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Final week of June

Posted in motivation, road, running, shoes with tags , , , , , , on July 2, 2012 by afuntanilla

The last week of June has come and gone. I’m glad to see the month over as it was super busy and very challenging in just trying to stay healthy in all ways.

I got in 2 short runs this past week. Treadmill run – 3.5 miles at 8:45 pace – followed by solid strength workout. Outdoor run – 3.0 miles at 8:58 pace. Lately, I had been running Saturday and Sunday, but I decided to rest legs yesteday and go for it today. Sunday run – 8 miles at 9:04 pace. I was pleased with this effort. I just looked back in my training journal and saw that 8 miles is the longest I have run on any training day since last OCTOBER. wow. Yikes! Didn’t know it had been that long. And yet, my pace today for this distance was better than it has been in a LOOOONG time. SO, what this tells me is the interval runs and strength training is paying off. AND, it helps to live somewhere where the heat and humidity suck every once of enery you have…BTW, I saw it was over 100 degrees in Atlanta this weekend….YES, its safe to say I am glad to not have to face that weather anymore. Yikes!
Oddly enough, it was cool in Petaluma this morning, but there was some humidity….

I am still reading “Running on Empty” by Marshall Ulrich. I am thoroughly enjoying and recommend for anyone to read…not just runners. He writes simply, yet with a lot of depth and shows his humanity. His adventures are incredible!

As I write this late Sunday evening, I am still feeling good from the 8 miler today. The pace gives me confidence for my upcoming half marathon in SF. I still have work to do, but I am getting there, one step at a time. There were moments today in the early miles where I just had a hard time getting focused, but as I saw my splits on my watch as each mile passed, I became more and more intent. The last 2 miles, I just put my head down and ran. Breathing, running…great way to start JULY 2012

Make it count. Be brave. Be bold. Make it happen.

a couple reviews

Posted in photos, quotes, random with tags , , , , , , , on February 14, 2011 by afuntanilla

I’ve read 2 really good books back to back and wanted to share my thoughts.

1st book; Where Men Win Glory by John Krakauer. An amazing and true story about the NFL Football Player, Pat Tillman, who gave up his career to join the military after 9/11. The author writes about some of Pat’s early life pre-football and then his Pro career. The majority of the book is about his experience in the military and what happened surrounding his death by “friendly-fire.” While reading this book, I frequently had to stop because i was seriously aghast at what I was reading…all the stuff about what went down in the military. This book opened my eyes more and definitely pierced my heart. A must read.

2nd book; Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Wow. What a phenomenal book. It’s also currently on NYT Bestseller list for those that pay attention to such lists. I had read an excerpt from it via an article in Runners World website. I was hooked. Had to get the book. The story is about the life of Louis Zamperini who was a Olympic runner in the 5000 meters. The story picks up a little of his early years, and then gives you the heart of his running career and Olympic experience in the 1936 Berlin Games. The vast majority of the book is dedicated to what happened after the Olympics. Louis quickly went into the Air Force as the US went into WWII. Not too long into his time, he was on a plane that went down and he and 2 other men remained barely alive on a raft for about a month. Amazing. Then they were captured by Japanese and the story of his life as a POW is just pretty insane. I was glued to the book night after night. Hard to believe after everything he went through, but Mr. Zamperini is still alive at 94 years of age.

Highly recommend both books!! You won’t be disappointed.

In other news, I think I am gonna sign up to run the Atlanta Half-Marathon on march 20th. I seriously doubt i can break 2 hours on that hilly course, but I can sure try. ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, after a solid 8 on Silver Comet Trail.

Just remember –ย โ€œItโ€™s not what you do once in a while, itโ€™s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.โ€ โ€“ Jenny Craig