Nike Half and Full Marathon

Shout out to my girls that got into the Nike Full and Half Marathon.  The race isn’t until October but they just had the registration for the lottery and notifications are going out.

Congrats to Marci and Lydia who will be representing in the full marathon.  That’s 26.2 miles for the uninitiated.

Julie and myself got in to the half.   Completely manageable and I know we will both have a great race.

If you registered and did not get in, keep your eyes and ears open – rumors have it that there are avenues to obtain entry from people who are unable to do the race.

Good luck to my peeps who are doing the race and I will meet you at the finish line (I’ll be next to a hunky fireman handing me a Tiffany box).

Now go run!

Keli

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Running in Sand is Not a Day at the Beach

I spent last weekend in Pismo Beach with the family and some good friends.   We take this trip 2 or 3 times a year – it’s  very relaxing fun mini-vacation.   The weather can be unpredictable, we’ve had 80 degree days in March and rain in September but we don’t care.  We layer, bundle up or slather on sunscreen and play, regardless.

Pismo Beach and it’s surrounding towns are situated upon miles of gorgeous, soft, white sand beaches.  The beach starts at the foot of the stairs at our resort (there are 80 steps, FYI).  You can go on the beach and run or walk as long as you like.

During our stay we gather the troops and walk downtown (.75 miles each way) and into town for lunch or freshly made Cinnamon Rolls.  (As a side note, these rolls would make a Cinnabon franchisee cry.  They are big and delicious and hot.  You can get them with or without thick cream cheese frosting and with glazed pecans or walnuts.  After eating one you just might slip into a Diabetic coma so be warned!)

Back to the story.  I always run when I go to Pismo, I look forward to getting up early and running anywhere from 4-8 miles, depending on my training plan.   I found a nice out and back that includes hills and gorgeous scenery along the streets of Pismo and the neighboring town.

This trip, however, I decided to tackle the beach.  I don’t normally like running on the beach.  It’s sandy and my shoes get wet and as lovely as the beach and waves can be, I get bored easily by seeing the same scenery for the entire run.  But I decided to mix it up a bit so I ran through downtown on the streets and down to Oceano Dunes at Grover Beach going at a nice clip of around 9 min miles.   At that point I turned off the road and entered the sand for my run back.

Rather, I stepped into the deepest, softest sand trap ever created and attempted to run.  Running in deep sand is not easy.  Your feet sink and you have to physically lift your leg up out of the sand pit each time.  It took me a few minutes to run from the road to the harder packed sand by the water and I was sweating like a dog and breathing very hard (adding insult to injury, I was at a 12 min pace according to my Garmin!)

Even in the ‘hard’ pack by the water the run was not easy.  I had, what felt like pounds of sand cemented to my shoes and I just tried to quick step as best I could.  I noticed (with glee) that everyone was running like I was so I just slogged along.  About a quarter mile from my end point the sand became much harder and I was able to quicken my pace and finish my run.

Unfortunately when I got to the end of the sand I was only at 4 1/2 miles (and I really wanted to do 5) so I turned tail and ran a half mile back towards the pier.  At the 5 mile mark I kicked off my shoes and socks, waded knee high into the Pacific Ocean and splashed back to the resort.  Triumphant!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

“The Finger”

I’m writing today with my middle finger taped and bandaged tight.  It looks like I’m flipping off my computer and anyone else that I’m pointing at or motioning to.  Let me tell you, typing is challenging without the use of the middle finger.  Whiel Brad can peck like a bird with his index fingers, I was trained properly by Ms. Gabriel.  All fingers on the keys and using the all-important pinky to reach the far corners.

Anyway, I digress.  The reason I’m typing like this is an unfortunately stupid slip of the knife that resulted in a deep cut at my knuckle.   I’d love to say it was when I was chopping with Top Chef precision, but the knife simply slipped out of my hand and viola.

Now the reason for the rant is not to cry a river over my injured digit.  It’s more like a reminder that when the Universe speaks, you ought to listen.  I’ve had a few things happen in the span of ten days that are a direct result of my being distracted and unfocused.

I had another minor run-in with a different sharp knife prior to this.  Same hand, only on the index finger.  It was a deep slice that is still not quite healed.  What was I doing at the time?  Thinking about about a thousand other things besides watching the blade of the sharp knife.

A few days later I was leaving the house, late to track workout.  An apple in my mouth, my cell phone to my ear as I backed out of the driveway.   I did look to make sure there were no cars coming or people walking behind, but did not see my neighbors car parked directly opposite my driveway.  That was an expensive and embarrassing lesson.

Then this.  You could call it coincidence and you might be right.  But I think I’m getting some not-so subtle messages that I need to slow down a smidge.

Or at least stop playing with knives.

Now go run (but put the scissors down first!)

Keli 🙂

When Life Interrupts

One benefit of being self employed is that I can work around my running and Boot Camp classes.  It wasn’t always this way.  When I was, a-hem, gainfully employed and working for “the man” I clocked in at 6am (well, 6:15am).

At the stroke of 1:30, I’d bolt out of the office and either go to the gym or run a bunch of errands.   I planned my running two nights a week and on Saturday mornings.  I did weights or cross training on my own at the YMCA or in my living room before I went to pick up the kids from daycare.

When I started to work from home I discovered the joy of early workouts.   I continued to get up at 4:45am so I could have some quiet time in the morning before going to Boot Camp or for an early morning run.   The benefits of this new schedule was that I was done with my workout before the kids were up for school.

Sometimes, life just interrupts and I can’t get the workout in before the sun rises.  When that happens I usually spend the first part of the day trying to figure out how I can squeeze in a run or a trip to the Y.  When I realize I can’t possibly make it work (between school pickups, sports drop offs, dinner, homework, etc.) I’ll admit I’m irritated for a while.  Then it passes.   I write down “rest day” in my planner and enjoy time with the kids or watch some bad reality TV (True Beauty, anyone?).

So if your schedule is too busy to fit in Yoga, or your normal hike with the girls – take heart.  This too shall pass.  Enjoy your “rest day(s)” and when you get back to your routine you’ll be ready.

Now go run!

Keli

Running Geek Alert

I don’t think it’s a secret that  I am a running geek.

I like to talk about it, read about it and learn about it.

I like knowing what other people are running,  how they train and what they are eating before a big run.   Like I said, running GEEK.

And, apparently I’m not alone.  I found a new website devoted to the running geek in all of us.  Check out www.letsrun.com for news and information about, you guessed it.  Running.

Now go run!

Keli

Love Chocolate? Love Champagne? You Gotta Earn It!

I was at the salon, Mr. Pinkwhistle, the other day.  My stylist Tracy was talking to me and Lisa (who always goes with me as she speaks “salon”  english and can translate what I want) and mentioned this 5K race she wanted to try with a friend.  She didn’t know the name, when it was or where it was located, but she knew that there was  champagne and chocolate at the end of the race.  Lisa and I both decided that we had to find out more about this.

So here’s the 411.

The official name of the race is “I Run for Chocolate and Champagne” Women’s Half Marathon and 5K.

Race Date:   May 30, 2009

Location:  Alameda, CA

Distances:  5K and Half Marathon

For more info:  http://www.seejanerun.com

This is the kind of race that begs for you to do it in a large group.  So gather all of your friends, walkers, runners alike.  Buy matching shirts and get the BeDazzler out for some added “bling” and party with your girls!  That’s what I’m planning to do!

Now go run!

Keli