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Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Up

Just a quick post. I went to see Up yesterday and I really enjoyed it. I laughed, I cried and experienced pretty much all the emotions you can name during this film. I won't give anything away and I won't claim to be a film critic, but I would recommend seeing this film if you enjoy Disney/Pixar films.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Man, Oh Man...Under 100!

Under 100 what you ask? Days until I leave for a fabulous Walt Disney World vacation of course!

Okay, so it's possible that I shouldn't have gotten my SCUBA certification...I want to go diving so bad. That's just crazy I know - especially since I live in Arizona and I just got my certification. I just had so much fun I feel like going and diving again.

Back to the topic at hand. I am so excited to go to Florida in September. I have lots of new and exciting things planned and I'll be sharing those as plans firm up. Yes, my 90 day window is coming up so I hope I'll be able to make some ADRs soon - I hope free dining doesn't make it too difficult.

I've been really slacking on the running front and I need to get back in gear. I have to say the break has made my right shin feel a lot better so it may have been good to break. I have been keeping up with my strength training and work is starting to settle back down a bit so I should be able to get my routine back this next week. I find that I'm hungry all the time - I know a lot of it is mental and caused by stress so I'm working on that.

Some good news - my niece is pregnant with her second child. Man does that make me feel old :). Her little girl is almost nine months old and a true joy - I can only hope the second is as happy and healthy. My niece is Diabetic so it carries some risks, but I think they'll both do fine.

Some sad news - my sister-in-law is waiting to find out if her breast cancer is back. She's only been cancer free for about nine months. While haven't been super close to her since my brother passed away, I wish her well and hope the news is good.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Virus, Certification, & Memorial Day

Warning - this could get long....

Okay, it's been a while since I've posted...It has been a crazy few days for sure.

Last week a virus hit our corporate network and caused us a lot of grief. In fact, I'm still dealing with that grief. The virus infected pretty much every workstation, laptop and server. I've been scanning, cleaning, scanning, cleaning and updating non-stop since last Thursday. Normally, I would have just helped with this effort, but our Windows Admin is on vacation and I'm the backup so it's all on me right now. It's part of the job and I don't mind, but what terrible timing it has been.

Friday I stopped to pick up my SCUBA gear for my open water dives starting on Saturday. I was very excited to get in the lake and do some real dives, but of course, I had to stay up late Friday trying to stop the virus from spreading further.

Saturday morning started at 3am. I left the house at 4am and arrived at the lake at 5:15am. It was cloudy and sprinkling and looked to me like it would be a perfect diving day. Everyone showed up and we geared up for our first dive. Okay, this is it...We started our first dive and down we went to the bottom of the lake. My diving buddy and I were the first to dive down and we sat on the bottom of the lake. As we were sitting there a fish swam right in front of my nose and just kind of hovered there staring at me. It was the coolest thing ever. He stayed there until I exhaled and the bubbles scared him away and then apparently, he went behind me and stared at the back of my head. The visibility in the lake was horrible. As we started doing our skills we lost everyone. One instructor and my dive buddy and I were the only people we could see - where did everyone else go? We didn't know so we finally surfaced and waited for them to do the same. After that, the dives went much more smoothly - we all just had to hang on to each other so we didn't get lost. Despite the murky water, it was still a lot of fun. I loved it. We completed three of our four dives for certification and I was headed for home by 12:30pm.

Of course, there were more problems with viruses and I ended up having to work the rest of the night Saturday, but what're you going to do.

Sunday morning started at 4am and I was on the road to the lake by 5am. I arrived at the lake at 6:15am and everyone else was soon to follow. We suited up for our last certification dive. It was a good dive - sort of. I couldn't seem to hover for anything, but I finally managed. We finished up our dive and guess what - I'm an open water certified scuba diver now. It's so cool. We did a short dive with the entire class before getting out to change our tanks. Then, my dive buddy and I decided to do a dive all on our own. The instructors waited for us on shore and off we went. It was just so cool. We had a great time, saw some fish, some garbage, hit some thermoclines (areas where the water temperature goes from one temperature to another - colder one) and finally made our way to shore. It was a great day.

