Posts tagged ‘half marathon’

June 6, 2012

HMT: Day 56… I am a creeper.

Day: 56

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 66 minutes (I walked/jogged just wasn’t feeling a straight up 4 just wanted to be on the treadmill for awhile so I did intervals)

Temperature: On the treadmill at my new gym:)

Injuries: None!

So as I mentioned in my post yesterday given some new motivation I joined a gym WITH fitness classes so I am super excited about this.  Today I wanted to head over and check it out, none of the classes met at the time I could go so I just got some cardio in but I really think I’m going to like it there!

I started out creeping on the treadmill, the nice man next to me was watching me so I couldn’t get a good picture of the whole thing.

I then did some intense creeping on the facility… this woman and her personal trainer were a little caught off guard. I should get a t-shirt that says “I have a blog, don’t mind the photos”

After the facility creep, I did some locker room creeping… post shower ready to go and feeling like a rockstar if I must be so bold;)

Finally, I creeped on my Starbucks treat post work out.

Now I am off to go meet a friend who is brand new to this little corner of the world called Vermont  for dinner and our first shows of the Jazz Fest!   Hopefully she doesn’t mind my photo taking…

❤ Kari

May 30, 2012

HMT: Day 50

Ladies and Gentlemen, I got pulled over and it sucked.

So I get done work around midnight and begin the commute back home, 2 miles in I’m headed down a hill where the speed limit goes from 40 to 25 in a split second and BOOM hello blue lights.

Insert curse words here.

I pull over and a surprisingly handsome young cop walks up to my window asking me how I am and if I know why I have been pulled over.  “Uh I’m gonna be real honest sir, I’ve been better.”

Once we had established that yes, I was speeding but no, I did not realize how quickly the speed limit changed, he asked me for my license and registration… here is the kicker folks, I’m still rocking a Tennessee license and registration.  Two things that Mr. Handsome Cop was immediately thrown off by.  How thrown off you ask?

“You know what you keep the insurance, I’m just going to run this license and make sure we don’t have any warrants on our hands.”

You wanna know what I was thinking about in the 5 minutes it took to run my information through?

Do I have any warrants for my arrest? (No, I don’t)

Would I have a warrant if I forgot to return a book to the public library in Knoxville? (I will be returning that btw)

I wonder if Mr. Handsome Cop is married or engaged, he looks like he’d be settled down.

Do people actually flirt with cops when they get pulled over? How does that even start?

Jenna Marbles should make a video about getting pulled over.

Who thinks of that stuff???? Me. Only me.

Mr. Handsome Cop then returned to the window, handed me a written warning and just like that I wanted to hug him, scream and dance in the middle of the road… I refrained for obvious reasons. So thank you Mr. Handsome Cop, scouts honor I won’t do it again;)

My life is so exciting.

Anyway,  today I went to the mall in search of shorts at The Loft (got a pair that I will share with you guys tomorrow) but I also found this adorable dress that I instantly fell in love with from Francesca’s.  It was on sale and everything but as I’m currently rocking a body a few sizes bigger than I have been in the past I just didn’t feel comfortable enough in it to buy it.

Disclaimer:  I LOVE Francesca’s though, I think I own 10 dresses as well as a bunch of belts and jewelry so believe me when I say I  am so happy Burlington got one.  I will be back in and trying many more dresses on I think today was more mental than physical but I’ll let you guys be the judge of it!

I loved that this dress was green and lace first off but then I really came around to the blue underneath and just thought it was such a cool touch.  I loved that it could be dressed up or down and the cut was one that could be worn for so many different occasions.   Unfortunately the length was my biggest hang up, I’ve never been one to carry weight in my stomach (definitely not in my chest haha) but instead to my backside and thighs, so even if I try the next size up I often find that it adds fabric to my upper half  but not where I actually need it.

It doesn’t look terribly short but it sadly failed my sit down comfortably test… man did I love it though, just have to tell myself if it is meant to be it will happen;)

Trying on clothes all morning gave me a lot of motivation to hit the pavement and get a few miles in so that is what I did.

