*Weekly mileage ~ Nov. 7-13*

Mileage for the week of November 7th – November 13th

Total weekly mileage: 31

Total November mileage: 63.75

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,267

Week in review:

11/7      No run/rest day

11/8      42:21 min./5.25 mi./8:04 pace

11/9      35:35 min./4 mi./8:54 pace (+ 2.5 mi. at November Project)

11/10     48:08 min./6 mi./8:01 pace

11/11     33:14 min./4 mi./8:17 pace

11/12     26:09 min./3 mi./8:41 pace

11/13     51:15 min./6.2* mi./8:15 pace (Griffith Park Trail 10k)

*According to my GPS, the Griffith Park Trail 10k course was quite a bit short… my watch calculated the course to only be 5.79 miles with my average pace being 8:50 rather than 8:15. With my warm-up (.55 mi.) prior to the event, I know I ran at least 6.25 miles for the day. I’m never sure how to calculate these types of discrepancies but I’m very careful not to give myself credit for running mileage I did not run.

Given that, as I mentioned in my previous post, I walked away with a 2nd place finish, I’m completely content with how the week unfolded. I had a couple of great runs and a good workout with November Project. Everything seemed to come together how I had hoped it would.

I’m a little in flux as I begin a new week with no immediate goals… I’m still sorting out how I want to tackle my next big one. I’ve got some time but I’m anxious to get to it! ; )

Have a fantastic week!

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*The latest WJTWT news*

What a week, right?

I’m not even going to go THERE. Rather, I’ll give you a little glimpse as to what I’ve been up to. It’s been busy, as usual!

Over the past couple of months I’ve eluded as to the reason I’ve been so absent in this space. I’ve had to rearrange my priorities a little bit in order to fit in a new endeavor. Completely by accident, I fell into a new career path not long after moving to California, when I started working for a real estate brokerage. Years and years ago, I actually quite seriously considered a real estate career. At the time,I had an infant and studying the course material while juggling my new responsibilities as a mother were more than I could handle at the time.

Fast forward, oh, 19 years or so, and I’m suddenly considering it again. So much so that I took the leap and began the coursework a couple of months ago. It’s a LOT of material and studying is slow going, but I’m very pleased that I completed the first or three courses and passed the test this week. Onto course number two!

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One down, two to go!

I’ve also hinted a few posts back that I was considering another large event… As it turns out, I just can’t quit the marathon and this week I made it official. I will be running the LA Marathon in March!

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Congratulations? You just spent $200 bucks for 16 weeks of self-inflicted suffering (in the best way possible)!

This is a big deal. I’ve got high hopes for this race and am trying to come up with a scheme to help me with my master plan. World domination? No. Maybe just a PR. ; ) More to come on this later!

In other news, I finally pulled the trigger. On trigger point rolling that is. I could no longer deny that I needed to do something different in terms of recovery. I’m sore. Like ALL. THE. TIME. My go-tos, stretching/yoga and Epson salt baths, while wonderful, just aren’t providing me with relief. I caved and invested in a Trigger Point roller. I’m already feeling a difference!

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My “I’m totally stoked” face!

The week culminated with the Griffith Park Trail 10k this morning. I wasn’t sure what to expect to be honest. The course description stated that it would be a tough, hilly route. I’ve trained out there and it is hilly, but today’s race was still not what I expected in terms of difficulty. It was like a roller coaster out there.

I take most races seriously and this was no exception. And, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a wee bit competitive. I like the challenge, both mentally and physically. The result this morning yielded me a second place finish! I worked for it too!

It was a fun little race and well-organized (aside from a medal mix up and the course being a little short, at least according to my GPS). The prizes for the top finishers were beautiful handmade mugs. I SO love mine!

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2nd place female!!!

I’m looking forward to taking it easy the rest of the day and gearing up for another busy week! Enjoy your Sunday!

*Weekly mileage ~ Oct. 24-30*

Mileage for the week of October 24th – October 30th

Total weekly mileage: 27.25

Total October mileage: 107

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,198.25

Week in review:

10/24     No run/rest day

10/25     48:05 min./5.25 mi./9:10 pace

10/26     27:47 min./3 mi./9:16 pace (+2.75 mi. at November Project)

10/27     32:47 min./4 mi./8:12 pace

10/28     59:34 min.7.25 mi./8:13 pace

10/29     51:48 min./5 mi./10:20 pace (*mostly on trail)

10/30     No run/impromptu rest day

Clearly, I’m a little behind posting last weeks mileage report. I feel like I’m behind on a ton of things. Ha! But for a good reason.

