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7 Random Things

8 Nov

My NYCM race recap is coming. I promise. I’m still so overwhelmed and humbled and happy and amazed. Seriously. No words.

In the meantime, this pretty lady tagged me as a “Versatile Blogger.” Fancy, right? I’m supposed to tell you 7 things about myself and then tag 15 people. Well, I’m not going to tag 15 people, because I don’t think 15 people like me enough to play along. BUT. I will tell you 7 things about myself.

1. Almost 6 years ago I was hit by a taxicab while crossing a street in midtown Manhattan. I got thrown about 15 feet and hit my head on a curb. I had 22 stitches and 2 staples in my head. I also have a huge bump on my left shin that pops up from time to time. It’s weird. No one knows what it is.

note: not the actual taxi

2. I run on my toes. It’s weird. I sort of hop along like a rabbit. Apparently this is how fast runners run. Could have fooled me.

artist's rendering of what i look like running. true story.

3. I’ve lived in 3 states – New York, Virginia and now California. I’ve loved them all for very different reasons.

all very geographically accurate

4. I speak 3 languages – English, Latin and 4th Century Attic Greek. I guess it’s more appropriate to say I “read” 3 languages.

this is the getty villa in malibu. it's amazing. if you want to go, let me know. because it's that great.

5. I love very dirty gin martinis. I’m only in it for the olives. My Grandma says gin is sin. She’s probably right.

now i really want a martini in the middle of the afternoon. things i do for the blog.

6. Whenever I’m scared or nervous or bored or anxious I recite the Presidents in order. If it gets really bad, I alphabetize them.

yup, these ones.

7. I’ve run 3 half marathons and 1 full marathon. I still wouldn’t call myself a “runner.” I just play one on tv.

Now it’s your turn! Tell me more about yourself, and link to your post in the comments =)

Everyone Else Is Doing It … Operation Jack 6 Hour Challenge “Race” Recap

31 Oct

Let it be known that I had no intention of running a race this weekend. None at all. In fact, I had no intention of doing anything that wasn’t casually work my way through my last long run before NYC and then napping. But at the beginning of last week, some sassy lady friends peer pressured me on twitter to run in the Richard Leary 6-Hour Challenge this weekend. I am such a sucker for friends and sunshine and shiny medals so, obviously, I was in.

Operation Jack is a pretty amazing organization and if I am seriously considering running the Operation Jack 1/2 Marathon as a satellite race this year.  The idea behind the 6 Hour Challenge was to run as many laps as possible around a 1.09 mile loop in 6 hours. Whoever ran the most loops won. Now, obviously, I had no intention of winning. I had every intention of running my 8ish miles with friends and snacks. I was supposed to get down to Irvine at around 7:30 am but, well, Saturday night happened and I rolled up around 10. By the time I got there, Heather and Cha Cha were just about finished with their laps. I started running and Sarah caught up with me. We ran a lap together and chatted about NYC and life. Second time ever running with someone and it was super speed demon Sarah. Excellent.

After we all finished our laps (Heather, Sarah and Cha Cha all KILLED double digit runs), we sat on a blanket in the sunshine and watched the other runners demolish their laps. We chatted about things Heather finds creepy (everything) and I discovered Cha Cha and I can never watch sports together. It’s cool.

sarah took a picture. i'm a really bad blogger, so i'm stealing hers.

 About the actual run … well, it wasn’t good. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good. It felt really hard. Way harder than 7.63 miles should have. That made me really uncomfortable about next [or this? oh gosh, it’s this weekend isn’t it] weekend. There were some weird things going on with my hamstrings. Not pain exactly, but it didn’t feel good. My loops alternated between 10:30 and 9:45. The 9:45 loops felt great. The 10:30 loops felt like crap. This is almost definitely all in my  head. I’ve had the taper tantrums like crazy. I know I have to trust my training and that I’m ready for this. I just wish my legs would remember that …

Even with a crappy run, though, Sunday was absolutely amazing. It was a really well run race put on for a great cause [both Autism research and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors]. But most importantly, the company was great. Those Ragnar ladies, they’re pretty awesome =)

Long Beach 1/2 Marathon Race Report – Part Deux

13 Oct

In which our heroine almost melts but eeks out a PR

Welcome back! When last we saw our heroine, she was waking up after only about 4 hours of sleep. Yikes!

Long Beach Outfit

Yes, it's blurry. Yes, it was 4:15 am. Deal.

