London Marathon: Weeks 4-8 (Kaiser Half Recap)

Hello! I can’t believe I’m 8 weeks into a 18 week marathon training cycle and still haven’t cracked 13 miles for my longest run. But that’s the Hal Higdon novice plan for you. Hopefully my body will hold up to the increasing mileage in the second half of the training plan.

Here’s a quick run down of what’s been happening, followed by a short recap of the Kaiser Permanente SF Half Marathon:

Week 4 (Jan 14): 12 miles run/19 on the plan. Only two runs and one Orangetheory (OTF) session this week because I left on Thursday for Germany. The long run was 9 miles on the treadmill.

Week 5 (Jan 21): 0 miles/21 planned. What happened? Germany happened. Whomp whomp.

Week 6 (Jan 28): 19 miles/18 planned! 3 runs, including the Kaiser Half, plus one OTF session.

Week 7 (Feb 4): 23.5 miles/24 planned. 4 runs (including an 11.5 mile long run on the treadmill!!) plus one OTF session. My right knee felt pretty beat up after back to back runs on Saturday and Sunday. I’ll have to be more diligent about prehab (rolling and stretching).

Week 8 (Feb 11): 18.3 miles/25 planned. I changed the schedule so that this was a step back week, knowing that I would be in Las Vegas for 5 days for our national sales meeting. Last year, I packed 3 sets of running clothes and only ran once. This year, I managed to go twice (yay me!) — they were short runs, but something is better than nothing, amiright?

It’s pretty clear that when I’m traveling for work, my mileage takes a nosedive. I have very little control over my schedule, and even when I do have time to run, sometimes there’s no practical way for me to do it (e.g., when I was in Germany). Unfortunately, I have three more weeks of travel coming up (L.A., Hawaii, San Diego), but I’m hopeful that my schedule will be more forgiving for those trips!

2019 Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon – Race Recap

I’ve run Kaiser 5 times. It was my first sub-2 hour half marathon in 2014. In 2015, I ran it to celebrate Cathryn’s birthday. In 2017, I received a free bib (shh, don’t tell anyone). In 2018, I mostly ran it to test my fitness and have brunch with friends. And this year, I thought it would be good to build in a couple of half marathons leading up to London.

Because I’ve run this race so many times, I’m extremely familiar with the logistics and the course. I got to the lot by Ocean Beach (near the finish line) by 7am, just in time to get a parking space. The weather forecast wasn’t great – rainy and windy – but it held off for quite a while (*foreshadowing*). I wore a dollar store poncho anyway, just in case it started pouring down rain before the race started, since I still had more than an hour to wait. I took a yellow school bus to the start (thinking about Cat all the while), walked to the toilets, then went back toward the bag drop. Along the way, I ran into bt, who was signed up for the 10K. I dropped off my extra layers – including the poncho – so of course that’s when it started raining!

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I enjoyed my dollar store poncho

I met up with bt again and we made our way to the front-middle of the crowd. Since I hadn’t been doing any significant running in ages, my very humble goal was to: (1) finish, (2) hopefully finish under 2:20, (3) negative split if possible.

At 8:10, the race started. I took my time and stayed at an easy effort, saving my energy for the second half of the race, which is a mind-numbing out-and-back 6 miles along the water. This was the first race ever where I decided to listen to an audiobook, because I knew I wasn’t going to be racing-racing, and because I really needed to get through Michelle Obama’s Becoming before I returned it to the library! (BTW, I loved it. 5 stars.)

The weather was OK for the first half of the race. There was intermittent drizzle but nothing too terrible. I took my first gel at 4 miles. I took in Golden Gate Park as we ran towards the ocean – this is always my favorite stretch of the race. It’s so serene and also downhill, which always helps!

After getting to the ocean, I mentally prepared myself for the out and back. I know this sounds odd to a lot of people – and it did to me as well before I ran Kaiser – like, what’s so bad about running by the ocean? First of all, it’s extremely straight for 3 miles out and 3 miles back. It feels like it goes on forever. Second, this is the most exposed area on the course is and even if it’s not raining, it’s usually fairly windy. Third, if it’s raining, then it really sucks. I’ve been lucky that only once have I run in terrible weather at Kaiser (2014), but unfortunately, my luck was up again this year. As I got to the ocean, a heavy mist was hitting us. It felt like sea spray directly from the ocean, except that we were a good distance away from the water.

