Wednesday, December 31, 2008

No Hangover Run

I was really looking forward to doing the Annual Hangover Run at Vasquez Rocks tomorrow. Oh well, I guess it's best not to overdo it if I'm still feeling under the weather. I would hate to be stuck out in the middle of nowhere with just me, the rocks, the mountain lions and the coyotes. Maybe next year. The silver lining is that I get to finish my run at Peete's tomorrow instead and you certainly can't beat the company!

Running Weather

I've got to say that after one too many runs in the freezing (30 degree) weather, we have finally been able to enjoy what I consider perfect running weather. C and I met at 9am and were able to run our 4+ loop in shorts and a long sleeve running shirt. We started at Heritage and followed the trail to Decoro, then crossed the paseo bridge over McBean and ran that to Newhall Ranch, which we took to the paseo bridge that drops you into Bridgport Park, we caught the Lowe's trail till right before McBean and then took the paseo bridge back over McBean and hooked up with the Heritage Trail which took us right back to the park. We both agreed that we like that run, because it is in sort of circle and you are not going any one way for very long. I think we kept a pretty good pace most of the way, but there is no way to tell without technology since neither one of us wears a watch. We talked about the Wine Country Half Marathon, and both agreed we would like to enter as teams and hope we can get our friend Mary to join us. We could make it a weekend away and it would be our Mother's Day present, we will have to work on it. I hope the whole group will be able to make it tomorrow, our sick leader is sorely missed. 8am Peete's!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Running When Sick

Now that winter is here and so is the cold/flu season, we often deliberate on whether to run when we are not feeling all that well. We often use the rule of thumb that if the illness is above the throat and not in the chest then it's okay to run, right? Well what about if you have a sinus infection and your equilibrium is off and your energy level is low as in my case right now? I found this interesting article about running when sick with some good guidelines to follow:

http://running.about.com/od/gettingstarted/ss/illness.htm

I hope my friends were able to go out for a run without me today. I'm jealous.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Run Down

It seems the hustle and bustle of the holidays have all caught up with me and my friends. I think we are all a little rundown. It doesn't help that our legs are fueled by all the sugary sweets we have been feeding on the last week (thanks Patty) and it really shows by our lackluster pace (9.4/mile). After our run this morning, I tried to go back to bed, but thoughts of all the things that need to be done kept me up for the most part. Maybe its not a cold or sinus infection I'm fighting, but rather a sugar withdrawal? I just feel like my head is in a fog. I hope our next run is better. At least it will be later so I'll have more time to sleep in!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Running off the Christmas Cheer

It is the day after Christmas and we needed to get out and work off some of those Christmas goodies. I myself have eaten enough cookies to make Santa happy for years. Can't say I felt my best today, my legs just feel like lead lately and I am pretty sure it has something to do with all the cookies. The weather was cold today, and windy, but I don't think it was nearly as cold as the other day. I also think that my new running top and jacket made a big difference (gifts from my family)! Our fearless leader agreed to a short run, 4 miles and change and that was just fine with me, Ending up at Starbucks is what kept me going that last mile but we missed Marathon Mom cause she was off to freeze her assets while watching her son play a couple of soccer games (what a Mom). I hope the games were good and am looking forward to the next run (sort of) and to feeling even better.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Merry Christmas

I'm so glad my friends and I were able to get together for a run before Christmas. It was a beautiful morning and not quite as cold as they were predicting, although there were patches of ice along the bike trail. I especially enjoyed the coffee afterwards and the exchanging of gifts. I love my gifts! I'm looking forward to our run after Christmas to burn off all of the holiday feasts. We still haven't made it over to Hart Park. Maybe Friday?

Anyhow, here is another version of us making a digital fool out of ours"elves".

http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/bg0b5QobxWG2EBVXKl8U

MERRY CHRISTMAS to ALL of OUR FOLLOWERS!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

I Need to Run

I was a bit surprised this morning to wake up to the sound of rain coming down pretty steadily. The plan to run was out the window, and left me to shift my focus to the many things I still have to finish here at home. The thing about my time running is, that it makes the everyday responsibilities easier to deal with. Running with my friends seems to clear my head a bit of all the clutter and makes me a little more relaxed and able to deal with all of it. My foot is hurting and I KNOW I should be resting it anyway, but I am a little cranky today without my run. I truly was looking forward to catching up with the girls and running off a bit of the holiday goodies that I have been sampling. My fingers are crossed for tomorrow, hopefully we have a good pre-Christmas run!

