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26 Jan 2011
Categorized As: gear

Ever notice how when you don’t have time things just popping up and grab your attention?

There are a couple websites I check for races, one is MarathonGuide.com. Most (but not all) marathons also have half marathons as well so a couple times a year I check this site to see what is coming up. Well today I discovered something new. Marathon Guide has a free pacing calculator with free pace wristband.

What’s a pacing wristband? Basically this is what it sounds like, a cheapo wristband that you tape to your wrist to make sure you are where you need to be time-wise on a course. Some people use them to push themselves to personal bests. If you are a back-of-the-packer like me, you use it to make sure you stay ahead of the sweeper bus they send along for people who fall below course time minimums. If a race has a four hour or longer half marathon time limit then I don’t worry about it. At this point if it has a 3:30 or longer time limit I’m okay too. The 3 hour time limit sometimes makes me worry about elevation charts and course challenges. For example, I have a race with a three hour time limit coming up so I went to the Marathon Guide pace wristband page and entered my information.

I’m not worried about the marathon distance for the moment so I went to option B and plugged in my half marathon distance (13.1 miles). Then I put the time I’d like to finish in (3 hours), then I made sure to set it for miles. The United States unlike everyone else in the world loves miles. I could do this in kilometers but I would have to start counting on my fingers and toes.

See where it says Please Wait on that bottom button? That’s because I’ve been playing with it. Yours will say Create Pace Band. Click that and you will see:

This is a miniature screen shot I’ve included here so you can see what I’m talking about. The real one will be a full 11″ long (we print it on 8 1/2″ x 11″ computer paper at home) and you can cut to your desired length. I plan to cover mine with clear plastic packing tape so it will be waterproof/sweatproof. And I will likely tape it on me securely because it’s free I can just cut it off and throw it away after the race is over.

So if you have any pace goals for your upcoming races no matter what the distance give this site a try. I wish I’d found it awhile ago!

24 Jan 2011
Categorized As: CarbKiller, running

I know, I know I should have hung this on the wall before I took the picture. Sadly, I have to paint first and that isn’t getting done until March at the earliest and I already felt like enough of a blog slacker. This is my running medal collection from Feb 2009 (Surf City Half Marathon my first ever race) to January 8, 2011. I actually finished another race yesterday but I ran out of room so that will go on medal hanger #2.

The hanger is from Allied Medal Displays.

As for the hanger I know you’re going to ask so I will beat you to it.

289.2 race miles

19 – half marathons (13.1 miles)

1 – 10K (6.2 miles)

11 – 5Ks (3.1 miles)

Not bad for the fat chick who thought a half marathon was insane.

And yes I have shamelessly searched for the races with medals. I am always amazed that not all races have half marathon medals much less 5K medals so you have to look for the races that have them (it tends to be bigger races).

Anyway, if you have any other questions bring it on. :)

19 Jan 2011
Categorized As: CarbKiller, Motivational

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the Bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”– Mark Twain

I remember reading that quote on a poster in my 9th grade classroom. I think if someone had walked up to me the first time I read that asked me what I wanted to do at exactly that moment I would have said pilot a sailboat.  I tend to be kind of a literal thinker. LOL. Still, I think about this quote from time to time, particularly when things aren’t going my way.

It’s easy to be safe. It’s easy to hide away in your safety bubble and protect yourself from the world. It is much harder to put yourself out there and try something outside your comfort zone. And I always think about that when I hear judgemental bullshit from non runners.

I don’t care how fit you are, I don’t care how skinny you are and I don’t care how young. Until your ass has been 13.1 miles or 26.2 miles during a sanctioned event you don’t get to call me slow. I just thought I should proclaim that to the internet.

