June in Review

We made it! We are moved and settled in (just in time to potentially move again in Sept, but this time to a place closer to our work places. We’re done moving from state to state).

14 Hours, 8 States, 8 Potty Breaks (ZERO Accidents from the Small Human!) and we’re finally moved back to MD.

I had signed up for the Baltimore Women’s Classic which was June 22. I hadn’t really trained for it but I was hoping for the best since it was *only* a 5K. Word of advice: Don’t ever say *only* a anything. A race is a race is a race and should be respected as one.

4,000 women running through the streets of Baltimore. I’m sure it was a sight to behold.

Nailed It!

Nailed It!

There was a difference in the official time clock and my Nike +, probably because my GPS wasn’t digging the scenery but overall, I still PR’ed. Official time was 32:51:10 with a chip time of 10:36/per mile. This was my fastest 5K ever

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The course was absolutely gorgeous, which surprised me. Of course it had a damn U-Turn in it. All of the streets in Baltimore and you have to put a U-Turn into every single race?! Try again. But Charm City Run headed this race up and I have to say, they did a great job. The atomsphere was fantastic.

Race Completed

Race Completed

E’s bithday just passed and that gave us some time off (we’ve both been incredibly busy with work and school (me), and the Small Human). I think I blocked out forgotten how Mayland really was. The traffic, the people, the over-crowdedness of it all — but I definitely forgot the scenery after a horrendous downpour until MIL and I walked out of the craft store and saw this:

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And of course, the 4th of July:

'MURICA

‘MURICA

The Parade (she was happier than she looks)

The Parade (she was happier than she looks)

@ the Fireworks

@ the Fireworks

When I was leaving Maine, a friend of mine told me about these things called “Virtual Runs”. I had zero idea what they were so I looked them up. I found out, you get medals for doing these, plus the money goes to charity. DOUBLE BONUS! I found one that has a medal that is so dang cute, I had to sign up.

Who wouldn't want this?!

Who wouldn’t want this?!

The proceeds go to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. A lot of folks (those runners who would rather use their mortgage payment to pay a race entry fee rather than their mortage BAER) don’t see these as “real races” because they aren’t sanctioned, you don’t run for time, etc. Well poop on them. I don’t mind it and I find that I push myself to better my time. I signed up for the 10K (which, really, the only difference is my bib says 10K on it, whereas others says 5K or Half Marathon) and I ran it this past Saturday AM.

Peace and Love 10K

Peace and Love 10K

Let me tell you about running MD for a minute. If the cars don’t kill you during the run, the humidity will continue to try. It was ridiculously hot and sweaty but I bested my previous 10K time by almost 5 mins. (Previous time 1:19:22) (NOTE: the HRM time was after a cool down, the actual time is what Nike is statin in the upper left hand block)

Next up – The Charles St 12 Miler which, you guessed it, we run 12 miles down Charles St. This should make the patrons of Baltimore City non too happy. (What else is news).

And another new revelation:

This is happening...

This is happening…

Not only am I really hoping I don’t die but I’m really REALLY hoping I don’t die in front of a bunch of Marines. Now I need to find an extremely obnoxious CG shirt to wear for this race 😛

I used to have a blog

So I used to have a blog. I used to post. I used to be all into this online journal bit.

Yea…. about that….

I think I was supposed to blog once a day in Feb, that clearly didn’t happen. I was also supposed to be losing weight. That hasn’t happened either. I’ve had a lot going on.

My willpower is shot to shit. Seriously, I need a swift kick in the ass. I’ve been able to run outside which is a plus (since, you know, we live in the tundra and it’s muddy and icy all the freaking time!)

Pretty much

Pretty much

 

I survived though.

Speaking of surviving —

Race The Runways 2014

Race The Runways 2014

M, J, and I ran the Race The Runways 2014 at Brunswick Air Field. It wasn’t terrible. Well, it wasn’t awful considering I had virtually no training. I managed to eek out a PR by a minute LOL my original Half time was 3:00:24. Race The Runways, I came in at 2:59:17. That’s a huge deal f0r me.

Next up — the Mariner Mother’s Day 5K through town and after that, the Baltimore Women’s Classic.

While we’re talking about Baltimore, I got orders! We’re heading back to Baltimore for 4 yrs. Early transfer out of this joint. Not by choice but I can’t complain because with this transfer comes the news that I’m making E6. 9 years in the making and I cannot wait! I’m not overly excited about going back to Baltimore because E and I wanted to travel some more but the money will make up for the lack of movement.

