#actuallivingscientist

Every blogger follows his/her own rules when it comes to how much to divulge about their personal lives online. I’ve tried my best to keep my professional life under the covers mostly because: (1) this is a running blog, and I’m not a professional runner (in case you haven’t noticed); and (2) even though it’s quite easy to find my full name through race results and whatnot, my name is still fairly common so it’s hard to stalk me. However, by revealing more about where I work and what I do, it would be pretty easy to find me. And that freaks me out a little.

Another thing I’ve shied away from is discussing politics on this blog, mostly because I don’t feel like I have too much original content to contribute. All I’d end up doing is posting GIFS, links to SNL skits, and retweets.

This is how I’ve felt for as long as I’ve been blogging (a total of ~10 years over 3 blogs), and ordinarily, I’d keep on keeping on. But these aren’t ordinary times. So, if you normally come here for running content, please excuse the brief detour into my work life — and also a slightly political sidenote.

Most of you know that I’m a scientist. I have a B.S. in zoology (with a focus on cell and molecular biology) and a Ph.D. in biology. After getting my doctorate, I went on to do postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley. I spent 11.5 years of my life researching the development of embryos, using what we biologists call “model organisms” – animals that can be easily raised in the lab. I was fascinated by the basic question of embryology: how does one fertilized cell become a multicellular organism? I eventually focused on a more specific question, which is how do embryos get their shape? How do we go from a ball of cells to a baby with a head, a gut, hands, and feet? From a biomedical standpoint, this kind of research can reveal potential mechanisms behind normal developmental events and also in abnormal growth and development, such as cancer.

After my postdoc, I took a short detour to work in legal consulting (accident reconstruction), but then came back to UC Berkeley to work as a staff scientist. The point of all of this is to tell you that I’m an #actuallivingscientist. This hashtag grew out of discussions from the March for Science movement discussing how we, as scientists, can do better in terms of science communication. One of the barriers to overcome is to make science more accessible to lay people. Another is to make ourselves more visible. Hence, the #actuallivingscientist hashtag. I posted this tweet a couple of weeks ago:

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I was uneasy about mixing business with pleasure, but I realized that it’s time to step up and speak out about science. There’s data from a 2009 study that reports 83% of Americans can’t name a single living scientist! Sadly, I doubt scientific knowledge has improved much since then. Maybe it’s naive of me, but I hope that even if one person reads this post and feels like they now know a scientist, that would perhaps help the cause of science communication, even just a little.

The main reason I’ve decided to be more outspoken and visible as a scientist? Well, even though I don’t believe science should be political, it unfortunately has become that way. Issues like climate change shouldn’t be a partisan issue, but they are. By coming forward and explaining our passions as scientists, I hope we can bridge the divide between researchers and the public. The goal is to work toward solutions based on hard facts and real data, not anecdotal feelings or lobbyist-funded policy.

The March for Science folks have been working hard to come up with core goals for a more unified march. These include:

  • Science that serves the common good
  • Cutting edge science education
  • Open and honest science communication and inclusive public outreach
  • Evidence-based policy and regulations in the public interest
  • Funding for scientific research and its applications

I really hope you will consider joining the march on April 22nd. The main march will be in Washington DC, but here’s where you can find a list of cities hosting marches. You don’t have to be a scientist to march! If you stand for the core principles stated above, then come march with us.

OK, this is the end of my rant. Thanks for reading!

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Kaiser Recap 2017

On Sunday, I ran the San Francisco Kaiser Half Marathon. It feels weird to be writing this recap because I hadn’t planned on doing it until 4 days before the race, and that’s because I didn’t officially register. The story is: I inherited a bib from a registered runner, who decided to go to Tahoe instead. I don’t think the race officially allows bib transfers, but we did it anyway. I’m not advocating this kind of thing (I’m usually an adamant rule follower)- so please don’t judge me!

Anyway, as I’ve mentioned, I haven’t been running very much since CIM. My weekly total has ranged from 3-16 miles per week for the last 2 months. However, I’ve been meaning to jump start my training, with the goal of running the Badger Cove Half Marathon in March. So what better way than to jump into a half marathon with only a few days notice? Some people Run Less, Run Faster, so I joked that I had been using the “Barely Run, Gain 5 lbs” half marathon training plan.

