PS. To anyone who was interested in the cupcake holder... I'll have the link once I'm not posting on my mac. It's screwing everything up!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
PS. To anyone who was interested in the cupcake holder... I'll have the link once I'm not posting on my mac. It's screwing everything up!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I would have to say though, the best gift was definitely the pink breast cancer awareness cupcake carrier shown above. I love making cupcakes, but never can take them anywhere and so they sit at home and get yucky. I have been lusting after this cupcake carrier for a while too. So last night, between drinking margaritas, wine, and champagne, there were some good times had, and I can't wait to see what Christmas brings!
This is going to be my last post for a while, after these 26.2 things I don't have much else to say! Just kidding, but I'll be posting once after Christmas and then will be back in full force around January 5th, so don't worry, I'll make a comeback!
Today's gift, and the final gift of 26.2 things to get a runner for Christmas is Dean Karnazes book, "UltraMarathon Man". I recently finished this book and it's inspiring and really a quick read. I enjoyed his stories and insight to running, and I felt like I was there with him, or with his family in the motor home cheering on Team Dean. It also really allowed me into the mind of an ultra runner. It was great to see his perspective on races and how he attacks them and never gives up. His spirit is contagious and his descriptions are dead on. It's a great read for any age and I highly recommend it. It's amazing what he does, and just reading about his races and training reminds me that my training isn't that hard at all.
You can find it here @ amazon.com for $13.57. Go out and pick up a copy and make it a resolution to read it in 2009!
Merry Christmas to all my readers, and friends. You all make my life so bright with cheer! I hope you have a Merry Christmas, and wonderful holidays. I get a whole week off work, I am so excited.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
But hey, Guys love them, check out the reviews below and how much they profess their love for them.
"Nipple sensitivity almost ruined my runs, until someone told me about nipguards. These are great. Easy to use, comfortable, and best of all, no more sore nipples after a good run."
"No more gauze and 12" pieces of medical tape across my nipples! Tried out my Nip Guards for my first mini-marathon and couldn't be more pleased. 13.1 miles of pain-free nipples. And almost invisible under my shirt. Kudos to the inventor(s)!"
"For men who have had pain/bleeding from nipple chafing from longer runs (>6+ miles)when wearing even the best of running sportswear. (I have not used compression shirts) I don't leave home or go to a race without them now. Cost about the same as toe corn pads but are sized to fit and will stay on much better. Yes, they will last through a marathon. They prevent an injury which requires about a week to heal from."
Guys have such passion about the strangest things, now don't they! To the man wearing 12" tape across your chest... Wow!
TriSports.com has the best deal for a 10-pack of Nip Guards coming in at $8.95.
So guys like Steve, Greg, Borsch, and Stuart, this is a special gift just for you. Protect the Nips! ;)
And, now, girls you are free to laugh.
I got new shoes last night but I'm still very up in the air about them. They seem great but INCREDIBLY overpriced and I can't decide in between a 6 and a 6.5 size. I am going to have to test them out around the house tonight so I know if I for sure love them. Anyways, hope everyone is gearing up for Christmas!
Monday, December 22, 2008
This weekend was a great weekend for a run and I got in a 6.5 miler and it really felt great. Well let me rephrase that one. The first mile and a half felt like CRAP. My shoes are so shot and my feet just felt so flat. I need to get new ones ASAP, but I just keep putting it off. The first mile I felt like I was only wearing socks, and my whole body ached. I thought my entire run was going to feel like that, and thought about buying new shoes the whole way. I still have yet to get them, I'm going to go this week for sure, hopefully tonight or sometime tomorrow night. Once I hit two miles though I was on cruise control and just knocked the rest of the miles off. Other than the shoe issue, it was a great run, and I felt really, really good and somehow pulled out a 6:45 last mile, which I don't know where that came from. I even ran in shorts and a short-sleeved shirt, and got almost a little bit to warm! Sorry all you snowbirds! Alas, I was planning a nice long run the afternoon of Christmas eve if I get off work early enough down at the beach, and now in CA we are projected for rain all through Thursday. I do not run in the rain so I'll be putting in a few miles at the gym for the rest of the week.
