Friday, February 27, 2009

Cheap and Cheerful

This one couldn't wait until March...

See you all next week!


Monday, February 02, 2009

Nothing Is Easy

I really love our track club, not only for the camaraderie, but for everyone who puts in their time to make sure the runners are taken care of. Our volunteers are the best! Kudos to the the people who volunteered to take pictures for us at the 10K on Saturday. Here's a couple of mine -- I cropped them a bit. I'm running in for the finish.

I'm not sure if there will be more photos posted from our track club, since I couldn't find any of my husband running, but I'm sure the event photographers will have something up in about a week.

Other stuff:

I had my first visit with the sports rehab people. Even after just one visit, my range of motion has improved and my limping while running has lessened. We're working on particular stretches and light weight training to strengthen the muscles in my right hip/leg, which will help with posture and balance. It's tough but I need this. My therapist is going to take a movie of me running at my next visit, then again in a few weeks, THEN overlap the two movies to check on my progress. I'm very optimistic.

Saturday, after the 10K, my husband and I attended a memorial service for one of our dear friend's grandma. She really wasn't his grandma, but he ended up with the grandma in the divorce from his wife. It's a long story. The woman was in her mid 90's, and up until very recently, she was a very with-it lady. She was an avid sports fan, supporting her Dodgers and Lakers. She always had her hair coiffed, always had her nice jewelry on, always had a perfect manicure, was up on fashion, and never left the house without make-up. She did not look her age. Her advice for living a long life was to stay active, learn something new, constantly meet new people, and greet everyone you meet with a smile. I remember attending her 90th birthday party a few years ago, and thinking to myself "I want to be like her when I grow up." She was very spunky and made an impression on everyone she met, including me.

I've decided to take a back seat to blogging during the month of February. I might drop in once or twice if there's something that can't wait until March. There's a lot of activity going on right now, plus some personal issues that I need to get past. I just need to take time off and refocus. Not to worry, none of this is super serious, there's just a lot going on right now that's taking it's toll on my frame of mind. As they say, "when it rains, it pours," and it's pouring.

Yesterday's song:
The Middle - Jimmy Eat World - Planet Ynnep Running


Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Middle

Activity: Run
Date: 01/31/09 08:39 AM

Distance: 6.27 miles
Time: 1:05:22

Speed: 5.8 mph

Pace: 10' 25 min/mile

Calories: 592

Yesterday was my first event of the year, the Super Run 10K. There was a change in the route due to other events being planned at the same place at the same time, and that threw me off just slightly. Originally, this 10K is a closed route and goes through the Sea World parking lot, over to Crown Point and back. I really preferred that route.

This year we started on the street over at Mission Bay park, ran around Fiesta Island, then back up on on the sidewalk along the bay to the finish, which was not a closed route. I ended up weaving around bike riders and walkers towards the end.

I held a pretty good pace until the last mile. I just wasn't "feeling it" any more and just wanted to get the race over with. The lack of umph was completely mental. Under normal circumstances, I usually have something left to gear up for that last mile. I had a decent finish time, considering my physical circumstances. I was close to 10 minutes slower than last year. It's OK, though. My goal was to finish, and I did, somewhere in the middle of the pack.

I didn't bring a camera. I'll post pictures later on, either from the track club website or when the race photographers post theirs.

813 IRENE M 49 438 27/40 F San Diego 1:05:09 10:30

Thursday's song:
Passion Play - Joni Mitchell - Barbie2be