Thursday, January 31, 2013


You gotta have something at stake for the Super Bowl, right?  I've committed to PavementRunner's #MilesOfShame, which is I've picked my team, and if they lose, I have to make up the points difference in miles.  OK, I capped at 10.  Thankfully that can be done over multiple workouts.  The guidelines say it needs to be a challenge, and trust me, it will be.  I did 3 miles on Saturday, for the first time since the Dallas half, which was close to 2 months ago.  I need to start training again and what way to kind of keep it fun.

I downloaded Runkeeper onto my iPhone so I will be able to keep track of what I've done.  Obviously I'll post the results if I have to run, and I was able to get a crash course (thank you internet!) on how to program run/walk intervals.  I think I'm ready to go, shorter runs at least, outside, until I get a fuel belt.

As you can see, my jersey is ready for Sunday.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Childhood Teams

After posting Sunday's blog (about the 49ers and how I was cheering for them even before the Red Wings) I discovered the last player from THAT Red Wings team has now retired.  Tomas Holstrom retired one week ago, and now there are no players left from the team I picked when I started watching hockey.  OK, I have to admit, it wasn't the hockey itself that first drew me to the team.  It's the fact that fans throw octopus on the ice in celebration.  Why?  It signifies history.  It used to take 8 wins to get the Stanley Cup. 

I remember distinctly when the Wings won their Stanley Cup in 42 years.  I was in Madison for a soccer tournament, and my team was in over its head.  This was the only good thing that happened that weekend.  I was so happy I was practically bouncing off the hotel walls.  They made me cry the previous two seasons, after being swept by New Jersey in the finals and then losing to Colorado in the conference finals.  Of course, they got their revenge against Colorado en route to beating Philly in 1997.

This is my VHS (remember those!) that recaps the season.  I also have the recaps of 1998 (yes, another VHS)

and 2002, which this time is a DVD.

I still need to get my hands on the 2008 DVD.  I watched the 2002 DVD Sunday, just having fun remembering that season.  Once I unpack the VHS's I'll watch those two back to back.  It had to happen, but I don't blame him.  Holmstrom got some harsh treatment because of the way he played, set up right in front of the crease, and getting a beating from goalies and defensemen.  But hey, he has four Stanley Cups.  Not many players can say that.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 1/27

The Super Bowl is set!  Who's everyone cheering for?  I am by no means a Ravens fan, at all, and the 49ers were the first team I supported.  I was cheering for the Niners even before I was cheering for the Red Wings.  When my family lived in Wisconsin, the kids had Brett Favre jerseys, but I had my Steve Young jersey.  I like to be different.
Source: San Francisco 49ers and the NFL
This weekend I got back up to 3 miles, using the intervals my training plan calls for.  Anyone know of a good app I can use for my intervals?  I don't want to keep watching the time on the treadmill, or guessing how long I've been running or walking while doing cardio outside.  And I don't want to wear a running watch and have to constantly look at it.

Today I did some easy biking and leg weights.  My leg weights include weight machines at the gym for quads, hamstrings, abductor, adductor, and calves.  Then I come home and do some hip pilates to try to strengthen some trouble spots, and then ankle weights to strengthen my hip flexors.  The pilates I do are from a Denise Austin DVD I have, and they do a good job at targeting what I need to.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Walt Disney World Races vs. Disneyland Races

Tuesday marked the day when Disneyland's Labor Day Weekend races officially went live for the public.  I say officially because I heard the link was live as early as marathon weekend at WDW, and people at that Expo and the Tink expo could register for those races.  As I expected, Dumbo Double Dare and the 10k sold out, but I won't say they sold in one day.  I'd say more like 11 or 12 days.  Originally there were only going to be 2,000 spots for Dumbo, but due to demand, Disney opened 2,000 more.  I don't know if that's the ceiling amount, but it could be.  The half marathon also sold out yesterday.  People are demanding more spots get added, but it's not that simple.  Races at Disneyland are different than Disney World, most noticeably because the city of Anaheim dictates Disneyland races because runners are taken onto Anaheim roads.

