Thursday, July 31, 2014

Three Things Thursday - Preparing for Cascade Lakes Relay

1.  My baby came home last night.  Her summer basketball team finished their tournament season in North Carolina.

Not sure how they all ended up with corn rows, but that's team spirit for ya!
They won the tournament in Nashville last Friday!  Unfortunately, I was flying home at 1pm when they played their final game.  Who knew they would go undefeated?  They flew to Charlotte on Saturday, then finished that tournament 2-2.

Pretty basketball players in front of the Grand Ole Opry.
I am so thrilled at the basketball opportunities she has had this summer (and the last two as well).  I know she is sad to see it all come to an end.  She'll be a senior this year….then maybe college ball? I sure hope so.

2.  Now that A is home, I'm leaving.  The Cascade Lakes Relay starts tomorrow in eastern Oregon!
We start at Diamond Lake Resort and finish in Bend.

Altitude and heat.
Team Put on Your Big Girl Panties (#602) is non competitive.  We are a slower team, with one of the earliest start times on Friday (6am).  Many of the girls have run this relay before, and know the ins and outs.

We've rented a house in Sunriver.  Van 1 will return to the house between one of their legs and sleep on the course for the other.  Van 2 (my van!) will return to the house during both breaks!  S keeps making fun of me, that this won't be a REAL relay experience.  I don't care.  Mama gets to shower!

I don't think I've mentioned yet that we have a cook too.  One of my runner buddies chose not to compete, but wants to share the weekend with us.  She is the best chef.

My van is down a runner, so I'm taking on 4 legs.  Why not?  Based on our estimated times, I'll be starting at

3pm (4 miles, extra leg)
7:20pm (5 miles, runner 12)
7am (6.5 miles)
5:15 pm (6.2 miles)

I don't have to run in the dark!

S laughed when I told him I took on an extra leg.  I can't wait to finish and tell him how awesome we all were and what a great time I had.

3.  S isn't all bad.  He suggested we go by Lululemon at lunch yesterday.

They call it Granite.
There was only one non white, non black skirt in my size in stock.  Isn't it pretty!

Now, to create four race outfits and put them in gallon size bags.  It's time to put on my big girl panties!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Three Things Thursday - Nashville Edition

1.  I arrived in Nashville Tuesday night, to visit my two favorite Tennessee blogger buddies, and watch A play hoops.

LJ and me, at the track, looking good.
LJ had been reading about my add speed work into my life on Wednesdays training plan, and didn't want me to miss out on a track workout yesterday.  She even invited her coworkers to join us.  Let's just say, that I would have taken yesterday as a rest day if I was on my own.  This running in the south thing is crazy!  73 degrees and humidity that makes the air thick and hard to breathe…

But we did it! 1 mile to and from the track, then 7x400 repeats.  My times were slower than three weeks ago, but I feel good about the workout.  1:46, 1:47, 1:44, 1:44, 1:46, 1:48, 1:51.  LJ ran the first four with me, pacing me along.  I didn't bring anything to wipe the never ending sweat out of my eyes…we don't have heat like this in Or E Gone at 6:30am.  Crazy.

2.  I met my vegetarian bloggy buddy, Pam, at a new to me restaurant for lunch, Mellow Mushroom, in downtown Franklin, TN.  Pam is going to run in Missouri with me in October, can't wait!

Franklin is a cute town!  It is currently commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. After lunch, I walked around solo a bit, until I couldn't stand being outside in the freaking heat anymore.

I found this cute sign outside of a store.  I bought LJ a belated 30th birthday present.

You know, she's finished a half in every state!
3.  Then it was off to the Battleground Academy (where LJ says high school tuition is about the same as sending your kid to college) to watch A's team win their second game of the tournament.

Go Blue!
The school is conveniently located next to the Mormon Nashville Temple.

Oh Moroni, you are following me!
Having just seen the musical, the Book of Mormon last week, I feel like they are everywhere!  My Mormon friend texted me and told me they are trying to immerse and convert me.  Haha!

*Ding Dong*
My Name Is…

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Three Things Thursday

1.  Summer is in full swing here in the PNW.  The temps are hot.  For me, if I don't get my workout in in the morning, it just isn't going to happen when it's 80-90 degrees out at night.  I skipped my Wednesday morning speed workout yesterday.  Yup, reset the alarm and everything.  Turned it into an unscheduled rest day, but I blame the Mormons.