Going back to Baltimore also brings the opportunity for more races. Baltimore Women’s Classic 5K, the Charles Street 12 Miler, the Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon, and the inaugural running of the Across The Bay 10K. Out of 20,000 runners, I was lucky enough to be quick enough to register because it sold out. Of those 6.2 miles, 4.35 miles of them will be across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, 181 feet in the air. I’m so excited!!

I’m going to attempt to keep up with this a little more, now that we’re moving but I can’t make any promises…

The {weight} saga 2014 – Jan

Jan Recap:
Miles ran: 46.74 mi
Weight lost: 0 (UGH!)

I found out I had pneumonia in the first week of January and that took me out of the running scene. I knew I wanted to start training for the Half Marathon and needed to do it soon but the doc said “No. Absolutely no running”. After a week on prednisone, he gave me the go ahead to run but I had to keep my heart rate under 150. Have you ever had to pay that much attention to your HRM while running?

It’s pretty freakin hard. (that’s what she said). But surprisingly, some of my best runs, calorie burning wise, was during those runs.  I’ve since been cleared, after two doses of prednisone. The Black Lung is gone, thank goodness. The shoulder pain remains but I’m trying to take it easy.

I’ve decided Feb is going to be a “No Eating Out” Challenge month for the Coastie house. I want to challenge myself to make 28 different dinners. Sort of a “Julie & Julia” thing except not as in depth.

Weigh ins, for work, are coming up quickly. I’m determined to make weight via the scale. I only have 6 lbs to go but these 6 lbs are kicking my ass. It doesn’t help that I’ve been in true fat girl mode recently and have been needing to eat all of the food. I need to kick this habit, ASAP.

I ran my 6m long run today and shocked myself to PR my 10K time! I was pretty stoked. I’m hoping to be able to shave a few solid minutes off my Lobster Fest time. Fortunately I have until Aug  to work on that 😉

January can suck it

Eleanor Roosevelt said:

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.”

Ain’t this the truth!

January and 2014 is off to a bang up start. Pneumonia, Beanie not wanting to sleep, the dog is just a mess in general, work is picking up, E is working a lot. We’re all dealing with madness in the Coastie house but at least we’re all on the mend.

I’m halfway through my English class and about to start a Political Science class on 3 Feb. I decided 2014 was the year to finish my degree. I won’t be complete with my Bachelors but I’ll have finished my Associates Credits by Oct. This means I start a new class every month and am taking two classes per month. How much fun does that sound like?? Yea, I’m not raising my hand either.

Pneumonia had kept me down for about 3 weeks but I think I’ve finally kicked it. I wasn’t able to run for those 3 weeks and when I tried, I thought I was going to die so I (for once) followed the doc’s orders. I’m back on the dreadmill again and have a new Half Marathon in sight. Since, obviously, I didn’t have enough going on 😉

Race The Runways 2014

Race The Runways 2014

I was lured under the pretense of it being a flat course so I’m willing to give it a whirl.

Honestly, for a while, after reading many blog posts about people running races, I started to feel down on myself about my performance on the Baltimore course. I finished in exactly my goal time (3 hours) but I was feeling down about it. I walked a lot, I took the water breaks, my stomach wasn’t feeling it, etc. But then I read an article about how Baltimore is one of the tougher courses out of a lot of races all over the country. And I actually met my goal. So I broke up with MapMyRun and I refocused. I downloaded Nike+ and got on board with their (FREE!) coaching plans and now I’m well into Week 3 of training and, while I’ve had to do all of my runs on the treadmill, I’m feeling pretty good about it. I run to finish, not to win. I’m not running to win the world and all that jazz. Truthfully, I run for the medals because they’re pretty 🙂

I read a post about a girl who admitted to cutting mileage off her race during one of those Hot Chocolate 15Ks. I applaud her for putting herself out there and putting herself on blast but my main question, why bother? If you aren’t going to run for you and you aren’t going to finish strong, why bother starting at all? Running isn’t a sport that has hand outs. It’s all you. You don’t have someone to pick up your slack. You can’t expect someone to be all “YAY! YOU DID IT” because you didn’t. I get that some people legit can’t finish a race, for whatever reason. But if you aren’t going into the race with the intentions of doing your best and finishing strong, don’t waste your money. It doesn’t affect me, obviously, just merely an observation. I had to giggle because the whole tone of the post was defensive and attacking. Your readers aren’t the ones that did anything wrong, lady. You admitted to not finishing the race, yet you still allowed yourself to obtain a FINISHER mug and prizes.

