December 21, 2012

Desert Storms & More Squat Thrusts

Tuesday’s WORKOUT: 3x3min Speed Intervals at 6mph w/2min jogs in between 1.57mi 17:00
Wednesday’s WORKOUT: 3.66mi/5mph 45:00 w/6mph 1min sprints at the end
Thursday: REST DAY
Friday’s WORKOUT: 10 to 1 Descending Ladder: Squat Thrusts & V-ups (2 sets = 07:17 & 07:21) + 4.5mi/4.5mph 60:00

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So remember I was just saying something about not wanting to do anymore squat thrusts (AKA baby burpees)???

Well yeah… that didn’t work out as planned. I got through them, but they were torturous. I really had to slow down my run afterwards (4.5mph), but it turned out to be a really great run. Beautiful day in the desert…even though the clouds were weighing down on us.

Also this weekend, there was this…

…baking for a good cause (donated cookies)

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…and farewell chocolate overload at Maya for JB

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Great weekend and great being back on track. Hope you all had a wonderful end of the week!

Signing off… ETT! =)

December 17, 2012

Running Again…

TODAY’S WORKOUT: Run/walk 4.4mi (60:00) + squat thrusts (6:00)

… and thanks to Angel, I’m motivated again. Sometimes, all it takes is a swift kick in the rear to get a person back on track. I think that was all I needed.

For months now I’ve been trying to overcome injuries from the North Face Challenge 50k and Great Wall marathon earlier this year. I feel much better now, but after moving from China to the Kingdom I really haven’t gotten my workout groove back. This 21 day fitness jump off may be just what the doctor ordered.

Over the next few weeks I will follow this challenge and throw in some planned “get back to running” workouts.

Wish me luck! Positive thoughts, healthy lifestyle, & as many after-race cold showers in random motel rooms that I can stand!

GWM 2012

GWM 2012

Signing off… ETT! =)

 

UPDATE: So I did the squat thrusts for 6 minutes when I got home from work and… whew… that ain’t right. First of all, squat thrusts are just no push-up burpees. That was was smooth, Angel!

The first minute is pretty inspiring. By minute 3, you’re thinking… ok, I’m starting to feel it. And them BHAM!!! Minute 4 hits you square in the face! Why me!?! What the hell is wrong with my stopwatch!?! Please make it stop!!! Then you get to minute 6 and you’re on the floor feeling spent, but accomplished… and determined never to agree to do that again. I might could do that again.

November 3, 2012

NYC Food & Water Distribution

Pass it on…

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Food & Water Distribution Locations in NYC!!!

Signing off… ETT =)

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October 28, 2012

ETT Dabbles in Underground Dining?

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Maybe underground dining is over-exaggerating my intentions a bit, but as I sit here planning all the fun stuff I can do with my shipment from China (whenever it shows up)… I feel the urge to entertain my newfound peeps.

What better way to do that than to feed them!?! I’ll call it a Supper Club… because that sounds cool and intimate. AND having a “club” encourages me to become a repeat offender.

What do you think of the idea? Do you host any “clubs?” If so, any suggestions?

Signing off… ETT! =)

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October 23, 2012

Binder Full of _____

Because this hasn’t been beaten to death enough by the Internets…

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The Lovely Binders… courtesy of Amazon.com

I present to you, lovely reader, the binders ETT has been working on since last we parled:

  1. A binder full of podcasts [i.e. Girl on Guy, The Evening Jones, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Pardon the Interruption, and BBC Global News]
  2. A binder full of workouts, courtesy of Crossfit.com and Runner’s World <– THIS IS BIG, because I can run again.. is anyone else excited about this?
  3. A binder full of political satire, Baratunde.com … Barrington Thurston da Third, or @Baratunde if you tweet, has provided the MOST entertaining live Twitter coverage for the Presidential Debates
  4. A binder full of button ups… I’m wearing proper shirts (as opposed to polos) a lot more than usual… you needed to know this about me
  5. A binder full of tasty adult beverages, check out some classic and creative cocktail recipes at ImbibeMagazine.com (this simple, aptly named concoction is my fave)

 

Signing off… ETT!! =)

September 11, 2012

At Half Staff

I know that it’s quite somber of me to return to blogging on such a day. So I will keep this short. I would like to ask any and everyone who reads this for a moment of silence to remember those who were lost or affected by the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, as well as United Airlines flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville on September 11, 2001.

President Barack Obama has declared this day as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

 

Trish (still a proud New Yorker and American)

 

July 28, 2012

Being Back Home…

…has been refreshing to my soul. It’s amazing how I could miss a place so much.

New York City is electric!! Brooklyn fits me like a well-made pair of leather boots! This city is just amazing.

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Signing off… ETT =)

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July 4, 2012

Left Behind

The sights of Beijing have been engraved in my brain for the past three years. It was harder to leave than I’d expected and explaining the feeling of leaving Beijing is even harder to put into words.

Maybe a few pics from my last few days might help…

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Signing off… ETT

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June 27, 2012

I’m Not Missing…

… just slipping on my blogging duties! I’ve been getting myself ready for a pretty big move, so I do have an excuse for being a slacker. I will tell you that my running hasn’t stopped and I’ve actually been doing much more CrossFit!

I have a few fun events coming up and will update you soon… with pics!