I was headed back home by 11am and guess what I did...Yep, more stinking virus cleanup and that's pretty much what I've been doing since. I've been a bit lazy today, sitting around working and watching TV and not much else.

I would like to say - Happy Memorial Day! I hope that everyone took a few minutes to reflect on the lives of those we've lost that have helped us secure our country. I know many of us have lost loved ones over the years to war and I want you all to know that I appreciate everyone of those brave people for doing something I wouldn't have the courage to do. Thank you to all our armed forces, reserves, etc...YOU ARE APPRECIATED!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sometimes Lazy Just Feels Good

I can't say that I feel very active this week. I just feel tired and stressed out and my mileage has certainly suffered for it. In fact, today I didn't even work out. Just tired all the way to my bones.

I think I will be back on track next week. I just really want to get my SCUBA certification and then things will settle down a little bit and I can get back out running. I am really afraid of being too tired this weekend to do well in my open water dives. It's silly since Sunday didn't bother me too much, but it'll be two days this time and I can see myself being very tired. Especially since I have to be at the lake by 6am and it's a two hour drive...Ugh!

I've at least kept up with my strength training and I'm going to try to get some miles in tomorrow. Sometimes I just have to let my body decide if I can do it and this week it's been - nope, not gonna happen :)!

Monday, May 18, 2009

One Big Step Left...

I spent Sunday in the pool...Relaxing!

Yeah, right...Actually, I spent over six hours in the pool. Doing what? Getting my confined SCUBA lessons all done. I am now SCUBA Certified - of course, that's only half the certification that I need.

The last big test will be completing my four open water dives. That's going to happen on Saturday and Sunday at Lake Pleasant. Exciting huh?

Normally, the confined dives are split in to two classes, but because of pool scheduling we had to do ours all in one day. It doesn't sound that intense - five dives each learning new skills. Physically, it wasn't so bad (until today), but six hours in the pool with all the gear is certainly tiring.

We had to start the class by doing an 800 meter swim and then 10 minutes treading water. This was all okay. There weren't any time limits on the swim and form didn't matter. I really dogged it, I didn't want to get too tired and since I haven't been swimming for quite a few months I am out of practice anyway. The floating (treading water), not such a big deal as I could float all day!

Then we got down to business. We learned so many things and there really wasn't anything I just couldn't do. There were a couple of things that I would forget from time to time, but nothing I didn't finally figure out. There were a lot of mask skills which I found very helpful once I got over the I won't snort water up my nose fear :)! Then of course there was learning how to go up and down, change to an alternate regulator, do an emergency ascent, and a ton of other skills.

We were scheduled to be in the pool from 1-7pm and we ended up staying until 8pm so we could all finish and not have to do another session. Everyone on the class passed and now we're all ready to take our Open Water Dive Tests. Most of the class will be doing it this weekend, but there were a few people that will be waiting.

Four dives, two days over a three day weekend - sounds okay to me...Wish me luck, I did fine in the pool, but being in open water is a whole new world. I used to be deathly afraid of what was under the water in the lakes I grew up swimming in (no, not in AZ in WA)...So, I'm a little nervous, but as long as I stay focused I'm sure I'll be fine and it's not like I'll be the only one in the water.

I just have to keep telling myself - Epcot Dive Quest...I so want to go to the bottom of the tank this time. I've also found out that there other aquariums that have dive programs and who knows, maybe someday I'll actually take a real dive vacation. Once I'm certified I'll have that option!

If anyone wants more information about the skills or has any questions about what I've learned so far, leave me a comment and let me know. I'll comment back with any answers that I have.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Now the Fun Can Begin...

Okay, so a quick update. I took my dogs running this morning and we didn't leave the house until 6:45am - later than I intended to leave. Normally, Jasmine (my black lab mix) is susceptible to the heat and Belle (my yellow lab mix) is perfectly fine. They decided to do some role reversal today and at about 2.85 miles Belle decided to start gagging. Not unusual by itself, but she just wasn't running her best today. So, we had to take the last mile very slowly and stop and get lots of water. Turns out she was perfectly fine, but last year Jasmine had an episode where I had to carry/drag her home because she had heat exhaustion - she's 80 pounds and it was all dead weight and thank goodness we were only about 1/8 mile from home. Ever since that happened, I'm even more careful than I was then and I've always been cautious. She's been fine ever since, but I certainly didn't want the same thing to happen to Belle so we stuck to the shade and slowly jogged to four miles and then walked the rest of the way home. Hosed both of them off with cool water, put an ice pack around Belle's neck and made sure she drank lots of water and she was back to normal within 20 minutes. This is why we run at 4am - guess the summer heat is already upon us and that means less runs with the dogs :(...

