Time for another installment of Runner Humor

We all have those bad weeks or runs occasionally where we are just not feeling the mojo. That 5am wake-up call just comes too early after a bad night of sleep or we are under the weather and think to ourselves in that moment “WHY?”

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Then we get the funnies that come across our Facebook or Instagram feed come just at the right moment for that a-ha moment and we think “Yep, that’s me!”.

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Here’s to you that may need that extra push or motivation for those moments.

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To see my first installment of Runner Humor go HERE

 

For even MORE awesome Running Humor check out these websites:

http://caitchock.com/   &   http://theoatmeal.com/comics/running

 

 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Vegas Half Recap

Yep this picture kinda says it all. ELECTRIFYING

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If you read my earliar post. Competitor was promising a great event for this race in Vegas. One that had been on my bucket list for awhile. Excitement was building as we started our check-in at Luxor. After a quick change in rooms to get one with a bathtub (RunnerProbs) my best running bud Francine and I set out for the Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center by taxi to claim our Runner Perks wristband so we could get our weekend started off right. Packet pickup was a breeze but with no map to tell you what vendors was where the expo was a bit chaotic. People were everywhere. As I looked over peoples heads to see the booths ahead a lightbulb went off “MEB”!!!. Meb was to be speaking at 1pm. I quickly looked at my watch and it was 1:15pm. I told Francine we must find the stage where he was speaking. Success! We found him and he was talking about his Boston Marathon experience. (Mebrahtom Keflezighi won the 118th Boston Marathon in 2014, becoming the first American man to do so since Greg Meyer in 1983.) He spoke with emotion and was very humble about his experience even though he has probably retold it countless times before. After his session he signed copies of his book and took pictures. YES, I got mine and he even signed my #RNRLV bib “Run to Win”. Best Running Keepsake Ever!! What a great start to the weekend!

Meb would be a Pacer for the 1:45 Half Marathon Coral at RNRLV

Meb would be a Pacer for the 1:45 Half Marathon Coral at RNRLV

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Francine and I finished up with the expo and headed back to the Vegas Strip for some sightseeing. First stop was Hershey’s Chocolate World in New York New York. Oh wow! It had just opened in June.

Any flavor you could imagine. What's your favorite? I like the Dark Chocolate Mint!

Any flavor you could imagine. What’s your favorite? I like the Dark Chocolate Mint!

After awhile we headed back to change for our night out at TAO. A perfect evening to cut loose. Since we weren’t doing the 5k Saturday night we already had our day/evening planned out for the following day which would include M&M World, seeing the white tigers at Siegfried’s & Roy Secret Garden, a stop for sweets at Carlo’s Bake Shop, Dinner at Gordon Ramsay’s Steak and a bit of adventure. (Ziplining off of RIO at night- It was a bit windy and chilly but what a thrill. A must do on your next trip to Vegas).

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Such a Thrill!!!!

Such a thrill and if you look to the left while your in flight you can see the Palms casino!!!!!

Vegas constantly changes and even though this was my third trip here there is always something new to see and do. Tips: Wear comfortable shoes, Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, Plan out your day (know what is where and when at the various casino attractions), Stretch and rest when needed: you can do this by people watching which there are plenty of in Vegas and eat well since you are burning tons of calories walking.

Finally race day arrived on Sunday. We would be running the Half and decided to take it easy the first part of the day. While Francine stepped out to pick up souvenirs I started getting out my race gear so I wouldn’t be scrambling that afternoon. Scratching my head I realized I was missing a couple things which would be a problem since a cold front had come in that day (55 degrees & 12 mph winds-Yikes! Far cry from 70 degrees and 4mph winds Friday & Saturday) We had planned out some cute “Vegas-Themed” costumes for this race and I would be absolutely freezing if I didn’t find the rest of my race attire which included my arm-warmers,knee socks, compression shorts and of course special touches such as my red sparkly headband. I started panicking. I found my costume but where were these items? Did I pack them? I had changed suitcases at the last minute did I leave those items behind? What else was I missing? My bodyglide was also MIA and then I remembered we had changed rooms on the first day!!!!! Uh-O. Did housekeeping by chance have these items? Was I going to have to run this race practically naked? There would be no way I could replace these items in just a few hours. I called the front desk and got transferred to Lost & Found. I waited while someone went to look for my items. She vaguely remembered seeing something red & sparkly in a bag. Would she find it? Would she save my race-day?! VICTORY as I let out a deep breathe!!!  All of my items were located even though I didn’t even have the room number from our first check in. I got lucky!!  I went downstairs to the casino floor to claim my items and tried my luck at a slot machine with the $5 I had on me. Would I be lucky again ? uh- not so much but I had my race items so I was thrilled! Race Day Saved!!!!

