Thursday, December 27, 2012

329.5 in 2013???

Happy Almost New Year!!!!

Can't believe its almost that time again.  2012 hasn't been a spectacular year with my race results, but it wasn't horrible either.  I set a 5K PR back in March and tied it in September, so that was pretty cool.  And, the biggest accomplishment of the year...well, my whole life!...was finishing my first 70.3 in June.  Two years ago I never would have seen that in my future.  Cool!

A lot of races are opening up their registrations in the next couple of months, so I finally laid out a race plan for 2013.  If I did every race on this list, I would travel approximately 329.5 miles just in the races.  Who knows how many more I would cover in training.  It will be pretty impossible to do since some races are on the same weekend, but I can dream, can't I?  So, here is my race wish list:

January 6: Chilly Chili 5K
I PR'd the course last year and came very close to a distance PR.  Seeing that the course is pretty hilly, I was pretty happy that a PR was within striking distance.  The thing that makes me nervous about this one is that my family has had bad luck after this race.  In 2010, I discovered I had a stress fracture the day after the race.  In 2011, we came home after the race to find our dog limping around because he had torn a ligament in his knee that cost approximately $3,000 at the vet.  The hubby is not racing this year with me because he's going skiing at Whiteface Mountain with our neighbor.  Maybe I should forbid him from going because things happen in 3's.

February 24: Lake Effect Half Marathon
Last year was the inaugural race.  I registered for it, but I couldn't run because of plantar faciitis.  Dan and I are both registered for this one.  I've got to start getting more serious about my training because its coming up fast.

March 2: Tipp Hill Shamrock 4 Mile Run
This one if always fun because of the St. Patrick's Day atmosphere.  Last year we had to rush home for something.  Hopefully this year we can relax and go to the Blarney Stone for a burger.

March 24: Syracuse Half Marathon
This is the inaugural year for this.  The course isn't even mapped out yet, so I'm not sure if I will actually register for it.  But, I will definitely consider it.

March ??: Some Run in Florida
Last year in Florida we ran the Save the Turtles race on the beach.  This year our trip will not coincide with the race, but hopefully we can find another race to run while we are there.

April 28: Vernon Downs Duathlon
I've never done this race, but it seems like it would be something nice to do since I don't have a race planned in April.  It is a 5K run followed by a 20 mile bike followed by another 5K run.  Hmmm....we'll see.

May 5: Mountain Goat 10 Mile Run
Always a local favorite.  Last year I PR'd this race by over 12 minutes.  This year I have to remember not to fly down the hills or I will kill my knees again.  Not smart on my part.

May 11: Fly By Night Duathlon
I've been wanting to do this for a couple of years.  This race is run on the Watkins Glen International race course.  Its a 1.75 mile run followed by a 10.2 mile bike followed by a 1.75 mile run followed by a 10.2 mile bike followed by a 1.75 mile run.  The bike is done on the actual track.  How cool is that?!?!

June 8: Green Lakes Triathlon
Last year I skipped this one because it was a little close to the 70.3.  Definitely want to try it again to see if I can improve on 2010's time.

June 9: Tour de Cure
There are a number of distances available for this.  I'd like to do something in the 30 mile range.

June 23: Syracuse 70.3 Relay-Run Portion
My plan is to do a 70.3 every other year and do a portion of the relay in the off years.  Want to redeem myself on the run course, so I will be the anchor leg on my team.

July 13: Musselman Sprint Triathlon
This one might be tough since the Boilermaker is the next day...but this is a WISH list, right?!?!

July 14: Boilermaker 15K
Since this came only two weeks after the 70.3 this year, I didn't do well.  Slower in 2012 than I was in 2011.  Again, redemption is on my mind.  Plus, there's a spot during the race where I always get dizzy...want to get through it this year without that happening.

July 21: Delta Lake Intermediate Triathlon
This would be my first intermediate distance.  I heard a lot of good things about this race, so I'd like to give it a shot.

July 27: Run to Save the River 10K
I've run the 5K and would like to try the 10K this year.  Last year was the first time they offered that distance.

August 18: Old Forge Triathlon
Another one I haven't tried yet.  Dan would like it since its in Old Forge.

August 24: Willow Bay Run for Women
A fun 5K with the ladies.

August 25: River Rat Triathlon
Didn't do this in 2012 and it was a Du in 2011 because of Hurricane Irene.  Want to do the actual Tri this year.

September 7: ARC Half Marathon
Never did this one, so I'd like to give it a shot

October 6?: Apple Fest Run
October 6: Syracuse Festival of Races
October 6: Wineglass Half Marathon
Lots of races to pick from this day.  Apple Fest would be nice so we could go to the fest after.  Festival of Races is nice because they have the mens and womens run separately so we don't have to worry about a sitter for Alex.  Plus there is a kids fun run after.  Would like to try the Wineglass someday for obvious reasons: WINE!

October 20: Empire State Half Marathon
Will be so happy not to have to stress over coordinating the volunteers this year.  Can actually enjoy it!

November ??: Jingle Bell Run
Fun family run.  That's all you need to say.

November 28: Turkey Trot 5K
Same for this race.

