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Running!

Has been nice.

Still trying to work on the leg-lock, including sitting on a tennis ball (no baseballs in this house) with my ankle over my knee, total torture.  I have no idea what I'm doing, which is probably dangerous.  But several wise runners have given me that advice, so I am sitting on that ball.  I have also been thinking really hard about doing lots of squats and lunges every day.  Thinking about it is half the battle...right?

Two more treadmill speed sessions since we last met.  Who knows if it will translate to running faster outside, but so far it has translated to running faster on the treadmill!

1) 10x800m repeats at 2:58 (10.1 mph/ 5:56 pace) with quarter mile recovery
--Compared to a couple weeks ago, where I needed longer recoveries towards the end, and was doing 2:59's (big difference, I know not really)

2) 4x2 mile repeats at 6:18 (9.5 mph) with quarter mile recovery
--Compared to a couple weeks ago, where I ran 5x1 mile at 6:18, and needed longer recoveries towards the end.

I tried to squeeze another treadmill speed workout in this morning (tuesday) but it wasn't happening.  I immediately felt overworked by the relatively attainable paces, so I called it off, shall try again later in the week.

These attempts at speedwork have some purpose, because a notion of my 2013 running future is beginning to take shape.

The first race on target: the See Jane Run half marathon in Alameda in early June.  Just a little over five weeks away already, whoa!  


I only found out this week that I would get to run it, and I'll be running it for the third year in a row (danger! did not love running Oakland for my third year, boredom possibly to blame).  I had been holding out because of the possibility of a complimentary race entry, and yippee ki-yay, I got a golden ticket!  See Jane Run has generously SuperJaned me (that's official language) which makes this the first time I have said "yes" to a sponsor relationship opportunity.  Even though I don't run for chocolate and champagne (I don't think that's in my SuperJane contract at least), I'm more than happy to throw my SuperJane cape on and link arms with this local running store.  I've been a patron to the bay area See Jane Run stores since I was a teenager, including to buy the cute orange shorts on my tush in the pic below. 

See Jane Run 2012
See Jane Run 2011

After two disappointing race experiences where I ran significantly slower than expected , had some body issues, and generally didn't feel sharp/energetic/fast, (Napa, Oakland) I have a lot of fear going into my next race.  My fear is that now that I know what it's like to expect to run a 1:26 and instead run a 1:31 (or to expect a 3:03 and run a 3:09), that I have no control over my goals.  I would love to aim for a PR for this next See Jane Run half (under 1:26:21), and given I've been working pretty hard on the treadmill for a few weeks now I like to think that would lead to some results.  But I have no idea what to expect now.  I felt stronger than a 3:09 in March when I ran Napa, even with my leg-lock problems.  I feel stronger than a 1:26 some days of the week.  But I haven't felt great on race days on my last two attempts.  That's scary.  I keep imagining myself hitting mile three or four of any future race and falling apart or just stepping aside to quit.  I know it's not actually that big of a deal to have two bad races, and I totally expect and have excitement about the fact that I will get to redeem those races at some point.  But since that redemption is still a question mark in the future, I have this fear that I am perpetually only going to get slower and have more body problems.

Next up is a similar story for the San Francisco half marathon (the second half).  I think it's in June or July, and I am waiting to find out if I can run it "on the house" because I applied for a free entry (sub 1:30 runners get to apply to run for free).

Then I've got the San Jose Rock n' Roll half in the fall, signed up for it a while back because of a good coupon code.

And I'm locked in for CIM already, I signed up extra early for a race for the first time ever thinking it was smart to save money with the early $85 fee, and learned my lesson.  Right after I handed over my credit card I realized I will likely be on my honeymoon next December. Dumb.

SO.  With CIM out of the picture, I'd like to set my sights on some other Fall marathon.

Chicago would have been perfect.  But as with all the big ones, I understand you are too late if you don't sign up in a flurry within the hour that registration opened, and then tweet/facebook/blog about it 300 times.

