Monthly Archives: July 2012

Weekly Recap: Episode 2

Only week 2 and I’m already a day late with a recap. At least I’m not getting graded on this blog.

Weekly Recap 2!

Sunday: Rest day.

Monday: Abs and arms at the gym with Katie followed by a trail run with some awesome ladies. Note to self- don’t ask your friend who just finished the Western States 100 (yeah, he ran 100 miles) in under 19 hours for advice on a ‘flat trail’ to run. He has different ideas on what ‘flat’ means.

Tuesday: Bigfoot futsal. Playing soccer at 10:00pm during the week sucks.

Wednesday: Finally got my lazy ass to TnT track night! Last season track was on Tuesdays and I had class in the afternoon so I would just walk over to Duniway when I got out so I almost never missed a track night, but with this whole working thing and going home in between, I’ve been a slacker. We did 10×200. It was hot. I started sweating before I even started warming up.

Thursday: Thursdays are my long days, I work and then go up to the Doernbecher ER to volunteer until 8:00pm so there’s no chance of me getting a run done in the evening so I try to run in the morning. This morning my alarm went off at 5:45, I promptly hit the off button and went back to sleep. Wah wah.

Friday: Planned rest day.

Saturday: Mission day!

That was followed up with a day full of moving.

Needless to say, it was a long day with creaky knees.

Sunday: Rest day, well, spent 8 hours cleaning the old apartment.

Overall: It was a long week. I was exhausted by Thursday and still had to move, though it was made easier by the fact that I have awesome friends who helped make it really easy. Thanks everyone!

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Weekly Recap: Episode 1 for the Portland Marathon

Since I know everyone is really curious For my own need for feeling accountable, I’m going to start doing a weekly recap for the Portland Marathon training cycle. Welcome to the first episode of the Weekly Recap (suggestions for a more creative title are welcome), which is actually week 8 of the season. Here’s the short version:

I hate that Map My Run puts ‘indoor’ even when I title the workout. Anyone know how to change that?

Sunday: rest/try to walk like a normal person after the 11 mile trail run the day before/make it back to civilization from camping and enjoy a real shower.

Monday: unscheduled rest day, my legs were still angry over the long trail run.

Tuesday: that ‘indoor’ on the calendar was futsal (soccer), it was really hot and I wanted to melt.

Wednesday: yoga (‘indoor’) at 7:30am, you better be proud of this night owl getting her ass to a class that started a mere 7 minutes after my alarm normally goes off. Also, I haven’t been to a yoga class in about 10 years, it left me very sore. Skipped TnT track night and went to happy hour.

Thursday: 4.83 miles, managed to not crap my pants.

Friday: Went to yoga (‘indoor’) at lunch, was a different teacher then Wednesday, wasn’t as awesome.

Saturday: 8 mile TnT long run out in the ‘burbs, was really hot, felt awful, spent the rest of the day trying to cool off, didn’t really work, couldn’t find a sub so I had to play soccer (‘indoor’) at 11:10pm, we didn’t have any girl subs, scored 2 goals, managed not to puke on the field, we won. Win.

Overall: fewer miles than I would have liked but I’m trying to increase my core strength and I feel I’m off to a good start. 83 days until Portland!

Confessions: The Not So Pretty Side of Running

Unfortunately not all of us can look half this good when running.

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Let’s rewind to Thursday’s morning. I managed to get my butt up at 6:45am, get on my running clothes that I had so neatly laid out the night before, scarf down a Luna Bar and head out the door by 7:00. File all of that under Major Win.

The run started out fine, my legs were a little tired from doing yoga the day before for the first time in 10 years, but it was sunny out and I was enjoying the morning quiet. Then it happened. Right as I turned the corner on the the street that was the farthest away from my house on the run, my stomach decided that it didn’t like the Luna Bar that I ate earlier. Normally before morning runs I eat a piece of toast and peanut butter and have never had a problem. I’m not the runner you see dashing off to the Port-O-Pottie before a race and then spending 10 minutes in there. In fact, I almost never even have to pee on a run no matter how far it is. I guess that’s one upside to being a major sweater.

But there I was with my intestines vehemently objecting to everything that was inside them. This wasn’t just a ‘I have 2 miles until home, it’s going to be a close call’. No, this was a ‘I need a bathroom now. RIGHT NOW’ situation.

I slowed to walk hoping it would help. It didn’t. I tried jogging. Made it worse. I surveyed my surroundings as I shuffled/duck walked slowly down Burnside Ave, trying to decided if I had the nerves to go into the tiny donut shop and ask to use their bathroom even though I couldn’t buy anything since I only had my phone and water bottle with me. I scoped out the bush situation in case I had to resort to popping a squat. I tried to think of the closest grocery store that I knew of. The Safeway on Hawthorne? Way too far. Farther than my house. The Fred Mayer in Hollywood? Closer but still not going to make it. I didn’t know that area of Burnside well enough to know where the nearest park was, the only one I could think of was Mt. Tabor and I was certainly in no condition to climb any hills.

And then it appeared. The answer to all of my poop related prayers.

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After trying 2 different doors that were closed and a frantic search of the store to locate the bathroom, disaster was averted. I’ve never been so happy to see a QFC. I wanted to hug every staff member I saw. But instead of proclaiming that this QFC had my favorite bathroom in all of Portland, I quietly continued my run with most of my pride still intact (the duck walk shuffle cost me a few points).

Just another ‘Almost Crapped My Pants’ story from a runner.

It’s July?!

In my last post (which was almost 2 months ago, I have no idea how that much time has passed) I said I was ‘going big’. Part of my plan for going big was to be very diligent about documenting my training. Clearly since I haven’t written anything since that post I didn’t do a good job at that documenting thing, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been training! Here’s a look at the running I did in June.

So close to 50 miles

And because I did 2 long runs in the same calendar week, July has gotten off to a quick start.

No wonder my legs were tired yesterday

I’ve also found my new favorite thing in the running world: trail running. The 11 miles I did on Saturday were all trail miles and it was fantastic. I went camping with a bunch of friends up on Mt. Hood and got to run by Little Crater Lake and along Timothy Lake.

Little Crater Lake
Timothy Lake

For July (yeah, I know it’s already the 9th), I’m hoping to be more consistent with my training, and to make it to track night, which I haven’t done at all this season. I’m also going to be better at documenting it, maybe a weekly recap would keep on track?