Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Biggest Box of Wine I’ve Ever Seen

Today Heidi and I did a 3.5 mile run around the lake.  It was the first time really moving my legs since Sunday’s marathon and things felt a bit stiff (TWSS). The good news is that this is the first marathon I’ve run where my legs were not overly sore or achy the next day. I’m kind of impressed by that because I usually walk like I have a load in my pants for the 1-2 days following a marathon. You know how it is - kind of shuffling along, grabbing your quads every time you walk up stairs or sit on the toilet. I feel like throughout this training cycle my body learned how to recover from long runs relatively quickly with the right amount of refueling and rest.

I did have to chuckle to myself when I was at the doctor’s office today and the nurse asked if I was doing another marathon this weekend. Uh, yeah, right. And then I’m going to put on my super woman cape and save children from burning buildings.

Heidi is able to run further now, and we only took a few walk breaks where I had to coax her and tell her “looking strong!” “you’ve got this!” and “don’t quit now or you’ll hate yourself!” She was kind of tired after the fact and threw up a little (not the volumes she did last time). She is not smiling in this picture, but she is smiling inside I’m sure.

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Heidi doesn’t know it but she  is now doing the Couch to 5K program. Or, maybe we should call it the Floor to 5K because she is not technically allowed on the couch. She is getting into shape and slimming down. Clearly I need to be a trainer on the canine version of the Biggest Loser.

Here I am instructing Heidi on the best use of the foam roller after a run. I think this might help her recover faster.

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So, we have the Bolder Boulder 10k this weekend in Boulder (duh). We always run it as a family – well, Ken and Sam go ahead and Emma, Kathy and I run together. We always dress in costumes (last year was tutus, year before hula skirts). I was trying to think of what we could wear this year and did a search. I might not have found the perfect costumes for us, but I surely did find some we will NOT be wearing:

I would suggest we wear this one, but I don’t own any tighty whiteys, don’t have a bulge and I don’t think the sashes would adequately cover my supple bosom.

This here is a very creative costume, but not anatomically or colorfully correct. There’s just something fishy about it too (hah!). It also looks very hot and furry to run in.

Now, this one would be very appropriate for me and I have experience wearing boxes because my brother and I were a pair of dices (die?) once for Halloween.

But, the BEST and most appropriate costume for me would certainly be this one. TOTAL genius:

Have any costume ideas for me? (Keep in mind my 12 year old daughter will be wearing the same thing, so I’d rather not go as a stripper or someone from Girls Gone Wild).

Have you ever run in a costume?

How do you usually feel the days after a race?

SUAR

47 comments:

  1. The closest I've come to wearing a costume wasn't really a costume, but running kilt. I actually loved it (I did wear it to a night time halloween trail race) and plan on wearing it again for racing.
    How about dressing up as a superhero? Animals? Kick ass running mom and daughter and smoke the guys?

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  2. I have never ran in a costume but would certainly not be opposed to it. I love the ginormous wine box but after reading your blog for quite some time now I do think the last one is the best for you.
    I usually walk around with the "crapload in my pants" look for about two days after a marathon.

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  3. Super Heroes. I mean, a cape, a t-shirt with an S or a batman insignia and you are golden. Everyone should run in a cape.

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  4. I TOTALLY see you going as the toilet! Or a giant roll of TP! :) Your kids could be the dirty pieces.... ;) Just kidding! Have a GREAT time!

    Sarah
    www.thinfluenced.com

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  5. If I am not at least a little bit sore after a marathon I know I didn't give it my "all". (Have completed 13 and a few ultras too.) Same with triathlons.
    I dressed as a waitress carrying a tray with a glass/bottle of wine on it over a mountain pass-did'nt spill a drop!

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    1. I sure as hell gave it my *all* that day...guess everyone is different.

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    2. Another Runner Named BethMay 22, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Wowzers, yes, I agree with Beth, we are all different. For example, most of us would not ever imply someone didn't give there all in a race. That would just be plain rude. With all the negative junk in the world, why bother exerting effort to say something like that?
      Pretty sure Beth did not say she was not sore "at all", rather that she was not gimpy, not limpy, and most importantly for her, able to lower herself to the toilet w/o the typical post marathon leg pain that makes most of us wonder how the toilet got lower to the floor.

