Saturday, December 27, 2008

It is Far Far Away..... Still.


I hope everyone had a nice holiday. We did. And now it is time to get my lazy, no reason why for not training butt out the door.
I just can't. I can but I don't. :( So I have been tracking the weather and I have all my gear and I am getting ready for this trip. I am so ready, but yet I am slacking. I don't get it.

I was unable to enroll the child into the race it was full again but she is coming. Now she wants to ride her bike while we are out there. haha She doesn't want to miss it. Kid is so silly.
WWE is coming to town this week and I am not going cause I am saving my money for the trip.

Other than that nothing new here. It has been hot here. Cool in the mornings and really warm in the afternoons. So Not sure what to wear just yet.


I can not wait to go!!!!!!! Today is dragging!!!! oh the agony of it all!

And we didn't do the 5k today either. We had a slight urgent family matter and couldn't go. So no end of the year race. :(

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Crisp Is In The Air...Here Too


Hey! has anyone received their Team Voice shirts?? It has been a week and a day now since I mailed them all out and I mailed as 3 day! Please let me know.

Well the ole right hand is acting up again. I can hardly hold anything in it and the pain comes and goes in spazms. This is not what I wanted to deal with. I still haven't made it out the door or to the gym. The teen drama has become awful since winter break started. My one thinks it is a free for all. that the world stops and I am the bad guy trying to stop them from having any fun.:( So by the time I am done dealing with that, my brain is in overtime and I and exhausted from it.

I get to work the next 2 days. Unless they try to cancel me. Not much going on for surgeries.

As long as things go right, We will be arriving in Disney 1/6 late evening. One of my 2 kids do not want to go. "we go to much" What?!? Are you kidding me?!? This is a big deal!!! And you will have a blast!! And the rolling of the eyes and stuff. The child thinks we all will be boring. No other kids around .I said yes there will be and some want to meet you. Really?? I still don't want to go. It's a never ending battle. I never thought I would hear a kid say I don't want to go to Disney world.
Send some love to this kid PLEASE!!! Maybe we all can ride Rockin Roller coaster together!!! Something!!! { that is a new found love for the little one}

Ok We don't have the snow to deal with, and the cold blasting air all the time. But let me say it is chilly way down here. And the wind will not stop!! {remember I have less instillation now} hahaha.

It's coming..... We got the confirmation for FJ and his volunteer hours. he will be getting 2 one day park passes and a bonus 1 day water park pass!! That is for volunteering all those hours.
He is so pumped. I also received a e-mail they opened 30 new slots for the volunteers to enter into the races!! I am putting Nat in the 5k and she will be so excited,I think. She was mad I didn't put her in it before. So please send the love!!!!

Team Voice Official first Group race is just Around the River Bend!!!

Happy Holidays!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

0 Miles, Lots Of Baking..


Here I am. It's been a week and I have not made it out the door. I am not feeling down, it's not because I don't have the time to get out there, I just haven't done it. I am super excited about the holiday coming up, even though I am working it, I can't wait for the holiday. Then the Saturday after we will be doing a 5k and becoming members of the local chapter of RRCA.

Three more weeks!!! Holy cats!! Three more weeks. I get emotional thinking of it. Why? I have worked so hard even when I didn't want to,and I love Walt Disney World. If it wasn't for the fact that I stumbled on the races back in 2005, I would be doing this now. WOW!!!

Yesterday we were making oatmeal cookies. Then the Oatmeal cookies turned into Oatmeal cookies with raisins and chocolate chips. Now today I am baking chocolate chip cookies. Serving size is 2 cookies calories 140. Not bad, since they don't have tons of crap in them.

I have been listening the Running shoe on I tunes,I like the podcast. He talks about stuff that beginners and the elite have to deal with, and the shows are live too.

So....

Keep moving Forward!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hump Day

Here we are a week before Christmas and all through my house is prepping and getting ready for the holiday and the Half.
The last 2 days at work drained me. I was so tired and wore out I was didn't do any training. None.
SO.... now I will be doing resistance and mini mileage. Then a long run on Friday.






I was able to get my blackberry reset and it is working just fine. The catch is that now I do not have anyone's phone numbers. I have some in my address book on my desk. Do please resend me numbers!!!!

Short and sweet!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Can You Feel It In The Air?{ Updated}

"It's not about speed and gold medals. It's about refusing to be stopped."
Amby Burfoot

AMBY BURF
I received a e-mail with a lot of news for the Marathon weekend. I have the link here to track your runner.
http://www.doitsports.com/results/MSG-signup.tcl?sub_event_id=4448

And here is a picture of the medal pins that will be available first at the Health expo. And this is what the medals will look like too.





Are they cool or what?! I can not wait to go!!

We are doing a local 5k on the 27th. It is called 2008 Resolution 5k. The entrance fee is the member fee for the RRCA. The local chapter. This will give me access to tracks, and coaches, and tempo runs. And long distance runs. We were thinking about signing up the entire family. And we will get discounts at the running store we go to, and discounts on the races.

Is anyone going to be doing the runner's retreat?? We thought about it.

Yesterday I was suppose to do my long run. Was unable to do to drama. So now my question is should I do my long miles today, and then this coming Friday do my next long run, since I work this weekend coming?? So I did my ab.circuit so I would not make my legs so sore,that my long run would suffer. I weighed in yesterday to. And I dropped another 2 pounds!! :)


My wonderful little buddy my blackberry is well not working correctly. I do not get my e-mails on it and I can not access the Internet. It on it's last legs. I can get text and phone calls,but that is it. SO if I do not answer right away,please bear with me. I will be replacing it in 2 weeks. {if it last that long}


The Team Voice shirts are being mailed out tomorrow and Those of you who are waiting till the race I will bring them with me. And I have extra shirts if anyone wants one. They are $17.99 a shirt and I will donate $5.00 dollars of each shirt to Jonathan.

I ended up doing 6.3 miles this evening. We did it in 1:25. We shaved off 5 minutes!! Man what a head wind. I was getting a cramp in my left side, it was enough to make me slow down until it passed. Then I got a bug in my eye.I was wearing sunglasses too. We used our new headlamps tonight. I was making sure I was being seen and we were complemented on them too.
so to start off the week is good. :)

Miles this week: 6.1

Friday, December 12, 2008

It's Official, I am Super Duper Excited Now!!

Hellllloooooo Humans!!!!!! {aaaggghhhhhaa}

The last 2 days have been tough. Work has been busy. My floor was bombed with surgeries.

First off the thing that has been weighing on my head is the time off. I got my schedule on Wednesday. I didn't see it till I took a break in the morning. I ran over to the board and when I saw that they GAVE ME THE TIME OFF!!!! I was so excited and happy I was crying!!! No one was able to wipe the smile off my face. Even if we had a code I would have smiled through the entire thing.

We will be arriving late on 1/6/09. and staying through 1/11/09!!!!!! HOLY CATS!!! This is really going to happen!!! I am going to be doing the Disney Half Marathon!!! Are you kidding me!!!??!! {grinning here, glowing}

SO back to training. Tuesday I did the hill sprints. my total mileage for that was 2.96 my fastest yet!!!! Very proud. And then on Wednesday I rested since I was so tired,I fell asleep eating dinner. Yes eating dinner, which is a lite meal. Tonight I had to do the dreadmill, the weather here is nasty, so I RAN the entire 5k loop non stop, in 39 minutes, that was a 12 minute pace average. 496 in calories.speed 5.0 I could breathe, and I have not EVER been able to go that fast!!! HOLY CATS!!

We got our new trainers. I was able get women's this time and they are smaller!!! They are still Brooks. I saw a fanny pack, with a water bottle, that lays horizontal and has a pocket big enough for phone,keys and snack. I will be getting this one.

I made an appointment to see my Orthro Doctor after the Half Marathon. Why?? So I can show off my medals, and create a plan to continue to the Full.And find out if I have ITS band issues in my left knee area. {he is also a Sports Medicine Doctor too 3rd in the nation!!

Holy Cats!!! I am really going to get to do this!!!!!

Miles this week : 12.56{ my week ends on Saturday}

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

# 39032, What Is Yours??


Another day closer to the Half. I am so excited. I have noticed that it is getting much easier too. All the sudden the kids are back out the door with me. Both are surprised that I do not have to to and rest to catch my breathe. They were both ready and waiting for me to get home on Monday night in their Team Voice shirts. That was cool.

Speaking of shirts, I am mailing them out today, if I have your address and if they are paid for. I have a list from PayPal. I will send you a E-mail out after I mail it.

Have you printed your Race Pick- up card and waiver?? I did. And that is the number in the tittle. In my favorite places click the WDW Marathon 2009 and you will find it.

We did another 2.00 miles last night. That was all the time I had for. At least I still made it out the door. E got me a headlight to wear on my head, while out running at night. It works great and the cars can see me. I look funny but hey it works. Does any one know where to get a good fanny pack to wear in the race?? We went to Sports Authority and they have none. Tons of shoes and clothes on sale.

