Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
HBBC Week # 2
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I am heading out the door to run a bunch of elf errands. But I wanted to post about my workout yesterday so I can keep track of my HBBC points...
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I made it home to my parent's house and it's nice to be home. On Tuesday, I watched the season finale of The Biggest Loser. I love that show. I have only watched the last few episodes but I am addicted. Everyone looked so awesome! Michelle lost 110 pounds! That's insane. I wish I could see the past 5 seasons.. So I missed my workout on Tuesday afternoon but then I watched the finale and I was so inspired I hurried to the gym! I was only able to crank out 30 minutes on the elliptical before the gym closed. Since finals are over, the gym has different hours. I was really glad I did.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
OH my. I apologize for the lack of posting. But have no fear, this past weekend was a Holiday Explosion. First, let's recap the week... I went to physical therapy and had some tissue immobilization done on the ankle/foot. I really like the new Doc. He'd like to see me running asap. So he wins in my book. So my running spirits are back up! Thanks for all of the great comments on my last post! Now onto the weekend of fun!!!
The boyfriend and I went to see the Nutcracker. It was awesome! I love watching ballets. The dancers are soo impressive. We bought really cheap college tickets but it was still wonderful. I was so happy we went. Then directly after that...
Holiday Beer Potluck Party
We hosted a Holiday Beer Potluck Party. I only had a morning after photo...
it was a lot of beer! Everyone brought great beer and it was a wonderful party. My brother and three of our friends came down from Dallas as a surprise! It was awesome! We had so much fun. I was super happy they came and was really surprised.
Tacky Christmas Sweater Party
Saturday night was a Tacky Christmas Sweater Party and I believe the next picture explains it all. Please note, the boys sweaters were homemade... I love the photo of the boyfriend wearing a snowman and eating a snowman... love it!
Trail of Lights
Sunday, we ventured out to the opening of Trail of Lights held at Zilker Park. It's a 1.25 mile long display of lights. It was way too crowded. We should not have gone opening night.
Whew. Okay onto..
Bootie Buster Challenge Week #1
Monday: run 4 miles = 4 points
Thursday: stretching 15 min + resistance bands (arms) 15 min = 1.5 points
Friday: walk 1 mile = 1 point
Sunday: walk 3.5 miles + resistance bands (arms) 15 min + abs 15 min = 5 points
Total: 11.5 points
Not as many points as I would like, but I am still happy.
Monday, December 15, 2008
I made a new header tonight! yay! It was my first attempt and I like it... but I don't love it.. I might make another one soon. I hope you enjoy!
Don't worry, a long post is on its way... I am sorry for the lack of posting!
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Today, I went to the foot/ankle specialist. But before I get into all of that, I ran last night at town lake trail. 4 miles (41:47) and everything felt okay. The boyfriend and I made Vegetable Lover's Chicken Soup
and was delicious, healthy and inexpensive. Only 291 calories per serving! I highly recommend it.
Onto the Doc, he thinks I have a different issue than the pernonal tendinitis and that he wouldn't sugar coat it, I have a lot of issues in my left foot/ankle. When I was 15, I broke my left ankle and I have hardware in my leg and ankle. So, I have issues. The Doc gave me a steroid shot in my foot and I can't work out for 7 days. Boo. So I am thinking about dropping out of the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge. Sigh. Also, the Doc prescribed physical therapy. I go on Thursday. He said that I have chronic inflammation and that I need to take care of the issue now or it won't go away. My case is very unique. So don't worry, this probaly won't happen to you. He said that maybe I shouldn't be running that often or for that far because I need to think about the long term effects and how I want to be active when I am 40. In conclusion, I am kind of depressed about the whole thing. I was talking to Mom about it and telling her how I'm concerned since I am already signed up for the half marathon on Feb. 15th and I would rather not quit. She said, "Oh Melinda.. you shouldn't be so competitive.." I thought this was midly amusing because I am quite competitive and she knows that. I kind of regret that I didn't see this Doc earlier but I thought the pain would go away. Oh well. I guess I will just have to see how things go. The Doc had a lot of advice and hopefully, this issue will get resolved and maybe I can still run the half marathon.