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    3. I was just speaking for myself-

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  6. I have never run in a costume BUT I have skied in a costume. I was a bride. Post Colfax and feeling great. Rode yesterday and ran today. Thinking I am pretty badass for a first timer.

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    1. Yes you are pretty badass! Way to go!

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  7. Your family would be awesome as The Incredibles! By the way, that vagina costume is truly awful.

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  8. Google Loofah Costume. Looks easy enough and not too miserable to run in.

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  9. Last year I video taped people at Ragnars all around the country about their wigs, tutus and costumes. wear tutus low so your arms don't rub on them was a theme. Flamingos have been very common, but new this year was changing the colors to make peacock costumes. Swirly blues and greens on bottom, aqua tops & tutus, feather tattoos from Party City. Feathers on headband or in hair. some poor photos at the bottom of this post: http://www.midlifefitnessandbeyond.com/cape-cod-ragnar-relay-192-miles-whoa/.
    too many Wonder Women. Don't be her.

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  10. Oh goodness, I think you might just become canine trainer to the stars! You could be puppy personal trainers! For the record, I tried to think of a "p" word for trainer because I love alliteration. For a Ragnar, my team and I wore ruffled bum undies on the outside of our shorts. It was really fun!

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  11. I was Elastigirl/Mrs. Incredible last year.

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  12. Get some prom dresses from the thrift store and slash then up. Add sashes, tierras and some white face paint and you can be zombie prom queens. What's with Anonymous there?

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    1. GREAT idea!! And totally do-able last minute.Thanks!

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  13. I should have gotten a bitch instead of a dog. My goldie (male) is so soft that he lies down and refuses to move when I take him on runs - pretty much like every other male in the family. And no amount of taunting him with 'princess' or 'pussy' will make him move.

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  14. You've mentioned my site that has race signs in the past.
    Did you know that I had one about race costumes?
    BestRaceCostumes.wordpress.com

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  15. Oh my goodness those are hilarious! No I have never run in a costume. I've always been way to competitive within myself to just run for fun.

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  16. Heidi is totally smiling in that first picture! God, she is so cute.

    The only "costume" I've ever worn in a race was a rainbow tutu for a Color Run. Since you're running with your daughter..... maybe super heros? Wonder Woman and Bat Girl? The family from the Incredibles, maybe?

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  17. Ok, that vagina picture isn't even funny. People need to grow up and get a life. And your "fishy" comment is downright disgusting. How old are you??? That's something a 16 year old boy would say and that's not something to be proud of. I don't get it. Yeah, I know, go ahead and tell me to lighten up. I don't care in the least. I just think we have gone too far with stupid shit like this. Again, let's grow up.

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    1. Agreed. Let's grow up, lose our ability to laugh at silliness, take ourselves more seriously, and die miserable.

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    2. I found it fucking hiLARIous! But then again, I'm warped like that. :D

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    3. That picture reminded me the brilliant book I studied in college during the ever popular 'Human Sexuality' course: "Our Bodies, Ourselves" Women are encouraged to get a mirror and study our vaginas. So we can learn we are not ugly or hideous or embarrassing. I did it and I love my vagina. Thanks for reminding me how much. Oh, and the fishy thing - I am a pescatarian, so.....

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  18. I think you should all dress up as Heidi. That way, you can say "Heidi can run 10k".

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  19. I don't know if this link will work or not, but at the Savage Race in Florida, they posted this pic on their Facebook page. the outfits were "Where's Waldo" with two girls wearing red and white hats, stripey red and white shirts, jean shorts and black round glasses. I thought they were adorable and you and Emma would look really cute in them!!

    https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/936843_589066517782238_1226155827_n.jpg

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    1. The link did work. Awesome costume!! And completely do-able.

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  20. My cousins and I ran the Disney Marathon dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland. I was Alice, and my cousins were the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter and Chesire Cat. It was hysterical! My cousins Mad Hatter hat was 2 feet tall and he stored his GU in the band of the hat. To this day it makes me chuckle! The only down side is that their costumes were more recognizable than mine so they got more cheers. It was like "Go queen of hearts! Off with their heads!" and then like 5 seconds later "oh ya.....go Alice!" SO. MUCH. FUN. As for how we felt after the race? We spent 11 hours in the walking around the parks. yes, our quads were sore, but it only bothered us when we sat down or stood up and then it was a nice reminder that we ran a MARATHON the day before.

