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Catching Up/Getting Farther Behind

Eh. Worst blogger ever. I never feel like blogging and by the time I do, there’s so much I have to write about– I put it off some more.

Lots of stuff happened.

Thanks to my late Uncle Larry, I was able to pay off my credit card debt– I’m still poor, but at least I’m free! That’s probably the biggest thing.

I’m going to miss that guy. There’s not a day that has gone by where I’m not thinking about him, missing him. I wish I could tell you more clearly what kind of shining light he was, but I can’t.

In other news, completely fell of the paleo wagon in probably my most flagrant style yet. I’m just… not on it.

Today is the first day in weeks where I’m really even contemplating getting back on.

The CrossFit Open started and the workouts have had their ups and downs. As I’ve only been CrossFitting since June, I’m still a n00b. I’m often frustrated by what I can’t do. Trying to overcome that frustration. Also gave up on the No Girly Push-Up challenge due to my uncle’s passing and general exhaustion. Still trying to figure out if I have an adrenal fatigue problem. I probably do.

I also have run two 5Ks, both PRs, in the last month. I did the Corktown 5K (saw Jennifer of Wine to Weightlifting fame) and the Run du Nain Rouge 5K. I ran the Corktown 5K in 28:40-something and I ran the Nain Rouge in 26:31! It was only in the last year that I’ve been able to run a sub-10 avg min/mile, so I’m super-impressed. I had just told one of my CF coaches that my next goal was to run a sub-9 min/mile and BLAMMO, there it is.

On Friday, March 22– I did the DEA’s Maltz Challenge at Ford Field. That was pretty cool as even though I work across the street from the stadium, I had never been inside. I did the 1/2 Maltz as I’ve been beating my body up pretty good.

Back to CrossFit tonight after a few days off. W00t!

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Pre-Run du Nain Rouge 5K

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Pre-Maltz Challenge at Ford Field with some of my CFT homies.

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Pre-Corktown 5K with a creepy Keebler-Elf-looking guy.

Run Like the Dickens!

Feeling rough after a late night of eating cookies and drinking wine with friends, then waking up at the butt crack of dawn to get to Holly, MI for a snowy, wet 10K. 

The race, Run Like the Dickens, was well-organized and a lot of fun. My friend Rachel and I ran together and gabbed the whole time and still stayed below a 10-minute average mile. We finished the race in 1:01:13 (9:52 avg), which was pretty dang good considering neither of us was running regularly or training for it. My goal is to reach a 9-min mile by Shamrock Shuffle time this spring, but I don’t plan to train particularly hard for it, it either.

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Me and Rachel, pre-race.

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Wet and snowy, but fun.

 

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Trying to beat that Christmas tree, unsuccessfully, at the finish. 😦

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Yesterday morning’s CrossFit workout was cool. The strength portion was particularly fun, especially the bench press, which is completely new to me. I had only bench pressed one other time, in July, at Geaux CrossFit in Baton Rouge, LA. I was only able to do 35# then. I easily did 65# yesterday and it was NOT my max.

Strength:

Every 45 sec for 7:30 (22) 2 Deadlifts @ 60% (I think I used 85#– goal was speed and form)

Benchpress 1×5 @ 85% 1×3 @ 90% 1×3 @ 95% 2×3 @ 100% (I don’t remember how we broke it down, but we started with the men’s bar–45# and ended at 65#. It was easy. Kind of excited.)

Conditioning:

10 minutes total time

Even minutes 15 Burpees

Odd minutes 3 Power Clean and Jerks at 80% (65#)

5 rounds of Burpees and 5 rounds of C&J’s (I didn’t have a score because I was never able to get 15 burpees in 1 min. I did 14, 14, 13, 13, 13)

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Have a scratchy throat and am exhausted. Picked B up from the airport, ate some Thai food and immediately napped. Napped for 2.5 hours. He’s still sleeping. I’m ready to go back to sleep.

Right now.

 

Good night.

Paleo Challenge, Day #4

Weigh-in: 170.8! Yeah, buddy!

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Note: check back later for full update (I just like to post my weight first thing in the morning).

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I am dressed like a ninja.

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Exercise: Ran 3.13 miles in 33 minutes. How come I’m so slow? Is it fair for me to blame the cold weather? I’ve lost 10 lbs over holidays, so it’s not weight gain. Oh well. Whatever. I’m outside running, in any case.

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2 pieces of bacon, 2 eggs scrambled with spinach, chopped shallots, red, yellow & green peppers.

Breakfast: 2 pieces of bacon, another amazing 2-egg scramble– all scrambled in the bacon grease! YUM! I did scramble in a few potatoes & some tiny pieces of green bean (was trying to get rid of a bag of frozen stuff from Trader Joe’s). I’m not going to lose sleep over it.

Snack: my little trail mix baggy (pistachios, dried cranberries, pepitas, & almonds)

Lunch: some sweet potatoes mashed, some steamed vegetables & pulled pork.

Pulled pork, steamed veggies & sweet potatoes mashed from Rub BBQ.

Pulled pork, steamed veggies & sweet potatoes mashed from Rub BBQ.

Snack: (I was hungrier than normal): clementine & some pistachios.

Dinner: half a chicken. No lie. Flame-broiled chicken, no less & no more. No salt, no extras… but still… that’s a lot of bird.

I’m really full. Overdid the eating today.

 

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Had 2 glasses of red win at book club tonight.  It was delicious. The company excellent.

Running!

