Archive for the ‘Green Monster’ Category

The end of the week is always the busiest time for me and it is tough to get a few spare minutes to blog so here is just a quick catch up in pictures…

I watched as Caitlin and Operation Beautiful made their television debut..

And in honor of this, I posted my first Operation Beautiful note on the mirror at my gym

This was completely liberating and I felt very mysterious…you don’t really know who will see this or how it will have an effect on that person. I can’t wait to post more in random places!

I was also busy drinking green monsters in Brewtus beer glasses

Adding blueberries gives my smoothie the prettiest little speckles of color. Hey, it’s the little things I appreciate!

And then this morning, after working for 14 1/2 hours yesterday, after truly believing my foot was fractured on Monday, and after NOT swimming since my last triathlon on July 17, I finished my second sprint tri. When I woke up this morning, I wasn’t so sure it was a good idea if I competed, based on my feelings of exhaustion and unpreparedness alone. I went back and forth with my mom and best friend for about 30 minutes then finally decided that I would be more disappointed if I didn’t at least give it a TRI, and I did.

I was feeling compelled to get my butt up there largely based on the fact that my Chamber was co-sponsoring this event and I have been working on it from its inception–this was in inaugural year!

Unlike my first tri, I had a much harder time with the swim and the bike and I felt like I flew through the run, in spite of the ridiculous hills.

Here I am coming out of the water. I just could not get into a good rhythm today. But I survived and was on my way to the killer bike portion…

My mom was with me, to take unflattering pictures, of course. ­čÖé

I was so happy to get off that damn bicycle, no words can describe. I had a delightful 73 year old man pass me on the ride—which is great for your spirits as you are peddling as fast as your legs can take you. This guy was actually awesome and I hope that when I am his age I’m still kicking butt, too. (I did pass him on the run, I wasn’t about to let him beat me in the final time!).

Here I com, trudging up the last hill. This 5K course was VERY hilly, but I flew up and down them, just wanting to be crossed over that finish line.

I really feel like the key to these races is “one at a time”, that was my mantra the whole race. I just kept saying to myself “swim to one buoy at a time”, “peddle up one hill at a time”, “climb one hill at a time”, and before I knew it–I was finished. This mentality got me through.

BFF Alaina and I under the refreshment tent. She is the ultimate athlete and best friend! Seriously, she kicked the tri’s ass. As I was just getting into the run she was already almost over the finish line.

And now, I’m spent. I have to work tonight at 4, so I am doing my best to keep moving so I don’t lay down and not want to get back up. Does anyone else have stomach issues after long races? A few times I’ve felt like I was going to puke and my stomach is NOT happy.

It is a beautiful day here with the sun shining and the hot weather and humidity finally breaking. I hope everyone else is taking advantage of it!


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Ice and Elevate

I spent the rest of the day yesterday like this

Since my doctor couldn’t fit me into her office appointments yesterday, she sent me to the hospital for an xray, then viewed the initial images on her computer. She didn’t see any break or fracture, but still has to wait for the “official report” to be available…I don’t know what that means, but I’m still in pain today and can’t step my whole foot on the ground. I’ve been icing and elevating and I’m trying to have the best attitude possible until I know what is wrong for sure.

Lunch was simple, since I was trying to stay off my feet—a packet of tuna mixed with hummus and mustard with some cheese and crackers

I tried to nap all day long without any success. I felt guilty that I was not at work, that I could not clean the house, or exercise. For me the most difficult part of injury is giving myself the break I need to rest. There is so much that I could accomplish in an afternoon at home, but I had to force myself to sit my butt down on the couch and spend the day that way.

Do you have a difficult time accepting injury?

I just finished this delicious green breakfast and I’m getting ready to go to work, hopefully my day will be better than yesterday!

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Lane 10K

Yesterday I competed in the hardest, most grueling, and hilly race I am sure I will ever ┬ácompete it. It was 6.2 miles of steep, sharp inclines. It was a beautiful course–on the backside of a lake, but it was very poorly staffed, with only two water stations in horrible places.

My running partner, Yvette, and I knew that we were in for a tough race, but I never imagined it would be as hard as it was. I am very proud of myself for finishing, but disappointed that I had a stop and walk for a bit on a few of the hills. I still finished in about 60 minutes. I found out later that at one point this race had been ranked the hardest 10K course in the state of New York!
Here we are after the race–smiling now because we just rehydrated with a beer and some orange slices. Yvette won a medal for her age category!

After the race John and I spent the entire day helping my day put a new carpet on his boat. John, my dad, and my dad’s friend Joe did most of the hard work, but i was in charge of important things like picking up screws, getting cold beer for everyone, and running errands at the hardware store. Luckily I had my wing man to help out…
This is how Charlie rides in the car when the weather is nice–back feet on your lap, front feet on the ledge of the door, ears blowing in the wind. He loves it!

After a day of hard work and a turkey dinner, John and I got back home at 8:30 and I was completely exhausted. I fell asleep with no effort at all but I have been awake since 3 AM–some kind of insomnia is happening to me! In addition to hardly sleeping, I’m headed off to get an XRay of my foot, I’m worried that I have some kind of stress fracture. I can’t put any pressure at all on the ball, and can only walk using the outside. So please, wish me luck, because I can’t function without exercise and I am on my feet all night long waitressing!

I had a Green Monster this morning–trying to start the day out in a positive fashion!
Milk, banana, small scoop of peanut butter, cinnamon, and unsweetened coconut

Have you ever broken any bones? If my foot is fractured, it will be my first.

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