Wrapping It Up, Looking Ahead

calendarTuesday, 31 December 2013

Swimming today!!  6 laps (300 yards, 900 feet) without stopping, 6 laps with stops.  1800 feet is almost 1/3 mile.  Am I doing this to any purpose?  I think we won’t know until the end of March.  The first three laps were very good, the 4th lap was messy, and the last two laps were laps.  Gad I hope I’m getting better.

LeAnn and Mary Tinkerbell

Lifted weights.  I spend every second dressing for and driving to the gym not wanting to go.  I spend every second that I’m lifting weights (using weight machines) wanting to stop.  But it only takes about 30 minutes and then I can go down and swim, something else I don’t want much to do by seem not to complain about so much in my head.  And there’s so much more prep work for swimming.

11-3-13 LeAnn Aidan 3

What are my 2014 goals.  As I look over my Life List from each of the past six years, I realize I need to go back to the “old” style for inspiration.  In 2008-10, I had lots of goals/tasks for the year.  During those years I didn’t do everything I set out to do, but I did a lot of them.  In 2011-13 I had one or two word goals for the year.  But if you fail or succeed early, the whole year could seem like a wash.  In 2012 my words were Lighter and Faster — but I was lighter and faster in March, so maintaining focus the rest of the year was difficult.

5-18-13 born to run akabill

Thoughts about goals for 2014 …

(1) lose 19 pounds, (2) keep it off, (3) balance training fueling and weight management, (4) try cycling, (5) do a tri, (6) go sub-6 in the full, (7) do 2:45 in the half, (8) go to Italy (after France), (9) go fly fishing, and (10) sign up for piano, again.

Good list.

10-27-13 Weekend

(1) Lose 19 pounds.  I’ve been trying to lose 10 pounds ALL YEAR.  At the start of December I signed up for a very low calorie, shake-based, medically supervised program at UCI.  I’m down 8 pounds during December.  I’d like to get the 19 off by the end of February, which is probably too aggressive.  Maybe by the end of March.

(2) Keep it off.  If I have to do a very low calorie, shake-based diet during December every year to maintain this weight, I WILL.  I don’t care about the holiday foods all that much.

LeAnn & Mary Nashville 3

(3) Balance Training Fueling and Weight Management.  This is much trickier.  There was a time I ate all my expended calories in after-race junk (Clif bars, bagels, etc).  I don’t do that anymore.  But I don’t have good stomach/brain communication, so when I realize I’m hungry, I’m ‘way past rational decision making.  During December I’ve had to be VERY thoughtful about what I’m eating and when to train.  I need to be that thoughtful all the time moving forward.

(4) Try cycling.  At the recommendation of my doctor.  And to get me off my feet part of the time.  And I have a built-in cycling expert.  Two. Well, actually, lots and lots.  Silly not to take advantage of all that expertise around me.

10-13-13 LeAnn & Michele Crop

(5) Do a Tri.  Maybe.  If I’m not scared on the bike.  And if I can swim more than 6 50-yard laps, three good.

(6) Go sub-6 in the full.  In the fall.  Pick a good course (Berlin would be great, but no coach) and go for it.

steve leann

(7) Go 2:45 in the half.  I can do this if I can manage the bathroom stops.

(8) Go to Italy (after France).  Do the research.  Maybe just spend a week in Rome.  Who had that good tour guide name???  I LOVE the food in France. I assume I’ll love the food in Italy.

9-28-13 LeAnn & Addison

(9) Go Fly Fishing.  Go at least once other than the week at Mammoth.

(10)  Sign up for piano again.

Stacey and LeAnn born to run

Look this happy as much as possible.  (Hang around with Stacey more?)





Coming to the end of this tour…

IMG_0930[2] Saturday, 28 December 2013

Spend the evening with my siblings, mother, and the next generation — a set of 17-year-old twins (that belong to the guy in the blue shirt).  A nice night celebrating Xmas.  Opening gifts in the old way (one a a time, admiring each person’s gift before moving to the next).


Ran 5 miles this morning, preparing for this coming Wednesday’s Bandit Run at the Rose Parade.  I ran 3 miles, then stopped for a drink.  Ran two more, stopping in mile 4 to take pictures of people running in…which is to say that I didn’t run all 5 miles without stopping.  And the Rose Parade run is 5.5 miles, a rest, and 5.5 more miles back.  If I can figure out a way to run 1/2, I will (I’m working on it).  11 miles is a LONG way to run if you’ve only worked yourself up to 5 miles.

On a positive note, there was no pain involved in the run.  When I get tired, I tend to hunch over at the waist (limiting oxygen, amongst other things) which pulls on the tendon connection in my butt.  When the bursa hurts, I’m almost always bending over; standing up straight (or in good ChiRunning posture) takes care of that.


My kid-friends are all visiting family on the East coast.  I miss them.

I had a nice lunch with the Coach today, planning events for the coming months and talking about my training plans…which truth be told, aren’t all that rock solid.  I can run Berlin, again, if I want to (I got and paid for a place in the entry lottery).  I’ve put my name into the NYC Marathon lottery…I think that’s decided in April.  And the Sole Runners will be running a marathon in France in November (although I’d prefer to run a shorter distance like the marathon 2-person relay).  He suggested I might like a domestic race, rather than traveling to Berlin.  I’ll have to think about it.

We agreed, however, that after the first of the year, I’ll get on  bike and see how that goes.  (If I’m not scared or bad at it, then we’ll see.  He suggests a couple of months to see about both of those things.)

The Coach is going to blog 5 days week in 2014.  Not a bad goal.  I am better at recording my training when I’m blogging.


A great picture from the previous days.


And, finally, my favorite tree in Pasadena.  In the summer and in the winter.