Rained Out

Well, our intentions of running this morning were abruptly changed by the sound of rain upon waking this morning. I knew rain was in the forecast, but didn't really think it would come in so early. Some of my other friends didn't even know that it was forecasted to rain. It's just as well since Patty's foot hurts and my hip is aching from my hike. Hopefully tomorrow will look more promising.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hike with Hubby and Hound



I knew I wasn't running this weekend with my friends so I went on a hike with my husband and our dog Phydo. I won't tell where we went to see how many of you can guess, but the sign at the trailhead said it would be 5.1 miles. I'm not sure if that includes the service road because it felt a little longer than that. It was a nice climb up and still chilly at noon. We even came upon small patches of ice and snow! My real reason for going here was to scope it out for a future run. Parts are definitely steeper than the Beast, but at least it's shorter. We'll have to wait until it dries up a little. The trail was extremely muddy and my shoes became huge mud paddies. In fact people coming down kept expressing concern for our dog and how dirty he was going to get. They didn't seem too concerned about us though.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Running Cold

It was really, really cold during our run today. Everything was blanketed in a cover of white frost, almost as if it snowed here in SCV. We ran (skidded) across the old train bridge off of Magic Mtn. Parkway, which was covered in a sheet of ice. Running when it's this cold creates a whole new set of problems as opposed to running when it's too hot. There's all these layers you have to put on, not to mention the foggy glasses. I almost prefer the heat. I'm sure I'll be saying the opposite when it's summer.

I'm looking forward to a weekend of sleeping in and no running. Our next run, CP 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Mad Dash

One thing about us girls when we run...when we are mad about something, we tend to run faster than our usual pace. That's probably why exercise is so good for relieving stress. Thankfully we're not mad often, but it's nice to be able to channel that energy elsewhere into something more productive. I'm sure the cold weather helped us along too and boy was it cold!

Oh and I thought today's quote fit our conversation today, but I think revenge helps too!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

No Running

Well I think we all decided it was much too wet and cold to go running today so I think most of us went Christmas shopping instead. How do people back East ever get any exercise? I guess we can consider ourselves California wimps. There is the treadmill in our bonus room that I could use, but I hate running on that thing. To me, it is much harder to run a treadmill than for real outside. Besides, when I step off that thing I get motion sickness like I'm still moving. Let's hope we can run Thursday and Friday because our weekly mileage count is looking mighty low!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Jogger vs. Runner

I often wondered what makes someone a jogger versus a runner. Runners certainly don't want to be known as joggers and joggers probably would take offense at being called a walker. Last year when Patty and I went on a 9 mile run just before the half marathon, we walked into a coffee shop at the mall and the girl at the counter made the unfortunate mistake of asking if we had a nice "walk". We both snapped "WE RAN!" Boy if looks could kill. I think that its human nature to want accurate recognition for the pain and suffering one endures in pursuit of exercise.

Anyhow I looked up the definitions for both and I really don't see the difference, but I would still prefer to be called a runner.

Jog: To move along at a slow, steady, jolting pace or trot.
Run: To go by moving the legs faster than in walking. (Hmm, isn't that what jogging is too?)

Monday, December 15, 2008

It Really Hurts!

OK, it hurts so much that the husband is worried about me! I am taking the stairs one at a time and swallowing the Advil like candy. I ran with K for 3 miles today and it was fine, the legs even seemed to go numb by the end, but now they really hurt. I was told that the run would help and tomorrow would be better, so that better be true or I will be really mad. I did get the lights on my tree though so I am glad about that, what is pain when the tree needs decorating. I am a little upset by those who also ran on Sat. and aren't nearly as sore, you know who you are.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Enemy Stairs

Today the stairs in my house are my worst enemy. My quads ache so badly that I can only take one step at a time. I think everyone runs hills a little differently than the next person and the hills tend to accentuate a person's weak points. The reason I say this is because my husband's quads are just fine and it's his calves that are sore, whereas its the quads on me. I think I have stronger calf muscles in comparison to my quads.

