No connection

I didn’t get internet at the new house yet.  I was trying to hold off on things I don’t need like cable and internet.  Honestly, I haven’t missed it except for wanting to blog.   I had to email some pictures to my BFF, so that required a trip to Starbucks with the laptop.

Sheesh, where have I been?

  • Got completely moved into the new house minus my dishes, I need to go grab those Thursday.
  • My kitties LOVE the new house.
  • I have a kick ass backyard and I am dying to make it my own.  I need a grill, and a chair, and a chiminea, and a bird bath, and some new flowers.  Yeah, I foresee a lot of time and money spent on the yard.
  • I already tried to lure birds to my feeder.  They haven’t really come yet.  I love watching birds.  Almost as much as Missy and Chanel do.
  • I volunteered at Austin marathon expo again.   It was good but exhausting.  And I got sick 😦
  • Helped a couple from Mexico get engaged at the Marathon Expo on Friday night.  It was so cute!
  • I ran the Austin half for the first time.  It was a last minute decision.  I did ok considering I had very tired feet and legs and it was HOT.  Plus I haven’t been running a lot.  It’s one of my slower races, but it was faster than 2 hours.  Probably the 2nd hardest course I’ve ever run.  I felt great though.  I don’t even feel like I ran.
  • I’ve not really cooked in my new kitchen yet, I haven’t really been there much.  And I need to buy a microwave! And groceries.
  • I am on a break from work.  Ok, I worked half a day today remotely.  I spent majority of the day on the couch. Tomorrow I am doing NOTHING except making myself incredibly happy.
  • I have taken more leave this work year than I have in years added together.  I am finally learning how to relax.
  • I am loved.  It’s a great feeling.  I am not sure someone has ever loved and appreciated me so much.  It brings a tear to my eye to write that.  I can’t get enough.  I want more than I can have.

It’s a big couple of months.  I want to run one more half marathon this season.  I have travel coming up for work and a busy schedule.  LUNA season is starting in April, trip to SF to start that off.  And hopefully spending time on getting my house and yard in order.  And my personal life, yeah, hopefully working on aspects of that too.

Giving back

I can’t believe it’s taken me  a week to post about the 2013 Austin Marathon.  Like always, I volunteered, no running.  I’ve never run Austin, don’t know I ever plan to.  Every year when it’s all said and done, I FEEL like i’ve run one, no joke.  Long hours, no real breaks, and standing all weekend long.  But every bit of it is fun and rewarding.

This is when the expo first opened as people started flooding in.  20,000 runners over 2 days.

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I love the energy of the expo and talking to all of the runners.  This year I was t-shirt exchange lead in packet pickup.  I had AWESOME volunteers.  Mostly college kids (had the UT Lasso’s, premed fraternity, and a few other groups).  And I made a new friend from San Diego (him and his buddies came from California with a friend who was running).  Hi Larry!photo 4

The most interesting and humbling experience?  Majority of the race packets were put together by visually impaired men and women.  I wasn’t sure how that was going to work out, but it did.

I overheard 2 of the girls from UT’s LASSO group saying how awesome I was (I was behind the curtain).  Woohoo, the kiddos liked me 🙂photo 3

My buddy Megan is the packet pick-up captain and she does a damn good job at it.  I recruited AK this year to join the leaders team.2013 marathon expo, ak mk mb

I will certainly be back next year!  I can’t wait!

Race Review: Austin Marathon Relay

It’s been a week since I’ve blogged, but it’s been a SUPER hectic week.  More birthday stuff for Stacey, race, Girl Scouts, run, Dan came home from Germany, huge changes at work, etc.  Heck of a week.

I ran Austin Marathon Relay for the 4th time on Sunday.  For the first time ever, I ran a 10 K leg.  I’ve always run a 5K because I am usually deep into San Antonio marathon training around this time of year.  Since I’m not training for anything and we had a few minor injuries, I took a 10K leg.  (the legs are 12K, two 10K, two 5K).

One of our teams had a no-show.  So we shuffled running order, so I would run one of the 10K legs for TWO teams.  I was nervous about this.  I don’t run 10Ks.  I don’t like the distance and can’t get the pace down.  Before Sunday, i’d only run two in my life and they were part of a race series in 2008.  I knew our other team was just happy to have a complete team, but I knew my regular team is competitive.

