CASA Superhero Run

Chatterbox, who dressed as Batman,  and I ran in the CASA Superhero Run this past weekend and had a blast. I ran with him for his 1K, which he ran the whole way, I was so proud. I actually skipped my 5K because he was having so much fun with the arts and crafts, snacking, photo-taking,  and all goings on under the hanger. Luckily, just like last year, it was cloudy and cool. Unfortunately, I didn’t take many photos, we got too caught up in all the fun.

Me and Chatterbox after the 1K

I surprised myself by picking up our packets ahead of time, something I never do, but it allowed us to sleep in and avoid a very long line when we arrived. I didn’t expect the Hubs to bring Hugs along, which they opted to stay home. However, there were several parents walking their toddlers through the 1K so next year I think I will drag him along too.

I didn’t even have a cape to run in this year, so next year’s goal is get myself totally decked out. There are two ways to go, a traditional superhero costume, or an invented superhero.

What is CASA?

CASA of Travis County speaks up for children who have been abused or neglected by empowering our community to volunteer as advocates for them in the court system. Their popular slogan for their annual Superhero race: “Every child needs a hero, but abused children need superheros!”

Once I live and work in the same city I am so going to volunteer!


Phone Pockets

Earlier this year I came across an advertisement at Fit Frosting for the Cruiser Skirt.

The cruiser skirt with a built in pocket for your phone.

They were announcing a last minute sale before they stopped selling them and of course the last day was at the end of the month so I didn’t snag one, but what a genius idea! Fast forward to August when I tripped and fell while running. I had to make a split-second decision to either save my phone and risk badly damaging my knee, or let the phone go to brace my fall. I decided to let the phone go, after all it had made it through countless falls before. Not this time though, it fell just right, on the corner and cracked the glass. I immediately went home and hastily added phone pockets to my running pants.

There are a lot of things to consider when doing this I discovered.

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Running pant #1 – my oldest pair, had already been hemmed up quite a bit to land just at the knee. I started with this pair first thinking that if I totally screwed it up, oh well, they were so old I could have used a new pair anyway. This is mostly cotton fabric with a bit of elasticity incorporated into the fibers. I cut off the legs where I had previously hemmed it. Using my phone as a guide I roughly estimated the size of pocket I would need. I then cut a slit into the pant about where I thought the cruiser skirt had their pocket and used a zig-zag stitch to secure the pocket. Turns out the pocket is a bit lower than I would like and my phone sticks out about 1/2″ which makes me nervous but it has worked so far.

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Running Pant #2 – considering the first pant was a success I tackled my only other running pant. I wanted to hem these up anyway, so I trimmed off the excess to use for the pocket. This material though is pretty much Lycra through and through. I learned my lesson with the too short pocket so I paid extra attention to making this pocket long enough to completely cover my phone. The flaw here is in the fabric. While the pocket completely covers my phone, the material is so stretchy that it tends to bounce while I’m running. I plan to modify it by tacking down all sides of the pocket to see if that will help.

Why was I running with my phone in my hand in the first place you may ask? While I would love to have one of those fancy watch-type GPS systems to track my running, I don’t, I use a free app, Cardio Trainer, on my phone, plus I was also listening to FM radio while running too. I had been having problems with the built in GPS locating me when I kept my phone in my bra, so I got in the habit of carrying it instead. The hubs has convinced me to spend a few extra bucks getting a protective cover for my replacement.

Plank A Day Challenge Fail

A friend of mine started a 30-day plank a day challenge. It sounded fun so I participated. You gradually increase your hold time from 20 seconds to the final 5 minutes on day 30. Piece of cake!

Day 1 – awesome

Day 2 – feel the burn

Day 3 – oh crap

My running regimen has kept my chronic lower back pain at bay…that is until day three of the plank-a-day challenge. I slowed down the pace and stretched the whole challenge out to 60 days. I finally made it 2 minutes around day 20 and had to stop. It was just too painful and was ruining my runs.

This experience also tells me that clearly I still need to strengthen my lower back muscles, and to not rely on running alone. A great alternative I found is the Superman Stretch.

It works that same troublesome area of mine but is much more gentle.

A Hidden Gem – the Golf Course Run

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Several weeks ago while running errands near the office I noticed a nice crushed granite walking trail around the local golf course. The trek from the office down to the golf course, running around the golf course, and then double backing back to the office is right around 6 kilometers so it’s a bit of a stretch for me to complete the run within my lunch break hour.  It is so nice to run on crushed granite versus asphalt and concrete though, plus there are a few great hills here too, however there is very little shade over the trail making it a heat stroke nightmare in Central Texas. I’ve decided to make this course my “long” run once a week. When the temps get cooler I can run this more frequently.