I Still Haven’t Won a Prize

On Thursday I headed out to the Road Runner Thursday Adventure Run.

This chick was supposed to meet me there, but she bailed citing injuries, and the desire to check out the brahs getting crushed by killer surf.

Screen Shot 2013-06-09 at 8.47.19 AM.pngI suppose forgiveness is in the air….so we can let this one slide.

If you’re not familiar, the Adventure Runs involve showing up to your local Road Runner Sports….

Checking in (if you register online before the event you get a free beer ticket)

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Wait….

IMG_3784Get the giant map (they can email it to you too)

IMG_3785Then run around for 60 minutes trying to get tickets from each of the locations mapped out.    After 60 minutes there are raffles for some pretty awesome prizes.  This time around they gave out a few Garmins, probably 6 pairs of New Balance and Sketchers shoes, some gift certificates for local restaurants and therapy providers (Ahem, I’m still mad that Rausch Physical Therapy didn’t rig it so I could get a free gait analysis….)

Anyway, as per usual – I didn’t win anything from a raffle, but people next to me did.  And the non-runner even gave her Zensah compression sleeves away to Lauren the crazy fun New Balance rep we had dinner with after.

IMG_3792Since I teach on Thursday nights during the school year, I always look forward to these runs in the summer.  Whether you’re a speed demon or a walker, big or small, jogging stroller or strapping your 90-year old Grandma on your back…the event is totally doable for anyone.

I particularly love that I get to see TONS of people from the local running community that I see around races, on the trails, etc. and it gives you a fun way to interact beyond the awkward and breathless “Good morning!” as you whiz by one another on the local streets/trails.

And no, Road Runner did not ask me to post about this…I genuinely like this event.  The only compensation I got was someone (who didn’t even know I blogged) offered me a second free cold one for dessert.  #summernightsareawesome

IMG_3793Do you have a local running event you like to attend?

How do you handle it when you see another runner when you’re out on your runs?  Ignore, engage, run across to the other side of the street?

Keepin’ It Classy

5ish Miles
Sweaty, Beer Motivated Strides
@ Road Runner Sports Adventure Run

Yesterday I was keepin’ it real class in the McD house.  Strawberry was rushing through breakfast and panicked because he didn’t have a glass.  I learned him real good that if you have less than half an inch of milk – glasses are foregone.

Going green? Don’t use glasses then recycle container.  Done and done.

After cruising through another day of successfully wearing both shirts AND pants for all work meetings, I changed into my classy pants and headed out to the Road Runner Sports Adventure Run.

People, if you live near a store that hosts these you have to go.  I went to meet more local runners and guess what – it works!  I showed up and saw a bunch of peeps whom I had seen in various local races over the summer, I even found a group I had met last month, met a woman who was a week overdue with her first baby trying to get labor kick started, met a few new people – including traffic tempting blogger a few of you may know.

Me and a few of my local running “friends” – this was only about 1/3 of the people there

Want to come and find winning tickets? Don’t look here. Look all around me. The “winningest” ticket I had was when I accidentally got a second free beer. I’ll take that!

They literally give away thousands of dollars of stuff, you get in a few free miles and get to try and make sense of a crazy map on your iPhone as you adventure off following the “check points” collecting tickets.  Fast, slow, old or young (wow, this is almost sounding like a personal ad) will have a fab time.

Nothing says super fun like leaving sweaty butt prints on the asphault with people you hardly know or just met.  No, seriously, I mean that.

Do you live near a Road Runner Sports?
If not, do you have local running events like this?

On Feeble Attempts

Bike – 6 miles
Run 3.5 miles
Adventure Run Strides

I made a vlog yesterday.

It wasn’t pretty.  In fact, minus my adorable kids it was kinda boring for the first 2 minutes so I killed it.  We’ll try again next week.

One of the parts is when I discuss one of my goals for 2012:  Build a local running network.

I’m not going to lie, this one petrifies me.  I think this goal was harder for me to achieve than training for and running my first full marathon.

Ugh.

Snapshot of me ranting and raving about not wanting to go to the adventure run. Fun times.

Why building my running network?  Because the running community rocks.  It’s an amazing group of people and quite honestly I need people to challenge my running goals and provide insight sometimes instead of questioning my sanity like my non-running, non-athletic friends.

So I went to my 2nd Laguna Hills Road Runner Adventure Run.  Honestly, such good times.  But still, going in knowing NO ONE is scary. 

When out making new friends, be sure to wear clothes that explain your gross condition.

For the second month in a row, I found a group of people to run with and even saw some from the month before.  It was a fabulous time.  Great runs, good camaraderie, lots of laughs, free stuff, and yes, the ever important free beer at the end.

This time I stuck around for the “after party” at Woody’s and grabbed some dinner.  And met some local runners.

I’m still not at the “have some friends to call for a long run” or “let’s train for a race together” but I’m working on it.  And hey, that’s progress.

The end of the day left me with one very important question for everyone:

If you bike, run, drink 2 beers then bike again does it still count as a brick workout?