2011 | time to face the music.

Alright, I’m ready to stop pouting and talk about it now.  It’s no one’s fault but my own, although I’m sure I can think of lots of excuses to make the sting of disappointment more bearable.  It was a lofty goal to begin with, probably out of the realm of possible for me last year, which is to say, very frankly, I just didn’t put the necessary time and energy in to run 2011 miles in 2011.  There were even weeks that I didn’t run at all!  I know; I was surprised too!  NINE of them.  It’s amazing how much more difficult it is to trick yourself into thinking you’re an awesome runner when you record your actual mileage.  I wasn’t even close!  I ran approximately 722 miles in 2011.  I’ll leave off the .16 because really? does 722.16 miles sound any better?  Plus I estimated my mileage in Bethtober, didn’t record it, because as the alcohol consumption celebrating increased, focus and attention to detail decreased. 

But now I know where I stand. 

This was the first year I’ve ever tracked my mileage and it proved to be a very useful tool.  I have a benchmark and tangible results to base 2012 goals off of.  Soooooo here they are:

  1. Run over 1,000 miles
  2. Don’t have ANY weeks with zero mileage (or zero blog posts)
  3. PR the Half

722 miles is an average of about 2 miles per day which means I still did better than everyone who sat on their couch all year, woohoo!  😉  In all seriousness, I did accomplish some awesome things on two legs last year:

  1. Completed my 2nd FULL marathon (also my 1st race in state other than CA)
  2. Crossed the finish line of a half marathon in AT&T Park and gave Brian Wilson a high-five on the way there!
  3. Finally broke 2 hours, WITH a potty break!!

So far I’ve logged about 66 miles in 2012 and have been incorporating a lot more yoga into my training. This year I won’t be focusing on a full marathon; my aim is to be more consistent from week to week, and fast, very, very fast!  I’ll be back with a full update on the first miles of 2012 in the next week or two.

PS – Look Dadtober!  Lists of 3! 😉

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I’m baaaaaaaaaack…

…and I’ve mastered the snot rocket!

I’ve never been one to blow my nose into the wind while running; afraid of residual and uncontrollable spraying, I’ve left the art to my Dadtober and brothers to perfect. Instead I would use my shirt as a Kleenex, much classier and much more effective, as long as you don’t mind exposing your midsection momentarily and the inkblot-like wet marks left over. However, a couple weekends ago, I went out for my first double digit mileage run since the Chicago Marathon and I found myself with no other option but to experiment with alternative, nasal clearing methods.

I set out on my new favorite running trail, motivated to destroy 10 miles of it, water bottle in hand and a gorgeous 65 degree WINTER day in Sacramento as my backdrop. I’d been fighting a mild cold and a couple miles into the run, wiping my nose with my sleeve was becoming a nuisance. I couldn’t really blow my nose on my shirt because one of my hands was occupied carrying my water and I certainly wasn’t going to stop just for a little snot. So I went for it. The first couple times were not successful. I blew snot on my hand, my face, the guy next to me, and sometimes nothing came out at all. But I’m not a quitter! Time and time again I’d take a quick glance behind me in both directions to make sure I wasn’t going to shower anyone unexpectedly, close one nostril with my finger, face the side of the open nostril and let it rip.

To say I was proud of myself would be an understatement. I declared my success to The Chef immediately upon my return home. I’m not sure he shared the same level of excitement but he faked it which was good enough for me.  🙂

The 10 mile run was successful as well. 😉

2012 has started off very well as far as my running is concerned. I realize this isn’t the typical 2011 recap or 2012 goal setting blog post that you see around the interweb these days but don’t worry those posts are coming and here’s a little teaser…

I didn’t hit 2011 miles in 2011 (obviously!) but I did learn A LOT about my running patterns and will be using those lessons to help set 2012 goals. In addition to working on balancing out my weekly mileage in 2012, I’ll also be trying to be more consistent with my blogging. 2011 was certainly a year of change for me and The Chef; 2012 will be about growth. Growth and half marathons. No big Bethtober marathon for me this year. I’m turning 30 years young this Bethtober which will be BIG enough! Check out the updated Races page to see what I’ve already got lined up for 2012 so far.

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Chicago Marathon Finisher!

WOW.

That’s all I can really say about the Chicago Marathon right now.  It was a TOUGH race, but I finished!  The Chef and I are staying in Chicago until the end of the week to celebrate Bethtober!!!, so I’ll be back with a full recap next week.  Until then, here’s a picture to wet your whistle 😉  (white visor, pink shirt from the Nike Women’s Marathon last year, hand waiving excitedly at Team Bethtober!)

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WHO’s-tober?

What in the world is going on this ‘tober?!

For the record, this blog started in 2010 and you can clearly see that if anyone has rights to a “tober” it’s ME! 😉

I opened a magazine this morning and saw that Sacramento is launching Artober this year, and it apparently will be an annual event, much like BETHTOBER!  Hello!?  I knew I should have trademarked the term when I thought of it…

Oh aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand I used to enjoy a 6-inch turkey on Italian herbs and cheese, please, with mustard, pickles, tomatoes, red onions and lettuce, heavy on the pickles and tomatoes; but not anymore.  ANYtober?!  That isn’t even clever!

Happy October 4th 2011 everyone!  And even more importantly – HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADTOBER!!!!

Thanks for letting me share your ‘tober.

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Sometimes things don’t go as planned…

…so you have to implement a back-up strategy.

I certainly was not as diligent in my training for this 2nd marathon as I was last year for the 1st

I’ve experienced some bad knee pain over the past couple of months. 

I’m coming down with a cold or something sniffly and blah-feeling.

