Tuesday, January 31, 2012

11 random things

Kim at My Life Running tagged me in the 11 random things post.  Thanks Kim..here goes :)
1. Post these rules.
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.

3. Answer the questions set for you in your tagger's post.
4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
5. Go to their blogs and tell them you’ve tagged them
6. No stuff in the tagging section about "you are tagged if you are reading this." You legitimately have to tag 11 people!

It might be a bit hard to find 11 people who have not done this yet, but I will try.
1.  I'm not a big fan of the beach..I don't like the sand getting everywhere and the waves sort of scare me.
2.  I'm petrified of snakes..so much so I had a recurring dream that I was part of the brady bunch and the door bell would ring, I would yell to Alice that I got it and open the door and in rushed millions of snakes..never could go back to sleep after that.
3.  I don't really eat veggies..I could get rid of the whole food group and never miss it. 
4.  I always thought I was handy until I bought my place, now I realize I'm not handy at all.
5.  I could eat pizza everyday for ever!
6.  I wish I knew how to apply makeup...since I don't I don't really wear it.
7.  I make some yummy home-made spaghetti sauce
8.  Tuesdays are my favorite night of the week all because it is runclub night!
9.  I taught myself to swim when I was in elementary school
10. I hate driving..but I drive an hour round trip to work everyday.
11.  I get more excited for snow days than the kids do..too bad it looks like no snow days this year.

Here are the answers to Kim's questions:
1. Whats your favorite workout?  I like zumba, but I don't go that often.

2. Whats your favorite running food? I like eating a bagel with laughing cow cheese before a run.

3. If you could do one favorite thing what would you do? hang out with a bunch of fun friends and laugh :)

4. Whats the perfect running temperature for you? 40-50 degrees..love winter running.

5. If you had a choice between doing a long run or speed work what would you pick? long run

6. What is your favorite holiday and why? Thanksgiving!  I like that there is no pressure (obviously I am not the one cooking turkey dinner).  I like that fact it requires no gifts, you just hang out and eat and talk and then take a nap.

7. Would you go to a friend who needed you no matter what? yes, I think I am a good friend and if someone is in need I would help them out.

8. Do you like to workout inside or outside? outside

9. What is your favorite training schedule? I am not very good at following a training schedule..I usually use Hal's training schedule.

10 How long have you been running? I started running in 2008.  I was in a bad car accident and didn't think I could run because of all the trauma to my left leg..but look at me now!!

11. Why do you run?  I like running.  I love racing.  I run to complete races.  A co-worker calls me a race rat because really enjoy running races.
My questions (this is a lot of thinking...)
1.  What is your dream vacation?
2.  What color would you say embodies you and why?
3.  What would people be shocked to know about you?
4.  What is your favorite song to run to?
5.  If  you were on an island and could only take 3 three things with you what three things would you take?
6.  One thing that running has taught you about life.
7.  What is your favorite show on tv?
8.  Favorite book that you have read?
9.  The best dish that you know how to cook?
10.  As a runner, what is one thing that you could not live without?
11.  Trail or road running?

Here are the people who have been tagged:

runnin' rolllin' runnin'

Sole Daddy

And Her Little Dog Too

Training like a girl

Watch MeGo Run

I know the rules state you can't use the blanket statement if "you haven't been tagged, your tagged", but that is just what I'm going to do!  Tag your it if you haven't been tagged before! :)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

breathing vs 6 mile run

I'm getting over being sick.  I decided to push my 6 mile run from Saturday to Sunday.  My Friday night and Saturday consisted of laying on the couch and drinking Nyquil. 

Since I was high on Nquil and Musinex I thought it smart to push the 6 mile run until Sunday.

Sunday rolls around and I'm feeling so much better than Friday and Saturday.  Yeah!!  No sinus headache, not coughing nearly as much.  Perfect day for a run.  I decide that since I'm not 100% I would head to the gym to eliminate the outside factor of the run. 