I was at the gym today doing weight work (which is kind of a miracle, I hate the gym) when a guy  saw my Disneyland half marathon shirt and asked me about it. When he asked me my time, I told him. He said “wow, that’s slow,” with a smirk. Now understand it is slow. I am slow. I don’t mind being slow and frankly killing myself to finish 5 seconds faster then last race isn’t why I’m doing this at the moment. Maybe one day I will feel that way but I don’t at the moment. Still, the sneer really pissed me off. So I looked at him and said “Yes it is, what’s your half marathon personal best?” He told me he hadn’t run a half marathon yet. I turned “Well then,” I said, “I guess as slow as I am, I’m still faster then you.”

I wish I could say that was my parting shot and I walked out the door with perfect timing but my workout wasn’t over yet and sadly, neither was his. So I did what all smart women do when confronted by a guy with a small peepee who can’t backup their trash talk. I smirked for the duration of my workout.

9 Jan 2011
Categorized As: CarbKiller, funny, running

Good news: I came in second in my age group today for my half marathon
Bad news: They missed the second digit on my age and put me in as age 3
Really bad news: I can’t even come in first in the 1-8 age division.

7 Jan 2011
Categorized As: CarbKiller, race details

I’ve seen two quotes recently that I thought were pretty cool. First:

“It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

and another:

“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.” Margaret Shepard

I finished three half marathons in 2009. That was 39.3 race miles more then 2008 where I sat on my butt for most of the year and I might have swiped my 24hour fitness card may be a dozen times.

In 2010 (the year of crappy blogging) I logged 223.7 race miles. That doesn’t include training runs and it didn’t include the 14.6 miles of Marine Corps Marathon which I don’t count because I didn’t finish. Most of those miles are from May to December.

14 half marathons (my two streaks are 4 in 37 days and 8 in 84 days)

one 10K

A 10k is 6.2 miles which is kind of a weird distance. I did it so I could get a medal that said 10k on 10-10-10. The best part? The medal they gave out was the size of about two pennies laid side by side and didn’t have the date on it! Small medals I’m okay with, I’m even okay with sticker medals (a medal with a sticker on it to display the details) but a generic medal on such a neat date? Race fail!

eleven 5Ks

It’s still my worst distance. I mean really truly kicks my butt. The first two miles are always hard on me for some reason and when your whole race is 3.1 miles anyway that doesn’t give you a lot of room.

2010 Recap (the best, the worst, and stuff that made me laugh)

OVERALL FAVORITE RACE: The Marine Corps Marathon- I know I didn’t finish it but the course was fabulous and what I would have given to be able to run the rest of it. I did see it from the sweeper bus but it just isn’t the same.

LEAST FAVORITE:   Columbia Half Marathon- it was horribly run, incredibly dangerous and I wish I could afford to hire a skywriter to warn the runners before next years race. If you missed the details check out my BLOG about it.

HARDEST: Rock and Roll Los Angeles 1/2 Marathon- Now don’t get me wrong the race itself was actually great but it was the week before the Marine Corps Marathon and mentally I freaked out. From my very first mile. It actually got to the point where two friends were text messaging me nonstop encouragement and I just put my phone away. For me that’s bad.

FLATTEST: Long Beach 1/2 Marathon- Last year I did this race and they ran out of medals. This year I walked the entire course with my friend Brandi’s mom Pam. It was her first half marathon and an amazing experience. I also realized something pretty important. No matter how many races I do there are always people who have done dozens if not hundreds more races then I have. I had gotten so used to being the most clueless/inexperienced person in the group it really shocked me when I realized I was actually an experienced runner. Crazy!

MOST SCENIC: Malibu 1/2 Marathon- It was a point to point race where you park at the finish line and a bus takes you to the start. You have to go the 13.1 miles back to the finish. The start was right on the beach (we were all stading around next to the sand waiting for the start and two pods of dolphins swam by, plus I saw a sea lion. It was the coolest thing EVER. Running along Pacific Coast Highway where all the movie stars live didn’t hurt either!

BEST MEDAL: Disneyland 1/2 Marathon- I have wanted it for so very long and the anniversary bling was a bonus.

LEAST FAVORITE MEDAL: Magic Mountain 10K- What genius decided a generic medal was a good idea on 10-10-10? NOT COOL!