I had laid out all of my gear the night before. When I thought  I was running the full marathon, I was worried I’d still be running when the Giants’ game started. I’m one of those crazy superstitious people who thinks that they can affect the outcome of a professional sporting event by wearing or failing to wear certain clothes. So I knew I had to wear a Giants shirt and I finally found a Giants’ shirt that wasn’t cotton (kids large) – scoured every Target in the tri-state area for that baby. Once I realized how warm it was going to be, I threw a tank top on underneath. I figured if I got too hot, I could always take one shirt off. I also opted for a Giants visor. In general I don’t wear hats when I run. I’ve got a lot of hair and it gets really hot under there. For some random reason I grabbed the visor at the last minute and I’m really glad I did [see what I did there with the foreshadowing?].

oh, hey.

I grabbed 2 mini Lara bars and a Starbucks instant iced coffee and I was off. Yep. Breakfast of champions people. At least I remembered breakfast this time [I’m looking at you, PCRF 1/2 of death]. Getting to the race was relatively smooth. Unlike a lot of other runners I didn’t get stuck on the 710 largely because I got lost and didn’t take the 710. Deplorable sense of direction to the rescue! I did circle my pre-paid parking lot for about 20 minutes before realizing it was where I needed to be. Because I’m great.

I was debating back and forth between taking a Gu every 4 miles and every 5. I grabbed 3 before I left the house, figuring I could make the decision based on how I was feeling. I also decided to carry along my handheld filled with Strawberry Lemonade nuun. I don’t know if it was the smartest idea. Yes, I got more electrolytes, but I also ended up cruising through some of the water stops when I should have stopped. It was more of a security blanket than anything else – I had run all of my long runs with it and couldn’t quite imagine not having it.

As I was leaving the parking garage to head over to the start, I saw on Twitter that one of my Ragnar teammates Elisabeth had locked all of her gear in her car. Oh no! I told her I had some extra Gus she was welcome to – decision made, I was doing every 5 miles instead of every 4. I tried to catch up with her before the start but got caught in the obscenely long porta-potty lines. Luckily I was able to catch up with Lis and Heather (another one of the Ragnar ladies) around mile 4 and was able to give Lis my extra Gu.

So how was the actual race?

Meh. I felt really good at the beginning. Much, much too good. The energy of running in such a large crowd was great but it made me start way too fast. I knew I was going to positive split, I knew there’s no such thing as banking time but I just couldn’t help myself. I wasn’t drinking enough water but by the time I realized it, I was already well into mile 8. It was also stupidly hot and sunny on the course. I’m convinced if I hadn’t worn my visor, I would have absolutely melted. Most of the middle of the course is out along the beach path which is beautiful but provides no shade at all. Once again, the New York football Giants save the day. All hail the New York Giants! [and if you know that movie reference, please move to LA and be my best friend.]

you can't tell from this photo, but when I run I ACTUALLY look like Phoebe from Friends.

Around mile 11.5 I got a really bad knot in my right hamstring that just wouldn’t go away. I also realized that I had somehow added almost .5 miles to the course according to my Garmin. Because I’m great. My Garmin beeped 13 mile and I couldn’t even see the finish line – that was a mental killer. I did way more walkin in these last 2 miles than I’d like to admit. Add that to the list of things to work on for next time.

ugh, another 1/2 mile? really?

I eeked out a PR but considering how poorly my first 2 1/2 marathons went, that’s not saying much. Overall, I was pleased with the beginning of the run, disappointed with the end and frustrated with the heat. Still, I would definitely run Long Beach again [hopefully in cooler temperatures]. Everything from the expo to the post race space blankets (which I totally stole to use at NY) went so, so smoothly. The organizers did a tremendous job. For a race that big it was outstanding – definitely better than R’n’R LA last year!

yeah, i'm slow, it's cool.

Stay tuned for our next installment: Mistakes I made in Long Beach that I absolutely cannot make in NY.

Long Beach Half Marathon Race Recap Part Une

12 Oct

In which our heroine eats and drinks her weight in carbs and has a mild panic attack.

I spent most of Saturday doing a whole lot of nothing. I was pretty solidly exhausted and a little bit jetlagged, so I let myself sleep in and just lounged around for most of the morning. In fact, I spent so long doing absolutely nothing that by 2pm I realized if I didn’t get my butt in gear, I wouldn’t have time to hit the expo and make my delicious carb-loving dinner with these lovely ladies.

The expo was perfectly lovely although I managed to get a bit lost on my way there (ironically enough in the very same piers that would slow Sarah & Emily the next morning). I found parking right next to the convention center which was pretty perfect. I picked up my bib and after asking around for a bit managed to downgrade from the full to the half. It was a little disappointing but I reminded myself that I was/am unbelievably lucky to be running New York in a few weeks.

