Monday, August 31, 2009

Tiara Trotting Commemorative Playlist

A few weeks ago when Steph and I were running, we exchanged phone numbers so we could text during the week. She carries here phone when we run so she was programming it as we trudged up a steep hill. She wanted to pick a ring tone for me so we were sampling all the options. She came across Adele's chasing pavement and I said, "ooh yeah I like that song". Then I realized, "hey it's kinda apropos cause you and I pretty much are chasing pavement" We giggled and it was set. On Monday she sent me an email about a hymn she heard at church and the funny thoughts she had while they were singing. Here is part of here email.....
So we were at church on Sunday and the Communion Hymn chorus went like this  “…We will run and not grow weary, for our God will be our strength…”  Every time I sang it, I giggled because in my head I was saying, “well, when I  run, I grow weary…that’s for sure.  I wonder how far he’s running in the song…probably not 16 miles…” :) 
Clearly you can see why we get along because I would have had the exact train of thought. After reading her email I got the idea to do a Play list to commemorate our race. We will continue to gather songs until October 18 but for now here is what we have. It's going to be AWEsome.

Tiara Trotting Commemorative Play list

Chasing Pavement-Adele
We Will Rise Again
Ready to Run-Dixie Chicks
The Climb-Miley Cyrus

August 29

Oy, all I can say about Saturday's run was IT WAS HOT!! We had a 12 mile course to do and it was Mission Viejo for what I believe is our last satellite training. I was mentally ready for a different course because we have done that one I think 3 times now but since it was our last I wanted to get some hills in. Who's silly idea was that? We started at 6:45 and by 7:15 we were all running with our tongues hanging out. Hot, humid, hills, not a good combination. Thankfully we had aid stations every two miles with smiling faces and cold gatorade. Steph and I decided to take it easy and just get the mileage in. We did it and I think I dunked all of my legs in the cold pool when we got back. Steph and I were chatting along the route and I was reminded that she is going to run the Disneyland half next weekend. As I thought more about that I said "hey, that means I have to run 16 by myself next week cause you won't be here". She said "yes, you will and it's 18 not 16" Aaaaaahhhhh!!! Not looking forward to that. Such pressure. How will I get through 18 miles without my running buddy? AND the week after that she is in Chicago. She's fired. Hehehe just kidding. I have a whole team of peeps to run with. It's going to be fine. I just hope it's not as HOT.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

16 Miles

I have never run this far in my life. And there were a few days last week that i didn't think I would make it but here I am, on the other side of 16. After such a tough week with my cranky foot, Saturday was actually pretty awesome. It was cloudy, which made for perfect running. It was a partly new trail, which made for good brain stimulation and Steph and I both felt pretty good. Coach Noah had us run in to Peter's Canyon and up a trail which was challenging but good practice for SF. The view from the top was awesome and so Steph and I stopped to take a few pics. Again we are practicing for SF because there WILL be pictures people.





We carefully made our way back down the trail, don't want to twist an ankle so deep into this training and headed back on our way. We chatted and took in the scenery and stopped at the aid stations to refuel and walked here and there when we needed a break. It was funny to me that at one point I was just bored with running. I think we had been going for about 2 hours and my brain was like "ok I am done with running today" I got all tickled by that. Now is definitely when the mental game begins. We ended up having a really good run and finished it it 2 hours and 36 minutes. At one point we were waiting for a light to change and my calves were getting pretty tight so I decided to stretch just a little.....what?





We got back to "base camp" to cheers and encouragement. What a great way to start a Saturday. We made sure to stretch and Steph was a clear example of our run today, sweat, mud from the trail and a big grin.



Well....I bet she was grinning on the inside. :)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Coookies

Ok so it seems people liked the idea of the cookies I made last week so here is the recipe I used. It comes from Oceanspray and it was super easy and super yummy. Enjoy


OATMEAL CRANBERRY WHITE CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES

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INGREDIENTS:

2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 6-ounce package Ocean Spray® Craisins® Original Sweetened Dried Cranberries
2/3 cup white chocolate chunks or chips

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375ºF.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter or margarine and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well. Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition. Stir in sweetened dried cranberries and white chocolate chunks.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack.

Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I am toast

SO every week we get an email from our Campaign manager to give us details about our upcoming run and fundraising and such. She always includes a mission moment to remind us of why we are doing what we are doing. Our team has three honored teammates but she also sends us info on other people who have been touched by Leukemia and Lymphoma. Today I watched the video below about a boy named Ari. Get out the tissues kids.