December ??: Its a Wonderful Run
Would like to give this another try...this time with Dan and maybe Alex too.

So, that's about it.  Busy year if I can stay healthy.  The last two years I haven't stayed healthy, so that's a resolution of mine.  Speaking of resolutions, that will be my next blog...better start thinking about what I'm going to list!


Sunday, December 23, 2012

My 2012 Christmas Wish List

Hi folks!  I know I've been a pretty pathetic blogger this year and I discovered this morning how REALLY pathetic I've been.  In 2010, I blogged 55 times.  In 2011, I blogged less than half that amount with 23.  And this year, I have a pathetic amount of 14.  This will be 15.  The first half of this year I was training for my first 70.3 which left me little time to do anything except train.  After that, I became a slug and didn't want to do anything.  Then came Sept and Oct where I was up to my eyeballs in volunteer planning for the Empire State Marathon.  Once that was over, I got into my son's birthday then into the holiday season.

Which brings me to today.  I'm going to try to finish 2012 on a good note to create good momentum for 2013.  Lately it seems like there is a lot of stuff I want and most of it isn't material things.  I don't know if its the chaos of the holiday season, but things seem to be spinning out of control lately and I just need it to calm down.  Hoping once Christmas passes that I will get the calm.  So, here is my Christmas Wish List, material and non-material things:

1. Motivation
Oh, how I've missed my motivation.  I had lots of it leading up to my first 70.3 in June.  Once I finished that race, I knew that the rest of my triathlon season (which only consisted of Iron Girl in August) would be completed on cruise control.  As a result, I had my worst IG finish of the three that I've completed.  It wasn't my "A race" of the season, so I really didn't care too much.  I was a little mad that after all my 70.3 training and investments I made to my bike (purchasing a bike trainer and adding aerobars), that I still couldn't improve my bike time.  (I'll wish for that next!)  I figured once Labor Day hit that I would get motivated again for some fall running races, but it never really happened.  So, please, Santa: light a fire under my a$$ so I will start training again!  I've got a half marathon in February that I need to get training for, so some motivation would be nice!

2. Bike Speed
I love riding my bike, but I hate how slow I am on it.  Besides purchasing a mega-expensive tri bike, I really don't know the answer.  I suppose the bike won't make a difference if my body can't perform.

3. A Sub-30-Minute 5K
This year I achieved my first goal of a Sub-31-Minute 5K / Sub-10-Minute Mile Pace back in April and I matched it in September (don't ask me how because that was during my sluggish period!)  Next on my list is to get a sub-30.  I will be so happy when I see my 5K time start with a "2" instead of a "3."  I know once I get my motivation back and start attending run group on a more regular basis, that I will achieve this.

4. Entry Fees Into My 2013 Races
I would like to do a lot of races this year, but its going to be expensive.  I had a couple things come to mind:

  • 13 half marathons (13.1 miles) in 2013
  • 27 races (any races: running, tris, etc) to honor the 27 Newtown victims (I'm including the mother in this list because she was a victim too)

Regardless if I do these or just race in general, these fees start adding up.  Lately money has been tight, so having these fees taken care of would be awesome!  My next post, which will be between Christmas and New Years, will include my race list for 2013.

5. A Passing Grade on My ACE Personal Trainer Exam
I will be taking this sometime in early February.  I have had very limited time to study, so I'm getting a little nervous.  Don't really want to have to pay extra money to take it again if I don't pass.

6. Tutorials on How to Use Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to Build My Craft Business
I really think I can go places with my crafts, but I need the Internet to do it.  Want to wave a magic wand so I can use these tools more efficiently.

7. Unlimited Money to Spend on Workout Clothes
I hate wearing regular clothes.  Its funny because when I was going to college to become a math teacher back in the late-80s, I actually thought I'd be better suited to become a physical education teacher.  However, I didn't go that route because I didn't want to live in sweat pants and golf shirts for the rest of my life.  If you think about it, that's what all the female PE teachers wore back then, right?  Now I look at all the super-cute workout clothes and that's all I want to wear.  Maybe I should have listened to myself back then and done what my heart wanted rather than been so superficial and worried about my clothes.

8. My Long Hair Back
I cut my hair short back in the spring and I want it back.  I'll get it...just need some time.

9. Adjustable Kettleball
I like the idea of having one item that can adjust rather than multiple weights.  If I can get this, then I can sell our hand weights in a garage sale.

10. Registration Fee for TRX Class at the Y
I took this class during the summer and I LOVED it!  I felt like it did a lot to help me tone.  I registered again for the fall session, but they didn't have enough people to make it run.  Hopefully next session there will be enough.

11. Private Chef/Registered Dietitian
I know what I need to eat most of the time.  In fact, when I go shopping, I make pretty good choices.  I just feel like I don't have time to follow through once I get everything home.

That's about all I can think of for now.  I'm sure there are lots more things I wish I had, but I can't think of them right now.  I supposed I can just consider this a working document that will change over time.

Hope everyone has a great Christmas, New Year, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Festivus, etc...whatever holiday(s) you celebrate, hope they are wonderful!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

I'm Tri-ing...I REALLY Am!

