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.

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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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Seattle-bound! Or, am I really planning to go off “The Plan”?

In just 11 short days, I’ll be Seattle-bound for a mini-vacation of sorts. I have been planning this trip for months now with two of my good friends from Maryland, L and R, far before I even dreamt about the 1/2 marathon. We have a spreadsheet of activities, so I know that this will be good.

The list of activities includes:

Touring

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Hiking in Mt. Rainier

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Kayaking

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Eating/Drinking Coffee

While I realize that I have really fun, adventurous friends, none of these activities lends itself well to training. Le sigh. I told them I’d train anyway, but realize that I may need this to keep up with them:

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