Sunday, March 22, 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009


It's already Friday and the big run is almost over. I hope you guys are getting all of your miles in!

I don't know if you all get a chance to watch The Biggest Loser, but it's one of my favorite shows right now. This week all of the contestants ran a 1/2 marathon! These are people who are not nessecerily "runners" or that have been training specifically for that type of work. They're all still overweight, but THEY DID IT! and every single one felt so accomplished and proud of their efforts! I hope that you all feel the same way after your 1/2 or whole marathon week, and think about signing up for the REAL deal. I think you'd be surprised at what you can accomplish!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shrimp on the Bar-b

I'm adding Kira to the list of 1/2-ies. Hurrah!

Just to help you out with your route, check out the left side bar with "make a route" and you'll be able to get the right numbers without having to drive you car around or wear a pedometer. Hurrah!

On your mark. Get set.

START TOMORROW! ---oh, that kind of sounds bad, like you're "going to start tomorrow" on that diet, being organized, exercise program. However, I know I'm going to be ultra busy tomorrow babysitting 6 kids....sooooo, make sure you start your 1/2 or whole marathon TOMORROW! Go ahead and comment your miles! Have fun!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Time Flies, do you?

Whoozer! March Marathon week is NEXT WEEK!

Here's what I've got:

Full 26.1 miles of glory- Jeni, Anna, LeeAnn, Keri

The Halfy, still glorious!-Hannah, Betina

You still have time to sign up....

Walk it or run it, you have from March 16th to March 22 to get your miles in. Keep me posted on where you're at, how you're feeling, and how you end up.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

FREE running stuff

To pick up your free running stuff, just follow behind a marathon race that begins at 7:30am in the bitter freezing cold. Around mile 4 the runners begin to peel off gloves. Mile 6-7 long sleeve shirts (I, however, wore Kathy Ireland the whole way...isn't she a beaut!). Mile 10 ear warmers. That's a lot of great free gear, wash before wearing.

I just got home from Dallas after running in the Ft. Worth Cowtown marathon. Over about 17,800 runners participated in the 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon, marathon, and ultra marathon. 4,000 running in the marathon itself. I had a great time (as you can see) and was pleased with my performance. I was a bandit again do to lack of funding, but I've been offered several sponsors for my next race, so I'll have to give up my low-life running. Normally I would sit on my hiney until race time, instead I had to jump out of our car that was stuck in traffic and jog a mile just to get to the start. Luckily Jake was at the wheel or I would have missed the race entirely. I stuck to my racing plan of go out slow and speed up (pretty detailed plan). It was like pulling teeth to keep myself at a slow pace in the beginning, but I was thankful for it in the end when I still had a lot left and cranked out the last few miles. It was a COLD race and SUPER windy...I guess that goes with the "range" though. The head cold and the actual cold didn't really effect me too much, I just felt pretty good the whole time. I've got to tell you though, I sure love a good crowd. Lots of spectators came out to watch and cheer, just having people and music and fun going on quickens my stride. Thank you CROWD! The last 4 miles were pretty desolate and boring though, as most people were waiting at the finish line.

I ended up with a 3:27. There was a real finisher girl who had almost exactly the same time as me with some extra seconds. With the additional gun time, I'm not sure where that would have placed us, but since I didn't see her ahead of me, I'm going to figure I beat her (that's legit right?). As such, I placed 2nd in my age group, behind the woman who won overall, and 7th overall for the women.

What a great race! I really had a good time and felt so happy to be out having fun. My kiddies were hanging with the in-laws and Jake was safely tucked away out of the cold at Barnes and Nobles. With nothing to worry about, I enjoyed being able to do something I love and even got a bit lumpy thinking of how nicely my body works to take me over 26.2 miles. I also have to give a shout out to baby Layla, to whom this marathon was dedicated.

Now that my marathon is over, IT'S YOUR TURN! Get signed up for a MARATHON IN MARCH! It's coming soon so get a few miles in beforehand.

Kristen and I before the race got started