Thursday, October 1, 2009

Running Coast to Coast

I'm bicoastal, yo. If one considers the Straits of Mackinac to be a coast, that is. And why not, I say! They don't call them the Great Lakes for nothing!

Representing the West Coast: I dug up these pictures of me running the Race Thru The Redwoods 10K in California on August 16. I can't believe that was over six weeks ago...sigh. I was hit by a wave of post-vacation melancholy today which completely and unexpectedly flattened me. I haven't wallowed in nostalgic funk for several weeks and for a brief period I allowed myself to do so this afternoon. It was painful.

Quit looking at the woman who's taking off her shirt OR the woman who's about to take off her shirt, you perverts! And NO, I'm not talking about myself. The sports bra-only look is one I have not yet attempted.

I saw the photographer and actually smiled for this one even though my arm felt as if it was on fire from the hornet sting.

And the finish. Don't forget to stop Garmy! Following this race I drove down the coast a ways and parked myself on the sand for five hours, hoping against hope that the sun would break through the fog and provide me with some much-needed beach-baking-in-a-bikini time. I got about 20 minutes of quality sun and that was all, unfortunately. (Side note: Doesn't my leg look awesome in this picture?!)

And for the East (Midwest?) Coast: more pictures from the Mackinac Bridge Run on Labor Day.

Right at the start. Checking Garmy.

On the bridge with one of my fellow Fitness Ambassadors. I have my "serious face" on.

I'm smiling! Running is fun! Note to EN and TK: can you tell what socks I'm wearing? :)

Side note: the latter two pictures came from RunMichigan's photo page, where they have high-quality digital images available for an extremely low price. My two photos were $4.00 each. I cannot stress enough how fabulous I think this is. We know all too well the exorbitant prices most photographers charge for digital pictures. I REFUSE to pay $50 or what-the-fuck-ever for one goddamn digital picture. Hello, people, you would make a lot more money if you offered digital pictures for a reasonable price like RUN MICHIGAN, because I'm going to give THEM my money and NOT YOU. YOU LOSE! LOSERS!

So there. Run Michigan, YOU ROCK MY WORLD. I will continue to pay for your lovely pictures as long as you offer them at the current totally awesome and wallet-and-runner-friendly price of $4.00.

On another note...this afternoon I came home, threw on some running clothes, and got myself out the door before my brain could organize a protest. Today was a day made for running and it would have been a crime not to embrace it. It was an absolutely beautiful fall day: about 58 degrees and sunny. I had 5 tempo miles on the schedule and I decided no excuses, I was going to do my best to reach that goal.

7:55, 7:48, 8:10, 7:49, 7:47, and a cool-down mile at 8:32. The 8:10 came on the hilly part of my chosen route and I just couldn't sustain a sub-8:00 pace. The whole thing came in at 8:00/mile, which met my goal for the run. I felt amazing throughout and it bolstered my confidence a great deal. I have a half marathon race on October 11 at which I would love to PR but I've been feeling rather sluggish lately and my hopes have dwindled. Today's run told me that, yeah, these old legs still have some life left in them after all...

After I got home I roasted a chicken, potatoes, and some Brussels sprouts for dinner and I found myself eating the crispy, salty skin off the steaming, carved-up bird before I even sat down with my plate; it was that good. And I was so thrilled about the Brussels sprouts, y'all have no idea. When I saw the giant bin full of them at my CSA farm at pick-up on Tuesday I literally yelled "OH MY GOD BRUSSELS SPROUTS!" Thank god there wasn't anyone else around. If anyone had ever told me a few years ago I would become this excited about Brussels sprouts...well. I think "laugh my ass off" would have been an understatement. Snort. I now believe that olive oil, salt, pepper, and the dry heat of an oven can turn anything into a gastronomic delight.

11 comments:

D10 said...

Fun pictures!! Your dinner sounds awesome. CSA is the best.

Carolina John said...

Great pictures! total hawtness will always bring up a post-vacation melancholy.

Morgan said...

Loving the pics! Isn't it fun to look back at races? I like to do that to gear me up for the upcoming ones...

Great job on your run last night!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

I'm bicoastal, yo. If one considers the Straits of Mackinac to be a coast...

Nice loophole, sister. You sure you ain't a shyster?

I clicked on that pic but could NOT tell what the sox were. But ... I did notice that magnificently flexed right calf muscle.

You could squeeze my lemon anytime, sister.

But NOT till the juice runs down my leg because then it would get all over my calf muscle and that would just be WRONG!

M2Marathon said...

Excellent tempo run, and damn girll, those calves ROCK! Are the made of stone?!

I love brussels sprouts too, and never thought I would say that, much less mean it.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

I choose beer over (as the French call it) Le Man-Ade every time, too.

But ... I'm a dude so that comes- er, I mean, goes without saying ...

joyRuN said...

$4 a pic?!

NICE.

I love brussel sprouts drowned in butter & pork fat from Golden Corral. Sickening, I know.

Robert James Reese said...

Those are great photos (and great socks!) I wish the photographers out here were as cool as the Michigan ones and only charge $4 a photo. I totally agree that they would make huge profits if they made the pics more affordable. I know I would have spent a lot more than the $0 I have...

Spike said...

nice picts, and you are such the modern traveler, you even make it up to the EL (or Spikeville as my nephew calls it).

FinnyKnits said...

Hey there - new to the blog - wanted to see how the weather shaped up for the Redwoods 10K. I'm changing up my usual road racing routine and will be working in some trail running and that looks like it might fit the bill.

But, being a NorCal native/resident, running a race mid-August sounds hot and scary.

Thoughts?

Sun Runner said...

@finnyknits: I was pleasantly surprised the weather was so mild while I was there. Having grown up there I know what the summers can be like. I think I was there during a rare window of opportunity, as my pals reported that after I went back to Michigan the temperatures zoomed up again. I was just extraordinarily lucky, I guess.

I knew that the air on the Santa Cruz side of the mountains would be cooler no matter what was going on in Silicon Valley. And it was; it was about 55 degrees at the start!

If I ever go back to CA in the summer (highly likely) I'll find another road race to do.

Right now though I'm contemplating the Big Sur Marathon in 2011 (shhhh...)