The Cliched “Dread-Mill” Post

I did a quick 5k on the treadmill tonight and reminded myself of why I haven’t been on a dreadtreadmill in 8 years.

Do you have any motivation tips? Tips to keep yourself entertained? Help me treadmill runners, you’re my only hope!

But really, honestly, I haven’t been on a treadmill for longer than a brief warmup in years. After the first mile I finally found my feet – and didn’t feel like I was going to slip off with every step – but I had to fight for every quarter mile. I’m counting this toward Merry Miles – checking in at 82 miles to go – but I was probably scowling the entire run. Not really the mission behind the message.

How do I become this. Gah.
How do I become this. Gah.

 

I prefer sushi to foam rolls.

My knee has been acting up a few miles into my runs recently, so I thought it would be a good idea to foam roll the supporting muscles today.

Lesson learned: foam rolling is a practice in consistency.

I have lots of big, long...gear that needs to live somewhere. So it lives next to my couch (roller, Stick, noodle, yoga mat, and... cat toys).
I have lots of big, long…gear that needs to live somewhere. So it lives next to my couch (roller, Stick, noodle, yoga mat, and… cat toys).

There are plenty of foam rolling routines out there. I prefer this one from USAT. Because I’m lazy, I don’t have a good routine to show you other than that one – I roll inconsistently and where it hurts (disclaimer: this is NOT how you should do it! Be consistent! Do as I say not as I do!!).

Today is day four of Merry Miles! I’ve got 85 miles left to go until New Years.

 

Merry Miles

This is something you want to do. I promise.

I read a post on the r/running subreddit the other day. The poster was sharing why they greet everyone they see on their run – be it a hello, a smile, a wave – and it was touching. Their post inspired a lot of other people, too, as their Facebook page has grown by about 500 members in the past 24 hours.

I learned that day that it’s simply not OK to pass another human being and pretend they don’t exist. There’s no way of knowing at first glance who’s out just enjoying the scenery and who’s at the end of their rope, and ultimately it shouldn’t matter. Every person deserves to be seen and acknowledged.

Please join me in participating in Merry Miles. The goal is to “go” 100 miles between Thanksgiving and New Years. My goal is complete those 100 miles running – I have 90 left to go.

Thanksgiving Day Post; or, Yes This is a Day Overdue

Whoops. Yell at me, I meant to share this yesterday.

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. It revolves around food and togetherness. People wake up early to do an activity before gorging themselves (Turkey Trots, hikes, and so on), and then spend time together cooking and eating – I guess some people watch football – in the name of being thankful.

Past Fenton's (too cold for ice cream), through Piedmont and Grand Lake, and a loop around Lake Merritt.
Past Fenton’s (too cold for ice cream), through Piedmont and Grand Lake, and a loop around Lake Merritt.

My Thanksgiving was great – let me rub in the drama-less day a little more. My day started off with a fantastic run. I aimed for a solid 10k, so I calculated a route on Strava which I ultimately expanded to a nice even 7 miler.

I felt awesome the whole run, didn’t experience any awful GI/flu-like symptoms afterwards, and headed over to my mom’s house for the big day!

It was also an absolutely GORGEOUS day. Oakland / Lake Merritt
It was also an absolutely GORGEOUS day. Oakland / Lake Merritt

I’m so grateful to have a loving family, strong supports and loving friends, and my health and the health of those close to me. I’m grateful to have found an excellent team to learn from and train with in Oakland Triathlon Club. I’ve experienced the illness of a loved one, and we fought through that; I’ve experienced my own injuries, and come back from those. While I don’t doubt our resilience, I’m grateful that we don’t have these obstacles to fight right now.

In addition – a few weeks ago I pulled a feral kitten in to my house from the cold California winter (really, it was actually a super cold snap). She’s been through quite a bit – half a dozen vet visits and a two night stay in the emergency vet. But she’s a strong itty bitty kitty, and has recovered very well! She spent yesterday sleeping, eating, or pouncing (also see: typical kitten behavior).

Look at this little bug.
Look at this little bug. Shaved leg is left over from her hospital trip and multiple transfusions.

Happy Thanksgiving, all!!

Run on an Island – Alameda Does Holiday Kick-Offs Right

This past Saturday was the Alameda Holiday Kick-Off 5k, benefitting the Multiple Myeloma Foundation (in honor and memory of the RD’s father).

There was an impressive showing from OTC and ETPA (Elite Triathlon Performance America) at the race!

I made the mistake of thinking a burrito would be a fantastic dinner choice the night before. Spoiler alert: it was a great dinner, it was not a great choice for the night before a race.

The race went off without a hitch. It is a small-town 5k – easy parking, easy logistics, and awesome people. The course would be perfect for a PR – assuming no burritos – and there were some fast racers out there. Here are the results – the winner went a blazing 16:42 – and a member of Oakland Triathlon Club came in 3rd with a 20:34! Everyone was thrilled to be there and excited to race.

I love boxers. I love boxers far more than I love (hate) running.
I love boxers. I love boxers far more than I love (hate) running.

 

Morro Bay – Theme: Rock

Bestie Race!!!

Quick note: anything ‘rock’ related was fair game for jokes this weekend. Detour on 101? Rock Road. Instagram topic? Dwayne Johnson. Looming geological feature which Mom and I spent hours reading about on Wikipedia? Morro Rock (it is actually super cool). Really – all we talked about this weekend was ‘rock’ in all its forms. Except when Mom (aka the super-sherpa) found a Great Blue Heron and was very sad she missed a picture and then was super-ecstatic when he was there a few minutes later.

Mom, the heron, and the rock. She's going to kill me for sharing this picture.
Mom, the heron, and the rock. She’s going to kill me for sharing this picture.

Date: November 9, 2015  |  Location: Morro Bay, CA

Weather: Cool, clear skies, 60-70 degrees (except for the 58 degree water)

Race: Sprint  |  Age Group: 20-29

Results: Division – 2/14; Overall – 36; Women – 7/44

Location Distance Pace Chip Time Place (W/Div])
Swim 750 m (0:12:11) 1:37/100 m 12:11 1/1
T1 (1:21 min) 13:32 1/1
Bike 20.5 km (0:38:48 min) 19.8 mph 52:20 6/2
T2 (1:09 min) 53:29 4/1
Run 5.4 km (0:39:46)* 10:44 min/mile 1:33:17 23/6
Finish (1:33:17 min) 1:33:17 7/2
So awesome. Despite technical difficulties, so fun. Also the medals have rocks on them.

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Weekend Preview – Go OTC!

Ok, ok, yes, I am overdue on my Morro Bay race report. It is all written, just not formatted. Sorry.

I’m busy thinking about days ahead! Two events this weekend: Alameda Holiday Kick-Off 5k Run/Walk (Supporting the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Foundation in honor of my teammate’s father), and the Berkeley Half Marathon!

OTC Turn aroudn
See? Light at the half-way tunnel.

I’m running the 5k and volunteering at the half – I actually raced in the Berkeley Half last year and now I am very confident that I know what not-in-half-shape feels like (so, what I feel like). Find me and the rest of OTC at the end of the Frontage Road (the 9 mile turn around)! I know we have a few teammates running so I’ll be thrilled to see them, and hopefully they’ll be happy to see us too because honestly, that out-and-back sucked last year. Like really bad. I’ll pretend we’re the light at the half-way point of the tunnel.

As for a 5k goal – according to Athlinks, which is an excellent resource if you haven’t used it before, my best 5k time is a 28:08. So I guess my goal is to break 28 minutes – 9 minute miles. I’ll let you know how that turns out.