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Best Laid Plans – Whatever

by Carilyn on November 14, 2012

The best laid plans blah blah…and all those famous quotes about being organized and getting things done…don’t apply here. Because I waited too long to sign up for the Cordon Bleu cooking class, I couldn’t get in. So, all my big talking on Friday about taking on new challenges seemed to be derailed from the moment I hit “Publish” on Friday’s Fearless blog post. (It would have probably been smart if I had signed up for the class before I posted about it, huh?). Anyway, with no cooking class to look forward to, I decided I had to do the next best thing – sign up for the Malibu Marathon.

The Malibu Marathon runs through fields for the first half, and then heads down the Pacific Coast Highway for the second half. I did it a couple of years ago and swore I wouldn’t do it again because, well… it’s hard. And I don’t like hard marathons. But, since I didn’t have anything better to do, and I needed a “focused” training run, I decided it was better than nothing.

Maybe because I was anticipating misery, it didn’t seem all that hard this year. Yes, it was still hilly as heck (who designs a course with the majority of the hills coming in the last 6 miles?!), and yes, you were running down a highway with cars, RVs, motorcycles and bikes zooming past you. But it was also stunningly beautiful. You are running 13 miles RIGHT ON THE PACIFIC OCEAN. How could I forget that part?

I’m the dark blob in the front. Not the best photo, but I wanted you to see the ocean – the star of this marathon.

I took it easy because I already had 120 miles on my legs before I decided to sign up, so maybe that also contributed to the pleasant feelings I had about the race. I paid no attention to pace or time, just ran easy and loose, with the only goals being to run a faster second half and not need any time off for recovery this week. All in all, things went well and I had a lot of fun. No puking, no screaming, no crying. Whew!

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I did manage to meet my other goal for the weekend – making a plum tart.

The crust was gross, so I will definitely have to keep working on it. Does anyone have a good crust recipe that can be followed successfully by a chimpanzee?

And because of my crust FAIL, I made some toffee to ease the pain.


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I semi met my “biking” goal – I rode a bike, but not on the street. I ran out of time because of the two round trips I had to make out to Malibu (for packet pickup on Saturday and the race on Sunday), so I had to settle for riding the stationary bike in the gym. I know, don’t say it. I wimped out on this one.

This is my bike pouting because it never gets used.

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And for the final goal, I did get in a trail run – nothing special, but it was gorgeous and I loved being out there.


So what about y’all? Did you meet your weekend challenges?

Happy Running!



{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate November 14, 2012 at 11:01 am

Procrastination is my middle name. Eh…that cooking class was probably lame anyway. Running by the Pacific Ocean sounds like a pretty good consolation prize.

Yes, I met my challenge. I finished the 30k and didn’t die. I’m glad my challenge wasn’t to finish without WANTING to die or I’d have failed.

Kirstin C (@ultrarunnergirl) November 14, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Well, there’ll be another cooking class in the future and your bike will wait for you!

The plum tart looks yummy! But, TOFFEE?? You can make TOFFEE? THAT is awesome.

Tart dough recipe, easy peasy.

Carilyn November 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I’m a toffee addict :) But my tarts definitely need some work, so thanks so much for the recipe, Kirsten.

Carilyn November 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Congrats on the 30k, Kate! I will go read your post :)

Char November 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm

You’re so funny. You don’t get to do your cooking class so you run an impromptu marathon instead?! And that picture – I looked for such a long time for the dark blob until I decided you were the bush, or at least in the bush taking care of business. And then I saw you.

Carilyn November 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Thankfully there was no natural “relief” – only porta-potties :)

Marcia November 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

OMG I’m rolling on the floor. You are so hilarious and I totally get where you’re coming from. It was our wedding anniv. and I told the Caveman I got him a ride in a WWII war plane (because he’s impossible and loves history and war etc) only to learn the groupon was over before I actually go in on the deal. I suck.
Love how you default to marathons! Love it!

Carilyn November 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Thank you, Marcia! And love to have a kindred spirit!

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