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Brain tumor survivor | triathlon & duathlon finisher | wife | cat mom | friend to many | supreme smart aleck. I'd like coffee and a book please.

Monday, February 22, 2010


I'm itchin' to do an event...so much that training is actually becoming a little boring. This training plan started way back in mid-October and I've been off track several times since then, but kept on going, making some progress. Now I'm just plain bored and want to do an event to see where I am time-wise. I know I can run 7 miles, hopefully a little more if I don't let cycling take over. Which is what happened last year - my running suffered because I changed my focus to cycling mostly and running was secondary. This year I plan to continue with running 3 days a week and doing quality runs instead of riding like a maniac (which I'll probably end up doing anyway). We'll see how the season progresses.

The good thing is that Tom and I are registered to run the 8K Shamrock Run in Portland on March 14 so I have something to look forward to. Then it seems that all the events will start rolling around FAST! Spring Classic Du, Monster Cookie Metric Century, RACC...and the list goes on and on and on!

Been trying to get out on my bike though, the last month has been so rainy that it isn't even worth it to slap on the fenders and go out if it's miserable. Running might get me wetter quicker, but I would be done sooner than if I were riding a decent route for a good workout complete with climbing hills (love climbing!) It's all a matter of perspective. Ride or run in the rain you still get WET! Also, it's hard working during the prime cycling hours of the day which really means during my work hours. It's a very sad thing to see the club riders go zooming past the station. Oh well, soon enough I'll be bike commuting more regularly.

Bike commute this morning was 26 degrees with a slight breeze...oh so very COLD, and sloooow! It was good though, no car today! Well, later on I'll be driving, but I can't guarantee how happy I'll be behind the wheel...hahaha...look out people...angry woman hits the road!

Here's looking to an exciting running/cycling season in 2010!

Friday, February 12, 2010

just running

This has been a bare minimum week with just my runs on Monday & Wednesday. No spinning or anything else. I guess I'm just trying to get back on track after a disastrous training week last week.

Tomorrow is long run day so we are leaving from our house and going to the station via SC Trail then up HDA. Should be a good wet run!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Lazy Streak

Ultimately, the best runners are the ones who are willing to work very hard but who have a little bit of a lazy streak in them.  Benji Durden, Coach

I like this quote. Not because I think I’m the best runner because I’m not, but because I think I have the lazy streak thing going on. That would be this week, totally lazy. Last week was a total work out week, running on Monday & Wednesday, cycle class on Tuesday, Wednesday night, Thursday and Friday. By the end of the week I was a little tired. Friday was not the last of it though, I still had a long run to do – which was on Saturday morning. A 5½ mile run from our house thru Felida and on back roads to 94th Street and to HDA. It was a really great run! Loved it! Oh, for the record - we did not run up the hill from the SC trailhead...that would have been completely crazy!  

Then the LAZY set in.

Okay, so last week was the work very hard week. This week was definitely the lazy streak week. I liked resting on Sunday so well that I thought I would extend it to Monday. When I started to think about the rest of the week I thought that running on Tuesday and Thursday made sense since I needed to move my Saturday run to Sunday so I wouldn’t be all freaked out about WHEN I would run Saturday knowing that we had to be at a seminar at 9. So I decided that a run right after church on Sunday would work best. I really like a good plan!  I really took the lazy to the extreme though – nothing until yesterday! What do I do for my first run of the week? SPEED-WORK! Then spin class this morning – HILLS…ugh. I’m a little tired now, but that’s okay I get tomorrow off! I’ve had my share of rest and laziness this week so I’m good to go for next week!

So, a Lazy Streak is a GOOD thing, right?