I’m running in a brand new city with no idea what the course has in store for me.  (I should probably check what time the race even starts!)

I feel totally unprepared…

So this week, I’ll be focusing on preparing mentally.

I’ll squeeze in some extra yoga sessions.

I’ll eat better and sleep longer.

Barring any unforeseen disaster, I will finish the marathon on Sunday.

And enjoy every step of the journey to the finish line.

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CAThy, FFB and MWOD

I have kind of a random post today – three things I’d like to share.

1)      As you know, I’ve been experiencing some knee issues during this summer’s training for my upcoming Chicago marathon.  PhD and his fiancée recently completed their first marathon – WOOHOO, GREAT JOB GUYS!  He also had problems with his knees and forwarded me a resource that he attests is the reason he was able to get through all 26.2 miles.  I looked through some of the exercises and it seems pretty similar to what my physical therapist and I work on weekly, except this is accessible online, anytime you want and for free!  I’ll definitely be implementing the MWOD that PhD forwarded into my training for the next couple of weeks and beyond, so I thought I’d share.  Here is the link and a blurb below from the website to help clarify what I’m talking about.

One year ago Kelly Starrett, DPT and co-owner of CrossFit San Francisco, set out to record a year’s worth of near daily video blogs. Starrett (probably the strongest, most supple finisher ever in the history of the Quad Dipsea trail ultra), in developing an immeasurable bank vault of mobility exercises valuable for runners, not only provides the how but the why. A runner committing 10 minutes a day to Starrett’s “Mobility Workout of the Day,” or MWOD, is destined to bound away with some impressive understanding of mobility, tissue health and how it all ties into unleashing great performance.

2)      If Fantasy Football (FFB) points were awarded based on how much you like watching the sport then I’d be doing waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better in my league.  Apparently you need to know, research, and stay on top of: player stats, team composition, injury reports, game schedules etc.  It’s exhausting – and addicting!  This requires you to know much, much more than just who the quarterback of any given team is and the star receiver he throws to, who happens to also be dating a reality TV star.  With Aaron Rodgers as my FFB team’s quarterback I thought I’d be talking a bunch of smack to the boys around the office at this point in the season but no.  No, I currently hold 10th place…out of 10 teams.  My worst fear realized.  I finally get to play FFB and I stink, in a league full of boys no less.  Competitive, Bethtober?  Yes.  Very.

But don’t worry, I have a plan.  I made 4 trades early in the week, snagged Cam Newton for some negotiating power and have an ace in my hand.  I was just bluffing the first two weeks.

PS – Momma, you better tell your boy, I don’t care if he won Dancing with the Stars and that he’s 74 years old in football years, he needs to come up with a couple TDs and some long receiving yardage from Big Ben this Sunday!  😉

3)      Lastly, I need some advice.  The tenant that used to live in the house we just moved into in Sacramento had cats.  Not only did she own cats but she was also like a cat-lady foster mom and took care of strays in the area.  She lived there for 9 years.  Houston, we have a cat problem! 

The Chef and I are not really huge fans of the felines, for different reasons.  His is medical, he’s allergic.  There are a couple of strays that still wander the yard and our new neighborhood but that’s not my problem, those I can chase away with rocks.  Kidding PETA, kidding! (sort of)  My problem is that CAThy (seriously her name, but maybe she doesn’t spell it like that) comes a couple times a week, sits in the neighboring backyard, which is essentially RIGHT NEXT TO MY GARAGE, and feeds the strays.  This a) freaks me out when I pull into the driveway and unexpectedly see a human out of my peripheral, b) continues to keep the strays around which really isn’t my goal and c) makes me wonder if the landlord changed the locks and if maybe CAThy still has keys to the house she lived in for 9 years. 

Most people I tell this to understand and sympathize with my concerns, others (very few of them, mostly just The Chef) think I’m overreacting.  So I ask you…rational to not want crazy CAThy in my backyard feeding animals that my fiancé is allergic to, don’t belong to either of us, are not wanted in the general area AND poop on my lawn, or irrational to deny crazy CAThy access to her beloved calicoes?

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Minimalism | Part II

If you missed Part I, you should start there; here it is – Minimalism | Part I.

The Chef and I recently moved into a new, two bedroom house in Sacramento.  Have I told you how nice it is to have my own kitchen again?!

Coming from a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco and then living with my future in-laws for a couple months, we find ourselves with plenty of space now.  It feels refreshing and I’m not about to clutter it up with unnecessary stuff.  (For the record, the drum collection we have displayed by the fireplace is definitely necessary.)  Plus, we got rid of so many things during the move that we don’t even have enough furniture to fill the place if we wanted to!  It’s like a blank canvas, and we can do whatever we want to paint our picture in Sacramento.

So we sat the other night, on the floor of our empty house, and talked about what is important to us and how we can create our space to accommodate that.  In addition to a detached garage and spacious backyard, we have a large front room – “the family room”, two bedrooms, a nice size kitchen, laundry room, bathroom, and dining room.  A dining room!  What a concept!  In SF we never had such a thing; don’t even own a dining table.

The Chef and I agree that we don’t want our home to center around a TV; we want to promote activity and interaction.  We don’t even have or want cable, except on Sundays and Monday nights in the Fall/Winter and some Thursdays later in the season.  Health, family and friends, that’s what important to us.  We like to cook, play games, listen to music, and we like to spend time with people we love, learn from them, laugh with them, and have a great time.  So why design the biggest room in our house around a technology that doesn’t facilitate any of that?

So we put the couch and TV in the smaller room – the former dining room – and we’re turning the large front room, basically into the dining/interacting room.  I’m so excited to have you all over!

But for now we’ll all have to sit on the floor because we still don’t have a dining table.  😉

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