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December 31, 2008-Ready for 2009

I went with 12 miles on the tm. It had a lot to do with me not getting up as planned. My alarm clock  didn’t go off and I ended up waking up a lot later than expected. Oh well. There’s always another day. I did however put together my wall of inspiration, so that I’m no longer staring at my blank butter cream wall. Yea!

With that said, here’s a look back what I have accomplished in 2008.

6 marathons

2 ultras (50k and a 50 miler)

15 mile

20 mile

It’s kind of funny when you’re just looking at the races ran. All of this doesn’t include all the miles put in between There have been weeks when I would put in 70+ miles. That went on for at least the first 5 months of the year. I learned a lot about myself after the 50 miler, during my recovery. I cam back and ran another 2 marathons before the  year was through. It certainly was a journey and I can’t wait for the new lessons to be learned in 2009.

I set my PR at the Yakima Marathon with 3:37:40 Qualifying for Boston. Since the 50 miler was my first, I set my PR at 9:46:54. Qualifying for Western States.

I also became a Marathon Maniac (MM) after the back to back weekends at Yakima and then at Whidbey Island. My current stats can be found at I’m number 887.

I attained the silver level status as MM after my run in Seattle.

Here is what I have learned during this past year:

  • Make goals.
  • Don’t get caught up on time
  • Remember why I run.
  • It’s okay to take a break.
  • Above all, “enjoy the journey.”
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December 30, 2008

Yoga today. It felt great to stretch and to also see how far I’ve come along in upper body strength and flexibility I really noticed a difference today in the new ability I have to corkscrew my arms so I can reach my inner thigh. I thought it would take much longer than a month. I was also able to sustain a low push up much better than previous time. Tomorrow my plan is wake up at 4:30 am and get on the treadmill for 12-18 miles. I haven’t decided to either stop at 12 or go on to 18. We’ll see how I’m feeling tomorrow.

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December 29, 2008

9 mi on the tm and 6 mi with my running group in the pm. Prior to the night run, I went to my favorite running store, Fleet Feet and bought some more gear which included a very cool head lamp. I don’t know, but for some reason I’ve always pictured head laps looking a lot like the type that miners use. I hadn’t realized that they are extremely compact and very bright. I used it tonight on the run and had a field day running in the dark. On my way to the meeting place, it was slushing out (my term for the mixture of rain and snow), but I wasn’t about to not run on account of the weather. I was too psyched up to use my head lamp and let me tell you, that was fun I can’t wait to run at night during the Ragnar Relay.

Halfway into the run the slush stopped and then very near the end it started hailing. What a night! I had a great time and I can’t wait to go do that again. There definitely is something about running with other people. I absolutely love it, especially when the person your running with is much faster. It motivates me to pick up my pace when I’m in the mood to slack off.

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December 27, 2008

12 miles on the tm. I’ll have to run more a little later today. I woke up around 3:30 am and couldn’t get back to sleep so I decided to start running. It was a good one except for the fact that my body wasn’t ready to run another 6 mi at the time. It’s probably a lack of calories on my part. Sometimes it’s easy for me to forget all about eating during the day, especially prior to a long run. There are definitely times when I would prefer not to eat or sleep. The day would flow so much better.

I picked up Ultramarathon Man again. I was reading it last night and without fail I can always get a good laugh. It’s been a year since it inspired me to take my running to a whole new level. In many ways I have felt those “a-ha” moments just as he has. Running will definitely do that to you. You know, I was thinking back to when I first started running. I knew absolutely nothing, but I thought I’d give it a shot. I always tell people I started running about 3 years ago, but that’s not true. I actually started running in 2001, that’s when I thought running one mile was something. I continued running on and off for the next 4 years just to keep the baby fat away. Then 3 years ago I decided I wanted to run a 10k. I scheduled it out so that I had a good 6 months of training and enlisted my good friend April to join me. I began  running 3 miles with no problem then a few weeks later started running 6 miles. Before I knew it I was running up to 12 miles and loving it. 6 months was just too long to wait for that race. So, I kept that date to run with April in Lake Chelan, but ran my first 10k in Ocean Shores, WA and then another 8k in Seattle and after Lake Chelan I ran another little 8k at Northwest Trek. At Ocean shores, I finished in under an hour, but wanted nothing to do with racing on the beach ever again. It is not fun at all. I had nightmares of running on an endless beach with no turn around or Finish Line in sight. I would wake up in a cold sweat for a week after that race, but I wasn’t about to give up running. For April, Lake Chelan was her first and last 10k, but I’m still working on her. Maybe a marathon is in the cards for her, who knows? 🙂

After one of my long runs, thoughts of running a marathon plagued me. Who would have thought it would get so out of control? It wasn’t until October of 2007 did I seriously dig my heels into making a marathon a goal. Dean Karnaze’s book truly inspired me. A marathon was something I just had to do. My plans quickly changed from running at 30 and run races like Western States and Badwater, I should have no problem. So I said, I’m going for it. My motto at the time was, “Why not?”. I craved for more so I decided to sign up for the Rainier to Ruston 51 miler (R2R) which was 5 months after my first marathon. Like the crazy person that I am I ran 5 marathons before R2R, one of which was an ultra. As you can see I was aching to just go out there and do it. I’m not a sideline type of gal. There’s just too much talking that goes on in the world and not enough doing.

Back to my thoughts on Dean’s book. He makes all my mileage seem like a day at Disneyland. Do you like my new saying? I get tired of old phrases, “like a walk in the park or a day at the beach.” Definitely time for something new.

To be completely honest, Once a Runner puts me to sleep after a few pages, but I will continue reading it. I think I just have to be in the mood for that style of writing. It’s not a bare bones type of read.

The Extra Mile is another fantasmic book that I’ll discuss another day. She inspired me to take my running to another level, but I’ll save that for another day.

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So, for those of you who have found your way to this website looking for my plans for my 30th birthday and missed it in my ramblings of running stories, I plan on running the Triple Tahoe, September 25-27th. This is a three day event and goes as follows. Day 1- 26.2 miles. Day 3-26.2 miles. A fun filled weekend of running for 3 days straight. 78.6 miles of pain. I can’t wait!

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December 22, 2008

I was up late last night until about 2:40am creating this blog. This morning I fully intended to get my downward dog and camel on, but after realizing what I had signed up for last night, I decided to get back on the treadmill. I ran for an 1 hr 45 min. (10 1/2 miles), during which I experienced 2 nosebleeds and a nasty blood clot that came out. I know, that’s a great visual. My nosebleeds are due to the weather and I have learned to work around it when it does happen. I’m quite a sight with toilet paper hanging out of my nose, sweating like crazy and singing along to “Let’s Get it Started” by the Black Eyed Peas. I was going to hang in for another 15 min., but pain that I couldn’t seem to psych myself out from was too much. I believe it had to with running in the streets of Seattle during the Seattle Marathon (Nov. 30th).

Here’s a summary of some races I’ve completed this past year: PF Chang’s Rock ‘n Roll Marathon, Chuckanut Mountain Race (50k), Yakima Marathon, Whidbey Island Marathon, Tacoma City Marathon, Rainier to Ruston 51 miles, Portland Marathon and Seattle Marathon. I’ll post pictures later.

During this time, I have come into an awareness of what pain is. I have had momentary bouts of pain in my shins (when I first started), hips, knees, arches and other places, but it’s through the pain and overcoming it that I enter a clearer state of mind. I don’t know if that makes sense to you, but it does to me. Running long distances and the pain I experience, make me feel alive.