Runner Chicks at the the-a-tah on Tuesday night.
Tuesday night I finally got to see The Book of Mormon musical.  It is hysterical, irreverent and a bit naughty at times.  S didn't want to go with me, so I rallied a few of the chicks in April and we bought tickets.  I can't recommend the show enough if you haven't seen it yet.

We went to dinner, then to downtown Portland to the Keller Auditorium.  I stayed up way past my bedtime, but it was worth it.  The musical Dirty Dancing is coming to town in January, I hope to see it as well.

2.  I acquired a few things I forgot to tell you about at the See Jane Run 5k on Sunday.  Kerrie and I both purchased t-shirts at the expo.  We couldn't resist.

"Do the thing you think you can not do." - Eleanor Roosevelt
I had to send Kerrie a picture of  me in our new shirts and the hats we won for our 2nd place AG finishes.  Bonus, you get a view of my kitchen.  Lucky you.
The quote is so perfect.  A challenge to push ourselves out of our comfort zones.  I am inspired.

Also, as we were leaving the park, Sally asked me if I like salted caramel Gu.  Um, yes, of course! She had grabbed one during the half (and doesn't care for the flavor, what?) and gave it to me!

When she and I ran Eugene last year, she remembered my shenanigans grabbing gels on that course.  You can read about it here.  Let's just say, I prefer to leave a race with as many, if not more, gels than I started the race with.

3.  Last week, I officially joined an overnight relay team!

It's not my first time.  I did a relay in college, when I wasn't really a runner.  I didn't train for it, but enjoyed hanging with some high school friends on our co ed team Men with Guts, Women with Butts, running Mt. Rainier to the Pacific.  I don't remember any of it, except that we had a driver for our van, the runners didn't have to drive at all.

Fast forward over (gasp) 20 years later, I'm running the Cascade Lakes Relay in Eastern Oregon with my local running buddies.  One of their runners dropped at the last minute, so I'm in.  The race is in a few weeks, 8/1-8/2.

S told me to get it out of my system because (you) will hate it.  I'm not really a night person, and may get a bit cranky after 10pm.  He has told me that he would hate to be in a van with me at 10:30pm. So, I intend to have THE BEST TIME EVER!  I will be fun, I will be charming, I will not be cranky.  My friends will not hate me after this relay!

Plus, we've rented a house in Sunriver, and my van (#2) will get to go back to the house twice, after we run legs 7-12 and legs 19--24.  This means we won't get the real overnight relay experience (as S has told me).  We won't be sleeping in a field, or in a high school gym, or wherever else you people attempt to sleep during a Ragnar or Hood to Coast.  And, that's just fine with me.  I hope to nap in a bed and get a shower between legs.  Baby steps people, grown up overnight relay baby steps!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

See Jane Run 5k - Seattle - Race Recap

Seattle, Washington
Start time: 8:30am
Temperature: 70 degrees
Bib: 6855
Overall (I'm not counting the dudes): 17/329 women
Division Place: 2/46
Finish Time: 25:00

The 5k medal (yes! a 5k medal) and the half medal.  So cute.
My training plan decreed a 5k race this past weekend.  Just when I happened to be staying with my parents, near Seattle, watching my daughter's basketball team finish 6-0, overall champs of a tourney in Everett, Washington.

Champs!  But I digress.
Lucky for me, the final basketball game was at 2pm on Sunday.  That gave me plenty of time to hitch a ride with Kerrie to Gasworks Park, run a 5k, then dilly dally around the finish line for awhile.

The view from the top of the kite flying hill at Gasworks Park.
We easily found parking in the neighborhood to the north of the park, around 7am.  The tiny park parking lot was already full.  The half marathoners would start at 8am, the 5k at 8:30.  Bib pick up was a snap, but we were told we'd receive our race shirts and bags post race.

The park has an indoor restroom, but it's tiny and had a long line.  There were plenty of porta potties that we used a few times.  No lines.

Tradition #1- when racing with Kerrie, get photo of Kerrie coming out of the potty.
The weather was perfect (for taking photos and lounging around).  Pre race we took lots of photos.

Tradition #2- When racing an all women's race,  get photo with good looking young men.  These EMTs were great sports.
This race has the best photo op spot.  Can you see the Space Needle behind us?
Kerrie made me warm up.  We were both hoping to have speedy races and finish strong.

