Monday, October 27, 2008

Karaoke-Fest

Was fun! The whole thing was put together by WeeMo at a Karaoke Club in LA. I was a bit nervous to meet so many new nesties at one time, but it was fine, probably because I didn't have to meet all of them - there was a big table in the way! I offered to be designated driver for my OC gals, but my car is microscopic, especially the back seat, so I ended up not having to actually drive. I offered the designated part, but I know how weird I am about other people driving my car. At least I offered, right?

We left really early so we could pick up some more OC girls, and then go to a yummy dinner at Luna Park before the festivities. Luna Park was previously recommended by WeeMo, goddess of food, and the girls were excited to be going again. The place is kitchy and fun, and I am already looking forward to going back. I pretty much left my camera in my purse for dinner, aside from this awesome drink, called "Be a Pepper" - a generous serving of vanilla rum, Doctor Pepper, and vanilla syrup, and also served with Dr. Pepper flavored jelly beans.



The presentation was fun, and it was was enough for two drinks and was super yummy! I was also in heaven when my Magic Mushroom pizza came - wild mushrooms and brie cheese, drizzled with truffled creme fraiche, and topped with fresh arugula. To die for. We all shared dessert, which was a make-your-own-s'mores setup - homemade graham crackers, bittersweet chocolate fondue and a little ramekin of baked marshmallows. Heaven.

Then we were off to Karaoke. I am a Karaoke queen, but I am used to doing it in a bar where I am the only one signing so I can insert my own off color lyrics. Of course, I am also used to getting escorted out shortly afterwards, so maybe this was a good thing. For anyone who has never been to a Karaoke room like this, you can pretty much hear everyone who is singing - the three microphones might give you voice a slight amplification, but not much, And maybe that's a good thing. God knows I sucking down the apple martinis like they were going out of style!

Anyway, it was fun seeing all these people you feel like you know, but don't really know, you know what I mean? And of course the people I didn't actually meet, but got to observe IRL. It gives you a whole new persepctive on people when you see them post on a

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fat Talk Free Week




Please watch the presentation

While the week is almost over, the message is so meaningful. I have been known to participate in a lot of fat talk, and while I know better than to hold myself to an unhealthy ideal, I wonder how the fat talk affects those around me. I wonder how fat talk would affect a daughter, if I am lucky enough to have one.

I have signed the pledge:

Today I promise to eliminate FAT TALK
from conversations with my friends, my family and myself.

Starting now, I will strive for a "healthy ideal,"
which I know looks different for every woman,
and focuses on HEALTH, not weight or size.

I will celebrate the things about myself
and the women in my life that have
nothing to do with how we look.

I decide to end Fat Talk NOW!

I hope you will do the same.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

On to the next one



I still feel pretty freaking incredible! And while I am refraining from running this week, I am anxious to get started on training for my next half... which incidentally is Surf City on February 1! Surf City will be second race out of the three California Dreamin' Races - if you finish all three half or full marathons, you get a special medal and a jacket!

I would love to have some company (hint, hint) so if you are intersted, let me know! I don't really want to be doing my long runs on my own for the next 15 weeks...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Holy crap, I did it.

Being a crazy person who has only been running since March and has NEVER run a race, I set a time goal for my half marathon: Under 2.5 Hours.

