Sunday, August 26, 2007

Half Marathon & Beyond...

As promised (and only slightly behind schedule), I'm writing my post-race report. A week ago, I ran in the AFC (America's Finest City) Half Marathon in preparation for my marathon this October. I had lofty goals for a PR (that's personal record for you non-running friends and family), but ended up changing my focus at about mile 4 due to some characteristically serious pre-race stomach issues and some uncharacteristically hot weather here in San Diego.

The morning started at 4:15 AM (Have I mentioned that I HATE getting up when it's still dark outside...) so that I would be ready for my friends Tammi & Jenna to pick me up at 4:45. Why so early? The race starts out on Point Loma at the Cabrillo National Monument and the only way to get there is via bus. We boarded the buses (still in darkness) near the finish line at Balboa Park and headed off on our journey.

Tammi - This is where I will put some of our fun pre-race photos if you will ever email them to me!!!!

After all the lovable starting line traditions (even the standard port-a-potty lines) we headed off down the road with beautiful views of San Diego harbor and the sea of runners.

I learned a lot out on the road that morning ... a few of my favorites:

1) Despite the fact that San Diego has mild, cool, and beautiful weather almost every single morning of the year, there ARE occasionally days where it is hot and HUMID.

2) Running without my Fuel Belt is a BAD idea. Especially when it is hot and humid.

3) I can run long distances by myself. Before the race, I was absolutely certain that I "couldn't" run that far alone. I had to be with friends. Or so I thought ... After leaving my friends around mile 2, I ran the rest of the race solo. It was definitely a big boost to my confidence despite the fact that I didn't make my goal. For the record, I finished in 2:25... but was happy about it.

4) I work with a lot of really cool people. Literally dozens of my co-workers participated in the 5k and half marathon. Read more about it by visiting the Active Weekend Warriors Blog. It was great to see so many familiar faces out on the road and great to know that so many of them were racing for a cause of their own. "Team Active" raised over $17,000 for San Diego's Monarch School.

5) The support of friends and family means more than they'll ever know. Knowing Lloyd, Sean and Dan were there to cheer for me helped me for several miles before and after the few second/ minutes I spent saying hi to them near mile 10. Getting their hugs and a bottle of ice water certainly helped too! Seeing Liz & her husband Scott at the finish line (they stuck around after she finished the 5k) added to my joy!

All in all ... it was a great experience and I'm REALLY looking forward taking on Nike in a couple of months. More to follow soon (when I'm not so sleepy) about my fundraising progress, this weekend's 15 miler, and the amazing generousity of a total stranger!

Thanks for your continued support!

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Week 14 ...

SO ... I've obviously missed a couple of weeks!

I've decided to start writing again even though there is no way to include all the stories for the weeks I've missed.

Along with this fun (and very glamourous picuture of me stretching with the team before one of our long runs, here are updates in a couple of areas:
  • Lawrence completed his treatment and is back with "the Team" ... even running and resumed training as captain for the "A" group runners. Talk about inspiring...

  • Fundraising had a huge boost from my Chipotle lunch at work. As of today, I'm at 37% of my goal. I still have a LONG way to go and not too many weeks left to raise money since the fundraising deadline is September 28th. If you haven't donated yet, please visit http://http// and help me reach my minimum fundraising goal.

  • I'm officially registered for the race on October 21. Just got my confirmation email this week!

  • My midweek training has been going better than ever thanks to commitment and help from my friends. Making plans to meet Liz or Kirstin (or both of them) for all kinds of cross training has me feeling a lot stronger and healthier. So far, I've been able to stay injury-free thanks to combination of cross training, reasonable amounts of recovery time, regular stretching, lots of body glide, a little luck, and regular visits to see Dr. Sally (my friend and Chiropractor). I will definitely it to continue as the mileage starts to get higher up there in the weeks ahead. For me, anytime I go OVER 2 hours on a run it feels pretty serious.

  • Speaking of 2 hour runs, tomorrow is the America's Finest City Half Marathon! I'm running with TNT as part of our training plan. I've set an ambitious goal for myself to finish in 2 hours or less. I've done this race the last two years and am really excited to be getting out on the familiar and beautiful course again. As I talk to my friends who are running for the first time (in this or any race), I'm reminded of my first road races and how funny it is that things like carb loading, pre-race rest, what to eat, what to wear are all very commonplace for me now. I am still nervous though, because even though I know I can handle the event logistics and the distance, I am going to really have to work hard to meet my goal. It should be a good benchmark for me to measure my progress towards my goal for Nike. Be sure to check back for my post-race report!

2005 - 02:24:20

2006 - 02:13:19

2007 - ??:??:??