Friday, September 30, 2011

Race Expos are FUN

(posted by Kerry)

Today was a craptastic day at work, hence the no posting all day.  Sorry.  Luckily I had the race expo and packet pick up to look forward to tonight.

What's up with the super annoying blue light?
I love going to pick up my packet.  It gets me really excited to run.  

Don't I look super excited?
 The packet pick up was at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex which is this ginormous sports complex on Disney property.  



The last race I did at Disney, the packet pick up was a nightmare because they had the packets and the expo in the same building, along with 15,000 women - it was ridonkulous.  This time they got smart and split it out amongst two buildings.  We also went at a weird time, so there was no one there in line.  Either that or Hubs and I are one team out of three running the relay.  


After getting our race gear we had to head over to the expo building to get our goodie bag.  Race goodie bags are exciting.  The shirt, the ads, the free stuff, the safety pins - all exciting to me.  I couldn't wait to dig in, but first we spent some time putzing around the expo.  I found a funny shirt.  

Front
Back 
So true.  After a half marathon I can barely walk the next day.  It's sad.  I just waddle around and moan.  I think I'll be OK after tomorrow though.  It's only 8.3 miles.  I did 7 last week with no pain, so I should be good.  I hope. 

After a super nutritious delicious dinner at Moe's, we got home and I broke into my loot.  It was OK.  Free Koozie (I totally love Koozies), free Clif Shot Bloks (my drug of choice tomorrow night is Watermelon flavored Gu Chomps, yum), safety pins, a $10 gift card to Disney (which is worth gold cuz it's Epcot Food and Wine Festival time!) and our relay baton this year is super cute...  


It's a little tiny rolling pin.  How cute is that?  Way better than the cheapo flashlights they gave us last year.  

And here it is, lucky number 21,864.  


I'm feeling lucky and excited now.  AND, for the cherry on top, we have a COLD front blowing through tonight.  The high tomorrow is only supposed to be 84 (that's a cold front for us, today it was 93), with lows in the 60's tomorrow night.  I might have to wear sleeves!  Kidding.  Thank you Mother Nature!  

I'll be back one more time before tomorrow night's race (hopefully).  If not, I'm lugging my camera with me at the race so get ready for some primo race photography!

Later!










Thursday, September 29, 2011

Am I a Runner?

(posted by Kerry)

Can you sense a theme to my posts this week?  It's Race Week Syndrome.
 
Definition:  The week leading up to a race where all you think about is running and the race.
 
So, if you've been reading this blog for a bit you know a few things about me and my little running hobby:
 
- I like to run.  (most of the time)
- I run really, really, really slow.
- I've run 9 half marathons and umpteen other types of races.
- I recently just got back into running after a long hiatus of laziness. (which I hated)
- Since returning to running I have adopted the run/walk form of running to help get me back into it, and I love it.
 
These bullet points beg the question, "Am I a runner?" 
 
When I think of "runners" I think of people who run fast.  And people who run far.  I do neither.  I don't run marathons.  I don't run sub-3 hour marathons.  Heck, most of the time I don't run a sub-3 hour HALF marathon. (seriously, my best half time was 2:51, which was a total fluke.  And then I pulled out a 2:59:34 because I SWORE I would come in under 3 hours)  And I walk.  A lot.  So can I really call myself a runner? 
 
I can argue both yes and no for this.  I'll start with NO.
 
"Nope, you're not a runner."
 
- When I say "I ran 7 miles yesterday," since I am doing run/walk intervals at this stage in my life, I really didn't run 7 miles.  I ran like 5 miles of it and walked the rest.  But I did it.  
 
- I run SLOW.  And when I say slow I mean SLOW.  I probably run as fast as some walkers walk.  Like those race walker people blow right by me in races with their funny little swagger.  Therefore, if I run as slow as a walker, can I call myself a "runner"?  Ehhh.
 
- My running style doesn't scream runner.  I kind of shuffle my feet and waddle back and forth.  OK, this is an exaggeration, but what I'm saying is I'm not graceful and elegant like a puma or some other graceful-ish animal when I run.  I like to say my style is a "fast walk with a hop."  Hey, it works for me.
 
Nice form!
 
So those are reasons I can argue that I might not be able to call myself a runner.  Now I'll argue the other side.
 
"Yes, you are a runner!"
 
- If I run, I'm a runner. 
 
