Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Screw Tempo Runs & Chafing

Today was attempt numero dos at an outside Tempo Run. No bueno! (For those that don't speak Spanish, that translates into I suck!)

I was supposed to do a Tempo Run with a 1 mile warm-up & cool-down and 4 miles at 11:30. (For those that are faster than me...don't hate...I'll beat you one day!) However, once again, Tempo = Fartlek for me. I ran my warm-up, which can a warm-up suck? I should have just stopped there. But, I'm too dang stubborn to do that and if my calendar says 6 miles, 6 miles is what will be done, one way or another. Unfortunately for me, the latter was true. Mile 2 was great at 11:31, then it was 11:50, 12:30 & 12:17. With some walking at the beginning of miles 3, 4 & 5. The cool-down however was much enjoyed!

So, for me, I say SCREW THE TEMPO RUN! I can't seem to get it. My body is perfectly happy doing this on a treadmill. I guess when you're on a machine and your options are either keep up or fall off the back, you tend to keep up. Besides, the fact that the treadmill kind of pulls you along helps too. Maybe, I can hire someone to attach a rope around my waist and pull me the whole 13.1 miles of my next race! I might keep up then. Or have an attack dog with big fangs follow me...I'd probably keep up then too. Or...I may decide around mile 8 that rabies is more appealing than the chills that come after me getting really hot, along with my vision getting blurry around the edges and the dizziness that I experienced today. (If I remember correctly from nursing school, these were the signs of heat exhaustion, or stroke or something like that...Oops.)

One the run was over and I jumped in the shower to get rid of the running stink, the water burned me. Yay for chafing. It always occurs under my boobs, where the sports bra elastic is. I'm starting to wonder if the reasoning for this is the fact that my bra is about 8 - 10 years old. I recall reading something that says that you should replace sports bras every 6 months. Do you know how much money that would cost? More than I'm willing to pay. I'm also now putting together that my bra may be restricting my breathing...maybe that's the latest excuse for me not being able to complete a Tempo Run.

Either way...Screw Tempo Runs and Screw Chafing. Or, I could just suck it up an call myself a runner...these seem to go with the territory.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hot Blooded vs Cold Blooded

You know those people that are just naturally cold all the time?

Well...that's me...just ask the Coastie. My feet have the ability to suck all the warmth from his whole body with the touch of one toe in the middle of the night.

My patients would tend to agree as well. Apparently hands like ice can be felt through latex gloves....who knew? However, I have on my side the fact that my hospital keeps the ER at about 60 overnight. (Do they not want our patients to stay too long? Or is it their conniving way to make us stay awake? The world may never know...)

So, with all my reinforcement towards such, I believed myself to be somewhat Cold Blooded. Not in the killer way so much, but in the I need sun and a hot rock to be comfortable way.

(Randomness: the Coastie just made a berry smoothie as thick as a sorbet and gave me a small cup with some whip cream on top! AMAZING!)

Much to my amazement, this self proclaiming Cold Blooded Non-Killer may not really be so Cold Blooded. How did I come to this conclusion, you ask? Tonight's run. It's about 70 degrees out. Not humid. What most would consider perfect running weather. So why on an easy 2 mile run can I get so freaking hot? And not sexy hot either. Red faced, look like I'm going to pass out, call the ambulance now, hot. Lovely...

I leave you with this question, then: Can I be both a Cold Blooded Non-Killer & Not Sexy Hot Blooded at the same time?

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Day with the Dogs

Disclaimer: No, I am not in the dog house. Well, not yet anyway...the night is still young.

I worked last night.

This means I took my standard 4 hour (-ish) nap to convert back to normal-people time to spend a Sunday with the Coastie. The day started after a great lunch made by said Coastie and a Red Bull for me.

If there is ever one thing you need to know about me it is that I have a love affair with caffeine. Caffeine = HEAVEN. I cannot start a day without it (nor make my way through a night shift). Coffee, Diet Coke, energy doesn't matter. As long as it has caffeine in it, I must consume it and I must consume a lot of it. If you want to be my friend, bring me anything from Starbucks or anything caffeinated.

Anywho, back to the story. The Coastie and I took our doggy Mac to the dog park for the first time. Mac has never been to a dog park because the old South Texas town we were in is NOT dog friendly (I'm convinced).

She did very well. She didn't snap at too many dogs, but she is a girl, so there were some....but all in all she did great. We stayed there for a couple hours...

Then, we went home, had a shrimp salad for dinner and are now watching a movie...well, watched a movie...with wine...which means I should probably not be writing right now...

Until tomorrow....

