Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another non-real post.

I don't have much to write about lately.... Although, I guess I could have posted about my uber fun weekend I had, playing, drinking & hanging out with my uncle and his beautiful girlfriend, but I think I'll save that for next time.

Shane & I are racing another 10k on Saturday. This one is a downhill course I heard about years ago - Again, never healthy enough to race it so I'm SO in this year. Shane still not being in his peak running shape is going to go ahead & do it by my side. And yell at me to go faster - or something like that. We'll see what I can do. I already blew away my PR, but this is DOWNHILL so we will see :-) Please knee, bare with me.

And - here's the non-post I was tagged to do from Facebook. I thought it would be a fun one!!

This is kind of like the 25 things - except there are questions about you and your spouse.

♥ What are your middle names? Nichole - I'll let Shane share his - it's starts with A.
♥ How long have you been together? We have been together since November of 2001, married since May 2004
♥ How long did you know each other before you started dating? We met in July 2001 training for a marathon - did not start dating until after the marathon so 5 months?
♥ Who asked who out? He got me drunk and took advantage of me.
♥ How old are each of you? He likes em young. I am 31 and Shane is 40.
♥ Whose siblings do/ did you see the most? Probably my sister, although his step-sister does my hair and she is fabulous so I see her about ever 6-8 weeks!
♥ Do you have any children together? We have 3 dogs and they are our children - two raised from 7 weeks on
♥ What about pets? See above
♥ Did you go to the same school? Go GOUGS! Blah ASU
♥ Are you from the same home town?nope
♥ Who is the smartest? We each have our strengths, he is very book smart though.
♥ Who is the most sensitive? he is
♥ Where do you eat out most as a couple? Depends - Nellos, but not lately, Sushi Brokers - we do eat a lot of pizza though.
♥ Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple? Monaco/Neice
♥ Who has the craziest exes? hmmmm, he definitely has more so I'm going to say him :-)
♥ Who has the worst temper? Him for sure
♥ Who does the cooking? We definitely eat at home more, so me.
♥ Who is more social? Me
♥ Who is the neat Freak?that would be ME again.
♥ Who is the more stubborn? I would like to say HIM, but prolly both of us!
♥ Who hogs the bed? The DOGS.
♥ Who wakes up earlier? I so used to... lately he's been the first up!
♥ Where was your first date? I honestly don't know. I think the first time it was just the two of us he came over after work and ran with me - then we went to Teakwoods Bar for dinner & a beer.
♥ Who has the bigger family? he does
♥ Do you get flowers often? I USED to. It's been a LONG time. HINT HINT
♥ How do you spend the holidays? From now on - going to Mexico no more driving 100 miles on Christmas day & my Birthday.
♥ Who is more jealous? I don't think either of us?
♥ How long did it take to get serious? Not very long.. We kinda moved in together after 4 months.
♥ Who eats more? He should, but I'm pretty sure I out-eat him on some days!
♥ Who does the laundry? The laundry fairy - so ME.
♥ Who’s better with the computer? I am better at office applications, but he is more technical for sure.
♥ Who drives when you are together? We both don't like to drive, but he does more often.

Guess that's it :-)

Friday, February 20, 2009

100 Truths

100 truths about me........if you get tagged, you must answer 100 truths about yourself.

1. last beverage→ water, yes I'm boring.
2. last phone call→ Jeez, my uncle last night before dinner. I don't talk on the phone much.
3. last text message→ Same as above
4. last song you listened to→ Nothing excited, whatever was on the radio after swimming and I was too hungry to notice.
5. last time you cried→ Wow, I actually can't remember - I must be really happy right now!

SIX HAVE YOU EVER:
6. dated someone twice→ No
7. cheated on someone?→ No, well maybe one time in college but it wasn't serious.
8. kissed someone & regretted it? HAHA... yah prolly.
9. lost someone special?→ YES
10. been depressed?→ maybe a little, before & after my knee surgery
11. been drunk and threw up.→ Oh come on - who hasn't?

