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Friday Eve - hurrah!

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.

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MARLIMOO 5/4/2012 2:43PM

    I got a road bike too- Specialized. LOVE IT. I want to tackle triathlons this year too. Started swimming this week. WOOOO!

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COOPSM 5/4/2012 2:18PM

    Awwww what a sweetheart you have for a hubby!!! Happy Shopping!!!

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TIGGER622 5/4/2012 10:42AM

    awwwwwwww i love your hubby!!! he is right, you are so inspiring!!! yay!!! enjoy your bike hunting and let us know what you end up with, i'm in the market too! woo hoo! have a great day!

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/4/2012 9:32AM

    emoticon So cool that you're going to add a road bike to your routine.

That whole school exercise image is great! I love the idea. We need more physical activity in schools.

Your husband is so sweet and I'm happy to hear he's supportive and recognizes your efforts!

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MUFFIY831 5/4/2012 7:52AM

    Sweet! Great job, and great hubby. :)

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BILLALEX70 5/4/2012 6:03AM

    Enjoy bike shopping!! Any questions just give a shout and I'll try to help.

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ROXYSHOTMAMA 5/4/2012 5:44AM

    Your husband is so sweet!!
Have a great weekend.

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RUNNINGWILD 5/3/2012 10:44PM

    I'll cry with you. So sweet!
ps: you inspire me, too.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/3/2012 9:32PM

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/3/2012 9:05PM

    That is so cute of your husband to do that! :) Have fun picking out a bike!

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I am freaking awesome.

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.

More running.

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.


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TUCKERKT 5/9/2012 9:32AM

    Congrats on making it up the half pipe. I said 3 attempts and I was out. They had just freshly poured the cooking oil while my team was attempting to get up. I got up there, but there was so much oil I couldn't grab onto anyone.

Best experience can't wait to do another one. Can't wait until it is in the Burgh next year!!

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TORTUETOO 5/3/2012 11:44AM

    Carrie, you're a bada**. And now you have the headband to prove it! Awesome job! emoticon

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CBAILEYC 5/3/2012 11:16AM

    Great report and pics! Thanks so for sharing.
Well done!
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    LOVE IT!!!!!

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TABBALOOSA 5/2/2012 9:11PM

    Oh, you really ARE freaking awesome!!! You rock! That is sooooo cool!

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ETTEZEUS 5/2/2012 7:39PM

    Enjoy that awesomeness! It was well earned!

And you are ONE TOUGH MUDDER!!

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MIAMIA7 5/2/2012 7:30PM

    Awesome isn't enough of a word! I guess Freakin' Awesome will have to do!
Way to go Carrie! We are all so proud of you!

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CAMROLA 5/2/2012 12:35PM

    Oh yeah you are!!!

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GIANNA345 5/2/2012 11:32AM

    That's great. I'd love to hear more about how you got involved and how you trained.

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/2/2012 11:21AM

    What an exciting event!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 5/2/2012 9:41AM

    You ARE emoticon

I got to the end of your blog and realized I was holding my breath. What a story!

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BILLALEX70 5/2/2012 7:37AM

    Sounds like you ROCKED it!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/2/2012 4:59AM

    You are definitely

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RUNNINGWILD 5/2/2012 12:53AM

    You bet your sweet butt you are!
Congrats on completing the Tough Mudder!

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TIGGER622 5/1/2012 11:15PM

    This sounds AMAZING!!! And you ARE AMAZING!!!! How coool!!! way to go!!!! i wanna do one now, see if i can be so amazing!!! YAY good job!!!

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MUFFIY831 5/1/2012 10:36PM

    Uh, you ARE FREAKING AWESOME. I am so proud of you, and it sounds like an (awful, awful) amazingly good time. :)

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    SUPER DUPER AWESOME!!!! I am so flippin' proud of you,Carrie!!!! Way too cool-and how did your mom find you at each place??? (that was my question with all the cool pics)

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BOBBYD31 5/1/2012 10:03PM

    that is so cool, hope i can do one some day!

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/1/2012 9:56PM

    Wow, the name of the event really is appropriate, isn't it! Very tough! I love your pride in this blog. A Tough Mudder soooooooOOOO isn't for me though. I think I felt pain just reading this!!

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LYNNANN43 5/1/2012 9:44PM

    HOLY.... COW!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

You certainly are ONE TOUGH MUDDER!!!!!

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DRAGONCHILDE 5/1/2012 9:23PM

    That is SO awesome! I can't WAIT for mine! Well, I can... but I've got time. (9 more months? EEP!)

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JOPAPGH 5/1/2012 9:05PM

    Yup, awesome is as awesome does...

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JEM0622 5/1/2012 8:59PM

    Congrats! emoticon

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It's coming...

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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TIGGER622 4/30/2012 11:55AM

    omg this sounds soooo crazy fun! right up your alley!!! i hope it went well, i cant cant cant wait to hear about it!!!!