So a brief search has found: Portland; Long Beach; and Grandma's in Minnesota.  I want the answer to be Long Beach so I can do the least/cheapest traveling.  Anyone feel strongly either way about the Long Beach marathon in October? Thanks.

IN OTHER NEWS

Shit, life is happening this year.

In the past week, we have made headway on our goals to 1) buy a house, 2) have a wedding, and 3) book our honeymoon.

1) buy a house.

We started the ball rolling on getting a home mortgage loan, and went on a city hike popping into open homes to get a feel for what's available at what price listings.  One of the open homes we found ourselves in was a small, bizarre home in Piedmont that was selling for $1.2 million.  Let me repeat: small and bizarre.  That's what $1.2 million gets you in the snobby island carved into Oakland where rich people move so their precious children don't have to associate with non-rich black kids in their precious school district.  (That's my take on Piedmont anyway. Not like I wouldn't snap up one of those beautiful homes if I could!)

2) Wedding.

We booked a date! And a location! August.  Now all I need is to go on the bridal crash diet so I look orange and stupid thin on my wedding day and everyone can fawn over me.

Of course, it will be casual, and I have the right to wear grey or gain extra bride pounds if I feel like it.  But I'm very excited with our decisions so far.  Hopefully family and friends appreciate that this is our celebration, the only celebration, instead of getting hung up on the fact that they weren't there when we signed a piece of paper.

3) Honeymoon.

South America!?!?

We have our eye on Peru and whatever else in South America can be hiked, eaten, explored.  Argentina? Chile? Brazil? Galapagos?  Suggestions welcome.

Bonus round of In Other News:

4) One half of two little runners

An internet blind date success! I've always loved the two little runners because they are both lawyers,  who have gained much strength and speed in a short time, who know and share a lot of running wisdom (strength train those glutes already!).  And they are the authors of one of my favorite race recaps ever, because of how they tag-teamed the recap, because the wind descriptions make me laugh, and because it reminds me to find some humor in the bad races.

I forced Penny to have dinner with me while she was in town for work and tried (maybe unsuccessfully) to prove that Oakland is super cool despite her dodgy hotel.  She's running her FIRST marathon this Sunday with huge ambitions (sub 3:30? no, lower... sub 3:20? no, lower...) so go wish her luck and any first-timer advice.  Kristen (the other half of the two little runners), I'm coming after you next.


Just imagine us three cute lawyers yelling "objection! Tort! Res judicata" while running.

Finally,

5) Twitter.

I'm giving twitter a trial period.

During the scary hours on the Monday of the Boston marathon, it struck me that social media can be useful in urgent times.  You can connect to people you know, or follow news outlets to get instant answers.  I want to taste it and see if I need it or if I can continue to live without.

I would love it if you follow me, perhaps it will prove to be an excellent and easy avenue to connect with internet blog friends.  @RoseRunnerBlog.  @your service.

I guess you can watch me have private conversations with friends, publicly?  Is that what it's for? I desperately need a tutorial, for real, I don't know how to do anything but read my home page.  Anyway, no promises for any sort of consistency.  Posting every day? multiple times a day?! Every hour!!!?? No way am I going to share that much of my life.  Sounds boring for everyone. Strange.

So far my home home page primarily consists of comedians being hilarious (that's who I follow) and oh my god I have never laughed so hard at my iPhone (besides the times I FaceTime my niece and she shows off by jumping on the bed while holding the handrail in this really spastic way.  Then she always hits her head and cries.  It's sad, but mostly funny).  The laughter is primarily thanks to @michaelianblack and @Will_Ferrell, even though I never understand what the hell Will Ferrell is re-tweeting.  Usually it has something to do with Kim Kardashian's butt?  But seriously, Michael Ian Black.  I am saddened to think of all his tweets I have missed out on in the past.

####Tweetles!