Monday, January 3, 2011

Running with Family

I'm back!!!  I had family in town over the last week or so and had a hard time balancing everything INCLUDING blog posting.  I even realized during my run on Sunday that I missed a funny foto friday post!!  That is what I think about while I am running 15 miles.  Sex Blog posts. (Actually Sex) Lame.  So, here is a picture of Cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation.  Hilarious!

I was not athletic growing up.  My brother was a wrestler, my sister is currently an exercise sports science major in college, and I.....I was a band dork.  I LOVED it though.  I remember a few times the track coaches tried to get me to join, but for whatever reason I never did.  Too busy chasing the hot band girls organizing my stamp collection, I suppose.

Now, I am the one who is athletic.  No one in my family runs - with the exception of my little sister.  She recently joined Team in Training and is planning on running either the Estes Park Half Marathon or the Rock and Roll San Diego Half Marathon.  FUN!

Since I was going to be at the track on Friday, I suggested that we both go run since we could run "together" at the same time but with different paces.  She reluctantly agreed - although she almost backed out when I asked her to be at my house at 7am.  She said (and I quote): "Wow, I've honestly never ran that early in my life.  That should be interesting".

My sister at the "ungodly" hour of.....7am.  
She is going to kill me for posting a non-makeup picture.  Isn't that what older brothers are for?

Once we got to the track, and pulled in I noticed something that made me bust out laughing.  In Phoenix, we've had some of the coldest temperatures in 10 years (it got down to 28!!!! Burrrr.  haha) that were also followed by wind. Well, remember the picture of me running towards the port-o-pot during my Mile Race Report?  Unfortunately, the wind got hold of it and turned it into someone's worst nightmare.

This is where dreams go to die

After I got over my giggling fit (thinking of what it would be like to be inside of the thing when it tipped), we got to running.  My little sister was all about getting in the miles.  She did - 3.5 to be exact.  I was running my track session of the week.  I managed 11x400 (11 repeats of 400 meters (approx 1/4 mile)) with an overall average of 5:34 pace.

I'm not sure what got into me at the track, but those were by FAR the fastest I've ever done those 400s.  I'm not sure if it was the very cool air or the fact that my little sister was there and I wanted to show off - but something told me to keep going.  Certainly, it couldn't be because I'm getting faster...... (probably just showing off).

When my sister was taking off a few layers as she warmed up, I noticed that she was wearing one of her old Colorado State dorm room T-Shirts.  On the front it said "I'd rather have a sister in a whorehouse than a brother at CU (Colorado University)."  I miss college rivalries and the awesome innuendo they cause.  That is what rivalries are for, right?  Innuendo?  I wonder which whorehouse they were talking about though?  MTV Real World Chicago?

On the back, it had a picture of the Colorado State Ram "mounting" the CU Buffalo.  I think what they are doing is illegal in 34 states.

Here we are after our runs were over.  Notice that I am still rocking my Shaquille O'Neal style shorts to hide my jumblies.  No one wants to see that - not even me.

Overall it was a really fun run.  It was great to share my love of the sport with my little sister.  After all, isn't that what the holidays are for?  Getting together with family and forcing them to do what you like?  Thought so.

Does everyone else come from super athletic families?  Does your family "get" all of your running?  Mine doesn't.


38 comments:

James said...

My sister is the only one in the family that gets my running. She's a runner as well (and lives in the Phoenix area!)although she doesn't race or blog about it. The rest of the family thinks I'm crazy and I constantly get the "running ruins your knees" mentality from them.

Anne said...

My brother and his whole family get it...as does my husband. The rest think we're so determined (read crazy) :)
Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family Adam!

K said...

I was a cool band dork in that I also ran track and cross country!

Runners Fuel said...

My brother racing bicycles. Other than that, I'm the only one and no one understands it at all.

TRI-james said...

jumblies - haha

Dash said...

Welcome back, love your sisters shirt! Too funny! My sister and I always run together when we are near each other.

Allie said...

My dad is more psychotic about athletics than I am! He's a two-time Ironman and has done way too many triathlons and road races to count. It's good for me, though, because I have an automatic partner to run half marathons with (marathons take a bit more convincing on my part).

Raegun said...

My family is more into athletics of the Team Sport variety (baseball, soccer, hockey).

Allie said...

OMG that shirt is hilarious!!!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Maybe the fast 400s were due to no porta-pottie? Though with a FUD, you could just go in the bushes.

Tricia said...

Not a super athletic family, but we are working on it ;) As you know, my sis and bro-in-law ran the 1/2 in SA. And more recently, my mom and sister joined my gym. We now workout together...most days :)

Katie V. said...

LOVE the tshirt. Too funny. That had me chuckling as well as the unfortunate port-o-john incident. Another thing to secretly worry about during races! Thanks ;)

Chris K said...

Way to bring it for your first post of the year. Hilarious. Sis looks so genuinely happy in the "thumbs up" pic. And, uh, about CSU.....puh-leaze. Even my sorry school beats them every year.

Nobel4Lit said...

Of course they get my running, 3/4 of my sisters have run a marathon (the 4th a bit too young).

Jamoosh said...

Great shirt, but as a bigger brother, shouldn't you be hooking (ha!) her up with some wicking amterials?

