Friday, August 13, 2010

What a Difference a Year Makes

So a little over a year ago I wrote about my nerves the night before the Tomato Fest 5k here.

I wrote about the race itself here. And I already know that if I thought it was hot last year, it might possibly be Hell on earth tomorrow.

And my official results were posted here.

And what a difference a year makes. I no longer have pre-race nerves, at least not for 5k's anymore. And I actually sort of enjoy running now. However, they changed the course to include MORE hills this year. And no description can accurately describe the heat and humidity that has plagued Middle Tennessee this entire summer. Tomorrow morning will be no different. And why I am quietly competitive with myself, beating my time from last year is going to prove pretty difficult with the heat, the course change, and my current athletic state.

But this year is different. I've got my Garmin. I've got my playlist. I've got my East Nasty shirt. And I have a super supportive group of friends who I can wait to cheer on while we collectively run our race "together ."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Let's Play Catch Up

So life happens. And It's been a pretty boring one at that for the past couple weeks. It has pretty much consisted of me whining about my weight, eating and exercising well for a few days and then completely blowing it with the likes of things named "Brewer's Fest" or "Broadway Brewhouse" and my favorite "Fro-yo for dinner!" (I love desserts folks and in my eyes dessert is a balanced meal.) And maybe running a little bit.

Just like every other Facebook status of those who live in the South, it's hot hear folks. Really hot. I haven't experienced humidity like this, in I don't know, EVER. It's really hot. But lucky for me, air conditioning was invented. And lucky for me it works really well at my office. So well, that I wear a sweater every day and I keep a fleece in there when it gets really cold. I will be happy when fall gets here. My only request, it better not rain the entire month of September, my favorite month of the year.

Oh, so sometime in the past few weeks I have decided to run the St. Jude's Half Marathon in Memphis in December. This gives me plenty of time to train. I have created a pretty ambitious training schedule, yet it still has flexibility because here is what the next couple of months hold for me:

Seattle: August 20-29
Orange Beach, AL: Spetember 4-7
Chicago: September 16-19
YEASAYER: October 1
Work conference October 3-5
The National: October 3
Menomena: October 9
Local Natives: October 14
GAYNGS: October 16
The Avett Brother: October 29 AND 30
Mumford and Sons: November 1
MGMT: November 4
Mid-November: possible trip to NYC

And that isn't even everything. Why are all these trips and shows important? Because they are generally the events that trigger things such as excessive beer drinking, unwise food choices, and skipped gym sessions. This should get really interesting. But, I am up for the challenge.

And if you didn't see Arcade Fire this summer. I feel sorry for you. It was one of the best shows I've seen in a while. Their show on Monday at the Ryman was pretty incredible. I'll leave the review to Mr. Jones who will write something 100x better than I could.