Given my total lack of preparation and general uncertainty about how much fitness I had from CIM training, my race strategy was to start conservatively and ramp up my effort as the race progressed. I didn’t have a time goal, though if hard pressed, I would’ve said 2:10 for best case scenario and 2:20 if I really fell apart. I was even envisioning some walk-run intervals if need be. The one thing I had going for me was experience – I’ve run Kaiser twice previously. So, I knew what to expect on the course – when to hold back and when to push.

One of the main motivating factors for running Kaiser was to be able to have post-race brunch with Cathryn and her family – plus it was Cat’s birthday the next day! So, regardless of what happened, I knew I’d eat some good food with a few of my favorite people after the race.

Pre-race logistics didn’t go as well as I had hoped but eventually things got sorted. I found Team Ramsden and wished them well for the 5K. I ran into Sesa and her friend E, both of whom were running the half, and chatted with them for a bit before we went our separate ways.

Since this was my third time running Kaiser, I won’t go into much detail. Here were my main impressions:

  • The first mile is always a crowded mess due to self-seeding, but luckily, things spread out by the time I left Golden Gate Park (GGP).
  • I LOVE the first 7 miles of this course! It’s basically a lap around GGP including the panhandle. This time, since I wasn’t all-out racing, I took my time and enjoyed the scenery.

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    Utter gorgeousness. (I’m surprised that this turned out so well – I took it while I was running!)

  • The weather this year was the most ideal out of the 3 years I’ve run it. It was 50 degrees and overcast for most of the race, with a very slight headwind on the Great Highway.
  • The volunteers were amazing! Many were friendly and enthusiastically cheering on the runners.
  • The last 6 miles are brutal. The out and back on the Great Highway is mind-numbing, and the last little hill before the finish line can be demoralizing.
  • My half marathon pacing skills have improved tremendously. Yes, I could’ve paced better (it’s good to negative split, but I was maybe a tad too conservative at the start). However, given my lack of training and how unsure I was about my fitness, I think I did pretty well!
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Excited to see Team Ramsden at ~ Mile 8 (photo credit: Cat)

OK, so what happened? I followed my game plan and started off going by heart rate. I wouldn’t let myself get above 150 for the first 7 miles. Then, if I felt good, I’d push a little more with each mile. I did just that and finished in 2:05:xx. It’s almost 9 minutes slower than when I ran Summer Breeze last August, but it far exceeded my expectations. I was also pleased with my race execution. I know it’s obvious, but it’s so much more satisfying to pass people at the end instead of the other way around (e.g., what happened at CIM).

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Gotta love negative splits (thanks Strava for the bar graph)

As promised, there was a fun post-race brunch at the Beach Chalet with Team Ramsden. Cat got a surprise PR following her own “Wine and Cake” fueling plan (trademark pending). You can read her recap here. It was a great morning all around!

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We’ve earned our French toast!

p.s. Did you run Kaiser? If so, post your review on RaceRaves by 2/19 for a chance to win a free entry into next year’s race!

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A quick update

Hi there! I’m still alive, even though it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything at all, and even longer since I’ve written about running. I can’t believe it’s almost February – time is flying by, and yet seems to be standing still (has it only been 10 days since Trump was sworn in??).

After CIM, I decided to take a break from running. I took a whole week off and then returned to short 3-4 mile runs a few times a week. I expected to return to 20-25 mpw by the end of December, but then life continued to get in the way. First, I went to Taiwan for almost two weeks. In the past couple of years, I’ve managed to fit in a 5-6 mile run every other day. However, this past trip, I encountered multiple problems, including a closed pedestrian crosswalk and a packed schedule. I prioritized family time over running (and will *always* do so). Even though I wasn’t running, I was still logging many miles walking around Taipei.

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Sunrise run in Taipei

I returned the the States on January 9th. It took me longer than usual to get over my jet lag, but I got a few short runs in the following week. I also signed up for a week of free yoga from Core Power Yoga in Berkeley. So for a week, I only ran twice and went to yoga 3 times! I was soooo sore. My plan is to go to CPY once a week; their Yoga Sculpt class is really intense and builds in strengthening with a bit of stretching and mobility. Perfect for runners.

