Saturday, May 15, 2010

Coaching and Hungover Travel

Hey Dudes & Dudettes!

I should preface this post by saying I'm extremely hungover and have had ~3 hours of sleep, so if some of this comes out incoherent, I would blame the tequila. We had Kyle's house warming party and I decided "Skinny Girl Margaritas" with a few extra "splashes" of tequila would be a good idea. At 5:30am, getting up to travel to Delaware for marathon #31, I realized how NOT a good idea that was. I'm currently in Columbus, waiting to get on a plane, on which I hope not to puke on my neighbor. I'm flying southwest, where you get to pick your seat-- hopefully everybody around me is smart enough to stay away. I should make a warning sign to hold on the plane "Beware, may regurgitate tequila if jostled."

Runner to Coach
It's been a while, but I promise I have good reasons. 1) New job (same company but new job... some would call that a promotion of sorts) so life has been a little hectic, especially during month end while working in finance. I know what some of you are thinking (because you've said it before)-- "You WORK? And still run 2-3 marathons a month??" Well yes, if I didn't work, I wouldn't be able to afford to travel and run.

2) Another busy activity, which I think you'll would be more approving of is coaching a group of people at said place of work into running a 5K. I've called it the "Finance Team 5K Challenge" in which I'm training ~21 people over 4 weeks to run a 5K race we have on campus. It's kind of strange being on this side of the stop watch, but I'm enjoying it. We've had our first week of workouts and it's been pretty successful. Everybody is grouped in a team of 3 for participation points. The more practices they go to, the more points they get. The top 2 teams get pretty swanky prizes-- 1. Ipod Shuffles and 2. "fitness packages" I'm going to make up with things like jump ropes, water bottles, etc.

It's no secret, I like to force support people into running marathons. I have (what some believe is) an absurd notion that everybody has a goal of running a marathon in life-- they just may not know it yet. So I've hatched an evil plan for the above mentioned 21 people. They'll complete their 5K in summer. After which I'm certain I can convince them to keep up training and do a 10K by fall. After which I'm pretty sure I can use my persuasiveness to convince them that "if you can do a 10K you can do a 15K" and train them for the Heart "Mini Marathon" (drives me crazy that they call it that, but thats a whole other story). The heart falls right before the flying pig marathon, right about the time in training where you would run a 15K-- so I hope, whomever is left of my crazy training group, I'll be able to prompt, pull, push, and drag into running at least the Half Marathon!!!

Seeing as though they're only at 1.5 miles, I haven't mentioned my evil plan yet, so shhhh... don't tell! Ok? Ok great! Alright, back to focusing on NOT puking my brains out. I owe you'll the race ratings for OKC marathon and a race RUNdown by DE, but I'm not feeling it right now. I'll get back at you later today.

See ya in Delaware. "Or imagine, being able to be magically whisked away to.... Delaware. ... Delaware, Delaware, what the heck is in Delaware?" -- name that movie!


  1. I think having that tequila in your system will just make you faster.

  2. Steph - randomly thought of you while running home from the gym yesterday because I have a great song for you to add to your ipod for marathons... every time i'm tired and this song comes on it pumps me up because it has such a good beat... download "Drop it Low Girl" by Ester Dean ft. Chris Brown!! good luck this weekend

  3. I love Wayne's World!!!

    Here's to a hangover cure happening...soon!

    Your evil plan is awesome. My lips are sealed!

  4. I totally agree with you on the name of the heart "mini-marathon." Annoys the crap out of me.