Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Some Running Inspiration

Because it's just easier that way.  What's that, you ask?  Making excuses!  It's easier to make up an excuse than it is to do whatever it is you don't wanna do.  Today, on my way to the gym, I almost took a different exit and just drove home instead of to the gym.  Why?  Because I wanted to see the GF, because I didn't wanna work out, because I was tired, because because because!  When I parked at the gym, I almost didn't get out of the car.  Why?  Because I didn't wanna work out, because I was hungry, because I was tired, because because because.  See how easy it is!

I don't want this to become a habit though.  I need to just Shut Up and Run, but I go through this about once a week, so I figured on that day it's okay to just make something up.  I'll just log it in as a Rest Day!  I'm sure even the professionals have "rest" days!

The last few days I've been searching out running bloggers who are ultra marathoners, like people who have run 50 milers, 100 milers, or more.  I am trying to read they're race reports on these really long races so I'll have something to think about while I'm doing my half on Sunday.  I want to be able to bring these stories into my head when my race gets hard, and think to myself that I'm running a measly 13.1 miles and these folks have run races that lasted 24 hours or more!  It's amazing to know that someone can get that prepared for something.  I have so much respect for people who run longer distances than me.  I've sworn up and down that I'm a halfer for life, but to those of you who go further than me, I'm tipping my hat to you!  You're the ones that'll help me cross that finish're an inspiration!

The weather is taking a turn for the worse!  A cold front is working its way into New Mexico.  I figured it was going to happen sooner or later this winter, but I was hoping it would hold off for at least one more week.  The reason this is no good is because the cold front is coming from California somewhere, which means it's passing through Las Vegas and Arizona.  I'm worried about this because we are driving to Vegas and I'm running IN Vegas.  This means that we'll definitely encounter snow on Friday in Flagstaff, then it'll be nail biting cold in Vegas.  Some people enjoy running in colder weather, but I don't like it...never have.  So, I'm doing a not so silent prayer right now and hoping that the running gods will hear me and make it a pleasant evening on Sunday!

Do you prefer warmer or cooler running weather? By warmer, I mean high 70's and higher.  Cooler, I mean below 60!

If you've ever run an ultra, what made you decide to do it?


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Wagon of Running

There will not be a Top Ten Tuesday today because I'm not interested in making any lists right now.  What's more important is:

5 Days Til the Vegas Half!

I'm one of those people that likes to run small runs up until the day of the race, just to remind my legs what they're going to be doing the next day...13.1 excruciating miles!  I'm trying to continue to get myself very comfortable with about 8 miles, so I can use my energy to push through the last 5 miles.  This probably isn't the plan that most other people go with, but it's my plan, especially because I've lagged a bit in my training.  I want this race to go on without a hitch, but be more of a stepping stone for my race in January, and for those to come.  All in all, I don't wanna fall off the "wagon of running".  I don't want to have to start all over with mile repeats because I can't string together 3 miles.  I want a 10K to feel so effortless and I want half marathons to be fun and relaxing, not always fighting for that last 5 miles.  My two Vegas goals are:

-Run the whole not walk unless stopping to pee or drink water.
-Beat my time from last year.  This is not a huge deal, but I know I'm in better shape than when I ran last year.

A couple of fun things to see and do while in Vegas:

-Great Santa Run - They are trying to get the world record for the most people dressed as Santa running a 5K Race.  (I wanted to run in this, but would rather gamble the entry fee)
-Stiletto Dash - 500 runners doing a 50-yard sprint through a Las Vegas casino in high heels.  (I can barely walk in high heels, so I'm not even going to attempt to run in them, especially because there will probably be men running and they will look better in them than me!)
-Race Expo - Only the number 1 reason to run in races, because you can stop by an endless number of booths and really stock up on the free goodies!
-Craps Tables - All day, any day, anywhere, anytime!

I'd like to take a moment to say how thankful I am for my GF!  This is the time for being thankful and grateful for what others do for you as well as extending your own hand to help others.  I'm not really a high-maintenance individual, but I really appreciate the way the GF takes care of me.  She does things without me asking, or even thinking to ask.  She looks after me, because I'm sort of oblivious.  She remembers everything we do, because she knows I'm gonna forget.  And little does she know, but she's my motivation to keep going everyday.  She may not think so, but she pushes me to be a better person (and that includes running).  Thank you so much!


Monday, November 28, 2011

Modest with my Long Run

Long Weekend, Not Long Run

I've officially missed the bill on my last long run pre-race.  I was supposed to do about 10ish miles on Saturday or Sunday and I laid around instead.  Not acceptable behavior, but no one to really yell at me either.  I felt good running 5 miles on Turkey Day, but when Friday rolled around and the elements had hit Amarillo, there was no way I was running in the rain, nor in the 60mph winds on Saturday.  And although Sunday was very nice weather, it was spent packing and driving home.  I'm not trying to use this as an excuse, but sometimes your stars just don't align.  Which is why I felt it at the gym today.  I still wanna get in good miles this week just to stay in the moment, but I won't be running any more than 6 miles until race day.  I'm just gonna have to dig REAL DEEP on Sunday and run with every inch of my being.

