Saturday, June 18, 2011

It's Time to Cut

I'm chopping my hair... again.

I first donated my hair when my mom was sick in 2004 (she was not pleased, she liked my long hair). That time I donated to Locks of Love, an organization that makes wigs for children with that lose their hair from medical reasons. I donated it again in 2008 to Pantene Beautiful Lengths that makes wigs for women battling cancer. Those wigs are distributed through American Cancer Society wig banks.

I'm not telling you this to toot my own hair-donating horn, but to demonstrate a pattern. Ever since I cut my hair that first time, I follow the same cycle. Don't like it short... can't wait to grow it out. It continues to get longer until I reach a point where I think "well, I might as well keep going and donate it again." And that's where I am now.

However, I'm determined not to dislike my newly shorn hair and go in with a plan... a hairstyle/cut in mind, which I've never done before. And I need help. Hopefully, my hair will be chin length or longer so those are the pictures I'm looking through (among lots of other Google images!).

OC Kristen - like the pieceyness
of the style, not the color

The ever popular Victoria Beckham bob

Love everything she does!
My hair will be shorter than Jen's and longer than Posh's so I'm not sure what to do. All I know is that it needs to be low maintenance. We'll see what I come out with!

Monday, June 13, 2011

We Did It!

Yes, WE did it! Thanks to your love and generous donations we raised $4,000 and I was the #2 fundraiser of 60 Team in Training participants for my event! I could not have done it... reached my goal, trained, and finished the race... without all of you. And just so you know, that brings our fundraising total for LLS to $13,660!!

I started the Latta Triathlon Sunday morning at 6:38am. Two hours and nine minutes later, I was a triathlete! I AM a triathlete! And, it wasn't as miserable as I thought it would be. Halfway through the bike course I thought, 'Hey this isn't so bad. What was I making such a fuss about?'

But it wouldn't be right if I didn't do something ridiculous along the way. When I completed the 17 mile bike portion I ran into the transition area, racked my bike, put on my hat and shirt and was ready to run. Except... I looked down for my water... not there. In fact, my towel wasn't there. And I wondered where my backpack was? I thought someone stole my backpack!! No, ding dong, I racked my bike in the wrong spot and put on someone else's hat and someone else's shirt... Whoops. To my credit (although little is due), I was only four slots down and Team in Training folks all wear the same stuff for the most part.

I didn't have a goal, except to finish in under 2 and a half hours which I did. But now I'm thinking that I want to break the two hour mark. So we'll see. For those of you who care, here's the breakdown of my times.

Swim     T1     Bike     T2     Run     Total Time
20:02     4:10   1:04     3:40   36:46    2:09:25

And now for some pictures!

With my mentor, Marilyn
With fellow TNTers, Rachel and Meridith

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Top 25 Most Played

I was browsing my iTunes library to update my training playlist and clicked on my "Top 25 Most Played" to pull some songs from there. What a revealing list it is! Luckily, I'm not terribly embarrassed by the songs on here... so here you go!

1. Candyman - Christina Aguilera
2. Rompe - Daddy Yankee
3. Stay - Dave Matthews Band
4. Only Wanna Be With You - Hootie & the Blowfish (have you heard the story about how I ran into Darius Rucker in the grocery store? Literally ran into him... it's a good one)
5. Bright Side of the Road - Van Morrison -- such a happy song!
6. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison -- classic
7. Behind these Hazel Eyes - Kelly Clarkson
8. Addicted - Kelly Clarkson (widely unknown and totally underrated Kelly song)
9. Gunpowder & Lead - Miranda Lambert
10. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - Miranda Lambert (from these last two songs you'd think I'd just gotten out of a bad relationship, but I just love the rocker country!)
11. Here I Come - Fergie (please make another solo album Fergs)
12. Don't Stop the Music - Rihanna
13. Kiwi - Maroon 5 (new found love for Adam Levine thanks to The Voice!)
14. Cry Me a River - Justin Timberlake (love when the bass drops at the beginning of this song and yes, I just said that)
15. Love Song - Sarah Bareilles
16. Vegas - Sarah Bareilles
17. Bottle it Up - Sarah Bareilles
18. Many the Miles - Sarah Bareilles
19. Low - FloRida
20. Ven Conmigo - Christina Aguilera - this Spanish language version has survived my playlist since discovering it in high school
21. Only Prettier - Miranda Lambert (hands down, favorite Miranda song)
22. Leave the Pieces - The Wreckers
23. Me and Charlie Talking - Miranda Lambert
24. Don't Stop Believing - Journey - a playlist isn't a playlist without this ballad
25. Push - Enrique Iglesias - this is one of the gems I got from the Step Up 2 Soundtrack... and no I'm not kidding, love the movie and bought the album. Don't judge.

What's on your Top 25 Most Played List? Most embarrassing song?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunday is D-Day

Hello long lost (and dare I say, few?) blog readers! I would give excuses for my absence, but what's the point? I've been inspired to write several things, but lacked the follow-through. So forgive me in advance for this lengthy post.

Here we are, less than ONE WEEK from my triathlon. At 7am on Sunday morning, I'll be diving into  Mountain Island Lake at Latta Plantation to finish this long journey.  I find myself thinking as I do a week before a dentist appointment... brushing and flossing diligently, as if that's going to make a difference when I get there. I want to run, swim and bike non-stop to make sure my race will be a success. I'm lamenting those times that I did not train and wondering how that will affect my performance.

But, I feel a sense of peace (one that my coaches assure me will leave me as soon as I wake up Sunday morning!) that I didn't have when I ran the half-marathon. Before that race, I had not run 13.1 miles so I wasn't certain that I could. But I have trained and completed the race distances for all three legs... now I just need to do it all in less than 2 and a half hours!

And as if I needed a reminder as to why I'm training and fundraising, I ran with a fellow TNTer on Saturday and she shared with me that her mother passed away from colon cancer when she was only three years old. Her mom was 29.  She participates and fundraises in events like these for many of the sames reasons that I do... but mostly to feel a sense of contribution to the support of families and the pursuit of a cure.

I can't even begin to express what a wonderful organization the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is and how much Team in Training has meant to me over the past few years, but especially the past 5 months.  I didn't actively participate in the team trainings for the half-marathon and now I wonder what I missed out on.  The group of people that I've had the privilege of getting to know is unlike any other. My heart is filled with so much joy and a sense of purpose after every training session.

And while I could go on for days about it, I won't. I can only suggest and hope that if you have even the slightest interest in training for an event like this, that you consider doing so with Team in Training. I promise, you won't regret it. My life has changed for the better because of it. Wish me luck this weekend!

Still accepting donations! ;)