Friday, November 9, 2012

New Post, Last Post

So like um, I'm going to restart my blog, but not here. It's going to be over there at wordpress. You can find it by going here: Sorry I've just decided to do it and keep it fresh. Anyway, I used to blog here every day...for years. Then I got freaked out one day about personal info being on the interwebs and I deleted all my posts save one - the one about Griffin being born. But then a couple years later I started up again - even thought it was brief, as I've slacked off severely the past several months. But I miss it, and I've got stuff to say that may entertain and help others. So my last post here will be like the only one I've saved. It will be about the birth of Gwendolyn. That little pumpkin was born June 19, 2012. I'll post the specifics later, but it went pretty well.
This time we were in a different hospital, but same as with Griff, no epidural or pain meds. Jennie toughed it out once again! I can't imagine what it's like! I'm just glad I don't have to do it! But it was a great success and the little tyke was quite chill when she came out. Just kind of looked around, she only cried when someone tickled her feet. She really enjoyed her first bath and even fell asleep during it.
She took to eating her milk right away and she had no problems whatsoever going potty right away (in her pants of course). We had lots of visitors at the hospital and it was great to see everyone who cared enough to come! The best visitor was Griffin though. That kid loves his little sister. He's been very gentle with her and loves entertaining her with his wild child behavior.
Oh, as for the name, we wanted something a little different (like Griffin) and decided to keep it old school and Welchy. According to wikipedia, The word "gwen" can mean "white", "fair" or "blessed". The word "dolen" can mean "ring", "bow" or less commonly "brow", "moon" or "hair". Thus, Gwendolyn may mean "White Ring", "Fair Brow" or any other combination. Which is funny, cause you know, she's half Filipino! But whatevs. Funny thing, at the hospital they said there's been a resurgence of really old names lately. I guess we're part of the new trend! Or maybe the originators! Anywhoodle, life keeps going, gotta live it up! Peace!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Firefly Run Dallas 2012

Sorry if you were holding your breath waiting for my latest blog post, but I was busy and had some logistical issues, so it's been a few days. I hope you aren't dead. Anyhoodle, it was another whirlwind weekend! Saturday was the first Saturday in like 9 months when I didn't have to get up at the bootycrack of dawn to go run with peeps. So I slept in all the way to about 8:39. Then I went for a nice little bike ride with a nasty little hill in the middle. Then I spent 5-6 hours pulling weeds. Then we had the Firefly Run 2012.

I wasn't expecting much of this race, but it ended up being a lot of fun. I hadn't signed up for the race because I thought 45 quid was a too much to pay for a 5k, but then my buddy Zack, who did register, couldn't run it - so I wore his chip. To be honest, I did a little pre race tailgating - but like I said, I wasn't expecting much from the race. I knew there were about 7000 people registered and lots of novice/new runners/walkers, so not the best conditions for a PR. So we decided to just have fun with it.

We wore costumes (I wore a cape, lame, but better than nothing) and my friend Mary in the Waldo outift asked to run with me. We didn't want to go too fast, but figured 8-830 mile pace would be good. We ended up running 8:28, so we were right on. Actually, the first mile was very slow due to all the people and walkers and mass of humanity. Lots of dodging and near crashes. After that, it cleared up a tiny bit, so we picked up the pace. I was glad I had Waldo to run with! (see pic at top of post)

After the race, we had a big tailgate at Luke's Locker. That was really good times. Drinks, dancing, twister, etc. We know how to do a race!

Anyway, I need to scoot cause I gots a soccer playoff game in an hour. More to come!


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Post Race Kcals

So people keep asking me what I splurge on (food-wise) after my races are over, and looking back, I've been pretty lame. After Sunday's half marathon we went to a patio for food stuffs, but I ended up getting the veggie egg white omelet - which by the way, should have a different name cause eggs aren't really veggie, are they?

