Perhaps I should have posted this yesterday but as you’ll see this week (a series of retrospective posts), I’m a little behind….
We were talking around the hot tub last night and my cousin Sarah asked us for our best moment of 2012. I love games like this! It’s always fun to look back at the year and really think about the things you did, decisions you made, trips you took, runs you ran that helped make 2012 fantastic. Even if it was a bummer year for you, surely there are one or two things that stand out as fabulous. I’ve compiled a list of my ten biggest adventures of 2012, as told to you, my blogging audience – here’s to an even better 2013!
1. Completing 3 Half Marathons in 3 different states – Mississippi, Texas and Illinois
2:00 exactly – State # 9, Illinois
2. Deciding to go to Graduate School at the University of Texas
3. Watching the Grizzlies in the Playoffs
4. Visiting my Aunt Julie in California
Under the Rainbow at Yosemite.
5. Actually Moving to Texas (what a journey that was!), Goodbye Memphis and Hello Austin!
ATX, my new home.
6. Turning 25, and the blog turns 2!
7. Meeting the Olympians
Speedy boys, and autographed shoes!
8. Running 1,000 miles this year
9. Going home to Memphis for the St. Jude Race
Old Friends before the Grizzlies Game.
10. Spending Christmas (and New Year’s, and the first week in January….) in Mexico.
Feliz Navidad (y ano nuevo!)!
What’s your favorite memory(ies) of 2012?
So a long time ago, when I first signed up for this race, I had big hopes to beat my half-marathon PR of 1:47:35 set on this very course in 2011. Training was going great with a few little hiccups between moving and summer school. And then some big hiccups came when graduate school really grabbed my life around the neck. I decided probably about 4 weeks before this race occurred that I would just run it for fun. Yes, feeling underprepared and incapable had a lot to do with it but if you want the real truth……
I wanted to go to the Grizzlies game on Friday night.
Me and Holls at the Grizz game!
And not only did I want to go, I wanted to enjoy the appropriate Grizzlies experience which meant meeting friends out after the game. Staying out until midnight the night before a half is not exactly textbook PR material.
I wanted to enjoy my city.
Running as fast as you can through a race course doesn’t really allow for time to take in all the spectators, the Christmas decorations, familiar buildings and tasty bbq aromas. Nope, running a PR focuses your mind only on making sure you’re pushing hard enough so that your muscles almost burn….
I wanted to catch up with friends.
Me and Princess playin’ at the expo!
Before, during and after the race. You can’t talk when you’re running just under lactate threshold. You can’t move later in the day either. I had a perfect time with girlfriends and guyfriends on the days leading up to the race, during the race and in the days after. The two best parts were Princess running with me the whole time (well almost the whole time, until I got away from her on mile 12, only to turn around and find her with her hand out demanding, “Puuullll meeeeeeee”) and my college girlfriends climbing in bed with me after a shower to paint nails and catch up on the hot goss.
The day was warm for December and I would have struggled to push it in that weather. If you need proof of the fun I had, click here. I completely enjoyed my weekend catching up with friends, the talk of the town and appreciated seeing everyone (special shout out to my hostesses and my airport chauffeur 😉 ). Plus, since I’m in marathon training mode, it was a perfect way to start practicing slowing down my pace…..I’m not sure I can do that twice!
Sixteen half-marathons down and St. Jude is still my favorite.
Today I start the big journey into the unknown – I’ve never been further west on I-40 than just across the river and today I’ll make it all the way to Oklahoma. I’m stopping in Tulsa to see a childhood friend before I head to Austin tomorrow. I just have a few goodbyes here before I hit the road – I’ve done almost everything I need to survive a 402 mile roadtrip – run and eat.
This morning I met the Pack at Inside Out Gym for the weekday run. We did four as a group but I ran one to get to the gym and then added four on at the end before running one more home. My long run assignment this week was to do 10 miles at a comfortable pace and after the group was finished, I wanted to keep going. I think because I had pizza, not once, but twice yesterday!
I wasn’t able to get my pre-race pizza at the new place downtown but I did squeeze it in for lunch yesterday. Aldo’s Pizza Pie is located on Main street across from Local. Yesterday was their first day open for lunch and I think they handled the crowd very well. We didn’t wait to sit down and didn’t wait long for our pizza.
Aldo’s Pizza Pie
I split the Gina Bellina pizza with a few changes – roasted tomatoes instead of sundried, and tomato sauce instead of white. It also had grilled chicken, goat cheese and black olives. It was delicious – not to thin or thick in the crust department and the cheese was excellent.
I also had pizza for dinner at Cortona and so my legs were ready for the long run this morning. I think also knowing I’m spending up to 7 hours in the car today helped me crank out the extra miles.
Last Memphis Meal
After a cup of coffee and loading up the car I stopped by Libby’s again and we strolled through the neighborhood to Stone Soup Cafe for breakfast. I couldn’t decide what I wanted – I knew I needed some protein to keep me full for the long ride, but I also wanted something sweet. So we did what I love to do on dates, I got something healthy (a veggie omelette) and we shared something sweet (a blueberry scone).
The food is excellent here, for lunch or breakfast and the atmosphere is cozy. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. Check it out if you haven’t been before!
Well y’all, here we go! See you from Tulsa 🙂
On to Tulsa!