- No matter what speed, how long or what style, if what I am doing can constitute as "running," then I am a "runner."
 
- If you believe in your heart you are a runner, then you are.  And I do.  I just do it a little differently than others.
 
- And Runner's World said I was.  Check out this quote I saw in this article that I found on Hungry Runner Girl's blog (now that girl is an amazing runner!). 
 
 
So there ya have it.  My ponderings on runners and what makes a runner.  And yes, I am happy to say I AM A RUNNER!  (just a slow, awkward one!)  :)
 
Amen!
 

Early Morning Randomness

(posted by Kerry)

I had to be at work today at an ungodly hour (read: before the sun fully came up).  It's alright to get up at the crack of dawn to run or go to the gym or something, but it is not alright to be showered, dressed and at work in front of my computer at an ungodly hour.  No sir.  I might have to pull a George Constanza mid-afternoon today and take a nap under my desk. 
 
Since there is no workout to speak of this morning, I'm going ramble randomly about stuff on my mind.
 
- I was listening to Sirius/XM in the car this morning and was listening to the "Hits One" station where they play all of the new cool music.  Apparently I have been listening to my iPod way too much.  Is it me, or does some music today sound like music from the 60's?  I heard two songs in a row that had that weird vintage-y sound to it.  It was strange and made me feel like I was missing something.
 
- Speaking of missing something, I don't get why everyone is in love with that "Pumped Up Kicks" song.  It's OK, but it's odd.  Not my flavor.
 
- I heard yesterday on the Ryan Seacrest show that Jessica Simpson is pregnant.  GASP!  Although he didn't have any confirmation or real facts.  Just that she had been seen eating Doritos dipped in chocolate, so obviously she must be pregnant because she's eating weird food.  Um, maybe she just likes that sweet and salty combo.  Duh, Ryan.  Anyway, I did some detective work last night to see if I could find out any scoop and there are some pics of her wearing a loose fitting top.  But isn't that the style these days anyway? 
 
 
- I watched the premier episode of that new show "Revenge" last night (yeah, a week late).  It was GOOD.  But, I have no idea what is going on.  There are lots of twists and turns and backstories that we fully don't know yet.  But it's GOOD.  Haven't watched last night's episode yet. 
 
 
- I also watched the new show, "Suburgatory" last night.  FUNNY.  It's about a father and daughter who move from the big city to the suburbs where the moms are a tad cuckoo.  It also had a cameo appearance by Rex Lee (Lloyd!) from Entourage wearing a very fun hairpiece.  I hope this show lasts because it's clever, but it probably won't because all shows I get hooked on get cancelled.  One show that I've started watching that I know won't get cancelled before the end of the season - "The New Girl."  It just got picked up for a full season.  Yay!  I LOVE Zooey Deschanel, she is way too cute for words.
 
 
- What's going with Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore?  Are they really splitting up?  Jade and I were just talking yesterday about how we were surprised we were that they were still married, and now this.  After reading the stuff on it, I think it's just a publicity ploy to pimp Ashton's new gig on "Two and a Half Men," but who knows.  I personally think they are pretty solid, but the reports say she's been Tweeting weird stuff (PS, I don't get Twitter either) and he's been out partying all the time (like Eddie Murphy) and they didn't spend their 6th wedding anniversary together.  Ooh, scandalous.
 
(did anyone get my Eddie Murphy "Party All the Time" reference?  Probably not...)
 
OK, time to get some stuff done later dude.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My Most Favorite Race (NOT)

(posted by Kerry)


I mentioned it earlier, so I am delivering the goods. 


Earlier I said I had an awesome picture that accurately reflected how I feel around mile 9 of a half marathon.  You know, that feeling of "OMG, what the hell am I doing?" or "I paid MONEY for this crap?" or "I just want to be DONE!"  Granted this picture was taken during the worst weather conditions I have ever encountered during a run.  


To set the stage:  It was January 2010, Disney World Half Marathon.  We were in the middle of a cold snap (yeah, we get those in Florida every once in a while).  The morning of the Half Marathon was the coldest day we had had in like 20 years. It was 25 degrees at the race start time and there was a threat of SNOW (which, in Florida is like the most exciting thing ever...just not when you have to run a half marathon).  But instead of snow, we had sleet and rain.  Ice chips falling from the sky.


