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Running while in the process of moving2

Posted by jodi in Ramblings on Running,Random Runs (Monday July 5, 2010 at 7:38 pm)

I am typing this entry from our campground just outside of West Yellowstone, Montana. After five amazing years in Seattle, we are returning to the Carolinas now that my residency/fellowship has been completed. We are really trying to make an adventure out of this move too – we have stopped thus far near Crater Lake in Oregon (gorgeous), the Oregon/Idaho border (Fruitland, Idaho, to be precise, which seems to be a suburb of Ontario, Oregon), and then this is our second night near Yellowstone National Park.

My run near Crater Lake served as a very tranquil start to an otherwise hectic day of traveling. A morning 5k in the upper-30s at the start of July while enjoying a pristine sunrise was quite invigorating.

This afternoon’s run was quite special, though. It was just another 5k run from our campsite, but I chose to run along a horse path abutting Hwy-20 in western Montana. Running in this part of Montana is not a new thing. I lived in Hamilton, Montana during the summer in 2000 while working in a research internship with the NIH/NIAID, and enjoyed many a run through the Bitterroot Valley/Blodgett Canyon. It was during that summer that I made the decision to train for a marathon, endured a nasty forest fire, slept in my green Saturn SL at Glacier National Park, and swam down the Black Foot River. No real obligations or responsibilities; just to learn and have fun. Then, I returned to western Montana in 2006, now as a married young physician (an intern) rather than a college student, and again ran to the views of mountains, ranches, and big skies. Here I am again, in 2010, now the mother of two children and a physician finished with training. The scenery is just as beautiful. The mountains appear the same, yet my life is so different. Over ten years everything has changed, but the views remain steadfast. I found myself reflecting on my own mortality, and thought about how life will continue shift for me, but the mountains will be here. And long after I am gone, they will still stand.

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Running at 6800 feet elevation proved a bit of a challenge. Breathing was rougher at the end than I recalled. Despite running on Seattle’s hilly surface, I have definitely not been training for this. 🙂 Still a worthwhile experience, nonetheless!

Running With The Salmon – 2nd Annual (for me)0

Posted by jodi in Random Runs (Wednesday October 11, 2006 at 10:17 pm)

I went running with the salmon again this year, but this time it was an extra special experience because Evan joined me! 🙂 Plus, this year I ran the 5k instead of the 10k, which varied things up a bit.

As you know, I have been sitting out since that dreaded pubic ramus stress fracture in June, and I decided to take it easy, enjoy the day, have fun with Evan, and soak up the festivities. It felt fantastic to be running – we ran 11 minute miles (you can click here to read Evan’s post about the day, complete with our results). I was quite astonished to find that I was even sore the following day – after sitting out for so long, a low-impact, fun race left me sore from the waist down. My muscles need to wake up!

I am also inspired recently by my friend, Beth, who has recently sought out the services of a personal trainer. She is now swimming, kick boxing, and goodness knows what else! Tomorrow is the day I am signing up for my fitness center membership at the University of Washington – I would love to run once a week, swim once or twice a week, and then devote an afternoon occasionally to cycling. That is – until I can be a full-time runner again. 😉

Boston Marathon Day!0

Posted by jodi in Ramblings on Running,Random Runs (Monday April 17, 2006 at 9:24 am)

While I may not be running the race, I am still feeling pretty psyched about the Boston Marathon today. I’m psyched about running in general. I have a 24-week cross-training schedule in place to prepare for the Portland Marathon, and while I still have not committed to participating in the race, today would be the day to start training. So I’ve decided to go for it – and if my work schedule for next year indicates that I cannot run the race, I will continue on a modified schedule for a different race. Either way I think a marathon may be in my future in the next six months.

So I began the day with my first official training run – a 40 minute foundation run with 4x30second strides built in. There is something about breaking into a sprint halfway through a distance run that is quite invigorating! As I have mentioned before, Evan and I live in a condo on a hill, so it makes for interesting and challenging running in that the entire way BACK from the run is uphill. Good training, though. 🙂

Now I am back at home, tracking the progress of various online running compadres who are running the Boston Marathon today. Maybe I can join them next year – it’s a far-fetched goal, but not impossible. I’ll use it to motivate me on days when it’s cold and rainy, or when I am tired post-call.

Here is my gripe for today, though – Evan and I have cable, which provides us with about 70 channels. Not ONE of them is covering the Boston Marathon. We have ESPN and ESPN2, and yet – rather than covering the most popular distance race in the nation, they are playing reruns from major league baseball games already played. I think, for a Monday during-the-day, their ratings would be higher with a few hours of marathon coverage, only because it is such a coveted event by hundreds of thousands of runners across the country. I’ve misjudged society before, though, and perhaps I am doing the same now.

In any case, the Boston Marathon website is providing up-to-the-minute text-based coverage of the race, so that will do for now. Enjoy the week, and happy running!

