The Week Behind & The Weekend Ahead…

Ever had one of those weeks that just seems to drag on??  Well that is what the past week has felt like…maybe its because of the three day weekend ahead or just the fact that I have plans.  All I know is that I thought the week was never going to end, then finally at three o’clock today it ended.  I’m sure some of it had to do with the fact I had tickets for the St Louis Symphony tonight…1812 Overture and it was just amazing.  In fact that does not even begin to describe the performance that I witnessed tonight.  I can say this, there is another performance in my future before I leave this assignment.

There was really nothing exciting this week.  I think I must have ran at minimum fifteen miles over the course of the week.  I have a PT test next week that I must pass and preferable with an 80% or better.  Oh then today I decided to sign up for some more crazy in my life…In February I am participating in a rugged six mile trail run.  Should be fun, I’m sure there will be snow on the ground to make it that much more enjoyable…somedays I wonder what makes me sign up for these things.  Honestly for the most part, I like the challenges that they present, but I also enjoy the fresh air and the fact that I’m getting my fitness on in a fun way.  It irritates me to read about these people are over weight/obese that think that fit people are only fit because they can afford gym memberships and organic food.  I just want to slap them and then point out that you don’t need a gym to stay fit and that regardless of your income you can still eat a healthy diet.  It is all a matter of how much a person wants it and if they are willing to put forth an effort.

All right enough of my soapbox…I apologize for that!!!

The weekend ahead holds a few things in store (hopefully).  The hubby gets home from his month long business trip tomorrow night.  It will be nice to have him home for a while.  Then either Sunday or Monday we are hopefully off to do a little archery hunting.  And somewhere in there I’m planning on fitting in at least three runs of three miles or more.  Not really sure where I’m going to find the time, but I will…running helps keep the crazy at bay plus keeps me sane and stable…

Safe journey…

Mid-Week…

So thankfully the week is almost over…I always look forward to the weekends because I can explore and find fun adventures without being on a schedule.  This weekend is going to be hiking in Missouri I think.  There are a few fun yet challenging trails that I have found there and I think it is time to try them before the snow hits this year.  I’m also happy to report that I can now run again, the blisters from the half marathon have healed and the pain has left the building.  Unfortunately Khloe the cat is not happy with this because mom is around even less to throw the pole, but she stills gets her daily dose of attention….just not when she demands it.  Got to love cats, they keep you entertained.

I’m afraid that today’s post is going to be short and sweet.  I just finished a run, the animals are demanding their food and then its time for my own dinner…..

Safe Journey….

First Half Marathon…

So I set out on Saturday to run my first half marathon under three hours and that is just what I accomplished.  I completed the 13.1 miles in 2:45:25…not bad for a first half marathon.  I thoroughly enjoyed pushing myself to the breaking point and I’m looking forward to doing it again in April.  The half  marathon was a good learning experience for things to do next time.  However my body is still a bit sore and my knee is currently rebelling for the torture that I subjected it too…Hopefully it will feel better sooner rather than later because tomorrow I will get a run in one way or another….At this point in time I have only a little less than four weeks until my second Tough Mudder!  I can’t wait.  I find the obstacles to be rather fun and on occasion a bit challenging.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Hopefully no one is working to hard this week.  Any thing fun planned for the upcoming weekend??  I’ll be attending the Scottish Games in St Louis this weekend….I can’t wait.  They are always a blast…I’ll post some pictures!  And hopefully I’ll get a little archery practice, after all hunting season is right around the corner here in Illinois.

Safe Journey….

Punishment (In a good way….I think)

Well its been a while since my last post as always, but life was a little crazy this year.  Finally after years of hard work my Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic science is complete.  It was a long and sometimes challenging road, but I’m glad that its finally come to a close.  I’m now attempting to starting my Masters of Science in Digital Forensic and Cyber Security.  Yup I love to punish myself…just can’t bring myself to take any basket weaving classes.

What else has been going on this year….lets see oh I rode a bicycle across the state of Iowa during RAGBRAI.  That was interesting and fun at the same time.  However now that it has been checked off of the bucket list I do not plan on completing it again.  However I am looking at ziplining in Whistler, B.C. next summer.  The view is spectacular and you reach speeds up to 100 km or around 65 miles per hour over the forest canopy.  It looks like a great adrenaline rush.