The half and 5k started in three self seeded waves.  It was fun to cheer the half runners as they started, then regroup for the 5k start.  It was warm to be racing, I was thankful to only be tackling 3 miles instead of 13.

We seeded ourselves near the front of the first wave.  In the first half mile, I stayed with Kerrie and the few ladies in front of us.  That was a mistake for me (but not for her), as running in the low 7s was too fast for me.

The course was a mostly shady out and back, along the water, under the Fremont Bridge.  Some dude passed us in the first mile (really, congrats on your 5th place overall finish, you 19-25 year old guy running an all women's race by yourself).  Kerrie dropped me after mile 1, I was hoping to run faster after the turn around (that didn't happen).

Mile 1: 7:41
Mile 2: 8:08
Mile 3: 8:22
.1: 7:16

I carried my handheld with me and had a bit of a kick at the end.  I definitely felt better and finished faster in May at the Run Like a Mother 5k.  Oh well, at the finish I was thrilled for Kerrie, who killed it and PR'd.
The view from the grass, after some champagne and chocolate.
Immediately, we went to check our finish times at the race's results laptops.  Our first time through, we were both 1st in our AG!  We went back to check again, and Kerrie had fallen to 2nd.  After picking up our race shirts and bags, and having some champagne and chocolate, we were still 1st and 2nd.

We took goofy race photos in a photo booth.

We took finishers photos.

Okay, maybe this one was pre race.
We found Sally, who ran an amazing half marathon in the heat.

Remind me to keep my hat on next time.
I think we even checked the laptops one more time to confirm our places.  The awards were going to be given out at 11am (we figured they'd be ribbons, but we wanted whatever the AG awards would be)!  I couldn't stay for the awards, or I would have missed A's basketball game.  We found the woman in charge of the prizes and convinced her to give them to us just before 11am.

Nice race volunteer: "In which age group did you place?"
Me:  (beaming with pride) "I am first in the 40-44 age group!" (big smile)
Nice race volunteer: "Oh, are you Lindsey?"

Wa, wa, wa.

Turns out, there was a glitch in their system.  Even though their computers kept telling me I was a winner, for the last 2 hours, I was actually first loser.
Thanks for the quote, Dale Earnhardt.  And, no offense Kerrie, YOU were amazing.
Kerrie and I each received See Jane Run hats!  Very awesome prizes.  So, make sure you run fast if you do this event, as the top 3 AG winners get stuff, not ribbons!!

See Jane Run put on a terrific event.  The Seattle weather was gorgeous.  I couldn't have had better friends to hang out with.  If you want a race in Washington, with a flat, pretty course and stellar views of the city and lake, this is it.

We even got to choose between a blue or red finisher's shirt.
Now, go check out Kerrie's blog and see what she had to say about See Jane Run!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

How to Get into the Track - The Hard Way and Easy Way

Saturday morning, I accidentally ended up at the track again.

If I had known how easy it was to get friends to the track, I would have done it long ago!

Trisha texted me on Friday, asking if I was going to run Saturday.  Why yes!  But, I NEEDED to go solo, as the training plan called for 3 miles at race pace.

For some reason, as I've started this training cycle, I believed I'd be running a lot by myself.  I really want to hit the goal times for the workouts.  I don't want to hold anyone else back or speed anyone else up, which can make working out together a challenge.  Last week, I learned that I don't have to do speed work alone at the track.  And Saturday, I learned that I don't have to do a pace run by myself either!

Trisha suggested we meet at the track.  We could warm up together, then do our own workouts.  What better a place for me to prove to myself that I can run 3 miles at my half marathon goal pace!  Yeah, a nice, flat oval.

Arriving at her high school's track, we thought we were locked out.  No way was I going to skip this workout, I was mentally ready (and had gotten up early the day after 4th of July!).  What's a girl to do?

We jumped the fence.  I have a gigantic bruise to prove it.  Note the bleachers about 100 yards behind me.
As we started our warm up jog, before we hit the first turn…

Those bleachers above are to the right of this welcoming open gate.
…we realized we weren't rebels at all.  Just because one gate is locked does not mean they all are.

We ran a lap together, then I started my Garmin for 3 miles, attempting an 8:15-8:20 pace.  Trisha ended up doing a ladder workout.  Even though we weren't doing the same workout, just having my buddy around made me push myself.  I know she had no idea what lap I was on, but I didn't want to look like a slacker.  I might have dialed it back without her there to unintentionally push me.

