Thursday, November 29, 2012

Every Day Fit: December Challenge

First it was "wicked wallies", then I attempted lunges for leftovers via the Girls Gone Sporty monthly challenges. I realized the beauty of the challenge was that I was trying new things and that I was switching things up.  I wasn't maintaining my normal.

I also loved that they could be done anywhere (maybe not so much with the lunges unless you like people looking at you like you have a third head).  No equipment was needed, no special talent, no extra time out of my day.    While contemplating the monthly challenges I thought I would see if I could come up with something along those lines.  

Fast forward to Tuesday, I was running late for work and dashed into the first open elevator, and we waited, and waited, and waited.  The doors did not shut, the elevator did not budge.  Not having time to wait around for another elevator, I hoofed up the four flights of stairs to my floor.  I know, cry me a river four whole flights of stairs, though I would swear it's closer to five.  At lunch the elevators were being wonky, so I decided to take the stairs up again and somewhere between the first and fourth floor my December challenge for myself was created.

For the entire month of December I am going to be taking the stairs up whenever possible (I already take them down 99.9% of the time).  This probably seems like a goofy challenge, but it meets my criteria.  I wanted something simple, not intimidating.  Something that would not take out any more from my day.  

 I wanted something that was easily accessible to me and to anyone else that wanted to join me.  I wanted something that could be done every day.  Something small that could eventually make a big difference in my fitness level. Even if it's small, it still counts.  

So who wants to join me?  It doesn't have to be stairs.  It can be anything no matter how small or how big.  Just needs to be easy, manageable within the context of your day.  If not joining me in the stair climb, what do you have in your daily life that you can challenge yourself to change.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Treadmill Tu(n)esday

I'm settling into my training and Tuesday treadmill routine.  Actually sort of enjoying the treadmill at the moment.  We've cooled off enough that I'm more content indoors than outdoors.  Baring in mind that I'm in Oklahoma and relatively fortunate in the weather department.  Today was in the 40's and I'm one who would rather be hot than cold.  Please remind me of this when I start griping in the summer about how stinking hot it is outside.

Changed up my treadmill play list a little so I thought I would share the new fun.

The songs that remained
This is Gonna Hurt - Sixx AM
Let Yourself Go - Green Day
Let's Go - Calvin Harris (featuring Ne-Yo)
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) - Pink

The newbies:
Miss the Misery - Halestorm
Locked Out of Heaven - Bruno Mars
Banditos - The Refreshments
God's Not Dead - Newsboys (a little worship on the treadmill)

The super duper guilty pleasure (and yes, I am hanging my head in shame).

Heart Beat - Ross Lynch (Music from Austin & Ally)

There is probably something so terribly wrong with a woman my age to be listening to Austin & Ally music but the songs are just so stinking fun.  Yes.  I have more than one.  :)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Path to Princess Half: Three Months

All I can say is WOW! Time is flying! What seemed like an eternity is now getting super close. I think with the upcoming holidays it will seem like I'm heading into warp speed. Now if I could only run that fast.

The last big detail has been resolved. My frequent running partner in crime, co-star in most of my pictures, and super great friend is coming with me. So girl's trip it is! To make it even more fun this will be her first Disney trip so it should be a blast!

Check out this handy dandy picture from the Run Disney site! Two particular things to note, one the countdown and two The Princess Half is now officially sold out! Crazy, crazy!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Great Christmas Cookie Challenge

With the holiday season rapidly approaching I realized I have an opportunity coming up.  My favorite thing to do with my little people around the holiday is bake.  I can not even begin to tell you how many dozens of sugar cookies we made last year.  Decorated, cut, you name it we did it.  While fun, obviously not super healthy.

So I have decided this year that I am going on a hunt.  The goal?  To find a relatively "healthy" sugar cookie recipe that we can use.  I want something that tastes great, has traditional sugar cookie dough ability and most importantly have a higher nutritional value that I can sneak past Mr. Picky Eater.  If I can get him to eat a cookie that's actually halfway good for him, that would be huge.

Not sure if I am expecting too much, but I'm searching.  Stay tuned.  I'll keep you all posted on my hunt.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Williams Route 66 Marathon Race Recap

Never in a million years did I imagine that I would willing set my alarm for 515 in the morning on a non work day.  Then add to that I woke up that early to run what turned out to be 10.6 miles, which is my longest run to date.  Though my nano had me at 14 miles with a much more impressive pace.

