Sunday, February 14, 2010
Not only was this race super fun, but I believe I received the most swag ever at a race... :D
We got: hat, gloves, finisher's tech shirt, and a medal. :D SWEEET.
Also -- some of the legs were not the length advertised... I should've realized something was up when my exchange point was right at around the 18 mile marker... meaning I was running around 8-8.2 miles instead of 7.5 as the final race instructions said. :P hahaha But I still managed to finish in around 1:30 I think -- the race started at 7:03, I was handed off around 10:10 and finished at about 12:40 or something like that. Well actually the race clock said 4:40, so I guess it might've taken me 1:33? Still puts me somewhere between 11:15-11:37 ish min mile pace, which is definitely the fastest I've ever done that distance IF that's a close enough guesstimate. And let's say I'm off just a bit, still 12min mile average is good for me. :)
But yeah, I think the first leg was short, second leg long, 3rd short, 4th pretty dead on and last leg long. (compared to the advertised lengths of 10k, 5k, 10k, 5k, 12k).
ANYWAY - pictures!
Our team name was "Psychos" and our shirts say "Cute but Psycho" As you can see we also have our names on our sleeves - CLOVERR1 is all the way to the left next to me :) This iron on transfer fabric she found was amazing -- doesn't require you to mirror the image and it's totally opaque so you can use any color and not worry about color show through.
Here's CLOVERR1 in action with our super cool yellow relay baton -- it was hollow so some people put them on a race belt, but most carried them traditionally :)
I'm the blur farthest to the back at the end of the race when my psychos joined me for the last 200yds or so of the race. :D
Post race ritual food stuffing - BBQ!
Awesome new short sleeve tech shirt:
(So you can see the size)
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Sondre Lerche... rules.
And this venue was pretty freaking awesome -- a very intimite setting, tons of small tables for 2 right up to the stage and then larger tables around and booths... it was neato. DH said he felt like he was at Austin City Limits. ;)
This was the opening act, JBM - he was AWESOME - amazing guitar player, cool lyrics, soulful voice. DH called him Thome Yorke doing James Taylor, which I thought was an amusing description. :D In any case - very cool. Oh and see the monitors up front? Yeah, we were directly front and center, our little round table touching the stage.
Sondre Lerche with JBM for a special encore song -
And then we got to meet them afterward, so nice, so cool -- DH grabbed the setlist and Sondre Lerche FIXED IT, cause he made some changes, added the encore, and dated and signed it. :D hehehe. It was awesome.
BEST VALENTINE'S GIFT EVER.
Go listen to Sondre Lerche if you haven't before. Might I recommend: Two Way Monologue, My Hands (are Shaking), or Words and Music to start. :)
Thursday, February 11, 2010
... dunno what it is. Maybe I'm just recovering from last week still? I dunno.
BUT! I did still do a short run today as planned, and I even had time to shower, put on some makeup, and get my lunch together AND get to work on time. :)
Today is last day of work for me this week - HURRAH! Tomorrow I'm off - doing NROL4W at some point, at night it's the Sondre Lerche concert (LOVE HIM SO MUCH!) and thinking also to the Marathon Expo before that, Saturday will be maybe some zumba or maybe just yoga or something in the morning, hanging out with the awesome CLOVERR1 later and making T-Shirts for our relay team, and the Sunday's the marathon relay! WOOTWOOT! :D
I'm so stoked to be getting some more running bling. I got an email yesterday forwarded from our team captain that said they'll have an ENGRAVER on site to engrave your time on your medal. :D HAHAHA Which would be very cool if I was running the full or even the half I think, but I don't think I'll be spending the $15-20 they say it might be to engrave a medal for this particular race. Still -- that is pretty cool.
OOOH and previously when reading about the relay they said we shared a timing chip attached to an ankle strap but now reading the final instructions it says baton! :D I'll get to be cool and run with a baton! HAHAHA Yay. I love how reading about race day details gets me all pumped! :) I will apparently, as the finisher, get to be the one to go to the relay finisher's tent and get our finisher's T-Shirts and medals.
So -- I've put in an application for another position at my work! Which apparently, my boss is actually behind me getting since she suggested it to me. So after discussing it with my DH last night I put in the app as soon as I came in to work today. It's for the IT Dept, which I think I will love -- and it's -- GET THIS -- a DAY SHIFT. I know -- it will be so bizarre. :D haha. So we'll see...
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I'm pretty sure I don't stink...
but I definitely didn't have time to take a shower this morning.
Hahahahaha. :D At least I was just strength training and not running so the sweating was limited -- and I had the opportunity to use the Olay Daily Facial Wipe thingies I bought specifically for this purpose. Woot.
But yeah -- this morning I slept in (HURRAH!) Got up, started cooking chicken, started the steamer to cook brown rice while I went to work, came back, made lunch and my protein smoothie to drink down while I packed lunch and got ready to go. JUST made it to work on time... SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN UP SOONER!
I even had to drop a couple sets on my lifting workout. :( BUT! I almost scrapped it altogether, so I'm still SUPER happy I went.
I also managed to do my squats without any bruising/discomfort on my spine. I had been using a towel after the first time to help cushion that area, plus making sure I get my shoulders back properly and don't settle the bar too high also helps -- but last time ONCE I started to lift it up and towel wasn't in place/the bar was in the wrong place and I was bruised a bit again, but this time -- SUCCESS! :D hahaha. Maybe that sounds stupid but I was getting annoyed at that and starting to think back squats might just not be for me, but I think I've got the kinks worked out now.
