J&J: Week 17 Long Run

Today is the start of being 16 weeks of training away from my fourth marathon.  The Jack and Jill (J&J) in Washington state.  I would just like to say that all of you who promised to never let me run another one have failed miserably.  16 weeks is a pretty standard marathon training calendar and since I’ve got a solid base it should be plenty of time.  I had my half PR last weekend which was super encouraging.  I rested most of the week following the race (last week), and was ready to hit the pavement for 10 by Sunday.

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Here we go

Meteorologist Michelle figured we should start south and run our way  north (due to 2o mph winds).  We started at Turkey Mountain and ran our way home.  It sounds like a simple enough plan but there was lots of planning that went into this route.  Weather, outfits, mileage, cars, etc.

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We got there by 7:20 and had perfect weather to start running.  Here are the things I want to remember from this run:

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See him?

  1. We saw a bald eagle!
  2. I had some funny heart racing moments whenever we would stop for water.  One was around mile 5 at a water fountain on the west side.  The next was when we first got back across the bridge to the east side.  I stopped to rest and my vision went pretty white.  I found a street sign to hold onto and just took deep breaths until I felt steady again.  We walked to a water fountain and pressed on as soon as my vision was clear again.  I ran/walked the rest of the way home.
  3. Some guy stopped me in Owen Park who appeared to be lost.  I tried to help him the best I could but honestly didn’t know where he was trying to go.
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Just one short

I made it 9 of our planned 10 miles.  It was a rough start to official training but it’s a start.   I find that when I have countdowns and calendars like this, I can keep momentum going well.  For example, I got up and did my circuits this morning!  I’m excited and also not excited about these next 16 weeks.  Excited for the challenge, and not excited because I know (x3) how hard this can be.  But, I’m glad to have someone by my side (or a little bit in front of me) through the next several hundred+ miles.

Puerto Rico: Long Running in San Juan

Day three of our Puerto Rican adventure had a long run built into it.  Erin and I are both training for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in October so we agreed we would run long at least once.  Since we didn’t have set plans on Tuesday, it seemed as good a day as any!

The weather in Puerto Rico was very similar to what we’re both used to in Texas and Oklahoma.  It was humid in the morning and we needed to get out as early as we could.  We managed to be out the door before the sunrise, and caught the best one of the trip.  I love it when mother nature rewards your efforts 🙂

We followed a similar path as our first run but of course had to extend it by nearly twice as many miles.  We ended up stumbling upon this fantastic really large paved sidewalk that went down around the outside of the city and kept us close to the water.  Old San Juan was also a little bit hilly so we felt appropriately challenged for at least one of the hills that awaits in San Francisco.

There was a strangely large population of stray cats hanging out all over the rocks on this path.  I was a little creeped out (definitely not a big cat person) – probably close to a hundred cats were roaming around.

Even though we managed to get in 8.5 miles, it was by no means a very serious run.  Obviously we stopped to take photos (see the slideshow below!) and to enjoy the sunrise as well as other scenery, and cats.  Vacation running doesn’t have to be as rigid as training running (hell, even training running doesn’t have to be so serious all the time!).  Part of why I do this anyway, is to see things.  Experience things that I wouldn’t if I wasn’t running.  And it certainly gave me that on this trip!