Runners Rule

Tuesdays and Thursdays I run with my friend Stephanie.  We stick to the same route, distance and run at a pace so we are able to catch up on each other’s goings on while we run.  We also find random stuff funny, often funny enough to double us over laughing.   Plus we share an appreciation and love of sarcasm.  Stephanie is one of those go-to friends that if I was in a pinch I’d call her and I know she’d do the same.  In fact, these personality traits are common in most of my running pals.

Lisa and I ran 3 days a week for years and completed 9 marathons together.  We laughed a lot during our runs and usually could solve any problem in 4 miles or less.  We ran through all of the things that life throws at you and then some.  Lisa’s enthusiasm for adventure was a bonus.  She was always up for a run or race; whether she’d trained or not.  Plus Lisa is an aesthetician so you can run and she can give you a facial after!  (shamelss plug – go see her at La Jolie Marin).

My friend Barbara  and I both had little ones at home when we started training.  We ran at the same pace and logged countless Wednesday evenings running on Crown Road and chatting about life with kids.  She also has a wicked sense of humor and a very keen sarcastic bent.  Plus she’d give you the shirt off your back if you needed it.  And Barbara is one of those runners that will tell you she hasn’t been running much but kick your ass on a run.  But you love her anyway!

And there’s the gals and guys who I run with on Sundays and also my Ragnar teammates.   These friends and teammates not only keep me motivated, they inspire me.  I’m grateful for my running tribe!  Runners rule!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

 

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Dirt

This weekend marks the return of our trail run series!  For those interested in getting off the pavement and onto the dirt you are welcome to join us this Sunday, May 28th.

The run starts at 8:30 am sharp.  We’ll start at the Ross Post Office and run towards the Natalie Coffin Greene Park.  From there we’ll head up past Phoenix Lake to Shaver Grade up to Five Corners.  Once there, options abound.  You can turn and run back down to the post office, turn left to go up towards Lake Lagunitas, turn right and connect with Yolanda or pop over and down towards Fairfax.

The run from the post office to Five Corners and back is just about 6 miles.  FYI.

If you come please bring water in case it’s warm.  One lovely thing about this run is you can shorten or extend it as you need to.

The Ross Post Office is located at 1 Ross Common.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Dusting off the Racing Shoes

I ran my first race in the Run the Bay Series yesterday; the San Jose 408K Race to the Row.  It was, in fact, my first race of 2017 and the first race in my brand new age bracket.  Buh-bye 44-49, Hello 50-54!

I normally don’t travel far or pay for shorter races.  And it’s not that I feel a certain way about shorter runs or think they aren’t worth it but I can bang out a 5 mile run for free.  In my neighborhood.  Plus, let’s talk economics.  Race fees add up.  But, as you can guess from my opening sentence, this is a SERIES.  Meaning, special goodies and props for running all of the races involved.  And besides, my friend Stephanie said it would be fun.

So at 5:45am we piled in my car and drove 75 minutes in the rain to San Jose.  The race started at the SAP Center, home to the San Jose Sharks.  And venue of many concerts including an upcoming show by Neil Diamond.  I know!  Neil Diamond!

This is a very well run race.  Plenty of parking and cheap at $5, a large line of port-a-potties, a UPS bag drop and 4 Corrals for runners.  They announced that there were close to 5,000 runners so it was a good field.

After the National Anthem and the wheelchair athletes, they started Wave 1 for the speedy demons and the folks who would have a chance at winning.  There was about 5 minutes between waves so in Wave 2 we were next to go.

What I love about shorter races is that it’s a fantastic way to see how your training is going.    You race.  You push.  You get uncomfortable.   Sometimes that’s hard to do on your own.

What I dislike about shorter races is that it’s more of a cluster at the beginning.  In a marathon you don’t worry about crowds because you are supposed to start slow and easy.  There’s plenty of miles to settle in to your pace.  In a shorter race I feel more pressure to get out the gate and go.  So there’s a lot of moving around to find space to hit your stride.  Luckily it was only for about half or three quarters of a mile before it opened up.

Stephanie and I stayed together for the first mile then settled in to our own paces.

Side note.  My husband Brad asked if it’s expected that friends run together if they go to races together.  He seemed to think it was weird and maybe rude that we didn’t stick together.  I’ve done some races running with friends but most of the time I find it’s a hard thing to do because no one has the same pace and is able to run the same race on the same day. But I’m curious to hear what you think.

The course was pretty flat, mostly flat actually.  There were some spectators, a Mariachi Mile at the end (3 or 4 mariachi bands playing along the last mile) and the Memorial Mile, a block along the course where veterans were invited to come and cheer the runners on.  They were a great boost and I know that the runners were grateful for their presence and service to our country.

The race finished at Santana Row, which is a lovely outdoor shopping center with restaurants, etc.  We were medaled, snacked, watered and directed to the shuttle buses to take us back to the start and our cars.   Next time we will have to plan more time to have a proper meal and maybe a celebratory libation!

I’d definitely do this race again and am looking forward to the other two races in the series.  For more info on the series click here.

Ok results, because when you race you want to see how it all went.

  • Race Place:  402
  • Chip Time:  00:41:51
  • Pace:  08:22
  • Age: 50
  • Age Place:  8
  • Gender Place:  116

Stephanie and I joked that no matter what we ran it would be a PR because neither of us had done an 8K before.  So yeah, nailed that PR!

My next scheduled race is Ragnar So. Cal on April 7-8 so I’ve got some long runs to get under my belt.  My three running legs total 25 miles.  Cannot.  Wait.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

 

Sunday Runs Are In Full Swing

One of the challenges I’ve had is finding a group that I could run with.  Correction.  Finding a group that didn’t leave me in the dust or lap me on the track.  Talk about humiliating!!