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  21. I've dressed as a redneck/hillbilly for a race (rotten teeth, camo top, cut off shorts and tattoos all over my body). It was so much fun!!

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  22. Last year we saw a bunch of Waldos at Bolder Boulder. They crack me up. There were a couple of Lego figures as well. We biked dressed as the Wizard of Oz cast one year at the Moonlight Classic and won the costume contest.

    Can I mention my favorite serious matching groups? The Lost Boys of Sudan always make me tear up. Same with the military units.

    Good luck finding costumes and have fun in Boulder! I'll be in the FB wave, so you're sure to pass me. I'll be sure to scream, "SHUT UP!" and then gasp and scream, "AND RUN!"

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  23. The only costume I've worn for a race is a tutu and wings (like half the crowd) at Tinkerbell this year. I've seen some pretty awful ones at Ragnar (one guy we dubbed 'Thor' who should NOT have been showing as much as he did--shudder!). Have fun whatever you dress as!

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  24. Ok, I'm going to be controversial here.

    I don't think "thelongrun" really meant to insult you with the "give it my all" comment.

    I think the "fishy" remark is something I'd typically cringe at when an immature man would say it, say, in frint of a female. It's rude, no matter who's saying it.

    I think you're over running your dog. She shouldn't have to vomit at all after exercise. Please, reconsider the distances at least.

    I won't log out & post as Anonymous. I'll still read your blog too. How's that for honesty..

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  25. OMG - there's a part of me thinking that y'all should go with the first picture - that is classic!!!
    I feel bad for you that Heidi tends to puke after running - I've seen some of your previous posts on vomit!!

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  26. ok, so I basically stopped reading blogs about a month ago and now I have no idea what is going on in your life. congrats on your marathon though, and of COURSE I LOVE your dog, and oh, by the way, I think we're about to be neighbors. like creepy neighbors.

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    1. I want to be your creepy neighbor!! Are you coming to Longmont? We need to have our dogs meet too.

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  27. Glad I'm not the only crazy one...Colfax was my first marathon on Sunday, and Monday I will be dressing up as one of the Margarita Mamas in a turquoise tutu for the BB

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  28. I've been planning on doing the couch 2 5k with my dog starting next week. I attempted to run with him when I first started running. ONCE. Then I decided that I needed to learn how to run on my own first haha. I think I've got that down now so that's the plan for next week.

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  29. I love your blog. It's great, funny, and inspirational in a kick in the a** sort of way!

    But, please be careful with your beautiful pup! Remember she has a long coat and dogs can heat stroke very easily (and many will do so to please their person) and the couch to 5K program is 9 weeks; obviously she's not a person doing the C25k, but don't jump from her walking a bit to running 3 miles.

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    1. Appreciate the input. We did not jump from walking to three miles. We walk a TON and every week I take her for a longer run/walk of 3 miles once per week. It is not just running , but is running with walking and I am paying close attention the whole time to how she is doing. I joke a lot (saying I am doing C25K for example), but I am very conscientious about my dog and make sure she is okay at all times. I am not a cruel or careless pet owner.

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  30. Awesome work with the F25K regiment. I’ve never been a dog person, or a pet person at all for that matter. But when I lived in Steamboat Springs some years ago, the hotel I worked in had a “house dog” named Honey that resembled your Heidi and I really enjoyed her company. And they’re crazy smart dogs. Living out there made me realize that there are no bad dogs, only bad dog owners. And I never saw as many good dog owners in my life as I did in the one summer I lived out there. Good on ya for properly welcoming that dog into a runner’s family. Maybe you can dress her up as Santa’s Little Helper for this costume idea.

    http://hgtv.sndimg.com/HGTV/2010/07/27/Halloween-UGC_vrrk9-simpsons-costumes_s3x4_lg.jpg

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  31. How about dressing up as Thing 1 & Thing 2, from The Cat in the Hat byt Dr.Seuss?

    Well done on the 42.2!

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  32. So glad I'm not the only one making my dog do a couch to 5k! ;)

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  33. I have just downloaded iStripper, so I can watch the sexiest virtual strippers on my desktop.

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