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Running with the Bridesmaids

I have a quirky race tomorrow that I’m oddly looking forward to, called “Running with the Bridesmaids.” I first heard about this run while at the expo for the Diva Dash. There were a lot of slightly offbeat races advertising there and if you’re a regular reader, you know I like a slightly offbeat race. And Running with the Bridesmaids is right up my alley.

It’s a one mile run around the Boston Common (our major park) while wearing the worst bridesmaid dress you can find! Super! I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! I promise to run slowly so I can take lots of pictures and you can all join in the madness.

Here’s what I found:

Full length sleeves, high collar, and looks like my grandmother’s couch in the 1980s! Yes!

This is clearly the byproduct of having a costumer’s hoarding tendencies. I love helping people get rid of decades old clothes in case I can ever use them in a play. All these random clothes live in my mother’s attic in meticulously labeled Rubbermaid storage bins (she has more space than I do). It took my mother literally 90 seconds to find this dress when I told her about the run. I had forgotten all about it; but when it comes to clothes, my mother’s mind is a steel trap!

I was hoping some of the women from my Diva Dash team would run with me again, but unfortunately, they are all busy. Being alone, I’m a little nervous about the logistics. I know Boston Common really well, but the race is organized by the Boston Globe, a newspaper not an event company. I don’t even know if there will be bibs! I don’t know how many people to expect. I guess I’ll find out tomorrow. However, being a newspaper, they did a nice job getting sponsors. Tomorrow, people will be winning a trip to Vegas, $5,000 of free jewelery, wedding hair services for something like 8 people, dry cleaning services, and the list goes on. And the run is to benefit the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. I’m pleased about that.

Are you wondering how the area will handle tons of women running around in bridesmaids dresses? Honestly, I don’t even know if they’ll notice. If you’ve never been to the Boston Common, I can assure you, it’s a strange (but wonderful) place. Emerson College (where I got my Master’s degree) is right on the Common and it’s an odd, odd arts school! (And I say that with love). Also, unrelated (possibly) to Emerson, the Common actually has a Quiddich playing field set up… and people are regularly using it for practices and games. Yeah… I have a feeling the bridesmaids thing might be one of the tamer events on the Common tomorrow!

I can’t wait! I promise to share all of the comedy with you!

This only slightly works… but it makes me happy, so I’m going with it.

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Feeling Like a Hurricane of Emotions

Hi. Remember me?

I’m sorry for the 2 week lull in posting. I promise to come back tomorrow with a real post… about running, motivation, and all that good stuff that you can typically expect from me.

Where I have been? Well, for some of the time, I was literally on the edge of civilization in Vermont (and not the correct side of civilization) for a wedding on a Thursday afternoon (who gets married on a Thursday afternoon?!) It was a nice – although “interesting” – wedding. And then we had another wedding to attend that Saturday. Yep, two weddings in 48 hours! We only have one wedding left in October and then wedding season is finally done for us this year. Yippee! I promise to update about the weddings as soon as I upload the pictures from my camera.

While in VT though, I did manage to go for a 9 mile “run” (there may have been some walking involved… I was literally running up – and then back down – a mountain). It was GORGEOUS! But it may have felt a bit dangerous as well… it was on an unfamiliar set of dirt roads that were sparsely populated. Very different from running past grocery stores and a bus stop, that’s for sure! I was gone for so long that my wonderful boyfriend was afraid that I had gotten lost, been kidnapped, or eaten by a bear… (like I said, wrong edge of civilization). But really, my phone wasn’t getting reception so I went without it. I didn’t know the time or my distance (until I got back)… I just went and enjoyed!

The other part of my absence from blogging is just because I’m a swirl of mixed emotions that aren’t interesting to process on a blog. We put an offer on a house, but a developer bid more so they can tear it down. They won. And then there is the prospect that my neurologist will be changing my generally innocuous (and extremely helpful) meds which just makes me uneasy and anxious. There was some happiness and excitement in those 2 weeks as well, but nothing worth noting yet. If things pan out, I’ll let you know. (Although, some of the happiness was the house… and we see how that went…)

See? Lame! But I should be back tomorrow to talk about a race I’m about to sign up for that will happen in 2 days… oh and there may be costumes involved! (sort of… not like Halloween costumes that Jill will enjoy… but some “extreme outfits”).

Sunday Morning Snarky – Wall of Happiness

This doesn’t really balance yesterday’s… I think they compliment each other…

Saturday Morning Motivation – Are You Happy?

Do you ever have a moment where you realize you’re talking to someone who can only say something from on top of their high horse? I have to admit that someone like that gets under my skin. Of course, I know they might only be nasty because they are coming from a place of pain themselves. So to move past my own yucky feelings about lame situations, I try to think of how much I love my life and I think of all the wonderful things I have and do. Or I count my blessings as it were. And I move on because I am happy and I like to stay that way!

Have a great weekend! I wish you happiness!

Diva Dash Recap

Let me start by saying that I LOVED this race! I’m pretty sure this is the first race where I thought to myself “Man, I can’t wait to run this again next year” WHILE still running it! It was a ton of fun and if it comes to a city near you, I recommend checking it out.

My team and I put our best foot forward for this event… and we did it in pink, zebra striped socks!