When I originally created this blog, it was mostly to document my journey in triathlon.  Not only was I doing TRIathlons, but I was TRYing to do my best at them.  Today's post, however, is about the fact that I really TRY to do my best at everything: parenting, marriage, work (both work that I NEED to do and WANT to do), life in general, eating healthy, exercising, my crafting, etc.  I always feel like I TRY to do my best, but I don't always succeed.  In my attempt to be my best, I gather lots of information from all over: books, magazines, the internet, etc.  I always seem to be gathering, gathering, gathering...but I never seem to have the time or energy to be DOing these things.  I guess the gathering is the TRYing.

My latest obsession in the area of gathering is Pinterest.  Not quite sure the amount of time I've spent gathering on this site, but I'm sure I've wasted plenty of time.  Below is a list of the boards I have created so far and the number of things I've pinned:

  • Crafty Things I Like (137 pins)
  • Healthy Recipes (60 pins)
  • Fitness (13 pins)
  • Hair and  Makeup (7 pins)
  • Not-So-Healthy Recipes (5 pins)
  • Fun Parenting Stuff (8 pins)
  • Organizing (20 pins)
  • Entertaining (1 pins)
  • Clothes/Outfits I like (45 pins)
  • Motivating Quotes (3 pins)
  • Decorating (2 pins)
  • Funny Stuff (3 pins)
  • Christmas Ideas (3 pins)
Now, when I look at these boards I wonder: When in the hell am I going to have time to do all these crafty things????  When am I going to have time to make all these healthy and not-so-healthy recipes????  And I'm sure these outfits are I look at these ideas when I'm staring at my closet every morning???  Most of these outfits I could do with my current clothes, but instead I just stare and end up throwing on a boring top and pants and head out the door feeling frumpy.

So, why do I bother gathering...or TRYing???  I'm so sick of gathering...I want to be DOing!!!  I'm just so unmotivated.  In a way I wish I could be a stay-at-home mom and do all these cute things.  Anyone want to pay me to be Martha Stewart???  Why is there so much pressure on us moms in today's world to live up to these Martha Stewart standards??  I just want to curl up on a couch and stay there for about a month, but instead, I'm going to issue myself a challenge.

Each week I want to attempt to tackle 3 Pinterest ideas.  That's about one idea every other day.  Can I do it???  Possibly.  And, with the crafty things, I'd really like to challenge myself to accomplish the things where I can use supplies I already have.  I'd really like to use some of these ideas for Christmas presents.  Money is tight, so why not use supplies I've already paid for rather than buying brand new things??  

I'll get back to you in a few days.  For now, I'm off to my boards to see which ones I will tackle first.  

Until then, I'm signing off from the Mommy's Try-ing Do-ing Blog!!!!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

45 is Around the Corner

I turn 45 in 16 days.  Don't know why, but I've decided that my 45th year on Earth is going to be the year I focus on me.  Now you might think that last year was pretty me-focused since I trained for and completed my first 70.3.  But the difference is that I'm going to focus on making my life better.  Yes, I will work toward some goals I've had for years, but by achieving these goals, I hope to make my life better by quitting the wanting and starting the doing.  Here are some things I'm going to accomplish:

1. Healthier Eating
In my profile on this page, I say that I'm a struggling "clean eater."  I've been a big fan of Tosca Reno and her series of Clean Eating books and magazines for a number of years.  I long to live a clean eating lifestyle, but I've struggled A LOT to do it.  I don't eat well.  I eat cookies, ice cream, French fries, pizza, etc.  I WANT to eat much cleaner and I really would like to go the paleo route.  I find it hard to plan healthy meals because I'm so busy all the time.  But, this year, I'm going to make it a priority to plan my meals for the week...ALL my meals!  Not just dinner.  And I'm also going to make it a priority to stay away from the junk.

2. Less On My Plate
I don't mean my dinner plate...I mean my schedule.  I take on too much.  Is there a hole in my life that I think needs to be filled with activities?  Maybe there is a hole, but the last thing I need to do is fill it with more activities.  If you looked at our calendar, you would see that there is hardly a day that is completely empty.  The first thing I'm going to remove is my volunteer position as Volunteer Director of the Empire State Marathon.  I like doing it, but as race day gets closer, my stress level goes through the roof.  And for what?  This is a volunteer position for me...I don't need it.

3. Achieve My Personal Trainer Certification
I have wanted to be a personal trainer for years.  About 10 years ago I bought the "Personal Trainer for Dummies" book.  And when Alex was a baby 7 years ago, I did some research on purchasing a Stroller Strides franchise.  Why has it taken me so long to finally take the plunge?  Who knows.  I guess I was waiting for the "perfect time."  Who am I kidding?  Is there ever a perfect time for anything?  I had a bad day at work back in August, so what did I do?  I marched out to my car, called the American Council for Exercise (ACE), and ordered my study materials.  I got out of my car and noticed a spring in my step as I headed back to my desk.  I think that says it all.

4. Take My Crafting to the Next Level
I'm doing OK with my headband sales, but I want to do more.  I want to learn more craft techniques and make sporty themed versions of those crafts.  I've got my Etsy account set up, but I need to get things up on it to sell.  My friend Karen C is selling things successfully on Etsy...I think I need to hang with her more.

