Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Four

1. This suit has been hanging out in a drawer for a while, but finally made it's somewhat seasonally appropriate debut yesterday.

I met up with Beth who showed up in this suit, so it was a bit of a themed swim.

2. As a part of a relatively new healthy living initiative, my office has health challenges throughout the year. Participation in various events helps you to get discounts on insurance premiums. In the spring I wore a pedometer for eight weeks and this week kicked off an eight week hydration challenge. The only goal? Drink at least eight 8 oz glasses of water a day. We're on teams and while I don't think there will be an actual winner, we do get bonus points if the team as a whole averages 64 oz a day. Obviously I can't turn down a competition, so I signed up as soon as it was announced. Only later was I suspicious about how well it lines up with the restof my marathon training cycle. And check out the color of the cups they passed out.

A nice CAR red

Could someone have an in with our HR department?

3. I have the giant Garmin 305 and I always wear it over a sweatband because otherwise it slides around and chafes my wrist. The ones I bought a few years ago have finally stretched out to the point of uselessness, so it was time for some new ones. Now that I almost always race in a CAR top, I decided it was time to match.

4. On Sunday I'll be running in what may end up being my only tune up race before the Richmond Marathon. I'm headed out of town for the Philadelphia Rock n' Roll half marathon. Although I've never run this race before, it covers a lot of the Philadelphia marathon course, so I have a good idea what to expect. It's a flat, fast course and the weather is expected to as close to perfect as you could ask for in mid-September (lows in the high 50s, highs in the mid 70s). While I haven't done any sort of taper for this race, I have taken it pretty easy since I finished the track workout on Tuesday. I'm feeling excited about racing and looking forward to seeing what I can do in a half when I'm not severely anemic. So I'll be gunning for that 1:45 that I was hoping for last spring, before health issues got in the way. I think it's a realistic goal and I'm going to do my best to execute the way that I know I can and run a smart, strong race. Obviously not every race day goes quite as planned, so my B goal is to PR and break 1:50.


Beth said...

1. Hooray for themed swims!

2. George is crafty. Watch out for him.

4. KICK ASS!!!

Jon said...

It is time to start eating the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies

I need those health challenges in my office. It would basically be a freebie for any endurance athlete since that is part of the lifestyle anyways...

Caroline said...

I'm terrible with hydration. But I like competition. Before races, my husband and I would have a contest to see who could drink the most water in the days leading up to a race. Good luck at your half this weekend, from following your training, you seem to be solidly on track to break 1:45. Race with confidence and embrace the pain cave and I'm sure you can do it!

Jessica Karazsia (@irun26at8) said...

I love how your company does stuff like that! That is so cool.

Yah for Philly! I will see you there. Safe travels.

LoveOfShoes said...

Good Luck this weekend! Enjoy the race.

Anonymous said...

haha, I love it, ditto Beth on all, esp #4!!

Elizabeth said...

Zebra straps on the swimsuit! :-)

I'll see you tomorrow night at dinner!

LAPT said...

GOOD LUCK!!! I know you will do awesome.

....Also, you think we can go pool running post-marathon while I'm in DC? I've never done it...and I also don't have a suit. Cough, cough.

Katie said...

Good luck this weekend, friend!