I managed to get up to ~15 mpw post-Taiwan – not great, but better than nothing?! Then, this past week of work demolished any kind of routine I had established. Our annual conference at work, which my boss and I organize, ran from Wednesday to Friday, so I was working 12-15 hour days. This meant zero running. I’ve spent the last couple of days recovering and sleeping instead of running.

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A scene from our work conference – which was held in the historic Berkeley City Club

Currently, the Gypsy Runner are spending a couple of days in Cambria resting and relaxing. Yet again, I’ve been too lazy to run.

My desire to run (in general) hasn’t been overwhelming, though my waistline is suggesting that I should embrace the suck and start waking up early again. 😉 Oh, the other thing that’s sucked recently is the weather. It’s been unusually cold and rainy this January, which made it that much harder to get out of bed at 5:30 or 6:00 a.m. The one glimmer of hope came a couple of weeks ago, when I really had the urge to run trails. I ended up spending 90 minutes at Lake Chabot, and it was fantastic. The next weekend, the lovely Cathryn came over to Lake Chabot and I took her on a 6 mile route with new-to-her trails.

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The upside of all of the rain: green hills!

Thankfully, February is looking much less busy personally and professionally. I hope to get my trail base back, as I’m targeting Badger Cove for my first real race of the year. Hope your 2017 is off to a great start!

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Books 2016: Q3 & Q4

One of things I like about Goodreads is that it helps me track the books that I’ve read or listened to. Every year, they have a book challenge. For the past two years, I’ve pledged to read 30 books. In 2015, I didn’t quite make my goal and ended the year with 23 books. In my defense, I did have a weekly New Yorker magazine to read. I’m happy to report that for 2016, I easily met my goal (and then some) by finishing 36 books (33 read, 3 audio). For 2017, I’m increasing my goal to 35 books. (Pretty wimpy considering the average Goodreads challenger pledges 46 books for the year. But what can I say, I try to set attainable goals.)

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Instead of doing the detailed book updates I did for Quarters 1 and 2, here’s a quick run-down of the books I read in the latter half of 2016 (in chronological order of when I read them). Recommended books are in bold.

  • Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner (3 stars)
    I got this book at a yard sale while I was in Maryland. It was a perfect vacation/airplane book. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it (it’s about women who are part of a mothers’ group), but by the end, I found the characters really well developed and some of the conversations relatable and realistic.
  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (4 stars)
    I got this book at the same yard sale as Little Earthquakes. I thought the story was entertaining and full of imagination and whimsy. This was my first Neil Gaiman book, but I have a feeling it won’t be my last.
  • The Girls by Emma Cline (2 stars)
    So much hype associated with this book! It was an OK plot but the prose was too melodramatic for my taste.
  • The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood (3 stars)
    Starts off with an interesting enough premise, but I didn’t like the characters and was never fully invested in the “horror” of Positron/Consilience. Not Atwood’s best but a quick read.
  • Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones #3) by Helen Fielding (2 stars)
    I was looking for something to read and this was available on loan from the library. Mad has the same formula as the original Bridget Jones, but falls a bit flat. Maybe it’s because the blog/diary format no longer feels fresh, or perhaps because I can’t relate to a 50-something single mom who can’t seem to get herself together despite all of the resources she has access to.
  • Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron (3.5 stars)
    I admit that I put this book on my list mostly because it had the word “running” in the title and it was well-reviewed, which is super rare (in my experience). When Goodreads told me that the eBook was on sale for $1.99, I jumped on it.

    It was a good thing that I didn’t really know what this book was about (a Tutsi runner’s coming of age story during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994), because I’m not sure I would’ve been so eager to read it. I thought both the plot and prose were OK – not bad, but not great either. I spent the last quarter of the book trying not to cry, so keep the tissues handy, and avoid reading on public transportation like I did. The best thing about this book was learning about the history of Rwanda and the basis for the genocide without it feeling like a history lecture. The author seems to have done a great amount of research and was sensitive to presenting the story from a Rwandan perspective; at no time did I feel like, “Oh, a white American woman wrote this.”

    I would give it 4 stars, but it’s hard for me to say that “I really like” stories about genocide. But this is definitely a book that will stay with me for a long time, and I highly recommend it.

