Friday, May 04, 2012
I'm having trouble getting back on track. I did a Tough Mudder on Sunday and I've been really slacking since then. Not really tracking food, not really working out too much (although, to be fair, I am covered in bruises)... have any of you ever felt this way after a big event?
I guess I just feel like I worked so hard and have been so careful about what I eat that I just need a little breather to not be so crazy about it. I'm not beating myself up *too* much - I did ease back into tracking my food after having taken a few days off, and yesterday I did a couple workouts at school for ACES day. Tomorrow I have a Girls on the Run 5K - I'm running with the daughter of a colleague... so I guess I'm not being a total slacker. But it just feels weird not training like crazy for something right now.
But I can't let this feeling last for too long! I have about four weeks until my first tri! My wetsuit came, and I bought a new bike today. I got a great deal on a 2011 hybrid Specialized. It was an extra 10% off because it was a 2011. Hurrah! And right now, all I need is something that's not a mountain bike so I don't die doing the hills. Apparently I signed up for a very hilly tri. Huh.
And one week of not being careful won't make me gain everything back, and it won't kill me (it won't, will it?). I went to dinner with some friends tonight, and I ate way too much. I felt really bad about it, but then I thought "you know, hubs and I NEVER go out to eat, so it really is very rare that I eat like this." And I felt better. Not like I need an excuse, but I did need a reason not to beat myself up. I think since I've been so crazy about training and eating to get ready for the Mudder, this past week of not being careful has really thrown me for a loop.
And I suppose I'm kind of justifying this for myself... it's been a stressful week. Fifteen of my second graders performed for the school board on Wednesday - I had to speak. I can speak and sing and dance in front of kids all day, but when it comes to being in front of adults? Forget it. So I was a nervous wreck all week about it (and BTW, my kiddos NAILED their performance. They are awesome.). And yesterday I had to lead (with the phys ed teacher) a workout for the school from the top of a fire truck. And we got an e-mail from the principal today about classes for next year and losing teachers and blah blah blah and basically I have no idea if I'm going to have a job next year. I'm starting to prepare my resume materials... the next school board meeting is on May 16 - a preliminary budget needs to be presented for the public. I suppose I'll know more about next year at that meeting. I'm getting scared, though. This is the first time that I've really *really* been scared about losing my job. And it sucks because I'm really good at my job. And I love my kids. And now I'm tearing up because I just don't know what I would do. Sigh... I guess all I can do is wait until the 16th to see what happens.
I need to pick out my outfit for tomorrow! I think I'll do a running skirt and something pink. Wish me luck!
Thursday, May 03, 2012
I'm so excited! Tomorrow I'm going to look at new road bikes! I have a mountain bike that I got for a really great price a couple of years ago, and now I think I'm ready to add a road bike to the mix.
Today was ACES day at school (All Children Exercise Simultaneously). The phys. ed teacher and I got on top of a fire truck and led the school in a workout routine. We are a great team - she does the moves and I do the timing. I'm a crazy woman when it comes to how things are phrased (it's the music teacher in me) and I think I did a really good job putting the moves together in a good way. It was exhausting, though! I'm so tired. Tomorrow I have a sick day - a mental health/rejuvenation day, so I'm looking forward to catching up on some rest and some ME time.
This morning my honey left me a note that said I inspire him because I've been "so full of energy and life lately." I cried when I read it. It is just awesome that I inspire my husband with what I do! Sigh... life is good.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Hoo-rah! I finished my Tough Mudder. It went something like this:
Get to the site and try not to throw up. Check in, get numbers on forehead and arms, and hang with team until GO TIME!
(That's me on the left.)
Hang with mom for a little while - try to ignore the comments of "I heard this was really dangerous!"
Time to go! There was a freaking obstacle to get INTO the starting area.
(That's me on top of the wall. The guys in yellow helped me over. About six miles into the Mudder, I had to go over two more walls, except those were 12 feet high. And then around mile 8, I had to do it again.)
Army crawl through mud and rocks under barbed wire, get HUGE bruise on thigh. (I think I'll spare you the pictures of my bruises - maybe that will be another blog.)
Jump in a Dumpster full of ice water. Swim through ice water under a wall and pull yourself up and out of the Dumpster. At this point, my mom and her friend saw us and asked "is it horrible?" YES. Yes, mom, it IS horrible.
Run three miles through woods. And mud. And over loose rocks. And up and down mountains. And then up a ski slope.
(This was us, still looking kind of fresh! And there was a sign that said "if this was a Warrior Dash, you'd be done by now." Piece of cake.)
Run some more.
Crawl up some wood and jump off a platform into a lake. A freezing cold lake.
(I'm the pink one on the left.)
This was right after we all got out of the lake. We were yelling at my mom because we were getting so cold standing there and just wanted to get going. But I'm really glad we stopped, because I love this picture!
At some point between mile 8 and 12, we had to run UP a half pipe. And pray that someone at the top would grab you! I made it on the third time. I have a nice big rip in my shirt, and I will wear it with pride.
At mile 12, we were miserable. I don't remember much of what happened toward the end - it was brutal.
FINISH! Earn the beer and the orange headband!
Would I do it again? I sure would! The teamwork was amazing. I could not have done it without my awesome team. And I can't even begin to describe how it felt to have so many strangers helping me! I stood on shoulders, got hauled up a half pipe, got carried down from a wall (or two)... it gave me a little faith in humanity - that people want to help other people.
This is one of those experiences I will never ever forget. That orange headband and these memories are going to stay with me forever. I can't believe that only three years ago I celebrated being able to run a half mile without stopping. And now? I'm a freaking TOUGH MUDDER. Excuse me while I bask in my awesomeness for a little while longer.
Friday, April 27, 2012
My Tough Mudder is on Sunday. As in two days from now. AAAAAAHHHHH
I have prepared for this for MONTHS. I've done countless pushups, lunges, weighted squats, and sprints. I have never been closer to being able to do a full pull-up. And I look damn hot in my Mudder outfit.
My team is driving up tomorrow afternoon - we have a few things to pick up, and then we're having a pasta party. Our start time is 11:00 on Sunday, so it's going to be a little tricky with breakfast - but we'll make it. This is, by far, the hardest thing I've ever trained for in my life.
I can't WAIT to see what my body is going to be able to do on Sunday. I think I'll be surprised, for good or bad. The wonderful thing about the Mudder is that the theme is TEAM - there is no timing, and no awards for places. We are encouraged, even expected, to help each other with the obstacles. This is definitely a good thing. I love that it's a team event!
Tonight is some relaxing, serious water drinking, and laying out my clothes. Tomorrow morning I have to do some cleaning, but I'm trying to lay low before Sunday.
Cross your fingers for me!
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