A smile and a frown....

Got home from work and was anxious to run. Forgot that my wife was leaving for a girl’s night/dress up in PJs and drink wine night out. Her first in 4 years. I never mentioned my run, just kissed her goodbye and told her to have fun. She always says no to these invites so that I’m not “stuck” with feeding/watering/bedtime the boys by myself. I insisted weeks ago she say yes to this one. Then, I promptly forgot about it. I’m happy she went, though. She needs some girl time.

Tomorrow… tomorrow is mine come hell or high water.

Checked the mail pile, and there was a package for me. Inside? All of the awesome things I won in Robin’s St. Jude giveaway/raffle! I won the cycling package. It had an insulated water bottle (which the 15 month old instantly staked a claim on):

There was also a bike gear bag, which was awesome, cause I was really needing one. The 4 year old grabbed it and asked what it was for. I was only half listening to him and said, “You put your junk in it”. I looked over a little while later to see this:

I snapped a pic and asked him why he was doing that. “I’m putting my junk in it”, was the reply. Oooof… Nikki teaches him to say “private parts”. I have no idea where he heard “junk”. I’m going to go ahead and blame my wife for that one anyway.

There were other things in the package, too, but the one that brought an unexpected smile to my face was this:

She didn’t have to do this. But she did. She took the time to send us a card and 2 stickers celebrating my wife and my half marathon at Soaring wings. I was touched.

Robin is a sweet, thoughtful woman and I am so glad my wife and I were able to meet her in person. 

So, although I was disappointed I didn’t get to run tonight, this unexpected package cheered me right up. A big THANK YOU to Robin. You are awesome…..

And at some point, the excuses and fears will get bigger (too old, too slow, too hot, too heavy, too far off the lead, too unfit). If anyone digs deep enough, they can find an excuse for anything. But only you choose to listen. The only way I’ve gotten ahead in this sport (or life) is to ignore all of that and go after it.
—  Elizabeth “Liz” Waterstraat
Marathon Training W5D3

This run is brought too you by St.Jude and Robin!! Yes 140.6!! :)

Thank you so much!! :D This made my day! You guys, I’ve having a crappy week at work and between yesterday and today you guys lifted my spirits! I was on the fence about running tonight!

Tonight Run

3 miles/4.8km





I accidentally hit the stop button near the 2.9 mark. I went to hit the 10mph button and then the treadmill died.. Messed up my pace.

Edit: thank you too everyone in regards to my 1 year post :)

Pretty much only posting this for David. Everyone else is pretty cool, though.

In response to Reluctant’s crushes (who is notably absent from my own, but I digress):

“I actually made a crush list that wasn’t my boyfriend’s!”

You’re #1, dude. NUMBER. ONE.

5K "race pace"

It’s a step back week in my Half training - supposed to do a 5K, but I didn’t know of any around here this weekend. I got up this morning and did my own… but while I was out there I forgot it was the car show weekend (our city has it once a month - people everywhere) and they usually do a 5K later that night. Sheesh… oh well, I wanted to run this morning anyway.

I would post a picture of my results like the cool kids do it……….. but I can’t find out how to do it. Me Fail. So I’ll use my Paint skills and give you this from the Garmin program.

Not sure if it’s a 5K PR or not… I haven’t done a well enough job tagging my posts in tumblr and I have no idea what my best time previous was. I wanna say 38 mins… but I’m not sure. I did PR first mile again (knocked 5 seconds off from a couple days ago - haha).

I did finish out strong - started pushing when I realized I was at 2.82 miles… for some reason I thought, “only .2 left? Push it!” I forgot about that other .1 until I saw 3.01… but I kept going until I got it, and it felt good.

Other than the foot problems, I was pretty happy with this run. Now to go get new shoes! 

Also - Congrats to @fat-to-fast and @runsforredvelvet for finishing their races today! And continued good luck and thoughts to Robin, Rach, and others still going!!! Excited about all the upcoming recaps to read!


What is…. the way my thighs feel right now, Alex? 

ding ding ding ding ding!!!!

Lemme tell ya one thing:  Wall Squats? not for girlymen. No Sir'ee 

THAT BURNED like a mutha fricker! 

Who knew? 

Final time: 

I’m A-ok about this and proud as hell to have survived.  It like to have kilt me.  lol. 

A big thanks to Robin and Christine (aka Shortmom) for getting my ass motivated and making me try something new.

12.5.11 Run - 4 Miles

I watched almost the entire last season of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix tonight and I was starting to feel terribly guilty for just sitting on the couch. It was 11:00 PM and I was so tempted to go to bed. But instead, I forced myself to go running.

I should really start doing my runs either early in the morning or early evenings. NOT AT 11:00 PM!!! Ugh! I’m going to pay for this tomorrow morning!

The run was great, though. It was 11:20 when I finally started to run, 37 degrees with a wind chill of 29. It was a little cold when I started and the breeze did not help. But after about a ½ mile I was plenty warm. So 4 easy miles done at 9:50 pace.

Only 31 birthday miles left for Robin!

Tumblr Crushes:

I also have to add runningwithpump for completing his first marathon and becomingabetterbecky for completing a 40-mile bike ride!

Ben Davis is coming to my town!

I just found out the one and only Ben Davis is coming to MY town to speak and do a 5K!! I am so pumped to finally meet him, seeing as how he inspired me to start reading Tumblr blogs, where I found @robindoesrunning who inspired me to start my own!

Of COURSE he is coming into town the weekend I have my incredibly important, year long planned conference for work that I am the chair of, so I wont get to do the 5k, but I WILL get to go hear him speak!

Can you tell I am a little excited??

I promised robindoesrunning I would review this when I was able to track down a package. Even when you don’t try to compare it to a real margarita (because, honestly), this is a lacking beverage because the flavor: 

  • is lacking in salt or the suggestion of salt 
  • has STRONG artificial-banana notes. Now I love bananas but I hate artificial bananas (too many Now'n'Laters as a kid, I don’t know). But that’s the first thing you smell and taste here. Distressing.

I was going to finish the package but now I might just stick it in the office kitchen. So, now you know. Don’t buy this. Save your $5 for happy hour.