Friday, October 31, 2008

T.G.I.F. Picture Day

I've mentioned a few times in my posts about finding your inner "animal". I think my little man has it! I've been on Fall Break all week, so I haven't spent much time with the computer. It's been a great week. WOOT! WOOT! Good luck to everybody racing or training this weekend and of course to Jamie who is wearing The Shirt That Races. Happy Halloween and post a race report if your participating in the Virtual 3.1 Pumpkin Run!!

Today is: thank goodness it's friday pic day. Every friday until the end {whenever that may be} is designated T.G.I.F. Picture Day. If you'd like to participate/share, send me an email: nikemomof2[at]gmail[dot]com OR comment and I will link to your tgif pic. oh happy friday.]

T.G.I.F. Links

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Official Marathoner!

Go check out MCM Momma's official race report as she becomes an official marathoner wearing the Shirt That Races. Go Hot Momma!

Don't forget the Virtual 3.1 Pumpkin Run!

Friday, October 24, 2008

T.G.I.F. Picture Day

I'm currently designing a coffee table book of our RAGBRAI XXXVI trip this last summer. It was an experience of a lifetime. This is the cover photo I'm using. If you ever get a chance to participate in RAGBRAI - do it! We are planning on the next 20 years so if you need housing and peoples to hang with, drop me a line and we'll hook you in our group.

Today is: thank goodness it's friday pic day. Every friday until the end {whenever that may be} is designated T.G.I.F. Picture Day. If you'd like to participate/share, send me an email: nikemomof2[at]gmail[dot]com OR comment and I will link to your tgif pic. oh happy friday.]

T.G.I.F. Links

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Shirt That Races ~ MANstyle

Word about The Shirt That Races is spreading. AWESOME! Lauren is going to wear it in Maryland and Beth is going to wear in it DC. GO Ladies!!!

I was talking to McRib (hubby) last night about starting a "Man's Version" of The Shirt That Races. What do you think?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Virtual 3.1 Pumpkin Run

Run it. Love it. Spread the word. Let's have some fun!
[Post your race report.]

Monday, October 20, 2008


One of the things I always do when I read the daily newspaper is check out the Obituaries. Why? Because. Sad, but true. You just never know who you may know that has died and I want to make sure I pay my respects.

Perusing Sunday's obits, this one struck me as rather humorous [with all due respect]. Somewhat unlike a regular obituary. David Letterman humorous; do you think? [I italicized what I thought was funny]
Edie Ann (Pieper) Fisher was born on November 3, 1953 at Nebraska City. She sought better on October 6, 2008. A Memorial, or better yet, a WAKE will take place Sunday (10/19/08) at Big Sal's, 838 North 27th Street (27th & Vine) in Lincoln beginning at 12:30 p.m. or thereabouts. Refreshments will, for the most part, be provided. For those of you who knew and loved her, please join us in celebrating her all too short life. Memorials may be sent to her mother...[isn't she a cutie??]
We debated about going to Big Sal's [which is a pizza parlor, btw]. ;P

Running Report:
Sunday's run was pretty good! The distance from our backdoor to my dad's backdoor [at the local lake up the road] is 3.25 miles. I knocked out an 8:44 pace. John held that pace for the first 2 miles and then dropped off. And yes, I left my kiddo behind and kept on running. :P It's safe here mid-morning other than potentially getting run over by a church driver or run down by a deer, so I wasn't too worried. Just as we were getting ready to go pick him up, about 10 minutes after my arrival, John was knocking on the door out of breath. He must've got a second wind and kicked it into some major kick-butt gear. I'm impressed. :)

We got up early this morning and all three of us lifted some weights decked out in PJ's and tennis shoes. [The beauty of working out at home. :P] John and I did an upper body routine and Jake my 8 yr old did push ups, sit ups and pull ups. I'm looking into some different lifting programs, since 12 is the age where they want to and think they can MAX out. Wrongo! So I'm looking at a training class at the local Y and then continuing on with the Bigger, Faster, Stronger Program. Anybody have any experience with the Bigger, Faster, Stronger Program?

Jake is done with Monday night soccer academy, so I'm back to my regular routine of teaching spinning at the Y. YES!!!! I love cycling [outdoor] and didn't get my fill this summer because I spent so much time training for triathlons [running and swimming where I would normally be biking] and this fall focused on running to stay in shape in between some longer weekend bike rides. So, I'm back to the saddle full time, but now the concentration will be on an indoor spinner. So, prior to class I needed to get in a 20 minute run. Time was running slim, so I laid some rubber running 2 miles in 16 minutes then kicked off a spin class to a "Mad Monday" workout consisting of intervals, a climb and then more intervals. I also subbed for the beginner spin class after mine. I feel great and it was the boost I needed to get the animal back [after a 2+ week hiatus]. GRRRR! :D

I'm meeting with a cycling coach next week to train for the Triple Bypass, RAGBRAI, 5 days/500miles and potentially some road races. In there I have to fit my marathon training and I want to lift. I'm also thinking about fitting in some duathlons next summer so, it's going to be a busy year. Oh ya!

