Total Domination…It’s Happening…

In less than 48 hours…18 ladies…2 teams…

203 Miles…NBD…

Team So Much Cooler Online

We are ready to freaking ROCK

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Remember we will be Tweeting at exchanges and will have Nuun giveaways! If you are not already following us get on it. Stat. It’s almost Friday. #SMCOL

It’s ALMOST FRIDAY!!!!

 

 

 

Getting rid of laundry funk

It’s a rainy Friday night and I am up to my ears in laundry. It is amazing to me how many loads a family of 4 can create in less than 5 days.

Remember when my house flooded a little more than a month ago?  Yeah, no laundry got done in my casa during that time. My poor parents had me hogging up their washer and dryer. Well the awesome company TCOPR got kind of grossed out, told me to grow up and move back home and wash my own clothes

I kid, they didn’t say that. But they did  hook me up with a new Febreeze/Tide products that takes the stank out of clothes. 

The Odor Eliminator is professional strength and goes right into the wash with detergent. I wonder if I can put it in my bath too? 

From the website:

Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator is a laundry aid that works in the washer with detergents to eliminate odors such as perspiration, cooking oil, grease, motor oil, pets, garden soil and mildew from virtually any washable fabric. While detergents clean the soils Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator cleans away odors that get trapped in fabrics.

Use Febreze Laundry Odor Eliminator in any of your laundry loads with odors that can be hard to remove with detergent alone.  These loads often include items such as work uniforms or clothes, sports or fitness clothing, cooking towels, or restaurant uniforms.

So far it seems to be doing its job. I like that it’s a separate product and not combined with a detergent so that I can still use Free and Clear to wash the kids clothes. I have been using Tide Sport with Febreeze on my workout gear for the past year and notice that this odor eliminator does not have as heavy of a scent. I kinda like that.

The true test will come when I wash my dog’s bed. If it comes out with no dog smell I will be their next brand ambassador. 

They also sent me 2 new Tide Sport Laundry bags (one for the gym, one for travel) that I will be using during the Ragnar Relay next week

Both the travel bag and the laundry bag have built-in odor absorbers to keep the stink inside. My other teammates will be super appreciative of my attempt to keep my funk out of their faces.

Thank you TCOPR for the goods! And an extra thank you from team So Much Cooler Online who will have one less stinky runner in a van for 200 miles!

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I’ll be headed to Lulu yoga in the morning if anyone wants to join me. Hoping to get a longish run in on Sunday when the sunshine is back. The pain in my heel is almost gone so I am praying it’s good to go!

Rawr

So if you have been following my blog for a while you know I have a collection of funny running shirts. Maybe they should be called ‘tude running shirts. The ones I wear when I need a little something extra. The ones I wear when I am in an irritated mood at 5 am (ahem, today) that will deter people from striking up conversation. 

The latest came from my Bro and SIL. I wish it was appropriate to wear to work

Yes we have awesome private dressing rooms with mirrors in the locker room at my gym. Perfect for self portraits. Also perfect? If someone heard the camera clicking this morning they wouldn’t dare say a word since my shirt was doing the talking. Rawr.

Speaking of shirts Marathon Monday is rapidly approaching and Saucony has launched a line of limited edition T’s. I scooped one up this morning and you can too by clicking HERE. Shipping is FREE. Yes FREE. If its free its for me. And you.

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But back to running. Wait, was talking about running? I digress.

One week from now I will be packing up my stuff in a ginormous van and heading to the OC for the Ragnar Relay.

Last night I met up with a couple of the girls at Road Runner Sports to go over last minute rules/regulations


Unfortunately it was so packed that I couldn’t get a seat. Fortunately I saw Pretty Fittie and the P-man hanging out so we got some good one-on-one time. I mean what dude wouldn’t want to hear chicks talk about not showering after long runs. Totally hot, no?

Post “meeting” Chacha and Shannon emerged to give us an update and snap a quick photo.

Shannon, Ash, Me, Chacha

We will all be spending a lot of time together next weekend. A lot. Lucky for you all (or unlucky, not sure yet) I will be VLOGing from our van. I know you are super looking forward to hearing OUAL demanding us all to run faster. It’s going to be awesome.

I’m off to get cozy and watch the American Idol results show. What?

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Do you collect “stuff?”

~ I still have all of my toys from when I was a kid. Not kidding. All in a storage unit. I may secretly be a millionaire

Have you run a relay? Got any tips for us soon-to-be super sweaty Bettys?

