Sunday, December 30, 2012

Random Sunday Musings 12/30

I can't believe vacation is almost over.  It's always nice to get away and unplug and relax, but I'm headed back to Dallas tomorrow, and work on Wednesday.  I'm hoping nothing big will happen on Wednesday if the Monday after Thanksgiving is any indication of my state of mind.  That day I sent a couple personal emails and then all my energy was zapped.  It was a really good thing nothing big happened at work because my brain needed much more than a simple jump-start.

Does anyone have plans for New Year's Eve?  I've never really been one to celebrate NYE itself.  I figure I have 365 days, sometimes 366 days, to celebrate the new year.  Even if I wanted to celebrate NYE this year, I'm not sure I could.  I got hit with a bad head cold on Thursday and I've been battling it ever since.  I've felt better after getting some cold medicine, but it's obvious this thing's got me in its clutches and won't let go.  New Year's morning will be spent watching the Rose Parade, and HGTV shows is commercial free.  Yay!  I won't miss anything.  I'm not sure about the Rose Bowl itself, but it's an option.  Today is the last regular season day for the NFL, and the Patriots are hosting Miami in weather that is marked as cold, with the wind chills in the teens to 20s.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Post-Christmas

Did y'all have a good Christmas?  I can't believe it's here and gone already, and we're only 5 days away from 2013.  I did get a White Christmas in Colorado, and from I've heard, so did Dallas.  I certainly hope that means we won't have to deal with the snakes and bugs as early as we did this year.  I didn't deal with any snakes, but I did deal with bugs.




Yesterday was Boxing Day, and I made sure to watch the EPL game that I could, ManU vs. Newcastle.  It was quite the game, but if any of y'all recorded it and haven't watched it yet, I won't give anything away.  Just that it was a very entertaining game.

I've also gotten back into the swing of things, cardio wise.  I've done 15 minutes on the bike twice now and today I will do another 15-20 minutes.  I'm still trying to rest as I might be coming down with a cold, but I think an active rest will suffice.  Working out during vacation isn't easy, but if I can do something I'll feel better about it all.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas y'all!  We have a white Christmas this morning in the Rockies.  It was snowing yesterday afternoon and continued into this morning.  It looks like a snow globe out there with all the trees lined with snow and more snow coming down.  I hope everyone has a great Christmas.



Last night we did the family tradition and watched the Muppet Christmas Carol.  I guess I made it a tradition years ago, and am still adamant we watch it every Christmas Eve.  I love Kermit's song "One More Sleep Till Christmas" and feel I need to watch that scene when there really is only one more sleep till Christmas.  I know some people have their absolute favorite Christmas movie and can quote it from beginning to end, like Elf.  That's me with MCC.


I know all of the side comments Gonzo and Rizzo make and all the words to the songs.  I have all the songs in my Christmas list.  It was also the very first movie I saw Michael Cain in, and love him for it.  Anyone who works with the Muppets is awesome!  I'd also say this is my favorite version of a Christmas Carol.


Was Santa good to y'all?  My parents almost made me cry with one gift, I had a pretty good moment.  I did get two Sweaty Bands I wanted.  I will be able to break these in once my training for Eugene starts.  The patterns are their Peppermint Swirl and Santa Fe.



Sunday, December 23, 2012

Random Sunday Musings 12/23

Greetings from the Arctic Tundra.  OK, maybe not the tundra, it's actually the Rocky Mountains, but to this Texan, there's no difference.  I have finally admitted after almost 4 years in Texas, my blood has thinned out.  When I have to put up with temperatures in the 90s and 100s for half the year, I adjust and this cold weather isn't what I'm used to.


No, definitely not what I'm used to.  If there's a dusting of snow or ice, DFW shuts down and I get a free day off from work.

Incidentally, congratulations on making it through the Mayan apocalypse.  We all made it, yes?  I count that as five times in my life the world was suppose to end, and yet here we are.  My cousin is in France for this semester, so her post at 1am France time definitely gave me the thumbs up the world was still in existence.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

That Antsy Feeling

They say for every mile you run in a race, you should take that many days off after the race.  Easy advice, but I'm smack in the middle of holiday parties at work.  Tuesday was snack day, and yesterday was the holiday potluck, though I skipped the potluck and had lunch with a friend.  At Arby's.  So I could get my curly fries fix.  Not sure which would be better, but I hadn't had curly fries in quite some time.  This was my plate Tuesday, complete with a Tiramisu parfait.  Yes, I was bad.



