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Running Through a Fulfilled Life


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This is Married Life

Saturday nights in college used to be reserved for going out, dancing, hanging with friends, getting cray cray, staying up until 3 AM, and going balls to the wall with fun.  See the following pictures for reference of what I am talking about.

Saturday nights in married life have been reduced to the following:
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hiding in the laundry to scare the other one
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ridiculous self pictures that were taken with the camera sitting on the fridgeImage

going on the hunt with the nerf gun for the facetious husbandImage

waa. stay away from me.
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waa waa don’t you dare shoot me in the face with the nerf gun.
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 you don’t mess with the best.  and the best is named elizabeth anne.

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Obligatory Data Dump

Don’t get excited.  We are not talking about a literal dump ala #2 style aka the deuce.

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This photo is the reason I never wear my glasses.  I look like a turd. Nugget.

More like a general removal of data from my camera memory card and training log.  I have realized I am not very forthright with revealing my mileage, training speeds, cross training, rest days, and what not and I would like to change that.  Not that I am shining beacon of good example in what “you should do”.  More like a shiny beacon of what you can do on not very much training, a smidge of good luck, and a crappy pair of knees.   Keep in mind my training as of late could be more closely defined as “Just messing around to stay fit without any general training plan or goal race coming up”.

Training Log from 1/13/13-1/20/13:
1.13.13–Progression Tempo Run 5.3 Miles in 42:14
1.14.13–Rest Day
1.15.13–Easy Run 4 Miles in 33:30, Lower Body and Upper Body Circuit
1.16.13–Longish Runnish 7.5 Miles in 59:57
1.17.13–Cross Training Elliptical 40′, Lower Body Circuit and Abs
1.18.13–Quick Lunch Time Run 2.5 Miles in 19:55
1.19.13–Speedwork: 1 Mile WU, 2×200, 2×400, 2×800, 1×1200, 1×1600, 0.5 Mile CD
1.20.13–Kinect Zumba x 1 Hour, Sprint into the Wind 1.5 miles in 10:41

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This weekend I also got down with my artistic side, neat freak side, grocery buying side, laundry doing side, and watched every crappy made for TV movie because Hubs is busy taking on the Cincinnati Kings.  Because he is a super awesome professional goalie and stuff.

I also can officially also say I am the only non-pregnant bridesmaid in Jess and Ryan’s Wedding.  Which basically means I have to up my party game x4.  So excited for my Teabagger Ladies; 2013 holds lots of fun and new things for us all!


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Feeling Crafty

Back in the day ( And by day I mean grade school, middle school, and high school) I used to really like taking art classes and getting my craft on.  I still do, but life sometimes has its way of getting in the way of my exponential amount of creativity.  That may be a slight exaggeration.  Anyways, today I made a stop to my favorite Pat Catan’s to purchase some items so I can do several things I have been meaning to undertake.  Mike and I got married over a year and a half ago, which means I have been doing a year and a half of procrastination.  I saved each and every wedding card we received, meaning to turn it into an album of some sort.  Today, I did just that and nearly went to war with my 3 hole punch when it decided to be a 2 hole punch only.  Seriously, that thing was one step away from being chucked out the window.

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So now the wedding collection is nearly complete on the bookshelf.
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Once done cleaning up my ginormous mess of paper punch holes that fell out of the bottom of the 3 hole punch, I decided to keep on trucking on my list of crafts.  I used to paint quite a bit and even took art classes for about 4 years.  And I definitely haven’t managed to squeeze in any fun with Acrylics time lately or in the past 10 years.  So that’s what I did.  Drank Yuengling and painted, making sure my tree was happy like Bob Ross.
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It felt good to get in some quality “me” time, cover my fingers in paint, and curse at my inability to paint proper clouds or water reflections.  Hopefully it will be something I can start doing more in the future, because I like having more ways to destress and unwind besides just doing rage runs.  Although don’t get me wrong, rage runs are quite enjoyable as well 🙂

 


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My Running Pet Peeves

Warning: Ranting Ahead

We’ve all got ’em.  Running is a fun, fantastical sport that encourages each of us to dig a little deeper to become “the best we can be”.  However, like anything we do, there are always those little things that irk the living shit out of us.  Or maybe that’s just me.  Without further ado, my list of rantings.  I probably have too many but I’m sure I could compile a list of rantings for soccer, work, sleeping, eating, and farting.

