Looking Ahead

I hope y’all had a lovely Valentine’s Day! Hubby and I aren’t really into such a commercialized holiday so we kept it low key and enjoyed some wine and fantastic steaks.  I married a man that can throw down on the grill.

I did get some really beautiful roses. <3

I did get some really beautiful roses. ❤

I can’t believe it but tomorrow is my last long(ish) run before Rock-n-Roll New Orleans – EEK!  I say long(ish) because it’s only 10 miles.  I know the people who came up with tapering know what they’re talking about but I get a bit nervous that my legs are going to go dumb and forget how to run.

Also, during taper, I find myself with lots of extra time which leads to looking to the future and planning more things to do.  {side note: There are a TON of cool races out there.}  I’m what I like to call a spontaneous planner.  I really love having races on my calendar (gives me something to look ahead to) but I also am guilty of spur of the moment or impulse registering.

Case in point, last week I added two new events to my race calendar and have a third event in the works.  To remind myself that money doesn’t grow on trees, I thought it would be good to look at what I have coming up next month and also what I goals I plan to conquer.

These are the two major goals I want to accomplish in March & April:

  1. Go to an actual crossfit class.
  2. Take swimming lessons.

I have been wanting to try crossfit for awhile now but didn’t want to risk injury during marathon training.  Now that I don’t have that excuse, bring on the pain!

My newest fitness items.  Weight lifting gloves and a jump rope.

My newest fitness items. Weight lifting gloves and a jump rope.

As for the swimming lessons, in order to even consider a triathlon I need to be able to do more then doggie paddle or float while holding a drink with a little umbrella in it.  I can swim, but not proficiently.  I have a small, very small, triathlon that I’ve been eyeballing for May but I’m not registered for it yet.

And these are the events that I’m looking forward to:

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2/24 Rock-n-Roll Marathon (full), New Orleans, LA.   This will be my last marathon until November.  Apparently I’m a masochist because I’m really going to miss training.

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3/30 Viking 1/2 Marathon, Greenwood, MS.  The same event company that put on last week’s half in Greenville is doing this one.  I have high hope for this half to be just as amazing!

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4/6 Zombie Run, Gulfport, MS.  Oooooooh yes! I will be in full zombie costume (clothes & makeup) chasing runners.  This is just going to be way too much fun! Proceeds go to benefit the smile train which helps children with cleft paletes.

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4/13 Yoga for Nonviolence, Ocean Springs, MS.  It will be interesting going from being a violent zombie one weekend to a peaceful yogi the next.  I will be doing 108 Sun Salutations (YIKES!) in observation of nonviolence.

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4/20 Warrior Dash, Jackson, MS.  This is the last event I’m registered for and most likely will be the last big event until fall.  By the beginning of May, the heat is already so hot in South Mississippi that racing season is basically over.  I know I’ll want to move to Antarctica.  Call me crazy but I’m looking forward to jumping over fire and getting my fuzzy, horned hat.

So that’s everything, minus a few local races that I’m undecided about.  I’m hoping that I can just pull this post up whenever I get the itch to register for something new…Here’s hoping my logic works.

Oh, and I just have to show you one picture from the half marathon last week.  (Of course the professional pictures came out the day that I released my post…)  The picture was taken right before crossing the finish line and I think my smile says it all.  I rarely buy a professional race pic but this was such a special race that I think I might just get this one.

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Question:  What events do you have coming up that you’re excited about?

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Womans Half Marathon Recap

I can’t believe it’s Friday already – woooohoooo!! Tomorrow I’m running a Christmas 10k where I’ll be rocking a slightly tacky festive Christmas outfit.  I was sick earlier this week but I feel 100% better and ready to tackle this weekend.  Y’all know that we only have 11 days until Christmas, right?  I hate to admit this, but I haven’t really started shopping… whoops.  I think I do my best under pressure.

