Wishing you all a safe and happy Halloweeeeeeeen!!
What was your favorite Halloween costume? Any good costume stories?
Non-running post. Just for fun!
I really love scary movies- less on the side of horror and more on the side of suspense. Even the movies that scare the bejesus out of me suck me in every time they are on TV. I will watch and re-watch, at times finding new things I love about the movie. AMC has been running its yearly Frightfest of movies and I love it! It got me thinking of some of my favorite thriller/horror/suspense movies- from the classics to the cheeseballs. So in honor of the upcoming Halloween holiday…
My top ten fifteen favorite scary/suspenseful thriller movies:
As you can see, I had a tough time narrowing it down! As much as some of them haunt me, and as much as they freak me out when watching, I can’t help but to love them!
What are your favorite scary movies?
Good News!!! MBE is back!
For a refresher, here’s the idea:
NOTE: Since we are just getting re-started there is no question for this week. The question posted is for next week and should be cued up for next Monday. Next Monday, I will post my answer to this question and post a new question for the following week. In the following weeks post, I will link all the responses from this question. Make sense? Ok then…:) Start posting and spread the word!!!
Next Weeks Question:
What do you miss most when you are in the heat of training or gearing up for a race? Do you skip late nights out? Do you give up goodies and alcohol? What is the first thing you crave when training is over?
Onelittletrigirl has been seriously busy!
I am exhausted, I won’t lie..but I am so focused on the long-term goals I have that I refuse to get down. I am still keeping up with my running which is the priority training right now so as long as I am doing that I feel good. After the Philly half, I am hoping to get into more of a routine as I get ready for winter training and my 2011 race schedule. Is it a lot? Of course. Can I do it? Do you even have to ask????
This is how I felt today(minus the testicles!) on hold with my credit card company:
A little something light after my two serious posts. Oh, and if you are wondering if I still work out and do running-type things…the answer is yes And perhaps this weekend, I will write about it! Meanwhile, the second job is going splendid and I am waiting for the Phillies to get it together and take home this series at the Bank!!!!
Wow- what great and honest responses on yesterdays post!!!
I wish I could say “I had no idea people felt that way” but the truth is, I KNEW people felt that way. I have emailed with enough people on the topic to know that this not something I alone was feeling. I know that I am not the only one that grapples with my own self-guilt over what I read and don’t read. And I know I am not the only one that follows someone just because “everyone else” does. That was part of the point of the post- to get an honest discussion going about those feelings. And to hopefully make others realize that if they are feeling like the only one who feels this way, they aren’t alone.
A few things I thought about as I read through all your comments, which by the way were thoughtful, honest and very much appreciated!
Again, thank you all so much for your thoughtful and honest responses. I have to admit- even thought I knew people felt the way I did- I did worry a little that putting this out there so honestly would cause me to lose readership. But then I reread my post and remembered what it was all about it the first place! It is about people, not numbers. And people who enjoy my blog will respect my honest posts.
Blog on interwebs…blog on
For a while I was going through a bit of a block and struggling with both writing and keeping up with reading blogs. I could not figure out what the problem was- it wasn’t that I was uninterested and it definitely wasn’t a lack of material…but I just couldn’t find the motivation to complete a post. Or to keep up with my reader.
And then it hit me.
I was reading WAY too many blogs. And because of that, my own writing was suffering. As I began to look at the blogs I was reading I found they fell into four different categories.
Blogs with connections- In the almost two years that I have been writing this blog, I have made some amazing connections with people from all over the world. It has brought so much to my life and I am thankful for these friendships in the same way I am the ones in my “real” life. I love reading your posts, I get excited when something great happens for you and sad when you have a disappointment. I look forward to your comments and appreciate your responses to mine. I think about you when you are going through a rough time, channel your energies when I am racing and lean on you for support. I am grateful for this group of wonderful bloggers.