Special Post

This is a special Post, not because of my fabulous words, but because it is Post number 200!  I'm sure that seems like nothing to all you crazy bloggers out there, but it's a milestone for me.  It should be more since I've had this blog for 2 years, but I'll take what I can get.  I've written a lot of words in that time and I'm glad I have the followers that I do.  This guy just wrote his 1,000 blog the other day and hope to one day make fun of you all for sticking around that long, cause lord knows I've got lots of nothing to say for 800 more posts!  Nothing like writing about your posts in a post!

Still Modest

Some of you might remember this post...about the first time I ever showered at the gym.  I am pretty much the most modest person in the women's locker room.  I'm not a big fan of full frontals, nor the bend over while applying lotion position, nor the wrap towel around bottom half and let top half air dry, and not even the talk to me while using towel to dry hair while fully naked.  All of which I encounter weekly.  Besides all that, I still shower at the gym regularly when I workout over the lunch hour.  I try to avert my eyes and not seem interested in carrying on a conversation.  I like the feeling of being clean, so I'll take the good with the bad, but you better believe I'm not showing anyone my goods!  I'm very modest indeed!

Do you feel intimidated by naked people in the locker room? Yes, I do!

Eating leftover Turkey and stuff instead of working out for 3 days is okay, right?  Haha, think again!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Shopping Madness and Smiles

Dark Gray Thursday went just as I expected...5 and a half hours at Walmart (3 and a half for me)!  We were planning on getting a nice tv from Best Buy, but when the GF drove by there were a million 200 people there.  So she went and stood in line for a different tv at Walmart and was the 9th person in line!  But she had to stay there until midnight, which meant that I had to fight the crowds for the other stuff we wanted.  I can see now why there were only 200 people at Best Buy, because the rest of the city was at Walmart!  It was a madhouse.  A bunch of stuff went on sale at 10pm, so they had each item on a pallet and saran wrapped and people stood around the item waiting until it was time to rip the wrap to shreds and pile as many of each item into your cart as possible.  After I found the items I wanted, I would take them and put them in the GF's cart.  Well, it turns out all the people the GF was in line with also wanted stuff from around the store, but couldn't leave their spot in line.  So I, for 3 hours, walked circles around the store trying to find good deals for everyone in line!  I'm hoping the good karma will come back to me!  After a 5 and a half hour wait, the GF got the tv she waited for, the crockpot we wanted, and the waffle maker we wanted!  Other than the waiting time, it really wasn't that horrible for the GF....cause I was the one battling the crowds!

We had quite the Thanksgiving Day spread...all my favorites.  But what counteracted the food was my  5 mile run when we woke up.  I didn't think I would complain about the hills in Amarillo, but they were there and I didn't like them.  The GF and her sister rode bikes along side me as I ran, so it wasn't so lonely in the Land of Nothing to Look at!  Not sure if a run is in the cards for me today...not only have I had 3 doughnuts and leftover turkey, but it's rainy and windy and not my cup of tea...maybe I'll begin the Taper today (9 days and counting).

Vegas is almost upon us and although the main purpose of the trip is for my race, my mind is focused on gambling.  I love to gamble and I'm pretty sure it'll take up the majority of my trip.  Luckily, the lovely GF also loves to gamble!  Here's what I think the percentage breakdown will look like:

Approximately 86 hours of trip Friday - Monday
19% Driving
24% Sleeping (inflated by extra pre-race hours)
5% Eating
3% Race Expo
7% Race (inflated by time to get to start line)
35% Gambling (inflated by time I will be gambling while sleeping, eating, and racing!)

As you can see, it's gonna be a fun fun trip!  Maybe we'll come back with money in our pockets and smiles on our faces!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Long Weekends Rock!

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone enjoys their holiday weekend, and has somewhere to eat yummy green bean casserole (and whatever else you like)!  We are headed to the inlaws in TX, so pray for good weather and good moods.  Here are a few things I'm thankful for:

-I'm thankful for beginning my new career in January.
-I'm thankful for my family and friends.
-I'm thankful for Neko and Jersey, Riley and Ramsey, and Mr. Bubbles.
-I'm thankful for my legs staying healthy and remembering to follow the leader.
-I'm thankful for today being a halfday...for me!

A Runner's World

Well, we're at 11 days and counting til Vegas!  That's right, the countdown has begun!  I'm feeling really positive about this race as of now.  I've trained better than I did last year.  I'm thinking the first 6 miles are gonna be great, but who knows about the rest.  I had a good 6-mile workout yesterday and some good speedwork this morning, but who knows what this weekend has in store for me!  Here's a few things I'm focusing on in the next 11 days:

-I'm focusing on one leg after another.
-I'm focusing on one more long run.
-I'm focusing on the taper.
-I'm focusing on relaxing my shoulders more.
-I'm focusing on fixing my nipple issues.

