Friday, December 30, 2011

December 30, 2011

Wow.  I can't believe this year is almost over!

We had a great xmas - probably should post some pics.  I haven't even downloaded them to my computer yet.  I'll put that on my list.  But until then, I do have a picture of my oh-so-fabulous new running shirt that I got from my hubby for xmas:

Isn't it bad-a$$!?!?  I'm in love with it!  Ok - this isn't the one he actually got me, and I actually like the one he picked better, but I needed a different size and a different design... different design due to bellybutton issues that have haunted me since having 3 kids.  (sigh)  But I can't wait to wear this for my next cold weather run!!

I wish I would blog as much as I **think** about blogging.  I get so many great ideas to blog... things I want to say... how I want to say it... and then by the time I sit down - or actually remember that I STARTED a blog - I've lost it.

And when do I get the majority of my thoughts?  Running of course.

Today's run was awesome!  3.8 miles in the freakin' wind!  I'd rather run in the rain then wind gusts.  Talk about resistance training.  Oh, and if you're wondering, sniffing and taking a gasp for air AT the same time = massive choking <-------- that's what happened to me today.  On a lighter side, while I was running, I caught a glimpse of my fists in front of me and giggled - think gopher in Caddyshack - that's about how much my arm swing is.  Need to work on that.

So I padded my training by a week because with my crazy life, something will get in the way between now and April 28th and I will have to revise my days.  Well, today, I was looking and counting the weeks again, and I think I padded it TWO weeks.  Ugh.  See?  I can't even start when I'm supposed to.  So, I've emailed Jason (running coach) to see what (two) weeks I should repeat.  So now I made my training 19 weeks.  Nice job Andrea.  Oh - and with that padding, I scheduled my first EVER long run on Sunday - New Year's DAY.  But if history repeats itself over the past few years, we'll be in bed way before the ball drops.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve 2011

I can't sleep...been awake since 3:30.  I'm sure it didn't have anything to do with the five homemade christmas cookies I woofed down right before hittin' the sheets.  But man - they were so good!  That was my first attempt of making homemade christmas cookies WITH homemade icing.

Santa gets the real deal tonight.  ;)

And here is the "Love" part of my blog title:

They make my heart melt - the reason I get up every day and do what I do.  Isaac is 13, Gabriel is 11, and little Lucy is 3.

So, Peace, Love, and Hamstrings?  Keep the first, spread the second, and develop, strengthen, grow, nourish, strive, push, rest - I could go on - the third. "Hamstrings" is my quest to be a runner while being a stay-at-home mom of 3, a wife to a husband that travels weekly, and a woman who trys to remember to do something for herself.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

December 21, 2011 - The Beginning

Here I am... trying out this blogging thing.  We'll see how it goes!

It's 4 days til Christmas - yay!  That means my training for my first half marathon (gulp) starts in 5 days - yikes! Did you know that the end of April 2012 is a looooooong time from now??  (17 weeks to be exact)  I mean - between now and then, we will change years...we will changes seasons...I will turn another year older.

The stats - my training begins Monday, December 26th - however it's just a gym workout - so I keep saying it starts Tuesday with my first actual run.  My training schedule is 16 weeks - but I padded it a week because I know SOMETHING will get in my way.  I've already registered for my race - which is the Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon here in Nashville on Saturday, April 28, 2012 <---------looong time from now - if you didn't get that the first time I mentioned it.  =D

I can do this!  Why not, right?  I have the time, I have the recent athletic background, I have the drive... the want - but I'm freakin' scared to death!  I'm mainly scared I'll quit in the middle of my training.  That is ALL that goes through my head:  'what if I fail?'  'what if I don't finish the training?'  I soooo need to switch my thoughts.  I CAN do this!  I keep hearing Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser in my head..."Do NOT stop unless you are gonna puke or pass OUT!!"