Sunday, November 13, 2011
Will I run it again next year? You bet! I want to try and shave off another 15 minutes. In order to do that, I have to keep training. I know I keep saying that I don't have time, but I need to make the time if I want to accomplish that goal.
Thought about a 5k for this Saturday, but NO WAY. I really just want to do NOTHING for the next few weeks. So I went out and ran a half marathon today. Did you get out and RYAO?
Saturday, November 12, 2011
and all through my place
I was nervous as all get out
so stressed I got a zit on my face!
My outfit's laid out
and ready to wear.
Haven't gone to packet pick up.
I've got to get there!
I check online
for times for the expo.
Nine to five o'clock.
Ugh, gotta drive to the Alamo (dome). **I know, doesn't really rhyme - whatever**
Have to go to packet pick up
then watch UT play.
Get to church by 4:30.
It's gonna be a busy day.
I will pray for strength,
I will pray for fast feet,
I will pray that I come in
quicker than my last meet.
I will go to bed early.
I'll get a good night's rest.
I will wake up and get ready
prepared to DO MY BEST!!!
Please, Lord, be with me tomorrow.
Please stay in my thoughts.
Keep those angels among me
Thursday, November 10, 2011
I'm just very lucky and blessed and do what I love. I'm also a positive person, which helps. Nothing gets me down. I have to live up to my name.
~Joy Johnson, 84-year0old marathoner
OH ALRIGHT!!! I'll run it already...sheesh.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Last night I had a dream about snakes. Not just any snake, RATTLESNAKES. Matt and I were in Tahiti and as I was walking back to my apartment (yes, we were staying in a dorm-like arrangement), I took a shortcut through some bushes and came upon a rattlesnake. I froze, closed my eyes, prayed to God that I would be spared it's venomous bite. When I opened my eyes again, I grabbed the snake, tossed it aside and went inside. I, of course, had to call 911 because I had indeed been bitten in the thigh. A local doctor brought me the antivenin and I pulled through. Thank goodness because later that day Matt and I had to go have lunch with a bunch of rich people where we feasted on crab and drank hibiscus tea (don't ask). But I noticed that rattlesnakes surrounded our apartment so making out to lunch was tricky. At lunch, Matt and I got the news from Jennifer Aniston that we would be going scuba diving with her and Owen Wilson. (???) I of course was worried about rattlesnakes in the ocean. Hello!!! There aren't rattlesnakes in the ocean! *whew* But there are SEA SNAKES!!! Then my alarm went off. *double whew* What could all of that mean???
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Here are some reasons why I will run this race EVERY year:
1. the course was clearly marked - There was no question as to what route the runners were supposed to take. The marked trails were WAY over the top, but better over done than under done.
2. the runners - The menagerie of costumes was great. My favorite? Deviled egg. Second fave? Chapulín. Donna and I spent a good 15 minutes discussing what we should dress up as next year. Any ideas?
3. the organization - I was worried about packet pickup b/c usually pickups at the actual race are a huge mess, but these people had it TOTALLY TOGETHER! They accidentally gave Donna a cotton tee instead of a tech tee and she exchanged it without incident. Everyone was so incredibly friendly and the volunteers on the trail were so helpful. They had an overabundance of volunteers, but that made for a very pleasant experience.
4. the weather - I realize this isn't the actual doing of the race coordinators, but you can't complain about a five mile run when it's in the low 60's high 50's.
5. the unexpected friend along the way - Donna and I actually found a rhythm to our running and breathing so we were actually able to have a conversation during the run. I had mentioned to her that the trail reminded me of running out at the Cave without the gigantic hills. Suddenly I hear, "Lali?" Well, it was dark so I couldn't see who it was. As I look over, blinding each other with our headlamps, I replied, "Who is that?" In a VERY familiar voice, I hear, "It's Ella." ARGH!!! A former co-worker of mine from East Central. We jogged together for a while, talked for a while, then she wished us well and had to walk a bit. Since Donna and I ran the whole time (Did you get that? We ran the FULL FIVE MILES.), I doubled back down the trail, found Ella and encouraged her to the finish. She did GREAT! I'm so proud of her. She said, "I knew it HAD to be you. I don't know anyone else that runs at a cave."
There was one teeny, tiny snag. They ran out of cups at the second water station. They actually had water, but I got creeped out at the thought of drinking water straight from the water jug especially knowing someone else has probably done the same. But again, the weather was such that I didn't really feel dehydrated. I guess drinking water all day helped a bit with that, too.