I get to the gym and find my treadmill without any problem.  Sunday afternoon is not the high demand time at the gym.  I hop on and start to run.  I guess my lungs didn't feel like running 6 miles because a half mile was feeling really hard.  Turns out I forgot to ask my lungs if they were up for a run..turns out they were anti-running today.  I did 1 1/2 miles and then jumped on the bike.  I will try to run again on Monday after the teacher workday.  I guess breathing won over 6 miles today..we will see about tomorrow :)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

5 miles on the mill and football too!

So I told myself all day long that I was going to go to the gym and run 5 miles.  At noon it was not looking too good for me.  I decided to take a brief nap thinking that I could recharge my battery and then go the gym.  Turned out I couldn't fall asleep.  My friend Kristi called to tell me that my niece Toria has been talking non-stop about Aunt Pam (I guess that means she wants a visit from Aunt Pam).  So I took that as a sign no nap and get my butt to the gym.

I got to the gym as the Ravens v Pats game was starting.  I love running and watching the game.  The only issue I had was sometimes when something happened during the game sometimes I would forget to keep running...not what you want to do on a treadmill.  Luckily this was not me:

Although at times I was very worried that the above picture could be me.  I was also a bit worried that I was going to freak the guy beside me out.  Every time a play would happen I would make sort of noise as I sucked in air.   

So I completed my 5 miles and watched football at the same time.   This means I ran at the gym two days in a row!  That is a very good thing for me this month. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

5K Twitter run!

Well today I completed my very first virtual race!  Megan passed along a virtual 5K that was taking place on Twitter.  I've never done a virtual race.  I got up this morning and thought I would head to the gym to race, but turned out I was feeling really lazy.  Seems I have been feeling really lazy a lot lately..time to get back to the running.  Anywho...I started reading a book and next thing I knew no run.  I then told myself that I would run in the afternoon, after a trip to see the movie Contraband with Marky Mark w/out the funky bunch. 

Ah..Marky Mark...

Well after the movie I actually came back and got dressed and went to the gym to run my virtual 5K race.  It actually was a great run, not a lot of people at the gym.  I'm guessing the cold weather was keeping them away, which was fine with me!  Anyone else run a virtual race before?

Monday, January 16, 2012

1K winewalk race recap

It seems like I haven't blogged in January at all!  I guess that is because I haven't!  I'm not trying to ignore you all, I'm just trying to ignore running. :)  I did a few runs this month, but this week I need to attack my running calendar! 

This weekend I participated in a very unique race..a 1K winewalk!  Yeah my kind of race!  I was a bit worried about this race because I really haven't been training that much. But luckily the race started in the afternoon so I spent most of the morning stretching and mentally preparing for this race. Nothing is worse than having a pulled hammy in the middle of a race! 

The race took place at the shops at Crystal City..so weather would not be a factor in this race.  Since the organizer didn't want the large crush during the race we had to sign up for heats.  Our heat was scheduled to start at 3 pm. 

 Megan, Becky and myself grabbed our bib's, wine glass and twenty wine tasting tickets and we were off.  We had 10 rooms to visit, 20 wines to taste out of 40.  We realized right away that this was more of a marathon than a sprint..so we headed over to the first of 10 rooms and started tasting the wines. 
The great thing about going with friends is that we would all get different wines and then pass around our glass to try everyone's pick. 

We had some rooms that offered up some snacks.  So we sat down and enjoyed some pita and hummus.  The Cabot cheese was also very popular in room 6.

When we were in made it to room 10  we were treated to a DJ.  After a long 1K race, many people were in the mood to dance!  Go figure.  I also made friends with a husband and wife who were smart and brought some yummy salami and crackers with them lol.  I almost did a double take when I walked past them on the way to get some bread and cheese.  They were so nice they offered me some yummyness. :) 

distance:  1K
wine's tasted:  20 with multiple sips from friends' glasses
time:  3 1/2 hours
pace:  just right

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Hello 2012!

Well my two races went well yesterday..more on that later :)  Just wanted to say Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope that this year brings more great things to each of you than 2011 did. 

Since it is the New Year and people like to make resolutions...here is mine.
This year I am going to keep track of my mileage.  I'm going to finish strong on my 4 half marathons.  I'm also going to try to move everyday for at least 30 minutes.  That way I will have to do something easy on my rest days.  Hello walking! 

Do you make resolutions?  If so what are your resolutions this year?