Saturday, January 26, 2013

Blech... Not getting any faster.

Last week my neck was sore.

This morning my abs hurt.

Right now my shoulders feel like they can't hold up my arms.

Running.

Hurts.

I have been trying to run in a healthy way, and reading endless articles on how to protect my knees, ankles, skin, mind...  It's a big jumble of stuff to keep up with.

My stamina is still not great.  I find that I'm still running the same distance eventhough I'm running a larger portion of the time.  Is this right?  Doesn't that mean that I'm not running any faster than I've been walking?  Argh!



I'm still doing about 2.1 to 2.2 miles in 30 minutes.  This is a 14 minute mile, and I am absolutely exhausted at the end of it.  I find it difficult to believe that in 8 months I will be able to run a faster pace than this for 7 times as long... It's seeming a little impossible right now. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Week 3 Recap!

So, my weeks start on Wednesday, and I have found that Wednesdays are the hardest days of the week.  By the end of the week, I can't believe that I had trouble on the first day... but it is tough those first days.

Every Wednesday my training program steps up a bit.  Usually the workout is consistent for all three days, and every third week is a little bit easier... Yeah.  My experience so far is that I feel great after, but I still have a tiny struggle on the first workout of the week.  It's actually kind of cool that the human body adapts to the stamina requirements of this gradual increase.

My pace is also quicker.  I can't say that I'm covering much more ground, but my feet are moving faster.  Maybe it's the colder weather?  Maybe I'm becoming awesome?? :)

I'm using Spotify for my workout mix, and it's awesome.  You can make playlists with it and access them on your phone or ipod or whatever.  I have my music and my training program running at the same time and it's great.

In quilt news:

Here is my first quilt in the project of 12 Jelly Roll quilts this year:


Oxford likes it!  This was done with the 1600 Race "pattern".  You just sew all the strips in a jelly roll together into a big long strip, and then sew the strips together the long way, cut, open and do it again.... until it's a quilt top!!

So easy!

This jelly roll came from Kevin's parents for christmas.  I love the colors, and I haven't really worked with batiks that much, but I love the way this came out.  With that in mind, I got this jelly roll for a penny (yup!  for $.01) on super clearance at the Hancock Fabrics which is closing :(.




These will be a railfence quilt... This roll was a good deal, but not technically from the Jelly Roll of the month club... but I'll count it (December is so busy!!)

Meanwhile:  Look what came in the mail!  Our first official Jelly Roll!  I'll open it once the rail fence is finished!


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Running Itinerary, 2013!

Here are the races that I am running this year (in anticipation of completing my goal of running a half marathon in 2013.)  I am registered for all of these races, and have made a firm commitment to run all of them.  I think these are all of them for the year (unless there's a really fun race that pops up!)

Wacky 5k! March 3rd, Sunday

Zombie Shuffle - 5k Run, May 18th, Saturday

SALUTE, INC. got freedom?10K Run - May 26th, Sunday

The Chicago Half Marathon - September 8th, 2013



Now, you might notice that the Zombie 5k and the Got Freedom? 10k are a week apart.  I hope this isn't a terrible idea.  I really want to run a 10k on my way to the half... but the zombie race looks FUN!  These will just be my "long runs" for these weeks, and I'll take extra recovery after the 10k.  And I have no pride wrapped up in the Zombie 5k.  If I need to walk, or not finish, or whatever, that's fine.  It's just a fun one!  :)

The only other races I would add would be something in July in Indiana.  We'll see... :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Week 2 Recap

Half Marathon:

Week TWO!  We're at 90 seconds of running, 2 minutes of walking alternating... I had my first tough run last night.  It was sooooo COLD!  My muscles were aching... I didn't have time to run in the morning, so I had to do my training when I got off work in the evening.  It was 8:30pm by the time I hit the road.  Whew!  It was 15 degrees (felt like 0).  I was exhausted from an 8 hour work day, and it was really difficult to motivate myself out the door.  I just thought, "If you don't go now, this is where it will start to be ok for you to fail at this."  So, I put on some LMFAO "Sexy and I Know It" and hit the ROAD!

