Sunday, February 24, 2013

I'M SO BUSY (but not too busy to post)

Thank goodness for tapering.

This is the one of the only times I can remembering "tapering" fitting into my life perfectly.  I have been much too busy, too stressed, and too tired this week (and the forecast is the same for next week) so I cannot think of a better time to be restricted to running 10 miles or less each day.

So, truly, my apologies but this will have to be one of those, "I'm so busy, just popping in" kind of posts, and I really hope I can get in here to evaluate my running body and my marathon goals before next Sunday (Napa marathon!) but there is a decent chance that just won't happen.  I will at least be having that talk (about the state of my body and my goals) in my own head, and would much rather have that discussion with you, but I'm not ready yetttt.

Here's a quickie on where I'm at after the end of taper week 1 out of 2:

1) excited to run a marathon.  I can NOT say this was the case for my last marathon.  I was dreading it. I felt torn about whether I was just torturing my already seemingly broken body.  I knew I wasn't in great shape because nagging pains of various types kept interrupting my training.

Not that my training has been uplifting or perfect this time, but I did learn at CIM  to accept "failure." I ran a fairly comfortable 26.2 in super shitty weather in 3:11:47, and that was good enough for me.  7 minutes off of a PR, but good enough for what I was presented with on that given day. I am content to enjoy Napa marathon for the experience, no matter what happens, no matter how much the weather or a given body part betrays me.

I don't think I am in better shape than I was when I ran a 3:05:08 marathon, but, I may want it a little bit more this time.  Hopefully that makes some sort of difference.  I want a marathon PR. Gimme gimme!

2) My shoulder still hurts.

This is about as obnoxious as not being able to run because my tooth hurts.  But, it seems to maybe, slightly, be feeling better.  Don't work too hard with paper products, my friends, or your shoulder may scream while you sleep and run.  (My test of injury pain is how much it interferes with sleep.  My shoulder interferes with my sleep).

3) I am 86% certain I am going to wear the Brooks Pure Cadence as my marathon shoe despite many of you warning me not to.

I stopped in with my dear chiropractor this past week for the first time in months and months and months (summer 2012), despite it being a very hard week to find free time, because I needed some freaking help with my foot, my shoulder, and maybe one last attempt to scare away the buttcrease pain.

He fixed one out of three things (maybe?)--my foot.  My foot has not been bothering me.  And I've been wearing the Brooks WITH the original high-arch-lump inserts.  I really like the Brooks, and I really have not been enjoying the Nike Pegasus lately, so it's one non-perfect shoe over another.  A lose-lose situation.  But I'm betting on the Brooks this time, and I may lose, but that's a risk I am willing to take.

4) Here is my taper week # 1 in running: 30-ish less miles than usual, but with the normal level of intensity.

Monday:       0
Tuesday:      11.3 (dragging, but 2x4 miles at 7:10-7:25 ish).
Wednesday: 10.6 (with 4 at 6:45-6:55 pace, and 10 hill sprints of various lengths).
Thursday:    10.3 (with 6x1 at 6:20-6:45 pace)
Friday:         0 (one hour swim)
Saturday:    14 (slow, easy)
Sunday:       8 (fartleks the entire time, about 20 pickups total).
Total:           54.

5) not running related.

I put my hand in so you could understand that we were served an entire cow.

This experience (at Sidebar in Oakland) has basically made us both swear off steak for the next eternity.  At first we were like, "hey, dang, this is good!" and then we both felt the kind of regret that one has after....they eat....a huge steak with a ton of butter on it.  Never again.

I ordered a pretentious latte, and somehow managed to drink the entire thing without ruining the design on the froth.  Does this happen to everyone, or am I awesome?

I have become completely complacent about choosing a wedding party site, because our one big exciting plan fell through (we were trying to book a group camp site at Big Basin so we could force all of our friends and family to come camping with us, which is basically my dream day).  We checked out this site as a Plan Z, captured in the photos below, and since I didn't hate it, that's good enough for me.

