Archive | March, 2011

My Life in iPhone Photos

29 Mar

A really unflattering shot of my new haircut:

My “sister”, Chloe the wonder-dog, on J’s lap during dinner at my parents:

A self portrait before bed:

Sunday night.  I was bored:

After being washed for the first time in a year:

Good Things

27 Mar

I got an iPhone. I’m blogging from the bike on the gym. How cool am I?

Speaking of the gym, I took a group groove class last week. I was awful, but it was fun. I feel like it’s step two on my road to being a hip hop dancer. Step one was mastering Just Dance 2.

I think we are in spring. You can see the grass, and the plow guards are put away, so that’s a plus. I ran my regular route yesterday, with no snow in my way. The sidewalk was full of rocks, which hurt, but overall, a good sign.

This weekend, we are going to see my current favorite band, OAR. I plan on going home with the lead singer. Don’t tell J. I have my flip video camera ready to go, so look for videos in a week or so.

We’re planning a family trip to Vegas. Based on how the planning is going, I can safely say this will be the last family trip we take.

Race #3: St. Pat’s 5K in Providence

22 Mar

I was kind of dreading this race.  The last time I worked out was Race #2, and I had no confidence that I wasn’t going to die during this one!  But, I signed up, and I’m too cheap to lose $30, so away I went.

Race day was, unfortunately, not nearly as nice as the 70 degree weather we had the day before.  It was in the forties, but nice when the sun was out and the wind wasn’t blowing.  There were 4,000 entrants, and there was a lot of jostling for position and bobbing & weaving around runners.  There were also a lot of cranky people.  I had a guy elbow me while yelling at someone for walking.  I did not love people that day.

The course itself was pretty much an out-and-back, with a turnaround loop in a neighborhood with two big hills.  I did pretty good on the hills, then started to feel like concrete towards the end.  You can see the RI State House (the finish line) for what feels like a long time before you get to it.

After the race, we had beers & nachos.  What more could you want?  Oh, and my time was a little better than race #2:  29:41.

Next up: I’m shooting for a 10K Easter weekend.  Free bunny ears!

(by the way, I promise to blog about more than running ASAP)

Race #2: The Irish 5K in Pawtucket

6 Mar

My BFF signed me up for this race, to get back at me pay me back for Race #1.  It wasn’t nearly as cold as the race a couple of weeks ago, but it also wasn’t quite as warm as we hoped it would be.   And we got really ugly technical tee shirts.

The race course itself was pretty bad.  Pawtucket is not the nicest city in RI, and while I’m sure it has some good parts, we didn’t see them.  We ran past McCoy Stadium (home of the PawSox), various storage rental places, trucking companies, a homeless shelter, and quite a few homeless people.  Not the most picturesque race I’ve done, to say the least.  It also started up a long hill, and had a super annoying out-and-back part right before Mile 2.  I’m always tempted to cross to the other side during those – it’s a struggle to stay on my side of the road.

On the plus side, it warmed up about halfway through the race, we ran into some friends also running, and the finish was downhill.  And, the race organizers had emailed me my results by the time I got home, which was pretty cool.  My chip time was 29:50, so I was a few seconds faster than Race #1, which is always good!

Next up: The St. Pat’s 5K in Providence.  Its race #3 of the new Tour de Patrick series.  I’m skipping #2, which is this weekend in Worcester.