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Monday, May 31, 2010

Phoebe and Maddie

Every morning I wake up to the call of the phoebe.  I have never seen one where I live, but I hear them daily.
source
Sunday morning dawned and I was out the door about 5:30 a.m. for a run.  Time goal:  35-40 mins (more on this in a minute).  Running goal:  Look at all the gardens in the neighborhood for ideas.

I took off at a nice relaxing pace and stayed at a relaxed pace based on my breathing.  I listened to the birds and other animals and realized once I got a few blocks from my house I didn't hear the phoebes any longer.  I stayed in my subdivision and did my best to look at as many front yard gardens as I could.  I turned down streets that I hadn't been down in a year or two and came away with some ideas of what I want and don't want for my gardens.

I finally got back closer to my house and had to look at my watch to see my time and distance.  (This is where the 35-40 minute range comes in.)  My thought was that if the run was going well I'd keep going for a few more minutes so I could finish four miles.  OR, if I was closer to the three mile mark I'd just head home.  I looked at my watch and it said 34:xx mins and 3.55 miles.  Needless to say I kept going and finished my run with 4.2 miles.

The interesting part about my run (at least to me):  the last 3.2 miles took the same amount of time for me to run than my 5K last weekend.  The big difference, I liked Sunday morning's run.

This morning was another beautiful one so I went out on another run.  This one was different because it was Maddie's second run.
Suzy, Punky, Bugs, ADP and Maddie
While Maddie's first run went well, it was nice to run all 1.5 miles without the pit-stops.  We started with ADP and the kids and quickly went different ways because I can't keep up with ADP.  Maddie enjoyed running and did better this time staying close.  She did try to chase one squirrel, but I knew she was going to because she quickly went from 'happily running along Maddie' to 'attack the squirrel Maddie.'  I stopped, braced myself for the chase and it was over before it really began.  I think the squirrel came to it's senses!

It's time for me to go enjoy the gardens that we planted yesterday.  Stay tuned, Juneathon starts tomorrow so I'll be back everyday in June with some kind of exercise report.

Week plans:
Monday:  Maddie run (done)
Tuesday:  5 miles
Wednesday:  3 miles
Thursday:  run rest day, so probably a walk and gardening
Friday:  4 miles
Saturday:  Freihofer's Run For Women 5K
Sunday:  who knows...I have nothing planned after Freihofer's

Friday, May 28, 2010

Friday Fanfare, 5.28

Happy Memorial Day to everyone in the United States!  I hope you enjoy your long weekend (if you get one) and can do something fun, relaxing, or exercise related.  Maybe you'll do all three!

There are some people racing this weekend, and what races they are!

  • Benn's celebrating his 24th birthday and running his first ultra, the Hyland Forest 1-2-3 Trail Race
  • Jogger Blogger is running 5K
  • Courtney is running the Soldier Field 10 Miler which finished on the 50 yard line
  • Anne is running her first half marathon
  • AJH is running n the Vermont City Marathon 2-person relay
  • Jamie is running in one of the greatest cities in the US, she's running the Madison Marathon
  • Rita is running her first 5K, the Memorial Day 5K
Good Luck Racers!

Don't forget to check out all the great giveaways, they are always listed in the sidebar.  

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Need a Kick in the Butt

I'm in desperate need of a kick in the butt.  It is the time of year I really don't like when it comes to most things because it is warm, bordering on hot.  Thanks to Run, Courtney, Run for that kick, she's hosting the Juneathon 2010.  

Here is how its going to work:
1. Its a month of exercise (running, biking, swimming, etc.) and blogging. June 1st to June 30th.
2. Everyday you must do some sort of exercise and blogging. I know this might be tough especially the blogging part but I'm not asking for a big post and if you miss a day its possible you might still win. So give it a try!
3. Leave a comment here letting me know your in.
4. The person that actually blogs and exercises the most (i.e. everyday or almost everyday) will win a grand prize. TBA.
5. Two runners up will also win a prize. 
6. Go HERE to see participants and updates.
7. Make sure to post this logo on your blog and let people know your participating. You should have a link on the logo sending people HERE. The more people we get to join the more fun this can be! 



