my challenge to you

I’m getting tired of using that word, to be honest. But I have one of my own, if all you Blogland lovelies will play along with me.

As you may or may not know, I’m participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in less than a month. I still have a way to go with meeting my personal goal, and my team’s goal is looking pretty far off. Which is where you come in.

In the vein of each comment equaling one minute, I propose the following:

  • $1 = 5 minutes of walking (no limit on this, other than the event is only 18 hours long)
  • $10 = 1 mile run (I’m capping this at 10.5 miles since that meets my personal goal and I’m not this guy)

What you get out of it:

  • the satisfaction of supporting cancer research (really, what more do you need? ;))
  • your name (and blog) plus the names of anyone you choose to honor on my shirt while I participate
  • you can pick your block of time/mile if you so wish
  • a photo of your name(s) when your time/distance starts
  • All contributors will be entered into a drawing for a little prize or two (to be determined)

I’ll even be packing the laptop and do some live-blogging if possible. Otherwise I’ll text updates to the Facebook page & I just set up a Twitter account ( @262milejourney if you’re interested) which I will probably not use very often. But who knows. I just might remember my password. 😉

So, click that first link and make a donation and spread the word!

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Back to my regularly scheduled running blog. My running schedule has devolved into a once every third or fourth day sort of thing. It’s not working for me. I got hit with allergies in a major way over the weekend (Dogwood trees are a tool of Satan, that’s all there is to it) and it’s not fun running in that condition.  I did get out this morning, though! I only went for 20 minutes and I had goal for how much distance I would cover in that time. I was off by 1/4 mile and at first I was pretty bummed about it. But I did my whole run on the trails in the park today so that explains the difference.

I did something brave today. I wore my running skirt! I ordered it, and like usual, I was right in between sizes. So of course vanity beat out common sense and I ordered the smaller size. Which is right about when my knee/hamstrings started acting up. By the time the skirt got to me, I was well into my sedentary phase and me + skirt = not cute. Flash forward to today: I tried it on, it fit perfectly and kept my lower half from overheating on my run. It was great! It’s not my favorite color (but they don’t offer a solid purple skirt) so in the event that they have a color I love in a size I need and it’s on sale, I’d totally get another one.

I’m so excited for my GOTR training run on Thursday! I can’t wait to do it!! The weather has been so unpredictable lately (aka “April”), I’m not sure what I’ll end up wearing. I’m sure I’ll end up soaked no matter what. Oh, well. It will be a nice way to burn off some nervous tension about the test I’ll be taking that night (which I’m not actually worried about, but that causes me to worry… ISSUES).

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I was planning on doing this run for my May race. Sadly, I don’t think I can manage it. There are two others that I’m considering as replacements. One is the Inspiring Hope (I’m leaning toward the 10K) and the other is the Rhody Run (12K). Maybe I’ll just go crazy and do them both. 😉

went for a bike ride

It went fine. My quads are definitely sore and tomorrow might be really painful to walk, but I had fun.  Some adjustments will have to be made, though. My bike is about 1-2″ too tall for me, which gives me the choice of growing my legs longer (I’ve tried unsuccessfully for years), learning to bike in platforms ( OH HELL NAW) or switching out my old-school, super padded seat for something less padded and modern. My bike is something of a beast.

fraternal twinsy!

It’s a 1960s Raleigh that looks just like this one, except mine is gun metal gray with a rack in the back and a basket in the front. And it has a tire pump attached (it doesn’t work and it doesn’t come off).  I now appreciate why Hubs was telling me that I wouldn’t want to commute with my bike. The thing is so heavy I’m not sure I want to move it when the time comes. I’m going to need a forklift. It definitely needs a tune-up (whatever that implies). The brakes weren’t instilling any confidence and Hubs said the tubes need to be replaced (more Martian speak). Once I feel confident on this thing, I’m definitely going to be looking for a lighter-weight bike for commuting (mayyyyybe) and for attempting a triathlon (dream big, right?).

It was a gorgeous morning, so naturally I forgot my camera. But, I do know where it is and the battery is charged. That’s pretty much a win in my book.

All in all it was a success, although I feel like I’m still not over my bike issues. Honestly,  I feel most like I just won survived the first round of Russian Roulette. Which is not particularly enjoyable. I’d like to just enjoy riding a bike. Someday. Soon.

Look what I came across when I was Googling bike images. I think I’d be a lot more into biking if mine looked like this:

Dreamy, isn't it?

I think I’d be way more into biking if mine was purple. Of course, that purple clashes with my purple helmet, so maybe it’s for the best that my bike is gray. It’s prettier than that brown one. Because once again, my priorities are clearly in need of some reorganization. 😉

Please support my fundraising efforts for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life!

thunderstorms!

I adore them! They postpone bike rides, but they can’t stop runs. I’m hoping this is over by tomorrow morning, otherwise I’ll have to figure out how to ride a bike in the rain. I’m pretty sure it’s just like riding a bike when it’s not raining, but I have yet to determine the validity of that thought. Plus, let’s face that I haven’t ridden a bike since my age was in single digits, not counting stationary bikes since the risk of falling over is slight and the chance of getting hit by a car on a stationary is in the slim-to-freak-accident category. I would like the weather to be on my side when I attempt it again.

I did put my sweet running kicks on and went for a… run. Duh. 😉 It was everything I hoped it would be! Those shorts I was waiting on from Road Runner FINALLY showed (okay, it’s been a few days now). I gave them a try, and they are fantastic! The inseam did not once try to get too personal, and most importantly, they are purple. Okay, those are equally important factors. And probably an inseam that knows how to play it cool is most important. But I love me some purple! Someday I’ll break down the exercise related list of purple-y goodness. The waistband is totally black, though. Like, ohmygod!! *hair flip*

See?AWESOME!

Sorry, apparently endorphins act as a time machine in my brain, taking me to a place I never was. Side note, the theme song from Fresh Prince of Bell-Air is playing at full volume in my brain. Classic.

Why such a good mood after such a soggy run?

  • I ran, for one thing
  • I love rainy runs
  • my knee didn’t hurt for a single step
  • I managed more than a mile

My goal was just a single mile, but I ended up doing almost 1.5 (that’s 2.29 km according to an online calculator). Old me would say “Who cares? You’ve gone a lot further.” To that I say: “Shut up. No one invited you to this blog. It’s half again as much as I did on my last run and the farthest I’ve gone in almost 4 weeks. So once again, may I remind you to please shut up. And why don’t you move out of the head space anyway? No room for negative space in a brain.”

I think I’m going to ride across the I-90 floating bridge tomorrow. Maybe Mt. Rainier will come out for a picture. 🙂

Time to go roll and ice my hamstrings before they realized I sneaked in a run.