Anyway, after my half in New Orleans - home to the greatest and richest food in the country - we went to an Irish pub and I got the traditional Irish breakfast - ya know, tomato, eggs, back bacon, blood sausage, etc. Not completely healthy, but not that un healthy either. It's when I walked across the street to get a beer to go that the other runners I ran into asked me what I ate. I was embarrassed to tell them as they had each ordered a large pizza each!

(Me eating a traditional Irish breakfast in Dublin (Ireland, not Ohio))

I thought back to the Disney Marathon in January. After I finished that, we went to the Columbia House restaurant in Celebration Disney. They are famous for their salads, soups, and sangria. I had all three. A salad after 26.2??!!??!! What is wrong with me?

I do remember after running the Dallas Rock n Roll Half three years ago that I went to an Irish pub after and the man sitting next to me told me about this "authentic NYC pizza down the street that reminded him of when he lived in New York". Well, I went ahead and went there, got a large sausage pie and took it home. It sucked. Not good. That guy must have been a Sbarro regular when he lived in New York. I tell you that when I was there this past summer, I went to Lombardi's and it was the best pizza I have ever had - with the possible exception of when I was in Italy, but I'm not's close. Anyway, I guess the point is that when I did splurge, it was a huge disappointment.

(Lombardi's in NYC - oldest and bestest pizza pie in the U of S.A.)

I guess I should do better about cheating after a big race, but for some reason eating a cheeseburger just doesn't sound good when I'm all salty and sore and tired. To make up for it this week, I haven't had a "bad" meal, but I have gotten some potato chips and dips to snack on every once in a while. It's a weakness, and it's not great for you, so I guess that counts.

Not that I'm all healthy, I do enjoy wine, Guinness, and White Russians (the drink, not the humans, though my Russian friends are very nice, I just don't put them in my mouth too often). And can I say (of course I can) that that's one of the reasons I love my new group of running friends...we run hard, then hang out, joke, chat, and enjoy a bevvie or two. Good peeps.

(My friend Ann with the beers at a recent social run.)

Keep on and Keep on.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I'm Tired, Forest.

I am tired. I've been doing a lot of physical motion activity this past year. Here's what my typical week has looked like during that time:

Sunday: Yoga, soccer or spin class. Monday: Rest or body pump class. Tuesday: Run, weights, and indoor soccer. Wed: Weights. Thursday, run, and weights. Friday: rest! Saturday: Long run at crack of dawn or earlier.

And that's just my workout schedule. Not including chores, work, dancing, and chasing a three year old around.

I've also competed in several adventure races during that time - like the Hell Run (see the quick video I put together about it):

And in the past four months I've competed in one Marathon and Three Half Marathons. And that doesn't include the multiple 13 plus mile training runs that we didn't get medals for.

(me and sister running out of Cinderella's Castle at the Disney Marathon)

And now that the final big race is over with, I think I've crashed a bit. Thank goodness I'm basically injury free (IT band did not bother me one bit on Sunday!!!), but I just feel tired and sore. I have an indoor soccer game tonight, so we'll see how I feel after that. I'll probably end up going back to the gym tomorrow (we'll see). And I'm planning on going to the social run on Thursday. And I think we start speed training on Saturday AM. Saturday PM we've got the Firefly 5K, so I guess there's really not much of a break.

I am looking forward to this next phase though. I'm ready for a change and think I'm going to concentrate on interval training, yoga, and classes at the gym - spin, body pump, etc. I also think I want to make my long runs to be trail runs. I think Luke's has a monthly one, but I also want to start getting a group together to meet at Erwin Park. My wish is that we do the trail run, which is 9 miles, then have a cookout at one of the scenic pavilions. If you haven't been, it's a pretty nice park - tons of mountain bikers are always there.

In fact, I was in a movie last year and all my scenes were shot in that park. You can see the trailer here:

I also want to try out some sprint triathlons, and run the Hero Rush, and maybe get back into basketball. Just need a second wind to come.

In the meantime, I'm just going to feel it out. I also need to remember to enjoy the break. I've tried fighting it before, but then I realized that taking a break after a big race is just what your body and mind may need. Though it feels weird to be eating lunch instead of going to the gym, I know it will only last so long before I'm itchin to go at it again. Here's to the new adventure!


