• 39m 35s
  • 4.30 miles
  • 09m 13s /Mi

Fall down, go boom.

Ouch. This time hit chin, nose ("oh! My NOSE!"), hands, and right knee.

Good speedwork, though. Really got some good miles in. I have evening interviews that start right now, so I decided to do Fartleks between the time I'm off and the time I had to be back (less than a freaking HOUR). As I was running out of the park I caught my foot on a speed bump and whammo, right down on my face.

I make the Jimmy Durante nose look GOOD!

  • 1h 10m 56s
  • 2400.00 yards
  • 02m 58s /100 yards

1. I hate kick drills. I feel like I am BARELY moving. Did them with fins, but was getting blisters, so took the fins off.
2. I need to learn to kick.
3. The water aerobics chick took the third lane down 15 min before WA started. I think I'm going to write a complaint. Lap swim is 5 to 6, not 5 to 5:45. It's getting earlier every day. (Plus they don't open the doors until 5 anyhow, so you can't REALLY get into the pool until 5:05.
4. My other drills went REALLY well. Not as good as Tuesday, but not as rested as Tuesday either. Did 100 2:40 drills (leave every 2:40) and got at least a 30 sec rest each time. Did four then went down to 2:35.
5. There needs to be lap swim etiquette posted. Dude got in the lane at the wrong end, started swimming, then stood up when he saw me finish a drill and TOLD me to swim in a specific lane. Um, I like to be asked and deferred to since I was using the lane first.
6. Dude couldn't swim either so I was getting kicked and hit a lot or sucked into the vortex of his floundering. Figured it was kind of like Danskin, so good practice.
7. Saw Terry S, a former teacher of mine, naked in the locker room. I am really thrilled that you're all "If you've got it, flaunt it" about your body...but you ain't got it, so please don't flaunt it. She looks like a naked weeble with pubes.
8. Barbie Fry-Hair was also there flaunting it. Now she DOES have it, but still. There are three empty shower stalls. Why do you feel the need to soap up in public? I think that's just strange. Plus the girl SERIOUSLY needs some deep conditioner and to fire her colorist. Remember those Barbie Dolls that you could get a "curling iron" with that had little pieces of wire in their hair? Yeah. Like that. Oh, and I'd like to offer one piece of advice to tanning bed users; don't bend over in the's like a reflective strip.
9. I'd kill to have a body like that.

10. Came out to the parking lot, someone was parked so close to me I couldn't get in, and I was in the far right of my spot. Grrr. Thought, "I bet that's Terry S' car" and sho-nuff! She came out (blessedly clothed) and it was. She's one of these people who would never stop to consider, "Oh wow. I'm really close to that car. I'd better re-park so that person can use her driver's side door."

11. Finally got in my car, put her in reverse and a big landscaping truck stopped RIGHT behind me.

12. Hello. My name is Tory. I am Karma's Butt Monkey. Nice to meet you!

  • 1h 07m 13s
  • 16.00 miles
  • 14.28 Mi/hr

Of course the minute I get down the road it starts to rain. But oh well! It was a semi nice ride. Rode out to the Arlington Airport. There are a few pretty spots. I'm trying to figure out how to get to the Centennial Trail by bike. Didn't make it today as I had to turn around at 8 miles to get home on time.

The sun did come out at one point and I saw a beautiful rainbow.

  • 1h 02m
  • 6.10 miles
  • 10m 10s /Mi

Cold and rainy this morning. Better than cold and icy, I guess! I should have worn gloves, though. My hands were handsicles by the time I finished my run! I am loving that I finish in the LIGHT, though! I considering going and running with Teresa and Joyce, but they're doing hills and I plan to do speed work tomorrow, and that might be a bit much.

I have decided to do Couer d'Alene Marathon. Yay! It'll be a "training run". Last year, though, when I did Eugene as a training run I actually hit a PR, so I might just see if I can run straight through. I'll try to find someone my pace to talk to. I wonder if they have pace groups? Grandma's isn't my "A" race because I'll be running with my sister, who is slower than I am. I always figure you "just do it" when you're running with another. Don't set goals, and just have fun being with that person.