On to the SCUBA class. I spent all week studying the book and doing my knowledge reviews in preparation for class. I found the information in the book was easy to follow, not too dry, and a lot of common sense. There's one part that seemed like it would be tricky and I actually started with that - it's using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). The RDP is three tables that tell you how long you can dive to a specific depth, wait on the surface and then how long and deep the next dive can be and so on. The booklet that came with the RDP was full of explanations and examples and I picked it up and understood it immediately - it just made sense to me...More on that later. The videos they have you watch are the book in video form and honestly, they put me to sleep more than the book did so I watched them at 1.5x speed and found I actually got a lot out of them that way and it didn't take as long :)!

Yesterday was our first class. We met at the dive shop and headed to a small classroom in the back of the store. We have two instructors (Jeff Sr Instructor and Mike Assistant Instructor), both of them are super nice. There are six other students in the class with me. After everyone came in we signed a form for dive insurance (which the shop provides free during class and certification dives) and were given the option to sign up for a dive magazine for free for six months. Then it was time for introductions - who are you and why are wanting to dive. I was the only one planning on diving at Epcot, but that's okay it makes me feel special. Our schedule for class was three hours for the night and we'd be going through the first three of five sections of the book. Each section would include us going over the knowledge reviews together and then we would take a quiz. The class went really well and it would good validation that I learned the right things and I understood what I had learned.

We were to meet again today at 10am until about 2pm...No pool time today as the schedule wouldn't allow, but we would get our gear for tomorrow. Today we went over the last two sections and there was only one quiz. Once we went through all the knowledge reviews and all the sections there was a final test - 50 questions. That's it, the classroom learning portion of the course is over. Each quiz was 10 questions and reinforced what you learned - they were not too difficult at all. The final was not difficult either - as long as you paid attention to the wording and during the class discussions it was pretty straightforward. The hardest part for people was understanding the RDP - we went over it and over it and some people just couldn't grasp how to use the tables to determine things. I felt for them, but I just tuned out because I understood and I didn't want people's explanations to mess me up. I feel comfortable that I could do it now if I need to and the best part - if you do this a lot they have dive computers that will do it for you!

We all signed our forms for our rental gear and then it was time to go get fitted. I'm not new to wetsuits - I've used them at Discovery Cove, Seaworld and Epcot so I knew what to expect. I'll probably never love the way I look in a wet suit, but I've come a long way from the first time I had one on and I was a size 18/20 to now where I'm a 14/16 (I've been lower and I'm going to get back there). I used to be so self conscious about it - there's no way to hide in a wet suit. One of the other women in the class is a little larger and she was so worried that she wouldn't fit in a wetsuit - I told her not to worry about it - she would be just fine and she was. Heck our instructor and one of the shop owners are both way bigger than her and they both have off the rack suits. The first one I tried on was perfect. Then we had to get fitted for our Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) and guess what I'm a Medium - that's just so cool. Then we got our regulators (mouthpiece you breathe through) and weights and two tanks. By the time all of that was done it was about 3:30pm and I headed home.

I am so excited for tomorrow. Tomorrow we start to do all the things that we learned in the book. I'm nervous - some of the things some really complicated and there's a lot to remember. On the other hand, I'm so excited. I can't wait to learn how to do everything and practice it all. It's going to be a very long day - 1:00pm to 6:00pm all in the pool. We have to take food, water, sunscreen, towels and all our gear to one of the diving pools at a junior high and that's where we start practicing skills. YEAH!

I'll let you all know tomorrow how it goes...Hopefully, I'll be scheduling my open water dives for next weekend!

Photobucket Me in my rental gear

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Disneyland Half Marathon Course Posted

For all of you planning on running the Disneyland Half Marathon this year - the course has been posted.

