Sunday, June 28, 2009

7 miles

OH man, I am done today. We were on schedule to run 7 this morning. I had my little power bar and grapefruit juice and headed out the door at 7:15 to meet the team. It was overcast and cool which was nice since it was going to be a long run. Coach Noah gave a short clinic on nutrition and fluids and off we went. We had a new route this morning which was a nice change of scenery. We headed up Yale and then about 2 miles up we turned onto a lovely trail that wound through parks and trees and houses. It was really nice. The sun actually peaked out about 20 minutes into the run and I realized I didn’t put on sunscreen before I left. Ooops. I must have been super sleepy cause I never forget sunscreen. I felt pretty good just a little tired. It has been a tough week with work being busy and trying to fit in all my runs and get good sleep.  I realized on more than one occasion how much of a music runner I am. I always knew this, as I almost always run with and ipod. But this week especially I took more notice of how even when I am tired and struggling to keep going, if I just get to a good song on my nano I can push through. I typically run to whatever tempo is playing in my ears and I have already started making mental notes for my marathon playlist. I am going to need about four and a half hours of music to get me through this. SO here is my list so no particular order.

Amazing-Josh Kelley

Wonderwall-Beach boys Megamix

I’ll be your angel

Breathe on Me-Jennifer Knapp


Love Song-Sara Bareilles

Sugar, we’re going down-Fall out boy

Fall to Pieces-Avril Lavigne

Bleed-Anna Nalick

Amazing-George Michael

Fell in love with a boy-Joss Stone

AS-George Michael and MJB

Karma-ALlicia Keys

Falling Down-Bebo Norman

In this Life-Delta Goodrem

DIvine Romance-Phil Wickham

FInding me-Vertical Horizon

One-U2 with MJB

Kingdon Come-Hillsong United

A Little More-Jennifer Knapp

Big Love-Fleetwood Mac

Free to Be Me-Francesca Battistelli

In Love with a Girl-Gavin Degraw

The Grave-Stickfigure

IN the Air Tonight-Nonpoint

On the Way Down-Ryan Cabrera

Rough Night in Jericho-Dreams so Real

Something to Be-Rob Thomas

Before He Cheats-Carrie Underwood

How Far We’ve Come-Mathcbox 20


Girl Next Door-Saving jane

When You Were Young-The Killers

Call me Crazy-Stickfigure

ANgeles-Josh Kelley

Wild Night-John Mellencamp

I am an Illusion-Rob Thomas

Almost Lover-A Fine Frenzy

Beautiful, Beautiful-Francesca Battistelli

The Chain-Fleetwood Mac

Circus-Britney Spears

Cornflake Girl-Tori Amos

I realized I have bee running to some of these for quite some time. Oldies but goodies. I guess that’s a pretty good start. Anybody have any suggestions?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

6 miles

This will be a quick update. Saturday was my team long run and we got to do a satellite workout. I picked the Yorba Linda run because it is different than my normal location and it started at 7 so I could get it out of the way first thing. It was awesome. I felt really good. I broke a 9 minute mile. Training is just moving right along. Afterwards i went to Jamba juice to refuel with a Pomegranate smoothie and a wheat grass shot. Yummy. 

Sunday was good for my recovery run. I ran 3 miles at Back bay and it was a lovely day with a nice breeze and the sun shining on my face. Ooh and I got some new Roxy Athletix gear so I was decked out in that and a Gator ball cap. That put a little spring in my step for sure. The picture isn't great but you can see the cute new shorts and top. Go check out Athletix kids. The gear is goooood.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

