Monday, January 18, 2010

What I did at 6:15 am this morning

I swam.

OK, so much for two posts below. It just worked out that B. woke up very happily at 5:45 am. I knew he would be fine with Raybon for an hour and a half or so. Figured I might as well swim. I actually swam pretty well, too. Didn't look at my watch, but I kept up with someone who was a little faster than me a couple weeks ago. She may have been having a bad day, but it still felt good to swim with someone else who I used to share a lane with years ago.

I don't know what this means. Prolly just that if Benji wakes up happy between 5:15 and 5:45, I'll swim. I don't know how often that will be, or if I'll ever show any improvement, but it will be nice to keep a hand in.

What I did at 3 am this morning

B. was awake and wanting to play at 3 am this morning. I knew I had to get him back to sleep for both our sakes, but it took some time. It's easy to wish he would sleep better, but I found enough energy and patience to relish the quiet time we spent in the wee morning and realize I won't get this opportunity to be close to a baby forever.

Things I hope I can remember:

- Sweet milk breath
- Pattering rain outside
- Eyelashes up against my cheeck
- Peals of laughter as I walked backwards and forwards to a full length mirror.
- Dancing to Jack Johnson
- Clutching at me as I put him down on the changing table
- Rapt attention and smiles as I sang him "Amazing Grace"

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Seaweed Girl, the Runner

Maybe I'll have to rename this blog soon. I'm 34 years old now. I think I said about 3 years ago that I was too old to be called "girl." I think I got in the ocean twice last summer, so I feel like I need to forfeit the "seaweed", too.

Maybe not. If you look at my race schedule below, most all the races are near the ocean. If I do the Malibu Marathon instead of CIM, and skip Wildflower (a possibility), all of them would be.

I'm seriously considering quitting swimming. Of course there is no reason I might not just change my mind next month, next week, or even tomorrow. Reasons for the change:

1. Raybon's work schedule. It changes daily. Totally unpredictable. Some days he has meetings so early in the morning that I can't swim. Sometimes this will happen 2 of the 3 mornings a week that the local pool, 15 minutes from my home, is open for Masters swimming. Occasionally I see myself getting in sight of the speed I used to have, and then I miss swimming for a week, and it's gone again. Frustrating as hell.

2. B's "schedule." He doesn't really have one. I could go into details about what I mean, but the last couple times I've gone to swim, he's been very fussy when I get back. Feel bad for the poor guy, and I think starting the day off poorly gets us both off to a bad start.

3. The jogging stroller. B. is big enough for it now. Where before, I really needed to swim, I can jog now. And I can do it at a time that is convenient to accomodate B's mood or Raybon's availability, whereas I have to swim at specific times (MWF at 6 am.)

4. I feel better on days I don't swim than days I do. And I feel better on the days I run than the days I don't. It's that simple. Maybe it's because I'm worn out from the holidays (which were very rough.) But I've been exhausted and moody lately, and the swimming is getting to be too much.

So I really think it's the best thing for my whole family if I cut out swimming. Maybe I'll swim once a week, maybe not.

What does this mean to me? If you don't think it's not a big deal at all, you don't understand me all that well. But if you think I'm heartbroken, that is a mistake, too. I really enjoy running with B. He usually naps through it, and I have time to be alone with my thoughts. I'm just enjoying my time outside, finding clarity, and cherishing the celebration of life that I find in running. I'm not competing or comparing myself to anyone. OK, there is that little Wharf to Wharf Challenge with Raybon, but that's kinda just a lark. I hope he beats me.

I'd like to wax poetic a bit more about this, but B. needs me to put him to bed, and Raybon is getting worn out watching him while I blog. Goodnight.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Wharf to Wharf Challenge

Who: Nori and Raybon
When: The Sunday before the Wharf to Wharf (July 18, 2010), and the Wharf to Wharf (July 25, 2010)
Where: SLV High School Track and The Santa Cruz Wharf
What: Will race one mile on the SLV High School Track. Whoever loses gets to push the jogging stroller in the Wharf to Wharf.

Raybon came up with this!!! I'm just putting it out there for everyone else to see the gauntlet thrown down.

A little history on our two competitors:

Raybon: Former high school cross country star. Team Captain of his cross country team. Fourth in the championships of all the American high schools in Europe. 1 Mile P.R.: 4:47 (18 years ago.)

Nori: Mediocre swimmer who wants to be a a runner. 7 10K's under her belt, two of which were in Olympic Triathlons. 1 Mile P.R.: 7 Minutes (21 years ago.) Career highlight: getting first overall in a 10K Walk Against Hunger when I was 13. I ran it. Maybe 3 other people did, and everyone else walked. Two of those people who ran it insisted they got lost, and that was the only way I beat them.

Basically, if Raybon trains consistently and doesn't get injured, he'll kick my ass. As far as I can see, I've got nothing to lose. If he wins, I'll have a fit husband. If he loses, I get a babysitter while I get to run a fun race.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Training Plan for Superbowl Run

The Tri team that I was once part of, and hope to someday train with again, is offering a challenge of 30 runs or strength training sessions of 20 minutes minimum within 30 days during the month of January. Maybe some of my non-athletes or lapsed athlete friends might want to do something like it this month, too.

Yoga and swimming as often as I get a chance! My weeks begin on Saturdays, just because...

Week of 1/2 - Easy recovery week. Need one after a rough holiday. Run 2 miles 5x. Strength train 2x.
Week of 1/9 - Run 2 miles 4x. Strength train 2x. Yoga daily, if possible. Run 2.5 miles 1x. Run 3 miles 1x.
Week of 1/16 -Run 2 miles 3x. Strength train 2x. Yoga daily, if possible. Run 3 miles 2x.
Week of 1/23 - Run 2 miles 3x. Strength train 2x. Yoga daily, if possible. Run 3 miles 1x. Run 4 miles 1x.
Week of 1/30 - Run 2 miles 3x. Strength train 2x. Yoga daily, if possible. Run 3 miles 1x. Run 5 miles 1x.

2/7 - RACE DAY - 10K