I'm in!  My posts may be short, but they'll be there.  My exercise may be as simple as a walk, but walking is exercise so I'm set.  You should check it out:

Sunday, May 23, 2010

I Ran a 5K...

This morning at 9 a.m. (or there-abouts*) I ran a 5K.  I found a 5K that let people run with jogging strollers, so I signed the family up for what I have been calling our 'Family 5K.'  The race was the 1st Annual Andy Haller Memorial 5K.  All the proceeds went to a burn unit in the area.  Like so many things, I don't know who Andy Haller was and I don't know where the Fuller Road Fire Department is, but it didn't stop me from running in the race.

We got to the race with plenty of time to spare.  It was partly cloudy and ~65F at 9 a.m. this morning.  Once ADP and I picked up our bibs we found some people to take our picture and we let the kids warm up.

Punky and Bugs warming up
ADP, Punky, Bugs, Suzy before the race
ADP pushed the stroller loaded with the kids (32# stroller + 91# of kid + wind resistance) and I did the running solo thing.  ADP started at the back of the runners and I started toward the front.  Even so, ADP creamed just about everyone there.
He started at the back of the pack and still pulled off 10th place!  (ADP just informed me that he stopped and retied his shoe during the race as well.)
My race was a little different.  I don't cream people.  I don't run fast.  I also don't like running when it is over 50F outside.  So, this was a little out of my running comfort zone.  I did my best though.

  • Mile 1:  Stuck in the middle of a bunch of emergency response personnel, 8:16/mi
  • Mile 2:  Help two different people keep going and not give up, walk up an 'ant' hill, gladly accept water from Girl Scouts, 9:45/mi
  • Mile 3:  See ADP headed to the finish and realize how warm I actually am, 9:43/mi
  • .16 mi:  I can see the finish and I hear Bugs and Punky cheering, 1:15 (7:38/mi equiv)
Garmin:  3.16 mi, 28:59
Chip:  3.1 mi, 29:01 (*no one knew the race had started due to communication error between the starting line and timers of the race, so I'm going to my 28:59)

Coming into the finish
Wiped out & swinging my arms for all they are worth so I keep moving.  Both feet are off the ground...max speed 10.7 mph
The verdict:  I'm happy with my new 5K PR of 28:59 (previous PR was 32:28)!  I can't wait to find a 5K race in the dead of winter so I can blow it out of the water.  So, when does winter start?

ADP and Suzy after the race.  I wore my Sweaty Band that I won from a Run, Courtney, Run giveaway!  It was great and didn't move at all.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Friday Fanfare, 5.21

IT'S FRIDAY!!!  Let's all celebrate another successful week and the start of the weekend.  How are you going to celebrate?  Go for a run, you say?  Great idea!  These people are racing this weekend:
  • Julie is running the Maple Grove 5K
  • Jenn is running the Fargo Half-Marathon
  • Courtney is running the Rock Your Socks Virtual 10K
  • Jill is doing the Black Bear Olympic Relay Tri (swimming leg, I think)
  • Darlene is running the SPAC Rock n Run 5K
  • ADP and I will be running a 5K on Sunday with the kids in the jogger
Good Luck!!

Don't forget to check out the giveaways on the sidebar.  I've been a little behind, so if you want your giveaway listed or a shout-out for Friday Fanfare just leave a comment!