This past Sunday I ran my final 1/2 marathon of 2012; the Womans Half Marathon in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which I ran in memory of my Aunt Kathy.  Even with feeling horrible during the race, this was one of my favorite 1/2’s to date!

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Those little white lines on the sign are actually the runners’ names.

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Let me start from the beginning.  Saturday, my friend Lorena and I drove to Baton Rouge, LA, which is typically a 2 1/2 hour drive.  We hit some major road work and then I missed a couple exits once in Baton Rogue, so almost 4 hours later  hours later we finally made it to the expo right before it closed.  We picked up our bibs and freebies – this race had a ton – and then went in search of food.

Swaaaag! Awesome shirt, super cute gym bag, pink headband and FREE race pictures!

Swaaaag! Awesome shirt, super cute gym bag, pink headband and FREE race pictures!

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We ended up at a local place called Sammy’s Grill which looked super cute.  I ordered an avocado BLT on wheat and a side of onion rings completely oblivious to the fact that hose darn onion rings would come back to haunt me.  Unfortunately what I ordered wasn’t really good but it got the job done.

A few hours later I started not feeling great and vowed to the onion ring God that I would never eat another one if I just felt better.  Apparently I’m masochistic; I know my body can’t handle food like that any more.  I laid out my stuff for the next morning and just kind of vegged out for the rest of the night.

Bright and early the next morning my alarm went off.  I love race mornings, there’s just something magical about them; I feed off of the excitement and anticipation.  I was not, however, in love with this race morning.  I woke up feeling even worse than I did the night before.  I tried to eat my usual pre-race Kashi cereal but only got 1/2 way through the bowl before I couldn’t eat anymore.  Strike one.

My RBFs (running best friends) and I hopped in the car to drive to the start and luckily Lorena had some Pepto Bismal tablets; I took two.  They didn’t kick in immediately so by the time we got to the race, I had to make a mad dash to the portopotties.  Bleh.  Fortunately, the Pepto kicked in before we had to start running.

Yikes!

Yikes!

Love you Aunt Kathy!

Love you Aunt Kathy!

The starting area was downtown Baton Rouge and had some really awesome sights.  I snapped some pictures but the pictures from the race photographers are so much better so I’m sharing those instead.109141-245-002f109141-245-003f109141-245-001f

A few minutes after 7am we crossed the starting line and embarked on the 13.1 mile journey ahead of us.  To add to the fun, it was 96% humidity and almost 70*s at the start.

Can you spot me? Hint - bottom, left.

Can you spot me? Hint – bottom, left.

I planned to give this race my best but wasn’t really looking for a PR since I hadn’t trained for it at all.  Prior to the race, 10 miles was the furthest distance I’d run since the Marine Corps Marathon in October.  The first few miles snaked through downtown Baton Rogue; this portion of the race was just ok.  We were treated to some lovely (please note the sarcasm) odors along the route.  Hey, it was downtown, what do you expect….  I looked down at my Garmin and noticed my pace was right around 9:15 which made me happy because it felt effortless.

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Taken in the first mile.

Somewhere around mile 3 I noticed some stiffness in my knee and foot.  Strike 2….I decided my body hated me.  I panicked a bit thinking that I was going to be in some horrible pain by the end of the race, but fortunately that didn’t happen.

After another few miles the course took us out of downtown Baton Rouge and looped us around the LSU campus.  Seriously, this was the most beautiful, scenic race course I’ve ever run.  It was gorgeous! We ran by huge, historic houses that lined a lake where countless large white birds,  geese maybe??, were enjoying a leisurely float.  That scenery lasted for several lovely miles.  I noticed around mile 7ish that my blood sugar was getting low so at I decided to risk my stomach issues and take the Honey Stingers gel.  It went down without a problem – whew.

