Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 Year in Review


- was trying to be more adventurous, went snowshoeing
- met my goal weight
- volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and earned a free ticket to Disneyland


- saw Dierks Bentley, met Dierks Bentley


- ran the Six Tunnels to Hoover Dam 5K in 34:29 - first one ever!
- had the 2nd Annual Fake Patty's Day celebration at McFadden's
- saw the Dodgers and the Reds play an exhibition game at Cashman Field


- went to my sister's CA baby shower
- hosted my sister's baby shower
- decided to do a half marathon


- met my first niece, Brianna Lyn...she was born on May 26th


- started training for previously mentioned half marathon


- did my first shot of Jack Daniels
- cashed in my free ticket to Disneyland with my friend Christi
- had an awesome weekend in CA with Christi - lot of memories made


- saw Rob Thomas play poolside at the Red Rock Hotel and Casino
- went back to school after taking a semester off


- saw John Michael Montgomery in Primm
- met John Michael Montgomery in a gas station in Primm


- went to Utah for a long weekend
- turned 24.
- dressed up as Belle from Beauty and the Beast for Halloween


- saw Alan Jackson, The Band Perry and Chris Young
- went to Missouri to visit family for 10 days, had Thanksgiving
- went "hunting" for the first time
- ran the Springfield Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving in 37:49 in 32 degree, snowy weather
- ran the Mansfield Turkey Trot in 00:00....that town didn't time us
- completed training for the half marathon


- ran the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon
- got an A- in my math class

And what a year it was!

Sometimes you gotta lose 'til you win....

Little miss down on love
Little miss I give up
Little miss I'll get tough, don't you worry 'bout me anymore
Little miss check her dress
Little miss one big mess
Little miss I'll take less when I always give so much more

It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
Sometimes you gotta lose 'til you win
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
And it'll be alright again
It'll be alright again
I'm okay
It'll be alright again
I'm okay
It'll be alright again
I'm okay

Little miss do your best
Little miss never rest
Little miss be my guest
I'll make more anytime that it runs out
Little miss you'll go far
Little miss hide your scars
Little miss who you are is so much more than you like to talk about

It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
Sometimes you gotta lose 'til you win
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
And it'll be alright again
It'll be alright again
I'm okay
It'll be alright again
I'm okay
It'll be alright again
I'm okay

Little miss brand new start
Little miss do your part
Little miss big 'ol heart beats wide open, she's ready now for love

It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
Sometimes you gotta lose 'til you win
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
And it'll be alright again
It'll be alright again
I'm okay
It'll be alright again
I'm okay
It'll be alright again
I'm okay

-- "Little Miss" - Sugarland

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Half Marathon is 13.1 Miles...

The title of this post is the same title I gave to a playlist on my iPod that contained songs I thought were cool enough to accompany me while training for and oh yeah, completing the half marathon.

So, here is the long awaited review of the whole shebang...

As the days grew closer to the real thing on December 5, my anxiety level rose. I was nervous and excited and hopeful and ready all at the same time. Soon enough, Friday rolled around and my brother-in-law and I went to the Expo Center to pick up our race day packets and "swag bags". Seeing all the people, signs, t-shirts, etc. made it all REAL. The first glimpse I caught of the "Runner Check-in" sign really struck a chord for me - it was at the moment I realized what I was about to embark on.

Check in went off without a hitch. I bought a sweet t-shirt (which I'll be wearing AT LEAST once a week for the rest of my life...just so people know what I did ; ) ) and we visited a few booths. We also got to meet Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray - that sure did set a good tone for the whole weekend.

I was so excited as we were leaving the Expo! I had a little more than 24 hours 'til the big day!

To say I was stressed on Saturday evening would be an understatement. I was making checklists left and right, applying safety pins in the appropriate places, putting my d-tag on my shoe securely, laying out my clothes, putting together a bag of extra clothes. It was a whirlwind! I picked up a few things I needed and went to the grocery store for my Night Before the Big Race meal. I had whole wheat pasta, tomato/zuchini/black olive made-from-scratch sauce, chicken breast and garlic bread. Man, was it good! A relaxing bubble bath and some TV watching later - I was asleep by about 9:00.

Sunday finally arrived and I was awoken at 4:15 by my trusty cell phone alarm clock. You better believe I curled my hair too. I gathered all I would need, ate breakfast (whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and a banana - what else?!) and soon it was 5:30 and my brother-in-law was picking me up. I had butterflies in my tummy and a smile on my face. I. Was. Ready! We arrived at the Mandalay bay at about 6:00 a.m. or so and made our way through the (crowded!) casino out to the parking lot to get ready.

We both needed to check our bags with stuff we didn't want to run with and that took a few minutes longer than anticipated. While standing in line the first corral of elite runners started right at 7:00 a.m. Right on time!

My brother-in-law and I split up and went to our respectable corrals. His: 17. Mine: 29. Ha. I was armed with my lip balm, a sweat towel, an iPod nano, 2 pieces of gum and a pair of sunglasses. (my Chanel's - duh!) I made my way to #29 to wait with hundreds of my closest friends. I popped in my iPod earbuds and listened to a few motivating tunes while stretching a little bit. There was a "Blues Brothers" band playing all sorts of old school songs. All of which were super entertaining. As the corrals near the front started, our corral slowly made our way up the road and curved around to the Start Line. Finally, after about 20 or 30 minutes of waiting - there I was staring straight up at the Start Line banner. In a flash, they announced it was #29's turn to take off and BOOM! there we went. I had my music pumping as well as my legs and I started off pretty well. I was passing people left and right to get out of the crowd and made my way to the far left. As it turns out, this was an AWESOME place to be because that's where all the course photographers are. Ha. Can't resist a photo opportunity.

So, picture this: there I am trucking along, feeling great, saying a prayer (or 7) that my IT band pain doesn't creep up, hoping my shin splints don't give me any trouble, hoping I'm smiling in every picture when I begin to wonder how far I've run so far. I'm thinking it HAD to be like 5 or 6 miles. 5 or 6 miles AT LEAST! Right about that time is when I see a purple Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series mileage sign stating that we were approaching a 5K. As in 3.2 miles. Womp womp. Ugh. My little flame of rockin' and rollin' burnt out RIGHT there. Talk about a bubble burst! I keep running....past the MGM, the Paris......

the Venetian, the Palazzo, the Wynn, the Encore and I see the Stratosphere in the distant.