SMALLEST EVENT: Los Angeles County Holiday 5k- A small race but the race organizers were fabulous and the  medals were awesome!

LARGEST EVENT: Rock and Roll Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon- Me and 28,000 other people running up and down the Las Vegas strip. And when we got to the finish line there was a concert with Bret Michels.

MOST UNIQUE: San Francisco 1/2 Marathon- I literally got talked into doing the race 48 hours before the race started. I signed up online at 10:30am Friday morning, threw a bunch of stuff in a bag and was in my car driving to San Francisco by noon. The weather was perfect, the scenery was interesting (I don’t know much about S.F.), and at the finishline I received my first ever bonus medal.

MOST FUN: MLB All Star Charity 5K- Ran past Jillian Michels from The Biggest Loser and looped the field at Anaheim Stadium before reaching the finishline.

BEST CAUSE: Operation Jack 1/2- A great race for a great cause (Autism).

MOST ORGANIZED: Run Racing Events- Both the Long Beach Marathon weekend and the LA County Holiday Half weekend were incredibly well organized.

BEST DESTINATION: Carlsbad 1/2 Marathon- Still my personal best half marathon time but it was such a beautiful course and the residents are so fabulous and supportive.

JUST PLAIN FUNNY: Oceanside Turkey Trot 5K- The race was Thanksgiving morning and they had a costume contest for the runners. People were wearing fake turkey hats, one woman dressed up as a football game, my favorite was the man and his wife duo. She was dressed like a turkey and he was dressed like a chef with a fake meat cleaver and he chased her the entire 3.1 mile. And we got free piggy banks you could decorate yourself at the finish line.

4 Jan 2011
Categorized As: fitness

Hello party people!

Well, it’s that time of year again. The one where we all swear we will never eat fast food or sweets ever again, pledge to run 10 miles a day and end up at the nearest drive thru 20 minutes later. How about we all just save each other some guilt and try something different.

There is a gentleman by the name of John “The Penguin” Bingham who has brought love and attention to the turtles of the world. Some people can run fast and win the Boston Marathon. Well done to them. For the rest of us, we are there to have fun, get some exercise and just generally be healthy. Slow and steady still finishes the race (and gets the same medal).

In that spirit, John put together a little Facebook group called the 100 Days Challenge. The rules are participants have to move your bodies for 30 minutes a day for 100 days. Join the group HERE.

GUIDELINES: The movement must be intentional. You can do 30 continuous minutes, 2, 15 minute segments, or 3, 10 minute segments.

On January 1st I biked for 30 minutes on the easiest level of the stationary bike at the local gym.

On January 2nd I walked my first uninjured half marathon since I walked off the course at the Marine Corps Marathon.

On January 3rd I felt like crap but still forced myself to sit on the same bike at the gym and do my 30 minutes.

I haven’t done anything yet today but according to my Little Rock Marathon Training Schedule I am supposed to run 5 miles. That’s going to take me a heck of a lot longer then 30 minutes.

At some point I should stop being a whining wimp and do some upper body stuff too but for the moment I am just proud of myself for showing up.

As for the Facebook group, people are still joining every day so you can too.

4 Jan 2011
Categorized As: CarbKiller, gear

If you happen to have a Droid or an iPhone then you need to go to the app store/ market and download an app called RunKeeper Pro. ASAP! Please note there are two kinds. 1) Runkeeper. 2) Runkeeper Pro. You want the Pro which usually costs $9.99 but is free for the moment. Regular Runkeeper is always free and has ads that will suck phone battery like that vacuum. So get the pro while you can. For FREE.

So what the heck is RunKeeper Pro?

It’s an app that allows you to track your workout as long as you are moving around and have GPS access (It won’t work on a stationary bike or treadmill). Here is an example of the screens available.

Ever get lost while out for a walk? How about tracking yourself on a map?

It will also show you splits so you can see how fast you are going.

It’s free so download it. Play with it. And use it to help kick off your new year.

***Disclaimer: I believe the app is available for free until Jan. 31st but I’d play it safe and download it immediately because you never know.