Auntie Em Goes Running

Victoria Marathon plus five

Previous MonthRecent EntriesHomeJoin Fast Running Blog Community!PredictorHealthy RecipesAuntieem's RacesFind BlogsMileage BoardTop Ten Excuses for Missing a RunTop Ten Training MistakesDiscussion ForumRace Reports Send A Private MessageWeek ViewYear View
Graph View
Next Month
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
200920102011
15% off for Fast Running Blog members at St. George Running Center!

Member Since:

Jun 03, 2009

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

PRs:

MacDash Duathlon, Sept. 10, 2011.  1:29:48.  Second woman overall, third racer overall, and first in AG.  

Mt. Ranier Duathlon, May 1, 2011.  3:05:00, 1st in age group.  5.1 mile run, 28 mile bike ride, 3.78 mile run.

5K:  Fun With the Fuzz, April 23, 2011.  21:59,  1st in age group.

Marathon:  Paris, April 10, 2011.  4:05:24.  

1/2 marathon:  Geoduck Gallop, February 2011.  1:42:23, 1st in age group.

Waterfront 15K (September 2010), 1:14:43.  3rd in AG.

Lake Padden Duathlon (July 2010), 1:36:something.  1st in AG .

10K:  Smelt Run, La Conner (2010)  47:14.  2nd in AG. 

I have fun every time I run, and have recently overcome the "I can't go fast anymore" hurdle.  I'm having fun going faster and working towards becoming even faster.  

I have raised two running children, one competitive and one not.

I have learned to run in ice and snow and I don't complain. 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Work towards a faster marathon by Spring 2012.

Get my 5K down to 21:30. 

Place in my division at duathlon and triathlon.

Train for biathlon.



 




 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Joining Forrest Gump


 

Personal:

I'm a 52 year old mom of two ex homeschooled teenagers. They both think I'm nuts.

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Bike Shoes Lifetime Miles: 2225.45
Pearl Izumi Trail Shoe Lifetime Miles: 139.33
Marathon Shoe Lifetime Miles: 244.33
Blue Brooks Launch Lifetime Miles: 223.68
Mean Green Shoe Lifetime Miles: 318.72
Blue Kinvaras Lifetime Miles: 207.12
Brooks Defyance Lifetime Miles: 361.34
New Kinvara Lifetime Miles: 275.90
Hattoris Lifetime Miles: 41.29
Addidas Lifetime Miles: 168.97
Nike Vortex Shoe Lifetime Miles: 64.50
Orange Newton Lifetime Miles: 36.20
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
155.200.002.500.8036.00194.50
Marathon Shoe Miles: 6.50New Kinvara Miles: 81.80Brooks Defyance Miles: 54.70Hattoris Miles: 4.00Blue Kinvaras Miles: 8.60
Night Sleep Time: 136.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 136.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

OK!!! I have been gone awhile, too depressed to interact with other runners.  My left achilles has been inflamed (bursitis) for three weeks, and one of those weeks I couldn't even walk, due to pain and tremendous swelling.  Blood work, xrays, blah, blah, blah.  Anyway, diagnosis is an inflamed bursa behind the achilles tendon, and that meant NO RUNNING!  But, of course, I ran in the pool because I have a marathon to do this Sunday.  The past two weekends have been six hour pool running situations, which has left me waterlogged, totally out of touch with the out of doors, and possibly poisoned from chlorine.  Mid week runs have been better, only an hour or so at a time, so doable.

I managed to run for 20 minutes on Tuesday on a trail, and it seemed OK.  Three more days to heal before Sunday's 50K.  Its really just a marathon, but I'm adding a few miles because I want a 50K to get ready for the 50 miler.  I suspect that it will not be a pain free marathon, but what marathon ever is?  

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments(3)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.005.005.00

Rode the bike for awhile.  Accupuncture on the foot.  Extra coffee.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.000.000.000.000.002.00

Marathon Shoe Miles: 2.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Comments(5)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.300.000.000.000.002.30

Jogging in Victoria early in the morning, testing the ankle.  All seems well.

