Beer tasting, Fort Collins, Laramie

For the Christmas holiday, I flew out to Denver to be with my family in Laramie. Evan picked me up at the airport on Thursday after a packed flight. We headed straight to Fort Collins to visit a few breweries before we drove up to Laramie.

By |December 26th, 2010|Family, Friends, Photo, Running, Travel|0 Comments

It’s cold out there. And some photos.

It was 15 degrees with 15mph winds at 6 a.m. this morning and yet I still went out on a run. At this point I’m not going to let the weather keep me from running.

Though it was cold, I was somewhat ready for it. I had tights, shorts, two polyester shirts, a wool cycling jersey, a cotton long sleeved shirt, a jacket, thin gloves and socks over those gloves, and a hat on.

I’m not used to this kind of cold, we don’t normally get temperatures like this in Georgia. But I’ve committed to running through the winter, and I am really glad I’ve stuck to it. I feel so much better knowing I have the discipline to run in weather like this, and I know I’m building mental and physical toughness because of it.

Anyways, I wish I had some more money for a real set of winter running gear, but that’s just how it goes sometimes. Plus this won’t last a long time. Might as well wait and spend the money on something I’ll use more.

 

By |December 14th, 2010|Photo, Running|0 Comments

Longer Morning Runs

I have one longer run during the week, usually scheduled on Wednesdays. Since I in the mornings, I tend to wake up pretty early and get going. I’m a morning person even though its a little tough to first get out of bed.

I had usually been running a route towards Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and then back, but Thursday morning I decided to do some loops around roads right near the apartment. It made all the difference.

Even though the temperature was down in the low 20s, I was feeling pretty good. A cup of coffee and a Jet Blackberry GU (look for a product review soon) with double caffeine woke me up.

 

Here are the stats from the run:

By |December 10th, 2010|Photo, Running|2 Comments

Ouch

That is one hell of a photo.

This was just as I was finishing the Elf Trot 5k (in 20:22, 9 seconds off of my PR, damnit). Possibly the worst photo taken of me. It was freezing and raining, as you can see, and I just wanted to be finished. All excuses aside, that’s just bad. Plus it looks like I’m almost heel striking there. Lazy.

Not surprisingly, Sara loves this.

In other news, be sure to check out Running and Rambling’s giveaway today if you happen to be looking for running tights.

Also, I might have to ‘work’ another 5k this Saturday, so we’ll see what photos come out of that.

By |December 9th, 2010|Photo, Running|0 Comments

Winter Running Motivation (or lack thereof)

Flying south for the winter.

It’s been damn cold lately, especially at 6 a.m. Couple that with the fact that I’m finally starting to feel better and trying to get back to my regularly scheduled training plan, and you might be able to see why my motivation has been slipping a little. It’s still there somewhere, but sometimes it really helps to find some external motivation as well.

By |December 8th, 2010|Running|3 Comments

My Favorite Trail

I love running out at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. The trails are some of the best I’ve seen around Atlanta, and there are plenty of miles of them.

By |December 6th, 2010|Photo, Running|3 Comments

Birthday weekend, 9 second 5k

I ran the Elf Trot 5k.

At 4 I headed over to the Elf Trot 5k. I was planning on running it in a squirrel costume from work to promote the 10k race we have in February, but it was raining and I didn’t want to ruin it. Instead, since my peroneal tendonitis felt like it’d cleared up, and it was raining and 50 degrees, I decided to just go out and really run the race.

I was a little upset I hadn’t brought my Garmin 205, but I did at least have my regular digital watch, so I tried to check that at the mile markers. However, they had numerous markers and at seemingly random points in the run, so it didn’t really help.

I ended up running a 20:22. I’m really happy about it because I’ve been injured lately and also I haven’t been doing any speed work. It’s good to know the miles I’m putting in are getting me in pretty good shape anyway.

They gave out a ton of trophies at the race (top finishers and top three age group finishers) and I won my age group, so I got a trophy. This thing is pretty funny since its a bobblehead, but actually really annoying because it’s fallen over twice, broken its neck once, and broken its arm another time.

It’s really tough to glue a bobblehead back on to its body, by the way.

By |December 5th, 2010|Family, Photo, Running|0 Comments

Soup of the Day

I know, I was skeptical too, but it tasted great.

I made some soup a couple of days ago. Yes, I have nothing better to post right now.

By |December 2nd, 2010|Photo|0 Comments