Friday, December 28, 2007

I'm back!

Wow! It's been a long time with no posts.

The big news: I just booked my hike to the Grand Canyon today! Yes, folks, I'm actually paying about $800 to lug 35 pounds of stuff to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back. While sleeping outside and not showering. Aren't you jealous?

Other sort of big news: I ran 19 miles last Saturday and felt 100% afterwards and had ZERO muscle fatigue the next day. Awesome!

I'm hoping to do it again this Saturday. Or at least run 16 or so.

Goofy Challenge: 14 days to go!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Saturday Long Run

On Saturday my sister, husband and I set out for our first long run in prep for the Goofy Challenge in January.

We're all coming off fall races and we've got great milage bases so our plan for Goofy is to do more long runs to build long term endurance.

Our plan was to do 15 miles (or more if we were feeling ambitious) and we did just that. My sister and I made a conscious decision to run together and we hung together for all but the last mile and a half when I pulled away from her just a bit. I think this is because her most recent marathon was Nov. 18 while mine was back on Nov. 4. My legs were a bit fresher.

It was cold and windy but pretty good running weather overall. We felt pretty good and maintained a steady pace that's just about right for our ideal goal pace for the marathon. It was great practice for us!

The main happening of the day was that some weasel stole my fleece that I had left on a fence post along the trail. Normally if I leave gloves or a hat or a fleece along the trail it's still there when I come back. Not this time! I'm still bugged about it even though I got it on the bargain rack last winter.

I had no repercussions from the run: no muscle pain, no aches, no blisters, chafe or hotspots.

On Sunday the weather was pretty foul but Brian and I went out for a walk anyway. It started out overcast, turned to sleet and ultimately into rain but it was a surpringly good walk anyway!

This Saturday we're shooting for 18 miles. More than 15 for sure. The weather looks to be the same as last weekend. Sunday weather looks rather grim but I'm hoping to get in a short run on Sunday too.