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This post goes out to all the interested geeks at this year’s OLS (Ottawa Linux Symposium). In honor of my marathon coming up in a week an a half, I’m hosting 2 linux coder runs. Join me in the beauties of taper (running less so your poor tired legs recover by marathon date) I run at roughly 11-12 minutes per mile (5-5.5 mph, 7- 7.5 mins per km, 8-8.5 km/hr) so these will be nice leisurely jogs with walk breaks unless enough speed demons show up who want to be their own group. Here are the times I am suggesting:

Thurs, July 24, meet in Les suites lobby at 8 AM, leave within 5-10 mins. Walk to Rideau canal trail as warm-up, then run out below parliament on the Ottawa river for about 20-25 mins, and return. Aprx 4-5 miles, 6-8 km. Should be back to les suites by just after 9 AM.

Sat, July 25, meet in Les suites lobby in time to LEAVE by 7:30. Walk to rideau canal and then run out along the canal, hopefully getting as far as the lake before turning around. Run out for 45-50 mins and return.  aprx 7-8 miles, 11-13 km. Should be again back to les suites by 9:15 ish.

For more details, email me at first name at last name dot org.

Short post, will elaborate later.  I’m just back from the 26 mile training run and I DID IT!  🙂  feeling quite a bit stiff and sore, but excited and SO ready to do it all again in 3 weeks (wait I have to do it all again in 3 weeks?!?!?)

I’ve once again not been a stellar blogger.  I actually had some WORK to do at work, then I spent all last week procrastinating writing newsletters and reports, and didn’t have much writing braincell activity left for blogs  😛

My training continues to progress.  We had our last 10 mile run Saturday, and it went kind of okay.  My right knee started hurting again not too long after the turnaround point, and I decided I really didn’t care  😛  It seemed like a good time in my mind to figure out how well I could deal with it.  I backed off a little from the stream of chatter and just really focused on my stride, making particularly sure NOT to let myself limp or slip into a funny gait.  And lo and behold, my knee didn’t get any worse, and seemed to get slightly better.  So I’m feeling a lot better about my ability to get through it for the actual date (august 3rd no longer seems forever away!), no matter what.  And we finished in perfect time, exactly 2 hours for the 10 miles.

Only problem with lifestyle lately has been motivation and sticking to the whole REST of the lifestyle.  I guess I go thru slums even WITH a major race on the calendar, but the past few weeks (since the 23 miler if the truth be known) its all I can do to stick to the running plan.  Cross training has fallen off to almost nothing, and well..  with 4th of July and such, my eating has been a bit indulgent.  But the scale is firmly holding still so I’m not worrying much.,  This week I shifted my runs a day earlier to get some extra rest before the last long run.  Melissa wont’ be there, but I’ll team up with Monica and Ekta, and probably the 13 min per mile SF team and actually try to do all 26.  My plan is to run 20-23 with our reduced ratio, and then walk in the rest.  I’m really hoping I will do well and get back into things again.  If not…  well, I had these slumps all along in my lifestyle change and I know they’ll pass.  Sooner or later something with spark me off again.

On the yarn front, spinning continues to be where the interest is (tho I have gotten 2 things finished enough to write up) and I *gasp* actually knit a pair of socks with some of my handspun yarn.  I checked in with Knitty and they’re eagerly seeking patterns for knitty-spin, since it seems spinning went and got popular now that the knitters from the last boom are looking for something new.  So no pics of those socks, hopefully you’ll see them in December in the winter Knitty.  if not…  😛  well I’ll put them up one way or another.  I’m also playing with some intentional striping effects in some other yarn, with one strand having very looooooong slow repeats, and the other color makign smaller band stripes, for a funky ombre look.  Haven’t gotten thru the spinning yet, let alone the knitting, so no pics (and really, I may just become a Knitty junkie and send that one there too…  😛 )  Here’s some pics of recently finished yarn:

Homespun yarn

Its been a while since I posted…  again… I hit a bit of a slum over the past week or so and wasn’t really feeling like blogging.  Here’s the running update so far:

June 19: I hit the realization of the OTHER reason I have to go running in the morning.  Seems the shade falls where I run in the morning, and its all roasting sun if I get lazy.  Not to mention it had been hot and it just didn’t cool down til like 11 at night…