Also, as for running my 500 miles this year, I am at 493 now! I am really excited because I get a certificate from Nike+ once I hit 500. Hooray! Those 6.5 miles really helped me out, and I'm feeling a bit more confident about the 1/2 coming up. I was starting to get nervous so we'll have to talk about goals for that, and the four weeks of hardcore training I'll be doing in January. Pray for no more rain, because putting in more than three miles on the treadmill is awful for me.
So the gift of the day? Well, A runner makes a statement with every shirt worn. Many drivers can see what your shirt says, and I've been caught reading other gym-goers shirts often as well. Maybe it's just me though. :) Especially at races, shirts can have important meanings and even become inspirational tools. Anyways, the gift of the day today is a custom running shirt from Running Banana.
You can pick out the type of shirt you want from a singlet to a long sleeve or short sleeve. You can pick from a variety of sizes and then can upload whatever picture you want, along with your own special text. This would be great if you planned on running any given race for a specific person. They also work great for teams as well.
You can be creative and inspirational just by wearing a shirt by Running Banana. They also have pre-made options that you can choose as well if you aren't very creative that include marathon graphics, girl power graphics, animal graphics and in your face graphics. Their shirts range from $31-$37 dollars. Check out Running Banana to get your runner a special shirt for Christmas or for their next race!
Here are some creations in their gallery.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
So we all workout, workout means *hopefully* getting a sweat going, but then unfortunately it means being smelly. Though we might not notice our own stench, people around us can definitely smell us, and that is why we should all give Penguin Sports was a try! Hey, running for any distance can make you stinky, lets be honest here!
According to Amazon.com's reviews everyone has given it at least four or five stars, and the reviews are all raving how it got the stench out and did it's job. They also have said that it's gotten the 'kitchen' smell out of clothes after working at a restaurant as well. You can read the reviews for yourself here.
On Epinons.com, the "Pros" I have seen are that is cleans the smell out of expensive, high-tech, clothing perfectly, and saves the clothes as well. While the only "Cons" I've seen are that it's hard to find and many wish it would come in bigger bottles.
So where do you find Penguin Sports wash? Of course here are the links for you with the best prices I could find:
Zombie Runner has One small packet of Penguin Wash for .95
REI has Six pack of one use Penguin Wash for $6.00
TriSports.com has 20oz Penguin Wash for $8.25
Joe's Sports has a 2 pack of 20oz Penguin Wash for $19.99
So scrub with with Penguin Wash, and watch my blog for when I get my own and am able to post an in depth review! Can't wait to be clean!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
It's a Spalding Electronic Whistle. Single tone electronic whistle that has a loud, consistent sound every time, even if user is short of breath or injured. Personal Safety & Signaling Device and includes 2 sets of AAA Batteries. It's also hand operated instead of mouth blown is sanitary, even for multi users. Get yours for $15.95 here.
Be safe out there!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Today is such a pivotal gift and EVERY runner should own one, including myself, but alas, this is actually on my Christmas list as well. I have used one when I was running in high school and though painful, it works serious miracles.
Here's a rundown of "The Stick"... The Marathon Stick was specifically designed for long distance runners, or any runner for that matter, that would like to get any of the following benefits:
Accelerated recovery time
Reduced muscle soreness, stiffness & pain
Prepares your muscle for rigors of activity
Flushes muscle from rigors of activity.
It's small enough to be taken everywhere, even on trips or running vacations.
You can get your very own "The Stick" here at TriSports.com for 29.99. Visit the official "The Stick" website HERE and choose your own stick.
You can even look super happy like him when using "The Stick"
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The McDonald lovin' SUV wanted to pay so badly they crashed into the car in front of them. Literally just plowed into the little Toyota in front of them. Granted, I know it was an accident, but now I was stuck in the drive-thru lane, and I hadn't even gotten my parfait yet. So I waited, thinking these wise people in the drive-thru line would continue moving forward and take their problems to the parking lot, thus allowing the rest of the McDonald's drive-thru patrons to continue through the line, ordering, paying and getting their food.
Wrong again. Immediately the Toyota driver hops out in the middle of the drive-thru line and walks up to the SUV and demands them to also exit their car, in the middle of the drive-thru. She won't get out. There's yelling through windows. McDonald's employees are coming outside. A cop rolls up. I just sit and wait. I just wanted a parfait! Seriously! I would have not gotten in the drive-thru lane if I knew this whole debacle was going to happen! Oh you golden arches, how you lure many in.