A major accident had happened on the course overnight, so the race started about an hour late.  The race had already pushed the start time back to 8 instead of the usual 7:30.  So by time we started, it was getting warm.  The later legs you ran, the hotter it got.  Granted, it wasn’t in the 100s like it was last year, but it was pretty warm.

Not my smartest run race, no strategy at all.  I ran a little faster than i’d planned, especially for the heat.  I ran a huge PR, but then again, that probably wasn’t hard, since it was only my 3rd 10K ever. (my mom is so fired from taking race photos!)Our teams took 4th, 6th, and 12th in open women out of over 60 teams in the division.   I was on the 4th and 6th place teams.  We had a lot of relay first timers, including my sister, who was on the 12th place team and ran her first 10k ever.

Most everyone from our 3 teams.  So proud of everyone!

Untrained Marathon

One of the local radio personalities, Lunchbox, is running a marathon this morning with ZERO training.

He’s not just trying to finish, but trying to beat his co-worker’s marathon time of 4:45.  He saw people running this past weekend at Livestrong that he knows he could beat, so he decided today he’d tackle 26.2.  I think he even used the word easy.

Read and follow more here , see live updates here or listen to their broadcast on I HEART RADIO (96.7 Kiss FM).

Thoughts?

Personally I don’t think he’ll make it the whole way through, but that’s just me.  If the physical strain doesn’t get him, the mental will.

Austin Marathon weekend

This past weekend was one of my “give back events.”  What the Austin Marathon means to me is volunteering.  I volunteer every year and i’ve never run the event.  I love being involved on the volunteering side, just like for Decker Half Marathon.

The slogan may have been eat, run, sleep, repeat.  But this weekend was volunteer, volunteer, volunteer.  I went downtown on Friday and stayed until late Saturday.  I had a great time and loved it, but man, not used to standing so much.  I felt like i’d run a marathon after the first 2 days of standing for 12 hour days.

This was the first year I’ve done packet pick-up which was incredibly fun and fast paced (so much so, that I never even got to look at the expo, which I heard was awesome).  Plus I was a team lead, which was super cool, thanks Megan! (here she is assigning our first crew). 

My job for the weekend

The masses in for their packets.  Friday was pretty steady, Saturday was SLAMMED! I was one of 2 team leads for the half marathon pick-up. 

I was more than exhausted after the weekend, but well worth it!  Now on to Waco for work for most of the week!

Race Report: RNR San Antonio

This was my 4th Rock and Roll San Antonio.  I ran the full the first 3 years.  Registered for the full a year ago, but opted late in the week to downgrade to the half.

After an emotional struggle with my decision, I woke up feeling ok with the choice I made on race morning.  I ate my mocha brownie oats, laced up my shoes, and drove through super thick fog to SA to be dropped at the start.

The start seemed easier to navigate this year, which was nice.  I went and dropped my bag after hitting the port-a-potty line.  I then set out to find AK, who I never spotted (apparently she moved to corral 1). 

RNR really needs to police those corrals a little better.  They really did the first 2 years.  I noticed before we started yesterday, there were people that should have been in corral 30 or further with no bib-change tags.  That’s a HUGE difference in pace.  I am glad none of them were in front of me.

The new start was nice, diverted us completely away from the train tracks and past SAFD command and station #1.  Loved seeing the firemen and EMTs cheering the runners with their cups of coffee in hand.

The on-course music was good, water stops were good, the congestion wasn’t bad on the course (but I started closer to the front than I ever have).  I drank at every single water station to be on the safe side.

I saw friends from Austin cheering at miles 0, 4, 9, and 13.  My parents were at mile 9.5 (dad didn’t want to break their Guenther House breakfast tradition).  I don’t think i’ve ever done a half with many people I knew cheering on the course, this was uplifting.   My parents said they were very worried about me, but after they saw me round the corner they were cheering at, they knew i’d be fine 🙂

I felt good the whole race.  Had to slow myself in the middle, because I was speeding up too much and I wasn’t sure what the weather was going to do.  I was dripping with sweat at mile 2, but it remained overcast until mile 10, when mother nature really turned up the heat.  When she turned it up, so did I (with caution).

I find it amusing that the Mission that is on the medal is one that the half marathoners don’t even run by on their course.  The only Mission on the half course is the Alamo.

What is more San Antonio than taking post-race photo in Bill Miller’s dining room?

I met my mom (who walked over from mile 9.5 to meet me after the finish) and my dad, who drove to pick us up there.  And yes, I had a tea.

