Thursday, January 19, 2012

Prefontaine the dvd

I ordered the dvd "Prefontaine" through the library's ILL system.  I was able to watch it while running on the treadmill Tuesday and today.  I had heard of Steve Prefontaine before but really didn't know anything about him other than he was very fast and died when he was young.

I thought it was a neat movie and learned quite a bit.  He was definitely a cocky guy but he had the speed to back it up. It was interesting to learn in the movie that he was the one that wanted a shoe that had no seam over the toe.  Wow, what a difference that has made in running the last 30 years!

As I was running and watching Prefontaine run in the Olympics, I actually was yelling out loud for him to win.  Even though I knew it was coming at the end too, I cried when he died.  Driving the hearse around the track really did me in. 

Next running movie to watch is Chariots of Fire. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Camera Question?

I'm hoping some fellow bloggers can help me with a camera question.  I have a Nikon 3100 camera and got a  zoom lens for Christmas.  We are going to be flying soon and I want to take the camera and lens with me but I'm not sure what the best way to carry it on the plane is.  That's where you all come in! Any help would be much appreciated!

Does it count as a personal item?
If it does, what do I do about my purse?
Do you put it in your carry on or your checked bags? 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A day of rest....finally

After 45 days of getting in a minimum of 1 mile (running, biking or swimming) during the month of December and a minimum of 1 mile (running or swimming) or 10 minutes on the bike I had to finally take a day of rest on Sunday. 

I have been congested and completely stopped up since Friday. I fought through it Saturday and still did my long run in the 18 degree weather, but it caught up with my on Sunday. I just was not feeling good at all.  I knew I only had to do 10 min on the bike but I couldn't make myself go up the stairs to do it.  Thus my streak ended at 45. 

I did start over again on Monday and plan to keep going until another day comes when I just can't do it.  

Monday, January 16, 2012

top 10 workout songs

Recently I was contacted by Chris Lawhorn asking if I would be interested in writing a post about the top 10 workout songs each month.  Chris runs the webs largest workout music database. SURE! I responded, so below is the info that Chris sent me.  You can go to their website below and check it out! 

The Top 10 Workout Songs For Winter 2012
Traditionally, winter is the time of year when folks find it hardest to get out and exercise. In the hopes of keeping folks motivated, readers from Run Hundred--the web's most heavily-trafficked site for workout music--were polled regarding their favorite, current workout songs. The resulting top 10 list has a little of what you'd expect—and a little you might not. Flo Rida, who's no stranger to this list, shows up in two recent tracks. Enrique Iglesias continues his transition from balladeer to club rocker. And Kelly Clarkson, after faltering with the first single off her new album, bounced back ferociously with the second.
As for surprises, they're mostly entries from folks relatively new on the dance scene. Highlights include songs from Tim Berg (who remixed his own track under his Avicii moniker), Skrillex (whose collaboration with Kaskade is the first dubstep track ever the make the Top 10), and Wolfgang Gartner (who's made the chart with a little help from the Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am).
Here's the full list:
Tim Berg - Seek Bromance (Avicii Vocal Edit) - 127 BPM
Katy Perry - The One That Got Away - 135 BPM

Alexandra Stan - Mr. Saxobeat (Maan Studio Remix) - 126 BPM
Flo Rida - Good Feeling - 129 BPM
Wolfgang Gartner & Will.I.Am - Forever - 128 BPM
Hot Chelle Rae - Tonight Tonight (Goldstein Remix) - 118 BPM
Taio Cruz & Flo Rida - Hangover - 129 BPM
Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull & The WAV.s - I Like How It Feels - 129 BPM
Kaskade & Skrillex - Lick It - 128 BPM
Kelly Clarkson - What Doesn't Kill You (Stronger) - 117 BPM
To find more songs--and hear next month's contenders—folks can check out Run Hundred's database of workout songs. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Chris Lawhorn
Run Hundred

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I am Ninja

Jeremy and I love to make alternate verses to songs we know. Most of them are about our pug, but yesterday we came up with one that was running related that I just have to share!

Sing to the tune of "Afternoon delight":

"snot rockets in flight, morning run delight."

It's so fitting. especially on these cold runs!

Today's attempt at 8 miles went much better than last week. We ran in town on the "flat" roads which made a huge difference.