Right about then I felt both my right and left leg IT bands start stiffening up. I grabbed a cup of Cytomax at the first station and didn't spill a drop! I kept running. And I ran some more. Until finally I decided to take a walk break at about mile 6, 6.5 or 7... I can't be sure. My legs were both really hurting by that time and I ended up walking a mile or so until the course wrapped around through downtown (Fremont St. area) and started back up Las Vegas Blvd.* Every step I took was more painful than the last. I felt as if any moment my IT bands would pop with a snap - like a rubber band. My left leg was definitely worse than my right and on the run back I could feel a blister starting to form on my left inner foot. Oh joy. A blister. You can imagine my delight. From mile 8 to 10 I ran and walked intermittently - taking walk breaks when I needed to. I saw the signs indicated the miles and knew I only had a few left. At about mile 11 I knew I wasn't going to meet my goal of finishing in 3 hours, but I just wanted to finish at the point. Mile 11 came and went, and I was finally on 12. 1 more to go! I could see the Mandalay Bay and just decided to book it down the road. I'm pretty sure I said to myself, "Let me just get this (expletive) over with!" I took off and my legs were tingling! I saw the finish line and passed a few people on the way down the chute. I crossed the finish line and kept running... so far that I almost didn't grab my MEDAL! That's also about when my legs were ready to each fall off - sort of like a Barbie's does if they're twisted too far. My commemorative photo was taken and I headed off to meet my brother-in-law. We met up with his parents and my sister and then left shortly thereafter. We went to Hash House for lunch and what a wonderful lunch it was! I proudly wore my medal at the restaurant and almost slept in it that night. A short nap that afternoon along with some ice and heat application helped me a lot. The next two or three days were a bit rough, my left leg was seriously jacked up. I am recovered now though. It was all so worth it!

I'm so glad I did the half marathon. Not only do I have two awesome t-shirts (which I'll be wearing every week)...but I have the most awesome memory of deciding one day to do something and then seeing that act come to life. I'm so proud...if I do say so myself.

Annnnd...I didn't lose any toenails.

*Best Sign I saw on the race route: "You're All Kenyan To Me!"

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Well, I did it...

Finished the Las Vegas Rock N Roll Half Marathon today! Worked through some SERIOUS IT band issues to finish in 3:22 - which conincidentally enough...was finishing at my 5K pace. My original goal was to finish in 3:30, so I guess I finished 8 minutes faster than that.

I will do it again next year and beat my time. Right after I get IT band replacement surgery.

: )

Full post-race coverage to come.

Stay tuned....

Friday, December 3, 2010

This is really happening...

I'm going to the Health and Fitness Expo tonight to pick up my race day stuff. Bib number, timing chip, swag bag, tech. shirt, etc. When I printed out the confirmation sheet last night - it hit me. I'm going to complete a half marathon. This is BIG for me. It will be right up there in the Top Moments of My Life! I keep thinking back to the day I decided to do it.....what in the heck was I thinking?!?! Hahaha.

I'm so ready to pound the pavement with +/-28,000 of my closest friends. I'm so excited, yet so anxious, yet so nervous...all wrapped up in one. It's a good feeling though...really good.

Who knows...I might feel like doing a full 26.2 mile long marathon one day. For now, we'll see how this experience pans out.

See you at the finish line.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

21 weeks down, 2 to go...*

November 21 - 27, 2010

I was out of town this week and my training schedule got all messed up because I was still feeling the effects of the 12 mile run the week before. For fear of messing something up and not being able to perform ideally in the half marathon, I decided it was best to take it easy. Little did I know what I was in for...

Sunday: Rest

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: The 16th Annual Springfield Turkey Trot 5K! It was 32 degrees, windy and sleeting. I was soaked by the time I was done which unfortunately was a 37:49 finish.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: The 1st Annual Mansfield Turkey Trot 5K. I have nooooo idea what my time was. I mean...the Start/Finish line was drawn onto the road in chalk. : )

Sunday: Rest

I CANNOT believe the half marathon is IN ONE WEEEEEEK! December 5 came waaaaay too fast but I'm ready to conquer this adventure.

*I think that somewhere along the line I messed some weeks up. There's only one week left. Whatever. You get the point.

20 weeks down, 3 to go...

November 14 - 20, 2010

Sunday: 12 miles with my brother-in-law. Longest 12 miles of my entire life. I was in some serious pain throughout most of it and actually only ran about 7 or 8 miles. Walked the rest. Wore a brand new pair of the same kind of shoe I have been wearing for the last six months and the new pair was apparently too tight because my toes rubbed together and blood was shed. I'll leave it at that! I Could barely walk the next day and was sore for a few days after that.

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 3 miles while in Missouri

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sometimes you just need to sing it out....

Don't tell me not to live, just sit and putter
Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter
Don't bring around a cloud to rain on my parade

Don't tell me not to fly, I've simply got to
If someone takes a spill its me and not you
Who told you you're allowed to rain on my parade?

19 weeks down, 4 to go...

November 7 - November 13, 2010

Sunday: 9 miles

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 4 miles

Wednesday: Skipped

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Skipped in preparation for the next run...

This week was interesting. After doing 7 miles on Saturday the 6th, Sunday the 7th brought 9 miles. I felt great during the run, but toward the end my right knee started to tighten up. It was really sore and tight that night and I could barely sleep. My right leg is the leg with the shin splint trouble, so adding knee pain was just the icing on the cake. Upon doing some research, I pinpointed the feeling I was having and attributed the tightness/soreness/pain to the IT band. It felt better by Tuesday and I went ahead with my 4 miles.

Tune in for next week's includes....wait for it.....12 miles. *dun, dun, dun!!!!!*

Monday, November 8, 2010

18 weeks down, 5 to go...

October 31 - November 6, 2010

Sunday: 5 miles on my first day "back"...felt ok, leg wasn't completely healed but I wasn't cringing either.

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 5 miles

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 3 miles.

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 7 miles, BEST RUN EVER!!!!! I felt great!!! Like seriously. It was fantastic. It came out to 7.79 miles after I mapped it.

I cannot believe the half marathon is in just a few weeks. I am really excited! If you would have asked me a year ago if I would have ambitions for doing a half marathon - I would laughed outloud. Never, ever, ever did I think I would do this, but I'm figuring out that I can....and that I will.

Monday, November 1, 2010

17 weeks down, 6 to go...

October 24 - October 30, 2010

I did a whole lotta nothin' this week!

My leg was really hurting, so I decided it was best to give running a rest.

Sun: Rest

Mon: Rest, watched "How I Met Your Mother"

Tues: Rest, went to school

Wed: Rest, watched Comedy Wednesday on ABC. "The Middle", "Modern Family", "Cougar Town" favorites!

Thur: Rest, went to school, watched "Grey's Anatomy"

Fri: Rest

Sat: Rest, watched scary movies

Running? No. TV viewing? YES!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

16 weeks down, 7 to go...

October 17 - 23, 2010

Sun: I don't remember if I ran or not...

Mon: Rest

Tues: 4 miles

Wed: Rest

Thur: hobbled through about 1 mile

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Rest

My leg pain got A LOT worse during this particular much so that by Friday, I had to decide to take a week off from running to let me leg completely heal.

As of today, 10/28/10 it feels pretty good. I haven't ran all week and am hoping to get back into my training program on Saturday or Sunday.

Other BIG NEWS! I found the outfit I will wear for the half marathon.


It was very exciting to buy it - it made the race all that more real.

I was really worried about what I was going to wear. A pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt isn't going to take me through 13.1 miles. I think I made a good purchase and I'm hoping I get through the race without any chafing and still have all of my toenails.