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Strike 3 came after mile 9.  At this point in the race I felt like crud again, the Pepto had worn off but I still had 4 miles to go.  I walked through a water stop, grabbed some water and started running again.  A few short strides later I ended up doing something I’ve never done during a race…..I threw up. UGH!  Luckily I didn’t really have anything in my body other than water and Honey Stingers gel so it wasn’t a huge, ‘look at her, she’s throwing up’ type deal.  I don’t think anyone except the two girls in the closest proximity to me even realized what happened.  (Sorry ladies…) It was still embarrassing nonetheless.  And the worst part was that I had already passed the water station so I had to wait until the next one to get the taste out of my mouth.  (Sorry, TMI, I know…)

After that bit, all I wanted to do was finish.  I didn’t have enough energy to pick up the pace so I did my best to just maintain.  I remember coming into the finisher’s chute and the announcer saying something about “smile, don’t look so serious” over the loudspeaker and all I could think to myself was, “lady, I’m going to puke all over you if you don’t shut it”.  I got my medal & finisher’s picture, grabbed a bottle of water & 1/2 a bagel and promptly found a patch of grass to die on.

Bleh.  Please take this picture fast so I can die.

Bleh. Please take this picture fast so I can die.

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Yep, that's me being a bit dramatic. To justify it, I did get the chills really bad after I finished.  I blame the fever.

Yep, that’s me being a bit dramatic. To justify it, I did get the chills really bad after I finished.  I blame my actions on the fever.

My final chip time was 2:04:29; almost a 3 minute PR.  All things considered, not too shabby.  Stacey and Lorena both  got stellar PRs of their own!!

Ok, I know I did a great job of making this race sound miserable but the actual event itself was phenomenal.  It was so much fun running an almost all woman’s race (there were handful of men) and you can tell that this event was put together with lots of thought and care for the runners.  However, all the great swag, the awesome course,  and shiny new bling can’t compare to the feeling that I got from running in memory of my aunt Kathy.  It makes my heart happy knowing that at least a small portion of the race proceeds go to help cancer patients and survivors. I think this would have made Kathy incredibly proud and I can’t wait to run it again next year! (Sans flu symptoms.)

Question:  Have you ever run a race sick? Or gotten sick on the race course?

My Next 1/2 Marathon and Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Wednesday night I met with the Irish Coast Running Team and had a blast. I’m definitely looking forward to more runs with everyone.  There were about 30(ish) of us and we started / finished at the Irish Coast Pub.  The course is only 4.4 miles but it’s a great run and there were people of all shapes and sizes running and walking.  After the run you can hang out, grab some drinks and appetizers and stay for a trivia game.

This Sunday, you can find me in Louisiana running my 4th, and final, 1/2 marathon of 2012.

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I’m really excited about this 1/2 not only because of the great swag you get for running but because the proceeds go to benefit a myriad of women’s health organizations from cancer research to services for rape victims.

Another reason this race is very special is because I’ll be running it in memory of my aunt Kathy who died in 2003 from ovarian cancer.

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Kathy died when I was a teenager; she was only 51 years old.  I have many memories of her but what I remember most was her wicked sense of humor!  To fit in with my Deeds family, you have to have pretty thick skin and be able to roll with the punches.  And let me tell you, Kathy knew how to dish it just as much as it was given to her.  I remember her always laughing and heckling someone.  But that’s my family for you.  If you’re not being harassed, you need to worry.  Kathy left a big imprint in all of our lives.  She was such a positive spirit and we all miss her terribly; especially her children.

Cancer sucks. I know we all know to “Save the Ta-tas” (super important!) but I really think other forms of cancer get overshadowed by those, ummmmm, ta-tas.  So today, I want to share some of the eye-opening facts about ovarian cancer and encourage all my female readers to get more involved with your wellness.  Talk to your doctor, people; ovarian cancer is a fast killer.

Facts:

  • A woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer is 1 in 67.
  • 20,000 women will die from ovarian cancer this year alone.
  • Ovarian cancer is the 5th leading cause of cancer death in women.
  • Only 25% of cases are diagnosed early before the cancer has spread to the pelvic region. For these women, the 5-year survival rate is 90%.
  • A PAP TEST DETECTS CERVICAL CANCER BUT NOT OVARIAN

Currently, there are no effective means of early detection, which is why you should go to your doctor immediately if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed below.