Day: 50

Distance: 2.5 Miles

Time: 30 minutes/ 12min/m

Temperature: 80’s and very humid

Injuries: None just hot as heck

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

❤ Kari

May 25, 2012

HMT: Day 45

Day: 45

Distance: 1 mile

Time: 10 minutes

Temperature: 70s and lovely!

Injuries: None

Yesterday I did a quick mile just to get some running legs going it was a beautiful morning and after being sicker than a dog I was happy to be functional.   I also did an hour of yoga because I was pretty certain I would be sore today (I was right).  Tonight is 4 miles and tomorrow is 2 miles, I’m starting to get a little anxious about the race afraid I won’t have done enough come race day.  This weekend is the Vermont City Marathon and after completing the half twice, I am majorly jealous of all those running in it.  It makes me excited to run my race in July! To all those running in the VCM, good luck and may the weather be on your side:)

Anyway yesterday afternoon the boy and I went for a quick lunch on Church Street at Ri Ra’s and then walked along the waterfront for 3 miles, it was a great day!

A beautiful day to be eating lunch on Church Street.

The best vegetarian patty I have ever had.

The Spirit of Ethan Allen on Lake Champlain.

We walked all the way down to North Beach.

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

❤ Kari

May 23, 2012

HMT: Day 44

Day: 44

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 48 minutes/ 12min/mi

Temperature: Warm, VT weather has been so nice lately!

Injuries: Feelin’ good despite the week lapse between runs.

Confession: I SUCK at being sick.

I’ve been sick since Sunday… starting with a sore throat, Monday gained the runny nose, Tuesday the congestion, which brings us to today Wednesday, my first day off and I haven’t left the couch since I woke up this morning at 9.

I don’t like to have people around me when I’m sick, I would much rather be pathetic solo. I also am horribly stubborn about going to the doctor so lets just throw that one out of the window.

I have had LOTS of time to think about how productive I will be when I get off this couch and here it goes:

1. I will eat more fruits and veggies.

2. I will do yoga daily.

3. I will run 6 miles by Sunday.

4. I will start reading a book.

5. I will not eat out more than one time this week.

In the meantime it will be just me,  the couch, many cups of tea, my good friend Gibbs (NCIS reference naturally) and an intense love affair with my Tylenol Daytime Cold Medicine.

Pretty much in love with this cow mug!

Hope everyone is having a far more exciting Wednesday than I!

❤ Kari

May 16, 2012

HMT: Day 36 and Big News!

Just under two months to go!

After completing a very flat 4 miles yesterday I’ve decided I have to force myself to break out and do things I don’t want to do… like hills, lunges, and eating less.

The course I’m running (Mad Marathon) is in a mountain town thus cut into mountains and if I continue to just run flats I will NEVER feel comfortable come race day.  Which brings me back to the days of track and how I never felt prepared to do anything (because I never really tried) but not this time.  I am determined to feel confident the day of the race and that means I have to kick these next two months in the ass… so to speak;)

Day: 36

Distance: 4 miles

Time:  52:00/13min/m

Temperature: Mid 60s but rainy… thankfully it only sprinkled towards the end.

Injuries: None that weren’t directly related to the huge meal I ate way too close to run time… oops!

Anyway, on to the big news!

In 3 months I will be moving to beautiful, mountainous, and oh so lovely, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

The idea of living in a little mountain town and being a snowboarding bum (bum = working full time and taking classes at the local mountain school to get that elusive degree) has been on my to do list for as long as I can remember but now I have actually put the plan in motion.  After high school I lived in Greeley (never again, no offense) and Westminster (loved being so close to Denver) and have been spending every family vacation visiting my parent’s house in Silverthorne, I’ve always thought I would love the life style but never had enough drive to do it.   Following a serious pro-con list I decided that this was the time to venture out solo and see where it takes me.

So come August I will be hanging my hat in the great state of Colorado yet again and I could not be more excited about it!

The Steamboat Grand

❤ Kari

May 12, 2012

HMT: Day 33

Not really a training day but as I put on my running shoes and put a mile in the books, I’ll call it one!

