Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013


Last week my lover Natalie at Fit.Fun.Femme. nominated me  for the Sunshine Award.  Nat is my best friend from law school, and she writes her blog with another law school (related) friend of ours Sara (her husband Ben was in school with us).  They're both Florida girls too. Sara is a crazy strong yogi and Natalie is a runner, so go check them out!

But first…the important stuff.

If nominated for this award, you must include a link in your blog to the person/blog that nominated you. You must also answer some questions about yourself, nominate fellow bloggers, link their blogs in your post, and inform them that they have been nominated.

And now…the good stuff.

Who is your favorite philosopher?  Phil Dunphy.  "When life gives you lemonade, make lemons.  Life will be all like 'Whaaat?!'"  Just kidding.  I guess Martin Luther King, Jr. isn't technically a philosopher either, but I don't think you can go wrong following his advice.  "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
What is your favorite number?  7.  It was my soccer jersey number for like, 15 years.

What is your favorite animal?  This is boring, but dogs, of course!  Specifically these two:
{My bubbas, Charlie and Penny.}

What are your facebook and twitter?  My Twitter is @PennyCharlie.  My Facebook is just my personal one, and it's pretty much on lockdown.

What is your favorite time of the day? Definitely evening.  I'm a night owl... I feel like I don't really get fired up until at least 8pm, which, now that I'm not in school and have to (pretend to) be a real adult, is very inconvenient.  

What is your favorite holiday?  I mean, of course I love Christmas because I love being all together with my family.  (Also gifts and quality time are my main love languages, so Christmas is a good day for me.)  But I also really, really love the Fourth of July.  It's summer, there's usually a body of water nearby that I can get into, and it all ends with fireworks!  Fireworks fascinate me... I never get tired of them.
{Last year in New Smyrna.}

What is your favorite physical activity?  Running, water skiing, and snowboarding.
{Wakeboarding... which is none of the above, but the best I could do.}

What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Natty's answer was red Gatorade, which I'm stealing, because it's true.  It is the best... it makes everything better.  I also really love Cheerwine.  I hardly ever drink coffee, so in law school I used to come to class in the morning with a Cheerwine instead (in a koozie, with a straw).  People thought it was weird, but whatever.

What is your favorite flower?  Hydrangeas.  J bought me these for Valentine's Day!
{Blue hydrangeas and my new ottoman that I still can't believe J let me put in the house.}

What is your passion? Helping people who don't have the power to help themselves, and doing my best to fight injustice and inequality.  That sounds really... full of myself... but I'm only gonna get one shot at this whole "life" deal (I think), so I'm trying to do it right.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

(Almost) Zero Week.

Ugh, sickness.  Last Sunday, I could tell that I was starting to come down with whatever the sinus infection/cold virus/general crud that seems to be making the rounds, and by Monday afternoon, I was down for the count.  Like straight from work to bed, without even a thought of working out until Friday.  When I finally felt better on Friday afternoon, I did an easy 3 miles just to test out how I felt, and it was surprisingly ok.

In an attempt to salvage the week, I met up with my friend Tara on Saturday morning to run the first 6 miles of the course.  We ran a 9:00ish pace, so more like goal pace than long run pace.  I held up a lot better than I expected, but I'm not at all thrilled to only have 9 miles total for this week.  Luckily, next week was scheduled as a cutback week anyway, so I'm going to swap in this week's missed workouts instead.  

Saturday's "long" run stats:

The best part of the run, other than the fact that my lungs didn't explode, was that Tara and I showed up wearing the EXACT same outfit - black running tights and bright purple long sleeve tees.  I'm sure people thought we were such idiots.  Whatever.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Eight Mile.

Yesterday's long run was an 8 miler.  I have a few standard routes at a couple distances (5 miles, 6 miles, and 9 miles) but I don't have an 8 mile route.  I know that is almost exactly 2 miles from our house to the Statehouse downtown, so I decided I would run there, figure out a 4 mile loop around campus and Five Points, and then run home.  I also really wanted to run up the (in)famous Gervais Street hill that I'll have to conquer at mile 11 of the half.  

The goal was to keep my pace around 10:20ish.  I figured that some of the hillier miles might be a little slower, but I could make it up on some of the flatter parts, which is pretty much exactly what happened.

And here's the elevation chart:

Not surprisingly, I got a little fast on the flattest part of the route, but in general, I'm pretty happy with my pace and how I felt on the hills.  The Gervais Street hill is the one there right before mile 4.  It wasn't so bad, but I was less than half way done at still feeling good at that point. (Plus the sidewalk is built so it's more a level, gradual incline than the road.)  I wanted to make sure I ended my last mile with an uphill too, since that more closely simulates the course.

I picked this one by my house:

It looks *extremely* wimpy, but I promise it's actually pretty legit in real life, especially at 7.97 miles of an 8 mile run.  

I still don't see anyyyy way that I'll be able to do this at a 9:02 pace on race day like Smart Coach says, but the hills are definitely sucking less than they did when I started .  Yay for progress!