So besides the drama from McDonald's, we have the lovely 26.2 gift!Tthe gift of the day today is all the warm weather wear from Tel-a-Runner. They have tons of super warm weather stuff which is exactly what I need lately! It's been a chilly 40-50 degrees here which, I know, I know! Some of you have it so much worse, and I think you must need this WAY more than me! So check out their site. They also are having a 15% off holiday coupon, which you can find on their site, and you just have to press apply coupon for the discount. Here are some of my personal favorites.
Manzella Wind Stopper Cap
Ear flaps can be lowered for versatile ear protection. Gore windproof membrane blocks wind, by eliminating wind chill you can stay out longer. Pull closure allows for adjustable fit. It's $ 24.99 and can be found here.
Asics Thermopolis - DUOTECH foul weather gloves have a fabric base with denier gradient mesh lining that enhances moisture transfer and the DUOTECH design adds dry comfort. The Terry surface at outer thumbs helps wipe perspiration from your face. Boxed finger design provides excellent fit without causing circulation loss to your fingers. This helps in keeping your hands warm. They are $27.00 and can be found here.
The Brooks Vapor Dry Headband is another fave and I love the colors they have! The moisture transfer headband with a mesh band helps regulate temperature by moving moisture away from the head, keeping you dry and comfortable. It is $14.99 and can be found here.
Check out Tel A Run though for some great products and running gear!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tonight I'm back at it at Amp'd Abs which I'm really excited about. If you are thinking about taking a class, I would totally recommend them at a local gym or a 24 hour fitness if you are willing to look like an idiot in front of other people. At first taking the class was kind of awkward, but once you get past the fact that everyone else is looking just as dumb as you are, it's fun and I feel like it has definitely strengthened and toned and has taught me new moves to do outside of the gym as well. After the class I'll be on the good old 20 treadmill-20 bike-15 elliptical-5 stair stepper program. I feel really good after I work out that hard at the gym.
Today's gift of the day is all about blisters. Those little nagging things you get when you run to far and think, oh it's just a little pain, or it will go away, then you take off your shoe and a huge bump of, okay, okay that's enough! Here's what will help you get through the long runs or even if you are just starting out with running. I used to live by 2nd skin and mole skin back in the high school racing days.
For all types of blisters, we have the Spenco Blister Kit sold on American RX that can be found here for $6.20! It features Spenco 2nd Skin (which I'm super partial too) and foam pads to soothe, cool and protect against rubbing, hot spots, and blisters. It includes 6 moist pads @ 1" square each in a resealable bag, along with 1 adhesive sheet (3"x5"), 6 adhesive strips (3"x1.5") and 11 foam pressure pads.
Mountain gear also has a before and after Blister Kit for $18.95 that can be found on their site here. This kit claims to prevent blisters from forming or eliminating the discomfort of them. This kit includes a Blister Medic first aid kit from Adventure Medical Kits and two Body glide sticks. The first aid kit includes 2 strip adhesive bandages, 2 knuckle adhesive bandages, 3 antiseptic towelettes, 2 Moleskins, Spenco 2nd Skin, Molefoam, Non-woven adhesive knit, scissors and 2 double antibiotic ointments. There are also 2 0.45 ounce Body glide sticks to help prevent chafing and blisters.
Lastly, I found the blister kit mecca on Zombie Runner. They have a foot care section that would battle Dr. Scholls laboratory.
First off they have the Pocket Foot Care Kit. It's designed for blister repair on the run. It's small enough to fit in your pocket. Includes blister patches and other essential items, plus instructions for use. Find it here for $7.95.
It includes: Benzoin ampules (2) Alcohol preps (6) Antibiotic ointment (2) Spenco Blister Pads (2) Blist-O-Ban Blister Pad (1) Sterile lancets (2) 3" x 5" baggies (2) BlisterShield Powder, packet (1) Engo Performance Patch (2) Trail Tissues (1) Instructions.
Secondly you can find the Small Foot Care Kit here for $ 19.95. It includes all this : Benzoin ampules (4) Alcohol preps (8) Antibiotic ointment (4) 2" Elastikon tape (1) 1" Micropore tape (1) Spenco 2nd Skin (2) Folding scissors (1) Powder 2" x 3" baggies (2) 3" x 5" baggies (4) Instructions. Seriously talk about a ton of stuff!