Last night ADP participated in a 3.5 mile Workforce Challenge race.  It was hotter than we are used to (~80F).  He did awesome, if I do say so myself (I'm a little biased being his wife).  It was a self-timed event and I think he said his time was 22:30!  There were 8,500 runners and walkers.  The icing: there were lots of categories including 'male' teams of 4 and ADP was on the team that took 7th place.  So proud of my guy.  
Punky, ADP, Bugs
(New York State Capital Building in the background)
On the back of one of the team shirts was this:  "We don't run faster, we run smarter."  I liked it!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Official Results and a Catch-22

The official results from the Ragnar Relay NY are posted!  Let me tell you, we did awesome.  There were obviously some speed demons on our team, because I know I don't run all that fast.  Without further delay:

  • Overall Place: 37 out of 199 with a finishing time of 26 hours, 1 minute, 38 seconds
  • Mixed Category (our team had 6 guys and 6 gals):  14 out of 95
If you want to see some of the video (yes, we had a videographer), here it is:  Ragnar Relay Video.  13 minutes of pure fun!

The high from the race has worn off and I'm back where I was a couple weeks ago.  I slept through my alarm clock two days in a row.  I haven't run since Sunday morning.  Basically, I have no energy to run and to get more energy I need to go for a run.  My plan is to give myself until Sunday morning when I have a 5K (who knows how it'll go) and then I'll force myself back on the running mill.  I think the only way back is to run when tired, so that is what I'll do...on Monday.  Until then, I plan on getting a lot more sleep.

On a side note...
Tonight is the local workforce challenge 3.5 mile race.  There are teams from all kinds of companies running, and ADP is one of the runners this year.  The kids and I will be going to cheer him on along with the 7,000 other runners and walkers.  I already have the cowbells in my bag.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I'm Versatile!

Thanks to Molly for this award!

I'm supposed to list seven things about myself, and pass it onto 15 new blog friends.  There are so many blogs that I love, but I'm going to do my best to hit up some new blogs I've been reading.


Now, for those seven things about me:

  1. I am a pushover when it comes to almost anything doing with Bugs and Punky.
  2. I want to do a triathlon.  The challenge is that I don't really like biking.  And, I have not done any swimming since high school.  I don't think I'll be doing the triathlon any time soon.
  3. I'm hooked on the Aussie show McLeod's Daughters.  Strong women rule the outback in this show!
  4. I'm nervous about fall.  I know it will all work out, but how in the world am I going to fit student teaching, school, family, running, and keeping up with the kids?  Like I said, I know it will all work out.
  5. I love running and gardening and yet I don't like being sweaty or dirty.  
  6. I'm in love with my new running accessory:  The Stick!  What sweet relief it gives.
  7. I can't wait for fall because I'll be training for my next half marathon.  These short races are going to drive me crazy yet!
Now for some blogs that I've started reading recently (a.k.a. since the last time I tagged blogs):

Monday, May 17, 2010

48 Hours Later

I've been home for almost 48 hours and I'm still on a high from the Ragnar Relay!  I learned a few things about myself that I forgot to post previously:

  • I am now confident I can run at anytime of day
  • I don't want to see another porta-potty for a very long time
  • I like running with groups (granted, I was mostly alone when running, but was with people for the rest of the time)
  • I can run on little sleep
  • Music can help when you are running on little sleep
I slept for 13 hours when I got home and then took Maddie for her first run Sunday morning.  We took it slow and Maddie needed two pit stops.  I'm proud of my pup and her first 1.6 miler!  I know she's going to turn into a great running partner.

When I cleaned up I surprised the kids with this:
It's temporary and both kids thought it was silly that I had a tattoo.

Question:  If someone asks how long you've run what do you say?  What should I say?  I started running  12 years ago.  Took a ~year off of exercising because of school.  I ran my first 5K in 2002.  I took time off for injury and pregnancies, but always came back when well enough.  Do I say I've run 12 years?  8 years (since my first 5K)?  2 years (since the last time I was injured and had to take time off)?  I have been running, but haven't considered myself a runner until this past year so I don't know how to answer.  How long have I been a runner?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Ragnar Relay Was a Blast!

