Tuesday, June 30, 2009
2. True Blood. - Basically vampire porn. Trust me, it's not that emo vampire teen angst stuff. Oh, you know what I am referring to.
3. Cotton race t-shirts. - They basically serve no purpose after the race except for being the occasional sleepy/lounge shirt. I can't help but love them and in my mind they were free. I paid for the pain, not the shirt.
4. Strawberry Banana Gu. - I love the way this one in particular tastes. I would probably eat it without going for a run (not that I have...).
5. Toe socks. - You have all heard me talk about these already, but I do really like them. They are a bit pricey for socks, but my piggies need hugs.
6. Munchos. - Such a tasty, light potato chip. Apparently they've been around for years but I recently met them. Mmm....
7. Facebook. - Do I really need to explain this one?
8. People, Us Weekly, Enquirer, In Touch, etc. - Just can't seem to get enough of celebrity news. Ok fine, gossip. I know I shouldn't care but I really do want to know if Jennifer Aniston will ever find love and if Brangelina adopts an entire Botswanian village.
9. This Youtube Video. - It's hysterical right? I could watch it over and over again. Do I need to get some work done? Heck no. I'll just watch this video for the eleventy billionth time.
10. Blogging. - You all know about this one....
Monday, June 29, 2009
How our reunion began:
Saturday's run went according to plan. I did a little over 1o miles (10.41) at a 9:48 pace. Works for me.
Sunday I decided to join some of the BRA for a swim at my old stomping grounds. You see, I was once a swimmer. Me and the pool were one. We fell in love and had a great relationship. Actually, I was a pretty good swimmer. I was the team captain in high school and made it to states my senior year on the relay team. After I graduated high school and moved on to college my first love and I broke up. I was ready for new loves (beer and football). So like most first loves, we lost touch.
I figured that I hadn't put on a swim cap in about, oh say, 11 years so this was going to be a challenge. Some of the other BRA members are triathletes who swim on a more regular basis. I assumed that I would be in the back as per usual, swimming with the little to medium fishies. I assumed that the pool may not remember me or if it did, it would be resentful of my leaving.
Boy was I wrong. My first 100 meters was a tad fast. Again, I haven't swam in a lap pool in quite some time so I'm a bit unsure about pacing. But I impressed myself. I swam about 1,000 meters and awoke muscles that hadn't been used in quite some time. I felt like Darryl Hannah getting her Splash on in the bath tub. Like a fish back to water, the pool welcomed me back with wet, open arms. Thus my first love and I were reunited.
I don't know where our relationship is headed but "we both are so excited, cause we're reunited, hey hey....."
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Things done changed.
I used to wake up on Saturdays, following these drunken escapades, at about 11 AM and crawl around my apartment until about 1 PM. I would then maui laui on something greasy to take away the pain of the previous night's debauchery.
Things done changed.
I used to get pedicures on a fairly regular basis and then wear my flip flops proudly showing off my cute toes. I also used to have all 10 toenails and my feet were smooth and sans big, ugly blisters.
Things done changed.
I used to be demure about my bathroom activities. I would do my business and no one would be the wiser. I would blush at any talk of you-know-what.
Things done changed.
I used to think getting up to exercise or run before 9 or 10 AM was completely insane. I thought people who did that were being paid to be thin and in shape, you know, like a celebrity (those skinny bitches).
Things done changed.
I used to love 5Ks. They were so fun. I would get out there and run that super long 3.1 miles and feel like I had accomplished so much. Three miles was a long run for me.
Things done changed.
I used to be lazy, a bit overweight, out of shape and have very little energy. Because of this I was grumpy a lot. I used to hate wearing a bikini or bathing suit because of those extra pounds. I used to huff and puff going up only a few flights of stairs. I used to be envious of those people who ran all the time and could run 5 miles on a daily basis.
Things done changed.
I used to be at greater risk for bone loss, heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. I also used to be in the percentage of people who die at a younger age due to these ailments.
Things done changed, and so have I.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Ring of Fire is my new nickname for the track. Usually I am baking out there while doing my speed work. Yesterday I received a little relief as there was some cloud coverage and a previous afternoon shower cooled it off even more.
I set out to do my 4 x 800's at 4:15 for each one. To my surprise I kept it under the 4:15. Here are the splits:
Yeah, I have no idea what happened at number 4, other than I wanted it to be over! I actually found myself in step with the fastest woman in group at the last 100. I was at a full on sprint and she was just running her pace! Like I said, she's fast.
Wednesday's run went pretty well. It was the hottest run of the week so far. I stupidly locked my keys in my car though and had to have a BRA member take me home to get my spare. I didn't think locking your keys in your car was possible after the year 2000. But, I proved myself wrong in that theory. Me = dumbass.
I only have one more run for the week (my running week starts on Sunday). I have a 10 miler scheduled for tomorrow but may add a couple miles to make up those I lost due to the 5K on Sunday and hills on Monday.