Monday, March 26, 2012

Rockin' 'N Rollin'

So I fell off the wagon a bit last week with this whole blogging thing. Sorry, but it was a busy time. Bad excuse, but whatever, I'm still trying to make this a habit, which I think takes doing it 30 times to form. Either way, here's my brief recap of the Dallas Rock n Roll Half Marathon from the weekend:

#1, it was hawt! Not hot by Texas standards, but I think it was definitely hotter than what we are used to so far this year. The sun was blazing! And since the race didn't start until 8am, the sun was already up and on us. I wish it had started at 7am - would've helped for sure!

#2, it was hillie! Not by other parts of the country's standards, but by these parts standards. The first 8 miles or so were up hill. A nice steady incline with a few peaks and valleys. The last miles were all downhill, but the incline up until that point took its toll on me. Between the hills and sun, I was hurting the last few miles and had to take a few walking breaks. I even used a pee break as an excuse for a quick rest - ha!

#3, I still finished! It was my slowest time for a half (1:56), but I'll take it. Everyone I talked to had the same struggles as me, so I guess it was even for everyone. My one friend (who's wife finished in 2nd place in the women's division) pointed out that I still finished in the top 10%. I hadn't thought of it that way, but that is a great way to look at it and makes me feel better about my performance.

#4, it was fun! Having a bunch of friends and families and supporters either running or cheering was huge! We had a rather large group of friends who all participated in one way or another. I love how my friends are all so fitness minded! Although.....

#5, after the race, we celebrated! A large group of us had a few bevvies in the parking lot after the race, then went to a patio for some brunch, though by the time we got a table, it was more like linner (props to Jennie for that joke). The food and mimosas were excellent and the company better. Though the opossum climbing on the shade arbor above us was a bit odd, but he didn't bother us, so it's all good.

(never mind my mean mug, I was just being silly for the photo)

#6, there were a few negatives about the event itself, like the start/finish being in different locations, the "headliner" concert was pretty spare, and the finishing area is a parking lot outside the Cotton Bowl (finishing inside would be a cool experience for runners and spectators alike), but overall the positives way outweigh the negatives, so I won't get into it any deeper here. Keep it positive, San Diego!

So there you go, another race in the books! Another medal on the hook! I'm tired and sore today, and need a rest, so I guess I'll take off until my soccer game tomorrow...ha! The hits keep on coming!

Peace out, internet!

Friday, March 23, 2012

First Fone Fblog

Ok, I forgot to blog the past couple days. Busy busy. But now I sit on a patio this gorgeous day awaiting my free Gramaldis birthday 'zza, I decided to give it a go on the phone. I seem to recall a story of Diablo Cody blogging from her phone when she was a stripper and it led to her being hired by hollyweird to write movies. I'm not dancing neekid yet, but who knows what might happen?!? Oh, if there are spelling errors, they are either on purpose or due to typing on an iPhone. Only I know which are witch.
Anyhoodle, all I'm going to say is Go Bobcats! They play unc in a couple hours in the round of sweet 16. I think they can win. I do! Either way it's been a great week of articles, blogs, and FB posts about the school and Athens Ohio. Grea week. I want it to continue against the goliaths of the NCAA. Who deserves it more? Hard working kids who get the short end of the stick or future NBAers livin the easy college ride of recruiting violations and booster pocket donations? Ha! I speculate and jest of course!
Ok, this keyboard is too small. I'm done.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Bet Weekend Ever!

OK, so I skipped a day of blogging. But I needed a break. It was one of the best, most exhausting, and energizing weekends of my time on this planet. At least it was in Scott World. If you read my previous post, then you know I was optimistic for the weekend...well, I was under-optimistic. It turned out better than I hoped.

Let's walk through this.