Did you catch that?  10.6 miles.  I did end up running the final two legs of the relay.  Unfortunately, one of my sweet running friends has a stress fracture and ended up being "booted"  No, we didn't kick her off the team.  She ended up with a lovely black boot on her foot instead of getting her medal.  She ended up being our transportation between relay points(a thankless job) and our biggest cheerleader.

I will say that the Route 66 group put on a great event for a bigger race   It seemed very organized and well put together.  At least from my limited race knowledge.  There were plenty of water/Gatorade stops and at one point they even had people handing out Gu.  Which I did take but did not try (yet).  There were so many people lined up along the route cheering everyone on.  It was amazing and the sense of community was in full display.

That being said I did not even get close to my goal.  There were way more hills than I had anticipated and you know how much I love my hills.  Not.  I did end up at an 11:41 pace, but I know I can do better and I will.  

I should add that while I am disappointed that I didn't do better, I had a blast.  This was so much fun and despite my nano being way off sync, I think in an odd way it helped.  I was less in my head and more involved in just running.  I did way more looking at where I was running, the sights, the signs.  I got to see some of Tulsa's most beautiful areas and ran past the hospital where my daughter was born, past the gas station we stopped at when we were leaving the hospital with her.  I had old memories mixing with new memories. The highlight was being blindsided by the finish line, I still thought I had at least a mile to go and all of a sudden I see my friend right beside me taking pictures.  Then I felt a push from behind and two of my friends ran with me to finish.  I needed that boost because I was kind of starting to drag and I finished with a huge smile on my face.

A little help from my friend...

 Bottom line though I accomplished what I set out to do and that was run the final two legs of the relay. I also learned that I am ready for the Princess Half.  I also know that my goal is not totally unreasonable for the half.

 But I also learned that sometimes running isn't about the time, it's about the adventure along the way.

Friday, November 16, 2012

A bit of a tease

Guess what I got last night? Any guesses?
The first part of my Princess Half costume has arrived.   It is so much cuter than I ever anticipated and I can't wait to wear it. 

So for now until I get the entire costume together, here is just a peek.  Check out that sparkly tulle. 


Wednesday, November 14, 2012


I love my shoes. Really, really love my shoes. It's early yet and once I get a few more runs in them, I will share all the mushy, gooey details!

But for now here is an early love note!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The treadmill that started it all

See this little unassuming treadmill? That was MY treadmill, my TV, my little spot on the wall.

This exact treadmill is the one that started me on this crazy all consuming journey.

It was here that I discovered my wings. My love of running. I spent at least three days a week for eight months finding myself all over again.

I rediscovered me...not hockey nerds wife, not just L & E's mommy. I discovered Suzanne. For the first time in a long time, maybe first time ever I found comfort in my own skin. I found a voice and my confidence that was not there before.  I found a cure for bad days and sad days.I found a way to make good days better.  I found my outlet.

In this month of thanksgiving. I am thankful for this little treadmill and the steps that changed my world.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today was the day, i went to go shopping for my new running shoes. I was armed with what i thought i knew about what kind of runner I am and what kind of shoes i thought i wanted. But after discussing with my husband I finally bit the bullet and made the trek to my closest Fleet Feet to get fitted for new shoes.

It was not nearly as awkward as I anticipated, it was actually in and out fairly quickly as well.

Here's what I learned..I have narrow boat feet with a high arch. Most of that was not new to me. I was surprised that my foot was considered narrow but I guess I haven't really done much comparison. I also learned that I was a mild overpronator. Again not terribly surprising, I knew that was the case but it was not as bad as I thought. Also, I gotta admit it was kind of a cool to see the "mechanics" of how I run. No shoes, no socks...just naked feet and rolled up jeans. Amazing actually.

It ended up being between three pairs of shoes. The Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 , the Brooks Ravenna and the Brooks Pure Cadence. I narrowed it down to the Mizuno (super light and very cushy but a little adverse to the color) and the Pure Cadence, also super light and amazingly cushy and a great color combo. They also were on my short list.

So in the end I went with the Pure Cadence. Can't wait to actually start running in them.

So without further adieu...may I introduce you to my new shoe loves.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Decision Made

And the new running shoes won! Now to just decide which shoes I want! Planning on shoe shopping tomorrow!

Wow...a little exclamation mark he act there...

Who knew I would be so excited about new running shoes? Can not wait!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

If you're not first...

