Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Training for Tuesday


Running is my jam. It's my go to fitness activity because there's not much required to start. But running doesn't come super easy to me, and not because I'm prone to injury or anything, but rather I am prone to the lazy.

When I really got into running a couple years ago, it was nothing to get up every morning for a quick run, it was like brushing my teeth. Routine. That's how it has to be with exercise, you have to make it routine, you have to make it something you do, like getting your fruits and vegetables each day or showering once in a while.

I was running all the time, and I started to get a little obsessed and a little mean to myself when I didn't meet my goals. That's when I started running less, because I wasn't enjoying it anymore. It's supposed to be fun, right? You're supposed to hate it a little, but love it more. I didn't, so I stopped. Now I am getting back to loving it.

But I seriously lack motivation sometimes. I've struggled with my weight all my life, but as long as I don't binge and eat like a pig, I maintain the weight I'm at now, even if I'm not comfortable in my own skin. So it's easy for me to just choose sleep or couch time rather than run. Which is beyond ridiculous because exercise isn't just about losing weight, it's about being healthy, fit and (hopefully) living longer.

So I sign up for races. They help motivate me (most of the time - sometimes they don't).

Next month (25th to be exact) I am supposed to run my 4th (fourth?!) half marathon. I never thought I would be a runner or actually enjoy races. But there's nothing like finishing a race, all the emotions crash into me as I stumble over that line. I love it.

Am I ready? No. What is ready, anyway? I have a surprising ability to run a race when I haven't been training (see last half marathon) but it's not smart. I could injure myself. I barely complete it, just surviving. I don't want to just survive, I want to excel. Who doesn't? I want to be good. I want to be better than old me.

This link up is just what I needed (thanks Alyssa and Tracy!) to get my butt into gear. What can one really do in less than a month? I have been running but not long distances and not consistently. I have run one 10 miler in the last couple of months and it was not great.

I have 3 weekends left (shit!) before the race, which means 2-3 long runs. I can do some medium length races during the week and sprinkle some shorter runs in there as well. I won't meet my dream of under 2 hours, but I am confident I can run the whole thing and hopefully do better than my last race.

So that's what I'm working towards right now - running the whole race, and beating my last half marathon time.

Just to recap, for myself:

2011: 2:37:15
2012: 2:04:48
2014: 2:39:15

Wish me luck....

What are you working towards?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Oops I copy catted again.

Copy catted? Copy cat'd? I am the copy cat. This time Alyssa taunted me with her Q&As that I love so much. Even though she didn't technically nominate me, I'm doing it anyways.

11 things you never wanted to know about me

1. I can recite these movies from start to finish: Pride & Prejudice (2005), The Little Mermaid + Beauty & The Beast

2. I count when I walk, and I have to land on an even number. I will take an extra step, even if it's a little one.

3. I was a model briefly. And I was a recurring extra on a popular TV show at home.

4. Mum said I used to go up and hug random people when I was little, and while they were oohing and ahhing over how cute I was, I would bite their knees.

5. I have split my head open twice.  

6. I sleep with both arms above my head.

7.  I like to read anything and everything and I go through phases of being obsessed with certain things, like weddings, houses and babies. 

8. I am a super fast reader. All I did as a kid was read. And read some more.

9. My memory is pretty shocking. I forget most things, and then remember the most random like 'you had the pasta last time we were here, 4 years ago' but not what we had for dinner last week.

10. I really love babies. At a party or gathering, I seem to be drawn to them, even strangers, and I'm like gimme yo baby. But I am 1000% not ready to have one of my own.

11. I couldn't take tablets until I was about 16. 

11 answers to random questions asked by Alyssa

1. What's the best/most interesting that's happened to you since you started blogging?

I'm gonna be totally cliche here and say the people + friends I have made. I would always read that and roll my eyes because as if but then I actually started commenting and talking to people and besides wondering why people were being so nice to me, I started really thinking of people as my friends, even if we've never met.

2. What was the hardest post to write?

Hmm. This one about pros & cons of living in the US. I love America, otherwise I wouldn't live here, but there are some things I am not a fan of, and I wanted to share. It's a touchy subject and I knew I was bound to offend someone but this is my blog, so... Also, this post about my past struggles with dieting & body image was harder than I thought.

3. Do your friends and family know about your blog? Do they read it?

Haha no. The only person in my real life that knows about my blog is my husband. Not even my mum or my best friends know.
I wrote this post a couple weeks ago, and since then my best friend found out I have a blog. More on that later.

4. Are you where you thought you would be today five years ago?

Ha no! Lets see. I am 27 and 5 years ago I was 22. I went out a lot, drank a lot, worked a lot, ate a lot, and wore really short dresses. I kinda thought at 27 I would be living in a cute little studio in the middle of the city, working in a fancy office overlooking the opera house, making lots of money and with a really cute boyfriend. Where I am now is way better.

5. What is one thing you hope happens, either in your life or the world, in the next five years?

Hmm. I want to travel more. I also want to complete everything on my 30 before 30 list. I would love World Peace, duh, but really what I would love is for health insurance in the US to miraculously change overnight to be more like what we have in Australia.

6. What is currently keeping you up at night?

I am a daydreamer, which I absolutely do as soon as I lay my head down at night. So, a night daydreamer? Anywho. Nothing serious right now, but I'm always thinking and planning and dreaming about something.

7. What's the most daring thing you've done this year?

I honestly struggled with this question. I haven't done anything daring. Harrumph

8. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

I am definitely an introvert, but an extrovert with the people I know and love. I am very shy when I meet new people and I will always choose my couch with a good book and a cat or two rather than a night on the town or doing something different. How boring, right? But with my friends, I am the loudest, the craziest, the 'lets do everything'est.