We eventually went to Central Market to browse, then mapped a route for my mom to do her longest long run of the season next Saturday, then off to lunch.  Paloma Blanca, which is where we’ve gone every year after RNR SA, now it’s tradition 🙂  Mom says she wants to keep the tradition next year when it’s her decision where we eat.

I’m usually showered before lunch, but because I didn’t stay at a hotel, I had to settle for some wet wipes and changing in my car on IH-35 while my mom drove.  That was interesting, but I didn’t have a choice, my race clothes were sopping wet.

I’d have to say, this is one of the most enjoyable race days i’ve had (minus the weather).  I ran comfortable and happy most of the way.  I am not sure how I remained so calm and collected the whole time, after being stressed all week about having to downgrade.  I am content that I decided to run the half and I gave it my best effort.

Where are the glitter and rainbows?

This weekend has not been anything like RNR SA marathon weekends in the past.  Some of the differences are good (like lots of family time), the way i’m feeling is not 😦  Fingers crossed I at least feel good enough to run SOMETHING tomorrow.

Friday morning I tried to sleep in, since I haven’t been sleeping at night, but my body just said no and I got out of bed before 5 am.  My mom went to the gym about 7 and at 8:30 we left for San Antonio.  Ran errands first, getting supplies for Girl Scouts, work, and this weekend.

Then over to the expo.  We got there right as it opened.  I picked up my packet, got a corral change, and we headed past the race merch (it’s pricey and I don’t need any of that stuff).  Let me say, super early is the only way to go!  Even though Friday was a holiday, mom and I were able to look for 2 hours and not be swallowed up by the hoards of people.

While we were there I found 2 new Gluten Free companies which was cool, bought a custom fit pair of headphones, some cute magnets for my office (I have a collection of all types on my filing cabinet), another headband, and some Nuun.  I did NOT sign up for any races and certainly did not sign up to do San Antonio again.  But, I will be back next year, as a cheerleader.  My mom took advantage of the expo pricing and signed up for 2012.  I’m happy, that gives her a long-term goal 🙂

Speaking of long-term goals, we’ve known we were going to do Dallas Whiterock Half since March, been registered since June.  She’s SOOOO excited about it.  Makes me smile.  I think she tells everyone she sees, lol!  She talked the ear off of the girl working that race’s booth yesterday 🙂

After the expo, we were starving.  Headed over to Green Vegetarian, which is one of my favorite local San Antonio restaurants.  I’ve been to cooking classes there before and have eaten there many times.  You may also remember me saying the owner lost weight on Weight Watchers.  True story.  Anyhow, we had a terrific lunch.

They have about 4-5 Gluten Free options on their menu.  I was torn between the Green Bowl, the italian enchiladas, or the Kale wrap.  The kale wrap had pecan hummus (new to me), sprouts, tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, cranberries, and broccoli.  I had quinoa tabbloueh and broccoli as my sides.

Mom had a classic sandwich and a garden salad.  That grainy bread looked SO good.  I think her sandwich had avocado, sprouts, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers (she gave me those), and bell pepper.  That was one of the most colorful and best looking garden salad’s I have seen, lol!

After lunch, we ran even more errands, then came home…well sorta.  Came to my parents house and realized my dad went hunting and accidentally locked us out.  I told my mom she shouldn’t take her purse to the expo, so she didn’t.  But she also didn’t throw house keys into my bag.  OOPS.   We wound up heading over to Bill Miller’s BBQ and had a pretty great dinner.  While we were eating, my dad came back and gave us the keys, then took off the food i’d ordered him, because he needed to put his deer in the cooler.

In the meantime, Dan calls.  Customs and immigration in Mexico City took too long and he missed his flight.  He had to buy another plane ticket, buy a hotel, and settle for coming home Saturday morning.

Saturday.  A lot of nothing.  Mom did her long run, I sat around and worked on cutting a million pieces of paper for Girl Scouts.

Then I took off to hang out with my dad and do really country stuff like cut meat, get flat tires from mesquite trees (better his truck, than my foot), and eat some Parisa for a snack.  It’s actually not bad on Almond Thins, lol.

Only 2 places in town sell Parisa these days, so I went to Dziuk’s Meat Market and got a quarter pound of the spicy to share with dad.  The girl looked at me like I was nuts when I only wanted a small portion.  If you don’t know what it is, yes, it’s exactly what it looks like.

