Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I'm too nice sometimes...

So I have this new running partner. I see a whole lot of potential in her, especially seeing that she's bumped up her miles comfortably since we've started running together. Problem is, she's rotating out in December. Son of a $&(&#$! Typical. I always meet a fabulous person to lose them shortly after.

Anyway, she's a total runner and doesn't even know it. She even pushes a super cute little girl in a double jogger and can hang at a good pace. So, today we did a 9 miler and she's on the edge of signing up to do the Koko Half Marathon. The one I'm looking to kick some major PR ass in. She's worried that she wouldn't be able to hang, but I KNOW she can and that's where I'm near throwing my goal out the window. I am tempted to tell her that I'll run with her instead of trying to achieve a new PB. DAMN MY KIND HEART!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Lonely Road

I need a running partner. Long runs are so lonely and it definitely takes some mental fortitude not to walk back to the car and go home. Especially when the heat can be so defeating.

Bitch o' the day. That's all.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Week 7

Just finished the 7th week and am over half way through Hal Higdon's Half Marathon Training Program. Short and long runs are getting longer, more 400Ms, and time added on to tempo runs.

I'm feeling confident that I will finish the Koko Half Marathon feeling pretty good, and quite possibly a few minutes better than my PB. I'm finally not dreading running itself. I get nervous about the challenge of running faster and harder, but I'm focused now while I'm running on those two things rather than how awful I'm feeling for majority of the run.

I can't wait to see what I can do at the end of the program. There are so many things going on in 2013 that having a solid running base and cardio fitness will help immensely. Marathons, triathlons, soccer tournaments, oh my!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Family Affair

I think it's natural to want your kids to enjoy your hobbies as much as you do, so I'm always trying to find stuff we can all do together.

Hash running for adults is pretty wild and inappropriate, so I don't do them. You pretty much run, booze, and flash your boobs. Don't take my word for this. Just what I've heard. You also get fabulous hash names like "Tampon". I'd totally be game if I wasn't such a prude. They run trails and often at night! How cool is that? Being a shy one though, I have yet to participate in a hash run.

They do, however, hold family hashes. These welcome children with two legs and four (pet doggies!). Courses of different levels of difficulty are offered from stroller to long. The kids loves this! My boy takes off with the big kids and adults for the long course and Mia and I take the stroller course as I am usually the stroller, as you can see in the picture.

The family hash is pretty much like the adult hash where you have "hares" you chase on a marked course. These markings are usually shredded paper or cooking flour. Now, I'm not seasoned in this, so I'm not 100% clear on the how-to's, but with it mostly being held on off-road courses, you help each other out by shouting out "ON ON" when you see piles of shredded paper or flour, or "ON ON ARROW" when you see them with an arrow marking a change in direction. At family hash there is nothing cuter than a 3 year old hollering "ON ON" with authority. Mia refused, but she traipsed like a good little hasher through the boonies until there was too much mud, of course. Can't muss up the cute socks, you know. That's when the Mama has to get her weight training on and heft the diva on her back. LOL at my camel pack pulling in all kinds of directions. The ship that was my dignity sailed off long ago without me.

In the end, my kids are not afraid of getting a little sweaty and dirty as a family on a Sunday afternoon, and I may just be planting a seed that will blossom into a love of the outdoors with a side of physical fitness.

I think I may have found the mark where the kids will take off in healthy directions in their lives without me. ON ON!!