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ham is good

18 Feb

Yesterday took some years off of me.

Or at least drained some of my soul.

Ultimately, I was planning on some “anger and resentment” miles on the treadmill when I got home from work.  Alas, Simon puked on my bed so at that point, I was done.  It was anger and resentment couch time.  I just couldn’t muster any more energy.

Part of my angst, was this judgey-mcjudgerson person was supposed to be coming through my apt yesterday.  On Monday I cleaned a ton and tried to get everything ready.  The thing is, the last time this person  came through, I was told I was a hoarder and needed to go to counseling.  So, this was hanging over my head.  Thankfully, they never came by and now I don’t have to worry about it at all.  It’s fantastic.

Today has been a bit better and I got some shoes in the mail!  Yay!  There are some sweet deals on PureFlows 3 right now and I considered stocking up.  I only picked up one pair though and used some birthday money – thanks fam!

pureflows3 - love

pureflows 3 – love

I also looked at a pair of the Brooks Launch.  From what I read it seemed these were fairly interchangeable but more cushion.  I’m probably completely wrong since I usually pull information out of my bum with a dash of internetting to support it.  We’ll see.

the launch - verdict is out

the launch – verdict is out

I do want to wrap up this post by sharing something very special with you.  I purchased this ham from Costco.

oh so good

oh so good

It is simply too delicious.  In my fam, we look forward to having ham for dinner because that means the leftovers are for “ham on toast” breakfast.  Of course I could get some regular lunch meat but a) I’ve had this major aversion to lunch meat since Sept.  All of  sudden it became slimy in my mind and I can’t eat it.  b) it’s just not the same as real ham.  Thankfully, this ham is simply too yummo and while it’s on the pricey side it’s totally worth it for me.  They have turkey as well, which I might try next time.  They also have some steak strips that are already cooked.  I’m working on kicking up a bit of the protein as I can feel myself slacking in this area as of late.

Anyway… boring post… I know.  But wanted to stop in and say hello.



there’s a marathon afoot

4 May

There is a marathon happening outside my front door this morning.

I am wildly jealous of the runners!

Meanwhile, I am working.  Not my first choice.  Today is the Kalamazoo full, Borgess 1/2 and this year there are both  10k and 5k options as well.  It’s fantastic!  I really wanted to at least do the 10k or 1/2 but work commitments trumped.

Did I mention I was at work?

Alright, I need to breathe out the bitterness… Also happening this weekend is the Flying Pig Marathon.  I can’t even tell you how desperate I am to run this.  I collected pigs as a kid and these medals have flying pigs right on them!  I love the fun atmosphere and following them on facebook makes me want to run it even more (seriously, check out their website).  There is also a new run they created, the Queen Bee 1/2, which is in the fall.  Again, adorable and fun.

Now that I’ve lamented about the races I’m not running, I should probably make sure I’m ready for the ones I AM running.  Yesterday I set out for some miles and accomplished 5.  It’s funny because I kept wanting to stop.  “I’m tired.”  “My legs can’t go any further.”  “Why did I sign up for this again?!”

During this detrimental inner monologue I told myself that my brain was tired, not my legs.  Guess what?  This was true.  I could and did keep running.  I also asked myself, “do you want this race?”  I decided I did indeed want to run and finish my upcoming 25k; that I did indeed, want to keep running.  While I didn’t suddenly get a surge of power, I pep talked my brain and legs into running further.  Also, I came up with my mantra for the race:  “I’ll cross this *%$#$ finish line”.  Sorry for the profanity but I am going to need the aggression to boot scoot my booty along next weekend.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my mental game sucks.  So, I reinstated my visualizing yesterday.  I can’t begin to express how helpful this technique is and sometimes I completely forget about it.  I imagine what it’s like to cross the finish line and the euphoria that always follows.  I also picture what the middle of the race will be like – when I want to curl up on the roadside and rock in the fetal position until someone takes pity on me quit.  While prepping myself to feel awful may not be a typical motivational practice, I need to arm myself with the weapons to defeat the negativity.  The only way I know how to do this presently is to figure out ways to encourage my feets to keep doing their thing, no matter what the rest of me is screaming.

I kind of want to make this a shirt…

I’ve got 10 miles on the docket today.  I bandaged up my feet yesterday in hopes that it would stop my Hokas from blistering my feet.  No such luck.  I was kind of surprised actually – I done bandaged them good.  What this does mean though is that I am going to need to wear my NEW shoes for the 25k.  Yet another reason my blog is called “Recipe for Disaster”… I’m going to take the newbies out tonight and the rest of the week to make sure my feet don’t catch on fire but I certainly have my concerns.  I was going to type, “it is what it is” but this doesn’t sufficiently convey my apprehension!

this does a better job…

It’s a BEAUTIFUL Sunday here.  I hope you all are having a wonderful day.  Good luck to everyone running and racing today!

going against conventional wisdom is enticing albeit scary

4 Aug

Yesterday when I went in for my info meeting with the Kzoo CrossFit folks, we talked about the endurance program.  I explained I am training for a marathon in Oct.  The coach/trainer for the program asked me how many miles I’ve run and when I told him I had recently done a 1/2, he said “Great!”

Awesome, I thought – this is going better than I thought.

But his next sentence threw me for a loop.  He said, “if you can run 13.1 miles you can already run 26.2.  Easy.  It’s just a mental block.”

Ummm – what?!

Here is my future training plan, beginning Aug. 27th

here it is!

Sorry if this is tough to read but here is what is says:

M – work out of the day (WOD) and a run


W – WOD and a run

TH – WOD and a run


S – LR

All of the runs during the week are interval training and some of his descriptions sounded fairly intense.  It will be tough.  But get this – my LONGEST run of the whole entire training season will be 13 miles!  WHAT?????  I’m sure he could see the disbelief on my face but he told me if I trusted him then it would work.

This part is the hardest thing for me to believe.  It completely flies in the face of conventional marathon training of a 10% increase each week in mileage.  But it appeals to me too – I like to be a bit of a rebel.  It’s important not to discount the WOD’s.  We will be focusing on  A LOT of core work.  I said I wanted my overall fitness to improve and he said it would.  I will also get some gait analysis and essentially COACHING!  I was thinking about all of this and decided to commit on the spot.  Why not?  I explained I didn’t want to walk any of the marathon and he said I wouldn’t have to.  It IS a bit nerve-wracking but exciting too.

I’m also looking at transitioning to a new shoe

why are new shoes so enticing?!


the price point is awesome – $90 and they have some cute colors.  I am trying to figure out if I will still need actual crossfit shoes or if these will be enough.  I’m trying to make up my mind…

All in all, I’m looking forward to training – it’s with a group and I think this will help in my motivation/commitment.  More than that, I think it will be cool to meet new people all training for a similar goal!


Oh and last night on a late night walk, look who I saw?

pretty nifty, eh?


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