Yeah that is why I am doing this.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tiara baking

Are you sensing a theme here? I do love me a pretty tiara. But that is not the main point of this post. This is a post of gratitude. I have got a ridiculous team of people around me that sometimes I wonder what I did to deserve them. I am not talking about my TNT teammates, although they are pretty fantastic too. This team of people has been with me a little longer and has seen me through a myriad of circumstances. Some of them not always so pretty. I met Paul Stately 9 years ago and while I was skeptical to say the least of chiropractic, he and his group have been such a blessing to my life. They have seen me through a sprained ankle, a broken toe, a car accident, surgery to remove a cyst from my foot, a few breakups and the death of my grandfather. And if you don't think those last two have any effect on your health and well being you are very wrong. Anyway, through it all they have always been there for me physically and emotionally. They have adjusted me, ultrasounded me, ART'd me, Grastoned me, massaged me, E-Stemmed me, ran with me and hugged me when I needed it. Paul's team has changed over the years but everyone he brings in is first class. So per my last post and the emergency squeeze in for the cranky foot, I decided to bring treats with me tomorrow when I go back for more torture....er I mean treatment. I put on the old apron and tiara and made some cranberry, oatmeal, white chips cookies. Uh huh, that's right....Yuuuummmy. I had one, they are delish. Take a look.









There is one more person on my team that I could NOT do without. MY friend, trainer, fellow broke left footer Jen Z. But she won't eat cookies. :0

10 miles

SO I have hit that one week where it all goes downhill and you get really discouraged in your marathon training. Our schedule dictated a 10 mile run on Saturday. Piece of cake right? It was another satellite workout so Coach Jen again gave us options to make our run a little longer. We could do 10, 12 or 14. RB Steph was feeling a little low so we decided to go for 10 and then see how we felt at the optional spots to do more. Not a chance. We got going and it was tough from the beginning. My foot had gotten aggravated on Friday by a pair of shoes that are now in the bin to go to Goodwill. SO from the get go I was struggling. It was overcast which was nice but it was Mission Viejo and hilly which was not so nice. At both extra mileage turnoffs Steph and I looked at each other and said "uh no". This was going to be a strictly easy, get the mileage underneath your feet, slow run. I had to stop numerous times to stretch out my right calf which I think was getting tight because I was running weird on my left foot. It was not fun. We finished it and groused with our fellow teammates. I headed home and tried to walk it off a little but it was not happy all day. I even iced in the evening and hoped it would feel better on Sunday. Nope. It was not happy all day Sunday nor Monday. SO it was time to break out the big guns and I put in the emergency call to my chiropractor. He squeezed me in at noon and proceeded to poke and prod and massage and ultrasound and massage some more. My brain is on the verge of meltdown but I am doing my best to keep it together one more day before I freak out. Since I haven't been able to run for three days that is presenting itself as a little bit of challenge. I went home last night and sunk it in an ice bath and just tried to remind myself that a couple days off to take care of it will hopefully take care of it. I was going to attempt a little run this morning if it felt better but when I woke up it was still pretty sore so I bailed on the run and just did some elliptical. My trainer even asked me how I was doing? She said "did you cry yet?" I laughed and said "no but give me one more day of this and maybe". It is actually feeling better as I write so I may be out of the woods. Let's hope so or this will NOT be pretty kids. I am going back for more treatment tomorrow and then we'll see. Ah the joys of training for a marathon. It's not a sprint right, it's a marathon. Somebody please help me remember that.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

14 miles

This is going to be quick. It has been a busy few days since my long run on Saturday. 14 miles. Farther than I have ever run in one session in my life. I new distance record if you will. I know, I know I can be a little dramatic. But let me tell you friends 14 miles is far. But it was good. It was overcast, it was cool, it was an up and back with goldfish at the aid stations. My running buddy Steph kept me entertained and thoroughly encouraged. She even waited at the top of the last hill and yelled for me as I trudged up one step at a time, huffing and puffing the whole way. I can't wait to run 26 miles with her.
On another note I have discovered that, although I love to go home from our Saturday practice and shower off and basically crash on the couch, it seems that it is best for me to have a full day planned. I ended up driving to LA, literally after jumping out of the shower and throwing my wet hair in a ponytail, to work a party for Quiksilver. I shot pictures in a "photo booth" all day at a pool party at the Standard Hotel. Barely sat down at all. As a matter of fact I was up and down all day and miraculously my legs felt great that whole day and the day after. Last week when I relaxed and took a nap after my run, I could barely walk around my house. I felt and I am quite sure, looked like a 98 year old granny every time I got up off the couch. SO, note to self, plan for movement on Saturdays....lots of it.
SO yeah, check off that 14 and bring on the rest. I did 7 this morning and I am planning on 5 tomorrow and 6 Thursday with a little 12 on Saturday thrown in for good measure. And just for fun I am going Ventura to see an old friend and I think the plan is to go walk around the fair. Yahoooo.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Happy Hour

It's been a good week. Running is going well and I am ready for the big 14 on Saturday. For the record this will break my longest distance to date. Quite excited. On a more fun note. My mentor Michelle put together a happy hour for her mentor group so we could get together when we are not sweating it out and pushing ourselves beyond physical exhaustion and actually  have some fun. Just kidding, 14 miles will be fun right? Anyway we met at a Japanese restaurant at the Spectrum and had some appey's and beverages. We had sushi and dumplings and at some point the fried baby octopus got ordered and a conversation ensued as to whether they had an actual brain. Because the head was still on there, fried and ready for tasting and a number of us were not so sure about eating the head. Does an octopus have a brain or is it more of just a central nervous system? Can someone please find that out and get back to me? Google it or something. I have a lot of running to do and don't have time. :)







I did try it but I only ate the legs. Tastes like chicken....I mean calamari.
It was so nice to see everyone in normal clothes. We got a chance to chat and I got to ask some questions about the travel stuff and race weekend. So many of the girls have done this a number of times so it was great to get their input. I am getting quite excited for the race. Many thanks to Michelle for getting us all together. 



