Sep 25, 2014

Finally Took the Leap

I finally took the running plunge and got myself a GPS watch. About time right? I am just such a cheapo and kept telling myself I didn't NEED one. Well, then a youtube ad for the TomTom Runner got me. 

I usually just set my goal for either time or distance and run, but this weekend I tried out the race feature. Oh my, if you have this watch and you are competitive, this feature will be your favorite! I got the watch in time for my first 10k at the beginning of the month. And since the second 10k was the same course, I set my watch to race mode. Throughout the race the screen showed two arrows one was me currently and one was where I would have been at the same race time in the race. At the bottom it displayed either + or - the yards compared to your run you are racing. The watch vibrates to let you know when you move from 1st to 2nd place and vice versa. 

From mile 1 forward, I was beating my original time. Then I started watching my yards ahead. I met a new friend during the race (don't you love when that happens??) and I ran intervals with her starting at mile 3. I was around 350 yards ahead of my previous self but we spotted someone that my new friend knew, Mrs Colleen. I have seen her at races before but never spoke with her. She is a cancer survivor and as she put it, she runs to beat her cancer. It was nice stopping to speed walk with her and talk for a bit. We pushed on through the last mile (with two hills, by the way) and I managed to beat my time by 2 minutes. I'll take it. 

Next up is my 10 miler next weekend and two weeks after that. I wish I had already logged a 10 miler so I could use the race feature on my watch again. It has been such a big motivation for me! I can't wait to see what it's like using that feature next year during 5ks. 2014 is the year of distance running. 2015 is going to be the year for speed! 

So tell me your favorite watch feature? Or what motivates you? 

Sep 24, 2014

Tag You're It

My sweet friend Natalie over at May the Schwartz Be With You tagged me to complete a few questions and tag some other friends to join in the blog hop. Natalie is a friend I "met" through blogging who happens to live in the very same area as me, not just the "big city" we are close to. Natalie even teaches a yoga class at the gym I'm a member of! Unfortunately, our schedules never seem to line up to be at the gym at the same time. Maybe one day. Anyways, Natalie and I have so much in common but are also so different. Isn't that what makes a good friendship? Make sure you go read the questions that Natalie answered. 

Now for her questions for me:

Why do I keep a blog?
I originally started one just to document pictures and have a little diary of mine and my daughter's lives. Along the way, I started incorporating more than just our daily activities. I have added some of what is going on in our lives, some random things that interest me, lots of running, and basically anything I feel like writing about. I really like the way the blogging world has evolved and I have learned quite a bit along the way. 

What are my greatest strengths?
I feel like I should give a standard interview answer here. If you asked my husband, he would say I am the most organized unorganized person ever. Is that a strength? How about, I can be creative. Not always, but I can be. That's a little bit of a strength right? No, wait, greatest strength....vacation planning! I am great at planning a vacation. Not just like "hey we are going to the beach" but "hey we are going to the beach, eating here here and here, and I want to see this while we are there." Real planning. I would be a great travel agent. I am also a really good bargain shopper. That's gotta be a strength. If I am trying to save money, I will. 

What motivates me to run?
I signed up for my very first 5k because friends were doing it. I don't remember exactly but I'm pretty sure I hadn't run more than a block in the last 5 years before that. I worked out regularly so how hard could a 5k be, right? Oh boy. I felt like I had paid for torture and a tshirt that day! hah! After that I realized that I should probably add some running to my exercise routine. My family has a history of heart issues on both sides so I knew I needed to think about running as a way to not only maintain a healthy weight but also keep my heart in shape. Health has been the biggest motivator for me so far to basically answer the original question. However, somewhere along the way, mostly this year, I actually fell in love with running. Now my motivation is more my need and want to run. Heart health is just a lovely side effect from that. 

What is my proudest moment?
I should probably say something like graduating college. It was a really proud moment for me. I did it while working full time, taking care of a toddler, going to school year round and having up to 18 hours per semester at times. But I felt like it was just something I had to do. Not finishing was just not an option. Completing my first half marathon was another proud moment. I was almost sick I was so nervous about that race. I started that race not knowing if I would be able to finish it but I did. I can't wait for my next one to see improvements. My daughter also makes me very proud. As a mom there is something so special hearing someone else tell you good things about your child. It makes you feel like you are doing a good job as a parent especially if they get a compliment on their manners! 

That's all the questions Natalie had for me. I'm going to come up with a few of my own and probably tag a couple more bloggers on them so if you are looking for a few questions as a blog topic let me know! 

I'm going to try to be better and catch up my little diary blog. I have celebrated my 1 year anniversary this month!! I've "raced" two 10ks that I absolutely loved. I've attempted to become a morning runner. I've succeeded and failed at being a morning runner. I've watched 8 volleyball games so far this month. I reached my first mini goal with my St Jude fundraising! (I still have a little way to go so if you are interested in donating to the most amazing children's research hospital, click that little link please.) It's been a busy month and next month is even busier. Plus it's birthday month! Anyways, I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of fall. Tell me something good!