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Jennyfrog's Life List

  1. 1. move to the St. Johns neighborhood in Austin
    1 person
  2. 2. run 5K in less than 22 minutes
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    5 people
  3. 3. Spend more time with my dog
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    171 people
  4. 4. take ballet lessons
    68 people
  5. 5. start playing the oboe again
    2 people
  6. 6. eat more fresh fruits and vegetables
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    3 people
  7. 7. Visit Australia
    2,841 people
  8. 8. kayak more often
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    38 people
  9. 9. Swim more
    3 cheers
    367 people
  10. 10. clean my apartment and keep it clean
    27 people
  11. 11. go on a cruise
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    4,761 people
  12. 12. start a family
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    906 people
  13. 13. be less anxious
    278 people
  14. 14. wake up when my alarm clock goes off
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  15. 15. fall asleep outside watching the stars with someone i care about
    915 people
  16. 16. stop throwing clothes on the floor
    829 people
  17. 17. travel to europe
    2 cheers
    2,540 people
  18. 18. expand my vocabulary
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  19. 19. see U2 in concert
    224 people
  20. 20. learn how to play chess
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    364 people
  21. 21. Visit Alaska
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    839 people
  22. 22. spend a day taking photos of my city
    60 people
  23. 23. Run the Boston Marathon
    238 people
  24. 24. see the pyramids
    1,086 people
  25. 25. Start Cooking
    41 people
  26. 26. have the perfect kiss
    55 people
  27. 27. go on a road trip with no predetermined destination
    21,500 people
  28. 28. learn to swing dance
    1,159 people
  29. 29. become better at saving money
    6 people
  30. 30. Visit San Francisco
    332 people
  31. 31. See Rome
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    45 people
  32. 32. take black and white pictures similar to Ansel Adams, but with my own personal style
    1 person
  33. 33. see an Ansel Adams exhibition
    2 people
  34. 34. Go to art shows
    5 people
  35. 35. learn to do the Thriller dance
    17 people
  36. 36. Ice skate in Rockefeller Center
    77 people
  37. 37. travel to london
    237 people
  38. 38. improve my Spanish
    1,092 people
  39. 39. pay off my student loan
    685 people
  40. 40. learn to make tamales
    64 people
Recent entries
Attend the Austin City Limits music festival

It is an exhausting, 3 day-long adventure that will wipe you out. I recommend finding the one day that has the artist you most want to see, and just getting tickets for that one day. I also recommend sunscreen, a beach towel or blanket to sit on, and trying to remember to stay hydrated.

walk without toppling over in high heels for more than two hours

You know you’ve mastered it when you can dance in high heels, but then your feet are killing you the next day!

run a half marathon
I did it at the AT&T Austin Half, too!

It was my first half-marathon, and my longest race yet.

Overall, it did go very well. There were some surprises along the way, though. I did meet my goal time, and finished actually 15-20 minutes faster than it, but at a price: I overheated and got overhydrated. I didn’t know it was possible to get overhydrated while running, but that’s what the dr. said. Yep, I had to go to the medical tent when it was over. I was feeling so dizzy (a combination of being too hot, running on steep hills I had not trained for, and probably starting off too fast at the beginning) and had to go the bathroom so badly, that I sought the help of the first aid people. They looked at me a little weird when I said, “I need your help standing up, and I also need you to get me to a bathroom RIGHT NOW.” It was bizarre because I could feel myself losing strength toward the end, starting around mile 10. I thought I should keep getting water and Powerade at the water stations to give me an energy boost, but I knew the more I drank, the more I’d have to go to the bathroom! The last time I got something to drink was around mile 11. I knew that if I drank more at mile 12, I’d be in trouble. They actually do place porta-potties along the route, but I only remember seeing them at mile 4 (which I thought was weird, because who has to go already at mile 4??).

Anyway, I was caught between my desperate need for more strength (which I thought could be achieved by drinking more liquids) and my wanting to avoid having a bladder emergency. It was a tough situation! The last mile and a half was a nightmare. All of it seemed to be uphill. Some of those hills were just never-ending! I sometimes wondered where these huge hills came from (How did I not know these were here? Are we in the Rockies?). I wondered how we were ever going to climb back down such steep hills. I had always heard about the hills in Austin being quite, well, hilly, but I had never experienced anything like this before. I know for sure that when I start training for my next race (I want to do a full marathon within the next year; I’m thinking Marine Corps or Chicago – both are in October), I will definitely be doing some hill workouts.

