Wednesday, October 27, 2010
What I am trying to remember is: listen to your body. It stinks to be sick or to know you have an injury... but to keep running through the pain or sickness could = bigger problems. I need to let my body heal and not worry too much about how many miles I should have this week. There are 3 weeks until San Antonio. I am nervous. I am supposed to have my last really long run this weekend. I just hope my body is up for it. Then I will enter the taper weeks. I sure hope I kick this cold/flu to the curb so I can get it done on Saturday. I am just thankful that this isn't "walking pneumonia" like it was this last April. Yeah. That was ridiculous. Don't ask me how I ran the SLC marathon right after I got over that...
Okay... so the real reason you are all reading this... let's get to the winner of the Yurbuds giveaway!
Out of 72 entries, Random.org chose # 44!!
#44... Pretend this is real said: I LOVE the pink ones.
Okay... so I apologize, "Pretend this is real"- I don't know your name. I looked on your profile and blog- but didn't see it.. so I'm sorry! Please e-mail me at cscriddle [at] gmail [dot] com and I will give you all the information for ordering that you will need! Congrats!!
Thanks again to everyone for helping support me in my fundraising and raising awareness for breast cancer. Remember, you can still donate to the cause. Please head over to my donation page to donate!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
That being said.... On to the giveaway!
So, we all sweat, right? Okay, well when I moved here to Houston this last May- the sweat meter (from humidity) seriously JUMPED! I've always struggled with headphones. This last year I have gone through about 5 pairs just to try and find ones that fit better. No luck. Not only are my ears shaped a little funny, but with the added sweat nastiness- they ALWAYS fall out or I have to keep adjusting them. It gets to be a pain when I run! I LOVE running with music and about 97% of the time- I won't run without music. I'm just one of "THOSE" runners I guess. ;-) Just kidding.
Well, in honor of my mom and the Marathon for the Cure, Adam over at Yurbuds offered me an opportunity to try out a pair for myself AND he offered to also donate a pair of Yurbuds to one of you lucky people.
He said quote:
"Your personal mission to raise money and awareness for breast cancer is admirable and Yurbuds would be honored to become a part of your endeavors. "
Seriously, how awesome is that?
So, I was able to order a pair of my own. Ordering was REALLY easy. I just had to send in a picture of my profile holding a quarter up to my ear giving them a reference point. From there they sized me and once I received my size I ordered the pink ones, of course! They shipped fast and arrived fast. I was impressed.
These beauties showed up yesterday- just in time for my Monday 5miler :-). They come in this cute blue pouch and with instructions on how to wear them. It's not rocket science, but it was helpful for me. There is also a video online that you can go to if you want to refer to that instead.
My experience: They felt a little awkward at first because they fit in the entire inside of your ear, but once I got going- it was great. It was WINDY out so I thought for sure these would fly out as soon as I started- and they DIDN'T! Hello, excitement! But, I was still waiting to have to adjust them or for them to fly out. For me, the sweating starts right at 1.5 miles. It NEVER fails! As soon as I got to that point, nothing. It was AMAZING! Well, I was still sweating like a mad woman as usual. These may feel magical, but the sweat will still come- they don't cure that problem :-) They stayed put for the entire 5 miles and I didn't have to adjust or put them back in once. Amazing.
Volume. I noticed nothing odd or anything like that. I know I have read that some people had to turn up the volume to hear better- I had the opposite happen. I turned my volume way down. Maybe my previous headphones just sucked that bad :-) They aren't noise canceling and I appreciate that. Because when you are running, it is still important to be able to hear cars coming and things like that to stay safe.
All in all- these were a HUGE success for me. Hence the title: "Yurbuds are my budz". These will hopefully be my running buddies for a while!
I am really excited to be able to give a pair away! So, HOW do you win a pair?? There are a lot of ways you can enter so keep reading!
HOW TO ENTER:
**Note: leave separate comments for EACH entry**
1. Go to the Yurbuds site and look around and come back and tell me what you love the most!
1. Become a follower to my blog or let me know you already are in a comment!
3- Share this Giveaway via Blogger, Facebook, Twitter or tell a friend. Leave a comment for each
4- Like Yurbuds on Facebook
5- Follow Yurbuds on Twitter
6- Tell me about how Breast Cancer has affected your life or the lives of those you love. Leave a Comment.