: )

Sunday, October 17, 2010

15 weeks down, 8 to go...

October 10 - 16, 2010

Sunday: 5 miles - in UT.

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 4 miles

Wednesday: Pushed to Thursday

Thursday: 5 miles

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Skipped a 7 mile run...

I started to have a pain in my right lower leg when I was in UT last weekend. It progressively got worse and was super uncomfortable by Thursday. I still completed my 5 mile run but regretted it afterward. It's a pain on the inner part of my lower leg, that causes me to almost burst into tears everytime my foot hits the ground. I feel it when I'm walking too and it is even sore to the touch. I thought that it was shin splints - but then I realized...if it were shin splints wouldn't it be in BOTH legs? I have chalked it up to doing a lot of hills in UT over the course of two days (which I am NOT used to.) I have rested for a few days and done some at-home remedies to try and alleviate the pain. By this Tuesday I hope my leg is well enough to get back on track. I have a 12 mile run on the 23!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

14 weeks down, 9 to go...

October 3 - 9, 2010

Sunday: 4 miles - rainy!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3 miles - super cold in the morning!

Wednesday: 1 miles - just wasn't feeling it...

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 2 miles

Saturday: 7 miles in Panguitch Lake, UT. HILLS! Ahh!! H-A-R-D!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

13 weeks down, 10 to go...

September 26 - October 2, 2010

Sunday: 4 miles

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 5 miles

Wednesday: 4 miles

Thursday: 3 miles

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 4 miles

Sunday: 4 miles, and it was the first time I have been able to run in the "rain". It may have only been sprinkling but I did splash through puddles...and it was amazing!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Famous people are people too...

A few weekends ago I added yet another celebrity to my ever growing list of famous people who I've met. My sister, our friend and I went to see a John Michael Montgomery concert (you know...the country singer...who was more popular about 15 years ago...) in Primm at Buffalo Bill's resort. The tickets were free so we decided to go. He put on an entertaining performance, albeit a little short but I sang along to all of the songs I knew. After we hung out in the casino for a little while and attempted to buy a scratch ticket in California, we ended up in the gas station right across the street from the resort. As we were picking out snacks my sister calls out to me and I begrudgingly head over to the aisle where she is. She proceeds to tell me quietly, "John Michael Montgomery is riiiight there!!!" I take a peek at this guy who was buying coffee from the automated machine and sure enough, I agreed that it was him. So, over walks this guy in our direction. He's got on a camouflage hat with sunglasses perched on the brim, khaki shorts, a hunting t-shirt, and slip on shoes. Oh! And I can't forget to mention the sock tan he had going on. I stop him (poor guy, just trying to buy his coffee in peace!) and tell him we just saw his show. At first, he tried to be sneaky and pretend like he didn't know what I was talking about. He finally admitted it and with that I patted him on his arm and told him that his dimples gave him away. Only I, apparently, would pat a 6 ft. 3 in. tall country music singer who has sold about 15 million records. Gotta keep it real. After a brief introduction of myself, he proceeded to shake my sister and friend's hands. He got his coffee and we guessed he sped on down the highway to a bar in Vegas - but we don't know for sure. I left with my Reese's Pieces and yet another celebrity encounter.

Skip back to 2 weekends ago when my friend and I went to Town Square to eat at CPK. Next thing we know we stumble upon a red carpet and a step and repeat being set up. Cut to me spotting Mark Long. (MTV Mark Long - you'd know him if you saw him) I walk up to him with the oh so casual opening line, "MTV Mark, right?" He tells us to stick around because there will be an event featuring a whole bunch of reality stars. Now, as a preface I am not a huge fan of reality TV but it is entertaining nonetheless. So, as it turns out we stuck around and met a whole slew of people who were on Big Brother and the Amazing Race and Survivor. The most memorable people we met were Dan of Jordan, the most recent $1 million winners of the Amazing Race and Hayden who just won $500,000 on Big Brother a few weeks ago. It was pretty cool.

Living in Las Vegas my whole life has had it's perks. I can't even remember all of the famous folks I've run into over the years but I can recall a few of the cool ones. At the airport one time when I was younger I spotted Ray Charles. I recognized him from the Pepsi commercials. Ha. I met Colin Powell in the lobby of the Hotel at Mandalay Bay. He might be one of my most favorite guys! That was pretty cool. Three days ago Siegfried of Siegfried and Roy was power walking on the track at my gym. And then of course some of the stand out encounters include Jude Law and Johnny Lee Miller. Both of whom my sister and I had a run in with at the Ivy in Los Angeles. I never actually spoke to them but we stood next to each other at the valet stand while waiting for our cars after we enjoyed a nice lunch on the patio. Oh, and the paparazzi came and we were definitely in the pictures with them. Pretty funny. I also volunteered at a celebrity golf tournament a few years ago and met all kinds of famous friends. I contemplated making the picture of Luke Wilson and I my Christmas card for that year - I fortunately decided against it however. The best celebrity meeting of all happened a few years back when I was an audience member for Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show. My mom and I were sitting in the front row and when the time came for a volunteer you better believe my hand shot straight up. Cut to Vince Vaughn himself picking me to come up on stage. So, as the story goes I introduced myself via microphone to Vince and the rest of the audience of 300 or 400. I proceeded to throw a big, red, dodge ball at Justin Long (you may recognize him from the movie "Dodgeball"). It was really cool to be able to do that and I'll remember it always. Mainly because I have a movie star crush on Vince Vaughn....but I digress.

Point being; running into, meeting or even seeing a "celebrity" in the real world is always cool and I've grown accustomed to it. I'm not a crazy-autograph-seeking-picture-taking-hyperventilating-fan....I just like to make a memory. And that's enough for me.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

12 weeks down, 11 to go...

September 19 - 25, 2010

Sunday: 5 miles

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: 5 miles

Thursday: Rest

Friday: 3 miles

Saturday: 6 miles

Since I have started school, I have been getting up waaaay early on Tuesday mornings since I go to school on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The weather has been really nice the last few weeks so it is nice and cool at 4:30 a.m. when I am out and about.

I'm looking forward to a cool down of the temperature though, it seems like it would be easier to run when it is cool - rather than blazing hot outside.

Today, I watched a video containing highlights of last year's Rock'n'Roll Las Vegas Marathon and I suddenly got really excited! Not that I wasn't excited before, but now it's setting in. Just a few more weeks and that will be me.

I'm also kind of starting to plan my outfit for the half marathon. Is it too soon to be doing that?! Ha. I just have to make a running fashion statement! : )

Monday, September 20, 2010

11 weeks down, 12 to go...

September 12 - 18, 2010

Sunday: 1 mile...was supposed to be 4, but eating Mexican food for dinner sort of put a damper on that. I got waaaaay too full!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 3 miles

Wednesday: 6 miles

Thursday: Cross train

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 8 miles!! FARTHEST so far!

Friday, September 10, 2010

10 weeks down, 13 to go...

