Posts tagged ‘Running’

May 10, 2013

Choices & Play Dates


26 it is!!!

I’ve made a decision to go with the longer distance. It will be tough, but I think this marathon might be fun. Here I come TNF WashDC.

My past experience with trail marathons and the comfort during the past few days’ 17.5 miles have helped in the decision making. Let’s hope that keeps up.

In other news, Harriet and Jessie had a play date this weekend. Lots of chasing tennis balls, random butt sniffing, and couch naps. These two are too cute!


Signing off… ETT -_-

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May 5, 2013

Pick a number… 13 or 26?


I find myself stumped… The North Face Endurance Challenge at Algonkian Regional Park has perfectly aligned itself with an upcoming trip back to the Motherland and I want to participate. What runner wouldn’t… right?

Now just to decide which race to enter. I know that I don’t want to run the full 50k, but what distance should I train for with such short notice?

All the logical bones (and muscles) in my body say that I should be conservative and run the half-marathon… BUT since when have I been conservative!?!

The normally crazy ETT says, just go for the full marathon!

We shall see.

For the past few months, I’ve split my physical activity 80/20… 80% cross training and 20% running. Over the next few days I will swap those numbers and see how my body reacts. I’ll use that as a litmus test for whether I might be able to endure the longer race or if I should be logical and compete in the shorter distance.

Wish me luck!

P.S. I’ve discovered Grumpy Cat and I can’t get enough. Tardar Sauce. best. Name. EVER. No!

Signing off… ETT! =)


December 26, 2012

Happy Holidays

SATURDAY’S WORKOUT: 3500m row (22min)
SUNDAY’S WORKOUT: 3000m row (16:45)
MONDAY’S WORKOUT: 1.5mi walk at 6deg incline (40min)
WEDNESDAY’S WORKOUT: 3 sets of 20 (squat thrusts, T push ups, & static v-up…this one was 1 set = 20sec) + 5mi run walk (60min) + 3500m row (19min)


I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season. Wishing you and yours all the best!

Signing off…ETT! =)

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December 21, 2012

Desert Storms & More Squat Thrusts

Tuesday’s WORKOUT: 3x3min Speed Intervals at 6mph w/2min jogs in between 1.57mi 17:00
Wednesday’s WORKOUT: 3.66mi/5mph 45:00 w/6mph 1min sprints at the end
Thursday: REST DAY
Friday’s WORKOUT: 10 to 1 Descending Ladder: Squat Thrusts & V-ups (2 sets = 07:17 & 07:21) + 4.5mi/4.5mph 60:00


So remember I was just saying something about not wanting to do anymore squat thrusts (AKA baby burpees)???

Well yeah… that didn’t work out as planned. I got through them, but they were torturous. I really had to slow down my run afterwards (4.5mph), but it turned out to be a really great run. Beautiful day in the desert…even though the clouds were weighing down on us.

Also this weekend, there was this…

…baking for a good cause (donated cookies)



…and farewell chocolate overload at Maya for JB


Great weekend and great being back on track. Hope you all had a wonderful end of the week!

Signing off… ETT! =)

December 17, 2012

Running Again…

TODAY’S WORKOUT: Run/walk 4.4mi (60:00) + squat thrusts (6:00)

… and thanks to Angel, I’m motivated again. Sometimes, all it takes is a swift kick in the rear to get a person back on track. I think that was all I needed.

For months now I’ve been trying to overcome injuries from the North Face Challenge 50k and Great Wall marathon earlier this year. I feel much better now, but after moving from China to the Kingdom I really haven’t gotten my workout groove back. This 21 day fitness jump off may be just what the doctor ordered.

Over the next few weeks I will follow this challenge and throw in some planned “get back to running” workouts.

Wish me luck! Positive thoughts, healthy lifestyle, & as many after-race cold showers in random motel rooms that I can stand!

GWM 2012

GWM 2012

Signing off… ETT! =)


UPDATE: So I did the squat thrusts for 6 minutes when I got home from work and… whew… that ain’t right. First of all, squat thrusts are just no push-up burpees. That was was smooth, Angel!

The first minute is pretty inspiring. By minute 3, you’re thinking… ok, I’m starting to feel it. And them BHAM!!! Minute 4 hits you square in the face! Why me!?! What the hell is wrong with my stopwatch!?! Please make it stop!!! Then you get to minute 6 and you’re on the floor feeling spent, but accomplished… and determined never to agree to do that again. I might could do that again.

