Monthly Archives: December 2009

Favorite 2009 Running Moments

At the end of every year, I put together a list of my favorite running moments from the year. It is my way of reflecting on the good and looking forward to the future. This year, I am also adding in a list of my running goals for the new year as well.

Top Running Moments of 2009
5. Finally getting over my anti-running capri attitude: Running capris are awesome and until recently I hated them. I only bought them because Vegas was going to be pretty chilly and now I wear them all the time.
4. Running with and meeting even more running friends: What can I say? I LOVE the people in my running group. I enjoy their company on our long runs, I thrive off of their motivation and support, and I look forward to seeing them every Saturday morning. Even if I’m not in a running mood, or if I am dreading the long miles, or if the weather is horrible, I wake up early on Saturday mornings with a smile on my face because I know I am about to be in the company of some of the greatest people.
3. My New  1/2 Marathon PR: For what seemed like forever, I was stuck with a 1:50:XX half marathon time. I trained and trained and still had difficulty breaking that mark. But, that was until 2009. In October (a week after my favorite moment #2) I ran the Long Beach Half Marathon. I can honestly say that I’ve never run a half marathon with so much heart before and I left every once of evergy I had on the course. I finished in 1:42:19. First, I was exstatic that I broke 1:50; secondly, I was even more pumped that I completely smashed my previous PR of 1:50:XX!

2. Winning the Harvest Festival 10K: In October, I signed up for a 10K on a whim. I’d never run a 10K race before and felt that the 6.2 miles run would be an excellent tempo run for my 1/2 marathon the week after. While I didn’t meet my time goal for the race, which was coming in under 45 minutes, I finished in 45:19 and was the first female to cross the finish line. I’ve placed 1st in my age group before, but never as the first female to cross the finish line. It was awesome.

1. Accomplishing my goal of running a sub-4 marathon: In December I ran the Rock and Roll Las Vegas Marathon. I completed this marathon in 3:58:04 and was so elated that I accomplished a goal that I’ve been working toward since I started training for marathons in 2007. Even though I am super happy with my time and progress, it is time to step it up and eventually shave off an additional 18 minutes.

Running Goals for 2010
1. Run a 3:40 marathon and qualify for Boston
2. Run a race in another state besides California and Nevada
3. Run a sub 1:40 half marathon
4. Run a sub 45 minute 10K
5. Log in at least 1500 miles throughout the year.

Cheers to all. Have a happy and healthy 2010!


2009: A Look at the Numbers

In the year 2009, I ran 1133.3 miles at an average 8:55 mile pace.

I ran more than 158 hours which comes to more than 6 full (24 hour) days of running.

I ran in a total of 5 races:
1 Marathon: The Rock and Roll Las Vegas Marathon in December
3 Half-Marathons: Surf City 1/2, Pasadena 1/2, and Long Beach 1/2
1 10K: The Harvest Festival 10K

I PRed three times this year (marathon, 1/2 marathon, and 10K).

I was sidelined with an injury twice in 2009. Once in February and once in May. Both times I dislocated my right knee and missed about two-three weeks of running.

I’m in the market for a new Garmin

My Garmin died. I am contemplating whether to stick with the 205, or splurge a bit and get the 405. I don’t mind the larger size of 205, and I actually enjoyed the larger display screen it had, but I am just not convinced yet. I was planning on buying jeans and boots with my Christmas money, not a new Garmin. It is just a bit disappointing because less than a week ago I had one that was working. I will call Garmin tomorrow and see if they will replace it, but I doubt it since I’ve had it more than a year.

Product Review: Sunscreen

As every runner knows, sunscreen is essential. I’ve been searching for a good sunscreen and I think I’ve finally found one: Neutrogrena Ultra Sport. It has an SPF of 70+ and felt great on. I bought this product because it is from Neutrogena and it claimed to be “ultra sweat proof”. I applied it this morning and it went on smoothly; it didn’t feel greasy or oily at all. It withstood my 12.7 mile run. Bes of all, it didn’t run in my eyes once I started to sweat.

I would recommend this sunscreen to any runner.

Up and running again.

After being sick for more than a week and a half, I am up and running again. Unfortunately, I took more than 2 weeks off of running because I got sick five days post marathon. I was only planning for one week off.

I went for a run at the gym yesterday. I don’t mind the treadmill and the gusty winds intimidated me. That run was so difficult. I was only able to get in 3 miles and they seemed to just drag on. Whereas, usually when I run on the treadmill, the first mile or two drag, and then the next four to six miles after that fly by.

Today, I took my running to the streets and did my favorite, flat, five mile loop around my neighborhood. It started out easier than expected but got difficult again at mile 2.5. This is very discouraging because I want to train harder so that I can attempt a BQ at LA in less than 3 months.

I’m worried that my self-diagnosed bronchitis will hinder my training for the upcoming races, but at the same time I am happy to just be up and running again.

Deena Kastor AND Ryan Hall will be in AZ

I’m so excited. While paroozing the Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon website ( I read that both Deena Kastor and Ryan Hall will be running the half marathon. This will be their first races for the 2010 season. I’m so excited. I really hope I get to catch a glimpse of them 🙂

Vegas Marathon Video Recap

Here is the video recap from the 2009 Inagural Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. It captures some of the greatest moments from this past marathon with the Pacers/MoFos.