This Saturday I will be running my first ever official half-marathon.  It should be a blast since it is also the Air Force half-marathon that I’m running.  I’m hoping for three hours or less…since its my first one I’m not entirely sure what to expect yet so we shall see how it goes.  This will be my learning experience before my next half-marathon in April.  I’m also running another Tough Mudder this year.  Somedays I wonder what is wrong with me….I’m always a glutton for punishment.  Heck I’m even thinking about planning a vacation around a marathon in Scotland at some point over the next few years.  This just gives me another excuse to vacation over there, plus getting to sample some great scotch is another added bonus.

Other fun stuff, I was finally cleared by my doctor to start archery again.  Its amazing how after not shooting for over five months that I could still pull the bow back and that mind and body remember everything as if it was just yesterday.  One never realizes how much they miss something until they are banned from it regardless of the reason.

Well I’m off for the time…What adventures has life brought you??

May everyone have a safe journey…

Springtime….

I’ve been meaning to post a new entry for a while now, but unfortunately things have been a little crazy.  I’m starting my last week of my current classes which means finals, term papers and homework.  However in the grand scheme of life I’ve found time for myself.  Yesterday I completed a thirty-five mile bike ride just outside of St. Louis, Missouri.  One must keep in mind that I haven’t been on the bike since November thanks to the cold and snow.  It was a beautiful ride with some great history along the way.  There were beautiful rock formations along the ride thanks to the cliffs that the trail was built next to.  I’m cannot wait for the trees, flowers and fields to bloom again so that I can travel the path again for so great photography shots.  Even with  the chill of the day the ride was still great and I’m happy that I went.  However on that note I realized just how out of shape I am, especially on the bike.  Bike riding is a must add to my half marathon training plan.    In fact I’m sore all over from that bike ride and I still have to run four miles today…I’m not so sure how I’m going to make the entire four miles.  Wish me luck.

Other than running what seems like everyday, there’s not much going on here.  I’m happy to report that my wrist is getting better.  In fact the pain is down to minimal and livable, but I’m still being very cautious with it.  Next month I finally get to head out to San Antonio, Texas for my corrective eye surgery.  I’ve been trying to work this into my busy life for a while, but just couldn’t quite find the time.  I can’t wait to be able to run or bike ride without glasses.  They can be such a nuisances playing sports.  The best part about the location, I get to hangout with one of my best friends the entire ten days that I’m there!

Well its time for that four mile run….

Safe journey…..

Midterms…

Well is Tuesday and the week is going rather well.  I finally finished my midterms over the weekend.  I have never had a midterm drive me looney, but one of them did.  If my instructor was attempting to challenge us to think an IQ of 150 then I would say that he succeeded.  I would have rather taken an online Organic Chemistry final over my Polygraph midterm.  But both midterms are complete so its back to a normal college week for a while until finals roll around. These are my final two classes for my Bachelors of Science in Forensic before starting my capstone that will lead to my diploma.  Its hard to believe that I’m almost complete.  After that I’m taking a few months off before I start my Masters and a few certificate courses.

So I hit the gym tonight.  I’ve decide that the cold weather is not leaving anytime soon, so running outside is on hold.  So its off to running on the indoor track for me.  I’m not really fond of the indoor track, but its honestly better than using the treadmill all the time.  Plus I have a physical fitness test get in a few months that I must pass.  All I know is that I can’t wait to start running outside, hiking and bicycling again.  The number one thing that I dislike about the cold, snow, and ice is that it hinders me from my beloved outside activities.  I have faith that spring will be here soon!!

I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend.  I spent the weekend working on midterms so I didn’t get out much.  I did mange to get some personal reading time in and a little cuddle time with the kids (the cats and dogs).  Other than that the week has been really uneventful, which I do tend to like every now and then.  It forces me to slow down and relax.  I unfortunately have to be forced to find relaxing me time, horrible I know.  Did anyone do anything fun this weeks, read any good books, or meet a new friend??

Safe Journey…