Has anyone else out there had a wild week? I had planned on running 10 or so miles tonight but it is now a few minutes after 7PM and I just finished work. Maybe I will lace up anyway and see how far my legs will take me.
Tuesday evening I trekked out to the San Fernando Valley to find a new pair of running shoes for the 22 miler this weekend. Yes, I know you are not supposed to run a long run in new shoes but my current shoes were beginning to hurt my feet and I knew it was time for a new pair. I had already pushed my shoes past the point of feeling good. I made it to the store an hour or so before closing. The woman who approached me began to speak and I immediately knew she had no idea what she was talking about. I went into the store knowing that I wanted the current version of the New Balance 760 (the new version is the 860 but I could not remember that by the time I got through traffic to get to the store). I had my current pair of 760s with me (it is always a good idea to bring your current shoes when looking for new shoes so that the shoe expert can take a look at your current shoe to see how you are wearing the shoe). This woman was not an expert. I told her my story and showed her my shoes (she was disinterested). Instead of bringing out the replacement shoe, she brought out Puma, Adidas, and Mizuno. Ummm, that is not anywhere close to what I asked for. It did not appear that she had the shoe that I needed. At that point, I should have said thank you and walked out. It would have saved me a lot of grief.
The reason I drove to this store is because I love the owner. He has spent a lot of time with me in the past (helped me chose my current Mizuno trail shoes, WHICH I LOVE!). I love to support the mom and pop running shop. After a few minutes of me telling the woman that I was not really comfortable trying on Puma (who even knew they made running shoes???) she brought the owner out. He was not acting like the nice guy that I know. Instead, he brought me a pair of New Balance that the last time I was in the store, he had spent a half hour telling me not to buy. I was VERY CONFUSED at this point. I desperately needed a pair of shoes so I bought the Mizuno pair even though in my gut I knew they were not the right shoes for the marathon. Why did I do this? I am going to claim a momentary state of delirium. I went into full melt down mode on the drive home. Why did I just buy a pair of shoes that I will not be able to use??? Needless to say, I will never allow myself to go running shoe shopping in a state of desperation again. I feel like a superstitious major league baseball player. I do not want to change shoes too drastically this late in the game.
My husband suggested I go to the local New Balance store (they are independently owned and operated so I am not straying too far from my local running store ethics). I went last night and settled on the New Balance 880, a lighter neutral shoe. I plan to take them for a spin sometime either today or tomorrow before the 22 miler. The beauty of it?? Rich, the manager, said I could bring the shoes back tomorrow if they do not feel right and trade them in for the 860 for the 22 miler. Thanks Rich! You are the best!!!!
As for the pair of Mizuno, they are going back to the Valley this weekend. Unfortunately, I cannot get a refund so I will likely trade them in for another pair of the trail shoes I love (fingers crossed).
Where does the time go? 2011 is flying at warp speed. This will be my last big mileage week before beginning the taper for Santa Rosa. This morning I ran 7.5 miles with the Ultra Gang, most of it uphill at race pace.
“Did you know that running uphill, at race pace; will strengthen your legs better than any weight training you could do?” - Jeff Galloway
I thought of this Jeff Galloway quote this morning. I definitely felt stronger than I did even a few months ago. I hope that this feeling carries through the rest of the week.
This weekend the inlaws are visiting from Nor Cal. Yesterday we took them to Malibu, today we are off to see Harry Potter on IMAX.
Beautiful day in the Bu.
Yesterday I woke up early for a brick session: 10 miles on the trails with my old running partner J followed by spin. The fog was heavy in the mountains which made for a beautiful run. This morning I took a double spin which helped clear my head and flush the legs.
This post is brought to you by Otis. Cannot wait for Watch the Throne next week. Who is with me????
I realized while considering attending the Do Life Los Angeles tour stop to meet fellow fitblrs that I don’t follow many SoCal fitblrs, and the ones that I do follow aren’t going. I know it’s tomorrow, so this is kind of late, but still… haha
I won’t be there tomorrow. WAAAHHHH :(
Could not make it this morning but planning an LA tumblr meetup run in the near future…,
This is the song that played over and over in my head on my 20 miler last week. I never run with an ipod so whatever pops in my head is what I “hear”. I highly recommend Two Door Cinema Club, fun and catchy songs to sing while working out.
This morning I rolled out of bed at 4:50AM to meet the ultra gang down at the corner at 5:15. I love it when we meet on my street. There are very few excuses when all you have to do is run down the block. Today we chose to run the horse course, my favorite! It can be a 6-9 mile route depending upon how much you want to do. It is called the horse course because nestled 3 miles from my house is a street up against the Santa Monica Mountains where every home has horse stables in the front yard. The street is approximately 1 mile up hill. I love saying hello to the horses. They are beautiful and bring serenity to any run.
One of the first stables on the street. (Picture taken a few months ago)
I fell back from the group a bit to take in the beauty. One of the guys came back and asked if I was okay. I told him I was enjoying the horses. He said that they had seen a huge coyote that looked that it was coming back my way. Fortunately, I did not see the coyote.
Overall, 7.5 hilly miles. My legs are a little stiff but spinning tonight should help flush them out.
runwrite said: Tell me about your shirt. Is it hot to run in? I know it’s especially made for the sun, but my mind can’t wrap around the fact that it is a long sleeve shirt and I might die if I wear something like that :)
The sunblocker shirt it not hot at all. It is made of really thin and light material. When it gets wet it has a cooling effect. It is a lot like the O’Neil rash guard shirt that I have had for years except it is thinner and made for running. I highly recommend it!
