in a few days, i fly out to california to hike the pacific crest trail (pct) for a week.
i’ll post my packing list (and lighterpack) and hopefully some updates from the trail on here.
the only thing more inconsistent than my running is my blog updates.
week two: 9.3 miles
week three: 11.5 miles
i am blaming the low miles from these two weeks on finals/work stress.
my classmates and i have started joking about our “mba-bods” – our ever expanding bodies due to the stress and lack of time to work out due to this evening mba program.
week four: 14.3 miles
week five: 28.2 miles
week six: 27.7 miles
there are two big reasons for the mileage boost in weeks five and six:
1. actually completing scheduled long runs (10 and 13 miles)
2. the lululemon 40/80 challenge (completing 50 miles in two weeks for a lululemon discount)
i’m 9 weeks from the marathon, still lots of work to do, but i’m also finally feeling on track training wise. classes start again tonight so that could quickly be derailed, but we’ll see.
i’m running the los angeles marathon again. tenth? eleventh? marathon. fifth los angeles marathon. i’m not sure if i’m going to run it after this, but i figured five was a good number. i also needed a good excuse to come back to los angeles for a weekend. (and the los angeles marathon is offering a loyalty gift to people running their fifth LA marathon… i know i’m a sucker.)
my training has gotten off to a rocky start, and i am blaming the dog and school. both of these are just excuses that i’ll need to overcome. school will be done for the semester in two weeks, and the dog, well i will just need to get him up to speed (no pun intended) or run a short run with him and then leave him in the back yard while i finish the miles.
goal: i would love to set a PR in the la marathon this year. my current PR is 4:41.
training plan: i made myself a training plan that i will have to adjust based on my dog/school concerns. i scheduled a half marathon on 1/14 and will be building up mileage to about 40-45 miles a week in january.
strength training: i will also try to do three body weight workouts every week (legs, arms & abs, full body).
as i said before, my training this week did not go well. and it’s not even too cold/snowy yet, so i should be taking advantage of this weather.
monday: 1 mile (it was cold)
wednesday: 1.1 miles (november project)
friday: 1.6 miles before work (i was going to do 3 miles but vincent started making weird coughing noises), 3.2 miles after work with kelsey (vincent’s first hike)
saturday: 5.6 miles in vail
total miles: 12.8
strength workouts: 0
as i said, low mileage and disappointing week.
on sunday i hosted my 3rd? 4th? cookie decorating event (and my 1st in denver). i started doing these parties back when i lived in LA for my female friends to come over, hang out, and decorate cookies.
while i am still perfecting the process, here is what i have learned so far (and notes for myself next year when i plan the next one):
i am currently sitting at an overpriced sushi restaurant inside the honolulu airport and thought i would reflect on the last few days. i flew to hawaii for a wedding and explored the island and city of waikiki a bit on my own.
thursday: i flew through LAX to get to hawaii. i arrived at the honolulu airport thursday morning. i uber-ed to the hotel in waikiki (about $40) and then wandered around waikiki for five hours. i picked up my rental car (smart car) for the following morning and went to bed early.
friday: i woke up very early (3:30 am), and at around 4:30 am decided to get out of bed for the sunrise. i packed my bag for the day and headed out to the makapu’u lighthouse. when i got there i realized i wouldn’t make it to the light house before sunrise so i wandered around and made my way to the ocean. then i drove up around the east side of the island while listening to npr.
i went to kono’s on the north shore and ate a “bomber” – basically a breakfast burrito. i had the “chun’s bomber” which was pork and bacon, and it was delicious paired with their homemade pineapple/jalapeno salsa and avocado/cilantro dressing.
i had booked a “swim with sharks” experience through oneocean diving (on tuesday, it was very last minute) and i met up with the group (three staff members and six passengers). the group leader advised us not to go out because the water was very “choppy” but none of us could rebook so we took some dramamine and went out onto the water. we were given a shark education presentation and then a very detailed safety presentation. when we first got in the water, i had major anxiety. my goggles fogged up so i could just see shapes of sharks below me. the boat was rocking like crazy which meant the rope i was holding on to was whipping back and forth. i was colliding with the other group members, and water was getting in my snorkel. plus we were told to maintain eye contact with the sharks and not let our back face them, so i was constantly swiveling around. i was frantic. i realized how fogged my goggles were so i got out of the water onto the super rocky boat and got sick off the side. two members of our group were already done for the day by that point. i got back in the water with clear goggles and determination to see more sharks, and it was amazing. apparently from people being sick, fish started coming to the top of the water which meant the sharks were also getting closer to the top. there were 30+ sharks below me, with the closest a couple feet away. it was incredible. the best way i can describe it was being in the underbelly of the omega 13. less than a minute later, the crew told us to get out of the water because it was getting too “frenzied”. still completely worth it.
i stopped at the dole (pineapple) plantation on my drive back and got a “pineapple dole whip float” (pineapple juice with dole whip). i drove back and returned my rental car, and at night was the rehearsal/welcome dinner in downtown waikiki.
i woke up early (again) saturday and decided to run to diamond head. i ran the three miles there, went up and down, and then ran back for a total of eight miles. i was drenched in sweat before finishing the first mile – i’m not used to this level of humidity. it was definitely worth the $1 to see the views at the top.