Everything went well, I just ran out of time. :P and I felt REALLY GOOD doing everything, I was SO glad I actually went and didn't chicken out. I reminded myself that right now my focus is ON building muscle and that's why I'm not reducing calories like I would to just lose weight quickly and so if I'm not doing my strength training workouts like I plan to, all I'm doing is eating more for no reason. :P That definitely kicked my butt out the door to the gym!
The strength area was PACKED, too -- I "worked in" with an older gentleman (ok maybe 50's not like OLDER but ya know, my gym is a University Rec Center so it's mostly college age folks) on a bench press station - I was using the bar to do my pushups. So that was kind of cool - new experience for me. I worked in with a dude on a seated row station but it was not spoken -- he just was away when I was using it and back when I wasn't, but it just worked out that way...
Ok I'm rambling. But good stuff. Food has been good today, but I haven't started tracking again yet -- need to do that tonight I think.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Yeah, I know -- Dana doesn't blog for a few days and the world just doesn't seem right. :D
It doesn't seem right to me either!!!! :D HAHAA Remember my plans for cookie dinner splurge? It also was cookie breakfast this morning. :P But I'm soooooo done with cookies/sweets for the moment now.
And likely splurges ahead this weekend -- I will aim to eat a minimum of 2 healthy meals per day though and work it out at my race.
I lifted on Saturday -- it was awesome. And postponed running cause the weather was... hideous. I did NOT want to run in 13MPH winds with gusts up to 21mph!!!!! Not after running in the wind like... the past two weekends.
So I ran Sunday -- and it was good. 12K in around 1:35 I think? I was taking it very easy for most of it, but was booking it right at the end. It was fun!
THEN - BUNNY UNION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
I got to meet another of my infamous SparkPals Bun Buddy Brigade (originally formed to raise and firm our tushes). First I met the lovely SKYFYRE in San Diego when I went to the convention -- remember pictures of my first (and only still) hike???
Well -- Monday HOPERY and I met to go run! :D It was so fun to actually run with someone who shares a pace with me -- although given the height differential you'd think I should be faster? hahaha. But seriously, being able to talk and run made it so fun! OK and not that it would be with ANYONE, the fact that it was Hope I got to talk to made it awesome. :) AND sharing my favorite route with a SparkRunnerFriend was very cool as well!
It started out a little chilly for me, but my hat was off before long, and Hope coming from Ohio was thrilled with the weather :D - then the sun came out! And it was glorious! I can't believe I used to hate the sun and now I love it! :) hahaha.
Here is a picture of us right after our run w/ my rowing river in the background. 5.23 miles done, according to the handy Garmin Hope was toting!
Then we separated ways to get cleaned up -- and I prepped a ton of veggies and the sauce for our pizza making festival. :D I was just about ready to roll out dough when the HOPERY clan arrived -- parents and 4 cute kids in tow! The littlest ones "helped" me make pizza -- no really. They did actually HELP but also resulted in somehow shredded cheese being inside someone's shoes among other things... :D HAHAHAA I was loving it though, for real. :)
We had pizza w/ wheat crusts (2/3 whole wheat flour and 1/3 white), homemade sauce (tomato paste+seasonings+honey), red and green peppers, red onion, mushrooms, turkey pepperoni and on a bit of it some pineapple and banana peppers. (Also some baby carrots and pretzel sticks were broken out while the pizza was getting made...)
And then it was ROCK BAND FEST! With Beatles Rock Band in No Fail mode, I actually think the littlest ones had the most fun. And when one set the drums on expert by accident -- it didn't really matter cause it was no fail mode anyway. :D hahaha The best was when they learned that with the singing part you had to kinda scream into the mic to make it go into overdrive... HAHAHA :D But then the tribes grew restless and it was time to go back to the alluring hotel pool... ;) Still - VERY much fun. A few pictures:
(That last one was taken by a child on my lap! HAHA)
See this is what I look like in scale with normal size people. HAHAHA :D
OH and dig the red SparkPeople shirt - woohoo!
Then I made cookies for cookie fest at band -- I bought refrigerated dough from the health food store (it was on sale and made from good real ingredients and organic flour and sugar apparently) so I did NOT have to bake from scratch after making a ton of pizza. :D haha. And band itself, and then home for cookie dinner. ;) haha.
Anyway -- this morning it was up earlllllly to go row. Oh, but no one showed up. Lots of apology emails later this morning because no one saw the lineups go out and since it was raining AND there were no lineups till very late at night last night, some people assumed we weren't rowing. :( Not only that but the majority of the people that DID show, voted not to row. I was very disappointed -- because Hope had come with me to see me row!!! But we still got to ride in the launch (coach's boat w/ a motor) to chase the guys crew club down the river and listen to my coach ... COACH. And get a little wet -- it mostly stopped raining, but it was sprinkling a bit for a while and pretty cold since we were being propelled by a motor instead of our own strength! :D But we had fun -- chatting all the while, and I got to talk about rowing a lot which is fun for me, and critique the guys form and all that good stuff. Then after talking as much as possible on the way back to the hotel and in the parking lot the Bunny Union was over! *SAD*
But I'm sooooooo sooooooooo glad they decided to make our home part of the stop on their move -- it was awesome. :) Sparkers are the best!
Oh and this morning I definitely watched House and ate cookie breakfast and then went back to bed after I got back. Got a good 2.5-3hrs of sleep and now I feel pretty normal. :D Looking forward to regular wake up times the remainder of the week, two days of work left, then more fun weekend ahead! :D
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