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I am pleased to be running in the 2018 Mountains 2 the Beach Marathon and raising money for the Ventura Land Trust. I am passionate about preserving open space in communities and promoting the establishment and maintenance of public trails.

In the wake of the Thomas Fire and subsequent rains, The Big Rock Reserve and other trails in Ventura County need a great deal of maintenance.  Debris now replaces the scenic trails and threatens a delicate ecosystem. 

Please donate to VLT to support the work of restoring our public lands to help ensure that we all have more opportunities to enjoy nature. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Trail Run Scenic Saturday, 3/17/2018

I ran 6.5 on the trails and did another .25 on the TM to reach 60 miles for the week. Trail running was magnificent on this Saint Paddy's Day. It was so green out there that you might have thought that I was in Ireland.

My husband didn't want to miss the fun, so after I ran, we went back out for a hike.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Easy Rainbow Friday, 3/16/2018


I did not run the double yesterday which left me with double the miles to do today. I knew it was going to rain in the afternoon, but I didn't get up when the alarm rang. I really should have because I didn't realize how busy I was going to be. It was quite a challenge fitting in an 11 mile run, but I managed. The rain was fun, but I got it all wrong. I didn't go out with a jacket at first and it poured, so I stopped home for a jacket for the second half of the run. For must of the second half, it didn't rain and the jacket was stiflingly hot. Luckily, it started to rain pretty good for the last couple of miles which cooled me off.  All in all, it was pretty fun. Bonus: after the run, I saw a rainbow.

Challenge:  Jump, Jump, Jump
There is a Skirt Sports challenge to post a jump photo. I told myself that that was one challenge that I wasn't going to do, but I kept seeing great pics; so I decided to give it a try. My kids took turns trying to coach me through the shots. I couldn't stop laughing, because my attempts were so spastic. Now that I have tried and was only moderately successful, the challenge is really on! I can take a crack at it, once a month. I figure that it's like anything else. Practice makes perfect. I'm going to get a great photo one of these days. Until then, I'll have a good time trying. It was fun messing around with the kids.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Marathon Pace Thursday, 3/15/2018

Training:  This morning I ran 7.6 miles at the perfect marathon pace of 7:53.  I remembered to take a couple of puffs of my inhaler, and I had a scoop of Ucan before the run. It was difficult, as always, but it was a successful MP run.

I'm planning on a double after work. I only have four miles on the schedule, but I might make it 9 and cut tomorrow's run short. I'll let you know tomorrow, what I actually did.

News:  Skirt Sports Sale

Skirt Sports Sale
Skirtsports is having a Sale on the Sale! I’m still kicking myself for missing the last sale. This is a good one. Use LUKYYOU20 for an extra 20% off of sale items, no additional coupons or discounts can be used on the same order. The sale runs through 3/18/2018.

Rest Day Wednesday, 3/14/2018

It is a rest day for me today. I'm going to make a serious effort to run in the morning, because I have a double on the schedule.

It has been raining a for a few days in these parts, but the sun came out for a little bit, and the boys agreed to a quick walk. I had to use quite a bit of Mommy persuasion, but they, finally, agreed. I take what I can get.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Speed Tuesday, 3/13/2018

Yesterday was a recovery run. I ran 6.2 miles at a super slow pace. I was worn out from Saturday's 13 miler and Sunday's 17 miler.

Speed Intervals
Today was a speed day. Since I knew that I would be running in the rain, I planned to skip the speed intervals and just run easy. When I got out there, though, it wasn't raining, at first, and the wind wasn't too bad. I decided to see if I could get the speed intervals in before it started to rain. I ran four 1200s with 400 recovery jogs. My paces were good, but, after the intervals, I was ready to be done. I had a long way to go.  It was seven more miles in the rain before I got home. As usual, more calories at lunch would have been helpful. I ate a sandwich and an orange before the run. I know that helped. I didn't wear a jacket, but I wasn't too cold. I've run 69.5 miles over the last 7 days. I'm tired. It's a wrap. Rest day here I come!


Monday, March 12, 2018

Lotta Breeze Capri Skirt Neverwear

Although I love to running skirts and I am a skirt sports ambassador, there are some skirts that Skirt Sports sell that I was pretty sure that I would never wear. One of those skirts was the Lotta Breeze Capri Skirt. It is a skirt with attached Capris. I like Capris, and I like running skirts, but I didn't think that the combination would be particularly flattering on me. I'm short, and I figured that the skirt and the capris would chop me one too many times. Though I didn't have high hopes for the design, I was presented with a deal that was too good to pass up, so I bought a pair.

As it turns out, I think the skirt looks great, and I'm going to get a lot of use out of it. Whats nice about it is that is is very versatile.  I can work out in it, but I can also go to the store or do errands and still have a little coverage on my bumm. I'll write a full review later, but for sure this never-wear is going to be a favorite.

If you are interested in the Lotta Breeze Capri Skirt, don't forget to use my 15% discount 825Sign on any full priced item offered on Skirt Sports' website.

