Back at it!

I am horrible at technology. I am trying to get better. WordPress did an update in September and my website failed to align with it any longer. My tech guy (Matt 🙂 ) was working long hours, we were out of the country, I was gearing up for the Twin Cities Marathon and we were getting ready to move…again… so my website took the back burner for a bit. As you can see it is now pretty bare bones and I have to re-upload all of my pictures back in to my old posts. Hopefully by Christmas I will have a nice, new, shiny site.

Happy Holidays from Sonoran Distance Project!

Happy Holidays from Sonoran Distance Project!

This summer I ran a ton! I was living in Heber at 6800 feet. Gussie and I were up there alone for the most part and I was just putting in a ton of miles, up to 128 a week. I came back to San Diego in September for some sharpening and we headed to Latvia for 10 days.

Never travel without my UCAN!

Never travel without my UCAN!

While there I was able to practice my language skills….a lot different than speaking Latvian with my parents on the phone! I still have a lot of work to do! I got in some beautiful runs, and I visited the Latvian Athletics Association and was able to meet the President, Guntis Zālītis, and the Head Coach Dmitrijs Miļkevičs. I am so excited to compete for Latvia and it was an honor to be welcomed by them.

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Outside our Hotel in the seaside city of Jurmala.

Outside our Hotel in the seaside city of Jurmala.

Trail running in Valmiera.

Trail running in Valmiera.

Track workout at the beautiful Jānis Daliņš Stadium.

Track workout at the beautiful Jānis Daliņš Stadium.

While there I ran a half marathon in one of my favorite cities in Latvia, Valmiera. I was running this as a marathon pace workout so it was a good effort.  The race was really well organized and there were lots of people out on the course cheering. I had such a fun time!

Photo courtesy of Karlis Pakarklis

Photo courtesy of Karlis Pakarklis

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We arrived home with 2 weeks to spare before the Twin Cities Marathon. I felt like I was in great shape, I had put in the work, and I was ready to run a big PR. Unfortunately, come October 4th, my body had other plans. On a perfect race-weather morning, something went awry. I don’t know if I had overtrained, if all of the travel caught up to me, but I was fighting my body the entire way. I kept waiting for my body to find its groove. At mile 16, I had run 2 miles at 6:30 pace and knew that finishing ten more miles fighting my body, that it would take even longer to recover. I decided to stop and it was the right decision. Don’t get me wrong, I was very upset that I couldn’t deliver. I definitely felt like a failure and that I had disappointed myself.

My beautiful friend from high school, Laura, and her daughter came out to cheer me on in the cold. Love you ladies!

My beautiful friend from high school, Laura, and her daughter came out to cheer me on in the cold. Love you ladies!

I took a week off to mentally recover and to get my head back in the game. I was so sore when I started running again, it felt like I had run a marathon. It took a few weeks for me to feel normal again. I was finally starting to feel good when my small plantar problem turned in to a large plantar problem. I had always had tightness in my left foot, but it usually went away. Not this time. I have been doing a lot of rehab on it and it is improving each day. Next post I will share what I have been doing. Three weeks ago I was not sure I would be ready to run a marathon in January and was ready to throw in the towel. Yesterday I had one of the fastest 20 milers I have ever run, so things are definitely looking good.  Phew. Crisis averted for now.  I am still babying that plantar. It is a real pain in the heel after long runs and workouts.

My friend Ethan and I at Lake Miramar post 20 mile. He was nice enough to slow down and help me with my workout. :)

My friend Ethan and I at Lake Miramar post 20 mile. He was nice enough to slow down and help me with my workout. :)

In my face every time I try to stretch.

In my face every time I try to stretch.

Taking her pick out of my Generation UCAN stash.

Taking her pick out of my Generation UCAN stash.

Moving forward, I am happy to say that I will be running the Houston Marathon on January 17th. I am really looking forward to running a solid race. I won’t be going in as ambitiously as I was for Twin Cities and I am hoping that the lack of pressure on myself will do me some good. Us runners are a crazy lot.

Phoenix run with two of my favorite ladies!

Phoenix run with two of my favorite ladies!

Back at it! See, it *does* get cold in San Diego!

Back at it! See, it *does* get cold in San Diego!

 

Enjoying a Packers V. Chargers game with the family. Our lone Charger fan, Ronnie was taking the picture!

Enjoying a Packers V. Chargers game with the family. Our lone Charger fan, Ronnie was taking the picture!

 

Hope everyone is having a great Holiday season! Run Happy!

 

 

 

One Comment

  1. Glad you’re back in the blogging game! I’ve fallen off the bandwagon myself the past few weeks! That’s awesome that you’re running for Latvia now 🙂 All your pictures are so fun! Must be great to have such good group of people to run with and support you. Gussie is so big now!!!

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