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Three Things Thursday

So I'm having one of those days when everyone and everything just annoys the crap out of me. Do you ever have those days? Please tell me I'm not alone in my crazy. I'm thinking a trip to Wal -Mart first thing in the morning wasn't the best way to start things off, but it just kept going after that. I'm hoping writing this and then reading some of your blogs will rid me of my annoyance. Now on to my three things: If you are reading this in your Reader and you have a minute to spare, click on over and check out my blog's new look. I got rid of the black background, which I actually threw on here around Halloween and just never got around to changing. So let me know what you think. I was going for something simpler and easier on the eyes. Yesterday I did hill intervals on the treadmill. I haven't really done a lot of "hill" runs, but my October marathon has a few so there's no time like the present to start preparing my legs. I did 7 intervals,

Two Things Tuesday

This post is not running-related, but I have two things I need to throw out there to all of you in my bloggy world and hopefully you will throw something back, specifically your opinions. I added a poll to my sidebar. Someone mentioned it is hard to read my blog because of the black background. Let me know what you think! I am working with a client that is a photographer. What are the things you look for in the photographer you choose to have document the important moments in your life? What would sell you on one photographer over another? Why would you pay more for one over another? RUN: I have a lot of safety pins.

Hurricane Half 5K Race Report

For being a 5K race, I have thought about so many things I want to include in my race report. Hopefully I will remember them all now that I have time to sit down and try to organize my thoughts. Because the race was in Hurricane, which is a little over three hours from my house, we went down the night before. My girls and my awesome, beautiful, super-fun cousin went down with me. We got there late Friday night and pretty much went straight to bed. Our hotel was in St. George, which is about a 30 minute drive from Hurricane. Because we got there late on Friday, I had to pick up my packet before the race and wasn't sure how much time to allow for that. I knew the bus to the starting line left at 6:00, so I set my alarm for 4:30. As usual on the night before a race, I woke up several times. One of those times was at 4:20, so I turned off the alarm and got ready. I left the three sleeping girls and headed to the race. I was one of the first people there, so I picked up my packet and

5K Here I Come

Tomorrow I am running the Hurricane Half 5K, and I am already feeling the butterflies. I ran my last 5K almost three years ago, not long after I started running. My time was 31:20. Tomorrow should easily be a PR, but I want more than that. I want something that I will have to work to beat in future 5Ks. Good luck to everyone racing this weekend and those running everywhere! RUN: My calves have been unusually sore. Wondering if it is from pushing my girls in the double jogger.

Breaks

I'm exhausted. Mentally. Physically, I am doing pretty good. In fact, my running is the one thing keeping me going mentally. Running gives me that little endorphin kick that puts me back in action mentally. I actually decided to write a quick post as a "break" from everything else. I pushed aside my guilt about being so far behind on blog reading and on writing blog posts for my family blog because writing this would result in a shorter break than attempting either of those things. I haven't been totally out of the blogging world lately, but I haven't left comments because I haven't yet found a magical way to leave comments through Google Reader without having to open each individual blog (please tell me if you know of such magic). I will admit I am ridiculously behind though. My apologies to your 804 unread posts in my Reader. I appreciate you reading my blog in spite of the fact that I have been so delinquent when it comes to reading yours. I will get the

Farkles

My four-year-old recently told me: "Mom, I want farkles." First, farkles = freckles. Second, I think she got the idea from a recent episode of Sesame Street in which Abby Cadabby's freckles become sparkle freckles. I'm sure my midge was disappointed and may have even thought I am a "mean mom" (her new favorite thing to tell me) when I told her I'm sorry but it is my job to do my best at keeping her from getting freckles (someday she'll thank me, right?) . She has one little freckle on her foot, so she'll just have to be happy with that. I think I'm doing a pretty good job in the freckle prevention area. My girls left Hawaii just as white as they arrived. My baby has such pale skin (I call it porcelain because it just sounds better) that when I put a pale pink and cream striped bathing suit on her, my hubby said he couldn't tell where her skin ended and the suit began. When I put sunscreen on my girls before our run today, my oldest mi

100

I finally made it to 100 posts. It took me almost a year, but I did it. To celebrate, I decided to let you guide how this post would go by answering your questions. Here are the answers to most of the questions I received. There were two questions that I just couldn't answer in a few sentences, so I decided to answer them individually in later posts. So Jesse's and Lauren's answers are still to come. Shannon said... If you could change one physical thing about yourself, what would it be? I first put I would change the weird area above my belly button on my stomach, but I realized I would change my entire midsection overnight if I could. I would love to have a tight little six pack and none of that extra stuff hanging around my waist. In fact, I decided yesterday that a nice set of abs is what I'm giving myself for my birthday. I have six months to get it. Luckily the one physical thing I would change is something I can get without surgery. On a rainy day, what woul

I Need a Bigger Plate

My eyes have been bigger than my stomach lately when it comes to the amount of work projects on my schedule. As a result, I haven't been blogging as much as I would like. I have been running though, and I always come up with one or two things I want to blog about while running. You should be getting some good posts down the road a little, so don't wander off too far. My most recent run was five miles while my girls napped today. I felt a little guilty ignoring the work I should have been doing while I had some quiet time and even more guilty when I let work calls go to voicemail, but the guilt was worth it when I stepped off the treadmill. Here are the stats from my tempo run: 2 miles @ 10:00 pace 1 mile @ 9:22 pace 1 mile @ 8:49 pace 1 mile@ 8:20 pace Total: 5 miles in 46:32 Another thing that kept me from feeling too guilty was wearing new shorts. Get Fit Athletic Wear , a local running store that has the BEST selection of actual running apparel around here, was having an am

Three Things Thursday

It's Thursday, although I actually had to consult the date on my computer to verify it. I have been off a day all week for some reason. Anyhow, here's the latest... I've had two five milers this week so far. One was a 5/1 (minute) run/walk. It wasn't too bad. I think the run/walk thing is edging its way to the top of the marathon solution board. Last night's five miles were speedwork: 1 mile warm, 5 x 800 @ 8:34 pace with 400 recoveries, 1/2 mile cool. There's another five on the plan for tonight. I'm not a huge fan of American Idol. I've never watched it faithfully. When I have watched, it was almost always while I running. Last night I tuned in hoping the music would help pass the time. Since it was a results show, there wasn't as much music as I would have liked, but it was worth watching just for Jason Derulo's performance . Not just the song though; his whole performance was entertaining. If you have three and a half minutes, click the link

Under Pressure

You guys really stepped up and gave me some great advice after my last post. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am still not sure what I am going to do about my race next month, but I have a lot of great suggestions and ideas I am now considering. What I do know is I am going to keep running as much as my body will happily allow. I'm even going to try another "long" run on Saturday. I will keep you posted as the runs progress and the weeks pass. One of the suggestions I have taken into consideration is to run/walk it. My first reaction was no way am I going to walk . Then I started thinking it might not be the worst idea there is. So I tested it out with a four mile run last week. I ran 4 minutes, walked 1 minute for the entire run. My time was 40:13, which was hard to see but wasn't as bad as I expected it to be. It took a real effort to focus on the time rather than the distance for the entire run. I usually cover the treadmill display to help the time pass but cou