Friday: Since it was my birthday weekend, tons of restaurants had sent me email vouchers for free meals. It pays to be on mailing lists sometimes. So I went to La Finca Chicita and got the Mahi Mahi tacos tacos. They were awesome awesome. After work I went to a sports pub to meet up with the Ohio University Alumni Club to watch our opening round game in the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament. We were the underdawg playing against 4 seed Michigan. We won! Not only was the game great, but it was great seeing friends and sharing old college days stories. It's a wonder we ever made it out of Athens, Ohio alive. In fact, one alumnus from the 60's said he calls the university every so often to see if his diploma is still valid...ha! Oh, and I had free meal #2, courtesy of a birthday coupon!

Saturday: Woke up early for a 9 mile run with the Luke's crew. It was humid and sweaty, but everyone really rocked it! People were really booking it without killing ourselves. I ran the last 3-4 miles with friends Sarah and Chelsea at around a 7:45 per mile pace. Not too shabby! We should all be ready for the Rock n Roll Half Marathon this weekend!

After the run, I stopped at Rudy's BBQ to try their breakfast tacos...which.were.awesome. Showered (at home), then met up with Sarah and friend Patrick to head down to the big St. Pats party on Greenville Ave. The train ride down was packed. The parade was packed. The streets were packed. The parking lots were packed. Green as far as you can see. We met up with several new and old friends and had a swell ole time! We only stayed for a few hours, cause we had more to do! But let me tell you, the train ride back was nutso! The cars were packed with people singing and drinking. I felt like I was back in Ireland for a hot minute. When they drink over there, they sing over there.

After getting back home, Jennie, Grif and I went to the park down the street where my old company was having a reunion. I spent about 8 or 9 years making tv shows for that place, but it's been a few since I worked there. So it was VERY bizarre seeing all the old faces that I used to see on a daily basis. Wish I had more time to chat with everyone, but the show must go on!

Jennie dropped me off at Ringo's pub where my friend Greg was bartending. Met up with several old and new friends for some Guinness and chatter. Then Mini Kiss played. They were entertaining, but I'll save the review for now. Later Emerald City band played and we danced till close. I hadn't danced like that in a long time, and it felt good. Though I was sore afterwards. Cab ride home, and another Birthday Eve St. Pats was in the books. G'night!

Sunday: I went to yoga. Let me tell you, I am still hurting from that class! It was intense, but much needed! I highly recommend any class Christopher puts on for 24 Hr Fitness.

Afterwards, I picked up some tamales, guac, and a margarita for lunch. Yumbo! Then we loaded up the fams and went to Obzeet. If you haven't been or heard, it's quirky. Inside they sell Salt Lamps and Art, but they also have a bar and a cake bar. Outside they have a quirky garden patio with coi ponds, stage for singers, and a bar. We had a ton of friends show up and just had a blast hanging out with everyone. Such great peeps!

But it goes on...after the party wound down, Jennie, Grif, and I went to BW3 with friends Shane and girl Brett to watch the Ohio Bobcats second round game and eat some foods stuffs. They.Won.Again! The sweet 16!!!! First time in the modern tourny era! Last was 1964, but there were less teams competing then. Next up is #1 ranked North Crackalacka. I think we can pull it off too. Who knows??? Nobody is giving us a chance, but nobody gave us a chance to win either of the first two games (my alumnus friend was in Vegas for the Michigan-Bobcats game, and made some Bobcash!!!).

After the game, we went home and I plugged in the salt lamp that Greg bought me and I had a little dance party with Griffin to my Dashboard Confessional DVD. Don't hate on my music choice.

Oh, before going to bed I checked some sports scores that I missed and the Mavs beat the Spurs on Saturday! The only little blip on the weekend was FC Dallas ending their game in a tie, but at least they still get a point in the standings.

There was more awesomeness to the weekend, but this post would be even longer. So maybe I'll get to it later. Maybe not, I don't care at the moment cause I'm still riding the high from the weekend. As my dogs would say if they had an accent where they pronounce W's instead of B's, "Wow! Wow! Wow!"

Go Ohio Bobcats!