This is where we will fake laugh for the cameras, or fake solemn, and then post a picture of it on Facebook, so everyone can say how adorbs we are

The event building.  Cute, right?

The other side of the building, lakes and stuff.

You will DANCE here, or you will be escorted OUT of the wedding

The Gentleman practices for our wedding photos.  If I was better at computers, I would photoshop my head in there.  Not the body, just my head.  Someone...please do this for me and I will send you some Sees lollipops.

And one more of the lake.

And finally, this picture below may seem completely out of context, but the focus is on the lower right. My sweet little Paco, who came into my life when I was 13, barked away while I posed for sepia-toned photographs when I was 16, was put to sleep Friday night.  I cried like a baby.  I can not handle the sadness of never petting him again, of him being alive one second and gone the next, because some humans (doing the humane thing) chose in a moment of hardness to put him to sleep.  I wished I believed in dog heaven.

Paco being the coolest in my lap. 2007. 

I know I don't owe the blog world anything, since I DO THIS SHIT FOR FREE (I mean I do it for the ego boost, I mean I do it for the entertainment of the trolls, I mean I do it for the sense of community) but I really hope to get one of my dozen half-written stir-the-pot posts up so we can TALK together about stuff besides my running numbers.  I haven't felt fully engaged in a while, I have black-listed my home computer many-a-night, but like many passions that ebb and flow, I hope to feel inspired to meet you here more regularly than just a weekly recap.

Which is to say if this post felt rushed, that's because it was.  See you soon you stars! Life of Pi is still the best movie of the year!


  1. I actually enjoy your running numbers a lot. I'm glad to hear you are excited to run the marathon (how anyone can be I don't know...).

    O'm really sorry to hear about your dog, I can only imagine how stressful that must have been. I'd be devastated if I lost my cat.

    Finally, I get grimey gas station coffee because I can add all the sweetener and cream without them judging me too much...

  2. I'm so sorry about Paco. Losing pets is so sad...
    If I was in your part of the world, I'd buy you a pretentious latte and challenge you to a 'keep the design intact' contest to hopefully help you feel better.

  3. So sorry to hear about Paco. I lost my 12 year old Chocolate Lab on Thanksgiving night, and it was probably the saddest I have ever been. It's hard to lose a sidekick that loves you know matter what!

  4. So so sorry to hear about Paco :(. Just big (((hugs))) on that.

    Gorgeous wedding party place. I'm sure you guys throw a killer party.

    NAPA!!! Stoked to watch you fucking CRUSH it. Still wanting you to try to negative split. I know, I know...

    1. Thanks :) let's talk about napa and the other million things we need to talk about SOON

  5. Oh, and Life of Pi. Saw it last night with my oldest daughter. We were both awe-struck, moved to tears, inspired beyond belief pretty much every moment and continuing to this moment. The. Best.

  6. No way Life of Pi! ARGO was the best movie of the year; for once I agree with the Academy... Sorry to hear about your puppy. :(

    1. I liked Argo a lot. Not surprised at all that Life of Pi didn't win, but it remains my favorite movie experience in a long time....

  7. That steak is making my stomach hurt a little. I too LOVE steak, but always eat too much & live to regret it. See SW at the Wynn. Again & again & again. I can't quit it.

    So sorry to hear about Paco. :-(

    I love your wedding site - gorgeous! You're feeling this marathon - I think that means PR! :-)

  8. Losing a pet is the absolute worst. I'm sorry to hear about Paco.

    I love the site you are using for your party! It looks so outdoorsy. You could have a beach volleyball game!

    And is butter on steak a thing? I mean I will put butter on a lot of things but I've never tried it on steak. it seems like gilding the lily in a way, ya know?

    1. Yuck the butter on steak thing is superfluous....I couldn't taste it at all. First time I can recall having it. Butter belongs on bread. With salt

  9. Paco is so sweet. I love him & his tiny little face. And holy crap, I know your sadness as I was (and still am) there re: Chachi myself. I'm so sorry for your loss. :(

  10. Sorry about Paco :(

    I'm glad you're sticking with the Brooks. I love them.