Also, lately I have been watching The Biggest Loser. I just love it. It is so inspirational and I am so proud of all of the contestants. I also wish that Bob or Jillian would train me! Anyways, if you don't watch it, you should check it out. Especially if you are trying to lose weight.
Monday, December 08, 2008
Yesterday, I went to town lake and ran 3.5 miles (35:04) and walked 0.17 ish so that I could get a whole number for my miles last week...
Weekly Total: 14 miles
I felt okay with the run yesterday. My foot didn't bother me too much. I don't think I've mentioned this yet, but I've made an appointment with an ankle and foot podiatrist who specializes in sports medicine. I am going tomorrow and hopefully he can shed some light on this issue.
Friday, December 05, 2008
Before I tell you what is SO outrageous.. let me tell you about my recent workouts.
Wednesday - 1 mile (on treadmill) + 45 min of "the toughest spin class of the semester" (where I almost puked.)
Thursday - 3 mile run/walk at town lake... left foot issues... not a good "run"
Friday - walk 3 min / run 30 min / walk 3 min = 3.33 miles on treadmill... decent run.
I went running on the treadmill today so that I could get a workout in since I was going to happy hour. I do love a happy hour. It was the last day of classes so me and a bunch of people from my department went to drink. Fun times.
On to the outrageous-ness...
The man is out of control. and quite impressive. and somehow annoying too. Here are some of his accomplishments (provided by Wikipedia):
- 350 miles in 80 hours and 44 minutes without stopping (2005)
- North Face Endurance 50: fifty marathons in fifty U.S. states in fifty consecutive days
- inaugural South Pole Marathon in running shoes
- 148 miles in 24 hours on a treadmill (2004)
- single-handedly completed the 199 mile Providian Saturn Relay six times
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Last night, I went to the track at my school and ran 3 miles (30:17). It was somewhat boring because the loop is only 0.25 miles. I had too much work to do so I couldn't get to town lake before sunset. I didn't want to run around my place because I've got a new plan. I needed a plan to deal with my tendon issues, ankle issues and really just my left leg because its 11 weeks -2 days until my half marathon. This is not how I wanted to train whatsoever. But I have to make the best of the situation and be grateful I have a left leg. So the new plan..
- run only on trails/treadmills aka no concrete
- wear an ankle brace
- icy/hot the ankle and foot after running
Monday, December 01, 2008
On a blog I found awhile ago, the writer would post monthly goals. I would site them but I can't find their blog again!Anyways, I thought it was a good idea. (EDITED!!! it was Girl on Top, silly me.) So since its December 1st, I've got a goal. I am starting off with only one goal.
December Goal: Maintain my weight.
You might say, "Man thats easy." But since its the holiday season and I will be eating/drinking everything in site... I think it will take some work. Basically, I just cant skip out on workouts. Also, I am going to try to eat healthy foods when I am not celebrating the holidays.
In blog news... you might notice I am capitalizing words.. jump back and watch out! This blog is improving.
I will post later about my Thanksgiving break.. and the horrible traffic.
Congrats to everyone who ran in a Turkey Trot!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
tuesday, i rested because my quads were hurting. i couldnt take another spin class.
however, on wednesday, i skipped my workout in the morning. sigh. all of the spin classes were canceled due to the break. so i was going to go to the gym and use the elliptical machine. but ended up working on my hw instead. oh well. then the boyfriend and i drove to irving (suburb of dallas) to spend thanksgiving with my parents. also last night, we (my brother, the boyfriend, and a few friends) went out to an awesome bar in dallas called the old monk. they had a very good selection of delicious beer! we also had cheese fries with bacon and jalapeno. its a holiday right? let's indulge. :) i had a black velvet (ace pear cider + guinness), a pearamasous (ace pear cider + maredsous 8), and a la fin du monde! they were very good.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
so even though i was out of town this past week, i should have worked out while i was in boston. there was a gym in the hotel. i should have brought workout clothes. i feel somewhat guilty about it... i only worked out twice this week. oh well. it's okay to have a bad week here and there. it was just one week. ill be sure to work out this upcoming week because of turkey day, where i will eat everything.