 

Eating, Celebrating, Eating, Celebrating

Heeelllooooo. How is everyone? It’s a rainy morning here in SoCal and I love it. Why? Because it gave me an excuse to not get out of bed this morning (Wednesday is my rest day) and drink extra coffee. No brainer. Cold + rain = coffee. Speaking of coffee did you know that it could possibly improve memory? That’s what I read HERE anyway. We all know that whatever is on the internet is totally true.

Things have been pretty crazy for me the past week or so.

It was my birfday

I took in a ball game (yessssss, love me some baseball)

Spent time with my favorite friends so we could finalize our Ragnar Plans. We have 2 teams that are ready to dominate. Or something like that.

SR, OUAL, Margot, ChaCha, Pam and her son who also acted as our handsome body guard.

Pam brought a cake! Since I am the same age forward and backwards it makes sense to eat desert more than once.

I celebrated Easter with my fam bam and went to service on the beach. We do this every year and I can’t imagine celebrating any other way.

I ate. A lot.

When I took this picture my Dad asked if I was trying to get a picture of his bald spot. Ha ha, vert funny. Beings that he is a male model and all

Can you tell I look just like him?

To sum it up I have been eating, celebrating, eating, celebrating and eating.

What have I not done a lot of this past week? Running. After my crazy 5 race weekend I took some time to cross train and allow a sore left heel to recover. You all know I have dealt with PF in the past so I do not want to risk dealing with that monster.

I ran on Mon and Tues and it felt ehhhh. Not terrible but definitely not pain free. That means it’s time to let it chill a little more. Today is a rest day with my plan being to cross train tomorrow, a few easy miles on Friday and a long run this weekend. If it’s sore on Friday the long run will have to wait. Never worth possible making it worse.

So what’s next? My focus is on being 100% ready to take on 30 miles for our relay next weekend. For those of you in SoCal make sure you are on Twitter as we will be posting updates and may or may not have a giveaway or two at certain exchanges.  Funnnnnn.

Before I head out to TCB I wanted to mention that one of our awesome Ragnar Sponsors, Pro Compression is currently offering $20 off their socks and free shipping in the month of April! Use code RR20 at checkout and hook yo’ self up. I have the baby blue argyle marathon socks and loooovvvvee em.  Do it. Before you miss out.

Carlsbad 5000 Race Review

The Carlsbad 5000 was held on Sunday April 1st, 2012 (Run Fool! Ha). The entry fee for the 5k started at $30 and got as high as $50 for race day registration. The entry fee for the All Day 25k started at $75 and got as high as $95 for race day registration. Next year’s race will be held on Sunday April 7th. 

There are 9 total chip-timed races held throughout the day. 5 5k races (ran by age/gender), a wheel chair division, a people’s walk and 2 Elite divisions (male/female). This race is advertised as the “World’s Fastest 5k” as it is home to both world records and country records for both genders. That’s freaking fast!

The race day schedule was as follows:

Master’s Men (40 and up) 7:05

Master’s Woman (40 and up) 8:00

Men 30-39 8:40

Women 30-39 9:23

People’s Walk 9:24

Wheel Chair 10:43

Men and Women 29 and Under 11:30

Elite Men 12:15

Elite Women 12:17

For each division the first 250 finishers received a medal.The All Day 25k participants received an additional medal for completing all 5 races (Both Masters, Men/Women 30-39 and The Under 29 race)

The Course

The profile is relatively flat. Majority of the race runs with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Be prepared for wind! 

The race starts with a slight down hill. It then flattens out through mile 1.5; miles 1.6-2.5 are slightly rolling; its flat again through 2.8 and then a sweet downhill to the finish.

Course Support

There was water at the start and at mile 1.6 on the course. There was also water and function at the finish. There was a radio station blasting music and encouraging runners as well as a lot of spectators. I am talking by the last race there was people lining the streets!

The Finish

The finish line was not as good this year as in the past. There was water, Function (really sweet electrolyte drink), cereal, bananas and oranges. For a 5k that would be typical but this race usually offers a lot more (like Clif Bars, Pop chips, muffins, etc). Not sure if the vendors just didn’t show up or if they decided to eliminate the extras. 

The Schwag

All 5k participants get a short sleeve New Balance tech shirt. The All Day 25k participants get a long sleeve.

All Day 25k

If you choose to run the All Day 25k there is a VIP lounge with private portapotties, tables/chairs, water, electrolyte drink, apples/bananas/oranges and plenty of Gu. The All Day 25k also has a bag check which is nice since you are literally racing all day.

Overview

This is an organized, fun and very fast race! There is something for all ages and all abilities making it an event that everyone can participate it.

My advice? RUN IT. If you are not in SoCal take a vacation, stay at the beach and then run so you can eat more fish tacos 🙂

Be Prepared:

* Wear layers: It’s typically overcast this time of year and it can be pretty chilly in the morning.