We headed out to catch the Pre-Show before the race which would be Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. It was strange seeing the Strip empty and roads closed but excited to know that it was for us! We made our way across the street to take some pictures and enjoy a spectacular show. They played ALL of their hits such as “Thrift Shop”, “Can’t Hold Us” and more.

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We were absolutely freezing in our outfits but got lots of compliments. I was actually surprised there were not more people dressed up for this race. We stood out a bit more than I expected but that was ok. We jogged to Coral 11 to warm up and catch the start of the race. The next 13.1 miles would definitely stick out in our memories and we could not wait. Every coral had their own fireworks at the start and soon we were off! Our plan was to PR in FUN for this race. We were armed with our camera phones and smiles. The sights and sounds of the Las Vegas Strip at Night did not disappoint.

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Crowd and course support was heavy on the Strip but as you got off the main drag there was less as to be expected. I personally could not see doing this course as a Full since you have less light to see the roads in certain areas plus it is just not as entertaining. ( However I do have friends that have done the Full and had a blast!)  It was fun spotting the various wedding chapels as you got close to downtown. I tried to look for my own but I believe it was just a block over from where we were running. ( Yes, I got married in Vegas in 2007 at ‘A Special Memory Wedding Chapel’) We got so caught up on the course that we didn’t even take our GU til about mile 7. At that point it was needed since we expelled so much energy shivering in our costumes and had several miles to go. It was an unexpected thrill to run Downtown ( I never look at race maps ahead of time). We stopped for more pictures and listened to the drummers before we headed back to the Strip to enjoy more bands in the distance. No headphones are needed for this race you have plenty to occupy your senses.

Finally the Finish line was in sight and we were ready to claim our bling! One last push and we had conquered the #StripatNight . We even received our finisher medal and were interviewed on camera by RNR staff at the finish line. I will have to look for that clip later. ( maybe not though since we were in a brief state of delirium lol!)

Women's Running Magazine even featured this pic for the #RunBrag of the weekend :)

Women’s Running Magazine even featured this pic for the #RunBrag of the weekend :)

We walked through the finisher chute getting water and chocolate milk exhilarated and proud of ourselves yet still freezing. Hot Chocolate was the next pursuit which we would find at Paris.

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The finisher party was being held after the race at MGM Grand’s nightclub Hakkasan but honestly after that long of a weekend we were done! We had accomplished our PR in fun.

I highly recommend this race for an awesome Racecation getaway because if your not having fun its not worth doing. Thank you #RNRLV we enjoyed running the #StripatNight

For more check out this awesome video clip by Pure Dope Magazine of highlighted recaps from #RNRLV race weekend!

 

 

 

 

An Impromptu Raceday at Goldenfliers

I went to bed Friday night thinking to myself that the next morning I needed to get a training run in. I knew there would be some friends running the Goldenfliers 5/10miler race out at LSU Lakes so I set my alarm just in case I got the itch. Saturday morning I awoke and yes, I had the itch. A quick check on the weather and I put on my race gear to head out. I was short on time so I knew I would only have time for the 5 miler which didn’t start til 8:05am. It was a gorgeous morning out.

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My legs were still tired from the previous weekend in Vegas (yes, that recap is coming soon) but I needed to stretch my legs out since I have another Half coming up on 12/6/14 (Baton Rouge Beach Half). I would just see what I could do.

Who wouldn’t want to get up on a Saturday morning for some Turkey/Chili soup and join this crazy crew?

