Saturday, February 28, 2009

Race Annoucements

I am excited to announce some big races I have decided to do.  I have decided to finally commit to running a marathon.  Whoo.  I've wanted to run a marathon for as long as I can remember, but each 1/2 that I have trained for and completed has shown me my lack of dedication.  I have been thinking about my running and training lately, and realized that this is the time in my life when I have the most time to dedicate towards working out.  It will be very difficult to train for a marathon when I have a family, and that could be reason enough to keep me from training at all. 

When I first started running races, I said that I wanted to do the Green Bay marathon as my first.  It's a great Packer fan first marathon.  The last mile is a lap around Lambeau Field.  What more could a person want?!?  I've decided that May 2010 will be my first (and hopefully not last) marathon.

I know this may seem like pretty far off, so I do have a plan to keep me motivated and excited to train for the next 15 months.  I will be running the Sioux Falls 1/2 marathon in September as I have done for the last 4 years.  Instead of falling off the face of the earth after the race, I will set my sights on the Dallas White Rock Marathon in Dallas, TX in December.  From here I will be able to continue on my training with Green Bay in my near future.

Over the next few months, I will be running a few 5ks or 10ks to keep me going prior to starting my 1/2 marathon training, and am really excited to see what my race times will end up.  I've put so much more time and energy into running this last 2 months.  It'll be nice to see what the ol' legs can pull off.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Happy Mardi Gras!

Last Wednesday I got super bummed out because I thought it was Ash Wednesday, thus meaning I had missed Mardi Gras.  Once I got my dates straight, I was happy to not have missed it.  So what am I doing to celebrate?  Sitting at the library.  Twittering.  My new obsession.  And I do mean OBSESSION.  Not that I update all that much on there, but it's just fascinating finding new people to follow.  Really it's just a large stalker realm, but whatever.  Stalk on.
I had my first run outdoors since the bitter cold hit (and since slightly before that since I got purty lazy after my 1/2 marathon in September).  Let me tell you.  Running around outside is a gazillion times better than running on a stupid machine, in a stupid hot gym, staring at your stupid reflection in a window.  It was fab.  Of course there's snow in the forecast tomorrow.  But whatever.

I think I might wear some beads to the grocery store after this.  Just to show folks what's up.  :)

Sunday, February 22, 2009


I went to my gym Friday night after work to get a little running in.  The way my gym is set up (like most any other gyms) is with the treadmills in the front, facing the floor to ceiling windows leading to the outside.  Of course this leads to good stalking of gym members.  As I'm running, I see a lady hop into a car.  Apparently her hubby, boyfriend, whatever came to pick her up from the gym, so sweet.  As SOON as she gets in the vehicle, she pulls out a cigarette and lights up.  Don't worry, she did roll the window down at least one centimeter so that the poor kids in the back can have some "fresh" air.  Meanwhile, I'm criticizing her to no end for ruining her workout with smoke.  Eew.

After I got done at the gym, I drove across the street to the liquor store to get two bottles of wine.  Um..  yeah.  I'm a hypocrite.  Whoops.  :)

Thursday, February 19, 2009


I finished the Twilight series a week and a half ago. Watched the first movie about a month ago. And for some reason, I think I might be in love with a vampire. Seriously. School girl crush. I haven't had one of those Perhaps I think Rob Pattinson is oh so dreamy because he was in one of my other favorite series....HP. Or the fact that he has one of the most amazing voices ever. I may have googled his bio prior to writing this to make sure he was over the age of 18 because I just felt so wrong. (5-13-86 FYI).

But back to the books. I've heard a lot of criticism of the books and the poor writing of Stephanie Meyer, but I think they set out what they were meant to do. Entertain. And secretly make me want to sparkle in the sunlight. Whatever.

Speed of Light

I've decided I'm going to be speedy fast again. Ok. Let's be honest. I'll never be fast-fast again. Speed of Light (heh heh) fast. But faster than I've been. Whoo. I've been training for my first race of the 2009 year and it's been going great. I have a running pal to help motivate me to not skip workouts, and someone who will listen to be babbling about my runs (hehe) without their eyes glazing over.

I went through all of my 5k times and sadly realized that I got slower each time I ran one. This year I'm destined to beat my PR. Coincidentally, it was at this very race 2 years ago that I had my PR. In the freezing freezing cold. There's probably some significance w/the race being on St. Patty's Day. Gotta love dressing in all green and having it be not only condoned but encouraged.

I've been comparing my training logs from the past 2 months and my 2-3 months of training leading up to my last half marathon this past summer, and I think I figured out why it was so so horrible. Um. I barely ran all summer. Seriously. Who trains for a 1/2 marathon by running 1-2 a week? I'm an idiot. Anyway...I have a ton of time on my hands, so I might as well get in insane shape and kick some running butt while I'm at it. I'll probably get so buff that I'll be Miss Universe 2010 and end up married to some dude named Sven who lifts semis for his morning curls. Man. I can't wait. The future is looking promising.

Macbook = Love

This post was previously typed on February 15th:

I am typing on my brand. new. mac. book. If you haven't talked to me since February 14th, perhaps you haven't heard just how in love I am with my new computer. I contemplated sleeping with it last night. Seriously. I settled for setting it on my dresser next to the bed just so it wouldn't have to be alone. Or so I wouldn't have to be alone. Definitely one of the two. ANYWAYS. She's beautiful. Everything I could want in another woman. :) The best valentine ever. Only because the last 2 have been valentiMes, which is totally different. But I digress.

For the most part I still don't know how to use it. And unfortunately I haven't been able to steal anyone's wifi all day, so I suppose I need to break down and get internet. And since I don't have an internet connection right now PLUS I don't know how to use my computer, I'm currently creating this blog post on a sticky note, to copy and paste once I have internet connection. Despite the fact that I don't know where to locate a word doc on here, I DO know how to record music and play chess against my computer. Computer: 2 Jerbear: 0. By the way, if anyone would like to teach me to play chess, I would greatly take the help.

Things I have taught myself using my "Everything Mac" book tonight: how to right click on my computer. Whoo. And also, might I mention. The first page of this book says " Congratulations. You and your MacBook were made for each other." I know we were. Thanks. Love love love.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Blink how many times?

Oh my goodness. So happy. I just heard some news this morning that would've made the 17 year old Jeri pee her pants a little bit. Ok, let's be honest, the 25 year old Jeri peed her pants a bit.

My favorite band. Is back. Together. And on tour. This year. Bliss. Pure, pure bliss. I got to see them in Minneapolis as my high school graduation gift, and it may have been one of the single greatest evenings of my life. Then they broke up, and I cried. Seriously. Who cries about a band that sings about poop and farts? I do. :)

God bless Tom Delonge.