The rain came in spurts – it was miserable. I kept telling myself, “The faster I run, the sooner I can get out of this.” I took another gel at 8 miles. I broke down the out-and-back into manageable chunks and kept pushing towards the finish line. Thankfully, the headwind on the way out became a nice tailwind on the way back.

Finally, the last turn up into GGP arrived, and with it the mile 13 marker. I picked up the pace in the final tenth of a mile and finished in 2:16:44. Yes, it was my slowest Kaiser Half by quite a lot, but I had met my goal of finishing under 2:20 (significant only because I’m pacing a 2:20 half on Saturday 2/23), and I had managed to negative split.

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Happy to be back in my warm, dry car

I took my wet, tired self over to Angela’s for brunch. Angela also ran the 10K – you can read her report here, and bt’s report here. I’m a big fan of this race for a lot of reasons – they mail your bib to you, so there’s no extra trip for bib pickup. The registration is quite reasonable compared to other races in the area. All proceeds go to charity, and the volunteers are great. The race organization and logistics are solid. The course isn’t too difficult, nor is it easy, and the timing of the event makes it perfect for an annual “rust buster” race.

This year’s shirt is very thin, but I really like the colors and the design. I may wear it as a layer as opposed to a running shirt. G1LU4Vw7SM6PJvmSaXDxjA

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Mile splits

Official Results:
2:16:44 (10:26/mile)
Garmin – 13.24 miles (10:19/mile), 249′ gain, 617′ loss
2238/4043 overall, 861/1820 F, 104/247 AG (F 40-44)

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Germany Travel Tips

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One of my favorite photos from the trip — the love locks on Eiserner Steg (the Iron Bridge) in Frankfurt

Hey all! I’m back from Germany. It was a great trip, a bit colder than I’m used to, but thankfully nothing as insane as what’s been going on in the Midwest and East Coast. I was in Germany for 10 days: 2 days in Freiburg, 5 days in Wetzlar, and 2 days in Frankfurt. (I know that only adds up to 9 days but I swear I was there for 10.) Basically, it was a week of work, sandwiched between two weekends of play.

 

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Adorable Freiburg

Before I forget, I wanted to write up a few observations and surprising things about Germany — kind of as a note to self, but also for others who might be traveling there in the future. In no particular order:

Getting Around (Trains)
If you decide to take the train while in Germany, I found this post to be extremely helpful in terms of explaining all of tips and tricks of German train riding, from figuring out where to get on to how to determine which seats are reserved. Even though I’ve taken trains all around Europe, it was still good to refresh my memory on the right way to do things (SO important in Germany). In addition, the Deutsche Bahn Navigator app was a lifesaver for planning and reserving tickets between cities. It was also useful for intracity travel — more than Google maps. For example, it gave me step-by-step directions from my hotel to the Frankfurt airport, including ticket prices and all of the stops along the way. All ticket machines had English directions, and almost all took credit cards. The only one that didn’t was the tram in Freiburg — it only took debit cards or cash.

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My jet lag was pretty bad, I could hardly keep my eyes open. LOL. (At the gate in Old Freiburg)

Cash or credit?
It was surprising to me how few places took credit cards, so be sure to have a decent amount of cash on you. Like many countries, the more urban the area, the more likely they take credit cards. However, even in Frankfurt — the financial capitol of Europe — there were quite a few restaurants and cafes that were cash only. Most restaurants will have the Visa/MC logo on the door if they take credit cards. Otherwise, you’ll want to ask before you order.

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Dinner with friends in Freiburg!

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Fresh pasta with truffles…yum

Tipping
Another big surprise to me, despite having been to Germany before, is that you are supposed to leave a tip for food service and other services (hotel maid, taxis, etc.). For small bills, like coffee, it’s fine to round up to the nearest Euro. However for actual meals, it’s good to tip 10-15%. I had read this online, and then my friend VH, whom I was visiting in Freiburg, reiterated that point. She had worked as a server in college and lamented that many people – especially tourists, but even some Germans – didn’t know that you’re supposed to tip. Similar to the U.S., servers don’t get paid as high of an hourly wage, so they do depend on tips.

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Old Town Wetzlar before dawn

Restaurants & Cafes – What to Expect
Unless a “please wait to be seated” sign is posted, assume that you can just seat yourself. A server will bring you a menu, and then return to get your order. They will NEVER serve you tap water (how gauche!), so assume if you ask for water, you will be asked for still or sparkling, and it will cost 2-3 euros. When you’re ordering, keep an eye out for how much each item costs, because when the bill comes, you will usually have to pay the server right there and then. This process made me super anxious, as I had to do the math in my head and tell the server exactly how much change I wanted back. It’s customary for the server to walk around with a big wallet of money, hand you the check, you pay upon receipt of the check, and they give you change on the spot. You shouldn’t leave the tip on the table, like you would here in the States, but instead give it directly to the server when you’re paying. If you are paying by credit card, you’ll need to tell them the total before they charge your card because there’s not a separate line for tip in German credit card receipts. The good news is that all items are listed with tax included, so you should be able to figure out in advance how much to pay.

