Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Well, that was a little difficult!

We just finished filling out Pippin's brackets for NCAA hoops. He lost interest pretty quickly, but then we put a treat in each hand to keep his interest. Whichever hand he picked was the team he went with. He's really predicting some upsets, for some reason he is huge on Monmouth. Anyway, read my previous post if you'd like to sign up and play! It's just for fun, I think we watched a total of 15 minutes of bball this year! Games start sometime tomorrow so hurry and sign up!

Last Sunday was gorgeous!! Both Sat and Sun were 80 degree days. After our racing we helped Brent's brother's family move into their new house all day and then went home exhausted. Somehow I woke up REALLY early on Sunday and took Pippin with me to pick up some breakfast. It was a beautiful day and we cruised down the road, sunroof open, soaking up the sun. Sunday afternoon we cleaned out the garage and took the top off the Jeep and went for a spin. I loved the feeling of the sun on my skin!! I miss spring and summer! It was so great to wear tank tops and shorts again! Our garage was a total mess. How do so many leaves and junk get in there when the door is down 99% of the time? I also scrubbed the fridge we have out there. A couple of weeks ago we thought an animal had died out there. I had made a banana pudding at Christmas that turned out REALLY bad and we stuck it out there because we didn't have any room in our main fridge. Well, we forgot about that one. It was disgusting. We threw the pan away, but it could have made a very good science project if you had a strong stomach. I got most of the smell out, which is a very good thing.

Monday we got more storms and the temperatures cooled back down. Mine and Pippin's Tues morning walk was in 37 degree temps and today it was 32 for our walk and frost was on the ground again. What's the deal!!

This Saturday is our next half marathon! Yeah!! It's a local half limited to 2,000 runners. Pretty much the opposite of the half we have coming up at the end of April - the Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon. It's part of the same series as San Diego, Phoenix, etc. They already have 23,000 registered runners! YIKES! Last year there were 17,000 and it was CROWDED! Parts of the course are fairly narrow (where you meet the leaders coming back) and are really tough for midpackers like myself. But there is a ton of energy at the race!

My goal for Saturday's half is 1.55-1.59. I think I can do it! As of right now Brent and I are planning to run it together. That should be fun!

Speaking of racing, Kiki finished her very first 5K Sunday. Nothing beats your first race, and that awesome feeling of accomplishment! In my first I hoped to come in less than 30 minutes (which I barely made) and I didn't want to die! 3 miles felt like forever. I did the same race last year and was able to place second in my age group, the first time I ever placed. I think that particular 5K will always be my favorite just because it was my first, and the first time I ever placed. It's a nice small race (maybe 100 runners), no chip or anything fancy. The volunteers are great and the kids the charity is for are the nicest around. Last year one of them thanked me for participating and that nearly sent me into tears! (The charity is an inner city group that provides mentors for boys without fathers.) So what do you remember about your first race???

Have a great night!
Go Duke & Go Memphis!!!
P.S. I didn't know there were so many Duke haters out there! Oh well, it wouldn't be a competition if we all like the same teams!



At 9:57 PM, Blogger Running Jayhawk said...

Oooooh Duke...Memphis...hmm...I won't get into it. But what I will say, is while I'm not a fan of Duke, I really respect what Coach K has done with the program and JJ is just too awesome for his own good. :) But...GO Kansas!!

Any rate...what do I remember about my first race? Excluding HS track, my 1st race (of many races to come) was last October. The Trick or Treat Trot 5k. I signed up to help get race experience for my marathon, just to help me figure out what to expect. I was proud of myself finishing in 38 minutes, too. The course was overcrowded with young girls from the "Girls on the Run" program. A great time was had by all though.

At 10:53 PM, Blogger Darrell said...

My first race was a 5K after only "running" for a month. I had know idea what to expect. I took a walking break every 8 minutes. I would never do that now and have since improved my 5K time by 12:00.

Good luck on the half marathon. Your goal is totally doable. Have fun.

I figure the Country Music Marathon will be my TN marathon someday.

At 1:45 AM, Blogger susie said...

Fun question, Rae. My first race was a little neighborhood thing--40 people, I think. I beat the walkers by just a little, and I, too, thought I would die. I could hardly breathe. The next year I beat my time by nearly 7 minutes!

At 5:37 AM, Blogger Jack said...

Did you get a picture of the pudding, that would have been unique ;-) Good luck with the HM. The way the temperature is changing in TN you should bring your whole wardrobe just in case!

At 5:58 AM, Blogger TriSaraTops said...

I remember my first race--Cincinnati Race for the Cure 1998! I was just happy to 31 minutes! It was amazing to see SO many people there for such a good cause. I was hooked. :)

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BUCKEYES!!!! And, sorry, I am also a "Duke Hater." But I hate UK more, as they knocked my Miami Redhawks out in the Sweet Sixteen my senior year in '99. I graduated with Wally Szezerbiak--he basically was our whole team! :)

At 6:42 AM, Blogger mouse said...

