Catch Up

6 May

Hello, hello! Is it odd that I missed blogging? I feel like such a terrible blogger though. I don’t know how you guys blog daily.

Where to begin? Well, first off, I got a puppy! He’s a German short-haired pointer meaning he will be a future running dog for me when I hit the trails.

I originally wanted a Vizsla since I know they are basically the number one running dog, but my family (my mom and brother) decided they wanted a pointer because it was way cuter. Whatever. Either way he is so cute. We – I – named him Dean after Dean Karnazes. He better be a runner. According to Runner’s World, German short-haired pointers are good for long, steady runs (ten miles), going fast, and running on trails. I tried to walk him the other day and he started to cry so I turned around. We walked for about five minutes. I’m sure he’ll find his calling soon.

I have been trying to get photos of my other billion animals, yet I only got three photos.
 

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As for running, it’s been going very well. Knock on wood. I have been trying to strengthen my feet and legs by wearing my Vibrams every day. I finally had the guts to wear them at school. Everyone kept saying, “Christy, those are such cool shoes! I want a pair. Are they comfortable? They look weird. What do you do with them?” As if people at school don’t think I am freak already, I’ll just add toe shoes to the mix.

Monday: I set out to run three – five miles and I ran eight or so. My foot was just a little sore, but not painful.

Tuesday: I did six hill repeats with a 15-minute warm up and I think a 15minute cool down. All together, I did about seven miles.

Wednesday: I went easy with a plan of doing five miles or so. I think I did nine miles in one hour and five minutes. I feel like a slug. In March I ran a 10k in one hour and two minutes.
Thursday: My foot was really sore so I stuck with the elliptical and weights. I ran about a mile in addition, but I didn’t really feel like running anymore so I went back to the elliptical.
Friday: I covered over nine miles in about one hour and seven minutes. I did something to my right knee while running because it gave out a few times. Then, I had a realization if I didn’t favor my right foot and just ran, my knee felt okay. I didn’t really have any foot pain either.  My ankle was hurting, but maybe that’s because my shoes were too tight. Any ideas?

A guy took a picture of me running too. I’m famous now.

One of my goals for April was to take running slow and build my endurance again, yet I barely did that. I probably went too quickly in adding mileage, but it was excruciating or anything. Wearing my Vibrams for just walking around is something I am still going to continue with because I notice they help a lot. My legs are tender from wearing them, which for me is a good thing. My foot’s pain has decreased too since I got my new shoes. It’s great. I hope I don’t jinx myself.

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In April, I gave myself four goals that included start swimming, listen to my body, take running up again slowly, and cycle more. I realized that giving myself goals each month is almost silly. I give myself goals constantly. Each week I think of something I want to achieve and I aim for it. Giving myself monthly goals is pointless for me. I don’t think I am going to type out what I want to achieve for May. Mostly I just want to run more, run farther, run faster, and do well in my trail race.

However, I did cycle more in the month of April. I cycled to the store, mail office, and my tanning salon. Yeah, I tan. Yeah, it is most likely terrible for me, but I look better with a tan. Anyway, I somewhat listened to my body. I became more conscious of my hunger and pains then acted accordingly. I did not swim more. I will when school ends though since my gym now offers swimming lessons. I can swim. I just don’t know all the fancy strokes and what not about it. I can doggy paddle and that’s about it.

Speaking of the gym, why am I overly modest when it comes to changing in the women’s locker room? Women get completely butt naked and try to have a conversation with me. I find it so odd. I don’t even know where to look when they’re asking me questions. It’s so awkward. Perhaps I’m too modest. That’s a lie. I’m a runner. I have peed in public during the day, barely behind a bush. I also do snot rockets while running and picked wedgies. I’m just not going naked and then asking my friend about the weather.

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On a final note, I plan on meeting Kara Goucher Monday since she is doing a book signing. I plan to become BFF’s with Kara and then skip to Coldstone with her. I have coupons.