Check out A Shirt That Races blog. It made its first race with Vickie in Michigan. Go Vickie! You can also read her race report here. If you'd like to participate, send me an email at nikemomof2[at]gmail[dot]com and I'll get you scheduled in.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Going On A RUN!

My 12 year old [John] and I are going to run up to a nearby lake/campground where my dad is staying. He pulled in yesterday from Montana which makes it a great distance for my kiddos to bike to or run to. The distance is about 3.5 miles from our house so we'll see how John can handle it. He's trying to stay in shape from the end of football season to the beginning of wrestling season which starts in a week. He ran 2.4 miles on Friday and he said he felt great and wasn't sore the next day. This is a good start. :D

We created some playlists and in about 30 minutes we will be off. Here's my playlist [it's a little longer than it would take me to run 3.5 miles, but I'm not sure of his pace yet for that distance; we'll soon find out.] Have a great one!

Get the Party Started ~ P!nk
I'm Not Over ~ Carolina Liar
Crazy Bitch ~ Buckcherry
Run Like Hell ~ Pink Floyd
I Don't Care ~ Fall Out Boy
The World Should Revolve Around Me ~ Little Jackie
Give It 2 Me ~ Madonna
Fa-Fa-Fa ~ Datarock
So What (Main Version) ~ P!nk
Breath (2AM) ~ Anna Nalick

Friday, October 17, 2008

T.G.I.F. Picture Friday

Ever wonder? Wonder what it is your doing and why your doing it? I have this Successories picture that sits on my desk and here is what it reads:

The Essence of Survival
"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed...every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."

Today is: thank goodness it's friday pic day. Every friday until the end {whenever that may be} is designated T.G.I.F. Picture Day. If you'd like to participate/share, send me an email: nikemomof2[at]gmail[dot]com OR comment and I will link to your tgif pic. oh happy friday.]

T.G.I.F. Links
Marcy [faithful to the max to T.G.I.F.}

Running Towards Myself

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Get Lost!

I dare ya! I live next to the largest corn maze in the world. The maze is 42.6 acres. In fact I'm sending the whole family up there this weekend to test their slogan. :D While their running around cornstalks, I'm going to run the road for a nice long workout. I haven't run in two weeks to this very day because this darn cold I've caught just keeps lingering like a bad smell in a space suit. ha

Right now I'm sipping a fluffy coffee waiting to go to the pumpkin patch ~ double yeah [on the coffee that is :)]! I'm helping chaperone my little man's 3rd grade class just to make sure my patience meter needs no adjustments. It also rained all day yesterday and all night which means....the kiddo's will be all muddy. Which indefinitely multiplys the odds that I'll be all muddy too. GBR!

On another note....I'm currently in the process of setting up a cycling training plan to begin in January [same time as marathon training and I've decided to do the 1/2 versus the whole so I can cycle] beause we are doing 500 miles/5 days in June, and the Triple Bypass and RAGBRAI in July. I am also thinking about attempting my fate at some road races depending on how well I can juggle the two workout schedules. I'm also contemplating doing the Dirty Kanza 200 in Kansas. Any recommendations for training plans they have had success with or an experienced coach they would like to share?

Thanks ya all and have a great day!

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Blog is UP!

The Shirt That Races blog is up and running! I may have a few mistakes, it's late and my tongue is on fire from bitch-slappin helleva hot salsa - I'm on fire! So, let me know what's up, who, when, where and why.

Vickie will be the first to wear the Shirt That Races. Go Vickie!

Your last duty as a runner who wears The Shirt That Races is to pass it on to the next runner. Please get the necessary mailing info so they can have it on the date specified on the blog.

I'm thinking that all the participants should have write capabilities to the blog so they can post their race report. What do you think? Any chance of sponsorships here? Anybody want to hit up Oprah? ;P

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Shirt That Races

Here we go!!!

It is a size medium, obviously pink, not a tight fit, but not a loose fit. Girl cut and has been washed. ;P

Shirt That Races Official Guidelines:
  1. Shirt must be worn in an official race [i.e. 5-k, 10-k, marathon].
  2. Picture must be taken with the official race bib pinned on the Shirt That Races.
  3. Shirt can be worn by any participating female or male [if they dare].
  4. Shirt must be washed before mailing to the next runner.
  5. Runner must create a race report including a picture of their race in the Shirt That Races.
  6. Shirt That Races must run in every state, including Canada.
  7. Race info must be recorded permanently on the Shirt That Races. [use fabric ink/marker, permanent marker, etc.]
Let me know if your IN and your race date so we can make a calendar of success. Spread the word and let's hit all 50 states and more!! Run on.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Photo Friday


I took my boys on a photo shoot last weekend to the Haymarket. I've been playing with some different photo effects. What do you think?

