Category Archives: Health

5k and 10k Update!

Well, well, well.

I completed the 5k AND a 10k since my last post!

Miles for Smiles 5k

The 5k was a little rough for me, though I am not sure why. I just didn’t have the push to get nearly the time I had hoped for. I came in at 26:16:6, which I believe is at least two full minutes slower than my best. Perhaps I didn’t fuel correctly? I definitely could have slept better. I did take 3rd place overall for women though!

It is certainly not a favorite distance for me. I enjoy longer races. I feel like I am just getting into my groove when its time to push for the end of the race with a 5k. My speed work and track workouts are feeling better so maybe this will improve.

My 10k on the other hand, I had a blast at!

Cherry Garcia 10k

It was an evening race instead of a morning race like the 5k. Evening is when I prefer to do my training as well. It was over 97 degrees when we started the race! And it didn’t cool down much more by the end. Good thing there was Cherry Garcia Ice Cream at the end!

Due to the heat and the added strain that can put on a runner, I set a mild goal of 9 minute miles pre-race. I came in at 54:59.0. Below 9 min/miles for all but the middle two. I had to stop and re-tie my shoes for one of those miles. So likely that would have been a sub 9 mile as well had I been genius enough to remember to double knot my shoes. DUH! The evening race time slot seems to be a better time for me. And the heat actually felt just fine. There were plenty of folks who did not look so well out there, lots taking flushed walking breaks. I am glad my body seems to tolerate the temps well here in the desert.

Next up is the back to back 5 Mile race and Half Marathon in Cali. July 14-15! Can’t wait.


On your mark.

5k is in two days.

Funny how no matter what mileage and training I am at, a race makes me nervous every time.

I am thinking about it though and realizing that though I have run 5k’s and 10k’s I do not remember my times exactly. I wish I had written things down before. I am on the look out for any creative ideas for tracking my races. In running you really only compete against yourself in a non-professional running career. You can try to place but really you have to train for that by competing against yourself in training and past times. That is one fun part for me in races, but if I am not keeping good track of PR’s, how will I even know I am setting one?!


Wish me luck!

Running toward the light.

It’s practically Summer here in the southwest, we seem to skip Springtime. And what’s that have me doing? Run, run, running my winter coat away!

But, of course.

I love to slack off in the winter (okay, really I hate that I am slacking off in the short cold days but cannot seem to stop myself), but come Spring I grab my shoes with vigor again. I start looking at races, calculating how I can afford to sign up for them, which training plans I want to follow, read runner’s blogs with earnest, inventory whether I need new shorts or shoes and do research on top recommendations even though I ALWAYS buy Brooks, find myself grabbing Runner’s World and Trail Runners magazines in the grocery store line, start pestering friends to please come for a short run with me, and talk incessantly about running to strangers, family, and friends who don’t care about running, well,  about running.

Weeeee!!! Yay! Yippy!

So this year so far I have signed up for four races in the next two months:

  • 5k – Miles for Smiles in less than 2 weeks

  • 10k – Cherry Garcia in 4 weeks

  • 5 Mile – Golden Gate Trail Run on 7-14

  • Half-Marathon – Napa to Sonoma Wine Country on 7-15

Yes, you see correctly there. The last two are back-to-back. 5 Mile trail race near San Fransisco on a Saturday and a Napa to Sonoma Half the next morning. Should be, um, interesting.

One is road, one is trail.

One is flat, one has a 100 ft gain in first 1.5 miles.

One is vineyards, one is oceanfront forest.

One is slower, one is a good chip pace.


I love a good challenge. The 5k and 10 I am throwing in as part of my training regimen. The 5 Mile got thrown in for fun. The Half was always a goal. The Napa to Sonoma is a Destination Race that sells out each year on the very first day registration opens. I have been wanting to do this race for years. This year I got in in time. I have several other races I want to sign up for this summer as well. There is a dirty 10k that I hear is super fun in the foothills of the Sandias, I would love to do the Duke City Half again this October, and I kinda want to go crazy and do the world’s toughest 10k up the Sandias. A friend also just asked if I wanted to do the winter quad race as a team, which combines 4 sports in one race. Signing up for that could help cure my winter slack off hopefully.

Every year I say (to myself) I am going to do several races but often just train hard for one. Money is usually the factor, since it can add up, signing up for multiple races or long distance races. Then I look back the next year disappointed I didn’t try to do more. I am making this year the year to squeeze in all the races I can. Part of my push is also that I will be graduating next Spring and likely moving on the greener (pun intended) pastures. So I want to do as many of these desert runs I have been eye balling for several years as I can before I move.

Another thing I am setting summer goals for is backpacking….but that’s a whole other story for another day.

Wish me luck!


“Believe that you can run farther or faster. Believe that you’re young enough, old enough, strong enough, and so on to accomplish everything you want to do. Don’t let worn-out beliefs stop you from moving beyond yourself.”

~John Bingham

Weeds in the Garden

“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Or, even better yet… EAT THEM!

That’s right, I said it.


If you can’t beat ’em, EAT ’em.

Most weeds are edible at some point in their growth. Even tumbleweeds here in the Southwest!

U.S. Farm Subsidies

NWRT Photo Recap… UT hightlights.

And last but certainly not least from the summer 2011 Northwest Road Tour…

Blog Action Day: Food–Guess What? There’s Enough

Blog Action Day: Food–Guess What? There’s Enough.