Thursday, November 27, 2008

Turkey Trotting

In preparation for a day of disgusting consumption, my Dad and I partook in what has become a US tradition among those who own running shoes. The Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. So instead of doing a 2 hour trainer ride or long run to burn the thousands of calories that will be consumed in record pace, we set out to spend all of twenty minutes (give or take) of intense effort followed by overzealous satisfaction of the 300 calories burned on the way to the feeding trough.

My running has been going very well. I've done nothing but very slow running but I've gotten to where I can run 4 miles with consistency with no pain at all. I certainly have not been doing any speedwork, but I desperately wanted an excuse to use my new Avia Bolt racing flats!

I think they are dead sexy:

It didn't take too much convincing to get my Dad to join me, even though he did his long run yesterday (I joined him for the last 4). So we got up early, saw it was <20F, bundled up and headed down. You know you are in the right place when you see this:

We did a little warm up jog, hit the restroom and were in time to line up for the race. There were a ton of eager runners there to do the low-tech race. No chip timing today, so we tried to start near the front (but not right up there because I'm not a big fan of being trampled.)

We started and within about 5 minutes I remembered why I don't do a lot of these races. They hurt! It's such a fine balance between running the right pace, puking, having a heart attack, or just plain sucking. Any time it's below freezing there is always that hint of reactive airways that kicks me in the butt too. But it felt so freaking good to run fast.

It was a liberating experience, this low-tech race. No chips, but also no mile markers, no people yelling splits, a town I had never been to, and me without a watch (which is something I will never say again after I officially join the Timex squad). So basically I was running on the verge of puking for a completely unknown period of time. Good stuff.

There was a guy running very near me pushing his two kids in a running stroller (which gives you some idea of how speedy I'm not). When I had been running for a completely unknown period of time I heard him tell his kids that there was less than 3 minutes to go. SWEET! I tried to kick it a little harder to try to catch some of the speedy girls ahead of me. I passed one but was repassed in the final kick. I need to work on that.

At the finish line I saw that my official time read 21:36 (PR - my last 5k was a year ago at 21:50 on an easier course) and someone tore my tag off the race bib as I stood there completely mute while trying to determine the best way to both swallow the vomit that was trying to make its way out and get a decent breath in so I didn't pass out. I was reminded once again why I am an endurance athlete.

I ended up 3rd in the 20-29 age group (goodbye 20's, I will miss you), and 9th woman overall. I have no idea how many people where there. Definitely hundreds but I doubt a thousand. I went back to watch my Dad cruise on in under 26 minutes. What a rock star the day after a long run (and he's 62!).

Post run pics:

That last pic is to highlight my coolest piece of running gear. My running jacket with the build in hat with PONYTAIL HOLE and build in mittens.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I had a lovely day and had time to reflect on how truly fortunate I am to have such a great family and truly wonderful friends and to be involved in a sport that I am so passionate about.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I'm still alive!

I just called one of my best friends (Lanny) this morning and he told me he was worried about me because I've dropped off the map. I'm still around but just super duper busy! I interviewed in Orlando last week and spent some time with Lanny's wife Kathy down near Naples. We had an absolute blast. Went Kayaking, had a couple nice dinners, went for some runs and had lots of girl talk. Now I'm back but not for long. Have spent almost NO time on my computer lately since I've been working and studying for boards. The next month isn't going to get much better. Here is my schedule for the next month...

Arizona this weekend to finish out the IronSpectator world tour (Go Danny, MarkyV and Miranda!!!) then I'm heading to...

Albuquerque-Cleveland-New York-Cleveland-Milwaukee-Cleveland-Charlotte-Denver-LA-Cleveland-LA

So yeah... I'm going to be a bit jet lagged (not to mention broke)

But here are some pics from my trip to Orlando

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Sandbaggers rule the WORLD!