I did try to be good with the fruit, but there was also bacon wrapped sausage that was baked in brown sugar.  Those are still in the fridge at work, and I'm just trying to get through to tomorrow when I can get away from all this food.  I don't like having to use self control this much in one week.

All this combines into a very antsy feeling that I need to get back to the gym, but that conflicts with the knowledge that I still need to let my body recover.  I'm almost there, but I still need a couple more days.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

If the Shoe Fits

Let's talk about shoes.  Every year in the late fall, the next in line shoes come out and I start to worry.  This Asics line has worked quite well for me, but new styles mean changes to what works for my feet.  Anyone else worry about this?  My feet demand Asics (no joke, they hurt if I use a different brand) but my worry is having to switch styles.  The next in line has two color schemes that aren't basic black, but one is flashy purple and I don't run fast enough to pull those off.

Now that my last half is behind me, I will be retiring my Asics 2170s before starting up my training for Eugene.



I've also written down my new training plan to my 2013 planner, and training begins February 4th.  I'm using the Marathoning for Mortals run/walk plan, and it is significantly shorter than my last two training runs.  I can't wait to start and see how this one works.  I'd use the Galloway method, but that plan has training beyond half-marathon mileage.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Random Sunday Musings 12/16/12

I am now a week removed from my second half marathon.  This week was all about recovery and processing that race.  Monday I couldn't even stand up straight because the muscles around my hips were quite tight, and I was shuffling around work the best I could.  Thursday was the day all soreness was gone.  This weekend continued the recovery with some pampering thrown in.  My parents visited, and my mom and I got pedicures!  I wanted to pamper my feet since they have been through another round of training, and I got a great holiday red color, plus some nail art.  I have snowflakes on both big toes.


I've also found even though I haven't done anything this week, there are moments in which I feel kind of ravenous.  I had a big lunch Tuesday since my work group went to a steakhouse, yesterday I had chicken fried chicken at Black-Eyed Pea, and this morning I had the scrambled eggs plate at La Madeleine.  I guess I'm still craving calories, and I will continue eating like this if my body demands it.  The trick is to keep healthy, but it is the holidays, so no guarantee.


Anyone else find they're this hungry the week after a race?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Lessons Learned and What's Up Next

To start off with, I'm glad I did Dallas, but most likely won't do it again.  There were too many logistical issues I'm still not able to overlook.  I learned a lot training for this half, and most importantly I don't have to plow through any mental hurdles since I've already done that.

This training was rough.  I started too soon and felt burned out by late October.  I just wanted to finish the cycle with that medal around my neck, and luckily I achieved that.  I don't know whether I've conquered my troubled hip-spot, but it did not cramp up on me this time around.  Maybe those pilate moves really do work.  There's also something to be said about how stubborn I am.  I was hurting, really hurting, by mile 10, but I don't listen to reason most of the time, and since I was that close, I was going to finish.  Only 5K left.  It wasn't pride talking, it was just sheer stubbornness.  My hips were so tight and my knee was flaring up, all I could do was just plod along.  But no pain, no gain, right?


So what's next?  I intend to enjoy the rest of this month doing nothing.  I may do some core work just to keep that strong, but I'm going to rest for the next 3 weeks and let my muscles recover.  I registered for my next half a few days before this past one, and I'll be doing the Eugene half marathon at the end of April.  And this time I will use a training plan.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Day Before

Yes, I'm sore today.  I'm not as sore as I was after the Princess, but nonetheless, it is taking me a while to walk around work.

I started Saturday off by watching Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer.  I haven't gotten to watch a whole lot of Christmas movies yet, so I thought I'd start that morning with something festive.  The rest of the morning was spent doing some errands, but generally trying to take it easy.  Around noon, I headed downtown.  I felt like a tourist once I checked in since I'm very rarely down in that part of town.  I don't work there, but I've only had a couple reasons to go down there.  Most fun stuff is Uptown.


