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Checking In On Those Resolutions….

3 Feb

Well…we’re a week into February and I should probably wrap up January right?

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I started the year with high hopes and big goals and I was going to do it all at once!!

Well, that didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped.

I have still not gone back to Bikram. My training plan for the runDisney Star Wars Dark Side Challenge has started as of last week and I’ve done 6 miles of it. I got 39 miles into my 1000 miles for 2016.

But I’ve made my bed every day so there IS that!!

Get over to Fellow Flowers and make your own Declaration!!!!

Which means I’m heading into February (well, I’m already in February…) with sort of the same goals but maybe I’ll go with baby steps while I work out my schedule.  And what a great coincidence – coming up this Saturday, February 6, the ladies over at Fellow Flowers are holding their annual Declare It Day which gives every one a chance to put your goals on paper and make them that much more real! My declaration may not specifically be one of the below but they all play a part!!!

I like to think I’ll make it to Bikram 5 times a week. I’ve decided to not kick myself if I only make it 3 times a week. In fact at this point, I’ll likely celebrate!

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I don’t love running in the dark in the mornings so the plan is to get into the gym (I’ve been paying for all year) as early as I can on my weekday run days. That’s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  I’m also talking myself into the idea that I don’t necessarily have to be at work by 7:30 every morning which gives me more time too.

And I’ll keep making my bed!

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Another big to-do on my list is figure out my final running schedule for the year – so far I have a lot I would love to do but need to plan and save and plan!!

I hope your year has gotten off to an amazing start!

 

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Aramco Houston Half Marathon – Race Recap

31 Jan

Last year around this time I decided that I was finally going to take on the Chevron Houston Marathon instead of doing the Aramco Half Marathon again.

And then MCM happened and I knew that there was no way I’d be prepared for a full in 3 months so I dropped down to the Half.

I’ve done this event a few times in the past….maybe 5? As you can imagine, I’m not one of those who keeps close count. Last year they changed the course a bit but it’s still just as much fun!

I headed down Thursday morning and got to Houston around 3:30 or so after a delay in Baltimore. My brother picked me up and took me to my dad’s house. I dropped off my things and Phred and I headed up to the hospital to visit with Pop.  Of course he was happy to see us  – I think especially his furry pal! After we left, made a stop to get some groceries, Phred Phud and some race supplies then settled in for the night. I had plans to try to get to the Expo fairly early to avoid traffic but wanted to stop by the hospital first

The Houston Marathon expo is held at the George R Brown Convention center in downtown Houston. This is also where the race starts and ends on Sunday. I mention this because it seems to me that this area has been under construction for a bazillion years — and still the Marathon manages to do an amazing job keeping things organized in the area!

Anyway, Friday mid-day, I hit the expo. The plan was to get my bibs/shirts and see what my friends at Skecher had to show me this year. I also thought I might want to find some short compression socks and maybe a Bondi Band. Other than that, given my current budget situation I wasn’t going to be spending much money

I love that expos are having these walls more and more these days…this one was in alphabetical order so it was easy!!

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One of the nice things about Houston is that you get a cotton race shirt for each event….

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And, spoiler alert — for the half and full you also get a tech finisher shirt….

I stopped by the Skecher booth and ended up talking to one of the corporate sales reps (Hi Casey!!) and she caught me looking at the new GoFlex Walk shoes – I needed some slip ons for airports and post-race and these have the new awesome memory-foam like insoles. Huge “squish” factor and super comfy! Of course it didn’t take much persuading to get a pair on my feet – hey, expo pricing plus 20% off!!

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These are SO comfy!! And I got word that there may be flipflops coming this summer….!!!

I made another loop around the convention center and decided to head back to the house- I planned to visit dad and it would be a sort of early day on Saturday.  On my way out, I grabbed my usual shot of the ground floor…where all of the action is on Sunday morning!!

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A peek at the set-up for the runners’ area for Sunday morning!

And of course a big part of any race, no matter how long, is outfit planning 🙂

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Skirt Sports, Skechers and Fellow Flowers — It’s gonna be a great day!!

I headed back down to the convention center for the 5K and had plenty of time to park and get to the start at Discovery Green. It was a gorgeous morning! A little chilly but….

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The 5K is a flat out and back-ish route – not a lot of support on the route but the start and finish line are full of excitement!

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This guy was filming the start as his lift was coming down!!

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Post-race goodies mean bananas and treats from Corner Bakery.   And there’s bling…

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Once I grabbed a banana and a muffin I headed for the car – time to get cleaned up and visit Pop again for a few hours. On the way back to the house I stopped off to pick up a burger for my now-usual pre-half dinner. Sunday was an even earlier start and I wanted to get my same parking spot so it was an early to bed day after getting my clothes ready —

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More Skirt Sports and another Flower!!

I managed to get the same lot as Saturday which was a block or so from the convention center. I had plans and hopes to get in in time to go to Mass (which, bad Catholic alert – has REALLY changed a lot!!) I wasn’t the only one getting in early!!

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Since I didn’t want to wait in a massive porta-potty line, I headed out to my corral where I figured (correctly!) that the lines would be shorter. It was another beautiful, chilly morning in downtown Houston

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Though I’m not sure how I ended up in this particular corral….

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And in my shock, I dropped my phone and this happened….

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The race got off on time as usual – last year they changed the course, but I didn’t really pay a lot of attention. This year I paid more attention and have to say I do enjoy the new course a lot! I miss running through the neighborhood in the Heights, but there were still folks out when we went past!

And now we go through River Oaks and down near the museum district where, people were seriously supportive…

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And yeah…that’s a mimosa in her hand 🙂

The finish is pretty much the same, down Allen Parkway where there is a TON of fun support! Lots of music, hash house harriers and ….beer.

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Carbs people…we need carbs!!!

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This one’s for you Vanessa!!!

I made it to the finish – no records broken but I’m getting back on track, time-wise. And my splits are getting more consistent as well.

As always, HEB had a hot breakfast waiting for us

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And ice cream and snacks…

I picked up my finisher shirt

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And headed back to shower and spend the rest of the day with my dog and my dad!!

I have to say, that if you’re looking for a January half or full, you should give this one a try!! Consistently the Houston Marathon is one of the most organized well run events I do! Even with all of the construction that’s going on in Houston, they manage to work around it with very little disruption. And you get a lot of bang for your registration buck!!

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The Half medal gets better every year…5K as well as the “Double”

Winnah Winnah!!

16 Jul

So, I’m not usually so lucky in giveaways, contests…the Lottery!

But maybe, just maybe, things are turning around over here!!  And in addition to some cool prizes, I’ve had the chance to get to read some really great blogs!

First off, I actually won a Raw Threads outfit through their Facebook page (like, share — easy!). A pair of their great yoga pants and a yoga tunic. As a work at home worker, this made a perfect work outfit this spring!

Then, ya’ll all read about my trip to Williamsburg and the Run for the Dream 8K that I won from Rana over at Destination26pt2. Great giveaway!!

Finally, last week, I got an email letting me know that I’d won – AGAIN!! This time it was a gift pack from Fellow Flowers (a great empowering group of women!) from Julia over at Vegas Mother Runner — My package got here yesterday and it was full of great things! Magnets, a couple of prints and, of course, a Flower!! I chose the “Silver Lining” Flower since I do always try to look for the ‘bright side’ in life but there is a color for whatever your particular outlook or reason for running!

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