tuesday - 2 miles (foot hurt)
sunday - 60 min spin class
first of all, i want to apologize for the lack of posts. i went to boston and did not have internet! in boston, i almost died... from the cold. it was colder than 32! i am not used to such cold weather. i am super impressed that people run in such cold weather. i think i might be able to survive if i was properly dressed....
so on monday, i offered an on-site interview for a company outside of boston. the boyfriend is also applying to this company and was already planning on going to his on-site interview on thursday. so i casually asked the HR person if they could book my flight around the same time as his... and she did! so i left early wednesday. therefore, we both got to go visit boston for free (hotel/rental cars/food.. etc) it was AWESOME. the boyfriend and i were really excited to see boston.
my friend's sister lives there so she hooked us up with a to-do list. i had most of a day free while the boyfriend interviewed so i did some shopping and checked out:
- the little italy of boston (north end)
- the back bay area, lots of shops
- the freedom trail
- boston commons
now i have a ton of school work to do before thanksgiving break starts. but it was worth it. oh also, i finished another book on the plane. i have actually been reading this book for quite some time. its taken me awhile to finish because it is a book composed of short stories.
it was really funny at times, but i didnt find it too engaging. i guess i just dont like short stories. i want a book that captures my attention so that i cant put the book down. i have already started another book and i have been captured. its too bad i have to work on school stuff... the boyfriend made curry chicken pot pie and it just finished. i must go now and enjoy a delicious dinner!
Monday, November 17, 2008
a few of my friends and the boyfriend wanted to have an "alternative" thanksgiving before everyone goes to their respective homes for thanksgiving. so we picked yesterday. however, it turned out to be just a regular thanksgiving. it was delicious. there was a turkey stuffed with 40 cloves of garlic (yum!), mashed potatoes, asparagus, rolls, stuffing, and the only thing non-thanksgiving.. dessert: s'more bread pudding, if you click the link, it calls for making chocolate bread. we just bought cherry chocolate bread from central market and it worked beautifully. but as usual, the turkey made everyone super tired.
on saturday i got this movie from nexflix: run for your life i went home and tried to watch it after thanksgiving but i fell asleep during part of it. also, i didnt think it was amazing. i liked the spirit of the marathon much better.
in other news, i finished another book.
and it wasnt that great. emily giffin has 3 other books.. and they were all much better. however, i still finished it. so i guess it wasnt too terrible. it was about a married woman who runs into an ex-boyfriend and then doubts her marrige. i would call it: depressing. and i am not one of those people who just hate the character, i just thought it was kinda boring too. i would recommend her other books. i loved all three.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
yesterday, i went for a 3 mile run. i had been looking forward to the run all day. i ended up leaving school late and got stuck in traffic on the way to the running trail (town lake hike and bike). so the sun was already "set" according to weather.com. luckily, the trail was full with other runners so i felt somewhat safe. the last have of my run was really dark. but i made it through without falling on my face. the foot felt fine during the whole run. it was actually a great run besides the fact i was running in the dark. then afterwards...
my foot started to ache. so lame. so i think ill keep doing my stretches and just take it day-to-day. today ill be going to spinning. i do love spinning. also, sometimes i just love the texas weather. i was reading some blogs where people are running in temps less than 32! yesterday, i wore shorts and a tshirt. :) hopefully, i get to run again this week... i guess i'll just have to wait and see...
Monday, November 10, 2008
this weekend was filled with grad school social activities. on friday, my adviser took all of his students to happy hour. then we all went to a department bbq. saturday, i made cupcakes with my grad school friend. then on sunday, my adviser had us over to his house for another bbq! the cupcakes were for bbq#2. whew. it was good times but not the healthiest weekend food-wise.
in other news... saturday i went running! the game this weekend was at 11am and i woke up late so i was only able to run about 2.25 miles. my foot felt okay. at one point, it kinda hurt so i stopped and walked and the pain went away. i think i will do some light running this week. im just annoyed with my foot because.. i am ready to start training for my half marathon! i did still get in some good workouts because of spinning. my favorite spinning instructor always says,
"motivation gets you started. habit keeps you going."
and its so true. i went this morning :). also this weekend i watched a great movie. you should watch the trailer...
alright, im off to do work!