I mentioned last week that one of the Team Bear and Donuts members couldn't run the Ragnar Relay this past weekend and I took her spot.  My legs of the race were the shortest of everyones and I was very happy about it because I haven't run more than 7.5 miles since about February.  So, my goal was to have some good runs and have fun.  Here's the short of it:  the race was great, the team members are new friends, the volunteers are awesome, and sleeping in a van is not my favorite.

We all piled into the van at 6 a.m. and took off for Woodstock, NY.  I didn't know anyone in the van so it was like being the new kid at school.  It didn't take long to find some common ground (other than running, that is):  football!  We all know how I love football.  When we got to the start we checked in, I had to do a little paperwork to be on the team and then it was time.  I was running leg #4, 16, and 28 so I had some time before running.
The starting line

 the van
Finally it was my turn to run.  I handed my camera off to a teammate and got ready.  I had seen the map of where I was running, but I didn't even have a clue as to where we were so I did what I could.  I also don't train on hills and boy were there hills.  Run #1:  2.7 miles, total elevation gain:  266 feet, total elevation loss:  291 feet, net change:  -25 feet.  The elevation gain started at .5 mi and ended about a mile later.  I started at 10:17 a.m. under cloudy skies and who knows what temp.
 proof that I stretch
 Oh my...there's a video camera rolling!
 I'm off.  Garmin on one wrist.  Orange Ragnar Relay official wrist baton on the other wrist.

  • Mile 1:  11:20 min mile
  • Mile 2:  9:53 min mile
  • Mile 3:  9:04 min mile (really .71 mi in 6:23.83)
I finished and was happy to be done!
    Every six miles there was a major exchange.  Van 1 and van 2 met up and I finally saw Amanda.  It was a bummer we were in different vans, but we made due by txting back and forth.  

     Suzy and Amanda

    I ate some great perogies at a little church where they didn't speak English to each other, but were treating the runners great.  Homemade perogies are delicious!  Once we all ate we went to the next major exchange and rested in the grass for a while.  I don't think I actually slept, but I did rest as much as possible because leg two was coming up quickly.

    My second run was 5.8 miles and started just after the sun set.  We had to wear extra reflective gear (vest, head lamp and butt blinker).  I was in town for this run and part of it was on a nice bike trail.  There was a baseball game going on (the kids looked to be in late elementary school) and I really wanted to stop and watch because it was warm and muggy.  This leg was primarily flat, except the pesky hill at mile 4.75 and the hill to the chute (which was unexpected).  
    • Mile 1:  9:43 min mile starting at 7:52 p.m.
    • Mile 2:  9:31 min mile
    • Mile 3:  10:30 min mile
    • Mile 4:  10:00 min mile
    • Mile 5:  10:47 min mile
    • Mile 6:  11:47 min mile (really .89 mi in 10:39 min)

     So happy to be done with two runs
    Things got interesting when everyone in van 1 finished with our second runs.  A high priority was to find some food.  We stopped at the Metro 84 Diner and it was the slowest diner I've ever been to.  I may have been tired and hungry, but waiting ~45 minutes for diner food was a bit long.  We went to the next major exchange (with a few driving direction mishaps along the way).  I managed to get a little sleep in the car before my run, but sleeping in a moving minivan doesn't equate to the best couple hours of sleep I've ever had.

    My last run was a nice easy 3.1 miles with only a few hills.  It was still before 7 a.m. so I had to wear all the night gear, but I was lucky because I was running while the sun was rising!  It was cool with a nice breeze to boot.  My run started at 5:25 a.m.

