Thursday, September 2, 2010

Three Things Thursday!

1) Instead of a quote today...let me begin with this book excerpt that a  friend once sent me :

"I'm going to share a secret with you. Running has always been a source of
my stamina. Early in my career I learned to run until I was tired, then run
even more after that. But all the running I did before the fatigue and pain
was just the introduction to my workout. The real conditioning began when
the pain set in. That was when it was time to start pushing. That was when
I would count every mile as extra strength and stamina.

What counts in the ring is what you can do after you're exhausted. The same
is true of life.

Outrun the people who quit when they feel discomfort, outrun the people who
stop because of despair, outrun the people who are delayed because of
prejudice, outrun the people who surrender to failure, and outrun the
opponent who loses sight of the goal. Because if you want to win, the will
can never retire, the race can never stop, and faith can never weaken"

Muhammad Ali

2) The knee continues to stand up to the challenges that I present it. Today, the knee and I did a 12K, which included 4 X 500m hill repeats. That's right, hill repeats...I'm hardcore like that :)
Only 3K to go...look at that ponytail fly!

Phew! It was crazy humid!
3) Tomorrow is the Expo for the Montreal Half-Marathon and I'm super excited to go. The first and only Expo I ever attended was for my Ottawa Half last May and we were very rushed and didn't end up doing anything more than picking up our bibs and shirts. So, this time, we will take our time and visit the booths and shop and enjoy the atmosphere. Things I want to try and find include a new fuel belt, because mine doesn't have a big enough storage pocket and has gotten a little loose; some injinji socks, because I often get small blisters on my toes; and anything cool on sale :) 

Cheers!

73 comments:

Barefoot Neil Z said...

Great Job Anne, glad the knee is doing fine! I'm a follower!

Forward Foot Strides said...

I am a follower!

Forward Foot Strides said...

And I linked to your contest on my blog. :-)

Andrew Opala said...

Great Ali quote!

Iron Mike said...

Good luck in your half, strolling through the expo is a good way to keep your stress low leading into the race.
And now I need to check out an Ali book during our next trip to the library, thank you.
I'll tell ya, if I won the gift card I would buy an Under the Sea bookshelf for my daughter's room. We have waaaaaay too many kids books and not enough shelf.

ajh said...

Have fun at the Expo! Let us know what you buy!

ajh said...

I am a follower.

Tara said...

I would buy a jewelry armoire. I have SO many necklaces, earrings, etc that are just randomly scattered around in my bathroom drawer.

Tara said...

Have fun at that expo! I'm certainly glad that your knee feels better (and I love how the pony tail is flying...super cute!).

I'm a follower!

Heather said...

Awesome hill work, and I LOVE the flying ponytail picture. :)

Julie said...

You are dong awesome Anne! I love the pictures too! I agree with Heather..you are rocking that ponytail:) Jamoosh is gonna love it:)

Keep up the great work!

Zoë said...

I follow you!

Zoë said...

Oooo! Good luck with the Montreal Half!! Have fun!

Zoë said...

Ah man, I've been eyeing the diaper bags like crazy (getting into new mommy mode). But the athletic equipment looks so new and shiny...

Luv to Save said...

I would buy some Babykicks Bumboo Pocket Diapers.
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Luv to Save said...

blog follower
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Luv to Save said...

You're in great shape! I should start running!

Laura said...

Ignore me for the giveaway as I'm in the UK. Just wanted to say well done on the fantastic run and hill repeats, glad your knee's doing so much better!

mommaof3ontherun said...

I'm a follower

mommaof3ontherun said...

can't wait to hear what you pick at the expo!

mommaof3ontherun said...

I want a new coffee maker:-)

Food According To Karen said...

I follow via GFC.
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Food According To Karen said...

I'd really like a food mill. CSN Stores has a nice one by Paderno.
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Food According To Karen said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
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Kelly said...

Good job on the hill repeats. Love the book excerpt for today.

Emma B. said...

