December 29, 2009
December 27, 2009
Since my last post, you know Pam and I got into Way Too Cool - OMG - I'm still in freak out mode, however, my nerves have calmed a bit after taking a closer look at the cutoff times. Pam and I feel 92.93% confident that we'll be able to meet the cutoffs. We're going to plan some training runs on a few of the tougher parts of the course - one being Ball Bearing (the steepest climb (.7 miles) of the course) - gosh even the name is scary! It has also been suggested that we take a training run down the waterfall (Dead Truck Trail) - hello the word DEAD in any trail has got to mean something really bad!
So I've been keeping up with my training. I've been trying to keep it easy and it's really helping with my adrenal fatigue issues. Last week (X-Mas) was stressful, but now it's over and I can really start to focus on the training. Was only able to get one yoga practice in last week, but I'll get my 2 in this week.
The funnest run this last week was on Wednesday night with the FTRs. We met at Karen's Bakery in Folsom and headed out to Dovewood Court in Orangevale to see the infamous X-Mas light showing. I, being fairly new to the area, had never heard of the infamous Dovewood Court X-Mas lights, nor had I ever been, so this was a lot of fun. Of course, I had a wonderful FTR, Steve, hanging back with me so that I wasn't left behind.
Here are a couple of pics from that night. We were suppose to come dressed in the spirit, so I wore antlers and Renee wore her Santa hat and fun candy cane striped socks. Angie also came festively dressed. Here I am with Renee showing off our cute attire and then one of me in front of someones lit up house. Tons of people and cars! Glad we were running in!
Lots of fun, we ran a total of 6.5 miles that night, mostly on pavement, and I'm happy to say that my knees held up quite nicely. I'm definitely getting stronger. I thought for sure my hips might not be happy with me Thursday morning, from all the pounding, but I felt good - no pain.
Saturday had a great 10 mile run with Pam, we took it nice and slow and really enjoyed the scenery and the run. We then went to Starbucks afterward with Diane, Kem, and Trish. Great time!! Then I came home and spent the rest of the day making tamales - yummy.
Today I got in a short 2.75 mile run in my neighborhood. Hit the trail behind my neighborhood. It runs along New York Creek and the creek was flowing strong after last night's rain. It was awesome. The trail was nice and muddy - just the way I like it!!
This coming week I'm hoping will be stress-free.
December 22, 2009
I'm now sitting here feeling like I'm fighting off something...I have mild body aches and alittle cough..ugh. I really don't have time to be sick :<
December 21, 2009
Tips on how to train for your first and best 50K
-Julie Fingar, Ultra Endurance Coach, athlete and race director
Train by time on your feet instead of total miles. Focus on quality workouts versus quantity. Your goal is to arrive at the start line on March 13th, healthy and injury free. This is 50% of the battle in getting to the start line of any endurance race.
Train on the race course if possible and or simulate race terrain.
Cross training activities such as cycling, swimming, elliptical, yoga, strength and core work should be incorporated in to the training. The key is to keep your program balanced.
Practice hydration and fueling on every run even your short, recovery runs during the week. Fill your body with good fuel and eat balanced healthy meals.Train with others, explore the camaraderie, support and motivation with other trail runners.
Schedule bi-weekly or monthly massages. Body care and stretching are essential when preparing for an endurance event.
December 19, 2009
December 18, 2009
Got in 2 yoga classes this week - yeah. Next week though it looks like I may only get in one. I'll try to do my own practice at home on Thursday.
Today is a rest day - a much needed rest day. I've had a really stressful week (my daughter's car was stolen, work, too much traffic, blah, blah, blah) and I'm really feeling the effects of the stress (mental & physical) this week. This weekend won't allow for me to mellow out either :(. But I'll take and do my best to cruise through the weekend, hope for a less stressful week next week, and then I can take a much needed break from work and "scheduled" life appointments next weekend. :)
This weekend Pam and I are going to try out a new (ok new to me) trail on Saturday to do our scheduled 6 miler. Sunday I have to be up in Auburn by 1p, so I'll have to stay close to home for my scheduled 4 miler (can't join the group at Cavitt) - neighborhood run :(. However, I'll squeeze in part of those 4 miles on the trails behind my neighborhood, so it won't all be bad.
