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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Three Things Tuesday

  1. I caved and ordered new Cathe DVDs.  For those of you who do P90X, you might check out Cathe Friedrich, who is my preferred weight lifting DVD star.  She is the star and creator of STS, which I'm going to be right back on in September.  The new DVDs are Intensity (which sounds like ultra-hard cardio), HIgh Reps (weight lifting), Lower Body Blast (lower body cardio / plyo) and STS Total Body (STS-Style less than an hour weight lifting).  I'm most looking forward to STS Total Body, and I'm hoping it can be used for maintenance between STS phases.  Check out the presale, and use promo code DVD20 to get 20% off any additional DVDs that you buy!  (The presale ends today)

  2. I mentioned yesterday that we picked up our new dive computers!  Our old computers have 3 buttons, and the new ones have 4.  You would not believe how confusing this is.  Basically, to change settings and screens and view logs and whatnot, you have to scroll through a series of menus.  When there are a different number of buttons, it becomes really confusing as to what is "select" and what is "quit," etc.  I'm getting used to it though.  No, I haven't taken it on a dive yet, but I did sit and try to get to know it.  After all, I don't want to get out on a dive and find I don't know how to use my computer...

  3. I'm SO EXCITED because I have peppers on my pepper plants!!  They are Anaheim peppers, and I had no idea what to do with them.  I finally picked one and tasted it, and it tasted like a bell pepper, but was shaped like a jalapeƱo.  So, not spicy at all.  I think I might try stuffing them with cheese and then grilling them.  YUM!


And another, random thing...  This really cracks me up:

Monday, August 30, 2010

Annapolis Ten Mile Run 2010

One of my very favorite yearly races is the Annapolis Ten Mile Run.  It goes right through my hometown of Annapolis, and it is so nice to be back there once a year.  It is typically hot and hilly, and this year was no exception, although it was certainly not as hot as it could have been.

Todd and I went down to Annapolis Saturday afternoon.  We stopped at our dive shop to pick up our new dive computers, and this process took longer than expected (we also switched out some hoses on our regulators).  So, we had to go straight down to the Expo.  It closed at 5pm, and we rolled in at about 4:55.  We picked up our bibs, which had the timing chips on the back of them.  The lovely folks at Annapolis Striders also gave away athletic socks with the bibs, which was pretty cool. 

We went and had some dinner (Bertucci's, one of my favorite places and I rarely get to go there) and then headed to my mom's house in Annapolis.  My mom was actually at the beach, so we had the place to ourselves. We went to bed early, but I never sleep well the first night out of my own bed, so I can't say that I got all that much sleep.

The alarm went off at 6:15 Sunday morning, which was great because my cohorts who didn't stay in the Annapolis area got up closer to 4am!  We were dressed and ready quickly and headed to Navy Stadium for the start of the race.  Traffic was not as bad this year, so I guess a lot of folks learned their lesson last year and showed up in time to beat the traffic.  We met our Fleet Feet friends and then headed to the start of the race.

Temps were about 70 degrees at the start, but it was a nice, sunny, day, which is definitely not ideal.  Humidity was 75%, so it was steamy out there.  My friends and I started the race off to the side of the starting line, still pretty much inside the stadium.  I tried to hold us back some, because I hate the first few miles of the race where people are trying to pass us and it is nearly impossible to take a walk break.  I felt like I did better at this than in years past, but still there were just too many people behind us.

For the first time ever, Todd chose to run the race with me.  I've run nearly all of my A-10 races alone, so this was a new and different thing.  I kept my splits close to 11:40 or so, and then did mile 3 in 11:00, which was pretty quick (as a reference, mile 3 is down Main Street Annapolis, so there is a lot of downhill.  Plus, it is the most exciting part of the course).  I was feeling good, but it was hot and I was looking forward to getting into the shade past the Severn River Bridge.  For those who don't know of this race, the Severn River Bridge in Annapolis is the highlight of the Annapolis 10 Miler, but it is steep and tall.