Hello, I am new here, found you thru another blog!

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Emma B. said...

I would buy a memory foam mattress pad

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Emma B. said...

New follower via GFC

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Giorgio said...

I'm glad that your knee is going well. Nice photos of you while you where running, Anne :) Great job on the hard run and hill repeats. As you know I'm in Italy and I can't follow this giveaway.
Enjoy the Expo for the Montreal Half-Marathon and have a nice weekend!

Giant Sis said...

I definitely want the Ashton Sutton Starburst Mirror - BM0323! It'd be great for over my bed!

Johann said...

Hill repeats! Hardcore for sure! Glad the knee is holding up. Enjoy the expo and rock that race! Good luck!

kilax said...

So so happy to hear your knee is well enough you can do hills!

Have fun at the expo! I still have not been to one! :)

kilax said...

I think I would buy a blender! Or maybe a shoe rack :)

kilax said...

I am a follower :)

Suzy said...

Make sure to let us know if you got anything at the Expo!

Suzy said...

I would look into getting a full size food processor.

Suzy said...

I'm a follower! Great giveaway.

Black Knight said...

As Giorgio I am too far for the giveaway so I leave the chance to another follower. You made a good training and I am glad that the knee is ok. Great pictures and now have fun at the Expo. Good luck with the half. Ciao and thank you again for the prize.

misszippy said...

Love the M.Ali quote! And glad the knee is holding up.

misszippy said...

Posting on my blog

misszippy said...

I'd buy a medicine ball!

misszippy said...

I'm a follower

Lindsey said...

I'm a follower:)

Lindsey said...

I've read your blog for a while, and I'll take this chance to ask - do you carry your inhaler when you run?

Lindsey said...

I'd buy a new yoga mat and new cold packs. Lame, but necessary.

Lindsey said...

I added to the giveaways on my blog.

MCM Mama said...

I'd buy some stuff to help organize my house.

MCM Mama said...

I'm a follower.

Suzi said...

I'm a new follower.

Suzi said...

I've posted a link to your giveaway on my blog.

Suzi said...

I'd probably end up buying something for my spoiled dog.

April said...

I posted a link on my blog too.

April said...

I am a new follower. Great quote!

April said...

I would use the GC towards some new Fiesta Dinnerware in Cinnabar. Love it!

Tricia said...

I'm a follower

Tricia said...

good luck on your 25k!

Tricia said...

My son turns 3 next month and he has been asking for a "plasma car". CSN carries those, so it would go towards that.

Jill said...

I am a follower :).

Marlene said...

I think I'd put it towards a new blender. Mine is broken and I miss my smoothies!!

Marlene said...

Oooh, count me in! I'm a follower!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

I posted your giveaway on my blog!!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

I am a faithful follower of your blog!

MomRunningFromCancer said...

I could actually use a new set of flatware for the table . . .

MomRunningFromCancer said...

Your mentioning Montreal - makes me think back to the one time we visited Montreal. We loved it - it was a beautiful city. I still have two prints (chalk drawings) of Old Montreal in my office at work - they are leaning against the wall - not hung up - but I still look at them all the time and remember how wonderful it was.

Jenna Z said...

I follow your blog!

Jenna Z said...

I would LOVE to have new round 8" cake pans so I can make layer cakes for birthdays!

Jenna Z said...

Congrats on the 12K and a happy knee!!

Debbie said...

I'd get this Le Creuset casserole: http://www.csnstores.com/Le-Creuset-PG1048-3367-LEC1262.html
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Debbie said...

I'm a follower.
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thatlittlehouse said...

i'm a new follower

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thatlittlehouse said...

i'd buy the OIA 30" laundry sorter

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thatlittlehouse said...

This is a very inspiring post! I can't run, but I can walk, and I need all the encouragement I can find!

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thatlittlehouse said...

posted the giveaway on my blog

http://thatlittlehouse.blogspot.com/2010/09/hurry-over-to-asthma-and-gift-of.html

nblexp at gmail dot com