June 21: 23 mile run with the team.  Uh, no, I didn’t forget to update my longest run to date…  23 miles just didn’t happen.  We went up to SF because we’ve run out of trail in Los Gatos at 20 miles, AND the weather was supposed to be ungodly hot.  Melissa was on a camping trip so I joined the SF pace group.  WOW, BIG.  I think there were like 15 people running in one big mob.  And boy are they hardcore.  Despite coach insistence, we set our watches for a 3:1 ratio (supposed to walk 2 on the psycho-long runs!)  Luckily the San Franciscans know nothing of heat, and thought it was hot at 72 degrees and quickly saw reason and switched to the slower pace.  Then the real problems hit.  Seems this pace group has taken the rather deadly concept into their heads that if you wait until you’re thirsty to drink, its too late.  They guzzled water down, and every 3 miles or so (literally every available toilet) about half the group got in line to empty their bladders.  5+ mins just standing around, trying not to get cold.  Combine this with a really hilly course along Fell and lake, and well…  my knees just up and quit on me.  I tried dropping back to a slower group, but before long it hurt just to walk, and at 12 miles (when I caught up to the pace group JUST WALKING as they stopped at YET ANOTHER TOILET) I knew I was done, and the group advised me to stop before it got worse.  So i trudged the half mile back to basecamp, really upset with myself and my body for needing to quit.  Now don’t get me wrong, on race day I’d have kept going AND MADE IT – it wasn’t a horrible ouch something’s broken pain, it was just muscle overuse strain in the IT band area, but….  6 weeks to race day you just don’t push an injury during training.  but it really hurt somehow to have my body crap out on me.  I checked in with both coaches back at the start point, who assured me that its safe to run on the kind of pain I had on a race day (but also good to stop that day) and foam rollered out my hurting right outer thigh.  I was feeling pretty dead AND discouraged.  I felt MUCH better after 20 miles than I felt after just those 12.  Couldn’t even really stay awake at the midsummer party we attended afterwards.  And of course by the next day, my RIGHT knee felt fine and EVERYTHING ELSE HURT!

Over the next week, I didn’t run much.  I as limping a tad now from LEFT IT band strain, and didn’t feel like pushing it either  Thurs I was barely okay to get going, and took Peter with me for moral support.  We ran the first half of 3 miles, then walked it in.  I did drag myself to Saturday’s 8 mile recovery run, and ran about 6 or 7 of the miles.  Thankfully I didn’t feel all that bad after that (and I made sure this time to foam roller out even the parts that didn’t hurt yet!) and seem to be up and running today.  And of course in denial of my human frailty I decided to take fewer walk breaks (couldn’t find my watch) and still sprint the last bit before my cooldown.  😛  I guess I needed to prove I’m still able to do this at all.

Anyhow…  😛  I’m kinda surprised at how much one little setback knocked my mood down.  Seeming like I’m back on track now, but…  anyone have any suggestions for how to not get discouraged by a bad run?  This is the first major training run I’ve missed or not finished (though I’ve walked the ends of several) and for some reason it just felt like total failure.  I’m a bit unnerved and could use some ideas for how to get over it!

SF AIDS Marathon 2008

On August 3, myself and about 500 other runners will complete the San Francisco marathon in an effort to raise $1,000,000 for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. This is the culmination of nearly 2 years of lifestyle changes and weight loss for me, and a chance for me to use my new-found energy and fitness to give back to my community. I hope you will join me in this effort by reading and offering your support through my blog. If you are able, I also welcome your contribution to the cause! Thanks and keep on running!

Progress Bar:

Marathon time: 5:40:22
Total Raised: $2,815.70

My Sponsors

I'd like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their support of the SF AIDS Foundation!

Dianne Whitfield of the Bunny Hay Loft

Ulf Anvin
Rob Millner
Scott Lamb
Jeff Barlow
Erika Duplantis
Nick and Carol Esser
Kathryn Mercer
Nicole Pauls
Kathryn Coll
Timothy Berger
Susan Druding
Jenny Forman
Kathryn Mulgrew
Jamie Piperberg
Lucia Sanchez
Fran Taillon
Douglas Leeder
Barbara Kirsch
Ellen Atkinson
Valerie Esser
Peter McCourt
Carla Schroder
Sandra Spicher
Matthew Wilson
Valorie Zimmerman
Kathryn Kramer
Roxanne Seabright
Gayathri Swaminathan
Jason Spiro
Dianne Schoenberg

Thank you so very much for your support!

July 2008

Knitting projects!