Monthly Archives: October 2010

Showing Some Appreciation

Thanks Phil!

While reading through my blog roll today, I discoverd via Book Worm Runs that today is National Married-to-a-Runner Appreciation Day! I didn’t even know there was such a thing… so in honor of such a great day, I think I’ll brag a bit on my husband, Phil!

That’s him (well at least half of him, the other half looks pretty much the same, so I’m sure you can imagine the full Phil) (yes, this is an “artsy” picture I took, but it’s the most recent pic I have….so you’ll just have to take what you can get), and he’s about the best husband that a runner could have (yes I know, I know….but you’ll just have to write your own blog about how YOUR husband is the best husband a runner could have, okay).

Reasons he’s the BEST!

  • He’s my #1 cheerleader.
  • He waits outside on Saturday’s to welcome me home from my long runs (usually with a big glass of OJ!!).
  • He never rolls his eyes when I say I need more running gear (at least not that I can see, and that still counts).
  • When I’m feeling like I suck, and am not a “real” runner, he is always there to listen to me, and remind me that HE thinks I’m great.
  • He has confidence I can do this, especially when I don’t.
  • He makes me laugh (he calls my compression sleeves my “leg girdles”)
  • I know that he will be at every finish line (even if it’s only one) that I cross.
  • He’s always behind me 100% in life.
  • He humors me when I want to make one more stop at Academy, and will walk around holding all the stuff I’m looking through (even my….cough….PURSE sometimes).
  • Never complains about cleaning the bathrooms (this has nothing to do with running or being a runner’s spouse but it’s pretty awesome anyway!).
  • I really couldn’t ask for a better life partner than the one I’ve been blessed with!

Thanks, Sweetie, for being such a great runner’s spouse. I couldn’t do half of what I do (running or not) without you by my side!

I LOVE YOU!

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Big Hug Friday

Who do you know who could use a hug today?

I know that Meredith over at Run is the New Walk could really use one, so I’m giving her a BIG virtual HUG. If you have time, stop by and give this young mom of two great kids some encouragement. After all, isn’t that what this big blogoshpere is really all about?

If you think of someone who could use this hug, feel free to pass it on.

Have a GREAT Friday!

Just Doing My Thing.

Hey, all! Don’t have much to report. I’ve just been doing my thing. I have tried something new…and I think I might eat some crow for it, but I’ve added water aerobics to my weekly schedule.

Yes, I know, I know. Wasn’t I the one who said swimming just wasn’t my thing? Well, I still feel that way about swimming (for the moment), but I actually have FUN in the water aerobics (hence forth called WA, because water aerobics takes a long time to type…never said I wasn’t lazy).  Another benefit of WA is that I am the youngest participant by about 20 years! If that doesn’t make you feel young, I’m not sure what would.

I attend class on Monday and Wednesday from 9-10am. It’s not much on the cardio side, but that’s fine with me (I think I get enough cardio via running). But my upper body sure does get a workout with those floaty weight things. I have also felt in in my quads, as we do some “running” back and forth in the pool. Best of all, is that nancy and jim LOVE WA. After the very first day, I really felt a difference. It may be everything combined (compression socks, watching my pace, WA, strectching, etc. etc.) but I’ve not had any calf pain these last two weeks. I honestly believe it’s because I can strengthen and stretch my good ole jim while in the water, and therefore making it non-weight bearing.

So, I recant my rant towards poor water. I don’t think I’ll take up plain old swimming any time soon, but I have found something I can do in the water that I enjoy (see, once again the “Never say never” theory is proven true).

The coolest thing about WA is that there is a lady in the class, Hazel, who is turning 96 tomorrow! I love watching her during class up front doing her thing. THAT is what I want to be at that age.

You GO Hazel!

Until next time!

And the Winner is…

Random.org chose lucky post number 7! Pam from Running Slowly to the Finish said this:

I sweat like it was my job during a run…so I feel your pain. I have been using a visor to try and keep the sweat out of my eyes (along with the sun). Sounds like I should try bondibands though.

Congrats, Pam! If you haven’t taken a moment to go check out her blog, you should (because it’s awesome). Pam, email me your address at mindysmarathon (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll get your stuff to you!

Thanks to everyone who left comments and participated in this giveaway! I hope to do some more in the future.

Hope everyone has a great day!

Hat v. Bondiband = Giveway!

Well it was the match of the century….

the crowd hushed as the

competitors entered the ring.

Who would come out the victor?

hat

vs.

bondiband

Hat was the veteran. It had been around since the beginning. Bondiband was the new kid on the block, still wet (literally, after my runs) behind the ears. Would it have what it took to stand up to Hat? Only time would tell…..

I ordered some Bondibands about a month ago, and have been using them on my runs instead of my faithful, trusty hat. First off, you must understand that I sweat like NO ONE’S business. I look like I’ve stepped out of the shower, even after a relatively short run, so keeping it in check around my face and eyes is always an issue. My hat helped with this, in that it would catch the majority before it went down my face. At least that’s what I thought BEFORE I tried the Bondibands.

At first, I thought that the lack of sweat in my eyes was due to the cooler weather, as opposed to the bands. I mean, I literally had NO SWEAT on my face (and they say miracles don’t exist…. HA!), I just wasn’t ready to give the Bondibands all the credit.

