Monthly Archives: February 2010

This week in training

Check out this  screen shot from my Daily Mile profile:

Lots of Milestones Here:

  • On Thurs, I ran under 11 min/mile for the first time on a long-ish run (4.5 mi).
  • Yesterday, I ran my longest long run to date (7.5 mi)
  • Mileage for the week is over 20 for the first time
  • Mileage for the month is 58

I’m taking a rest day today, but can’t wait to get back out there.  If any of you are on Daily Mile, add me.  I need more friends on there and I hate boring my facebook peeps with running stuff.

Foto Friday: Photo Op

We went to St. Louis last weekend for a derby bout.   While we were there, we did a bit of gambling, tasted beers at Schlafly’s brewery, and went on the Anheuser-Busch tour (which I’ve never done… in my 400 trips to STL).

While at the brewery, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have this photo taken:

Note:  This is the only photo of either one of us we took all weekend.   And yet another green coat sighting!

Running through my mind…

Due to a SUPER fun weekend in STL, I missed my long run on Sunday.  I have some “bonus” weeks built into my schedule, but since I missed my long run *last* weekend, I decided to buck up and do it on Monday after work.

I had 6 mi on the schedule and after much debating I decided to take my run outside.   I knew I wouldn’t last long on the treadmill and the thought of running 24 laps around the indoor track was only slightly more appealing.  So I geared up and headed outside.  

The cold/wind didn’t bother me as much as I thought they would, but by the time I hit the turn around point at my neighborhood park, it was getting a bit dark.    The following internal conversation ensued:

OMG, it’s dark. And the trail isn’t lit up.  Maybe I should just turn around.
No, there’s plenty of light from that house, I’ll be fine. Plus, it’s not totally dark…yet.
Oh, crap… it’s dark.  And I’m running through a puddle.  I hope I don’t twist my ankle.
I don’t see any other people on the trail.  No one to hear my screams.
Oh, wait– there’s someone.  But why is he crouched down?  Surely he’s going to rape and kill me.
No… that’s just a garbage can.  Thank God.
Whew… there’s someone else on the trail. He said hi. Certainly he’s not going to murder me.
If I did get attacked, what would I do?  I don’t have my phone on me.
I also don’t have an ID.  How would they know it was me?
If I went missing, would the boyfriend be able to identify the clothes I was wearing?
Probably not. He might be able to tell them I was wearing running tights, but I’m sure he  has no clue what shirt I’m wearing.
What’s that in front of me?  
I think it’s a coyote.
Can I outrun a coyote?
Not now, I’m getting tired.
Oh, just a regular dog.
I hope it doesn’t attack me.
No… it’s on a leash.
And he has an owner.
Hi, Nice guy with dogs on the trail.  Hope you can hear my screams when I get murdered/attacked by a coyote.
But you wouldn’t be able to identify me.  Or know who to call for help.
Lessons learned:
1) Don’t run at night on dark trails
2) Start carrying ID on outdoor runs
3) Carry phone in case of emergencies
4) Buy armband for said phone.. STAT!

Foto Friday: Facebook meme edition

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m getting annoyed by all the facebook memes going around.  I refuse to play out of principle.   However, if I were to play, here’s some of the pictures I’d post:

Throwback  photo
fb instructions:  Change your profile pic to a pic of you back in the day

pampasan chair--check, hammer pants--check, day glo shirt-check= genuinely happy Christmas smile

Sibling  photo
fb instructions: If you love your brothers/sisters, post a photo of you together

Of course I love them! From left: David (half-bro), Jo (sis-in-law), Ryan (bro), me, Kelli (half-sis)

Celebrity photo
fb instructions: Post a photo of the celebrity you’ve been told you look like

I did an entire post on this once. I’m still going with Jewel.  Not so much these days, though.

