Monday, February 27, 2006
Saturday, February 25, 2006
For some odd reason, my GPS mysteriously turned off around mile 8. I didn't notice it for about a half mile, so we had to depend on Michele's. Here's did fine, though, although she was concerned about the battery. I turned mine back on and it was fine...just a half mile behind. But I am concerned about that happening.
I have to give credit to my parents for helping me out today - J.T. had a 3pm appraisal, and Bo had a 2pm birthday party, and the only way I could get this run in today was to start at 2:30, after Briar's b-ball game. So my parents graciously took the boys after Briar's game and let them hang with them. Daddy took Bo to the birthday party and Momma hung out with Briar and cooked us all dinner. Thanks Momma and Daddy!!! I love you both!
Friday, February 24, 2006
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Here are a few pictures of our ski trip:
This was Saturday - it was COLD and SNOWY!!!
Bo getting ready for ski camp.
Bo and Nicholas in ski camp - skiing with one ski.
Briar at the base after mastering skiing without poles.
As many of the crew as we could get together at one time.
Bo and Nicholas after their second day of ski camp.
Briar - relaxing after the second day of skiing.
Saturday morning we headed out to the Beech Mtn resort, and it was the most crowded day in 2 years for them. It was a mess...but with Sage and Dwight holding our hands, we got through it, got our skis, and got Briar and Bo into their camps. Bo and Nicholas did the 3 year old ski camp and Briar did the 8-12 year old snowboarding camp. J.T. and I, along with the other adults took a 1 hour ski lesson to get us started. We did alright in the lesson, then headed up the ski lift to come down the easiest slope. I took off flying straight down the mountain and out of control - crashing each time! J.T. crashed a lot too. I finally found Gary and Tracy, and Gary helped me get used to going back and forth across the mountain and staying in control. By the afternoon, I was doing alot better. I went up to the top with them and Michele and had some ugly collisions with some snowboarders, but I never got hurt - other than a few purple bruises. When the boys got out of camp at 3:30, we took them(Briar and Brandon) up the lift to let them try out their snowboarding skills and they had a rough time. Bryce did great on his skis with Michele though. So Briar and Brandon decided to trying skiing the next day, and so did most of the other boys.
We got them a one hour lesson, and they all did great. Briar couldn't hardly get it with his poles, so I took them away and he did great too. We got on the quad chair lift and went all the way to the top and came down the IV, V and XI slope you see below:
They are blue slopes, which are labled "more difficult". I had to take my time, and I was still crashing a lot, and Briar ran off and left me. He said it "was the most fun he's ever had"!! He beat me to the bottom and later told me that when he looked up and didn't see me anywhere he said a prayer for me to have a safe journey down!!! Matt, Kyle, Brandon and Byron also mastered the skiing quickly. They went up and came down some blue slopes too, and did great. Mary Beth really caught on the second day too, and before we got done she came down the Powder Bowl (XI) slope, which is a blue. J.T. had enough by the this point, so he hung around and watched us and got Bo from his ski camp. Bo enjoyed his ski camp better the second day, I think. The weather was warmer and it wasn't so crowded. I just wish we could have one more day! I think everybody enjoyed it, and we all want to go out west next year!! It snowed again Sunday night, and we came home Monday morning. I'll post some pictures soon.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Anyways, I am running 10 miles in the morning, then we are leaving for North Carolina. Let's pray no one gets hurt on the slopes.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
This is a tough recovery week. I did my 8 miles this morning at the rec center. Michele was running, so I ran the first 3.5 with her...then I had to finish on my own. I felt fine, especially to be early in the morning. But I am craving some warm weather. I want back on my bike, and I wanna feel some sunshine! I ordered a pair sunglasses yesterday that I've been wanting for almost a year. I hope they are worth the wait. Maybe I'll post a picture of myself in them when I get them. I can't post a link to them on the internet though, cause then you'll know what I paid for them.
Monday, February 13, 2006
I also got swimming in. I took the kids to the pool and played with them awhile, and then Briar watched Bo while I swam 1000 meters. We all had a good time. Briar did a 100 meter swim just to prove that he could still do it and looked GREAT! I'm gonna see about getting him back on the swim team maybe really soon. Although I worry about how baseball and everything else are going to conflict. But he is pumped up about doing some triathlons this summer...so I'd like to keep his swimming in good shape. Speaking of Briar and triathlons - here's a picture of him in his first and only one:
Isn't he a stud!!??!! You cannot imagine how proud I was of him that day!! He got 2nd place in his age group...and only missed first by like 8 seconds. He says he'll never let that happen again!! But we were all thrilled with 2nd place...I thought he did awesome!
"Forward, Leg!" says The Mind.
"I can't! It hurts too bad - I'm tired." cries The Leg.
"I said MOVE!" shouts The Mind agrily. "If you don't move forward at once I will torment you for the rest of your life! I will never let you forget the day you quit!"