Obviously, a lot of planning goes into any race, but since Disney's presence in Anaheim is so small, they have to work with the city because it's Anaheim streets that are being shut down, and Anaheim personnel who are needed on those streets.  Disneyland only has two race weekends, Labor Day and the Tinker Bell weekend, and I thought I read that's all they're getting at this point.  Anaheim also limits the number of runners for those races, which is why both half marathons sell out so fast.

On the other coast, Disney World is practically a city itself.  Disney owns the roads, so they only need to work with themselves to shut down the streets for the races, and they themselves dictate how many runners can participate in their big races.  Not once do runners go into Orlando, all the races are strictly on Disney property.

Disneyland Resort is only about 500 acres.  It's tiny-tiny compared to WDW, which is 30,080 acres.  That leaves a lot of space in Florida to plan races.  But why the sudden high demand for races at Disneyland?  Well, I think part of this go around was the Dumbo Double Dare.  2013 is the inaugural year, and inaugurals are naturally high in demand.

The other I believe is the popularity of Disney's Coast-to-Coast medal.  If you complete at least a half marathon on both coasts in one calendar year, you can get a Coast-to-Coast medal.  Well, there are 3 weekends at WDW to run a half or full, but as mentioned above, there are only 2 weekends at DL, and the number of runners is limited for each race.  Any readers complete DL before the C2C?  What was the demand then?

All that being said, I'm setting my sights on the 10k next year.  I'll be waiting anxiously through Labor Day weekend this year to see what people have to say about the DDD, and of course I'll be waiting for the medals to be released so I can see the designs.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Six-Week 6-Pack Tryout

I did the first workout of the Jillian Michaels DVD Sunday.  I felt good during the workout, and ended up sweating, but was pleased with the exercises she uses in Level One.  It's a combo of cardio and core exercises, and I was sore, but not in my abs.  There's one exercise that works the abs and the inner thighs, and it's my inner thighs that turned out to be sore.  I really felt it Monday, but it's good that other areas are also getting worked.  The exercise itself is in side-plank pose, and the bottom leg comes up.

It is difficult, because you need to keep your core tight, bring the bottom leg up, and keep your balance.  The entire workout includes a warm-up, then one cycle of several core exercises, repeat all the exercises, then cool down with some stretching.

I really liked the first workout I did because it was challenging, and certainly longer than the pilates DVDs I have since each of those workouts are 10 minute-segments.  Level One of this DVD is about 35 minutes.  With all the cardio moves too, I felt like I got a good, all around workout.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 1/20

Happy long weekend!  Anybody have races or races coming up?  I know this weekend is the Tinker Bell weekend at Disney, and a contingent of WISHers are in Maui.  I looked up that race and it's got quite a number of different races.  5k, 10k, 15k, a half and full.  Good luck to all.

This weekend was gorgeous in Dallas.  It was 61 degrees Saturday after lunch, and I went for a run.  It was a bit windy, but I did 30 minutes of running and walking, and it felt great.  We've been through a cold spell since Christmas, with a couple warm days but followed by more Arctic blasts.  I couldn't pass that on that weather.

I bought some more running gear.  I bought a UA sports bra and a Nike tank top.  I can't wait to try them out.  The sports bra is a low-medium impact sports bra that I can use for biking and lifting on my light cross-training days, and the Nike top is their Dri-Fit material.

I also bought Jillian Michaels' "Six Week Six-pack."  I don't want to say I'm tired of the usual core work at the gym, but I wanted something different.  I'll also be tweaking it.  I know it says use every day, but the last personal trainer I was with said there's no point in doing ab work every day.  The muscles remember the same exercises, so I'll do the workout 2 or 3 times a week to keep the muscles on their toes.

