Saturday, April 23, 2011
Much to our children's amusement, the Easter Bunny comes on Saturday of Easter weekend. So today was the day. The big hunt. The hidden baskets. The loot. A great day in the life of a kid, no doubt about it. I have great memories of Easter morning from my early childhood too. And strangely, I still vividly remember one Easter morning that fell on a fast Sunday. I crawled behind my bed to sneak candy and then tucked the wrappers under my bed...as if the Big Man Upstairs couldn't see...And I felt soooooo guilty. Crazy guilty, but it was just too hard to resist. I mean, come on. A whole basket of candy at my disposal? That was just too much pressure for me. I hope I remembered to repent for that one :)
So funny the things we remember as kids. At any rate, the kids had a blast this morning hunting down their eggs and baskets. It was another good Saturday morning at the Brown house.
Happy Easter Eve!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Chalk up another one for Mr. & Mrs. Brown. We ran the 4.2 mile Pat's Run on Saturday and had a great morning together with 28,000 of our closest Valley of the Sun friends. Crazy crowded...I mean super duper crazy crowded. They wave started us by corral in 1,000 runner waves, but it was the most crowded race I've ever ran. Not sure why it seemed crazier than last year since there were about the same number of runners, but it never really loosened up that much the whole time. We were in wave 4 of 28 too, so we had it better than many.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Today I registered Ryan and myself for Pat's Run. It's a short 4.2 mile race (next Saturday April 16th at 7:00am at ASU) honoring Pat Tillman. He was a great scholar athlete. He wore #42 on his jersey when he played football for the ASU Sun Devils (GO DEVILS!). He went pro and played for the Arizona Cardinals, before leaving his multi-million contract to serve in the US Military in the Iraq war. He was killed in the line of duty and will forever be remembered, especially in our town, as a hero. I'm excited to run next weekend. I've been feeling really really good the last couple of weeks. I'm finally "back" after some lost momentum and general fitness atrophy during my plague. Last year, the Tempe crowd at Pat's Run was huge. Crazy packed. I think there were something like 28,000 runners and walkers. But it was so well organized. Lots of corals for starting runners in heats by projected pace so that the course didn't seem too insane. Ryan and I had a great time and are looking forward to this year's race. We'll have to be speedy, though, since Ryan's little sister, Lacey, is getting married that same day at 3:00 in Tucson.
On a training note... I've been feeling the urge to mix things up a little. I need to tone up the soft spots, want to work on some speed, build up more muscle so that the metabolism gets a jolt and I burn more calories. Every week I get an email link to some cool running articles and tips from Active.com. It's always a good read and usually inspiring. Today I was reminded that I need to incorporate more speed work into my routine if I want to get off my plateau. I've been running the same pace for the longest time. So tomorrow I'm going to do fartleks. Yes, I said fart. Fartleks. Stop giggling. It' Swedish for "speed play."
Here's how it works: Fartleks are meant to be fun (remember, it's speed play). To do them, simply vary your pace based on guidelines that you make up. For example, after a warm-up, pick a tree in the distance and run fast (not all out) until you get there. Jog again until you pick out something else—yellow house or traffic light—and run fast to it. Repeat for 5 to 10 minutes, then run normally for 5 to 10 minutes and cool down. Work up to 20 to 30 minutes or longer once a week.
I think I'm also going to work on some drills. This was another of today's running tips: Most people think running is all about putting one foot in front of the other quickly; but there is technique involved—it encompasses your stride, posture, arm swing, and even how you carry your head—and simply going fast or far (or both) won't help you improve it. These drills (do them once a week) will help create a more efficient and powerful stride. After warming up, do each of the following workout routines for 30 to 60 seconds: Run while lifting your knees as high as you can. Next, exaggerate your running stride so that you bound as far as you can with each step (you'll go slower than your normal pace). Finish by running with tiny baby steps (one foot directly in front of the other). Repeat the series two or three times, then run normally for as long as you want and cool down (or just do these drills on their own).
Just keep running...just keep running...