Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November Goals Recap

I don't feel very good about recapping my goals from this month but this is supposed to be a pretty candid blog so I'm going to post it anyways. There is always room for improvement and sometimes rebounding from a setback is difficult as I learned this month, and I'm still working at getting back to where I was, which is hard.  

1. Drink 3 liters of water a day - huge success! I drank so much water this month and my body is feeling great!

2. Strength train 3 days a week - didn't get back to strength training at all this month, hoping to jump next month. 

3. Start doing Nike Training Club - did a few NTC workouts over the course of the month, would like to do them more regularly. 

4. Go to the free yoga classes - success! Went to yoga a few times and got my butt handed to me, I hope they continue them into the new year!

5. Eat well - success! With the exception of Ironman Arizona weekend I ate really well over the course of the month. 

6. Post on the blog more consistently - I feel better when I'm posting more regularly on the blog, hoping to get my writing spark back soon!

7. Set bed time/wake up schedule and stick to it! - mostly successful. I'm getting better at keeping the same bed time/wake up time, but it needs more work. 

8. Log all mile or activities on DailyMile - failed. Not doing very well at tracking my fitness, will continue to work on it. 

9. Get back my drive - struggled, and failed. I need to spend some time working on my self over the coming winter break, I know that it will be a good time for me to get rested, re-engerized, and rejuvenated. 

10. FIND MY STRENGTH. - failed. I need to do more work on this in the coming month, and I hope that through meditation, training and just thinking I can get this back.

November was a good month with lots of exciting things happening, but it was also a hard month at other times. I'm looking forward to a better December and celebrating my first Christmas with my lovely pooch. Maybe we will even have our own little tree!

Until next time, 

Run hard, be strong and always think big!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Milestone - I gave blood today.

If you know me fairly well, you may have heard me joking about being an organ donor. It's something that is pretty important to me and was a decision that I didn't need to think much about when I got my driver's permit. A big part of myself is giving, and helping other people, so being an organ donor didn't seem like a big deal to me at all because I figured, well if I'm dead I don't really need my organs, so if I can help someone after I die, I don't see why it's a problem.

Big bus!
Giving blood however, is a completely different story. I've always been uncomfortable about blood coming out of my body through the use of needles. Scrapes, scratches and any other such things and I'm fine, but needles, no way no how. When I saw that the blood drive was coming to school, I didn't hesitate to sign up for the first spot they had open, and I'm pretty sure that was the new me trying to take over. This morning when I got to school I was greeted by the bus, and that's when I started getting nervous. I wasn't sure how the experience was going to go, but I knew that I was doing good.

BlenderBottle and Buble.
I started my day off with a little bit of protein shake, since I wasn't sure what I should eat, so I drank instead, and then got all my stuff ready for school, walked Bella, and watched a bit of the Today Show. Yes of course the shake was drank from a BlenderBottle. :) I have to say Michael Buble is a very handsome man. Also, on a side note, it doesn't feel like Christmas is almost here to me, so I guess that means I should get a tree. Hmmm. Also, don't forget that you can donate toys after Christmas is over too! You can get more bang for your buck if you wait until all the toys are on sale after Christmas, which means you can also make a bigger impact and give more toys.

Once I read through all the pamphlets I got on the bus and did what I guess could be called paperwork. I also got finger pricked which wasn't bad at all, and oddly it wasn't weird to see my own blood come out after being stabbed with a needle. It was strange for me to be in the bus but it wasn't super uncomfortable, and the sun was shining on me through the windows so it felt pretty nice. The nice woman got my arm ready and then it was time to get poked by the needle again so that I could start giving and honestly I was getting a little bit nervous that it would take quite a while. But it wasn't bad at all.

All done! 
Giving blood is something that was pretty high up on my list of fears because I don't like needles and seeing my own blood coming out of my body like that is just weird. But I found it to be quite an enjoyable experience and I'm glad that I decided to do it, regardless of my fear. It may seem like a silly thing to some people, but for me it was something that I wasn't sure I'd be able to get over very easily. Thankfully one good experience can sometimes erase any bad experiences, and that's what happened this time. I've always had issues with needles, most of the time it's when I'm getting shots, and usually I end up crying or almost crying. Yes, I'm very well aware that I am 20 years old, and I just admitted to crying when I get shots. I would also like to note that I filled that bag in four minutes, which I was excited about.

