Wednesday, July 01, 2009
I've always felt very safe in all the places I've run, but the idea of staying safe was really brought home last week when I decided I was feeling to lazy to walk the mile+ down to the nature trail. I drove down, parked behind an SUV on the street (they took away our parking lot in favor of a non-working restroom last year), even remembered to turn my wheels into the curb!
Took off for my run, made sure I was going extra slow as I wanted to keep the HR in a certain range. Ran my 45 minutes, and decided to make it 50 minutes just to make up for missing my tuesday run....went back to the .25 mile marker, and turned around to walk back. Right about then I hear what sounded like a bunch of kids up the hill at the street shouting and yelling...of course I wondered what that was all about.
Got back to the street, and immediately knew "what that was all about"! My car was about 8 car lengths up the hill, but even from the bottom of the hill I could see the safety glass EVERYWHERE beside the passenger side door. They had taken a crowbar and pried the window post until the window shattered. Nothing taken from the car, all I had in there was news papers, and my fleece...they didn't even open the console where I did actually have a couple dollars! They did dig through the trunk, and the cop told me that they are breaking into the cars of women who get out and don't take a purse with them!!! Figuring the purse is in the trunk of the car, they break in, pop the trunk release, and off they go. Thank GOODNESS it wasn't in there, as my passport was still in it, along with too many credit cards. I hadn't cleaned it out from my last 2 trips!
HAH...the only good thing in all this, I don't TAKE a purse with me when I run, or go to the gym! I have my pocket on my hydration belt and keep my license and medical card there....and leave the purse at HOME.
Expensive Lesson learned, replacement glass is going to be $185 plus tax....no more driving to run when I'm capable of getting there on my own 2 feet.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I really want June BACK!!! Where did it go?
Sigh...On to July.
My July Goals
#1. Do all my training runs in the month. (I've been slacking, and I know I have to do them to be fully ready for the marathon!)
#2. Get my Protein EVERY day. I do good most days, but at least once a week it's been way low. I need that protein to help repair my muscles when I run.
#3. A minimum of 2 strength training sessions each week.
Maybe if I write them in enough places, I'll follow through for a change.
Monday, June 22, 2009
So...i was scheduled to run 8 miles for training Saturday or Sunday. But, since I jumped in the car on a whim Thursday after work and headed south, I had to do it on my own. I landed in Fortuna on Friday night. It is a small village along the 101 in California. I've stayed there before, and remembered there was a trail beside the river, so decided i'd make my run first thing Saturday AM.
Looking North from the midpoint of the Riverwalk trail across the street from my hotel...it is a 2 mile trail so my plan was to do with 4 times, out and back. The sun was shining, and when I started out, there was a breeze blowing.
The trail runs beside the Eel river.
Cow pasture on the other side of the dike...no scent of cows....the wind had picked up a bit.
Still heading south
Hills of Humbolt County and a ranch house at the south end of the trail in the background.
More pics of the Eel river
heading North now. the wind had really really picked up, I've never run in wind that strong before, and it sure did make a huge difference in my speed...plus running on gravel, UGH!
In the end, I ran to the farm house in the south, then to the north end, back to the midpoint where I went out and ran along the road back to the north starting point of the trail....back to the farmhouse, and then back to the hotel...7.2 miles total, run on gravel, felt like WAY more!!!
Here's some more pics I took along the path.
And....this was a bit of a shock, coming down from Oregon where I thought gas was high at $2.79 a gallon!
right across the street from my starting point on the path.
(I discovered gas cheaper at a reservation/rancheria casino!)
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Before it fades into a blur, I have to get busy and blog about my race Saturday!
I got there super early, like before 6:30! I’m glad I did as I was able to park near one of the parking lot exits, and didn’t have to battle TOO much to get out of the stadium area. First I found a lady’s room, then I went down to the stadium floor to look for other Portland/Vancouver Fit people….Red shirts, and the same crazed look to the eye as me…can I REALLY run 13.1 miles today??? Am I really going to run 26.2 miles in October….At least those of us who are first year Fitters have that going on in our heads. I met two walkers and we chatted for a while. When they both said they would have to lose weight before they could think about running these races, I told them about Spark People and that I’d lost over 100 lbs so far. I hope they checked it out!
