Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Past few days

Monday and Tuesday were essentially the same. Good running weather, both days. Cloudy, but not raining. Both days I went around Klahanie, finishing at home with another mile or so. Trying also to add weight training, which I also did. Today, wednesday, took a walk as a break. Planning a longer run tomorrow, plus a long run this weekend.

Got some new tunes from Napster. Yay! Lots of guilty pleasure tunes (Marilyn Manson, and Limp Bizkit. Seriously, try running to it...)

Sunday ended up with a blister. What's up with that? Gotta be the vacation time off. Tuesday ran w/ Sauconys and my feet were fine. Don't need blisters now, after having no foot problems in the past.

Hubby starting to run more, as his foot pain is better. I'm starting to feel a little competitive. He was a college athlete. So I know he'll whip himself into shape super fast, and I'll be left in the dust! Guess I'd better starting taking my training seriously. Ha ha. HA! Maniacal laughter!

Hope to be writing tomorrow after a successful long run. Kids at camp, and its not my turn to drive, so I get a bit more time. Hooray. And knock on wood.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Back from vacation

Just got back yesterday from 10 glorious days on the OR coast. Wow did we have a great time. DH took 433 pictures on our new Canon digital camera. He's the photographer in the family. My pictures generally turn out pretty goofy.

Took a couple short runs on the beach. Figured I could use some time off...its a taper...right? Ha ha. Back to training today. Ran around Klahanie and then back around the construction site. About 10 miles. Plenty of favorite. Lest you think I'm being facetious...hills rule. Can't train in Sammamish w/o hills. Unless you run only on the river trail, but to get there is a big hill, or park the car (neither of which I do). Going east is best. Less traffic, and plenty of trails and subdivisions.

Kids have camp this week, so I get 4 mornings to run. Added some new stuff to my MP3 player, which is nice. Napster's not so bad.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Hot and getting hotter

Friday had the kids, plus it was hot, so did 9.5mi. on the treadmill. But at least I can do some speedwork and "hills." Its not so bad.

Saturday did Klahanie twice, from home, which is about 12mi. Good for clearing my head! The weather wasn't quite as hot, so I didn't fry. The water at the park was enough. Hope for the same run tomorrow, as early as possible.

We have peas, and some blossoms on the pumpkin, but I'm sure its happening too late. We had some cold nights in late spring, which probably slowed them down. Maybe next year I'll get things going earlier inside or maybe I can build a small pvc greenhouse. Or maybe not. I'm happy w/ the tomatoes and carrots, plus the dahlias and green beans are doing nicely.

Dave Grohl can do no wrong!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

monday and tuesday.

Okay, so it is wednesday, the 4th of July. Today was an off day, but monday ran 11miles and tuesday 9.5. Man, it was hot. Especially today. Didn't get up early enough to take a run today, so friday will be another 9 miler. I might try to squeeze in an afternoon shortie thursday, but we'll see.

Optimus Prime would be a great band name, I think.

I was shrivelling in the 90+ heat today. Sometimes I see people out biking/running/whatever, and I can't see how they can stand it in this weather. I'm totally acclimated to the 55 and gray that is Seattle! Plus I'm a total wuss.

Got a nice gift cert. to Foot Zone for my birthday. Hmmm......

Going to be hot the rest of the week.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Me and cutie #2

I love this picture because my hair looks fairly normal. Its shorter now. Too short to pull back (barely). So when I run it gets big a puffy. Totally a wicked '80s look.

Sundays are you know what

Yes. Its true. My least favorite day of the week. Discovered today that some deer have eaten roses and stripped the Fugi apple tree. Because of the fence and dogs, we haven't had deer in the yard for years. Those bums! I wish I had seen them, then I would have let the dogs out. In the past I have chased the deer myself, but they just look at me like, whatever lady, we're not scared of you.