Since it's always hot here, dressing for 25 degrees and sleet was a challenge.  I opted for 4 layers on top - a tight tank top (to hold in the body heat), a long sleeved wick away shirt and two zip up hoodies, long pants, a hat, and a hood, and gloves.  My only misstep with my dressing - I wore short socks so my ankles were frozen solid.  I ran the first several miles because I figured running would keep me warmer, but then I gave up.  I was so cold and wet.  It never stopped sleeting/raining the whole time.  It was awful.  And at mile 9 I took this picture which sums up exactly how I was feeling at that point in time.  


Yeah, it was as bad as I look in that pic.  And this is really embarrassing.  Here are some happier pictures from that race. (where I look a little better)


Before I stepped foot in that frigid air...




Running down Main Street USA.  Look at how everyone is dressed.  Layers.  We were slow moving and tightly packed, like if we stuck together we'd be warmer.  




Since I didn't give a rat's ass what my time was on this one, I stopped to take a picture with the bears from Country Bear Jamboree.  Fun!  And I actually look happy in this picture.  I don't at all look like I am freezing my tookus off.




This is my "OH THANK GOD I'M DONE!!!" picture.




And here we are, together saying "OH THANK GOD WE'RE DONE!"  Temperature at the end of the race - still 25 degrees and raining/sleeting.




We have not done another Disney World Half Marathon since then because we're terrified that we'll have the same or similar weather conditions.  Even though it is Florida and the chances of that are slim to none.  But even though it was bad, I'm still SO glad we did it. Just to say we were there.  


I am suddenly in the mood to do a half marathon now.  Maybe Amanda will let me take her half marathon race bib and she can do the relay with Hubs.  ...or maybe not.  :)

A Hard Habit to Break

(posted by Kerry)
 
So this morning I made my foray out to run 2 miles, a nice tapering distance for my race on Friday.  Well, it's kind of on the low side for a taper run.  If I was a "real" runner I'd be tapering with like 3 or 4 miles, but I'm special, so 2 miles is it for me.  I will do another 2 miler on Friday and then that's it, no more until Saturday night
 
The run was good.  3/1's, I didn't run too fast this time.  I loosened my laces this morning so that I didn't have that "numb feet" thing going on again today.  Now I think I am developing a blister on one of my heels.  D'OH!  I'll be tightening the laces on Friday, fo sho.
 
After my run I came inside and did another PB Fingers arm routine (this one) and then I checked out a workout on Exercise TV that I found on Courtney's blog.  Courtney is doing the 10 lb. Slimdown Xtreme program, which is a program that targets and tones every body part in a series of workouts.  Sign me up! 
 
 
I checked out the workouts on the Exercise TV channel on our cable and it looks like good stuff.  I did the "Bonus Buns" workout this morning because it was quick - only 10 minutes.  Loved it.  Though I am sure I will feel it tomorrow since I haven't done any sort of lunge or squat since I did the Shred a couple of weeks ago. 
 
 
So I might be embarking on that soon.  We will see! 
 
So, I am super excited about the race on Saturday night.  I don't know if I am excited, or just ready to get it over with.  That's usually how I feel when I do a full half marathon.  I'm excited, but at the same time I dread it because, let's be honest, it's not really that FUN to run 13.1 miles.  Some people totally love it.  Me, I like it, but many times throughout the race I think to myself, "why the hell am I paying money to put myself through this misery?" 
 
(SIDE NOTE:  I actually have an AWESOME picture of myself during the 2010 Disney Half Marathon where it was 25 degrees and sleeting - yes, in Florida - where I was thinking this very thing.  I will find it and post it.  It's hilarious.  And that was the worst race EVERRRRR, BTW.) 
 
And then there's the aftermath where I can't walk normal for two days after a half marathon.  And I pay money to do that to myself.  It's so weird. 
 
But at the same time, there hasn't been a year since 2006 where I haven't put myself through the "misery" - twice per year.  And frankly, I don't think I'm ever going to give up the half marathon habit I have started.  A year without two half marathons would be odd, and I'm afraid that if I didn't have that "long race" on the horizon I would give up running altogether, and that just wouldn't be good.  I always need a goal, ya know?
 
That said, my friend Amanda and I are already planning a "race-cation" for next year and I think we're setting our sights on a Rock n Roll Half Marathon somewhere.  Our top picks - Vegas, Savannah, Chicago or Montreal.  Yeah, Montreal!  That way we can say we've run half marathons in two countries!  So we'll see where we decide to go.  In the meantime, we need to get through Saturday - my relay and her full 13.1.  Baby steps!  SLOW baby steps!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Wine & Dine Half

(posted by Kerry)

So what's up with this Wine and Dine Half Marathon Relay that I'm doing this weekend?  Here are the details you need to know (if you care). 
 