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hawks...are they really dangerous?

I attempted my first Speed Workout today.

I should just end it there rather than put my embarrasment of the actual result of such an attempt. However, that would not leave you anything to read. Nor to laugh at. So, here is my account of my first Speed Workout.

I went to the base to run on their "track". Yes, that would be track in quotation marks. Wonder why? Well, when asked exactly how long the track was (at the last Base, it was 1/2 mile, so I have learned to ask), the lovely lady with the beard & mustache told me that 3 3/4 times around is equal to 1 1/2 miles. Say what? Can you put that into laps per mile for me please?

Thank goodness I brought Garmin, because I was not finishing this without it. I walked out to the "track" after moving my car closer because not only is it not a real track, but it goes around 2 baseball fields where you lose visability of any belongings you plan on placing around it. The car became necessary to reduce petty theft.

Warm-up Mile

This was a great mile, slow enough to just warm me up, took about 2 and 2/3 times around (who know actually, more than 2, less than 3).

Speed Mile

This was supposed to be in 10:31. I finished in 10:35. Now, that looks like I pretty much did it, but it's deceiving. I walked a few steps twice during that time. Yes, I realize this means that I was actually going faster than intended. Oops.

800 rest

Enough said. I walked it!

Speed Mile

Again, supposed to be 10:31. 11:17. Yuck! I had to walk like 3 times. This could be a combination of the heat, the fact that I drank too much water on the rest and the fact that they were cutting the grass on the baseball fields (I'm highly allergic). Or, it could just be that this was my first attempt at Speed and I was tired. I'm gonna go with number 1, that ok with you?

800 rest

Yay, more legitimate walking. No self deprication here! Although, on my last time around I was nearly attacked by a Hawk. He was sitting in the middle of the baseball field when I was making my last round for my rest and right when I was passing by, he flew to the fence right next to me, trapping me between him and the trees. I had no way out! I picked up the pace a tad, prayed, and barely escaped his talons. Phew!

Cool-Down Mile

What? You think I did that with that Hawk out there? You're crazy! I had a plan to duck between the baseball fields, cutting my loop in half to finish up. In fact, I did it once. But, then I looked down at Garmin and realized that I had hit Stop instead of Lap and what's the point of doing a cool-down mile if you can't prove you did it anyway. I was at the car, might as well stop. Besides, I saw that Hawk eyeing me.

As I was leaving, I saw a few other runners coming out. I looked at them longingly and mouthed "Good Luck poor souls". I sure hope they know Hawk self defense!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Excedrin is my friend

On my days off I have this horrible habit of not drinking enough water. Which is usually ironic because we have a water bottle cooler do-hickey in the kitchen specifically for the purpose of giving us more water to drink. Normally, this is great, as I have the Coastie home to refill said water bottle for me to stop the incredibly annoying beeping and blinking light that ensues when it becomes empty. I am in the unfortunate predicament that I am both off work for 6 days and without the Coastie.

This morning I woke up with the worst headache. OK, I'm exagerating. It was not the worst. Just bad. And dehydration enduced. You would think being a nurse, I would have a wonderful way to get rid of headaches. I do. It's called Excedrin. You would also think that I would take this immediately and drink some water. You would be wrong. It took me until 3 PM to take anything. I did take it with water and am now on glass numero tres. My headache is cured, but my lack of motivation to go running is not.

To keep myself honest, I am going to PROMISE to y'all that I will actually run tomorrow.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

The Social Network Review & My Run Today

The problem with being both a Military Wife and a Nightshift Nurse is that you rarely see your husband. The Coastie and I managed to finally have a weekend evening off last night. He surprised me with a trip to the movies to see The Social Network.

This movie is Amazing!

From the first scene with the fast talking banter to the last where it finally all comes together, it was fantastic. You must go see this movie. I was not at all planning on ever even renting it. It looked lame. Not so. The main character is hilarious!

My run today was interesting. My first attempt at a tempo run turned into a fartlek run. Mile 1 was a warm up...went well. I was actually not winded at all...I have finally learned what a warm up is supposed to feel like. Miles 2 - 4 were to be tempo miles at 11:08. I almost made mile 2 on time, but at 1.9 miles I had to stop. I think my goal of 2:30 at the half in December is a bit too lofty. At leat to start training for it now. We'll see. I made it, however! All 5 miles.

Saturday, September 11, 2010


I ran my very first offical 5K. I say official, as I have ran the distance numerous times since I started my running adventure. Since moving, I have not really run that much. This is unfortunate. However, I felt that despite that, I put on a good showing.