First, it was a 5k with 11 obstacles. The obstacles consisted of climbing over mountains made out of hay, dirt, and tires (separate mountains). Climbing over “jersey barriers.” Scooting through a maze that was also covered in a net around waist height (so you had to bend down to go through it). There were plenty of balance beams. We had to carry large logs for awhile. And my favorite: the thing where you have to run with your feet through tires (so you get some nice high knees) while also being hit by inflatable pink balls!

My favorite obstacle. Looking for my teammate.

On top of the fun obstacles, the course itself was pretty challenging. Some of it was on a paved road, some of it was over gravel, but most of the running was a gorgeous trail run through the woods. Obviously, this part is specific to the Massachusetts one. I like to consider myself a trail runner (although let’s be real, half of my trail is paved), however, my trail is along the Charles River and is mostly flat, flat, flat. The trail for this 5k was LEGIT! It was winding, thin, and constantly going either uphill or downhill (steeply). And we actually had to hop over fallen trees! Luckily, everyone started in preassigned waves that were separated by 15 minutes, so I never felt like the course was crowded. Absolutely top-notch orchestration, I have to admit.

Besides the actual run, there were a lot of things that I liked about this race. It was my first ever “Women-only” event. If all “women-only” events are this nice, I will totally be doing more of them. Everyone was so cordial! Plus, so many people really thought about what they were wearing. I loved it! I wish I had gotten pictures of my favorites, but let me at least describe them.

  • For about half of the run, I followed some women from a Boston Book Club, the back of their shirts read “I like BIG books and I cannot lie” (oh how I love it!)
  • There were about 20 women in aprons as “Domestic Divas”
  • There were some shirts that read: “My mascara runs faster than you!”
  • “If you run faster, you’ll get wine sooner! “
  • “Oxygen PLEASE!”
  • And one of my favorites: some women from a labor and delivery unit at some hospital (it said on the front of their shirts but I can’t remember now) had on the back of their shirts “We deliver!”

My team all dressed up. Who doesn’t love Animal from the Muppets?! Also, this is what happens when a bunch of theater nerds creating a running team…

Everyone was so friendly and encouraging the whole time, I had no idea women could all be so supportive of each other. Early on in the race, I knew I wouldn’t be the fastest, but I could try for the nicest! So anytime I was passed by someone or actually passed someone, I threw out a compliment. It was so easy! Everyone had on something cute (even if it was just a pair of socks that said “Bad Ass (with an arrow pointing up).” It was great chatting everyone up. Of course it was easier to talk to everyone because this was my first race without music. Whoa! But one of the women on my team ran my pace, so we had each other to talk to the whole time. That’s a first for me and it was awesome!

That was actually another of my favorites for this race. I ran as part of team of 10! We were a variety of speeds and we all mostly ran our own race… but with a buddy who was similar to us. I loved it!

They also have the best swag bag I’ve gotten so far:

Our swag included a t-shirt, a drawstring bag, a canvas bag, a magazine, and a Luna bar.

Plus, 90% of the vendors at the vendor fair were giving out free goodies. For example:

  • Socks from Asics
  • Frozen greek yogurt pops from Yasso
  • 5 hour energy shots
  • More Luna bars
  • Sahale Snacks – I took the cranberry, sesame seed, and honey covered almonds – AMAZING! I totally recommend them!
  • Beer from Coors light
  • Coconut water from Zico (I’ve tried coconut water a ton of times and I must be missing something, I never see the appeal)
  • And samples of about half a dozen energy or recovery drinks – most of which tasted pretty chemical filled.

There were just a few things that I think Shape could work on for next year:

  • They could use some bottles of water at the finish line. Instead we were given 3 oz dixie cups that we could fill up ourselves… dehydration was plentiful
  • On the course we were handed the same cups and we could also fill them up ourselves, on Facebook a lot of runners complained that they should have been filled up for us and I can see their point. I was running slowly so it didn’t bother me, but if I was going for speed I would have been pretty upset.
  • Something to nibble on at the finish line would have been good (none of us knew about the Luna bar in our bags). Once we realized everyone was giving out samples, it wasn’t so bad. But those first 30 minutes waiting for all of our friends to finish was a little tough without food.
  • They had a bag check at the race and I’m glad I didn’t use it (I left everything in my car), it was a total disaster!

All in all though, I would totally do this race again! It was a blast!

Because I didn’t know what the run/obstacles would be like. I didn’t go in with many expectations. I was hoping to finish in 45 minutes. I thought there would be more upper body stuff (there was really only 1). Next year, I know to be smarter on the obstacles. When going over the Jersey Barriers (you know, those large sometimes concrete road blocks, these were plastic though), I lead with my right leg on all of them and my right glute hurt like whoa the whole time. Next year, I need to switch up the leg choice every other time.

The course’s jersey barriers

Final stats:

Time: 44:53:97
Place: 3184 (out of 5489 total – thus 58%)
Division Place: 1379 (out of 2286 – thus 60%)
Pace: 14:58
On my team, I was the second fastest runner (well… tied for second when you count my racing buddy, one other women on our team beat us by about 15 minutes). I’m pretty psyched about that too!

Working Out’s Brain Benefits!

I saw this and found it very intriguing. I thought you might, too (especially if you have kids or are planning on having any).

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What do you think?

Sunday Morning Snark – I Can Be Anything

As the balance to yesterday, here’s my snarkiness for the week! 🙂

Have a great day!

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