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RunFunDone Has Moved!

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RunFunDone now has its own website!

runfundone.com

If you are registered to be notified of new posts from this site, unfortunately I was not able to transfer my followers over to the new account. I hope you’ll take a look at the new site and give ‘er a follow!

You should take a look! I even made a cool new logo!!!

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Wanna Be Triathlete

It seems to me that all the cool kids are triathletes. And, since I want to be a cool kid, I want to be a triathlete.

There’s just one problem:

I don’t like being aerodynamic.

Loving sitting up straight on my beach cruiser!

I don’t understand how people can enjoy biking while leaning forward. Don’t they realize how much more fun it is to sit up straight and tall?

I feel this way about all 2-wheeled vehicles. I really, really don’t like sport bikes, look at how much cuter and comfier a cruiser is:

Me sitting upright on my cruiser motorcycle. I just don’t like being aerodynamic!

(FYI, cruisers only maintain their comfort up to about 65MPH. After that point, the wind pushing against my upright body makes me wish that I were hunched over like the kids on the sports bikes…but this only convinces me to drive the speed limit. It does not convince me to become aerodynamic).

So I’m in quite a conundrum. Can I maintain my identity as an anti-aerodynamic human and still become a triathlete? I propose a Beach Cruiser Triathlon…a triathlon where the only acceptable bikes are beach cruisers…and biking must be completed the way it was intended…in flip flops and sundresses. Anyone with me on this one? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

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Running Summary: 5/5/12-5/11/12

Date

Distance (miles)

Time

Average minute/mile

5/6/12

3.37

??

??

5/8/12

5.00

??

??

5/10/12

3.50

??

??

A whopping  11.87 miles! Ha!

Cross Training:

5/5/12 Snowboarding (my favorite cross training!)

4/7/12 Strength/Walking

5/9/12 Strength/Walking

Thoughts: I’m trying to be really good about easing back into running to prevent further shin problems. I also am committed to not trying to go fast, therefore until 1 month has gone by, I’m not posting speed on here. I know that if I think others are going to know my speed, I’ll try to go faster. Therefore, it’s better  for my health to just keep things on the down low.

Conclusion: So far, so good! I’m excited to be running again and looking forward to feelings stronger!

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Who writes a review of a volunteer experience? Me! I do! I have to write a review to convince everyone to get out and volunteer for a race! It’s super fun and super helpful to the runners! A win-win.

On May 6th, Nicole and I worked at Aid Station #3 at the Tacoma City Marathon. Our job was to hand water to race participants and to cheer for the runners.

So, who would you guess was better at the job?

Nicole:

Enthusiastic Nicole

Or me:

Enthusiastic me.

Lol, I swear I was happy and helpful for most of the race, but my flat face always looks annoyed!

The best part of the experience:

  1. Teamwork. Some of us have cups to the runners, some picked up empty cups, some filled cups, and one adolescent boy got the job of handing out Vaseline for chaffing. (He actually stood there with a rubber glove on, yelling, “Chaffing! Chaffing!” It was hilarious!) Anyway, with so many people taking on the different jobs, our aid station ran smoothly and we all had fun!
  2. Cheering for the runners. Every person out there, from those walking the half-marathon to the marathon winners, are doing something admirable. They’re challenging themselves and staying healthy which is cheer worthy! And hopefully our cheers encouraged them to keep going.
  3. Discount on a future race. The Tacoma City Marathon Association gives its volunteers a choice of a few different bonuses, one of them being a discount off a future race.
  4. Inspiration. It’s inspiring to watch other people be fierce! It makes me want to work harder to be strong. Nicole and I watched as 79-year-old Mel Preedy walked past us as an early-starter, all smiles, and happy as can be. He finished the marathon in 7:03:56, according to the results website. I hope that when I’m 79, I’m active and smiling just like him.

The worst part of the experience:

  1. It was colder than I anticipated it would be. I didn’t have gloves, and holding water only made my little extremities colder! Oh, and my nose tends to run when I’m cold, so that was gross too.

That’s right people! 4 positives and 1 negative, that could have been avoided by wearing gloves. Everyone should volunteer for a race! You won’t regret it…unless you’re a grumpy person who doesn’t like to encourage or help people.

