Sunday, October 30, 2011

Monster Dash and Airing my Grievances

I signed up for the Team Ortho Monster Dash 5K which was on Saturday.  I was a bit chapped before the race started because I discovered that the race was a not a race but  a "fun run".  I am all for fun runs but not when the entry fee is $41.49.  Team Ortho has a series of races and they are always well organized, fun, and timed.  It was my own problem that I misunderstood the type of race although it was deceiving....It was advertised as "Monster Dash 5K and 5K-9 Fun Run".  To me, I thought that meant the 5K would be chipped like every other race they have put on and the 5K-9 run was a fun run.  I was wrong.  Forty freakin' one dollars to enter this crap.

THEN...I looked at my bib.  It said I was 38 years old!  The nerve!  I am not 38 years old. Yet.  I still have 2 months thankyouverymuch.  (It probably was a typo caused by me, but it adds to my race annoyance and I will blame them, ha!)

My mood continued to take a nose dive along the course when people hit me with their strollers, I  tripped over dogs, and I got poked in the eye with fairy wings.  I especially enjoyed getting stuck behind a group of moms that ran 3 across with their strollers.  They walked oblivious to people trying to get around them on the narrow street.  People let their dogs run on a long leash in tight crowds of people causing tripping and tangling.  Then these same people would be horrified when their pooches would get stepped on from people running.  And seriously, there is none of this "on your left" business when there are shoulder to shoulder people and you are trying to pass with a double jogging stroller.  What set me off was some chick was running with a stroller, and hit me with it while she was trying to maneuver through a congested part of the course....her passenger was a dog.  That is when I decided was done.  Evidently the strollers and dog lovers didn't read the memo about starting at the back of the back. I started walking and actually picked up a call on my cell phone during the race (can't beat 'em, join ' least I looked before I stopped and moved all the way over).  I finished my conversation and ran it in.  I finished in about 40 minutes.

I was in such a pissy mood that I found no humor in the very creative costumes and ignored the fact that it was a PERFECT day weather wise.  I am not a running snob by any stretch of the imagination and I love that there are tons of people that are running, but the lack of running etiquette drives me mad!  To me running etiquette is as simple as common sense and a little respect for others.  After this experience, I will not be so eager to sign up for races because lately they are not as fun as they used to be....especially with how spendy the race fees are getting.

What are you race pet peeves???

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Back to Blogging....My ADD Catchall Post

I know I have been very neglectful with blog lately and even more neglectful about reading them. It has been partially because of the life craziness factor but mostly it is because of some EXTREME attention deficit issues I am having. Every time I sit down to write something, I can't focus long enough to get my thoughts out of my head.

I know you must be dying to hear what I have been up to (sarcasm).  To understand my mindset, I will write like I have been thinking....with the ADD. 

Chubby Hubby finally got a job!
Wait....I can't go there until I have told you about....
Last week at this time...
Chubby Hubby's unemployment was going to send me to the nut house. I am a bit of a control freak and we don't do things the same. We just hit the 7 month mark and I was about to go insane.
But then, I realized that I haven't filled discussed why I have been MIA in the blogosphere...
Football.  And...finally we are done with football which consumed our whole Fall. 
But now we have hockey season and all 3 kids are playing.  Bring it on!
But really, that is kind of boring and isn't every one's life crazy busy? So I should write about....
Volunteer obligations that I took on out of guilt and because someone said it was an "easy job". (FYI the school directory is NOT an easy job)
blah, blah, blah....been there, done that post before....So then I need to comment on.....
Seeing my family photos and getting a dose of reality about my girth
Which led to me to want to tell you about....
Going the the gym 3 times this week (applause please!)
Or maybe I should back up and mention that....
I have a new running goal, the Couch to 10K Program (Thank you Google and Danny Haralson)
Oh look I have a book review to share (Wallie Exercises)
Oh my God, that book review is really delinquent.  I must get that posted this week....stay tuned....until then,
I must share my PSA which is...
Peanut butter toast is not a great take-a-long breakfast and I certainly do not recommend eating it while driving. Why? Peanut butter melts on warm toast. Melted peanut butter drips. The drips of peanut butter on toast that you are eating on the go, usually ends up all over your clothes.....the clothes you wear work.
Or maybe I will scratch all of that nonsense above and...
 let you know that I am finally settled down to resume blogging.  I hope I didn't make your brain hurt too much with my crazy train of wild thoughts.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

BTB Sunglasses Review

REVIEW:  Be The Ball Sunglasses

I recently received a pair of Be The Ball Sport Optics. Per their website,, the glasses are the "best $100 sunglasses you can buy for under $50" and marketed for all types of activities. Prior to my review I chose the 500 series to test and chose this model because of the design and because fit "medium to large faces".  When I received them the glasses were a little too big for me.  So I enlisted a friend and fellow Blogger, Rich, to do the review.  If get a chance, check out his blog Diver Stuck in Minnesota.  He is blogging about his journey to India and his trip to dive in the Maldives.