5. Lose Weight
Goal #1 will help me achieve this.  I still want to do triathlons, but I'm not going to revolve my training on triathlons.  I'm going to revolve my training on getting more fit and tone.  I'd like to lose 20 pounds and keep it off.  This endless cycle of my weight going up and down is getting old.  I'm not getting any younger, so this whole weight loss thing is not going to get easier.

So, my birthday and the marathon are on October 21.  The official start of my changes will be October 22.  I'm looking forward to the Year of Me!  Bring on 45!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Let me fill you in on my eating today:

Breakfast: Yesterday I made a big batch of scrambled eggs (whole eggs and some liquid egg whites) plus some chopped up low fat deli ham.  I made enough to eat yesterday and then heat the rest today.  I haven't been eating great lately, so I wanted to try to get through one day...JUST ONE DAY...of eating better.

Probably 15 min after finishing breakfast, I ate a brownie.  REALLY????  I couldn't even get past breakfast before eating like crap???

Lunch: I did OK here.  Went to the food truck and ordered chicken salad.  Problem was they served it on a home made roll that was so rich that it tasted like it was made with 10 lb of butter.  Oh, then I had chips with it...real potato chips, not any of that low fat stuff.  And a diet Pepsi...because that cancels the calories, right???  Alright, I guess I didn't do "OK here."  :(

Right after lunch I wanted to go into our work kitchen and get an ice cream sandwich out of the freezer.  A co-worker was "nice" and brought in a huge box for everyone.  I think I've had one every day since he brought them in.

All the way home I craved some Cape Cod reduced fat (hey, they're good for me because they're reduced fat, right???) and some roasted red pepper dip.  Got home and inhaled much that my stomach ached when I was done.  The only thing that stopped me was that I had to go to the bus stop to get Alex.

So now we're sitting at dinner.  We're eating leftovers: roasted pork loin, grilled sirloin, and grilled zucchini.  Dan and I are talking with Alex about his eating.  Alex tells us that even after eating breakfast at home, he usually goes to the cafeteria at school and has another breakfast...or 2nd breakfast for you Hobbitt fans!  He says he eats it because he's still hungry after our breakfast.  We tell him that we give him plenty and that we don't want him to get fat.  Alex stands up and says something like, "I'm not fat look at me!"  (He's right...he's not fat.  But I don't want him to get fat eventually because both Dan and I struggled with weight as kids.)

Then he drops the bomb:  "Now you, on the other hand..."  (Which is being directed at me.)

Dan immediately gets mad and comes to my defense telling Alex that what he said was hurtful and to apologize.  I just sat there kind of quiet.  He's right.

He's not right to the point that I need to go on Biggest Loser or anything.  But he definitely has a point.  Neither of them know what I went through eating-wise today.  But looking back, I'm disgusted with myself.  Something's got to change.  I know what to do, but I don't do it.


I felt like crap after eating the AM brownie, the ice cream sandwich, the chips and dip, and oh yeah, I had another brownie after dinner.  I seem to have amnesia and quickly forget the crappy feeling I get after eating like this and I do it over and over and over again.


Something's go to give.  Maybe the brutal honesty from my 7-year old will help.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Race Plan is Set

I'm the type of person who needs everything mapped out for them.  Because of this, I've been nervous about my nutrition/fueling for the upcoming 70.3.  I don't have a clue how much food and sport drink I should have, when I should have it, the type of food and sport drink I should have, etc.  So, I put a call out to Coach Kelly to tell me exactly what to do.  She did this last year for the Iron Girl race and it worked perfectly.

So, on Thursday we met at the local Panera Bread to discuss the plan.  I brought with me things I've been eating and drinking on my rides and runs and she was able to look at the number of calories in each and decide how much to take.  She also mapped out the times I would eat things.  This is exactly what I needed!!!

This weekend I put the plan to the test.  On Saturday, I went on my long run and I did it on my home treadmill.  The plan is to use what is provided on the course and not bring anything from home.  Although I won't do this on the actual race, I walked for the first 10 minutes for a warm up.  (Race day I will have been on the bike for about 4 hours so I will be PLENTY warmed up!)  I then ran for about a mile.  Since the course will have aid stations at about every mile, I pretended that I was at the first aid station and started walking at this point.  I drank some sport drink (I had Gatorade yesterday, but the course will have something different which I still need to practice with), water, and some GU Chomps.  I made sure to walk at least 1 minute then started running again.  I continued to run a mile to the next "aid station" then walk while fueling.

Coach Kelly also made the plan for me to have a gel at about the 1 hour mark.  I've wanted to try gels, but have been nervous that I wouldn't like the texture and/or taste.  The first one I tried was called something like Jet Blackberry...I gagged!  I thought good God this isn't going to be fun!  I then tried Vanilla which was a little more tolerable.  I visited Syracuse Bicycle today and picked up three more flavors to try: Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and some Lemon flavor.  Hoping I can find a flavor that they'll actually have on course.  Otherwise, I'll have to carry it.  Not a huge problem, but it is one more thing to think about.

The plan went well except for having some tummy troubles this morning.  I suppose if I was a stomach and had all that weird stuff ingested into me that I wouldn't be happy the day after either!  Oh well!

