Guess Where I’ve Been…


Yes! I went to see the Hunger Games with my friends!! It did not disappoint. There were some thing that I had picture differently and some parts that they cut out 😦 but all in all it was soo amazing and Abby and I are in love with it.

I saw it in the morning and was kind of out of it for the rest of the day because I was processing it. Haven’t seen it? Watch it! It’s so amazing. I am officially obsessed. And that’s new because I don’t really obsess about much! Anyways, it was a fantastic movie and yes, I cried several times…but I didn’t really expect anything less!

The way it was filmed really drew you in so that you felt like you were part of it not just watching it from a distance. The casting was perfect (josh hutcherson!!!!!!!) for each part. Really, I have no complaints. None.

So, what happened today? Anyone remember? Hint: Look down at the countdown widget!

YES! Today was my (long-awaited) Shamrock Shuffle! I’m not sure if I told you this but on Friday I went to T. J. Maxx with Abby and Mom and got a green athletic shirt to wear for my race! So I was dressed up accordingly! 🙂

Anyways, so I was a little nervous that it would be too cold/windy because the temperature was supposed to be pretty cold and it was supposed to be windy, but the weather was literally perfect. I could not have asked for better. It was not too hot and not too cold and there was no wind.

I don't know how to flip it from here. And I'm too lazy to do the whole picture editing thing so here it is! 🙂

I was so nervous. I always am nervous before races but I guess it’s kind of good cause that gets my adrenaline going. Anyways, so I stretched and then went into my corral. There were thousands of people. It was awesome. Race atmosphere is really awesome and friendly and fun. Race atmosphere times a thousand is unbelievably amazing! So, even though I was nervous, I was also really excited. We had to be in our corrals by 8:15 and then the race officially started at 8:30. I stood around and stretched a bit more, listened to music to calm down, tried to get up to the front a little more, looked at the other people. I always feel kind of lonely at these races because I feel like everyone else has their running buddy except for me. But I really do like running by myself, because then I can pace myself. Also, I realized that a lot of people are also running by themselves. I am not alone! 🙂

I was wearing a jacket before the race started but as soon as I walked into the corral I knew that I would get too hot so I shed that waay before the race even started. 🙂

I didn’t actually start running until around 8:36 because there were so many people ahead of me. Once I finally crossed the Start line I was ready to go. I ran my first mile in 7 minutes! I knew I was going too fast to hold that pace but I’m really bad at pacing. When I have energy I don’t save it, I use it. Anyways, the crowds were amazing. Tons of people were cheering and that is really encouraging! 🙂 So my second mile was in 7:24. I slowed considerably but was still running way faster than I had expected to so I kept going. My family cheered me on:

I'm the little person in the green tank with her ponytail flying! 🙂

 

One of the great things about the course was that it was kind of like a 3-leaf clover. I’m not certain if that was on purpose, considering the theme. I doubt it, I just think that’s how to describe it. Anyways, the good thing about that is that my family could see me at four different points, because although it was a mile or more between each point for me, it was only a couple of blocks for them so they could beat me there and be waiting to cheer me on! 🙂

My third mile I ran in 7:42. Obviously I was tiring but I refused to be stopped! 🙂 I tried to keep going strong. I crossed the 5K line and I remember thinking to myself, “Come on Claire, you’re more than halfway done! You’ve done this before! Finish strong!” And I did more or less. I was planning on running about 8 to 8:30 minute miles but I never once ran an 8-minute mile through that whole race.

Also, I’d like to let you all know that I not only PR’d in my 8K distance but I ALSO PR’d in my 5K distance with a time of 23:39.

I ran my fourth mile in 7:53. Finally, I was on the same side as my parents so I threw them my jacket! 🙂

There I am:coat going one way, iPod flying the other direction. This could have potentially been bad.

