Saturday, August 09, 2008

Easy Running

Thanks so much for all the nice comments on my race report! I am really proud of how it went. I was pretty sore for the first day but really by monday I felt ok. Tuesday I felt good enough for an easy run. I've taken it pretty easy all week but got three runs in and they all felt great. I know it's going to take a few weeks to start getting my speed back but I think I'm off to a good start. I think eliminating all the cycling and swimming will let me devote all my energy to running.

Actually, I will probably keep swimming a couple times a week for core strength and because it's fun. :) I swam once this week and it was awesome. We did intervals and I did my 50s in 47-49 seconds. Then I put on my fins and raced Zach on two separate 50s, we each won one and finished them in about 37 seconds. He's fast!!

Tuesday: run
4.0 miles/38:49/9:43 average pace

Thursday: swim
2400 yards/55:55

Friday: run
6.2 miles/56:41/9:09 average pace

Saturday: run
8.0 miles/1:14:20/9:18 average pace

Zach is doing the Santa Cruz Sprint Tri tomorrow (Sunday) and I'll be the support crew and photographer.

We move to Portland in less than 3 weeks and I'm slowly but surely getting everything taken care of. I've been going through all our stuff in storage and selling some random stuff on craigslist. We both have job leads but nothing for sure yet. I'm getting excited. We've signed up for our first Oregon event: The Run Like Hell Half Marathon (see side bar) in October. It fits in perfectly as part of our marathon training. It's right in downtown Portland and even goes by
our future apartment in the Pearl. Can't beat that!


Judi said...

I just re-read the whole race report. You did SO well Jen. You still managed 9:45 pace on the run, which totally amazes me. I am doing mine in 2 weeks and am nervous. I am ready though.

Good luck with your move. You and Zach must be stoked. PDX is such a cool city and SOOOO bike friendly. Bike lanes everywhere. Don't forget to get back on your bike!

Greg Johnson said...


You will love Portland. It's a great place to run and they have a lot of good races. I did the Portland Marathon last October (it was my first of three in nine weeks) and the Run for the Roses half marathon this year. You can find reports on the right hand side of my blog at .

I live about 50 minutes south of Portland. My wife and I planted a church in Salem, Oregon, two years ago.


ShirleyPerly said...

Well, you certainly deserve an easy week after that great half-iron race!!

I really don't know any runner who has picked up swimming so well in just one year and would like to feature you at Can you email me some of your tips?

Gotta Run said...

Life is an adventure and moving to Portland sounds like a fun one.

The moving part and packing sucks but one everything os loaded up the fun will truly begin.

NICE recovery week!

KK said...

I agree w/ SP-how the heck have you managed to get so speedy in the water in such a short amount of time?!?! People would pay BIG bucks for your secrets (who needs a job in Portland, you should be writing your first book on this subject!).

I am excited for you guys and your move. We'll be there from Sept.
18th to the 21st and plan on getting high school drunk in downtown Portland on that me if you're interested in partaking in those festivities! :)

*aron* said...

awesome job this week!!! much better than my LAZY week :)

your move is sooo soon!! hope everything is going well with the planning, selling, apt renting, etc :)

Eric said...

Swimming is fun but NOTHING is more fun than cycling!!!

M. Brooks said...

Congrats on your race and on your upcoming move to Portland! That is so exciting! My husband and I were just talking a few months ago about how we would love to take a vacation in Portland - it just seems like such a cool city. If we are able to venture to the great Northwest we will have to go running together!

Nitmos said...

Anything called "Run Like Hell" must be fun! Get on that! We have a "Run Thru Hell" race up these parts.

Ewen said...

Have "fun" with the move ;) I agree - it'd be a shame to totally drop the swimming now that you're getting the hang of it. As for the biking, one never forgets how to ride a bike ;)

The half sounds like a good one!

ncrunner12 said...

I can't believe the move is so close. I'm glad it all works out for you though, how exciting. Good job on your training so far, I don't envy your move at all, so have fun with that.

P.O.M. said...

I'll be in Portland in October. Stay tuned for a blogger martini meetup.

Michael said...

Jen, can't wait to hear about your move and how you like Portland. LOVED IT there. Moving is never fun (just did it, of course), but it will be worth it! Running in the rain can actually be A LOT of fun...

Steve Stenzel said...

An easy run by Tuesday?! Don't go nuts! Don't get hurt!!

Phil said...

Hi Jen ...just catching up with everyone and read your race report. You continue to amaze me. Don't know what else to say. I hope to be half the athlete you are some day.