Thursday, July 1, 2010

Average A = Bad Blogger

I've been a bad blogger recently due to a number of things going on in my running life and my personal life. I haven't been in my "happy-place" with running lately, and while I did fit in a number of miles this past week, they've mostly been junk miles.

This past weekend my side of the city had a bunch of fun thunderstorms, tornado warnings, and flash flooding. When it wasn't hailing, it was crazy humid and I could barely suffer through a few miles before having to walk. I couldn't figure out if it was the humidity or my body rebelling from doing a couple too many marathons. Methinks it's both.

These images from Uptown last weekend are courtesy of Facebook.
The slight twinge in my right knee has prevented me from doing any long or quality runs, but I've found time to hop on my lovely pink bike and even do a step machine. Did you know that step machines are crazy hard? On Tuesday I climbed the equivalent of the Empire State Building in about 16 minutes (and a few more monuments after that that I don't remember), so suddenly I have a new goal to work toward: How fast can I run up the Empire State Building -- aka How much longer until I really blow out my knee?

The Red, White & Boom Half Marathon is on Sunday and I definitely don't feel prepared. I'm sure I'll finish, but I still feel physically exhausted and really worn down based on a number of Life's Wonderful Twists and Turns. I'm just hoping to go out, have a fun race, and enjoy looking at all the awesome costumes that'll be on the course!

Another thing I'm excited about seeing during this race?....

Course Information
The City of Minneapolis is allowing vehicle traffic including buses on parts of the course so please be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Also of special note: the course crosses over several sets of railroad tracks. Due to Homeland Security rules, we do not know the train schedule and it is highly likely that trains will be crossing the course. For your safety, PLEASE do not attempt to outrun a train!

This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen!

Happy early Independence Day -- stayed tuned for my slowest half marathon results to date. ;)
*Hoping to blame my slow run on a train...*


  1. I feel your pain on the humidity. I am avoiding my run tonight because of it. Man, uptown got NAILED with that storm. I can't believe those photos. I hope you escaped with no damage.

    The Red, White and Boom looks fun. I might have to do that next year. I can't believe the course runs over the train tracks. That is messed up. Good luck! I can't wait to hear about your race report.

  2. Wow! Thats some run your running! I Was considering a 1/2 in Santa Barbara later this year, but the hefty fee and lack of road closure kinda sent me away.. Good Luck! Cant wait to see pics~

  3. I LOVE me a step machine! The gym where I live now doesn't have one, but the one in the city where I used to live did.

    My butt never looked so good! LOL

  4. Those flood pics are absolutely crazy, but are nothing compared to the thought of waiting for a train in the middle of a race - wtf? Sounds like an awesome race report in the making, I can't wait to read it. I hope you find your happy (running) place during the race. :-)

  5. That is some crazy rain there. Take it easy, you need some recovery as well. Rest is part of getting stronger.

  6. Hi A,
    You are the best! I am so glad that I found your blog after we both did Get in Gear! Thank you so much for your kind words and rock:)

    I had no idea that you had that much rain! You go with your step machine...the distance of going up to the Empire State Building in 16 minutes!?! You are a machine:)

    I am looking forward to seeing you Sunday!

  7. Hello fellow vegan runner!! I just stumbled upon your blog. I love reading about other athletes doing it all on a vegan diet. Run on sista! ;-)