Tuesday, February 26, 2013

race time: san diego half marathon

Time to book the spray tan, I'm headed to San Diego! On March 10th I'm racing the San Diego half marathon. I'm excited to get under the sun for a few hours. I fly in mid morning on March 9th, race on the morning of the 10th and I'm flying back to this wet blanket  Seattle the same night. Hopefully cheers-ing myself with a $7 mini merlot for a race well run. 

This is my first time flying to a race, first time getting set up with digs, a VIP start (bling, bling) and my first time heading to a race solo. I'm pretty friggin excited about the first three. When I heard about the race a couple other Oiselle girls were going to head down to race, which honestly was a lot of the pull. I thought it'd fun to have a sunny race meet-up. However, soon after booking my ticket they'd all pulled out for various reasons. Hence the solo migration. 

I'm looking forward to meeting other runners and seeing some of my Cali Oiselle teammates. Based on what I know about elite rooms at other races I assume I'll be sharing my hotel room with another runner. Never had that experience. Seems a bit pressure filled as my pre-race night is usually pretty sleepless. I picture us tossing and turning in our separate queen beds. Trying to get sleep so we can... race each other. #gulp

My training has been going well. I had one crazy week, capping my mileage at 79 (so close!!). Which is literally the highest mileage week of my entire life. High school, college, adult... what have you. One for the record books. But I didn't recover from key workouts. And I had a big week at work, which was invigorating so I didn't notice the negative affects of my overworked body. 

The next week I crashed. I felt like my entire body was fighting to stay awake. I could have fallen asleep standing up. I went to bed everynight at 8pm. I went through 4 days feeling completely drugged. I bounced back, but yeah 79 was followed by a week of 50 with two rest days. Lessons learned. 

In other news I found a 'mechanic'. A physical therapist, who actually thinks my flippy leg can be a thing of the past. If you've ever seen me run, you'll notice right away I have an awkward oar for a right leg. I get the most debilitating leg and side cramps on the right side. Everything is working way too hard over there. Until I met Julie, my mechanic, I was losing hope that I could get faster with the way my body worked. But a couple weeks later, I'm feeling very hopeful. I'm looking forward to seeing how I can perform in the half marathon with some of the mechical issues behind me. 

goodbye weirdo leg

Friday, February 15, 2013


Ever wonder what it's like to work at Oiselle? 

That about sums it up... Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

marathon maintenance

Marathon training would be easy if it were all about running. But to truly prep to race it you have to do the ... extra work. The tedious manintenance, the form drills, the.... stretching. 

I'm horrible at this stuff. Horrible. I spend more energy beating myself up about not doing it than it would take to actually just do it. 

There I admitted it. Now it's time to address it. 

My first baby steps
1. I stand on my incline board for 2 minutes while I brush my teeth every night. Keeps my gums happy, keeps my calves happy. 
2. I walk "creatively" to the water cooler once a day (lunge walk, pushup walk, side lunge walk).
3. I stretch once a day using my rope, even if it's just two stretches. 
4. I run hills (10 x 200m) on at least every other Friday run

the struggle to become a pigeon. arghhh hips!
Goals for next 4 weeks
1. Maintain above 1-3
2. Add strides 2 x week (tuesday + friday)
3. Use my gym membership 2 x week. PLAN the workout and actually effing do it. 
4. Stretch lateral muscles :25 minutes 3 x week. Use a iPhone yoga app?
5. DRILLS! Just once a week to start, strides in between drills. Could couple with stride days.

Experts! Marathoners! What am I missing? 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

training for my second marathon

I've been so deep in marathon training, I haven't even had time get on the blog to toot my marathon horn. Toooooot, toooo- I'm going for the whole damn thing... again. 

Yes, again. In 2009 I signed up for, trained for, got injured before, took a month off, and ran/hobbled the Chicago Marathon. Exuberant. I cried the entire last quarter mile. So much happiness I couldn't find any other way to pour it out. 
ham sandwich,  hobo chic
enjoying mile 23 of chicago 2009
It was supposed to be how I finally quit this crazy sport. It was my final challenge. My last check mark on the running bucket list. Well that didn't go as planned. I accidently made friends with my internal fighter after all the years of trying to shut her up. 

Oh look there she is now...
enjoying mile 13 of the seattle half marathon 2012
If you asked me four years ago if I'd be competing, guts all out ever again, I'd say no. Absolutely not. That chapter in my life is closed. I only run for fun. I just don't have the fire. I'm too injury prone. And that would have been a lie, one I was trying to believe. Because if you've ever dealt with injuries... it's like being burned in a relationship. It was like running had left me at the alter over and over again. I lost the belief that I could ever compete again.

And if you'd asked me four months ago if I was going to do a marathon, again the answer would be no. I was focusing on half marathons. Which was true, until one morning I woke up and HAD to run a marathon. I waited for the urge to go away. No luck.

I had to own up to the feeling. I thought of where I wanted to chase this dream and immediately knew, Vermont. So I emailed Vermont City Marathon and asked if I could please come run their marathon. I explained my previous marathon PR isn't much to look at but I have a 1:19:11 in the half and a fire in my heart to race the flats off this thing. I waited for 13 days on pins and needles. Then I got an email, they offered me an invitation! I took me 25 days to work up the courage to sign up. 

But my name is there and I'm in my 5th week of training.

February 3 - February 9 | 61 miles
Sunday: 18 miles (4 warm up, 6 miles MP, 1 mile T, 3 MP, 1T, 1.5 MP, 2 cool down)
Monday: Easy 6.25
Tuesday: x
Wednesday: AM workout 2x(4x400) | PM Easy 4
Thursday: Easy 9
Friday: AM 20 minutes  | PM 20 minutes
Saturday: 5K race (17:19)