Post those miles. : )
Good luck, Karen! I'm sure hoping your having better weather in the N Carolina mountains than we're having in the Ga ones. Really wet. Shades of Houston, but less wind today than yesterday.
It was really windy yesterday a. m.and we lost power just as I was getting ready to shower. Waited...it stayed off...called gym-they had power so I went in there. Thank goodness for a gym membership! It put me behind, so didn't go back to gym, but did get in an easy 5 at home later.
Carol, good for you for making it to the pool! Glad it was nice.
I'll be back later...
Karen-have a wonderful time!
Off for a run with slush and ice and snow. Not 40 miles of it or up a mountain though. Wearing orange for Jenny.
Good morning all!
I definitely have to chalk this week up to a "life happens" week. I haven't been able to run, due to "life" since Monday. Much to my chagrin, I am letting go of trying to push to meet my goals this month. I'll call it an learning opportunity. It may be too ambitious to try to increase miles in the merry month of February.
I have committed to starting an informal running group to encourage and support people who want to work through the C25K program on the way to our Girls on the Run 5K. I would love for the group to become SoleMates for the GOTR program. A few of my staff members are going to join me, and then some folks from the community to work close enough to park to get there for the lunch hour.
My Board of Directors did my performance review this week. JEEZE... you'd think I was still twelve or something, the way I stress over being "evaluated." And, of course, the anxiety was all for naught. The review went very well, and I ended up feeling quite good about my past year.
I followed the footsteps of the Founding Director who is an icon in our field (statewide and Nationally). The old joke goes something like this: "what do you call a the Director who follows a founder?" Answer? "Interim." Second Directors last an average of 2 years. I am in year seven and the staff has finally become "my" staff. It has been a long, hard slog... but oh so worth it.
I went back and did some catching up on what you girls have been up to. I appreciate the nice mix of the personal and the running with this group. Y'all are awesome!
Good morning Camille and Lisa.
Today - Since I have had such a nice, ummmm, recovery week (right), I'm going to do a long run. I'm hoping for 5 miles. 40 laps is a lot of boring laps, but I feel so good when I'm done!
5K's and Obstacle Runs
Goal for 2013: 10K
Icebreaker Challenge 5K, Girls on the Run 5K, Friehofer's Run for Women 5K, Hero Rush, Warrior Dash Florida, Warrior Dash Eastern NY, Turkey Trot, Mud Mania, and yet-to-be-decided goal 10K.
Just jumping on to say go Karen go! I hope she's ok - lousy weather in NC. I've been checking the Mount Mitchell Facebook page, and the conditions don't look great.
Off to run 8 cold, wet miles. At least it's not 36 miles!
2015 Races: St. Leo's 10K 3/21, Tar Heel 10-Miler 4/18, Salem Lake 7-Mile Trail Run 9/26, Turkey Strut 5K 11/26, Mistletoe Half Marathon 12/5
Run to live; live to run
10.5 for me Pouring rain and 40 degrees. I had a weird histamine reaction when I got back and had to put cortaide all over my arms. It went away but was strange. Never had that before.
Go Karen go!
Good morning! Time for my weekend check-in.... seems to be the only time during the week when I can actually sit down and string together a few coherent thoughts here.
Go Karen! Thinking of you out there on Mount Mitchell.
Hi Ginny. I checked out your blog earlier in the week. Nice work! Have you considered putting the link for your blog in your signature here? It would be easy for people to find it that way.
Marjorie and Cindy -- Good for you for getting out there in the wet weather. That's weird about that histamine reaction, Marjorie, but if it went away, guess it's nothing to be concerned about?
Lisa, enjoy your slushy snowy run this morning.
JulieD, well done on the positive performance review! I always get in an utter panic about those things too.
I'm going to venture out for an easy 4 this morning to make sure my legs are still working after no running for the past 3 weeks. I had a cold that wouldn't quit, which turned into bronchitis, which led to coughing attacks, which caused something to break or strain in my ribcage. Ugh. But finally on the mend, for real this time, and just in time for a tough trail HM tomorrow. I think DH and I will be walking most of it (fortunately it's walker/hiker friendly).
Have a great day.
I've been following the Mount Mitchell Challenge on their Facebook page, and the runners who are in look like they're in pretty good shape. Fingers crossed for Karen!
