Some Possible Races

Thus far in 2008, I have been resisting committing to any races. I’ve finally got a few on my calendar and feel mentally ready for them, or at least ready to train for them! The specifics of my current possible races, are as follows:

Lake Youngs Ultra, 6/14, Renton, WA. I reserve the right to run 1, 2 or 3 laps depending on how I’m feeling. Each lap is 9.6 miles.
Seafair Marathon, 6/29, Bellevue, WA. This is an event that G and I have run just about every year for the past 3 or 4 years. This year, I MAY run the marathon, primarily as a training run. Alternately, I can always do the half, as I have in prior years.
Ragnar Relay, 7/25-26, Blaine to Langley, WA. Another event that G and I both plan to participate in. In fact, we are both part of an ultra relay team. Each runner will run somewhere in the range of 30 miles over the course of 24 hours (3 legs each). This one’s going to hurt!

By way of training, I’m doing very few trail miles. That’s probably OK based on my race plans as they’re mostly road surfaces. I’m putting in 30+ miles/week and my longest run at this point is about 15 miles. I hope to peak at about 20 miles for the long run (which may or may not be one of the aforementioned races).

If any of you are local, I’d certainly welcome you if you wanted to come spectate. There are also ample opportunities to help us with Lucy as we’re both participating in 2 events. Let me know if you’re interested. And don’t all volunteer at once.

Vegetarian Myths, Debunked

Here’s a neat little article on vegetarianism, which I’ve been dangling on the precipice of for several months (I’m still eating fish, so it’s not exactly official). I’m not very political about it, though my reasons lean much more towards environmental than ethical ones. Those of you who know me well know I’m not the world’s biggest animal lover. Nonetheless, I am finding my mostly-meatless-eating to be quite an education of sorts. Anyway, enjoy. And while I agree with the author that yes, bacon does smell good, I’m really not tempted to eat it.

Most Popular Names

The SSA has released their list of the most popular baby names for 2007. I always find it so fascinating! For the record, Lucy is #135 for girls. That doesn’t surprise me. What does surprise me is that Kennedy, Destiny, and Nevaeh were all more popular than that. Really? Kennedy? It’s better than Heaven (#263), anyway.

Lucy update

Wow, has it really been 2 weeks since my last blog post? Eek! Blame it on out-of-town guests. (And they’re here for a few more days yet, so don’t expect to hear much in the mean time). I just thought I’d update all of you on Lucy and her weight “issue”. We revisited her doctor today for a checkup on her weight. We had been using the inhaled steroid since the last visit. The results were really quite dramatic and her cough was 100% gone within a few days. So the good news is : Lucy gained 1 pound, 6 ounces in 2 weeks. Amazing! Even the doctor was surprised at how much she’d gained. Bad news? There is none. We have nothing to worry about, and suspect that fighting illness was the thing that was holding her back.

What a relief! I’d already decided I wasn’t worried about her, no matter what the scale said. But I’m thrilled that she’s back on track. Now if only this teething thing would end…