Archive for December, 2011

Merry Merry

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Hope your holidays were magical!


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“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
— Will Rogers

Training during this time of year is hard.  This is just so much to do and celebrate! This week was not only crazy with last minute holiday shopping and preparations, but it was also my last week on night shift.  After working three night shifts straight, a day and a half later, I had to be up and back on a day schedule (up at 530 AM and at work by 645AM, instead of heading home to crawl in bed at 730 AM!)  My poor body was so confused and sleep deprived, I decided to make yoga a priority and squeeze in running when my body felt up for it.  Even though I only managed to run twice this week, my first 3 mile was the fastest I had done in a long time. Progress is being made!  I was half asleep during my strength training session.  It was apparently a hard one because the next day I was feeling it.  Anyways, race day is quickly approaching so we will see what these last few weeks of training bring.

Monday: 60 Minutes Vinyasa Yoga

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 3 mile run 26:45

60 minutes Vinyasa Yoga

Friday: 60 minutes strength Training

60 minutes Vinyasa Yoga


Saturday: 3 mile untimed run

Sunday: Rest (Christmas – long run would have to wait for the next day!)

Total Runs: 2

Total Miles: 6

Total Yoga Sessions: 3

Total Strength Training Sessions: 1

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Thank You to Our Troops

Christmas is TWO days away!!  Most people I am sure are getting on planes and traveling to be with family and loved ones.  It is so important right now to remember all of those who are giving up this luxury so that you and I can enjoy it.  Thank you to all my friends both past, present, and future who are deployed for us.  I love you all!

Military Christmas Poem
(by Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt)

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas,
He Lived All Alone,
In A One Bedroom House
Made Of Plaster And Stone.

I Had Come Down The Chimney
With Presents To Give,
And To See Just Who
In This Home Did Live.

I Looked All About,
A Strange Sight I Did See,
No Tinsel, No Presents,
Not Even A Tree.

No Stocking By Mantle,
Just Boots Filled With Sand,
On The Wall Hung Pictures
Of Far Distant Lands.

With Medals And Badges,
Awards Of All Kinds,
A Sober Thought
Came Through My Mind.

For This House Was Different,
It Was Dark And Dreary,
I Found The Home Of A Soldier,
Once I Could See Clearly.

The Soldier Lay Sleeping,
Silent, Alone,
Curled Up On The Floor
In This One Bedroom Home.

The Face Was So Gentle,
The Room In Such Disorder,
Not How I Pictured
A United States Soldier.

Was This The Hero
Of Whom I’d Just Read?
Curled Up On A Poncho,
The Floor For A Bed?

I Realized The Families
That I Saw This Night,
Owed Their Lives To These Soldiers
Who Were Willing To Fight.

Soon Round The World,
The Children Would Play,
And Grownups Would Celebrate
A Bright Christmas Day.

They All Enjoyed Freedom
Each Month Of The Year,
Because Of The Soldiers,
Like The One Lying Here.

I Couldn’t Help Wonder
How Many Lay Alone,
On A Cold Christmas Eve
In A Land Far From Home.

The Very Thought
Brought A Tear To My Eye,
I Dropped To My Knees
And Started To Cry.

The Soldier Awakened
And I Heard A Rough Voice,
“Santa Don’t Cry,
This Life Is My Choice;

I Fight For Freedom,
I Don’t Ask For More,
My Life Is My God,
My Country, My Corps.”

The Soldier Rolled Over
And Drifted To Sleep,
I Couldn’t Control It,
I Continued To Weep.

I Kept Watch For Hours,
So Silent And Still
And We Both Shivered
From The Cold Night’s Chill.

I Didn’t Want To Leave
On That Cold, Dark, Night,
This Guardian Of Honor
So Willing To Fight.

Then The Soldier Rolled Over,
With A Voice Soft And Pure,
Whispered, “Carry On Santa,
It’s Christmas Day, All Is Secure.”

One Look At My Watch,
And I Knew He Was Right.
“Merry Christmas My Friend,
And To All A Good Night.” 

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“There are clubs you can’t belong to, neighborhoods you can’t live in, schools you can’t get into, but the roads are always open.”

                        – Nike

Well I beat the winter sickness that I felt coming on last week and was able to do 3 runs and 3 yoga classes this week!  Despite feeling better, things are just super crazy with the holidays right now. I feel like every day I am off from work I have so much that I need to be doing – writing Christmas cards, Christmas shopping, decorating, throwing holiday parties … the list is never ending !  Luckily, I can pretty easily prioritize making it to a yoga class or out for a run, even if it means arriving to Christmas party #15 a few minutes late. It may drive the hubby crazy, but happy wife happy life – isn’t that what they ? 🙂  One month to go until the big race!

Monday: 70 minutes Power Yoga

Tuesday: 60 minutes strength training

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 3 mile run (28:00)

60 minutes gentle yoga

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 4x 400 repeats (8:00/7:57/7:53/7:50 pace)

Sunday: 8 mile run (1:20)/ 60 minutes Vinyasa yoga

Totals Mileage: 12 miles

Total Training Runs: 3

Total Yoga: 3

Total Strength Training: 1

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Week 4 has been rough.  First, it has been my first week back on night shift. Nights are a huge challenge in that every sense of routine gets thrown right out the window.  I really have to start balancing the pros and cons of sleeping versus staying awake to get certain workouts in.  Do I stay awake/wake up sooner to run and make it to a yoga class, or do I stay asleep to give my body the rest it needs and deserves? On top of that, I came down with a cold this week.  I was able to hold  it at bay pretty well by pounding the vitamin C, but in the end definitely chose rest over workouts.  Thank goodness because this weekend at work was the craziest I’ve seen in a very long time. Full moon + solar eclipse = packed house full of laboring women.  Let’s see what next week brings 🙂

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: 60 minutes Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Thursday: 3 mile run (27:00)/60 minutes Yoga for Runners

Friday: 7.5 Mile Run (1:24 minutes — definitely feeling the yucky cold on this one)

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Rest

Total Run: 2

Total Miles: 10.5 miles

Total Yoga:  2

Total Strength Training: 0

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Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 1 hour strength training session/3×400 repeats (8:00/7:57/7:47 pace)/30 minute Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Friday: 3 mile race 28:00/ 60 minutes Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: 6 mile run 1:02 / 75 minutes Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Total Miles: 9.75

Total Training Runs: 3

Total Yoga: 3

Total Strength Training: 1

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Pushing 30.

So I turned 26 on Tuesday.  As my dad so candidly said in his voicemail message to me “Wow Kait! I can’t believe you are pushing 30 already !” Yes, thank you muchly for the reminder.  It’s all good though, because even if I am 26, I still act like I’m 6 sometimes.  Case in point, my birthday present:

Photo by Cee Cee's Puppy Palace

Isn’t a puppy what all 6 years old dream of for their birthdays?

Happy birthday Kona! See you in 8 weeks! 🙂

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