Once you're across the bridge, the course takes you through rolling hills in a residential area.  The Annapolis residents ROCK because they stand outside with sprinklers and hoses, and play music and cheer you on.  I couldn't seem to get any of my mile splits below 12 minutes, but the miles were ticking by pretty easily.  Todd was up to his usual antics, goofing around and being silly, which is always a nice distraction.  My race attitude has been about the same for all races lately - focus.  get this done.  one foot in front of the other.  run.  So, that's what I was doing.

I hadn't named a goal for the race, I was pretty much out to just see what I could do.  However, when I broke away from my group before we'd even passed mile marker one, I had made a choice that I was going to run this race all out, PR or not.  When we reached the Severn River Bridge for our second crossing of the race (mile 9), I knew that I was in sight of getting the goal I'd had in the back of my head - under 2 hours.  However, I'd need to pick it up some for the last mile in order to do it.

In the end, I just couldn't do it.  Once you're across the bridge, there is a big uphill, and then some flatter / more downhill, but by then I'd used up all of my gas.  I picked it up, but not enough.  It was hot and the last mile is almost completely in the blazing sun.  The last quarter mile or so is all uphill.  

So, I ran as best as I could and when I crossed the finish line, my watch said 2:00:58, so I was close to my goal, but not quite there.  Still a very awesome time, and this is about a minute faster than my PR.  However, the official results haven't been posted (more on that in a second), and so I don't know for sure what my official time is (my watch is sometimes off of chip time).

Overall, a great race, but there were a few things that were off this year and I know Annapolis Striders is going to take some criticism on it.  First of all, the premiums.  Most people run this race for the spectacular premiums that are offered.  In 2006, we got an awesome fleece jacket.  In 2008, we got a windbreaker jacket.  Every year has been something wonderful, but this years seemed not as good, just from the drawing on the website.  Then, on Friday, we got an email from the Striders saying that there was an issue with the premiums and that they would have to be mailed to finishers 4-8 weeks after the race.  Boo!!  I understand, and that these things happen, but this was not a good thing by any stretch.

The second problem is the race results.  We're well over 24 hours after the race, and results should be posted by now.  However, the website states that there was a database problem with the results and there would be an unknown amount of time before they are posted.  Boo, again!!  Once again, I understand that things happen, but this is not what I expect from what is usually such a wonderfully organized race.

Finally, this is a request from me to the Annapolis Striders:  The starting line?  We've just got to do something about it.  The first 2 miles of this race are always a nightmare.  I take walk breaks and I am constantly in everyone's way.  The problem with this is that I get blamed for it.  Let me be clear, faster people, I have NO DESIRE to be in your way.  I DO NOT want to start where I start, but there is basically no room at the starting line of this race, and not even at attempt at organizing it into corrals.  In fact, I have started the race the last 3 or 4 years from INSIDE THE STADIUM, not even at or in sight of the starting line.  I STILL get caught in front of countless people who want to curse at me and run me over.  Annaplis Striders, you have GOT to organize your starting line in a way that people can get to it and line themselves up according to expected pace.  I WANT to be in the back, but I can't get to it or figure out where it is.  As you can see from the image to the right (which was taken yesterday right before the race started), it's a mess there.  In that photo, I'm somewhere off to the right, still inside the stadium.  It's just frustrating.

To end on a positive note, though, I love the course (as hilly and challenging as it is), I love the city and residents of Annapolis, and I love this race.  The water stops were well-stocked and plentiful.  The beer, water and watermelon at the end of the race was chilled and available even to us slow folks.  I LOVED the fact that the race set aside special bins for recycling and composting, which is GREAT (next year, though, let's try Hydrapouch!).  All in all, a wonderful, successful race and I'm happy to have run it five times!