Have a great weekend.
December 17, 2009
December 16, 2009
December 15, 2009
Today our group (4) ran from the Sterling Pointe Staging area. I have found my new favorite trail. Janet, a new member, who is a major ultrarunner, met up with us to show us the way. She was an absolute delight to run with. I picked her brain about WTC, Western States, Auburn trails, etc. Susan G and Jessica ran ahead the first 2 miles, then Jessica headed back and the 3 of us ran another 1/5 mile. This trail is gorgeous!
Pam and I did the 11.5 mile run. It was muddy which made for a more tiring race. You definitely use different muscle when running in the rain and mud. I remember saying to Pam how much I enjoy the 7-8 mile distance, I wonder when I'll enjoy the 11 mile distance??!!
I felt really good throughout the run. Diane had us going on some different trails which is always fun. As usual, Pam and I were poking along in last place, but we were enjoying ourselves. We stopped and chatted with the aid station volunteers, hit the potty a couple of times, and just kept trekking along. We finished in a little over 2.5 hours. We'll take it! Oh we get double points in the series for running in the rain - woo hoo.
After the race I went home took a hot Epsom salt bath and then crawled into bed for a short nap as I had to get ready for our 1st Anniversary & Holiday party for the Folsom Trail Runners being held at Linda's house in Cool.
The party was so much fun! Great food, great people, great raffle prizes, great gifts! I had a lot of fun and can't wait for the next one. No one has posted the pics yet, so I can't share any pics on the blog. Perhaps later I'll be able to post some pics of the party.
Today I am still really tired. Got to the gym and hopped on the hamster wheel (my new name for the treadmill) and my legs felt like lead. The first mile was tough, but I took it slow and easy. Picked it up for the 2nd mile. Finished up with a few minutes to spare so I did a small cool down before heading into yoga. Still feeling tired and still having lead legs I struggled in yoga, but it felt good to get in some good stretching.
Fatigue is definitely going to be a huge factor for me. I sure hope I start to feel the goodness that is to come by going wheat-free soon! Now I will admit, I haven't been 100% wheat-free yet, but I'm definitely 95% wheat-free and the 5% is a smidge maybe once a week. I will eventually be 100% wheat-free once I figure this whole thing out.
Here's to being muddy!!!
December 12, 2009
Update on sis: she is doing okay, she has a surgeon appt next Wednesday. I've been doing alot of research on treatment options. It is likely they will recommend radiation and she does NOT want this. But we'll see. I think she will do just about anything to lower her chances of getting this again. EVERYONE SHOULD GET A MAMMO AND DO THEIR BREAST EXAMS, NO EXCUSES!
December 11, 2009
There were 6 of us hard-core FTR's out there last night with Bryan Tully, our fearless Assistant Organizer, leading the group. Everyone was up for the distance I needed to get in (4 miles) and they all just wanted to take it slow and easy. Which of course is my normal pace :)! They are all so sweet.
It was really cold to start. Standing around waiting to get started was the hardest part of the run last night! I was shivering so bad that my muscles started to ache, especially in my neck and shoulders, so I tried to relax my neck while we waited. Not easy when you're that cold. But once we got started, I loosened up and felt really comfortable. About a mile in I was able to take my gloves off.
At 2 miles we stopped for a breather and for a photo shoot! Here's me in total bliss (mostly because I get to take a breather - these guys and gals don't take walk breaks - HHHMMM):
Then we gathered for a group shot. Nicole took our group shot picture and we discovered that we had the Natoma Night Ghost with us (don't worry, he's trail runner friendly):
In this picture, from left to right, is Bruce, Shannon (me), Cathy, Joel & Bryan - oh and the Natoma Night Ghost (lovingly named by Bryan).
The run back was good, although, I did start losing ground on the front runners, however, the group kept me in the middle, and Cathy and Joel remained behind me to make sure I didn't get left behind. All I can say is FTR's rock! Trail runners are a different kind of running breed! I'm so glad I found Diane, creator of the Folsom Trail Runners, and trail running!