That’s all that I remember that I was dying to share. I bet I left out some juicy stuff like how I wrote Coldstone because I was pissed off at  them and now I get free ice cream. Wanna hear that?

Honorable eats: 

Sweet potato

Any goals for May?

Are you modest at the gym? Any strange gym stories? 

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21 Responses to “Catch Up”

  1. indecisiveathlete May 6, 2011 at 8:46 PM #

    Your puppy is SO cute and that is a very good name haha hopefully he becomes a great running buddy!

    Red velvet Ben & Jerry’s?! Is that a new flavor? mmm

    • lifttorun May 7, 2011 at 8:14 AM #

      It is new and it’s so delicious.

  2. janetha May 6, 2011 at 9:01 PM #

    GIVE ME YOUR PUPPY AND NOBODY GETS HURT.

    • lifttorun May 7, 2011 at 8:14 AM #

      I cannot do that. I’ll have to post a photo of my fat dog Woody. You can have him.

  3. Ma Ma Megan May 6, 2011 at 9:36 PM #

    I am so jealous of your puppy. he’s so cute 😀

  4. Jess May 7, 2011 at 5:26 AM #

    I am veryyyy modest at the gym, too. Naked women trying to talk to me=no bueno!!

  5. moveovercelery May 7, 2011 at 7:23 AM #

    asdlkfjasldkjf! SO CUTE! I have a german short-haired pointer too named Lily! He will definitely be an awesome running partner! 🙂

    • lifttorun May 7, 2011 at 8:13 AM #

      Do you run with her?

      • moveovercelery May 7, 2011 at 1:56 PM #

        Yup! Sometimes she likes to go a little TOO fast so she’s usually pulling me along. 😉

  6. Jenny May 7, 2011 at 7:30 AM #

    Aww you have the cutest puppy!! 😀 Great eats as usual 🙂

  7. Amy @ countrystrong21 May 7, 2011 at 8:57 AM #

    Cuuute puppy!

    If I had to change in a locker room like that I wouldn’t get butt naked in front of other people either. Just not gonna happen lol.

  8. blissfulbritt May 7, 2011 at 9:02 AM #

    Bahaha I hate hate hate when people talk to me while they are naked at the gym. They are usually older women too, and lets just say they clearly weren’t there using the treadmill’s and weight equipment. BLech.

  9. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) May 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM #

    After high school it is a lot easier to blog daily girl. I just keep a document open on my laptop all day and add and remove things as I see fit. Then I spend about 15 minutes uploading and editing photos and wabammm.

    Red velvet in cake form? Nom in my mouth.

  10. Sweet Cheeks May 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM #

    awwww the new pup is a cutie pie!!! My dog is more of walker than a runner. I wish I had a pup to keep me company during runs though…I’d probably run more often then!

  11. Allie May 7, 2011 at 3:04 PM #

    I’m going to come to Portland and teach you to swim 😉
    I am so happy the 5 fingers are working out good for you!
    Red velvet ice cream? Yes please 🙂

  12. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate May 7, 2011 at 4:35 PM #

    How is that salmon cooked? Looks so good!

    • lifttorun May 7, 2011 at 7:09 PM #

      I think it was just baked in the oven by my mom. Hah. I don’t even know.

  13. Tara May 7, 2011 at 7:27 PM #

    You are super speedy and I really hope to be running splits like that! I love how you named your puppy Dean. I’ve always wanted to name something Miles for obvious reasons.

    • lifttorun May 8, 2011 at 8:27 AM #

      AHHHH! Why didn’t I think of that? That’s a great name.

  14. Nano May 8, 2011 at 4:51 PM #

    Naked ladies in changing rooms creep me out, please do not walk to me when you have no underwear on!! I do NOT need to get to know anyone that well.

  15. julie May 8, 2011 at 6:19 PM #

    oh my god your puppy is ADORABLE!!!!!!! hope you’re having a blasty with it 🙂

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