Running at least a mile every day from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Day. Mostly posting this for my own reference, to keep myself accountable and keeping track of my mileage.

Miles so far )
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( Nov. 16th, 2012 03:23 pm)
Life stuff
* I have no clue how my coworkers manage sometimes. My one coworker makes as much as me, sometimes even fewer hours, is a single mom w/ two kids, and is about to get kicked out of her apartment. Gods, I wish I could help her(think I'm going to talk hours with her and see if she wants some of mine, I've got money saved. Either way, I've already got unopened toys from my collection I'm gonna give her kids for the holidays. Her daughter's into Monster High and her son into superheroes, perfect!).

* Three weeks in and my brother is reporting he's lost 9lb. already in boot camp. Brb, sending him more Powerbars, lol. Though apparently they did feed them lobster and steak for the USMC's birthday. Guess there was some benefit to him going earlier(original ship date would have been Nov. 11th)

* Speaking of, gotta poolee function tomorrow to celebrate that(late, as ball and parties were going on last week). Cake, ceremony thing, and a 92-year old vet to talk to us about the war.

* Possibly TMI: Took out my nipple piercings after five years of having them and, goddamn, feels weird seeing my boobs sans metal.

Running stuff
* Ran the marathon Sunday, it is now Friday and they still haven't posted the results. First they said Monday, then moved it to Thursday, and now they say today... we'll see. For a marathon that seems to want to compete with Richmond and OBX, they're really fucking up with this.

* Likely gonna sign up for the Seashore Nature Trail 50K. It'd, obviously, be my first ultramarathon and is in a month. I think I could manage it, just keep up training.

* Bought new running shoes yesterday. Basically brought my old pair and was all "just give me the same exact ones", lol. These, for reference. Love 'em.
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( Nov. 13th, 2012 07:57 pm)
Was surprised by how easy it actually was, despite all my last minute panicking. No clue on my exact time yet as there was apparently some glitch with the timing, FMI says results should be posted on Thursday, but was definitely under four hours(stopped my timer after walking past the medal handouts at the finish and it was around 3:54) so I can live with that(til the next one).

First marathon... check! )
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( Nov. 10th, 2012 02:45 am)
* I'm still kinda reeling from the election results. Was so stressed and then... bam! So many good things and Romney lost! and yay!

* Picked up my packet. Feels more real, I'm running my first marathon Sunday! Scared and excited, but more excited than scared, so I think I can do this!

* Last Thursday I learned my limit on how much bigger a person can be than me before I can't pick up/fireman carry them(well, pick them up AND do anything more than stand there, trying not to fall). Failed buddy squats, lol.

* Just watched Prometheus with [ profile] ontdcreepy, it was soooo bad. Idek.
In October I ended up running 3 races 3 weekends in a row. Already posted on the first, so now on to the latter two(with some pics!).

First up, the second week in October was the From Here to Eternity 5k. Everything about this race was awesome for me.
First! )

The week after that, I ran the Blue Moon Wicked 10k. It's basically the largest Halloween-themed local race, so, lots of costumes.
Sonic Rainboom? )
Took the scenic route, aka an accident in the bridge-tunnel added ~3 hours to my drive, to Buena Vista, VA this past weekend to run the Fall Foliage Festival 10k in Waynesboro with my little sister and her friend(not running, just moral support).

Short version: Was cold as fuck. Was fun. PR'd by 2 minutes and 12 seconds, was 5th woman across the finish and 3rd place for women 20-29. Not bad for all the hills that area's got and all the hills my area hasn't got. Sis didn't get under an hour like she'd hoped(5 minutes over), but didn't seem too bummed. So, glad.

Longer version )
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( Oct. 15th, 2012 01:26 am)
* Visited my lil sis this past weekend and ran a 10k together(ish). I finished 20 minutes ahead of her, but it was still fun. Report incoming.

* Also while there, I met her boyfriend(kinda her first) making me the one who had to report on him to the rest of the family, lol. Dude is a giant, 6'2" and not scrawny, and I've found myself describing him as a cowboy!Thor(ish) in appearance and demeanor(granted, only meeting him long enough to have dinner).

* Also, also, went with her and her friend who was also visiting to the Virginia Safari Park, aka her work. She's one of the safari animal people. I got drooled on by a camel, my bucket stolen by a bison, pet all the baby llamas I could, called a blackbuck an asshole, and had all her coworkers be all 'whut' over finding out I was both related to and older than her#. It was fun.

# people think we look nothing alike. Once had the same teacher at the same time for nearly a year before it clicked for her that having seen us with the same parents and having the same last name made it likely we were sisters, lol.
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( Sep. 30th, 2012 05:24 am)
* Rizzles has taken over my life, don't send help. Lol, seriously though, this fandom is so full of lesbian, it's just wonderful.

* That aside, excluding reading fanfics(which, some of those things are so long I almost wanna count them), updated my read list for the year. Have a lot of unread books to get through, though recs always welcome! Also, discussion of anything on the list!

* Ran 15 miles for the first time in awhile today, just 5(might just push it for 22 instead) more until I'll consider myself "ready" for the marathon. Plan an 18mi long run this coming week, 14mi the week after, then at least 20mi followed by tapering. Given how, aside from hungry and tired, I didn't feel too torn down by today's run, I'm feeling pretty good and like I'll actually be able to do this! :D

* I suddenly want a tortoise.