Saturday, August 1, 2009

Tiara Trotting


Last week was so busy I never even posted my update. Good busy. I had a little scheduling snafu last week and thought I was to run 11 miles. i got online to check my yahoo group on Friday night about 9:30 and noticed that it said 12 miles. Wha? Is that a typo? I am not ready for 12 miles, I am ready for 11 miles. Nope, no typo. 12 it was. Anxiety skyrocketed. Mind you that is not even half the distance I am going to be required to run on October 18th, but my brain hasn't gotten there yet. SO I got up Saturday morning, lathered myself in sunscreen, filled my hydration belt and took a deep breath. It ended up being a really good run. New route which made for a nice distraction as I checked out my surroundings and I got a chance to run off and on with some new people from my team. Thankfully the weather was a lovely overcast gray which makes for a much cooler run. So this week I was all ready for a nice easy 10 miler. You know you are starting to get a little crazy when you hear yourself say "I only have to do 10 miles this week." Mhhmm I said it and I was excited about it. This week was a satellite run so we had 3 locations to pick from.  I have run Yorba Linda already  and I run Newport pretty regularly so I decided to go down to Mission Viejo. I also knew that it would get me some hill running which I in desperate need of for my marathon. See, I am crazy. No one is ever in desperate need of hill training. I have officially lost my mind. 
We met at Coach Jennifer's house and she gave us our root. A long looping run that goes along a nice lake and the Olympiad Park. It was a 10 mile loop "but" she says, "I have a 12 mile option if you want to do it." Um no. At mile 4.5 we had the option of taking Melinda STRAIGHT up to Santa Marguerita Parkway. 1 mile up and 1 mile back and then finishing the loop. Thanks but no thanks, except that my running buddy Stephanie turns to me and says. " I didn't get to run 12 last week cause I was in Chicago so I am thinking about doing that." Really? Really? "Ok, let's see how we feel after all this hill stuff and I will let you know if I am game" Really? What was I thinking? Then Coach Jennifer pulls out a stack of pink foam tiaras. "Anyone want a crown?" Uh Yeah!! I felt better already. I even talked Stephanie into wearing one. SO off we went, pink tiaras firmly in place and 12 miles ahead of us. We took off up Oso to La Felipe and a mountain of hills. Constant grade for probably the first 3 miles. But you know what, it wasn't that bad. It wasn't fun by any means but it was doable and we were chatting  and people were out walking their dogs and conquering their own hills and it was overcast and cool and the perfect start to a Saturday. I think we said hi to everyone we passed. The best part was I kept forgetting that I had a pink foam crown on my head. I was just so excited that people were actually responsive and pleasant when we said hello. About 10 paces past them I would remember the crown and think "oh yeah, I probably look like a total loon" EH whatever. I had fun. And that my friends is one of three goals for this race. We hit the turnoff for the "extra 2 miles" and since we were feeling pretty good we gave it a go and yes friends it was straight up. I kept reminding myself that I am running in San Francisco and it kept my feet moving. I did ask Steph at one point if I could change my re commitment to Long Beach. She yelled at me. I am going to blame it on the hill. :) Just kidding. I am going to do this thing dang it and no hill is going to stop me. The rest of the run was pretty uneventful and we arrived back at base camp to a lovely spread of fresh fruit, yogurt, almonds, muffins and a cold jacuzzi to sink our legs into. It was perfect. It was also really nice to hang out with some of my teammates and get to know them a little better.  
On a technical note, I have eliminated one of my sports bras from the outfit considerations for race day. That's what training is all about right? Eating things, wearing things, drinking things each week to see if it is something you want to have with you/on you for 26.2 miles. Before my run I even said to myself, I kinda like this top. Not so much anymore. I got in the shower when I got home and as soon as the water hit my chest I felt a searing pain and I looked down to find two angry, red half moons right at sports bra level. CHAFING? How did that happen and how am I JUST now noticing it? Thankfully they calmed down and I now just have 2 minimal red stripes where some people would tattoo sparrows. I am so hip. So yeah, that sports bra has now been relegated to the shorter 5 mile runs and there will be body glide involved just to be safe. So kids, that's all I have for today. My legs are pretty sore but I did it and I did it 2 weeks in a row, so that makes me pretty happy. One day at a time. Will post pics of the tiara trotting as soon as Stephanie sends it to me.  And don't think I am not seriously considering my actual tiara for this race. If nothing else for the crossing of the finish line photo op. Oh yeah.