I didn't have my camera last night, but I did have someone take our picture post run. I'll get that up as soon as I get it. My next race? ROCK-N-ROLL San Antonio half marathon. Am I ready? Absolutely NOT, but that's ok. I'm not in it to win it. I'm in it for the joy of running. How about you? Do you enjoy RYAO?
Thursday, October 27, 2011
I HAVE A HALF MARATHON COMING UP!!!!!
Holy smoked! What am I thinking! How could I have forgotten this?
Not only am I not prepared for this Rock-n-Roll half marathon, but now I've agreed to "run" the Austin Livestrong half marathon in February. EEK! I can do this. I can do this. I WILL DO THIS!!! (Dear, God, please provide me with endurance, stamina, and discipline.)
Tomorrow I'll lace up and get out. Will you? RYAO, people!
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Sandy, my confirmation sponsor, and I were talking about how to "be" with God. I told her about how I feel closest to God during and soon after my runs. So after three weeks of making excuses for NOT running, I bought a headlamp and laced up and headed out tonight. A little under 1/2 way through my night run (making pretty good pace and after a sad attempt at the rosary) I thought to myself, running in the dark out here in the middle of nowhere is usually a stereotypical setting for a horror movie (running into an axe killer, grizzly bear, zombies). I prayed harder and louder b/c of my paranoia and what did I almost step on? A RATTLESNAKE!!! I quickly started reciting my guardian angel prayer, backed up S-L-O-W-L-Y and ran all the way back home.
I really hope my run on Friday doesn't have snakes ... or axe killers ... or grizzly bears ... or zombies.
So, I went out to RMAO. Have you RYAO lately?
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Woke up at 6:00.
Got dressed and headed out of the house by 6:30 to meet Donna by 6:45.
Drove down to the race site.
Parked in a neighborhood with some REALLY CUTE houses.
Stretched before the race and thought, "Wow! I feel like this race is gonna go great!"
Bell went off.
Found that in my mile 2, I hadn't stopped to walk!
Mile 4: no walking!!!
Mile 5: NO WALKING!!!
Mile 6: ok, some walking.
The race course was confusing and with very little water stops, I had to walk a little.
All in all, I felt GREAT and although I ran a 13' mile, I was pretty pleased with myself! I'm really looking forward to the next race!
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I'll run down to the road and back, that should be about 1 mile. Then I'll head up these GIGANTIC hills and back and that should total 3 miles. All together, it should be a good 4 miles.
It was a lame 3.4 miles. BOOOOOOOOOO!!! I need to measure my runs. Maybe I'll run at school before I have to leave for the day. That always seemed to work. Yes, it's hot. Yes, it's like 98 degrees hot, but I don't have a very big window to get a run in.
Yup, I've gotta do it. My 10k is right around the corner and I have my half in 2 1/2 months. I don't have a choice.
YEA! I get to run tomorrow!
(In the heat.)
(On hot pavement.)
(Better pack my fuel belt.)
WOW! What a concept! Five simple words designed to create a shift in thinking:
I GET TO RUN TODAY!
Sooooooooooooo...while I've allowed my new work schedule to keep me from training for the RnR Half Marathon, it's a pretty crazy schedule, I woke up today and said:
I get to run today!
What about you? Are you going out to RYAO?
Monday, August 15, 2011
Then I got to the hill. Not so bueno. Walked up the hill, passed up the mini road to the pit, and started back up to running again at the well. Can you tell I live in the country? hahaha
Had a pretty good jog until I got to the cattle guard. It always slows me down b/c I'm afraid my foot will slip right through those bars and my foot will get all mangled and gross. Started jogging again not long after the short incline (just before the deer feeder) then jogged all the way down the hill, past the tank, took a short walk past the gas tank and dynamite shed (not close enough to really be worried about blowing up) and up to the back deer gate. So, yes, it's REAL country, but boy is it a sight. I especially love running these roads when the miles go up and the temperatures go down. It's a beauty.
Oh, one more thing, I was apparently so excited about getting out and running that I forgot to Glide. For those of you who are runners, you'll know the significance of NOT Gliding. It totally cut my run short. *ugh*
Well, tomorrow is a XT day. I wonder what I'll do? Wednesday is a follow up run and I'm already super excited. What about you? Any plans to get out and RYAO?
Sunday, August 14, 2011
The 8k went well, I think. It felt like I ran longer than an 8K. My Nike+ said it was longer, but that thing always says I've run farther than I actually do. My knee feels pretty good. I can tell I need to start rehab again though.
I've always wondered how in the world people can drink beer after a run. I've never been able to enjoy a brew post run...until now. Yup, thanks to Alamo Beer, I had my first ever post run beer. Alamo Beer Pale Ale is pretty awesome. The weather was really hot and humid, but that beer really hit the spot.
