Race Addiction – I Need Help


This year I was planning on not doing too many races.  Last year there were a lot and Jason so kindly drove me to each one, meaning he had to wake up as early as me, and then wait for random amounts of time, for me to finish.

What a Guy.

So excited to be on the metro at 6:00 am

So this year was supposed to be a break.  Well we know how that worked out.

  • February 9, 2014 – Run Your Heart Out 5K – Reston VA – Registered – BIB# 111 – 32’41″ – COMPLETED
  • March 2, 2014 – Reston 10 Miler – Reston VA – Registered – BIB #189 – 1:48:40 – COMPLETED (PR!!)
  • March 15 2014 – Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon – Washington, D.C. – Registered – BIB # 21067 – 2:29:56 – COMPLETED
  • April 6, 2014 – Cherry Blossom 10 Miler – Washington, D.C. – Registered – BIB # 17254 – 1:54:29
  • April 27, 2014 – Nike Women’s Half Marathon – Washington, D.C. – Registered 
  • May 11, 2014 – Mother’s Day 4 Miler – Reston, VA – Registered – BIB# 29
  • September 14, 2014 – Navy/Air Force Half Marathon – Washington DC – Registered
  • September 28, 2014 – Perfect 10 Miler – Registered – BIB #1034
  • October 12, 2014 - Hokie Half Marathon - Registered
  • October 26 2014 – Marine Corps Marathon – Registered

10 races – so far, please someone stop me

  • 3 10-milers
  • 4 half marathons
  • 1 Marathon
  • 1 4-miler
  • 1 5K

Yeesh.  Granted I’ve finished almost half of the races this year, but the fall is just going to be more jam packed.  I consider it a great thing that a lot of the races leading up to the marathon align perfectly with my training schedule – the Hokie Half is on the last day I need to do 13 miles – How perfect!

I know that my calendar stops at October and that’s because I am not sure I will want to run after that.  We’ll see.  I might need a break.  OR I might be crazy and sign up for MORE races.

Only Time Will Tell.

The Hokie Half is great because my Husband is a Virginia Tech Alumni and has been dying to go back with me (and we haven’t been since his graduation, because I am a horrible wife) So, we are gonna drive down early on Saturday before the race get into our hotel, pick up my packet, and then walk around a bit.

I know he is excited.

I however need to remember to look at elevation charts before signing up for races.

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Well I guess I will also be hill training this summer!  WHO ENDS A RACE ON AN INCLINE?  (asks the girl who will be running up this for the last .2 miles of the MCM)

OF COURSE I can’t find a picture, but literally, you almost have to crawl.  I’ve felt pain like no other after the 10K with that hill.. so + 20 miles should be a blast.

Of course there are other races this year that I want to do – Wilson Bridge Half (Great Course and where I PR’d!), Annapolis Half Marathon (Crappy course support, but the course itself was beautiful), MCM Turkey Trot (I’ve done it the past few years and love it..)… but we will wait and see.

I doubt I’ll get the other half marathon’s in, but maybe I’ll do the 10K.

Today’s Plan

  • B: 2 eggs, 3 strips of bacon, coffee
  • S: banana
  • L: Turkey wrap, yogurt, carrots, diet coke
  • S: banana & Quest Bar
  • D: Tacos!

No activity today because I have school, and I did 5 miles yesterday.

 

Happiness In The Coffee Cup & Work Pet Peeves


Hello All!

I went to bed last night at about 9:00 – 9:30 and while Jason was a bit like “Huh?” I was like “TOO BAD.  I’M GOING TO BED.  YES I’M OLD.”

I woke up this morning thinking, that was a smart choice.  YAY ME.  The alarm went off and even though I wanted to go back to sleep I got up anyways.  Moody Monster had been afoot (a nice way to say he was eventually going to pee in our room) for a bit around 5:00 am so I picked him and put him on the bed, where he promptly curled up next to me and fell asleep.

I got up at 6:00 am and took them down stairs to begin  my morning ritual of feeding them and preparing breakfast to go to work.  Jason meandered downstairs half asleep and said something that I couldn’t understand.  I went upstairs, showered, got dressed and then loaded everything into my car just in time to say goodbye to Jason as he was walking up stairs to shower.

Made it to work in about 25 minutes (WAHOO) and then I sat down and have been slammed ever since.

I’m drinking my coffee without sweetener now.  Just a little bit of milk.  Wow.  But it’s so good.  I think the fact that I have been drinking beer has extended my palette.  Now when I have something way sweet, I almost gag at it.  Which sucks, because cake.

Funny Confession Ecard: Wine does not make you FAT, it makes you LEAN... against tables, floors, walls and ugly people! Lol!!

Ain’t that the truth.