Suggestions please!!!!

Going to go get fitted to new trainers today. And then we will be gear ready for the race,except for the fanny pack issue. Ordered my Vitamins and supplements. Stocking up on the protein water to have after the race.

Resistance workout today. I am spreading it out throughout my day.


Did you read that they remade the medals?? The new and improved?? I haven't found any pictures yet. As soon As I get one I will post it.

Miles this week: 6.25

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Another day.

Last night I did 2.5 miles in 31 minutes. Plus resistance.Tonight I did 2.25 in 33 minutes. I was tired after a day at work.Plus the air is cooler tonight and it made it harder for me to breathe. MY son went with me both nights. And tonight both my youngins went running with me. All the sudden everyone likes running again.
{ Make my mind up}

That is pretty much it. Except for work. I don't think that would be fun to talk about. SO I am going to bed. Until tomorrow!!!!

miles this week: 4.25

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Fog Is Lifting....

"A race is a work of art that people can look at and be affected by in as many ways as they're capable of understanding."STEVE PREFONTAINE

Here I am . Today I am sore as a you know what!!! 10.3 miles last night. And we did it in 2:25:35!!!!! Sweet!!! I shaved off 7 minutes. :)

My trainer and I spoke yesterday, and it helped me out. I felt like my spirit had been broken. I am still not quite back to me but I am better.

As pointed out, my physical body has changed. And I think it has set in. And I am now realizing how much I have changed on the outside.Ex. None of my clothes fit, or shoes!! I get cold when it is cold outside. I never had that problem being heavy. All what I called my comfort zones, are now gone. I have nothing to hide behind. I still have a ways to go, and it will be a little bit harder to get the rest of the weight off. I can except that. Some of my family members are showing that they to are having a hard time with the physical changes too. They have seen me at both ends of the weight. Thin and heavy. We are working through this, and that's why I am feeling better. I don't want to throw away all my hard work in training. I am doing this for me.

The family is going to have to except that. A couple hours out of the day is not going to hurt anyone.I feel better when I am done. My mind, my body, and spirit.


So with that, I am Rae and I am a long distance runner, no matter how slow or fast I am I am a long distance runner, till I am no longer able to run.

I head back to work tomorrow, I am hoping I will see the new schedule and with the time off. Please everyone cross your fingers and toes.{sweating bullets here}

Here shortly I will be doing my resistance workout. I know I should be doing nothing,today after a long run.

I am going to recommend everyone to pick up this issue of Runner's World. The Disney Marathon is in it with some great pictures, and some great articles for us beginners.

Team Voice Has been one of my favorite supports and I have to say without all of you, I may not have got my on that horse. It is neat. Over the last year. I have sat here reading everyone's blogs and the boards, watching how we all have struggled and and made personal best. I am so very proud of all of you in the Team and I am even happier to be able to call all of you my friends.

See all of you real soon!!!!{really}

Miles this week : 18.29

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I am Proud.. Of Me!


Thanks again !!!! ;)

Today was one of the busiest days at work. I was tired today.

On the home front things were quiet. For once. That was nice.:)

Tomorrow they are going to be working on the schedule. The young lady that is doing the schedule knows, I explained to her how hard I have been working. If I can't get all of it at the very least Thursday- Sunday. If I get Wednesday I have to stick around long enough to do my CPR class then after that, I can leave. SO..... fingers crossed.

Tonight I did on the dread mill set b Cardio.
30 minutes of running, every 5 minutes I changed my incline and speed.
1. incline 5, speed 3.4 warm up
2. incline 5, speed 4.7,.27-.59 mile
3.. incline 6, speed 4.5, .69-.96 mile
4. incline 7, speed 4.2, 1.16- 1.31 mile
5. incline 8, speed 4.1, 1.41- 1.66 mile
last 5 minutes incline 5, speed 4.8, 1.50 - 2.05
that was 4 minutes on and 1 minute rest. I am almost to my 5 minute goal!!!
I had to work real hard and dig real dip to do this. The last minute of each one I had to hold on, but I did it. My breathing tried to take over, I fought it and I gained control of it.

I am sitting on the fence with doing my long miles tomorrow in the early evening so E can go with me. And we can see the Christmas Decorations! And I promise I will not stop in the middle of them and go home. I will follow through.


Hold me accountable please.

Miles this week: 7.20

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Verdict Is.......


First off I would like to say how much every one's support means to me. Thank you!!!

I took a couple days off. I had to get my head clear and decide what I want to do. I have a lot of drama here in my home. And it has made things very difficult.

After a long discussion with my trainer who gives such great guidance, and after a long discussion with the family. I have come to the conclusion that I will continue to train, and follow this through, as long as I get the time off from work and less drama.I have to wait another 2-3 weeks before I know if I have it off.

I know I can do the distance, and I know I can do a 13 minute mile. I am good up to mile 7-8 then I start to slow down. But at that point I do believe they will leave all of us alone.

With that....
I did my sprints last night on the dreadmill.
These were the fastest ones I have ever done. I pushed real hard. I tracked my sprint time.
Here is my time.
first 5 minutes, was incline 5, at speed 3.4
the the next 15 minutes was at incline 0, and speed 7.0, 30 seconds on, and 30 off. 1.26 I was on then for 30 seconds later I was off at 1.34. That;s how that went. I do not know how to count the splits.
then the last 10 minutes, was incline 10, at speed 5.0, 30 seconds on and 30 off. 2.26 on and then 2.31 off.. My ending miles was 2.99 miles.
Then this morning at 4:45am,yes I said this morning, I did 2.0 miles outside. Before work. I was going to do 2.5 miles. ANd now I am doing my resistance work out and then tomorrow 2.5 miles before work then the hill sprints when I get home after work.

Thanks again!!!! Form the bottom of my heart.

Miles this week 4.99

Sunday, November 30, 2008

To Quit Or Not To Quit.....

I did 8 miles yesterday. I was suppose to do 10.

I have been rolling around the thought of quitting. Why?? Because the fun has left. Now it is like pulling teeth. My job isn't working with me I have to wait till the next schedule comes out to find out if I get the time off. I lost my room trying to change dates to make the job happy. I can't get E out the door any more. Kids don't want to train any more. Every time I go out and put miles in I nearly get hit by a car. They say they can't see me in my bright yellow running shirt.
I need to go get gear that fits. E needs new running shoes and he won't go get any. I new a new pair that are going to fit.I have lost enough weight that my shoe size has changed. My kids are trying to stay home My daughter asked my best friend if she could stay with them. :(
And there other other things going on too. :( It seems the closer we get more goes wrong. Never mind that when I go the long distance miles I can't keep the 16 minute pace. I will get picked up. And I don't have the support like I use to get from my family. :(

I am going to go down to the post office and start mailing out the shirts. I will e- mail you when I mail them, and I will keep everyone posted on What I do decide to do.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving.

Today is a day to give thanks. To reflect on your family and friends. Thank your family for the endless love and support,and let them know how greatful you are for them. Thank your friends for the endless shoulder to lean on when you need it the most.
Give thanks for eveything you have,and your health. Without your health were would you be right now?
Give thanks today for waking up, and traveling around the sun again to give Thanks.
Give thanks to the men and women over seas, putting their lives on the line.

Give thanks to those who can not.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Not Again.....

"Racing is pain, and that's why you do it, to challenge yourself and the limits of your physical and mental barriers. You don't experience that in an armchair watching television."

MARK ALLEN




The Half Marathon is now becoming a challenge. Because I had to change my dates,I lost my room. They are looking high and low to see where else they can get us on site. Other wise I am going to look else where to stay. :( I am not very happy with my Boss at the moment. I put in for the time back at the first of October. I know it hasn't been easy at work with the floor not open, but now it is interfering with my life. And all my hard work.

I feel sick to my stomach again. :(

So Am i going to go through this for the Princess Half too?? And when we go to fly out to Disneyland??

I did my resistance workout for set a and b. Then I went out and did 2.0 miles. I felt like I needed to go out and do it. So i did. Note to self, doing miles after doing 2 rounds of of 2 different types of squats is not easy. Plus the other stuff. I plan on doing my long on Friday morning.

Just got the e-mail stating there are no Disney Resort Rooms now. What?!
Because I had to change the dates!!! @!?@!

Boss I am sorry if I am short with you at work in the AM. :(

Miles this week: 6.68

Monday, November 24, 2008

I Am Lazy Today..

"Whatever the pace, run softly, run tall."

JOE HENDERSON, Running 101



I have noticed that my comments that I send from my bb are not saved on my friends blogs. Weird.

Today I tried to sleep in. Didn't work. I haven't done a thing yet today. But never fear, I have to get moving and go to the gym and do my cardio workout and then do the resistance workout. I am debating on doing the long tomorrow since I will be working on Wednesday. And family will be here for holiday.