Day: 33

Distance: 1 mile

Time: 11:29 minutes

Temperature: Straight up gorgeous! 70s and no wind, beautiful.

Injuries: Don’t think I ran long enough to feel hurt haha

In other news today after work I walked downtown to grab some lunch.  If you have never been to Vermont there is a place in Burlington called Church St which is a quaint little pedestrian mall with all the best restaurants and shops.  One day soon I’ll do a real post just about it (because it is amazing and I believe everyone should come visit at least once in their life) but today is more about the fact that I walked by a sidewalk sale for Outdoor Gear Exchange (my paradise) and stumbled on 3 for $10 wool socks!

Ask anyone who knows me, there is nothing I love more than wool socks, nothing. 

After seriously debating buying 15 pairs, I went to the register with just 3 in hand (practicing moderation) and the nice hippie cashier asked me if I needed a bag and when I said yes he gave me a compostable shopping bag… I freaking love hippies and hippie stores.

Who has a whole drawer of these puppies? This girl.

❤ Kari

May 11, 2012

HMT: Day 32

I did not run this last week.  I went for quite a few walks and kept up with insanity but I just didn’t have the bug for running.  That all changed this morning when I woke up and was dying to get outside and hit the pavement! It was like out of nowhere I got my runners legs back and couldn’t wait to log a few miles.

Some things about me as a runner.

1. I stick my tongue out when I go up hills… I actually stick my tongue out whenever I’m doing anything that involves concentration. It is super dorky but I can’t help it.

2. I hate the smell of fresh cut grass… It reminds me of field hockey preseason and how much I HATED running because I was so out of shape.

3. I listen to mostly Michael Jackson when running… I could literally listen to his greatest hits album on repeat.

4. I brush my teeth before I run, I don’t know why but I like the feeling of feeling fresh and ready to go.

5. I do a combination of the head nod, smile, or little wave when I pass another runner/walker but I rarely speak.  Not because I don’t want to but because for some reason when I open my mouth to say hi, nothing comes out.  I don’t know what it is but I always feel like a jerk if someone speaks to me so I just make really ridiculous hand motions to acknowledge their hellos. I’m not cool haha.

Day: 32

Distance: 2.5 miles

Time: 32.09 minutes/ 12.8 min/mi

Temperature: 70s and sunny but very windy!

Injuries: None, just feeling out of shape from a week of no running… won’t do that again.

So the run itself was a bit of a walk run, I only ran two miles and then I walked for a bit just to stay out in the sun. I loved it. So happy:)

Now I’m off to get ready for some drinks with one of my best friends who is home for a month.  It is starting to feel like summer and oh man am I excited!

Throwback of Heather and I, yes we went to Disney, and yes we were 18 taking photos with the Incredibles!

H and I all grown up at Boston Beer Works last summer! (For some reason we only take blurry photos together)

Happy Weekend Friends!

❤ Kari

May 5, 2012

HMT: Day 26 and My Sister the Champ.

Day: 26

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 36 minutes/12 min/m

Temperature: 50s and rain

Injuries: my calves are so sore from Insanity it isn’t even funny.

So the run went pretty well, I am getting used to the three mile “short runs” and the loop around my house is nice.  This next week I move up to 5 miles and I’m excited but super nervous…. we shall see how it goes.  Insanity is LITERALLY killing me, but in a really good way.  I did the “recovery” video yesterday which just meant slowly squat a billion times in 33 minutes.  I can’t say that I feel recovered but I feel good and isn’t that why I am doing it?

Anyway today’s post is more about a very special person to me.  As I have briefly mentioned before my family is amazing and I love them oh so much.  This particular post is about my older sister Katie, who in her 34 (I think) short years of life has accomplished so much to be proud of.  While teaching middle school in Vermont she became the teacher of the year for our hometown middle school and then for the state of Vermont.  She represented the state as a James Madison Fellow, a scholarship program for the most outstanding teachers of the Constitution.  Now, after only 2 years of teaching at her current middle school in Tennessee I am proud to say that she was named the Teacher of the Year!

