Sunday, August 25, 2013

Marathon #2: Santa Rosa

One of the many gorgeous views along the SR course
I knew I was quite undertrained (yeah, summer break made me lazybones), so I knew I wasn't going to beat my previous marathon time, and I was fully okay with that. I just wanted an official finish, and to enjoy the experience, and I definitely did both those things.

My parents and Jolie came with me up to Santa Rosa. They've come with me for a race before, but this was the first time they actually came to the expo with me. This was fun for my dad especially because the expo was at DeLoach Winery, and my dad is into wine, so we got in a wine tasting as well.

All the marathon runners (and some of the half marathon runners) got this awesome bottle of wine:

As well as this jacket. (Women got pink trim, and men got blue. Ugh.)

The marathon started at 6am, which was something the race organizers decided to do, like, a month ago (it originally was supposed to start at 7am), and I have to say, that was the best decision ever. It meant we had to start in the dark, but it meant that we had cooler temperatures for more of the race course.

It was a beautiful course, as you can see from the first photo above. We ran through downtown Santa Rosa, then along a long path that (I thought) resembled my home trail, and then around the vineyards around the outskirts of town. The course had very few hills, and the ones it did have were totally runnable.

I felt pretty strong for the entire first half; miles 14-16 were hard. Miles 16-19 were harder. I got a bit of a second wind at mile 19, but I did end up speedwalking (well, for me) the last 6 miles, though the key thing was that I was holding strong with my walking, even though I couldn't run much anymore by that point. Even though I was keeping a far slower overall pace than my first marathon, I felt a whole lot better at the end of this race than I did before. I was tired and hot, but not demoralized or anything. I just decided that I wasn't going to push myself.

Official finish time was 6:57:29. I was the last person to officially finish (the course closed at 7 hours), and it was kind of fun because the MC totally was like, "Come on! Everyone stop what you're doing and come cheer for our last runner!" So I had a bunch of strangers applauding me as I crossed the finish line :) (Of course I'd rather be cheered for finishing first than finishing last, but hey, it's all good.)

The only thing I'm bummed about was the fact that, because I finished last, the watermelon at the finish line was all yucky, and there were no more pancakes or beer. (Well, I don't drink beer anyway, but PANCAKES.)

So, yeah... I'm officially a repeat marathoner :)

On deck: Because I'm a glutton for punishment, I registered for this marathon knowing that NEXT weekend, I have half marathon #12 on the year - The Race to the End of Summer in San Jose. Yeah, recovery run. Right?

Also, I will start training for the California International Marathon, which is in December. THAT one, I want to beat my MH time.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Highlights and contours, colors and neutrals

On my eyes:
- Urban Decay Primer Potion

- Sugarpill Mochi on the inner half of the lid
- Urban Decay Deeper on the outer half of the lid and in the crease
- Urban Decay Naked to blend the edges
- Urban Decay Crave to define/deepen the crease (just thin lines, blended out)
- Urban Decay Virgin on the browbone
- Sugarpill Tako on the inner corner

- Urban Decay eye pencil in Demolition along the upper lash line
- Urban Decay eye pencil in Stray Dog along the lower lash line

- Maybelline The Rocket mascara

On my lips: 
Urban Decay lip pencil in Wallflower and lipstick in Requiem (both from the discontinued lines)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Another year

Tomorrow is the first day of my 8th year as a teacher, and I can't believe how time has flown by - not just the fact that summer was over in the blink of an eye, but also the fact that I've been doing this for EIGHT YEARS. It's unbelievable.

New for this year - my quote wall of books I'm obsessed with

Where DID my summer go? What did I do with my time off?
- I started and finished 13 knit/crochet projects.
- I read 12 new books, and reread a few old ones.
- I kinda half-heartedly trained for my marathon (that is coming up this weekend. Yikes.)
- I watched countless Youtube videos.
- I rewatched Seasons 1-3 of Battlestar Galactica, and all the episodes of Sherlock except the last one.
- I went to Disneyland.
- I took Jolie on a handful of playdates.

What are my goals for this next school year?
- I need to up my game. We are transitioning to new content standards, and I need to be doing SO much more.
- I want to get back on track with Paleo. I don't talk about it much anymore (because people are so damn hostile in regards to Paleo), but all I will say is that it is the optimal diet for MY body, and I need to get back to it. You know, once I learn how to fight my cupcake cravings.
- After my marathon this weekend, I've got two more HMs and another full in December. And I plan to ROCK that one because it's the weekend of my 31st birthday.
- ... While at the same time busting my ass to make the PRG all-star roster on a regular basis.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Comparison: Urban Decay Anarchy vs. NARS Schiap

Anarchy (left), Schiap (right)

I can't be the only one who thought of comparing them, right?

It looks to me that while both are bright pinks, Anarchy is more fuschia-y, a little bit deeper. Schiap is more neon-pink.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Urban Decay Revolution lipstick - Shame and Anarchy

Shame is the dark berry color on the left. Anarchy, the bright pink on the right.

At some point I will actually photograph them on my face :)

Pause and reflect

I haven't written a blog post in almost a year. I've had a lot of stuff happen, some good and some bad, and I could've written a...