Sunday, February 14, 2010
Happy Birthday Dear MacBook!
Yes, for the record, that is Jeri Loves MacBook. It was one year ago today that I received the single greatest gift a gal could get for Valentine's Day: her very own MacBook. I was truly in love with myself, and thought, what the hell. Why not give myself what I really truly want?? So I did. I love her just as much as I did a year ago. And yes, I have a very special evening planned for her here shortly. Hubba hubba!
To back track a bit, I had my third training run for MARATHON TRAINING!!! On Thursday evening of 7 easy miles. Luckily my legs were back to healthy, but I still took the run at an easy peasy pace to keep them healthy. I read 3 magazines while running (yes I was that girl on the treadmill). Spring where art thou? I did 7 miles in 1:07:26 for a pace of 9:38. Admittedly, I did crank up the pace on the 7th mile because I was b.o.r.e.d. Most of my miles were around the 9:40-9:49 range.
Saturday morning I had many plans to get up and be at the gym by 8am to do my 12 mile long run. 8am came and went, and I was lucky to be strolling in the doors at 11am. My personal distance record on the t'mill is ten miles. And both (both? I think, possibly 3) were miserable. I figured 12 wouldn't be much better. I hopped on the treadmill and was excited to see that there was a show about female bodybuilders on MSNBC. I'm super fascinated by these chicks, so the first hour passed pretty quickly. I took a disGUSTing Gu at Mile 3 because I'd only had 1/2 a Lunabar before heading to the gym.
After the bodybuilder documentary was over, I started to realize how crappy I felt. I was drinking water regularly, and took another Gu at Mile 8. But after taking the Gu, and again at Mile 10 I started feeling really nauseous. I usually try to pick up the pace during the second half of long runs, but after this happened, I really slowed up.
I really need to plan for fueling pre-run especially when I start getting into these longer distances. Feeling barfy while running is no fun. It's just unfortunate because everything seems to upset my stomach lately. Any suggestions for pre-run foods are mucho welcome. Even peanut butter is destroying my digestive system lately. Sniffles.
Anyway. I did 12 miles in 1:48:51 for a pace of 9:05. My pace should've been quite a bit slower and definitely will be for future long runs.
When I got done running, I noticed one of the trainers at the gym was still going strong (she started roughly around the time I did). The crazy lady was doing 15 on the treadmill. Uff. Mucho respect for her. After stretching out I tweeted that I was going to go wade in the waist-high snow banks outside my apartment in lieu of an ice bath. I got out to my car, and it wouldn't start. Some yahoo left her lights on and had drained her battery. I'm such an idiot sometimes. Luckily my old roomie's husband came to the rescue to jump me (jump my car! oy, that sounds bad!). Needless to say, by the time I was done standing outside in the blowing snow and freezing cold, my fingers were purple enough without snowbanks.
Valentine's Day and no date. Luckily my old roomie wanted to go with me. Ok, I know the movie is being criticized for being too much like Love, Actually but I actually really loved it. Hah. But seriously. It was cute. Definitely a good, "awww I'm so in love" type of movie. Also, I'm not going to lie, but if I don't have my cute boy to stare at, Taylor Lautner will be an okay second choice. Mmmmm. Plus, I've always thought that N and Ashton Kutcher have the same eyes. Perhaps that's why A Lot Like Love is one of my favorite movies...interesting thought.
And in case you were curious, I spent my day of loooooove enjoying Chinese food with one of my best friends and her kids (HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR EVERYONE!) and watching Season 5 of HIMYM. That's right. I spent my day with Marshall Eriksen. Be jealous.
Also, there's a bunch of great giveways going on right now!
Beth at Shut up and Run! is doing a sweet Champion clothes giveaway. If you're a dude, feel free to enter and then give me the goods. Danke!
And Iowa Girl Eats is doing a $50 online shopping spree giveaway (same as above applies if you don't like free money).