Happy Thanksgiving week everyone! If I’m a little sporadic or spotty this week, forgive me – it’s Thanksgiving week and I’ll be making my way down to Charlotte AND my fabulous upper endoscopy is this week.
I can’t lie to you, I’m kind of pumped for the potential blogging that can come from me being under the influence of Propofol. But anyhoo, I have a question for you guys, as a lot of yous embark on your Turkey Trots this week. What is the proper etiquette on wearing your race shirt during a race?
I ask because I whipped out my Greensboro Marathon shirt for the first time on Saturday, complete with misprint (the shirt reads ‘Greensboro Half Marathon’ despite the fact that I vomited through 26, not 13 miles of bliss), but I saw some folks (not a lot, but enough), wearing their shirts at the race. I don’t put a shirt on until a race is completed, the same way I wouldn’t try on a wedding dress even though I worked at a wedding dress shop (it’s true) because I feel like it might screw up my luck. But what do you guys think?
Okay, not really, I’m never writing to make you feel bad about yourself.
This woman. She’s a schoolteacher. A marathoner? And she takes a wrong turn on a half course and runs the full. She didn’t just run the full though. She won the full. Get it here on Gawker. I pray, I pray, that the running gods will bestow upon me a teeny tiny bit of the magic she’s got, to allow her adrenaline (and obvious athletic gifts) to push her through. (Oh, and read the comments. There are some haters with a capital ‘H’ out there….)
I know guys. It’s not quite the a humble brag, which is defined as,
a brag statement artfully planted within a slightly deprecating statement; used in order to conceal pride that would otherwise be apparent by Urban Dictionary, but almost. It’s kinda like when you post a status about that 20-miler, but you do it under the guise of “Ugh omg, annoying Family Guy was totally on when I was running my 20-miler at an 8:47 pace. Gross!” What I did would slightly be considered the humble brag because I was sort of letting folks know I work out. But it has a place. As annoying at it is, the humble brag has a valuable place in health and fitness.
The following morning, my alarm went off at about 5:20 am, and I briefly considered closing my eyes, and going back to sleep. But I remembered that I’d posted that I was going to Yoga, and then the thought of deceiving my friends and family, or not being accountable for what I’d said I’d do really made me feel uncomfortable. Plus, I wanted to get my Yoga on!
So say what you will about people who post the details of their workouts on social media, and no, we’re not talking about you who posted about tying your shoes too tight, let’s not get into the minutiae of how your workout went, however, posting about your 5k, posting about nailing a pose in yoga, posting about hitting the gym 5 times instead of your usual 3, for example, is okay, and encouraging, both to others, (believe it or not, family and friends may be inspired by your actions), and it holds you accountable to a WHOLE LOT of people. So keep up the humble brags. Well, sorta, I don’t care if you’re gonna be douchey about it, but if it keeps you accountable? Keep it up!
So I started to get a little itchy when I was at home.
I’ve been keeping up with all my workouts. I’ve been spending more time in the gym, and if you live on the East Coast, you understand why. It has stormed nonstop just about every day since I’ve been home. But after my visit to Charlotte Running Company, and my discovery of that 5k series about an hour away, I signed up, and there I was!
First off. I have never been so late to a race in my life. I rolled our of my house super early and encountered some traffic due to a, get this, pickup truck that was towing a car. Rubberneckers almost made me late to my race? Seriously guys? So once I got there, I literally jogged to the registration table, snatched up my race number, and jogged down the start. I don’t suggest this to anyone. Leave enough time for traffic, for rubberneckers, for whatever may go wrong. That was stressful, and not a good way to start a race.
So the 5k began, and it was literally the hottest and most humid race I’ve ever participated in in my entire life.
This is me after the race, looking like a sweaty shrimp. I had to run shirtless, and fantasized about all the things I could drink as I dragged through the course. The air was like swimming through soup, and the fact that I could see Lake Norman along the course, and that I couldn’t touch it, really wasn’t helping. So we finished, and I stuck around for awards, and found out I won my age group, 25-29, for the 5k. Cool!
I think for the minute, my thirst to get out of the house and do something competitive has been quenched 🙂
So I’m settling in at home. Still trying to keep up with training, even though I haven’t picked a fall race yet. And I realized yesterday, as I huffed and puffed through NC humidity, that I’d forgotten any type of hydration back at home in Raleigh. Dang it. That won’t work.
So I googled a running place, and slunk in. Slunk, because I work in running specialty and I felt like such a jerk for being there. But while I’m there, I may as well check out what they’re working with, right?
I walk in. Put my Hater Shades on. And…our store looks SO much hotter. Score.
So I’m trying to find something, anything wrong with this adorable store, none of which is real or true, to make myself feel better about shopping at a competitor. Truthfully, I went into the store, the Charlotte Running Company, and it was cute, clean, well set-up, and the folks were so nice, even as some of my weird questions about the Hokas they carried revealed to them where, and for whom I worked. When they found out I’d be in unfamiliar running territory for a few weeks while taking care of my mom, they directed me to where I could run, and groups I could meet up with. Okay, I feel kinda guilty now for being a hater when these guys were so nice.
