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Back to Back Runs February 1, 2013

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Yesterday was the first day for my son to be back in daycare.  Which means I had a good part of the day to myself!  I didn’t have to get my run in on anyone else’s schedule.  It was nice!


I ran two miles, and when I say ran, I walked probably a half mile or so of the two miles.  I am still trying to figure out the conversational pace thing… I’m getting there, I think.  I also had issues with my new shoes.  It was nice though, I went for my job in a tank and running skirt! In January!

Today I wanted to follow up and run on tired legs, well tired for me.  I know two miles isn’t a lot, but its enough to get my legs tired!  I didn’t really have a distance in mind, but I didn’t want to run the same way I have been.  I should have gone out to the park and ran there, but by time I got out the door I didn’t have time before picking up the boy.



One mile, on tired legs, at a way too fast of pace.  The more I think about it, maybe I should just go with this too fast of running and just get used to it.  My ultimate goal is to be able to run at a 10 minute pace over a long distance, so maybe it isn’t a bad thing I don’t seem to be able to slow down.   Again, I had shoe issues, they were just different this time.

Next run is probably going to be on Sunday.  Tomorrow and Saturday we will be out of town and I’m not the best at getting runs in when we aren’t home.  And I can already feel my legs getting sore.  I think I should stick to just two days to let my legs rest a bit, they aren’t used to this kind of exertion!




Two More Runs January 27, 2013

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My longest run of the year so far.  I went to a flat track for my 3 mile run. My goal was to run the whole thing, minimal or no walking.   I was successful in that goal.  I had to stop to pull my shorts down a few times, for some reason they’ve been riding up on me.  I also stopped at about half a mile to stretch my left calf.  This was the first run in my new shoes and they were effecting my gait and making my left leg sore.  More on the shoes in a later post.  I am super surprised at how fast I ran that fast though.  I’ve been consistently been putting down 15 min miles (including walking breaks) so I’m surprised that cutting down on the walking made my pace THAT much faster.


Short run a few days after my long run.  My pace was a lot slower, but my legs were still tired from the long run.  I was also having issues with my shoes.  I haven’t found just the right tightness to tie them yet.  On this particular route, it goes downhill at about half a mile and then I turn around at one mile and have to go back up the hill.  I wish it were the other way around, I’d rather go up hill with fresh legs, then when I’m tired, run back down.  I might have to try to find a route around here like that.


Next week I’m shooting for 3 runs.  For the past 2 – 3 weeks, I’ve only managed to make myself get in two runs, so I’m going to try to up it to 3 a week for the next 2 – 3 weeks, then 4 times a week is what I think I’ll stick to.  I want my body to be comfortable with the frequency before I add more.  My goal is to slowly get used to running without hurting myself so I can eventually convince myself I’m having a good time.



Just keep running January 18, 2013

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First run, non stop. No walking today!!



First long run January 17, 2013

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Resolution Jump Start December 28, 2012

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Surprise! December 13, 2012

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I had a nice man knock on the door today and hand me a nice pink envelope.  A very pretty padded envelope!  I have been expecting my envelope, so it wasn’t really a surprise that it came, more so what it had in it!    About a week ago I was reading a blog that mentioned and their subscription workout wear.  I thought I’d give it a try since I had a coupon code.    I filled out the survey and all the billing and mailing stuff and waited.  Today, this is what I got!20121213-154015.jpg

I opened the package and it had the top and bottoms separately wrapped.  They were nicely packaged with a nice little note about sizing.  20121213-154021.jpg

I opened the top first, I LOVE it, the material is really soft and feels very breathable.  The pattern is nice also, very fitting that I’m living in the southwest now.  I love racerback because they seem to stay on my shoulders better and cover my sports bras.  I think the color is beautiful and I can’t wait to wear it!20121213-154027.jpg

The bottoms I’m not so thrilled about.  One of the survey options was if you like colored or neutral bottoms, I mentioned I don’t like colored pants, but these are what I got.  I’m a little bigger in the butt, hips and legs right now, so I don’t think I’ll be able to wear them just yet.  Once I get to where I can fit in them, I imagine I’ll give them a try.  The company didn’t mention if you can just buy one piece or the other, but for $35, I’ll keep both pieces.  20121213-154032.jpgThe normal monthly subscription price is $50 for a top and a bottom.  I’m not sure if I think that is worth it or not just yet.  I think I’ll give them a couple months and if I feel I’m not getting high quality workout wear, then I’ll cancel.  The only other thing I was bummed about is they didn’t give you an option if you want skorts.  I love running in a skort…

Overall I am super excited about the program and hope they continue to impress me!


Race Recap, well not really…. December 5, 2012

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I was supposed to attempt the half marathon at the North Face Endurance Challenge in San Francisco this past weekend.  I was not ready to run a half marathon by any means, but I was fairly confident that I could power walk the course and still make the cut off.  It wouldn’t be fast, but I thought I could finish.  Not really the experience I thought would be my first half, but considering the circumstances, I was okay with it.

The half was scheduled for Sunday and my husband scheduled to run the full marathon on Saturday.  We drove to SF on Friday to get settled in and to get our race packets.  SF is a beautiful city, I’ve never been there.  I love the appeal of the city close to nature but also close to city, if that makes any sense.  I can totally picture myself living someplace like that where I can live in the city and walk or bike to where I need to go and then take public transportation to the park to run or take pictures, or what have you.

Anyway, Saturday was very miserable for me, but don’t tell my husband!  We had to catch a shuttle to go to the marathon and walk in the mud to the start line and then stand there and wait for him to finish.  Yes, thats right, WAIT in the rain, 50 degree weather with a 4 year old with no kids activities.  The no kids activities part normally wouldn’t be that bad, but it was just so wet and muddy, he couldn’t really play.  It was horrible.  My feet got wet within the first 5 minutes and they never dried… It was raining until about an hour after we got there, which was nice that it stopped, but it was still chilly.  Wet and chilly in my book are a bad combo.  The race staff did a good job of trying to make it hospitable for spectators, but it wasn’t really successful.  They had a bus for people to stay out of the weather in that left half way through the event.  We hung out there for a while and then had to stand outside and wait for my husband to cross the finish line.

Five and a half hours later…. Total, I had to spend about 8 hours outside trying to entertain a 4 year old in the rain.  Awesome.

My husband said the course was a mess, so I really struggled Sat night if I really wanted to run the race.  I was debating in my head how wet and muddy it was going to be vs. the small chance that I would actually finish the race.  The more it rained, the more the trail was getting trashed.  Plus all the runners from the day before… Also in the back of my head I knew we had to check out of our room before the race, so I’d have to ride 8 hours back home after running a mud race without showering.

Well, as I was trying to decide if I was going to go through with it, my husband saved me!  He checked Facebook and TNF had to cancel the Sunday races due to conditions.  I got so lucky! Not only did I not have to decide on which suck to embrace, but I get free entry into a race next year!  Woo Hoo!  Why can’t my luck be this good finding a job?

So overal, it was a positive weekend, minus the 8 hours in the rain and mud.  Next time, rain boots!

Then, yesterday my husband dropped a huge bomb on me.  He wants me to pace him for his first 50 miler.  He’s planning a 50k in April and a 50 miler in October.  He came at me with a high five so I gave it to him and then he drops that one me!  I mean a high five is like a hand shake, you committed.  So, now I was planning on a spring half, but I don’t know if that will fit with the marathon training I have to try to get in before October.  I’m looking into training plans… I’m open to suggestions!

Stay tuned for my new adventure of becoming a trail ultrarunner pacer!


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