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
so last week, after my 10k, my foot started hurting. i went to the doctor because i didnt want to end up causing more damage by just working through the pain. i had read online it could be a lot of things, some serious. anyways, it turns out i have...
so i have to do some stretches and strengthening exercises and then i can run again. maybe in two weeks. until then, it will just be spin spin spin. and maybe a yoga thrown in. what can i say, i live in austin.. im practically required to do yoga.. oh and eat organic food. im a little annoyed about the tendinitis. turns out its common in weak ankles / feet. so of course it happend the left ankle (aka the bad one). its worthless. i would probably be better off with a pirate peg leg.
Monday, October 27, 2008
yesterday, i went to a new running store. i got a coupon at the 10k i ran for 20$ off, which in my opinion, is a great coupon. so i wanted to get new shoes. and get this..
they had me run on a treadmill and video taped it! then they played it back in slow motion! it was awesome. and the guy at the store claims that i have a good strike. aka i hit the ground correctly.
lately ive been thinking that i must be running like an idiot to be having so many aches and pains. so i ended up buying mizunos again but in a different style. i like them and they arent too expensive.
then i went to school and made little progress. i am easily distracted. especially since i dont have internet at home... saves me money but wastes a lot of time in my office.. oh well.
then i tried a new workout class: spinning (45 min) and yoga (45 min) and it was awesome. i think i need some more stretching in my life. i was hesitant to go because the instructor is annoying.. but there was a sub! so i got lucky. i think ill try and go next sunday too. then i went to the store and got stuff to make black bean quesadillas and corn salsa (recipe from women's health magazine)
i liked this meal for 3 reasons:
1) it was cheap
2) it was easy
3) it was delicious
Sunday, October 19, 2008
today i ran in a 10k and i set a new PR. for those of you who dont know, PR (personal record).
10k - 1:01:06 (9:50/mile)
i am very excited. my friend and i set a goal of beating our 10k times and we both succeeded. actually, we smashed them.
so here is the breakdown... the first mile was super crowded and i tried not to run too fast so that i wouldnt be out of energy later. i decided i needed to pace off of someone so that i didnt have to worry about pacing myself. well the girl i picked was a little bit faster and i only kept up with her for the first 3 miles. oh and right when i was loosing her, she took off her shirt and ran in a sports bra. i was kinda frustrated by that because this clearly marked that she was better. so then i just ran and tried to stay at a good speed and was finishing each mile under the 10min mark. i was pretty happy. then i sprinted the last 0.2 mile and beat my previous PR.
all in all, it was good race.
Friday, October 17, 2008
i just read this on a blog i read, and i totally agree that it is great advice.
"Everything you experience today is the result of choices you have made in the past…If you don't like what you are producing and experiencing, you have to change your responses….Change your habits." - Jack Canfield
it seems simple, but sometimes i forget.
i am incredibly unhappy with my "job" lately and i need to change my habits because i dont like being unhappy and i am making everyone around me unhappy too.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
i finished a book last night.
:: nineteen minutes - jodi picoult
i was engaging but not the best book ever. its kinda depressing. i should have guessed that from a) the summary of the book and b) the last book i read by the same author. this book was about a high school shooting. i think i need some new books/authors. any ideas?