And no sooner had I walked in the door when I spotted this.
A 13-race 5k series?! Prizes? Uh, where do I sign up?
So I got my nutrition, chatted with the super duper nice folks at Charlotte Running Company, called my little brother, and signed us BOTH up for a 5k. So tonight will be sibling bonding time – our first family 5k!
So, to make this crazy week even crazier, I headed up to Asheville, or more specifically, Marshall NC for a bachelorette gathering at a cabin. I tried to record everything, at the very least, with my eyes so I could bring it to you. You’ll feel like you were there gurl! Werq! So after a super stressful week, and a loooong rainy drive by my lonesome, I rolled into the Asheville area…and promptly got lost. So I had to stop somewhere to get directions right? I stopped at a gun shop, a GUN SHOP, for directions. And though I was frightened out of my mind, and stuck out like a sore thumb (I was wearing a bright pink printed dress, and everyone in the gun shop was smoking cigs and wearing camo everything,) they were the nicest people I’ve ever met. Because of how remote the area was, my cell phone and my GPS wasn’t working, and the folks at the gun shop (?!) looked up the cabin on the computer, and offered to lead me to where it was. But I found it! And look how cute it was!
We spent the first night hanging out, talking, and sitting in the hot tub (which felt amazing on my hip flexors, which for any of you who run, know can get horrifically tight). I couldn’t pass up a run in Asheville, and I woke up the next morning, totally ready to bust out a few miles and explore the area around me. My first issue though? Asheville is freezing in comparison to Raleigh, and I had to layer on top. No big though, I trained in the dead of winter. So I piled on the clothing, and began my trek up the mountain.
You guys saw this the other day. But I’m reposting. This stopped me in my tracks as I ran up this windy two-lane.
I headed up, I headed down, and tried to get some of that fresh mountain air as deeply down into my lungs as I could. I was hoping to absorb some of the calm of the mountain. Fun fact. Everyone lives in teeny cabins adorned with “No Trespassing signs. Can anyone tell me why this is? But seriously, if you’re in Asheville, definitely run. It’s stunning. It’s calming. It’s just what I needed.
Wine!!!! We hit up the wine shop, and it had a nifty machine that allowed us to taste a bunch of stuff.
This is the Bridal Party! (We’re a progressive group, if you’re wondering about a guy being there. Andrew’s been with us since the beginning.) He’ll probably be in mine, too.
That’s the bride on the far right.
Asheville was gorgeous. Not only that, we ate some delicious food, and I’m pretty sure that the food was the best part about the entire city. We hit the Laughing Seed First, an establishment with incredible veg options. It’s wonderful to see that vegetarian food can actually be prepared so that it has incredible flavor. And that’s not super hard to find, however, it’s a common misnomer that vegetarians only eat beans and grass. Not so. You can’t go wrong with anything on that menu. Check them out here. http://laughingseed.jackofthewood.com/We also hit the Blackbird Restaurant for dinn, and again, I was blown away by how they could shove so much flavor in a cup of soup. Again, you can’t go wrong. Hit them here. http://theblackbirdrestaurant.com/ (My only complaint with that last place is the bird decor. I find birds to be terrifying.)
Finally, I don’t know why life does this to you. But I’ve been talking myself out of getting a dog until I have more space for years now. Years. So we’re walking around downtown Asheville, and this dog on a blue leash just looks out me. I instinctively crouched to pet him, and began talking to him in the voice I reserve for my pets. “Hiiiii babe!!”. He jumped into my arms and gave me in the biggest, sloppiest kiss I’ve ever had. And I loved it. So the woman walking him goes, “He’s up for adoption! I’m just walking him right now!” So what do I do? His name is Zach, and I’m pretty sure he wants me to be his mom. Ugh. Decisions.
Okay, so enjoy my pics, and next time you’re in Asheville, take a run, take me with you, and pick up Zach and bring him home to Mama!
…excited, like it was Christmas! I mean, it was Boston Day! The best day of the year for so many! And one of our teammates was running, and was nervous to finish. (He finished with flying colors, btws, and we never doubted he could do it for a second). And by the end of the day yesterday, we were devastated. I don’t need to repeat what happened at the finish line at Boston about 4 hours into the race on Monday, I’m sure you’ve heard. But I feel like we all need to pause, and take stock in what we have. I want to take a second, be absolutely corny, and say this.
I am grateful for those of you who’ve read and commented on this blog. Your support keeps me going.
I am grateful for my job and my work friends. We squabble like a little family, but we love each other. You make going to work a pleasure.
I am grateful for running. It’s changed a lot for me.
I am grateful for my family. I am more grateful since my Mom’s been sick.
I am grateful that Kerry Seal, our teammate, is coming back from Boston safe and sound.
I’m grateful for Zumba, Yoga, and however it is I choose to move. It keeps me calm.
I could go on for days. But you’d probably get sick of it.
So here’s my race shirt, showing my Boston folks a little support.
And I leave you with this – a Russian children’s folk song that’s gotten me through a few rough days.