Tuesday, August 12, 2014


A blog stay-cation...
After carefully considering this for a while, I've decided to take a little blog break -- at least for a couple of weeks until after Dumbo (Labor Day weekend).

I've been very regularly posting 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, for just over 5 years (since Aug 10, 2009 I just realized) and I feel like I'm running out of things to say that speak to my core purpose of helping other chunky runners get out there and move.  Also, the changes in Facebook over the last year have really diminished most bloggers' visibility, which limits new readers getting fed back to the blog itself and has caused a lot of prior readers to not even realize they've lost touch -- we've just faded away from the news feeds of many.  It seems like the bloggers that continue to have vibrant communities either 1) need to pay for coverage (no thanks) or 2) have to work really, really diligently commenting in a variety of places and constantly posting new content.  As much fun as I've had sharing the things I've learned (and stalking runDisney), I've still got a day job that I love (and that pays the bills).  :)

A couple of weeks off will either re-energize me or show me that maybe it's time for a change.  I'm usually not a fan of change but, in this case, I think it's worth exploring.

BTW, I'm not completely gone -- it's just a blog break.  I'll still be commenting on Facebook and Twitter so look for me there.

Monday, August 11, 2014

doing the double . . .

Saturday run - 2.97 miles in 1:03, Pace: 21:22
Sunday long run - 10.3 miles in 3:50, Pace: 22:35

That was a lot of running.  Whew.

Happily it was overcast yesterday and we started early so it was humid but not completely miserable.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

keeping at it . . .

Wed training walk - 1.5ish in 30 min
Pace:  22+ish

It was another oppressively hot one in the ATL yesterday, plus the air was barely moving during run time.  That was rough.  But a nice big group came out, we all slowed down and got our time in.

Some days, it's harder to get out there than others.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

crazy days . . .

Monday training walk - 1.31 in 30 min
Pace: 22:52

I ended up just walking on Monday night, letting things heal up.  Yesterday was such a crazy day that I didn't even realize until quite late that I never posted.  Oops.

We're coming down to Dumbo soon AND work is heating up.  That's a recipe for a crazy August so I might be a bit spotty anyway...

Monday, August 4, 2014

well, almost . . .

A fine spot to stop . . .
Saturday long run - 8.91 miles in 3:29
Pace: 23:28
Adjusted for stops*: 3:14 with Pace of 21:59

I didn't quite make it to my target 11.2 on Saturday.  Early in the run (before 6 am), I took a little tumble.  Nothing broken or dire like that, but a nice little case of road rash.  Ouch.  The best part about running in the dark -- when you fall, you can't really see the blood.  (Again, looked worse than it was.)  It was handy to have a fellow Sparkle fan on the run though -- she made sure I didn't get any blood on my skirt.

Final inventory: Bruised hand, scrapped knees, road rash on arm and any number of achy spots.

But I got back up and mostly ran to 7.2 (support stop), walked the new 1.7 and then was just toast.

*Stops included a little clean up time at McD's for this one.  Again, no Sparkle was harmed in this outing!

Friday, August 1, 2014

down to 2 . . .

I only have 2 more long long-runs before Dumbo.  This weekend, then in 2 weeks, then 2 more weeks to Disneyland.  Eeek.

I've got an 11 mile run planned for tomorrow.  C is in town and it looks like we're going to pick up one more runner (faster peep coming back from an injury).

Think good thoughts...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

a little grumpy . . .

I missed run last night -- on what sounded like it was the most perfect night of this ATL summer! -- due to an inconveniently timed conference call at work.

I hate when real life gets in the way of the fun stuff.  But I made up for it this morning with a super hard work out.  (Yawn.)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


I was in Phidippides the other day, buying socks and moaning about how I can't keep my nice white Balega's nice and white.  (Someone suggesting occasionally boiling them in vinegar -- yeah, that's going to happen!)

Anyway, Kevin (the fabulous manager) suggested switching over to gray.  Uh, duh.  Why didn't I think of that?  I don't like short black socks but gray goes with my sneakers (and most colors).  What a fabulous plan!

It's the little things, right?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

the joy of monday . . .

Monday training run - 1.4 miles in 30 min
Pace: 21:35

It was super toasty but not as humid here in the ATL last night.  We headed into the hills.  That's hard on a Monday -- so it was run/walk the first half and walk/walk the second.

Actually, I think any run is harder on a Monday.  It's easier to not get enough water during the day and Mondays can be taxing, at least to me.  Too many emails and too much scrambling to get the week started.  So it's good to go out for run, especially on Monday, but it can be rough.

Side note:  Dumbo is just a month away.  Corrals, waivers, final race instructions are all showing up and I'm getting jittery.  I was so much more ready for this last year.  That said, it will be a fun trip regardless.  (Yay - mini break.)

Monday, July 28, 2014

success . . .

Blue House with Butterflies
Because I couldn't get my camera out fast enough
for the
really odd house seen on run...
Saturday long run - 7.5 miles in 2:49
Pace: 22:24

After last week's rain-out, it was good that M and I got out and did our target miles.  Slow and steady but finished.

We actually walked so different than usual things were achy afterwards.  I really think C is right -- run/walk alternates muscle groups and is a little easier on the body for long runs.  (She's back from her travels this weekend. Yay!)

Friday, July 25, 2014

food friday . . .

Dinner last night was made up of primarily Herb Blend salad with whatever else I could find in my fridge to go on it.  (Hey, it was raining when I drove home last night and I was wearing cute shoes -- so no grocery stop.)

It was ok.  I liked the spicy taste but I didn't like the spiky leaves and twigs.  I know the non-romaine options have more nutrients (and I don't like raw spinach) so it's hard to find a good match for me in the range.

In other food news, I found out this morning the Weight Watchers is discontinuing my Peach Oatmeal (= M-F breakfast at work). Nooooooo!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

perks of running . . .

Wed training run - 1.27 in 28 min
Pace: 22:05

My weeknight run group meets at The Galloway School here in the ATL (not that Galloway -- it was started by his dad).  It's located on a park and right behind the Chastain Amphitheater.  Lots of trees and paths . . . and rolling hills (so many hills).  But it's a very popular park in the heart of Buckhead and a great place to run.

One of the big advantages of keeping this location is that our runners are super lucky to have great, free parking -- even when concert-goers are paying a premium for the same right.  (Although the night that Sting played a few years ago, none of us could even get to the run -- streets were backed up for miles in every direction.  Happily most of the time, it's just a bit more congested and you have to dodge peep with picnic baskets on the sidewalks.)

But it's good to know people!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

sum sum summertime . . .

These hot hot summer months are a continuing challenge.

I saw someone online last night in one of my fb run groups asking how a night person can get motivated to do crazy early morning runs.  My answer: live and try to run in the ATL in the summer!

I've never been a morning person but I would rather get up at 4 am and be running and done by 8 am than be out there on a sunny Saturday morning much later than that.

It's also funny that when people join our Saturday group, at first they're distressed to hear how early we start for longer runs (later in the schedule) but by the time we get there and the reality of temps (coupled with other weekend obligations) sets in.

Early is good.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

the power of the group . . .

Monday training run - 1.2 miles in 26 min
Pace: 21:22 

Super steamy run again last night but at least it was a bit overcast.  I've got a really fun run group this quarter.  Of course, they're always fun but this group seems to have a higher percentage of people that actually show up from week to week!

Runs are definitely better with peeps.
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