Virtual Run for Sherry Arnold

Early last night, I was checking facebook and a post came up in one of the groups I’m in.  It directed you to a Virtual Run/Walk Page for Sherry Arnold.  On January 7, Sherry went out for an early morning run in her small Montana town and never returned home.  The only thing that has been recovered of her is her right running shoe.  A week later, 2 men were arrested, one of whom confessed to her murder.  Her body hasn’t been found in the 3 weeks since her disappearance and death and any sort of tips, help in locating her, etc is much appreciated.  Her friend, Beth, is the writer of the blog Shut Up and Run, where she talks a bit more of the events surrounding Sherry.  On February 11, there’s going to be a virtual run/walk for Sherry.  It’s easy- print out the bib and run how far or how ever long you’d like.  I know we all have some sort of run we’re going to be doing, so why not throw a bib on and support a fellow runner to boot?  To make it easier, here’s a link to the bib and a picture of it!  Continue to keep her husband and two kids in your thoughts and prayers, as they go through a difficult time and if you know anything, say something!

Happy (almost) Hump Day Deals!

I love twitter.  I love twitter even more when there are good deals that come because of it.  Runners World (@runnersworld) passed 200,000 followers so they decided to do some discounts to celebrate (yay!).  Even better- they have options!!

  1. 40% off ALL Runner’s World training plans. Use coupon code Twitter200K. (This code is case-sensitive–make sure to capitalize that last K.)
  2. 33% off The Athlete’s Palate Cookbook(plus free shipping)
  3. 30% off Run Your Butt Off (plus free shipping)

Hurry though, because this ends 3AM on January 26th (it’s only lasting 200,000 seconds).

Then there’s Active.  If you sign up for any race this year during the month of January, you’ll earn up to $20 back to use on a future race.  Yup, they’re paying you to be healthy.  Who doesn’t like getting money back?!?!  Sign up by January 31 and mail or email active a copy of your receipt and they’ll mail you a rebate!  Have questions, go over here.  Email confirmations to AdvantageRebates@activenetwork.com or mail a copy to:

New Year Free Gift Promotion,Active Network, 10182 Telesis Court, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121.

And Your US Olympic Marathon Team Is…

Let’s meet the 2012 US Olympic Marathoners:

Desiree Davila, Ryan Hall, Meb, Shalene Flannagan, Abdi Abdirahman and Kara Goucher.

I got to say, the fact that there was a ton of sportsmanship shown during and after the race was awesome. Meb was cheering for the female runners he was lapping on the last lap while they cheered for him.  When Ryan Hall and Abdi Abdiraham nearly collided during the race, Ryan apologized while still running.  The top 3 men went and congratulated Dathon Ritzenheim after he came in 4th and missed the to 3 by  8 seconds.

Shalene Flannagan set a trials record and the top 3 ladies were all thrilled for each other for making the squad.  Deena Kastor, who won Olympic Bronze in 2008, was disappointed with 6th place (and who wouldn’t when only the top 3 go to London), but was more than thrilled with the top 3 ladies representing the US.

Way to stay classy my running Idols!  And thanks for not stepping on someone’s throat during a game or complaining that the event wasn’t all about you 🙂

Homemade Chili

Last night, I was in a bind of what to do for dinner. I really didn’t feel like going out to pick something up after church, but I didn’t feel like cooking or left overs either.  Well that’s a problem.  I found some ground beef in my freezer so I opted for Chili.  As a poor, running, medical student, it’s also nice in the sense that it’ll last me a few meals.  So here you go, an improvised chili recipe.

Ingredients

  • Ground beef or ground turkey. I used 96% fat free ground beef
  • Tomato Sauce (8 oz can)
  • Kidney beans
  • Chili spice packet
  • Optional: Onions

note, my kidney beans supposedly had chili flavor in with them but I couldn’t taste it, so I added a chili spice pack

The How To:

If you know me, I like things to be ridiculously easy.  Why make things difficult, if they don’t need to be, right??

  1. Defrost the meat if you need too.  I put it in the microwave to defrost for about 5 minutes and then threw it on a wok to cook on the stove
  2. After the meat is cooked through, drain the fat from the wok
  3. Add: Kidney Beans, Tomato Sauce and Chili flavoring packet
  4. Mix everything together and let it simmer for 5 minutes or so.  Or until you don’t feel like waiting anymore
  5. Add Onions.  You can do this before or after (or not at all, but I like onions with pretty much anything so any excuse I have to use them, I will)
  6. Enjoy!

I had enough to set aside for 4 more meals for later in the week.  Who knows, tacos could come of this later in the week! Feel free to add anything else you’d like (cheese, rice, tabasco sauce) but this is the quick and easy version.

Per serving: Calories 310 Total Carbs: 30 Total Fat: 7 Protein: 34

When, Oh When, Will the Trials Be on??

