Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Quick Post

Today's post will be brief since I'm catching up with work (ugh!)

I PR'd at Eugene, and the race had the good, the bad, and the ugly.  The recap will be posted soon.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Final Preparations

It's almost here!  When does excitement kick in for y'all?  I've had moments when my vacation countdown hit single digits, when I set up runner tracking and saw my bib number, and when I started packing.

At this point I have started my "carbo-loading" regime.  I don't believe in cramming carbs the night before, but rather I do it the entire week leading up to the race.  OK, well, I actually eat carbs all the time, but I focus on the week leading up to the race instead of just the night before.  Look what I found at CVS for race breakfast:


Travel peanut butter!  They're 1.5 ounces each :)

I've been trying to stretch and roll my IT band as much as possible, and I've packed my KT Tape to help with that.  It held up pretty well on my 10-mile run, and fingers crossed it does the same on Sunday.  I did take an ice bath on Tuesday.  I hate those things, but I feel like they really work and are a necessary evil.  I've also been watching the weather, both in Eugene and in the city where I'm connecting flights, both ways.  So far so good *knock on wood*

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The 117th Boston Marathon

This post will certainly be a mix of emotions.  Boston was rocked by two explosives at the finish line, killing 3 and wounding many others.  I will start with my emotions about the incident and finish the post with the recap of the race, to end on a happier note.  BAA has announced they will hold the marathon next year.

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I lived in Boston for 12 years, and only started running when I left.  This tragedy affects me more as a Bostonian than it does as a runner.  Boston's not quite my hometown, but it's close enough.  It saw me through my teenage years and into my mid-20s.  I know the meaning of Patriots' Day in the city and what the marathon means as well.  Once I found out everyone I know there was safe, I got angry.  Boston is not the city to mess with.  After 4 days, suspect number 1 was dead and number 2 was in custody.

I want to give a huge shout out to everyone involved, with the rescue efforts and the search and capture of suspect number 2.  When I heard he was captured, suddenly every ounce of energy I had was gone.  I can't imagine how the citizens of Watertown felt like when it was all over.

Healing will take time, but I don't know a more resilient city than Boston.  I don't know if I will ever be able to run Boston, but it's a good dream to have.

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This was my view while at work.  Thank you BAA for broadcasting it on your website.



The strategy I saw was very interesting.  Two different leaders way out in front, overtaken by the pack.  I've watched so many marathons now to know the early leaders just can't last at that pace, without the pack, for 26.2 miles.  It makes Joan Benoit Samuelson's achievement in the 1984 Olympics that much more impressive.

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya won the women's race in 2:26:25.  Shalane Flanagan finished 4th and Kara Goucher finished 6th.  Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia won the mens' race in 2:10:23.

These pictures are courtesy of my mom.  My parents live right on the course and my mom was able to watch and take pictures.  Thanks Mom!!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 4/21

I have a bib number!  Eugene advertised that runner tracking was ready, and I signed my mom up to get texts of my splits and I saw my bib number.  I had to keep from doing a happy dance at work, but I did one when I got home.  At this point the pre-race excitement has taken over.  I'm going for a PR, I had a good training run, aside from the ITBS, and I feel much better prepared than I did for Dallas.  Now I gotta make it happen.

Source: Eugene Marathon
I did find a list of the expo vendors, but the companies I love to shop with are not on there.  Bummer.  At least my budget can sigh with relief.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Packing for Eugene

I made up a packing list, but have only packed two things - hair ties and safety pins.  But, but those are vital!  I also don't need more safety pins, I have enough to hold 4 or 5 bibs on at once.  I got through all the fitness stuff I need to pack and then realized I need to pack street clothes.  What, I can't simply wear race gear the whole weekend?  *grumble grumble*


I'm also starting to watch the weather report, and so far the forecast looks great!  I need to get a cheap shirt to throw away in the corrals, but I think I have my outfit planned.  I was hot after a couple miles this past weekend wearing a long-sleeve shirt, so I'm pretty sure I won't need it for this race.  I get hot quite quickly when I run.  I haven't decided on the Sweaty Band though.  I'll grab a few and decide the night before.

I'm almost done with tapering.  I did notice during my run last Saturday my legs had quite a bit of energy, so I'm going to have to be careful about that at the beginning of the race.  I'm going for a PR and I need to run smart.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Thinking of Boston

I had a post ready for tomorrow recapping the marathon, but that will be delayed for a bit.  Part of me considers Boston my hometown, and this has hit very close to home.  My parents are OK, and I've been getting updates from friends in Boston saying they are OK as well.  I feel the way I did when my high school principal came over the announcement system to tell us what happened on 9/11.  I'm kind of in shock and I don't know how to react.  I want to hug my parents, but a virtual hug will have to do for now.  My thoughts are with everyone affected by this, whether they are the dead, wounded, family, friends, etc. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 4/14

Here's a good luck shout out to everyone participating in the Boston Marathon!  I'll be at work trying to balance out working and trying to watch the race online.

I did my last long run on Saturday, and it was glorious outside.  I finally saw Blue Bonnets this spring!  After doing about 2 miles in the nature preserve, I headed towards the exit to run outside the preserve and there they were, right by the exit.


