Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
It's now been about 3 weeks since the SF Marathon and I realized I never got a chance to write my race report. (I do have a great excuse! I got married and went on a honeymoon!) And to tell you the truth, I can't remember all the details of the 26.2 course or my feelings through the 4 hour race. What I do remember is this:
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Here's a little teaser by photographer sent me... thought I'd share with you. Especially since Aron asked for more. ;-) Hopefully, when I get home I'll have some time to upload my honeymoon photos from Costa Rica, too.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Our honeymoon in Costa Rica was amazing. We stayed at the El Siencio Lodge in the central volcanic region and then at the Punta Islita Hotel in the Guanacaste region, off the coast of Pacific Ocean. It was the perfect honeymoon, combining the lush rainforest in the mountains to the hot and balmy coastal resort scene. Did I mention that both of these places are listed on Conde Nast's top 10 hotels to stay in Central and in South America?? I would go back to those two places in a heart beat. Not only were these hotels luxurious and totally unique but I loved that the sister hotels were very eco-tourism oriented, conscience of how much carbon foot print they were all elaving behind. Both places encouraged everyone to recycle and reuse... At El Silencio Lodge, they had a complimentary tree planting ceremony for their guests to plant a tree in their name. D and I fully took advantage of this opportunity and planted a regional avocado tree on their private land... hoping to attract more local birds to the area. I felt really great having something good for the environment while we were on our honeymoon!
Today, also marks my 2 weeks of none running. Yikes. I took my running shoes with me to Costa Rica and both places had places to exercise but I didn't even consider it. Bad Julianne, bad! I do need to get back into running. Not only to shed the extra pounds that I put on during my vacation but also because I have a half marathon coming up in about 7 weeks! I'm in Indiana for a few days for work. Flew into South Bend yesterday due to a work emergency and not happy about leaving D. I literally had to fly out a day after we got back from our honeymoon. How cruel is that? Oh and I also didn't bring any running shoes with me... Planning on flying back home tomorrow afternoon.
Ps. The wedding cake turned out WONDERFUL. It was good as it looked and it was a hit. Even D admitted it was a great choice. Here's a photo of our beautiful and delicious wedding cake. :-)
Friday, August 8, 2008
So I have yet to write about my race on Sunday... and not sure if I'll get a chance to. Maybe when I get back from my honeymoon?? :-) I *was* sore until about Wednesday, though. Monday and Tuesday was painful. I had difficulty getting in and out of seats... Bending over to pick up anything was out of the question! But I did go for a short run on Monday and even managed to run about 3 miles on Tuesday. Since then... nada, zip, zero, donut, nil... I've been too preoccupied and had no time for any kind of exercise. :-( I am bummed that I didn't make under 4 hours but maybe I was aiming too high. Still happy with my 4:09 time. I'll just have to run faster next time!
Thank you all for stopping by and wishing me the best. We're off to Costa Rica for our honeymoon for 8 days. I'll write when I get back!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Place Overall: 1557 / 4354
Women: 286 / 1481
7.5 Mi Split: 1:11:34
Half Split: 2:02:18
Woohoo! Personal best for my 4th marathon!!!!
am thrilled that I beat my fastest time by 4 minutes. And that was from 2 years ago. But I am so happy that I went out there and gave it my all. I'll have to write more on it tomorrow. I am wiped out from the run today. After the run, D and I had to go do bunch of wedding errands. I got home about an hour ago since we left the house at 5am this morning.
I think I ate back everything I burned off today, though.
Congrats to Aron and Laura (marathon), T and Leslie (half marathon) and Audrey (5k) for completing their races at the SFM today!
And thank you to all of you who have been reading my blog and for your encouraging words!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Today was my "work from home" day and I was able to squeeze in a lot of wedding errands. I even went to my final bootcamp day (for this session) and did some light cross training. It felt really good. Tomorrow is my final rest day before the race. I seriously questioned my sanity in running a marathon 5 days before my wedding. Something is seriously wrong with me. Or maybe not...
D picked up my bib packet today for me in San Francisco and there's a new timing chip. Apparently, it's called the "D-Tag", a disposable timing chip band. It looks a lot more tricky than the instruction PDF shows. I just hope it tracks my time correctly. Anyhoo, having the bib and my race shirt got me very excited. And nervous. Very nervous. The adrenaline is kicking in and I am already envisioning the start of the race with thousands of others. D decided to take part in the race after all and signed up for the first half today. I'm bummed that he won't be crossing the finish line with me but there's always the next race!
Wow, 1.5 more days til the run. 7 more days til the wedding!!
Best of luck to Laura and Aron, who are also running the full SF Marathon!! And, I can't forget T who is doing the Half. Hope to see you ladies on the course!! (It's been really great and encouraging to follow their training/running stories for the past few weeks. It's nice to know I'm not alone going through this crazy marathon training!)