“legs feed the wolf” – herb brooks (and my father on race day)
the alarm went off at 3 am. our gear was packed and clothes were set out, so little consciousness was required. i remembered a couple extra things for race day: spare contact lenses and hair binders. i put these in my drop bag, made a peanut butter sandwich, and we were on the road by 4 am.
the drive to reehers camp in tilamook forest took about an hour. we listened to pump up music (ending with “africa” by toto) and wondered what the drive back would look like in more light. when we turned off the highway, we were third in a row of seven or eight cars. a volunteer helped us park (after we waited for a truck to back into a spot) and we took advantage of having no line at the camp bathroom (not a porto potty). we then walked to the registration tent and picked up our bibs (mine was lucky #333), t-shirts, and hats. leslie grabbed coffee and we stood by the fire and talked to new friends.
at 5:25 am, we headed back to the car to say goodbye to our warm clothes and grab our drop bags. we stood in line for what felt like forever to use one of the four porto potties and then made our way to the start line.
there was a pre-race talk by the race director. he explained course markings (orange with black dots), the course (including the small out and back to see a waterfall), and the post race party food, beer, and entertainment. and then all of a sudden, he started counting down and the race started (luckily i had already found gps with my watch so i wasn’t as frazzled as some people around me).
i started typing up a recap by breaking it up into sections, but even that felt long. so instead, here are some notes.
i finished in 12:48 (and the cutoff was 14 hours so i finished with over an hour to spare).
i got food (a pulled pork sandwich with grilled pineapple and potato chips) and beer (a cream ale in my “medal”, a beer mug). we sat and ate, listening to the bluegrass band, and watching fellow runners and volunteers huddle around a campfire.
i will write a separate post about the night/week after fifty miles and how my body handled it. a few days out and i am feeling pretty good.
our hotel room chairs our covered with race day outfits, drop bags, and extra gear bags. leslie was on it this morning, it took me until this afternoon to acknowledge that i need to pack and prepare. it’s done now. all that i need to do now is get dressed and start running (well and eat dinner and sleep).
pack (i am using my salmon 5 set)
extra bag (in the car for after the race)
holy cow, it’s here!
i am writing this from the airplane on the way to portland. i have two very large carry on bags with me and a stomach full of nerves.
i’m sure i packed too much, but for future reference (or for other fifty mile destination runners), here’s what i packed:
for the race:
– two pairs of nike terra kigers
– four pairs of socks (two stance and two balega)
– calf sleeves, just in case
– two pairs of oiselle roga shorts
– a lot of top options: a oiselle flyout tank, oiselle flyout long sleeve, and two north face t-shirts
– patagonia houdini jacket
– salmon pack
– an extra water bottle (to use for water/powder mixes)
– a handheld and arm holder for my phone, in case i ditch my pack mid race
– five ziplock bags, just in case
– advil and immodium
– a bag for my drop bag
– body glide
– two hats
– four buffs
– goodr sunglasses
– suunto watch
– twelve packs of sport beans
– headlamp (the race starts at six)
– a more robust rain coat (i love the houdini but i’d prefer a better rain coat in a rain storm)
for after the race:
– chaco sandals
– face wipes
for the flight:
– my super cool ostrich pillow
– compression socks, just in case
– lots of magazines (also for friday pre-race relaxation)
– water bottle
here we go!
march was busy but productive.
week 13 (3/6): 28.7 miles (low weekend miles based on rain/laziness)
week 14 (3/13): 38.6 miles (la marathon)
week 15 (3/20): 36.9 miles (twenty saturday, eight sunday)
week 16 (3/27): 19.8 miles (low weekend miles based on a visit from kerry)
i am currently in my last “peak” week before i start to taper. my goal for this weekend is to run fifty miles between friday and sunday.
wish me luck!
my training remains inconsistent. life/work/flu/sleep have gotten in the way.
at the end of february i found two new ways to run before work – tuesday hills (4 miles) and thursday trails (4-6 miles) all with the november project crew.
week 9 (2/6): 19.1 miles
week 10 (2/13): 51.1 miles
week 11 (2/20): 19.2 miles
week 12 (2/27): 13.1 miles
the 50 miler is 7 weeks away (4 training weeks and 3 taper weeks). holy cow.