Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday Randomness

Back in the Saddle
I have gone for a couple of rides this week, my first time back on the bike after a 3 week lay-off.   It was 100% worth it to recharge my batteries and focus on the year ahead, I think I needed that month of non-structured training.  I love riding in the fall, the air is so crisp and clear.  The downside is that it is freezing in the morning now (29 degrees this morning, I had to defrost my truck) so I am trying to get my rides in later if I can.  The sad thing is, it isn't going to be too long before I am on the trainer.

Getting my running legs back...
I haven't been feeling that great on the run for a long time.  I feel very clunky and just not right.  I remember when running was my thing, I felt fluid and strong.  I want that back.  I think that the injury really messed me up mentally as much as anything else.  I will find my zone again, I know it.

I plan on posting my weekly workouts again...
Um, yeah, now that I am working out again. 


I eat a lot..
Seriously, for a girl my size, I eat more than you would think. I actually weigh more than you would think too.  Nope, not going to tell you that number!! So I have started tracking my diet by writing everything down I eat in a notebook. I want to lose 10 lbs, I figure it is free speed to head into next season with.

I love this photo of my man and I...
Our friend Scot took this picture of John and I at Grand Falls this past weekend, I think it is cool.
Grand Falls, Dead River, Maine

Just a little shameless promotion of Maria... 
My niece Maria is a sophomore in high school, an athlete, and the youngest with three older brothers.  She is a pretty freaking awesome young woman.  I may be a little biased, but seriously, you would love her. 

Her mother (my sister-in-law) Becky, fought breast cancer for many years.  Unfortunately we lost Becky a year and a half ago, and we all miss her greatly.  Becky participated in the Making Strides walk every year of her fight, and it was a very important event for her.  We have kept the team going in her honor, and Maria was one of the key people behind keeping the tradition going.

Bobby, Maria, Becky, Ian, Kevin, & Jason
Maria has raised a whopping $4045 for the Making Strides walk this weekend, that is really impressive I think.  I am beyond proud of her.  I would love to see her make the top fundraiser (she might just do it), so if you want to check out her fundrasing page it is here.   Another way you can help is to mention this on your blogs or tweet about it.

26 comments:

Jon said...

That IS a really cool picture of you guys in front of the falls. Glad you are coming back to life. I am so torn right now as to when to buckle down or to keep taking it easy. I am going with the taking it easy route.

Alexa said...

people ALWAYS think I weigh less than I do.. I never know if I should take that as a compliment (it must be all that muscle that weighs me down!) or if I should try to get to the weight that they think I am at!!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I love that picture

You will get your runnung mojo back

Last Saturday, I went on Fight Against Breast Cancer ride with Team Roll, I was thinking about you and your family on the ride.

Christi said...

I am so glad to hear you are back on the training horse. I wish you the best! I have been writing down everything I eat for several months now and that really does work. Good luck with your goal!

Your niece is awesome! I did the Race for the Cure in September and it is always a great cause. I can't tell you the number of people I know that have been affected by cancer. The number is just too high, unfortunately! I wish her the best of luck and I will try and put a post up to help her along! I love helping fellow fund raisers!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

You're right about the weight being free speed. Enjoy getting your running mojo back and the last rides outside!

Joel said...

Totally dig the picture! A little jealous of the scenery you've got. Here in NE Florida, it's pretty boring looking outside.

Kudos for your niece for continuing to fight the fight!

Angie Bee said...

That photo is amazing!
I use Livestongs Daily Plate site to track my calories. Totally the key to my success at loosing all of the baby weight. It keeps me accountable and its really easy.

Your niece sounds amazing :)

Luke said...

Hope your running mojo comes back quickly.

Your niece had done a kick a$$ job fundraising!

Patrick Mahoney said...

Yep that's an amazing fund raising number for your niece. Well done...

Runners Fuel said...

Love the picture of you and your guy. It's pretty cool!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Very cool pic Mandy - That is a framer right there!

Free speed - yessiree!! I am down 15lbs since June and am getting faster and faster - the downside is that I might have to start buying boys clothing.

Very cool of your niece to carry on with the fundraising, I assume her mother would be very proud!

Jason said...

Your niece is awesome and I know first hand what it's like to lose a parent at an early age so KUDOS to her. I will get her link on twitter and my blog right after this comment.

The picture is amazing and each time I come back to your blog I keep seeing the most amazing pics so keep on posting.

Eat often lose weight. Your training and your weight will be easy.....keep it up.

Regina said...

Your man?! This is the first time I've hear that! I was half expecting a pic of you and Baily in that canoe! Great photo!!!

Your niece is incredible. What courage and tenacity she has, her mother would surely be proud.

Emz said...

YAY Maria! Love it.

I'm a total grazer. I feel like all I do is eat. I love Jason's last line in his comment. ;)

Andrew Opala said...

Good luck on the weight loss ... even a little useless weight loss helps a lot!

Charisa said...

Very cool on the fundraiser!

Midwestern Dot said...

wow, your niece has an AWESOME first name!!

Anne-Marie said...

Your niece sounds awesome, what a great thing to do!

Love the canoe pic too!

I eat a lot too. I joke around that I don't have a lot of extra spending money because "I'm expensive to feed".

Aimee said...

It's hard getting back into the swing of things, but it will get better soon!

I LOVE that picture of you and John. It's really cool and definitely a keeper!

Your niece sounds amazing! Good for her!

Mark said...

I am right with you on the food thing. I can PACK it away. I use to eat to train. I think I have reached the dangerous point of training so I can eat.

Is that wrong?

P.S. LOVE the picture of the two of you out on the water!

DRog said...

Get In The Zone !

Super awesome pic

and way to go Maria thats fantastic!
-Derek

Molly said...

So sorry to hear about your sister in law. My mother in law recently completed a year of treatment for breast cancer. Maria's fundraising is definitely impressive!

Black Knight said...

Sorry about Becky, every year I run the Race for the Cure. It was my first race after the operation (I left the crutches 4 months before). The pic under the falls is amazing. Have a great week end.

Julie said...

Awesome pictures:) Woo hoo for running legs that are back in action!

The Green Girl said...

Wow, that Grand Falls shot is amazing. I'd probably frame it and I'm not one to print pictures. Heh.

Brybrarobry said...

Sounds like you're beginning you're new journey, I can feel it. Sorry to hear about your sister in-law, dying sucks. Big congrats to Maria, amazing job.

B