So I put together a Sunday Run series that anyone could join; no matter what level.  I pick a route that one can lengthen or shorten easily and I try to provide some clear instruction so no one gets lost.   Best of all, you don’t have to ‘join’ the group or pay to play.

If you want to meet some new folks, have some laughs and run please join us!  Click here for this weekend’s route and please let me know if you have any questions, route suggestions or comments!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

 

Spring Races – UPDATE

Now that it’s officially Spring, here are some races you may want to try!

nightSweatsPacific Coast Trail Runs Night Sweats Spring Run – 8K, 15K and Marathon – April 2, 2016

This Night Marathon, 8 Km and 15 Km begins at Rodeo Beach. You will see from several vantage points on the trail the beauty of the lights of San Francisco, Tiburon and the Bay Bridge.  The trail is marked with glow sticks and reflective ribbon to keep you safely on course. They employ the same safety procedures used for their 100-mile nighttime events.  So they know what they are doing.   Click here for more details.  I am doing the shorter distance for this run.

P10-Levis_Logo-01Levi’s Presidio 10 – 10 miler, 10K or 5K – April 17, 2016

This run is a fundraising event for the Guardsman and it’s a very well-run race from my previous experience.  Added bonuses are that the 10 mile and 10K distances have you running across the GG Bridge and there’s a hot breakfast and festivities after the race.  Click here for more details.  I’m signed up for the 10 miler.

12670159_10156407989015167_4574996627822308198_nMuir Woods Marathon, Half Marathon and 7 Mile Trail Run – May 14, 2016

Not for the faint of heart but worth the climb! Starting at Stinson Beach you’ll be heading, up, up and away into the thick wooded trails of Muir Woods. You’ll follow the legendary Dipsea trail to Steep Ravine, where you’ll climb a wooden ladder, march up natural rock and wooden staircases and scramble under tree trunks. Along the way, enjoy the sounds of babbling brooks and waterfalls. Drink in the fresh smell of the towering redwoods and oaks that surround you. Click here for more details.

zapposB2Blogo2016Bay to Breakers 7 Mile Run – May 15, 2016

The Bay to Breakers has run continuously for over 100 year as a staple to the City by the Bay. With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. It’s a wild run so be prepared for anything!  Click here for more details.

 

static1.squarespace.comBank of Marin Running Festival – May 22, 2016

This inaugural race has something for everyone in the family!  Featuring a half marathon, corporate challenge half marathon, 10K, 5K and a 1 mile fun run for girls 12 and under.  The race supports Veterans and the Run Like a Girl program and is designed to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.  Brad is going to sign up for the 5K and I’m going to do the 10K.  It will be a fun day and a chance to support my community.  Plus you get a chance to meet Dean Karnazes (who is a total running badass).  Bonus!  Click here for details.

10-Rodeo-BaseRodeo Valley Trail Run 8K, Half Marathon, 30K and 50K – June 11, 2016

Starting just steps away from historic Fort Cronkhite, this trail race is comprised of steep pitches and lofty downhill sections as it undulates the beautiful Marin Headlands hills and coastline. Coastal trail and Pirates cove provide astonishing views of the Pacific ocean, while glimpses of San Francisco and the Golden Gate bridge appear as you traverse the SCA Trail single-track.  I’ve signed up for the half marathon.  Wish me luck!  If you want to join in the fun, click here for details.

Looks like with all of this variety, you really don’t have any excuses.  Right?

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

Musings on Training for a Race

My husband Brad (whom I love to bits) came home after playing golf yesterday and I asked him how his game went.  I listened for a few polite minutes then had to fess up that I was only asking out of polite curiosity.   I mean the man can go on for a looooong time about his drives, pars and putting.  Again, love him to bits but I don’t really care.  Did he have fun?  Great. moving on to the rest of our day.

My point is not to show how mean of a wife I am but to explain why I don’t talk too much running-stuff with non-runners.  While many people ask me about my races or what I’m up to next, they are really doing it to make conversation.  They don’t really want a step by step account of my training or my GU usage.  Surprising, I know but it’s the truth.

Thank god for my blog!

I had a successful 11 mile training run this past weekend.  It ended up being a pretty warm day so we were grateful that we hit the road at 7:00am.

We started off at the Discovery Museum in Sausalito and ran up from ‘the bottom of the bowl’ as someone in our group called our starting point along the water all through Sausalito towards Mill Valley and back.  It’s been a while since I’ve run that route and forgot that it’s pretty hilly in parts (there goes my hill amnesia again).  The climb out of the bowl is a bit of a, well, climb and then some more slight climbing until you crest at the top and run down towards the waterfront.

(Note about downhills on an out and back run – they become uphills when you turn around).

Our small group trains at the same pace, give or take.  We chatted for a bit, spread out, regrouped at stop lights, chatted and that’s how it went to the turn around point.  Doing training runs in a group, even if it’s just one other person is very helpful once you get to the double digit runs.  The trick is to have at least one person around your pace in the group.  Too fast and you try too hard to keep up and too slow, you may stop more often to regroup.

The last mile or two of any long run seems a bit harder than the previous miles.  At this point it had warmed up a lot and we had a few challenging uphills before we were able to run into the bowl.  Unfortunately as we were coming down to the bottom we realized we were a half a mile short.  A map snafu at the beginning sent us running in a loop first which added the half mile onto our run.  Rookie move, I know.

We ended up looping around this huge field near the Cavallo Point Hotel.  Much the amusement of the breakfast diners!  We hit our 11 mile mark right near our cars.  Success!

This weekend will be our final long run before our race on June 16.  Wish us luck!

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

PS – because I know you’re dying to hear the GU consumption data – I ate one bag of Sport Beans at mile 6 🙂