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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Haiku about Lunch

I made my twitter from earlier into a true haiku...

Lean Cuisine in freezer
Is the Lemon Chicken mine?
I can't remember.


I guess that wasn't very good.

Writers strike does suck.
Two hour Biggest Loser.
I miss The Office.

More Motivation

Last night, I officially volunteered to lead the Galloway training group for fall half marathons.   Who wants to run with me?  We're nice and slow.  Training starts in May!!!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Review: Luna Moons

Luna Moons

Since I was only running 4-5 miles, I didn't take Luna Moons on the actual run that I did yesterday, but I did try the Pomegranate flavor in the car on the way as a 100-calorie breakfast/pre-run snack. Compared to Shot Bloks, they are smaller and lighter and therefore a lot easier to eat while running. I also found them to be a little bit softer. Flavor-wise, they're pretty similar to Shot Bloks.

Cons? Shot Bloks often contain caffeine, something that I've found that I really like while running. There are also only 3 flavors of Moons right now, offering less variety. Also, the "Luna" brand is synonymous with women's fitness, so men might shy away.

Hopefully, Luna will come out with some caffeinated flavors, but I think they're on the right track.

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Woman With You

By Kenny Chesney
pretty much sums up how I feel lately...

She hit the door at 6:55,
Sack full of groceries split down the side,
Canned goods scattered all the way to the curb,
Look on her face saying, "Don't say a word."
So, it's me and her and a can of beans,
Sittin there on the front porch swing,
A western sky all turnin red,
Head on my shoulder, she sighed and said,

"I've been gophering, chauffering, company chairman,
Coffee maker, copy repairman,
Anymore there ain't nothin I swear man,
That I don't do.
I been juggling, struggling, closing big deals,
Dancing backwards in high heels.
Just when it feels like I can't make it through,"
She said, "it sure is nice to just be the woman with you."

She said, "The girl I was with a business degree,
Probably wouldn't recognize me.
I was gonna run the bank, I was gonna run the math,
Now all I wanna run is a bubble bath.
Back then, ya know, I had this plan,
Before all this reality set in.
Here come life, boy, ready or not.
Hey, I wanted it all and that's what I got."

"Cuz I'm gophering, chauffering, company chairman,
Coffee maker, copy repairman,
Anymore there ain't nothin I swear man,
That I don't do.
I been juggling, struggling, closing big deals,
Dancing backwards in high heels.
Just when it feels like I can't make it through,"
She said, "it sure is nice to just be the woman with you."

"Cuz I'm gophering, chauffering, company chairman,
Coffee maker, copy repairman,
Anymore there ain't nothin I swear man,
That I don't do.
I been juggling, struggling, closing big deals,
Dancing backwards in high heels.
Just when it feels like I can't make it through,"
She said, "it sure is nice to just be the woman with you."

At last!!

One of my favorite magazines (introduced to me back in my Weight Watchers days) did an analysis of Olive Garden and Macaroni Grill. I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for correct Macaroni Grill nutrition info... Nutrition Action. Now, if they would just do Red Robin.

Also, another article says a lot of the info that I already knew... It also says what I think about Panera Bread. I rarely eat there because it's not enough "bang for your buck" calorie-wise. A lot of bad carbs, empty calories, fat, and sodium for not much satisfaction. And they pretend to be so light and healthy! I leave there and get hungry within an hour or two. If I eat salad, it better really be healthy.

... I do have a plan to visit Panera Bread after my run Saturday, though... Chai Latte is better than Starbucks and a great treat after a cold morning run. :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Disney Marathon Photos


Minnie & Todd at Chef Mickey's


Kim & Donald


Jack & Todd at the Expo


Todd at Mile 12


YAY TODD!


Kim & Todd at the start of the full marathon


Todd in front of the stinky bug sign


On Main Street


Todd on Main Street


Country Bears


Mickey!!


Todd - ONE Medal


Todd - TWO Medals


Todd - THREE Medals!!


