don't feel like running" thing. It was like I feel like there is something seriously wrong with me, I'm not myself, my husband is getting worried sort of thing. I started the whole online doctor thing with Google...which is never a good thing. Ha ha. My husband cornered me at the end of the week and told me I have never seemed so out of it for so long and I really should just chill out or I'm going to die. Thanks. No seriously, I told him I was working on the chilling out thing. I do tend to listen to my body. Thus, I took a down week (sort of) and didn't do my planned workouts. I took naps after work....and went to bed earlier. I knew it was just stress and lots of running, working and minimal (as in 4-5 hours a night) or sleep. I was pretty certain there was nothing medically wrong. Well, as it turn out.....I'm feeling much better this week.
I did a nice long run this weekend (16 miles), easy run Monday, and a track workout yesterday. Track workout was 3 x (800, 400, 200) with 400, 200 400 rec. Times were all around 2:52-2:54, 80-81, 37-38. It was a hard workout because as you run faster with the shorter intervals, the lactic acid builds up in the legs....then you have to turn around and do the longer intervals again Arghhh. It went pretty well though. I was pleased. I wasn't pleased about the people who just don't really understand, or don't WANT to understand the rule about staying out of the first couple lanes if you're not running. Seriously, I squeeze by them in the inner lane, almost brushing their shoulders, breathing really loud so they get the point. It's a nice way of saying "MOVE OVER!!!!!" I don't even really mind the slower runners as much...but it's the people walking...letting their kids trail out into lanes 1-3. It never helps when they REEK of perfume either. Jeeze. I caught up with another running on my cooldown and we were having this discussion. Grrrr....people.
So, the plan for the rest of the week is getting some easy & steady miles in. I think I may run a race Sat. morning about an hour from my house (5K) which I hear is a very fast course. I'd like to get a fast 5K in....hopefully. I'd at least like to TRY and get a fast 5K in. Nonetheless, I'm pretty sure I'll be at this race. Wish it was closer....but o well.
I'm thinking next weekend I want to run the Crim 10 miler in Flint, MI. I planned on running it last year but it didn't' workout. I'd like to run a big race...plus I haven't don't a longer race in a really long time. I think it would be fun. It's about a 3.5 hour drove. Jason's not so thrilled it's in Flint, but I keep telling him they are going to let us loose in some shady area to get mugged or something. I'm on the fence on this one, but I'm kind of in the mind set I'm running it. So we'll see.
Lastly, on the moving front. Still don't know what's going on with that. I can actually talk about without freaking out so that's a step in the right direction. My mom is another story. She's afraid she'll never have grandkids or something. Or we'll forget about them. Remember, I work with my parents, so I see them everyday. Jason and I have been talking about a lot of different options so that makes me feel better. We'll see how it works out. One way or another, it will have to. Ahhh....life's journeys.
Oh yeah, my friend Jackie is going to have her Twins in the next week or so. She's not due until Sept, 9th....but she's going in the next week. That girl is lugging around almost 13 pounds in her belly...and she's still going to work. What a champ!!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

High Stress Area

I have a good life. I really do. I'm happy and content with how everything has, and currently is, panning out. I'm a big believer if something isn't broke, don't fix it.
We'll, my wonderful husband has just thrown me a curve. He is finishing up his Ph.D as an Engineer this winter and had gotten a few offers for jobs. He intends to stay in academia and pretty much needs to do a Post Doc assignment. The offer he is thrilled to have received is located at Texas A&M in College Station, TX. Arhhhhhhhhhh.

I've never had a problem with the thought of moving in my earlier life. I bounced around to Wisconsin and Seattle during college for work assignments with no problems. I even thought we would move right out of college. It worked out we stayed. Our lives were slowly being build into what they are today. We have a home I am in love with, a good job at the family business, and all our family and friends nearby. I get to take my dog to work, stop by mom & dad's, help out the sister in law with the new baby, take dinner to my best friend who is having twins, play with nieces and nephews, have a really cool annual 4th of July Party....with all this, I also have all the freedom in the world with my job. I also run a couple small businesses on the side....for fun. There are countless wonderful parks nearby, 3 tracks within a 1 mile radius, and lots of runner friends. So, this is everything that makes me happy....other then my husband (obviously).

This Post Doc is for 2 years. We'd have to sell our home and everything and lug everything to Texas for 2 years without knowing where we are going next. I won't have a job, and post docs don't pay all that well. Talk about a downgrade in life....not to mention the confusion with our cat & dog. Plus it's hot as hell there.

I'm kind of avoiding the conversations with my husband. I get kind of crappy when he talks about it. I know that's bad...but let me have my moment, okay? It's not easy for him either. His dad is sick and he has a huge family and friends as well. I do have to say though, this is the next natural progression in his life. My life is set pretty much. I do understand that in the long term this can be a very good thing....especially for his goals. I would hate to see him 10-20-30 years from now mad for not making the best of himself. I'm not a selfish person, I try not to be, this just stresses me out...a lot. I hope it all works out. I hope it works out so we are all happy.

So on the running front....I've been doing pretty well. Running is my sanity keeper at the moment. Last week I did a really hot workout on the track which consisted of 6x800, 400 rec. All were 2:51-2:55...not bad for the muggy conditions. I then ran a race on Sunday which was okay. I won with an 18:55 but I just felt okay. I slept very little on Wed & Thurs due to a groomsmen cake I was working on and a late night Friday at a wedding. Saturday I did a nice run at the Towpath and saw some of the runners in the BR 100 race which was inspiring. Sunday I was just tired...but I was happy I toughed it out and didn't mentally give in. I think the course was a bit slow.....but that's all good. I broke the course record by like 40 seconds which is always a nice bonus. It was a good time all around.

This week is a little rough. Mondays easy 7 mile run went fine. Nothing special. I did my morning 4 mile easy run in preparation for a 400 rep workout yesterday...but around lunchtime my throat was starting to bother me...then I got achy. I decided with that and the humid conditions, it spelled trouble. I went home, took a nap, then went for a nice bike ride with my husband. Today, my throat still is bothersome and I feel like poo. I think I am just a little run down....maybe my body is trying to fight something off. I'll play it by ear.

I can't wait for tomorrow to be over. We are having our annual ISO Audit at work....and I do ALL the ISO stuff. Our scheduled auditor, whom I've worked with the past 2 years, had a medical emergency, so we get a new guy. That is another super stressor. I worked my butt off getting all this stuff in order...and I hope he's not a jerk. These auditors can make life very difficult if they want to. It's me, him and the manual...all day long. Him picking at every little thing we do, how we document, and grilling me on our procedures. Sounds fun huh?

So enough of my rambling, but it makes me feel better to vent out a little. I'm not one to complain too much (at least I try not to)...but sometimes we need a little vent.