Random updates

I can’t believe I have less than 2 weeks left until my move. It’s time to stop procrastinating and start packing! At least I already packed away my Wii and PS3 so I won’t be tempted to play video games anymore. I still have my tv out, but I’m pretty good at multi-tasking. Last night I finished up my income tax forms while watching Heroes and CSI: Miami… can’t wait to get my $700 refund from the state!

I’m making good progress setting up/canceling my various utilities and services. It stinks being put on hold, but I’ve been using that time to catch up on posts in Google Reader… see, more multi-tasking! So I have been reading your blogs, even if I don’t always comment.

Also on the productive front, I contacted a dealer in Maryland and my new Mini Cooper is scheduled for production! (I like that I can follow the status of my car online.)

I took a crash course in new car buying and learned the phrase “out the door”, as in “what’s the best price you can give me out the door?”, meaning the final price without any additional hidden fees. I was able to negotiate for the dealer to cover the tax, title, and license so all I’ll be paying is the MSRP on the car. For my first ever car buying experience, I think it went pretty well.

I’ve been a bit under the weather* the last few days. Thank goodness it’s nothing major, just a slight cough and sore/dry throat. I’m really making an effort to get more rest and hoping that will take care of it.

The past couple weeks I’ve been doing short 2-3 mile runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and “racing” on Saturdays. But since I’m not feeling well, this week I’m going to cut back to just one short run sometime before my last half marathon in my 5-in-a-row streak on Sunday. I read somewhere that it’s better to be 5% under-trained than 1% over-trained (or something along those lines) so I’m going to hope that’s true. It makes sense to me. Since I’m just out there for fun, I don’t anticipate any problem being able to finish the upcoming race. But it would be nice to get back under the 2:30 mark…

My time for The Sedona Half Marathon was 2:38:46. Race report and photos will be posted eventually. By the way, for this Sunday I decided on the MasterBlock Half Marathon. I know Lost Dutchman is a fantastic race, but I just wanted to run in a different part of the Valley.

Finally, I’ve been updating my Half Fanatics profile after each race and today it was awesome to see that it automatically added four little moons next to my name for reaching Jupiter level (4 half marathons in 23 days). Way cool!

*I started wondering where the phrase “under the weather” originated from and found this explanation… “When it’s gray and rainy out, does that affect how you feel? This expression comes from the idea that bad weather might hurt a person’s health and mood. The saying also may be related to “under the weather bow,” the part of a boat that will take the force of rough seas during stormy weather. If you were in that part of the boat, you might get seasick!” Source: http://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/come_from/under_weather.html.

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Decisions, decisions (and some free socks!)

It’s finally hitting home that I only have three weeks left before my move… and so much to do! I thought my experience moving from Houston to Phoenix would make things easier this time around, but Baltimore is a lot farther away and there are more decisions to be made than before. It’s like all my time is spent tossing around pros and cons in my head, and trying to reassure myself that I’m doing the right thing.

The biggest decisions were to sell my bike and car. While I like my bike, it just doesn’t really make sense to have a mountain bike in Baltimore, especially when I don’t even like mountain biking that much. I finally put my bike on Craig’s List last night.

It was harder to let go of my car because I’ve had it for almost eight years and A LOT of road trips. Even though there’s nothing remarkable about my car, it’s special to me. I had to force myself to think practically and accept the fact that it’s better to sell the car now than pay over $1,000 to ship it out to Baltimore where I’d be a little uncomfortable driving it around the city (and trying to parallel park) anyway due to the size. Also factoring into my decision was the fact that I had a buyer already lined up so it was a quick and easy transaction and I know my car is going to a good home.

On the bright side, it’s exciting to think about getting a new car. Since I’ve been wanting a Mini Cooper for a few years now, that was a fairly easy decision. But then I had to figure out the colors and features. The Mini USA website let’s you design and build your own Mini and I’ve been spending way too much time playing with it. Here’s what I think I’ve finally settled on… the blue looks a lot better in person than it does in the image.

With everything going on, I haven’t really been in the mood to work out. I’d feel a bit guilty about it, except that doing a half marathon every weekend kind of evens things out. But I did make the time to go to Road Runner Sports on Thursday for the monthly fun run. I have to admit that the main reason for going was in hopes of getting some free stuff. And it paid off because I was the first name called in the drawing. I actually won a free RRS top, but since I’m already stocked up on tops I switched with someone for socks instead. It was a win-win for both of us.

My third half marathon of the month/year was yesterday. It didn’t go as well as I would have liked, but I had fun. I think I want to add a fifth half to the schedule, but I’m still debating which to go with.

Lost Dutchman Half Marathon:

  • I did the Lost Dutchman 10k last year. It was neat, but nothing special really sticks out in my mind except the long walk from where I parked my car to the start/finish area.
  • The course is a scenic out-and-back. I thought I didn’t like out-and-back courses, but then Yuma wasn’t too bad so now I’m not sure. After London’s Run yesterday, I realized that “scenic mountain views” are nice for photos but otherwise don’t really make much of a difference.
  • The finisher’s medals are awesome!
  • RunningLaur and Rio will be there too.
  • Registration is $60 if I do it TODAY. Otherwise it goes up to $75.
  • Day of race packet pick up is available.

MasterBlock Half Marathon (associated with the IMS Arizona Marathon):

  • This race is located in a part of the Valley that I haven’t run in before. I’d kind of like to run someplace completely new. Part of the Lost Dutchman 1/2 course is the same as the 10k.
  • The course is a point-to-point. I think I like this better than an out-and-back. I don’t think the course is as “pretty” as Lost Dutchman, but there might be more to look at.
  • I’d have to park at the finish line and take a shuttle to the start. Good news is that the finish line is only a half hour drive, as opposed to an hour drive for Lost Dutchman.
  • No day of race packet pick up. I’d have to make a 45 minute drive to the Expo the day before the race.
  • Based on photos from last year, the medal is just a basic medallion.
  • Registration is $70.

Arrrgh. I can’t decide! Why do both races have to be on the same day?