Thursday, May 27, 2010
I am a 40 year old, in a month 41 year old, overweight, mother of three children and I just signed up to run a 10K, in the mountains, up and down HILLS, in a week!! I must be insane, would a sane person do something like that?
This is the 10K I've been preparing for, this has been my goal for almost a year! This is where I was headed when my training got derailed. This has been the plan for quite awhile. Still, I've been putting off signing up, I kept double checking the deadline to make sure I wouldn't miss it. I knew eventually I'd have to make a decision-5K or 10K. This race comes with both options.
For a month I've been bouncing back and forth. 5K, 10K, 5K, 10K. On some days I was certain it would be the 5K and on others I was optimistic about the 10K. I tend to be indicisive on the best of days, some days I can't even decide what to wear much less something as important as which length race to run.
This morning on my run I decided...10K and that would be it, no going back now. Stupid endorphins I think they made me crazy!! I might have to do a little more explaining here. I don't think either my sister nor I have really explained this race we have signed up for.
We live in a valley, a pretty little valley, a TRUE valley, we are surrounded on all sides by hills and mountains of varying degrees. Easy access over several smallish hills to the west. A bigger hill to the north, rolling hills to the south, but to the east is where you find the most difficult access to our valley. A beautiful towering mountain rising more than a mile above sea level. There is a road that goes up and over, from our side the up part is not too bad, it's the over that is not too much fun. We've spent alot of time on that mountain. Almost yearly trips for camping, other trips for hiking and occasionally trips for playing in the snow. My sister, mother and I were taking regular trips for hiking before winter came and driving the roads got a little more dangerous. We haven't been up the hill for awhile. "Up the hill" is the local term for the Idyllwild/Anza region. Kids from Idyllwild used to have to "come down the hill" for school, we go "up the hill" for a hike. But don't let that term of endearment fool you. This is no hill...
Pretty isn't it? Idyllwild is a beautiful little town very near the very top of that mountain. The race runs around the town, which, being in the mountains is actually relatively flat, for a mountain. There won't be alot of HUGE hills, but there will be plenty of hills and ALTITUDE. We do pretty well for flatlanders, we adapt pretty quickly, but still I've never RUN up there. The original plan was to get a few mountain runs in before the race. Not going to happen.
So why did I decide to do the 10K if this is such a crazy idea? Well I've got a few reasons.
1. I've been training for it and I want it.
2. I'm not a total high altitude novice and I should be able to still at least WALK the entire distance if that's what it takes.
3. No matter what, if I finish, it will be a PR :)
4. I have a 6.2 run on Saturday and then runs on Tuesday and Thursday next week to keep building up my stamina a bit more.
5. Today was my best "straight run" (meaning no intervals) in a long time.
6. I still REALLY want to do that half in December, I feel strongly that I need a 10K under my belt before taking on that challenge. We are going into summer and for my immediate area that means fewer to no races. Gets too hot to race during the day-just asking for trouble. I could travel and find a beach race or something, but this one is now and in a location I love. Idyllwild has alot of sentimental value to our entire family, running my first 10K there would just add to that value.
I think I am prepared enough. Not as much as I would like to be. Not as prepared as my sister. But, probably enough. It might take me three hours-that is how long we generally spend on our hikes at about the same distance. On the other hand our hikes gain alot more altitude than this run. I'll probably get lost because everyone else will be done. I'll probably strain a glute on a hill. I won't be able to sit for a week and there isn't even a medal for this race, just a t-shirt, a long sleeve t-shirt I won't be able to wear in the valley for 3 months or more. I'm still doing the 10, just so I can say I did...
I must be crazy...
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Biz Stone is a pretty smart guy. For those of you going "who on earth is Biz Stone", you might not know his name, but you know his company. Biz Stone is the cofounder of Twitter and he just happens to be a runner. A regular feature in Runner's World Magazine is the "I'm a Runner" page. They take celebrities, business people, people who's names you probably know who are runners and do a one page feature. I love this page, it is one of my favorite parts of the magazine.
Biz Stone is the featured person in the June 2010 issue of Runner's World. He has some good things to say, mostly about where he is in his program, what he's doing and what he's planning next. The last quote is the one the reeled me in though. Preceeding the quote he is discussing an idea of getting the office staff out on a weekly run because you connect better outside. Then he says this...