Yesterday was sensational. Ran up to Beaver Lake park. Got some water, then took the lovely trail through the woods, which connects to the lake. Then took the road to where the newly posted trail signs are. Checked out a google map before I left. And lo and behold it right totally right....the trails connect to Soaring Eagle park! Wow! 7 years I've lived here, and never taken those trails. Although, I think there was a property rights issue (the trails apparently pass through private land). The city must have negiotiated some kind of right of way, because they are building a new, small parking lot just off West Beaver Lk. road. This is exciting. Anyway, I did some trail running and only got a little muddy. Eventually I hit the boundary to Soaring Eagle. There, the smaller trail connected to a wider one. One way was some parking lot (Trossachs?). I went the other way. Hilly, but open and pretty. Got to the end. Didn't know where I was. Guess where? The Plateau club! Boy was my sense of direction off. I guess I was going north when I thought the trail ran east/west. Anyway, I hit the parking lot and ran on East Main drive until it turned into SE 8th st. Through the subdivisions and back to 228th (the main drag through the city). I could see lots of trails shooting off here and there, so this area is prime for exploring. Anyway, did a mapmyrun and ended up going approx. 12 miles (the length of time I was gone corresponds). No running today because we took the kids out in the rowboat and then it was yardwork time.

Thursday, June 28, 2007


Springtime is the best!

sun rain sun

Had that kind of day. Drizzly, sunny, cloudy, rainy, sunny. That's happened a lot this year. Funny how having kids and being outside a lot forces you to pay attention to weather nuances. I swear all I cared about in college was "is it daytime or nighttime." I was either at work or at school. Or partying, ha ha ha.

Did the Klahanie loop again. So 9 miles. Did a little extra on the treadmill, just for fun. I know that sounds crazy, but I like the treadmill. Used to run while the kids were napping. You take what you can get.

You know what's a great band name? Taking Back Sunday. Love it. Not their music necessarily, but great name. And so true. Sundays I'm usually tired and crabby, but it should be more like a saturday. The day part. Reminds me of the lyrics to that "Every day is like Sunday" song. The Smiths, I think. Or Morrissey. N0, its the Smiths.

I'm glad we got some rain. Free water for the garden. My little seedlings need to drink! I'm hoping for success this year. Last year we had carrots, green beans, and tomatoes galore. This year we're trying pumpkin, cucumber and watermelon. Because we lost a huge tree in the windstorm...we had a big old sunny empty space. Space for vines. I think the girls would be thrilled if we got our own pumpkins.

Knees doing surprisingly great. Hooray. Like the new Sauconys, but the Brooks Addiction is still my favorite.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A little gray

Day started out gray. But not cold. Good running weather. Kids off to a short day camp, so had a few hours to myself. Ran the usual around Klahanie 9 miler. Its my favorite run. Passes by two parks, so I can get water. Plus there are hills. Gotta love the hills. Felt just so-so, but only because I was worrying about needless stuff. Seeing some other runners perked me up, so did hearing this song, Welcome to the Black Parade. I know, My Chemical Romance? Seriously? I don't care, that song was good to run to.

The sun did make an appearance, and stuck around. Nice 70ish day. Camp again tomorrow, so I can run again. Yay.

Monday, June 25, 2007

June 25

So I figured I should clarify a couple things. I realized my initial blog was pretty enthusiastic sounding and didn't have a couple key pieces of information. First, I didn't just go out and run 21 miles out of the blue. I have been running for over 3 years, and of course started out slow and added mileage bit by bit. I've been incorporating long runs into my schedule for at least 2 years (the longest thus far being 18 miles). Usually my long runs are around 15 or 16. I am currently following a 4-month marathon training schedule.

I thought starting a blog would be a good idea...mostly just so I can log my progress. I'm not so good at writing things down, but somehow putting it on the computer is easier.

Today was a slower paced 9 miler. Felt fine. We had a cool morning, partly cloudy. Air almost like fall, despite it being early summer. GA was home to watch the kids...which is like once in a blue moon. Had to take advantage!

Spent the rest of the day w/ the kids and their friends in the yard. Lots of weeds to pull after our week of rain. As anyone who lives here knows, summer starts in Seattle on July 5th. We've even had evenings in the high 40s. But my tomato plants seem okay :) The roses are having a good year, though. And lillies!

Planning on a run wednesday and thursday while the kids are at camp.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Number one run

Okay! I just signed up for my first marathon. It will be the Seattle marathon in november of 2007. I have been running for a number of years, and up until now its been for the "zen." But something inside me wants to do a marathon, so okay, its time to put my money where my mouth is. I've been doing anywhere between 35 and 50 miles a week. This past weekend, I went for the longest run yet. 21.35 (estimated using Hoo-yeah! It was great. I finished feeling like I could have gone farther, despite my feet being a little tired. On my new Sauconys, too.

I'm in Sammamish, WA.