I had to redo my ressie for the trip. I am not so sure how long we will be there. Again the job is causing waves with the half. The way the schedule is going and all this reassigning, I am not sure who is my boss any more. { i know it doesn't make sense}


Planning for Thanksgiving is and has been a challenge. I am working, and I don't want to mess up my intake. So I am waiting to hear if I can have my large intake day on Thursday. I have pulled out the Hungry Girl cook book and I am planning away. My Mom doesn't like it. Hey this is what works for me.

I am going to go purchase new running gear. Get what I need, make sure I have something for cold and warm. And it will fit.haha

I did my fasted 2.5 miles on Monday evening. 34:49 minutes. I fell asleep last night,so I didn't get anything done. :( We have to map a a new long route. They are working on the road I use and have the sidewalk blocked off.That forces me into the road. I did it once not again till they are done. My Garmin isn't functioning right.So back to map it, and driving out my miles.

Have you seen the new Disney Wide World of Sports website? I have to update my links. It's cool. But what I don't like is that it doesn't tell you how full the races are.

I weighed in over the weekend and I dumped -1.That is great. I am still moving in the right direction.

Team Voice, if I have your address I will send out your running shirt this coming Monday. I will also send you a e-mail to let you know it is on the way.{shirts that are paid for}

Have a great week!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Just a Quickie


Work and wogging. 2.5 miles in 34:49. And more work in the am. :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Hi


Long time since the last post. Blogger has been apart of the problem for blogging. I do not understand the issues.

We went to the races and we had a blast. The kids love it. I haven't down loaded all the pictures yet.

I have been training. I did my cardio work outs and man they are tough. My legs have been real sore and my abs and the core have been feeling it too. Here is what I have been doing for a week.

PART A

Cardio:
30 minutes running- start a 5 minute warmup speed walking at 3.4 and incline 5. Keep incline at 5, and for the next 5 minutes run at speed 4.7. Next, take incline to 6 and speed to 4.5- run for another 5 minutes. Next, take incline to 7, speed to 4.2- run for 5 minutes. Next, take incline to 8, speed to 4.1- run for 5. Last 5 minutes, take incline back down to 5, and speed to 4.8.-- This willbe difficult at first, so if you have to, run for the 2 minutes, rest for 1, then run for 2, rest for 1, and so forth. If you can, run for 4, rest for 1.

RESISTANCE (repeat each set 5 times!)

Set A
10 "walkout" pushups
30 sumo squats
50 bicycle crunches

Set B
20 alternating lunges
10 scissor crunches
15 bridges


PART B

Cardio:
30 minutes on treadmill- 5 minute warm up walking at 3.4, incline 5. For next 15 minutes, take incline to 0, speed to between 6.5-8.0 (whatever feels difficult (very difficult) but doable!). Run sprints- 30 seconds on/30 seconds off. After you've reached the 20 minute mark, take your incline to incline 10, and your speed to 5.0. Run 30 second on/30 second off hillsprints for the remainder of the time.

RESISTANCE

Set A
10 alternating pushups- start in plank position and one by one, lower yourself onto your elbows and then back up, so the rhythm would be right down, left down, right up, left up.
30 mountain climbers
15 traditional situps

Set B
30 weighted squats (holding 5 lb dumbbells)
20 reverse crunches
15 traditional pushups

Today I went outside and did 2.5 miles in a good time. Couldn't say what it is the garmin wasn't working. I ran nonstop tonight. I could not believe it. I did. And I didn't panic. Tomorrow is my long. It is cold down here!!! It is going to be 41 in the morning and maybe make it to 65!!! Then add the wind chill in they said it will feel like 48-50!!!! Well this is training, and I will find out how I do in this weather.

Teen drama is here in the home front. It is hard to deal with the stress of it and then try to move on and train with the emotional drain from it. :(

I have been sorting through the running shirts and getting them ready to ship out. I love my shirt. It keeps you dry and cool.

I think we will have things worked out for the race in Jan. My Boss thought it was in Dec. and that is why he was giving me such a hard time. I am looking at getting there Tuesday evening or Wednesday. We will see.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I Am At Lost For Words.... Updated


It was really busy at work yesterday. I asked mt Boss about the time off in Jan.09 for the half. He came back at me with do you have the time?? I said no It's not my fault that I get canceled all the time. Well he said he will give me the weekend off.{ that is my scheduled weekend anyway}

WHAT!?! Are you kidding me?!?

I started to dry heave.

I am standing there in shock. Just the weekend?? My Boss knows I have been training for this. HE knows, He reads this!!! I was so sick to my stomach. I have to go in and do some stuff there today and fill out my schedule. I am working the holidays to have that time off. :( :(

I have the room!!!

I am paid for the race!!!!

I was back to dry heaving again.

I wanted to go home.

I was so sore form my new training, my glutes are sore, my thighs. HOLY CATS!!!!! That is being nice! I fell asleep when I got home. So I didn't do any training at all yesterday.

I will update later today and find out what I am going to do.
Update
Nothing. I filled out my schedule and I put in to work on the Wednesday before the race. That means if the Boss agrees to it I will be up there Wednesday night. So I will have to change my room dates. And it still comes out cheaper to have the room for the 7 days than for the 5 days. So that's where we are at and I will not know till after Christmas!!!! Oh my... I do not think I can wait that long!!! :(

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Miles In


I did my long miles today.
I must say I was so sore today before I went out. I was rained on today twice and I ended up walking most of my miles today. I did 8.3 miles in a awful time but I finished. I will not do a long wog right after a new workout. So with that I may go back to doing the longs in the evening with E. I was worried I was going to fall on the wet side walk. In the morning E and I are going to try to get up and put in some short miles. Then when I get home from work I will do part B workout of my new workout.

That is about it for today. Nothing else new today.
I am just dreading going to work tomorrow. :(

Monday, November 10, 2008

Just Another Day


Did my new workout today. Man my legs are tired and tight. Tomorrow is my long miles. A lot of squats and lunges. And the treadmill work was alot of incline too. I don't mind since we do not have any hills here.

OK so far it looks like we will be staying at All Star Sports again. I got the 4 nights and 3 free. I am waiting to hear if we get the Disney money and move d to the movies. too.
And on Wednesday I will find out if I get the entire week off. I will bug my Boss. I plan on working the holidays. All I know if the staff on the units I have been going to have been rude and nasty. It makes it hard to go to work. I can't wait till my floor opens again.

I have been studying my ekg over again.So I can take the test at work,pass and maybe get moved to the ER. Less drama.

We are also planning to go back to the World and resort hop to see all the holiday deco. That will take a couple of days to do. Not sure if we are going to make Mouse Fest. We will see.

I didn't make a challenge this month. No one seems to be interested which is fine.The only challenge I will be making is if everyone would help me to help Jonathan make his goal of sending a child to Disney. Simple. He is close,but not enough. Jonathan is having some challenges of his own and we all need to help.

Friday, November 7, 2008

T.G.I.F.


I just found out we won't be doing the local 5k. They changed the date and E has acquired some tickets to go to the Homestead Nascar race that same weekend. Cool!!! My kids have never been to a race.I can't wait. Everyone is excited. So now I need to figure out when to do my next long mileage day. I was going to take today off but I feel guilty for not doing any.

Oh boy my trainer is working on a workout to help build my endurance and strength. I have been doing the the ab. circuit she gave me. I have to do more reps now, I told here that and she said that is good. I still struggle with the planks.She asked me if I wanted to start adding more miles? I said yes, since the plan is to do the Goofy 2010. My trainer said she just wanted to make sure I was still planning that.

My Mickey isn't hard to carry as I thought he would be. He clips right on the fanny pack. Thanks Deb!!! :)

I sent in the room request for the half. I am waiting to hear if we can get the 4 days and 3 free ones.I hope I get the time off. They know how hard I have been working to do this. Now one of the girls at work want me to do the Miami half later in the same month!!! I told her we will see, depends on how I do at WDW.

Can you tell I am nervous and excited!!

Jonathan my heart goes out to you and you family. I will keep your Father in my prayers. He has a long road to recovery. Have faith. :)

Back to work this weekend. :( I hope they give me a nice assignment.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Where Is The Time Going....

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Hey the post box is up!!!! I have not been able to post in a week!

We had so much fun with everyone and I can not wait for Jan. 09 I am going to have Dreams Unlimited start working on Pop for Jan.09 And I am hoping that my Boss gives me that week off.

I have some addresses for all of you. I am going to start sending out Team Voice shirts that are paid for. They are awesome and they do there job. I am sending out the last payment for them. So I will have them in the mail next week.

While we were at WDW someone stepped on the back of mt flip flop. As I went to take a step forward, I lost my balance and messed up the top of my right foot. It didn't start to hurt until 3 days later,and swelled up right out of my flip flop. I had to wear my running shoes.That was the only shoes I could get on that foot. The swelling has gone down a little. I was worried that it was fractured on the top of my foot. It's not.{whew} Just deep tissue bruising.

