Thursday, August 30, 2007

Who made the front page of the Salem News?

I did!

On the front page of Saturday's Salem News, there was a picture of me from the mile race on Friday night! It was a pretty good running picture, as far as running pictures go. I wasn't making a weird face or anything. I tried to post a link to the paper, but the website is confusing and I don't think that you can look at issues from last week. (If you can look at them, I couldn't figure it out anyway.) So, here's a picture of the picture of me on the front page- I'm on the right.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

This Week in Training

Finally, a Race Week

Monday:
3 mile easy run

Tuesday:
1.5 mile warmup, drills
6x200m
1.5 mile cooldown
(Anticipating football season, I tried a different track today. It didn't work out. There were 4 finish lines, none of which seemed right to me. I'll just have to look for odd time to work out during football season.)

Wednesday:
3 mile easy run

Thursday:
2.x mile warmup, drills
4x100m strides, nice and easy
.75 mile cooldown

Friday:
1 mile warmup, drills
1 mile race: 5:49- 2nd place
(Very race rusty- went out way too easy! Picked it up at 800m mark and made sure that no one passed me! Next time, balls to the wall!)
1 mile cooldown

Saturday & Sunday:
(I tweaked my knee after the race, so took the weekend off. My knee felt fine during and after the race, but then I started to have a sharp pain that lasted from Friday night until Saturday night. Sat night I was eating a cookie at the table with my legs crossed and when I turned to look at the TV, my knee cracked. When I stood up a few minutes later, the pain was gone! I guess that my knee wasn't tracking properly and got popped back into place. My knee doesn't feel awesome, but I think that it will be better. It's time to start icing regularly and using the elliptical in place of a couple of runs.)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Timberman

This weekend Janda and I went to NH for one of his biggest races of the summer, Timberman 70.3. [For those reading this who don't follow triathlon, 70.3 is the distance of a Half-Ironman triathlon: 1.2 miles of swimming, 56 miles of cycling and 13.1 miles of running.] We went to this race last summer, so it was really nice to go back to a race site that we had already been to before. It makes it a lot easier to get around and find everything.

When we got there early Saturday afternoon, it was extremely windy and cloudy, which made it very cool. Lake Winnipesaukee had white caps! We were staying at a friend's family's place right on the lake, so we were able to get settled in pretty well. After we got everything done that needs to be done the day before (picking up the registration packet, listening to the pre-race meeting, putting together and racking the bike in transition for its overnight stay and getting the race bag ready for the next day), we went to dinner with Janda's brother Corey and his girlfriend Cameran. We went to a pizza place called Giuseppe's in Meredith for a little carbo-loading. The wait was 1.5 hours! To avoid the wait, we decided to brave the cold out on the patio. The patio was somewhat protected by the buildings surrounding it, but it was quite a chilly meal. After dinner we chilled out back at the camper and then hit the sack at about 10, since we would be getting up at 4:30 the next morning.



When we woke up the next morning, it was obvious that the weather was better than the previous day- a lot less clouds and wind. We got to the race site at about 5:15 and got a great parking spot and then Janda started to get ready to race. It was great to have Corey and Cameran there at Timberman because usually at this point I'm by myself until the race is over. After janda was all settled in transition, we met him on the beach with his wetsuit and swim gear. By this time the sun was starting to peak out over the trees and it was getting a smidge warmer. We took some early morning pictures of the lake, wished Janda "Good luck!" and waited for his wave to go. Here we met up with Andy and Pilar, friends from Clearwater last year, who we hung out with on and off all day.

This year Janda was in the Elite Amateur wave, which took off only 2 minutes after the pros, so we didn't have to wait long. After we saw him get going, the three of us headed over to the swim finish to get splits and pictures when he came out of the water. For the first time in the swim portion of a race, I could tell which black-suited, swim-capped, goggled guy Janda was- he stood up way before everyone in his pack, still waist-deep and ran past them onto the sand. Only a true runner would do that, so I knew it was him!



We headed over to the transition to yell a few words of encouragement to him (it was hard with all the cow-bells clanging) and to let him know that he was right where he wanted to be in the race- not too far back, in a great position to start passing guys (and girls- the pro women started 2 minutes ahead of him). Now was the hardest part of the race for the spectators- the two hour wait for the guys to start arriving back from their 56 mile bike. Since it was still really chilly, Corey, Cameran and I found a nice spot of warm pavement and sat down to wait in the sun. Andy and Pilar joined us again and we began trying to figure out what Janda and the top guys would ride. I had two watches running, one with the pros time and one with Janda's, so we were trying to figure out when they'd be coming in again. Andy was pretty good, he guessed the top rider's time, Bjorn Andersson, down to the minute. Andersson is an awesome cyclist (at Timberman last year he beat everyone on the bike by a whopping 13 minutes!) so after him it was just a matter of waiting. Next came Simon Lessing, a top international level triathlete. After these 2, 6 more pros came into T2. Then we saw Janda coming in, hot on the tail of the 9th pro.



