Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy 7th Anniversary to my wonderful husband Mike!

I know, who gets married on New Years Eve!?!?! We did and I wouldn't change it for the world! Love you Mike!

He is the best! He is very supportive or at least tolerant of my running and he secretly loves my blog. He has nicknames for it and makes up alternate names for his fictitious blog that are similar to SMMSLT. He also has a fictitious dads club based on my Moms RUN This Town club called DRTT. It's very endearing. :)

So what to get your spouse on your seventh anniversary??? The modern gift would be a desk set and the traditional is wool or copper.  Since he already has a desk set, maybe some wool socks or copper pipe fittings? Who decides this stuff? I have no idea. We will probably forgo a gift and celebrate with friends, if we can find a babysitter...anyone???

Happy Anniversary Mike! I love you and our life together~I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for us!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012: Year in Review

What a whirl wind year I've had. I set out to complete 2 half marathons, 4 obstacle course races of varying distance and difficulty, and a bunch of other shorter races. I spent well over $700 on races, gear, food, and fuel. If you count travel expenses and throw in physical therapy it would be much much higher. I had lofty PR and age group goals and would like to say I hit them all, but that is only partly true.

To make finding time to train fun, I thought it would be a good idea to buy a new house. Six months later I still have unpacking to do and pictures to hang. A few short months after moving day my son started school, this added a whole other dimension to our lives. I thought I would have more time when school started :/ Needless to say, there is never a free dull moment in our lives.

During the summer I quit drinking Diet Coke and decided to start eating cleanish. To help with that and free up some time, I have been doing monthly menu planning, which in turn has me heading to the grocery store less, but draining my pocket book more (I need to work on this). My family is somewhat on board, or my husband is just pacifying me, either way we have cut out a lot of unnecessary chemicals in our foods. I feel good about this, as good nutrition has always been important to me besides you are what you eat.

My ITB band protested my running for most of the year (9 months), but I think I finally have a handle on it. Since completing the last of my scheduled races in October, I have been taking it easy with running and have kicked up my strength training in hopes of thwarting any repeat ITB or other musculoskeletal problems.

I've began blogging in January and I think I hit 100 posts in 2012. :) I know I am not an award winning writer, but it is fun for me and it has been a good way to connect with other runners and like minded people. Thanks to everyone that took the time to read even one post! If you would like to follow me on Facebook, my link is and if you would like to follow me on Instagram my name is somanymiles. Thanks to all the bloggers who have shared so much information and inspiration! I have enjoyed reading your posts as well!

Overall I can say that 2012 was anything but boring.

2012 Stats:

10 Races
Half Marathons: 2, PR 1:51:10
10K: 2
5K:2, PR 24:24
Half Marathon Relay:1
Obstacle Races: 2, signed up for 4

6 Virtual Races
The Cupcake Classic
The Jelly Bean-Won Lululemon Gift Card!
The Great Cupcake Race
Frosty's Great Cupcake Race
Freeze Your Thorns Off 5k
Hot Momma Virtual Half Relay

SJA 5k, 1st place age group
Run Like a Girl Trail Run, 2nd place age group

I didn't meet all my goals as I was unable to compete in 2 races because of my knee and we all remember the Tough Mudder debacle that had me sitting in 5 hours of traffic! I am happy with my two age group awards, especially since I think the older I get the more competitive my age group gets, but I would be lying if I said I was ok with only coming in second in RLAG and not placing in the All Access 5k. I want to blame it all on my knee but falling short also had to do with time constraints and just not putting in the work.
I hope you all had a great year in all aspects of your life, not just running. Enjoy what is left of this year and I hope you can look back on 2012 and find joy and happiness and as you look ahead to 2013 you see nothing put promise!

Happy Running!


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Nativity scene with shepherds, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, a famous Spanish baroque painter (1618-1682).

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Frosty's Great Cupcake Race

I know I said my racing days were done until 2013, but two of the our Moms RUN This Town chapter members are bloggers,  Run Find Your Happy Pace and Running In Sanity, together they put on Frosty's Great Cupcake 5k, 10K, and children's virtual race(s). They are raising money for  Team in Training and look at this medal, too cute!

I met up with some women from my running club at a local park, one that I have never been to before and I was pleasantly surprised. There was a nice 1.5 mile loop around a lake. It was pretty and I think in the summer mostly shaded, a big bonus around here.

I brought my little running buddy and really bundled him up. This was the first day I actually had to layer up and wear gloves and pants. I signed up for the 5k but ended up doing 5 miles. I wanted to get 6 in, but every time we past the playground my little buddy wanted to jump out of the stroller and go play. I called it at 5 and let him play, while I waited for the others to finish.

While we waited we saw this guy doing push-ups and then heading off down the trail. The picture is grainy because I took this on the DL, but if you zoom in he is wearing a fully packed back pack and some sort of full face respirator. You would think this is an unusual occurrence, but I have seen this more than once! Luckily this oddity is explained by the fact that I live in a military community and this was likely some guy training for a deployment or the like (at least I hope that is what it was).

After the run we got our medals and took a quick picture. I was freezing if you couldn't tell! Darlena handed out some other goodies, snowman hand lotion and candy canes for the kids. Thanks ladies for putting together your virtual races and good luck meeting your fund raising goal!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

I'm back from my blogging hiatus and partially back from my running hiatus. I have been maintaining very low mileage and doing some strength training. It's been kind of nice to just enjoy my runs and most of the time I don't even wear my Garmin. I have no idea what my pace is or actual distance. It's been nice.

When I say low mileage, I mean less than 10 miles. I started to pick it up last week but was thwarted by an random and sudden allergic reaction that sent me straight to the emergency room. I was about 3 miles into my run when my throat started to get tight and my body started to break out into itchy hives. I went straight back to work and within minutes I was puking and asked my coworkers to call 911. My blood pressure was 60/30 and my stomach was killing me. After some Benadryl, a ride in the ambulance, and an IV bag the ER doctor couldn't tell me what happened. I think it was the tuna I ate shortly before my run. I'm not allergic to tuna but that is the only thing I can think of that would have done that. Needless to say, I won't be eating tuna anytime soon!

Thankfully, I have great friends. My husband was out of town and my oldest son was at school, my neighbor Cathy took care of him and my good friend Meagan came to the hospital in rush hour traffic to get me. I can't thank them enough!

Three days later I decided to go for a short run around my neighborhood. I was slightly scared and was really hoping that running wasn't what I was allergic to. I made safely around the 2.5 mile loop and was feeling better about what had happened.

I have been starting to think ahead to my 2013 running goals and keep seeing virtual challenges popping up on the web, it's getting me excited to start training for something. I'm up to 10 miles this week and am planning on a 5 miler later today between batches of Chirstmas cookies. I am hoping to get my base mileage back up and then get serious about my next race.