Top Ten

One of my New Years resolutions this year was to complete a triathlon. And guess what?? I did it! My resolution is resolved(?) I’m not sure that’s the correct word, but you know what I mean.

 Last weekend I completed the Lake Padden Triathlon, 1/2 mile swim, 21 mile bike and 5 mile run. Whew! It was super hard but well worth it.

I have a ton of pictures taken by all of my adoring fans, aka my friends and family, that I will share in another post. But today I give you…

 

The Top Ten Things I Learned While Training For A Triathlon

 

1//  Trying to fit in swimming and biking and running is a challenge.  It definitely took a lot more planning and scheduling for three sports than it does to just get out and run!

2//  Gear. You need so much stuff for a tri! Bike, helmet, swimsuit, goggles, swim cap, running shoes, wetsuit, towels, water bottles… When I packed my bag(s) the night before the race, it looked like I was going away for a week.

3//  Swimming and Biking use different muscles than Running…..You will be sore!

4//  Go jump in a lake! Literally. Do it. More than once. The only way to get comfortable swimming in a lake, in your wetsuit, is to just do it. I went for two lake training swims before my race and I felt so much more relaxed and comfortable in the water the second time around.

5//  It feels so weird to run right after you ride your bike. Your legs will feel like jello and I imagine I looked like Phoebe in that Friends episode when she runs through the park.

6//  Swimming in a huge group of people is intimidating. I was nervous about this part, but it ended up not being as bad as I thought. I had read all kinds of horror stories tips about how I should be prepared for being kicked and bumped and nearly drowned, but none of this happened… thank goodness!

7//  Biking in the race is WAY different than biking while training. I never pushed myself in my bike training because I thought the bike portion would be the easiest. Boy was I wrong! It was the hardest. I was doing all I could to keep up with people who passed me, but couldn’t even come close. Note to self: Train more and harder on your bike.

8//  If you are a triathlon novice (as I was) go watch one to see how it all works. Pay attention to the transition area and how people do things. I watched a tri the weekend before mine, and I felt way better going into it knowing a little about how it works.

9//  Make a friend suffer train with you. Bribe, beg, lie, cheat and steal if need be, but it will be way easier if you have a buddy (or 2!) to train/race with. I had two great friends with whom I trained and it was fabulous! One is an experienced triathlete and the other, a newbie like me. Having someone to train with makes all the difference. Thanks Nina & Lance!

10//  Have fun! There were many times (especially at the start of the race) that I had to remind myself that I paid money for this and was choosing to do this for fun. I think that nervous/excited energy is helpful and makes the feeling of finishing that much better.

 

Where do I sign up for the next one?!?!?

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Take A Seat

About a month ago, my mom gave me two old lawn chairs that she no longer needed.

I wasn’t about to say no to free patio furniture, so I took them home and in the garage they sat….Until I stumbled upon this blog–Button Bird Designs. Angela has all sorts of amazing ideas for transforming  thrift store treasures.

While reading this post in which Angela paints a leather/pleather/vinyl chair with paint! Did I mention she painted it, like right on the leather! Wow! I was inspired to transform my old chairs.

Off to the hardware store to buy some of the best spray paint ever…seriously it will stick to/cover anything!

A couple of coats of Sunshine Yellow…along with a few comments from the nay-sayers, “that won’t work, it won’t stick to plastic.” “It will crack as soon as you sit down.”

Well, look here all you non-believers. My chairs are awesome! And no cracking or paint peeling!

I am so excited about how they turned out and how they brighten up the patio. Mom was so impressed she almost asked for them back!

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Thanks for the inspiration, Angela!
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woo-hoo friday!!

Oh, Friday! How happy I am that you are here again so soon. After a week of cold, wind, rain and nastiness, even the sun has come out (barely) to celebrate! Here are my top 5 things  that made me happy this week. I’ll be linking up with Lauren @ From My Grey Desk, so go check her out!

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yummy smoothies for lunch

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It was my roommate’s birthday, which meant cupcakes and cake! Can you tell that the 4 yo was in charge of sprinkles?

So beautiful!

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I made chicken, brown rice and roasted veggies for dinner.

Delish. Healthy. Leftovers.

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Today was the first day all week that I woke up and it wasn’t pouring down rain.

Maybe June-uary is almost over and we can get a move on to SUMMER!

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NEW RUNNING SHOES!!

I’m pretty sure they made me faster.

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Lame-O

Okay, so I know I’ve been totally lame about posting and I apologize. I got a little thrown off-track from my vacation to the sunny sun in Arizona. I guess all that wonderful desert air affected my blog-writing brain.

Anyways, on to a running update. My triathlon training is in full-swing! I have been trying to squeeze in swimming and biking along with running, which is a challenge all on its own. Swimming is definitely my weakest link so I am making extra effort there.

Last weekend my tri partner-in-crime, Nina, and I did a 14.5 mile bike ride immediately followed by a 6 mile run. Holy Cow! What a weird feeling it is to run when you can’t feel your legs! It took about a mile to get our legs back under us, but surprisingly we were keeping an amazing pace. Go us!