Lastly, I wanted to share this recipe I saw on the Food Network today.  I record "Giada at Home" since most Saturday mornings I'm working out and running errands.  I try to eat healthy, but sometimes I'm not good at that.  I'm always looking for some quick or easy recipes, and this is one I can do on a Sunday and have some good leftovers for the week.  Desserts have always been my weakness, and I need to be healthy throughout the day since I don't have the will power to say no to chocolate.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Active Rest

I have a couple more weeks left in my active rest period, which is good because I was thrown for a loop on Tuesday.  It snowed.  But not enough to close the university I work at.  It was enough that there was over 100 accidents in the metroplex, but not enough to close work :-/  I know, I know, I lived in Boston for 12 years, but this is Texas.  I moved to get away from the snow, and when it snows, the city's supposed to be shut down.  As such, I wasn't in the mood to workout, so I didn't.

I'm also gearing up to move to another apartment at the end of the month.  I'll get some good cross-training and weight lifting in, packing up my car with all the boxes and then unloading them.  I do have a moving company to handle the furniture, but I'm moving everything else.  That will be the week and weekend leading up to my official training start, so I am going to make that first week a little easy.  I'll have unpacking to do at home, so that could be an extra workout too.

Any plans or races scheduled for this weekend?  I'm still not doing much, but I'll be near a Dick's Sporting Goods Saturday, and I just have to see if there's any gear I can't live without.  I do have a new race set for April, so maybe a new wardrobe?  I'll have to wait and see.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Not Good at Not Planning Ahead

Ever think about races you want to do quite a ways out from the day you're at?  That's me.  It's not good because life gets in the way sometimes, but I can't help it.  Yes, I have Eugene penned in since I registered and bought airfare, but I know I want to do the Disney half next January to get the Donald medal.  After that, I've got my eye on the 10k at Disneyland.  It's new this year, so I'm waiting (and waiting... it is over Labor Day weekend) to see the reviews and of course, the bling.

My plan would be to take the summer off, doing light cardio and weights, but generally not pushing myself in the infamous Texas heat, and then pick up training in the fall.  I would love to be able to do the half marathon at Disney, but that would require training through the summer, and I wimp out just thinking about it.  Either I'd need to do the longer runs on the treadmill, or get up at 4am to get the miles in before the sun comes up.  The Coast-to-Coast medal is great, but I think that's one I have to let go at this point.

Anybody else plan far ahead with races, or chose races based on the medal?  I tend to do both, and Disney certainly have some great medals.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 1/13

Sorry this post is a little late, but I was in Houston for my Godsister's wedding.  4 hours south on Friday and 4 hours north this morning.  I'm a little tired, but it was a great ceremony and reception.  Congrats to the newlyweds.

It's drives like the one to Houston and back that I can test out music, because let's face it: 4 hours in the car demands music.  In June I found out exactly how many Jimmy Buffett songs I have (and I've added a few more since then) and this trip I decided to listen to my Disney list.  This weekend is the major marathon weekend at Walt Disney World, so I was keeping with the theme.  I have almost 8 hours of Disney music, ranging from the Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective all the way to Tarzan.

Anyone have a playlist from one artist or theme similar in time length?  I get to start building playlists again very soon when training for Eugene starts up.  I've had fun relaxing, but now I'm kind of in limbo since my training plan doesn't start for a couple more weeks.  Oh well, at least I can look at more music to get.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Taking Care of Injuries

As most of y'all have probably heard by now, Robert Griffin III has a torn ACL and LCL in his right knee.  He knee buckled against the Seahawks and twisted in a direction that knees aren't suppose to twist.  All this after he told the coach he wasn't injured.  Right.  A tough guy attitude ended with two torn ligaments and a date with reconstructive knee surgery.  I'd like to take this moment to emphasize the importance of letting injuries heal.