August 29 - September 04, 2010

Sunday: 2 miles

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 5 miles - at 4:00 in the morning

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 4 miles

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 6 miles

Monday, August 30, 2010

9 weeks down, 14 to go...

August 22 - 28, 2010

Sunday: 3 miles - Also, this is the day that marked me running 100 miles since June 27!

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 4 miles

Wednesday: 3.86 miles

Thursday: Cross train

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 5 miles

December 5 is just around the corner...

Ready to fall into Fall...

I am so over Summer. Like seriously.

It wasn't that the Summer wasn't good or fun...nothing negative like that - I'm just really ready for Fall. Even though it's only early September (technically today is August 30,) I am ready for sweaters, and color changing leaves, and baking Fall goodies, and hot chocolate, and brown/orange/red, and jeans, and Autumn scents, and all that good stuff! Oh! And three great holidays; my birthday (go with it...), Halloween and Thanksgiving. I have big plans for all 3! Well, not my birthday yet...but the other two are very exciting!

I'm even more ready for summer to be over because tomorrow I am going back to school. (If going "back to school" means taking one semester off...) I'm kind of excited to go back! Mostly because of new school supplies and books. I'm a sucker for new school supplies.

These next few months are going to be busy - school, half marathon training, WORK. I'm ready, willing and definitely able to juggle it all though. I recently decided that it was time for me to...for lack of a better term...focus on me. I'm going to do what I want to do because I think it's what is best for me. No outside opinions, no distractions.

So,'s my message to you. Get here already, would ya?!

Monday, August 23, 2010

8 weeks down, 15 to go...

August 15 - 21, 2010

Sunday: Rest

Monday: 3.47 miles

Tuesday: 1.61 miles

Wednesday: Cross train

Thursday: 2.8 miles

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 3.65 miles

Sunday, August 15, 2010

7 weeks down, 16 to go...

August 8 - 14, 2010

Sunday: 3.15 miles

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Rest....again

Wednesday: Rest....third time's a charm....

Thursday: 2.19 miles

Friday: 3.67 miles

Saturday: 7.53 miles

Sunday, August 8, 2010

"What have you done today, to make you feel proud?"

Over the course of the last few weeks, since I started training, I have ran 72 miles.

72 miles!!!!!!

Again, that's......72 MILES!!!

It's hard for me to believe and I am really impressed with myself. (Is that conceited of me?!)

I'll just say it one more time....


6 weeks down, 17 to go...

August 1 - 7, 2010

Sunday: 3.15 miles

Monday: REST

Tuesday: 2.66 miles

Wednesday: 3.67 miles

Thursday: Cross train

Friday: REST

Saturday: 6.31 MILES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was a really good week. I tried warming up for a mile with a combination of walking a half mile and then jogging a half mile, followed by stretching and THEN doing my regular run - and I avoided all aches and soreness. From now on, I'll be doing that. Saved me from a few Aleve. : )

Monday, August 2, 2010

Music that moves you...

I L-O-V-E music. Like love. Even more so when I am running. I am more focused when I listen to music when I run outside...although it could be considered a safety hazard. I'lI take my chances - some songs are just too good to go to waste! In addition to almost always listening to music when I run outside, when I am at the gym I have to have my ear buds plugged into the treadmill and have my music blaring.

I'm an obsessive play list maker and I recently added a few new tunes to my "A Half Marathon is 13.1 Miles. Remember That." play list.

"Dog Days Are Over" - Florence + The Machine -- AWESOME song!! So motivating!!

"Ridin' Solo" - Jason Derulo

"Everyday People" - Sly and the Family Stone

"King of Anything" - Sara Bareilles

"Airplanes" - B.o.B. feat. Hayley Williams

"Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" - Sly and the Family Stone

"Perfect Day" - Lady Antebellum -- I LOVE this song!!

I find that I'm attracted to all sorts of different genres of music. I just like an upbeat song with good lyrics, whether it be old or new, as long as I can run to it - it's all good.

5 weeks down, 18 to go...

July 25 - July 31, 2010

Sunday: Skipped, unfortunately. But I did walk around all day at an amusement park. Does that count toward anything?!

Monday: REST

Tuesday: Skipped. And I hate to admit it.

Wednesday: 2.02 miles

Thursday: 2.61 miles

Friday: REST

Saturday: 4.72 miles - surpassed my previous farthest distance of 4.01 miles. 4.72 miles is officially the farthest I've ran! : )

I felt pretty good this week! Except for of course on Tuesday when I skipped my workout just for the sake of skipping it. I won't let that happen again.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Do Work..."

My friend Christine and I planned a trip to California for Friday, July 23 to Sunday, July 25 to use our one-day pass to Disneyland. We both volunteered with Habitat for Humanity back in January with Disney's Give a Day, Get a Day program. We decided to stay two nights in CA, knowing that we would want to stay at Disneyland for as long as possible on Saturday - so we needed to be well rested.

After some delays and minor mishaps, we were finally on the road from Las Vegas to Anaheim at about 5:00 on Friday evening... or a few minutes after. Traffic was okay - could have been better, could have worse.

Some of the highlights of the road trip include:

- A game of Railroad: Movie Titles. Some real....some made up...

- A truck on fire. CRAZY!

- Google Maps being a life saver

- Vowing to not stop...with the exception of a quick bite to eat in Baker for one of us...

- Scanning the radio for non-existent stations

- Garth Brooks: Double Live

We made it to our hotel around 9:30 or so on Friday night. We were a little skeptical about the joint when we first got there, but our fears soon subsided. After the drive, I was beat! And I was the passenger! We wanted to be up and around super early Saturday morning so I knew I needed to go to bed somewhat early. I got up at 4:45 the next morning to get in my training run. The "fitness center" (which consisted of two treadmills and a stationary bike) was empty. And dark. I ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill before the excitement of the day kicked in and I decided to end a little early in order to get a head start on the fun-filled activities! We both got ready in record time (I was surprised to see Christine awake and putting on her make up already when I got back to the room.) We headed downstairs at about 7:00 to get some breakfast before we took off. We ate quickly and then took off! We had a schedule to stick to.

We got to Disneyland pretty quickly and were parked and with tickets in hand by 8:00 when the park opened!! There were virtually no lines for the first 3 hours we were there but then it really picked up around noon. We waited in line for some rides and got Fast Passes for Indiana Jones and for Big Thunder Railroad but all the other rides were rather easy to get on to. Overall, it was a really good day and we had so much fun. And ate A LOT!

Some of the highlights of the Day at Disneyland include:

- Having a handy iPhone App to plan the whole day!

- Being a little picture crazy

- Autograph book. Enough said.

- Christine having a Character Radar

- Having a plan for snacks and meals and what we were going to have

- On the hunt for a Jessie shirt for what seemed like 6 hours

- Meeting the Princesses and being embarrassed to be the oldest ones there...and being without children

- Peter Pan's bobby pin

- Christine being sneezed on by a baby elephant on the Jungle Cruise

- Christine being sneezed on by a real kid...