June 18-It's a good day

There is nothing like an early morning run to give you a total attitude shift. The birds are singing, people are walking their dogs, houses are waking up and all seems right with the world. I know, I know, there are a few of you who will argue vehemently that running, at 6am no less, is not exactly what you would call a good time. But I beg to differ and I challenge you to try it. Just once. I am not going to lie, it's been a tough week. Work has been busy, I had a free lance job that had me up until 3 am on Tuesday night, I have been on an emotional roller coaster and I have had moments where I just wanted to crawl under my covers and hide. When my alarm went off this morning, I was surprisingly not exhausted.  I made a mental note that I would just take an easy run. Start out slow. I was scheduled to run 35 minutes but since my run yesterday got ixsnayed (how exactly do you spell that?) I decided to try to go a little longer so I don't pay for it on my run Saturday. SO I hopped out of bed and laced up my now getting very dusty running shoes and off I went. I typically walk out of my complex and then start running once I get to the main street. It gives me time to warm up a little and get the legs moving. I hit the dirt path and the running began. After a few minutes I noticed that I didn't feel like I was running as slow as I was on Tuesday. I checked my techno geek GPS watch and saw that yes, my pace was a little more normal. Well that is good news. And I actually felt pretty good. Which was really good news. Mentally it gave me a boost and I think I said Good morning to every single person I passed on the trail. I try to anyway but today I think I was especially animated. I think I scared a couple people. Sometimes CA just doesn't know what to do with a Southern Girl. I do an up and back run and I noticed that I was a little farther on the trail once it was time to turn around. The best part of that is that the return is mostly a slight downhill grade so yep, I go faster. Mind you I am not a blur or anything, but with the right tunes I get going at a pretty good clip. By the time I hit stop on the watch I was at 38 minutes and 4 miles with a smile plastered on my face. I think I even did a fist punch in the air. I hope my neighbors were still sleeping. :) Anyway, long story long, it felt really good and it set the tone for my whole day. I feel better, I feel more positive, I feel energized, I feel like some of the micro chats I had with God out there this morning gave me some clarity and some hope. And isn't that what all of us are looking for on a daily basis. So go on out and take a run. I dare ya.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

5 miles

I really meant to update this on Sunday but the last 4 days have just blown by me without so much as a chance to, well among other things update my blog. Let's leave it at that shall we. OK so Saturday was a 5 mile run in the training agenda. I was a tad worried because it seems like the mileage is jumping up a lot each week. It seems early to be doing such big jumps but what do I know, this is my first marathon after all. I decided to hop back a pace group since the 10 minute and under group left me in the dust last week. I figured I could start out a little slower and just feel out my legs. Thankfully it was overcast again this week so it was cool and comfortable to run. We ran the same route as last week they just added a little loop out around one of the area parks. I ended up pacing pretty closely with a girl named Gina (we introduced ourselves after the run) and it was great because we both had times where we could encourage one another through out the run. This is exactly why I joined TNT for this event. Well that and the helping people part. :) At 49:07 I tucked 5 miles into my back pocket and felt pretty good. I know I have a long way to go but I was pleasantly surprised how well that went. Afterward, we had a Physical Therapist who was doing a stretch an injury prevention clinic so we were all sprawled out on the grass with our legs all catty wampus. Must keep up with my stretching. I think that will be super important for me to stay healthy and happy during this training. The best part of the morning was the team breakfast at Coach Noah's house after our run. We all got to enjoy yummy homeade breakfast dishes, fresh fruit and good company, having a chance to chat with our fellow teammates and learn a little more about each other. It's going to be a good season. Check back soon for more updates. 

Oooh I almost forgot the shameless plug for my employer. Roxy has a new line of workout wear called Athletix that is now available. I ran in a pair of shorts and one of the tanks and I LOVe them. Super comfy and although I have not tested it, supposedly has stellar antimicrobial fabric so there will be no stinkies. Hmmm not sure I am going to test that for myself. :) Take a look