I could see the Fair Grounds from my hotel room, indicated by the Ferris Wheel.  Sadly, Big Tex is no more.  After dumping my stuff in the room, I headed towards the Dallas Convention Center by way of Main Street and turning onto Griffin.  I past the flagship Neiman Marcus store, where I discovered my feet many years ago.


I also took the picture for my mom since I was with her that day.  Once I got to Griffin Street, I turned south and started walking towards the convention center.  There are statues of steers outside the building (very Texas) and it seems like they are a favorite climbing spot for children.


At the convention center, I picked up my bib, D-tag and participant's shirt before heading back.  I did not linger around the Expo since I would not have bought anything.  The one vendor I wanted to see was not there, and it's almost Christmas.  I can't buy anything for myself until after my birthday.  I made it back to my hotel, where I proceeded to relax and watch the Army/Navy game, and a Cosby Show marathon on TV Land.

I wish I could say I fell asleep easily, but I tossed and turned for a bit.  I did end up getting more sleep than I did before the Princess, but that alarm came early.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Dallas MetroPCS Thoughts

Well, I finished.  It was 63 degrees when I woke up this morning, and the humidity percentage was quite high.  The hotel I was staying at had shuttles running from the hotel to about halfway to the starting line.  After walking to the convention center and back yesterday, I figured the shuttle was the best way to go.


Even though it was humid, there was a pretty good breeze, hence the need for a throw away long-sleeve shirt.  I walked from the shuttle to the convention center to check my bag, hit the restroom, and made my way to my corral.

My time was 2:52:29, and given the not so great training and the weather conditions, I'll take it.  The course wasn't that great either, and the infrastructure support left a lot to be desired.  I know all the people who man the water stations are volunteers, but there weren't that many water stops that were fully stocked.  Many of them were frantically pouring water or Gatorade into the cups as we runners had to wait.



The course went through a number of boring parts of the city, and I never realized how the city of Dallas itself doesn't have a whole lot of landmarks.  The best entertainment was from Luke's Locker who had set up their inflatable logos and haystacks as a kind of country theme stop.  They had live music to go with the decoration theme.  There were two switchbacks on the course, one between mile 7 and 8 in which the half marathoners doubled back while the full marathoners continued on their course, and then between mile 12 and 13.  The last one I thought was unnecessary as it took us by the street we turn on to head towards the finish line, but we had to run by it and double back.

The finish line was also disorganized.  We had to go through the finish line photos to the medical "tent" which I felt was understaffed, inside the convention center to get our bags, finishers shirts and food.  I needed ice for me knee as it felt like my IT Band was about to seize up, but decided to skip the ice until I got home.  I did not like the constant movement and felt like I really needed to sit down, yet there was no place to do that until after I got my food.

The bling is pretty sweet, but unless some major changes occur, I will not be doing this one again.  With the boring course, it was mostly my playlist and my determination to get the medal that kept me moving.


Anybody else run the Dallas half?  What were your initial thoughts?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Carbo Load or Not

I'm not one to advocate carbo loading the night before a race.  There's not enough time for the carbs to take affect and benefit the muscles on race morning.  If anything, I believe carbs should be consumed over the course of the week leading up to the race.  Between the rest, and storing up the glycogen, I hoping my muscles will be good and ready Sunday morning.  Tuesday I was out with friends for pub quiz at the Allen Wickers, and I ordered their fettuccine with grilled chicken.  I didn't realize exactly how hungry I was and almost ate the entire plate, including all of the garlic bread.


I keep getting emails about Saturday and Sunday, and the most important one came yesterday from Anthony Travel.  The hotel I booked for Saturday won't be open in time, and they've moved my reservation to another hotel still in the area, just a little further away.  There will be a shuttle to and from the Expo, and then to the race Sunday morning.  Depending how I feel after the race, I'll probably walk back to keep my legs moving.

Also, I didn't know this, but each bib has a tear-away for one free Miller64 when we get to the runner's village after the race.  I'm not much a beer drinker, but it's a way to start replenishing those carbs, right ;-)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Back-Up Plans

Anybody encounter a situation in which a back-up plan needs to be put together?  The hotel I'm staying at Saturday is closed until Friday because of a fire that broke out in one of the stairwells this past weekend (yikes!).  Mostly it knocked out power and there was very little damage, but I put together plan B in case the hotel is not ready for the weekend.  My back-up plan will be to use DART, which is exactly why I booked a hotel in the first place.  I don't want to deal with race-morning anxiety in having commute into town.  I'll be watching the news on Friday to make sure everything is A-OK before heading down late morning.