- "My dogs are barkin'..."

- Cheeseburger, fries, turkey leg, ice cream, popcorn, a whole chicken, mashed potatoes, and 2 green beans

- Staying from open until close

- Perfect weather!

- Matterhorn pictures

- Pirates Laire = BORE!!

- The "Booty" I had to be responsible for

- Rutabaga

- A banana in my backpack

- Forgetting the HoB gift certificate and then trying to hunt down a printer - which didn't happen

- Attracting those who are deaf - it never fails

- Prime seating for the parade

- And then subsequently dancing in the parade!

- Dinner at the Plaza Inn

- The Fantasmic! show and the rude people who insisted on standing in front of us

- A fictional case of Tuberculosis

- Me getting stabbed by a light saber that a little girl was wielding

- "She STABBBBBED meeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!", "You say sorry lady!!!!!!!"

- Tram ride to the parking garage - good thing I have excellent navigational skills or else we never would have found the car

- Getting back to the hotel around 1:30 a.m.

- A MAGICAL day!

We both slept like rocks that night and woke up on Sunday morning at around 7:00. We didn't have a solid plan as to what we were going to the day that day, and before we knew it we decided to go to Knott's Berry Farm! Again, we were dressed and ready to go (wearing only mascara, ha) in a fairly fast amount of time. We packed up, checked out, and then ate breakfast downstairs before hopping into the car and moving on to Knott's. We made a quick stop (this is me NOT mentioning the mishap with the curb...) at CVS for water and I won $3.00 on a scratch ticket! Ha! Good thing the park wasn't too far away. They opened at 10:00 and we were there right on time. We rode a few roller coasters but then our fun had to subside after we both thought we'd toss our cookies on a ride called Boomerang. We decided to take a break and eat lunch where, in a complete coincidence, our waiter at Johnny Rocket's turned out to be the actor who played Aladdin at Disneyland!! HA!! We picked his brain about being a character there and he provided us with some cold waters, two delicious burgers, a helping of fries, and a bunch of laughs. Also, he said he would get us in "V.I.P. style" for the Aladdin show if we mentioned him to the cast. Pretty funny. After lunch, we thought it would be best to let our food settle so we shopped and walked around from then on. After a few purchases and a stop into the candy shoppe for some fudge, it was time to head out and get on the road for home. Still, it was another great day of theme park fun! Hence the phrase, do work, because we tore both of those parks UP!

Highlights of the day at Knott's Berry Farm include:

- An early morning fresh start!

- "Front or f&*! it!"

- Mapping out the park route with the trusty Sharpie

- Pony Expresssss

- Backwards is NOT better

- Me having a mini panic attack for the first time in my coaster career

- Hunting for Christmas presents - quill pen included

- Getting a sweet deal on fudge!

- Passing on the funnel cake

- Snoopy drawn in ketchup - which didn't really look like Snoopy at all

- Just needing to "fill the tank"

- Old Time photos

- Corsets and not being able to breath

- "...Oh, you'll be glad!"

- Another awesome day!

We left Knott's at about 4:45 and painstakingly made our way to the route home, with a few (12) detours. With a tank full of gas, a bottle of Smart Water and a box of fudge we finally were on the (right) road to Las Vegas. The trip only took 3 hours! No speeding involved!! Mind you, we didn't stop the entire way. We were safely back at home at around 9:00 with an unforgettable trip behind us!

Highlights of the drive back to Las Vegas include:

- Railroad: Cities

- Y and E are impossible!!

- Playing Scan

- Me winning within about 7 minutes

- A Goblin head on the front of a Cadillac

- Almost peeing our pants from State Line on!

It was so great to get out of town, even it was for only a few days. We had such a good time and I am so happy to have such an awesome friend like Christine!

4 weeks down, 19 to go...

July 18 - July 24, 2010

So, I have completed one month of training!! December is quickly approaching and I'm excited for the next few months of running, and sweating, and sore muscles, and possible dehydration. : )

Sunday: REST

Monday: 3.06 miles

Tuesday: 2.86 miles

Wednesday: 4.01 miles - - the longest distance I've ran in my life!!!

Thursday: Cross-train workout at the gym for 40 mins.

Friday: REST

Saturday: 2.5 miles in the quaint but nice "fitness center" in the Holiday Inn Express in Anaheim, CA.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

3 weeks down, 20 to go...

July 11 - 17, 2010

This week started what I like to call the "running ONLY" work outs. My training schedule still consists of timed runs, but now I am strictly running...non-stop. No more running a mile or so and then walking for a few minutes. It's all running, all the time from here on out.

Sunday: Ran for 35 mins - 2.45 miles on treadmill

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Ran for 35 mins - 2.52 miles on treadmill

Wednesday: Ran for 40 mins - 2.8 miles outside at 5:00 am

Thursday: Body Pump class @ the gym

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Ran for 50 mins - 3.56 miles on treadmill

Saturday marked the first day that I had to ice my knees after my workout. I think they were sore due to the fact that I hardly stretched before running and that I hadn't run since Wednesday. Lesson learned. Always stretch!

Friday, July 16, 2010

2 weeks down, 21 to go...

My second week of training came and went!

July 4 - 10, 2010

Sunday: REST

Monday: 2.89 miles, RW

Tuesday: 2.76 miles, RW

Wednesday: 2.85 miles, RW

Thursday: Swam

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 2 miles, walked most of it

Somewhere toward the end of the week, I developed a cold. My head was stuffy, my nose was plugged and breathing was difficult. I got better, however, and was still able to complete all the work outs.

Monday, July 5, 2010

1 week down, 22 to go...

My first week of half marathon training is done and now I'm into the second!

Sunday: 2.16 miles

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: 2.67 miles

Wednesday: 1.86 miles

Thursday: 20 min of yoga at home...I couldn't go to the gym that day

Friday: Rest day

Saturday: 2.89 miles

A website called Map My Run ( has been super handy. You literally track the distance you ran with little digital markers and it maps it for you. Calculating the miles I ran couldn't be easier, seeing as how my iPod is out of commission; which I would normally use with my Nike+ software. Stupid technology. At least my iPod works every once in a while and only on shuffle. And without a screen. But there is still music coming out. Which is better than nothing I suppose.

In any case, it was really easy to fit a run into my day; I either got up way early in the morning or went in the evening after work. The heat has been a factor! It is really hot even at 6:30 or 7:00 in the evening. That's Las Vegas for you. On a scale of 1 to 10, this week's training was a 10! Albeit an easy 10. It only gets harder from here but I am ready.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Down to business...

Today is (finally) June 27, 2010. From this day forward I can officially say that I'm training for a half marathon. Today marks my first training "session", which I completed this morning.

This week's training schedule looks like this:

- Sunday: RW 35 min. (DONE - 2.16 miles)
- Monday: Rest
- Tuesday: RW 35 min.
- Wednesday: RW 40 mins.
- Thursday: Cross train, 40-60 min.
- Friday: Rest
- Saturday: RW 45 min.

