27 July 2010
25 July 2010
Kat: "How are you?"
Me: "I'm good. How are you?"
Me: long Pause
Kat: "What are you doing?"
Me: "Laying on the couch. I just woke up from a nap."
Kat: long pause
Me: "What are you up to these days?"
Kat: "I'm at my son's baseball game. It's tied in the 2nd inning 2-2 and this is a playoff game. I'm so nervous!"
Me: (thinking that's a strange time to call me than) "Oooh, fun." long pause
Kat: "Are you okay?"
Me: "Uh, yes. Are you doing okay?" (thinking that was a strange question)
Kat: long pause "Did Patrick call you?!?!" (Patrick is her 4 year old)
Me: uncontrollable laughter
Patrick had been playing with her phone and since I'm first on the contact list...accidentally called me. And then handed the phone to mom and all she saw was that I had called. Hence the uncomfortable convo where we both wondered why the other didn't just get to the point!
Kids are funny.
23 July 2010
Last night before class I did some shopping at good old Run On. See, I had a gift card and needed to pick up a prize for tomorrow's Free Friday Five Kay. I did indeed get a great prize and I also picked up this beauty for myself. It sparkles so pretty! A while back I won 2 Sweaty Bands from Copia Verborum. (thank you again, BTW) I've had my eye on Sweaty Bands but the price was a little steep for what I was sure would just slip off my noggin like all other headbands. WRONG! They really do stay put. And, can you say adorable? I hoard ribbon like it's gonna see me through the next Ice Age. I think I could become addicted to Sweaty Bands like I am Nike Tempo shorts. Seriously. You can't stop at just one! When I saw this pink sparkle - I stopped in my tracks and actually gasped. So of course it came home with me. Beautiful and functional. That I like.
Oh yes, the prize! Here it is...prize for what you ask? Well, this morning I "hosted" (fancy term for forced my friends) a Free Friday Five Kay. I wanted to see what we could do when the day is at it's coolest (a breezy 78 (25.5C)) and without crowds to weave around. To give a twist, I made it a prediction run. I had the girls guess what their time would be. Whoever got closest, won this.
I predicted my time at 28:13. (secretly hoping I would make finally make it in under 28) I made the other girls give me new times and would not accept their initial predictions. 40 minutes, seriously? I'm not gonna let you sandbag just so you can win. Not that that was the motive. They just have less faith in themselves than I do. Hey, it was a little early to have faith.
We started out strong and tried to maintain a sub 9 pace. It was not so. I got so hot around mile 2, I thought I was going to catch fire. I made the decision to forgo drinking water and started pouring it over my head. This heat is stinking ridiculous! I managed to come in at 28:19, just 6 seconds over my prediction.
I sat on the sidewalk, quickly making a disgusting puddle in the shape of my behind and waited for the rest of my cru to roll in. And roll in they did. Bahama Mama kicked in just over 30 minutes and got closest to her predicted time. WTG Bahama Mama - see I knew you could do it!
Here she is wearing her prize, a star spangled Bondi Band. Doesn't she look cute? Now she can wear a Bondi Band!
Speaking of, thanks for all the advice on how to wear a Bondi without looking like a dork. I just don't have that kind of style. I think I'll stick with Sweaty Bands. I can't mess that up!
I really enjoyed the Free Friday Five Kay. I might have to make this a monthly event. Now, what am I going to give away next month???
21 July 2010
It seems to have flown by extra quickly! Monday night I got ready for class. I tried, once again, the Bondi Band. I just can't wear these. They look so cute on y'all, especially Running Diva Mom. She can ROCK a Bondi Band! Me, I just end up looking like Charlie Brown. This is my contemplative look.
18 July 2010
Let me amaze the blog world with my mad culinary skills. Behold my pre-race dinner. Peanut butter (crunchy) and jelly with milk. Can you believe the Food Network isn't ready to give me my own show? Hey, it was organic milk AND organic peanut butter. Does that count for something?
17 July 2010
I slept in today. And I loved it. No long run for me since I'm racing tomorrow. That still sounds weird to say, racing. I went to bed on time and staying nestled in that biscuit until after 9:30.
More on my Saturday in a bit. Remember how I said one of my favorite things was mail? And how I was going to work on including actual letters into my life? Well, I'm on track. I decided that work would be a good place to implement this at work as well. On Friday I wrote a few notes of encouragement, detailing the characteristics that I admired in them, including why they were seen as a strong leader in our organization. Don't think I'm kissing up - I sent these to people who are at all levels and none of them over me directly! Who wouldn't want to receive a note of encouragement? Try it!
Of course, no Saturday would be complete without some gore. Hubs headed out front to shut off the water so that he could address some faucet issues in the bath. He wasn't out but a moment when he came running back into the house with a horrified look on his face. Apparently one of the stray cats we feed had treated herself to a little midnight snack and left the remnant as a gift for us. Isn't she thoughtful? She left us a mouse butt complete with tail and mouse head. Either those are the best parts she saved for us or the worst parts, discarded for the ants. Probably the later. Left right in front of our door on the mat. Ewwwww. I could almost hear "Circle of Life" playing in the background. Nature sure can be gross!
Update: Here is my amazeballz playlist for tomorrow.
Texas Cadence - Texas Longhorn Band (who doesn't love a drum cadence to get you through the weaving?)
15 July 2010
It's been a busy one, but what is it they say, "Idle hands are the devil's workshop...or...no rest for the wicked." So, which is it? Should I be busy or not?
