April 2, 2010

I think I’m getting my mojo back

This run started out sorta negative. It’s not his fault but the brake line on my son’s bike broke a little over mile into the run and he had to turn around and go back. I thought, “why does somehing always happen when he comes with me?” The poor kid had to wait an hour for me cuz he couldn’t catch up to get the key.

I just tried to focus on my run. I don’t use an iPod any more. There are certain races that don’t permit it, so I might as well get used to it now. Every since Chelsea King’s passing I’ve been more aware of my surroundings. Most of the time I run or ride by myself cuz I don’t get of work until 5:00. DST makes it easier.

Today felt good. As I was running I noticed I wasn’t struggling to breath anymore! It was nice to look around once in awhile and see what’s going on. This was a fun run ;-)

Oh almost forgot…my 5k time was 30:18. I looked at last years Carlsbad 5000 results and I wouldve been 33 out of the 61 in my age group! Woot woot!


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 04/02/2010
  • Time: 17:21:54
  • Total Time: 1:01:48.00
  • Calories: 668
  • Distance: 6.2 miles
  • Average Pace: 9:58.01/mile

March 29, 2010

I suffered from Chinese disease today…

…dragging ass! OMGosh! I felt like I was starting all over. You don’t realize how much that extra 10 lbs weighs until you have to run with it again. I actually felt like I wanted to quit. Telling myself biking was easier, but I said NO you ain’t quitting! Running was your first love, don’t give up jus because you couldn’t monitor what was on the utensil heading towards your pie hole!!

Stick it out, but don’t push to hard. Take it easy. ;-)


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 03/29/2010
  • Time: 17:35:42
  • Total Time: 00:30:23.00
  • Calories: 400
  • Distance: 3.1 miles
  • Average Pace: 9:48.24/mile

March 24, 2010

Getting used to this riding thing

I rode another 18 last night. It’s fun. Still need a new seat and helmet though. In due time.


  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 03/24/2010
  • Time: 06:47:30
  • Total Time: 1:29:00.00
  • Calories: 937
  • Distance: 18.64 miles
  • Average Speed: 12.57 mph

March 20, 2010

First long ride for me…was enjoyable

I had an idea of where I wanted to ride to. So I headed out I was cruising along at the same speed as if I was racing against the sun, and had to tell myself a few times to slow down…enjoy the ride…or at this pace you’re goin to poop out waaay out there and have to walk back.

My last f
ride was from my house to the mouth of this new bike path. Because I race agains the sun during the week, I was excited to take it today. It was smoother than the streets :-)

Three things I have to get ~

1. Helmet
2. Riding shorts
3. Silicon seat ;-)
ok 4. One of those handlebar attchment so so can rest. My back kept seizing. LOL


  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 03/20/2010
  • Time: 11:16:31
  • Total Time: 3:23:00.00
  • Calories: 2138
  • Distance: 41 miles
  • Average Speed: 12.12 mph

March 16, 2010

Cycle - 1.3 hours - 03/16/2010


  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 03/16/2010
  • Time: 18:44:23
  • Total Time: 1:17:00.00
  • Calories: 811
  • Distance: 16.51 miles
  • Average Speed: 12.86 mph

March 14, 2010

I don’t feel useless anymore!

I bought a road bike today! It’s not new, but that is A-Ok with me. I had to make a minor adjustment by raising the seat about a half an inch. It’s great! It’s a GMC Denali 7005 series.

When I got it home I was so excited, but I didn’t know what to do. After I raised the seat, it wouldn’t fit in my car anymore. So I rode around my neighborhood. My GPS went out, the last time I looked at my watch it said I was doing 3:55. It took me 56:02 and I used an average of 4:30 to incorporate hills. I was pedaling 90% of the time with the same consistancy of speed. When I got back my son asked how many I did (miles)? I told him after I figured it out. He was like “Wow!”. I was so jazzed I wanted to do it again!

I had another list awhile back that I rode my son’s bike two different days for 6 & 8 miles. My butt/crotch hurt so bad. This bike did hurt much at all! I might consider getting a silicon seat to make it a little more comfy!

Bottomline is…this was one of the most exhilerating workouts I’ve ever had!

Now if I can get over my discomfort of intaking water while swimming…I just might be able to do a tri ;-)


  • Type: Cycle
  • Date: 03/14/2010
  • Time: 21:14:22
  • Total Time: 00:56:02.00
  • Calories: 590
  • Distance: 12.44 miles
  • Average Speed: 13.32 mph

March 6, 2010

Feel like my favorite toy has been taken away!

I’ve been fighting this Achilles thing since December. I don’t know if tendinitis is when the actual tendon hurts, but in my case is all the “tissue” around it. For awhile there I was able to run. It was sore but the most I’ve able to get out is 8. Then I rested for a week because after the 8 it felt like it was gonna pull again. Then I did these little tapping exercises a friend told me (No impact. My foot is raised in the air) and it became more painful. Again it’s not the tendon, its the tissue above and on the very side.

I’m just confused as to why it’s happening. I don’t want to push it, because I’ve heard it n becom degenerative. :-(

February 20, 2010

Increasing long run

It’s taken awhile for me to push my Achilles to it’s limit. Today it got pushed. I felt it wanting to snap but I wouldn’t let it. Had a bit of knee issues as well but ran thru those also.

I was dancing on that fine line of overtraining again. One part of me was saying Dar we got a goal today and it’s 8 miles. The other part of me was saying Dar ya need to chill…cut back a little. I listened mostly to the first voice with the other constantly tapping me on the shoulder. But when all is said and done…I did it! The goal for the day is complete :-D


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 02/20/2010
  • Time: 12:00:00
  • Total Time: 1:23:00.00
  • Calories: 984
  • Distance: 8 miles
  • Average Pace: 10:22.84/mile

February 17, 2010

Test run - I got outta bed

I was testing myself to see if I could get up early and run without it being race day. I was a little sluggish. I wanted to stay in my warm flannel sheets. :-)

It was cold. To me at least. Then again I freeze myself with my own feet.

I need to get my mojo back. I lost it somewhere. I like to run and I like the feeling during and especially after a run. But I think somewhere between the 4 months off (2 before & 2 after the marathon from injuries) and gaining 7-8 lbs (which you don’t realize is a lot until you gain it and try to lose it).

For the most part I’m a positive person. So I know I’ll get thru this. It’s not that first step that is most important…it’s getting out of bed! ;-)


  • Type: Run
  • Date: 02/17/2010
  • Time: 06:15:00
  • Total Time: 00:27:53.00
  • Calories: 331
  • Distance: 2.75 miles
  • Average Pace: 10:08.11/mile

February 16, 2010

Easiest homemade energy gel to make!

I noticed I got a couple of hitS on my post about a homemade energy gel I found made from maltodextrin and jelly and a bunch of other things. This was too complex!

Here is a recipe for what I use now. Two ingredients and 40g of carbs per ounce as opposed to 25g from GU. I think my stuff tastes better. Like mild butterscotch. Just mix 21oz of brown rice syrup and 4 oz of blue agave syrup. Put it whatever if comfortable for you to carry it in. I don’t have a fuel belt, so I just bought 4oz bottles from REI and fill them.

I didn’t create this on my own. I found it in the Internet somewhere and altered the quantities to my taste.