Thursday, January 17, 2008

Clear Like September

If you've never been to San Francisco, don't come in the summer. The best months are September and October. December thru March well that's winter, for us that's rain, wind and fog, like June and July except for the rain. Tonight though, on my run, it could have been a September evening. On top of a hill I was able to see the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin, Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, the East Bay and the Bay Bridge - crisp and clear. Nights like this I wish I could run till dawn.

Nevertheless it's only January, the rains will be back soon. I hope so, we need the water. Keep your fingers crossed for me this weekend, I'm hoping to move up to 12 miles for my long run. If I can do that, moving up to 18-20 before January is up will be a a good possibility. It's all coming together nicely so far. As much as I complain sometimes I enjoy these cycles in my training; starting fresh and slow in the beginning of the year, hitting my stride, fast and strong in late Spring and the Summer months, then slowly tapering off to an exhausted heap at the end of the year, anxiously awaiting the end of a season.

Before I go shout outs to J~Mom and Marcy for completing their first half-marathon last weekend, that was the first right?! Another shout out to my friend Jen who has discovered the joys of trail running, running another trail event last weekend at Angel Island. Soon as you are done with the IM at Coeur d'Alene you should consider a longer, farther trail run.


  1. I'd take rain over snow ANY DAY! hehe

    Thanks for the shout out! You totally needed to be there with us ;-) 13 miles is like a walk in the park for you, right? ;-)

  2. I have actually been there twice in the fall. I loooove the whole area. I hope to make my way back there someday soon. I do have my eye on the Nike marathon so maybe for that and then I can enjoy the city as well.

    Thank you for the shout out! :>) Next time you need to be at Javafest! Or at least at the ultra run we do with Bob in 09!

  3. Don't even talk to me about rainy winters...try Oregon! However, we're on a week streak of good weather too, and I am enjoying while it lasts. Good luck with 12! Go slow and steady.

  4. As I woke up from my nap at the pool I was thinking....I don't want to run today...then I fell back asleep & now I am ready to go run :-)

    Enjoy ur Rain & get that body moving!!

  5. Ha ha ha... I feel like you have made a public challenge! : ) I think I will be doing more and more trail runs here in the next few months, as I love them and they will be a fabulous way to spend my long training runs!

    I have to tell you - last night we went to Japan Town for sushi and I saw the "Seoul Garden" sign. I pointed to it, laughing, and said, "that sign is on Rick's blog!"

    Sounds like you are bouncing right back after some time off. Nice work. Maybe you should join Will this weekend in his 50K adventure! Will, I hope it's a great race!

  6. Glad the training is going so well! You'll have a great run this weekend, I'm sure.