Beach Running

Monday, July 29, 2013

This morning it was cool and overcast.  Unfortunately it didn’t seem like it was going to be a great beach day, but it was the perfect day for a run.  Sunday is supposed to be my rest day, but since I’m still in the first week of my training, my long run was only 3 miles the day before.  I have to say this was one of the best runs I’ve had in a long time.  It should have been an easy run but the beautiful sea breeze motivated me to push myself a little more than usual.  I didn’t realize until I hit the turn around point that the first half of the run was gradually up hill.  There’s nothing better than making the second half of your run all down hill!  I finished the three miles in 29:59 minutes.  I know doing 10 minute miles isn’t exciting for most, but comparing that to the early days of my last training cycle where I was averaging around a 12 minute mile for the same distance, I couldn’t be more happy! 

I Have Forgotten How To Relax

Sunday, July 28, 2013

I’ve made it to the beach!  This is the first time since I started at my job last September that I’ve taken a full week off of work.  The forecast looks perfect and I couldn’t be more excited to be here.

I have, however, realized that I’ve almost completely forgotten how to relax.  As soon as I got unpacked I started thinking of all the things I should do.  Catch up on writing blog posts, catch up on the 500 blog posts I haven’t read, read my book, write my script, get down to the beach, eat all the junk food in the cottage.  Those are all great things that I’m looking forward to this week but what I’m forgetting to do is to do nothing at all.  I can take a nap if I want to.  I can watch whatever is on tv just because.  I can sit on the porch and smell the salt air.  

I’m sure tomorrow I’ll wake up and be as relaxed as ever but right now my mind is still racing as if it’s just a regular weekend. 

LoziLu Mud Run

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Let me start by saying, if this run comes to a town near you, go out and do it!  It is a women’s only mud/fun run.  Myself and my girlfriends all signed up as soon as we heard about the race.  We spent Friday night decorating t-shirts, eating spaghetti, and watching a few movies (Pitch Perfect and Magic Mike).  We were signed up for an early wave of the race so it was a fairly early night for all of us.

The check in process and bag check were a piece of cake.  We were all amazed at how much more calm and organized an all women’s event is compared to others.

After a quick group warm up we were off!  The race was a 5k, weaving through the fields of a farm and along the Merrimack River.  Some of the obstacles we hit were tires, wall climbing, several mud pits, and a massive blow up slide that (of course) ended in a pool of muddy water. 

I’m glad we chose to do an early wave because the sun was hot beating down on us.  Luckily we had the regular doses of muddy water to cool us off. 

At the finish there were dozen of hoses to clean off at the end and a changing room for us to get out of our mud soaked clothes. 

Overall it was a lot of fun and I would definitely recommend it to everyone!

(I'm posting this from my phone right so check back later for when I add some amazing pictures!)

Up Next: B.A.A. Half Marathon

Friday, July 26, 2013

When I started thinking about my next half marathon I was torn between half a dozen different races.  Then I got an email from Dana-Farber and it seemed to make the decision for me.

The race is October 13, 2013 in Boston, MA.  I will be running for the Dana-Farber/Jimmy Fund team.  My goal is to raise $500 for the charity. (If you’re interested in donating, go here!)

Aside from the amazing work that this charity does, one of the best parts about running for the team is that we get a training plan designed by Jack Fultz who actually WON the 1976 Boston Marathon!  This training plan is a little more detailed than my previous one, but I think adding in cross training and more timed runs is important for me this time around.

I started the training plan on July 22 and it will run for 12 weeks. Knowing that it’s physically possibly for me to complete a half marathon, I’m excited to see how much I can push myself to improve my performance.  I still haven’t set that goal yet but I think I’ll come up with a number in the next week. 

Check back regularly if you want to follow my training!

10. Go Skydiving Again

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I just searched my blog for a recap of the first time I went skydiving but it looks like I never did one!  In summary: I loved it.  The moment my feet touched the ground I started thinking about when I would get to do it again.

When I saw a Groupon for the same skydiving place on Christmas morning last year I knew it was a sign and I quickly bought it for myself as a present.  None of my friends wanted to join but I was completely fine going alone.

Then my sister decided that for her birthday she wanted to go skydiving and lo and behold there was another Groupon the next day!

When my other sister found out we were both going she decided she wanted in, too. I was a little worried about this one.  At almost 23 years old she is still afraid to go into our basement alone because of the "nuns" that live down there... don't ask where the nuns came from... for some reason we convinced ourselves as kids that they were there.

After a couple of reschedules due to weather we finally got to jump on July 5th. It was about 95 degrees out but I figured, what better way to cool down than to hurtle yourself through the sky?

Other than the heat it really was the perfect day to do this.

After a short training/warning video we met our instructors, suited up, and squished into a plane that could make tighter turns than my own car.

I don't know if people believed me when I said this after the first time, but I really wasn't nervous.  Sure there's a pretty high risk of death, but it would probably be quick and painless. I think what it really is, is that my body doesn't understand that adrenaline often signifies fear and it just reads it as pure excitement instead.  I'm not going to argue with it.

Anyway, the climb up in the plane was long and hot and I literally had a man sitting on my lap, but the jump was exhilarating. We were jumping from 10,500 feet.  I forget how long we were in free fall for but once the parachute opened we glided around for a few minutes.  It was so clear out that day that we could look to the horizon and see Boston and then spin around to see the mountains of New Hampshire. I really can't think of anything to compare the feeling to but I think it is something everyone should experience at one point in their lives.

Get Busy Living

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How on earth has it been over a month since my last post!?  I'm sure most of you know the feeling of being too busy living life to document it.  This, of course, is great... but I keep a blog to remember all of the wonderful moments and memories of my life.  There has been so much going on lately but I still want to write it all down so you'll have to bear with me while I play catch up (and hopefully don't fall behind again!).

So stay tune for some of the following:
- My New Job
- My (Wonderful) New Apartment
- My New TV (is it bad to devote a post to a tv?)
- Jumping Out of A Plane (again)
- Camping With The Friends
- Camping With The Cousins
- A Bout of Shingles (apparently I'm a 65 year old unhealthy woman...)
- A 25 in 25 Update
- The Start of My Half Marathon Training
- The LoziLu Mud Run (which hasn't happened yet but by the time I get to that post it will have happened)

And because I don't have any good closing remarks... here is an adorable picture of my niece saying goodbye!