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New running shoes

Yep, this just made my day!!!  Awesome shoes!  So comfortable and worth every penny.  Thanks Brooks!!!

New running shoes

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Run 3.14 Pie Race

Run 3.14 Pie Race

Today I ran for pie.  What an awesome race!!!  The race began at 8:30 am and luckily a friend called me a little after 7 or else I probably would have missed it.

I arrived at the race site a little after 8 and was happy to see that we had access to a high school which meant a warm area to wait and real bathrooms.  I dropped off my bag, went to the bathroom, and then waited in the gym for a little bit.  A few minutes later I made my way outside.  I LOVE, LOVE hearing the National Anthem!!!  I do not get tired of it.

We ran through the streets of La Grange.  Great course!  No inclines which made me happy.  I did stop a few times because I was running too fast.  🙁  I need to learn to pace myself.   As soon as I saw the finish line I ran as fast as I could.  I passed several people which made me smile.  I accidentally pressed the “start/stop” button on my Garmin before mile 2 so I don’t know my official finish time.

I was one of the first 500 runners to register so I got a free pie.  Since I did not win a medal I was happy with it.  Yummy!  Next year I will just have to run FASTER!

Run 3.14 Pie Race

Look what was outside?  Poor turkeys.

turkeypie

 

Of course I had to get pictures with them.

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This year was the first time this race was held and I thought it went very well.  However, the only thing I question is how the finish time will be determined because they was no chip on the bib.  As I crossed the finish line I gave a volunteer a perforated piece of the bib with my number in it.  I was told that the volunteers were supposed to keep them in order for finish time purposes.  Huh????  Another volunteer told me that a scanner would scan my number at the finish line to determine finish time.  Well, regardless I hope I find out soon.  😀

Happy Thanksgiving!!!  Enjoy this special day.

Random Things

I had heard great things about the Better Than Naked Shorts by North Face.  I gave in, bought a pair, and wore then for a 3 miles run yesterday.  Oh my goodness!  I did not like them.  I mean, they are comfortable, fit just about right, they dry fast, and don’t stink.  However, they ride up.  I have a problem with my big inner thighs and I was constantly pulling them down.  Not sure if I want to give them another try or send them back?  Any suggestions on shorts that don’t ride up?

Random Things

 

I have decided to be a part of the Ragnar Relay Series.  Yep 200 miles from Madison, WI to Chicago, IL.  Have you done one?  How did it go?  Advice?

Random Things

Random Things

I am working on a list of 40 things to do before I turn 40 (November 20, 2012).  Below is what is on my list so far.  I will post list once it is finalized.

  • Skydiving 
  • Rollerskate 
  • Blackhawsks game 
  • Scubadiving 
  • Whale watching 
  • Taste 40 different beers/tequilas 
  • Bikram yoga 
  • Ballroom/pole dancing 
  • Relay race 
  • Camp out in front of store to buy “something” (Black Friday) 
  • Pick favorite actor/actress and watch all of their movies (movie marathon) 
  • Slumber party 
  • Drive-in movie 
  • Pottery class 
  • Visit a country/continent that I have not been to 
  • Go to the Grand Canyon 
  • Hike at Yosemite Mountains 
  • Do ultramarathon (50K) 
  • See U2 in concert 
  • Hot air balloon ride 
  • Take a CPR class 
  • Learn sign language 
  • Participate in the Chicago Polar Plunge 
  • Go on a helicopter ride 
  • Travel first class 
  • Visit the Four Corners Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado 
  • Learn to play poker 
  • Learn to play pool 
  • Watch every movie that has won an Academy Award Winners for Best Picture 
  • High Tea” at the Plaza Hotel in New York 
  • Get palms read/See a psychic/Get a tarot card reading 
  • Run a marathon in another state 
  • Participate in the Women’s Half Marathon
  • Run 1,000 miles

A Perfect 10

Today I ran in the Chicago’s Perfect 10 Race.  One had the option of running 10 miles or 6.2 miles (10K).  Since I am training for the New Orleans Marathon in March I chose 10 miles.  Packet pick up was at Navy Pier but I don’t like going there because it is a hassle to get there.  Luckily I could pick up my packet on race day but that meant I had to be there earlier.  That is OK.  Friday night I went to bed at 9pm and work up at 5 on Saturday morning.

I arrived at Navy Pier around 6am and was shocked to find out that parking was $18.  I inquired about a discount and was told that the price is already discounted…regular is $24.  Yikes!!  I made my way to the expo to pick up my packet.  I was happy to be in a warm place and with real bathrooms.  It was a cold morning so I was happy to be indoors.  I looked outside and saw the sunrise.  Gorgeous!

A Perfect 10

The race started at 7am and off I went.  It was such a beautiful morning for a race.  Yes, a little cold but not too bad.  My goal was to run each mile a “perfect” 10.  Well, that is less than 11:00 minute.  Yeah, that did not happen.  I was close though.

A Perfect 10

Mile1-10:36
Mile 2-10:31
Mile 3-10:52
Mile 4-11:07
Mile 5-10:33
Mile 6-11:11
Mile 7-10:22
Mile 8-11:11
Mile 9-10:38
Mile 10-11:22

It felt good to be running.  I ran 10 miles last Sunday and it was tough for me.  That was not the case with today’s race.  I had energy and felt good towards the end.  Well, sort of, since it did take me a little bit longer to finish that last mile.  Overall, I was pleased with the race.  I even saw Forrest Gump at the end!

A Perfect 10

What truly shocked me is that according to my Garmin the race was EXACTLY 10 miles.  That had never happened before in a race.

A Perfect 10

Yes, I did have an issue with location and parking fee but overall I give this race a perfect 10!!

October 2011 in Review

This month I ran 52.7 miles.  Yeah, SLOW month.  Below are the races I completed this month:

  • ING Hartford Marathon, October 15
  • Carrera de los Muertos/Day of the Dead 5K, October 29

Total miles ran this year is 569.63.  I was really hoping to run a total of at least 1,000 miles this year but a semi-injury in February (ran 29 miles that month) and my 3 week vacation in the summer to Mexico, Ecuador, and Peru (49.5 in June and 17 in July) slowed me down.  I did A LOT of walking during those 3 weeks that I was so exhausted when I came back and the last thing I wanted to do was run.

Upcoming races this month include:

  • Hot Chocolate, 15K, November 5
  • Chicago’s Perfect 10 at Navy Pier, November 12
  • Run 3.14 Pie 5K, November 24

I am really excited about the races this month.  I ran the Hot Chocolate last year and was very disappointed with the course.  This year there is a new course so yes I am happy.  The Perfect 10 race is new this year and is a 10K or a 10 mile race.  Since I am training for another marathon I chose the 10 mile race.  The 3.14 race is new for me.  The name caught my attention.  Plus, the first couple hundred that registered gets to take a pie home.  How cool is that?

October in Review

I cannot believe the year is almost over.  Where did it go?  What did I accomplish?  Well, for starters I traveled to 4 countries from June-August.  I traveled to one of the Wonders of the World..Machu Picchu.  To date I’ve ran almost 570 miles compared to 601.9 at the end of December last year.  I started this blog which I kept putting off and finally got around to it.

I am definitely looking forward to 2012!!