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Friends, family, stalkers, spambots and people who clicked on to my blog by mistake.  I’m going to ask you for a favor.  I am sharing with you this incredibly embarrassing video where I look like I haven’t slept or brushed my hair in months (It really happened to rain that day). In exchange please vote for me every 24 hours on all your computers =) That’s right I somehow entered myself in the team refuel athlete of the month sponsorship.

http://www.gotchocolatemilk.com/applicant/liana-koloslenker

My half asleep rambling face did this back in March at RnR USA expo.  Sadly, the one where I rambled a little less was never filmed by mistake and like all remakes, it does not compare to the original.  In fact, it’s perfectly acceptable to not even bother watching this tragic video and just skip to the voting.  Plus each vote donates $1 to challenged athlete foundation.  Think of the charity! (every 24 hours)

Either way, they limit how many times I can vote for myself per day.  So I’m going to pimp myself like crazy.  If I win, I’m hoping I can use the $$$ for Philly Marathon.  I think in all my leg/knee whining, I forgot to mention that after some reviewing my Non-NYC Marathon options, I picked Philly.  Did I mention it’s on my birthday (I know I’m a broken record)?  What better way to help me celebrate my 26 years then by voting for me so I can run those 26.2 miles on that special day.

Tony is just shaking his head at me (and voting of course, right Tony?).  I don’t think he approves me signing up for these races while my body is doing a less than silent protest.  Good thing he has other uses.  Like making Sunday dinner.

Mnn fried cheese rice balls.  Good thing he prefers carbs over the paleo diet; otherwise there might have been some dining problems.  Couples who eat carbs together, stay together.

In other Monday news.  I’m trying to taper this week and leave some juice in my legs for the half on Saturday.  I  ellipticaled 10.5 miler while watching “Once Upon A Time.” I think that’s my new favorite show.  Dear ABC please don’t cancel this show like you tend to do with all the quirky shows I like.

I also did a Yoga class at the YMCA today.  It might not smell as good as the fancy Yoga studio but the price and convenience really can’t be beat.  As gross as it sounds, I like that they have mats already so I don’t break my back carrying my Matt to the train (1 mile) and then back from the train (1 mile).  The best part about it was that at a 6PM class there was only 7 people in the class.  I think this creates a much more relaxing environment then when I feel like someone’s Warrior 2 is going to whack my face.   It was a mix of styles but I really like how our instructor explained each move slowly.  I guess if I was a more experienced talented yogi I would get annoyed but for my level it was perfect.

Yup, I signed up for the YMCA.  I also ordered a swim-cap.  I’m hoping that I can learn how to swim on my own.  Once I can swim beyond 10 inches maybe I’ll get over my fear of biking for speed and try a triathlon.

Danskin Triathlon looks like a good one to start with.   It’s all women, so I don’t have to worry about getting run over by a testosterone beast.  You know, the kind that run 5Ks in a rage while knocking over 5 feet tall girls (maybe this only happens to me).  I can only imagine what they do on Bikes.  Anyways, another cool thing about the Danskin Tri is their swim angels that help guide those who can’t swim.  I think the July date is too soon for me but I’ll definitely try to keep this on my radar for 2013.  Right now I just want to learn how to not drown.  I should probably also look into buy a speedo one piece suit.

Anyone else trying anything new this summer?

Do you know how to swim?  I was a NYC kid who only saw water when it came out of the faucet.  Swimming is about as foreign as driving is to me.  Both things I’m going to try to learn over this summer.

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I must confess, when I see people running, I secretly race them.  I don’t know why, its my inner competitive child that never got out when I was younger since I didn’t partake in any sports until I was 24.  Sometimes I win, sometimes I lose.  Combine this secret racing with a self-imposed marathon and you get one sore Liana the next day.

When I got to the gym for my lunch break, I mentally wanted to run but I knew although I felt energetic that the knots of soreness in my right upper leg might beg to differ.  With less then 11 days before my marathon I decided there’s no need to argue with the legs.  So 4.2 miles on the elliptical with some arm weights and a ton of foam rolling became the new plan.

After work I made an urgent date in my outlook calender for a Bikram session where I reached a new level of sweat.  I had so much sweat dripping, pouring that I kept sliding all over my mat even with two towels covering it!

And as ridiculous as I looked (and let me tell you I take quite the award for lack of balance) the hips and legs felt looser.  I also didn’t die from drowning in my own sweat, although I was pretty close to it.  Maybe the soreness will leave the body tonight.

Also, can I mention how awesome Thai food is.  Can I also mention how much more awesome Thai food is after a 26 mile run.

I think if calories were no issue and I had a personal chef, I would live of drunken noodles!

Whats your favorite type of food?

Thai! Thai! and some fried ice cream

Do you ever race random strangers on your runs?

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I am slowly through many injuries learning that if my legs, knees and hip-flexors are trying to hint at something, I should listen.  After running 38 miles in three days; the equivalent of what I used to run in a week, my hips, legs, and knees were tired.  They wanted a break and although my energy was great, I knew I needed to take it out on something else.  When lunch time game, I had a game plan:

I foam-rolled

I picked things up and put them down for about 25 minutes

And I did 25 minutes of elliptical in between weights, 12.5min to warm up, 12.5min in between my final weight set.

And all while wearing my super-cute Waldo T-Shirt.  Is anyone really too old to buy silly low quality $5 t-shirts?

After work I went to my semi annual Bikram Yoga.

Bikram is usually done in a room that is heated at a minimum 105F degrees and about 40% humidity.

The room is kept at this temperature or more for the following:

  • Keeping the body from overheating (contrary to popular misconception)
  • Protecting the muscles to allow for deeper stretching
  • Detoxing the body (open pores to let toxins out)
  • Thinning the blood to clear the circulatory system
  • Increasing heart rate for better cardiovascular workout
  • Improving strength by putting muscle tissue in optimal state for reorganization
  • Reorganize the lipids (fat) in the muscular structure

Its always the same 26 poses so it appeals to my depending and predictable character I seek at times in a workout:

and although I find myself more in this position

And while I am a clumsy, inflexible, uncoordinated and rarely know what I’m doing

I always try my best and come out feeling great.  Unlike Vinyasa Yoga, I feel more awake, and my muscles feel like they got the love, care and stretch they needed to come back the next day with a stronger run =)

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