You can get the course PDF for the Half Marathon here: http://adisneyworldsports.disney.go.com/media/dwws_v0222/en_US/emails/Endurance/DLHM/2009DLHM/images/2009AnaheimCourseMapFINAL.pdf

They changed the course from last year. There's a new ending point and the course is back to going through Angels Stadium. The course is nice and flat and is really a great race for good time.

Don't forget about the 5K as well. This is another fun race that takes you through the parks. There are lots of characters and volunteers cheering you on.

Good luck to those of you planning on running these races this year. Keep your training on track and get ready!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Medical Clearance

Got the okay today from my Doctor to go ahead with my SCUBA class this weekend. He even did an EKG to make sure the ticker is still ticking okay - yes it is thank you very much. Amazingly, their scale matched mine this morning - that never happens :)! Blood pressure was good and all signs indicate that I'm doing okay.

I've been studying my Open Water Diver Manual...I've made it through 2 of the 5 sections that I need to be done with by Friday. It's actually been kind of interesting and a lot of the information is stuff you know but didn't know you knew.

Everything is on track for now...

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Dragging Feet Through Wet Cement...

Well, I was supposed to do an 8 mile long run this morning...That was just not meant to be today.

The alarm went off just before 6am and decided I'd sleep a while longer. That should have been my first indication that I should just hold off and do my long run tomorrow.

I go up and got ready to go. My head was in the game - I was ready to do 8 miles and I was going to try a new course today. Off I went.

I am so not ready to run in the summer heat...It's already 90 degrees out - hotter in the darn sun. I did okay for the first two miles and then I hit the wall. My body wasn't having any more of this running stuff.

I decided I'd go for 5 maybe 6 miles...That just wasn't to be...I stopped running at 4 miles.

I felt like I was running through wet cement. My legs were leaden and my whole body was just not cooperating.

Am I upset that I couldn't run my full 8 miles today - well, yes and no. Yes because I should have been able to do it. No because at least I got out there and did 4 miles and sometimes you just have to listen to your body.

I think I must have worked a bit harder during my Plyometrics workout this week because my legs are still shot from it...It's crazy.

Oh well, tomorrow is a rest day and then back at it on Monday!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

I went to the local scuba shop today and signed up for my Open Water Certification classes. I start next weekend....

Why, you ask...

Because I am going to do the Epcot Dive Quest program when I'm at WDW in September...Well, I guess that depends on if I pass my certification dives.

This is something I've wanted to do since the first time I saw diver's in The Living Seas at Epcot back in 1991...and now, I think I'm going to get to do it!

I'll let you know how my homework goes, then the classes, then the pool dives and finally my open water dives at one of our local lakes!

Victoria & Albert's Reservations/Cirque du Soleil

I found out today that Victoria & Albert's reservations are going to be going to the 90 reservation timing. The change is supposed to happen at the end of this month as these reservations get transitioned to the Ala Carte system (the new dining system). This is one of the last reservations that could still be made 180 days in advance.

Cirque du Soleil tickets can still be reserved 180 days

Just Have to Say - Woohoo

Just got in from a great run and I had to share.

I started out for a 6 mile run - 4 miles tempo at a goal pace of 11:07 per mile. My warm up mile was feeling really good and when I looked I was already under an 11 per mile pace....Well, I'd have to slow down for the tempo and didn't feel like going slower today. So, I finished off that first warm up mile and decided to kick it up a notch today.

I just ran my 4 mile tempo at 9:51 per mile pace...Holy cow - I can't believe I maintained that pace for 4 miles...I love it!

Now, don't get me wrong, it was tough towards the end, but I did it. I am finally feeling stronger and faster...Now if I could just feel lighter I'd have it made :)!

Any way, I just had to share because I am so proud that I was able to do that this morning and I'm sure by tonight I won't be able to walk to my computer to post :)!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Oh How They Taunt Me...And Inspire Me

Darn, why do I watch The Biggest Loser? Well, because I do find it motivational and the transformations are phenomenal.

So, how are they taunting me this time? If you've followed my blog, you'll remember I was a bit up in arms about the Half Marathon Challenge....Well, now they've upped it - the final four contestants are doing a Full Marathon.