Anyhow, I was thinking how we can improve for next time (yes, there will be a next time). I think we should run to the halfway gate at least once a month or every other week and then run a long run on the other weeks. Here I am complaining about how sore I am and I'm already talking about the next time.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

We Must LOVE Running!










Before During After

We must LOVE running! Why else would we wake up at 5am on a Saturday morning, run uphill for over an hour and then back down for close to an hour more. All this with feet that are sore, calves that hurt and legs that never stop hurting the whole time. Not to mention the bone-chilling wind, the thick fog, and steady rain! If not for my friends I would have turned back at the half way point and not felt bad about it. There is just something about knowing that two other people are suffering just as much but still putting one foot in front of the other, that keeps me going. It may be my competitive nature, the camaraderie we share, or just plain stupidity, but I am not alone in any of those so it keeps me out there going one step at a time, no matter how slow. I am proud to say that I conquered "the beast" along with my partners in running, and our brave spouses. I am glad it is over and will be remembering the run for a few days with every ache and pain.

Beastly Weather!


I'm too tired to write about our experience today. I will comment later or perhaps one of my friends will instead. Right now my body feels like jello. 9.5 miles round trip, 3800 ft. elevation, approximately 2700 ft. elevation gain from start.
(Left, us after our run. Right, standing at the top of the Beast next to radio towers)



Friday, December 12, 2008

Jingle Bell Jog

Last night we ran the annual Jingle Bell Jog with the SCRs. It was quite a big group and as always, it was nice to see some old familiar faces. I was commenting during our run how amazing it was to see the spirit of Christmas lit up throughout so many homes even in the midst of our country's economic downturn. I feel conflicted in seeing so much waste in electricity when we are supposed to be "greener", but I think the holidays are a good exception. In the end with all the stops, it was one of the eastiest 4.25 miles we've done and probably the slowest.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Guilt

I'm feeling guilty about not running yesterday, but I really didn't know how everything was going to all fit in one day. I have to keep in mind that running should be a form of relaxation and not an added stress in my life, so if it has to be left off my list of things to do for a day or two, I guess that's okay. Today is not looking any better between ortho appointments and soccer games. What did I do with all of my time before I had kids?

Monday, December 8, 2008

Nap Time?

I'm having one of those days. I am so glad we are not running tonight because I am so tired. I remember the days when my children were little and I looked forward to their nap time. I'm glad those days are over because I just remember feeling physically exhausted all of the time. However, I am feeling like I could use a nap myself, but there just isn't time. There's homework to see to, shopping to do, dinner to make, laundry to fold, carpool to pick up, a house to clean, and gifts to wrap. Yes, the holidays are indeed here. It's amazaing that we are still able to get a run in here and there! See you at Heritage tomorrow.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Half a Beast


I guess you can say that we conquered half a beast today. Patty's foot held up okay and the course was not too bad considering the recent fire and rain. There were a lot of rocks in the way, which Patty was quite phobic about and who can blame her. It was a nice day to run the Beast and we're hoping we have similar conditions next weekend when we run for the SCV Food Pantry Fundraiser. C and I were commenting on how quickly the half way point comes up the more you run the trail, but it still doesn't seem to get any easier. As the daily quote says, "It only hurts up to a point" and then you basically go numb. I think it's only 4.5 miles to the gate and back. I'm not sure how well we'll do next week when we go the full 10 miles, but like we said, we can always walk.

video

Thursday, December 4, 2008

It Is Just a Bruise


The fear of not being able to run for any length of time sent me to the doctor first thing this morning to have my foot checked out. The top of my foot has a nice bruise and my second and third toes look like they are leaning away from eachother. Since it hurts quite a bit to put weight on my foot, I was afraid that I may have broken a bone. The doctor said that it was a bad bruise and the rock caused a hematoma that was pushing my toes apart. He was nice enough not to tell me that they are a bit chubby and funny looking to begin with, but that is the truth. I am not supposed to run for 2 weeks, but I am sure that is just a conservative guideline. I will try and stay off of it for this weekend but like I told the doctor, I am a fast healer so who knows. I have my sights set on "The Beast" so cross your fingers for me. I am sure you won't let me get out of it by using the old stepping on a rock trick!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Never a Dull Moment