Informational Blogs- These blogs are written mostly for informational purposes. I read them to gather information and to be a continuous learner. I don’t typically leave comments on these blogs, although when I do they are almost always returned. I don’t expect or anticipate forming relationships with the writers behind these blogs but genuinely enjoy their posts.
The “Popular” Blogs- The epiphany that started this whole post happened actually while I was reading a blog I don’t actually visit much but happened to be reading. The post had a lot to do with how many followers the writer had, how many visits their blog gets and was basically a self-love fest. I found myself extremely annoyed by the post but then remembered that the reason I hardly ever read this specific blog is for that exact reason. But then why was it still on my reader? Why was I still reading a blog that clearly irritated me? I hate to admit it but part of the reason was because I wanted to be acknowledged. So even though my questions went unanswered and they never bothered to visit my blog, I kept going back. Less and less over time but nonetheless, I was still going back. And it wasn’t just this blog either- my reader was clogged with blogs that I spent time reading/commenting with nothing in return. It was like high school all over again- you know, like when you try to be part of some group and they just won’t let you in no matter how hard you try. (I won’t mention the blog [so don't ask] but every person who reads blogs knows the kind of blog I am talking about. There are many of them out there.)
Blogs I’m not very interested in- In just the same way that some people aren’t interested in my blog, there are ones that do not interest me. I make a valiant effort to visit every blogger that comments and check out their blogs. Usually, I will put them on my reader and then over a matter of weeks determine if it is a blog I want to keep with or not. Just like in “real life” either a connection gets made, or it doesn’t. For quite a few months though, I was keeping all of the blogs on my reader even though I genuinely wasn’t interested in them all.
Only days after I came to these conclusions, Rick passed away. Rick truly was one of my favorite bloggers. He was sincere, kind, supportive and responsive to all commentors. He valued his readers and genuinely cared about their well-being. I miss Rick and I miss his blog. But his passing has already taught me about being a better blogger. I took a look back at some of our email exchanges (wherein we talked about some of these issues) and decided to make some changes.
What it all boils down to is this- I don’t care if I have 12 or 200 followers. But I want them all to be genuine. I don’t want anyone to feel like they have to read my blog. I don’t just want 300 followers just to have them. Likewise, I don’t have to follow every blog. And I shouldn’t feel bad about it. So I went ahead and took my blogroll off my blog. And I cleared out all the blogs on my reader that gave me anxiety, irritated me or did not personally interest me. It was like cleaning out a closet of clothes I never wear or don’t like…it took some time to get it done but now that I did, I feel so much better!
I feel like now I can be the blogger I really want to be- the one that devotes time to the blogs that genuinely interest her with the writers with whom I have formed connections or feel like I will connect with down the line. And along the way if I find new, inspiring and amazing blogs then that is a great thing. And if at some point a blog I currently read finds its way into one of the last two categories above, than I will remember that it is okay to stop reading. At the end of the day, you can’t read them all!
Today was a big day for many of you
Leave me a note if you are Boston bound this coming April- I will be there for the marathon weekend and would love to cheer you all on!! I am hoping to get into one of the 5,000 spots for the BAA 5K that weekend; Rick and I had planned to meet up for the race and now more than ever I want to complete that race. I am going to be flying in on Friday and will be there until late Monday night.
Who’s in for- Running? Spectating? Bloggy dinner meet-up one night?
This was my third year in a row doing this race…it is held in my hometown, is very no frills and the route is pretty much what I run when I run at home. I also like that I have been able to see my steady improvement over time…
-The first year I ran it, I was in the back of the pack…still a new runner.
-The second year, it poured rain and only about 30 runners showed up. I won second AG, but only by default because there were only two of us in my age group. So even though it counts of course, it doesn’t feel like a legit win.
-This year, I wasn’t sure how I would do but I ran great AND…
…I won THIRD PLACE AG. Legit win too. Like I really actually beat people- haha
Woke up and ate a PB bar and got dressed. Grabbed a cup of coffee and was at my parents house by 815am. Headed over to the race start, hung around with some friends who were also racing and got ready for the 9am start.