Saturday, October 11, 2008
awhile ago, i read about a documentary about running a marathon and it finally came out on netflix. so earlier this afternoon i watched the "spirit of the marathon."
warning: this is a long trailer.
the movie was amazing. it was so inspirational. i think anyone who runs or thinks about running should watch it asap. the movie covers several peoples journeys who are running in the chicago marathon and also interviews famous runners. it was good. i think ill watch it again before my half marathon for that extra bit of inspiration.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
its official. i am signed up. i cant back out now. i will be running 13.1 miles on feb. 15, 2009.
i have a lot of work to do.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
So last week, i didnt do so hot on my workouts.
monday/thursday - spinning 45
sunday - 3miles (29:40)
oh well. maybe this week will shape up better...
in other news, i love tea. yesterday i had a mint tea in the afternoon and it was delightful. today, i have a christmas blend (sure, its random). i just wish my tea time came with tea sandwiches, scones, and cupcakes rather than programming and typing up a report in my office :(
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
last week i had a pretty good week for working out. i meant to post this earlier but ive been busy at school.
monday - hill repeats w/ warm up and cool down 5miles
tuesday - spinning 45 / stairmaster 15
wednesday - rest
thursday - speedy 4miles
friday - spinning 45 / stairmaster 15
saturday - rest
sunday - walk 0.9 mile / run 6 miles (aka 7 mile townlake run)
however this week... is not as good. ill post at the end.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
i went camping on friday and it was awesome. we went to pedernales falls state park and its only about 45 minutes away from austin. the weather was perfect and i got to eat smores by the campfire. :)
then on saturday we went on a pretty boring 3.5 mile hike at the park.
then that night, it was drinking time. we went to a concert and had quite a few beers which led to quite a few problems.
1. bryan made a quesadilla with an insane amount of chipotle tabasco sauce on it then i told him it was terrible. this does not make a chef happy.
2. then i ran my pinky toe into a door and got blood all over the bathroom.
3. then somehow one of us, we are not sure who, placed my credit card and id on the couch and it slide into the handle of a cooler sitting by the couch. this event made us think the cards were lost and cancel my credit card this morning. only to find it by the cooler a few hours later.
so in conclusion, drinking can lead to problems.
and now my toe hurts like a mofo and i was supposed to run/walk for 7 miles today. i doubt that is going happen now.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
lately, i have been reading a few random blogs about running and triathlons. it has been great inspiration. i saw one on a fitness website and "click click click" im reading a ton. and these people are strangers. at first i was like.. whoa this is weird. i am stalking strangers. but i was thinking, they dont mind. im sure they are blogging for the world to read it. i bet they like it. but ive decided that people spend a lot of time, probably too much time, on their blog entries! i guess its true for most "hardcore" bloggers. i however am not the best blogger. i think its because i know no ones reading this. i have a few occasional lookers (ie. family) but thats it. maybe one day i will know more bloggers. anyways, i enjoy blogging. even if my entries are short and sweet.
maybe i have a stranger reading my blog.... well i doubt it.
Monday, September 08, 2008
this weekend, i finished
:: my sister's keeper - jodi picoult
it was very good and engaging but man its depressing... still a good read though.
also, i just burned popcorn in my office and it smells terrible. i ran on both saturday and sunday.
sat - walk 7 min / run 30 min (3.25 ish miles)
sun - walk .25 miles / ran 5 mies (58 minutes)
and today i get to rest :) and i might even rest tomorrow too.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
wednesday: 3 miles (29:47)
sunday: 10k (71:00)
wednesday: 4 miles (41:45)
wednesdays - good runs.
sunday - terrible. it was too hot.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
so this is a little overdue... the triathlon was august 24. anyways, here are a few wonderful photos.
before the race...
on the bike...
after we fininshed!!!
overall the race went great. this race only had about 500 participants so it was a lot smaller than the danskin (with 3000 participants). the swim didnt go that great, i finished near the back of the pack with only 3 people behind me in my age group, 1 of which had to be pulled from the water and DNF. but then i picked up the pace on the bike. i focused on passing everyone i could and was trailing this girl in my age group for quite sometime. then i passed her :) i guess you could say that i am competitive. then there was the run... the trail was really uneven so i was just waiting for an ankle to break. luckily, i survived. i ran the whole thing except for water breaks and that was my goal so yay! i ended up finishing 9/19 in my age group! so overall it was a success!!!
i really enjoyed doing the whole triathlon thing and i think i will keep the habit up. :)
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
its august 22nd and i am thinking of what i want for christmas. its ridiculous but dont act like you arent doing the same.
