Tuesday, October 27, 2009

worst blogger ever...

You can't teach people to be lazy – either they have it, or they don't.– Dagwood Bumstead quotes 

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ugh.
i don't even know where to begin. 

when i realized that my last blog took place in chicago i realize how long ago that was. sorry. i'm finally walking normal, however i haven't run since the race...well minus a few football games and some touch downs!

anyways...so after the race i had to celebrate birthdays...happy birthday dad! i was hoping to get in one more round of golf, but the weather was crap. then my brother turned 26 and jon and i went to the first bar in Reminderville.

Yes i grew up in a village. and actually my dad was mayor for almost 10 years! bet you didn't know that.

then i had an engagement party for my friend Jess! it was champaign and cupcakes! who doesn't love that! Congrats Jess and Eric!!! 

so much more happened...and i don't have pics to tell you about it. sad face.

weekend: engagement parties, house warming parties, meet the parents, interviewed with C.L.E. Clothing Co. for holiday help, family dinner for mike, saw where the wild things are, watched the browns loose. :(

week: won kickball game, went to the Tremont Taphouse Yappy Hour with Bagley, found out i got the job with C.L.E., decided what to be for my work halloween party, took a 1/4 day and went to Wendy Park with Bagley, work halloween party!

weekend: won football and had 2 touchdowns, took a brief nap, Hatchel's 30th birthday party, meet up with some old friend on West 6th, saw a bunch of douche bags, went tailgating, went to the browns game, went home for dinner and laundry.

week: won kickball! watching the cavs home opener somewhere downtown.

here are some pics to satisfy everyone. sorry for such the crappy re-cap. i just couldn't have my next blog be about chicago. i'm a CLE girl!!!



mike, claudia, me and jon


bagley, his tongue, the cuyahoga, and CLE at wendy park



scary pic of US Coast Guard building at Wendy Park
  

AJP, Hatchel and me
  

Kerry, Amy and me (not pictured: D-bags)



JV, Jon, me and AJP tailgating in the awesome Muni-Lot


Hope you guys have a great weekend. i swear monday wednesday i'll have a post of this coming halloween weekend. I'll be in Chi-town for halloween parties and Browns/Bears awesomeness!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

will run for cheers! (part two)

Pain is temporary, pride is forever.
– Spectator's Sign At The 2009 Chicago Marathon

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...and we're off. Me, PB&J and Greg. shuffling our feet closer and closer to the finish line. Greg was planning on finishing in 5 hours and we were planning on finishing in 4:45 so we decided to run together. it was fun. all the cheering all the spectators.

Over 1.5 Million people came to watch the race!

We were at about mile 3.5 when we saw Greg's GF and my long time friend from home Socks. she was able to snap a pic of us.


Me, Greg and PB&J (with our neon gloves and throw away pants!)

The race was absolutely amazing. PB&J and i put our names on the front of our shirts so people could cheer for us. and boy did they! Let me just say that the people of Chicago can really pronounce my name. i think of the hundreds of people cheering only a handful said it wrong. there were some points of the race that i had to go towards the middle cause i couldn't stop smiling from all the cheering!

seeing all these people and kids out on the side of the road was so inspiring. we were able to run up next to them and give them high fives! i love high fives!

right around mile 6 we lost Greg because we decided to wait 15ish minutes in line for the restroom. (note: Chicago calls them toilets, not restrooms. even in restaurants)

the whole north portion of the race was the most crowded with runners and spectators. as we're heading south back into the city we run through Boys Town. By far my most favorite section of the race. there was a stage were these "marines" did some sort of choreographed dance with fake riffles, there were cross dressing prom queens and transvestite cheerleaders! IT. WAS. AWESOME!

shortly after that we were coming up to the half way point. we just got done saying how we think we must have missed PB&Js parents when BAM! her dad calls out to us!

we stop for a quick photo op. which i don't have pics to share. it was so fun.

we're feeling good crossing the bridge to head west out of the city. once we hit mile 15 we were super excited. it was the farthest that PB&J had ever run! ever step was a new record for her. i wish this excitement could've lasted for me.

around mile 17 i started to pay attention to the blisters on my pinky toe and the crowd started to diminish a little. Then out of no-where an angle appeared!

i think it was between mile 19 and 20...this woman, probably around my age. she was standing on the curb with her husband/BF shouting...

"cold beer, get a beer!"

