Thursday, September 26, 2013

You're still here??

Hop on over to DashingDane.com to continue reading about my adventures, including my half marathon in Copenhagen!!

It's still a work in progress, but I'd love to have you over there :)

Friday, August 16, 2013

I've moved!

I've officially moved my corner of the web over to dashingdane.com

Please visit me there for more posts!! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I'm Moving.

I'm in the process of trying to move my blog to wordpress/a self hosted domain.

I have no idea what I'm doing, so please bear with me as I try and figure this out.

When all is said and done, I'll be at DashingDane.com.

In the meantime though, you'll have to go to DashingDane.wordpress.com until I figure it all out!

Please update your readers/subscriptions!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

It's Been A While.

When I last left you, I was all excited for Disney.  I couldn't wait!  Well, now, not so much.

A week later, I got a flat tire, and decided to change it.  I know how to change a tire!  But I couldn't get the lugnuts off, so I asked a guy at work (thankfully, I was still in the parking lot) to help.  Three guys later, and we got the tire off, the donut stuck under the car (because it rolled off the jack!), got the donut out, and it rolled off the jack again.  When it rolled off the jack, it bent the tie rod.  We had no idea.

So I drove it for days, all over creation, and just thought my power steering line was loose/cut, because I didn't have power steering!  After going through four bottles of fluid in a day, I took it to the mechanic.  Well, it needs $1000 in repairs.  It's too busted and broken already to justify that much money (we're $3500-4000 in from the past TWO years already), so I'm looking at a new car.

New car (well, used, new to me) means that my disposable income that was earmarked for Disney is going toward a car and insurance.  That means no more Disney.

I'm bummed.  I think I cried for three days, because I was so excited!  And with just one flat tire, it all went away.  I'm excited for a new car though, even though I'm actually going to miss my Volvo stationwagon.  He was busted and things didn't work, but I loved that car.  But now it's time to move on.  This time, to a Jetta.  We're keeping an eye out now, though there's no rush to buy until I'm home from Denmark in September.  M wants me to get a manual (less problems, he says).  Too bad I have to learn stick first.

In other (running) news, my Copenhagen half is just weeks away.  I'm not 100% prepared, but I'm getting there.  The race organizers say that the time limit is 3 hours, which I exceed, so fingers crossed all goes well.  I'm also considering adding a half in October in between Copenhagen and Philly, since I'm running and training anyway, and qualifying for the half fanatics.  So, at least I have that to (potentially) look forward to!! 

Hopefully, I'll be back to posting now that my training is back in full swing since the freak out over Copenhagen Half is starting to set in.  Here goes nothing!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Ode to My Asics.


 
Oh, Asics, of pink and lime,
You have carried me to the finish line.
Traveled to races near and far,
From start to finish, and back to the car.
 
Countless miles were logged in training,
Never thought your support was waning.
But one day, upon a whim
I found a Sports Authority and walked in.
 
Tried on some Asics of black and blue,
And realized I'd have to get rid of you.
The support I needed, you no longer had,
And I knew I needed new shoes bad.
 
One more race I promised you,
On Sunday we awoke with the morning dew.
Philadelphia Color Run was your last race,
Even though we ran a slow pace.
 
We finished strong, one last time,
As we raced across the finish line.
Thank you, Asics, for lots of fun,
But now I think your training is done.


Okay, so I'm not the best writer and clearly this is why I became an accountant.  I picked up a new pair of shoes on Friday because I had a coupon that'd make them just over $100, and since they're usually $150, I was not walking by that.  I always say don't buy running shoes at a big box store unless you know what you need, and Friday was the perfect example why.

Me: Excuse me, do you have these in the pink they come in?  Specifically the "raspberry mango lime?"
Salesperson: Um, no, what is out is what we have.
Me: Okay, just thought I'd check.  Thanks!
SP: We have shoes in pink over here though, if you want one of those.
Me: No, I need these, thanks.  I'll just buy the blue.
SP: Well, all of our running shoes over here are the same, so you can just pick off of this wall.
Me: No, I need the Kayanos, blue is fine.
SP: Well, I guess try them on and if you don't like them, you can look at this wall.
Me: No, seriously.  I need the Kayanos.  If I don't wear them, I twist my ankle.  Do you want to pay for my next set of steroid shots in my foot?
SP: Oh, you mean there's really a difference?


Seriously?  I'm not even asking you to know the differences, but you should know they're different.  I mean, REALLY.

