Monthly Archives: May 2006

Love new house, now just need to find time to run

If only I could find where I packed my running shoes…

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Moving sucks

I know I’m supposed to be positive about the new house etc.. but I just have to rant: Moving Sucks. I’ll return to our normally scheduled programing post-move.

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A marketing mishap

I don’t run with money. Ok, I rarely run with money, unless I’m running an incredibly long distance alone and I think I might need some emergency cash. So, Tuesday during my 3-mile run, I had the unfortunate luck to run by three young children selling Kool-Aid. I saw them in the distance. And I started to go through what I would say to them when I passed. I was obviously in their target market. I was tired, hot and thirsty. And, I was on foot. But what I lacked was money. Oh, Kool-Aid sounded good too. I love that cherry-flavored stuff. It reminds me of summers at Vacation Bible School –the only time a year I was allowed to drink Kool-Aid and eat cheap lemon cookies. It was free then, but not on Tuesday.

So as I passed, I prayed for a car to drive up and give them business so I could run by unnoticed. But, nope. “Miss…do you want some Kool-Aid?!” Oh, poor kids, they were so cute too. They could see it in my eyes. Yes, I wanted the sugary, additive-laden water. I could see it in their eyes, “Oh, she’s a buyer!” And then the bubble burst. “Sorry guys, I don’t have any money.” (I could see them thinking, “liar, grown-ups always have money that they don’t give to kids.”) So I turned back around and shouted, “I don’t carry money when I run, but thank you and good luck.” Ok, I’m a dork. But, really, it was a good idea for those kids to attempt sell their product to a hot, thirsty runner like myself, but what I lacked was the resources to purchase it. And that was a marketing mishap. (Tonight, I think I’ll bring 50 cents, just in case they are back, and so that would be an example of a succesful ongoing marketing campaign. I wonder if they need P.R.?)

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My New Lucky Number:23

Ok a few things. I actually technically did set a P.R. if we are starting my P.R. for 5Ks with my last 5K back in October. AND I placed 23 out of100 women in my age group…the top quarter. Mind you, it was a small race with a lot of walkers, but I feel pretty good about myself in this moment.
23 Last Name Stephanie Overland Park KS 28 32:25 10:28

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Not a P.R., but at least I didn’t register as a dude

Clock time: 32:20
Final watch time: I didn’t stop it until I was well through the finish shoot, so it is not accurate:32:37
Splits: 9:48; 10:01; 12:20 (Not totally accurate b/c I didn’t stop watch until I was through the shoot.)
Regardless, it was a pleasant run, quite hilly. Oh, and rest assured there was no way to register as a guy b/c it was a woman’s race only. I didn’t win the Kate Spade handbag door prize, darn it!

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Me to the power of…

24, according to my new gym. Yup, I bit the bullet and handed over my bank account info to the bumbling sales counselor who helped sign me up. (It’s a good thing I know a little bit about fitness and excersise b/c he sure didn’t!) It pained me, but it was a crucial decision. I believe that my marathon last September would have been a lot easier had I cross-trained stronger. I actually signed up with a MWFSun. membership, allowing me to run outside on Tues. and Thurs. It was cheaper and seemed to fit my work-out schedule. Should I need to run indoors on an “off” day, I can pay $5 and run at the gym.

So, last night, I hit the gym for the second time, tonight I ran 3 miles with Tally, tomorrow I cross- train, Thursday I run. Friday and Saturday off and Sunday a 5K.

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8 is enough

Ok, maybe 8 isn’t enough, but 8 was fabulous this morning. Absolutely no complaints here. And the company? Well, she may have had to have some quiet time after she left me (I think I talked her ears off!) to run a little more, but I must say, it was a great time. I even got back home in time to shower and clean up for a nice little afternoon show. (Thanks to Matt’s Nana for the gift certificate!) Big race coming up Sunday. I know, I’m out of control… Or, maybe I’ m just having a lot of fun running again.

P.S.Thanks to KT for letting me crash her run this morning. She’s running 24 next weekend!

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