O.M.G. that was just what i needed. i grab the cup from her hand and it was just enough for one swig. down it went and it was good!

next on the course...Chinatown at mile 21.5. that was a lot of fun. they had two dragons at the entrance along with a big arch that says "welcome to chinatown". after china town we ran though the Hispanic area which was fun. everyone was cheering and waving flags.

then finally we make the turn onto Michigan Ave. the last 2.5 miles of the race. We were suppose to see our friend Shibani on the sidelines so we kept a look out. as we were running north back to the city the crowd started getting packed. the cheers were coming from all sides. "Go Lara! Go Jennie! Cleveland Rocks!" it was so exciting.

then i hear the worst thing possible. two people are running next to us..."after this right turn we run up a hill and then turn left for the finish"

A Hill?!? i thought this was a flat course! so i immediately tell PB&J so we can mentally prepare for this "hill". psh. hill my butt. it was at the most an slight incline. and it was actually welcomed. running on a flat course is actually kinda boring for your muscles.

the one thing i noticed...the spectators had stopped cheering. they were just watching us. WTF! i just ran 26 miles. i have .2 to go and your gonna sit and watch quietly! HELLS NO! so what do we do? what any clevelander would do.

we started cheering on the spectators! doing the whole "get up on your feet" type of cheering! and once we could see that beautiful word FINISH up ahead we picked up the pace and crossed that finish line hands above our head in victory!

and soreness. we could hardly walk. no cramps. just stiffness. we had to walk about another .8 miles to get out of the runner area. but we got pictures taken, free beer and our awesome medals!

it was a really fun race. and i'm so proud of PB&J and Greg for completing their first marathon...without walking! PB&J and i finished in 5:26:41 (minus the 15ish for the bathroom). it was the only race were we finished together. we got a little teary-eyed once we got our medals. then quickly dried up and headed to the post race party.

we only stayed for a little. we realized we had to meet up with PB&Js parents to take us to our friends Fazio's so we could take a nap. zzz...

Fun Facts about the Marathon:
• a blind runner beat us
• Sammy Wanjiru (KEN) finished in 2:05:41 (we weren't even at the 1/2)
• Liliya Shobukhova (RUS) finished in 2:25:56 (we still weren't at the 1/2)
• i finished 29,039 and PB&J finished 29,038 out of 33,608 runners!


before the half way point! feeling good!


mini pic of me after the race...with a beer.

how was everyone else's weekend?

will run for cheers! (part one)

Poop if you gotta.
– Spectator's Sign At The 2009 Chicago Marathon 

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here is a little run down (pun intended) of this past weekend for those who didn't see pics on twitter...

Saturday morning PB&J and i landed at Midway airport all excited for the weekend. we had a beer while we waited for Jen's parents to pick us up. Midway airport is really fun for people watching!

we go straight to the expo. picking up our bibs and chips was a piece of cake. getting our shirts and baggies was maybe a 15 minute wait. when we saw the weather was going to be 32º we decided to buy some neon yellow gloves and hats. it was an awesome expo. we could've easily spent tons of money and time walking around.



me and PB&J with our bibs! Go Plum!


we decided to go downtown and get some Big Bowl for lunch. YUM! and walk around Michigan Ave. PB&J bought a super cute dress from XXI and we went to Nike Town. Nike was a big sponsor for the race which was awesome.

they had this wall outside of the store. everyone's name was on it who was registered for the race! it was so crazy! oh, and inside the store they had free photos where you write your "magic number" (ie your bib number, qualifying time, birthday, whatever). so PB&J and i took a pic.





after that we decided to go back to the hotel, organized all our stuff for the next morning and made some last minute decisions on transportation. PB&J's parents ran over to KMart and picked us up some bananas and "throw-away pants" (thanks!). we went to Mama Luigi's for dinner and carb loaded, along with a nice glass of Cab. in bed and asleep by 10...

...alarm goes off at 4:30am. on the El by 5:30. downtown by 6:30. i think the weather channel said there was a wind chill of 24º. it was so cold we couldn't stretch without twitching. We stop to take a pic of our pace group and sat and waited. Of all the thousands of people running this race, my friend Greg walked by while we were sitting. He was running for Team Fox to support Parkinson's.




At 7:30 the place erupted in cheers. the race started. runners were throwing all sorts of clothes toward the side. then 20 minutes later we cross the starting line.

it was so surreal. so awesome...so how did we do? what was my favorite and least favorite part? stay tuned. part two coming up shortly.

