This is fun right?
Saturday, November 30, 2013
This is fun right?
Posted by susette at 1:02 AM
Friday, November 29, 2013
One of my favorite holidays of the year. But to be able to enjoy all the calories I would be indulging in I wanted to run a race to cancel it all out before the damage happened. I wanted to sign up for the Thankful 13 half marathon but hesitated because I would be hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year and I wasn't sure I could do that and run a morning race. So, I didn't sign up. Only about a week before the race I was still really, really, wanting to run this but refrained from signing up, especially since it was now at the full price option. Well, one of the pace groups that I belong to had just posted that their 2:40 pacer was injured and wouldn't be running. They asked if anyone would like the spot. I immediately jumped on it (after chatting it over with Mark to make sure he would be ok with me being gone on Thanksgiving morning). He was completely supportive and so I took the spot.
When I got there they were just barely starting with unloading a big trailer and also hauling all kinds of stuff all over the place. I wasn't dressed appropriately for heavy labor and so I took the job of punching holes in the tops and bottoms of these 60+ signs which would be placed all over the course. As I read through some of the things people were thankful for that they had previously submitted I thought it was fun to recognize a few of my running buddies names, so I snatched a couple photos and sent them to them. They were thrilled.
I ended up also helping with setting up the big blow-up starting line arch, by attaching signs all over it as it was filling with air. I also hauled big orange cones out of a trailer, and just toted stuff to where ever the people asked me to. I learned very quickly that setting up races is NOT a fun job and I am so glad it's something I don't do on a regular basis. I have a whole new appreciation for Race Directors. Did I mention it was really cold outside?
Race morning dawned not too early, about 6:00 am for me and I got ready and headed to the starting line around 7:00 am. Because I was subbing for the injured pacer my bib said her name, so I would be Susanne Martin for this race. That's ok. I was just thrilled to be running. Pacing was just an added bonus.
My good buddy Joshua was running this race as well and was hoping for a 2:40 and so planned to run with me for the entire race. We have only done that a couple times previously, and it's always a good time when we run together. He must have been in a baking mood because he made the most delicious batch of rice krispy treats I have ever eaten. They were loaded with caramels, pretzels, and snickers. What a tasty treat! He handed a bunch of them out to his running buddies. There goes some of my calories, and I haven't even touched Thanksgiving dinner yet. Heck, I haven't even run yet.
Me and the bright green pacing sign I got to hold for 13.1 miles. (Except when I had to make a pit stop and send the sign down the course with Josh and then catch up to him later) It happens.
The race would be starting at 8:00 am and the sun was coming out and I shed a couple jackets and headed over to the starting line area. The course was beautiful and weaved through some nice residential areas, golf courses, and along the River Jordan Parkway Trail. It was truly a perfect day for running and I was just happy to be a part of it.
Pacing went very well, other than running a 2:40 is a bit of a struggle when I'm used to pacing 2:20 spots. I was constantly watching the time and realizing I needed to go slower. Each mile I would be over by anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute, so I would take more walk breaks at the aid stations and then continue to try and run slower. It all worked out in the end when I came in at 2:39:30. These 2 gals I see often at races and I love visiting with them. Denise and Melanie always make me smile.
YAY for treats at the finish line. Pumpkin bundt cakes, hot chocolate and pumpkin pie. Pretty delicious if you ask me. Oops, there goes more of those hard earned calories.
What in the world is this photo doing here? That's exactly what I was wondering. Then I realized it's what Josh does if you ever hand him your camera. He's the selfie king. Taking pictures for me to be surprised and find later.
This race and course was absolutely fabulous. I would certainly love to run it again next year. It was the perfect way to start a Thanksgiving morning.
As for things at home, I had made most of my food items the day before and had set the table the night before so that when I got home I only had a few little things to do. Mark had put the turkey in the oven and kept tabs on that. He did a good job and that turkey was just coming out of the oven as I got home.
Posted by susette at 12:20 AM
Thursday, November 28, 2013
My boy, Jordan, had a birthday this year on Thanksgiving. Poor guy, this happens to him about every 7 years. So we decided to celebrate a day early so he could still feel important. I bought 3 large Papa John pizzas and some drinks and we celebrated at home this year. It's always a good time too when the grand kids come over. They entertain all of us. I'm so lame sometimes and forget the simple basics like candles to put on the cake, and ice cream to go with the cake. Seriously, who does that? So, we improvised with the candles and pulled out a number 4 and a number 6 (from when I turned 46) and wrote a 2 on the back of the 6 so we could get a 24. It's a good thing Mark made the cake because that may have been forgotten too. My only excuse is having to host the Thanksgiving dinner this year and worrying about everything associated with that. We skipped the ice cream and ate the super yummy carrot cake that Mark has perfected the art of making. Seriously, it's so good. He made one once for a scouting fundraiser in the ward and it brought in $110 dollars because everyone was bidding on it. Part of his secret is the way he does the frosting and also you have to chill the cake and eat it ice cold. Super yummy!!
Oh, and Happy Happy Birthday cute boy!
Posted by susette at 6:08 PM
Saturday, November 23, 2013
I've been having so much fun just asking on Facebook in a couple of running groups, if anyone wants to go on a trail run, and seeing who shows up. This was the 3rd weekend in a row I decided to ask and see if anyone would go with me. The first week there were 10 of us. The second week we got 8, and then this week there were 4 plus a dog. Often times I like to run alone but if I can get others to join me on the trails I prefer that. Mostly, because I get bored after a few hours of me, my brain, and my music but also because I feel way more safe out there with someone else to scare away the bears, cougars, and wolves. Now I'll be honest, I've never seen any of those, nor heard of people seeing them, but there's always a first for everything. Actually, I saw a porcupine once out here in Corner Canyon, and that was a little freaky!
Posted by susette at 1:00 AM
Saturday, November 16, 2013
signing up for my first 100 mile race coming up in February 2014,
I have been researching online different training schedules and trying to find
one that will work for me and my life and my brain. I've narrowed it down
to 2 different ones. They are both recommended for newbie and first timers
of the 100 mile distance. The problem is they require 24 weeks of training and
I basically have only about 13 weeks. Yeah, slight problem. Can I be
ready for a 100 mile race in such a short amount of time? Ready or not
I'm going to have to be. One of the ways I can get some good solid,
intense runs in are by running in the mountains so close to home here.
Last Saturday I posted on FB and invited anyone to join me. We got
a good turn out of 10 people and meandered all around the hills for a few hours.
We had a good time and my heart is just really happy when I get to run up
here. I feel so incredibly lucky to live so close to some beautiful
We spent a little over 2 hours out here in the weather and 8.25 miles later I got back to my car. I was ready to get my wet jacket, gloves and headband off and get into a warm car. It was definitely a fun experience and I'm hoping to do it again soon.
Posted by susette at 9:33 PM