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Follow on the the 'crazy' idea...

Thursday, August 22, 2013

First off, thank you all for your awesome positive feedback! It's incredibly encouraging!

Second, I found a group on Facebook called Crazy Good Virtual Races. The entry fee for each of their races (like $25 each) go to different charities. I think there may be a bunch of those in my future.

AND I'm thinking of organizing my own virtual race to round out the fundraising requirement for my charity entry for the Dumbo Double Dare. Found several places online that will supply medals. Hmmmm.

  
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FITWITHIN 9/17/2013 1:44PM

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FISEFTON 8/25/2013 11:54AM

    Great idea. I missed my 40th birthday, maybe I'll have to think of something in the next 8 years for my 50th or aim to run 50 races by my 50th birthday :o)

Don't forget that SparkPeople have a virtual 5k and 10k every week which you could do too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
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NATPLUMMER 8/22/2013 9:54PM

    I do love virtual races....no travel :-)

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GOCELTICSGO 8/22/2013 6:13PM

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So, I've been thinking....aka another crazy idea

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I read an article in one of the magazines that show up at the park dist gym about these 2 ladies that decided (separately) that for their 30th birthday, they were going to run 30 races that year....

I'm turning 40 in Sept. I'm sure you can see where this is headed.

It started my thoughts down that path of could I DO 40 races between my 40th birthday and my 41st? That's a little under 1 race a week. When I sat down and thought about it, truly broke it down, was it an attainable goal? Considering kids, and my work schedule, I thought not. BUT what if I cut it in half? Is 20 races in a year (no matter what distance) do-able? That I believe I can accomplish!

So, here it is: My goal, for my 40th year is to run 20 races. I'm already registered for 5, so I just need to find 15 more.

I see a bunch of 5K's in my future!

  
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TRIPLEGODDESS 8/26/2013 5:55PM

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ANRRN12 8/22/2013 6:36PM

    What a fun and challenging goal! You can do it!

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MWWENSIN 8/22/2013 5:44PM

    You can do it. I only race once a month to keep costs down. Check out coolrunning dot com for races in your area. They only link to registration sites that are on active dot com but you can always google the names of other races and that should get you to the registration site for the other races. You could also start a topic in a running group or local area forum in spark and I am sure people could suggest races for you. 5k registration fees run around 30 dollars per race so be prepared to spend about 600 dollars on entry fees.

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JANEMAR2 8/22/2013 5:00PM

    That is a great goal! Good Luck!

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MOMMACASSEY 8/22/2013 2:12PM

    The biggest challenge might just be finding the races to enter... I know it would be for me!

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WADINGMOOSE 8/22/2013 1:13PM

    Fantastic plan! I'm currently on the 40 races in 10 years plan :) Yours sound better.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/22/2013 11:39AM

    I'm sure you will do it! Great goal.

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MPETERSON2311 8/21/2013 5:57PM

    wow good luck! we're rooting for ya!

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ERICADAWN1986 8/21/2013 2:30PM

    You can do it!!! Make sure you save your receipts though! The "charity" runs can be written off as donations. At an average of $25 a pop, 20 races will set you back $500!

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PMRUNNER 8/21/2013 1:34PM

    You can do it! what a great goal! If I can get 5 races in a year, I am doing pretty well.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/21/2013 1:23PM

    Whatever you do, have fun!

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Feeling a little dorky, but that's ok

Sunday, August 11, 2013

So, I've started carrying a jump rope with me for my work travels. I felt a little kooky just jumping, and then I started keeping track of how many times I could jump without missing (or hitting) the rope. Made it much more interesting. Like an adult combination of getting a PR in a run, and the little kid keeping count.

I didn't think much about the jumping, until I input it in the fitness tracker today. 5 mins of jumping rope (slow!) is 92 calories? Seriously? That's better than running. Dang! I need to get on this, altho my knees are currently protesting...maybe because I'm barefoot. LOL!

  
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TRIPLEGODDESS 8/20/2013 12:43PM

    emoticon Just keep jumping! Nothing wrong with letting out your inner child once in a while.