I’m not very organized. I use the calendar on my iPhone religiously (thank goodness for the little alerts!), but nothing is quite so helpful to me as making lists and/or a big wall calendar (note to self– need giant wall calendar).

Races I am committed to doing:

Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle (Chicago, IL) 4/10/11: a great motivation to keep in shape through-out the dreary winter months & an even better excuse to see my friends in Chi-town. An easy, fast road trip, too.

MojoStLoco (St. Louis, MO) 6/25/11: I’m really excited about this crazy event– my friend, Jason, from Geeks In Running Shoes is organizing it. This will be my first big trek to meet & run w/ cool Twitter/DailyMile folks.

Races I plan to do: Budgeting is an issue for me, so I can’t just register for a bunch all at once.

Flirt with Dirt (Novi, MI) 6/11/11: One of my tweeps told me about this & it sounds really fun– and a race I’d feel comfortable doing in my VFFS (Vibram Five Fingers).

Warrior Dash (Mt. Morris, MI) 7/30/11: This looks to be a real blast & I would have registered already, but it’s the kind of thing you’d want to get a group together to do…  I’m also open to running this out-of-state, if it means running with my friends. Registration is only $45, if you register by 11:59pm on Jan. 7, 2011. Do it!

Detroit Free Press Marathon (Detroit, MI-Windsor, ON) 10/16/11: I would not be doing the full marathon, only the half. WHICH IS PLENTY. Also, I need to find & renew my passport. Whoopsie crumbs! Registration is half-price until Jan. 10, 2011! Do it!

Paleo Challenge, Day #2

Weigh-in: Do I have to weigh myself every day? Because the scale said 172.6 & then, 15 minutes later, 172.8. I can see that will make me nutty.

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Eggs Scrambled w/ Spinach & Shallots

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled w/ spinach & shallots, 2 pieces of bacon.

Lunch: Traverse City Salad w/ grilled chicken (same as yesterday)… except I kept the blue cheese crumbles on the salad. That wasn’t paleo, but I’m not going to lose my mind over it.

Snack: a shit-ton of pistachios. Again. They’re my kryptonite right now.

Pre-Run Beverage: Coconut water. I try to only drink it before or after a workout, otherwise I will over-do it. Like everything.

Dinner: Feeling lazy & not very creative, I made another 2-egg scramble w/sauteed green, red, yellow peppers, mushrooms & shallots. I think I also put some cashews in there. Also had 2 pieces of bacon. And a piece of smoked salmon.

…WHAT?! I was REALLY hungry, OK?

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Exercise: Ran 3.57 miles in 38 minutes. I swear, I get slower & slower every day. I meant to go farther, but I had to go to the bathroom really bad. REALLY BAD. You know? Ugh!

Ready for an evening run in January in Michigan.

Paleo Challenge, Day #1

Weigh-in: 172.8 lbs (which is crazy, since I weighed in at 177.6 last night– and that was before I ate marshmallows & bacon for dinner). I’ll try to do this every day at approximately the same time: as soon as I wake up, after I pee.

Considering that a little over a year ago I hit rock-bottom at 210 lbs, I’m not
weepy about it. And since I was 187 in October, I’m even less upset.

I’m getting there… slowly. I’d just like to move a little faster, so I can wear cute outfits. Especially those cute dresses from Anthropologie stashed in my closet since spring 2008, many of which I only wore once… some not at all. All size 6s. Siiiigh.

Yeah, I weigh a shit-ton. Always have. I’m only 5’4″. I don’t look like a roly-poly walking down the street or anything, I’m just…
densely-packed? And, yes, I could stand to lose 20 or 30 lbs. Which is what this is about.

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My alarm never went off, so my meal-planning time went to hell.

Breakfast: macadamia nuts & some smoked salmon

Lunch: Traverse City Salad w/ Grilled Chicken, almonds, dried cherries, & balsamic vinaigrette from Rub BBQ.

Traverse City Salad

Snack: holy shit I ate a lot of pistachios.

Dinner: about 10 mini-Italian sausages, some walnuts, 2 wheat-free, gluten-free flax crackers.

Oh. And 2 bites of a shitty swordfish filet I attempted to cook for tomorrow. Gross.

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Exercise: Ran last 3 days in a row, so I took today off. Also, wore fancy-high-heeled boots all day & boy, do my feet hurt. Boo. Hiss.

Oh, hey. It’s 2011.

New Year’s Resolution: write more shit. That’s a classy way of saying I mean to write in this blog frequently, whether or not I feel like it. Whether or not I feel clever or literate. So there.

2011= Big Changes. And not just because I’m really excited about HBO’s “Game of Thrones” or what’s next for my favorite Chicago-area wizard, Harry Dresden (of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files book series).

2011 will be major, I’ve decided. I’ve been testing out the Paleo lifestyle (check out Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution) for past month & plan to get serious with in on Jan. 3rd. I’ll try to blog about my triumphs & setbacks. Or not. I’ll see how it goes.

Also, I really want to do the Detroit Free Press 1/2 Marathon in October, so I’ll keep this thing updated (via Daily Mile) with my progress. I’m registering for Chicago’s Shamrock Shuffle (April 20) & I really want to do at least one Warrior Dash this spring/summer (…mainly for the helmets & beer).

Also, I want to lose 20 lbs before winter turns to spring– there are dresses I need to be wearing. I’m too young and attractive to be so frumpy. I’m 30 & I’ve only got a few years before I reach my peak in aesthetic appeal… then the big decline.

To boot, I’m dating someone terrific & three months in– we’re still having loads of fun. I think so, anyway.

2011. Big things.

BRING IT.