Saturday, November 24, 2012

Been gone so long,

Don't know where I'm going.

It's been a week and still not home yet, but headed home soon. I am going a bit stir crazy with only two runs in over the last week, but circumstances and personal lame-ness have limited my ability to get out the door. Right now, working a bit too hard on a bottle of red wine as I look out at the 30-degree countryside in mid-Michigan. Also hitting up the Bells (Kalamazoo) and Founders (Grand Rapids) Breweries while here. Also, jumping out of my seat every time a bird flies into the window. Is it mean to put a feeder so close to a big bank of windows?

Thinking about the PNW'ers running the Seattle Full/Half Marathon tomorrow and wishing everyone best of weather and best of luck.

Meanwhile, may as well share some of the outings from earlier this week. Both runs quite lovely with no shots heard though some hunters seen cruising by during run #2...

First run with sister-in-law during foggy, foggy morning, upper 40's. 5 miles in 44 minutes. Great start to the day. We were covered in icy dew when we finished.

Second run with hubs & FIL accompanying on bicycles (because I'm a scaredey cat about going alone in the country, especially near the state land during hunting season). Spring-like conditions, almost 60 degrees. 3 miles in 25 minutes.
Wild hops growing on fence row on in-law property. Anyone know how to determine their origin? Heard of wild hops in MI? Or maybe from an early German settler?

Running near the state land where the crazies are. In-laws advise against running near the state land, especially around deer season but kinda hard to avoid. Plus, it's pretty as it's the only wooded land around here.
Escorts through the country for the lilly-livered. A bit flat. Lots of farms. Nice soft roads. Clean air.

Got deer? We process & store. = Fortunately, the F10 family handles that on their own. Hubs got a deer earlier this week & everyone processed. We'll be taking venison home with us! WOOT!
Meanwhile, lovely new friend Sarah (Mommy 2 Marathoner) is suggesting we go for the RW running streak from Thanksgiving through the New Year. I like the idea but already off to a bad start. I'm thinking I just might give it a go once I get back home though.

Anyone else out there streaking through the New Year?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Probably for the best (No Seattle Half)

'Life happened' again, resulting in a change in Thanksgiving travel plans.

Re-schedule of trip to see family in Michigan = No Seattle Half Marathon 

At first I wasn't keen on running the Seattle Half again, but over the last couple weeks I've been getting excited about running it for the FIFTH time (previous runs = 1991, 1996, 1999, 2007). Boo. Next year? With that, my next fun race will be a holiday 5k in December.

In more important news, I was able to run TWELVE of Megan's TWENTY miles yesterday.  This was Megan's last long run before her taper for CIM. I'm so very excited for her first marathon and can't wait to see what she does at the race. We ran 8:20 pace, which felt good but blazing fast to me, and it was fun to think about how a bit over a year ago, Megan was struggling to run 13.1 miles at 9:00 pace. With 20 miles at 8:20 pace, she is making new running history for herself.

In other news, the Huskies competed in the West Regional Championships this past Friday. Last year, the women placed fourth and continued on to nationals. This year, the women took fifth with the first Husky, junior Katie Flood, placing 15th. Not unexpectedly, the first woman was Oregon's Jordan Hasay (senior) who covered the 6k course in 19:15:58. I hope to make it to a UW track meet this spring (our new stadium will have a PURPLE track, yo!) so I can watch these women compete one last time before Hasay graduates. Anyone know about Jordan Hasay and what her post-collegiate plans are? Curious.

With that, have a great week everyone. I'll be continuing to log some base miles as I contemplate my December 5k and Master Plan for 2013...

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Long run lovlies

I capped off last week with a long run with lovely Megan (Daily Sweat) who is getting ready for CIM. Neither of us were having our best day. For me, I think it was the result of a long week with little sleep or water, heavy food, and too much Halloween candy. Despite being tough, physically, it was a great pleasure to see Megan as always.

We got 9-ish miles in at a good clip (9:10-ish) then met up with another 10 or so ladies at Green Lake for a bloggy run. Lindsay (recent ultra runner inductee) organized a group to meet for a nice 3 mile loop around the lake then coffee. This brought the total distance to 12.4 miles.

Very thankful to Lindsay for pulling us together. Maybe we can do this more often?

I'm looking forward to getting back to a routine this week, including some cross-training, 1 tempo run, 1 speedier workout, then hopefully a 10-mile run that will be the last 10 of Megan's 20 miler.

The biggest wild card this week is Tuesday, election day. I'm hoping it doesn't throw me off too much but we're having a PARTY on Tuesday night to either celebrate or commiserate with our friends, depending on the outcome. Either way, it may involve drinking too much beer which would then result in Wednesday being less than stellar on the exercise front!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Training update - Half cram

This fall was supposed to be about training for a 10k, following the Another Mother Runner "finish it" plan. I suppose I did "ok" until October hit then it all got loosey-goosey. Life happens and I've had a hard time fighting back.

Even if I have a "C" in complying with training plans lately, I'm going to throw out another one. I've gotta have SOMETHING to give me guidance after all!

But first, I have to say that although I didn't follow my plan as well as hoped, I'm still happy that I'm progressing. In the last two months, I've logged between 40 to 50 miles (yes, I know this is weekly mileage for many of you). In October, I hit 60 miles. I think that's an ok progression and am hoping I can hit 60 again in November. Then, 70-ish miles for December.

This is the goal for the next several weeks:
  1. Cram for a half marathon in 3 weeks, and
  2. Bust out a 5k that kills my 2011 finish time. 
This past week, I was sore from Saturday's 10k. I've been at an awesome conference this week (International Society for Exposure Science), which has been thrilling but exhausting. I managed NO cross-training but did squeak out two runs: 5 miles on Tuesday (10 min warm-up/cool-down w/ 8x2min hard w/ 1 min rest interval) and 3 miles today (easy, with 1 big hill). Saturday, I'm hoping to get 12 miles in with lovely Megan who is training for CIM.

Pretty sure the Monday runs will be converted to cross-training as I don't do well running consecutive days.
You see those TWO YELLOW-HIGHLIGHTED boxes? Those are fun runs coming up before the end of the year. The Seattle Half Marathon is a nice course except for miles 9-11 and 13 being hills. Bah. And the fact that the weather can be 34 degrees and raining. Yuck. Fortunately, I (along with a ton of other runner friends) scored a $30 Zozi entry. So, if it turns out to be 34 degrees and rainy, I will just pass & sleep in. If it's decent, this will be my FIFTH Seattle Half Marathon (1991, 1996, 1999, 2007).

The Santa Runs 5k will be the 3rd running of this awesome event with the bloggy girls. I don't think I'm dressing up matchy this year but will definitely pull out my red sparkles and holiday cheer.

What's the blue? Those are the days when I'll be in rural mid-Michigan during hunting season. Will I get out to run, during midday when it's not likely a high bullet-flying time? Maybe. I'm scared. Even decked out in safety orange I'm scared.

Plus, being a city girl I'm always scared of running around in-laws' country abode (i.e., running "around the section") regardless of the season.

It's isolated in the country.

There are big farm dogs and no one to call them in.

And big trucks with wide mirrors.

No one would hear me scream if I felt the need to scream.

And it smells like shit. Literally. Some people say it smells like money. I think it smells like shit and impending surface water & groundwater contamination. 

Oh yeah, and Michigan is COLD in November.

So before then, I have to CRAM for that half coming up in just a few weeks! Wish me luck and good weather!