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Friday Shiny

Happy Friday!!!!!

So I kind of liked last week’s Guilty post.  Then I was thinking about my “motto” for 2015 and 2016- Find your shiny.  So while this week bordered on crazy and I could complain about any number of numerous items, how about I flip the coin and find the shiny.

  
Sunsets-

I never really saw these before I started running.  Or before I started commuting but that’s beside the point.   I’ve been running in work town lately and have had the opportunity to see some pretty spectacular sunsets.    Like come to a halt and stare sunsets.  I wish the camera on my phone did them justice.  In person, they are just awesome.  I usually stare a little too long and end up finishing my run in the dark but it’s worth it.

 

The Oatmeal via iFunny
 
Dragons-

So, last post I shared my serious lack of long runs over the years.  I’m still kind of shocked by how well I lied to myself for so many years.    Anyways.  Looking for the shiny- This year I’ve run 3 10 milers, an 11 and a 12.  That’s actually pretty awesome!  Which leads me to dragons.    This image popped up in my feed the other day and the first thing that popped into my mind was long runs.   #runnerbrain  If running is a fairy tale then long runs are my dragons.  Time to get slaying.   Ok, maybe that was cheesy. 😃  

  

You guys!!!-

Seriously.   Thank you for all the positive thoughts on my last post.  And Twitter.   The online running community is huge but small at the same time.  It kind of rocks.  You all rock. 

See what I did there?😛
 

That’s all for now, but maybe I will do this again sometime.

 

What was your shiny this week?

Any fun plans this weekend?

Who’s running?!

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Week Ummm Recap

You know, I am not sure how to title these anymore.   Training for City to the Sea may be over but Big Sur is now less than 2 weeks away.     The goal was to keep my fitness steady before Big Sur and before I carry out a new training style after that.  Well, hmmm.

Monday- Last Harvest Marathon meeting.    Race day was less than 7 days away and there was a lot to be done.   Again, not that I was doing much- I just upped my media posting for the race.

Tuesday–  Had an evening meet up with the some other people from work.  There was a point in time when everyone in my position knew each other no matter which city we were in but the company has doubled in size in the last year or so and we can no longer say that.  Someone suggested that we try to meet up outside of work.  I figured why not?

Wednesday- 3.5 miles  It felt good to get out running.   I had only taken 3 days off from running but I was feeling twitchy.  I went to the lake and just kept it nice and easy.     It was a good run.  As I ran back towards the parking lot for my second lap, I noticed a group of people all clustered together just staring at the sky.  Umm, what did I miss?   Turns out there was a giant hawk hanging out in the trees.

  
Thursday-  Kettle bell workout.   I had planned on running again but my stomach had other plans.  I tried reintroducing some foods I have been missing during my paleo attempts and it didn’t go so well.  I figured the dvd would still be a good work out and I could quit easily if I needed to since I was at home.  I completed the workout, and felt wrecked.  Man I need to strength train more. 😂

Friday–  Oh mama, it hurt to walk.  I think the weighted squats broke me.  Let’s not even talk about sitting and standing.

 

Remember those crap roads I mentioned?
 
Saturday3.1 miles.   I woke up with a niggling headache but ignored it.    I originally had a shower to attend but things had changed so I headed out for a short run before I needed to head to volunteer at the registration/ pick up tent for the Harvest Marathon.   Seriously my legs felt broken, I ran so slowly.   They finally loosened up a bit when I hit my driveway.  Figures.  😌     I then went to registration.  The temp being in the mid-80’s with high humidity was not helping my headache any.    I worked the pick up tent for a few hours before heading to the school to find out where I was stationed the next day.  I was assigned to be the course monitor for my mother’s water station so score.   My head was pounding so I headed home after that.   Slept with an ice pack in an effort to try to head off a migraine.