From there, I headed down to Seal Beach to meet Emily, Sarah and Julie for a delicious dinner. Things that I like about these ladies:

  • They enjoy liquid carbs. I was worried that they would get all judge-y if I ordered a pre-race beer but when I got there, Em and Sarah already had ice cold brews in front of them. Excellent.
  • They didn’t judge when I ordered extra cheese on my 4 cheese pizza. A love of cheese is an essential part of all of my intimate relationships

I paused for about .5 seconds so Emily could take this picture

  • They bring their own dessert. No, seriously. Julie brought a huge bag of Halloween candy to dinner. Because she’s great.

Because he could tell we were those girls, our waiter brought us delicious, delicious chocolate wine as an aperitif (yeah, that’s a fancy word for more alcohol). I’ve actually had chocolate wine before but the other ladies hadn’t. It basically tastes like Yoohoo, but better.

This was the 437th picture we made the waiter take

After a solid 5 hour dinner I headed home to lay out my clothes and get to bed. I chugged some water and plugged in my Garmin and my iPod. As I started laying everything out, I noticed that the charging light on my IPod wasn’t on. Hoping it was just incompetence, I fiddled with it for a while but the pretty little light still wouldn’t cooperate. I tried turning it on and got nothing. Now I had a decision – go buy a new iPod or try to just use my phone. I decided not to chance it and ran over to Target. Crisis averted.

Hello, little friend

 I spent way too much time loading up my music. I had hoped to be in bed by 10 but I didn’t put the finishing touches on my master playlist (that was about 6x too long) until about 12:15am. Hoping I hadn’t completely screwed myself, I headed to bed. Seriously, it felt like I blinked and my alarm was going off. Race day was here!

Next up: Part Deux – In which our heroine has a solid race and does not die but almost melts …

Pictures shamelessly stolen from Emily

Name Our Team!

27 Sep

All of your amazing suggestions have been compiled and we’ve thrown the Top 10 into a super awesome poll. Head over to Sarah’s blog and vote!

Our lives [ish] are in your hands!

Aren't we fabulous?

What’s in a name?

14 Sep

Have you checked out my new page “Where I’m Running”? It’s awesome, right?

You may have noticed that I’ve added a bunch of upcoming race – a 5 miler in NYC, another Tunnel to Towers 5k, Long Beach (obvi) and …

Maybe I'm Crazy

I may or may not be out of my mind ...

Yep. Because I’m crazy. This lady convinced a group of us to run for 24 hours and 200+ miles all while riding in a van full of our stinky, sweaty glorious selves. It’s going to be pretty awesome.

We’re going to have 2 teams – the Ultra of 6 (don’t worry, I’m not on it) and the 12 Woman Team of Awesome (aka my team). But here’s where you come in. “Team of Awesome” doesn’t quite cut it. So we need YOU (our faithful readers – hi, Sister!) to come up with some kickass names for our kickass teams!

So leave your suggestions in the comments. We’ll be compiling our list of favorites and posting a top 10 poll on all of our blogs. The top 2 finishers will have the mega-super-stellar honor of naming our relay teams! AND because we’re living in a material world (and I am a material girl), you’ll win a sweet PRIZE full of all sort of running swag! Because everyone loves winning stuff!

So get brainstorming! And check out my awesome new teammates!!

Ultra Team

SkinnyRunner

Chacha

Margot

Sarah 

Pam

HauteRunningMama

12 Woman Team

Heather

Becka

Rose

PrettyFittie

Kate & Ang

Monica

BrokeRunner

Madison

Elisabeth

Danica

And me!!

40 Day Challenge!

27 May
Have you heard about the 40 day challenge? Danica over at Chic Runner has started a 40 day challenge – run at least 3 miles a day, every day, for 40 days. I think it’s awesome! It’s like a weird, Lent-y kind of thing but more awesome.

I feel like this is exactly what I need right now:
– Structure – I’m in this weird base building not quite training phase so my runs have been pretty aimless, and as such, sporadic.

– Stress Relief – Running always makes me feel better, no matter how much I try to talk myself out of running. With all my crazy bar stress and general life stress [I don’t even want to talk about the last time I managed to get laundry done]

– Something to keep me motivated and accountable!

And I think if I can do this, I’ll be pretty proud of myself! Gidget’s Rule #6: You can do anything for a little while (in this case, 40 days).

Up for the challenge? Join me!

Also awesome sauce: I ordered a new pair of running shoes that should come tomorrow! Yes, that’s my third pair; no, none of them are worn out; yes, I might have a problem.