Kim & Todd

RIP: Tom Sarris' Orleans House 1964-2008

Ok, ok.

The "horrible" news, because I need to post it because I'm successfully freaking people out.

And this is a big deal to me, so give me a break.

Tom Sarris' Orleans House, which is my all-time favorite restaurant and always has been, is closing. The original article states that it's closing today, and I only found out about it today, so I'm not 100% certain when it closed or if it closed or what the deal is, I haven't seen a more recent article about it. Dave let me know first thing this morning... HE knows it's a big deal. Here is the article.

:(

This is very sad.

I started going to Tom Sarris' when I was a sparkle in my mother's eye (maybe my love of steakhouses is why my family thought I'd be a boy??). This was ALWAYS where we went if we were going into DC, and I LOVED it. It's a family icon. I was there for Sharon & Shelly's high school graduation celebration. I was there for at least one of Bo's birthdays (he's a vegetarian, so I don't know whose idea that was). I was there with Shelly & Patrick when we went to see Miss Saigon at the Kennedy Center (this was on Shelly's birthday and also was the night that OJ was outrunning the cops in the white Bronco - I missed that event since I was at the theatre). I was there with Dave for the first time when we went to see The Phantom of the Opera in 1997. I was there with Nick and Sabrina and Dave when we went to see The Producers. I could recognize a lot of the people that worked there, and I will miss this place.

I'm not 100% certain when I ate there last, but I know I never took Todd. We tried to go there the night of Marine Corps 2006, but it was closed because of the race. The last time I was there was when I ran by for the 2007 Marine Corps Race...

Goodbye yummy food and steamboat salad bar... another part of my past goes away.



Tom Sarris', Marine Corps Marathon 2006

Race Schedule 2008

Tentative for now...
  • March 16 2008: Shamrock 5k  I'm not 100% certain about this, as I really don't like this race and Todd has said he's not running it so I guess it depends on who else is running it.
  • April 13 2008: Oriole Advocates 5k  I've run this before and liked it, so I might do it again.
  • May 4 2008: Frederick Half Marathon (as part of the Maryland Double)
  • June 1 2008: Zooma Annapolis 10k  Running this instead of Race for Our Kids 10k this year, because my sister wants to run it with me.
  • July ? 2008: Pikesville 5k.  I seem to run this one every year.
  • August 24 2008: Annapolis 10 Mile Run  I also seem to run this one every year, and I have mixed feelings about it.  I would like it if JOANNA ran this with me this year.  Want to?? Or, at least, Joanna, let's get together and run soon!!!!
  • October 11 2008: Baltimore Half Marathon  Ugh.  I said I'd never run this, but the extra medal from the Maryland Double is appealing.  Thankfully, I live in Manchester, so the hill training is convenient.
  • October 25 2008: Tower of Terror 13k  This is a fun race, and we heard so many people talking about it over the weekend that we just HAVE to do it!!!!!
There you have it.  Let me know if you want to do any of the races with me!!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Disney Marathon 2008

Thursday
We left Baltimore after work for a late flight to Orlando. Boarding the shuttle bus at the airport, who was on the bus but Karen from Fleet Feet, coming home from a running store conference in Dallas! We chit chatted with her until she reached her stop and she wished us luck. It was an uneventful flight down to Orlando, both of us getting pretty nervous about our runs. I did, however, get a book at BWI that I think will be given away for this year's Nickish Christmas. We checked into our villa at Beach Club and got our luggage.

Friday
We woke up and got ready and headed over to the Contemporary Resort to have breakfast with the characters at Chef Mickey's. Todd had a chance to meet with Goofy about the coming Goofy Challenge. Then, we took a bus over to the Expo at the Wide World of Sports. We spent a lot of time at the expo, getting our numbers and packets and shopping around for running merchandise. I got a great Disney marathon top. Then, we headed back to the room where we prepared for the Half marathon and then spent some time lounging around beside the pool (I love the pool at Beach Club!!). Next it was time for dinner. We had dinner at the Contemporary Resort, at California Grill, which is our favorite restaurant on property. Todd was nervous and a little unable to eat, though. We watched the fireworks in the Magic Kingdom and then headed back to our room to get some rest before the start of the races.