On another note, I did some pushups and situps after Wednesday's run. I only did 20 pushups, but when I woke up yesterday my first thought was, "Owww, why am I so sore? Did I try to lift a car? Oh yeah, stupid pushups." Guess I better get more core work in...
Tonight is my running night off and I've got the first season of True Blood on DVD waiting for me at home. Can't wait!
Have a great weekend.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
What are you thankful for today?
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Today's post is serious business. I mean really. serious. business. Oh, who am I kidding? I can barely be serious at a business meeting about budget cuts. But I am going to try, because I need to get serious about nutrition.
I must confess that I lost 25 lbs about 3 years ago through a low-carb diet. I can hear you carbo-loading runners gasping right now. I went on the South Beach Diet. It was great for me* because I could eat a lot of foods I enjoy and saw results quickly. I followed this plan as much as I could but obviously snuck in chicken wings and the occasional french fry (or thirty). I was not a serious runner at the time, but did workout quite a bit. I was a total gym rat and seemed to do fine on the low-carb diet and still had enough energy.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I am still wearing my toe socks on my long runs and very much enjoy them. They seem to be helping my toes and are like a hug for each little piggy. I have been wearing Injinji, but there are a few other brands out there.
As this post is such an aromatic potpourri of topics I would like to direct your attention to the Redhead's blog post today. It's hilarious. I mean, hilarious if you laugh at your good friend's pain like I do. (JK Redhead, hope your eye is better soon!)
The Redhead is coming for a visit next month and is going to do one of her long runs with the BRA. Stay tuned for those posts as I am sure hilarity will ensue, as it often does with us. NOTE: She refers to me as Crazy B.
Tonight I am headed to the Four Green Fields Pub run. It's usually a fun run that is followed up with a beer or two. I should get 4 in today to get my week back on track. Four miles that is, not 4 beers.
UPDATE: Two Redhead sightings in ONE month. I have been talked in to heading her way for the 4th of July. Pics to follow....
Sunday, June 21, 2009
We wore them today for the "Run Through Hell 5K."
Oh and hell it was. I told myself ahead of time that I probably wouldn't PR (personal record) because it was going to be very hot and a trail run. The race started at 8, which any Floridian will tell you, is already humid and warm.
We got going and my first mile was pretty fast (8 min approx.). I figured that if I could get the first mile before we got to the real trail part done quickly then I could pull it back some for the remaining 2 miles. I think this plan worked and helped me get through the next two miles which were through trees, a wooden bridge, and some very narrow trail. It was so narrow that you had to hope you got behind someone running a good pace because there was no passing.
Actually, I ran behind a kid who was maybe 9 or 10. The little racer would not let me pass him! I would speed up and so would he. When we finally got to the final sprint, he blew my doors off. It was pretty funny and always impressive when a mini-racer kicks your butt.
My final time was (according to my Garmin) 25:38, beating my last PR of 26:42! I was shocked. And elated. But there's more! I came in third in my age group and got a sweet mug. I've never placed at a race and am pretty stoked about it. My friends are already joking that I am going to have that mug in my window like the leg lamp on A Christmas Story. I would so never do that...
Friday, June 19, 2009
I got home, showered, and put on my usual accessories.
By about 3 PM I was done.
Here is a most entertaining email exhange between myself and P-Funk as it related to our sleepiness:
From: B.o.B. to P-funk
Ok so I am officially sleepy. I was fine on Tuesday when I did my run in the AM, but I also went to bed at 9. I am so freakin' sleepy right now. Ihf;hr;drghaajjf; aOIHZsvdd - wha? Oh sorry. Fell asleep on the keyboard.
How you holdin' up?
From: P-funk to B.o.B.
Subject: RE: zzzzzz
OMG! That is too funny!! Sorry I didn't respond sooner. I was asleep under my desk and my alarm clock didn't go off (Seinfeld episode).
Actually by 10 am, I was already sleepy. I've had a few people in my office this afternoon, so I didn't get much of a chance to nap....HATERS!! :-)
You went to bed probably after 10pm - like I did - and don't forget that run last night. Probably didn't help. You'll get used to it. I actually enjoyed myself and thought it was a great plan and route. I'm thinking Monday evening hills and Thursday morning speedwork added to the rest of my schedule would make 5 run days and that's very doable. (is this a word?!)
I am sure I'll get used to these morning work outs soon. If not P-funk may need to make room under her desk for me.
Have a great Friday everyone. Stay tuned for my race report on Sunday!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Hmm. I am not sure what happened then. I woke up this morning with a sore right booty cheek. Almost as if I had been doing squats. Which, I have not. I did my 5 mile recovery run yesterday morning and spent the evening with the BRA at our monthly meeting. So I am not really sure what happened to my gluteus maximus.
Anyway, a woman from the Ragnar Relay was at our meeting to discuss this awesome (read: insane) relay with us. I am still torn on it. You can go here and tell me what you think.
Tonight I have a 6 mile run which is my weekly medium-long-run, or MLR. I am supposed to run this a tad faster than my long run and to be honest don't really look forward to this one. I like hills and speedwork more than this run. The problem is that it usually falls on a Wednesday, it's usually very hot where I run this, and I don't have a ton of people in my pace group for it. I may have to adjust this run to be later, earlier, or at a different location.