What a day in Clearwater! The ultimate sandbaggers, Lindsey and Lauren both destroyed the competition, winning their respective age groups (20-24 and 30-34). A great cap to a very successful season for both ladies and a fitting good-bye to age group competition as both of them turn pro next year. Here are some pics of the day:

The HTFU crew before the race

And with Lauren's husband, Matt, who is a total riot and became my partner in crime all day

Thanks so much to Andrew's sister for giving me my very first piece of Timex swag. It has become glued and firmly sealed to my head. Here I am posing with Lauren pre-race

And with Lindsey

We had a nice glamour shot session before Lindsey went off. This is one of my favorites shots

After the ladies went off we went to see the people coming in from the swim. I saw a boat coming into shore with a person in it and was afraid that someone was having a medical issue. But then the person towing the rope came into view and it was a very familiar face. Dick Hoyt was finishing the swim leg with son Rick in tow. These two are the reason I did my first triathlon and forever such an inspiration to me and thousands of others. Here is a great pic of a father's love:

Then it was Lauren coming out of the water

While waiting for Lindsey we saw the cutest set-up for a picture ever. Meet M-dog

And Purse emerges! (Lindsey's nickname since camp in March where she brought a purse to the pool)

Here Matt and I relocated to the hot corner. He owns a production company and carried around a HD camera all day. The movie he makes is going to be completely hilarious! We had an absolute blast out there. There was dancing, cheering and color commentary galore!

And here comes Lauren leading her age group and coming in before the draft packs. Her wave started early so she rode a clean race (which can't be said of many people who started in later waves)

And here comes the World's Fastest Handbag, finishing up her gatorade, also leading her age group

Lindsey SMOKED the run, with a end time of 1:27. Holy moly!

Here is one of my Cleveland peeps and teammate on my swim team, Jim. He and my other teammate Andrea are new parents and he took third in his age group. SMOKING FAST!

I had to be Paulo's stand-in, so when I saw Lauren making the turn to finish I said: "KEEP IT TOGETHER, LAUREN!!!!"

The Sandbaggers after the race, celebrating their victories

And all of my Cleveland peeps

Me with my ladies

And Lindsey after the race. This says it all

A HUGE congrats to the ladies and big thank you for allowing me to be part of your day. Few things in life make me happier than watching my friends succeed. You guys are my inspiration. Now Lauren, get that pro card and get the hell out of my age group! See ya in Oceanside!!!


Thursday, November 06, 2008

On the mend

Thanks for all the well-wishes for the Mad-dog. She is doing better. Not completely healed yet, but is getting back her spunk. Here is some photo evidence:

Maddie playing with a new neighborhood puppy:

Playing with my nephew:

And doing what she does best with her co-conspirator... begging! You gonna finish that, ma?

And as a bonus, upside down maddie!

The neighbor whose dog attacked Maddie payed for the vet visit. It's a little disconcerting, though because we found out that he has attacked numerous other neighborhood dogs. Apparently they have an electric fence. Seems they need to turn up the voltage...

I'm off to Florida tomorrow morning to go cheer on some good friends racing the Half Ironman World Championships in Clearwater, then spend some time with a good friend in Estero then up to interview at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Going to be a very hectic weekend! I'll take tons of pics!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Accidental bits of wit and wisdom

I haven't posted much roommate wit and wisdom for the past few months because, well, I haven't had roommates. But thankfully there is still facebook.

Matt's facebook status a couple weeks ago:

Matthew just did something awesome.

Jodi at 5:54pm October 21

Did you just fly across the English Channel on a body rocket? Cause I just saw that on youtube and that was pretty awesome....

Matthew at 3:33pm October 23

That was pretty awesome! You're close. I actually just sat down. It was awesome. See, if you're like me and you can just piss awesome, awesome happens all the time.

I was going to tell you a story about how I crossed the english channel on a different kind of rocket, but the story sucked more than my illustration of how the story could have happened:

Click here for awesomeness illustrated

An excerpt might have read: "...was cloudy that day. The wind blew in off the channel not unlike a taunting mistress. I looked down at my steely companion between my legs and laughed at my own insecurity, for I knew that this long monster of mine had gotten me through much hairier situations..."