I blew off my run Sunday morning. That is not typically like me, especially with a race coming up, but I stayed up late to welcome my daughter to California who is visiting us for a few weeks. An extra rest day never hurt anyone and I feel like the timing was actually really good as I’ve been plagued with prolonged psoas discomfort. (It does seem to be easing up, thankfully!)

The ultimate result of taking Sunday off is that I felt the need to rearranged my schedule a little bit this week and am targeting some solid workouts. So far, so good. For the third straight week, I’ve attended the 5:30 AM November Project workout on Wednesday mornings and I’ve had a couple of good runs that are building up to even better runs! This upcoming weekend will be my last opportunity to get in some time in on the trails so I’ve got to make them count!

Life is good. It’s so nice to have my family under one (albeit cramped) roof. I’m looking forward to the quickly approaching holidays and time with our extended families. I’m really excited about future training, races, and various related activities. I feel healthy, strong, and just about fully recovered from my last marathon, three weeks ago. I’ve got a lot of irons in the fire that have me stoked on future possibilities. Woo!

Happy November!

*Weekly mileage ~ Oct. 17-23*

Mileage for the week of October 17th – October 23rd

Total weekly mileage: 28.25

Total October mileage: 79.75

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 1,171

Week in review:

10/17     No run/rest day

10/18     35:16 min./4 mi./8:48 pace

10/19     28:40 min./3 mi./9:20 pace (+hill repeats at November Project)

10/20     36:40 min./4 mi./9:06 pace

10/21     47:24 min.5.25 mi./9:01 pace

10/22     53:07 min./5 mi./10:36 pace (*mostly on trail)

10/23     1:12:15 min./7 mi./10:18 pace (*mostly on trail)

Last week was truly a transition week as I returned to my regular running schedule, began to carefully increase my mileage while keeping the pace easy, and got out on trail for two runs over the weekend. I also did one 30 minute yoga session (on my own), attended a November Project workout, and did a couple of strength training sessions.

I was challenged by some lingering psoas discomfort on my right side but besides that, I’m feeling pretty decent. The two trail runs over the weekend were both really hilly so I’m glad I was feeling good enough to tackle them.

This week will be similar, structure wise, though I’ll up the mileage a tiny bit and hopefully add some form of a speed workout in somewhere. As I mentioned in a post or two back, I’m really feeling the need to incorporate more of both yoga/stretching and strength training. The strength training comes so much easier.

Enjoy the final week of October! (I can’t believe we are a week away from November already!!)

*Ready to go!*

It’s official! My next race will be the Griffith Park Trail 10k on Sunday, November 13th!

I’m really excited to get back to trail running! My intention this year was to make the switch from predominately road running/racing to trail. However, having moved into the heart of the city, it hasn’t worked out the way I’d hoped. While I’m super grateful for the abundance of mountain trails neighboring the urban landscape, it’s been tricky to get out as much as I’d like. The nearest trail is about three miles from my place and while it’s better than nothing, it’s not very long and way too congested for my taste. (The user demographic seems to be primarily twenty-something-year-old girls that are more interested in showing off their latest Victoria Secret Pink “workout” wear than actually working out. But that’s LA for ya.)

Anyway, there are options and I need to make it a bigger priority to get out and explore. Now that I’m not immediately training for any big distances… that could change soon though… ; ) I’m looking forward to switching gears and hitting the trails a bit more frequently!

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Breaking in new trail shoes!

Today was my first day back on the dirt and it went better than I expected! Being just 13 days post-marathon, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve been taking it pretty easy the past week but felt pretty good overall and feel like I’m ready to transition back into training mode.

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My fancy training plan.

I’m still tweaking my plan but I’ve got a basic outline. As long as our family schedule works in my favor, I’m hoping to hit the November Project each week. I was successful this past Wednesday and hope I can continue to go on a regular basis. My other cross-training goal is to get at least one solid yoga session in, ideally a class, weekly. Last Monday I opted to hit my mat at home for 30 minutes but I really feel a class would do me some good so I’m going to try to make a bigger effort in the coming weeks.

