Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tour De Cure 2011

Almost a couple years ago I participated in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure in Fargo, ND with another friend.

This year, on June 4th, 2011, I will be cycling in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fundraising event. I will be riding with my sister, Steph, who was recently diagnosed with TYPE 1 DIABETES this past summer. Along with her hubby, and possibly a few other friends, we will be riding 25 miles in Minneapolis, MN!

Each mile I ride, and the funds I raise will be used in the fight to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Through my sister, I have have learned that it is so much more than pricking her finger and taking insulin multiple times a day. I have seen how this has changed her life and how she is still learning to make the most of it. She has been so positive in almost every way possible.

I will not beg all of my readers to donate to this cause. However, if you feel the desire to support such a great cause, no matter how small or large, your generous gift will help improve the lives of nearly 24 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, in the hope that future generations can live in a world without this disease. Together, we can all make a difference!

If you are interested in making a donation, please refer to my fundraising site by clicking HERE and leave a comment with this post. And, thank you, in advance for helping to make a difference!

P.S. For those of you unfamiliar with my sister, check out her blog HERE.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Random Update

It has become apparent to me that I am struggling to keep up with this blog, but I am no where near ready to leave the blog world. I peek into your worlds from time to time but don't always leave a comment. Please accept my appologies.

Moving on.

What can I say, the new year has been a busy one at work and at play. January has been an exceptionally busy month of assessments, meetings, trainings, committee meetings, with some good workouts and fun times in the mix. Life IS good.

I haven't run at all for the past week and a half and have enjoyed the time to get in some more time in the saddle and under water. I have been going to BODYPUMP class at least once every week, if not every five days. I went to a Yoga class last week on my day off and it left little to be desired. I was truly disappointed with the instructors desire to fill us with random yoga facts and his personal believes on cleansing and so forth. I would have much rather enjoyed an hour of intense stretching, strengthening, and flexibility. Silly instructor let us know of all the times he teaches Yoga, so now I know which classes to AVOID at all costs.

This past weekend I was inflicted with the flu bug and it pretty much came out of nowhere. I had traveled back west to attend the BF's Christmas party and see family, but ended up spending most of the weekend on the down low. By Saturday night, I was feeling a lot better and we still attended the Christmas party for a few hours. I was present, but wasn't able to really take advantage of ALL of the wonderful appetizers and OPEN BAR. Oh well, it was fun to meet some of the BF's co-workers and their spouses. The BF took good care of my sick self all weekend. What can I say, I am a lucky girl!

Today I am finally at 100% and was able to hit the gym for a short ride. Next week, I hope to get back into a running routine and jump start my Go Far Challenge training schedule! Let's hope that my shin gives me the good-to-go sign and we can get rollin'!

Are you training for anything specific at the moment?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Second week

This past week was supposed to be my second week of base building before I start following a plan for the Go Far Challenge (5K/HM) in early February. The idea for these three or four weeks was to get back into a routine with running at least 3 times a week, biking once or twice, swimming once, and BODYPUMP at least once a week.

However, I was still dealing with some minor shin pain. The pain isn't as nearly as bad as it was during the week of Christmas and the week that followed. My runs this past week were very short, but not so sweet. I kept them short, to avoid further injurying my shin. So, now I have decided to take this week off from running, COMPLETELY. In fact, I might even take the following week off as well to play it safe. We'll see.

Here's what this past week looked like:

MONDAY (1/10):
Run 1.5 mi (17:13)
BODYPUMP (1:00:00)

TUESDAY (1/11):
Bike 21.68 mi (1:00:00)

Run 2.5 miles (30:00)
SSC (25:00)
Shovel (30:00)

THURSDAY (1/13):

FRIDAY (1/14):
Swim 1600 Yds (40:00)

SATURDAY (1/15):
Run 1.05 mi (12:15)
BODYPUMP (1:00:00)

SUNDAY (1/16):
Bike 12.6 mi (35:00)
SSC (25:00)

I went to yoga this morning and wasn't to thrilled with the class. The instructor really knew his stuff, but spent more time talking about yoga than actually doing it. Or so it seemed. Don't get me wrong, I was glad I went and happy with the stretching, breathing, and balancing work, but it just wasn't what I expected. I might go to yoga class again later this week.

