Archive for March, 2008

Scott’s thoughts on cross-training and motivation

March 27, 2008

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared how things are going on my road towards the half-marathon, so here we go.

A few weeks back, I went down to Colorado for an intense weekend of cross-training (snowboarding) in a remote mountain location (Vail) that could be summed up in a vintage Rocky IV style montage (sans snow plowing, tree chopping, wood hauling, bag punching, Sly, Dolph, and the Vince DiCola audio masterpiece). After a couple of days bouncing around four terrain parks, seven bowls and 5,289 acres of freeride terrain in 40+ degree weather, I got a pretty serious workout during an all out powder day on the last day in town. After thoroughly completing the leg exercises within my cross-training regiment, I tended to the mental component by waiting out the heavy traffic at Beau Jo’s, enjoying some Colorado-Style pizza. Cross-training is fun.

2 weeks of mildly effective running followed…

On March 16th, I joined my fellow PaceMakers in running the St. Patty’s Day 5k Dash from Seattle Center to Qwest Field. Actually getting out on the road with a horde of highly festive, temporarily Irish runners was truly a fun experience for me. I have very little experience in running in public alongside other people and learned many things while doing so in this race. The first is that I can run faster and longer than more people than I expected. The second is that only Seattle can turn St. Patrick’s Day into a healthy activity and still attract over 16,000 people. The third is that putting a beer garden at the end of a road race instills an unusually high level of motivation in the majority of people involved. The fourth and final learning is that commencing festivities at a beer garden at 9:30am is not quite soon enough for everybody involved.

2 more weeks of mildly effective running followed… and more strenuous training lies ahead.

Megan’s love affair with french pastries….

March 25, 2008

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I don’t know why…but whenever I find myself walking through a store and I happen to spot a shaker of salt, I can never resist the temptation to give it a good shake.  And that’s how I happened upon this éclair from Belle Pastry.  Owner Jean-Claude started making them at the not-so-ripe age of 14.  Their gooey, puffy, light as air, double-fisting, skin-tingling, finger-licking goodness makes you want to eat the whole thing and definitely not share.  So when I’m struggling with that 6th mile… or maybe even that 3rd, I’ll be thinking of you Jean-Claude and your très bel éclair.

Will all our runs have a beer garden at the end? a.k.a. (Most of) Team Pacemakers at the St. Patty’s Day Dash

March 18, 2008

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Allison’s Foe of the week: Tree Pollen

March 13, 2008

Stupid trees.  Why does Seattle have so many trees?  Why can’t I live in a nice concrete jungle like Dallas?  Oh yeah, question answers itself.

This week the Universe has sent me tree allergies to try and derail my half marathon training.  Well, I won’t be so easily denied Universe.  Ha!  Last Sunday I did my first 5 mile run in about 2 years.  It doesn’t really matter that I spent the rest of the weekend fatigued on the couch, I followed the training plan.  In lieu of doing actual activity after running my 5 miles I rented two movies about running to help keep me motivated.  I had never seen Chariots of Fire (although I have always admired the theme song) and Prefontaine (I have always admired Jared Leto) so I decided a proper Sunday afternoon would include watching those.  I started with Chariots of Fire because it won multiple Oscars, one for best picture even.  I don’t think it is one of those movies that translates well over time.  From what I could tell, the basic premise was 4 almost indistinguishable white dudes from Brittan train for the 1920 Olympics.  Their major foes are some badass (and you can tell they are badass by the awesome team training sequence) Americans, one of which is the fastest man in the world.  The best parts of the movie were the aforementioned training sequence and the very first scene where all the Brits run on the beach to the theme song.  I kept watching the movie, even though I couldn’t really follow the action because everyone looked the same, waiting for the dramatic race scene where we watch someone win a race in slow motion with the theme song pumping in the background, but it never happened.  Very disappointing.  Prefontaine was a lot easier to follow.  Only one runner to keep track of.  

Allison’s Playlist: Top 10 Movie Soundtrack Songs for Running Inspiration

March 4, 2008
  1. The Theme from Chariots of Fire, Chariots of Fire
  2. Eye of the Tiger, Rocky III
  3. Mortal Kombat theme song, Mortal Kombat
  4. Hero, Footloose
  5. You’re the Best, Karate Kid
  6. What a Feeling, Flashdance
  7. Gonna Fly Now, theme from Rocky, Rocky I, II, III, IV, V Rocky Balboa
  8. Maniac, Flashdance
  9. Danger Zone, Top Gun
  10. Montage, Team America World Police

I stand prepared to defend any of my choices.

The Universe is poking Allison in the eye

March 4, 2008

I’m not quite sure what I did because by my recollection all I have done for the last two weeks is run many, many miles to raise money for charity.  I guess the Universe doesn’t like this role reversal.  I’ve probably thrown it out of whack.  I bet the Universe is expecting me to go shopping and get my nails done and to stop this whole wacky doing-things-for-other-people crap I have been up to lately.  Anyway, why might you ask do I think the Universe is upset with me?  Because I got dumped for a girl that plays Dungeons and Dragons.  Yup, D&D.  I thought about not putting such an embarrassing statement in my public blog that I’ve invited all of my friends, family and co-workers to read, but I’ve probably already told everyone this.  Honestly, how do you keep getting passed over for someone who plays fantasy roll playing games a secret?  Obviously not by writing a blog about it.  To further compound the eye poking, someone saw fit to open a Top Pot donuts location about half a mile from my house.  That’s just cruel.

 Leave me alone Universe!