Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Half-Marys, Hail Mary's, Couches & Kitchens

So, two weeks out I finally bit the bullet and actually registered for the Fredericksburg Blue-Gray half mary that I sorta kinda have been half-assed training for. I go through this every year with this race: I'm not ready, I haven't trained enough, I'm going to come in last, blah blah. (Of course it's all true: I'm NOT ready, and I haven't trained enough, and I could actually come in last.) But I gots to have me some goals or else...well nothing happens, is what happens.

So, Dec. 14th I'll be down in hilly Fredericksburg, seeing if there's any way possible I can pull off a half in 2:30. I did 8 miles in a sad 1:37 a few weeks ago, but then 9 miles in 1:47 so who knows, miracles CAN happen.

Meanwhile, speaking of half-fast, I just signed up for the Montgomery County Road Runners Speed Development Program. It meets Tuesday nights and Saturday mornings starting Jan. 10. It's not exactly nearby, but they make it sound so alluring, I couldn't pass it up.

Now I just need to lock in my triathlons (nation's tri? $165!!!! who the hell has that kind of dough! I need a sponsor. Call me.) and all the other races I procrastinate about and get locked out of every year. Sigh.

HOME DECOR

I've lost my camera cable so you'll have to take my word for it, but remember the couch debacle? Well, it turns out if I turn the couch perpendicular to the wall, all my problems are solved! (You people are so damn smart.)

Plus? I ventured into Sears early on Black Friday and bought me a gently used (new, returned) dishwasher...AND a new range. Number One Daughter egged me on. They were both installed today and now the rest of the kitchen looks...really really bad.

You will all be much happier this year with my Christmas pictures when you see my new stove.

Late-breaking addendum

I forgot to mention that I FINALLY started the 100 push up challenge. I'm in week one, level one, day one. I expect I might be there for a while. But come spring, I'm gonna have me some guns!

22 comments:

Runner Susan said...

Hey, you didnt' tell me you started already! I thought we were gonna get guns together . . . on video.

Caren said...

You will not regret doing the Speed Development program. It totally works, I learned so much from it 3 years ago. Good luck!

Kelly said...

Good luck on your pushups! (I gave up after week 3).

And congrats on your couch debacle haha.

Curly Su said...

thanks for the push-ups link - i'm totally excited about trying it!!!

21stCenturyMom said...

I really need to do that 100 push up thing. My friend is up to 42.

Susan said...

Lots of new stuff for you! Cool!

You'll do great at the half. I just know it.

Looking forward to Christmas pics.

ShirleyPerly said...

Ha, I just started that 100 push up challenge this week. I used to do pushups regularly in karate but now am pathetic. Oh, and I hurt big-time too.

Glad you signed up for the half!

Nora said...

Push up challenge. I could totally use that. I went to a yoga for runners workshop last weekend and she spoke the dreaded words - "and now I want you to do a push up." I did not sign up for that!

Nora said...

Forgot. I took some pictures of your man last weekend. They came out really crappy, but I blogged 'em anyway!

Calyx Meredith said...

Oh yay! I'm in week 2 (again) so it's fun to have company. Good luck in Fredricksburg. Chilly and hilly might be just the thing you need to meet that goal! :D

Judi said...

i was noticing some hefty race entry fees too. i am not happy. i might be able to do 3-4 besides my IM but that's it.

Lesser is More said...

No pictures = did not happen...gotta find that cable!

Rainmaker said...

Nice on the 100 challenge, everyone seems to be into that now. I like a more reasonable program - like 100 days of chocolate or something.

Btw, if you need a camera cable, just swing by - I have a gazillion of them lying around.

Irish Blue said...

Cool that you registered for a race! I have the winter doldrums myself, so I need to get registered for somethin'.

A tri? You go woman!

David said...

We're equally prepared for our halfs as of today.
Mine's tomorrow and yours is near Susie and you have another week to attempt training. No fair.

I need to see my doctor so I can get a written excuse from the push-ups. My right shoulder is shot - or needs a shot. It hurts when I try those things.

Jade Lady said...

I always get inspired when I read your blog! I've been hearing about that push up challenge here and there, and everywhere...and now...maybe I should too...errr...well, maybe...

I agree with you and goals - I finally decided to do a 1/2 M cuz otherwise, i'd go to pot...

LBTEPA said...

that's it. I'm doing the pushup thing too.
I'm running 10km tomorrow morning after J's work party and on no training - you think you've got problems, sheesh :P

Vickie said...

Well I've had to compromise back to the "girlie" pushups because it was taking its toll on my back, but I can do quite a few of those easy now. You will be amazed at how your arms improve in just a few weeks. I am going to check out that speed development program and see if we have anything like that here.

Kelly said...

a) the trainer wasn't too hard to put together. the only real tool I needed was a wrench (which, luckly, I have one... from IKEA nonetheless!).

b) I'm not even convinced that those people are MY financial company. Maybe they just want my business. ::shrug::

Sunshine said...

Inspired again!! Even your half-improved kitchen sounds cheerful. Maybe I could get going on some improvised partial push-ups.. You do inspire.

Neese said...

I recall a christmas picture of you leaning into the oven with your robe on :) can't wait for the 08 version!

SCMorgan said...

Jeanne in F-burg again!! We'll stop in at Hyperion and, of course, we'll be there to cheer you on to your fantabulous finish at the running store:)
Can't wait to see you!