There are some new people working in my office and sometimes I feel like I should give them a handout on how not to act in the office (there are a lot of fresh from college people)  So here is my list of things that annoy me personally

Work Pet Peeves

  • People who come by looking for my office mate who is constantly needed by everyone and just stand in the door way and look blankly at me in the office.  No, I am not hiding him.
  • People who strike up a conversation as you are walking into the bathroom
  • People who have conversations with you in the bathroom
  • People who, while on conference calls, with their speaker phone, leave their door wide open so that everyone anywhere can hear
  • People who complain about the temperature in their office, constantly
  • People who eat fish for lunch
  • People who act like the kitchen at work is their own kitchen and therefor leave their crap lying around
  • Food pushers
  • People who walk into my office while I am working and sit down trying to talk to me about something meaningless
  • People who walk into my office while I am working and sit down
  • People who email me for something and then walk over to tell me about the email they just sent
  • People who constantly state that they came in early or had to work late, or work on the weekends, or are so overwhelmed – and they do this constantly.  Get over yourself, no one cares, you are replaceable.

WHEW that feels better.

 

 

Defeating the Scale Tuesday – Week 6


  • Starting Weight: 190.8 pounds
  • Current Weight: 191.4
  • Week Difference: -0.8
  • Total Difference: +0.4
  • Emotion: Better?

I was shocked to see a loss today because I know I haven’t been good.  I also know that I haven’t been trying to be good, especially on the weekends.

Today’s Menu:

B: 2 eggs, 3 strips of bacon, coffee, skim milk
S: orange
L: turkey/ham wrap, yogurt, carrots
S: quest bar
D: Peanut Chicken and Asparagus (this could be a complete fail, we’ll see)
I was planning on running outside this afternoon, but if you live in the DC area, you know the blinding rain we have going on right now.  So… I will most likely be on the treadmill for me 3ish miles.  I might be able to get back outside tomorrow, hopefully.
As long as I am moving right?
Weight loss humor.
I keep thinking I should join a gym this summer and just pump up while training for the marathon, but then I get worried about being judged.  A lot.  I worry about those various planet fitness commercials coming true.  I worry about people not wiping down the machines after they are done and getting sweat from someone else on me.  I worry about the showers and their hidden fungus.  I worry about my pants being see through.  I am worried that someone will recognize me.  I am worried that I will fall in the pool that is blocked by a separate room and a door, and manned by a life guard, because I don’t know how to swim.
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Eh.  We’ll see.
  • What is your favorite workout that isn’t running?
  • Good healthy lunches and dinners you love?
  • How are you doing so far this week?

Meal and Workout Plan (4/14 – 4/21)


Hello everyone!

The weekend wasn’t really  a weekend because Jason was at work the entire time.  So we barely spent time together, and the time together we did spend was spent eating and drinking.  Go us.

Friday we ate dinner and then went to BadWolf, where we met Jason’s dad and then headed back to his house for more drinking.  Needless to say, waking up on Saturday was fun.  Especially after going to bed at like 1:00 am and having Moody needing to go outside at 6:00 am.

A bit later we both got up, had brunch at El Cactus, and then Jason was off to work for the rest of the day.

I decided I would watch some Lost before heading outside to garden.  I got almost the entire front yard done with mulch and clean up and then quit for the day because it got hot and I was being eaten by bugs.  I showered and settled in until Jason got home, where we went to dinner and back to BadWolf  “just to get the growler filled” and that ended up being us closing down the place.  THEN we went to Monza, where I continued to drink and then get “Sad drunk” because that’s who I am.  Really, why does anyone let me have alcohol?

We went home and then passed out asleep.

Like clockwork, 6 am Moody wanted to go outside.  I waddled down stairs and put him out and then remembered my great intentions of running outside and getting it done early.  Did that happen?

Yeah, nope.

Yeah, nope.

I ended up running later in the day.  Which blew.  I only did 7 miles, and I felt like an idiot with 2 weeks till the Nike Women’s Half Marathon.

Then I cleaned up around the house, and cleaned up myself before heading back to the couch where I started finalizing my group project for the end of the semester (which is 3 weeks away).  Jason came home at about 5:30 and after I was done with my project we went to the grocery store.

Thrilling.

So our weekend wasn’t really a weekend.

This week’s plan!

Dinners:

  • Monday – Greek Salad
  • Tuesday – Peanut Chicken (Weigh in day)
  • Wednesday – Beef Pasta
  • Thursday – Tacos!
  • Friday – Homemade Pizza
  • Saturday – TBD
  • Sunday – Wegmans
  • Monday – Chopped Salad

Workouts:

  • Monday - Rest
  • Tuesday – Run
  • Wednesday – Run
  • Thursday – Rest
  • Friday – Biggest Loser Boot Camp
  • Saturday – Yard Work
  • Sunday – Long Run
  • Monday – Rest

Have  a Great Week!

