Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"Break My Stride"- Matthew Wilder

I'm over. it.

Move on Emz.

I was a fabulous weekend.

I'll try and keep this to as few words as possible.

The best part dinner with these guys:

Ya.  I've corrupted RL

I had the PLEASURE of having Dawn stay with me [probably scared the crap out of her after spending two days with me but . . . .] ;)  Now .  . . DRog.  Awesome.  So up beat. SO positive.  So driven.

Saturday we headed to the expo.


Got to see Lauren again [RL].  Where she gave me this.

This. girl. rocks.

the. freaking. best. ever.

Saw Adam but he was like JoJo circus boy.  busy.  busy.  busy.  Didn't bug him but snapped a few photos of him.

And you bet cha Ron.  I had my shirt on.  And ran into someone who said, "you know Ron?"  I was like Duh, we are BFF's!  Well, I actually said, "Yes!  I know him in an email sort of way."

On the way out of the expo Dawn said, "that's that girl from Biggest Loser!".  So like a huge idiot I called out, "hey!  Are you from Biggest Loser?"  and got this photo. 

I knew she had gone to the same College as the Pita so I said, "hey you know a guy . . .[blah, blah, blah]"  she was like, "I dated him!"  ummmm. ya.  awkward.  The Pita's story and hers ---- ya they didn't "mesh" but .............. It. was. awesome.

Now the VIP Potty Pass [a la Brooks].  awesome.  awesome.  awesome.  Thanks to KP for the thoughtful Birthday Gift!

And even weirder.  I got to my coral and heard, "Hey PRR girl!" yep, him again.  hilarious.

So the race.  the race.

Thought I had it.

Felt strong.

Some photos from mile 13.

At 15 I got dizzy.  Like crazy dizzy.  Passed within .25 of a mile or so but I was swerving and it was odd.  It passed.  Can't blame my non-PR on it. [bummer] but I was happy.

Felt great at 19.

yep. more. photos.

But by 22.  The 3:20 pacer was right next to me.

That hurt.  that mentally hurt.

paced slowed by 15 seconds / mile.


by 24.5 or 25.  Felt a second wind coming along but it. was. too. late.



three men.  Yep.  I.  Said.  three.

So give me my [*&^#@] sticker Mooshy.

I did get him. He actually started after me - so he "officially" beat me but I did chick him. 

I smiled Jason.

Then I got to see KP & Dawn finish.  Loved that.

Didn't get a photo with KP. :(


Next marathon 1.29.11.

With. My. Sister.  [AZ RR Desert Classic]

A "sisterhood" run.  A run without goals other than enjoying time with my sister.


cannot wait.


Anonymous said...

Congrats on what, from my perception, was a great race.

As for that other issue, it sure looks like he pulled up at the end to make you feel good.

Emily said...

Congrats on a crazy fast race! I'm jealous of the super fun you had with so many awesome runners this weekend!

Unknown said...

You are and will continue to be my hero and I will continue to stalk you and your abs.
The whole Ali Vincent thing is cool/kinda weird!!

Have a glorious run with your sister-

KovasP said...

I'm confused. Which one is the loser in that one photo?

Looking good as always, kept thinking you were writing about me when you wrote KP.

Sarah said...

Looks like you had a great time! Where's your next marathon?

Emz said...

Kovas. Go. Away.

Mooshy. I want my sticker.

Sarah. Surprise. Like surprise, AZ. ;)

Emily. Thx. Was fun to meet these amazing people. :)

JL. I. Freaking. Love. You.

Hannah said...

I'm sorry. Unable to comment because I am drooling over your abs.

Jen Feeny said...

It may not have been all that you hoped for but as always you looked hot as hell doing it! And by hot I mean I have a huge girl crush on you and wish I had your abs... just like everyone else that sees your pics! LOL! Ok now you probably think I'm creeeeeeepy!!! Please don't stop being my friend! :)

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

Dear EMZ-
You have the most amazing abs I have ever seen. You are my girl crush now. Seriously! Awesome race! Congrats!

Rae said...

Awesome job Em!

I love Ali from BL! Cool you met her!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Fun times meeting people. So funny about Allie from the Biggest Loser, I love her because she has kept it off and made some $$ in the process..

You look GREAT! wonder where the dizzy came from.. What an AMAZING time..

