Sunday, September 23, 2012

Do I get to wear a costume?

I loved Halloween as a kid.  You get to dress up in a costume and people give you candy.  I love candy!  The best houses were one's that gave out full size candy bars or cans of pop.  You people rock.  I would totally be that person if I weren't as greedy as I am. 

As I outgrew trick or treating, I lost some of my enthusiasm for Halloween.  Well guess what.......It's back!  With a vengeance!

In the last few years I have done a few races around Halloween, which means I got to wear a costume to the race.  Like most of my craft projects, it starts out fairly simple and get waaaayyyyy more complicated as I think about it.  Clearly my ideas are cooler than where I got the inspiration from!  I've been a jack-o-lantern, Tinkerbell, and the Little Mermaid.  Each one more complicated than the last.  They have all required sewing, which I am usually able to convince someone else that they should do from me because my sewing skills leave something to be desired and I'm whiny.  (The incredibly annoying and grating whiny voice usually seals the deal.)

I am doing three races in the next month and a half, and I'm wearing a costume for TWO of them.  And it will be awesome!  The Tower of Terror 10 Mile gets a simple runnable tank with a cool design on the front.  No sewing required - just some skill with an Exacto knife and an iron.  It's easy to run in, and should look freaking cool at night.  If I don't get compliments for it, I will be pretty freaking disappointed!

The other costumed race is the Monster Dash 5k.  Since it's shorter, my tolerance for weird or bulky costumes is way higher.  Right now the plan is to be a clown car.  You read that right.  Me as a clown.  Wearing a car full of more clowns.  If I can pull off the picture in my head, I might actually have a chance at winning a costume award.  I just want the bragging rights of winning something, because I definitely won't be coming in first for the actual race.  I see cardboard, duct tape, and spray paint in my future!

I want to say a special thanks to the engineer portion of my imagineering - my mom.  Thanks mom, even if you won't let me do anything with sequin fabrics.  Love you!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

42.4 miles with Team All Ears

For the last three years I have been part of an amazing group of people called Team All Ears.  We're an internet-based running group that was created in 2009 to raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer.  In the last four years our team has raised more than $140,000 for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

This January, I am once again running with Team All Ears during the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend.  I am going to run the 5k, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon.  By the time I am finished I will have run 42.4 miles in 3 days.  Oof!  Yeah, it's a bit nuts, but it's also a lot fun.

If you think I'm nuts, but would like to help support my fundraising efforts anyways, you can donate online at  Whether you can donate or not, I appreciate your consideration!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Twenty Percent

In the last four years I have raced and finished a half marathon in 10 states.  That's 20% of them!  This summer I check-marked New York and Montana.  At this point my race partner/sister and I are averaging about two states a year, while I do about a dozen races total. 

Our next state has yet to be finalized, but is currently being considered.  (Mostly by me, because I'm slightly more OCD than my sister.)

Only 40 more to go!  

Friday, May 11, 2012

Why yes, I'd love to do another race!

Several of my crazy running friends heard about a challenge to do 12 half marathons in 2012.  I'm not quite that ambitious, but I figured 12 races shouldn't be too hard. 

So far I have done seven races, with another one on the schedule for next week.  Plus, I'm sure that I will add in several more small races before the end of the year.

I also signed up to play softball one night a week and take a boxing conditioning class three times a week this summer.  At this rate, I should be in pretty good shape by this fall.  Which will be fabulous for when I start training for the 2013 Goofy Challenge!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

12 Goals for 2012

I'm not making a new year's resolution this year, but instead am going to make 12 goals for myself.
  1. Run 700 miles.
  2. Buy a road bike.
  3. Do an olympic distance triathlon.
  4. Swear less.
  5. Improve my poker face.
  6. Be more productive on weekends.
  7. PR in the half marathon.
  8. Cross-train at least once a week.
  9. Finish school.
  10. Eat more fruits and veggies.
  11. Use my gym membership.
  12. Run an entire half marathon.

Monday, October 17, 2011