  11. Sorry about your dog. It sucks losing someone you love. Absolutely sucks. Hopefully, eventually, you will be able to fill that hole with another little love (of the four-legged, furry variety).

  12. So sorry about your dog. For months after our dog died, every time the floor was dirty with food crumbs, I would get misty thinking about her. Lots of little things reminded me of her. And we only had her a few years. The little guys take up a big space in your heart.

    I am slightly disturbed by that person sitting to the far left of 2007 Paco who appears to have no pupils.

    And kick major a at your marathon!

    1. Hehehe, you noticed my psycho brother in law. Just kidding, I love him, but that photo is creepy

      The crumbs on the floor thing is definitely something that will always make me think of Paco...the miniature vacuum cleaner

  13. ohhh, you make me sad and want to call you honey bunny. I am so sorry.

    (about your pup, not about your steak or your shoe).


  14. So happy to hear your foot feels better! Love your photos...and I love that you make fun of those awful Facebook poses of couples that we all have suffer through. Being busy is probably the best thing to force you to taper.
    Yes, it is time for you to write a post that stirs the pot a bit.
    Good luck in your marathon!

  15. I forgot to say sorry about your loss. I can't even imagine.

  16. Joining in with the condolences -- so sorry about Paco. But happy to hear that you're excited about the marathon!

    I agree with your sentiment of making everyone camp with you - too bad it didn't work out. Your wedding site looks great though!

  17. Word on pets having to be put down sucking. A lot.

  18. SO sorry about your dog. Heart-breaking. You lost a dear friend, it doesn't matter how many legs he has.

    My friends had a camping wedding,it was fantastic. We took our 6 month old baby, it was such a great weekend!!! Make your friends camp :)))))

    1. Now I totally want to camp for the wedding instead....I keep hoping I can find a way to make it work. ReserveAmerica sucks so hard!

  19. 1. No hole punching the night before your race or even this week! 2. I hope your shoulder feels better.

    I'm sorry about Paco.

    I hope you have a great race!! I'm looking forward to your report

  20. I'm so sorry to hear about Paco. A year or so ago, I was en route to the airport to fly to Portland to meet my dad when he sent me an email telling me that our family dog Max had passed away. (Gee, dad, do you think you could have waited 6 hours to tell me in person?) As I was waiting, misty-eyed and a bit sniffly, on the train platform in Newark to get the train to the airport, I saw a couple of armed and armoured cops and a gorgeous bomb-sniffing German Shepherd. Now I know that you're supposed to leave the bomb-sniffing dogs alone so they can do their job, but it was quiet on the platform and they were just standing there waiting for the next set of passengers from a train. So I walked over and explained that I'd just learned that the family dog had died and would it be possible for me to pat their dog? It took half a minute for what I'd just said to sink in and then the gruffest-looking of the cops said, "Ma'am I'm so sorry for your loss. Of course, please by all means pat Max (same name!). And the cop got down on one knee as I crouched down to pat Max. And then he (the cop, not Max) said something indistinct and Max leaned forward and puts his paws on my knees and stretched up for a hug. Amazing. Exactly what I needed.

    So I hope you can find a dog (or two or three) to hug in the next little while. We'll send you and Paco some virtual hugs.

    1. Thank you again for your sweet words. This little story makes me teary eyed....Especially because dogs and cops are two of my very favorite things.

      I will have to hug some dogs this week. That is a very good idea.

  21. Good luck! Thinking strong thoughts for you this morning! Can't wait to hear how it went!

  22. New reader here. Just wanted to say I love Lake Temescal! Hope you have a great wedding there. I run there all the time. :) Oakland love!

  23. I am soooo behind on your blog, so I will probably be commenting about stuff that has already happened, but you will just have to be ok with that! haha ;)

    I am bummed I didn't talk to you about the wedding venue when I saw you last! That looks amazing!!! Let's chat/e-mail soon to discuss. Please.


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