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Mainly it’s hot out therre

July 22, 2010


sandstormOriginally uploaded by thebigmonkey

Well I’m in Iraq – it doesn’t matter where – because it’s hot and dusty all over. The thing that is most striking is the boredom. It’s not like Jarhead where we only do things in between masturbating (though I’m not sure about the boys) but here’s my personnel schedule…
work
breakfast
nap
gym
shower
internet/ skype with the family
sleep
work
…repeat

Many people ask me how I’m doing and it’s mainly bored…I miss my family and I’m bored. Even when I’m on the internet I’m bored because the Internet is so slow. The only reason I’m writing this is because I’m trying to download some songs and I’m killing time while that happens. I might get a whole album off itunes today. There is not much else I want to talk about – I work every night forecasting and observing weather. Looking for dust at night is a bitch, btw.

So on that note I have been rather successful hitting the gym…considering it’s my main entertainment of the day. I time it to watching Jeopardy, unfortunately the sound on the machines sucks and I have trouble finding one that works. You see it’s hard to watch Jeopardy and not hear the answers. I’ve been trying to do cardio and also work on my abs and arms since my main goal is to look like Michelle Obama and Gwen Stefani had a love child. It feels like I’ve been at it for months and it’s frustrating that I’m still looking at the mom-goo around my mid section – then I realize it’s only been 2 weeks…sigh. Also after an initial binge eating, I have sadly omitted cobbler from my diet. I have been relatively behaving myself in the diet department- I do have a French toast breakfast on the weekend – on my gym off day.

I found there is a P90X class at the local gym – I might start that next week. I’m going to need a band-aid because I will be CUT!

I will be running a 5K this weekend – I hear there are free t-shirts. This is my main motivation…even though I can’t wear them here I can wear them eventually 🙂

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Weekly Observations at the Gym

July 18, 2010



What a Workout

Originally uploaded by The_Stein

#1 – saw Glenn Beck on the O’Reilly Factor – I’m pretty sure that’s the first sign of the apocalypse.

#2 – You know how the night you don’t really want to go out and drink but you go anyways and it’s the most wasted you ever get? I think the same principle applies to not wanting to go to workout- without the hangover.

#3 – I was watching the View on mute yesterday (it’s the best way to watch it) and Dr. Laura was on. I’m not sure what they were talking about but I’m pretty sure Joy Behar wanted stab her in the carotid with her pen.

#4 – I saw a 70 year old man on treadmill, incline jacked all the way up, holding on to the top ledge of machine for dear life.

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Running on Empty

June 10, 2010

Well here I am – I’m in Florida. Not cool Florida, the kind with Disney but the other Florida in the Panhandle. This region is also known as the Redneck Rivera…for a reason.

Good News is that I’m back to working out after my back finally healed, bad news is that it’s FREAKIN’ HOT.

You see I’m in the military and they tend to emphasize the whole exercise thing, “fit to fight” and shit. So since I’m here for a training class there has been mandatory exercising. This so far has entailed a 4 mile run and a 3.5 mile run…in 95% humidity. In case you don’t know about this kind of climate that is FREAKIN’HOT.  It’s comparable to smoking a pack of cigarettes and drinking all night and then running in the morning.

Normally I can handle the run but not so much down here. I felt like an 80 year old lady…ugh, embarrassing.  I have been going to gym on off days so I’m on my way back and hopefully beyond to those Michelle Obama arms and Gwen Stefani abs that’s I’m working towards 🙂 Today we ran again and I fared better but still in the back of the pack. I don’t know what Friday’s work out brings but I know it involves sandbags…and it ain’t no cornhole tournement.

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Mission accomplished!

March 24, 2010


Yeungling Lager

Originally uploaded by matthewkukis

Well I’m not dead – my muscles are but I’m OK. I’m walking like a 90 year old lady but I’m upright.

The race went well. My knee was banging for the first 1.5 miles but it seemed to warm up and didn’t bother me the remainder of the run. There was actually one stand that instead of water had Yuengling beer! That really hit the spot! After that the run was all mental – and trying not to let the speed walkers pass me… those damn speed walkers! I’m also happy to report I finally achieved the elusive runner’s high – around mile 7. That’s a lot of work I think I’ll stick to my sour cream and cheddar chips with a side of Pepsi for my drug of choice. Next thing I know it was mile 9… mile 12…then I saw the finish line in the distance. I was going along and then I saw my husband with the kids in tow in the little wagon and I was able to summon some more energy and finish.

Final time 2 hours 55 minutes .. I placed 5623 out of 6546. Next goal is the Air Force half-marathon in September with my main objective being not to feel like death for 3 days after I run the race!

On a side note – thank you to Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Pink for helping me run this race by singing to me in my headphones 😉

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Rock out with my carb out

March 20, 2010


Tomorrow is the day – the registration packets are picked up and my knee brace is bought. I also got some new running shorts and a nifty sports watch. I may be walking but it will be in style! I am most looking forward to finishing and hopefully my family will be there for me at the finish line. <—me being gushy for a sec

Tonight Kristin is coming over and we are going to have the finest spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. Then it's up at OMG- o'clock in the morning to head down to VA beach to hit the starting line. Wish me luck and if you're going to be there bring a spatula to scrape me off the pavement with!

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homestretch

March 19, 2010


SHAMROCK MARATHON

Originally uploaded by sonnryse

My knee still is sore. I’ve seen progress on the day to day however, I did 6 miles yesterday and it took me and hour and a half. This was mainly because I had to keep stopping to rest my knee.

The big race is on Sunday and I’m going to rest it until then and go invest in a knee support brace thingy. Either way I’m doing the half-marathon because I paid a lot of money to do so and I want my damn t-shirt!

Once I get done with that I’m taking a nice trip to NYC with my friend next week so more walking but I will not be running anywhere for a while 🙂

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The knights who say Knee!

March 1, 2010



Bridge 8 on the Noland Trail

Originally uploaded by Brad Buszard

So the half-marathon training has ground to a halt. A few weeks ago I did 3.5 miles and my knees were killing me. Well good ole lefty seemed to be hurting more. I rested a few days and tried to do 5 miles around Noland trail – see the picture – it’s gorgeous – and at about 1 miles my knee was hurting a ton so I turned around and had to walk back. Last week I took off all together to rest it and I had a shit ton of studying to do. It still hurts and I have to go workout with my unit so we’ll see how that goes. I also bought this brace, band thing. Maybe it’ll work and I can finally write a review on Amazon.com about something.