All In A Day's Work

I have a halfday today, and I'm off next Friday and the following Monday.  I love those days and I look forward to those days.  I also have begun the process of getting ready for my class to start in January.  I am working on the syllabus and the class schedule, so I may be asking for advice on simple little things that would only require a quick comment or text...don't be shy, everyone has an opinion!  Why is it that on the days when I need to get so much done, I do other stuff instead?  That's why I feel so busy, but I had to tell all my followers how thankful I am for them and how I'll try to blog you over the long weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

Over the last couple of months, since I've been back to the blogosphere, I've been reading quite a few running blogs and have learned some new stuff in my last 2 months journey!  I've also gotten quite motivated by reading these blogs and it's helped me almost stick to my training plan.  Here is a list of the Top Ten Things I've Learned From Other Running Blogs:

10 - It's okay to pee or poop in the wilderness!  Sometimes when you gotta gotta go!  Mother Nature allows all her earth's creatures access to her outdoor bathroom, so don't be shy.  Pull up a bush and drop a load.

9 - Shut up and run!  I was having a bit of a motivation problem, so I sent another blogger a quick message asking her for tips and although she wrote a nice sized email back, her main message was to "shut up and run"...really it was like "don't think, just do", but you get the idea!

8 - Most everyone is faster than me!  everybody lists their PR's for races on their site, as do I, but everyone else's is way faster than me.  I've already accepted that I'm not fast, but I wish there were other bloggers who were my pace...which is slow!

7 - Nobody likes to run on the treadmill!  I love Millie, but most bloggers would rather throw on layer after layer of clothing and brave the elements.  Not me...bring on the heat or the mill!

6 - People run at all times of the day!  I run over my lunch break.  It's hard for me to wake up in the morning and I'm pretty drained after work, so I go at lunch.  But reading blogs all day, people are doing 11 mile runs on Wednesdays and 14 milers on a Thursday...crazy runners!

5 - People will do anything to get free stuff!  I'm not sponsored, nor do companies send me stuff to try-out and blog about it, nor do I have the funds to purchase stuff to give away, but loads of bloggers give away fun stuff!  I have yet to win anything because some are based off point systems and I lose points for not having FB or being a Tweeter.  Oh well!

4 - Every city in the world has a Turkey Trot except for Amarillo...where I'll be!  People have been spouting off all the turkey runs they'll be doing over the holiday weekend, but Amarillo isn't holding any sort of event so I'll be running by my lonesome around the block before I cram mass amounts of food down my throat!

3 - If you register for a big race, you'll probably run into bloggers there!  They're everywhere!  Honestly, everywhere!  I'll probably run into some in Vegas or Phoenix.  It's like a whole new family full of people who understand why running is exciting!

2 - It's okay to talk about stuff other than running!  I do this quite a bit because I have so much going on in my head, but some of these bloggers are pretty effing hilarious.  Just hearing about their lives sometimes can be very interesting and somewhat motivating.

1 - Everyone drinks beer before and after a race!  This is my favorite recovery drink, but I'm pretty sure it's catching on!  It goes down pretty good post race too!  Replaces all the beer that evaporated during the run!

Have I taught you anything over the years of blogging?


Monday, November 21, 2011

Dark Gray Thursday, A Recap, and A Long Run

Dark Gray Thursday

It's among us folks!  That's right...Black Friday has leaked into late Thursday night, now coined Dark Gray Thursday (by me and the GF).  I'm sure you've already heard about it, but a dozen stores are now opening as early as 10pm on Thanksgiving night.  That's right, before that 2nd turkey sandwich with gravy on top has had time to settle in your belly, you'll be fighting off the old lady from down the street to get your ticket for the cheap 42-inch tv, or the 10 dollar blender!  There isn't really an upside to this Dark Gray Thursday either...cause one would think that after the 10pm madness you can just go home and sleep until mid-Friday afternoon...WRONG!  Another dozen stores open at midnight, and then the remaining bargains go on sale at 6am on the 'actual' Black Friday.  So, if you're one of those crazy wait-in-line-for-hours types and gotta-get-the-doorbusting-deals types then you're in for a much longer shopping trip than usual!  Have fun and get me something nice!