LIST THREE FAVORITE COLORS:
12. Red
13. Green
14. Blue

THIS YEAR HAVE YOU:
15. Made a new friend → yes
16. Fallen in love → no
17. Laughed until you cried → no
18. Met someone who changed you – No, but it's early in 2009
19. Found out who your true friends were → I think this is an ongoing thing
20. Found out someone was talking about you→ no
21. Kissed anyone on your friend's list→ my husband
22. How many people on your friends list do you know in real life → everyone
23. How many kids do you want to have→ none
24. Do you have any pets → kinda, 3 dogs but they ARE my kids
25. Do you want to change your name→ NO
26. What did you do for your last birthday→ Rode 31miles, ran 31mins and swam 3100 yards - then celebrated Christmas with all the families
27. what time did you wake up today → i got out of bed at 7:45
28. What were you doing at midnight last night? I was getting ready for bed - it was a LATE night for me
29. Name something you CANNOT wait for → 8 weeks in CDA this summer
30. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life → I'm very happy with my life right now.
31. I don't know what 17 was supposed to be.
32. What are you listening to right now? my space heater - I know.. it's AZ -but I just had a smoothie
33. Have you ever talked to a person named Tom? YES

34. What's getting on your nerves right now → my road bike. I need one that fits me.
35. Most visited webpage → facebook.

36. What’s your real name → Krista
37. Nicknames→ DogMon
38. Relationship Status → married
39. Zodiac sign → Capricorn
40. Male or female→ female
41. Elementary? Browne Elementary
42. Middle School → Glover Junior High School
43. High school → Shadle Park Hight School
44. Hair color → This is not an easy question! I've been blonde all my life until last year - I'm a red head now!
45. Long or short → Medium
55. Are you health freak → exercise yes - but I EAT
56. Height → I SWEAR I was 5'3', but not so much - maybe 5'2.5"
57. Do you have a crush on someone? YUP, and Shane knows who! Javier Bardem is the pick of the litter right now
58: what do you like about yourself? → I am STRONG
59. Piercings → ears... but they've grown in by now
60. Tattoos → Unfortunately, yes 2 of them.
61. Righty or lefty → righty

FIRSTS
62. First surgery → and only IT band
63. First piercing → EAR
64. First best friend→ I don't know that I have ONE BFF
65. First sport you joined – I'm not sure, I played all sports when I was really little, but Volleyball is the only one I stuck with in school
66. First vacation→ our vacations were camping at Priest Lake as a kid, and one time Disneyland
67. First concert → OMG - I think it was TIFFANY!!!
68. First crush – ??
69. Eating → nothing, but I'm hungry again
70. Drinking →water
71. Listening to→ space heater, still
72. I'm about to → go get somethign to eat again
73.Waiting for → Nothing really?

YOUR FUTURE :
74. No
75. Want to get married? sure hope so cause I did almost 5 years ago
76. Career? Marketing
WHICH IS BETTER WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX?
77. Lips or eyes →both, these are my favorites
78. Hugs or kisses → hugs!!!!
79. Shorter or taller → taller
80. Older or Younger→ older - hahaha
81. Nice stomach or nice arms → toss up....
82. Sensitive or loud → neither
83. Hook-up or relationship → relationship now, I'm all growed up
84. Trouble maker or hesitant? → A little of both

HAVE YOU EVER :
85. Kissed a stranger →Of course
86. Smoked→ Yes
87. Lost glasses/contacts → Don't ear em, sunglasses YES
88. Ran away from home → No
89. Broken someone's heart → no... don't think so
90. Been arrested → no
91. Turned someone down → yes
92. Cried when someone died → yes
DO YOU BELIEVE IN:
93. Yourself--> yes
94. Miracles → yes
95. Love at first sight --> i believe in lust at first sight.
96. Heaven → possibly.
97. Santa Claus –> Why not?
98. Kiss on the first date? Sure
99. Angels → Not sure

ANSWER TRUTHFULLY:
97. Is there one person you want to be with right now? Well, that person is pretty much always with me, but I have a LOT of friends that don't live close I'd like to be with
98. Had more than one gf/bf at one time? not technically...
99. Do you believe in God? In theory.
100. Posting this as 100 Truths? Absolutely!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Walks like a duck?