It’s coming together and I’m ready to go!

*Weekly mileage ~ July 11-17*

Mileage for the week of July 11th – July 17th

Total weekly mileage: 31.25

Total July mileage: 73

Total year-to-date (2016) mileage: 657.5

Run review:

7/11     34:02 min./4 mi./8:31 pace

7/12     25:58 min./3 mi./8:38 pace

21:19 min./2.5 mi./8:32 pace

7/13     47:13 min./5.75 mi./8:12 pace

7/14     35:28 min./4.25 mi./8:21 pace

7/15     25:45 min./ 3 mi./8:33 pace

7/16     29:26 min./3.5 mi./8:25 pace

7/17    45:26 min./5.25 mi./9:08 pace

Last week culminated with the Griffith Park 8k Trail Race. You can read my recap of that race here. Overall, it was a pretty easy week running wise. After my long run last weekend, on very technical trail at Griffith Park, my ankle became a bit sore. Although mild, it bothered me for most of the week. To play it safe in preparation for my race, I didn’t push my mileage or pace and aimed to keep it on the lighter side. I think my strategy paid off.

This week, I’m hoping to get back to business and get back on track with my training. I missed my long run this past weekend due to yesterday’s race and will miss next weekend too. (Perhaps the weekend after that as well. Ah, summer training… but YAY for summer fun and adventures!) at any rate, in order to stay on course, I’ll need to get some longer runs done ahead of the weekend for the next couple of weeks. Fortunately, we’re talking 13-14 miles and since I work afternoons, I’ll have plenty of time to get them done.

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My fancy-schmancy training plan.

My ankle is feeling a lot better and although I was exhausted post-race yesterday, I’m looking forward to training and breaking out of the comfort zone I found myself in while taking it easy last week.

Happy running, friends!

*Griffith Park 8k Trail Race recap*

The runner’s high I got from the Griffith Park 8k Trail Race I ran this morning hasn’t quite dissipated yet. Although physically I feel like I ran a hard race (I’m exhausted this afternoon!), the rest of me just feels really content and happy that it was everything I didn’t expect it to be.

As I wrote about in a post a few days ago, I went in with little expectations other than to appreciate the early start before the heat of the day, be well fueled, enjoy being among running community, and just have fun within the experience regardless of performance.

Check, check, check, and check!!!!

The event that I ran was the sister race to a larger trail marathon relay made up of teams of five people. Each team member runs the same 5.25 mile loop. The route was mostly packed dirt and fire lane roads nestled into the canyons of Griffith Park. Within the first two miles the elevation gain is roughly 500 feet. The event I ran today was the inaugural 8k and followed the same course as the relay with the only difference being that we started about 10 minutes before the relays teams, about 90 of them, took off.

The 8k started a few minutes later than planned and there was some slight confusion at the start as to where we were suppose to line up – and which direction we were going – but that was the only fault I found with the entire event.

Teams set up camp on a large grassy slope that is known as the old Los Angeles Zoo, right next to ruins of what used to house caged animals on exhibit. Also, a good place to take pictures if you don’t get creeped out easily… there are stories about the caverns being haunted…

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My adoptive Team Nuun Family (minus one) for the morning. Photo credit: www.crossmyheartfitness.com

I was invited to hang out with some Team Nuun teammates from around the area who had a relay team participating. I really enjoyed meeting some new people and reconnecting with the few that I’d met before. I love running, training, and racing for so many reasons but connecting with people who share my love of the sport is truly a highlight!

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After a 7-month racing hiatus, pinning on my bib felt so good!

As far as my actual “race” went, I felt good. I felt strong! There was a pretty challenging climb the first two miles and I was proud that I didn’t succumb to walking. I sure as heck wasn’t moving very fast but I felt that maintaining some sort of momentum would payoff. I felt like I was flying after I reached the summit and the trail leveled and then dropped. I smiled. A lot. It’s been a while since I’ve experienced that kind of mental ease – like, “Hey! I’m just here to have fun!”

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The classic *stopping the Garmin at the finish line* picture.

Apparently, I was the 8th overall female to finish with a time of 45:26. As far as I could tell, they didn’t do a gender/age category breakdown but I’m guessing that I probably finished in a decent spot. Doesn’t matter though. It was a fun day and great reminder of why I love running and racing!