January 2009 Archives

Changing directions

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I started school - woooo hoooooooo!!!!

I was having trouble both keeping up with others and keeping up my own blog, even before that. Now that I'm going to school part-time on top of a full-time job, and as I'm doing the whole thing as a single mom (who's still trying to get some running time in!), I foresee very few updates over here, or comments on other blogs.

However, I update Facebook frequently (much quicker to do!) and keep up-to-date with friends over there. If you haven't already (I know most of you have), go search for onepinkfuzzy and add me as a friend.

Cheers!

Hill Repeats Baby!

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a group of runners gathers in the early twilight at the mouth of a canyon. laughter and introductions all around before they head up the road into the belly of the beast. the run description said "easy group jog" for the first half, but the group takes off, leaving the resident slowpoke no choice but to yell ahead, "hey! SOMEone has to stay with me to keep the mountain lions at bay!"

the run organizer drops back to stay with her. heading into the canyon, conversation flows easily. stars begin to appear as the slowpoke and organizer turn around when the rest of the group is heading back out the canyon after turning at the first stream crossing. the slowpoke picks up her pace, anticipating the meat of the journey: hill repeats on well-known, much-feared hill about three-quarters of a mile from the start.

it's dark and the slowpoke turns on her headlamp. short strides, quick turnover. breathe in, breathe out. breathe in, breathe out. up up up up up. suddenly, she pops up at the top of the hill. it's time to turn around and jog down. she is surprised to have run to the top; she's only done that once before. this is a walking hill in her ultra background.

she heads back up the hill, hoping to make it up a second time, but not counting on it. short strides, quick turnover. breathe in, breathe out. breathe in, breathe out. up up up up up. before she knows it, she's popped out up at the top. this is new; she's never run this hill - or any hill - twice before. and she's enjoying it!

she heads back down the hill, enjoying the string of headlamps bobbing up and down as the group runs the hill at various paces. she is ready to go back up, thinking she'll probably walk about halfway up. short strides, quick turnover. breathe in, breathe out. breathe in, breathe out. up up up up up. she wants to walk but pushes herself to keep running. and she does, popping out at the top rather surprised at how well she's done. she keeps company at the top with the few others done, cheering on the runners left.

the second-to-last runner comes up top and she cajoles him back out for one more - it'll be a cool-down for him, since he'll run with her. sure enough, she repeats the performance. short strides, quick turnover. breathe in, breathe out. breathe in, breathe out. up up up up up.

wow. four repeats.

the group heads back to the parking lot. the slowpoke is stoked. *this* is what 2009 is going to be about: growing community, getting stronger.

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AB 06B

Nov. 27, 2008: Thanksgiving Day Cross-Country Race, Tucson, AZ, Report, Photos

2008 Run'n'Roll 007

Oct. 5, 2008: Jim Click Run'n'Roll 8k, Tucson, AZ, Report and Photos

Angie approaches 17

April 26, 2008: Zane Grey 50k, Payson, AZ - 30 miles for my 30th Birthday - Report and Photos

Mama and Angie round the curve to the finish

April 6, 2008, A Lark in the Park 5k, Phoenix Zoo, AZ, Report and Photos

Angie in the orange shirt

Nov. 22, 2007: Thanksgiving Cross-Country Classic, Tucson, AZ, Report Run'n'Roll07 004

Oct. 7, 2007: Jim Click Run'n'Roll 8k, Tucson, AZ, Report

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June 2, 2007: Meet Me Downtown 5k, Tucson, AZ, Recap

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May 6, 2007: Cinco de Mayo 10k, Tucson, AZ, with Paki (my first 10k ever!) Recap

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March 30-31, 2007: Ragnar Relay Del Sol, Wickenburg to Scottsdale, AZ, as part of the Performance Footwear Team, Recap and Photos

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November 23, 2006, Tucson, AZ: Thanksgiving Day Cross-Country Classic with Team Run Like a Girl - Setting a PR! Recap

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October 1, 2006, Tucson, AZ: Jim Click Run & Roll with Recap

Angie at the finish of Sugar & Spice 50k

June 10, 2006, Cave Run Lake, KY: Sugar & Spice 32 Mile Ultramarathon with Results... plus Recap Part 1 and Recap Part 2, also Pictures! and more Pictures!

Ash and Mama run to the finish line

April 22, Tucson, AZ: Spring Cross Country Classic 5k: Recap and Pictures

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April 15, 2006, Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ Sabino Canyon Sunset Run: Recap and Pictures

Coming into the mid aid station at Pemberton

February 4, 2006, Pheonix, AZ Pemberton 50k, my first ultra: Recap Parts One and Two, also Pictures

December 2005, Tempe, AZ Iron Girl Mother/Daughter 5k:Recap and Pictures

Angie at the Cactus Cha-Cha 7 miler

October 2005, Phoenix, AZ Cactus Cha-Cha 7-mile: Pictures
Angie and Paki at their first race together

September 2005, Tucson, AZ Jim Click's Run&Roll 8k: Pictures

Angie at the finish line of her first race

August 2005, Flagstaff, AZ Soldier Trail 5k, my first race: Pictures

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Crewing and Pacing for Troy at Javelina Jundred, Nov. 15-16, 2008

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March 1, 2008: Crewing for Olga, at the Old Pueblo 50 mile. Report (photo link at the end of the report)

Oct. 26-28, 2007: Pacing for Kirk at Javelina Jundred, Reports: Part I and Part II

April 28, 2007: Olga's Crew Pinky Report on Zane Grey 50 Mile Race

March 4, 2007: Volunteer report from Old Pueblo 50 Mile Endurance Run

February 4, 2007: Volunteer Report from Twin Peaks 50/50

April 27 (?), 2006: Volunteer Report from Zane Grey 50 Mile Race