Jungle Run 2012

It’s official: I survived my second half marathon.

laced up and ready to go! now where did I leave my car keys…?

Although there were about 6 Lululemon Run Club/Employees at the event, I ended up running alone for most of the race, simply because I was planning on running about 10:30s, and most everyone else was planning on 8:50s.

As a group, we only ran one lap around that track that we were starting at because we were running late. Which worked well for me, since I was at the back of the starting lineup, the first mile was going to be a warmup pace anyway. My playlist was set up pretty perfectly, if I do say so myself. 😉 I started with Florida Georgia Line’s new song, “Cruise,” which was the perfect pacing for a warmup!

*this vid is just audio, but it’s an awesome song, so it’s okay ;)*

After that, I had the pretty typical hip-hop beats for a while. Which I really only listen to when I need to get fired up, since I normally don’t like the lyrics, just the beats and the tune. When the song “Outta Your Mind” (Lil Jon feat. LMFAO) came on, I just started visualizing the routine from So You Think You Can Dance. It was great! It gave me a break from thinking about running! I’m going to have to plan that kind of music more often!

If you’ve got no idea what I’m talking about, or just love the routine as much as I do, here’s the link to a video of an amazing dance routine! (Embedding has been disabled on this video, I’m sorry!)

And let me tell ya, when Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” came on, I started thinking, “Well, I’m not shaking, but I sure am jiggling!” 😉 Yes, I talk to my music, if you can’t  already tell. I like to think that I’m not the only one who does this. . .

I may have had some choice words for Flo-Rida when he started singing about a “Good Feeling,” cuz there wasn’t a single good feeling at mile 9 when I thought I was on mile 10. I’m gonna blame that brain fart on being blonde. 😉

So while I was conversing with the artists on my playlist, I noticed that I was playing leap-frog with two other girls my age (they were running/walking, while I was just at a solid jog.) Girl number one was in a Lululemon CRB in Flash (which I had actually thought about wearing!) and girl number two was in a Lululemon Run:For Your Money in Pow Pink (I am so jealous, I want that top! It was so cute!)

Flash girl, during her running intervals, was running with her spine hunched to her right, as if she was doing oblique crunches. She must have been in pain. I felt bad for her, so I kept an eye on her to make sure it didn’t get any worse. (When she was walking, she had great posture, she only hunched to side while running.) We met up around mile 3, so we ran almost the whole race together. Pink girl and I met up ’round about mile 8. So the three of us got to run the hard part together.

Oh, did I mention that miles 10.5-12.25 are UPHILL? In the sun? In the dirt? No? I forgot to mention it? Oops. Well, now you know. 😉

Once we hit mile 10.5, we started running on the un-paved fire road on the side of the freeway. In the sun. Uphill. Ew. This part of the race is the only part that is out-and-back, so you know that as soon as you round the cutting point, you’re gonna be running downhill. The anticipation for that point makes the uphill seem reeeeeeally long.

All three of us, Flash/Pink/me, managed to go around those beautiful orange cones that marked the end of the “out” part at pretty much the same time. I started walking so I could hydrate without swallowing too much air and take a gel. So with that, both Flash and Pink were in front of me. I started running again when the Nike+ GPS lady told me that I had just passed mile 12.5. YES!! ALMOST THERE!!!

So I started running, and even picked up the pace a bit. My quad, which had been quiet the whole race (it was tired, but not hurting) decided that I was now going too fast and started to bitch at me. I told it that if wasn’t going to fall off, that it needed to shut up and get with the program. So on we went.

I passed Flash first, and she was in her walking interval. As I passed her, I turned so I could give her a huge smile, yell out, “Come on! Let’s GO!!” and wave in that “follow me” sign language. She started laughing, and picked up the pace, and we were off! Running a bit faster than we had been.

Then we came up to Pink, who was walking at that point. Just like before, I turned to her, gave her a huge smile, and yelled, “Come on! Let’s GO!!” with the “follow me” hand gesture. Sure enough, all three of us were running together, pushing ourselves to get the damn race over with. 😉

Flash dropped off first, round about the 12.75 mile marker, followed by Pink, not too much later. I was in my mode, though, so I kept going. And when I saw that 13 mile marker, and the Nike+ GPS lady told me I had gone 13 miles, I kicked it into overdrive. Dredging up my old sprinting skills (7th grade Track & Field, anyone?), I made it over that finish line.