October 23, 2012

Binder Full of _____

Because this hasn’t been beaten to death enough by the Internets…

The Lovely Binders… courtesy of

I present to you, lovely reader, the binders ETT has been working on since last we parled:

  1. A binder full of podcasts [i.e. Girl on Guy, The Evening Jones, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Pardon the Interruption, and BBC Global News]
  2. A binder full of workouts, courtesy of and Runner’s World <– THIS IS BIG, because I can run again.. is anyone else excited about this?
  3. A binder full of political satire, … Barrington Thurston da Third, or @Baratunde if you tweet, has provided the MOST entertaining live Twitter coverage for the Presidential Debates
  4. A binder full of button ups… I’m wearing proper shirts (as opposed to polos) a lot more than usual… you needed to know this about me
  5. A binder full of tasty adult beverages, check out some classic and creative cocktail recipes at (this simple, aptly named concoction is my fave)


Signing off… ETT!! =)

May 15, 2012

The North Face 100 Endurance Challenge (50km Race Report)

The good news is… I didn’t die! The not so good news is… I didn’t win my mother the car she keeps thinking is the prize for all the races I participate in, so not a great Mother’s Day for Mama Ducky (as she affectionately likes to be called)!

The awesome thing about this race is that it was run in true EarthToTrish fashion. I have to say that from start to finish, every moment was a ‘random, but necessary note to self’. Case in point:

  1. KEEP CALM: I couldn’t really get my nerves under control the morning of, so Harriet Houdini (the bestest furry friend any girl could ask for) got her claws clipped… at 4AM! WTF was I thinking???
  2. ALWAYS PLACE YOUR PRE-RACE SNACKS IN A SECURE LOCATION: Since I couldn’t manage to eat any food before I left home, I packed myself a little bag of goodies and promised to force myself to fuel up before the race. I stuffed the goodie bag in my nifty back pocket (made especially for super cool running peeps like myself)… and it fell out while I was running to the bag drop-off location. =/
  3. DO NOT RUN UP A MOUNTAIN BEHIND PEOPLE WITH HIKING STICKS: Or in front of them for that matter. The race course included a 50km companion trek which contained a lot more elevation than the regular course, but we started together. I can understand bringing the sticks along, but those people are wild. The flail those death wands all around and poke at ya. Hooligans, I tell ya!
  4. ALWAYS STOP TO APPRECIATE YOUR SURROUNDINGS: Heaven Lake was serene and beautiful. Just see for yourself…
  5. WHEN RUNNING IN TIGHT MOUNTAIN PASSAGES, NEVER EVER TAKE YOUR EYES OFF THE PATH: So it rained pretty hard the night before the race. The mountains absorbed a lot of the moisture and made the uphill trek ever more arduous. However, I found out that it made running (and even falling on your butt and sliding) downhill very easy and quite entertaining. UNTIL… a rescue team volunteer decided to get by attention. He said ‘hallowwwww‘ and I said ‘huh,’ turned my head to see what the fuss was about and ran head/temple-first into a tree branch. I like that tree branch, because when I fell over the side of the mountain as a result of the collision, it was all I had to hang on to.
  6. RESCUE TEAM VOLUNTEERS MEAN WELL: After the unfortunate forest altercation, I was politely escorted to the medical van where a team of two very nice ladies took a look at my head to make sure I had not suffered a race ending injury. The only problem was that they were slowing me down. I needed to pass the next check point before the cut-off time and the minutes were just ticking away while they checked me out. I was very sad…
  7. SWEEPER BUSES MUST BE OPERATED BY THREE-TOED SLOTHS: So the medical team cleared me to continue and I made it past the next check point. I was cooking. Then it happened… another kind rescue team volunteer approached me and says ‘hello madam, are you 五三六六 [5366 – my bib number]? I’m sorry, but you did not make the check point in time.’ He then proceeded to explain that I needed to go with him to the next water station to wait for the sweeper bus. I’d been disqualified and I was crushed, but understood that I needed to follow race rules. Together, we made it out of that mountain pass and had some nice conversations about this year’s NBA playoffs and my KT tape. I decided to ask when the sweeper bus would be by to get me. When he told me the pick-up time, I almost cursed at him. I’m pretty sure though, that he may not have understood it when I said “oh HELLLL NAWWW, HOMIE.” I had no intention of waiting three hours in the heat for a bus. So I decided to buck the system and finish the race.
  8. RESCUE TEAM VOLUNTEERS LIKE TO TAKE PICTURES AND DRINK CHINESE RED BULL: The stipulation for me continuing on was that the rescue team volunteers had to agree to follow me through all the mountain passes. I felt bad, but they were all willing and it was the least they could do, right? I was running again!!! Of the three volunteers that escorted me they all took pictures with me and one that didn’t speak much at all reached into his backpack and pulled out a tiny gesture of kindness. He handed me a can of Chinese Red Bull and says, ‘here… drink… better than water!’ I never drink energy drinks. I’m a water and gel kinda gal, but his tone and facial expression didn’t really give me a choice. It was like drink this or I’ll beat you about the legs with my walking stick and I needed my legs to go on.
  9. RED BULL REALLY GIVES YOU WINGS: Or at least it gave ETT wings. I took two sips of that potent little demon juice and started to fly. At one point I realized that my escort was having a hard time keeping up. When he finally caught up with me, he was trying to point out that I’d run probably 5 or 6 kilometers with the empty can in my hand. HAHAHAHAHAHA I’m such a weirdo. Here buddy! Throw that can away for me while I tear up the rest of this course.
  10. *TIME IS SECONDARY TO COMPLETION: Eight hours and twenty minutes is the unofficial race time for number 5366. However, after being disqualified, the race officials didn’t recognize my accomplishment. I did!!! I finished it.

