When in doubt, pedal out!

When in doubt, pedal out!
It's what I do.

Drink up!

Drink up!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

A new decade

Someone wrote on their facebook and asked about shared memories of the decade. I didn't realize till now that tonight marks the end of a decade. For me, right now, it feels like just a regular new year. I don't have huge downtown, firework type, celebratory plans. I just have the idea, hope, fears and anticipation for the next year to come. I know what is in store for me and at the same time, I have no clue. As a P, that is not supposed to be alarming, but its somewhat worriesome. a wee bit. When I don't know the unknown and life as I know it is truly going to change - that is where it gets me.

On the other hand, this past decade has been nothing but growth for me. I finished undergrad and started a new job. Realized I needed to get my butt in gear, and get back in the classroom. It is our true ammo to prepare our mind and soul for survival in what is referred to as the Real World. Boo - If you are paying taxes, bills and report to someone - you are in the real world.

I know I am inching my way to where I need to be and I got some faith in that path. It will be good, and all I should be doing is loving and living each moment. In the end that is our sole choice. To embrace each moment, and rock the next..repeat. :)

We shall see...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Runnin...a little off track in recording, but still going

Thurs - 1.5 mile interval run on treadmill...it was a late night and had to get it the run in regardless. The treadmill was a calling my name. It was a foul name and not meant for blog. :) Sat - Tanner and went for a 4 miler. Knocked it out and smiled the whole way back! He impresses me on a daily when we run. He has a bottomless pit of energy!!

Right now, it's all mental. I move my hips and my legs follow through. I'm hoping that I can strengthen my endurance and take it the distance.

Next run is manana. It's on!

Dec 26 - 1.5 mile interval run on treadmill...it was a late night and had to get it the run in regardless. The treadmill was a calling my name. it was a foul name and not meant for blog, but it was done.

ran and conquered.

Must make this a habit.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

running day dos...xx ( I wish!)

On the eve of Christmas....I'm posted a belated one. Yesterday (technically b/c it's after midnight) I ran again. :) 3.4 miles in 46:48 mins. Felt realllll good to run. I got my dad to ride his Trek on the path. I ran on sidewalk and very little street. Homeboy rode on the grass on high gears. I loved the fact that he made it challenging for himself. I love the fact more that he came with me. Been consulting w/ my fitness guru, CQ to incorporate P90X workouts with my running. Ill advisable but w/ modifications its doable. P90 is grueling and shreds (w/ smart eating) the fat and builds strength in your core. Oh how I want that! It can happen in time, I will just have to be careful in the combo action. Careful in the sense, not to overdo the body, Anywhere (for the exception of Sun) are modified P90x days. I'm thinking if I rotate 30-40 min upper, lower, yoga and plyo, I might be able to strengthen as I go. Regardless, the running will continue. It feels good to cover some miles. :) I like to look at a road and know that as the cars go by, I'm covering the same distance, but on foot. I feel so much connection to the Earth like that. I like that a lot.

Tomorrow (or today) is Christmas Eve. Which means I'm contributing to the economy with last minute shopping, preparing Menudo, and running another 3 miler. I'm down for the crown.

10-Week Half Marathon Training Schedule
Week Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Total
1 3 Rest 3 3 Rest 4 Rest 13
2 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 5 Rest 15
3 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 6 Rest 16
4 3 Rest 5 3 Rest 8 Rest 19
5 3 Rest 5 3 Rest 10 Rest 21
6 4 Rest 5 4 Rest 11 Rest 24
7 4 Rest 6 4 Rest 12 Rest 26
8 4 Rest 5 4 Rest 9 Rest 22
9 3 Rest 4 3 Rest 8 Rest 18
10 3 Rest 3 Walk 2 Rest 13.1 21.1

Till next time -


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

rest and home sweet home

Rested up today and headed home for the holidays. Not sure how long I will be here, but I know I will get in some good quality time with the fam during my stay. I intended to rack up some miles on foot and on wheel. I'm curious to see if my little/big bro wants to run with me. I'm more than sure he will blaze right by me as I pass out. I'm hoping so! Minus the passing out part.

tomorrow is another 3 miler, and I'm going to throw in some upper body work. today I was just sore in the hams and scapulas. odd, but understandable.

