The Liebster

Happy Friday!

I was excited about getting this post up tonight, but I discovered that my blog has gone all wonky!  :(  All of my sidebars and widgets have completely disappeared and I can’t get them to come back.  Ugh.   So if you can see them when you are reading this, then I was eventually victorious.  If you see nothing, then help!!!liebster

I was recently nominated for the Liebster Award by HellyontheRun.   Thank you!  If you’ve never read her blog, head on over and check it out!  It’s great!  So here are the rules-

1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.  Check!
2. You must answer the 10 Liebster questions given to you by the nominee before you.  Look below :)
3. You must pick 10 bloggers to nominate.  That’s a big number…
4. You must create 10 questions for your nominees.  Gotta dig deep
5. You must go to their blogs and notify them of their nomination.  I admit that I am so bad about this…

And the questions provided by Helly-

1. When people ask you, “Why do you like running?” How do you respond?

I like knowing that I can and I love the feeling you get after a good run.    I also admit that there is pride involved.   The running community is vast and growing all the time, but there is still that look of mild disbelief mixed with a little bit of awe you get from occasionally from a non-runner.    I try to talk everyone I know into running with me.
2. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I  have always wanted to visit England but I think I would pick Kauai.   My grandparents used to live in Princeville and loved it.  I was able to visit once when I was young and have always wanted to go back.  My grandfather has passed and my grandmother is not well, so that just re-enforces my urge to go.  My mother and I have a quasi plan of going the year we turn 35/55 respectively but right now it’s mostly talk.
3. Someone received an award they cheated to get. Do you notify someone or keep quiet?

I am overly honest, so I would tell someone.  I tend to be a little blunt, so I might end up confronting them as well.  Hmmm, that might not end so well.
4. What’s your favorite food?

It says food not meal, so that would be pineapple.   I love pineapple, eat it almost every day actually.   I just don’t want it on my pizza :)
5. Do you speak any other language besides English? If not, what language would you like to learn?

I’m sorely out of practice now but I speak Spanish.   When I worked at the restaurant, I probably spoke Spanish more than English on a daily basis.
6. The Voice or American Idol? (or none)

I don’t watch either, but if I had to choose, it would be The Voice.  Why? Adam Levine.
7. What is the last book you read?

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
8. If you could time travel, would you go the past or future?

Can I have both?  Preferably with a mad man in a blue box that’s bigger on the inside

9. What are you most looking forward to this year?

Paying down my credit card bills, and running of course :)  Breaking 2:00 in the half marathon.
10. What is your favorite holiday?

Hmmmm, any holiday that the family is together and my mom made her Beef Stroganoff.

And for the nominees are-

Don’t Blink- Just Run

Tartan Jogger

Running From it All

Did that Just Happen

irishrunnerchick

Pink Elephant on Parade

BayRunner Jamie

The Blonder Side of Life

The Road to Physical Fitness

I feel like I am forgetting so very many blogs right now.  I will do my best to notify you all within the next day or two!

And my questions-

1.  What’s is something you’ve learned about yourself from running?

2.  Name that song or artist that you can’t admit you like but sing along every time you hear?

3. What’s the best movie you’ve seen lately?

4.  Name the best piece of advice you’ve received about running? Or anything?

5.  Now name the worst-

6.  What can you absolutely not leave the house without?

7.  If you won the lottery, would you keep your job?

8.  What is your dream job?

9.  Guilty pleasure tv show?

10.  Can you play an instrument?

Thanks again to Helly for the shout out!!!

Now it’s off to bed for me, I have a race in the morning!  At least Kimi approves the shirt and bag-Photo by slackerrunnerWho has big Easter Plans?

Any races or egg hunts planned?

Pre Race Jitters

Where did this week go?  Seriously wasn’t it just Tuesday?   Now it is Saturday evening, and I feel unprepared for tomorrow‘s race.   I’ve picked up my bib, edited my playlist, and laid out my clothes.   Since I decided that a PR is unlikely with that last hill, what do I have to be nervous about?

Taper week has been completed, probably a little too well.  After Monday’s 10K, I headed back to the lake path on Tuesday,    I ran a good 4.5 miles.  Probably a little faster than I should have but they felt like good miles.   After that the week seemed to pick up speed.

I had a meeting Wednesday morning but when that was completed I was done for the day, woo hoo!!   Since I had to drive through SLO on the way home, I stopped by the Running Warehouse to exchange the handheld I had picked up on Saturday.    That thing drove me batty; taking the sleeve off was a pain and I decided to just exchange it.    Hopefully the Ultimate Direction handheld I chose will be better.   I then headed home to change and go drive tomorrow’s race course.  After getting home and changing, I checked Twitter and was ticked.    Apparently Jordan Hasay stopped by the Running Warehouse like an hour after I left!!!  Ugh!!!!  So in the past 2 weeks, Benedict Cumberbatch comes to SLO and I miss it, Jordan Hasay shows up and I miss that too :(    Oh and Lady Gaga was nearby a few weeks ago too.   :(

Thursday I had a business mixer after work, but the night ended fun!  I met some friends for an early showing of Divergent!!!  It was really good, they did a pretty good job converting it to a movie.     I treated myself to In n Out before the movie, carb loading right?  It was so yummy but apparently I was still hungry because 20 minutes into the movie my stomach growled.  And it was loud.   So awkward.

