Monday, November 04, 2013

2014 Race Calendar

Not all of these will make the final cut, because there's some date conflicts  It's either Nike Women's DC or La Jolla.  I might add Heartbreak Ridge in September.

After taking most of 2013 off it's nice to have a full calendar again.

Sunday, January 19, 2014 Carlsbad Half Marathon
Saturday, February 08, 2014 Mermaid Half Marathon
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014 St Patrick's Day Hooleys to Hooleys Half Marathon
Sunday, April 27, 2014 Nike Women's DC
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Sunday, May 04, 2014 Safari Park Half Marathon
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Sunday, June 01, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014 Mammoth Half Marathon
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014 America's Finest City
Sunday, October 19, 2014 Nike Women's SF
Sunday, November 02, 2014 New York Marathon
Sunday, December 28, 2104 San Diego Holiday Half

Saturday, September 01, 2012

A Farewell To Socks

Like most athletes, I'm a little obsessive about my gear.  Well, some of my gear.  Other stuff I don't give a crap about.  For instance, running shoes - don't really care.  I'll run in any decent minimalist shoe.  On the other hand, there is only one running bra I will even consider and that's the magically bounce eliminating Freya Underwire Running Bra.  Underwire.  I recommend that bra to women like it's my job.

I also have one pair of extra special socks that I save for my longest runs.  I'd bet I've run 400 miles in those socks, probably more.  I think I've worn them for every race I've run in the last 4 years. Today I had a 16 mile run on the calendar. Of course, I pulled out my fav socks.  I wish - oh how I wish - I knew what brand and style of socks these are.  These socks were actually a giveaway at a race expo a few years ago.  For months I've watched them get progressively more threadbare and this morning I debated switching to a pair that wasn't about to fall apart, but decided they could make one more long run.

I was about halfway through my run when I realized the heel of my sock had disintegrated. I was on my way to one epic blister and 8 miles from my car. (How do you force yourself to run 16 miles?  You don't.  You force yourself to run 8 miles.  The last 8 miles are a desperate attempt to get home.)  I managed to stuff some paper towel inside my sock and it miraculously held up for the remainder of the run.

And I held up for 17 miles, overrunning my training goal by a mile.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Double Digit Mileage - Oopsie!

I took the last two weeks off from running for a trip to South America.  I packed my running gear, but there was so much to do that running took the back seat to drinking wine and eating beef.  I don't know how the people of Argentina and Chile stay so thin since they have so much yummy food and wine and they consume it in USA-sized quantities.  I know how Europeans stay slender: portion control.  South Americans seems to eat big, eat late and drink all day.  They have some miracle metabolic gene while I have a fatty-fatty-bombalaty gene. (I started posting trip stuff at:

This Saturday, it was time to pay the piper.  I was a bit behind on my training calendar and needed to do an 8 miler.  Since I hadn't run that distance in awhile, I decided to do the ultra-flat bay loop.

Here's the problem with doing the bay loop.  It's boring.  Buh-buh-buh-boring.  When I'm driving to the bay, I can see the highway exit for my all-time favorite run in San Diego: Sunset Cliffs.  From the name, you can deduce it's a hilly run with some 10-14% grades.  Despite my distaste for hills, I cannot resist the beauty of that run.

It was a challenge, but I felt really good and ended up tacking on two extra miles.  Felt good, but my quadriceps where screaming on Sunday.

Friday, June 15, 2012

New Team Starts Earlyish

I'm starting with a new running team tomorrow morning bright and are-you-kidding-me early.

It's been nearly 2 years since I ran with a team.  I've been running - or not - whenever I woke up on Saturday morning.  Tonight I spent roughly an hour prepping for the A.M.

Running dress
Peanut butter shot
Water bottle
Recovery drink
Water bottle
Directions to the meeting up point.

I think I've got everything.  Oh and guess what time we start. Guess.

5:30 A.M.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I'm In!!

After years of entering the lottery, I finally got a spot in the race. I'm nowhere near marathon condition, but the New York Marathon has always been my dream. There's so much to figure out...race calendars, hotels, travel, training plans, running partners.

Right now, I'm not worrying too much about anything.  I'm just thrilled to be in it.

I'm In. Road to the Finish.