Every morning in Africa, an antelope wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest antelope, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or an antelope -- when the sun comes up, you'd better be running. -African proverb

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fun Stuff!

Borrowed these from another blog that I follow (and highly recommend).  http://ccooper.typepad.com/writing_on_the_run/

(Added the highlighted comments myself.)

You Know You're a Runner When ...      
. . . the theme from “Rocky” gives you goose bumps.  Or is your ringtone!
. . . you keep running clothes in the carry-on and regular clothes in a checked bag.  Don't want them to get lost.
. . . you give up running for Lent.  I'd rather give up sleep.
. . . you plan vacations around races.  Absolutely!  Where are we off to next, Rach?!
. . . you spend $100 on running shoes but buy other shoes on sale.  I think I own more running shoes than other shoes.
. . . you can easily convert kilometers to miles, and vice-versa.   50K = 31 miles
. . . you have a tan line when you take off your runner’s watch.  Other tan lines, too!
. . . you’re excited that your next birthday will put you in a new racing age group.  Whoo-hoo turned 40!  And celebrated with Karla!
. . . you get a massage but it’s not for pleasure.  Every month.
. . . you use “easy run” and “5 miles” in the same sentence.  Or longer . . .
. . . you go into Starbucks more often to use the bathroom than to buy coffee.  Pretty close, but yeah.
. . . you enjoy going to the golf course, but not to golf.  Good times with Laura & Blue.
. . . you give up Friday happy hour because you have a long run the next morning.  I actually trade my husband – he gets Happy Hour on Fridays if I can run both days on the weekend!
. . . you spend more on running clothes than on school or work clothes.  (See the 5th one.)
. . . you’re the only one outside in the pouring rain.  Or with Aimee in the blizzardy snow!
. . . you’re actually proud of your blackened toe nails.  Proud of my calluses, actually.
. . . there is a “running” playlist on your iPod.  My iPod is only for running.
. . . you go for a run the morning of your wedding day.  Check!  Great run with Noni.
. . . you get mad that an injury keeps you from running, not that it damaged your body.  Injury?  What's that?
. . . your first question to the doctor is “How soon can I go running gain?”  Or to Olivia right after I finished my first ultra!
. . . you have no problem awaking early Saturday morning, but hit the snooze M-F.  Actually up early every day.
. . . you’d rather take the steps than the elevator.  Even after running a 50K.
. . . you generate more laundry than a newborn.  No wonder . . .
. . . you know exactly how far that daily run was.  And have logged it multiple times. Right, Joanna?!
. . . you run for fun. No, seriously.  This one’s for you, Ali!

Your turn.  How many describe you?!?

Sunday, March 11, 2012

31-miler . . . Check!

Way Too Cool Race Review    

I can cross ultra off my list of things to do!  Whoo-hoo!  Yesterday I ran the Way Too Cool 50K.  Even though it's still a little painful to walk today, I can honestly say that I enjoyed it.  The course was beautiful, the trails were in pristine condition, and the weather was perfect.  I am happy with my race, too -- ran it in 5:15 -- finished 214th overall (out of 698) and 12th (out of 96) in my age group.  I think I ran a pretty smart race, too.  Didn't start off too fast and fueled when I needed to.  The best part (besides Goat Hill -- ha ha!) was randomly seeing Dave & Jack!  At about mile 29, we had to cross a road, so there are volunteers directing traffic.  Guess whose car was first in the traffic stop right when I was crossing the road?!?  Ours!  Dave & Jack came to see me finish.  The timing couldn't have been more perfect! 

Thanks to NorCalUltras, my running buddies, and Dave & Jack for a super fun weekend!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Ready or Not ...

Tomorrow's the big race!  Around 8:00 am, I'll embark on the longest run of my life (so far) -- Way Too Cool 50K

I'm excited!  No expectations, so that takes a lot of pressure off.  I just want to enjoy my time out on the trail.

I guess (and hope) I'm ready.  The miles are in the tank.  Hopefully Cool is ready for me!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Perfect Race = Lots of PRs!

Just a quick shout out to all my rockstar friends who ran the Napa marathon last weekend!  Both NSET and EnDUrance Reno had a great showing.  And, lots of PRs!  Way to run fast, my friends!  You all rock!