With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams... Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://charmaigne.fastrunningblog.com/ Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:49:09 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sat, Mar 21, 2015 http://charmaigne.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-21-2015.html <p>Sunday - moved our stuff into the moving van, then back out of the moving van - and unpacked in our new apartment. &nbsp;Best feeling in the world to have 4 walls of my own again.</p> <p>Monday - went for a bike ride with MR. &nbsp;So many trails to ride around here it&#39;s awesome.</p> <p>Tuesday - 3.26 miles. &nbsp;This apartment complex seems to be on top of a hill. &nbsp;No matter which way I go, I have to finish climbing uphill. &nbsp;I hate uphill. &nbsp;But I got to go to a RS b-day party with CinC and that was totally awesome. &nbsp;</p> <p>Thursday - 5 ish miles on the treadmill. &nbsp;</p> <p>Friday - 6 miles exploring a different path that ended up connecting to the bike trail from Monday. &nbsp;</p> <p>Saturday - 9.7 miles on the bike with MR. &nbsp;Took a trail out to the dam. &nbsp;So many people out on bikes and running. &nbsp;It&#39;s great to see an active community like this.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 21 Mar 2015 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 14, 2015 http://charmaigne.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-14-2015.html <p>Monday - 6.5 miles</p> <p>Thursday - 2.15 miles</p> <p>Saturday - went for a walk&nbsp;</p> Sat, 14 Mar 2015 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 07, 2015 http://charmaigne.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-07-2015.html <p>Sunday - I got to meet Carolyn in Colorado!&nbsp;</p> <p>Monday - 4.09 went down a trail I saw when we were walking to the grocery store Saturday. &nbsp;It had a break for a while, but most of it was lovely and along the south platte river. &nbsp;Some icy spots still on the path, but not too bad. &nbsp;Got to meet Carolyn for lunch. &nbsp;She really inspired me so much when I was having to get up early and run. &nbsp;I hope she will start running again with me.</p> <p>Tuesday - I just stayed inside and felt sorry for myself today. &nbsp;Snow, cold, no house, blah blah blah - a blah day.</p> <p>Wednesday - It was snowing but I knew I needed to get out since I&#39;d spent Tuesday inside all day that doing that didn&#39;t help me one bit. &nbsp;I went out for a walk but wore my running shoes because there was snow out and I needed my regular shoes to be dry the rest of the day. &nbsp;I walked .75 and then decided to try a slow jog in my jeans. &nbsp;It wasn&#39;t as bad as I imagined it might be- ended up with &nbsp;4.25 miles total - 3.5 running.</p> <p>Thursday - Ran 3.8 with MR on the river trail</p> <p>Friday - went for a 5&nbsp;mile walk with MR to Walmart and back for a bag of salad.</p> <p>Saturday - Ran 7.33 miles through the neighborhoods around the hotel and then caught up with the river trail to run back. &nbsp;Lots of people on bikes, a couple other runners. &nbsp;Almost all the snow on the trail is melted- just a couple icy patches left in the shady spots.</p> Sat, 07 Mar 2015 07:00:00 Sat, Feb 28, 2015 http://charmaigne.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-28-2015.html <p>Mileage is a guess. &nbsp;We moved to Denver this week amid a terrible snow storm. &nbsp;What fun :-(</p> <p>It was still snowy and cold so we went to the gym on base and they had a little track. &nbsp;It was a nice cushy surface to run on, but it was hard to figure out the miles. &nbsp;I tried keeping track of my laps- but in the end I just couldn&#39;t keep track of them. &nbsp;I&#39;m sure it is somewhere between 6 and 7 so 6.5 is the best I&#39;ve got.</p> <p>I tried an ab machine after the run and couldn&#39;t get it to work. &nbsp;I thought it was broken. &nbsp;It wasn&#39;t, my abs are just ridiculously weak. &nbsp;those abs of steel are long gone.</p> <p>Then we chased a little rubber ball around a raquetball court for 30 minutes. &nbsp;I really suck at that game but I got a workout anyway.</p> <p>But it felt good to workout after a week in the snow.</p> Sat, 28 Feb 2015 07:00:00 Sat, Feb 21, 2015 http://charmaigne.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-21-2015.html <p>Well this was a workout!</p> <p>I was happy that I got to meet some of RAD&#39;s running friends and we were able to spend the night talking and laughing.</p> <p>MR was awesome and gave us a ride to the start so we didn&#39;t have to get up earier and take the bus. &nbsp;I love that guy.</p> <p>I don&#39;t often follow pacers during races, but I felt like it was really likely I could get under a 9:40 pace if I tried to stick with the 2:05 pacers. &nbsp;My trouble was that my experience with following pacers is limited to flat courses where they maintain an even &amp; steady pace. &nbsp;These pacers were all over the place with their pace - and I understand that it was dictated to them this way because of the hills, but after I chased them on steep rolling hills at a 8:39 pace for a mile, I was exhausted and had to walk. &nbsp;I just could not keep up with them. &nbsp;I was angry with them because I felt like they&#39;d tricked me into running faster than I was used to. &nbsp;Oh well, lesson learned.</p> <p>I met my goal - I ran a 2:05. &nbsp;Yes, it was almost 2:06, but it wasn&#39;t! &nbsp;So I managed a 9:36 pace and I was really happy about it because it was a tough course for me. &nbsp;Who puts a wicked steep hill at mile 11 of a half marathon? &nbsp;I mean, <i>really!?!?!?!</i></p> <p>The lunch at smash burger was scrupmtious and made those terror hills worth the workout.</p> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:00:00