9. What is your most prized (material) possession?

I would say my laptop. I love the internet. It helps me stay in contact with people in Australia with facebook, skype etc. It holds all my photos (I really should back them up) and it's where I blog, and plan a million and one vacations I'll probably never take. It has all the pride & prejudice movies & tv series and even a PDF copy so I can read it anytime I want... Plus, it has dandelions on it.

10. Share a YouTube video that always makes you laugh.

Seriously KC and I could watch the babies eating lemons for hours. Hilarious.

11. Are there any words that you try to live by? Please share!

I like these quotes, which both happen to be tattooed on my body (in other languages)

Dare to Dream - pretty simple, it reminds me not to shy away from my dreams. I can do anything I put my mind to.

I think therefore I am - philosophically this means 'I am thinking, therefore I exist' but for me, it means what I think about myself is true. I got it after I was very sick and was trying to ignore what mean people were saying about me.

Also, I really dig this one.. maybe it should be my next tattoo!
So because technically Alyssa didn't nominate me, I am going to do the same thing as her, open nominations to anyone who wants to do this. I'll even make it easy (lazy) and you can do the same questions because Alyssa's questions were awesome.

Oh by the by, Alyssa and Tracy are hosting a super awesome link up tomorrow (read about it here) and you should totes magotes join the fun.
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

October Wallet Watch

I have a serious shopping problem, and I have been trying to get a handle on it for a few years. I started tracking my budget with Franish each month and it opened my eyes and made me sick (and ashamed!).

Life According to Steph

I won't tell you what I bought in September yet, but my goals for October wallet watch with Steph are as follows:

1. No shopping for clothes, shoes, makeup, accessories etc. excluding halloween costume.
2. No books. I mean it, Kristen. No. Books.
3. No house stuff either. No.
4. No eating out on my own (only with KC or the girls).

Wish me luck!
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Friday, September 26, 2014

Thoughts while running

Like every other runner in blogland, I thought I would share some of the thoughts I have while running... I promise I'm not making this stuff up.

Ugh. Why am I so lazy? This is easy. I should do this more often.

Running is totally easy.

Running is basically walking, but faster, and I walk all the time.

Is that an acorn? It looked like an acorn. Are they real things? Do squirrels really eat them? I should go back for it. But I think I stepped on it. Sorry squirrel.

Oh shit. Is that dog tied up or is it comingstraightatmeandgoingtoeatme ok calm down it's tied to the tree and is not even as tall as your ankles.

Ok, running is less easy than I remember. I wonder if I'm almost at a mile. A mile is good, right? 1 mile is better than nothing, I should turn around.

No Kristen, don't turn around. But don't turn down that street either, because there's a really big hill and you have to run back up it.

Why, why, why did you turn down the hill street? Don't you listen?

Ow. Ow. Ow. Hills are stupid.

Huzzah! 1 mile down. I can make it to 2, and 2 miles is a perfectly respectable distance.

Kristen, you can do more than 2 miles. Remember when you used to run 6 miles everyday?

Oh my god, get over yourself Kristen. You did that for one week 3 years ago.

Well, you can do it again. Don't you wanna be skinny?

No, self, I want to be healthy & fit. So there. Sticks tongue out.

Hope no-one saw that.

Is it 2 miles yet? How is this lasting forever?

I am so slow, I might as well be walking.

Ooh, walking sounds good.

I hate running. Why do I run? I don't even enjoy it.

Running is hard.

It is really hot out here.

Im dying. Legit, dying. My body is giving up.

I'm near the house, I could head back and 2 miles would be good. I can run longer tomorrow. That's a good idea, yes, let's do that.

Hmm, they just got their driveway redone and their lawn is immaculate. where do you think you live? This aint fancyville.

Ok, almost home and almost at 2 miles. Wait, what are you doing? Why are you turning down that street? That's not home!

Ugh. Ok, 3 miles it is. 3 miles is easy peasy lemon squeazy and it's just a short run Kristen. You have a half marathon coming up.

I'm a runner! I'm running! Remember when I didn't run? Look at me run! I am INVINCIBLE.

Is that a chicken bone? Gross.

Ugh that house seriously needs to mow their lawn and get rid of all the shit and broken down cars everywhere. Making the neighbourhood look bad. This aint shitsville y'all.

So many bugs stuck to me right now. I'm basically a windshield.

Glad I stole KC's sunglasses. I really should be wearing a full wetsuit and baklava to protect myself from the sun, because australian = skin cancer.

Um, I think you meant balaclava Kristen. You gonna put a dessert on your head?

Mmm, baklava. Yum.


No Kristen, that's all in your head. Keep going. Mind over matter.

Oh hi breeze, hi downhill. I love you.

Shit, another person. I hate that awkward should I smile and wave because I always half smile half grimace and I'm sure I just look constipated.

Ugh, One Direction. As if this is on my playlist, I totally would never have put this on here, total accident.

If only you saw what I could see, you'll understand why I want you so desperately, right now I'm looking at you and I can't believe you don't knooouhohooww, you don't you're byoootifulll - uhhohhh that's what makes you beautyfullll..

Kristen, if you're singing and dancing, you're not running. Focus.

nananananananana - sing it boys!

Ok, almost at 3 miles. Start heading towards home.

3 miles! And stop. Oh my god I am going to die.

Why did you stop SO FAR FROM HOME I have to walk another minute wtf Kristen.

Oh my god, my whole body is throbbing.

Can't breathe. Must. sit. down.

Ok, I'm fine. Yay me! Not even sore.

I love running. I should do it again tomorrow.

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