Ten Pet Peeves of Road Racing

I ran the Quad Cities Times Bix7 race this weekend and to put it nicely, it annoyed the living crap out of me.  There is such a thing as running etiquette but apparently few people were aware of it and knew how to “share” the roadway.
This race is tough.  Not only is it longer than a 10K and a majority of other races but it also has these steep, never ending hills that practically kill your legs.  Like as in, if you sprint up these, you can fully expect to vomit at the top.  The first ¾ of a mile is a hill and the entire race is 7 miles.  So with that being said, I expected that those around me would be running the same pace, since we started in the same pace corral or at the very, least, the pack would break apart as the miles went on.  But not so much.
When I signed up for this race, I chose my overall time to be less than 60 minutes which is highly doable for me at 8-9 minute pace since I had been training for 4 weeks prior to the race.  Apparently, so did everyone else as in everyone running that race is a time liar except for me.  When I started the race, there were people in front of me stopping to walk up the hill.  Excuse me, you think you’re going to run this under 60 and walking right out of the gate?  I don’t think so.  Get your ass back where you belong…with the walkers. 
I spent the entire race, weaving in and out of runners.  I even spent a great deal of time running up on the sidewalk and the grass median just to get by people.  Do you know what it feels like to run 7 miles overworking your muscles to get around liars?  Yeah, it’s not fun.  Next year I know, I’m drinking the coolaid and I too will be a liar.  Look at that, I can run 6 minute miles.  Well, I’ll be.  I think if you could’ve at any point read my mind during the race you would think that I was a nut job who needed to enroll in anger management classes.   
So I bring to you the worst things you can do during a road race.
1.       Lie and say that you’ll pull off a faster time than you have ever run before. I’m sorry but if you can’t run an 8 minute mile training, then what makes you think you’ll magically be able to sustain that pace for 7 miles?  That’s like every bride who says she’ll drop weight before her wedding so her dress will fit...you’re only fooling yourself fatty.
2.      Don’t stop in the middle of the course.  Politely move to the side and stop but always look behind you first.  The biggest mistake you can make is stopping without looking.  You can get seriously injured running too. 
3.      #2 goes for water stations as well.  There is not enough room for runners who don’t stop for fluids to make it through unscathed if you stop right at the water station.  Take your cup running and then stop and walk after the station where it’s safer.
4.      For the love of God, we all sweat racing (if you don’t you are not normal) but wear some deodorant.  We all have to breathe and I don’t want to deep breathe your stench.
5.      There is this weird thing about running.  When you move, your body parts do as well.  Like your gut and your ass cheeks.  I don’t need to see your actual ass cheeks.  I can’t just turn around and stare at my own at home.  So moral of this story, wear bigger clothes that cover.  I don’t think an inch more of fabric is going to make you run any slower or make your body temp go down.  It’s a race, not a fashion show.  Also, all you bigger ladies,  I’m super happy that you got off your ass and moved but I don’t need to see every lump and bump…ok?
6.      Group runners.  I get that it’s fun to run with your friends, but form a cluster not a line across.  You’re slow and blocking my faster booty from passing.
7.      Don’t touch me, ever.  Again, we all sweat and the last thing I want to do is bump into your sweat ligaments.  Keep your sweat to yourself.
8.      Don’t cut people off.  Just because you need to pass, doesn’t mean that you should do it in a fashion that will cause someone else to get hurt.  I guarantee you’re not going to win the race so just chill for a sec.
9.      Slow down.  Would it really be worth it to kill yourself and not end up finishing because you pushed it too trying to meet a goal?  If I don’t feel it, I’m slowing down.  The race doesn’t count until you cross the finish line.
10.   Don’t be a douche.  Enough said.
Everyone pays to run the race so a little bit of common courtesy will go a long ways and make the entire experience a fun one.  Also, I hate the stroller in back rule.  I get why it’s there but honestly, it’s hard to get a babysitter for every race that we mom’s want to run so sometimes the stroller is the only option.  If I ever had to take my child with me, I would fully expect to start with the 8 minute milers because I can run that fast still pushing a twenty pound child.  I shouldn’t have to be pushed to the back.
I did finish the race with a time of 1:02:31.  I’m confident that had I started in a faster corral that my time would have definitely been under 60 minutes.  I will be cursing your name until I meet you again Bix7.

