Archive for August, 2008

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2008 by afuntanilla

Did 2 runs during the week; 4.25 on tuesday and 6 on thursday. yesterday, did not feel all too well and came home from work early and slept for 5 hrs midday. felt better this morning. went to my home away from home, Kennesaw, and ran 1 full loop = 9.54 miles. This was my last long run before next saturday’s race. i’m definitely getting excited about the race. i just hope i can finish the damn thing! ūüôā

hope all are having a good weekend.



Posted in Uncategorized on August 28, 2008 by afuntanilla

on the “dashboard” of this MAC laptop, it reads:¬†

North Face 50 Miler: 9 days, 7 hours, 13 minutes, 17 seconds….and counting!



A turtle, a butterfly & war wounds

Posted in trail on August 26, 2008 by afuntanilla

Back at Kennesaw Battlefield trails on Sunday. Got a late start cause I slept in (and could have kept sleeping). I am able to sleep in a bit now as we are having a very unusual August in terms of temperatures. Typically, August is the hottest month for Atlanta, but not so this year. Of course, this is absolutley fine by me. It’s been a wonderful reprieve. Humidity is still high, but temps have dropped some.

So, back to the trails. I started at the same location as last week; geared up with water and about 3 gels. About 1-2 miles in, i was looking down and there was a decent sized turtle there on the trail. TURTLE. It was actually pretty cute to see it. There he/she was just chugging along trying to make their way to the other side of the trail. I quickly stepped around/over turtle and kept going. Pretty cool. I have to say, I WAS moving a BIT faster than the turtle. But, not much. HA!

As beautiful as it was out there, I was ready to stop after 1 hour. Then 2 hours. Right after the 2 hour mark, i felt like i just kinda got into¬†a zone…not a “high”, but¬†as if¬†i’m in a trance or something…with not a care in the world. I wonder what is happening in my brain at that time…what is my body’s physiological response? Somewhere around this time, I saw a large, yellow, beautiful butterfly pass in front of me. Really, really pretty.

And then i started to get a sense of the wounds taking place; the CHAFING wounds. I usually put on some body glide, but for some STUPID reason, today I didn’t. I could feel the area underneath my sportsbra on my back just rip into my skin. AUUUUGGGGHH. My shorts were drenched and even though, I wasn’t in any pain yet between my thighs, I knew i soon would be. But…I still had to complete the run. The final stretch is just over 1/2 mile of a semi-steep climb….the last thing i want after running for 3hrs. But, I bucked up and said to myself, “c’mon, make it up, all the way to the top.” My legs were burning and as I was pumping my arms, i felt like i had nothing in my gut, just pure will. I made it to the top and my heart was beating fast. Good to know I’m so alive!!!

Sure enough, the CHAFING pain kicked in pretty soon. I drove home and hopped in the shower and pain sounds were abundant in my little bathroom…the water, hot or cold, splashing against my raw skin was pain i would not wish on an enemy. It had never been this bad for me. It continued to hurt for rest of day and because of that, I was not able to do a 2nd run as i have been doing these past Sundays. I kinda missed it, actually.

WEEK TOTAL = 33+/_ miles

the goings on…

Posted in Uncategorized on August 20, 2008 by afuntanilla

Overall, had a solid week last week, posting 36 miles. Highlight was Saturday long run. I went out to Kennesaw Battlefield. I wanted to try and stay out there for 3.5 – 4 hours. Well, that was the goal. I began about 8am and weather was good. Not too hot or humid. I parked my car and began the route on a different part of the trail…basically a different entry point to the “Loop” trail. This way I could mix it up a bit and also not carry all my gels and such if i needed to stop back by the car. I ran one full loop and then another 6 miles of the smalled “loop”. Some parts of trail are wide, others narrow. Full of up and down, but not very technical. After the first full loop, I noticed how much in a groove I was…like I was just kinda hanging out running. I didn’t care about pace or anything. I stopped at 16 miles which = 3 hours. I felt ok about it because I had more running to do on Sunday and i knew if I went another hour, I would not be in good shape for Sunday.

I did 2 runs on Sunday. This marks another weekend of running 2x on a Sunday. I’ve done several in a row now. I’m getting used to it and it feels good. But, basically this means that all i do on the weekends are this: sleep, run, eat, rest; repeat.

I am getting excited about the race although right now I just feel very tired. I mean fatigue. I don’t know if i need to get my blood checked or what, but it is becoming frustrating. I am not sore. I am TIRED!! It doesn’t seem like the running alone would contribute to this, but maybe it is. I have also been very busy with my work. I did make a doctor appointment, but it won’t be anytime soon unless i get in somewhere else. I’m also thinking of consulting a nutrionist. I think there is one at my gym.

If anyone out there has any thoughts on this fatigue issue, i would be happy to hear them.

On a separate note, Karl has had to take a break on his AT adventure. He is having an injury issue. Check out Where’s Karl to read more and send positive thoughts!!!

TOTAL MILEAGE = 36 miles


Posted in Uncategorized on August 15, 2008 by afuntanilla

just chowed down on a free donut at work. yum. a rare treat. don’t care. need the calories. sf giants are in town for their only trip to atlanta. i have tix for tomorrow nights game. both teams are sucking this year, but oh well…i still love to see “my home team” and i have a¬†sweet, new¬†orange Giants t-shirt to wear proudly. temperatures have cooled a bit so that will be nice for weekend long runs. long goal will be 3.5-4hrs on trail tomorrow. that means, i will be dragging my butt to the baseball game. sounds good to me.

have a good weekend everyone. train hard. be your own “Olympic” self!!

today’s motivation

Posted in motivation, quotes on August 14, 2008 by afuntanilla

“You’re not puking and nothing’s broken so get going.”

-Vivian McQueeney to her husband, Scott, in the middle of the climb to Whitney Portal during Badwater 2000

the latest

Posted in Uncategorized on August 13, 2008 by afuntanilla

I wasn’t planning on watching the opening ceremonies, but got back from dinner in time to watch some of them and man…pretty damn impressive. wow! just thinking about what it takes to coordinate something like that is beyond my comprehension…..and that is one of the many reasons why i just stick to the running.¬†

shoes. check.

shorts. check.

shirt. check.

now, get out the door.

easy. Of course, sometimes, it doesn’t¬†feel¬†easy. like on sunday when i was going for 20 in the morning and only made 17.37 miles. at about 15, i just felt exhausted all over. it dawned on me that i did not have enough fuel in my tank. gels are just not gonna cut it for me after about 15 miler marker. i need something else. i did another 4.5 later sunday early evening at the gym and felt stronger than i would have thought. yeah!¬†

another highlight was going back to the trail i had gone to the previous week; Vickery Creek. This time, one of my buddies came with and we did one loop together and i did another solo. Good technical and varied trail. And plenty of places where the trees and such envelope the trail. i’ve gotten plenty of scratches to prove it. I hope i can get there again this week, maybe even tomorrow. after the trail, we ducked into whole foods and grabbed some fruit, yogurt, bagels, etc…

on a bit of a separate note, i have days where i just feel incredibly fatigued. perhaps more than the running warrants. i think i am gonna go see a doc and get some blood work done. it may just be iron deficiency. other than that, feeling physically ok. i’m watching olympics whenever i get a chance and am constantly in awe of these tremendous athletes.¬†

and, coach is doing his thing on the app. trail and i am just beside myself with excitement and inspiration. i’d addicted to the blog and all the updates. so freakin cool!

Week Running Totals: 40.5 Miles