That meant that Janda was leading all the amateurs, and even better that he had passed all the pros (who had a 2 minute head start) but those 9! We were so excited for him. Corey, Andy and I all crossed the road to get a good position to cheer him on when he ran by coming out of T2. By the time he hit the road running, he had passed the 9th pro, so only 8 guys were on the road in front of him. The run was a double loop course, meaning that Janda and everyone else runs one 6.55 mile course twice. When they come in to make their second loop, the competitors run by transition again, so this time we waited less than 40 minutes to see him again. When he came by on his way out for the second loop, he had moved into a tie for 7th. Again, we lined the road to cheer him on and to let him know how he was doing. (This is especially important when you are in a triathlon with wave starts and competing against athletes who had a headstart and who you might never actually see on the race course.)

Now we headed down to the finish line to get good spots. As usual, since I'm pretty small and short, I have an easy time squeezing in and I got a spot about 20 ft from the finish. Again, another 40 minute wait! Finally guys started coming down the finishing chute. Despite an enormous lead off the bike, Andersson succumbed to Lessing's superior run. After 6 guys crossed the line, I finally saw Janda battling a pro down the finishing chute. Even though Janda didn't win the sprint this time, he did win the war (that 2 minute headstart again.) In fact, Janda also was fast enough to beat the 6th guy across the line, making him the 6th place overall finisher and the only amateur to crack the top 10!



We ran around the finish area to congratulate Janda. by this time the weather had picked up again, so I gathered up his stuff, gave his some warm clothes and he did what he does best- shooting the shit. He was chatting with the other pros for a while after the race, congratulating everybody (the people that beat him and the people that he beat) and just having a great time. Janda and I were at the race site until nearly 4:30, relaxing in the sun, which finally came back out, having some food, talking to other athletes and friends and attending the awards ceremony. Because Janda had the top time in his age-group, he qualified for 70.3 Worlds in Clearwater in November again. So, it looks like another trip to Florida for us!



JRM - 1st Amateur!

After the awards, we picked up the camper, took the long drive home and stopped at a friend's for a little barbeque action before finally heading home. It was a long weekend, but it definitely was fun.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

This Week in Training

Monday:
30 minute run

Tuesday:
2.x mile warmup, drills
6x800, 3 minute recovery
(3:04.8, 3:06.2, 3:05.5, 3:07.8, 3:06.1, 3:10.8)
.75 mile cooldown

Wednesday:
3 mile recovery run

Thursday:
4 mile run

Friday:
2.x mile warmup, drills
1x800, 3 min rec; 6x400, 1 min rec; 4x100, walk back
(3:01.2; 85.6, 86.7, 87.6, 88.1, 89.3, 88.7; 15.8, 15.9, 15.5, 15.0)
.75 mile cooldown
Woke up tight, went to the track tight and ran tight! Some days you just don't have it.

Saturday:
6 mile run

Sunday:
Off

Next Friday is my first race, so next week will be a taper week and hopefully the race will go well!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

The bookcase is done!

I made a bookcase to sit on top of Janda's desk, because his desk has no drawers, thus no storage. My dad and I have been working on it for a couple of weeks now and it's very exciting to be finished.


It was hard to get a good picture because the office isn't exactly huge, but it looks pretty good on top of his desk. It has definitely added some space to the top of his desk and that was the goal, so I guess that we can say mission accomplished!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Taco Night


Tonight we had one of my favorite meals: tacos! I'm not sure why, but I just love tacos.


Sunday, August 12, 2007

This Week in Training

Monday:
3 mile recovery run
Core training

Tuesday:
2.x mile warmup, drills
4x800 3 min recovery
(3:00.3, 3:05.0, 3:19.6 (???), 3:05.5)
.75 mile cooldown

Wednesday:
4 mile recovery run

Thursday:
3 mile run
Core training

Friday:
2.x mile warmup, drills
1x800, 3 min rec; 4x400, 1 min rec; 4x100, walk back
(3:08.4; 81.1, 85.3, 82.6,83.6; 15.8, 15.7, 14.7, 15.1)
.75 mile cooldown

Saturday:
6 mile run

Sunday:
17 minute warmup
6x100 strides on grass
5 minute cooldown
(Ran in Lowell at Janda's triathlon)

This week I mixed up the order of my usual schedule b/c of my commitments on the weekend. This upcoming week will be the same.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Another week gone by!