You can also check out these great products they have on their site.
Big Foot Care Kit for $31.95
Blister Shield Powder Single Use Packet for $1.15
Blister Shield 8 oz for $8.95
Sport Shield Liquid Roll On for $8.95
Their site was a wonderful location for many foot care items so make sure you check them out if you are in the market for foot repair!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Unfortunately, I didn't get in as much running as I wanted to, but I did a bum busting workout yesterday and then again this morning that included a 3 mile, 6.5 incline run that I thought I would never finish. I also did some weight-lifting today and yesterday that made me sore today. Tomorrow I'm finally getting the chance to go back to Amp'd Abs and I'm stoked! I can't wait to get back into the swing of things and start training more hardcore for my half in February.
Here's one picture of my cousin and I, posing by a big pig in front of the BBQ place "Babe's" in Rancho Mirage. We didn't even eat there, but the picture on the pig was hard to pass up. I'll be posting a few more pictures when I get them from my cousins camera.
So in the wide world of running I've come to realize that running more than five miles without a little energy booster is a drag, and that is why the gift of the day is dedicated strictly to these lovely little energy boosters. I've got a wide variety of reviews and where to get Gu's, shot blox, everything you can think of!
MMMM it's 10:00 am and now I'm hungry for sugar!
Gu has the "GU is simple. Simple is fast." slogan and they are quick, but I'm not one to rave about their consistency. Sometimes, on a nasty flavor, I've been one to gag. Anyways, GU Energy Gel provides just what you need for premium exercise fuel and none of the extras that slow you down. GU takes you where you want to go, fast. GU’s carbohydrate blend delivers high-quality, easily-digested and long-lasting energy for athletes in every sport and at all levels. If I'm running more than 45 minutes I down one of these bad boys.
Outdoor Pros has the 6 pack GU Tri-Berry for $6.08
Jenson USA has many flavors for $.99 for a single shot
Lucky Vitamin has the 24 packs of single shots for $21.98
Clif Bar & Company has introduced my personal favorite, the CLIF SHOT Blox. They are the latest nutrition option for endurance athletes. Bloks come in chewable, 33 calorie cubes, making it easy to customize and track caloric and electrolyte intake during long outings and races. You can easily buy them right off their website too. They have tons of good flavors and I love the black cherry and strawberry, but Pina Colada is yucky. They have a 12 pack of blox and there are 6 blox in each pack. They are sold for $23.88 Check them out HERE!
I am the hugest fan of Jelly Bean Sport Beans too. They are tasty, small, easy to handle and did I mention, like CANDY? They are $4.99 for 5 here, and you can look at all the flavors, prices and packets here. At REI, they are a steal for only a $1.00 a pouch. Go here to see the REI selection.
Power Bar also has it's own offerings called the Power Bar Gels. I don't like these ones as much, but I have grown to love the Power Bar Gel Blasts. They are like the shot blox, in their small shape. The cola one is decent-tasting bite-sized energy chew. I have yet to try the lemon flavored one. They are $1.99 a bag and can be found HERE!
Powerbar Gel from REI -$1.25 single shot
Hammer Gel from REI - $1.25 single shot
So gel up and get out there. These seriously have helped me get through my long runs, and even I didn't understand the purpose of them to begin with once I started using them, I realized they are so helpful! Enjoy the power of energy!
Monday, December 15, 2008
What is the PEET Dryer?
The PEET Dryer is a clever device designed to effectively remove wetness, sweat and odor from footwear and gear, without deteriorating materials and without using an undue amount of energy. PEET Dryers are safe for use on footwear and gear made from most any materials: leather, canvas, rubber, vinyl, cloth, plastic and all modern fabrics. The drying process eliminates odor-causing bacteria and arrests the development of mold and mildew that can deteriorate materials, extending your investment in your valuable footwear and gear. The result is what we call “PEET Dry”
PEET is known for its commitment to the best product warranty in the business. You only offer this kind of assurance if your product can live up to it.
Get your own shoe dryer for $39.95 here!
Dry Guy has a similar product but his link to purchase doesn't work. It has all the same features and you can see it here and possibly try to get more information.