He tested the sunglasses playing a full hour of touch football.  Here is an excerpt of his review.  To read the entire HERE.

Pros - The first thing I want in sport sunglasses would be a lightweight frame. These sunglasses are very light. The frame is primarily plastic but with some rubber accents. Which leads me to the second thing I liked about these: comfort. The rubber is in key pressure points: the two sections that bridge your nose and the two points that hold the glasses on your head. Both sections felt great the entire game and barely left a mark after wearing them for closer to 2.5 hours. Final comment I'd make is that they stayed in place all game. No issues with having to readjust at all during active gameplay. That said, I DID readjust which brings me to the...

Cons - The major comment I have against these glasses were the fact that they fogged up several times forcing me to readjust. While they fit terrific, they didn't allow for airflow to keep them from getting fogged up. A few times after several runs this happened. I'd be concerned when running that it would happen as well. My other con was very intermittent. During some views into the sun, I got streaks and unnatural bright spots from the lenses.

Verdict - These are good sports sunglasses. They fit great, were light and didn't leave marks, and stayed put though a full game. The cons weren't enough to detract from my experience. A quick readjustment took care of the fogging issue and the intermittent streaking was not enough to change your overall sight and view. Bottom line, if you are looking for some good sports sunglasses, give Be The Ball Sport Optics a look.

Thank you to Be the Ball Sport Optics for a chance to review your product and Thank you to Rich for stepping in to test them out.

Monday, October 17, 2011

ZeDonks and Camels, Oh My!

Another October weekend is gone and I have to say it was a great one. Diva went to stay with my parents for the weekend so it was just 4 of us.

I made a trip to REI to buy myself some respectable shoes since I seem to be having some chronic issues with my feet and ankles.  I bought my first pair of Dansko clogs.  I got them in basic boring black.  They are not as ugly as I once thought they were but they are not as cute as the heels I like to wear.  They are wicked comfortable and now I have the itch to get them in brown to complete my waredrobe.  On a side note, I got a pretty good deal on them because I used the REI member 20% coupon.

Chubby Hubby and I spend most of the day watching the boys play football.  One had a game (and he made a sweeeeeeet touchdown!!) and one had practice.  After the boys were done playing we decided to head out to Severs Corn Maze and spend the rest of the afternoon there.   They claim to have America's largest corn maze and every year they have an elaborate design (I alway wonder how the heck they do it).  Along with the maze, we enjoyed the corn pit (or at least the boys did), shooting corn out of a cannon, and mini donuts.  Then we looked at some exotic animals (not dancers).  The one that left us scratching our head was the ZeDonk.  I shit you not, a ZeDonk is a zebra/donkey hybird.  The photo below is not the best, but that donkey really does have zebra legs.  CRAZY!  Poor guy, no wonder he didn't want to turn around.
I rode a camel while I was there.  My friend made me do it because she wanted the experience and was not going to do it alone. We stood in line and waited for our turn with a bunch of 6 year olds.  You should have seen the looks we got from other adults.  I do not think I have laughed that hard in a long time, especially after seeing the look on the camel's face when we hopped on its back.  It was absolutely an experience I will never forget.  The guy leading the camel wore a sweatshirt with the company logo:  Camel Towing.  I loved it!
More football and Diva came home.  We all had a great weekend but it stinks that Monday came around so soon.  I didn't run this weekend because I wanted to give my foot/Achillies a little bit more rest before I start up again.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday's Quick Mind Dump

  1. I went for a little run last night and everything felt pretty good.  There was a still a little tightness in the foot and Achillies but I am going to the Chiropractor again today for another treatment.
  2. I am pretty sure my new Garmin is going to make me a better runner.  I am kind of a data nerd so seeing my pace and distance pushes me a bit.  (I love how a new Gadget gives me motivation to get out there)
  3. I did hot yoga last night and accidentally went to the 80 minute class.  This class is for the more advanced yogi which is soooooo not me.  I was able to hold my own in the class even though I could not wrap my leg behind my head while balancing on one arm (okay, nobody in class did that but there were some crazy poses).
  4. I made a week's worth of dinners on Sunday.  Yay me for being proactive quite Martha Stewart-ish!  Actually I made them because my children embarrassed me while I was getting them a quick fast lunch.  I asked if they wanted to stop and Rotten Ronnies (our term of endearment for McDonald's) and they said no because we went there two other times that week.  Ooops.  I got a couple of judgemental glares from some perfect parents.  Since I was afraid one of these parents was about to call CPS, I decided to plan ahead and actually make something we could at home.  Success.  Tonight we are having stuffed shells.
  5. I have kind of a busy night tonight but I am going to go to the gym and run on the treadmill if it kills me. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Final Thoughts on 2012 Twin Cities Marathon

It has been just a little over a week since the marathon and life is getting back to normal.  My Achilles is feeling much better.  I think between the chiropractor and the 90 minute massage most of the kinks were worked out.  I still have a little bit of soreness that I am working out by stretching, resting, and ice.  I think I will be just fine.
It occurred to me during this past week that as much as I love the Twin Cities Marathon, I don't know if I will run it again.  The training cycle is just too crazy for me.  Summer is just too unpredictable for scheduling and I do not do well with training in the heat.  I have run it twice, dropped out once, and did not even make it to the starting line a couple of times.  My attempts at this race have been half-assed, I have never been fully trained for it.  Truth of the matter is, I love my BBQ eating and beer drinking Summer too much to devote to the training. 

This year also brought on some additional challenges for training such as extreme anemia, juggling schedules of three very active kids, looking to transition into a new career, and dealing with Chubby Hubby's new status of being unemployed.  Needless to say, this impacted my running huge this Summer.  There were too many uncertainties that were stressing me out and I am not one that can run to get sane.  Ultimately the ankle/Achilles thing took me out of the race but with all of the other things behind it, my heart was not in it.

I don't really have much going forward.  I will be running the Monster Dash on October 29th.  It is a 5K and I my only goal is to run the entire thing.  From that point, I will play it by ear with different races.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The 59% Twin Cities Marathon Report

I have been trying to figure out how to handle this race report since Sunday.  Afterall, I didn't finish so what more can there be? Actually, a lot!

 I will first state that I am fine.  I am seeing my chiropractor for treatment on my Achilies and ankle.  Although it has not been ruled out completely, they are pretty confident that my injury is not a stress fracture.  Urgent Care put me in a splint and thought it was sprained.  Most likely it is all Achilies related because it was beyond tight.  Today I am walking normal with only a little soreness.  The Chiropractor did some muscle work and I went in for a deep tissue massage.  It seems to be working.  I am going to baby this for a bit and start running when I get the all clear.

I always have been a fashionista

Now that is out of the way I can get to the good stuff:
  • I made it more than half way before I had to drop out.  My thoughts are 59% is better than not even trying.
  • I ran in my brand new shoes.  First time I have ever run in them and they ROCKED.  I know the rules and I know the consequences, but I chose to challenge it anyway.
  • The weather was AMAZING!  It was perfect day for racing.
  • The course.  I have said it many times, but Twin Cities Marathon has to be one of the most beautiful courses out there.  The Fall colors are stunning.
  • I ran with my friend and it was nice to have company and brag about the beautiful, cool place I call home.
  • I got to spend time with my friend that lives out of town.   We ran as a Viking and Packer fan.  I was a little shocked at how many Packer fans there are on this side of the boarder.  Hmmmmfp.  I didn't like being heckled!!
  • My new Yurbuds.  They were amazing and did not hurt my ears nor did they fall out.  The did not even need to be adjusted.  Simply amazing.
  • My new Garmin.  Wow, I can't believe I ran without one.  It was fun to monitor my pace.  I certainly caters to my neurotic side.  Speaking neurotic....I wore both Garmins.  I had one monitoring my pace and one monitoring my intervals.  Yes, I am an uber nerd.
  • My pace was way better than I could dream of even doing a run/walk interval....I was on track to come in around my personal best, a far cry from the sag wagon.
  • The spectators were fantastic!!!  Lots of cheering, music, and high fives.  Again, this marathon should be on your race bucket list!
In the big scheme of things, I am happy with my performance.  I ran well, I felt well, but I just knew it was not going to be a good thing for me to finish.  I felt better running on Sunday than I have for over a year.  That is success in my book and there are many more races to chose from.

One of the best parts of the weekend was the "internet dating" as my friend calls it, I call it a Blogger meet up.  I got to meet Bobbi!  She ran the race as well and did awesome! 
She is one of the nicest people I have met and very down to earth.  She braved the Casa de Chubby and got harrassed by my children and didn't bat an eye.

I have a feeling I will be seeing Ms. Bobbi again in June.

For a DNF, this race was still fun.  I do hope that this is my ONE AND ONLY DNF.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Blogging From Urgent Care

Well I can add something to my list of firsts.......a DNF.  I am sure that you the reader are not shocked by this outcome, but I am a little surprised.  I am surprised because I felt AMAZING!   My legs were strong and my cardio was great.  I was even on track to PR or come pretty damned close.

So what happened?

Around mile 13 my ankle started to stiffen up and by mile 14 I had bone crushing pain.  I hobbled into the EMT tent at mile 15.5 and the doctor and Chubby Hubby told me that I needed to be done.   For a moment I thought about saying screw it and hobble my way toward the finish.   Weighing the consequences, I decided to play it smart and graciously drop out of the race.

Yes I am disappointed but I am not crushed.   I am
actually feeling worse that i came into urgent care right from the race.   Pewwwww!  (I am decorated as a MN viking and my doctor informed me she was a Packer fan......Yikes!)

I have a whole bunch of stories from the weekend that I will share in an offical race report.  Right now i am waiting to get an xray.  Hmmmmpf.....this is really ruining my post race feast!