Long Run along Lake Washington3

Posted by jodi in Random Runs (Thursday March 23, 2006 at 9:56 pm)

Spring has arrived in Seattle! Since I had the day off, I embarked on my first “long run” since I went Running with the Salmon in October 2005. It was also the first day since last summer where I have run outside in a sleeveless top – how wonderfully refreshing not to have to bundle up to exercise. For those of you familiar with Seattle geography, I ran down 23rd Avenue S, cut across Smith Park into the Mount Baker Tunnel, and then down to Lake Washington Boulevard (normally I would continue across the I-90 pedestrian bridge). Then, I continued south along Lake Washington to Sayres Park. The views of the lake, as always, were gorgeous, but particularly on a day with plenty of sunshine, warmth, and clear views of the still snow-capped mountains. According to my heart rate monitor, my one hour of running burned 749 Calories. Perhaps it was the huge hill on the return.

The beautiful thing about this path is that the route about Lake Washington goes for miles and miles AND MILES, all the while providing scenery to keep one occupied. It should make for good long runs, should I decide to try for another marathon.

Which brings me to my next point – I’m starting to feel that urge that those who have previously completed marathons get, that “Yeah, it would be really nice to train for a marathon…” daydream. One knows that training is exhausting, time-consuming, that motivation can become difficult – and yet, the desire is still there. One of my dreams since I finished my first marathon in 2000 has been to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I would like to do it before I turn 35 (which requires a sub-3:40 qualifying time for women 34 and under).

Anyway, more to come on this. Happy Spring!

Wow! Best 5k since high school0

Posted by jodi in Random Runs (Thursday March 9, 2006 at 2:02 pm)

When I was on my high school cross country team, I usually ran 5k’s between 22:50 (which remains my PR to this day) and 25 minutes. Since that time, I have never broken the 25 minute 5k, and had determined that it may not happen again. For some reason, though, I had this magical moment today where I thought it was to be.

I had every intention of skiing today for exercise, but on my way to Summit Central I got caught in the middle of a winter storm. When my car began sliding on the road, and my visibility was next to nothing (I won’t go into further details here), I turned around and drove back to Seattle. I was thinking about how the combination of skiing and running this winter had really brightened my mood during an otherwise chilly and gray atmosphere, and how I do feel that perhaps *this* is the best shape of my life. Upon arriving home, I decided today’s workout was going to consist of a 5k, and I would run it as quickly as I could (at a speed maintainable for 3.1 miles). I used the treadmill in my condo’s fitness room to get the distance exactly right. Granted, the indoor temperature was an ideal 65 degrees and it was flat the entire way – but I finished in 24:04!!! Talk about shock. How did that happen? My first thought, rather than being proud of myself, was that the speed on the treadmill must be broken. I don’t think it was, though – I’ve been using it off and on for months and it has been consistent.

24:04 – a slightly better than average time from my high school running days. Except it happened today! At the age of 27, I still have some running spunk. 🙂 I’m eager to run in a local race, to see if I can repeat the time outside, on random inclines in a different temperature.

So now I’m *really* excited about running, and wondering what I can still do.

A morning at Seward Park0

Posted by jodi in Random Runs (Wednesday February 15, 2006 at 2:15 pm)

Yesterday, I accomplished what few can during the intern year of residence – I “won the game,” so to speak. For those unfamiliar with residency terms, to “win the game” means one has discharged all of the patients on his/her census. On February 13th, I went into my call day with one patient, admitted one overnight, and the following day one transferred to another service while the other was discharged. It is often tradition to have a day off after this occurs, and my team insisted that I follow the tradition. Therefore, I have enjoyed an extra day off today – and conditions have been ideal. Seattle is experiencing particularly sunny weather at the moment – a cold front came through the week, so it’s chilly, but MAN IS IT SUNNY. 😀

I went to Seward Park this morning, where Evan and I ran the Pumpkin Push back in October. It was refreshing to jog the loop and to take in gorgeous views of Lake Washington, Mount Rainier, Cascades, Olympics – a little of everything that makes Seattle beautiful. As I ran, I kept thinking about how I couldn’t imagine finding an American city more suitable for my needs. The markets are full of fresh tulips, seafood, berries, and spices. The panoramic scenery is beyond compare. The skyline is tough to beat. Yesterday I had orange chicken prepared in a Vietnamise-style at a restaurant three blocks from home, but was able to run next door hours later to grab a sandwich for dinner. The buses take me everywhere I need to go locally. And then – there is the extensive running and cycling community, with trails and parks available at every turn. This is a place to be for any aspiring runner. 😀

A Run Around Green Lake0

Posted by jodi in Random Runs (Sunday January 8, 2006 at 7:23 pm)

Evan and I went for a gentle jog around Green Lake yesterday. The weather was splendid – it was around 50 degrees and overcast (although the morning had been quite sunny). There were gazillions (okay, more like several hundred, but still amazing!) of people out running, walking, pushing strollers, riding bicycles, walking dogs, roller blading – one would have thought by the numbers enjoying the day that it was June 10th rather than January 7th. The best part of the run was having Evan all to myself – it’s always so fulfilling to have relaxed conversations with him without having to rush off to work.

At the conclusion of our exercise episode, it began to rain. Perfect timing! Later, the day grew very cold (Seattle cold – 30s) with chilling winds and heavy rain. I was so happy to have seized the good weather while it was around.

We have been on the lookout for local races, but they seem to have come to a halt during the winter. Nevertheless, we will return to our 5ks in the spring, when, like the flowers, an abundance of them will burst forth (how cheesy!). 🙂