Pi Day & Racing: What Could Have Been An EPIC Fail…

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HAPPY PI DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, let me proceed.

For those who don’t know me, Pi day is my absolute favorite holiday of all time. And this year had to be super special because well it’s the only one that I’m going to see at this moment (3.14.15) I really honestly hoped to be married today because I really am THAT much of a nerd……. Don’t judge. BUT according to the Government, I’m still considered “single”. It’ll come one day.

MOVING ON.

So, in determining how to celebrate this FREAKING AWESOME day, I decided to run my first 10k race. Why not race on my favorite holiday? I love running and racing and Pi! Plus, I haven’t run a 10k before – though, I have to admit in December I did run a 12k; so distance isn’t really the reason. I just wanted to run something other than another 5k…

Well, let me tell you. This race had to be one of my most hilariously stupid memorable races I have ever been in. I did so terribly that it’s super funny! But for real, this was horrendous:

  • First, my little puppy, Charlee, kept me up almost every other hour having to go outside. So that was nice. Love her to death, but she better break this habit once Spring Break is over…Displaying 2015-03-10 16.38.14.png
  • Second, boyfriend didn’t attend because of the weather – which I totally get. Racing on the outside is boring as fuck. I just really enjoy seeing him at the finish line – selfish, I know.. It makes me super dooper happy. Anyway, that wasn’t really an issue. I’ve gone to races alone before; I just wanted to throw it into the pot.
  • Moving on, the weather was stupid. It was cold and pouring rain. This was the very first race that I have actually run in where it was DOWNPOURING almost the entire time. It was so bad I had to wrap my phone in saran wrap…… I mean I’ve run in drizzle or a light mist, but never like “where are my rainboots?” rain.
  • Then, I was almost late to line up because of the damn port-a-potty line. Normally, I give myself plenty of time for this, however, it was an emergency. Trust me, now being a pro at port-a-potties while wearing a tutu, I give myself plentyyyy of time to handle that shit.
  • Since I was almost late to line up, I was pretty much at the end of the 10k line. Okay fine, I didn’t think anything of it until I began running. I was pretty much left in the dust. Now I know why I start in the middle front….
  • The road was fine except for the ungodly amount of hills with sopping wet pine needles – it’s slippery as fuckkkkk. However, I ran up every single one of those hills thank you very much. On a slightly different note, my county has no freaking idea how to deal with cars during race hours. This was my second race where fucking public cars were on the route! GET THEM OUT! It’s dangerous – especially when the fuckers speed past you. If you need to deal with public, CHANGE THE ROUTE. Runners don’t care about running up grass hills or shit. Hell, I’d prefer that over a speeding car on the route.
  • Since I was pretty much at the end of the line to begin with, I basically ran the route by myself with two twig bitches in front of me. I would pass them – while they were walking – and then suddenly they would run about 0.25mi in front of me, then walk again. This happened the entire freaking race. Bitches.
  • I didn’t let any of that deter me. I ran the entire time and finished the race in 76 minutes. (funny story: I initially thought the clock said 80.5 minutes……then the official times were announced..damn rain) I didn’t think I did too badly. I knew I could do much much better. But considering the circumstances, I did fine. It wasn’t until I got the official times when I realized that I placed 107 out of 112 runners. hahahahahahaha what? I don’t care where I placed, but dude, I SUCKED. I can’t help but to laugh at this ranking! Man, it’s terrible for someone who runs as much as I do. ahahahahahahaha

Despite all these negative things that happened, here are the positives and what I had learned:

1. Yeah, the weather SUCKED, but the energy was great. Everyone still had awesome attitudes and eager to run the races.

2. I have no regrets in participating. I had a blast.

3. I finished the race and that’s all that matters.

4. I’ve always been aware of the “one day you’ll place first, and one day you’ll finish dead last” saying. I try to have this outlook because it keeps me staying positive. Just like the Bill Nye quote: You’ll meet someone who’s smarter than you, and one who will not be as smart as you. Well, today I pretty much lived this saying. It’s okay to finish close to last. Builds character.

5. I ran this entire race. I only slowed down at the water stations so I wouldn’t choke. I’m proud of what I did, and how far I have come. My very first 5k time was 55 minutes. To run two 5ks in 20 minutes more than that initial time is rather humbling for me. I never would have thought that I would get this far in running.

Long story short, yeah basically this race could have ruined my day. But I didn’t let it. I kept my spirits up and looked on the bright side. It’s amazing what you can do when you change your perspective.

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xo, LZE

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5 Common Sense Tips When Road Running

Running on a 45mph road is tough. Cars hardly move over for you. They are almost always speeding. They just don’t seem to care about you. Being a road runner myself, I’m not one of those people. I will move over, and I will slow down. I know how rough it is, and I know that running in the grass isn’t always an option. Well, it’s also common courtesy….

However, I nearly almost hit a woman this morning driving home. Why do you ask? BECAUSE SHE WAS WEARING ALL BLACK. At least she was on the right side of the road! I get road running, but please please please don’t make it harder than it has to be. Yes, it’s cold, but goodness gracious, why do you think they make neon running clothes? For safety! Cars going 45+ are extremely not likely going to be able to see you running on the side of the road in entirely black. You blend in more – I had a hard time seeing this lady because she looked like a tree or a trashcan. Of course she was moving, but as you know, when you’re moving fast it’s hard to tell what else is moving when it’s slower than you. I don’t even need to explain this with science. It’s common sense. Why do you think construction workers, EMTs (at night), and many others wear neon vests? It’s not to look cool; It’s so they can be safe while still doing their job.

