December 17, 2012

Coldwater Mountain 9.6 results and some happiness

I'll be posting more about this race later, but for now I'll say that it was great to be back to the kind of running that feels hard but not impossible. No lead gut, no vomit, and NO STUPID HEAT. There was even a heavenly mist of rain and, I'm pretty sure, a naked cherub playing a harp at mile 4.

So much dang fun. My final stats were 1:23:41, 5th woman, 2nd in age group, 31st overall. 

Then I had a follow-up run with my brother at Red Mountain

This is where I got my second dose of heavenly sprinkles, and there was just enough mud out there to get you dirty. Not so dirty that you have to take a shower before sitting in your car, but dirty enough that you feel like you accomplished something.

Oh, and I did accomplish something big. Hugantic. For the first time in forever-ever, I didn't fall for an entire trail run! And look at my wrists -- no watch. Mr. Puppet Master GPS was not invited to my Red Mountain run party. 

We also went to a short candlelight ceremony to honor those who died in Newton, CT. 

Did any of you read this blog post yet? I think it introduces an important dialogue. 

I also liked what one runner blogger had to say about the aftermath of tragedy. To sum it up, she encourages us to give up our fear and sadness and replace it with acts of kindness and love. 

Here's some of that kindness, joy, and love (plus some funniness, which equals joy to me) I wanted to share with you.

My brother teaching my daughter how to get her own awesome finish-line pic

Skeletons on Noah's ark.

The most awkward mannequin ever. 

This stuff is legit.

Double rainbows today at my in-laws' farm.

What's something that made you happy today? 

When was the last time you ran watch-less? How did it go? I had one official watch-less run, and during my race, I wore my watch but didn't look at it during the race. It felt liberating both times! Almost like wearing pants to church. 

Egg nog -- yes, no, or never tried it? Huge yes for me. I love that junk. At one point, I tried to convince myself that it was just as great as chocolate milk for a post-run recovery drink. 


  1. the pants joke. Especially being British with our version of pants. I ALWAYS wear British pants to church.

    My Christmas tree made me happy today. As did my little boy telling me 'Mummy, I want your company ALL DAY LONG'.

    Alas no running has made me happy for a week now due to sickness and jet lag. Tomorrow's venture is not going to be pretty. Congrats on the great run!

    1. Ok, so I had to google that one.:) But then I laughed with you!

  2. Wow well done on your great runs - good times and second in your category too! I've never tried egg nog I remember my grandad used to make it at Christmas - he was from the uk - I think it's more a cold country thing! Listening to my kids be silly and laugh and giggle over a whoopie cushion makes me happy .

  3. Great job on your 9.6!! Trail running is a blast- but it doesn't feel right if you don't come out dirty :)

    I can hardly stand to run watchless. I really want to look over my stats later. But I usually keep the screen to HR and Distance and try to ignore pace.

    What made me happy recently? Seeing my boys do their silly things today. Making silly faces and just laughing about it. That and going out for a nice hard 13 miler to make up for a missed long run. That put a smile on my face.

    Great pic of you and your brother! There is some resemblance there :)




  5. Loved this post Lisa! I muss running so bed it hurts deep in my soul!!' I love, love that photo of your brother and daughter!!! Awesome!!! And egg nog? Well I thunk it's pretty much the cats meow, especially now that I'm preggers and just eating whatever the hell I want anyway:) merry Christmas my friend!!! I am sure this tine of year must be so fun for you with 4 kids:)

  6. 5th woman overall? Girl, you are a ROCKSTAR!!!

  7. OMG girl - you run a lot of races!!!!!!!!

    The sound of the bell which is going to ring in 22 minutes - I love that sound. It means that soon I will be surrounded by 32 kids who make me smile every day. And I really do mean that!!!

    Always watchless except for the occasional race. I just don't like how it feels on my wrist. Weird, huh?

    LOVE egg nog!!!!

  8. Glad you had a fun race!! And no falling on a trail run, huge bonus! I don't know that I have had egg nog since I was a child. I wonder if my taste buds have changed, I remember not liking it.

  9. Great job on your run!

    I'm a big fan of's certainly not helping me lose my baby weight ;)

  10. That article by Liza Long is so touching and really Provokes some much needed thought.

    Congrats on not falling. That is a serious feat.

  11. Great job in your race!! That mannequin is really weird:) Never tried eggnog and not sure if I ever will. Name and consistency isn't appetizing to me.

  12. I usually go sans watch post races (this year I have been without since Oct...oops). Something about a watch does keep you motivated, but without it also allows me to really understand why I run.

  13. I ran watchless last year after my A race. I took a couple of weeks off and when I eased back into running, I just brought my phone so I could 1) take pictures and 2) have some idea as to how long I had been out.

    I LOVE your pics, they always put a smile on my face. The one of your brother and daughter is AWESOME.
    Oh and that mannequin shot = HILARIOUSNESS.
    Egg nog is a staple in my parents house. My dad drinks it like water over the holidays and there's always a generous splash of dark rum in it.

  14. That's the best eggnog I've ever had in my life. I may have finished off the container earlier this week.

    Congratulations on your race! Glad to hear normal weather for this time of year is back. Thank heavens for colder temperatures!

  15. Thank you for sharing that article. I read & bookmarked it, but it's difficult to think of *that* side of things. Changes need to be made, for sure.
    I love the happy race report! Congrats on the awesome results AND not falling. You must teach me your ways...
    I'm a big fan of eggnog. We even tried some Pumpkin-flavored, a few weeks ago. It did not disappoint.

  16. congrats on your run!! i rarely go without the garmin. i hate to say, especially with my training now, i look at it WAY too often. that pic of the mannequins is hilarious! i like eggnog but never buy it or drink it- i did have an eggnog latte at a coffee shop in Kiawah. It was amazing!

  17. WooHooo 2nd in your AG! Amazing! Congrats! The last time I was watchless was just two days ago, we got 15 inches of snow, so it didn't make sense to worry about pace in those kind of conditions. It was a lot of fun. As for racing without the watch, I highly recommend fully without it.. The last time I did that I ran my fastest pace ever. Try it, at least in a 10k!

  18. thanks for the shout out, i really appreciate it. I feel like it's been hard for many to still get back to things since then and I know that's helped me

    Love the double rainbows!


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