Anyway, I tried on the blue ones they had to figure out if I wanted to size up, and realized how broken down my current pink and green ones were.  I decided it was time to retire them and get new ones.  I'll probably buy another pair of pink & green if I can find a good deal, but for now, I'm wearing these bad boys:


In other news, I'm opening an Etsy shop!  I started making elastic hair bands which I LOVE.  I have really thick hair, and either rubber bands are too lose & fall out, or too tight & pull my hair.  I'm in the process of ordering supplies, but I'm planning on having Minnie Mouse, Disney Princess, and some plain colors listed.  I also made a headband out of the thicker elastic I bought, but I found that it was just a bit too tight during Color Run on Sunday, and the bow dug slightly into my head.  The good news, however, is that it didn't move and I otherwise for got about it!

 
 
Also in my Etsy shop will be stamped jewelry.  I started this project last year, but it never came to fruit, so I'm excited to get it started this summer.  I'm planning on making cuff bracelets with fun sayings and things on them.  I'm super excited.  I'm a crafty person and get really bored when my mom goes on vacation, so I'm hoping these two things will occupy my time
 
 
 
 



Friday, July 12, 2013

Dreams & Goals.

When I started running, I had a pretty simple goal -- finish a 5K.  Then, I decided to run a half marathon.  When I started my serious distance running, I thought to myself that it would be fantastic to run a distance race in one of the three places I consider "home."  Philly was my childhood home, Pittsburgh is my adopted home, and Denmark is my homeland.  I'm a first generation American on my dad's side, and a second generation American on my Mom's Dad's side.  Denmark is home. 

Since I decided to run a half, I had two options: Philly or Pittsburgh.  Pittsburgh was still 8 months away, while Philly was just 4 months
away.  So, I chose Philly.

Such a flattering picture.

 
And I finished.  Slowly, and I was injured, but I did it.

Then, I was hooked.  And I decided to do Pittsburgh.

A bit more flattering.
And I finished.  Slowly, and after beating myself up most of the way, but I did it.

So, that left me with just Denmark on my list of homes where I wanted to run.  The Copenhagen Marathon is in May, so I know I won't be ready for a full marathon in May, so I scratched Denmark off the list for a while.

Until today.

 
 
This morning, I found out that the Copenhagen Half Marathon is run in September.  I happen to be going to Denmark to visit my family in September.  The Half Marathon happens to be exactly a week after I get to Copenhagen.
 
So I registered.  I know I'll be slow, and I know I'll probably finish last (past race results show that Danes run fast, and I'm the slowest Dane ever) since the last person last year finished in 3:25 which is faster than my half times.  But I don't care!  I'm sucking up the "I don't want to be last" feeling, and I'm going to enjoy my run around a city I love and a country I call home!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Color Me Rad 2013.

I promised a more serious post later today, so here it is!

First, an update on the dog-ate-my-handheld story!  I emailed Nathan Performance to find out if I could buy a replacement bottle, since $30 for a new system is just insane not happening.  And they emailed back that they will have replacements for sale in a few months, but nothing yet.  (Pout.)  But that they'd be happy to send me a replacement for free.  (Squee!)  I'll admit that I'm not too brand loyal about most things (except Macs), and Nathan has officially earned my brand loyalty.  It's amazing customer service like that that keeps me coming back and spending money.  I have their trail mix 2 belt as well, and love it.  But now, not only do I love the product, but the people & customer service as well.  So, that all said, if you're looking for a new hydration system, I point you to Nathan Performance.

So, a more serious thing to talk about!

 
I ran Color Me Rad in Philly again this weekend!  While I'm still bummed the course is shorter than a 5K (2.63 miles, last year was 2.58 or so?), I enjoyed it.  I ran for almost all of it, and finished in 36:28.  That puts my pace at 13:52.  The week before, I ran 2 miles in 31:09 (15:24 pace) so I'm SUPER excited to see that improvement and see that I can run faster than I think.  I looked back at RunKeeper, and last year, I ran the 2.58 mile course in 39:01 (15:06 pace).  That means that on the same course, I ran a little more than 3 minutes faster than I did last year!  I love seeing improvements like that!  It makes me realize that all my work is actually getting me somewhere!

I also got those awesome shorts this weekend which I love.  I've been running in capris because my thighs are fat thick fabulous, and shorts just do not work.  I love SparkleSkirts, but I am not interested in ruining a skirt with color OR paying $50+ for their skirts/shorts when I need them 3-5 times a week and hate not washing workout clothes.  That's a LOT of dough to shell out.  So, I poked around at Target to get an idea of how their shorts are stitched together since Mom & I were going to sew me some, and also to buy another pair of capris.  I found those black compression shorts for $16.99 and decided to give them a whirl.  I went back out & bought two more pairs because they fit perfect, are long enough to alleviate chub rub, AND don't ride up.  And, since I have compression shorts that work now, I can buy cute running shorts/skirts to wear overtop!  I got these hot pink bad boys for $10 off the clearance rack, and picked up a blue pair too.