35:38 @ the Warrior Run 5K

It was a tad hilly, once again something that lacks in the area of town I live in. But, the scenery more than made up for it. It was one of the ritzy neighborhoods south of the city. The type that have greco-roman pillars holding up oversized balconies that most likely attach to massive master suits. Between mini-mansions you would catch glimpses of the water with docks and expensive boats. Quite breathtaking, I must say.

I was very happy with my performance, and even more happy to show my support for an amazing cause. So, here's to remembering our injured soldiers who fought for Sept. 11 and those who are still fighting.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Forcing myself to change

It's 11:35 on Tuesday night and I'm sitting on my couch trying to find ways to stay awake. Switching from a day schedule to a night schedule is hard. My night shifts at the hospital start tomorrow and I'm not looking forward to the inevitable crash at 6 AM....1 hour premature.

1. I went to the gym. I'm back to lifting, at least I hope I am. I'm going back to my old favorite, the New Rules of Lifting for Women. I figure, I'll start there, get back into it, and then branch out to what I really want to of those plans that is chest this day, arms that day, etc. I need a foundation before I do that. I know me, I'll quit.

2. I read a magazine about exercising. Yay for Women's Running and Muscle & Fitness Hers magazines. Lots of inspiration!

I do have to say...I was in the best shape of my life when I was working nights...well, ok not really the best...that was when I was crazy person getting up at 3:45 AM to make it to the gym at 4 because I refused to be late (on time) to work at 8. That was the best. But, other than crazy person, night shift was where it was at for exercising.

After 2, I'm out of ideas of what to do. No, 3. I wrote my blog entry. Ok, now I'm out of ideas. I was hoping to stay up until at least 2 or 3. Not so much.

Maybe it's time for some TV and hoping it doesn't wake up the Coastie.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Old Friends and New Ideas

I'm sitting here after getting off the phone with a friend from Texas. I blinked and I have been in FL for a month. Yikes...where did the time go? It's so great to talk to friends that know you after being surrounded by people that don't. I don't have to pretend to be something I'm not, I can just be. I'm working on just "being" here in FL with my new job and new friends. It's hard. However, I feel like the people I have surrounded myself with will very much allow me to be myself.

I can't help but wonder, though, if new ideas come from new situations. For example, I am having a very hard time keeping up with the running. I ran yesterday morning, but it left much to be desired. I am going to try running this evening (hopefully). I'm trying to mix it up a bit to learn where I will end up here.

I have a vision of myself and this tall, skinny, runner-chick that dresses in running related clothes all day everyday (minus the scrubs at work) and still look amazing. At 5'3", I'm sure the tall thing is not happening. However, the dream of being skinny may never go away. I do, unfortunately, have this eating problem. Since I got home last night, I have tried to eat my weight in snack food and continue to sit an complain about not being in the shape I want to be. Do you see the problem here?

So, I need to make a change. A change to go along with all the other changes, new state, new house, new job, new friends...same me. Change 1: run. None of this saying I'm a runner and not really putting in the miles. I'm going to actually do the work and then be proud of myself when I reap the rewards of my hard work. Change 2: eat healthier...notice that it does not say to eat healthy, but rather healthier. That is because there are certain things I may not be able to give up. No, that's not right, there are certain things I am not willing to give up!

I've already started on Change 3: Be the best nurse I can be!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Crazy TV Shows

I just got finished watching a 2 hour Criminal Minds and I am left with 1 question: Who thinks this stuff up? I'm more worried about encountering the people that are paid to sit in a room and think up crazy stories to put on this show than I am of running into one of their characters. You have to be seriously crazy to have all that running around in your mind! From serial killers who eat their kills to people that hurt children...I'm not sure I could deal with being the person in charge of creating all that craziness!

On a more important note, the Coastie and I are safely in our new "home" in Florida. From the east coast to the south to the east coast again. It's going to be me seeing the country on the government's dime because we have moved so many times! We are currently searching for a gym to help me lose these 10 lbs I've gained while not running and dealing with the stress of a move!

I also start my work back in the ED tomorrow! Orientation was not great, but tomorrow I am back on the unit. Gotta love patient care!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Wow...time flies.

I changed my blog, stated my aspirations to be the best blogger out there, and all for naught. Life got in the way.

I have been amidst a struggle with my health (I am fine), but some "issues" arose that have not only taken all of time and effort, but every last emotion I have. I have not run & realized yesterday that I miss it. I miss the alone time. The time to think & process what's happened that day. The shape I was in was nice too...a shape that is not round. Battling these hormones is like fighting off the end of my girlish figure. Awful!

