Sunday, June 27, 2010

Down to business...

Today is (finally) June 27, 2010. From this day forward I can officially say that I'm training for a half marathon. Today marks my first training "session", which I completed this morning.

This week's training schedule looks like this:

- Sunday: RW 35 min. (DONE - 2.16 miles)
- Monday: Rest
- Tuesday: RW 35 min.
- Wednesday: RW 40 mins.
- Thursday: Cross train, 40-60 min.
- Friday: Rest
- Saturday: RW 45 min.

RW stands for Run/Walk, but I will mostly run because that's what I'm used to doing.

I counted down the days from today to the half marathon...and I believe it is 156. 156 days to go from only ever running a little over 3 miles to 13.1! My plan is to run the entire thing without walking. I don't see any reason why I wouldn't be able to do that.

So, this is my life now. Half marathon training. Up early every morning to run. Sore legs. Sore body. Sweaty arm pits. Crazy hair. Running shoes. Shorts. The "Ta-Ta Tamer". I can already taste the sweetness of crossing the finish line in December. All of this will totally be worth it!

To aid in my training, I got a box of exercise enhancing Vitapaks from GNC. I'm pretty good about taking vitamins and supplements and what not, but I wanted a little something extra for an added boost.

I once took Disney Princess chewable vitamins, now I take the Grown Up ones. What a difference.

I ordered a really fancy contraption a few days ago. It's an ID tag that attaches to my shoe. I ordered it from after seeing an advertisement in Runner's World magazine. (Because yes, now that I'm going to do a half marathon...I just HAD to subscribe to it.) It's so cool and it's way more convenient than bringing my drivers license with me every time I run outside. I'm always afraid I'm going to lose my DL, so I feel better knowing that all my information is strapped securely to my laces in case there's ever an emergency when I can't speak for myself. It's a pretty inventive and safe ittle device if you ask me. I thought about posting a picture of it but then decided against it because it has my address on it. That would be like asking for a thanks.

So, that's it then. Training has begun. I'm thankful for the two days of rest per week, I'm sure I'll need it.

Hittin' the links...

I played my first 9 holes of golf! I have wanted to learn how to play for a couple years now and golfing apparently runs in my blood so I took advantage of the opportunity to play last week. A couple that I know works at a golf course, so we all spent the afternoon playing. I had only ever played putt-putt and been to the driving range years and years ago, so I was a little nervous. Thankfully there weren't too many people playing that day, so my insecurities subsided quickly. As the day wore on, my swing got better. I wasn't very good about hitting the ball very far but I did hit it really straight every time, which is important I guess. *insert shrug*

All in all, it was really fun! The whole experience was memorable and I plan on going a lot more now that I realize how much fun it is. I even worked on my golf swing in my backyard a little bit in the evenings last week. I left that day with sore arms and sunburned legs, but I still loved it. Now, I need to invest in some golf shoes and hopefully I will work my way up to getting a nice set of clubs in the future. Plus, I want to wear some super cute golf outfits!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New 'Do...

I got my hair cut last week by my friend Laura. Ok, so it isn't really a "new" 'do...just an updated version. I love the way she cuts my hair; turns out perfectly every time! This time I asked for about 3 inches off of the length, and for her to trim up the layers all around.

Summer is always a good time for a fresh cut!

Betty Crocker...

I have always liked to cook, and I'm pretty good at it, but I also love to bake! Any opportunity to bake is great! Birthday parties, holidays, you name it...I'll make something for it. Christmas is by far my favorite baking season, however. Nothing tops that!

I love baking cakes, cupcakes, cookies and the occasional batch of banana bread. I have made some pretty tasty treats recently. I have a few new Pampered Chef tools that I've been dying to try out, but so far I've only used my cooling rack.

I am also (mildly) obsessed with aprons. I have a few vintage (as some that were my Grandma's) ones that are so cute, but I have been on the market for a new one. While at the Helldorado Days Rodeo a few weeks back I found the perfect apron for me! It was love at first apron sight. Some really awesome lady makes them and even told me she would make me a custom one if I wanted it! (Side note: the one I got is reversible!!)

Just call me Betty Crocker, only I don't make anything from a box.

(I know, I know...two picture have boxes in the background. It was pancake mix. And it doesn't count. It's not baking.)

: )

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I love lululemon...

While on the search for a decent (and non-uni boob forming) sports bra that would not only be functional during my training, but would be comfortable as well...I stumbled upon lululemon. ( They have a sports bra called the Ta Ta Tamer and many women who own it, love it! It has received rave reviews as being one of the BEST sports bras around. I am a well endowed gal, so I knew I couldn't just have any 'ol bra off the rack at some sporting goods store. The Ta Ta Tamer has my name written all over it. I ventured down to the Fashion Show Mall, where there is a lululemon athletica store. I snatched up the bra as soon as I saw it. Upon trying it on, I had wondered where this amazing thing has been all of my (bra-wearing) life!! It's like wearing a piece of HEAVEN!! Who knew that a little bit of fabric and two straps would be so awesome! I do realize I am raving about a sports bra here...but it's! Plus, having a super awesome sports bra is a MUST when doing the type of running that I am doing and that I will be doing way more of.

Here's a picture of the Ta Ta Tamer in all of it's super-awesome sports bra goodness!!