RW stands for Run/Walk, but I will mostly run because that's what I'm used to doing.

I counted down the days from today to the half marathon...and I believe it is 156. 156 days to go from only ever running a little over 3 miles to 13.1! My plan is to run the entire thing without walking. I don't see any reason why I wouldn't be able to do that.

So, this is my life now. Half marathon training. Up early every morning to run. Sore legs. Sore body. Sweaty arm pits. Crazy hair. Running shoes. Shorts. The "Ta-Ta Tamer". I can already taste the sweetness of crossing the finish line in December. All of this will totally be worth it!

To aid in my training, I got a box of exercise enhancing Vitapaks from GNC. I'm pretty good about taking vitamins and supplements and what not, but I wanted a little something extra for an added boost.

I once took Disney Princess chewable vitamins, now I take the Grown Up ones. What a difference.

I ordered a really fancy contraption a few days ago. It's an ID tag that attaches to my shoe. I ordered it from after seeing an advertisement in Runner's World magazine. (Because yes, now that I'm going to do a half marathon...I just HAD to subscribe to it.) It's so cool and it's way more convenient than bringing my drivers license with me every time I run outside. I'm always afraid I'm going to lose my DL, so I feel better knowing that all my information is strapped securely to my laces in case there's ever an emergency when I can't speak for myself. It's a pretty inventive and safe ittle device if you ask me. I thought about posting a picture of it but then decided against it because it has my address on it. That would be like asking for a thanks.

So, that's it then. Training has begun. I'm thankful for the two days of rest per week, I'm sure I'll need it.

Hittin' the links...

I played my first 9 holes of golf! I have wanted to learn how to play for a couple years now and golfing apparently runs in my blood so I took advantage of the opportunity to play last week. A couple that I know works at a golf course, so we all spent the afternoon playing. I had only ever played putt-putt and been to the driving range years and years ago, so I was a little nervous. Thankfully there weren't too many people playing that day, so my insecurities subsided quickly. As the day wore on, my swing got better. I wasn't very good about hitting the ball very far but I did hit it really straight every time, which is important I guess. *insert shrug*

All in all, it was really fun! The whole experience was memorable and I plan on going a lot more now that I realize how much fun it is. I even worked on my golf swing in my backyard a little bit in the evenings last week. I left that day with sore arms and sunburned legs, but I still loved it. Now, I need to invest in some golf shoes and hopefully I will work my way up to getting a nice set of clubs in the future. Plus, I want to wear some super cute golf outfits!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New 'Do...

I got my hair cut last week by my friend Laura. Ok, so it isn't really a "new" 'do...just an updated version. I love the way she cuts my hair; turns out perfectly every time! This time I asked for about 3 inches off of the length, and for her to trim up the layers all around.

Summer is always a good time for a fresh cut!

Betty Crocker...

I have always liked to cook, and I'm pretty good at it, but I also love to bake! Any opportunity to bake is great! Birthday parties, holidays, you name it...I'll make something for it. Christmas is by far my favorite baking season, however. Nothing tops that!

I love baking cakes, cupcakes, cookies and the occasional batch of banana bread. I have made some pretty tasty treats recently. I have a few new Pampered Chef tools that I've been dying to try out, but so far I've only used my cooling rack.

I am also (mildly) obsessed with aprons. I have a few vintage (as some that were my Grandma's) ones that are so cute, but I have been on the market for a new one. While at the Helldorado Days Rodeo a few weeks back I found the perfect apron for me! It was love at first apron sight. Some really awesome lady makes them and even told me she would make me a custom one if I wanted it! (Side note: the one I got is reversible!!)

Just call me Betty Crocker, only I don't make anything from a box.

(I know, I know...two picture have boxes in the background. It was pancake mix. And it doesn't count. It's not baking.)

: )

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I love lululemon...

While on the search for a decent (and non-uni boob forming) sports bra that would not only be functional during my training, but would be comfortable as well...I stumbled upon lululemon. ( They have a sports bra called the Ta Ta Tamer and many women who own it, love it! It has received rave reviews as being one of the BEST sports bras around. I am a well endowed gal, so I knew I couldn't just have any 'ol bra off the rack at some sporting goods store. The Ta Ta Tamer has my name written all over it. I ventured down to the Fashion Show Mall, where there is a lululemon athletica store. I snatched up the bra as soon as I saw it. Upon trying it on, I had wondered where this amazing thing has been all of my (bra-wearing) life!! It's like wearing a piece of HEAVEN!! Who knew that a little bit of fabric and two straps would be so awesome! I do realize I am raving about a sports bra here...but it's! Plus, having a super awesome sports bra is a MUST when doing the type of running that I am doing and that I will be doing way more of.

Here's a picture of the Ta Ta Tamer in all of it's super-awesome sports bra goodness!!


In addition to the bra, I picked up a pair of shorts as well. The Run:Tracker Short are just what I need for the number of miles I will be running in the excruciatingly hot Las Vegas heat this summer. After trying a bunch of different pairs, I asked the sales girls for their opinion. They both agreed that the Tracker was better. It even has a cute little side zipper pocket. I have had an awful time figuring out where to put my phone and ID when I run now, so having the pocket will prevent me from having to store all of my loot in my shirt. (True story, and it is not a pretty sight.)


lululemon is my kind of store!

I have completed my half marathon training supply purchases!!

- New running shoes? Check.

- Good socks? Check.

- Awesome sports bra? Check.

- Lightweight, comfortable shorts? Check.

UPDATE: Me, in all of my new running gear...

UPDATE 06/17/10: Have ran about 10 miles while wearing my new lululemon gear...and the results are in! Both the sports bra and shorts are great! The bra fits perfectly and doesn't rub or pinch. The shorts are good too....all except for one minor detail. There is only one pocket, and I put my phone in it when I run outside. That side of the shorts tends to fall down a little so I have found that I pull them up occasionally. Other than that, both good purchases! I highly recommend lululemon for all of your active wear needs.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Wrappin' it up...

This week I:

- Got a new shampoo and conditioner. This is BIG for me. I have religiously used Redken Clear Moisture shampoo and conditioner for years now, but lately I have noticed my hair isn't what it once was. After a trip to Ulta, armed with a great coupon, I left with a bottle of Biolage Cooling Mint shampoo and one of conditioner. So far, so good. I like it! I also feel like it is the time for a haircut. I'll have to make an appointment soon.

- Attempted to buy a new swimsuit. I have been so excited for swimsuit this year and I couldn't wait to buy a new one because my old one is ginormous on me now. Over the course of 2 days and at least 4 stores, I ended up empty handed. One pieces are awkward: the torso is either too long or the rear is baggy, the Tankini's I tried we weird: not a lot of coverage or support, and I'm not brave enough to wear a bikini....yet. I got my Athleta catalog in the mail and decided that I would try my luck with a suit from there. They have a lot of cute options!

