Life is Good Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://camille.fastrunningblog.com/ Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:48:32 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Wed, May 16, 2012 http://camille.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-16-2012.html <p>Okay, I'm a horrible swimmer.&nbsp; This will take some practice, definitely!&nbsp; If someone were to watch, they'd wonder if I were drowning.&nbsp; But, on one was around.&nbsp; This was good because I didn't drown; however, I suppose if I were drowning, I'd probably like company.&nbsp; Anyhow, I'm okay with kicking, and I'm okay with doing the arms, but apparently doing them together is not my strong suite.&nbsp; so I did mostly arms, but did practice both at the same time too.</p> <p>And when I was done, I was dizzy.&nbsp; Must. Swim. More. Often.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 06:00:00 Tue, May 15, 2012 http://camille.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-15-2012.html <p>Day 1 of my triathlon training... and I decided to start with the bike.&nbsp; It felt nice to switch things up.&nbsp; It was hot outside, but the air breezing by definitely helped.&nbsp; I was suppose to meet up with a new aquantance and run/walk after my bike ride (she is new to running and wanted a partner).&nbsp; I ran to her house, found out she wasn't home, and ran home.&nbsp; We will call that my cool down.&nbsp; It felt weird running after biking.&nbsp; I better get use to that. ha ha!</p> <p>I think the workout was a success though. :)</p> Tue, 15 May 2012 06:00:00 Tue, May 08, 2012 http://camille.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-08-2012.html <p>A family bike ride/run.&nbsp; It was fun!&nbsp; And it wasn't too terribly hot out.&nbsp; I'm thinking a sprint&nbsp;triathlon in August.&nbsp; I found a reverse (run, bike, swim).&nbsp; My only hold up is finding a pool to train in.&nbsp; </p> Tue, 08 May 2012 06:00:00 Thu, May 03, 2012 http://camille.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-03-2012.html <p>So, it was hot, but it was nice to get out.&nbsp; I still have my friend's garmin (I need to return that), so I used it.&nbsp; I ran at a 9:06 pace.&nbsp; Pretty nice considering the heat.</p> <p>I'm debating.&nbsp;&nbsp;I found a marathon I could do in October, but I'd have to train through the summer, and it's pretty brutal here.&nbsp; My other thought is to find some shorter races in the fall and this summer work on speed and endurance.&nbsp; I'm thinking if I go that route, I can set a time goal.&nbsp; Any thoughts on the matter?&nbsp; (I want my running buddies opinions).</p> <p>Also, my husband says there is a tri. that he knows about this fall that is a small one and thinks&nbsp;I could do it.&nbsp; That's an interesting idea.&nbsp; I'm not a good swimmer, but he says the length isn't really anthing (he has done it with the scouts a few times).</p> Thu, 03 May 2012 06:00:00 Sat, Apr 28, 2012 http://camille.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-28-2012.html <div align="center">Saturday, the Town of Gilbert sponsored the Ka-PoW Superhero Adventure Race at Freestone Park! Holy Guacamole Batman! Was it Fun! </div> <div align="center">I found some costumes for the girls through friends and family, got myself a Superman shirt, Brandon a Captain America shirt, and Oliver something in red, white and blue. After dressing everyone up, we headed in the car to the park. The girls had NO idea what we had planned, they just knew it involved costumes, and costumes are always good!</div> <div align="center"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Rx55NVsVp0U/T54ekiJ76sI/AAAAAAAAI44/WWuEySwT7V8/s1600/023.JPG"></a>When we got there, and got Melanie and myself registered, we started having fun. Grandma Traci came to watch the event and got this great picture of the whole super family! <div> <div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cKM3BDObS0I/T54djXIgEUI/AAAAAAAAI4g/9yGcoNB0xJY/s1600/027.JPG"><img style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 300px; CURSOR: pointer" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5737055468658889026" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cKM3BDObS0I/T54djXIgEUI/AAAAAAAAI4g/9yGcoNB0xJY/s400/027.JPG" /></a>Then the girls bounced in the bounce houses! Eventually it was time for some running. First up: Noelle in the Flash Dash. <div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-v4aeZxBO3Bg/T54dMpXEVOI/AAAAAAAAI4U/U3jtkmBt6wI/s1600/031.JPG"><img style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 300px; CURSOR: pointer" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5737055078414832866" border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-v4aeZxBO3Bg/T54dMpXEVOI/AAAAAAAAI4U/U3jtkmBt6wI/s400/031.JPG" /></a>She went over! <div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-q_ZzXaJFS8E/T54ZRUgglLI/AAAAAAAAI34/7PafxmHgBwA/s1600/033.JPG"><img style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 300px; CURSOR: pointer" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5737050760670123186" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-q_ZzXaJFS8E/T54ZRUgglLI/AAAAAAAAI34/7PafxmHgBwA/s400/033.JPG" /></a>She went across! <div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hOyXqBF4-2Y/T54XYhaSI1I/AAAAAAAAI3g/PnfIugGiQ-s/s1600/034.JPG"><img style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 300px; CURSOR: pointer" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5737048685369500498" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hOyXqBF4-2Y/T54XYhaSI1I/AAAAAAAAI3g/PnfIugGiQ-s/s400/034.JPG" /></a>And She went through! <div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dpmGep4Mqvo/T54Wh0OuiqI/AAAAAAAAI3U/d8SEeD9-i94/s1600/035.JPG"><img style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 300px; CURSOR: pointer" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5737047745528498850" border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dpmGep4Mqvo/T54Wh0OuiqI/AAAAAAAAI3U/d8SEeD9-i94/s400/035.JPG" /></a>I'm so proud of her! She did a great job!</div> <div>Then we went over to the start of the &quot;big race&quot;. We got there just in time. Melanie has the cutest, silliest little run you have ever seen. I just love it. It has character! <div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KRBQvVLpHPA/T54L_S-L8-I/AAAAAAAAI1A/K7fF2MJ0mkU/s1600/040.JPG"><img style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 300px; CURSOR: pointer" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5737036157368923106" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KRBQvVLpHPA/T54L_S-L8-I/AAAAAAAAI1A/K7fF2MJ0mkU/s400/040.JPG" /></a>There were several obstacles on our 1 mile &quot;Wolverine Run&quot;. Here was the line up of the obstacles Melanie and I encountered:</div> <div>Superman's Tower (a large superman bounce house complete with it's own obstacles inside and a slide to get out)</div> <div>Wonder Woman's Wall ( a 6 foot tall wall, that we went under instead of over... because we are small super heroes. We may not be able to fly, but we can blast through walls, right?)</div> <div>Wolverine Wash (shown in the below picture).</div> <div>The Aquaman Slide (a huge slip and slide down the side of one of the hills at Freestone Park).</div> <div>Spiderman's Web Crawl (a rope web that we had to crawl under to &quot;escape&quot;)</div> <div>Captain America Tunnels (long tunnels made of large plastic pipe)</div> <div>Back through the Wolverine Wash...</div> <div>Over the He-Man Mountain (a large pyramid haystack)</div> <div>and through the Finish Line!</div> <div><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2AyP_LFVVRU/T54L_HgPgjI/AAAAAAAAI00/1-qtOZv_QOI/s1600/044.JPG"><img style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 300px; CURSOR: pointer" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5737036154290537010" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2AyP_LFVVRU/T54L_HgPgjI/AAAAAAAAI00/1-qtOZv_QOI/s400/044.JPG" /></a> <div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-OJ-xiS1WKoE/T54LThPLaEI/AAAAAAAAI0o/EYUfyAyKuSw/s1600/045.JPG"></a>We Made it! <div> <div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IuCe-QupFcc/T54K1lB2IvI/AAAAAAAAI0Q/6WwBgHjiNIg/s1600/049.JPG"><img style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 300px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 400px; CURSOR: pointer" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5737034890905789170" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IuCe-QupFcc/T54K1lB2IvI/AAAAAAAAI0Q/6WwBgHjiNIg/s400/049.JPG" /></a>I'm so proud of Melanie. 1 mile is really really far for someone so small. She started strong, got tired and thirsty right off. Walked, Ran super fast, walked, Ran even faster, rinse and repeat. She was cracking me up. She'd stop running, and tell me she was tired, so I would tell her we can walk. Walking is okay. She'd take a few steps and then say &quot;okay, let's run!