Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
*Disclaimer* There's a whole lotta ugly race pics below. View with caution ;-)
The start - not too ugly yet in the white visor and cobalt jacket
downhills are already starting to hurt - getting uglier
Yeah, this is pretty much starting to hurt
I'm only smiling between leg cramps
and the bitter, ugly end - fighting leg cramps
and the truly perfect storm: all of the above conditions, after 15.5 miles, with salt in my eyes, cramps in my legs - and the guy goes and takes a profile picture of nose-less me while I'm bracing against the wind?! Man, that's an ugly race pic!
Thanks to Hill Country Rambling for the pics
Saturday, January 24, 2009
...ELEVATED FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS TODAY ACROSS SOUTH CENTRALTEXAS AND THE HILL COUNTRY...NORTHERLY WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH TODAY WILL SLOWLY SUBSIDE TO 10 TO20 MPH BY MID TO LATE AFTERNOON. RELATIVE HUMIDITIES WILL CONTINUETO DROP BEHIND THE COLD FRONT TODAY. BY THIS AFTERNOON...HUMIDITIESWILL RANGE FROM NEAR 20 ACROSS THE FAR WESTERN HILL COUNTRY ANDRIO GRANDE PLAINS...TO NEAR 30 ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS...TONEAR 40 OVER THE COASTAL PRAIRIES.
But the airport across from the park where we started/finished registered 30+ mph gusts.
The first 12.5 miles were pretty brutal, but went well. Then, when it got flat for a bit, I experienced awful calf/leg cramps. I ran through those for the last 3 miles, walking down hills and frequently stopping to stretch. My time was slow - 2:49:59 - but I wasn't really ready for this race and was just trying to make it to the end.
Speaking of looking w-i-d-e:
(I decided to go without a race belt, so I had gels, paper towels, and my phone (just in case, for this brutal race) stuffed in my front pockets).
When I returned home, I couldn't even nap, because my legs kept cramping for hours. I will have to determine what - besides killer hills - caused that and avoid it for next time!
Thanks to Tom Lake for the pics
Friday, January 23, 2009
George Brackenridge continued to donate land to enlarge the park. His gifts included Mahncke Park, which he asked to be named in honor of his friend Ludwig, as well as property comprising the today’s golf driving range (formerly the polo field). The park was further enlarged through the generosity of other donors. In 1915, Emma Koehler donated property west of the River where the Confederate tannery had been located. She dedicated the park to her deceased husband, Otto, who had owned the Pearl Brewery, and insisted that alcohol be permitted in the park. (By contrast, Brackenridge had prohibited consumption of alcohol in "his" park.)
History by: Maria Pfeiffer, Special Projects Officer, San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department
I'm a little nervous about tomorrow's Endurathon 25k. I'm really not trained up for 15.5 miles in the Texas HILL country, but we'll see how it goes. Here's a picture after last year's Endurathon (I volunteered at the 10.5 mile water stop - and was looking very w-i-d-e that day - wow). After all those hills, I'm bound to take a truly lovely ugly race pic in the morning!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
In other news, my New Year's Resolution to get more sleep isn't going very well. I tried to approach it like nutrition/diet and write it down to realize the truth. Average sleep (total - not including sleep walking or time awake during the night) = 4.2 hrs per night so far this year. Not good. But, I'm going to set myself up for success. Sunday, my new mattress gets delivered, which I will cover with my 600 threadcount sheets and I will sleep and sleep on Monday. Okay, maybe I'll work on topping 5 hours and taking Dingo the limping stray dog to the vet. Old Army mantra: Shoot the 50m targets first, then keep shooting. The dogs are psyched,though, that they are getting my old mattress (I think -until they realize I'm not on it).
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Next race: Endurathon 25k January 24 - a looong way away!
Monday, January 5, 2009
1. good sense: the ability to make sensible decisions and judgments based on personal knowledge and experience
2. wise decision: good sense shown in a way of thinking, judgment, or action
3. accumulated learning: accumulated knowledge of life or of a sphere of activity that has been gained through experience
4. opinion widely held: an opinion that almost everyone seems to share or express
5. sayings: ancient teachings or sayings
Ah, wisdom. That good sense, that judgment, that accumulated knowledge gained through experience. According to 18th-century philosopher Edmund Burke: "Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it." So, surely, one who knows her history would have the good sense and knowledge not to repeat it. By, say, running a 10k night trail run in February and following it up less than 12 hours later with another 10k? Perhaps, in the absence of wisdom, one would simply read this on the Cupid's night 10k trail run flyer and abstain:
Waiver and Release
I understand that trail running at night is hazardous. I know I could break an ankle or take a stick in my eye. I am also aware that if I am not in shape I could have a heart attack or stroke. I realize if I do not pay attention to the superior trail markings I could get lost. In no way do I hold anyone other than myself responsible for my well being during this race.
And yet, I am thinking of running these back-to-back races. At least Edmund Burke has me on this one: "Applaud us when we run, console us when we fall, cheer us when we recover."
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
The old school running crowd. It was chilly enough that I put on my jacket, but warm enough to run in a skirt!
Thanks to Tom Lake for the pics