It’s been so long I forgot my password

So it’s been awhile since I logged in here.  A long time actually.  I forgot my password to log in. That’s bad.

Anyway, I’ve been training with a new group and that has motivated me to start posting again.

I’m running with Power in Motion (PIM), which is a subgroup of HARRA (Houston Are Road Runners Association).

I originally signed up to try to meet more running friends, but it has actually been really great in helping with my overall running.  As I was describing to another girl this week, my typically running has been binge based.  I’ll run for a couple of months, then stop.  Sign up for a race, train, run hard and then stop.  I’m hoping with PIM i will train smarter and get in to more of a consistent running routine.

Our plan calls for 4 runs per week. 1 as a group on Wednesdays and 3 on our own.  So far I’ve been doing 2/3 each week and I feel good about that.  It’s a lot more than I previously had been doing.

Our group meets on each wednesday and this week we had someone speak about running form.  More importantly heel strikers vs good form.  I had never thought about myself as a heel striker, but he gave us a really good test to find out if we were running with good form or not.  We  were to run in place, lean forward and start running.  That was how it was supposed to feel and if it didn’t feel like that or if we leaned back when we were running it probably meant we were running on our heels.

Major shocker for me…I was a heel striker!!!  We had a 25 min run on the schedule and I practiced on leaning forward and having a quick turnover.  I felt pretty good cardiovascular wise although I had new parts of my body hurting-specifically my shins and ankles.


Today I went for a 20 min shakeout run and practiced the same technique.  I felt pretty good other than right knee aching (I’ve had ACL surgeries on each knee so not surprising), but it wasn’t terrible and went away after stretching.  Either way I’m excited to be back into the running groove again!

Back on the blogging train 

So I guess you could say I fell off the blogging wagon.  In reality I fell off the trainer Yea that really happened.  Since then I:

– Successfully completed the MS150 bike ride from Houston to Austin:

Finish MS150 Austin capitol

At the finish line in Austin

-Finished decorating our house and had our housewarming party (about 3.5 months after we moved in)


– Spent a lot of time in the backyard with Nolan pup

– And signed up for another triathlon!

I’m doing the Freedom Y Triathlon in Pearland, TX on June 29th.  It’s a pool triathlon, which I’m excited about since I have yet to actually do the swim portion of a tri.  It’s also in June in Texas, which could end up being super hot.  I have been kinda laid back following training, so hopefully I will survive on race day.  I recently went swimming in our community pool and although I had to dodge a few kids, I got the workout done.  I’ve also enjoyed some jogs/runs around the lakes in the community.  This (a safe place to run) was one of my wants  for moving, so I better take advantage of our new neighborhood. I also found a new app which has running mixes called rock my run.  It has worked out pretty well on my runs so far.

We’ve been very lucky to have a mild spring, temperature wise.  It’s finally starting to get REALLY hot.  I waiting until 8ish the other night to do my run and still was covered with sweat when I came back.

Anyway, I’ve got about 2 weeks until the triathlon, time to buckle down for 1 more week of hard training!

You can tip over while on your trainer…

Yup, I learned something new today. My trainer isn’t 100% stable when I’m leaning over to pick up a dog toy.

If you look closely at the aftermath you’ll see a red ball on the ground. That’s what I was going for. Nolan kept bringing it to me and dropping it just shy of my hands. I was prepared to keep him happy with treats while I was on the trainer with a small ziploc bag of treats. See, he thinks whenever I’m on the bike trainer it’s time to play. He constantly is bringing me his treat ball (red Kong toy I can stuff treats in that he has to work to get out) and his squeaky snake (you can see that one in the picture too).

I was about 25 min in when I tipped off and the ride had been going so well. Silly of me to think I had gigantic arms and could reach the ball without getting up. I’ve learned my lesson. No dogs, people or furniture were hurt during this ride. My bike seems ok, but I need to get it inspected before the MS150 anyway so I think I’ll take it in next week to make sure it’s fine.

I was supposed to do a 49 or 74 mile training ride with the series I’m doing, but it was called off because of thunderstorms. 25 minutes on the trainer didn’t even touch the surface of that. I definitely need to get in the saddle more tomorrow and next week.

After the spill Nolan and I took a short 1 mile jog. He was so happy afterwards, but 1 mile is pushing how much he can do without getting bored.

I was pondering training today and I got to thinking that I’m the kind of person who needs a race registration to actually motivate me. I talked about doing triathlons for a long time, but only started seriously training for one after I paid my money. I am working on a race schedule for this year and will post soon. This way after station my intentions I can hold myself accountable to training.

Here’s to trainer rides and no more indoor crashes!

Workout Recap 3/2-3/8

This recap is a little late, but I actually did a few workouts so I wanted to log them.

3/2 Sunday: bike ride around local park= 15 miles.  I was supposed to go on a training ride with the series that I’m using to train for the MS150, but the pre-ride email talked a lot about a bad tailwind and the possibility of rain.  That really didn’t persuade me to get out of bed, but seeing as how the ride is coming up soon I decided to get something in.  Brad wanted to go hit some range balls so I had him drop me off and I figured I would ride until he was done.  That worked out to be about 15 miles.