When all of us ladies are running together there is never a dull moment, especially when Mary is with us. She has the funniest stories, and it's usually at her expense. Bless her! She shared her Thanksgiving food poisoning story with us and although it sounded horrific, she was still able to laugh about it. Then C shared with the group her story of what happened when she returned from Indiana and it made us all angry and sad at the same time. Then when Patty stepped on a rock and hurt her foot , there was concern of how bad it might be. We're not sure if her toe is broken. Then there is me with my runner's acid reflux. I've been reading that it's actually a common condition for runners, but they're not really sure why. I think running on the rolling hills of C.O.C. was in some ways a reflection of the emotions we were all feeling tonight.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Street Lights

Patty and I ran last night from Pavillions to Newhall Ranch Road on the bike path and down towards the train bridge on Magic Mtn. Parkway. We ended up with just over 4 miles at a 9.1 pace. It really didn't feel like we were moving that fast, but I guess we were trying to beat the dark. We would have been done earlier, but we spent a good amount of time pondering where to go once we hit Newhall Ranch Road. We stopped several times trying to decide whether it was better trying to run illegally cross the street (not a good idea at rush hour), or run another 100 yards down the street and cross at the light. I'm not sure what it is about stop lights, but I try to avoid them. I think it's the fact that you have to wait for the light to change and then run across the street as people in cars wait while watching you run across. In the end, we ran to the light and crossed. Had we just done that in the first place, we probably would have been done before it became dark!

Monday, December 1, 2008

It's Not Going to be Pretty!

I was sitting in my car the other day listening to an awesome song by "James Morrison" and it occurred to me that it summed up my feelings during the recent half marathon I ran with my friends!
I asked, then pleaded, then bribed my youngest son, (he is of the You Tube generation) to set the lovely pictures that my husband took as we were finishing to the portion of the song that I thought fit perfectly. As you can see we ran with all we had that day, and there wasn't too much left at the end. In fact I apparantly ran with my eyes closed for quite some time. I hope you all enjoy these pictures and that the memories that they bring back are not too painful. I left out the pictures of my son Steven because he didn't look like he ran nearly as hard as we did and because he is not a "Mom Out Running Everywhere". I did however love the fact that he was there to share it with me and my friends and in the process ran a pretty awesome race. I just wanted to share this with my friends and say once again, GOOD JOB GIRLS, you get me through when I feel just like I look in these pictures! And a special thanks to my son, Josh who did a pretty awesome job on this video! I am implementing a ban on cameras at all future races unless we have hair and makeup waiting right before we finish, although that would really affect our times so forget it. No Cameras!
video

Ahhh!!! The Holidays are Here!!!

Well Its official, the holidays are here and so are the hectic days and nights. While I was away at my son's soccer tournament this weekend, I kept thinking about all the things I had to do before the holidays. The list seems endless and so do the gifts, but I'm not going to take it all so seriously. So to start the holidays off on a fun and cheerful note, I elfed myself and my friends. Check out the link below. Its good for a laugh.

http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/WrAzkMQ5fEFJAn4Q

Not only can they run, but my friends can also dance really well. Who knew!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Little More Conversation

Well my friends are all out of town for the holiday weekend, so I recruited my husband to run with me at Central Park while the High Schoolers had practice. While I so appreciate him going with me, it is just not the same as when the girls run together! I don't know if he is embarrassed to actually run as slowly as I do or if it is just not a good enough workout, but we didn't actually run together and when we were near eachother there was no conversation. Now it's not like I didn't have a good run, the weather was great and my legs felt pretty good so I was trying to keep up with him and not doing too bad. The thing I missed though was the conversation that takes place when the girls run together. I can truly say that we are masters of the running conversation. We have talked, laughed (alot), cried (alot), and basically covered every subject possible while we are running. There are times when I can't talk and just enjoy listening to my friends talk, it really keeps me going. Other times, I can't wait to get to my run to tell a story or share something that happened to me at home or at work, or get their opinion on a problem that is bothering me. I hope you are all having a great time with your families during this holiday, but hurry back, I miss our conversation.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful

I'm thankful for the wonderful community we live in where we can walk out of our door and find any number of trails to run on. I'm thankful for the friends that join me through hot, cold, and windy conditions whenever I want to run. I'm thankful for all the wonderful friends I've made throughout the years while running with my kids. I'm thankful for my family that allow me to drag them out of bed on Thanksgiving morning to run at the SCR's Turkey Trot. Running has been a blessing for me, not only for the obvious health benefits, but mostly for the people it has brought into my life. Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Timing is Everything

Patty and I couldn't have planned our run more perfectly today. It really didn't look good this morning and it was coming down rather hard when I left the house for our run. I figured we could at least get our coffee. However, by the time I got to Peete's Coffee the rain had slowed and patches of blue sky were visible. We ran toward the Wiley Bridge on the South Fork trail dodging puddles and sliding through mud (true cross country conditions). We forgot about the work they have been doing on the trail so much of it was closed off after Magic Mtn Parkway, forcing us to run under the power lines and in the mud. This detour also caused a glitch with my GPS because we ended up losing signal part of the way. I'm not sure if it was the power lines or the trees, but I have noticed that running under or near power lines tend to upset the Garmin. Anyhow, when I got home and downloaded the map of our run, I noticed that it did not record at least 1/3 of our run (from Wiley to Magic Mt Pkwy). I think we probably did somewhere around 6.5 to 6.75 based upon what it was at the turnaround and what I know of the mileage from Lowes. It's 10 miles from Lowes to the Wiley Bridge Loop and we picked up the trail before the 2 mile mark, so I think that puts us close to 6.5 miles I'm guessing. Anyhow, just as we got close to Pavilions, the rain had just started again. Like I said, timing is everything and we couldn't have planned it more perfectly today!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Gadgets are Good!

I readily admit that I am not much for gadgets, up until recently I couldn't have imagined needing anything other than good running shoes to accompany me on a run. I don't even like to wear a watch, I might glance at it and trip over something (my friends know that this is a true possibility). However since I have been running with a friend who faithfully wears a GPS and I have to say I have come to appreciate the perks that come with it. It is nice to know the exact mileage of a certain route, which comes in handy when we run on trails that can't be measured in my car, also it tells us how fast we are running which is sometimes a pleasant surprise. We have truly come to rely on the GPS when we run and it makes running in a new place so much easier because we know exactly how far we are going. I don't love it enough to want to wear one, but I am happy to reap the benefits of those that love the gadgets. My brother Dave is a true gadget guy (notice I did not say the other "g" word) and he has been exploring walking/running trails all over Santa Clarita, here is the address of his blog where he has detailed info on trails and parks that he has discovered,
http://sirdude.com/musings/

Monday, November 24, 2008

Night Run

We ran in the dark tonight along the hilly paseos of north Valencia. Our pace was slower than what we're usually used to, but like I said it was a hilly 4.15 miles. I think what we're realizing is that we have actually gotten much stronger and the hills are not as bothersome as they once used to be. As we lose our daylight, it also becomes more challenging to find places to safely run. I was extremely happy to get my favorite light clip working again. Thank god for small miracles. As we run, I am very much aware of my surroundings. I think it's from years of running with the youth running clubs that have made me somewhat paranoid, which is a good thing when running at night. All in all it was a good run. I think we're ready for the Beast!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thanks For the Run

I really want my friends to know that I enjoyed our run today. I enjoyed the cooler weather, I enjoyed
the fact that we were able to put in 6.5 miles quite easily, and I enjoyed the fact that we were going slowly enough that we really got to have a conversation. I know the harder runs are coming, something about "hill training" that I am trying to block out, but for today I am happy. I know that it was my idea to do the longer run, and I think our plans were changed for me. That is what I truly love about my running friends, they pay attention to my moods and sometimes change their plans for me. I hope it was a good run for all, but I just wanted to say thanks!