You are probably wondering why it taunts me that the contestants would be doing a Full Marathon...Let's start with the fact that they have 26 days to train for it....Yes, I realize they've been training for 6-8 hours a day and that has gotten them in to good shape, but is it marathon shape?

Here I am, running for two plus years. I've completed two half marathons and I'm scared to death to tackle the full marathon, but they have these people competing for 26.2 miles. The training they've been doing is great and yes, they have strength and they have cardio down, but in my mind, training for a marathon requires a completely different kind of plan. Yes, it incorporates strength, endurance, cardio, but it also takes heart, soul, hydration, proper fueling, correct footwear, etc...Where is the emphasis on these things?

Pushing the body to do a full marathon without training is irresponsible. This is how stress fractures happen. This is how exhaustion happens. This is stupid. Since when did the Biggest Loser become the how to run a marathon show...Is there too much emphasis being placed on running and not enough on how to be healthy and happy?

I love running. I run to get healthy. I run to lose weight. But most of all, I run because I love it. I can challenge myself and while I may never be as fast as the person next to me, I can push me to finish when no one else can. It's a sense of accomplishment. It's pure joy wrapped in pain and agony some days. Running is a way of life. The marathon is something a person should aspire to, not be thrown in to.

As, I sit here and watch this, I see two of the four people are injured before they start. Yet, they start. How many people think that's smart? Is the game worth more than the contestant's health? How are they teaching responsible weight loss and exercise by allowing injured people to start a full marathon?

Now I don't want to sound like I think no one should run a marathon. I think it's great and the fact that I, as an overweight person can hope to run one when I'm ready is super. Everyone should be given the chance when they are ready...That being the key - when they are ready!

Thank you to the Biggest Loser for at least not making it look easy for most of the contestants. Any runner can tell you that it takes a lot of mental fortitude along with the physical ability to finish a marathon.

Kudos to the contestants for doing what they've done. As mad as I am at the way they've done this, you can't take away the finish from those contestants. Yes, I'm a sucker and it totally chokes me up to see them finish....Why - because I know how it feels to finish something you never would have dreamed of doing before losing weight. There's a high that comes along with that finish and a feeling of invincibility.

Then there's Ron - what a complete and total inspiration...How he did it is pure and total determination! Wow - amazing! I hope he doesn't suffer any long term damage from this...Good for him for taking responsibility and owning up to his mistakes and trying to correct them now.

I can't explain how it angers me, inspires me, motivates me and makes me hate it all at the same time.

Monday, May 4, 2009

What a Week It Was...

Wow, am I glad that last week is over...

On Monday, I started to get a migraine. Now, this is nothing new to me. I've been getting migraines since I was in the 5th grade, so I've become accustomed to living throughout them. I trudged on.

Tuesday the migraine started getting worse.

By Wednesday, I got up and the migraine was pretty bad. I thought about skipping my speed work, but figured I'd go out any way. I was scheduled to do 7 miles - 3 miles speed...That was one of the worst runs I've ever had. Every single step was pure will power. Nothing in my body wanted to cooperate. I keep thinking, I'll just turn around, but I made myself keep going. In addition to the migraine, my stomach was just not feeling well either - a lovely side effect of migraines. I ended up coming home after a half day in the office and working from home as I just couldn't stay at my desk.

Thursday morning came and my migraine was so bad that if I moved any portion of my body my head throbbed with my pulse. I skipped cardio, but went to work anyway. Rough morning. Then on the way back to the office after lunch, I got out of my car and smelled anti-freeze...Not a good thing. Took the car in and $300 later I made it home.

Friday I started feeling better, just sort of felt like I was in a fog. It was okay. I skipped cardio in the morning, but managed 40 minutes of Pilates in the evening.

Saturday morning I had just the remnants of the migraine hanging on so I did my 8 mile long run. Felt a bit sluggish, but overall, not too bad. Then I had to help my niece paint a couple of rooms. It turned out to be a long day, but my head wasn't throbbing too badly.

Sunday was a rest day and I used it as just that. I didn't get anything accomplished.

Today, I'm dealing with the end of the migraine, but I was able to workout today and I didn't feel like snapping every one's head off so I must be getting better.

Okay, I'll quit whining now. Thanks for reading to my sob story - I think this week will be much better!

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