For the Month of October I did 69.00 miles. Today I did 9.10 miles. I have to start to get the long distances in. I wore out in 7.5 and I ran out of water, and I forgot my snack. So I was feeling it. I had to walk the last 1.75 miles. When I got in I sat in a cold bath. My legs were sore. It helped. I need new trainers. My feet side around in my trainers so much, my middle toes are sore. We are so close to the half I can't believe it. And I did it without E this morning.

I have a new speed walking buddy. He is cool. He hangs out on my fanny pack and he watches my back for me. The only thing is he wants a Team Voice shirt. He said his tux is too hot to wear while we are out. I can't wait to do the half. He will giggle and shake while we go through the parks. Guess who it is yet?? He slows the cars down as they come up from behind too. The drivers stare as they go by. {never mind the bright yellow shirt} Figured it out yet??? lol

It's my Pal Mickey. I got the idea while we were in WDW. see picture.



I have to make a phone call, we all are going to be doing the Fantasy of Light walk run 5k next week. It is at 6p, and we get to go through the holiday lights that are set up in one of our local parks. Doing that one will take place of my Turkey trot, since I plan on working for Thanksgiving. {waiting on new schedule}

Can you believe I am thinking of doing the Goofy 2010! It depends on how well I do in the Half. MY first Half. Sweet!!!!

Oh btw.... ride the TOT in the dark during some extra magic hours, wow!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Bit Chilly Here In The World


It is cold here!!!!

Jonathan we are all sending you and your family alot of prayers and We hope everything is going to have a good outcome.

The Crystal Palace was awesome for dinner. The food was wonderful. Of course we had the characters and all, the food was really great. I will have to rate this as one of my favorite places for dinner. I did good stayed in my calories for the entire day.

EMH over at The Magic Kingdom was great. We all we together,Byran, Deb and her husband, us, the JB family. I learned a lot about DisneyLand and I am planning to do that next year. We rode Space Mountain,Thunder mountain, Pirates,Haunted Mansion, Tried to ride Jungle cruise it was closed, and we watched the Castle get tucked in. That is so cool. We learned some new little tricks about the stretch room.Very cool.

Tonight my young ones are tagging along with Jb and Family to NSSHP.We are headed out to Epcot today. The later over to AKL.

We put in 2.78 miles this morning. We waited till the sun came up to help fight off the cold air.

My Mom called me yesterday and told me the running shirts have arrived!!! So when I get home I will send out the rest of the money for them and those of you who have paid for them I will send them out to you.

Have a Great day Team Voice!!!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Couldn't Find My Voice!!!


Really quick,
Hello Humans!!!!

Today is a bit slower than yesterday. We did extra magic hours last night at Hollywood studios and I tried to find my voice. Well needless to say I did not. :( I had a head ache so I didn't ride the rides. A big Thumbs up to Small person Nat, she FINALLY got on RNR !!!!!! Mrs. JB talked her in to it as long as she could ride with her. She did it!!!! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO proud of her too! Now all they want to do is ride RNR!!!

No miles today, I was way to tired to get up this morning, but later I will be doing my ab.circuit. And we are planning to do Magic kingdom extra magic tonight. We met Deb last night. She looks great. Oh yes, I saw Byran and his wife over at Dinosaur and they didn't recognize me at first. And Byran will be back in the parks today and we are going to meet up. Can't wait. :)


And we have a ADR at Crystal Palace I haven't had dinner there yet. Can't wait!!

And tomorrow night is AKL hunt. I will be there I am suppose to let everyone know the grand prize for the challenges there but I can hardly speak today. I sound like a squeaker toy !!! hahaha

Sunday, October 26, 2008

What Happen To My Voice ???

Good morning from the the World. It is chilly this morning here. For us any way. Remember we are from S.FL. and it is really warm still. It was in the 60's this morning while we were out for some miles. We did 3.31 miles today,and yesterday we did 3.30 miles. We have been just going out to All Stars Movies and back. We have been getting up early enough to do it. Tomorrow we are going to out to ALL Stars Music to get some longer miles in. I also did my ab.circuit last night.

Yesterday was extra magic hours in Hollywood Studios,so we headed out there.Then we headed over to TOT. JB, and Mrs. JB got FJ on TOT!!! He finally rode it!!! And guess what he LOVED IT!!!! And they got him on RNR!! And we couldn't keep him off of it afterwards.hahaha

Then we headed out to the Magic Kingdom, our ADR was at The tavern. We stayed there in to the evening. Then we came back to the resort and hung out. I have some great pictures, and I have some random people pictures, wait till you see them!!! They are so funny!!!

Oh yeah while we were on the TOT I lost my voice on it. I will have to go back and get it. I sound so funny. haha

Friday, October 24, 2008

At The World

Good day to all from the Wonderful World of Disney!!!! It is cloudy today and raining.
No miles yesterday.Or today. We will be putting in some in the am though. ;)

I have no scale to weigh in on, I have to watch my intake. I haven't lost any weight in the last week. I will be talking more with my trainer so I can stay om track.

We are in All Star Sports, way in the back where it is quiet. We brought our holloween pumpkin it in the window and we are all settled in. Epcot is open till midnight tonight may go over there for a bit.

I got a e-mail late last night, it was from the shirt guy. He shipped out our shirts already.They will be at my house before I will!!!! Thank goodness Grannie will be there to get them. :) She said she would send us a picture of them so I can post it.

OK all gonna read some blogs and chat later!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It's Official .......Vacation Is Here!!!!


WOW!!! I can post today. I have not been able to post since Saturday. Couldn't get in.

I am on vacation!!!! I don't go back to work till next month!! {sounds longer that way} haha. We are finishing up packing, and making sure we have our trading pins. I can't wait!!!!!
Training front,
I have been putting in 2.50 mile every day ,except the last 2 days. Making my calories.Waiting for my vacation workout. I have some routes mapped out to do at the World. I have to put in a long run this week. I was thinking of doing 7.o this time. Got to get the long distances in.

I hope our long distance travelers made it here, and enjoy Universal.Their first time there.

ADR's are
Crystal Palace for dinner
The Brown Derby with Fantasmic seating
50'd Prime Time{ we are going to be very bad children}
Liberty Tree Tavern{characters will not be there in Jan.09}
ON the 28th I will be going over to the Animal Kingdom Lodge doing the night vision hunt and Meeting up with Byran to announce our grand Prize for the Team Voice challenge crazy picture drawing.

And then the rest of our family will be coming in and who knows where we will be going. We don't have to rush. {sweet} And we have a birthday to celebrate. They came a long way to have a birthday. :)

If you are doing the Team Voice challenge get you stuff in!!!
And when we get back from vacation you running shirts will be ready!!!!!! We are signing up to do a local 5k. It is in the evening, it's called the Fantasy of Light 5k walk/run. You go through the holiday season lights. And in Dec. one of the Christmas runs too.

Can't Post! Won't Let Me!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Waiting At Finish Line

Good morning!!
I am stuck here at work, and I am siting at the finish line to see all of you cross it today. E and I did it in 1:58. And I almost got hit by a car! The car was crossing traffic and wanting to go into McDonald's and if I didn't jump back, well I would not be here right now. I was using very colorful words too.
FJ finished in 1:24.he wore a watch. Pretty good for not training .

Good luck to everyone!

Friday, October 17, 2008

I Can't Stand Waiting.....


What a day. A day of nothing. Well at least I thought.

I went to go get a cup of ice, and I noticed there was no ice,and my water bottles for training were melting. And the frozen yogurt was soup. The freezer wasn't freezing. OH NO!!!!!! The fan in the freezer quit working. So when E got home he took it apart and fixed the fan. {whew}

I went over to my dearest friends house. She is on bed rest. :( For the next 6 weeks. She is so bored. And it hasn't been a week yet. So when we leave next week, some of the other girls are going to sit with her.

Training, I did one hour on the hill program. I think I have it figured out. Miles were 3.05. And I did set a of my ab.circuit. My trainer is making a workout program for me while we are gone. One for outside and one for in the gym. My gym is only 9 miles away.
I am thinking that since Jb is going to be here, and he gets up in the early am to put in miles that this my be a good thing for me. This my help me to get use to getting up early and getting out there.Hey putting in miles in Disney World?? Sweet!!! I want to try some of the other running areas there.

Ya know when Jonathan says 12 weeks till the race, that sounds way shorter than 81 days. Say it and if you don't get excited when you do, ummm are you ok??

I put in for the entire week off before the race. I want to be in the World with EVERYONE!! This doesn't happen everyday, and I don't want to miss any of it. And if this happens, FJ will be working the entire marathon weekend. So he would be coming with me.He will earn his first park ticket!!! Sweet!!!

The picture above is the Mickey you see before going into the Kingdom. He is made out of pumpkins. Is that cool or what? Oh yeah in the Bakery on Main Street they have mini pumkins for the kids to color. So the kids colored some and waiting to see if they are there next week.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Shirts

Here is the sample of the shirts.


The Logo.



Front






Back:



What do you think?? I am sending out the first payment today. They will be ready by Nov.1st.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Can You Feel It? It's Coming!