- Made my first Animal Control call. Woke up early on Monday morning, which I thankfully had off of work, to go for a run. About a mile in, I noticed that I had attracted a small dog somewhere along the way. It was only when I stopped at a stop sign and took out my earphones that I heard paws on the ground behind me. Said dog was friendly and had no collar. After deciding to continue on my run, the dog followed right next to me...even circling around my feet and trying to jump up to greet me. I tried to talk some sense into the little thing, encouraging him/her to go back home and it wasn't listening. After about another half mile of it running right next to me, I thought my best bet was to report the dog, because I surely couldn't take it home. I somberly reported the dog to animal control, who said they would send out a unit to pick it up. I tried again to convince the dog to return to wherever it came from and finally had to outrun it when I got to the park. I will be the first to admit that I am not an animal lover, but I genuinely hope everything went well for it!

- Ped-Egg'd my thumb nail. While giving myself an at-home pedicure, my thumbnail somehow got in the way and I definitely took three good chunks out of it with the Ped-Egg. The result is fascinating. (No blood involved, thank God.)

- Was declared as having a clean bill of health. (Duh. I've always been as healthy as a horse...) I Went for my annual "womanly exam"/follow up appointment for something that I thought could potentially be a big deal. (This is MY blog, I can write what I want...even if it does involve the Woman Doctor.) As it turns out, it wasn't a big deal at all. After months of worry and crazy Googling/WedMDing, I was pleased to find out that nothing is or ever was wrong with me. All it cost for my doctor to tell me I was perfectly healthy was about $500 over the course of about 5 weeks!! I have insurance but apparently I have the crappiest.plan.on.the.planet. Over $300 for blood work, $100 for an ultrasound, $10 for a prescription, and $40 per visit to the doc. Ugh. All of that for her to say I am perfect. Thanks, Doc.

- Had two glasses of wine for dinner one night. And man, oh, man were they delicious! I love a nice glass of Pinot Blanc every once in a while. I mixed one glass with orange juice, don't judge me! Drinking wine for dinner isn't all THAT bad...

- Got my first sunburn of the year. While supervising my child care kids while they did water play I decided it was time to start working on my summer tan. I exited my house as myself and one hour later, reentered as a lobster. I had no idea I would burn so easily or fast. Good thing about me is that although I am prone to burning, it only lasts a few days and then turns straight into a tan. But, dang it, these tan lines I am left with are obnoxious!

- Saw "Sex and the City 2". Side note: and was entirely disappointed. Dare I say it...maybe there never should have been a #2. Ugh. I'm trying to forget I even saw it. Best part of the whole experience: seeing it alone. There's something so liberating about going to the movies by myself.

- Read a really cool book. I picked it up Monday night at Borders, and finished it today. It's called Better Single Than Sorry , by Jenn Schefft. More on the book in another post...

- iTunesed my new favorite song. I heard it a few weeks ago on X107.5, but didn't catch the band name or song name so I had to wait impatiently to hear it again. I was so happy when I did! It's called "Wild and Young" by American Bang. Along with that song, I am also currently listening to "Up on the Ridge" by Dierks Bentley and "This Time Around" by David Nail.

What a week.

Half marathon training starts in 22 days. 3 weeks from tomorrow actually!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Happy birthday, baby!

I will forever remember yesterday as the day I became an Aunt.

Unbelievable and yet so real.

This feels really cool.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Music that moves you...

"Stand up, take a bow
It's your time and your time is now
See the world open up to you
Life your head, and march right on through

Up and down this roller coaster ride
It twists and it turns
Oh, you know that's life
Take a deep breath, and drink it in
Because you were made for such a time as this..."

"Go On" - Wilshire

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Runnin' down a dream...

It seems all I can really think about lately is the half marathon. I do indeed realize it is still many months away, but I can't help but prepare well in advance. I think I am just trying to get everything lined up so there's no backing out. But there really is NO backing spot is already registered, entrance fee paid. I HAVE to run the half marathon.

I am in the process of trying to lose about 10 lbs. to be at a more ideal "racing weight." (Don't I (sort of) sound like I know what I'm talking about?!) It's been tough though; I haven't been able to stick to it without veering off my "diet" course. Having some unexpected (and totally NOT serious) health related things going on has added to stress of my normally manageable healthy eating plan. I may or may not have consumed a few servings of ice cream in the past few weeks. Ehh, who cares. It was definitely worth it.

I am committing to losing the 10 lbs. in any case. My official training starts June 27, so I'm giving myself until then to do it. That's a good 6 weeks. I just need to dig my heels in and do it already...I have most definitely been stalling and not staying on track. The time has come, however. Goodbye ice cream! See you in a month or so!

Aside from the fact that I have those few pounds to drop, I am amazed at how different I look and feel. I am so different from the person I was over a year ago. I have always been confident (thanks, Mom!) but I have tapped into a sort of new self confidence. More like an I-can-do-anything-I-put-my-mind-to confidence. It's not even about body image, but more of a mindset. Yes, I'll admit I was ecstatic when the last 4 pairs of bottoms I bought were a size 6, (ME! A 6! Thought I'd never see the day...) but I am so totally in tune with this attitude that I really can do something if I want to badly enough. There's a quote in this book I read, let me refer back to it... Ok, here it is: "There's a difference between I want to and I will." That's the exact way I feel about this half marathon. Not only do I want to run the half marathon, but I WILL run the half marathon!

On another note, I decided to fashion a Vision Board to keep my motivation up during my training. A Vision Board is supposed to be a "if you can dream it, you can do it" type of thing, and I'm all about positive thinking, so I thought it would be beneficial. I ripped and tore and disassembled many magazines in order to find the perfect motivators! I was on a Vision Board making kick for about 3 days, and when the last bit of glue dried I was very satisfied with the end result. (I even threw on a few rhinestones after the layout was complete, because rhinestones are just so typically me...)

Here's the board:

I also got a planner that I filled up with each run/cross training activity that I will do from June 27 to November 29. My training schedule is pretty intense. Looking at the days that say "3 miles", "4 miles", "6 miles", "8 miles" is a little nerve wracking! The most mileage I will run at one time is 12 miles a few weeks before the actual race. I also got a big dry erase calender to write the training schedule for the month on. Not only do I have a handy dandy planner, but I have a big 'ol dry erase board that will stare me in the face each morning when I wake up. My hope is that it will scream at me to get up and get going. If I don't start getting into the right mind set now, it'll be a struggle to keep motivated then.

