Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Hills Hills Hills
A few weeks ago, when I did a trial run of the first 24 miles of my 60k route, it dawned on me that my miles 13-21 were also miles 17-25 of the Boulder Backroads Marathon course. Back when I was running Backroads every year, many of my training runs were over that portion of the course so I would be used to the, ahem, undulations. On my recent trial run over that portion of the course, all I could do was gulp when the realization hit that I hadn't tackled those hills often enough to reduce their intimidation factor.
So! Today, in my first week of ramping up toward racing fitness (vs. long-run fitness), I joined the aforementioned Anita-Connie cheering squad for hill repeats. Oooofdah! 2 minutes up, followed by 2 sets of 60"/75"/90"/75"/60" up. All under blue sky and on trails at the base of the flatirons so one really couldn't do much complaining (as if we had enough breath left over for such activity). I'm already starting to feel a bit more spring in my step. Hill magic!
Top, looking east/downhill toward two little dots approaching. Connie said she knew it was me when she heard my voice from afar.
Bottom, looking west/uphill as I run & Linda cycles over the crest of the hill at 18 miles.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Accepting inspiration from all corners
One kilometer later, at the Bobolink trailhead where AndyE waited patiently with much-appreciated food and drink, I spotted this bumper sticker which put the icing on the cake. This 60-year-old dragon was ready to vanquish the demons!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Couldn't've done it without ya'
with bro-in-law Andy & workmate Linda cycling alongside (23k).
The thought that filled my brain throughout the 60 kilometers, first day of spring, 60th birthday run.
My brother-in-law, Andy Miller, who cycled the entire 60k with me said that it took 60 years to create the perfect running day we had on March 20th: sunshine but warming to no more than 50, a very light cooling breeze, birdsong wafting through the air, spectacular views of the Continental Divide glittering under the Colorado blue sky. Truly spectacular. (By the end of the day, he also said he and my cousin John had invented a new Olympic sport: extreme slow cycling.)
And it was 60 years of family and friendship that allowed me to celebrate the day in such fine fashion. Family, neighbors, work mates, running buddies old and new...the day burst with joy and encouragement. If ever you get the crazy idea of running further than you've ever run at an age older than you've ever been, definitely fill it with all those who have made you what you are. You will fly!
The day began with family and neighbors. And the HUGE surprise of my cousin John Murphey! (My dad and his mom were siblings. We grew up together but he is now in Washington D.C. and I, of course, am far far away in Colorado.)
Below - left to right:
neighbor Audy, always cheering when she'd see me running; Kendall "You can do it honey!";
cycling crew at 2k, son Paul & bro-in-law Andy. Paul headed to campus and PhDing; Andy continued for another 58k!
Even llamas came out to entertain! (26k)
More runners started joining in the frivolity at 33k - and even more kept popping up throughout the remainder of the run. Weehaww!!!
Pulling into the north Rez trail, 33k,
Linda on bike, running buddy Joe & pj, Kendall and Taz, Andy Miller on bike
Andy Miller and John Murphey on bikes, pj and running buddy Dick Lipsey
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Across the finish line! Woo Hoo!
After many congratulations, and a few gifts (with more to be opened later, or so I hear), the birthday party began in earnest. Friends and feasting celebrating a spectacular 60 kilometer run. What better way to say:
At the res, south entrance.
The more the merrier!
and Andy biking alongside.
|Pictures taken at the north entrance of the res.|
The 60k begins
First Day of Spring! 60 and Running!
Paula is off and running, but not without a few surprises...
Things that went as planned:
- Sister-in-law Kitty stopping by to say hi and wish her a pleasant run.
- A call from her mother wishing her a happy birthday.
- Son Paul coming by to bike with her for the first few miles.
And one big, jaw-dropping surprise:
- Her cousin John arriving in Boulder (for the first time ever!) from Washington, DC!
After a few moments catching up, she was ready to roll! Kitty, John, Kendall, neighbor Audi, and myself all saw Paula and her two bike-mounted companions Paul and brother-in-law Andy depart, a mere 9 minutes behind schedule.
Monday, March 19, 2012
to be completely absorbed by the pursuit of one goal,
without thinking about what's going to happen next.
First, let me ask you this:
Are you embracing a dream?
Do you have a vision of the future?
Once you've found it,
try not to think about it too much,
just go off in the direction of that purpose,
completely in the moment.
It's all about "ecstatic enthusiasm"
-who cares if you are scorned as a fool
or accused of being captured by the whims of youth?
Someone once said...
"There is no road ahead of me,
only trails behind."
Don't be scared!
Go for "Gamushara"!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A mom and her daughter
A while back I gave my mom, the artsy craftsy person that she is, card-making materials. Apparently, she has decided to put them to use. I've been receiving a card a day this week leading up to next week's birthday. I'm thinking that today's card indicates that she has finally given her blessing to her daughter's penchant for running. Love ya' mom!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Spring is in the air!
Speaking of which... Today's run was a final exploration of two sections of the run that I hadn't quite pinned down. One: the section through one of Gunbarrel's neighborhoods. I had missed a turn when I ran that stretch last week plus I really wanted to find a portapotty. I got the turns figured out today but no luck on the porta potty. 18 miles (from mile 2 to 20) with no "facilities." Could be interesting! The second section to verify was the underpass under the Diagonal near 47th. I just needed to make sure I could get across the railroad tracks after the underpass and onto the Cottonwood Trail. Someone has already cut through the fence - so all good!
I'll be putting in the final tweeks on the route this week. You can find it at http://gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5324212
Lately I've been feeling like this is actually an achievable endeavor. My long runs have been decent, my days after my long runs have felt good. But for concrete evidence of how my training has been going, I put the numbers into excel and came up with the following chart. The numbers are nothing compared to what I did for my run to Michigan - but I think they're adequate for a successful birthday 60k!