Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What's Next...

Well... here we go again folks... We're off again!

2/13/11 - New Orleans Half Marathon - Betsy hits the pavement and I just may join her.. What a better way to turn 40! Running with my lil sis in "N'awlins".. It's a rock 'n roll half and you know they serve up some great cerveza after this puppy.

3/20/11 - LA Marathon. Molly, Jennifer and myself are registered. WTF? Yup, we're knocking them off left and right. Now starts the arm twisting.. who else is going to join us? If you're reading this.. you're invited

10/2/11 - Poconos 70.3 IronMan... Known as a "Tin-Man" 1/2 of an full Iron Man: 1.2 Mile swim (I do this before breakfast...really), 56 Mile Bike (I need a good bike) and 13.1 Mile run (that's it?). I'm doing this one for me, but would love company...

- Christopher

Monday, October 18, 2010

Chicago Marathon - Results and Pictures !

Our results!

Sally = 4:57:31 (awesome first marathon: must be the mile high air she trained in!)

Jennifer = 5:03:46 (if you read all the posts from Jennifer about how she's suffering and isn't going to make it... pffst... As our father would have said ..."sand bagger")

Molly = 5:23:25 (Nice time, also first marathon)

Christopher = 5:45:20 (Dead last, finished with a smile on my face and headed straight for the beer tent)

Pics! (Click for full view)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Bug: New Challenge

I've been bitten... I have the "bug".. bad. I'm depressed now that we rocked Chicago... What the hell am I supposed to do now?

Answer: Something else dummy

Molly may have just given it to me... LA marathon, March 20th, 2011.
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Point to Point run and basically downhill ???? Hmmm.. while the hell not? Avg max temp = 68 degrees in March. A nice 5 months away... perfect for a new training program...

Sibs... what do ya think? We can all crash at Molly's place (shh.. haven't asked her yet).

I'm also toying with the idea of a tri... seriously thinking about the Lone-star 1/2 iron-man in April @ Galveston... anyone up for that?

Monday, October 11, 2010

We Rocked It!! Four 4 Wally Rules!

Quick post -- we did it! We all finished. Yahoo! Okay -- off to get my aleve and some sleep. More later!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Marathon Jitters

I've been told this can happen... seems it has come true. A Blasts of posts from my sisters losing their F'n minds.

We've all put in the miles.. no one is cheating here. I've seen the Nike+ posts. We're ready and rested. I'm enjoying the excitement and cannot wait to see you all this weekend.

Tonight I'm relaxing and going to veg in bed, fire up my laptop and watch a movie that got me moving on this marathon idea in the first place. If you have not watched this movie.. do so. It'll inspire you.

Oh yea.. here is the site to register to track us:

Wow. It's 4 days away!


Sorry Mom, but it's all I can really type to sum up all my emotions right now.  I'm scared.  Like out of my mind scared.

People say to me in response, "WHAT!?!  How can you be scared of running?  You've been running for 8 months straight.  Frankly, I'm sick of hearing about it. You are going to do fine!"

You know what I want to say to that?

Well.  My mother reads this so I'm not going to tell you. (see above for an example)

In essence, what they are saying is correct.  I have been running, I have prepared, I am ready.  However they are not necessarily addressing the concerns I have regarding my up-coming MARATHON run.  That's right, I said MARATHON.  I mean, as legend has it, a man DIED at the end of 26.2 miles.  (Though that may have been proven historically false)  Irrelevant!  26.2 is still a sh*t long way to run.  A sh*t long way to tell your mind everything is alright... just.  keep.  going.

Since January 17, 2010, the day I signed up for the Chicago Marathon I have been preparing for the moment just four days away.  To date, I've run 3 half marathons in a race setting, and in training have run 14, 16, 18, and 22 miles.  Textbook says I'm prepared.

And this is what my mind tells me:
1)  You SUCKED at those 22 miles.  You walked 5 of them!
2)  Remember how hard for a time you had in Austin?  Ya, it's going to be like that....but worse.
3)  Nan-uh-nan-uh-nan-uh!  Your foot injury is going to be a prob-lem!
4)  Dang, you haven't even run a mile since your last long run?  Ha!  Your training is probably half what it used to be.
...and so forth.