UPDATE: Official results were posted.  I did it in 2:00:54, which is a new Personal Record (previous was 2:01:40)

Image Credit: Federal Highway Administration (bridge), Annapolis Striders (race photo)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Saturday Linky-Loos

Health, Fitness and Running

Other Things

Friday, August 27, 2010

Helpful Safety Resources for Bikes

Wow, thank you for all of your comments on my Cycling and Traffic post.  I received a ton of helpful advice!  I thought that I would add it here so that everyone can benefit.

First of all, there is this brilliant essay from Eye on Annapolis, which was sent to me from Jen.  In the essay, Ann Brennan talks to drivers about why she does some of the things she does while she is out on the bike.  A great read for cyclists and non-cyclists alike.

Kitzzy sent me a few links that are specific to the Orlando area, but are still wonderful tips for everyone.  CommuteOrlando offers some tips about being a confident cyclist.  Cycling Savvy comes from the Florida Bicycle Association, and offers some tips about certain maneuvers you can make while on the road.

Kitzzy also sent the Bicycling Street Smarts manual, which includes a lot of helpful information, plus diagrams about riding in traffic, on streets, in darkness, etc.  I especially like the section on riding through traffic circles, which will be helpful if and when I get up the nerve to ride the Route 30 (Hampstead) Bypass, which is the closest Bike Route to my house.

My friend Misty sent me a link to Bicycle Safety.  This offers a lot of information that was in the Bicycling Street Smarts manual, but in a shorter version with catchier titles.  This site also offers a lot of statistics on how many bicycle accidents occur from different mistakes.  My takeaway is that around 33,000 people die in car crashes in the U.S. each year.  About 1 in 41 is a bicyclist.

After Kitzzy's links that were local to Orlando, I decided to do my own research to see if Maryland or Baltimore had any bike information out there.  I found my county office of tourism offers some interesting bike tours of my local area.  This is interesting, and offers some routes I'd love to try, but doesn't really go into safety at all.

Baltimore City offers some information on Bike Baltimore, but again, this is mostly maps and not really information about biking safely in Baltimore City.  The Maryland Department of Transportation offers similar services, with bike maps of the Bike Routes in the state of Maryland.

The best Maryland resource that I found was OneLessCar.org,   This includes events, news and information for Maryland cyclists, but their safety page didn't include nearly the important information that was found in any of the links that anyone sent me.  It did, however, include a wonderful fact sheet on Bicycle Safety for Children.  There are some great tips on that one, so take a look at it if you are thinking of buying your child a bike.

The biggest thing that I've learned from reading up on all of these websites is that I should sit and memorize all of this before going out on the road.  Right now, I only interact with cars at trail crossings and in my own neighborhood.  I can begin practicing the safety lessons that I've learned in my neighborhood, but it will be a little while before I've learned enough to ride on roads outside of my neighborhood.  Right now, for example, I am still not quite confident enough to reach down and grab my water bottle while I'm riding.  If I can't do that, then I'm not ready to ride on a bigger street just yet.

Image Credit: One Less Car.org

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cycling and Traffic

I had put my bike aside for a while.  In fact, I had wanted to post a rant about how much I was really hating cycling...

But, I can't do that.  I knew I couldn't do that.  I was frustrated because the last time I tried to go on the bike, I gave myself a flat.  I knew I needed to get back out there, and on Friday I finally did.

It was a great ride.  I posted in my Facebook status that I was planning to go out for a ride on the trail after work.  I had two good friends respond back that they wanted to meet me out there, so at 5pm I met Dannielle and Theresa out on the trail.  We rode for 11 miles, talking and having a great time along the way.  I was still afraid of the gates -- I haven't gotten over crashing into them in April.  But, being out with Dannielle and Theresa, I felt like I needed to be a big girl and act like it wasn't a big deal at all.  And, I did fine!  Hooray!

Then, Monday, Todd and I went out around our neighborhood for a short ride (only 3 miles / 25 minutes).  Since my neighborhood is all hills, this was a serious challenge.  We even went up "Devil's Fork," which is this big hill hear us that I use for extreme hill training.  It was tough and my legs were burning after.

