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!!!!!