Today is a rest day and I'll be taking a quilt class at Meissner's. Then tomorrow is a nice easy 2 miles, which I'll do in my neighborhood. Sunday is 11.5 miles at the Folsom Lake Winter Trail Series at Beale's Point. I'm hoping the weather is just like it is right now, drizzly and muddy. I got my muddy trail running shoes all ready to go - woo hoo.
Get wet and dirty this weekend!
December 10, 2009
GO RUN ANYWAY, IF...
You can only breathe out of one nostril, or you are emitting strange whistling sounds when you breathe and you wonder if everyone can hear that, or just you.
You really have a hangover, but you are calling it a cold.
You feel like your brain is in a fog. Who knows? It might lift. Turn back for home if the fog gets thicker.
for more go here: Kristin Armstrong's "Eeenie Meenie"
Tuesday - After Monday's snow, I woke up Tuesday morning, on time, feeling good ready to hit the gym for my 2 miles and yoga. I wanted to do a nice easy 2 miles since I hadn't run since Saturday. Got out to my truck and realized I had made a big mistake. I didn't scrape off the snow from my windshield on Monday when it was nice and soft. Tuesday morning I had 4" of solid ice stuck to my windshield - AAARRRGGHH. So 20 minutes later with defroster running full blast and running into the house a couple of times for buckets of water, I was on my way to the gym.
Becuase of my 20 min fight with the ice, I no longer could put in an easy 2 miles, I had to put in a hard fast 2 miles so that I could get to yoga on time. Did it! But once again, I had to go into yoga all hot and sweaty. I'm telling you, doing downward dog when your hot and sweaty is no fun!
Wesnesday - Overslept! Didn't want to get up! Could it be because I stayed up late to watch the finale of The Biggest Loser? Ya, most definitely. Those people all look so awesome!! I am especially happy for Abby! She was the lady that had lost her family 2 years ago and now has found herself once again and she looks fabulous!
Anyways, I had great expectations of doing some upper body work and 2 miles on the treadmill. Well I ended up only having enough time for the 2 miles and some stretching afterward. ARGH!
Thursday - Once again, this morning, I overslept, although, no I did not stay up late again. I was asleep before 9p. So I don't know why I'm so tired!
I was scheduled for 4 miles today and I was dreading doing 4 miles on the treadmill. Luckily Bryan had scheduled a night run for tonight and since I don't have to work on Friday, I can go on my first night run!! Woo Hoo. Last night I went bought myself a better running light, much brighter.
So since I didn't have to get in a run this morning, thank goodness, I was going to do my upper body workout that I didn't get done yesterday and go to yoga. Well because I overslept, I didn't get my upper body workout in, and I was late getting to yoga, which I hate. I hate walking into the class when it's already in progress. But I did it! So I got in my yoga this morning and tonight will be 4 miles in the dark.
Looking forward to the race on Sunday - I need a run with Pam! It's been almost 2 weeks. I'm going through Pam withdrawal!
December 9, 2009
Cut out of work early; I was in shock. It is very early, in the ducts, carcinoma in situ (the best kind if you have to have it) They may have even gotten it all with the biopsy. She will see the surgeon on Monday and will have a lumpectomy and lymph nodes checked shortly after that, hopefully quickly. She is doing well; I however was overwhelmed with emotion when she told me. I couldn't believe, my sister, the health fanatic, had the big C. My boss gave me the rest of the day off, told me to 'go run' so I collected Bella and headed to Twin Rocks. Ran the long way to the top of the hill.
Tomorrow I will probably head to the gym for my 2 miler followed by weights. This weekend is our 10 mile run/race. It looks like rain but I don't care. I am going to enjoy every bit of it :)
December 8, 2009
My sister had her biopsy today and will know the results tomorrow. The anxiety has been setting in this evening and I am fighting the horrible thoughts trying to get into my head. Please say prayers that the report is benign. She is a wreck right now, and so am I.