I haven’t decided what resolutions I want to do in the upcoming months. Last year I did pretty well with sticking to them. I completed almost all of them. I failed at the Photo A Day challenges but that’s the norm. I didn’t fair well with the NaBloPoMo challenge but I’m thinking I might try that again. It’s funny. I love the write but I’m having a tough time at learning up to write correctly. My English class is teaching me this and I think I much prefer to remain uneducated, in that sense. Maybe another NaBloPoMo will help with that (doubt it).

I was recently introduced to some new craft porn:

pumpkinbanner2013_ShadowA bunch of ladies that I follow on IG have started the “Once Upon a Time” Sampler and I decided to get in on the action. You pay a one time fee and, every month, you will receive a new .PDF that contains the pattern for that month, along with a list of supplies you need. I figure why not resume yet another hobby 😉 Plus, it’ll look good in Beanie’s room. At least until she tells me she hates it all and makes me redecorate.

Here’s to finishing January strong and having a happy and healthy Febuary!

NaBloPoMo – Nov 21, 22, and the weekend

Day 21: Describe an outfit that makes you feel good. (It can be from any period of your life.) Double points if you post a picture of yourself in the outfit.

Oct 12, 2013 - the day I ran a Half Marathon

Oct 12, 2013 – the day I ran a Half Marathon

I’m not going to lie. I felt pretty badass in this outfit. Nike Dri cropped capri pants with an Under Armor Heat Gear t-shirt. Champion Socks and New Balance running shoes. I also look sort of thin in this picture and that’s a major plus.

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Day 23. How important are book covers in getting you to read a book?

Extremely important. I totally judge a book by it’s cover. If it looks fun and flirty, and like it might be an easy read, I’m going to try it out. I deal with some much serious BS at work and on a regular basis, I want to get lost in that chick-lit, “only in a fantasy world” book. I want to read the fiction that makes two people fall in love and live happily ever after. Sounds lame, I know. But I dig it.

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I was going to post a “30 Things I’m Thankful for in 2013” post but in all honesty, I don’t know that I’m thankful for 30 things that have been a part of my 2013. Granted, thinks at work are going smoothly, E and I have adjusted to living in Maine, and Beanie is thriving after some health issues but I’m ready to see 2013 become a part of my history and I’m ready to look forward to 2014.

I wouldn’t mind if 2014 brought some changes. I’ve already started making some changes.

*Those women in my life that perpetuate the Mommy Wars — Gone.

*Those family members and friends that just want drama — Gone.

*Schooling — back on the list and ready to knock out some credits and put a serious dent in that “Credits Needed” column.

Those are just a few.

I look forward to seeing what might come of this and here’s hoping I still remember to blog 😉

NaBloPoMo – Nov 6th

Day 6: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Simple. WILLPOWER.

I have the attention span of a gnat. I’m completely serious when I say I have ADHD coupled with ADD. I was on Ritalin for most of my childhood (of course when you have family that diagnoses every damn thing, you’re bound to have something wrong with you…). I have zero willpower. You bring cookies into the house, I’ll eat them. And be sad when they’re gone. I wanted to train for the Half Marathon. I trained until I got bored. I still ran it and finished it within my goal but the training along the way – BORING.

I never had a role model of someone who finished what they started. Up until this Half Marathon, I didn’t finish what I started. I could rant for days about Mommy and Daddy issues and whose fault it really is but, in reality, it’s *MY* job to finish what I want. And I want the willpower to do that.

This past January, I made a commitment to lose weight. Well shit, everyone promises that. That’s the #1 New Year’s Resolution. And as of Feb 15, all the “resolutionists” (as I call them) have left the gym, not to return until the next January. Then I decided, I didn’t want to make a year long resolution. I wanted to make monthly resolutions. But I stopped. Although I can’t blame that on willpower, that was because my February resolution consumed me.

I started running. I said “for the next 8 weeks, I’m going to complete the Couch To 5K program” and I did so on the treadmill. It took a little longer than 8 weeks because I took some time off but then I decided, I want to run an official 5K. So I did (Mariner’s Mother’s Day 5K). And it took off from there.

Now I want the willpower to continue to lose weight and continue to be motivated to run. I want to start setting new records for myself. I want my daughter to grow up, seeing someone who finishes what they start. And I WILL make sure that happens.

Right after I eat some oreos.

Accidental Runner

Apparently I’m not a blogger. But the weather has broken and now it’s turning tundra-ish up here. 27* when I left this morning. That’s some bullcrap.

So we left off in June. A LOT has happened since then.

For starters, I think I’ve become a runner, by accident.

