Friday, February 22, 2013


♫ Happy Runniversary to me!  Happy Runniversary to me!  Happy Runniversary to meee-eeeee! Happy Runniversary to me!♫

Four years.  I can't believe it.  It's been four years of excitement and injury and race nerves and huge accomplishments.  I wish I had all of my charts and calendars handy so that I could add up my total mileage. I hadn't ever imagined that I'd be curious as to how far I've run, but now I am.  Guess maybe I need to dig them out and see what's what.

In the last four years, I've gone from ralking at the park to a weekly 5k with friends, which is always followed by a stop at the coffee shop for some chatting.  I never imagined that running would lead to actual friends who expect to see me on Saturday mornings (and keep me accountable).  I also never imagined that I'd trade snoozing in a warm bed with my family for running around a park in ankle deep snow in single digit temps.

I've got some stuff planned this year and I'm excited about it.  I'm planning on pacing Runner Buddy Bob for a lap during his 100 Miler in September.  That's 16 miles of trail - which scares the crap out of me as much as it excites me.  The big thing for me this year is that I'm signed up for the Freep Half.  I picked the international one, so I get to run through the tunnel.  And I get to get a passport.  I'll most likely only use it for this run, but hey, one more thing off my bucket list.  I wanted to do this race in 2010, but I spent six months of that year being injured and didn't want to start training for it and hurt myself again.  So it's finally going to happen and I'm totally stoked.

Here's to making my 5th year back on the road a total blast!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

I Can Haz Goals?

Goals.  I hate them.  I hate making them.  I hate trying to follow them.  Here's what happens.  I set a goal.  I work at it for a day or so.  It's too boring or I'm too tired or I'm not seeing immediate results so I give up.

I had an interesting conversation yesterday with a fellow runner at an after-run coffee meetup.  One of the girls who runs on Saturdays lives in the other end of my hood.  I'd love to run with her (just for accountability and because I'm a huge chicken and hate running in the dark or early morning by myself).  I mentioned that I wanted to run with her, but that I needed to get faster because she's speedy.  He's a sales trainer/consultant and started talking about setting goals.  I mentioned that I hate goal-setting.  He said that I need to figure out what I want to do and how I'm going to make it happen.  Write it down.  And tell people about it.  He said that it's very important to write it down and talk about it, because when other people know what you're working on, they'll ask you about it and hold you accountable.  He has a point.  (Except the way he was talking was really exciting and inspiring and the paragraph that I just wrote was possibly the most.boring.thing.ever.written.)  My assignment before he left was to write down some goals and he was going to check back with me in 3 weeks (the next time he'd be at the run).

So here are my goals (subject to change as I think about them more):

1) Run my Saturday morning 5k in 35:30 by the end of the year.  I ran 36:01 yesterday, so I think it's doable.  There are 8 weeks left in the year and it's taking 10 seconds off of each mile.  I can do that.

2)  Have 310 miles in by the end of the year.  As of today, I'm at 271 miles for the year.   I just need to run 4.875 miles per week for the next 8 weeks.  That's not even 5 miles per week.  Doable.

3) Drink 64 oz of water each day.  I've really been slacking in the water department and I feel it.

4)  Long term goal is to run an entire half marathon in 2013.  No walkies.

5)  Long long term goal is to pace Runner Buddy Bob in his 100 Miler. I believe my lap would be around 16 miles.  I don't have to run it, but I need the endurance to keep him on his feet.

So there you have it.  Some goals. Now what?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Juneathon Day 13

The old sciatica is still kicking my butt. Literally.  So I did lots of stretching (20 minutes). I'm just about sick of this pain.  It's really starting to mess with my head.  But it has always gone away.  I'm just going to keep plugging away at my stretches and exercises until it disappears again. I'm too young for this crap.

In other news, I went for bloodwork last week.  I was supposed to go in January and managed to procrastinate for a whopping five months.  I got the results back yesterday.  My cholesterol is 164. 164?  And the HDL & LDL (whichever they are - I can never remember) are exactly where they're supposed to be.  My fasting blood sugar was 92.  Guess all this running is good for something, because my diet has not been exactly stellar lately. So YAY ME!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Juneathon Day 12

A whopping 10 minute bike ride with the Hubs.  It was awful.  I do not understand the appeal of cycling whatsoever.  It hurt my butt and made my sciatica act up. Yippee.  I guess there's something to be said for getting fitted for a bike and having the right equipment, but I have no interest in any of that.  I'd rather slap on some running shoes and hit the street. 

We came back home, and changed and then went out for a run.  I did 1.57 miles and he did 2 miles.  We ran together for over a mile.  It was good for me because he ran around 11:00/mi pace and it really pushed me.  I faded pretty fast after the first mile and then took the rest easy.  

Again with the most boring post ever.  

Juneathon Day 11 - Flirt with Dirt

My first 10k trail race today.  It was soooo much fun.  Waaaay better than the trail half from hell that I did in May.  The hills were rolling and gentle and there was mud and it was awesome.  It was my first 10k since 1988. I did it in 1:25.  Not setting the world on fire, but I had fun and that's all that matters.

I ended up running with these two women for like 4 miles.  It was nice not to be alone in the woods this time. I could've gone faster but I didn't know how to run a 10k, so I just stuck with them.  After the Mile 4 water stop, I took off in front of them.  The last two miles were hillier than the first 4, but I pushed through. I ended up finishing like 3 minutes before them.

I'm really digging the trail running.  My shins don't hurt and my hips don't ache after.  It's pretty awesome.  I need to get out on the trails more often.

So Race #2 in the Serious Series is done.  All I have left is The Legend and that's not for almost two months. I gotta find me some trails to run.

Juneathon Day 10

Rest day.  That is all.

Juneathon Day 9

LONG day at work.  So I just stretched again.  The sciatica is bothering me still. Blast you, lifting. 

OK, officially the whiniest post. Evah.