And my fifth mile in 7:50.At this point in my race, truly the only two things I was thinking about was (1)putting one foot in front of the other and (2) not slowing down. When I passed the Mile 4 marker I knew that technically I could run a 9-minute mile and still finish in 40 minutes, but I wanted to finish sooner than that. So I kept pushing. The last mile was death. Pure death. It was a loong loong distance. I kept thinking we were almost there, but I knew we had to go around a curve and we kept going straight. I kept straining to see the Finish line. Where are you? Where are you? Guess what I saw instead? A big hill. Why do these race coordinators always put hills at the end? I think so it’s so they can weed out the real runners. The real runners are the ones who run the hill,even though they’ve been killing themselves for 4 miles already. The pretend runners are the ones that walk the hill. What I want to know is why on earth you would WALK that!! I am a strong believer of the phrase “Finish Strong” And walking the last .3 of the race is NOT finishing strong. Thank you.

Anyways, I decided to throw my hands in the air as I crossed the line. And why not? I had everything to be proud of. I felt on top of the world. So I did. I’m really hoping MarathonFoto got a picture of that!! 🙂 I was a lot more friendly this race then I have been at previous races. Usually, I feel a little self-conscious, but not today. I was soaking up the cheering and loved every minute of that race.  It was so fun! 🙂

VICTORIOUS!!

So…what are the actual results? Well my overall chip time was 38:31. My 5K time was 23:39 (best time ever!! :O). I finished in 3,485th place overall out of 34,301 runners. Out of the females, I placed in 678th place out of 19, 642 runners. In my division (0-15), I’m not really certain. It says I placed fourth but I looked at the 3 ahead of me and there were actually 8 ahead of me, so I think I take ninth in my division out of 228 girls! 🙂 I will post my finishing pic ASAP. They are supposed to be posted tomorrow but I’m not sure they will be done by then! 🙂

I am very pleased.

 

Randomness (need I say more?)


I ran 3 miles today. It was a hard 3 miles. With a time of 24:38, it proved to be my second worst time I’ve ever run that distance (that counts anyways). But it was also really fun.

John rode his bike with me and talked the whole time. Now, it was kinda hard to hear what he was actually SAYING, cause the wind was a-blowing, but it was nice to have his company!

The weather was simply beautiful. At first, it was cloudy and warm. Then it sprinkled a bit. And then it was sunny and warm. I love springtime! And this is starting out as a beautiful spring! All the daffodils are popping up and the weather is so warm!! I hope we’re in for a hot summer!!

I am super pumped for my Shamrock Shuffle!! This is me:

Me: OOOOH!!! I LOVE Shamrock Shuffles!! They are so good!!! I always get kinda sick when I drink them but they’re so worth it!!

Everyone else: (in unison) shamrock SHAKES! Claire, it’s a shamrock shake!!!!!!!!!

Oh…right. I always call it a “shuffle” even though I mean “shake”! Sometimes, I think I’m even tricking myself into saying the right thing! But I always say the wrong thing! 😛

For the record, there is NEVER that much whipped cream!

But in this case (before I got off-track) I really WAS talking about the Shamrock Shuffle which is a RACE!!!

Yes! I have decided to resort to Google Images because I NEVER bring my camera with me. And on the rare cases that I do, i never take pictures. 🙂

Once again, I failed at stringing together a coherent post!!

Sorry for the squiggly, shaky arrows… But I think you get the point! It’s your basic essay!

The blog post topic is about… WHY YOU SHOULD DO YOUR SCHOOL

Supporting Point 1. So you can learn (duh!)

Supporting Point 2. So you won’t get behind on your homework and miss summer catching up

Supporting Point 3. So you won’t be a loser

Then conclusion.

Once again: WHY YOU SHOULD DO YOUR SCHOOL

Supporting Point 1 of Topic: So you can learn (duh!)

Random Thought 1: Why do I always add in rude things like “duh!” to my blog posts.

Supporting Point 1 of Random Thought 1: Because I want to be tough/funny

Supporting Point 2 of Topic: So you won’t get behind on your homework and miss summer catching up

Random Thought 2: I love summer!

Supporting Point 1 of Random Thought 2: I have SO many plans for the summer!

Supporting Point 1 of Random Thought I didn’t put in blog post: I like Britney Spears’ older music… is that bad?

