6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Some Runs are...

This weekend my 3 runs were VERY DIFFERENT... let me tell you why..

Some Runs are...
  • HARDI set out from Tall Grandma's (my Mom) house. I was stressing because I did not have a clear route in mind, it was mid day and I just was not feeling it. I have not put in a Long Run solo in Ages....since Eugene Marathon I think.. WOW.. It was COLD, for me about 28'. I had driven a route around the local lake but it was not safe so I modified the run a bit mixing in my old stomping grounds. I hoped to get in 13 miles then meet up with Muscle Man.. UGH!! Here is how it went bullet style..

  • Hills got me early on, clearly I need more training runs with topography
  • Saw a runner ahead and sped up to pass her, bad idea!!
  • There was a draft on my back BRRRR
  • Nearly twisted my ankle and fell on a snow patch.
  • My chews were frozen and so was my chin
  • I felt like this....
I almost deleted this picture....but it really shows how I felt and the lighting is weird so I posted it... UGH!! Note the life-sized Giraffe in the background, this would go well with the life-sized Polar Bear I saw a few weeks back.. I called it quits are 10 miles and went home to rest up and warm up. My run started FAST and ended shuffling..


STATS: 10.1 Miles 8:55 Pace

  • SWEATY
After relaxing I knew I had 8-10 more miles to get in. Muscle Man moved the treadmill directly in front of the TV and I started "The Proposal." Gotta love watching Ryan Reynolds and Saundra Bullock :) I covered the Treadmill screen and just ran.. I was dripping in sweat and I the towel I had smelled like detergent and made my skin sting. I went through my water by mile 6 and had Muscle Man rescue me. The movie kept me entertained. As I was about to decide if I wanted to go for more than 8 the boys said "Mommy it is our turn for the treadmill." I could not turn them down.. RUN DONE!!


STATS: 8 Miles 8:45 Pace
  • AWESOME
Amy and I met up to head to the Soos Creek trail on Sunday morning for my RECOVERY RUN with Kerrie HERE and Zoe HERE. I brought my little phone camera and tried for a group shot..
OOPs it was zoomed in and I did not realize that my memory was full so the camera deleted the actual group shot. FAIL!! We all chatted for a bit then started the run...
Most of the trail was clear, but the bridge sections were pretty icey/snowy. WE saw a snow shaped arrow on the road which was kinda cool, I should have snapped a picture because it was gone on the return trip. We did some bird watching.. this is out of order but there were loads of ducks and something STRANGE..
At first when I saw a white head flying I thought it was a bald Eagle then I realized it was a large Crane/Heron type bird.. We all stopped to look up and see 4 to 5 of these large swamp birds in the trees. WEIRD!! but super COOL! Maybe their feet were cold..
Speaking of cold we stopped at the flush potty along the trail and the bathroom was HEATED!! I wanted to stay in the potty, not the norm with the usual Honey Bucket routine. We used the pit stop for photo ops. Kerrie and Zoe above..
Me and Zoe
Zoe and Tall Amy :)
And off we went into the BRRR.. I had to stop and take this photo, it was too pretty!! I love it! We laughed about going 4 Abreast and 8 Aboob... and then going 2 Abreast when there were others on the trail.. It was super funny at the time :)
Later Kerrie took our picture, I stopped for fear I would fall.
By the end we were getting a little delirious.. and SILLY!! But fun silly.. Amy passed her mileage PR at 9 miles and kept on moving. She is going to ROCK her first Half. We got to Hell Yes Hill and I could feel my heart rate RISING...Amy felt it too so we slowed.. but Kerrie and Zoe kept on moving Up Up Up...
Folks it is much HARDER than it looks and when you already have 11 miles on your legs (or 29 in 2 days) it is TOUGH... But we made it and did laps around the parking lot to get to 12 miles..
Word up!!
Love my girls :) What a fun recovery run.. After the Run Amy and I hit Starbucks for a non-fat Vanilla Carmel Latte to warm up...he truck heated seats were FANTASTIC!!

Stats: 12 Miles 10:49 Pace

30 Miles for the weekend and less than 50 days to BOSTON!!!
  • Every Run is Unique... How was your Weekend? Comment with my weekend run was....

25 comments:

Marlene said...

My weekend run was: refreshing!