Gotta love our weather...Sunday ran in snow, yesterday ran in gorgeous sun, today ran in murky rain. Awwww Washington State!

  • 1h 22m 56s
  • 8.20 miles
  • 10m 07s /Mi

Two days ago I ran in hail and snow. Today I ran in a tank top and was hot (and not in a good way...).

It was wonderful!

  • 1h 01m
  • 2600.00 yards
  • 02m 21s /100 yards

Wowsa!! Even with rest breaks, 2:35/100 is amazing (for me)! Plus I did catch up drills ALMOST the entire time with every segment...I hate catch up drills, but I think I'm starting to feel the glide.

And today when I did the kick drills without a board (streamline drill) I did NOT drink half the poor or feel like I was drowning, or stop to restart. Could it be that I am, GASP, becoming a better swimmer?

Repeat 2x
1x50 Glide
1x50 Backstroke

Repeat 4x
1x25 Streamline kick drill
1x25 Catch up

Repeat 2x
100x8 goal of 2:20 w/30 sec rest
(I did every single one under 2:20. Best was 2:08 (sans w/fins was 1:45), worst was 2:15)

100x6 easy

  • 3h 44m 25s
  • 20.34 miles
  • 11m 02s /Mi

What a run! I started in Logboom Park where, as we pulled in, it started to hail. Not just "Oh cute! Look! Hail!" but "Fire and brimstone Armageddon" hail. It was AMAZING!! Before we even left, me running Roy on his bike, the ground was completely white.

About a mile and a half down the trail, I looked at Roy and he was SO miserable I stopped, grabbed a Starbucks card out of my shoe pocket, handed it to him and said "Go get warm and meet me back at the park in 90 minutes." Poor guy! He was soaked and frozen and I didn't want him to have to deal with that any longer!

I ran on through rain, snow, more rain, more hail, snow, more snow. It was really bizarre weather. I think this run wins the "Worst Weather Run In" award since Newcastle England when we went out along the Thyne River and got caught in a lightning storm.

I ran out five miles then back in, actually enjoying the run. The weather kept it amusing (cold and wet, but amusing).

At mile 10 I found Roy and Lisa back at Logboom. Lisa is magic because as soon as we started out to run the last ten, the sun came out! What was REALLY cool, though, was seeing the young bald eagle in the tree. Apparently him and Ratatouille were dining together. Two crows kept dive bombing him in an effort to divest him of his treasure. It was SO cool. Okay, seeing him tear Ratatouille's head off wasn't cool...but seeing the eagle so close was!!

Finished with an 11:03 average, which is pretty darn good. If I could do that for a marathon I could finish in my regular time. If I could push it I might be able to do a PR this year in Chicago. Of course I wouldn't have run 15 miles just a few days previous, so I feel it's doable!

  • 59m 30s
  • 6.03 miles
  • 09m 52s /Mi

Starbucks run! Took the long-ish way to hit six miles. My mileage is low this week because I didn't run yesterday in anticipation of running 20 today. I'm running 20 tomorrow, tho. Woot! Pumped about that!

Lost two pounds this week, too! Yay!

  • 1h 10m
  • 16.38 miles
  • 14.04 Mi/hr

I am SO proud of my ride today! I am generally a fair weather cyclist. Riding in the rain scares me, but of course I have to deal with the fact that I live in the rain capital of the world. So this morning Roy dropped Dulcy (the bike) and I off at work. He has a lock-in until midnight tonight with his students, and the easiest way was for me to cycle home. After all, the snow wasn't supposed to start until TOMORROW. By noon is was snowing up a STORM. (Heh. Yeah.) So I called him, "Uh. It's snowing. I've never ridden in the snow. I might need a way to get home."

He called a friend who is also a district employee and mom of one of his kids and another teacher and arranged for them to spell him if he needed to get me. Problem was, I'd have to stay an extra two hours at work..on a Friday...after already going to work 40 minutes early.