...again. When I was little I'd try to smuggle the baby ones from my grandmother's house. She always seemed to have a few(owned a pet store) at any given time.

* Why are SkyFlakes, the best, not sold everywhere(or, at least some type of scallion-type crackers)? Always good.
Going into this race was rough. I'd hurt my right knee in a bad way after the Military Challenge bringing much of my running to a halt and the week before the race I had two bike accidents damn near back to back, both inflicting pain on my left knee. On top of this, I was just plain tired. Had a heavy hours week at work, started going to PT and strength training more, was left to watch the dogs who turn out to be a handful for one person, coworker issues, project deadlines, and just so many other little things...

So, whine, whine, whine. But, still, I was confident I could at least finish.
13.1 take 2 )

Tentative upcoming race schedule:
36th Annual Fall Foliage Festival 10k- October 13th
Blue Moon Wicked 10k- October 27th
Freedom Marathon- November 11th
Holy fuck, this was fun. Was fifth woman to finish, placed first for my age group(women 20-24) and while I was a good ~4 minutes 30 seconds slower than my best 5k, that was to be expected, happy enough with how I did.

Basically, the Military Challenge is a 5k obstacle course/mud run. It had stormed most the night before so the course was extra muddy(they actually had a truck stuck in the mud at one point) and there were roughly two dozen obstacles.

(biggish)Course map and report )
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( Jul. 25th, 2012 02:41 am)
* Ran a 5k on the fourth of July, PR'd and came in first for Woman 20-24. Still wanna go faster.

* Registered for the Rock n Roll Half(September 2nd) and will be registering for the Freedom Marathon(November 11th). Not worried at all about the former, could run 13.1 tomorrow if I wanted to, but it'll be my first marathon so equal parts D: and :D on that.

* Military Challenge, my first obstacle course-type thing, this Saturday. Excited.

* Also, LASIK on Saturday, after the race. Little intimidated by the idea of it, but my vision is so atrocious, I think I'll be happy.

* In the meantime, I had to buy some glasses to wear until the surgery. Glasses + Asia = not happy. They just make me feel awkward(in more ways than one, all tunnel vision-y). Blah.
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( Jun. 9th, 2012 01:02 pm)
Putting aside what happened Monday, last post, today I ran the OK5k at Virginia Wesleyan. Despite major slacking due to the ever increasing temperature as summer settles in, I think I did alright. 5k PR, again, and took 2nd place for Women 20-29.

Was a fun race, but not really feeling a report in me, so highlights:

* Was my first trail race, kinda awkward having to slow down to avoid tripping in some places and stumbled a bit in the grass field part due to hidden holes. :\ But, the difficulty makes me feel better about my time, so... okay!

* At the awards, indoors, everyone sat at random, small round, tables. Despite this, all the winners for my age group ended up at the same table, lol.

* Saw a lot of the same people from the Elizabeth River Run there. Granted, they advertised this there, but still...

* Watermelon! <3
Finished second place for my age group(women, 20-24). Might eventually post something other than a race report, but not today, lol...

Running stuff under cut )
So, this weekend I took a trip with my father to Harrisonburg, VA to visit my cousin and run the Waynesboro Park-to-Park Half Marathon. My cousin and I planned to run it, my aunt(mother's sister) and father planned to walk it.

The Park-to-Park is a point-to-point run from Ridgeview Park to Stuart's Draft Park, on a course equaling 13.1 miles. While I've run that distance often enough, it was my first official half marathon. Also, something I totally didn't account for with living/training in my flat land city at sea level, my first time really running with near continuous, and sometimes large, hills and at a higher altitude.

That said, a rough report.
Our parents are idiots... )

So, that all said, stats...
I finished at 1:51:41 giving me a 8:32/mi and placing me at 6th in my age group(20-29). I'm happy enough with it.

My cousin managed 2:25:43 with a 11:07/mi, about four minutes faster than she expected, and 59th for her age group(30-39).

My aunt and father finished at 3:21:40 and 3:21:41, respectively, for 15:24/mi and last for both their age group(s)(50-59) and beating just one person overall. Heh.
Placed third for women aged 20-29 and was, I think, the sixth woman across the finish line. Was a fun race and can't even be down about getting third again since I finished at a better time. Though, I still think(as I have) I can go faster, lol.

That said, I had fun. There was a pretty good energy to the whole thing, so, my attempt at writing a race report...
Rambling about running under cut )
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( Mar. 23rd, 2012 10:51 pm)
The other day I was on my way home from work and suddenly my brain was all "I'm so hungry I could eat a whole village" followed by a "wait... whut?" Idk. I'm clearly a monster of some sort.

In other notes,
* Run the Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5k tomorrow. Hope for good weather. Not too hot and, if it rains as predicted, light rain. Think it'll be fun regardless.

* Apparently there is to be a horror convention around here in a month. Wanna go!

* I bought way more scallions than I really should have, anyone have any vegan or workable recipes for something that requires lots of spring onions? I can only eat so many cong you bing.

* Anyone else seen the Hunger Games movie? Wanna discuss/thoughts?


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