Today I had my weekly long run.

Two weeks ago (12/28 – 1/3) I ran 20 miles.

Last week (1/4 – 1/10) I ran 10.8 miles (and worked out very little).

This week, I started out with a 6 mile walk/run. I was accompanying The Ambitious One on her last long pre-marathon run. She has this nasty chest cold – and honestly, I can’t believe she made it for the 6 miles! She was really hurting.

After the run, I stopped at 24 to take a shower & change before meeting all sorts of crazy blogging runner fools at Bijou for brunch. It was a good brunch. Of course, we missed Emily (she was off setting new PRs, and preparing for her half marathon in 2 weeks) and HTC (who is in Puerto Rico, making us all jealous).

It’s so much fun hanging out with a bunch of runners – we talked about blisters, and shoes, and upcoming races. I decided to add the Race for the Roses 5K to my spring race schedule. I also signed up for the Shamrock 15K today, and decided that I will, for sure, do the Bridge to Brews 10K again (this will be my 3rd year with that race, and my 2nd with the Shamrock).

After the architect got home from his VERY muddy mountain bike ride, we headed to Leisure for a couple of beers and are home again for dinner.

Tomorrow I have a LOT of work (not work, work – just other work) to do, and then I have to go pick up my newly repaired boots before hitting Bikram again for the first time in 6 weeks! I’m going to be sore Tuesday, I think!

Recent Comments

  • maris
    January 11, 2009 - 6:56 pm ·

    Awesome about the races you signed up for – I need to do a few of those! I might train for a 10K for the spring.

    • gazelle
      January 11, 2009 - 7:04 pm ·

      10K is such a good distance – long enough to really feel like you’re really working out, but short enough to feel doable!

      You’ll definitely have to keep me updated!

  • michelle
    January 11, 2009 - 7:09 pm ·

    You are totally inspiring me. I have a half marathon i signed up for in 2 weeks. I am having serious doubts. I may do it. If i can without pain, and just run/walk it. I really have my heart set to do it. So, i might!!

    Or should I? Is it a stupid move?? I’ve done worse things!!!

    • gazelle
      January 11, 2009 - 7:14 pm ·

      If you can do a few runs in the next week w/o pain, then go for it as a walk/run. If you’re still having pain, I will give you the advice my PT gave me: is it better to do this race & finish & never run again, or skip it & have a life time of running ahead of you?

      My friend The Ambitious One is having to make a similar decision – she’s supposed to run a marathon next weekend, but is ill & has had knee pain. She’s going to have to decide if her body can handle a full mary and recover quickly.

      It sucks to have to NOT do something you’ve been planning on & counting on, but it’s better in the long run if you give your body the time to heal…..I totally suggest not doing anything your body warns against.

      That being said, I totally hope you can do the half! It’s so much fun!

  • Alisa
    January 11, 2009 - 8:36 pm ·

    Today was fun, despite the chest hurting part…thanks for sticking with me! I needed it today! Have I told you how much I LOVE having you as a running partner!!!????!!!!

    We will be signing up for the Shamrock! Thanks for creating a team for us.

    P.S. I too, think I had eleventy cups of coffee =).

  • Jen
    January 12, 2009 - 9:18 am ·

    Thanks for setting up the teams for those races- I love that we are all doing the complete portland spring race circuit! 😀

  • blooming orchid
    January 12, 2009 - 10:38 am ·

    I am so inspired by your ever-growing list of races for the coming year. You’re clearly a rock-star and out of my league. But, I’m still going to be here to cheer you on! You GO, girl!

    • gazelle
      January 12, 2009 - 2:29 pm ·

      I am not so much a rock star and out of ANYONE’s league – but I have met a great group of running bloggers over the past few months & they are a total inspiration – especially since we all do so many of the same races together.

      If you’d told me 3 years ago that I’d be running multiple races with distances between 5K & 26 miles, I would’ve laughed in your face (which would’ve been rude) – but I’ve come a long way as a runner in the last 3 years.

  • Amanda
    January 12, 2009 - 11:10 am ·

    ok 1 is the headache gone? Hope so.

    2. Abs for life, yeah I like that you are game!! Send me your address and they’ll get it mailed
    amandacbrooks at yahoo

    • gazelle
      January 12, 2009 - 2:32 pm ·

      I can’t believe how many awesome running bloggers I’ve met & connected with. We are a pretty groovy bunch of people, are we not?

  • Carrie
    January 13, 2009 - 6:57 am ·

    Hubby and I had brunch at Bijou when we were in Portland. Yum! Wish I could have come! Hope your headache is better. (Running in Indiana currently stinks….)