I love neon workout gear for many reasons, but my top two are because they are fun, and people can find me. Since not everyone feels this way, and I’ve seen some road running no-nos in the last few days, I decided to make a list of  “5 Common Sense Tips When Road Running.”

1. Wear bright clothing: White, Neon. You can wear black pants, but people need to be able to see you apart from the scenery. It might be also helpful to where bright running shoes.If it’s cold outside, try to find some type of neon clothing that you can include. It’s always helpful to have at least a bright neon light jacket.

neon running outfit ❤❤❤

2. Run on the side of opposing traffic. So typically it’s the left side of the road. This is for music and non-music runners. You can see cars coming and move appropriately if needed. This also allows for cars to see you. Yes, cars will see you if you run with traffic, however, you don’t know if they are exactly tailing you, driving past you, or whatever. You may also not know that they are there. If you need to run with traffic, try to run in the grass, away from the road for your own safety.

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3. Be wise with music. I am a music runner when the setting permits  If I happened to get lost, or I need to run with traffic, I will not listen to music. It allows you to be alert, and hear everything going on around you. What happens if you are running with traffic and a car just got into a wreck? You can’t hear the preliminary pieces to get out of the way; you may get hit yourself. I do listen to music when I run opposing traffic, but it is lowish and I can still hear everything around me. The only time I run with music loud is on the treadmill or racing. You need to be able to trust your surroundings.

4. Watch where you are going. You cannot be oblivious to anything. You need to be alert, attentive and able to adapt. AAA – triple A. This goes for road running and just running in general. Especially for girls. If you are running, usually you’ll have music on and wearing a ponytail. Do you know how easy it is for someone to grab the ponytail from behind and restrain you, when you couldn’t hear them?

5. I.D. For a while, I didn’t even run with my phone. No one knew who I was, or that I had even gone out for a run (except those I told).So if anything had happened to me, no one would know until it was too late and hours later. Since I have increased my distances, that has changed. Before I’d run 15 to 40 minutes, now, I’m at a minimum of an hour. I began to run with my phone, and then within one week I was tailed twice at 6am. Nothing happened because I was alert and switched my route to be more populated, but it still scared me. I now run with an ID bracelet that looks like a watch. Granted, an ID bracelet isn’t going to help if I were kidnapped.  But it can help if someone hit me, and I couldn’t call anybody. It seems cheesy and weird, but I actually like it. And for some insane reason, it makes me feel safe. You can buy different ID items at Road ID ; they are really good. 

Road ID bracelet to wear while running with emergency contact info. Great idea!

I know this won’t help everyone, and that everyone won’t follow it. But it’s just sensible to do these to help get the most out of your run. Nothing sucks worse than going on a run and never completing it because you forgot to wear neon…

xo, LZE

When are you most active?

When are you most active?

That is, provided you like fitness and things of that nature. 

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I’m rather active. I like to run, hike, walk – get up and do things. I’d like to be more active, though, people will say ‘you’re psycho! you already workout enough.’ I actually get that now and I’m only active about 4 days a week which includes at least one 4.5mi run. That’s not active enough for me hahaha And that’s definitely not the most I have done at one time. Okay, so where are you going with this? 

The time I was most active was two summers ago when I was working about 30hrs a week. I worked and worked out; that was it. I loved it, and I looked good too hahaha! Between that summer and now, I’ve been at school and working out moderately – certainly not as much as before except for the month of October 2013 when I had a race every weekend. Now, I’m not working this summer, before my “big girl job” that starts in August. So I like have all the free time in the world aside from when I’m playing taxi. Do you think I get my butt out of bed like I used to? No and it bugs the poop out of me.

 Note to self.

I sleep in until like 1030 11am every day – what the heck?! Others think ‘OMG THAT’S AWESOME’, and all I can say is “WTF HAPPENED TO MY DAY?!’ I am most definitely an early riser but I can never get my butt out of bed these days and I don’t know why. It’s not like I’m doing anything! “Why don’t you just workout after that?” Asthma and nature allergies do not work in humid conditions.

So that’s why I pose the question: When are you most active? 

Based on my life, I’m more active when I’m already busy. Somehow I manage to rearrange my schedule to workout. But when I have all the time in the world, I don’t want to work out; my bed is beyond comfortable. If this is how others operate too, I can see why everyone is unhappy with themselves or the world.

This is what I tell my hubby when I go to the gym instead of watching hockey with him!!

I think some operate this way, but I also think others operate on the “I’m too busy and tired from work, why the hell would I workout on top of that?” Okay, so that makes sense, but workout before you go to work? Morning people have trouble understanding why others do not like to wake up early. Exactly!

Anyway, I just find it odd that I have all the time in the world but instead I’d rather stay in my hot room than bask in the gorgeous sunlight. At least one of those gives you a tan! I’m curious to see if it’s normal, or how others operate.

But really, if you’re the same or different in regards to working out, I’d love to hear your thoughts! I like conversations.

xo, LZE

Hilarious running motivation at a marathon might have to do this for some of my longer distance friends