Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Viva Las Vegas

I'm going to Vegas this coming weekend and I'm very excited. First, I have never been to Vegas. Second, the group I'm going with is awesome and we always have a lot of fun. Third, I can't wait to get out of the hellhole that is Ohio for a little bit. (I like to blame Ohio, being the black hole of the Earth, for everything going wrong in my life.) I haven't been on a real vacation since right after taking the Bar when I went to Ocean City with B.D. and M.G.. So in 2 years. I can't wait...only 3 more days.

In other news, I did Race for the Cure this past weekend. It was fun. I didn't realize that the race in Columbus is the 10th largest Race for the Cure. There were more people there than at the Indy Mini Marathon. Very impressive. Somehow B, J and I missed the start for the runners (probably because I had to make a bathroom stop on the way to start line), so we walked. Apparently, I walk very quickly, which doesn't surprise me because I don't really enjoy walking for the sake of walking. So I wanted the 3.1 miles over and done with quickly. Anyway, that's all for now. I'm out like a fat kid in dodgeball.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Indy Mini Marathon - May 3, 2008

Anyone want to do the Indy Mini Marathon next year? (Besides Kmbuckeye & B, that is.) I signed up today to do the race again next year. Apparently, the spots are going like hotcakes - all 35,000. The race does sell-out; it sold out by Nov. 27, 2006, for this year's race. Anyway, if you're interested, let me know!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Nothing New Really

Not a lot going on right now. Just counting down the days until I leave for Vegas (for the 30th birthday of someone who will remain nameless). Weight loss is going okay. I've lost 6.4 lbs. over the past 7 weeks. Too bad it's weight that I've gained and lost several times now. I really need to get on the ball and break out of this cycle.

I also need to get back into running...like tomorrow. I've taken the week off since the 1/2 Marathon last weekend. I think I'm going to do another 1/2 Marathon in the fall. Specifically, the Columbus 1/2 Marathon on Oct. 21. So I need to keep up with my running, although I won't need to really start training for the race until the middle of July. If anyone wants to do the 1/2 Marathon with me, let me know! I'm also going to try to do 1 race per month for the foreseeable future. On May 19th, I'm doing Race for the Cure [5K] and potentially, on June 1st, I will be doing B's Race for the Kids (?) [5K] in Dayton.

Finally, I think hell has frozen over because I have purchased a pair of cropped/capri khakis from the Gap and I wear and like them. Some people may know or have noticed that I haven't worn shorts in public since high school (so, in at least 9 years) due to short, fat legs and that I have continually refused to wear capris since they have come back into style over the past few years. Mostly, it was because when they first came out, I never was able to find a pair that looked nice on me, and I didn't think such a pair existed. But apparently, they do. Now I need to address the problem of glow-in-the-dark white legs because they haven't seen the light of day in quite a few years.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

3:17:04 & 24696th Place

That's right, folks, I was able to do my very first 1/2 Marathon this past Sat. I jogged/walked 13.1 miles. WooHOO! It turns out my foot was only sprained and my doctor gave me the go-ahead to do the race a day and a half beforehand. I just had to wrap my foot for the race and then ice and ibuprofen afterwards.

The race went pretty well considering I didn't train at all the 2 weeks prior to it and only half-heartedly the 2 weeks prior to my injury. I finished in 3 hours, 17 minutes and 4 seconds and I was the 24,696th person to cross the finish line. And while I acknowledge it is a large number, I wasn't at the complete end of the pack. A total of 29,213 people finished the race.

I averaged a 15:03 min. mile, which is extremely slow, I know, but it worked for me. Plus, I was never in any danger of being picked up by the Sag Wagon. I had hoped to average about a 13 min. mile. Maybe next time. I walked a lot more than I wanted to, but it was probably a good thing because around 11.5 miles, my foot really started hurting. The pain would hit randomly, but it was so intense, I would limp for a few steps before I could get back in stride. I was worried that I had reinjured it. Luckily, I didn't. It doesn't hurt to walk on it now; it's just swollen. Surprisingly, I'm not very sore either. I'm very thankful.

The actual race was very cool. Downtown Indianapolis was virtually shut down. There were pit areas with water or gatorade about every 1/2 mile or so. Also, along the entire route there were bands every few blocks which was also cool. It was like having an iPod the entire race. All in all, it was a fantastic experience. I would recommend the race to anyone.