I've had a lot of trouble finding places to ride.  The trail isn't always convenient and my neighborhood is ultra-hilly.  Where else can I go?  I wanted to ride out on the street (I have a real desire to ride on the Hampstead Bypass near my house), but every time I get up the nerve to try riding around cars, I see another article about another dead cyclist.

Some Examples:

  • Yesterday, a cyclist was killed in Union Bridge, Maryland (close to my house), when a tractor trailer made a turn into him.  Charges are pending.
  • A cyclist was killed in Tampa when he was struck by an SUV on his morning ride.  No charges were filed.
  • August 13, a German cyclist was hit by a drunk driver while cycling in San Francisco on vacation.  The driver is currently free on bail.
  • In Oklahoma on August 15, a cyclist riding on the shoulder was killed when a truck driver who wasn't paying attention drifted off of the road.
  • Boston, August 9, a cyclist (this one was not wearing a helmet) was struck by a car and killed.
The list goes on and on.  These are five incidents, all within the last month, and I didn't even list hundreds of others that have occurred this year. 

So, my question for my readers is this:  Are you worried about cycling in traffic?  What precautions do you take to ensure that you will not be struck or killed by a vehicle?  

I'm waiting for some insight as I try to reason with how dangerous this sport is.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Saturday Linky-Loos

My favorite posts for the week!


Running and Fitness
Cooking
Other Things

Friday, August 20, 2010

Five Things Friday

  1. The punishment for not finishing your post on Thursday?  You have to change your title to "Five Things Friday" instead of "Three Things Thursday" and then come up with two more things!  Yikes!  Good thing that one of these "things" can be that you didn't finish the post yesterday! (whew!  one down...)

  2. I've been pampering myself by doing most of my runs lately on the treadmill (short runs anyway), and now I'm paranoid that I will not be used to the heat when I have to run the Annapolis Ten Miler in ten days.  The A-10 is notorious for heat and hills.  I love the race, but it's a tough one.  Right now, they're calling for 82 degrees on race day, which isn't the worst I'll have ever seen.

  3. I'm hoping to get down to Columbia, Maryland, this weekend to see the Iron Girl Triathlon.  I've never spectated at a triathlon before, so I'm excited to see how it goes.  My friend Sue is doing her very first tri there.  She's asked me not to go.  She is worried that she won't finish.  She has NO ONE else that is going with her.  If you were me, wouldn't you go anyway??

  4. This past weekend, Todd and I went to Ocean City, Maryland (known locally as going "down the ocean").  We were scheduled to dive on the OC Diver.  When I went to our dive shop to pick up or tanks on Friday, my dive store owner (boss), was like "hey, do you think we'll actually go out on Sunday?"  I was thinking, of course!  It's supposed to be nice!  Alas, there has been quite a few storms out on the Atlantic lately, and the weather prediction by Saturday morning was for 3-6 foot swells.  The visibility was predicted to be no more than 5 feet.  So, as a group we elected to cancel.  We're planning on trying again on the OC Diver in October, so let's keep our fingers crossed that we can get out on our second try.  Todd and I still had a nice time at the beach, where we hung out with my mom and her significant other*.  Todd took some nice photos, but he hasn't given them to me to post yet.

  5. Speaking of Todd's photography, he has a new account at Redbubble.com.  Go and check it out!  It shows some of his art work that he is most proud of and it is available for sale there.  
* My mom's significant other: For those of you who may be new to my blog, my parents divorced when I was 10, and my mom has been with her "boyfriend," Vic, since I was about 12.  So, 20 years total.  We still are at a loss as to what to call him, as he is not my step-father, but boyfriend sounds too teeny bopper.  My good friend Sandra has always suggested that I call him her "lover," which I do, sometimes, because it drives my mom nuts.  Anyway.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My Running Strengths

Christina at Lazy Bones Running asks "What are your running strengths?"  I like this question because I've been feeling down and unmotivated lately.  I figured that answering it would make me feel a little more positive.  So, here are my thoughts:

Perseverance
Even if I don't want to, I get out there.  It's rare for me to have a big gap in my running, unless I am on vacation or sick.  After I ran the Disney Marathon in 2007, I took several months off of running and didn't start running again until May.  This was a BAD decision, and I paid for it with a horrible, awful season where I started basically back from square one.  A year later, I made a promise that I wouldn't do that again and I've maintained a base of at least 10 miles ever since (2 1/2 years now).

