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Pumpkin Chase 5K and 30K Virtual Race starting today

The Pumpkin Chase 5K and 30K Virtual Race benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is starting today! Don’t get spooked and sign up here: No Heels Just Sneakers – Virtual Races

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Winter and spring challenges…

It has been an amazing start of the year (for running at least…).I am on track with my 2 annual challenges and way over my winter challenge.

Winter challenge: Run 200 miles between January and March

Actual miles run: 321 miles. MedalSlut challenged me to run 300 miles earlier this year, which I rejected at the time. Now, of course, my rejection looks silly. I should really listen to her next time. 🙂

Annual miles challenge: Run 1000 miles in 2012

Well on track with 321 miles done already in the first 3 months. Now, I just need to make sure I keep up the running.

Annual race challenge: Run a race each month (challenger: my running buddy S)

I am rephrasing it as “Run 12 races in 2012”. Some months are just challenging to find an adequate race (like February). So far I have run 4 races with my running buddy S: a half marathon, a 5k, a 10k and an 8-mile race. Well on track!

Now I need a Spring challenge. And I know just the right one. Now that I know I belong…. For the next 3 months (April to June) I will be focusing on improving my pace. My races are actually not about running a PR, but about enjoying the scenery. I tend to pick different races mostly. But I really want to run a PR in an upcoming 10k or half marathon. I am eying the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon for a PR. Spring challenge accepted: run fewer miles, but up the tempo! 🙂

What are your spring challenges?


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Nike+ is my new therapist

Last night. Watching American Idol. No, Ryan Seacrest, you are not live. And, no, I am not going to look online who has made it already… Oh no, I just did. Oops…

As a side note, there were some good performances. They love Adele. Singing one of her songs seems to automatically qualify for the next round… Is this really J.Lo? What happened to her face?? This is a really ill-fitting lipstick!! (she is also lying to contestants, telling them they could win the show when – I can clearly see into the future – I know they will not make it into the next round…)

Anyway, I was REALLY updating my NIKE+ challenges and American Idol just happened to be running on TV…

So as I am looking through my challenges and withdrew from a few that are really not challenges for me, I signed up for some new ones (new to me) and suddenly it dawned on me. I have very split loyalties.

My NIKE+ challenge loyalties:
GERMANY – EU Member State challenge
TEXAS – 2012 State Run challenge
MICHIGAN STATE – Run for March Madness Challenge
ROYAL BOROUGH OF RICHMOND – London Boroughs Annual Challenge 2012

I often don’t feel very settled. Looking at the above, I kind of get why. Thanks, NIKE+, for pointing this out clearly.

Or maybe I should look at this of being privileged of calling all these places my home?

By the way, all you Richmond runners. I see you every day running the Thames path. I need your help with the London Boroughs Annual Challenge 2012! Are we going to let Hounslow win??

Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest.
~ Henry Van Dyke


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My spring 100/200-mile challenge revisited

At the beginning of the year, when I was still considering January to be a rest month – hanging out with the elliptical, the stationary bike, the yoga class more than with my running shoes – I set a 100-mile challenge to be completed by end of March.

HA! hahaha.

I just uploaded my last few runs onto my NIKE+ profile and what would I not believe? I logged exactly 100 miles in January! That was pretty neat. I know I already told you that I changed this challenge to a 200-mile challenge. But what I am really psyched about is that I am well on the path to log 1000 miles this year.

That will be my new challenge: 1000 miles in 2012!

It is not given us to live lives of undisrupted calm, boredom, and mediocrity. It is given us to be edge-dwellers.

-Jay Deacon


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Heading for San Diego

Running my fifth season with Team In Training! I will be running the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon in June with my beloved and very-much-missed Austin Team.

It’s been a great journey for me to run for a cause. I have been running races for causes for the past 10 years, but only took up fundraising in 2009 with my first full marathon, the NIKE Women’s Marathon. And I couldn’t have found a better team than Team in Training. I made new friends, pushed myself further than I ever thought I would and have seen the good work the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) does with their patient support.

I am a remote member of the team, so I can’t participate in the team runs, but can’t wait to see everyone in June in San Diego.

Be a hero and help support my fundraising or be a hero by joining the team.

We won’t always know whose lives we touched and made better for our having cared, because actions can sometimes have unforeseen ramifications. What’s important is that you do care and you act.
~ Charlotte Lunsford


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Mostly a good week and my goals for the spring season

This weekend marks the end of my winter break. Weeks of running as and when I wanted are over. Funnily enough, I ran with far more smiles over the past 3 weeks and logged more miles than in previous training weeks where I just couldn’t face the run. So, I guess, somehow I did something right over my winter break. Let’s recapture this week:

  • OK – this was last Sunday, but it set the tone for the week: 13.86 mile run with friends as part of the NIKE+ Women’s half marathon
  • 4 runs this week & 1 walk
  • about 20 miles run this week
  • reached next NIKE+ level (green)
  • coldest day: 0C
  • warmest day: 12C
  • safely dodged the rain
  • longish fun run today with friend

I did twist my ankle this morning though during the run. It stopped hurting after a minute and I kept running. Not really hurting now, let’s hope it stays that way. Anyway, that why it reads “mostly” a good week…

Official half marathon training season is starting again on Monday. I want to preserve the fun I had over the past few weeks, so I am going to keep the fun elements in:

  1. If I don’t feel like running, I’ll go for a walk instead.
  2. I’ll ask a friend or two to join me on my long runs. Realized how much fun it has been running with S and Y these last two weekends.
  3. Remember to enjoy the run and the scenery. That should always be the number one goal!

I like these. I shall print them off and hang them on my kitchen wall. 🙂

Curious to know what goals are hanging on your kitchen wall?

Happy running!

Be not afraid of going slowly,

be afraid only of standing still.

~Chinese proverb


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Fame and Glory

HA! There you go, rain! I found a moment of dry skies yesterday and did my “next level” run (or so I thought).

I reached the next level – the green level – on my NIKE+ profile. And here I was waiting for stars to shine, fireworks to go off and all, but nothing happened. My profile background changed to green (so much easier on the eye than orange) and that was IT!

I may need to explain. With my NIKE+ GPS watch purchase last October I became a NIKE+ addict, a miles junkie, logging each and every mile. Don’t even want to go to the gym for any workout that doesn’t let me log miles. I obviously need help!

Now I reached the green level, meaning I logged a mere 250km on my GPS watch since my purchase (no idea why NIKE+ is counting in km…).

And guess what my status says today: 465 miles (not km, don’t ask me…) to reach the blue level. WHAT???

Fame & Glory, said my friend, is what you get! Oh my. I will stop being a miles junkie, stop talking about my NIKE+ GPS watch, stop logging each and every mile, sign up for that yoga class on Sunday, until…. I reach another 465 miles I guess…