Hope this keeps your feet dry and warm snowbirds!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
It's the Nike Running Shoe Wallet and is perfect for one key or cash while you run. Nike Running Shoe Wallet gives peace of mind while in the gym and on the road! It's a neoprene case with rip-and-stick closure that securely holds your keys and cash as you work out. It doesn't flop around either. It's flexible polypropylene clip slides between the laces and tongue of shoe holding the case securely in place. The reflective pattern on fabric increases visibility while exercising at night as well. It's only $5.60 on MVP Fan Shop.
The desert has been incredibly fun and I'll post pictures of our girls weekend when I return on Tuesday! Hope everyone's weekend is spectacular!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
They have many different types of Body Glide, and I always opt for the Original Anti-Chafe Balm. It works really well against friction and moisture and feels dry to the touch. They also have an Anti-Chafe with SPF 25 which is great in summertime for a long run.
They have a newer liquefied powder. It claims to be the same as body glide sticks because it is a cream base that keeps friction at bay.
I also like the Warm FX Anti-Pain Balm because it stays in one place and is applied easily in the "stick" form as well. It's like a type of bengay.
You can find where to buy here, or here are some options:
Running Expo has the Anti-Chafing Stick for $4.95 (.45 oz) and $7.95 (1.3oz) they also have the Anti-Pain Stick here for the same prices as above.
Stop the chafe and keep on running!
Friday, December 12, 2008
Since it's photo Friday, and I posted pics of my monster tree a few days ago I thought I'd give you the decorated version. It's kind of an embarrassing picture of me, don't judge! I had just gotten back from a run and it was time to decorate. (and you can see my dog creeping up at the top of the stairs! What a little lurker)
Here's a picture of my dad and I. I absolutely LOVE (cough, cough) it when people think we are a couple. It's SUPER great. SICK. SICK. SICK. And no, we didn't plan to match and I don't know why my hair looks so horrible.
So the question of the day is how many race t-shirts do you have? I know back when I was running in high school I had a ton of different shirts from all my races. Sadly, I didn't know about this cool gift back in those days or I would have loved to have something to show off all my accomplishments! This gift is great not only for runners but for anyone who has a ton of memorable shirts!
The picture isn't so good but tilt your head and picture it on a bed. It's called a Sport-Quilt, and the business evolved from a "gift" that was made for a husband that been admired by many of his running and tri-athlete friends. Not only is it great to look at, but it also frees up drawer space of shirts you don't want to throw away. Each Sport-Quilt, when finished is a beautiful and colorful memento of your favorite races out of tee-shirts!
On the website, she has charts that show how many tee-shirts are needed for each quilt and the costs for each one. They start at $130 and go up to $360 for a deluxe king.
Click here for Order Form.
Though it may be a little late for Christmas, these do make a great gift, and you can even say you'll have one made for your runner. Allow 3- 6 Weeks for a completed SPORT-QUILT. Check out the complete website at SportQuilts!
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend. I'll be dawdling along the desert roads.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I have realized that in order to reach my goal of running 500 miles for the year (I know you crazy people have run WAY more than me! I'm jealous, but I didn't run as consistently as I am now until July.) I have to put in about 30 more miles. Shouldn't be too hard, but I know I'm going to die of frostbite when I run up in Northern California when I go to visit Mr. R's family for four days.
Speaking of shins hurting, that's what the Gift of the Day is! My cousin has started running latley and is really beginning to enjoy it. She did the Couch to 5k plan, and is improving a lot! I am proud of her. Anyways, she has really bad shin splints and way back in the day (when google wasn't born yet and Al Gore was still perfecting the Internet) her basketball coach told her about these lovely little things called Shin Ice. It's a neoprene like sleeve that you slip over your ankle onto your shin. It has ice packs sewn inside the sleeve in pouch like form and a little area that your calf fits into too. I was skeptical myself of these contraptions but the other night at dinner she opened the package and I saw how these little babies could be VERY helpful for those who suffer from shin splints. They also seemed durable and the pack was very well sewn in, and for throwing it in the freezer I think it would be perfect.
