Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Sherry from Life, From My Perspective ran her first half marathon!! Amber from Girl with the Red Hair ran a 10K trail race (and is also tapering for her quickly approaching marathon!). Aneta at Confessions of a Rambunctious Runner has a new PR in the half marathon!
Rene at The Amherst Shuffle also had a (hot) half marathon this weekend. Must have been a weekend for half marathons because Natalia at Natalia's Running Blog has a half to report as well. Finally, Mindy at the Road to Becoming a Runner has a new PR at the 5k.
Olivia at Blissful Runner had a great 22-miler in prepartion for her marathon and Chris at Evolving Through Running took on 21 after a hard week. Bret at Just an Age Grouper had his longest run to date at 15 miles and Ann at Sole Sisters took on 18 miles.
Katie at Legally Fit and Jen at Jen is Green each ran their longest runs to date in preparation for both of their upcoming half marathons. Meggan at On my Way to 26.2 continues to get in all of her training and so does Amy at Tri Tri Again, despite the rain, who had a 17 mile long run this weekend.
Erika at Chasing My Monkeys One Mile at a Time had a bit of a rough long run this last week, but I'm pretty sure most of us have been there and we can often learn a lot during the rough ones! Linz at Destination 26.2 set out for a long run solo this week and while a bit rough, she still got through it!
Harmony at Keep On Keepin' On has been dealing with a sore blister while preparing for her fast approaching marathon...here's hoping it's feeling better quickly! Aimee at I Tri to Be Me has a bit of a toe problem right now too. Kate at Run with Kate is back at her addiction...I mean love...but is still taking it cautiously with her recent injuries (very smart!).
Several of us are in taper mode such as Lisa at Lisa's Yarns, Kellie at Running Rodeo. Also, next weekend, 10/10/2010 is a big one - lots of races for Distance Dreamers members!!
Last Week's Poll Results
Inconsiderate Drivers: 42.86%
Inconsiderate Runners/Walkers/Cyclists: 31.43%
Loose Dogs - 22.86%
Uneven Sidewalks: 2.85%
No new poll this week because I didn't think of anything, but will get more on track with the polls/questions soon when I have a little more time to think. Any suggestions of what anyone would like to see are welcome. Also, once we reach the end of October, most of this round of people will be through their events. Therefore, I'll start adding new people in (if there is any interest). Comment or e-mail me if interested or want to see anything in particular. Thanks!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I first found running blogs while searching for some running playlists. Well, the number of running related blogs I read exploded from there.
I fully intend on bringing the mp3 player to the marathon. I have no idea how much I'll actually listen to it, but it's a safety net for me. I'm a notorious song skipper and I just like to load a bunch of random stuff, listen on shuffle and skip through a lot. To get ready for the marathon, I cleared the whole thing off and re-loaded with the following songs. There's all kinds of random stuff, some of which won't make a bit of sense for other people but these work for me for various reasons.
I had these in a different order but when I copied into the Google sheet, it alphabetized and I'm too lazy to figure out how to make it stop or try to get this in a blog post in an easier way.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Last week was a busy one at work - lots of projects and problems, so I was feeling pretty run down already. Then, on Wednesday my husband came home and announced he was sick. I did not want to catch whatever he had but knew it was pretty much inevitable.
On Friday, we had a wedding to go to in Baltimore. On the way home, I was so thirsty and desperately wanted sugar or caffeine. After a failed attempt at the first exit we stopped at (what gas station is closed at 11 PM on a Friday?), we eventually hit up a Burger King and I chugged Dr. Pepper from the biggest cup I've ever seen. I must not frequent fast food joints very often because I was shocked at the size of a medium soda. Oh...and another funny thing. The people in front of us in the drive through? They handed the Burger King employee their McDonald's trash...I bet they are healthy!
Anyway, come Saturday morning, I knew I caught the lovely cold and had a sore throat and think that need for the soda was my first clue. On tap for Saturday was only a 3 mile run and it actually felt really good and seemed to clear out my head a bit. During my Saturday errands, I made sure to stock up on kinds of cold remedies to try to kick this as quickly as possible. By the end of Saturday, I felt pretty bad and knocked myself out for the night with a dose of Nyquil.
I didn't really feel like running Sunday morning but was only scheduled for 8 miles so I figured I'd give it a try. It actually went fairly well for not being able to breath and feeling like crap on the onset but I doubt I could've done a really long run.
