Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snow and the YMCA

It's snowing in Richmond.

I had a GREAT saturday plan at the Y.
9:15-10:00 - spin class
10:00 - 10:30 - Awesome Abs
10:30 - 11:30 - Body Shape

But when it snows in Richmond...the YMCA closes.

Guess I will get my filing and tax preperations done. not as much fun.

On another note, Princess and the Fan Vet.
Some of you may know about this from my rant on Facebook.
Princess was supposed to go to her annual vet appointment this morning, Saturday.
Well her vet, Fan Vet, called Friday to remind us of the appointment.
Yes, thank you for the remidner, we will eb there.
Then they go on to say...
In the event of incelemnt weather (the impending snow), and you are unable to make it, there will be a cancellation fee.
I'm sorry, what!
I got to work. Made an appointment with a reputable vet that is closer to my house and much more technologically saavy.
Then I called Fan Vet. Cancelled the appointment and let them know that I will be picking up her medical records.

So no gym. no errands. and no vet appt.
but i am getting my filing done.
and i am goign to a wedding feet and legs are going to cold in a dress and heels! brrr.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

My Nephew, TD

Last night I went to the farm so BIG sister and I could discuss some wedding things over dinner.

BIL (brother-in-law) was out of town, so while BIG Sister was cleaning up dinner, I gave TD a bath.
TD has lots of farm animals for the bath that spray water and a book on farm animals and the sounds they make. So while giving him a bath we reviewed our animal sounds.
And I added one. We performed it ALL night. BIG Sister was quite impressed.
ME: What does the cow say?
TD: Moooo
Me: What’s a rooster say?
TD: Cock-a-doo-doo
Me: What does Princess (my dog) say?
TD: Arf! Arf!
Me: What does TD say?
TD: I love Auntie!


Oh it gets even better.

BIG Sister called to tell me that when she woke TD up this morning the first thing he said was “Where Auntie?”
And when he found out I was not there he ran and stood in the corner saying, “no mama, no! need auntie” and throwing a temper tantrum that I was not there to wake him up.
I am SO the Cool auntie.

That little booger sure does not how to win over this girl’s heart.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Queen city

As always, I enjoyed my time in the QC this past weekend.
I can't say I got my long run in, but I got some wedding planning done, and that was the main goal.

IronGreg and I went tasting. we loved all the the food, so now we have to pick which we want to serve.
We were able to pick out the cake! I had a vision in my head, so I met with the pasrty chef and voila!

then Marms and I went to meet the florist. The florist who my mom and sister really liked passed away the weekend I got engaged - hmph. So we decided to go with one that came highly recommended to us from many people.

Figured out how to do place cards. working with creative people comes in handy - we put our heads to gether and one thing came to another and voila! creative place cards!

i did come back and do my long "run" last night. I got to the gym at 7:00 thinking the post-work rush would be gone. man was I wrong. the first treadmill wasn't going to be open until 7:30 - and with a 75 minute run, I didn't want to push it off 30 minutes. So I hopped on the elliptical and away I went. I pushed it hard. I picked "Random Hills" on a mid-level for the workout. 75 minutes, 8.5 miles, and 650 calories later I was done.

I got home around 9:00 and by 9:15 ws my gym clothes on the sofa. Luckily, IronGreg called and woke me up about an hour later.

so now if only I could get on treadmills whenever I wanted, could pick out flowers, and food. oh and earrings and shoes. i really want to elope.

Monday, January 18, 2010


This morning at swim class, Coach PK clearly woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
300 warm up instead of 200 - okay.
lots of normal drills - ok.
then what do I hear...
a 200 with 8 (non-modified) push-ups after each 25.
holy shoulders, batman.
I am SO weak. I jsut kept dress.

