Leukemia and Lymphoma

I have been training for the Knoxville Triathlon for a few months now. In the midst of all that I am also doing the Daily Burn “videos” that Bob Harper puts out. They have a promotion going on right now where you can get about 60 days free before you have to sign up. I highly recommend them… The videos are tough but I love them! I have missed a few days because I let life get in the way, but when I do them like I am supposed to, I feel a whole lot better! I have more energy, I feel more fit, and I am overall a much happier person!  I really believe these Daily Burn workouts are helping me with my training. They are short and sweet but they get my heart rate up and I’m not a sweater…but I am during these!

Anyway, my goal right now is the Knoxville Triathlon in May. I am doing this for fun and also to raise money for those who need it most.

Check out my fundraising page please and read about my story. 🙂  Every little bit helps. Please help me get to my goal!

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Stuck in a rut…

Several weeks deep in marathon training and 6 miles sounds easy, right? Not when your only option is running in the Tennessee heat. The average temperature over the past few weeks has been about 90. The humidity is still going strong and the sun has been shining quite often. It’s beautiful weather, but not when it’s time to get miles in.

We have been in a bit of a rut for the past few weeks partially due to the weather but also because life seems to have jumped out in front of us with a big ol’ stop sign. After a refreshing vacation weekend to St. Louis last weekend I think we are back on track. When we returned from our trip, Ashley sat down with our schedule and figured out what we need to do between now and marathon morning in order to survive 26.2 miles.

She said “We don’t have a choice…we have to do everything on this schedule.”

She’s right. That motivated me. The next morning I woke up at 5:15 and ran 3 miles before work. I’ve been trying to do that for months and couldn’t get out of bed to do it. By the time I was almost done with my second job that evening, however, I wasn’t sure how I was still standing. Needless to say, when my head hit the pillow, I was out.

Wednesday called for a 6 mile run. Since we had to get up extra early for work anyway, we decided to do the run in the evening. We started around 8 pm when the sun had set a little and the weather wouldn’t be so hot…. or so we thought. By the time we left our subdivision we both had sweat pouring out every which way.

Despite the heat we both felt really good. Not too many problems with the typical hip and foot pain that Ashley has, and my knees, shoulders and lungs, which are typically the parts that test me the most, felt really good!

Then yesterday morning I failed to wake up in time to do a few 200m sprints before work.

Today, Friday, calls for stretching on the schedule. Tomorrow I believe we are scheduled to run 14 miles….

Marathon Training….

…officially done with week one.

Last Monday was day one of marathon training. So, for day one we went all out.

I made it a rest day.  On accident. An anniversary is not a good day to start training for a marathon…just FYI.

Marathon training week one looked like this:

Monday: Go to first date location, then test art skills with 20 strangers at Sips ‘n Strokes.

Tuesday: circuits at the YMCA from the Jillian Michaels book

Wednesday: run 3 miles and win a championship softball game

Thursday: circuits at the Y

Friday: 3 solo miles at Triple Creek Park

Saturday: rest day for me (Ashley did a triathlon with some co-workers and I photographed)

Sunday: 4 miles near the house in the sweltering Tennessee heat

Week one felt pretty good. The hardest part was the three miles I did on Friday because I ran by myself. Ashley and Sawyer went to the park with me, though, and met me about 5 minutes into my run to cheer me on, then they met me again at my turn around point, mile 1.5.  It was like my own 5k with the best cheerleaders!  After they met me at my turn around point they went to the dog park while I ran my last 1.5 hilly miles (95% of it was in the sun).

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On the second half of my run, I picked some flowers :)

Week 2…here we come.