A runner with an appetite for adventure!

It just takes some time…. January 16, 2010

Last night, we went out to a British Pub down the street to celebrate JR’s birthday!

It was great! I knew I had to get up and run in the morning, so I kept it simple with a Seltzer and Cranberry. But check out Irving’s concoction! It was coffee, baileys and whipped cream. He had two! I was jealous. 

This morning, I set out to conquer a 9 mile run per my training plan. We headed to Griffith Park for a change of scenery and some hills. We met up with the lovely LA Racers, which is always a fun time.

I was representing my Dana-Farber team today!

In the background, you can see the Los Angeles Zoo! I love LA. 

I settled into a 5:5 interval (five minutes running/five minutes walking) and my pace was actually pretty close to what it is when I run 5:1 intervals. It just proves that a little extra walking is not going to kill my time… it may actually help my time so I dont get exhausted at the end. 

My stats:
Mile 1 – 11:54
Mile 2 – 12:34
Mile 3 – 11:50
Mile 4 – 11:47
Mile 5 – 11:49
Mile 6 – 19:29 (included a rest stop break at the car!)
Mile 7 – 16:10 (walked wth the hubby for a mile!)
Mile 8 – 12:16
Mile 9 – 11:22

Wow, that’s a lot of miles, huh? Not my best pace ever, but it was just so gorgeous out today, I really enjoyed this run.

Towards the end, It Just Takes Some Time by Jimmy Eat World came onto my Ipod and I was laughing at some of the lyrics:

Hey, don’t write yourself off yet…
Just try your best, try everything you can.
And don’t you worry what they tell themselves when you’re away.
It just takes some time,
little girl you’re in the middle of the ride.
Everything (everything) will be just fine,
everything (everything) will be alright (alright).
Live right now.
Yeah, just be yourself.
It doesn’t matter if it’s good enough for someone else.

Those lyrics were totally keeping me going at the end. Everything will be alright. I felt like I could have pounded out a few more miles, but I didn’t want to push it. It was pretty rewarding. 

Next week, I go into Double-Digits!! My Boston Marathon race is 50% training and 50% fundraising for the amazing Dana-Farber. Don’t forget, you can support me here!


A New Game Plan! January 8, 2010

Filed under: Marathons,Training — Kelocity @ 5:37 pm
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So after coming off of an injury that prevented me from running for 3+ weeks, I had to reassess my training schedule to still be able to safely reach 26.2 miles by April 19th! I feel much better after looking at this because I think it’s still do-able. I lost some recovery runs in between my really long runs, but as long as I diligently keep up with the stretching, icing and strength training, I should be ok.

Here’s what my plan is looking like now:

I decided to do the LA Marathon as a “training” run for Boston. I’m going to push myself at Marathon Pace for 20 of those miles, and then walk the last 6.2. It’s going to be hard to not want to run it for time, but since it’s 4 weeks from Boston, I cant risk an injury. If I have to do a 20 mile training run, you might as well get a medal for it, right?


Frustrated, Motivated and Humbled… December 13, 2009

Filed under: Marathons — Kelocity @ 12:06 pm
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I always think that training for a marathon just involves clocking milage, getting up early, and eating power bars, but it’s easy to forget that it also involves patience, mental clarity and the ability to see the bigger picture. Today was a lesson in all three. 

I walked out the door this morning with the intention of running 12 miles. My shins were screaming the minute I woke up this morning, but I tried to quiet them down by taping them up with athletic tape.

I ran the first mile with very sore shins until I realized that there was no way I was going to run 12 miles today. I have shin splits, and running 12 miles with them would only make them worse. 

So I had two choices… turn around and go home, or seek an alternative workout. So I turned the corner and headed to my gym and did a 5K on the elliptical (no impact training = happy shins). All in all, I did a 7 mile work out that consisted of this:

Mile 1: Run
Mile 2 – 2.5: Walk
Mile 2.5 – 5.5: Elliptical
Mile 5.5 – 7: Walk Home 

Let me tell you, those 3 miles on the elliptical were TORTURE! I hate the elliptical. It’s so boring. Plus I don’t have an ipod (hint hint) so all I do is watch the numbers slowly roll by. Plus it’s hot and steamy in there, and knowing it was 55 degrees outside made me mad I wasn’t out there instead.

But back to the other 3 silent factors of marathon training:

1.) Patience: Injuries need adequate time and space to heal, so in the meantime, I should keep walking, ellipticaling and weight lifting to help my legs get stronger.

2.) Mental Clarity: Appreciating the things my body still lets me do. I mean 7 miles is still a great workout no matter how you cut it. 

