Archive for March 2007

Bournemouth Bay Half Marathon Sponsorship Page

Thursday, 29th March 2007. Filed in ChlorophyllNo Comments »

I’ve figured out a way to get my sponsorship page back up and running after the upgrade of the BHF site left it a bit wacky. If you would still like to sponsor me after this long technical delay, please click here and search for my page by my name. Please use the listing (there are two pages for me- one is blank) for my real sponsorship page. It has my personal message on it (including the web address for this blog), the amount I’ve raised so far and my sponsors list.

Thank you for your support!

On the road again!

Thursday, 29th March 2007. Filed in Random foliageNo Comments »

I am officially allowed to drive here without my husband, without my scarlet letter “L”, and on the motorway. I have the paperwork to prove it. I passed my UK driving test yesterday. I am very pleased with this, as the test is much stricter than the one I took 13 years ago in California. Even being a mature driver, I was worried I’d fail and have to take it again. And that would suck.

So there you have it. One of this week’s challenges hurdled with success. Now onto the half-marathon. I’ve been having some heel soreness, but I am so close I hope if it is painful, I can run through the pain okay. We are aiming to get up early Saturday and go to Monkey World before heading to Bournemouth, so hopefully that will take my mind off my nerves.

Today’s run

Distance: 2.0 miles
Time: 17:39
Pace: 8:49 min/mile

Tuesday’s run

Distance: 2.0 miles
Time: 18:02
Pace: 9:01 min/mile

My dream world is an ever anxious place

Sunday, 25th March 2007. Filed in 'Nana in training, RunningNo Comments »

People are sitting in the bleachers cheering. A nervous excitement fills the floor. The start line is located in a school’s gymnasium. We are told, “just run laps around the outside of the basketball court”. That’s weird. Um, okay. I’m running. By the third lap, I’m getting pretty bored. I pass my former house mate who is walking the half marathon. I don’t remember much except she’s wearing brand new old style Reebok high tops. I don’t stop to ask about them. I’m focused, on a mission.

A couple laps later, I notice the group has begun to thin out. I am thinking, yeah, this IS weird. I decide to lose a few seconds of my race time and stop to ask the race official what is going on. I look to the center of the court and the race official is doing cheer steps with some boyband guy in center court. Dear god, Paula Abdul is a race official?

I go with it.

“Excuse me, I don’t understand. How am I supposed to know how far I’ve run, and how far I have to go? How many laps make a mile?” I say waving my hands, confused and starting to get a bit worried.

“You see this square here? The diagonal is ten meters,” she says happily, swooshing her pom-poms and jumping across the diagonal. She’s got the Reeboks too.

What? Are you kidding me? I’m supposed to bust out the Pythagorean theorem to try to figure the length of the sides of the square, and then estimate how many squares across the outer square is? Then convert meters to miles? a^2 + b^2 = c^2. Wait, what are you supposed to do to solve it if you only know c? This is ridiculous!

I check my watch. 18 minutes have gone by. I look up and no one is left running around the basketball court. No one except for me. Um, yeah right. I’m not THAT slow. Even Paula Radcliffe couldn’t finish a half marathon in 18 minutes.

The sun streams through the bleachers and onto the court. A man in a brown 1980s suit walks in from the outside.

“Hey, are you the head race official? Good. What is going on here? I don’t understand.”

“You were only supposed to run the first lap in here, and then leave for the course outside. She,” he says pointing to Laker girl Paula, “should have directed you outside.”

“What?!!! No one directed me anywhere. She’s too busy dancing with Justin out there. And there are no markings. Nothing!”

“I’m sorry, there’s really nothing I can do,” he stammers, starting to get a little flushed in the face.

“Nothing you can do?!” I am usually a non-violent person. But, somehow I’ve got my purse in my hand and I start whacking him with it on the sides of his arms. Hard. “Do you know how hard I’ve trained for this run?! People have sponsored me. They are expecting me to do it! My dad’s here to see me!” I am near tears. And then things begin to fade…

Man, it was a rough night. I don’t feel very well rested. Which didn’t help with today’s run through the Thanet wind tunnel

Today’s run

Distance: 5.2 miles
Time: 52:51
Pace: 10:09 min/mile

Friday’s run

Distance: 5.2 miles
Time: 49:04
Pace: 9:26 min/mile

In case you were wondering…

Tuesday, 20th March 2007. Filed in 'Nana in training, RunningNo Comments »

…hail is hard. And cold. Brr!

Oh where, oh where is spring? I’m ready for warmth. Or at least warm rain. But, I shouldn’t complain. I forwent a heated ride to the gym this morning so I could be home to buy my Peter Gabriel tickets on Virgin radio presale at 9 am sharp. (Woo-freakin’-hoo! The music gods are being so nice to me right now!) I also shouldn’t complain because I just spent a surprisingly dry* week in Ireland. A few drops here and there while we were driving and a dusting of snow on the airplane wings as we took off, but nothing to grumble about.

Just so you don’t think my silence on the blog is an indication I was slacking, here’s a rundown of my recent training.

