UPCOMING EVENTS for 2016: Puerto Rico Marathon (March), Virginia/Pennsylvania Marathon Double (April), Cedro Peak Ultra 45k (April), Quicksilver 50k (May) NUT 50k (June) Lake Tahoe Trail 50K (July), Cloudsplitter 55K (October)

It's never too late to be what you might have been. --George Eliot

Athena is the Goddess of wisdom and war. In 2005, I declared war on my own bad tendencies: sloth, being fat, compacency, and being too old for adventure. This is the story of how I went from being someone who never stood when she could sit, to being an ultrarunner, marathoner, and triathlete. Along the way I've cried, laughed, fallen, gotten up, lost, won, hallucinated, been dehydrated, DNF'ed, and been DFL.
I also swear. Alot.
"You're never too old to be what you might have been" --George Eliot

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Worrying, and waiting. Thursday 13.

Dear Diary,

13.  Sunday was the Chips 'n' Salsa half marathon.  I've always wanted to do this one but other things got in the way.  I ran the first 10K in record time, with about a 10:30 pace, but then blew out late in mile 7, and finished with a 10:59 pace.  Still, it was a personal best, and I'm pretty satisfied with it.  I liked the course much more than the Rio Grande marathon, which had a long, windless, hot out-and-back at the end.  This one had lots of turns and shade.  My previous PR, in August, was 11:13 pace.  I appear to have finished 9/13 in my age group of 45-49, and 173/231 overall.  I also beat Baboo (being as he stopped and let me cross first.  He doesn't think I know he did that, but I do.  Shhhhhh)

The finisher's prize was a little ceramic bowl that you loaded salsa into and ate with chips.  There were breakfast burritos, with egg, green chile, and potatoes.

12. Courtney talked me into doing the half marathon.  She agreed to do a 25K trail run if I did it.  So, we signed up.  Then she backed out of the 25K.  Then she didn't show up for the 1/2 marathon.
That's right. I'm calling her out.
She is So.  Busted.
She has reluctantly agreed to do at least a couple of 10ks as penance.

11.  My binges are less efficient than they used to be.  I can't hold as much in my stomach as I used to.  I used to be able to hit the Chinese super buffet and plow through 2-1/2 piled up plates before I felt full.  Now I barely make it past the first plate, which is usually steamed or baked seafood.  Stacey pointed out during our 50K that my "binges" are healthier than most people's every day eating.  I suppose that's a good thing.  It makes binge day less exciting, though.  I'm all, Meh.  What single serving of something can I binge on today?


10. More and more, my treat is one of the new single-servings sizes of Hagen-Daaz.  They're cute.  They come with a tiny plastic spoon in the lid.

9.  At city runs, I like looking around and wondering who was doing their very first half marathon.  There were some women standing in small groups looking nervous, excited, or both. Maybe they trained for months just for that very day.  It's a very cool thing to contemplate, that excitement.

8.  People who do city runs are very different from ultra-runners.  They're better groomed, with neatly combed hair, sometimes down and all curled up.  Or, it's tied up with cute hair ties and earrings.  There's no gaiters.  Their shoes are very clean and white.  Few of them are good at blowing snot rockets.  That was me, once, before running became epic battles that required gaiters, trail shoes, large bladders of fluid carried in a pack, and blister kits.

7. Last week I had a client in my office, and I was seriously on the line as to what type of treatment should I recommend.  So then he made it easy for me and accidentally left a pair of spiked brass knuckles behind. They must have slipped out of his pocket.  Thanks, kid. 
Oh, and no, you can't have them back. 

6. Dread Pirate is going to assist in crewing and pacing me at Javalena.  She's been asking me questions.  All kinds of questions.  This makes me very uncomfortable.  Because, well, it means it's coming. Fast. As long as I don't think about it, it doesn't exist, right?

Right?
 

5.  I've taken to buying compression dress socks (firm compression) at Wal-greens and cutting the feet off.  They're cheaper than the sleeves, I'm telling you.  Like, a pair is $14.

4. After much considering and seriously sick and tiredness of trying to do everything on a desktop, I'm buying a netbook.  My seriously geeky son has talked me into buy an Acer.

3. I saw the most magnificent shooting star.  At first I thought it was a crime copter.  Then I thought it was a bottle rocket, because I could see it breaking up. Then I realized what it was, and I made a wish.  No, you can't no what it was.  But it was important.  I don't squander wishes on things like curly bangs or clear skin.  I can get those things without wasting a wish.  No, this one was for reals.

2. So, despite the long, hot summer here in the desert, we harvested the following: One large pumpkin.  Several beets.  Several pounds of apples and grapes.  A dozen or so tomatoes.  One eggplant.  Note bad.  Farmer Baboo is already planning next year, now that he knows how crazy I am about eggplant and that he can grow it.

1.  I am in fear or winter.  Seriously in fear.  Last winter was so awful, so long, so dark, and I became so depressed, so heavy, and so anxious.  I have plans to put in a full spectrum light and we have a small space heater in the garage, which will go next to the treadmill.  Also, I'm hoping to get our favorite handiman to run cable in there.  Even though the thieves last winter stole one of flatscreen TVs, I have another, older TV I can use instead, that will probably work better in the cold garage anyway.  I'll get it set up.

I'm seriously not going to let this winter get the best of me!!!!

...

7 comments:

  1. I hate winter also and I am not looking forward to it at all. Winter will not get the best of either of us!

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  2. You can also get the Nike football compression socks for even less than the ones at Walgreens. 2 pair at Big 5 in Roswell were $15. They had black and white. Love mine! My running group leader was pretty jealous. He bought a special running pair for $60!!! I sent my sister in Italy a package and while trying to talk the PO woman into the fact that I made socks fit into an envelope and not a package that I didn't have to fill out the customs forms. She wanted to know why I would be shipping socks to Italy. I told her and found out she was a runner, too. She wanted all the details. I'm sure the 75 people behind me in line didn't appreciate our running chat, but I didn't have to fill out the forms!! :) My sister said they have helped her shin splints greatly!
    You running Duke City? We did our training marathon on Saturday. Turned out to be almost 28 miles, but I am very excited to race my first Marathon! I was able to keep up my 3/1 intervals the ENTIRE WAY!!! Hadn't got past 16 miles without taking longer walking breaks until then. Hope to see you there. We are coming up on Friday, to make a weekend of it.

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  3. I'm a little worried about the upcoming winter too. Having finally taken the plunge and gone back to school while working full time, I'm pretty sure running will be the first thing pushed off my to do list. And no one wants the freshman 15 at age 34. So I've started getting up at 6am to run instead of when I get off work at 3pm. Which is working. So far. But it's not super dark yet. And only darkish for the first 20 minutes. I dunno.

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  4. Good tip on the sock/sleeves.
    My company uses Acer. Very nice.
    I love winter. Bring it.

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  5. I agree with Kate. I use football socks too cuz I'm cheap like that.

    Have fun this weekend!

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  6. Congrats on another PR! I bet they will keep coming thick and fast now. And such a great finisher's prize too.

    Cynthia

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