Damn, my mind is MEAN.  Then again, Betsy could have told you that.

Bottom line is, I'm scared of not finishing.  I'm scared of disappointing myself.  I'm scared my mind will get the better of me and not me it.  I'm scared that one of my siblings is going to do better than me. (Uh, did I say that out loud?)

At the end of the day one thought, one word, brings it all back into perspective.  PISKUN.  WE are doing this for him.  It's us out there.  Not just me.  All of us, together.

Jennifer, the oldest.
Christopher, the man.
Sally, the strength.
Molly, the punk.
Betsy, the rock.
Mom, the cheerleader.

It's funny what happens when you are hesitant, scared, and anxious about an inevitable event.  In this case the marathon.  Your mind quickly reviews all the times in your life you've felt similar and reminds itself the outcome.  For me, the only other time in my life that I can remember being this freaked was when I was six years old.  Ironically it was in the exact same city I sit today.

My family took a trip to Los Angeles for Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm.  I couldn't tell you much about Disneyland other than I remember loving Space Mountain and thinking the Matador was the scariest creature to ever have lived; and as such, questioned why it even lived in Disneyland at all.  But the moment I remember like it was yesterday, was that yellow, one loop roller coaster.  You know, the one that is a straight line that suddenly shoots you up, through one loop and back...backwards.  I remember staring at it.  Shaking my head.  "NO WAY!  Nun, uh.  I'm not going on that!  No, daaaaaaaaaaad!" being two seconds away from a complete meltdown.

"You're going."  He replied.  "Piskun's try everything once."

Needless to say, I LOVED every second of that ride.  I believe I made my brother ride it with me 3 straight times that day.  Today, there is no ride I won't go least once.

Funny.  I feel the exact same tantrum brewing today.  The same adamant refusal to try something so daunting and dangerous, so unfathomable.  I just want to run away (figuratively of course) from the task.  But at the same time, I hear that phrase... "Piskun's try everything once."

Jennifer, I couldn't think of a better phrase for our custom made, black and yellow running shirts.  In fact, I think Dad would cry to see we've embraced his yellow/black life-long obsession.

26.2 to go.  This one's for, as Chris would say, you Pop!

Jennifer's Playlist -- No particular Order

The official race song is Beautiful Day by U2. I always start mine with Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen. I won't part with tradition. Other than this first song -- here is my list, in no particular order since I put the pod on shuffle:

Wide Open Spaces -- Dixie Chicks
Remedy -- Black Crowes
Born to Run -- Bruce Springsteen
Off the Wall -- Michael Jackson
Love Story -- Taylor Swift
Beer for my Horses - Toby Keith and Willie Nelson
Better be good to me -- Tina Turner
Billie Jean -- Michael Jackson
Beat It -- Michael Jackson
Live LIke you were dying -- Tim McGraw
Single Ladies -- Beyonce
Never Wanted Nothing More -- Kenny Chesney
Time for me to fly -- REO Speedwagon
September -- Earth wind and fire
Wanna Be Startin' something -- Michael Jackson
Cecilia - Simon & Garfunkel
The Best -- Tina Turner
Thriller -- Michael Jackson
A Change Would do you Good - Sheryl Crow
Brown Eyed Girl -- Van Morrison
I will Follow - U2
Hit me with your best shot -- Pat Benetar
Kiss a Girl -- Keith Urban
Mercy -- Duffy
Suspicious Minds -- Dwight Yoakum
I gotta feeling -- Black eyed peas
Don't stop believin' - Journey
You can't stop the beat -- hairspray
Poker face -- lady gaga
Any way you want it -- journey
Don't stop til you get enough -- michael jackson
solsbury hill -- peter gabriel
dancing queen -- abba
dancing with myself -- billy idol
son of a preacher man -- dusty springfield
A little less conversation -- elvis
we got the beat -- go-gos
welcome to the jungle -- guns n roses
i melt with you -- modern english
super freak -- rick james
blister in the sun -- violent femmes
it's raining men -- weather girls
hold on loosely -- 38 special
caught up in you -- 38 special
Free -- zac brown band
the departed song -- drop kick murphies; for betsy
up against the wall redneck mother -- jerry jeff walker
amarillo by morning -- george straight
some song by the muse -- that's for molly
it's tricky -- run dmc
Waking up in Vegas -- katy perry
rehab -- amy winehouse

my ipod just died -- no idea of the others -- but i have 6 hours of songs -- because it might just take me six hours. ugh!!