3.02 miles (12 laps!)
8:17 pace

Goal achieved!  Now, I simply need to hold that pace for an additional 10 miles, to reach my half marathon PR (1:50:xx).  Lots of work to do!

As promised, this past weekend has been filled with baseball and basketball.

After my track run Saturday, it was basketball in the morning and baseball in the afternoon.
It's a bit too hot outside for baseball (and too hot in a gym without A/C for basketball Saturday night).

How we make shade here in Or E Gone.
T's baseball team won the wood bat tourney!

A's basketball team took first place in their bracket last night.

Go blue!
I don't know how ya'll with three or more kids do it!  How do you get to everything?  I missed a few baseball games to be at basketball, but S coaches T's team, so he was there for #allthebaseball.

This week, A and I head to Seattle for the next basketball tourney.  I hope to see all the games, but I do need to get a few workouts (and a 5k) completed!

Plan for this Week
Monday: 4 miles
Tuesday: Weights and Yoga
Wednesday:  30 minute tempo run
Thursday: Rest/travel day
Friday: 3 miles easy
Saturday: Weights and Yoga/Rest
Sunday:  See Jane Run 5k with Kerrie!

Question:  How fast is tempo pace vs. race pace?  I need to figure this out by Wednesday morning.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Three Things Thursday

1.  The five of us had the track to ourselves yesterday!

Four plus the teenage photographer, who was grateful not to be photographed at 6am.
I was a bit worried about how it would work out, with all of us running different paces.  I needn't have worried.  Diana, A and I completed all 6x400s.  Yeah, A is 17 and ran way ahead of me for each lap. One time she even turned around and ran backwards, encouraging me.  Whatever.

I hit my goal pace, and even ran a bit faster than 7:00/mile pace a few laps.  It sure helps to have speedy bunnies in front of you for motivation.

1:40, 1:41, 1:46, 1:45, 1:43, 1:42

Karen and Sonya got there a bit late, but it just all worked out.  We encouraged each other and got our workouts done.  I hope I can get these girls to join me at the track again this summer.

2.  I changed the comment settings on the blog.  One of my friends told me she couldn't comment from any browser.  So, I found the place to change it, and now I can get comments from non registered users (whatever that means, I just hope I don't get more spam).

I also figured out how to add the reply option to comments.  That's right, the comment location is now embedded and I can respond to you (and you can respond to each other).  Lots of high tech changes around here, woo hoo!

3.  My running calendar was quite inspiring yesterday.

So is every 400!
I hope you are enjoying your workouts this week as much as I am.

Check out MCM Mama's new Half Crazy Moms Spotlight today.  You already knew I was half crazy, right?  But did you know which state I plan to make #50?

Happy 4th!  May your weekend be filled with baseball tournaments, basketball tournaments and fireworks!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

How I Ended Up (Not Alone) at the Track Today

Every Monday morning, a bunch of us meet to run 4 miles.  There are 10 or so women that could show up, but we usually end up with 4 or 5.

The start line.
Now that it's light out at 6am, we're able to run into a local park (instead of staying on sidewalks and dodging garbage cans on a well lit semi busy road).  Sometimes we stray off the path and run through the woods on a trail that drops us by the river.

Sometimes on the back, the sun over the muddy water reminds me why I run.  Why I get up early. Some mornings are beautiful and effortless, and the conversation flows.

When we finish (at Starbucks), it's the perfect chance to plan the running week.  Over a chocolate protein smoothie (with three extra scoops of protein), my Wednesday speed workout got changed.

Sonya could run Wednesday, but not Thursday, Friday or Saturday.  I was hoping to get some girls together for a long run on Thursday or Friday.  For this training cycle, I'm 100% committed to speed work on Wednesdays.  My Hal Higdon plan flips between a tempo run and a track workout.  This week was supposed to be a tempo run.

My speed day is going to be the day that I hit MY target pace.  So, I expect tempo runs to be solo. But wait, IF she wanted to meet me at the track, couldn't we start 400s together, then go our own paces?    Why not do the track two weeks in a row and push the tempo run to next Weds?  I've never done a track workout with a buddy.

So, looks like Diana and Sonya are willing to run at the track with me today.  And Kari will meet at the bakery for 6 miles on Friday.  See how useful meeting on Monday mornings for an easy 4 can be?  I love it when I get my way girls are flexible enough to run my training plan workouts.  It's so much more fun with a buddy or two.

6x400s, I'll let you know how it went tomorrow.