Nike Women’s Marathon 2012 and Nike Fuelband

Now that I’m done with the Jungle Run, at least until next year, it’s time to concentrate on training for the Nike Women’s Marathon. This will be my first full marathon, so this training will take it’s toll, both mentally and physically. Time to cowgirl up and start ramping up and running more than I’ve ever run before. Goodie. But, that also means that it’s time for new shoes! Score!

I’m really really really stoked that my feet were pain free the whole time while wearing my Mizuno Wave Creation 13s, so I’ll probably be really boring and buy the same shoes again. And I really like the pink color, too, so I’ll be super lame and get the exact same ones that I’ve just “retired.”

can you really blame me for wanting another pair? 😉

In hopes of kicking my training schedule’s bootay, I’m drooling over the the Nike Fuelband. Have you seen that thing? Snazzy! I could wear jewelry like that! 😉 It counts your movements and your (theoretical) caloric burn, and helps you meet and exceed your fitness goals! *I have to put in the disclaimer that no device made for mass consumption can get your exact caloric burn. Some things come really close, such as the BodyBugg, but nothing is dead-on.*

I just saw a video about the Fuelband today; check it out:

Yeah, after watching that agin, I’m making it happen. Beg, barter, or steal, that Fuelband will be mine! *insert evil laugh here* 😉

Have any of you ever used the Nike Fuelband? Thoughts? Likes? Dislikes? 

Today’s workout: TurboFire Greatest HIITS and lots and lots and lots of foam rolling. 😉

What’s your workout today? What’s keeping you active? 

Memorial Weekend Coin Check

Now all you veterans out there had better be whippin’ out your coins!

the last F-117A coin from Kunsan AFB deployments

For all you civilians out there: throughout a military career, you collect coins. These coins represent units, bases, special teams, deployments, anything the commander thinks is significant. *this is also the reason why commanders have their own coins* Now these coins are not purchased at the base stores (BX, NeX, etc). You have to earn these coins by being part of the unit, or if you’re really lucky, you can win them in poker games. These are basically glorified trading cards for the military.

Now the point of these coins to get alcohol. If these had another purpose when they were created, then I don’t know it. It’s been so diluted, that I’m sure no one knows it. Nowadays, coins are used as an alcohol pissing contest.

no, not all the coins are actually round

It goes like this:

Someone at the bar yells “Coin Check!”

Everyone in that person’s party has to pull out their coin, and place it on the bar/table/hold in the air. The person without a coin buys the next round. Have you ever drank with a military person?! I feel sorry for the shmuck without a coin! If everyone has a coin, and seriously-they all should!, the person with the lowest-ranking coin is the one who buys the next round.

This is where the Commander’s Coin comes in handy. You will never have to buy another drink again. And yes, the ranking system is sorta subjective.

my unit’s coin. as far as rank goes, unit coins are pretty far down on the list.

So I’m bringing this up because I’m missing my military peeps. It’s Memorial Weekend and I’m not on base. This sucks. There’s a bond that goes beyond family and camaraderie between military members, and it sticks with you for life. My more than family is scattered across the world, and we still talk all the time and meet up when we can. These are the people who you can go 10 years without seeing and you’re still best friends. There is no time lost between military members.

On my way to Run Club this morning, I heard the most popular/famous/tear-enducing military song ever. It brought me right back to Tent City (a make-shift base), throwing darts, getting stuck inside the aircraft fuselage (I was the smallest, so I was the lucky one to go and fix the break. awesome), closing out hooches and bars, and Chicken Bulgogi from South Korea.

For everyone who has ever served, or is serving now: this one’s for you!

don’t forget to ground your drinks!!!

What are your plans this weekend?!   I went for a 5.5 miler this morning, and now the rest of the weekend is full of kid’s birthday parties and Starbucks. 🙂

My 10 Favorite Race Medal Displays

I’m new to the running event scene, but already it’s time to start thinking about where to stash my bling. I have the race bibs in my scrapbook, and I’m holding on to my finisher shirts to make a quilt; but what to do with the medals?

I’ve been looking at race medal hangers recently. I had no idea there were so many out there! So I’ve compiled a list of the ones that I like, in hopes that by the end of this post I’ll make my decision as to which one I want to get.

In no particular oder:

this one really doesn’t have any racing significance, but I LOVE swallows and nautical stars. I even have them tattooed on me.

I’d want hooks instead of a bar, but I like the humor.

Now this is my kind of humor! But, again, I’d want hooks.

I like the idea of putting the bibs with the medals.

This would work since this is the first year that I’m doing both. It’ll feed my inner organization freak, too.

Puns, anyone?

Not very race-y, but definitely cute.

Simple, but cute. Love the pink, too.

Mind over matter, mind over matter!

I wish there was a larger picture of this one. I really like it!

Alright, I know I said 10, but when I put all of them on here, I realized I had 11. But I don’t feel like deleting any of them, so here’s the encore, number 11:

This one is a bit too girly, but I’m loving it!

Final verdict:

I’m going to make my own. I’ll make a board like number 11, customize an UpperCase Living saying (I really like the .2 saying from the third one pictured, and my favorite running saying is, “26.2… it’s that damn .2 that’ll get ya!” so I may even use that), and get some nice quality hooks or drawer pulls. Done deal.

I also saw this on Pinterest, and while it’s an amazingly cute idea, I don’t think I’ll do it. But for those of you looking for a really interesting way to display your race medals, try magnets! Remove the ribbon and apply some epoxy resin on a heavy duty magnet, and, voilà! Race Medal Magnets! Cute, right?!?!

How do you store your race bling? Is it out in the open, or stored away?