The loop is at Tom Bass Park and is perfect for training.  Each lap is 1.5 miles and the road is pretty quiet.  It was good training as I rode with a tailwind, sidewinds and a headwind.  Towards the end it started to drizzle, so I was really glad I didn’t go on the training ride.

3/3 Monday: slow 2.14 mile run.  I decided to use my heart rate monitor for this one and I always feel like I’m moving at a snails pace.  I haven’t been running much lately and this seems like the way to go.  I enjoyed a nice run around my new neighborhood and around the lakes.  

Tuesday, Wednesday: unplanned rest days.  It was freezing outside, I did nothing.

Thursday: 1.5 hours of pulling weeds in the backyard.  We hadn’t touched our yard since we moved in.  We had weeds taller than the dog.  I count it as a workout because my hamstrings were shaking at the end from so much squatting and standing.

Friday: rest day

Saturday: 43 mile training ride in Columbus, TX (2 hours from Houston!) Up super early for a training ride. They said that part of this ride was on the actual ride we would do on the MS150.  I had a great ride for whatever reason and felt really strong until the last 5 miles of hills.  I’ve been working on my fueling and water intake and would like to think that helped.  I could feel my hamstrings were a little tight, so maybe that helped as well?? Who knows, but I really enjoyed myself.  

This is what my outfit looked like at the end of the ride.  Still working on my layers

Week of 3/9: My parents, brother and grandma are in town from PA! We’ve been relaxing, heading to the beach and the rodeo.  I haven’t really done much except a lot of walking and sleeping!

4 more weeks until the MS150!

My co-worker and I are thinking about signing up for a super sprint triathlon the weekend after the MS150.  If we do I need to get in the pool ASAP.  More details to come…

2/22/14 Ready to Roll Training Series Ride New Waverly

The day after my birthday I woke up early to head up to New Waverly, TX with one of my friends for a training ride.  There were 2 options for the ride: 32 miles and 51 miles.  The furthest I’ve ever gone has been around 45 miles, so 51 would be a big increase.  For the ms 150 we ride around 100 miles the first day so we decided we needed to push oursevles to get the best out of our training.  Here’s the map of the ride:

The green areas are all national forest lands (I believe), so the first part of our ride was surrounded by trees.  We were actually going up and down some gentle hills and I went the fastest I’ve ever gone on a bike 24+ MPH.  I felt like I was flying!  I really enjoyed myself the first part of the ride….then we were out of the forest and hitting more hills on rougher roads 😦  The climbs were really hard for me, having really only rode on the flats of Houston.  The last climb before the 3rd rest stop was a real killer.  I was in my lowest gear and only going 3 MPH, sad face.  After that the last 10ish miles of the ride was along the highway frontage road and was referred to in earlier eamils as the “roller coaster”.

  Yea, it was and we had a head/cross wind for most of it.  I seriously contemplated jumping in a SAG vehilce several times during this portion.  It was just rough.  In order to keep going I kept telling myself how proud I would feel at the end when I was done.  I think it worked?  Either way I finished and came back and napped the rest of the day.  

We are about 6 weeks out until the MS150 and I need to do some serious training.  My plan is to get on the trainer 2 times per week in addition to the training rides.  Hopefully more time in the saddle will help because my shoulders/neck end up killing me about halfway through the rides.

First Run Around the New Neighborhood

I can say I am so excited to finally have a safe, quiet place to run!

As I mentioned we moved to a development with planned walking trails around lakes. I would guess maybe 5-6 miles worth if not more. Right now my maximum running totals haven’t been more than that, but should I decide to run more than that or get bored there’s a neighborhood across the street from us that supposedly has 19 miles of walking paths/trails.

I took my first run last Sunday after taking about 3+ weeks off. I did an easy run from my house and around the 2 lakes in my side of the neighborhood. It ended up being about 1.5 miles and was so quiet and peaceful. There’s houses lining the lake so I got to peek into everyone’s backyards and look at their patio furniture. We’re currently searching for some to upgrade the tiny bistro set that was on our apt patio.

Overall great run and I can’t wait to do even more. I have a long bike ride with some “hills” Saturday up near Huntsville, which is about an hour north of me. Hoping to also get a run in this weekend too!


Yoga Studio

I’m really itching to take my first run in my new neighborhood, but Mother Nature has had other plans for me. For the past 2 days we’ve had a steady light rain. The temperatures have average around 40°. This is just really isn’t running weather for me.
 I think the thing I most appreciate right now about the new house is having a backyard for Nolan. No more walking in the cold rain waiting for him to go to the bathroom!

While I’ve been technically counting moving as workouts (I’ve been a little sore each evening). It was time to do something else.
 I have the yoga studio app on my iPad and I really love it. I can’t remember how much it was to download, but definitely less than $10. After you have the app you can download different yoga sequences. Lately I’ve been using the beginner strength and the beginner flexibility. Each of these workouts are only 15 minutes long. Everything seems to flow well and you have pictures on the screen to guide you.

Nolan likes to make it even harder for me by running into me while I’m in bridge pose and bringing me toys to play with. The The workouts go by quickly but in the end I’m happy I at least did something.
 It looks like there’s only a small chance of rain tomorrow so hopefully I can get my first run in!
 -to everyone who stopped by as part of #SITSblogging, thank you a much! I have been even more motivated to keep working out!
 What are your go to workouts when it’s raining?