Saturday
HALF MARATHON DAY! The alarm went off at 3:30am, and we got up and got ourselves ready. I had made a sign that said "Yay Todd!" at the Expo and I had it with me for a day of spectating. At the runner's village, we met up with Jack and a bunch of other folks from Team in Training who were all getting together to run the Goofy Challenge together. Once they passed the bag checkin, I had to say goodbye because spectators were not allowed into the starting line area. So, I hung around at the runners village for a little while trying to get a glimpse of them heading to the start, but didn't get to catch them. Finally, at around 5:30am, I decided to head on over to the course.

To get to my first spectator spot, I had to take the monorail from Epcot to the Transportation & Ticket Center. I got on the monorail and the race was about to start (it was around 5:50am). I realized that I could see the course from the monorail, so I just sort of rode the monorail back and forth between the Ticket and Transportation Center and Epcot a couple times to try and catch some of the race, finally, at around 6:15, I headed off at the TTC and down to mile 4, which was right at the Ticket & Transportation Center parking lot. I knew Todd would be by at a minimum of 6:40am. It was still dark while I was waiting and a little while later the wheelchair leader passed and then the runners started coming through. Todd had taken a long time to get over the starting line (about 45 minutes) and then he was walking with the Team in Training folks, so it was light outside by the time he passed.

Meanwhile, some interesting folks passed by - tinkerbell (both male and female), three guys wearing tutus and flamingo hats, Mr Incredible (the same one as last year), lots of Snow Whites, and my favorite - a guy wearing a gladiator helmet, a cape and black briefs. The gladiator also had a sword that made a "ching!" sound when he swiped it through the air. Very entertaining.

Finally, Todd passed by, with Jack close behind. He was mostly walking, taking it slow and keeping his energy in reserve for the full marathon. I cheered them on and headed off towards my next stop, the Magic Kingdom. This was at mile 6. Disney let spectators into the park for the race, so I was on main street when Todd passed. Then, it was off to the Polynesian Resort, where I met up with the course on the road (around mile 8). People were starting to recognize me as the "Yay Todd!" girl, and they were starting to ask if I was seeing Todd and how Todd was doing. Todd passed me again there (still looking great). I grabbed a quick snack in the Polynesian and caught the monorail to Epcot to see Todd at the finish line. Meanwhile, I could see the course from the monorail and gave Todd a call. He could see my monorail passing by from where he was :)

Once I reached Epcot, I realized that the course was right there next to the monorail station and Todd hadn't passed yet, so I waited there around mile 12 to cheer him on as a little surprise. Then, it was time to take a potty break and wait for Todd to go through Epcot to the finish. Once I reached the bleachers at the finish, I was just getting myself in order, with my "Yay Todd!" sign and my camera, when I looked up and saw Todd just after the finish line. He had tricked me and sprinted through the last mile of the course and crossed the finish line while I wasn't looking. I cheered for him and then met him at the other side.

We met up with Jack and the others, wished them congratulations and then headed back to the hotel for a shower and a nap. We took a dip in the pool and relaxed a while, then Sharon picked us up and took us over to their resort (the All Star Sports) to have a carb loading dinner with Sharon and family. We had a good time hanging out with them, played a little football on the giant football field at the hotel, and then headed back to the room to get ourselves together and crash into bed for another early morning.

Sunday
FULL MARATHON DAY!!

Once again, the alarm woke us up at 3:30am. This time, I was the one who was feeling nervous. We got ourselves ready and headed to the runner's village at Epcot. We met up with Jack and the others, checked a bag and kind of milled around at the runner's village for a while. There were some other Team in Training folks from Howard County that we met also. Finally around 5:30, we headed on down to the starting line to our corrals. Todd was registered for a later corral, but we all corralled together with the slow folks. They sang the star spangled banner and the fireworks went off, and then it was time to start the race...