While I joke that she is in it for the “Teacher of the Year” parking spot and that she bribes her way to the title everywhere she goes… I know that there is nobody that deserves each award more than her.

For as long as I can remember I have been compared to her, and there is nobody in the world I would rather be compared to.  She is first person I call when I have made a mistake that I don’t know how to fix (which happens quite often)… or when I’ve done something I am proud of.  She listens to me ramble and always finds a way to make me feel like no matter what I can get through it.  She has gone out of her way to help me in every major decision I have made so far in life and with every decision I always hope my outcomes will make her proud.

My sister” is the best” as she would say and I hope everyone has someone in their life as awesome as her.

Congratulations big sis!  You show off;)

Katie and I at my high school graduation.

We can’t play tennis like normal people… we use or alter egos “Buffy and Victoria”

Katie drove over to Knoxville to come one of my Field Hockey games.

I got her to run her first 5k! She did it like a boss.  (Sweetwater 420 in Atlanta, GA)

She is a far better ice skater than I.

Favorite picture of us!

Thanks for reading guys:)

❤ Kari

May 2, 2012

HMT: Day 24 and INSANITY

I saw a blog recently that had a post about a website called dailymile and decided to see what it was all about last night.  Much to my excitement it seems that I will now have yet another form of social media to post my runs to, it is a funny thing this running community, so supportive!  It makes me so happy every time I can log a work out or show any progress and dailymile seems to be a really fun way to do it.  Definitely add me if you are on it or thinking about joining it!  (greenmountaingal is my username)

Today was a run day but today was also day two of a program I just started called Insanity! which is a p90x type program deisgned to bring you to the brink of death every day for 60 days and then bam you are hot stuff… or so I like to think of it as anyway… It is actually the first and only thing I have ever purchased from an infomercial and I am sad to say it was purchased over 5 months ago… oops!

I’m not gonna lie I looked just as badass as this girl ^ except not…

So a quick recap of that yesterday was basically do these 10 exercises for a few minutes each and see how many you can get, then every few weeks I will redo that work out and see my progress… quite frankly I don’t really care how many more sets I can do I just care that I am able to fit in to the insane amount of summer dresses I have in my closet… but noting my progress is a nice perk in theory.  Today was more of a beat you up with exercises designed for football and basketball players.  I have to say it went fairly well but only time will tell if I am still able to walk most days.

On to the run!

Day: 24

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 37:00/ 12:32min/m

Temperature: 50s and gloomy… some rain towards the end… Dear Weather Gods, get your act together. Thanks!

Injuries: I did the run before Insanity so I felt like a real person.  I didn’t feel much pain anywhere so it was actually a pretty good run.

The run felt like it flew by probably because I was just so excited to track my first run on dailymile… seriously I am like a kid in a candy store with new websites.  If you saw me when I got my pinterest a little over a year ago it was literally all I could do for a month straight.  On another note I found this picture from when I was moving, here is all of the race tshirts I have collected so far, I have been quoted multiple times saying “I only run these things for the free stuff” and I’d say it is still probably half the reason haha. I swear one day I am going to make a quilt with them!

Happy First of the Month! I hope it is a ballin’ one:)

❤ Kari

 

 

 

May 1, 2012

HMT: Day 22 and My First 1/2 Marathon.

Day: 22

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 48:30/12.08 min/mi

Temperature: 40s sunny but insanely windy!

Injuries: I have a splinter… that sounds so pathetic but it hurt so bad.

 This run was hard for me I am not going to lie.  The first mile was like oh man how am I going to pull this off, miles two and three were when I got distracted and mile four was like GET ME BACK HOME NOW. I started reminiscing about my first half marathon and the “training” that went in to it, so I thought I would share with you guys. 

