February 28, 2009
Yes, San Francisco is known for its hills, but I think it should also be famous--or infamous--for its stairs. I thoroughly enjoyed running from Golden Gate Park, up past Cliff House, through Lands End, and into Sea Cliff. Jess and I ran 7.4 miles up hills, up and down stairs, through luxurious neighborhoods, and, to ensure that our quads got good and sore, back down a few hills.
We had a navigational challenge and decided that rock climbing or ocean swimming were not safe options, and that meant that we needed to backtrack--or uptrack--to get back to Sea Cliff and Lincoln Park. All in all, a fantastic weekend run!
February 27, 2009
February 26, 2009
February 24, 2009
Throughout the 4 mile run, I used the power of positive thinking and the sun's healing rays to say auf wiedersehen to the phlegm monster, and, so far, so good!
February 23, 2009
No stopping- Running and racing are cyclical, and they are a continuous thread of my life.
I'm going to work harder- I know I can dedicate extra time to build up my mileage and push myself on speedwork because no pain, no gain ;)
I'm going to make it- If I commit to my running goals, I can do it and will do it!!
February 22, 2009
February 20, 2009
It was a gorgeous day to run--my legs felt awesome, and my brain got a workout, too!
February 19, 2009
We have received your application for the ING New York City Marathon 2009.
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February 18, 2009
February 17, 2009
Now I'm sipping tea and still hearing the rain...
February 16, 2009
A positive consequence of the rain and federal holiday---it was very quiet. So quiet that it felt like an east coast snow day, and I imagined parents making french toast and hot chocolate for their kiddos. Meanwhile, I ran and focused on not slipping or sliding!
February 14, 2009
I love many things about running--from the silent routine of tying the shoelaces of my running shoes to the crazed feeling of seeing the finish line and hearing cheering. I've read that, since prehistoric people had to run away from their attackers, running is a primal instinct, so I like the natural, primal aspect of running. But, on a deeper level, I love running because I can. As a runner, by definition, I'm mobile. When I ride the bus to school, I see people of all ages and colors and sizes who use wheelchairs and are mobility-challenged. I have family and friends who have faced struggles with their mobility.
I loved my run today because I was able to put one step in front of another.
ps- In honor of Valentine's day, I will also be enjoying savory crepes filled with brie and prosciutto, a fantastic white wine selected by my hubbie, ice cream sundaes, and chocolate truffles handcrafted by my mom!
February 13, 2009
But after sunrise it was cool and cloudy, so I put on one of my favorite running outfits. My adidas pants and new black long sleeved shirt were gifts from my in-laws (thanks!!), and they're sooooo comfy and make me feel kinda hardcore :) Midway through the run, it got sunny, and, later, I saw a rainbow--yay! At the end of the run, the rain began, so my timing was perfect.
February 12, 2009
My left hamstring felt great till the very last part of the run. It's just a twinge but will take it easy till the pain's gone.
February 10, 2009
My hubbie, a man with 'so much rhythm, grace and debonair' (!!) loves this song, and hearing it lifted my spirits. Maybe a purple pant suit would cause me to lose control, too ;)
February 9, 2009
Yes, my morning began with rise and shine and analyze data in Excel. Then there was drafting. And the run, under a fake-looking blue sky, boosted my oxygen levels just enough. Seeing the world zip around me does wonders for me, and I know I can shift gears and tackle the tasks ahead!
February 7, 2009
Part of me wishes I could quit angsting over when's the right time to jump in and commit to qualifying, or attempting to qualify. That would mean shifting gears and listening to Yoda: Do, or do not...There is no try. On the other hand, I'm really, really enjoying running and having a lot of fun trying to become a stronger and better runner. Right now I'm going to keep trying but will definitely stay on the lookout for unicorns ;)
They make me want to take care of business. The business of running, that is.
Today was an easy recovery run- about 45 minutes with a decent uphill to Piedmont Avenue but that means cruising downhill on the way home.
It was warmer than I thought it would be, and one of my hamstrings felt tighter than it should have. I am grateful for the Bay Area's mild February weather and would have no problem doing some rainy day runs!
The plan is to stick with easy runs for a couple of weeks, and then I'll be adding some intense hillwork to get ready for Bay to Breakers, which I'll be running sober and clothed :)
February 3, 2009
This time, I probably went out too fast. I relished running in a higher gear, took advantage of the downhill miles in Golden Gate Park (miles 4-6ish), and I definitely felt like I was racing. Yay! Of course, this strategy led to me feeling a bit low on steam on the quite boring Great Highway. But I hung on- sans kick- and set a personal best time for 13.1 miles, 1:51:43! Moral of the story, sometimes it's a good thing to ignore the yabbering and philosophizing about how to do this or that!