Anyway, I was starting to “hit the wall” around 11.5 miles. My running buddy/pacing partner (I met at the starting line; in came up in coversation that we had both trained at the same pace – around 9:30-10:00 min. miles, so we decided to run together and pace each other) had gone on ahead of me, and there was no way I could keep up at the pace that we had been running together at. I felt bad that I couldn’t keep up with his pace (my former pace) anymore, but there was nothing I could do about it. My body had slowed way down, and it was all I could do to just keep running up that hill, no matter how slow it was. I remember seeing this huge white mansion to the right around the time and thinking, “Those people probably have 8 restrooms. I wonder if they’d mind if I knocked on their door and asked them nicely if I could use one of them,” but I didn’t. :)

I knew that my pacing partner/running buddy and I started off way too fast because he had the Nike shoes with the sensor chip in them and an iPod nano, so he updated us on our pace throughout the race. He said that at mile 3, we were going at a pace of 8:45. That’s a whole minute faster than either of us had trained! That’s very unwise and potentially dangerous. We tried hard to make ourselves slow down, but the adrenaline was difficult to fight. A couple of miles later, he hung back and little, and asked him what was going on. He said our pace was 9:00. It was exciting to know that we had the ability to go that fast for a few miles, but something that we knew we could really hurt us at the end. I know it did for me. I estimate that in the last mile and a half or 2 miles, I was probably at a pace of 11:00. That’s slow for me. Part of me really wanted to quit, but then I thought about how long I’d been training (since the beginning of November) and all my family that drove a few hours to watch me, and possibly some of my second graders and their families who said they wanted to cheer me on, and I knew I couldn’t quit. I asked God to give me strength just to finish. I imagined my muscles getting stronger with each step I took, and envisioned myself crossing the finish line, and eventually I was there. I remember seeing the 13 mile marker and thinking, “Why can’t we just stop here? Do you really have to go that extra 0.1 mile?” I used to tell people the race was 13 miles. Now that extra 0.1 mile means a lot more to me, and I’ll be sure to tell them it was 13.1 miles when they ask. :)

The crowds cheering along the route were interesting. Lots of people hold signs and posters, displaying messages of support and encouragement for their special runner and for all runners. Some people ring cowbells, and one house had a huge banner hanging from its balcony. Around mile marker 1, there was a business with a marquis that said, “So close, yet so far away.” :)

I got really hot around mile 3, and threw away my running gloves and my headband that had been keeping my ears warm. Lots of people throw away their gloves and other extra clothing that isn’t too expensive to replace that is making them too hot. Between miles 2 and 5, you could probably find thousands of gloves littering the route of any marathon or half-marathon that takes place during colder months. We just throw them down on the ground. That way if someone else wants to use them, they can just pick them up, and be on their merry way. I know that sounds gross, but when you’re running for many miles in the cold, you don’t care anymore about being gross. You are already gross at that point, and are likely to get more disgusting before you cross the finish line. Anyway, I really wanted to take off my running jacket and winter running pants (I had a long-sleeved running shirt and shorts underneath), but I didn’t just want to throw them down on the ground. They were too expensive to just discard. I thought about tying my jacket around my waist, but my bib number (race number) was pinned to the front, and I knew that it would take too much time to undo it, and repin it to my shirt. Therefore, I unzipped my jacket part of the way, and just ran like that the rest of the way. Very hot! I wish I had realized before the race started just how much I was going to warm up so I wouldn’t have worn so many clothes! It was in the upper 30’s when we started, and I just couldn’t bear the thought of wearing shorts and not wearing my running jacket.

To sum up, yes I did meet and surpassed my goal time (2:30ish, maybe a little faster was my goal, and 2:08:34 was my actual finish time). I did get overheated (according to the nurses, my temp. was 100.9 and had a pulse of 148 – my resting pulse last week was 68, so that’s pretty high for me!). I also got overhydrated. According to the dr., anyone who drinks at almost every water station (which I did) is very likely to get overhydrated. The fact that I had to go to the bathroom so badly and my clothes were covered in sweat just confirmed it. I learned some lessons about the value of hill training, wearing less than you think you’ll need, and not stopping at (almost) every water station. I’m excited to take these things with me into training for my next run. I can’t wait!

p.s. There were fireworks right before the race started, and they were beautiful! It was just at daybreak, so the sky was still somewhat dark. The colors of the fireworks looked brilliant against the dark sky and dark buildings…and the capitol was right behind it all. It was an amazing moment!

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