Friday, September 12, 2014

Stuff n' Things

7:20 sunrise
20:33 sunset


That's how long it took me to run 17.6km.

It means that I ran a 5:58/kilometre (or 9:35/mile) pace. This was my goal; I should be pleased.  I feel kind of mediocre about it though.  Given the amount of effort that it took me, I am unlikely to run a sub 2 hour half in Victoria.  I'd need to knock 20 seconds off each kilometer for that to happen and unless Victoria is all downhill (which it isn't) I have to be realistic and not expect it to happen "just because I'd like it to."  Running isn't easy for me.  And I suppose I shouldn't expect it to be, given the amount of time I put into it.  While I have made a more concerted effort this summer, 3x/week isn't really enough to progress.  But it is enough to be able to run the distance and still be able to dance at the after-party.  And that is good.

Otherwise, it's full-on fall here.  We've had a couple of frosts overnight already and I have abandoned hope of our tomatoes ever ripening.  Pop choir starts next week and I feel so damn lucky that I fell in with that group since it brought me so much genuine and unexpected joy last fall and spring. I'm feeling like it might be time to do something new with my hairs again - whether that's colour or growing this cropped 'do out, I don't know yet.  I love it short but I also seem to like constant change. Ummmmmmmmmmmmm what else..... I'm heading off on a bikecation next week to the Chilcotens in BC (going to be amazing!!); I am taking some courses towards a social work degree (but aren't you an archivist? yes, but I'm thinking about change, even as it distresses me); we are renovating the shit out of our kitchen (slowly); and I am, as always, dreaming about hot sunny vacations for the winter that will soon be upon us.

So this whole post has kind of turned into me providing an update to my handful of friends in the computer but whatever.  I felt like typing tonight.

Friday, September 5, 2014

My 7th running of the Klondike Road Relay

7:03 sunrise
20:55 sunset

Well hello.  It's September.  Must be time for my annual post about the Klondike Road Relay.

It's 9:30pm and I really should get to bed and try to sleep before I get up in the dark to drive out to Carcross and meet half of my team.  But I'm a night owl and I just can't do it yet.  Maybe by 10pm I'll be able to tuck myself into bed and at least "rest my eyes" as my grandpa used to say.

I just finished putting together a running playlist.  I've done this the last couple of times I've run in the KRR and I enjoy the process of trying to figure out what song I want to hear at what point during the sufferfest.  I don't usually run and listen to music so it's like a special treat to have tunes for the race. In classic Jenn-fashion, the list doesn't really hang together all that well (as in, it wouldn't be featured on any dance floor I can think of) but I'm hoping that my own special combination of Hawksley Workman, Robyn, the Bee Gees and Joy Division gets me through all 17.6km of leg 9.

This year's goal: run at a 6:00/kilometer pace.  I've never been a speedster and I'm not about to make the Olympic track team but I have been running a little bit more this summer than in recent years and I am hoping to set my self up for a sub 2 hour half-marathon in Victoria in October.  We shall see.  For now, goodnight!