I was so excited about the race I forgot to post my weight loss dropped another 2.

Training yesterday I did a hill program for 30 mintues and then I ran for 10 mintues. In the evening we went out and did another 2.65 miles. So the total for the day was 5 miles.

We are putting the final plans on next week. Getting my training plan to take with me to the world.

Then I have to put the final plans on Jan. 09 !!

Still haven't received the sample of the shirt yet. I will send them an e mail.

Keep up the great work Team!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Getting Ready

Its 4:00a and we are getting ready to go to the race. I am nervous and I have butterflies in the tummy. No rain, its nice out.
My Dad came too. That's why I am nervous. I will update

Ok it is now 6a and FJ is going to be handing out medals to the runners. He has a cool shirt and a chief's hat!! We are lining up at the 13 min. Group.
Riding the bus from epcot we got to see some of the arches for the holiday bridge!
They are playing 80's music.
Taking lots of pics.
Can you tell I am super excited?!
I got emotional thinking of what is to come. All of us here in line up!
Iwe are wearing our AATM shirts.
Ok going to hit the potty again.
See all of you at the finish line!

We finished! 1:29:22.
Crowded for a while. About mile 4 or 5 my left calf muscle became real tight. I had to slow down. It was humid after the sun came up and I was having a hard time with my breathing.
The first runner across the line did it in 35 mintues! Holy cats! FJ is still volunteering, he ended up punching holes in the arm bands! He is doing great!
Well the net big race is the Half! I can't believe it!

I know I need to do more long distance running, and hills and incline. The road ramps are tough.

When ran into a runner who saw our shirts and said they low the show!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sorness

"Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don't so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head."

JOE HENDERSON

I am re posting this quote.

Here I am middle of the week. I am suppose to put in another 5k today at pace. Then low cardio the rest of the week and the ab. circuit my trainer also gave me. My abs are sore today. 4 more days. I am still having knee pain. My trainer told me to stop doing the yoga. I may have caused the pain from doing the yoga. Who knew. The pain is at it's worse when I sit for a long period of time. It's the arthritis that is in there.

I have noticed that all of us are having trouble with with food lately. I am too. First I wasn't making my calories, now I am going over. By 50 calories. Which is my over allowance. And we are going to the World, and All the wonderful food from the food and wine fest..... OMGosh!!!! I have a food bible. The calorie king. It helps since I am counting calories.

Alright everyone, keep moving forward!!!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

I am Super Excited

"Your toughness is made up of equal parts persistence and experience. You don't so much outrun your opponents as outlast and outsmart them, and the toughest opponent of all is the one inside your head."

JOE HENDERSON

Today was pretty good. I did low intensity cardio in the gym. One hour actually. I worked E's but off. :)

I have been dealing with knee pain since Saturday. My bad knee. The left one. I think the arthritis is acting up. We had 2 days of straight rain. I haven't had any problems with it in 3 years. I think the weight loss has some to do with it. So I have been icing it down and I have elevated it, and I wear my brace.

Last night out putting in miles, anything that could go wrong went wrong.Really. I wore my fanny pack with my water bottle, and long sleeve shirt around my waist in case it is cool in the early morning.We started out good, then my shorts were meeting in the middle. They didn't want to stay up or down. Then my hair would not stay up in the hair tie,my ipod was rubbing my arm raw, and to make things worse, My shorts ripped!!! hahaha So I walked the rest of the way home. I didn't want to rub my self raw since the race is this weekend. {ugh]{BTW I don't do the races with my ipod}

Shirt news:
The shirts are going to be ready by Nov.1. I will be getting a sample copy in the mail by the end of the week. Some of you have not paid for your shirts. You are going to owe me. I am doing it all out of pocket.I will post the sample as soon as I get it.

This month has a couple of mile stones for me. First this month is 2 years I have been on this journey to the half. Since I was injured to do it in 2008.And my one year on the awful TOT 13k. The race I hit the wall in.I was sick the entire night after the race. I was wheeled to the car in a wheel chair. The Minnie was my first long race since then. I did a couple of 5k's. And All I could do was worry. The Minnie was my longest race ever too. 9.1 miles. This 10k should be a breeze. I am shooting for 1:10- 1:15 for time. I have done it here at home. And the crazy part is I am going to be slow running this race!!!! My first actual run. Not walking. I am super excited.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

What To Do

Finally!

I have been trying to post since the last one. And it finally let me in!

Team Voice I am not sure what I am going to do with the challenges. I didn't submit one since I was sick and no one would understand me. And then no one submitted answers for the challenge.

I will be ordering the shirts after I get back from The Race for The Taste 10k next Sunday.
Speaking of the race. We have been back out training. Tuesday we did dreadmill hill sprints, and cardio. Then outside and did a 5k in 40:24 and then again the next day in 39:56. Then it rained all day yesterday. I am hoping I can get one mor 5k in and do all cardio this week. My trainer my think different.

I dropped another 3 pounds. 31 pounds lost since June.

Any ideas what to do with our challenges?

19 days and counting.....

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The End..... Or Is It??

Work wasn't so bad yesterday. I did manage to get a headache that lasted nearly 12 hours. I quite taking the medicine the Doctor gave me. I feel better today without the medicine.

Shirt news:
I am submitting the order for the shirts.A quarter of the payment up front and the rest when the order is complete.

It finally stopped raining. I can go out and put some miles in. :) I am so excited to do this race. The cool part is that now everyone will be decorating, and we will have stuff to look at. :)

I am soooooooooo glad this month is over. Holiday is coming!!!! We will have to look at the running trails at Disney to see which ones to give a try.

I received an e-mail saying Dis friends isn't leaving. Now that it has been updated I can not get in my account. I have e- mailed them to have the problem corrected. Anyone else having this problem??

I will update training later.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Back To Work......

I am sitting on my front porch, typing this post. I can't be out in the direct sun due to the medicine I am taking to get rid of this crap. So this is as close as I can get.I have another week of this medicine to take. :(

Weigh in on Saturday. Not so good. + 2. Yep I went up. I know that I have not made my calories this last week from being sick.I do feel better compared to last week but not 100% yet. So when the sun starts to set I am going to get out here and start some of my training.I have 2 weeks.

Now on the shirt front I have not heard any thing new yet. Since I want my shirt, and those who have paid want theirs. I am going to pay for the rest of the order and those of you who have not paid for them you won't get your shirt till you pay me for it.
We have been looking in on booking for the half. We were discussing that today. Since the rest of the family can not come up till Friday, I was looking into maybe coming up a few days before them. Not sure just yet,but it's possible.

I an still waiting on the Disneyland Half registration to open. I want to register. I have been looking at the packages for Disneyland. At the moment it looks like we may only get to go for the weekend, but hey at least we will get to go.

My travel agent tried to get us tickets for NSSHP on the 31st. None left. So we are not going to do that this year.possible MVMCP. Possible. I am putting in for the weekend off for the Mega mouse meet. Can't wait.

Congrats to all of those who braved the Mt Everest Challenge. Pictures please!!!!
I am working on the October challenge, I will be meeting up with Byran to announce the Grand prize drawing for Jan.

We have submitted a letter to Pepsi for donation of water and power aide for Jan. 09. It's good to have contacts. :) If we get it, we may need a couple of volunteers, to help with it.I will keep everyone posted.

And back to work.:(

Friday, September 26, 2008

I am Bored

"It all comes down to having a dream. You have to know why you head out the door every day to run. Your purpose will motivate you in every mile you train."

Brian Diemer, three-time Olympian steeplechaser and 1984 bronze


I was thinking about up dating my pictures. Since I don't look like the one from the Minnie 15k.Then I thought well we have 2 weeks till the 10k. So I will update them then. :) I mean with the hair cut and all I look different. I think I do.

My Dad's birthday is a couple days after the 10k. I was thinking of inviting him to meet us over at the World and spend the day with just us. Then he can experience the race atmosphere too. My daughter said that's good, just get out of her way so she can get to the food.lol :)
We are not staying on site. Not when we can get a room for $30.00 usd. Since we will not be in it except to sleep, and shower.

We walked last night. 2.24 miles.I felt pretty good. Maybe try at pace tonight. And then try one of my trainer's dreadmill workouts. know I am suppose to wait till Monday but I am so bored.

Good luck to those who are in the Mt. Everest Challenge tomorrow. All stay injury free please.

I will update the shirt news a bit later today.

Today the water works have been turned on. Man my eyes are watering like they are over full.But I feel a bit better. This medicine makes me have a headache, and rather sick to my stomach.

Weigh in tomorrow!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Benched

"Running is the classical road to self-consciousness, self-awareness, and self-reliance."

NOEL CARROLL

I went to the Doctor's yesterday.I have an upper respiratory infection and bronchitis He took me off of work till Monday . No training either. I am not aloud to cough. I didn't know I was this ill. Now my job is giving me a hard time about my note to return to work.

So I am home, a bit bored, and I have been sleeping alot. My meds make me have a headache too. So tomorrow I am going to do some of my continuing ed for work.