We are moving to Jacksonville, FL in the summer due to The Coastie's job. I'm excited & sad all at the same time. I love my friends here. But, I am happy to be on to something new. Unfortunately, that means finding a new job. Not hard when you're a nurse...a bit harder when you refuse to work nights. I'll find something.

Also, I passed my nursing certification exam today. I am officially a Certified Emergency my Dad says...3 more letters to add after my name...Becky, RN, BSN, CEN. Gotta love it. He once told me that nurses needed tri-fold business cards to hold all of their credentials. That's my goal. To have SO many credentials after my name that I need another business card just to hold it all.

That may take a while.

I am looking into running groups in Jacksonville & have determined that joining one could be interesting. Has anyone (if anyone reads this anymore) ever been part of one? It is fun? Exciting? Please let me know...

Well, I plan to start being more active on here & my other friendly runners blogs. Now that my test is out of the way, I may have a bit more time to if I can start running again, then I'd have something to write about.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Give me back my hour...and noone gets hurt

Daylight Savings's creative way to make daylight happen at the time he wants it.

I read from a friend on Facebook that it's not so much saving time, but redistributing it. I whole-heartedly agree. It's a sham. If it worked so well, everyone would do it, but there are still those smart areas like Arizona or Indiana where people refuse to buy into the governments idea that changing the clock will make any bit of difference.

This morning, I have a perfect example as to why when we are doing it, it's done on a weekend, not on a work morning. I set my alarm clock forward last night before bed. I woke up this morning to my husband's alarm going off. I just happened to look at my clock to see what time it was and FREAKED thinking it was now 2 hours later than it was yesterday morning. So now, not only do they expect us to bump our clocks ahead, they make alarm clocks that will magically do it for you, but they don't tell you that. You are none the wiser and so the conspiracy begins to get you to wake up WAY before you are supposed to. A nice swift kick in the butt in the morning just before spring when people are tired and starting to drag because winter won't end. But, I beat them! I didn't actually set my HA, I woke up at exactly the correct time without your conspiracy!

Now, I just need to keep the adrenaline rush going to get through my 12 mile run today. If I can do today, I should be good for the race in 2 weeks...minus my lack of training and 10 extra pounds...but that's a story for another day.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

It's a Wild Wednesday

I've noticed of the course of the last year that Wednesdays tend to be a lot more strange than any other day. Is it that God decides to throw you some crazy curve ball to show you that you may think the week is over, but in fact he made it 7 days long and baby, you're only half way there? Or is it that I tend to be tired around this time of the week so things bother me more?

While that's worth contemplating some day...right now...not so much the day.

Today was nothing short of a Wild Wednesday for your beloved pink blog girl. (that's, not blue anymore...happy colors) It started out with a meeting bright and early. Had I known it was going to turn out the way it did, I would havehad my coffee before the meeting, not'd think I'd learn.

Alas, I haven't. Well, it was "let's attack Becky" day at the meeting and no one disappointed. Just wish I was on that memo-list so I could have had that coffee and brought armor. (Note to self: bring armor to ALL meetings) Needless to say, physicians are FANTASTIC at making you feel like crap. I left feeling like I should quit and go away to Mexico (however, due to recent events in the news...maybe a nice country would be better...Australia anyone?).

I'm supposed to be asking God for wisdom. I'm sure today I could have used some of that in my meeting, but what I need more than anything right now is patience and perserverence. I'm very much feeling like I don't want to stay still. I want to move forward. I want to move towards the next steps in job, larger family, another half marathon...

So, God, please help me to stay patient and perservere through my slump...and if you have anything left over after that...could you give me more speed too?

P.S. I will run tomorrow...I will, I will. As long as it stops raining. Or the Coastie comes home to take care of the doggy.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Revamp needed

My blog needs a new look. A new image. Let's be needs a new life. Neglected. Alone. Blue (what was I thinking).

Think wrinkled old lady that needs a face lift. Not me...the blog.

I have a vision. A vision of the most amazing blog on the net. One that people come to for inspiration in running, life, and spirituality.

My parents always told me that I could do anything I put my mind to. I want to put my mind towards blogging. Hear that, God? I need help blogging. He totally knows what that is...I think.

My life has taken a slight turn for the different. I have plans! Plans to run (more than I have been), lift (more than I have been), read the Bible (hey, you get it, more than I have been), and blog (you know the drill).

So, I'm breathing new life into this here blog. A new beginning calls for a new look & a new feel. I plan to let the world, or those of you that actually read my blog, my thoughts & feelings on how I am progressing toward my new goals, as laid out here.

You with me? Gosh, I sure hope you are.