I'm not really writing about walking like a duck, but I know there is some sort of saying about you are what you do? Or walks like a duck...or something like that.

And, if that were the case, then by many oh' standards I am becoming a fish. We all know I drink like a fish, but now I'm actually SWIMMING like a fish. Like holy hell, this is why people always say swimming is so hard. I guess I never really pushed hard, hence why I've been pretty much the same speed for I don't know, ever.

In January our masters group started a new format - like real masters swimmers. You swim with like speed people and swim in circles. I absolutely LOVE it. It pushes me. I don't know why, but it does. I'm not necessarily swimming with anyone faster than me, but something about being told to do a certain interval on a certain level with only :15 rest. It fires me. I'm not slacking just logging the workout in, I'm DOING the work.

Wednesday's are brutal. It's our speed day. I literally felt every muscle in my arm yesterday.. The workout went as following:

Warm Up 200 easy, 8x25 drill, 200 easy

Main set - 4 x (5x100) :15 rest
100's broken down as follows:
1. level 3 (half IMish race pace)
2 & 3. level 5 (all out, can not sustain)
4. first 25, head out of water, finish level 3
5. level 2 (all day long swimming)

200 recovery swim

6x50 - all out on first 25, easy back :20rest

100 cooldown -

I was actually a little queasy on the 4th set of the 100's. My coach must have been timing me, because on my second set she timed my 100 at 1:20 (no idea how she timed cause hitting my laps they were all at 1:24-1:25). She gave me an incredible compliment - she said it was FUN to watch my swimming and improving and she was so excited because it's only the beginning of the season and I'm swimming this well.

Maybe that is what is motivating me to swim 9000k yards a week? I'm actually finally improving?

I'm also doing it as a rehab. As this is the year of shorter/fun/faster/racing..... I'm trying to reap the benefits for my poor jacked up knees/IT bands. Running no more than 15-20 miles a week, the swimming is really helping me keep endurance while not messing up my legs.

But people, I had NO idea how swimming like this would make me so hungry?!?! Anyone else? I'm starving, like all the time. Thank God Shane is doing the workouts or I think I would be out-eating him too....

Oh yah, and don't forget the line-backer shoulders. Really? Like I need that. I'd like to buy a new bra size for the cup, not the measurement around. That's just not FAIR!

I guess what I'm saying is, I'm finally coming out of my shell, pushing like I haven't done in a long time - and you know what? It's FUN!

Now, if I could just learn how to sight in open water :-)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

To tell you the truth I've never much liked Valentines day. For years and years I was single on the holiday and I spent many oh' Feb 14th's at a bar with my girlfriends on "D-Day."

I actually remember the first Valentines day with Shane.... I took him to The Cheesecake Factory. He had never been there? Who has never been to Cheesecake Factory? We only have like 3 or maybe 4 now here in town. And, that was even before I knew what a dessert fanatic he was.... Needless to say, I do blame him (after my college bff Erin) for my chocolate obsession these days.

But, back to what I was saying, I think it's a silly holiday. Men end up spending tons and tons of money on flowers that on any other day they could buy for 1/3 the price. And as much as I LOVE the color RED, it's every where... And, if you are single, who really wants to be surrounded by that ALL the TIME. Silly little teddy bears and trinkets that most likely end up tossed....

Without portraying myself as a total scrooge (again), I'm going to say I think it's just cool to have a day when you get to just spend time with someone.... Not get wrapped up in the commercialised version of the Holiday..

Shane & I met training for a marathon in 2001.... We've spent the last years training, racing, recovering & of course nesting together. And, this being the year of "racing" and having fun, I found the absolute perfect way to spend our Valentine's day together.

The Skirt Chaser 5K. Seriously, is this not the coolest thing ever? And, maybe, just maybe I'll find a new love for the 5k. I mean, a year ago I'd say I hated 5ks... but, after last weekends race and I PR'd my 5k time in the first half of the 10k - who knows...maybe I will LOVE IT now.

So, the girls start at 2:15 and the boys, the "chasers" start exactly 3 mins after... Now, under any normal circumstances Shane catching me would be no question. I think the boy's 5k PR is 19:something.... My recorded 5k PR, just over 26mins. Yes, I did beat that last weekend 24:21 I suppose is my new official 5k split, but as you can see there is more than a 3min difference there.

That said, I do have a few things going for me. I've been running well - and when I hit the 24min 5k mark I had more left in the tank... like another 5k at the same pace. However, probably the biggest thing I have going for me is actually Shane. While the boy is flipping fast... he hasn't been run/speed training. The winter is usually his "off season," and that he takes very seriously. This year is a little different in that he's working out regularly, but for the most part he's running with me - my tempo and my speed paces... So, he hasn't had a chance to work on his own.

However - the boy can RACE. Like my girl supa, something just fires inside of him when he gets to that start line and sees competition. It's quite amazing actually. You know back to the whole thing where I can lap the guy in the pool, but he beats me out of the swim in EVERY SINGLE RACE. Yah, not that I'm bitter or anything.... Second, the race is in the afternoon. Running after 9am, not my cup of tea, but Shane on the other hand... he loves it.

So, I would say there is a 50/50 chance Shane will catch me today. And with that motivation, along with a little wager from the Big J (who apparently has no confidence in me, but a LOT in his buttercup) I will take my girl supa's advice and run until I puke...

Maybe I will just put Eminem "Loose Yourself" on Repeat for 24mins :-)

Stay tuned to see who will be buying the bottle of wine at Terroir, The Dog Mom or Big J.....

***Update****
The Skirt Chaser 5K was a BLAST. And, the best news - Big J will be buying the bottle of wine, not me. And for anyone thinking Shane sandbagged it, ask him what his HR was!

It wasn't a best performance by either of us, but it was a tough course. Lots of turning and CROWDED (1200people!). For the first time ever I went out WAY too hard hitting the mile one mark in sub 7mins, followed by a VERY slow mile 2 fighting a side ached turned entire stomach ache... Oops. I finally got my rhythm back around mile 2.5 and finished pretty strong. Of course as soon as I realized how much time I lost with the stomach cramping I was turning back to look for Shane every few steps. Thankfully, he never caught me and came in just over a minute after me.

I think the 10k is definitely more my race, but I had a blast none the less. My only complaint about the race was the post race libations. Barefoot Wine (2 Buck Chuck - just couldn't bring myself to drink it) and Dale's Pale Ale - it was WAY WAY too hoppy for me. Even though post race quick buzz is one of my favorite things to do, I just couldn't down the beer. We went to Z tejas and I had a YUMMY pomegranate/ginger margarita - YUMMY!

Monday, February 9, 2009

6 years later..., chasing the girl in the pink shorts.

6 years ago I raced my first 10K, the Runners Den Classic. The weekend before I ran my first half marathon and 2 months before that I ran my first marathon. I suppose I did things a little backwards? Oh well..

Shane ran with my 6 years ago. I was a 9min miler. I finished the race in 51:35 8/10 in the 20-25 age group. Really? I ran that fast and was almost last? Jeez. A couple months later I PR'd my 10k time at the first annual Hawk Trot - 50:29. I got 2/3 in my age group...

Then things went downhill. I began a 6 year journey of injury and recovery. I raced a few more times (road races), always disappointed. I tried the Runners's Den Classic again - 53:53 26/61 25-29 age group. No, I don't remember these dates and stats... I just looked them up!

The next few years were spent doing triathlons and more injury. I lost my love for racing. Hated that feeling in my stomach, and most of all hated the disappointment of my performance.

Even after I was healthy, I was still under performing. I just couldn't do what I was cape able of in a race. Something always seemed to go wrong.... For the most part, I stopped racing. Although in the back of my mind I always dreamed of getting back to my old "PR's" - I somehow just resolved to the notion that I was just SLOW now...

During last year's Ironman training I started to feel really strong again. 3 years of HR training I was really starting to see results. My runs were getting back into the 9min pace, easy. I started to do speed work again and was sure I had never run that fast - even when I was doing consistent track workouts...

I finally broke my 2 hour half marathon mark, actually I didn't just brake it, I killed it! Maybe things were starting to come around...

I remembered when I first started running and was working out at my old corporate building with Daniel... I was still holding on to a good 10lbs after my IT band injuries.... I was strong, and in shape but the weight just wouldn't go away.

My friends Sharon and Toni, both 10+ years older than me looked AMAZING. Their bodies were fit and slim. I remember them telling me how much better their bodies responded in their 30's. Things just started working and they felt so much better.
Of course I didn't believe it and thought at 27 years old I should be looking hot, right? I suppose it's like one of those things your parents say that you don't believe....

I think I'm starting to believe. I'm 31, and I feel fantastic. Yes, things hurt and recovery is longer... but I don't have to obsess about what I put into my body so much. I also know what it can and can't do. As a result I feel like I'm turning a corner...

This year Shane & I have decided to bring the racing and hopefully speed back into our training. Of course Ironman is always in the back of our heads, and with the announcement of a possible St. George IM in 2010 those thoughts are even closer. However, we are sticking to our plan this year. Race, speed and get the love of it all back.

It all started this Sunday with my very first 10k. The Runner's Den Classic. My goal was to finally beat 50mins. I figured it was possible, but I wasn't feeling quite as strong running as I was in November... Shane was going to be my pacer. He would get me there.

Unfortunately, Shane got sick and I was on my own. Suck it up Buttercup. Both he and Supa gave me the same advice. Go out and run as hard as you can. The pain is only temporary, and it is supposed to hurt.

That's exactly what I did... Rain, wind, clouds, cool... I sucked it up and gave it my all. My legs felt fantastic. I watched my Garmin and made sure it was always under 8min mile pace.
The rain felt amazing. It was cold, but I am so much better in the cold. I didn't let the fact that everyone started out at a 6:30 pace get to me. As soon as I looked at my watch and saw 6:28 I backed the hell off. I had one girl on my sights the whole time. She was wearing pink nike shorts. Go figure, she was my rabbit.

I hit the 5K park under 25mins, a new PR for me. That's about where the good ol' "Runner's High" started - and it never left me! I had my music timed perfectly, 49.9mins of music, ending with Eminem "Loose Yourself." I had a slower mile 4-5, but new I could pick it up in the last mile, so I was ok with it.

Then, 3 girls passed me. I have no idea where they came from. I had only been passed by a couple of men the whole race. I picked up the pace trying to stick with them, but they were pulling away.... They caught the girl in the pink shorts, and suddenly I was right behind them...

My last mile was about a 7:30 and I was feeling it. I never did catch those girls, but I know I gave it what I had. I finished this race with Shane and my first ever running coaches cheering me in.. It was EXACTLY what I wanted.

Shane was so proud of me. He said, now THAT is how you race. THAT is what it should feel like... We waited around for a few minutes and decided to look at the results. In my head I figured those girls that passed me at the end were most likely the top 3 in my age group.... That is the one thing about run races vs Triathlon. No ages on your calf. I supposed that could be good and bad...

My time wasn't up yet, but we decided to wait - the results were through about 45 mins and there was no one in my age group yet...

Sure enough, they posted the next page and I was there. 1/8, with the 2nd place girl only 20seconds behind me. I bet it was the girl in the pink shorts :-)

We stuck around and got my award. A medal, for BUB. I was so happy. I finally got it back. I can't wait for the next few races and year of fun. NO 7 hour bike rides and slow, slow, slow times. I'm ready to push, bring back the love of racing and then carry it over to a new year, and possibly a new Ironman :-)

The final results - 1/22 30-34 19/142 women - 48:53, 7:53 pace, 24:21 5k split.

Best of all, a medal for Bubba. He did my speed and tempo runs with me, and made me push it :-) It is his medal, and he wears it proud.