It's the week before the marathon so plenty of rest is already scheduled and I'm sure this cold will go away in a day or two. I've certainly been quite whiny about my little cold this weekend and figured I'd continue the whining on this blog. Guess I should just be thankful it happened this early!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Race Reports (links to specific race reports).
Jen from Jen is Green ran in the Warrior Dash.
Linz at Destination 26.2 got muddy in The Dirty Dash. Kellie at Running Rodeo PR'd at a 10K (in the midst of her high mileage marathon training!). Eryn at Mommy's Mileage ran her first ever race! Becka at 50 Half Marathons in 50 States has more race reports than I can probably count this week. Finally, Luke at The Super Fatlete had a great 5K.
Zaneta at Runner's Luck is back to running and preparing for her half marathon this weekend! Sherry from Life, from my Perspective ran an Oktoberfest 5K and helped some friends gain new PR's while still working hard on her own marathon training. Allie at The Constant Pursuit will be running another half marathon this weekend while preparing for the Philadelphia marathon in November.
Harmony at Keep On Keepin' On tackled a 22-miler this weekend. Bobbi at Zero to 26.2 conquered her 20-mile training run! Erika at Chasing My Monkeys 1 Mile at a Time had a great 18-miler. Olivia at Blissful Runner will be having a hard training week as she continues to prepare for Baltimore.
Ann at Sole Sisters is a little nervous for her upcoming long run, but we've all encountered that! Natalia at Natalia's Running recently was worried about her training plan but received the reassurance she needed.
Meggan at On My Way to 26.2 completed her long run of the week, 13 miles, in her marathon training and Amy at Tri Tri Again completed 15.
Lisa from Lisa's Yarns and Amber from Girl with the Red Hair are both headed into taper mode. Raquel at Historiadora on the Run had a few hurdles during her long runs but I'm sure the next one or two will be better!
Kate at Run with Kate and Bret at Just an Age Grouper have been dealing with some injuries...but it sounds like both just needed a little extra rest! After not being able to register for the Wineglass marathon, Nicki from Nicki's Nook has decided to put her marathon on hold so she doesn't just settle for running a different one...certainly not a bad idea!
Aimee at I Tri to be Me attended a RRCA certification class over the weekend. Rene at The Amherst Shuffle is already starting to contemplate what will be the next race she wants to tackle. Pam at Thirty Schmirty seems to be running her fastest miles yet...is it the Power Balance bracelet? :-)
Poll Results: No poll last week!!
Monday, September 20, 2010
This morning, I couldn't get myself out of bed. I slept in longer than usual hitting the snooze button and skipped my morning workout (non-run). Once I finally got up, I still felt like crap. My legs are sore and I felt like I was going to puke.
So, if you've been following along, you might be saying to yourself, isn't this girl planning on trying to run a marathon in less than 2 weeks? Why in the world would it have been a tough weekend, it should be getting easier at this point.
The reason: Yard Work.
Yep, managed the shorter scheduled 12 miler with no problems (other than it taking me a while to feel warmed up and in the proper zone for a long run) and ended up with a speedy (for me) 4 miles on Sunday. Felt fine, no issues. Then it was time to tackle our pitiful, neglected yard that was full of weeds, dead annuals that needed pulled and a garden to wrap up for the season.
I feel fine now but still have some sore muscles but I know it's from the yard work and I know I'll feel fine tomorrow. It's funny to feel the difference in using some muscles in a different way...guess that was some good cross-training for the weekend. Oh, and the yard? While it looks much better, it still looks kind of pathetic.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
But, if something pushes me over the edge for some reason...well, I'll probably hold a grudge.
Enter Squarepants. My husband and I nickname our neighbors...we can't help it. It started innocently enough with Papoose and Papoose's wife. They moved in behind us a few years ago and we always saw the guy with his smallest child strapped to the front of him. Thus, the nickname and it kind of grew from there. There's also Fat Jesus, the Crazy Lady, and some others. All are just in fun, no harm, we don't really know what their names are.
We don't generally interact with our neighbors beyond saying hello. Sure, we'll help out with something when asked and will engage in very generic chit-chat but we pretty much keep to ourselves...as do most of our neighbors.
