Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

E-GEL!!!!!

So it was only a matter of time before I dedicated an entire post to E-Gel. But seriously people, this stuff is AWESOME.


I first heard about E-Gel from Dad (of course) and he swore by the stuff. Every article or review I read had rave reviews. I mean RAVE. Never bad. Always good. But why is it so good? Well, I'll tell you...

GU vs. E-Gel

Taste: Don't gag. I know GU is an acquired taste. Maybe not acquired. Maybe it's just something you learn to live with. I hate to say it but E-Gel is the same. Not better. Probably even a little worse. There are only 4 flavors available and of those 4, Vanilla Strawberry and Cherry Bomb made me gag the least. So those are my favorite.

Energy: I have been taking it for about a week now and I can honestly say I see a significant difference in my energy level. I was a little worried because E-Gel does not contain any caffeine but it hasn't seemed to matter. I am running stronger and faster than ever. And the no caffeine means I can take it in the evenings and not worry about being up all night.

Size: It's quiet a bit bigger than GU. I can't take the entire thing in one swallow which makes it more difficult to deal with while running. (Score one for GU)

Substance: E-Gel has everything you need and them some. See below.




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EXTRA BONUS: MarathonPR - If you use e-Gel in your marathon training and on race day, Crank Sports will guarantee that you'll run a personal record (PR) time. Check out the website for details.

And no, I do not work for Crank Sports. Just wanted to share. ;)

Rules To Run By - Day 2

Walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rules To Run By - Day 1

My friend, Meg, emailed this list – 53 Runner’s Commandments – to me this morning. So GREAT. I thought I would feature 1 a day for the next 53 days…

Don’t be a whiner. Nobody likes a whiner, not even other whiners.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Blame it on the Rain (yea, I quoted a Milli Vanilli song. What of it?)

I skipped my normal Team In Training group run on Saturday to particiapate in the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) Walk/Run to Break the Silence 5K. My friend, Lannie, is an ovarian cancer survivor and this run is for her. It was a great morning with great friends. We had a wonderful time and I can't wait until next year.

But since this is a running blog, I'll give you a short play by play of the race (if anyone out there actually cares besides maybe my dad). It was a cold and rainy morning. Whaaaaat? Cold and rainy? Wasn't it like a 107 last week? Yes, it was. But this is Texas and that's the way we roll here in the Lone Star State. Anyway, the race began with sprinkles and finished with a down pour. I actually felt pretty good the entire time. Especially considering I was nursing a sore arch and hadn't really run all week. And despite the rain (or maybe because of the rain), I had a decent time. 27:31. Also, not too bad, considering a cop stopped us and let cars go by during the MIDDLE of the race. I lost about 45 seconds for that. Probably more. Oh well. This race is to raise awareness. I was happy to stop...kind of.

Pre-Race (still somewhat dry)

After Race (I look a little bit like a boy in this pic. New haircut not so flattering here.)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Check it out

Check out my new countdown clocks over there.

I got the idea from Dianna over at Bacons for a Cause. I love seeing your races and how many days you have left to prepare. Thanks for the great idea Dianna!

Annnnnnd since I am signed up for FAR too many races, I decided to stick with three countdowns at a time. Any more would just be overwhelming. For me anyway.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Practice what I preach...

After our training miles on Saturday, I asked a fellow team member how it went. TEAM MEMBER: "OK, I guess. I'm not a runner like you guys. It took me forever." ME: "You're just as much a runner as anyone. We all ran the same amount of miles. We all crossed the exact same finish line. Time doesn't matter."

Whew. That's kind of introspective, right? Oprah would be so proud. It's brilliant really. Time doesn't matter. We are all running the same miles. So what if you finished way before me. We both get the exact same medal. Same braggin rights.

Right?

Wrong. Time does matter. It matters because we (the average & below average runner) are going to be out there running for 4, 5, or 6 hours on marathon day. You, Mister Elite, will be done in 2. You will have eaten, showered, and collected your money while we are still at the half way point. Time matters. It matters because I was not born to do this. I am not a natural and gifted runner. Yet, I continue to do it. I am going to be training for the better part of 5 months getting ready for this one grueling day. This day, that for you will be over in a couple of hours, but for me will take what seems like forever. Time totally matters.  

Daily Mantra:

Time matters

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Laws of Motion

So do you remember just a few days ago when I said I was done? Remember that? No more spending money on running. Well, apparently I am a big fat liar head (a term I learned from Grant and asked him to not use again, all the while kind of loving it). Why am I a liar head? A hypocrite of sorts?