So far I'm feeling fantastic and I think the cookies helped a little bit, and now I'm going to drink tons of water today and relax before class. I also got some pretty cool swag for giving blood today, so yeah, you can totally be jealous. :)

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sneezy Sunday

You can blame the title on the fact that Bella just sneezed on my computer screen like six times, YUCK.

Today was a pretty good day over all, I got quite a lot done and I feel good about it. I woke up later than I had hoped, but that's fine because I felt really well rested when I woke. I went for a six mile run today, which was less than I was supposed to, but I wasn't feeling very good. I would like to note that at this second Bella is attempting to death roll on my laptop, gotta love them. My first stop after my run was Sports Authority in search of a jacket I can wear for running since it's a little brisk for my early morning weekday runs, but couldn't find anything that I liked. 

After hitting Sports Authority and not having any luck, I went over to REI, and scored on a pretty light blue jacket that was on sale! I also found out that all the Clif and Luna products they carry were on sale, so I stocked up on gels, blocks and bars to test out. I love the REI down here, it's brand new for the most part and the view out of the second floor is nice! I wore the jacket around the mall once I started getting cold and I LOVE it, no fancy thumb holes but it's perfect for me. After stocking up and scoring big at REI I headed into the mall to see if there were any big deals that I needed to score on, but didn't find anything I couldn't live without.

I did however decide to pop into Lens Crafters and see if they had my contact prescription on file, which they didn't but lucky for me they had an opening in like five minutes, so I said sure why not! About an hour after I went in I got to leave with some new trial contacts and very dilated eyes. I have to say, the eye doctor was impressed I could still use my old contacts, as he put it, they were impressively clean, but torn, ripped and missing pieces. I guess I have skills like that? As I was sitting in the office I noticed that one of my shoes is already starting to have issues, the Nike symbol is coming off! I haven't decided what I'm going to do about it, but I may end up just cutting it off, muahahahaha!

After the eye exam I walked around the mall a little more and then headed home to do some organization. I had the problem of forgetting nutrition when I went to Tempe for Ironman Arizona so I needed to come up with a good storage solution for all of that stuff that didn't involve being stuffed in my closet since things tend to get moved around in there quite a bit. So this is what I came up with, and so far I'm really liking it. I put it on the other end of my nightstand so it's easy to get to and I shouldn't have a problem forgetting my nutrition since it's in a bright orange Nike box! I'm pretty excited to test out the new Clif stuff that I got including the CRUNCH Chocolate Chip granola bars I got since I LOVE the Honey and Oat ones. You can also see that I stuffed my KT Tape in there since it seems to get messed up when it's just sitting out, like it comes apart and such, so I put it in there for safe keeping. The Jocalat Larabar is something that a racer at IMAZ dropped where I was at and the packaging wasn't broken so I grabbed it, I haven't liked the Larabar that I tried before, but I will keep trying them to see if I can find a flavor I like.

I will leave you with what Bella did the entire time I was writing the blog post, which is why I took so darn long. I started at 9:05 and without the whining I could have had it done a lot faster than the 30 minutes it took me. BOOOO. Sorry for the poor quality video, taken from my phone.

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong and always think big!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ironman Arizona 2011 - weekend recap!

All I can say is I'm utterly amazed at the community that I am now a part of. For the most part, the whole weekend went by too fast for my liking, but it was the kind of experience that I will never regret having. I am wishing that I had used my real camera for photos, but still managed to get quite a few good shots on my phone.

First run in my new kicks!
Down along Tempe Town Lake!
I didn't make it up to Tempe until late on Thursday evening and didn't get settled until about midnight, and went right to sleep for the most part. Friday morning I headed down to Tempe Beach Park and walked around the expo with Bella. For the most part it was uneventful but the atmosphere was super exciting and it had me looking forward to race day. I wandered around Tempe for a while and enjoyed the scenery and the city. I ended the day at Road Runner Sports to pick up some new kicks that were desperately needed. I picked up the Nike Air Pegasus 28+ and I really love them.

Saturday was a day running errands around town, and checking out cool places like a fancy mall up in Scottsdale, and Arizona Mills Mall which had a Gameworks! The last time I was in a Gameworks was a long time ago with my best friend E before it closed down so for nostalgia I had to play a few rounds of DDR, and after I got used to the mat again I did pretty well. :) Overall it was a fun day of hanging around town while it was mostly empty. I also made a pit stop at the ASU bookstore and picked up a new shirt, and got a free mug, woo!
Saw this at the Campus Store, couldn't help but laugh!

