Friday, November 25, 2011

Turkey Trot Update

The weather was great for yesterday morning's Turkey Trot! A tad breezy, but OK.
My goal was to just go out and make some room for Thankggiving festivities by running off a few calories! That's pretty much what I did! I didn't train for this race, so I wasn't expecting anything great. I figured I'd finish in under 30:00; I did. I came in at 28:01 (why didn't I pick it up just a little to make it in under 28:00? I don't know...). There were 421 runners/walkers for the race - a great increase from last year's # (I think around 150).

Starting line - I'm in there - look for the funny blue hat (I'm just behind the guy in the maroon sweatshirt who is actually paying attention to Jeremy for the picture).

A smile on my face - must be coming in to the finish!

My boys like this race because the start/finish is @ the local fire station.
my boys + firetrucks = true love!
(that's a banana in Jude's mouth btw)

My friend, Kerri ran with her sister and nephews. I'm so proud of her.
Bummer, we didn't even get a picture together after the race.


And this is why I ran yesterday!

Another Thanksgiving in the books!
I went out Black Friday shopping this morning, mainly to get new running shoes.......I gotta take them for a test run and then I'll let ya know how they are!

Official time: 28:01 (9:02min/mile)
Age (30-39): 21/75
Overall: 164/421




Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Turkey Trottin'

Tomorrow mornin'.
9:00am.
2nd Annual Ebensburg Turkey Trot 5k.
Runnin' it with my buddy, Kerri!


I have no goal, dreams, hopes for tomorrow's run; it's all about celebrating Thanksgiving by burning a few calories (that I'll put back into my system by noon)! Ok, well, that' not entirely true, I'd like to cross the finish line in under 30:00.
Stay tuned!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Some Things I've Learned While Running

I was out on a short run today and somehow I got philosophical, which isn't all that uncommon for me, but those deep thoughts usually happen on longer runs. Today's thoughts started shortly after I spit on myself; yes, you read that correctly, I spit on myself; which was actually quite disappointing because I really thought I've become quite the proficient spitter (should that be capitalized? Spitter - it's a title, after all). Maybe I was thinking deeply to keep me distracted from the hills I was running:
Anyway, I came up with the start (read this as, "I wanted to jot these things down before I forget them, but will probably add to this last as I have more thoughtful runs) of a list of things I learned/came to realize while running or because of running:
1a. Spitting is not just for boys!
1b. Proficiency in spitting comes from practice.
2. Running has increased my patience - how could it not? You need so much mental endurance to run for any longer than 2 minutes.
3. Although no run is ever easy for me, I never regret hauling my a$$ out there and giving it my all, even if it is only for 2 miles.
4. Running on a treadmill has its place and advantages, but being outside in the sun, seeing the beautiful scenery (even the ~500 pig I ran past. Literally, it was a real pig), and filling the lungs with cool air is not only healing, but totally inspiring.
5.     This one is only describable through a photo:
     

What have you learned through or because of running?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

NYC

Congrats to all the NYC Marathoners!
I think if I ever run a marathon, this will be the 1!
Big Apple, bigger dreams.