December 7, 2009
The party was a lot of fun. Got home and crawled into bed about 11p.
Day 29 - Monday - Today is also a rest day - thank goodness - because we woke up to approx 4" of snow outside our door - OMG - we don't get snow in EDH!
This is our backyard. Poor little wagon! The time on my pics is off by an hour. I forgot to reset that clock I guess. LOL
So now I'll putz around the house until I feel it's safe enough to drive out of here and go to work. Tomorrow is 2 miles and yoga. Hopefully it doesn't snow again tomorrow, otherwise, I don't know what I'll do!
December 6, 2009
December 4, 2009
Donna is much faster, an Energizer bunny, however, she kept it slow for me. When she would get out ahead and I'd lose eyesight of her, eventually she would come back. She is so sweet.
Christie is a new FTR member who came out and she too kept the pace slow for me. She stayed with me most of the time, and when she would get out ahead of me, there she would be jogging in place at the top of hill waiting patiently for me.
I can't thank Donna & Christie enough for being my running buddies today.
The run was beautiful, sunny, and a bit chilly to begin with, but then the chill factor mellowed. I did 8.3 miles total in 1:44:15, which gives me an average pace of 12:34. I'm quite pleased with that!
Tomorrow I've got to squeeze in a 4 miler after helping out Diane at the CIM Expo. This will be tough as I've got time constraints, however, I will do it!
Have a great weekend & get dirty.
December 3, 2009
Well with Pam and Diane on my hills, I can't use that excuse any more! So I got up, rushed around, and got out the door and to the gym. Yesterday I indicated that I wanted to do an easy 2 miles then yoga. Well with only 25 minutes until yoga, I had to run hard to get in my 2 miles. I did it! Phew.
Well let me tell you something, doing yoga while extremely hot and sweaty is not an easy task. It probably took 15 minutes to finally cool down enough to enjoy the yoga :). Definitely need to make sure I have enough time to cool down before yoga from now on.
Tomorrow is my long run on the trails with at least one other FTR. Donna has agreed to run with me - yeah. I haven't run with Donna since we were apart of the now defunct River Rats running group. She is faster than me, but she's a really neat person, and I know she will slow it down just for me. Plus she's bringing her newest doggie, Cream, can't wait to meet her.
December 2, 2009
Went to a gym I haven't gone to in a while and was dissappointed to see so many pieces of equipment label "out of order" (even benches were marked that way - huh?). I gave the by buddy up in front a bad time about it. He said they are fixing the vinyl on all the seats and that not so many pieces were supposed to be done at the same time. He promised it would be done by next week. Knowing this gym, I doubt it. Ever since it got sold to new owners, the equipment, the bathrooms, etc. have all gone down hill. But I like this little gym because it's not a "family" gym, so no frufru'd out men or women. In fact, I'm usually the only female in there as I get there really early. So I get the bathroom to myself - hehehehe.
December 1, 2009
Ran with Jessica this morning. She is such a loyal FTR, she shows up at my Tues runs every time. We had a great, fast (for me) 2 mile run today. Avg pace was 10:45. It was FREEZING! About 35 degrees when we started. After that I headed home and walked Bella for about 2 miles (didn't take her running today). Spent alot of time in deep thought during this walk. Life really is precious. We gotta enjoy each day and eachother to the fullest. You just never know when it could all be taken away...
Did a wt workout followed by yoga stretch and feels good to be done with the workout for today. Tomorrow another 2 mile run on the treadmill, ugh!
Yesterday was a much needed rest day, just wish I could have rested at home instead of work. Oh well.
Today went to the gym and put in a little over 2 miles on the Treadmill (2 miles strong, then .25 miles as a cool down). Then went to yoga for an hour. Yoga feels so good. I guess I was really tired because during savasana I almost feel asleep. I could have stayed in that pose all day :).
My hamstrings are really short and need a lot more stretching. I may try to get in another yoga class this week. I'll be glad when I can do all the poses without having to bends knees, etc. Although, my back does limit me in some of the poses, but that too shall get stronger, I hope.
Tomorrow is another 2 miles and strength training.