Now, I know, I know, ice baths (eeek my worst enemy) are the way to go, but this, when you need a quick treatment after a shorter run can be super helpful and the material they are made from seem to be able to take a beating as well. It's almost like a wetsuit material and once slipped onto the leg it will also give compression, and that's also super helpful when it comes to dealing with shin splints. You do have to measure your calf to get the right size, but it seems like a perfect gift for those who are plagued with shin splints.
There are lot of different places to get these magical things online, and I've included the links and prices below for each place.
Footsmart - $19.99 each leg
Amazon.com - $12.89 each leg
Support USA - $26.00 each leg
AliMed - $20.50 each leg
MedEx01 - $13.53 each leg
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
You can sign up for most races on Active, or go to any given races specific website to sign them up. The costs for races can range from $20-$150 dollars. Another idea is that many bigger races have special dinners, or events that also cost money. The dinners are usually carb loading dinners before the race at a local pasta place. You can also purchase tickets for these online if you know your runner has already signed up for the race and they were interested in doing something like that.
Nothing too exciting besides that to report back to you, I'm going for a run tonight again and I am excited about this weekend because we are going out to Palm Springs for my cousins 30th birthday! I know it will be a nice scenery change to run out there. My back has been super stiff since the 5k so I'm trying to take it easy and not run too much so I can get in a really long run this weekend.
PS LAST CHANCE TO GET 10% OFF THE GIFT OF SAFETY WITH THE ROAD ID!! GET MORE INFORMATION AND THE CODE HERE!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Today's gift is all about reflectiveness! Running in the winter, and anytime during the year can be a safety hazard! Being safe is key and that's why I have found an abundance of reflective, blinking, fun things that you can attach to your clothes and make the statement of "Don't run me over!"
We have lovely ankle bracelets, (which I'm sure could be fashionably worn on the wrist and around the neck) from REI for $4.00. They have a band that adjusts to fit with a Velcro brand closure. Oh and just to let you know, the brilliant yellow reflective banding is visible from up to 1,500 feet! Get yours HERE!
Dick's Sporting Goods has this lovely little vest that would make you a visible creature in the night. The lightweight and highly breathable Asics Hi-Vis Reflective Vest features 360° retro-reflective trim to keep you visible in high-volume traffic areas. The hydrology mesh fabric provides UPF sun protection while wicking moisture from your skin, keeping you cool and comfortable. It's $14.99 but only comes in the large and xl size. You can get it HERE!
Then Jog-a-lite has a ton of vest options, including the Active Lighting Vest that actually lights up. A child Vest that is easy to personalize, and would probably fit most women. A vest to fight breast Cancer, a fashion vest, and a stealth vest. See their vest options here. They also have a whole hoard of lights, blinking and attachable here. There stuff is inexpensive and seems to have gotten many great reviews online. Their homepage can be found here.
For more ideas of reflective gear check out:
So be safe, strap on your reflective gear (yield sign included) and make sure you are seen out while running at night.
Monday, December 8, 2008
So yesterday, I didn't want to wake up. I was so tired and thought, gosh I'm going to have to RACE?! ARGH! Anyways, I got up, then had a dilemma of what I was going to wear. I couldn't decide between a long sleeve, or a short sleeve. I finally showed up to my cousins house since we were carpooling over with her boyfriend's sister, and played a little with "preshie" (who we had to change the name to patchy after we found out he was actually a boy like four weeks after I found him. You can read his story and how I found him on the side of the road during a run and my cousins adopted him here) Here's a little picture of me and him. He was being a feisty little boy!
We took off over to the race course and parked and wandered around for a little bit. It was fun to be at such a small race. I felt like everyone there was friendly and there was some serious people watching going on. I ran for maybe 2 minutes and stretched only my calves. Before races I never stretch and I never warm up. Another bad habit. The race finally seemed ready to start so everyone was lined up. I thought I was near enough the front of the start that I would be able to get out and get a good start. WRONG. For some reason there were some walkers in the front and I had an awful start. I was zigzagging to get around them and get going. I hate the start of the race. I thought to myself, Okay, 23 minutes. You can do this. Oh, by the way, I talk to myself a lot in my head when I run, especially when I race.