I am also out regardless of the weather.  I own a treadmill, so I take it inside if need be.  Excuses do not usually keep me from running.  I've run on the treadmill for as long as 13 miles at a time.  I've done training runs at weird hours and in weird places, so that I can get them in.  I found places to run when blizzards blocked my normal trail.  I have woken up as early as 3:00am to beat the heat, and I've done long runs in when temperatures dipped into the teens.  I've run in snowy weather, I've run in nor'easters.  During this past winter, a group of us once slid under a fence in order to get into a gated community to run.  We get out there, regardless.

Endurance
Relatively speaking, anyways.  I'm not out there running ultras (and I doubt that I ever will), but I run a lot of miles for training and I don't really mind doing it.  For example, even though I'm only running a half marathon this fall, my longest training run was 16 miles.  I know I can get through that 13.1 miles, and my endurance is pushed far past what it needs to be.  I keep telling my running group, "We might be slow, but we sure can run a lot of miles!"

Conservativeness
Which is apparently really a word (I looked it up!).  I don't try to kill myself out there.  I don't do tons of races, and I keep my long runs slow.  I do train for speed on shorter runs, but I don't do anything that would risk injury.  Even though I get out there regardless of weather or other excuses, I don't run if I think it will cause injury.  I don't take risks, because I want to keep running for the rest of my life.


What about you?  What are your running strengths?

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Saturday Linky-Loos

My favorite posts for the week!


Food, Fitness and Exercise
Recipes
  • Behemoth Crumb Cake:  When I first read this back in May, I just blindly bookmarked it without thinking about it.  The photo looked yummy and I thought, "Hey, that's something I can maybe make to take to a party sometime and I can satisfy my urge to bake."  Then, I was scanning recipes for something to bake and actually read the recipe.  I still wanted to make it, despite how much fat it contains (1200 calories, 60+grams of fat).  Then, I read the comments and felt guilty about wanting to make it.  :(
  • Cheesy Zucchini Pizza: I made this for dinner Thursday night.  I can tell you that if you are looking for a delicious recipe for your extra zucchinis, this is a good one!  YUM YUM YUM
Other Things
  • Why Target and Best Buy's Support of Anti-Gay Bigots Is Going to Change the Way You Shop Forever:  Ok, this is a political thing and I don't want to preach my own political agenda here, but I do want to make sure that people are aware of the serious implications of the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding corporate donations to political campaigns.  This is a very big deal.  I don't care if you are for or against it, but please at least understand it and form an opinion.
  • Sick Duck: An article from slate about recent accusations of Donald Duck groping women at Disney World.  (If you don't read the article, you should know - it's probably not true)
Giveaways!!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

My Garden, and the Good Karma Sunflower

I haven't been paying as much attention to my yard and flowers as I should have.  I planted a lot of new things in the flower beds in the spring, but very few of them survived past the harsh heat that we've been having.  It's disappointing.  I also never got to putting in the awesome garden that I'd had planned.  I did manage to get my containers up and going, and they are doing extremely well.

For example, here is a photo that Todd took of one of my containers, where I am growing Alpine Strawberries.  They're smaller than regular strawberries (the pictured one is about a half inch long).  And YUM!  They're delicious, and apparently will keep producing strawberries all year long.  I grew these little guys from seed, so this makes me happy.  That's right - these are the same plants that were pictured in this post, when they were just wee babies.
The next photo is my Black Eyed Susan Vine, which is in a container to grow up a flower trellis.  I also started these from seed, and I'm so happy with how they are turning out!
 