&quot; At one point, she asked me if we could lay in the grass for a while. I had to tell her no. I had a flash back of my marathon, and my desire to lay down. I told her we can always walk. 5 seconds later she saw the gigantic slip and slide and was off running again. I'm so impressed by her. She did the whole thing and was ready to bounce in the bounce house as soon as she was done. </div> <div>Since it was a Superhero Adventure Race, there was a booth devoted to the up and coming comic book convention. The people manning that booth were definitely acting the part. We couldn't pass up a photo op. Not pictured are Batman and Batgirl. I'm not sure were they went off to, but I'm really pretty happy with the picture I got. Tell me this isn't awesome! <div><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dbEvAaQKguU/T54K1e3_QZI/AAAAAAAAI0E/tqm8HcN9H_E/s1600/050.JPG"><img style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 400px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 300px; CURSOR: pointer" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5737034889253831058" border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dbEvAaQKguU/T54K1e3_QZI/AAAAAAAAI0E/tqm8HcN9H_E/s400/050.JPG" /></a> <div>Way to go Noelle and Melanie! Both of you ran your first races and did an amazing job! Mommy is SO proud of you!!!</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 06:00:00 Fri, Apr 27, 2012 http://camille.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-27-2012.html <p>This is my first post marathon run and if felt great.&nbsp; I was pretty speedy too... which also felt nice.&nbsp; I had a dream last night that I was training for a tri.&nbsp; I mentioned the idea to my husband this morning, who lovingly gave me a look that I can only interpret as &quot;sure, I'll start planning your funeral now, but I would prefer to grow old with you&quot;.&nbsp; hmm...&nbsp; I'll keep thinking about it.</p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 06:00:00 Sat, Apr 21, 2012 http://camille.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-21-2012.html <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; CLEAR: both" class="separator">This past weekend was the Brian Mickelson Marathon in Cottonwood, Arizona. I picked this marathon out about a month before I had Oliver as one I wanted to try to train for. So, I had Oliver, and after waiting the 6 weeks (okay, I lie, I started running at 5 weeks post-Oliver), I started training. I followed a training plan I found online and decided that once I get up to the larger runs I would decide if I could handle an actual marathon or not.</div> <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; CLEAR: both" class="separator">About a month ago, I decided I was all in. I registered and reserved a hotel. </div> <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; CLEAR: both" class="separator">A few days prior to the race, I received an informational email regarding the upcoming race. In in, it said: &quot;This year is the inaugural marathon event and we have nearly 50 registered to take on the 26.2 miles!&quot; *Nearly*? In my vocabulary, that means &quot;less than&quot;. When I ran the Sedona Marathon last year, there were between 100-200 runners, and I remember thinking that was small. 50 is tiny. So, I decided to try not to think about the size.</div> <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; CLEAR: both" class="separator">Saturday morning, we got up bright and early (thanks to Oliver, who saved the day by waking us up at 5 o'clock when we slept through the 4 o'clock alarm), and headed to the start. It was a little chilly at the beginning, but felt nice.</div> <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; CLEAR: both" class="separator"><a style="MARGIN-LEFT: 1em; MARGIN-RIGHT: 1em" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Tx19ylpcRvs/T5XEpi83j7I/AAAAAAAAIyM/tWWbPOQNL6k/s1600/005.JPG" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Tx19ylpcRvs/T5XEpi83j7I/AAAAAAAAIyM/tWWbPOQNL6k/s320/005.JPG" width="320" height="240" closure_uid_hcoloc="2" /></a></div> <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center">I was happy to find out that one of my runners was an engineering friend, Ox. He was running his first marathon and had his dad (who happens to be our pediatrician) was there to support him. It was fun seeing a friendly face in the race (even if I only saw his face for a few minutes and then he was off ahead of me).