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!

Below 20 degrees, then Washingtonians won’t run!

February 25, 2008

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Allison enjoys a beer with her cousin Pat in Kansas when it was 6 degrees outside.  Neither drinking beer nor being somewhere that is 6 degrees are conducive for marathon training.  Such activities may need to stop.

Satish keeps fit…

February 25, 2008

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Keeping up with an active toddler is a great way to prepare for a half marathon!

Allison gets serious about running…

February 25, 2008

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Tuesday February 19th, 2008       Yesterday was officially 12 weeks until the Kirkland ½ marathon so I ‘officially’ started my training program (thank you Mr. Hal Higdon).  I skipped ahead to day 2 and went for a 3 mile run instead of doing strength training since it was sunny and 50 degrees outside.  If anyone from Seattle is reading this you will understand what a rarity that is in February.  I ran around Greenlake which is conveniently exactly 3.1 miles if you start from the road.  I’m only moderately sore today since I came home after my run and my roommate made me roll all over this foam cylinder thing she has that is supposed to get rid of knots in your muscles.  Rolling around on the foam trying to simultaneously work out the knot in my leg and keep my balance was certainly much harder than actually completing the 3 mile run.   

Introducing Allison

February 10, 2008

Top five things to know about me:

  1. My family and friends are my life
  2. I travel at every chance I get so working for Expedia.com is perfect for me
  3. I’m told by my sister that I’m nearly impossible to deal with if I am either a)hungry b)tired or c)a combination of both
  4. I enjoy being in charge of other people’s activities
  5. I interrupt constantly

My family and friends are my life and I am completely Type A, so when my dad started having chest pains last year and put off going to see his doctor my head nearly exploded.  By the time my dad finally did go see his doctor his LAD vein (the largest vein into your heart, which the cardiac nurse so kindly dubbed ‘the widow maker’) was 99% blocked and he had an emergency angioplasty the next day.  Today my dad is doing great, eating healthy and exercising all the time.  He puts me his 27 year old daughter to shame so I have signed up with our project group to run the Kirkland Half Marathon to raise money for the Hope Heart Institute.  Without all the research that has gone into heart disease from people like the H.H., my dad certainly wouldn’t be around to tell me I’m not running fast enough to finish 13 miles in under 12 hours.  As I try and whittle my pathetic race time down below the half day mark, I will be filling you (the fine reader at home) in on how it goes.  Stay tuned…

~Allison

Introducing Scott!

February 10, 2008

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I’m a fun loving, music loving, sports loving, wife loving guy from the east coast who manages to spend a majority of my spare time doing work as strategic marketing consultant for Ally Marketing in Redmond, WA. When not doing any of that great stuff, I’m training ‘rigorously’ to run a greater distance than I’ve ever thought to try so our team can do some good in this year’s Kirkland Half-Marathon. This currently involves a little bit of running, a little bit of strength training, and a lot of mental preparation (resting). I’m happy to say I’m keeping ‘pace’ with where I should be, but for anyone that knows me, you’ll want to stay tuned for upcoming medical reports…

I’m looking forward to the St. Patty’s Day 5k because there’s no better prize for a fun-run with the team than a mild sense of achievement and a tasty Guinness.

-Scott 

Introducing Satish

February 5, 2008

Juggling is my specialty. At Microsoft I alternate between the roles of Project Manager, Development Manager & Test Manager.  At home I am privileged to be a full time Dad to my 2-year-old son who I absolutely adore.  Between work and family, I am also dedicated to fundraising for Hope Heart Institute and building awareness of heart disease.  To raise awareness, I am preparing to run my first half marathon, but unfortunately most of my preparation is still in my head! (I don’t think mental training counts on this one.)  As the race draws near, I hope to set aside some time for some physical training.  Right now, though, I am confident that even my 2-year-old son can out lap me J.

 Only 13 weeks until race time. So readers how long do you think I can put off training and still cross the finish line?

Introducing Megan

February 5, 2008
Working full time at biotech giant Amgen, mastering the realm of Project Management, planning her wedding, & now also attending Fashion Design school as if this go-getter isn’t doing enough she’s committed herself to training for- and completing the Kirkland Half Marathon.  With everything on her plate running may be the only time she has to experience fresh air and sanity. After a weekend Bachelorette Bash in Las Vegas this girl has a need to detox and recoup. (I’ll see if I can glean any details as to the happenings in Vegas for this post!) This week don’t expect any big workouts from Megan who needs to detox and recoup.  However, I am told in general she’s running 3 miles on Wednesdays, playing soccer on Fridays and hopes to add cycling and/or yoga to the mix soon.

Feel free to add your questions, comments, and happy words of encouragement to Megan.