Saturday, I worked the packet pick up for the Plaza 10k. Saturday, I also fully committed. I was really up in the air about it because of my knees but I couldn't let everyone else have all the fun. I also wanted a really sweet Brooks tech shirt.
Sunday morning, I awoke to pouring rain and excitedly got dressed in head to toe dry fit. I have never raced a 10k before!
It was sooo easy to park, and with 1,600 people I was slightly worried about parking on the plaza. Yeah, it's not Chicago but still 1,600 is a lot for a plaza locale race.
Gun time was 7:30, and it was still spitting rain. I love rain running!! Remember my PR at Rock the Parkway two years ago? Rain and hail.
Within the first half mile I knew I dressed too warm but I didn't want to take off my jacket so I somehow managed to strip off my dry fit shirt.
The course was gorgeous, even in the rain, and incredibly flat. Thhaaaannnnk you!!!
There is something to this 10k thing, after I finished I didn't feel like I wanted to die or kill anybody, but it was a good distance to be proud of.
I took it really easy because my knees literally feel like they are going to snap, and still finished in under an hour. Which was my goal! Win!
Have you ever ran a 10k?
What's the biggest race in your area?
What's your favorite distance to run?
I am. But I am sorry as well. The little weekend away in Chicago totally threw off my schedule and sleep patterns...and well this week of all week's was insanity.
WHY?? I'll tell you WHY!!
My company launched it's pilot work wellness program. And guess who is on the board? Mmmm that's right me. It sounds hilarious to say I'm on a board and it's a program, because it all started when my work spouse, Stephanie, said "hey you know what...." and then the ball got rolling. We got our director on board, and another collegue and then we gave birth to: PRActical Wellness.
Get it? Because I work at PRA (which stands for pharmaceutical research associates).
The idea behind PRActical Wellnessis a work based health initiative to encourage wellness at the workplace. We have coordinated on site exercise classes, healthy round tables, outside speakers, weekly/daily raffles, race sponsorship and sooo much more.
Thursday, after the whirlwind weeks of planning and scheduling, we kicked off. At noon, on Thursday Stephanie and I anxiously stood in our biggest conference room not knowing what to expect. Who would show up? Were people really interested? Is this going to work?
Slowly, people trickled in, enjoyed our healthy snacks, listened to our pitch and plan, and then asked us questions.
Yesterday, we offered primary health assessments. Stephanie and I weighed, measured, tested and assessed goals for everyone and anyone who was interested. At the end of the day, both of us were in just utter-overwhelming-pride-disbelief....THIS IS HAPPENING!
One of our first raffle winners!!
Now with that said, PRActical Wellness is now going to be a big part of my life and want to share it on the blog, so watch out for Wellness Wednesdays!
Do you have a work wellness program?
What kind of health benefits does your employer offer-if any?
What kind of things would you LIKE your employer to offer?
So now is the time for a long-awaited-long-promised giveaway.
You can blame hurricane Irene for the delay.
So do you guys remember that awesome shirt my bestie Internet friends got me to run KC marathon in last year? Oh you don't? Because that was like a year ago... Ok well here's a picture:
My lovie besties purchased it from a super sweet company called Wag Your Tail LLC. Wag Your Tail makes some awesome light hearted dogggie lovin goodies. And guess what? The tech tee has been road tested by yours truly.
WYT so graciously provided YOU MUFFINS the opportunity to win some schweet schwag: A WYT martini glass and tank. (pictured below)
Want it? I know I do, but I will be a big girl and give to one of my favorite Internet bloggie buddies!
How YOU Can Win:
1. Be a follower and tell me how cute Goliath is.
2. Visit the Wag Your Tail LLC web site, browse their site and comment with what you'd want to rock out in.
3. Like The Bosky Blog on facebook and comment me that ya did.
4. Like on Wag Your Tailon Facebook and comment me that ya did.
5. Blog, tweet, Facebook or stand on a street corner with a sign linking the giveaway...then you guessed it: comment that you did!
6. Comment with an amazing fact about yourself.
( please use post a comment for each entry)
Each of those gets an entry. No limit to how many time you do these things. So yes, you can leave multiple comments about yourself :)
The giveaway will close Sunday, September 18th and a winner announced Monday, September 19th.
My alarm went off at the ungodly hour of 4am, after a sleepless night.
We rode the L down to the shuttles, and then took shuttles to the race start. We arrived at the start around 6:00am, with plenty of time to check gear, get stretched out by a PT and use the porties.
Katie and I eagerly followed the 2 hour pacers to our corral, and waited for the gun. I felt like s fish out of water. I have ran my fair share of races, but never anything this large and this thick.
I expected the first few miles to be thick with people, but eventually would thin out like all other races. In retrospect, I think the sheer volume of entrants gave me anxiety. There were people literally everywhere.
Around mile 4, I got really nauseated and goose bumpy. I urged Katie to enjoy her first half, while I fought stomach issues. I got my stuff together, and tried to make up for time lost. Katie and I were clocking 8:40s and 9s, and I was hoping to finish in under 2 hours.