You're last.   :)

Just found out today I'm running the final leg in that other little race I'm participating in called The Route 66 Marathon.  This will be my first marathon relay and I am really excited about it.  I'm running with four amazing ladies.  Two of whom are my frequent partners in crime, at least according to my husband.  I swear you have a little fun at one race and it's hard to live down.

So the good things about running last is that it will be a little warmer by the time I start, I'll get that big burst of adrenaline near the finish line.  I'll briefly get to feel like I conquered the world, at least via my specific leg.

The only disadvantage I can see, and this is probably a big one for me.  I'll have time to stew and fret and obsess.  I'll have time to get cranky, edgy and then back again.

But mostly last is good.  I can hang with being last.  Might even learn to enjoy it a bit more and at the end I have this little beauty waiting for me.

Who wants to be first anyway?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Playlist Love - Treadmill Tuesday edition

Since I started my official Princess Half Marathon training three weeks ago, I have been spending my Tuesday and Thursday runs inside.  It's been perfectly nice weather wise.  I just have decided I want to work on intervals and inclines for a bit. The best way for me to do that is to chain myself to the treadmill.  Oddly enough,   I haven't minded it too much.  Maybe because the end justifies the means?  I have started to see visible proof that intervals are good on my long run.   

In addition to shaking up my running routine, Tuesday has been intervals only.  Thursday is now ten minutes of incline with intervals thrown in the middle for good measure.  I also have updated my playlist.  I actually found myself smiling the entire 35 minutes.  Love that music can make something that could be so tedious, so much fun.  

In honor of that here is the most recent update of my playlist aptly named "fun".  Admittedly, it's mostly cheesy but cheese can be good.  No particular order as I usually play it on shuffle.

Break Your Hear - Taio Cruz and Ludacris
Girlfriend - Avril Lavigne
Good Feeling -  Flo Rida
Let's Go - Calvin Harris (featuring Ne-Yo) *This is currently one of my favorites.  
Settle Down - No Doubt
What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
Wild Ones - Flo Rida (featuring Sia)
We Are never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
Let Yourself Go - Green Day
Blow Me (One Last Kiss) - Pink
Everybody Talks - Neon Trees
Jigga What/Faint - Jay- Z & Linkin Park (love, love, love this combo)
This Is Gonna Hurt - Sixx A.M.  * New favorite
I Cry - Flo Rida
Up All Night - One Direction

Super cheesy, but so much fun.  

Since I'm in music mode, help me spend the 30.00 worth of iTunes credit I currently have burning a hole in my pocket.  What are some of your favorite songs right now?  Any good ones I'm missing?  Let me hear 'em.  

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Finding my Pace (and my confidence)

I've struggled a bit finding my pace. I've mostly played with intervals and not so much just running. Something I've noticed though now that I've done two longer races that I have found myself running more and walking less.  That's not to say I am going to stop doing intervals but it's been nice to see how my pace has developed outside of the intervals.

Initially when I first started running outside and not on a treadmill, my pace was all over the place.  I'd start out slow and then speed up way to fast and then I'd get tired and start walking for a few minutes. I'd start running again and the whole process would repeat.  I started doing intervals to try and give myself a break until I could figure out my pacing.  Which, in retrospect, was probably not the ideal way to use intervals.

But what I have learned recently is that I'm finding a pace.  I am capable of recognizing when I am going faster than I need and slow myself to down to a more happy, less frantic pace.  I also have figured out that if I do get tired, I can just take my pace down again and then speed back up when I'm ready.  What this means for me is that I'm seeing less peaks and valleys and a more steady pace.  But ultimately what I think this truly means is that I am getting more confidence in myself and my abilities.  Isn't that what running is all about?  Going outside of yourself and challenging yourself and by doing so developing a sense of confidence that maybe wasn't there before.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Decisions, Decisions

I might have a birthday coming up and I have some big decisions to make for birthday present from my husband.  In the past this would have been a no brainer.  But now it's a far trickier decision.  My choices?  New running shoes or an iPhone5.  Yes, I know First World problems..

So many merits to both.  One I need new shoes, my feet would greatly appreciate them.  Happy feet make for a much happier run for Suzanne  Two, you can never have too many pairs of running shoes right?  The iPhone is more of a want than a need.  But seeing as I still have an old 3GS the features would be pretty nice.

Who knew I might favor a pair of shoes over new technology?   The tide has turned for sure.