May 17, 2011

Joggling Life

Sorry for my recent absence.  And sadly, this is likely not the end of my dereliction of duty.  In the past week or so, I've:

  • Found an apartment in Seattle
  • Went home for my grandfather's funeral
  • Turned 30
  • Graduated from medical school
  • Entertained my family
  • Packed up all of my belongings

Tomorrow I hit the road for a couple weeks of family time and then head to Seattle from there.  These are exciting times but busy.  I've been squeezing runs into my schedule when & where I can.  Sometimes my "training" schedule is fairly haphazard but I definitely need those runs to maintain my sanity.  (Yesterday my mom practically pushed me out the door to run because I was getting grouchy.)  I'm beginning to think I should take up joggling in order to be able to squeeze more things into my schedule.

What happens when you get busy?  Do the runs get cut out or is that when the runs are a must have?

May 8, 2011

Cool Kids Run in Costume

On my recent flight I was catching up on the last few months of Runner's Worlds and came across a picture of a woman running in a Tinkerbell costume.  As you know, I'm a big fan of costumes at races.  I've run in them once or twice.  (Ok.  Maybe more than that.  At least 4 times.)  The exact picture I saw in RW isn't currently online - and since I'm out of town I can't scan it - but you'll get the gist from these pictures:

She's wearing a Tinkerbell inspired costume!!!  And she came in 1st place for women!  Talk about awesome.

But the funny thing is that when I saw her picture I thought she looked familiar.  Like I'd seen her before or something.  And then it dawned on me... She also won Little Rock.  And Tupelo.  Both of which I ran.  In fact, Spazz & I actually chatted with her in Little Rock at the post-race party.  And in Tupelo, after the race she changed into chaps, a hoster & water guns and was running her friends into the finish line.  My kind of gal.

May 7, 2011

Dreadmill Distraction

What I see when I look at a treadmill.
Living in New Orleans, I don't have to use the treadmill often.  When I do, it's typically not during the winter unlike most of the country.  And being an adamant hater of the dreadmill, I only resort to it under dire circumstances:

1.  Thunderstorms (I don't wanna die)
2.  Heat index >110°F/43°C (Still don't wanna die)

Yeah.  That's about it.  And #2 I can be flexible on.  The only other circumstance is MAYBE if I'm really in a time crunch and can't get a run in otherwise.

I've run in downpours, sweltering temperatures, snow storms (when visiting Cleveland)... anything to avoid feeling like a hamster on a wheel.

My brain on a treadmill
When I do get on a treadmill, my battle is to avoid the constant urge to quit.  The whole run I find myself staring at the "stop" button.  It's like there's a magnetic force pulling my attention to STOP.  I've tried music.  I've tried TV. I do best when I'm rocking to music and watching TV with closed caption.  It's the best I can do to max my brain out on distraction.  Unfortunately, it's hard to find TVs with CC which loses my attention rapidly.

TV distraction of choice at the gym:

  • News:  Yes, the Daily Show counts.  I'm a dork and enjoy watching the news.  Plus, they often have those scrolly things at the bottom so I can read if there's no closed caption.
  • Soccer:  I grew up playing soccer, so that's part of it.  The only part is... have you seen soccer players!?!?  Talk about distraction.  (And have I mentioned that Seattle has a MLS soccer team?  Talk about making it hard to focus at a new job!)

Thank you, Vanity Fair, for this lovely distraction.  Maybe I should post this over the stop button.
Might kill my desire to finish early...

What are your thoughts about the treadmill?  Necessary evil or just evil?  What kind of distractions do you use?

May 6, 2011

Over the Hill

In June I'm moving from New Orleans to Seattle.  Among the many differences between the two cities, there is a significant different in the elevation.  New Orleans is flat.  Really, really flat.  The elevation range here is only -6.5 to 20 ft.  (I'm pretty sure most of the city only ranges -6 to +10 or so, and the levees are skewing the number listed above.)  As a runner, I've become accustomed to thinking of speed bumps as hills.

Seattle, on the other hand, is FULL of hills.  In fact, neighborhoods are known for their hills and directions often come in the form of the relationship to hills.  As in, "yeah, it's just on the other side of Queen Anne Hill" rather than "it's West of here."  Tuesday I walked over 11 miles in the process of apartment hunting.

Holy mother of all that is painful!

My legs hurt WAY more today than they did after the Country Music Marathon 1 week ago.  I woke up this morning and wondered if I'd been sledgehammered in my sleep.  This is going to take some getting used to.  But I won't let the hills beat me.  In the next couple months, I want to start eating hills for breakfast, chewing them up and spitting them out.

Did you ever have to adjust to hills?  How long did it take you?

May 5, 2011

It must be true...

I was sent an article the other day about rehydrating after races.  I thought about looking up the original article to confirm, and then decided I'd rather not look at the hard facts.  I don't want to find any flaws in their logic.

Water is always a good choice to rehydrate after working out, but researchers suggest beer is better

Talk about good news!  Now they just need to study gorging on Easter candy as a method for carb-loading.  I know how I'm going to rehydrate after the Seattle RnR Marathon...

May 4, 2011

Ulterior motives

I bet this guy is volunteering on National Trail Day.
As many of you know, National Trail Day is June 4 and there are volunteer opportunities all over the country.  It's a great way to give back, preserve amazing trails and meet hot like-minded people.*

Beautiful trails, in more ways than one.

*Outdoorsy people are usually pretty nice to look at...  Am I wrong?  And if you're lucky, it'll be a scorcher so some of them will take their shirts off.

Puget Creek Restoration Society
This is one place I might be on June 4th.  Where will you be?

May 3, 2011

What do ya think?

When this posts I will be somewhere over middle America.  I'm flying out to Seattle for the next 10 days or so to find an apartment for my move in June.  Since I may or may not have easy internet access, I've got a coupled scheduled posts for ya but may not be commenting much this week.  I will, however, do my best to keep reading and will get a Country Music Marathon recap out once I get official pictures back.


Detroit Runner got me thinking with his recent post asking what you think about on the run.  It's an interesting question.  We all have different reasons for exercising and different ways we occupy our mind once we're out the door.

Me?  My thoughts never seem to be linear on the run.  They touch on one thing, then the next... flitting around like butterflies, seemingly at random.   Sometimes I head out the door with a problem and it rolls around & around in my head.  Other days, it's "turn-up-the-music-so-I-can't-hear-myself-think" mode.  Automatic pilot all the way. I don't want to think about anything more than the beat of the drums and the feeling of my feet on the pavement.  Some days my plan is to enjoy nature or people watch only to later realize I didn't see anything.  Other times staying out of my head is the only way I can get through it.  Focus on the distractions.

What do you think about on the run?

May 1, 2011

26.2 Gallon Hat

Sorry for the poor quality.  My camera's dead
so I had to take it with a phone.
Yesterday was the first time I wore a costume during a full marathon.  I like to call it my 26.2 gallon hat.  It was a hot one, the sun beating down, yet the day felt cooler than New Orleans since there wasn't much humidity.  With the shade provided by our hats it felt kinda nice.  Full race report once the official photos are back.

I hope everyone else's races or workouts went well this weekend!