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Signs and Symptoms:

  • General abdominal discomfort and/or pain (gas, indigestion, pressure, bloating, cramps).
  • Nausea, diarrhea, constipation and frequent urination.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Feeling of fullness even after a light meal.
  • Weight gain or loss with no known reason.
  • Abnormal bleeding from the vagina may occur as a late symptom.

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Risk factors:

  • Family history — first-degree relatives (mother, daughter, sister), especially if two or more have had the disease.
  • Age — most ovarian cancers occur in women 50 years of age or older, with the highest risk in women older than 60.
  • Non-childbearing — women who have never had children. In fact, the more children a woman has had, the less likely she is to develop ovarian cancer.
  • Personal history — women who have had breast or colon cancer may be at greater risk.
  • Obesity – women who are obese have a higher rate of death from ovarian cancer.
  • Fertility drugs — drugs that cause women to ovulate may slightly increase a woman’s risk.
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) — some evidence suggests that women who use HRT after menopause may have a slightly increased risk of developing this disease.

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Teal-ribbon-bigI know that was a LOT of information, but it really is something incredibly important for you to know.  If you think you may have some of those risk factors, PLEASE talk to your doctor.  Communication is absolutely critical in catching it in the early stages.  Teal is the color for ovarian cancer awareness so this weekend I’ll be rocking the teal for my aunt Kathy.  To learn more about ovarian cancer awareness, please visit http://ovariancancerawareness.org/ or any of the sources I have linked above.

In loving memory of Kathy Deeds 3/31/52 – 9/24/03

Question:  Have you ever lost a loved one to cancer?  What is your favorite memory of them? I would love to hear it!

The Color Run Recap

Did y’all have a great weekend? I was so sad to see it end.  Any weekend that’s filled with extra days off, food, family & friends, and running is alright in my opinion!  Friday I went to the gym (which was  ghost town thanks to everyone shopping) and got in 4 miles of Yassos at a 7:45 pace, 5 miles cycling to work the kinks out of my legs after the Yassos, and then I hit the upper body weight machines.  My arms and legs were spongy like jello.

Saturday, I met my running girls and we knocked out 10 miles.  Our training plan called for 9 but we have a 1/2 marathon in two weeks and I wanted to get at least one double digit run in.  Adding an extra mile may not have been the best idea.  I was having some knee pain pretty early into the run and then by the time we finished the 10 miles my foot was on fire.  For the remainder of the day I had a shooting pain in my foot any time I put pressure on it.  I’m hoping it’s not a precursor of things to come.

Ignore my jacked up toes…Have any of you had pain where I’m pointing?

Last weekend I had the pleasure of running The Color Run in New Orleans.  I registered for this ‘run’ (there really wasn’t much running going on) back in February and had been anxiously patiently biding my time for it to happen.  And happen, it did!  With this being such a fun run, I really wanted to embrace the spirit so I tutu’d it up with along with some funky glasses and one fishnet glove; my inner 80s diva had arrived.

To make it even better, Larissa from Zero to Twenty Six Point Two contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in running for Swiftwick socks.  Um, that decision took all of 3.5 seconds to make.  I have a pair of Swiftwick Vibe Ones that I use for running so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on their Performance 12s (compression socks) and tech shirt.  I loved the compression socks and the shirt was seriously buttery soft.  The Swiftwick gear was the perfect compliment to my outrageous outfit.

I ❤ tutus…..and Swiftwick….and paint!!

Before the run we (my two running girls and I) met up with Larissa to get some pictures for Swiftwick.  Mindy from Road Runner Girl was there; it’s so nice meeting other bloggers IRL!

Swiftwick girls. HOLLA!!!