I also just bought some new kicks! I finally went out and bought some Newton running shoes. Can't lie, they're pretty sweet. I can't wait for my run tomorrow to wear them. Is that nerdy? hahaha
Well, tomorrow I really need to get on a set schedule since my next run is a 10k. Am I nervous? Nah. I've never entered these to actually WIN. I just enter to keep myself motivated to run. Well, I also run so that I don't lose my ever lovin' mind. :-)
How about you?
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Another Saturday night and I have to run an 8K.
I haven't trained all week, I might just faint.
Oh how I wish I had laced up and gone to run.
I'm in an awful way.
Yup, tonight is the second of the Alamo Beer Challenge Running Series. I've dabbled in running over the last few weeks, but haven't gone out this week AT ALL. Am I worried? Nah. So long as I don't puke, pass out, or get hurt, I'll be happy. I've never entered these races to win any of them. I just really enjoy running.
I'll post before and after pics...stay tuned!!!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Why do I run? I run so I don't have a stupidity induced stroke caused by other people.That was my facebook post today. I had a really tough day, mentally, and could feel my positive energy getting sucked from my soul. It wasn't long before EVERYONE was getting on my nerves today. I'm not normally a negative individual, but my surroundings got the best of me today.
I couldn't wait to get home to get a run in. I was pretty beat so I took a nap for about an hour then I got up and laced up. For only the second time, Arnold (my Brittany Spaniel), came along. I was worried about the cattle guard. I wasn't sure if he'd figure out how to get over it and I was right in thinking he'd get stymied. As I approached, he looked at me, and I decided to turn around and run back to the house. It was probably for the best. He was tired and it was ONE HUNDRED degrees. Did I mention it was 9:00 pm when we got done? ONE HUNDRED!!! Jeez...
After winding down, I feel so much better...from my soul to my sole! *wink-wink*
Monday, August 1, 2011
If you're human, the answer is undoubtedly yes.
Tonight, I experienced "runner's guilt."
You know what I mean.
You know you should go out and get a run in, but you feel either too tired, too stressed, or pressed on time.
I woke up at 5:00 in the morning and had a long day of professional development with our school district. I really didn't have the motivation to run, but a facebook friend of mine is pretty good about keeping track of my runs. When he posted on my page asking about my most recent run, I decided to make up a long convoluted story about how tired I was, but then decided to get up and lace up. Sounds like a pretty good motto, huh?
So get up, lace up, and RYAO!!!
Friday, July 29, 2011
"Get up! Today is a good day for a run!"
I blinked my eyes, got out of bed.
I got dressed and put a hat on my head.
I stepped outside and boy was it HOT!
About a quarter of a mile, my run was a trot.
Yes, I walked. I walked quite a lot.
Did I mention that it was so damn hot?
Nine in the morning and 83 degrees!
No clouds in the sky and no sign of a breeze.
I forged ahead not just one mile, but two.
After two, I thanked the Lord I was through.
Walked back in the house. AHHHH...feel that cold air!
It feels wonderful as sweat drips from my hair.
I turn on my laptop to blog about my run.
It wasn't great, but it was sort of fun.
I glance at my calendar and let out an EEK!!!
I have to run an 8k in just TWO WEEKS!
I guess my goal of two miles needs adjusting.
More like four miles is what I should be shuffling.
Tomorrow I'll up my mileage from two miles to three.
But for now, I'll hit the showers. I stink! PEW-WEE!
Hope you enjoyed my little "running" poetry.
I'm off to feed my face...I'm soooo super hungry.
Now go RYAO. Stop making excuses!
And this is where I make my exit!
Saturday, July 23, 2011
I made sure I completed the two mile run. My Nike+ said I ran it in 9'26", but it's not really calibrated well and my pod is in a pouch on my shoe so it's probably not very accurate. I'm thinking of investing in some Lunar running shoes b/c they have a slot for my pod (and by a slot for my pod, I mean I've designed a really cool design for my shoe and really want to run with them on my feet).
Here is the design:
What do you think? That's it, I've decided. I'm ordering them! Woohoo! New shoes ons!!!
Now, go RYAO people!!!
Friday, July 15, 2011
1. I saw a car TOTALLY hit this deer trying to cross Loop 1604. It was HORRIBLE!!! I sort of wanted to barf after that happened. Poor little guy.
2. I ran my first in a series of 4 races tonight and it was HORRIBLE!!! I sort of wanted to barf, too. My thought was as follows...