I was at a pretty good pace going into the first mile, but I was scared I wasn't going to be able to keep the pace. I hit the first mile at 7:15, and I thought, hey pretty good. Alright, we can do this. I was chugging along and just kept reeling people in and trying to pass them. There was a turn around and that's when I realized there were only about six women in front of me, or women who I thought looked like women. Thinking to myself, I figured if I could pass three I would get third. I then, mid-race, made this my new goal. I worked at passing and I could just hear my coach in my head from high school screaming at me, only good things of course. I hit the 2nd mile at 14:24. I never have had a split so perfect without even trying. I was like, okay, I'm on course for a good time here. I was running by a boy who was around 16. I knew I was annoying him too. I would have been annoying myself if I was running next to me. I was so focused and just used him to pace me. I could tell he was thinking, I can't let this girl pass me.
I passed two of the girls and there was one more older women in front of me out of the women I wanted to pass. Now, I am wearing a long sleeve shirt that is not running related at all, just a green long sleeve. I'm also wearing black leggings from Walmart. This woman was wearing super short racing shorts, a pink sports bra, and racing sunglasses and overpronated like nothing I've ever seen before. She was incredibly tan and was just skin and bones. I literally kept thinking that she might break her leg from overpronating, or her hip was going to give out, it was crazy. Then I thought, I can't let her beat me. So I worked the last mile just on trying to get even with her. With about 400 meters left to go, I was even with her, when her husband, who had already finished, ran back from the finish line and with his long stringy brown hair flowing behind his equally skinny and tanned body with equally short shorts and an awkwardly tight muscle tee, he shouted to her, "Come on! Don't let that woman beat you!" I though, oh hellllll no you didn't just say that. I also freaked out kind of because he called me a woman. I'm not a girl anymore?
Anyways, I sprinted in and beat her, and the guy I was pacing myself with the whole time, ha ha! As we finished she said something to me about drinking too much coffee, and how it was suppose to be all natural. Weird. Then I went back in front of the finish and found my cousin finishing, who beat her old 5k time of 30:00 and finished at 29:16. Then we went to look for her boyfriend's sister who also accomplished a great feat in running the whole race! Then I realized I could get a medal. For me racing is all about the hardware so I was super excited. I found the race results and it had me placing sixth female and first in my age division. Now I know there were not six women in front of me, so I assume I thought some men were women. Awkward, but that's their problem I guess. So I got a lovely first place finishing medal, blue ribbon and all. My final time was 22:28 and I was 27th overall. Here are some pictures from the race.
The expo was pretty fun after, though none of us won a raffle prize, the Laker girls were there. Super cool, not. Other than that a successful day! I kind of wonder what would have happened if I actually trained for something though, like worked my tail off and got really after it with my training. This is also related to my confession that I promised you guys. Well I am becoming slowly obsessed with running a marathon. You've all done it to me. I've gotten the marathon itch. I can't stop thinking about it, how I can train for it, everything. I figure, and call me crazy, but I know if I actually trained and had a goal time and everything that I could possibly qualify for Boston, and now I've become even more obsessed with that. So I am thinking of doing a marathon in October. The Portland Marathon to be exact. More on this soon when I come to my senses and realize that it's a horrible idea. :)
So after all that, we still have our gift of the day... For all those male runners in your life... this is great gift!
First we have one from Revel Sports. They have super fun Running, Biking, and Swimming Ties that are printed on heavyweight 14M silk twill. I don't know what this "generously cut" means but they are 3.3/4" wide x 56" long. They are $31.99 and can be found here.
That was the nice tie, these are more funny running ties.
This is the GO PRE tie. BUT, it looks like PREGO TIE!? Made me laugh. It's 37.45 and can be found here.
Here's the Peace, Love, Run Tie, again, random, but kind of cool? Find it for 31.75 here.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Bike Trailers: Believe it or not, some Bike Trailers do convert quite easily to high quality Jogging Strollers with a fixed wheel. Some have swivel wheel options, too. What's more, they're not all as big and bulky as you might think. There's many varieties, some of which can be fitted with hiking or skiing harnesses as well.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
This morning I went for a 6 miler and finished in 50 minutes. It was pretty good, but man I was FREEZING! I wore a long sleeve shirt and leggings. Let me just tell you, these leggings are not running leggings, but fashion leggings from Target for like $5. I love them for both purposes, but the beginning of my run was quite chilly because I wasn't warmed up yet. I did use my mailbox as the finish line, I felt a little channeling of Pre. :) (If you don't know who Prefontaine is, pick up the gifts below, you will start using your mailbox too!)