With all that being said, the race posted a picture of their marathon medal, but no half medal.  They claim the half's is 9/10ths as cool as the marathon medal, and I hope they're right.  I like the marathon bling:


The half bling and the finisher's shirt will be at the finish line.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Random Sunday Musings 12/2

I'm starting to fall off the wagon.  I bought Blue Bell ice cream today and a premature celebration and now I have a packet of 3-oz servings of vanilla and Dutch chocolate.  I want to hold on and be good.  I only have 7 more days!  But, but it's the holidays and I've worked so hard and...


Now that I'm 7 days out, I need to start thinking about what I'm going to wear.  It's not as simple as that.  Texas weather is infamous for the temperature swings, and right now it does not feel like December.  I least I can decide on what shirt to wear, and if I need to wear my winter gear under it, so be it.  I'm thinking of going with my yellow top and if it's nice running weather, I'll break out my hot pink calf sleeves.  If not, more winter gear :-/  Yesterday it was 80 in Dallas, and I'm watching the forecast like a hawk.  Today is currently 71 with 79% humidity.  This weekend was traditionally race weekend, but they pushed it back a week with all the changes they wanted to make.


The emails are continuing to come in, and I have to admit I'm excited every time I see a MetroPCS email.  It's almost here!  Today I used the elliptical for 15 minutes and did arm weights.  Tomorrow I will run easy for 15-20 minutes, then rest until race day.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Race Info

A week and a half before White Rock.  I started getting tired of all the training and just wanted the race to be here now.  Then I got an email with information about packet pick-up.  If I could have, I would have done a happy dance around my office, but then people would have been staring.  The website has some new information, including a list of expo vendors, and a picture of the corrals.  It looks like there will be 3.


Unlike Disney races, I do not need to be in my corral an hour or more beforehand.  I don't think I mentioned all the walking that was required to get to my corral during the Princess.  Major fail in my opinion.  Those corrals were maybe a half mile from the EPCOT parking lot.  These corrals will be significantly closer.

The Facebook page also posted the front design for the participant's long sleeve shirt.  I'm not sure about it, but I'm not running this race for a shirt.


It's supposed to be the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge, but as someone pointed out, it looks like the St. Louis Arch.  They have not posted the design for the finisher's medal or shirt yet, but I'm on the lookout for them.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Post-Vacation Haze

OK, well yesterday was back to reality.  It was wonderful being on vacation for a week, but I had to go back to work :(  Yesterday morning I was in a complete haze until about 10am, and thankfully nothing major happened.  I was not going to be able to think fast and luckily I didn't have to.

The weather right now is a bit weird, and today's morning temperature was a good swing lower than yesterday's.  I have also taken to watching the weather forecast as I get closer to Dec. 9th.  I have all sorts of workout gear at the ready in case it's warmer, in case I need running tights, and anything in between.  This is Texas weather, and even in early December, it can be quite unpredictable.


Last night I wanted some comedy, and since the choice of Monday Night Football was definitely not appealing, I put in a movie, My Favorite Year.  I highly recommend this movie, it's hysterical.  You have Peter O'Toole essentially playing himself, and his character is based on Errol Flynn.  The story behind it is from executive producer Mel Brooks' time at Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" when Errol Flynn was a guest star.  It was a good way to wind down my first day back at work.



Sunday, November 25, 2012

Random Sunday Musings 11/25

Well, I'm back from Thanksgiving.  It's back to reality until Christmas, but I do have my half marathon in two weeks :)  I am definitely NOT one who supports Black Friday.  I buy stuff from October through December so I can spread purchases out, and I don't believe in camping out.  Not to mention, the Hellish reports the news posts each year helps me steer clear of any of the shops.

This week was a relaxing week, but I did manage to stay active during vacation.  Sunday I did 40 minutes of spin, Tuesday I did a cardio circuit at my college, and then Thursday was the 5k.  I realized the last time I was in my alma mater's fitness center was 5+ years ago, when we were lining up for graduation.  I had a couple of those moments this week, but it was good to get away for Thanksgiving.