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COOPSM 4/29/2012 10:53AM

    I can not WAIT to hear how things went!!!!!!

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BSTAKINGACTION 4/28/2012 11:46AM

    Awesome! Have fun!

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MUFFIY831 4/28/2012 10:10AM

    I'm so excited for you! I know you've been working hard and you are going to dominate this thing. Stay strong and I can't wait for the race report!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/28/2012 5:24AM

    Sounds so exciting! I can't wait to hear all about it.

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TUCKERKT 4/28/2012 4:35AM

    I am packed and ready to go. Hopefully I will be past the half way mark when you are starting, at least that is my goal. Half way in 3 hours, LOL. Good luck and stay safe! I still don't want to get shocked!!!! It is freaking me OUT!

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/27/2012 9:30PM

    Good luck! You're going to do great, and I expect a FULL writeup when you get back. And there had BETTER be pictures!

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    cannot wait to hear all about it! have a great time and be safe!

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GOEGIRL 4/27/2012 8:39PM

    I am SO stinkin' excited for you!! I hope you have a great time - I KNOW you will kick that race's butt. Be careful though, don't get too swept up and hurt yourself. Promise?

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SEPPIESUSAN 4/27/2012 7:37PM

    I want to see you in your hot Mudder outfit!!

FB is just a little creepy sometimes...spying on us like that :)

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Shake it up!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I've been feeling really good lately. I've even gotten some nice compliments! One of the girls at school asked if I was losing more weight (yes, I said, with a smile). And last week I wore a striped dress (horizontally striped!) and one of my girlfriends said that I looked slim, even in a horizontally striped dress. Yahoo!

I started drinking smoothies for breakfast. I think I had been underestimating the power of a smoothie! I add rice protein powder and flaxseed to whatever it is I'm drinking - usually soy milk with fruit, with some kind of frozen fruit to give it some extra yum.

It's been about a month since hubs and I have really cut back on milk. We drink soy milk, I use coconut creamer in my coffee... I still eat Greek yogurt (the protein can't be beat!) but it's been really good for me. My skin has really cleared up! I think my facial girl is going to pleasantly surprised next week when I go see her. We are also doing well with our limited-gluten diet. Funny thing - I barely miss eating bread-y stuff. I feel so much better eating more fruits and veggies. And the best part is that I don't feel deprived. I'm not sad that I'm not eating bread, and I'm not sad that I'm not drinking cow milk anymore.

It's going to be a busy day today!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/26/2012 4:55AM

Love those NSVs!

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RADFEN 4/24/2012 2:05PM

    There is life after dairy and gluten leave! Good job!

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/24/2012 1:25PM

    Wait... you've beaten HORIZONTAL STRIPES? I'm so very, very jealous!

Well DONE!

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TIGGER622 4/24/2012 12:48PM

    You are awesome!!!! How great to have a support system right there in your home :P Keep it up girlie! miss you bunches!

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RUNNERRACHEL 4/24/2012 11:24AM

    Nice to hear that what you are doing is making a noticeable difference and those around you are complimenting you!

Great that you are feeling satifsfied and aren't deprived.

Good job for looking for healthy meal combinations!

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CFMOSS 4/24/2012 8:52AM

    Good going (as always)

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    That's great news about your skin and feeling well with low gluten and dairy menus! I've cut way back on dairy,too . I'm trying to figure out what causes the intestinal 'unrest' at times...still haven't narrowed it down.
Hope you're feeling friskier this a.m. after a good night sleep!

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soooooo tired

Monday, April 23, 2012

I am SOOOO tired. I think all this training is catching up with me. I did a hard workout this morning, went to work... when I came home, I crashed on the couch for about an hour. I couldn't bear the thought of making dinner, so I had popcorn. Which really, was not *that* horrible - I popped it with much less than a teaspoon (yes, teaspoon) of oil. And so I think I'm going to take a hot bath and go to bed super early. Sheesh.

My Mudder team and I made a plan for Saturday - they are driving up in an RV and parking in my driveway. We're carbo-loading on Saturday night - event is on Sunday and we go off at 11:00. Hooray!

Time to get ready for bed...

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BE-THE-CHANGE 4/23/2012 9:41PM

    Listen to your body and get some rest!

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GOEGIRL 4/23/2012 9:35PM

    Wow, so soon! Better start resting up. GOOD LUCK this weekend. I can't wait to hear all about it!

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/23/2012 9:05PM

    Don't forget your rest days... take care of your body! Rest makes us stronger!

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TUCKERKT 4/23/2012 9:03PM

    I was supposed to run 10 miles today, but by partner started having shin splints. So I didn't want to push him because of Sunday. So I walked jumped into water up to my waist and ran the last 3 miles wet. Good news, my outfit for Sunday will be great! And my hot shower felt AMAZING. Can't wait - we are off at 8am Sunday!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 4/23/2012 8:42PM

    Have fun at the mudder event. I want to do one someday.

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