6 Hiller

Date: 3/7/2009 8:00 AM
Type: Hill
Course: 7 miler
Distance: 7.02 miles
Duration: 1:22:04
Pace: 11:42 / mile
Shoe: Mizuno Wave Renegade 4
Weight: ACK!
Statistics: Calories: 982
VO2 Max: 25.9

So here’s my mini run report from today.  We had 7 on the schedule because we are in week 7 of Higdon’s training for the Half Marathon.  The weather was amazingly gorgeous.  50, and not a cloud in the sky.

One boy went to a snow day in Strawberry, and the other with his Dad on a hike to the Black Diamond Mines in Antioch.  Kim and I drove out to the 3.5 mile point and put GU in half bottles of water, and 6 saltines.  I’m trying out some nutrition stuff, because I want to figure it out before the Half.

Mile 1:  Was 10:31, and we must have really slowed down after that.  To our regular overpass, and Shell Station (Hill #1)

Mile 2:  On our way to the Green Bridge there was a porta-potty on the side.  I thought…”Huh.  I dont’ need that”. 

Mile 3:  Thank God there was another Porta-Potty right at the entrance, which I needed.  Quickly, deftly, and I was outta there.  We approached the Hammett overpass, and I was really tired.  (Hills #2 & 3)  I was out of gas.  Lungs & Stomach…good.

Mile 4:  A runner passes us with these long, loping strides as I struggled to get back over the overpass.  Stopped to get the Gu.  Good stop.  Needed.  Saltines?  No, not so much.  Back over the overpass.  (Another Hill #4)

Mile 5:  Out of the right off the bridge comes a stellar, sweating, muscular runner.  Off of some trail.  Was he a mirage?   I don’t know, but he was beautiful.  His strides, his pace.  Admiring without oogling.  Much.  We had another small hill #5 and I was getting tired.

Mile 6:  Through a housing development.  Back down our regular path toward the Catwalk (Hill #6) and practically walking over it.

Mile 7:  The best one yet.  Down toward the Hockey Rink.  I started to feel a painful stinging in my shoe.  Turns out I have a blister.  Or the start of one.

Two oranges off of a tree.  Sore shoulder, but other than that…It was good.  The most I have ever run is 7.5, in last year’s Emerald 12KThis week, I attempt an 8 miler.  Should be interesting.

We saw several runners; it was a beautiful thing…Later, I sat in the spa, reading Runner’s World…my favorite issue to date, and I came to the David Paterson last page, and was Laughing Out Loud at SNL’s rendition of him.  Still.  Great, great job.


*There is a girl in New York City, who calls herself the human trampoline

Why the Paul Simon title?  *Graceland came on just as Kim and I headed into our 2nd mile in 30mph winds.  That’s exactly how I felt, even if Paul didn’t exactly mean that.  (Bob Seger went through my head as well.) Witness the stats:

Date: 2/15/2009 6:30 AM
Type: Hill
Course: Green Bridge
Distance: 6.02 miles
Duration: 1:09:00
Pace: 11:28 / mile
Shoe: Mizuno Wave Renegade 4
Weight: 😦
Weather: 50° F, Rain, Partly Cloudy, 30 mph winds
Statistics: Calories: 842
VO2 Max: 26.2

The first mile, I had to stop at the Shell…and she says, “You look pale!”, which of course is a head trip for me.  I could have a broken ankle on the side of the road, but don’t ask me if I’m okay, because I think, “What, don’t I look okay?”  It’s a pride thing.

The second mile was just like, well, walking.  The winds were so strong, and we were running parallel to the freeway to the Green Bridge (pedestrian bridge over the Stanislaus River).  This shot is actually on the way back, but it was a nice run, and warmer.496631347_0b96419dc9

Mile 3 had us in Stanislaus County over the Hammett exit.  We made 34:00 at 3 miles, so we knew it was slow.

Mile 4-5 were uneventful, as I finally caught my breath and, at that point, I was grateful for the wind pushing me.

Mile 6 took us back up over the catwalk at to the driveway of the Mother Ship

It’s almost 2pm.  I’m still in pajamas.

Happy post Valentine’s Day.  We went to a Big Band concert in Modesto, and eh.  It was something to do.  It’s all good!

I tip my hat to Non-Runner NancyThis run was for her, and thanks to JogAmerica for setting up the Virtual Run!

**Oh damn! Guess what I forgot?

2008 Christmas Card


In case you didn’t get our Christmas Card, here it is.  Do you think we were excited for 2009?  Found that quote and attached it to our New Year’s greeting.  It exemplified how I really felt about turning that calendar page!

Yes, my oldest became a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.  Yes, my youngest was on the winning baseball team for his age.

…but, really?  Mom just wants to get over the drama of the divorce that never ends.  It’s finally over, and yes.  It’s 2009!  (That was us at the Ripon Mother’s Day 5K).  That’s the infamous catwalk behind us.

(PS-Ran 2.7 yesterday in the mist.  Fabulous, and starting my year out right!)

**From Christmas Wrapping, by the Waitresses

Let’s move before they raise the parking rate**.

photo  We’ve gone from the smoky, gray skies to this beautiful blue this morning.  That’s the flag that flies in my front yard.  I wanted to get a pic to compare it to the sky we had before Bass Lake.  Simply Beautiful.  Today, the Telegraph Fire in Mariposa County is out of control.  We wouldn’t be able to go to the lake if we needed to go today. 

Ran 2.93 at a snail’s pace.  I do hills, but even that isn’t enough to justify my ever slowing pace.  I was out there at 5:30am, making myself run through this GI problem I seem to be having. 

This song came on my shuffle just as I hit the high run.  The groovy visuals are for all the acid-droppers out there*.  The song is a great Catwalk song…and good news for us… I called the Police Dept. a month or so ago, because we had quite a bit of tagging there from reputed gangs in our area.  Last week, I noticed the volunteers up there painting over them.    Nice to run on quiet concrete again.

*disclaimer: I’m not advocating dropping acid.

**from Alright Now, by Free.