Friday, April 30, 2010
Total miles for 2010: 510.3
Total rest days in April: 6 days
Long runs in April: 20 miles, 17 miles, 13.1 miles, 10 miles
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
And don't forget to enter my Virtual Race that benefits Girls on the Run HERE
- You could be one of two winners to receive a GoLite Hydroclutch Bottle and Gu
- One Pair Ryders Eyewear Sunglasses
- One awesome family prize TBA
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Laura Elaine Designs Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LauraElaineDesigns
Laura Elaine's Blog: http://lauraelainedesigns.blogspot.com/
Laura Elaine specializes in custom-made scrapbooks, and has a passion for documenting race accomplishments She and her hubby are both runners. He has completed four marathons (two in Boston) and she is currently training for her fourth half marathon. She started her business, after she wanted a way to document all of their memories. NOW SHE CAN HELP YOU DOCUMENT YOURS!
I was sooooo overjoyed when she wanted to work with me on a chipboard album for my marathon next month! Whether you are a seasoned runner or a newbie, Laura Elaine will work with you to create the perfect scrapbook! Or shop her Etsy shop for a number of pre-made scrapbook pages and albums. She has items for the Disney Princess Half Marathon, Boston Marathon, New York City Marathon and so much more. If you don't find a race that you've completed or are training for ... contact her regarding your own CUSTOM ALBUM!!!
Photos will easily slide under all stickers, tags, and embellishments that may be on the pages. All products used to make this album are acid- and lignin-free and the scrapbook was made in a pet- and smoke-free home.
Check out some of these great items in her Etsy Shop:
Boston Marathon Premade Scrapbook - $14.99
Disney Princess Half Marathon Two-Page Spreads - $9.99
Create your own Running Scrapbook (12x12 album included) - $49.99
This is a 12" x 12" scrapbook containing 10 premade pages to document your running and/or biking race accomplishments! It is a great way to display race bibs, newspaper clippings, pictures, and to keep track of your times. There is room for 4 races (2 pages per race) plus a bonus last page with room for more pictures. The album itself IS INCLUDED (not shown in the photos on her site), is a top-loading hardcover album, and is able to accomodate additional pages, should you choose to add more
Laura Elaine offers VERY REASONABLE PRICES & SHIPPING RATES!! I think you will agree.
As I mentioned, Laura Elaine is also preparing for her next half marathon.
STOP BY HER BLOG AND WISH GOOD LUCK!!!!!
I loooooove personalization!
Super fun embellishments and stickers
throughout the entire album.
I giggled at all the fun running-themed 3-dimensional
stickers: energy bar, water bottle, time display ...
You'll totally dig this!
She even included a spot on the last page
I CAN DO THIS!!!!
I'll be sure to post again, once I've finished my 26.2 mile journey
and can fill the album with photos from the race!!!
3 - Become a follower of Laura Elaine's blog HERE. LEAVE ME A COMMENT
The forecast for today is a high of 52 degrees with 60% rain. It's been drizzling and raining on and off all day. Icky icky day. Wind is also 20 MPH. So, I decided that I was going to pull of this long training run on the treadmill. I know, I'm crazy. Since I put in so many miles yesterday more than planned and ran hard, I was going to shoot for 15-18 miles and see how I felt, how my legs held up and how the mental mind games on the treadmill played it out.
The kids were battling with Daddy, because they LOVE to come downstairs with me. Usually then can last 6-9 miles on a very good day. Usually when I am home alone with them I will stop and get snacks, try to put toys together while running and do other crazy stuff. But, I really needed the confidence of this long training run under my belt. My marathon is a little over a month away and I only have a 15, 18, and one 20 miler under my belt for long distances. They ended up staying with me for the first 45 minutes until Daddy decided that I was too frustrated to continue with them downstairs. I felt really bad, but I just needed the next couple of hours to myself this morning. I am usually really good at balancing it all out, but this morning I really needed to take the time for ME.
I ran a 6.6 MPH pace the entire way and never messed with the speed. Hubby hooked up our cable box to the tv downstairs and I was able to catch up on some Biggest Loser episodes (2 1/2 episodes without commercials On Demand! -- I am now only 4 episodes behind!!! HA HA!). It really helped time pass.
Our treadmill automatically shuts off at 100 minutes, so I always stop after 10 miles to refuel, take a potty break and walk .... and take some pics!
And I had to get this one myself, since Little Dude was sent up stairs earlier.
I love the kids excitement to see me when I return from a long run.
I hit over 500 miles
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Here is my history with this race:
2007: bailed, due to shin splints after pregnancy #2
2006: 48:something?? (results currently unavailable)
The kids and I went to the Kohl Center on Friday to pick up my bib and race t-shirt. There was no chip this year, as it was attached to your bib. How cool is that?! The race is always well organized and the expected over 18,000 runners this year!!
The forecast was 60% chance of rain today with thunderstorms this afternoon. I ended up leaving my dedicated family at home this morning (since they waiting for me in the pouring rain last year). And, I headed to downtown Madison in the Marathon Mommy Minivan.
I parked at the Monona Terrace, just a block or so away from the start of the race. Most people park near the finish and shuttle or walk/run to the start line. So the ramp was pretty empty and there were plenty of warm, clean restrooms for me before I headed to the start line. I snapped a few pre-race photos in the minivan.