FJ is volunteering for the Race for The Taste. He will be helping out at the finish line from 5am till 10 am. For every hour he does he will earn points to get a free theme park ticket. And get hid Volunteer hours to graduate. He is excited. I was going to do the tot13k so Nat can earn some points for a free ticket. Then they will be able to have a friend go with them. There is a method to the madness.:)

We all are registered for the free ticket in the World. I even did my Dad.
Did you read that they changed the Half Marathon course?? It is the beginning part. I was freaking out thinking I wasn't going to get to go through the castle.

I will be calling Craig about our shirts. Please pay for your shirt So we can get them.

Great job Team on the Apple run. Sorry I couldn't be there.

We won't know about the All State stuff till November!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Getting Back Out There Only 2 Weeks Til......

"The advice I have for beginners is the same philosophy that I have for runners of all levels of experience and ability - consistency, a sane approach, moderation and making your running an enjoyable, rather than dreaded, part of your life."

BILL RODGERS', Lifetime Running Plan

The Race For The Taste 10k is 80% full. Kids say bring on the food. They are going to meet us at the end. FJ is going to volunteer. My goal is to get this race as close to one hour as I can. Last time I did a 10k I did it in 1:15. So I am coming close.

This head cold is nasty. I am going to go to work tomorrow against my better judgement.I have already missed 2 days. I have only had 3 occurrences this year. I wasn't expecting to catch a cold. :( It sounds like everyone has.

A kind reminder that we need to get everyone to pay for their shirts. The sooner we get the money in the sooner we all can get our shirts. The button is in the right hand column.--->




This picture is a pile of clothes. Clothes that I can not wear anymore. Yep All to big. I am glad I have some smaller sizes in some stuff otherwise I would be in a heap of trouble. I am going to have to go buy all new stuff. well just enough to get me through till I drop some more.

My blackberry is acting up. They did something to the settings and I am not getting my e-mails. :( So that is making me go on the pc.

We walked last night, like walking in the store. We walked 2.58 miles. I felt good yesterday, today well that is another story. No miles today but I am going to do my yoga so I can rest.

Mt trainer changed up my training again. She changed up my calorie count too. 1500 cals per day, and on Sat. 2000 cals.
Treadmill Options (for any of the jogging if you can't go the whole 15 minutes, go 4 minutes on, 1 minute off)
-15 minutes jogging, incline 0, speed 5.0
-15 minutes hill jogging, incline 5, speed 4.4
-15 minute hill sprints, incline 8, speed 4.4- 30 seconds on, 30 seconds resting.
-15 minutes sprints, incline 0, speed 6.5- 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off
-15 minutes backwards walking (holding on), incline 3, speed 2.2

Stairmaster Options:
-15 minutes, level 3- no hands
-15 minutes, level 5- with hands
-15 minutes sprints- level 8- 30 seconds on, 30 seconds resting.
-15 minutes, level 3- changing sides (1 minute walking to the side on the right, 1 minute walking to the side on the left, and repeat)

Elliptical Options:
-15 minutes resistance 8, steady medium-easy pace
-15 minutes, resistance 3, as fast as you can for 30 seconds, rest for 30, repeat.

Outside Options:
-15 minute run
-15 minute sprint/walking alternating- 30 sec. sprint/30 sec. walk
-15 minutes skipping/walking- 30 sec skip/30 sec walk
-15 minute lunge walking- 2 minutes lunges, 2 minutes walk
-15 minute cardio workout video
-15 minute bike ride (fast)
-15 minute jumping jacks
-15 minutes jump rope

I haven't got a chance to do any of this since I have been sick. If I make through work tomorrow I will give something here a try. See I wasn't kidding about her trying to kill me. hahaha :)

So how many days now JB??

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Not Felling So Hot

"You were born to run. Maybe not that fast, maybe not that far, maybe not as efficiently as others. But to get up and move, to fire up that entire energy-producing, oxygen-delivering, bone-strengthening process we call running."

FLORENCE GRIFFITH JOYNER and JON HANC, Running For Dummies



I haven't posted in a few days. I have caught some nasty bug. And I do not feel well at all. Today I can eat. yesterday my stomach was very sour. SO I am not able to get out and do the 10k today Deb. :(

I even stayed home from work today. I will try to go in tomorrow. We will see.weigh in today 0. No gain and no loss.

I hope everyone is doing good on there 10k and 15k today.

E went to Hot Wheels day today and he came home with a mess of new cars.

I am now worried that I am going to loose some of my training.The race is coming. And Now I am worried I will not be ready for it. I will have to work on my breathing since I have this hideous cough. :(

Not alot today. I hope everyone else is doing well.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Looking Ahead ...........

"The most important message I stress to beginners is to learn to love the sport. Like other endeavors, if running is not undertaken properly, it can be difficult and discouraging." Cliff Held

Well another day here in hot , windy S fl. We went to the park today to put in some miles. It was nice, windy, and lots of inclines. I am glad we went. The inclines made me tired and going against the wind. 2.29 in 29 minutes. I will be going back to do the rest of my miles there. Tons of trees and out of this neighborhood. It is just over 4 miles one way to the park. So I was thinking one time I would try going there and back. The only thing is there is a huge intersection there. We'll see. I will look into more going over to the beach side.




I can't wait to go to the Stampede!!! This is one of the places on the planet that my Mustang is appreciated. And they have a garage sale for parts!!!! and raffles and then we all leave out and drive up to the track!!!

E has Hot Wheels day this Saturday. I can't go. :( I have to work. And Nat has try outs for All State. Yes I will be at work. :( She has been working hard on it too. I make sure of that.

The Race for the Tastes 10k is 65% full.I can not wait!!! Friday I will be doing the Michigan 10k.

Goota run. Doing the new work out from my trainer!
BTW Biggest Looser is on tonight!!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Calm After The Storm

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

LOU HOLTZ

Shirt news
They do take PayPal and they have to charge for the art work to be converted over. So everyone if you are ready you can pay for your shirt through the PayPal donate button. The sooner we get the money to them the sooner we all can have our shirts. It will take 3-4 weeks before they are done.
They will be 17.99 if you ordered a xxl you have to add another $1.50 to it. I will pay for the art convert fee. And then you will have to let me know how you want your shirt sent to you.

Boog our puppy is back to being himself. :)

I have my new workout from my trainer. I swear I think this time she is trying to kill me. haha NO really.... I have been doing yoga. It helps alot. I sleep better and I can start my day better. I sure can not do alot of the moves yet. Working on it. I record the yoga off of fit tv and do it on my time. I have been having a hard time meeting my calorie count needs. :( I am working with my trainer to get to the bottom of this.

I never got miles to add to the Million Miles.
Over all it has been a pleasant day today. How are you doing??

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Crazy Saturday





Today we took the puppy to get his shots. He did really well.
UNTIL.... 90 minutes later his little eyes started to swell up. He was itching them. We were in the Pet Smart getting him a collar and all the sudden his nose was swelling up too. We left in a hurry, took him to the hospital, and he was having an allergic reaction to the vaccine. He is still in the doggie hospital. He had to get some Benedryl by IV. I was so upset. We are trying to get him updated and all and we made him sick. :( He will be coming home a little later.

Weighed in today and I dropped another 3 pounds!!! I am 188. Woohoo!!!
Shirt news they do take PayPal and they have to charge for the art work to be converted over. So everyone if you are ready you can pay for your shirt through the PayPal donate button. The sooner we get the money to them the sooner we all can have our shirts. It will take 3-4 weeks before they are done.
They will be 17.99 if you ordered a xxl you have to add another $1.50 to it. I will pay for the art convert fee. And then you will have to let me know how you want your shirt sent to you.

If you like to read a good book. Try Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I read it in two and half days. I could not put it down. Now I am going to go get the second one. This is the new Ann Rice.

Got to go it is time to call and see if Boog is ready to come home!!! :)
JB please keep me posted!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Bad Weather Day

Runner's World Kick In The Butt

"In a world that's quickly becoming so fast-paced that multi-tasking is a way of life, runners have managed to find a way to do something that's good for our heads, bodies, and spirits, and that provides wonderful social interaction."

JOHN BINGHAM

The couple of days have been something. The weather here has been windy. So windy that some of the semi trucks are falling over in the roads. The storm slowed down so now it is just as bad. :( For the last 2 days, I have been stuck indoors. No miles.

My best friend sends me a message on Monday asking me to take her to the Doctors. { she is 3 month pregnant}.And then she tells me she is spotting. She is high risk till her 4 month. I was flipping out.I told her of course I would. So we went and she has a small bleed that the Doctor isn't worried about.It's not near the womb or anything! OMGosh!!! We got to see the baby, and it was just moving all around.And we heard the heart beat. So cool.

Then E was flying home during all of this and he missed his connecting flight, due to being stuck out on the tarmac for over 20 minutes. Airport traffic. He was able to get a stand by flight. Thank goodness other wise he would have been there till 9p.