1. I'm a tried and true Mizuno girl. I love my Mizuno Waver Riders. But one of the perks of coaching is that I get paid...in shoes. Brooks shoes. Brooks run a little wide and my feet run a little narrow. I tried on every pair of Brooks shoes in the store trying to find the most narrow pair. My feet slid around in all of them! So I finally settled on this pair of Ravenna. I do love the orange color! I took them out for a 5.5 mile spin on Monday. My feet slid around in them and my knees were very sore afterwards. So these shoes will def be casual only, no running. Ouch! They are cute though. 2. Wednesday morning, per ush, we had WWoW. Wow is right. We did a ladder workout again this week, with a little twist. 1 min hard, 1 min easy, 2 min hard, 1 min easy...so on up to 4 min hard, 1 min easy and then back down. It wore me out! It's a great way to simulate race conditions. I'm trying to get used to longer bouts of hard running. I'll tell ya though, the longer I ran the closer my "hard" got to my "easy" and not because it was getting any easier!
12 July 2010
I had the opportunity to speak a bit in chapel, in front of a good number of our employees. We use this Healthy Monday to try and educate our staff about the benefits of healthy living and making better choices. Among other things, one of our demonstrations was a visual. Five pounds of fat. Do you know what five pounds of fat looks like? Well, here you go. Ewwwww! I had way too much fun with this fake fat. (yes, it's fake) It actually weighs five pounds and is kind of spongy, like real fat. It's pretty big. I think I'm gonna keep it on my desk for a while.
It Made my Monday!
Tonight I ran tempo runs with my group. Comfortably hard. It wasn't exactly a tempo run for me, but still a good workout. Bahama Mama joined us and after our tempo run we got in another 2 miles or so. All in all I managed a little over 5.5 miles in 1 hr and 11 minutes. It was good to get in over 5 miles at once and to catch up with Bahama Mama!I'm already looking forward to hill repeats on Wednesday...
10 July 2010
It's been a while since I've snapped that latex cap on my head and slithered into the cool pool waters. And it was as hard a workout as I remembered! I keep waiting to "get sooo skinny" because that is what so many swimmers told me would happen. What, like pool water is just magic? I don't think my gym has the magic water. That, and just maybe you might have to swim faster and more often than I do. Oh well, after FOUR speed workouts this past week I figured I owed my joints a break.
Yes, maybe a touch too much speed work. Wednesday morning's WWoW was so good I decided to repeat it on Thursday for those that missed. And then Thursday evening I ran hill repeats with my group.
This morning I was really looking forward to a nice slow long run. Except, no one wanted to run as long as I did. True, they all had very valid reasons...but I'm gettin' antsy not running over 6 miles at a time! We busted out 6 very humid miles. Good golly Pete it is humid. But we did it and it felt good to go nice and slow, not worrying much about time. I know my long slow run days are numbered. I've got a sub 5 marathon in my sights and I understand that you've got to run faster to, uh, run faster. Like the swimming, it won't just magically happen on race day. So I took my time today. We did 6.2 miles in 1:11.
Aren't we all so cute with our matching pink Nathan hand held water bottles? That's me, Bahama Mama and Doc. (she just graduated with her doctorate in audiology!)
Okay, so there is this guy that cycles all over town. I see him everywhere. What makes him unusual is that he rides a unicycle! He has several and I understand he even commutes to work on it in traffic! What skills. I totally photo bombed him this morning.
03 July 2010
I took off with the rest and quickly remembered what I DON'T like about 5Ks. The weaving. Distance running, well, you can hang on for a bit. The walkers will eventually just end up behind you. But if you are going to PR in just over 3 miles, then you better start booking it pretty quickly. I tried not to waste too much energy but I bobbed and weaved through the sea of walkers, dogs, strollers and slower runners. And believe it or not, there are a few of those than me. Just a few though!
I saw young people, older people, kids, a girl with a purse. Oh yes, she had her purse slung over her body, boucing up and down. I saw little dogs and big dogs, babies in strollers. Lots of iPods. I considered using mine. I rarely use music to run anymore and only on the treadmill. Decided that making a playlist wasn't worth staying up any later and I'm actually glad I left it at home. I rather liked just listening to my breaths and my steps. Helped me focus.
The turn around came much more quickly than expected. Gosh, this is a short distance! I maintained my pace below 9:30 and felt great. But my head is still in distance mode and kept telling me to hang on, I might need that energy later. So I bargained with myself and fartleked the rest of the way back. I'd pick a tree and speed up until then.
Breathless, a young girl asked me how far the finish line was. I know the lake pretty well and recognized where we were. Just 2 more turns and then the finish line was a straightaway away! Wait, what? I glanced at my watch, I better book it! And book it I did.
Finished in 28:42. (by my watch...I'm not really sure how they calculate it since there wasn't chip timing...and no apparent start line!) Eh. I never understood how some of y'all could PR and not be pleased.
Now I know. Yes, I PR'd and I'm happy about that. I'm still faster than I was before marathon training. (yay about that - I was afraid that I might not finish in under 30!) This was a pretty flat out and back course. I could have pushed myself harder. My tank was not empty when I crossed that finish line. I'm still learning my threshold for this shorter distance. All in all, I'm pleased. I really am. But I know I can do better.
So I'm signing up for several more 5Ks this Summer. And I'm proclaiming on the blog for all to see. I'm gonna get under 27. Can I shave over 1:42 off my time?
And I will. I'm doing speed work with WWoW, but I'm also doing speed work with my group that I coach. I'm gonna really kick my strength training into high gear and focus on quality, not quantity miles. There is NO REASON I can't make my goal!
Oh yes, and I bet if I finally get around to shedding a few pounds that might help.
Keep me accountable y'all!