Today’s run

Distance: 3.2 miles
Time: 28:35
Pace: 8:55 min/mile

St. Patrick’s Day road race, Phoenix Park, Dublin

Distance: 4.0 miles
Time: 35:08 (official)
Pace: 8:47 min/mile

Training run, Clogheenmilcon Sanctuary, Blarney

Distance: Not sure. Maybe just over 3 miles
Time: 30:03

Training run, Pinner

Distance: 11.0 miles
Time: 1:47:11
Pace: 9:44 min/mile

* Dry as in precipitation falling from the sky. I can’t claim not to have sipped from the Guinness glass a time or two.

The leprechauns make me do it

Tuesday, 20th March 2007. Filed in 'Nana in training, Running2 Comments »

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Early morning run at Clogheenmilcon Sanctuary, near Blarney, Ireland

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Enjoying my post-race treat, Phoenix Park, Dublin

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Upper arm strengthening exercises

Don’t forget your green!

Friday, 9th March 2007. Filed in Random foliage1 Comment »

Ah, b’jaysus! This space will be a bit quiet for a break. With tricolor feather boa and an appetite for fresh Guinness, I’m off to the motherland. Or, one of my many motherlands. We’re going to celebrate with the leprechauns the driving of snakes from the island by good ol’ St. Patrick. But, I leave you with this letter to the editor of The Times. I love stories like this. They just make me feel good.

Yesterday’s run

Distance: 3.2 miles
Time: 30:06
Pace: 9:24 min/mile

Forget text books, I learn my Spanish from Ozomatli.

Tuesday, 6th March 2007. Filed in Crunchy groovesNo Comments »

27 days, 1 hour, 45 minutes, and 20 seconds. WORD!!

Until I can get my paws on “Don’t Mess with the Dragon”, I may have to revert to the old days of the cassette Walkman (yes I still have and use mine), so that I can dance, um I mean train, out on the route to some rockin’, booty shaking new stuff from the boys.

Shake, shake, shake…you can’t stop this love, can’t stop now, got to keep moving,
we’ve got faith in what love can do, don’t look back, we’re gonna make it through

This is definitely one for the “please get me up this one last hill” mix. If this doesn’t make you dance, better check your pulse.

Operation Duct Tape

Monday, 5th March 2007. Filed in 'Nana in training, Running3 Comments »

“The good thing about duct tape is it won’t come off until you want it to.”

Liar, liar, LIAR! The person who said this obviously has feet that don’t sweat. Well, let me tell you. Mine do. It isn’t pretty, but that’s what happens, kids.

I have a friend who, when drunk or even partially inebriated, likes to swoon over how beautiful her feet are. We have plenty in common, but in this we are polar opposites. My feet are ugly. They have structural issues. I have hammer toes. My baby toes curl under the toes next to them so that with each step I take, I am stepping on my own toes. Once I investigated getting them fixed. The dude was going to shave the bones and then stick pins in my toes to allow the tendons to get used to being straight again. Pins that would be pulled out two weeks later. Um, no thanks.

I am pretty used to my toes now. On a day to day basis, they are who I am. But, now that I am running more and for longer distances, I remember why I sought out the foot surgeon in the first place. As well as the painful pressure on my baby toes, it makes for lovely blister conditions. So, on Saturday I decided it was time to get even more serious about blister prevention.

Enter duct tape. “If you can’t duc it, f**k it” right? I read up a bit on taping techniques and went to work on my dogs. It took a couple tries, but I got my toes suitably strapped and tucked into my socks. I was surprised at how little it bothered me, when usually my toes are sensitive to anything stuck between them.

Three miles into the run isn’t the most opportune time to think it might have been good to throw the stick of BodyGlide into the car just in case Plan A fails. But, smart ideas don’t always have good timing. By about 25 minutes into the run, I could feel the slippery balls of tape squidging under my feet. I had to stop, remove my shoes and socks, dump the wet wads of tape out of them, and get running again. This also meant I did the last 7 miles without any blister protection. I think I got off easy with only two blisters.

Now, where was that chapter on tape adherents to keep the tape stuck to your feet?

Saturday’s run

Distance:10.0 miles
Time: 1:35:53
Pace: 9:35 min/mile

Today’s run

Distance: 3.2 miles
Time: 29:40
Pace: 9:16 min/mile

Last night’s blood moon

Sunday, 4th March 2007. Filed in Random foliage2 Comments »

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My equipment doesn’t capture the color as it was, but the bright silver moon was replaced with a pale rusty orange disc when the Earth came between it and the sun last night. The skies were amazingly clear, so we were treated to an excellent lunar eclipse.

Bournemouth Bay Run sponsorship page glitch

Friday, 2nd March 2007. Filed in Chlorophyll1 Comment »

I just went online to access my sponsorship page, and it seems the page no longer exists. Or, it exists but all the information on it has been wiped off. The BHF re-did their website last weekend so I assume this has something to do with it. I will post again once I hear back from the BHF on where my page has gone and when it will be restored. The automatic email reply I just received mentions that no donation details have been lost. So we’ll see…

Thank you to all who have sponsored me. I really appreciate it!