My Next Race

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Inspiring Video

This video was posted on Facebook and I found it SUPER inspiring, so I thought I'd share it here on my blog.

This video makes me wanna go out and run like I've never run before. I am competing in my first 1/2 marathon in a little less than 2 weeks, and this makes me feel even more like I'm ready to do it and I KNOW I can do it.

I think one part of this video that is going to be forever etched in my brain is of the woman crawling across the finish line. I think it is SO inspiring and moving. It just goes to show that if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen, even if it means crawling across the finish line. :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Dirty Dash

Yesterday I competed in the first annual Dirty Dash competition up at Soldier Hollow. It was SO much fun! It was hard, but so much fun.

Basically, it was a 10k (6 miles) obstacle course in the mud. I didn't realize it until the race started, but alot of it was uphill. It was harder than I thought it would be, but it was still fun. Granted, I didn't think it would be a piece of cake, but it was even harder than I thought.

First, we had "The Big Pig Climb", which was basically running up a mud hill. It was slippery and muddy, but fun.

Then we ran for a while until we came across one of the snow machines that you see ski resorts have, but this one was spraying water. That water was awfully cold.

Then we ran for a little while again and came across a bunch of bales of hay. I was kind of jealous 'cause alot of people were able to basically run and jump up on to the bales, but I wasn't able to, so I did the tuck and roll over the bales.

Then, we came across a couple of tunnels we had to crawl through. That wasn't bad at all. It would've hurt less if I didn't have a scab on my knee.

Then, I believe the next thing we came across were walls we had to climb over. It was awesome! There was one guy that was dressed up as a superhero. He had on blue tights and he was wearing superhero underpants and he knelt down in the mud and let the ladies use him as a step stool to climb over the walls. I remember saying to him "are you sure?" and he said "I wouldn't be down here if I wasn't".

Then we came across tires we had to step through. Good Lord that was difficult. You know how you see football players run/step through them so fast? Man, I wish I could do that, but I knew if I tried to do that, I'd do a giant face plant, so I just walked through them.

Then, we had a "mystery" element that we didn't know about until the morning of the race. Over by Deer Creek Reservoir, which is right next to Soldier Hollow, it was just a bunch of eewy gooey mud that was about as deep as your calf. The announcer guy said that he lost a couple of shoes in there. Haha! It was disgusting, but fun. After we got done with that part of the race, it was like trying to run with 100 lb blocks on your feet. There was one part of that where I hit a sink hole and got down in to the mud all the way up to my thigh, but only on one leg. Haha!!!

After that, we headed over to the giant slip 'n slide. The slip 'n slide was kind of a disappointment. They did really well at keeping it watered down, but it wasn't very slippery. I ended up just running down it.

Then, last but not least, we headed over to the "Filthy Finish". They gave us specific instructions that we had to CRAWL under the flags on our hands and knees. It was so filthy, but so fun.

They had these makeshift showers for us after the race, but they didn't do very much good. I ended up donating my shoes after the race.

I can't wait to do the race again next year. I think what I loved most about the race is that it wasn't really a race. I don't think anybody was in it to win it. I think everybody was in it to have a good time and play in the mud. If you needed help along the course, everybody was helping each other and cheering you on. It was awesome.

I think next year though, the only thing I'd change is I'd get a hotel near the race for the night before so I don't have to wake up so god awful early to get up there and then I'd be right close so that as soon as the race was over, I could go to the hotel room and shower and get cleaned up before making the 1 hour drive home. Now granted, a 1 hour drive home isn't too bad, unless you're soaking wet and covered with mud. :)

Here are pictures I got from the race:

This is a picture of the "filthy finish" before they filled it up with water.

A picture of the giant slip 'n slide.

This is before the race. I don't look happy 'cause the sun was in my eyes and I was freezing.

Running past my mom & dad and heading for the giant slip 'n slide.

Me running in to the "filthy finish".

I army crawled through the "filthy finish".

I finished!!! I just got done crawling through the "filthy finish" and climbing a mud hill.

Oh so dirty, but oh so fun. I'm just standing in line waiting for my "dirty" picture.

these are the makeshift showers they had for us.

Here I am, all showered off and ready to head home.


Yay!!! Tomorrow morning, come hell or high water, I'm gonna go swimming again. Last week, I was supposed to start swimming again (the pool had been closed for 2 weeks), but I woke up too late Monday morning to go swimming and then Monday night on my run, I tripped and fell. You can't go swimming with open wounds.

Well, my knee and wrist are all scabbed over very nicely now, so I'm going to go swimming tomorrow morning. I can't wait to get back in to a routine.

A Day of Rest

So I've decided that I need to take at least 1 day every week to NOT workout. I've done this before and it has worked well, but then I got all hyped up about my 1/2 marathon coming up and had this grand idea that I need to run at least 4 days a week, with one of the days being Sunday.