After the pictures, we went ahead and got in line for the run to start.  In order to avoid congestion in the paint areas, they let the runners go in different waves.  I was in the 3rd wave and it took about 20 minutes before we crossed the starting line.

My running girls {before}

My favorite picture!
I have no idea who this guy is but he was awesome!

Only in NOLA would this not seem strange.

Waiting to start. Soooooo many people!

Finally, we were off to Oompa Loompa town! I had fully intended on running this event but it was so congested that I was only able to run it for a little bit before slowing to a jog and then finally to a walk.  But it was totally fine.  It was so much fun seeing people of all ages, shapes and sizes coming together to get their paint on!  One of the reasons I love events like this is because it’s a catalyst for many people to start their fitness journey.

There were 4 different color stations: orange, blue, yellow, pink and then one big finisher paint party at the end.  There was even a couple that got married on stage before the run and then went through The Color Run in their wedding attire.  So cute!

My color progression.

BLUE! My favorite color!!

After making our way through the 3.1 miles of color explosions, we crossed the finish line and followed the sound of LMFAO to the finisher’s party and joined the shindig.

After!!!

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My fantastic package of biodegradable paint.
Is it just me or do I have a slight hint of smurf showing through?

Totally awesome finisher’s paint fest! I have a video on Youtube if you want to see it live.

I think my Swiftwick socks look even better with a bit of color, don’t you?

Question:  Have you ever done a fun run like this? I’ve heard of Ugly Sweater runs, Underwear Dashes, and Glow Runs. They all sound fun to me!

Gulf Coast 1/2 Marathon Recap

Did you get your presidential debate on last night? I hope so; it’s incredibly important for you to be as informed as possible.  Alright, that’s the end of my public service announcement.  I’m not a political blogger so I don’t like to talk politics….I like to talk about running…and eating!  As promised, my Gulf Coast 1/2 marathon recap is finally ready for your viewing pleasure! I’ll try not to bore you with too many details but this 1/2 was absolutely fantastic!  I give it two thumbs way, waaaaaay up and already have plans on making this an annual race.

Ok, bad blogger confession.  I left my camera & phone in the car so I don’t have any pictures during the race and the professional pics haven’t been released yet. 😦 I’m sorry.

Race weekend started off Saturday with me packing enough food to feed an army my travel snacks.  I am absolutely incapable of traveling without food – thank you clean eating.  Because I eat clean going out of town takes a bit more planning then it used to.  I know that if I don’t have food packed I’m going to be incredibly limited on my options on what I can eat.  Plus I always like having extra food for my running girlies.  If you ever meet me, I promise you will not go hungry!

Now that I’ve shown you my clean eats.  Let me show you my not so clean eats.  One of my favorite parts of race weekend is the clean eating hiatus I take for my pre and post-race meal.  See exhibit one (pre-race mufaletta, a classic New Olreans sammy, Dicristina’s) and exhibit 2 (post race club sammy with fries at Camellia Cafe). What can I say? I love my sandwiches!

Sorry, I digress.  Back to Saturday… My friend Karla and I drove over to Mandeville, Louisiana, to pickup our race bibs and t-shirts.  I was super excited about the shirts because the other Gulf Coast 1/2 I ran in Florida had an awesome shirt.  I was disappointed.  It’s just so blue.  And boring.  And not even dri-fit.  But I did love my bib! I decided to do something different and put my Twitter/Instagram handle on it just for fun.

Then it was time for race morning.  At the lovely hour of 4:50, alarms started going off.  Good morning sunshine….It’s race day! A quick check of the weather (don’t pretend like you don’t check the weather before doing anything else) revealed that it was already 71 degrees and 90% humidity.  Fantastic race conditions….

I threw this tree pic in here because I want you to see the gorgeous southern oak trees that were all along the course.