My tapering will continue as I get closer to the race.  I switched up my weekend routine and biked Saturday since I flew back Friday.  Black Friday was the best time to fly back.  I was the third person in the security line at Logan, and the airport was a little quiet.  I can't imagine what it's like today.

I also put up my tree!  I was bored Saturday afternoon and the college football games weren't keeping my attention.  I put on Christmas music and assembled the tree.  I have ornaments I got in Russia, Ratatouille ornaments, an AristoCats ornament, Starbucks ornaments, and penguin ornaments.


What is your favorite Christmas carol?  I think my favorite nostalgic song is Burl Ives' "Holly Jolly Christmas", and a new favorite is the "Christmas Can-Can" from Straight No Chaser.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!  I do hope everyone's holiday was good and possibly gluttoness.  I did not over eat, but was certainly hit with sleepyness.  About 2 hours ago I was ready to konk out but managed to stay awake.  If I napped after 5pm, I'd be up for quite a bit tonight.

This morning we did a 5k in town, which benefits cancer research.  It was a great way to spend the morning since we would not have been doing much anyway.  We do not watch the New York parade due to the huge amount of commercialization.  The only parade we watch on TV is the Rose Parade.  The route went from a main part of town, to the Wellesley College campus, through parts of it, through the "Scream Tunnel," and back.


Afterwards, we came back, had French Toast, and prepared for the meal.  This trip has been perfect and just what I needed.  I've had a difficult couple of months personally, and I needed to get out of the state for a little bit.  I'm ready to go back home and get ready for the final couple of weeks before my race.  I even came up with a race to do next year!  It's the last week of April, and it'll give me time to recover, and then train.  I'll use a different training plan for it since I've been feeling tired with this training.

I'm also thankful that I was able to spend this vacation not only with my parents, but with the family furbabies.  Tomorrow is the 6th anniversary when we brought Hudson home.


He was such a tiny furball, and now he's the strongest cat we've ever had.  He's also a wimp.  When he growls, it certainly doesn't sound like a growl, and then he runs.

The other furbaby is Hathaway.

 
It's been great being with these two.  I can talk and email with my parents, but I can't do that with these boys.  I've been able to fluff them, listen to them talk and generally enjoy my family.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Compression Sleeves

I bought another pair of Zensah compression calf sleeves yesterday.  My parents live close to a popular running store in the Boston area, Marathon Sports, and I bought a pair of hot pink sleeves.  When I initially needed a pair of compression sleeves, I had these grandiose plans of buying an outrageous color, but then chickened out and bought basic black.


These sleeves have been great, and I wear them whenever I'm running.  I've needed them for over a year now after I tried a new weight machine and it backfired.  I made sure to use a light weight and low reps since it wasn't something I had done before, but it strained a part of my right calf that hasn't healed fully.  I figure the only way it'll heal fully is if I stop running.  That just ain't gonna happen.  Now I got enough courage to buy the color I wanted in the first place. Hot pink!


Anybody else have calf issues?  At least there's a way I can have fun with this problem.  I can add some color to my running outfit.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Random Sunday Musings 11/18

I lived through Thanksgiving travel!  OK, so the travel was yesterday and not on Wednesday.  I wouldn't do that to myself anyway.  I can't handle airports in general and I just know a big travel day like the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is 100 times worse than normal airport hours.  I did have to be at the airport before the crack of dawn, and navigating the DFW connector project at 4-whateverAM is not the easiest.  I have no idea when that project will be done, but it won't be soon enough!  Breakfast was Starbucks, well second breakfast at any rate.


Thursday turned out to be a rest day for me because I was meeting friends at the Allen Americans game.  The NHL may be in a strike, but thankfully I can still get my hockey fix.  The Americans are a minor league team, and Allen is 3 towns north of Dallas.  Sadly, they did not win Thursday, but it was still fun to go.  They looked sluggish after a long road trip, but they did end up putting up a fight at the end of the game.  Instead of losing by two or more goals, they only lost by one.


Today I'll be heading to a spin class.  I haven't done a spin class in quite a long time, so it'll be nice to change things up but still be able to do cardio.  I am tapering, but I can't just rest completely for the next 3 weeks.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Will Run for Wine

It came!  Sweaty Bands advertised this band on Facebook and I didn't feel like listening to the part of me saying don't buy it.  It was a splurge, and I love it!




