Monday, April 19, 2010


Lots going on! Probably easiest to post in "bullets."

--Matt and I did not win the diamond but we did do well. About half the participants were on bikes; we were on foot. The top 3 teams were all on bikes. (If we do it again next year, I will be purchasing an el-chepo bike from Wal Mart b/c if we could have covered more ground, I truly believe we would have been in contention. We only got 2 questions wrong and all of the pre-research helped save us a ton of time. Not to mention I work downtown which helped with the navigating!) After the race, I tracked back all of our text messages and did a "map my run" on the point to point routes we took. Not even taking into consideration all of the "up and down the sidewalk" , "cross the street and cross back again", "run around the park and look for an impossibly obscure statue" that we did for 2 hours and 45 minutes, we did just over 7.1 miles!!! I figure it was probably 8 when all was said and done, if not being a little conservative. Physically, it felt harder than the half marathon b/c we sprinted from location to location and ran out of water 1 1/2 hours into it. We were troopers though and rewarded ourselves with powerade and beer at the after-party!

--We also made and the Sunday edition of the Birmingham News. Pretty cool! In the picture we were actually getting the question wrong. Trying to translate a bible verse from Latin and figuring out what book it was from. I still swear it was Proverbs (and so did my "phone a friend", Lauren) but the system disagreed. Matt was so sweaty but I really like the pic!

--I FINALLY signed up for the Country Music Half last night. Nothing like waiting 2 hours before the deadline. I am in Corral 22 with a million other slow people. Turns out my sister has a friend who is running her first half that day and is in the same corral. Wonder where Wendy and her dad ended up? They were projecting a 5 hour finish and I put a 2.5 hour half so it's possible we're all in the same place (they mix full and half participants)

--I did 11 on Saturday and it went really well. (In fact all of my runs last week went as well or better than expected) Storms are in the forecast which could make things interesting. (Temps ranging from the upper 50s to the low 80s) How does one dress for that (rain and humidity/warmth)? How do you listen to your iPod if it's raining? (Will my armband protect it from the elements?)I don't even want to think about running without music. I don't know if I can disassociate myself from myself with just the elements to distract!

--I experimented with Cliff Shot Bloks on Saturday. YUM!!! How to best carry in a race? I never wear a belt or anything since all of my stuff is laid out on the treadmill during the long runs. I don't want to carry fluids, just the bloks and maybe some beans. Shit, why do I always wait til the last minute to figure out the little details? I will be traveling to Nashville Friday after work so this needs to be figured out Thursday night at the latest. Tomorrow is a rest day so I probably need to stop by The Trak Shak or Fleet Feet after work to check out my options.

--Did a hard 4 tonight and then got home from the gym and Matt wanted to take the dogs for a walk! (Remember the hilly neighborhood) Grabbed some QUICK leftovers and headed out to conquer the hills. My legs were spent so I asked to Matt to hold both leashes since I needed max capacity from my arms! So sad. Ended up doing a little over 2. That makes 21 miles over the past 3 days (not to mention the couple miles I did at work today in heels walking all across campus to meetings). That's a lot for me...especially with a race on Saturday! The rest of the week is cake with 2 on Wed and x-training on Thurs. Honestly the 3 hour drive Friday will probably be the most physically "taxing" thing for the rest of the week.

--I need a plan for after Saturday. I've been saying I want a break from training and I do, but not a break from running. Just want some ideas on how to maximize the time so that I don't get burnt out but that I am still running with purpose.

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