In running news, yesterday the Richmond Princesses met at the TuckY for a 45 minute tmill run. I ran 45 minutes without stopping. It sounds so minor, but after HAVING to take a walk break for the last year - you get used to it. and i finished the run at 7.5...and felt great. maybe this week I will try to kick it up a notch.

wedding news. not mush to report. this weekend IronGreg and I are heading to the QC to pick out food, cake flavors, and flowers. I am sure we will find other things to cross off the list as well.
Last night I spent HOURS researching flowers and reception decor. there's a lot to think about.

Friday, January 15, 2010


yay! I ran a 5k on the treadmill last night.
Half Marathon trainign has officially started.

And I am not sure ifd I shoudl admit this, but I think that was the 1st or 2nd time I ran 30 minutes without taking a walk break since the surgery. Thank God that's behind me!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

Since IMAZ, I have down squat.
Fave = slug.
I hit the recumbant bike at the gym once.
I hit the treadmill...once.
The elliptical...once.
The pool...maybe twice.
I did finally pick up my bike about a week ago.
But I haven't yet put the pedals back on her.

However, this week I actually decided to start getting back in shape again.
you know about Tuesday's Track Torture.
wednesday i did nothing.
thursday i hit a strength class. my legs were incredibly sore when I woke up and I really didn't want to go - but I thought about that wedding dress and was able to peel myself out of my ncie warm bed.
and what did we do - lots of jumps, lunges, calf raises
needless to say I spent the day yesterday walkign around the office with a limp in my step b/c my legs hurt so bad.
I had left my gym bag in my locker. After my morning workout I kew I would back after work for masters and a run - sounds good, right?
so i left my things there. locked of course.
and this morning moseied back over to the gym, having the motivation since all my getting ready things - make-up, hair dryer, etc - were all in that locker.
so i met my friend Kat there for a little t-mill social hour.
i managed to squeak out a 15 minute run/walk. you rea that correctly...15 minutes - not miles...minutes.
my quads were cursing my name.
so i hit the recumbant bike for 15 minutes.
then managed to hit the weird lower back/oblique machine for lots of ab/core work.
i really liked it. ew.
so tomorrow i am going back and triyng some yoga.

it's weird not training for a big triathlon. i want to do so many things...and I can!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

How to play Basketball - track style.

It was FREEZING outside in Virginia.
Blasted cold front.
I sure am glad though that I do not live in the lakes region. They were saying how many days in a row it has snowed there - yeah no thanks.
Anyways, in honor of the frigid temperatures, our Coach was "kind" and decided we could do our track workout inside - at the basketball arena at UR.
Although these workouts have happened int he past, I have been fortunate enough to never be able to make one.
Hot damn.
the warm up started witrh a 15-20 minute run of laps around the arena past all the concessions.
First set...
run up and down EVERY set of stairs around the ENTIRE gym.
I'm sorry, did I hear you correctly?
Yes, yes I did.
Up and down.
Taking my time up.
Sprinign down.
Over tiem, the springing slowed. Everything slowed.
I didn't thinkI would ever get to my water bottle.
towards the top the lights were dim and you prayed your feet stayed under you because it would be a long way down.
Mission Accomplished.
As we run more recovery laps around the arena, I try to remind myself why I was so happy to be out of the cold and in a nice HEATED facility.

Well, training 2010 is definitely here.
Tonight = Garage Ride.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Check one more off the list

Yay! I got the bridesmaids dresses.
They're navy and the 3 girls that tried it on all loved so ding! ding! ding! we found a winner.

It's a new year.
Resolution? what's that?
Last year I was supposed to go to church kmore often. And i did. for the first 4 months.
this year I am all focused on "wedding arms and honeymoon abs".
so i guess as vain as it sounds, my goal is to get in wedding shape.
sure i just did an ironman, but becuasse trainign took up so much time i haven't seen a weight room in about a YEAR! so you can imagine.
yesterday started training....
i swam.
i could not pull the water.
Coach K said it's because I took time off - which she wanted me to - but I lost the feel for the water. boo hiss.
tonight i actually am puttng on running shoes! watch out!