In addition to the Vision Board, I also made an appointment with a specialty running store for a shoe fitting. The Red Rock Running Company isn't too far from my house, so I thought that making an appointment there would be my best bet. Today was the appointment, and I wasn't really sure what to expect. I was a little intimidated when I walked into the store, and I was sure I had "newbie" written on my forehead in Sharpie marker. The salesman who helped me was so cool! He asked if I had any injuries (no major ones) and if I was training for something (yes, a half marathon). First off, he assessed my arches by having me stand barefoot (albeit 1 week overdue for a pedicure) and squat a little bit. After he saw that I have freakishly high arches, he said it was time for me to run barefoot on the treadmill. So, not only was I going to run barefoot on the treadmill, but he was going to videotape me running so he could assess how my foot hits the ground (treadmill in this case). So, there I am....running completely barefoot, in front a guy I've never met, trying to keep a good form while other customers come in and mill about. Yeah, interesting experience. The guy plays my footage back in slow motion and spouts off a whole bunch of different terms that I pretended to understand. Apparently, I have mild to moderate pronation. He pulled a few pairs of shoes and I tried them on. He suggested I go for a run outside to really see how they would feel, so I did. After trying on 3 different pairs (A pair of Asics, a pair of Saucony, and a pair of Brooks) I settled on the most glorious pair of Asics I've ever seen. He even pointed out that I in fact do not wear a size 7.5, but a straight up 7. I was excited about that! I took the shoes for another test run on the treadmill so that the salesman could videotape me again to see if the shoes were a good choice. It was at the moment when he cranked up the treadmill to a 6.0 that he complimented my "running style." He said, and I quote, "You have a really nice, quiet style..." I smiled inside. I suppose I could be worse off. I could run like this one guy at the gym. When I happen to be on a treadmill near him, I swear there is a stampede of dinosaurs approaching...THAT'S how hard he runs. The salesman wished me luck and said that after a few days of trying them out, if they feel great that I should just "hit the pavement." I smiled inside...again.

All in all, it was an awesome experience. I left with a great pair of running shoes and even a fancy new pair of socks. Getting my new shoes is super exciting! I am going to break them in for a few days to make sure they are the pair I want to log hundreds of miles on. I have a feeling they are going to work out nicely, and we will be very happy together.

I have also been working on a play list for my iPod that I have affectionately titled A Half Marathon is 13.1 Miles. Remember That. I love, love, love making play lists to begin with, so I knew I just had to have a good one for all this crazy training business.

Some of the songs on the perfect running play list that I conjured up:

"Find My Way" - Gabe Dixon Band
"How Far We've Come" - Matchbox Twenty
"Runnin' Down a Dream" - Tom Petty (credit to him for the title of this post)
"Carry Out" - Timbaland ft. Justin Timberlake
"Kiss" - Prince
"Higher Ground" - Stevie Wonder
"You Shook Me All Night Long" - AC/DC
"I Wish" - Stevie Wonder
"Pride (In the Name of Love)" - U2
"Gimme Shelter" - Rolling Stones
"Imma Be" - Black Eyed Peas
"Sympathy for the Devil" - Rolling Stones
"You Get What You Give" - New Radicals
"Ain't Too Proud to Beg" - The Temptations
"Halfway Gone" - Lifehouse
"Say Hey (I Love You)" - Michael Franti & Spearhead
"Highway To Hell" - AC/DC
"Once In A Lifetime" - Talking Heads
"Sir Duke" - Stevie Wonder
"Do You Love Me" - The Contours
"Mercy" - Duffy
"Ants Marching" - Dave Matthews Band
"In My Head" - Jason Derulo
"Speed of Sound" - Coldplay
"Desire" - U2
"Love, Save the Empty" - Erin McCarley
"Sweet Emotion" - Aerosmith
"In A Big Country" - Big Country
"All Over Me" - Josh Turner
"Back In Black" - AC/DC
"Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" - Michael Jackson
"Grey Street" - Dave Matthews Band
"Superstition" - Stevie Wonder
"Galway Girl" - The Town Pants
"Shake Your Body Down to the Ground" - The Jacksons (HA! Brandi, I know you're laughing...)
"This Town" - O.A.R.
"Let Go" - Frou Frou
"Closer to Love" - Mat Kearney
"Syndicate" - The Fray
"Walk This Way" - Aerosmith (My secret goal is to learn every.single.word. to this song during the duration of this training. I've waited for this my entire life.)
"4 Minutes" - Madonna, ft. Timbaland and Justin Timberlake
"If" - Janet Jackson

That list is my musical taste at it's random finest! I'm sure I'll be making another one as the months progress.

So, Vision Board? Check. Planner/calendar? Check. Good running shoes? Check. Crazy-good play list? Check.

Next up....I'll just say it. Sports bra. A GOOD one. : )

*Note to self: 1 half marathon = 21.097494 kilometers.*,

Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's always good to make goals.....right?

Whoa. It's March. Long time, no....write?

I am skipping the last 6 months and diving straight into writing about what I am currently most excited about. Deal with it. However, maybe I'll track back and update on a few of the highlights that went on with me. Who knows.

Ok, so...I ran (without stopping) my first 5K on March 13. I did it in 34:29, was the 95th female to finish and was 8th in my age division to finish. It was the Six Tunnels to Hoover Dam Half Marathon and 5K, just in case you were wondering. I did it! I ran it! The 5K portion that is...

See below for proof.

Yes, me, the former...let's just say it...fat-girl, the girl that thought she was allergic to sweat, the girl that tried every excuse in the book to skip P.E., the girl that has never played a competitive sport in her entire life. THIS girl ran a 5K. Yeah, yeah, yeah...5K, BIG deal. But au was a BIG DEAL to me. It's a whopping 3.1 miles! When I saw the finish line from about 100 yards, all I was focused on was crossing the finish line. Man, oh, man was it awesome in the end!

So, now...after not so much deliberation...I've decided to run a half marathon. True, 13.1 miles. I will be running (and let's hope finishing) the Rock'n'Roll Las Vegas Marathon on December 5, 2010. It's in 9 months. Well, practically 8.

Here's how I look at it: if I ran 3.1 miles....what's another 10?! No biggie. It's in the bag. (So, I say that now. Pre-training.) I realize that many hours (more importantly...miles) will be dedicated to training for this - and I am quite accepting of it all. I also realize that the actual training hasn't even begun yet, I am just in the "Wooohoo!! I am going to run a half-marathon!!!" phase.

I honestly don't even know how this idea came about. One moment I am researching the next 5K race I can do, and the next moment I have mentally committed to running (ok, completing) a half-marathon. What else are my legs for if not to take me places?!

I read an insanely great book called The Non Runner's Marathon Training Guide For Women, by Dawn Dais. I have about 17 neon Post-it flags sticking off of the pages where I've marked something in particular that I find to be helpful or funny. The author was very much a non runner (much like me) up until she herself decided to run a marathon. A FULL marathon. A 26.2 mile long marathon. She overcame all the strenuous training and did it. If she can, I can too! (Let's not get too ahead of ourselves....I am only doing a half.)

So, that's it then. This is my proclamation to the world. Ok, or maybe just to my 4 readers. I will be doing a half marathon on December 5, 2010. I will start to train intensely in June. I think a good 6 months of training will suffice. Here's hoping, anyway.

I'm not one for all of that motivational "go get 'em!" type of stuff, but this is what I told myself today while I was contemplating what it might be like to complete a 13.1 mile course:

My body is can be stronger.
My mind is can be clearer.
I am determined, I am dedicated and dammit.... I CAN DO IT!!