Thursday, June 22, 2017

It's Summer!

Several months ago, Randy asked me if I'd be interested in getting kayaks for our family to play with this summer (and future summers).

My answer?  No.

No, I'm not interested in a kayak.  I'd much rather stand up.

I've talked about stand up paddleboarding (SUP) before.

I.  Love.  It.

SUP is my second-favorite exercise....second to running, of course.  And second to running because of the convenience factor.  I can leave my front door and run.  And I can run year-round.  I can't say the same about SUP...but it's just as fun and just as relaxing.

So, no.  I don't want to sit in a kayak.  I want to stand up.

Enter Project 908, a SUP manufacturer right here in Central Ohio!  I've actually rented from them a few times.  I was on a Project 908 board the first time I tried SUP and when I did the SUP and Run a couple of years ago.

SUP and Run, July 2015
There was another time my whole family got together and we rented boards from Project 908 (I don't think I blogged about it).  Even my parents tried it out.

August 2013 featuring 4 year old Aleena

This past Christmas, we took a family vacation to Hawaii.  We rented a couple of stand up paddleboards on Waikiki Beach.  I spent hours on the board.  We rented two boards and the rest of the family (my mom, Randy and Ellie) shared the other board (my dad was the photographer from the beach).  During my hours of paddling--this is what cemented SUP in my heart--I was visited by a sea turtle.  Three times.  I have no pictures of the turtle so you'll have to take my word for it: he was awesome.  The sea turtle is my water spirit animal.  (The unicorn is my land spirit animal.)

Family SUP, Waikiki Beach, December 2016

Several months ago, we decided that we'd buy two stand up paddleboards from Project 908 instead of buying kayaks.  They were delivered on Father's Day.

See that triangle of hexagon pads at the top?  That's where my kid sits.
Photo from Project 908's Instagram page.

I'm smitten.

Our boards are custom made.  Mine is pink.  Duh.  I mean, would there be any question as to what color I'd choose? (with a purple tail)  It's very girly.  Very me.

Randy's is orange with a wood deck.  It's quite masculine.

I'm over the freaking moon, y'all.

This is going to be an awesome summer.

Have you tried SUP? If not, you must.

If you're in the Central Ohio area, check out Project 908:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Columbus 10K

Randy runs the Columbus 10K every year. I usually run with the kids for the Grasshopper Kids' Dash then we three ladies spectate the 10K.

This year, the kids were going to be in Michigan with my parents so I got to sign up to run with Randy.

I'm currently in training for my back to back, coast to coast, marathon adventure this fall and registering for the 10K was kind of last minute so I wasn't really in racing condition but figured I'd push myself just a little to finish in under an hour.  My weekly long run was 12 miles a few days before the race do my legs weren't exactly "fresh".

I'd planned to start with the ten minute pacers then pull ahead after the first couple of miles.  Randy talked me into starting between the 9 and 9:30 pacers.  Why do I allow myself to be so easily influenced?!

Near the beginning...the first mile or two.

It was hot and humid...and daylight.  Y'all know I prefer 5am in December to 8am in June.

We started out at a 9ish pace.  Miles 1-3 were 9:02, 9:03 and 9:00.  Then I started to get hot and irritable.  Mile 4 was 9:16 and I sent Randy ahead.  I knew I couldn't keep the 9 minute pace and he was feeling pretty good (he had a rib injury a few weeks before so he wasn't in top shape, either.  What a pair we are).

Mile 5 was 9:38 and it was some time during that mile that I realized this was my first official road 10K.  No kidding.  I've never run a 10K!  I've run a trail 10K, but trail is a whole different animal.

At the finish.
I picked up a little speed for mile 6, 9:14, and my finish time was 56:11 (overall pace 9:03).  I suppose maybe I could have kept up the 9 minute pace.

Turns out that 10Ks suck just as much at 5Ks.  Running fast hurts.  It really is ridiculous that I'd rather run for four and a half hours than run for less than one hour at a faster pace.


This was the 40th anniversary for the Columbus 10K and it's a super fun event.  The post-race food is great: pancakes, sausage, Skyline Chili....and my favorite: chocolate milk!  I love spectating this event each year and other than the heat and daylight (ha!) I loved running it, too.  Randy wants to run it together again next year.  We'll see...