This was my longest distance… EVER! I can’t believe I thought I could do this and now I can’t believe I’ve actually done it. It’s an amazing feeling! Don’t let anyone tell you different. I wouldn’t have traded this experience for anything, but maybe next time I’ll try not to run into any trees!

Signing off… ETT =)


P.S. Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all those wonderful mommies out there! You are loved and appreciated.

P.P.S. I beat the sweeper bus back around to the finish line. =)

April 30, 2012

Painful 15-Mile Long Run…

…this past weekend!

My everything hurts! =( Especially after my last brush with “nature.” Sometimes I wonder if I can actually run through the pain, but the past few days have been a true test of my mettle. The North Face Endurance Challenge 50k is only 12 days away and I’m worried to say the least.. I have one last long run (20-mile) tomorrow… so we’ll see how I feel.

Unfortunately, I’m also still trying to wrap my brain around this here elevation map…

Signing off… ETT =/

April 3, 2012

Where is ETT?

Between me and you… I think she’s hiding from us! Or maybe the real reason is that she totally misconstrued her priorities and has been treating her blog like a stepchild.

She has been running though, more than 3km of course…

But she’s been doing most I her long runs here…

I think her running schedule has been interfering with her blogging, but I’ve given her a stern talking to and we’ve got a pretty sweet lineup for you this week:

1. Tour of Old Beijing at Qianmen (前门)
2. Afternoon Tea at Capital M

Stay tuned for plenty of pics and from those events!

Signing off… ETT =)

February 15, 2012

Podcasts Are Good For You

trust me!!! Especially the one’s for guys.

Set aside my infatuation with listening to Bomani‘s Evening Jones during my late night runs and starting the day with Peter Sagal hosting NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me.

I want to ask you a serious question. 😐   <– that’s my serious face smiley… don’t judge

Have you ever listened to Aisha Tyler‘s Girl On Guy podcast?


Well, so yourself a favor and start. It’s not to late.

All three are available as free downloads on iTunes and Girl on Guy is also available via Amazon for Android.

Choose your favorite noiseless activity (i.e. running, walking, feeding other people’s toddlers copious amounts of candy) and prepare to engage your mind. Consider it cerebrum coitus. Ok, maybe don’t consider it that. I’ve found that listening to something other than melodious headbangers can help take my mind off the miles and my aching joints. In addition to that it’s quite stimulating.

Aisha’s interview with Jean Grae is one of my favorite and as are any segment on TEJ (formally The Morning Jones) involving Bo, Brooklyn Stacy, and/or DJ Mike Hitman. If that’s not enough, go listen to Bo discuss why Sam Hurd is an idiot that most likely has never seen The Wire.

Signing off… ETT =)