Now, I need to spend the rest of my day off getting some paperwork done. Oh, and maybe watch a little college hoops while doing so!

Happy Monday, everyone!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

2011 up and running

It's been over a week since I have posted last and I am struggling to take the time (and effort) to post anything with relative meaning. So, a random post it is. *smile*

2011 is off to a good start. Work is extremely busy and overwhelming right now. It seems tom go in streaks for weeks on ends, so I look forward to when things slow down. At least I hope things will slow down a bit - maybe in the end of February.

My graduate class for this semester is just starting. I am taking my fourth class, of six; working towards to my Autism Credential. This course is an elective and we will be focusing on Autism assessments and screening tools.

The workouts/training for 2011 is going well so far. I have spent the last week and a half working on getting back into a comfortable routine and a base for my running. I hope to begin half marathon training in early February. Ironically, my left shin has been bothering me on and off for the past couple of weeks and I am wondering if I should just lay off running for a complete week and let it heal, rather than making it worse? I think I just answered my own question.

As of yesterday morning, the Fargo area had 51 inches of snow this winter. A year ago this date, we had 29 inches of snow. Last year we were worried about flooding; not as bad as two springs ago, but still worried. Add in the fact that we had a really wet fall and almost double the snow we did last winter, I hate to think what March and April is going to be like. To top things off, I think we are expected to get another few inches over the next few days.

Quote of the day:

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; in optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. -Winston Churchill

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Goals & Resolutions: It's all about BALANCE

Last year I broke my goals into three different categories: personal, health, and fitness. I also mentioned 4 races that I wanted to partcipate in, and completed only 2 of the 4. But, I did end up doing 6 events in 2010, so it was good in that aspect!

At work we were asked to think of ONE WORD that we think of when thinking about 2011. The word I chose was BALANCE.

So, here are a list of my goals, resolutions, etc. for 2011, broken into the following categories:

  • Train smart = stay injury free
  • More Yoga, Pilates, and Strength Training/Core Work (BODYPUMP)
  • Run outside more and ride my bike more = stay away from the gym when weather permits
  • Swim more yards than 2010 (64,400)
  • More clean eating
  • Vitamins and Suppliments
  • Fargo GoFar Challenge = 5K Friday Night/Half Marathon Saturday Morning (REGISTERED!) - May 20/21
  • Tour De Cure - Ride for Diabetes - Minneapolis, June 4th
  • Possibly another triathlon or two, mixed in with a 10K or something


  • Complete my ASD Credential (3 classes to go!)
  • Enjoy my job
  • Spread positivity at work/don't feed into negativity and complaining


  • Volunteer for the Fargo Youth Run Committee, and work the event
  • Travel and visit friends
  • Do more reading for fun
  • Do more painting for fun
  • Enjoy the busy-ness of life
  • Attempt to learn more about gardening and photography, and apply it
  • Find BALANCE in life, work, and training - enjoying every minute of it all

What's your overall goal or ONE WORD for 2011?!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Month in Review: December

Three days into January 2011 and here I finally post my December Month in Review . A little late, but not forgotten.

Month in Review: December 2010
Swim - 1,600 yds
................ 1,700 yds in November
Bike - 115.38 miles ........... 101.31 miles in November
Run - 20.70 miles .............. 31.75 miles in November

Total Number of:
Swims - 1
Bikes - 9
Runs - 10 (including runs off the bike)
BodyPump Class - 1 (Gasp!)
Pilates Class - 0
Yoga Class - 0
REST Days - 14 (TOO many!)

Highlights of the Month:

  • Jingle Bell 5K!
  • Two Birthday Celebrations for my 30th!
  • Wonderful Christmas with my family and the BF's!
  • Enjoying a long week and a half break from work!
  • New Years with the BF and another friend - dinner and movie!

Lows of the Month:

  • Very busy with two nights of parent-teacher conferences and finishing my final project for grad class. Definitely interfered with my workout schedule.
  • Once again... limited swimming and BODYPUMP
  • no Yoga or Pilates
  • Too many holiday goodies and lots and lots of food!

How was your December? Busy and a blur like mine?!

I hope to get my goals and New Years Resolution up in the next couple of days!