Friday, October 9, 2009

marathon time

Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.
– Steve Prefontaine

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Yippy!
its race time!

the Marathon website says 1 day 21 hours till race time!
OMG 2 days away! 17 weeks of training. this is what i've been waiting for.

to run 26.2 miles with 45,000 other runners! no joke 45,000. its a first come first serve race. which cost $125 just to run. not complaining, just sayin.

it better be worth it. from what i've heard from numerous co-workers, friends and random people...its the best race ever. super flat and there are a ton of people cheering everyone on. roughly about 1.5 million people will be there!

screw the olympics chicago. you have one of the best marathons in one of the best cities!

so if you want to track me on race day click here.
if you're in Chicago cheer me on!

PB&J and i will be out in Bucktown on Sunday night. after the race, a few beers and a nap. in that order.

thanks to all the friends and family who have help support me and put up with all my complaining the past 17 weeks! i couldn't have done it without you!

Oh, and good luck to PB&J, Mark, Greg and all the other runners!

who here has run in the Chicago Marathon? any advice? will you be there?

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

i put on for my city...

I don't need too much. Glamour and all that stuff don't excite me. I am just glad I have the game of basketball in my life.
– LeBron James

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So this post was going to be a million different things with a million different topics. and ultimately the most confusing thing to read.

so i trimmed the fat. a lot.
i like that saying "trimming the fat". like, its so easy.
just a snip here and snip there.

this post is all about basketball. and music. mainly LeBron and Jay-Z. duh.

recently my brother gave me a copy of The Blueprint III cd that he recently bought. yes. he paid for it. anyways. when i get a new cd and go to listen to it for the first time i put it on shuffle.

so the first song that comes on for TBPIII is Empire State of Mind featuring Alica Keys. awesome song. just awesome. i immediately listen to the lyrics. This song had me convinced that the rest of the album was going to be an invitation.

an invitation? yes. to LeBron. An musical invite to LeBron from Jay-Z to come to New York.

the first lyric that i heard that peaked my interest was...
...sitting courtside Knicks and Nets give me high fives... 

then the chorus...totally obvi...
In New York,
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of,
There's nothing you can't do,
Now you're in New York,
these streets will make you feel brand new,
big lights will inspire you,
lets hear it for New York, New York, New York 

then there was this lyric...
...shit i made the yankee hat more famous than a yankee can...


(i shudder every time i think of this image) 
ugh. just step on my heart LeBron.

Then the final lyric that put the nail in the coffin. 
If Jesus paying LeBron, I'm paying Dwayne Wade 

After being at tonight's game with the plum and realizing he could only be here for 45 more games (including pre-season/not playoffs)...it makes me want to cry. 

what also makes me want to cry is the awesomeness that is LeBron, Shaq and team. do it to it. i can only hope to get last minute tickets to the home opener. the first half of the first pre-season game was beautiful. including a signature slam dunk by the king himself!

whatever L-bomb decides to do. i'm happy we had him for the time that we did. he is truly an inspiration...and i can't wait to see More Than a Game.

Go Cavs! 

what are your thoughts on LeBron, Jay-Z or the Cavs this season? 

ps. that was the only song that had me fully convinced...there are a few lyrics from some other songs that could be interpreted as talking to LeBron or about him...but it was a little far fetched...even for me.

pss. i'm more convinced that he'll stay since he got Edwards sent to the Jets. And i'm sure Edwards punches to LeBrons friend also helped him get sent to the Jets.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

dolla dolla bill yall

Cash rules everything around me.
– Wyclef Jean

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Yes. i quoted Wyclef.

anyways. i'm working on a rather interesting post, but its not ready.
so in the mean time i'll just let everyone know that i spent some money.

a few bucks at Michaels Craft, mainly for yarn for a new scarf!
a few more bucks at Jo-Anne Fabrics for my halloween costume and some more yarn for another scarf!
and almost $50 on two new t-shirts at CLE Clothing Company



t-shirts? really? yes.
these two amazing shirts.

 This one i plan on wearing to Chicago next weekend for the plum herself, and for the marathon.
(i wonder how many peeps will say something)


this one i plan on wearing to the home opener.
(i don't have tickets yet, but i look good as arm candy if you need a date)

oh, and they found Delonte! hooray! the championship season can start!!!


talk soon cyber peeps!