To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
-Steve Prefontaine
Make it simple, but significant.
- Don Draper

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Say Cheese!

Did you see that?? THAT is a smile. And it's just kind of hanging out! Sweet!!

What is there to smile about? I'll tell you, by golly!

Coming off the heels of a really fun day at the coast which included at least a half hour sitting next to Steve Prefontaine, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Why miss out on opportunities just hoping somebody might decide to do something or might not? I shouldn't - and I won't. I'm now the proud owner of tickets to the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on June 2nd. I am so excited to see the best of the best running at speeds I can hardly fathom. I've never made it up for the Classic before, so I'm pretty *insert synonym for excited here*! And I think our seats are relatively near the finish line, which could make for some cool moments!!


Also running related, because that is my life now.... a couple people are coming to ME for help and advice!! I go to Giraffy for advice while creating my marathon training plan and figuring out my smaller goals while going for the big one, but then at the same time I find myself helping out my friend Jessica with her training for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler. I went for a while there where I just kept getting dumped on and felt like I was the worst runner that knew nothing. The bad influences are gone and I'm back to feeling like my confident self again! And I'm having so much fun talking to people that are like me and just want to learn and improve. Jessica did her first assigned run/walk last night and it sounds like it went great. This makes me soooo happy for her! She doesn't have a blog, so I can't link you to her, but trust me, she's cool! You may remember her as my friend that joined me and did the Vegas Rock'n'Roll Half - and she and I have done a couple Disney vacays together. It just makes me feel all warm inside that she trusts me enough to give her guidance and is enjoying it so far. I think the thing with her and I that works is that neither of us are training for Boston or to be Age Group winners. We both have started with zero base. Obviously I've built mine up, and so now she is doing the same. I guess I just understand her and know that over-pushing and demanding too much isn't helpful. I just want to be as supportive as I can and make sure she has a really fun time at her first Disney race - 2nd race ever, and crazy enough this is her 2nd night race! What makes this even more fun for me is that she and I are essentially training together. We are both going to be exploring new territory and having difficulties and success at the same time. My first marathon is 1 week after we do this race! It's like I have my own little training buddy!!

I meant to get up this morning to run. Yeah, clearly that didn't happen. So tonight I'll do an easy 5. I'm not trying for any distance records right now. I just want to keep my legs moving this week as I prepare for Portland RnR. And I am already craving the tots that Cilley Girl and I HAVE to track down before race morning! I think my stomach just growled at the thought of them. Tots seem to be the key to my best races, and who am I to mess with that?? Stick with what works!

I thought I had more, but my mind went blank. So happy Tuesday everybody - I'll be back tomorrow morning with a report of surviving 5 miles in 82º - eek. I hope it cools off before I actually run! Alright then, yes, ta ta for now!


18 comments:

  1. I LOVE TOTS. There is a food truck in the cities called Tot Boss...all they serve is tots with various toppings. LOVES.

    I also love your optimism and glad you are able to help out with a training plan! It is really awesome that we have such a great online community (that extends offline, too) that is so willing to help and encourage. YAY!

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    1. Tot Boss ... I'm drooling!! YUMMY!!

      And I agree. Without the online community I'm not sure I'd still be running!

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  2. I have been invited to have dinner in Portland and the key deciding factor was Cajun Tots!

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    1. See? Tots are taking over the world!! And I support it.

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  3. Have you even been to Oaks Bottom in Sellwood? They have a little something called tot-chos! so good.

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    1. No - but I've heard people talk of tot-chos!

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  4. Feta!!!

    Well, SOMEONE had to do it! So looking forward to Sunday. I'll gladly hand over my 10:30 all day mojo to you. I'm done with it.

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    1. :) I'll happily take your 10:30.... and your feta!

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  5. I almost had lunch at the Hungry Raccoon today. Is that where you get your tots?

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    1. Mmmm, that sneaky little Raccoon Lodge. It's tots are like crack!

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  6. Very cool that you got the tickets to the Pre Classic! That should be fun :) . You sound so happy that you have Jessica. Finding another runner you can share with is awesome. Hope it cools off for running.

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    1. I am sooo excited about this whole Jessica thing! When we met neither of us would have thought of running - and now we are!

      And Pre --- my stalking is getting a little out of control, ya think!?! ;)

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  7. TTFN - ta ta for now! Love it! :) Tots, yum!

    I am really hoping it cools down this weekend. I am afraid I might melt.

    I am glad you are back to your confident self again and yay for you helping someone else!

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    1. I'm glad to be ME again, too! Man, it was like a downward spiral for a while there - but I survived and came out on top!

      I'm just happy the race starts early - because yeah, melting during 13.1 isn't really the most fun idea! I'm already soooo excited for Seattle and we haven't even done Portland yet!

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  8. Excited to meet Jessica!! And yes, 1st Disney races are very important!

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    1. They are! I WAS going to race ToT since it is my first 10 Miler -- but then I said Screw It! It is 1 week before the marathon so I figure I'll hang out with Jessica and be silly and not over do it. If you'd like to join us and goof off with zero pressure - you are MORE than welcome!! This is going to be the most stress-free race trip EVER!!

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    2. Just coming back from a stress-free race-cation, I can tell you, they rock! I appreciate the offer, and I might take you up on it (if I get faster) but no matter what, we must party together after. . with Maleficent :-)

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    3. I'm excited to have a non-stress one! I know we aren't going to worry about pace. The goal --- finish. I know Jessica wanted to aim to run it - and she and I both training to do the whole run/walk thing. Whatever she goes, I'll be at her side singing and taking pictures and probably whining about how hot it is!

      So excited about the after party!!

      Is it wrong that I just thought that I needed to slip rum into my checked bag?? WTF is wrong with me?!?!? ;)

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