10 5 / 2013

Kitteh, I understand. I hatez the dreadmill, too. 

09 5 / 2013

Yes. I never finish books that I don’t like. Waste of time. Too many good ones waiting!

Yes. I never finish books that I don’t like. Waste of time. Too many good ones waiting!

(via iminarun)

09 5 / 2013

When I was a freshman in college, a friend told me about a superstition. You are supposed to lift your feet when you go over railroad tracks, or you will get pregnant. I still do it.

08 5 / 2013

Steve and I were recently invited to check out Michael Mina’s Wit & Wisdom Tavern in Baltimore’s Harbor East. The dinner fell on Steve’s birthday, and I think it was a pretty awesome way to celebrate.

Check out the photos below and click through for my full review: http://exm.nr/ZIrO9C

07 5 / 2013

07 5 / 2013

This baby elk is pretty much the cutest ever. Maybe I’ll go jump in some puddles today. 

06 5 / 2013

I won’t lie—I’m disappointed in my Pittsburgh half marathon performance. Yes, I’m definitely happy that I broke two hours, but I really wanted to beat my last time and my overall race experience was poor. 

Everything went well leading up to the race. Steve and I got to Pittsburgh with no issues, met up with friends, went to the expo, got lunch, checked into the hotel (shout out to the Wyndham Grand—really nice!), and went about our normal pre-race prep. I was asleep by 9pm and only woke once during the night.

At 5am, I felt full of energy, my stomach was happy, and I was nervous but excited. I felt really confident that I could beat my previous time of 1:56:34.

We headed out to get into our corrals at about 6:45am … and that’s where the problems started.

Apparently the corrals were closing at 6:45am—for real. A guard literally put a gate up when I tried to get into my space, corral C, and said that Cs had to go to D. Steve had to get all the way up to the elite corral a few blocks up, so he yelled, “I love you” and sprinted away.

(If you’re not a runner, corrals are basically a way to put people who think they’ll run similar times together. Corral C was for people who thought they’d run around a 2-hour half. B was for people who would run a 1:50 half. You can’t move up a corral, so I planned to get to the front of corral C.) 

Mistake #1: Not getting to the corrals in time. Being in corral D meant that I spent my first mile weaving around people who were walking or running a slower pace than me. 

Mistake #2: Going out way, WAY too fast. Because I was so concerned with getting stuck behind people, I kept about a 7:55 pace for most of my first mile. I finished Mile 1 in 8:07—far too fast and a pace that I couldn’t keep.

Mistake #3: Not slowing down enough after that first mile. My next few miles were between 8:20-8:40 pace. To beat my PR (personal record), I had to keep average pace under 8:50. I could have slowed down and recovered a little.

Mistake #4: My outfit. I wear almost the same thing every race, but because I was running for Komen for the Cure, I decided to wear my short-sleeve Under Armour Komen shirt over my normal tank. I also wear a Spi-belt, which is a small belt that holds my chapstick and Honey Stingers (energy chews). Because of the layers, my shirts and belt kept riding up. I also almost always just wear a tank because I get hot—and, sure enough, I was roasting a few miles in.

Mistake #5: Letting my physical condition impact me mentally. By about mile 9, my legs were so heavy and I was feeling extreme fatigue. My pace was slowing to about 9:10-9:20 and I realized that if I didn’t kick it into high gear, I wouldn’t beat my PR. I did some quick math and realized that if I could do sub-10 minute miles, I could still finish in under two hours. I gave in and walked a little. 

Mistake #6: Not charging my iPod enough. I swear that I did, but the damn thing died at mile 10. A 5K without music after 10 miles is torture.

So, like I said, this race was a bit of a disappointment for me. All of these things came together and I just couldn’t hang, physically and mentally. Every step felt so difficult, especially considering that the course had a lot of long, gradual hills. There was a hill at the end that almost made me cry, but if I cried, I would go even slower and I wasn’t ready to give up that sub-2 hour time.

At the end of the day, I still finished 13.1 miles, placed 3,913 out of 14K runners, and have a pretty sweet medal to show for it. Plus, you’re supposed to learn from mistakes, right? So I’ll be back soon with my plans for my next half … 

05 5 / 2013

Amen.

Amen.

(via alagracie)

05 5 / 2013

Final time: 1:59:03. Not happy that I didn’t PR, but glad that I stayed under 2 hrs. This race was a serious mental and physical battle.

Final time: 1:59:03. Not happy that I didn’t PR, but glad that I stayed under 2 hrs. This race was a serious mental and physical battle.

04 5 / 2013

Alright, let’s do this, #pghmarathon.

Alright, let’s do this, #pghmarathon.

04 5 / 2013

#PGHMarathon and #Komen swag bags killed it! So much sweet stuff.  (at Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Office)

#PGHMarathon and #Komen swag bags killed it! So much sweet stuff. (at Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Office)

04 5 / 2013

.@smbeck01 kicked this fundraiser’s ass. (Sill time to donate, too!) #wifepride

.@smbeck01 kicked this fundraiser’s ass. (Sill time to donate, too!) #wifepride

03 5 / 2013

"I’ll make this simple for you."

Steve, explaining something about his work

03 5 / 2013

nbcparksandrec:

The perfection emotion in Andy’s face…

This was amazing. Can’t wait for next season!

nbcparksandrec:

The perfection emotion in Andy’s face…

This was amazing. Can’t wait for next season!

03 5 / 2013

I just did my last run pre-Pittsburgh half-marathon run, a short two miles without my Garmin (which makes me feel naked). This is my second half marathon and first big out-of-town race. I’m a little nervous; I know that I can run the distance and the pace that I want (sub 8:50-min miles), but so much will depend on the weather, how I feel, etc.

When I get tired, I have two tactics:

1. Listen to Eminem’s “Till I Collapse”
2. Remember how much Steve has raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (which I hope keeps rising until Sunday)!