  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (4 stars)
    A lot of suppressed giggles on BART with this one. I enjoyed it more than Mindy Kaling’s first book.
  • Purity by Jonathan Franzen (2 stars)
    I managed to finish this book even though I didn’t enjoy 90% of it. I hated all of the characters and why were all of the mothers so unstable/smothering/horrible? The writing was fine but lacked emotion or grace. The one redeeming thing was that I liked the ending.
  • You’ll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein (5 stars)
    In the genre of comedian memoirs/essays, this one was a gem. Not as many “LOL” moments, but I found myself nodding, grimacing, and chuckling in sympathy to many of Jessi Klein’s essays. The topics range from the somewhat superficial and trivial (e.g., porn, lingerie, why women are obsessed with Anthropologie) to deeper issues (e.g., ignoring red flags in destructive relationships, following a passion even if it seems scary). What’s more, there were so many parallels between me and the author (and so many of my women friends), I instantly related to her stories. She doesn’t hold back and I admire her raw honesty.
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadman (2.5 stars)
    What I liked about the book: a new-to-me setting (SW Australia) and an engaging moral dilemma/conflict. What I didn’t enjoy: it was super melodramatic and drawn out, and featured ultimately unsympathetic main characters. It was pretty obvious to me how to solve the moral dilemma, but the main characters were very stubborn and emo for about a third of the book. I found this to be very frustrating. I can see why they made this book into a movie, which I think would be more enjoyable in a 2 hour format as opposed to an overly long novel.
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, translation by Richard Peavar and Larissa Volokhonsky (4 stars)
    I read this book for book club, but it had been on my radar for a while, based on the recommendation from friends. Things I loved: the talking cat, the absurd/magical realism and how well it’s pulled off, and generally all of the parts with Margarita, the Master, and Woland & crew. What I didn’t love: the Pontius Pilate sub-plot/parallel story and reading a lot of footnotes. I think I would enjoy this more upon a second reading; I’m sure I would catch things that I missed the first time.
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty (3.5 stars)
    This was on our family’s shared Kindle account – I was looking for a light read after The Master and Margarita, and this was the perfect palate cleanser. This book is like junk food that tastes good *and* is moderately good for you. While I was reading it, I felt like it was such a guilty pleasure, but I also found it well-written and well-paced. There could’ve been a whole lot of eye-rolling, yet this book stays slightly above the fray. I found the conflict and characters compelling as well. I’m definitely interested in reading more from this author in the future.
  • Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari – audiobook (3 stars)
    I love Aziz Ansari, so I had very high expectations. Unfortunately, Modern Romance was kinda dry and dull – it’s basically a synopsis of research that Ansari did (with the help of academics) on the world of online dating. I’m glad I listened to the audiobook version, because Ansari occasionally does one of his goofy voices or goes off on a tangent and those are priceless. It probably didn’t help that I listened to a good chunk of this book during one of my worst training runs for CIM (where I bonked hard).
  • 1984 by George Orwell (4 stars)
    This was our book club pick for November. I can see why it’s been so influential. Reading it as Trump was elected President was surreal and brought the authoritarian aspects of the book to a terrifying possible reality. Even though the overall feeling of the book is depressing, I still walked away hopeful that the government would never be able to quench human nature and its desire to be free.
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (3 stars)
    Full disclosure: I won a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway.
    Several friends raved about My Brilliant Friend, so I went in with very high expectations. I thought it was very readable, but I found it kind of boring at parts. Perhaps it reads better in Italian as well. Overall, what I liked most about MBF was the coming-of-age story about two young women in 1950s Naples – definitely a time and place I’m not familiar with, and I enjoyed learning about the cultural norms of the period.

 

 

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2016: Year in Running

More than a week late, but better late than never, amiright? I’ve enjoyed writing these posts over the last 4 years as a way to reflect on the past year’s running and to help me focus on goals for the coming year. (Here are the recaps from 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.)

Best race experience:
So many diverse ones to choose from! I loved pacing with TVRC this year, as well as setting new PRs, but I think my favorite overall race experience was the Healdsburg Half. It was my 40th birthday race, I ran my 3rd sub-2 half marathon, I finished really strong (especially as part of a 16 mile FFLR), I ate great food before and after the race, and last but not least, I had loads of fun with good friends. img_5964

Best run:
I’m going to cheat and say that the Woodside Ramble 10K was the best run, even though it was technically a race as well. Cat and I didn’t really approach it as a race, so I think it counts! I really enjoyed running through the redwoods and chatting. Plus the 10K distance was perfect – long enough to satisfy my need to run on dirt, but not so long as to exhaust me.