There are a lot of athletes out there who would rather tough it out and push through injuries.  I include myself in this category.  During my athletic career in high school and college I had multiple injuries from sprained ankles to pulled muscles that I did not tell anyone about.  I remember one practice in college where I felt my quad pop during end-of-practice sprints, but I kept going.  Only after practice did I sneak into the training room for treatment.

Now that I'm almost 6 years removed from college, I realize that taking care of injuries is vital.  You have to listen to your body and catch them early, otherwise the situation is compounded and the injury gets worse.  Is it a blow to the ego?  Of course it is.  We're not invincible, but neither are professional athletes.  If rest is required, then rest.  It's not the end of the world, and I've come to understand when I feel a tight muscle or just feel fatigued, I benefit from the rest.

What are some of y'all's favorite ways to cope with injuries?  I have the usual foam roller, "the stick" for calves, and I have KT tape just in case.  Anyone do ice baths?  I tried one once, and proceeded to go through every curse word I know, including one in German and one in French.  This picture was on Facebook, and I saw it courtesy of one of my friends.  Sums up my thoughts perfectly.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Alternate TV schedule

I am proud to admit I did not watch one bit of the bowl season.  What did I watch?  Well, movies, but not just any movies.  Disney movies.  During the Fiesta Bowl I watched Enchanted since it was on the Disney Channel, and then last night I watched Monsters Inc.  All the ads for 3D Monsters Inc had me thinking about the movie, so I went home last night and put in the DVD.

Anybody see the newest trailer for Monsters University?  I love it!  After seeing so many university ads during sports, I thought this was a good one.  It took me a little bit to realize it was not an ad for a human university.  Very clever, Pixar!

It's also this time of year I start itching to see the next Pixar movie.  Monsters University is scheduled to hit theaters June 21st.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 1/6

Happy first Sunday of the new year.  One week from today, Disney's marathon weekend will be wrapping up.  Anybody doing a race?  Doing Goofy or Dopey?  Good luck to y'all!

This week has been a forced rest week, but I got back to the gym both yesterday and today.  I did 15 minutes of cardio each day, as well as some weights.  Yesterday I did some core work and today I did leg weights.  It feels good to be on the mend and able to get back into the swing of things.  I want to get my base down before training starts up again next month.

Don't tell my competitive side, but it's been rather nice to take some extra days off.

Thursday, January 3, 2013


I bought new shoes after work today.  I figured if I'm being good and resting because of this lingering cold, I could do something to prep for when I can work out.  My store had the white shoes with pink and orange trim, and apparently that color scheme only comes in certain sizes.  I never thought my big feet would feel so special.

I love the swirl design on the inside of the shoe.  This color scheme isn't as flashy as the other two ASICS released, but I'm good with that.  I can wear flashy calf sleeves instead.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013

Happy New Year!  Anyone have a New Year's Day tradition?  I've been watching the Rose Parade, switching between HGTV and ABC, and the theme this year is from Dr. Seuss, "Oh the places you'll go."  This parade is on my bucket list, and I'm determined to get there, at whatever point I can make it.  Last time I was in Pasadena was in summer 2003, and I have no idea if I was anywhere near the route.

If you watched the parade, what was your favorite float?  You'd think mine would be the Cars Land, just because it's Disney.

But my favorite was the float for military dogs.  The float itself was very touching, giving tribute to the dogs who serve in our military, and one of the dogs on the float lost a leg to a roadside bomb, but there was something else.

ABC interviewed a military wife and her son who were "contest winners", before this float came by.  Well, the commentators hinted that it wasn't just a contest.

Her husband was on the float.  This was easily my favorite one, in honor of the military dogs, and then a welcome home.  A big thank you to all our military personnel, people and animals.

So what about resolutions?  Well, I don't really do resolutions.  I see so many resolutions fail, and by mid-January, my gym population is back to normal.  I will get back there just to do easy cardio and some weight work, but I may need a few extra days of rest just to finish kicking this head cold.