Couple photo
fb instructions:  In honor of Valentine’s Day, post a pic of you and your significant other and tell how long you’ve been together/how you met

This was taken on NYE. I love it cuz we're REALLY laughing, not doing our usual smile-for-the-camera bit

We’ve been together a little over a year.  Our “story” isn’t really one to pass down to the grandkids, so we’ll just say we met in school and re-connected years later ;)

And, just for fun…
Here are my entries from the Urban Dictionary:

1. Girl’s name
2. A very hot girl who is secretly very dirty but no one would know it.
3. A rampant sex beast – amazing in bed.
4. other meanings: flows like water (turkish)/ melody (old french)/ free man (german/french)/ love (gaelic)/ beloved (latin)

or, alternatively:

A crazy pyscho feminist who rages on most days about nothing in particular, leading you in circles going no where but confusion

You may say I’m a dreamer…

John Lennon was really on to something:

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

These lyrics have been floating around in my head for a few days now.   For most of my life, I’ve been a dreamer.   I have a fairly vivid imagination and I’ve always been more of a “big picture” thinker than a details, person.  But somewhere along the way, I also became a do-er.  Probably because I’m a bit ADD and get bored with the same old thing all the time.

The problem is I’ve somehow gotten to a point where my doing is getting in the way of my dreaming.  Instead of daydreaming about places I want to see or experiences I want to have, I’m filling up my calendar and making to-do lists.  Maybe it’s all part of growing up, but these things sometimes feel more like chores than like fun.

Don’t get me wrong… I like to be busy and I need my lists and schedules to function, but it’s a bit soul-crushing to think I’ve lost my inner dreamer.    And I think, as a culture, we’re kind of anti-dreamer.    Granted, we like to admire those who “follow their dreams” and become successful, but we’re also usually pretty quick to discount the dreams of others.  I don’t know.

What started as a few lines of a song has become a rambling blog post.  I hope to be back tomorrow with *much* lighter content… 


In a nutshell…

This is what I’ve been up to:


I had a pretty stellar week of running:  I re-vamped my running schedule to fit with my derby schedule and I actually ENJOYED a treadmill workout for once.    And then I fell off the wagon.  I skipped my FIRST long run this weekend and felt so guilty about it that I took a rest day yesterday. FAIL.   I’m halfway through my schedule so I guess it was bound to happen eventually.  But I’m *not* happy about it.   I gotta get back in the saddle today.

Roller derby

I’m 3 practices in and I L-O-V-E it.   On Sat we got to practice hits, which was super fun.  And we saw a mock “bout,” which was interesting.  We’re going to a REAL bout this weekend and I can’t wait to see it in action.   I still haven’t officially committed to a name yet.   And, no, we don’t have any of our own bouts scheduled. It will be a while, but you can rest assured that I’ll let everyone know!


We’re currently in the process  of planning the first annual Rounds 4 Ryann golf outing to benefit the Ryann Hope Foundation and CDH research.  (you can read more about Ryann’s story here and my efforts to raise money here, and here).   I got my first hole sponsor today, but we are still looking for people to sponsor holes and/or donate items for the silent auction or goodie bags.  If you or anyone you know is interested, drop me a line at cari [underscore] rich [at] yahoo [dot] com.  Don’t worry– I’ll be bugging you all with info on golfing, volunteering, raffles, etc. in the near future :)

Tons of Fun

The last few weeks  have been jam-packed with fun.  I went to see Keller Williams with my BFF Lesley a few weeks ago.   I played my first REAL game of poker on Superbowl Sunday (and came in 5th… not too shabby for a rookie).  Last weekend I had a much-needed “date night” with my girls.  We went to see Valentine’s Day then had dinner, drinks, and lots of laughs afterwards.  It’s been forever since we’ve all been together and it was waayyy overdue.   Then I had a REAL Valentine’s date followed by a day off of work–what more could a girl ask for??

That’s pretty much it in a nutshell…   You’re now all up to speed on my uber-fascinating existence.

The one where she talks about roller derby…

Lesley kinda tipped my hat in the comments.  But for those of you who don’t read that far– I’m going to be a roller derby girl!!

There’s a new roller derby league starting up in C-U.  My friend Laura is on the team and she invited me to practice last weekend.  I couldn’t make it, but I attended a “meet and greet” a few nights ago and I went to my first practice today.

It is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much fun!!

We did some open skating, some drills and just got a feel for the sport.  This was an “open” practice, so anyone could come and they had 30+ girls there, which was record attendance.  They also have “closed” practices on Wednesday for girls who are committed to derby.