I love love running with no goal to support others, and your sister?? FANTASTIC!!

Petraruns said...

Great race, great result, great abs - I never tire of looking at them though mine STILL have not appeared - but my favourite bit is seeing those guys' faces as you chick them - the guy in lime green in particular is NOT liking it. GO GIRL!

Kera said...

abs shmabs. i'm over them. what i'm not over is how legit you are. congrats on an awesome time and some great memories.

ok. fine. i'm not over them.

Patrick Mahoney said...


Hey, where's the custom race top?

Jon said...

SO fast! You are such an Inspiration EMZ! Hoping it rubbed off on DROG then I can attain it @ Lake Placid this July.

Adrienne said...

I love that in all the photos you are surrounded by guys and you are beating them all! Especially the photos where they realize they are being "chicked" or passed and are checking you out (green shirt guy)--HA! That is seriously cool. Glad it was a good weekend and nice job on the run.

Unknown said...

You're a badass. That's all.

And I love that you chicked 3 guys. Love it!

Lee said...


Kate said...

Your marathon time is amazing! And, your abs are even more freaking amazing! Enjoy your next marathon with your sister!!

Melissa Cunningham said...

yay for a great weekend!!!!!
love the pics,and of course the ones with you passing the guys up....love it!!!!

ive said it a hundred times already,but you and your abs are a rock star in my book!!!!!!

give me a few weeks and hopefully my abs will look like yours!!!

Laurie said...

I still think you rock, because you do. And it's disgusting that you can look so amazing & happy while running so hard. I'm just slightly jealous.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

Yay for three chickings!

Kera said...

green shirt looks so pissed. i love it.

racing dawn said...

such a great weekend. seriously! loved it all... i could go on and on but you know! :)

and thank goodness pita was there to capture all the chicking that was accomplished at the finish line...(i posted similar pic today too!)

as always...you rock sister!

Lucas R. Tucker said...

even if you didn't get it THIS time, you are still one a VERy short list of my marathoner heros.


Congrats. It still sounds pretty good to me! And just a question, do you ever NOT look fantastic when you run?

Jan[et] Cicelia said...

Next time tell Peanut you've freakin' got this. You're not done. It's not over. Oh no it's not!

Andrew Opala said...

Thanks EMZ. It was a victory for me - you are a star.

Got the T-Shirt. Should have a picture coming along soon! Thanks - you're a babe!

Evolving Through Running said...

Still working on understanding all this runners' slang. With all the abs comments I assume it's some sort of abbreviation for the arm warmers you're wearing in all the pictures. Seems strange that everyone would point those out, yet nobody noticed that your stomach muscles are so well defined. Runners are so fashion focused. Keep doing those crunches and eating your Wheaties and other people will start noticing too.

Sorry you didn't hit the time you wanted, but the description and the pictures sure look like a great time was had by all. So cool when bloggers' worlds collide. You and Dawn in a picture is like the Elvis/Nixon picture. Good stuff.

Emz said...

Kera. You. Make. Me. Smile.

P-Rick. No custom sports bra just yet. One. Day. One. Day.

Melissa & ShebaJC - thank you for the emails. Thank you. Thank you.

TMB. Just too nice. I don't see what you see but....

Luke & Jon. Made. Me. Smile. Oh & DRog he's got lake placid. :)

Petra. What abs?

Velma said...

Did you see the look on the guys face when you were chixking him - (in the first photos) priceless!

Jill said...

Love Andrew calling you a Babe - CUZ YOU ARE!!! One babe chicking all those cocky dudes thinking they were so awesome...oh hell no, it was YOU who was awesome! Way to go, girl ... I know it was disappointing for you but as I said before, YOU ROCK girl! That 3:10 is there, I know it is!!! One step (marathon) at a time, you keep chiseling at it and it WILL be there waiting for you! xo

ThE MidLiFe CrUiSeR said...

I'll trade you my peanut butter and jelly sandwich for your abs.

You look AMAAAAAAAAAAZING!! I couldn't wait to see how the race went!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Despite the non-PR, you had a fantastic weekend EMZ! You look freaking amazing-I want your abs, arms, legs, body!

And, you met Allie from Bl! Woo-hoo! She really did date PITA???

Awesome job!

One Crazy Penguin said...