:: certain girls - jennifer weiner
review: good chick lit.
Monday, August 18, 2008
saturday i went out to a bar with some friends and ended up seeing someone from high school. my friend, also from high school, told him i did a triathlon. she said, he was surprised. so i go and meet up with this guy and i knew that he had done a marathon. so i told him that was really impressive and congrats. then he was asking about triathlons and i told him mine was a sprint distance, and he says,
"a sprint distance is nothing to be proud of"
can you believe that! that is such a rude thing to say to someone. i thought about kicking him in the shins. i told him he was rude and i had been drinking a lot so im not sure how mean i was... but i didnt really talk to him much more that night. so in conclusion, some people are just mean and rude for no reason.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
my 2nd triathlon of the summer is coming up next weekend. so paige and i decided to do a mini tri today at 630 am. we are not usually such early birds.. so im extremely tired. i stayed up late watching the olympics! anyways, here is the breakdown..
bike 5 miles - 24 min
swim 600 meters - 17 min
run 3.25 miles - 35 min
bike 5 miles - 26 min
i am really glad i did it but im tired. i swam at barton springs and it was lovely and free before 9am. i was surprised at how many swimmers were there, it was only 7am! people were also running on the trail and then jumping in afterwards to cool off. although the events were out of order, it went well. i feel pretty prepared for the tri on august 24th. im excited. i think ill swim there again tomorrow (but only swim) and ill try to get a good picture. we were there right after sunrise and it was gorgeous!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Friday, August 01, 2008
the town lake running trail is amazing. there are so many runners of all types, it is really encouraging. especially, if you are even slightly competitive. i begin to think "if that person is still running, so can i." i wanted to run in the morning today to get it out of the way and maybe it wouldnt be so hot since i was planning a long run. but i am not a morning person. i made it to trail by 815 am so i was pretty impressed with myself. i warmed up with a 0.5 mile walk, ran 5 miles, and cooled down with a 0.5 mile walk. this was however, according to my nike+, so i probaly ran less. but i do love running with my ipod and my nike+. everyone should get one. so now i am very exhausted at school and will be leaving early.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
so today i went to spinning class at the terrible hour of 8am and it was canceled due to lack of participants. lame. it was extra lame because i was running late in the morning and had to literally run to the gym. so then, i had a run on the treadmill (boring) and then i climbed many stairs on the stair master. lame way to start a week. in other news, i am starting a new book:
:: the history of love - nicole krauss
also tonight for dinner, i am making shrimp stir-fry. yum!
Friday, July 11, 2008
yay! i love a friday. today, i am going to happy hour at a wine and tapas bar that i love. also, i dont have to work out today because it is my rest day! i am very excited for the weekend because i dont have to go to school and "research."
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
i would like to knit this as my next project. i think it is too advanced :(
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
this morning i ran and it was extremely hot. it was terrible. i ended up having to walk a lot because it was so hot. i decided yesterday to increase my running workouts to 1 hour which means i need to include some walking. anyways, i ran/walked 5 miles which is good i guess. it was just so hot. oh and the path i picked had very little shade.
also, i made a pillow last night for my couch. ill post a photo when i get my camera back. i was able to successfully install an invisible zipper. :)
Monday, June 30, 2008
:: water for elephants.
i finished the book a few days ago. the last half was a lot better than the first half. i liked it. now i am reading...
:: shear abandon - penny vincenzi
it's quite long though.
in other news, i went on a long swim today and even though i showered, i smell like chlorine. i dont like it.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
i have been doing some leisure reading... here is a list of books i have completed this summer:
:: goodnight nobody - jennifer weiner
:: the friday night knitting club - kate jacobs
:: what is the what - dave eggers
:: the memory keeper's daughter - kim edwards
hello again. so i found my blog while i was wasting time at school and realized the last post was in 2005. i deleted all of the posts and i am starting with a clean slate. i am spending the summer in austin. i do research for school during the day and i play all other times. i completed my first triathlon this summer and i am considering doing another one in august. that's all for now.