Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
It was just drippy enough last night that we didn't cancel run. After a week of basically doing nothing, it was good to just be out there moving.
But that didn't stop us from whining (just a little) about the wet weather...
Monday, December 2, 2013
Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Hope you have great Turkey Trots and fun runs and races this morning, if you're so inclined. (I'll be traveling instead of running this year.)
And then, of course, have a fabulous time with family and friends.
Remember -- the holiday celebration is ideally only one meal, not a season! Step away from the table and send food home with your guests so that, hopefully, you won't actually need your Fat Pants. :)
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Think I can convince myself to hit to the treadmill tonight? Hmmm, that's sounds unlikely even to me and I'm a master at self-delusion regarding treadmill miles.
Safe travels, peeps!
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
It was a brisk, brisk night last night around run time. Kudos to the peeps that made it out. I was so proud (once we finished).
Granted, there was the tiniest bit of discussion regarding adjourning for dinner without running but we did it and then headed into someplace warm.
Monday, November 25, 2013
|In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I was super thankful for this train that stopped us |
for just a few minutes during our long run on Saturday . . .
My head was not in the game on Saturday morning for our 10.5 mile scheduled run. Somehow, this one snuck up on me and all the things I usually do to prep in the week prior to this type of distance just went out the window. I basically woke up on Saturday and thought, 'Oh my -- 10.5 this morning. That's not going to be good.' And of course, it went downhill from there . . .
Props as always to the fabulous C for trying to pull me back from the pit but I was too far gone by mile 3 to make it 10.5. That said, I whined my way through 2 more miles. By the time we got to almost 5, we were going to cut back on a straighter route that would have had us at 8 by the end but when C wanted to make a quick water and bathroom stop at McD's, I knew I was toast. Thank goodness for great friends like G who came back out of her way to give me a ride back to my car.
It's been a while since I've had a run this bad and I'm working hard at not being discouraged by it. (At Weight Watchers Sat morning, S was really encouraging and asked me what I would tell another runner who had just had one bad day as compared to what I was internally telling myself at that point -- a very good little piece of advise.)
Onward . . .
Friday, November 22, 2013
|cg -- now on Twitter at runningchunky|
I hope you'll check me out on Twitter (runningchunky) and follow if you're so inclined. Leave your name in the comments and I'll follow you, too.
I've started following a bunch of running and runDisney related peeps but I'm not really in the ebb and flow of it yet. There's a lot of back and forth going on out there, isn't there? I didn't expect that.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
|Yay for Target -- and Red Card nets an extra 5% off.|
I found the best thing at Target the other day: A lightweight tech headband from Champion that goes over my ears and has a ponytail hole. It is standard tech material as opposed to fleece.
Not only is this way more versatile for this time of year than a fleece headband but the ponytail holder anchors it into the right position on my head to keep it over my ears. (I have a weirdly large head and tech hats slide up and won't stay down over my ears.)
I like my ears and hands to be warm on a run even if the rest of me isn't as covered up or layered. Now I just need to remember to bring it on my runs! (Yes, I forgot it for last night's chilly, windy run. Brrrr.)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
|Heading down the off ramp at the Glenridge Connector . . .|
- Official - 4 miles in 1:21
- Garmin - 4.15 miles in 1:21
Yes, I'm doing my Sunday race report before my Saturday run report. Ah well, bear with me.
Once we worked out the logistics of cars (start in Sandy Springs, end in Buckhead), this was a pretty straight-forward race down GA 400.
It was a bit misty Sunday morning, but the temps were not unpleasant. Unfortunately, I was way over layered as I thought it was colder than it was. This time of year really confuses me!
I quite loved the 4 mile trek down GA 400. I could still see people for most of the race and it was cool going through the Toll plaza (except for the big hill leading up to it -- funny that I never noticed the big downhill coming out of there in my car!)
It was a quirky little race. For the first mile or so, there were tons of people around, particularly just off the exit ramp when we hit the freeway. People were laying on the road and taking pictures or waiting for Marta to go by and taking pictures or hanging at the back of the race with the empty road behind and taking pictures. (Do you sense a theme here?) Anyway, that was pretty fun as you don't usually see a lot of picture taking at local races -- so much more of a runDisney thing.
Then there was another odd stretch -- For the better part of a mile, I was pacing just behind 3 ladies that (by their shirts) belonged to a local singing group or glee club of some type. They sang All that Jazz all the time I was near them. Finally, I had to actually slow down (yes -- on purpose) to let them go on. I wouldn't have minded so much except for the fact that instead of singing harmony, they were all singing the same part. (Ow -- my head!!)
I didn't like that the race peeps started letting buses leave as some of us were coming up the exit ramp but can understand that they were getting tired of waiting for the stragglers. Other than that, the support at the end was still good for as late as the back peeps came in - timers still up, water still available -- so that's a big mark in their favor.
At the end, I was definitely at the back of the pack but my friends waited for me. Yay for friends! And happily, despite dire warnings, our cars didn't get booted at or towed from Phipps Plaza at the finish line. I'd recommend doing this race the next time it rolls around but since the last time it was held was 20 years ago, you might have a bit of a wait.
|Heading South toward the Toll Booths on the North-bound side of the street.|
|As fun as this fun, it will be even more fun when these are torn down and there are no more tolls.|
(Although, I just heard -- and this makes sense -- that 400 will probably be a lot more congested when it's free.)
|Loved going through the Toll Booths. I had my 50 cents ready for CHOA...|
|Almost home to Buckhead!|
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
|"Red cups filled with joy"|
You know how I go on and on (and on) about the explosion of oh so tempting pumpkin treats around Halloween . . . ?
Well, I think that chocolate peppermint insanity is also getting crazier in the pre-Christmas lead up. Or am I just noticing more? Trader Joe's is stocked to the rafters (and not just with Peppermint Joe Joe's -- yum!) Target also has aisles of peppermint chocolate this and that to tempt us.
Granted, last year I became a bit obsessed with skinny Peppermint Mocha Lattes (just a little) and even figured out how to have them at work all year long, but the lure of the Red Cup is hard to beat.
The big difference between this and the pumpkin madness though? I'm not (yet) seeing reasonable points alternatives in the Peppermint Chocolate/Mocha options... Even my skinny Peppermint Mocha option is a little more than I want to "spend". Luckily the Starbucks on my way to work always has a line about 12 cars deep -- it's really only tempting on the weekends. Also, I'm not quite as nutty about non-coffee options in this category (yet) so that's something.
Wow -- getting through the holiday season is rough and with the pumpkin and then peppermint seasons taking up about a quarter of the year, it just goes on and on, doesn't it?
|Talk about a Mad Cow...|
This is 18 pt for a SMALL!
Monday, November 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
- I know at a minimum I'll make the Saturday morning runDisney ATL meet-up. (Of course!)
- And Sunday morning will be the GA 400 4-Mile Run.
So what's on your agenda this weekend?