Movin’ On Up


Last Friday was my 40th birthday and as a result it was also my official entry to the 40-44 age group. “Officially” I have been racing within this bracket for all USAT events since January, but for road races and smaller tris I was still holding on to that 35-39 division.

Not anymore!

I woke up Friday morning to yard art from hell. There is nothing quite like backing out in the morning and finding a huge sign broadcasting your birthday to the neighborhood!! Luckily a cold front was blowing through and so this billboard spent most of the weekend face down due to the 20+ mph winds we were receiving.

Later than night, AquaDoc and I ran a local Halloween 5k. It was a fundraiser for the Ms/La Team in Training group and they did an outstanding job putting on their very 1st road race EVER! I ran a comfortably hard pace and my foot seemed to hold up although I could feel it pulling on the hills or when I had to fight the headwind. I came in at 26:35 so nothing to really write home about, but I knew I wasn’t going to be setting any records and that really wasn’t the goal of the night. The best part though, was I ended up placing 1st in my NEW 40-44 age group. What a fantastic way to move up. Hopefully this is setting the tone for the rest of the season!!

A witch on a broom...How cool is THAT??

The rest of the weekend was spent looking a the calendar. Some people start their year in January, but I start mine on October 28th….my birthday.

I reviewed the past 12 months and all that happened and all that was accomplished. I set some goals for next year and began plotting the race calendar for 2012.

It’ll take me a few months to hammer this out just right. Of course we already have Galveston (70.3) on the slate in April, but between school breaks, exams, camps, the horrid heat/humidity of the deep south, and family vacations it becomes quite tedious to map out the “perfect” race schedule.

While it will take some time to plot it all out, the important thing is that process has begun. For me, knowing whats looming in the distance helps to keep me honest throughout the winter and definitely keeps my butt in the pool during these colder months.

So how about you…Have you started your 2012 race schedule yet? What’s changed and whats stayed the same?

Ohh, and…

Happy Halloween to all of you too! May your day be filled with many many treats and very few tricks!

Run Happy, My Friends!

Make Mine Merlot


I’m just not feeling myself today, maybe I need a Snickers….

I hate to be such a complainer. I know lots of people have it worse than me. They struggle every day to get things done with their insane schedules, I get that. I really do….

But I digress…

For the THIRD time in 4 days, I have had to cater my workout around some sort of home repairman’s visit. The mere fact that a newly built home needs these massive repairs is bad enough, but when it starts jacking with my schedule I get a little cranky.

Yes, I’ll take some cheese with my whine thank you very much!

I am a very routine oriented person. A stalker’s dream some might say. I do the same thing, almost every single day, at almost the exact same time. What can I say, I like a little structure in my life. So sue me!

When it comes to training, its done in the morning. At about 7:45 to be precise. It consumes about 90-120 minutes depending on the day.

I DO NOT do this in the afternoon and certainly never in the evenings. I have tried and I just don’t have that same mojo that I have earlier in the day. In addition, the heat and humidity (kryptonite) start to wreak havoc on me as early as 9:30-10am. I literally begin to melt before your very eyes. Its a terrible, painful process and one I try to avoid if at all possible.

 I also HATE cutting workouts short. It makes me feel like a cheater and I go to a really messed up place mentally. Hence today’s post.

I suppose I should be more flexible, but I’m not. Just ask PT/Coach. Flexibility is definitely not 1 of my strong points.

The Moral:  Today was my 3rd day of crappy workouts and now I’m just all bitchy and out of sorts.

And here’s the kicker. I cut my run short and the repair guy is late. Every minute that ticks by, equals the amount of time I “cheated”.  Errrrrr…

So I ask you, how do you handle those weeks where nothing seems to go your way? If the deck is stacked in everyone else’s favor? When things just aren’t fair?

Is it Snickers or Merlot?

Run Happy, My Friends!