Monthly Archives: November 2011

It’s Slim Pickins Time

Hey, I already wrote about Slim Pickins, over here  so if you haven’t been following along, this is what I have been doing, the weekend before Thanksgiving, for the last four years.  That makes it a tradition,don’t you think?
Another weekend of running trails with my friends. On the ultra cool trails of the Laurel Highlands.  I’ve been thinking about buying a little real estate, or a little bunker over this way. That way, the husbands and dogs could come along, and I would have somewhere to crash after running in the Laurel Highlands.  (And NEO TC would have somewhere to crash also..)

I am planning on meeting Cam, Jim, and Eric around noonish in Ohiopyle to do some trail exploration on Friday.  Then to inhale dinners and beers and meet up with more runners, for the big push on Saturday.

Saturday is the Ohiopyle 50K, the double out and back.  Run from Mile Zero, to mile 8, back to OP. Then do it again..  Sounds easy? Well, maybe so, maybe not.  There is about 7400 feet of elevation on this section of The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.  This is the portion we like to use for Massanutten training, since it’s the hilliest trails we can get without travelling farther south.

It’s going to be fun.  Should be a post Sunday, with pics to follow later!

Ohio Marathon Slam

So, on my 10K around the block the other day, I was thinking about the many Buckeye marathons, and was wondering if anyone had run them all, perhaps in one year,or two years.

There is the big city marathons: Cincinnati’s Flying Pig, Cleveland Marathon, Akron’s Road Runner, Toledo Glass City,Columbus Marathon. Coming in 2012 is Canton’s Inaugural Marathon, held June 18 2012.

Looking for a nice warm toasty marathon in January, in Ohio?  Check out Ohio Northern  University Polar Bear Indoor 1/2 and Full Marathon January 29 2012.

Or you can weather the outdoors and run around and around on a one circle mile, in February, for the “Last Chance for Boston” Marathon. For anyone who  new to the running and marathon world, Boston did not used to close out in hours.  In fact, Boston hardly ever filled up until right about race day, if that. So late in the season, less than two months out, you could try and get your qualifier here, and then fly off to Boston just a few months later.

So for you folks, wanting to join Marathon Maniacs, here’s your Buckeye Plan for 2012: 

ONU Polar Bear Indoor Marathon January 29 2012

Last Chance for Boston Columbus Ohio

Just one entry in March,you best rest up for April

 Ohio River Runner’s Marathon  Xenia  March 25 2012

Athens Marathon April 1 (Athens Ohio)
Glass City April 22 Toledo
Earth Day Challenge  Marathon April 22  Held at Kenyon College, Gambier

Run The Pig May 6 (Cincinnati)
Cleveland Marathon 5-20

The inaugural Canton Marathon is June 17
OR, same day, run dirt at Mohican.  The Mohican 100 also has a marathon option now. Loudonville

July it appears July and August are your down months.  Do your laundry, get the lawn mowed, get reacquainted with the spouse and kids. 

September is another busy month.

Run the Air Force Marathon at Wright Patterson Air Force Base on Sept 15

Then  Run the Bird at Akron September 29

Since you’re now in prime racing shape, take two (or 3!) more races in  October:
Red White and Blue 26.2 Marathon October 7 2012  Findlay Ohio

and then run Columbus on October 21

Don’t forget about the Towpath Marathon  also in October!

Haven’t had enough? Come don a costume and do a  very scary trail marathon at Run With Scissors, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, last weekend of October.

November is still running time!

Run a small marathon in Elyria:  The Murray Ridge Center Inland Trail Marathon  the first weekend of November.

December is reserved for the Jingle Bell 5K Trots.  If you have made it through the Buckeye Slam of Marathons, congratulations!

NaNoWriMo Day 8

How I am Doing: The first week is done. I’m still writing!

Word Count: 7165 (as of 830 pm November 7)

How Are Workouts Going: Very well. Haven’t sacrificed one for the other.

I am just happy I am ‘still writing’. I caught a stomach bug late Wednesday, and did not write at all Thursday or Friday. I felt I was getting into a hole, but Saturday I felt better and just thought I should write. I could have written more over the weekend, but the weather was beautiful, and I took advantage of that. I spent my lunch time today outlining some future chapters of my novel, so I have a better idea of what I am going to sit down and type.

Late Friday, as I felt bad physically, I felt bored with my novel idea-already.  But that notion did go away as I recovered.
It’s been interesting, today, waking up and sitting down to writing for one solid half hour.  That’s why I felt it was important to get more  outlining done, so I can wake up and just write. 

