Checking in

I ran 15 miles a couple weeks ago.  I know that’s nothing for all you crazy marathoners out there, but I haven’t run that far since 2006.  It kind of kicked my trash.  (Even though 13 and 14 miles feels pretty routine.)  That one extra mile made a difference and reminded me (as I ponder training for a full marathon) to respect the distance.

Here I am icing my calves post run like a good girl.

Ice-bath

Last weekend I tried Zumba for the first time.  The class was put on at a woman’s shelter in San Francisco as part of a program that helps victims of domestic violence gain confidence through fitness and exercise.  I cannot put into words how much I believe in the concept behind this non-profit, and I’m super excited to get involved. 

I’m supposed to be something like an example, but I have a feeling I have more to learn from these women than I have to teach.  It was a humbling experience and reminded me of everything I’m blessed with in my life. 

I also went to a Girls on the Run practice at Lake Merritt last weekend.  In theory each adult run buddy is paired with an elementary schooled aged girl.  Run buddies join their partner for one practice and the program finale – The Lollipop 5K.

In reality there were about three times as many run buddies as there were girls.  Myself and another adult were paired with a girl who plans to run with her mom during the race.  Boo… I still support Girls on the Run, and have high hopes that the Lollipop 5K won’t be a solo event.

Here’s a couple shots of the practice course.

GOTR-Lake Merritt

GOTR-Fairyland

Finally and unfortunately I’ve been having some trouble with my right achilles.  Nothing too severe, but I know this is an injury you don’t want to flirt with.  I plan to reach my primary goal for 2011 with a lot of rest.

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5 thoughts on “Checking in

  1. This looks like a fun course! I hope you won’t run it solo. 🙂 I ran 16 miles for the first time ever and I totally agree with you! I can run a half tomorrow if need be, but after 14 miles, it gets exponentially difficult. I have a 20-miler next week and I have no idea if I can do it…

  2. This doesn’t really relate to this post, I just wanted to tell you that my brother was home for my grandma’s funeral and he was singing the praises of Vibram’s Five Fingers shoes for running. So, you know, just wanted to pass that on to someone who actually runs:)

  3. I participated in the GOTR and the Lollipop 5k last year. It was a great event and I highly recommend it! I’d love to hear more about the Zumba experience. What a great cause. Keep up the great work Laura!

  4. I had the same experience with GOTR. There were lots of buddies, so I partnered up with another buddy and did general cheerleading for everyone else.

  5. Can I just say that I’m totally envious of your backyard? What? You don’t like apartment living?!

    Also, thanks for the info about GOTR. It sounds like a great cause and something I’d like to look into!

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