Attire:
1) I hate when running companies make their shorts to look like big diapers.  Just because I have been known to use nature as my dumping grounds does not mean I need to wear running shorts that are not flattering. Also, in this picture it appears my legs are mating and that the man in the background may be having package problems.

2) Cotton t-shirts are a thing of the past.  Now that wicking material exists, cotton t-shirts are best reserved for activities not involving sweat.  They only result in overheating and bleeding nipples.  This picture is from when I was a running noob back in ’09 and was chased by the primary color man.

3) Men should not run marathons in bikinis.  Or any race distance for that matter. Ever. This occurred at Glass City Marathon last year and I wanted to vomit.
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4) Shoe companies need to quit making so many redesigns on good, well developed shoes.  When I find something I like I tend to stick with it.  Until the redesign occurs and gives me blisters, black toenails, and neuromas.
Racing Etiquette:
1) If you intend on running with earbuds in (nothing wrong with that), make sure the volume is not too loud.  I have been elbowed in my ta ta’s several times and kicked in the ankles by individuals listening to their music too loud.  Better idea, only keep one ear bud in place.
2) Do not snot rocket or spit when the wind is blowing into your face.  You will either cover yourself in snot or someone behind you.
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3) Do not come to an abrupt stop in the middle of a race course.  You will likely cause someone to run into you and curse you out.  Instead, run to the side and then come to a stop.

4)  Do not throw your water cup AT the race volunteers.  They don’t like that.  Do throw your water cup at yourself, that sometimes feels good when it’s hot.
5)  Do not cut someone off on the course either when turning a corner or at the finish line. A picture of my mother demonstrating the proper way to cut someone off 🙂

6)  Line up according to pace.  Not the pace that you can keep for 1/2 mile.  The pace you can keep the entire time.  I get it, we all want to get a quick start and not have to weave around people.  But it’s not worth having a pile up at the start either.
Training Etiquette:
1) Do not wear dark clothing.  It only serves as a magnet for cars.
2) Encourage others out running and walking.  A simple smile, wave, or hello that’s all.
3) Do not discourage others by saying “You only ran ‘X’ number of miles?”  A mile or million miles are all good things (well a million may indicate you have a problem).  Also being braggy and oversharing your accomplishments is not flattering.
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4) Let others pass.  Don’t run 3-4 across the trails and make the runner coming the opposite direction have to step in a dead carcass.  Believe me, it smells (I did this at Stomp the Grapes 2010)
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5) It is training for a reason.  It is not a race.  You do not have to speed up when getting passed.  People run different speeds.  It happens.

 

Do you have any running pet peeves?  If so, what are they?  I realize I have way too many and probably need to chill the crap out.  🙂


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Test Test

One of my favorite gifts that I received this Christmas was a brand new camera from Hubs.  He got me a Canon EOS Rebel which is a waaaay more high-tech camera than I have ever had.

 I usually like to learn to play with my gadgets by fiddling around with them, but this is probably one that will require reading the instruction manual (p’sha who really does that) in order to learn the in’s and out’s of all the 100 buttons on it and settings that I can use.  I am looking forward to using it to add some cool picture options to my blog, though!  After today’s run I attempted to take some test pictures.

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Still trying to figure out how to take self pictures using the timing option without the camera falling off the top of the Kleenex box.  This skill is not in the instruction manual.   Neither is my awesome ability to make jazz hands at will.


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Back to my Roots

I can’t believe I have been running for 4 years.  And by running I mean actually wearing appropriate footwear, wearing appropriate running attire (aka not my cotton tshirts, soccer shorts, and crew socks), training for things other than my goal pant size, not stopping to walk every 5 minutes due to feeling like my lungs were collapsing into vomit fits, and sticking to it aka not taking 3-4 week hiatuses between runs.  Who knew the girl that hated every aspect of conditioning during soccer would learn to appreciate the joys of lacing up a pair of shoes and hitting the pavement?  Not I, said Negative Nelly, not I.

During that time, I have been through probably 9-10 pairs of running shoes.

Sadly I have worn each and every one of these until their midfoot support had deteriorated

Sadly I have worn each and every one of these until their midfoot support had deteriorated

Broken 1 Garmin.  Destroyed countless sports bras.  Fallen on my face.  Fallen on my rear end.
Rubbed blisters so bad on my heels that they bled all over my shoes.