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Plugging along

Friday, August 02, 2013

I have 1 month left to Dumbo, and I'm starting to sweat it.

Poorly trained, I feel like I'm rushing things now, but doing my best to be ready.

Lots of things seem to be going just a bit off:
Not feeling like running....it's so easy to come up with excuses to not get off my butt and do anything. A friend gave me a note today. It was just a little scrap of paper that said "motivation" on it. She said that she noticed that I seemed to have lost mine, so she was giving me some. Exactly what I needed today! Got off my dupa in Ft. Lauderdale, and while I didn't run, I did go for an extended walk (5 miles) and I feel pretty good.
I did do 8.7 a little over a week ago. Again, I think had it been a flat course, it would have been great, but Manhattan Beach, CA has a big f-ing hill/sea dune. I had to take the stairs to get over it and to the water. The path along the water is pretty flat, at least. My original goal was to get all the way around the El Segundo refinery, but when I got the street where I should have turned to get back to the apartment, I feel awesome (5 miles in) and so I decided to continue on, and go around the water treatment plant too. The only reason I did the last mile (after much uphill) was because that was where my 'crash pad' is at. I was more sleepy tired, than "OMG, I can't take another step, so I better not sit down". I did take water (got a new Camelback waist pack) and Gatorade tabs, so I was not running on empty, thank goodness. I wasn't super sore afterward, which I think is a good sign.

I've also fallen off the 'no Coke' band wagon. At least partially. I'm still not drinking Diet, but I have had about a Coke a day over the last few weeks. I took a sip of Hub's Diet. Blech! Coke is helping me with caffiene. Those blended coffee drinks are worse calorically, and I'm not a big coffee person. Perhaps tea? Part of my is utterly revolted that I'm taking in all those empty calories. And part is, let's face it, lazy. It's so readily available. It's the 'easy' choice. I'm still drinking my 8 glasses of water.

Otherwise, excited (anxious) about the upcoming race. Maybe planning on a real vacation. We're still talking about it. And plugging along.

PS, I almost forgot. I bought (and now pack) a jump rope. It's compact, therefore easy to pack, and I can usually find a safe spot for that, even if I may not be able to do anything else.

  
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FLAMENM 8/2/2013 11:49PM

    Keep training. You will get there!

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SHAMROCKY2K 8/2/2013 10:55PM

    Hang in there. Love the note your friend gave to you! Motivation!

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Time

Thursday, July 04, 2013

It's about that time....

Time to make another blog post!

So, I decided not to sign up for Tower of Terror. Not because I didn't have the money for registration, but more because it was going to be hard to justify the time to go. My family is really awesome about letting me go run these races without them. Time to be an adult and make a sacrifice or 2.

BUT, they might come out over Labor Day and watch me do Dumbo! Woo-hoo!

And, I got to sign up for Tinkerbell, and the Glass Slipper Challenge. They might get to come out to Cali for Tink. We shall see. Even if they don't make it, I'll still have a cheering section this time around, and my buddy Sam is coming down to LA. I'm so excited. I've even gone so far as to corrupt her to run HM's!

She called a couple weeks ago, just after Princess registration opened, and asked if I wanted someone to run with. I thought she was joking about the 5k, since we've run it together for the past 2 years. I said sure, and then she surprised me by saying that she wanted to run the 1/2. Woot-Woot!

Time to stay accountable to each other for training. I have a feeling she's going to leave me in the dust, but I'm still all about the finish, so that's ok.

And time to train. This one has been harder to find. It was so easy to just go for a run when i was on reserve in SF. No one cared about what time I ate, or showered, or woke up the next day, so no big deal to just take 2 hours and run along the bay. Much harder to do when I'm at home. The excuses are so easy to find...it's too hot, it's raining, I can't leave Alex home alone, I have things to do around the house, the lawn needs mowing. WTF?

So, time to quit with the excuses and just get moving.

But, after today...it's the 4th and I'm working. Flying to Orlando. Magic Kingdom tonight! Lots of walking...and Dreaming of my Disney run(s).

  
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