I also decided it was not that important for my protagonist to be a “nice” person, so we’ll see what will happen next.

This has been a good excercise so far.  Writing 50000k is like finishing a 100 mile race. You either do it or you don’t.

Grab It While You Can

As this weekend, we either adopt or abandon Daylight Savings Time (I don’t know which,I really don’t care) which means we “fall back”. Most people gain another hour of sleep, as I think the time officially changes at 1am back to midnight. Or something like that.
For me, that means I wake up around 730 am, and whee, it’s now just 630 am! Time to get productive.

I managed to write about 1500 words for my novel. I am a bit behind after being sick the end of the week, I didn’t feel like doing anything.  So I am still a day or two behind on words, but I plan on writing more today.

I sorted through the running kit in my downstairs dresser, and retired some items for the winter.  Swapped them with more of the winter running clothing.  Actually threw out some worn out socks.
After taking the dogs on their walk, it was so sunshiny and beautiful out, I cleaned out both vehicles. Then I vacuumed them both out. Other than they both need a wash, they are much cleaner than they’ve been in a long time!

I finally got some lunch and then went for my 10K around the block.  Absolutely gorgeous weather.  Sunny, blue skis, little wind. I took the opportunity to wear shorts and short sleeves-there may not be many days left like this.
The two old black dogs were at the neighbor’s farmhouse in the road, and I could hear more barking up on the hill.  Yep, here he comes, my bloodhound puppy. I managed to glance at my watch as he jumped me-it took me about 49 seconds to get him under control.

Of course he accompanied me down the hill.  He actually was just fine once I started running again, he just walked along beside me!  He stayed around for about one mile, then as I climbed the next hill to where the Gump dogs live, I lost him.  I don’t know whether that is the edge of his territory, or the Gump pack is too much for  him, but he went elsewhere.

The Gump dogs were nowhere to be seen today.  I saw alot of squirrels out and about today, getting ready for winter. It was just too nice of a day to not spend outside, as I sit out on my porch in the sunshine and type this blog post.  I have the sneaking suspicion that the evening is going to be upon me must faster than I care for, so I’m going to sit here in the sun as long as possible.

Orienteering Day Two

It was such a nice day out today, I went down to Salt Fork for a little off piste time and compass work.

I’ve had a stomach bug for Thursday and Friday so did not work out-and managed to lose two pounds.  However I would not suggest this route for anyone’s weight loss.

I felt okay on Saturday, so I donned my backpack, new pants, and headed to Salt Fork with the compass.
My husband suggested one hour out, one hour back, and that sounded good to me.

All I was doing was following the compass due east; then turn around and follow it due west.

I could tell from the climbs that I still didn’t feel that great physically.  It was cool being off the trail and kicking it through the leaves all by myself.

On my way out, I managed to get on the ridgeline, so I didn’t have that much ascent/descent, but coming back I went a little farther south and got in some much better climbs.

A beautiful early afternoon in the woods.

Recovery Run

I need to revisit my mileage on my little 11 mile loop around the block.  I was at mile two or so, when I did “not feel the love” out there on the run today. So I thought, if I cut off one side road, I could complete my loop in about 8 miles vs 11 miles.  Apparently, my side road isn’t that long, since cutting off the road still had me finishing 10.9 miles (vs 11.7 miles.)

It was a recovery run, and a beautiful day outside! Too bad my body didn’t feel that way! I did take Monday and Tuesday off, from working out. I even slept in on Tuesday, getting maybe 9 hours of sleep or so.
But the body wasn’t feeling it on this gorgeous Wednesday.

I decided to run my loop backwards, as it was a lollipop design, the last two four miles kind of my out and back.  This is more of the “uphill” and I walked all of it. Not that fast.

Ran the flats and the downs, and avoided the side road, thinking this would give me several less miles.
Finally got to the top of the ridge, and started on the big downhill, about a mile of downhill. Now the quads were complaining..I couldn’t catch a break!

Back on the out and back, ‘flat like’ section, the hamstrings and calves were complaining that I did not follow through on the promised stretching.  I again promised to do better with this..

Only one dog jumped the creek and slowed me down, and  I gave directions to two elderly ladies in a car where Taylor’s Orchard was located..glad for the stoppage.

I was amused to see my loop, minus the side road, was 10.9 miles. When I checked my log for the longer loop, it was only 11.7 miles, so my side road doesn’t add that much mileage on.

It was a great day to be outside, blue skies and sunshine.  My run kind of sucked, but that didn’t bother me. It tells me I still haven’t recovered from my 6.42 hours of mud on Sunday. At least I got out there and got moving.