Ran in the rain.  Ran in the sun.

Ran in the snow.  Ran on ice.  Ran in the cold.

Ran when I would rather still be sleeping.  Ran when it should have been my bedtime.  Oh wait, that’s not me?

Ran with friends.  Ran with family.

Family is actually what got me into this wonderful sport.  There was a time that we would all pick races to go to and wear our “family shirts” to rep the Anderson Family Brand.

2013 is a year to get back to our roots.  My whole family discussed it over Christmas.  1 race a month.  A challenge to each of us.  Whether it be 5K up to a Marathon, we will be there.  I know I can easily do 1 race each month, but I am excited to motivate my family to join me in this quest.  And my family tank top with all its nasty sweat stained glory will be coming out in full force.  I can’t wait.

2013 will be about health.  And fun.  And the run.

 

Happy Running!  Hugs and kisses from…


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Ringing in a New Year

2012 is now in the books.  It was a wonderful year that saw many high’s, low’s, and everything in between.  In my 27th year, I grew as a wife, daughter, aunt, sister, neighbor, friend, Physical Therapist, and athlete.

Being a super sweet Ninja Turtle PT!

Being a super sweet Ninja Turtle PT!

A Christmas Race with my parents

A Christmas Race with my parents

Seeing friends at tailgates

Seeing friends at tailgates

Seeing friends at races

Seeing friends at races

A Christmas with my In Laws

A Christmas with my In Laws

Another cruise vacation into paradise with the Hubs

Another cruise vacation into paradise with the Hubs

A Shiny PR with my Dad at the Red White and Blue 26.2

A Shiny PR with my Dad at the Red White and Blue 26.2

A boiling hot July 4th with Family

A boiling hot July 4th with Family

Becoming the wife of a famous soccer player...I am now a wife-ager

Becoming the wife of a famous soccer player…I am now a wife-ager.  PS this picture never gets old.

I managed to PR in the Half Marathon, 6 Mile (fail on 10K), 5 Mile, and 5K.  I also managed to PR in how quickly I can whip up a meal after working 9 hours.  In case you were wondering, 15 minutes is the answer.  Now if only I could run 2 miles WHILE PR’ing my meal prep.

What will 2013 Bring?

I am not a huge fan of making New Year Resolutions.  This mainly stems from the fact that I generally fail at them in a matter of 2 weeks.  However, I feel that I do need to focus some effort on several areas.  I, however, am “resolving” nothing and “focusing” on the following:
1) Family: This year will hopefully hold some new and exciting adventures and I for one am ready for them.
2) Faith: I have neglected this area of my life and need to get back to the place I used to be.
3) Friends: I want to make a point of seeing and speaking with my friends more often.  I can sometimes suck as a friend.  Picking up the phone is so easy, yet I can find every reason in the world not to.  I know life takes everyone a million different directions, but I want to stay going in the same direction with my close friends.
4) Fitness: I want to not just focus on my running this year.  I want to become fitter for life and for health.
5) Nutrition: Healthy food is harder to make and costs more.  And I am lazy as crap sometimes and the idea of sitting down and making a well thought out grocery list gives me headaches.  It is so much easier to walk down the aisles and grab crap that will probably make me crap rather than construct a healthful, nutrient dense food concoction.
6) Career Development: When I first started in school I was bright eyed, bushy-tailed and ready to take on the world.  I was going to become the #1 PT in the World.  And it’s time I started honing my skills to do so.

To end my huge, never ending, perpetually wordy post: I ran my first race of 2013.  I decided to run the First Run Sponsored by Second Sole.  I doubt any photos will be posted, but it was a nice little way to kick off the year.  A double loop course of Malone University that was hilly as all S-H-I… and completely covered in snow and ice.  Lacking the expertise of a billy goat and lacking the equipment of Yak Trax, I err’d on the side of caution and ran hard but smart.  I busted out the brand spanking new Pure Flow 2’s and ran like I had a Yeti chasing me slowly.
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I finished in 23:21.  Good enough for 3rd Overall 🙂  Judging the times recorded, it appears the course slowed nearly everyone down anywhere from 1-2 minutes.  So I am happy with the results.  And looking forward to a very runtastic 2013…