3) The Bigger Picture: If I pushed through these 12 miles, I probably would have done a lot of damage and/or pulled something in the process, and I still have 4 months of training left to do. I have to tend to this now to be able to push through when the milage matters most. My training wasn’t about this 12 mile run… it’s about crossing the Boston Marathon Finish Line happy and strong. 🙂 

Don’t forget that I’m running the Boston Marathon and curing cancer at the same time! Show your love and support here!! Your donations motivate me to keep on track!

Off to Ice my Legs!!


Thankful!! December 1, 2009

Filed under: Training — Kelocity @ 7:36 pm
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On Thanksgiving Day, I got up and decided to do my Speed Workout for the week. Irving even joined me (!!!!) I set my Garmin to do 100 Meter Strides (Sprinting 100 meters, then walking for 30 seconds). I was going to do it for as long as my body would let me. 

The weather was PERFECT for running… totally crisp and breezy. I started going and felt great. I was running like the wind! Irving was walking and I did a down and back route, so everytime I passed him, we high-fived. I kept looking at my watch totally impressed with how fast I was going…. at the end of my workout, I saw this:

In 52:45 I ran 6.6 Miles!!! A total record… right?

WRONG! hahaha I spent about 3 hours calling people telling them how fast I was running and how great I felt… blah blah blah….

But then I realized that when I set the Garmin to do 100 Meter strides…. I set the whole watch into METRIC! So while I thought I was running faster than EVER before…. i was actually just running pretty average. hahaha My 6.6 kilometers equals about 4.1 miles

Oh well… I still completed a 4.1 mile speed workout and I guess I have to be thankful and proud of that. (I’m still laughing about this 4 days later!)


Thinking like an Athlete November 30, 2009

Filed under: Training — Kelocity @ 9:52 pm
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Sometimes I fall into a funk where I just don’t feel like a runner. I read all these great blogs where I see people taking running way more seriously than I do. And I get “runner envy”! I want to be as committed, determined and dedicated to running as they are, but sometimes, I find it so hard! I am starting to think that the difference between a runner and an athlete happens during the midweek runs. Yea, I can crank out 10 miles on a Sunday, no problem. Half-marathon without training? Piece of cake. Running 3 miles on a random Wednesday morning? No way, Jose! What is wrong with me?! I seriously have to muster up all the courage in the world to get out of bed during the week to run.


I was just talking to my friend, Sharon, about this last week. We saw some totally fit people running on a trail in Pasadena and I said, “What is the difference between them and me? Why do they just look like they belong out here and I’m just huffing and puffing swinging my arms hoping for a walk break?”


But it’s just dawning on me now that the magic has to happen during the week. So this week, I just sucked it up, set my alarm, and headed out the door for a 3.5 mile run… because that’s what athletes do. 



Boston Marathon Application! November 23, 2009

Filed under: Marathons,Training — Kelocity @ 10:05 pm
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If it hasn’t already been official…. it’s official now! I mailed in my 2010 Boston Marathon application this week!!!! I double triple checked that I filled everything in correctly. I still can’t believe I’m actually doing this. I feel like I’m on the outside cheering this girl on… and this girl is TOTALLY me!!! 

In the official Entry form was the route map. I’ve studied this map before, even prior to becoming a runner and having the Boston Marathon within my grasp. I mean this is the most prestigious race in the world! This is the big time! But I was surprised to learn that the race doesn’t even ENTER boston til like Mile 21! 

Some route highlights I’m looking forward to:

  • The Wellesely College Scream Tunnel at Mile 13
  • Running past Fenway Park (They always have a morning game, so when the game gets out, all the fans come out and cheer!)
  • And of course, running into Copley Square (the finish line)!

I was thinking about all of these things when I mailed my entry form in!!

But there are totally parts about Boston that totally terrify me:

  • Heartbreak Hill (the notorious hill at mile 21)
  • Disappointing my family and friends–who will be there cheering!
  • Being at the back of the pack!

I know I’m not the slowest runner to ever take on Boston… but I certainly aren’t running with the Kenyans, either. My previous marathon time was 6:28. I’m really aiming for 5:30 in Boston. But by Boston Marathon Standards… even that is…. slow. 

If I was to qualify to run Boston… they think I should be able to run it in 3:40. HAHAHA If I was to maintain my pace now when I am 80 years old, I might qualify. lol It’s a cruel joke.

But regardless of my finish time, this race is 100% about me: beating my own record, celebrating my own 10-year cancer remission… and raising money for my the best cause I can think of: The Dana-Farber clinic. 

Join me in my race to the finish line in the ultimate race against cancer. Donate Here!




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