Monthly Archives: August 2011

Missed Turns Mean Extra Miles

My first missed turn was the exit from I-77. I passed Route 40, and kind of woke up as I neared the exit for Route 22..which was Salt Fork State Park.

Ok, I will go run at Salt Fork. But as I was planning on a 4 mile run on an asphalt bike trail, I had road shoes, so I decided to just run on some back State Park roads.

I parked at the Horseman’s Camp, and headed down a back road.  I thought my route would be like a lollipop, a loop with an out and back.
This was a good run! Totally shaded gravel road, all alone, lots of up and downhills. There was lots of little jeep roads that I am going to explore in the future-when I have long pants on, to protect my legs from poison ivy and scratches.
I hit the bottom of this area, and I turn right, onto the  next Park Road. I think this is going to intersect with the first road I started on.
So I am going up and down hills, enjoying my run.
Then I notice a guard rail, and then my road ends, on the main road through the park.
Hmm, I don’t remember this, but I take a right and start running down the main camp road. But I am not quite sure where I am…exactly.
As I keep running, I see the lake on my right. Huh? Where am I, exactly? I keep going.

Then I see the road turn off for the beach! Wow! I really took a wrong turn somewhere. I know exactly where I am now-about 2 or 3 miles still from my car!

Did I mention, I thought I was going out for a 45 minute run, took no water, actually nothing with me?
Luckily the weather wasn’t bad, and  I ended my run, in 1 hour 40 minutes.

So pay attention to your routes. Or you will add up with extra miles, like me!

Hitting the Fifties

No, not my age..

The weight fifties!!!

I weigh 158 lbs today.  I have not weighed in the 50’s since 2005. I remember weighing around 162 lbs for the Las Vegas Marathon and feeling like a fat slug. 41.5 lbs off!!!

I took measurements for the first time since mid March:

March 7                                             August 17 2011
Chest 33                                            Chest 32
Waist 33.5                                          Waist 33
Hips 37.5                                           Hips 37
Thigh 22 1/8                                       Thigh 22
Calf   15 1/8                                       Calf 15 3/4

Yes I do think my calves may have increased in size, which doesn’t bother me at all.

Check out my original measurements:

Chest 38
Waist 41
Hips 44
Thigh 23 1/2
Calf 16

I can attribute this nice drop in some clean eating I am doing this month. I hope to follow up this blog post with one about what I have been eating this month, and what I have not been missing.

What’s next? More weight loss. I can certainly stand to lose more. I also need to get onto a weight training routine and tighten up some of my body. I do make my weight loss goals very small and very achievable these days.  For example, my next weight loss goal would not be 145 lbs or probably even 150 lbs.  That takes too long to achieve and could result in a lot of frustration. Next goal will probably be 155 lbs…not too far away and achievable.

I am really pleased and proud of myself.  There’s going to be some clothes shopping done sometime soon!

Longest Bike Ride

So I got out of work, and decided to go on my 10K around the block..except on my bike this time.

On my first ‘real’ hill, I managed to shift into a harder gear, and then accidentally squeeze the brake lever, halting me totally.

On the second hill, the one I challenged myself to run up this summer, I dropped my chain.  My first bike fix! I managed to get the chain back on, AND bike up the hill.

Then it’s past the 4 dog corner. They were not out, although as I started down the big hill, I heard them barking.
This is a very steep hill I usually run down-I am running 8’ish minute miles down this hill. 
I am cautiously descending on the bike, braking. Almost at the bottom, I let up…and glance at the Garmin, I am hitting 19 MPH on this dirt gravel road!

The next hill is my hilll repeat hill. I’ve never run up it; and I do not bike up it. I walk the bike up the hill. Okay, I have already resolved to run up this hill this summer! And maybe I will get the quad strength to bike it too!

I finish the 10K about only 15 minutes in front of the time that it takes me to run this..but I did stop to fix my dropped chain too. I felt this workout in my legs, and my core. I would find myself hunching over to climb the hills, and I would keep reminding myself to sit up and work the core and the quads, to get up the hill.

I’m looking forward to more time on the bike, and improving on time around the block!

Not Feeling the Love Today

Me and Salt Fork haven’t been getting along.

I decided I should do hill repeats today. Because I need to do them. And my day off work this week, I will going with the dog to her vet appointments in Columbus.

So I go to Salt Fork State Park. I parked in a different spot. I plan on running the bridle trail, until it intersects a gas right-of-way, which is the hill I am planning on doing repeats on.

I have to cross a drainage ditch, and then a meadow, to get to the trail, which is over at the treeline. The drainage ditch is too wide to hop across, so I just step down into it.

And I go into water, up to my crotch. I almost fall over, because I am so startled by this hole I have stepped into! It is a good thing I have a sense of humor.

The meadow grasses start cutting my legs. I am having another flashback to another recent visit to the Park; I’m not ending up with legs ripped to shreds! This is not a Barkley training day!