"A lot of people go out for drinks, but going for a run would be much healthier."
I had this kind of lightbulb moment. I could see in my head one of the people I used to work with coming to my desk and saying "hey, we're all going out for a run after our shift is over, you wanna come?" Then I could see this senario replayed at offices all over the country and all over the world. Friday afternoon rolls around and the office organizer (you know that one person (sometimes there are two) who is "in charge" (officially or unofficially) of organizing office activities (birthday parties, potlucks, Friday night drinks), goes desk to desk organizing an after work workout. Instead of birthday potlucks the office would run a 5K. Instead of a company picnic (aka lets pig out so we can put our company healthcare to good use) the company sponsors a race and donates the proceeds to a local charity, or an employee who needs a boost.
Then my imagination really got away from me and I could hear John Lennon singing Imagine in the back of my mind as I pictured all this fitness going on...Only in my mind the lyrics were a little different (Sorry John. Nobody put this to music and we should be okay...)
Imagine no obesity, I wonder if you can, No need for Weight watchers, A brotherhood of runners, Imagine all the people, Sharing every run...
You may say that I'm a dreamer, But I'm not the only one, I hope someday you'll join us, And the world will run as one.
A world where going out together with your co-workers to run is more normal than going out to eat. A world where even the companies we work for put health first. A world where socializing and networking is done on the track instead of around high caloried cocktails and fried appetizers. A world where running tracks are planned as faithfully as children's play parks. A utopia of runners.
Now of course I realize, just as going out for Friday drinks is not everyone's cup of tea (hehe that strikes me as funny) , running is not for everybody. Some people have real medical reasons not to run and some just don't like it. Just like I don't like mushrooms. The office run will probably never replace office drinks. But, a person can dream can't they, if even for just a moment...
Real lyrics to Imagine by John Lennon found here...
Complete article with Biz Stone found here.... www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,
s6-243-410--13497-1-1X2X3-4,00.html (in the mag, the quote is at the end, on the site it is on page
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I guess one of the reasons I like to run is the humor I often find while I am running. It seems to be a fact that funny things happen to me when I run. I am sure if I went back and checked my blogs I would find a lot of examples of funny things.
First, I am a clutz, plain and simple, always have been, probably always will be. One of the reasons I love running is that it makes your bones stronger-I am going to need those strong bones to avoid a broken hip when I am 90 and I fall off the sidewalk. Which just happens to be one of the funny things. For some reason I find it humorous when I slip off the sidewalk-happens from time to time-totally embarrasing, but at the same time quite humorous.
When I run at my sister's I sometimes end up chasing a duck, I find this humorous too. Silly duck, just fly away or turn or something, quit quacking at me like this is my fault!
The other day it was the Run Forest Run license plate-HILARIOUS to me! That still cracks me up several days later!
So, today, it was two things that made me laugh. Today I tried another new route in my neighborhood, taking some roads I am familiar with, but have never run down. One of my roads is a quirky little street, it is actually a pretty major east-west route through town, but not THE major east-west route and during the day it is quite well traveled, but in the early a.m. not so much. So, I am running on the sidewalk, avoiding the street despite the fact this is a very wide road and probably quite safe to run on. I'm about half way down the street when I can hear this car coming up behind me VERY FAST. This doesn't really bother me or scare me since I am on the sidewalk, but the thought that goes through my mind is "geez, where's the fire?" Just at that moment the car passes my shoulder and wouldn't ya know it-a fire truck!! Not the big red ones but one of the regular white trucks with red trim that our chiefs and inspectors drive!! Okay, so there probably wasn't a fire. That truck was headed towards one of our fire stations and not away from it and the lights were off, but still the irony had me chuckling for quite awhile.
A bit later I get to a major intersection where I have to hit the button and wait for the light to change. At first I just punch the switch, but while I wait for the light to change I just pace back and forth. Then I finally take a look at the signal while I wait for it to change. This particular pedestrian signal is the kind with a red hand that lights to say stop and and white walking person to say go. The red hand is lit and then I notice some of the lights on the hand are burned out or broken and the hand is missing some fingers. The remaining hand and fingers were formed into a perfect sign language symbol for I Love You!! Here I am going for a simple little run and I've got a street sign telling me it loves me. Awww, so sweet, I love you too signal-thanks for keeping me safe and letting me know when I can cross... I've met alot of street signs, but I've never had one say I love you before!! Funny things happen to me when I go on my runs...