Initially, I had planned to set a PR at Disney. As time has gone by and as my training really started to suck, I finally decided not to run for time and just finish and have a great time. But then, after I watched the goofy challenge folks walk the half marathon and take it so easy, I started to feel slightly jealous, like I could have done the Goofy Challenge. I felt like a lazy person to not even try for a PR, so I decided to go ahead and go for it, but to take a different approach than I've taken with the previous 3 marathons - I started out doing a 14:30 mile, slower than ever, and doing 1:1 intervals through the whole race.

This worked for a long time. Jack stayed with us until we caught up with the TNT folks whom he was running with, and Todd and I went on. We were keeping between a 14 and 15 minute pace, trying very hard to stay right at 14:30. This really felt good to both of us and I was not having a hard time with it. I was starting to think that yes, I really could set a PR, and yes, I really could have walked both races and done the Goofy Challenge if I'd wanted to.

The course was the same as 2007. We passed through Epcot, under Spaceship Earth, and then out of Epcot near the Mexico Pavilion. We passed the start again and hit the highways to head toward the Magic Kingdom. Things were still feeling great. Todd was being wonderful as always, supporting me as we ran. Since he was doing the Goofy Challenge, though, I was giving him a little more support this year. We saw Sharon and Frank at the Ticket & Transportation Center. I think that was around mile 9. We passed the Contemporary and then headed into the Magic Kingdom park, up Main Street (I LOVE THIS PART OF THE RACE!!!!!!!!) and then out again on the other side of Frontierland. We saw Sharon and family again near the Polynesian Resort, where they gave us Biofreeze and Oranges (YUMMY!!). We headed on, to the half marathon mark, and I was still 2 minutes ahead of my PR time.

The empty part between the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom is one of the worst parts of the race, and it's where I start to break down a little bit. It was challenging to keep up the same pace, but I kept pushing myself to keep it up. It was around mile 16 where I finally admitted to Todd that there was NO WAY I could to the Goofy Challenge and I seriously doubted that I'd ever try.

Finally, we entered Animal Kingdom, seeing a few animals and then headed out into the parking lot. Our time in the parks was much too short. This was mile 18, where I'd finally faltered and had to walk in 2007. Not this time, I was doing much better, but my lead on my PR time was slipping. When I saw Mickey there waiting for pictures, I knew that I had to make a choice - PR or photo with Mickey. I chose the photo.

I still kept up with the 1:1s and I was still in the back of my head determined to keep it close to my PR time. We saw Sharon at mile 20 near the McDonalds. They gave us Biofreeze, oranges and gummi bears. They're awesome. My watch had started showing that my PR time was gone, but I was still keeping up with about a 16 minute pace.

It was almost to MGM at mile 21 or 22 where I finally just couldn't run anymore. I had no more gas in my tank and I had to tell Todd that I needed to walk for a while. We walked and walked, but I never recovered. I ended up walking again most of the rest of the race. I was not recovering, but I was speed walking, keeping a 16 minute pace. We passed through MGM Studios (now renamed to Disney's Hollywood Studios), then out in front of the hotels. Sharon and Frank met us one more time in front of Beach Club at mile 25 before we headed into Epcot for our final mile and a half.

In World showcase, I decided that I wanted to start up intervals again and started running in front of a race photographer. I made it maybe 50 feet before my calf muscles seized up and crampmed and I knew that I was not really capable of running. We power walked around World Showcase, with Jack passing us around China and wishing us luck. Near Spaceship Earth, we left the park and headed into the parking lot and then, finish line in sight, I finally ran again to cross the finish line. 6:42:12 was my final time...