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Best new piece of gear:
Garmin Forerunner 235. It finds GPS much faster than my previous Garmin, plus it’s got a heart rate monitor. I like that it syncs wirelessly with my phone so I don’t have to manually enter data, nor do I have to hook it up to my laptop to sync. The bells and whistles (phone notifications) are fun and useful too.

Best piece of running advice received:
The things that have stuck with me the most this year have been a few quotes from podcasts I’ve listened to – words of wisdom about embracing the moment while racing, even when it “hurts” (in quotes, because it’s all relative, plus we’re choosing to do it).  Matt Fitzgerald’s How Bad Do You Want It? was also chock-full of great advice.howbad

Most inspirational runner(s):
This is a two-way tie among two friends: Jess and Angela. Jess had a terrific year of racing, storming her way around the country as she conquered her first 50-miler at Run Rabbit Run (CO), did a “recovery” half marathon a few weeks later – her 3rd best time- at Healdsburg (CA), ran a relay in Kentucky, negative split at the Philadelphia Marathon (PA), and ended the year by coming in first female at a 50K (I think it was in Kansas??). Angela worked her ass off all year (really, over the last 4 years) to perfectly execute the marathon that we all knew she was capable of at CIM. Oh, and she BQ’d by like 8 minutes. NBD. 😉

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
The time on the clock is just one of many ways to measure a successful race.

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Happy finishers! (Pacing at Tiburon Half)

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And now for the numbers:

Miles: 1,303 (Garmin Connect) — just shy of 1310 miles from 2013

Races: 14, in reverse chronological order

PRs:

  • 5K: Oakland Bank of the West 5K – 24:52 (33 second PR)
  • 10K: Danville 10K – 52:24 (27 second PR)
  • Half Marathon: Summer Breeze – 1:56:58 (1 min 51 sec PR)

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    Summer Breeze Half

Age Group Awards: 1 (2nd female at Crissy Field parkrun in January)

Reflections:
Though it wasn’t my intention at the start of the year, my big goal for 2016 ended up being to PR at the 4 major distances: 5K, 10K, half, and full marathon. I was able to get 3 out of 4 – not bad! I felt like I definitely could’ve run a personal best at CIM, but it just wasn’t my day for whatever reason. I wasn’t as disappointed as I thought I might be, mostly because I had just PR’d at Santa Rosa last year, and I know that so many things have to come together for things to go well at the marathon distance. I’m still interested in getting faster, but I think I’ll take a break from the “training” mentality for a while. I didn’t expect to like speedwork as much as I thought I would, so there might be more 5K and 10K races in my future! I’m also looking forward to spending more time on trails in 2017.

Happy 2017, y’all!

 

 

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Race Recap: Woodside Ramble 10K

Two weeks after running CIM, I decided to run a 10K at Huddart Park with Cathryn. Why? Well, I decided that a bit of trail running with one of my favorite runners/friends was just what I needed after almost a full year of intense training. Even though it was a race, we decided to take it easy, stopping for photos when we felt like it, and moving along at a conversational pace.

Cathryn has already written an excellent recap, so I’ve decided to do a, list of “10 thoughts I had during the Woodside Ramble 10K.”

  1. This is an amazing, gorgeous course through the redwoods. 95% of this course is what I think of as ideal single track trail running. I can see why it was sold out.
  2. That said, it’s also a tough course. Over 1000′ elevation gain over 3 miles, but mostly runnable. Cat and I switched to run/walk intervals to tackle the climb.
  3. Because of the elevation gain, and since I was still recovering from CIM, I was very glad to be doing the 10K and not the half marathon, which I ran in 2013. The 10K was the perfect amount of time to be out there, enjoying nature at its finest.
  4. Trail runners are so nice. We stopped for photos and one of our fellow runners actually stopped and offered to take a photo of the two of us.

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    Thanks to Let’s Wander Photography for the free race photos!

