Thursday, December 24, 2015

Ironman Wisconsin 2016 PrepWork: Nutrition

Next step, Nutrition. I found a nutritionist who will work with my diet for the coming years training peaks. Already I'm reflecting on my eating patterns and they could use some work. The nutritionist will help me with my daily nutrition to build my endurance and strength and help my sleep.

She asked me about my sleep patterns, and since I am an early-bird, there are times when I wake up way too early and can't get back to sleep. I lose a lot of Zzz's because my head is spinning.

In addition to this daily nutritionist, I have an additional race nutritionist who will help me learn which foods to use during the Ironman Race-day in September. I will learn more about this once I have my first meeting with my race nutrition coach later in January.

Lots to consider and step-through as I take this preparation day-by-day. 

Watch me grow!

#crazyrunninggal #crazyrunninggirl #IronmanWisconsin

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Ironman Wisconsin 2016 PrepWork: Bike fitting

Next step, Bike Fitting. I was pretty siked at the bike fitting and proud to have Cindi as a coach. She told me up-front what I would need, clips and new shoes and of course the bike fitting.

Pretty intense! Got new Frame Pannier Front Top Tube, Ironman Tri seat, Shoes and clips. The clips are so much easier to clip on and off. Next step, practice riding with clips on my trainer!

Just this little act of knowing who to go to and then getting the fitting done, was a great experience. I feel a little more knowledgeable each moment. I know the Ironman Training is a journey and I know that there is a lot to learn. Especially in the bike and swim world.

#crazyrunninggal @crazyrunninggirl #IronmanWisconsin

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Ornament Exchange, Dec 9

Christmas Tree Ornament
#‎holidays‬ ‪#‎friends‬ ‪#‎family‬ ‪#‎craft‬ ‪#‎fun‬ ‪#‎love‬ ‪#‎crazyrunninggal‬ ‪#‎crazyrunninggirl‬ ‪#‎ornamentexchange‬! ~Created by Mary Lowisz

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Ornament Exchange 2015 Wrap up (Last Day)

Here are our ornaments from 2015 Ornament exchange. 

Enjoy the Holidays, may you have many blessings with your connections.


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Ornament Exchange, Dec 12

Our final ornament for the season comes from North Carolina, bringing a little bit of home from the Wilmington beach.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Ornament Exchange, Dec 11

Ho Ho Ho! Happy Holidays!

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ornament Exchange, Dec 10

Evening Snowfall

Smoky Quartz: opens the chakras, alowing a full experience of the joy and love of the season.

Silver: access to the spiritual.

Faceted Crystal: enhances the flow of energy; amplifies and activates energy as needed.

Hang on your tree or an area where you spend more time.

Happy Holidays

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Ornament Exchange 2015: Dec 8

Ornament Exchange, Day 8

A cute little Owl.

I have a special request for this one.

For today's ornament exchange, each ornament is different, Anastasia would like everyone in the ornament exchange to tag yourselves to the owl that you received.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Ornament Exchange 2015: Dec 7

This ornament was created by Staci.  It is a Christmas tree made with a branch from her yard at her new home. It says:

Happy Holidays!
Here is a Christmas branch from my new place. A piece of me for you.
May you have a blessed Holiday!

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Ornament Exchange 2015: Dec 5

This reindeer was made by me, and it was wrapped in a little something special.  

Here's what I wrote:

Awe is a gift to invite in
effortlessly and easily.

We can feel a sense of awe
when we stop to notice
life’s everyday miracles and beauty.

Gaze at this astonishing world.

Look up and you see, beauty.

Extraordinary delight,


It's a mystery.

Once we start to think about the kind of world we are leaving to future generations, we look at things differently; we realize that the world is a gift which we have freely received and must share with others. ~Pope Francis 

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Ornament Exchange 2015: Dec 4

This cute little penguin was made by our long distance friend Jennifer. 

Thank you! 

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Thank you Jennifer, you gave this cute little guy a home on my stick tree.

Ornament Exchange 2015: Dec 3

This patchwork ornament was hand-crafted with care by my friend Bill.