Because I have spent more money on running. BUT. It was an absolute must. I'm not even joking. I had NO choice. I had to have these shoes. And technically I didn't buy them before I needed them. My beloved Sauconys (that's right Saucony. I still love you) will have 300 miles by the end of the month. I needed some time to break these new ones in. So I HAD to, right?

Ohh enough of me trying to justify my purchase...let's just talk about the shoes.

Newton Motion - Stability Performance Trainer
From www.newtonrunning.com

Newton Running's top-of-the-line stability performance trainer is the ultimate shoe for Natural Running. Get a fast, flexible ride with greater energy return and less impact. The 2010 model has medial posting to offset pronation, enhanced durability in the heel, a new high-rebound midsole material and improved upper fit. This shoe allows you to run naturally — faster with greater efficiency and less overuse injuries (like achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis).



More from www.newtonrunning.com

1. Land 2. Lever 3. Lift

LAND lightly with your foot parallel to the ground under the center of your body mass. This keeps impact shock off your heel, preventing braking action and reducing muscular damage.

As your midfoot/forefoot impacts the ground, you engage the Action/ Reaction Technology™. The membrane supporting the four external lugs absorbs shock and stores energy. As you LEVER your foot forward, the lugs act as levers loaded up with energy.

Instead of using excessive muscle power and pushing off to begin a new stride, simply LIFT your foot off the ground. The lugs will thrust out of the midsole chambers with a burst of energy that turns into forward propulsion.





So does it work? I'm not totally sure BUT I do know that I love the shoes. And yes, it may be a bit premature since I've only put 3 miles on them. But those 3 miles were great. I felt like I was running in socks. Socks that made me want to run faster. Run lighter. Am I actually running faster? Lighter? I have no idea. I no longer where a watch. But I feel like I am and that's all that really matters.

And yes, I am also aware that they may just be the UGLIEST shoes ever. I don't care. OK, I care kind of but I'm still wearing them.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Can I get a...

Wha What?

How many of you out there listen to completely different music while running than you do in your everyday normal lives? It's strange really. How different my taste is when I'm out pounding the pavement. I'm normally a Green Day, Violent Femmes, Pearl Jam kind of girl. A 90's alternative rock kind of girl. A Beatles girl. But when I run it's different. I kind of want someone yelling at me. Someone telling what to do and how it's supposed to be.

When I run...I'm a Jay-Z, Eminem, Little Wayne kind of girl. Even a Korn or Nine In Nails kind of girl.

Strange, isn't it?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

I'm done.

I have to stop spending money on running. No more. Seriously, Jeff is probably one pair of new shoes away from divorcing me. I wouldn’t even blame him. It’s ridiculous really. My obsession with running. I’m not even that good. I’m not horrible or anything. And I LOVE what I'm doing. I’m just not breaking any records. If I were breaking records, then maybe just maybe I could justify it all.

I remember saying when all this started that running was an inexpensive sport. That all you needed was a really good pair of running shoes. Except that you need shorts too. And shirts. And bras. And socks. And gels. And drinks. And bars. Oh and more shoes. They wear out. Fast.

And then there’s the registration fees. That’s what really has me all worked up. The fees. They are outrageous. Yet I can’t stop myself from signing up.

September 25 – Run/Walk to Break the Silence 5K
October 10 – Tyler Rose Half Marathon (Dad is trying to talk me into this one)
November 14 – San Antonio RnR Half Marathon
December 5 – Dallas White Rock FULL Marathon
January 1 – New Years Day Half Marathon
February 20 – Livestrong Austin Half Marathon

It’s enough already. I need to get a grip. I’m done. No more.

(So what am I gonna do when my shoes need replacing at the end of the month? Get new shoes, of course. Whatever.)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day after day, I will run and I will pray

Today was a particularly hard day. I don't know why but it was. I just couldn't get in my groove. I was 40 minutes late for work. Traffic was awful. Then I couldn't seem to get anything done. Not for not trying. But things just weren't going my way. And then I ran...

I rushed home to get my 3 miles done before Jeff left. It was drizzling outside. Should be perfect running weather. And it was. But I just couldn't get into it. I wanted to stop at a mile. But I didn't. Then at 2, I wanted to stop. Again, I didn't. The 3rd mile wasn't any better. I know I was horribly slow. My form was off. Everything was wrong. I had a fleeting thought of "why oh why do I put myself through this? Wouldn't it be nice to not be training for something? To not feel required to run every day? Or almost every day?"

The answer is no. What would I be doing if I wasn't doing this? Watching TV? Cleaning house? Sitting in front of the computer? Running is therapy. I think. I pray. I work out all of life's problems. This is my meditation.

So even though it was a horrible, miserable 3 miles, I did it. And I learned something. I always learn something.

Daily Mantra:

I will run and I will pray