New swag, mug was a freebee wooo!
Race day was incredible and the conditions were superb for the racers. I woke up later than I had wanted but didn't miss any of the action. I'm glad that I planned to have this year to spectate, before volunteering or racing for that matter. It amazed me that there were so many people doing the same race, something that I'd never seen before, and to be honest the race was spectacular to watch. Here are some of the awesome moments that I got to capture.
Calm before the storm!

So many swimmers!

Early bikers!

Pros coming back after first loop!

Pros coming back.

Punk Rock Racer!

One of the last finishers!

Incredible crowds at the finish!

FINAL finisher! - From Twitter

Post race.
I got to hang out with the awesome EMZ and Peanut, who are really cool people by the way. Peanut was holding a sign saying "Go random person!" which was too funny. If you were at the race and you saw someone wearing a Run EMZ shirt, yeahhh that was me. :) I had way too much fun up in Tempe and can't wait to go back next year to volunteer and the year after to race! I also can't wait to cheer on some friends who will be racing next year and of course, meet more bloggers!

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

An Open Letter....

To the people in my life,

When I decided to make such drastic changes in my life I felt that many people supported my efforts and as time has passed I've tried to surround myself with friends who are supportive and even athletes themselves. Recently it has come to my attention that some of the people in my life are being negative influences on my life, so I would like to address some things that I would like to stop happening.

1. If you would like to hang out with me, either show up or contact me to tell me you aren't coming.
2. If you would like to hang out with me, texting/calling me eight hours after you were supposed to show up is not acceptable.
3. If you would like to hang out with me, standing me up more than three times with no contact will cause me to greatly dislike you.
4. If you're going to say anything that will make me want to go home and eat a pint of ice cream, don't say it.

Changing so many things in my life has been a very difficult thing, and I'm still finding many days to be difficult. I am still very easily discouraged and quickly derailed. I greatly appreciate the encouragement that I get from my lovely friends when I'm having trouble, but I'm starting to realize that these derailments are being caused by some people in my life and I would like it to stop.

I would like all of you to know that I love you dearly for being a part of my life, but I still need some help becoming the confident and strong person that I know I can be.


Until next time,

Run hard, be strong, and always think big!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

WIAW - What I Ate Wednesday

So for the first time, I'm participating in WIAW which is hosted by the ever so lovely Jenn from Peas and Crayons, who is super nice, oh and did I mention how gorgeous this lady is? Go look at her WIAW post for today and you'll see for yourself!


Egg, cheese and salsa mess over toast and a banana eaten while looking over some school books. 


Iced coffee to enjoy on the way to school. 


Spinach wrap with turkey, cojack, lettuce and miracle whip. 


Chocolate covered pretzels while studying up during my break.

Spiced Pumpkin Pie Cliff Bar, and an apple! 

I'm hoping to do WIAW every week from now on, but can't make any promises about that. This is one of the few exciting new things that I'm going to have on the blog and I'm going to debut another few over the month. Make sure to stick around because I've got something really exciting that's going to happen in December, but for now it's all Top Secret. :)

Until next time, 

Run hard, be strong and always think big!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November Goals

Since last month wasn't as much of a success as I had hoped I changed up my style of goals for this month and actually wrote them down somewhere other than the blog so I hope for them to be more successful.

1. Drink 3 liters of water a day - I know I'm capable of doing this and I feel so much better when I'm properly hydrated.

2. Strength train 3 days a week - free weights are back in the fitness center so I'm excited to get down there and demolish this goal.

3. Start doing Nike Training Club - totally possible now that the free weights are back in the fitness center.

4. Go to the free yoga classes - going to take advantage of the free yoga classes in the model apartment until they stop doing it. (I don't know why they are doing the classes in the model apartment, sweaty people + model apartment just doesn't make sense!)

5. Eat well - this month I want to make all my own meals in hopes to complete this goal.

6. Post on the blog more consistently - I feel better when I'm posting more regularly on the blog, hoping to get my writing spark back soon!

7. Set bed time/wake up schedule and stick to it! - I want to get to a better schedule that I can actually keep to with my schedule.

8. Log all mile or activities on DailyMile - I completely stopped using it and I want to get back to it.

9. Get back my drive - I know that I can do anything that I set my mind to, but I felt like I lost my drive over the past month. I need to get that back.

10. FIND MY STRENGTH. - going to remind myself how strong I am this month by focusing more on my fitness

With the Holidays approaching, as well as my first half coming after that I need to get back to where I was at the beginning of the month. I plan to spend a lot of this month refocusing myself and getting back to where I know I'm happiest.

Until next time,

Run hard, be strong and always think big!