Thank you!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ornament Exchange 2015: Dec 2

This one gave me a chuckle, knowing that Jaidaa does not celebrate Christmas formally.  

It says...
Merry Christmas!

This is how snowmen look like in Saudi Arabia...
If we had snow...
and if we celebrated Christmas :)

Cute one.

Thank you Jaidaa!

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Ornament Exchange 2015: Dec 1

Welcome to Day 1, Ornament Reveal.

Every year, we do a Twelve Days of Christmas Ornament Exchange.

This cute little Mickey Mouse Bulb was wrapped up in glistening red cellophane wrapping tied up in a red bow.

It's just right and fits perfectly on my stick tree.

Thank you Traci!

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Ornament Exchange 2015 - Packages are Here...

The packages are here and ready for our 12 days of December, surprise ornaments! 

Stay tuned! 

I'll start posting them December 1st.

Friday, October 30, 2015

IRONMAN Wisconsin 2016: Let's do the math. #Crazyrunninggal is tracking the course. #MyNewQuest

Let's do the math.
As I prepare for my first IronMAN Wisconsin, I'm planning the events I will do next year, 2016, that lead up to the BIG one. 

Right now, I'm reviewing my past stats for the Half ironMAN I participated in several years back in Lake Geneva. 

For the Wisconsin IronMAN there is a Do Not Finish (DNF) cut-off at 17 hours. 

If I do the math, I will make the 17 hour cut-off.
Here's my stats for the half-ironman:
  • Swim: 48:17
  • Bike: 3:58:48
  • Run: 2:18:03
  • Total time: 7:05:08

Now if all goes well, I train well, and I don't tucker out and I stay on track; 

This is what my projected results could be on September 11th, 2016:
  • Swim:1:36:34 (cut-off 2 hours)
  • Bike: 7:37:36
  • Run:4:36:06
  • Total time: 14:10:16

These are just numbers, and I have to baseline where the numbers fall, by practicing; running a marathon, riding the distance on the bike, and swimming the waters, at different times, adjust the numbers that show that I can make these times.

As we athletes all know, numbers don't tell all. There are a number of environmental, physical and emotional elements that factor into this, and I will write about this along the way, adjusting the numbers in my stats and share them here, once discovered.

Moving along...

#crazyrunninggal  is Tracking the course.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

50 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

Well, I had a friend put up a post like this and I liked it so much I thought I needed to do it as well. If you have been a long-time reader you may know some of these things, but surely not all. I am 50 years old and these are 50 random things about me in a random order. Enjoy!

1. I have had dozens of jobs over the last 25 years, and one of the more unbelievable ones was in college when I was literally paid to sew costumes for a local theater. I guess I know where my passion for theater and the arts come from, everything builds from experience.

2. Even after 8 years of writing it doesn’t come easy. Part of Leon's  (my husand's) job is to encourage me, sometimes like 5-year old with a plate of vegetables to get my writing done. It is challenging to get in the flow, but when I do, it's an amazing feeling.

3. My daughter is a better dancer than I am.
 That is all.

4. Keep me away from anything that is SWEET. I try to be a disciplined person – and I am in some areas of my life, but my sweet-tooth has been a tough one to beat.

5. My guilty pleasure is simply some popcorn and a glass of dark red wine (pinot noir, malbach, red port, shiraz)

6. I love talking about entrepreneurship and plan on writing a bit more about it on Blogspot next year.

7. I love tech-gadgets. They are a guilty pleasure.

8. I love beans and cheese, such a fatty and salty treat.

9. I am scared of failing. I continually force myself to face my fear of failure.

10. My motto, Life is a bowl of cherries, make cherry lemonade.

11. Everything I can think of that I have succeeded at in life was preceded with lots of failure. The key is to use failure as momentum and -of course- learn from it!

12. I still do dumb things with my money. I obviously try not to, but it still happens from time to time.

13. I highly recommend date night at least one night a week. Keep the romance and spontaneity alive.

14. I wish I could get rid of my cell phone. While the convenience is great, the negative effects on relationships by everyone (I am guilty too) being glued to their phones is disheartening.