Anyways, I am super excited to share with you guys that I am the ExtraOrdinary Runner of the month from Runner's Lounge! When Amy emailed me that I was chosen I was super shocked! If you lurkers want to read more about me in my Open Mic Interview that was posted today, then travel here RUNNERS LOUNGE BLOG WITH MY INTERVIEW!
If you haven't gotten the chance to read my story that won me the award and talks about why I run then creep over here. MY STORY OF WHY I RUN
Thanks so much Runner's Lounge! I am so glad that you guys exist too because it's nice to have all us crazies in one place, venting, and loving each other! If you aren't already a member there, go check it out. It's like a myspace-type website for runners and it's inspiring and super helpful.
For those who run, they know the pain, the hardships and training that you have to go through to finish a race. Everyone who runs has a special place in their hearts for athletes who are competing at incredibly high levels too, because we know how much goes into the sport. These gifts are inspiration in a little box.
Without Limits is the first running film I ever watched, and it was amazing. Seriously, AMAZING! The film follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to the University of Oregon where he worked with the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, later to Olympics in Munich and his early death at 24 in a car crash. If Steve Prefontaine doesn't inspire you, you might be dead. You can find this one right here.
Prefontaine is another great one that I've seen which is based on the life and times of Steve Prefontaine, one of the biggest, yet most tragic sport stars in America. Get it off amazon.com here.
Saint Ralph. Though I have never seen it, it's on my to rent list. Set in Hamilton in 1954, Saint Ralph is the unlikely story of Ralph Walker, a ninth grader who outran every one's expectations except his own in his bold quest to win the Boston Marathon. Ralph is a fatherless 14-year-old with a seriously ill mother. An unfortunate incident of self-abuse in the community pool inadvertently sets him on this road when, as penance, Ralph is conscripted to the cross-country team. Desperate to believe a miracle will bring his mother out of a coma, Ralph becomes a convert to the church of running, and determines to win the Boston Marathon. Pick up your copy from amazon.com here!
Running Brave is about the true story of a man's triumph over prejudice, pain and himself. Billy Mills, a North American Indian brought up on the reservation, destined against all odds to become the best distance runner in the world. Here is where you can find a copy.
Run Fat Boy Run is about a chunky, clueless guy leaves his pregnant fiancée on their wedding day only to discover - 5 years later - that she is his one true love. But in order to win back her heart, he looks to finish his first marathon while making her realize her new man is the wrong guy for her. I haven't seen this one either, but it looks interesting and funny. Get yours here. BUT!! One of my friends, Billy of LA Runner Fame, said this movie sucks and thinks that you should get this one instead (see below)!!
RunningForMyFather! On January 14th, 2007 composer Cody Westheimer lost his father, Dr. Eric Westheimer to a brain tumor. Faced with the biggest challenge of his life, Cody discovered running as a way to cope with the death of his best friend. Inspired by working on “ULTRA MARATHON MAN,” a film about folk hero Dean Karnazes, Cody decided to begin training to run a marathon. Houston was where his dad was horn. The race was taking place on January 13th, 2008 - the eve of the anniversary of his father’s death. The choice was obvious-the Houston Marathon would be the race Cody would enter to honor his dad. Follow Cody and his family as he travels through grief, pain and perseverance in his quest to run 26.2 miles. (Totally forgot about this one, and it sounds great! I think you can email CODY for more information. Sounds SUPER Inspiring!!!)
Also the Wonderful LA Runner suggested Spirit of the Marathon. Which looks like ANOTHER great pick. Spirit of the Marathon is the first ever non-fiction feature film to capture the drama and essence of the famed 26.2 mile running event. Filmed on four continents, the movie brings together a diverse cast of amateur athletes and marathon luminaries.As six unique stories unfold, each runner prepares for and ultimately faces the challenge of the Chicago Marathon. More than a sports movie, Spirit of the Marathon is an inspirational journey of perseverance and personal triumph; a spectacle that will be embraced by runners and non-runners alike. It's $26.20 and can be found here!
Thank you so much Billy!!! :)
Whenever you want to get out there and need some inspiration, just watch Prefontaine run, it always works for me. All these movies really allow you to appreciate the sport of running. Happy movie watching!