A few things . . .

  • The league is just getting started, so there are no bouts planned just yet.
  • You use quad (4-wheeled) skates, not roller blades
  • No, I haven’t learned to block or “take out” people yet
  • We skate on a flat course, not one of the ramps that you see on TV
  • All the girls aren’t hard-core b!tches
  • Yes, I fell…. once
  • You don’t have to be a GREAT skater to do derby, but there is a proficiency exam for when we start bouts and stuff.
  • I’m a *much* better skater than I thought I was.  I was a little shaky at first, but I was skating with the best of them at the end.

One concern…

I *LOVED* practice today and I’m super pumped to be a part of it. It’s something different, the girls are really cool, and it’s a pretty good workout.  My only concern is trying to fit in bi-weekly practices with my half-marathon training.  It absolutely counts for my cross-training days, but I’m afraid it will affect my long run schedule (currently I prefer to do long runs on Sat and rest on Sun, but now I’ll have to do derby on Sat. and the run on Sun.)

And, a request. . .

All derby girls need a derby name. They don’t have to be family-friendly.   Right now, the top-runner for my derby name is Bitch E. Rich, but I need a second choice… and any other suggestions you might have.  There’s an international registry of derby names and no two girls can have the same name.   So, get your thinking caps on.


The one where she talks about running… again

It’s OFFICIAL:  I’m training for a half-marathon.

I’ll be running the half distance of the Illinois Marathon on May 1.   This is the same race where I had my first 5K a year ago.  Nothin’ like adding another 10 miles, eh?

I’m in week four of a plan modeled after Hal Higdon’s novice plan.   The plan seems fairly doable.  3-4 runs/week plus some cross training and some strength mixed in.  If all goes as planned, I’ll be at 13.1 about a month before the race.   For the most part, things have been going well.    I’ve been getting my runs in and have been fairly successful with cross training.  (strength?  not so much)

Until Tuesday.

I fully intended to get up early and go for a short 2-mile run.  Instead, I talked myself into staying in bed a bit longer (it was my birthday, after all) and promised to get back on track the next day.

Wednesday morning my alarm went off at 5 a.m.   I begrudgingly tore myself out of bed and got ready to run.  It was really dark, kinda cool, and there was a threat of snow so I headed to the gym instead.  Big mistake.  I let myself quit after 2 miles. I wasn’t tired. I wasn’t sore. I was just BORED.  And couldn’t talk myself into going longer.

Afterward, I was really disappointed in myself for giving up.  And then that night I went out with some friends and missed my next morning run because I was hungover (note to self:  drinking and running do not mix).

But, guess what?  I went for an outside run on Thursday after work… and it was GREAT!    I’ve got my running mojo back.

This weekend: 6 miles.  Let’s pray for one day of decent weather so I don’t have to sweat it out on the treadmill.

I’m inspired!

Wow…thanks everyone for responding to yesterday’s post.  My dry spell seems to be over and I have LOTS of things to write about (none of which have anything to do with poop– Sorry Willie!)

Hopefully I can carve out some time to write them in the next few days.  In the meantime, I offer you these lyrics, which seem especially appropriate  right now:

I like to be gone most of the time
and you like to be home most of the time
if I stay in one place I lose my mind
I’m a pretty impossible lady to be with

– From Tire Swing by Kimya Dawson (on the Juno soundtrack)

By “popular” demand…

A not-so-anonymous reader (with poor typing and/or grammar skills, I might add!) asked for an updated blog.  I’m happy to oblige.  But, first,  I want to know if anyone is still reading this.  I know there are some lurkers out there, so here’s your chance to be heard.

Yesterday was my birthday, so I’m allowing myself a bit of self-indulgence and asking BEGGING you to comment on my little blog.  Think of it as a belated gift to me….    Leave me a comment and let me know what you’d like me to blog about next.   Some possible choices are:

  • New Years Resolutions (a month late)
  • Running/Training update
  • What I’ve been up to (bullet-style)
  • My thoughts on last night’s Lost première
  • anything else you can think of

Please and thank you!