We got to the start area and hit the fantastic port-o-potty lines one last time.  Spoiler alert this next part is TMI.  I waited and waited and finally it was my turn.  So I hop into the john and first check for TP.  None.  Ok, I can deal with that.  I’m a runner, it happens.  But then I notice some, uh, semi-solid stuff (gags) on the outside of the potty.  Nope.  NOT HAPPENING. I high tailed it out of there and yelled some words of caution to the next few people in line.  I ran the entire race needing to pee – ugh!

At this time it was a few minutes before the race started so I hurried to line up.  They didn’t have specific corrals (just recommended times) so it was first come, first serve which meant I was waaaaay in the back.  It was cool though I decided the night before to not race but just let my body do what felt right.  If I set a PR great.  If I didn’t set a PR, great, my body would still like me.  If you remember, in my post last week, I struggled with the decision to run it as a training run or race it.   I just didn’t want to put any unnecessary pressure on myself.  I still ran with my Garmin but I had it programed to where I couldn’t see any stats that way I wasn’t tempted to monitor my progress.

Did I mention it was still insanely early when we got to the race?

So the race gun went off, and I spend the first mile bobbing and weaving in and out of runners.  Faster runners passing me, me passing slower runners.  You know, the whole circle of life type thing.  Early on in the race I got to wave hi to Mindy from Road Runner Girl.  We were supposed to meet before but I forgot my spibelt (my checklist failed me) so I decided to leave my phone in the car.  Even though we didn’t officially meet, I at least know there is a super cute person behind her blog – hi Mindy!!

I remember passing the 3 mile marker and thinking, “Yay, I only have 10 miles to go”! It’s funny how marathon training can warp your sense of reality. The course took us along the lake front which was gorgeous! Lots of guys fly fishing.  I briefly considered jumping in to cool off.  Then before I knew it I passed mile 6….and mile 9… By mile 10 I could tell I was going at a fairly decent pace.  Surprisingly, my body wasn’t fatigued at all and the running just felt effortless.  I had no idea if I was doing a 9:30 pace or a 10:15 pace but I had an inkling that I would at least PR by a few seconds.  Then finally I saw mile 11 so I started my countdown. Only 20(ish) minutes left.  Anytime I get close to the end of a run I like to countdown the minutes instead of the distance; it just seems to make things go faster.

I still had a ton of energy left so I kicked up the last mile and booked it to the finish line where I was greeted with a surprising 2:07:07 a 7:40 PR!! My Garmin said 2:07:03 but, between you and me,  if I had known I was only a few seconds away from 2:06 I would have kicked it up sooner.  The total distance was 13.23 which made my pace 9:36; not bad considering I walked through all the water stops.  This was the lowest stress race and I really enjoyed listening to my body; just soaking in the atmosphere and running with no prerogative.  A sub two hour 1/2 is totally in my future! Buuuuuut first, I have to tackle the MCM!

Sweaty finisher’s pic.

Hooray for functional race bling – a bottle opener!
What do you think of my lovely sweat line?

Question:  Have you ever hit your race or workout groove and surprised yourself at the results?

Gulf Coast 1/2 Marathon Here I Come!

Yippee!! It’s race weekend! Racing is arguably my favorite part of running.  I know I’ve said this before, but I love everything about it.  From preparing for the race, to packet pickup and all the swag at the expo (I ❤ free stuff!), to soaking in the nervous energy as all the runners are waiting in our corrals.  I. just. love. it!

This weekend I’m off to Mandeville, Louisiana, to run the Gulf Coast 1/2 Marathon.  I haven’t run this one before but I’ve heard nothing but great things about the course; it snakes through some pretty scenic parts of LA.