Well, this week has flown by! I've kept myself busy working on a little carpentry project. Janda's desk is a little cluttered, so I'm making him a bookcase for the desktop to give him more room to store stuff. It's a bit of a surprise- he's knows that I'm making it, but no other details, so no pictures 'til he sees it. It should be ready sometime next week.

I went outlet shopping with the Pink Pirate today and got a few items to add to my catalog of running clothes. I added one red and purple Nike crop top and one pair of black and red Nike Tempo shorts (old style!) to my collection. If I had known how few other things I would find throughout the day, I probably would have bought some purple capri tights, but I guess I can live without them. I also got some work attire, a dress from Banana Republic and some shoes from Easy Spirit. It was a pretty successful day.

One last note: I ordered some sprint spikes from Eastbay a few weeks ago. These spikeswere too big, even though they were a half-size smaller than I usually wear, so I ordered a second pair that were another half-size smaller to see if they would fit. I was skeptical, so I kept the first pair in case and figured I would send back whichever pair fit the least. A customer service rep from Eastbay found out what happened through a customer feedback survey and I received an email from her today that the company is going to refund my shipping costs on the second pair! It's only $6.99, but I was very impressed by the customer service. I didn't ask for the money back, I certainly never expected it, but it was very nice to get that email.

Bottom line: this is another example of great customer service that I've gotten from Eastbay.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

This Week in Training

A Recovery Week!!

Monday:
3 mile recovery run

Tuesday:
2 mile warmup, drills
6x400m @ normal 800m workout pace, 1 min rec (in racing flats)
(86.2, 91.3, 92.3, 91.6, 90.8, 93.9)
.75 mile cooldown

Wednesday:
4 mile recovery run

Thursday:
2 mile warmup, drills
6x100m strides
(15.7-15.9)
.75 mile cooldown

Friday:
4 mile recovery run

Saturday:
2 mile warmup, drills
8x200m @ normal 400m workout pace, 1 min rec (in racing flats)
(40.2, 41.7, 41.7, 41.1, 41.6, 41.9, 40.7)
.75 mile cooldown

Sunday:
5 mile run

Saturday, August 4, 2007

My Obsession

I was at the track the other day with another sprinter, Sabra (a paraolympic national team member and national record holder in the 100 and 200!) and we had a long conversation about buying running clothes and shoes. There is nothing in the world I like to buy more than running clothes and shoes. Sabra also likes to buy running stuff, but she seems to have it under control. This conversation lead me to look at my running clothes collection. First of all, let me say that I prefer Nike and adidas apparel above all. Say what you want about the companies, they design the best-fitting and best-looking stuff on the whole. I've also been a Nike shoe girl, but recently I stockpiled some awesome Asics that were on mega-sale.

In my inventory, I have 10 pairs of running shorts, 5 pairs of capri tights, 5 pairs of full-length tights, 5 pairs of running pants, 3 crop tops, 14 tank tops, 6 short-sleeved shirts, 10 long-sleeved shirts, 5 half-zip pullovers and 3 fleece vests. Of course, as with all other clothing, I have favorites that get worn more than the others, but in general, I'd say that almost everything is worn regularly during its season. Here are a couple of my favorites from the current season:


A Nike top and shorts- cute and comfortable.


And of course, can't go anywhere without my Asics!

Even though I know that I have enough running stuff, I'm sure that I'll find some more stuff on sale that I just have to buy! So that's my obsession, what's yours?

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

August

Well, it's the time of summer when I realize that I have to go back to work in less than a month so now I want to cram every last thing that I can into these next few weeks. Now that Janda is back in full-tilt training and racing, the late spring, summer and fall are very busy. After a hard month of training in July, he is getting ready for some important races, so we will be traveling a few times in August and then the fall. So, not only am I trying to cram all of my stuff in, I'm also going to be going to races with Janda.


One thing that I really want to get done is a vest that I have been working on since June. It's taking a while because I am much shorter than the average person and I had to rip out a lot of the vest after it became clear that it was way too big. But, I did finish the front last week and have started on the back. It looks weird right now, more like a halter top than a vest, but I'm sure that the finished product will be great. (fingers crossed!)


Hopefully I will get most of the things that I want to do done before I have to go back to school. Either way, I have a feeling that it will be an exciting month.