Thursday, April 17, 2014

Life lately... the running part...

Hey there! Hai, hai, hai... Life's going my friends. Where shall I start?

I ran my first half marathon of 2014 on April 6th. It is that course with #allthehills in downtown St. Louis. I, honestly, had not been running much at ALL prior to. I logged about 15 miles total in 3 months before the race BUT... I committed so I got up and ran.

It was a gorgeous day to run and I paid 80 bucks so I wasn't about to NOT get my money's worth:) First 5 miles I was doing fine - slower than usual but keeping the momentum. Mile 6 was an incline and I saw this kid with this sign that said "shortcut" and I am not lying 77% of me was ready to head off the trail and follow that kid to the nearest Lions Choice... but I kept at it and told myself if I can get up the Holy Hill I was GOLDEN. Mile 10 I got my second wind and Lil Wayne started with "A Milli" and I was OFF... Finished the 13.1 in 2:20 - NOT near my usual time but I was really proud of myself - I overcame my self doubt, my head telling me to DETOUR, and I didn't eat 2 roast beef's with cheese, fries, and a large Root Beer that afternoon from my fav Lions C...;)

The following weekend I had signed up to run a 5K for MODOT Work Zone Awareness and so we did. This course was no joke - it was another incline city but each 1/2 mile they had a cone set up with a worker who had lost his/her life on the job - it was motivation, a reminder to slow down in work zones, and my realization that this could happen to E at any moment, on the days he is out in the field. Scary...

This was E's first race EVER (his work put a team together) so he was pretty AMPd up... He stuck with me for the first mile and we clocked in about an 8:30 mile - then the second mile I pulled back - he was in the ZONE and I thought, hey why not let him run this run? I didn't want him to worry about where I was or blah, blah, blah... and I am not going lie - I was tired and my body STILL hurt from the half the weekend before (yes training is worth it - hahaha). I stuck behind him - he came in around 27 something and I was right behind at 28 something. Not my fastest race but, once again, I chose running instead of waffles that morning - WINNING!

Saturday I am going to get out there and hopefully crank out around 13 miles. My boy Tim and his hot wife (my sweet friend) Jenn are running their first half marathon Saturday morning, and I really wanted to be there. I can't make it this time around, so I am going to run WITH them - just virtually:)

I am back to running... Glad to be - I truly missed it. I am pumped to get my running back in order. I am starting to book up my race calendar and plan to run my next 26.2 in October - the St. Louis Rock N Roll Marathon - YAY! I also think that K9Bish and I are going to run 26.2 at the St. Jude Memphis Marathon in December, just hoping it is NOT another repeat from last year.

If anyone is planning any STL races and wants to run with someone or at least meet at the start line - let me know? I have been racing solo lately and miss having someone there as motivation and support to keep going.

Hope everyone is doing well. I will update more on life MINUS the running part soon. MISS YOU ALL TREMENDOUSLY! Have a wonderful Easter.

Thursday OUT

  How is racing going for you? Started running for the first time? Trying something new?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Saying Goodbye...

Last week was supposed to be filled with spring break antics for the kids and fun for the family - and then I received a call that my grandfather was in the hospital. I wrote about my G-pa back in October when he had a heart attack - you can read it HERE.

My grandfather had been doing well since the heart surgery, but with increased shortness of breath and the diagnosis of Pulmonary Fibrosis he wanted to take himself to the hospital. He went to his small town hospital on a Saturday evening and they sent him to St. Louis to one of our bigger hospitals. He did well on Sunday and by Monday my father was saying that he would be going "home", unfortunately things took a turn for the worse.

I wanted to visit him at the hospital on Monday after work but I had class and it doesn't let out until 9:30 PM - and visiting hours would be over for sure. Tuesday my father called and told me that the doctor called and it might not be long - so I left work and headed to the hospital. I talked with G-pa, laughed at his hatred for the food, quirkiness with the nurses, and told him I loved him - held his hand and kissed his forehead when I left to go back to work. He was having the hardest time breathing and his oxygen levels were dropping and the doctor had told us it was time to learn to "let go". He made it until around 5:00 p.m. and I got the call that G-pa passed. I asked my Dad to please let me see him one last time - so I headed back up to the hospital to be with my father and grandmother and see him for the final time. Saying goodbye was extremely tough - but seeing my grandmother (whom he had been married to for 64 years) and my father in pain - was even tougher. This was first close family member to pass in my short 33 years and I wasn't prepared for the sadness that I would feel.

Long story short... the wake, funeral, and weekend consisted of grief and a celebration of his life. So many memories and wonderful stories shared - it touched my heart...

I will remember:
- him lacing up his fine leather boots and getting ready for the Mason Lodge on the weekends
- his old type writer and him sitting down to write REAL letters
- him making us ice cream with his ice cream maker in the basement of his "City" house
- the long rides down to the "Country" and the music we listened to down there
- his love for farming and sending us kids home with TONS of veggies and fruit
- him trying to teach me to "hook those worms" and to succumb to the "country girl" life
- his YELLOW Freight notepads lying all over the house for me to play "secretary" with
- his delicious REAL breakfasts in the morning - cooked with lard and love
- the way he combed his snow white hair back with his small black comb
- his mustache tickling our cheeks as he kissed us goodbye

There are so many more memories that I will cherish. He was a GOOD man - a truly genuine GOOD man who will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Break it off...

Hey everyone. Hope March is treating you right! I am on spring break, officially, and made it through my Accounting class, barely, but I did:) I may have freaked out after my final last Monday and contacted the professor to grade my exam "THAT NIGHT" because I couldn't handle the anticipation of waiting to hear my final grade. Here is the deal, you CAN NOT get a C in your Master's program - you go on probation, have to pay your employer all the money back from the program, and go into straight depression - so needless to say, I was a little on edge. He was sweet and obliged to my "freak out request" and I did just fine and got a B in the class. WOOT! So now onto to Statistics starting on March 17th.

Stats and I are friends - I love testing the validity of theories - I mean that is every day life. I test theories ON THE DAILY;) So I am ready for this class. Numbers might not be "my thing" but put them with whether something has significance or not, and I am ALL OVER IT!

Anyways back to the topic, accounting was not my ideal class, I struggled,  and guess what else I did?... EAT AND NOT WORK OUT... Stress eater right here!

So for 9 weeks I have been laying low - it felt good, but now class is over... I am off track. I can't say I am unhappy because I am not - but things are out of whack and I know it. I want my workouts/running back in my life. I miss it.

Oh and Chris touched on a great subject today - the dreaded "Ah ha" pics that make us go "daaaang GINA I need to start caring again" - here is mine...

All I see are maroon thighs and puff cheeks... womp. womp. womp.
Anywhoo... I just wanted to put this out there for my own accountability. I have California in June and I want to get myself a nice new bikini and wear some boho Cali chic clothes while I am there. Every time I think "boho chic" my mind immediately goes "bare arms" - AGH!!! You know me and sleeveless - ouch... I have some work to do and I need to get started. Here is the deal, I am not unhappy I am just ready to get back on track:)

Here is what I am looking at each week so far.

Monday - OFF DAY (school night)
Tuesday - 3-4 mile run and legs/abs
Wednesday - DANCE NIGHT for Elle - 3-5 mile run and TurboKick class at the gym
Thursday - 3 mile run and shoulders/triceps
Friday - 2 mile run and chest/biceps
Saturday - Long run
Sunday - Back

It is just a start but hey... gotta start somewhere!