Sunday, November 13, 2011

Shaved off time!!!

I am soooooo excited! I shaved 29 minutes off my half marathon time! I guess not making a MILLION potty stops makes a difference. My feet almost detached from my ankles right about mile 11, but I managed to keep it together 'til the end.

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

A running legend

As I shopped at the RNRSA Expo, I looked over my shoulder and saw MARSHALL ULRICH! I could not believe my eyes! I felt sort of crazy and nerdy asking if he'd be willing to take a picture with me, but I am sooooooo glad I did! I can only HOPE that a small percentage of his running energy was transferred to me during this exchange. If so, then I should have a GREAT run tomorrow. I'll keep you updated...

Night before race day

T'was the night before race day
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
yelling, "RYAO!!!"


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Oh alright!!!

I woke up feeling pretty terrible. My mind started racing through all the reasons why I should wimp out of running my half on Sunday (my back hurts, it's a long distance, 3:00 is EARLY) then I get this email:

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


Indulge me for a moment, won't you?

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


That's the only way I can describe my attitude during this morning's run. It's about in the mid to upper 60s and super duper humid. I could only run 1.5 miles. I wimped out and came home. NOT what I was trying to accomplish today, but I at least went out and ran, right? How about you? Get out and RYAO people!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wurst 5 Mile Run

It wasn't 28 degrees, but mid 40s is still pretty chilly. Nothing like running a slow and steady 5 miles to warm me up. Our group almost got plowed by a deer (thank goodness it wasn't a BUCK), but we made it back safely. Didn't get to stick around for the free beer and sausage, but breakfast with Ashton and Patti was well worth it. I can't believe that I have 8 days until my half marathon. Am I nervous? AB-SO-LUTE-LY!!! But as I've always said it, I'm not in it to win it. I'm in it to finish it. I've been following the Becca Vachon half marathon training plan so I hope to do well. Note to self: wake up early, eat a good breakfast, and take a towel to lay on the sidewalk until my corral is set to go. I need to find a race for December and January. Any ideas?