Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I'm in, I'm in!!!!

Another Marathon the 2011 schedule: NYC Marathon!!! I'm so excited!!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wine & Drag

I had an absolutely wonderful time last weekend visiting my sister & sis-in-law in West Danby, NY, just outside of Ithaca. My BFF who lives in NYC joined us for a weekend of fun. It was a whole lot of good wine, good food, & a RuPaul Drag Race marathon. I'm now obsessed with the show. So obsessed that as hard as I tried to stay up last night for the Season Finale, I just couldn't do it. I had to get up early to find out who won before agonizing over it all day at work.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mail fun

It's always fun to get real mail & the other day I got two exciting packages:

The first one is coffee from Roos Roast. I had a Groupon where for $10 I could get $20 of coffee. They sell 1/2 pounds for $8 & pounds for $14. I've seen Roos Roast at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market and I've always wanted to give it a try. It's always fun to support a local business. Anyway, I ordered a pound & a half, but when I opened the package, I was send 2 pounds. How exciting! They even put a handwritten note in that said that they messed up & I was a winner!

The next package was from Road Runner Sports. The Martian Marathon tore my feet up and I had blisters on my toes. I know it's gross, but these things happen when you run long distances. I thought it would be a good idea to try out a new pair of socks. I love them already!

 Two pairs of Injinji socks & a pair of Under Armour boy shorts:
The running club has moved our Thursday runs to Maybury State Park where we run the trails there. I love trail running, it makes me so happy! I ran the trails there quite a bit last year and thought I had become pretty familiar with them. Last night Megan & I ran with Ken who took us to parts of the trails that I had never been on. He was such a good tour guide and showed us the three highest spots in Wayne County. I was loving every hilly minute of it. It was one of those runs where I didn't want to stop, except that it was getting dark out. The only downfall of it was that my feet were so sore. So I went home and pulled out my footbath:
 Brady was afraid of the thing and just didn't know what the heck was going on. It was pretty amusing. Although it couldn't have bothered him too much because soon he was down for the count. He's such a sweet little dog.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Starting to freak out a little....

It's just over two weeks until I'm running this....

Then I turn around & run this the next day....


I don't know what I was thinking signing up for two back to back!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Kara, caffeine, & chipotle

It's a bright sunny day in Ann Arbor so I had to take advantage of it and go for a little walk at lunch. I've been trying to swim at lunch three days a week but more often than not I end up working through lunch. It makes the day drag on so I've been really trying to get out even just for a little bit. Today I walked over to campus and stopped in Borders. Kara Goucher is on the cover of the May Runner's World and I just had to pick it up: Next I headed over to Chipotle for a vegetarian burrito. I love their burritos! I had an empty Starbucks coffee bag that could be turned in for a free tall coffee so a stop a Starbucks happened too. A little afternoon caffeine does the body good.
To top off my good mood of the day, last night in the mail I received my Moose membership card, I can't wait to go now! And I came back from lunch to e-mails saying that both my federal & state taxes have been excepted electronically. It's a relief to finally have that done!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Opening Day & an Ichiban Birthday

Weekend re-cap: Friday was the Home Opener for the Detroit Tigers. I headed downtown after work with Mo & MC for what we called "the second-shift". The game was a 3 & had just ended when we got down there sometime around 6:30. Knowing that my cousins have season tickets, I gave them a call and we ended up meeting at Cheli's bar. It was so amusing watching all the drunk people. We ended the night with a trip to the Baltimore, a favorite bar in Detroit. I was up early on Saturday for a 9am haircut. I spent the day relaxing, which was so nice for once! In the evening I headed out to Ichiban, a Japanese Steakhouse for my friend Angela's birthday dinner. The cooks there are quite the entertainers and kept us laughing. After dinner we headed to the Livonia Moose for karaoke. I was home & in bed by midnight so I could rest up for a long run. Sunday, run day. I met up with my friend Dan at noon to get a few miles in. I was hoping for at least 10 mile but between the heat (80 degrees!) and my aching shins/calves, I only had 8 in me. It was a slow, painful 8. I guess my body still isn't recovered from last week's marathon. But 8 is better than none so I'll take it. The rest of the day was spent grocery shopping, cleaning, & laying on the couch with a glass of wine watching The Notebook.