Friday Recap

On Friday, I told you I would do all the following things.  I've listed next to each thing whether it was accomplished or not:

-I plan to get in a long run this weekend, not sure when.  Check! 9 miles, and the last 5 miles sucked tremendously!
-I plan on watching loads of tv.  Check!  Our DVR is down to 4 shows!  We're actually pretty bad about how much tv we watch!  But it's soooo relaxing!
-I plan on doing some laundry so I can have clean workout bras!  Check!  4 loads last night, but I'm pretty sure I'll have to do another load before we leave town on Wednesday!
-I plan on going to Old Navy with the GF to find some great deals.  Check!  Twice actually.  Old Navy really took all of our money this weekend with all of their great deals!
-I plan on walking the dogs with the GF on a path that she's been wanting to go to forever!  Sorry, didn't happen...but it will...looks like it'll have to wait for a couple weekends though.
-I plan on relaxing a little and having some nice frosty beverages.  Check and check!  Relaxed quite a bit and had both beer and margaritas!
-I plan on hating life on Sunday night when I have to go to bed, because I'll have to go to work the next morning.  Check!  And sure enough, I'm hating it this wonderful Monday morning!

As you can see, it was a very productive weekend!

My Long Run

I mentioned above that I got in a 9 mile run this weekend...It Sucked!  The weather was perfect, so I could wear my shorts and short sleeves.  Unfortunately, I still sweat like a pig!  I ran along the river path again and so the scenery was lovely, although I must send out an apology to the lovely bush that I peed all over around mile 2.5!  I felt really great for the first 4 miles.  I knew that if I did an 'out and back' route, then I had to finish all the miles to get back to my car...even if I was crawling.  Miles 5 and 6 were 5 I could feel myself starting to slow down and my right nipple felt like it was being ripped off.  With every step I took, I thought it was coming off...such pain!  So, needless to say, mile 6 was extremely painful and slow.  I had already hit the turn around point, but I still had about 4 miles to get back to my car.  I walked!  I had to, the wind was now in my face, but it hurt so bad with every footfall and it was getting really awkward running with my hand over my boob.  After a half mile walk, my nipple was pretty numb from it being sweaty and the cold wind hitting it, I thought I'd try running again.  It was tough to start up because my limbs were now getting sore, but I pressed on, mind you a lot slower because the nipple pain was still there.  I jogged about 2 more miles and had to walk again!  Torture, I know!  I had about a mile and a half back to the car when these 2 girls came blazing past me!  Actually, they were probably at a 10min mile pace, but because I was walking, I was like they were mocking me!  So, I picked it up and ran about 1 mile back to the car (in pain).  Overall, about 9 miles that ended up being over an 11min per mile pace.  I could've added in the 10th mile, but I didn't want to see my overall pace!  But I made it through...and since you're wondering, so did my nipple!

Today is freeze your nipple off weather too!  Good luck to me!


Friday, November 18, 2011

To Do or Not To Do

It's finally Friday and I'm ready to go home and do "not much" for the weekend!  I plan to get in a long run this weekend, not sure when.  I plan on watching loads of tv.  I plan on doing some laundry so I can have clean workout bras!  I plan on going to Old Navy with the GF to find some great deals.  I plan on walking the dogs with the GF on a path that she's been wanting to go to forever!  I plan on relaxing a little and having some nice frosty beverages.  And I plan on hating life on Sunday night when I have to go to bed, because I'll have to go to work the next morning.

Today was one of those "not gonna do it" days!  My workout..."not gonna do it".  Stuff at work..."not gonna do it".  It felt really good not to do things today.  I did some stuff, but just not a lot.  And it felt great.  I sort of wish I didn't do the stuff I did, but now I don't ever have to do that stuff again!  Here's one thing I am gonna do...go home and do nothing!  Well, actually I have no idea what I'm doing tonight, but I know it'll have nothing to do with work!  Beer or margaritas for sure!  Probably both!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  I'll be sure to let you know what I did and didn't do over the weekend!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

An Abundance of Running

Vegas, Here We Come!

My Vegas halfer is just 17 days away and although I've been pretty good about running almost everyday, I've only done one real long run!  If I can get one in this weekend and one in next weekend, I think I'll be set to PR on the 4th!  2 and a half weeks sounds farther away than 17 days, but I think it's time to face reality and get down to business!  If I stick with my training plan and do my long runs as scheduled, by the time I toe the line in Vegas I will have run about 70miles in the next 17 days.  That's a lot of mileage!  Hopefully it'll pay off and I'll be in better shape than I was last year. 

No Rest For The Weary!

Exactly 6 weeks after Vegas, I will be lining up for the Phoenix halfer.  I can take a mini break after Vegas, but really I just gotta jump back in to training again, or at least upholding where I stand.  Last year I completely failed to train between the two races and paid for it HUGELY in Phoenix.  Most of you know the story, but as a reminder, there were moments during the Phoenix race where I thought I was keeping a good pace, only to look down and see my feet barely moving!  Let's not repeat that!  Besides, I'm looking forward to the new course in Phoenix...hopefully it's a lot less running around for my loved ones who just wanna see me racing!  This race will be a little harder to PR, since it'll be my 4th time running it AND like I said before it's a new course.  My current PR in Phoenix is from 2005 when I was in my 20s and in much better shape!

Decisions, Decisions!

