Somewhat Lazy Saturday

Honesty time: I have spent a fair amount of time this holiday break lazing about on my couch.  On the plus side that time spent being lazy has also included research/planning for the big Disney trip in May.

Spending some quality time with this.

Spending some quality time with this.

Lazy but productive means it all cancels out anyway, right?

I have also been keeping up with the training routine and enjoyed the most beautiful 58 degree long run this afternoon.

National Harbor is so close... and yet so far.

National Harbor is so close… and yet so far.

Spider defense 101

Spider defense 101: Little Red Style!

When I came home to drink ALL OF THE WATER I also saw a spider in my apartment.  Yet again things are canceling out: unseasonably warm weather… spiders coming back out. But I put on my “spider stomping boots” so I think I will survive.

I truly believe we all need a break to be lazy and relax a bit.  I certainly hope this holiday has given you that.

Keep it lazy & fierce!

-Little Red

What is your lazy day guilty pleasure?  What Netflix shows should I be watching?

In or Out

Today I have not one but two race related tales to tell.

As you all know I was one of the many hoping to register to do the last run of runDisney’s Expedition Everest Challenge.  But it was also the day that runners selected from the lottery to run the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10 miler were notified.

I woke up this morning and contemplated how to make sure I had a few minutes at work to register in case it looked like Expedition Everest ChaUnknown-1llenge would fill up quickly…. Newsflash: It SOLD OUT in about an hour and a half! Whoa, buddy!  Sounds like the Annual Pass and DVC early registration spots went quickly, too. The marketing side of me immediately started to wonder what race they are gonna cut next for the surge in registrations.  (According to other blogs I have read/DISboards this race sells slower than the others so it made sense to retire it.)

By the time I got onto the registration page I encountered trouble with it asking for a password simply to register.  I figure well guess not this one. But I decided to try just one more…

Before I registered I got the email from the Cherry Blossom folks. Again through reading various blogs I have heard how hard thiUnknowns race is to get into by lottery.  Most people suggest taking advantage of their volunteer for a guaranteed spot the following year policy.  I, however, did not know this advice until after last year’s race occurred.  Nonetheless, I decided to try my luck at the lottery entry, knowing there is only one person who wins anything in my family: my Aunt Susan. Seriously, it should be a special skill on her resume.

So without any further suspense building:

Drum roll please…….

Cherry Blossom 10 miler – IN!

Expedition Everest Challenge – IN!

I honestly cannot believe my luck on both accounts.  For Expedition Everest Challenge I will be running with my dad as a team since we did Wine & Dine Half Marathon together.

Dad & I after our first half-marathon: Wine & Dine 2013

Dad & I after our first half-marathon: Wine & Dine 2013

I didn’t realize we needed the team name immediately.  We hand’t come up with one together I had simply jokingly suggested “The Kenyan Albino Running Team” in my latest text…. Not wanting to miss out because of indecision I decided since we are both short my tagline would have to do.

Say hello to team Little But Fierce

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On second thought Team Goofy might not have been a bad idea

That’s enough news to start my engines: time to get to training!

Keep it fit & fierce.

-Little Red

Have you ever been lucky getting into a race? Will Team Little But Fierce see you at Everest?

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Trying To Take On Everest?

The email!!

The email!!

Did you get the reminder email today?

The reminder to sign up for the final run of runDisney’s Expedition Everest Challenge.

I’ve always been curious about this one as it looks like pure fun: a 5k through Animal Kingdom Park at night, plus some fun obstacles, a clue solving mission, add an after-hours party in the park, the ability to run as a team, and of course a dose of Disney magic… who could resist.

I’m 99% sure I’ve convinced my dad to be my teammate.  It was a lot easier to do after I assured him this on was only a 5k, not the 13.1 miles he ran with me for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.

This is all assuming of course we can get in! Being the final run ever of this event it is bound to be popular.

You can find all the details here at runDisney Expedition Everest Challenge.

Are you planning to register? Will you be waiting at a computer at 12noon on the dot? What runDisney event are you most curious about?

Fingers crossed for dad & I to get in, I’m off to think of a team name!

Keep it fierce (just like the Yeti).

-Little Red

It’s Following Me

Well as usual I am running behind.  Not literally but in terms of keeping up with life.  Surprise alert: Teaching 45 kids from ages 4-9 for 5 days straight 8 hours a day makes you feel like this:

10 more minutes...

10 more minutes…

 

I mean really even trying to write all those numbers made me feel like that.  The thing people say about kids stealing energy from you must be true (how else do they do it????)

But occasionally you are rewarded with seeing them all adorably sing “Impossible” from Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, or dance around to “The Jitterbug” from Wizard of Oz.  However one student topped all things EVER of adorableness.  This one four year old was walking in our tiled hallway, which shines like a mirror sort of, and started stepping very carefully saying “It’s following me!”  Yep, she had discovered her shadow for the first time and it was THE MOST ADORABLE THING EVER. (there are not enough capitals to describe this)

But lets take a look at the workout week on top of the massive amounts of elementary school energy I endured.  I’m not gonna lie this was R-O-U-G-H.  Oh and add in the allergies for good measure. In addition to sweat I was dealing with snot which meant water breaks were more like tissue breaks. Gross.

"It's not a pretty picture"

I may have looked closer to this than I liked.

 

Sunday- Rest Day! but not really I ran the George Washington Parkway Classic 10 miler (race report soon)

Monday- Fit Test #2, that came so quickly and the results are below

Tuesday- Plyometric Cardio Circuit, I may have thought about crying through this workout I was so exhausted

Wednesday- Pure Cardio & Cardio Abs, I got through almost all of the abs.  Hooray for progress!

ThursdayCardio Recovery, thank goodness I needed the stretch but my muscles felt crazy tight like I wasn’t quite getting there

Friday- Cardio Power & Resistance & Crystal City 5k Fridays #3, I cannot thank Triple A enough for being there otherwise I may not have finished this race.

Saturday- Plyometric Cardio Circuit, I really want to punch Shaun T when he says “This isn’t tap dancing” umm…. WHAT??? Tap dancing is fun while burning calories this is torture.  And don’t talk smack about Tap!

 

Body Stats/Measurements

Fit Test #1         Fit Test #2            Result

Weight:                          108.2 lbs              110.1 lbs                   + 1.9 lbs

Body Fat %:                   19.7%                    19.2%                        –  .5%

Resting Heart Rate:    55 bpm                  56 bmp                     + 1 bmp

Chest:                              32 in                      31.5 in                      – .5 in

Bicep:                             10 in                      10 in                             0 in

Waist:                             28.5 in                  27 in                          – 1.5 in

Hips:                               38.5 in                  38 in                          – .5 in

Thigh:                             23 in                      21.5 in                       – 1.5 in

Calf:                                 14 in                       14 in                             0 in

 

Fit Test Results

Fit Test #1         Fit Test #2            Result

Switch Kicks:               64                            108                           +44

Power Jacks:               48                             62                             +14

Power Knees:              95                            112                            +17

Power Jumps:             25                             39                             +14

Globe Jumps:               9                               13                             +4

Suicide Jumps:            15                             17                             +2

Push-Up Jacks:          20                             26                             +6

Low Plank Oblique:  50                              62                             +12

And of course a few pictures (if terribly taken by myself):

sorry diffuser in the way!

sorry diffuser in the way!

Yes that is A Chorus Line poster

Yes that is A Chorus Line poster

 

Slowly but surely I am getting it done!

Here’s to spring weather, even if allergies are going nuts.

-Little Red