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A view of the Lahn River and the old Cathedral (Dom) in Wetzlar

The other thing I had to get used to was the pace of eating in Germany. Similar to the rest of the Continent, they do not rush you… so expect every meal to take at least 1-1.5 hours. You won’t get the check until you ask for it.

Hotel Breakfasts
Both of the hotels I stayed at included breakfast. On the bill, they were listed at about 5 Euro, and they were well worth the money. Germans take their breakfasts seriously. Having stayed with Germans this trip and previously, there was always a huge spread even at home. A typical German breakfast consists of: eggs (scramble, hard boiled, soft boiled), sausage, fresh bread/rolls, sliced meat (salami, prosciutto, smoked salmon), sliced cheese, fruit, jam, Nutella, yogurt, granola, juice, tea, and coffee. I loved it!

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I loved the fresh bread and tiny packets of Nutella. And yes, that’s a packet of Philadelphia cream cheese, with herbs!

 

Misc
It was fairly easy to get around with my minimal level of German. Most people speak English, and if they didn’t, it was usually fine to gesture. If I was about to speak to someone in English, I would always ask, “Sprechen sie Englisch?” (Do you speak English?). It’s more polite and less jarring. I was lucky to be around Germans for most of my trip, so that when I got to Frankfurt and did some solo travel, I was more or less OK.

As for the cities I visited, Freiburg and Wetzlar were both really charming. The old town (Aldstadt) in each city are exactly what you think of when you think “quaint German architecture.” Frankfurt is more of a urban area, but it still had it’s own charm. I stayed near Römer (the old city hall) which was a really nice area, and I highly recommend it. A lot of sites and restaurants were within a short walk from my hotel. The cathedral, though, was probably the most plain one I’ve seen. A lot of it was under renovation, but still… luckily, there’s no fee to walk through, so not much was lost there.

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Römer (Frankfurt)

For cheap “souvenirs”, I went to the supermarket Rewe to stock up on chocolate bars. Many people also buy Nutella (they use less sugar in Europe, according to a friend) and Haribo gummy candies. I found that the supermarket had way more variety and was cheaper than Duty Free at the airport.

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I know we can get these brands in the U.S., but I swear they’re better from Europe!

I did zero running while I was in Germany. I hope to write a separate running post later this week. The latest news is that I ran a half marathon on Sunday and didn’t die. Yay!

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London Marathon: Weeks 1-3

Less than 15 weeks until the London Marathon! Eeek! What I love about the Hal Higdon Novice 1 training plan is that it starts off very, very slowly… which is exactly what I needed for the almost two weeks I was in Taiwan (weeks 1 and 2). Normally, December weather in Taipei consists of temperatures in the high 60s to high 70s, with a mix of rain and cloudy days — i.e., perfect for running. This year’s trip was the first time in my experience where it rained almost every single day. Luckily, I was staying with my sister and she has a fitness room in her building with 4 treadmills in it. These treadmills were a little janky, but they got the job done. I’m normally OK with running up to an hour on treadmills, but for whatever reason, I couldn’t make myself run longer than a 5K. The one time I set my mind to running 10K, the treadmill kept stopping on me every 10 minutes. I couldn’t just jump on another one because you have to go sign out the key from the front desk…and I just couldn’t be bothered.

Getting a little more personal (which I don’t often do on this blog), my mom’s mental and physical health took a nosedive towards the end of the year. Running was a double-edged sword – it gave me the time to myself and the physical exertion that I needed, but I also felt really selfish about taking more time than absolutely necessary. Since I don’t get to see my family very often, every minute I spent running meant a minute away from them.

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On one of the rare, sunny days when my mom felt up for an outing to her favorite park in Taipei.

So, going back to the subject of marathon training, I was really relieved that the first two “long runs” of the cycle that I skipped were only 6 and 7 miles long. Week 3’s long run was only 5 miles (!!), so I ended up trying to make up for lost time with a 7 mile run.

