March 8, 2008 at 6:42 pm
Today’s training run was hell, if hell had frozen over.
Even though we’re approaching mid-March, it is still snowing in Indiana. I’ve lived here for years, but I don’t remember any winter being this long. I’m stuck in a never-ending purgatory where it snows every weekend and the skies are grey for eternity.
Today the trail was covered in an inch of snow, so the group opted to instead run down a lightly-traveled side street that had been plowed. I had to futz with my MP3 player before we started, so I ended up trailing behind the pack. I never caught up with them either because I am slow and the traffic lights were against me. This made me 1) feel like a dork ostracized from the cool kids and 2) fear for my life as I ran down the opposite side of the street on my own while wearing headphones. If I were with the pack there’d be a good chance a rogue SUV would hit someone else and not me. I was glad I was [...]
March 2, 2008 at 12:59 pm
The only thing you really need to know about the 10K I ran on Saturday morning is that, yes, there were cinnamon crunch bagels. And yes, they were even tastier than y’all led me to believe.
Take note of the man over my right shoulder who is surely thinking, “Mmmm, I wish I’d gotten one of those bagels.” I don’t know why they call it a bagel since it was really a cinnamon roll with a crunchy topping. Coming in at 410 calories, I still burned off more energy running 6.2 miles than I consumed eating it. That, my friends, is truly sublime. (We’ll just ignore the part about 75g of carbohydrates. 75 grams!)
My mom stayed over the night before the race and got up at 6:30am to cheer me on and be my official race photographer. If that wasn’t enough, she also bought me flowers which are currently on my counter being guarded by the prince from the Katamari Damacy video game. (I made him promise not to roll them up in a [...]
February 25, 2008 at 6:54 am
Hey, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this a zillion times already, but I wrote a book. It’s coming out in May, but if you are one of 10 people my random number generator deems worthy, my publisher will send you an advance galley copy. A galley is a copy of the book printed before all the proofreading is complete. It’s usually sent to critics and magazine writers so they have time to write a book review before the publication date. However, we’re also sending 10 copies to my lovely, blog readers! You can be the first kid on your block to read my book, AND you’ll gain deep insight into my psyche by examining my inability to hyphenate properly.
To enter, sign up for my email list here. That’s it. You don’t have to leave a comment on this entry, just sign up for the list and be sure to click on the link in the confirmation e-mail to finish the subscription process. You’ll get a free muffin recipe regardless and you’ll also get any [...]
February 9, 2008 at 2:47 pm
I don’t have a picture of myself crossing the finish line in this morning’s 500 Festival Training Series 5K because although my friends and family love me, none of them love me enough to wake up at 6:30 in the morning on a Saturday and stand in 40 degree weather at the finish line waiting for me to run 3.1 miles. Instead, here is a photo my mother brought me just last night, a photo I didn’t think existed, a photo of me crossing the finish line at my very first 5K last September.
I love how the girl next to me is casually checking her watch as I plow across the finish line with a grimace on my face in the hopes of shaving half a second off my time. This morning’s 5K is part of a series leading up the Indy 500 Mini-Marathon in May. Next month I run a 10K and the month after that a 15K. I ran this morning’s 5K in 31:17, a new personal record which beats my Irish Fest [...]
November 15, 2007 at 9:51 am
If anyone out there has been thinking, “I’d really love to pay an organization $50.00 so I can run 13.1 miles in Indianapolis on Saturday, May 3, 2008,” (and I know you have) you’d better hurry up and register for the Indianapolis 500 Mini-Marathon because I hear it’s at 80% capacity. The Mini-Marathon is the largest half-marathon in the US with 35,000 participants and this year one of them is me! And no, I don’t know why they call it a mini-marathon instead of a half-marathon. Somebody must really love alliteration. I’d love to meet any of y’all who are coming and I’m sure we can arrange a meet-up. There is even a pasta dinner the night before which you know I will have to attend since I’m the PastaQueen. There is a 5K run on the same day as the half-marathon if you feel like sleeping in later and keeping the mileage down on your shoes. Sadly, the 5K doesn’t include a lap around the Indianapolis 500 Motorway, which I am looking forward to [...]