The Tacoma City Marathon Itself:

Overall, I was impressed with the race. Parking was simple and free, things were well-organized, and everyone seemed to have fun. It’s not a massive race by any means, which I actually appreciate. It is a pretty tough course from what I could tell (lots of hills), but they also have the course organized so that spectators can see their loved ones multiple times without having to drive, which is pretty cool. Also, the half marathon medal is half a medal, which is hilarious. Apparently if you run it two years in a row, your two half-medals will match up so that you can have a full medal.

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Wow. I learned a lot about water stand etiquette this weekend. Well…maybe “etiquette” is not the right word. I learned a lot about water stand efficiency.

On Sunday Nicole from Ricole Runs and I volunteered for the Tacoma City Marathon. It was a blast! It really was. I plan to write a post about volunteering, but that is not the purpose of this post. The purpose of this post is to write about giving and receiving water or other hydration at a race in the most efficient way (i.e. how to get the runners hydrated and to the finish line as soon as possible). Here’s the deal:

Rules for Hydration Givers (a.k.a. “volunteers”):

  1. It’s best to hold only one hand out with a cup of water. If you hold out two hands with water, the runners become confused about which one to take, which causes the hand-off to be awkward, and may slow the runners down.
  2. Keep #1 in mind, but use your non-handing-off hand to hold another cup or two of water so that you can quickly have another cup available during rush times.
  3. Loudly yell what you’re giving out. The runners are tired and confused. You are not tired or confused (hopefully), so clear things up for them by yelling “Water!” (or whatever beverage you hold) loudly enough so that they can hear.
  4. MOST IMPORTANTLY: Do the gliding hand-off. The runners don’t want to slow down, so move your arm with them. I found it was best to face up towards the runners and if one came towards my cup, I’d move my arm with them as they ran, until the hand off happened.

A beautiful hand-off in action!

Rules for Hydration Receivers (a.k.a. “runners”).

  1. Tell the volunteers what you want. i.e. if you want water, yell, “Water!” If you do that, a volunteer will either hand it to you, or point you to where the water-cup holders are. That way, there’s no fumbling about trying to figure out if they’re giving you what you want.
  2. Use eye contact. Hand-offs are much easier if the volunteer knows you want their cup. That means they’re more likely to glide with you as in #4 from above, and less likely to slow you down or spill your water.
  3. If you don’t want water, move away from the hydration tables as you run by, and say “No thank you,” or something to that effect. I can’t tell you how many runners were likely slowed down due to volunteers trying to hand them water because they ran super close to us and didn’t indicate that they didn’t want anything.
  4. Take out your earphones PRIOR to getting to the aid station. So many runners fumbled and got the wrong beverage because they couldn’t hear us yelling “WATER,” and ran right past us to the electrolyte drink. Don’t be like them!

Handing out water at a race helped me to better understand the intricacies of how to best receive beverages during a race. The most important thing is to be assertive in your intentions, so that the volunteers can accommodate.

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Crushed

The day began with an omen.

As I was leaving to go to work, Ada the Dog began running through the house, obviously excited about something, though I didn’t know what…until she dropped the something at my feet. A dead, limp, bloody squirrel.

Ugh! Now, this was not the first time that Ada had caught a squirrel, but it was the first time that my husband wasn’t home to take care of the squirrel corpse. That meant corpse disposal was my responsibility. Ew.

Ada the Dog proudly displaying her find, me screeching.

I managed to clean up the squirrel corpse alright, and was only a few minutes late for work. But then I began to stress and think about that squirrel corpse as an omen. I began to think I wouldn’t make the Nuun Hood to Coast team.

Trying to be hopeful, I thought, “Hey, maybe in the squirrel corpse scene, I’m Ada the Dog, happy to have gotten something amazing!”

I then remembered that I, Ada the Dogs’s most adored person, had taken her esteemed prize from her and dumped it over the fence where she couldn’t reach it.

No matter how I looked at the omen, it wasn’t good. Either I was the squirrel, who ended up dead; myself, who had to clean up squirrel corpse; or Ada the Dog, who got fresh meat stolen from her.

