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Goal 1, day 1

August 12, 2009

Goal #1 is to simply get out and go for a run in the morning.  That’s it.  I’m not looking any farther ahead than tomorrow.  Ohh, sure I have aspirations, but right now, I’m keeping the goals simple and straight forward.  And taking one day at a time.  Thus, I have one simple goal in mind right now, go run tomorrow morning.

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Okay, I need some suggestions for really good running tunes…

August 11, 2009

So, what’s on your iPod/MP3 player, etc.?  I want to get a good couple hours of rock’n motivational running music loaded up on my iPod, so help me out here.

Colorado Bar Exam …

July 30, 2009

HI!  *wave*

I’ve been getting a lot of hits here based upon my reflections of taking the Colorado Bar Exam back in February of 08.

Soooooo, how was it this year?  Can I just say THANK GOD IT WASN’T ME!  I can almost without a doubt say with nearly 100% certainty that I will NEVER take another bar exam.  Thank you very much.

As De La Soul so appropriately sang it…

Okay, so a little flashback and aging myself, yet again.

Well, I hear that the bar is now being given at the Merchandise Mart…lucky lucky people y’all are.  Anyway, I hope it was a tolerable couple of days.  I don’t know what is more difficult – preparing and taking the test or waiting for the results.

All I can say is enjoy a few days to relax and remember, there isn’t a thing you can do about it now so carry on and good luck.

Yoga & Pilates 101

July 28, 2009

I did my research before showing up to my first yoga class.  I didn’t want to look like a total rookie and make a complete ass of myself.  So, I gracefully avoided some of the typical rookie mistakes.

First, I wore comfortable, yet close fitting clothes.  So, at least the bulges were covered with fabric rather than my shirt ending up around my shoulders in the downward dog position.  Second, I put my hair up, so I wasn’t constantly trying to get my hair out of my face.  Score.

I did confess to the verynice yoga instructor my complete and utter inexperience.  It was helpful, as she was nice enough to gently work with me to assure I had reasonably decent form.

But, let’s get to the good stuff.  Dude, yoga’s not easy.  What the heck!  I figured I’d go in there, get all touchy feely with my breathing, do some unique stretching and walk out all fresh faced and fanciful.  NOT!

First, I know I’m seriously out of shape.  But, wow, I felt like a huge blob of gelatenous Nickelodeon Green Slime.  I thank God I don’t have shoulder issues, otherwise, I can’t imagine how sore I would be.  Second, it was nice that the room wasn’t full of a bunch of yoga experts who had been practicing the art for 20 years.  While I was certainly the most inexperienced person in the room, I didn’t feel like I stood out like a bright red throbbing sore thumb.

My only complaint had to do with the temperature.  This wasn’t Burkam yoga, well officially.  Unofficially, the room was so hot, I was sweating like my husband (*smooch*).  At the end of the session I was nauseous and desperate for an S-Cap.  Didn’t think I’d need to take salt tabs to get through a yoga session.  LOL.  But, it was surprisingly and well honestly … enjoyable.  I think I’ll actually go back.

This morning I got up to meet my friend Claire for a 6:00 am pilates session at the gym.  Fortunately, the room had cooled off from the night session.  Now, the pilates session was much more what I had expected.  It was invigorating enough to rev me up for the morning, but not so much to make me sick to my stomach or wishing I could go back to bed.

So, two good work out sessions down.

When looking and planning out this week, I was ambitiously looking at trying to do yoga Monday and Friday, pilates Tuesday and Thursday, and get to the gym over lunch Tuesday – Friday.  I realized this morning, one of my faults (which leads to me not being able to sustain a consistent workout routine) is my overambition.  Also, I need to be mindful that I do have an injury that I’m trying to nurse back to health.  So, I am trying to be reasonable and rational, and take things slow.  I’m going to see how this week goes with just the yoga and pilates.  I’ll try to fit in a lunch time swim or elliptical tomorrow, as I do want to do a 30 day streak.  But, I’m not going to attempt double workouts right now.  Seems like a good idea to give my body some time to adjust to doing the other stuff and then add in the lunch time doubles.

And She’s Off …

July 27, 2009

Well, what the heck have I been doing with myself all this time.  I was a running warrior about a year and half ago – and as all too often happens with me, something I deem more important at that time takes that priority spot and off to the wayside it goes.

Alas…life is ever changing.  As you may have read, I had a bit of a health scare.  I have a spinal fracture/compressed vertebrae.  Long story short, I dodged the osteoporosis bullet, but I do have osteopenia of the spine.  And because of this, I’ve realized that I truly need to focus on myself.  While it’s important to pour my energy and attention into my job, my kids, my husband and his running – I have completely ignored myself for the past decade.

So, here I go.  Today, I’m going to go experience my first yoga class.  A friend/radiologist recommended yoga and Pilate’s after seeing my DEXA scan results.  Okay, before I start getting comments from random strangers on the dangers of yoga and/or Pilate’s and bone issues….back off.  I’m educated, informed, and making my own choices.  If you don’t have anything nice to say, please don’t bother to comment on this.

I’m seriously intimidated at the thought of going to yoga.  Oh holy heck, but, at the same time I’m looking forward to it.  It will be something completely new and different for me.  Same with Pilate’s, which by the way, I start tomorrow morning.

And getting back on the cardio bandwagon, I’ll start getting back into my running routine tomorrow as well and I’ll be back swimming 2x’s a week.  So, today I start a serious streak!  I’m going for a 30 day streak, and maybe Pokey will join me (although, it appears Facebook too has replaced her blogging).

This blog is taking a new turn…but, isn’t that what happens in life.  LOL.  I’ll report back later on my first yoga experience

TRT Tunnel Creek Rundown

July 27, 2009

This year I took over the Tunnel Creek Aid Station at the Tahoe Rim Trail 50k/50M/100M endurance races.  Whoooaaaa, what an experience.  I had just a few weeks to get everthing in order from the time I found out, and three of those weeks I was in trial.  Long and short: I’m very pleased with how my first year turned out.  Yes, there are always places where I can improve, but overall, I felt the aid station was a success.  And, my panic about not buying enough stuff that I felt Friday night before the race turned out to be unfounded, as the amount of food was perfect.  We used practically everything we had, which was splendid!

Most of the success is credited toward all the awesome volunteers I had out there.  I had some great friends offer to be a part of the event, all of whom had no experience in the ultra running world.  They had a wonderful time and have made my day by each asking to come back next year.  Also, I owe a ton of thanks to Lon and the Silver State Striders.  My night crew was awesome, and I am so grateful for their knowledge and experience.

And, finally, because this is starting to sound like some lame acceptance speech for some shiny gold award that looks like a male alien, I really ought to thank all the runners.  Because of course, without the runners we would not be out there.  This was a great year for the runners, and I’m so pleased to be a part of their experience.

I look forward to next year.  Things will be great, and even better than this year.