OMG. pippin is so cute, I almost can't stand it!

my first race was when I was in grade school so I don't remember it all that well. we were a "running family" and all started running in like 4th grade. weird, right?

At 6:45 AM, Blogger Cliff said...

Yes, it would be nice to see the banana pudding :).

Enjoy the 1/2 Marathon.

At 7:00 AM, Blogger E-Speed said...

I am feeling you on this weather yoyoing. Grrr. Give me spring already!

Have fun at your half! Lets go 1:54!

At 7:26 AM, Blogger KT said...

Cannot even fathom what was growing on the banana pudding. Ick.

Good luck this weekend!

At 8:52 AM, Blogger D said...

You will definitely hit your goal in your upcoming 1/2 as you have been running so strong. I don't really remember my first 5K - but I remember when I started getting faster and a bit more serious about running and I went out and did this small local 5K. I vowed during that race that I wouldn't do another one because it hurt. AT the finish a girl passed me right at the finish line. If that wouldn't have happened, I would have been 3rd place OVERALL female. I took first place in my age group anyway. I think I was the only one that was excited about my medal. As soon as I found out I was 4th overall I was saying to myself, "when's the next race". How quickly perspectives change!

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Robb said...

About 100 years ago I ran a race in jr high school where I finished 2nd.

Last year, when I ran a 5K I was frustrated by a 13 year old kid...that I couldn't catch at the finish. All out...could not catch him. It's funny now!

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Michele said...

So what are you going to wear Saturday? I am running the Tom King also and Monday I was thinking I would be in shorts then Tuesday I was thinking it would be fleece and now today it is back in the mid 60's.
My first race was the CM Half in 2004. The thing I remember most was the high I felt crossing the finish line.

At 10:42 AM, Blogger PLANET3RRY said...

my first race was an 8k in 1998 which was prompted by a friend who was visiting. He said, "want to run an 8k?"... "what's an 8k??"..."5 miles"... "oh, okay."

At 12:26 PM, Blogger ShoreTurtle said...

Good luck this weekend you two!

My first race was the 1990 Briarwood Mall 10K in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was in April, but it was cold and snowy. My time was around 48 minutes, which is what I run now for a 10K. I liked the race and ran it again the next year. Looking back, the course was kind of boring--running around the mall parking lot, but after the race they had a drawing with gift certificates and a shopping spree in the mall. I didn't win anything, but it was exciting having the chance to win.

At 3:49 PM, Anonymous david said...

My first race was "The Great Raleigh Road Race 10K" in 1979. It was crowded and not knowing better spent the first several miles doing broken field running. Needless to say, I was worn out at the end! Hope to see you and Brent at the Tom King this weekend.

At 7:02 PM, Blogger angie's pink fuzzy said...

good luck this weekend!!! have fun!!!

first race...shady, woman in blue racewalking and wouldn't let me pass, Ash peed at the finish line as I crossed and Johnny took my picture, I had a blast.

At 3:05 AM, Blogger CJ said...

Good luck for this weekend - I'm sure both of you will do fine.

My first race was a 10km race 10 years ago - I had done a 6 week training program with a friend as a get fit venture - neither of us had run these distances before and it had been years since I'd run at all. The thought of running 10km was daunting - to me it felt like a marathon! Anyway come race day and I started with my friend but lost her shortly afterwards. Then I caught up with another friend and we chatted for the next 7km and then I took off because i was feeling so good. I finished in 57mins feeling very satisfied and pleased with myself - I was a runner! My 10km PB is now about 44mins!

At 4:40 AM, Blogger Liz said...

Good luck today!!! The weahter should get nice for you!!!

At 6:50 AM, Blogger Cory said...

I did WC track and field from 1989-92, and road racing on the side, because our district of what is now WSUSA only had one national junior qualifier meet per season, so I had to have other stuff boiling, otherwise, I'd get antsy and out of shape. So, as far as track goes, my first meet was the 1989 Far West Regionals (CA, AZ, NV), where I did 100m, 200m, and 400m. That was at Fresno State. I remember winning the 100, but the 200 and 400 I don't think I did so well.

As far as road racing, I can't even remember where I started, but I know it was a 5K (I had time only to train for 5K's, but did one 8K), and it had to be somewhere between SD and LA---that was my limit. My most memorable moment in a road race, though, was losing a wheel. Luckily, it was in one of those archaic four wheel WC's, so I could still go, but in a tipsy manner. As soon as the wheel separated (right front), I was able to grab it. I kept on for a few seconds, because I was a couple K's yet from the finish line, so I was in an awkward position. But eventually, some race steward with an allen wrench helped out, and I was on my way.

At 7:23 AM, Blogger Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Have a great race this weekend!


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