    • Mile 1:  9:43 min mi
    • Mile 2:  9:46 min mi
    • Mile 3:  9:52 min mi
    • 0.1 mi:  1:23 min
    Since the sun was coming up so I ran with my camera.  I decided to take a few pictures along the way and it wasn't until the last mile that it was light enough for me to take pictures.  


    the best sign on the course!
     a nice running route
     all decked out ready for the finish line
     DONE

    The team planned great and rented a hotel room at the next major exchange!  I took a hot shower and put on clean clothes; it was amazing.  I napped for a little while, ate a huge Belgian waffle and then we headed to the finish line.  I don't know how long we were there, but when our final racer was coming up to the finish line we got to join him and we all ran across the finish line together!

     a table of medals
     5.7 ounces of fun running
     Amanda and I showing off the new bling

    I can't wait to see the video that is being compiled.  I can only imagine it will be a keeper!  When I get any info on how the team did as a whole I'll post about it.  My takeaway from this experience:  if I ever have the opportunity to do another Ragnar Relay I won't even think twice about it - I'm in!!

    Friday, May 14, 2010

    Friday Fanfare, 5.14

    I have to admit it, I'm writing this early because as this gets posted I'll be on my way to a race.  So, I'm sorry if I missed anyone.

    Welcome to the new followers!!  I love your comments and suggestions.  I love reading what you have going on.  If I haven't stopped by your blog, I apologize...please leave me a comment and I'll get there in short order (once I'm back from the Ragnar Relay).

    May is turning into a busy month for racing.  It is great to see so many racing.  My favorite posts are race reports, so don't forget to put yours up after your race.  For those not racing, I hope you have a great run (or two) this weekend!


    • Ragnar Relay Team B.A.D. who will be racing 184.8 miles over two days from Woodstock to New York City
    • Darlene is running the Vascular Birthmark Foundation 5K
    • Badgergirl is running the Cellcom Green Bay Half (have fun running through Lambeau Field!!!)
    • Courtney is running the Chicago Spring Half Marathon
    • Jenny is is running the Bay To Breakers 10K
    Good luck to all the racers and runners this weekend.  Get out there and enjoy yourself.

    Thursday, May 13, 2010

    Tomorrow's Coming Quickly

    Tomorrow is coming quickly!!  I mentioned that I am now part of a Ragnar Relay team and it hit me during the night that the race starts tomorrow.  I was going to get up and do a few easy miles this morning...but decided not to because the race is tomorrow.  As in the van leaves by 6 a.m. tomorrow morning.


    I have figured out a few things about the race and my legs.  My goals today are to pack, garden, and get to Fleet Feet to buy a few last minute things.  I started making piles last night of everything I want to take along.  Now the challenge is to get it all in the backpack I have chosen to take.  Yes, I'd like to lug along a full suitcase.  I'd even settle for one of the kids' small suitcases.  But I'm realistic - we're in a minivan and there is only so much room for people, running gear, food, and extra stuff.  So, I'm going to keep the extra stuff to a minimum (if I can).

    Minimum isn't doing without in my mind.  I'll still have a slew of toiletries to try to keep a little clean.  Three running outfits.  Lounging clothes for the sections we aren't running.  Clean clothes for the end and drive home.  Not to mention a pillow, food, towel and blanket if I can fit it in the pillowcase.  My word, minimum is turning into lots!

    Here are some estimates Amanda was nice enough to send me and what I looked up.

    • Leg 1:  ~10 a.m., 2.7 miles, first mile is ~300 foot climb and then some more hills after.  55F with little chance of rain.
    • Leg 2:  ~7 p.m., 5.8 miles, looks like it is in a town with some ups and downs.  It will coming up on sunset so I will be decked out in reflective gear and lights.  ~70F with who knows what chance of rain (one site said 30% and another said 70%).
    • Leg 3:  ~4 a.m., 3.1 miles, running through another town.  Relatively flat!  ~54F (at least 54 is the low during the night), 30% chance of rain.
    I'll be back sometime on Saturday and I'm sure I'll crash from exhaustion once I'm home.  I'm taking my camera so be prepared for some pictures.  Unfortunately, Amanda and I are in different vans - but we'll get pictures at the big exchanges when we are both there!

    I couldn't do this without ADP.  Thanks for rearranging your schedule, honey.

