Still Running

After my crazy escapades in October and November (50K and marathon, respectively), I took December pretty easy. I did run. But between traveling to Scotland, Lucy being sick, and the holidays…well, I only got out a few times. But it was enough to kinda sorta maintain a bit of my fitness level. Fast forward to January and I’m well on track again. I’m up to 4+ runs/week and was out at Cougar Mountain again this weekend. I met up with a bunch of the people from my North Face training group and we had a great time! We did about 8 miles (1:45:00 total time, including stops)- not that far, nor was it fast. But we chatted and caught up while running through muddy quagmires, jumping over logs and dodging many fallen trees. The weather was a bit spotty- we started with rain, then it was dry and later on a few minutes of snow! At the end there were sun breaks and we all hung out in the parking lot with coffee and satsumas, courtesy of Ali.

Everyone is talking about the races they’ll run this year and what their goals are. So far, I’ve held back on any goal-setting. I may run a few races, but I have no specific target. I think that’s OK for now. As much as I love running, it’s nice to just be running as recreation. When you have your sights set on a race, you HAVE to get out there for your training runs. And it can be a grind. Presently, I don’t have to run any specific distance or time. I can just do it for fun. We’ll see where that takes me.

Today, I took Lucy to Green Lake and ran around a couple times whilst pushing the stroller. She did great and there was barely a peep out of her the whole time. I did 5.6 miles in about 49 minutes (8:45 min/mile). Pretty darn good for pushing a baby and stroller! And speaking of fun, there’s talk of maybe getting out on my snowboard again. Geesh, that could be ugly (it’s been nearly 2 years). Careening down a mountain in several feet of snow? Somewhat different than my current activities, but it sounds grand, doesn’t it?

Race Day Info

Several people have asked me for specifics about the race (start time, location, etc.). Here’s the North Face’s own site, which includes just about everything you might need to know. I expect it to take me 7-8 hours. That would put me at a finish time somewhere between 2 and 3 pm. But who knows…there are all sorts of variables that could affect my performance from the weather to my physical state. G and Lucy will be holding down the fort at the start/finish nearly all day (unless it’s pouring rain). If you decide to stop by, I’m sure they’d be happy to see a friendly face.

Riding the Pow Pow

I am WAY behind on blogging. My apologies. I am taking a much-needed relaxing evening at home. Between some weekend snowboard activities and a cold, I’m not moving very quickly today.

On Friday G and I headed to Whistler for another weekend of snow play. It got off to a melancholy start. We were supposed to travel with friends, but they had to cancel last minute due to some medical issues in the family. G and I were sobered by it all, and reminded once again to enjoy the time we have with our loved ones. Hence, we decided to head to Whistler anyway.

Another late night drive- we arrived after midnight with plenty of exciting weather on the way up. Saturday was spent snowboarding on Whistler Mountain, among massive Spring Break crowds. The lines were insanely long and the lodge was packed at lunch, but the snow was amazing so we had a great day regardless. Probably due to the Easter holiday, they all vanished and Sunday we seemed to be all by ourselves on Blackcomb Mountain. I overcame my ‘fear’ of Blackcomb and we had another good day, although my legs felt like rubber for most of the day.

It was a fantastic weekend for snow- tons and tons of powder, a rarity for this late in the season. I got lots of practice with my new board and new ‘goofy’ stance. G commented how nice it was to see me riding with a huge grin on my face. I still seem to be falling down A LOT. As such, I am covered in bruises and my neck is suffering from whiplash. In short, I hurt pretty much everywhere.

But I enjoyed my time snowboarding with G, a couple days away from home, and even some good dinners. The sheer beauty of Whistler is enough to leave a lingering smile on my face for days.

Another New Sport?

I’ve been thinking about trying rock climbing for a couple of years but just never seem to find the time to do it. Recently, it has been coming up repeatedly and I decided it is time to give it a shot. I researched the 2 climbing gyms in my area and decided on Stone Gardens (largely because they actually had a slot open for today’s class). So this afternoon at 3 pm, I arrived for my first time [ever] climbing.

There were 4 of us in the class and we spent the 1st hour or so tying knots and belaying. The next hour and change we practiced climbing. It was pretty terrifying at first. My heart was racing and I was pretty shaky. But I made it up the wall without too much trouble. The 2nd time I went up it went much faster, though I was still nervous.

I’m not 100% sure if I like it or not. I need to practice more and see if I get less scared. But I made plans to meet one of the other women in my class on Wednesday to give it another go. Another new sport? Only time will tell.