Monday, November 14, 2011

Some Exciting News!

I know it is just a little early to be announcing something like this, but I am really really excited about it for several reasons.  I have never been to the Pacific Northwest.   I have never been to the west coast.  I haven't been much farther west than Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico.  I have been in the Pacific Ocean when we went to Maui on our honeymoon, but I count that differently.  I will be in Portland next August...can you guess it yet?  The Montana Beef Council decided to sponsor a team again for Hood to Coast, and I found out earlier this week that the team got drawn and I get to be on the team.  We are in!  I am so excited!  I get to go places I have never been and run!  I know it is still 9 months away, but that gives me lots of time to get ready! :)

The Montana Beef Council is funded by the Beef Checkoff program.  One dollar from the sale of  every head of beef cattle in the U.S. goes to the Beef Checkoff program.  That money is then distributed to organizations for the sake of promotion and research that goes to benefit the beef cattle industry. I think my Dad would approve of this way of promoting beef in a heavily vegetarian area!

Here are some interesting tidbits about the beef industry
  • It constitutes the single largest segment of American agriculture.  35% of operations are listed as beef cattle operations.
  • 90%of all beef raised in the U.S. is consumed here the other 10% is exported.
  • Research shows that beef is a vital source of protein, iron and many other important nutrients that sustain a healthy diet. In fact, calorie-for-calorie it is one of the most nutrient-rich foods to fuel an active and healthy lifestyle.
  • Beef has 8 times more vitamin B12, 6 times more zinc and 2.5 times more iron than a skinless chicken breast. 
  • The cut of beef with the lowest amount of calories, saturated fat and total fat is the eye round roast and steak, with only 144 calories, 1.4 grams of saturated fat and 4 total grams of fat in a 3-ounce serving. 
  • Ranchers are everyday environmentalists.  Many families are multi-generational and they know if they do not take care of the land, they won't be there much longer.  
I totally wussed out on my run yesterday and don't care.  I ran a mile then decided it was too windy and too cold to be doing this when I already had an extra run in for the week and was over 30 miles for the week.  My goal milage right now is to stay around 25-30 miles a week.  So I went home and did 30 minutes on the elliptical and a 12 minute total body HIIT routine that left me wiped!  Much funner than getting buffeted around the road by the 30 mph winds.

 I other news, I have a favorite running shirt right now.  and I never wear it.  I go to get dressed for a run and I look at it and think

"I love that shirt"

but before I can put it on I think

"I don't want to get it all stinky"

so I put on a different one and my favorite one stays in the closet clean where I can go look at it and love it from afar.  Stupid right?  What is the point of having a favorite shirt if I don't wear the darn thing.  But part of why I love it so much is the color.  It seems to vibrant and happy.  Just looking at it brightens me right up.  Like wearing a smile and well what if I want to wear it around the house for awhile to be happy but it stinks and I just showered?  So I put it on for a run yesterday but it was really cold out so I had to wear a jacket over it.  I covered up the happy color.  :(  then it stunk :(  and I had to shower and go places so I couldn't wear it  while I was still stinky  :(

My happy shirt on a warmer day
Right now it is in the dryer though and I am going to put it on as soon as it is dry and wear it for a run.  In which case it will be stinky and I have to shower and go to a party later so I guess I will just have to wash it again..or wear a different shirt.

 Sigh

Does anyone else not wear a favorite running shirt because you don't want it to stink?
Do you have a happy shirt?

46 comments:

  1. Congratulations, that will be so much fun!!! I've always wanted to go to Portland, I hear great things :)

    I have favorite running shirts…but I definitely wear them because they're my favs :)

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  2. Congrats on your upcoming trip! I have never been to the west coast either other than a layover in the LAX airport. I don't think I have a favorite running shirt but there are a few tanks that I do like.

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  3. Congrats! That's great news. HTC looks like a blast :)

    I also have a happy shirt. I don't think I've ever worn it out of my place because I'm scared of it getting dirty or stinky. Lol

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  4. Congratulations on the relay team!! I knew you'd get picked, and you are going to love it. Your team will be glad to have you, you are so fast and have such a great attitude.

    I don't have a favorite shirt like that, but I can see how it could happen. There's a shirt in the "gifts for runners" section of the new Runners' World that is so pretty I don't see how anyone would want it to get all stinky (black with a floral pattern; I'd wear it to work!).

    Interesting stats on the beef industry too....I am reading the Little House books aloud to my kids right now (we're on Little House on the Prairie) and it's been a real eye opener. Beef was a prized treat for the Ingalls family. And everyone in that house worked so hard. It makes what I do fairly unworthy of the word "work." Very cool that your family and the families you know have a tie to that chapter of our past, more so than many of us.