- THANK YOU to everyone who has given to the cause, together we are making a difference!!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
That's right folks... ONE MONTH to go before Rock N Roll San Antonio Marathon!!! I know, there is still quite a bit of time to go... but I am already getting the jitters!! My head cold is still here and hopefully on the mend, but I am feeling strong (unless it's all in my head...)
Not this weekend, but on the 23rd I am running the Huntsville 1/2 marathon! My goal for that is to PR and get sub 2 hours. I have been hitting 13.1 in my training runs at sub 2 times. I hear that there are a few hills... but it can't be anything like the ones I did in UT!
I would be lying if I told you that I didn't have a time goal for RnR. I just don't want to set myself up for failure, you know? Then there are whole other factors to consider: weather, hills, what I ate the night before, etc... My first marathon I finished in 5hrs flat. I would love to pull out a 4hr marathon- but that might be a stretch. So, as of right now here are my 3 goals (these may change as we get closer)
1. 4:35-40 (I think this is doable... my last long run was 22 miles and I maintained a 9:35 pace)
2. 4:15 (a stretch for race day... but I could do it)
3. 4:00 (total dream)
okay and if I had a 4th goal that is COMPLETELY stretching it... it would be to qualify for Boston (where I grew up). So that would put me at 3:40:59 I WISH! Maybe for my marathon in January... haha, yeah right!
I do have a question for yal. I always wear my fuel belt when I run 10+ miles so I can have water with me. For races though- I usually don't wear it. My last marathon (first one ever) I just relied on the water stations to get me through and I didn't wear my fuel belt. I felt like it went alright, but there were times where I wanted water and I still had like 2 miles until the next aid station. So, what's your opinion. Do you suck it up and carry water with you (either by belt or bottle) the day of the marathon or do you toss it and rely on the aid stations for water?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Anyways... on with the winner! The winner out of 42 comments for the Bondi Band + other goodies giveaway is....
#13: track coach and adorable wife said... I love the ponytail hats! Perfect for the cold weather!
Congrats! Thank you for supporting the cause to help end breast cancer! I really appreciate it! Just e-mail me your address at: cscriddle [at] gmail [dot] com
Saturday, October 9, 2010
***Also, Thank you to all who have donated to the cause!! I really appreciate it!! You are all so generous and I am really thankful for all of your support in keeping me motivated!! I am sure my mom would be so excited to see all of this.***
Today was a long run day- wahoo! I have been feeling a little head cold coming on. Let's be honest though, my last marathon was almost the same way. I got sick a month before it and 16 days before the actual marathon I was diagnosed with walking pneumonia- awesome. I got through it though. That's what happens though. We run ourselves into the ground, love it and then we kill our immune systems along with it. Not fair. So, I skipped my 4mi run yesterday to see if I could feel a little better. Then decided to head out a little later than normal today- best idea ever! I told myself "It doesn't matter when you start- just as long as you start!"
Wahoo!! I did it!!
Before I left the house my "arch-nemesis" ran by the house. She saw both me and hubby and gave us the stink eye... what's new. Maybe someday she'll wave back and want to be my running friend?? Maybe it was an omen that was to come during my run... I headed to Terry Hershey Park- my fav place to run that I have found here in Houston. I decided to go west on the trail today. It was great! It lead to some other trails and it was exactly what I needed for distance. Love. It's hard moving to a new place and find different running routes. I loved all my routes back in Utah. So, finding this place has been such a blessing!
This run was pretty great if I do say so myself :-) However, superman would be proud of me... I totally ATE it around mile 2 and flew with arms out, hit the ground hard and had dirt and muck all over me and blood all over my hands. I think this has happened like 3x since I've been living in Houston (all in different places). Awesome. The one person who did see me (some guy) just yelled "Get up!" Thank you? I think he yelled out something else after that but I couldn't understand what he was saying. After I got up and shook off the shock and crap all over me I checked myself out to make sure I was alright and I knew I couldn't fudge this run so I just kept on truckin'.