We are registered for the race. I can't wait. I hope all these damn storms go away. :(

Still no news on the shirts. We will not be going to the Mount Everest challenge. I have an job obligation to attend to. :( They so suck!!! That means I won't get to meet Fee until March during the Princess Half!! I have to be on call during that time since I am going to be the labor coach.

Deb has sponsored a race for September!!! Go check it out!!! I can't wait!!!

For running gear I am going to try out the new running skirts for women. I need a new water pack to carry.I will need to carry 2 water bottles. I finally got E to get new trainers!!! We will be looking this weekend.

I am taking my Mom over to Bally's today so she can check out the sliver sneaker program. They have a pool!! And an indoor track!!! and they are running a special. But I haven't been to the bigger gym of the one we have membership too. I will have to go look.

So what would be a good dreadmill for at home?? I want one, but how do you know what is good?? I do not need all the bells and whistles. I want one I can just run and walk on with incline. Suggestions??

Have a great day!!! October 24th here we come!!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

No exercise or running yesterday. I just ran out of time.
The hair is cut. She cut 16 inches off. I will post pictures on Monday. I feel lighter too.
I am tired of the tropical news. They are scaring people here. The storm doesn't look like we are going to get it. We are ready. It is putting stress on us.and then the drama kicks in high gear.

Weighed in this morning. No loss, no gain. I figured that. No new workout.I have to do this eval. My trainer sent. I can't do it till Monday.

E and his family were suppose to go to the races this evening but Hanna made it postone till Sunday.

When I get home tonight I will put in some miles not sure if I want to do 4 or 2.

New Cornfest run in October. Sweet corn! It will be during our Disney vacation too. Cool!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The MDGMP Challenger

Hi Gang!!!

The challenge for September is going to be on the AATM show. Listen to get the details.






Shirt news.Ok I have not out the order in just yet, since I am still getting more people ordering them. I am waiting for them to let me know About the logos and shipping. They are going to be yellow bright shirts, and the black logo. Do not worry about paying for the shirts just yet. The donate{ listed here on the blog} button goes to the Pay Pal account I have and I am waiting for them to let me know if that is the way we are paying for the shirts.It is a waiting gym right now. {sigh}

Since Monday I have been doing double the training.
Monday 2.14 miles and circuit training
Tuesday sprints.2.40 miles
Wednesday circuit, 2.14 miles. I was so tired last night my time suffered, but I got the mile in. My thighs are sore!! Not painful just sore.E has to ride his bike now. I run to slow for him,and it hurts him to run that slow.So he is riding his bike when I do the short 2.14 miles. I am trying to work up to getting faster. I can sprint at his speed maybe for a minute, which is better than I have ever done. :)
I am still waiting for my new workout from my trainer. I think I have plateaued. I don't think I will be loosing any weight this week.

We are registered for the Race For The Taste 10k. Next week I will be registering the kids. I am so excited I am just ready to do it now!!!! So Jeff any new Cornfest Runs??

I need your miles for The year for a Million miles!!!
4 more months to go!! Oh I am so excited.

Tomorrow I am getting my hair cut. I haven't had one in 6 years. I have 22 inches of long hair. I can not wait!!! I am donating it to Locks of Love. I have to work 8 hours, and then I am going straight over after work. E won't see my new cut till he gets back from his parents. :) I am looking to get a cut that will be easy to take care of and I will not have to wear it up all the time, and it will be easier to run with!!

They are driving us crazy with all these storms out in the ocean!!! I am tired of hearing it 24/7. And I am tired of hearing about the campaigning too!! GRRRRRR..... I need to run up to the World!!

Hi

Just a quick Hello!!! and I will post he challenge later, and it just has been a bit busy here. All is well.

run 2.14 mile for yesterday
sprints: 2.00Tuesday
run: 2.40 for Tuesday

Monday, September 1, 2008

4 To Go.......

Good bye August and Welcome September!!! 4 months to go. 6 weeks to the Race For The Taste 10k. I am excited and I can not wait!!! I haven't been in the World since July 4th!!! I am shooting for 1:10 for the race. I have alot of work to do.

Matt good luck and stay safe during this Nasty storm. And we have to keep an eye on Hanna. Man it has been busy this year.

Ok shirt news:
The one company is estimating the shirt cost to be no more than 17.99 with both logo's on it. I have to send in the logo's. I am still waiting for the other company to give me a estimate. So far I will be going with this one which is Cool Max.

How many of you are going to do the runner's retreat?? It is high in cost. What if I can get us all a small hot snack breakfast to have in the morning?? We have to line up at 3a. The race starts at 6:30am. I have some letters out and to see what I can do to get us one. There is another running group that does that. They all meet up eat, warm up together, stretch and then go to where they need to be just before the race starts. Thoughts?? I am going to carry my oatmeal with me to line up. And my water I am carrying with me,And a G2 to have before the race and carry peanut m&m's. They work for me.

Ok I will have the challenge up later in the day and and the winner of the first challenge. Today was an rest day. Tomorrow starts the twice a day training three days a week.

Be Safe!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Hurricane Run

Well what a blustery day today. It is nice, between the feeder bands form the hurricane. We finally got a break today and we headed out to do the 6.1 miles.

Today was also weigh in for me. I lost the 2 I gained from my cycle, and drop one pound. So the total for this month is 9 pounds. 191. I can not believe it. None of my clothes fit. None. I look like I am a walking bagging person. I refuse to buy new clothes just yet.

Today is also a high calorie day. I have a hard time making these days.

So now it is 7:30 p and we head out the door. It is windy as you know what. Overcast, no rain. I did 13 minute miles. by 4.1 mile my time was 52 minutes. I shaved off 5 minutes since my last 4.1 miles, and 6.1 was 1:21, and then it started to sprinkle. WE had to walk against the wind. And it was blowing at 12-15 mph. By the time we got back to the house my legs and arms were shaking, and my shoulders are stiff. 6.84 mile in 1:31:19. Sweet!!! My best long distance in a while. Next week I will add a mile. And we beat the down pour in.

Next week E will be going out of town to his parents. He is going to the Richmond evening race with his Family. Me I will be at work. I will have to figure out how to do my long run without my support. my daughter has been going with us. She wants to do the 10k too. So for 5 days I will have no E. I have a feeling that his Niece will send him home for her "My Natalie". :)

So to end this month, I didn't make the miles for the challenge. I came close though and no picture from me.We shall see what the winner picks for the next theme.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

I Have A Dream, Do You??

Runner's World Daily Kick In The Butt:

"We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort."

JESSE OWENS

The statement above says it all. I am dreaming about what it is going to feel like when I approach the castle,I know I will be a emotional wreck, and I don't want to. But all this hard work, is to make it to the castle, and run down Main Street. Oh the smells. The fresh waffle bowls being made, the coffee smells from the Bakery, and the Confections Corner baking the rice treats. And the people cheering everyone on. Can you see it? Can you smell it?? I sure can!!!!

Team Voice shirt news:
Here is where we are at. I am getting everyone's shirt sizes. The cool max shirts. Short sleeves, and they are going to be yellow. I Am putting the Black Team Voice logo on the front with the 09 ears. And on the back is the team Voice Disclaimer. The disclaimer is on the right hand side of the screen,under Team Voice. ----->
Now Once I receive everyone's sizes I will submit the order.And then I will know how much the shirts will cost. Again I am not making a dime off of this,I am doing this for the Team.Also I am ordering 2 shirts so I can have one to wear after the the race. So everyone knows who I am!!! Loud and Proud!!!!!



Since Dis friends are closing in October I will be going over to Face book. I will post the link once I get it up and transferring the pictures too.

Have all of you verified your Half Marathon information?? On the web site they are asking all the runner to do that. In the right hand side of the screen under favorite places the link is there. ----->

As far as I know there are no crazy challenge pictures so, how will we judge this?? I will pick the next theme and and challenge tittle, or we can let the challenge roll over an extra week??

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Inspired...

Today we are sitting making plans on what Disney races we are going to volunteer at. Yes volunteer. I am doing to mostly for the kids. They can gain the hours they need, and earn park tickets. And be apart of something bigger. Our first race is going to be I believe Mt. Everest. Waiting to hear if they need help there. Kids are excited about it.

I circuit trained last night. It was raining so no outside. So far today looks kinda unsure for outside so that means I will have to get on the ole dreadmill. UGH...

I have also been looking into joining a running group here. They do a lot and they could help unleash the madness in FJ. He won't listen to me, so maybe he will do better with someone else. FJ is fast. Maybe than can tell me about the Olympic training for him. :)


Did you see the Dis Friends will be closing down in October? Yep so now what will all of do?? :(

OK I am getting excited here. I have 6 weeks of training to do before the Race For The Taste 10k. My interval sprints are getting faster. I am up to doing them at 6.5 speed. I found out that doing the stair climber, that my knees have become stronger.My out side jogging/ wogging is getting faster. October will be 2 years I have been working at this.