I end up finally on the bridle trail. It has rained buckets, all day, in this area, but somehow, I haven’t thought about this and the trail.

The bridle trail is just quagmires of mud. There is no running happening, just mucking along.  As I do, I realize my legs are heavy and I am tired. I’m not doing this.  I do get over to the right of way and hike uphill a short ways, till I decide that I am not into this. I’m calling a recovery day.

I have gotten better at listening to the body. I actually was tired before I got out for the run, but thought the trail would perk me up. Lesson learned; listen to the body and obey what it wants to do. Sometimes the body knows better than what the head does.

Body Image

I was startled when I viewed this pic. It’s about the first one, since I lost all my original weight, back around 2004, that I thought “wow, I look good, I look thin!”

Now, actually, I don’t think I look thin. But I think I don’t look fat in this picture. So thin, to me, means
“thin= not fat “.

The women that read my blog may understand this more than the guys. But, actually, for me to see a pic of myself, and approve is huge.

Wow, 2011 has been huge for me. I have confidence in myself as an ultrarunner and now I like my body. Look out world!!!!!

Weekend Catchup

Since I didn’t get my 50K in on Saturday, I went out for my usual 10K around the block.
Of course, the nice rain sprinkling down on us as we walked the dogs had ended, and my run started right into the nice remaining 95% humidity.
I have been kind of frustrated that I am not improving on my 10K time around the block at all. Now, I have all sorts of variables with my training run around the block. The time started varies, sometimes there is a bathroom break stop, sometimes there is a dog obstruction in the road, sometimes there is the neighborly chat that occurs. So I guess I should try to get some of my runs started at the same time, and try to keep the variables at a minimum before I get frustrated with lack of progress.

The giant bloodhound puppy was out today. As I approached the neighbor’s house, the two old dogs were in the road, and then I saw the bloodhound just bouncing toward me.
He proceeded to jump up onto me, about knocking me over. I had to keep swatting and pushing him down-really, he is just a wriggly puppy-that happens to weigh 100 lbs and be up to my shoulder.
He then proceeded to start puppy chewing on my forearm, getting me covered in dog spit.
I finally managed to extircate myself, then took several minutes to shake the pup off from following me down the road.

I figured that whole pup encounter cost me 3 to 4 minutes.

Then, as I was running up the hill, about 40 feet from my finish, my neighbor Dan pulls out of his driveway and stops to chat about cutting a tree on our property. I figure that was a 2 minutes conversation there!

Sunday haul from the garden. Just picked the ripest tomatoes for now!

Saturday: Volunteer Run/Familiarization Run at Mill Creek Park

I was sooo happy to be back at Mill Creek Park. I got there a little early, ran about 1 mile down the trail and back, taking a few early pictures. I was kind of astounded at the lush greenness; I usually am at MCP in the fall, winter, and early spring, so I really enjoyed the greenery this time of year.

Me on the Love Log. No, actually not named after me.

We had a very nice turn out, and started out all together after the group photo. After we ascended the steel steps and got to Volney Rogers field, the group split up, with three speedsters (Valerie, Cousin Tim, and Little Joe) taking off.  Then the main middle crowd, which I stepped off the trail to let pass, and then another group of three. This was Heath, Ashley, and Allison, that I spent most of the run with.

It was a good day in the woods. I was giving the tour guide for the YUTC race, so we were going slower than what I had anticipated running, but it was all good. I did take a bunch of pics that are already posted on the NEO Trail News Blog; so if you would like to scope out what the trails will look like for the Youngstown Ultra Trail Classic, click this!

After my group got back to the vehicles, I went back out on the trail in search of Anastasia and Slim. I caught them with about one mile to go, so went back to the vehicles with them.

Pebble was still out there, with a few others, so Slim and I decided to go back down the trail again to find Pebble and run him in.

Instead we found Jim, who had linked up with Mike from Pittsburgh, and we decided to run back from the Covered Bridge with them and just wait for Pebble back at the vehicles.

Instead of running more (I ran about 20 miles) I spent an hour or so chatting with Pebble and Slim. I have not seen either one since MMT, in May, so it was a very nice afternoon.

The new people who ran on the Mill Creek Park trails said they would call the .trails “technical”.  I think the YUTC course is good for runners of all abilities.  There are some parts with alot of rocks (hence the technical) and roots; but there are many smoother dirt sections where you can really run.  I hope to see many people out for the race!!

Back to Work

I took a three day weekend of no training, no running, no biking.  Well, we did go out of town with the dog, which was kind of tiring and a little stressful in itself.
But it’s time to get back to work now, and write myself a schedule. I do better if I have penicilled in plans. And I do use a pencil,cuz everything is subject to change.
I find it hard to run on the day of the week that our dog goes to Columbus for chemotherapy and radiation. That means the other two dogs are home alone, so I usually don’t run on that day, just go home and hang out with them.
Today will be a 4 or 5 mile run after work.