 
- The Wine and Dine Half Marathon is a nighttime Disney race that started last year.  If you're at all familiar with Run Disney, they offer up several races throughout the year.  All of them are a blast, let you run through Disney parks, and have fun scenery (for the most part), great expos and awesome medals.  I've done them all in the half marathon variety - Disney World Half Marathon, Princes Half Marathon, Disneyland (CA) Half Marathon and the Wine and Dine (but only the relay on that one). 
 
Disneyland Half 2007 - Hubs first Half
They also offer a marathon in January, but you won't ever see me there.  Unless I'm volunteering and handing out water or Gu or something.
 
- The Wine and Dine is the first Disney race to offer up a relay option for a half marathon distance, which is kind of awesome.  The split for the relay is a little weird, the first leg is 4.8 miles, while the second leg is 8.3 miles.  This split gives runners a nice swapping point - Animal Kingdom parking lot.  Last year I was totally not prepared to run a nighttime half marathon, so I was glad that I could still participate with a shorter distance.  I did the short leg while Amanda did the long leg.  Hubs did the whole half marathon (without training, d'oh!).  This year we've all switched places - Hubs is doing the short leg, I'm doing the long leg and Amanda is doing the whole thing.  Next year I'm hoping to swap again so I can do the full half marathon.   
 
Us at the Wine and Dine last year
 
- The race begins at 10:00pm, which is like 15 hours later than I'm used to running.  So I'm a little bit worried.  Last year it wasn't too bad, but then again I only ran 4.8 miles.  Running a long distance at night is going to be weird.  I've done it before (at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K, another Disney race that is now defunct, boo), but that was a long time ago.  
 
They told us to act scared
 
It was OK, but by the time it was over I was pretty DONE.  And since I run super duper s-l-o-w, it's going to be like 1am before I am done.  Way too late for my liking.  However....
 
- ... there is an after party at the finish line at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.  This is awesome in theory, but it was a total mess last year.  They made the finish line right in the middle of the World Showcase, which caused a ridiculous amount of people (11,000 runners) in one area of the park.  The lines for the food and wine were so long that it was pretty useless to even stand there.  Plus, you're tired, you're sweaty, you're stinky and it's 1am.  It's not really that much fun.  Though the atmosphere is cool.  All of the countries are lit up and there's fun music playing, it's like a big party.  Which would be great if we hadn't just ran many miles.  This year they have moved the finish line to the parking lot of Epcot to alleviate some of the congestion at the party.  The downside, once I'm in the parking lot, I don't think I'm going to walk my ass all the way back into the park after running all those miles just for some food.  But maybe I will, we'll see.
 
- As I mentioned since Hubs and I are a relay team, we had to pick a cool relay team name.  We're Team Tweedledee and despite my efforts this weekend to find a cute costume to go with our name, I will not be dressing up as Tweedledee or Tweedledum.  Boo.  Maybe next year.  Instead I'm wearing my awesome running skirt and some snazzy head gear.  You'll see. 
 
- My estimated time of arrival at the finish line?  I'm hoping and praying it's under 2 hours, but we'll see.  I'm doing the run/walk thang, so I can never really accurately measure my time on anything with all the walking breaks.  But I'm going for under 2 hours.  We will see!  I am so ready for it to just be here already!!! 
 
So that's about it.  Everything you may or may not have wanted to know about my Wine and Dine Half Marathon Relay coming up this weekend.  Oh, and I'm working on a fabulous playlist for the event.  I'll be sure to share it when I am done.  Lucky you!  :)

Skipped

(posted by Kerry)

What is it about me skipping out on workouts after a night out? 
 
Not that we had a wild and crazy Monday night out, but we didn't get home from Auburndale until 11:30.  Which meant I didn't get to bed until after 12, which meant that when the alarm went off this morning I was determined to keep on sleeping.  Like this guy this morning.
 
Don't you just want to rub his furry belly?
Grr.  I only had to do 2 miles today.  That's quick and easy.  But I didn't do it.  I'm such a bum.  Therefore I'm making myself do something tonight to make up for it.  We'll see what it is! 
 