New Kinvara Miles: 2.30
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
Add Comment
Race: Victoria Marathon plus five (31 Miles) 05:41:00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
31.000.000.000.000.0031.00

Victoria Marathon plus five miles done!  Wow, what an interesting experience running it all at "easy" pace.  I figured my 50 mile pace will be about 12 minutes/mile, so I wanted to run this whole practice 50K at that pace.  I started exactly an hour before the marathon start, which was easy, because it didn't start until 8:45, ran for 4.8 miles, and jogged into place in the back of the marathon start corral.  I was carrying my 1.5 liter fluid/nutrition backpack, since that is what I'll carry during the 50 miler.  I wanted to practice with it earlier, but was pool bound, so this was actually the first time I carried the backpack while running.  It is nifty, though, with hydration tube, plus plenty of space on the back to tuck a hat, gloves, or even a jacket.  There are little pockets on the front for snacks and stuff.  I carried some homeopathic electrolyte packets, some acetominiphin in case my ankle hurt, and some sports beans in case I got really bored.  the fluid in the back had 1200 calories in it, so I figured that would be plenty of nutrition.

I jogged along yakking incessently to other people, trying to pass the time.  I just kept thinking "you'll be out here a long time, enjoy it".  It was kind of funny, because I was chattering to people who really couldn't chatter as much in return, because they were working harder to run.  I kept asking if I was bothering them, but they all loved the entertainment!  I found myself getting a little desperate if I felt myself pulling ahead of folks I was getting to know because I didn't want to get bored.  I circled back a few times to relocate my favorites.  By the half point, I did pull ahead, just because some of the ladies I was running with were slowing.  I was at about 11:20 per mile, and was happy with that, so I just went.  Immediately I started picking up the pace, so to stifle that, I caught up with an older man, and ran with him awhile.  He was 74 and doing his 56th marathon!  Wow!  By the time he took a walk break, I was at marathon mile 18 and 50K mile 23, and was going to meet my hubby in 2 miles, so I ran alone.

At marathon mile 20 and 50K mile 25, Greg was there waiting for me, and just fell in beside me, told me I looked great, which I am absolutely sure was true.  I had been sipping at my hydration tube all along, and felt like I was doing well with nutrition/hydration.  So far, no ankle pain!  This was beyond belief to me; I was really afraid, but ready, to have to give this one up if I was injured.  And I really had no idea if I was injured or not, since I hadn't run in almost 4 weeks!  By mile 24, there started to be some tight feeling in the ankle, stiffness really.  By the middle of 24, I took some short walk breaks, stretching out the calf with my stride.  This helped a lot.  I never really hit any sort of wall, probably because of my pace, but I was getting tired, and was really happy to see the finish line.  Sprinted the last 500m as hard as possible, really picking it up the last 100m.  I really couldn't help it.

I guess if I can do 50K, I can do 50 miles.  I am still kind of in disbelief that I could do this at all with just pool running and no tapering, and the ankle.  Grateful is what I am. And, all along I was feeling so good about consuming my nutrition, but when I took it out of the backpack later, I found I had only drunk about 1/4 of it!  Total running time was 5:42 and change.  My goal was 6 hours, so not too bad!


 

Brooks Defyance Miles: 31.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
Comments(5)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.007.007.00

Mountain biking.  Would have ridden the rode bike, but its kind of wet and muddy at the moment, so mountain biking seemed more appropriate.  Went a yoga class in the evening, and did some core work and upper body weight stuff at home.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.500.000.000.000.003.50

Easy run.  Hohum.  Ready for more.  I feel recovered.

Yoga this evening again.

I will be traveling starting Thursday, so my posts will appear as comments again.  Should be lots of exciting running, though, Viet Nam is in monsoon times, and wet wetwet.


 

New Kinvara Miles: 3.50
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.004.008.00

Hattoris Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
Comments(2)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.500.000.000.000.004.50

Marathon Shoe Miles: 4.50
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
Comments(3)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

New Kinvara Miles: 9.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00
Comments(4)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.600.000.000.000.008.60

Blue Kinvaras Miles: 8.60
Night Sleep Time: 4.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 4.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

New Kinvara Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.200.000.000.800.006.00

New Kinvara Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Day off of running. We did the usual two hours of yoga, and then some trekking in the mountains. Beautiful country, but the air quality is sooooo bad. I will run long tomorrow morning, against many challenges. I have headlamp and face mask, and will hope for no bad dogs or lethal motorcycles. Route will be rather boring, since many roads are not really runnable.

Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
Comments(4)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
15.200.000.000.006.0021.20

Long in the mountain town of Sapa.  Almost killed by guard dogs at the beginning in the pitch darkness, but was spared, and completed what turned out to be a rather unusual run.  Grabbed what was left from the breakfast buffet at the hotel, and went STRAIGHT to a 2 hour yoga class.  Tiring, but really felt soooo good.  Did some hiking in the afternoon to a small village nearby in the mountains.  Beautiful country and beautiful people here.  If only there was not so much hemp and rice burning, my lungs and throat would be happier.  I fear I am losing my voice.

New Kinvara Miles: 15.20
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.800.000.000.008.0014.80

Long day!  Overnight train back to Hanoi, where I changed at a restaurant near the train station, and used the Google Earth App on the I pad to identify a small lake I could run around.  I pad gave me walking directions; it was only a mile away!  I did 30 easy and returned to the restaurant.  We bussed to a remote valley, where we biked to our new home in a small village.  The bike ride was a couple of hours, but only 16 miles, as we were in an "all paces" group.  We moved in, i did a quick tempo run for 45 minutes, exploring my new 'hood, and then we did 1.5 hours of yoga.  

Brooks Defyance Miles: 6.80
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.006.006.00

Yoga only today, plus a short bike ride.  We rode along quiet roads, and suddenly heard very loud music coming from what looked like a community hall (grange hall?)  we stopped to investigate, and ended up crashing a wedding party!  Fun dancing and more rice wine (ugh!).  Gave the bride and groom and gift of money, and received packages of red sticky rice wrapped up in banana leaves for later.  Hard to carry on our bikes!

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.200.000.000.000.004.20

Short run and then yoga.  

New Kinvara Miles: 4.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.300.000.000.000.007.30

Longer run, followed by 2 hours of yoga

New Kinvara Miles: 7.30
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.600.000.000.000.008.60

Was supposed to run for 2 hours, but this is all I could manage here in the jungle.  We are in some national jungle, staying in little cabins, very dirty, with spiders larger than volkswagons!  Fun to see the jungle in the early light, though!  Closes thing to a peaceful run I have had in this country.  The humidity is beyond belief, and I was completely trashed and exhausted from it in 1:30.

Brooks Defyance Miles: 8.60
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.300.000.000.000.008.30

40 minute am run with strides, and a 1:07 minute pm run, with tempo intervals.  We have been switching locations so much, and the humidity is so high, my running clothes are perpetually wet and smelly.  I will be happy to wash clothes soon!

Brooks Defyance Miles: 8.30
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.200.000.000.000.003.20

Beach resort for one night!  I sent all my laundry in and did a quick 35 minute run in the am before we left.  We will be on a boat for the next two days, so no running.

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Slept well on the boat!  2 hours of yoga, and 3 hours of kayaking. Swimming from the boat, and a short trek up one of the islands to a small pagoda on top!

Night Sleep Time: 8.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
17.400.000.000.000.0017.40

Long early morning run in Hanoi.  This was a very challenging run.  I had no idea where to go, and the hotel concierge was extremely unhelpful.  Running here is so mentally challenging, and the prospect of another 2.5 hours is not so good.  But, in the end, it went very well, and I saw a lot of things early in the morning.  As usual, I wish I had a camera to run with!

New Kinvara Miles: 17.40
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.100.002.500.000.0010.60

I leave tonight, but not until midnight, so plenty of time to follow up yesterday's long run with two shorter ones today.  45 minutes in the morning; same location as yesterday's long run, so I at least knew where to go this time!  Shopped all day with a woman from our group, spending all of our vietnamese money!  45 minutes of tempo running in the evening, then a late dinner and on to the airport.

New Kinvara Miles: 10.90
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
Add Comment
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
155.200.002.500.8036.00194.50
Marathon Shoe Miles: 6.50New Kinvara Miles: 81.80Brooks Defyance Miles: 54.70Hattoris Miles: 4.00Blue Kinvaras Miles: 8.60
Night Sleep Time: 136.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 136.00
Debt Reduction Calculator
Featured Announcements
Lone Faithfuls
(need a comment):