Then after I hit 13 miles, I stopped to fill up my water bottles and this guy on a bike stopped and asked if I was training for the Houston marathon. I had to tell him sadly I wasn't- but I was training for the RnR San Antonio one next month. He invited me to join some people for a 10 miler tomorrow and told me my pace was fantastic- why, thank you... haha. I had to decline. I try not to run on Sundays and plus... a close to 22 miler training run shouldn't be followed by a 10 miler with people looking to you to help pace them. I was feeling pretty good about it all. Then my famous "hit the wall @ mile 17" came. I kept thinking- if that guy saw me now- he would take back his invite... hehe. Yeah, it was a bit rough- but I got through it and kept going and finished hard the last mile :-) Yay!
Then some HS boys were honking at me and waving and all of that... I think they'd die if they found out I'm in my mid-late 20's haha... Good run... minus the blood. But that's what we runners do- we go all out with blood and everything else and just leave it all on the road :-)
Oh and this last week I won a giveaway through Jessica's Gifts on FB and I was able to pick out what I wanted and yesterday I got my necklace from Jessica's Gifts and I wore it running today. Love it!!!
One more thing- check out those awesome compression socks. They're a little TOO long for me.. they go above my knees... what can I say- I am 4'11"!! But! I am telling you- if you've never tried them out- they are WONDERFUL after long runs!! I totally feel like my legs recover so much faster and they squeeze them in tight like they need. Is that weird? Please don't mind my kitchen. I had to move my bike to vacuum the living room. Life happens :-)
Monday, October 4, 2010
Out of 21 entries the winner is.....
#14: Natalie from Kickin' it in the Kitchen
Congrats, Natalie!!! Send me an e-mail with your email and shipping address so I can get you your prize at: ( cscriddle at gmail dot com )
Okay, so for those of you who didn't win- don't be too sad just yet! There is another giveaway!
Most of you have probably heard of Bondi Bands. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them! They generously offered to donate 5 bondi bands to one of my readers to promote my fundraising. Thank you, Bondi Bands!
They are great because they are made out of soft, stretchy and breathable material-they fit virtually every head size comfortably and fashionably. The best part? They don't slide off! I ran my 20 miler with one the other week and it didn't budge once! It was fabulous! Not to mention all of the head bands are really cute and I want them all! I am also eying their wicking ponytailhats!
So, not only will you get 5 amazing bondi bands, but you will also get this cute breast cancer awareness tote bag:
And a few things that I love to fuel up with:
Gu, Sport Beans, Snicker's Marathon Energy Bar, Cliff Bloks and Shot :-)
HOW DO YOU ENTER?
1. Go to the Bondi Band site and look around and come back and tell me what you love the most!
1. Become a follower to my blog or let me know you already are in a comment! (+1 entry)
3- Share this Giveaway via Blogger, Facebook, Twitter or tell a friend. Leave a comment for each (+1 entry per comment)
4- Tell me about how Breast Cancer has affected your life or the lives of those you love. Leave a Comment. (+1 entry)
- THANK YOU to everyone who has given to the cause, together we are making a difference!!
- Giveaway will End on Monday, October 11th @ 11:59pm and the Winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 12th
Sunday, October 3, 2010
So, I woke up early on Saturday morning with expectations to go run 20-22miles. I got up and I was instantly light headed and felt a serious cold coming on. BOO! I would've just gotten up and got it out of the way- but the last time I ignored the signs of being sick- I ended up with pneumonia just weeks before the SLC marathon this last April. So, I didn't go.
I feel SO guilty!! I toyed with going out today (Sunday), however, I only ever run on a Sunday if I ABSOLUTELY have to. Like, if the only race in the area I am living is only offered on a Sunday. I haven't had to encounter that yet. I will have to do that for the RnR marathon in November and even that I am struggling with. I don't run on Sundays because of my religious beliefs. I believe it is a day of rest and a day of worship. It's a personal choice. I know I haven't talked much about that on this blog, but it is very important to me.
So, I got up this morning (still feeling like I am coming down with something... and with a pain in my inner thigh... ugh) with my husband telling me "if you have to run today, it's okay. I completely understand" Which was nice, however, I just didn't feel right about it, so I didn't go. This makes my running rest days Friday-Sunday! Ah! I promise that I didn't head out to tackle it due to excuses of just not wanting to get it done. Trust me. I had full expectations to get out there and do 22 miles. I even laid out all my gear.
I just hope that these 3 rest days will do more help than harm to my training. I am not expecting a BQ any time soon so hopefully everything will just work out.
Get ready- new giveaway starting tomorrow with winners for this last TBA! Get excited for tomorrow!!