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Rock N Roll SF

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Ok, I am FINALLY writing this post.  I have really had an intense week and was not in the mindset to write this all down.

So on Sunday (April 6), I ran the Rock N Roll SF ( the second year they have done it in SF and I ran it both times).  They changed the course from last year and didn’t post the new course until after I had already signed up.

Dear RNRSF,

That was hands down the hardest course I’ve ever run.  Congratulations on making me completely exhausted/sweaty/sore/want to die all before 8 am.  If you do this same course next year, I will probably not have the strength to sign up.

Sincerely, exhausted runner number 11,000 (cause I think that’s how many people ran)

The picture below was only like mile 5 and it was cold, and I am wearing a tank top and I am completely sweaty (sorry).  Cause it was so hard.  BUT, running in the actual lanes on the bridge was super cool!! I’ve never done that before :).

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Yay! IN the lanes, not on the sidewalk.

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And one more on the bridge, kinda sideways, but trust me this is the best one I had.  At least it’s not blurry.

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Ok, so let’s talk race course.  It started out pretty and innocent enough on Ocean Beach in SF.  Here’s the coast off to the side, nice and misty and calm.  photo 1-12

Here’s the start, super exciting and fun!! (ps, see that guy in the backpack on the left? More on him in a sec)

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So, we ran through the start chute, and a little bit down the road, like 1 or 2 blocks, then turned right into the city.  And there it was.  The start of the hills that would continue for the next 4 miles almost without interruption.  I know this is a horrible picture, but it was 6:30 am and I had been up since 3 am, taking a photo of a hill that was .25 miles into the 13.1 I had to run to get back to my car and go home to put my feet up.  That causes shaky hands and blurry photos.

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This hill was immediately followed by turning left and continuing uphill.  I am not exaggerating, it was almost always uphill for the first 4 miles.  Then more. And more.

Ok, so let’s talk about that backpack guy.  He ran, I assume, the whole thing wearing that.  I say I assume, because unfortunately for my confidence, he proceeded to kick my butt and I never saw him again.  I don’t know how he did it, but I think he should automatically win some kind of prize.

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After the bridge, we had a merciful, but short, downhill to the waterfront and then a fairly flat section.  Here is the beautiful sun rising, which was beautiful except that I didn’t have sunglasses and we ran towards it for a couple miles.  I looked at my feet a lot.

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After the flat section, we again had to run uphill on and off for the last 2 miles.  That wasn’t very nice.  And at this point, I had lost all strength to take photos.  I left that baby in my pocket and focused on not dying.  I also got 2 killer side aches during this section.  After finishing, I grabbed the closest food and beverages I could, found a shady spot and sat.  I did have one exciting new discovery.  Post-Run Cheez-its are totally awesome and hit the spot.  Who knew?  I almost didn’t take them when they were handed to me.  So happy I did.

And of course what is the breakfast of champions after a half marathon?  A burrito bowl of course!! Kind of weird getting this at 9:30, but really since I had been up at 3, it was practically dinner time.  I didn’t let that stop me from eating 3 more meals though 🙂  (Not pictured, the fact that this was being eaten a cozy blanket with my feet up and watching tv, or the bag of tortilla chips I put to shame).

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Of course, as always after a race, I was excited and happy and proud I did it and am looking forward to the next one and always toying with the idea of running a full marathon. But wow, that was a tough little race course!

13 Miler, Plus 4 More

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I feel it is important to note that our kitten is so smart that she watched (and cheered) as Belt hit and scored his very important home run in tonight’s game.  She’s a huge giants fan.

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I had a crazy day of outdoor activity yesterday.  Possibly too much since I’m still exhausted.  I ran 13.17 miles in the morning (I really wanted to get that .1 in there for half marathon training purposes).  I took it really easy, and even stopped a couple times at water fountains to grab a drink and a quick stretch.  I ran from around 10-12, because I still don’t know how to run first thing before it’s hot out.  So I needed those breaks to hydrate and cool down.  I also made it a slow pace run because I am still just monitoring my left leg, it’s just had a few weird things goin on lately.

I only had a banana, some chews, and coffee before, as well as 2 gels along the route so I was starving when I got back (I am currently obsessed with Honey Stinger products so I used all their stuff for the chews and gels).  When I was back I made an egg and cheese bagel with some leftover pico de gallo, which was a rad extra, as well as a chocolate milk.  I could have had much more, but I knew I had other plans involving food to follow shortly….

We met up with a friend for a hike/picnic.  This was what made me clearly an insane person.  Who agrees to go hiking after running 13 miles?  Well…. me.  So add another 4 miles to that original 13 for total distance.  We went to Tennessee Valley and packed sandwiches, snacks, and a water bottle of wine because we felt festive.  Here we are about to head back after.

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This is really the most important, the view including the food.  As usual, I think awesome food tastes even more amazing when eaten in a cool place.  Also I think it’s important to point out that those bbq chips went ON my sandwich.  This is something I have always done, and always will do.  It is the absolute best way to eat a sandwich.

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And just one more view shot.  We also saw dolphins, though I am not fast enough to have gotten a shot of them, I’ll work on my photog speed skills.