I so miss the days when I dressed like this to run.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The Story of B.o.B.
I joined the BRA (running group) back in October and was happily the only Beth in the group. There were a couple of Steves: Navy and Caribbean. And a couple of Johns: Steel buns and Jesus. But I was the only Beth. Until about March.
It was bound to happen, a new Beth joined the group. She was younger and shorter than me. Leaving some to joke that I was "Old Beth" and "Big Beth." I really didn't take offense to this as I am quite comfortable with my age and height. She's about 23 so it doesn't take much to be older. And I'm almost 5'8. In addition, good natured ribbing is standard in our group and I give it as much as I take it.
Thus B.o.B. (Big Old Beth) was born.
Of course after a group tubing trip various meanings to B.o.B. arose, but that my friends is a whole other story.....
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
I ran a 10 miler this morning and warned my running buddies that they could go ahead of me as far as they liked because I was sticking to the pace. I have often made the mistake of trying to run with the big dogs (well medium dogs, but big to me). When I do this I bonk at the second part of the run. Not anymore. I know it seems so silly, just slow down dummy! But sometimes you get caught up in the group and the adrenaline.
Not today. I am happy to report that I ran the first 5 at a comfortable pace and the last 5 was able to do some negative splits (that means a quicker pace per mile).
Tonight I am off to a BRA (running group) par-tay that should be loads of fun. I am going to reward my 6 days of running with beer and cake. Not together of course that would be weird.....well maybe not that weird....
Thursday, June 11, 2009
For TGIF I leave you with this song that always makes me think of track.
Last night was one of the hottest 5 milers I have ever run and I am sure it's just going to get hotter. In my very own homage to David Letterman (love him) I have created a Top Ten List. Ok, here we go:
Top Ten Indications It's Too HOT To Be Running:
10. You consider drinking out of a random house's hose.
9. As you exhale the breath that blows back on your face feels like you are standing too close to a furnace.
8. The rain that fell before the run is turning into steam on the sidewalk.
7. The chattiest of your running group are dead silent.
6. You periodically curse yourself for signing up for that upcoming race.
5. People in their A/C'd cars are pointing and laughing as you run by.
4. Your running shorts are stuck to you in every place imaginable.
3. You drink your recovery beverage in Guinness Book record time.
2. You race a small child to the water fountain.
And the #1 Indication It's Too HOT To Be Running :
1. You consider running naked.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sorry about that folks. Unfortunately, running nerds often have conversations about gross bodily activities. Will try to keep those in check for at least a week.
Monday, June 8, 2009
I ran my recovery four miler yesterday in Orlando while my friends The H's went to church. While they were gone I played with their most adorable pup, Parker the Barker. Parker also wanted to test out my toe socks.
They have been working really well for my long runs thus far. I had to swing by the Track Shack in Orlando to get another pair, hence Parker's playing with them. (Don't worry H's, I totally set him up. He's a very good boy.)
Today I ran the dreaded hills and surprisingly I ran them a bit faster than normal. I got to number four and thought that I may pee my Nike running shorts before I made it to number four (training plan only called for three, go me!). All I kept hearing in my head was that song by Donna Summer, but instead of beep beep, it was toot toot, yeah pee pee! It was very funny to me for some reason. Suffice it to say, I had to skip the post run stretch with the group and drive as quickly as I could to the nearest restroom. Ah, adventures in running.
Sorry if I butchered that song for you all for the rest of your lives.
Toot toot yeah.....
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
This morning we did 8 miles and I felt great. Right on pace and looking toward adding more miles as the weeks go by. As per my usual discomBOBulated self, I had an extra adventure at about mile 3.
I got pooped on.
That's right. I felt what I thought was a large droplet of water falling off a tree hit my shoulder. To my surprise, I looked at my shoulder and realized it was not water but a bird turd.
Redhead and I busted out laughing. I tried to tell her that getting pooed on by a bird is considered good luck. I don't think she believed me.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
BTW, I am totally rocking my Orlando Magic tee in this photo. GO MAGIC!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Needless to say I got home pretty late and was very sleepy this morning. I made it through the work day and was completely bummed when I got home and realized I had to run on the dread-mill due to inclement weather (lightning and possible hail = possible death and ouch). In addition to rain and sleepiness I had the most awful assortment of clean running attire. Light blue sports bra, purple tank, and hot pink running skirt. Guess somebodys gotta do some laundry!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I ran at the gym in my complex all by my lonesome while I jealously thought of my roommate and my dog (the traitor) snoozing away. When I got back into the apartment neither of them even stirred when I opened the door, which is rare for the attack terrier, Lloyd.
In any event, my training continues as scheduled. Last night I ran 5 miles at the dreaded hills and was very happy when my friend in the BRA, Caribbean Steve, said I was doing too much too soon. Gotta love that! So tonight I am off to rock steady with Redhead Running and No Doubt. Can't wait!!!