Dear NBC and Universal Studios,

In case you were unaware, today was the Olympic Trials for the Marathon.  You know, that race that’s 26 miles 285 yards that’s taking place as part of the London Olympics this summer?  Apparently, you were aware as you bought the stream rights to the race in Houston.  The race was at 9 am, and it’s just now being put on NBC. Really??  As a runner, I was a little peeved.  And by a little, I mean a lot.  Yes, running isn’t soccer, the NBA, NFL, football or college basketball, but you’re daggon wrong if you thought there wasn’t an interest for it.  Following it on twitter and facebook is definitely not the same as watching.  Let’s face it, it’s hard to figure out where someone in 140 characters.  To boot, competitor.com lost connection and couldn’t tweet us because of you people.  What do have against runners??  There aren’t any good cartoons on these days anyways that can take the place of this.

Congrats to Meb, Ryan Hall and Abi for the men and Shalene, Desi and Kara for the women.  However, NBC and Universal, you dropped the ball. Yet again.

Sincerely,

Me

January Savings

Let’s face it, it’s January and everyone is in the New Year’s Resolution phase. I’m guessing people will give up on the LA Fitness pool by mid February and the treadmills by the end of the month or February. I’m in the ‘sign up for race’ mode and found a few decent deals

  1.  Active is giving active advantage members $20 if they sign up for races by the end of January.
  2. Schwaggle deal for the Crossroads of NW Indiana Marathon and 1/2 Marathon. The half marathon deal is sold out, but there are limited slots available for 40% off the marathon price.  Pay $27 instead of $45 ($18 savings!)
  3. Rock n Roll is offering $10 off with the code GEARBUZZ through 1/31/12. With as many deals as competitor is handing out, you’d think they get the hint that they might be overpriced?
  4.  Schwaggle is offering a deal for those in the Columbus/Canton OH area. On 2/5/12, there’s going to be The Big Game 10k at The Pro Football Hall of Fame. $29 gets you into the race and the Hall of Fame! You save $26- this ends tomorrow night!

The Marathon Conversation- Have You Had It?

I saw this video when it was posted by a friend of mine.  It pretty much sums up every conversation I have when I talk about training for a marathon

NYRR Emerald Nut Run: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Happy Happy New Year’s everyone! Last night at the stroke of midnight, I was with 6000+ people in Central Park for the Emerald Nut Run.  This is the 4th or 5th year I’ve gone out for the run and I get to go to NYC for at least 24 hrs.  I drove to Philly with my parents on Friday and yesterday, my dad drove us in to NYC (I was pro megabus or bolt bus but somehow driving with 3 people was cheaper).  My parents headed over to the NYRR store to sign themselves up (I’d be signed up since September) and pick up bibs, shirts and hats.  They kicked me to the curb around Times Square to see if there were any cheap Broadway Show tickets at the discount ticket stop.  We found nothing good so I met up with my parents at the South Street Seaport for lunch.  Fast forward through seeing the Picasso drawings at the Frick Collection, mass at St. Joseph’s in Yorkville on the UES, dinner at Intimo and watching some of the bowl games on TV, we changed and started heading to Central Park around 11:15.

My parents are training for the Surf City Half in February (I’m jealous as they’ll see some sun and warm temperatures) so mom wanted to try and get 7 miles total.  Our hotel was 1.5 miles from the race start so we did a 1.5 mile warm up to Central Park.  Dad told me to ‘run slow’ which didn’t really work too well so I would run intervals and wait for them.  I got a really good picture of the art museum though. We made it to the start in record Guenther time, arriving a good 25 minutes early.  We were going to try and get the foam 2012 hats, but the line was so long and congested, it wasn’t even worth trying to get them.  We made our way over to the start which was chaotic (as it usually is).  We couldn’t even hop fences to get into the start because there was no room (I would have also run into the ‘I’m too short’ issue too.  We got to a point were we could at least get into line.  We did the traditional count down to the New Year with fireworks and we were off. After waiting for a good 9 minutes.

We were behind a lot of random walkers, people who didn’t know what they were doing or who were stopping to take pictures.  There was a lot of weaving in and out, but then again, this is a race that’s just for pure fun and not even timed officially by NYRR.  I saw some guys dressed up as bananas, a couple dressed as Prince William and Kate Middleton, people with New Years Hats and tutus and a whole bunch of other things.  At mile 2, we got champaign, if by champaign I mean sparkling cider.  I found a bunch of people (some who were probably a little more than drunk) giving out high 5s which I gave them and others shouting Happy New Year’s.  I ended up finishing in 39:50 according to my RunKeeper App on my phone. I made it through the end of the chut and headed to the porta potties to take a bathroom break while I waited for my parents. There was water, bagels and of course Emerald Nuts (they sponsored the race).  When I finally saw my parents, I had to signal my mom that I needed water (I missed that detail when I dashed off to the bathroom!).

I always like this race because it’s just for fun, there’s music and tons of costumes and the cops are nice (I’m convinced they’re glad they don’t have to work in Times Square, which I would be too).  To boot, it’s always your best run of the year!!  We hopped a bus back to 92nd street and showered in the hotel. Before heading to bed, we enjoyed little single servings of some good Martini’s.  By 3 AM, I was finally asleep (my parents were lucky and passed out before me).

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