Cindy, thanks for mentioning the facebook cvg of Mt Mitchell. I'm shocked some of the Challengers are already done! Wow.
Julie hope the run went well. 7 years is great. I think everyone stresses on performance reviews.
Camille our weather is really wet too. We have large puddles all over the ya
Gatsby no idea what caused it. It went away which is good. I'm allergic to rhododenrons and azalea flowers but they aren't in bloom and I have to be brushed up against them or very windy and it wasn't. Plus my arms were covered.
Cindy oh I didn't know they were on fb. May have to check out how Karen is doing.
Go Karen! Still haven't seen her post anything but she should be finishing up soon.
20 miles for me with run buddy. Yaktrax needed for most of the snow covered, slick in spots paved trail. about 4 miles of it were salted and clear so took them off for that part. 4 hours so that's pretty good considering that it was 30 with some pretty windy spots.
Julie-that's one thing that you learn when you're into running long term, sometimes you take recovery weeks when you didn't expect them. likely you needed it anyway. congrats on teh good review.
Cindy=I've been checking the site too. I wouldn't base the quality of the race on the way the first 5% of finishers look. Give it a few more hours to make that call. LOL At least they are smiling... or is that just because they are done? LOL
Marjorie-hope you feel okay.
Gatsby-you may have had pleuresis (sp?)..that can come after long bout with coughing and nothing to be done about it other than let it heal. I've had it twice. feels like someone stabbing you when you breathe.
Cked FB page...she wasn't in an hour ago. An 82 yr old's pic is up and he looks great. Hope he did the marathon-I'll feel like a real wuss if he did the Challenge.. I wanna be like him at 82!
Gatsby, I'd wondered about you. Glad you're feeling better!
I just did the hilly loop and somehow spaced out and turned on a different street-got in an extra mile and a new view. 50 and damp, but no rain or wind-pretty nice. Saw 3 or 4 pileated woodpeckers-they seemed to be together. Had bright red heads
She's done and back at the hotel..said ready for a well deserved nap.
And Tessa, how was your long run on the PCT?
Awwww, I love you guys. Just read through all the posts....
That race was freaking hard. Honestly, I'm so glad they had to change the course because I don't know if I could have done it if they hadn't. There was a 3 hour cutoff for the Challenge at the 14 mile aid station (turnaround for the marathon) - I got there in 2 hours and 55 minutes! And I was really pushing. The trails were muddy, rocky, and at times ice covered. Apparently a lot of people, including people who have run the Challenge several times, missed the cutoff.
The change in the race was that at 14 miles, instead of going up to the summit on more trail, we ran up the main road to the park (the Blue Ridge Parkway and the main road to the park were closed to traffic for weather). This took 3 miles off the total distance (my garmin read 37 miles exactly at the finish), and allowed me to get some decent running in. I really don't know if I could have done the original course.
I finished in 8 hours and 1 minute exactly. Couldn't quite produce a finishing kick for a 7:59 or 8:00 even. Don't care, just happy to be done and to have done it. Will save the rest for a race report. Parts of it were awesome and fun and parts of it just really sucked.
May be tomorrow before I get back for personals. I am just beat. May venture out for ice cream, but that will be about the extent of my exciting Saturday night.
Since everyone else is blogging: http://karenrunsfar.blogspot.com/Upcoming Races: 2016: BCS Marathon. 2017: Houston Marathon, The Woodlands Marathon, Oklahoma City Marathon and Missoula Marathon (50th one on my 50th birthday). After that, who knows?
All I can say is Karen you are something! Congratulations! No way would I ever do what you just did under those conditions! I really admire you.
I have a killer toothache, my whole right side of my face is throbbing, not swollen, I am sure I must have an abscess on my lower right somewhere...living on ibuprofen, which only helps for an hour or so...darn teeth! Dentist appointment Monday morning at 10:30.
6/8 Hatfield/McCoy Half, 8/18 lake Erie Shores and Islands Half, 9/21 Mighty Niagara Half Lewiston, NY, 10/7 Cleveland Rock & Roll Half 10/6 or Detroit Free Press 10/20, A Christmas Story 5 or 10K Cleveland 12/7, Santa Hustle Half Cedar Point 12/15