Racing rundown
October 25, 2011

I had my first race-related dream on Monday.  Not a bad one like where you wake up only 15 minutes before the start of the race or you realize you’re wearing high heels instead of your trusty kicks, but just a dream about the morning of the race.  I’ll take that as a good sign I’m not feeling unprepared, but that I’m just ready to do this!

What race you might ask?  Well I’ve been a busy little athlete this summer and fall, with tons of races!  My big race I’m training for is the Philadelphia Half Marathon.  I’ve developed some crazy speed over the summer, and my goal is to break 2 hours! That’s another PR by more than 15 minutes.  I think I can do it, I’ve been training on pace for the past few months.  I really think all the triathlon cross training has really helped my speed.  Extra strength from the biking, and learning to breathe while swimming (and not just whenever you want, like in running) has increased my lung strength.

Normally I only do about 3-4 races a year, tops.  Usually one big race, a half marathon, then maybe a couple training races, and of course the Boulevard Bolt on Thanksgiving.  This year, with all the triathlons and the wealth of fun different races I’ve done quite a bit.  Here’s my rundown from this year, some completed, a few more to go:

May 15: Ramblin’ Rose Women’s Triathlon (Nashville) – My 1st triathlon! Loved it so much, very well organized.

May 29: GJCC Memorial Day Triathlon (Nashville) – hated the bike course and had my first run-in with a jackass in a car on a major highway.

June 19: Music City Du Run Run Duathlon (Nashville) – massive storm rolled in during the race and was really scary, but at least not blazing hot like most years, and I totally chicked my guy friend who also ran it. (He hates me now.)

July 30: Yazoo Barely a 4k Beer Run (Nashville) – My favorite local brewery basically found an excuse for a bunch of beer drinkers to get up early on a Saturday, run 2.4 miles, then drink a lot of beer, before 9am.  (Chicked my friend again, he still hates me.)

August 27: Cedars of Lebanon Triathlon (Lebanon, TN) – Really tough bike course, but I trained on it and felt good. This was my goal sprint tri for the season.

September 17: Warrior Dash (Manchester, TN) – 3.15 miles of running and obstacles, dressed like 80’s Ke$ha with my friend Bunny! Tougher than I expected, but lots of fun!

October 1: Shelby Bottoms Boogie 15k (Nashville) – I PR’d on this course by 13 minutes!

October 16: Yazoo Big Wheel Championships (Nashville) – My favorite local brewery hosted a grownup size tricycle race.  (Didn’t chick my friend’s team, because we felt he needed a little confidence boost, so we tied him.)

October 29: Zombie Buffet 5k (Nashville) – Zombies chasing runners on a 5k course.  Yeah, I’m going to be a zombie and I want your BRAINS!!

November 20: Philadelphia Half Marathon – This is my goal race for the year, hoping to break 2 hours.  After I registered, I found out a lot of people I know online are also running it.  Can’t wait!

November 24: Boulevard Bolt (Nashville) – This is my traditional Thanksgiving Day race.  5 miles in the morning and you can eat whatever you want for Thanksgiving.  It may also be my first run after the Half.

So yeah, that’s quite a lot in one year, much less 7 months, for me at least.  What’s in store for next year?  I’m bumping up to Olympic distance in triathlons (with the goal of 70.3 Half Ironman in 2 years!).  So I’ll definitely have some more sprint tri’s and one or two Oly’s, maybe an Endurance Distance too.  I plan to run the Ramblin’ Rose again if they bring it back, because I loved it so much and it sparked my love of tri’s.  I’m thinking about Hooping the Half Marathon again in the Spring with the Hooping for Hope ladies.  Every year I keep saying I’m going to do the Louisville Triple Crown (a 5k, 10k, and 10 miler), so I’m going to try to work them in next year too.  Then to pick out my goal Fall/Winter Half Marathon.  Will I be able to get into the St. Jude in Memphis before it sells out on me again?  Or will I return to Detroit for the Detroit Free Press Half Marathon?

Adventures in a weekend
June 23, 2008

It was a busy weekend. But for once (in a long time) it was on my terms and didn’t involve work.

On Friday I went to a show downtown with Barbie and Bama. It was great – very smart, very funny. And Barbie had a classic Barbie moment when she returned to her seat from a break…Must keep a closer eye on her in the “big girl shoes.” Afterwards, Bama took off to another show and Barbie and I had late night drinks at a fun, little bar in the trendy college area of town.

Early Saturday morning I went for a walk with Bunny. Along the way, there was lots of girl talk, baby ducks and…challenging slopes. No joke. These signs were on either side of an obvious hill.

Later, I met some folks from work for a long-distance amusement park visit. The best part, driving over an hour to play putt-putt. After a brief break at home, we met up again for an outdoor, evening concert with wine and snacks. A fine summer outing.

A lazy Sunday sleeping-in eventually led to some shopping.  While navigating back roads home to avoid what seems like neverending interstate construction, I came across the following in a strip mall parking lot. I looked around, but never managed to find Mary Poppins.

The Girls
June 17, 2008

I have the greatest best friends. First there’s Barbie, she’s everything a girl could ask for. Smart, funny, great teacher, dirty minded, and always there to back a sister up. (not to mention she looks like Barbie…easy on the eyes) Then there’s Legs, she’s sweet, intuitive, loving, and although she may be busy and we don’t visit often, she’s still always thinking about her friends. Finally, there’s Frenchy. We don’t see her much anymore since she moved. She’s fun, sweet, wild, and a soulmate. There are more characters yet to cast, but these are the ones who’ve stuck with me for more than a decade…they get seniority.

So, Barbie and Legs get much love from Sally for their support this weekend. And when life hands you lemons, they were right there to help make lemonade…or at least help chuck the lemons at whatever miserable soul who deserved it.  I like lemonade, but sometimes I need help remembering how many parts lemons and how many parts sugar. On the other hand, I throw like a girl and need someone to help me aim the catapult! I also have to credit Bunny and Bama. They also stepped in. But we’ll hear more about them later.

Meanwhile, I arrived at work this morning for another endless day of stress. I must learn to control the stress, otherwise my catapult may need constant repair. The girls are keeping me sane this week. Deep breathing, closed doors, and lots of wine…all the girls love the wine.