Fingers crossed the course goes by lots of historic homes.
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I have my checklist printed out and ready to get packing when I get home.  I know it’s oober nerdy but I will inevitably forget something (more likely multiple somethings) if I don’t have a checklist.  What can I say? I’m a spontaneous planner…

The plan of attack this weekend is supposed to be running the 1/2 like I would a normal training run.  With the marathon coming up in 2 weeks it would be silly of me to exhaust my legs by trying to PR.  What’s that? You noticed the “supposed” in the first sentence? Yeah, that’s because I know myself well enough to know that I’m not going to follow the long easy run advice and I’m going to try to PR.  *exasperated sigh*

On the plus side, my current PR is a not very speedy 2:14:47 (this was from my 1st half 7 months ago).  On the down side, I’ve been training for a marathon and not working on my 1/2 marathon speed.  I guess we’ll see what happens.  Mark my words, a sub 2 hour 1/2 will be mine in 2013!

So what am I going to be listening to as I try to PR complete my long, easy run? Well thanks to your wonderful suggestions, these songs have been added to my playlist:

  • My Body by Young the Giant (Thanks Megan!)
  • Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock-n-Roll (Thanks Ms. Belva!)
  • Cyanide Sweet Tooth Suicide by Shine Down (Thanks Nicole!)
  • Tubthumping by Chumbawamba (Thanks Dad! <3)
  • Just a Girl by No Doubt (Thanks Kat!)
  • Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons (Thanks Amanda!)
  • Strange Clouds by B.O.B (Thanks Carrie!)

Thanks for all the suggestions y’all! Can’t wait to randomly fist pump or bust a move to them this Sunday!

Question:  Who else is racing this weekend? Any 5k’s, 10k’s, 1/2 or even full marathons – I want to hear about your awesome plans!

Music That Gets You Moving

Are y’all tired of the sappy, emotionally charged downer posts I’ve put up this past week? ‘Cause I know I am! I feel like I owe all of you a box (or two) of Kleenex.  I’m so happy to report that this week has been a million times better than last week and I’m feeling back to my annoyingly upbeat self.  Not to mention I got this little nugget of joy in my inbox last night!

I have my last 20 mile run tomorrow and I’m soooooo ready to get out there and tackle it.  Then next weekend I’ll be running the Gulf Coast 1/2 Marathon in Mandeville, Louisiana – yay!

This race is a series and I ran the one in Pennsacola, Florida, this spring. It was just alright, not fantastic by any means.  The course was long (as in 13.35 miles), flat, boring, very few spectators.  BUT I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this course so I’m really excited it!

Plus, I can’t wait to get my hands on some more race bling.  They have the coolest finisher’s medal….a bottle opener!

I’m also excited to run this because it will be a good test run for the Marine Corps Marathon.  But I need your help. My 1/2 marathon playlist needs some new beats.  The only time I run to music is at the gym or during a race where I know they won’t have music.  My music taste is super eclectic so I’m up for any suggestion!  My current top songs on my playlist are:

  • I Love Rock ‘n Roll (Joan Jett)
  • Joy to the World (Three Dog Night)
  • Last Resort (Papa Roach)
  • Pour Some Sugar on Me (Def Leopard)
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (Marvin Gaye)
  • Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (AC/DC)
  • The Boy From New York City (The Ad Libs)
  • Everybody Dance Now (C+C Music Factory)
  • Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch (The Four Tops)
  • {And I almost hate to admit this song but if you’ve ever been stuck behind someone in a congested race you’ll understand…} Move B*tch (Ludacris)

Man, I can feel my adrenaline increase just thinking about these songs! Makes me want to dance.  And yes, I am guilty of during some sort of strange run/dance & random fist pumping during races.  Annnnnnd also high-fiving any poor spectator that might make eye contact with me.   I could pretend like I’m embarrassed by those revelations, but the truth is, I’m not! I love to have fun.  And I don’t want to disappoint Mr. Gosling.

I’m looking for songs that around 150+ BPM (beats per minute) but will take any suggestion into consideration!  Side note – If you’ve never used jog.fm to help find music with a certain BPM, stop what you’re doing right now and check it out (but make sure to come back to me…I have abandonment issues…HA).

So tell me, what else should I have on my playlist? What song(s) gets your blood pumping?