Finishing Chip time:
8K (4.97 miles) 40:25 2,951 / approximately 20,450
WOOO HOOO!! Crushed my previous PR for the 8K race!!
Linda from Mom Running from Cancer -
walked 2 mile route, due to her foot injury :-(
Chelsea from Early Runner -
38:59 (who was hoping that the chip time would be sub-39!!)
(approximately 2 miles).
7 miles for the morning ..........
Smiling with pure joy that the rain held off and the weather
actually seemed to be perfect for running (though gloomy).
Friday, April 23, 2010
The towel mantras range from serious to silly and motivational and themes for foodie lovers to remind themselves of their health goals!!!
I chose to review the No excuses towel because it really is what I'm all about. There really are 24 hours in the day and we can all take a little time for ourselves each and every day. To some, that may seem like ONLY 24 hours. But, the more I put on my plate, the more I realize what CAN be done and that no one will sacrifice from me also taking some time for myself.
This company has also launched a new line of inspirational key chains and zipper pulls. You can find all the mantras here. If you’re looking for a fun gift, pair a key chain together with the matching towel!
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4 - Post about this giveaway on your blog, twitter or facebook account. LEAVE ME A COMMENT FOR EACH
Enter now through Thursday, April 29.
If you didn't win the giveaway .....
Thursday, April 22, 2010
April is Community Banking Month, and the State Bank of Cross Plains is going to give $500 to two Dane County 501(c)(3) non-profit charities based on your votes. This April, nominate your favorite Dane County charities and at the end of the month, the two leading charities will each be awarded $500. You vote, we listen and we all celebrate Dane County non-profits. We can't wait to hear from you!
Please vote for Girls on the Run Dane County HERE. THANK YOU!!! You are allowed a maximum of 3 times!!
GOTR is currently in second place with 3,090 votes!!!!
THANKS FOR HELPING OUT THE GIRLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Some of you are speed demons and motivated marathon maniacs. There are also several of you following my journey that are new to running or just getting back at it. New or seasoned ....... YOU ARE ALL RUNNERS!!!!!!!
I have decided to hold a .......................
ONE MILE VIRTUAL RACE
FOR GIRLS ON THE RUN.
This will encourage all runners (seasoned and new) to be involved. It will encourage those seasoned runners to pick up the pace and see how fast they can run a mile and the new runners will be encouraged to push themselves to that one mile mark.
Here are the details:
Running Diva Mom’s $1 Virtual Race
May 16, 17, 18, 19 or 20
Run inside, outside, or with the jogging stroller
(get the whole family involved!) or your four-legged friend.
1 mile (walk or run)
$1.00 minimum donation per participant/family
(Benefiting my Madison Marathon journey, as a “sole mate” for Girls on the Run)
You may visit my donation page HERE.
1 – Make a $1 minimum donation to GOTR HERE.
2 – Leave me a comment on this post, to let me know you are committed.
Please include your name and blog address.
3 – Run 1 mile on May 16, 17, 18, 19 or 20.
4 – If you have a blog, complete your race report on your blog,
including your finishing time (and photos if you wish!) and
email me/comment to let me know it has been posted.
If you don’t have a blog, simply email me your finishing time.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
1st place female:
GoLite Hydroclutch Water Bottle and 2 Gu Gel Packets
1st place male:
GoLite Hydroclutch Water Bottle and 2 Gu Gel Packets
Best Running Diva Mom (or Dad!) Outfit:
One Pair of Ryders Eyewear Sunglass and Protective Case
1st place prize for getting your family involved:
(chosen at random)
Family Prize TBA
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
If you didn't win, check out the Inperspire website here and browse through their 28 unique, motivational towels. Start your journey today.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
- Adjustable Velcro clsoure that fits different sized hands and gloves
- 21 oz biodegradable BPA-free bottle (included)
- Zippered stretch mesh pocket that holds you rgoodies
Nylon-spandes woven + high-void polyester mesh.
Enter now to win your very own GoLite HydroClutch Water Bottle
Please leave a SEPARATE COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY!!!
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Enter now through Thursday, April 22nd.
Unfortunately, hubby's ankle was bothering him all week. He ran on it Thursday, but not on Friday or Saturday. We drove up to Oshkosh on Saturday and had some fun (or chaos!) with the kids, swam at the hotel and went to bed by 9:30. Unfortunately, his ankle got really swollen to the point that he could hardly walk. Unfortunately, he shut off the alarm sometime before the sun came up and we didn't get up for the race. BUMMER.
I had planned on meeting up with a bloggy friend. She left me a message that she was going to start the 5K and would look for me afterward, but wouldn't have her phone with her. The kids and I headed down to the finish with Daddy, hoping to see the 5K folks come in and the speedy winners of the half marathon come in about 30-45 mins later. It was chilly, but sunny and a great morning for a race. Suddenly, someone came over and asked if I was Jamie. She wasn't sure if it was me without my Bondi Band!!! :-)
I was lucky enough to be able to connect with Jen (aka Badgergirl). It was so nice to finally meet her. She ran the 5K at the event and was really happy with her time. I hope to be able to connect with her again at a triathlon she is doing in June, that hubby is also signed up for. Little Dude and Little Diva had to particpate in the fun and be included in our photo (never can miss a beat, you know .... !).