15. I am VERY independent. Ask my mom.

16. I use to be a model, not anymore, and it was an experience, at one time passion of mine.

17. I love things that were valued and cherished hundreds of years ago – fine craftsmanship and artistry of any kind make me happy.

18. Along that vein, I love just about anything made out of full-grain leather (except pants). 

19. I am a minimalist in progress. Earlier this year I started getting rid of our junk. I call it fen shui. It felt way better than I thought it would.

20. I most recently learned to laugh and cry. 

21. I am pretty content with life.

22. Yes, I make a living writing and creating art.

23. One of my favorite things to do is to take a Harley ride with my husband.

24. I love buying and selling things at the same price. It is one of the secrets of our financial success thus far. I try to do it with almost everything, but my best accomplishment thus far was buying an old $$$$. That was a happy day.

25. I love crochet and sew, haven't done much of this since my daughter has grown, but when things slow down, I'll pick this up again and stitch away, making crafty things that fill the soul...

26. I LOVE problem-solving. It’s thrilling when I find a solution to a challenging problem.

27. I finished our bedroom and did it all myself except for the wood floors – I am terrible at that.

28. I believe paying off your debt is one of the best decisions you can make. I don't care what anyone says. It creates so much freedom and provides so many more options than most people realize.

29. I love taking long walks, being in nature makes me happy.

30. Except, if it's raining, then I'm not.

31. I have so many degrees in business administration, education and computer science, but I have learned far more about business from the experience and books I read AFTER graduating than what I learned in school.

32. I would be half the women I am without my husband. He is truly a gift from God and he so perfectly fills in the gaps of my weaknesses. Without his encouragement and support I would have made very little progress in life. That's the secret to my success.

 33. I desire nothing more than to honor God with my life. I miss the mark and often need course-corrections, but I never stop chasing God’s plan for my life.

34. I am soon to live in Florida. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, and recently will move to Florida and am looking forward to loving it!

35. I believe that Christmas actually is the best time of the year.

36. My favorite time of year is fall. Reminds me of my childhood, hanging at grandma's house, raking leaves, taking long walks on Wisconsin trails.

37. I lived in Wisconsin my entire life, but traveled for work for my adult life. It was like I lived in a different state each year. It's been a great ride.

38. I'm a crazy running girl. Wait! You probably already knew that. But, what you might not know is that I was the first girl, along with Mary K (who I talked into running with me) to run on my high school Cross Country team.

39. I have a secret passion for no motor scooters. In fact, I took over my daughters scooter when she grew up and use to foot-pedal the scooter to get the mail each day. Until my husband threw it out. ;P

40. My favorite toy was a flatsy doll, legos and board games like life, monopoly, operation and mousetrap. I would play for hours with these things, especially legos, I would build all sorts of creative things with those blocks.  
41. I started running when I was 16 and I never stopped. I love the independence I have, the freedom I have and exploration I get from running. I can visit a new city and explore the terrain simply by putting on my running gear and heading out the door with my Garmin to show me the distance. 

42. At one time fashion was my passion. As a teen, I would hide away on weekends, in our family room, clipping and sewing new clothes for my wardrobe; while Shirley Temple reruns played on TV in the background. One summer I made my entire wardrobe from scratch and there was a time I wanted to be a fashion designer. 

43. Modern art intrigues me. I dabble in this space exploring different ways to express my own art.

44. I love big cities and spend several weekends a year there; places like Chicago, LA, and New York are my favorites.

44. I have seen the world! Traveled to many countries, like: Germany, Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Czech Republic, Ireland, Canada, Belize, Africa, and Mexico to name a few. I haven't been yet and want to travel to Australia, Japan and China. Oh yes, I have traveled to every state in the US except Hawaii, which I will go someday too.

45. My guilty pleasure is watching dancing with the stars. Would secretly love to dance on that show someday.

46. I almost drowned when I was younger when I fell off a peer, I learned from my dad that I was face down and all he could see was my diaper floating.