Well, noon came, and I learned I hadn’t made the Hood to Coast team. I tried to be only half-devastated like I promised I would be, but I am more than half-devastated. Rejection hurts.

Truth be told, I didn’t expect to make the team, because my blog hasn’t been around very long, doesn’t have a good following yet, and I live in the Pacific Northwest (which is where Nuun is most well-known, and therefore not where they would be targeting team members). But, my husband Saign kept telling me that I would make the team because my application was good. I started to believe him. I really thought my application was good! The assignment was to be creative and show my personality. I felt that I achieved both of these things…and I still got rejected. Which…I mean…does that mean that Nuun rejected me personally? It’s about 100 billion times worse that they rejected me after saying they wanted to get to know me through my application than if they had just said, “be creative.” Now I feel that I, not my creative work, has been rejected.

So…I’m sad. Maybe more than 50% sad. My heart has been broken by Nuun.

Thankfully there was cake at work for me to sugar-drown my sorrows.

I realize that if my biggest problem is that I don’t get to be on a running team, I’m really doing pretty well. I have food, water, health, a good career, family, legs that can run, and an adventurous heart. But, if I’m honest, I’m hurt. I’m not sure that rejection ever gets easier. It feels stingy and painful every single time.

I also want to say best wishes to all the bloggers who were lucky enough to get picked for the team! You will have an amazing time!

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50%

Today is the big day! Yes, today at Nuun (noon), Nuun will be announcing its Hood to Coast teams. I’m so excited!

This is not the only big news for me this week! I also was looking forward to this week because I would be learning whether or not I had passed the big, huge, horrible, worst-test-you’ve-ever-taken licensure exam for my career.

My biggest fear was that I would simultaneously learn that I had failed the test AND not made the Nuun team.

To my delight, I learned yesterday that I passed my licensure exam! (This is seriously a huge deal, I’m a smart girl with a doctorate and I have never studied so earnestly for any test in my entire life…I’m very, very happy, proud and relieved).

Soooo, my biggest fear will not be realized! I passed my test! Now the worst case scenario would be that I don’t make the team and I only get 50% of the happiness that I hoped for this week. If that happens, I still get to be 50% happy about my test.

So I’m going to do my best to be happy for the ladies who make the team even if I don’t make the team and have to be happy for them and devastated for me. (Because remember, I’ll only be 50% devastated anyway…)

I feel so confused about what I'll be feeling today at Nuun (noon). Also, I just learned how to put backgrounds on my doodles from my free iPhone app.

Best of luck to all the Nuun hopeful ladies out there! May Nuun decide to have 6 teams so we can all be part of the adventure!

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Running Summary: 4/14/12-4/20/12

Date

Distance (miles)

Time

Average minute/mile

4/14/12

8+

???

???

4/16/12

4.00

35:22

8:51

4/17/12

4.09

35:27

8:41

4/19/12

3.04

28.48

9:29

Cross Training:

4/17/12 Strength

4/18/12 Level 2 Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred 5 lbs, walked Ada the Dog 3 mile+

4/19/12 Strength

4/20/12 Walked Ada the Dog 1 mile+

Thoughts: My shins have been bothering me and I’ve been sick this week. (Besides my extreme shivering on Sunday, I also had laryngitis on Wednesday, and have generally been sick with a cold/cough/tiredness all week). So, I ended up missing a 3 mile run this week trying to let things heal up.

I’m having trouble figuring out when to do strength training. If I do it before my run, I find myself sluggish while running (see my time on 4/19/12…I did Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred right before I ran). I don’t want to do it in the mornings after my run, because I’m icing my shins then, and if I plan to do it when I get home from work, I only do it 50% of the time. Despite these barriers, right now the best option seems to be to do it after work. Wish me luck!

Conclusion: My shins started hurting again towards the end of this week. I’m going to take things easy this coming week to hopefully let them heal up a little – no worrying about speed, no long distance, just happy running! :)

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Oopsie

Remember how I planned to use my Cadbury Bunny Eggs as a reward for finishing my long runs?

I really believed I would do it. I put it on my blog! I didn’t want to be a liar!

For 5 days I didn’t touch them. Then I had a bad day…

And ate all 4 of them in one sitting. Oopsie.

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