 This next photo is my favorite of all!  It is a sunflower that grew as a weed in one of my containers.  Basically, I had planted everything in May/June and then got busy with work, running, scuba, etc, and never got back to working in the yard.  We have a drip irrigation system, so the plants get watered automatically.  I had one container with Dianthus that I had planted last year.  The Dianthus returned, and I had been planning on putting something else in that container with it.  I never got around to it, and suddenly there was this giant weed growing in the center of the Dianthus.  I kept putting off pulling it - kind of like the Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride...  "Good work, Weed.  Sleep well.  I'll most likely pull you in the morning."  And then we started to see it budding and realized it was a Sunflower!!  We have a bird feeder nearby, so that is probably where it came from.  We let it bloom, and it is beautiful.  Or, good Karma, as Todd has been saying - it wasn't supposed to be there, and we let it alone, and happy things appeared!
  

More photos to come, I'm sure, as Todd is quite enamored with the Good Karma Sunflower.


Not pictured, I also have some herbs, including thyme and oregano, catnip, basil, and rosemary.  I am growing some hot peppers, but it's not going as well as I'd like.  I killed the poor tomato plants that I was trying to grow.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Some Random Updates

I feel like I haven't been blogging enough lately, and there are several reasons why I haven't been.  First of all, I am burnt out and tired from work and from life and from everything.  I've just had a lot going on.  Second, while I'm running, I'm still in a running funk, so I have barely been able to get the runs in.  That attitude doesn't leave me much else to do on the blog but to either whine about running or talk about other things.

My 15 year old niece came to visit this past weekend, and I'm sad to report that I really didn't take any photos at all.  We went to the aquarium and the Hard Rock Cafe on Saturday.  I think we had a pretty good time checking out Baltimore.  It was good to spend the weekend with her.

The big excitement this week happens to be scuba diving.  We are trying our hand at diving off of the Atlantic Coast this weekend, which will be a first for both me and Todd.  This year has been so hot in Maryland that we should have pretty good water temperatures, and hopefully good conditions to go along with it.  I'm going to try and catch lobsters, so there may be some humorous antics that go along with that goal.  We shall see.

On the diving front, I also bought some new equipment yesterday.  In addition to the canvas bag that I bought to carry the plethora of lobsters that I intend to catch, I also got a new mask!  My previous mask was actually the first one I'd ever purchased, and the frame cracked and broke while were in Little Cayman.  Thankfully, it broke on the last day, so I only had to do a few dives with the rental mask I was using instead.  Still, if you look at our Little Cayman photos, you will see me in four different masks (mine, a rental with a black skirt, Todd's, and another rental with a clear skirt).  Kind of funny.

I also got a new computer!!!
The computer pictured here is my new computer - a Suunto Cobra3.  It is a LOT fancier than my Suunto Gekko that I am currently using.  It uses a better display (LCD), includes an integrated digital compass (bye bye analog compass!), it is air integrated (so I don't need the analog air gauge I'm currently using), and it will allow me to upload my dive profile information to my computer (a feature I've desperately wanted in the past).  We hadn't intended on upgrading our computers, but Suunto offered our dive shop's staff an incredible discount that was only available this week, and was just an amazing offer.  We couldn't refuse it.  I'm really excited about it.

So, that's about what I've been up to.  This weekend is my longest run for the season, even though it comes a little earlier in the season than I'd prefer.  We'll be running 16 miles.  Fun, fun.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Saturday Linky-Loos

My favorite posts for the week!


Food and Cooking
Other Things

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Hadassah 8K



Here are our lovely, lovely Fleet Feet racers out for Sunday's Hadassah 8K.  If you're looking for me, by the way, I'm in the back row and I am wearing a white visor.  I keep ending up in the back in these pictures.