    Tuesday, May 11, 2010

    One Line Changed My Weekend

    I read one thing on Facebook and all of a sudden I'm changing my weekend plans.  No longer so I get to have a relaxing run on Friday, deal with preschool and kindergarten, enjoy Friday Family Fun.  No longer am I working on Saturday morning, booking it to coach soccer, picnicking for lunch and then watching a soccer game.

    I'm taking someone's spot on the Ragnar Relay NY.  We leave Friday at 6 am.  HELP!  What do I need to take???  Advice?  Comments?  Questions?  On the other hand, please...no questions.

    By the way:  I'M EXCITED!!!

    Brain Exchange, V. 7

    Stop by Finishing Is Winning if you want to get in on the fun!
    Topic:  Music
    Question:  Do you listen to music when you work out?  When you race?  What are you top ten favorite songs to get pumped up to?
    I used to listen to music every time I ran outside, but I stopped last summer.  When I looked up the info for my first half marathon I saw that headphones were not allowed and the course was open to traffic, so I stopped running with my music.  The surprising part is that I started enjoying my outdoor runs even more.  When I'm on the treadmill I watch TV because music doesn't cut it.  
    I have run a few times this spring with music, but it was more for my mental well being than  to help my running.  I tend to work through everything going on in life while I'm running and I needed a break from all my thinking - music helps.  I don't have a top 10.  My favorite songs are all country and there aren't a lot of country songs that are fast enough to help keep a good cadence.

    Monday, May 10, 2010

    Every Few Months...

    It happens to me every few months; I can only describe it as a funk.  I have no energy.  I'm tired.  My head hurts.  I don't even want to run.  (GASP!)  So, I've been taking it easy in all aspects of life.  I slept 11 hours a night a few times last week and I'm still tired.  I haven't posted because all I had to say last week was:  I'm tired.  I only ran three times last week and I'm still tired.  I really wish there was a sure-fire way to get out of this lull.  I'll get there, it'll just take time.  Until then, bear with me.

    I pulled myself out of bed at 4:45 this morning and I stared at my treadmill for a few minutes before talking myself into getting on.  Thank goodness for Friday Night Lights (we don't have cable, so I've had to wait for this season).  I love football, even made-for-TV football with lots of drama.  I managed to get in 5.75 miles before calling it quits this morning.  I started at 6.0 mph and upped it 0.2 mph every mile and finished the last 1/2 mile at 7.0 before cooling off (I love walking at the end!!).

    Other than running things are going well.  I had a great Mother's Day!!  My kids and ADP did well and let me sit on the couch reading a lot of the day.  I loved being curled up with a vampire novel.  Maddie is doing really well with the family.  She has settled into our routine and enjoys our daily walks.  I also found out about one of my fall student teaching placements for fall - a great suburban high school about 35 minutes away.  I know I have to student teach yet, but I'm ready to count down to my December 2010 graduation.  I didn't know I was this ready to be done with my master's degree!

    This week (if I can find the energy):
    Monday:  5 miles (DONE, 5.75 mi)
    Tuesday:  7 x 400s
    Wednesday:  rest
    Thursday:  5 miles
    Friday:  4 miles
    Saturday:  rest
    Sunday:  7 miles

    Friday, May 7, 2010

    Friday Fanfare, 5.7

    Welcome to May!  What a wonderful month it is going to be.  First up this month is Mother's Day on Sunday.  I don't know what you have planned, but I'm going to call my mom and let her know I love her.  I wouldn't be where I am now without her unconditional love and support!  Love ya, Mom.  Now that I'm a mom myself I've been busy going to Mother's Day Tea Parties this week.  I love watching the kids' sing and hear what they have to say about me.  I hope I can be as good to them as my mom is to me.

    This weekend also has a lot of races going on.  I know some local bloggy friends are running in a Mother's Day race.  For anyone running or racing this weekend, have a great one!  I can't wait to read all about it next week.