Today I practiced the bike plan.  I got up two hours early so I could eat my race day breakfast.  On race day I'll have a swim before my bike, but this was close enough I suppose.  The bike plan is to drink a bottle of sport drink every hour and to eat either an entire Honey Stinger Waffle or 1/2 a Power Bar each hour.  I purchased a Bento Box yesterday, so I had my stash of goodies easily accessible and two sport drink bottles ready.

Problem was that I only had 2 bottles and was riding 4 hours.  On race day I will ditch my empty bottles for full bottles at aid stations, but I didn't have that luxury today.  I did good today with food, but had to cut my ride short and head home to finish on the trainer so I could fill my bottles back up.  Otherwise, I think I'll be OK race day.

So, I'm happy to say I'm confident that my hydration and nutrition plan will work on race day.  Looking forward to having the race over so I can go back to training for sprint races which are much less stressful.  Two weeks from now I will be a happy girl!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Countdown: 3 Weeks To Go

Three weeks from right now I will be in my bed trying desperately to get to sleep. Yeah, like I'm going to sleep the day before my first 70.3. I haven't been able to sleep the last two Iron GIRL's, so how the heck am I going to sleep for a Half IronMAN???

The race is starting to get very real. A week or two ago, they posted the cap colors and swim start times. I'm happy to report after getting green caps for two years in a row at Iron Girl (Seriously?!?! Don't they keep track of these things?!?! This is like a souvenir. Would I buy the same exact shirt two years in a row if I vacationed at the same location??? NO!!!! So, why would I want the same color swim cap???), I will be wearing a yellow swim cap. And my swim wave starts at 7:15 AM. Nervous to go off so early, but glad to just get it going and it will give me some extra time to play with. Tonight I found out my race number: #326.

I even started checking out my competition. Looks like there are 36 in my age group, including myself. And I'll be the young one in the group since they bumped me up to the 45-49 age group because I turn 45 this calendar year. I also checked out last year's results for my age group to see what the times were like and to see if anyone was returning. It looks like 5 are returning from the 45-49 AG from last year and 2 are returning from the 40-44 AG. I don't know why I checked them I'm actually going to give them competition??? Yeah right! I guess I just want to know if I'm going to make a fool of myself or if I can hold my own with these ladies. According to educated guesses on my times, I should finish in the bottom quarter. But, I can live with that! As long as I finish!

This week has been a bad one for training. Monday afternoon I started feeling achy and my throat started feeling sore. It got worse Tuesday and Wednesday and I ended up staying home from work on Thursday and Friday. I feared strep throat, but the rapid test on Friday came back negative. There's always a chance the second test could come back positive, but since I'm feeling a little better now, I think I'll recover on my own. Because of this, I've done no training since Wednesday morning. Today I went out for a long run (1.5 hours) and did OK. Both of my knees are now feeling sore, so I have to find a solution to this problem and fast! It's getting late and I have a 3.5 hour bike ride to do tomorrow.

Think I'll take the printout of last years 45-49 AG results and look them over in bed. Might be just the right kind of reading material I need to make me sleepy. That or it will get me thinking too much and I'll lie in bed awake all night...just like I'll be doing 3 weeks from right now.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Florida: In More Detail

So, the camera is still not working, but I was able to take out the memory card, put it in someone else's camera, and then download them onto my flash drive. So that's problem #1 solved, now to fix problem #2, the camera itself.

In the meantime, I will share lots of pics from a fun and busy Florida trip:

My in-law's neighbor has a grapefruit tree in her backyard, so we were able to eat lots of them. We were lucky to get the last of this year's crop

This same neighbor had a nasty armadillo digging under her house. He was trapped the second day we were there and was carted off to the wild somewhere. She had a huge hole dug on the side of her house. Now she is hoping there are no other armadillo family members residing there. Time will tell I guess.

My in-laws have beautiful landscaping. In fact, they were voted best landscaping in their retirement community a couple years back. Here is a beautiful Bird of Paradise they have in the front of their house. Really looks like a bird, doesn't it?

Here is Alex just before we were heading to the beach for the first time. He's getting way too big!

We got Alex a boogie board to use at the beach. The first two days we were there the waves were huge, especially the second day. He had a great time using it.

On Saturday, the hubby and I ran a 5K and Alex ran a 1 mile fun run. Alex's race started at 7:30, so we had to get up pretty early to get there. This is the sun coming up behind the house across the street from my in-laws.

They had a couple characters at the race for the kids. Here is Alex and Shelly.

And here is Alex and Sharkey.

The one mile fun run started a half hour before our 5K. I thought it would be a good way to warm up a little, but Alex insisted on doing it himself. Here he is passing us at the start of the race.

And here he is finishing strong.

Alex crossed the finish line in about 14 minutes. Not lightning fast, but who cares!

Everyone who finished the one mile fun run got a finishers ribbon. Not sure if you can tell, but the shirt he has on changes colors in the sunlight. Coolest shirts ever!