Today though instead of hills, we had to fight the freezing cold temps.

I even texted lesley before i got out of bed to make sure she still wanted to run.....she did!

In preparation for today I went to the local running store and bought a running ninja hood or baklava I also like to call it! (yes I know that's not the real name)

I even wore gloves (I never wear gloves!) for the first twenty minutes then they had to come off. They really needed to cone off within the first ten but I got distracted during our walk break.

About 2 miles in I stopped bc the zipper on the tights was rubbing my ankle. After further inspection it had already rubbed it raw.

I stopped in speedway to use the restroom and noticed it was bleeding. The nice clerk let me have a bandaid. I think she might had been scared of us though bc lesley also had on her ninja hood. The speedway is held up about once a month it seems...

During our walk break around mile 4 I tried another new flavor of gu. Today's flavor was island nectar which I had been told tasted like pina colada. While I don't agree with that I will say it tasted like pineapple and I did like it. Hoping to pick up a few more next time I go to the running store in lexington.

We finished our 8 miles with a better pace than last week. It turned out to be a great run even though it was super chilly.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

weigh in adventure, BL, and other thoughts

Yesterday I went to weigh in for the first time in 2012.  I was down .8 from my lowest yet in this journey! :) I was happy that I had gotten my holiday weight back off and then some.  The whole meeting was about planning what you eat, planning breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Needless to say I had planned already for the day but it wasn't ww friendly foods. 

Weigh in is at noon and the meeting is normally over at 1pm. But where they are doing a new program, the meeting is extended another thirty minutes.  Which would mean I wouldn't be able to eat til 1:30!  There's no way I could wait that long so on the way to weigh in I stopped at McDonald's and got a cheeseburger and a diet coke.  I went in and weighed, then came back to the car to eat my cheeseburger.  It's only 8 points, I didn't get fries, in all reality it's not a horrible lunch.  Apparently the weight watcher karma didn't think so though, bc after the meeting was over at 1:30 I realized that I had locked my keys in the car while I had been sitting in it eating my McDonald's.  :( I called my mom and Jeremy, neither one answered. So I called dear ole dad, who came to my rescue.  Thanks dad!!  While I was waiting on him, Jeremy called and said that one of his coworkers had read about holding the phone to the door while the other person unlocked it with the beeper from the other phone.  No such luck!!  Didn't work on speaker phone or regularly.  Dad took me to Jeremy's work to get his key so we could open the car then drove me back to my car.  What would a girl do without her daddy? 

I watched Biggest Loser today while biking for 25 minutes. It was supposed to be a run day, but I just wasn't feeling it. 
-I was sad to see Mike go after what he had said about his brother.  I didnt' think the comment he made about the girl's brother was that big of a deal as it was made out to be. I'm sure there was more to it but from what the camera's showed it was a harmless comment. 
-I don't like how Bob was pissy because Dolvett was using some of his workout techniques or how they are pitted against each other all the sudden.  Yes it's a competition, I know they want their team to win, but the main goal of the show is to help the people not argue and dislike one another.

I have been reading about the woman that was abducted in Montana as i'm sure most other running bloggers have been.  I hope she is found safe.  I watch cop shows all the time and it's scary to think that something like that could happen and there be no evidence, no suspects, no reason, no witnesses, no anything..... In today's world it's hard to imagine something like this could happen. I feel like we've gone back in time somehow.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

long run #1 and PB Gu

Yesterday I went out for my first long run of 8 miles for my upcoming April half. (Looking back I"m not sure why i thought 8 would be a good place to start.....)  I was joined with two friends and we were running "the pike".  A hilly country road that is gorgeous to run on but a killer.  It was a little too ambitious of me to tackle this road and that many miles considering I haven't run over 4-5 miles since the half marathon which was the beginning of November.  I have still been running but not any long distances.  The first mile felt great and my two running partners even asked what had gotten in to me because I was being quite speedy.  The first couple miles did feel great, then about 2.5 the hills started to take control and my body started feeling it.  We decided to at least go to 3 miles, then if we wanted to go to 4 we would go on.  We got to 3 and decided to keep going.  i got to 3.5 and announced I was going back.  I was having to walk more than what i had planned and just couldn't handle the extra mile. 

