Monday, May 4, 2009

A worthwhile run, and a tag!

So I'm back on a schedule! Last week any workouts I did were up to me, and I got in two swims, two runs (both pretty short), and three bikes. Today I had an optional 30 minute run on the schedule. I was arriving in Calgary around 9 am and would be heading straight to work from there. When I packed for Kelowna I didn't actually bring any extra running clothes with me. It wasn't until I was packing this morning that I thought, "hmmm, I should have washed my running gear..." I did the sniff test and I figured it would pass for a lunch time run though!

Today was another one of those epic spring days out in Calgary. The sun was shining and there was minimal wind. The pathways were busy! I was going to do a simple out and back from my office and turned around right at 1.6 miles. When I turned around I wound up running in front of two guys. Before I knew it I heard someone ask me if I had run the Police Half this year...since I was wearing my race shirt. I wound up running with them and it turns out that they are training for the Calgary Half Marathon and the upcoming Calgary 70.3. The guy who asked me about my shirt actually raced Ironman Florida the last two years and we had a great chat about triathlon. It wound up being a really fun run thanks to some great conversation. I have a sneaking suspicion that my pace picked up when company came along too!

In other news, I was tagged Carlee at Chasing Forrest Gump! Here goes:

8 things I am looking forward to
1. Every single triathlon I am racing this year!
2. Cheering on my friends, teammates and blogger buds at Ironman Canada in August.
3. Racing Ironman Canada 2010.
4. Traveling to new places (like the east coast of Australia), or revisiting old favorites (like the UK).
5. Consuming copious amounts of German food and beer on my road trip to Washington in August. Why German food in Washington? Because I'm going to Leavenworth!
6. Becoming a stronger swimmer.
7. Driving home every Friday afternoon so that I can listen to Floorfillers on BBC Radio 1.
8. Running a sub 2:00 half marathon...sometime!

8 things I did yesterday
1. Ate a yummy breakfast of 10 grain cereal, dried fruit, banana, almond butter and chocolate chips.
2. Blogged.
3. Took pictures.
4. Drank a pint of Granville Island Pale Ale and ate a schnitzel sandwich.
5. Bought a new dog collar for Finlay.
6. Continued reading Breaking Dawn.
7. Priced out flights to Las Vegas on Expedia, US Airways and West Jet...with no successful results.
8. Cuddled with Finlay.

8 things I would like to do
1. Finish unpacking all of my moving boxes.
2. Paint my house.
3. Replace the carpet in my living room with hardwood flooring.
4. Win my hockey pool (even though winning wouldn't mean anything other than personal glory).
5. Design the perfect triathlon bra for girls who need just a little bit more support.
6. Live in Australia.
7. Bike across the Rocky Mountains.
8. Improve my sleep habits.

8 shows I watch
1. The Amazing Race
2. Cold Case
3. The Mentalist
4. So You Think You Can Dance
5. The Biggest Loser
6. America's Next Top Model (I swore I wouldn't watch this year...but that didn't happen...)
7. Project Runway
8. er...that's all I've got!


TNTcoach Ken said...

The sniff test!!! Ewwwwwwww...... Isn't it funny how you can run faster with people?

Missy said...

Don't you love it when you see people and suddenly, you perk up? Get a peppy little run in your step? Ha, yep, I'm guilty. Gotta look the part, right?!;)

Sub 2 is in your power, you can do it.

lindsay said...

how cool to 'run into' people to run with on your run. yeah, that never happens to me :) i can get soo sucked into antm (or pretty much any lame tv show) but i've managed to be too busy (/wasting time on the internet) to figure out what shows are on when. that show is good at making me want to watch what i eat though, randomly.

teacherwoman said...

Love the sniff test. Heck, I have done that one before! Nice workout. Were the boys cute? LOL

Melanie said...

LOL... done the sniff test too :) Great list!

Marlene said...

Sounds like some great company on your run! Your clothes must not have smelled too bad. :)

Brooke said...

haha we watch all the same shows! I have been away a while...can't believe you are planning a full IM next year! Crazy girl..

ShirleyPerly said...

I had to laugh about the sniff test too!

Love the 8 things list, esp. the first set. I would have nothing for that last one, though!

Bob Almighty said...

nothing like running with a buddy to get your pace up :)

Keith said...

IMC 2010!!!! Me too! My wife made me promise there would be no 'sniff tests'. Workout gear would go beside the washer ASAP. That area is a sniff free test zone.

Yesterday was nice but you don't see many runners in Fish Creek. Downtown you practically need those crossing guards on the pathway during lunchtime.

RunToFinish said...

ohhh live in australia that would be pretty good and I love the Amazing Race!

Badgergirl said...

The sniff test. Love it!

Marci said...

I did 10 loads of laundry after nothing passed the "sniff test".. LOL. I secretely watch alot of the same shows!

Rainmaker said...

I just noticed tonight on American Idol that You think you can dance starts on the 21st of May. Woot!