  5. The last couple of miles of the 10K had a perfect downhill grade – the kind that makes you feel like you’re flying effortlessly through the forest.
  6. Winter can be COLD, even in California. It was in the high 30s at the start of the race.
  7. If you run this race, plan to get there early. Both times I’ve run this race, there was a 30-minute line to enter the park.
  8. Beware of the post-race massage. I was charged $$ for what I thought was a free massage. Though, my legs did feel pretty good the days after the race – not sure if that was due to rest or the massage or both.
  9. I had *such* a great time with Cathryn – it was just what I needed! Getting to eat brunch with Margot and seeing Paulette and Kevin briefly was the cherry on top.

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    Enjoying post-race brunch at Alices

  10. I’m excited about running more trails in 2017!

 

 

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CIM 2016: Training Recap & Looking Ahead

OK, last post about CIM and then I’m moving on. I wanted to write a quick run-down of my training – basic numbers, what was good, and what was bad. Then, I’ll write a quick blurb about what’s ahead.

First, the numbers:
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Total mileage: 476.5 miles
Average weekly mileage (12 weeks): 39.7
Workouts skipped/missed: 2 skipped + 1 significantly altered (95.7% completion rate)

As I’ve mentioned before, I followed a plan from You (Only Faster) that called for running 4-5 days a week. I generally enjoyed the structure of the plans. Tuesday usually alternated between a long-ish time-based run and fartleks. Thursdays were the workout days. And then there were the long runs, which were scheduled for Sundays but I often had to switch them to Saturdays.

What I did well this training cycle:

  • Very high completion rate and did a decent job sticking to prescribed paces/workouts
  • Consistent mileage from week to week
  • Didn’t get injured/mostly healthy
  • Maintained motivation throughout, despite feeling burned out at times
  • A lot of road-specific training
  • Worked on mental toughness during long runs where I struggled

What could have been better:

  • No cross-training or strength training
  • No rolling, massage, or stretching (my calves were sooooo tight)
  • Nutrition went to crap about halfway through
  • Sleep – could have gone to bed earlier or been more flexible about moving my runs to the afternoon to get more sleep
  • Didn’t run any hills for a majority of my training all year

What to do next time (if and when):

  • Train for the course
  • Eat better
  • Sleep better
  • Quality over quantity when it comes to mileage
  • Go in more motivated/less burned out
  • Strength train and cross train during base building

While I was disappointed with my performance at CIM, I honestly don’t feel any of the regret/anger that I felt after Marine Corps in 2013. Sure, I think about what I could’ve done differently, but then I look at my training spreadsheet and think, “Man, that’s a *solid* training cycle.” (As a reference, I averaged about 35 miles/week while training for MCM in 2013, with significantly less race pace and tempo workouts.)  When I try to look for signs or indicators of a bad race day, I can only see two things: (1) that the Berkeley Half shouldn’t have felt as hard as it did, and (2) that my last long run also shouldn’t have felt as hard as it did (headwind or no). Maybe that cold I got 4 weeks out had residual effects? Who knows.

So, what’s next? Well, one thing I definitely thought about during CIM was how I should’ve done more strength work. In general, I kinda abandoned everything – cross training, strength training, rolling, stretching- for running. In a weird way, I’m glad that I didn’t do so well at CIM because it showed me that I had become a one-dimensional athlete, and that’s not who I want to be. My main goal (and why I run) is to be healthy for as long as possible. To do that, I need to be a well-rounded person, fitness-wise. That’s why I’m going to start doing non-running activities again (yoga, spinning, etc.) and head back to the trails. I’m thinking of taking on the Brazen Ultra Half Series in 2017 as my goal (it already started in November, but goes until Sept. 2017). To complete the series, you have to run at least 5 of the 14 toughest half marathons the Brazen puts on. It culminates with the toughest of them all – Rocky Ridge, boasting almost 4000′ elevation gain!

Yesterday, I started my journey back on the trails with Cathryn at Inside Trail’s Woodside Ramble 10K. We’ve both been looking for more joy in our running, so we decided to take it easy and run together (and walk whenever we felt like it). It was such a pleasure to run along the beautiful single track with a good friend, and 10K was the perfect distance to be out there. I’m looking forward to running more trail soon!

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You can tell we weren’t in “race mode” because neither of us would normally stop in the middle of a race for a photo op. Thanks to our fellow friendly runner who offered to take a photo of us!

 

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