It just occurred to me that today is my first long run through my hometown. I am not quite sure how I made it through 5 years of running without ever running more than an 8 mile training run in San Jose. I did run the San Jose Rock N Roll Half with my sister last year but that is not the same. Today I will traverse the old neighborhood (Willow Glen) and head to the Los Gatos Creek Trail (bike path portion). All in all, I will likely spend the better part of 15 miles on the trail. Conditions are cloudy and cool, perfect! Pictures to follow. Happy Friday tumblrs!
So many blog post ideas, so little time. I finished the Macca book weeks ago yet I have not posted my book review (in a word “inspirational”). While watching the Home Run derby last night, I was reminded of my many years of playing softball in the bobby sox league. During one of those years, I was the home run leader. That deserves a blog post at some point. I have started to dream about Ironman, much like I dreamt of running before I actually started running. My triathlon career has been a long time in the making. I first started training way back in 1992 but abandoned it for other pursuits which were very important at the time (of course I cannot remember them now). Do I want to do a triathlon this fall or an ultra or both? Decisions decisions.
In the meantime, marathon training is moving right along. Workouts so far this week: Sat 8 mi trails, Sun spin, 30 min run (forgot garmin), Mon rest, Tues 5 mi am, spin pm. Big runs planned for the rest of the week including 20 miles on Friday in Northern California.
Chrissie Wellington set a new women’s world record, 8:18:13, at Challenge Roth today, coming in 5th overall. Amazing! Andreas Raelert set a new men’s world record, 7:41:33. The World Championship in Kona is shaping up to be quite a battle. I look forward to watching live from the sidelines. I plan to set up shop near the corner of Kuakini Highway and Palani Drive (for those of you familiar with Kona, this is also near Kona Brew Co). Cannot wait!
Tonight I joined my pal K for a spin class at her new gym, Sports Club/LA. I am always up to try a new class. The music was not my favorite but the instructor was really funny. At the end of class, he said “V is for victory, take your victory lap”. Everyone raised their arms over their heads and made V signs with their fingers. The display of victory made me laugh out loud but I could not help but participate.
Tomorrow morning, it is back to my favorite instructor for a double spin. I plan to run 4-5 miles before class to make it a brick. Fun!
Workouts this week: Tues rest, Wed 4 mi hills, Thurs spin, Fri 4-5 mi, double spin.
Palisades Will Rogers 5/10K Race Recap (with Skydivers!)
This was a last minute decision. I spent all day Sunday at a beach party and was not really sure if I wanted to run a 10K after an 18 miler. I had told my friend R that I would run with her so when the alarm went off at 5:45AM I hesitated but got up anyway. The last time I ran this race (5K) was a few years ago. It is not an easy 10K course. The race elevation chart is deceiving:
Miles 1-3 are in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of LA. Big beautiful homes line the streets each with plenty of patriotic paraphernalia on the front lawn to celebrate the occasion. Miles 3-6 travel down Sunset Blvd then up switchbacks into Will Rogers State Park to the polo field, around the polo field, then a nice downhill before heading back up Sunset to the finish. The switchbacks are notorious.
All morning I wondered what I was doing lining up at the start given the calamities of the last week. I made a promise to myself that I would take it easy. I was not going out for time but rather to enjoy myself and have fun. Despite my uneasiness I did have fun.
Me and R before the start.
This is a family/hometown style race. Given that, I was surprised how many children under the age of 12 were out there running HARD and giving it their all. These were young kids on a tough course. I looked up the results and the youngest in the 10K was 6! I am pretty sure I saw that kid. I have to say that it bothered me a bit to see all of these young kids being coached by their parents (who were also running). That is not to say that children should not be able to race, it was just the largest amount of youngsters I have ever seen at a race (just did a quick count and there were over 300 under the age of 12 between the 5 and 10K). Crazytown!
Overall, I did not push it and had fun: 54:38. This is a new personal best but that is only because I never run 10ks. After the marathon, sometime in the fall, I want to run a 10K full out. I have a feeling the results will be different.
After the race, the husband and I went to a friend’s house for our annual 4th of July bbq in the Palisades. Along with the race, the Palisades is home to the Americanism Parade. It is quite a spectacle that begins with skydivers. That is right, skydivers open the parade.
The crowd awaits the skydivers.
One of the skydivers had a device that made twirls in the sky.
Coming in for the landing.
Safe landing (view slightly obstructed by the poles, but you can see her there).
All in all it was a fun day of running, parades, and bbq. Hope everyone had a Happy 4th!!!!
I must admit that I was somewhat dreading this run. I was not sure how uncomfortable it was going to be given the aftermath of my tumble down the stairs. I planned to start at 6AM to avoid some of the heat but ended up leaving the house closer to 8AM. As I walked out the door, my husband said “Remember, you love to run”. Clearly, I must have looked apprehensive. A couple miles in I started to feel some tension in my lower back right above the bruise on my arse. This was not a good sign but I carried on hoping that the pain would pass. Thankfully it did pass. I did feel discomfort the whole 18.5 but it was not as bad as I had thought it might be.
I lucked out with the weather. Although it was bright and sunny when I left my house (3.5 miles from the beach) by the time I got to the beach it was cloudy. YAY!
Along the strand near Santa Monica Pier. - Mile 6
Yes, there are redwoods near the beach. Rustic Canyon - MIle 11ish
I am proud of this run. I wanted to turn around a few miles in because it was so uncomfortable but I stuck it out. I ran 18.5 at a comfortable pace, a minute slower than race pace but still faster than my pace for the LA Marathon. I will take that as a victory!
PS- The lululemon sunblocker shirt totally worked. No sunburn despite running in the hot sun for at least 8 miles of the 18.5. NSV- soaking wet running shorts but NO chaffing. Amazing!