Three Things Thursday – Short and Sweet

1.  I ran Adam’s Virtual 5K Saturday and it sucked as bad as I thought it would.  29:29  I am NOT a warm-weather racer.  At all.  Ever.

2.  We’re up to 25 dots on the TV now.  The repair shop has the part on order.  Should be here tomorrow.

3.   Four-day weekend.  WAHOO!!! 

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Tuesday Tidbits

I’m enjoying doing the Tuesday Tidbit series.  So many times things happen that I want to document but aren’t in and of themselves postworthy.  Such as…

  • We finally joined everyone else in 2011 and signed up for Netflix.  I am totally digging the instant streaming.
  • I’m doing Adam’s virtual Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K this Saturday.  It’s gonna suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.
  • I’m just getting started on the third book in the Harry Potter series.  I’m rather enjoying them.
  • Me, my sister, and two of her friends are having a girls’ night at a local winery Saturday night.  Every so often they have a “Concert in the Vineyards.”  It’s just an outdoor nighttime concert where everyone brings lawn chairs and picnic stuff.  They only ask that you don’t bring in other alcohol because they keep the store open until the concert ends.  The winery is 3.5 miles from my house, but I’ve never been to one of these events.  Should be fun!
  • I want a boat.
  • I don’t think I’ve ever been this un-tan in June.
  • Work still sucks.  In addition to everything else, I’ll find out this afternoon when one of my full-time carriers goes out for a worker’s compensation carpal tunnel surgery.  Since her sub will be tied down on her route the full 4-6 weeks that she’s out, that will essentially leave me with NO subs.  God forbid someone get sick or have car trouble.
  • We have ants.  Not inside the house, thank God, but they have taken over outside.  I was trying to pull some grass out of the landscaping a few days ago, and everywhere that you pulled and disturbed the mulch, they came crawling out by the hundreds.  Pest control came and sprayed yesterday.  She said we were one of the lucky ones if they weren’t inside because they have been HORRENDOUS this year.
  • Remember that used bicycle I bought a few months ago?  It’s still sitting in the exact same place in the garage in the exact same condition I bought it in.
  • I love this time of year (minus the heat, humidity, and bugs).  My belly is happy and full of fresh local veggies.  I’ve already eaten more squash and zucchini this year than I think I ever have in my life.
  • Hot or not, I have GOT to get my running base back up.  That 10K I ran back at the first of May is the longest I have run since my last half-marathon in April.  This three miles here and four miles there stuff isn’t gonna cut it anymore.  I’ll never acclimate to the heat if I don’t just get out there and do it.
  • I took the afternoon off work, but I don’t even get to enjoy it.  Eye appointment at 1:30 and chiropractor at 3:45.  I hope it doesn’t make me as sore as it did last week because it’s Tuesday.  That means 400s!  That has quickly become my favorite workout!

Virtual 5K Race Results

So the turnout was small, but all the cool kids were there, so who cares, right?!

Several folks said they were in, but I only ended up with 8 race reports, including mine.  Adam broke the virtual tape with a time of 18:32 with Kim taking 2nd overall and myself in 3rd.  I, for one, am going to revel in it because this is likely the only time I will find myself in the top 3 of anything!

Links to the reports, in no particular order…

Me – 28:38
Bobbi – 34:16
Rose – 33:39
Kim – 24:53
Molly – 29:56
Adam – 18:32 (showoff)
Bootchez – 35:17  (Her recap is an absolute MUST-READ!  Go now.  Laugh hard.)
Allie –  29:05

(Apologies in advance if I missed anyone.)

Thanks for playing along, guys!  It was fun!  Maybe next time I’ll actually be able to afford some prizes!  The house will be paid off in 12 more years!

Virtual 5K Race(s) Report

In honor of my 31st birthday tomorrow and in honor of Adam just being an awesome virtual race director, I ran two 5Ks today.  Simultaneously.  See, you can do stuff like that when they’re virtual races. 

Adam, DQ me if you must.  I missed your race date by a full day.  I had every intetion of doing this yesterday, but after my friend’s 40th birthday party Friday night, I was in no shape to run a 5K on Saturday.  No shape whatsoever.

So it was today or bust!  After church and The Walmart Experience, I was ready to do my thang in my own It’s M’Burfday and Adam’s Freeze Your Thorns Off virtual 5Ks.

At 3:00 pm with a wind chill of 18, with a t-shirt, an Under Armour hoodie, a pair of Reebok tights and a pair of Under Armour cold gear tights on over those, gloves, and ear warmers, I was off.

Don’t I look like I’m ready to freeze something off?

Mile 1:  8:40 pace – “This is awesome!  Why don’t I run this fast more often?!”

Mile 2:  9:15 – “Ooooh yeah.  This is why.”

