Saturday, July 30, 2011

SHORT


Here is my new short hair!  I haven't had short hair in a long time and I am really liking it.
and the side view...

It is fun to have a new look, especially something I never would have tried when I was heavy. It is super easy and nice and light... wish I had done it before the NY trip!!

Josh did AWESOME at his tri this morning. His time for the olympic distance was 2:24.25. This was his first tri ever! He said that the swim was fast (it was in a river so there was a current helping you along) and that the bike was INTENSE. He said the course was very crowded and he was pretty much "stuck" in a group that was zipping along at 24-27mph.  At one point he had people yelling "on your left" and "on your right" at the same time and he almost wrecked. I guess it was dramatic enough that he had a whole bunch of people yell "nice save!" at him when he somehow managed to keep the bike upright after getting his front wheel clipped AND hitting gravel. Whew.

Josh said that the run was the hardest part for him. I am not sure of his time exactly but he thinks it was about 52 minutes. He said his thighs were really crampy.  But, he is thrilled with his time and thought it was the most fun thing he had ever done. He is ready to sign up again for next year and definitely has more tri's in his future. I am excited for him!!!

I passed up our local 5K race this morning. It is an all downhill course and I had been really looking forward to running it and seeing if I could get under 21 minutes (which I was feeling pretty sure I could). But Josh was out of town, my big kids were all gone on various activity trips, my brother is here from NY, etc. so it was hard for me to leave, plus, I am avoiding speed work because of this achilles and didn't want to hurt myself just for giggles.

I did get up EARLY (left house at 5:30am) with Jenny and we did eight easy miles. My achilles is LESS swollen and LESS stiff than it has been and yet has a little pain to it. I can't tell if that is better or worse! On a pain scale of 1-10 while I am running it is no more than a 2, so I am still running and taking it easy, but it is stressing me out somewhat. I have such big goals and I am so excited about things coming up that I just want this to go away so I can get back to training hard. I am supposed to run 20 miles tomorrow and instead of our usual route, we are going to run five miles away from home and then five back and see how I feel, and if things are ok then we'll go out five miles and back in another direction to make 20 miles and if it is hurting then I will call it quits after 10 miles. I sure hope I am able to get the run in without making anything worse.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. We have the demolition derby at the fair tonight... nothing like a little redneck fun to spice up a summer night. :)

More soon!

23 comments:

Cari Mugz said...

SO SO CUTE!!!! Love it!!!

Chris K said...

I witnessed a sprint tri last week and it was crazy. I saw two bikers have a horrible crash and luckily no one was hurt. I can imagine how intense that was for him.

Nice haircut. I definitely think it will make you faster for your BQ.

Penny said...

Love your new haircut. I'm not saying you are old by any means, but that haircut makes you look so young. Love it. Demolition derby they are so much fun. Have a good weekend.

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Love the hair! I just chopped mine off a couple months ago and can't believe how much better it feels. I cut off 10 inches. Have fun at the Derby!

LBTEPA said...

the hair looks great! :) and well done josh, what a speedster!

JC said...

holy crap! i love your hair!!! i'm cutting mine short again in the fall ( i cannot stomach the idea of having to blow out my hair in the summer weather ). But yours looks FANTASTIC!

good luck with the long run tomorrow, sending good achilles vibes your way!!

Geodess said...

Looks so good !

Molly said...

love it! so cute!

yikes about the near crash, I have my sprint next weekend and I'm getting ner-vous!

Healing vibes to your achilles!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

You look phenomenal Erin!! Love it! Probably super easy to do too!

Glad you listened to your Ach. Take care and heal up. Congrats to your hubs!!!

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

Love the short hair. I also recently went short...first time in years, and love it!

Terzah said...

Very cute hair! I'd love to go that short, but I have a small head and broad shoulders, so whenever I've cut it short I look like a pinhead. You are so right about it being better in the heat, though.

Sending good vibes to your Achilles. Put lots of ice on it when you have time!

Andrea said...

Oh my gosh! SO cute!!! :)
And YAY Josh!!!

Andrea H. said...

Love the new hair!!

Katie said...

Like the new do! You look good with shorter hair. Glad to here your achillies is feeling better too.

Caroline said...

looking good and like a 20 yrs old!!!

congrats to your husband!!!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

I love the hair!!!!!!

misszippy said...

The hair is great! Glad I saw a pic before I meet you so that I can recognize you!!

Congrats to Josh...nice time, especially for his first!

Run with Jess said...

Super cute! I'm thinking you'll need a BondiBand for running?? :)

Jackie said...

Love the hair. It looks really good on you. My teen daugher came home this weekend from a week at summer camp sporting shorter hair as well. Several of my friends have gone short.

Jen @ Run for Anna said...

Your hair looks beautiful!! Congratulations to Josh!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Super super cute hair!

Teamarcia said...

Love your hair! Now don't do as I do and cut it only to grow it right back out immediately. :S
Congrats to Josh!
You are wise not to test the achilles too much. Try rubbing some traumeel's arnica cream on it and massaging. works great to ease inflammation.

Anonymous said...

I just started to read your blog a few weeks ago while taking a rest to heal my Achilles. Great blog! I am sure you have gotten lots of Achilles advice, but here is what has worked for me. Doing the suggested PT exercises made it worse (from pain only when running to pain while walking). I was probably doing it all too intensely. Going back to my yoga mat has been the key to getting better. Two or three times a week of downward dog (great stretch) and single leg balances (tree, warrior 3). I also ditched the Garmin for awhile to just focus on the amount of time I run, not speed or distance. Just relish the joy of running. Keeps me from pushing myself and helps me listen to my body, not my watch. I did get orthotics, but so far, they just hurt so I am going back for another fitting. I hope you feel better soon! Amd keep writing a fun, inspiring blog!