While we were waiting for the group picture at 7:15, I saw a woman walk past who dropped her timing chip at my feet!!! I ran and caught her and gave it back, she was so happy…watch for more about the timing chips later in the blog.
Group picture was taken promptly at 7:15…amazing as nothing with P/V Fit is on time! This is the group that is training for the Portland Marathon in Vancouver and Portland this year.
Next, I went and got in line for another trip to the ladies room, while waiting I did LOTS of stretching, then Just My Luck, NO TP!!! We were all using the butt gaskets!!!!
Off to the starting line! I ran into Travis and Tracy the couple who own the local Max Muscle store…Love their protein powder! We chatted a bit, then I figured I’d go stake out a place fairly far back in the lineup. There were well over 4000 people running the race. Anyway, I’m standing there waiting within the crowd, and look down…there is another timing chip at my feet. I made sure mine was still securely attached to my laces…it was. WHEW! I check my garmin….1 minute til 8….30 seconds til 8….I hit the training button, find my satelites, 1 minute after 8….wait wait wait…3 minutes after 8, hit training again, ready to go…keeping my finger near the timer button…wait some more….finally at 5 minutes after 8 the gun goes off!!! A minute later we finally get to start shuffling forward. Whats this?? At my feet ANOTHER timing chip!
At the starting mat…woo hoo! I hit the start button on the Garmin and I’m off.
I'm in the middle of the crowd, some people in front of me are walking, many people behind me want to run MUCH faster than I'm willing. I want to finish this race, not come up short because I took off too fast...so...side stepping around the walkers, being side stepped around myself....all for the first 2 miles!!! And...guess what...over the course of the first mile, I saw 2 more timing chips on the road! I imagine there were some mighty disappointed finishers!!!
Supposedly this is me at the 5 mile point, I think it is actually later in the race.
I think I'm dragging a bit there!
Mile 3 or there abouts....over to the side of the road to get in line for the porta potties...DANG IT!!! If i'd only forgone that one cup of coffee....and had more water instead! shoot, with my nerves I most likely would still have been standing in line...but it's kinda nice to think if I'd done without my coffee i would have shaved 5 minutes from my time, LOL
Lots and lots of hills from about mile 4 thought mile 8...LOTS of hills! I walked many of them, both up and down. I actually have a harder time on the down than the up!
The turn around point is after running through some woodlands on a road heading toward a quary. really nice, and the people who live along these roads all turn out and give us tons of support as we run past! they would yell out "Good Job", and "way to Go" as we came past their driveways.
this is me at mile 11...again, I'm thinking the photographer has the placing mixed up, I look way to with it to be 11 miles and SMILING. Plus, I'd just come through gravel before mile 11...I was feeling THAT!
Mile 12 is up (dam hills) and over the freeway, the road department guys where standing there where they had blocked off the freeway chearing for us, and giving everyone high 5's. then down to the last aid station, the Portland/Vancouver Fit aid station...they are there cheering us on, reminding us we are almost done, and handing out double cups of water or Heed to us. bTW, I prefer gleucos(or how ever it is spelled) over Heed, but will use both. Heed just tastes funky, but the tummy tollerates it well. the last 1/4 mile or so is down and into the stadium, and running through the crowds there to the finish.
for the half mile before that point I'd pretty much zoned out and was putting one foot in front of the other...it wasn't a bad place to be in, and my speed actually picked up a bit at that point. Once I turned into the stadium and onto the matting, I lost my zone, and was definately feeling all those miles. but, you turn that last corner and there is the finish line...the energy comes back for one small litle moment in time, and Here I Come
there is one last picture I need to have the photographer add to my lineup(coming across the finish of course) before I order my pics. THIS race I'm getting my pictures!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
1ST HALF MARATHON DONE!!!
Helvatia Half in Hillsboro Oregon.
2:49:57, Not bad for getting a rotten night sleep and feeling off for most of the run!
I came in 117 out of 215 in my age group, and 2364 out of 3135 reported.
The next one will be WAY better!!!
I grabbed my medal, my tee shirt, scarfed down the free burger, and came home for an icy bath and then crashed and burned on the couch until now.
It was cool, they were announcing the runners and walkers as they came across the finish...for me I heard, "And here comes that crazy woman, Robin Wild from Vancouver WA"...LOL
I am a half marathoner!
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