If you'd like to participate/share, send me an email: nikemomof2[at]gmail[dot]com OR comment and I will link to your tgif pic. oh happy friday.

T.G.I.F. Links

A Shirt that Races Update
I took a pic this morning, but guess what? That pic is still at home. I promise I will post tonight and we can plot and plan for the adventure from there. In the meantime, spread the word, and pick your race date. Goal is to hit every state.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

A Shirt That Races in Every State

Driving down the superslab on my way to work [I-80] I came up with this great idea and was wondering if you would like to help make it happen.

I have this Champion Double-Dry v-neck t-shirt that I just don't wear. I've worn it a few times, but now it just sits in my drawer. Currently my options are: donate to goodwill, throw it away, sell it on eBay, or do nothing and continue to let it sit in my drawer.

My BIG IDEA is it could be the Shirt That Races in Every State. The official expectations would be that the shirt be mailed from runner to runner. The runner wears it in an official race, takes a picture with the race bib tagged to the shirt, prints their location on the back of the shirt and passes it on to the next runner. Thoughts? Ideas? Comments?

Want to participate? The official race could be anything from a 1-mile to a marathon. I do not have the shirt with me to take a picture [will do that tonight to post]. I think this has the potential to be way COOL and way FUN.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mojo Says...

OK, so this is not running related, but I don't feel too good - caught a cold virus from some kiddo who sneezed all over the computer and then asked for help [I'm sure of it - lol], I feel fat from eating tooooo much at night [I'm 100% sure of that], we were shut down in a Code Red yesterday [it was way too scary, I took a pic of myself, but didn't like my new haircut - heehee] and I saw a student get arrested this morning before school even started. major oops, what I saw wasn't what I thought, it wasn't good, she was a victim. [tears :(] What a week and it's only Tuesday. So just a little bit of Mojo trivia to sooth the soul......

Way toooo... EWWW! ~ OMG! ~ OMFG! ~ ROTFL!

7% of kids will me kicked out of school this year because of this?
Answer: Show up to school with inappropriate Halloween costume.

32% of married people do this...?
Answer: Sleep in separate beds.

Woman use this everyday, even though it is know to be saturated with millions of bacteria including human and/or animal waste.
Answer: A Purse

1 out of 300 people have an irrational fear of this.
Answer: Pink Flamingos.

39% of 18 to 34 year-olds would quit if this happened at work.
Answer: If Facebook was blocked at work.

9% of men have done this with a toothbrush.
Answer: Brushed their teeth with a toothbrush that has fallen into a toilet and they don't even know it.

1 in 5 men have done this...
Answer: Dressed like a woman, and NOT for Halloween.

3% of people have done this on a first date...
Answer: Went to the bathroom and never came back.

You're 30% likely to have this happen to you on Halloween...
Answer: Get candy from a sex offender.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Music for the Run

Today is the day for a 60 minute run. 9 times out of 10 I listen to my iPod because music usually does make a difference in my self-diagnosed A.D.D. [lol] and there's nothing like a tune that will make you feel like a running ROCKSTAR! :P

I use music mostly as a pacing tool, motivator, personal concert and running friend. Here is what my famous friends will be singing to me today:

Let's Get It Started (Spike Mix)
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree (Radio Version)
Rockin' Down the Highway
Real Gone
Dancing With Myself
Born to Hand Jive
Black Betty (Spiderbait)
Walk This Way
Highway Star
You Were Born For This
Run Like Hell
Amazing Grace (Dropkick Murphys)
Breathe (2AM)

Tonight the Huskers play at 8pm and I get to watch my favorite coach - Bo Pelini! Bo rocks the house - my house. :P Go Big Red!

Friday, October 3, 2008


View from my backdoor. In exactly 15 Fridays from today, I will have the opportunity to enjoy this longer than a snapshot. :D More than likely this beauty will all be covered in snow, but nonetheless, it's all about the opportunity. Have a great weekend!

[Here we go again! Today is: thank goodness it's friday pic day. Every friday until the end {whenever that may be} is designated T.G.I.F. Pic Day. If you'd like to participate/share, send me an email: nikemomof2[at]gmail[dot]com OR comment and I will link to your tgif pic. oh happy friday.]

T.G.I.F. Links
TwoLeftFeet {this pic is a riot!}

AND in case you were wondering how you were going to run that marathon with high heels on.....drum roll please....

How to Run in High Heels
How to Run in High Heels