Mile 3:  9:49 – “What kind of idiot puts this kind of hill on the last part of a 5K?  Wait a minute, what?  I got to pick my own course for this race?  Idiot…”

Mile 3.1:  0:53 – *WHEEEEEEEEZE*

Not fast for most, but for me a big PR.  I hadn’t done a 5K since 3/20/10 with a time of 29:27, so today was a 49-second improvement.  I’ve been saying I want to work on speed this year, and today will serve as my starting point.  I have another 5K (a REAL one with ACTUAL REAL, LIVE PEOPLE) coming up on 2/12, so we’ll see if I can pick up a few seconds between now and then.

The "It’s M’Burfday" Virtual Race!

I’ve had this idea for a while, but true to form, I’m a dollar short and a day late, so Adam beat me to the punch and stole my date!  But oh well…that’s where the phrase “two birds with one stone” comes in!

On January the 10th, I will be turning 31 years old.  If that’s not cause for a 5K, I don’t know what is.  (31…3.1…5K….see how that works?)

THE DATE:  January 8th or 9th.  (Adam’s Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K is January 8th, so feel free to use his as mine and mine as his.  Yes, he’s already given permission in his race rules that his 5K can be part of another race or training run.)

THE COURSE:  Whatever your precious little heart desires.  Inside, outside, hilly, flat.  I don’t care, as long as it’s 3.1 miles.  Or for you GBAs out there (and you know who you are), 31K.

THE PRIZES:  HA!  Yeah, right.  Like I’m made of money.  If you want prizes, sign up for Adam’s race.  The best you’ll get out of this one is bragging rights and a mention here on my blog.

If you want to participate, just leave a comment or email me to let me know.  Afterwards, send me a link to your race report.  You’ll have until Friday 1/14/11 to get that done so I can start putting together a winners post.

One Lucky Lady

I have been one lucky lady this year in blogland!  I’ve entered my fair share of giveaways and virtual races, and I’ve made off with some pretty awesome loot in the process.

I scored this shirt from Vanilla at Half-Fast (*sniff, sniff*  I sure do miss him who just came out of bloggy retirement like fifteen seconds after I saved this draft.) as a prize in Razz’s GW,MA!6.66M virtual race

Ummm… thanks?  hahaha  This definitely ranks right up there at the top of the list of the ugliest race shirts I’ve ever seen.  But I now have Ian’s autograph, so I shall cherish it forever and always.  Until I sell it on eBay for millions when he becomes a celebrity.  *snicker*

Rad Runner hosted a giveaway for Bradford Tonic, in which I scored a four-pack of their B-Ginger ginger and lime drinks.  Pretty cool because I would have never heard of them otherwise!  No store around here carries them.  Not a big fan of the drink by itself, but it made a great mixer!

The drop-dead-gorgeous and knock-your-socks-off-fast Emz asked everyone for their favorite running tunes and had a prize for the person who suggested the song that became her new favorite. I didn’t win, but I came in a close second, earning me a $15 iTunes gift card!

Bobbie at 2010 Journey in Running hosted a giveaway for Snorg Tees, which I won and picked out this hilariously inappropriate-for-a-chick-to-wear That’s What She Said shirt.

MCM Mama joined the ranks of the Masters this year and hosted a virtual race to commemorate the occasion.  The pity prizes were much better for this virtual 8.25-mile race.  Ian and Razz could learn a thing or two.  She sent me a pair of Wright running socks.
 
Amanda at RunToTheFinish is always hosting incredible giveaways (and if you didn’t get in on her HBBC, you’re missing out!), and I was lucky enough to win a biggie.  It included a bottle of Salt Stick tabs (which I am hoping will help me out during the summer running months!), this long-sleeve UV Skinz shirt (their web site calls it a swim shirt, but I’ve used the heck out of it running), and lots of stuff from Scape Sunscreen.  I never did a review on any of it, but I would highly recommend all of it! 

Amanda also hosted the PR Challenge in which she matched runners up with others based on their current PRs in a given distance, then we all raced that distance again.  Whoever got the biggest PR in the group WON!  My 8:08 improvement from Nashville in April to Clarksville in October in the half-marathon distance put me in the top spot.  The PR Challenge rules state that the winner was to receive a small prize from her competitors, and Lynn from H20Break sent me this coffee mug.  How cool and generous is that?!  (I saw the price on zazzle.com.  If this is her idea of a “small prize” it’s too bad for me the rules didn’t say a “nice gift”!  ha!  Thanks again, Lynn!)

On Thanksgiving, Jen at Setting You Free announced the winner of her iPod Touch, and I was shocked that I was the winner!  (It has since been rehomed, but still.  That pesky utility company thinks you should pay them EVERY month, and Momma needed to pay the utility bill worse than she needed an iPod touch.  And I’m certain my friend’s teenage daughter will take excellent care of it.)
And, most recently, I won these Vintage Retro Shorts from Running Diva Mom.  They haven’t come in yet, so I’m snatching her photo.

With all this luck, how did I NOT come back from Vegas a multi-millionaire???