Dr. TriRunner said...

I definitely inherited my running gene from my mom. She's done 22 marathons, and signed me up for my first race - the Melpomone 1 mile - when I was 5!! She doesn't race anymore but we have a standing run date at least once a week.

Dad was a marathoner too... back in the Army days. His knees said quit after a while though, and he switched to biking.

Hermana? Definitely wasn't a "jock" in high school... but she swims to try to keep her fitness.

It all makes Christmas shopping that much easier. Running shoes... bike gloves... goggles. Done!

Jess said...

My parents are CSU alum; they would appreciate your sister's shirt! Although, I initally registered and readied myself to go to CU, and then at the last minute, changed my mind and went to Minnesota, so I'm kinda fond of the Buffs at heart!

Adrienne said...

Running with family is good stuff. My family was pretty athletic in their youth now it's about half and half. Travis and I are the only consistent runners though.

Rose said...

Everyone was super athletic in my family growing up. We all played youth soccer and little league. We all played at least one sport through middle school and high school. My older brothers were team captains and area champions in their sports.

These days, I'm the only one who regularly works out. One of my brothers somehow managed to have the super human ability to, without any training, beat me at any event I convince him to sign up for. Seriously. We both signed up for an Olympic length tri in 2009. He spent 9 months eating like crap and watching tv. I spent 9 months swimming, biking, and running. He finished almost an hour ahead of me. It's not FAIR!

Jen said...

Nope - no one in my family is athletic nor do they get me/or the running. When I talk about marathon training their eyes gaze over like I'm speaking Chinese - so I just quickly change the subject... "hey American Idol is coming back next week..." and the color returns to their faces.

My sister literally laughed at me when I told her I was running a marathon and another friend called me a "dumb ass" after hearing of my 14 mile long run on New Year's Eve. Ah the love plus support around here just warms the heart.

Thank goodness for the little online running community I've found.

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

Just found your blog. Enjoyed the read. Entertaining. Great 5k time last year. Good luck in 2011!

kph said...

i'm totally non-athletic... at least i was before i joined TNT.
i was a band dork, who went out for soccer until the coach (a french canadian who taught our highschool spanish class) told me that i ran "slower than molasses in the wintertime". haha! i showed here with my marathon! (avg 13:30 pace... we'll leave that part out of the story!)

way to go sista! you're gonna have sooooo much fun!

Tiffany Jewelry said...

In 2011, you will feel yourself more learned, mature, and trained.I hope you have a wonderful New Year. May every day hold happy hours for you.

Tara said...

Hahahah! I love your sister, mainly because I HATE CU! Seriously, love that shirt.


My whole family has up until now thought that I was a nut job (and I am). My little sister, however, has caught the running bug. She'll be doing her first half marathon in June!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

Ha ha ha - funny shirt!!!

Laurie said...

The portapotty made me throw up in my mouth.

Angie Bee said...

my brother runs but he lives in KC so we don't see each other often. His wife runs sometimes but not as often as he does.
The rest of the family does......nothing when they really really aught to do something. My dad would run I think if he could and probably wishes he were younger so he could take it up.
Both my family and my husbands family are all overweight and unhealthy. Bummer.
I think I have got my 14 year old nephew interested in running though and if he wants to do it his mom will to for a while....

Berryfine said...

I managed to get my bro to run for a while...he even got on dailymile but since moving back in with my rents he has completely stopped. My sister is a swimmer and my mom was a high school track star (Wall High Hall of Famer what what). My mom and step dad play a lot of tennis.

So I wouldn't call us athletic but active might be a good word :)

ShutUpandRun said...

Good thing I don't have a sister. Whores, all of them.

You and your sis look nothing alike. Just saying.

If I was homeless and found that tipped porto I would make it my new cave. With a throw rug and a vase of flowers that place would rock.

I am the only slightly atheletic person in my family. The rest of them are really smart and have good jobs.

Pam said...

Your sister is hot!

(lol It's okay for your GIRL friends to say that, right?)

Chad said...

Your sister has the best taste in shirts! The graphic on the back is beyond awesome. Way to go.

RunningLaur said...

Yep, no one in my family gets it at all. Whatev.
Yay, sister!

RunnuRMark said...

Glad to hear you weren't in that shitter when it tipped. Even at 5:34 pace you wouldn't be able to outrun that stink.

No athletic family here (at least not past high school). Hoping to change that trend with my offspring!

Aron said...

omggg the porta potty!!! EKKKK

my family does not run, they have different hobbies but understand the whole "hobby" concept :)

Colin Hayes said...

I'm the only doofus in my family who runs (although my oldest daughter ran XC and will run track in the spring...but whether it's because she likes it or she wants to please her dad is uncertain). Most of my family think I'm nuts, and secretly probably don't feel sorry that I'm currently injured. Or maybe I'm just paranoid. Why is everyone looking at me?

kilax said...

Your sister is so cute! I wish I had a running brother. My older brother did that spur of the moment 5K. That was interesting.

My family does not "get" running but are supportive of it.

I want to hear some Hawkeye trash talk now.

Her Name is Rio said...

Sounds like a fun time! Your sister is cute...no makeup needed. Glad to hear you were NOT in the portapotty when that happened!

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