Most everyone in the neighorhood refers to me as the girl with the dogs. I'll randomly see some of our neighbors in the grocery store and they'll always ask if I've walked the dogs and/or run yet (it's happened 4 different times in the past few months).
We're friendly with everyone...except Squarepants.
It happened last summer. I was living up to my reputation as the girl with the dogs and was out for an afternoon walk with them. As as I was strolling past Squarepants' house, they had just planted an insane amount of trees on their property and the lady was out inspecting their days' work. As I passed, in my friendly way, I commented on 'that being a lot of work and it looks really nice'.
The lady just stared at me.
OK, whatever, I just kept walking.
Then, she says "Can I ask you a question?"
I stop and say "Sure" and it went downhill from there:
Squarepants: "Why are you always staring at us out your window"
Me (confused with puzzling look): "What are you talking about?"
Squarepants: "Every morning you are always watching us"
Me, concluding she obviously has me confused with someone else: "I live in the house over there" (pointing). (We don't live near them, there is our house, our backyard, our neighbors behind us, the next road over and then there's their house and it's about 3-4 houses down the street).
Squarepants: "Yes, I know. Everyone morning, you are looking out your window"
Me: "I have no idea what you are talking about, I'm not looking at you out the window".
Squarepants: "We drive by and you are always watching us"
Me: "What? I'm not looking at you. When is this?"
Squarepants: "Really early in the morning, you're always staring out your kitchen window"
Me: "I have no idea what you are talking about. I'm up early in the mornings but I'm not looking at you". At this point, I just start to walk away but for some reason, I was furious by how she was talking to me.
Squarepants: "Well, there's an awful lot of nosey people in this neighborhood".
I walked off angered that she got the last word. I got back to the house and relived the situation for my husband. By this point, I did figure out what she was talking about. I'm up really early. First thing I do is feed the dogs and then let them outside. It's dark - regardless of the time of year. Sometimes I couldn't see them when they wanted to come back in so yes, I was probably looking out trying to see if they were standing there. But, read that again...it's dark out, I can't see anything. How in the hell am I going to be looking at a car driving on the road 2 backyards over (through our boundary line of trees no less) and actually see or watch anything (not I would want to anyway)?
In conclusion, this woman is obviously staring at me every morning. I was quite paranoid about this for a long time. I never wanted her to think I was looking at them and was sneaking around my own house to make sure I wasn't going to be mistakenly accused of watching someone.
Side note here: I should have already known she was nuts. About a year before this, she was out walking one day and I had the dogs again. They have beagles but they are hunting dogs...outside (which I hate seeing). She stopped me to ask about Kasey, our beagle. She mentioned something about getting together with hers and I'm like...um...no, she's spayed, I don't breed my dog. Then, she asked me what I fed her? Um...dog food? Why the hell would you ask someone that?
I've never talked to this women since the 'watching' incident but she's a walker. And, guess what? Since I switched to running in the mornings, it's when she is walking. And, if I'm out at early and it's dark...I have to pass Squarepants sometime.
One day this week, I was out and it was still pitch black out. I'm heading up to an intersection and see her at the last minute. Yes, I almost ran into her, literally. I make a big sweeping half circle and was going to go the other way but it wouldn't be my normal route. At the last second, I said screw it and circled back and then passed her. I wasn't going to let Squarepants make me change my routine again.
I'm not going to change my routine but I so wish I didn't have to pass her. Of course, if she says something to me in the morning, I do have my pepper spray attached to me...she better watch out.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Molly from I'm a Sleeper Baker completed the Rochester Marathon. Way to go!
Jen at Jen Is Green has a new 10K PR.
Olivia at Blissful Runner ran the Run to Remember 5K.
Erika at Chasing My Monkeys 1 Mile at a Time ran 2 races this weekend.
Aneta at Confessions of a Rambunctious Runner had a 5 Mile Trail Run this past weekend...and then ran 19 miles!
Amy at I Tri to Be Me participated in the Naked Foot 5K.
Rene at The Amherst Shuffle ran the Nahunt 30K.
Mindy at The Road to Becoming a Runner participated in a 5K.
Other Items of Interest:
Ann at Sole Sisters officially received her transfer for the Marine Core Marathon!