It's not quite official yet, but the GF might run a race in June 2012!  Actually, I'm just encouraging her to run a race with me again!  I think she can honestly beat me if she trains like she did last year!  She can still find speed...I don't think I'll ever get faster than I am right now!  Anywho, the GF was saying that I can't just do nothing all year and then run 2 races back to back every year, so I'm considering running the San Diego halfer in early June next year (another trip idea for the Bro and fam!)  I'm trying to talk others into running with me, so talk to me if you're interested!  This is starting to sound like a fun and exciting trip!

Running is great fun!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

I'm Inspirational, I Am!

It's happened!  I'm sure it's happened before, but I'd never had the opportunity to actually document it.  I have inspired my brother to mock me!  Normally he just does it and we move on, but this time he actually started up his own blog and his first post was about MY blog.  If you'd like to take a gander, it's called Agony of Da Feet...which is a very creative name if he were a runner!  Not sure if they're all gonna be about my blog, but we'll see!

Speedwork!  This means running at a higher speed than your normal race pace in hopes of maybe becoming faster and increasing your race pace.  I'm not sure that's what it actually does, nor am I sure if I do it the right way, but I definitely run faster than I do when I'm running races or just longer distances.  For instance, when I ran 5 miles last Friday, this past Sunday, or even the 3 I did yesterday, I ran at either 5.7 or 5.8 on the treadmill.  That's a comfortable 10:20 per mile.  I can usually sustain that pace for about 6 to 8 miles and then slow down even more to average out at about 11 minutes per mile for the last 5 to 7.  With this speedwork, I am running 800m (twice around a track) at either a 6.4 or 6.5 on the treadmill.  That's into the 9:25 per mile range.  If I sustained this pace for an entire half marathon, I could finish just over 2 hours!  I'm hoping my body will remember all this hard work and help me along the course!

I love my GF!  She does way too much for me!  I'm spoiled and I really don't deserve it.  I just wanted you all to know that I'm really thankful to have her in my life.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday Top Ten

Howdy Folks!

Today's Top Ten list has to do with books!  For the past 4 and a half years I have written down every book that I have read...cause I'm weird like that, so it was fun finding the 10 most interesting out of the bunch!  So, in no particular order, here are the:

Top Ten Books I've Read in the Last 4 Years

The Shack by William Paul Young - Great book!  Very religous tones, and all of you know I'm not religious one bit, but the story line and plot really kept me wanting to read more.  Not sure how much I believe in the spirituality of the book, but it is an amazing story and I can see how it's saved a lot of "believers" out there.

Harry, A History by Melissa Anelli - If you're a Harry Potter guru then you've got to read this.  Follows this lady around as she delves into the life of Harry Potter and picks apart just what it is that everyone loves about these she gets to meet JK Rowling...AWESOME!

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk - This guys mind is effed up!  But brilliant!  Most of the book has a story line, but really doesn't make too much sense about what's going on or where it's going exactly and the very end just blows you away.  They actually made it into a really bad movie...just read the book!

Without You by Anthony Rapp - For all the RENT lovers out there, this is a great book about being there for the beginning of this amazing journey.  Anthony Rapp takes you to auditions and showtime and you really feel like you're in the audience the whole time.

The God Box by Alex Sanchez - Teen book, but a great read.  Had an amazing sense about it.  Again, not religious, but this author makes us believe that the bible is accepting of me (heehee!)  Very interesting view into what's supposed to be very negative against homosexuals.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - Wasn't sure about this when BFJ said to read it, but so glad I did!  No being made into a major motion picture, I'd suggest reading the book first (it won't take long) because you really get a sense of how crazy this world is and you get to do it in your own mind first!

Push (Precious) by Sapphire - Can't believe this story could ever happen to ANYONE.  So sad, so real, so mind-blowing.  Not only does the book capture you with the first few words, the performances in the movie were outstanding!

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd - Heartwarming story that made me cry (both book and movie)  How could you not love this story?  Seems to be the secret life of others too.

Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk - Another book by the mad man.  A bunch of different stories brought together and seriously leaves your mind haunted.  This dude's mind is out there!

The Know-It-All by AJ Jacobs - Very fun guy who will do anything to write a book!  This guy reads the entire encyclopedia and documents it and writes a hilarious documentary about his findings.  His poor wife puts up with his shenanigans too.  Best parts come from her!

I hope this inspires you to get out and read.

Have you read any of these?


Monday, November 14, 2011

Treadmill Girl at Heart

This is not me...I've got orange shoes!
It's no secret, but I love the Treadmill!  The journey to get to the treadmill might be a bit hard, but actually running on the treadmill is amazing!  I don't like to run at night (or early mornings when the sun hasn't come up yet).  I don't like to run in the bad elements (cold, wind, rain, etc.).  And I don't like to run in the boring scenery (anywhere in my neighborhood).  I love, love, love running in the heat or nice average temps (for Alb, that'd be high 60s and higher, unless it's windy).  When I don't have good weather or sun, then I'll hit the treadmill!  We finally bought one for the house, so I don't even have to drive to the gym.  Actually, I drive to the gym now because the Home Treadmill or "homill" just faces a blank wall in an empty room!  The gym is also convenient during my lunch hour (only 4 miles away).  On warm days I like to run to the office from the gym (all downhill).