I kept walking around so I didn’t cramp up (there were a few people there who never got that memo; I felt pretty bad for them) and headed over to the shirt pick up. (At this point, I hadn’t even looked at the medal I was handed. I was just concentrating on that fine line between drinking a lot of water without throwing it up.) And then I saw it: a HIPPO!!! The mascot for the Jungle Run 2012 was a hippo! I LOVE LOVE LOVE HIPPOS!!!!! And it had this cute little bird sitting on it’s head! I got so excited! And yes, the girl who handed me the shirt started laughing at me. I’m totally okay with it. It’s a hippo!!!!! 😀 hehehe

hippo hippo hippo!!!!!

Well, by this point, Pink had crossed the finish line and was talking with her boyfriend. I walked up and gave her a high-five, said congrats. She had a huge smile on her face when she said, “Thank you so much for egging me on! I wouldn’t have finished as strong as I did without you!” Yeah, that made me feel pretty good. 😉

I kept walking around, and ended up seeing Flash, talking to her mom and dad. So, again, I walked up and gave her a high-five, said congrats. She started laughing and said, “Thank you so much! You helped me finish!I was keeping up with you the whole race! Thank you for pushing me at the end!” Yeah, I was on cloud nine. 😉

So by the end of the day, I had run 13.1 miles (not including the .25 mile warmup), high-fived two race-path volunteers, egged on two runners, and got a hippo medal and a hippo shirt. I’ll take the soreness and stiffness today and handle it with pride for that awesome of a race. 🙂

icing my left quad, stretching my right hip flexor, and taking pics for Facebook. Multitasking at it’s finest 😉

Have you high-fived people while racing? 

Have you been either the egged or the egger in a race? (are those even real words?! hehe)

The Dammit Run

With less than 24 hours ’til my half marathon, what do you think I was doing?

Sadly, no, I was not doing any Downhill Racing Tricycles.

But if you guessed “nursing sore muscles, bitching about being sore, and laughing about how  soreness will effect tomorrow,” you’d be right. Yup, in the process of kicking everyone’s asses yesterday in Tabata Hell,  I effectively kicked my own. I’d love it, except for the fact that my injured quad is now also sore. And still expected to not fall off tomorrow morning. Good thing I already planned today as a Rest Day!

And if you guessed “signing up for another race,” you’d also be correct!

Yup, another race! The 39th Annual Dammit Run!! If I were on the planning committee, I’d totally put a comma after “Dammit”, but I guess that’s just me. . . Plus, the race is about running across the dam at the Lexington Reservoir, so the sentiment of “Damnit, keep going” doesn’t really convey “Run across the dam.” Too bad. I guess that’s why I’m not on that committee, eh?

So here I am, with less than 12 hours until my 13.1 adventure, and I’m rewriting my calendar and schedule to accommodate the new run. I do so love my calendars! 😉 The Dammit Run is only a 5-miler, but it’s uphill on a trail that wasn’t really designed for crowds. Oh hell, who am I kidding. It’s on a trail that was designed for a single runner. This’ll be interesting. But provided that I don’t end up in the hospital, it’s going to be great because: A) I get to buy new trail running shoes! Score!!!; and B) it’ll help me prep for the hills of San Francisco that will be kicking my ass in October. I don’t live near too many hills, so I need all the practice I can get! 😉

 

I’m not a big hill runner. In fact, when it comes to hills, I’m probably the biggest whiner you’ve ever met. I avoid them like the plague. And yes, I realize that the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco is nothing but hills. That ridiculousness has not been lost on me.  And knowing my luck, every time I start up a hill, I’ll hit a headwind. . . it never fails.