</div> <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center">I had a plan for this race. My plan was to run a lot slower at the beginning so that I could keep a steady pace for the entire race. My goal was to run in less than 5 hours, so my goal pace was 10:45 min/ miles. That is a lot slower than my training runs, so I thought it would be doable. I borrowed a friend's garmin (Thank you Lybi) and kept track. </div> <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center">The first 17 miles were super easy and flew by. Ironically, that's were all the hard climbs were. But I had my family as a cheer team every once in a while, and my music was keeping me excited and jamming. After mile 4, I really didn't see anyone until mile 9 (when the people that were faster than me were coming back from the long 6.75 mile there and back segment). Really, the only people I saw were the ad station workers and my cute family. </div><br /> <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; CLEAR: both" class="separator"><a style="MARGIN-LEFT: 1em; MARGIN-RIGHT: 1em" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-H3-IHI85KeE/T5XEykY-B_I/AAAAAAAAIyU/6mH5ExEsYzo/s1600/009.JPG" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-H3-IHI85KeE/T5XEykY-B_I/AAAAAAAAIyU/6mH5ExEsYzo/s320/009.JPG" width="320" height="240" closure_uid_hcoloc="3" /></a></div> <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center">At mile 18, I realized I passed a porta-potty, but by time I made that realization, I was going down hill and didn't want to go back up. I didn't really *need* to use it, so I thought I'd use the next one. Ha Ha!!! What next one? I started asking ad workers at mile 19 if they knew where the next restroom would be. All I got was blank stares and &quot;I don't know&quot;. At mile 22, I was directed by the ad station to go off course a quarter mile (half mile round trip) to use an outhouse. I did as he directed, but after getting of the restroom, I was momentarily lost. They only markings on this race were little pink flags and pink painted arrows on the ground. And have I mentioned that there are no other runners around? yikes!</div> <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center">Thankfully, I found the trail, but unfortunately, after that, I lost my momentum. I still was able to run, and made it past the mile marker 23. Until this point, I had kept my goal pace, and was on track to make my goal of running the whole marathon in less than 5 hours. Then something happened... I got so sick. Can we say DeHyDrAtIoN?!?! It was 95 degrees in Cottonwood on Saturday. So, even though I had been drinking and re-fueling like a crazy girl the entire race, it still happened. There really wasn't anything I think I could have done differently. I had turned onto a dirt trail around mile 18.5 and never saw the family on the course again. I decided I was determined to finish, so started walking (though dizzily). I tried calling the family after I passed mile 24 to see if that would encourage me (my music stopped working, stinkin' ear phones), but I didn't get through to them. Before I got to mile 25, I was on another dirt trail and got the feeling I should sit down. I sat. Then I got a feeling I should lay... then a strong feeling came over me that perhaps laying would be a bad idea because no one would ever find me. (Have I mentioned that I hadn't seen any runners in a LONG LONG time). I got back up and kept going. I passed mile 25 and was on the main road again. I started speed walking. I passed mile 26... I started jogging... I ran through the finish.</div> <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; CLEAR: both" class="separator"><a style="MARGIN-LEFT: 1em; MARGIN-RIGHT: 1em" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-z7qOkC-GqtU/T5XE8K8Z52I/AAAAAAAAIyc/8yIyhFX_1a8/s1600/010.JPG" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-z7qOkC-GqtU/T5XE8K8Z52I/AAAAAAAAIyc/8yIyhFX_1a8/s320/010.JPG" width="320" height="240" closure_uid_hcoloc="4" /></a></div> <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; CLEAR: both" class="separator">Did I make my goal of finishing in less than 5 hours? Heck no! (My official time was 5:25:58). Did I finish? Heck yes! And I happy with it. Yes. (Though I will admit to mixed feelings at first, but I have gone over it again and again in my head, and I don't think I could have changed my approach at all to prevent my dehydration).</div> <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; CLEAR: both" class="separator">So, how am I feeling now, 2 days later... just fine! I'm already planning my next marathon. I'm thinking Phoenix Marathon, March 2, 2013 (and probably one or 2 others early next year) Until then, I'm thinking it's time to take on some half marathons! But believe me, I'm definitely not running another long race in 90+ weather any time soon. Yikes!</div> <div style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; CLEAR: both" class="separator">Random question... turns out that there was only 2 people in my age group, so technically I took second. If you were me, would you ask for your reward? I didn't stay for the ceremony because I had to hurry back, shower and feed Mr. Oliver. I didn't realize I had &quot;placed&quot; until just now looking at the results.</div> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 06:00:00