So last night's trip to Auburndale was good.  We donned our awesome t-shirts (all 8 of us) and completely embarassed J.  We all wore shirts and sweaters to cover up the t-shirts until we got to Beef's.  Then we took them off to reveal our matching t-shirts.  Her eyes got huge, like "OMG, I cannot believe you are wearing t-shirts with my face on them."  It was kind of priceless.  Unfortunately the t-shirts didn't bring about a win.  J came in third.  She still won $250, which you cannot scoff at, but it was kind of a big shock that she didn't place higher.  The competition was not better than her...and I'm not just saying that cuz she's my kid, I really do believe that.  But whatever.  It was a good experience and she won a little $$, so it's all good.  Thankfully we will never have to go back to Auburndale again.  Hehe.
 
Alright, I have to run, sorry for the short post.  I'll be back later to talk about the Wine and Dine coming up this weekend.  Exciting!

Monday, September 26, 2011

My New T-Shirt

(posted by Kerry)

So I tried my new shoes out this morning and they're cool!  They are soft, springy, and cushy, though I think I tied them a little too tight because my feet were getting a little numb, but that's an easy fix.  I hope.  I think I will be taking these shoes for their first big race on Saturday night at the Wine and Dine.
 
Today I planned to do a 3 miler outside.  It was hot and muggy and gross, but sweating is good, right?  I did 3/1's again and I felt like I was running way too fast (for me).  Apparently I was either excited about running in my new shoes, or I just wanted to get the run over with.  Whatever the case, I was tuckered out by the end of it.  But it felt good to be out there.  I'm planning on doing some tapering this week, so here's what my week is gonna look like:
 
Monday - 3 miles outside
Tuesday - XTrain at gym or 2 miles outside
Wednesday - 2.5 miles or XTrain at gym
Thursday - Rest (early morning meeting at work - boo)
Friday - 2 miles
Saturday - RACE (at 10pm)
 
Yeah, it's a night race, so I will run on Friday morning and then stretch (yoga?) on Saturday morning and then lay on the couch all day to prepare.  I can't expend too much energy before a night race, pssshh! 
 
After my run today I did an arm routine that I found on PB Fingers blog.  She has been posting some rockin' workouts lately, so I've been taking advantage of those, since I am bad about putting strength exercises together myself.  Doing these exercises made me realize that it's been a while since I've worked my arms.  I blame traveling.  And a little bit of laziness.  But mostly traveling. 
 
So tonight we have some fun planned.  We're going back to AuburndaleJ has made it all the way to the FINALE of the big Beef's Star Search competition.  She is top three!  Which means she wins money tonight no matter what place she comes in.  What what!  If she wins the whole shebang, she wins money, studio time and a consultation with some big time music publicist who's worked with U2, The Police and some other really old cool, successful bands.  It's pretty exciting! 
 
And to show our support, my mom-in-law ordered everyone t-shirts with J's face on them!  Yes, seriously.  I'm sure she's going to LOVE that.  It's a surprise, so I'm sure she's going to be like "OMG, that's soooo embarassing!"  Hehe.  Fun way #196 to embarass your teenager.  So here's what I'll be rockin' tonight at Beef's. 
 
 
For real.  I'll let you know how it goes ....  :)  Have a great Monday!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's the Little Things

(posted by Kerry)


It's been a great Sunday.  Here's why:


- I slept until 10:00 this morning.  
- We ate pizza for lunch.
- Shopping at Bed Bath & Beyond, with a gift card.
- Grocery shopping.
- Random internet browsing.


That's a good day right there.  


Oh, and yesterday I bought new running shoes!  Check them out!


I'm an under-pronator with a very high arch and a toe striker (obviously from my big toe hole), so cushioning shoes are my best friend.  Enter, Asics Gel Nimbus 13.  These shoes are like walking on soft fluffy clouds, they are that cushion-y and soft.  I had a pair of Asics before I got my Pumas, and I really liked them, so here's hoping these will be just as good. And I love the cool aqua color, fancy schmancy.  


Amanda asked me how many miles I had put on my Pumas to get that ridiculous hole in them.  And my answer, not that many.  It's not like I have been running in those shoes for years.  I got them in January and I did a half marathon in them in February and then I went a long time without running, and then I did all of my training for my race next weekend in them.  So not that many.  I am just a fierce toe striker on my left foot (cannot fix this to save my soul, I've tried), so I wear the toe off of all of my shoes.  And not just running shoes.  (you should see a pair of flip flops I have, it's crazy)  Also, I think the Pumas had a thinner sole than an Asics or a New Balance (just my opinion, not sure if it's true), so I feel like they fell apart quicker.  Here's hoping my Asics last me a long time.  At least through my next half marathon (in February).


