Oh, Who the Hell Am I Kidding?!

Turns out all the cliches are absolutely true.

“You won’t miss it until it’s gone.”

“Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

Countless other cheesy quotes.

It’s only been like a week since I tried to quit the blog, and in that week I’ve had like four things I wanted to write about.  Then yesterday broke me.  I got in my most recent order from Road Runner Sports AND my St. Jude training shirt, and I was like, “WHO AM I SUPPOSED TO TELL ABOUT THIS?!”  And besides, I got to thinking about the friends I’ve made through this thing, and it made me sad to think that I wouldn’t make any more.

SO I’M NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

Now!  About this Road Runner Sports stuff!  haha  Last weekend I got on their web site to order some new shoes and just happened to notice that they were having a sale on a lot of their RRS brand stuff, so I started poking around.  I always order my shoes through them, but I’ve never ordered clothes from them!  But I figured I didn’t have anything to lose since I pay for their VIP membership.  If I didn’t like ’em I could return ’em with no problems, so I bought a few things.

The pink one is this one (but the price has gone up a little bit!  It was only $19.99 when I got it.).  It’s so comfortable.  I can’t wait until it’s cool so I can wear it for a run.  My favorite part about it is the zippered pocket on the back of it.  My tights don’t have pockets and that pocket will let me leave my SPIbelt at home.

Easy-to-reach zipper pocket on the lower back right side

And the blue one is this one.  It’s out of stock now, but I grabbed it for only $15.  It’s got the same zippered pocket but this one even has a little hole in it.  I couldn’t figure out what the hole was for at first, but then I thought maybe it’s so you can put your phone in it and run your head phones through the hole?  Sounds legit to me!

I promise that’s just a weird lighting effect.  I have not turned Oompa Loompa orange.
But my most favorite is this jacket!  It’s every bit as soft and fluffy as my North Face plush fleece jacket, and I paid $19.99 for it.  Score!
God, I’m ready for fall.
And while I was shopping I came across these and ordered them too, just because it was pretty economical.  And you KNOW I’m all about the cheap.
$15.99 baby
Salted Watermelon?!?!  What?!?!   It’s awfully damn hard for me to resist the urge to tear into that for dessert.
And as if all that wasn’t enough excitement in one day’s mail, I also got my St. Jude Hero in Training t-shirt! 
Back of the shirt
I didn’t even know I’d get one of these.  I knew I’d get a Hero singlet closer to race day, but this was a surprise.  I’m excited to wear it.  I NEED to wear it and start soliciting donations!  I’m still a long way off from my fundraising commitment!  Probably because I haven’t tried short of one Facebook post the day I signed up for the race.  haha  If any of you are so inclined, you can help me reach my goal here!

St. Jude Marathon Weekend–Third Time’s a Charm (I Hope!)

The first time I ran St. Jude was in 2011.  I had (what I afterwards found out was) bronchitis with resulting costochondritis and strained intercostal muscles from the relentless cough.  I was in pain and hadn’t slept well in a week.  I was crying in the corrals because I wanted to bail so badly.  But I didn’t.  And I sucked as much as one would expect.

The second time I ran St. Jude was in 2012.  Normally one would be happy to have a sunny 70-degree day in December.  But not a runner who has trained for a marathon in 40- and 50-degree weather for the last couple of months.  My race sucked as much as one would expect.

The third time I will run St. Jude will be on December 6th of this year!

Registration for Heroes opened at 10:00 yesterday morning, and I was on it like stink on shit.  Last year I waited until open registration and it sold out before I got in (which turned out great for me because the race was CANCELLED due to an ice storm last year!).  I didn’t want to risk that again this year, so I committed to doing a little fundraising.  This is the first time I’ve made that monetary commitment, but I’m excited to be doing it!

(If you’d like to donate toward my $500 commitment, you can do it here: http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR?px=2145666&fr_id=20064&pg=personal)