Next up on my agenda tonight: figuring out what I’m going to wear tomorrow. I know, I know. I totally should have had that already planned out and given it a test run. I’m using the excuse that I’ve already run in all of my running clothes, so I’ve already ‘tested’ whatever will be chosen for tomorrow. 😉 Since I already know what chafes after 6 miles, and what holds in too much sweat, and all that nonsense, my deciding factor of what I actually wear is quite simple: what will make me look the best in the running pics? Oh come on, I can’t be the only one to have thought that! 😉 I’m leaning towards my running faves: Black Swan Cool RacerBack and Run: Back On Track Crops, both from Lululemon.

 

 

And my pink Mizunos, of course. 😉

What’s your favorite racing/running outfit? What makes you feel like you can run the world?! (hehe, “run”, get it? Wow, I am so easily amused. . .)

T minus 8 Days

I’m now at one of my favorite parts of racing. . .

Making my playlist!

I don’t always run with music, so it makes music a big motivator for me! I’m putting together my playlist for my first half marathon of 2012. Wow, that makes it sound like I doing a lot of ’em this year. . . Honestly, I’ve got the Jungle Run Half on the 15th, then nothing ’til October when I do the Nike Women’s Marathon (my first full 26.2!), and then ending the season with the Santa Barbara International (I’m doing the half).

I’m up for suggestions of events in NorCal for all the times in-between!!!! 😉

 

So here’s a peek at my playlist so far:

I want to make sure I’ve got 3 hours of music, and then put it on shuffle, so that way I don’t hear the exact same songs in the exact same order as my trial run next week. (I like to make sure that I don’t think a song is great only to find out at mile 9 that it’s too slow and ruins my vibe. Yes, it’s happened before.)

And here’s where we come to the GoodNews/BadNews.

One thing making me nervous. . . My quad decided to check out a couple weeks ago. Translation: my quads hate me. I’m a visual person, so in really technical doctor-y speak, here’s what’s going on:

I see a sh*t load of foam rolling in my immediate future. And ice. I have to get to the store to get ice. . . So my goal for this year’s Jungle Run is the exact same as last year: finish without crawling across the finish line. I managed it last year off of foot surgery, with no training, so this year should be okay. Key word: should.

The cool news is that a few of the kickin’ ladies from the Lululemon Run Club are doing the half, and some are doing the 10k! So I’ll be with really supportive people that I’m already used to running with! Yay!! So between my music in one ear, and catching up on gossip in the other ear, I think I’ll be well distracted and motivated! 🙂

Lululemon actually sends these signs to their stores for their educators to use at local races! Isn’t that totally kick a$$?! 🙂

What race are you looking forward to?

What songs are musts in your running playlists? 

Giants VS A’s Game

Howdy howdy howdy!!! Long time no see! 😉

Quick recap of what I’ve been up to:

On Friday, the Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students went out for a ball game. There were 13 of us. 2 of our group were A’s fans. The rest: Giants fans! Needless to say, we had a good time. Well, us Giants fans had a good time. 😉

Wes, Mark, me

Brian (A’s fan! lol), me, Wes

Wes’ air guitar solo to Journey’s “When The Lights Go Down.” It’s a Giants staple. You know, being in San Francisco and all. 😉

One of the most random moments was when Nate, one of the Trainers, stood up with a package of Oreos and pretended to be a vender. “OR-eos! Get your OR-eos!!” And sure enough, some random guy a few rows up yelled back, “Up here!” So what’d Nate do? Threw him an Oreo. This is why I love my coworkers.

The kids in front of us were really cute. And really smart, too. You know, rootin’ for the Giants and all. 😉 I loved their sign!

So after a great game (we WON!), and the drive home from San Francisco, I got home about 1:30am. In bed at 2am. I was le tired.

But at 8:30am Saturday morning, I’m driving to Los Gatos for Lululemon’s Run Club! When I got there, I looked at everyone and said: I’m totally coming in last today. I’m effin’ exhausted. 😉 The 5 miler turned into a 4.5 miler, but I still felt accomplished!!

can’t complain about my run’s scenery!

The rest of Saturday was filled with cleaning the house and running errands. And neon pink compression socks. 😉

By Saturday night, I was very tired, but feeling pretty normal. 🙂

How was your weekend run? Do you run on both days, or only one?