* Don’t bring a lot of stuff with you. There is no gear check. Leave your junk in the car (unless you have family with you or you are running the All Day 25k)

* Get to your race early. Parking can be kind of crazy. Be patient.

* If you are running the All Day 25k be aware of the race schedule. Take advantage of the lounge and hydrate, stretch, foam roll, whatevs. It’s much harder to run 25k broken up into 5 races than it is to run 25k straight. The reason? You are more likely to race when the distance is broken up. It’s also difficult to continuously start and stop. When you run 25k straight you are likely to start slow, pace and then finish strong. 

Now for a funny race photo of Chacha and me encouraging Kaitlyn and the end of her race

12 hours

When the alarm went off this morning I had a maj headache. The kind that started behind my right eye and was radiating. I hit snooze and considered getting extra sleep. Then it kept throbbing so I waved the white flag and dragged my butt to the gym.

After 30 minutes on the moving stairs (AKA The Tower of Terror) I thought it was going away. I headed to the weights and lasted a mere 15 minutes before my head was pounding again. D.O.N.E. I have never regretted a workout but this one was pretty darn unproductive. 

I considered staying home today and sleeping BUT I have not missed a day of work since I started with my company almost 5 years ago. I’m not ready to break the streak. Plus, it’s just a headache. It will eventually go away. Right? Cooofffeeeeee.

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In other non-heading pounding news I officially have 12 hours left of being 32.

I remember LOVING my birthday as a kid. I would wake up feeling like a total princess. I celebrated all day long. It was awesome. Now that I’m all growed up (well, kind of) I think my kids birthdays are way more fun than my own. Why? Look at it this way; If I had Ariel show up at my house and sing me “A very under the sea Birthday” my neighbors would think I am a nut. For one of the kids? Totally normal. If I dressed up as wonder woman for work today I’d get sent home. Kids? No problemo. Let’s face it: It’s cool to be a kid.

Butttt…

My sneaky sneak employees knew that I took tomorrow off (another reason not to stay home today) so they stayed late last night and decorated my new make-shift office. Stinkers. Love em. Keeping the kid in me alive

So when I wake up manana I will officially be the same age forward and backward. 33. Sweet! Looking forward to all that is in store for the next year!

Do you celebrate your birthday?

What is your favorite birthday memory?

I used to love slumber parties! I think I had a lot of them

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CBad race review with some funny photos in my next post. Plus some training talk- I may be hitting the hills this weekend.

 

 

Carlsbad All Day 25k Race Recap

So after all the compressing you saw in the last post, I made every effort to go to bed early. I’m talking I was tucked in by 8:30 ready to get my REM on. And then it happened. Everyone and everything in the entire county plotted to disrupt me.

Sirens, neighbor deciding to throw a rager, wind, rain…you name it, it happened. By 9:45 I was playing the “I’ll still get 6 hours of sleep if…” and it went on and on. I turned the TV on to help and then I got sucked into some Dateline report on kids with schizophrenia. Good grief. You get the picture.

By the time I fell asleep it felt like my alarm was going off. 4:20 came fast. I made coffee and gathered my stuff. Before I knew it I was on the road to Carlsbad. It only took me about 35 minutes to get there and park. So glad I knew the back way in to a super secret parking spot. It’s genius really ; well, at least it is at 6 am!

When I got out of the car to walk to the All Day 25k lounge I immediately noticed the wind. SSE winds around 8 mph gusting to about 20 mph. Super boo. At least there was no rain. I checked my bag, used the restroom and made it to the start line. My original plan was to run the first 3 races at a 10k pace, race my age group and then take the last race easy. Yeah, as soon as I was lined up and felt all of the energy of the other runners I forgot all about that plan.

The gun went off and so did I. As we made our way through mile 1 it felt effortless. Like I was flying. And then we took our turn to head north and headwind sucked it right out of me. My pace slowed by 10-15 seconds. Hang on, I told myself. Its only 3.1 miles. Once we took the final turn at 2.5 I felt myself pick it back up. There was not many spectators at this race but the ones out were awesome. I sprinted to the end and crossed the finish.

Race 1: 21:59, 7:05 avg

As I walked back to the lounge I was mad at myself for running that hard so early. I knew I had 4 races left and I was supposed to be running slower, practicing pacing, just getting miles in. Got caught up in the moment. But it was a fun moment!

Race 2: 22:29, 7:14 avg

By the second race I slowed down to what is close to my 10k pace. I still was pushing a little too hard. I knew I would be running with my brother for race #3 so I would have someone to run and pace with. Wind was still blowing but the clouds were keeping the temperature perfect.

