Sunday, October 25, 2009

Inspirational Words...

"You're better than you think you are
and you can do more than you think you can!"

Ken Chlouber, Founder of the Leadville 100

With all the many events coming up in the next few months—and all the training for those events—I just wanted to offer up these words that I find truly inspirational.

Running can be a personal challenge and at the same time a personal triumph. Remember how far you've come and know that you can go even farther...

Friday, October 23, 2009

What Chicks do on Halloween...

Run through the desert at night with CRAZY running people!

Nikki, Renee and I (e) will be pacing ultra running chick Tammy Massie Halloween night as she runs in the Javelina Jundred. She'll be our East Coast "adopted" running Chick and we're going to pace her through the last 47-50 miles around Pemberton Trail at McDowell Mountain Park. Tammy is not a newbie to this ultra running stuff. Check out her blog "Life on the Run" and you'll wonder when she is NOT running. In fact, she'll be doing the Marine Corp Marathon this weekend as a warm-up for the Javelina Jundred.

I'm contemplating doing an ultra event next year, so this will be a good experience for me to see what it's all about. My full report and photos of this desert adventure to follow after.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Moab "Other Half Marathon"

Like I told my RC3 "Peeps" when I got back from Moab— only two words for the Moab "Other Half Marathon"—LOVED IT!!!
Things that made it great:
  • Location, location, location... Moab is beautiful in October
  • Fire pits and yummy hot chocolate at the start
    (they also had coffee, water etc)
  • Super efficient shuttle system. We got their before the sunrise and seeing the sunrise over the red rocks was beautiful.
  • Very nice tech tops!
  • Finding a running buddy for the morning who helped make the miles go by quicker (Thank you Paula from Salt Lake City)
  • Awesome scenery all the way
  • Wicked fast downhill at the end
I did this race as a marathon training run. There is BIG marathon training mileage this week and so I enjoyed being able to ONLY run 13.1 on the weekend. It's so strange how I now think of that as a short run. Before the race I buddied up with Paula Nielson-Williams, a Canadian transplant in Salt Lake City. That was really great as we chatted the whole way and the miles seemed to go by much quicker. We made a pact to go all out on the last mile to the finish at Sorrel River Ranch. With the wicked fast downhill at the end that was not a problem. I finished 2 hours 8 minutes and 43 seconds by the "gun time". There were no timing chips in this race (the only bad thing) so I lost about a minute getting to the starting line behind the "shufflers". Lesson learned for next year. I'll get right up to the front pack—unless of course they do timing chips. My GPS has my start line to finish line time as 2 hour 7 minutes. I'm not going to be in the Olympics any time soon so no biggie. However, I now think that I might be closer to a 2 hour half marathoner since I still had energy left at the end. Perhaps I'll get more serious about meeting that goal at the Carlsbad half in January. For the moment, my focus moves on to the next event (more on that in my next blog) and running the Tucson Marathon December 13th.

At Sorrel River Ranch drinking from my sippy cup.
Blue skies and red rocks. Did NOT suck!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Race for the Cure

Here is a photo of Jamee, Kim and Renee U. at Race for the Cure this morning. It's a little "fuzzy" since it's a cell phone photo. Good job Chicks!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Are you listening??

As I got out of bed this morning, my conversation started with all my body parts, talking about what we did at Boot Camp yesterday and if a 5 OR 4 mile run would be best for me tomorrow..... (but are you listening??).
It's GREAT running weather right now and I have high hopes for long distance runs with little effort. As runners, walkers, sprinters OR exercise enthusiasts (take your pick) - this is our "Prime Time" to get out there and make some fitness breakthroughs (but are you listening??).
How many times have you ignored those little "aches and pains" - telling yourself "no pain, no gain?" How many of us have learned the hard way what those "aches and pains" are telling us? Do you remember last year at this time when we pushed through the pain and eventually it took you "out of the game" for days, weeks or even months (for some of us)?
Let me be that friendly voice to remind you to listen to your body when it tells you to slow down, take a little break OR STOP for a bit. It will be worth it in the "long run" (no pun intended)!
Be smart, be safe and take care of your body..... a very smart "Chick" always says; "If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?"!
Are you listening??