So I just decided that as long as it wasn't actively snowing heavily (which would translate to crazy snowblind PNW drivers), and there was no snow on the road I'd try. I would head to the trail. If it was too slick I'd just pull off into a coffee shop and wait it out until he could get me, but at least I'd try.

Well I made it all the way home! It wasn't snowing as I started to get ready, so I figured "I'm going for it." I emailed him to let him know, got my gear on, thanked God that I had both hand AND foot warmers in my pack (always ready!), suited up, headed out and...wha!?? It's SNOWING again! Oh well! I've come this far.

No real problems, except the neanderthal who felt the need to lay on his horn at me and yell for having the AUDACITY to be cycling on, what was apparently, his street. I didn't see his name on it, but maybe he lifted his leg on it or something yesterday and I wasn't aware. Asswipe. (I'm such a lady.) Dude you are passing me, the traffic is light, you have to actually only SEE me and maybe move to the far left of your lane for all of ten seconds. I think you need take a CHILL PILL! Of course it scared White Knuckle Tory about to death! So I willed myself to settle down because if I was tense, I was more likely to biff.

Didn't biff. LOVED the trail all covered in snow on the sides (most of the trail itself was just wet). It was really foggy so I had to take of my glasses. Unfortunately I stupidly left my light on my hat last time I ran in the dark (not always prepared!) so I only had my front light. Saw a beautiful hawk in the tree and stopped to ogle him. Trail was TOO SHORT, though, and soon I was back in the city. North Everett, no snow! Yay! A bit of rain, but not bad. Got to Legion Park and called Roy to let him know I was fine and near the highway (which scares me and makes him nervous) and I'd message him when I got home safely.

As soon as I started up again it started snowing and then it started HAILING! Big hail hitting me in the face! Glasses back on! You could put an eye out with that, Kid! I biked down to where it's easy access to get on the highway without having to lift the bike over the guard rail, hopped on and white knuckled it JUST a bit across. There are four bridges and the bridges have wooden slats on the walkway which are slick on a DRY day. Plus you can see the water and I always get this mental image of my bike slipping, sticking in the crack, and me pitching over the side into the Snohomish River only to be found by an innocent little boy ditching school for a day of fishing and peanut butter sandwiches. I really do NOT want to do that to a small child. (Or maybe I should stop reading so much Stephen King.) Last time I biked over the bridge I actually just skooched every time I was on the bridge (it's away from traffic so it wasn't bothering anyone) but this time I actually stayed on my seat, no skootching, and rode slowly. Hit all the bridges and my knuckles weren't nearly as white by the last one. I love the inbetweener part, though. It's a WIDE shoulder (like the width of a car lane) and it's flat and you can get going REALLY fast, which helps make up for taking the bridges at 3 mph.

As I was coming into Marysville the hail turned into heavy freezing rain. Made it in, even had my KEY, and was amazed that I was actually not at ALL wet from the knees up. I had bought some rain gear on closeout last year and wow, it REALLY works. My shirt was completely dry, and the pants I had on under my rain pants and my bike shorts, dry, even my hair was dry. (I, um, wear a Spiderman cover over my helmet 'cause it gives me Spidey Powers.)

Things I learned:

  • Need to have that light with me at all times.
  • Weather is a reason to be careful not completely cancel a ride.
  • Need some clear glasses so I can see in foggy and dark weather.
  • Need to pack one of my reflective vests in my gear because my rain gear is black.
  • I am not as big a wimp as I thought I was.

Actually it made me realize that if I can face this fear (the biking thing) and overcome it to the point of respect. I do RESPECT that cycling can be a dangerous activity and that I must be on my watch at all times and keep my machine in good condition. Then maybe I can learn to respect swimming in triathlons and NOT have a panic attack during or before each swim. That's a VERY exciting thought to me!

Now I am going to have coffee and watch the snow fall because you know how lovely a nice April snow can be! (WTF?!)

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