You may not have gotten the time you wanted, but you're still my hero :)

Unknown said...

great pictures! you look happy and beautiful (as always).

you are awesome.

Jenn said...

Nice work! You looked fantastic, you ran fast, you had fun! Congrats on another great race:)

Cynthia said...

I am a new follower/commenter! Great job on the marathon! You are my new hero and I want to have abs like you! Freakin gorgeous!
And I want to chick that many guys at my next race!

Anonymous said...

Good job em! and suprise??? you know that's where you'll find me right??? not running of course, but maybe at the finish line cheering my guts (or baby) out on your behalf...give me the details and we'll arrange a meeting of sorts (assuming i don't pop by then...and i'm not too embarrassed to be seen out in public due to my huge-ness). love to you!!

DRog said...

Nice Smiles!!
way to go, you did GREAT...and even better way to be over it (though there was never anything to be "over" anyway:)

just totally great to hook up with you guys this weekend >>> made my trip!!

ur an amazing runner and I think you are closer to your goal than you realize.

Now excuse me I have to hop on marathonguide and see whats next close to me so I can try and keep "pace" with you....#10 in two weeks?!! that will be fun w/ your Sis...


Johann said...

Great run, well done! You are fast! Maybe not PR but still super time...be very proud! You look so relaxed in all the photos, I'm sure you can push that bit more and will on the right day.

Christi said...

It looks like you had a great weekend full of friends and fun! That is awesome! Congrats on a great run!

Bonnie said...

Congrats on your race. I ditto the comments on the abs. Can u be my mentor? I would love to wear a sports bra and look good with it on. I'm sure next race you'll hit your PR. This was just training for the next one.

bobbi said...

I, like many others here, have a HUGE girl-crush on you.


adena said...

I love all the happy in this post. Great pics!!

Caroline said...

1. congrats. I admire what you can do. really impressive.

2. guy in picture 7 looks so mad it is awesome!!! and YOU are smilling and that makes it evem more awesome! girl power BIG TIME

3. when I grow up I want to run fast like you if the abs come with it I'll take them also.

4. the dizzy thing...scary stuff. hope that was a one time thing.

Molly said...

I can't believe the Pita dated Allie!

sorry about the dizziness and non-PR, but you looked great chickie.

Unknown said...

So the PITA used to be a chubby chaser? wha-what?? That TBL chick is like all over TV - he never mentioned this?

Nice race, a little disappointed we didn't get to see any double birds flying but I'll get over it.

Emz said...

Jeff. Hilarious. Apparently it was one "date" to the mall & [again, apparently] was "cute" in college. Whatever. ;)

All the girls he dated - pre - me - were 5'4 or less. That I DO know. ;)

Cracked us both up!

Emz said...

Andrew. I'm with Jill. Got to love you. ;)

Adrienne Langelier, MA said...

Congrats even of the finish wasn"t what you hoped for!

Brooks rocks, so does Allie (gotta hand it to those who actually keep it off!)but "chicking" early and often takes the cake! :)

keep kickin' A$$!

Meg O @watchmegorun said...

i've been a follower for a while, but have never commented. Today seemed like an appropriate time. Way to rock it with a smile on your face despite not getting a PR. (And still managing to "chick" some guys). You are awesome!

Anonymous said...

i'm really proud of you. your time was outstanding!
loved the running pics as well, always fun.
enjoy the time with your beautiful sister. :)


Jim ... 50after40 said...

I WILL trip a CHICK! Great race! The course is probably still smokin'!

April said...

You always have the best race pictures.
Great job on the race!
Too funny about Pita and the Biggest Loser girl. Have a great race with your sister!

Katie said...

Awesome race, pics, recap, everything!!!

Great minds think alike ;)

Emz said...

Jim. No. Tripping. Me. It'll add .2 to your race time. ;)

Meg O----thank you for checking in!! :)

Adrienne. ...One day I will be closer to being like you. You. Rock.

Termite. Ditto [what i said to Adrienne]. One day I will be [almost] as cool as you.

ShutUpandRun said...

i don't care what your time was. you look amazing and strong and capable and just SO the emz we all love. wish i coulda been there.

Unknown said...

You rock....congrats on the finish...looks like you were enjoying yourself. Gonna keep coming back cause I just know your are gonna get that elusive PR ;-) Luck on the next Marathon.