I had very little expectations for this race.  I had never run it before, and wasn't really feeling the 8K distance.  I mean, why an 8K?  Why not just a 5 miler?  (8K = 4.97 miles).  Todd and I had stayed up later than necessary Saturday night, and we'd enjoyed a bottle of wine together.  Todd has been working like a crazy person, so when he had a little while Saturday night to have some dinner on our deck, I took him up on it.

Since I wasn't feeling quite up to par, I decided to take it easy for this race.  That was easier said than done, since I was trying to keep up with my running pals, and I just felt slow.  The race was somewhat hilly, as it went through lovely and scenic Goucher College, as well as just outside the college.  We typically run at Goucher several times a year, so I'm used to the course.  The race looped once, then passed the finish line (for the 5K people), and then looped again to come back for the 8K.  This did create an interesting scenario where the race leaders were lapping us - being on their second loop while we were still on our first.  While this didn't bother us at all, I'm sure it sucked to have to weave through slow runners when you're racing as fast as they are.  Poor course planning.

While we were trying to stay out of the way of the fast runners, we were doing so by keeping to the left side of the course (especially since the fast peeps seemed to be passing us on the right, the course was looping to the right, and this was the shortest distance).  A volunteer came by on a bicycle and started yelling for us to move to the right so that she could get by.  We moved, because apparently she was what was really important at this race.  "Move out of the way, runners!!" she screamed.  As she passed, our watches beeped and we were on a walk break.  "Oh, I'm sorry.  walkers!  Move out of the way, walkers!"  UGH.  Infuriating.  People, walk/run still counts as running.

So, I ended up finishing the race in 59:32, meeting my goal of finishing in under an hour.  Since I've never run an 8K before, I have no comparison.

The food offered at the end of the race was awesome.  Bagels, bananas, pound cake, cream puffs, and Coldstone Ice Cream!  There were also door prizes, so I can say that there were some definite perks of running this one.  All of that with only about 300 total people running (across both the 8K and the 5K).

A nice race, and I highly recommend it.

Image Credit:  Misty Jones-Long

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Stats as of 31 July 2010

July 2009
40.3 miles
8 hours, 50 minutes
Avg Pace: 13:10/mile
Pikesville 5k 2009:  37:48 (12:12/mile)

July 2010
49.1 miles -- 8.8 miles more than in 2009
10 hours, 37 minutes -- 1 hour, 47 minutes longer than in 2009
Avg Pace: 13:00/mile -- 10 seconds faster than in 2009
Pikesville 5k 2010:  35:25 (11:25/mile)

Totals!
Total running for the year, 406.5 miles, 12:49 per mile pace.


So, I've had some motivation problems for the last month or so, but things haven't been horrible.  I have still been getting my runs in, I just hate the struggle to get it going.  I usually feel good afterwards, but a lot of my runs haven't been too good while I am actually out.

There isn't a whole lot of much else going on.  I ran a race today (race report coming soon), and my next race will be the Annapolis Ten Mile Run the end of this month.  Then, it is just two weeks and I'll be heading to Philadelphia for the Rock & Roll Half.  Only two weeks after that, I'll be going down to Florida to run Disney's Wine & Dine Half Marathon Relay.  That one is just a fun run, though.

The big question is - what am I doing after that?  I have a big blank slate for November and December, and I feel kind of lost & empty without a January race to train for.  The dates just don't work out for me to be able to go down for Disney's Marathon Weekend, and it will be the first one I'm missing since 2006.  I've considered the NCR Trail Relay, and then I have Celtic Solstice in December, although that is just a 5 miler.  Sigh.  I'll think of something, but it needs to be something fairly close by with no overnight stay.

As for my training, it is going well.  We haven't been doing the track work that I'd hoped, but we are getting some speed work in.  My group has done their 14 mile run, but we are going to be going above that in order to prepare for the half marathons.  We may be slow, but we have endurance!
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