Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August

I've blogged at least once a month for as long as I can remember, so I can't exactly break my streak now, can I? Thus, here's an update. In August...

I ran yet another 5k. The Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer 5k (is that name enough of a mouthful?) is always a suckfest for me. August is by far the hottest month of the year in Houston (think 85 degrees/100 percent humidity before 8 a.m.) and this race is out in the sun almost the entire time. But it's only $10 for RHC members, so I always figure "might as well..."


But my beloved Chron run club got to debut our fab new shirts! And I only came out a minute off my PR.

I returned to Oregon for Oiselle Team camp. It was more of a retreat, and it cost an arm and a leg, so I'm glad I went this once in case I'm not able to go again in the future. It was a blast — four days of running, hiking, yoga-ing, eating tons delicious food, among various other activities and seminars. About 100 of us went, so it was hard to get to know absolutely everyone, but I did enjoy hanging with a ton of new teammates I hadn't interacted with much before.

Break during a trail run. Credit: Paulette
Group shot before hiking at Smith Rock State Park. Source
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And at at the Deschutes Brewery Twilight 5k. I'm loving our new team singlets. Source

Lauren Fleshman took third place at the 5k. She hung out with us for all the camp activities because she's awesome like that.
Holy altitude, Bend. Holly and I finished at about the same time and agreed the after-party was where it was at.

I made it to 100 runs with Brian O'Neill's Running Club. Just last night, actually! One of the first few runs I did when I first moved back to Houston was with this social running club, and it quickly became a weekly ritual with friends from my old job at Baylor. You sign in for every Tuesday evening run and get prizes along the way, such as a tech shirt for 10 runs, a pint glass for 30 runs, a (very nice) running jacket for 75 runs, and finally, a $100 gift card for the pub that sponsors the club for 100 runs (future happy hour on me!). It took me more than three years to make it to 100 Tuesday runs since I went through a few break periods, like when I started my current job or when was dealing with an injury. I'm actually about to take another one of those breaks because of the aforementioned stifling heat and the fact that my legs have felt absolutely dead when I've forced them through these once-weekly after-work runs over the last several weeks. I'm a morning runner all the way.

And I made it through my last month of non-training training. Remember how I was singing rainbows and butterflies about easy summer running all the time, every time before marathon training? Yeah, August knocked the wind right out of my sails and I'm over it. Summer has undoubtedly flown by, but I'm so ready for it to eventually cool down so I can race fast again. Steph's sending me my plan to officially start training for the Houston Marathon on Sept. 1. I'm so ready to add some variety to my running week and also work toward that half-marathon PR I'll be gunning for in less than two months. Kicking things off with a 5-mile race on Day 1.

Until next time...