"Ok!Ok!" The Leg concedes and moves forward. "I'll go a few more steps!"
And it all starts over after "a few more steps".
Ok, so I'm a nut. I know. But it's the truth. And I have to confess that this 18 mile run was more difficult than I had thought it was gonna be. I can think of lots of excuses - the cold, the way I dressed, the fact that I haven't exactly been eating right lately...but I'm not even going there. All I know is I have to figure out how to squeeze 2 more miles out of my legs over the next week and a half. One good thing is that I enjoyed my fuel belt. And a lesson learned is to fill one of my containers with Gatoraide. Ofcourse I just had water...and Michele swapped one with me so I could have some gatoraide when I got to feeling sick. It's nice to have training partners!
I'm thinking that my gps said we finished in 3:02:57. I think that's around 10:10/mile. I guess that's not too bad for training, but it coulda been better had I not caused us to walk a quarter of a mile. Let's hope things improve for the 20 miler.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
1. Jail Hill: Distance: .23/mile; Time: 1:56; Pace: 8:30/mile
2. Thrill Hill #1: Distance: .10/mile; Time: 0:50; Pace: 8:10/mile
3. Thrill Hill #2: Distance: 271.07 ft; Time: 0:23; Pace: 7:45/mile
4. Jail Hill: Distance: .23/mile; Time: 1:52; Pace: 8:17/mile
5. Thrill Hill #1: Distance: .10/mile; Time: 0:50; Pace: 8:11/mile
6. Thrill Hill #2: Distance: 291.11 ft; Time: 0:26; Pace: 7:58/mile
7. Jail Hill: Distance: .22/mile; Time: 1:45; Pace: 7:49/mile
All the downhill recoveries were around 12:00/mile, and one was 13:00/mile. Overall distance = 3.16 miles. Total Time = 34:10. Average Pace = 10:48. Total Calories = 325. Average Heart Rate = 162 bpm.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Above is the chart for elavation and pace as compared to distance. It was about 36 degrees, and we all 3 ran up jail hill...down, up, down, then up thrill hill...back over and down jail hill...then repeated..then ran up jail hill one last time to make 7 hills...3 long and 4 short. I'll post some more stats later, but I gotta get some sleep right now...
Saturday, February 04, 2006
"That strength or firmness of mind which enables a person to encounter danger with coolness and courage, or to bear pain or adversity without murmuring, depression, or despondency; passive courage; resolute endurance; firmness in confronting or bearing up against danger or enduring trouble. "
How about that?! The thought of being able to "encounter danger with coolness and courage"...or to "bear pain or adversity without murmuring, depression, or despondency" became something I craved. Mainly because I could look back on my life and see that I was just a big wimp. I encountered danger with screams and tears - not coolness and courage. And I reacted to pain and adversity with much murmuring and some depression and despondency. I was weak. I was always "afraid" to tackle a mileage that I'd never done before, for fear that it might hurt a little. And I decided it was time to start changing that. The training that I did for my first season of triathlons helped alot. Wading out into the lake to train for an open water swim...pushing myself to ride longer and farther on the bike...and forcing my legs to keep moving during that bike to run transition - when I wanted to skip out, or whine and murmur - I had to remember that I was increasing my mental fortitude. And what a great feeling! I love that feeling...the one where you are scared of something, but you reach down deep and take on the challange anyways. I think it's the increase of mental fortitude there causes you to come back again...push harder...push further. And it's addictive. I know that I have much more mental fortitude now than before I ever did a triathlon. And I have more now than before I started this marathon training. And I can't wait to see the mental fortitude I will have after running the 26.2 miles in April.
All I know is, I don't want Briar and Bo to grow up with little mental fortitude. I want them to not be afraid to take a risk...to not be afraid to fail...to live life to the absolute fullest and enjoy every minute of it...to be confident in themselves...cool and calm under pressure and able to deal with defeat and let downs without falling apart. I can't shelter them from failure and let downs in this world, I can only train them on how to deal with them. They have to know how to be patient, because your reward may not come when you deserve it. They have to know that pain is only temporary. And time heals all things. So the only way I know how to teach them this is to live it out myself. I still have a really long way to go. I still murmur and complain alot. I still get scared and act like a baby. But we're making progress. And that's why I love this training. I love triathlons. They are increasing my mental fortitude. They are making me a stronger person. And hopefully it will in some way, somehow, rub off a little on the two most precious boys in the world. Hopefully.
I have to say this...Michele, Tracy and I have been pleasently surprised with what good weather we have had each time we go out for our really long runs. A few weeks ago I told them I really believe God must be in favor of our decision to run this marathon because no matter how bad the weather has been during the week - it seems like it always clears up nicely when we have to be out in it for a long run. Isn't that amazing? What a nice thought, ya know? Who better have your back than God??? Life is good.