With 2.5 miles left I tried the new gu I had picked up before Christmas - peanut butter!! I should love peanut butter gu. Next to chocolate, peanut butter is the best thing ever.  So when GU came out with peanut butter flavor I was ecstatic! I let the girls running with me have a taste before I ate it. I noticed it was a lot runnier than the chocolate.  I didn't like that! I love the taste, dont get me wrong but the consistency was too thin.  It coated my mouth and was harder to swallow I thought.  I'm going to stick to the other flavors that are firmer.

After I gu'd I hoped it would give me some more energy to make it back to the car, but at that point it was too little too late.  I was spent and walked quite a bit of the way back.  I even cut it a little shorter and skipped part of the neighborhood that we go through to get 6.65 miles total instead of 7.  I did more miles than I had in the past month and even with a lot of walking on the way back to the car, i finished with a 12:59 average pace for the entire run.  (my half pace in nov. where i ran 9, walk 1 was 12:53)  so when thinking about that and how much I walked i am pleased with it. 

next week we are going to tackle 8 again. but this time in town on flat roads.  our plan has us doing 2 long runs of the same mileage back to back, so the plan is to do it the first time on the flat roads in town and the second week do it on the pike. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Biggest Loser is back!!

I'm so excited that Biggest Loser is back.. and even more excited that they brought Dolvett back! 

Since I work at night I have to wait til Wednesday during the day to watch it, unless I want to stay up really late on Tuesday nights.  I love reading on other blogs about how the person works out during the BL episode.  I would love to do this but it isn't feasible since our workout room with the bike and treadmill is upstairs and the tv connected to the dvr is downstairs. 

Today though I decided I was going to try.  I rolled the bike out of the room and onto the narrow walkway on the second floor that over looks our living room.  It was a tight squeeze but just big enough to get the bike turned the right way so i could watch the tv. Of course I didn't decide this until halfway through the show so I didn't ride the bike the whole time, but i plan to do more next week for sure. 

My BL thoughts (spoiler alert):
-I HATE how they didn't let all the teams on the ranch.  I know they are giving them a chance to get on in a month, but I still dont think it's fair they can't all go on.
-splitting the partners up was  a new twist, i think they took it fairly well considering
-why would you get on the show and in the first week ask to be sent home?? 
-Bob got a haircut!!!  Thank goodness!  It drove me crazy last season!
-I'm assuming they aren't doing the marathon entry at the end of this season....

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

How do you log?

Last year I kept two logs. Both have the same info (milage, pace, time) while one is on the computer the other is on paper. The computer log I also use as my training plan to plan ahead, then update as I do the workouts with times, etc.

I kept track on running, swimming, and biking on both. I tried to keep track of weekly and yearly totals of each as well as all miles together. About midway through the year my totals were messed up and I primarily stuck with keeping track of running totals only.

I am trying to figure out a way to keep track of all three but in an easier way. Should I keep one log for running only and one for cross training? Try to do all three again on one log?

How do u log your miles? Do u keep up with your cross-training miles?

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Blown Away

My first race of 2012 did not go as planned. The race started at 1pm so when I got up at 9:30 I thought I would have plenty of time to take care of bathroom business. That didn't happen though and I was in and out of the bathroom all morning.

The wind was quite ridiculous this morning at 23 mph. It made it feel much colder than it said.

Before the race I decided to do the one mile race instead of the 5 miles. With belly issues and the wind I just wasn't feeling 5 today.

The price was only $10 for either race and it all went to a good cause - a hs boy with cancer. There was about 500 people at the race. Much more than they had expected.

The 5 mile runners started and then the 1 mile runners started.

The funny sign at the start line fitting for a new years race.

The one mile race was not very well marked nor were there workers directing the one milers where to go so my one mile run was actually 1.43 miles. I followed a couple people in front of me that realized the distance was going to be long. we turned around but by that time we were already long. My time was good considering the added distance but I did not get a PR for the one mile. I never warmed up during this run like I normally do. The wind was a killer even in the one mile.

After the race we stopped by the mall to get jeremy's ring resized and randomly found a painting for our living room at a kiosk in front of the jewelry store.

We had been looking for one since April but hadn't found one we liked enough to buy yet. This one we both liked and it was 75% off!! Can't beat that!!

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