As for me, I had a great run. I said Alex wasn't lightning fast, but I'm not either. I usually run 5K's at a pace between a 10:00 mile and a 10:30 mile. I've been wanting to get under 10:00 for over a year. And for this race, I did it! Barely! I finished in 30:58 for a 9:59 pace. Talk about close! But, again, who cares?!?! I did it! As I was approaching the finish line, I saw on my watch that I had about 20 seconds before hitting 31:00. I ran as fast as I could ignoring poor Alex as he was cheering for me. But that extra push at the end helped me reach my goal. It almost made me vomit after crossing, but...who cares?!?!

Not only that, but I finished in the top half of my age group. I've NEVER done that for a running race. Triathlon, yes! Running, no!

I think the thing that made me faster were my cool Easter socks. I got lots of compliments on them. It was the socks or my cool Team Tough Chick top that I wore for the first time.

And here we have Alex, AKA "Joe Cool" on the pier at Sharkey's Beach. We had fun watching the fishermen and birds.

Can't remember what kind of bird this is, but it was fun watching him try to steal everyone's bait. As you can see here, he did luck out and stole someone's shrimp.

I was planning on taking some spin classes at the Venice YMCA, but I forgot my ID at home, so I borrowed my mother-in-law's bike. Looks lightning fast, doesn't it???? Tough to get in the aero position on this thing! LOL!

Here's Alex again with his boogie board. He had so much fun with it!

We were in Florida on Easter. Here is my handsome boy before dinner.

Although my mother-in-law's bike was available, I opted to rent a bike and hit the local Rail Trail. Here is a picture of it along the Intercoastal Waterway. While riding I saw two creepy black snakes...yuck!!!!

The trail, called the Legacy Trail, passes by the old Venice Trail Depot. This is the same depot where Ringling Brothers loaded their animals to take their circus around the country years ago.

Here is one of the old railroad crossings.

Someone got smart and opened a general store right next to the trail. Love this cute sculpture!

This is the bike shop where I rented my bike: Real Bikes of Venice. Next time I want to rent the bike for the whole week instead of just one day. They have group rides all throughout the week that I can join.

One night we went out to dinner I had a Longboard Island Lager from the Kona Brewing Company. Can't go wrong getting a beer brewed where the Ironman World Championships are held, right?

I love going to see the sunset over the Gulf and I especially love it with my favorite 7-year old!

This picture I call "Son Set" with Alex trying to hold it in his hand.

Have to admit we went out for ice cream twice. Alex had ice cream called "Super Hero" and it was the brightest combo of yellow, red, and blue. Here he's showing off his bright yellow tongue.

I know all of you are probably wondering why I gave up my mother-in-laws sweet ride for a rental. Here is the Specialized Dolce I got to ride twice.

So, that's my trip in a nutshell. As I sit at home with temps in the 50s I'm wishing I were back there where it was warm and in the 80s. Some of us are planning on a bike ride this weekend on the Syracuse 70.3 course and temps will be in the 60s...brrrrrr!!!!!!! Summer, PLEASE come quickly!!!!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I Need to Move to Florida!

I was really hoping to post a ton of pictures from our family Florida trip here, but something is wrong with my camera. I brought it on my almost-2-hour bike ride yesterday and about 2/3 through the ride, I turned it on to take a picture of a cool metal sculpture of a cyclist and it died on me. I was hoping it was the battery, but no such luck. I've been charging it all afternoon and it won't turn back on. Luckily I have a lot of pictures on the memory card, I just have to figure out how to get it from the card onto my computer.

In the meantime, I'll write a short summary with more details to come. We spent a lot of time at the beach and I spent some time training. Here's a bulleted list:

*Wednesday, April 4: Went to Y run group at 9:30 AM and was on the plane heading to FL by 1:15. Delayed flight and trouble finding a restaurant for dinner put me in bed late

*Thursday, April 5: Decided to take the day off from training since we had such a long day Wednesday. Went to the beach and had dinner at the house.

*Friday, April 6: Went for a run at my in-laws resort community before heading back to the beach. Leftovers and some sushi for dinner.

*Saturday, April 7: Up at the crack of dawn to head to Siesta Key Beach (rated #1 in the US) for a 5K. Not only did I PR, but I had my first sub 10-min mile in a race AND I placed in the top half of my age-group. Celebrated with some more beach time...this time at a different beach to search for shark's teeth.

*Sunday, April 8: Happy Easter! Because I took Thursday off, I decided to use my in-laws bike. Once I get my pictures up, you will get a good laugh at what I rode! A little more time at the beach.

*Monday, April 9: Was going to go to the local Y for a spin class, but then I realized I left my ID back at home in Syracuse. So, I decided to rent a road bike and hit a nearby Rail Trail for about an hour. It was a great ride...except for the creepy black snake!

*Tuesday, April 10: Still had the bike until the afternoon, so went out for another ride, this time for almost 2 hours. Again, a great ride...except for another creepy black snake! Next time, I'm renting the bike for the whole week...the bike shop was great and also nearby to not only my in-laws, but also the Rail Trail.

Well, that's it for now. Hopefully I can go into more detail when I get some pics up. Took a lot on the bike ride and at the 5K that I definitely want to put up here.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

11 Things...

It looks like I have been tagged in Coach Kelly's blog to do the 11 Things post. I will do most of the required things (1-3)...not going to tag anyone else right now, but if I find time in the future, I'll do it. So, here goes!