Christmas List

It's that time of year again when the GF asks for my Christmas List.  Normally one would think it's just a list of all the things you would love to unwrap on Christmas morning, and receiving anything on the list would put a giant smile on my face!  Although, think of the smile you get when you unwrap EVERYTHING that's on the list?  I feel bad because I don't really need everything on my list, but it's things I want of course.  Maybe this year she'll pick and choose a few things...although I'm sure I'll end up getting her everything on her list too!  Such a hypocrite I am!

Running These Days

So, Friday I ran 5 miles and it felt great.  Sunday I was supposed to do a long run of about 8+, but ended up only doing 5 miles.  Now, first off, the 5 miles felt great.  I'm glad it doesn't hurt so bad anymore to run that distance.  Second, although I really need to put in a couple more long runs above 8 miles, I feel confident that I'm gonna be in better shape than last year.  I'm not gonna focus on beating my time, just kidding...I'm gonna kill it!  Really though, I just don't want it to hurt crossing the finish line, like it did in January!

Monday is almost officially over!!


Friday, November 11, 2011

Losing Motivation

So, I was pretty gung-ho about my run this afternoon!  I was especially motivated after only working out once all week.  I needed to put in some good miles today because I've got another long run on Sunday!  I grabbed my bag and did my daily ritual where I go into the bathroom, take off my clothes, put on my running clothes, and pack my bag back up and go back to my desk to put on my shoes.   I have my hand on the knob to exit the bathroom when I realize I don't have any pants on!  That's right!  I forgot my running shorts!  Oops!  By the time I changed back and headed to the store to buy more shorts, lunch was almost over so I decided to postpone my run til after work, and pray that I wouldn't lose the motivation!

Well, the clouds started rolling in thicker and it started getting colder...not my favorite type of running weather!  Not that I run outside in this crap, but it doesn't help my motivation.  We got off an hour early today to honor Veterans Day (not the whole day...that'd be just crazy!) and I was tired with a pounding headache, BUT I still went to the gym!  And I did a stunning 5 miles that felt amazing!  Who'd have thought I'd be able to go that far after not doing anythng all week?  Anyway, I'm home now and going to relax all weekend til my long run!  Drink some margaritas!

Thank you Vets!


Lackluster Running Week

Hello Everyone!  I'd like to take a quick moment to say Happy Birthday Granny!  Her birthday was yesterday and I didn't have a chance to blog.  She was the whole reason I originally started this blog almost 2 years ago and I miss her so so much!  I started my blog because I was running the Seattle Half Marathon in her honor and I wanted to document my training along the way.  I think I did her proud...not only did I have a great time, I also got the GF to train and run almost along side me!  The name has changed quite a few times since then, but it remains about my life and journey running and beyond!  I hope you've enjoyed it over the years and I hope to continue to be inspired to write about my life and running escapades.  Thanks for reading!

Now, on to my week of non-running.  That 9 miler on Sunday really pooped me out.  I think my ankle screams every time I put on my running shoes.  The last weekend of September I twisted my ankle and never really gave it a chance to get better before I started being active again, so needless to say, it gets pretty sore every long run over about 3 miles.  Unfortunately though, I'm gonna try to put in a really good run today, so I guess I'll worry about my ankle in late January!  I've decided to run the Rock'n'Roll Arizona Half Marathon mid-January and rumor has it my bro  and fam might make an appearance at the race again!!  Anywho, I really need to focus and get in a good run today, because I'm gonna try to go for 10 to 11 miles this coming Sunday...we'll see...I'd be happy with anything above 8!

So, the big trial that I've discussed a few times on here is coming to a close.  The jury is out for deliberations, so we'll know something soon.  I can't discuss it on here, but I'll let you know when it's finally over!  Otherwise, I'm just starting to focus on my new teaching job!  I will be picking up my instructional materials next week, so things are getting real.  I'm also secretly hoping I might get assigned another class for next semester!  Keep your fingers crossed!  Also, it's quite exciting to see my name on the class registration page AND to see that people have signed up for the class already.  I'm sure it's because it's the only time that fits in their schedule, but secretly I can think it's because they saw that I was teaching it, so of course they had to sign up!

I hope you've got fun plans for the weekend!


P.S. Sandusky + Paterno = Cats in the Face!!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

2 Top Tens

Tuesday's Top Ten Lists have been missing the last couple weeks, so as a special treat today, even though it's not Tuesday, I'm giving you 2 top ten lists!  This is courtesy of my lovely, lovely, seester-in-law because she has never seen my all time favorite movie.  A little textual banter led me to today's 2 top ten lists!  Everybody say "Thank you Seester!"

