Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Stepping My Tiny Toe Back Into Training

Things have been slowly on the up-and-up. 

I somehow managed to land a pretty cool job I didn't applied for. Chachi is hanging around me as much as he can -- although he has some great days and some terribly scary days -- and I'm grateful for every second I have with him. I turned another year older and realized I have the best supportive friends who want to be around me, even when I'm a downer.

And I started doing a little more running. 

I didn't end up going to Humboldt for the milestone-birthday marathon, but somewhere along the lines it crossed my mind that I should at least continue to train for CIM. I still don't know if I'll make it to the start line (it's all dependent on Chachi's health), but I might as well attempt to stay in shape for it in case I can go.

After taking mid-September to mid-October off of running, the past few weeks have been dedicated to turning my piddly 2-mile "I'm too afraid to leave my cat for long" runs into 5-mile runs. Which have turned into 10-mile runs. Which turned into trail runs, my 15th half marathon, a 21-miler with a new blogging buddy, and plenty of runs with friends.

Early-morning Headlands run with Jessica, Aron, & Jojo.

After declaring I'd never run Nike Women's Marathon again, I ended up buying a last-minute dirt-cheap bib off Craigslist. Seriously worth it with NWM's logistical changes this year. 15th half marathon = done.

Page organized a group long run with San Diego blogger Nicole. So nice to meet her & get to run with Page, Kristin, & Katie, too!

Runners all cleaned up: Layla, Sima, Kristin, Courtney, & Aron. Thank you so much, friends, for everything!

Running is my sanity. It's how I've met most of my friends. The sport and the community involved in it have been here for me despite life's rocky times. And running always takes me back, even when I shove it aside.

CIM is, for now, back on. I won't be attempting a PR; I don't even think I'll attempt to run hard. I may run it with friends, or depending on Chachi, I might not make it at all. But for now, I've dusted off my neglected training plan and I'm trying to fit some miles back in my life.

5 more weeks until the race. :)


  1. I am glad that Chachi is still here and that you decided to continue to train for CIM. Makes me jealous because I want to be running CIM so bad this year. It seems like this is the race that everyone is running and I feel left out. Stupid injuries. :/

  2. So glad there are lots of great things going on to help with the not so great things. So happy you are out running too <3

  3. Alyssa, so glad you are back! I've missed reading your adventures over morning coffee!
    Happy (belated) birthday, cupcake!!! :-)

  4. I'm so glad Chachi is doing better, and congrats on the new gig!! Hope we can finally connect at CIM!

  5. Congratulations on landing the job! I know that had to be a huge relief.

    I've been thinking about you and Chachi and wondering how things have been going. I'm glad to hear you guys are basking in each other's company. You'll carry these days with you for a lifetime! <3

  6. So glad we got to meet on our run! I still think you should just go for it at CIM - maybe you'll surprise yourself! : )

  7. Yay for a job :) And extra yay for Chachi hanging in there :) Here's hoping things all work out well :)

  8. I'm so glad this wasn't the post I've been dreading. Hugs to Chachi.

    Glad you're still training too. Psychologically it's a good thing to be doing during this time. Hope CIM comes off!!

  9. At least you are keeping a positive mindset...goodluck and Godspeed to you...oh and on a separate note..I have decided to write a series of blog posts about being thankful..for the month of November...I am trying to start a "Count your many blessings" (it seems we have much to be thankful for)movement within the blogging community...I will post on Sunday the 4th for Nov. 1-4 then next week 5-11 and so on...are ya with me? Pass it along either way, blessings and hugs! Link back to me if you could..thanks!

  10. Maybe you should wear MY timing chip for CIM to take it easy and to give me a fake PR :) haha jk. I ran SFM easy and with no goals and while it was one of my worst times I still had a lot of fun. Extra bonus was that recovery is a snap if you're running way slower than you can!

  11. Hugs to you! Glad to hear about the job and getting back into training. Thinking of you and Chachi. xo

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