Monday, November 30, 2009

What Ho, Veggie Sausage! Away!

Yes, sports fans, I am back on track!

While power walking is still my favorite method of transportation (behind cars, planes, and private jets), I jogged a third of my mileage today!

I'm also excited to whip up a veggie sausage-egg beaters omelette!

And, what's this, my friends? A blog posted a mere ONE DAY after another?!

GASP, gentle readers. Gasp.

I've got to tell you, homedogs, I'm feeling pretty awesome right now.

Bask in the awesome, generic-nickname-for-group. There are 6 weeks to go--holy poop--and this thing might actually work.

It's veggie sausage time. Booyah!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

I Can't Believe I Ate The Whole Thing

I've returned from Thanksgiving break renewed! Save for the 50 gazillion pounds I gained.

Yes, I'm back in my city, ready to really force myself to get a-trainin' for this here marathon thing. It kind of helps that NBC's Universal Sports channel is starting to do all this promotional stuff for Vancouver and that gets me totally psyched to be in training for anything, really.

But, anyway. Back to Turkey Week: I had two chances to train with my sister amidst the cooking and eating and napping and eating and touristing and ohholycrapeatingsomuch.

Training with my sister was not easy. She is better at this than me, and slowed herself down considerably on my account. She pushed me much harder than I have pushed myself. She got pissed off and so did I. It's a very good thing that we've been training in different cities.

And there was no way to escape the flood of emotion and insecurity that rushed in as we jogged around the mall. This thing is still scary as all hell, and it is hard to pinpoint where the fear comes from, where it's based. I mean, I know it's hard work and exhausting but I know I can finish the marathon--so why so scared? I just don't know.

When I wasn't bugging the heck out of my sister, I did, however, get some good advice from her. She told me that I should switch over to non-cotton running gear, to avoid the inevitable chafing (yikes!), and should also invest in Body Glide, another anti-chafing product which is applied to areas of the body prone to blisters and rubbing (feet, for example).

I need all the help I can get during these last weeks of training. And it's scary as hell and emotional and I'm not quite sure how to deal with it except to just get up and keep going.


Monday, November 23, 2009

It's Aliiiiive!

And by "it," I mean me.

I know, I know: I have been absent for quite some time, and I do feel very bad for that!

But, I have good news :) My old job is done and I have moved on to my new one, which has a better schedule for me and won't leave me so exhausted, which means no more posts about "Waah waah, tired boooo."

Also good news: I leave tomorrow to travel to my sister's home, where I'll be spending Thanksgiving! This is especially nice because we will--for the first time--be running together. Though, I must admit, I am somewhat nervous about this; even though I know she'll be understanding of my pacing and such, I hope I don't annoy her with my Pokey the Puppy speed.

In non-training news, I hope everyone who reads this (no matter how few!) has a lovely Turkey Day and mini-break. Make sure to watch the parade--a lot of my coworkers from my new job are in it (did I mention my new job is fantastic?)!

Keep a special eye out for the man in red and his special hello (a touch to the nose)!

Gobble gobble, friends--I'm returning in full force.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Silly Internet

I've been having some issues with my computer and gmail lately (blogspot is linked to google), so I've had some of my posts interrupted.

Hopefully, I'll be able to successfully post tonight.

Trust me, I'm still here!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It's a Party in the USA

Authors's Note: This is an entry from a few days ago. I was unable to post at the time due to crazy internet bad things. Enjoy!

Go ahead and judge all you want; I love the new Miley Cyrus song!

Today, it was all I listened to while I walked/ran around our local park. It's a very motivational song, and nothing quite puts a bounce in your step like tween-pop that references Jay Z.

Music is very important to me all around, and with my training I've experimented with different kinds, to see what tunes keep me the most focused.

Some days, like today, I keep the same song on repeat for kicks (Beyonce's "Single Ladies" is awesome no matter how many times you hear it). On others, I go for music that has a beat I can keep pace with ("Ruby Blue" by Roisin Murphy is great for power-walking).

Above all, however, the music I keep coming back to is classical. Yes, folks, you read that right.

Ever since I was little, I have loved classical music: Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, all those crazy guys with weird names.

And, when I'm training, having long stretches of music with no lyrics is actually much better for me when it comes to getting in "the zone" and just running. I can concentrate less on how many miles I have left and more on the swell of the strings and crashes of the canons in The 1812 Overture.

I mean, I may be a nut, but it's a cultured nut who's happy to trot along with the string section.

And, really, at this point, I'll take all the help I can get!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Quickie 5

Pokey the Puppy Posts an Update!

1) I need to buy more veggie sausages.

2) I've been doing some music comparisons whilst running--as in, what tunes work best for training. My discoveries will be discussed in the following post.

3) Has anyone seen the new "V" remake? It's delicious fun.

4) That had absolutely nothing to do with training.

5) Unless of course we were invaded by aliens--then I bet I'd be glad that I'd been learning how to run further and better.

6) I could totally outrun aliens.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Safety Dance

Bet you thought I would be blogging about the New York Marathon, huh?

Well, sadly, my schedule has been so insane that all I've been able to see/hear about the marathon is that a man from the United States won it for the first time in a long time. Ah, so informative am I!

You see, while everyone else may have been following that particular sporting event, I have been trying not to injure myself, and have kind of failed, in a somewhat spectacular fashion.

A couple days ago, I tripped down some stairs. Awesome.
My eyes have been freaking out so I haven't been able to wear my contacts for a week. Score.
Yesterday, I had a gig for work and had to wear heels for hours. Whoohoo.
I woke up with a sore throat and stuffy nose. Party.

Yes, readers, I am simply made of not-awesome when it comes to being not-injured.

And now I'm going off to run with red eyes, a bruised heel, blisters, and boogies.

How much do you want me, right now?