Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Quick Update

I have to apologize for falling off on my blog updates...I find it such a chore to type anything of substance -- I'd rather read and comment on everyone else's blogs! :) And, I am not exactly a quick typist. Heh-heh!

So -- I'm going to keep things short and sweet.

I am on the last week of this crazy run cycle I've been on -- crazy because my arms are hurting just as much as my legs. In fact, I don't remember what it's like to swim with "fresh" arms anymore. Pain is a familiar friend. Hahahahahahaha!!

I had a great run on Sunday -- I was on a mission to eradicate my odd snow-eating behaviour of last Sunday's adventure. I was on a mission to beat myself -- and go further than last week.

I was prepared too -- I carried a water bottle with me and brought a gel for the point at which I felt I was going to fall apart. Last week this occurred during the fourth hill -- I only managed to do 3.5 hills (1 hill = 1 up and down -- in case you needed to have it explained -- LOL!) This Sunday, I was ready -- at the end of the third hill, I sucked back the gel and settled in to beat my record.

It was snowing and snowing and snowing -- the kind of wet heavy snow that accumulates, but when a couple of cars drive through it turns into muddy slush. Toby always has a blast -- she does this capering puppy-dog dance each time we get to the bottom of the hill and I turn around to go back up. The walk that never ends! Hahahahaah!!

In all, I did 5 hills and I was quite tickled with myself! At the same time, I was mad that I was such a bonehead last Sunday -- because if I could have done 5 hills this week, I sure as heck could have done them last week. It was because of my own ill-preparedness last week that I out-performed myself by that much. By copping out and not carrying a water bottle I actually impeded my training -- so that was a good lesson I learned. :) :) :)

As I ran down the hill for the last time, I purposely (this time) went over to the side of the road and ate a handful of snow to ingrain this lesson in my mind. ;)

Hawaii is beckoning...9 days and counting. I am so excited to be able to bike outside!!!!! And run outside without multitudinous layers!! Oh, man -- I'm going to get a tan! AIIIEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :)


Amy said...

I can't wait to hear about your Hawaiian adventure. You are going to get tan! And speedy!

Great job on the hills. Don't beat yourself up over being ill prepared. You rocked it both times!

Jenna said...

Awesome effort Julie. remember, failure is the best teacher ... so take what you have learned and move on to make every other workout better, stronger, faster as a result of the lesson.

Hawaii... Have fun, ride safe, tan carefully, drink lots (of water) and enjoy yourself!!

Kelly B. said...

Yeah...keep blogging, slacker!! We need to know.
Have SO Much fun in Hawaii!!

Keith said...

Type faster. We miss our Julie blog fix. You must be so wired going to Hawaii. Just as it's getting nice here. We hope. Knock wood.

Don't forget we have up and down days, and even had you brought nutrition, you still might have not had the run you wanted last time. You're doing the live and learn thing just fine!

KK said...

Yes, have a blast in Hawaii (buh- bye snowy tundra land)!!!I agree with Amy, you rocked those hills and you were ill prepared last time for a reason: it taught you about how to be better prepared for the next time, so now you know (it's always better when we learn these lessons in training rather than racing).

Aloha! Can't wait to see pix/ live vicariously through you! ;)

Jason said...

Good to see you are taking care of yourself again. Remember, having to eat snow is not a good thing. I see I'm going to have to talk to you again when I get over there!

Have a great time in Hawaii :)