Everything hurt. Everything was bad. During the race, I'd eaten and drank more than any other marathon in the past, I'd done everything to try and make myself feel better. What I didn't do was properly train... oops. So, I was pretty miserable at the end, barely able to walk to the bus, and then on the bus I'd felt like I was going to throw up (but I didn't, thank goodness). I'm proud though, because I'd pushed through to the end and gave it my full 100% of everything that I had, even after I'd given up on the PR. I gave that race my all, it just wasn't enough for a PR.

We showered and said goodbye to Sharon & Frank, rested up a bit, dipped in the pool (cool water felt great on the sore muscles), and then had some dinner at Spoodles at the Boardwalk Hotel. We took Tylenol PM and had a wonderful sleep!!

Monday
Just a day of relaxation. Character breakfast in the hotel, relaxing and hot tub (what could be better??). During breakfast, Goofy sat with us and wrote us a note...

Goofy (writing with crayon on table): Where are you from?
K & T: Baltimore.
Goofy: Where in Baltimore?
K & T: Carroll County.
Goofy: Goofy loves Baltimore, but DESPISES 695.

Funny :)

Then, it was time to head home to cold...

I'm recovering better than expected. Sunday after the race, when we took a nap it felt as if all that existed from my waist down was pain. I mean PAIN, but shockingly I'm only a little sore right now. My feet are better, my ankles and calves are a tad sore and one shoulder is sore (stress?).

We've got our race schedule figured out for 2008 (decided and discussed over breakfast this morning). Stay tuned.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Ugh.

It's the middle of the night and I'm up to run. Why? Who knows.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Here I Go...

26.2 miles through 4 theme parks.

Goals:
  • Finish
  • Get a photo with Mickey
  • See my sister & family
  • Not die


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

ON NOTICE: Jim Coleman Honda

I went to Jim Coleman Honda ONCE, right before I moved out of Howard County.  I gave them my cell phone number to call me when my car was ready.  Now, I get phone spam from them all the time.  It's always during the day, so I don't answer because I don't recognize the number.  It's a recording, it goes on my voice mail, so I get charged minutes both for an incoming call and for when I check the voice mail.  Once I sit through the entire message (which is an advertisement and usually like 5 minutes long), it says "to remove yourself from this list, press 1 now" or something similar, but since I didn't answer and it's my voice mail, I can't.  So, I went to Jim Coleman Honda's website to remove myself or at least send them a nasty gram.  Their website sucks, contains something (a java applet?  flash?  who knows?) that hung up firefox for me, so that I had to restart my firefox session (and I'm kind of working, so that sucked).  I went in IE, and there's no email address on their site and I don't feel like calling them.

I will not be visiting Jim Coleman Honda again in the future, which isn't difficult as I don't live or work near there anyway.  They've been a thorn in my side and a waste of my time ever since I went there.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

The Way I Am

By Ingrid Michaelson

:) Everything gets put away eventually...

If you were falling, then I would catch you.
You need a light, I'd find a match.

Cuz I love the way you say good morning.
And you take me the way I am.

If you are chilly, here take my sweater.
Your head is aching, I'll make it better.

Cuz I love the way you call me baby.
And you take me the way I am.

I'd buy you Rogaine if you start losing all your hair.
Sew on patches to all you tear.

Cuz I love you more than I could ever promise.
And you take me the way I am.
You take me the way I am.
You take me the way I am.

Friday, January 4, 2008

OUCH!

The Twin Cities Marathon decided to strictly enforce the "no headphones" rule at marathons and scanned through the race photos to find people wearing headphones.  They disqualified 167 finishers and took their medals away.  What a big OUCH, and quite frankly, an overreaction to a rule that I'm not so sure that I believe in for non-elite runners...  Read here.

Check out this month's Runner's World -- there was a GREAT article about the Chicago Marathon, which I may post further about later.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Disney Weather...

It's going to be 78 degrees when we get there... and rainy.

Honestly, I don't know if that's good or bad. I guess it depends on if you ask me or ask Todd. With sunshine, anything over 80 degrees will be rough for me.
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