    • JenLo and her 12 year old daughter are running a 5K for the Make A Wish Foundation (it's the daughter's FIRST 5K!)
    • Beth is running the Colorado Marathon
    • Heidi is running the Vancouver Sun Run 10K
    • Darlene is running the Mother's Day 3.5 miler on her birthday (Happy Birthday, Darlene)
    • Amanda is running the Mother's Day 3.5 miler
    • Felice is running the Mother's Day 3.5 miler
    • AJHis running the Sunshine Run 5K
    • Emily is running the Packers Running Festival Half Marathon
    • Marcia is running the Mother's Day 5K
    • Sami is running the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half Marathon

    Good luck to all the runners and racers!!  Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.

    If you want to be included in a future edition, leave a comment and let me know what you have going on.

    Sunday, May 2, 2010

    A Busy and Fun Weekend

    This weekend was a busy one and it is the first of many.  Spring sports have started so we are at the soccer and baseball fields almost all day Saturday.  I'm helping coach Punky's soccer team (a.k.a. corralling eleven 4 and 5 year olds).
    This morning I slept in (which is 7:30 for me) and tooled around home before going out on my run.  It was 73F when I headed out.  I haven't run outside in weather over 50F since last fall and it was a shock to my system.  I put my garmin on my fuel belt so I couldn't easily see it - today i was running by feel.  
    I'm no longer wearing my New Balance shoes for running.  They gave me enough blisters to last a lifetime so they are retired to errand running.

    I took off and before the first mile was done I had sweat dripping off my nose and chin.  Have I mentioned that I love winter?  Well, I do and I want it back...NOW!  Since Mother Nature isn't going to listen and send a freak snowstorm my way, I ventured on.  
    Today's run took me through four different subdivisions.  They were all built about a decade apart so the houses were 40, 30, 20, and 10 years old depending on what part of my run I was on.  It was fun to see the differences in the subdivisions in the spring.  One of the best part about the subdivision I live in is that the builder made sure to leave the mature trees up when he build the houses!  We have lots of beautiful trees which means lots of shade.
    I dropped the camera off at home after 3 miles and went on my way after getting a quick picture of myself.  I wore my new Running Skirts Mesh Tank that I won.  It was perfect for today.  And yes, I used lots of sunscreen!  I also wore my Yurbuds running for the first time!  I love them.
    Since I was running by how I felt, I had no idea of my pace.  I just listened to my heart rate and breathing and adjusted accordingly.  I was pleasantly surprised when I got home to see my 7.07 mile run had an ave pace of 10:16/mi.  I was expecting 11+ because of the heat and different time of day!  


    I hope you had a great weekend too!

    Saturday, May 1, 2010

    Diva Night Was Great

    My plan for the evening was to catch up with friends (they were sick and didn't make it...missed you!!), buy socks and a new sports bra.  What I didn't expect was to get so much while I was there!  Here's the loot that I got free:

    Well, not everything is pictured because I wore the Feetures! Light socks on my run this morning so I put the empty packaging in the picture.  (Free socks means no money spent for socks!)

    I took advantage of the representatives from Moving Comfort and was measured for a new bra.  Yup, I needed a new one.  I ended up getting one that doesn't have velcro, hooks, or a zipper.  So, how do you get a racerback sports bra off after running?  I haven't worn one of these things since I was in college and getting it off this morning was a workout in itself.  Did I happen to mention I got 15% off the bra?  Well, I did.  

    In addition to the goodies, there was wine, cheese, fruit, crackers, cookies, and mints.  I didn't get a caricature or massage, but I did get to talk to a lot of great women while I was looking around.  Throughout the night they did a lot of giveaways.  Every number around mine (063) had been called so I figured I wouldn't get anything...the odds were against me.  I was wrong - my number was called and I won a gift certificate for a CW-X bra!  FREE BRA!!  I have to fill in the paperwork and order it through the mail (yes, snail mail).  Who cares if it will take 4-6 weeks...it's a free bra.  Those things can be expensive and I'm getting one free.

    Woo hoo for a great night out.  Thanks to Fleet Feet for hosting.