Danger!!!!

Danger!!!!

Friday I had briefly thought about getting in a 2 mile run after work but decided against it.  Which turned out to be a good thing because I ended up working longer.  The carb loading rationale struck again when I ate a bag of chips.  :(  Today I woke feeling a little under the weather, I have felt like that for a few days now but I am in denial.  I keep telling myself that it is just nerves.  I worked this morning so I didn’t get to packet pick up until later.    It was quick and easy.    They are using a new timing system this year so I won’t have to worry about them cutting the chip off as soon as I cross the finish line.  :)  The shirt is cool too.  This is the first time I have received a long sleeve tech tee.  And I love gray.

winecountryshirtI indulged with a little nap today too.  :)  Then I went through the swag bag to see what was there-

wineswagNow I am in my comfy chair relaxing.  Well trying too, I am still antsy for some reason…   I have gone through the list a few times and I swear I have everything ready.  I can’t shake the feeling that I forgot something.    Guess I will find out tomorrow.   now if I can just get to sleep at a decent hour tonight…

How was your Saturday?

Anyone else ever get that antsy feeling?

Less than 12 hours to go!

Race day is just a few hours from now and I am stoked.  I worked the registration booth for a few hours today and it’s always fun.   People are so eager and excited to pick up their gear and see what this year’s shirt looks like.   Grey and oh so soft, mine might become a sleep shirt.

 

Woo hoo!

Woo hoo!

There are also the first timers.  Picking up their packets and asking lots of questions. Where’s the start, how does my chip work, do I wear my shirt?   Awww, I remember that feeling.   I kind of wish I could go back.   I still get super excited (and nervous) but that first race was just so new and so different.

So what the HOB Fun Run offers are a 10K, a 5K, a kids ½ mile, a 75 yard dash and a not so dirty diaper dash.  On that note, how cute is this onesie!  Even the smallest competitors receive race swag!

 

How cute is this?

How cute is this?

This year the adults don’t receive a medal but the kids all earn a cool dog tag for completing their race.  Plus, like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, the winners receive cash! Woo hoo!   Not that I will ever be that fast.  Last year, the same guy won the 10K and the 5K.  I think his times were 30 min and then 15:something.  Or something around that, either way, freakishly fast.

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The start/ finish line goes up today, so that section of road closed early.  By the time my shift was done, the big parts were up.  By tomorrow morning there will be banners and lots of red carpet.  This is the only way I will ever be on the red carpet!

 

Getting Ready!

Getting Ready!

There’s also a pasta feed tonight, pancakes in the park tomorrow, face painting and bounce houses.  I am so pumped up!  I had my own spaghetti carb load meal for dinner.

 

carbs are good right?

carbs are good right?

I still can’t decide what to wear tomorrow; I have 3 outfits lying in various spots around the room.  I really need to try and get to bed early, got a big day ahead tomorrow.  2 races, with a great crowd and some friends running too!  I still haven’t quite worked out the logistics of 2 bib numbers and 2 timing chips, but I will.

 

I hope everyone had a great Saturday and a better Sunday to follow!  Sweet dreams!

Heat = Lazy Runner

So my neck of the woods has just come off of an excessive heat warning.  Perfect for running, right?

Five days of temperatures above 110 makes it really easy to be a slacker runner.   It was so unbearably hot that even my comfy chair was a no go.  Felt like a dang sauna for your backside, ugh.  To make matters worse, I got sick last Friday.  Seriously, who gets the flu in the summer?  My body couldn’t decide if it was shivering with the chills or melting from the heat.

After the lovely knockout of heat and flu, I was forced to run even less than a slacker like me likes to.   Being a commuter as well as inherently lazy makes running in the morning and avoiding the heat highly unlikely for me, I like sleep!    With the drop in training and lingering icky feeling, I was forced to postpone a race that I had planned to complete on July 4th.  This totally bites as I was hoping for a new 5k PR there:(.  I know the course really well and was very optimistic.    Cue inner scream.

I did manage to go for a run this evening after work; if 2.5 miles counts as a run.  Since I couldn’t do the race tomorrow, I did the course tonight instead.   Turned out to be a hotter 86 than I felt ready for.   It was almost 7:00 PM for crying out loud.  I actually maintained a decent pace throughout the run but just felt so sluggish.  I have a 10k a week from Saturday so I need to get it in gear!  Less slacker, more of a runner!

Tomorrow is actually supposed to be below 100, so I am aiming for a good 5 mile run at the local track.  Here’s to hoping for a good pace, good overall run followed by some good 4th of July fun!

And maybe after all that, I can get back to the comfy chair.

Happy 4th of July!!