Looks like you girls had a ton of fun out there! Aweosme job on some serious weekend mileage.

kimert said...

My weekend run was a celebration of my birthday. Hubby and I ran the 10 mile loop around beautiful Cades Cove, TN in the Great Smoky Mtns. It was a slow, hilly run but we were not going for time. We were enjoying each others company and the scenery on such a gorgeous day!

I love your recap and pics of your run! Way to go getting in those mega miles!

Christy said...

I had a tough running weekend too. Can't wait to meet you in Boston though!

marathonmaiden said...

my weekend was...interesting. i'm actually kind of glad it's monday! great job on the running. it's interesting that all those runs were so different. i love that picture of how you were feeling during the hard run.

TNTcoach Ken said...

My weekend run was TNTastic! Ran with the team Saturday and Sunday. Love the photo of your 'Hard' run, keep it and look back at that run when you're feeling bad.

Julie said...

29 in two days!! WOW!

You guys were brave to head out in the snow.
Snow was gone here, but it was cold and BREEZY...brrr.

I had a great weekend - two TNT group workouts and ran my longest mileage in 18 months Pain FREE. WOOT!

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

My weekend run was... painful. Two words, "shin splints." Still working through them (again), but I beared it Saturday and ran over 4 miles anyways (do as I say, not as I do).

I can't wait 'till I'm up to 30 miles in a weekend. You're going to kick Boston's arse!

Jodi H said...

My weekend run was amazing and inspiring! I paced my friend to his first sub 2 half marathon and hit 100 miles for the month. The sheer look of gratitude on his face as well as the one million times he said thank you totally made my weekend run awesome!

Stacey said...

My weekend run was..rainy and I loved it!!

Kerrie T. said...

My weekend run was...well, you summed it up pretty well!

BTW: My Garmin reported Mile 12 as my fastest mile. What the...?

ann said...

that is one busy weekend! I can't believe how much you ran. good job!

Rose said...

I'm glad your three runs got progressively better instead of progressively worse.

Claudia said...

My weekend run was full of firsts.
It was my first run that was 100% off pavement. All of it was on a gravel trail. It was the first time I ran with company all the way through. Usually I go solo. I loved it! The first 6 miles were in snow and slush, the next 6 miles in ice-cold rain and the last 13 miles were on muddy, slushy ground.
Now I am a 2-time marathoner.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

You and your recovery runs amaze me!!!! So much more fun with running buddies or Ryan reynolds! ha!! Crossing my fingers for better weather this weekend!!

Carla said...

My weekend run with the Fleet Feet group was character-building! We did the five-mile loop (2x for halfers, 3x for the full marathoners) at Point Defiance. Hills and ice are not a good combo. Felt like I ran miles on the side of the road, in the crunchy snow-gravel mix, where it felt safer. One guy slid/surfed down a long icy hill and I was praying I wouldn't have to take off my jacket to use as a bandage! But it was a beautiful morning and a great experience.

bobbi said...

My weeekend run was...effortless! 7 awesome miles...

I am so jealous of your terrific crew of running buddies. There are days when some company would be so so nice...well done!

Cat B. said...

I hit 13K this weekend...longest to date.

Denise said...

great job on the runs...esp the hard one!! those are the ones that make us stronger.

Cynthia said...

My weekend run was great yet different. I ran 14 miles this weekend. Longest run since my move to Idaho. I felt a little weird cause I didn't know the entire area but I stayed on a trail that was busy with walkers, runners and bikers. Not that the streets of Tacoma, WA are super safe but I am used to those streets so to run 14 miles in unfamiliar territory was a little scary at first but I had a great time overall and looking foward to this weeks long run.

sandi said...

I love all the pictures you take on your run!
I have a clothing question for you. Do you get the skirts without the compression shorts from RunningSkirts.com and then wear your own tights or do the skirts come with the tights/capri's?

Sandi

Janice {Run Far} said...

Fun pictures. My weekend runs were pretty good.

longlegsontheloose.com said...

my weekend run was: MAGICAL in Disney World!

longlegsontheloose.com said...

my weekend run was: MAGICAL in Disney World!

Lisa said...

unfortunately, my run this weekend was painful. stoopid knee

Fair Weather Runner said...

isn't it nuts how a run one day can just suck and then the next be fantastic? well done my friend. and YAY for that boston marathon being so close. very exciting.