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Plus get a swanky race shirt to add to your collection?me

As far as my results? Not too shabby. 25th woman overall /4th in Age Group/ 47min:47sec/9:33pace  I’ll take it. I have ran this race twice before at the 10miler distance. It was nice to change it up for the one loop distance plus believe it or not it was my FIRST “Race Day Registration”. Glad they could accommodate me :) It was a great morning!

For more information and race results you can also visit Goldenfliers on Facebook

 

Next stop Las Vegas #StripatNight race weekend

This weekend my best running buddy Francine and I will be doing one of our Bucket races together. A racecation guaranteed to be a PR in FUN!!! What is it?

This Sunday we will be going Half Crazy VEGAS STYLE!!!

This Sunday we will be going Half Crazy VEGAS STYLE!!!

 I gotta admit Rock ‘n’ Roll Vegas has been putting together a great race this year.

The updates on Twitter and Facebook have been coming in regularly to keep the runners and spectators informed for the race weekend ahead.

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One particular event I am excited about is Sunday’s Pre-Race performer.

Originally it was going to be Snoop Dogg but he backed out at the last minute and look who the replacement was:

I love , love, love their song "Can't Hold Us" this will get us SO pumped up pre-race!

I love , love, love their song “Can’t Hold Us” this will get us SO pumped up pre-race!

The race course will have PLENTY of race entertainment along the way for this 13.1 mile race so the tunes will be staying at home, there will be no pace per mile goals and YES I will be taking pictures along the way and soaking up every second of this experience which is guaranteed to stay with me forever!

Oh and of course there will be BLING!!!!

Just the one race for us this weekend. The 13.1

Just the one race for us this weekend. The 13.1

We arrive Friday afternoon and plan to go by the Expo to get our Runner Perks wristband so we can get the weekend started off at TAO that evening. We have reservations Saturday night at Gordon Ramsay’s and afterwards we will catch the Voodoo Zipline at RIO.

Looking forward to one amazing racecation at #RNRLV

 

 

Stretch, Roll, Strengthen, Repeat….‪ #‎RunnerProbs‬

IT BAND I curse you! If you have issues with yours you know what I am talking about. That dull ache that not quite a pain but discomfort out the WAZOO. It hit me at mile 7 of my last Half and again on last weekends 8 mile training run. (mile 7 once again). That ache from the hip all the way to the knee. OW! My knee. That IT band on your side can really put a strain on it.

Right when I need to be working on hill training as well as speed work now I have to throw yoga poses (Pigeon Pose, One legged seated spinal twist etc) back into the mix.

Hip opener stretches, foam rolling, ice alternating with Arnica gel will be my daily regimen as well as post-runs.

Here are some posts that I found helpful that I thought I would share:

  • Video of a short set of 10 different stretches that target your thighs (quads, hamstrings, inner thighs) and calves, as well as other problem areas for runners (IT band, psoas, and more). -Click HERE
  • 3 Yoga poses to Ease Your Pain via POPSUGAR- Click HERE
  • 9 Yoga Poses Plus Tips to Keep Athletes Injury -Free-Click HERE
  • Lululemon Sea Wheeze 2014 Yoga Practice 48 min video-Click HERE

When I mentioned my IT band issues on Facebook and Twitter I got a lot of feedback from other fellow runners dealing with the same issues. They say that Yoga, Stretching and Strengthening go hand in hand for runners. You MUST take care of your body properly. Treat it well. Your recovery and maintenance is just as important as those training runs.

I gotta admit during last nights attempt at the Yoga video part of me was like

uhhhhhh - You want me to do what????

uhhhhhh – You want me to do what????

These yoga poses require proper technique. You HAVE to be patient and possibly enlist a yoga expert friend or take a class to get the most out of it. It is especially difficult when you would MUCH rather hit cardio for 45 minutes instead. (yes, ME)

So I put a water bottle in the freezer at work and at home  (awesome to roll on a couple times a day to work out the knots) and decided I will have to respect my body better if I want to do my races this fall/winter. Maintenance is key.

**Please share any additional tips, links, videos you have found under comments**

#WorkInProgress