Archive for February, 2009

It’s french for sandwich maker

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

So while I am contemplating bringing my phone and taking pictures during the race so I can send them out to everyone while running, I’m thinking that won’t really help with my PR.  So as a better alternative, I just came across this: 

That’s right, you can track me via your cell phone and email, how cool is that?  And it’s not even dependant on my soigneur (that’s french for sandwich maker, but much fancier and really, Darren has not once made a sandwich for me, although he has generously given up his compression socks. I think that’s kind of soigneur-ey)  to send out email updates. 

So if you really want to know how well I’m doing, you should probably just sign up for your own updates – since my soigneur will likely be checking his facebook page and sending emails to everyone but my fans while I’m running.  My goal is a 2:45 race, that’s a 12:35 pace.  If I’m faster than 12:35, it’s a good race.  If I’m slower, well, I’m enjoying the scenery and stopping for pictures with princesses.

Let the taper begin!!!

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

So after a brief scare last night when my heart started racing for no good reason and woke me up from a dead sleep (and yes, I did pull out my heart rate monitor and compulsively watched the numbers go up and up…and then got a second heart rate monitor to check that the first heart rate monitor wasn’t lying), and then a call to my mom to verify that I was not going to die because really I had no travel insurance AND more importantly have made the final payment for the trip (and no Sharon, you cannot go in place of me!), AND a valium to drop the heart rate to something reasonable, I was able to finally complete my very last long run before the princess 1/2.  Thankfully Wendy for some crazy reason decided she wanted to run 12 miles with me, even though I did give her a perfectly reasonable out yesterday, but she said, “No, I’m running”.

Let me just say I am so relieved that I finished this run.  Miles 9-11 were brutal, which likely was a result that someone (ok, yes, it was me), thought it would be a really good idea to run up Iron Point (yes Sacramentans – that would be Costco Hill – out of towners – it’s an uphill…with no downhillls).  Miles 5-9 were all uphill. Mile 9 -11 were flat, I was just tired.  Unfortunately you can’t be tired when running with Wendy.  “Step it up girl, you’re almost there”, and she was cheerful when she was saying it, which is craziness!  At 10.5 we reached the car, but there was no stopping Wendy “We’re finishing keep going”.  One more circle, and we were back at the car at 12.04 miles.  More importantly we were at 12.04 miles at a faster pace than our 11 mile run last week, in (hopefully) less pain than last week, and at least for me, at a more reasonable heartrate (which considering last night) was significantly more important. 

It was a good day. 

And what makes today even better, that’s the last long run! That’s right, I don’t have to do another long run until July.  Thank goodness!!!  I think all ideas of Portland Marathon are pretty much gone at this point, although the Nike Half in San Francisco is looking very tempting – finishing medal is a Tiffany necklace, handed to you by a San Francisco fireman dressed in a tux.  Totally worth it.

So if you’re looking for me, I won’t be on the bike trail, on the Folsom trail, on the Davis trail, circling around downtown, or any other run trail.  Maybe I’ll have time in the next week to actually get in the pool – or at least get close enough to smell the pool.

Cristi Jessee or was it Jessee Cristi?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Ever have one of those moments when someone asks you “hey would you like to _____?” and for a brief moment you think, this will end up bad, but you do it anyway?

Yeah, I had this moment on Sunday – and since I have all the luck in the world except when I play the lottery, it has been saved for all eternity, or at least until News10 cares less about Amgen and only wants to talk about the rain or the economy…so maybe another 2 or 3 days:

Three points to make –

  1. Yes, the boy in the pink hat is indeed me.  Just want to point out I was very cold, had just finished my 10 mile run, and was heading over to Fleet Feet to look for yet another pair of running shoes for Darren.
  2. The woman had asked us a series of questions, the ones where I had semi intelligent answers she cut. Instead she asked “what’s the appeal of riding a bike” – the blank look I have, is pretty indicative of what I think the appeal of riding a bike is. It’s also up there with running 10 miles in the cold. Or going running shoe shopping with Darren.  Thankfully Wendy was able to save the day with “camaraderie, it’s all about the camaraderie”.  Phew, crisis averted. Yes, that is a nice part.  Granted, I’d prefer the camaraderie at a nice bar with a nice glass of wine in front of me.  If that’s not available, maybe shopping (not shoes for Darren) with my friends.  Biking would be nice too, better than a stick in the eye I guess.
  3. Yes, my autograph will be available at the Tour de California this weekend.  I am a star after all.