Monthly Archives: July 2010

Gorgeous Day Out There!!!

You don’t get to choose your days off…well, I have lucked into some nice weather for my 4 day weekend. I slept in a bit, then got out for a run around 1030. The humidity seemed nil, and the temps, while warm, was still so manageable.

I did a short run, my 6.4 mile ‘around the block’ to test out some new trail shoes.
These are the discontinued Montrail Vitesse:

So why do I have a brand new pair of a discontinued shoe model?

Way back in 2007, I signed up for Massanutten. This was pre-lottery, all you had to do was sign up. I bought these Montrail Vitesse with the idea of wearing them on the tough Massanutten rocks. Then, when someone at work quit, my weekend training schedule was blown to bits. I withdrew very early from the race since I knew I had no chance to train well for the race. And the Montrail Vitesse shoes sat, in the very back of my closet.

Since I’m running The Ring in September, this seemed to be the perfect time to dust off these new shoes. And since I will be running at Cooper’s Rock State Forest where the trails are quite rocky, I am taking them along with me.

So I decided to give the shoes a shake down “trail run” today. My back roads loop is more of a dirt/gravel road than pavement. I wanted to make sure these shoes wouldn’t cause blisters or any other issues.

The Vitesse is kind of a clunky shoe. It has this strange little design feature, this form fitting internal bootie. I had to tighten up on the laces to minimize heel slippage, but that was all. My feet felt a bit warm in them.

And my, what a gorgeous day for a run! Fluffy puffy white clouds in a blue sky. Breeze blowing. Flocks of finches in the thistles. Butterflies munching on horse patties in the road. I truly appreciated the scenery and beauty out there. I’m so lucky to live out in the country. One vehicle encountered in my 1.5 hours out there.


20 in 10 Update

I returned home. I decided to go to the town pool, to work on my swimming. This is one of my “20 in 10” goals. I found my goggles (and bathing suit) and after showering off the run, went to town to the pool.

It wasn’t crowded, which was nice. But I immediately noticed my shoulder issue.

I fell, at the Laurel Highlands Race, in June. I took the brunt of this on my right side. At the time, I had some sharp pain in my shoulder. It has lessened, although I have not been able to sleep with this right arm under my pillow as I like.

It was immediate apparent that I still have an issue going with the shoulder (maybe rotator cuff) as I attempted to swim, and use that range of motion.

I managed 7 laps. As a non-swimmer, I think I did okay. I think I need some help. I don’t have the breathing down at all. And the shoulder kept hurting. I stopped quite early because I didn’t know if this swimming would be actually helping or hurting the issue. I may look into a co-worker (she’s a lifeguard) maybe helping me learn how to put my face in the water properly.

But hey! I’m working toward that goal now!!!

Blackberry Season Continues

I returned home. The weather was still fabulous. I decided to go pick blackberries still in the damp bathing suit, since the weather had not gotten out of control. The husband and dogs joined me, and I picked yet another 4 cups or so of blackberries. This has been our best season yet. We’ve had just enough rain, at intervals, to get the fruit out there.

A very enjoyable day off. I’m now packing the vehicle for the running/camping weekend at Cooper’s Rock State Forest West Virginia tomorrow!

Look at thosy rosy cheeks! No makeup needed on the trails, indeed!

I didn’t get out for a trail run until noon. I had domestic duties to attend to, at home. But with the cold front that went through, heck, it was only 80 F or so and low humidity at noon-that’s some nice temps these days!

A very nice trail run. It was around 8.5 miles long, this perimeter run on my “normal route” at Salt Fork. I run it so I hit the campground bathrooms about mile 5 for water replinshement.

So I finish the run. And I’m not very tired. At all. Which means, it tells me, I need to kick it up a notch. I should be tired after 8 miles of trails.

It’s time to train, folks! Time to get a little faster, so I’m a little more tired on this normal trail run!!

Look at thosy rosy cheeks! No makeup needed on the trails, indeed!

I didn’t get out for a trail run until noon. I had domestic duties to attend to, at home. But with the cold front that went through, heck, it was only 80 F or so and low humidity at noon-that’s some nice temps these days!

A very nice trail run. It was around 8.5 miles long, this perimeter run on my “normal route” at Salt Fork. I run it so I hit the campground bathrooms about mile 5 for water replinshement.

So I finish the run. And I’m not very tired. At all. Which means, it tells me, I need to kick it up a notch. I should be tired after 8 miles of trails.

It’s time to train, folks! Time to get a little faster, so I’m a little more tired on this normal trail run!!

Look at thosy rosy cheeks! No makeup needed on the trails, indeed!

I didn’t get out for a trail run until noon. I had domestic duties to attend to, at home. But with the cold front that went through, heck, it was only 80 F or so and low humidity at noon-that’s some nice temps these days!

A very nice trail run. It was around 8.5 miles long, this perimeter run on my “normal route” at Salt Fork. I run it so I hit the campground bathrooms about mile 5 for water replinshement.

So I finish the run. And I’m not very tired. At all. Which means, it tells me, I need to kick it up a notch. I should be tired after 8 miles of trails.

It’s time to train, folks! Time to get a little faster, so I’m a little more tired on this normal trail run!!

Training Training Training

Well, it appears I am in “The Ring”. What is this? Well, it’s kind of a Fat Ass Run…except with support. It’s a race…kind of. It’s more of an event, maybe?

This is a club event, members only, of the Virginia Happy Trails Club. It’s a 70 mile run on the Massanutten Trail…you know, the same trail that the Massanutten 100 Trail Run is on. But it’s only 70 miles. Not 100.

I’m really afraid I’ll get my ass handed to me on the course out there and be embarrassed to return.

So I’ve been back to training. The week in summary:

Took Sunday off after running 45 miles on Saturday.

Ran Monday on the treadmill. Trying to get DOMS out of legs. Very slow.

Tuesday: Ran 4 miles on the roads after work. Slow.

Wednesday: husband informed me that friends down the road were coming over after work. I didn’t have time (after a 10 hour workday) to fit a run in. I was relieved. I was just beat after working all day and then running. But I also knew if I didn’t start getting mileage in, I would be fretting about that.

Thursday: Day off from work. Slept in! Due to that, I didn’t get out for a run until noon. Since we’ve been in a heat wave, I waved off the 11 mile loop on the roads for time on trails. I ran/hiked 7 miles on trails. It was hot, but the tree coverage made it bearable.

Friday: Luckily I had already decided on a treadmill workout before I even saw the heat index was something ridiculous like 100. I did one hour on the treadmill, walking, at a 10% incline. I gradually increased speed to 3.5 MPH. This is harder than it sounds peeps!

So I did get a pretty good week of training in toward the Ring. Not a lot of time to train toward it. I’m going to focus on getting some weight off (I lost 3.5 lbs of the vacation weight so far) eating clean, and getting good workouts in. This coming week should really rock with workouts!

Boring Stat Stuff-except to me!

2008

Love-Ottobre 1:32:25 1:41:05 1:47:40 1:57:20 1:56:04 2:08:18

2009

1:28:53 1:39:52 1:47:25 1:51:17 1:53:47 1:57:13

2010

Kim Love-Ottobre 1:26:47 1:35:34 1:44:57 1:48:38 1:51:03 2:02:24 2:00:13

Lap Times for the 12 hours of Big Bear. I’m very pleased to see an improvement over the last 3 years. The previous two years, I stopped at 6 loops, even though I still had time to head out and get more mileage in. This year, I was focused on “running” and got my seventh lap in.
And, I’m even more pleased, at looking at last year’s splits, that I improved on every lap except lap six.