Friday, December 23, 2011
This is the toughest time of the year to try to lose weight. There has been a non-stop conveyor belt of snacks and cookies around the office. Some stuff has been pure crap, tasteless, grocery store cookies, but every once in a while, something fabulous has come along I cannot resist.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Chicago Blogger Network is a collective of Chicago area Bloggers. The organizers put together networking events, and members receive invitations to events around town, with the expectation they'll tweet, Facebook, and blog all about the fun and interesting things going on in Chicagoland. The group is largely fashion bloggers, but there are a few bloggers covering other subjects. They put out a call to the group for holiday gift ideas for their first ever gift guide. My suggestion was The Nike+ GPS Sportwatch. It was gifted to me, so of course I think it's a great gift idea! Since CBN has a lot of folks writing about fashion, I wasn't sure my gift suggestion would get put in, but hooray, it's #31 on the list! The layout of the guide turned out really nice. My suggestion is the only sports related product, but I think it fits in well because it is a pretty fashionable watch in itself. Examiner.com. A co-worker turned me on to the show and it turns out the host follows my Examiner article! I'm really looking forward to participating in the show. You can log on and listen live here, or check back for the on-demand episode.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Shamrock Shuffle in March. I'm hoping I can continue on training at a slow and steady pace to be able to complete the five mile run.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Spider Tech. I've been wanting to try out K-tape for the arch of my foot, but the last couple of expos I've attended, the line for free tapings has been way too long. Spider Tech's booth was tucked away in the back, with only a few people waiting. I got my foot taped for plantar fascia and posterior tibial tendon support. I was really excited about the price, a box of 40 for $20. run group planning to race, so Sunday there was a planned meet up before the race. It was so nice meeting other Black women from around the country who are also running obsessed! start of the race was very organized. It started promptly, just as it had in Chicago. There were several corrals ahead of us, so we waited about 30 minutes to start. I lost count of each corral as they were sent on there way, but I think at about corral 25, they just let everyone take off, there was no pause in between. There were 40 corrals in total. So what ensued was a mad mix of runners and walkers starting at the same time. There were runners darting in and out everywhere! It was like people forgot the basic rule of staying to the right and passing on the left. I registered for the race before my injury, so I did not have time to properly train, but I knew I was still coming for the experience . . . and for the fact that I already paid to register and bought my airfare. I ran the first few miles of the race, then stood on the sidelines to cheer on the runners, then finished the last mile with my sister. When we crossed the finish line, the finish area was so random. The medals were scattered, people were tearing their own space blankets off the roll, there was a ridiculous line to take a finisher photo, and the bananas and snacks were on the other side of that line. We skipped the photo and cut through for some nourishment! From the secure race area, we had to re-enter Mandalay Bay to get back to our hotel. The line was absolutely ridiculous! Worse than trying to get to the start of the race. Probably because nearly 20 corrals were finishing at the same time! The last thing people want to do after running a marathon or half is stand in line. When it was clear we weren't getting anywhere soon, we exited back outside to get some air. We walked a bit and found another less populated entrance to the hotel. I hear we avoided most the craziness. There were apparently several people that passed out in the crowd and EMTs had to be called. When the race sold out at 44,000, RNR raised the capacity. I believe the final count was near 60,000. I think the major issue with this race was raising the cap and not being able to handle it. RNR got a little greedy in Las Vegas this year. They gambled and lost in the opinion of many runners! It's unfortunate because the course is amazing, it's really cool to run at night on the Strip. Hopefully next year RNR will better manage the crowd.