Spring 2008

Senior year I had started getting into shape during snowboarding season by randomly run/walking this loop around my house, probably not exceeding 2 miles ever.  Over February vacation in Colorado a few of my older sister’s teaching partners were discussing how they had just started training for the Vermont City Marathon.  I boldy made the claim that I would love to run one of those sometime in the future and can honestly say I only half meant it.  Cut to March and I was approached by my sister to see if I wanted to be the second half of a 2-person relay with one of her friends from school.  I agreed to it, thinking I was going to back out because that is what I had always done whenever I agreed to things that took up time (not proud of this, just being honest).  In high school I always wanted to stand out, I know I was thinking… wow people would be really impressed with me if I ran a half marathon (such a stellar reason I know).

I began “training” by running the same 2-3 mile loop around my neighborhood a few times a week, I can’t honestly tell you how many times a week I did this but I imagine it was 4-5 days because I would do it right after school so that I could run by the high school and prove to people that I was actually training (again, I was an attention seeker, I realize how dumb this sounds). Anyway, I remember doing one run for 5 miles and then another one for 7 but those are the only two long runs I did.  I ONLY DID TWO LONG RUNS!  Here is what I do remember, and so very clearly.  In mid-March when I had agreed to do this, I weighed about 155lbs (I’m 5’7″ if you would like to know) and by Memorial day weekend (the weekend of the race) I was down to just under 140.  I never changed my diet or anything, I just ran 4-5 days for about 30 minutes and lost over 15lbs.  Everyone was telling me how great I looked and wondering what I had done to lose the weight.  I felt awesome.

Cut to race morning, I’m nervous, my whole body is in knots, I have no idea where I am running that day I just know where I am supposed to be dropped off and I am TERRIFIED of being late.  I had never done one of these things nor did I know anyone who had.  So I wore sneakers that were a size too big for me, soffe shorts and men’s tank top undershirt that my field hockey team had dyed a few months prior… I wore soffe shorts to run in a marathon.  Runner me now thinks runner me now was ridiculous.  My dad dropped me off near the park where the switch off point was and I noticed all these people running around to warm-up, my exact thought process… what are all these people doing? Warming up? Why in the world would you run before you are about to run 13 miles???

So I waited for my partner to get to the check point, I remember being so nervous that all I could focus on was my fear of getting a sun burn so I lathered myself up til I exhausted the bottle.  According to her training she would be finished her half in just over 2 hours so I patiently waited, and waited, and waited, for what seemed like forever.  Just before 10:30 I saw her and my former field hockey coach running down the bike path.  Angela came into the check point and gave me the ankle monitor, she gave me a hug and said “Good luck, Have fun at Prom!”

Yes ladies and gentlemen, I ran my first half marathon the morning of my senior prom. 

An 18 year old girl is never more nervous the morning of her senior prom, except when she has a half marathon to run before it.  My friend made me an awesome half marathon playlist that was kept secret from me til the race day so all along I was running with some fun tunes never expecting what was going to come next (I only skipped a couple). So there I was running and feeling fabulous until mile 7 when after running through a sprinkler in one of the neighborhoods, my iPod fried itself and I was tuneless.  Here are five things I guarantee you will never think to yourself while running in a marathon…

Will the pedicure I just got be ruined when I take these sneakers off?

Will people see my tan lines in my prom dress?

What time is the limo picking us up? 

Will I have enough time to get my hair done? 

Did my boyfriend get the corsage?

It was hard.  It was the hardest thing I had ever done and I did it.  I crossed the finish line to nobody (my parents thought I would take longer so they were eating lunch haha) and I cried.  I cried because I was tired, because I was sore, and because I was just so damn proud of myself.  When I saw my parents I remember the first thing I said to them was “don’t mind me I am a freaking rock star.”  That is exactly how I felt.  I actually followed through with something and that is a feeling that nobody can ever take from me.  Oh and I looked like a million bucks at prom, dancing into crazy hours of the night with my best friends, one could hardly tell I ran 13.1 miles that morning.  It was one of the most amazing days of my life and I cannot wait to have that feeling again!

This is a fraudulent picture… this is actually from my second half marathon but I felt like it was necessary.  I finished the first half marathon  in 2:42, not bad for only running 7 miles before.

This is my favorite picture from prom.  This is my former boyfriend now one of my dearest friends and ironically we are standing exactly where the finish line for the marathon was.  Weird huh?

❤ Kari