Monday, March 14, 2011

A Marathon of Basketball & Training Fail #1

This weekend was an OFF weekend of training for me. Was this planned? Ummm sort of... let's start from the beginning. 

I'm always surprised to hear that some of you don't know this, but... Cincinnati is actually at the southern tip of OH. Being on the border to KY, we have a lot of those Kentucky ruffians pushing their way in. Six of these said ruffians are my friends. They all went to UK for undergrad and are huge Wildcat fans. This past weekend they took me on a road trip to brainwash me cheer on Kentucky at the SEC tournament in Atlanta, GA

We left on Friday afternoon and about 7 hours in 1 car-- yes, 7 people in 1 car-- we were in Atlanta! Now about the training. If you haven't been to one of these events before, Alcohol revolves around it almost as much as the basketball. We were out until pretty late Friday night and had to be at the game by 1, so I only had time for  a quick 10-miler. After UK won their Saturday game it was time to celebrate at the bar... at 4pm. Kentucky fans were swarming in ATL this weekend. With all the hype and the win, who was I to say 'no' to a little celebration??... 

This led to Sunday morning, where I was pretty sure I was going get sick if I tried any sort of bopping motion... or really any kind of motion at all. This left running and the elliptical out! I was left with a bike option, so I DL'd Dean Karnaze's book 50/50 to my kindle and rode on. It looks like we're going to have to strike 1 "FAIL" on Steph's training. It's ok because 1) I planned for 1 or 2 weeks that I wasn't going to be able to train for. (I was assuming this would be due to injury or illness... but I'll take a good old hangover as an excuse). Also... 2) It was SO worth it! I knew this weekend would involve either a celebration or drinking our sorrows away. 

Have no fear! I'm not losing that much traction here. This week is a drop down-- and MY BIRTHDAY!!-- then next week I'll be doing a double full- marathon weekend at the National Marathon in D.C and the Bataan Death March in White Sands, NM! Talk about a kick in the @$$ to get back into training! Oh by the way... in case you didn't know... UK WON THE TOURNAMENT!!! Also, we tried SO hard to get on TV with "CATS" signs as well as a few other more creative "Charlie Sheen Inspired signs." After much effort (even hungover) we thought we had failed. Then on our way home we found out we had been more successful than we thought!!! 

Please take a second to go to this site and tell me what you see...

That's right! The recap of the game on the UK fan page has just 2 pictures... 1 of the team with their championship trophies and 1 of US!!!! Below is the picture. After 2 days of carrying around signs and holding them up at every commercial break, we were discovered after all!!!! SUCCESS. :)
Hope you all had a great weekend whether or not it involved running! This weekend is the "Heart Mini Marathon"... don't even get me started on the name of this event. Up until the last year, the longest distance was a 15k. Fortunately they at least put a half marathon into the schedule so the name isn't as bad. It's also my BIRTHDAY weekend... how else would I celebrate besides running a race?? 

Happy Running,
"Run to Win" -Meb


  1. What an epic weekend! Glad to see you lived to tell the tale and WOOHOO for getting on TV!

  2. Sometimes fun is more important than getting all your training in. I'm so disappointed I didn't grow up or go to school at somewhere more sports crazy. Yay birthday week!

  3. Sounds like a great weekend!!!

  4. I have a race scheduled for my birthday in April. We're sick in the head.

  5. There is a 10K in NYC that they call a mini marathon... be thankful it's at least a 15K :) Good luck!