Running Skirts

At first when I first saw them, I thought "how ridiculous!", but now they're kind of growing on me. Unfortunately by the time I fully accept them as appropriate running attire, I think I will be considered too old to be seen wearing one. You would have to be under a certain age to wear one. They are cute and it really is no different than playing tennis in a skirt, I guess. I just don't know if it would bug me to feel something "swishing" around as I'm trying to run. I have enough things on or in my body "swishing" around that are permanently attached to me. I don't know, what do you gals think? Would you ever be caught wearing one?

Here's a link to the history of running skirts:
http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-369-371--12799-0,00.html

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Youth

I was at the junior high school cross country race at Central Park today and it got me thinking about how lucky the kids are to have youth on their side. I doubt they experience the same aches and pains we feel in our 40's. The one thing I regret from my youth is that I didn't participate in any organized sports. I wish I had tried out for some sort of team in high school. But then I wonder if I would have appreciated the opportunity as much as I do now that I am older.

Anyhow, it was a nice day at the park to watch the races. It was also nice to see some old familiar faces that we've met throughout the years when our children ran together.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Missing My Running Friends !!

I hope this is going to get posted !! It sounds like I missed a good run tonight ! I really wish my head would allowed my body to run with you. I will have to try and go out on my own which is never as enjoyable ! Kudo's for starting on the hill training, even if they were small to begin with. I do want to try the beast one more time and hope to not let it get me this time. In other words maybe run it smarter ! What do you think ? Well we have time to ponder this before we commit. Hey there is a "Say No To Drugs Race " 5k /10k at Griffith Park on Sunday Dec. 14th maybe we can do this one ? Bye for now. C

Why We Need Hills

Hills... let's face it, we hate them. My running friends and I pretty much plan our runs so we can avoid them at all costs even if it means running farther AROUND the hill rather than over it. We know they're good for us and they'll make us stronger, but it's like a lot of things that are good for us. We dread and avoid them, sort of like taking our vitamins, getting immunizations, or going for the annual OB/GYN check up, if you know what I mean. I have a shirt with a great saying on the back from the COC series, home of the "Killer Hill" and "Aftershock". It says "If it doesn't kill you, it will only make you stronger". So I thought it was time to run some modest hills tonight to start making us stronger and a little faster. It really wasn't all that bad. Mind you, these were not the "Killer Hill" types, more like a hiccup, but we had to start somewhere. If we have any thoughts of running the Beast in a couple of weeks ( yes, a couple of weeks) then we better start some hill training now.

Well if you need further convincing to run for the hills, here is a link:

http://www.active.com/story.cfm?CATEGORY=Running&CHECKSSO=0&STORY_ID=8855

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Surprises

It's funny how you just never know how you're going to feel on any particular run until you start running. I was dreading our afternoon run because it had been so hot and smoky and I felt physically exhausted. As we settled into a light pace during our first mile at Central Park, I began to realize that I didn't feel all that bad afterall, other than my stomach acting up. As we ran further, I also began to realize that what started out to be a hot and smoky day actually turned out to be a rather pleasant early evening. So I guess the moral of this post is to expect the unexpected, to never judge a run by the way you're feeling beforehand, and also to always be prepared with your water belt just in case!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Today is a "Present"

I watched "Kung Foo Panda" with my son this weekend and would recommend it to everyone. The message of the movie was that we can do anything as long as we believe in ourselves. There is a great quote in the movie "The past is history, the future is a mystery, today is a gift, that is why they call it the present". I have heard advice like this about running, along the line of not dwelling on what you've already done or thinking about what still lies ahead, but keeping yourself in the moment and focusing on only that. I thought how much that would help on the second mile of the COC race, when I don't know how I will get up the hills ahead much less finish that horrible lap around the track at the end. Anyway, I wanted to pass this along, I can't remember if it was the Panda, the bushbaby, or the old turtle who said it, maybe I'll watch the movie again. You should too!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Day Off


It was nice to take a day off from running and get together for just a day of fun. We have been looking forward to seeing "Wicked" for some time now and I for one thoroughly enjoyed myself, aside from the smokey smell in the sky and also next to me. When we're on our runs, it's sometimes hard to talk amongst ourselves (probably because we're just too busy trying to breath and not pass out). It was so nice to not worry about rushing off to pick up one of the kids from somewhere or to go home and get dinner started. While I enjoy running with my friends, I enjoy having dinner and a glass of wine with them even more.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Persistence