I started this journey back in Feb of this year, as a resolution. I wanted to do something for myself that didn’t cost money and that would benefit me in the long run (no pun intended). So I started with the Couch-to-5K program. I loved it. Ran my first 5K in May (Mother’s Day). After deciding I was going to run the Baltimore Half Marathon, I decided I wanted to go for the Lobster Fest 10K.

In an effort to train for the Firecracker 5K (as a training run), I got distracted. By a food truck. Rolled my ankle. That was fun.

Yea...

Yea…

Spent a couple of days like this:

I think the flip flop really compliments the combat boot, dontcha think?

I think the flip flop really compliments the combat boot, dontcha think?

But I managed to shake it off and run the Lobster Fest 10K. I sucked.

2013 Lobster Fest 10K

2013 Lobster Fest 10K

Ok so I didn’t totally suck but it was horrible. The heat and humidity was terribly, I tweaked my knee around Mile 3, I could only run for maybe a minute at a time from Miles 3 to 6. I booked it once I hit Mile 6 but by that time, I was already way in the back of the pack. I managed to finish with 6 people behind me. I set 4 goals for myself:

1) Finish – CHECK

2) Don’t finish last – CHECK

3) Finish in under 1:30 – CHECK (finished 1:19:47)

4) Don’t pee on yourself – CHECK

Overall, I felt pretty optimistic. Although the sobbing and complaining of not being able to bend my knee kind of put a damper on the mood for the rest of the day. E wasn’t too terribly pleased that I continued to run but eh, oh well.

Finally, all of the training came down to this:

The 2013 Baltimore Running Festival

The 2013 Baltimore Running Festival

I was registered and ready to go.

We left for Baltimore after E got off work. 12.5 hrs later, we finally arrived. We ended up in crazy traffic in NYC so we got off 95. In the Bronx. At midnight. Right. 3 white people and a Rottweiler. Our brightest idea yet.

I got up around 5:30 to get showered and tame my mane so we could leave by 7. We get in the car, get down there, and park in the first place we find. We see the Marathon kick off and start walking down to the starting pens. There were 5 pens for the Half. Since I had registered to finish in 3 hours, I was in Wave 5, at the back of the pack.

It took us 17 mins to actually cross the start line. 10,000+ people being corraled through one street in Baltimore, to cross the start line. It was a mad house.

Starting Line!

Starting Line!

Miles 1-5 went fantastically. I was able to keep my pace and run. Of course I get stuck next to the grown man who wants to sing Celine Dion. Sorry pal but the power of her love wasn’t what was keeping me going.

Mile 6 it got tricky. We joined courses with the full marathon runners, as well as Leg 4 of the Relay.

Mile 7-10 I ended up walking a lot. My stomach was upset, my knee was throbbing, and I was just out of it.

Mile 11-12 I took off, running for my life

I hit Mile 13 and I was on Cloud 9.

Finally finished!

Finally finished!

I met both of my goals:

1) Finish

2) Finish in under 3 hours. My official time: 3:00:24.

I finally found my family after the race

I finally found my family after the race

Right. SHE needed the nap...

Right. SHE needed the nap…

2013 Baltimore Running Festival - Half Marathon FINISHER!

2013 Baltimore Running Festival – Half Marathon FINISHER!

All in all, I’m SO glad I did it and I can’t wait for the next one!

To date: I’ve run 346 miles and I’ve lost 25 lbs 🙂

Into June

Work blocked WordPress from our server so while I can see my own blog, I can’t write my own blog. Rude, right?? WTH, Gov’t Server?!

We took Beanie to the Augusta Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery to help put flags on the graves of the Vets we’ve lost. Aside from the rain, it was a moving experience.

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There's nothing quite as awesome as teaching your own kid about respect

There’s nothing quite as awesome as teaching your own kid about respect

The weather here flat out sucks. There’s no two ways about that. It rains/is wet All.The.Time, it’s colder than it should be, and dangit, I just want a tan. The one day we managed to get Beanie outside, it only lasted 37 mins. But I’m thinking she had plenty of fun 😉

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This has to be one of my favorite pics right now. She is completely a Daddy's Girl

Anywho — nothing else major going on. Oh, except one thing.

I’M TRAINING FOR A HALF MARATHON!

That’s right, I was talking to the SIL one day and she mentioned the Baltimore Running Festival. I thought, how fun would it be to run through Baltimore City, without being chased by the cops, and check another item off my Bucket List? When I looked at the route, it seems doable so I said “I’m in”. Now I’ve acquired two running mentors, a large support network, and a whole lot of excitement.

My first 5 mi run!

My first 5 mi run!

I’m excited to keep going, the weight is coming off (slowly, but surely) and I’m really having fun with this!

IMG_4158Now we move into June…

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