Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A change

I had a craptastic day at work, have had a migraine on and off for about 36 hours, and I'm dead tired. And all I wanted to do today... the ONLY thing I wanted to do... was come home and run.

That's new.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Bark in the Park 5k

Dear Running Blog,

Hi, old friend! I'm so happy to see you today. I have a few important things to tell you. First, I finished my 3rd 5k this morning, the Bark in the Park race to benefit Greenhill Humane Society where we got Ollie from 3 years ago. I am giddy to share that I set another PR. I came in at 45:15, which is over a minute and a half faster than my previous race time of 46:51.

This was an especially huge accomplishment because I'm back in physical therapy for a hip strain, and was expecting to have to walk most of the way. And also especially huge because this was my first race using the Galloway method (as my friend Anne says, Gallowalking... HA!), which I swear by more and more every time I go out and use it. As a special bonus surprise at the race, I got to meet my local blogging pal Renee, who was out there running her first 5k (YAY!)... hi Renee, hope to see you again soon!

Bark in the Park 5k

In other news, I just started Week 4 of the 200 situps program; I did just over 150 today. It's actually fun! And finally, probably the biggest thing that's happened is that Andy and I started counting calories. My blogging friend Brooke posted about the LoseIt! iPhone app, and it seems like it's the perfect match for our needs at this point (vs. trying Weight Watchers again or something else). It's made me incredibly mindful of what I put in my body while not feeling like I'm lacking for anything, which is, to me, the ideal eating plan. I had a hot fudge sundae after my Thai dinner the other night and was still under my calories for the day. I've lost almost 4 pounds in less than 2 weeks! If you'd like more info about the app, Brooke's post sums it up perfectly.

I miss you, and hope to see you more regularly now that my school obligations are winding down. Take care, little running blog.

Love always,

Monday, May 10, 2010


Hi! It appears as though life has gotten in the way of my efforts to document my progress here in the last few weeks. I've had lots of posts composed in my head, but haven't been able to get them down on paper (I mean blog editor?). So in an effort to catch up, I have some bullet points to share:

*I love, love, love training with Jeff Galloway's method. More and more every time I go out to run. It's totally for me, and I'm so grateful that I found it. A couple of weeks ago, without even trying, I shaved more than a minute off of my fastest mile time ever. Even with walking 1/3 of the time. Brilliant.

*We were down in San Jose for Andy's cousin's wedding last weekend, and I got to try out a fantastic trail, the Coyote Creek trail. I took lots of pictures with the intention of writing a whole post on it. Oops.

*Yesterday we "discovered" a local trail. It's called Pre's Trail (named after U of Oregon track legend Steve Prefontaine, of course). It's located in Alton Baker Park, which is where most of the local 5ks are held, but we had never actually ventured onto Pre's Trail. Such the best-kept secret! I am completely in love and look forward to doing lots of long runs there in the coming weeks.

*I got a foam roller! Yowwwwch.

Ugh, this post feels really half-assed, but it's all I've got for now. Will just say that things are going relatively well! Slow and steady (and very achy). In a good way.

More soon!