*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 21-27*

Mileage for the week of November 21st – November 27th

Total weekly mileage: 27.25

Total November mileage: 117.5

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,320.75

Week in review:

11/21      1:14:26 min./8.5 mi./8:46 pace

11/22      1:05:16 min./8.25 mi./7:55 pace

11/23      27:22 min./3 mi./9:07 pace

11/24     No run/holiday travel

11/25     32:51 min./3.5 mi./9:23 pace

11/26     33:55 min./4 mi./8:59 pace

11/27     No run/sick

What started off as a strong week with the intention of higher mileage and a few solid strength training sessions was derailed mid-week.. Basically, I crashed and burned in a big way.

The week started off really well. Since I hadn’t run the previous Saturday, opting to hike with the local girls from the Oiselle Volée team, I decided to kick off the week with a longer, challenging (hilly) run. With my son out of school for the week, I was planning to use the “extra” time I was gifted not having to get him rolling in the morning to do a few longer runs. That, and I had a long weekend for the holiday too and wanted to maximize my days off, especially following Thanksgiving.

I guess I should have known better. Holidays are not an ideal time to try to add more to your plate. It was a busy week with holiday prep, spending as much time with our daughter as possible before she returned to Oregon after staying with us for three weeks, traveling to my brother’s home in San Diego for Thanksgiving and then back to LA the next day, briefly entertaining our best friends passing through town, beginning the first stages of Christmas prep, and then BAM! I got a flu/stomach bug Saturday afternoon that took me down for two days.

So a new week begins. But I’m using my experience from last week as a reminder that this time of year presents some challenges and if I set my expectations to high, I’m in for a long month of disappointment with myself. I spent a lot of time the past two days trying to figure out how to balance what I want to accomplish in March while honoring the season. I’m not 100% sure how I’m going to do that just yet… but at least I’m feeling better.

*The high life*

Over the weekend I attended my first Oiselle Volée meet up!

Before I share that story, let me just tell you that in order for me to go, I had to step outside my comfort zone. So here’s the truth bomb… I drove on the freeway.

Any SNL fans out there familiar with the skit, the Californians? (Google it if you’re not. It’s hilarious!) “You take the 101 to the 405 toward Santa Monica, exit at Sunset…”

The freeways and the amassed traffic are a nightmare. One that I managed to avoid for 8 solid months. Until Saturday. The 405 is such a joke here. So much so that I actually saw a greeting card in a gift shop once that read “I’d take the 405 for you.”

Which is exactly what I ended up doing in order to drive out to Pacific Palisades where I met up with two other SoCal members of the Oiselle Volée team. It was worth every steering wheel-gripped mile!

We met up at 8 AM for a hike up the Los Liones Trail to the Parker Mesa Overlook. It was a cool morning to start but sunny. Round trip, the hike was 7.5 miles with about 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Basically, all uphill as we made our way to the overlook and then all downhill to return to the parking area. The trail became more crowed as we made our decent so clearly it’s a popular choice for hikers, runners, and cyclists looking for a challenge.

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New friends, Saturday morning hikes, sunshine, and ocean views!

The view was incredible! Given that I live on the east side of town, it’s not too often that I get to see the ocean and to be able to view miles of it stretched out as far as I could see was pretty spectacular. I also tend to forget that there are some vast green spaces here too. It was a welcome reminder that there are wild lands within the sprawling city.

Whenever I explain to someone that I’m still fairly new to the Los Angeles area, the first thing they ask is how I like it. My typical response is something along the lines that it’s growing on me or I’m starting to feel acclimated. However, while hiking back down the trail in the company of two great women, the sun shining down on me (in November!), breathing in the fresh ocean air… it occurred to me that I’m actually sort of starting to love it here. (Minus the traffic, I later told my husband.)

It was a fantastic morning and I’m so grateful for the connections I’m starting to make through my Team Nuun, Oiselle Volée, and November Project affiliations (as well as a Saturday morning group that meets for a run and coffee hosted by the Fleet Feet store in Burbank). So worth the drive on the 405!

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The high life!

*Weekly mileage ~ Oct. 10-16*

Mileage for the week of October 10th – October 16th

Total weekly mileage: 8

Total October mileage: 59.5

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,142.75

Week in review:

10/10     No run/recovery day

10/11     No run/recovery day

10/12     No run/recovery day

10/13     No run/ active recovery day (2 mile walk)

10/14     No run/ active recovery day (2 mile walk)

10/15     36:27 min./4 mi./9:07 pace

10/16     38:40 min./4 mi./9:31 pace

I think it’s safe to say that last week was a pretty typical recovery week. Taking five full days off is a big deal for me. By Thursday I was getting antsy (and kind of gloomy)!  However, I really knew it would be in my very best interest to give myself those five days off and I’m proud of myself for riding it out.

Waking up Saturday morning I was in such good spirits and so ready to run! It took about a mile for my legs to really get moving and I limited myself to just four miles but it felt so good to move! Minus a little bit of lingering discomfort located in my right glute/SI joint region, I was ecstatic to be back at it. I repeated the same distance Sunday with less discomfort which is a good sign that I’m on the right track.

This week will be a recovery to training transition. A big part of my glum disposition is what I would described as post-event letdown. Not because I was disappointed with the outcome of the race, but rather because I didn’t know what was next. I really thrive on having a focus and it’s hard for me to deal with an empty racing calendar.

A big part of my excitement to return to running Saturday stemmed from discovering an upcoming race that I REALLY want to do in about four weeks. (That in addition to becoming an official Oiselle Volée team member which I shared yesterday.) Thus, the transition this week. I’m not 100% committed yet… ie: registered, so I’ll save the details for after that happens but I’m currently creating my training plan as if I’ve already locked it in. Since it will be quite a change from marathon training, I’m making a few tweaks to mix it up a little and looking forward to some added cross training.

More to come. In the meantime, have a fantastic week!

*Come fly with me*

As a young girl, I longed to be a part of the “in” crowd. Specifically, I wanted to be a part of a small group of girls that were the best of friends. We were all friends really and I got invited to their homes for sleepovers and birthday parties and such, but I always felt like I was slightly on the outside craving a deeper connection.

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#flystyle back in grade school!

This very much summarizes the way I have also felt in recent years watching the sisterhood of the Oiselle Volée team flourish. (In French,oiselle means female bird and volée means birds or a flock flying or in flight.) I’ve been in love with the company, and what they stand for, for a number of years now and have yearned to be a part of it even though I didn’t want to admit it. I am drawn to the comradery of the membership and to the endless amount of inspiration.

A few months ago, and I believe it is directly tied to my move and my desire to create new relationships with like-minded kindred spirits, that I decided I’d join the Volée team at the next opportunity. The timing could not have been better either. After coming down off of my marathon high last weekend, I was feeling really disoriented without having a goal to focus on and the uncertainty about where I’m heading next. This team is exactly what I need.

Whether it’s meeting other local runners, connecting online more broadly, or simply making a friend or two, the people we surround ourselves with weave into our beliefs of what we think is possible, and how we view ourselves and our potential. ~ Lauren Fleshman

This week, I became an official member of the Oiselle Volée Team and I’m so excited to get to know my fellow birds and fly with them!volee