I headed back to the lounge to check my phone to see if my bro was still coming. My nephew ended up running a fever the night before so I wasn’t sure how we was. Low and behold the poor boy was still feeling icky so my fam bam was staying home with him. Poor kiddo!

Race 3: 22:56, 7:23 average

I only had 15 min between race 2 and race 3 and I could feel it. The wind felt like it was gusting more than the first two races. Likely because the clouds were clearing out, the sun was starting to shine. Since I was running solo I figured I would test my legs  to see how I would do when feeling fatigued.

I only had about 15 min again between this race and the next race. I jogged back to the lounge, used the restroom and headed back to the start line.

Race 4: 22:47 7:20 pace

Race #4 was my age group (F 30-39) Original goal of pushing it was over. Now I just wanted to place in the top 250 and medal. I found Chacha at the start and told her I would be chasing her. I was tired, I could feel my heel getting mad and well, the sun and wind were out in full force. I hit mile 1 sub 7 and then watched my friend pull away as I chilled back on my pace.

I did get a medal and if I am not mistaken Chacha had a big fat PR!

After race #4 I had a long break. 1 1/2 hours or so. Are you kidding me? My heel hurt, my legs were tired and my attitude was rapidly declining. I was going to run easy miles with Chacha but opted to go sit my grumpy self down and relax until the next race.

Grumps.

The time flew and before I knew it I was back checking my bag in, found Chacha and then we met up with the sweetest Kaitlyn from One Love Run for the final race!

Her energy was awesome and it made me excited to run. She told us that she had not been running much and that her time last year was 29:xx. Her plan was to pace between 8-9 min miles. It was time for a PR.

The gun went off and we had to so some serious weaving.

Chacha and I kicked into some kind of coach mode. No idea where it came from but it was super awesome. Kaitlyn hit mile one at 8:11. BOO-YAH. She was on pace to destroy 29 min. And we told her so!

We made the turn into the wind and slowed pace a bit.

We sw a giant running banana which gave us some comic relief.

I think we hit mile 2 around 8:30 or so. Chacha told her at that time if we ran 9’s she would still have a PR but that she could run faster than that. We were close to the end and it was time to kick it into gear. As we made the turn to mile 3 Kaitlyn laid the hammer down and was full on sprinting!! We were cheering, running, smiling for the camera and watching our friend make her way to the finish

She crossed the finish line in 25:36 (or so). A PR of 4 minutes!!! She finished in the top 250 and got her medal!! It was awesome. It’s one of the best races I have ever run. To see her light up, to watch her dig deep, to look down at my watch and see that she was running a 6:57!!! Are you kidding me?! I knew she felt that runners high we all long for. She worked hard. She was proud. I was proud. Chacha was proud. To get to experience the awesomeness of  a great race beside someone was amazing. Indescribable.

My other 4 races? Didn’t care. This one was by far the best.

We made it through the finishers area and took a pic

5 races done, 2 friends PR’d. AMAZING. 

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Final stats for me: 44th over all for All Day 25k finishers, 7th female! 15.5 miles, 1:55:44, 7:27 pace on the day.

I scored 2 medals: Top 250 for my age and the All Day 25k Medal/Bottle Opener

I also got a long sleeve tech tee that I am digging big time

Overall it was a great day! It was great for my training. I pushed myself. I had fun.

The best part? Running with friends. I will never ever forget that race. Thanks girls!!

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I will do a review of the race this week, share some photos of the elite race and then I will be done with Cbad talk. After all, Ragnar is in 3 weeks and I need to get focused. We have some serious racing to do. I’m talking about an all night, sweaty betty, old-fashioned 200 mile foot race. With some of my closest girlfriends. Game on.

Prepping for Cbad

Saturday morning I woke the troops up and headed to Carlsbad. Our original plan was for the kids to run the junior races and then hang out for the day.

Remember last year?

But as they usually do plans changed, things got hectic and we left later than we wanted to. Probably a good thing since it was windy and rainy and just a blah kind of day.

We made it to the expo around noon and picked up my bib.

It was not crowded at all. I assume that is because all of the kids races were done and overall the expo was a lot smaller than prior years. It was weird- no Nutralite Bus, no Running Skirts, just not a whole lot

After a once around I got my shirt and we made like a banana and split

We spent the rest of the day eating, shopping and compressing…ok, I was the only one compressing

VS Tank, Aspaeris Pivot Shorts, Zensah Compression Socks and some sweet slips from Old Navy. So weird that I am not a running fashion icon.

Did anyone else notice that I need to fix our pictures? How did one get so crooked? Weird.

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Race recap is next!