I still can not see myself doing the 26.2. And I want to.
If you asked me 2 years ago about running 5k I would have fell over laughing. Wow how much change I have done, and now seeing the results of my hard work just makes me want to keep going. I have to conquer the 13.1 first which I feel confident I will do just fine. I got my confidence back after doing the Minnie 15k.

I would love to have my trainer there in Jan.09'. I really would. My Dad is going to be there. I can't wait!!! :) And Team Voice members are too. I can't wait to put names and faces together, and see those who I haven't seen since Mouse Fest!!!

Here is what I had yesterday and it was not Slimfast!! Gross!!!!
8/25
9a
2 egg: 60
2 tbsp spinach: 10
cheese: 30
good belly: 50
total: 150
fage yogurt: 90
1/2 c friut: 20
total: 110
1 dark chocolate piece: 40
dinner 7p
subway turkey sub : 560
yogurt:90
1/2c friut: 20
grand total: 1220
water: 125 .15

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sun Shine, and Mickey Drops

No Doom and gloom today.
Sunday was still just work, But it was way better. My Mom wants to be apart of the races we do. And she found away to do it.She is going to be a Sports Enthusiast. She is going to volunteer at the races we do. We found out the kids can do it to, and use it for high school. And they all can earn tickets!!! I think the first one is going to be the race for the taste, unless they all plan on being in it.

I want to give a shout out to my MOM. She has a blog.{just found out} so go over and say Hi. Grannie's Ear Horn www.granniesearhorn.blogspot.com.

So getting ready to have dinner, then out the door for mileage. and then chat with the trainer.

Jonathan just keep swimming. You can do this. :)

I will update later.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Doom and Gloom

This was one of those days I should have got back in my bed and stayed there. No instead I take it head on.
Got up this morning to weigh in. I was in shock. Kind of. +2 pounds. I always gain just before my cycle starts. Then my Mickey mouse shaped tea ball was missing. Are you kidding me!?!? I didn't get a hot cup of Earl Grey this morning :(. FJ found it or he was going to live in the dog house. I leave here. get in the highway, and it is blocked from a accident.They were routing us to the west bound highway. I have to go to the east coast. I was late to work. Then I was floated. TO the ER not so bad. 20 minutes later we had a code. :( Nope that one went to heaven. :(

My hand starts acting up. Later I get accused of dumping a patient in a bed and not telling anyone. Me?!? NOT IN A MILLION YEARS!!!!!! They wrote the wrong room number. I did my job right. Well needless to say, they made a big deal over it.SO I am hoping I do not get wrote up. I did my job. I even went to check the chart!!! :( :( Then they send me home early, I think because of the crap they pulled. Now I am emotionally drained. I want to go do 2 miles. But I am afraid if I go outside today I will fall and hurt myself. SO I am not doing anything but blogging and going to watch Dan in Real Life. And try this again tomorrow. Maybe they we cancel me. Census is low in the hospital.
Always is the week before a holiday.Specially this one, then season starts, and no chance for being canceled till we close.
Jonathan you are going to have to over come the triggers. And work through the hard part of dealing with the food. I am here to help, always.
So off to my movie and hot tea.
Good Night

Friday, August 22, 2008

Ca Chow! UPDATED

Worked yesterday. Man I was beat. I was dressed to go do my sprints. I fell asleep before I could get my shoes on.
So I have to do double today. Sprints and outside time. Then I will not be in the gym this weekend since I have to work. :( So I will be putting outside time in weather permitting of course. I will update later.

Tomorrow is the Men's marathon. Tivo will be recording it for me. I love my Tivo.

I want to give a shout out to our newest member of Team Voice. Donna K. On the boards chidis. She is enrolled for the half marathon 09, and she is doing the Everest Challenge. Welcome!!!

Did you see the Retreat package Disney is offering the runners?? I got it in the Endurance e letter. Kate did that last year. And she like it. I may enroll E and I to do that too. ChEAR is the other thing they are doing. I believe that is how you are going to track the runners in 09.

Oh yes I forgot.. Wednesday I did 4.46 miles in ready for it...... I am soooo proud of myself!!!!! Ready.... I was in a groove... moving like the wind...wishing I could move like the Women's Olympics marathon winner!! Ready... . one hour and fifty three minutes!!! Holy Cats!!! My daughter was having a hard time keeping up with me!! And the winds were blowing at least 10 knots. The time is off of my Garmin. E thinks it is off, but I calibrated it. So I posted my miles on the boards and I have to add those oops!! lol
The blackberry issues are corrected and I am back in action!!

My new work schedule is a lot more training friendly too!! Thanks!!!

Team Voice Many Goals, One Voice!!

I did my circuit training workout and I put in 4.46 miles tonight and did it in 57:56!!! My best time yet!!!
Correction to above as pointed out by mgreene, my time was one hour, and fifty three seconds not minutes. Thanks for pointing that out!!!! Weigh in in the morning before work!!!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What The .....

HI form Windy South Fl.

We weathered the storm just fine.Now we are alert for it to make a u turn and come back!! Holy Cats!!!

Today was the first day of school. My son's bus didn't show up. I had to take him to school. and then I also find out,they want to move him from a high school diploma to a special diploma?! What!? I do not think so. I have worked hard to keep him in school.To get them to understand I said," Forest Gump" is going to finish high school.UGH!!!!

Did you see the triathlon ?? I did. WOW!!!!! I am waiting to see the mens marathon.And did you see them cheat our girl out of a gold?? But they let a tie in wrestling?? grrr...

Yesterday was a rest day. I have been sore from the circuit training.But I keep going. I may get some outside time in today.

I am not getting my messages on my blackberry. Nothing, not even e-mails!! I am so sorry for not keeping in touch.I am waiting for them to correct this problem. I even missed a meeting today!!!! :(

Monday, August 18, 2008

Little Black Rain Cloud Updated

Well here i am sitting listening to the noaa. www.noaa.gov. And watching this storm. It is raining. And it has been since 5am, and has not stopped. Go to the web site and you can see the storm,raining on my area. It is going to be a hurricane by the next update at 11a. They say it is headed west,but it really looks more like it is coming to us.
I have a bucket outside to see how full it gets.And no school!!!

So no outside time.I have been doing the circuit training,man my legs are sore. My inner thighs are screaming!! I was reading the boards and I saw that Deb has ran her longest run yet!!! That is so awesome!!!! I am so proud of you!!!

I have been so occupied with this storm I haven't done my pirate picture yet. I will though. I sat up and saw clips of the womens marathon. 26.2 miles in 2:26!!! I can't wait to see the men go.

We watch the WWE summer Slam last night!!! Undertaker is back!!!!! :)
Saturday was weigh in again, and I dropped another 3 pounds. I am almost in the 180's!!!!

so I am sitting here watching the weather, and reading blogs catching up on the show.

We just had a tornado pass through kinda close but we couldn't see it. We went to the gym and I did my sprints. miles 3.22. E did the 5k loop and did it in 33:32. He is worried everyone think he is slacking. And E is down another pants size too.Mt thigh are really sore. I was doing the sprints at 6.2. then a light jog at 4.6. The radar is showing a break coming soon maybe I can get 2 outside miles in.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Won't Fix It?

I have been so busy lately. Getting kids ready for school on Monday. Agoping for supplies, school uniforms, hair cuts, schedules man!!
I did not get to do my sprints last night. I was exhausted. So I have to do double the work tonight after work.
Then I have to get up and put my miles in.
I am trying to figure out what to put on for a pirate picture.
I tired to get my daughters clarinet fix. Well they would not repair it. To old. So I had to get her a newer one. She is worried she won't sound right. She sounds great! I have been helping her with her all state music for try outs. Man!!

So how are all of you??

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

I Am Off !!!

I am soooo glad to be home. I have worked the last three days all over the place at work. My arms are a bit sore from pushing stretchers and on my feet. Man. I took yesterday off, and today. I was falling asleep trying to eat dinner last night, and the night before. Then drama hits us all again. To much stress.Saturdays weigh in was down another 2 pounds!!!

I plan on getting up in the morning with E and put in 2 miles or 3. and then later go and do an hour of intervals with hills.

MY menu:
8a
coffee: 20
sausage:65
1 egg white:30
good belly yogurt:50
total: 210
12noon
qorn chick. 1 c :80
s. noodles :40
1c steamed b
green beans:30
parm. fresh graded:20
total:240
snack:2p
naked pita chips:150{14}
1 tbsp hummus:35
total: 185
7p
s.noodles: 40
sauce: 1/2c 70
qorn meatballs 4 : 90
1c steamed mixed veggies: 30
total: 220
skinny cow: 140
8:30p
1/2c ricotta cheese: 50
6 raspberries: ?
1/2 tbsp peanut butter: 40
chocolate sauce: 15
total:100
annie's bunnies 51: 140
grand total: 1235


I asked mt trainer to work in something for stress.I need help to relieve it. I think kids a getting nervous with school starting next Monday.


Short one tonight.
{yes I know the 5k is actually 3.1 miles,my legs just gave out!!}