Aside from having to re-learn a computer program that's still in DOS (really) and office flow, work is going well. The first day I worked with the doctor he commented, "The last time you worked here was when Seinfeld episodes weren't reruns!" He also made a comment about my hair, that it's no longer curly. 12 years ago (just about) everyone had big hair. I had long, super curly, big hair that became frizzy when I even thought about humidity.
Hubs and I, 1990-something...
Holy Hair, Batman! I'm also about 30 pounds heavier in this picture and rockin' the mom jeans.
It's not the best picture, but you get the idea. I had TONS of really big hair. Now I wear my hair somewhat straight with the help of technologically better styling products and a really great flat iron.*
The running continues. I've made an effort to show up at the Tuesday night track club workouts where we're doing 800 meter intervals, which is a two lap run around the track, then a recovery jog/walk. Lather, rinse, repeat. Last week was 800 x 6. This week I think it was 800 X 7. I lost count. We always end the workout with some sort of abdominal exercises. Good times. I'm still putting in my Saturday long runs with the track club, and a shorter run in my 'hood just because it contains hill. I will be needing to keep hills in the equation since my next three half marathons are loaded with hills.
I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Runner's World wear test program again. I thought I had missed out this time due to scheduling conflicts. Luckily, for me, there were a few pairs of shoes left and coach Paul brought the extra shoes to a Saturday run. I just had to be extra EARLY. It was early. I got up around 4:30 AM just so I could make it to the park at 5:45 AM. I scored a pair of Karhu's Flow Fulcrum Ride. I tried to look up my particular model on Karhu's website, but the shoes are scheduled to come out this summer. I must have an unintentional bright pink vibe about me, or something. My last pair of test shoes had screaming pink soles. These Karhu's scream PINK. Hubs calls them my "Rainbow Brite shoes." My first impression of these shoes was "Ow, my eyes!"
Once I got over the color, I began to pay attention how I felt while running. They're not as cushy as what I'm used to, and these are somewhat similar to a racing flat, but not quite as minimal. There's still a fair amount of cushion in the heel, decent arch support, and a little forefoot cushion, but (again) not as much cushion as what I'm used to. These shoes are perfect for track workouts. I might give them a road test and see how they do on the streets in my 'hood, perhaps an easy 3 mile jaunt. I don't think they'll get me through a 10 miler on asphalt, though. They fit smaller than the size indicates. I took an entire size up from my regular shoe size so that they would fit properly.
Between getting our taxes done, starting a new job, the Easter holiday, the bathroom in rip-out/remodel mode, and real life, my house is beginning to take on the vibe of one of those houses you see on the show "Hoarders." O.K, maybe not THAT bad, but I don't recognize my house right now. I need to spend a week reorganizing and cleaning without stopping. I know what I NEED to do, but I just haven't done it. I had to do this blog post first. Priorities.
The last time I ran in the Nike Women's Half Marathon was 2007. I've been trying to get back in every year since then. I would always get the rejection e-mail or no e-mail at all and I'd have to search the site to see that I was actually rejected.
Even though it says "marathon," I'm signed up for the half. :)
I GOT IN!
In addition, AKA Alice and the Heffers got in, too! This time it's a girls trip!
It looks like hills will continue to be on the training agenda... There will be hills and plenty of sunscreen because it will be a summer training season.
Song from Monday, April 18, 2011:
Rolling in the Deep - Adele
*Thank goodness for advances in hair care! Walking around with a head that looks like a Brill-o pad gets old.