Here’s a quick run-down (pun intended) of how Weeks 1-3 went:

  • Week 1 (Taiwan): 3 runs for a total of 9.2 miles. Target was 15 miles.
  • Week 2 (Taiwan): 4 runs for a total of 11.3 miles. Target was 16 miles.
  • Week 3 (back in US): 3 runs for a total of 13 miles + one cross training session (Orangetheory). Target was 15 miles. Getting closer!
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California sunshine makes for a nice long run

Just as I’m getting back into the rhythm of things, I’m leaving again! I fly to Germany tomorrow for 10 days. It’s for work, but I’ll also be visiting friends while I’m there and doing a little solo traveling. I’m excited, but the running logistics are difficult. For one thing, it’s going to be much colder than I’m used to. Average high temps will be around freezing, with lows in the 20s. The week that I’m working, I’ll be busy during daylight hours and there’s no treadmill in my historic (read: old) hotel. (There aren’t even toiletries!) The other obstacle is that I’ll be doing a lot of train travel, which means a smaller bag…which means I can’t bring too much stuff. I’ll already be packing for 10 very cold days. On the other hand, I would love to be able to tour the cities by running – I may end up just bringing one running outfit and my lightest pair of shoes, and if I end up running more than once, I’ll have to re-wear the same clothes. I’m counting on the cold weather to suppress the stink!

So, I may or may not be running for the next 10 days. To ensure I get my long runs in, I intend to run tomorrow morning (9 miles), before my flight, and then run when I get back. I’ll probably be too jet lagged to run the day I get back, but maybe I’ll get up super early the next day and get my run in (10 miles) before the work week starts. We shall see.

Tschüß!

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A New Cycle

Today is Christmas Eve, but it also happens to be the first day of an 18-week training cycle for the London Marathon. Eek! My goals for the race are simply to finish, to enjoy the running tour of London, and to not be too sore afterwards, so that I can enjoy sightseeing in London (and not walk around for a couple of days like a zombie). I already have a decent amount of travel in early 2019 planned that will interfere with training, so I’ve decided to go with a super chill training plan – Hal Higdon’s Novice 1.

GZb5XKxdTDuvXlkM40PkAwI trained for my first marathon (CIM 2012) using Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 plan and it served me well. Looking at the plan, I can already predict that the Wednesday mid-distance runs (up to 10 miles) won’t be happening, so I’m going to be doing doubles on the weekends. I’ve also recently started going to Orangetheory Fitness, which I’m enjoying as a cross-training/strength training addition to my running routine. I’ll probably fit those in on Wednesdays or Fridays.

Anyway, just thought I’d write a post to officially kick off marathon training. Maybe it will get me into the right mindset to start working a little harder than I have been?! This year has been dismal in terms of running mileage, so I’m not motivated to write a “year end” post… but we shall see.

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it, and Happy 2019 to all!

 

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Race Recap: OktobeRun 5K

I’ve been so bad about blogging lately, but I sincerely thought I could post a recap of this race within a month of running it. Turns out I was wrong. Also, the shorter the race, the less material there is, and so this will be a very short (but hopefully sweet) race recap.

Even though I’ve only run one 5K a year for the past few years, I decided to sign up for the OktobeRun 5K (my second this year) for three reasons. One, I’ve been slacking on the running front and anything that would get me out the door on a daily basis would be good motivation. Two, friends were signed up and there was a good chance of brunch after the race. Three, I’ve paced the half marathon before and knew that it was a logistically well-run event, and a relatively short drive on Sunday mornings. It also helped that the race proceeds benefit the Redwood City schools, and registration prices weren’t crazy high.

Early Sunday morning, October 28th, I woke up and headed over to Redwood City. Bib pick up was a breeze, and I started warming up around 7:00, thinking that the race started at 7:30. As I finished my warm-up, I heard an announcement that the half marathon was starting at 7:30, and the 5K at 7:45. Dang it! Oh well. The nice thing about a 5K is — I don’t really care as much, so it wasn’t a big deal that I mis-timed my warm-up.

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Pre-race shot with bt, E, me, and Angela (who wore a sweet costume!)

I met up with friends before the race and chatted until it was time to line up. Angela and I went towards the front of the corral, which I’m glad we did because I had forgotten how narrow (and therefore congested) some of the route was. Plus, when I paced the half marathon, it was the 2:20 group and we took our time. A 5K is a very different story.