1. Post these rules
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself
3. Answer the questions set for you in their post
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer
5. Go to their blog and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. No stuff in the tagging section about you are tagged if you are reading this. You legitimately have to tag 11 people!

11 Random Things about me:

1) I LOVE sports! I have had a few career paths in my life and all have had a sports twist. Originally I went to nursing school, but eventually I saw myself doing something with it in sports medicine. Then I went to school for teaching and I knew that I would coach on the side. A few years ago I decided that I would go for it when SUNY Cortland launched their Graduate program in Sport Management. Since I want to stay local, its been difficult to work in my field, but I know someday I will make it work.

2) In 2000 I decided to travel to California to drive the coast in a convertible. My cousin started the trip with me in San Diego where we made a side trip to Tijuana (wouldn't make that side trip today!). We then drove to LA where my uncle and cousin lived. We went to the Tonight Show while we were there! Then it was off to San Francisco for a few days. My cousin then went home and my mom joined me. She and I headed North to where my brother was going to school and we were able to attend his graduation. I was about 1/2 hour shy of driving the entire coast. It was an awesome trip and want to do it again someday.

3) I'm fascinated by genealogy. After watching an episode of "Who Do You Think You Are" a few months ago, I signed up for a free trial on That night I was on the website for HOURS because it was so addicting. I've heard that I'm related to Ulysses S. Grant, but still haven't figured out how. I did discover that night that some of my relatives escaped from the Salem Witch comments please!

4) I'm a "gear head" and love motor sports. I think I get it from my maternal grandfather. While going to school for sport management, I volunteered at Watkins Glen International for races including a couple of NASCAR and IndyCar races. The first NASCAR race I volunteered for, I got to stand next to the rail on turn one of the track and sometimes had 43 stock cars racing at over 100 mph just a few yards away from me.

5) I love Mexican food.

6) I consider our son Alex a miracle baby. After trying to get pregnant for a year, my husband and I started going through all sorts of tests and, long story short, we got pregnant without any help. A couple years later, we started trying for baby #2. But, after four years of trying and medical intervention, we never did have a second child. No one ever did find out why we couldn't conceive again. We have decided that we will have to love Alex twice as much.

7) When I was in my 20s I was asked to interview for a job in NYC with Merv Griffin Enterprises. I sometimes wonder where I would be now if I had worked there.

8) My husband and I almost bought my grandparents house in Saranac Lake. We were going to turn it into a B&B. I sometimes regret not buying it now that I know of the housing shortage during the Lake Placid IM. Then again, if we had bought it I may never have gotten into triathlon.

9) I love being by water. I was house shopping during the run portion of my first Iron Girl. There were a few houses with For Sale signs on them on the course and I was picturing living there and being able to do open water swims whenever I wanted. I'm still convinced that I will have a lakeside home someday.

10) Dan and I did the whole engagement thing a little backwards. We were talking about getting married and I really wanted an October wedding. I knew dates were hard to come by at my parents church so I was nervous we wouldn't get an October date. We found the perfect date, a day right during fall foliage peak in CNY, so we booked the church before I had a ring. Once I had the ring, we then told our families.

11) Before triathlon, my sport obsession was volleyball. When I was in my 20s, I would play 5 days a week in leagues and on a USA Volleyball club team. I loved that during the summer you could play on the beach and then head indoors during the winter. My friends and I would make an annual pilgrimage to Belmar, NJ to watch the pro beach volleyball tour. In 2000 my USA club team went to Nationals in Columbus, OH and it was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had.

Here are the questions that Coach Kelly asked me:

1) What is the thing in your life you are most proud of? My favorite 7-year old, Alex.

2) What is your biggest regret? I regret that I wasn't more outgoing when I was younger. Compared to my friends, I was so shy and awkward. In my adult life I have really come out of my shell and looking back I wish I had taken chances like I do now.

3) If you had to eat just one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Not sure I could pick just one. Maybe French fries?

4) Do you give up things for Lent? If so, what are you giving up this year and why? Yes, but I'm not always good at it. At my day job, we have a lot of events with food, mostly bagels, muffins, pizza, and things that aren't necessarily healthy. We are allowed to eat the leftovers, so for Lent, I gave up grazing on these foods. I think the "why" question is self-explanatory!

5) What is your perfect evening? Hanging out with friends and/or family, the kids are off playing having a great time and the adults are gathered socializing with some good food and wine. During the winter, this night would be at someone's house hanging by a fire place. During the summer, it would be by the shore of a body of water.

6) Do you have siblings? If so, do you buy into the whole birth order thing? I have a brother who is almost 8 years younger than me...and YES the whole birth order thing is real!!!

7) What is your favorite thing to cook? I'm definitely more of a baker because I'm more scientific and detailed which is what baking is. Cooking is more of an art and you can "wing it" more. Lately I've really started using my Crock Pot, so as long as I can take 5 minutes to prep and flip the switch, I'll say that I like to cook it!

8) In what kind of social situation do you feel most comfortable? Anywhere where there are people who like to talk about sports and/or being active. Even when I'm in one of those awkward situations (see #9 below), if I can find someone there who shares some of my hobbies, I will talk to them forever.