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How was your long run/race this weekend?

What’s a funny eating tradition you have?  Do you eat chips on your sandwich?

Long Run Podcast and Prep

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Since I’ve got my long run on my mind, I thought I would talk about what I do to help get me through long runs.  I like to listen to Podcasts because then you get to listen to more like a story or a show while you’re out which can be more entertaining.  There are all types out there, I personally like a few morning shows, which I don’t get to listen to normally, so I subscribe to their podcasts and listen while I run.  They talk about news, and celebrities, nothing too thought provoking, but entertaining while running.  Here’s an example of one that I like a lot, probably my favorite:

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That morning show also does a “secret show” which is a podcast you can subscribe to, but it is for 18 or older and so you can assume the content is different.  It is also entertaining, but isn’t for everyone.

The other thing I really like about my iPod is that it plays the radio!!  That way when I’m sick of my music or don’t feel like a podcast, I can just see what’s on.

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In preparation for this morning’s long run, I made this very simple rice for dinner.  It was good, but the goal for a regular dinner is really to add stuff to it, which I didn’t do.  So it was a little boring but perfect for a pre-long runphoto

It looked like this:

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 Here’s what I’m having before I head out.

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Are you doing a long run today?  How far?  Have fun!!

Purple and Hot Pink!

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Woo Hoo!!  These bad boys came in the mail yesterday and I got to give them a nice first run today.

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They were completely glorious. They are Brooks Pure Flow 2, I have these also in a bright pink/red color, but they had a bit of a run in with a fireplace last weekend when I left them there to dry after a rainy run.  The heels are a bit melted and they feel funny.  So I found these on REI’s outlet site for a great deal and I love them.

I ran 7 miles this evening and was really determined to take it slow and lower my average pace.  I have had a hard time varying my speeds and not pushing it a bit, so it felt a little odd, and in the end it really wasn’t that much slower than my normal pace.  I ran an average of 8:49.

When I got back, I made curry from scratch which took way longer than I expected and I was starving by the time it was ready!  Luckily my friend stopped by and chatted while I cooked which helped me to not eat the entire bag of chocolate fig granola I was snacking on while I cooked.  Here’s a fun little pic stitch of the curry making process and rice. photo 3-6

I made “lava” rice which is a combo of brown rice and some sort of red rice and it’s really good.

After I got dressed for my run I realized I had subconsciously, or something, dressed completely color coordinated!  That is very unusual so it needed to be documented.  I had purple shoes over hot pink socks, and a purple long sleeve over a hot pink tank top with of course the hot pink accent on the capris.  This will likely never happen again.

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It was really windy and a little stormy outside and it took all my effort to be excited to go get the run done.  I also read a bunch of other people’s running blogs and you all are full of inspiration and good vibes that in fact got me out the door.  So thanks to everyone who has such great positivity and shares it!

Major Yum

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Yes, I have in fact lost my mind when it comes to veggie burgers.  I don’t know why I’m so obsessed lately but I am and this is what happened when I decided to make one at home for the first time instead of eating out:

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It was probably the messiest thing I’ve ever eaten.  I cut it in half thinking that would help…. maybe it did but it was still pretty rough.  Here’s all the stuff that went on to that burger!! (of course minus the candle and vase).

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The hamburger buns were brioche which I toasted and melted cheese onto….yummmm.

Oh yeah, I also did some running, not just eating, I ran 5 miles Monday and 5 miles Tuesday, then I did 7 miles today with some “pickups” where I would just speed up a bit, slow down a bit on and off every 30 seconds or so.  My averages were fairly normal for me but it’s a little different workout which is always nice.

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Well, I still have some Olympics recorded that need my attention before I go to bed!

Anyone else Olympics obsessed like me?

Run Happy!

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First of all I LOVE Brooks, especially their Pure line.  But also how can you not love their motto?  Every time I see the Run Happy logo, it in fact makes me happy and want to go for a run!

I saw this version of their ad in Runner’s World and it put a big old silly grin on my face.  Also, I’m thinking, what exactly is my run happy?  The perfect scenario…..

What’s yours?

Track Day

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 I saw this online and it made me happy.  If ever discouraged it’s good to remember just getting out there is the most important thing and often leads to a great run and a better day after!

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Today I did a track workout.  I do have a goal to speed up a bit so I feel I have to.  I go back and forth about if I like these, and today I did.  I did a warm-up, then 5×800 meter repeats around 6:45 pace, then a cool down and some stretching.

Stretching is one of my goals for the year as I am not great at keeping up with it!  And today the run felt absolutely wonderful.  I used my Brooks Pure Connect for the track work out.  They’re a little lighter and a good fit for the track.

I also worked on this today, I am really seriously into succulents lately, clearly.

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This is what I ate for breakfast and eat some version of almost every single day of my life.

I’m completely obsessed.

It’s yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, a banana, honey, and granola.  I also often add grape nuts, and vary the fruit.  The yogurt doesn’t change much, always some kind of organic low fat variety of regular or Greek yogurt.  It looks ridiculous but it is seriously sooooo good!

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What did you do for your workout today?

Do you like track/speed work outs?