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  5. Omg hood to coast! That is amazing! So excited for you!

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  6. Congrats on HTC! How very fun and exciting!

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  7. Woohoo! HTC! That will be so much fun!

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  8. Congrats on your Hood to Coast team!!

    They are so lucky to have you on their team, you're going to carry them to victory :)

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  9. Congrats! That is so exciting, and I know it will be an incredible experience for you. They picked the right woman for the team, that's for sure!!!!
    :)

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  10. Ahh Congrats! U deserve it and you'll love love hood to coast

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  11. Congrats! You're going to have so much fun.

    I don't have a favorite shirt, but there are a few that make me happy and I'm always sad when they need to be retired.

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  12. what a fun trip planned :)

    YES, I have a fav shirt and I swear no matter how often I wash it, it never smells clean...is that gross or what??

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  13. Congrats! We just watched a movie on HTC-looks like a ton of fun!

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  14. YAY!!!!! I am sooooooo excited for you. You're like a celebrity!

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  15. Awww congrats on Hood to coast. That is so excited and will give you something to look forward to all year. yay!

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  16. Wow, what exciting news! Congrats!

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  17. That's so exciting- and I'm SO jealous! Someday I will do that race!
    Love the beef stats- I love me some beef :).

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  18. Congrats on HTC, so exciting!

    I love beef. Delicious.

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  19. wohoo!! hood to coast is totally on my running bucket list and um yes I totally have like nice lulu shirts i had to talk myself into using for sweaty activities

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  20. Congrats on Hood to Coast next year! And good timing, I just went to Portland, and it is a great city to visit!

    http://nellyontherun.blogspot.com/2011/11/portlandcorvallis-trip.html

    As for running shirts, my 2 favorites are my SF half marathon 2009 and SF full marathon 2010 - I like the design of them both, and it was my first race at those distances.

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  21. Yay for the Hood to Coast race! Although I live in MT now, I was born & raised in Oregon until I was 25. LOVE OREGON...you will totally fall in love with it too!

    Kiley @ DailyVitaminF

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  22. I'm glad to hear you're on a HTC team. You will have an absolute blast! Portland and NW Oregon are wonderful places. If you need some help with "local info" I'd be glad to assist.

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  23. You are coming to Portland! Thank you for the sweet birthday wish! WE MUST meet when you are here :)

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  24. That IS exciting news. You are the perfect candidate for the Hood to Coast. I am so happy for you.

    And you know I love that aqua shirt, too.

    Wear it. It will make you fly! :)

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  25. HTC!!!! congrats!
    see I NEED to move to Montana!

    my favorite shirt skink already booooo :(

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  26. Wow HTC!! How exciting - congrats!!

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  27. Congrats on the HTC Team! That's so awesome. That race is definitely on my running bucket list, and I look forward to your recap once it's all said and done (and run)!

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  28. Congratulations Christy!! You will have so much fun on that adventure -- what a fun event to look forward to:)

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  29. Congrats on HTC! That will be so awesome and to be sponsored by the MT Beef Council is icing on the cake.

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  30. congrats, that is so exciting! and love the shirt color! very pretty!

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  31. How exciting! 9 months is not too long to talk about H2C!!

    Love the color of your happy shirt.

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  32. I would freaking die of happiness to run on Team "Where's the Beef?" Please tell me that will be your team name. :)

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  33. yay Portland and yay Hood to Coast! It would be great to meet up either in town or at the race when you are here! I'm pretty sure I'm jumping on a friend's H2C team this year since my team didn't get in....Hood to coast is SOOOO fun - you will love it!

    Oh, and super cute running shirt!

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  34. Congratulations daughter!! You have been wanting this soooo bad. Yes, dad and I will help sponsor you and help with the kids. Hit up all the business that the ranch deals with. That should help. Love you lots and I know you will give 100% effort. We are proud of you.

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    * Rio Prasetyo *

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  36. How exciting! Congratulations!

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  37. Wohoo!! Congrats on making the Hood to Coast team, I know you have been wanting to run that race for while! It's never too early to start celebrating and getting ready :)

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  38. Have an amazing trip.

    I totally thought of you while I was on the four wheeler herding cattle about a month back. My husbands family went out to the farm (which is divided by the highway) and had to move them from one side to the other for winter and for new grazing land. So much work. Cattle ranching is difficult! By the end of the day I was so tired of cows and cow poop.

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