Ten Years Ago This Weekend …

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Ten years ago Michael replied to my profile on Match.com – and the rest is history! I simply cannot believe it has been ten years – I remember that day so clearly, like it was yesterday! We’ve had our ups and downs, and what a ride it has been! I’m so glad I answered his message – I love you Michael!

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Too Hot Yoga

After missing yoga by one minute on Saturday morning (door was locked, ugh!), and then not being able to go to yoga yesterday due to the Seahawks/49ers playoff game party, I was really feeling anxious and in great need for a good detoxifying hatha class tonight, especially since I leave on another work trip tomorrow to central Washington and will not be able to go to yoga class again until Thursday evening, IF I make it home in time.

Well, I got to class ten minutes early, and the room was already packed so I was stuck in the way interior of the studio, under the heater – right there I should have just walked out and said no.  Under great pressure to end my 8 day streak without any yoga classes, I bit the bullet and set up my mat under the freaking heater.

By the time we got to dancer, I was delirious and could hardly see straight.  I couldn’t wipe the sweat off fast enough to even see! When I had to move to the back of the mat to do balancing stick, the floor was so hot that it made my feet burn through my towel and mat! It was like walking on concrete in Palm Springs without shoes in the middle of summer, and I was DYING! For the first time in a very long time, I had to go to child’s pose during triangle, and I felt like a complete loser.  Just to psych myself out that I wasn’t wasting time, I went into pigeon pose – holding it and switching legs through everyone else doing triangle/half-full vine/bird of paradise.  I stood up to do forehead to knee and tree pose, but was shaking so bad I could hardly stand.

Then it was time to hit the mat, and it was as if my mat was over hot coals! I was laying on a freaking frying pan – OMG! I thought I would be ok getting through the rest of class, but it was SO much hotter on the floor that I literally felt like I was cooking. I cannot believe I got to the end of class without getting up to leave – it took everything I had in me to stay!

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The next time I get stuck in a hot yoga class that full, and the only place left is under the heater, I am leaving without feeling the tiniest shred of guilt – torture by fire should not be part of anyone’s yoga practice!

When I get to Centralia later in the evening tomorrow, I will do 45 minutes on the elliptical machine – and repeat the same thing on fat burning mode on Wednesday night at the hotel (30 minutes on elliptical, then 10-20 minutes running on the treadmill, then another 20 minutes on the elliptical). Then hopefully I will make it back in time for the 5pm hatha class on Thursday AND get my spot near the door away from the heater!

 

14 Races in 2014

H1-2014I saw several new year resolution follow ups on Facebook this week for 2013, some of which were talking about goals last year of running 13 races in 2013.  Some people met their goal, others didn’t.  I thought about making some sort of commitment like that for 2014 and was thinking at first that I would commit to finishing 14 half marathons in 2014.  Then I was thinking about my first full marathon planned at the San Diego Rock n Roll, and thought it might be better to commit to 14 races finished in 2014, either full or half marathon.  So, there it is – I’m committing to it here, and I already did on Facebook.

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So my tentative plan to meet my goal is as follows:

March 8, 2014: Half Marathon – Lake Sammamish Half, Redmond to Issaquah, WA
March 15, 2014: Half Marathon – St. Paddy’s Day Run, Tacoma, WA
May 18, 2014: Half Marathon – Portland Rock n Roll
June 1, 2014: *First Full Marathon* – San Diego Rock n Roll
June 21, 2014: Half Marathon – Seattle Rock n Roll
July 13, 2014: Half Marathon – See Jane Run, Seattle, WA
July 20, 2014: Half Marathon – Chicago Rock n Roll
August 2, 2014: Half Marathon – Tacoma Narrows Half
August 23, 2014: Half Marathon – Lululemon SeaWheeze, Vancouver, BC
September 14, 2014: Half Marathon – You Go Girl, Tacoma, WA
October 12, 2014: Half or Full Marathon – Long Beach, CA
October 26, 2014: Half Marathon – Vancouver, BC Rock n Roll
November 16, 2014: Half or Full Marathon – Las Vegas Rock n Roll
November 30, 2014: Half or Full Marathon – Amica Seattle

I have the 2014 Rock n Roll Tour Pass that I won, which is awesome, but the travel expenses are still a factor.  I will do more of those races if I can make affordable travel arrangements, but at this point I’m not sure.  Chicago is on my wish list for July 2014, which would also be a wonderful trip with my daughter, Brianna, to the Art Institute – I sincerely hope I can do that!

I will post revisions on my schedule as they come up, but so far this seems doable.  There are other local races I can sign up for this summer/fall if I can’t travel or a race sells out.  I really wanted to do the OC Half Marathon in early May, I just don’t know if I can make it to SoCal twice in 30 days, and I really want to do the San Diego Rock n Roll, if I have to make a choice.

The commitment to a challenging physical training schedule will be great preparation for qualifying for Boston in 2016 with my brother and sister-in-law, and for Everest in 2017! I should be able to narrow down what I need to work on to finish a marathon in 3:55 after all these races in 2014.  How cool would it be if I am able to improve to that level by this time next year?  WAY COOL!

Stay tuned …