My Top Ten Favorite Movies (That I can think of right now, as I'm sure I'll remember movies all night long and regret not putting them on this list)

10. Fried Green Tomatoes - Love the story and the storytelling.  Jessica Tandy is AMAZING!

9.  A Christmas Story - Who hasn't seen this movie?  You get about 48 hours of nonstop action on Christmas Eve and Day on TBS or TNT or AMC or whatever channel they decide to play it on.  Just your classic "You'll shoot your eye out" film.

8.  The Village - My all time favorite M. Night Shyamalan film.  You really have no idea where this movie is taking you...brilliant suspense and quite the puzzle to put together in your head.  You either love it or you hate it.

7.  The Usual Suspects - Not your usual movie, but one of the best Kevin Spacey movies EVER!  He's brilliant in this.

6.  Finding Nemo - What's not to like about this movie?  You had me at Ellen!

5.  The Shawshank Redemption - Unbelievable movie!  So heartfelt!  The kind of people I'd wanna be in lockup with.

4.  Love Actually - Have to watch this every year during the holidays!  Hugh Grant dancing might be one of my favorite things to watch!

3.  The Little Mermaid - I'm pretty sure I watched this movie about 1,000 times.  I know every song by heart and I'm proud to say it's one of my faves.

2.  Empire Records - Just a great movie.  Renee Zellwegger in her early years AND she sings to us!  Plus, Sexy Rexy was also in Grease 2 (and who doesn't love Grease 2).

1.  And My All Time Favorite Movie (that my seester hasn't seen) is - West Side Story - Just your average gang fight between guys in tight polyester pants, and lots of singing and dancing!  Great Romeo and Juliet story translated to the tough streets of New York City.

During our textual banter, I might have mentioned to my seester that I wanted to rub my cat all over her face (not to be taken in a sexual context), because she's allergic, and she mistook that for me wanting to kill her.  I don't want to kill her, but she gave me the idea for the top ten things that make me want to rub cats in people's faces.  So, here you go:

Top Ten Things That Make Me Want To Rub Cats in People's Faces (Who Are Allergic):

10.  Obviously, not having seen West Side Story deserves a cat in the face!  I don't want to kill her, but I want her to understand the importance of having this as part of your movie's as important as your life!

9.  Asking me to do something by putting it on a post-it, deserves a cat in the face!  Just use a regular size piece of paper, or text me, but don't put a post-it on my computer screen that says "Do This Now!"  RUDE!

8.  Talking to me like I'm an idiot, deserves a cat in the face!  I'm not an idiot...I may act like a child oftentimes, but I'm not an idiot!  Don't talk to me like you're better than me, cause you're fact, I'm better than you!

7.  Being a stupid driver, deserves a cat in the face!  I don't mean crazy driving (like the GF), or even slow driving, I mean stupid driving.  You know those've seen them and you probably hate them too.

6.  A bad, bad, bad person deserves a cat in the face!  I mean like a child molester, or rapist, or murderer...along those lines.  It's uncalled for to treat people in a terrible way like this.  You definitely deserve more than a cat in the face, but if it'll cause temporary pain, then so be it!

5.  Hating cats deserves a cat in the face!  I'm sure my favorite two people in the world (my seester and my BFJ) don't actually Hate cats, they just hate that they can't cuddle with them!  And that would be terrible!  But just flat out hating cats is just crazy...everybody should have some sort of facination with cats...I mean, they can jump really high!  P.S.  Sometimes I hate my cats, so they lay on my face while I sleep!

4.  People who take friendly competition way too far, deserves a cat in the face!  This isn't the world series, nor am I getting a paycheck, so why act like it's for an olympic medal?  Chill out and have fun, otherwise: cat in the face!

3.  Ex-lovers who are stupid, deserves a cat in the face!  I'm done with you, so stay out!  Take your stuff and don't let the door hit you on the way out...I'm with someone new.  Oh, yeah you forgot this cat in your face!

2.  Someone who can't think for themselves, deserves a cat in the face!  You probably deserve a lot more since you're being mind f**ked, but cat in the face will suffice for now!

1.  Thinking you're better than me, deserves a cat in the face TWICE!  Enough said!

Hope you enjoyed!  Please note that if one of these things happens while you're around me, it doesn't mean that I'll put a cat in your face, but just know that you deserve it!  Love you.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Great Weekend

What an eventful last 5 days it's been.  I was crazy busy on Friday going to trial and trying to get things done at the office.  Then a bestie came into town for her birthday and we all went to dinner.  Saturday the bro-in-law came to town and we all went to lunch and bowling and watched movies.  Sunday I ran 9 miles (that's right!), the farthest I've gone since my January half, then I drove all over town, had lunch with the GF and both besties, drove around some more, and then finally got to sit down, relax, and watch tv with the GF!  Yesterday I had my orientation for CNM and was busy at work again, then had a Lion King thing (which was pretty darn cool), and got to relax at home again with the GF.