47. I had a dog when I was younger named Trixie.

48. Chocolate turtles are my favorite sinful pleasure treat.

49. I am a Social media addict (nothing new).

50. I am the youngest girl of three with a younger brother.

There you have it. That is a small glimpse into my world. Now back to the regularly scheduled programming.

IRONMAN Wisconsin 2016 #MyNewQuest #Crazyrunninggal

It's official. This is a big one, a decision that will change my life, my outlook and my year! I'm officially signed up for the IRONMAN Wisconsin. Watch me Grow! Let's do this... "This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure."

Thursday, October 22, 2015

SMART Goals - Health and Fitness ⁂ 2016⁂

2016 Race Schedule
April 2: Milwaukee (13.1 marathon) 
April 30: Crazy Legs (8K)

May 1: J-Hawks Olympic TRI 
May 18: Massachusetts (13.1 marathon)/
May 19: Coventry, Rhode Island (13.1 marathon)
May 20: Simsbury, Connecticut  (13.1 marathon)
May 22: Cellcom Green Bay  (13.1 marathon)
June 4: NA
Jun 11: 2016 Summerfest Rock 'n Sole Run (13.1 training)*
Jun 18: Grandma's  Marathon (marathon)

Jul 30: Wisc Women Cycling (65 miles) Cedarburg

Aug 7: Bridge of the God's Half Marathon Oregon
Aug 12: Moonlight Half Marathon, Utah (* 8 pm)
Aug 20: Madison Mini Marathon "(13.1 training) Madison**

Nov 5: NYC Marathon (Marathon)

***Remaining states: HI and AK

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Detroit Free Press Marathon, 8th Lifetime Marathon

What a BLAST!

This marathon was more than non-other.

FINISHED and feel great!!!!

Lots of fun and  Shenanigans this time around. 

This Detroit Marathon was my Lifetime marathon #8, I ran 4 marathons in 4 states, ran 4 of the same 2 times, running 2 Detroit Free Press Marathons, both times with my friend Mary,

I had a blast doing cartwheels along the way, stopping to high five some amazing spectators, chit-chatting and skipped across the finish line.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Most Important Question of Your Life

Author: Mark Mason

Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing sex and relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when you walk into the room.

Everyone would like that — it’s easy to like that.

If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” and you say something like, “I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I like,” it’s so ubiquitous that it doesn’t even mean anything.

A more interesting question, a question that perhaps you’ve never considered before, is what pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for? Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives turn out.

Everybody wants to have an amazing job and financial independence — but not everyone wants to suffer through 60-hour work weeks, long commutes, obnoxious paperwork, to navigate arbitrary corporate hierarchies and the blasé confines of an infinite cubicle hell. People want to be rich without the risk, without the sacrifice, without the delayed gratification necessary to accumulate wealth.

Everybody wants to have great sex and an awesome relationship — but not everyone is willing to go through the tough conversations, the awkward silences, the hurt feelings and the emotional psychodrama to get there. And so they settle. They settle and wonder “What if?” for years and years and until the question morphs from “What if?” into “Was that it?” And when the lawyers go home and the alimony check is in the mail they say, “What was that for?” if not for their lowered standards and expectations 20 years prior, then what for?

Because happiness requires struggle. The positive is the side effect of handling the negative. You can only avoid negative experiences for so long before they come roaring back to life.

At the core of all human behavior, our needs are more or less similar. Positive experience is easy to handle. It’s negative experience that we all, by definition, struggle with. Therefore, what we get out of life is not determined by the good feelings we desire but by what bad feelings we’re willing and able to sustain to get us to those good feelings.

People want an amazing physique. But you don’t end up with one unless you legitimately appreciate the pain and physical stress that comes with living inside a gym for hour upon hour, unless you love calculating and calibrating the food you eat, planning your life out in tiny plate-sized portions.

People want to start their own business or become financially independent. But you don’t end up a successful entrepreneur unless you find a way to appreciate the risk, the uncertainty, the repeated failures, and working insane hours on something you have no idea whether will be successful or not.

People want a partner, a spouse. But you don’t end up attracting someone amazing without appreciating the emotional turbulence that comes with weathering rejections, building the sexual tension that never gets released, and staring blankly at a phone that never rings. It’s part of the game of love. You can’t win if you don’t play.