So yeah, ya know how I said earlier this week Hubs asked if I wanted to go to the gym today with him?  Well, that didn't happen.  We went out last night to a kickin' 80's party at a pub in Celebration and we were out until almost 2am.  Hence the sleeping til 10 and pizza for lunch.  No gym here.  Which is OK for me since I did 7 miles yesterday and could stand a rest.  But Hubs still needs to get on the training bandwagon since we are t-minus 6 days from the Wine and Dine.  


I bought some cool kitchen stuff today at Bed Bath & Beyond that I am super excited about.  





A new "Biggest Loser" digital kitchen scale.  We have a kitchen scale, but it's not digital so it's kind of a crapshoot when I weigh my food.  Like, "eh, it's between 2 and 3 ounces."  Now, I will know exactly how much something weighs.  Not like I weigh my food that often, but sometimes I do.  When I'm being good.  Which lately isn't all that often. (hence the pizza earlier)


And I got a ...




...nifty Olive Oil bottle pourer thingie.  This makes me feel fancy since all of the fancy Food Network people pour their olive oil out of a bottle with a cool spout.  It's the little things, it really is.


Alright, I'm off to do more internet reading.  Have a wonderful rest of your Sunday!  



Saturday, September 24, 2011

Lucky 7

(posted by Kerry)


It's a wonderful morning for a run.  Well, it was a wonderful morning for a run.  Thankfully I'm DONE.  I completed the last "long run" of my Wine and Dine Half Marathon Relay training plan.  (that's a mouthful)  Seven  miles of goodness, which makes me well enough prepared to run the 8.3 I will be running next Saturday.


As I did with my last few "long runs," I made my way over to my old neighborhood with the miles and miles of flat sidewalk.  Seriously, it's my new Celebration, I might run there all the time.  It was actually nice out this morning, cooler (like 75-ish), but still wickedly humid.  But coolness in the air was definitely a nice thing.  And here I am praising the weather Gods...or just showing off my outfit.




I had two wardrobe malfunctions today.  Number One: That top I am wearing is great for when you're just standing in your bathroom and looking in the mirror.  It is not good for when you have to move in any way.  It has a mad "ride up" problem, so my belly was exposed most of my run.  I usually like to keep that thing under wraps, ya know?  Though, the sweatier I got, the better it stayed down, so that was good.  But in any case, I won't be wearing this top at next week's relay.  But it was fine for today.


And Number Two is related to that giant hole in my shoe.  Remember this from last week?




Yeah, that.  Within 2 minutes of me walking, I got a big long twig stuck in the hole.  Not fun.  I pulled it out and was back to running, but still, annoying.  And also, it was wet out because it rained last night, so I instantly had a case of "soggy sock" which persisted for the remainder of the run.  I will be buying new shoes today, promise.


Anywho...  Today I did 3/1 intervals which is my comfort zone and which is what I will be doing during next week's race as well.  I could bump it to 4/1, but I don't want to mess with a good thing.  I'll try bumping it up after the race.  And, considering I spent most of my week inactive due to my travel schedule, I was just hoping I could actually make it 7 miles.  


Mission accomplished.  I did great, I felt great and made it to my "rest stop" with 4 miles and 54 minutes on the Garmin.




I had my arsenal of refreshment




And then I was ready to rumble again...sorta.




The rest of the run was great.  Can't say too much about it.  I felt good, I did well, and I just kept thinking "if it could just go this well next week, I will be happy."  So here's hoping!  


I will say though, I was happy to be done.




OK, I must go because I keep catching whiffs of myself and I smell interesting.  Now, before you go judging, you would smell interesting too if you ran 7 miles in 80 degrees of swampy heat, so hush.


Have a great Saturday!  I'm off to buy some new running shoes that I can hopefully break in before next week!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Team Tweedledee

(posted by Kerry)

Happy FRIDAY!
 
I can't believe it's already Friday.  It's been an odd week with my traveling and whatnot.  In some respects I feel like this week was two weeks long, and then in other respects I feel like it's only Tuesday.  Weird.  Glad I have the weekend to catch up.
 
