Blog entries from jldeleon

jldeleon has a total of 33 entries.

  1. jldeleon
    It is August! Two years ago this month I ditched my VFFs, and got it right, by starting running barefoot! So it is now time for my 2nd year barefoot running anniversary MANIFESTO!!! Muah-ha-haaa!!! My ego believed the following…I am a BAREFOOT runner – which means, I am either 100% barefoot, 100% of the time, or…I am NOTHING! In the last year, I have had a lengthy series of SERIOUS...
    jldeleon, Aug 2, 2013
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    So I was diagnosed with mononucleosis about a week ago. For those of you unfamiliar with this virus, it causes a litany of symptoms -the highlights of which are low, low, low energy, an enlarged spleen, and an average recovery time of SIX weeks. And yes, it is contagious, and although only moderately so, the contagious time is only a guess. Therefore, I will be missing at least two weeks of...
    jldeleon, Oct 22, 2012
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    By exhibit A (aka as Jen) A year ago, before I signed up for the 2012 Warrior Dash, I had already read Mike’s Warrior Dash race report from 2011. He obviously had a TON of fun doing it. He looked freaking GIDDY in his photos. I thought to myself, here is a guy who is having fun and who wants others to enjoy this fun, too, and no one wants to have fun. I felt kinda sorry for him cuz he...
    jldeleon, Sep 19, 2012
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    Lessons from today's run: #1. Don't run when you get less than 8 hours of sleep. Okay, maybe 6 hours. But definitely NOT 3. #2. Don't put off fixing your laces. Actually fix them BEFORE the race. #3. Don't run in your Branca sandals for the FIRST TIME at a race. #4. Don't leave the starting line at the same time as your testosterone-poisoned friends. #5. Most importantly, if you haven't taken...
    jldeleon, Sep 3, 2012
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    *Consider “Oregon” your warning word. J By Exhibit A (aka Jen) This run was to be a 20-mile “run” in the Multnomah Falls region, along the Columbia Gorge. I am fairly certain we all knew that, since the route had a 4,000 ft. elevation gain, it would be more of a run/hike/walk/crawl/roll. I prepared for it! Like for one day! Mike-Prep Chris, Mike and I rode together – in Mike’s car. That...
    jldeleon, Aug 30, 2012
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    This race was on a route I was very familiar with, which was both fortunate and unfortunate. I knew the first part was the arch bruising type rocks. Though I “have” ran it barefoot on a couple of occasions, it was not pleasant at all. So for this race I decided I would wear huaraches over that super rocky section –which was about ¼ of the total route. This posed a whole other problem cause my...
    jldeleon, Jul 29, 2012
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    It's been one year since I have been running barefoot. Though I actually started running 3 months prior to this anniversary, this is my REAL anniversary because this is when I learned the true joy of my bare feet touching the earth. I want to talk about the people who inspired me along this transition. Initially, I was inspired by my husband, who used to run marathons. He had told me many...
    jldeleon, Jul 8, 2012
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    So I have this new favorite trail. I like the incline/decline pattern of it better than my previous favorite trail. And the section I run is 7 miles round-trip, which is perfect for where I'm at mileage-wise. So my husband dropped me off at this trail last week cuz he needed our (shared) car. I realized after he left that I forgot to put mosquito repellant on. Mosquitoes love me. If I...
    jldeleon, Jul 3, 2012
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    The funnest part of all races is always the costume. This race was a 5k/10k trail race on Wildwood trail. I signed up for the 10k and it was supposed to be my first 10k. I had ran the course 3 times prior, during the last 6 weeks, so I was familiar with how evil it was. The first section was large arch punching type rocks. The second to the last section was small piercing gravel. It was...
    jldeleon, Jun 25, 2012
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    I ran the 5k in this. I only over-exerted myself at about the beginning of mile 3. I felt like someone had punched me in the stomach. The bottom of my diaphragm was spasming, which I have never had happen before (if anything spasms it’s the top of my diaphragm). Other than those 3 painful minutes (where I almost had to walk), I regained control of myself, and my exertion level the rest of...
    jldeleon, May 17, 2012
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    WTH? So while I'm running today, I kept hearing this slap/pop sound periodically coming from my...chest. I kept looking around trying to figure out what was causing that sound. I was not wearing ANY equipment, so I was totally perplexed. The sound was pretty loud and it sounded like those little firecracker things that you throw on the ground that explode. I am left to conclude that it must...
    jldeleon, May 2, 2012
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    I have been trying to find a good running trail closer to home. Yesterday I found a VERY desolate trail fairly close. By desolate, I mean pools of water with algae forming on the top, leaves and berry brambles covering the ground, trees across the trail -and lots of deer tracks!!! It was a pretty awesome. So I approach this tree across the trail. I have intended to take up tree climbing...
    jldeleon, Apr 25, 2012
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    A couple months ago I made a conscious effort to stop running on my forefoot and start running on my midfoot. This was a little tricky to figure out how to do and make sure not to heel strike at the same time -particularly on trails. The primary reason I did it was to increase my speed, and it worked. But, it had unanticipated benefits. Primarily I noticed a distinct increase in my core...
    jldeleon, Mar 5, 2012
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    I have found it is far less traumatizing for me to refrain from looking directly down into the big slippery mud I am about to run through and instead look across it to where I WANT to be. As long as it's not "too" big, I find this is a much more effective way to go through them, without stalling, or slipping for that matter. Been practicing running down hills in a relaxed manner, with little...
    jldeleon, Feb 8, 2012
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    So my weekly mileage has taken a distinct upturn -thanks to trail runs. This is the way I like to increase my mileage -more or less by accident. My legs are rarely sore after running, though the last trail run I did, they were unusually sore. It was only about a mile longer than the last ones we did. We must have gone up and down more hills this time. Speaking of hills...I suck at going down...
    jldeleon, Feb 2, 2012