Track your number

Siblings --

Do not forget to load up your family members and friends [ie, our support team] on the track the runner option on the official marathon site. It's super easy to do. That way, they can follow us and know where we are -- that is, assuming I wear my chip. # days and counting. It's here. Are we ready? Let's do it!

It's official -- I'm freaking out....can I really do this?

Okay -- I am a bit freaked. And, I should not be - this is my third marathon. But, I am WOEFULLY underprepared for this event and pretty down in terms of motivation. I was so pumped -- as you will see from my posts below -- prior to this week. I knew I had my long run in the bag -- yet, I am finding it hard to get pumped for this run. I have done next to nothing in terms of excercise for nearly 2 weeks. My left knee is killing me -- giving out on me when I walk stairs or carry my children. I am going to so slow that I am seriously contemplating not wearing my chip. Please -- help, send the alarm, help me get pumped. Help me get in the mind-set that I can rock this marathon. That I can take on Boston. That I can finish and finish with pride. I am counting on you followers -- help me rock it!!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Updated Playlist

Bored and since I'm not allowed to really run or do anything "hard" this week... I'm going a bit batty. So I've updated my playlist for the big day...

Ordered them by artist -

Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
Thank You - Alanis Morissette
Hand in my Pocket - Alanis Morissette
Hey Jude - The Beatles (I just might sing this out loud while running)
In a Big Country - Big Country
I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas
Let's Get It Started - The Black Eyed Peas (#1 in the list for sure)
Pump It - The Black Eyed Peas
I Miss You - Blink-182
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley
Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
Surrender - Cheap Trick
Three Little Birdies Down Beats - The Chemical Brothers
Send the Pain Below - Chevelle
The Red - Chevelle
Woohoo - Christina Aguilera (stole this from Emily)
Viva La Vida - Coldplay
One - Creed
Have you Ever Seen the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival (Run Forest Run)
She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult (Just Love this song..)
You Might Die Trying - Dave Matthews Band
Louisana Bayou - Dave Matthews Band
Personal Jesus (Pump Mix) - Depeche Mode
Guitars, Cadillace - Dwight Yokem (Great shit kicking song)
My Way - Elvis Presley (If I can time it so I round 26 on this song... be very cool)
Lose Yourself - Eminem
Club Can't Handle Me - Flo Rida
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Our Lips are Sealed - Go Go's (no one can turn off this song)
Know Your Enemy - Greenday
You and Your Heart - Jack Johnson
Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z
Voodo Child - Jimi Hendrix
Pink Houses - John Mellencamp
Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
Tik Tok - Ke$ha (Molly...)
My Life Would Suck Without You - Kelly Clarkson
Mr. BrightSide - The Killers
Somebody Told Me - The Killers
Shadow of the Day - Linkin Park
One - Metallica
Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue
Rockstar - Nickelback
Closer - Nine Inch Nails
Head Like a Hole - Nine Inch Nails
Mo Money Mo Problems - Notorious BIG
Crazy Train - Ozzy
Just Like a Pill - P!nk
Baby I'm a Star - Prince
Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen
Wake Up - Rage Against the Machine
Lunatic Fringe - Red Rider
Gimmie Shelter - Rolling Stones
It's Tricky - Run-DMC
The Spirit of the Radio - Rush
Rocket - Smashing Pumpkins
Jet Airliner - Steve Miller Band
Little Wing - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Rapper's Delight - The Sugarhill Gang
Just to See You Smile - Tim McGraw
Live Like You Were Dying - Tim McGraw
Jump - Van Halen
Bitter Sweet Symphony - The Verve
Gettin' Jiggy Wit It - Will Smith
How Do U Want It - 2Pac
Caught Up in You - .38 Special

- Christopher