This morning I finally exercised!  Yay!  I did a 15-15-15 at the gym today.  That's 15 minutes on the bike, 15 minutes on the elliptical and then 15 minutes on the treadmill.  Nice and easy.  I didn't want to go crazy since I have my 7 miler - my last "long run" before the Half Marathon Relay next weekend - tomorrow morning.  After the 15-15-15 I did 10 minutes of stretching, abs and planks.  I felt good afterwards.  Seriously, why do I go days without exercising when I know it feels so good to do it?  Makes no sense.  Whatever.
 
This morning Hubs asked me if I wanted to go to the gym with him on Sunday.  WHAT?  Mr. "I Haven't Been to the Gym Since You Signed Me Up in January."  Seriously, he hasn't even signed his paperwork or gotten his picture taken for the computer key card thingie yet.  So of course I was like "YESSS!!"  He started doing Insanity this week and knows he has to start running, since he is my relay partner next weekend at the Wine and Dine Half Marathon.  Yeah, nothing like training for a half marathon relay the week before, and only the week before.  Granted, his piece is only 4.8 miles, but still, he probably hasn't run since last year's Wine and Dine (he did the whole half marathon last year).  But he's good like that.  He always does half marathons without ever training.  It kind of pisses me off cuz he smokes me everytime, by a long shot.  Grr.   
 
At the Wine and Dine, 2010
Anyway, so yes, we are relay partners next weekend.  Our team name - Team Tweedledee.  Love it.  If I was artsy and had thought about it months ago, I would have made us shirts.  We actually have matching Tweedledum and Tweedledee shirts that we could wear (yes, we're dorky like that), but I don't like wearing bulky tee shirts to run in, so that's not gonna happen.  Bummer, huh?  That would have been classic. 
 
 
Random... So last night we watched the premier of The Office.  Since my beloved Steve Carell has left, I wasn't sure that I would like it anymore.  And last night's show was fine, but the whole time I was watching all I could think was, "what the heck happened to James Spader???"  When did he get so old looking?  Are they making him look like that on purpose, or did he really just age that way?  I'm sorry, that's mean, but look, you'll see what I'm talking about. 
 
 
Aw, aging sucks.  He was such a hottie back in 1986.  
 
Anywho...  I am outta here.  Have a wonderful Friday.  I'll catch up with you after my run tomorrow morning!! 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I'm Back!

(posted by Kerry)

Greetings!  Sorry for my brief absence yesterday and most of today.  Yesterday, I spent a majority of the day traveling home from Connecticut.  Today, I've been tired and super busy at work, so yeek!  (<-- made up word)
 
Just a random side note, I just typed Connecticut and then had a weird moment where I thought I was spelling it wrong.  So then I got freaked out that I spelled it wrong all of the various times I've typed it in the blog, so I had to go back and check it.  I'm OK now.  I was spelling it right.  Misspelling is a huge pet peeve of mine (because I'm a super speller), so I had to make sure I wasn't doing that.  I'm OK now.  And, I'm a dork.
 
Yesterday was super productive.  I pounded out a lot of work at our home office yesterday, and then once I got to the airport I finished my book (which was one of my September goals ... which by the way I am failing miserably at this month) and polished off not one but two magazines (Fitness and Shape), and I started a new book, which I instantly got majorly hooked on in the first few pages.
 
 
Elin Hilderbrand is an absolute favorite of mine.  I have read most of her books and every one of them is excellent.  Just in case you wanted to know. 
 
Anyway, I was a reading machine yesterday. 
 
This morning, I was so tired from traveling.  Seriously, why does air travel make you SO tired?  All you do is sit for hours and hours, there is nothing tiring about that, but it makes me exhausted.  Annoying.  Anywho...  I was so tired this morning I slept in.  I was supposed to go for a quickie 2 miler around the neighborhood, but it didn't happen.  I even tried talking myself awake, like, "you know you'll feel better if you do this", "you know you'll be less tired if you get up now and run" and "GO YOU LAZY BUM!"  But nothing worked.  Instead I snoozed until the alarm went off again.  So now I feel like a lazy turd who hasn't worked out in months.  Granted, it's only been 4 days, but it feels like a month.  Even Hubs exercised last night.  He started Insanity this week.  Aww, I miss Insanity
 
This afternoon for lunch Jade and I met up with Amanda and we tried out the brand new Lime they opened up by work.  It was PHENOMENAL. 
 