I don't think it's spring until I see these flowers.

Anybody get phantom pains during the taper period?  I've been dealing with some of those (oh joy!) and at this point I am ready to get on that plane to Oregon.  I've added the last song to my race playlist, and I won't listen to it until race day.


Thanks to Lauren at Lauren's Glass Slipper, I have found the next race I'm going to do after Eugene.  On June 9th, there's a Wounded Warrior half marathon in Irving and I did not know there was a 10k with the event.  I've signed up for the 10k, and this should give me enough time to recover from the Eugene Half and get a couple runs in.  I'm not going to set any land records, but it's something to look forward to and benefits a great cause.  It'll most likely be the last change I get to run outside until October and I want to make the most of it.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Disney's Marathon Weekend

I did it, I registered on Tuesday!  I'm going to "only" do the half marathon and get that Donald medal.  It's nice to have registration done and I can sit back and not think about the race, for a few months at least.  I tell y'all, I was clock watching like it was my job.  Leave it to the one morning when I needed to be distracted, and I didn't have that much work to do :-/


As of posting, the 5k and the 10k are sold out - the 10k was sold out in less than 12 hours and I don't remember the 5k being sold out this early, every.  After runDisney added a 10k to the Disneyland weekend and now Marathon weekend, it seems to be quite popular, and I wouldn't be surprised if they added 10k's to other runDisney weekends.

I had to hide my churros from Donald
What do y'all think about the 10k distance?  I find they're a good balance between fun and challenging, and I wish there were more offered in the DFW area.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

My Fitness Wardrobe

A couple of blogs I follow did a some posts on their "Fitness Closet" and I found it quite fun.  If I'm not careful, my fitness wardrobe could overtake my work wardrobe.

My favorite brand is Under Armour.  My UA collection is about the same as my Everything-Else-Collection.  I love the way UA shirts fit me.  I find some shirts are cut strange or they don't fit quite right, but UA is great!


I also have a UA sports bra that is perfect for easy cross-training.  I love it for Pilates and yoga.

My Everything-Else-Collection consists of Nike, Brooks, Running Skirts, race shirts, Champion, Adidas and Moving Comfort.  I love my Moving Comfort bra, but it's 3 years old and I can't remember which model it is :(


I have Zensah calf sleeves in black and flaming pink, and my sneakers are Asics.


Not pictured is the cooler-to-cold weather gear.  I have a pair of Actra capris, Nike pants, a Nike thermal shirt, and Under Armour winter tights.

Every time I finish a race, I buy something new for my fitness closet.  It's a fun way to celebrate and something I know for a fact I will use during the next training round.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Random Sunday Musings 4/7

I'm starting my tapering routine, which includes a countdown to vacation and switching out songs on my playlist.  I guess you could say this helps me deal with the extra energy and anxiety towards the upcoming race.  I just want it here now!


Some songs were great when I first put the list together, but now I want some fresh songs, songs I haven't heard week in and week out during training.  The songs I've added have been:

Thunder Road
Tiny Dancer (Tony Danza?)
Walk this Way
Zero to Hero
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
I'm on My Way
One Particular Harbor (Live in Anguilla)

I've got about 3 hours of songs on this list, and my Runkeeper does a good job at shuffling the songs.  The entire list will be posted on the Facebook page since there's so many of them, but it's coming together nicely.

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I've decided on what I'm going to do this summer.  I don't have any big races lined up for the rest of the year, and I wasn't quite sure what to do with the time off.  My goal is to work on my time and get faster in my long distance running.  I'm not quite sure what the best way is to do that, but I will definitely do some research.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

It's Time for Nail Polish

It's time for a girly post.  This one's about nail polish, and how I've got some good colors for emergencies.  My feet are a runner's feet, and before that they were soccer feet and lacrosse feet.  They've been put through almost everything throughout my athletic career (one even had surgery), and I've got to take care of them.  After a long run, I'll move them over a golf ball to try to get some kinks out and massage them at the same time.


After a race, I'll get a pedicure, but for the times between pedicures, that's where nail polish comes in handy.  I have had to deal with a black toe nail, and it was just in time for summer.  There are also times when I've been in yoga and all I could think of was my toenails were in desperate need of nail polish.  That does rather ruin why I'm in yoga to begin with.  I need to focus on positive energy and hitting the poses, and all I've got in my head is I need nail polish.  That's usually before my run to the grocery store, where I end up buying another color.


What are some of your favorite brands?  My favorites are OPI and Essie.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

April Brings Boston

Happy April y'all!  April brings the Boston Marathon, and this year it is on April 15th.  Yup, also known as Tax Day.  I think the Boston Marathon is more fun.


Marathon Monday is one of the days I miss Boston.  Even if you're not running it, there's a feeling on that day, and the town I lived in for 12 years has miles 12-almost 16.


Last year was ridiculously hot so I'm hoping the runners will have a much better forecast this year.


The Boston Globe's got their Marathon section up and running, and it's got history, pictures and guest writers talking about their training.  Anyone running Boston?  Anyone looking to BQ?

All these pictures were taken by my dad.  Thanks Dad!