The next few miles are kinda blurry. It is a VERY fast course. I will take this time to mention that I have secretly been ignoring some pain in my ACL. Spare my the lecture, I know.
It was around mile 8, where the pain in my right knee became nearly unbearable. It'd amazing what you can push through, because I hadn't really noticed that I wasnt really weight bearing and relying on my left leg. My hip flexors started barking in my left leg from the added weight.
At mile 8, is also where I realized that if I was struggling this much in a half that a full in a month is probably not the best idea ever. So my eyes swelled with tears, as I tossed back shot block after shot block trying to get enough energy to finish.
The volunteers, aid stations, spectators and organization were all absolutely amazing. It was a glorious race course along the lake coast, a beautiful day and just awesome. It just wasn't my day.
At the end of the day, I finished the Chicago Half Marathon but I can't help but be disappointed. How often do I get opportunities like that? Like never, and I was underperformed. I feel like I choked, or my body let me down. Then I was like hum WAIT...YOU FINISHED THE CHICAGO HALF MARATHON!!
Sooo yeah it might not be the best ides to:
1. Run a half marathon while still on antibiotics
2. Ignore ACL pain
3. Mentally defeat yourself
But running is a learning experience, and I had an amazing trip and spent good times with amazing people who I love, so how can I be sad about that?
And I am exhausted. Like seriously exhausted. Ok, ok. Where do I start?
Friday night, Logan and I left for Chicago at 7PM and road tripped up there. A whopping 9 hours later, we arrived. In case you can't do math, we arrived around 3:30AM.
I bet reading that just made you tired, huh? Well we are just getting started. Saturday morning, started like every Saturday morning should: Bacon Cinnamon Roll. Yes, puhhhleaseee.
Lemme back track a bit here, my besties live in Chicago and they planned this whole thing. Katie, Molly and I were in a band, kinda, but that's a whole notha post. We all went to grade school with Mikey, who also met us and would race with us....and eventually kick our butts.
They live in Wrigleyville, so Logan was in awe of one of America's original stadiums.
Then it was time to make our way down to packet pick up. I was so excited to ride the L, but apparently I am the only one who gets stoked about public transportation.
Pick up was at Navy Pier, and very well organized. A+ work Chicago. We had to work out transportation, buy some socks and gels.
By this time, we'd worked up a mean appetite. Introducing Lux Bar, as Katie describes it: "Fancy Bar Food" and yup! Good. Best truffle fries evarrrr. Carbs are acceptable before a race. Don't judge me.
Obviously there was some shopping and then more eating. But that is enough for today.
When was your last road trip?
Have you ever been to a BAD packet pick up?
Do you use public transit?
I am currently out of town right now, getting ready to run the Chicago Half Marathon. I will access to emails and phone, and will check messages periodically. If you need immediate assistance please contact Goliath, who will still be at home.
I will return on Monday, September 12th and normal blogging will resume at that time.
Please let me know if I can provide anything further.
This mortal form has grown weak. I need sustenance.
Uhmm, so get this: Work is putting on a Biggest Loser. Y'all know I'm competitive right?? I intentionally indulged over the weekend to boost my initial weigh in. I was able to weigh in a whopping 10 lbs heavier. Thankfully, my head is screwed on tight and know full well it was bloat...and intentional. Am I evil?? How'd I do it?
Well I started with breakfast....
Don't look so happy Logan...
Then had happy hour at sonic...
Then grilled out with friends and stuffed my face with s'mores...
Don't worry though, Goliath at least got exercise at the dog park. With all our best dogie friends.
Chicago is in FOUR days!!!! Barf!
Have you seen Thor?
Ever done a buggestbloser competition?
What will you be doing in 4 days?
Do you ever have nights where you just wanna do absolutely frickin nothin? I dunno, I don't have enough of these nights. Nights where I just make friends with the couch, and watch reruns of How I Met Your Mother.
Anyway, my anxiety is incredibly high and when that happens I kinda just shut down. Aaaaand since I can't run (thank youn sinus infection) I am just eating.
Since I am cranky and in a bad mood, here are some pictures from the weekend.
How do you veg out?
How was your three day weekend?
I decided I needed a day. A day to just stay in bed and recover. I wish I could say it helped, but alas. It did not. I just need to let this run it's course, but life must got on, amiright?
Being home allowed me to have some good eatin though. Even though I am lacking appetite, I am forcing myself to eat high fat foods to abet in recovering.
Breakfast was a jalapeño omelet.
Lunch was a grilled ham and cheese.
Somewhere in between those meals I finished off the ice cream...
Then my mom came to the rescue. She stopped by Trader Joe's and brought my feel-good foods and flowers. Ain't she the best?? I love her so much. She bought everything in sight that seemed to be high in antioxidants, healing or a sick steadfast. Oh and of course chocolate.
Day three, no exercise. Clinically insane.
Do you ever take sick days?
What's your favorite sandwich?
Are you close with your mom?