Thursday, January 14, 2010

Post-marathon Pick-Me-Up!

I'm on Day 5 of marathon recovery and while my legs have been feeling great since, oh, like Tuesday, my neck still has me feeling like I'm walking around with my shoulders attached to my ears.  Thai Guy's new affectionate nickname for me- "Stiff Neck."  When he gets home from work, "How's it going, Stiff Neck?" and "What's for dinner, Stiff Neck?" Romantic, huh? How about "Can I get you anything, sweetheart?" "Want me to rub out that...Stiff Neck?!"  Well, to be perfectly honest, he has offered but what he does to my neck will surely injure it further so I settle for ibuprofen and a heating pad.  Anyone else ever hurt their neck/shoulder during a long run?  This is the 2nd time this has happened to me!  What am I doing wrong? Oh, and the running joke around here (which I love) is that I hurt it because I had to keep looking over my shoulder to see where he was during the race.  Ha ha ha! Probable, I guess.

On to the pick-me-up! TMB @ Racing with Babes awarded me this Beautiful Blogger Award and it has really made my day! (Thanks, doll!)  In order to accept this prestigious award I must give you guys 7 random facts about me and then award 7 others.  So, here goes:

  1. I find it really funny that every time I mistype marathon (of which I do more often than not) it comes out marathong or marathin.  Totally something Freudian going on there.  Makes me laugh every time. Well, more like my head. You know.
  2. My mind goes blank in the middle of sentences sometimes.  I will just forget a word. Something simple like...flashlight. (Not that I talk about flashlights often.) It usually goes something like this- "I can't see. Can someone get me a, ummm, uhhh...." And I play some sort of impromptu charades to get my point across. It's ridiculous. It's frustrating!  (But actually pretty funny, too.) Just hoping this doesn't mean I'm headed to early onset Alzheimer's or something.)
  3. My name is pronounced- uh-lish-uh.  Just figured you should know.  Although, my Dad calls me "Leesh" with a think hillbilly accent.  Which leads me to-
  4. I grew up in the hills of West Virginia.  No, I'm not a coal miner's daughter but I am a hillbilly's daughter and I love going home to visit every summer. Being with my family just resets me and makes me feel comfortable and happy.
  5. I love to decorate cakes and I have a cake blog where I post pics of my cakes. Nothing else. Just pictures of cakes. If you'd like to see it, you may. Just click here.
  6. I love watching food shows when I'm dieting.  Somehow it calms my cravings. Right now I'm hooked on 101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown on the Travel Channel.  Food porn.  So good but oh so bad.
  7. I got hit by a car when I was 5. Don't worry. I'm okay.
How do you like that for random?

Now, I officially award the Beautiful Blogger Award to:

Heidi @ One Step at a Time
Casey @ VivaRunVegas
Dorothy @ Mile Posts
Mel @ Tall Mom on the Run
Christy @ It Just Looks Like Slow Motion
Julia @ Chocolate Shoestrings
AND Anne @ Asthma and the Gift of Running

Can't wait to read your lists!  Have a great day!


  1. awww ... thank you so much Alicia! I'm honoured. I'll get to the list a bit later. How fun!

    OMG your cakes are amazing!!!! I've dabble in cake decorating in the past but you completely blow me out of the water. I'm sending the link of your cake blog to my sister (she's way better than me at that stuff).

    I totally go blank in the middle of sentences. I HATE it and feel so dumb. My Grandmother used to do that. She'd be part way through a sentence and say .... and thing. "For the soup you have to put in celery, onions, and .... thing"

    Funny thing .. my best friend in high school was named Alesha and I always called her "Leesh". She kinda hated it. But she called me "Hide" and I didn't like that much either - so all's fair - hahaha.

  2. That was a fun list of things and a great way to get to know you better! :)

    I get neck/shoulder pain alot to and Spike says it has to do with my form. So I've been working on making a concious effort to watch my slouching while running and not tensing my shoulders. I try to shake out my arms every other mile or so too.

  3. uh-lish-uh! I love that list. So random. Totally interesting. And funny. Glad to hear that you've recovered from being hit by a car. Have a great weekend!

  4. Interesting list. When I watched the marathon video from your other post, I remember thinking that I never would have pronounced your name like that.

    I'm not sure about the neck pain thing, but after my first marathon my butt hurt like crazy.

  5. Great list! FOund through Mel's blog and can't wait to read more. Have a great weekend.

  6. Wow, thanks so much Alicia, you make me feel very much a part of the running blogging gang. I'll get to it this afternoon! :)

  7. Your comment on my header made me laugh. They are real brussel sprouts, and yes fresh brussel sprouts are pretty much a staple in my house. Theyre my favorite veggie, in fact I'm having them for dinner. :)

  8. I just found your blog and I love it! Can't wait to read more!

  9. Congratulations on your first marathon! There is nothing like it! I love to EAT cakes! They are a favorite dessert amongst many desserts that I like. They may be the hardest for me to resist. I will have to go look at your cakes!

  10. Echoing the above comments-I also just found your blog and love it! I am so all about the food porn. There is something so so good about watching it even when you're trying to eat well.

  11. Echoing the above comments-I also just found your blog and love it! I am so all about the food porn. There is something so so good about watching it even when you're trying to eat well.