I really didn't want to get up this morning and run. I heard the winds howling all night and I knew that they would be there to meet us during our early morning run to push us back. There is no doubt I would have stayed home and slept a few more hours, but I knew someone was waiting for me. It is that knowledge that helps motivate me and get me going when I really don't feel like it. So even when one of us is having an off day, maybe not running as fast as we would like to, I'm grateful that someone is waiting for me and holding me accountable.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Next Run

Our next run will be from our new favorite coffee spot (Peete's) at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning. What's nice about this loop is that we can modify the length of the run depending on how we're feeling that day. Tthe most important thing is that the run ends where there is good coffee awaiting us. I've been thinking about my next latte since we were last there. Just like Patty said in the previous post, I am also inspired, but mostly by the thought of good coffee waiting for me at the end of my run.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

MARATHON IN MAY? What the Fox!

I guess the latest "new" date for the L.A. Marathon is Memorial Day. The organizers must not be from aound here. Do they not know how hot it is here during Memorial Day? Well I don't know about you guys, but I think that pretty much put ANY thoughts of running the L.A. Marathon out of my mind. I think that was just the excuse I was looking for to get out of it!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New Coffee Spot

Hey C and M,

We missed you at our post-run coffee. It was actually very good, especially the latte. Looks like we found a new spot! We are going to run tomorrow at 4:30 at Bridgeport. We'll do our usual loop. We're also planning on checking out the trails at Hart Park on Saturday. At least it's somewhere different. I think the SOAR kids are doing a race at Balboa that day. Anyhow, it was a good run today. We did 5 miles at 9.2 pace in case you're wondering. Go Purple!!!

BTW Patty, I saw your new picture. Very cute and very fitting.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hart Park Trail

Yesterday we took the train to Union Station to check out Olvera Street. Very interesting. Anyhow, as we were approaching the tunnel, I noticed that there was a great, fairly flat trail just past the historical buildings in Hart Park. It seems to go on forever. Does anyone else know about this trail? There's a lot of oak trees and the path looks like it's dirt. I wonder if we are allowed to run back there. The only concern I have is that it looks like mountain lion territory, but then so is Mentryville. It's very lush and wooded and there was even a campground along the trail. I can't believe I've never seen it before, but then again I wasn't looking for running trails the last time I took the train, which was about 10 years ago!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

L.A. 1/2 Marathon?

I just got a postcard for the L.A. 1/2 Marathon. If we are not going to run the full marathon in February, how about the 1/2 in December? We're pretty much already trained for it and it's just a matter of keeping up our miles. I think it would be fun to run the 1/2 marathon in different scenery. You know who is the "official whatever" for that race. Anyone else up for another 1/2 marathon?

Saturday, November 8, 2008

HAPPIER TIMES

We look so excited, don't we! I especially like the beautiful porta-potties
in the backround.
Little did we know how hard it was going to be. I
have to practice a little more with the hat, I obviously don't know how to
put one on properly, I still think it affected my race.

I AM INTERNET CHALLENGED!

I am trying to post, because I got an error message and wanted to see if it would accept my thoughts. I know I am getting up there in years and this computer stuff doesn't come as easy to me as to our much younger friend Marathon Mom. If it works then I am going to find out how to put a picture on, mine are much more flattering, of course they were taken before we broke a sweat, but that is a technicality.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Happy Birthday Patty! You look great for 30! I felt okay after our 4.25 miles today. It was a nice day and I'm glad we were able to sit and have breakfast afterwards and chat. I'm looking forward to Mentryville. I'm seriously rethinking the marathon and would really like to look into the relay races like the one you mentioned and maybe some 5k's and 10k's. Let's keep our eyes and ears open for some interesting ones.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Welcome


Welcome to our blog. My friends and I run several times a week and discuss all sorts of things from running to raising a family. Not too long ago we talked about starting a blog to chronicle our ups and downs and some of the challenges we face as running moms. My friends and I started running later in life after we had kids mainly because our kids ran. It was a way for us to connect with our kids and have something in common with them. It certainly made us appreciate how hard they worked. Now as our children grow older and no longer need us to run along side them, we now run for ourselves and for the camaraderie we share with each other.