 

Who Watched Game Of Thones???

 

This Year


Where has this year gone?  It’s already almost mid April?

  • Semester Ends : 210 Days
  • Italy Trip: 35 Days
  • Marine Corps Marathon: 198 Days

Sure there are other important dates, but those are the ones on my mind as this very moment.  Yeesh.

I printed out the MCM course map so I can absorb the whole thing.  Let’s put it this way, whenever I look at it, I get nauseous.  I am sure with time that will either pass or get worse.  Oh well.

This week in itself has kicked my butt.  It’s most likely the worst sleep I have gotten in a while, and it is really wearing on me.

I dropped off a bunch of stuff to be returned at the post office, and our taxes (right under the wire) at the post office this morning, and decided I deserved a drink from Starbucks.  It’s the little things.

My face has decided to break out like a teen going through puberty, so that’s fun.  Jason will be working weekends and working late for the next couple of weeks because Government.

So if anyone wants to hang out or keep me company, or bring me alcohol, I am around.

I plan on covering about 4 miles today for my run, and then doing 10 tomorrow.  Ambitious, eh?  I have a Half on the 27 and that will be my last long race till September.

Does anyone in Spotsylvania county want to put me up for a night so I can run a 20 miler on October 4?  No?

198 days till the MCM.

I’ve got nothing else, so here is a cute picture of my family and I for our Church Phone book.

Guess which one I am.

Guess which one I am.

 

 

Forget the Bridge


200 Days till the Marine Corps Marathon.  Wow.  I know that’s still far away and I have so much time to train but man.  200 days?  That doesn’t seem like much.  Lordy Lou.

So I think that once I run the Mother’s Day 4 Miler, I am going to start training.  Technically my training program isn’t until June, but I figure it can’t hurt.

Well I’ll start after Italy.

I just have to beat the bridge and then I am golden.  But I am forgetting the bridge.  I am going to trust my training.  I’m going to not be afraid of my training.  I am not going to look at the miles like they will own me.  I will own them, triumphantly.

If you want to run and need to find a charity to run with – Washington Human Society, who I am running with, still has spots.

Other Charities participating

 

Race Recap: Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 Miler


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Oh 4:30 am came quickly on Sunday.  We got up got ready and left for the Metro.  I don’t know what I did to deserve such an awesome man who will willingly wake up early for me so I can go run random distances.

We show up at the start area with a good amount of time so I head to the port-o potties and wait fro 20 minutes to use the most disgusting bathroom ever.  I’ve been in many a port-o potty before but this was horrid.

I walked over to my corral (green) and lined up inside.  Kissed Jason goodbye and then lost him in the crowd.  Once the race began I felt pretty good.  I ran through the first 5 miles with ease ( 15 st wrapping around the traffic circle at 23rd and crossing the memorial bridge.  We wrapped around the traffic circle at the memorial bride and headed down Rock Creek Parkway before turning around at F street and looping back down Ohio Drive before jumping back and then crossing Independence avenue.)

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I lost my speed and endurance at this point so I slowed and walked a lot.  We headed down East Basin Drive picking up Ohio Drive again to go allllll the way down through Haines Point (West Potomac Park) and then wrapping back around.  We hit of East Basin Drive again before running up Raoul Wallenberg road to the finish.

While the course wasn’t very hilly, because of my lack of outdoor runs it felt long.  I felt weak.  I know that before the Nike Women’s Half at the end of the month, I need to get my butt in gear.

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Great medal, nice course, kind of want to do it again next year.

Place Name Bib Age Div Place Gender Place 5 Mile Split 10k Split Clock Time Net Time Pace Hometown
14887 BETHANY BURROUGHS 17254 29 2256 8317 56:08 1:09:46 2:15:22 1:54:29 11:26.8 MANASSAS, VA

 

Weekend Plans & Italy Trip


This week has been a long one.  I have 4 weeks left in the semester, and you know what that means… It means that I have a lot of work to do that I should have been doing all semester.  HAH.  Typical Beth.  The past few semesters I was diligent on getting ALL of my work done weeks in advance because I was juggling school, full time job, and race training.  I act like race training is this big deal, when really it’s just to make sure I don’t die during the last half of the race.  I’m not training to win anything.  This isn’t the Olympics, and I’m not Mo.

Anyways.

So this weekend is jam packed kind of.

