Crissy plus

Crissy plus is…running the normal Crissy Field route, plus…

Others (my roommate, Sarah, and her friend, Cheryl)

Wind and Sun (oy. Next time I leave for a run at 1:30pm, I’m going to put on some sun protection!)

Hills (I’ve discovered that the part of the half marathon route I ran today has a pretty sizable hill up from aquatic park, my “something new” for today)

Sadly, Crissy plus does not have stats. My watch, once a gift meant to inspire running, has stopped working.

I know it was 4.75 miles. I know that we went, on average, 13.5 minutes per mile for the first three miles, and a little bit around 14 for the last 1.75 (wind, hills). Honestly, though — does it really matter?

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Cardio intervention

Run Time: 38:15
Stopped Time: 0:10
Distance: 3.03 miles
Average: 12:38 /mile
Fastest Pace: 6:22 /mile
Behind Best Run: 38:15
Ascent: 146 feet
Descent: 182 feet

The great (moderately gluttonous) food tour of Seattle included (in no particular order):

We only had “convenient food” one night, after a late movie (and that was only because we thought all of the “approved” places on our list were closed).

All deliciousness aside, this was more food than we normally eat, and more butter than we normally allow ourselves in such a short period of time.  Though the hike the previous day was pretty strenuous, L&R wanted to join me on my training run to “sweat it out”. We went to Lincoln Park, and did a vigorous 3 mile loop around the beach, back through one of the parallel paths in the trees above. L&R eventually left me behind (in the picture above, they are ahead of me), but I kept pace with them for a good chunk of it. I’m considering this my sneaky speedwork day. Just in time for speedwork in the schedule, too! It felt invigorating to go faster, and also a little painful. After all of that food, I felt physically sick and a little more out of breath than I thought I should feel, until after the run (of course). As cleansing as a run can be, it feels hugely better when not consuming so much sweet/buttery/savory food. I’m looking forward to returning to a normal eating routine again.

15 miles in 2 days

Yesterday, after my almost 4 mile run, we fit in about as much urban walking as I’ve ever done in my life (guess: 6 miles). We took the ferry to pikes place market, then ran up the giant hill to watch the cupping at Stumptown, only to find out it was the wrong Stumptown…then ran to the right place, and met up with an old college friend I hadn’t seen in 10 years. After the cupping, she guided us through volunteer park, the arboretum, islands and finally, margaritas. That was a lot of unplanned miles logged…and today’s 4 mile hike at Mt Walker was not for the faint of heart. We have not wasted any time, and I most certainly crave an ice bath. The water that surrounds us is looking mighty appealing!

Finished Hike: Apr 29, 2012 3:18:28 PM
Hike Time: 2:15:09
Stopped Time: 4:04
Distance: 4.22 miles
Average: 32:01 /mile
Fastest Pace: 11:59 /mile
Ascent: 1832 feet
Descent: 1897 feet

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The hills of West Seattle

Finished Run: Apr 28, 2012 9:15:42 AM
Run Time: 49:47
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 3.45 miles
Average: 14:27 /mile
Fastest Pace: 11:23 /mile
Ascent: 298 feet
Descent: 263 feet

“Break the plan!”

“Break the plan!”

I woke up at 8 am to L&R’s chanting. L&R did not want to go running. Luckily, they also had to make decisions about the day’s activities, so I was able to sneak out while they were discussing. Glad I did! It was a bit hilly, but very beautiful, and just what my jetlagged body needed.

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Hanging with Sarah (Training Day 8)

Run Time: 30:16
Stopped Time: 0:27
Distance: 2.42 miles
Average: 12:30 /mile
Fastest Pace: 7:08 /mile
Ascent: 82 feet
Descent: 24 feet

When I first spoke with my current roommate, Sarah, she told me three things about her that gave me pause/admiration:

  1. She rides a motorcycle
  2. She snowboards
  3. She is a triathlete

And, yes, these three things almost predetermine the existence of a tatoo or two (she has one). I thought — she is way too cool for me. Then, I met her and learned that she was one of the more down-to-earth, warmer, friendlier people I have ever met. And she’s not too cool for me. We have watched Portlandia together, and I’m sure that if I told her I was having a “sparkle pony” kind of day, she’d get it. I couldn’t have asked for a better roommate.

One of the things that is wonderful and not scary at all about point #3 above is that she understands training, and even wants to go running with me occasionally. Today, we did a short run on Lake Street. We went a little faster than I’d normally go, but this early in the game, I’m giving myself a break.