Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
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??