My Life as a Dog

Monday, July 30, 2012

Motivation vs Habit

Some days I just don't want to run or spin or go to the gym. Period. Today was one of those days. I went running yesterday and it was a "long" run: 7 miles. I struggled. I should have run earlier in the day before it got so hot but I just didn't have the motivation. I got my 7 miles in but not in a time that I was happy about. It left me feeling a bit discouraged. Not only that but lately I've been up a few pound. Not much but enough. It's easy to think that it's inevitable that I will be back where I once was. Its on day when I think like this that it feels like I don't really need to go to the gym, that it's not going to make a difference.

Today is a day when habit paid off. I tried not to think about it too much. I just went. According to my half marathon training schedule I was supposed to run for 45 minutes today and go at least 4 miles. I had the personal goal of getting 5 miles in instead of 4 which would give me better stats than at this same point in training for the last half marathon. I figured that I just needed to go at a pace of 6.7 MPH for the 45 minutes and that would barely get me to my goal. The first 10 minutes were pretty easy but then I started the negative self talk and soon thought I needed to slow down. I thought "It's hotter in here than normal" or "My shoes are tied to tight." I can come up with all sorts of reasons to slow down or even to stop. I didn't. I kept thinking that I needed to stay at this speed the entire time or else I would not meet my goal and not meeting my goal was going to feel like failure. Another 10 minutes into the run and I had new excuses: "I've got sweat in my ear and can't hear my music" and "My nipples are chaffing. I should have used the Body Glide." Again I just kept on telling myself I only had a small distance or time until the next milestone. Those are little tricks I use on the treadmill to keep me going. It worked. Before long I realized that I only had 15 minutes left, then just a mile. "Of course I can run another mile." "It's just another 5 five minutes." "Of course I can run for another 5 minutes. It's not that far." I ended up finishing my 45 minutes running 6.7 MPH the whole time and finished a distance of 5.02 miles! Yay!

It's on days like to today that I'm glad I have made a habit of getting to the gym or out to run. My motivation certainly wasn't going to get me there but my habits did. And now I once again am feeling some motivation because I had a good experience. It wasn't easy but I proved to myself that I can do things even when it's not easy.

Oh and in case you are wondering, that is not me in the photo above! :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Top of the Valley

In 2006 I hiked Mount Timpanogos for the for first time. Having lived all my life in Utah Valley it's just one of those things that I should have done long before then. After I finished the hike and stopped feeling the pain of it (blisters, chaffing, missing toe nails...) I thought, "This is something that I should do each year." Fast forward six years and I hadn't done it again. So a few weeks ago when I saw that some of my friends had already hiked up Timp I knew that I had to get on the ball and actually make it happen this year. I talked to a few friends that had already expressed interest in doing the hike. I created a Facebook event inviting a bunch more friends. After all, the more the merrier, no? The night before the hike Facebook indicated that there were 14 of us going to attend. Of course though, some people like to flake out last minute. After all it is a big commitment.

For those of us who did attend on July 21st, we started the hike from the Timpanooke trail head at 6:30am. It was supposed to be 5:30am. I was late and felt bad for my friends that were waiting for over 30 minutes for me to show up but I am glad they waited. The wild flowers were in full bloom and very aromatic except for one variety that smelled like stinky feet. Just past the meadow we saw three moose including one bull. They were very near the trail and not in much of a hurry to vacate. It was perfect to snap several photos. After spending some rest time on the saddle we headed up to the summit shack. It wasn't too long up there before a few of the guys started to feel a bit chilly so we began our descent. We reached the car around 3:30pm. Not bad considering I was thinking the entire hike would take about 11 hours.

Me 2006

Monday, July 09, 2012

Coconut Deliciousness!

I'm sitting at my computer desk munching on some of this delicious dried coconut and I'm feeling the need to scream to the world just how tasty it is. So here goes...

Last Saturday I stopped by Costco to pick a few thing for a family gather on Sunday. I happened to notice they have this dried coconut made by Philippine Brand, which is the same company that makes the delicious dried mango. Of course I needed to give a try. First of all I need to tell you that I am a fan of coconut, pretty much in every form possible. So this shouldn't be a big surprise to me but I think I'm addicted. Today, the 18oz. bag probably only has 3oz. of coconut left. I'm thinking that I might need to run back over to Costco to load up before I actually publish this post. :)

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Friends, Football, & Fireworks

Okay so maybe I should have said "soccer" instead of "football" but I really wanted the alliteration!

On the evening of the fourth I joined my friends Ty & Bry for more Independence Day celebrations. Ty cooked up some delicious dinner. (He's quite the cook!) Then we headed over to the Rio Tinto Stadium to join Bry's family for a Real Salt Lake soccer game. They played the Seattle Sounders. It was a fun game but it would have been more fun had RSL actually scored. :) The game ended with a tie of 0-0. 

Much of the fun is the fans. My favorite quote of the night was a fan yelling "Win it for America!" I'm not sure if that fan was aware that Seattle is actually part of America! I guess that's why there was a tie! :)

After the game, they allowed the fans in the north part of the stadium down onto the field to watch the fireworks that would have been behind them. We were in the north section so it was nice to get to go down and lay on the field watching the fireworks overhead. It's been a long time since I had been that close to the fireworks. I felt like I was right underneath them. So cool!

Independence Day Hot Springs

Everyone loves a holiday, right? But what's a holiday without some fun plans? So this 4th of July I made plans to go on a hike. When my buddy suggested that we go up to the hot springs in Diamond Fork, I was all for that. I've heard about them for years but have never been. I figured it was high time and since he had been there several times I thought he would be perfect fellow hiker. Of course I brought my camera to take a few photos. But I wished that I would have also taken my tripod for some cool waterfall time-lapsed shots. Oh well, next time!

We started sometime after 9am. The hike was easy. I think it's about 2.5 miles. If and when I do it again, I think I will just wear sandals for the whole hike. We took our time hiking, taking a few photos along the way and chatting. The parking lot was pretty full when we got there so I was expecting the pools to have lots of people in them. After all it was a holiday! But when we reached the hot springs no one else was there. We had it all to ourselves for about 15 minutes. There wasn't a ton of water so the water was pretty hot in some parts but still quite nice in others. We took more photos, played around, soaked some, and ate snacks. Then it was time to head back down. We got back to the car by about 1pm.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Starting "All Over" Again

I'm nuts! That's all there is too it. This morning I got a wild hair and decided to sign up for another half marathon: Big Cottonwood Half Marathon. One of my friends is doing the full and another is doing the half. This one is again all downhill but this time the elevation drop is around 3,000 ft as opposed to the 1,700 ft drop on the AF Canyon Half. So I definitely need to incorporate more downhill runs in to my training. Following the same schedule as I did for the last half, I needed to start training yesterday. :) Fortunately for me I did go running yesterday.

Again I'm going to track my training progress in a blog. You can follow it here: My Big Cottonwood Half Marathon Training.