We went to Lime a while back and it was good.  I had the fajitas last time and they were great.  Today I got the Low Carb Tacos with chicken, black beans and pico on a whole grain tortilla, and HOLY GUACAMOLE, it was delicious!  Seriously I could have eaten like 4 tacos.  Delish.  Then we got stuck there because it started monsooning outside and none of us had umbrellas, so we got a great gab session in. 
 
And now you're caught up on my life.  Tomorrow I vow to take a spin around the block, or go to the gym.  I've GOT to do something before my 7 miler on Saturday morning or else I'm in trouble.  Because after that there is only ONE MORE WEEK until the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Relay.  Eeek!!!  Time to get really serious! 
 
And with that, I will leave you now... have a great rest of the day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Whirlyball!

(posted by Kerry)

Tonight we had a team building activity for work.  Whirlyball.  Don't know what the heck that is?  Well, it's a cross between lacrosse, basketball and bumper cars.  Yes, bumper cars.  For people 30 and up.  And alcohol was involved.  It was a blast. 

The object of the game was to get your ball from your little racket thingie, up into a faux basket, all while trying to maneuver a ghetto bumper car.  I say ghetto bumper car because they didn't have steering wheels, just a crank thing that you had to crank around to move your car.  It was so odd.  But it was so fun. 

Here we are getting the instructions.


And picking our cars.


I chose to be on the yellow team because I was pretty sure we would WIN.  Not because I was on the team, because frankly I was a little apprehensive about the whole thing (it just didn't look safe at all, and the concept was a little crazy).  But my teammates seemed to be a winning combo. 


The reality:  our team lost EVERY SINGLE GAME.  We didn't win one game.  Out of like 8 games.  Not one.  But, I will say that I got increasingly better throughout the evening.  I finally got the hang of it when it was time to leave.  I mean, had we played a few more games, I would have been really good and maybe would have scored a point for our crappy, but awesome, team.  But no.  We lost every game.  It was freakin hilarious though.  Great time had by all. 

AND, I did walk away with something....


Look who won the trophy for Whirlyball's Most Spirited!!!!  That's ME!  Apparently I make a much better bumper car driving cheerleader than a fierce Whirlyball player.  Oh well, I'll take it.  I love trophies.

Now, I'm ready to be super lazy tonight.  I'm tuckered out.  Dang Whirlyball.  Oh, and no, I didn't get up and work out this morning.  Bleh.  Not very happy about it, but at the same time, I have resolved that I just can't workout while traveling.  It's not possible for me this trip.  Plus, I walked by the hotel gym and it super duper crappy.  So I'm not missing much.  I'll be home Thursday, so working out will resume on Thursday.  I swear.  Really.  Promise. 

OK, I'm outta here.  Gotta go bask in my Most Spirited glory.  Have a fab night!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Laziness in Connecticut

(posted by Kerry)

So...I was supposed to get up at 5am and do a little somethin' somethin' in the hotel gym this morning.  That didn't happen.  5am is really early when you're traveling.  You're out of sorts, you don't sleep very well, and taking the elevator down to the gym just seems like too much work.  So it didn't happen this morning.  And I didn't have high hopes for doing it after work, since happy hour was planned.  Yeah, I don't drink and run.  So I'm going to try again tomorrow.  Maybe 5am won't seem so awful tomorrow.  (I only had one pumpkin beer, which was kind of delicious)

I'm a little bummed about my workout set back (can you tell I don't have high hopes for tomorrow or the next day?).  It's my second to last week of training before the half marathon relay, so I should be rockin it out.  But when I travel, all bets seem to be off.  So we'll see.  I need some motivation. 

I did, however, take a short walk after work.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous (70 degrees, no humidity and sunny) and I wanted to go and get some water (and snacks) for my room, so I walked a few blocks to a convenience store near my hotel.  Too bad the shoes I was wearing were KILLING my feet, or else I would have walked a little bit longer because it was so dang gorgeous out.  But I was nearly in tears, and I am pretty sure I am going to have a case of black toenail from my shoes today.  Grr. 

I've got to go now, The Sing Off season premier just started.  I LOVE THIS SHOW and am so excited that it's back, and it's on for a longer run  (usually they just show it for like 3 weeks before Christmas).  It's amazing what these people can do with their voices and no instruments.  Seriously, amazing.  Watch it! 

Have a fab evening!