My First Run Club

Despite having to set some attitudinal alarms for this morning, the morning of my first run club went quite well!

I left the house at 8:20 this morning for the Lululemon Run Club at 9. And honestly, the only reason I knew where I was going was that the Jungle Run starts at where we were meeting. Otherwise, I would have had to leave earlier to allow time to get lost. It’s tradition. I have to get lost wherever I go. 😉

I arrived at the track in plenty of time, which to me translates to: where’s the bathroom?! I’m telling ya, when you’re only 5 feet tall, liquids go straight through ya!

Our group consisted of Coach Lori (www.coutureconditioning.com), 3 Lululemon educators, a Lululemon ambassador (the only guy in a group full of women, must have been so horrible, hehe), and what appeared to be his wife/girlfriend. Since 2 of the educators were new to running, we did a very easy 3 miler along the Cooper Trail. The trail that my first half marathon of the season will be on. Awesome! Training time! Jungle run, look out! I’m gonna kick your bootay!

I have never had a run where I could talk the whole way through. . . and I liked it! Granted, 3 of us ended up running together, so 2 were talking while 1 was catching her breath. But still, it’s new for me! And I’m totally addicted!!

With the incline that the trail was on, I probably would have run too fast from the start and would have walked my sorry butt back up the trail (we did an out-and-back). But since we were slower than I normally train, and I had some awesome people to keep me accountable, I never walked!

And my feet and calves? Not a single problem!! HALLELUJAH!!!

For all of you contemplating a running club, don’t think about it: JUST GO!! Seriously, I’m addicted. I’ve never had a better time while running!

So after I got home, it was errand city. I ended up taking my mom and my son to Fleet Feet to get my mom an actual pair of running shoes (I refused to let her run in her Sketchers or Keens anymore. I put my Mizuno’d foot down!) After shoe shopping (where my son discovered the amazingness of Strawberry Banana GU Gel, thanks to one of the sales associates) it was time for PetSmart, Trader Joe’s, deliver irises to a friend, dinner out, and then finally home again. Only to freshen up and then head right back out to celebrate my friend’s birthday!

Busy busy busy day!!

And now I’m about to get ready to take my son to my grandma’s house for Mother’s Day. My son loves his GG! (Great Grandma, GG, get it?)

I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, healthy Mother’s Day!!!

Do you go to a Run Club?

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day this year?

Friday Night Realization

It is at this moment when I realize how incredibly cool and awesome I really am. It’s almost 9pm on a Friday night and I’m sitting at home blogging. Watch out, world! Heather’s gonna tear up the town! Believe it or not, I actually used to be cool. Wow. How the times have changed.

“Pity party. Table for 1.”

On a happier note, I’m doing my first run with Lululemon Santana Row’s Run Club (wow, that’s a mouthful!) tomorrow morning! I’ll have to leave my house about 45 minutes before it starts, but I’m sure it’ll be totally worth it! I’m not a morning person, so getting up early tomorrow will be a challenge. But, again, probably worth it.

It’s going to be my first 5 miler this season, which honestly, I’m a bit worried about.

Last night I went to the gym, intending to do the Zumba class and a 3 mile treadmill run. What actually happened: 30 minutes of Zumba and a 1.14 mile run/walk on the ‘dread’mill.

Zumba was fun, but I could feel my enthusiasm waning, so I wanted to get my run in before I lost my mojo. Once on the treadmill, my left calf said “#&*! you, Heather! Peace out!” When my calves don’t like me, my feet don’t like me. Since I’m really looking forward to Saturday’s long run, it just wasn’t worth it to me to push another 2 miles.

Oh well, the treadmill will always be there to torture me another day.

(Wait, I thought I was supposed to be “on a happier note”. . . wtf, mate)

So in honor of keeping your body happy and healthy for running, I’m sharing 2 yoga videos! Lululemon has made these to help with their half marathon training, so it’s perfect for us! Enjoy!!!

 

 

Yoga and running are like olive oil and balsamic vinegar: great apart, but AMAZING when combined! Hope you like these routines!!

I’ll keep you posted on how my first Run Club run goes!!!

