Running thoughts…..

2015 in Review

by journey01 on Jan.27, 2016, under Uncategorized

Well its official. I think I’m getting old. :) Running is slowing downnnnnnn… Looking through my coffee-stained 2015 log, 718.50 miles for the year and it appears I didn’t have any extended periods of no running… just a few days at a time occasionally. So that’s cool. I usually have one patch during the year where I just give up for a while – either from boredom, some ache/pain or the “i just dont wanna’s”.

2015 Missoula Half Marathon

2015 Missoula Half Marathon

We ran 1 half marathon this year.. The Missoula Half in July. With the help of our trainer friend Amy, her and I managed to FINALLY convince Lori to run one. :) Actually… it didnt take that much convincing this time around. Pretty sure she always wanted to do it. She just went after it this time. & It was fun. Its a nice route. Rained on us lightly early on but dried up pretty soon after the start of the run. Lori was very excited when we were done to have one under her belt. We plan to do it again this year, as well as Run to the Pub (currently training for that one in March)… Lori’s caught the fever now. Yes… NOW THAT I’M OLD! :) haha.

I did manage to accidentally be #1 in my age group in a 5k event this year. So that was kind of fun. I put on my LAST What Women Want Fun Run this year. I decided 10 years was plenty and it was time to turn it over to the Tribune and let them take care of it now – seeing as how I’ve been gone from them since 2008!! I’ll still put on the

1st Place!!

1st Place!!

Kickin Half in September. For now.

I bought a dreadmill just after Christmas. We used to have one but it was old & weighed a ton and was noisy as HELL. So it went away a long time ago. Now we have a nice new quiet one. Wanted it for those non-running days (is there such a thing??) where I just want to get my steps in while watching something on TV OR I simply don’t want to (usually wind related) or cant get outside (typically work related). So far so good… Even Chriss is using it so that’s cool.

So this year I ran in Cheyenne quite a bit. Ugh. SO tough to get acclimated there in just a few days. But Cheyenne it was… & obviously Great Falls, Missoula, Vancouver, WA and on the Coast in Ocean Park, WA. I didn’t manage to get a run in while in Vegas… just a LOT of walking for the conference. I did the Du 5k, the Half, Children’s Museum runs and then for the first time I ran the Mt Cup. and OMG. “Sure.. I’ll run it with you guys… how hard can 5-6 miles be?” Well. When the first 4 miles are straight up a mountain? It’s hard. Good lord. My good friend Ann W. pulled my ass through that one. I woulda just walked back to my car at several points if she’d have let me!! But she dragged me up the mountain. I think I drafted behind her that last downhill mile. :) For the past several years, I’ve not run many races so 2015 was kinda fun in that respect. We continued to participate in the Peak Project, PowerPump and running with the Blister Sisters group + running stairs with Branch Brady in CMR. THAT’S a fun time. “Come run stairs with us… it’ll be fun” they said again.
I gotta stop believing all these yahoos with the long skinny legs.


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Running with a (running-crazy) former HS Track Coach….

by journey01 on Feb.18, 2014, under Everyday runs, Training

3 floors of running hell... :)

3 floors of running hell... :)

So.  I heard about the former CMR  HS track coach running with a group of hard core runners inside the High School.  Some of these folks are my running friends, some I did not know.   I thought to myself… I’ll go check that out.  How hard can it be, right?  Running inside.  No ice, snow, cold or wind… right?    Cake.

mmm hhmmm. HA.

Well.  Consider the workout names… “Miracle Mile”, “40 Stairs”… getting the picture?  No?  Well how about this…  The building is three floors with four stairwells in the center of the building… appropriately named the NE, SE, NW and SW stairwells.  Can you guess what happens next? (continue reading…)

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by journey01 on Jan.22, 2014, under Uncategorized

This is not about running… really.  Its about a horse.  A horse that avoided running at all costs.  :)  And a moment in time I treasure.  And an attempt to explain why I trust and love animals more than most humans… particularly horses. (continue reading…)

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2013 – boooooo!

by journey01 on Jan.01, 2014, under Everyday runs, Greetings, New Places

2013 was a very poor year for my running. Worst since about 2007.  Started out with 2 consecutive bouts of pneumonia beginning in February. One of which had me close to being hospitalized. Both of which took weeks on end to fully recover from. Not fun when you’re all alone, let me tell ya! :( But I survived. After that I just could not get my head back in the running game. I would occasionally work myself back up to 5-8 miles or so. But never much more than that, and then would immediately drop back. Spent much of the year just…. overly tired. (continue reading…)

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A different year…

by journey01 on Nov.04, 2012, under Everyday runs

So this has become a quite different year of running for me.  Started off the year running every day… something I had started from a “Runner’s World” challenge to run every day from Thanksgiving to New Years Day (with my half marathon on Dec. 4th in between!).  Then a friend of mine said to me… “Hey… how about from New Years to Valentines day?!?”  (continue reading…)

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Senior Project…

by journey01 on Feb.12, 2012, under Uncategorized

So Jordan picked running a Half Marathon as her Senior Project.  She asked Dr. Ray to mentor her… They are working out once a week – he gets to push her to her limits… then on the weekends, I run long with her.  Last weekend we did 6, today we ran 7.25 … over half way there now.  & She’s doing great.  (continue reading…)

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by journey01 on Dec.14, 2011, under New Places, Races

Running Vegas!!

Running Vegas!!

Well… I did it.  Flew to Vegas and ran the Rock n Roll Half Marathon… on the strip, at night.  It was fun.  Interesting.  The race itself was complete chaos.. (continue reading…)

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12. Miserable. Miles. ;)

by journey01 on Nov.06, 2011, under Everyday runs, Training

HAHA  :)   So we ran 12 the other day.  Ready for Vegas.  First cold weather run for this fall/winter.  We did something a little different this time.. we ran our long run on Friday afternoon.  Saturday was proving to be too busy to get the run in so we ran Friday afternoon.. hoping for the best.  Kind of a warm up to running the Half at night in Vegas…  :)

So….  (continue reading…)

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by journey01 on Oct.16, 2011, under Everyday runs

Not sure I’m going to make this year’s goal, the way things keep going.  Add to my previous list of injuries/problems another round of surgery.  So I missed out on yet another day of running on Friday.  I wasn’t supposed to run till later next week but I couldn’t do it.  Couldn’t wait.  (continue reading…)

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by journey01 on Sep.11, 2011, under Everyday runs, Training

What a wasted summer its been for running.  Dang!  And after a great late winter & early spring start to the year.

I started off the year doing  fairly well – I had a goal of 800 miles for 2011.  I wanted to beat last year’s 750 miles.  In late spring I began building.  I was going along good… I registered for the Las Vegas Half which is on my birthday in December.  In early June I went about starting to condition for that and then… BAM!  or should I say SPLAT!  In 17 years of running I have never EVER had a bad fall.  Till June 2011.  & I sure made up for it.  Man.   A friend of mine said… “You’re not a runner till you eat pavement”.  I can now say with much bravado… I am a runner.   :)

7 miles into a 10 miler, (continue reading…)

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