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, October 9, 2012

A Running Riddle

What do you get when you combine sore legs and a blister from racing the day before with a dinner of chips & salsa, Diet Coke and candy corn?  A new PR and a first place finish! 

I had a productive weekend in Susanville this past weekend.  I ran the Bizz Johnson Express Half on Saturday and then the Bizz Johnson 50K on Sunday.  I'm happy with my performances (1:40 in the half & 3rd in my age group and 4:46 in the 50K & 1st female), but I'm also a little confused.  I had hoped to run a little faster on Saturday and thought I did most things right.  Then I was going to take it easy on Sunday and just run for fun.  I think the key to doing well is in your attitude going into the race.  When I don't have a specific goal, I seem to be more relaxed and run much better.  So, that's my new motto -- no more time goals!  I'm just going to run for fun!

Thanks, Coastal Trail Runs for a fun-filled weekend!

Great showing by NSET!
Lots of hardware!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Lots of Work & A Little Play

Wow!  I can't believe it's October already!  Things have been extremely hectic since school started.  I'm excited about my new tenure-track position at TMCC -- I love my job!  I'm also taking two classes this semester, which I enjoy.  But ... all the prepping, grading, reading, writing, and committee work has put a damper on some of my extracurricular activities lately.  Gone are the occasional naps. My DVR is quickly filling up with unwatched episodes of How I Met Your Mother.  There hasn't been any time for "fun" reading -- blogs, magazines, etc.  And, until now, I felt as if I had neglected my own blog.  (Sorry!)  Throw in running a household, family obligations & activities, and marathon training and you can see why there's not much of a social life happening.  Luckily, my awesome running group knows how to have some fun.  A few weeks ago I was able to take a break from the daily overload and attend NSET's annual wine tasting event.  It was fun to step out of my running shoes and let the ponytail down! 

The rest of my "social life" also revolves around running.  Early morning runs with Karla and Michelle (with a little Kaia FIT thrown in).  Speedwork with the NSET New York-bound gang.  And, of course our weekend runs.  Long runs are great for catching up with everyone, even our favorite aid station buddies! 

A special thanks to Rachel, Sam & Ranger!
The best aid station ever!

Well, time to wrap-up this mini-hiatus and get back to the grind! 
                                                                      Until next time ...