Monthly Archives: March 2010

running baby steps… again

I haven’t the slightest clue where all my running endurance went. I used to laugh at long distances. 15 miles? No problem. Going out after 20? Sure, just let me drink my chocolate milk. A half marathon this weekend? Well, I had other plans, but I’m sure I can reschedule.

Now, I’m pained at the thought of running 5 miles. Spending an hour on a trail? Ummm… I’d rather not. Worse yet, struggling for more than an hour for a measly 5 miles? I’d rather not know.

Now we’re in March and my goal of running 500 miles this year is in jeopardy. After a strong start, my plans flew off the rail in February. I quit keeping track. What was the point of logging .7 or 1.2 miles? I mentioned earlier I needed to average more than 40 miles a month. In February, I logged 7.5 miles, give or take a few feet.

So no LA Marathon for me this year. That doesn’t mean I messed up that goal. I still have one more chance before I turn 30.

As for my resolution, I’ve started from scratch. I’m beginning training again. Last week, I ran three days: a total 4 miles during the week and an impressively long 3 miles on Sunday. I’m going to abide by the 10% rule and increase my mileage this week by a whopping 1 mile.

Whoa, Claudia! Simmer down with that ambition.

This is where I am now. I’d love to be able to run a 10k at the end of this month. I have my sights set on Agoura.


A lesbian, a Mexican and a Jew walk into the Metro…

This weekend I took part in the inaugural Metro Art scavenger hunt by CityRace. Race officials had said that it was going to be different from their other events:

1. No one would/could finish the entire thing… so don’t even try.

2. You had to use strategy to get things going.

I took the latter to heart, divvying up responsibilities among my teammates Fresh Coleclaw–Courtney “Fresh” Graham, Mitch “Sassafrass” Cole and Me, The Claw.

First, we had to come up with an awesome name, one that would strike fear in the hearts of our competitors. Enter The Ayayayayays!

Second, we needed a uniform. We had the name and now we had to look fierce too. Orange t-shirts and UNAM Pumas bandanas.

Third, we rationed our sustenance–mixed nuts, granola bars, water.

Fourth, I scheduled a pre-race bathroom trip at the Biltmore hotel. Yes, I penciled in pee time. Sue me. I didn’t want our chances of taking top spot ruined by a potty break.

The race officials didn’t lie. It was really tough! The bulk of the race took place along the Red, Purple, Blue and Gold lines. And yes, Pepe made the cut!!

Let me just give you a hint of what we had to deal with.

“How many human figures are visible in the tile painting, The Making of the Station?”

“What oversized edible object is directly in front of you as you exit the station from Clue #3?”

“Six suspended bodies float high above the tracks in this station, including one wearing a blue shirt. What number is printed on the blue shirt?”

Plus these crazy bonus questions to find the names of stations not included in the hunt:



Even with all that, I definitely thought it would have been possible for The Ayayayayays! to complete the entire 34-question hunt in 3.5 hours. It would have, could have and should have happened if A) we kept to a simple out-and-back strategy and B) weren’t stalled by 12-plus minute waits at most of the stations.

Sadly, we didn’t finish. We went to 10 of 19 stations. Guessed on all the rest. Lost points being late (stupid 12-minute metro waits and wrong Pershing Square exit). Earned points on the bonuses.. and still made the Top 10–Seventh Place, to be exact!!

Would I do it again? Of course! Why? For the thrill of finding our first clue…

To see more of our hunt, check out my Flickr set.