First mile- cold while running against the river but I was feeling fast. Kept pushing myself and got to mile marker 1 at 9:12-wooohoo! That was a huge confidence boost as I knew if I kept it up, I would have a PR. The second mile was my best mile and I was passing some people too! I was pretty sure I passed some people in my age group and was feeling really great! My dad was volunteering at a stop that I passed twice in the second mile and it was super fun seeing him on the course. I hit the second mile marker at 18:21 (negative split!!) and was pushing pretty hard. The wind was insane at this point and even though I knew I was slowing down I was just trying to keep my pace as fast as possible. I knew a PR was still possible and I wanted to stay ahead of all the people I had passed. When the wind was blowing in my face and I wanted to slow down, I thought of all the people running a lot further than me that morning and I just kept repeating positive affirmations to myself. As I rounded into the last tenth of a mile, I knew a PR would be a stretch…and by the time I was in the final stretch, I knew I wasn’t going to PR…but I also knew I was still ahead of the people I passed AND I had a sub-30 time. I sprinted with everything I had into the finish.
Official time- 29:16; course PR and good enough for an AG win
My friend Mark’s dad was helping with the race and he told me that he thought I placed. Normally a 29 minute 5k would never place but that is the nice thing about small races My friend Ryan placed 2nd overall and my friend Mark placed in his AG. Then they got to females 19-29…and third place went to me!!!!! I got a bronze medal to commemorate my win
It’s gonna be a long one!
The Warrior Dash is a race held in 10 different locations around the United States. Each one if relatively the same with a few obstacles being different for each event. No two Warrior Dash races are ever exactly the same. To find out if there is one near you, or to read more about it in general, go here.
The Warrior Dash I participated in was the Mid-Atlantic event. The race was held in the town of Quarryville which is right outside of Lancaster. Once we got to the race site we parked, packed a check bag and made our way to the bus shuttles. As we walked into packet pick-up the first heats of the day were on their way back and they were covered in mud! Once we had our whole group together and ready (many of them dressed up- the race was full of people in costumes) we headed down to the site. There were people everywhere! We took lots of photos and then before we knew it, it was time to get in line for our heat. We got a spot fairly close the front and it was packed! And then it was go-time!
The first part of the race was pure running; the run was on straight dry dirt which was really annoying because it was all in my eyes and throat. After what seemed like way too long, we finally got to the first obstacle.
First up was the Tunnel Of Terror. I won’t lie, I wasn’t scared. The tunnels were about 20 feet long and it required a hands/knees crawl. Unless you are me and then you can basically walk through I was so small that I could have zipped right through, but of course people in front of me were not so zippy and held me up. Once we went through that, it was on to Tanker Trouble. This was one of the more difficult tasks for me and a place where I could see injuries happening. Basically you had to climb over a series of old junk trucks with only the help of a flimsy rope. Once over the truck you had to jump down onto uneven ground and then run to the next truck. I am fairly certain the majority of my bruises came from this obstacle!
Once we were off the trucks it was more running…mostly in an open field and I imagine to help spread out the crowd which was a good idea and much-needed. Next up was Hay Fever; basically this was a series of ladder stacked straw bales that we had to run up on one side and back down the other. I felt that of all the obstacles, this was the most lame and unnecessary. Following the hay, we hit the Cargo Climb. This was a large cargo net that we had to scale up, run over and then scale down the other side. I got up without any problems and quickly ran to the other side. Then my fear of heights sank in a little and it took me a few deep breaths to get back down the other side. Once down, it was more running…but at this point all the running was on trails. I was having a blast jumping over logs and running around sticks and small trees.
Halfway through the trail running we came up on the Plank Walk. This was a huge disappointment- each plank was about 6inches wide and only about a foot off the ground. As I went across, I thought “why bother” and felt myself getting a little frustrated that I was still so clean! I figured at least I was enjoying the trails and running with my friend Brian. (side note: once we had started we all kind of seperated, but Brian and I did the whole thing together- it was definitely more fun having him with me as opposed to being alone.)