Kellie at Running Rodeo had a 21-mile training run and Lisa at Lisa's Yarns completed a fantastic 20-mile race as part of her training. Harmony at Keep On Keepin' On had a very busy weekend and attempted her 15 mile run but ended up cutting it short. Don't feel bad at all on this, I think we've all done it! She has still gotten in some serious mileage during her training.
Bobbi at Zero to 26.2 is still feeling well and has been able to get in all of her runs. Katie at Legally Fit currently has a great feature on runners, including two of the Distance Dreamers (Nicki from Nicki's Nook and Linzi at Destination 26.2). Katie also ran her first double digit run this week and Linzi tackled eighteen miles.
Sherry from Life, from My Perspective continues on her marathon training plan and continues to get in all of her runs with her running friends. New member Eryn at Mommy's Mileage is training for her first half marathon.
Zaneta at Runner's Luck is having some health concerns. I know we are all thinking of you as you go through your tests to determine the issues. Ruth at Running It Off has been dealing with some leg pain but was able to complete a recent 5K
Last Week's Poll Results:
Time of Day to Run:
Monday, September 13, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
-Ann at Sole Sisters had her half marathon this weekend!
-Zaneta at Runner's Luck had a fabulous 5K where she placed in her age group.
-Bobbi at Zero to 26.2 PR'd at her half marathon.
-Anne at Asthma & The Gift of Running has a great report on the Montreal Half!
-Allie at The Constant Pursuit ran another half marathon, setting a new PR and winning her age group - how great is that?
-Kate at Run with Kate had a fantastic 5K where she came in 2nd overall female!
-Olivia at Blissful Runner has a wonderful recap of the Annapolis 10-Miler.
Long Run Updates: Amber at Girl with the Red Hair had an fantastic 20-miler. Harmony at Harm Love pulled out her 2nd 20-miler this weekend and is doing awesome in her marathon training! Aimee at I Tri To Be Me ran her first 16 miler, her longest run yet! Sherry, new to the group from Life, from my Perspective had a great 15 mile run as she prepares for her first half later this month (and ultimately first full in December!). Amy at Tri Tri Again had her longest long run at 14 miles. Luke at The Super Fatlete ran his longest run to date recently too - 10 miles and Meggan at On My Way to 26.2 ran her longest yet at 11.55 miles (and also suffered what sounds like a painful injury not related to running).
Lisa at Lisa's Yarns enjoyed a step back this week but ended August with 152 miles! Becka at 50 Half Marathons in 50 States hit the same number of miles ran for August. Bret at Just an Age Grouper hit his highest mileage month yet as well.
Also, Raquel at Historiadora on the Run had a 13 mile long run. Chris at Evolving Through Running had a 20 miler just a few days after a 10 miler and and 8 miler...and still managed to pull out a great workout after a Saturday Fantasy Football Draft...how did that happen? :-)
Caro at Calinchen Runs is one month into her training and has completed her longest run to date. Kelly at Maxi Fortend hit 100 miles for the month of August - always a wonderful milestone! Jen from Jen is Green and Katie from Legally Fit are both continuing to get in some great runs as they prepare for their first half marathon.
Other Items of Note: Molly at I'm a Sleeper Baker has a pulled hamstring but believes it'll be healed for the marathon. Thinking good thoughts for you - hope the rest takes care of it! Aneta at Confessions of a Rambunctious Runner officially registered for her upcoming races, including her October marathon. Congrats to you for working through your reservations about being prepared the other week!!
Kellie at Running Rodeo is just ready for her marathon to get here. I hear you on this one!
Linzi at Destination 26.2 is in love with her new shoes!
Pam at Thirty Schmirty took on the powers that be of the Vegas Rock 'N Roll marathon and in the end decided to let the chips fall where they will and still tackle the marathon despite their recent time cutoff. I think you'll still do great and have a blast! Natalia at Natalia's Running is training for Philly and had a few reservations about her training plan but seems to be back on track now. I think we all go through these thoughts of doubt throughout the training time period.
Giveaway Winner: Random selected #12 which was Lisa at Lisa's Yarns. Lisa please e-mail me your address and I'll mail the GU out to you!
Previous Poll Results:
Meal Before Running:
Toast with Peanut Butter: 35.7%
Some sort of 'bar': 14.3%
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I was thrilled to win this giveaway. To be honest, I've been intrigued by the idea of compression socks but was not sure they would be worth the investment.