Sunday, May 25, 2008

Being a winner

This video was sent to me by my friend Jeff. I think you will enjoy it. As runners competing in races, we are faced with all kinds of situations. This video shows what it means to be a winner. It shows character and class. It shows us that by stepping up and doing the right thing, at the right time, can mean all the difference to someone's life. Whether we are running on a trail, or walking on the trail of life, we must remember to be winners whether we reach the finish line first or last. These girls epitomize what the spirit of humanity is all about. Let's remember this the next time we stand at the start line of our next race. I want to be a winner, don't you?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

My training has been going well. Unfortunately, my legs have been feeling really stiff and uncomfortable. I am not sure if my diet has been low on protein, or if I am running more than I think I am. My brother and I have been running together lately, and the pace is sometimes faster than I usually go. Could that be it? Just in case I needed more protein, I ate a hamburger last night. :)

Saturday begins the Western States training weekend. That is always a favorite "must do". This year, I am only running on Saturday. I will miss the excitement of running the rest of the weekend with friends. We will run from Robinson Flat to Foresthill. It always is a great time.

I am running a 50k on June 8th. It is the Auburn 50k It will be my first race as a 50 year old. (I can't believe that I actually just wrote that) but that is just the way it is. I turn 50 on June 6, and it will be a great birthday present for me to be out there doing what I love to do.

I'm off to the pool for a short swim to stretch out these stiff legs. I hope to see some of you on Saturday at the training camp. Have a great day!

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." Diane Ackerman

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Massanutten 100 Rocks!

This is my friend Chris Garcia running the Massanutten 100 mile race in Virginia. This was taken this morning. I just may have to do this race next year. I hear it is tough and full of rocks! He is in great shape and I know that he will do well. I can't wait to hear all about it. Good luck, my friend!

Friday, May 16, 2008

A coyote, a pig, and a hot training run

Yesterday, I finally made it into the pool. With 100 degree weather, it seemed like the right thing to do. It felt good to feel my body skim across the water and my arms felt fine after a long layoff. Maybe the push-ups are working after all.
A co-worker told me the other day that my arms were so skinny and that they were practically just bones. She knows that I have been working my arms, and it was just a mean thing to say. I was so happy to feel that my arms felt strong swimming after that comment. Secretly, I think she is jealous.

Suz and I ran 25 hot miles at Lake Sonoma today. We saw among other things, a large spotted pig, and a coyote. That is just one of the many things that I love about trail running. There is so many beautiful animals out there that we would never see if we were not running in the mountains. Running 25 miles today two weeks after running Miwok, set me up for a very tired body. I thought I was totally recovered, but running in the intense heat and exposed trails just kicked my butt. I was definitely sucking donkey balls. I came home and took a nap!

Tonight I made spaghetti for dinner. Yeah, I ate meat tonight. After my low energy run, I felt that maybe I was not getting enough protein with my vegetarian diet. Frankly, I was running out of ideas of what to eat. I certainly will continue to try and eat a mostly vegetarian diet, but maybe eating a cow every once in a while will do this body good.

I hope everyone has a great weekend. My friend Chris is running Massanutten 100 tomorrow, so Good Luck, Chris!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy Mudders Day

I hope everyone has a wonderful Mothers Day tomorrow. I am spending Mothers Day with my family. It will be a great day! I am going to miss spending time with Caleb and Chelsea who are in school in Southern California. I hope they remember to call me and say hi. I will be hurt if they forget. :( Oh, and all you men, don't forget to call the Mothers in your life. We are important don't you know. Even Egyptians love their mummys. Ha Ha.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Miwok 100k

Saturday I ran the Miwok 100k race in the Marin Headlands just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. This was my 6th running of this race. I started out slow as my plan was to pace myself and finish feeling good. I concentrated on eating and drinking early and often. I held myself back when my friends ran faster than me. I really tried to run a smart race and I succeeded!

The 100k distance (62 miles), is a difficult distance. There is just something so hard about running 62 miles! Why? I don't know. If any of you know the answer, please tell me! My brother Wally paced me the last 20 miles and that was certainly the highlight. It meant a lot to me to have him run with me. He is running his first 50k in July at the TRT. We thought it was important for him to experience an ultra by pacing me. Matt crewed for us and did a great job as always. I finished in 11:32. 14th female and 66th overall. I am happy about my effort there and felt good right up until the end.

I am still a vegetarian. I think it has been about 3 months now. I will continue to eat that way until it doesn't work for me anymore. So far, so good. I can't believe that I haven't even missed a hamburger or a chicken burrito. Thinking about eating meat right now, almost makes me sick. I started this vegetarian thing on a bet with a friend. See messed up after about 3 weeks and I just kept going. I am one of those people who decide something and then I stick with the plan come hell or high water. That's how I stopped drinking alcohol over 27 years ago. I made a New Years resolution to never drink again and that was that! I can be very strong when I put my mind to it. I always am trying to figure out what my "gift" is. Maybe having a strong will power is it. I have always wished it was creativity, beauty, power, charisma, the ability to decorate a know, something I could wrap my hand around. I always laugh and think, well, I do have the gift of gab. I am not a suzie homemaker or creative in anyway, but I can talk to anyone! I am comfortable with people and I have FORTITUDE. Yeah, I guess I do have a few gifts. Oh, and running. That is a gift too. Running is a gift I give myself everyday when I run on the trails and feel the wind in my face.