At 7:45, the gun went off and so did the 5K runners. I let Angela go rather early on, knowing she’d be at least a minute/mile faster than me. I settled into what I thought was a “decent” pace – which for me is between 8:00-9:00 min/mile these days. My C goal was to finish under 27 minutes (and not blow up), B goal under 26:30, and A goal was to beat my time at the RTTEOS 5K from 8 weeks earlier, 26:13. I had no real reason to think I could achieve my A goal, since I hadn’t been running more (in fact, Sept and Oct were very low mileage months for me). It would mostly come down to mental strength.

The course was an out and back course, starting in Downtown Redwood City, running over Highway 101 to the Bay Trail, then a small segment of the residential area of the Bay Trail before heading back to the Redwood City. It isn’t a very scenic course, there’s a few sections of gravel, and two “hills” – one overpass and one fairly steep and narrow pedestrian overpass that just about everyone walked up and down. So, compared to the RTTEOS, which was fairly flat (some gradual inclines and small rollers, but nothing crazy) and paved, OktobeRun was on paper a more difficult course. However, I think the fact that field was larger (466 finishers vs. 104 at RTTEOS) made the whole experience more mentally engaging. I always had someone to chase down at OktobeRun, whereas I ran most of the last mile of RTTEOS on my own.

My splits were: 8:35, 8:32, 8:22, then 7:25 for the last sprint, finishing in 25:46. Woohoo, A goal achieved! My Garmin only registered 3.04 miles, but the GPS trace for Downtown Redwood City was pretty atrocious. (It thinks I ran through several office buildings. I definitely did not.) I decided to count it as a victory, Garmin be damned.

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Yay for both feet being off the ground!

We celebrated with post-race brunch at a nearby restaurant/cafe. It was a delightful morning! I would definitely run this race again.

Official results:
25:46 (8:18/mile)
8/17 AG, 30/246 F, 100/466 overall

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Gear Review: Garmin vivoactive 3

I had a Garmin Forerunner 210 for 4 years, and I was less than 2 years into the Forerunner 235 when I came upon extreme watch envy: the Garmin vivoactive 3.

Technically, my friend HW was wearing the vivomove HR (rose gold trim with white band), but I was immediately impressed by the sleek design. I didn’t even know it was a Garmin! I did some research and found that the vivomove didn’t have GPS (a no go for me). However, the vivoactive 3 is similar in design -though not quite as stylish – and has GPS and a heart rate monitor.

While I was seriously tempted, my frugality ruled over my vanity, and I decided to hold off on the vivoactive 3. I still had a working Forerunner 235 after all, even if it did look a little busted up.

Then, shortly after my initial research, Amazon Prime Day rolled around and guess what was on special? The vivoactive 3! Even better, the Gypsy Runner offered to get it for me as a super early birthday present. What a guy. [Insert emoji with heart eyes here.]

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Forerunner 235 (left) vs. vivoactive 3 (right)

So, I’ve had the vivoactive 3 for 3 months now, and here’s how I feel about it so far (mostly relative to the FR 235):

Pros:

  • I love the design. It looks like a normal watch as opposed to a fitness watch. The face is smaller, which is less overwhelming on small wrists like mine.
  • The HRM is much improved compared to the 235. It seems more stable and accurate, so far.
  • The display has a better designed, I like the color screen.
  • I like that the default notification is a vibration, not a beep.
  • Strap doesn’t get as gunky as the 235.
  • I can control music more easily from my watch. (I think there was a way to do it on the 235 but I never figured out how.)
  • Sleep tracker works better than the 235.
  • Additional fitness activities: 20+ on the vivoactive 3 vs. 4 activities that were available on the 235.
  • Customizable everything (sometimes this is a con).
  • Super fast charge time. I can get a full charge in under an hour.

About even (vs. 235):

  • GPS finding – still fast on the vivoactive 3.
  • Garmin Connect wireless syncing, including sending workouts to the watch.

Cons (vs. 235):

  • Need to recharge every 3-4 days, whereas I used to charge my 235 once a week. However, since it charges so quickly, I can get by with short charges every other day (like while I’m in the shower or brushing my teeth).
  • The strap/back of the watch can be a little uncomfortable at times (gets stuck against my skin).
  • Too many options – can feel overwhelming.
  • No basic interval workout setting like in the 235.

I don’t get why there’s both a touch screen *and* a sensitive wheel on the left side that essentially do the same thing. Seems redudant. I’m also still trying to figure stuff out, like how to get iPhone notifications while I’m running (at least the phone calls are still coming through). However, overall, I really like the vivoactive3. I think it’s a nice combination fitness + lifestyle smart watch.

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There are a million different watch faces to choose from. I decided on this one.

