LA Marathon training W6D1
Daily Sparkle; Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore! Not as cold as this morning but it sure was windy tonight. I was dodging falling Palm fronds (palm leaves) and coconuts the whole way. OK, I might have made up the coconuts, but the Palm trees were indeed trying to kill me with their fronds.
Btw, the photo of the Snowman’s family is from tonight’s run in my neighborhood. I love snowmen, so I had to stop (which I hate to do) and take a photo of it :)
6 easy miles at 9:25 mi/min
From this morning:
Brrrr! Now, I know this is nothing for all you tough real-winter peeps, but for us from SoCal beaches the big temperature wimps, 40F is freaking freezing! :P
Sorry, I haven’t been posting much. I’ve been a bit busy and even though I try to at least read all your post, it’s been impossible due to work and stuff. Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch up with some of you and your shenanigans ;)
It’s been a bit hard to get back into the groove of running but I think I’m back on track. I’m really not into this short day/early nightfall situation. It makes me want to hibernate. Plus, this darn Hansons Method really sucks the energy right out of you. Well, at least I think that’s the case for me as a relatively new runner. Plus, perpetual insomnia doesn’t help. But it’s all good, I’m right back at it and using the crazy method again. Glutton for punishment much? Yup, I’d say so. But because I’m not completely nuts (lol), I am again using the modified version of Hansons. I just think it’s better for me this way.
Here’s yesterday’s long run:
12 miles in 1:52:06, at 9:20 min/mi
Daily Sparkle brought to you by easy wintery 12 miles. First 4-5 miles were kind of crappy (my legs felt like they belonged to an extinct specie) but after that I could have run for miles and miles…. I love how 12 miles are a piece of cake now and just 2 years ago I could not run a mile without stopping ;)
And here’s a short photo “recap” of the rest of my runs between the Santa Barbara Half and yesterday:
I’ve been posting all my runs on FB but here I always feel I have to say more than just the “Daily Sparkle” blurb. But I think from now on I’ll start posting here even if all I say is the “Daily Sparkle” blurb and nothing else. So you’ll be a bit more in the loop ;)
when you wake up a second morning in a row to find post-run selfies in your FB mail box from a friend that you would have least expected to start running :D
Now I know how all of you parents must feel when your child starts following your example. I feel like such a proud momma :)
I guess relentlessly bombarding my friends’ timelines with my Daily Sparkle posts is not for nothing! (<——see what I did here? Turned 2 negatives into a positive? It doesn’t only apply to grammar but can apply to life too. You see, I also wen’t off topic here ;) )
Anyway, this friend, he’s not the only one that got inspired by my relentless posting, but he’s the only one that sends me pictures.
It’s kind of funny, when I was back home in Slovenia this summer I found out that so many of my Slovenian FB friends, whom I thought never even went on FB anymore, were all commenting on my running and how they are inspired by my running adventures. Most of them never ‘like” any of my running posts, so I was really surprised about it. A bunch of them actually started running themselves too.
Oops, gota go to work now…..see you later my loves!
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Say it from the heart!
Ditto!!! The freedom to wish happy holidays the way it comes from our hearts is much more sincere than having to censor oneself and say it in a politically correct way. I wholeheartedly accept all the happy wishes, not matter the (non)religious persuasion they come from.
Bring on ALL the happy holidays! :D
Oops, I did it again!
My shoes have not even cooled off and I’m signed up to come back to Santa Barbara in a year again. This time it will be for the full marathon, which makes me signed up and committed to training for (at least) two full marathons next year.
Oh man! This marathon kool-aid is some potent stuff!!! :P
Ready for SB Half
Though, apparently not ready for bed yet…. :/ It’s just past 12:30am here and the race starts at 7:15am. But who am I kidding?! I ran the full marathon on less than 4 hours of sleep, so I should be just fine for the half, right? Right! :P
At least our hotel is only 3 or 4 miles away from the start line, so it shouldn’t take too long (road closures notwithstanding) to get to the start line on time. The main reason I’d like to be there on time is to start with the 2 hour pacer. I’ll probably lose him at some point but I should at least try to attempt breaking the 2:00 mark, right? It’s a bit too ambitious but hey, what the heck…. Though, what ever time I get will be worlds better than last year’s 2:37 (or something like that), so it should be an automatic PR.
The weather is predicted to be perfect, just like last year. 47/67F and sunny :)
Which means, it’s going to be awesome no matter what :D
LA Marathon training W1D1/SB Half taper
Daily Sparkle curtesy of 4 quickie track miles to kick off the first official day of LA Marathon training and to keep milage low and legs loose for the Saturday’s half marathon in Santa Barbara :)
4 mi in 34:22 at 8:35 min/mi
1. Getting dark early can suck it!
2. Getting dark early can suck it!
3. Getting dark early should be illegal!
4. How do you like my pipe? ;)
Tonight’s Sunset from my balcony
Like I said, one or two times before, getting dark in the middle of the day should suck it and it should be illegal. That and the time change threw me in for a complete loop and I’ve been just kind of dragging my ass for the past week. Plus, I think that 5 months of marathon training have caught up with me a little bit :P
It’s kind of funny but it feels like I haven’t run at all in weeks, because I’ve ran so little since the marathon.
I’m almost a bit worried that I’m taking this half marathon on Saturday a bit too lightly. It just feels that after running so many 10 milers on almost daily bases and a full marathon with surprising results, that 13.1 miles is not such a big deal. But 13.1 miles is kind of a big deal, so what the heck is wrong with me?! I probably got a false sense of “oh, this long distance running is no big deal” after I had a beyond perfect fist marathon experience. I’ll learn a lesson soon enough…..this Saturday in fact!
Also, because I’m glutton for punishment, I’ve started training for the LA Marathon today, using the Hansons Method again. It worked for me the first time. Well, the modified version of it did. So I decided to actually follow it more precisely this time, especially for the speed and strength workouts, as I have a very ambitious time goal for the LAM in March. The rest I will still modify to some degree to better fit in my schedule (I’m not in the least as awesome and dedicated as this super runner) and or to listen to my body as to avoid injuries.
That’s all folks….for now. I have the marathon recap still sitting in the drafts. I promise to publish it soon ;)