Friday, January 30, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Monday, January 26, 2009
It's funny, since I finished the 1/2, the 10 mile run we did on Saturday felt easy (I think a big part of that was my knee was feeling better). We are doing a 16 mile run at Emigration Canyon next week (the first 6 miles is up hill). Let's see how I feel after that!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
This photo was taken a few miles into the race.
You can't have a Rock & Roll Marathon without the King (or two)!
There were over 40 cheer squads along the course to keep us motivated!
Friday, January 16, 2009
For days, weeks, months and years, we ran. We ran to feel good. To stay healthy. To getaway from our problems. To accomplish something. To dare. To test ourselves. To deal with cravings. To think. Not to think. To meet people. To be alone.
We ran on hills and on flats. At 4 in the morning. In a dress shirt and slacks after work. We ran errands. We ran for fun. We ran on business trips. On vacations. We ran for the high. For the low. Because we can. Because they said we shouldn’t. Because the time is right. Just ‘cause.
We ran through the blood-red forests. On breathtaking trails. Through canyons of steel, glass and concrete. Through endless fields. In knee-deep snow and desert sand. On red clay dirt. Along the riverbanks.
We ran when it poured. When it was nice out. In blizzards. In heat waves. We ran to music. To the rhythm of our footfalls. To the symphonies of nature. The concertos of city sounds. To some of the greatest books ever written.
We laughed. We cried. We gritted our teeth. Just couldn’t help ourselves. We glided. Crawled. Chugged along. Had the trots. Nearly puked. Puked. We couldn’t wait to run. Dreaded it. Felt like we could go forever. Wanted it over with. Showed off. Paid for it. Took it easy. Ran hard. Chaffed and blistered. Got sunburn. Windburn. Frostbite. We lost toenails. We hid stashes and hijacked the neighbor’s water hose. Bruised kneecaps and egos. Dug deep. Pumped our fists. Shook our heads. Had doubts. Questioned our sanity. Realized we’re mental. And then we ran some more.
We are as different as can be. But we have one common denominator– running and all it comes with.
So here’s to all of us. To those just starting out. To the experienced. To the masters. To the elites. To those who win hardware. To those who never will. To the healthy ones. To the injured. To the trotters. The joggers. The runners. The speedsters. To everyone who laces up and gets out there, good health and many happy miles!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Classic! This was taken outside the GBH and 7 Seconds show in Palo Alto, CA. I am the one with the black & yellow hair (which used to be bright yellow, but looks faded in the photo). My sister's dress had a big fishbone on it. The eye was a dangling pom pom! She paid .50 cents for it! Ha Ha!
Monday, January 12, 2009
The sun was out and there was very little to no snow and a little ice on the trail. We decided to run the trail anyway. Then about a mile into our run, Jen (one of the girls in our group) slipped on the ice, scrapped her knee up pretty good and had to turn back. Teresa and I decided to get off the trail and run on the street. That was a good decision. There was no ice and we got a change of scenery.
Things were going great until about mile 7 when I started feeling a twinge of pain in my knee. I was able to run through it. By mile 8, I saw we were coming up on the parking lot where we started, so at mile 8.5 I decided to stop. I didn't want to risk further injury before next weekend when I am to do my first 1/2 marathon! I am going to take it easy this week ans try to get in to a physical therapist for some pointers on what to do if the pain creeps up during the 1/2. I MUST FINISH!!!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday was our 12 miler. We ran 10 miles in snow last week and my knee really started feeling it, so I was hoping for clear skies (and a clear trail) this week. Unfortunately, overnight Friday it snowed. It was very cold but the sun was shining. I got to the park where we meet and it was covered with snow. The trail had been cleared, but the new snow put about 2-3 inches down on it. We headed out and about 8 miles in, my knee started to hurt. Darn it!! I slowed down an tried to take it easy, but around mile 11 I was really hurting doing more a shuffle/speed walk than a run. By the last 1/2 mile, it really hurt so I sucked it up an walked the last 1/2 mile.
Yesterday my knee was still pretty sore, but it feels a lot better today. I think I will do bike training this week. I have to be ready for the Phoenix 1/2 in 2 weeks! No more snow running for me!!!