Lotta Breeze Capris Neverwear Part 2

If you are interested in the Lotta Breeze Capri Skirt, don't forget to use my 15% discount 825Sign on any full priced item offered on Skirt Sports' website.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Why I Run, 3/11/2018

Long Run Sunday

I set my alarm to get up and run before church, but it was another early morning failure.  It didn't matter, because everyone woke up late. Once I got up, I had breakfast, but I didn't actually get out of the house. I did not start running until after 10AM, so I was really hungry on the run. The route I chose had lots of hills. I thought that I would pick up the pace a little, but that didn't happen. It was truly a long, slow run (17 miles @ 9:25). It was pretty enjoyable for maybe the first ten miles. Then, it turned into work. The last 3 miles were difficult.

Elevation Profile

Why I Run

I have been thinking a great deal lately about why I run, and what will it take to keep me running in ten years. Competition is what has driven me up to this point, but I know that it won’t be enough to motivate me running for a lifetime. I ran my first 5K at the age of 39. My story is not unlike many women. After I had kids, I stopped working out, but when my kids got a little older, I started to take better care of myself. Working out gradually led to jogging, which eventually led to me running my first 5K. I was hooked with that first race.  I had never done anything competitive before. I didn’t know a single girl, before I entered high school, that participated in any organized sport. Approaching middle age, I knew that I loved the outdoors and that there were periods in my life when I loved to workout, but I had never actually experienced the thrill of competition.

I found out that the thrill of competition wasn’t figurative. It is an actual thrill.  I started taking training more seriously, and I did well. I ran 5ks thru half marathons for a few years. Below is a picture of my first half marathon. I'm pretty sure that I am wearing a skirt sports running skirt. I just gave that skirt away a few months ago, because it was too big.

Half Marathon, Santa Barbara 2010

I told myself that I would run a marathon if I ever ran 1500 miles in a year. I got close, but in 2015, I ran 1500 miles, so I felt like I was ready to take on a marathon. That first marathon was the best race of my life. I had put so much into the training, and I had no expectations of myself. It was the first time that I ever felt that I had already achieved my goal before I even started. I was happy and chatty for almost the entire race. It got miserable around mile 20, but I think that is the nature of a marathon. I truly loved that experience. I love to compete, but I loved running for the joy of the experience.
For me it is difficult to put down the burden of expectation. I get closest during some trail races.  There is often a time during a trail race when you know that you aren’t lost, and you are running completely alone. I love those moments. The expectations melt away, and I am just happy.   Frankly, most of the time, I’m running for time, competing against myself or someone else and seeking AG awards. I enjoy competition, but that just isn’t going to cut it in long run. It is going to be the joy that keeps me doing this over the long term. I’m not really there yet, but I’ve had a taste of what it can be like and that is my goal.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Saturday Easy Fueled by Positivity, 3/10/2018

I go up early to beat the rain and ran a little over 13 at a slow as molasses pace. I had a bagel, banana and coffee for breakfast, and I felt fine throughout.  That ended another 60 mile week, and I got all of my SOS workouts in this week.

Fueled by Positivity Bi-Monthly Recommendation:

When I’m doing marathon training, I’m constantly looking for inspiration in books and videos. Skirt Tv produces short inspirational videos, in a talk show format, under a category called “Fueled by Positivity.”  This week, I am recommending the Fueled By Positivity – Not Your Grandma’s Instant Coffee.  This episode isn't so much inspirational as it is practical. In it, Nicole DeBoom interviews Alex Hanifin. She is the co-founder of Alpine Start which is a company that makes instant coffee.  I only drink instant coffee on two occasions.  One is when I'm backpacking, and the other is when I'm staying in a hotel room for a race that doesn't have a coffee maker. Though I don't drink a lot of instant coffee, I sure would love to find a yummy tasting one. That was my initial reason for watching the video, to find out more about the coffee. I, definitely, want to give it a try. I just got my rebate check from REI, so I'll get some when I order something and let you know how I like it.

Skirt Tv would like to know the kind of programming you would like to see.  Let them know by completing their What do You Want To See on Skirt Tv Survey.

While you are looking around,

please consider a donation of any amount to Ventura Land Trust.  After the Thomas Fire and subsequent rains, our trails are in desperate need of maintenance and rehabilitation.  VLT is at the forefront of that work.  I’ll be raising money for VLT during my marathon training for Mountains 2 the Beach marathon. I have several signed copies of Running the Edge:  Discovering the Secrets to Better Running and a Better Life. I’ll gladly send one to the next few people who donate to VLT.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Marathon Pace Friday, 3/9/18

This morning I had trouble getting up. Are you detecting a pattern? I had wanted to run 10 miles in total, but since I was late getting started, I only ran 7 but all at marathon pace.  My pace was good, 7:53, but it was so difficult! I actually had planned to run 7.5, but I just couldn't do it. My stomach was growling when I opened my eyes. I was hungry before I even started, and a scoop of Ucan did nothing to curb my appetite. I didn't eat nearly enough food yesterday to sustain an eleven mile run. I didn't have breakfast, yesterday, and I probably had 400 calories for lunch. I ate a big dinner, but that was after the run. I've got to plan better, because lack of food is a real problem. This morning, I was  on empty and still tired. I knew that it would be difficult, but I had no choice but to make it happen. I have no idea why, but my asthma went crazy after this morning's run. I had to take a couple of hits of the inhaler.