So although my blog title indicates that I'm a triathlete, I'm really just a runner now. But I can't just run a 10k because I'm not fast and a marathon sounds pretty unchallenging because who doesn't know at least 10 people or more who have done a marathon - so I figure I need to do the 50k to 100 mile stuff. The only problem is that it's a lot of running and although I like running - I haven't LOVED running - so I'm working on that. I also haven't sold my tri bike, so I'm not dead yet. But mostly.
I'm not running with music and I try and get some portion of every run on a trail AND I have great ideas like - let's run 13 miles today for fun because I can - except I really haven't done that just yet or ever but I intend to. I am not running fast - maybe 7:45-8 min miles - but it makes completing these harder runs a lot easier. I'll probably go run the Seattle half marathon the day after thanksgiving - but I'll just run to it or get a ride there and run home afterwards and then there's the Sacramento marathon 2 weeks later that Ian is doing. My training partner for these longer runs is my friend Sally (Ian's wife is Sally, but this is a different Sally) - she's pretty amazing and she'll likely beat me easily. Here's a little story about her worth reading. For now, we're thinking of the Leadville Trail 100 run which is about 10,000 ft up - she'd do the race and I'd be there to pace the last 50k or so, maybe. I don't do well at altitude and with a family, it makes taking off for a week here and there of 70-100 mile weeks of training a bit more difficult. I should note that we don't actually train together because she lives in San Francisco and I live in crappy Seattle - so we do our respective workouts and then discuss over IM.
I also have a messed up knee, not sure what happened but it hurts when I run a lot. So I'm getting that checked finally after taking a month off and not seeing any improvement. In the meantime, I've decided to try and climb/descend 2,000 stories in my building here at work this October. I get in 50 just going to and from my office - or 25 flights up and 25 down. It takes about 11-12 mins or so to walk. I've run it in 8:48 - with the fastest time up in 4:48. The problem with stairs is that it WORKS the calves so I'm now at a new level of calf awesomeness and pain. It doesn't hurt my knee, so before I head to the doc's office tomorrow - I need to run so I remember where and how much it hurts.
Yesterday at lunch I did 7x up and down the building in about an hour and a bit more. I was dizzy on the 3rd time up - because I don't walk, I run the thing. Coming down is hard because you're used to going up - and you don't have to think much but going down while dizzy isn't a great idea. So you have to pay attention and focus. Of ALL the workouts I've ever done - going up and down the building was in the top 5. Today I have compression socks on just so I can sit at my desk without much pain. With shorts on, it's a good look. The Skins are awesome and Rory gave them to me and I'm grateful for them except when I have to explain that they're not leg warmers and then that always leads to someone telling me I should get ones that have a better design on them and maybe get some pink with polka dots and so on. I've done 1,120 stories so far - so I need to get climbing.
I also read a REALLY GOOD book - Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes. It's a page turner and he's insane. It's a great book. No Russian Brides or anything like that - so just know that. I'm also running in my Under Armour Specres - the V2 of the shoe and they're so awesome. The V1 was like a record you had to listen to a few times before you LOVED it, now I love the V2 just like the V1 except they're orange and not yellow and I like yellow more.
DASHA UPDATE: No email today, when I threw the frequent flier miles offer in lieu of $800 I think she may have decided I wasn't going to cough up any money. I hope she comes back. If you're following Anastasiya, she didn't take almost 20 emails to ask for money, she took about 3 to send me a naked picture. I'll have to post an edited version of that soon.