What determines your success isn’t “What do you want to enjoy?” The question is, “What pain do you want to sustain?” The quality of your life is not determined by the quality of your positive experiences but the quality of your negative experiences. And to get good at dealing with negative experiences is to get good at dealing with life.

There’s a lot of crappy advice out there that says, “You’ve just got to want it enough!”

Everybody wants something. And everybody wants something enough. They just aren’t aware of what it is they want, or rather, what they want “enough.”

Because if you want the benefits of something in life, you have to also want the costs. If you want the beach body, you have to want the sweat, the soreness, the early mornings, and the hunger pangs. If you want the yacht, you have to also want the late nights, the risky business moves, and the possibility of pissing off a person or ten thousand.

If you find yourself wanting something month after month, year after year, yet nothing happens and you never come any closer to it, then maybe what you actually want is a fantasy, an idealization, an image and a false promise. Maybe what you want isn’t what you want, you just enjoy wanting.

Maybe you don’t actually want it at all.

Sometimes I ask people, “How do you choose to suffer?” These people tilt their heads and look at me like I have twelve noses. But I ask because that tells me far more about you than your desires and fantasies. Because you have to choose something. You can’t have a pain-free life. It can’t all be roses and unicorns. And ultimately that’s the hard question that matters. Pleasure is an easy question. And pretty much all of us have similar answers. The more interesting question is the pain. What is the pain that you want to sustain?

That answer will actually get you somewhere. It’s the question that can change your life. It’s what makes me me and you you. It’s what defines us and separates us and ultimately brings us together.

For most of my adolescence and young adulthood, I fantasized about being a musician — a rock star, in particular. Any badass guitar song I heard, I would always close my eyes and envision myself up on stage playing it to the screams of the crowd, people absolutely losing their minds to my sweet finger-noodling. This fantasy could keep me occupied for hours on end. The fantasizing continued up through college, even after I dropped out of music school and stopped playing seriously. But even then it was never a question of if I’d ever be up playing in front of screaming crowds, but when. I was biding my time before I could invest the proper amount of time and effort into getting out there and making it work. First, I needed to finish school. Then, I needed to make money. Then, I needed to find time. Then… and then nothing.

Despite fantasizing about this for over half of my life, the reality never came. And it took me a long time and a lot of negative experiences to finally figure out why: I didn’t actually want it.

I was in love with the result — the image of me on stage, people cheering, me rocking out, pouring my heart into what I’m playing — but I wasn’t in love with the process. And because of that, I failed at it. Repeatedly. Hell, I didn’t even try hard enough to fail at it. I hardly tried at all.

The daily drudgery of practicing, the logistics of finding a group and rehearsing, the pain of finding gigs and actually getting people to show up and give a shit. The broken strings, the blown tube amp, hauling 40 pounds of gear to and from rehearsals with no car. It’s a mountain of a dream and a mile-high climb to the top. And what it took me a long time to discover is that I didn’t like to climb much. I just liked to imagine the top.

Our culture would tell me that I’ve somehow failed myself, that I’m a quitter or a loser. Self-help would say that I either wasn’t courageous enough, determined enough or I didn’t believe in myself enough. The entrepreneurial/start up crowd would tell me that I chickened out on my dream and gave in to my conventional social conditioning. I’d be told to do affirmations or join a mastermind group or manifest or something.

But the truth is far less interesting than that: I thought I wanted something, but it turns out I didn’t. End of story.

I wanted the reward and not the struggle. I wanted the result and not the process. I was in love not with the fight but only the victory. And life doesn’t work that way.

Who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle for. People who enjoy the struggles of a gym are the ones who get in good shape. People who enjoy long workweeks and the politics of the corporate ladder are the ones who move up it. People who enjoy the stresses and uncertainty of the starving artist lifestyle are ultimately the ones who live it and make it.

This is not a call for willpower or “grit.” This is not another admonishment of “no pain, no gain.”

This is the most simple and basic component of life: our struggles determine our successes. So choose your struggles wisely, my friend.