Sunday evening I received a call from CNM and I was officially assigned a class to teach in the Spring.  I went online today and my name is there, next to the class, ready for people to sign up!  How exciting is that...It's actually happening!  I also got my new CNM ID...pretty good pic!

As for my 9 miler, my goal was 8 miles.  For the first 7 miles I felt great, mile 8 was a bit tough, but I think it's because I knew mile 9 was all uphill.  I should've just clocked my time after 8 and then walked the last mile, but thought I'd push myself.  All in all, in was a great accomplishment that I'll have to overcome this weekend with an even longer run!

Today's workout started pretty blah.  My goal was to run about 4 to 5 miles, but after 1.5 miles I decided that was enough, so I did 10 minutes on the rower, 10 minutes on the bike, and 10 minutes on the stairmaster.  Made me feel a lot better working out for 45 minutes when I just wasn't feeling the running today.

Hope you all had a great weekend too!


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Resting Heart Rate

Today I thought I'd check my resting heart rate!  Actually, I decided not to go to the gym at lunch and rest instead...more like I changed into my workout clothes, sat at my computer to put my running shoes on, and never got back up.  So, my resting heart rate is probably normal right now!  Although I do have to get back up to change back into my regular clothes!  I just wasn't feeling it today.  Maybe it's because of the workout I got at volleyball last night.  There were seriously some moments where we had to stop to catch our breath during the games.  Sometimes it was because we were playing a really good point, sometimes it was because we were laughing so hard (cause I bumped the ball right off my face), and other times it was because we were running circles in the sand!  Anywho, I told the GF that I'm more satisfied deciding not to workout than I would have been had I worked out and not ran so swell!  Sometimes you just need a break!

Well, work has been super busy lately...partly because it's the end/beginning of the month stuff going on, but also because of this huge trial that started Monday.  Everybody needs everything and with such a small office, it sometimes falls into my hands.  I've been doing well at work lately, not dreading being here so much anymore, but I've been trying to keep myself focused and organized...neither of which I'm very good at, but I'm trying.  Luckily I have my blog and others that I follow to keep me sane!  I'm also keeping my fingers crossed that I'll get the phone call telling me I get to teach a class this Spring!  Keep yours crossed too!

The best thing about today is that tomorrow is Friday!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Excuse Me? Do You Smell That?

So, I did my speedwork at the gym this afternoon.  As I entered the room with all the treadmills, this horrendous smell climbed up into my nostrils and almost made me choke.  It was the WORST body odor I've ever smelled.  Now, I've smelled bad BO before, but it didn't circle the room and assault you during your workout.  Even when I started running and I was sucking in more air, I had to hold the towel up to my face to breathe into it.  It's not like farting on the treadmill, because the fart smell drifts upward and onward and is only unpleasant for half a minute or so.  This was like World War III up under this man's armpits!  It was brutal.  It was actually really hard to focus on my running until FINALLY he was done with his run and left the room.  Then it was like someone sucked out all the bad smell and we could all focus again.

Despite that setback, I had a good workout!  Like I said before, I did speedwork.  Since I'm so close to my race, the speedwork is a lot harder than when I started out.  I'm running 800's now (twice around the track) instead of 100's (a qauarter of the way around a track).  It's tough to maintain a faster-than-my-own pace for 2 laps, but somehow I found the strength and I also increased the speed for every 800!  I was pretty impressed with myself.  It's a nice feeling to leave my workouts with a completely soaked t-shirt...although the GF would say otherwise, since she's the one that sometimes has to touch them so they'll get washed but after a week, they're all still in a big wet ball in the laundry basket!

We did that thing last that thing where you go shopping the day after a major holiday and buy all the decorations at half off and store them for next year!  We probably saved $75 buying Halloween decorations on sale!  Just be ready to attend a huge, very finely decorated Halloween party next year!  I've notified you, so don't make plans!

The GF made her all time favorite alcoholic beverage last night...a shot of tequila coconut margarita and I'm pretty sure she got drunk off half a glass...silly lightweight!  She also made some amazing red chile chicken enchiladas!  I think she outdid herself because they were amazing.  I may even like them better than the green chile ones, but really, why can't I have both!

Happy Hump Day!


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

So, you all deserve to meet Jersey of Justice and Neko the Nemesis! 

They greeted all the trick-or-treaters like this for about 2 and a half hours.  I was busy getting drunk with ole Jack'O.

All in all, in was a good night, but I think we have some major wishes plans in store for next year!

I had a good run today.  I drove to the gym and then ran back to the office.  It's about a 4 mile run and it's pretty much all downhill!  I had to stop after about 14 minutes to pee behind a dumpster, but it was back on the road after that!  I really need to figure out this pee problem I have...because one day there won't be a dumpster around!  It's still amazingly hot outside.  Temp right now says it's 69 degrees, but it feels like 75!

Feels like it's been a whole week already, not just 2 days!  I'm already looking forward to the weekend!