Thursday, September 29, 2011

On My Life at the Moment

I keep thinking about my time in Disney World back in January.  I don't really know why, but at these random moments during the day I think back on that trip and the races and the time in the parks with my family... and I want to go back.

But it's not that I specifically want to go back to Disney... I think I just like how I remember feeling at that time.  I don't like to go backward in life, so I'm not suggesting that either... It's hard to explain.

Nothing is wrong.  My life is good.  There is much to be thankful for.

I can't quite put my finger on it, but there's been this subtle shift in me internally.  I have spent a lot of time thinking about it and trying to nail down a specific reason for it, but there's really not one despite a few things that may be an obvious reason.  When I get honest with myself, those things really don't have much to do with it at all and to say they do would just be me trying to assign a specific cause when there's not one.

I just feel different right now. 

Writing on this blog isn't really as important to me as it was before.  I don't want to stop writing altogether (so please don't delete me from your Google Reader), but I think for now I may just use it for race reports and the occasional update.  I'm still reading the blogs I like daily, but I don't feel the need to spend a lot of time commenting.

Running is different for me.  I still love it, and I'm not about to stop.  But I don't care to do it quite as much as before.  And I know I've written about it a little before, but my goals are drastically different than before.  I really just want to enjoy it and have fun, and I don't want to set time goals and training goals and expect myself to keep up with those kinds of expectations.

Eve my day-to-day routine feels different despite being pretty much the same.

I'm totally fine, but something has just shifted in me.  I can't really explain it.

Nonetheless, it may mean that I continue to be a little less present in the blogosphere.  If I do decide in time to discontinue blogging, I'll let you know.  For now, still expect to hear from me... just a little less often.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Race Report: Warrior Dash

This past Saturday, I tried something new: Warrior Dash!

If you don't know about Warrior Dash, the jist is that it's a 5K where you have about 10 obstacles to get past... the last being a huge pool of mud.

Several friends and I decided this would be a blast!

We decided that a little face paint would be in order.


When we got to the race, we found The Mystery Machine.  SO fun!



Here's our before picture.



The race was a total blast!  We hardly ran because the obstacles were tough enough that we needed the space between them to recover.  We climbed a lot of walls.. some by rope, some by cargo net... and there were a fair number of ways to get down the other side as well.

It was definitely a challenge since I don't have a ton of upper body strength.  I'm also a little nervous with heights so maneuvering myself over the wall was interesting each time.

Swimming through the pool of mud at the end? More fun than I would have expected.


Here's our after picture.


We went to get hosed off and enjoyed our free beer and some food.  Then, we had to take a photo in our awesome Viking helmets!


It ended up being such a fun and different kind of race, and it was so fun to share it with friends.  We were cracking up at ourselves so much during the race, and we didn't even care about our finish time.

I'm definitely in a season where I'm kind of only interested in having fun with running.  I probably have not been training so well lately, but I've been having a blast with the things I've been doing!

Monday, September 5, 2011

101 in 1001 Update

I feel like August was a busy month, but I guess I wasn't busy crossing things off the list.  I'm starting to wonder if I need to make some changes to it.  The things I wanted to do when I made it in 2009 are all as important to me any more.  I may be making some changes soon.

7. Join the Nashville Striders for a group run at least once a year - I am joining a few of their runs this fall, including the one a couple of weeks ago where we started the run in a thunderstorm.

95. Watch one new movie per month, minimum - I saw a few.  The Lincoln Lawyer, The Conspirator, Unknown, and Take Me Home Tonight.

96. Read one book per month, minimum - I read Chasing Harry Winston.  Total chick lit, totally loved it.

Another Celebrity Sighting

Let's start at the beginning.

Friday night, I organized a little happy hour among my friends.  We ended up having like 10-12 of us crammed in a corner of the Flying Saucer at one point.  I know I see my friends all the time, but it always makes me feel good when I organize a successful gathering.




I managed to have three beers and two soft pretzels (they are SO good), and I called it carb loading.  The high for Saturday was to be 100 degrees, I had 20 miles to run, and I figured a pre-run meal of beer and soft pretzels wasn't going to make it any worse than it already would be.

We set out around 6am on Saturday when it was already 75 degrees and humid.  Honestly, the first 15 miles weren't so bad and we were running a steady 10:30ish pace (a little slower up some of the big hills of which cannot be avoided in these parts).

But then we took a wrong turn... this was a bit defeating as it meant running up 2 more hills we would have avoided had we not made a wrong turn.

By the time I got to the last water stop, I was hot and cranky.  I pretty much walked the last mile to mile and a half back and chatted with a few others who had decided that walking was the way to go.  At the end of the day, I was still on my feet and moving.

It ended up being around 19 miles.  I had been on my feet for 4 hours and decided that was enough.

I napped.  I tried to go out to the pool for a bit, but it was just too hot for that.

And then a friend and I wanted to go out in midtown, but several text messages later we decided neither of us were really awake enough for that.  So we decided on ice cream instead.

And that's when we saw Matt Wertz at Sweet Cece's.  Ok, so maybe he's not as famous as Lady A, Nicole Kidman or Taylor Swift, but it was still cool to add someone to the list.  My friend told me I should hit on him (he is pretty cute), but it appeared his dad was with him.. and I don't know, flirting with someone in front of their dad is a little too much for me.

The rest of my holiday weekend?  It's been pouring rain and about 70 degrees.  I don't mind it cooling off, but it would have been nice to get some more pool time this weekend.  Instead, I went to church and then to see the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Frist before it closes next week.

And I'm considering a Netflix account.

Ugh.  I was ready for some rain, but I wish it had waited until work starts back tomorrow.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hiawassee

In true southern fashion, my friends and I spent a weekend going to Hiawassee, GA to float on the river.  It was a super fun weekend of playing games, floating the river, hiking to see waterfalls and doing some geocaching.














Thursday, September 1, 2011

Universal Studios Florida

My favorite day of our week in Florida was when we drove over to Orlando and went to Universal Studios.  I really enjoyed seeing The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!