Apparently my dad really wanted to go to the race or really wanted the pancakes they eat before the race every year at the  Guenther House (mile 9.5).  So we changed our plans 2-3 times.  Final decision was to cancel the hotel, spend the night here, and just let someone drop me at the start.  Then mom and dad enjoy their breakfast at mile 9.5.

I heard from Dan again.  His flights got jacked again on Saturday morning.  He made it back to Austin around 1 pm.  Last I heard, he had a date with our couch for an extended nap, instead of going to watch football.  Certainly wasn’t going to bother him.  Good thing we decided he’d stay in Austin, i’d feel horrible if he still had to drive 2 hours tonight to SA.

Tried on my clothes for the race tomorrow.  I look like heck, but there isn’t much I can do.  I am so swollen and bloated, I look like a blowfish 😦   I’ve been trying to relax as much as a I can, trying to alleviate whatever is triggering the episode. (probably my worrying that’s doing it).  The worst part isn’t how I physically look, it’s how my bib looks.  They don’t give you a new one if you decide to downgrade.  I know it’s silly, but the black marathon bib is a reminder that I’m not running what I trained for and all of the reasons why.

I’m not usually nervous, but i’m certainly nervous about tomorrow.  Vicious cycle I think.  I will be calm, I will be calm….Maybe dinner and a bath will help that 🙂

Missy Fit

I’m having a hard time accepting changes this week, hence my “Missy Fit”. 

I’d been feeling pretty good (relatively speaking) for the last few weeks, until this week.

Still waiting for my last 2 labs.  Blood cortisol was 3 weeks ago, salivary 3 night was a week ago.  I’m sure nothing has changed on my levels, because I am sleeping even worse now.  Can’t believe that’s even possible.  I’ve gone to bed even earlier than normal everyday this week and don’t feel any more rested 😦

I need to have another BODPOD done.  I’ve lost so much muscle it’s sad, I want to find out just how much (so I can show the Drs.).  I haven’t gained any weight, but my body looks horrible.  I was once proud of my legs and arms, now I want to cover everything up in embarrassment. 

My coworkers keep coming to work sick, which I don’t understand and irritates me.  With me having all types of other issues, the last thing I need is to get their virus, cold, or flu.  Not sure how my immune system would fight anything at this point.

Work is completely stressing me out.  Certain persons aren’t doing their job, which creates messes for me to fix. 

My biggest fit is about RNR San Antonio on Sunday.  I trained for the full, I want to run the full.  But after speaking to more experienced runners, a coach (friend), my family, and a Dr., I have made the decision to downgrade to the half.  I kicked and screamed at this.  I’m already trained up.  But I’m running high risk to my health by running the whole thing.   After thinking about it all week, I backed down and accepted what needed to happen. 

I know I shouldn’t be upset about it, especially since I don’t even really like the race (other than the fact it’s in my hometown and has lots of historical sights on the route).   I’ve made the firm decision that next year, I will go as a cheerleader if my mom wants to run the race.  This is my 4th year doing that race, maybe it’s time to move on.

Taking advantage of the hotel and weekend planned, even though my race plans have changed.  Heading home to spend time with my parents tonight, expo and girl time with mom tomorrow.   Saturday mom and I will head to SA in the PM, have dinner, and stay in the hotel. 

Dan is still in Brazil, won’t be back until midnight on Friday.  He’s probably going to need most of Saturday to recover from his trip.  So he’d be coming to SA for less than 24 hours.  We decided he’d stay at home.  I know that sounds weird, but he doesn’t usually go to most races and I know he’s going to be super exhausted. 

We made plans for a date night for Sunday evening instead:-)  Bring on some tasty food and the DVR we have saved to watch together!

Freaky fast

Like faster than Jimmy John’s freaky fast sandwich delivery.  And it was HOT.

Here is a little bit about Saturday’s race winner.

Scott Rantall wins Frankenthon

Amazing, I doubt I can even run 1 mile at his pace. I couldn’t help but smile….even when he lapped me, lol.

Ok so now you know I didn’t win 😉  It was a victory for me in many ways.  I made it through my last 20 miler (ok, it was more than that), I felt the best i’ve ever felt in that distance, and I feel GREAT afterwards.  Tiny bit stiff Saturday, barely sore yesterday or today.

Now to focus on recovery.  I know my body is still not well, but this gives me great hope.  If I can keep feeling well and staying in 1 piece.  There have been days where I couldn’t even function properly and then to have 2 great running experiences in a row?  Yeah, I’m all smiles right now.