On the sched for this weekend-

Friday- Get my bum of of bed and run before work…ugh that means getting up @ 4:30! (The one and only reason for this is so I can go to Happy Hour after work and not have to worry about getting a run in.)

Saturday- Long bike ride. Possibly a run.

Sunday- Long run, 10 miles.

Monday- Trial-run lake swim…burrrrr!!!

 

If you wish to join us in this Tri-craziness, just click here to register for the Lake Padden Tri.

Vacation!

Happy Memorial Weekend! I am off for some fun in the Arizona sun! I get to see my super awesome and one of the bestest friends ever, Katie! And my amazingly beautiful Grandma! I can’t wait! I won’t be running while I’m there, but I will be getting in lots of swimming. Super triathlon swim-training! Oh and sun bathing too 🙂

Starting this trip off with a yummy mimosa!

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motivation

Here is the conversation I had with myself after work today:

“I really should go for a run.”

“Nah…I’m tired.”

“Ugh, really I should. I know I will regret it if I don’t.”

“But I have a headache.”

“Running will make my headache go away.”

“It’s raining.”

“But, I have run in worse/colder weather.”

“I have so many chores and things to get done. I don’t want to have to be up until midnight to get them done.”

“I haven’t run in 3 days.”

“But that bottle of wine is calling my name.”

“Remember those shorts that are too tight?? It’s because you spent all winter talking yourself out of running.”

“Just get dressed. Then you will HAVE to go.”

“OK. I’m dressed. Still don’t want to run.”

“Your shoes are already tied. Hurry and get out the door before you change your mind.”

“Woo-Hoo! Made it out the door!!”

So, after all of this I am super glad that I got out for a run today. I got in a decent 4 miles then came home and was really able to enjoy the glass of wine without any guilt.

**Side note- The shorts I chose to wear were super uncomfortable. I had completely forgotten that from the last time I wore them. Was that TMI? I just don’t want to forget this little tidbit.

Just in case you are needing a little motivation today, here are some of my faves:

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Broken Pieces

Last week I wrote about the coffee mug swap I joined and the awesome mug Hannah sent me. Click here to re-read that post. And just look at that beautiful mug…

Here’s what it looks like now…

so sad 😦

My roommate’s 4-year-old daughter accidentally knocked it off the counter. Poor kiddo thought I would be mad because she knew how excited I was about my new mug. I’m not mad, just sad.

Thank you Hannah, my mug and I had a good run there for a couple of weeks. These are the hazards of living with little ones.

Drink & Dash for Mr. John

Our friend and running buddy, Mr John is leaving for a long deployment this week. So to celebrate all the great running fun we’ve had over the last year+ we planned a Hash-inspired run. In other words, you  drink then run then drink some more.

We started off with shots of citrus vodka and Gatorade…a delicious combo!

Cheers!

Four of us set out for a 4 (probably more) mile trail run…

Next was a quick stop for Margaritas, then we were off again…

We picked up some more runners/bikers/stroller riders!

Another stop. This time for Mai Tais! And John had to play horseshoes…each time he didn’t make a ringer, he drank a shot of Jager!

On our way to the next house for sweet tea vodka, lemonade and cookies!

Last but not least, a stop for “Jungle Juice” Or at least I think that’s what Erica called it…

It was a great day filled with fun, friends and so many laughs!

We will miss you Mr. John! Be safe and we will see you soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Mug Swap

Last month I entered a Coffee Mug Swap over on Susan’s Blog, Suzels Says. I sent her my name, address and blog site and she paired me up with another blogger.

We had to read each others’ blogs and send each other a coffee mug. I was paired up with Hannah. Her blog, Blissfully Blessed is super cute. She writes a lot about her time in nursing school and about her friends and family. Is it weird that I feel like I know her?? Also–Happy 21st Birthday Hannah!!!

On to the mug swap….I forgot to take a pic of the mug(s) I sent to Hannah, but just jump on over to her blog and check it out. She got a great pic!

Here is the mug she sent me…

Love It!!

 

And how did she know that I take a travel mug to work every day?!?!

My new mug @ work

 

The funny things is, the mugs I sent to her were also polka dot! Great minds think alike!!

Friday!!!

Well hello, Friday. Thank you for showing up once again!

Here are my 5 faves from the week. I’ll be linking up with Lauren, so you can head on over and check out her site along with everyone else who High-Fives!

1. I watched a great chick-flick last night. It really is a tear jerker, but so worth it.  If you have ever been in a long-distance relationship, you need to rent this movie now!

2. I get to go out to lunch with my lovely sister today. What a great way to celebrate Friday!

3. I finally got around to painting some candlesticks I’ve had for a while. The best part… total cost of the project was about $7, including the candlesticks!  They were originally an ugly brownish-bronze color:

Before

They are now (thanks to a can of spray paint) a fun aqua-blue color!

After

4. I participated in a mug swap over on Suzan’s blog. I received my mug yesterday, and it is AMAZING! Love it!! I will share pics soon, as it really does deserve it’s own post. Thanks Hannah!!

5. Tomorrow is Cinco De Drinko! Mayo! I plan on celebrating with a long run, relaxation, many margaritas and good friends! Ole!

Have a great weekend everyone!