Friday

  • 2:00 pm – Leave work early to get home and feed dogs, run 3ish miles, and get cleaned up
  • 3:40 pm – Leave with dogs to the vet so Moody can get his Laser treatment
  • 4:20 pm – Laser treatment appointment
  • 4:40 pm – head home and wait for Jason so we can leave to go to the National Building Museum and pick up my Cherry Blossom 10 Miler Race Packet
  • 7:00 pm ish – Dinner at Chop’t in Rosslyn

Then most likely home to relax or go see parents or something

Saturday:

  • I need to:
    • Work on both classes projects
    • Kickboxing
    • Possibly Hair appt?
    • Grocery Shop (Thrilling, I know)

Sunday:

  • Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in the morning
    • Meet up with Adie at the finish line – possibly get Brunch?
  • Home to get cleaned up
    • Possibly meet up with some coworkers to get lunch
  • BadWolf Brewing Company’s Beers, Beards, and BBQ event
  • Home to pass out.

So that’s my somewhat busy weekend.  I am hoping that Jason will go off and help his brother with school work on Saturday so I can get my work done without wanting to stop every few minutes to chat.  I’ll try not to turn on Lost.

SO ITALY!

Jason and I had planned on a vacation this year, but we didn’t know when, and we really weren’t sure of where.  We made the decision of Italy, and were planning on going in June, but after everyone told us it would feel like we would be on the face of the Sun and that it was the beginning of peak season, we ventured in May.

We planned it.

We bought tickets.

We made hotel reservations.

We will be in Rome, Florence, and Venice.

I’m so incredibly excited, it’s not even funny.  It’s not guys!

I’ll be done with the semester, work slows a bit, and then I get to come back rejuvenated and ready to tackle the insane busy summer planning of the next fiscal year.

It’s gonna be awesome.

And The Beat Keeps Running, Running


3.5 Miles in 37’08″.  Not my fastest, but who cares?  I still accomplished it.  I read an article yesterday that stated that there is always going to be someone faster than you.  This is true.  I always have the fear that I will be the last one to cross the finish line, but I have embraced that now.  I think it would be ridiculously awesome to cross the finish line at the Marine Corps Marathon this dead effing last.

It might happen, you never know.

I had a good food day yesterday, which is awesome.  I have class tonight, so I am forced to not eat for a good portion of the afternoon, which is always great.  It helps me actually decipher what mental and physical hunger feel like.  When you are a binge eater this is hard.

hahaha, thank you nursing

Today’s Plan:

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, bacon, coffee
  • Snack: Apple? Banana? Pear?
  • Lunch: Turkey wrap, yogurt, baby carrots
  • Snack: Protein Bar, Coffee
  • Dinner: Gluten free pasta with Beef and tomato sauce
  • Activity: Parking as far away from class as possible and walking back and forth from class (I’m aiming for 20 minutes.)

I am still sore from the Kickboxing FastFix on Tuesday – which means between that and the Biggest Loser Bootcamp, I’ve found my crosstraining for my workout plan.  I didn’t think I used my upper body that much, or my back, but the fact that both are still screaming, means I did, and I did it good.

Having to blow dry your hair after arm day at the gym. @happywhenfit.

Seriously.  My little water bottle is causing me problems.  Rolling over in bed was like a feat. I’m just happy it’s not my hip, because that has been acting up and I don’t have time for that.

Cherry Blossom 10 Miler is this Sunday, then the Nike Women’s Half is on the 27th, and then the Mother’s Day 4 Miler is on May 11.  Then I am done – DONE – till September.  Nothing but training till then.

Oh and a trip to Italy :-)

Workout Review: Jillian Michaels Kickbox Fastfix


Jillian Michaels seems to release a new addictive DVD every few months, which is great for me, because I hate being bored.  I also hate when workouts take forever.

Well, this is the cure.

Workout 1 is exactly 20 minutes and 31 seconds.  You don’t rest at all.  You are literally moving in one way or another the entire time.

Workout 1 (the only one I have done so far) focuses on upper body, workout 2 focuses on lower body, and workout 3 focuses on the abs.  Well I can tell you from workout 1 my arms are feeling it.  My back is feeling it.  I am actually psyched about doing it again.

Who knows.. I might throw it in after my runs just as an extra HIIT.

Pros:

  • Quick
  • Fast Paced
  • Fun
  • Kind of learning defense moves
  • Great burn (200 calories for 20 minutes)
  • Left feeling kick ass

Cons:

  • Really annoying music
  • Really annoying girl up front on the right
  • Not enough Jillian Motivational Speeches (See at the end of Yoga Meltdown)
  • Need to watch the instructional video before attempting some moves, as if you are balance challenged like me, you will fall over and be confused.
  • The cool down is NOT long enough

I got this for 10 bucks at Walmart, and I think it’s a great investment for those that don’t have a lot of time to workout, as we are all busy.  It’s also great because you can simply add more weights or speed to the workouts so that you can grow with your strength and endurance.

4 out of 5 stars.