It's a bit tougher, but I'm averaging 2.4 miles of walk/running in 31 minutes.  That's That's not too far from the ultimate goal of maintaining a 13 minute mile long term ... for 13.1 straight miles... WHEW!

I tested some of the new running songs on my Spotify playlist, which is awesome.  Some were too slow and have been ELIMINATED!

I've also been doing a ton of research.  Subscribed to Runner's World for the Nook, and love reading people's stories and creative ideas (especially after a run like last night while in the bathtub).

Summary:  It was a little bit tougher this week, and it made me realize that it's going to be tough to find time in July and August when I am training 6 days per week for an hour or more...  We'll cross that bridge when we get to it.  Right now, the running is getting harder, but it feels great to get out there and up the ante a bit every week.  Next week we will be up to 90 seconds of running/90 seconds of walking. HALF AND HALF... There's no going back from here...

Quilts:

I've done some quilting, this week on Kevin's 3D maze, and I'm so excited our February Jelly Roll should be coming in the mail next week!!  Maybe for next week's entry I'll have photos!! :)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Week One Recap!

Resolution #1:

Half Marathon Training!

At the end of week one, I have to say that this might just be achievable!  My training schedule differs from every other running training that I've ever done.  I'm running and walking, with plenty of rest.  I'm doing around 6 miles per week right now, and resting every other day.  It feels like I can do more, and I'm really increasing my endurance. 

Each week I add a little more running, and do a little less walking, or I go further.  I am training right now for three days a week, and I'll increase that to four after the 5k race in March.

Right now we are training for the Wacky 5k on Sunday March 3rd:

http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=93

Can't wait for my first race!



Resolution #2:

I have completed my first Jelly Roll Quilt!!

Kevin's mom and dad got me a great jelly roll of batik fabrics, and it inspired this resolution!!  Thanks guys!

I did a quilt call the "Jelly Roll Race".  Fitting... It's a racing theme this year, after all!

I started this quilt, and the quilt top was done in 1 and a half episodes of Doctor Who, and I had it completely quilted in two more episodes!  DONE!

I'll get a pic up ASAP!!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

2013 - HERE WE GO!!!

Coming off the crushing defeat of not completing the Zumba Fitness Rush video game to 100% (only got to 93%), which was our 2012 Resolution, the sensible thing to do would be to select a resolution that is more easily achieved...

But what fun would that be?

I might be nuts, but my Resolution for 2013 is to run the Chicago Half Marathon on September 8th.  I am on my third day of training.  Already sore.  Can I look forward to feeling this way until September 10th?  Probably.  I have lost my mind.

The thing about this is... I've always wanted to be a runner.  I've done a few 5k races, and loved training for them and doing them... And the half marathon is on my bucket list.  Why not now?  Why not go for it?

I also have a secondary creativity resolution... I joined The Fat Quarter Shop's Jelly Roll of the Month Club.  For those of you who don't know:  A "Jelly Roll" is a roll of 42" by 2.5" precut strips of fabric.  Every month I'll get thsese strips in the mail.  I have no idea what the fabrics will be, but they will be coordinated.  I might love them, I might hate them, but each month, I have to make a quilt out of them.  I will have a total of 12 Jelly Roll Quilts by the end of the year.  Fun?  YES!

Friday, January 4, 2013

2012 Wrap Up!

So, where did we end up with our 2012 Resolution?

For those of you who don't remember, my 2012 resolution was to complete the Zumba Fitness:  Rush video game for Kinect to 100%.

I sadly must report that I did not achieve my resolution for 2012.  I have two achievements left:  Complete a single song with 2 players with 10 stars total, and Complete a full 2 person workout.  You may notice that both of the achievements that I didn't achieve require multiple players (and the dog doesn't count).  I will be honest:  I didn't try very hard to get someone else to help me with these.  I asked my neighbor Amy to help me out, but it never worked out (and the holidays were super busy).  I intended to take the xbox and kinect down to Cincinnati for Christmas, and my car broke down and I didn't get to go.  I knew that I could get help in my family, but taking them out of the equation, I gave up.  My car broke down on the 23rd, and it was just too late. 

So, here we are.  I have completed the Zumba game to 93%.  Though, I didn't get all the way there, I give myself a "B".

What's in store for next year, you might ask... Well....