Monday, November 12, 2007

piping up (briefly)

You've heard nothing but crickets here for the past week because I just started a new job. And by the time I get home, I'm too tired to even read other people's blogs, much less post on my own.

But here I am. At least for the next few minutes.

The Sunday before last I ran 13.1 miles, the first 10.5 with a new running group. Except only three of the fast guys showed up. They said they would take it slowly, then we ran the first two miles in 16 minutes. Hmmm. The first mile was downhill, then the next SIX were uphill. Like way, way uphill on a two-lane winding road with no shoulder. Aaargh. We got little to no downhill in the remaining miles, unfortunately. The route just evened out. Sigh.

Yesterday I ran 15.6 miles by myself. And it felt ... well, if not easy ... very, very doable. Averaged about 9:40/mile, a nice, relaxed pace for me. I ran loops around the Rose Bowl, which is exactly 3.1 miles around. The route is a long and gradual uphill on the left side, flattens out at the top, then a gradual decline on the right side, before once again flattening out.

Felt good at the end. Peppy, even. Like I could've run another 3.1 mile loop, and danced a jig at the end.

More later. Peace out.


  1. Good for you. Wish it were me. You must be getting really strong with your running.

    That was a short-lived retirement. Good luck with the new gig!

  2. Congrats on joining a new running group. Hope the job settles out a little.

    Nice run yesterday. 15 miles is good!

  3. Congratulations on your new job. I hope it goes from stressful to fun very soon!

  4. wowza. maybe we'll just have to communicate via comments! nice running!

    I hope the job is good cuz the schedule sounds hellish. hopefully it will ease up some soon. by say, next week?

  5. Over four years running and I still haven't gotten to the Rose Bowl. Someday.

    Good luck with the new job.

  6. 5K loops. Now that's nice. And something to look at and contemplate as you go, all those Rose Bowl game memories. The Stanford band, Charles White, Warren Moon, Mark Brunell, Pat Haden, Don Bunce, Jim Plunkett, Rex Kern and all those others doing it for their teams. O.J. running amok. In the Rose Bowl game I mean. What a great running venue.

  7. Hi Bex! I was directed to you by Jeanne. I will be coming to Lake Tahoe in the early days of Janaury for a vacation. I was wondering if you are aware of any road races at that time?

    Thanks for your help.