I ended up having to cut the run a bit short, I forgot a watch but knew I had to get back so hubby could leave for work. Good thing I cut it short too because I got back with only a couple of minutes to spare. I opened the door just long enough to yell in that I was home then went back out to water my garden. I've got two baby tomatoes growing and a few blossoms waiting to turn into baby tomatoes. I've got about 6 yellow squash coming up, no blossoms yet, planted them from seed. My onions have sprouted and the green tops are starting to come up, my planter of zucchini is going crasy, I will probably have to thin a couple of plants to help keep the others healthy, plus, how much zucchini can one household use... . The carrots are starting to show some frilly green tops, soon we should be seeing beans and peas coming up. Can't wait for all that yummy goodness to be ready to eat!! Over the next two weekends I have to move quite a bit of gravel (our yard, when we moved in, was a rock yard, which I don't like, in addition the rock was too thin to do it's job of keeping down the weeds so I am moving all of it to the area by the driveway and the door to the house and then putting in my garden and replacing the rock with weed control fabric and bark). The garden is in raised beds and planters. I have to get the last, oh about 5 ft by 10 foot section done so that I can put in planters for melons. Lots of work, hopefully lots of payoff. After watering I came in and did a stretching routine with new stretches for the SIS challenge and that felt REALLY good. Then took the two older kids to school. Today was Pajama day at kindergarten so daughter went to school in her jammers (she changed into a fresh pair, not the same ones she slept in). Tomorrow is the kids last day of school until next Tuesday. Our teachers had to take furlough days and decided to tack them on to the Memorial day holiday. Hmm 5 days with all the kids at home, not sure that sounds like fun...LOL! We'll have to figure out something fun to do, maybe a beach trip on Friday before the weekend crowds get really crazy. Now it is time for all those mundane bits of life like dishes, dirty kitchen floors, etc. Hope everybody has a great day!
Monday, May 24, 2010
I read this article in Runner's World magazine on Friday. It is in large what got me to REALLY attempt the 6 miles. This is one of those HUGELY inspirational stories that motivates others simply because this guy is so human and has accomplished so much! He started running and lost 130 pounds. When his mother came for a visit she walked right past him at the airport because she didn't recognize him. He qualified for Boston and will run next year.
Read the article-it is AWESOME-I just had to share! www.runnersworld.com/article/1,7124,
Sunday, May 23, 2010
A - Age: 40 and 11/12ths
B - Bed size: King
C - Chore you hate: Kitty's litter box
D - Dog's name: Baxter the beagle
E - Essential start your day item: Toothbrush and toothpaste
F - Favourite colour: Green
G - Gold or Silver: Gold
H - Height: 5' 3"
I - Instruments you play : Piano
J - Job title: Mommy-used to be Unit Secretary (hospital psych ward)
K - Kid(s): 3-boy, girl, princess
L - Living arrangements: 3 bedroom modular-with a small yard, 3 kids, a dog, a cat, a fish and a husband
M - Mom's name: Barbara
N - Nickname(s): None really. Mommy is the closest thing.
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Other than my own birth-a severe infection when I was 12 and the births of each child.
P - Pet Peeve: Bad driving
Q - Quote from a movie: "My name is Indigo Montoya-you killed my father prepare to die" (Mandy Patinkin-The Princess Bride)
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: 1 bro and 1 sis
T - Time you wake up: between 5:30 and 6:30 depending on degree of tiredness :)
U- First word that comes to your mind: kind (it rhymes with mind-sorry)
V - Vegetable you dislike: brussel sprouts
W - Ways you run late: Get wrapped up in current activity and forget about coming activities (computer, a good book, any ol' project)
X - X-rays you've had: Mouth, neck
Y - Yummy food you make: too many good things-that's part of my problem-I'm a pretty good cook!!
Z - Zoo favorite: Polar Bears
Just something fun and easy for a Sunday afternoon.
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