Monday, December 28, 2009
DH bought me a Road ID bracelet for Christmas--I've been wanting one for quite some time, but never took the time to order it. I frequently run by myself and without ID, which isn't a good combination. Anyhow, I received a "coupon" for $1 off any Road ID order. The coupon may be used up to 20 times.
Coupon Number: ThanksJanice603634
The coupon is good for $1 off any Road ID order placed by 01/25/2010. To order, simply go to RoadID.com or click the link below:
If you prefer, you can call them at 800-345-6335.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
It's finished! And it looks very ambitious; maybe too ambitious considering I've been plagued with nuisance injuries. When I trained for the Harrisburg Marathon which was held in early November 2009, I used Jeff Galloway's "To Finish" program from his book, Marathon You can do it! And he was right, I could do it, and what a feeling that was.
The "To Finish" program went something like this:
Days 1 & 3 - walk or cross train for 40 mins
Days 2 & 4 - run 3o-45 mins.
Day 5 - walk or cross train
Day 6 - off -- rest day
Day 7 - long runs
For the Pittsburgh Marathon, I'm going to try following his 4:40 time-goal program. I have no intention of trying to finish the race in 4:40; that would be an absurd goal for someone who ran her first and only marathon in 5:27. Right now, I think I'd like to finish in 5:15; that sounds like a reasonable improvement. The time-goal training schedule goes something like this:
Days 1 & 4 - cross train. Spinning or biking and weights on these days.
Days 2 & 5 - 45-55 mins running
Day 6 - Off; a rest day
Day 7 - long runs/hills/mile speed runs/5K races
Official training begins on Monday, Dec. 28. Hope I haven't lost too much of my base mileage. I felt a little burnt out after the marathon and have been taking it rather easy (and eating way too much the last 2 weeks). Training during the winter is going to be a challenge, but I need a goal to keep me going. DH is going to watch me run this race, so that's an extra incentive to make sure I cross the finish line with a smile on my face.
It's going to be a great new year!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
A Christmas Tradition
I haven’t been feeling very Christmas-y this year. Not quite bah, humbug, but not too excited, either. The time between Thanksgiving and the 2nd week of December is my busiest time at work putting on the finishing touches of a large, annual conference. I can’t even think of the holidays until the conference is over. The weekend after the conference, we usually trek through a tree farm to pick the perfect Christmas tree, which is all I need to get in the spirit of the season. But weather put a crimp on that and we ended up not getting one. Buying one off a lot is not the same as trekking through the farm.
But today, thanks to Pedal Pusher, that Christmas-y feeling is beginning to creep in. She wrote about a very funny story involving Santa, a blow up sex doll, and what can go wrong. She said it’s a story that’s been circulating for years, but it was the first I had read it (if I had been eating, I probably would have snorted food out my nose) which got me to thinking about my favorite Christmas movie—A Christmas Story.
I watch this movie every year and I still laugh the whole way through it. When I got married, I made DH watch it with me—he had never seen it. He usually doesn’t go for that type of film, but he laughed right along with me. The movie is funny from start to finish and just thinking of it, is making me laugh. Some of my favorite scenes:
The dogs running through the house stealing the Christmas turkey.
Dad (Mr. Parker) uncrating his “major award” .
The family eating dinner in the Chinese restaurant and the servers singing Deck the Halls.
Ralphie in his bunny suit.
Randy in his snow suit, arms stuck straight out.
Ralphie slipping out the dreaded “F” word while fixing a flat tire with his dad.
Ralphie’s classmate with his tongue stuck to the phone pole.
Randy playing with his mashed potatoes.
There are many, many more great scenes. If you haven’t seen this movie, run out right now and rent it. One of the cable channels plays it 24-hours straight; that’s a bit much, even for me.
What’s your favorite Christmas movie?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
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