Not so bad

This past week I felt like I did nothing… like I had been slacking off. It is true that I didn’t work as much as I have or as much as I expected myself to. One reason for this is that I signed up for a 3-evening Buddhist retreat. I have been really getting into Buddhism lately and the “retreat” that was a combination of meditation and a talk by a monk who lives in a monastery in California. It was a great retreat, but it was pretty exhausting. I tried to get in training in the morning, but I … Keep reading

A Quick Update!

The past week and a bit have been pretty interesting for me. I am potentially in a bit of a manic state, but I am using meditation to keep me grounded. I have also decided to be more diligent about my diet. I have become a calorie counter! In order to help me do this, I have joined My Fitness Pal, an online community and method of tracking exercise and food. Here is my profile. It is actually pretty awesome. It is way better than because it is super easy to use and because you have the community support. … Keep reading

An Easy Week

Having fun on the trainer!

Last week somehow turned into a rest week. I guess it makes sense after the week before’s pummeling of my body. On Sunday after the swim it kind of shut down. I could feel myself lagging in the water. I felt ill. Somehow I made it through the swim and spent the rest of the day on the couch. Actually, I spent Monday there too (other than going to work). I thought I had the flu that was going around, but since it didn’t turn into anything more than an upset stomach and sore muscles I guess it was “just” soreness from … Keep reading

Ouch… DOMS takes over

Since I’ve been back into training, over the past4 weeks or so, I have been experiencing a lot of DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). Since I don’t usually work out for this long at a stretch – at least I haven’t in quite a while – I am not sure if this is going to be a constant thing or if it will go away. I sure hope it goes away. My upper back is incredibly sore, my thighs, calves, and IT bands burn, and even my arms are sore. I’ve went for a couple of massages, but I think … Keep reading

First week back – I’m ready!

This past week is my first official week back at training. I’m already talking incessantly about my protein intake and having dreams of racing. Last night I dreamed that the end of a half Ironman was really confusing and I kept getting lost. Just before the finishing line I had to run by a cliff and Caillou (my running buddy and canine companion) fell down and was hanging on by the least. I really wanted to finish the half marathon in 2:30, and I was close, so I swung him back onto the trail and we kept going. Oh, dreams, … Keep reading

Pushing the limits

Like most things in life, it is nice to be pushed. This morning I went running with a good friend of mine, who I have never run with before. She was worried about running with me and really wanted to go out hard. So I kept up, I can do that. About halfway through the run, I realized that I was running faster that I normally run and that it felt awesome! We laughed at ourselves and kept going with our fast pace (well, fast for me). Now I kind of wish I had my heart rate monitor on to … Keep reading