Thursday, May 30, 2013

Just, you know. Whatevs :)

Today I was inspired by the teal shirt I'm wearing today and this column of shadows from UD's 15th Anniversary palette:

Top to bottom: Tainted, Junkshow, Omen, Evidence, Deep End
So I decided to incorporate them

- UD shadow pencil in Morphine all over the lid as a base
- Omen all over the lid
- Junkshow in the crease
- Tainted on the browbone and to blend the crease
- UD eye pencil in LSD along the upper lash line (I know, I didn't use Evidence, but found a navy-ish eyeliner to use instead)
- UD eye pencil in Deep End along the lower lash line (Again, didn't use the shadow, but used the eye pencil - same shade name and everything!)
- Maybelline The Rocket mascara

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A look with the Urban Decay Glinda palette

I apologize for my eyebrows being out of control. Sheesh!


- Tornado all over the lid
- South in the crease
- Illusion on the browbone
- Eye pencil in Rockstar along the upper lash line
- Eye pencil in Ether along the lower lash line (that's one of the new shades UD released, not in the Glinda palette)
- Maybelline The Rocket mascara

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Apparently I am in marathon training mode again.

Yeah, I just signed up for this yesterday. And I'm going to do it alone.

Let's see what I'm really made of, shall we?

T-minus 14 weeks.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Find your happy pace: Mermaid East Bay Half Marathon

Mermaid Series: Best shirts ever!
After last week's Western Pacific HM, I felt pretty lousy, physically and mentally. I ended up being sick the entire week with a bad cold/sore throat, and I didn't work out at all except for an 8am CrossFit class on Monday (which was awesome, because I PRed my deadlift at 225lbs!!) - no running and no further CrossFit. I was feeling pretty miserable and depressed. My work wife/bestie Lisa kept telling me, "You know this is your body's way of telling you that you've been working too hard, right? You need to stop doing EVERYTHING and just rest." I grumbled about it, but forced myself to rest. (Well, actually, I tried to run Thursday morning. My body just wasn't having it.)

I was even dreading today's race a little bit because of all my time off, and because I was still feeling awful yesterday, and also because I knew it was going to be in the high-80's again, despite the strange cooling off we had this week, and again, Quarry Lakes just doesn't have a lot of cover. But of course I wasn't going to skip it, because 1) my bestie Rebecca was going to be there, and we haven't raced together since Disney World, and 2) I felt like I needed to restore my good name or something. I didn't want to let Quarry Lakes beat me.

Well... I am proud to say that I finished in 2:44:36, which is a brand-new PR!!!!!

How in the HELL did I drop fifteen minutes off my half-marathon time from last week (and ~2:30 off my previous PR)? Here's what was different:

- The weather. It was hot, yes, but a teensy bit less so, and there was a breeze (a SMALL one) that would pick up every now and then. There was also a bit more shade because...

- The course was different. The course in general went in the opposite direction of the WP race course, so we were running in the absolutely-shadeless gravel area early on instead of at the end, rejoined the same trail until mile 5, where it crossed a bridge and ran on the OTHER side of the creek from the WP race course - the tree-lined, asphalt side. Oh glory, hallelujah!! When I saw the turn-off for the bridge, I wanted to kiss the ground. Pavement. SHADE. We stayed on that side of the trail pretty much until mile 12, and I think that was a key difference for me.

- I ran a 5/1 interval. Considering how I've never run this interval before in any practice runs, I think this worked out really well for me. Last week, I had it set to 12/1, because I essentially wanted to take walk breaks only at every mile marker, and that was a colossal fail. I definitely wasn't ready to do that, especially not in that heat/sun. I actually really like this 5/1 interval because it's long enough for me to HAVE to find a comfortable pace I can sustain, but it's not interminably long either. (I have been known to push too hard on a 3/1 because it's pretty short, and then wear myself out because of it.) Aside from hills and water stops, I stuck to my interval pretty strictly until mile 9, stuck to it mostly until mile 11, and then pretty much took it easy for the last two miles. In the future, I'm hoping to be able to stick to it the entire time.

I'm feeling pretty good. I was definitely feeling the heat those last four miles, but aside from that and a little tiredness, my legs feel great. I do have a yucky blister on my foot though, and my throat is super scratchy right now.

I feel quite proud of myself. Considering how horrible I have felt since last weekend, this is a great pick-me-up :) Actually, it would seem that I bookended my week with a pair of PRs :) EXCELLENT.

The announcer lady had a heck of a time trying to figure out my name :)

Me, Becca's friend Tracie (this was her first HM!!), and Becca

Finisher's necklace... though, they didn't give us a chain...


Me and Amanda, who ran the 10k

Next up on the race calendar - the Vibha Dream Mile half marathon in June.

Half marathon #8 on the year... IN THE BOOKS.

For the record, LISA, you were right and God bless you.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Race Recap - Western Pacific Half Marathon

Half marathon number 7 on the year - in the books!

This one was kind of a doozy, and quite unexpectedly so. I've run at Quarry Lakes before (a Mermaid 5k, and as I later realized, the Union City 10k also uses a large portion of the same trail that isn't inside the park area), so I was expecting a fast, flat race. It was definitely flat, and it would've been fast, except I absolutely did not take into consideration the fact that there is very little shade along the entire course. And with the spike in heat we've been experiencing lately, this race (which I had secretly been hoping to PR) became just totally brutal.

In fact, here's how much I did NOT consider the weather:

I don't think I've ever worn sunscreen for a race before (I know, I know!), and today was no exception. I'm actually not really burnt - no pain or anything, though my cheeks are a bright shade of pink. But I was definitely concerned for myself out there.

Even when I wasn't in the sun, it was still super warm, and I have never done well in the heat. I've always preferred colder weather. My one goal for this race was to run the first five miles, but with the relentless sun, I ended up needing to stop a lot. I pushed pretty hard for the first six miles, took it a little easier for the next three miles, and then the last four miles were just torture. I remember looking across the lake at where the finish line was and whining to myself, "I can see you but you're soooo farrrrr!" I was dumping cups of water on my head at the aid tents because I was overheating so much.

I finished in 2:59:02. I was feeling pretty defeated for the last half mile, but there was nothing I could do about the heat.

On the plus side, my legs feel fine. Strong, even. Again, many thanks to Paleo and CrossFit for making me durable.

Next week, I am running the Mermaid Half Marathon East Bay in the exact same place. The course isn't exactly the same, but it's similar enough. So, Quarry Lakes, we will meet again next week and you will be vanquished. I would very much like to finish closer to 2:50 next week. We'll see.

(And, yeah, no more back-to-back weekends after this, I think.)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Happy May!

My eye colors make me think of mermaids.

- UD e/s in Vanilla all over the lid
- UD e/s in Deep End in the crease (use a fluffier crease brush) and blended out with Naked
- UD eye pencil in Perversion along the upper lash line and Mushroom along the lower lash line
- Cover Girl Clump Crusher mascara

If I were to do this again, I would probably apply a white base underneath, just to make the yellow of Vanilla pop more.