9) In what kind of social situation do you feel most awkward? Social events at my work. We have a lot of receptions with top level people at manufacturing companies and the talk is mostly about work, politics, etc...things that I don't "get" or really care about.

10) If you could go back to college, would you? Absolutely! I love learning!

11) What quality do you possess that makes you a good friend? I'm a good listener. I don't give advice much, but if a friends just wants someone to listen, I'm there.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Race that Never Was

A couple months ago, I registered for the Inaugural Lake Effect Half Marathon. I figured it would be a good way to keep me motivated through the winter. When I don't have a big race to prepare for, I tend to lose my focus, so this was a perfect race at the perfect time.

Problem is, I was also suffering with some foot pain. I decided I could run through it and treat it myself without going to a doctor. I was wrong.

About a month ago, I went to the podiatrist that works with my family doctor...he's the same one I went to for my stress fracture about a year ago. He agreed with my self diagnosis of plantar faciitis. He prescribed me physical therapy which I started a few days later.

I told the PT that I was registered for the half marathon and would LIKE to run it, but my heart wasn't set on it. The good thing was the race was local and was fairly inexpensive (only $35) so it's not like I had a lot financially invested in it. He told me if I wanted to run it, that he could get me taped up and I would be at 90%. I said I would think about it.

Knowing me, if there's a stop watch and a finish line involved, I will continue until the finish line is crossed regardless of how bad I'm feeling. On the other hand, if I'm just out for a training run and I'm feeling like crap, I will stop if I'm not feeling right. Coach Kelly said we could use the race as a training run and do it as a walk/run. I did consider it, but decided to bag the race knowing that I could make my foot worse. With the 70.3 only 4 months away, I knew I didn't need to make things worse.

Yesterday I picked up my packet with my bib and running gloves which were given to the runners instead of a shirt. Note to the race director, the gloves are nice...for my husband. They are way too big and I can't wear them. Next year, please get shirts where people can choose their size and aren't stuck with something that is one size fits, one size fits SOME!

I have to say, the bibs are beautiful. A little small, but they rock. I love that we could personalize them with whatever we wanted it we registered before the early deadline.

Up until the time I picked up my packet, I really wasn't too upset about missing the race. Once I picked it up, that's when I started getting sad. At the check in table, they had a lot of shirts and stickers for sale and I wanted to shop, but since I wasn't running, I took my bag and got out of there as quickly as possible. A sinking feeling hit my stomach knowing I wouldn't be out there competing.

Today's weather was probably some of the worst this winter. We've been pretty lucky with one of the mildest winters on record. But this morning, the Lake Effect Half Marathon earned its name. Yeah it would have been nice running it unseasonably warm weather, but I was especially bummed I couldn't run in the snow. Mary M and I ran in plenty of snow storms last winter, so this would have been a piece of cake. Believe it or not, I was more bummed about not running because of the heavy snow.

Seeing Facebook posts from friends who ran also made it tough. Don't get me wrong, I love that they ran and did great, but I really wanted to be one of those people making the post-race posts. But, if I have to give up a post-race post, I will give up this one over the Syracuse 70.3 post-race post. I have to keep that big picture in mind and move on.

So, that's about it for my pouting. I will move on, get my foot healthy, and get ready for bigger and better things. And I will put this race on my calendar for 2013 because it looks really cool...and hopefully next February it will snow, I will run, and I will conquer 13.1!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Head Band Mania!!!!

I've blogged on occasion my desire to get a craft business up and running. I've done craft shows with my mom the last few years, but I really want to step it up a notch. This includes selling my items on Etsy or my own website. My goal is to get my Etsy account up and running in the next couple months.

One of my best places to sell is to all my YMCA peeps. They have been big fans of my wine glass coasters, Christmas ornaments, and triathlon wine charms. And they are also fans of my new items which are no-slip headbands. I have to admit that they are pretty similar to another well known headband that will remain nameless, but the design is so simple that I had to give them a try. They were easy to make and I love wearing them myself.

So, here I'm going to post pictures of the patterns I'm currently working on. If anyone wants one, let me know. Most of the ones I have are 1 1/2 inches wide, but I do have one that is 1 inch wide (the basketball print). Right now I make ones for adults, but I'm going to make some smaller ones for girls. I just have to borrow a few little girls so I can measure their heads and see how small I need to make them. Here are the prices I'm going to charge:

Adult wide: $12.00
Adult narrow: $10.00

Youth wide: $10.00
Youth narrow: $8.00

Right now I'm just going to sell to my local peeps, but once I'm up and running on Etsy or elsewhere, I'll let you know.


Something for my Tough Chiks

White with Polka Dots to Match Our Jerseys

Purple with Flowers to Match Our Jerseys

And Some CNY Triathlon Club Love

Orange with Green Polka Dots

Green with Orange Polka Dots

Animal Print




Polka Dots

White with Rainbow

Red with White

Navy with White

Miscellaneous Prints

White with Yellow and Pink Flowers

Solid Black

Rainbow Paisley

Crazy Rainbow

Tie Dye

Green and Black Plaid

Something for Valentines Day