Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Who wants to run with me? Feeling lucky?

In the words of Dashboard Confessional:

Yup, summer unfortunately is coming to an end (#womp #womp @). While I'm super sad my pool/tanning days are numbered, my body is super stoked to be running in cooler weather. I ran through lots of hot summer days this year and things are only looking better from here on out (until you hear me bitch about how cold it is in November and December...hey at least I am giving you fair warning now.) But enough of the Debbi Downer stuff...

Training has been going awesome! My runs have been going well. I have been on schedule (Last week I slacked a little bit, but I can't go back now.) Today I ran 6 miles after work around Lansdale. It was nice to go on a different route for a change. Lots of hills though, by the end I was beat.

So I am reaching out to everyone because I am trying to set up a half marathon I need to run before my marathon. I'm looking towards the end of October or early November. One that I found is on
Sunday, Oct. 16: the Atlantic City Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5k

Being that it has a 5k and 10k, if you are a beginner runner, you could also do it! If anyone is up for it, please let me know! I'd love to have someone with me!

You stay classy, friends!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The day the earth caught fire

Jackie and I with essential running gear: water bottle fanny pack, hand held water bottle,shades and music.

Good afternoon readers:

Wanted to drop by with a quick blog entry after promising I’d get back on my blogging game. On Saturday my cousin Jackie and I went on a 6 mile run around Lansdale. It was a big loop from Sumneytown Pike, Broad Street, Hancock St., Church St., and back up Sumneytown to Valley Forge. Not going to lie, I think I could have run forever on Saturday. I was in the mind set, I was feeling great. My calves were tight the first few miles, but when I stretched my stride a little, I was off for the races. Jackie and I started together but by about mile 2.5 we split in speed a little bit. She was only maybe 20 seconds behind me, she had a great run herself. I kept looking over my shoulder to make sure she was there. I also gave a little random yell back to her to keep going and to keep pushing her. I’d wait at every street corner, give her a high five when she arrived, then back to running. I think I could have gone 8 miles…I really do. Had to get home though because I have to cover two events for work.

Currently at work right now, Erica who is our mobile director in our corporate office, is at our office giving an SMS seminar to people here at The Reporter and a few neighboring newspapers. She overheard me talking to Andy about my blog today. She ran a marathon out in San Diego a few years ago and I loved listing to her journey. She gave me a few tips for my journey. Talking about it gets me so excited. Wahooo. By the way, the title of this blog is a song I am obsessed with when I run. I recommend it to alllll people who like techno/upbeat songs. Great stuff!

That is all for now. Everyone have a great hump day!!!

P.S. This picture below, I would just like to say thank you to the 45 year old man wearing bright yellow cleats (that usually cocky 12 year olds wear) in last night’s indoor game for taking me out not only once, but TWICE. I know you think you’re so good and talented old man, but pulling wrestling moves on me was unnecessary and this bruise hurts. Jerk. 
 Yes, for those of you who do not know, I have a tattoo on my arm.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Taco dip, beer and a baby pool

^Above: Me playing in the good old days^

Hello followers!
My appologies for being a MAJOR slacker and not blogging lately. I am however, not being a slacker on the running! There are 145 days till the marathon... I know you are all thinking, wow that is sooooo far away, but wake up call, IT'S NOT. Little over 5 months to get my booty rockin. It's gonna be here before I know it. AHHH!!!

I'm on week 5 of my training schedule, averaging about 6-7 miles, with a longer run on the weekend. Some days are great, some days not so great (like when I ran last Sunday at Peace Valley Park at 3:30 p.m. with temps about 90 degrees because I was stupid enough to say yes to Matt Miller's request.) Not only did the heat kill me that day but I got smoked by a scrony tall white boy who does not run which completely mentally killed me. We are however even because last time we ran together I killed him. Like I've said before running during the day = major failure for me. Early bird gets the worm.

I luckily am out of my FUNK which my last post was about. I'm not going to go into full detail but the Amanda a lot of you knew from about 7 years ago is back and I'm so happy about that!

Soccer on Thursday nights has been a great mix during the week because it is getting me on a difference surface (my right knee is not my friend these past few weeks) and it also is more sprint, jog, sprint running, working my lungs a different way. We have playoffs next week and on the list for post game game fun = beer, taco dip and a baby pool. {Derek better come through with the baby pool :) } It nice that I finally feel comforatable with the team and really enjoy myself with them. If you are reading this guys, I'm having a blast!

Biggest excitement in my running world is finding out that my brother-in-law Andy has been running a few nights a week. He found this app on his iPhone that takes him on a weekly program and makes him walk, jog, walk and it progressively gets tougher with shorter walks and rest periods. I am looking to find a 5K in October that we both will run together. I'm really proud of him and I think this is something that would be really special for the two of us to do together. :)

That is all for now...I promise I won't leave you guys hanging this long again.
P.S.- Everyone send my cousin Jackie some love...She needs a little kick in her butt and I'm tired of it being just from me.