In addition to the bra, I picked up a pair of shorts as well. The Run:Tracker Short are just what I need for the number of miles I will be running in the excruciatingly hot Las Vegas heat this summer. After trying a bunch of different pairs, I asked the sales girls for their opinion. They both agreed that the Tracker was better. It even has a cute little side zipper pocket. I have had an awful time figuring out where to put my phone and ID when I run now, so having the pocket will prevent me from having to store all of my loot in my shirt. (True story, and it is not a pretty sight.)


lululemon is my kind of store!

I have completed my half marathon training supply purchases!!

- New running shoes? Check.

- Good socks? Check.

- Awesome sports bra? Check.

- Lightweight, comfortable shorts? Check.

UPDATE: Me, in all of my new running gear...

UPDATE 06/17/10: Have ran about 10 miles while wearing my new lululemon gear...and the results are in! Both the sports bra and shorts are great! The bra fits perfectly and doesn't rub or pinch. The shorts are good too....all except for one minor detail. There is only one pocket, and I put my phone in it when I run outside. That side of the shorts tends to fall down a little so I have found that I pull them up occasionally. Other than that, both good purchases! I highly recommend lululemon for all of your active wear needs.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Wrappin' it up...

This week I:

- Got a new shampoo and conditioner. This is BIG for me. I have religiously used Redken Clear Moisture shampoo and conditioner for years now, but lately I have noticed my hair isn't what it once was. After a trip to Ulta, armed with a great coupon, I left with a bottle of Biolage Cooling Mint shampoo and one of conditioner. So far, so good. I like it! I also feel like it is the time for a haircut. I'll have to make an appointment soon.

- Attempted to buy a new swimsuit. I have been so excited for swimsuit this year and I couldn't wait to buy a new one because my old one is ginormous on me now. Over the course of 2 days and at least 4 stores, I ended up empty handed. One pieces are awkward: the torso is either too long or the rear is baggy, the Tankini's I tried we weird: not a lot of coverage or support, and I'm not brave enough to wear a bikini....yet. I got my Athleta catalog in the mail and decided that I would try my luck with a suit from there. They have a lot of cute options!

- Made my first Animal Control call. Woke up early on Monday morning, which I thankfully had off of work, to go for a run. About a mile in, I noticed that I had attracted a small dog somewhere along the way. It was only when I stopped at a stop sign and took out my earphones that I heard paws on the ground behind me. Said dog was friendly and had no collar. After deciding to continue on my run, the dog followed right next to me...even circling around my feet and trying to jump up to greet me. I tried to talk some sense into the little thing, encouraging him/her to go back home and it wasn't listening. After about another half mile of it running right next to me, I thought my best bet was to report the dog, because I surely couldn't take it home. I somberly reported the dog to animal control, who said they would send out a unit to pick it up. I tried again to convince the dog to return to wherever it came from and finally had to outrun it when I got to the park. I will be the first to admit that I am not an animal lover, but I genuinely hope everything went well for it!

- Ped-Egg'd my thumb nail. While giving myself an at-home pedicure, my thumbnail somehow got in the way and I definitely took three good chunks out of it with the Ped-Egg. The result is fascinating. (No blood involved, thank God.)

- Was declared as having a clean bill of health. (Duh. I've always been as healthy as a horse...) I Went for my annual "womanly exam"/follow up appointment for something that I thought could potentially be a big deal. (This is MY blog, I can write what I want...even if it does involve the Woman Doctor.) As it turns out, it wasn't a big deal at all. After months of worry and crazy Googling/WedMDing, I was pleased to find out that nothing is or ever was wrong with me. All it cost for my doctor to tell me I was perfectly healthy was about $500 over the course of about 5 weeks!! I have insurance but apparently I have the crappiest.plan.on.the.planet. Over $300 for blood work, $100 for an ultrasound, $10 for a prescription, and $40 per visit to the doc. Ugh. All of that for her to say I am perfect. Thanks, Doc.

- Had two glasses of wine for dinner one night. And man, oh, man were they delicious! I love a nice glass of Pinot Blanc every once in a while. I mixed one glass with orange juice, don't judge me! Drinking wine for dinner isn't all THAT bad...

- Got my first sunburn of the year. While supervising my child care kids while they did water play I decided it was time to start working on my summer tan. I exited my house as myself and one hour later, reentered as a lobster. I had no idea I would burn so easily or fast. Good thing about me is that although I am prone to burning, it only lasts a few days and then turns straight into a tan. But, dang it, these tan lines I am left with are obnoxious!

- Saw "Sex and the City 2". Side note: and was entirely disappointed. Dare I say it...maybe there never should have been a #2. Ugh. I'm trying to forget I even saw it. Best part of the whole experience: seeing it alone. There's something so liberating about going to the movies by myself.

- Read a really cool book. I picked it up Monday night at Borders, and finished it today. It's called Better Single Than Sorry , by Jenn Schefft. More on the book in another post...

- iTunesed my new favorite song. I heard it a few weeks ago on X107.5, but didn't catch the band name or song name so I had to wait impatiently to hear it again. I was so happy when I did! It's called "Wild and Young" by American Bang. Along with that song, I am also currently listening to "Up on the Ridge" by Dierks Bentley and "This Time Around" by David Nail.

What a week.

Half marathon training starts in 22 days. 3 weeks from tomorrow actually!