Monday, April 4, 2011

I did it!

Hi guys! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend like I did! Most of you know that we were unable to run with you guys on Saturday , and I was unable to run with you on Sunday, because I was recovering from my awesome day out in Oceanside! YAY! I completed my first 70.3 distance, Half Ironman! YAY! After being in my cast for 8 weeks, you all know how miserable I was, and was able to still complete my goal of my first half Ironman.

If you don't know what that is, well...1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and then a nice 13.1 mile run. I was really nervous and even started to cry in the car when we got there. Pete was awesome and calmed me down enough to get out of the car and get my gear, and we were off to the transition area where we parted and i had to get ready by myself. I am glad I have had the best training partner to talk me through things over the years, so I knew I would be okay, and have everything I needed. What I didn't realize, was it was an in water start, and totally panicked! I got control of myself by 1/4 mile, and everything was fine. I was either going to have a great day, or not. I decided to have a great day, and make each sport of the event a nice enjoyable one. I am so proud to say, I really enjoyed myself, took my time, and didn't get caught up in anyone else's race but my own. :) Thank you for all your support, i felt every good vibration!

Oh, before I forget, I didn't get to mention last week (because I didn't know), Sue Rudolph place 1st in her age division at "Into the Wild" last weekend!! YAY! Way to go Sue! She ROCKED it! she was also awesome, and came out to see me on the run course of the 70.3 Ironman, and cheered with Pete to help me on in! Thank you Sue!

For this weekends runs...Saturday for the OC Chili and the new Peter's Canyon Group, that's right, we have a new group starting! We will be meeting at 8:00 at O'neil Park. (Directions: Getting there:
From Santa Margarita Pkwy turn on Avenida De Las Flores Make Left at First Light- Via Con Dios- Via Con Dios turns into Via Sosiego then turns into El Camino Montana..Park Along the side of street. You will see the entrance to the park
This will be our last run before OC Chili Race the next weekend! For the newbies, Please bring water and if you have trail shoes, that would be the best to wear. I know we will have a larger group with all the new Peter's Canyon group coming out to check us out. We are all looking forward to that! If it does Rain Friday we will move the run to the bagel shop and run in Coto @8:00am.

Sunday we have another 26 miles to run for the 50 milers, and 10 for the 30 miles! :) Let's get this last good one in, and then its 2 weeks before Leona! It will be taper time soon! You guys are all doing SO Amazing! Total studs out there! I am glad you all seemed to enjoy the route this weekend as well. Let's meet at El Moro Ridge Park@ 6:00am. We will do the reverse of last weeks route starting with the NIX center and we will add 2 extra miles. For the second Loop Karen please meet us at 8:45am.

We need to get cracking on training for Whoo's in El Moro as well. Please let me know who is signed up, or who is going to be, i need to send in race entries, or call Molly ( race director), and let her know. :) I also need to figure out if i am running it or helping her. :)

Thanks again guys for all your encouragement and positive thoughts! A special thanks to Pete for believing in me when I didn't, and being there for me. I really appreciate you. :)



  1. Hooray for Corrinne! Huge accomplishment! And kudos to Pete for his major assist. I wanted to thank Donna for getting me through my longest run yet - 12 miles on Sunday!

  2. Karen, I am SO proud of you! Great job! I cant wait to hear about your longest ever run! You are awesome!

  3. Congratulations Corrinne!! Your peeps are so proud! It was uplifting to see you there in between our loops yesterday. Thank you so much for coming out and for making sure we had goodies after our run. Thank you Pete for being Corrinne's rock and for all you do for every one of us. Karen you're awesome! You could have easily run that 24 with us yesterday.

  4. Donna,
    thank you! I am so proud of you and all the peeps! You all were my inspiration on Saturday, and thought of you often. I can not believe how good you all looked and how far you all have come. You are a total ROCK star, and are SO strong! You are SO ready and i can not wait for your race, and am SO excited for you. You guys are the BEST!