Lord help me keep my luggage under 50 pounds!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Lord help me keep my luggage under 50 pounds!
Friday, December 30, 2011
On a personal note, 2011 kind of rocked. Only 2 really life altering shitastical things happened. . but they happened for a reason and I have come to terms with that, or at least I'm working on it. There was so much life altering good things, too, that at worst they balanced the bad out and at best, they made me into a better person. So much personal growth this year, if I was a plant, I'd totally be Jack's beanstalk (hello, Giant!). And I found my person, what more could I ask for? My road to amazingness has grown by miles, literally! but I digress.
I was going to follow the trend and write up a yearly review. . but I'm a slacker. To be honest, I don't think it's actually hit me that I've been an active human, much less an endurance althete, for an entire year. Last year this time, I still wasn't sure I was going to actually follow through and run the half marathon I signed up for. 25 races later, I just got accepted to run the race that changed my life last year. Twenty five races. Can you believe it?!
All this in one year from a former smoker (who actually ran a bunch of those races as a smoker) who couldn't even say the only time she would run is to catch a bus (that is something I still don't do, btw).
I have committed to starting off 2012 by running 29.3 miles in one weekend and ending it by running a full marathon. The girl I was a year ago, would have laughed at you. The girl that I am today, still thinks it's crazy but is so excited to see if I'm capable of it (which I already know I am. . . or at least that's what I'm going to tell myself to get through it).
I hope everyone's year brought them at least some amazingness and I can't wait to see what's in store for all of us next year!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
And I have also decided to take 3 days off of training. Not on purpose though. Monday was a rest day, yesterday was a pack day and today has been a try-not-to-die day. I know. I know. I'm on it tomorrow, hopefully.
So this is what I've been doing:
Monday, December 26, 2011
The first 3 times nearly killed me. Even with the ice bath, I didn't think I could do it. It was terrible, yall. But then? It was ok. I was good. It felt like I just had to run the rust from the day before off. It still sucked, but it became bearable. Then? It started raining. It would only rain for 5 or so minutes at a time and by the time I had dried off from one shower, it would start again. I had half a mind to just end it early, but I decided since I was already wet and nowhere near the car, I should just suck it up. I'm glad I got that run out of the way. It really helped me believe I can actually do this and survive. So YaY! And YaY! for a rest day.
The second leg run I decided to run through Lafreniere park. This is what it looked like that morning:
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Not that I'm complaining. It's just hard I get into it, this year especially, and the weather isn't helping much. And I would like to wear my amazing faux leather jacket. Just sayin.
Ever since Mercedes bought the naming rights to the Superdome and the jokes were made about putting a hood ornament on top of it, I still expect to see one when I pass it. Is that just me?
Did I mention I did my 2nd leg of b2b running here:
It wasn't the smartest of moves. I know. I don't know what I was thinking. The weather was gorgeous for running. I think I need to build up to running in my parent's neighborhood, just like it took me 8 months to run in my own. . and I don't have that kind of time. So, I figured I'd run on the treadmill. I read somewhere on the internets that it makes you mentally stronger and I clearly needed that. But my god, it was not fun.
But I got through it! I really hate that I don't have enough time to properly train, but I will keep doing as much as I can before Jan. 5.
Hope everyone is having a fabulous holiday season!
Monday, December 19, 2011
So, I did the 5k instead and added 3 more miles to get 6 in while I waited for Fred to finish the half. I decided not to run with my phone and I regretted every minute of it. I wanted to document City Park for all of you. It's a gorgeous park (even prettier than CP) with tons of large ponds and the home of NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art). When I went back and retraced the 5k track to get my other 3 miles in, I tried to get as many pictures as I could.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Apparently New York City is still as douchey as I always say it is. The parks denied the permit for the upcoming Christmas race. Seriously?! From what I read on their site, the excuses are bogus. Does NYRR have this much trouble? We all know they have a monopoly on Central Park, but what's up with Van Cortlandt?
Admittedly, the T-Day race was the first time I ventured up that way into the Bronx and if nothing else, it was a new experience a New Yorker should have. I personally wasn't a fan of trail running (and I was wondering why on the course map it said I'd only have to do 1 loop, but when I got there I had to do 2), but there are a ton of runners who do and denying permits with no good reason is just wrong.
This is a great concept that that should be embraced for it's effort to include everyone in the sport of running, not denied because it doesn't charge an arm and a leg (coughNYCHalfcough) or jump the right hoops into the exclusive world of NYC races.
The races are now being held in Yonkers. How is a New Yorker without a car supposed to get there?! (Granted, I haven't looked it up, but I'm ignorantly assuming it's not subway accessible)
Not cool, NYC. Really not cool.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I think the Universe is messing with me.
Let's just hope getting into this race didn't use up all my lottery mojo. I'm still hoping I get into the NYC Half, so I don't have to run the RnR DC Half (they're the same weekend. . although one is on Saturday and the other is on Sunday. . . hmmmm). I don't think I can handle DC twice in 2 months.
But I will admit going to the Cherry Blossom Festival is on my to-do list. I hear it's beautiful. . . maybe enough to change my mind about the devil-ridden city? I don't know. But don't get it twisted, DC and I are not friends. . . yet. And that pink jacket on the website looks mighty cute.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Moving on, Friday night at Jingle Ball, Instagram was set up outside MSG. The cool part? If you took a pic at the concert and tagged it with the #Z100onfuse, the pic would be sent to them and they'd print it out for you. I am a super fan of this, except the photo paper quality was seriously lacking. I've been to a few parties where they have something similar and the photos are better. Still an awesome concept, though. I loved that you didn't have to be at a specific place (i.e. a booth or in front of a specific camera), all you had to do was put the hashtag and it sent it from your phone.
This is when I found out about another awesome like app, lemeleme! Same concept, cooler filters.
Check it out:
Those are just the more different ones, but generally the filters are the same. Anyway, I'm still a hardcore Instagram fan but lemeleme is awesome, too! Just thought I'd share the wealth of info.
Anyone have a different one they use?