50 Questions to Free Your Mind {Part 1}

{Preface:  These questions were not made up by me.  I merely found this via other bloggers.  I don't actually know the true source.  So if these are yours, thank you.  Please also remember that my answers are my own and are not meant to cause any sort of controversy.}

These questions are hard and probably a little difficult to think about and answer but my life just seems off a bit lately.  I don't know if it's the pressure of balancing work, life, a Lia Sophia business and training for a half-marathon but I'm just not with it.

{1}  How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?
With looks, I would say 22.  This is only because people never, ever guess my age right.  I look very young compared to my actual age and I can thank my mom for that.

As far as maturity goes, I would say 28/29 which is just a bit ahead of my actual age.  When I became a mom, I think I matured a few years.  Becoming a mom meant that I needed to set a good example and lead by that example.  I still act like a child every once in awhile but I'm only 27 so it's justified.

{2} Which is worse, failing or never trying?
Never trying.  I'm a big "what if" type of person.  Sure, I fail a lot and always think what would happen if things were different but that is better thinking that what if I actual tried?  A bigger regret for me would be to never try something than to try it and fail at it miserably.  I ran the St. Patty's Day race in March and have been so mad at myself for my time but I would have been far more upset if I just didn't run it.  I at least crossed the finish line and felt god awful but that is far better than not even starting the race.

{3} If life is so short, why do we so many things we don't like and like so many things we don't do?
Life is so short and that becomes extremely apparent when we lose someone in life to soon.  However, day to day we don't often think about that so we do the things that get us by.  Sure, we all have bucket lists of the things we would like to try, the places we would like to go, but that costs money and not everyone has the funds to turn their bucket into reality.  Plus, I'm sure a majority of us (myself included) have the, "there's always tomorrow" type mentality.  But what if we really don't have tomorrow?

{4}  When it's all said and done, will you have said more than you've done?
Yes, but isn't that true of everyone?  I've countless times said that I was going to do something and just never get around to getting it done.  It's easier to sit around and talk about what needs to be done than putting the work into it and getting it done.  There is only so much time in a day.  It's a never ending cycle.

{5} What is the one thing you'd most like to change about the world?
This one is hard.  There are so many things wrong with this world...hunger/malnourishment, wars, murderists, thieves, the homeless, sex trafficking...I could go on and on. All of these problems are on such a big scale that it will never be possible.  However,  I would have to say that everyone should have a least one good meal a day and a bed to sleep in at night.  I couldn't imagine not being able to provide for my family and to watch my child suffer.
{I sound like I'm trying to become Miss Freaking America}

Happy Birthday America!

You just gotta ignite the light and let it shine
Just own the night like the 4th of July

 'Cause baby, you're a firework
Come on, show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go, oh, oh, oh
As you shoot across the sky

Baby, you're a firework 
Come on, let your colors burst 
Make 'em go, oh, oh, oh
You're gonna leave 'em falling down

{Pictures from Sunday's Independence Day Celebration in Dixon}

Hope your 4th is filled to the brim with food, fun, laughter, and the good old red, white and blue!

We're headed to the pool in our backyard.

Stay cool and safe out there.

Happy Birthday America!

Bacon Lovers, Rejoice!

Say you're headed to a barbecue and are in need of something real quick to whip up that you probably have the ingredients around the house for.  
Well then I have the recipe for you and it involves bacon.  
Oh yes, those greasy, loveable, strips of meaty goodness.
I made this for Quinn's birthday and am making it for a barbecue we're going to tonight.
It's just that good...trust me.


1 cup mayo
1 cup sour cream
1 pound bacon
1 large tomato (or to taste).

Cook bacon (easiest and least messy way is at 400 degrees in the oven for 20 minutes...remember to line your cookie sheet with tin foil.).
Mix sour cream and mayo.
Chop tomato and cooked bacon and add to SC/M combo.

Refrigerate for an hour or so and enjoy.
Your hips will thank me.