Well, with everything going on in my life, lately, I have been running 4, or if not more, days of the week. Well, after tonight, it just seems that it is causing WAY too much anxiety and I just need to take a day of rest. I workout plenty enough all the other days of the week, so I don't think it'll hurt anything to not workout on Sundays.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

This is what it looks like you when you trip...

This is what it looks like when you trip and fall while running:

Monday night I headed out on my nightly run. I was all set to run 11 miles. I got about 4, maybe 5 miles in to my run and there was a level difference on the sidewalk. I cleared it with my one foot, and I thought I'd cleared it with my other foot, but I didn't and I went down. I was pissed!

I thought about continuing on with my run, but when I looked down at my knee and looked at my wrist and saw how bad the scrape was, I turned around and ran home.

My dad helped me clean it out and bandage it up; however, Tuesday, my knee was weeping REALLY bad. I had to change the bandage half way through the day because it was soaked and it was starting to soak through my pants. I called my dad and he said that all the weeping meant that there was still dirt, or something still in the scrape, so lucky me, when I got home from work last night, I had to scrub out the scrape. Not my idea of fun. It was painful, but thankfully it is now healing really well.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to go swimming all week because you can't get in the pool with open sores. :( Boo.

Sunday, September 19, 2010


I woke up super late this morning (1:30 p.m.), so I decided to hold off running today until about 7:00 p.m. when it would be cooler outside.

I am supposed to run 11 miles each time I run this week so that I can prepare for my 1/2 marathon in 3 weeks.

When I went running tonight, unfortunately, I was only able to run 6.5 miles. Why? I got super dehydrated. I had water with me and I even stopped at one of the parks and refilled my water bottle, but I was SO super dehydrated that I was getting extremely sick to my stomach. Thankfully, my brother lives on my running route, so I was able to stop at their home and he gave me a ride home.

It just doesn't occur to me to drink water during the day if I'm not thirsty. I need to make a more conscious effort to stay hydrated during the day. I will definitely be drinking more water tomorrow so that when I go running tomorrow night I won't get dehydrated.

Personal 1/2 Marathon

My first official 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles) is coming up in 3 weeks. I'm kind of nervous about it. The most I've ever run (without stopping to walk) at one time is 10 miles.

I've been told a couple of times that if you can run 10 miles then you'll have no problem doing a 1/2 marathon.

So, yesterday, I decided I would try this out. Not too far from my house is a trailhead to the Legacy Trail which is fairly flat and is long enough to run 13.1 miles. I took my water bottle with me and I started out kind of early in the morning. I was doing pretty good until about mile 10.5 and then it was like hitting a brick wall. I had run out of water and there were no water stops on the trail. :(

I did 13.1 miles that day; however, I walked probably 1.5 - 2.0 miles of it. :( I feel like if I wouldn't have run out of water I would've been able to complete the 13.1 miles.

I'm fairly confident that by October 9th, I'll be able to run the 13.1 miles in my official first 1/2 marathon.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

My New Tattoo

Yay!!! I got a new tattoo. You can see the picture above! I love it!!! Triathlons have changed my life in SO many ways and I absolutely LOVE doing them, so I got a triathlon themed tattoo. :) The kanji symbol in the middle means determination because it has taken alot of determination and will power to get to the point I'm at. I'm very pleased with what Jon designed for my tattoo. Pardon the redness of the tattoo. The picture was taken not more than 5 minutes after Jon got done with the tattoo.

P.S. No it didn't hurt.

Monday, September 6, 2010

No Swimming For 2 Weeks

I don't get to swim for the next 2 weeks. In a way I'm excited because I'm going to take advantage of that time off from swimming and go get a new tattoo. I'm also excited because the pool that I swim in needs to be cleaned REALLY bad. On the other hand, it's gonna suck because it just throws my routine completely out of whack.

So, to keep up with my weight loss (hopefully), I'm going to go jogging in the morning and then ride my bike at night, and hopefully still lose weight while the pool is closed.

SDRC Labor Day Triathlon

Today was the 2nd annual SDRC Labor Day Triathlon. This is the second year I've competed in the triathlon. It's in the order of swim-bike-run. With all my triathlon's this year and the 3 I did last year, I was much better prepared for the triathlon this year than I was last year. When I did this triathlon last year, it was only the second triathlon I ever did.

The triathlon went pretty well. I feel like I could've done a little bit better. My final time was 1:35:10.4

I started to get really discouraged on the bike because I was counting all the people that were passing me and how many people I was passing. 24 people passed me on the bike, and I only passed 2 people. That really upset me. I just feel like by now, with all the triathlons I've done, I should be doing better than that. My average speed on the bike was about 15.2 mph.

The run wasn't too bad. The only thing I don't like about the swim-bike-run is by the time I get to the run, I'm getting tired, so it makes the run a little harder to do. But I did the run with an 11 minute mile. Not as bad as I thought.

My time on this triathlon is about average for all of my times this season, I just feel like after doing as many triathlons as I've done (3 last year and 6 this year so far), I should be doing a little better than what I am.

Oh well, at least I didn't finish last! :) Now, here are some pictures: