Monday, March 26, 2012

Finding Motivation

I've been lacking motivation for training for the Eugene Marathon the last few weeks. So when I had some other friends doing a half marathon over last weekend, I decided that it'd be a good way to motivate myself to start training more.

It definitely worked! I wasn't trying to PR the half/ was treating it as a long run...and I finished 6 minutes off my best time :)

Schedule for this week:

Today: rest - no run
Tuesday: light run (2 miles), then indoor soccer
Wednesday:  run and pure barre
Thursday: TBD (allergy retest, so it depends on how I feel after)
Friday: run and pure barre
This weekend: 16 to 18 miles

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Q & A

My cross country coach from high school George tagged me in a recent blog entry, and I've been a little bit behind on answering it. Thus, the following blog entry was born! Here are the rules:

1. I must post these rules.
2. I must post eleven random things about myself.
3. I must answer the questions set for me in George's post.
4. I must create eleven new questions for the folks I tag.
5. I must go to their blogs and tell them that I've tagged them.
6. I can't say, "If you are reading this, you are tagged!" I have to actually designate eleven people.

Here are the eleven random things about me that you may or may not have known:

1. Growing up, I was a huge bookworm. I'd go with my mom to the library at least once a week and get 4 books prevent me from only reading "garbage" books (*cough* Sweet Valley High *cough*), there was a rule that I had to get 2 books that were award winners of some sort, or appeared on book lists like the New York Times Bestsellers. It was probably one of the best rules to have growing up, and it forced me to read a lot of books that I wouldn't have otherwise read. 

2. I always have a stack of books on my nightstand that I want to read...but lately, the only time I can sit down at home and read is while I'm traveling. Then, when I'm on vacation, I'll go through a ton. My current nightstand stack in no particular order (and yes, literal stack...I don't have a Nook/ Kindle): 
  • In Defense of Food - Michael Pollan
  •  Packing for Mars - Mary Roach
  • A Whole New Mind - Daniel Pink
  • Fly by Wire - William Langewiesche 
  • The Shallows- Nicholas Carr
3.  Within my immediate family, I am the only one with a unique middle name (Eileen). My brother was named after my dad, so they both have the middle name of Charles. My mom and sister both have a middle name of Ruth.

4. I love to watch Top Chef....I've seen every season since it started. I am slowly becoming more and more of a foodie and love to try out different recipes.

5. Because my dad has lots of allergies, I grew up without using many spices in food. Since leaving home, I've been able to use spices and different ingredients a lot....garlic is amazing!

6. I love history. Over the years, I've had many fascinations: King Tut, Titanic (before the movie came out), the Russian Revolution, JFK, the Holocaust, Sarajevo, Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, the Trojan War, etc. 

7. The King Tut's treasures are coming to Seattle in May....I will totally be one of the first people in line. Growing up, King Tut was a fascination of mine and I read everything I could find about him and his tomb's discovery. 

8. I love to play board game ever!

9. I considered majoring in architecture for college. It's always amazing to go to places and see how they're designed and how that impacts the environment of it. 

10. My favorite book for the longest time growing up was From the Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler. When my family lived in NJ, I was 1 hour away from NYC and we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art a lot....I always wanted to live at the Met like the kids did in the book.

11. It isn't truly Christmas for me until I've seen the Nutcracker. I think I've seen it at least 12 performances now....and at least 10 have been by different companies.

Here are my answers to George's questions: 

1. What is your job and how did you choose it?
I currently work as a stress analyst in flight test instrumentation at a large aerospace manufacturer. Essentially, I make sure all the parts designed to take measurements during flight test don't fall apart or malfunction.  

Engineering isn't something that I had ever planned on's a long story how I got into it. When I wound up picking mechanical engineering as my major, I knew I wanted to go into aerospace (space shuttles!) or biomedical (love medicine). I interned in aerospace, and have been in it since I graduated college (plus night classes in biomed). I've worked in a couple of different groups now, and switched to my latest group about a year ago so I could learn more about the planes....and get to fly!

2. What is the destination of your next big trip?

I'm still trying to figure that out...this year I have 4 weddings, which should all be fairly short trips apart from the July one. My cousin is getting married in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and I am considering flying in a few days early so that I can go to Mt Rushmore and then drive across the state and visit the other national parks (the Badlands, Crazy Horse) and other things (Corn Palace).

My next big trip should be overseas....just am trying to decide where! I have a friend living in Tokyo that I can go visit and know some folks going to Germany for Oktoberfest. I'd love to get in a trip to South America though too!

3. What was the last good book you read?

I love reading about running....The Long Run by Matt Long is absolutely amazing and heartbreaking to read, and I recommend it to anyone that's going through PT for an injury ;)  It gives you a lot of perspective and I think it really motivates you to just enjoy a run.

4. What is the most interesting place you've ever been?

When I went to London & Paris in October 2009, I had an 8 hour layover in Iceland. Rather than sit in the airport, my friend and I took a cab into Reykjavik. During the short time period that we had to run around, we walked along the water, visited the Blue Lagoon, and went into Hallgrimskirkja. 

The Blue Lagoon was really crazy to see how blue the water was....and to smell all of the sulfur. Hallgrimskirkja was unfortunately under construction when we were there, so we didnt get to see the full beauty of it....but what we did see was breathtaking. I have friends that honeymooned there after the volcano erupted, and they loved their trip as well. I would love to go back there again for longer!

5. Who is your best friend?

Probably Dana and Nathaniel from college. Dana and I met in the line at the cafeteria with some mutual friends....when one of the Michiganders commented on "pop", Dana and I both exclaimed  "Its SODA!" at the same time. Nathaniel and I dated for a year in college, and he's always been able to read me like a book/ figure out I'm's kinda scary really.

6. How did you come to live in the place where you currently live?

I moved out to Seattle,WA when I took my job was the first place I got that wasn't in Wichita, KS and I really didn't want to go back to Wichita after interning there the summer before. 

7. Describe one of your mid-range (next 5 years or so) goals.

I want to improve my marathon times and eventually qualify for Boston. I'm not sure if I'll ever be fast enough to...but I want to work toward it and at least get close to it. Apart from that, I want to get my student loans paid off and buy a house.

8. If you could fill a swimming pool with anything, what would it be and why?

M&Ms....I love M&Ms. But, not the peanut butter ones. I will eat every type of M&M except for peanut butter...I'm not a huge peanut butter fan. 

9. What do you do on a typical Friday night?

Typically, I go and do a good workout then I either meet up with friends to hang out or watch a movie/catch up on tv shows/ read. I usually do my long run Saturday mornings, so I try to make sure I'm as rested as I can for it.

10. What was your favorite subject in school? Do you still "use" it?

I've taken physiology two times now (one in college, one as a grad student) and anatomy (grad student). I absolutely adore both, and would take them over and over again if I could. I don't get to use either of them in my job,  but I do use them constantly while I'm doing activities and I try to pay attention to aspects of them in my every day life. I also read constantly about them. :)

11. And, because Jill asked it and I liked it,
If you had the chance to implement one change in America what would it be?
I can think of several, but I think quite a few could be summarized into one: re-evaluating the role technology has in our lives. Over the last 13 or so years, it's gone from computer class being a big deal to now everyone's expected to have a computer, a cell phone, some video gaming system, etc. It's increasingly harder to separate yourself from technology and in my opinion, it seems that many things in our society have suffered from the influence of technology.  While technology has done and continues to do amazing things,I think it would benefit everyone to consider how it is to be without it vs with it for a few days.

As for tagging...I don't have eleven people that I can I'm just going to tag Heather!

Here are my eleven questions:

1. What scares you the most about the Seattle to Portland event?

2. What's your favorite food?
3. What is your favorite movie?
4. If you were stuck on an island, what 3 books would you take with you?
5. What saying motivates you the most?
6. What's your favorite song?
7. If you could fill a swimming pool with anything, what would it be and why?
9. What's your biggest pet peeve?
10. What is one goal that you have that scares you?
11. And, because George asked it and I liked it,
If you had the chance to implement one change in America what would it be?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Choo Choo

Yep....I'm getting back into the swing of things after the last 2 weeks where I missed tons of workouts!

Friday = PB....was a brutal first day back and I was definitely regretting missing so many classes.
Saturday= PB....better than Friday's class by far.
Sunday= 2 PBs.....Ouch! Was definitely sore, especially in my arms.
Monday= PB.....Didn't have my regular instructor, but was definitely a good class.
Tuesday = PB, then indoor soccer....The thigh workout this time was pretty rough. Brand new moves and everything was burning- yay! But it made for some soreness during soccer.

Sunday, March 4, 2012


The last 2 weeks of training haven't been going too interfered a lot with my schedule. In fact, the only workouts I've gotten in have been soccer. :/

I've been able to start getting back on track again this weekend, just am still behind on my schedule.

Friday: PB
Saturday: PB
Sunday: 2 classes of PB

And onto this week's workout plans:

Monday: PB
Tuesday:  60 min run/ indoor soccer
Wednesday: 40 min CT (bike ride) and PB
Thursday: 60 min run
Friday: PB
Sat: 90 min run and PB