If you're interested, my playlist picked to motivate, set on random:
Red Sweater, Aquabats
Martian Girl, Aquabats
Idiot Box, Aquabats
Playdough, Aquabats
Kyoto Now, Bad Religion
Sorrow, Bad Religion
The Longest Time, Billy Joel
Hopeless Romantic, Bouncing Souls
Monday Morning Ant Brigade, Bouncing Souls
Wish Me Well (You Can Go To Hell), Bouncing Souls
Pass The Dutchie, Buck-O-Nine
Barfly, Buck-O-Nine
Irish Drinking Song, Buck-O-Nine
Stickshifts And Safetybelts, Cake
Jesus Wrote A Blank Check, Cake
Let Me Go, Cake
I Did It for the Toys, Dance Hall Crashers
Hope, Descendents
City Of Angels, The Distillers
Boys On The Docks, Dropkick Murphys
Finnegan's Wake, Dropkick Murphys
Spicy McHaggis Jig, Dropkick Murphys
The Rocky Road To Dublin, Dropkick Murphys
What Difference Does It Make (Smiths), Face To Face
Sunny Side Of The Street (Pogues), Face To Face
Drunken Lullabies, Flogging Molly
What's Left Of The Flag, Flogging Molly
May The Living Be Dead (In Our Wake), Flogging Molly
The Kilburn High Road, Flogging Molly
Rebels Of The Sacred Heart, Flogging Molly
Swagger, Flogging Molly
Another Bag Of Bricks, Flogging Molly
The Rare Ould Times, Flogging Molly
Salty Dog, Flogging Molly
Selfish Man, Flogging Molly
Life In A Tenement Square, Flogging Molly
The Likes Of You Again, Flogging Molly
Black Friday Rule, Flogging Molly
Devil's Dance Floor, Flogging Molly
Sentimental Johnny, Flogging Molly
Bandages, Hot Hot Heat
Bleed American, Jimmy Eat World
The Middle, Jimmy Eat World
Sweetness, Jimmy Eat World
Jen, Jimmy Eat World
Less Teeth, More Tits, Lunachicks
Papas, Mr Loco
I'm a Dick, The Muffs
Courtney, Nerf Herder
Lamer Than Lame, Nerf Herder
Pervert, Nerf Herder
Golfshirt, Nerf Herder
Please Play This Song On The Radio, NOFX
Want You Bad, The Offspring
We Close Our Eyes, Oingo Boingo
Not My Slave, Oingo Boingo
No One Lives Forever (1988 Boingo Alive Version), Oingo Boingo
Grey Matter, Oingo Boingo
Super Orgy Porno Party, The Planet Smashers
Hungry Like The Wolf, Reel Big Fish
Take On Me, Reel Big Fish
Vegan Song, Reel Big Fish
You've Got What It Takes, Steve Lucky & Rhumba Bums
Code Blue, T.S.O.L.
American Girl, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Romper Stomper, Transplants
California Babylon, Transplants
The Band Geek Mafia, Voodoo Glow Skulls
El Mas Chingon, Voodoo Glow Skulls
Beverly Hills, Weezer
Perfect Situation, Weezer
Buddy Holly, Weezer

Crazy Playlist. Almost 4 hours. Just in case I died halfway through? I have no idea. Enough about that... on to the race recap:

I read in the race info that traffic from the freeway would be a killer, so we decided to leave at 5:00 am, and I am SO glad we did. 18,000 people were racing, and one whole entrance was blocked off for the race. We sat in traffic for a long time before we finally decided to just park and walk in. No worries, I counted it as my warm up. We got there and met up with our other OC Nestie who was running the half.





Sooner rather than later, we realize that the whole start is just filled with people, so I kissed my H for luck, and we pushed our way up as far as we could into our corral, which was not very far. My poor H tried to get a photo of our start, but it was just a SEA of people! I was not expecting so many!



So, we lost D in the first mile or so because she's so fast. I was running faster than normal but feeling okay. I think I lost J before mile 2, but we all knew we would be running at different speeds so it was okay. At this point I was feeling super strong! This was so much easier than a training run, maybe because I wasn't bored out of my skull? In fact, I normally do an interval during my training: run 5 minutes, and walk 1 minute, and I was skipping my walk intervals left and right and not totally dying. Before I knew it, we were at mile 6 where my H and MIL were waiting to cheer me on, and I felt great!



I kept on running, still doing pretty well and feeling like the time was flying by. I walked when I got water or powerade at the aid stations, but other than that I pretty much ran the whole time! I was checking my splits with my handy little split wristband and was ahead of my goal (yay!) and was feeling pretty good. And then I hit mile 10 or so.

Mile 10 seemed to take forever and I don't know why, other than my hip started to ache slightly and the fatigue was setting in. I grabbed a clif shot (mocha - blech) but ate it anyway to take my mind off of running and maybe give myself a little boost. I fast forwarded to a peppy song on my ipod which only gave me a boost for about 10 seconds.