That makes it a total of 4 currently in my collection of Sweaty Bands.

I started tapering this week.  I'll get more rest in next week during Thanksgiving, but I'm now less than a month away from my second half :-)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dallas Half Playlist

I've been slowly adding new songs to my long run playlist and this weekend I decided to put the songs in order for the half.  It's a slight change from my workout pattern.  For workouts I have a walking song first so I can warm up the muscles, but during the Princess I had a running song first so I could flow with the crowd.  I'm doing that this time around too since people take off in the corrals and I don't want to be a hazard for the people around me.  Walking to the start line and moving around in the corral before the start should be enough to warm up the muscles, plus I bet I'll be running slowly at first until the crowd spreads out.


This playlist is 100% different from my first one.  For the Princess, I went with a soundtrack theme since I could choose long songs to get me through the training runs.  I could get Broadway songs in the list which are more than 5 minutes long, and it seemed perfect.  This time, I've gone with whatever I like, so there's not really a specific theme to it.  I've kept some of my staples, but I also removed some of my other staples, which hurt, but I found other songs that work much better.  The songs that I have left from the Princess list are "Belle" "Countess of Cathleen" "We Built this City" "Free Bird" "Chariots of Fire" "Shout" "Almost There" "Mamma Mia" (movie soundtrack version) and "Dig a Little Deeper."  My favorite song I added since Princess is "Edge of Seventeen."


And look what I bought today!  I went out during my lunch break and bought the DVD.  I even have the opening song of Brave in my playlist.  It's short, so I paired it with two other short songs and I'll use all three as a running segment.  What are some y'all's favorite songs to run to?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Random Sunday Musings 11/11

Happy Veterans' Day y'all.  A big shout out to all who have served and all who are serving.

Yesterday I ran 9 miles, and that will be the last long long run before my half.  I could've done 10, but after the week I've had, I was tired and my muscles were tight.  No sense in risking an injury this close to the race, and 9 miles is pretty good too.  I met my cousin for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, and I did indeed order my staple cheesecake, the Tuxedo.


Yummy!

If you remember from my Halloween 5k recap, I mentioned I got out my cold-gear Under Armour for the race.  Well, I found out that I needed new winter gear.  My Under Armour is about 9 years old, and the shirts at the time weren't cut for women.  The darn thing kept riding up my torso during my run, and I was very grateful that I was wearing another shirt on top of the UA.  Today I went shopping to see what I could find, and if I could find one of the UA shirts I saw on their website.  In a word, no, Dick's did not have it, but I did find a Nike shirt that look similar, and even had the thumb holes I wanted.  I get to test it out on Thanksgiving day during the next 5k I'm scheduled to run.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Sweaty Bands

What do you use to keep the hair out of your face?  I spent years trying to figure out what to do with my wisps and fly-aways, and nothing I tried worked.  There was the usual pre-wrap band in high school, but those were either too loose and fell off during practice and games, or too tight and I'd get a headache.  I seemed to give up in college, but the annoyance reappeared full bore when I got back into shape.  There's no way I'm cutting my hair, but I had to find something, and find it fast!  Enter Sweaty Bands.



I found them at one of the stores I go to here in North Texas, and decided to buy one and try it out.  They say they really don't slip, so I was willing to test that claim.  And can I just say... it works!  The one time I had a band fall off was during a run in which I was heading into a gail-force wind and it didn't matter which direction I was running in.  North, south, east or west, it didn't matter, I was heading straight into that wind.  They've updated the bands since I bought my first one, and now there's a strip of velvet on the underside of each one to make the fit more snug and now they really really really don't slip. 

(L) no velvet (R) with velvet

The designs certainly test my fortitude, but I do currently have 3, and today I splurged and bought another one.  They advertised the new one on Facebook, and I didn't even think about it.  I wanted it, and with the way I'm feeling right now, I could've swept a few more designs into the cart, but I did, in fact, show some restraint (yay! and boo! at the same time).

So, what do you use?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My Disney History

People have wondered why I'm so into Disney.  Well, I didn't stand much of a chance.  The very first stuffed animal I had was a Winnie the Pooh my dad got me the day I was born.  Since he had to be stitched and stuff and the music box inserted before that day, he's older than I am.  He's faded and his shirt has some holes, but he still plays the theme music, and he's soaked up many of my tears over the years.