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June8-Midweek updates

On the agenda for the week....Tuesday 30 minute run (it was supposed to be 35 but I didn't look at my calendar). Wednesday technically still an off day for one more week. Thursday 30 minute run.  So Tuesday at 6 am I was off and running and this time not on the treadmill. After Saturday's run was a little tougher than I expected I decided more of my running needed to be outside. So I hit Back Bay with a text to my trainer that if I wasn't at the gym at 7 to come find me. It was a perfect morning for a run as there was cloud cover so it was still cool. There were lots of people out running, biking, walking their pooches so once I got started I didn't feel so apprehensive of being left for dead if I turned an ankle. I know I know I can be a little dramatic at times, and apparently a little paranoid. :) As much as I love cloud cover I must say I can't wait for the June glooom to cease and desist because watching the sun come up over Back Bay on an early morning run is quite spectacular. Can't wait. So I did my 30 minutes and thankfully felt pretty good with a pretty nice pace of 9:24. Today I think I am going to head over to the extra curricular track workout in Irvine that one of the mentors puts on. Next week we start adding a Wednesday run so this might be a good way to prevent boredom of just slogging away the miles each day. I might call my friend Heidi and see if she is up for a run at my house in the morning, which will give us a chance to catch up on each others lives. If not, Back Bay it is.  Just waiting for that sunrise. 

Monday, June 8, 2009

Easy like a Sunday morning errr evening

Today is the first of my easy Sunday recovery runs. I was supposed to run for 20 minutes at an easy slow pace. I think it is just to get our legs moving and to work out any soreness from our long runs on Saturday. It was beautiful tonight when I went out to run at 7. I tried to go slow and I felt like I was but every times I checked my speed on my watch (because yes I am a techno geek with a GPS on my arm) it said I was running between 9 and 9:45s. Ok that is not slow for me. That is what I was running yesterday. Hmmm maybe that will spread out as my normal run gets faster. Who knows. All I know is it felt great to be outside as the sun was sinking low in the sky covering everything in it's orange warmth. I think I am going to like these Sunday evening jogs. Night night kids.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

June 6 TNT

Take a good look at these shoes because this is the last time they will be this clean. Our team workout started at Heritage Park this morning and our goal was to run 4 miles. My morning started with two very encouraging text messages to have a great run so I was feeling quite motivated. More of those will be greatly appreciated as the mileage gets higher. SO I met up with my team members and after a very entertaining workshop of apparel and the risks associated with inappropriate apparel (can you say adult diaper rash?) we broke up into pace groups. I joined the 10 minute and under group and off we went. Uuh hold on. That was a total misnomer. That group should have been the 8 minute and under. They took off like lightning. I knew I should have grabbed my ipod. Holy moly I forgot how hard this is going to be. While training on the treadmill has given me some endurance, I have a long way to go. And I am definitely going to have to stop the friday morning spin class. Don’t get me wrong, I still ran an average pace of 9:24 but I was struggling. Coach Noah did have us do a breathing exercise so I look forward to using that in the future. And my fancy techno geak GPS system told me the run was only 3.8 miles so noah took it easy on us today. It also told me that my best pace was  7:14. Uh huh..that  must have been on the downhill cause I was NOT going that fast. But still. There was one pretty steep hill to get back up to the road on the way back and I looked at it and said ok hill you and are going to have to be friends because I am running in San Francisco. SO I chanted S-F-S-F all the way up. It’s all a mental game right?  Well that’s all for now. I think I am going to try to join some of the midweek groups especially since the weather is so great right now. Come back soon. And don’t forget to donate. Every little bit helps!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Since I was out of town and missed my first group training last weekend I was quite excited to meet up with TNT this Saturday for my first group run. I am going to need their support when the mileage gets up to that 15, 16, 17 etc mark so I was looking forward to seeing how it would be on Saturday. We met at Road runner sports this week to have  shoe clinic and make sure our footwear was dialed in before we start upping mileage. MUST have good shoes. After they talked to us about running shoes we set out for a 3.25 mile run. It was perfect weather for a run. A little overcast which kept it cool but comfortable. My pace was about 9:30 per mile which for being basically my first run outside I am ok with. I would like to get it down to 8:30 to 9 minute miles for the race but this is  a good place to start to build some base mileage and to start building my endurance. Feeling good so far so I will keep you posted. Here are a couple shots from Saturday. More to come!