"Oh man, I really need to burp."
"Oh man, I really hope this is just a burp."
"Oh man, please don't vomit all over the trail."
"Oh thank GOD it was only a burp."
I can't lie, taking a much needed vacation this week before the race was probably not so good for the running, but man was it good for the soul. Speaking of soul, my right sole is KILLING me. I think it might be time for some new shoes. YEA FOR SHOE SHOPPING!!!
So, I'm back on a running regimen. I'm off beer for a LONG time, which is tragic because Wurstfest is the weekend before the half marathon. I guess Matt Carr has an automatic designated driver for the night. Poor Pacheco, she's not sure if she can hold out. According to her, it's her time to "eat like crap and drink lots of beer." Then again, she's such a great runner and I doubt it'll hurt her that much. (not fair)
Well, race #2 is next month. I have quite a bit of catching up to do as far as training goes. Wish me luck! Oh, and have you gone out and RYAO lately?
Friday, July 8, 2011
Mark Goldstein on the Komen Race for the Cure, a 5-K that raises breast cancer awareness
I received that from Runner's World's "Daily Kick in the Butt." I thought about that quote and I came to the understanding that while Mr. Goldstein used his running to raise funds for breast cancer awareness/research, I use running to help others try and get fit. That was made clearer when I told a friend of mine that I had deactivated my facebook account. She was disappointed b/c she had used my RYAO running group as her source for information and such. So I directed her to this blog. The running blog that no one really reads or responds to. Maybe she will. Maybe she'll get others interested. Maybe she'll become her area ME and inspire others to get out there and run THEIR a$$es off. Who knows. I just know that even if it's only ONE person, it's something, right?
Now, get out there and RYAO!!!
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
I'm excited over the notion of motivating others to at least attempt running. We may not be great runners. In fact, we're just happy to finish a run without passing out, but we at least get out there and try. That's what's important. Improving time and all that other stuff will come.
So, how 'bout you? Why do you run? To get fit? To reach a goal? Just to prove you can? Either way, get out there and RYAO!
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Looking forward to the Morgan's Wonderland 5K. I'm trying to shave off some time so I can reach an 11' mile. That still seems like a long time, but I'm working my way down to a 9' mile. *pffffffffff
While out on my run, I saw someone riding a gator towards me. I realized it was Matt Carr. I thought to myself, "Whew, I'm glad he drove up and I was running. I hate the thought of him catching me when I'm walking. Ok, don't walk. Make it to the gate. You can do this!" Guess what? I didn't. I ALMOST did, but stopped 15 feet short or so, but I did almost sprint the last 30 feet or so. Does that make up for it? Anyone? Anyone? *sigh*
Well, I have a ton to do today. One of which is to actually SIGN UP for the Morgan's Wonderland 5K. TTFN and get out there and RYAO!!!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Just wanted to let you know that if you EVER decide to run Beach to Bay, have patience because the traffic was horrible and our plan, while well thought out, was faulty. Be prepared to do whatever is necessary to get to where you need to go even if that means you show up FIVE THOUSAND HOURS before your scheduled run time. Also, be willing to catch a ride with complete strangers (even if they look like the guy/girl you saw on America's Most Wanted the night before). Otherwise, you'll NEVER get to where you want to go. The race was tons of fun. We didn't place, OBVIOUSLY. I don't even think that we got our time registered because the course closes at 1:00 p.m. and we came in a bit after that. Sad to say that our "best efforts" weren't quite best enough. There's always next year. Our plan for next year is to try a married couples team. All we need to do is get Zarder and Pacheco to get hitched and it'll be a TRUE married couples team. hahaha
My next race is Farias 5K. That should go WAY easier!!!
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Until next time! RYAO
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I am the victor.
I am the conqueror.
I - AM - A - RUNNER!
Friday, April 1, 2011
Wish me luck! I'll post pictures soon!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Now, while some of you think that's not a big deal, it really is. I found myself sprinting to the finish line b/c I could see I was close! Post race had sausage wraps and beer, but there was no way that I could eat and drink that crap so I came home and bought a breakfast taco with a sweet tea. hahaha
Not much better, I know, but DELICIOUS!
Next race is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in April and I can't WAIT! So far I'm the only one on my team, but who cares! Now, get up, get dressed and RYAO!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
I've packed a bag and have a plan to go to the gym tomorrow. The workout plan:
1. one mile run
2. lower body work (I need to strengthen by glutes)
3. 10 minute run
4. pray to God that I have it together enough to drive myself home
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Sunday, February 6, 2011
So, TTFN and get out there and RYAO!