Backtracking: “Going back to my original thought, you should do your school!”

“Funny” Joke about my Randomness: (sorry I can’t be funny on command, or for that matter at all. but you guys have all read my blog  enough to know what I’m talking about)

Lame Attempt to get back to the Main Point: So, yeah, you should always do your school.

Conclusion

Wow! That part of this post was so fun to make!!! I love making fun of myself!! I also love making ClipArt that no one else is going to understand!! For those of you did understand my pictures, I hope you enjoyed it! For those of you who didn’t, well, stinks to be you.

Definitely Making a Comeback


I am running again!

I love it.

I also hate it.

It’s kinda disheartening how bad I am. Not that I was ever an AMAZING runner but still, huffing and puffing at a nine-minute mile isn’t usual for me. 😦

But I am getting better.

I ran 3 miles (stop.start.stop.start) on Monday and today I ran 3.44 miles and I was considerably faster…considerably being like instead of 10-minute miles I ran 9-minute miles.

The other thing I love is my iPod. It’s still kinda hard for me to believe that I actually have one. I mean all my life (this being from the time I first learned that iPods existed) I have wanted one and all my life I have thought that I was gonna have to wait till I was 18 to get one. And now, there I am!!

I seriously look like Miss Technology! I got my Garmin strapped on one wrist and earbuds hanging out of my ears. It’s like, “Hello 21st Century!! I am finally a part of you!”

Anyways, hopefully I can get up to 5 miles again soon and then I can run the Shamrock Shuffle in March (I have about 2 months. That’s doable, right?) and I will try to get up to 10 miles by April…maybe I should try to get up to 5 miles by February, 7 miles by March, 10 miles by April, and 13.1 miles by May!!! Yippee.

And I have probably just bored you with my schedule.  Sorry.

Anyways, I love that feeling I get after I have just finished a good, hard run and I am tired and sore and hungry.

Best feeling in the WORLD

 

That Feeling You Get After You’ve Done Something That You Haven’t Done In Awhile


Oh Joy of Joys.

Don’t you just love when you do something that you haven’t done in awhile and you aren’t as bad as you expected you would be? It’s so encouraging!

Today I went running. I know! You are surprised. Now, you may have thought that the word running would never again grace the webpage of my blog…BUT you thought wrong. I am now “fully recovered” from my pneumonia and am back to running!

Now, I will admit that I had hoped I would just go back to being a fantastic runner (har har har). I had hoped I would just be able to shoot off 5 miles at an 8-minute pace…BUT: 3 miles for my first day back is pretty good. I may have taken two breaks during the run but only because I had to use the bathroom and cause at the two- and- a- half mile mark, I picked up my LRF and my BFF. Lol.

We ran down to the library where we sat at a table (inside) and talked. I was severely impressed by their loyalty to me and their exercise. It was freezing and the wind was SO strong. LRF, with her leggings in the wash, ran in shorts, wimpily enough, Tess and I were the coldest ones. We are lame-o…kinda…except for the fact that we were running in the freezing cold. 🙂

As a birthday present, Tess bought me Starbuck’s! Yum. I got a skinny (skinny, always skinny! How many calories can Starbuck’s pack into a coffee cup? A LOT) caramel mocha.

We walked back to their house. They offered to walk me home but I told them that since it was so slippy I would inevitably slip and spill coffee all over myself and I didn’t really want anyone witnessing that.

True to my word, I slipped and spilled coffee. On my glove. And my UnderArmor. And my Garmin. IT wasn’t as embarrasing as it potentially could have been, BUT slipping isn’t really the most graceful thing.

Regardless of whether or not I am graceful, I did run 3 miles today and I am proud. 🙂 I am on the track to another half-marathon. Sloowly, but surely. And I am running a 4.95- mile Shamrock Shuffle with my good friend in March and then I might be running a 10-miler in April(?) I think it’s in April, with the same girl. So! Races are on the horizon and that gets me excited and pumped to train.

I am sore, warm, and happy.