Mom & Daughter started this journey in 2007 to run a marathon the same day but 7,440 miles apart. From Seattle to Bangkok. The events came and went. Seattle was done but Bangkok, due to Force Majeure, was a no go.
Now, mom & daughter continue their journey with new plans, new goals and different paths. They still run through life alone but together.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Running For Champagne
Week 13 - Phase I - Build up - Core Workout: Hills 07/09/12 - 07/15/12 Week Total: 53.2
I added a new twist to my training plan. It’s ambitious.
Let’s see how the execution goes. I am running to/from work three days a week.
Yes, I am commuting by foot. These additional miles will be above and beyond my regular plan,
so I hope to be peaking at very high mileage. Mondays are used to take a week's worth of clothes and food to the office, and Friday to bring back the clothes and empty lunch box.
I am using the same plan I used for Big Sur, based on David
Holt’s but extensively modified according to my needs, my schedule, and what my
body says. The plan is super flexible. For example, if I run longer in the
mornings just because is a good morning, I may cancel my afternoon run. I am
including hills in one of these runs; I will combine track work in my way home, as I have conveniently 2 tracks one mile from work. Tempo will be done in races; I will
throw to the mix 5Ks for faster/shorter workouts. I am also doing core workout when I get to the
gym after my morning run and before starting my workday. Yes, I am lucky, I have a small gym with lockers and showers at the work place. So not to take advantage of all the things I have at hand would be stupid.
So far, I feel fantastic. I am starting building up my base,
and hope to finish the training season stronger and not pathetically crumbled.
The race of the week was See Jane Run. The race not only had
rivers of champagne at the end of the race, but all 1st place winners, in all age categories,
received a pair of Newton Running shoes.
Last year’s Teresa Sato won my division with 1:46:36. She
was running it again this year, so I knew I didn’t stand a chance. I would run
for a second place. Then, I saw Olympian Regina Joyce at the start line. The
best I could place now was 3rd place.
My legs weren’t fresh. They had run 40 miles already during the week, but I
still went for the best run I could run. Weather was great (beyond ridiculous
for summer – overcast, misty, windy and low 50’s at the start). I did good but
lost some ground from mile 9 to 11. Still tried to push it fighting for the 3rd
place, but didn’t get it. I lost the spot by about 30 seconds and got 4th
place, clocking 1:56:12 for 8:53 pace. I had fun (not as much as I had with my friend Susanne Mooney last year). I got
a nice massage and got really spoiled. That’s the best part when you are Running For Champagne.