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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!!



House puddle December 18, 2012

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A dripping sound woke me up at 3am. It so happened to be the water heater, leaking its contents onto the floor. Awesome. I’m thinking tankless is the way to go after sweeping water out the door for an hour.


Anyway. I’m still trying to find motivation to start a new training plan. I only have time really to jog in the am, and it’s chilly… Plus I really need to do base training and my heart rate monitor is MIA. So… Time will tell.


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!


Unprepared! November 28, 2012

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So, I haven’t really had much to write about because I’ve not actually been doing what I should be.  Since moving to California, I’ve been trying to find a job, which is a lot harder in a small town!  I broke down and joined a head hunting firm to help me out… They are having a job fair the same day I was supposed to run my half-marathon.  As a couple, my husband and I decided it was better for me to go to the job fair than run the half.  In my head I was thinking “great, now I don’t have to hate running by following a training plan I don’t have a good base to comfortably do.”  I decided I would run a half late spring next year instead (looking at the San Diego Zoo half).

Well… Things change, I still need a job, but I’m not going to the job fair this month, I’m going next.  Turns out- childcare is really really expensive and my husband has to work Monday, so we would have to pay out the wazoo for someone to watch the boy.  Not to mention, my husband is running his first Marathon on Saturday and really wanted us to be there for him, and I don’t blame him.  So, logistically I would have been a mess trying to make it to the marathon with him and then the job fair on Sun & Mon.  Going from San Fran on Sat, driving 9 hours back here so that I can drive the 3 hours to San Diego.  We just couldn’t make it work.  I got lucky that the next job fair is in January!  I’m honestly hoping there are more employers because it will be after the holidays and a new fiscal year.

So, I’m back to being able to run the half!  Wahoo!  And if anyone has been looking at the weather for SF this weekend, it doesn’t look pretty.  Its supposed to start raining today and not stop until Monday, which wouldn’t be bad if it were a road race, but its not… We are running trail races.  The North Face Endurance Challenge Championship!  I’m intimidated to say the least.  The climbing that is on the course + wet conditions + an untrained Erin = probably a miserable time.  I’ve been hiking quite a bit, so I know my legs are more prepared than they would have been when I signed up for the half, but still… My longest run has been 4 miles, and it was on a sidewalk.  The cut off for the half is 4 hours, which is somewhere around an 18 min pace, so as long as I can keep that pace for 13.1 miles I will make it.  I know my walking pace is about a 14 min mile, so I know I will be cutting it close because the climbs will slow me down.

Since the marathon is on Saturday and the half on Sunday, I’m going to play it by ear.  If my husband had a miserable time (and he loves this kind of stuff) then I’m going to pass.  If he says it wasn’t that bad, then I’ll give it a go.  I really don’t know if it will be more demoralizing getting a DNF or not even trying.  On one hand I will beat myself up if I don’t finish, even though I know I’m not trained.  On the other hand, I could beat myself up for not even trying, I don’t want to feel like I quit before I try. I also don’t want to have such a horrible experience that I never want to run a trail again.  So, really I have no idea what I should do.

This morning I went for a couple miles, just to remind my legs what its like to jog.  It was the fastest I’ve ran 2 miles in quite some time.  I think it was good that I did that, my legs needed some waking up!  It was also good this morning because I wore the jacket I was thinking about wearing on Sunday.  I realized that it is great in the beginning, but as I warm up, its too hot.  It was 45ish degrees this morning, so I will have that to compare to on Sunday.  I would love to have a long sleeved technical shirt to wear, it would be the right weight I think, plus it won’t hold as much water as my jacket, or any other long sleeved shirt I own.  I might see what I can find this week.

I also go a new pair of shoes for the half on Saturday, not the greatest idea, I know, but the only other trail shoes I have are too small and will probably tear up my feet on the downhills.  I’ve worn them a few times hiking and they seem good.  They are Montrails, I had tried on a pair of Brooks earlier in the day but didn’t like the color so didn’t buy them.  I regret that decision!  But seriously, who wants to wear a brown shoe?  Brown with black I understand, like the Cascadia, but brown with no black?  I always wear black shorts or skirt when I exercise, so it is purely superficial on my part, but I don’t want to clash!

So, hopefully it is a pleasant experience!


Pile on the Miles! November 1, 2012

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Pile on the Miles from RunEatRepeat starts today.  I haven’t started off the challenge very well 😦  When my alarm went off this morning, I turned it off.  When my husbands alarm went off he asked me if I was running and I said no, and we both left it at that.  Usually he won’t let me say no, but he must not have been up for arguing this morning.  I thought to myself that I could just take the boy for a walk this afternoon and we’d both get some exercise in, little did I know, he’s anti-exercise today.  I’m considering offering to get him ice cream if we walk to get it.  The ice cream place is only about a mile down the street, so we’d get 2 miles or so in.  I could wait until my husband gets home, but he has to work late tonight.  Nothing wants to seem to work with me.  I have to just accept that I have to wake up early to go jogging or walking.  I keep thinking I can make it work during the day, but it never does.  A.M. it is then.

I’m still trying to get yoga fit into my schedule.  I guess I need to just give in and buy a new mat.  I also have on my buying wish list: GPS watch and an iPod Nano.  I HATE having to carry my phone with me when I’m jogging.  The emails and texts and notifications piss me off when they ding in the middle of a podcast.  Not to mention, its bulky and heavy and I have to either put it in my bra or in my waistband, neither on which are comfortable.  Maybe Santa will be good to me.  I’d be happy with either a Garmin 10 or a Nike+ GPS.

I am planning on trying night running tonight, if my husband gets home at a decent hour so we can have dinner early enough to make that happen.  Fingers Crossed.


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