Showing posts from May, 2010

Go, Juli, Go!

My sister Juli is running the Fargo Marathon today. This is her first marathon. She has a goal of finishing under 4:20. Here we are after a 20-miler a few weeks ago. Please send good thoughts/vibes/prayers her way! Good luck, Juli!

Random Wednesday

I picked up some new shorts yesterday and this Nike Dri -Fit top: There was some debate among the store associates if it was a cupcake or muffin. I'd like to think it's a cupcake but a muffin does make more sense (as in "muffin top"). It's kinda cute, kinda random, and it was on sale. Plus, it's hard to take yourself too seriously with a legged pastry on your chest.

Weekend Recap

Last Thursday I went to watch the USA 1 Mile Road Championship hosted by the Medtronic TC 1 Mile. The race is run through downtown Minneapolis and they had some pretty awful weather. It was cold and was raining off and on and they were also running directly into the wind. Far from perfect conditions. You can see how cold it was by how the spectators are dressed. (Full disclosure: I may or may not have been sipping cocktails while all of this was going on. It's how we stay warm in MN.) By the time the Elites started to run, we had moved inside to grab something to eat. I took this shot of Christin Wurth somewhere after the half-way point. She had a pretty decent lead on the rest of the pack so I'd assumed she'd won. Wrong-o. Here's the video of the race if you're a total running nerd like me, but what essentially happened was Christin didn't run a tangent on the one and only curve near the finish and her competitor's caught up. She ended up placing thir

New Prague Half Marathon Race Recap

You've probably guessed from the title of this post that I went ahead and ran the Half. No, I wasn't feeling much better and wasn't even entirely sure that I would be able to make it through the whole thing. But I did. Here's how it all went down. I never sleep well the night before races. I think it's a mix of nerves and paranoia that I'll somehow sleep through my two alarms so I was awake long before my planned 5:30 wakeup. I immediately started my pre-race ritual of making coffee and having a small breakfast (an English muffin with pb), took a hot shower, and spent some time on the foam roller. Getting dressed proved to be a challenge as well. The weather report said the temperature at 8am would be 38 degrees with a wind out of the north at 16mph. Yikes! I had been planning on running in shorts and a long sleeve but decided to whip on my tights at the last minute. I am SO glad I did! I went to the race by myself since it was miserably cold and the cours

To Run or Not to Run?

You may all remember that I was saying that I wanted to PR in the 1/2 marathon I'm running tomorrow. Now I'm debating whether or not I should even run. Apparently my body has decided to fall apart. No actual limbs have fallen off as of yet but I think I'm moving that direction. For the past few weeks I've been having some hip/piriformis/IT pain but it's been manageable. Things got bad last Sunday when I had a 17-miler on the schedule. I ran it with my sister Juli, who had 20 (her first 20 before her first marathon). Needless to say, I couldn't let her do the last three on her own. I felt pretty good during the run but things got progressively bad after. (Side note: It wasn't the extra 3 miles that did it. I would've have felt crappy after regardless.) So for the next three days, I RICEd and cross-trained and used my trusty foam roller. And then yesterday I tried to run. Bad idea jeans. Through the wonders of the internet I have self-diagnosed mys