Wednesday’s Weakest Link

Weak Link by Jean James

Weak Link by Jean James

Was I crazy enough to think that swimming on vacation with my kids was exercise?  I must have been tipping back one too many Corona’s!  After I got back from my mini vaca with the kids, I headed out for a run on my trail…the trail of tears that is.  I hadn’t run in four days; doesn’t sound like much does it?  Well four days for me may well have been four months.  I was short of breath going up my first hill, I almost had to stop (almost).  Then my knees started complaining, can you believe the nerve of them?  All that resistance free-swimming made them lazy, and cranky.

But I managed to push through and complete a three-mile run.  Not great, but not too shabby either.

Yesterday I decided to go for a night run.  No, I’m not one of those kooks trying to live dangerously, but I’ll probably have to run at night during Hood to Coast so I wanted to see how it felt.  I bought these reflective suspenders to keep me from getting hit by a car, or a deer, and headed out into the dusk.  I ran on the street to simulate my future run in Oregon, and while I was out running four long miles in the dark, alone, my husband was more than happy to take everyone else out for ice cream.  Ice cream is on the recovery food list right?  Anyway, I managed to complete the first half of the run in the early dusk, and the second half in complete darkness.  (Note to self: when running in the dark bring a flashlight dummy!!).

I made it home safe and sound, thank goodness, took a hot shower, settled in with the hubby to watch a little T.V. and enjoyed a nice cup of chocolate chip mint rocky road recovery runners ice cream.   Sooooo good!!

Happy Running!

Wednesday’s Weakest Link

Weak Link by Jean James

Weak Link by Jean James

Ok I know Wednesday has come and gone, but I’m on vacation with my family, so writing has become incredibly difficult.  All those damn kids want to do is swim and play and eat and run around.  Those conditions are not very condusive for my computer.  So I have a quick minute to update my Wednesday’s Weakest Link.

My past week of training has improved.  I managed to upgrade from the trail to the street, which I have found to be way more difficult, but most of my running in Oregon will be on the street.

I just had my first meeting with the group of people I’ll be running with.  They all seem cool.  They better be, I have to live in a van with complete strangers at my smelliest;  best to have a good sense of humor.  I’ve been given my assigned legs of the race, and for the most part I’ve lucked out.  Two of the three legs are looking good, but there’s one leg I’m afraid is going to either make me or break me.

My middle leg is 6.8 miles long, is rated as hard and has a one mile uphill grade at the beginning.  Oh yeah and did I mention I’ll be doing this at night.  The only thing I have working in my favor is the many years I’ve spent up all night as a nurse working the late shift.  Although at least then I could take a nap.

So far my max run has been 5 miles, so I really have to kick it up a notch this week and try for 6.  I’m also eating like shit since I’m on vacation and I’m eating out every meal.  Today was the first day I even ate a piece of fruit.  I am, however, doing a lot of swimming with the kids so I guess that’s something.

I was told at my runner’s group meeting that I have to provide my own energy stuff.  Any suggestions would be helpful.  Someone mentioned something called ‘goo’?  I don’t have a clue.  Also any suggestions for energy bars would be helpful too.  Because we are living out of these vans, food needs to be non-perishable.  Things like peanut butter, beef jerky and salami were mentioned as possible grocery list items.  If I had to run on a belly full of salami I just might puke my way to the finish line.  I have a funny feeling I’m going to come home a few pounds lighter.

The night after my runners meeting, I ended up going out to the Bryant Park Cafe in NYC for dinner.  The food was amazing.  They happened to have the Quinoa on the menu, but after that ‘dirt’ comment, I chickened out and got the Bronzino instead.  I’m sure I made the right decision.  But I’m not counting it out, just building up the courage.

Wednesday’s Weakest Link

Weak Link by Jean James

Weak Link by Jean James

Forgive me trail for I have sinned. it has been one week since my last running session.  It’s 30 days to race time, and I’m so behind schedule.  Trying to find time for a run this past week has been next to impossible, and I fear I will pay for my slacker behavior.  Damn those three kids, weekly camps, job, and P.M.S.; a perfect storm of tired and I got sucked right into the eye.  I’m not sure how a week slipped past and I only made it to the trail once.  On the bright side, I did manage to get that chocolate bar I was complaining about last week.

Along with some advice I got on my last article, I’ve also been watching all the olympic prep this week, and twice in one week Quinoa (pronounced Kin-wa)was mentioned, so I’ve decided to throw it into my diet.  It’s a grain containing amino acids, lysine, calcium, phosphorus and iron, and is closely related to the tumbleweed.  And since I’ve been feeling a bit like a tumbleweed myself lately, this might just be the perfect food for me.

This week I’ve decided to kick it up a notch and make a running schedule and more importantly, stick to it.  Maybe this way I’ll manage to run more than once a week.  And since I’ve booked my flight to Oregon, there’s really no turning back.

So wish me luck in achieving my goals this week.  Any motivational advice would always be appreciated.

Happy Running!