At mile marker 11 I checked my split, and I was still ahead but losing ground. I told myself I could walk for one minute on the next rest interval, but that was it if I was going to make my goal of under 2:30. Mile 11 was even harder than 10, and I literally counted my steps from 1 to 10 and then over again to keep my mind off of what I was feeling.

At mile 12 there were volunteers cheering and that gave me a little boost, but it was still one foot in front of the other. When I saw the Mile 13 marker I looked at my watch and I was still under 2:30! And then we turned the corner onto Shoreline Drive and I could see the finish!

I still don't believe the rush of energy I got when I saw the finish ahead of me! I totally sped up, was passing people, and smiling! I could feel my lungs burning, but it didn't hurt at all. I know I pushed myself way past what I thought I could do, and the pain no longer mattered. As I ran under the finish, I looked down at my Garmin and saw 2:28 and I teared up.

I really never thought finishing this half would affect me so much emotionally - I wasn't even that nervous before the race. I guess after doing it, after knowing how hard it is mentally and physically to complete a race like this, and realizing that my goal was ambitious but still reaching it, your emotions can't help but be released. The medal is great, but the accomplishment (and knowing that you don't have to run anymore) brings tears to your eyes.



We also met up with some girls from Sparkpeople:



All in all, out of 7275 half marathon runners, I finished 4134th based on my chip time. Middle of the pack baby! Not bad for my first race ever! I am still in awe, even though I am sore as a mofo today. I feel pretty freaking cool. And accomplished. And I can't wait for my next one - Surf City, here I come!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Life is so full of ups and downs

Tragedies and miracles. Today is a day where they all seem to overwhelm together. A TTTC couple I have known a long time is finally pregnant, but another friend's child has been diagnosed with leukemia. A grandmother falls ill, and a friend's child is born healthy. Another friend finally gets pregnant, but then gives birth to a child with a heart defect. I guess life is just that - a long string of tragedies and miracles smushed together. It makes me thinking about Pushing Daisies - if one life is spared, then another must take its original fate. I have little hope that my miracle is happening - I stupidly tested at 10 DPO - BFN, and then of course an hour later the spotting started. I guess this does make me a little more melancholy and introspective, even if I want to pretend it didn't phase me.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Deep Tissue Massage

UGH I can't remember anything as painful as this was. I'm just hoping it pays off in my looseness for the race.

But, if anyone ever tells you that a deep tissue massage "sounds so nice" or "so relaxing," tell them they are psycho because it's not. Period. End of story.

Monday, October 6, 2008

First Half less than a week away!

I am starting to get excited, well maybe even anxious! I know I am prepared, but you can't help but feeling a litle nervous, right?

I guess we probably need a little update too... since it's been so long since I posted. I have gone on my anniversary trip and back. I joined 24 Hour and did the big package because it came with a Bodybugg (which I have wanted for so long...) and I do feel like it is helping me at least with calorie management. I mean, even when I overeat, it helps me commit to tracking my calories. I had a good week last week (down to 168.5) and even though I had not so great of a weekend (work really gets in the way of exercise), I am going to work hard this week to make sure I continue to lose, or at least have two weeks in a row under 170 - Yay!

Work is still the same, although they did fire the other person for reasons unrelated to my department. I so wish I could find another job still. Revamped the old resume AGAIN, and I talked to a couple staffing agencies. I also talked to a friend of mine that does Police Dispatch work. She loves her job, but did admit it doesn't pay great. I got a couple leads on new jobs from friends, but not sure they are going to work out. Well, eventually something has to give, right?

H and I are still TTC, and even though my cycle appears to have adjusted dramatically, I think we had good timing. I am now 9DPO with no spotting, so my LP may have miraculously lengthened as well. That is, if I actually did ovulate. I just don't know anymore. I am wondering when I should test as well. I mean, tomorrow will be 10DPO which is way early, but not so early I would be crazy. I dunno what to do, so I will probably do nothing and wait for AF to show up.

One last note - I paid off another card with my 2nd quarter sales bonus, so now I am down to the last one which has our anniversary trip spending on it. I know, bad bad bad, but at least this one has no interest on purchases until Jan 09, and now I can concentrate all my payments to this one card.