Playlist should include something upbeat.... but I'm thinking Glee vol 1 & 2. Yeah, that's how I'm rolling tomorrow. DBJ!
Peace out!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Training: dia numbero uno!

This morning....er..This AFTERNOON was the start to my first day of training. I am setting some physical activity goals for myself this spring season. Nothing short of crossing some finish lines ;] My running partner and teammate, Angela ran a good 3 miles today in some realllllllly nice look division of SM. I kept thinking thing is where all the Red Permit people dwell. Well, I'm thinking it was a nice neighborhood, and I did something thinking while I was running. (more on that later). 3 miles came and gone, and I thi....yea, I know I could have gone 1 more mile for sure. The idea is to get to 13.1 miles without passing out, collapsing or run in the wrong direction. I really want to finish this run, not just to finish, but to encourage myself to stay active and become healthier. The Austin Marathon, as Angela puts it, is to help train for the spring triathalon. Running is a way of getting there (no pun intended...btw, I love puns)! This girl needs to get into the water pretty soon and make some waves.

So I'm going to include a little summary/stats of the run/workout for the day.

Week 1, Day 1: 3 mile run (41 min). followed by protein shake and some migas :) Run consisted of encouragement and motivation and just good talk. Post stretch was real good. Hams are super tight, and need a good stretch. Where is my ma-soooos?

Its amazing what we learn about ourselves when talking to someone else. I've grown, but there is sooooooo much more to go. big thanks to the women in my life who have helped shape me.

Everything starts w/ the 1st step. got to start somewhere. Right about now is a good time.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Fall 09

What a feeling! I just turned in my last document for the fall 2009 semester and I'm DONE! Well, not completely done. I still have to shut down my building and ensure that all of my students have left the premises. But its hard to believe that 2 years ago I was sitting in a very different office a couple of streets away from this very desk, and experiencing life in a completely different perspective.

We all make changes, some small others monumentus. But all are in regarding to the gears in motion. Right now, for me, it's about staying in motion. I don't know where my road is taking me, and each day I wake up thinking about my next step and getting prepared for it. New job, new university/college, new location. I have met some of the most unique and powerful minds in my classes. From Professors, cohort, assingments, assistantship and the occassional (yeah right) stress that faces me everyday has pushed me to a different level. I am a new woman each day. I don't doubt it for a second, but I know I am blessed. I know there are people on the other end of this monitor that may never have the chance to learn and expand their exposure. Let me tell you, if you want it - go get it. It doesn't matter what it is, jut get it.

I'm running a half marathon on Feb 14, 2010. In my mind, I have done it, just need to get my body to the same place. March 2010, I flying up to Chicago for some hopeful job opportnities. Who knows what will happen. My career appetite is far and wide, so this could either help me or hurt me. April 2010, my hall and another is putting together a fundraiser 5K. It's all for charity, just hoping it all works out. And sometime in April or May 2010 I'll return to the tri world and complete number 2 with my friend, Angela. It will be her first, and I don't want to miss it. It's the swimmin I need to work on big time. If you want it -Get it! I got to eat my own words.

Come Jan 2010, is my last semester of Grad School. (pause) I can't believe it. Alum and my past co-workers were not kidding it was going to fly. I started this post by where I was 2 yrs ago. Now, I wonder where I will be next year. God willing, I hope to have a job. And God willing, I hope to stay focused for the next step in my career and education. May 14th, 2010 2pm is branded on the finish line tape. It's me vs me and that is the way I like it. But I could not have done any of this without the neverending support of my family, friends and colleagues. Like I said, I am blessed. Believing in oneself a milestone for me. I am here.

Run. Read. Eat. Cycle. Write. It's what I do. Swim TBA.

If you want something....now is the time to plan. Get yours. You are powerful. Don't deny yourself anything.