Monday, April 07, 2008
Yeah -- I'm eating a sandwich. But I kinda like this picture, so that's what you get! :P :D hahahaha
Saturday, April 05, 2008
So I just looked up my official time for my Thanskgiving 5K last year to see, and it was 40:20 -- pace per mile 12:59.
I don't have my official time for this 5K yet, BUT I think it was right around 36:20. Which is I think about 11:42 per mile, or 11.7min mile. I took off about 4 minutes from my time! :D WOOHOO!!!!!!
I was aiming for around 36, less would have been best, but I actually had a cramp in the arch of my left foot for the second half at LEAST of the race -- so I'm pretty happy with that time. :D ALSO it was raining for part of it. Very chilly and wet outside.
But it was fun!!!!! Only 85 people participated, and I was NOT last. In fact, there were I THINK more than 5 people behind me and they weren't all ancient, big, or children either. There were a couple that appeared to be young and fairly healthy. So I achieved right around my goal time, my big goal of beating my LAST 5K time, AND not being last. :D HAHAHA!
They had a band set up playing the whole time at the start/finish area. When everyone got back the band was playing and once EVERYONE REALLY got back (all runners in), there was the barbecue!! :D BEST 5K EVER!!! Live music and food as kind of a party after the run. No it wasn't gorgeous outside, but at least I didn't get overly hot and sweaty. :)
I hope to have some more pictures later that were taken while I was running by the people running the show, but this one was taken by my hubby after -- and after I went to the car to get it and my hoodie. SO CHILLY and COLD and RAINY. :) hehe.
Also there are a couple more pictures on my flickr account of the band and the food. :P
Friday, April 04, 2008
... wish me luck!!!
Also the 90's party is actually tomorrow -- I will try to get some pictures. :)
Thursday, April 03, 2008
I never would have believed I'd ever say the above -- but it's kinda true! :D I mean, when I think back about it it seemed fun. Sometimes in the moment I go, GRR!!! But today's run was interesting.
I was running around my "neighborhood" which basically consisted of running through the neighboring HUGE apartment complex -- it's a long street that is actually a street on the map, not just an internal structure, with little 4 apartment buildings (usually) all through it. So I ran down that street, and back up it because it dead ends, and then up the monster of a hill that is the road next to my apartment complex. It also dead ends at the top, but I didn't go that far -- only as far as would take my total route to 2 miles. (Going just up and down the hill was way too short). I didn't cut out much of the hill and some other days when I'm not trying to limit my run to 2 miles because of the upcoming 5K, I would totally do the whole thing.
That was the best part!! Charging up that hill!!! But I don't really like running downhill -- it's kind of annoying. I just feel weird. Does anyone else feel this way???
Anyways. We're going to a 90's party tomorrow night, and I decided it'd be pretty easy to put together a SKATER look, so I headed to the Thrift Store and got some big baggy pants and some skater looking sneakers to wear. I spent WAYYYYYYYYYYY TOO LONG looking at like EVERYTHING. YEAH. I got home and had about 10min to get ready and leave -- including packing my lunch. So I skipped the shower (oh joy), and made it to work on time somehow. :P
And that's about it for today. Bummed that I didn't get the Strength Training in that I had planned, and I won't have time to do it tomorrow either. :P But I might get tough and do some tonight. We'll see.
Edited to Add: Ok so I found an article on running up and downhill and varying techniques, and I think I'm doing most of the downhill techniques -- keeping the same pace, staying vertical... But reading it made me feel less insane about not liking downhill running. HAHAHA
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Yesterday was a somewhat adventurous day. I got things done, had fun, it was great.
First thing I did was eat some of the rye bread I SUCCESSFULLY made. :D WOOHOO!!! And then later an apple... and then I went to go for my 2mile run. (I'm doing 2 miles 2 days this week before the 5K this Saturday.) This woman at my work suggested a park near where I live for my runs, so I decided to check it out. I looked it up on mapmyrun.com and pulled up a hybrid satellite/street map image for the park. :D I was able to see a road looping around the park and an extra rd/path? looping in the back. So I measured it out and doing one circuit of that including the little loop in the back was one mile. PERFECT!!! So I head out and take a look around and get going! It was pretty nice.
I don't think it'll become a favorite or anything, but it was a pretty decent place to run -- very peaceful, only a few people around (granted this was at about noon on a Tuesday so who knows what it's like during more outside of a workday/schoolday hours). It was also kinda boring though... One spot I really liked had a canopy of large trees that came out over the road. Anyway, so I did two circuits of that. Had some pretty serious ab cramps going on after about halfway through -- I think it might have had to do with what I ate that morning. I usually feel better running after eating JUST a banana or half a banana, and most other stuff tends to bug me.
Anyway! DID THAT. Kept up a pace consistent with my new recent discovery of my faster pace -- about 11.5min miles -- and went home. Did some Strength Training, cleaned the bathrooms, then I was going to watch this episode of Dexter online and it ended up taking forever to get my computer up to date with the Netflix Streaming requirements, so I ended up doing some other things in the meantime, like re-connecting the Wii to our wireless network and stuff like that. Watched Dexter and THEN!! :D
THE CONCERT!! WOOHOO!!!
One of my very favorite musical acts - The Dirtbombs. I had never seen them live but always wanted to and they were AMAZING. I love them more now than ever. Sadly, my ears are still ringing. hahaha. Something else exciting -- the menu was AWESOME.
The Bottletree Cafe in Birmingham, AL -- check it out! (They have a menu on their website.) :D They have a TON of vegetarian/vegan options. I got the Garden Grill, added Grilled Tofu, served over quinoa. SO GOOD. It has a lemon tahini sauce -- it was INCREDIBLE. I want to go back already for more!!! :D hahahaha My DH also ordered a PB Tofu Pie which was good.
I can't wait now to try making the quinoa I bought!!!
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