I was raised on the Disney channel and Disney movies.  Many of the Disney movies I watched were recorded off the Disney channel, at a time in which there actually wasn't any commercials during the movies.  That unfortunately has changed :-/  The first solid memory of me seeing a movie in the theater is watching the Little Mermaid.  The memory itself is during Ursula's song, Poor Unfortunate Souls.  That experience carried over into my first trip to Disneyland when I wasn't quite five.  One of the days, I entertained the entire Submarine ride looking for Ariel and Sebastian.

My thesis during junior year of high school had to be on American history, and I chose Walt Disney.  I got to research not only Walt, but how he and company changed the face of entertainment.  They were working in animation, but the company was the first in so many things, and Walt himself pushed the company to fulfill his ideas and dreams.

Of course, I chose WDW to fulfill my dream of running my first half marathon.



Movies have changed now, and more and more I find myself going to the theater to watch strictly Disney and Pixar films, and many of my DVDs are of those companies' DVDs.  This year I have only seen Brave and Frankenweenie in theater, and I really don't know if I want to see any others before getting them through Netflix.


Brave comes out next week, and I'll definitely moved DVDs around to make room :)

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Random Sunday Musings 11/4

I got back to training this week after taking it easy between my 10-mile run and my 5K.  I did 6.25 miles yesterday, and I've been testing some Christmas music to see which songs would be good to have during my half.  I got 2 of them after random shuffling and they did work, so those two are keepers.  Those songs are a medley from Robert Greenidge and "Fum Fum Fum" by Mannheim Steamroller.  I really like my CD of Robert Greenidge's "a Coral Reefer Christmas."  He is Jimmy Buffett's steel drummer, and he incorporates the steel drums into the Christmas music.  Now that I live in a place that isn't supposed to get snow in December, it's a nice spin on the music.



Today I'll stay home and do some yoga stretching.  I've noticed now that I've done 3 double-digit runs my hips tend to get tight after a certain distance, and I definitely need to stretch those.  I also found some exercises that might help with the weak points in my hips, and I'm hoping I can build those slowly.  I don't want to overdo it before Dec. 9 and be injured on race day.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Goody Bags

After some of the good loot I got in my Trek or Treat goody bag, I started thinking about the differences between that one and the Disney Princess goody bag.  I understand Disney is trying to go green, so the flyers were all online ahead of time, but there's just something about dumping out all the stuff from a goody bag and sorting through it.  Anybody look forward to their race goody bag?  My favorite item from Trek or Treat was a new nail file since I already needed a new one.  You can tell in the picture I've already used it :-p 



I also got a caffeine Clif gel and a Clif protein bar, both of which are currently unconsumed.  I'm also a sucker for the shirts races provide.  I did a 10K last year in which I had to pay extra for the shirt and opted not to.  The shirt I got in my goody bag from Trek or Treat is a Brooks long-sleeve tech shirt, and it really is WISH green (WISH being a running group with t-shirts the same color green).  The women's shirts were the WISH green and the men's shirts were neon orange.  I kept thinking I was seeing WISHers along the race course.


What are some of your favorite items in a goody bag?  What has been your favorite surprise?  I'm looking forward to the Dallas expo next month to see what I get.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Boo to You!

Happy Halloween!

My favorite Halloween party happens to take place at the Magic Kingdom every year.  It's a special ticket event, so a regular park pass won't work.  In fact, when you enter the Magic Kingdom with the special ticket, cast members give you a wristband, and those without a wristband after a certain time in the evening are escorted out of the park.  The guests with the wristbands get to stay in the Magic Kingdom for trick-or-treating, extra magic hours, a Halloween parade, a fireworks show and a villains mix and mingle.  Trust me, Disney does this right!  I've seen videos of Disneyland, and though it's cute, the parade is rather sugary compared to Micky's Not So Scary Halloween parade.  The parade starts with the Headless Horseman leading the charge, then all the characters are present in their Halloween costumes.


After that comes the pirates, Haunted Mansion:



Wild West, the Villains:


and then Pluto and Goofy with the candy:


If you love Halloween, I highly, highly recommend this party.