Just proud of myself for sticking to my plan.

My first two-a-day was a success even with some hot summer sun blazing down.

Like the brain surgeon that I am I waited until it was the hottest part of the day to head out for my first leg. I remembered how rough it was yesterday afternoon running 4 miles without water so today I took a bottle and amazingly drank the entire thing! 16.9 oz in 45 min.

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rule #1: hydrate!!!

I felt a little stronger than yesterday but in general my speed just isn’t there these days. I always laugh when I say speed. Because for me that is 9-10 minutes per mile. Not to be confused with Meb speed (4-5 min per mile).

After my first run I came home to a lovely package. It was the tshirts for our Ragnar team! Perfect timing!

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Custom Ink

I tried to recreate the Ragnar experience so I didn’t shower between runs. =) I was excited though because as i finished my first run I stopped the iPod right at the beginning of one of my favorite songs. One Shot by Eminem. So I knew I’d get a push at the beginning of my second run.

The second run happened in the early evening, just before a thunderstorm. The dew point was 75! If you know anything about dew points then basically my sweat couldn’t evaporate. It wasn’t fun.

Run 2!

Rule #2: Hydrate some more!

My sweat was sweet though! That’s because I ate way too much of this homemade chocolate chip bundt cake today. Like 3/4 of the cake too much. #serious

chocolate chip bundt cake

I made this little gem all by myself!

Tomorrow morning I’m running that 4 miler in Central Park and then I think I’ll give myself a cross-training day on Sunday.

Have you ever run twice in one day? Have you experienced a dew point of 70 or higher?
Ever eat an entire cake in a 24-hour period? Or am I the only nut?


With Ragnar Napa just 2 weeks away, I was planning on starting my “two a day” runs today but stuff came up and I’m only going to be able to go out once today. But tomorrow I have the day off which will make it easy peasy to get two runs in. I’m going to try and keep each run to 4 miles each. So between today and Saturday I’ll get in 4 runs and a total of 16 miles.

Our team captain Lisa created an amazing spread sheet for us so we can see the distances we’re running and the approximate times we’ll be running them as well as how many hours off in between legs we’ll have …

So out of 36 legs I’ll be running leg 6, 12, 18, 24, 30 and the final leg to the finish line!

my "sexy" Ragnar Legs

my “sexy” Ragnar Legs

This is my favorite part in any training journey….when I’m just weeks away and can start getting pumped. Woo hoo!

Oh, and in honor of #TBT and it being the first day of school here in my neck-o-the-woods I share with you my first day of kindergarten pic. (circa 1977 or 1978)

itty bitty sweat out the small stuff

itty bitty sweat out the small stuff

How do you handle races?

Do you like to plan every detail or just show up at the starting line and “wing it”? 

I am a super detail planner. 

Hi guys. Happy Thursday (or possibly Friday for some of you folks across the pond!).

I ran a little over 2 miles this morning…still enjoying the pain-free, no aches, no tightness in the peroneal tendons or muscles miles. I even stretched and foam rolled right afterward. I’m starting to better understand what baby steps mean when returning from an injury. =)

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Duncan is stretching his legs too!



On Tuesday night the majority of my Ragnar Napa Valley relay team met for dinner at a cool German bar in the city called Reichenbach Hall, to go over some logistics of the race and figure some things out. Lisa is our captain and had the Ragnar “bible” which is basically everything you need to know about the course and the rules of the race in one big book. We’re pretty familiar since we’ve done a bunch already. But it’s always good to review.

German bar meant pretzel and split pea soup

German bar meant pretzel and split pea soup for dinner. I also had the Wild Raspberry Jam cocktail. Winning!

2/3 of our Ragnar Napa team "Call Me A Cabernet"

2/3 of our Ragnar Napa team “Call Me A Cabernet”

We discussed the pros and cons of each runner running 6 individual legs or 3 back-to-back double legs. It looks like we all netted out on the 6 individual legs. Basically it will keep each leg more manageable. So while we each might be covering 30 or more miles over the course of the 2 day event there won’t be so many double digit legs. (the entire course length is 205 miles!) For example: my legs will each range between 3 and 6 miles totaling 29.5 for the whole race. And then there was discussion of all the logistics as we all arrive coming in on different flights and then we’ll have to rent the van etc. etc. These relays take lots of planning. But they usually create some epic memories. =)

Speaking of figuring things out. I finally figured out how my boss keeps his pants from getting grease on them or getting caught in the chain of his bike. (he bikes in to work during the warmer months).

city slicker bike commute ready

this city slicker is bike commute ready

And I also figured out where Duncan’s water bowl could fit in the Subaru.

cupI’m really getting into the Ragnar Relay headspace which is great because it’s helping me to get that post up for you all with tips and such. I’ll try and get that up before the weekend.

So does anyone have an exciting weekend lined up? Anyone have an overnight relay like Ragnar or Hood to Coast coming up?