As the trails opened up a bit we came up on Black Out- basically a lot like the tunnels, but more trench like and harder on the knees. Luckily, again because of my height I was able to almost walk through. Almost as soon as we were out of the trenches we were back on the trails and headed into the Mossy Maze. This was a series of ropes to climb over and under along with a lot of larger logs to jump over as we ran through the trails. It was one of the more technical aspects of the race and I loved it.
And then it got muddy!!!
As we rounded out of the Mossy Maze we saw the water ahead. My excitement level rose about 10 levels as we approached the Breathless Bog which could only be described as a swamp. It was dark, murky and smelled of cow poop…and I jumped right in. It was FREEZING and I had no desire to know what I was swimming in, but this is what it was all about for me. I could not wait to get wet, muddy and dirty! Wooo-hooo! The water was fairly shallow ar first but as we approached the series of logs floating in the water it got deeper and deeper. Getting over the logs was a project for me- the water was about chest high and I had to basically roll over each log. More bruises occurred here! Once out of the water we had to scale a few super muddy hills in order to get back onto the trail. It was so wet and muddy and people were falling and face planting left and right. I basically held onto small tree branches for dear life as I worked to pull myself up the hills. It was tough but so much fun!
Back onto the trail until we hit the Warrior Walls. Each wall was about four feet high and while it was a simple jump or leap for most people, I had a harder time because of how small I am. For me, I had to pull myself up with my arms (like I was getting out of a pool at the wall) and then lift one leg over, perch on the wall and jump down. The landings over each wall were sketchy as the mud was very slippery. There was no way to run through it or get a running start for the next wall. Yeah…more bruises! Pretty much as soon as the last wall was jumped we were back on muddy terrain and at another swamp. The Slithering Swamp was even grosser than the first swamp and even more difficult to climb out of. More falling and face planting by people…and hills were a lot steeper this go around. Again, I was holding onto small tree branches just slowly making my way back onto the trail. Towards the end of the trail we could hear all the finish line commotion and as we came out of the woods we were greeted with spectators, cameras and Muddy Mayhem. This obstacle is another mudpit but this time with barbed wire across, forcing runners to crawl into the mud. I thought I was being slick and just tried to sneak under the first wire but I got my shirt caught and learned my lesson. I got on my hands and knees and crawled through the rest. As soon as that ended we were at the Warrior Roast- a series of fire pits for us to jump over. I totally got a little freaked out and bombed the first jump! But then I was fine and hauled ass over the next jumps. As I went over them I could feel the heat and I have to say, it was really cool!
As soon as we were over the fire pit it was about a 50 foot sprint across the finish line. There was one guy, with one hose, that I guess was supposed to get us clean. Yeah right ahahaha…clean??!?! That was NOT going to happen! I had mud everywhere and i really didn’t mind it except for on my hands. I just wanted my hands clean! I finally decided it was a better idea to just find grass and try to wipe them off. It worked enough to make it okay until I could find some water. Met up with all my teammates, finally found some water and made my way up to the fire hoses to get washed up. I went through the hoses twice and it felt so good to get cleaned up. I didn’t mind the mud until I started to get all crusty and then I just wanted it off me! After I was washed up, I had to get changed, but…ready for this…they CHARGED for bathrooms! Good thing I am not modest- I got changed right on the field…held a towel around me and got dressed- ohhh lala!
Post-race we all went back to the cars; it was my friends Dee and Michelle’s birthday so we celebrated with some food and adult beverages!
Pros of the Race:
Con’s of the Race
And of course photos!!!
Overall, I am glad I did the Warrior Dash. It was a fun time despite some of the problems I had with the race in general. I am back and forth on recommending it to people because I think it depends. If you are in it with a group I think it would be fun no matter what- I don’t know how much fun I would have had if I did it solo. I think I would tell people who like this kind of stuff to go for it, but not to have too high expectations and to take it for what it is as a fun race. I mean, in the end you do get a really cool hat!