Today, I decided to give my hat a shot (with no band), and let me say, my lack of salt filled eyes was not due to the cooler temps. I spent the run wiping sweat away from my eyes, and it slowly dawned on me how well the bands worked. I bought the heavy sweat wicking style (because really, I’ve never “sweat lightly” in my life). On super cold days (we see about 1 a year, here in Texas), I’m thinking about wearing a band UNDER my hat (yeah, I’m smart like that).

I also purchased this nifty little gadget for my Nike+ sensor called a Lace Lid (except mine is white):

I love my Nike+, but I don’t wear Nike shoes. For a long time, I used Velcro dots and slipped the sensor under my laces to keep it in place, and that worked fine. But while reading Runner’s World, I saw an add for this and thought I’d give it a shot (3 for $9). I really like this gadget. I put one on each pair of running shoes and now all I have to do is pop out the sensor and pop it in the other shoe. Perfect! It doesn’t interfere with how the shoe laces feel either.

So here is the thing. I have an extra one of these gizmos and an extra Bondiband, so I’m going to give them away! All you have to do is leave a comment. That’s it. You might like to check out both sites, but it’s not necessary, but if you do leave me another comment. You might even want to check out Bondiband on Facebook. If you do, leave me another comment (as of now, Lace Lid doesn’t have a Facebook that I can find). Okay, and if you mention this giveaway on your blog, leave me yet one more comment (that’s what…. FOUR comments possible).

I’ll leave it open until…um…. Tuesday 10/19 and will pick a winner with random.org on 10/20. If your number is chosen, you will win a white Lace Lid and a Bondiband that looks like this (except it’s baby pink fabric instead of black with silver dots) in the heavy sweat wicking material:

Heck, I’ll even throw in a couple of Chocolate Outrage GU gels from my own stash! Just so we’re clear, these items were purchased with my own money and no company asked me to have this giveaway.

Good Luck!

It’s All Relative

I’ve got to keep reminding myself that’s it all relative. What, you ask, is all relative? Why pace of course! I had a very gentle sweet reminder of that today on my Daily Mile activity.

For the last week or so, I’ve been nursing a calf strain. It’s just now starting to feel better, so I’m taking it slow and easing back into my weekly runs. When I logged today’s mileage I wrote, “Nice slow run on the treadmill. I think I’m going to move it back outside on Thursday. Leg felt really good.” (my pace was 12:28), and really didn’t think anything about it after that.

A few hours later, I checked back in and a blogging friend Meredith had made this comment, “I am going to trade the word “slow” for “relaxed” in my mind, because your slow pace is my GOAL pace! LOL”. I know that she was joking, but her comment really made me think about perspective.

Now, usually I’m the one reading something and saying…. “man, they just don’t see how fast they are going right?”…. or, “I could only DREAM of having a time in a half that he/she is complaining about”….. “their BAD race is my DREAM race” (you get the idea).

Each of us have our own goals and abilities, and while this doesn’t mean we can’t be honest (I felt that today my run was slow) with what we say; it might do us good to step back and look at our accomplishments. Yeah, I ran “relaxed” (I’m choosing to use Meredith’s rephrasing of my pace) for 4 miles, but hey! I ran the 4 miles. Yeah, you might have finished your half in 3+ hours (having still not run a half, I’m really unsure of what my time will be), but you chose to get out there and run it! I guess what I’m saying is that we all would probably be a little better off if we just cut ourselves some slack.

“Hey, I ate the whole bag of chips in one setting!! I SO ROCK!” (okay, maybe that’s not quite the goal you should aim for…. unless they are really GOOD chips).

Now, go cut yourself some slack and realize just how AWESOME you are!

(I got my goodies from Crystal’s giveaway in the mail today! A whole bunch of GU goodness that I can’t wait to try out. Thanks so much, Crystal!!)

Magnificent Lazy-Butt


My husband and I have very strange senses of humor, which is fine because we like it. Today he told me he “could stand a little more hero worship around here”. I asked him if calling him “Lazy Butt” would be considered hero worship, and he said, “Only if you call me, ‘Oh, Magnificent Lazy-Butt”. I love our marriage! (As a disclaimer (and so people don’t think I’m a horrible wife) anyone who knows my husband knows he’s not a lazy butt. I know he’s not a lazy butt and tell him that quite often. This is all said in good fun and with both of us laughing hysterically….) (yes, we are both easily amused).

I ran a bit today (20min/ 1.55 miles) at a VERY “comfortable” pace (meaning: “slow”…. but “comfortable” sounds so much better). Over all jim was good, so I think if I’m just careful and don’t get all stupid (meaning: going faster than I know I should) things may just be okay. I’m hoping that this issue will go away sometime in the near future, and that I haven’t done something irreversible. I guess all I can do is go on from here, and just learn from my mistakes. I just wish that mistakes didn’t have to hurt so much!

Lots of good giveaways out there in the running blog world. Make sure to go check them out (the list is over on the right). Thanks to all the great companies and people (some bloggers purchase the stuff they are giving away with their resources) for being so generous!

Hope your Sunday has been a great one. Good luck and congrats to everyone who ran this weekend!