  
Sunday– Harvest Marathon!!   So early.   It was dark but not cold when I got up.  My head was so rough, I headed to McDonald’s for a coffee and a soda before the volunteer meet up.  Yes, soda, even though it wasn’t even 6:15 yet.   I was hoping the caffeine would help my head.   Picked up some of the kids and headed out to our little corner.    Thing about the Harvest Marathon?  It is a benefit for Paso Robles School Athletics- all the aid stations are staffed and run by the high school sports teams.   This station was the tennis team- hi mom!   We set up and we were ready!   We were at mile 8.5, so the first runners would be coming through around the hour mark.    The kids had water and Fluid and were cheering on the runners.    They all looked strong but you could also tell the hills were harder than they had hoped.   Another thing about Paso?  There is no such thing as flat.    One guy was hilarious.  He had a thick Texas drawl and he comes running up saying- “Well, I had been running a 9 minute pace, but that last hill put me at 11!”.  He got water and rounded the corner- up another hill.  We could hear him saying “and now I’m at 13!”.

  
My head was really throbbing and I was feeling super nauseous so at one point I went and sat in my car for 20 minutes.  I could no longer deny the migraine.   Grrr.  The last of the runners went by and after waiting longer we all headed out.  My mom had planned breakfast with her team after and I went along.  My head hurt so bad, I just sat there.    Once home, I took a super long nap.   I really wanted to get in a 10 miler but I had troubles getting to the bathroom so that did not happen.  Grrrr.   I usually average one migraine a month so hopefully it will be cooler when the next one hits.  This weekend was pretty warm and humid.   Cooler than the 90’s but still pretty warm.

So it was a week filled with running related events just not as much running as I had hoped.   I’m rolling with that though and it just leaves room for improvement this week.    Truthfully getting through this weekend was a big check on my to-do list.   I feel so much less stressed now, so yay!

How was your weekend?

Ever work a water station for a race?

Migraine tips?  Mine usually need ice, dark rooms and lots of food. 

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A New Role?

I volunteered for a race years before I ever thought of running one.   I worked a water table 3 years before I started running.  Back then this race was USATF certified and sanctioned so I can say I have actually seen elite runners up close.    They had no need of the water we were providing.   But it was fun watching them fly while we froze.   Seriously, for being September, I remember freezing the first 2 years.   Year 3, my station was at a different mile marker and was in complete sun.  So much nicer.  It was also in front of a grocery store.   I went in and bought all of us volunteers donuts.    So yes, the runners had to see us eating donuts.    🙂

Then I started running.   So now I was the person grabbing a cup of water from someone with cold hands.    After a year of not volunteering, I shifted to working the registration/ packet pick up table the day before the race.    I gained a new found respect for anyone who works one of those.  Particularly when it comes to t-shirt sizes.     Now I think it’s funny but that first year I thought I was going to lose my mind.   I’ve done that for 3 years now and I look forward to it every year.

But I haven’t given up water tables.  The last 2 years I worked a water table with my mom and her tennis team at another local race.    This race hosts a marathon, half marathon and 5K and our station was on the marathon course.    So it was a very dark and cold early morning.    Then, I was lucky enough to be a SLO ambassador for 2 years so I was given the chance to work on my social media skills.   It was fun but let’s be honest- Twitter still confuses me- I just can’t keep up!  Which makes this new role a little nerve wracking.HarvestHeaderSay hello to the Harvest Marathon, owner of those early morning marathon water stations.    It’s a scenic race through winding back roads with vineyards lining the way.   There are some hills but what better way to train for Heartbreak Hill, right?   The proceeds of the race benefit local youth athletic programs.    I took these shots at last year’s water station-

What am I doing?   Social media, of course.  But not as Slacker Runner.   As the Harvest Marathon.    Eeek!!!  I am torn between “muahaha” and “holy crap”.    That’s a lot of responsibility.    And I feel slightly odd when I (Slacker Runner) shares my (Harvest Marathon) posts.  🙂   Right now I am trying to grow their following but not post excessively.  So, I am posting twice a week right now.     I would like to step up to 3 but I want it to be natural.     I have some plans for future posts, I just need the time to make it happen.   I am trying to work on an Instagram as well.

So here are my questions.  Do you follow races on social media?  What types of posts do you like to see from them?    What would catch your attention as a runner?     Any suggestions on managing media?   I now have 3 Facebook feeds and 2 Twitter feeds.  Hootsuite isn’t letting me integrate the 2 profiles.  Grrr.   Any thoughts?

Help!

Have you ever volunteered for a race before? How?