Friday, April 8, 2011

NRR: First run at Maybury

Run: 6 miles Course: Maybury When the weather warms up, the Northville Road Runners take their Thursday & Saturday runs to one of the local State Parks to run on the trails. Last night was our first run there. When I got there I was feeling great & I had so much energy. I love trail running so much more than running on asphalt. It's so scenic and peaceful, not to mention easier on the joints. I started out running faster than I probably should have but I was feeling so good. Then, at about 2 miles into the run, I realized that my legs were still dead from the marathon. I slowed my pace and just kept on at it. I was so thankful when the run ended.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

First Tuesday Run

Last night I ran with the Northville Road Runners again. On the first Tuesday of each month they change things up and meet at Running Fit (a local running store) and run a different route from there. All dues paying members put their name in a box and three names were drawn. The first two got gift certificates to the store, I think for $25 each. The third winner gets a pair of shoes. Not a bad deal! I was contemplating whether to run or not since I was still sore from the marathon. I decided that I just needed to suck it up and give it a try. My legs felt heavy & the run seemed painfully slow but I felt great once it was over with. I went 5.3 at a 9:20 pace. The group went out to eat afterwards but I headed home and had dinner of a veggie dog with macaroni cheese with broccoli mixed in. I was exhausted and knew I needed an early night. My body needs lots of rest now in order to recover & be ready to be abused again. Only 24 days until the next marathon. Workouts this week: Sunday: 25 min Yoga (Gaiam Power Yoga: Stamina with Rodney Yee) Monday: 10 min yoga, 800m swim, 20 min treadmill walk/jog, 20 elliptical Tuesday: 5.3 mile run

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Recovery

It's not surprising that I have been really sore since finishing the Martian Marathon. I wasn't trained for it and my body took a beating. I've been hoping to work some magic to get my body healed and ready to do it all over again times two. I took it easy on Sunday to let my body rest. In the evening I did a little bit of yoga to help stretch my muscles out. Yesterday I did a little more yoga in the morning. Then I swam at lunch. It felt so good to be in the pool. I've also been trying really hard to eat healthy well-balanced meals and avoid junk food. Even though for some reason I've been craving greasy fried food & candy. I also forced myself to go to the gym last night for a really slow 20 min run. My left quad was really sore so I switched over to the elliptical and did 20 minutes on that. Tonight, I'll try a run with the NRRs.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Running with Martians


Marathon #9 = Done! 4:21:02. Whew! I'm glad that one is over with. I can honestly say that I was really unprepared for this race. My longest run was the Seaside half marathon a month ago. With that being said, I pushed hard for this race and I'm really happy with my time. Now if I could only train consistently! On Friday after work Big Red, her husband, & I headed over to the race expo to pickup our race packets. It was a small expo with little swag. We got our race #'s, timing chip, & t-shirt. It was nice not getting all the paper that often comes in a race packet, but I do like the free samples that some races give out. We then headed to La Pita for some amazing Lebanese food. Pre-race meal (dinner the night before) = V4 juice (carrot, beet, spinach & parsley), Chicken Kabob with garlic sauce & rice, hummus, & small salad. I only ate half the meal & took the rest home for post -race. After dinner I came home and laid out my clothes & race gear: nike capri tights, northface running tank, northface longsleeve shirt with hood, wright double layer socks, Asics running shoes, gloves, 2 hammer gels, ipod, & garmin. I was in bed by 10pm with my alarm (and coffee maker) set for 4:30 am. 4:30 came quickly but I was wide awake and ready to roll. I took the dog out, got dressed, & relaxed for a bit with some coffee. Then I ate yogurt with peanut butter & honey with half a bagel. I was out the door by 5:40am to get a good parking spot. I was really surprised at how few people were running the full and I had no problems parking. I parked a little further away and walked over to my friend Dan's jeep where we chatted before the race. The race started promptly at 7:15 am. My strategy was to go as slow as possible in the beginning to conserve energy. I was running a 9:30 pace and it felt really slow. I wanted to speed up but I knew that I would regret that later. I felt great until about mile 21 when my garmin's battery died on me (even though I charged it the night before!) and I just hit a wall. I kept on moving and crossed the line feeling great. I walked straight to the food tent where they were handing out bananas, bagels, & pizza. I grabbed a banana & a slice of cheese pizza and made my way to the car. I had a Hammer Recoverite drink waiting for me and I drank that before eating the pizza. I came home and got out of my running clothes right away. A shower & nap was just what I needed.