Signing off… ETT =)

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May 15, 2012

The North Face 100 Endurance Challenge (50km Race Report)

The good news is… I didn’t die! The not so good news is… I didn’t win my mother the car she keeps thinking is the prize for all the races I participate in, so not a great Mother’s Day for Mama Ducky (as she affectionately likes to be called)!

The awesome thing about this race is that it was run in true EarthToTrish fashion. I have to say that from start to finish, every moment was a ‘random, but necessary note to self’. Case in point:

  1. KEEP CALM: I couldn’t really get my nerves under control the morning of, so Harriet Houdini (the bestest furry friend any girl could ask for) got her claws clipped… at 4AM! WTF was I thinking???
  2. ALWAYS PLACE YOUR PRE-RACE SNACKS IN A SECURE LOCATION: Since I couldn’t manage to eat any food before I left home, I packed myself a little bag of goodies and promised to force myself to fuel up before the race. I stuffed the goodie bag in my nifty back pocket (made especially for super cool running peeps like myself)… and it fell out while I was running to the bag drop-off location. =/
  3. DO NOT RUN UP A MOUNTAIN BEHIND PEOPLE WITH HIKING STICKS: Or in front of them for that matter. The race course included a 50km companion trek which contained a lot more elevation than the regular course, but we started together. I can understand bringing the sticks along, but those people are wild. The flail those death wands all around and poke at ya. Hooligans, I tell ya!
  4. ALWAYS STOP TO APPRECIATE YOUR SURROUNDINGS: Heaven Lake was serene and beautiful. Just see for yourself…
  5. WHEN RUNNING IN TIGHT MOUNTAIN PASSAGES, NEVER EVER TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE PATH: So it rained pretty hard the night before the race. The mountains absorbed a lot of the moisture and made the uphill trek ever more arduous. However, I found out that it made running (and even falling on your butt and sliding) downhill very easy and quite entertaining. UNTIL… a rescue team volunteer decided to get by attention. He said ‘hallowwwww‘ and I said ‘huh,’ turned my head to see what the fuss was about and ran head/temple-first into a tree branch. I like that tree branch, because when I fell over the side of the mountain as a result of the collision, it was all I had to hang on to.
  6. RESCUE TEAM VOLUNTEERS MEAN WELL: After the unfortunate forest altercation, I was politely escorted to the medical van where a team of two very nice ladies took a look at my head to make sure I had not suffered a race ending injury. The only problem was that they were slowing me down. I needed to pass the next check point before the cut-off time and the minutes were just ticking away while they checked me out. I was very sad…
  7. SWEEPER BUSES MUST BE OPERATED BY THREE-TOED SLOTHS: So the medical team cleared me to continue and I made it past the next check point. I was cooking. Then it happened… another kind rescue team volunteer approached me and says ‘hello madam, are you 五三六六 [5366 – my bib number]? I’m sorry, but you did not make the check point in time.’ He then proceeded to explain that I needed to go with him to the next water station to wait for the sweeper bus. I’d been disqualified and I was crushed, but understood that I needed to follow race rules. Together, we made it out of that mountain pass and had some nice conversations about this year’s NBA playoffs and my KT tape. I decided to ask when the sweeper bus would be by to get me. When he told me the pick-up time, I almost cursed at him. I’m pretty sure though, that he may not have understood it when I said “oh HELLLL NAWWW, HOMIE.” I had no intention of waiting three hours in the heat for a bus. So I decided to buck the system and finish the race.
  8. RESCUE TEAM VOLUNTEERS LIKE TO TAKE PICTURES AND DRINK CHINESE RED BULL: The stipulation for me continuing on was that the rescue team volunteers had to agree to follow me through all the mountain passes. I felt bad, but they were all willing and it was the least they could do, right? I was running again!!! Of the three volunteers that escorted me they all took pictures with me and one that didn’t speak much at all reached into his backpack and pulled out a tiny gesture of kindness. He handed me a can of Chinese Red Bull and says, ‘here… drink… better than water!’ I never drink energy drinks. I’m a water and gel kinda gal, but his tone and facial expression didn’t really give me a choice. It was like drink this or I’ll beat you about the legs with my walking stick and I needed my legs to go on.
  9. RED BULL REALLY GIVES YOU WINGS: Or at least it gave ETT wings. I took two sips of that potent little demon juice and started to fly. At one point I realized that my escort was having a hard time keeping up. When he finally caught up with me, he was trying to point out that I’d run probably 5 or 6 kilometers with the empty can in my hand. HAHAHAHAHAHA I’m such a weirdo. Here buddy! Throw that can away for me while I tear up the rest of this course.
  10. *TIME IS SECONDARY TO COMPLETION: Eight hours and twenty minutes is the unofficial race time for number 5366. However, after being disqualified, the race officials didn’t recognize my accomplishment. I did!!! I finished it.

This was my longest distance… EVER! I can’t believe I thought I could do this and now I can’t believe I’ve actually done it. It’s an amazing feeling! Don’t let anyone tell you different. I wouldn’t have traded this experience for anything, but maybe next time I’ll try not to run into any trees!

Signing off… ETT =)

* – IMPORTANT STUFF

P.S. Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all those wonderful mommies out there! You are loved and appreciated.

P.P.S. I beat the sweeper bus back around to the finish line. =)