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The Last 2.5 Months

Hey! Yes, I’m still here. Life has been good, but super busy. Here’s a quick recap of the last 2.5 months – in running and non-running news:

August:

  • I paced the 2:20 group at the Brazen Summer Breeze Half Marathon, finishing in 2:19:39. This was only 2 weeks after Dirty Dozen, and probably the worst I’ve felt during an easy half marathon. Probably because I was still recovering? (DUH.) I was relieved to finish on-pace, and to have helped several runners finish strong.
  • I traveled to exciting Merced, CA for my first workshop. As part of my job, I have to do several of these workshops a year, where I give a presentation on a specific product, then do a series of hands-on demonstrations. This one was short and sweet, a nice and low-key intro to the experience.

September:

  • I raced a 5K at the Race to the End of Summer (RTTEOS) in San Jose. I’ll be honest, I did this mostly for the post-race brunch with SP, bt, and Angela. But it was also nice to run a very short race on a COOL day on a course where I’ve struggled mightily in very hot conditions previously (see: last year’s RTTEOS 10K and this year’s Dream Mile Marathon). I finished in 26:13, good for 3rd in my age group (40-49) and 9th female.

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    Happy finishers at RTTEOS

  • Work was really insane in September. The first week, we had the grand opening of our new office in South SF. Big wigs flew in from all over the U.S. and Germany, so the pressure was on! The next week, I flew to Philly to attend a training. The week after that, I flew to Honolulu for my second workshop. The last week of September was spent catching up with all of the odds and ends from my time away, and getting ready for my first BIG workshop at UC Berkeley.
  • Did I mention I was in Hawaii for a week? 4 days of work in Honolulu and 2 days on my own on the North Shore. I couldn’t convince the Gypsy Runner to come with me, so I did some exploring on my own. I also gained 2 lbs. from all of the food I ate!

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    The North Shore is so ugly. 😉

  • The GR and I celebrated our 8th dating anniversary. Woot!

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    Nothing says true love like bread pudding and peach cobbler a la mode

  • We got an Instant Pot. I’d love tips and recipes if you have any to share.
  • I got an email from Strava with the depressing stat that I only ran 42 miles in all of September. Some of that I blame on work travel, and some I blame on my own laziness. More on this below.

October (so far):

  • Last week was my first “real” workshop, where I had to give a talk on a technology that I’m not super familiar with (#impostersyndrome in FULL EFFECT), and lead ten 2-hour demo sessions throughout the week. Fortunately, one of my colleagues from SoCal came up to help me. He’s an expert on the system, so he answered all of the questions I couldn’t. Compared to my last two workshops, this one was more stressful because I had to be on my game at all times, because the audience was much more advanced and knowledgeable (sorry for the shade, UC Merced and University of Hawaii, but it’s the truth). Anyway, I’m happy it’s over, but I have to do it all again the week of the 15th at UC Davis. The good news is that the UC Davis workshop is my last schedule workshop for the year.

So, I wanted to write a quick blurb about fitting in running amidst work travel. I’ve been in my new-new position for 5 months now, and while I really enjoy it, it has been hard on my running routine. When I was still training for Dirty Dozen, I managed to fit runs in, but there were whole weeks where my weekday mileage was below double digits because I just couldn’t fit in any runs. This is especially true when I have to travel to the East Coast for work. Usually, I don’t mind getting up early to run, but I draw the line at when I have to get up at 3am Pacific Time *and* still have to be functional at work. Most of those days on the East Coast start at 8am Eastern Time — and we often have work dinners at the end of the day. So, the best I can usually do is walk on the treadmill for an hour after dinner, while I’m still digesting. Could I run at 9 or 10 pm? Sure, but I don’t tend to sleep very well when I run so late in the day.

Even when I’m in my own time zone, there are weeks (like this past week), where I would’ve had to get up at 5am to run. I know that some people are really good at getting up at the butt crack of dawn to get their runs in no matter what, but I’ve decided that it’s not worth it to me at this point in time. If anything, I should get better at going out for post-work runs, or just being more flexible in general about running whenever I get a chance instead of being so regimented.

Anyway, it’s a work in progress. While I don’t have any specific goals in mind, I would still like to run 3-4 times a week, 15-20 miles total. I also know that my work schedule will ebb and flow, and that this has been a particular busy couple of months. Fortunately, things look lighter in November/December. I hope to take advantage of that and start rebuilding my base for London at that point.

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Random photo of the GR and I from September, posted just because I think it’s a nice photo of us

 

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