What are your plans for this weekend? Any run clubs going on? 

let’s talk ‘training’

I’ve decided that this year will be a vast improvement from last year. Well, in terms of training for my 13.1 anyways… the rest of life? I’ll get you to later. Take a number. I’ve only got the brain capacity for one problem at a time. 😉

Before we go into the training plan, we have a quick history lesson:

On March 24, 2011, I had an Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy on my left foot. Which is a really long way of saying that I had my Plantar Fascia (the fascia on the bottom of the foot that connects the calcaneal one to your toes) cut. Yup, I had the surgery to fix Plantar Fasciitis. I’d had it  for over 2 years and it seriously SUCKED. So I opted for the surgery as a last-ditch effort. We were going to do it on the left foot (the one that had PF the worst) and then the right once the left was recovered.

Long story short: the surgery didn’t work. Okay, to be honest… it helped. Slightly. Instead of having pain 100% of the day, I had pain 89% of the day. In my book, that’s a wasted surgery. Especially when you factor in that the recovery time is on average 4 months.

Time for some math!

March + 4 months = July. I had my very first half marathon on July 10th.

Needless to say, my longest run going in to a half marathon was a very painful 5 miler. Awesome! Recipe for success!!! All I needed were my Wheaties and I was good to go! 

I decided that even if I had to crawl across that finish line, I was going to finish that race!

And I did! Wait, I finished! Not that I had to crawl durning the race! hahaha I did the whole thing on two legs! There were a couple of times where I had to walk around the 7 and 11 mile markers, but other than that, I kept on jogging!!! I finished in 2:42:54. 

This year, I still have some PF pain in my left foot, and occasional pain in my right. (I cannot tell you how amazing my feet feel now that I’ve switched to the Vibram 5 Finger shoes and the New Balance Minimus shoes!!! Completely changed my feet!!!) So this year, I am actually going to train for my half marathon!! My goal is to get a 2:15:00. 

I am going to use this as my training plan, just knowing that with my feet I may have to make adjustments here or there. I’m going to continue training at CrossFit and keep teaching my Muscle Blast Class (a mix of ballet, Pilates, and yoga), so we’ll see how this all pans out together…

What are your favorite training plans? Any suggestions? 

RunRun!!

At the beginning of the week, I took my dog small horse, Chewie, the drool-master Saint Bernard, for a nice long walk. He’s only 11 months old, so walking at a fast clip for an hour and a half qualifies as “long.” 

So here’s the Chewmeister taking a short breather at the upper edge of our harbor (hey, I warned you, I love boats). You can’t really tell by this pic that he discovered a fondness for ice plant… But you can in this pic!

I also taught him how to drink out of a human water fountain! The guys cleaning their fish at the station near us thought that this was a hoot! 

Hehehe, I love this boy! 

Alright, Heather, enough with the puppy already… 

So after I got home, I realized that I’m done holding in my itch to run again! (I’ve been dealing with Plantar Fasciitis for just over 3 years now… complete with surgery… it’s gone in my right, but still in my left) So, I started looking up races in my area. I went to HalfMarathons.net and started shopping for my next half marathon. Cuz, let’s face it, if I’m going to run again, it’s gonna be for a distance that people say I’m crazy for, not just “around the block” crap. 

I decided that with the time it’ll take to train (go figure, I’m actually going to train for this half) I would need something a couple months out. But not too far away, otherwise I’ll get bored waiting for it, and then there’s a good chance I won’t even show up! So I picked out the half that I did last year, and I’m actually pretty pumped about kicking the living daylights out of this course! I know what to expect now, so look out!! 

I’m doing the Jungle Run in Los Gatos, CA on July 15th. It was an awesome course last year, going through downtown Los Gatos, through Vasona Park (b-e-a-u-tiful!), then along nice wide trail through the mountain. Not very hilly, just one at the beginning of the course, and then a sleeper hill between miles 11 and 12 (it’s a doozy!). 

I’ll keep you updated on my training runs! But for now, I have some Financial Accounting work that needs to be done… ugh. I know you’re jealous, aren’t you? 😉