Gracie said...

That's fantastic. I love all your pictures!

Kevin and Kim Partridge said...

I meant to ask you about the port a potty. I hoped that you at least were able to, um, try it out. I told my other sister, Nikki, about being off your PR and SHE said, since it's a different course, it's not the same. It's your PR for THIS course. That said, Holy Cow! You didn't tell me you met Allie from the Biggest Loser! Lucky. Oh, and BTW, in case you were wondering, when I ran by the fire fighters, I did not get nearly as loud a cheer as last year. I got a golf clap. Told you all that hooting and hollering was for you!

Tiffany said...

Sorry you didn't make your PR...yet! You still kick ass. Good job.

ajh said...

Congrats! Looks like a great time in all ways!

Anonymous said...

en-zed! NICE! You should really take up Ironman - you'd crank it!

Nelly said...

awesome run! Sounds like the race almost went perfect! Great pics - don't know how you're always smiling in your pics! And I love the New Zealand jacket at the end, that place is amazing =)

MCM Mama said...

Great job, even if it wasn't quite what you wanted.

Love the guys at mile 13 - they're thinking "Damn, she passed us, but check out that ass". ;o)

Have fun with your sister!

jymmebe said...

Couldn't be more impressed and proud of you Em . . .

Love you!

Karen R said...

Congrats on your run! It looks like it was fun. And you have lots of time to make your goal :)

The Green Girl said...

Okay, that was random that they dated.

Back to race report. You are still a rock star in my eyes, girl!

So random that they dated.

Silly Girl Running said...

Dizzy: scary!

You looked great! And still 3:21...rock star! I can only dream of finishing a marathon in 3:21. ;)

Running Through Phoenix said...

Cool report. Love your style!

Angie said...

Congratulations on a great race- you are simply amazing. I'm pretty proud to be your "friend".

Angie said...

Also- you are way hotter than that Biggest Loser chick- no wonder he liked you better.

Annie said...

Awesome race. Awesome report. YOU are Freaking awesome :)

Anonymous said...

i thought it was you! saw you and looked for you at the finish but didnt see you again.
you were speedy!! and just want to say that i want your abs. thats all.

ihaverun said...

Yes even at 3:21:35 you are still my running hero. Seriously, you inspire me. And not just because of your abs.

I think that is awesome you are running your next marathon with your sis. Ironically, my (only) sister lives in Surprise =)

RunningLaur said...

So, did you notice that in almost every. single. picture. of you running, you're the only chick around? Might not have been the race you wanted, but you totally ran like a man and chicked those dudes.

You. are. awesome!

Also, I think there might be lots of flicking off at JJ100. Lots.

Matty O said...

Consider the glass broken.

Change your form and create a new PR.


Glad you had fun out there. Smiles are good.

Amy said...

Wow! I love the big smiles in some of those pictures. Can't wait to read your next race report with your sister!

Unknown said...

woo hoo, that close to the Male BQ, right? I was hoping/praying you'd have a good race. For pita's sake of course. hehe!

Teamarcia said...

Another fantabulous race for you by my account... and that's the one that counts right? right!
You are a super model in all of those pics.

PunkRockRunner said...

I would totally kill for a 3:21:35 marathon.

You are an amazing runner with so many good qualities that make you one of the coolest people I pretend to actually know.

Well done and thank you for representing Punk Rock Racing.

All the best,


PS – Rock Star!!

Caratunk Girl said...

Emz, I looked you up and I know it wasn't your goal but holy shit you are fast!! You are my hero, I am going to get a shirt made that says, "I want to run like EMZ"

LOVE that you chicked those guys, and also love that you met up with fellow bloggers.

Love the smiles out there. That PR will happen.

Aimee said...

First, I am SO bummed that I didn't get to meet up with you all Friday night!! Maybe someday....

Secondly, you are amazing! I know you didn't get the time you wanted, but seriously, you are AMAZING!

Third, like everyone else has mentioned, your abs ROCK!! I loved the pictures!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Although not the race you hoped for, sounds pretty amazing nonetheless!

Marlene said...

Sorry this is so late... trying to get caught up.

CONGRATULATIONS! You are such a freaking rock star. You already run faster than most of the men I know and you look a h*ll of a lot better doing it!!!